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February 07, 2014

Texas parent pays $465 to local school so the poor kids can have hot food

Forty cents a day is all that separates a kid from having a hot lunch instead a punitive plate of embarrassment at many schools in America. Texas Man Pays Off Students' School Lunch Debts So They Can Keep Eating | ThinkProgress
After he heard about the children in Utah whose school lunches were thrown out because their parents were behind on payments, Kenny Thompson was worried about the elementary school kids he tutored and mentored in Houston, Texas. So he went in to check whether they were getting the proper nutrition. “I’m like, ‘Wow. I know that’s probably a situation at my school, and the school my son goes to, and the other schools I mentor at.’ So I came in and inquired about it,” Thompson told local station KSDK. What he found disappointed him: Dozens of students were on “reduced” lunches, receiving cold peanut butter and jelly or cheese sandwiches instead of the full hot meals they used to receive, all because their parents had fallen behind on lunch payments that amounted to mere 40 cents a day. So Thompson took action. He forked over $465 of his own money and zeroed out the balances on over 60 students’ accounts. “These are elementary school kids. They don’t need to be worried about finances. They need to be worried about what grade they got in spelling,” Thompson told station KPRC. At just 40 cents a day, it may be surprising that so many kids across the country don’t have stable access to a full school lunch. But one in five American children lacks steady access to food, and three quarters of teachers report having students who regularly show up to school hungry. That hunger translates to emotional and psychological problems, as well as poor school performance.

February 05, 2014

Jouralists arrive in Sochi for the Olympics, find squlid broken mess where hotel rooms should be

Every two years some country scrambles to build enough capacity to host the Olympics. Until now they have all pulled it off just in time. Sochi, however, is not ready. Not only are they still murdering stray dogs in the streets so that they don't attack people, or charge onto the field during the opening ceremony but the hotel rooms set aside for press and support personnel are half-built or even nonexistent. Reporters Arriving For Sochi Olympics Are Less Than Pleased With Nonexistent Hotel Rooms – Consumerist
Stacy St. Clair of the Chicago Tribune isn’t drinking the Sochi Kool-Aid just yet… and certainly not with the yellow water coming from her hotel bathroom tap. My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, "do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous." #Sochi2014— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) February 04, 2014 Water restored, sorta. On the bright side, I now know what very dangerous face water looks like. #Sochi #unfiltered http://t.co/sQWM0vYtyz— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) February 04, 2014 Also on the bright side: I just washed my face with Evian, like I'm a Kardashian or something.— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) February 04, 2014 CNN sports producer Harry Reekie and his team arrived to find that months of preparation can go down the drain when the hotel rooms you booked don’t exist. Over 48 hours after leaving London and still no hotel rooms ready for our team in Sochi. Accommodation situation here shambolic. #cnnsochi— Harry Reekie (@HarryCNN) February 04, 2014 CNN booked 11 rooms in one @Sochi2014 media hotel five months ago. We have been here for a day and only one room is available. #cnnsochi— Harry Reekie (@HarryCNN) February 04, 2014 This is the one hotel room @Sochi2014 have given us so far. Shambles. #cnnsochi http://t.co/RTjEkmyan3— Harry Reekie (@HarryCNN) February 04, 2014 @richard_conway The hotels may be open but the rooms are not ready in our one. Still. From what I hear the problem is widespread.— Harry Reekie (@HarryCNN) February 04, 2014

February 04, 2014

Middle school cook threatened to murder children with an AK-47 after cookies she baked were no good

I get that she was angry, but if her co-worker pissed her off why threaten to go murder innocent children? Lunch Lady Allegedly Threatened To Shoot Up School Cafeteria Over Burnt Cookies
A cafeteria cook was charged Monday for allegedly threatening to shoot up the middle school where she worked over an argument with co-workers about cookies, Boston's WFXB reported. A judge ordered head cook Wendy Ferris to stay away from King Philip Middle School in Norfolk, Mass. and its staff after co-workers alleged Friday that she threatened to "bring in a gun and shoot people." Ferris was also ordered to surrender her guns. A police report quoted Ferris as saying "I'm thinking about going out to buy an AK-47 and shooting this (expletive) school up!" after a co-worker re-baked cookies that she made because they were overcooked, according to WFXB.