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MoonBeamWatcher April 22, 2014 at 11:28 pm
How goes that kidnaping of Justina shaping up? Held in solitary confinement, no school or church!Read More Has she been murdered by DCF yet? ACLU your silence is deafening!
Susan Petroni (Editor) April 23, 2014 at 12:48 am
This was the last report we post on Justina:Read More http://framingham.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/easter-service-protest-held-outside-wayside-sunday
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Joe Viglione April 22, 2014 at 11:15 pm
Phil the Fraud is Frank Pilleri Jr. showing his lack of decorum. He can only use invective with aRead More fake name because of his utter failure to facilitate access and be honest about the monies.
Joe Veno April 23, 2014 at 05:57 am
The Casino is going to Revere. Get over it people.There is already a gambleing venue there now !
stevieB April 23, 2014 at 06:23 am
Medford is second class hence expect to be treated like second class
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Bobtwo April 23, 2014 at 01:35 am
It's about time. In my opinion the affirmative action ruling has destroyed the higher educationRead More system in this country, A college diploma is not worth the paper it's written on any longer. In the old days the cream was allowed to raise to the top as the saying goes and that way you insured that you had the best. That is what made this country and its educational system so good. Eventually the minorities would have been part of that cream and would become the best of the best.
Porter gladstone April 23, 2014 at 02:06 am
2 observations: race in my opinion is not a disadvantage. poverty is. and poverty affects people ofRead More all colors--so colleges can take into account challenges in life--but being the son of michael jordan shouldnt grant him an easier admissions process simply because of skin pigmentation. 2) people also need to understand that the system in place does in fact result in diversity that we should all want. New Yrk Times about a year ago ran an article on peter stuyvesant high school--an elite school in manhattan that changed it admission policy to strictly merit. the result was 1 black student 95% asian. 1% hispanic 3 % white. Im not really sure that is a desirable outcome either. going to college is not just about attending bio 101. its interacting with a diverse student body that can also be considered an education. Colleges should not in my opinion adopt a strict meritocratic admissions process--- hardship , poverty, challenges should be considered. I get why people dont want racial preferences-- but i also get why people may regret what they wished for.
dwayne roberson April 23, 2014 at 07:02 am
Affirmative Action was the Planners foolhardy attempt to fix racism with racism. It is indicative ofRead More a pay back attitude apparent in Holder and Obama. This does not advance the actual state of equality. It does perpetuate the bitterness that the race industry and Democrat party rely on for power. A return to colorblind meritocracy is all that can really be fair and equal.
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.
Donna Westbrook April 23, 2014 at 06:56 am
There are children, that simply will never get A's in anything. The standard set in college IRead More believe is that you must get a c in your major, they don't request that one become an honor student to succeed. The public school system is requiring of children to be smarter and better in grade school than in COLLEGE! This is asinine. On the other hand, I wouldn't wish the life of serving fries, or picking up trash on anyone, unless it was their choice, and I would try to encourage them to like something else, at the same time :) I say that as having been in similar work. I just started college 3 weeks ago. I am 59. having most of my life in food service, it can teach one a lot, but at the same time, really be a greasy yucky job.
Jennifer April 23, 2014 at 07:10 am
The Core is developmentally inapproriate in the younger grades. It expects abstract thinking beforeRead More children reach the age where they are capable of it. It expects written paragraphs in math, in first grade. Stephen Colbert does a great piece on the common core teaching children important skills for the workplace - math, and passive-aggressive not writing. Then the core plateaus. It slows down particularly in STEM subjects. Right now, the students being "field tested" in the upper grades are forced to take the math standard for their GRADE - even if they took Algebra two years ago. Thats just stupid. If you are not testing what they are taught, why test? Also, how does ANY standardized testing help individual students and teachers? The test is given around now. Then it is field trips and movies and Shakespeare's birthday party the rest of the year, then the scores come out in the summer. The teachers will not have the same students the next year. The PARCC test does not even break the test down, so teachers can know that the students they had last year did badly, but they wont know on which sections or why. The kid does not have a 'diagnosis of deficiencies to be worked on" follow him (not that they ever did), so how does it help the kid? How do they work on areas they are shaky on, if they are n ot told anything other than "you failed" or "you are not proficient"
Jennifer April 23, 2014 at 07:45 am
Also, colleges are weighing in. Stanford has been very vocal in saying that the common core does notRead More prepare anyone for a STEM major in college, certainly not at stanford. But other colleges, even community colleges, are worried, because by defining a common core diploma as "college and career ready", they are REQUIRED to offer credit-bearing courses to anyone carrying a CC degree. But they have seen the standards, and believe that those students who complete the minimum CC standards, will still require remediation, but now they will have to offer credit for it.
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tenth district April 22, 2014 at 06:38 pm
Funny how Netflix is the "bad boy" yet those that offer more commercials than the movieRead More itself are just fine :) Cable today is pure garbage, a 2 hr movie will last half the night with all those commercials and since all sports from all countries, could be seen live over the internet...cable is obsolete. Netflix is weak but is a fine alternative to cable for now. (as for news, please, you must be brain-dead to get your news from cable...with all of them all over you from second you start the computer to turn on the radio to even the second you "check" the e-mail on the phone. so Reuters don't worry about Netflix, worry about cable companies whose stocks should be worth a little more than half an ounce of dirt
Michael Brennick April 22, 2014 at 06:46 pm
Where are the stories about the rates charged by the Cable cartels-???---Especially Leftist,Read More Democratic Comcast, the premier robber barons, who fill the campaign tills of the Dumocrats.
