Schoolchildren’s artwork on classroom walls is, by tradition, part of the fabric of the American learning experience. It’s good for self-esteem. But is it safe? In some schools in the Olentangy Local School District just north of Columbus, artwork on the wall has been severely restricted because of local enforcement of the state fire code.
An inmate cursed at a federal judge, spit at prosecutors and threatened to kill a prison guard during a hearing in which he received an 80-year sentence for robbing two banks and taking a hostage during a 2007 crime spree across Ohio. Billy Jack Fitzmorris also managed to flip over the defense table before federal marshals could restrain him at Monday’s hearing.
There’s a new rival to Cliffs Notes – the study guides sometimes read by students who’d rather not read the original piece of literature – no matter how famous. Now a company is offering NotePods – downloadable summaries of some of the great classics. They are not books on tape in their entirety – merely summaries of the plot and the main characters. While the company touts them as a new innovative study aid, some educators have their doubts.
The president of the Columbus Fire Fighters Union says he doesn’t believe the city will employ a record 1,555 firefighters by the end of 2007 as projected in the city’s 2007 budget.