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  • The Drugging Of The American Boy

    04/22/2014 9:24:11 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 43 replies
    Esquire ^ | March 27, 2014 | Ryan D'Agostino
    By the time they reach high school, nearly 20 percent of all American boys will be diagnosed with ADHD. Millions of those boys will be prescribed a powerful stimulant to "normalize" them. A great many of those boys will suffer serious side effects from those drugs. The shocking truth is that many of those diagnoses are wrong, and that most of those boys are being drugged for no good reason—simply for being boys. It's time we recognize this as a crisis.
  • Sotomayor accuses colleagues of trying to ‘wish away’ racial inequality

    04/22/2014 5:49:15 PM PDT · by Mandingo Conservative · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 22 2014 | Robert Barnes
    Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s fierce defense of the affirmative action efforts like the ones that helped move her from a Bronx housing project to the upper echelons of American law found renewed voice Tuesday in an impassioned dissent that accused colleagues of trying to “wish away” racial inequality — and drew a tart response from Chief Justice John G. Roberts
  • How many stars are in the solar system?

    04/22/2014 7:48:56 AM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 115 replies
    Vanity | 4/22/2014 | Self
    I got this email from a relative. Scary how uneducated some "educated" people are. These are middle class 30s people with good jobs, a mix of high school and college graduates. I was at my friend’s house last night and there were a bunch of people over. It was really nice out so we stayed outside most of the time. When the stars started to appear I used an app on my phone that lets you look up in the sky and it identifies what stars/planets/constellations you’re aiming the phone at. One thing lead to another and a person made...
  • District Attorney Drops Charges Against Bullied Teen Who Recorded His Tormentors

    04/22/2014 3:58:11 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    techdirt.com ^ | 4-18-2014 | Tim Cushing
    Full Title: "Finally, Someone Acts Like An Adult: District Attorney Drops Charges Against Bullied Teen Who Recorded His Tormentors" South Fayette School in Pennsylvania, along with a complicit criminal justice system, recently made headlines with its groundbreaking anti-bullying program, which apparently deters bullying by punishing bullied students. Here's a short recap: A bullied student used an iPad to make an audio recording of other students abusing him. He brought this to school administration who a) called in a police officer (after being advised by its legal team that this might be a violation of the state's wiretapping law) and b)...
  • Waiting for the end of the World.

    04/21/2014 6:45:24 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 40 replies
    me | 04/21/14 | Zeneta
    I, like most conservative thinking people reject any and virtually all attempts to "Tell Me" what to think. We tend to have a need to find out things in a different way. Experience, and a deeper understanding of human nature then that what the "books" have to say. Those that trust the books of the elitist class have sold themselves into its slavery. The slavery of being told, the slavery of authority. They have bought into the uncertainty contained in what it means to be alive. Lost is an understatement. The lost souls of indifference are exploited by every and...
  • "It's Impossible To Work Your Way Through College Nowadays"

    04/21/2014 2:50:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/21/2014 | Tyler Durden
    "It's impossible to work your way through college nowadays"...is the hard-to-swallow (but not entirely surprising) conclusion of Randal Olson's research into just how extreme national tuition costs have become in the US. As The Atlantic notes, the economic cards are stacked such that today’s average college student, without support from financial aid and family resources, would need to complete at least 48 hours of minimum-wage work a week to pay for his courses. To better measure the cost of tuition, Olson links to a Reddit discussion of cost per "credit hours" - MSU calculates tuition by the "credit hour," the...
  • Boys turning to action-packed video games because books are 'too girly' for them.....

