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No. 280
EDITION XXXVIII - Monday, June 2, 2014 - PDF
Sergeant Bergdahl's Vanishing Before Capture Angerd Units
Sometime after midnight on June 30, 2009, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl left behind a note in his tent saying he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life. He slipped off the remote military outpost in Paktika Province on the border with Pakistan and took with him a soft backpack, water, knives, a notebook and writing materials, but left behind his body armor and weapons — startling, given the hostile environment around his outpost. That account, provided by a former senior military officer briefed on the investigation into the private’s disappearance, is part of a more complicated picture emerging of the capture of a soldier whose five years as a Taliban prisoner influenced high-level diplomatic negotiations, brought in foreign governments, and ended with him whisked away on a helicopter by American commandos.

No. 279
EDITION XXXVII - Monday, May 26, 2014 - PDF
How America Treats Illegal Aliens Versus Veterans
"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."  -President George Washington
A government that fails to secure its borders is guilty of dereliction of duty. A government that fails to care for our men and women on the frontlines is guilty of malpractice. A government that puts the needs of illegal aliens above U.S. veterans for political gain should be prosecuted for criminal neglect bordering on treason.

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No. 278
EDITION XXXVI - Monday, May 19, 2014 - PDF
After Braving Fire To Save Comrades, Army Vet Gets Highest U.S. Military Honor
Kyle White now has two pieces of metal to wear -- one, a bracelet inscribed with the names of his six comrades killed in an ambush in Afghanistan, the other, a Medal of Honor given to him for his valor that ensured that death toll wasn't higher. Speaking minutes after President Barack Obama gave him the highest military honor, White insisted the two emblems are equally significant. They both represent his family on that day six years ago -- the seven others who, like him, survived as well as those who did not. The former Army sergeant said Tuesday he owes it to these men, whom he calls "my heroes," to live his life well, even now that he's left the military, and with honor. "Though I am still uncomfortable with hearing my name and the word 'hero' in the same sentence, I am now ready for the challenge of proudly wearing this piece of blue fabric and carved metal with the same reverence that I wear the bracelet. And I vow to live up to the responsibility of doing so," White said.

No. 277
EDITION XXXV - Monday, May 12, 2014 -
Soldier For Life Program Targets Transitioning Soldiers
Staying in service will become more and more competitive as the Army cuts the ranks and looks to keep its best and brightest. “It’s not your right to re-enlist, it’s a privilege to re-enlist,” said Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell in a May 1 phone interview with Army Times. “Not everybody is going to be able to re-enlist, as we make sure we keep the very best.” But the Army is “not kicking you to the curb,” Campbell said. To help soldiers transition, the Army continues to refine Soldier for Life, an 18-month-old program that is designed to help troops through every stage of their career, including their exit and return to civilian life. “Even after you get out, you’re still a soldier for life,” Campbell said. “You’re still one half of one percent that wants to serve, we’re moving forward and doing a lot more than we ever did in terms of helping soldiers move forward.”

No. 276
EDITION XXXIV - Monday, May 5, 2014 -
Nigeria Welcomes U.S. Military Assistance To Free Kidnapped Girls
Nigerian officials on Tuesday welcomed a U.S. offer to send an American team of military personnel and law enforcement officials with expertise in investigations and hostages to help the country's efforts to find and rescue the nearly 300 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic militants in the country's northeast. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday the American embassy in Nigeria is "prepared to form a coordination cell" that will aid in Nigeria's efforts. Kerry said Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan "happily" welcomed the offer of a U.S. embassy team that could provide expertise on intelligence, investigations, and hostage negotiations, help facilitate information sharing, and provide victim assistance. "We are immediately engaging to implement this," Kerry said.

No. 275
EDITION XXXIII - Monday, April 28, 2014 -
Is The Taliban Eager To Release Bergdahl?
The captors of an American soldier held for nearly five years in Afghanistan have signaled a willingness to release him but are unclear which U.S. government officials have the authority to make a deal, according to two individuals in the military working for his release. Critics of the release effort blame disorganization and poor communication among the numerous federal agencies involved. An ever-shrinking U.S. military presence in Afghanistan has refocused attention on efforts to bring home Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. About two dozen officials at the State and Defense departments, the military's U.S. Central Command, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Special Operations Command, the CIA and FBI are working the case — most of them doing it alongside their other duties, a defense official said. Bergdahl's captors are anxious to release him, according to a defense official and a military officer, who both spoke to The Associated Press only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly. "Elements in all echelons — from the top of the Taliban down to the folks holding Bergdahl — are reaching out to make a deal," the defense official said. The military officer said the effort was marred by distrust on both sides. Those holding Bergdahl have indicated what they would be willing to do to prove to the U.S. government that they want to deal, but the U.S. has not formally responded to that outreach, the military officer said.

No. 274
EDITION XXXII - Monday, April 21, 2014 -
Transitioning From Miltary To Civilian Life, Camaraderie To Isolation
The only light in the vast Wyoming darkness came from the lit end of another 5:30 a.m. cigarette as Derric Winters waited alone for sunrise on the porch of his trailer. He never slept well, not anymore, so he smoked and stared across the three miles of barren landscape that separated him from town. He checked his voice mail, but there were no messages. He logged on to Facebook, but no one was awake to chat. The only company now was the hum of the interstate behind his trailer, people on their way from one place to the next. He walked out to his truck and joined them.

No. 273
EDITION XXXI - Monday, April 14, 2014 -
The Seductive Allure Of Wars We Are Not Winning
For better or worse, ours is today a warlike nation that depends on volunteers to fill the ranks of its armed forces. Young men and women have a variety of motives for signing up. No doubt some do so for high-minded, even idealistic reasons. For many, however, more pragmatic considerations figure: a job with salary and benefits, a chance to escape from a humdrum or dispiriting existence. In all likelihood, few volunteers know what they are getting into, particularly in wartime. Fully disclosing what service in a distant war zone might entail is not a high priority for recruiters trying to fill their monthly quota of warm and willing bodies.


No. 272
EDITION XXX - Monday, April 7, 2014 -
Female Combat Soldiers Would Strengthen The Military
Since 1944, West Point has required cadets to pass its indoor obstacle course, a test of agility, stamina and strength that is designed to build a warrior ethos and determine whether these future soldiers can meet the physical demands of combat. When freshman Cadet Madaline Kenyon completed the course in 2minutes 26 seconds in October, she scored the equivalent of an A-plus on the men’s scale and set a new female record. It was a stunning achievement.

VIDEO - Cadet Breaks 20-year IOCT Record:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94tPO0fGtJo 

No. 271
EDITION XXIX - Monday, March 31, 2014 -
How The United States Army Plans To Thin The Ranks
If you’ve been hoping for a chance to voluntarily end your contract and collect a payout, don’t hold your breath. Even as the Army braces for a potential drop to 420,000 soldiers, leadership is intent on avoiding the use of voluntary separation incentives that the service has offered in the past. “The mandate that we’ve been given from leadership is, to the maximum extent possible, the Army will keep the best and brightest,” said Roy Wallace, the assistant deputy chief of staff for personnel in a sit-down with reporters at the Pentagon.

No. 270
EDITION XXVIII - Monday, March 24, 2014 -
Judge Won't Dismiss American Sniper Suit
A judge on Wednesday allowed former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura’s defamation lawsuit against the widow of slain “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle to go to trial.
U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle denied a motion by Chris Kyle’s widow to dismiss the suit. The judge is not related to Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who was killed last year at a Texas gun range. Ventura alleges Chris Kyle, considered to be the deadliest sniper in American history, defamed him in his best-selling book. In it, Kyle claimed he punched someone named “Scruff Face,” whom he later identified as Ventura, in a 2006 bar fight. Ventura says the fight never happened. “It’s never been about money. It’s about clearing my name. It’s a lie,” Ventura told The Associated Press in an interview last month. The former SEAL said Ventura bad-mouthed and degraded the U.S. military in front of a group of SEALs. Kyle’s accusation, if true, is all the more egregious considering the fact that the SEALs had converged on that particular spot to commemorate the loss of a comrade who died throwing himself on a grenade.


Fox News Interview with Chris Kyle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWe0w-43tnY (5:40)
CNN Jesse Ventura Interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-LMXhxRtjU (10:35 – 12:39)
TIME Magazine Interview with Chris Kyle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ12PN81xnI (6:01)

No. 269
EDITION XXVII - Monday, March 17, 2014 - PDF
Military Families Would Take A $5000 Hit In Benefits
If President Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel get their way, a typical U.S. Army sergeant stands to lose up to $5,000 in annual benefits, according to a leading veterans group that is mobilizing for battle over the proposed cuts to the retirement, health care and other compensation offered to those who serve. The budget restructuring outlined by Mr. Hagel last month calls for a series of politically tricky compensation reductions that risk outraging active-duty and retired service members who signed up for duty with the belief that they could rely only a rock-solid pension system to help pay for expenses such as food, housing, health care and college tuition for their children. a rock-solid pension system to help pay for expenses such as food, housing, health care and college tuition for their children.

No. 268
EDITION XXVI - Monday, March 3, 2014 - PDF
Pentagon Blue Print Would Cut Army Size As Military Adjusts To Leaner Budget
The Defense Department on Monday proposed cutting the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, slashing a class of attack jets and rolling back personnel costs in an effort to adjust a department buoyed by a decade of war to an era of leaner budgets. The five-year budget blueprint outlined by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reflects a willingness by the Pentagon to make deep cuts to personnel strength to invest in technology and equipment as it eases off a war footing. “The development and proliferation of more advanced military technologies by other nations mean that we are entering an era where American dominance on the seas, in the skies and in space can no longer be taken for granted,” Hagel told reporters at an afternoon news conference. Congress recently passed a bill that authorized the Defense Department to spend nearly $1 trillion over the next two years — $75 billion less than the Obama administration requested but a reprieve from the spending cuts that would have been forced under the deficit-reduction mechanism known as sequestration.

No. 267
EDITION XXV - Monday, February 24, 2014 - PDF
President Obama To Award Medal Of HonorTo Two Dozen Veterans, Including 19 Discrimination Victims
President Obama will correct a historical act of discrimination next month when he awards the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest commendation for combat valor, to a group of Hispanic, Jewish and African-American veterans who were passed over because of their racial or ethnic backgrounds. The unusual presentation will culminate a 12-year Pentagon review ordered by Congress into past discrimination in the ranks and will hold a particular poignancy when conducted by the nation’s first African-American president. Although the review predates Obama’s tenure, he has made addressing discrimination in the military including ending the ban on gay and lesbian service members a priority as commander in chief.

No. 266
EDITION XXIV - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - PDF
Photo Of Airman Kissing POW-MIA Symbol Causes Uproar
A picture showing an airman tongue-kissing a Prisoner of War-Missing in Action symbol has gone viral, infuriating bloggers and veterans. The airman has been identified as Staff Sgt. Cherish Byers, of the 92nd Security Forces Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Wash., said Staff Sgt. Alex Montes, a spokesman for the 92nd Air Refueling Wing. Byers is the subject of a command-directed investigation that will determine if any disciplinary measures are warranted, Montes told Air Force Times on Friday. The picture was taken about three years ago but investigators don't yet know where it was taken. Byers could not be reached for comment on Friday evening. In the picture, she is wearing a senior airman's rank insignia and a blue rope. There is no indication where she is.


