It’s a Weird World

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Two de­grees, author, works at NASA. Age? 17

BOS­TON — Moshe Kai Cavalin has two col­lege de­grees, but he’s too young to vote. He flies air­planes, but he’s too young to drive a car alone.life is filled with con­trasts for Cavalin, a 17-year-old from San Gabriel, Cal­i­for­nia, who has dashed by ma­jor mile­stones as his age seems to lag be­hind. He grad­u­ated from com­mu­nity col­lege at age 11. Four years later, he had a bach­e­lor’s in math from the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Los An­ge­les.

This year, he started on­line classes to get a master’s in cy­ber­se­cu­rity through the Bos­ton area’s Bran­deis Univer­sity. He de­cided to post­pone that pur­suit for a cou­ple of terms, though, while he helps NASA de­velop sur­veil­lance tech­nol­ogy for air­planes and drones.

Be­tween all that, he has racked up an ex­haust­ing list of ex­tracur­ric­u­lar feats. He just pub­lished his sec­ond book, draw­ing on his ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing bul­lied and sto­ries he’s heard from oth­ers. He plans to have his air­plane pi­lot’s li­cense by the year’s end. At his fam­ily’s home near Los An­ge­les, he has a trove of tro­phies from mar­tial arts tour­na­ments.

Still, Cavalin in­sists that he’s more or­di­nary than peo­ple think. He cred­its his par­ents for years of fo­cused in­struc­tion bal­anced by the free­dom to pick his af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties. His eclec­tic in­ter­ests stem from his cul­tural her­itage, he said, with a mother from Tai­wan and a fa­ther from Brazil.

“My case isn’t that spe­cial. It’s just a com­bi­na­tion of par­ent­ing and mo­ti­va­tion and in­spi­ra­tion,” he says af­ter a re­cent shift at NASA’S Arm­strong Flight Re­search Cen­tre in Ed­wards, Cal­i­for­nia. “I tend to not com­pare my­self that of­ten to other peo­ple. I just try to do the best I can.”

— AP

Dog named Trig­ger shoots owner

NORTH WEB­STER — Author­i­ties say a north­ern In­di­ana woman is re­cov­er­ing af­ter be­ing shot in the foot by her dog. And the dog’s name? Trig­ger.

In­di­ana Con­ser­va­tion Of­fi­cer Jonathon Boyd says 25-year-old Al­lie Carter of Avilla laid her 12-gauge shot­gun on the ground with­out the safety on dur­ing a wa­ter­fowl hunt Satur­day at Tri-county Fish and Wildlife Area.boyd says Carter’s choco­late Labrador re­triever, Trig­ger, stepped on top of the shot­gun and de­pressed the trig­ger.he says Carter was shot in the left foot at point-blank range, suf­fer­ing in­juries to her foot and toes. She was treated at two hos­pi­tals and re­leased. — AP

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