If you haven’t seen the new learning environments yet, they’re coming.
The catch word for the digital education revolution is that this time the change on schools is “disruptive.”
There’s no trying to hide and ride it out. Digital capabilities are changing how students learn. Teachers have to change with it.
And new construction — like the remodeling of Liberty’s EPiC elementary school at 650 Conistor St. — is trying to predict what is, in many ways, unpredictable.
Whitaker’s story hinges on proving a time for that shooting. If the time listed on a police report — about 5:30 p.m. — is correct, then the cellphone tower records show that he could not have been the highway shooter, Whitaker says.
The records place his phone about nine miles from the shooting just six minutes before it reportedly happened in the Three Trails Crossing area during evening rush hour. It’s a route Whitaker often drove from work in Overland Park to home in south Kansas City and later Grandview. He says it usually took him 20 minutes to cover that distance at that time of day.
Yet the shooting victim waited four days to inform Kansas City police. The police report lists the incident date as “approximately” April 2 and gives the time as “approximately 1730,” or 5:30 p.m.
The Star was unable to reach the driver to see how big of a window that “approximate” date and time represented.
Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn “Little Big Man” and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, has died at age 89.
Berger’s literary agent, Cristina Concepcion, said Monday that he died in Nyack Hospital on July 13, just days before his 90th birthday. He had been in failing health, Concepcion said.
One of the last major authors to have served in World War II, Berger wrote more than 20 books, including the autobiographical “Rinehart” series, a “Little Big Man” sequel and “The Feud,” about warring families in a 1930s Midwest community. “The Feud” was recommended for the 1984 Pulitzer Prize by the fiction jury but was overruled by the board of directors, which awarded another Depression-era novel, William Kennedy’s “Ironweed.”
It was another balmy, breezy summer day Monday, with a high in San Jose of 79 degrees, far below the record temperature of 97. Oakland was even cooler at 74, and as usual, San Francisco’s high of 70 was cool enough to bring out jackets. But beneath that simmering surface calm, the ground was heating up at a record rate — and the California weather landscape was shifting with it.
Just how fast the state’s climate is changing became apparent Monday when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released figures showing the first six months of this year were the hottest the state has ever recorded — breaking the mark by a single degree after 80 years. That record came hot on the heels of 2013, California’s warmest year ever. And the NOAA figures came just four days after the National Drought Mitigation Center unveiled a map that revealed 81 percent of California is experiencing “extreme drought” conditions.
Watching kite fliers at the waterfront in Martinez, Calif., June 30, 2014. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)
Under normal circumstances, drought and heat aren’t necessarily connected — it can be bone dry even when temperatures are mild — but for the first time in decades, experts theorized that the drought is now affecting how hot it gets.
“When you have these increased temperatures, you have more evaporation, and the plants are transpiring more,” said Brian Fuchs, a climatologist for the Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska. “The temperature component compounds the dryness component.”
Paul Krugman on the deflating deficit balloon and why the deficit alarmists now mewl instead of roar.
About those projections: The budget office predicts that this year’s federal deficit will be just 2.8 percent of G.D.P., down from 9.8 percent in 2009. It’s true that the fact that we’re still running a deficit means federal debt in dollar terms continues to grow — but the economy is growing too, so the budget office expects the crucial ratio of debt to G.D.P. to remain more or less flat for the next decade.
Things are expected to deteriorate after that, mainly because of the impact of an aging population on Medicare and Social Security. But there has been a dramatic slowdown in the growth of health care costs, which used to play a big role in frightening budget scenarios. As a result, despite aging, debt in 2039 — a quarter-century from now! — is projected to be no higher, as a percentage of G.D.P., than the debt America had at the end of World War II, or that Britain had for much of the 20th century. Oh, and the budget office now expects interest rates to remain fairly low, not much higher than the economy’s rate of growth. This in turn weakens, indeed almost eliminates, the risk of a debt spiral, in which the cost of servicing debt drives debt even higher.