    04/21/2014 11:56:52 AM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    mail online ^ | Andrew Levy
    FULL TITLE: Boys turning to action-packed video games because books are 'too girly' for them, says award-winning children's author Boys are being put off reading because of the influence women have on children’s literature, says an award-winning children’s author. Jonathan Emmett warned that children’s books were too girly because of the influence of mostly female panels of editors, publishers, reviewers and judges. One publishing company’s research suggested women bought 95 per cent of picture books for children, he added. The writer believes boys are being starved of what they enjoy in books, such as swashbuckling pirates, battles, or technical details...
  • The "New" SATs (Summed Up In One Cartoon)

    04/21/2014 7:10:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/20/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Presented with no snark or ironic comment whatsoever...
  • Armed American Radio with Mark Walters (Live Thread) 4-20-14

    04/20/2014 5:17:58 PM PDT · by RandallFlagg · 2 replies
    Armed American Radio ^ | 4-20-14 | RandallFlagg
    The Armed American Radio broadcast with Mark Walters is on every Sunday 8PM Eastern, 5PM Pacific. Coming to you live from the Crossbreed Holsters Studio. Find AAR on your local stationFacebookListen Live Are you sad because the GunTalk radio show with the awesome Tom Gresham ended it's last few minutes, and you have to wait a week for another firearms-related radio show to appear so you can listen? Do you crave to hear from the experts across the nation about our current problems regarding twisted politicians inflicting their anti-gun agendas on free Americans? Do you fear the way certain government...
  • Voices

    04/20/2014 9:32:01 AM PDT · by Revski
    Youtube ^ | 4-20-2014 | Revski
    This video has family pets and some voices enjoying daily life. The sound effects of the running brook was recorded from the Chepachet R.I. river. Voices are my grandchild and myself. The children song, sang by the eaglet is, (Is Anything To Hard For God).
  • The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don'ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking and more

    04/20/2014 5:47:09 AM PDT · by dennisw · 5 replies
    www.amazon.com ^ | April 8, 2014 | Charles Murray
    The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don'ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life [Kindle Edition] Charles Murray (Author) 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews) Print List Price: $17.95 Sold by: Random House LLC Length: 146 pages (Contains Real Page Numbers) Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here. Whispersync for Voice: Ready
  • Ducklings Rescued From Oregon City Storm Drain

    04/19/2014 4:33:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    kgw ^ | April 18, 2014 | Jeff Thompson
    Firefighters rescued two ducklings from an Oregon City storm drain Friday, officials said. A couple near Beavercreek Road and Highway 213 saw the ducklings struggling to follow their mother up a curb when they fell into the drain, said Jed Wachlin of Clackamas Fire District No. 1. The couple called the non-emergency line and a fire engine from Station 16 was dispatched about 9:30 a.m. Firefighters quickly found the ducklings and pulled them out safely, using "the simple compassion and care located in every Clackamas tool box," Wachlin said.
  • College: Much Cheaper Than You Think -- Most Students Pay Less than Half the Sticker Price

    04/19/2014 10:44:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 04/19/2014 | DEREK THOMPSON
    It's a point we've made a million times. We're making it again. What's the most expensive college in America? Ask Google, Princeton Review, or the Chronicle of Higher Education, and you'll get the same answer: Sarah Lawrence University at $61,236. It's kind of crazy. No, not (just) the price. It's crazy that when we talk about price, we often only talk about tuition, a sticker shock that only 35 percent of Sarah Lawrence graduates pay in full. The Sarah Lawrence story is typical. Only a third of full-time students at four-year public and private schools pay the published price at...
  • CEI Short Film “I, Pencil” Wins Grand Prize at Manning Centre Competition

    04/19/2014 8:25:45 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | 3-28-14 | Christine Hall
    WASHINGTON, March 28 –The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s (CEI) animated short film, “I, Pencil” about the free-market wonders of making the common pencil won first place at a prestigious film contest this month co-hosted by Canada’s Manning Centre and the Free Thinking Film Society. The award was presented at the 2014 Manning Networking Conference, held February 27 - March 1, 2014, in Ottawa. The films were evaluated by a three-judge panel and featured themes on conservatism, liberty, free markets, and democracy. CEI’s 6 minute long “I, Pencil” film was adapted from the 1958 essay by the late economist Leonard E. Read...
  • Viewers share joy of college-bound teen with Down syndrome

    04/19/2014 7:33:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 4-19-14 | Erin Richards
    Video at source. Go to the link for the story. My computer is not cooperating today and it will not allow me to copy and paste even an excerpt of this heart-warming story.
  • Maryland Puts Up Roadblocks to Online Ed

