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Police wearing riot gear stand by as hundreds of revelers gather in Bellingham, Wash., near the Western Washington University campus after police dispersed a noisy party that had drawn a few hundred people. Authorities said pepper spray was used by law enforcement officers to disperse hundreds of drunk, bottle-throwing college students who rioted Saturday along streets north of the Western Washington University campus in Bellingham.

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Weekend melee results in riot response

SEATTLE — Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard acknowledged Monday that the school is facing challenges when it comes to student drug and alcohol use, but said an off-campus melee over the weekend is counter to the university’s culture. Bellingham police have arrested three nonstudents in the party that turned into a riot Saturday, but the investigation continues.

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