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CA’s ‘attendance crisis’: one in four elementary students truant each year

According to a report released this morning by the Attorney General of California, one of every four elementary school students in the state are truant every year. The state’s definition of truancy is three or more unexcused absence per school year, and the effects of these absences, especially among elementary…

NSA built secret shadow social network GETPRISM — and you’ve already joined it

Soon after the very earliest reporting on Ed Snowden’s leaked documents about PRISM, the folks from Datacoup put together the very amusing GETPRSM website, which looks very much like the announcement of a new social network, but (the joke is) it’s really…  …

Russian court detains eight more Greenpeace activists over Arctic drilling protest

A Russian court on Sunday ordered the detention for two months of eight more crew members of a Greenpeace ship who protested against Arctic oil drilling as part of a probe into alleged piracy. The Lenin district court in the northern city of Murmansk on Thursday had already ordered the…

Pope Francis announces April 2014 sainthood date for John Paul II and John XXIII

The Vatican on Monday said late popes John Paul II and John XXIII would be made saints at an unprecedented joint ceremony on April 27, 2014 in a bid to unite Catholic conservatives and liberals. Pope Francis made the historic announcement at a meeting of cardinals known as a consistory.…

Ikea test markets solar panels sales in England

The world’s leading furniture retailer Ikea said Monday it had started selling solar panels in its British stores. “It’s a logical extension. You can buy everything that consumes energy (at Ikea) so why not buy something that generates energy,” the company’s chief sustainability officer, Steve Howard, told AFP. “The nationwide…

World’s largest coal miner to run out of reserves in 17 years: Greenpeace

< In a startling revelation, Greenpeace India has claimed that the world’s largest coal miner, and essentially India, could run out of recoverable coal reserves within 17 years. Coal India Limited is the world’s largest coal mining company and…  …

Korean scientists create biofuel from E. coli bacteria strain

File another one under “what doesn’t kill us, makes us biofuel.” A team of scientists at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has been tweaking the metabolic pathway of the notorious bacteria Escherichia coli to make…  …

‘Significant’ LGBT discrimination still prevalent in entertainment industry: SAG survey

A wide-ranging study by the Screen Actors Guild suggests that homophobic comments are common, and other forms of job discrimination are still prevalent A survey by the Screen Actors’ Guild has concluded that significant discrimination against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) performers persists in the entertainment industry. A third…

Members of Richard III Society ‘appalled’ by $64,000 reburial plan

The shallow dirt grave into which King Richard III’s body was hurriedly tossed, and centuries later covered up by a concrete parking lot, must top the list of ignominious royal burials.;  …

Missing 1933 Three Stooges film discovered in Australian garden shed

Comedy legends’ missing 1933 film restored after negative found by Australian collector A Three Stooges short previously thought lost in a 1967 fire has just received its first screening since being rediscovered in a garden shed in Australia. Hello, Pop!, a 17-minute short made for MGM in 1933 featuring the…

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