    04/18/2014 8:13:18 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 21 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 04/17/2014 | Walter Russell Mead
    After explaining how Maryland regulates out-of-state providers, the letter presents them with three options: Confirm that the institution enrolls students in Maryland, then pay an annual registration fee of $1,000 and a bond valued at five times the average cost of tuition; confirm that the institution is interested in enrolling students in Maryland, and pay the same fee; or decline any interest in enrolling students in Maryland, thereby barring those students from enrolling altogether. [...] According to the letter, recipients have until April 25 to respond—even if they don’t enroll students in Maryland. [One] provost therefore described the letter as...
  • John Batchelor show

    04/18/2014 7:56:15 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    The John Batchelor Show ^ | April 17,2014 | John Batchelor
    Eli Lake, senior national security correspondent, Newsweek/Daily Beast. Jed Babbin, American Spectator. Steven L Herman, VOA, Southeast Asia Bureau. Larry Johnson, NoQuarter. Looks like this country is in deep doo..doo….China is going to take over space…has the ability to blind the military…Russia makes are heavy lift rockets..Europe is scared to death of Russia…and a bunch of fools are running the CIA and State department…. It is worth a listen http://johnbatchelorshow.com/podcasts/2014/04/17/first-hour
  • Fifth-grade teacher charged in child pornography case

    04/18/2014 4:51:28 AM PDT · by massmike · 18 replies
    bostonglobe.com ^ | 04/18/2014 | Martin Finucane
    A fifth-grade teacher in Cambridge who is facing a charge of transportation of child pornography admitted to secretly videotaping children changing in and out of their clothes on more than one occasion, according to federal law enforcement officials. Josh A. Wairi, 27, of Somerville was charged today in federal court in Boston in a criminal complaint filed by a US postal inspector. In the affidavit, the inspector detailed a hunt for Wairi through cyberspace, kicked off by tips from America Online and Dropbox Inc. The search eventually led to Wairi’s Somerville apartment, where law enforcement officials executed a search warrant...
  • Want to retire with an extra half a million your savings? Consider moving to another state.

    04/17/2014 12:47:05 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
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  • Rare sarcophagus, Egyptian scarab found in Israel

    04/17/2014 11:05:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | Apr 09, 2014 | by Daniel Estrin
    Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a rare sarcophagus featuring a slender face and a scarab ring inscribed with the name of an Egyptian pharaoh, Israel's Antiquities Authority said Wednesday. The mystery man whose skeleton was found inside the sarcophagus was most likely a local Canaanite official in the service of ancient Egypt, Israeli archaeologists believe, shining a light on a period when pharaohs governed the region. "This is a really beautiful face, very serene," said Edwin van den Brink, an Egyptologist and archaeologist with Israel's government antiquities authority. "It's very appealing." Van den Brink said archaeologists dug at Tel Shadud, an...
  • Duncan on Mexican Women Who Cross U.S. Border to Give Birth: ‘These Are Our Kids’

    04/17/2014 8:55:41 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 30 replies
    CNS News ^ | 04/17/2014 | Penny Starr
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited an elementary school in Columbus, N.M. last year where 75 percent of the students live in Mexico but are being educated in the United States because their mothers crossed the border to seek medical help, and their birth here makes them U.S. citizens. "So for decades, women in labor have been allowed to cross the border and go to the nearest hospital, which happens to be just 30 miles north of the U.S. border,” the documentary says. “Once they give birth there, the children become citizens.” Duncan also hailed the children’s parents for having “the...
  • Does Traditional College Debate Reinforce White Privilege? (Hurl Alert)

    04/17/2014 7:55:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jessica Carew Kraft
    It used to be that if you went to a college-level debate tournament, the students you’d see would be bookish future lawyers from elite universities, most of them white. In matching navy blazers, they’d recite academic arguments for and against various government policies. It was tame, predictable, and, frankly, boring. No more. These days, an increasingly diverse group of participants has transformed debate competitions, mounting challenges to traditional form and content by incorporating personal experience, performance, and radical politics. These “alternative-style” debaters have achieved success, too, taking top honors at national collegiate tournaments over the past few years.
  • Late Brooklyn Artist’s Mystery Solved

