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Birthday Book

When students at a rural South Carolina elementary school embarked on a class history project last year, they had no idea that they'd give an entire community cause for celebration.

The Pauline-Glenn Springs Elementary School students spent months digging through artifacts and records for a book project on the region's past. What they uncovered was evidence that Pauline was about to turn 100.

So leaders in the community southeast of Spartanburg decided to throw a centennial birthday party to celebrate.

"Because of the little booklet, we noticed we were fixing to have a birthday," Elizabeth Johnson, Pauline's unofficial historian, said of the students' 16-page book of illustrated stories.

According to the book, Pauline was settled in the 1760s and went through many name changes, until Dr. S.D. Lancaster christened the town after his daughter, Birdie Pauline Lancaster, on Sept. 25, 1895.

About a quarter of Pauline's 4,500 residents attended the recent birthday bash.

The Big Screen

A school-bus hijacking last month has landed driver Alicia Chapman the role of a national heroine. Now the story of the cool-headed Dade County, Fla., bus driver may be headed for film.

It seems that Hollywood has gone Miami, with offers from the likes of Warner Brothers and Columbia Pictures Television pouring in. Ms. Chapman could make $75,000 or more for selling her story of the hijacking, according to Linda Carroll, the Miami lawyer she has hired to wade through the offers.

On Nov. 2, 42-year-old Catalino Sang hijacked the bus Ms. Chapman was driving--and the 13 children on board--by claiming to have a bomb. After an hourlong chase, police shot and killed the man.

Ms. Chapman has not yet decided on her course of action. But, Ms. Carroll said, "I'm sure that something will develop."

--Jessica Portner & Cheryl Gamble

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