Still, rising debt isn’t good. So what would it take to avoid any rise in the debt ratio? Surprisingly little. The budget office estimates that stabilizing the ratio of debt to G.D.P. at its current level would require spending cuts and/or tax hikes of 1.2 percent of G.D.P. if we started now, or 1.5 percent of G.D.P. if we waited until 2020.
Russia appears to have aided in one of the larger acts of terror since 9/11, but continues to bluster none the less.
Russia presented a combination of conciliation and bluster on Monday over its handling of the downed Malaysia Airlines jet, with President Vladimir V. Putin seemingly probing for a way out of the crisis without appearing to compromise with the West.
On one hand, he offered conciliatory words in a video statement, oddly released in the middle of the night, while the separatists allied with Moscow in southeastern Ukraine released the bodies of the victims and turned over the black box flight recorders from the doomed aircraft to Malaysian officials.
However, two senior military officers forcefully demanded that the United States show publicly any proof that rebels fired the fatal missile, and again suggested that the Ukrainian military shot down the Malaysia Airlines jet despite the fact that Ukraine has not used antiaircraft weapons in the fight along its eastern border.
Apparently the latest thing over Jim Hoft’s The Gateway Pundit blog is to pinpoint and attack any NGO that receives federal grants to care for undocumented immigrant children.
A week ago. Hoft’s “guest blogger” Kristinn Taylor torpedoed a shelter proposed by BCFS, a charitable organization based in San Antonio. Taylor declared, falsely, that BCFS had received a $50 million federal grant to turn a rundown hotel into a “luxury resort” for immigrant children.
BCFS has since abandoned the project in Weslaco, Texas.
Now, Hoft’s latest target is Southwest Key Programs of Austin, which like BCFS, has received federal grants for shelters and programs benefiting children coming over the border with Mexico.
While Hoft himself offered little comment, he posted in its entirety a story by KEYE-TV of San Antonio to let visitors to his site rant about it.
Southwest Key Programs has received nearly $485 million in federal grants (taggs.hhs.gov) since 2004, but to read the comments, you’d swear these people think it’s all a plot by the Democrats and President Barack Obama to win elections.
Idiots don’t seem to realize children can’t vote.
Some sample comments, to give you the flavor.
They are PROFITING from child trafficking! AT OUR EXPENSE!!!
No words, yes, me, as all here know, I have more than my share of comments but
I am at a complete loss for words. Well, one word keeps coming to mind, IMPEACH.
But, I do have to say, Obama knew about this years ago but he didn’t know About Our Veterans and their mistreatment at the VA?
Obama picks and chooses what is important to them, selfishly and maliciously.
“Charities” getting fat off the American taxpayer. This is run by a husband and wife. They spend over $1 million a year lobbying. Sanchez made $278,000 in 2012 ‘caring for the children’. I’m sure he makes much more now with all that extra money Obama is throwing at him.
Arizona 11 electoral votes, Texas 32 electoral votes and Georgia 16 electoral votes. The blueprint for the Democrats to try and flip three solid Republican states. The Democrats are importing lice infested dead beats to these states to flip them by 2016, or by 2020 at the latest.
My dad told me before he died that his fight was overseas during WWII, and my fight would be here at home.
They rant and rave about the government awarding grants to agencies to deal with the immigrant children, but the only alternative they offer is to deport the kids. Who feeds and shelters the children in the meantime?
Russia Today, the Goebbelsian Putinist propaganda channel well-known for its rank dishonesty, has published “10 questions” to Ukraine based on the recent Russian Ministry of Defense press conference. Questions 8 and 9 are as follows:
8. Where did the launcher - from the video circulated by Western media and showing a Buk system being moved allegedly from Ukraine to Russia - come from? As the video was made on the territory controlled by Kiev, where was the launcher being transported?
