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Sam April 23, 2014 at 11:10 am
Both the jackass players should be fined. these are the same kids that shoot up the schools whenRead More they're bored with fantasy. The beach is right down the block and your lazy fat ass kid sits on the couch all day gaming. pathetic.
Linda Maloney April 23, 2014 at 11:33 am
This situation is very serious and they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law! IRead More remember thinking ringing someones' doorbell and running away was a prank!
SA April 23, 2014 at 11:40 am
Whatever happened to just “ding dong ditch” … or even just playing outside? MyRead More dad bought me the 1st Nintendo but every day we were still skating or surfing and rarely playing video games. Freaking losers …
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Observor April 23, 2014 at 11:03 am
One of the primary reasons blacks lag in admission to elite colleges without affirmative action isRead More that a disproportionate number of them come out of horror show urban school systems where they are trapped by an unholy alliance of the teacher unions and the Democrat party. The DTC keeps the unions working regardless of incompetence and in return the unions bankroll the DTC with their members' dues money. Affirmative action is just a way to paper over that "inconvenient truth."
Kent Frederick April 23, 2014 at 11:44 am
Let me say something as a graduate of the University of Michigan, who had the tougher road toRead More admission as a non-resident. The problem with affirmative action is how to quantify it. Michigan can have its pick of students from the elite private and public schools in and around Detroit, Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Schools in Detroit certainly don't offer the educational opportunities that a school like Detroit Country day, or public high schools elite suburbs like Winnetka, Illinois or Bethesda, Maryland do. But, is a kid from a very rural area in the U.P. any more prepared for U of M than a kid from Detroit? By the same token, a kid from a farm outside of Muskegon represents the same kind of diversity to a kid from Westchester County, New York as someone from Detroit.
Kent Frederick April 23, 2014 at 11:59 am
Observor, It may have been Walt Williams who said that the problem with affirmative action is thatRead More it can set up a kid to fail. Schools that serve large groups of minorities often do not prepare a kid for an elite school, whehter it's a private school like Harvard or Duke, or an elite public school like Michigan or Cal-Berkeley. He suggested that a student, regardless of race or color, should always select a school that is suited to his qualifications. Someone from an inner-city school in California would be better off going to a university in the California State University system, rather than a school in the University of California system. The idea is that he can succeed in college and move on to a successful career. If a person ill-prepared for Berkeley or UCLA attends either of those schools, he has a greater likelihood of flunking out and giving up on higher education. My father attended a 1-room school house until the 6th grade. He then attended a rural junior high and high school. He wound up going to a land-grant university 11 years after graduating from high school, courtesy of the GI Bill. Because of his going to a school that, while good in the field of agriculture, was an average university overall, he was able to move into management eventually transferred to Chicago. So, I attended a very good suburban high school that prepared me for the University of Michigan. If he had gone to a school for which he wasn't prepared, he could very well have dropped out, which would have meant no management opportunity or transfer to Chicago. I know a lot of very successful people who went to small, liberal arts colleges or public universities that aren't of the same caliber as Michigan, UCLA, or the University of Illinois. Yes, going to a school like Michigan, Harvard, Duke, Northwestern, or Stanford can lead to great opportunities. But, going to a non-elite college or university doesn't close the doors on those opportunities.
Col. Philip R. Sheridan awards the Distinguished Flying Cross to Alfred Patrick Murphy. Also pictured is Pvt. James Stevens of the 176th Military Police Company, Michigan Army National Guard, Murphy’s grandson. (John Swanson/US Air National Guard)
Donna Hoffmann April 23, 2014 at 09:50 am
Mr Murphy, thank you for your service. We are deeply indebted to men like you. My dad flew in theRead More eighth Air Force as well. I'm happy to read your story. I'm glad those involved were able to resolve our unpaid gratitude.Thank you sir for a job well done.
Nancy Byers April 23, 2014 at 10:24 am
My Dad, Milo Schultz will be 91 next week. He was a B-17 navigator on "Eyes AvailableRead More Two" in Molesworth, England. He was wounded and spent over a year in hospital for his injury. Thank you Mr. Murphy and thanks Dad!
