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Monday, April 23, 2007

One Hit News

Students cheating on tests using iPods AP:

    MERIDIAN, Idaho (AP) -- iPods aren't just for listening to your favorite tunes.
    They're also for cheating, at least according to some school administrators.

    Many schools have banned iPods and other digital music players from exams.

    In Idaho, Mountain View High School Principal Aaron Maybon says the students come up with "new and creative ways to cheat pretty fast."

    While no kids have actually been caught iPod cheating, Maybon says a teacher overheard a couple of students talking about it.

    The music players can be used to record audio answers to tests, or crib sheet can be displayed as the text of song lyrics.

Same Story different site.
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Hand Cuffing Students Police One:

    MILWAUKEE, Wisc. — After a series of violent incidents on school campuses, public school officials here are considering the use of flexible plastic handcuffs on out-of-control students — from kindergarteners [sic] on up.

    The Milwaukee School Board voted Thursday to begin training security staff members to use the plastic handcuffs, but the issue has provoked a heated debate between parents and administrators over how to provide a safe learning environment.

    In October, a 15-year-old female student reportedly attacked the principal at Milwaukee's Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School. The principal sustained a compression fracture in her back and a concussion when her head was slammed against a wall.

    In November, a 17-year-old male student allegedly sexually assaulted a female teacher in front of a class at Madison High School. And earlier in the school year, an assistant principal was assaulted by a student.

    The issue of violence on school grounds took on an urgent tone this week with the Virginia Tech shooting rampage that left 33 people dead.

    [...]

    "The key is making sure that staff is properly trained, especially given the debate that always seems to follow such efforts," he said.

    Critics of such handcuffing often cite injury risks: A student might accidentally be choked while being restrained, and the cuffs used too tightly might interfere with blood circulation or cut the skin.

    [...]

    "This is only to be used as a last-ditch tool," argued outgoing board President Joseph Dannecker, author of the resolution. "This is about making sure our students are safe."

    Board member Charlene Hardin countered: "We don't need to prepare our students for prison…. If we do this, we might as well rename this the Milwaukee Public School Correctional Institution."

Without researching the numbers of incidents of the above, I am inclined...inclined...to initially side with Charlene Hardin.

Besides, how many sets of cuffs will each school have on reserve? Ten? Six-hundred? Enough for the entire student and faculty staff to be bound up by a psychotic, imbalanced and unstable student with a gun?
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BBC:

Former Russian President
Boris Yeltsin dies:

    Boris Yeltsin, who played a key role in the Soviet Union's demise and became Russia's first president, has died aged 76, the Kremlin says.

    Mr Yeltsin - who had a history of heart trouble - died of heart failure in hospital at 1545 (1145 GMT).

    He came to power after being promoted by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, a man he then outmanoeuvred.

Yeltsin Career Highs and Lows:

    He would break away from his security men and jump on a tram and talk to ordinary people.

    [...]

    They really enjoyed the fact that he had a twinkle in his eye, that he wasn't afraid to speak his mind, say what he thought and enjoy a drop of vodka.

Yeltsin photographs:


Boris Boogies Down


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