12:35am

Wed May 15, 2013
Education

Utah Charter School Nurtures Entrepreneurial Spirit

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 4:27 am

Eighth-grader Kymira Jackson works at Highmark Charter School's store, where students buy little treats with money earned by turning in homework on time and performing chores.
Whittney Evans KUER

A new charter school in Utah wants to equip students in kindergarten through ninth grade with a solid foundation in business.

Students' daily lessons are peppered with concepts like sales and marketing, finance and entrepreneurship, says first-grade teacher Tammy Hill. "And that plays into leadership and improved math skills. And finance plays into every part of their lives."

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12:35am

Wed May 15, 2013
Politics

IRS Inquiries Crossed The Line, Tea Party Groups Say

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 6:51 am

Tea Party activists are calling for a full investigation, and possibly lawsuits, following revelations that the Internal Revenue Service flagged so-called patriot groups for extra scrutiny in applications for federal tax-exempt status.

Among those claiming unjust and unconstitutional targeting by the IRS is a group called TheTeaParty.net, which bills itself as the largest grass-roots conservative Tea Party organization in the country.

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12:33am

Wed May 15, 2013
The Salt

Is Eating Too Little Salt Risky? New Report Raises Questions

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 8:08 am

Eat less salt, but not too much less.
iStockPhoto.com

Americans are repeatedly told to cut back on salt to reduce the risk of heart disease. But there are new questions being raised about the possible risks of reducing sodium too much.

So, how low should we go? Currently, the government recommends that Americans should aim for 2,300 milligrams per day. And people older than 50, as well as those with high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease are advised to reduce sodium even further, down to 1,500 mg per day.

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12:32am

Wed May 15, 2013
Sweetness And Light

No. 1s: The Latest Greatest Of All Time

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 3:19 am

Watch The Throne: Not so long ago Michael Jordan was the GOAT. Now, there's a groundswell to ordain LeBron James as the greatest-of-all-time basketball player.
Fred Jewell/Alan Diaz AP

The Great Gatsby is on the screen again, re-opening the perennial debate about whether or not it is the great American novel. Or was that Huckleberry Finn? Or are we still waiting for the great American novel? Is the title vacant, like most recent Tour de France championships? In the arts, the argument over the great American novel is a rather unusual great fuss about the greatest. In most disciplines there simply doesn't seem to be a passion to constantly assess who's No. 1. Except, except ...

Except in sport.

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12:31am

Wed May 15, 2013
National Security

Women In Combat: Obstacles Remain As Exclusion Policy Ends

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 7:02 am

Wednesday's deadline for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines to submit plans for ending the policy that keeps women from serving in ground combat positions will open up more than 200,000 positions in the military to them. But the change won't end questions about the role of women in the armed forces.

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12:30am

Wed May 15, 2013
U.S.

Budget Woes Mean Big Delays For Small Claims Courts

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 2:14 am

Members of the Save Our Courts coalition rally outside the Los Angeles County Courthouse in March. The county will soon cut the number of courthouses handling small claims cases from 27 to six.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Across the country, cash-strapped state and local governments are not just cutting services — they're also cutting access to courts. The tip of the iceberg may be small claims courts.

These courts, dealing with disputes involving small sums of money, are the workhorses of the judicial system. There are thousands of such courts across the country, but perhaps nowhere are they being cut more dramatically than in California.

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12:00am

Wed May 15, 2013
Veterans

Today on Your Call: What services are available for returning veterans?

On today's Your Call, we'll have a conversation about how veterans are navigating the VA system. More than a million vets are currently waiting for their benefits claims to be processed. And the average wait time is 273 days. We’ve heard these stories for years. Why is this still happening? Join us at 10 or post a comment here. President Obama had promised to revamp what he calls a “broken VA bureaucracy.” So what has changed under his administration? It's Your Call with Holly Kernan and You.

Guest:

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6:20pm

Tue May 14, 2013
Superintendents message

Superitendents Message

This is the Superintendents message for may 14, 2013

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6:04pm

Tue May 14, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

The Commencement Speech Colleges Would Never Let Me Give. Plus: Should You Really Be a Lawyer?

On the June 2, 2013 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Deborah Schneider, author of Should You Really Be a Lawyer? We'll talk about people thinking about entering the career as well as those already in it.

Plus, I'll give the commencement address I'd love to give but that no college would be foolish enough to allow me to give.

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6:01pm

Tue May 14, 2013
Three Strikes Law

Three strikes, you're in (for life)

Many three-strikes prisoners are getting a second chance in California since the passage of Prop 36. Back in November, 69 percent of Californians voted yes on the proposition to change the Three Strikes Law, which was enacted in 1994. It sentenced offenders with three or more felony convictions to 25 years to life in prison -- and comparatively minor crimes could qualify as the third strike. 

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