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March 5, 2013 at 6:30 AM
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FAA investigates 'Harlem Shake'

DENVER, March 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it is investigating a "Harlem Shake" incident aboard a Frontier Airlines flight.

KUSA, Denver, reported members of the Colorado College Wasabi ultimate Frisbee team flying from Colorado to San Diego decided to do their version of the viral dance craze.

The FAA confirmed last week it was looking into the dance that took place in the plain's aisles after the seat-belt sign had been turned off.

A sophomore told KUSA he had asked a flight attendant for permission before the performance began.

'Fresh Prince' voicemail alarms schools

AMBRIDGE, Pa., March 4 (UPI) -- A voicemail tune on a phone in Beaver County, Pa., was mistaken as a threat, and officials closed down schools for 20 minutes.

The voicemail actually played the theme from the 1990s sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," which contains a line, "And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school," the Beaver County Times reported. Officials thought the line was about "shooting people outside of the school," the newspaper said.

Police searched for the 19-year-old Ambridge Area High School student Travis Clawson who recorded the theme.

The report said the voicemail reached police when an eye doctor's receptionist called the student Thursday to remind him about an appointment, but when he did not pick up his voicemail prompted her to call the school. The school, in turn, contacted the police.

Clawson was not charged, but officials urged Clawson's parents to have the voice mail message changed.

Couple near 80 years of marriage

GOLDSBORO, N.C., March 4 (UPI) -- A North Carolina couple preparing to celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary said their advice to young couples is to "be humble and have patience."

Robert Gerald, 97, and Virginia Gerald, 95, of Goldsboro said they married when Robert was 17 and Virginia was 15 and they are now preparing for their 80th wedding anniversary April 12, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer reported Monday.

The couple, who the Observer said may be the longest-married in the state, had their first child within a year of being married and eventually had a total 11 children and Robert and Virginia could not agree on whether they had 36 or 40 grandchildren.

The couple said they have advice for couples seeking to reach the 80-year mark in their relationships.

"Love one another till death do you part," he said. "Remember that God is in charge. Be humble and have patience. Behind every cloud, the sun will rise again in your life."

Queens student has worst school commute

NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) -- A 14-year-old student from New York City is being featured in a photo exhibit Monday night at the United Nations for his more than 2-hour commute to school.

Santiago Munoz, who lives in a Far Rockaway housing project in Queens gets up a 5 a.m. to take a bus to the subway to get to the Bronx High School of Science every morning, the New York Post reported.

The trip to the Bronx high school -- one of the best in the country -- takes him between two hours and 20 minutes and two hours and 40 minutes, depending on how transit is running.

"The trip I do every day to get to school everyone should be willing to do to get a good education," he said.

Munoz's journey is being featured in a photo exhibit titled "Journeys to School," sponsored in part by Veolia, an international transit company. The exhibit highlights the hardships children face getting to school.

Other students featured in the exhibit are a Brazilian kid who rides a donkey school and a girl in Kenya who walks two hours to get to class.

"Even though it takes me longer, their trips are harder," Munoz said of the other children featured in the exhibit. "I think I'm privileged to take a train compared to a donkey. I'd prefer a long ride and a safer trip than going one hour through a gang-filled or war-torn country."

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