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  • As Scott Walker mulls White House bid, questions linger over college exit

    02/11/2015 7:55:35 AM PST · by SMCC1 · 146 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/11/15 | david-a-fahrenthold
    MILWAUKEE — Scott Walker was gone. Dropped out. And in the spring of his senior year. In 1990, that news stunned his friends at Marquette University. Walker, the campus’s suit-wearing, Reagan-loving politico — who enjoyed the place so much that he had run for student body president — had left without graduating.
  • Dartmouth, I am one of your students, I am being stalked, please let me carry a gun

    08/06/2014 11:21:04 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 6, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    ver the last four years, I have lived with the constant threat from a stalker – a stalker who is now in jail for the third time for violating a restraining order. Every day I live with these questions: What if today is the day that my stalker posts bail? What if today is the day that he discovers my parents’ new address? What if I go to a lecture on campus and he shows up there? I feel that I have no control over my life. My family was forced to move. I have had stay indoors, keep drapes...
  • Ivy Leaguer plagued by stalker may drop out over school’s anti-gun policy

    08/06/2014 9:33:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 06, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A 20-year-old Dartmouth student says she may have to give up her Ivy League dream and drop out of school because the prestigious college won't allow her to carry a gun—to protect herself against a predator. Taylor Woolrich, a junior, says Dartmouth administrators told her they won’t let her carry a gun on campus, even though she lives in fear of a man who has been stalking her since she was a high school student in San Diego. “It’s absolutely unfair,” Woolrich said about her attempts to have the school make an exception to its weapons ban. “It’s one of...
  • Tired and broke, Santorum heads home to do taxes

    01/27/2012 8:24:21 PM PST · by Mariner · 96 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 27th, 2012 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) — Rick Santorum is tired, almost broke — and going home. The former Pennsylvania senator is taking a pause from Florida campaigning just days before the Tuesday primary that even he expects to deal him a third consecutive loss. Santorum says he would rather spend his Saturday sitting at his kitchen table doing his taxes than campaigning in a state where the race for the Republican presidential nomination has become a two-man fight between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. The cash-strapped candidate acknowledges that he simply can't keep up with the GOP front-runners in Florida. "We're...
  • Quinn to ask Illinois Legislature to raise drop-out age to 18

    01/27/2012 7:39:18 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 26 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 27, 2012 | Lynn Sweet
    Gov. Pat Quinn--following on President Barack Obama's Tuesday call to raise the dropout age--will ask the Illinois legislature next week to boost the age students have to stay in school from 17 to 18. "I like the fact that the president said kids have to stay in school until they are 18. Jobs follow brainpower. We have to understand that investing in education, including community colleges, is the key to a nimble economy," Quinn said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday morning. Quinn's office said in a Friday release he will propose hiking the drop-out age this year in his...
  • Rick Perry: "I am Returning to Texas"

    01/03/2012 9:16:25 PM PST · by therightliveswithus · 103 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 1/4/12 | Aurelius
    In a campaign speech late Tuesday night, Governor Rick Perry stated that he is "returning to Texas" to reassess whether he is going to continue running for President. The speech contained several emotional moments, in particular two moments. The first was when he read a letter from an adoring supporter who called him a "great man." The letter described a conversation that Mr. Perry had had with a soldier and how his supporter looked on in awe as he watched Governor Perry call the veteran his "Christian brother." The second was when Perry announced that he would be returning to...
  • Iowa finish could knock Perry out of SC debate

    01/03/2012 7:39:50 PM PST · by Rational Thought · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/03/2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, appears doomed to a fifth-place finish in Iowa. Unless he drops out, that would make South Carolina his last stand against Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney. The problem is that he might not receive an invitation to an upcoming South Carolina debate (given the debate criteria). Candidates can qualify to participate in the CNN/Southern Republican Leadership Conference debate January 19th (two days before the South Carolina primary) in one of four ways. First and second, they can place in the top four in either Iowa or New Hampshire. Third and fourth, they can qualify by averaging seven...
  • John Fund: Why Sarah Palin Is Not Running

