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  • Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to fund community college tuition appears headed toward approval. (AP)

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has proposed that his state use lottery funds to provide high school graduates with two free years of education at community or technical colleges.

    First announced in February, the proposal now appears to be on track for approval, having won support from several of Haslem’s Republican colleagues in the state's General Assembly.

    Called “Tennessee Promise,” Haslam’s plan would allow high school graduates to attend an in-state technical or community college without having to pay any tuition or associated fees. The funds would come from a newly created endowment using money from the lottery’s reserves.

    It’s estimated that the plan would cost about $34 million each year.

    The state currently has about 80,000 community college students, evenly divided between full-time and part-time students, according to the American Association of Community Colleges.

    “As we encourage more Tennesseans to continue their education, we know we have to remove as many barriers as

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  • Grumpy Cat celebrates 2 years of being in a bad mood

    Frowning feline goes high fashion at Vogue

    Her real name is Tardar Sauce, but most folks know her by her stage name: Grumpy Cat. The frowning feline turned 2 years old Friday and celebrated the occasion with a visit to Vogue magazine in New York.

    While Grumpy isn't known for smiling for the camera, she exhibited a tremendous amount of patience, posing for photo after photo with delighted staffers at the high style magazine.

    The burgeoning mogul (she has an agent) also paid a visit to the Wall Street Journal to help promote her new partnership with Friskies (catnip ain't cheap, folks). There, Grumpy's caretakers explained that the cat's unique look is due to a combination of feline dwarfism and a wicked underbite. Grumpy had no comment.

    Grumpy was "discovered" after one of her caretakers put a photo of her in foul mood on Reddit in 2012. The image was a huge hit and inspired countless memes. Unlike other Web celebs, interest in Grumpy Cat isn't waning. Not that she'd really care if it did.

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  • Who is this man and why did he take 445 photos of himself over 30 years?

    The mysterious collection of images is being shown at Rutgers' Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, N.J.

    Who is he? What did he do? What was he thinking about as he sat down in the photo booth 445 times and waited for the camera to take his picture? And why did he keep the photos?

    Visitors to the Rutgers' Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, N.J., can ask themselves those questions and more as they examine three decades of photographs of an unidentified man of many emotions.

    Collection of Donald Lokuta, Courtesy Rutgers Zimmerli Art Museum

    Just don't expect any answers. Sometimes he looks happy. Other times he appears less than pleased. Like all of us, his face changed quite a bit over the course of 30 years. The hair grays and then thins. The cheeks fall a little lower on the face. The wrinkles become more defined.

    All of that is universal (outside of Hollywood), which is part of what makes the exhibit such a draw. The images, owned by photography historian Donald Lokuta and lent to the Zimmerli Art Museum, were taken during the time between the Great Depression and the 1960s, according to a blog from Rutgers.

    Collection of Donald Lokuta, Courtesy Rutgers Zimmerli Art Museum

    Lokuta came across a few of the images

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  • Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers
    Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine.

  • Britain poorer than all US states except Mississippi

    Having spent a number of years living in Alabama, I’m well acquainted with the phrase, “Thank God for Mississippi.” While we had a lot of problems, we could always point to our western border for a state that was even more backwards. The Spectator's Fraser Nelson did the math and explains “Why Britain is poorer than any US state, other than Mississippi.” His methodology is pretty straightforward: You take the US figures for GDP per state (here), divide it by population (here) to come up with a GDP per capita figure. Then get the equivalent figure for Britain: I used the latest Treasury figures (here) which also chime with the OECD’s (here).

  • In town halls, U.S. lawmakers hear voter anger over illegal migrants
    In town halls, U.S. lawmakers hear voter anger over illegal migrants

    By Gabriel Debenedetti DALLAS (Reuters) - When Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling sat down with colleagues and constituents at a recent Chamber of Commerce lunch in Dallas, the first question he faced was whether Congress planned to address immigration policy and a burgeoning border crisis. While he was optimistic about long-term prospects for dealing with border security and immigration, he said, "between now and the end of this Congress, I'm a little less sanguine about it." It has been a question heard repeatedly by lawmakers this month in "town hall" district meetings punctuated - and sometimes dominated - by concerns and angry outbursts over immigration policy and the crisis caused by a flood of child migrants at the southwestern border in recent months.

  • Pro-Scottish independence side gaining ground: poll
    Pro-Scottish independence side gaining ground: poll

    Support for Scottish independence appears to be gaining ground three weeks ahead of the historic referendum, according to a poll published on Friday. The Survation survey found 47 percent of respondents would vote "Yes" to independence, compared to 53 percent who would vote "No", excluding people who were undecided. "Yes" campaign leader and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond was widely seen to have won the debate against "No" campaign leader Alistair Darling. The survey was of 1,001 people of voting age, and found 11 percent of respondents said they remained undecided, a drop of 2 percent from the previous poll.

  • United flop Zaha makes Palace return
    United flop Zaha makes Palace return

    Crystal Palace have re-signed England winger Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United on a season-long loan. Zaha returns to Palace after just two appearances for United following his unsuccessful £15 million ($24 million) transfer from the south London club last year. The 21-year-old is Palace manager Neil Warnock's first signing in his second spell at Selhurst Park following his appointment earlier this week. I was happy when I was here before," Zaha told Sky Sports News.

  • IS executes scores of Syrian troops in new atrocity
    IS executes scores of Syrian troops in new atrocity

    Islamic State jihadists boasted Thursday they had executed scores of Syrian troops after capturing a key air base, the latest in a string of abuses that have shocked the world. News of the killings came as US President Barack Obama weighed air strikes on IS positions in Syria and edged closer to greenlighting a mission to aid Shiite Turkmen trapped in an Iraqi town besieged by the jihadists. It also came as rival Islamist rebels led by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front seized 43 UN peacekeepers on the Golan Heights, part of a mission that has monitored an armistice between Syrian and Israeli troops on the strategic plateau for decades. Britain-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that IS had executed at least 160 soldiers, among some 500 who had made a desperate bid to escape to government-held territory after their defeat last Sunday.

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