In the News ~ Sept. 18

Editorial: Highland teachers and the right to strike ~ For all of that, the stand taken by the union members of the Highland Education Association is understandable. We are in an era that has seen corporate and financial interests wage war on public employees. In saying “no” on Sunday to the contract proposed …

 

Highland School Board brings in new negotiator hoping to resolve teacher strike
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch © 09/17/2014)

Highland School District leaders have brought in a new negotiator to see if a fresh set of eyes could help resolve the contract negotiations with teachers, who began their fifth day of a strike today. A negotiation meeting on Tuesday night resulted in offers from both the School Board and the Highland Education Association, the teachers’ union, on three-year contracts.

 

Highland teachers, district appear closer to agreement
(Springfield State Journal Register © 09/18/2014)

The Highland teachers union and school board were set to meet today to hammer out a three-year contract agreement that could end an ongoing teacher strike. Both parties said Wednesday they made significant progress in a negotiation session that went late into Tuesday night, the Belleville News-Democrat reported. Students will miss class for a sixth day today because of the strike, which …

 

Highland left in limbo as strike continues; Edwardsville pins historic loss on East Side
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch © 09/18/2014)

The clock is ticking. The days are melting away. With every passing day the Highland Community Unit School District remains in a work stoppage, the Highland football team loses hope that it will have the chance to play again. The No. 2 small school in the STLhighschoolsports.com rankings, Highland (2-1) forfeited last Friday’s game at Mattoon because the Highland teacher’s union is on strike.

 

Belvidere teachers vote to strike
(Rockford Register Star © 09/18/2014)

The Belvidere Education Association voted Wednesday to file an intent to strike Education association president Mark Luthin said that 436 union members voted Wednesday and 98 percent voted in favor of strike notice. The vote does not mean a strike is imminent. This means that after four weeks, if we still haven’t reached an agreement, we can vote to strike, Luthin said.

 

Belvidere Teachers Declare Impasse; Will File Intent to Strike
(WIFR (CBS) 23 Rockford © 09/18/2014)

UPDATE: The Belvidere Education Association votes in favor of filing their intent to strike if they and Belvidere School District CUSD 100 don’t reach an agreement on a new contract soon. Teachers have so far been working this year without a contract. Teacher union president Mark Luthin says of the 436 union members who voted tonight, 98.6 percent voted …

 

Belvidere teachers vote to making going on strike an option
(WREX (NBC) 13 Rockford © 09/18/2014)

Belvidere teachers vote to put a strike on the table if contract negotiations fail. At a meeting Wednesday night, the Belvidere Education Association voted 430-6 to file an intent to strike. It does not mean teachers will be off the job tomorrow.  Rather, it means they could strike if they feel it is necessary.

 

Belvidere Teacher’s Union Votes To Approve Notice of Intent to Strike
(WTVO ABC 17 Rockford © 09/18/2014)

Belvidere teachers move closer to a strike. The Belvidere Education Association voted tonight to approve an intent to strike notice. Union president Mark Luthin told Eyewitness News negotiations with the district are going well, but they will take whatever measures necessary to get the district to meet their demands. Right now, the sticking points are class size and extra help for …

 

 

School’s Facebook inquiry exposes lack of social media savvy on both sides
(Chicago Tribune © 09/17/2014)

Here’s something Hinsdale teachers can like without fear of reprisal: The superintendent has canceled an investigation into a controversial Facebook post that has consumed Hinsdale Township High School District 86 for the past month. The decision comes just days after the teachers union released a memorandum outlining the school district’s plan to question 17 teachers who liked a Facebook post …

 

Ottawa Elementary board approves budget with $3.4 million deficit
(Streator Times-Press © 09/17/2014)

The Ottawa Elementary school district will be spending $3.4 million more than it is receiving in 2015. That’s according to the budget for the 2015 school year, which was approved at Tuesday’s school board meeting. Expected revenues are about $23.6 million and expected spending is $27 million. At the meeting, Superintendent Cleve Threadgill said the deficit is “a revenue problem,

 

Alton School District working on $4.4M deficit
(Alton Telegraph © 09/18/2014)

Despite deep spending cuts and strict penny-pinching, Alton School District’s current budget is carrying a $4.4 million deficit. According to Christopher Norman, the director of financial services at Alton schools, the district has done everything it could to lower operating costs while maintaining healthy class sizes and providing quality education to students.