    04/16/2014 2:38:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | Doyle Murphy
    Marty Resnick installed his sculpture on the grounds of Kingsborough Community College before moving in 1975 to live off the land in Southeast Ohio. The origins of the scrap metal artwork puzzled faculty members for decades.Friends of an enigmatic artist have solved a Manhattan Beach whodunit that has stumped locals for four decades. A rusting sculpture on the campus of Kingsborough Community College has puzzled faculty members who long ago had lost the identity of its creator — if they had it to begin with. “When they were doing the inventory they had no record of the sculpture,” Kingsborough Art...
  • Is the 'Tiger Mom' Controversy Misunderstood?

    04/16/2014 1:35:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    GPS Digital Producer Jason Miks speaks with Amy Chua, a law professor at Yale, and her husband Jed Rubenfeld, also a professor at Yale, about their new book ‘The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America,’ and what it means to be a Tiger Mom. Watch Fareed’s interview with Chua and Rubenfeld this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.Your 2011 book, The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, sparked an intense debate with its look at the differences between Chinese and Western parenting. What are the key...
  • Principal: L.I. High School Students Suspended Indefinitely For Displaying Confederate Flag

    04/16/2014 9:32:58 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 55 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | CBS
    Principal: L.I. High School Students Suspended Indefinitely For Displaying Confederate Flag SOUTH HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Two Long Island high school students have been suspended for allegedly bringing a Confederate flag to school. Brother Gary Cregan, principal of St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, said the two seniors walked in with a Confederate flag draped around their shoulders during an after-hours sporting event at the school. As CBS 2′s Kathryn Brown reported, there is outrage and disgust on Long Island.
  • 'Special' pro-LBGT graduation at Texas A&M draws criticism

    04/16/2014 5:24:34 AM PDT · by massmike · 23 replies
    http://onenewsnow.com/ ^ | 04/16/2014 | Bob Kellog
    Despite the controversy and complaints, Texas A&M is holding separate and special graduation ceremonies for LGBT students Wednesday evening. The "Lavender Graduation," as it's being called, will feature as its commencement speaker Phyllis Frye – the first transgender judge in the state and a Texas A&M alumna. Supporters haven't specifically stated the reason for the special ceremony, except that "new leadership" in the pro-LGBT resource center on campus [link caution] is making it possible this year – and that it is to "celebrate the accomplishments of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and ally [LGBTQQIAA] students." Regardless of the...
  • Looking for a good book recommendation on WWI

    04/15/2014 4:18:24 PM PDT · by KosmicKitty · 104 replies
    4-15-2014 | Kosmickitty
    After listening to one of my favorite podcaster, Dan Carlin & his Hardcore History, about the beginning of World War I, I would love to find out more about this time in history. I know that Freepers are a well read bunch and I am asking for any recommendations you may care to make in a good book covering this time in history.
  • Teacher fired 'after she ordered six students to attack 7th grade boy who spoke back to her'....

    04/15/2014 7:03:08 AM PDT · by Morgana · 45 replies
    mail online ^ | Zoe Szathmary
    FULL TITLE: Teacher fired 'after she ordered six students to attack 7th grade boy who spoke back to her' in shocking videotaped beat-down A Florida teacher was fired from her job last week after she allegedly encouraged six students to attack a classmate that spoke back to her. Teacher Dru Dehart was fired on Thursday night from her position at Port St. Lucie's Northport K-8 school by the St. Lucie County school board, WPTV reports. Dehart was accused last year of encouraging a March 2013 incident caught on surveillance video that showed six students attacking classmate Radravious Williams, WPBF reported...
  • It’s not just athletes — college screws everyone

