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According to reports, the U.S. high school dropout rate has significantly plunged over the past few years. In 2008, there were 1 million dropouts and in 2012, that number dropped to 750,000. Over the course of that time period, schools that were dubbed “dropout factories” for having low graduation rates and a small number of students graduating on time were on the decline as well. “Clear progress is being made,” said Bob Wise, leader of the Alliance for Excellent Education. “It’s not a total success yet. We shouldn’t take a victory lap. But we can at least start warming up.” As the dropout rate fell, the high school graduation rate has risen. In 2013, 81 percent of students graduated on time. Read more.

University of Missouri Students and Faculty Try to Block Media Coverage

The protests at the University of Missouri have attracted a lot of media attention, but some of the students and faculty don’t want the institution in the spotlight. Yesterday afternoon, activists associated with the Concerned Student 1950 group and faculty members were taped blocking journalists from covering the demonstrations taking place on the campus’ Quad, where demonstrators have been camping out since last week. Students and faculty were reportedly heard yelling remarks like, “We don’t care about your job, you do not respect our space,” and “You don’t have a right to take our photo.” Another faculty member was heard saying, “Help me get this reporter out of here. I need some muscle.” The dismissal of journalists from that particular area on campus is sparking controversy, because the Quad is a public space. Read more.

Another Bill Cosby Accuser Sues For Defamation

Comedian Bill Cosby is being hit with yet another defamation lawsuit. Kristina Ruehli, 72, one of the many women who have stepped forward claiming that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her, is claiming that once she shared her story, he labeled her a liar. Ruehli claims the incident happened in 1965 when she was working as a secretary for a talent agency. She allegedly visited Cosby’s house and blacked out after having two drinks. When she woke up, she was undressed and the comedian was allegedly trying to engage in a sexual act with her. “It is one thing for an accused sexual assailant to remain silent and allow the legal process, or public opinion, to run its course, but it is quite another for him to unleash his agents to deny that he attacked (Ruehli) and other women, to invite others to republish his statements, and to brand them as unreliable liars,” read Ruehli’s lawsuit. More than 50 women have come forward to claim they were drugged and sexually abused by Cosby. Read more.

Jada Pinkett Smith Pilot Gets Picked Up By ABC

Jada Pinkett Smith is looking to make her television comeback with a new ABC series. The show, which is called Murder Town, was purchased by ABC from A+E Studios. The series will delve into the life of Wilmington, Delaware’s first Black District Attorney as she maneuvers the legal world and her personal life. The pilot, which was ordered by ABC, is being written by Barry Schindel, who will also serve as the executive producer alongside Smith and Miguel Melendez. Murder Town will be produced by Overbook Productions in collaboration with A+E Studios. Read more.


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