 

Carpentersville District 300 to get school psychologists from outside contractor
(Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 09/18/2014)

District 300 will pay an outside contractor $500 a day to fill open psychologist positions at three elementary schools after school officials said they couldn’t find qualified candidates to hire full time. Administrators from the Carpentersville-based school district in recent years have seen candidates out of college with psychology degrees lack the proper expertise.

 

Our View: The real school reformer? Parents
(Peoria Journal Star © 09/17/2014)

So you’re a dentist. A patient comes to you with multiple cavities. You do what you can, but tell him in no uncertain terms that if he wants to avoid the drill in the future, he needs to floss and brush regularly. Alas, the patient doesn’t listen. Fast forward a few years and his rotten teeth are beyond repair. Who failed here, doctor or patient? Should the dentist suffer a pay cut? Lose his job? …

 

UPDATE: Carbon Monoxide Leak Sends More Than 150 People to Hospitals
(WAND (NBC) 17 Decatur © 09/17/2014)

According to school board members, more than 150 North Mac students and staff members in Girard were sent to various hospitals after they became ill because of a carbon monoxide leak. North Mac school superintendent Marica Cullen said, the affected students were conscious and talking as they were taken away in ambulances. Cullen added that the school was evacuated at about 8:45 a.m.,

 

Kadner: Two big settlements on the table for Crestwood
(Chicago Daily Southtown © 09/18/2014)

Updated: September 18, 2014 2:13AM Crestwood would pay a $50,000 fine but admit no guilt for the tainted drinking water scandal that has resulted in dozens of lawsuits under a tentative settlement with the Illinois attorney general’s office, according to Mayor Lou Presta. Presta said the village board will vote on the settlement offer at a meeting at 8 p.m.

 

Ex-teacher admits misconduct involving girls
(Chicago WFLD (Fox) 32 © 09/18/2014)

A former southern Illinois math teacher and cross country coach pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges involving sexual misconduct with girls. Timothy Going, 43, of Fairfield entered the pleas to a three indictment counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, and one count of possessing visual depictions of minors engaging in …

 

Our View: Numbers behind enrollment decline
(DeKalb Daily Chronicle © 09/18/2014)

With the way costs for students are increasing each year, we shouldn’t be surprised that enrollment at Northern Illinois University is hitting historic lows. In fact, maybe we should be surprised it’s not even lower. In 2013, enrollment at NIU fell below any total enrollment figure since at least 1976, and probably for years before then. This year, enrollment dropped another 527 students to …

 

Roosevelt University Student Appointed to Illinois State Board of Higher Education

(eNews Park Forest – September 18, 2014)

As an IBHE student board member, Anderson also has been working with Illinois State Senator Michael Frerichs (D-Champaign) on the “Pay it …

 

Chicago Public Schools’ personnel chief steps down
(Chicago Tribune © 09/18/2014)

The Chicago Public Schools top personnel officer has resigned from her position and will leave her job in the coming weeks, district officials said Wednesday. Alicia Winckler joined CPS in 2009, when it was led by chief executive Ron Huberman and former Mayor Richard Daley’s administration. Winckler, the district’s chief talent officer, ‘

 

Labor Unions Urge Emanuel To End Toxic Interest-Rate Swaps
(Progress Illinois © 09/18/2014)

Three major labor unions in Chicago want Mayor Rahm Emanuel to end ‘toxic’ interest-rate swaps with banks — deals they say cost the city and the public school district more than $100 million annually. The Chicago Teachers Union, AFSCME Council 31 and SEIU* Healthcare Illinois sent a letter to the mayor Wednesday, urging him “to immediately file …

 

 

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Winkler Is Out (So What?)