    09/02/2011 10:37:38 AM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 140 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 09-02-11 | John Fund
    Sarah Palin will swoop into Iowa and New Hampshire to speak at tea party rallies this Labor Day weekend, whipping up talk she will announce her candidacy for president. After all, this coming Saturday will mark the third anniversary of her acceptance speech for vice president at the Republican National Convention – a speech which established her as both a conservative icon and a magnet for criticism. Her supporters are certainly encouraging talk she will be a 2012 candidate. Peter Singleton, her Iowa political organizer, told National Review’s Robert Costa last month: “I believe she will run. Labor Day will...
  • What an ace guy: College dropout scoops $9m top poker prize in Las Vegas

    11/09/2010 8:08:52 PM PST · by Celtic Cross · 9 replies
    DailyMail UK ^ | Nov 9th 2010 | Mail Foreign Service
    A college dropout and former oddjob man poses proudly with his cash after winning nearly $9m (£5.6m) at a poker tournament in Las Vegas. Canadian Jonathan Duhamel was
  • Answering The “Should I Go To College/Drop Out?” Question For Young Entrepreneurs (Answer: 'yes')

    10/01/2010 1:57:24 PM PDT · by WebFocus · 3 replies
    JasonBaptiste.com ^ | 10/01/2010 | Jason Baptiste
    There’s a common question brought up in the entrepreneurial community that goes something like this: “Should I go to college?” or “Should I drop out of college?” It’s even the subject of a good analysis by Vivek Wadhwa over at Techcrunch. . I’ve seen the question pop up often enough, it’s certainly an important one, and a question that I have a lot of personal experience with (I went to college, started a company, “stopped/dropped out”, and eventually went back to finish my undergraduate degree). By no means am I 100% right on this subject, but hopefully this serves as...
  • Rounding Up Usual Suspects

    07/28/2010 10:27:17 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 1 replies · 2+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | July 28, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Rounding Up Usual Suspects Malcolm A. Kline, July 27, 2010 In the cinematic classic Casablanca, corrupt police chief Louis Renault deflects official attention away from a troublesome crime scene by instructing his minions to “round up the usual suspects.” The Education Establishment appears to be engaged in a similar exercise when it tries to explain dropout rates and other such problematic measurements. In fact, they had such a confab on July 22, 2010. After reporting a 73.4 percent high school graduation rate and an 8 percent dropout rate in public secondary schools (which does not compute), the College Board goes...
  • CA: Former Gov. Wilson urges Poizner to drop out of governor s race

    02/11/2010 7:39:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 473+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 2/11/10 | Ken McLaughlin
    The Republican primary is still nearly four months away, but former Gov. Pete Wilson on Thursday declared that the general election has begun and that the party needs to unite behind front-runner Meg Whitman as its candidate for governor. Wilson's e-mail to Whitman supporters was sent a day after three Democratic and pro-labor groups said they were ready to raise more than $40 million to begin targeting the former eBay chief in statewide ads. "Meg and our campaign team are beginning the general election today, and we are not wasting time,'' Wilson, Whitman's campaign chairman, wrote. To counter the Democrats'...
  • Confirmed: SCOZZAFAVA SUSPENDS 23RD CAMPAIGN

    10/31/2009 7:51:28 AM PDT · by johnnyd0422 · 326 replies · 11,822+ views
    "Today, I again seek to act for the good of our community," "It is increasingly clear that pressure is mounting on many of my supporters to shift their support. Consequently, I hereby release those individuals who have endorsed and supported my campaign to transfer their support as they see fit to do so. I am and have always been a proud Republican. It is my hope that with my actions today, my party will emerge stronger and our district and our nation can take an important step towards restoring the enduring strength and economic prosperity that has defined us for...
  • Breaking: Scozzafava may have dropped out of NY-23 race

    10/31/2009 7:34:57 AM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 138 replies · 5,100+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | October 31, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    Breaking DeDe has dropped out of the race here in the NY-23. A source colse to the Hoffman campaign confirms that DeDe Scozzafava has bowed out of the race. Stay tunes to 73wire for more details and audio of Dede addressing supporters.
  • BLACK MALE DROPOUTS LEAD NATION IN INCARCERATION, ACCORDING TO NEW REPORT (Breaking news?)

