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Sam April 23, 2014 at 11:10 am
Both the jackass players should be fined. these are the same kids that shoot up the schools whenRead More they're bored with fantasy. The beach is right down the block and your lazy fat ass kid sits on the couch all day gaming. pathetic.
Linda Maloney April 23, 2014 at 11:33 am
This situation is very serious and they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law! IRead More remember thinking ringing someones' doorbell and running away was a prank!
SA April 23, 2014 at 11:40 am
Whatever happened to just “ding dong ditch” … or even just playing outside? MyRead More dad bought me the 1st Nintendo but every day we were still skating or surfing and rarely playing video games. Freaking losers …
Taxes are going up for homeowners in Fairfax County with the 2015 budget. Patch file photo.
Michael Blevins April 23, 2014 at 11:17 am
And the individual members of the Board of Supervisors will hear my opinion of their action to raiseRead More taxes the next time each of them is up for re-election. It's so easy to sit on that dais and vote to raise taxes rather than work to find ways to cut costs. After all, it's just the taxpayers' money, not theirs.
Private Person April 23, 2014 at 11:17 am
There is plenty of "affordable" housing in Fairfax County. None of it, though, is managedRead More by the incompetent housing "authority." By their definition, that sort of housing must have granite and stainless kitchens, at least one bathroom for every bedroom and usually an array of amenities like an on-site gym. There are plenty of low-end starter condos selling for $200k and below -- most of which are in desirable locations like Reston, Herndon, Falls Church, Seven Corners and the like. No, they are not atop Tysons malls or Reston Town Center, but that's not what affordable means. The decoded version of "affordable housing" is posh housing for the takers who will gladly vote these crooks, who take your money and give it to the takers, back into office again and again. This county, and this country for that matter, is doomed.
Kim McCoy April 23, 2014 at 11:36 am
Jim Daniels, how dare you tell me that there are "plenty of counties near by" that I canRead More go to? I was born and raised here, my parents worked and paid taxes their whole adult lives here, we've worked and paid taxes here our whole adult lives, and our daughter was raised here and pays taxes here. Until Gerry Connolly showed up her from Boston, this county was exquisite in beauty, education, and thoughtful development. Since then, it has been nothing but sprawl, congestion, and over-taxation...Tell me Jim, are you from here?
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Porter gladstone April 23, 2014 at 10:47 am
mob mentality. people on this thread dont even understand the ruling. tt, the comparison toRead More sports is absurd. baseball 8% black. hockey? swimming? etc. i dont hear complaints by minority leaders complaing about every facet of life. there is a belief that low test scores , a dearth of black ceo's , etc must be explained by some measure of systemic discrimination. women do it. minorities. heck go to any youth sports program and youll find parents complaing about playing time and favoritism. people complain. sometimes theyre right.
Old Pizza April 23, 2014 at 10:54 am
College admission should be based on scholastic achievement, period.
Observor April 23, 2014 at 11:03 am
One of the primary reasons blacks lag in admission to elite colleges without affirmative action isRead More that a disproportionate number of them come out of horror show urban school systems where they are trapped by an unholy alliance of the teacher unions and the Democrat party. The DTC keeps the unions working regardless of incompetence and in return the unions bankroll the DTC with their members' dues money. Affirmative action is just a way to paper over that "inconvenient truth."
Fairfax kids could get more sleep under proposal.
Lisa Ross April 22, 2014 at 03:59 pm
Cannot wait for this to happen. Wish it could have happened before my first child graduated lastRead More June. She was so tired that she was napping after school at least 3 days a week. Teens should not need naps! And she was in her room with lights out and no electronics at 9 pm. I know because I was insistent on it. But you cannot make most teens fall asleep that early. Their body chemistry does not allow it. And the research shows that kids DO get more sleep in places where they have made this shift to start high schools later. Opponents said the same thing in Arlington County and were proved wrong. Kids are sleeping more. Also, this article says that "in 4 of the scenarios, teenagers could gain an additional 30 minutes to an hour of sleep on weeknights." This is not exactly right -it could be more than 30 minutes to an hour because another thing that was done in these proposals was to reduce the time teens spend at school before school starts. No reason to sit around school for 30-40 minutes before anything starts. Under these proposals, most should not get there much more than about 10 minutes before school starts so bus pick-up times will change more than start times alone indicate. Yay!
thenaturalhorseman April 23, 2014 at 08:13 am
Yes please! My kids would still go to sleep at the same time and would love to not have to catchRead More the bus at 5:50am!