 

Lots of news, though none of it massive: Alicia Winkler is leaving CPS (what real impact will that have, I wonder?).  The Board is pulling back its plan for an Obama High School (according to a NYC tabloid).  Ray Elementary is trying again to hire a new principal (FWP alum on the LSC!).  Plus: Lots of comments about Ray Salazar’s critique of union leadership, non-educator advocates (who happen to be white), and overwhelming mandates. See it all below, and in previous posts.

 

Chicago Public Schools’ personnel chief steps down Chicago Tribune: The Chicago Public Schools’ top personnel officer has resigned from her position and will leave her job in the coming weeks, district officials said Wednesday. Alicia Winckler joined CPS in 2009, when it was led by chief executive Ron Huberman and former …

 

Chicago quietly ditches plans for a Barack Obama High School New York Daily News: Chicago will not name a high school after President Obama, as previously announced. Two sources confirmed to The Daily News that the Chicago Board of Education has quietly decided to not go ahead with plans for the name of a new so-called selective …

 

Ray Elementary introduces 13 candidates for principal in dramatic new approach HP Herald:  All of the candidates interested in the school were invited to the forum to speak to the Ray community. The previous local school council (LSC) at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., was unable to make a final decision on a principal candidate last school year and voted to leave the decision up to the new LSC.

 

Hey Karen Lewis, I can still read your Tweets Chicago Sun-Times: This might come as a shock to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. But I can read her Tweets. I say this because for some reason months ago, Lewis blocked me as a follower after I tried sending her a direct message to follow up on a story.

 

Some Chicago Parents Say School Closures Created Problems EdWeek: After the closure of 49 schools in 2013, some Chicago Public Schools’ parents say they are concerned about classroom overcrowding and $50 million in district budget cuts this year.

 

CPS Principals Say Schools Are Filthy Chicago Tonight | WTTW: The smell of sour milk, dusty lockers and bookshelves, and overflowing garbage cans—these are just a few of the complaints from principals in Chicago Public Schools who say the private company managing custodial services in their schools are not getting …

 

Boy brought gun to school because he was being bullied CLTV: A 12-year-old Chicago Public School student is in some big trouble for bringing a handgun to school Monday. It all happened at Shmid Elementary on the South Side. Police are still working on where the child got the gun.

 

OTHER CITIES

 

Nearly 1 in 5 Columbus Schools Qualify for Overhauls Under Parent-Trigger Law EdWeek: Three years after Ohio enacted a limited “parent trigger” law, nearly one-fifth of Columbus schools now qualify for major leadership overhauls if parents choose to initiate them.

 

Nearly 70 city charter schools covered by suit seeking facility funds ChalkbeatNY: Most of the nearly 200 charter schools that opened under Mayor Michael Bloomberg received free space in city-owned buildings. But 68 charter schools, serving 25,000 students, operate in private buildings and spend, according to one tally, an extra $2,300 for every student on facilities.

 

School district police stock up free military gear AP: School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles….

 

What’s Happening At East Ramapo? WNYC:  Governor Cuomo has appointed a fiscal monitor, there’s a district lawsuit over special education funding, and public school buildings have been sold.

 

What’s next *if* Deasy is out? Speculation abounds LA School Report: The seven-member elected school board, often split between Deasy supporters and Deasy critics, could deem his performance over the last year “unsatisfactory” at a his annual review slated for next month, automatically preventing his contract from rolling over into a new year. Or Deasy could choose to quit.

 

NATIONAL

 

TFA Founder Voices Skepticism of Edtech EdSurge: Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America and Teach for All, is skeptical about the potential of technology as a cure-all in education. At a NationSwell Council event on September 12, she described her visit to Microsoft’s School of the Future in Philadelphia.