    04/14/2014 7:10:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | 04/14/2014 | Naomi Schaefer Riley
    In its recent ruling that athletes at Northwestern University have the right to unionize, the National Labor Relations Board cited the case of senior quarterback Kain Colter, who naively thought that he could pursue a pre-med degree while also playing on the school’s football team. When he attempted to enroll in a required chemistry class during his sophomore year, “Colter testified that his coaches and advisors discouraged him from taking the class because it conflicted with morning football practices. Colter consequently had to take this class in the summer session, which caused him to fall behind his classmates who were...
  • Are we over the hill at 24? Study finds cognitive decline begins far earlier than thought

    04/14/2014 5:24:43 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 April 2014 | MARK PRIGG
    Our brains start to slow down once we hit 24, researchers have discovered. They analysed thousands of played of the hugely popular Starcraft 2 computer game, and saw a universal slowdown far earlier than they expected. They claim that as soon as players hit the ripe old age of 25, they have already reached their peak in terms of cognitive motor performance.
  • Girl’s USC Rejection Letter Turns Out to Be Prom Proposal Tells Teen College Admission in Jeopardy

    04/14/2014 1:27:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    WYFF4 ^ | Apr 11, 2014
    A girl who was recently accepted at the University of South Carolina got a second shocking letter telling her that her she was instead rejected by the college. The letter to Caitlyn Metzker that arrived with official-looking USC letterhead and envelope, said, "Unfortunately, it is clear that your grades are not what they were when we accepted you." The story of the letter was spotlighted Friday by Carson Daly during “What’s Trending” on the Today show. The letter goes on, in very convincing, official-sounding language to tell Metzker that there is concern about her senior year performance. The letter concludes...
  • Estimated 200,000 Crowd Hartford Streets For UConn Parade

    04/14/2014 4:41:15 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | April 14, 2014 | Colin McDonough,Matt McDonough,Nick Greene
    HARTFORD — The city celebrated the UConn men's and women's basketball teams' national championships Sunday with a victory parade through downtown, and it was one of the biggest parties Hartford has ever seen. An estimated 200,000 people lined the streets as blue and white confetti showered them while they cheered two teams and two trophies. After the parade, players, coaches and dignitaries addressed the crowd in a rally outside the Capitol.
  • University of Kentucky decides it doesn’t need to know if students think being gay is a ‘perversion’

    04/14/2014 12:04:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Apr 11, 2014 at 3:01 PM EDT | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    The University of Kentucky has stopped a campus-wide survey asking students if they think homosexuality is a “sin,” apparently deciding that knowing this information is not worth the negative publicity it is receiving. The survey, originally reported on by Campus Reform, asked students if they agree or disagree with statements such as “Male homosexuality is a perversion” and “If it were possible, I would be straight.” It was not made clear in the survey who would be reading students’ responses or if the survey was confidential, sparking concern and confusion among some. …
  • Communism & progressivism

    04/13/2014 5:42:59 PM PDT · by crazylibertarian · 10 replies
    April 13, 2014 | Roderick T. Beaman
    A progressive talk show host this past week did a partial review of Karl Marx’s ten recommendations to establish communist society. He discussed the abolition of rights of inheritance, not completely dismissing it. He also discussed the progressive income tax which he endorsed; of course no self-respecting progressive would ever disagree with that. It is a cornerstone of progressivism. The analog would be that when you go to the grocer’s. The check out clerk would ask for your income statement before determining the charges. He did admit that Marx wanted to destroy all rights of property; mighty charitable of him....
  • A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies

    04/13/2014 9:24:41 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    USA.gov ^ | 4/13/14 | USA.gov
    A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and AgenciesHouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Republican-led efforts to rein in government spending are pointless because there is nothing left to cut in the almost $4 trillion-a-year federal budget.“The cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make. It’s really important that people understand that,” Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”September 22, 2013
  • Penn State's John Urschel Wins 84th AAU Sullivan Award

    04/12/2014 1:53:57 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 8 replies
    gopsusports.com ^ | 4-13-14 | n/a
    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - John Urschel (Williamsville, N.Y.), the Penn State All-American guard who claimed the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy from the National Football Foundation (NFF) as college football's premier scholar-athlete, has been named the recipient of the 84th James E. Sullivan Award, presented by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to America's top amateur athlete. Urschel was announced as the winner of the prestigious award Friday night during an awards ceremony at the AAU National Headquarters in Orlando, Fla. 
Urschel was selected from a pool of 19 semifinalists vying for the honor in 2014, and was joined by two...
  • It Doesn’t Matter Where You Go to College: It just matters that you go.

