Law: Battle over the Buckeye Three

In Louisiana, a federal and a state judge clash on busing

They were typical adolescent girls in central Louisiana, one fond of cheerleading, another keen on basketball, the third active in the school booster club.

Last week as they returned from Christmas vacation, the three found themselves caught up in a blizzard of nationwide publicity. No longer were they merely Ramona Carbo, 12, Lynda McNeal, 13, and Michelle LaBorde, 13. Suddenly they were the Buckeye Three.

The reason: they had become key figures in an unprecedented federal-state crossfire over desegregation.

The conflict began last August...

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