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AGENCIES

Jobless grad sues college

A New York City woman who says she can’t find a job is suing the college where she earned a bachelor’s degree. Trina Thompson filed a lawsuit last week against Monroe College in Bronx Supreme Court, the New York Post reported. The 27-year-old is seeking the US$70,000 she spent on tuition. Thompson said she has been unable to find gainful employment since she received her information technology degree in April. She says the school’s Office of Career Advancement had not provided her with the leads and career advice it promises. Monroe College spokesman Gary Axelbank said Thompson’s lawsuit is completely without merit. The college insists it helps its graduates find jobs.

■UNITED STATES

Recession Ride pays off

When Eric Hagen started Recession Ride Taxi in Essex, Vermont, he took more questions than fares. Everyone wanted to know if the sign reading “Pay What You Want!” on the back of his taxi was for real. It is, and Hagen says he hasn’t been shortchanged yet. He offers pay-what-you-can bottles of water, Gatorade and soda and a free ride after six paid fares. He tells the Burlington Free Press that business has been good. Most of his transactions are in cash. But he’s also gotten a CD from a musician and a US$10 supermarket card. Hagen has been offering his taxi service Thursday through Sunday nights since June. When he’s not a taxi driver, the 46-year-old Hagen works full time for the American Red Cross.

■UNITED STATES

Palin speaks on gun rights

Sarah Palin made a weekend public appearance after keeping a low profile since she resigned as Alaska governor on July 26. She gave a speech on gun rights on Saturday night at a banquet in Anchorage. The event capped a four-day National Rifle Association (NRA) seminar hosted by the Alaska Gun Collectors Association. NRA director Wayne Anthony Ross said Palin attended the dinner with her husband, Todd.

■UNITED STATES

Prison move mulled

Officials are considering two stateside prisons as possible sites to house terrorism suspects currently being held in a military prison at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Washington Post reported yesterday. Citing unnamed government officials, the newspaper reported that the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, was under consideration along with a prison in Standish, Michigan. Members of Congress have vehemently objected to moving terrorism prisoners from Guantanamo to domestic locations.

■BRAZIL

Teen dies on flight home

A 15-year-old girl who was suffering flu-like symptoms died on a flight home to Sao Paulo after a group trip to Disneyland in Florida. Jaqueline Ruas came down with flu symptoms a few days before boarding the Copa Airlines flight in Orlando but a check-up by US doctors excluded a swine flu infection, the state news agency Estadao said. She complained of feeling seriously ill on the plane before losing consciousness. Two doctors on board tried in vain to revive her. The travel agency that organized the trip said Ruas and the 30 other people in her group left for the 12-day trip on July 19. She started feeling ill on Thursday, and was admitted to hospital, but she was released after laboratory tests showed she did not have swine flu.

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