    10/25/2009 5:42:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 91 replies · 2,929+ views
    BLACK MALE DROPOUTS LEAD NATION IN INCARCERATION, ACCORDING TO NEW REPORT, WEEK OF OCTOBER 22-28, 2009The Wilmington Journal Originally posted 10/22/2009 SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE LOUISIANA WEEKLY (NNPA)--On any given day, nearly 23 percent of all young Black men ages 16 to 24 who have dropped out of high school are in jail, prison, or a juvenile justice institution in America, according to a disturbing new national report on the dire economic and social consequences of not graduating from high school. Dropouts become incarcerated at a shocking rate: 23 of every 100 young Black male dropouts were in...
  • Educators' Views on the Nation's High School Dropout Crisis

    07/13/2009 6:38:21 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 28 replies · 804+ views
    AT&T Newsroom ^ | 4 June '09 | Hart Research
    With nearly one-third of all U.S. public high school students failing to graduate each year, AT&T* today announced results from the latest study conducted by Civic Enterprises and Peter Hart Research with America’s Promise Alliance entitled “On the Front Lines of Schools,” where the voices of our nation’s education practitioners reflect their outlook on the high school dropout crisis. ( ... ) Teachers and administrators who are confronted every day with daunting challenges in the classroom, understand the reasons students drop out of school, and express strong support for reforms in our schools to address dropout rates. The research indicates...
  • Diplomas Count

    06/17/2009 9:56:08 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 209+ views
    Campus Report ^ | June 17, 2009 | Emily Kanyi
    Diplomas Count by: Emily Kanyi, June 18, 2009 A report released by Education Week and the Editorial Projects in Education (EPE) Research Center shows that despite a marked improvement in the national high school graduation rate, three out of ten U.S. public schools students still fail to get a high school diploma. The U.S. national graduation rate rose from sixty-six percent in 1996 to sixty-nine percent in 2006. From 1997 to 1999 the statistics recorded a yearly sixty-six percent graduation rate and between 2000 and 2003 there was an improved annual graduation rate of sixty-eight percent. In 2003 to 2005...
  • Dropout Grants Subsidize Dropouts

    04/01/2009 11:41:36 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 4 replies · 352+ views
    Campus Report ^ | April 1, 2009 | Daniel Allen
    Dropout Grants Subsidize Dropouts by: Daniel Allen, April 01, 2009 The policies of Beverly Perdue, the Democratic governor of North Carolina, were brought into question recently by a report showing that North Carolina’s high school dropout rate is getting worse, despite millions of dollars set aside in the state budget. The dropout grant programs have many supporters, but new research carried out by the John Locke Foundation suggests that evidence does not offer a bright forecast for the program’s future. The author of the report, Terry Stoops, found that “only 14 [out] of 100 North Carolina schools served by state-dropout-prevention-grant...
  • Who's a dropout?

    04/07/2008 8:51:20 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 11 replies · 59+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8 March 2008 | Editorial Staff
    For too long, high schools and states have played hide-the-dropout, artificially inflating their graduation rates. In many places, a teenager practically has to show up at the principal's office and shout "I'm a dropout!" to get counted as one. Considering that the dropout rate is, even by sunny estimates, distressingly high, U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings is right to plan a standardized method of reporting nationwide. The public won't demand change when it cannot clearly see the problem. This is one subject, though, that calls for delicate handling -- not the bludgeon-likeapproach of the rest of the No Child Left...
  • Study: Detroit Gets F In Grad Rate

    03/31/2008 10:23:06 PM PDT · by Westlander · 38 replies · 425+ views
    AP ^ | 4-1-2008 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Seventeen of the nation's 50 largest cities had high school graduation rates lower than 50 percent, with the lowest graduation rates reported in Detroit, Indianapolis and Cleveland, according to a report released Tuesday.
  • Mexico Drops Out Of 2008 Summer Olympics

