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Citizen Ruth April 24, 2014 at 08:00 am
How about paying it forward by changing our money-corrupt system of government so that someday inRead More the future your children and grandchildren can actually have a democracy?
Carisa, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born to Burlington mother Caroline Ruscak. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
Nicholas Arzio April 23, 2014 at 11:36 pm
Beef cake!
Sunny in SD April 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm
Starting the diabetes early........
Socrates Cee April 24, 2014 at 12:24 am
Now that is something. Imagine how big this baby will be in a couple of years. He probably won'tRead More even fit through a regular door!
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NH citizen April 24, 2014 at 07:34 am
If you think about how much crime we have these days, it is only natural to want to defend yourselfRead More - especially if you are a little older and would not be able to physically defend yourself. Plain and simple - they broke in and he defended himself. He would not have known if they were armed, if there were more people outside that would come in or whether they would try to take his gun and shoot him! Would this be such an issue of the thieves were 2 men or older, etc? NOPE!!!!!!!!
Vindaloo April 24, 2014 at 07:41 am
His intent was to kill, not to protect himself. Otherwise he would have took them down then calledRead More 911. No need at all for the subsequent shots. he's an angry. disturbed killer.
Brandon April 24, 2014 at 07:50 am
It was self defense they had no business intruding; however this guy took it way to far. TeenagersRead More will kill you. I was robbed at gunpoint by two teens. Don't under estimate teens.
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dee marie April 24, 2014 at 05:45 am
wow. almost all of these comments are so obviously written by woman haters, the kind of men andRead More women that just cannot stand to see a woman in a position of authority. i have just one question for all of you who think you have all the stats on Ms. Clinton, can any of you name the politician that was held responsible for the thousands of lives lost from Ground Zero? You want to talk about fools in government? Remember, this was not the first attack on the World Trade Center? Who let it happen? shame on all of you and your so called facts. your behavior is apparent. feeling sorry for all the women, young and old, who are part of your families. i bet you don't even let them vote or drive cars
Kevin April 24, 2014 at 06:45 am
dee marie,I love women. Im married to one.It's corrupt,duplicitous woman I don't like. Nice try.
Mike April 24, 2014 at 07:36 am
It's hilarious to read the unwarranted, seething hatred displayed here for Hilary Clinton. I meanRead More I really despised your president shrubbery but I didn't make a fool out of myself, going on message boards and calling him a dirty bastard. You people need to get over yourselves and get a hobby other than hating for the sake of hating. You'll live a longer life!
Anthony Powers April 24, 2014 at 07:49 am
@ David Seriously just think about the way this country has gone since socialists have been inRead More power. And you want HILLARY. Talk about low information voters.
Anthony Powers April 24, 2014 at 07:51 am
Is she still married to BILL?? You could have fooled ME!!!
Citizen Ruth April 24, 2014 at 07:56 am
Of course, Hillary will run for President. Why do you think she is giving all of these speeches?Read More Out of a spirit of concern for you and me? Get real. Billy earned $76 million from 2001 through 2010 giving honorariums. Not bad for a couple that had a net worth of only $250,000 back in 1992. Do you really think Bill and Hillary really "feel your pain"? I am not a Republican nor Blue-Dog Democrat. The only difference between the two is that one is conservative on social issues and the other is not. But both are owned by Corporate America: i.e., the 1%. They don't care about the pocketbooks and wallets of the middle class. Few elected officials do. Those in Washington ony care about their own wallets and pocketbooks. Wake up and smell the coffee, folks. The system is corrupt and broken.
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Steven Oathkeeper April 23, 2014 at 09:09 pm
Like the video game has something to do with it, who writes this rubbish? Next they will be sayingRead More is a shooter and we here to grab all your guns. As if. ~OathkeeprOne. constitution before corrupt govt.
mplo April 24, 2014 at 03:51 am
What kind of a stupid, malicious idiot would pull that sort of a prank? I agree that the kid whoRead More made the phone call to the SWAT team about his opposing video games player was a sore loser, which is why he did that, but he should be criminally prosecuted, made to pay the bill, and perhaps do some community service in order to pay off that big bill. Hopefully, that kid will learn a lesson if he is prosecuted for his prank, which he should be.
nascarblue April 24, 2014 at 07:24 am
this "to me" is not funny, the swat teams are used for serious issues, hostage taking,Read More etc. to have a swat team called to a home behind a video game is stupid, these swat members are trained to save lives, etc. to be called to a home behind a video game is not funny, what happens if a REAL call comes in and swat is needed there, I hope they catch the idiot that called swat and he gets what he/she deserves
Kat April 23, 2014 at 11:36 am
What a great idea! I hope people will spread the word to give support for this wonderful event.Read More Felix has his life cut too short and I hope he will be remembered for his courage and bravery forever! LittleHouse is great!
