Man pleads guilty on Internet drug charges

The owner of an Internet pharmacy plead guilty Tuesday to federal charges that he sold prescription drugs over the Internet.

Billy East entered guilty pleas to one count of illegally distributing hydrocodone and one count of money laundering. East will also forfeit vehicles, cash and property.

Authorities contend East sold the drugs while operating the William and Mary Pharmacy in Fultondale and Gardendale.

East will be sentenced by Judge David Proctor on Aug. 27 at 9 a.m.

Jefferson County

Board of education changes requirements

The Jefferson County Board of Education has changed the graduation requirements for students in the county school system.

To graduate from high school, students must now pass only three courses of the high school graduation exam.

Students formerly had to pass all five courses: Reading, math, social studies, science and language. Under the new requirements, students must pass reading, math and only one of the other three courses.

On May 8, the Alabama Board of Education approved the new requirements, with an option for school systems to apply it to 2008.

Mortimer Jordan High School principal Dr. Byron Campbell and Gardendale High School principal Dr. Anna Vacca both like the new rule.

It affects seven or eight students at each of their high schools.

“It’s going to help people who may not do well on standardized tests, but do well in the classroom,” said Campbell.

“It will give students an opportunity to get a real diploma and not a certificate of attendance,” Vacca said.

School board member Karen Smith Nix said the new requirements will also help schools’ AYP scores, which are affected by graduation rates.

— Melanie Patterson

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