 

PARENTS & TEACHERS

 

How To Make The Most Of Your 10 Minutes With Teacher NPR: Like a good Boy Scout, parents should be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework can make a big difference. Here’s expert advice on how to ace your next parent-teacher conference.

 

Rethinking A Fall Classic: The Parent-Teacher Conference WNYC: The New York City schools are overhauling the time, and format, of these conferences in an attempt to add depth and meaning. Among the changes: They’ll be held four times a year instead of just two.

 

School Held Ring Until Mom Paid for Summer School NBC News: An Ohio mom’s diamond ring is held by the local school district, until she can pay her son’s summer school tuition in full, and he could move into the 8th grade.

 

Political News

 

Court Ruling Could Impact Governor’s Race
(WUIS 91.9 PBR (Springfield) © 09/18/2014)

A Sangamon County judge is expected to rule today (Thursday 9/18) on an appeal by Republican attorneys to remove a Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor from the November ballot.   Sangamon County Circuit Judge Patrick Kelley heard arguments in which the GOP attorneys questioned the validity of signatures Libertarian candidates gathered to get on the ballot.

 

Rauner announces ethics reform plan
(WJBC AM 1230 Bloomington © 09/18/2014)

Bruce Rauner’s plan for ethics reform contains some new and not-so-new proposals. The plan, which the Republican nominee for governor announced Wednesday, retains reforms he has previously supported, like legislative term limits and independent …

 

Rauner talks ethics reform as Quinn airs attack ad
(Chicago Tribune © 09/17/2014)

Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner today rolled out an ethics plan that largely relies on persuading lawmakers and voters to amend the state constitution. The GOP challengers focus on ethics came as Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn released a new campaign ad questioning Rauner’s former equity firms investment in a company that ended up settling a Medicaid fraud civil lawsuit stemming from work in…

 

Rauner: Stop the revolving door
(Southern Illinoisan © 09/18/2014)

Republican Bruce Rauner wants to end a practice in which Illinois lawmakers can leave their posts in the General Assembly and immediately become lobbyists. As part of a package of proposed changes aimed at cleaning up state government, the political newcomer from Winnetka Wednesday said Illinois needs to toughen its revolving door law by forcing members of the Legislature to take a…

 

Rauner: Let voters recall lawmakers
(Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 09/18/2014)

Republican Bruce Rauner Wednesday unveiled a package of ethics proposals that includes giving voters the chance to recall elected lawmakers. The move fits Rauner’s anti-Springfield message and takes on an issue Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has often held dear. Quinn pushed for Illinoisans to get the opportunity to recall governors in the wake of the Rod Blagojevich scandal and has often …

 

Blago creeps further into race for governor as Rauner unveils ethics plan September 17, 2014
(Crains Chicago Business © 09/17/2014)

A bit of substance actually crept into the mud-bath race for governor today, as GOP nominee Bruce Rauner unveiled his ethics plan. Miracles do happen. But overall, it was mostly more of the same, with images of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich featured prominently in a new Rauner ad aimed at incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn, and alleged hiring and legal snafus highlighted by Mr. Rauner in new Quinn spots. …

 

The way to end corruption
(Belleville News-Democrat © 09/18/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn has taken your hard-earned money right out of your pocket to pay for his corrupt hiring practices at the Illinois Department of Transportation, higher taxes and unbelievably bad economic performance. To add insult to injury, Vice President Biden came to Chicago’s Labor Day parade and talked about Quinn’s $15-an-hour minimum wage proposal to distract us from Quinn’s corruption and …

 

Bernard Schoenburg: New poll, AFSCME nod help change narrative
(Springfield State Journal Register © 09/18/2014)

Anybody who thought the race for governor was going to be a blowout got some food for thought in recent days. Republican BRUCE RAUNER seemed to gain traction after he narrowly won the GOP primary and Democratic Gov. PAT QUINN lost 30 counties in his own primary to the little-known TIO HARDIMAN. It makes sense that a newcomer to elective politics would catch some public enthusiasm.