    03/05/2008 4:43:15 PM PST · by The_Republican · 15 replies · 393+ views
    Freind | February 5th, 2008 | The_Republican
    President Felipe Calderon of Mexico has announced that Mexico will not participate in the Beijing Summer Olympics. He stated: "Casi cada uno que puede funcionar, saltar, o la nadada ha salido ya del pams." Translation: "Pretty much everyone who can run, jump, or swim has already left the country."
  • Huckabee Accuses Romney of "Voter Suppression"

    02/04/2008 7:54:13 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 123 replies · 243+ views
    cbsnews ^ | 02/03/08 | Joy Lin
    CHATTANOOGA, TENN. -- Mike Huckabee accused Mitt Romney of dirty politicking at a morning rally today, suggesting that Romney is telling voters that a vote for Huckabee is a vote against Romney. On Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes" last Thursday, Romney said: "I think most people recognize that a vote for Mike Huckabee is a vote for John McCain, and if they want John McCain as their nominee, why, that's exactly what that vote would do." Today, Huckabee responded: "I know Mr. Romney has been trying to do a little voter suppression by telling people a vote for me...
  • Paul Drops Out Of C-SPAN Interview????

    01/06/2008 10:35:46 AM PST · by angkor · 76 replies · 88+ views
    C-SPAN ^ | 01//06/2008 | Self
    Just announced by C-SPAN that Ron Paul would not be interviewing live today from New Hampshire (I think they were going him 30-60 minutes). No explanation was given. Seems odd given given his shutout from the Fox "debates". Anyone know what's up?
  • 1 in 10 schools are 'dropout factories' (where only 60% of freshmen make it to senior year)

    10/29/2007 2:06:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 132 replies · 293+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/29/07 | Nancy Zuckerbrod -ap
    WASHINGTON - It's a nickname no principal could be proud of: "Dropout Factory," a high school where no more than 60 percent of the students who start as freshmen make it to their senior year. That description fits more than one in 10 high schools across America. "If you're born in a neighborhood or town where the only high school is one where graduation is not the norm, how is this living in the land of equal opportunity?" asks Bob Balfanz, the Johns Hopkins researcher who coined the term "dropout factory." There are about 1,700 regular or vocational high schools...
  • Education Drop-Out ?'s (Arizona)

    02/26/2007 9:36:07 AM PST · by hsmomx3 · 28 replies · 444+ views
    I have told my daughter that she will continue to attend the school she currently goes to the following school year. She said no, she wants to go to the local public high school because many of her neighborhood friends go there. I told her no, she will go to where I tell her. She seems to think that she can drop out of school as a result of my choice!! I don't think she can do that so easily. Does anyone know how that works in Arizona? Do parents have the ultimate authority? I read that a student can...
  • Web kid with attitude says sucks to $1bn

    12/17/2006 8:34:20 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 42 replies · 1,709+ views
    UK Times ^ | 17 December 2006 | Paul Durman
    AT 22, Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard dropout, is being labelled as the next Bill Gates. But even the Microsoft founder might have hesitated before blowing the chance of a $1.6 billion (£819m) offer for his fledgling business. Zuckerberg, founder of the Facebook social networking website, has told Yahoo!, the internet giant, that $1 billion is not enough to sell out. Now leaked documents suggest that Yahoo! was willing to raise its bid to $1.6 billion. Facebook, which he launched as a service for Harvard students in 2004, has become the seventh busiest website on the internet, and with 13m users...
  • Info on Clinton's girlfriend

    05/29/2006 6:20:40 AM PDT · by Grig · 156 replies · 12,531+ views
    Since there is much buzz these days about an apparent relationship between Bill Clinton and Canada's Belinda Stronach, some of you might find it amusing to see just what kind of person she is. Click on the source URL to get to a list of articles about her. You will be amazed. Most of them were written durring the time she was running for the leadership of Canada's Conservative Party. After she lost the leadership race, she was elected an MP and became a member of the opposition cabinet. She basicly did next to nothing there, then jumped ship to...
  • Texas CB part of robbery, assault probe (Texas Longhorn Football Player Problems)

