In the News ~ August 29

District 205 classes begin Friday - After 15 days of walking the picket lines and going back-and-forth in negotiations, the walk-out of Galesburg teachers ended Thursday when both the District 205 Board of Education and Galesburg Education Association voted to approve a four-year contract. But the approval by teachers didn’t come without bitterness.

 

Augustin turns down seat on School Board due to ‘different ideological views’

(08/28/2014 © Belleville News Democrat)

“Mr. Sutton has previously stated to the press that certain matters of contention between the Highland School Board and the HEA are not a matter of fairness. I disagree with this position. Rather, fairness should be at the core of the negotiations and all board actions. Therefore, due to this difference in viewpoints, I have elected to not accept the board’s appointment to the vacant seat.”

 

New Trier studies rising special education costs

(Winnetka Talk-08/29/2014)

New Trier High School administrators hope to better predict the future number of special education students after costs were $800,000 over budget during the …

 

A Chicago success: More diplomas, fewer dropouts

(Chicago Tribune – ‎08/29/2014 ‎)

So much of the debate on education in Chicago focuses on conflicts between teachers and district officials over test scores and educator evaluations. Or on the political squabbling between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Teachers Union President …

School rating system gets tweaked
To accommodate higher-achieving schools, CPS revised its rating policy for schools just one year after unveiling it. The change will allow some schools to be ranked entirely on their test results, rather than including other indicators, such as attendance.

Teachers at Latino Youth Alternative School to vote on contract
Nearly five years after they started organizing, teachers at the alternative Latino Youth High School in Pilsen say they’re preparing to vote on their first labor contract in September.

Teachers get creative to find time for professional development
On a sunny August morning, teachers crowd into the cafeteria of Prieto Math and Science Academy in Belmont-Cragin for a class that is part of the Lesson Study Alliance’s summer institute. Teachers and CPS leaders say workshops like these are an example of quality professional development that is rare because of limited time and resources.

State preschool enrollment takes a dive
After years of budget cuts, enrollment in state-funded preschool programs in Illinois has fallen to levels not seen in nearly a decade, according to a report by Voices for Illinois Children.

Keeping Simeon program just the start for improving career education
Four legislators applaud the decision to keep Simeon High’s electrician program in place, but say that the district must do more to expand high-quality career and technical education.

Principals: The voice you’ve been waiting for
Blaine Principal Troy LaRaviere writes that a new committee with work within the principals association to be a stronger public voice for administrators, their schools and students.

 

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Safe Travels, Safe Weekend

I’m off for a couple of days — as are you, perhaps, if you’re not getting ready for the first day of class.  Have a fun and safe weekend.  See you in September.

 

 

Political News

 

Court rules state retirees can stop paying health insurance premiums

(08/29/2014 © Springfield State Journal Register (IL)

State government retirees will no longer have health insurance premiums deducted from their pension benefits following a Sangamon County court ruling Thursday. It will be months, however, before retirees will begin seeing a return of the insurance …

 

Governor hopefuls rip each other on hiring, taxes

(08/29/2014 © Springfield State Journal Register (IL)

The candidates for Illinois governor sharpened their attacks on each other Thursday, with Gov. Pat Quinn saying Bruce Rauner’s plan to tax some services will help wealthy people like Rauner but hurt hardworking families, and the Republican businessman calling Quinn’s efforts to address improper political hiring “a charade.”

 

Quinn: State Needs To Invest In Agriculture
(WGIL AM Radio 14 (Galesburg) © 08/28/2014)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he plans to invest more in the state Department of Agriculture. The Chicago Democrat is making a tough, nationally watched election bid against Republican Bruce Rauner of Winnetka. Quinn at a forum in Bloomington Wednesday coordinated by the Illinois Farm Bureau blasted Rauner’s pledge to roll back the state’s income tax …

 

Rauner, Schilling to stump in Sterling
(Dixon Telegraph © 08/28/2014)

Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, will be in Sterling this weekend as part of his statewide bus tour. Rauner will be joined by former U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, for a public event at Candlelight Inn, 2907 N. Locust St. in Sterling, at 11:45 a.m. Sunday. The event will be open to the public.

 

Let’s shake it up and get to work
(Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 08/28/2014)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Daily Herald asked the two major-party candidates for Illinois governor to provide essays outlining their economic proposals for the next four years. The columns ran side by side in print editions of the Daily Herald on Thursday, Aug. 28. Here is the essay provided by Republican Bruce Rauner.