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cookiepro2 April 23, 2014 at 12:05 am
There is the enjoyment factor of the home ownership lifestyle. No noisy neighbors upstairs orRead More downstairs. True, maintenance costs add up, but at least you don't have to wait on a landlord to fix. Tax breaks are numerous...you can deduct your property tax and mortgage interest and get tax credits for certain residential energy improvements. And when you sell your principal residence, no capital gains tax like there is on stock, that's a nice bundle to take with you upon retirement if your property has appreciated. NYC and certain parts of Calif though are certainly unaffordable compared to other parts of the country, I'd probably rather rent.
A convicted killer went on an hour-long tirade in which he blamed others for his fate during his sentencing Monday before Judge John Hulsing, who threatened to silence him with duct tape. (Screenshot: WZZM video)
Lee Jacobsen April 23, 2014 at 04:12 am
Duct tape keeps the world together. Both of those low lifes deserved duct tape, and a lot moreRead More misconfort. We always seem to forget the victims. Both killers should be hung from their necks with duct tape....they don't deserve life.
K. Scott April 23, 2014 at 08:44 am
Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver.
Mr Rogers April 23, 2014 at 11:40 am
I'd give the ofender a choice: duct tape or stun belt. (I think a normal person would just keepRead More quiet. But then again, we're not dealing with normal people here.)
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.
CowDung April 23, 2014 at 11:40 am
"You may think I am mindlessly parroting, but I wonder why you are so mindlessly defending. AtRead More least all the other people involved seem to have gotten paid by Bill and Melinda Gates. " :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: I'm at least defending Common Core with facts. Having to resort to lies like your claim about 'educators not being involved at all in the development of the CC Standards'...
CowDung April 23, 2014 at 11:44 am
"In fact, that brings me back to the 3rd grade Parcc exam that used a 5th grade level X readingRead More passage and 5th grade standards for the questions." :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: If everything is so confidential, where did you get the information? It's not uncommon for standardized tests to have material from higher grade levels--it's handy for identifying high achievers that are capable of answering such questions.
Steven Lee April 23, 2014 at 11:51 am
To the person that commented early-on about CC standards were developed by the Governors.... theRead More Ntl. Governors Assn is a lobbying group of unelected and unaccountable appointees. 50 governors did not sit down at a conference and hammer out any standards. These are the people that wrote the standards (count how many classroom/special ed teachers, parents and legislators were involved): The members of the mathematics Work Group are: ◾Sara Clough, Director, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc. ◾Phil Daro, Senior Fellow, America's Choice ◾Susan K. Eddins, Educational Consultant, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (Retired) ◾Kaye Forgione, Senior Associate and Team Leader for Mathematics, Achieve ◾John Kraman, Associate Director, Research, Achieve ◾Marci Ladd, Mathematics Consultant, The College Board & Senior Manager and Mathematics Content Lead, Academic Benchmarks ◾William McCallum, University Distinguished Professor and Head, Department of Mathematics, The University of Arizona &Mathematics Consultant, Achieve ◾Sherri Miller, Assistant Vice President, Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc. ◾Ken Mullen, Senior Program Development Associate—Mathematics, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc. ◾Robin O'Callaghan, Senior Director, Mathematics, Research and Development, The College Board ◾Andrew Schwartz, Assessment Manager, Research and Development, The College Board ◾Laura McGiffert Slover, Vice President, Content and Policy Research, Achieve ◾Douglas Sovde, Senior Associate, Mathematics, Achieve ◾Natasha Vasavada, Senior Director, Standards and Curriculum Alignment Services, Research and Development, The College Board ◾Jason Zimba, Faculty Member, Physics, Mathematics, and the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, Bennington College and Cofounder, Student Achievement Partners Members of the English-language Arts Work Group are: ◾Sara Clough, Director, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc. ◾David Coleman, Founder, Student Achievement Partners ◾Sally Hampton, Senior Fellow for Literacy, America's Choice ◾Joel Harris, Director, English Language Arts Curriculum and Standards, Research and Development, The College Board ◾Beth Hart, Senior Assessment Specialist, Research and Development, The College Board ◾John Kraman, Associate Director, Research, Achieve ◾Laura McGiffert Slover, Vice President, Content and Policy Research, Achieve ◾Nina Metzner, Senior Test Development Associate—Language Arts, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc. ◾Sherri Miller, Assistant Vice President, Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc. ◾Sandy Murphy, Professor Emeritus, University of California – Davis ◾Jim Patterson, Senior Program Development Associate—Language Arts, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc. ◾Sue Pimentel, Co-Founder, StandardsWork; English Language Arts Consultant, Achieve ◾Natasha Vasavada, Senior Director, Standards and Curriculum Alignment Services, Research and Development, The College Board ◾Martha Vockley, Principal and Founder, VockleyLang, LLC
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Cathedral April 23, 2014 at 10:29 am
Poverty is the true demon, not race.....
