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In a plea agreement that would lessen her jail time to about seven years, Barbara Byrd-Bennett admitted to accepting bribes and kickbacks from her former employer, an education consulting firm, while she was chief of Chicago Public Schools. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s appointee took money and gifts in return for granting more than $23 million in school district employee training contracts without going through a bidding process. (Wall Street Journal, 10-3-15)

The day after meeting President Obama at the White House, Ahmed Mohamed announced he and his family are moving from Texas to Qatar, an Islamic country on the Persian Gulf where he’ll get perks, including education scholarships. The Muslim-American boy, who was briefly detained by police for having a disassembled clock resembling a suitcase bomb at school, met in October with Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, known as the “Butcher of Darfur,” who is accused of genocide and atrocities with as many as 2.6 million victims.

After interviewing 150 people, police found no evidence that a non-student was kicked out of a fraternity party at the University of North Dakota “because he is gay.” Police determined that “the man who claimed he was the victim of a hate crime” instigated the fight. Although police investigators recommended charging him with providing false information concerning the altercation, the prosecutor won’t file charges. The fraternity was allowed “limited operation” during the investigation. (ABC, 10-8-15)

In October, University of Detroit Jesuit High School students served as pall bearers at the funerals of three homeless veterans without families. One student said, “The men we honored today put their lives on the line for our country and now they deserve our dignity and service in return.” St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland participates in a similar program to honor veterans. (, 10-27-15)