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Tyson, Chavez head Hall of Fame class

Canstota, N.Y. -- The International Boxing Hall of Fame says it will add six members to its ranks for 2011, including one who only pretended to be a fighter, Sylvester Stallone.

The real boxers in Tuesday's induction class include former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, three-division champion Julio Cesar Chavez and junior welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu. Rounding out the inductees to be honored June 12 in Canastota, N.Y., will be referee Joe Cortez and trainer Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain.

"We're extremely excited about the class of 2011 and very much looking forward to honoring the 22nd class of inductees," hall Executive Director Edward Brophy said.

EU astronauts complete first training

Cologne, Germany -- Members of the European Space Agency's newest class of astronauts received their diplomas Monday after their first round of training, officials said.

The six candidates received their diplomas at a ceremony at the European Astronaut Center in Cologne, Germany, an ESA release said.

The official Basic Training covered space engineering, electrical engineering, various scientific disciplines and the major systems of the International Space Station and other space vehicles, officials said.

They also underwent training in scuba diving to prepare for spacewalks, robotics, survival training, rendezvous and docking, and lessons in the Russian language.

Teacher fired for napping in class

Sandusky, Ohio -- An Ohio school board voted to fire a high school teacher accused of napping during class and discussing pornography with a freshman class.

The Perkins Schools Board of Education voted Wednesday to fire Perkins High School teacher Carol Smith, 71, after a hearing officer found her conduct "totally unprofessional, inappropriate, unsafe, outrageous, flagrant and persistent and threatened the safety, security and welfare of the students," the Sandusky (Ohio) Register reported Thursday.

Smith, who was suspended without pay in April after she was accused of discussing pornographic magazines in a freshman history class, was found by the investigation to have frequently arrived late and slept during classes.

U.S. students not measuring up in math

Cambridge, Mass. -- The percentage of U.S. students in the class of 2009 with advanced skills in math is lower than in most of the world's industrialized nations, a study found.

The study, sponsored by the journal Education Next and Harvard University, says the United States ranked 31st out of 56 countries in the percentage of students performing at a high level of accomplishment, a Harvard release reported.

The study shows only 6 percent of U.S. students perform at the advanced level in math, compared with 28 percent of Taiwanese students and more than 20 percent of students in Finland and South Korea.

Grinch steals kids' pumpkins

Inver Grove Heights, Minn. -- Like Christmas displays in stores, the Grinch came early this year, stealing pumpkins grown by a class of Minnesota third-graders, their teacher says.

Lori Gustafson, a teacher at Salem Hills Elementary School in the St. Paul suburb of Inver Grove Heights, said she had to break the bad news to her students last week that someone had stolen the pumpkins they had been nurturing and looking forward to harvesting.

"I felt kind of sad, maybe a little mad at whoever did it," 9-year-old Maya Merritt was quoted as saying in a St. Paul Pioneer Press story Wednesday.

"We were going to carve the pumpkins," 8-year-old Jacob Lindberg added.

Stinky feet student allowed back in class

Rotterdam, Netherlands -- A student who was banned from attending classes at a Netherlands university due to his foot odor has won the right to return after a decade-long legal fight.

A judge ruled to allow Teunis Tenbrook, who was banned from attending classes at Erasmus University in Rotterdam after administrators said his foot odor was distracting to professors and students, to resume his education at the school after a 10-year lapse, The Sun reported Tuesday.

The judge said professors and students would "just have to hold their noses and bear it" if the smell of Tenbrook's feet bothers them in the future.

The school said its new policy is to fine smelly students rather than ban them from classes.

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