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Mississippi ranked fattest in nation

Miss. Ranked Fattest State in Nation

Mississippians need to skip the gravy, say no to the fried pickles and start taking brisk walks to fight an epidemic of obesity, experts say. According to a new study, this Deep South state is the fattest in the nation.

It also became the first state to crack the 30 percent barrier for adults considered obese, with West Virginia and Alabama just behind, according to the Trust for America's Health, a research group that focuses on disease prevention.

August 27, 2007

Schools desperate to retain some trained teachers

Schools Fight for Teachers Because of High Turnover - New York Times


Superintendents and recruiters across the nation say the challenge of putting a qualified teacher in every classroom is heightened in subjects like math and science and is a particular struggle in high-poverty schools, where the turnover is highest. Thousands of classes in such schools have opened with substitute teachers in recent years.

Here in Guilford County, N.C., turnover had become so severe in some high-poverty schools that principals were hiring new teachers for nearly every class, every term. To staff its neediest schools before classes start on Aug. 28, recruiters have been advertising nationwide, organizing teacher fairs and offering one of the nation’s largest recruitment bonuses, $10,000 to instructors who sign up to teach Algebra I.

“We had schools where we didn’t have a single certified math teacher,” said Terry Grier, the schools superintendent. “We needed an incentive, because we couldn’t convince teachers to go to these schools without one.”

How would you fix this?

August 26, 2007

ACLU suing DEA on behalf of trucker whose cash was seized for no good reason

ACLU sues DEA on behalf of truck whose money was seized | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A trucker has sued the Drug Enforcement Administration, seeking to get back nearly $24,000 seized by DEA agents earlier this month at a weigh station on U.S. 54 in New Mexico north of El Paso, Texas.

Anastasio Prieto of El Paso gave a state police officer at the weigh station permission to search the truck to see if it contained "needles or cash in excess of $10,000," according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the federal lawsuit Thursday.

Prieto told the officer he didn't have any needles but did have $23,700.

Officers took the money and turned it over to the DEA. DEA agents photographed and fingerprinted Prieto over his objections, then released him without charging him with anything.

Border Patrol agents searched his truck with drug-sniffing dogs, but found no evidence of illegal substances, the ACLU said.

August 25, 2007

This is the greatest video I have ever seen on YouTube: Ron's Slip'n'Slide Extravaganza

Fucking amazing. I love people. I love the internet fro bringing us this bounty. I love these kids. If any of them are ever in San Francisco I will gladly buy the beers.

Also check out this: The 535 foot long Slip'n'Slide:

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Marine drill instructor charged with 225 counts of abuse

Drill sergeant faces 225 abuse charges - Yahoo! News

SAN DIEGO - A Marine drill instructor has been charged with 225 criminal counts connected to abusing recruits, a Marines spokesman said Thursday.

In one incident, Sgt. Jerrod M. Glass allegedly ordered a recruit to jump head-first into a trash can and then pushed him further into the container, according to court documents cited in The San Diego Union-Tribune. He is also accused of striking recruits with a tent pole and a heavy flashlight.

Two other drill instructors, Sgt. Robert C. Hankins and Sgt. Brian M. Wendel, face special courts-martial in the case, the Marines said. Arraignment dates have not been scheduled for either Marine.

A fourth drill instructor, whose name was not released, was disciplined and reassigned to administrative duties.

Turn off the Internet. It is bad.

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August 24, 2007

Wired profiles the living nerd-gods of Penny Arcade

The Dorks Behind Penny Arcade, an Obscure Webcomic Turned Vidgame Empire

This weekend is the Penny Arcade Expo, and as such Wired has devoted a lot of space to the Penny Arcade boys.

There's also a floor-to-ceiling stack of the latest videogames, sent by publishers eager to be mentioned in the strip. "We'll throw them on sometimes when we're looking for grist for the day's comic," Holkins says.

Krahulik wrinkles his nose. "Grist for the day's comic? Grist?!"

"Yes, grist, Holkins says loftily. "Look it up. It's a word."

Krahulik shakes his head in disgust. "You're a douche. That's a douche word. Why don't you just say ‘raw material' or something?"

A sneak peek at the Penny Arcade game.