Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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Single mother Catherine Hughes confronted a dilemma. Her twin daughters were to graduate from different high schools in Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Fla., at the same hour. School officials tweaked the schedules, but not by enough to accommodate the 40-minute drive between ceremonies. To the rescue came promoter Bob Held, who heard of her plight and donated a helicopter. So mom saw both receive their diplomas - with pomp and circumstance.


Remember the $10,000 gratuity to a Chicago waitress, as related in this space last week? It turns out the tipper, visiting Briton David Nicholas, can't afford it. His generosity on a $9 tab for alcohol-spiked iced teas made server Melanie Uczen an instant celebrity. But it also exceeded his credit card limit, threatening to unravel the fairy tale. Then Uczen's employers said they'd make good on his gesture because of the publicity the incident has generated.

Teens admit they're lured by some, not all, types of risk

Teenagers increasingly said yes to drugs and cigarettes in the 1990s, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study has found. …

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