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Carisa, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born to Burlington mother Caroline Ruscak. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
Nicholas Arzio April 23, 2014 at 11:36 pm
Beef cake!
Sunny in SD April 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm
Starting the diabetes early........
Socrates Cee April 24, 2014 at 12:24 am
Now that is something. Imagine how big this baby will be in a couple of years. He probably won'tRead More even fit through a regular door!
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Vindaloo April 24, 2014 at 07:41 am
His intent was to kill, not to protect himself. Otherwise he would have took them down then calledRead More 911. No need at all for the subsequent shots. he's an angry. disturbed killer.
Brandon April 24, 2014 at 07:50 am
It was self defense they had no business intruding; however this guy took it way to far. TeenagersRead More will kill you. I was robbed at gunpoint by two teens. Don't under estimate teens.
Heywood April 24, 2014 at 08:40 am
@Liz, someday when a couple of teens start torturing you for your debit card pin# you'll wishRead More someone in your house had a gun and was ready to use it.
Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda is the best high school in Maryland, according to U.S. News and World Report. (Patch File Photo)
Roger April 24, 2014 at 07:46 am
You are wrong twice. 1: It absolutely is a function of funding. 2:You are not qualified to decideRead More curriculum.
Diane C April 24, 2014 at 07:57 am
I think it's odd that no AACPS are ranked. Severna Park HS scores are between the number 9 and 10Read More ranked MD schools.
Buck Harmon April 24, 2014 at 08:11 am
The funding already being provided is obviously not being used effectively based on these ratingsRead More Roger, and I never made a claim of being qualified to decide curriculum, I only know what is, and has been intentionally omitted. Throwing more money into the kitty won't improve education opportunities if what is being taught lacks the truth about how our Constitutional Republic was intended to function. It may help in the maintenance of top loaded salaries for administrators though.
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dee marie April 24, 2014 at 05:45 am
wow. almost all of these comments are so obviously written by woman haters, the kind of men andRead More women that just cannot stand to see a woman in a position of authority. i have just one question for all of you who think you have all the stats on Ms. Clinton, can any of you name the politician that was held responsible for the thousands of lives lost from Ground Zero? You want to talk about fools in government? Remember, this was not the first attack on the World Trade Center? Who let it happen? shame on all of you and your so called facts. your behavior is apparent. feeling sorry for all the women, young and old, who are part of your families. i bet you don't even let them vote or drive cars
Kevin April 24, 2014 at 06:45 am
dee marie,I love women. Im married to one.It's corrupt,duplicitous woman I don't like. Nice try.
Mike April 24, 2014 at 07:36 am
It's hilarious to read the unwarranted, seething hatred displayed here for Hilary Clinton. I meanRead More I really despised your president shrubbery but I didn't make a fool out of myself, going on message boards and calling him a dirty bastard. You people need to get over yourselves and get a hobby other than hating for the sake of hating. You'll live a longer life!
Baltimore County Public Schools will start summer one day sooner than scheduled, according to a statement from the school system.
Kolo Jezdec April 23, 2014 at 10:45 am
Yeah, attendance will be very high on that day, you bet.
Gary Elwards April 23, 2014 at 06:34 pm
The last day of school is a Monday? That makes no sense. I bet it will set a record for absenteeism.
Kolo Jezdec April 23, 2014 at 06:45 pm
Nah, the record for low attendance was likely set when we had school on Memorial Day in 1996.
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mplo April 24, 2014 at 03:51 am
What kind of a stupid, malicious idiot would pull that sort of a prank? I agree that the kid whoRead More made the phone call to the SWAT team about his opposing video games player was a sore loser, which is why he did that, but he should be criminally prosecuted, made to pay the bill, and perhaps do some community service in order to pay off that big bill. Hopefully, that kid will learn a lesson if he is prosecuted for his prank, which he should be.
nascarblue April 24, 2014 at 07:24 am
this "to me" is not funny, the swat teams are used for serious issues, hostage taking,Read More etc. to have a swat team called to a home behind a video game is stupid, these swat members are trained to save lives, etc. to be called to a home behind a video game is not funny, what happens if a REAL call comes in and swat is needed there, I hope they catch the idiot that called swat and he gets what he/she deserves
John Strother April 24, 2014 at 08:38 am
with caller ID they should be able to point to the caller. Sorry but an out of state telephoneRead More number should be a tip off.
teech April 23, 2014 at 09:56 am
Hey Pit Bull lovers....would you leave YOUR young child with a pit bull? Statistics speak forRead More themselves. Yes other dogs do bite...but NOT like pit bulls. Ask the lady in a wheelchair that was killed spontaneously by her pit bull that she also "raised from a puppy". Sorry just don't trust PBs.