    04/11/2014 8:46:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    TIME ^ | 04/11/2014 | Michael Bernick
    This month, high school seniors across America are receiving college decision letters of acceptance and rejection. Many of these students, and their parents, will think that where they go to college will significantly affect their employment future. They think wrong. Today, whether you go to college retains some importance in your employment options. But where you go to college is of almost no importance. Whether your degree, for example, is from UCLA or from less prestigious Sonoma State matters far less than your academic performance and the skills you can show employers. Research on the impact of college selection has...
  • Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95%

    04/11/2014 7:59:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/11/2014 | By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
    Enrollment at American colleges is sliding, but competition for spots at top universities is more cutthroat and anxiety-inducing than ever. In the just-completed admissions season, Stanford University accepted only 5 percent of applicants, a new low among the most prestigious schools, with the odds nearly as bad at its elite rivals. Deluged by more applications than ever, the most selective colleges are, inevitably, rejecting a vast majority, including legions of students they once would have accepted. Admissions directors at these institutions say that most of the students they turn down are such strong candidates that many are indistinguishable from those...
  • MORON: School employee feared kid’s science project resembled weapon, so star teacher suspended

    04/10/2014 2:13:30 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/10/2014 | Eric Owens
    Schiller got into trouble after two of his students turned in science projects designed to shoot little projectiles, reports the Los Angeles Times. One of the projects used compressed air (but was not actually connected to any air). The other one was coil gun: a tube surrounded by a coil and powered by a standard AA battery. An unidentified school employee saw the air-pressure projectile device and got scared because, to her, it looked like a fearsome weapon. The amount of knowledge the employee has concerning science – if any – is unclear. As a result of the unnamed employee’s...
  • Sorority accused of forcing men to eat dog treats

    04/10/2014 12:51:21 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 105 replies
    my9nj.com ^ | Apr 10, 2014 | Unknown
    STORRS, Conn. (AP) - University of Connecticut officials have suspended a sorority as they investigate allegations that its members forced men to drink booze, eat dog treats, paint their bodies, wear women's underwear and take alcohol shots off each other's bodies.
  • CNN Unveils New Primetime Schedule, Adds Mike Rowe

    04/10/2014 9:14:14 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | 4-10 | THE DEADLINE TEAM
    "Mike Rowe’s new series Somebody’s Gotta Do It brings viewers face to face with men and women who march to the beat of a different drum. In each episode, Rowe visits unique individuals and joins them in their respective undertakings, paying tribute to innovators, do-gooders, entrepreneurs, collectors, fanatics – people who simply have to do it. This show is about passion, purpose, and occasionally, hobbies that get a little out of hand."
  • 5 Careers That Are In Crisis

    04/10/2014 7:00:53 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 10 replies
    Yahoo Education! ^ | Tony Moton
    Do you have a sneaking suspicion that your current field resembles an endangered species? If so, you might not be alone in feeling like a dinosaur. According to Las Vegas-based career expert Denise Nicole Cook, people working in professions that are experiencing increased automation and technological change could find their jobs practically extinct in the not-too-distant future. "Pay attention to the industry you're in, because even if it's not currently automated, it may be automated in the future," says Cook, founder of The Honest Info career counseling firm. Sound like your career, or one you're planning to pursue? Keep reading...
  • New Hampshire teacher resigns rather than 'unfriend' students on Facebook

    04/10/2014 6:17:42 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 61 replies
    upi ^ | April 9, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    CLAREMONT, N.H.,A 79-year-old substitute teacher chose to resign from teaching after a very unfriendly dispute with school administrators in Claremont, N.H. Carol Thebarge opted to give up her job after 35 year instead of “unfriending” her students on Facebook. "Do we have the right as teachers, when we respect our students and our students respect us, to have that relationship?" Thebarge told WMUR. "I feel like mine is very safe. I have never been inappropriate." School administrators at Stevens High School told Thebarge that her account was a potential safety concern, especially after another teacher was let go after being...
  • University Will Not Award Honorary Degree to Woman Because She Has Made Comments Critical of Islam

