- California: Stanford University is expanding its "medical empire," Chris Rauber reports for the San Francisco Business Times, with a nearly $80 million Neuroscience Health Center. The 92,000 square-foot center—which will deliver comprehensive care to patients experiencing neurological disorders, such as brain tumors, epilepsy and strokes—is expected to open for patient care next month (Rauber, "Bay Area Biztalk," San Francisco Business Times, 12/11).
- New Mexico: John Hutton, a first-generation college student and 62-year old man, finishes his degree at the University of New Mexico this week—42 years after starting it. Hutton works as a college tour driver and is a self-proclaimed history buff. Hutton says he was inspired to return to school, so he took classes on evenings and weekends. He's fallen so in love with the work that next semester, Hutton plans to begin his graduate degree (Burkhart, KRQE News 13, 12/11).
- Texas: A University of North Texas police officer fatally shot a student wielding an axe and moving toward him, the school's president said in a statement Sunday. The student was suspected of breaking car windows in the early hours of Sunday morning. He was later identified as university student Ryan McMillan, 21 years old. The university is partnering with the Texas Rangers to investigate the case, and the officer has been put on administrative duty until the investigation is complete (Taketa, Dallas Morning News, 12/13; Reuters, 12/13).
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