Secret school for undocumented students

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Athens, Georgia is home to the University of Georgia, and it is also home to Freedom University, a school for undocumented students.

CNN reporters were only able to travel to the school provided they didn't disclose it's location as most students are afraid of being found out, arrested, and deported. The students, having no driver's license, are brought to the school every Sunday by a group of volunteers. There is one classroom in Freedom University, but it is packed.

The classroom is taught by four professors from the University of Georgia on their own time, four hours on Sunday afternoons. Although they don't have many resources, co-founder Dr. Lorgia Garcia-Pena said, "We have students who are hungry to learn."

In the state of Georgia, these aspiring engineers, lawyers, and doctors are not allowed to attend any of the top five public universities, banned by the board of regents, who said the ban is not for monetary gain. Before the ban undocumented students paid three times more than Georgia residents.

Ni Quascha, who parents brought her over from Korea when she was eight, told CNN, "My parents have been paying taxes. The government gave us an individual tax identification number." Even though they are undocumented, they still pay taxes despite what many people think.

The board of regents told CNN the ban was motivated by the desire to have every open spot go to a legal Georgia resident and to tighten admissions.

For the first time these students can return to school, and Freedom University as of yet doesn't have a budget and the students do not get credits; they are going to learn.

"It's just a reminder of what real citizenship is," Professor Bethany Moreton said, "It means taking ownership of making this country a better place."

Occupy Protesters Defy Order, Set up Tents in Minneapolis

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The Occupy Minnesota protesters have defied the order of a county judge by setting up tents on the plaza outside of Hennepin County Government Center Wednesday.

The Anti-Wall Street protesters, who are fighting against large banks and the U.S. investments in wars, stormed in to set up tents at a rally at which they chanted, "We are the 99 percent!" They plan to set up 99 tents to signify the 99 percent they represent.

According to KSTP, protesters will not be stifled by police or judges' orders saying that it is their right to set up tents, which they are aware are not permitted.

"Today we are trying to push the envelope on it and see what happens and set it up," Charles Geller, a protester said.

Hennepin County security guards were there in large numbers but they just watched on. In addition the guards there were a number of Hennepin County deputy officers who can make arrests, but they didn't even ask anyone to take down their tents.

"We understand what might happen but to keep this movement going we're going to have to make a stand," protester Bill Habedank told KTSP. " That's what this is right here."

The Minneapolis School District will be reopening schools that were once closed due to an expected increase in enrollment.

Over the next five years there will be about 2,000 new students in the K-8 schools, and Tuesday night the school board approved the reopening of two schools to make room for the expanding number of students.

The Howe school building will be reopened after being vacant for years and in the 2013 school year it will serve as a school from preschool to fifth grade. Additionally the Webster building, which is currently being used for administration will reopen as an early childhood center.

Michael Thomas, Associate Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools, told KARE 11, "We have worked very closely with the community through numerous community engagement sessions to get their input." He also said the school district worked with building, administration, and central administration staff to come up with a comprehensive plan that will benefit students.

The developments will occur over the next few years with some schools reopening as early as 2012, and the district has already begun contacting parents.

The new schools will mean new jobs for licensed teachers, paraprofessionals, councilors, and special education staff. The district says it will have a better idea of staff requirements in spring.

Over half of UK schools closed by pension strike

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Classrooms were silent Wednesday as teachers and head teachers were out on the streets in protest of pension reforms to the public sector.

John Kaline, head teacher of South Cave Primary in East Yorkshire, told BBC News about his participation in the strikes., "I have mixed emotions. I'm sad about having to take this action in 35 years, and angry that I believe we have not had genuine consultation until this point."

Teachers were out in force today, gathering in public squares and in front of government buildings holding signs and shouting with solidarity. They say they will have to work longer and pay more for a smaller eventual pension under the new reforms.

Small business owner, Phil Jones, disagrees with the strikes saying, "I think the public sector has had pretty good pension arrangements for quite some time, and if you compare it to the private sector there is a major disparity."