No. 265
EDITION XXIII - Monday, February 10, 2014 - PDF
Fallen Medic Receives Silver Star For Heroism Under Fire
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An Army medic who ran through a barrage of enemy fire to reach his wounded fellow soldiers was posthumously awarded the Silver Star during a ceremony Friday at Fort Campbell, Ky. Specialist Shannon “Doc” Chihuahua, 25, was killed Nov. 12, 2010. The Silver Star, the nation’s third highest award for valor, was presented to his family. Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the acting senior commander of Fort Campbell, presided over the ceremony. Chihuahua was assigned to 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

No. 264
EDITION XXII - Monday, February 3, 2014 - PDF
U.S. Army Ranger Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg Honored As Hero During State Of The Union Address
Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg's story of courage, struggle and survival had the entire room in a standing ovation near the end of the State of the Union address Tuesday — as President Obama recognized one of the nation's wounded heroes as a symbol for the country's own resilience. Praising the 30-year-old Army Ranger, Obama said that "like the Army he loves, like the America he serves, SFC Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit." The president added that "men and women like Cory remind us that America has never come easy."The unifying moment — which made both Republicans and Democrats, some misty-eyed, stand and applaud in unison — was the emotional highlight of a speech marked by Obama's vows to use executive powers to sidestep Republican roadblocks on Capitol Hill.

No. 263
EDITION XXI - Monday, January 27, 2014 -
Pregnant, And Forced To Stay On Life Support
FORT WORTH — The diagnosis was crushing and irrevocable. At 33, Marlise Munoz was brain-dead after collapsing on her kitchen floor in November from what appeared to be a blood clot in her lungs. But as her parents and her husband prepared to say their final goodbyes in the intensive care unit at John Peter Smith Hospital here and to honor her wish not to be left on life support, they were stunned when a doctor told them the hospital was not going to comply with their instructions. Mrs. Munoz was 14 weeks pregnant, the doctor said, and Texas is one of more than two dozen states that prohibit, with varying degrees of strictness, medical officials from cutting off life support to a pregnant patient.

No. 262
EDITION XX - Monday, January 20, 2014 - PDF
In A War, Few Americans Fought, The Wises Pay An Awful Price. Two Sacrifices.
Online Video Documentary: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/local/2014/01/18/one-family-two-sacrifices/ One by one, the CIA operatives’ remains were carried over the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base, their bodies in metal cases draped in pressed American flags. Under orders not to shoot video or take photographs, the families of the dead stood off to the side, shivering in overcoats on a frigid January day and watching for the removal of their loved one. Jean and Mary Wise waited behind a roped-off line, listening to the cascade of sobs closing in on them. For six years, the Arkansas couple had endured repeated deployments by their three sons to fight the nation’s wars, first in the deserts of Iraq, then in the mountains of Afghanistan.

No. 261
EDITION XIX - Monday, January 13, 2014 -
Sarasota Military Academy Launches Wounded Warrior Project Student Ambassadors Program
If you are a cadet enrolled at Sarasota Military Academy and would like to get involved with raising awareness and funds for Wounded Warrior Project through, we invite you to join an ambitious group of Student Ambassadors. An informational meeting will take place on Friday, January 17, 2014 in room 204. Pizza will be served at no cost to students seriously interested in partaking in this worthwhile partnership. The first 50 students in attendance will also receive official licensed Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) recognition and awareness pins for apparel. The first 100 students will receive an individual Black bracelet with WWP website and character trait - Duty, Honor, Courage, Commitment, Integrity, Country and Services. And everyone will receive an adhesive decal with WWP logo and website. It is imperative that cadets refrain from wearing unauthorized material on their person and/or uniform without first acquiring written consent from their JROTC instructor. Tax-deductible donations may be submitted online at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/individual-fundraising/SMA/ Your contributions help deliver life-saving programs addressing warrior engagement, physical and mental health, and economic empowerment of service members and their families.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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No. 260
EDITION XVIII - Monday, December 16, 2013 - PDF
A Sarasota Observance Of Wreaths Across America
SARASOTA NATIONAL CEMETERY - As the low hum of motorcycle engines echoed across the well-manicured lawn on Saturday, Alexis Samuels stood at attention. The 17-year-old Sarasota Military Academy senior squinted in the sunlight, looking for her grandparents' shared grave. She began to walk, but stopped in front of a granite marker and looked at silently at the name etched into the stone: Cpl. Emerson O'Dell. Her family laid a wreath in front of the patriarch's tombstone. “It means more to me than just laying wreaths. You take time to respect and reflect on each” grave site, Alexis said.

No. 259
EDITION XVII - Monday, December 9, 2013 - PDF
Detroit's Emergency Manager Weight Pension-Fund Takeover
DETROIT—This city's emergency manager, in the midst of reorganizing the finances of America's most troubled large city, is threatening to take over one of Detroit's pension funds after a report found that retirees received extra payments while the funds lost value. Kevyn Orr said in a recent interview that at the current pace, the city's General Services System pension fund could lose its ability to pay pensions owed to current and future retirees within 12 years. A takeover is a "right, if not an obligation, that I have to consider under the statute, and we're considering that right now," he said.
Representatives of the pension board said Mr. Orr's figures were faulty. The talk of takeover comes as struggling cities and states across the country are watching to see how Detroit will fare in cutting its $18 billion in debt, including pension payments, as part of the nation's largest municipal bankruptcy case. The Oct. 25 draft report by the city's auditor general and inspector general, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, found that during the 12 years ended in fiscal year 2012, the pension funds paid $1.22 billion of interest credits into retirees' savings accounts while the funds had losses of $2.05 billion, or 29% of their net asset value.

No. 258
EDITION XVI - Monday, December 2, 2013 - PDF
Alabama Kicker Cade Foster Sent Death Threats and Hateful Tweets After Final Second Loss
Merely one week following the "Miracle At Jordan-Hare" viewable at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQQmU6D2GfQ, Auburn has yet another miracle in store. Suffice it to say, this wasn't how Cade Foster saw his final Iron Bowl going. Sure, the biggest play of Alabama's 2013 season came on a field-goal attempt from an impossible length. Fifty-seven yards for a chance at Crimson Tide immortality and a victory over rival Auburn. There was just one second remaining on the clock. The Alabama kicker held a possible three-peat on his right leg. It was frankly every kicker's dream scenario. Only Foster wasn't the kicker. Nick Saban had pulled him after a nightmarish evening of missing three field goals and passed over for a fourth-down conversion attempt on another. With Alabama and Auburn tied at 28-28, Saban sent out the seldom-used freshman Adam Griffith to kick the game-winner. I'm sure you all know how that played out.
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No. 257
EDITION XV - Monday, November 25, 2013 - PDF

Women Marines Break Barrier
CAMP GEIGER, N.C.—Three women became the first to graduate from a grueling Marine infantry course expanding the push for gender equality in the U.S. military and the possibility of integrating women into front-line combat units. However, the Marine Corps makes no promises women will be allowed to become infantry troops, saying it needs more time to assess the matter. The three enlisted Marines—Pfc. Julia Carroll, Pfc. Christina Fuentes Montenegro and Pfc. Katie Gorz —completed nearly two months of training that included a 12½-mile hike through the North Carolina woods lugging packs of roughly 80 pounds. They are the first women in the U.S. armed forces to undergo this kind of rigorous course."All the training was hard because we had to conform to the male standard," said Pfc. Fuentes Montenegro, 25 years old. "One of the things that kept us going was that we were representing something more than ourselves."

No. 256
EDITION XIV - Monday, November 18, 2013 - PDF
50th Anniversary Of Kennedy Assassination. TV Provided An Intimate Experience Of National Trauma
They had been on the air for more than 10 hours, crammed against one another along a single desk, phone cords coiled across their scraps of wire copy, three anchormen stunned, yet in their element. Frank McGee, Bill Ryan and Chet Huntley read bulletins, fielded calls and calmed the NBC reporters who were trying to do what no one had ever done before: cover a national trauma in real time on live television, leading an unprecedented gathering of Americans through the initial jolt, the ensuing grief, and a strange new sense of watching and mourning together.

No. 255
EDITION XIII - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - PDF
Rigsby: District of Columbia Serial 911 Caller
Martha Rigsby collapsed to the ground for the first time in 1977. The spells continued, and she began calling 911 for help. She hasn’t stopped. In the past year alone, she’s accounted for 226 calls to 911 and been whisked by an ambulance to a hospital 117 times. About 55 percent of the time, she refuses to be transported in an ambulance and signs a waiver allowing emergency responders to leave. Among firefighters in the District, she’s a dreaded legend. They can recite her date of birth and Social Security number from memory. Over 30 years, Rigsby has become the most frequent 911 user in D.C. history, totaling thousands of emergency calls and trips to the hospital after falling down, court papers say. Dubbed “super users” or “frequent fliers,” repeat 911 callers have long been identified as burdens on the health system and a drain on public-safety resources.

No. 254
EDITION XII - Monday, November 4, 2013 - PDF
Fan Sues Royals For Mascot Hot Dog Mishap
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If it had been a foul ball or broken bat that struck John Coomer in the eye as he watched a Kansas City Royals game, the courts likely wouldn’t force the team to pay for his surgeries and suffering. But because it was a hot dog thrown by the team mascot — behind the back, no less — he just may have a case. The Missouri Supreme Court is weighing whether the “baseball rule” — a legal standard that protects teams from being sued over fan injuries caused by events on the field, court or rink — should also apply to injuries caused by mascots or the other personnel that teams employ to engage fans.

No. 253
EDITION XI - Monday, October 28, 2013 -
Ketchup Wars
Last week, two iconic American brands parted ways: McDonald's and Heinz, which had supplied red goop to the golden arches for 40 years. Heinz's new private equity owners had installed Bernardo Hees, formerly CEO of Burger King Worldwide and currently still a board member, as the company's new chief executive. It's not an unprecedented food fight: When PepsiCo owned fast food brands like Taco Bell, other franchises engaged in proxy wars by allying themselves with different soda companies. Here are a few fascinating facets of the now-ruptured relationship.


No. 252
EDITION X - Monday, October 21, 2013 - PDF
Erin Cox, Hero Not A Villain
Erin Cox is a 17-year-old Massachusetts high school senior and honor student. She’s been in the news this week because she was stripped of her title as volleyball team captain and suspended for five games. For simply doing the right thing. One night, Erin received a text from a friend who was at a party and too drunk to drive, so Erin, who was sober, drove to pick up her friend.  Luckily, for her friend, Erin arrived minutes before the cops who arrested dozens for underage drinking. Unfortunately, for Erin, she and others were told they would be summoned to court.  

No. 251
EDITION IX - Monday, October 14, 2013 - PDF
Air Force Fires Commander Of Land-Based United States Nuclear Arsenal
The Air Force on Friday fired the general in charge of all land-based nuclear missiles, the second time in a week that a senior commander of the country’s nuclear arsenal has been let go for allegations of personal misconduct.  Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, commander of the 20th Air Force, was removed from his job “due to a loss of trust and confidence in his leadership and judgment,” said Brig. Gen. Les Kodlick, an Air Force spokesman. Air Force officials said Carey has been under investigation since this summer for allegations of “personal misbehavior” but would not specify what prompted his firing.

