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The Fluffernutter could become the official state sandwich. Patch File Photo
Prometheus April 23, 2014 at 09:33 am
Dead kid....no biggie. Kidnapped child....nothing to see here. Murderer getting a taxpayer fundedRead More sex change....just another day. Markey looking for a way around the First....its for our own good. But FLUFFERNUTTER......stop the presses. SAD!
Saber Walsh April 23, 2014 at 10:04 am
It seems that, the more we approach a crisis, the more our Statehouse addresses incredibly stupidRead More things like this. Moving something like this forward is interesting, but it shows how out of touch we are with true priorities. Hence: why we need term limits. NOW.
Photo Credit: Mark Garfinkel, Boston Herald
MoonBeamWatcher April 22, 2014 at 11:28 pm
How goes that kidnaping of Justina shaping up? Held in solitary confinement, no school or church!Read More Has she been murdered by DCF yet? ACLU your silence is deafening!
Susan Petroni (Editor) April 23, 2014 at 12:48 am
This was the last report we post on Justina:Read More http://framingham.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/easter-service-protest-held-outside-wayside-sunday
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Keith Cox April 23, 2014 at 09:34 am
Affirmative action IS racism!! This is a win!!
Political PR Machine April 23, 2014 at 09:41 am
Affirmative Action takes into account Race. It is discriminatory.
TT April 23, 2014 at 10:06 am
Personally, I'm tired of the racism in sports, where ONE race gets almost all of the attention. It'sRead More time for REAL change. Until sports reflects the multicultural face of America, nothing else should.
This blaze in Back Bay March 26 killed two firefighters. Credit: Boston Fire Department
Sharon April 23, 2014 at 08:16 am
You can expect the welding company to pull a bankruptcy to avoid liability. They should be heldRead More criminally liable and those responsible sent to jail for manslaughter. Very stupid and sad. RIP heroes!
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 09:51 am
What is your point, Jennifer? Do only small countries need educational standards? What is theRead More required curriculum for an 'International Baccalaureate' program at the high school level?
Jeanne Miller April 23, 2014 at 10:00 am
As a community college instructor I am looking forward to students who have learned using the CommonRead More Core approach. For the last ten or so years, many students come to college just looking for the 'right' answer as a result of teaching to the objective exams of "No Child Left Behind." Very few have the ability to use critical thinking skills to analyze information. In fact, it sometimes seems painful for them to think out of the box. Our students should be able to understand the reasoning that needs to be applied to find solutions, especially when it isn't exactly what they've seen before, so they can apply those skill to address the many issues they will encounter in the future.
Jennifer April 23, 2014 at 10:03 am
Cow Dung, as I said, I would agree with you on the school boards curriculum choices, IF there wereRead More meaningful differences between the CC -"aligned" curricula. However, since the texbook publishers are elbow-deep in the development of the CC, and there are only a few of them, there is NO meaningful choice. So yes, it is a great thing that we are paying attention what our kids are being taught, but how do we change the content? Where do the books come from? Maybe this is a problem that pre-dates common core, and we are only becoming aware of it now. Does that make it any LESS of a problem? I can't understand how you and other supporters of the CC dont see these things - standards, curricula, and testing - as inextricably intertwined as the companies that funded it and people who developed it. They all work for companies that will financially benefit from it. You really havent ever addressed that at all. It REALLY doesnt bother you? It doesnt bother you. It doesnt bother you?
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tenth district April 22, 2014 at 06:38 pm
Funny how Netflix is the "bad boy" yet those that offer more commercials than the movieRead More itself are just fine :) Cable today is pure garbage, a 2 hr movie will last half the night with all those commercials and since all sports from all countries, could be seen live over the internet...cable is obsolete. Netflix is weak but is a fine alternative to cable for now. (as for news, please, you must be brain-dead to get your news from cable...with all of them all over you from second you start the computer to turn on the radio to even the second you "check" the e-mail on the phone. so Reuters don't worry about Netflix, worry about cable companies whose stocks should be worth a little more than half an ounce of dirt
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.
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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
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.
Meb Keflezighi crossing the finish line. Credit: Boston Marathon
BH April 22, 2014 at 01:19 am
He's more American than you are old pizza, simply based on his words and acceptance of people asRead More opposed to your ignorance and cluelessness of what it means to be an American.
MikeA April 22, 2014 at 01:15 pm
As Hillary might say, "What difference does it make?" It's not like "we" wonRead More the marathon. He won the marathon.
Dennis Naughton April 22, 2014 at 04:10 pm
@old pizza: Tea Party talk.
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.
My iPad has several e-reading apps. Credit: Danielle Masterson.
