The proposed 2013-14 student code of conduct does not reinstate the controversial punishment of paddling. But one board member hopes to get enough votes in April to add it back in after a three-year absence.
"This (paddling) is an alternative to out-of-school suspension if parents choose it," said School Board member Carol Ely, who retired as Shady Hill principal two years ago.
Ladies, would you rather wear sneakers or hot shoes to a formal event?
Girls. You went to all the trouble of getting a gorgeous dress for a formal event. Your makeup is spectacular. Your hair is beautiful. Are you going to wear sneakers with your dress? Or are you going to get the perfect shoes to tie it all together? Storm says shoes don't matter (YES, he actually said that. I know, right?!) and that we should all wear comfortable shoes. I say he's out of his mind and the shoes can make or break the outfit. So, what do you say, Ladies? Would you wear sneakers with a formal dress, or do the shoes really matter?
Please respond to our totally scientific and unbiased poll below:
4 alternatives to blowing the check on gadgets or getaways
Despite the late start to the this year’s tax season, refund checks are already rolling in. About 75% of taxpayers are expected to receive refunds this year, according to estimates from the Internal Revenue Service, with the average check coming out to about $3,000. And as this winter windfall arrives, Americans wrestle with competing desires to spend, save, or invest the cash.
A study by University of Colorado professor Christopher Sibona found that "40 percent of people surveyed said they would avoid in real life anyone who unfriended them on Facebook."
A study out of the University of Edinburgh found that when you have more Facebook friends, you have more opportunity to offend people with what you post: "Stress arises when a user presents a version of themself on Facebook that is unacceptable to some of their online 'friends,' such as posts displaying behaviour such as swearing, recklessness, drinking and smoking."
How much do you spend on Valentine's Day? Twenty dollars for chocolates? Fifty dollars for flowers? A hundred bucks for dinner for two? You don't have to break your budget to keep from breaking your lover's heart -- just use some imagination and initiative. WalletPop scribes put their heads together to come up with a generous number of suggestions for celebrating Valentine's Day on a budget.
You don't like the movie, Rex Reed? FINE. Review the film. That's your job. But using your professional platform to bully and humiliate the star because you think it's gross that she's overweight? Calling her "tractor-sized," "humongous," and "a female hippo?" Disgraceful.
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How unfortunate to start my weekend by reading Rex Reed's verbal assault of Melissa McCarthy in his review of "Identity Thief." In fact, it was less a criticism of the movie than it was an expression of his own dismay that one of the film's stars happens to be a fat woman.
As my friends and I observed, we can think of few, if any, examples of critics heaping similar insults upon actors such as Chris Farley, John Goodman, Jack Black, John Candy, Jackie Gleason, John Belushi, and Kevin James. There's an inexhaustible supply of overweight actors whose weight is overlooked, or even celebrated. But God help us all if a talented, hilarious woman, who happens to be fat, makes a movie. And even worse, people like her! She's successful! Stop the presses!
I'm appalled that any editor would allow Rex Reed to use his column to humiliate an actor because of her weight. There is no journalistic integrity in using one's professional platform to be an abusive bully.
There seems to be no end to the media's willingness to find new ways to make women feel inferior, unattractive, and insecure. Congratulations and stay classy.
The Alachua County School Board did not approve the district's proposed calendar for the 2013-2014 school year, which kept Thanksgiving week as is, with the break starting on Wednesday.
Superintendent Dan Boyd had recommended approval of this calendar over the draft proposed from the Alachua County Education Association, which gives students the whole week of Thanksgiving off and adds two days on to the end of the school year.
In a 3-2 vote, Board Chair Eileen Roy joined Gunnar Paulson and Leanetta McNealy in opposing the district calendar. April Griffin and Carol Oyenarte voted in favor of it.
Knowing when to purchase what can mean big savings throughout the year. Savvy shoppers take advantage of two major, and related, trends: seasonal shifts and post-holiday sales.
As you consider what to buy in February, remember that winter is halfway over and retailers want to get rid of seasonal merchandise. Also, stores usually have a lot of electronics left over from the holidays and must make room for new gadgets. And finally, President's Day falls in February - giving many people a three-day weekend and extra time to shop. Taken all together, you can count on February deals galore.
To help you prepare your defenses, here are the 10 dumbest things that people do (or fail to do) with their smartphones.
1) No password protection.
If you could "lock" your wallet, wouldn't you? Well, why don't more folks lock their iPhone or Android phone? While it is nowhere CLOSE to being foolproof, a phone password works like the theory of the burglar and the dog: If you take that extra step to protect yourself, most bad guys will simply move on to the next (easier) target. It's a lot easier for a thief to steal a smartphone with no password than it is to work on cracking your phone.
2) Shopping online with an Internet browser instead of a shopping app.
If you have the choice between shopping at Amazon.com using your phone's browser versus Amazon's app, use the app! Ditto for eBay, Overstock, and any big retailer that gives you the option of using their app. Unlike browsers, dedicated shopping apps are designed to ward off phishing and other kinds of scams. (Before you download it, just make sure it's really their official app!)