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
monkey lewis April 24, 2014 at 01:52 am
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Porter gladstone April 24, 2014 at 02:08 am
yep monkey---most homes have electricity. Guess hillbillys paying people still? didnt thinkRead More there were that many idiots out there who dont wire their homes?
Love All April 24, 2014 at 06:54 am
TO THE EDITOR....I'm seriously disappointed by the removal of peoples comments overnight.... If youRead More cannot see the flow and context of comments made,, how is one supposed to understand the comments you read? The young man, Black Panther was defending himself and his position in the face of raw bigotry and you removed that?? When you invite unfettered comments from people on a forum such as this,, CENSORSHIP HAS NO PLACE. You either put on your big boy/girl panties and allow Free Speech to run it's course,,, of you SHUT THIS DOWN. I'm so surprised at your actions. Not good!
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
Gary Tobin April 24, 2014 at 07:49 am
--About Content and Quality Fact: Adopting common standards means bringing all states’Read More standards down to a mediocre common denominator. This means that states with high standards are actually taking a step backwards by adopting the Common Core. Common Core addresses remediation at the college level by demanding college credit for college level remedial courses, rather than preparing high school students for authentic college-level work. Fact: The Common Core State Standards are not internationally benchmarked, and no study in a Common Core appendix shows that they are. Fact: Common Core focuses chiefly on skills in English language arts and dictates specific, sometimes experimental, pedagogical practices in mathematics and English language arts. While the standards do not provide a clear definition of college and career readiness, the lead mathematics standards-writer has indicated that students passing its mathematics college-readiness test will be ready for community and non-selective colleges. Fact: The standards do not enable students to complete Algebra I in the 8th grade. Common Core explicitly places Algebra I in grade 9. Grade 8 in Common Core mathematics is a useless placeholder. Fact: Key mathematics topics appear in the wrong grade or are missing in Common Core. As the lead mathematics standards-writer acknowledged in 2010, Common Core does not prepare students for STEM or selective colleges. Having different standards in different states that cover topics at different grade levels does not seem to hurt Australia or Canada, or other top-performing countries that have significantly varying progressions across provinces. Fact: The standards are mostly vague descriptions of skills. The document does not contain a recommended title or author list. The standards rarely contain examples of specific texts to give teachers a reference point for grade level difficulty. Fact: English teachers will teach literary texts for about 50% of their reading instructional time and “informational” selections from science and social studies for the other 50% at all grade levels. It is not possible for most secondary teachers in other subjects to teach reading and writing in addition to the content of these subjects. Fact: The standards de-emphasize the study of fiction/literature. Over 50% of the reading standards in the English language arts at each grade level is for informational or nonfiction reading. http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/claims-and-facts-about-common-core/?utm_source=Common+Core+Validation+Apr+23+2014&utm_campaign=Common+Core+Val+April+23+2014&utm_medium=email
Gary Tobin April 24, 2014 at 07:50 am
--About The Process Fact: No teachers were involved in writing the standards. No teachers haveRead More claimed responsibility for any of the ELA standards. The entire development process was non-transparent; there are no public records showing comments and suggestions received, or any actions taken or changes made. Fact: The standards are not based on research or evidence. The curriculum study of high-performing countries on TIMSS covered only grade 1 to grade 8. The NAEP frameworks for assessing mathematics, reading, and writing are not for curriculum in English language arts. The reading document explicitly indicates this. --About Implementation Fact: The standards tell teachers what kinds of texts to teach in English language arts—i.e., how to organize their classroom curricula—and in mathematics how to approach teaching geometry, for example. Fact: Teachers are being left to implement the standards with little support or guidance. That is why they are asking for a moratorium on Common Core in many states. Fact: The standards are being implemented through No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and newer federal programs, signifying that the federal government will be leading them. Flexibility waivers from NCLB, granted by the federal government to over 40 states, effectively require states to use Common Core standards. Fact: Most states committed to the Common Core State Standards as part of the Race to the Top grant application. In return, they were supposed to be given evidence of international benchmarking for these standards. However, they have not been given the names of these countries or crosswalks showing comparisons of standards at each grade level. Fact: These standards are intended to lead to a national curriculum for our schools. Bill Gates has said so explicitly. Further, the standards contain explicit guidelines for the amount of time to be allotted to informational reading, use an experimental approach to teaching Euclidean geometry, and expect all students in a class to be taught to the same set of standards for the entire academic year. No acceleration is encouraged or desired. Fact: The Common Core State Standards initiative has never been state-led, and states are not finding it easy to withdraw from the commitments made by their state boards of education, governors, and commissioners of education. In addition, plans are already being made to eliminate local school boards in favor of regional school boards controlled by the federal government. The federal government will monitor what states do through its waiver-granting process and the Common Core-based assessments developed by the federally-funded assessment consortia. No mechanism exists for revising Common Core’s standards. Fact: The assessments based on the Common Core State Standards are intended to result in a national database on all students. While the standards do not in themselves require data collection, data are to be collected as part of administering the Common Core assessments, and the consortia are legally obligated to transfer individual student-level data to the federal government. http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/claims-and-facts-about-common-core/?utm_source=Common+Core+Validation+Apr+23+2014&utm_campaign=Common+Core+Val+April+23+2014&utm_medium=email
dwayne roberson April 24, 2014 at 08:03 am
Carrots and sticks courtesy of the Central Planners.
