Friday, May 27, 2011
What Others Are Saying About the NYC Rape Trials (Various)
The tabloids take a mostly incredulous view of the acquittal of two New York City police officers accused of raping an intoxicated woman in her East Village apartment in 2008. The NY Post headline “Cops’ Rape Verdict: Justice Defiled” is typical of the paper’s tone. Columnist Andrea Peyser rips into the jurors and declares, “There is no justice for drunk women … The jury loathed [the alleged victim] on sight.” Daily News columnist Michael Daly writes Dominque Strauss-Kahn should feel good about his upcoming rape trial because if the jury believed those police officers, “they will believe anything.” The NY Times also wonders what affect this verdict will have on Strauss-Kahn’s trial, saying the acquittal comes at “an acutely sensitive time.” Legal experts say the woman’s lawsuit against the city for $57 million is still strong.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Teachers No Longer Allowed to “Rescore” Regents Exams (WSJ)
There was once a policy that called for teachers to “rescore” essays or other open-ended questions on the Regents exam if the student scored within five points of passing the math or science exam. Well, no more. A Wall Street Journal report from February found some teachers apparently taking advantage of the practice, leading to widespread grade inflation. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is pleased with the announcement.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
MetroCard Swipes Fail 20% of the Time (NY Daily News)
Records from the MTA show there’s a one in five chance your MetroCard will fail when you swipe it. Transit officials say the failures are due to defective, expired or damaged MetroCards. It could also be the way you swipe your card--too fast or too slow can result in an failure.
Friday, April 29, 2011
NASA says there's a thirty percent chance that they'll delay the final launch of Space Shuttle Endeavor, because of poor weather. President Obama will be in Florida for the launch, after he visits Alabama.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Search and rescue teams are going through debris in six states, looking for survivors of what was the nation's worst tornado outbreak in decades. So far, the death toll is already close to 300, thousands of people are injured and homeless, and more than a million are without power.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Meet the new government of Iraq. Is it the same as the old one? It's round two of the post-Saddam era.