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Sept. 17, 2012
Sept. 17, 2012

Table of Contents
Sept. 17, 2012

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
PEYTON MANNING
PARALYMPICS
  • Eleven years after he lost his legs and nearly his life in a gruesome crash, former open-wheel driver Alex Zanardi is still a speed racer—as a decorated Paralympic handcyclist

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
NASCAR 2012 CHASE PREVIEW
The Boy They Couldn't Kill
  • Thirteen years ago, NFL receiver Rae Carruth conspired to kill his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn son. The child has not only survived but thrived—thanks to the unwavering love of his grandmother

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Deion Sanders's Texas charter school isn't making the grade

Prime Prep Academy, a charter school with campuses in Dallas and Fort Worth, has been troubled almost from the moment Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders announced his plan to open it last September.

This is an article from the Sept. 17, 2012 issue

Within months, a pair of local news reports had exposed phantom corporate donations and questionable real-estate agreements contained in the school's application to the Texas board of education. Last month Prime Prep's football team was banned from varsity play because 80% of its players live outside the district.

On Aug. 29, Sanders, the team's co-coach, stood by as his squad broke from practice and crossed a busy street to surround and harass a TV reporter. Another coach had earlier chased the reporter from the public park in which the team was practicing. (Sanders couldn't be reached for comment, and no one from the academy responded to an e-mail requesting an interview.)

Competing as a jayvee team, Prime Prep dropped its opener 50--6 on Aug. 31 and fell 48--30 last Friday. Those aren't the kinds of results Sanders had in mind last month when he was asked what Prime Prep's mascot would be. His answer: "Winning."

PHOTOKELLEY CHIN (SANDERS)