No. 250
EDITION VIII - Monday, October 7, 2013 - PDF
Alex Rodriguez Sues Major League Baseball
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball on Friday alleging that the league has engaged in "tortious and egregious conduct" in an attempt to destroy his reputation and career. The suit comes amid arbitration hearings in which Rodriguez is challenging the 211-game suspension handed down by MLB in August for his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. In the suit, Rodriguez alleges that MLB and its commissioner, Bud Selig, have acted "with one, and only one, goal: to improperly marshal evidence" against him using powers outside the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players' union. The suit goes on to allege that Rodriguez is being singled out "to gloss over Commissioner Selig's past inaction and tacit approval" of PED use and "to secure his legacy as the 'savior' of America's pastime." In a statement, MLB called the lawsuit "nothing more than a desperate attempt to circumvent the Collective Bargaining Agreement."

No. 249
EDITION VII - Monday, September 30, 2013 - PDF
Impact of a Government Shutdown
A government shutdown next week would interrupt some services and potentially jeopardize the paychecks of more than 800,000 federal workers. The Office of Management and Budget has asked agencies to begin making contingency plans. Their first stop will be their plans from 2011. The federal government does not stop functioning completely, and by law, certain agencies must operate with unsalaried employees. They include those that deal with national security and the safety of people and property, as well as those that manage benefits such as Social Security payments.


No. 248
EDITION VI - Monday, September 23, 2013 - PDF
As Shutdown And Default Loom, Crisis Mode Becomes Washington’s New Normal
With little more than a week to go before a potential government shutdown, Washington feels like a car without a driver on a road without a guardrail. As it hurtles toward the edge, no one — conservatives, GOP leadership, congressional Democrats, the White House — seems to have a way to stop it. Lurching from near-calamity to near-catastrophe has become a way of life in the capital, which has stood at the edge of a financial precipice at least four times since the end of 2010. What makes these crises all the more exasperating is that none of them seem to resolve the political and ideological disputes that cause them. All they do is put both sides on a course toward the next disaster zone. The one immediately ahead arises from the fact that the fiscal year will end on Sept. 30 without Congress having passed any of the spending bills needed to keep the government in operation going into 2014.

No. 247
EDITION V - Monday, September 16, 2013 - PDF
Pay Delayed For 40000 Federal Workers
More than 40,000 federal employees expecting direct-deposit paychecks Friday did not receive their funds because of an error at one of the government’s payroll processing centers, officials said. The Interior Department’s Interior Business Center, which was responsible for the mistake, said in a statement Friday that workers would receive their money Tuesday. The official pay date for the affected employees is the first Tuesday after a pay period ends, meaning their next checks are technically due Sept. 17. But employees whose checks are deposited directly into bank accounts normally receive their funds early, on the Friday before the official payday. The mistake raised concerns about possible overdrafts for employees who were counting on the funds being available Friday.

No. 246
EDITION IV - Monday, September 9, 2013 - PDF
Obama's Call To Hit Syria Splits World Leaders
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia— President Obama blurted to Russia’s Vladimir Putin at a joint press appearance, “Everyone here thinks you’re a jackass.” The press corps appeared stunned by the uncharacteristic outburst from Mr. Obama, who then unleashed a ten-minute tirade at the stone-faced Russian President. As Mr. Putin narrowed his eyes in frosty silence, Mr. Obama seemed to warm to his topic. “If you think I’m the only one who feels this way, you’re kidding yourself,” Mr. Obama said, jabbing his finger in the direction of the Russian President’s face. “Ask Angela Merkel. Ask David Cameron. Ask the Turkish guy. Every last one of them thinks you’re a (expletive).” Shortly after Mr. Obama’s volcanic performance, Mr. Putin released a terse official statement, reading, “I should be afraid of this skinny man? I wrestle bears.” Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

No. 245

EDITION III - Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - PDF
Nine Reasons For Action In Syria 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made the case on Friday for why the U. S. should punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a "brutal and flagrant" chemical weapons attack that it says killed more than 1,400 people in Damascus last week. In a bold, passionate speech delivered from the Treaty Room at the State Department, Kerry laid out a raft of evidence he said showed Assad's forces were behind the attack, and the U.S. government released an unclassified intelligence report at the same time including many of the details.

No. 244

EDITION II - Monday, August 26, 2013 - PDF
Digital Technology Brings New Challenges To The Fight Against Cheating
Cheating in the classroom is hardly a new challenge for schools, but with the advent of miniaturized technology, detecting it and stopping it is becoming much harder. Even when the methods are not particularly high-tech, social media and video sharing sites like YouTube reach an ever-wider audience of potential rule-breakers.Researchers began sounding the bell on the growing threat that high-tech cheating represented as early as 2004 – the era that T.H.E. Journal’s John K. Waters calls “the digital Stone Age.” A study out of Santa Clara University first presented evidence that technology-abetted cheating was growing, especially at the secondary school level. Five years later another study – this one from Common Sense Media – showed that more than 30% of students between the ages of 13 and 19 used personal digital devices and the internet to cheat in their academic work.

No. 243

EDITION I - Monday, August 19, 2013 - PDF
NSA Reportedly Broke Privacy Rules Thousands Of Times
The National Security Agency has overstepped its authority and broken privacy rules thousands of times every year since being given new surveillance powers by Congress in 2008 citing an internal audit and other secret documents. The documents, which the Post received earlier this summer from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, detail how the controversial agency has crossed the line many times over in its collection of massive amounts of data from around the world. Despite repeated claims by officials that the NSA does not spy on Americans, the Post reports that the bulk of the infractions involved improper surveillance of Americans or foreign targets in the U.S. Some of the infractions were inadvertent, caused by typographical errors resulting in U.S. calls or emails being intercepted. Others were more serious.

2012-2013 - Second Semester

Winter 2012 Final -
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End of Course Assessment Practice Test - PDF
Geometry Standards -
Geometry Course Syllabus - PDF
Geometry Conceptual Skills-Textbook Correlation -
Geometry Course Textbook - here

End of Course Assessment Practice Test - PDF
Algebra Standards -
Algebra Conceptual Skills-Textbook Correlation - PDF
Algebra Course Syllabus -
Algebra Course Textbook - here

Winter 2012 Algebra Final - PDF
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End of Year Movie Comprehensive Essay Questions -


No. 242

EDITION VIII - Friday, May 17, 2013 -
In Lawsuit Over Death, Family Blames The NHL
The family of Derek Boogaard has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the National Hockey League.
It contends that the N.H.L. is responsible for the physical trauma and brain damage that Boogaard sustained during six seasons as one of the league’s top enforcers, and for the addiction to prescription painkillers that marked his final two years. Boogaard was under contract to the Rangers when he was found dead of an accidental overdose of prescription painkillers and alcohol on May 13, 2011. He was 28. He was posthumously found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., a brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head. “To distill this to one sentence,” said William Gibbs, a lawyer for the Boogaards, “you take a young man, you subject him to trauma, you give him pills for that trauma, he becomes addicted to those pills, you promise to treat him for that addiction, and you fail.” The N.H.L., through a spokesman, declined to comment Sunday.

No. 241

EDITION VII - Monday, May 13, 2013 -
Corporal Punishment Will Return To Marion County, Florida Elementary Schools
The Marion school board has voted to reinstate paddling in county elementary schools after a three-year hiatus. The punishment comes with a few restrictions. From the Ocala Star-Banner: The board ruled that paddling can be used only if a parent gives a standing written OK once a year. In addition, the principal must obtain verbal permission at the time the punishment is handed down. Under the policy, corporal punishment can only be used at the elementary school level. It can only be used on a child once a semester. Principals are not bound to use the punishment.

No. 240

EDITION VI - Monday, May 6, 2013 -
Twinkies Revenge
The ding-dongs at Big Labor who refused to make concessions when Hostess Brands, the makers of Twinkies, Drake’s Cakes and Wonder Bread, faced imminent bankruptcy, now find themselves frozen out of the newly constituted company. Last year, Hostess was struggling for survival, menaced by high labor costs, a more health-conscious consumer and a recession when the bosses of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union cooked up a strike against the 82-year-old company. The union was warned that a strike would lead to the destruction of Hostess, so they turned up the heat. The 18,500 employees got burned.

No. 239

EDITION V - Monday, April 29, 2013 -
The Diploma's Vanishing Value 
When it comes to lifetime earnings, a bachelor's degree pays off six times more than a high-school diploma. The credential is all that matters, not where it's from—a view now widely accepted. That's one reason college enrollment jumped by a third last decade and why for-profit schools that make getting a diploma ultraconvenient now enroll 1 in 10 college students. With unemployment among college graduates at historic highs and outstanding student-loan debt at $1 trillion, the question families should be asking is whether it's worth borrowing tens of thousands of dollars for a degree. Research has found that a degree from an elite college carries a premium for earnings. But the 50 wealthiest and most selective colleges and universities in the U.S. enroll less than 4% of students. For everyone else, the statistics show that choosing just any college, at any cost for a credential, may no longer be worth it.

No. 238

EDITION IV - Monday, April 22, 2013 -
Testing Wars In Public Schools: A Forgotten History
For the nearly 50 million students enrolled in America’s public schools, tests are everywhere, whether prepared by classroom teachers or by the ubiquitous testing industry. Central to school accountability, they assume familiar shapes and forms. Multiple choice. Essay. Aptitude. Achievement. NAEP, ACT, SAT. To teachers everywhere, the message is clear: Raise test scores. No excuses. The stakes are very high, as the many cheating scandals unfolding nationally reveal, including most spectacularly the recent indictment of 35 educators in Atlanta. Members of the Boston School Committee fired the first shots in the testing wars in the summer of 1845. Traditionally, an examination committee periodically inspected the local English grammar schools, questioned some pupils orally, then wrote brief, perfunctory reports that were filed and forgotten. Many Bostonians smugly assumed that their well-funded public schools were the nation’s best. They, along with many visitors, had long praised the local system, which included a famous Latin school and the nation’s first public high school, founded in 1821. Citizens were in for a shock. For the first time, examiners gave the highest grammar school classes a common written test, conceived by a few political activists who wanted precise measurements of school achievement. The examiners tested 530 pupils — the cream of the crop below high school. Most flunked. Critics immediately accused the examiners of injecting politics into the schools and demeaning both teachers and pupils.

No. 237

EDITION III - Monday, April 15, 2013 -
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Offers Many Faces, Many Threats
When Kim Jong Un first appeared in Pyongyang’s carefully stage-managed public spotlight in the fall of 2010, North Korea watchers began scouring for clues to learn whether the pudgy heir apparent would be a reformist or simply the newest face of a despotic regime. Fifteen months after taking the reins of the hermit state following the death of his stoic father, North Korea’s 30-year-old leader appears to be careening toward the latter — at least on the surface. Having disavowed his country’s armistice with South Korea and threatened to fire his increasingly capable missiles toward the United States, Kim has put the Korean Peninsula and Washington on a war footing. His behavior follows the playbook of his predecessors, with one notable and potentially dangerous departure that appears to have him backed into a corner.

