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Spitball Suspension Reaches Virginia Supreme Court

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Some say it was just a prank, but now, a case involving spit-wads has reached the Virginia Supreme Court, according to the Associated Press.

Fourteen-year-old Andrewn Mikel was suspended from Spotsylvania High after school officials say he shot small, hollow plastic pellets at other students during lunch. The district says Mikel was in possession of a "weapon" and engaged in "violent criminal conduct."

He was suspended in December 2010 for the rest of the school year.

An attorney for a Charlottesville constitutional rights group asked the Virginia Supreme Court to reverse the suspension during oral arguments Tuesday. The Rutherford Institute contends that school officials violated the boy's due process rights. They also say Mikel didn't intend to hurt anyone and the pellets don't meet the school code's definition of weapons.


An Exuberantly Dark First Novel Explores The Chaos Of Central Africa

Fiston Mwanza Mujila's novel, Tram 83, is a freewheeling tale about life in an imaginary place inspired by the author's home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Critic John Powers has a review.

Berkeley's Sugary Drinks Are Getting Pricier, Thanks To New Tax

Berkeley, Calif., passed a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages in 2014. Researchers say soda prices went up three months after it was implemented — a first step toward reducing consumption.

Best Twitter Reactions To McCarthy Withdrawing From Speaker Race

The political world was shocked when the GOP House leader took himself out of consideration for speaker. Rep. Charlie Rangel tweeted that unlike his smoothie, things weren't "smooth" for McCarthy.

How Skyscraper Construction Ties Into Tech Bubbles

There's a lot of talk in Silicon Valley about a tech bubble.Our Planet Money podcast team examines one possible indicator of a bubble: architecture. Very, very tall architecture.

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