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The skinny: High school has plenty of very similar faces

Seeing double

High school has plenty of very similar faces

Those attending a suburban Philadelphia high school commencement ceremony this month will see a lot of familiar faces: The school plans to graduate no fewer than 14 pairs of twins. The 2014 graduating class of William Tennent High School in Bucks County has five sets of male twins, seven sets of male/female twins and two sets of female twins, the Bucks County Courier Times reported. School principal Dennis Best said he isn't surprised by the number among the 485 graduates. "I am reminded of this on a daily basis while walking through the hallways and wondering 'How did I just walk by the same student twice?' " he said. The twin birth rate rose 76 percent from 1980 through 2009, from 18.9 to 33.3 per 1,000 births, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. That means one in every 30 babies born in the United States was a twin in 2009 compared with one in every 53 in 1980. Researchers have attributed the increase to growing use of fertility drugs and treatments and more births to older women, since mothers in their 30s are more likely to have twins than younger or older women.

Century celebration

Having birthday wish come true

An Ohio woman who lives at a retirement home and turned 100 on Monday had just one wish for her birthday: She wanted to do some yard work and smell fresh-cut grass. Trudy Price of Bowling Green got her wish with the help of the grounds crew at Bowling Green State University. She pushed one of the university's mowers and then helped plant flowers near the student union on campus. She also sat atop one of the crew's riding lawn mowers. Price says staying active is important.

A safe landing

Sigh of relief after fall from prom bus

A Southern California teenager riding a bus to her high school prom fell out a window onto a highway but wasn't seriously injured. A California Highway Patrol officer told the Orange County Register that 50 Corona del Mar High School students were on the bus Saturday night when Charlotte Boyse, 17, fell. Her father said she leaned back to let someone pass and the window gave way, but as she fell two friends grabbed her and were able to turn her upright so she didn't land on her head. She was treated at a hospital for cuts and bruises and released.

Compiled from wire services

The skinny: High school has plenty of very similar faces 06/09/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 12:23am]
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