Fri
Apr 4 2014
07:08 am

There were no bids on phase 1 of the project.

The Phase I work included installing new underground stormwater and gas lines to support new commercial and residential developments in the area. The project also was supposed to add and widen sidewalks, resurface the road and bring in new, higher-performing traffic signals.

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Fri
Apr 4 2014
06:50 am

Google stock (GOOG) closed Wednesday at 1,135.10. The new stocks opened Thursday at 569.85 for GOOG and 573.39 for GOOGL.

The split ensures Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin maintain voting control.

GOOG stockholders will no longer have any voting rights. GOOGL stockholders have about 30% of the votes. The remaining 60% of voting rights are with Class B stockholders. Class B stocks are unlisted.

Stock splits used to be more common enabling smaller investors to get in after a split. Not so much in current times.

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Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment

As executive director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Fania Davis sees programs like hers as part of the way to end the school-to-prison pipeline.

by Fania Davis
posted Feb 19, 2014

Tommy, an agitated 14-year-old high school student in Oakland, Calif., was in the hallway cursing out his teacher at the top of his lungs. A few minutes earlier, in the classroom, he’d called her a “b___” after she twice told him to lift his head from the desk and sit up straight. Eric Butler, the school coordinator for Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY—the author is executive director of the organization) heard the ruckus and rushed to the scene. The principal also heard it and appeared. Though Butler tried to engage him in conversation, Tommy was in a rage and heard nothing. He even took a swing at Butler that missed. Grabbing the walkie-talkie to call security, the principal angrily told Tommy he would be suspended.

“I don’t care if I’m suspended. I don’t care about anything,” Tommy defiantly responded. Butler asked the principal to allow him to try a restorative approach with Tommy instead of suspending him.

(link...)

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Thu
Apr 3 2014
09:03 pm

Nicotine, the Wonder Drug?

This notorious stimulant may enhance learning and help treat Parkinson's, schizophrenia and other neurological diseases.

From Discover Magazine, March 2014
By Dan Hurley

Every drug of addiction must have its day. Morphine remains one of the most potent painkillers ever discovered. Cocaine’s chemical cousin lidocaine is still used by physicians and dentists as an effective local anesthetic. Even demon alcohol, when taken in moderation, cuts the risk of heart attacks, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and a hodgepodge of other ailments.

Now comes nicotine, perhaps the most unlikely wonder drug ever to be reviled.

Continued...

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Thu
Apr 3 2014
08:43 pm

I missed this yesterday...

WATE reported that a Knox County Schools parent found TWO errors in his/her student's practice TCAP for math.

There were two math problems for which the multiple choices the practice test provided did not include the problems' correct answers. Neither did students have any option to answer "none of the above."

WATE has posted at their site the two test pages containing the two errors (click to enlarge).

The practice test was a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt product.

(Hat tip to Lee Dunham Sessions on the SPEAK Facebook page.)

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I tend to think multi-use parking structures are way to go on occasion. That includes the parking pavement as solar power source. But then I am far from being a parkingologist.

From Yahoo Auto ...

A pair of forthcoming studies by Garrick and several of his UConn colleagues examine the economic and sociological impacts of parking trends in six U.S. cities from 1960 to 2000. They conclude that some car-centric cities forfeit more than a thousand dollars per parking space per year in potential municipal revenues by using land for parking rather than more lucrative alternatives. The researchers also found that minimum parking requirements inhibit development and exacerbate traffic by placing incentives on car use rather than on walking and cycling.

American cities are haunted by too many parking spaces

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From Huffington Post …

The workers, who are based in Queens, N.Y., walked off the job when Jairo Reyes, a 24-year company veteran and union activist, got in a dispute with the company over the number of hours senior staff could work, according to the New York Daily News.

UPS Fires Hundreds Of Workers Who Defended Fired Colleague

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Thu
Apr 3 2014
01:24 pm

The Official Ballot for the Knox Co. Primary...
Check it out....AND BE SURE TO VOTE!

(link...)

The early voting schedule can be found here (link...)

