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Laurie Halse Anderson's 'Speak' turns 15

During 15 years of talking to high school students about sex and bullying, Laurie Halse Anderson has continued to get the same questions from boys: Why was the main character in her book, "Speak," so upset about what happened to her?

Poorly written paper earns UNC Chapel Hill student A-minus

UNC: Experts see flaws in whistleblower work

The University of North Carolina says that three independent experts in the field of adult literacy have finished a university-commissioned review of whistleblower Mary Willingham's research and found flaws in her claims that some athletes were…

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Billy Joel surprises NY school kids at tribute concert

When a New York elementary school invited rock star Billy Joel to a tribute concert of his greatest hits, the last thing they expected was for him to actually show up.

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Pennsylvania school stabbing: Why?

A day after a Murrysville, Pennsylvania, teen allegedly rampaged through his high school's hallways, stabbing wildly with two kitchen knives, the first hints of a possible motive began to emerge.

The attorney for 16-year-old Alex Hribal raised the…

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Report: Shooting near Ohio school prompts lockdown

A Columbus, Ohio, elementary school was locked down Thursday after a shooting on a street in front of the building, a school district spokesman told The Associated Press.

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Who is teen stabbing suspect?

Described by his lawyer as "a typical young kid" who has "never been in trouble," Alex Hribal shocked the nation Wednesday when he allegedly went on a rampage at his high school in Murrysville, Pa., stabbing or slashing 20 students and a security…

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Mass stabbing shatters peace in quiet enclave

The peace of mind Paula Fisher sought for herself and her children when she left Pittsburgh nearly two decades ago was shattered outside Franklin Regional Middle School on Wednesday morning.

"It was total chaos," Fisher said. "The kids weren't sure…



Heroes abound in Pennsylvania school stabbing

What do you do when terror comes to your hometown? When it walks down your school hallways and into classrooms, wielding two kitchen knives? When it leaves behind pain, suffering, chaos?

If you're students and staff at Franklin Regional Senior High…

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College savings gap widens between rich and poor

A growing divide is forming among college savers. While many middle and upper-class families are saving more for college, lower income families are still struggling to save anything at all.

Nearly three-quarters of families earning $100,000 a year…

Murrysville school stabbing vigil

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Teen in Pa. school stabbing charged as adult

A teenage boy wielding two kitchen knives went on a stabbing rampage at his high school in Murrysville, Pa., early Wednesday, before being tackled by an assistant principal, authorities said.


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