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February 27, 2010

.student admits hanging noose in college campus library.

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(CNN) — The University of California San Diego has suspended a student who admitted to hanging a noose in a campus library, school officials announced Friday.

“We are feeling real pain, and we will take real action,” said UCSD chancellor Marye Anne Fox told reporters. “The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is my primary concern.”

The student, whose identity was not released, admitted Friday to police at the University of California San Diego that she hung a noose Thursday night in the library, police said.

“Detectives have interviewed the student and taken a statement,” UCSD police said in a release. “The investigation is ongoing as we continue to identify and interview witnesses.”

After Thursday’s discovery, hundreds of people joined a campus rally to oppose racial intolerance. “It’s OK to feel hurt and angry about this,” said one participant. “We’ve been silent for too long.”

Watch iReport of campus protest

One student said she feared for her safety.

The student’s admission came the day after police were alerted to the presence of the noose in a library bookcase at the school. Fox said the admission was a result of “pressure from our UC San Diego community.”

“This underscores the fact that our university is banding together,” she said.

In a crime alert bulletin, police said they received several reports Thursday around 10:30 p.m. of the noose on the seventh floor of the Geisel Library. It was found hanging in an aisle facing windows.

“Officers spoke with people who were in the area, but no one witnessed the noose being placed on the bookcase,” police said in a campus notice.

Hanging a noose with intent to terrorize is a crime, it noted.

On Friday, the school announced several measures it was taking in response to recommendations from its Black Student Union. They include the establishment of a task force on minority faculty recruitment, a new commission to addressing declining African-American enrollment and finding space for an African-American resource center.

“I want to emphasize these are the initial steps, and I realize we have a lot of work ahead of us,” Fox said.

The noose incident occurred two weeks after Black History Month was mocked in an off-campus party that was condemned by the school.

It’s unclear how long the student is suspended for.

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February 24, 2010

.all faculty and administrators fired at r.i. high school.

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(CNN) — A school board in Rhode Island has voted to fire all teachers at a struggling high school, a dramatic move aimed at shoring up education in a poverty-ridden school district.

In a 5-2 vote Tuesday night, the board approved the plan by Frances Gallo, superintendent at Central Falls School District, to discharge the teachers, administrators and other personnel at Central Falls High School.

The firings, which will be effective at the end of this school year, came after the district said it failed to reach an agreement with the teachers’ union on a plan for the teachers to spend more time with students to improve test scores.

A union spokesman called the firings drastic and cited a 21 percent rise in reading scores and a 3 percent increase in math scores in the past two years.

The school district said 93 people, including the principal and three assistant principals, were fired. The teachers’ union earlier had said the firings affected 74 classroom teachers and other educators, such as guidance counselors and reading specialists.

Central Falls High is one of the lowest-performing schools in Rhode Island. It is in a community where median income is $22,000, census figures show.

Of the 800 students, 65 percent are Hispanic and for most of them, English is a second language. Half the students are failing every subject, with 55 percent skilled in reading and 7 percent proficient in math, officials said.

In a proposal based on federal guidelines, Gallo asked teachers to work a longer school day of seven hours and tutor students weekly for one hour outside school time. She proposed teachers have lunch with students often, meet for 90 minutes every week to discuss education and set aside two weeks during summer break for paid professional development.

A spokesman for the union said the teachers had accepted most of the changes, but wanted to work out compensation for the extra hours of work.

The superintendent said the two sides could not agree on a pay rate.

Under new federal requirements for school reform, low-performing schools have several options. One is called the transformation model, which includes a series of changes that teachers agree to adopt.

When the negotiations on those changes failed at Central Falls High, the superintendent switched to another option: the turnaround model, which means firing every teacher at the troubled school.

Kathy May, a teacher at Central Falls High, said she’s disheartened. “I feel like, after 20 years, I can see some progress beginning to be made. And I’m sad that we’re not going to be around to follow that through, to push that forward.”