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Paul April 22, 2014 at 09:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 10:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 02:39 pm
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE AMAZON PRIME OVER NETFLIX: Here's an interesting article from today (23 Apr 2014)Read More about how Amazon Prime just got HBO to stream at least some of its older content, plus "HBO GO," to Amazon's new Fire TV box, thereby making NetFlix upset because NetFlix (nor any other streaming service, including HULU) has never been able to get any HBO content; and so Amazon has scored a real coup! On the Fierce Wireless website | http://bit.ly/1i9J0l7 | Interesting.
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Kim Fox April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
I don't believe this kid is competent enough to make those decisions. Those kids need to beRead More prosecuted to the fullest and if the does judge does not agree he needs to step down.
Pat Mcloughlin April 23, 2014 at 01:27 pm
Sorry, Autistic boy, but there are a multitude of crimes here. These so called 'friends' abused youRead More terribly ~ called 'bullying', & that alone cannot be tolerated. Then, there is animal cruelty involved, another terrible crime, plus, harassment of all kinds, leudness, & who knows what else. These 'friends' need to be charged & made aware of the seriousness of their deeds, punished accordingly & helped through proper mental councelling.
nonoise April 23, 2014 at 05:49 pm
It is probly the parents that want to drop the charges, not the boy. They shouldn't. I don'tRead More know why they would want to drop the charges.
Should plastic bags be a thing of the past?
Leesan Villa April 23, 2014 at 10:09 pm
This is the most passionate feedback I've ever seen on a topic. The problem: Common Sense has wonRead More re: the logical reasons why we use disposable grocery food bags - bacteria (that's probably why we turned to paper disposable bags years ago) and many people don't want rules & regulations to go against common sense because this is not about contaminating the environment for many of us; it's about public safety - avoid e-coli at all costs. Now, many here think they are all smarter than us & hate the fact that they've never been bright enough to have figured out the proper etiquette of food shopping & preventing cross contamination on their own because they just go with the flow of political correctness but listen to me - the debate is over - disposable shopping bags stay for those of us who take food contamination seriously. Ok!!!!
Connie April 23, 2014 at 10:16 pm
There are so many comments about plastic bags and the updates that keep showing when I sign in I amRead More not going to read anymore. I am for using plastic bags and that's it!
Jean D. April 24, 2014 at 07:43 am
Food for thought, to the Oprah watchers.Read More http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/04/23/Why-my-daughter-doesn-t-recycle-an-economics-professor-s-letter-to-his-child-s-teacher
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 01:30 pm
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
mimi April 23, 2014 at 02:09 pm
There are two separate issues here. The first and certainly the most obvious is security failure.Read More The second is to determine what is in the best interest of the teen, as well as the public.. He needs a psych eval, at the very least. Then again, so does most of the public.
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Elliott Lanosa April 23, 2014 at 09:33 pm
Again Disney Land ruins someone's (way too expensive) trip to their park. It is not their businessRead More and she was not doing anything wrong.
Richard Ferrari April 23, 2014 at 10:13 pm
she should have spit in his face
monkey lewis April 24, 2014 at 01:54 am
I would do her