    12/16/2005 10:42:57 PM PST · by TCats · 21 replies · 696+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/17/05 | MSNBC Sports
    Cedric Griffin talks to Austin police amid investigation of Longhorn athletes. AUSTIN, Texas - Texas standout cornerback Cedric Griffin has talked with police, a lawyer advising the player said Friday night, amid reports authorities are investigating an alleged assault and a robbery they believe might have been committed by Longhorns athletes. Police would not identify the suspects, say how many are being investigated or if they are members of the second-ranked Longhorns football team, which is scheduled to play top-ranked Southern California in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 4 for the national title. The Houston Chronicle and News 8 Austin...
  • 'We're all Angelenos' says L.A.'s Latino mayor

    05/18/2005 4:26:12 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 59 replies · 2,544+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 18, 2005 | Kevin Krolicki
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Newly elected Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday plunged into the kind of controversy that could underlie his role as the first Latino leader of the multicultural city in over a century. Villaraigosa, 52, the high school dropout son of Mexican immigrants, scored a resounding election victory over incumbent James Hahn in Tuesday's mayoral elections, making him one of the nation's highest profile Latino leaders. Despite a campaign that underplayed race and a result that reflected cross-cultural support, Villaraigosa's historic win also underscored the growing influence of Latino voters in California and across the United...
  • CA: Crisis in education - Parents bear heavy responsibility for dismal school droput(sic) rates

    03/25/2005 11:36:31 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 719+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 3/25/05 | Op/Ed
    The high-school dropout crisis in Los Angeles and across California is far worse than anybody knew. Researchers at Harvard University reported Wednesday that more than half of the students who enter Los Angeles Unified School District high schools, and nearly 30 percent across the state, don't graduate within four years. The dropout rates are sharply higher for Latino and African-American children. Those numbers are roughly twice as bad as members of the education establishment led the public to believe. For years, they have blamed transiency of the large immigrant population and a lot of other reasons for the lack of...
  • Vote 'no' to more of the same (education taxes)

    10/15/2004 7:32:18 AM PDT · by truth49 · 6 replies · 477+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 10-15-04 | Marsha Richards
    Thirteen years ago, our state published "Washington's First Annual Progress Report" to let citizens know the status of sweeping education-reform efforts. The report, signed by then-Superintendent of Public Instruction Judith Billings, made several promises. Among them, by the year 2000: • The high-school graduation rate will increase to at least 90 percent; • Students will leave grades four, eight and 12 having demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter, including English, mathematics and science. Unfortunately, these promises have been broken. Back then, the state's high-school dropout rate was 23 percent. Today it is 33 percent (and more than 60 percent for...
  • GOP Convention Delegate Drops Out Over Bush

    08/28/2004 9:11:44 AM PDT · by admiralsn · 82 replies · 1,754+ views
    GOP Convention Delegate Drops Out Over Bush United Press International One of the 2,509 delegates to the Republican National Conventions has dropped out because of dissatisfaction with President Bush. Congressional Quarterly reported Friday that after attending four previous conventions, Philadelphia's Jesse Walters was chosen as a delegate to this year's GOP convention in New York only to resign the position, saying he could not support Bush and expressing concern with the rightward move of the Republican Party. Calling the decision to drop his position one of the five hardest he has had to make in his life, Walters said he...
  • Should Kerry Drop Out?