Greg Thrasher April 23, 2014 at 11:39 am
This ruling has sent chills down my entire body. I agree with "Justice Sonia Sotomayor said theRead More decision tramples on the rights of minorities, even though the amendment was adopted democratically. "But without checks, democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups," There is now an opening in states like Michigan and others which puts into peril all of my rights as a citizen of America. This ruling has the capacity to give life again to 'states rights" and the legal avenue whereby special interests groups via voter engineered referendums can ban and even take away my inalienable rights as an American citizen!!!!!!! Sound the Alarm!!!!
cookiepro2 April 23, 2014 at 12:02 pm
Village Malcontent, the graduation rate was one of the statistics I noticed when my kids wereRead More applying for colleges. The more selective the admission, the better the 4-year graduation rate. For instance, at U of M Ann Arbor it was 89.5% (which is comparable to Yale's 89%). In contrast, Oakland University is 40.3%. I found this link with more graduation info for Michigan colleges: http://collegemeasures.org/4-year_colleges/state/mi/compare-colleges/graduation-rates/ I truly believe though that it is a matter of fit for each individual. For instance the school where my second child is attending in TX has an overall graduation rate of something like 40% but is rated tops in his field of study. As far as this ruling goes, it's not going to change the college admission process.
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Michael Brennick April 22, 2014 at 06:46 pm
Where are the stories about the rates charged by the Cable cartels-???---Especially Leftist,Read More Democratic Comcast, the premier robber barons, who fill the campaign tills of the Dumocrats.
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.
A generic form of the tranquilizer Xanax was reportedly found inside a plastic egg a 4-year-old received at an Easter party at Huron Park Elementary School in Roseville.
Jamie Adair April 22, 2014 at 01:58 am
Someone needs to pay for this.
Southpaw April 22, 2014 at 01:23 pm
Kids can't even have fun anymore without parents having to worry if something's going to happen toRead More any of them. Some a-hole obviously thought this was funny. Hope they find out who did it.
Bob April 22, 2014 at 03:44 pm
Ironically, the parent taking the Xanax probably aint feeling worried... Good job by the parent whoRead More was paying attention to their child!
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nonoise April 22, 2014 at 03:10 pm
They want government to raise our children, not parents.
Tom Hollman April 22, 2014 at 04:41 pm
THIS COUNTRY TOOK A $HIT WHEN THE SUPREME COURT TOOK AWAY THE KICK IN THE A$$ AT HOME AND AT SCHOOLRead More THEY PUT THE KIDS ON DRUGS. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ?YEARS AGO THERE WERE NO ALPABETIZED SINDROMES THIS IS HOW HEAD SHRINKERS PUSH DRUGS FOR DRUG COMPANEYS
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.
These are the faces of juvenile arthritis in southeast Michigan, from left are Jordan DeLore, Taylor Gray and Logan Bry. (Photos submitted)
Taylor Carter April 22, 2014 at 09:21 am
Has anyone here looked into topical pain management to fight arthritis pain? These prescription painRead More gels provide relief when and where you need it with no side effects or pills. I highly suggest looking into it. If you want to know more, please ask or look up A&R Pharmacy. They answered all my questions and got me on the path to living normally again.
michelle April 22, 2014 at 10:51 am
I had a virus a few years ago (around age 30) that gave me symptoms like arthritis and the docsRead More treated me with arthritis meds while the virus did it's course. Anyway, it was miserable. My joints were swollen and painful and I also thought this is only supposed to happen to older people. I couldn't imagine having it as a child knowing it progressively gets worse. that has to be tough. I only dealt with it a few weeks and it went away. :-( Those kids are tough! I hope they find better treatments.