Vamp Chylde April 23, 2014 at 10:01 am
Look at the statistics pits bite less than most other breeds but the news only reports pit bullRead More bites so that's all people hear never hear the stories of how many pits have saved people or have protected their owners and children from muggings or even mountain lions and bears. Look at the statistics for dog temperament pit bulls score over 85 % pass more than all the popular breeds
Justin case April 23, 2014 at 11:39 am
Hey Teech. To answer your question, yes, my child is home alone with my pitbull everyday and I haveRead More no concern about him being bitten. All dogs have teeth, all dogs will bite. They don't have a hand to slap you when your doing something that makes him/her uncomfortable. Their ONLY defense is to bite if the growling didn't warn you to back off. I've been bitten by 4 different dogs in my profession and not one was a pitbull. I come in contact daily with all breeds (including pits) and have never met a mean one. Also the pits that are abused usually are the nicest because they want someone to love them.
YoTwist has more than 50 toppings. (Credit: Emily Kimball)
NottinghamFamily April 23, 2014 at 09:53 am
I just discovered this shop and I keep coming back. Not only are the yogurt and toppings superRead More fresh, the customer service is amazing. You won't meet nicer people and they have a reward program that really "treats" you. They also have great music, friendly seating and great clientele. Count us in with congratulations to this great local business.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
monkey lewis April 24, 2014 at 01:52 am
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Porter gladstone April 24, 2014 at 02:08 am
yep monkey---most homes have electricity. Guess hillbillys paying people still? didnt thinkRead More there were that many idiots out there who dont wire their homes?
Love All April 24, 2014 at 06:54 am
TO THE EDITOR....I'm seriously disappointed by the removal of peoples comments overnight.... If youRead More cannot see the flow and context of comments made,, how is one supposed to understand the comments you read? The young man, Black Panther was defending himself and his position in the face of raw bigotry and you removed that?? When you invite unfettered comments from people on a forum such as this,, CENSORSHIP HAS NO PLACE. You either put on your big boy/girl panties and allow Free Speech to run it's course,,, of you SHUT THIS DOWN. I'm so surprised at your actions. Not good!
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
Gary Tobin April 24, 2014 at 07:50 am
--About The Process Fact: No teachers were involved in writing the standards. No teachers haveRead More claimed responsibility for any of the ELA standards. The entire development process was non-transparent; there are no public records showing comments and suggestions received, or any actions taken or changes made. Fact: The standards are not based on research or evidence. The curriculum study of high-performing countries on TIMSS covered only grade 1 to grade 8. The NAEP frameworks for assessing mathematics, reading, and writing are not for curriculum in English language arts. The reading document explicitly indicates this. --About Implementation Fact: The standards tell teachers what kinds of texts to teach in English language arts—i.e., how to organize their classroom curricula—and in mathematics how to approach teaching geometry, for example. Fact: Teachers are being left to implement the standards with little support or guidance. That is why they are asking for a moratorium on Common Core in many states. Fact: The standards are being implemented through No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and newer federal programs, signifying that the federal government will be leading them. Flexibility waivers from NCLB, granted by the federal government to over 40 states, effectively require states to use Common Core standards. Fact: Most states committed to the Common Core State Standards as part of the Race to the Top grant application. In return, they were supposed to be given evidence of international benchmarking for these standards. However, they have not been given the names of these countries or crosswalks showing comparisons of standards at each grade level. Fact: These standards are intended to lead to a national curriculum for our schools. Bill Gates has said so explicitly. Further, the standards contain explicit guidelines for the amount of time to be allotted to informational reading, use an experimental approach to teaching Euclidean geometry, and expect all students in a class to be taught to the same set of standards for the entire academic year. No acceleration is encouraged or desired. Fact: The Common Core State Standards initiative has never been state-led, and states are not finding it easy to withdraw from the commitments made by their state boards of education, governors, and commissioners of education. In addition, plans are already being made to eliminate local school boards in favor of regional school boards controlled by the federal government. The federal government will monitor what states do through its waiver-granting process and the Common Core-based assessments developed by the federally-funded assessment consortia. No mechanism exists for revising Common Core’s standards. Fact: The assessments based on the Common Core State Standards are intended to result in a national database on all students. While the standards do not in themselves require data collection, data are to be collected as part of administering the Common Core assessments, and the consortia are legally obligated to transfer individual student-level data to the federal government. http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/claims-and-facts-about-common-core/?utm_source=Common+Core+Validation+Apr+23+2014&utm_campaign=Common+Core+Val+April+23+2014&utm_medium=email
dwayne roberson April 24, 2014 at 08:03 am
Carrots and sticks courtesy of the Central Planners.
dwayne roberson April 24, 2014 at 08:08 am
Thanks Gary and Tamara for the info.
