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Wake-up call story still has life

May 17, 2011 - Bennet Goldstein
It appears the Marshalltown High School wake-up call story that ran in the Times-Republican last Friday has taken on a life of its own. The program, where chronically-tardy students will get automated wake-up calls, is getting notoriety across the nation and was on NPR Tuesday. The story swept across the state last week after the Associated Press picked it up from us. Now it appears it has kept up its momentum. Sam Biddle, a writer on the website Gizmodo, has an interesting take. “Among the things that could have possibly made high school more annoying, getting a robo-call telling me to wake up at 6:30 am would probably be high on the list!,” Biddle writes. “That or having the principal pour water on my face.” We thought it was a pretty big story when we received the announcement from the school district, but we had no idea it would still have legs five days later.


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