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Lost Kindergartener in Alexandria Prompts Changes

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After a school bus in Alexandria, Virginia dropped a five-year-old Kindergarten student in an unfamiliar neighborhood, administrators are trying to figure out ways to prevent what happened to him from taking place again. Gavin Salinas made it home OK after a stranger noticed him crying and called his mother.

But administrators in Alexandria say they are investigating a number of future changes, including a daily roster check and distributing electronic swipe cards to each student. Spokeswoman Amy Carlini says administrators will install signs with animal logos in all 86 buses in the school system next week.

Michael Pope reports...

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Surfers once deemed man-made waves weak and mushy compared to the best that break along the coast. Then engineers and an 11-time world champion surfer showed just how good an artificial wave can be.

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