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Nebraska update

November 8, 2007 9:25 AM ET

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Two students charged with hazing in connection with a fatal Lincoln fire have been given pretrial diversion, so they won’t face trial.

Misdemeanor charges were dropped for 23-year-old Jed Tompkins of Crete and 21-year-old Lance Daharsh of Lincoln.

They were charged during the investigation into a fraternity house fire at Nebraska Wesleyan University last year. Another student died.

A Diversion Services official says diversion includes community service.

Another student, 22-year-old Brandon Lovegrove of Grafton, pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted arson for a fire unrelated to the one that killed 19-year-old Ryan Stewart of Ord.

Lovegrove’s trial is set for January.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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