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Teen to Celebrate 'Last Dance' Before Ending Her Life

Jerika Bolen is going to prom before putting an end to the pain from her incurable illness

(Newser) - Jerika Bolen wakes up every morning with another day ahead of her hooked up to a ventilator and wracked by terrible pain, caused by an incurable illness that usually kills its sufferers when they're in their teens. But the purple-haired 14-year-old from Appleton, Wis., has decided to wrest control... More »

Bryan Cranston Helps Teen Ask Girl to Prom

In character as Walter White from 'Breaking Bad'

(Newser) - Breaking Bad signed off for good a little more than six months ago, but Walter White is still out there. What has he been up to? Helping a high school student ask a girl to prom. "If you don't go to the prom with Stefan, then maybe your... More »

Bridge Collapses as Promgoers Pose on It

Nebraska high school students get drenched, but still make it to dance

(Newser) - Talk about a prom night to remember. A group of Nebraska students taking spring prom pictures took an unexpected swim before making it to the dance on Saturday, when a bridge collapsed while they posed for pictures on it ... dumping them, and all their formalwear, into the 4-foot-deep pond below.... More »

School Handing Out Condoms at Prom

Brooklyn Prep stocking up on 500 freebies

(Newser) - Ingredients for a memorable prom: a drop-dead dress, special corsage, romantic dances, and ... condoms. The condoms will be courtesy of Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant Preparatory High School, which will offer 500 of the party treats, free, at next month's dance. “As they leave the prom, they are welcome to... More »

Moms Spray Teens With Lysol for 'Dirty Dancing'

Chaperones decide to 'disinfect' Colorado prom

(Newser) - A pair of moms chaperoning a high school prom in Colorado were so disgusted by the "dirty dancing" they witnessed that they sprayed down the teenagers with Lysol and called girls "sluts" and "whores," police report. Some eight teens were hit with the spray, and some... More »

Prom Dress Made From ... Starburst Wrappers

Diane McNease estimates it took 5 months, 18K wrappers

(Newser) - A northern Michigan teen put together one sweet prom dress, thanks to the help of classmates who collected thousands of Starburst wrappers for her. Diane McNease tells WLUC-TV that she came up with the idea of making her prom dress out of candy wrappers when she saw a friend folding... More »

Confederate Dress Gets Teen Bounced From Prom

Design 'inappropriate,' Tennessee girl told

(Newser) - A Tennessee teenager found herself barred from her high school prom after she turned up sporting the stars and bars. School officials told 18-year-old Texanna Edwards that her Confederate flag battle dress was "inappropriate and offensive," she tells the Jackson Sun . "We kept asking people walking inside—... More »

Introducing ... the 'Prom-Posal'

High-schoolers getting elaborate with invites

(Newser) - It's like an arms race out there when it comes to prom invites, apparently. They're getting so elaborate that the Des Moines Register says they're called "prom-posals." It rounds up local examples, including one kid who paid for an airplane banner to ask his girlfriend... More »

Average 2012 Prom Tab: $1K+

Average family now spends $1,078 on big dance

(Newser) - If you have a teenager nearing prom age, hopefully you've got good credit. Between dresses, flowers, limo rides, and hairdos, the average family with a teenager is expected to plunk down a whopping $1,078 on prom this year, up from $807 last year, according to a new Visa... More »

Schools Crack Down on Risqué Prom Dresses

As gowns get more provocative, schools implement new procedures

(Newser) - Ahhh, prom memories: posing for pictures in your front yard, taking a limo to the dance, being asked to hold a ruler up to your leg to ensure your dress is no shorter than three inches above the knee. Yes, high school proms have apparently gotten a bit more risqué... More »

Principal to Teen: No Porn Star Prom Date

Mike Stone can't bring Megan Piper after all

(Newser) - Mike Stone, who scored a porn star as his date to prom after sending some 600 tweets, has apparently been thwarted by the powers that be. The superintendent of his Minnesota school district told Fox News that Megan Piper cannot attend because doing so would be "inconsistent" with two... More »

Thanks to Twitter, Teen Gets Porn Star as Prom Date

Michael Stone, 18, tweeted nearly 600 adult film stars

(Newser) - Michael Stone is nothing if not perseverant: The Minnesota high-schooler had no prom date, so he started tweeting to every porn star he could think of, asking if anyone would accompany him. Almost 600 tweets later, the 18-year-old had two takers: Megan Piper, 19, and Emy Reyes. "I thought... More »

Bachmann: Girls Don't Ask Boys to Prom

They sit at home and wait

(Newser) - Just the big issue you've been waiting to hear the candidates weigh in on: prom. What does Michele Bachmann think about the dance? Bachmann believes only boys can ask girls to the prom, which could raise questions in some voters' minds about various diplomatic dances every president is expected... More »

New Trend: Prom for Adults

You can have the dress and the dancing without the curfew

(Newser) - Imagine getting the chance to do prom over again, only this time without all the rules about no alcohol or hanky-panky. In an increasing number of cities you can do just that, as "adult proms" grow in popularity. The preparation is all very familiar: Buy a glitzy new dress... More »

Prom Cut Short Over Bad Pot Brownies

Four students got kind of a harsh buzz

(Newser) - The pot brownies that got passed around at a Massachusetts high school's junior prom did not agree with everyone. Four students got "violently ill" at the event last week, WCVB Boston reports, causing the dance to be cut short. Police don't know exactly how the students got their hands... More »

Classmates Cheer Lesbian Prom Royalty

Minnesota school relents on couple after lawsuit

(Newser) - Hundreds of classmates cheered as a lesbian couple paraded in matching tuxes to take their place among prom royalty at their Minneapolis suburban high school. "It felt amazing," said senior Desiree Shelton. She and date Sarah Lindstrom had battled to walk to the prom court as a couple... More »

Lesbian Teen Gets $35K Settlement Over Prom

School must pay up for violating her rights

(Newser) - A rural Mississippi school district that canceled its prom rather than allow a lesbian student to attend with her girlfriend has agreed to pay $35,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit the ACLU filed on her behalf. The district also agreed to follow a non-discrimination policy as part of the... More »

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