With many teachers and head teachers out on strike, of the UK's 27,152 schools 18,342 were closed, forcing parents to stay home to care for their children who are normally in school.

Jacqui Painter had to take the day off work to care for her son Oliver, whose school was closed. "I'm okay about people going on strike," she told BBC News, "I can understand why and feel it's justified."

Not all parents are okay with taking the day off. Rhoda Munn, was forced to take the day off to care for her children, losing her day's wages.

Kids have enjoyed their day off from school, but with no apparent resolution to the standoff parents are wondering if this will happen again.

Herman Cain Denies 13-Year-Long Affair

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Herman Cain denied allegations that he had carried on a 13-year affair with Atlanta business woman Ginger White.

Tuesday afternoon White told WAGA TV in Atlanta saying there are documents to back up her allegations in the form of phone and texting records.

"It was pretty simple. It wasn't complicated, and I was aware that he was married and I was aware that I was involved in an inappropriate situation," ABC News reported.

Before the Atlanta new station aired White's story, Cain, in a preemptive strike went on CNN saying he knew the allegation was coming and denied having sexual relations with the woman he said he knew for 13 years.

"The thing that I'm worried about is the impact it's going to have on my family because they should not be subjected to false accusations that cannot be proved," Cain, an ordained Baptist minister, said.

Cain has had two women from the National Restaurant Association talk to media outlets alleging sexual harassment against the presidential candidate. Sharon Beal said that Cain groped her when she asked for help with her job, and Karen Crasshower received a 46,000 dollar settlement after Cain propositioned her for sex.

Cain's lawyers didn't speak on the subject. They said the matters were private and not appropriate matters for media to discuss.

Woman killed on I-94 identified

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It was 6:30, and it was still dark as Steve Feldman headed to work on Interstate I-94 Thursday morning.

The freeway near Seventh Street in Minneapolis was busy with morning commuters driving at least 60 mph. Suddenly Feldman noticed cars were swerving, he figured to get out of the way of an animal, and he prepared himself to veer right. It wasn't until he got closer that he saw it was a person standing on the dashed line between the first and second lanes on the right shoulder, City Pages reported.

According to KEYC Mankato, The Minnesota State Patrol reported that the woman walked into traffic and laid down before being struck by multiple vehicles.

No identification was found on the woman, but the Hennepin County medical examiner has identified her as Melissa Lewis, a 38-year-old woman from Minneapolis.

Authorities still don't know why Lewis chose to lay down on the highway, but the investigation is still ongoing.

Instinct can be a pilot's worst enemy during disaster

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The plane nosedives and the cabin begins to shake so the pilot pulls back on the control stick, a motion completely guided by instinct.

The feeling in your stomach is very uncomfortable -- it's scary," Jean-Pierre Otelli, a veteran flight instructor, acrobatic pilot and author of a series of books on aviation safety, told the New York Times.

In July French accident investigators published a report in on the 2009 stall and crash of an Air France jet over the Atlantic, and there has been much debate in the subsequent months about why the pilots failed to take appropriate action in the four minutes it took the plane to plummet from 38,000 feet before hitting the water.

The increasing prominence of human error as a factor in fatal crashes like Air France Flight 447 is a distressing phenomenon and according to Bloomberg, the French Pilots Union are calling for a more independent inquiry into the crash that killed all 228 people aboard.

During an investigation France's Bureau of Investigations and Analysis found that the two co-pilots in the crash had not been trained to fly in manual mode at high altitude or to recognize the approach to, and recovery from, a high-altitude stall, the New York Times reported.

The plane crashed after ice-blocked speed sensors shut down the autopilot and the crew incorrectly reacted by pulling the jet into a steep climb until it slowed to an aerodynamic stall, the BEA said in May.

According to the New York Times, critics said they welcomed the regulators' recognition of the problem, but feel they should have amended training regulations more swiftly.