 

Quinn wants black voters to take another look
(WJBC AM 1230 Bloomington © 09/18/2014)

Black voters have been coming out in support of Bruce Rauner in the governor’s race, but Gov. Pat Quinn’s team is trying to get them to take a closer look at the Republican.

 

Election 2014: Policymaking best when evidence available
(Southern Illinoisan © 09/17/2014)

Prisons are vastly overcrowded. College tuition is rising fast. Roads and bridges are crumbling. Public pensions are on the verge of disaster. Why is Illinois state government so inept? While public problems are inherently difficult to solve, Illinois seems to be particularly adrift these days. One explanation for this phenomenon is the dearth of valid and reliable evidence used in public policy…

 

Lieutenant Governor Candidate Slams Scrutinized Plan
(WIFR (CBS) 23 Rockford © 09/18/2014)

Governor Quinn Campaign Statement: The Governor has taken strong, decisive action to correct the problems at IDOT, appointing a new Secretary of Transportation to reform the agency and ensure everything is done right. We will not be taking advice from Mr. Rauner, who has a very troubling record of hiring swindlers and profiting off fraud.

 

Rauner’s running mate adds criticism to illegal IDOT hirings
(WJBC AM 1230 Bloomington © 09/17/2014)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s lieutenant governor running mate is adding her criticism to the governor’s illegal hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

 

The Politics of Pot
(WTTW Chicago © 09/17/2014)

GOP candidate for governor Bruce Rauner says the process to become a medical marijuana grower or seller is rigged to benefit the politically connected. Is it? Paris Schutz takes a closer look. Bruce Rauner has one message for Governor Pat Quinn. Governor, the jig is up, he said in a press release Tuesday.

 

Rauner attacks Quinn over medical marijuana secrecy
(Southern Illinoisan © 09/18/2014)

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is raising red flags about the state’s new medical marijuana program. The businessman from Winnetka alleged Tuesday the new law could give Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn the ability to dole out licenses for pot sellers and marijuana growers to companies with political connections.

 

Bruce Rauner Attacks Gov. Pat Quinn over Medical Marijuana
(WTVO ABC 17 Rockford © 09/17/2014)

It’s been a week since business started applying for medical marijuana cultivation centers, but there’s already uproar in Springfield. Republican nominee for Governor Bruce Rauner is attacking Governor Pat Quinn for making the application process secretive. Local Republicans agree. ‘

 

Quinn blasts NFL owners with dig at GOP opponent
(Chicago WFLD (Fox) 32 © 09/18/2014)

The NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice case cropped up in Illinois’ gubernatorial race Wednesday when Gov. Pat Quinn indirectly called on his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner – a part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers – to condemn domestic violence. Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, brought up the topic after a luncheon geared toward women in business. …

 

Democrats criticize Rauner’s silence on domestic violence
(WJBC AM 1230 Bloomington © 09/18/2014)

Pro football’s domestic violence investigation has found its way into the governor’s race in Illinois. One of the candidates, Republican Bruce Rauner, is a part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. A reporter at Rauner’s news conference about ethics used the occasion to as…

 

Rauner, Part Steelers Owner, Won’t Weigh in on Abuse Scandals
(Chicago Press Release Service © 09/17/2014)

Illinois Governor Candidate Bruce Rauner became a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008, which means he in part employs embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Rauner, however, wants no part of the domestic …

 

Comptroller Topinka says she’s done ‘remarkable things’ in office
(Southern Illinoisan © 09/17/2014)

Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she needs another term in office as the state’s chief fiscal officer “because we have done some really remarkable things with this office.” Topinka says she’s increased transparency, brought new efficiencies and demanded accountability. She says she’s also modernized the office by taking the stacks of paper files that overwhelmed t…

