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March 5, 2014
Major changes are just around the corner for the SAT exam
- 2005 Major alterations to the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) saw the College Board removed portions of the verbal section that had traditionally proven difficult for some students. The Board also added an 800-point essay segment to the exam, giving it a new total point value of 2400.
- 2016 A new round of changes will see the maximum score on the SAT exam return to 1600, along with a host of other changes that the College Board once again hopes will make college more-accessible to graduating high school students. In addition to dropping the top score, the College Board will also offer free SAT preparation materials and give four college application fee waivers to anyone who takes the test. source
17:17 // 6 days ago
March 1, 2014
What the heck is happening with Crimea right now?
- cause In the wake of the deteriorating Ukrainian political situation, a number of military units invaded the autonomous region of Crimea on Friday—something Ukraine’s newly installed government blamed on Russia. Airports were closed, and borders were blocked off. The takeover wouldn’t be a complete surprise, considering that Russia ordered military exercises just a few days before.
- reaction President Obama, in the kind of hard-line diplomatic stance we haven’t heard from him in a while, told Russia to knock it off—or else. “The United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine,” the president said.
- rebuttal Hours after Obama’s statements, the Russian government approved the use of military force in Ukraine and recommended that Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. return home in protest of what the president said.
11:27 // 1 week ago
February 27, 2014
More on the situation in Ukraine
- Asylum Russia has confirmed it will offer asylum to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled the country after months of anti-government demonstrations followed his decision to accept a financial bailout from Russia instead of the European Union.
- Arrest Ukraine is still calling for Yanukovych’s arrest, and has called for prosecution from the International Criminal Court but far more pressing matters now face the interim government in Kiev. Gunmen stormed the regional parliament building in Crimea on Thursday, demanding a vote on secession from Ukraine. A vote on a referendum to “expand” Crimea’s autonomy has since been scheduled for May 25. source
15:14 // 1 week ago
February 21, 2014
Colorado is going to make bank for all that legal pot they’re selling
- yeah! According to new statistics, the state of Colorado is likely to make major bank from the sale of marijuana. Based on the first budget report on the issue, the state will likely make $184 million in tax revenue from pot alone over the next 18 months, and the industry itself is projected to earn $610 million in revenue in that period.
- but … Don’t get too excited, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said on Friday during a meeting with governors from other states. “When governors have asked me, and several have, I say that we don’t have the facts,” Hickenlooper explained. “We don’t know what the unintended consequences are going to be and we’re going to regulate it every way we can. What I do is urge caution.”
22:27 // 2 weeks ago
February 19, 2014
Things aren’t looking any better in Ukraine after a night of violence
- Yesterday Clashes between Ukrainian security forces and anti-government protesters left at least 25 people dead, while reports of new uprisings and weapon thefts outside Kiev began to emerge, and demonstrations continued as fires consumed the capital city’s Trade Unions Building.
- Today US and European leaders confirmed they are weighing the possibility of levying new sanctions against Ukraine, while Russia has threatened to stabilize the region itself. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych replaced his top general on Wednesday; however, the move is unlikely to calm anyone’s nerves in Kiev.
15:49 // 2 weeks ago
February 12, 2014
Trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber to begin later this year
- November 3 Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will officially go on trial just before the end of 2014, much earlier than the September 2015 timeline proposed by his defense team, more than 18 months after the attacks he stands accused of carrying out with his brother, Tamerlan. Tsarnaev’s attorneys argued that they needed more time to prepare for trial, as a result of “sluggish” responses from government organizations, but Judge George O’Toole Jr denied the request. source
14:12 // 3 weeks ago
January 28, 2014
Ongoing Ukrainian protests lead prime minister to step down
- Last Week Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov was more than a little dismissive of the protesters who’d spent two-plus months gathered in Kiev, saying demonstrations only continued because the government allowed them to, even as government officials met with opposition leaders to try and bring an end to the unrest.
- Tuesday Azarov and his entire cabinet stepped down from their posts, the latest in a series of concessions meant to build goodwill between demonstrators and the government. President Viktor Yanukovich also instructed two deputies to roll back harsh anti-protest legislation that was rammed through parliament less than two weeks ago. Opposition leaders celebrated the news, but say protests will continue until the country further restricts recent expansions of presidential power. source
14:12 // 1 month ago
January 14, 2014
D.C. Court of Appeals strikes down FCC net neutrality regulations
- 2010 The Federal Communications Commission adopted the Open Internet Order, a set of rules dictating how internet service providers could/couldn’t prioritize web traffic; fulfilling a campaign promise from President Obama to continue protecting net neutrality during his time in office.
- 2014 A federal judge in Washington D.C. struck down the rules adopted under the Open Internet order, saying that the FCC over-stepped its boundaries by implementing the new regulations on ISPs and that Congress would need to formally classify companies like Verizon and Comcast as “common carriers” if it believed the FCC should have the same ability to regulate ISPs as it does telecommunications providers. source
16:16 // 1 month ago
January 13, 2014
Rich people fighting, basic cable edition
- courting Earlier today, Charter Communications made public a letter its CEO sent to Time Warner Cable’s CEO, asking to buy the company for a cool $61 billion. “We are fully prepared to finalize a deal on an extremely expedited basis. We believe that time is of the essence to prepare our companies to meet the challenges of the industry, which is why we have decided to announce the status of our discussions to date to both sets of shareholders,” Charter CEO Tom Rutledge wrote. The company has tried multiple times to make this merger happen.
- denying Soon after that letter showed up, Time Warner Cable released a letter of its own, turning down the offer—again. “We gave Charter our bottom line, but rather than pursuing this path, Charter has chosen to go public with its third low-ball offer trying to pressure TWC’s Board into selling the Company at a grossly inadequate price,” TWC CEO Rob Marcus said in a statement. Dude, she said no.
19:21 // 1 month ago
January 9, 2014
History repeats itself, McDonald’s coffee edition.
- 1994 A jury awarded $2.9 million to a woman who suffered third-degree burns after spilling a cup of hot coffee purchased from a McDonald’s in Albuquerque, NM. The ruling drew global media attention, and ultimately lead McDonald’s to begin printing a warning on all its coffee cups going forward.
- 2014 A California resident is clearly hoping history will repeat itself, having filed suit against the burger franchise after spilling a cup of coffee she purchased at the McDonald’s on Sepulveda Boulevard in Los Angeles. Thursday’s filing doesn’t include any specific information on the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries, but does claim the lid for the woman’s coffee cup was “negligently, carelessly and improperly” attached. Anybody think this will work?
15:14 // 2 months ago