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Front Page: Police Defuse Bomb in Paris Department Store

  • French police found a bomb in the Printemps department store, after a warning about the explosive was sent to a French news agency. A previously unknown group, demanding French withdrawal from Afghanistan, has claimed responsibility. — New York Times
  • President-elect Barack Obama continues to fill out his cabinet, naming the head of Chicago public schools Arne Duncan as education secretary and Steven Chu as energy secretary. — CNN
  • Despite warnings of fraud as early as 1999, the SEC did not investigate Bernard Madoff, who was charged last week with fraud after he allegedly volunteered the fact that he took $50 billion from investors. — Washington Post
  • A top high-school football recruit died in Mississippi of a possibly self-inflicted gun-shot wound, after a sheriff pulled him over last week. The NAACP has determined through its own investigation that his death was not a suicide. — Mississippi Press

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Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
How do you "diffuse" a bomb? Is it like "defusing" a bomb?
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
Gotcha kranky, and Rhea sounds like she is on the right path in DC.
kranky kranky 8 years
UnDave- Seems like it's working in some instances. See: Iraq and Afghanistan.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
*Gah* (and take away from) the message that they are trying to get across.
kranky kranky 8 years
diadem- Thanks, got it. I will admit that I don't know much about the Chicago situation, so I have applied what I know about DC to the issue. I could be completely off-base. In DC, the unions' main function at this point is to keep tenure for poorly performing teachers. It is important to have good working conditions, but I also think it's important to have good teachers. The unions do not have the students' best interests in mind. As a union, I wouldn't expect them to. As a side note, in DC Rhea is offering to pay teachers up to $130k a year if they agree to not demand tenure and go through performance evaluation. I think it's a great solution, but the unions HATE it.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Does anyone else understand the whole concept of bombing civilians to get the government to stop something? I've always thought that all the said bombings do is make people mad at the group responsible for the bombings, and take away from
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
Usually in the labor department unions will commend those that fight for poor working conditions, even if they didn't involve union workers. They give out awards, etc.
kranky kranky 8 years
diadem- "I would agree with you accept when it comes to the Department of Labor, but maybe that's just me." I'm sorry - I don't know what you are talking about here. Could you explain please?
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
I understand that the reformers and the union people liked him - which *to me* means he didn't accomplish much (assuming you have to really get under people's skin to reform things, so reading between the lines it seems like he just threw money at the problem). Anyone else have a different take on things? I would agree with you accept when it comes to the Department of Labor, but maybe that's just me.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Gesundheit.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Ah ...Chu....
Pegona Pegona 8 years
I love the Stephen Chu pick! Technocrats don't make the best political candidates (love you Bill Richardson), but they're ideal for cabinet positions.
Pegona Pegona 8 years
I love the Stephen Chu pick! Technocrats don't make the best political candidates (<3 you Bill Richardson), but they're ideal for cabinet positions.
kranky kranky 8 years
But wait... doesn't Chicago have awful schools? So awful that the mayor had to take them over (much like what happened in DC). I don't know about Duncan. I understand that the reformers and the union people liked him - which *to me* means he didn't accomplish much (assuming you have to really get under people's skin to reform things, so reading between the lines it seems like he just threw money at the problem). Anyone else have a different take on things? Oh well, I guess the Federal government doesn't have too much to do with education anyway.
kranky kranky 8 years
snow- At least you have a good excuse... I'm too busy eating Christmas cookies. :)
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
I'm pretty excited about Obama's choice for Secretary of Energy- definitely a departure from the previous administration. Kranky- I'm studying for finals, so I'm avoiding any stories that take significant brainpower to puzzle through, like the Madoff ponzi scheme!
kranky kranky 8 years
I was very happy to read about Obama's choice for Education Secretary - I was worried he was going to steal Michelle Rhea from DC. I still hvaen't quite gotten my head around the Madoff ponzi scheme. But it's hearing stuff like the SEC not investigating that adds fuel to the 'evil Wall Street in bed with teh government' fire. So disappointing.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
wow that is insane, it's liek the world is going crazy with all the bombings and threats.
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