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Paul April 22, 2014 at 09:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 10:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 02:39 pm
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE AMAZON PRIME OVER NETFLIX: Here's an interesting article from today (23 Apr 2014)Read More about how Amazon Prime just got HBO to stream at least some of its older content, plus "HBO GO," to Amazon's new Fire TV box, thereby making NetFlix upset because NetFlix (nor any other streaming service, including HULU) has never been able to get any HBO content; and so Amazon has scored a real coup! On the Fierce Wireless website | http://bit.ly/1i9J0l7 | Interesting.
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Kim Fox April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
I don't believe this kid is competent enough to make those decisions. Those kids need to beRead More prosecuted to the fullest and if the does judge does not agree he needs to step down.
Pat Mcloughlin April 23, 2014 at 01:27 pm
Sorry, Autistic boy, but there are a multitude of crimes here. These so called 'friends' abused youRead More terribly ~ called 'bullying', & that alone cannot be tolerated. Then, there is animal cruelty involved, another terrible crime, plus, harassment of all kinds, leudness, & who knows what else. These 'friends' need to be charged & made aware of the seriousness of their deeds, punished accordingly & helped through proper mental councelling.
nonoise April 23, 2014 at 05:49 pm
It is probly the parents that want to drop the charges, not the boy. They shouldn't. I don'tRead More know why they would want to drop the charges.
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 01:30 pm
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
mimi April 23, 2014 at 02:09 pm
There are two separate issues here. The first and certainly the most obvious is security failure.Read More The second is to determine what is in the best interest of the teen, as well as the public.. He needs a psych eval, at the very least. Then again, so does most of the public.
(Courtesy of Councilman David Marks)
Kim Ruark April 22, 2014 at 09:45 am
Thank you for battling to get this done!
Gregg Roberts April 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm
Councilman Marks, Although we have disagreed on some things, I am glad to see you remain devoted toRead More Perry Hall revitalization and that is to be applauded. It seems to me that you spoke of a pedestrian area in Perry Hall. Since most of our side streets are pedestrian friendly, I assume you mean in a public ''downtown'' area. I was surprised during the winter snow storms to see just how unfriendly local business are to pedestrians. Nearly every business in the Perry Hall area need serious education on creating a friendly pedestrian area. It has also been my understanding (perhaps I am wrong) that one is required to shovel there sidewalk area and certainly not to pile snow to block sidewalks. Certainly common sense dictates this. Upon walking on numerous occasions from Perry Hall Methodist to Safeway I noticed that with the exception of Perry Hall Driving School and one other location, every business chose to not shovel sidewalks even days after snow stopped and weathered warmed BUT did choose in almost every case to pile snow from their parking lot across the entry area to sidewalks making the area impassable even without boots without literally climbing over mounds of snow. Snow could have easily been piled in other locations. My point is we don't have a culture of being pedestrian friendly in Perry Hall. I am glad to see that the average driver no longer honks and yells when crossing at the crosswalk in front of the old Perry Hall Library. They did this for many years during the libraries existence and despite my many complaints (before your time) to both government and the police (whom I requested instead of hiding behind the Perry Hall Methodist Church to position themselves near the crosswalk to also warn drivers who who ignore that law, nothing was ever done. At some point in time the mentality of the average driver changed. The same things needs to happen with store owners in commercial areas. This is another albeit less dangerous form of pedestrian contempt in Perry Hall. I would like to briefly share with you what I have seen in other communities both in America and abroad:
Gregg Roberts April 22, 2014 at 12:19 pm
- Designate an area (half a mile) with many crosswalks like the one in front of Perry Hall library.Read More Only paint needed, no stop light investments. I would suggest in the Joppa/Ebenezer area and then again in the Safeway area. - Benches - Frequent festivities -- can be in shopping center parking lots. Perry Hall Shopping Center is 2/3 empty on a good day..I've seen communities where a cheerleading team or marching band performs, vendors sell, etc. every week. A real size Christmas tree lighting, 4th of July fireworks...real community events. -