The Convict April 23, 2014 at 11:01 am
Parent your children, Parents. If your kid needs more sleep, then get them to bed earlier.
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
CowDung April 23, 2014 at 11:34 am
"I could give you the requirements for an International Baccalaureate, which is offered atRead More Biotech and a few select HS's in NJ, but it is not really on point, and your fingers can google just as easily as mine. The IB is only for the highest level students. It would not be appropriate to make it the default for all students. " Then I ask again, what was your point in bringing it up? Common Core does not prevent schools from offering such a program...
CowDung April 23, 2014 at 11:37 am
"And have YOU actually read the standards, or only a few snippets, which YOU are relying on forRead More your opinion? I havent read them all. I have read comparisons of some of the old standards, side-by-side with the new standards, and it seems that whoever wrote the standards did not have the gift for brevity and clarity that one would hope for." There really wasn't an 'old standard' to compare with. One of the main reasons for Common Core is to have a standard for everyone to comply with.
CowDung April 23, 2014 at 11:40 am
"You may think I am mindlessly parroting, but I wonder why you are so mindlessly defending. AtRead More least all the other people involved seem to have gotten paid by Bill and Melinda Gates. " :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: I'm at least defending Common Core with facts. Having to resort to lies like your claim about 'educators not being involved at all in the development of the CC Standards'...
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Michael Brennick April 22, 2014 at 06:46 pm
Where are the stories about the rates charged by the Cable cartels-???---Especially Leftist,Read More Democratic Comcast, the premier robber barons, who fill the campaign tills of the Dumocrats.
Paul April 22, 2014 at 09:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 10:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Lewis Tagliaferre April 23, 2014 at 10:24 am
The mom's time had come and the daughter seems to have accepted that..since there was no foul playRead More indicated I see only a delay in calling 911....but if they took her to hospital the medics would have attempted to extend her life at tremendous cost for no good reason....this happened to a neighbor living alone and no one was charged with any crime even though her body was not discovered until neighbors called 911 some time later...message: no good deed goes unpunished....
The Convict April 23, 2014 at 10:56 am
She left her mother on the floor for a couple of days, Lewis. If Mom had wanted to die instead ofRead More recieving life supporting measures, the daughter could have at least put her in the bed or made her comfortable. Instead, this appears to be the case that the daughter just decided to be indifferent to her mother's precarious situation. BTW, if this had been an infant that had fallen on the floor and was left to die, would you take the same position?
Michele April 23, 2014 at 11:03 am
Caring for someone else is a HUGE burden, even if it is someone you love with all of your heart. InRead More this area, supports are not always easy to get, and people often do not reach out for help because they don't even know help exists. We do not know the full story, and I refuse to pretend to know what to think about this without more information.
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nonoise April 22, 2014 at 03:10 pm
They want government to raise our children, not parents.
Tom Hollman April 22, 2014 at 04:41 pm
THIS COUNTRY TOOK A $HIT WHEN THE SUPREME COURT TOOK AWAY THE KICK IN THE A$$ AT HOME AND AT SCHOOLRead More THEY PUT THE KIDS ON DRUGS. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ?YEARS AGO THERE WERE NO ALPABETIZED SINDROMES THIS IS HOW HEAD SHRINKERS PUSH DRUGS FOR DRUG COMPANEYS
Kim Fox April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
I don't believe this kid is competent enough to make those decisions. Those kids need to beRead More prosecuted to the fullest and if the does judge does not agree he needs to step down.
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Dorie, stowing away on a plane is a crime. And no, the boy himself did not pose a threat. But theRead More fact that he (anyone) can get that close to a plane poses a threat. I have to take off my flippin' shoes and get patted down, but apparently you can just walk up and plant a bomb in the wheel well.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 01:30 pm
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
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The Convict April 23, 2014 at 10:58 am
This Thread Is Worthless Without Pictures.
lablover April 23, 2014 at 11:03 am
This Dee idiot needs to get a life. The psycho babble is getting old. What a loser !
Doug Strickland Is An Asshat April 23, 2014 at 11:39 am
Convict: There ARE pictures.
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bg robbins April 22, 2014 at 11:39 am
I don't think were doing starving people any favors by sending them hot dogs that might make themRead More sick.
BiteMeFanBoy1 April 22, 2014 at 03:28 pm
Just another argument for KOSHER hot dogs..... All of the great taste and NONE OF THE CRAP !
Bill Harvey April 22, 2014 at 05:04 pm
Poland has already outlawed kosher killing as inhumane--it involves voiding the arteries of theRead More animal's tainted blood while it is still alive....The US will soon follow despite its Jewish lobby.