Gallo, who said Rhode Island law says notice must be given by March 1, said the problem isn’t solely the fault of teachers and it wasn’t her preference to make the move. She indicated that some of the teachers might be rehired.

“When we had to move from the transformation model, the next best move was the turnaround model. And that requires us to remove the teachers and rehire, of those who reapply, up to 50 percent,” she said.

“This is a major move, for a very significant reason, and that being that we couldn’t hone in on the assurances we needed for the transformation model.”

Asked what would happen if the teachers’ union accepted the original terms, Gallo said it would be very difficult to go back, but can’t be discounted.

“And if … as we move forward, if indeed something of that effect comes around, then I still think we have a lot of doors that could be opened.”

At a community rally before the school board meeting on Tuesday, supporters of the teachers slammed the plan.

Jane Sessums, president of the Central Falls Teachers Union, said teachers have been unfairly targeted and scapegoated and the union will fight to have them reinstated.

“We want genuine reforms, not quick fixes that do nothing but create a wedge between teachers, our school and our community,” said Sessums. She added that “teachers have agreed to numerous solutions and reforms.”

George McLaughlin, a guidance counselor who was fired along with his wife, a chemistry teacher, said the school has been inaccurately cast as a place with low graduation rates.

“We have the most transient population in this state. Nobody comes close to us. So when they say that 50 percent of the people graduate, a very high percentage of our students leave our school. They return. They leave again. They go back to other countries,” he said, noting that three times as many of the school’s students are accepted to colleges now than they were five years ago.

He also knocked the superintendent, saying she “has been with us for a little more than three years.”

If Gallo were willing to negotiate and listen to former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who has offered to mediate, “maybe we could resolve this instead of causing more trauma to us.”

McLaughlin said the negotiations were about job security, not pay, and said the teachers are ready to resume talks.

February 23, 2010

pediatrician arrested for sex acts with patients.

Filed under: in the news,no ma'am.,Uncategorized — capricious_me @ 10:16 pm
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56-year-old small-town pediatrician Dr. Earl Bradley is now being viewed as a monster by the Delaware community where he is now suspected of molesting patients as young as 3-months-old.

Bradley has been held in the Vaughn Correctional Center on a $2.9 million cash bond following his arrest last December. Bradley was initially charged with 33 felony counts, including rape and sexual exploitation of a child, but the number of victims has now more than tripled to 103.

Bradley is accused of videotaping sex acts with his patients while the children’s parents waited in another room. A search of Bradley’s medical practice late last year lead to the analysis of more than 13 hours of video files, computers and hard drives and more than 7,000 patient files.

The 160-page indictment describes Bradley’s alleged offenses between 1998 and 2009. Only one of the 103 children mentioned was a male. Some of the children were allegedly molested continuously over a series of days or months — while a few were allegedly raped or molested for several years. The most recent incidents listed in the 471-count indictment were allegations Bradley forced children to perform sex acts on him December 13.

According to the arrest documents, the examination room known as the Pinocchio Room because of its decorations was seen frequently on the video tapes obtained by authorities that reportedly show Bradley undressing his patients and performing sex acts on them.

In another room decked out with “The Little Mermaid” paraphernalia, equally horrific abuse allegedly occurred at the hands of Bradley, who investigators said was seen on the tapes muzzling screaming children as they tried to flee the abuse.

Described as a 6-foot, 225-pound man, Bradley allegedly had a “violently enraged expression on his face” as he yelled to a 2-year-old patient to perform sexual acts on him. That particular video was described by the investigating officer in court documents as “one of the most violent and brutal attacks on a child of any age” that he had ever seen.

Bradley, who had been in the 1,300-person town of Lewes since 1994, is accused of abusing his patients for the past 11 years.

If convicted, Bradley faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

source: www.abcnews.go.com

.man busted for bed made of weed.

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A Massachusetts man is facing cannabis trafficking charges after police discovered that he had a bed made of 102 pounds of marijuana.

