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'Gifted' Student Dies in Freak Accident on Spring Break

Margaret Maurer struck by tires detached from tractor-trailer

(Newser) - Tracy Maurer was supposed to visit New Orleans' Tulane University to see her daughter graduate in May. Instead, she'll be planning a funeral for Margaret "Meg" Maurer, per KSTP . The 21-year-old from Forest Lake, Minn., was killed at a highway rest stop in Mississippi on Tuesday in what... More »

Spring Breaker Sees His 210 Beers Go Down the Drain

19-year-old was traveling with a whole lot of Natural Light: cops

(Newser) - While his buddies were partying in Destin, Fla., an Alabama teen spent the start of his spring break in jail. Police in Okaloosa County, Fla., say they pulled over 19-year-old University of Alabama student Alden Whiteside on suspicion of reckless driving on Friday but soon discovered his alleged need for... More »

Guy on Spring Break Falls to Death From Fla. Parking Garage

Tyler Gilmore, 20, had been drinking, his acquaintances say

(Newser) - An Indiana 20-year-old in Panama City Beach, Fla., for spring break fell to his death from a parking garage over the weekend, the News Herald reports. A passerby found Tyler Douglas Gilmore's body around 1am Sunday; he had last been seen around two hours before that. He fell from... More »

Woman Raped as Spring Break Crowd Watched: Cops

2 college kids charged in appalling Florida attack in broad daylight

(Newser) - Two college students have been charged with what police are calling the gang rape of a woman on a public beach in broad daylight, and Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen tells the Panama City News Herald that hundreds of nearby spring break revelers did absolutely nothing to stop the "... More »

7 Shot at Florida Spring Break Party

Including 3 Alabama A&M University students

(Newser) - Seven people were injured, some critically, during an early-morning spray of gunfire yesterday at a spring house break party in Panama City Beach, Florida. Multiple 911 calls flooded in just before 1am reporting the shootings at the three-story, vacation-rental home located several blocks off the beach. Deputies found a sprawling... More »

How a Florida Hotel Gets Spring Breakers Out of Bed

It blasts an epic wake-up call, of course

(Newser) - Partying into the wee hours, then sleeping past noon. That's the circle of life for college kids on spring break in Florida. Or it was, until a Holiday Inn Resort in Panama City Beach started blasting "The Circle of Life" from The Lion King each morning at 11am.... More »

Spring Break Party Descends Into Riot

Tear gas, rubber bullets fired near UC Santa Barbara

(Newser) - At least six police officers were injured and more than 100 people arrested after a street party near the University of California at Santa Barbara turned into what police called a "major disturbance, emergency situation." Even before trouble began, 56 of the estimated 15,000 revelers at the... More »

Sharks Put Scare Into Spring Break Beaches

Thousands spotted near shore in later-than-normal migration

(Newser) - Thousands of visitors are swarming to beaches in South Florida, but not the kind welcomed by the chamber of commerce: sharks. Their annual migration up the East Coast is taking place later than usual this year, coinciding with the start of spring break season, reports ABC News . Several beaches had... More »

Texas to Spring Break Students: Stay Out of Mexico

Mexico tried to talk state out of third warning

(Newser) - The state of Texas is again warning students to say out of Mexico for spring break. "The Mexican government has made great strides battling the cartels," said the state's Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw. "However, drug cartel violence and other criminal activity represent a... More »

Top 10 Trashiest Spring Break Cities

Las Vegas and Key West earn top 'honors'

(Newser) - With spring break nearly here, the connoisseurs of trashiness at COED Magazine have ranked America's top 10 "trashiest" destinations: More »

Florida Town Reverses, Courts Spring-Breakers

Panama City Beach is looking to rev up tourism after BP spill

(Newser) - A year and a half ago, Panama City Beach in Florida decided to try to shift its image from party central for college students on spring break to a more family-friendly destination, reports the Wall Street Journal . The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has brought a quick change of heart. With... More »

Star Football Recruit Killed in Spring Break Balcony Fall

Cops: 17-year-old was 'drunk and belligerent'

(Newser) - One of the nation's top high school football prospects is dead after falling off a third-floor hotel balcony while on spring break in Florida. Police say he was "drunk and belligerent" before the accident. Matt James, 17, had been Notre Dame's top recruit and was on USA Today's first... More »

Rad, Raunchy Spring Break Flicks

Debauchery meter climbs steadily from tame 1960s offerings

(Newser) - With spring break almost at an end, Nerve takes the chance to look back on the storied pantheon of the spring break movie. Points are given for debauchery on a scale of 0 to 5.
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24 Die in Drug Violence in Mexican Resort

Violent outbreak as spring break travelers descend on Acapulco

(Newser) - A series of shootings killed 24 people yesterday in the Mexican state that holds the resort city of Acapulco, even as thousands were arriving for spring break. Two decapitated men were found on a scenic road packed with nightclubs, while another was found shot to death on the edge of... More »

Life's a Beach? Not During Spring Break Recession

Cost-conscious students opt for more modest trips

(Newser) - College students are refusing to let the economy throw a wet blanket on spring break, Time reports. They're just not going to the usual—and expensive—spots. Flights to the Caribbean and Cancun have sunk about 20%, as many revelers head for Orlando, Los Angeles or New York instead. “... More »

Just in Time for Spring Break: Cancun Torture Probe

Cancun, like Mexico, 'is at war,' says local editor

(Newser) - Those headed to Cancun for spring break might want to hold off just a tad before slathering on Mexican suntan oil—while authorities investigate torture and murder charges against the ousted local police chief. Mexico's out-of-control drug war is seeping into nearly every community in the nation—including one of... More »

And the Winner Is ... Portuguese Water Dog

(Newser) - After a wait that felt almost as long as the presidential campaign, the Obamas have decided to adopt a Portuguese water dog, People reports. Her daughters can hardly wait, Michelle Obama said. “So Sasha says, 'April 1st.' I said, 'April.' She says, 'April 1st.' It's, like,... More »

Schools Warn Against Mexico Spring Break

(Newser) - Arizona’s three state universities are following the State Department and attempting to dissuade students from spending spring break in Mexican border towns, a traditional pastime, because of drug-associated violence there, the AP reports. One federal official called the warning “sage advice,” noting “documented violence, attacks, killings”... More »

Cancun Police Chief Busted in Drug Czar's Torture-Murder

Just in time for spring break

(Newser) - Federal authorities have arrested Cancun's police chief in the recent torture and murder of a retired general who had just been appointed to a drug-fighting task force, reports CNN. The military has taken over the police force in the beach town popular with college students on spring break. In another... More »

Call Girl Was a 'Girl Gone Wild'

Spitzer hooker filmed Spring Break videos in '03

(Newser) - The call girl who ended Eliot Spitzer's career started hers on a nude Girls Gone Wild video during a wild Spring Break weekend in 2003, reports the LA Times. Ashley Alexandra Dupré was celebrating her 18th birthday in Miami when she stumbled across the Girls Gone Wild production bus, and... More »

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