Steve Utash is still unable to distinguish reality from delusions nearly three weeks after he was attacked by a mob on Detroit's east side, his family says. (Go Fund Me photo)
RON Ostrodamus April 22, 2014 at 01:21 pm
Thugs AND racists. These are terms excusing those who drop down to the level of mob, or what I wouldRead More describe more as pack behavior found in the animal kingdom. Society has failed to deal with this problem for centuries. It just tries to define it with labels. That these monsters still exhibit the same behavior in the courtroom conclusively defines this as a hate crime. The scary part is that someday they will be turned loose to do whatever they please. A good reason to carry protection in the world these creeps inhabit.
RON Ostrodamus April 22, 2014 at 01:44 pm
Add that as "Cummings" brandished a handgun at Utash before shouting "I am going toRead More kill him" underscores the need for stop and frisk no matter the outcry that this is discriminatory in a mostly African American neighborhood. I am sick and tired of seeing the race card played when public safety for ALL is as stake. I would take being frisked over being beaten, or shot to death anytime. That sensitivity and better police training is needed in these situations is a given. I am sure all citizens living in a high crime area would prefer extended police powers to more crime.
Racer Boy April 22, 2014 at 05:57 pm
I TOTALLY agree on "stop and frisk" policies. But, all citizens living in high crime areasRead More DO NOT prefer extended Police powers. As a matter of fact, they hate the police, they refuse to "rat" on those criminals that inhabit their neighborhoods, they work to stymie crime solving. You clearly have spent no time in the jungles of Detroit or you would not have made that statement.
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Dorie, stowing away on a plane is a crime. And no, the boy himself did not pose a threat. But theRead More fact that he (anyone) can get that close to a plane poses a threat. I have to take off my flippin' shoes and get patted down, but apparently you can just walk up and plant a bomb in the wheel well.
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.
How well do you think Michigan schools are performing? (Patch file photo)
Tamara April 23, 2014 at 01:18 am
Agreed Joan - please check out this FB page: Northville MI Parents for Educational Excellence
Bob April 23, 2014 at 09:43 am
Not sure what everyone is smoking here.....i sit down EVERY nite w/ my daughter on her elementaryRead More homework. It is challenging and the school / teachers doing great job. She has art, fieldtrips, sports....will be well prepared for college...and yes, this is a public school. I am not a teacher like my parents...but I did go to Stanford and stayed at a holiday inn.
Tom Stroup April 23, 2014 at 10:39 am
So let me get this straight: The organization who supports this plan conducted their OWN poll andRead More found that the respondents like it? And the article suggests they had to explain the plan to each respondent? Did they explain the other 3 plans accurately? This article is just a way for this group to get some positive publicity for THEIR plan. Lets have an honest and open debate on all 4 plans and see which is best...
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The Convict April 23, 2014 at 10:58 am
This Thread Is Worthless Without Pictures.
lablover April 23, 2014 at 11:03 am
This Dee idiot needs to get a life. The psycho babble is getting old. What a loser !
Doug Strickland Is An Asshat April 23, 2014 at 11:39 am
Convict: There ARE pictures.
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bg robbins April 22, 2014 at 11:39 am
I don't think were doing starving people any favors by sending them hot dogs that might make themRead More sick.
BiteMeFanBoy1 April 22, 2014 at 03:28 pm
Just another argument for KOSHER hot dogs..... All of the great taste and NONE OF THE CRAP !
Bill Harvey April 22, 2014 at 05:04 pm
Poland has already outlawed kosher killing as inhumane--it involves voiding the arteries of theRead More animal's tainted blood while it is still alive....The US will soon follow despite its Jewish lobby.
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monkey lewis April 22, 2014 at 02:30 am
Father to many married to none and in case Ya all wondered Im really well hung
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 11:34 am
Agranon - I'm a moron because I am tired of everybody and his mother trying to put themselves inRead More every story? Then so be it - I'm a moron. To be honest, I am also really tired of all the people that were compelled to run the Boston Marathon because "I had to finish for all those who couldn't." Get over yourself. It was a tragedy. Those responsible should be ripped apart by dogs. I sincerely hope the families of those affected can move on somehow. But how does Mary Jane Smith running the marathon help ANYBODY but herself? She's not doing it for "those who can't". She's doing it to maybe get on TV and she's probably feeling a little sanctimonious because she ran 26.2 miles and you didn't. It's like, "what did YOU do to help these people?" Same as you - nothing.
Geoffrey Koppel April 22, 2014 at 04:52 pm
If this is a think tank, someone should change the filter.