“I’d like to say that the information we have presented here is based on objective and reliable data from various technical systems - unlike the groundless accusations made against Russia,” said Kartopolov.
9. Where is it right now? Why are some of the missiles missing on the launcher? When was the last time a missile was launched from it?
These question do indeed correspond to the claims made by the MoD officials during the press-conference:
[Chief of Staff of the Main Operations Directorate - deputy chief of The General Staff Andrew Kartapolov:] To conclude it I would like to mention that all the concrete information is based on the objective and reliable dates of the different Russian equipment in contrast to the accusations of the US against us made without any evidence.The good example of such fact is that some mass media showed transportation of the Buk-M1 missile system from Ukrainian to Russian territory.We can clearly see that its frame-up.
These pictures were made in the city of Krasnoarmeisk that is confirmed by a banner situated close to the road. This banner has an address of the car shop situated at the Dnepropetrovskaya, 34.
Since May 11 the Krasnoarmeysk city is under control of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
That is why we have some questions.
What kind of launching system is it? Where is it transported? Where is it now? Why is it unloaded completely? What was the last time it launched missiles?
To end my speech I would like to emphasize that the Russian Federation did not deliver to the militants any Buk-M1 missiles systems and other equipment.
There are 2 problems with this claim.
1. It’s not true.
2. It comes from an anonymous viral internet text, most probably distributed by the Kremlin trolls and bots.
Moreover, the claim had been debunked long before the press conference took place. For example, on July 20 an authoritative blogger Anatoly Vorobey analyzed the photo of the same Buk made on July 17, and proved beyond doubt (by way of comparison with other photos) that it was made in Torez, i.e. on the territory held by the “separatists”, and thus couldn’t have been on the Ukrainian-controlled territory the next day (when the video was made). Moreover, the claim that one can read the name of the street on the poster in the video is a direct lie, the text on the video is simply unreadable. But the same ad was found online, and the words are not “Dnepropetrovskaya 34”, but rather “natsionalnyj avtodiler” (“national autodealer”).
So the top Russian MoD experts either fell for an internet lie or knowingly repeated it. Either way, they have no credibility.
And RT’s questions can now be reversed: so what was the Buk (the existence of which the “separatists” and Russian officials strenuously deny, despite the official “separatist” and Russian state news sources having gleefully reported about it at the end of June) was doing on the territory controlled by the “separatists”? Where is one of its missiles? Where was it heading?
Actually we do know the answers to these questions, but it would be interesting to see what new wild excuses the Putinist clowns can come up with.
Shortly after the South Korea ferry Sewol capsized and sank in April, killed more than 300 passengers, South Korean police issued warrants for the arrests of the owners of the ferry line.
Yoo Byung-eun, the head of the family-owned business, promptly went missing.
In June a body was found decomposing in a plum field south of Seoul. Police now say DNA tests identify the remains as Yoo’s.
Besides his ferry business, Yoo is also the head of a church. Police have accused church members of helping Yoo elude captre.
In June, some 6,000 police officers stormed a church complex in Anseong city belonging to Mr Yoo.
Four church followers were detained on charges of assisting his escape and police said they were looking for several more who had helped the billionaire.
Outside the church, supporters held up a large banner that read: “We’ll protect Yoo Byung-eun even if 100,000 church members are all arrested.”
I’m not sure “blunder” is the best word for the decisions Putin has made while in control of Russia, but that’s the term The Star newspaper of Malaysia chose for this report.
PETALING JAYA: In his 15 years at the helm of a new, capitalist Russia, President Vladimir Putin is no stranger to autocratic, if not oppressive and brutal moves to consolidate his grip on power and spread Russia’s influence.
These are just ten blunders Putin has made since taking the reins from Boris Yeltsin in 1999:
#10 is shooting down MH17 over Ukraine. While Russia’s ambassador to Malaysia says the pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine could not possibly have shot down the Malaysian Airlines jet, it seems Malaysians are not biting at that line at all.