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Former heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe can't seem to settle on a career.

Mr. Bowe recently applied for a position as an assistant security-staff member with the Prince George's County, Md., school system. If he is offered the position, he will receive $10.49 an hour, a far cry from the millions he earned while in the ring.

This has been a busy but indecisive year for Mr. Bowe. The 29-year-old signed up with the Marine Corps Reserve in January, but quit after 11 days of boot camp. In April, he put down his boxing gloves to pursue work with a community-service program for the cable network HBO.

The school system is currently reviewing his application.

The New Mexico state board of education has appointed veteran educator Michael Davis as the new state superintendent.

He will succeed Alan Morgan, who announced his resignation in January after 12 years as the head of state schools.

Mr. Davis, who was among seven finalists for the post, has been an associate state superintendent for the past seven years. Before that, he was with the state education department for more than a decade.

The appointment of Mr. Davis marks only the third time the state superintendent's position has changed hands in the past 37 years. He will take the helm of the 327,250-student system in August, at an annual salary of $110,000.

Nine-year-old Ashley Legaspi has the write stuff. She was named the national handwriting champion last month by Zaner-Bloser, the nation's largest publisher of handwriting texts, and Parker Pen.

The dexterous 4th grader from Jacksonville, Fla., was singled out of 181,500 ambitious scribes in grades 1-6. She even edged out her twin sister, Bridget.

Students at Sacred Heart School gathered last week in an assembly where she received her prizes of a $500 U.S. Savings Bond, a plaque, and a Parker pen....Teachers College, Columbia University, has awarded Ennis William Cosby, the late son of actor Bill Cosby, a posthumous Master of Education degree in reading and learning disabilities. Ennis Cosby was shot to death in January. At the time, he had completed the required number of credits towards his master's degree.

--ADRIENNE D. COLES [email protected]

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