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Dallas mall requires teens to be chaperoned after 6 p.m.

Published May 11, 2012

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Mall requires chaperones after 6 p.m.

Teenagers have been hanging out at shopping malls since the 1970s. It almost seems like a rite of passage. But at NorthPark Center in Dallas, that rite of passage now requires a parent after 6 p.m. NorthPark is enforcing a new "code of conduct" that requires anyone 17 or younger to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian while inside the mall after 6 p.m. "We've spoken with all of the merchants in NorthPark, and they think this a very good idea," NorthPark spokesman Mark Annick said. While many parents support it, others maintain that 6 p.m. is too early to enforce a code of conduct. NorthPark security will enforce the code by randomly checking IDs. Unaccompanied teenagers 17 and under will be asked to call their parents to join them or come pick them up.

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Police visit girl, 4, to get back books

The case of the four overdue library books and the little west Pennsylvania girl who borrowed them is closed, thanks in part to local police who were sent to investigate the case. Four-year-old Katelyn Jageman's books were due back to the Freeport Area Library on Oct. 19, 2011. Until Thursday, they were still in her possession. Library officials said the case was turned over to police, who made a courtesy call to the child's home. After phone calls and letters to the family, the library alerted authorities and put the problem in their hands. The library receives no federal funding and relies on memberships, donations, and a secondhand shop to survive. Over a 204-day period, Katelyn owed the library $81.60.

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College accidentally expels all students

Thousands of college students got a rude awakening when they were unceremoniously, and erroneously, kicked out of a Michigan university. The culprit: an email glitch. Eastern Michigan University meant to give just 100-odd students the boot for poor grades — but every member of the student body got the bad news in their inboxes Friday. Once the school realized its error, it scrambled to reassure all the panicked students — and, in some cases, graduates — who had received the email.

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Man goes to jail for answering cell

Letting your cellphone ring in court is rarely a good idea. And taking the call could get you put in jail. A Northern Ireland man received a jail sentence Wednesday after his phone rang, the judge told him to turn it off, and he instead took the call and had a chat. The judge ordered Paddy Sweeney, 36, behind bars for two hours, then fined him $322 for willfully interrupting the court in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Sweeney could have faced a maximum penalty of a month in jail and a $4,025 fine.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.