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Bellevue teen splurges on prom night for homeless shelter: Students at Newport High in Bellevue have raised more than $2,000 to throw a fancy dinner party — a prom, of sorts — for residents at a local women’s shelter. Senior Isaac Chan organized the effort, saying he was frustrated by the expensive status symbols associated with prom.

Study finds poverty can hinder brain development (The New Yorker): New research has concluded that overcrowding, loud noise, and other stresses that children experience while living in poverty release toxic hormones in the developing brain, similar to the effects from drug or alcohol abuse.

Feds making it easier for Corinthian students to erase debt (AP): The U.S. government plans to provide debt relief to some students who attended the for-profit college chain, which filed for bankruptcy last spring amid a federal investigation.

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