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The bare minimum would be expected for most high school seniors who’ve been abandoned by their parents, slept on friends’ couches and had to work part-time jobs to survive.

But Dawn Loggins, a brainy 18-year-old from North Carolina, dreamed of more: Now, she’s headed for Harvard University in spite of growing up homeless.

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Abandoned by her parents, Loggins and her brother were living with their grandmother. That’s when the teasing started, she told WBTV in Charlotte.

Her grandmother “never really explained to me ... that it was important to shower — it was important to take care of yourself, so I would go months at a time without showering,” Loggins said. “I would wear the same dress to school for months at a time.”

Her mother and a stepfather came back into her life when she turned 13, but they brought little stability, according to reports.

“We were evicted several times,” Loggins told WBTV. “I went to three different middle schools, three different high schools.”

Her parents were unable to pay the utility bills, and there were times the teen did her homework by candlelight, she said.

In March 2010, Loggins’ mother enrolled her at Burns High as a sophomore. By her junior year, her parents skipped town again, but Loggins was taken in by a friend’s mother, according to The Observer.

She took a job as a janitor at her school, arriving for her two-hour shift at 6 a.m. Through it all, she also kept good grades, earning straight A’s and ranking 10th in her class.

At Harvard, she’ll rely on grants and take an on-campus job to pay for her tuition and board, according to reports.

Loggins said she holds no ill-will toward her parents or grandmother, and that she learned a valuable lesson: that having a good work ethic can help overcome adversity.

“There are no excuses,” Loggins told WBTV. “It all depends on you, and no one else.”
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Oddly, and sadly, I'm reminded of the honours student who had two jobs, and was put in jail for missing school days, which was usually just her showing up late end missing attendance.
It's amazing, people will criticize you for "biting the hand that feeds you," while they're busy praising the hand that beats them.

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What goes up, must come down Smile

A decade ago, Fortune pegged CNET founder Halsey Minor's net worth at $354 million. Today he's fending off lawsuits seeking $60 million. Has he run out of money?

The $60 million in lawsuits cover a series of botched deals for art, real-estate and other expensive toys. The root cause, however, as PEHub's Connie Loizos writes, is that Minor has been "living like a billionaire." (Coincidentally, $60 million is also what he hoped to spend on a Gulfstream jet — a deal that he claims fell through because of a lender's misdeeds.)

Minor is contesting all of these lawsuits, and has filed some countersuits of his own. But think about what it says that all these institutions devoted to serving the wealthy are suing the entrepreneur. If they thought there was money to be made with Minor down the road, would they be contesting his dealings in court as opposed to quietly working out a settlement?

What Minor doesn't have, according to at least one lawsuit filed against him: cash on hand. He's being sued by Sotheby's and Christie's for nonpayment of artwork he bid on. Merrill Lynch is suing over a $25 million loan it extended. Silverton Bank, the lender for a Charlottesville hotel, is suing for $10.5 million in missed payments.

Sotheby's says Minor told its employees that he couldn't pay because he didn't have the cash, a charge he testily disputes. In his lawsuit with Merrill, he contends that the investment bank's move to freeze his account forced him to sell other investments at a loss — again, a move he wouldn't have had to make if he had the cash on hand. He also claims Merrill's merger with Bank of America scotched the financing for his Gulfstream jet.

His splurges, chronicled in Portfolio last year include:
A divorce which cost him roughly half of the $100 million fortune he walked away from CNET with, as well as the $300 million he made as an investor in Salesforce.com.
An estate in Charlottesville, Va.
A $15.3 million plantation in Williamsburg, Va.
A $20 million home in Bel Air, which he's been trying to sell without success; it's now listed at $11.4 million.


A $22 million house in San Francisco's Presidio Heights neighborhood, for which he'd hired celebrity designer Michael Smith to oversee a $15 million makeover.
A $30 million luxury hotel development in downtown Charlottesville, now on hold amidst a lawsuit.
A $3 million deposit on the $58.5 million Gulfstream G650 jet.
A modern art collection, including several works by Richard Prince, whose estimated value runs into the tens of millions of dollars.
A host of startups under the umbrella of his investment firm, Minor Ventures. One of them, 8020 Media, flamed out spectacularly earlier this year.

The picture that these lawsuits paint is one of an angry dotcom mogul with a vanished fortune who's looking for someone else to blame for his woes. As a riches-to-rags story, it makes for great art.
"America's Foremost Satirical Magician" -- Jeff McBride.
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May, not must. Minor's behavior doesn't seem exactly like Miss Loggins, in a number of respects.
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Did not Halsey Minor not win the dispute with Christie's?
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The young lady didn't get into Harvard because she was homeless nor as an example all teens could follow. She got in because she is obviously extremely bright which was reflected on het SATs. Harvard also, much to there credit, offers 'can afford to pay' rates to poorer students. A small percentage qualify bt scores and good for them, others have to have a name, big bucks, or be an athlete.
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Being extremely stupid is just an excuse.
If there is a single truth about Magic, it is that nothing on earth so efficiently evades it.

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While the girl has obviously experienced a great deal of bad fortune in her life, her good fortune is that the grants exist to help her pay for the tuition.
In my own case, it was an assistance program funded by Unemployment Insurance when I was laid off and the economy was just getting really bad which enabled me to go back to school.
If that help hadn't been there then I don't know if I could have managed to get back to school at all, and I may not be graduating with honors in 6 days.

At any rate, congratulations to her on her grades and hard work.
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Absolutely right, Santa.
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Critter, I looked into a program for education because my job went to the Philippines. I actually know and like the guy who took the job there. Because the majority of those who lost their job at my company in another city had jobs go to New England I fell in with them and didn't qualify. Gotta love loop holds.
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I believe the program I was in was cut right around the time that I no longer needed it. Lucky day for me Smile
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I have a nephew who is a professional student.
If there is a single truth about Magic, it is that nothing on earth so efficiently evades it.

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I knew a guy in his 70's who would occasionally take a class at the community college just to always learn something new. He also built a legal gun range on his property and reloaded his own ammunition. When he was younger he owned a Tae Kwon Do school in Georgia.
Besides all of this, he was the dirtiest old man I've ever met in my life.
Very interesting individual and a good friend.
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I knew a guy who's brother was a professional student at Harvard kinda. He taught there as well part time but in order to study. I always enjoyed taking classes.

This is being written as I wait for a tow truck in the desert. Note, make sure your spare gets put back or you may be in the desert hoping no coyotes or gun packers show up.
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Hi Santa,

Hope the tow truck got there before the coyotes or the pistoleros. Let us know.
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Unless the gun-packers were there to shoot the coyotes.
"The fool is one who doesn't know what you have just found out."
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I survived. I had my yorkies with me and that was the biggest concern, I don't have an issue with the dark. I was scared the sheriffs would show up though. This is one of those counties where it is better not to be helped by the deputies cuz you just end up cuffed until they decide you are okay.
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On 2012-06-11 14:16, MagicSanta wrote:
I survived. I had my yorkies with me and that was the biggest concern, I don't have an issue with the dark. I was scared the sheriffs would show up though. This is one of those counties where it is better not to be helped by the deputies cuz you just end up cuffed until they decide you are okay.


Usually when that happens, if you just remind them that they work for you, and you're aware of your 4th Amendment rights, that straightens them right out.


The above does not establish an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as providing legal advice.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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Thanks Lobo....they dump bodies here you know.
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