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Miss America intervenes

Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a senior who asked her to prom during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly.

The York Dispatch reported Sunday that Nina Davuluri posted a statement on the Miss America Organization’s Facebook page saying she contacted Central York High School to ask officials to rethink the three-day in-school suspension issued to 18-year-old Patrick Farves.

Davuluri says her travel schedule will prevent her from attending the dance with Farves.

School officials knew Farves intended to ask her to prom and warned him not to do it. Fellow students cheered afterward, but Farves was suspended for misbehaving.

He apologized for disrupting Thursday’s event. Davuluri was there to talk about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math studies.

‘Captain America’ triumphs

Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and dominating over megastar Johnny Depp’s new movie.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” added another $26 million to its coffers, according to studio estimates Sunday, while Depp’s sci-fi thriller, “Transcendence,” opened in fourth place with $11 million.

“The Winter Soldier” stars Chris Evans as comic book hero Capt. America and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. The Disney release has earned more than $200 million to date in North America – the 12th Marvel film to do so.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak, follow.

1. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” $26.6 million.

2. “Rio 2,” $22.5 million.

3. “Heaven Is for Real,” $21.5 million.

4. “Transcendence,” $11.2 million.

5. “A Haunted House 2,” $9.1 million.

6. “Draft Day,” $5.9 million.

7. “Divergent,” $5.75 million.

8. “Oculus,” $5.2 million.

9. “Noah,” $5 million.

10. “God’s Not Dead,” $4.8 million.

Iconic artwork is up for sale

In the portrait, the little boy’s blue eyes twinkle as he looks straight ahead. His apple cheeks shine. There’s a gap in his teeth, and his reddish-brown hair is just slightly tousled. He’s an All-American boy.

He’s Dick, of the illustrated “Dick and Jane” series that helped teach generations to read from the 1930s to the 1970s.

He’s also Nancy Childress’ childhood neighbor and the model for the drawing by her father, Robert Childress, that along with Jane, Sally, Spot and others brought the pages of the reader to life.

Nancy Childress is selling her father’s artwork at auction in New Hampshire on April 30. Along with Dick, there are other portraits and black-and-white drawings of John F. and Jackie Kennedy.

Robert Childress didn’t just use the neighbor boy as a model for the series that he illustrated during the 1950s and ’60s: Nancy was Sally, her sister Susan became Jane, and their mother was also one of Robert Childress’ inspirations.

Auctioneer Ronald Pelletier of Brookline Auction Gallery said estimates for the roughly 50 lots of Childress art run from $100 to $2,000 and because it is an “absolute auction” there is no reserve bid, meaning the lowest bid wins.