Stars & Stripes London Central school to be shut down at end of academic year By Ben Murray, Stars and Stripes European edition, Wednesday, September 6, 2006 Just eight days after the London Central Elementary School/High School opened its doors for classes, Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe officials announced Tuesday it will close for good at the end of the school year. Citing declining enrollment numbers, military officials signed paperwork Tuesday to authorize the closure of the newly merged K-through-12 school at the end of the 2006-2007 academic year, said Linda Curtis, DODDS-Europe deputy director. The decision came just five days after a memo was sent out, warning parents that changes at the school were likely and advising them to register with the Non-DOD Schools Program, which can enable students to receive up to about $40,000 annually to attend local private schools. The memo also laid out options for British and home-schooling options and announced the school has hired a new “transition specialist” to help parents decide where to send their kids next fall. The school plans to hold a community meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the upcoming changes, London Central principal Theresa Barba said. The meeting is scheduled to take place at the high school music building. Student numbers at U.S. schools in the London area have been in decline for years due to the drawdown of Navy forces in the United Kingdom. In the spring, officials closed the West Ruislip Elementary School, merging it with the high school at RAF Daws Hill. Then, over the summer officials announced London Central High School would close the residential portion of the school. London Central is an irregular DODDS facility because it functions partly like a boarding school, with on-campus dorms intended for use by U.S.-sponsored students whose parents live in an area where there are no local DODDS high schools. This year, enrollment at the combined London Central Elementary School/High School fell to about 275 students, with about 55 staff members, Barba said. About 160 of those students are enrolled in grades 9-12, and about 80 of those live in the on-campus dorms, she said.
I want...no, that's not true... I NEED to go back again. Just once. I want to see it again.
CNN.com - These are your parents on drugs - Sep 7, 2006
Some moms and dads might want to take a lesson from their kids: Just say no. The government reported Thursday that 4.4 percent of baby boomers ages 50 to 59 indicated that they had used illicit drugs in the past month. It marks the third consecutive yearly increase recorded for that age group by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Meanwhile, illicit drug use among young teens went down for the third consecutive year -- from 11.6 percent in 2002 to 9.9 percent in 2005.NO comment, lol. Not EVEN going to comment on *this* one!!! Except to say--good for the kids. *I* am not 50 yet, thank god. #:-S
Stature and Status: Height, Ability, and Labor Market Outcomes
It has long been recognized that taller adults hold jobs of higher status and, on average, earn more than other workers. A large number of hypotheses have been put forward to explain the association between height and earnings. In developed countries, researchers have emphasized factors such as self esteem, social dominance, and discrimination. In this paper, we offer a simpler explanation: On average, taller people earn more because they are smarter.Heh.
1. Your houseplants are alive, and you can't smoke any of them.
2. Having sex in a twin bed is out of the question.
3. You keep more food than beer in the fridge.
4. 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed.
5. You hear your favorite song in an elevator.
6. You watch the Weather Channel.
7. Your friends marry and divorce instead of "hook up" and "break up."
8. You go from 130 days of vacation time to 14.
9. Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as "dressed up."
10. You're the one calling the police because t&@.. kids next door won't turn down the stereo.
11. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.
12. You don't know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.
13. Your car insurance goes down and your car payments go up.
14. You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonald's leftovers.
15. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.
16. You take naps.
17. Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the beginning of one.
18. Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 AM would severely upset, rather than settle, your stomach.
19. You go to the drug store for ibuprofen and antacid, not condom and pregnancy tests.
20. A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer "pretty good shit."
21. You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.
22 "I just can't drink the way I used to" replaces "I'm never going to drink that much again."
23. 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work.
24 You drink at home to save money before going to a bar.
25. When you find out your friends are pregnant you congratulate them instead of asking "Oh no, what the hell happened?"
26: You read this entire list looking desperately for one sign that doesn't apply to you and can't find one to save your sorry old ass.
This is a great story about a young man in South Carolina, a freshman in college, living off a college scholarship--and raising his younger brother at the same time. What an example he is! CNN.com - Clemson's McElrathbey raises young brother - Sep 5, 2006
CLEMSON, South Carolina (AP) -- The alarm sounds at 6:15 a.m. and Clemson freshman Ray Ray McElrathbey starts a routine like few others in college football. Along with classes, film work, defensive back meetings and football practice, McElrathbey sees that his 11-year-old brother, Fahmarr, is dressed and fed, finishes his homework and makes it to middle school on time. McElrathbey, 19, has temporary custody of his brother because of his mother's continuing drug problems and his father's gambling addiction. The two brothers have shared experiences in foster homes and now share an apartment by the campus. They live solely off McElrathbey's scholarship while Clemson's athletic department tries to get a waiver from the NCAA that might let them accept donations without jeopardizing McElrathbey's football eligibility.
An Indian walks into a cafe with a shotgun in one hand pulling a male buffalo with the other. He says to the waiter, "Want coffee." The waiter says, "Sure, Chief, coming right up." He gets the Indian a tall mug of coffee. The Indian drinks the coffee down in one gulp, turns and blasts the buffalo with the shotgun, causing parts of the animal to splatter everywhere, then just walks out. The next morning the Indian returns. He has his shotgun in one hand pulling another male buffalo with the other. He walks up to the counter and says to the waiter, "Want coffee." The waiter says, "Whoa, Tonto! We're still cleaning up your mess from yesterday. What was all that about, anyway?" The Indian smiles and proudly says, "Training for position in United States Congress: Come in, drink coffee, shoot the bull, leave mess for others to clean up, disappear for rest of day."
Just a couple of the pics from the get-together to celerate this. About thirty of us congregated at the Pinetree for dinner and drinks, Fifties music, and a good time! More pics to come on my Flickr page. Mom and Dad, me, and my two "baby brothers"--I've looked up to them since about the time they hit 18. I love to hang out with them, because I love feeling short in heels! (Not to mention, they are great guys.) Mom and Dad, with four of their five grandchildren--we missed you, Marc. Buying a house in San Antonio....well, you're forgiven this time, but we really want to see you and Brooke at the next reunion! Me and my little girlies I still can't believe she did "rabbit ears" behind my head...... sigh.
..the more they stay the same, lol! Gateway Pundit: Democrats Pull Out 1864 Party Platform- Dust It Off For 2006
This is really amazing!... Democrats haven't changed a lick in 142 years! Hat Tip to Nahanni for pointing this out! So who does this remind you of? From the Son of the South website: By 1864, the Country had grown weary of the long and bloody Civil War. Hundreds of thousands of the countries' best and bravest young men had fallen on the fields of Bull Run, Antietam, Shiloh, and countless more. Many began to think that the war was not worth it, and the price of freedom too great. The Republican Presidential Candidate Abraham Lincoln thought no price was too great for the abolition of slavery and the creation of a society in which a man was not judged by the color of his skin. Unfortunately, after four long years of war, Lincoln's support was dropping fast, and people were looking for a way out of the war.
This week September 4 through September 10 Libra You may want to change your job (again), or take a look at your priorities and whether you are really managing to live and work in a way that is in alignment with your soul. This is also the week when illnesses may come to the surface, as a way of getting you to slow down and to take stock. There is a purpose to it all. The Lunar Eclipse on Thursday is when any changes become more profound. Only respond to what needs your immediate attention. Otherwise don't take any action until three days after the Eclipse."Illnesses may come to the surface"? Should I slow down and take stock over a bout of sneezing due to ragweed? The idea of not doing anything till Sunday *is* appealing, however.