 

Durbin proposes 1 TV debate; Oberweis wants more
(Chicago Tribune © 08/28/2014)

State Sen. Jim Oberweis, who won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate this year without facing his opponent in a single televised debate, found himself on the other side of that issue Wednesday as Sen. Dick Durbin agreed to meet him in just one TV debate before the Nov. 4 election. Oberweis, a Republican businessman from Sugar Grove, had proposed seven televised debates between himself and Durbin …

 

Bernard Schoenburg: IDOT reorganization’ troubles ring a bell
(Springfield State Journal Register © 08/28/2014)

It seems a little familiar that Springfield lawyers DON CRAVEN and CARL DRAPER are representing employees being laid off in a “material reorganization” at the Illinois Department of Transportation. As attorneys for Teamsters Local 916, Craven and Draper said this week they are seeking to protect their members who have 55 of the 58 jobs that ERICA BORGGREN, the acting IDOT secretary, …

 

 

National News

 

4-year-old expelled from preschool over Facebook post
(CLTV-Chicago © 08/28/2014)

A Florida boy was expelled from his preschool because of a Facebook post his mother posted on her personal page. According to News 4 in Jacksonville, the mother, Ashley Habat, was upset the private Christian preschool did not give parents enough time to prepare for picture day. Ashley took her frustrations to Facebook posting, “Why is it that every single day there is something new I dislike

 

 

Hey, seat-back recliner, get outta my space

As   seat-back squabbles lead to flight diversions,   Crain’s Joe Cahill takes the opportunity to air a long-standing pet peeve: Airlines   seem to have a blind eye toward those oblivious seat-back recliners who steal   valuable space from passengers behind them. Read his column here.

Would you Yo for a free Moto smartwatch?

Yesterday,   Motorola released its Internet-connected watch, the Moto 360, exclusively over   Yo, the much-ridiculed messaging app that primarily lets users send their contacts   just one message: “Yo.” Ad Age tries to explain   their motivation, while the Verge reports   why Moto is having to redo the promotion today.

Hillshire CEO gone after Tyson transition

Hillshire   Brands CEO Sean Connolly is leaving his top job as the company officially becomes   part of Tyson Foods, according to the Chicago   Tribune.

Opinion: Let’s close the funding gap for minority entrepreneurs

Many   budding entrepreneurs need loans that are too small for major financial institutions   to provide, and it’s especially a problem in minority and low-income neighborhoods,   where businesses face a huge credit gap. Read more in this Crain’s   guest op-ed.

Slot machines in bars a headache for Illinois casinos

The   rapid growth of slot machines in bars is bad news for the $1.6 billion Illinois   casino industry, which is losing customers to the new, more convenient competitors,   writes Bloomberg.

Claire’s may accessorize past the mall

With   a new CEO at its helm, struggling teen accessories retailer Claire’s plans to   test new channels, including wholesaling to mass merchandise stores and opening   Claire’s-branded spaces in some Toys ‘R’ Us stores, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Chicago schools net $10 million for safe passage

Chicago   Public Schools’ Safe Passage program will get a $10 million infusion from Illinois   to help expand the program that aims to protect students traveling to and from   schools in city neighborhoods. More from the AP.

Integrys or ComEd? Use this calculator to find out

If   you can’t decide whether to stick with Chicago’s chosen electricity provider,   Integrys Energy Services, or to go back to ComEd, the Citizens Utility Board offers   up ChicagoPowerCalculator.com,   which helps determine where you’ll get more savings on your electricity bill.   Here’s more from the Chicago   Tribune.

Where the woman behind Stylemuse finds fashion inspiration

In   the latest installment of Crain’s Business Models,   Meredith Smyth, an account director at a River North digital marketing agency   who also runs a styling and closet organization business called Stylemuse, explains   how she chooses work outfits that won’t limit where the day takes her.

A Big Mac? That’ll be 40 cans, please

McDonald’s   has a campaign in Sweden encouraging customers to pay for hamburgers, cheeseburgers   and even Big Macs with recycled cans, part of an effort to bring in younger customers   who have “empty drink cans and empty wallets.” Adweek has details.

