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Student submits rap album as his senior thesis

BOSTON

A senior at Harvard University is earning praise – and an honors degree – for his debut rap album.

Harvard officials say Obasi Shaw is the first student in the university’s history to submit a rap album as a senior thesis in the English department.

Shaw is from an Atlanta suburb and describes his album as a moody take on what it means to be black in America.

The album draws on Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th-century classic “The Canterbury Tales” and other literary works. It received the equivalent of an A-minus grade, enough to guarantee Shaw will graduate with honors next week.

Shaw says he was surprised by the positive response from Harvard.

‘Are you kidding me?’ says woman who hit alligator

SARASOTA, Fla.

A driver escaped serious injury when her SUV hit a 9-foot alligator crossing Interstate 75 in Florida.

The Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release that 34-year-old lawyer Jennifer Rosinski of Cooper City lost control after hitting the alligator, and the car flipped over multiple times. She somehow escaped with bruises and a cut under her right eye. The alligator wasn’t so lucky.

Lt. Gregory S. Bueno told the Palm Beach Post that crashes involving alligators are rare along that stretch of I-75 in southwest Florida.

Rosinski couldn’t believe it. She told the paper she first thought a fox had run in front her vehicle. She said: “I’ve never been in a significant accident before, and the first one I’m in is car vs. alligator!”

Walmart customer takes down startled deer

WADENA, Minn.

A confused white-tailed deer that wandered into a Walmart store in Minnesota ran into a startled customer who tackled the animal to the ground.

Shoppers at the store in Wadena speculated that the young animal was searching for a snack recently when it entered the store through the garden center doors.

Tom Grasswick, who happens to live in Deer Creek, told WDAY-TV that he felt as if someone had slugged him when the deer slammed into him. Grasswick says his first instinct was to tackle the animal. Grasswick covered the deer’s eyes to calm it down, and he and others took the animal outside and set it free.

Associated Press

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