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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."

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.

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.

Penn State drops in college football polls

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Penn State fell nine spots in both college football polls Sunday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

More than 107,000 people attended the Saturday game at Beaver Stadium for Penn State's first game in 46 years without head coach Joe Paterno, who was fired amidst a child abuse sex scandal, Reuters reported.

After an emotional The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls with a record of 8-2 (5-1 in the Big Ten). Penn State ranked No. 12 last week in the AP and USA Today coaches' polls, according to the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette.

Fans filled Beaver Stadium for the first time since charges were brought against assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky for the assault of eight boys over the decade, Reuters reported.

The fans stood in support of their team, wearing blue shirts, the color associated with a national "stop child abuse" campaign, instead of the usually white, and the players and officials knelt at midfield to pray before the game.

Penn State travels to Ohio State Saturday.

Pete Dexter talks booze, bruises and books

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Pete Dexter, legendary columnist, novelist, acclaimed screenwriter and now part of an anthology celebrating some of the nation's greatest newspaper wordsmiths, is hard at work on his eighth novel, something he might not have lived to do.

The night he was beaten almost to death in a sketchy Philadelphia neighborhood is Dexter's signature biographical moment, launching his trajectory from reporter to novelist, writing some of the most original and important novels in American literature, City Pages reported.

Dexter feels differently about the incident, "I'm sick and tired of the story," Dexter told City Pages.

The story he is referring to started with a column he wrote for the Philadelphia Daily News that was published on December 9, 1981. The intent of the column was to applaud efforts to stop the spread of drugs in Ferry's Grey, a blue-collar, Irish- Catholic neighborhood, but instead it outraged a family and the neighborhood.

The incident ended with Dexter having a broken pelvis, a cracked femur, nerve damage to his hands, a concussion, bleeding on the brain, and a spine fractured in two places. His scalp required 90 stitches, according to City Pages.

Dexter now resides in a house in Clinton (the Dexter's moved in 18 years ago), where he writes seven days a week in the guesthouse, City Pages reported, and he sticks to an unwavering routine. He writes for hours, always in the dead of night.

He is currently working on his next novel, which centers on an elephant named Blossom, who performs in a small traveling circus but he won't say much more than that to City Pages, mainly because he's not sure where the project is heading. He does know it will have a less serious tone then his other novels that made him a literary star, particularly Paris Trout.

A half-orphaned kid raised in South Dakota and Illinois, Dexter's birth dad died when he was around three years old, a tragedy friends and colleges say still haunt him, what former Daily News editor Zack Stalberg calls, "the wounded-creature aspect to Pete."

Dexter worked at many different publications. He started at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and then moved to the Palm Beach Post, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Phildadelphia Daily News, and in 1986 he moved to west coast to work for the Sacramento Bee.

Jim Trotter, a colleague of Dexter's at the Post and now Western States Enterprise Editor for the Associated Press in Phoenix, told City Pages one his many Dexter stories, "Pete invented a drink back in those days called a beagle. Basically, it was a quart of rum, a small bottle of lime juice, and a dash of Pepsi in a one-gallon Coleman picnic jug. That led to the Mighty Beagle Army, and you had to perform tricks with the jug to move up in rank. One night, we got kicked out of this woman's party for throwing the jug across her living room, arguing over who had the prettier spiral."

Although life has slowed down for Dexter- he hardly ever drinks, lives a relatively solitary life with his wife of 30 years, Dian, and spends his free times playing with his dogs- he still reminisces fondly of the people and places that got him into so much trouble.

"You get to revisit your past, and when I do that, I've come around to thinking, you know, that people are who they are."

Dorothy Rodham, mother of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former first lady and the Secretary of State, died Tuesday in Washington. She was 92.

The family said Rodham died surrounded by family at Washington Hospital. Mrs. Clinton cancelled engagements in London and Istanbul to be by her mother's side, The Washington Post reported.

According to The New York Times, Mrs. Clinton acknowledged Rodham as being a driving force for the person she is, yet Rodham stayed in the background, appearing only occasionally in public and selectively giving interviews.

Clinton portrayed her mother as being the symbol of strength in her family, teaching her children to be calm and determined.

The Washington Post reported that in a statement the Rodham family praised Rodham as a women who "overcame abandonment and hardship as a young girl to become the remarkable woman she was -- a warm, generous and strong woman; an intellectual; a woman who told a great joke and always got the joke; an extraordinary friend and, most of all, a loving wife, mother and grandmother."

Dorothy Emma Howell was born on June 4, 1919 in Chicago to Edwin John Howell and Della Murray, who fought often and sometimes violently according to Cook County records. She was the older of two children, her sister Isabelle was born in 1924, The New York Times reported.

According to the Washington Post, Her parents divorced when she was 8, and Rodham and her sister were sent to their paternal grandparents in California.The grandparents were not prepared to raise the two children, who were often punished harshly and discouraged from having visitors.

Dorothy moved out when 14, finding a job as a $3-a -week nanny during the Depression, and on her own enrolled in school and upon graduating she moved back to Chicago at her mother's request .

The New York Times reported it was there she met her husband Hugh Rodham, who died in 1993, and they raised 3 children together, Hugh, Tony and Hillary- they survive her, as do four grandchildren.

According to the Washington Post, in a debate during the 2008 campaign, Hillary Clinton called her mother her inspiration, "I owe it to my mother, who never got a chance to go to college, who had a very difficult childhood, but who gave me a belief that I could do whatever I set my mind."

Gay and lesbian service members sue government

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The Servicemembers Legal Defense Members announced a lawsuit that says the Defense of Marriage Act violates their constitutional rights and asks for the government to provide the same benefits as straight couples.

""It's about justice for gay and lesbian service members and their families in our armed forces rendering the same military service, making the same sacrifices, and taking the same risks to keep our nation secure at home and abroad," Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the SLDN, said in a press release reported by the Associated Press.

The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Courts in Boston Thursday represents eight active and retired service members and their family members, according to The Huffington Post.

Under the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the government is required to ignore the marriage of same-sex couples, which are legal in six states and Washington D.C.

Pentagon spokesperson Capt. John Kirby told the Associated Press in a statement, ""In connection with 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal, the Defense Department is engaged in a careful and deliberate review of the possibility of extending eligibility for benefits, when legally permitted, to other individuals including same-sex partners."

Four months after the Supreme Court tossed out a national sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores, another class-action suit has been filed that will be the first of twelve against the store.

The class-action suit has been narrowed to the California stores of the chain and according to The New York Times the lawyers have promised a slough of lawsuits making discrimination claims in other regions of the country as well.

In June, in a 5-4 decision rejected the class-action lawsuit of more than a million women who sued Wal-Mart, finding there was a lack of proof of a single common policy for discrimination, and they could not be considered a single party reported International Business Times .

The lawsuit filed Thursday in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California argues that the discriminatory acts of Wal-Mart against women for pay and promotions affected over 90,000 women.

Wal-Mart spokesperson Greg Rossiter told The New York Times, "As we have said all along, these claims are unsuitable for class treatment because the situations of each individual are so different, and because the claims of these five plaintiffs are not representative of the thousands of women who work at Wal-Mart."

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