No. 236

EDITION II - Monday, April 8, 2013
South Koreans At North's Edge Cope With Threat Of War - PDF
MUNSAN, South Korea — Lee Jae-eun retrieved her squirming twins from day care and barely glanced up at the Blackhawk helicopter that swept overhead, just above the high-rise apartment buildings. Even in peaceful times, low-flying military aircraft are a common sight in this residential community near the heavily fortified border that separates capitalist South Korea from the communist North. But these are not placid times, and the roaring helicopters are one more reminder of rising tensions wrought by North Korea’s recent barrage of war threats. Ms. Lee, a 34-year-old homemaker, said residents have resigned themselves to living with the constant risk, and occasional tantrums, from their bellicose northern neighbor.

No. 235

EDITION I - Monday, April 1, 2013
Atlanta Public Schools Testing Scandal Equates To 34 Indictments - PDF
In another embarrassing blow to Atlanta public schools, nearly three dozen former educators, including the ex-superintendent, were indicted Friday in one of the nation's largest test cheating scandals. Former Superintendent Beverly Hall faced charges including racketeering, false statements and theft because prosecutors bonuses she received were tied to falsified scores. Hall retired just days before a state probe was released in 2011.

Standards-Based Mathematical Concepts Addressed:
Fundamentals of Slope| Write a function rule: word problems  | Complete a function table | Identify functions: vertical line test
Triangle Inequality Theorem | Angle-side relationships in triangles


No. 234

EDITION VI - Monday, March 25, 2013
March Madness: A Gambler's Paradise- PDF
March Madness is in full swing, enticing gamblers nationwide to bet billions of dollars on sixty-eight teams competing for the right to be crowned champion of men’s Division I basketball. About $12 billion will be wagered during the three weeks of the tournament, making March Madness the biggest sports gambling event of the year. Fans methodically pick the teams they think have the best odds of dancing their way to the Final Four, but since the chances of creating a perfect bracket are nearly impossible, it could take hours to select the likely upsets. More than 100 million people are expected to take part in bracket challenges this year.

Standards-Based Mathematical Concepts Addressed:
Classify triangles | Triangle Angle-Sum Theorem | Exterior Angle Theorem | Triangles and bisectors
Write a function rule: word problems  | Complete a function table | Identify functions: vertical line test
Find the slope of a graph | Find slope from two points

No. 233

EDITION V - Monday, March 18, 2013
H&R Block CEO Apologizes For Snafu -
H&R Block CEO Bill Cobb apologized to customers Friday night for a mistake that delayed refunds for hundreds of thousands of customers. In an attempt to get customers’ returns processed as soon as possible, given the late start to the filing season, the company “missed a step” Cobb concedes in a letter posted on H&R Block’s Facebook page and a corporate blog. “I want you to know that we hear the frustration of those impacted by this issue loud and clear, and we’re working every avenue we can to get your refund to you as fast as possible,” he said.

Standards-Based Mathematical Concepts Addressed:
Classify triangles | Triangle Angle-Sum Theorem | Exterior Angle Theorem
Write a function rule: word problems  | Complete a function table | Identify functions: vertical line test

No. 232

EDITION IV - Friday, March 8, 2013
Florida Fights For Spring Training -
Major League Baseball training camps are springing into action as players and coaches hit the fields to kickoff the 2013 season. Pre-season games in the Florida-based Grapefruit League and the Arizona-based Cactus League attract millions of fans each year, driving tourism and boosting revenue for local economies. A study conducted by FMR Associates estimated out-of-area fans added $422 million in direct economic benefit to the state of Arizona, up $112 million from 2007, while the Bonn Marketing Research Group released a study showing the Grapefruit League added $753 million to Florida’s economy. Spring training’s lucrative economic impact is sparking a battle between Florida and Arizona to keep teams from relocating.  In less than 10 years, six teams have left the “Sunshine State” in favor of “The Grand Canyon State.”  

Standards-Based Mathematical Concepts Addressed:
Ratio and Proportions | 

No. 231

EDITION III - Monday, March 4, 2013
It's Official: Obama Formally Orders Sequestration Cuts - PDF
President Barack Obama formally ordered broad cuts in U.S. government spending on Friday night after he and congressional Republicans failed to reach a deal to avert automatic reductions that could dampen economic growth and curb military readiness. As the United States staggered into another fiscal crisis, the White House predicted that the spending cuts triggered by the inability of Obama and lawmakers to forge a broader deficit-reduction agreement would be “deeply destructive” to the nation’s economic and national security.“Not everyone will feel the pain of these cuts right away. The pain though will be real. Beginning this week, many middle-class families will have their lives disrupted in significant ways,” Obama told journalists after his meeting with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders.

Standards-Based Mathematical Concepts Addressed:
Probability and StatisticsPercentagesAngle Theorems

No. 230

EDITION II - Friday, February 22, 2013
Major Banks Aid In Payday Loans Banned By States - PDF
Major banks have quickly become behind-the-scenes allies of Internet-based payday lenders that offer short-term loans with interest rates sometimes exceeding 500 percent. With 15 states banning payday loans, a growing number of the lenders have set up online operations in more hospitable states or far-flung locales like Belize, Malta and the West Indies to more easily evade statewide caps on interest rates. While the banks, which include giants like JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, do not make the loans, they are a critical link for the lenders, enabling the lenders to withdraw payments automatically from borrowers’ bank accounts, even in states where the loans are banned entirely. In some cases, the banks allow lenders to tap checking accounts even after the customers have begged them to stop the withdrawals.

No. 229

EDITION I - Friday, February 15, 2013
Pete Rose Erased As All Time-Hits Leader -
Pete Rose is one of the most polarizing figures in baseball. Just the mention of his name can spark a huge debate on whether or not baseball's all-time hits leader deserves his lifetime ban from the sport for allegedly betting on games. Topps baseball cards has joined the debate -- without even mentioning Rose's name. In fact, the company has joined the debate by not mentioning his name. Pete Rose is one of the most polarizing figures in baseball. Just the mention of his name can spark a huge debate on whether or not baseball's all-time hits leader deserves his lifetime ban from the sport for allegedly betting on games. Topps baseball cards has joined the debate -- without even mentioning Rose's name. In fact, the company has joined the debate by mentioning his name.

 Standards-Based Mathematical Concepts Addressed:
Solve proportions  | Solve proportions: word problems  | Use Venn diagrams to solve problemsScale drawings and scale factors  | SSS, SAS, ASA, and AAS Theorems | Transversals of parallel lines: find angle measures | Transversals: name angle pairs


No. 228

EDITION V - Friday, February 8, 2013
Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart - PDF
Never before has the pressure to perform on high-stakes tests been so intense or meant so much for a child’s academic future. As more school districts strive for accountability, standardized tests have proliferated. The pressure to do well on achievement tests for college is filtering its way down to lower grades, so that even third graders feel as if they are on trial. argue that all this test-taking is churning out sleep-deprived, overworked, miserable children. Understanding their propensity to become stressed and how to deal with it can help children compete. Stress turns out to be far more complicated than we’ve assumed, and far more under our control than we imagine. Unlike long-term stress, short-term stress can actually help people perform, and viewing it that way changes its effect. Even for those genetically predisposed to anxiety, the antidote isn’t necessarily less competition — it’s healthy competition.

Standards-Based Mathematical Concepts Addressed:
Graph inequalities | Write inequalities from graphs | Use Venn diagrams to solve problems | Identify parallel, perpendicular, and skew lines and planes | Transversals of parallel lines: find angle measures | Transversals: name angle pairs

No. 227

EDITION IV - Friday, February 1, 2013
Sarasota Wirewalk No Cakewalk For Wallenda -
With a theatrical sense of timing, even the winds looked scripted as Nik Wallenda prepared for his wirewalk across U.S. 41. Moments before the white-knuckle adventure began, scudding in from the southwest across otherwise perfect skies, scraps of cumulus clouds gusted along on winds clocked at 25-30 mph. The melodramatic breeze hissed through palm fronds and ruffled the “Circus Sarasota” banner affixed to the rooftop of Wallenda's destination at Marina Tower. Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the highway in the Marina Jack parking lot, the cage lift carrying Wallenda and Circus Sarasota boss Pedro Reis to the summit of the crane platform swayed unsteadily during its ascent. But in the end, from a distance, before an estimated audience of between 10,000 and 12,000 spectators, Sarasota's superstar aerialist made it look as easy as the wheeling buzzards and pelicans with whom he shared the sky. He completed his 600-foot long, roughly 180-foot high skywalk in 11 minutes.  And he did it with a flourish, taking a knee on the nickel-thick wire, extending his trademark right-fisted salute, then scampering quickly uphill to safety onto the Marina Tower patio.

Standards-Based Mathematical Concepts Addressed: 
Use Venn diagrams to solve problemsCelsius and Fahrenheit temperatures |  Rate of travel: word problems | Solve equations with variables on both sides | Write variable equations Identify hypotheses and conclusions | Converses, inverses, and contrapositives | Biconditionals 

No. 226

EDITION III - Friday, January 25, 2013
Pentagon Removes Ban On Women In Combat - PDF
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced a lifting of the ban on female service members in combat roles, a watershed policy change that was informed by women’s valor in Iraq and Afghanistan and that removes the remaining barrier to a fully inclusive military. An assertion that stunned female veteran activists who assumed that the brass was still uneasy about opening the most physically arduous positions to women. The decision comes after a decade of counterinsurgency missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, where women demonstrated hero­ism on battlefields. It dovetails with another seismic policy change in the military, the repeal of the ban on openly gay service members.

Standards-Based Mathematical Concepts Addressed: 

Rate of travel: word problems | Solve equations with variables on both sides | Write variable equations | Properties of equalityIdentify hypotheses and conclusions  | Counterexamples | Converses, inverses, and contrapositives | Biconditionals

No. 225

EDITION II - Friday, January 18, 2013
Present Obama Unveils Proposals For Toughening Gun Laws - PDF
President Obama called upon Congress to toughen America’s gun laws to confront mass shootings and everyday gun violence, betting that public opinion has shifted enough to support the broadest push for gun control in a generation. Mr. Obama announced plans to introduce legislation by next week that includes a ban on new assault weapons, limits on high-capacity magazines, expanded background checks for gun purchases and tougher gun trafficking laws to crack down on the spread of weapons across the country. Without waiting for Congress, the president also acted on his own authority, signing nearly two-dozen executive actions designed to increase the enforcement of existing gun laws and improve the flow of information among federal agencies in order to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and others who shouldn’t have them. In an emotionally charged event, Mr. Obama stood on a stage with four young children who he said had written to him asking for stronger gun laws. Invoking the memory of a young girl named Grace McDonnell who was killed in the Newtown shootings, the president vowed not to let the momentum for new, tougher gun laws fade. Speaking to a room packed with gun control advocates and family members of shooting victims, Mr. Obama said that a painting by Grace, hangs in his private study in the White House which serves as a reminder of his obligation to protect “the most vulnerable” members of society. The president and Mr. Biden described their plan as a comprehensive effort that includes four major legislative proposals and 23 separate executive actions ultimately geared towards strengthening American gun laws. 

