A&M Student Penalized Over Vegas Photo

Associated Press photo appeared on websites around the world

Thursday, Apr 26, 2012  |  Updated 2:48 PM CDT
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A&M Student Penalized Over Vegas Photo

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Texas A&M University Academic Building, College Station, Texas.

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For one Texas A&M University graduate student, what happened in Vegas isn't staying in Vegas.

Justin Newman says he ran into academic trouble after The Associated Press published a photo of him in a story about a mobile medical clinic dubbed "Hangover Heaven" that aids Las Vegas tourists who drank too much alcohol the night before.

Newman's name wasn't used, but he said people in his college department recognized him sitting in the bus. He was wearing an "AGGIE Athletic Training" T-shirt.

A Google image search shows the photo appered on websites around the country and around the world and even The Eagle, the newspaper serving Bryan-College Station home of Texas A&M. (Click here to see the photo)

Newman emailed the AP asking that his photo be removed. He said he was fired from his research position, lost a fall campus internship and was facing possible expulsion. He didn't immediately return messages Thursday.

University spokesman Lane Stephenson says privacy laws prevent him from speaking about Newman.

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