 

Simon: Topinka’s comments about her family name ‘insulting’
(Southern Illinoisan © 09/18/2014)

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon said Wednesday she was offended by comments Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka made about her family name while speaking to The Southern Illinoisan editorial board on Tuesday afternoon. Topinka was asked to address an issue that made headlines recently when she apparently asked Gov. Pat Quinn for helping getting her son a job at SIU Carbondale during a public bill signing event, …

 

 

National News

 

The University of Central Florida has a grenade launcher and Florida International University has 50 assault rifles
(Tampa Bay Times © 09/17/2014)

Nine things I underlined in this recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education: 1. Should the campus police at the University of Central Florida ever need a modified grenade launcher, one sits waiting in the department’s armory. Retooled to fire tear-gas canisters, the weapon was used several years ago for training purposes, according to Richard Beary, the university’s chief of police.

 

Proposed gift to FSU from Koch foundation in 2007 came with strings attached
(Tampa Bay Times © 09/17/2014)

In 2007, when the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions of dollars to Florida State University’s economics department, the offer came with strings attached. First, the curriculum it funded must align with the libertarian, deregulatory economic philosophy of Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist and Republican political bankroller. Second, the Charles Koch Foundation would  …

 

 

Field Museum expands capital campaign   to $250 million

The   Chicago museum’s board has decided to more than double its goal for a two-year-old   campaign to raise money for its endowment and tech improvements. Crain’s has the story.

Could this Chicago cancer researcher   find a treatment for Ebola?

Crain’s talks with   the local cancer researcher whose company, Novadrug, has medicines in early stages   of development that have shown some effectiveness on the Ebola and Marburg viruses.

Chicago’s Red Frog Events teaming up   with Coachella?

Firefly   Music Festival, the fast-growing annual Delaware fest produced by Chicago’s Red   Frog Events, is reportedly partnering with the team behind the Coachella Valley   Music & Arts Festival in California. Read more from Crain’s.

The Vaportini: a new way to inhale a   cocktail

Coming   to a liquor store near you: the Vaportini, a device that vaporizes alcohol. The   inventor is working with her distributor, Chicago-based Collins Brothers, to get   the device on liquor stores shelves before the end of the year. Crain’s has more.

Want to go to the space station? Boeing   has a seat

Boeing’s   proposal to develop a so-called space taxi for NASA astronauts includes a seat   for paying tourists to fly to the International Space Station. It’s a first for   a U.S. space program. Reuters has more.

— Plus, Boeing and Lockheed Martin are teaming up with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s   startup to develop a new rocket engine. The Wall Street Journal reports.

Regulators push for new trials for testosterone   drugs produced by AbbVie, others

Drug   makers should conduct new trials to assess the heart risks of testosterone therapies   used by 2.3 million men last year, U.S. regulatory advisers said. What does that   mean for testosterone products made by North Chicago-based AbbVie? Bloomberg has more.

Top aviation officials to descend on   Chicago

City   officials say the World Route Development Forum this weekend will be among the   largest economic development events of the year for the city and the region, drawing   about 3,000 people in the airline, airport and tourism industries, according to the Chicago   Tribune.

What happens to MillerCoors in Anheuser-Busch’s   takeover scenario

If   Anheuser-Busch InBev takes over SABMiller — and that’s a big “if” —   SABMiller could be forced to sell its half of Chicago-based MillerCoors, industry   observers tell the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.   The report considers what that would mean for the Chicago headquarters and Milwaukee   offices.

A better solution to the minimum wage   debate

The   research director at the Washington-based Employment Policies Institute suggests   an increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit is far superior for boosting people’s   wages than an increase in the minimum wage. Read his guest op-ed in Crain’s.

Can quotas help women-owned businesses?

First   Business News takes a closer look at the challenges faced by women-owned businesses   looking for financing or competing for government contracts. Check out this video report.   (click on the image to launch the video).

