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On the brink of dropping out, student becomes valedictorian with help of bus pass

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CHICAGO - 230 at risk students graduated today in a joyful ceremony for the Chicago Excel Academy.
But one student nearly missed his high school experience altogether.
Yoquan Williams, 18, was determined to go to school, even with significant financial and family obstacles and the challenge of transportation.
Thursday he received his diploma, which may be the second most important piece of paper in his education behind his bus pass.
“Some days I could afford bus fare, and some days,” Williams said. “I couldn't really see a way for me to get there.... It was just an issue of me getting...
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High school graduation marks milestone in friendship born out of tragedy

High school graduation marks milestone in friendship born out of tragedy

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"It was more than just somebody who came here and needed help. She's become part of our family."
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NOAA predicts near-normal 2019 Atlantic hurricane season

NOAA predicts near-normal 2019 Atlantic hurricane season

NOAA scientists are predicting a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year. Read more ...

Video shows moment 2 loose barges crash into dam

Video shows moment 2 loose barges crash into dam

The barges had been secured after becoming loose earlier in the day along the Arkansas River. Read more ...

NY police officer drunkenly assaults 2 BPD officers, police say

NY police officer drunkenly assaults 2 BPD officers, police say

A New York police officer has been arrested after assaulting two Baltimore police officers Tuesday morning at a hotel in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore police said. Read more ...

Docs: Incapacitated woman who gave birth at care facility had likely been...

Docs: Incapacitated woman who gave birth at care facility had likely been pregnant before

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How to properly display the American flag

How to properly display the American flag

Here's a great way to make sure you're waving your American flag proudly *and* properly this Memorial Day weekend. Read more ...

A man who spent nearly 46 years in prison for a wrongful conviction will get...

A man who spent nearly 46 years in prison for a wrongful conviction will get $1.5 million

Imprisoned for more than 45 years for a murder he didn't commit, Richard Phillips spent more time behind bars than any other wrongfully imprisoned person in America. Read more ...

District will offer free breakfast, lunch daily to all students

District will offer free breakfast, lunch daily to all students

Students in all 19 buildings in the North Carolina district can receive the free meals. Read more ...

'American Taliban' Lindh freed after 17 years in prison

'American Taliban' Lindh freed after 17 years in prison

The California man who became known as the "American Taliban" after his capture on an Afghanistan battlefield in late 2001 has been released from prison. Read more ...

Man guilty of murder in crash that killed 5 teens after jury rejects...

Man guilty of murder in crash that killed 5 teens after jury rejects insanity defense

"They were 15 and 16 years old and had really incredible personalities, really big dreams, really impressive talents and it was all taken from them by one person,” one attorney... Read more ...

‘American Taliban' released from prison after 17 years

‘American Taliban' released from prison after 17 years

The man who became known as the “American Taliban” after his battlefield capture in Afghanistan in 2001 is being released from prison. Read more ...