BookOasis April 23, 2014 at 08:27 am
As the local bookstore in Stoneham we believe there is certainly room for both. I can count on oneRead More hand the number of customer we have lost to strictly e-readers. We still have plenty of e-reading customers of all ages that buy real books. Children's books are especially popular as the experience of having your child/grandchild sit on your lap and read/look at the pictures/turn the page cannot be replaced by a hard, boring device. E-readers definitely have the advantage at the gym. We recommend the Kobo Glo or Arc for paperwhite devices: no ads, lightest weight device available, dozens of fonts and font sizes, notes, dictionary and the charge lasts at least 30 DAYS! Used books are more environmentally friendly: saves a tree, no batteries, recycles over and over again and is completely recyclable when at its end-of-life, and at least half the price of an average e-book. They are also more comfortable to hold as they are more flexible. Readers are more likely to finish a real book than an e-book because there is a physical sense of where you are in the book (only 2 more chapters - yay!). Finally, when you purchase an e-book you are telling a big corporation a lot about yourself, they track every title you VIEW or purchase. Privacy doesn't exist on an electronic device. You may also find that your purchases are more like loans; titles can disappear at the whim of the provider or if distribution rights are lost. Either way - we are so happy people are reading no matter how they do it!
Tim H April 23, 2014 at 09:26 am
@Anna, most e-readers do allow you to adjust the size of the print. Personally I use an androidRead More tablet with apps to read material. There's an Amazon Kindle app so you can get at eBooks on Amazon that you bought, as well as other apps for other media. My preference has been for subscription material such as local newspaper and magazines; books I prefer paper. Most of the time I read this site on my tablet as it connects to the internet through Wi-Fi. I have not researched the Kobo Glo or Arc that @BookOasis mentions. The drawback to most android tablets is that they have shorter battery life (need to recharge mine at least once a day), and screen is not very good in the bright sunlight.
Tim H April 23, 2014 at 10:05 am
Another thought -- text-to-speech on E-Readers. I have a few friends who like to read books, butRead More have trouble finding time in their busy schedules. One uses Books on CD to play them as he drives, but another has moved up to the latest technology by using text-to-speech on his Kindle (other devices may support this as well). When he commutes to work, he has his Kindle read the book with the text-to-speech feature until he gets to his destination, then he switches over to reading the book like normal. The Kindle keeps track of where he leaves off in the book no matter how it is read. Of course you need to determine if this is safe for you. Text-to-speech might not be good in heavy traffic situations, but it can keep your mind alert during a boring commute.
Elizabeth Warren. Photo Credit: Ted Fitzgerald, Boston Herald
Frank Pignone April 23, 2014 at 08:10 am
I do believe Ms. Warren is 'for' jobs... since she's had herself about 57 of them...none of whichRead More were employed in the private sector...Her Housedad who takes care of the 'child' left behind after only two years old seems as a nice man though...Quite a man to allow her to carry her 'ex husband's name after marrying her. Quite a student in college I heard where the only question she got wrong is when she chose that 'Free Enterprise' is a Battleship in Fall River.
Frank Pignone April 23, 2014 at 08:28 am
"Warren voted as a Republican for many years saying, "I was a Republican because I thoughtRead More that those were the people who best supported markets". She states that in 1995 she began to vote Democratic because she no longer believed that to be true, but she says that she has voted for both parties because she believed that neither party should dominate." Her present Husband is called 'Mann'...but I do not believe she could ever handle the repercussions of 'where that could fall politically ....She is, subjectively , one of the most 'unsettled' minds I've ever politically read of in my historical library. I do admire her early life sticking with her mom, waitressing with her aunt's business as she lost her Dad early, but with ambitions, unsettled; college to college, job to job, state to state; political party to political party... I'd want her blood checked first to see if there is any clinical signs of Bi Polar First...No shame at all in that and I do mean this sincerely. It can be controlled by medication. I just viewed 'talking' about 'factories'.. and the tone in her voice of mind is simply , for a word, ungracious, unthankful, and needlessly, 'Vicious'......where it could easily been 'toned down' to a 'talk'....The 'hate' for strong business people who supply jobs, and opportunity and place money into the goods and services of our country is evident and does not understand it is much better to work in a 'Factory' rather than in a tent or the elements when it is not raining....Again, and seriously, I'd demand a series of blood work to see if Lithium or some other treatment can calm her down and aid her in choosing a position where she can stay for at least two or three years or so....
Iron Mike April 23, 2014 at 08:58 am
Coakley? Who can SEE NO EVIL? Who can't prosecute the scumbags in the DCF? Who never saw anyRead More corruption in the Probation Dept or on Beacon Hill? Who shrugged at the problems with the Drug Lab and the Compounding Lab? THAT Coakley? You want her for Governor – after 8 years of Duh-val?
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Gene Jones April 23, 2014 at 09:32 am
Surprised that anything was said to her. We went to WDW and had a woman behind us on Small World whoRead More was breastfeeding without covering up. We have no problem with breast feeding your baby - just cover yourself. It should be a private moment with you and your baby. A older man asked her to cover up. She was apologized to and is still whining. 15 minutes are up.
Keith Cumbie April 23, 2014 at 10:05 am
Dee honey, your God can blow me. I am under no obligation to follow the rules of your personalRead More faith nor am I obliged to harken to your personal translations of your holy text. Your beliefs are yours. Personally I think Fundamentalists such as you are a great and evil plague on society.
Archie Bunker April 23, 2014 at 10:09 am
Dee, die in a fire.
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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.