    04/09/2014 4:54:43 PM PDT · by kingattax · 23 replies
    The Blaze/AP ^ | Apr. 8, 2014
    BOSTON (AP) — Brandeis (BRAN’-dys) University in Massachusetts has decided not to award an honorary degree to a woman who has made comments critical of Islam. The decision follows complaints from students, faculty members and others about honoring Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali (ah-YAHN’ HUR’-see AH’-ee). In a 2007 interview with Reason Magazine, Ali was quoted saying that “we are at war with Islam” and urged that Muslims be “defeated.”
  • Seventh-Grade Girls Hospitalized After Drinking Booze in Class, DOE Says

    04/09/2014 2:25:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    DNAinfo ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nicholas Rizzi
    Eight middle school students were hospitalized after they were caught drinking booze out of a water bottle and an AriZona ice tea bottle inside a classroom, a parent and the Department of Education said. The seventh-grade girls were passing around the alcohol-filled bottles inside at William A. Morris Intermediate School, 445 Castleton Ave., on Wednesday afternoon, the DOE said. The water bottle smelled of alcohol, but the DOE did not say what kind. "We're going to really discuss this," said Makishan Brown, of West Brighton, mother of one of the girls. "I have zero tolerance about this." Brown said the...
  • The spread of 'debate is over' syndrome

    04/09/2014 6:28:40 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 18 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 4, 2014 | Joel Kotkin
    The ongoing trial involving journalist Mark Steyn – accused of defaming climate change theorist Michael Mann – reflects an increasingly dangerous tendency among our intellectual classes to embrace homogeneity of viewpoint. Steyn, whose column has appeared for years on these pages, may be alternatingly entertaining or over-the-top obnoxious, but the slander lawsuit against him marks a milestone in what has become a dangerously authoritarian worldview being adopted in academia, the media and large sections of the government bureaucracy.
  • UConn completes perfect season, wins record ninth women's basketball title

    04/08/2014 7:55:16 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | April 8, 2014 | Foxnews.Com
    Four of Connecticut's five starters scored in double figures as the Huskies women's basketball team matched the accomplishment of their male counterparts Tuesday night, defeating Notre Dame 79-58 to win a record ninth NCAA championship and becoming only the second team to complete a perfect 40-0 season.
  • Napier Brings It Home For Uconn

    04/08/2014 4:13:00 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 8, 2014 | Eddie Pells
    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Shabazz Napier walked slowly through the hallway of the stadium - the tears still drying, the twine from the cut-down net still hanging around his neck. "Bittersweet. Bittersweet. Bittersweet," he said, over and over again. Bitter because it's over. Sweet because UConn won it all after being left behind and told to go away.
  • Bogus reading instruction is the 800-pound quack in many classrooms

    04/07/2014 5:14:33 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 34 replies
    Edarticle ^ | June 8, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The single most important aspect of education is reading.   If children are not reading, their entire education comes to a halt. That’s what has happened in millions of lives.  All the statistics for many decades reveal a curious surprise: our public schools don’t actually know how to teach reading or, more likely, they pretend not to know.  This is a bizarre scandal, especially given that children have been learning to read for thousands of years, and 100 years ago this country was thought to be moving toward universal literacy.   An odd thing happened circa 1931. The Education Establishment pushed look-say (or...
  • Obama: Students need help to get ‘in-demand jobs’

    04/07/2014 10:41:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2014 1:20 PM EDT | Jim Kuhnhenn
    President Barack Obama on Monday announced more than $100 million in grants for two dozen schools across the country that are helping students gain work experience for what he called the “in-demand jobs of the future.” The money, which comes from fees that companies pay for visas to hire foreign workers for specialized jobs, is the result of an executive order Obama signed last year to better prepare high school students for college or for careers. Students are working on “cooler stuff than when I was in high school,” Obama said as he announced the grants before cheering high school...