Standards-Based Mathematical Concepts Addressed: 
Write variable equations | Properties of equality |
Side lengths and angle measures in similar figures

No. 224

EDITION I - Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Red-Light Cameras In Florida Justified - PDF
Proponents of red-light cameras in Florida recently gained more evidence to support their cause. The state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles released results of a survey of local governments that use cameras to monitor intersections for red-light runners. The department, under a mandate from the Legislature, posed a series of questions to cities and counties with the cameras. The online, voluntary survey sought information about the use of cameras between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012. The most relevant and compelling finding "With regard to crash data, the most common outcome was a decrease in rear-end and side-impact crashes." A majority of agencies reported decreases in the total number of crashes at red-light camera intersections." Furthermore, the study relied on self-reporting and did not examine the myriad causes of wrecks. But the results are consistent with in-depth studies conducted by university researchers and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Standards-Based Mathematical Concepts Addressed: 
Solve percent equations | Write variable equations | Properties of equality | Lengths of segments on number lines 


Jeffrey Daughtry, Ed.S.
Assistant Principal, Union Grove High School, McDonough, Georgia

Jeffrey B. Daughtry, Ed.S.

Assistant Principal, Rock Spring Elementary School, McDonough, Georgia

FATHER KNOWS BEST: Program Aims To Involve More Dads in Education 
LaTria Garnigan
October 27, 2010
Jeffrey Daughtry, the assistant principal at Rock Spring Elementary School in McDonough, is heading up a new mentoring program geared toward increasing the presence of fathers at the school. “Studies have shown that involvement of a father, or a positive male role model, in the lives of children, has profound effects on them,” Daughtry said. “I believe that when you do what’s in the best interest of children, you’re not going to go wrong and if you do but your intentions are right then you can make the situation work,” said Daughtry about the program. 

Jeffrey Daughtry, the assistant principal at Rock Spring Elementary School in McDonough, is heading up a new mentoring program geared toward increasing the presence of fathers at the school. “Studies have shown that involvement of a father, or a positive male role model, in the lives of children, has profound effects on them,” Daughtry said. “I believe that when you do what’s in the best interest of children, you’re not going to go wrong and if you do but your intentions are right then you can make the situation work,” said Daughtry about the program. 

Jeffrey Daughtry, the assistant principal at Rock Spring Elementary School in McDonough, is heading up a new mentoring program geared toward increasing the presence of fathers at the school. “Studies have shown that involvement of a father, or a positive male role model, in the lives of children, has profound effects on them,” Daughtry said. “I believe that when you do what’s in the best interest of children, you’re not going to go wrong and if you do but your intentions are right then you can make the situation work,” said Daughtry about the program. 

Area Schools Want More Fathers Involved
Rock Spring Elementary School Assistant Principal Jeffrey Daughtry is on a quest to get more fathers involved in their children’s’ education. Following the suggestion from the school council, “Dads Rock!” began on Sept. 1 due to research that showed the involvement of a father or a positive male role model in the lives of children has profound effects on them. Daughtry, who along with several male educators at the school, has a child attending Rock Spring and said they have about 34 active fathers involved in the program after the initial 72 who expressed interest during the open house at the beginning of the school year.

Participating fathers complete background checks before becoming part of the program. “We found that there’s a very few number of men that are actively involved in their child’s education publicly at this level,” said Daughtry. “When you think of volunteers you think of stay-at-home moms. And we feel that men need to take an active role in the education of their children.” The Dads Rock! volunteers fulfill many roles at the school. They assist with morning car/bus duty, lunchroom duty, help in the media center, hall and recess duty, open and close doors and afternoon car/bus dismissal. Volunteer Dez Thornton, whose 10-year-old daughter, Destyne Walton attends the school, said beyond strengthening the relationship between Rock Spring and the community, the program gives dads a broader perspective of the inner-workings of the school and a much deeper appreciation for the teachers and administrators.

“Most notably, Dads Rock! debunks tradition in a sense that it challenges men to take an active volunteer role in cultivating the seeds of greatness in our youth,” said Thornton. Daughtry agreed that the men were quite overwhelmed at first with what all the teachers and administrators go through on a daily basis at the school. He would like for this program to become a mainstay at the school and there have been talks, he said, of a possible night out for the dads to brainstorm ideas for the program. Coming up, the dads will volunteer at the school’s Rock Days festival in December, which is an event that is geared toward positive behavioral support. “I believe that when you do what’s in the best interest of children, you’re not going to go wrong and if you do but your intentions are right then you can make the situation work,” said Daughtry about the program.

The Daughtry Times previously served as a middle grades supplemental mathematics educational resource from Monday, March 15, 2004 at Bethel Junior High, Spanaway, Washington through Friday, April 24, 2009 at Henry County Middle School, McDonough, Georgia. On Monday, August 22, 2011 The Daughtry Times resurfaced at Sarasota Military Academy an academic college prepatory charter school located in downtown Sarasota, Florida for the 2011-12 academic school year.


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Sarasota Military Academy
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The Daughtry Times has returned after a 2-year hiatus as I served as an assistant principal in an educational leadership capacity at the elementary and high school level. Although I was earning far more money; I never truly felt I was making a difference in the lives of children which initially brought me to the education profession. I am overwhelmingly excited to serve primarily in an instructional position and work with such a phenomenal group of young highly motivated student leaders.

The mission of the Sarasota Military Academy is to provide high school students the highest quality education possible, incorporating the principles of leadership, discipline,, patriotism and honor in a military environment. Our primary intent is to enable our cadets to become productive citizens and to help them shape their futures into satisfying and fulfilling lives. Sarasota Military Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) Sarasota Military Academy is an " A " graded high school as well as the only high school in Sarasota County that met 100% of our Annual Yearly Progress.


No. 167

EDITION I - Monday, August 22, 2011
BP Pays $40 Million Locally Over Gulf Oil Spill - PDF
Oil from the blown British Petroleum well never came close to Southwest Florida last summer, but new data show the local economic fallout was still significant. BP has paid $40 million to 2,847 individuals in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties who claimed economic damages from the spill.

Mathematics and The Real World - August 25, 2011 - DOC

No. 168

EDITION II - Monday, August 29, 2011
Irene Pummels the East Coast - PDF
Hurricane Irene remained a Category 1 storm Saturday as it battered North Carolina and Virginia, spreading tropical storm conditions northward. Four deaths have so far been attributed to the hurricane, which is expected to make a potentially disastrous run up the East Coast from the mid-Atlantic to New England. 

No. 169

EDITION III - Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Vietnam Veteran, 61, Aspires To Play College Football -
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alan Moore swears he’s not crazy. Although, there is some evidence to the contrary — most of which centers on his decision at the age of 61 to attempt to play college football.  Moore, a Vietnam veteran who played on a national title winning junior college team in 1968, is the newest/oldest member of the Faulkner (Ala.) University football team, earning a spot on the Eagles roster as a place-kicker. Follow Up Story - Read Here

No. 170

DITION IV - Monday, September 12, 2011
Ten years later, Sarasota school remembers 9/11 - PDF
SARASOTA - They had a week to prepare. Second graders at Emma E. Booker Elementary practiced reading aloud with their teacher every day for a once-in-a-lifetime experience: A visit from the president of the United States. President George W. Bush's staff selected Booker Elementary, a mostly blue-collar neighborhood school, to recognize achievements in reading and to announce new education initiatives. Instead, students got a lesson in the cold reality of terrorism.

No. 171

EDITION V - Monday, September 19, 2011 -
Nine Killed in Reno Plane Crash - PDF
RENO, NEVADA- The death toll rose to nine Saturday in an air race crash in Reno as investigators determined that several spectators were killed on impact as the 1940s-model plane appeared to lose a piece of its tail before slamming like a missile into a crowded tarmac. Moments earlier, thousands had arched their necks skyward and watched the planes speed by just a few hundred feet off the ground before some noticed a strange gurgling engine noise from above. Seconds later, the P-51 Mustang dubbed the Galloping Ghost pitched oddly upward, twirled and took an immediate nosedive into a section of white VIP box seats.

No. 172

EDITION VI - Monday, September 26, 2011 - PDF
Nasa Says Satellite Fell To Earth Over Pacific Ocean
The 6 1/2-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) satellite in space. The $740 million UARS was launched in 1991 from space shuttle Discovery to study the atmosphere and the ozone layer. NASA's dead satellite fell to Earth early Saturday morning, starting its fiery death plunge somewhere over the vast Pacific Ocean. Details were still sketchy, but the U.S. Air Force's Joint Space Operations Center and NASA say that the bus-sized satellite first penetrated Earth's atmosphere somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. A myriad of unconfirmed reports exists, including video that purportedly shows the satellite breaking up over Canada. There were also unconfirmed
reports of debris seen from Florida. However, Cecilie Korst of the Aerospace Corporation said Oregon was likely the last place in the U.S. that the satellite was visible. NASA's calculations had predicted that the former climate research satellite would fall over a 500-mile swath.


No. 173

EDITION I - Monday, October 3, 2011 -
700 Arrested After Protest On New York's Brooklyn Bridge
NEW YORK — More than 700 protesters demonstrating against corporate greed, global warming and social inequality, among other grievances, were arrested Saturday after they swarmed the Brooklyn Bridge and shut down a lane of traffic for several hours in a tense confrontation with police. The group Occupy Wall Street has been camped out in a plaza in Manhattan's Financial District for nearly two weeks staging various marches, and had orchestrated an impromptu trek to Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon. Some of the protesters said they were lured onto the roadway by police, or they didn't hear the calls from authorities to head to the pedestrian walkway. Police said no one was tricked into being arrested, and those in the back of the group who couldn't hear were allowed to leave.

No. 174

EDITION II - Monday, October 10, 2011 -
Afghanistan War: A Ten-Year History Lesson
As the U.S.-led Afghanistan war marks its 10th year, Americans are learning a history lesson: Getting into Afghanistan is much easier than getting out. Announcing the start of the military onslaught against Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001, President George W. Bush warned Americans that their patience would be tested “in the months ahead.”Ten years on, there are more than 10 times as many U.S. troops there as when the war began. And a majority of Americans now say the war is not worth fighting.

No. 175

EDITION III - Monday, October 17, 2011 -
Apple iPhone 4S Lines Toward 4 Million Sales
Efficient pre-order facilities for the new iPhone 4S did not hinder the tradition of long lines outside Apple Stores. Thousands of sleep deprived Apple fans across the world waited patiently to get their hands on the much-anticipated new iPhone, while taking the time to pay homage to Steve Jobs' life. The device that became available in the U.S, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the U.K on Friday, is poised to sell four million units by the end of the weekend, Bloomberg reported. Apple shares rose two percent as lines started to form outside Apple's flagship stores.

No. 176

EDITION IV - Monday, October 24, 2011 -
Obama: Full Withdrawal From Iraq By January 1
WASHINGTON – All U.S. troops will leave Iraq by Jan. 1, formally ending the war that began more than eight-and-a-half years ago and has taken more than 4,400 American lives, President Obama said today.


No. 177

EDITION I - Monday, October 31, 2011 -
Early Storm Pelts East Coast With Wet, Heavy Snow
More than a million residents along the eastern seaboard as far north as Connecticut reportedly were without power Saturday after a freak October nor'easter threatened to dump more than a foot of snow on parts of the Northeast and New England. Communities inland in mid-Atlantic states were getting hit hardest. Some places saw more than half a foot of snow. Heavy snow was falling in western Maryland, National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Konarik said, and 10 inches fell just across the state line in Markleysburg, Pa., though the snow was beginning to taper off as the storm moved north.