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.
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nonoise April 22, 2014 at 03:10 pm
They want government to raise our children, not parents.
Tom Hollman April 22, 2014 at 04:41 pm
THIS COUNTRY TOOK A $HIT WHEN THE SUPREME COURT TOOK AWAY THE KICK IN THE A$$ AT HOME AND AT SCHOOLRead More THEY PUT THE KIDS ON DRUGS. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ?YEARS AGO THERE WERE NO ALPABETIZED SINDROMES THIS IS HOW HEAD SHRINKERS PUSH DRUGS FOR DRUG COMPANEYS
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.
Meb Keflezighi crossing the finish line. Credit: Boston Marathon
BH April 22, 2014 at 01:19 am
He's more American than you are old pizza, simply based on his words and acceptance of people asRead More opposed to your ignorance and cluelessness of what it means to be an American.
MikeA April 22, 2014 at 01:15 pm
As Hillary might say, "What difference does it make?" It's not like "we" wonRead More the marathon. He won the marathon.
Dennis Naughton April 22, 2014 at 04:10 pm
@old pizza: Tea Party talk.
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Dorie, stowing away on a plane is a crime. And no, the boy himself did not pose a threat. But theRead More fact that he (anyone) can get that close to a plane poses a threat. I have to take off my flippin' shoes and get patted down, but apparently you can just walk up and plant a bomb in the wheel well.
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.
Elizabeth Warren. Photo Credit: Ted Fitzgerald, Boston Herald
Kurt Buermann April 22, 2014 at 10:41 pm
Looks like Iron Mike is here in the thick of it, trading his canoes for chickens.
Iron Mike April 22, 2014 at 10:52 pm
Can you translate that into something a Conservative of my generation might understand?
Paul John Maisano April 23, 2014 at 07:05 am
Can we push this thread towards the next most important issue the Massachusetts.... governors race?Read More Now who voting for Martha Coakley, since she looks like the Democrat of choice might Baker get a second bite at the apple??
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tnjranch April 23, 2014 at 12:03 am
Must have been a flat chested female who complained.... remember folks, "Never look down onRead More anyone unless you have a good view of the cleavage"..... And where in hell did all these religious creeps come from? What's religion got to do with staring at her cleavage anyway?
Brian Kari April 23, 2014 at 12:27 am
can all the religious people go away? the story was about some girl at Disneyland, who apparently,Read More according to some older Disney employee found whatever she was wearing on top, inappropriate. unfortunately, Melissa, large chested women do have a tendency to slide out of some types of clothing, and you may not have even noticed. The "older guy" might have been trying to do you a favor. Just a hunch, from an old guy (who used to have a very large breasted girlfriend.)
John Mark Sappenfield April 23, 2014 at 01:05 am
Was the elderly employee only in his 50's?
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bg robbins April 22, 2014 at 11:39 am
I don't think were doing starving people any favors by sending them hot dogs that might make themRead More sick.
BiteMeFanBoy1 April 22, 2014 at 03:28 pm
Just another argument for KOSHER hot dogs..... All of the great taste and NONE OF THE CRAP !
Bill Harvey April 22, 2014 at 05:04 pm
Poland has already outlawed kosher killing as inhumane--it involves voiding the arteries of theRead More animal's tainted blood while it is still alive....The US will soon follow despite its Jewish lobby.
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monkey lewis April 22, 2014 at 02:30 am
Father to many married to none and in case Ya all wondered Im really well hung
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 11:34 am
Agranon - I'm a moron because I am tired of everybody and his mother trying to put themselves inRead More every story? Then so be it - I'm a moron. To be honest, I am also really tired of all the people that were compelled to run the Boston Marathon because "I had to finish for all those who couldn't." Get over yourself. It was a tragedy. Those responsible should be ripped apart by dogs. I sincerely hope the families of those affected can move on somehow. But how does Mary Jane Smith running the marathon help ANYBODY but herself? She's not doing it for "those who can't". She's doing it to maybe get on TV and she's probably feeling a little sanctimonious because she ran 26.2 miles and you didn't. It's like, "what did YOU do to help these people?" Same as you - nothing.
Geoffrey Koppel April 22, 2014 at 04:52 pm
If this is a think tank, someone should change the filter.
Deval Patrick. Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Frank Haggerty April 21, 2014 at 09:46 am
Don't believe a word Governor Patrick tells you. Just ask about the wind turbine victims inRead More Massachusetts. Four years and ignored! Corrupt Massachusetts Politicians & Media http://falmouth.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/corrupt-massachusetts-politicians--media
John April 21, 2014 at 08:04 pm
All valid points, Myron, but let's also add eliminating the ridiculous per diem our allegedRead More representatives "earn" for driving back-and-forth to work and enacting laws that take money from the wage earners to give away to the layabouts.
MoonBeamWatcher April 22, 2014 at 01:12 pm
And the TRUTH about the abduction of the CT child from school and her family and care providers?Read More WHO in their RIGHT MIND WOULD SUPPORT MA, CPS? Sir
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grace April 21, 2014 at 07:53 pm
uh@ jj you know that how?
grace April 21, 2014 at 07:54 pm
lol had no idea they ,as in your dild*, were more than 50 bucks thx @ jj
Status Quo April 21, 2014 at 11:21 pm
'John B' April 21, 2014 at 05:14 PM... be a swimmer and do not sunk. Feed you body and mind toRead More survive.