 

 

TIME.com

 

‘We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet’

President Barack Obama seemed to commit the worst of Washington gaffes when he spoke of the ongoing threat from Islamist militants wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq. “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” he said

 

NATO: Russian Tanks in Ukraine

Satellite imagery appears to show Russian forces and vehicles in Ukraine’s eastern region to support pro-Russian separatists battling Ukraine’s military

 

Senegal Confirms First Ebola Case

Its health ministry confirmed a young Guinean man as the country’s first case of the deadly virus that is ravaging West Africa

 

How Sterling Got Steve Ballmer to Overpay for the Clippers

Shelly Sterling, the estranged wife of former L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, discussed her tactics and motives in a new interview; “you’ll never have the chance to buy a team in Los Angeles again,” she told the former Microsoft CEO, who offered $2 billion

 

Family of Slain Uzi Instructor: Death Was ‘Tragic Accident’

The grieving family of Charles Vacca, the Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl, who was learning how to shoot an Uzi, said they feel “sorry” for her: “We know it was a tragic accident”

 

NFL Throws Flag on Domestic Abuse After Criticism

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to team owners that stated stricter penalties would be imposed on players and league personnel who commit domestic abuse, following criticism of a two-game suspension for a player who allegedly beat his fiancée

 

Oklahoma Death Row Inmate Didn’t Die From Heart Attack

Independent autopsy results reveal that Clayton Lockett, whose botched execution in April caused Oklahoma to temporarily halt lethal injections, did not die from a heart attack; officials attempted to tap a vein in his groin, chest, neck, both arms and one foot

 

U.N. Grimly Marks 3 Million Syrian Refugees as War Rages

The U.N.’s refugee agency announced that one of every eight Syrians has fled the country since March 2011 and 6.5 million others are internally displaced; U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres called it the “biggest humanitarian emergency of our era”

 

California Passes Bill Defining Sexual Consent at Colleges

The California Senate passed a first-in-the-nation bill on Thursday to define what amounts to consensual sexual activity on the state’s college campuses; the bill defines consent to sex as the presence of a “yes” rather than the absence of a “no”

 

Joan Rivers ‘Resting Comfortably’ After Hospitalization

The 81-year-old comedian and TV personality was rushed from a doctor’s office to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday morning after she went into cardiac arrest; her daughter, Melissa, later said Rivers was “resting comfortably” after the episode

 

Homeless Man Who Accepted Miley’s VMA Surrenders

Jesse Helt, 22, had an outstanding warrant out for his arrest for violating his probation before Cyrus brought him to the Video Music Awards last weekend to raise awareness for homeless youth; Helt turned himself in to Oregon police late Thursday night

 

Eruption Causes Iceland to Temporarily Close Airspace

Iceland’s Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management said airspace near an erupting volcano was closed on Friday; the department initially closed off up to 18,000 feet near the Bardarbunga volcano, but it later reduced that ceiling to 5,000 feet

 

 

The Washington Post

 

Putin: Trapped Ukrainian troops should be freed

Russia’s president calls for a “humanitarian corridor” on the heels of moves that U.S. officials say are tantamount to a Russian invasion.

 

Islamic State waterboarded U.S. journalist and others

At least four hostages held by militants, including Jim Foley who was executed, were allegedly waterboarded.

 

Obama: ‘We don’t have a strategy yet’

The Fix: Why Obama’s gaffe stings

 

‘I just don’t think a kid has any business with a weapon like that’

An accidental Uzi death at the hands of a 9-year-old renews debate on how young is too young for firearms.

 

The audacity of taupe’: A nation distracted by the president’s tan suit

THE FIX | While Obama talked about Ukraine and the Islamic State, Twitter freaked out about his attire.

 

How Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt pulled off a paparazzi-free wedding

Two awards shows and the NFL may have helped turn attention away from Hollywood’s biggest couple.

 

The long, grim history of U.N. peacekeepers caught in the crossfire

The missions always come with risks.

 

On growing up in Ferguson and Palestine

A strange symmetry unites the two places, now more than ever.

 

Word of the Day  Friday, August 29, 2014

Osculate

\ OS-kyuh-leyt \

verb; 

1. to kiss.

2. to bring into close contact or union.

3. Geometry (of a curve) to touch (another curve or another part of the same curve) in osculation.

4. to come into close contact or union.

5. Geometry . (of a curve) to touch another curve or another part of the same curve so as to have the same tangent and curvature at the point of contact.