No. 178

EDITION II - Monday, November 7, 2011 -
A 50-50 Split May Be Best Offer NBA Players Get
NBA players could have a choice Saturday: Accept a 50-50 division of basketball-related income or risk having more owners join the hardline faction that wants a 53-47 split in its favor-- and a hard salary cap. When talks resume, they may quickly break down unless the sides can compromise on positions that seem to be hardening by the minute. A person briefed on the owners' position Friday said that there were many hardline owners who want a deal at 53-47 in their favor as well as a hard cap, and that the rest would not go beyond a 50-50 split. At issue from the beginning has been the division of about $4 billion in revenues, along with a system makeover that Commissioner David Stern insists must happen to fix what he considers a broken economic model.

No. 179

EDITION III - Monday, November 14, 2011 -
Black Future For BlackBerry - A Technology History Lesson
Research in Motion was once the king of the smartphone market. Now, it's looking like the next Palm -- a pioneer that fell hopelessly behind in a market it invented. Once high-flying RIM, the maker of the very popular Blackberry line of smartphones, is today fighting for its very survival, battling to keep its core business in the face of a string of service outages and far-cooler technology from its competitors. In the light of these market challenges, we look at other one-time tech juggernauts that went from heavyweight to scrap heap. Is there a lesson to be learned in history? You decide.

No. 180

EDITION IV - Monday, November 21, 2011 - 
Major League Baseball Labor Deal Includes HGH Testing, $480K Minimum Salary
NEW YORK — Baseball's new labor contract will include blood testing for human growth hormone, a rise in the minimum salary to $480,000 and luxury taxes on both amateur draft signings and international free agents coming to the major leagues. The New York Times first reported the blood testing provision.
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No. 181

EDITION V - Monday, November 28, 2011 - 

Forget Black Friday. Cyber Monday Madness Begins.
Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On this day, most major retailers open extremely early, and offer promotional sales to kick off the shopping season, similar to Boxing Day sales in many Commonwealth Nations. Black Friday is not actually a holiday, but some non-retail employers give their employees the day off, increasing the number of potential shoppers. It has routinely been the busiest shopping day of the year since 2005. Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday immediately following Black Friday, the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, created by companies to persuade people to shop online. The term made its debut on November 28, 2005 in a Shop.org press release entitled "'Cyber Monday' Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year."

No. 182

EDITION VI - Monday, December 5, 2011 -
California Electric Car Startup Aperta Shuts Down
Aptera, the California startup best known for developing a space age-looking, three-wheeled car, has closed its doors after failing to raise the funds needed to put its ultra-efficient vehicles on the road. The company had received a conditional offer for a $150 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy, but failed to secure the $80 million in private investment needed to close that financing, Chief Executive Paul Wilbur said on Friday.  

No. 183

EDITION VII - Monday, December 12, 2011 - PDF
The Cost of the 12 Days of Christmas Exceeds 100K
The “True Cost of Christmas” is the cumulative cost of all the gifts with the repetitions listed in the song. For example, if a partridge in a pear tree cost $160, its True Cost would be $160 x 12. The 364 items repeated across all the song's verses would cost $101,119, an increase of 4.4% over last year, according to the annual Christmas Price Index compiled by PNC Wealth Management The broader government Consumer Price Index increased by 3.9% over the same period. Visit the PNC FDigital Media center to view their animated 12 Days of Christmas video: pnc.thedigitalcenter.com, which has continued this tradition of educating students of all ages on the basic principles of economic fluctuation. The Consumer Price Index measures the change in the prices of goods and services reflecting the spending habits of the “average” American. It includes goods and services like food, housing clothing, and utilities. Its percent change is widely used as a measure of inflation. If inflation is higher than expected it may cause the stock market to become bearish. The purpose of these activities is to use the PNC Christmas Price Index as an investor tool by examining the impact of the cost for goods and services on the performance of securities in The Stock Market Game portfolio.

No. 184

EDITION VII - Monday, January 2, 2012 - 
NASA: The World Will Not End In 2012
NASA issued a statement Monday reaffirming its belief that the world will not end in 2012, despite warnings from those predicting the apocalypse. "Nothing bad will happen to the Earth in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012," the space agency said in a statement posted on its frequently asked questions segment of its website. NASA said predictions that the world will end in 2012 were based more in myth than in fact. NASA officials sought to debunk rumors that the Mayan calendar has predicted the end of the world in 2012, saying the prediction is little more than misinformation.

No. 185

EDITION IX - Monday, January 9, 2012 - 
How Long Have Humans Lived In Southwest Florida?
 NORTH PORT - From 12,000 to 13,000 years ago, early humans may have lived in Southwest Florida, among mammoths and saber-tooth tigers. If they did, the evidence of their lives — arrows, spears or markings on shell and bone is likely to lie 90 feet beneath the watery surface of Little Salt Spring. Dr. John Gifford, a marine archaeology professor at the University of Miami, hopes that evidence — the first of its kind in Florida — rises to the surface later this year. Last summer, he and divers from the Florida Aquarium uncovered the undersides of two giant land tortoises resting next to each other. Their unusual position suggests human involvement. If markings, other artifacts and carbon dating prove that humans butchered the tortoises 12,000 years ago or earlier, it would be an archaeological breakthrough.



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No. 186

EDITION I - Friday, January 20, 2012 -
Popular File-Sharing Website Megaupload Shutdown Indefinitely
One of the world's most popular file-sharing sites was shuttered Thursday, and its founder and several company officials were arrested of facilitating millions of illegal downloads of films, music and other content. An indictment accused Megaupload.com of costing copyright holders at least $500 million in lost revenue. The indictment was unsealed one day after websites including Wikipedia and Craigslist shut down in protest of two congressional proposals intended to make it easier for authorities to go after websites with pirated material, especially those with overseas headquarters and servers.

No. 187

EDITION II - Friday, January 26, 2012 -
Defending America - On A Budget
WASHINGTON –  Defense Secretary Leon Panetta unveiled a plan Thursday that would cut nearly a half-trillion dollars from the defense budget over the next decade by retiring older planes and ships, delaying some projects and shrinking U.S. ground forces by about 100,000. Amid concerns from some lawmakers that the cuts would endanger security, Panetta cast the proposal as a response to changing times. Panetta said the plan shifts the Pentagon's focus from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to future challenges in Asia, the Mideast and in cyberspace. More special operations forces like the Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden will be available around the world, he said. 

No. 188

EDITION III - Friday, February 3, 2012 -
Super Bowl 2012 - By The Numbers
Pretty soon, if we aren’t careful, Super Bowl Sunday will turn into this country’s biggest holiday. If it isn’t already, that is. We’ve all known for years now that the day isn’t so much about football (this year’s game is the New England Patriots vs. the New York Giants, in case you forgot to check) as it is about a mountain of other interests, including plenty of consumerism, chicken wings, commercials, crunchy snacky goodness and, apparently, cash.

No. 189

EDITION IV - Friday, February 10, 2012 -
U.S. Troops Seized Over 772K Pounds Of Afghanistan Drugs In 2011
Moments after 25th Infantry Division soldiers raided a Kandahar province, Afghanistan, compound in December, discovered large piles of marijuana and arrested a suspected drug trafficker, the Taliban unleashed a complex ambush. The patrol, made up of American and Afghan soldiers, immediately returned fire and called for help. An A-10 Warthog plane and an Apache helicopter swooped in, and enemy fighters retreated. The drugs were confiscated.

No. 190

EDITION V - Friday, February 17, 2012 -
Lost At Sea: 25 Million Tons of Tsunami Debris Floating Toward U.S. Shores
A massive floating patch of debris following the March 11, 2011, tsunami that struck Japan is floating across the Pacific Ocean, and should begin piling up on U.S. shores in increasing amounts.  Wrecked cars, portions of homes, boats, furniture, human remains and more -- all swept up by the destructive, magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck off the coast of
Japan 11 months ago -- are on a slow-motion collision course with California. The magnitude-9.0 earthquake produced the sort of devastation Japan hadn't seen since WWII, leaving more than 21,000 dead or injured. The tsunami that followed engulfed the northeast and wiped out entire towns.


No. 191

EDITION I - Friday, February 24, 2012 -
GPS At Risk From Terrorists, Rogue Nations, and $50 Jammers
The Global Positioning System (GPS) guides our ships at sea. It’s the centerpiece of the new next-gen air traffic control system. It even timestamps the millions of financial transactions made across the world every day. And it's at extreme risk from criminals, terrorist organizations and rogue states -- and even someone with a rudimentary
GPS jammer that can be bought on the Internet for 50 bucks, said Todd Humphreys, an expert on GPS with the University of Texas. His predictions for what lies ahead with this emerging threat were dire. For example, in 2010, UK researchers aimed a low-level GPS jammer at test ships in the English channel. The results were stunning: Ships that veered off course without the crew’s knowledge. False information passed to other ships about their positions, increasing the likelihood of a collision. The communications systems stopped working, meaning the crew couldn’t contact the Coast Guard. And the emergency service system -- used to guide rescuers -- completely failed.

No. 192

EDITION II - Friday, March 2, 2012 -
Debate Over Actual Height of Mt. Everest Intensifies
Nobody knows the true height of the world's tallest peak, Mount Everest. It was thought to be 29,028 feet high after it was measured by an Indian survey in 1954. But China says the world's highest mountain which it calls Zhūmùlǎngmǎ Fēng is only 29,015 feet. China's view excludes the snowcap from its calculations. Meanwhile, the U.S. National Geographic Society officially says Mount Everest stands at 29,035 feet following a U.S. team's 1999 survey using GPS technology. Now the Himalayan state of Nepal, who's border with China straddles the peak, is appealing for international help to get the true height.

No. 193

EDITION III - Friday, March 9, 2012 -
Florida Welcomes Spring Training Baseball Fans
TAMPA - Major league baseball teams started coming to Florida for spring training almost a century ago, traveling by rail from the often still-frozen North to get in shape and play some exhibition games in the sun. For baseball fans needing an early fix after a long winter, spring training is hard to beat. 

No. 194

EDITION IV - Friday, March 23, 2012

NFL Concerns Affect Decisions About Bounty Program - PDF
Scientific studies show head trauma can leave long-term damage. Hundreds of former players are suing the NFL in federal court, saying they weren't protected properly from injury. Congress is paying close attention. Part of the reason the New Orleans Saints were punished so severely for their bounty system could be, as Commissioner Roger Goodell indicated when explaining his decision, that nothing is as critical for the league right now as the safety of players and real concern about concussions. In the current climate, those issues seem to permeate every decision made at NFL headquarters.  

No. 195

EDITION V - Friday, March 30, 2012

JetBlue Pilot Charged With Interfering With Flight Crew - PDF
A JetBlue pilot has been charged with interfering with a flight crew after his midair behavioral meltdown led to an emergency landing. The federal criminal complaint reveals details of the incident in which Clayton Osbon, 49, displayed what passengers and fellow crew members described as erratic, bizarre and disturbing behavior. Osbon has been suspended pending an investigation and is receiving medical treatment, the airline said Wednesday. If convicted, Osbon would face a maximum 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The U.S. Attorney's office has 30 days to present the matter to a grand jury for indictment. In the two-page affidavit in support of an arrest warrant, FBI Special Agent John Whitworth said Osbon missed the crew briefing for Flight 191, which departed at 7:28 a.m. Tuesday from New York's Kennedy International Airport en route to Las Vegas.

