DENVER (AP) — Dropping her kids off at school used to be the hardest part of Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson’s day. She would cry most mornings as they left the car and relied on texted photos from their teachers to make it through the day. Now, the mother of four — and Columbine shooting survivor — sees mornings as an opportunity. She wakes early, makes breakfast and strives to send a clear message before her kids leave home: I adore you. Twenty years after teenage gunmen attacked Columbine High School, Ruegsegger Johnson and other alumni of the Littleton, Colorado, school have become parents. The emotional toll of the shooting that killed 12 classmates and a teacher has been amplified by fears about their own kids’ safety , spiking each time yet another shooter enters yet another school. “I’m grateful I have the chance to be a mom. I know some of my classmates weren’t given that opportunity,” Ruegsegger Johnson said, tears springing to … [Read more...] about Columbine survivors send kids to schools altered by attack
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FILE - This Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, booking photo released by the Bristol County Sheriff's Office shows Michelle Carter, ordered to start serving a 15-month jail sentence for her involuntary manslaughter conviction for sending a barrage of text messages urging boyfriend Conrad Roy III to kill himself. Roy took his own life in Fairhaven, Mass., in July 2014. An attorney for Lynn Roy, the boy's mother, said Tuesday, April 9, that her wrongful death suit against Carter had been "resolved." (Bristol County Sheriff's Office via AP, File) BOSTON – The wrongful death lawsuit brought against the Massachusetts woman convicted of sending her suicidal boyfriend a series of text messages urging him to kill himself has been resolved. Michelle Carter was convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III. The 22-year-old woman, who was 17 at the time of Roy's death, began serving a 15-month sentence in February. Eric Goldman, an attorney for Roy's … [Read more...] about Wrongful death lawsuit in texting suicide case resolved
With 800 million voters and nearly 2,000 political parties taking part, India's elections are a staggeringly challenging exercise. And at the heart of the credibility of these complex elections is the robustness and integrity of the vote count.For decades voting was blighted by the capture of polling stations and stuffing of ballot boxes by mobs hired by political parties.All this changed with the introduction of the electronic voting machines at the turn of the century. However, from time to time, doubts have been raised about the machines. Parties, usually on the losing side, have often cavalierly alleged that the machines can be hacked into and ballots rigged. With national elections looming in the summer, such doubts have emerged again. Last week, India's election authorities rejected claims by a US-based technologist who said the machines were hacked during the 2014 general elections in which Narendra Modi's right-wing BJP party swept to power. But credible concerns about the … [Read more...] about Indian election 2019: Are fears of a mass hack credible?
It was just a matter of time before the wheels came off Nashville's charter school industry. This year, it's finally happening. Advocates for charters — publicly funded private schools — have long argued they’re the best approach for improving K-12 public education. But national research shows, and now a series of new local developments reinforces, that charters are just a collective ruse pushed by special interests trying to privatize our school system. The latest example is RePublic Schools. In March a federal judge certified a class-action lawsuit brought by Nashville parents who complained their families are being subjected to illegal hardball recruiting tactics by the charter chain. RePublic allegedly sent text messages to thousands of parents. As it turns out, RePublic harvested student and family contact information from a Metro Nashville Public Schools database, then turned over the personal information to an out-of-state vendor that generated the texts. … [Read more...] about Nashville’s charter school industry is unraveling
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn December political cartoons from the USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. The cartoonist's homepage, knoxnews.com/opinion/charlie-daniel Charlie Daniel, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel Fullscreen The cartoonist's homepage, pnj.com/opinion Andy Marlette, Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal Fullscreen The cartoonist's homepage, citizen-times.com/voices-views David Cohen, Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times Fullscreen The cartoonist's homepage, indystar.com/opinion/varvel Gary Varvel, The Indianapolis Star Fullscreen The cartoonist's homepage, pnj.com/opinion Andy Marlette, Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal Fullscreen The cartoonist's homepage, news-press.com/opinion Doug MacGregor, The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press Fullscreen The cartoonist's homepage, courier-journal.com/opinion Marc Murphy, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier Journal … [Read more...] about Letters to the editor: Text tax, the mess in Tulare and standing up to Trump