Travails of the tired pilot, Tim Pawlenty: The movie, funerals by webcast, how I became a Minnesota pineapple farmer, and the vanishing mention of war.
It's official. Lots of children are left behind. The "nation's report card" -- the National Assessment of Educational Progress -- is out today, showing the U.S. trailing other nations when it comes to knowledge of science. Science often plays a different fiddle to math and reading in test scores.
While the U.S. ranking compared to other countries is getting the lion's share of attention, the tragedy of the achievement gap isn't getting anywhere near the same amount of notice.
Here, for example, are the test scores by ethnicity for the fourth grade:
In Minnesota, black student had an average score that was 36 points lower than white students. That's not much different than the national average, even though Minnesota's overall scores were slightly higher than the national average.
"How can you get on the Internet and trash someone with no justification whatsoever and think you can get away with it?" Gene Cooley asked.
"It's the Internet," is no longer a good answer.
Cooley's fiancee was killed in 2008 when her ex-husband shot her before he killed himself.
. An anonymous poster on a local bulletin board, hiding behind six user names, labeled Cooley, among other things, a pervert and a drug user, according to WXIA TV in Atlanta.
Last week a jury awarded Cooley $404,000 in a libel suit.
Now it gets a little more complicated. The lawyer who represented Cooley says he's working on legislation to make similar situations a crime, not just a civil matter.(7 Comments)
Wednesday marks the 20th anniversary of Somalia's last president, Mohamed Siad Barre. Since then the country has been reduced to a battle zone with its image overshadowed by war and conflict.
The BBC Africa Have Your Say program is asking what role young Somalis hope to play in their country's future.
The program will be broadcast from the Horn of Africa community center in west London, and will link an audience in Mogadishu with an audience at MPR's headquarters in St. Paul. Young Somalis "will be able to talk about their sense of identity, and their relationship with their homeland under the most trying of circumstances."
Is Somalia simply ungovernable? Is there hope?
The program begins on air and online at 10 a.m. CT tomorrow. I'll be live-blogging it here.
The panelists in St. Paul are:
>> Mukhtar Osman. an engineer with MNDOT.
>> Hoodo Hassan, studying psychology and English literature at the University of Minnesota
>> Zuhur Ahmed, a pre-med student at Concordia University. She also hosts the radio program Somali Community Link on KFAI. (She was part of MPR's >)
>> Ruqia Mohamed is a student at the University of Minnesota majoring in political science and global studies.
The recovery in the resale price of homes in the Twin Cities last year apparently was a mirage.
The Case Shiller Index from Standard & Poors, which measures the resale price of a home, has fallen for a fifth consecutive month in the Minneapolis area. It dropped 1.4% in November. It's the longest slide in prices since the index showed almost two consecutive years of declining home prices (month-to-month), which started in 2007.
Prices dropped 4.5% from a year earlier. After a near 18% decline in 2008, prices recovered slightly in 2009 (up a little over 1%).(1 Comments)