    04/26/2004 8:31:54 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 47 replies · 171+ views
    MensNewsDaily.com ^ | April 26, 2004 | Roger F. Gay
    Should Kerry Drop Out?April 26, 2004 by Roger F. Gay Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that a member of the Democrat Party (or any other for that matter) must run for president. The mainstream media tells us every day that the decisive issues are Iraq and the economy. Since John Kerry can't find a solid footing on security and defense and doesn't understand the economy, it would be better for the country if he dropped out of the race. The partisan battle is distracting us all from serious discussion and debate about serious issues.Although the two parties...
  • Edwards to Drop Out of Presidential Race

    03/02/2004 9:57:51 PM PST · by NotQuiteCricket · 11 replies · 142+ views
    AP/My Way ^ | Mar 2, 8:07 PM (ET) | RON FOURNIER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - John Edwards, the Southern charmer who brought unbridled optimism and an up-from-the-bootstraps biography to the presidential campaign, decided to drop out of the Democratic race after a Super Tuesday rout, The Associated Press has learned. "He's stepping aside," said a Democratic official who spoke on condition of anonymity. A second Democratic official said Edwards will drop out Wednesday afternoon in Raleigh, N.C.
  • John Edwards Advisors Predict Their Candidate Will Drop out of NC Senate Race Before Sept. 16

    08/25/2003 7:21:52 AM PDT · by prarie earth · 92 replies · 542+ views
    National Journal/ Hotline (Subscription Required) & ABC News 'This Week' ^ | Auguest 25, 2003 | Rob Miller and Danielle Jones
    ABC's George Stephanopolous said Senator John Edwards' (Democrat-North Carolina) advisors predicted Edwards would drop out of the United States Senate race, probably by the time he formally announces the launch of his Presidential campaign on Septeber 16.
  • "SEAN PENN WAS HERE!"

    06/08/2003 1:50:42 PM PDT · by Apolitical · 10 replies · 224+ views
    ICONOCLAST ^ | June 8, 2003 | DENIS SHULZ
    THE ICONOCLAST WEEKLY RANT "SEAN PENN WAS HERE!" by Denis Schulz During World War Two, Kilroy left his calling card all across Western Europe. He left it in France, Germany, Belgium -- he never missed an opportunity to announce his presence. Wherever he found the space -- on the remains of a Nazi pillbox, on the side of a dead Panzer Kampfwagon, on the scabrous walls of a French bagnio -- the words, "Kilroy was here," appeared as if by magic. This Kilroy guy got around. Oh, he was a world traveler. He scattered his famous carte visites from...
  • Schools Aim To Award 'Undiplomas' To Dropouts

    02/24/2003 7:02:34 AM PST · by vannrox · 7 replies · 300+ views
    SF GATE ^ | Thursday, January 23, 2003 | AP
    <p>YORK, Pa. -- The head of the city's school district wants every potential dropout to have something to remember what could be a short-lived school career: an undiploma.</p> <p>York City School District Superintendent Carlos Lopez wants to give the document, which looks like a real diploma, to students who say they want to drop out of William Penn Senior High School.</p>
  • Funding isn't only issue schools need to address

    06/09/2002 8:32:39 AM PDT · by Bowana · 3 replies · 185+ views
    The Exeter News-Letter ^ | 6/9/2002 | Editorial
    Funding isn't only issue schools need to address The state Department of Education released some very disturbing figures last week. The data indicated that one in five young people who start high school in New Hampshire will not graduate. Many, however — both in education as well as in the general community — have questioned this statistic based on the method used to calculate cumulative dropout rates. It was calculated by assuming the annual dropout rate applies to a single class as it makes its way through the high school grades. For example, if a school had a dropout rate...
  • Woman fights to attend prom after being told she s too old

    06/05/2002 1:48:30 PM PDT · by Temple Owl · 24 replies · 527+ views
    The Kingston Whig-Standard | 6-5-02 | By Sean McGrady
    June 05, 2002Woman fights to attend prom after being told she’s too oldBy Sean McGrady Robin Mercer almost missed her prom this week – for the second time. She missed her first chance 22 years ago by dropping out of school at the age of 15, a decision she calls "foolish" in retrospect. Yesterday, she feared she would miss her second chance when Tom Taylor, principal of Sharbot Lake High School, informed her that she would not be allowed to attend the prom. The reason: She is too old. Mercer, who is 37, went back to school this year to...