No. 196

EDITION VI - Friday, April 6, 2012

Maryland Mega Millions 'Winner' Tight-Lipped About Ticket -
The Baltimore woman who claims to have a winning Mega Millions ticket didn’t say a single word at a bizarre press conference today in which even her own lawyer said he didn’t know if she won or not. “I can’t say with any certainty that this ticket exists. You never say that it’s so until you’ve seen it with your own eyes,” said lawyer Eddie Smith Jr. appearing at his office with Marlinde Wilson, the McDonald’s worker who claims she’s won the record jackpot. Wilson, 37, and the single mom of seven showed up 45 minutes late wearing a snug pink T-shirt and baseball cap emblazoned with a cartoon pig and the words “Sweet Swine.” Smith -- who made no statement but answered questions while his client texted and even chatted on her cell phone -- said he hadn’t seen the ticket and didn’t know whether Wilson had double-checked her numbers.


No. 197

EDITION I - Friday, April 13, 2012
One Century Later Titanic Remains A Fascination With Disasters -
Epic disasters — the anguished cries, the stories of heroism — are the central narratives of our age, both enthralling and horrifying. And our obsession began a century ago, unfolding in just 160 terrifying minutes, on a supposedly unsinkable ship, as 1,514 souls slipped into the icy waters of the North Atlantic. And the band played on. It was the Titanic. And ever since, we've been hooked on disasters, in general — but the tale of the great luxury liner, in particular. And the approaching 100th anniversary of the sinking has merely magnified the Titanic's fascination. There were catastrophes before that fateful Sunday night in April 1912, but nothing quite captivated the newly wireless-connected globe's attention. It was more than news. It was a macabre form of entertainment. Explore inside the Titanic Here

No. 198

EDITION II - Friday, April 20, 2012
The Infamous Oklahoma City Bombings: 17 Years Later -
Nearly two decades have passed since that explosion ripped through the Alfred P. Murrah building. But for many Oklahomans, that day is etched permanently in their minds as if it were only yesterday. On April 19, 1995, 168 innocent souls were taken away forever from friends and family, and the lives and views of Oklahomans were drastically altered in an instant. Disgraced former U.S. Army Sergeant Timothy McVeigh and co-conspirator Terry Nichols accomplished their goal of destroying lives and striking fear into the hearts of the populace by perpetrating the worst act of terrorism on domestic soil to that date. At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, a Ryder rental truck, containing approximately 5,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, nitromethane, and diesel fuel was detonated in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, destroying a third of the building and causing severe damage to several other buildings located nearby. As a result of the massive explosion, 168 people were killed, including 19 children, and over 800 others were injured. It was the most deadly terrorist attack, with the most property damage, on American soil before the September 11 attacks. It remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history. However, what they didn’t expect was the unity and strength that arose from the devastation that they created that terrible day.

No. 199

EDITION III - Friday, April 27, 2012
Sarasota Unconditional Surrender Sculpture Coming Down After Crash -
SARASOTA- The city's iconic 26-foot tall smooching sailor statue is headed to New Jersey for some repair work after getting hit by a car around noon Thursday. The impact knocked a hole about the size of a microwave oven out of the sailor's fiberglass foot. Fearing that "Unconditional Surrender" might topple if they moved the Mercedes E350 that struck it, city officials left the car embedded in the sculpture for hours — which of course made Sarasota's favorite roadside attraction even more of a curiosity. The driver of the Mercedes E350 Sedan, a 62-year-old woman who declined to give her name, said she thinks she blacked out after receiving a shot at a doctor's office earlier in the day. She suggested she had a severe allergic reaction to an antibiotic. Her car had crossed the median, narrowly missing a large palm tree and a light pole before it plowed into the statue. The statue was taken down Thursday for repairs; city officials were not immediately sure how long that will take.

No. 200

EDITION IV - Friday, May 4, 2012
Seattle Mayor Issues Emergency Order After May Day Mayhem - PDF
SEATTLE - May Day demonstrations in downtown Seattle turned violent Tuesday when a group of people dressed in black suddenly smashed windows of banks and businesses, threw smoke bombs, spray-painted parked cars and clashed with police. No injuries were reported. Police arrested eight demonstrators throughout the day. The people causing the violence changed into all-black clothing with hoods and masks, broke windows with 3-foot poles and then faded back into the crowd of peaceful protesters, apparently removing their black masks and hoods. At mid-afternoon, Mayor Mike McGinn signed an emergency order granting police officers the right to confiscate items that could be used as weapons from protesters, including sticks used to hold signs and flags, tire irons, and hammers.


No. 201

EDITION I - Friday, May 11, 2012
Why College Football Should Be Banned -
College football has no academic purpose. In more than 20 years I've spent studying the issue, I have yet to hear a convincing argument that college football has anything do with what is presumably the primary purpose of higher education: academics. Football only provides the thickest layer of distraction in an atmosphere in which colleges and universities these days are all about distraction, nursing an obsession with the social well-being of students as opposed to the obsession that they are there for the vital and single purpose of learning as much as they can to compete in the brutal realities of the global economy.

No. 202

EDITION II - Friday, May 25, 2012
US ARMY Contemplating Sending Women Soldiers To Ranger School -
WASHINGTON — Army leaders have begun to study the prospect of sending female soldiers to the service’s prestigious Ranger school — another step in the effort to broaden opportunities for women in the military. Gen. Raymond Odierno, Army chief of staff, said Wednesday that he’s asked senior commanders to provide him with recommendations and a plan this summer. And while he stressed that no decisions have been made, he suggested that Ranger school may be a logical next step for women as they move into more jobs closer to the combat lines. According to Odierno, about 90 percent of senior Army infantry officers have gone to the school and are qualified as Rangers. Allowing women to go to Ranger school, he said, would allow them to be competitive with their male counterparts as they move through the ranks.

No. 203

EDITION III - Friday, May 25, 2012
Father Saves Son Before Car Plunges Down Cliff - Gets Pair of Traffic Tickets -
A New Jersey dad got the scare of his life when his 5-year-old son almost ran off a steep embankment, and though the man saved the boy from falling, he couldn't stop his Jeep from going over the precipice and into a river below. The reward for his ordeal? Two traffic tickets from local police. Frank Roder, a construction worker from the town of Winfield Park, had taken his son, Aidan, down to the Rahway River to feed ducks Thursday. But when he stopped briefly before settling on a parking space, the impatient boy jumped out and took off -- straight toward a ledge 35 feet above the river, Roder recalled. "He hopped out, and I thought that was OK, I was just going to park," Roder, 38, said, but "he just took off, made a beeline for the edge." "Um, Daddy ..."- Aidan, as he watched his dad's Jeep roll off an embankment. The panic-stricken father jumped out of the cab of his 2006 Jeep Commander and raced after the errant boy, catching him just feet from the edge. That's when Aidan, eyes as big as saucers, looked behind Roder and said, "Um, Daddy ..."Roder turned in time to see the Jeep nosedive down the embankment and land in the muddy water.

No. 204

EDITION IV - Friday, June 1, 2012
German Teen Solves 350-Year-Old Mathematical Riddle Initially Posed By Sir Isaac Newton -
Shouryya Ray, from Dresden, Germany, solved two fundamental particle dynamics theories which physicists have previously been able to calculate only by using powerful computers. Shouryya Ray worked out how to calculate exactly the path of a projectile under gravity and subject to air resistance, The London Sunday Times reported. The Indian-born teen said he solved the problem that had stumped mathematicians for centuries while working on a school project. Ray won a research award for his efforts and has been labeled a genius by the German media, but he put it down to "curiosity and schoolboy naivety."

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No. 205

EDITION I - Friday, August 24, 2012 -
Oklahoma Kindergartener Forced To Turn Michigan Shirt Inside Out
An Oklahoma City student was forced to turn his shirt inside-out because he was wearing a University of Michigan T-shirt, violating the district’s dress code. Evidently, the 5-year-old kindergartner violated a 2005 rule created by the Oklahoma City Public Schools banning clothing with sports team logos unless they are from Oklahoma colleges or universities. The rule, which was established due to gang affiliations some teams carry, excludes all professional teams, including the Oklahoma City Thunder. They should really worry about academics. It wasn't offensive. He's five," said five-year old Cooper Barton's mother, Shannon Barton.

No. 206

EDITION II - Friday, August 31, 2012 -
Where Does Obama And Romney Stand On Education
Less than one hundred days remain until American voters go to the polls to decide who will be the next President of the United States. The candidates are working overtime to differentiate themselves and one of the things drawing attention, as children are heading back to class, is where each candidate stands on the issue of education.

No. 207

EDITION III - Friday, September 7, 2012 -
Study Links Former NFL Players To Degenerative Brain Disease
NEW YORK -- A study of former NFL players finds they were unusually prone to dying from degenerative brain disease, the latest indication that repeated blows to the head may cause serious trouble later on. The death rate from Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Lou Gehrig's disease combined was about three times what one would predict from the general population, researchers reported.

No. 208

EDITION IV - Friday, September 14, 2012 -
As Chicago Teachers Strike, Students Are On The Loose And At Loose Ends
CHICAGO — For hundreds of thousands of families here, ordinary life has turned upside down. As Chicago public schoolteachers on Thursday spent a fourth day on picket lines, their students could be found in contingency programs at schools, in churches and in costly day care centers. Some slept late, stayed home alone, then wandered their neighborhoods as if there were one more chapter of summer. Others found themselves headed to their parents’ jobs at laundromats, restaurants, libraries, offices. Elsewhere, relatives — grandparents, especially, it seemed — were suddenly being pressed into baby-sitting duty.

No. 209

EDITION V - Friday, September 21, 2012 -
The Million-Dollar Difference Of A College Degree
College graduates typically on average earn more than workers with high school diplomas, but just how much varies. Earning a bachelor's degree is statistically a huge payoff in many professions, but for some, such as electricians, janitors and postal service mail carriers, there's no difference between the lifetime earnings of college and high school grads, according to research from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. In fact, workers with bachelor's degrees in jobs such as carpentry actually have a lower median wage than those without. In certain jobs the difference between a bachelor's degree and a high school diploma is at least seven figures over a lifetime. Culled from Georgetown's The College Payoff study, these jobs don't require a four-year degree to break in, but they do provide substantial financial incentive for those who hit the books.


No. 210

EDITION I - Friday, September 28, 2012 -
The Search For Jimmy Hoffa Continues
A media frenzy that emerged on Wednesday based on speculation that former Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa was buried under the driveway of a Metro Detroit home. As the suppositions grew, the Roseville, Mich., police chief said Wednesday night that the man who has emerged with a story about seeing a plastic-wrapped body being buried at the home in 1975 seems "credible." But that does not mean the man's assertion that the body may have been that of Hoffa -- who disappeared on July 30, 1975 -- is correct. The police chief would not elaborate but he also said he would not be surprised if there is no body buried at the property, which is located about a block away from the Police Department.


