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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Jay Leno pokes fun at Needham honor roll decision

NEEDHAM

"Tonight Show" host Jay Leno riffed on Needham High School in his monologue Tuesday for no longer publishing its honor roll in local papers.

"How politically correct is this?" Leno said. "In Needham, Massachusetts, the high school there will no longer publish the honor roll for fear it might make the kids flunking out feel bad Ė their self esteem."

He then quipped, "What are the odds those kids could even read it?"

"Isnít that like not printing the sports page because it would make the Oakland Raiders feel bad?" he joked.

High School principal Paul Richards has defended the decision not to publish the honor roll, saying it will lessen the competitive culture surrounding grades.

-- Calvin Hennick

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