Education: Worst in 125 Years

At 4 a.m. one day last week, sleeping students in the Gothic-style men's dormitory at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio awoke to hoarse shouts of "Fire!" By then, the 120-year-old building was doomed. Smoke billowed through corridors, and flames (which had started in a defective flue) were rolling up the old-fashioned stair well in the center of the building. As men jumped from their beds and opened doors that were already warm, the fire tore through the roof, rushed crackling along the eaves to the wings. Some students dashed out before it was too late. Some jumped from windows, others tried...

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