Police pulled over 40-year-old Hung The Truong for failing to follow a traffic violation.

When he opened his window they detected the strong smell of marijuana and searched the U-Haul truck attached to his vehicle.

They discovered 17 packages of the drug inside a pull-out bed and 79 packages of the substance in a hollowed-out box spring.

His bond has been set at $2 million.

source: www.hiphopwired.com

February 22, 2010

.white sorority wins 1st place at sprite step-off challenge.

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white sorority zeta tau alpha beat out fellow finalists (and black sororities) delta sigma theta and alpha kappa alpha in the 2010 sprite step off held in atlanta, ga. in the beginning of the video, you can hear folks laughing because of the obvious: they were white girls and stepping is supposed to be a black thing. about thirty seconds into the step, the laughs turned into applause as these young ladies showed out and showed up the two oldest african-american sororities.

February 19, 2010

.national texting champion.

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Meet Kate Moore, a lively 16-year-old high school sophomore from Des Moines, Iowa. Like many other teens, she’s been known to send a text or two. But her aptitude for texting goes beyond sending sneaky messages to friends during math class: Moore’s messaging habit has won her $60,000 in prize money — not to mention fame both at home and abroad — in less than a year.

“I got a phone in my first year of high school, a year and a half ago,” Moore says. Soon after, she entered the LG U.S. National Texting Championship held in New York and won, netting a cool $50,000 and a seat in the burgeoning sport’s worldwide championship, held last month. Together with teammate Morgan Dynda, Moore went on to place second, behind a team from Korea.

source: Iowa Teen Has County’s Fastest Thumbs by Mike Smith

http://videogames.yahoo.com/events/lg-mobile-worldcup/iowa-teen-has-country-s-fastest-thumbs/1389434

February 18, 2010

.say what, gary?!.

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Gary sho’ is looking crusty!

February 17, 2010

.matthew knowles ordered to pay child support.

Filed under: in the news,no ma'am.,Uncategorized — capricious_me @ 9:02 pm
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matthew knowles (beyonce’s daddy) has been ordered to pay child support to his mistress that gave birth on February 4th. I, along with a whole lot of people, am trying to figure out how you are ORDERED to pay child support when there is no proof they were ever together? the dna test isn’t until march 1st! Alexsandra, i hope you aren’t lying. if that test comes out negative those 20 G’s are getting drafted right back out of the account!

according to sources:

“An L.A. judge just ordered Knowles to pay $8,200 a month in child support, retroactive to February 1. Knowles must also pay 100% of uninsured medical costs. Alexsandra Wright claims she had an 18-month relationship with Knowles and he’s the baby daddy of Nixon — born February 4. Wright’s lawyer, Neal Hersh, went to court today asking for support and the judge granted it.But Knowles will take a DNA test March 1 … and the long-term support issues hinge on the outcome.It’s interesting — Knowles has not flat out denied he’s the daddy. And in fact, he gave Alexsandra $10,000 in January to cover uninsured medical costs and baby stuff. The Judge ordered Knowles to pay Wright $20,750 for the month of January.”

February 15, 2010

.what?!.

Filed under: no ma'am.,Uncategorized — capricious_me @ 8:30 pm

the facebook status of one my college alums, sharon, on 2.14.10:

So a man in Sam’s says “Hi, how are you doing?” I said “fine thank you.” He said “come here, what’s your name?” I said “married”, he says “oh Mary that’s a nice name.” No you fool MARRIED…Get outta my face idiot!

*sigh* gotta love my friends…

February 14, 2010

Dear Wendy’s: Stop.

Filed under: no ma'am.,Uncategorized — capricious_me @ 10:34 pm

this pic is small because i took it on my cell phone while going through the drive thru. okay, wendy’s you’re getting ridiculous now. the triple baconator has 1330 calories BY ITSELF! add the fries and a drink, the total adds up to… DEATH.

for nutritional facts: www.wendys.com

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