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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, in 2003 when he was director of the Office of Management.
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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced early Sunday that he will not be going after the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
The Associated Press reports that in an e-mail sent to supporters just after midnight, Daniels said that as he debated whether to run or not, "I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one. The interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry."
Porfirio Ramirez sits before the camera on the set of the movie <em>Porfirio</em>, in which he plays himself. In 2005, Ramirez hijacked a Colombian airplane and demanded compensation from the government for the injury that paralyzed him. He claimed rogue police officers had shot him.
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Director Alejandro Landes says the headline "Paralyzed Man in Diapers Hijacks Plane to Bogota" stuck with him after reading it, and three months later, he knocked on Porfirio Ramirez's door to speak to the man.
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The Cannes Film Festival has always screened the avante-garde, and this year there was a particularly quirky entry from Colombia. It's a film about a man, paralyzed after being shot by police, who grows so desperate for state compensation that he hijacks an airliner with two grenades hidden in his diaper.
What may be even stranger is that it's a true story — and in the film, the hijacker plays himself.
Alexandra Robbins is also the author of <em>Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities</em> and <em>The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids. </em>She says that in high school she was a "floater."<em></em>
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If there wasn't a spot for you at the cool table in the cafeteria, fear not: In her new book, The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, Alexandra Robbins argues that the teen losers of today are the adult success stories of tomorrow.
Robbins wasn't an outcast in high school, but she wasn't a popular kid either. "I was what's known as a floater," she tells NPR's Liane Hansen. "I could sit at the edge of most cafeteria tables, but was never a part of any one group. I was also a dork. And still am. And proud!"