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USA Today (IL)

by Debbie Howlett

September 9, 2004

A surveillance system that uses 2,000 remote-control cameras and motion-sensing software to spot crimes or terrorist acts as they happen is being planned for the city.

The high-definition, motorized cameras can rotate 360 degrees and include night-vision capability. They will be mounted on buildings and utility poles across the city. The city is also considering allowing private companies to join the network, for a fee. Officials said the system size is nearly limitless.

World Net Daily

September 9, 2004

Says school gun ban leaves nation vulnerable to Russian-type tragedy

Wrote Pratt: "It should be noted that all the school shootings that have been prematurely cut short here were ended because a responsible adult had a firearm at the school..."

Guardian Unlimited (UK)

by Tim Radford

September 7, 2004

Two of the seven million dollar challenges that have baffled for more than a century may be close to being solved

Mathematicians could be on the verge of solving two separate million dollar problems. If they are right - still a big if - and somebody really has cracked the so-called Riemann hypothesis, financial disaster might follow. Suddenly all cryptic codes could be breakable. No internet transaction would be safe.

The Christian Science Monitor

by Sara B. Miller

September 2, 2004

A backlash brews as parents are asked to write checks for school activities from drama to National Honor Society.

There are new clothes and supplies to buy and piano lessons to schedule. And for many parents across the country, the first day of school also entails some "hidden" costs. Faced with shrinking budgets, schools are charging for things parents once took for granted: playing football or field hockey, singing in the glee club, or accepting membership in the National Honor Society.


by Victor Navasky

September 2, 2004

The reading of the U.S. Constitution turns out to be a rousing crowd pleaser.

The last time I read the U.S. Constitution all the way through was almost fifty years ago, when I was a student at Swarthmore College. My roommate Marc Merson and I were at work on a one-act play (United We Stood); its premise was that an English literature professor had stumbled on the fact that the founding fathers had inadvertently signed the wrong document.

Family Times

by E. Wingfield

September 1, 2004

Class of 2005, this fall, you'll take your place at the helm of homeschooling as the brightest, most promising, and latest products of that fantastic movement.

The reason that homeschoolers tend to perform well academically is because homeschoolers are raised as Thinkers. A Thinker's education can be had at any sort of school, but as it happens, most homeschoolers get a great Thinker's education. You’ve been trained to think for yourself and not to be reliant on others to supply you with regurgitated value assessments.

Christian Science Monitor (PA)

by G. Jeffrey MacDonald

August 31, 2004

"We have a religious obligation to not have anything to do with the ungodly public school system," says Hankin, a Christian with ties to the Free Presbyterian denomination.

Hankin's is one of two landmark cases pending in Pennsylvania courts. In each, home-schooling families are using a new religious freedom law to fight what they see as state interference. Twelve states have recently passed similar laws, putting a potentially powerful tool in the hands of those who educate the nation's 1.1 million home-schooled children.

The Union (CA)

by David Mirhadi

August 25, 2004

McAteer fears loss of local control

A proposal to do away with nearly all of the state's 58 county school superintendents is, somewhat predictably, not too popular with Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer.

Kansas City Info Zine (MO)

by Eric Kelderman

August 23, 2004

Students in Georgia's high schools will have an extra incentive to go to class this fall.

For most teens, few freedoms are as prized as being able to drive, and Georgia high school students who miss 10 days of school this year may lose their drivers license.

The Seattle Times (WA)

by Cara Solomon

August 10, 2004

Six other districts may join the suit: Northshore, Federal Way, Spokane, Everett, Bellingham and Burlington-Edison.

Lake Washington officials say they spent $2.1 million on special education last year, while Issaquah says it spent $2.8 million. The money came from local levies, which are supposed to provide enrichment for students.


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