No. 211

EDITION II - Friday, October 5, 2012 -
The Electoral College Is Brilliant, And We Would Be Insane To Abolish It
The electoral college is loathed,
depending on the election, by Democrats, Republicans, Third Party candidates and other activist groups. Still, this is one of the best systems out there without a doubt. Few nations are as geographically massive or demographically diverse as the United States, and those are two of the major reasons why a system like the electoral college is so crucial. The Electoral College was to establish the role of the president. Congress is the voice of the people and so is directly elected by people. The President is the leader of a federation of independent states, and should be elected by those states. That's the philosophical grounding of the notion. 
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No. 212

EDITION III - Friday, October 12, 2012 - PDF
Presidential Candidates In All-Out Blitz In Only Nine States
The presidential-battleground map is as compact as it's been in decades, with just nine states seeing the bulk of candidate visits, campaign ads and get-out-the-vote efforts in the hunt for the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory. That means just a fraction of Americans will ultimately make the difference in the outcome of the race for the White House. A month before Election Day, that means both candidates are concentrating their precious time and money in the handful of states that still seem competitive: Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. Obama succeeded in expanding the map in 2008 by winning the traditionally Republican states of Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia. But it took a Democratic tidal wave to do so, and he was the exception in a nation that's grown increasingly polarized, with demographic shifts heralding Democratic victories in the Northeast and on the West Coast and Republican dominance in the West and South. TV ad money — the best measure of whether a campaign is competing in a state — shows that 93 percent of the $746 million spent so far, or $697 million — has poured into the nine battleground states. Less than a quarter of the nation's voters live in those states. The trend is clear. Over the past 20 years, markedly fewer states have been competitive in presidential elections.
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No. 213

EDITION IV - Friday, October 19, 2012 - PDF
Electoral College Scoreboard: Obama 184 - Romney 128
Electoral College Projections: Obama 294 - Romney 244. Mitt Romney makes another move in this week’s projected Electoral College tally, as the former Massachusetts governor gains a paper-thin edge over President Barack Obama in our latest poll average in the Tossup state of Colorado. In the wake of the first Presidential debate two weeks ago, Romney has continued to close the gap on Obama in almost every state where the vote is key to the election’s outcome. But, perhaps reflecting what generally was acknowledged as a win for Vice President Joe Biden in his meeting with Romney running mate Rep. Paul Ryan last week, the latest trends in several of those states — including Colorado, as well as Iowa, Nevada, Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — has them inching ever so slightly back toward Obama. As will be seen below, however, those trends have not prevented several changes in our current projections.


No. 214

EDITION I - Friday, October 26, 2012 - PDF
US Presidential Elections: Costliest Campaign Ever
After several months of lagging Obama in fundraising, Romney, the Republican National Committee and allied state parties overtook their Democratic rivals in October with $111.8 million raised from Oct. 1 to 17, his campaign said, a period that included two of the three televised presidential debates. Obama's campaign raised $90.5 million for itself and Democratic Party allies during that period, becoming the first in history to raise a total of more than $1 billion for an election effort together with his party. Romney and the RNC were close behind, taking in a total of $919.4 million throughout the 2012 campaign so far. Obama's campaign hedged on the $1 billion figure, saying the total was still short of that mark - at about $988 million - based on a tally of the cash raised since April 4, 2011, when Obama's team and the party officially became one campaign. Romney's campaign said it had $169 million left in its own and the party's bank accounts at the end of Oct. 17 - a hefty sum for use in the last leg of campaigning before the Nov. 6 election and more than the $123.9 million available to Obama and the Democrats.

No. 215

EDITION II - Friday, November 2, 2012 - PDF
Election Day Is Going To Be A Long Night
Throughout this extremely twisty presidential campaign, political observers have struggled to make sense of what’s been happening and who might win. And one of the go-to ways of doing so is by making analogies to elections of the recent past. The ones we’ve heard most often have been 2004 - incumbent president who everybody either loves or hates, challenged by an extremely wealthy guy from Massachusetts with a weakness for flip-flopping. But as we approach the finish line, it’s looking more and more like the most apt analogy is 2000. It’s going to be a super-close result, with strong possibilities of both no election-night verdict and an electoral college/popular vote split. And—possibly worst of all—one side refusing to accept the result. And that’s to say nothing of the nightmare scenario of an electoral college tie, or the various wrenches thrown into the race by Hurricane Sandy.


No. 216

EDITION III - Friday, November 9, 2012 - PDF
Unconditional Surrender Statue's Return Delayed
SARASOTA- Return of the city's iconic 26-foot tall homage to an iconic photo previously dispatched to New Jersey for some repair work after getting hit by a car last April will be a no-show for Veteran’s Day as repair work has taken longer than expected.  The impact knocked a hole about the size of a microwave oven out of the sailor's fiberglass foot. Fearing that "Unconditional Surrender" might topple if they moved the $50,000 Mercedes E350 that struck it, city officials left the car embedded in the sculpture for hours — which of course made Sarasota's favorite roadside attraction even more of a curiosity. The driver of the Mercedes E350 Sedan, a 62-year-old woman who declined to give her name, said she thinks she blacked out after receiving a shot at a doctor's office earlier in the day. She suggested she had a severe allergic reaction to an antibiotic. Her car had crossed the median, narrowly missing a large palm tree and a light pole before it plowed into the statue. Insurance from the car’s owner and the public arts fund are paying the $125,000 repair bill.

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No. 217

EDITION IV - Friday, November 16, 2012 - PDF
U.S. Officials: CIA Ran Benghazi Consulate
The CIA was the commanding agency at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, not the State Department, senior U.S. intelligence officials said. In addition, two of the four men who died in the Sept. 11 attack -- former Navy SEAL commandos Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty -- were actually CIA contractors killed defending the mission, not State Department contract security officers, as originally publicly identified, the officials told several news organizations on condition of anonymity. Also killed in the attack were U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith. The intelligence officials said that within 25 minutes of being alerted to the attack in a desperate phone call, the CIA rushed a half-dozen security operatives to the mission from a secret base about a mile away. The operatives, who arrived at the mission about 25 minutes after that, joined State Department security agents in a futile search through heavy smoke and enemy fire for Stevens, the officials said in the most thorough account to date of the assault and of the CIA's authoritative role at the consulate.

No. 218

EDITION V - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - PDF
If Twinkie Dies, We Killed It
People began to hoard Twinkies, leaving store shelves once lined with Twinkies bare. And with the supply in stores dwindling, some took to eBay to purchase them. There appears to be no end to the mass mourning for this snack cake so closely associated with our childhoods. It was as if the loss of Twinkies was somehow going to erase our fondest childhood memories. We weren't there for them because millions of us began to realize that junk food was not good for us. In a desperate effort to longer many of us began to cut Twinkies out of our diets. Sales dropped, and with rising costs, Hostess had to file for bankruptcy. Not once, but twice: In 2004 and again in 2012. Hostess has lost $250 million over the last three years and is saddled with more than $850 million in debt. The company says several potential buyers have expressed interest in the brands. Although Hostess' sales have been declining, the company still does about $2.5 billion in business each year. Twinkies along brought in $68 million so far this year.

No. 219

EDITION VI - Friday, November 30, 2012 - PDF
The Iceberg That May Have Sunk Titanic
“In my professional judgment, this iceberg is the one that sunk the Titanic,” said Titanic artifact collector Stanley Lehrer. On April 12, 1912, Captain W. F. Wood aboard the steamer S. S. Etonian photographed a massive iceberg with a distinctive elliptical shape. Wood found the picture remarkable enough to print it out and annotate it with the current latitude and longitude. Two days later, on April 14, the “unsinkable” Titanic struck an iceberg and sank to bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. That iceberg had the same elliptical shape, according to sketches made on the ship. Wood had captured the remarkable piece of ice, said Craig Sophin, a Titanic expert and consultant to the auctioneers. “The berg shown is probably around 82 feet high and 262 feet wide based on the waves and general look -- this is a typical highly deteriorated iceberg around these parts,” said Dr. Steve Bruneau, a professor of iceberg dynamics at Memorial University in Newfoundland and the author of “Icebergs of Newfoundland and Labrador. Bergs of this size are hundreds of thousands of tons -- perfectly sufficient to afflict fatal damage to any ship.”

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No. 220

EDITION I - Monday, December 3, 2012 - PDF
SPECIAL EDITION: Sarasota Military Academy Breaks Ground On Expansion
SARASOTA - Jack Urfer, an unassuming man, seemed a bit taken aback as he shook the city manager's hand and smiled awkwardly for the half-dozen cameras. “It's too much,” Urfer said about the hoopla. But for officials, this was their opportunity to thank the businessman single-handedly responsible for a $5 million expansion project. Students, staff and local dignitaries gathered Thursday during a groundbreaking ceremony for a three-story addition that is expected to be completed in August, in time for the 2013-14 school year. The new building will house 22 classrooms and staff offices on the campus at 801 N. Orange Ave. “It surprised all of us,” said student Jeremy Crymer, 17, a senior, when he first heard the news of the $5 million donation.

No. 221

EDITION II - Friday, December 7, 2012 - PDF
Pentagon Planning For Sequestration Cuts Amid Political Standoff
WASHINGTON — In a signal of deepening doubt that Washington will find a way to cut through mounting political chaos to avert looming spending cuts and tax increases, the Pentagon announced Wednesday it has finally begun to prepare for the plunge off the “fiscal cliff.” As directed this week by the White House Office of Management and Budget, the Defense Department will begin planning for what Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has often called the “meat ax” of sequestration — across-the-board spending cuts that would slash more than $50 billion a year out of the defense budget for a decade.

No. 222

EDITION III - Friday, December 14, 2012 - PDF
Suspensions Vacated For Players In Bounty Case
In a surprising rebuke of Roger Goodell, his predecessor as N.F.L. commissioner, Paul Tagliabue, vacated the suspensions of four players involved in a bounty scandal that has roiled the New Orleans Saints for more than nine months. Tagliabue, appointed by Goodell to handle a second round of player appeals after Goodell was forced to modify his original discipline, walked a tightrope in his rulings Tuesday. He affirmed Goodell’s finding that a bounty program offering money for hits that knocked opponents from games did exist. He also said that Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove and Will Smith engaged in conduct that was detrimental to the league and that Vilma offered a $10,000 bounty on Brett Favre.

Related Edition: Friday, March 23, 2012
NFL Concerns Affect Decisions About Bounty Program - PDF

No. 223

EDITION IV - Friday, December 21, 2012 - PDF 
The Real Deal: How The Mayan Calendar Works
The first thing to understand is that the Maya used three different calendars. The first was the sacred calendar, or Tzolk'in, which lasted 260 days and then started over again, just as our 365-day calendar refreshes once it hits Dec. 31. This calendar was important for scheduling religious ceremonies. The second calendar was the Haab', or secular calendar, which lasted 365 days but did not account for the extra quarter-day it takes the Earth to revolve around the sun. The modern calendar accounts for this fraction by adding a day to February every four years, the reason we have leap years. That means the calendar wandered a bit in relation to the seasons.
The final calendar was the Long Count Calendar — the recording method that has caused all of the doomsday brouhaha of 2012. On Dec. 21 (approximately), the calendar completes a major cycle, which has triggered doomsday fears and mystical rumors about the end of an age. The Long Count Calendar may not predict doomsday, but it is good at covering long periods of time. Here's how it works: Dates are written out as five numbers separated by four periods, such as The ancient Maya represented these not with numerals, of course, but with their own hieroglyphs. This is one of the lines of evidence that they didn't think their world was ending.