This breakout 'Star Wars' star used her salary to pay off her student loans

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When Kelly Marie Tran finally landed her very first part in a film after eight years as a struggling actor, it was the role of a lifetime: fan favorite Rose Tico in "Stars Wars: The Last Jedi." All at once, after almost a decade, she had made it — and making it meant, among other things, paying off her student …

East Palo Alto teacher recognized for community work at Warriors game

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Forty-eight hours after his 3rd annual Mr. Steve's Toy Drive in East Palo Alto, a P.E. teacher and high school football coach found himself on court at Oracle Arena during halftime of a Golden State Warriors game. Stephen Ashford, 43, took center stage last week as recipient of the Walmart Community …

Slain WMU cheerleader 'was just starting his life'

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During a “Welcome Week” celebration for incoming freshmen at Western Michigan University's Waldo Stadium this past Labor Day weekend, Damond Carpenter walked right up to the school's cheerleading booth. He had no experience with the sport, but he was an athletic young man —a football player …

College football's sleeping giant, Georgia, is wide awake

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Richards said the HOPE scholarship program in Georgia, which was created in 1993, helped recruit high school coaches (including from neighboring Florida) with the promise of funding their own children's college education. In addition, he said, many of the suburban public schools in Atlanta have …

Why Troy Williams' final act as a college quarterback was exactly what you'd expect

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(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Utes quarterback Troy Williams (3) runs off the field after a third down play as the University of Utah hosts Stanford, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City Saturday October 7, 2017. By Christopher Kamrani. · 4 hours ago. With nothing but …

Look inside Alabaster's new $68 million Thompson High School

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In May of 2014 the school board authorized the purchase of 300+acres for the new Thompson High School complex. Planned for a 2000-2200 student capacity the new school is conveniently located within a mile of the existing high school which was built in 1986 for a maximum of 800 students but now …