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  • Finally! A cure for white film on dishes (EPA caused the problem!)

    08/18/2011 5:45:07 PM PDT · by TSgt · 104 replies
    WCPO ^ | 08/18/2011 | By: John Matarese
    Have you noticed a white film on your dishes in recent months? As we first reported earlier this year, the reason is a new environmental law. Most manufacturers have reformulated their dishwasher detergents after laws limiting phosphates went into effect last year. Julie Schimpf of Ft Thomas, Kentucky showed me how bad her dishes looked. Julie said "there's this frosty, filmy look on the top and bottom and it won't go away. I'm finding the same film here on the edges of my plates." Complaints Nationwide Our partners at Consumer Reports Magazine have heard many of the same complaints, from...
  • Woman inspector 'humiliated' by failing riot test wins up to £30k (U.K.)

    06/12/2011 7:42:22 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 41 replies
    DailyMail.U.K. ^ | 6/12/11 | Robert Verkaik
    For 30 years it has been used to test the fitness of officers who police riots and other outbreaks of serious public disorder. The so-called 'shield run' involves officers covering a distance of 500 metres in less than two minutes, 45 seconds while wearing full riot gear and carrying a shield. But when Inspector Diane Bamber, 51, failed to meet the time limit, she claimed she had been left humiliated. She brought a sex and age discrimination case against her force, Greater Manchester Police, and now stands to win up to £30,000 after an employment tribunal ruled in her favour....
  • School districts move away from honors classes in favor of AP courses (to push minorities into AP's)

    05/24/2011 7:25:45 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 21, 2011 | Kevin Sieff
    Not long ago, honors courses were considered a hallmark of student achievement, a designation that impressed colleges and made parents beam. Now, those courses are vanishing from public schools nationwide as administrators move toward a more inclusive curriculum designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to join their high-achieving peers in college-level Advanced Placement classes. Fairfax County’s public schools are at the forefront of the movement, nudging would-be honors students toward more-rigorous AP courses, despite criticism from some parents that eliminating honors will have the reverse effect and lead some students to choose less-demanding “standard education” classes instead of AP. Honors...
  • Holder strongarms Dayton Police Department into lowering passing scores on Police Exam

    03/12/2011 4:48:38 PM PST · by NWFLConservative · 45 replies
    DAYTON -- The Dayton Police Department is lowering its testing standards for recruits. It's a move required by the U.S. Department of Justice after it says not enough African-Americans passed the exam. Dayton is in desperate need of officers to replace dozens of retirees. The hiring process was postponed for months because the D.O.J. rejected the original scores provided by the Dayton Civil Service Board, which administers the test. Under the previous requirements, candidates had to get a 66% on part one of the exam and a 72% on part two. The D.O.J. approved new scoring policy only requires potential...
  • Academic standards bill vetoed-Governor refuses to lower criteria for complying with No Child Left

    09/21/2006 8:23:29 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 322+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/21/6 | Jim Sanders
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed legislation Wednesday that proposed an instant fix for students failing to meet California's standard for proficiency: redefine proficiency. Schwarzenegger concluded that changing a few words won't solve academic woes. "Redefining the level of academic achievement necessary to designate students as 'proficient' does not make the students proficient," his veto message said. Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, called the governor's veto of her Assembly Bill 2975 a "missed opportunity" that ultimately will hurt students. "Schools will be labeled as failing schools even if they are making progress and improving their test scores," she said. AB 2975 argued that...
  • Higher Education Hard Sell

    09/08/2006 1:11:53 PM PDT · by JSedreporter · 19 replies · 641+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 8, 2006 | Matthew Hickman
    When it comes to education, conventional wisdom argues that it’s better to go to college after high school. Conventional wisdom states that an educated society will spur economic growth, that a college degree leads to a higher income, and that America needs to increase college enrollment to strengthen against international competition. However, in George Leef’s essay, The Overselling of Higher Education, he argues that this conventional wisdom has flooded universities with apathetic students, subsequently causing a “deterioration of academic standards, credential inflation and soaring costs of college attendance.” Leef serves as executive director of The John William Pope Center for...
  • McClellan sidesteps women-in-combat

    05/19/2004 2:57:19 PM PDT · by joesnuffy · 21 replies · 204+ views
    WND ^ | May 19, 2004 | Les Kinsolving
    WND AT THE WHITE HOUSE McClellan sidesteps women-in-combat Spokesman queried about rapes, pregnancies in co-ed military Posted: May 19, 2004 5:40 p.m. Eastern Editor's note: Each week, WorldNetDaily White House correspondent Les Kinsolving asks the tough questions no one else will ask. And each week, WorldNetDaily brings you the transcripts of those dialogues with the president and his spokesman. By Les Kinsolving © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com At today's White House news briefing, WND asked presidential press secretary Scott McClellan about sexual assaults in the military and women in combat. WND: Scott, the top of Page 1 of Sunday's New York Times...