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A New Name for Houston Baptist University?

Half a century after it was founded by the Baptist General Convention of Texas as "a Christian college of the highest order," Houston Baptist University may soon erase the religious designation in its name.

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Student Loan Debt Tops $1 Trillion

Did you know that America's total student loan debt now surpasses the nation's total credit card debt?  It's true.  Sometime last year, credit card debt actually declined a little, as more and more people stopped using credit cards.  But student loan debt keeps going up, and up, with no sign of stopping. Worse, there's almost no chance that any of it will ever be paid off.

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Brit Schools Ban Kids Having Best Friends

It's true.  Some schools in Great Britain have adopted rules against children having a "best friend."   The school officials say the goal is to keep children from getting upset if and when their best friend fails or drops out of school.

Pupils are instead taught and encouraged to play in large groups.

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Colleges Feel Pinch of Free Tuition for Vets

Did you know that Texas allows military veterans to go to college tuition free?  It's true.  It's the law. So many people are taking advantage of this law to attend college that it's putting colleges and universities in a serious financial bind.

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School Officials: High Stakes Tests Failing Students

A backlash is growing in Texas education circles against the emphasis on standardized testing that's required under the federal No Child Left Behind Law.   The rebellion started with parents and teachers, and now it has spread to principals and school district administrators in a number of Texas counties.

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School Kids Learn Teacher is a Porn Star

No place but California.  A middle school teacher in a town north of Los Angeles has been placed on indefinite paid leave, after some of her students surfing the Internet on their i-Phones discovered what she does in her spare time.

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Happy Texas Independence Day – Ya’ll

Today, March 2nd, is Texas Independence Day. The 176th anniversary of the day in 1836, when a group of Anglo colonists gathered at a place they named Washington on the Brazos and agreed it was time for the area called "Tejas" to declare its independence from Mexico.

Today's Lufkin Daily News has an editorial that sums up the meaning and importance of this day as well any we've ever read.  We can't improve on it, so here it is in its entirety.

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Worst Case of Autocorrect Causes School-Wide Lockdown

It’s happened to everyone — you text your husband or wife, “I love you with every fiber of my being,” but your phone actually sends, “I love you with every fiber of malaysia.” Most of the time it’s funny, but one person experienced the worst case of autocorrect ever. So bad, in fact, that it prompted a school-wide lockdown.

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