8-year-old math phenomenon in St. Paul

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Mani Chadaga slumped low in his front-row seat on the first day of algebra, and pretended to read his new textbook, but he could only make himself so unnoticeable. He was a second grader in a junior high math class at the St. Paul's Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet School.

A third grader who is taking Algebra II and Geometry, Mani quickly got over his shyness and soon was coming up with solutions to the teachers problems and helping classmates solve answers.

Mani's parents, Vivek and Juila Chadaga wonder how they will keep things interesting for Mani in the future, not only in classroom but outside of it as well. Mani has done well at the St. Paul Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet School, showing how schools have responded to advanced learners like Mani, but he is constantly challenging himself.

I am not the best at anything, so I want to improve at everything," said the 8-year-old to the Pioneer Press.

His curiousity for numbers started around 2 or 3, when his parents say he invented a mythology around numbers and even was a number 4 as a Halloween costume. As Mani has grown up he asked questions about the practically of math, and he has devised ways to use math in the real world with his father by measuring shadows or swing sets.

Heidi Geimer hopes the school system will find ways to continue to push Mani academically, but she doesn't doubt he will keep pushing himself. She said, "with Mani, you know in your heart of hearts he's going to grow up and do good for the world."

Christmas Tree Tax?

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The sun had a razor sharp glare, painting the fields golden and the trees behind them black against the faded blue sky.

There was a truck pulled over on the Minnesota highway, near Point Park in Duluth. It was a Ford late 1940s one ton red cab with a bundle of Christmas trees tied together with twine.

On Nov. 8 the U.S. Department of Agriculture established a "national research and promotion program for Christmas trees" according to the Federal Register. The Christmas Tree Checkoff Task Force recommended funding the campaign with an initial 15-cent assessment on domestic fresh-tree producers and importers the Florida Times-Union reported.

According to the Pioneer Press, members of the Minnesota Growers Association are only a handful of growers seeing declining sales. . As the economy has faltered, so have sales of real trees. The debate amongst growers about the merits of constructing a campaign that would be administered through the Department of Agriculture has been debated for years.

The assessment will not be paid by consumers but by growers and producers. There was confusion about the assessment, forcing the Obama administration to postpone the program indefinitely on Nov. 9, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Julian Koslowski and two other members of the search party reached the waste water treatment plant as storm clouds formed over the Mille Lacs Indian reservation in Minnesota.

Near the facility, the search party noticed two pathways of flattened grass. One was thin and the other was thick about the size a body would be if it were dragged through the grass. They also noticed tire tracks as the rain poured down from the black sky.

The body of 19-year-old William Nickaboine was so badly maimed, burned, and beaten it was hardly recognizable as a corpse. The word of his death spread quickly across the 60,000-acre Ojibwe reservation along Lake Mille Lacs. There are about 4,000 close neighbors and families who are still quieted by Nickaboine's death a year later, City Pages reported.

Nickaboine's death was the latest of many on the reservation, which has seen increased shootings, muggings, and drugs, much of which the Ojibwe attribute to a new gang called the Native Mob.shootings, muggings, and drugs, much of which the Ojibwe attribute to a new gang called the Native Mob.

According to gang experts, most gangs on reservations appear to be poorly organized. Mahnomen County gang and drug officer Jason Wambach says so far it seems like internal fighting is what's keeping the gang problem from exploding on the reservations, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

The Mille Lacs reservation has revived an ancient form of punishment- banishment. According to City Pages, it is legally called "exclusion" and forbids the offender from entering the land of the reservation for at least five years.

The exclusion punishment has its problems, according to City Pages. "It's impossible to just sit around and patrol for people who have been excluded," says Matthew Fletcher, a tribal law professor from Michigan State University who studies banishment.

The enforcement of banishment is one of the reasons that it is controversial amongst the community. It has also been debated that it is a form of cruel and unusual punishment, as it robs those banished of their identity and their place on the reservation.