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Utah eyes slashing senior year of high school to save money

Imagine being forced to skip your senior year of high school. Or having the option. If you live in Utah, that could become a reality. In an effort to bridge a $700 million budget shortfall, Republican state Sen. Chris Buttars has put forth a plan to eliminate 12th grade in…

NH lawmaker claims children ‘subjected’ to anal sex lessons in school

New Hampshire State Representative Nancy Elliott just became a blog superstar for all the wrong reasons. Elliott, a Republican and member of the state’s judiciary committee, thinks that because New Hampshire allows gay marriage, children in schools are now being “subjected” to lessons on how best to penetrate members of…

Detroit schools offer class in how to work at Walmart

Walmart has been widely condemned for offering its employees only low-paying, dead end jobs. Even President Obama criticized Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign for having served on Walmart’s board and stated that the firm ought to pay “a living wage.” In inner-city Detroit, however, where the unemployment rate…

Neocon: Obama can save presidency by bombing Iran

“Here is an idea for Barack Obama to salvage his tottering administration by taking a step that protects the United States and its allies,” begins neoconservative scholar Daniel Pipes. “He needs a dramatic gesture to change the public perception of him as a light-weight, bumbling ideologue, preferably in an arena…

Investigator in Calif. official’s slaying killed

El Monte, Calif. (AP) -- The lead investigator in the slaying in Mexico of a Southern California school board member has been killed in an ambush, authorities said Saturday.…

Students leave OH college after threat of ‘mass killing’ of blacks

Several students have withdrawn from an Ohio college after a threat to kill black students was scrawled on a men’s bathroom wall. The FBI has launched a hate crimes investigation into the graffiti threat, which was found in a bathroom at a Hocking College residence hall in Nelsonville, Ohio. Some…

Jon Stewart rips Obama’s use of teleprompters in middle school

“You set up the presidential podium and a teleprompter in a sixth grade classroom?” That’s the exclamatory hypothetical question The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart posed to President Barack Obama after catching the president using two teleprompters when speaking to a middle school class. “Here’s what health care means to you,”…

SC Lt. Gov. regrets comparing poor to animals, then does it again

The man who nearly became acting governor of South Carolina last year when his boss absconded to South America to visit his lover is now taking heat for comparing poor people to “stray animals.” South Carolina Lt.-Gov. Andre Bauer, a candidate for governor, made the comment during a town hall…

Lawsuit: NYPD routinely arrests students for non-crimes

ACLU: Racial element present in creation of ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ A lawsuit filed Wednesday by five students in the New York City school system against the NYPD paints a picture of school officers who routinely abuse students and arrest them for non-criminal activities. The lawsuit (PDF), brought by the American and…

Ex-con faces year in jail for living in location police approved

A man who was convicted of sexual assault for having sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend when he was 17 faces a year in jail for living too close to a school — even though he says police told him the location was acceptable. By many people’s standards, Matthew Freeman shouldn’t…

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