National briefs: College chief's love life curbed

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Gwendolyn Boyd, the new president of Alabama State University, signed a contract with the school's trustees that forbids her from allowing a lover to "cohabitate" with her in the presidential home being provided to her by the historically black university in Montgomery.

The contract, signed Jan. 2, 2014, was obtained by The Birmingham News. It provides Ms. Boyd with an annual salary of $300,000, starting Feb. 1, 2014, plus a number of standard fringe benefits such as insurance.

It says that Ms. Boyd, an engineer, must provide her own car but will receive a car allowance of $1,000 a month. And it requires that she live in the school-provided presidential house on campus, equipped with a toll-free phone line, cable television and computer equipment

The newspaper quoted Ms. Boyd, who is single, as saying she was not bothered by the language in the contract..

Virginia's new governor

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia's new governor, who was sworn in to office Saturday, has already startled this genteel, tradition-bound Southern capital.

In the nine weeks since Election Day, political observers say, Terry McAuliffe has been shockingly gubernatorial.

With moderate Cabinet picks and an ardent courtship of Republicans, the colorful former Democratic National Committee chairman and political fundraiser has projected an image of seriousness, caution and bipartisanship that critics had doubted he could muster.

Ex-pop singer tied to DUI

LOS ANGELES -- Former pop singing star David Cassidy was arrested Friday night near Los Angeles International Airport on suspicion of drunken driving, the California Highway Patrol said Saturday.

Mr. Cassidy, now 63 and a resident of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was driving a rental car shortly after 9 p.m. when he left the southbound 405 Freeway and made an illegal right turn against a red light, the CHP said.

His stepmother, the singer-actress Shirley Jones, has longtime Western Pennsylvania ties.

Houston's daughter weds

ATLANTA -- Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, has married her friend Nick Gordon.

A representative for the family on Friday confirmed the 20-year-old Ms. Brown's marriage. But the representative did not know where or when the marriage took place.

In 2012, Ms. Brown caused a stir when she was spotted wearing a sparkly bauble on her ring finger. But it turned out she was wearing her mother's ring and was not engaged.

Ms. Brown's father is Bobby Brown.

The late Houston left her entire estate to her daughter, her only child.

Gas pipeline rejected

TRENTON, N.J. -- The New Jersey agency charged with protecting the ecologically fragile Pinelands, a vast expanse of sand pines, gnarled oaks and river deltas, narrowly defeated a proposal Friday to run a 22-mile natural gas pipeline through it.

The decision dealt a defeat to Gov. Chris Christie, whose administration vigorously lobbied for the pipeline, saying it was an important economic development tool for southern New Jersey.

The New Jersey Pinelands Commission rejected the proposal by South Jersey Gas to connect a pipeline to the B.L. England power plant in Cape May County, The Associated Press reported Friday. The plant is switching to natural gas from coal, The AP said.


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