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High school baseball players kill chicks to improve game

Two high school baseball players in Texas are in trouble with the law for apparently killing baby chickens as a part of the superstitious ritual to improve their performance in game.

Study reports increased stress among college freshmen

A recently released survey titled, “American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2010” revealed that the number of college freshmen rating themselves as having “below average” emotional health has increased significantly. The emotional health has touched its lowest in the last 25 years.

90 teen pregnancies at one Memphis high school

Teen pregnancy epidemic has hit a school in Memphis! Nearly 90 students at Frayser High School are pregnant or have given birth in the last year, according to the latest statistics report.

'Groucho' record attempt at football game

Statesville, N.C. -- A North Carolina restaurant said it will attempt to break a Guinness World Record by distributing Groucho Marx glasses at a high school football game.

Brandon Sutton, owner of Groucho's Deli, said workers will hand out 5,500 pairs of Groucho glasses Friday at the Statesville High School football game against West Iredell, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer reported Thursday.

Sutton said he is aiming to set a Guinness World Record for "most people wearing Groucho Marx glasses."

The owner said photographs and videos will be taken of the halftime record attempt and official Guinness counters will be placed at the entrances.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

High schoolers mistakenly shown porn

Irwin, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania blood bank apologized after an employee mistakenly showed pornographic pictures to high school students during a presentation.

The Central Blood Bank released a statement apologizing for the Friday incident at Norwin High School and explaining the employee, who was suspended pending the outcome of an investigation, apparently failed to follow proper procedures, WPXI-TV, Pittsburgh, reported Monday.

"The material in question was retrieved from the employee's personal flash drive. Per organizational policy, employees are not allowed to use flash drives and are required to review their presentations in advance with their supervisor; in this situation, the employee ignored these policies," the statement read.

High school high fives may be world record

Hoffman Estates, Ill. -- A Chicago-area high school is claiming the world record for high fives after a superintendent wearing a purple costume slapped it 1,363 times.

Hoffman Estates High School used a Friday pep rally as the forum for the attempt to shatter the old Guinness World Record of 409 set nearly four years ago in Oregon.

"Today was really, really fun," said 15-year-old Virginia Green, who had the honor of exchanging the record breaker with Brian Sellers.

Sellers, superintendent of development for the Northwest Special Recreation Association, was decked out in the purple costume of Hoffman Estates' mascot, Flash, and exchanged high fives and low fives with a long line of students and teachers as they filed into the football field.

H.S. coaches cleared of endangerment

Middletown, Conn. -- A judge has dismissed charges against two coaches at a Connecticut high school, finding football players were given water at a practice where one collapsed.

Christopher K. Ellis and Joshua Hamilton are both assistant coaches at Middletown High School. They were cleared Tuesday of misdemeanor reckless endangerment after lawyers presented evidence that included videotape from a security camera, The Hartford Courant reported.

The charges stemmed from an incident July 6 when a player began feeling dizzy and nauseous during an evening workout. He was treated for dehydration at a local hospital.

Mike Pitruzello, the school's athletic director, said the players had water bottles and the coaches frequently reminded them to stay hydrated.

Police: Nude walker claimed spiritual

Lincoln, Neb. -- Police in Nebraska said they arrested a man who walked naked past two churches and a high school as part of what he called a spiritual experience.

The Lincoln Police Department said officers responding to a motorist's 8:40 a.m. report of a naked man walking around A Street and Eldon Drive arrested Jason Blaquiere, 35, the Lincoln Star reported Tuesday.

Blaquiere, who lives about three miles from where he was arrested, told officers he was naked for a spiritual experience. He was spotted walking nude past two churches and Pius X High School, police said.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of public indecency, failure to comply and resisting arrest.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

H.S. champion back at vaulting 40 years on

Belding, Mich.-- More than 40 years after he was a pole-vaulting champion in high school, a Michigan man has rediscovered the passion of his youth.

John Large, 62, has set up a vaulting pit outside his house in Belding, WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids reports. He is also a volunteer coach to track teams at the middle school and high school and competes nationally with other senior vaulters.

As a student at Greenville High School, near Belding, Large set a local pole-vaulting record that stood for almost a decade after he graduated in 1967. He had dreams of going further in the sport.

President Obama may attend Chelsea Clinton's wedding, but Al Gore not

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former U.S. president Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is all set to walk down the aisle later this month, according to multiple tabloid reports.