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York County Teacher Charged With Assault and Battery
On Your Side - Wavy.com
July 16, 2011
A York County high school teacher is charged with assault and battery after an incident in the lunch room with a student.
Matthew Engle, 29, a history teacher at Grafton High School, was served a warrant Tuesday night.
Yet another "safe harbor" e-mail account from ex-EPA chief? Really?
by Erika Johnsen
February 21, 2013
The plot thickens: The latest batch of (significantly redacted!) emails released last week revealed that, not only did former EPA chief Lisa Jackson make frequent use of an alias "Richard Windsor" email account to conduct government business, but that she supplemented that account with yet another account registered with the New Jersey government from her old job.
Yes, You Are a Suspect
Common Sense with Paul Jacob
by Paul Jacob
July 29, 2014
Sometimes the Internet makes a mistake.
The other day, one of my favorite websites embedded a Fox News video about NSA spying. Fox News entitles their video "Citizens Treated As Suspects." At the site showcasing Fox's story, though, the headline reads: "The NSA Grabs Information from Non-Suspects; Ninety percent of those spied upon are under no suspicion." Can this be right? When you're treated as a suspect, you are a suspect, aren't you? You're being suspected of ... something. At least of being somebody who might be up to something worth snagging in an all-embracing fishing expedition. If you're not guilty, somebody else leaving comparable data traces is, surely.
Yes, money does make a difference for schools
Pioneer Press (MN)
by Joe Nathan
Many Minnesota schools and youth-serving agencies are being asked to make significant cuts.
Is it outrageous to see a superintendent leaving a district with more than $200,000, along with medical expenses paid until he's 70- Are some teachers ineffective- Do some schools need better ways to evaluate and remove ineffective teachers- Yes, yes and yes.
Yes, It Can Happen Here
June 8, 2012
Take a moment from your regularly scheduled dose of daily optimism, and look on the dark side.
The recent political events in Greece, in which a stable government was not formed, requiring whole new rounds of voting, have received some attention on the nightly news. But there's still a feeling of "it can't happen here." That's a great disservice. Because it can happen here. And this is not just "political instability." We're not talking about a political hot potato going nuclear. We're talking about complete financial implosion. That's what happens when government is involved in everything.
Years of caution about peanut allergy fails to save teen who died at Camp Sacramento
by Sam Stanton, Anita Creamer and Bill Lindelof
July 30, 2013
Like most children with a food allergy, Natalie Giorgi was raised with a keen understanding of how careful she had to be.
At 13, she knew that her peanut allergy could be deadly, and her parents were exceedingly cautious about what she ate. "She never put any dessert or anything that was questionable into her mouth without consulting someone," said Augusta Brothers, a family friend. But Friday night, years of caution couldn't save her.
March 8, 2011
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WV Court Officials Trying to Silence Media in Quest to Convict Boy for NRA Shirt
by Carlos Miller
June 25, 2013
What started off as a routine harassment from a middle school teacher to a student over a t-shirt he was wearing has turned into an embarrassing and infuriating abuse of First Amendment rights in West Virginia.
First, school officials suspended 14-year-old Jared Marcum because he was wearing an NRA shirt. Then police arrested him because he had argued in the principal's office that the shirt wasn't breaking school policy. This week, prosecutors tried to keep him from speaking to the media through an emergency gag order, which they said would serve in his "better interest." But Logan County prosecutors Christopher White and Sabrina Deskins are the same people trying to convict him on a charge of obstruction, which could land him in jail for a year, so they are the last people looking out for his better interest.
Writing Off Reading
by Michael Skube
August 20, 2006
We were talking informally in class not long ago, 17 college sophomores and I, and on a whim I asked who some of their favorite writers are. At length, a voice in the rear hesitantly volunteered the name of . . . Dan Brown.
No other names were offered. The author of "The DaVinci Code" was not just the best writer they could think of; he was the only writer they could think of. In our better private universities and flagship state schools today, it's hard to find a student who graduated from high school with much lower than a 3.5 GPA, and not uncommon to find students whose GPAs were 4.0 or higher. They somehow got these suspect grades without having read much. Or if they did read, they've given it up. And it shows -- in their writing and even in their conversation.
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