Saturday, September 22, 2012
Children will no longer be able to dance with their parents in Cranston, RI schools.
Parents of children who attend Cranston, RI public schools were notified recently of a ban on father-daughter and mother-son activities as school lawyers concluded the traditions violate state gender discrimination laws, Cranston Patch reports. "The action was triggered by a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union, said School Superintendent Judith Lundsten. The letter was written on behalf of a mother who said her daughter was unable to go to the father-daughter dance," the article said. While title IX allows for father-daughter and mother-son activities, state law is more restrictive. Now, the Cranston school committee is asking state lawmakers to change Rhode Island law to mirror federal law, making the now banned dances legal …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Sen. Scott Brown reportedly left D.C. in the nick of time to make a 4:30 p.m. flight to Boston in order to make tonight's debate at 7 p.m.
Sen. Scott Brown is reportedly en route from Washington D.C. to Boston in order to make it for tonight's debate versus Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, after speculation that he may miss the debate. The incumbent candidate said on Thursday afternoon that he may miss the Thursday night debate in Boston due to a senate vote happening in D.C. Brown told the Boston Globe that if there were senate votes scheduled through the rest of the afternooon, he would have to miss the debate. "Voting is 'the one thing that I can’t delegate to the staff,' he told the Globe. 'I’ve only missed one vote.' Brown told the Globe he would attempt to make a 4:30 p.m. plane so he could make it to WBZ studios by 7 p.m. for the flight. According to WBZ News …
"People have sent me down here -- and that’s to vote,” Brown said in an interview with the Boston Globe.
Incumbent Senator Scott Brown may not make it to tonight's debate in Boston versus challenger Elizabeth Warren due to a scheduling conflict in Washington. Brown told the Boston Globe that if there are senate votes scheduled through the rest of the afternooon, he would have to miss the debate. "Voting is 'the one thing that I can’t delegate to the staff,' he told the Globe. 'I’ve only missed one vote.' Brown told the Globe he would attempt to make a 4:30 p.m. plane so he could make it to WBZ studios by 7 p.m. for the flight. But he said his first priority is to vote. “If we’ve got votes, I’ll make them,” Brown was quoted as saying. “I’m sure if we don’t make [the debate] tonight, we’ll reschedule it for Monday or something.”
The two candidates will meet tonight (Thursday) in their first televised debate at WBZ studios. The debate begins at 7 p.m. on Channel 4.
The U.S. Senate race is very close, according to a spate of recent polls. Three polls show that Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren is in the lead among likely voters in November, but the latest poll, conducted this week, predicts a Brown victory by several points. Neither candidate has established a large enough lead so far as to pull ahead of the polls' margins of error, meaning the highly competitive Massachusetts race will likely stay close until election day in November. The latest poll is by the University of Massachusetts Lowell/Boston Herald, which was released on Wednesday night. Out of 524 voters surveyed from Sept. 13 to 17, 49 percent said they would vote for Brown versus 45 percent who said they would support Warren. The …
Saturday, September 15, 2012
New York City recently passed a ban on soda and sugary drinks over 16 ounces. Where do you stand on soda size?
The New York City Board of Health made it official this week: No large sodas. The unanimous decision extends to sodas larger than 16 ounces from fast-food restaurants, movie theaters and street vendors. It is the first of its kind in the nation and does not cover convenience stores or supermarkets. It will go into effect in March 2013. "This is the single biggest step any city, I think, has ever taken to curb obesity," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the New York Times following the vote. "It’s certainly not the last step that lots of cities are going to take, and we believe that it will help save lives." The decision has been applauded by some including Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver who said that over half of the adults in New …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Close your windows for General Chemical's cleanup, a poll on Olympic gymnastics, yoga, ballet and National Cheesecake Day all featured in today's column.
Our daily column, 5 Things You Need to Know Today, will help you to get your day started and offer you some fodder for water cooler conversation. 1. General Chemical Corp. will begin clean up of its hazardous waste transfer facility in anticipation of its closure. The state is allowing General Chemical to conduct cleaning Monday through Saturday, between 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Residents in vicinity of Leeland Street are advised to close their windows andstay away from the playground at Wilson Elementary School. This clean up is expected to last through mid-August. 2. Today is National Cheesecake Day and the Cheesecake Factory in Natick is offering half price on all cheesecakes. And tomorrow, .via its Facebook page, The Cheesecake Factory is …
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Gas prices are down and travel is expected to increase this holiday weekend.
More Americans will hit the road this holiday weekend than a year ago. And they'll have a bit more money to spend thanks to lower gas prices. Memorial Day kicks off the summer travel season, and since pump prices never reached $4 or $5 a gallon ($1.05 to $1.32 a liter), as feared, economists says travelers are likely to dine out or shop more once they pull off the road, reported the Christian Science Monitor. About 30.7 million Americans will drive more than 50 miles for Memorial Day trips, according to auto club AAA, that has an office in Framingham. That's 400,000 more than last year, a jump AAA attributes to improvement in the economy and consumer attitudes. The number of holiday travelers grows to 34.8 million when you include planes, …
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Every May, the networks release their list of cancelled shows. Which one will you miss the most?
Every May, the networks release their list of cancelled shows. On the list may be a new show, the network never gave a chance or a favorite, the network thinks has run its life. CBS has made its CSI decision: CSI: Miami is being cancelled after a rather incredible 10-season run. Some in the industry feel Fox made a mistake not picking up this ambitious drama for a second season, reported Entertainment Weekly. Terra Nova managed the rare feat of delivering a sizable family audience to a broadcast drama, found its legs creatively in its final hours and there was nothing else like it on TV. Cost was a factor, reported Entertainment Weekly. Once top shows like House and Desperate Housewives will air no more, either. Chuck had its series finale…
Thursday, May 3, 2012
It’s been an interesting week in the U.S. Senate race between Democrat Elizabeth Warren and incumbent Republican Scott Brown.
First it was revealed that Harvard University once touted Warren’s marginal Native American heritage as proof of their faculty’s diversity. That story was followed up with another revealing one that Warren had listed herself as a minority professor between 1986 and 1995 in the Association of American Law Schools desk book, a major reference for legal professors. On Tuesday it was revealed that Brown, who ran for office vowing to kill President Obama’s health care law (and who has since voted three times to repeal it) took advantage of a key provision in it: the provision that allows him to keep his eldest daughter on his congressional health insurance plan. Meanwhile, both candidates downplayed their wealth this week as they revealed their…
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Framingham's Annual Town Meeting started Tuesday night, but how long will it take Town Meeting members to finish the warrant?
Framingham's Annual Town Meeting started Tuesday night. Town Meeting members completed 5 articles in 4 hours. There are more than 40 articles on the warrant, at that pace it will take 3 weeks for Town Meeting to complete its task. Town Meeting meets on Tuesdays-Wednesdays-Thursdays. How long until the warrant is complete? Vote in our unscientific poll. (Sorry, no electronic keypad for this one.)