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Maine Principal Cancels Dances, Blames 'MTV/VHS'

This principal says grinding and twerking go too far

(Newser) - A Maine high school is doing away with all dances except the "classier" prom this year, the principal announced in an open letter to parents, and "modern dance culture" lies at the heart of the move. Dating himself considerably (or perhaps forgetting how VH1 is spelled), Gorham High... More »

Transgender Teen Stripped of Homecoming King Title

Oakleigh Reed says he officially won; school denies

(Newser) - Oakleigh Reed was voted Homecoming King by his fellow classmates at Mona Shores High School in Muskegon, Mich.—but he won't be wearing the crown. Administrators nullified the vote because Oak, born Oakleigh Marie Reed, is enrolled at the school as a female. The transgender teen, who plans to... More »

Girl Kicked Attacker, Triggering Gang Rape

Attacker 'went off' when teen tried to kick him in testicles

(Newser) - An attacker "went off" on a teen when she resisted sex outside her California high school, according to witnesses, triggering a savage gang rape that left her nearly dead and riveted a shocked America. The girl, described by teachers as a devout Christian too eager to please boys, rebuffed... More »

Do-Nothing Bystanders Watched, Filmed Calif. Rape

Two arrests made in vicious 2-hour attack

(Newser) - Two arrests have been made in a homecoming night rape of a 15-year-old high school student that was witnessed by as many as 15 do-nothing bystanders. Some may have even participated in the two-hour attack in a San Francisco suburb while others apparently filmed the assault with cell phones, according... More »

'I'm Not a Hero': Rescued Captain

(Newser) - Shipping captain Richard Phillips is back in his home state, a week and a half after being taken hostage by pirates. The plane carrying Phillips, who was rescued by Navy SEAL snipers, landed in Burlington, Vt., late this afternoon. "I'm not a hero," Phillips, from nearby Underhill,... More »

Capt. Phillips Returns to Land

Arrives in Kenya where plane will take him home

(Newser) - The US sea captain held hostage for five days by Somali pirates reached land today, with the destroyer that rescued him docking to the strains of "Sweet Home Alabama," hours after his crew reunited with their families back home. Capt. Richard Phillips arrived in Mombasa harbor aboard the... More »

Hometown Crowd Greets Bush in Texas

'We're back, and we're here to stay,' says ex-Prez

(Newser) - George W. and Laura Bush arrived in Texas today amid the cheering of a crowd waving “W” signs, CNN reports. The former first couple touched down in Midland, Laura’s hometown and the former president’s childhood home, as country stars including Rodney Atkins and the Gatlin Brothers performed.... More »

Down Syndrome Teen Voted Homecoming Queen

'Her smile was as big as Texas,' aunt says

(Newser) - There wasn't a dry eye in the house when a Texas football stadium erupted into wild cheers last weekend to honor their homecoming queen, a pretty 18-year-old high school senior with Down syndrome. "Her smile was as big as the state of Texas," queen Kristin Pass' aunt told... More »

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