Extra credit for arson

By demonstrating the use of charcoal fluid to accelerate a fire, two Houston students passed chemistry.

HOUSTON – A chemistry teacher who was months behind on her car payments gave passing grades to two failing students after asking them to steal her Chevrolet Malibu and burn it so she could collect on its insurance, authorities alleged.

The teacher owed $20,000 on the 2003 Chevy; before reporting it stolen, she bought a 2005 Corolla. Math issues?

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