Sgt. Ray Lewis; Betty White

Betty White to skip Marine ball: While Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake are committed to attending the Marine Corps Ball in November after being asked via YouTube by Marines, Betty White, who was also asked, won't be able to accept Sgt. Ray Lewis' invitation. She released a statement saying she was unable to attend because of scheduling conflicts.

Study unmasks myths about school discipline: A report released Thursday of a study of nearly a million Texas children found that nearly identical schools suspended and expelled students at very different rates. The authors say it challenges a common misperception that the only way schools can manage behavior is through suspension.


U.S. delivers "stern message" to Libya: A high-ranking U.S. delegation held direct talks last weekend with representatives of Muammar Qaddafi's government, the Washington Post reports. U.S. officials said the meeting was intended to deliver a "stern message" to the Libyan leader to step down.

Students decry landfill expansion near HBCU: There is no full-service grocery store within about six miles of Paul Quinn College in Dallas. But in that very same community, city officials want to expand a landfill. Students at the historically black college in the Highland Hills community and other activists are crying foul.

In other news: Profs Get Black History Lessons at Harvard.

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