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  • Well, this is embarasing embarrassing.

    Northwestern University's esteemed Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications — one of the nation's top graduate programs for aspiring journalists — issued dozens of diplomas with the program's own name misspelled.

    Someone, it seems, forgot that the word "integrated" includes an "n." The typo affected roughly 30 of the 250 diplomas awarded to future Woodwards and Bernsteins, according to the Washington Post.

    Those who received a diploma with a pesky typo will get a replacement, university spokesperson Desiree Hanford told media blogger Jim Romenesko.

    This isn't the first case of an educational institution messing up its own diplomas. Last year was a banner year for boo-boos. Radford University misspelled "Virginia" on its diplomas, and Stanford University issued diplomas with the wrong signature.

    And in 2012, a Maryland high school was forced to reprint 8,000 diplomas after someone pointed out that the word "progam" is

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  • The elite club of astronauts is limited to just over 500 people. But if you’ve ever wanted to make the voyage yourself, it might only cost you $10.

    The Urgency Network, a nonprofit startup, is behind several goodwill campaigns that use their connections to celebrities like Hugh Jackman, Paul McCartney, Thom Yorke and Richard Branson to offer donors unique experiences.

    The model of Urgency Network, founded by Donald Eley and Brandon Deroche, is pretty simple: Donate $10 to a good cause, and you'll be entered into a raffle to win an amazing prize. Each $10 donation gets you another ticket, and after the first donation, donors can also volunteer for a variety of tasks to earn additional tickets.

    And now, thanks to the “Ticket to Rise” campaign, which benefits Oxfam, PETA and the Voice Project, that $10 donation could land you a spot on an XCOR flight, one of two new ventures that will launch commercial space flights beginning in 2015.

    “It’s one of the most exciting opportunities of our

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  • Oklahoma meteorologist deals with earthquake live on the air

    "Oh, my gosh," KOCO's Danielle Dozier says.

    Shake, rattle and keep rolling, because we are live on the air, folks.

    An Oklahoma City meteorologist showed grace under fire when her television studio was struck by a fairly significant earthquake in the middle of her forecast.

    No sooner had Danielle Dozier said something about nightly winds than the studio started to rumble. "Oh, my gosh," Dozier said, before covering her mouth with her hand as if she'd just screamed an unholy string of four-letter words in the presence of the queen. "I'm so sorry — this is live on air," she continued.

    While the earthquake (one of four that morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey) certainly had an effect on Dozier's delivery, she handled things with relative calm compared to other broadcasters who've suffered through quakes while on the air.

    Consider the case of KTLA

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