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iStock/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- The Greek system at the University of Central Florida is the subject of harsh scrutiny after a student claimed a fraternity rejected him because of his sexuality.

George Dumont, 19, said representatives of Beta Theta Pi made it clear he wasn't going to join because he is gay.

"It nearly broke me, to be honest," Dumont said. "...I've been through a very dark period where, you know, I probably wouldn't be here today if it weren't for a couple of really close friends."

The former UCF cheerleader took to social media to bring attention to his case, posting his story to YouTube. Meanwhile, the president of the 70-member chapter responded to the allegations, denying them and explaining that the same time Dumont was rejected, another gay student was initiated.

Mediation talks are planned between the parties involved to resolve the discrimination claim. University spokesperson Chad Binnette said the meetings will involve diversity experts, psychologists, and several department heads.

"The goal is to provide support for students who also many not know where they can turn for help if they feel like they're a victim or witness of bias," Binnette said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- A computer glitch caused several Florida school districts to cancel exams Tuesday, delaying the administration of the yearly Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. More than 20,000 students across five counties were affected by the technical troubles.

Overall, 26 school districts were hit by the server crash. In Orange County, a total of 12,000 kids couldn't take the test at all. Pearson, the company involved, claims the problem is resolved and says it is working with districts to set up make-up test dates. A national issue with Internet service is blamed.

Students prepared for the exam months in advance, leaving several parents upset with the unexpected issue on testing day.

"I wish they would have known sooner or something," one parent said. "I always feel bad that I have to make my kids come because of the FCAT but, you know, it is what it is."

State education leaders are threatening action against Pearson, with a letter from Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart calling the failure "inexcusable."

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Karent Bleier/AFP/Getty Images(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- The teenager who miraculously survived a five-hour journey in the unpressurized wheel well of a jetliner said he ran away from home because he was angry about an argument he had with his stepmother and his dad, an airport official in Hawaii who spoke with the boy told ABC News on Tuesday.

Maui Airports District Manager Marvin Moniz said he spent some time with the stowaway on Sunday after an airport worker found the 15-year-old wandering the tarmac disoriented.

The teen told Moniz that he hadn't seen his biological mother since he was 2 years old and that he wanted to go see her. But it wasn't clear if that was the goal of the teen's daring journey from San Jose, Calif., Moniz said.

Airport surveillance video captured the stowaway -- wearing a hoodie, jeans and sneakers -- exiting the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767, which departed from San Jose and landed in Kahului, Maui, at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

"It's not a temperature-controlled area so the fact that he was able to survive is a miracle," Moniz previously told ABC News.

After the flight was airborne, the boy passed out inside the wheel well, FBI officials said. When the plane landed after a 2,300-mile journey, the boy was still passed out and he did not come to for about an hour, the FBI said.

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Carla White-Keefe/Facebook(BOSTON) -- One marathoner was sprinting towards the finish line for a different reason than all his fellow Boston runners Monday.

Upon reaching the finish line, Greg Picklesimer dropped to one knee to propose to his girlfriend, Carla White, who was lovingly waiting for him at the end of his long race.

“I had two goals in mind,” Picklesimer, 47, of Newton, Mass., told GoodMorningAmerica.com.

“One was running under a certain time. And my bigger goal was to propose to Carla. My time goal fell apart a little bit after I was running, but the bigger goal more than made up for it.”

After completing the 26.2 miles in a still-impressive time of 2 hours, 42 minutes and 32 seconds, with the diamond ring still intact, he said there was only one thing that could have come in the way of him and his soon-to-be fiancée.

“I had arranged for her to have a VIP ticket or credential into the grandstand area so she would be near the finish line so she could find me more easily,” he explained. “But I knew this was going to be the wild card – getting her into the finish area. That was the only thing I couldn’t control.”

Picklesimer walked up to a security guard, explained he was trying to propose and asked if there was any way she could greet him inside the finish area.

“He immediately told me, ‘No,’” a discouraged Picklesimer said.

The tightened security was obviously much more strict about who was and was not allowed in certain areas following last year’s terror attacks, but after a little more coaxing and discussion, the guard let White in just long enough to say, “Yes.”

“I’ve waited my whole life for him, so this is just the happiest day of my life,” White told local affiliate WBZ of her easy answer. “I’m speechless.”

Picklesimer, a seasoned runner, also competed in the 2013 Boston Marathon, fortunately crossing the finish line before the horrific terrorist attack. However, those bombs going off certainly helped put everything into perspective for him.

“After everything that happened last year, it lit a fire under me that people you love could be taken from you at any moment,” he explained. “You just don’t know what could happen. The spirit and rebirth of the marathon this year, and my realization that life is short and you have to embrace it to its fullest while you can, it really did influence me. I want to be with her forever.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Nine people are charged in an indictment handed down Tuesday involving the kidnapping of a 63-year-old man. A prosecutor was the intended target of the abduction but instead, suspects accidentally took her father.

Frank Janssen, father of Wake Forest assistant district attorney Colleen Janssen, was taken from his North Carolina home on April 5. He was driven to Atlanta and held for five days before being rescued by a high-level FBI team.

Kelvin Melton, an inmate at the Polk Correctional Institution in North Carolina, was previously prosecuted by Janssen's daughter. In March, he devised a plan to kidnap someone tied to Colleen, promising to pay each member of the team $10,000 for their role in the abduction, according to Tuesday's federal indictment. For an unknown reason, the plot did not go into play.

Instead, later in the month, Melton created another plan to kidnap Colleen. One of the alleged abductors looked online and discovered what they thought to be her home address, but instead was her father's.

From inside the prison, Melton promised one of the suspects $6,000 and told the team to wear khakis and collared shirts for their mission. Once at Janssen's home, they attacked him with a stun gun several times and "pistol whipped" him.

Additional details in the indictment describe the April incident in which Janssen was forced into the backseat of a car with a blanket thrown on top of him. On April 9, Melton ordered the father to be killed, providing specific instructions on how to cover up the murder and the manner in which his body was to be buried.

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