Express Lanes on Interstate 95 'On Track' for 2015 Opening. Source: vamegaprojects.com
Sarah April 22, 2014 at 01:26 pm
The current "express lanes" in Virginia are a big flop. I travel 95 in Virginia weekly andRead More see 1 or 2 or even 3 or 4 vehicles using the "express lanes." What a gaint waste of taxpayer money.
Antje W. April 22, 2014 at 03:25 pm
I concur with Don and Sarah! Absolutely correct. The biggest waste of taxpayer money I've seen forRead More this year. Nobody is crying foul now - but let the EZPass come into effect and we will see congestion on I-95 that will surpass anything we are experiencing right now. Hmmm, come to think of it: What about the one lane that should still carry HOV, but requires an EZPass transponder? What a gimmick: Now all HOV users pay in one form or another. On another note: how fast will this HOV lane be when only one lane is available? Who in his right mind wants to use this lane? From a marketing strategy pretty clever: HOV users will flock to get an EZPass and eventually HOV will be eliminated. Thank you, Governor McDonnell, for kicking Virginians were it hurts! What a way to leave the office by selling us out to the highest bidder!
PRWins April 23, 2014 at 07:46 am
Why, oh why, was this money not spent on extending Metro, so that cars, traffic, etc. would beRead More unnecessary? Metro runs around its own little DC enclave. (Yeah, it's coming to Tysons and Reston... the 1% again.) The VRE is a monstrous joke... limited hours, limited stops, unlimited charges... Not being able to get to DC easily cuts down on a lot of employment opportunities! BTW, I have yet to figure out where all the cars using I95 park when they get to DC.... Are these the literati using the govt. lots?
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monkey lewis April 22, 2014 at 02:30 am
Father to many married to none and in case Ya all wondered Im really well hung
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 11:34 am
Agranon - I'm a moron because I am tired of everybody and his mother trying to put themselves inRead More every story? Then so be it - I'm a moron. To be honest, I am also really tired of all the people that were compelled to run the Boston Marathon because "I had to finish for all those who couldn't." Get over yourself. It was a tragedy. Those responsible should be ripped apart by dogs. I sincerely hope the families of those affected can move on somehow. But how does Mary Jane Smith running the marathon help ANYBODY but herself? She's not doing it for "those who can't". She's doing it to maybe get on TV and she's probably feeling a little sanctimonious because she ran 26.2 miles and you didn't. It's like, "what did YOU do to help these people?" Same as you - nothing.
Geoffrey Koppel April 22, 2014 at 04:52 pm
If this is a think tank, someone should change the filter.
The dates for the 2014 Lyrid meteor shower peak are here.
Rick Crockett April 21, 2014 at 01:30 am
I've studied science and religion (many degrees, certifications etc.) taught religion, worked inRead More observatories, as an a night assistant and as an astronomer and I would like to know just what your belief system is. I suspect you are Hindu and you believe in Kali. When Obama laid of 50,000 of us working for NASA and affiliates, he then gave full four year scholarships to 20,000 Hindu interns that took our NASA careers. I was told this from directly within the Indian Government because I moderate an international group for astronomy and aerospace technology. We here going to continue funding the ISS while handing our seat over to that government yet retain the sole cost of removing it when it is retired. Meanwhile China, Russia and India each are working on their versions of our now retired space shuttle as we opt for technology obsoleted and shelved before our first shuttle launch. Now the Hindu from that group are calling the Christian faith a superstition (yeah, in a science and technology group) that needs to be wiped from the face of the Earth and replaced with the Mother Goddess Kali, also a Goddess of Death I believe. I get the impression you are one of those....??? Comet Hale Bopp was a somewhat recent (to me) comet that you could have photographed and measured its element and proved yourself wrong. You could still go back and look at photos other such as myself actually took. The amount of force it would have taken to blow a comet away from earth with that amount of mass and that type of velocity, would have left only rubble here. So a Kali believer right???? I don't suppose you are also a Thuggee? I just haven't quite heard your version of faith and science the way you have put it so I am curious.
Rick Crockett April 21, 2014 at 01:39 am
Please excuse typos. I tend to drop letters because I lost a thumb in an industrial accident andRead More when it was reattached it was bent enough to rub the touch pad backwards backing over the characters. I just haven't overcome my reflex, miss my IBM...
Susan Conner April 21, 2014 at 06:08 am
@Babu G. Ranganathan, I think you misunderstood the Newsweek article you are talking about. CometsRead More actually come from the Oort Cloud. Watch Cosmos and catch up.