Petraeus affair shines spotlight on ND town

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Since news broke that former CIA Director David Petraeus was involved in an extramarital affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell, reporters have been sifting through her past in Bismarck, N.D., where she grew up a sports and academic standout, the Forum reports.

Broadwell was also valedictorian of her class, voted homecoming queen, and she played both an elf in the Christmas pageant and violin in the school orchestra, the newspaper report says.

The report also notes that locals have not been pleased at the national attention the town has been getting. School officials were irked when reporters wandered into Century High School to snap pictures of the portrait of Broadwell’s championship basketball squad hanging in the school.

Broadwell isn't happy about the increased attention on her either. She reportedly hit a photographer working for the Associated Press in the face with her car door.

Broadwell, 40, is devastated, and filled with guilt and shame over the pain she has caused her family and the family of Petraeus, 60, her brother told People magazine in an exclusive interview. Petraeus stepped down as CIA director in the wake of the scandal after a sterling military career.

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