 

 

TIME.com

 

Scotland Heads to the Polls

Voter turnout is expected to be high in Thursday’s historic referendum and the atmosphere at the polls is electric, with Scots beginning to line up hours before balloting locations opened to have their say on whether Scotland should stay in the U.K.

 

Heart Rhythm Is the New Password

A team of Toronto scientists has developed a wristband that can use your heart rhythm as an authenticator for accounts and gadgets

 

California’s Private Pot Police

Security contractors in California are flying around in helicopters and wearing body armor, clearing illegal marijuana gardens from private property

 

Exclusive: U2 and Apple Have Another Surprise for You

The four members of the Irish band tell TIME about another new album in the works—and its secret Apple project that might just save the music industry. The point isn’t just to help U2, but lesser-known artists and others who can’t make money from live performance

 

Darrel Hammond Set for SNL Return as Show’s Voice

The longest-serving cast member in Saturday Night Live history is returning to be the voice of the show, creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels said, replacing announcer Don Pardo, who hosted 39 seasons and died in August

 

House Passes Bill to Train and Equip Syrian Rebels

The House passed legislation Wednesday to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels, approving a key part of President Barack Obama’s strategy for fighting Islamist militants in the region; more than 70 members from each party voted against the bill

 

NFL Running Back Released After Domestic Violence Arrest

Running back Jonathan Dwyer was deactivated by Arizona after he was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated assault. The Cardinals’ immediate move marked a stark contrast to how other teams have operated in the wake of domestic-abuse charges

 

Moscow Welcomes More Autonomy for Ukraine Separatists

Russia has welcomed a new Ukrainian law granting autonomy to separatist-held eastern regions as “a step in the right direction,” but some politicians in Kiev criticized the move as unpatriotic, with former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko threatening to challenge it in court

 

Texas Executes Woman for Murder of 9-Year-Old

A Texas woman convicted of starving and torturing her girlfriend’s 9-year-old son to death was executed on Wednesday. Lisa Coleman, the ninth person executed in Texas this year, was put to death after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a final appeal from her legal team

 

Sierra Leone Begins 3-Day National Lockdown Over Ebola

Citizens in of the three West African nations hit worst by the epidemic will reportedly be banned from leaving their homes as health workers try to identify cases and the streets are kept clear; some experts fear the measures will spread mistrust, doing more harm than good

 

Senate Passes Bill for Better Sunscreen

The bill’s passage requires the Food and Drug Administration to respond to current pending sunscreen ingredients within a shorter period of time — an important factor in ensuring that people have the most up-to-date ways to protect their skin from cancer-causing UVA rays

 

‘So Help Me God’ No Longer Required During Oath

The U.S. Air Force said Wednesday that enlisted members and officers are permitted to omit the phrase “so help me God” from their oaths if they so chose, after an airman who was prohibited from re-enlisting until he uttered the phrase threatened to sue last week

 

 

The Washington Post

 

Scots turn out for historic vote on future of U.K.

Griff Witte and Karla Adam

With polls showing a tight contest, the pro-breakaway nationalists and the status quo unionists made frenzied appeals.

 

New Apple iPhones and iPads will lock out police

The company is taking a hard new line as tech firms attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user data.

 

Senate expected to give approval on Obama’s plan to fight militants

The plan to counter the Islamic State includes training and arms for moderate Syrian rebels.

 

Four Pinocchios for Paul’s claim that McCain met with Islamic State

FACT CHECKER | Sen. Rand Paul said Sen. John McCain met with the terrorist group. He’s wrong.

 

Three Indiana women went to war. A Colorado first lady took notice.

In her book, “Soldier Girls,” Helen Thorpe has written a blunt account about military women.

 

 

Word of the Day  Thursday, September 18, 2014

Quotha  \KWOH-thuh\

interjection; 

1.Archaic . indeed! (used ironically or contemptuously in quoting another).

 

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