Errant email said students who vote won’t have finals


What’s one way to get students to vote for a school bond measure? Promise them they won’t have to take final exams.

That’s what an email sent to students at Warren Central High School in Mississippi said. The principal says the email was sent in error.

The Vicksburg Post reports a Feb. 20 email asked the students to help pass a bond measure to renovate district schools. The email said those who vote in March are exempt from finals.

Retired educator Diana Emfinger filed a complaint with the county election commission the next day, asking for an investigation because an authority figure “has not just suggested how students should vote, but offered them a tangible benefit.”

District spokeswoman Christi Kilroy wouldn’t disclose the message’s origin.

Mass. school to keep ‘Millionaires’ mascot name

LENOX, Mass.

Students at a Massachusetts school want to remain Millionaires.

The Lenox Memorial Middle and High School student council Feb. 28 announced that a schoolwide poll found a majority of students want to keep the sometimes contentious Millionaires mascot.

About 96 percent of the school’s 438 students voted last month. Fifty-one percent voted to keep the nickname, 32 percent wanted to change it, and 17 percent had no opinion.

Students last spring voted to change it because it is divisive, leads to taunts from opposing schools, and doesn’t accurately reflect the picturesque town’s economics.

Superintendent Timothy Lee tells The Berkshire Eagle the latest vote “puts the issue to rest.”

The nickname is a tribute to wealthy out-of-towners, called “cottagers,” who built mansions during the gilded age and employed the locals.

Police: Runaway zebra killed by car in suburb


Police say a zebra was killed when a number of the animals broke out of the grounds of an Arizona festival and were wandering on a nearby road.

The accident Wednesday morning occurred near the grounds of the Chandler Ostrich Festival in a suburb of Phoenix.

Chandler police Sgt. Daniel Mejia says the SUV driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

The Ostrich Festival, which will be held this weekend, attracts hundreds of thousands of people.

Activities include ostrich races and ostrich-themed activities and a parade.

Associated Press

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