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    Obama surprises Colorado students during DC trip

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama surprised a group of eighth graders from a Colorado middle school on Monday, just days after they feared a government shutdown would scuttle their trip to Washington. “Now that things worked out, we figured we’d give you a little bonus,” Obama told the students from Altona Middle School in Longmont, Colo. He greeted them on the South Lawn as they toured...

    Witness: Studying at St Andrews with Britain’s royal couple

    LONDON (Reuters Life!) – It was a scene replicated across universities worldwide, when a proud father watches his son set out to make his mark, embarking on the studying as well as the partying that characterizes undergraduate life. Accompanied by his father, Britain’s Prince William arrived at St Andrews University in Scotland dressed like an average first year — jeans, sweater and trainers. But...

    Conn. doctor accused of hedge fund insider trading

    NEW YORK – An Ivy League-trained physician who became a health care hedge fund portfolio manager surrendered Wednesday to face charges he evaded $30 million in losses for his funds by paying a prominent French doctor for secrets on the progress of a liver disease drug. Joseph “Chip” Skowron III, of Greenwich, Conn., was charged with conspiracy to commit securities fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy...

    Doctor-turned-trader paid cash for stock tips

    NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) – An Ivy League-trained doctor-turned-stock-picker has been charged with insider trading, accused of showering a French physician with cash and a luxury trip to New York in exchange for secret details on a biotechnology company. Joseph “Chip” Skowron, who ran hedge fund firm FrontPoint Partners’ healthcare funds, was expected to appear later Wednesday in federal...

    Thousands protest budget cuts at Calif. colleges

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – More than 10,000 people marched, waved signs and occupied buildings at college campuses across California on Wednesday in a show of opposition to state budget cuts to education that could lead to higher tuition, larger class sizes and lower enrollment. The rallies were part of a day of protest planned for all 23 California State University campuses. Similar events took place in states...

    CA Senate bill mandates gay history in schools

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people would be added to the lengthy list of social and ethnic groups that public schools must include in social studies lessons under a landmark bill passed Thursday by the California Senate. If the bill is adopted by the state Assembly and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, California would become the first state to require the teaching of gay history. Supporters...

    Why Sarah Lawrence Is the Most Expensive College in America

    Placing first in a college ranking rarely inspires college presidents to pen defenses of their institutions. But when that list documents America’s most expensive colleges, the instinct makes a little more sense. At Inside Higher Ed today, Karen Lawrence, the president of Sarah Lawrence College, explains why the small liberal arts college in Bronxville, New York has the honor of bestowing the country’s...

    Chinese Lessons for the U.S.

    The recipe sounds familiar: merit pay for teachers, rigorous testing, national academic standards. Is it a school turnaround effort in New York City, New Orleans, or Los Angeles? No, it’s happening in Shanghai. Over the past decade authoritarian China has been able to achieve what has eluded generations of educators in the U.S., who have had to contend with political feuds, a history of local control of...

    Yale creates committee to combat sexual misconduct

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale University has created a committee to get advice on how to more effectively combat sexual misconduct as federal officials investigate a complaint by students that the Ivy League university failed to adequately respond to such concerns. Yale President Richard Levin announced Friday the creation of an advisory committee on campus climate chaired by Margaret H. Marshall, former chief justice...

    Los Angeles school briefly “locked down” for manhunt

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An elementary school was locked down on Friday for about two hours as police looked for a murder suspect in the area, but he was arrested without incident, police and school officials said. During the manhunt, Carpenter Elementary was closed to outside visitors and students were confined to classrooms, said a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Police were looking...

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