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Warren Jeffs (Associated Press Photo by Tony Gutierrez)

Human Race

Issue: "Back to School," Aug. 27, 2011

Guilty

A Texas jury found polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, 55, guilty of sexually assaulting two young girls that he forced into "spiritual marriages," and on Aug. 9 sentenced him to life in prison. Jeffs fathered a child with the older victim when she was 15. Until his 2006 arrest, Jeffs, who is the ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, had eluded authorities while marrying 79 women and girls and presiding over sect marriages of 67 underage girls to older men.

Saved

When 7-month-old Minhaj Gedi Farah arrived with his mother at a Kenyan field hospital last month, he was severely malnourished and so weak he couldn't cry. A picture of his 7-pound frail frame-protruding ribs, sunken eyes, and hollow cheeks-spoke of the plight of thousands of Somali children caught in the worst famine in 60 years. More than 29,000 children have died, but for Minhaj, there is hope: After 10 days of medical care, the infant had gained a pound and doctors expected him to leave the hospital soon.

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Tracy Edwards, the man who 20 years ago led police to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, is facing charges in the drowning death of a homeless Milwaukee man. According to authorities, Edwards, 52, and co-defendant Timothy Carr were arguing with Johnny Jordan before they threw him off a bridge.

Discovered

Investigators say a newly discovered vial of serial killer Ted Bundy's blood may be key to solving decades-old cases now that his complete DNA profile will be uploaded into the FBI's national database. Before his execution in 1989, Bundy confessed to more than 30 murders, but investigators never identified all of the victims and long suspected he killed many more.

Dismissed

The Navy has announced that former astronaut Lisa Nowak, 48, will receive an "other than honorable" discharge and reduced retirement pay over a 2007 incident in which she drove across the country under bizarre circumstances to confront a fellow service member who had started dating her love interest. Nowak has been working at the Chief of Naval Air Training station in Corpus Christi, Texas, since her dismissal from NASA.

Replaced

Labor Day weekend 2011 marks the first time since 1966 that comedian Jerry Lewis, 85, will not host the Muscular Dystrophy Association's annual telethon. MDA, which gave no explanation for the change, has not yet named a new host.

Died

Texas billionaire and philanthropist Charles Wyly, 77, died after an Aug. 7 car accident near Aspen, Colo. In addition to conservative causes, Wyly, co-founder of the Michaels craft store chain, contributed over $10 million to GOP candidates. Among the largest recipients: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has received more than $300,000 from Wyly and his younger brother Sam since 2000. The brothers faced SEC charges over insider stock trading and tax evasion.

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