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It was an ordinary Friday. Courtney Brown, 24, of Kalamazoo, Mich., was busy looking for a job. “I’ve applied all kinds of places,” she says. “Wal-Mart, Target, Verizon Wireless.”
Then she got a strange letter in the mail. “‘We are writing you with good news,’” she reads to me over the phone. “‘We got rid of some of your Everest College debt … no one should be forced to mortgage their future for an education.’”
The letter went on to say that her private student loan from a for-profit college, in the amount of $790.05, had just been forgiven outright by something called the Rolling Jubilee.
Since November 2012, Rolling Jubilee has purchased and eradicated about $15 million worth of debt arising from unpaid medical bills. Today, the group announced that it has erased $3.9 million in private student loans, including Courtney Brown’s and almost 3,000 other students of the for-profit Everest College.
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Catching geologic processes in the act can be tricky business. Many are rare and over in a jiffy, so witnessing them is unlikely. Some are so slow you’d never notice them happening, whereas others are too dangerous for observers to get close enough. But lucky for us, an ongoing geological marvel is going on in the Sierra Nevada that someone managed to capture on film.
The lake is closed until this settles down. Fingers crossed Mother Earth finishes her exfoliation in time for the lake to open up again next summer.