Vote and win $10k!

Vote and win $10k!

Philadelphia is trying something new to get people to do their civic duty. One lucky voter will win $10,000. A Philly newspaper is calling it an “Election Lottery.” When citizens head to the polls next month and vote for mayor, one random voter will be picked to “win” the bucks. It’s an interesting incentive that […]

Hit by enormous pine cone in San Francisco park

Hit by enormous pine cone in San Francisco park

“A tourist visiting the Bay Area for Fleet Week last year was doing nothing more than reading and napping under a tree in a federal waterfront park in San Francisco when a 16-pound pine cone fell on him and crushed his skull, his lawyer said Monday.” According to the suit, coniferous Araucaria bidwillii trees, “more […]

Whistleblower fired for blowing the whistle

Whistleblower fired for blowing the whistle

The Whistleblower Protection Program is charged by the Department of Labor with ensuring that workers who report incompetent practices within government agencies can do so without fear of retaliation, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens. But one whistleblower, who happens to work for the WPP, found out that it is not as cut […]

Theater of The Mind

Theater of The Mind

Many of us remember sitting next to the radio and listening to the latest adventures of Dick Tracy or The Lone Ranger. Others included The Green Hornet, Dragnet, Baby Snooks and The Milton Berle Show. Those days can be relived now thanks to the Old Time Radio Network! Fire up the Philco and visit otr.net […]

Lawsuits and the schools

Lawsuits and the schools

Yep, it tends to get out of control. – Ed. “Justice Department Sues Public School For Refusing to Manage Student’s Service Dog” [Minh Vu, Seyfarth Shaw] Feds finally propose exempting historians and some others (but not folklorists) from IRB/human subject research rules [Zachary Schrag, more] Could the University of California’s planned “principles against intolerance” someday […]

Universal preschool wrong for California

Universal preschool wrong for California

At first glance the new California senate bill, the Preschool for All Act of 2015, seems like an investment in the children of California. If signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the law would grant access to every 4-year-old from a low-income family to attend a state preschool program by June 30, 2018 as long as […]

Where is the City Voter Guide??

Where is the City Voter Guide??

A very good question. One that Southern Arizona News-Examiner contributor Mark Spear asked Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik about in a letter. The voter guide is supposed to contain the basic information about the upcoming city election and explain the propositions before the voters: As far as we know, the City of Tucson Voter Guide […]

Center for Arizona Policy: Abortions decrease 3.7% in Arizona

Center for Arizona Policy: Abortions decrease 3.7% in Arizona

“Arizona leads by example in the national effort to protect the health and safety of women and preborn children – and the numbers again prove it,” said Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod. “The recently released Department of Health Services annual abortion report shows that 501 fewer abortions were performed in Arizona in 2014 […]

Safire’s ‘On Language’

Safire’s ‘On Language’

Remember to never split an infinitive. The passive voice should never be used. Do not put statements in the negative form. Verbs have to agree with their subjects. Proofread carefully to see if you words out. If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be avoided by […]

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