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Webcams monitor Biloxi students

BILOXI, MISS. - Students in Biloxi public schools started classes last week under the watchful eye of webcams that will keep track of every classroom and hallway. School and security officials said they believed Biloxi is one of the first districts in the nation to install cameras in every classroom.

Biloxi started installing the cameras two years ago, and now that the project is complete, there are more than 500 cameras in district schools, said Deputy Superintendent Robert Voles. The cameras, which don't record sound, are contained in circular domes on the ceiling, giving a sweeping view of the classrooms.

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Not so quiet on the western front

ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST - Students smashed car windows and pelted Ivory Coast's presidential buildings with stones last week, demanding compensation for a year of school they lost due to civil war, which officially ended July 4. Police arrested at least three youths, but students vowed to take to the streets again in the coming days if their demands are not met.

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