Election day is Tuesday, May 6th

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Thu
Apr 3 2014
08:35 am

Michael Lewis, author of the Big Short and Moneyball, tells the inside story of "high frequency trading" in his latest book "Flash Boys."

Lewis a masterful story teller, and his latest book reads like a novel, sometimes like science fiction. Unfortunately, it's a true story about how superfast computers and communication networks are skimming money off nearly every stock market trade.

Continued...

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Thu
Apr 3 2014
07:27 am

Saying that "influence and access exemplify a central feature of democracy," the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down aggregate campaign contribution limits for federal candidates. This is why a single Koch brother vote is worth more than yours. A lot more.

SCOTUSBlog breaks it down...

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Rikki Hall as remembered by Metropulse.

Regardless of how we stumbled onto the idea of evolution, once it was here it dictated the course of a century of science, going on two. It’s just a theory, and that’s what theories do.

I am fond of another grand idea that has defined the course of history: the theory that we are imperfect and achieve salvation by loving and forgiving one another. It is not a scientific idea. You cannot set out to prove or disprove it, but you can discover that it is true. Darwin was also fond of this grand idea, and his theory evolved from it. Evolution is the idea that imperfection in reproduction enables a march toward perfection with each cycle of birth.

I know it is a myth that Earth was created in seven days, but I would not say it is “just” a myth. It is part of a profoundly important book and deserves only the highest meaning of the word “myth.”

Often, ideas are bigger than the words we use to express them. We should be careful not to lose sight of big ideas by squabbling over words

I would argue with Rikki and his philosophical perspective on science, but, in the end, I cannot argue with the fact that he was blessed with a brilliant capacity to express those perspectives.

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Wed
Apr 2 2014
05:49 pm

The Tennessee Senate passed a bill last week that, if approved, would broadly ban mass transit projects in the region, an anti-transit effort that’s gotten some help in the state from Charles and David Koch.

Continued...

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Wed
Apr 2 2014
03:15 pm

What: Central City (1st District) Democrats Meeting
When: Monday, April 7, 2014 - 6:30pm
Where: Burlington Library 4614 Asheville HYWY knoxville 37914

The following candidates will speak:

Jim Berrier (Knox Co Trustee)
Cameron Brooks (Dem Exec Committee, District 6)
Marshall Walker (Knox Co School Board, District 1)
Daniel Kidd (Knox Co Circuit Court Judge, Div 4)

For Info: Anthony Brown (dribm2006@yahoo.com)

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Wed
Apr 2 2014
02:41 pm

To: Knox View,
Bill Owen for State Democratic Executive Committeeman invites you to an "All American Picnic" on April 7, 2014, at Austin's Buffet, 900 Merchants Drive, Knoxville, TN.

The "All American Picnic", will be April 7, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm, It's an appreciation dinner for the Democratic voters of the 7th district, Free Food and Entertainment with special Musical Guest, "Heart and Soul".

We appreciate your coverage and look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

Cynthia Nevels

P.S. If you have any question phone (865)544-4220

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Tue
Apr 1 2014
04:36 pm
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

A teacher friend asked me to post this fable:

My Dear dear readers, it is with regret and sorrow, a huge sadness on my heart that I find it necessary to tell you the following tale. It is not a happy story, in fact it is a tale full of sadness, regret and just the thought of telling it in a way that conveys the true tragedy it is, leaves me with a feeling of great despair and wonder at how we allowed something to go so wrong. Although, truth be told maybe just maybe the end may not yet be set in stone, we can always hold out hope that the weakest, feeblest spark that may, or then again may not remain, will one day find the fuel to shine again. If we have hope we have reason to try. May we hope for the best and find out together, later. What follows is that tale:

Continued...

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Tue
Apr 1 2014
03:18 pm

Commissioner Amy Broyles has been accepted into the prestigious National Association of County’s Leadership Institute (CLI).

Gerald Witt has the details...

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Tue
Apr 1 2014
11:57 am

From Kaiser Health News …

At 49 percent public support, the health law reached a new high in the latest ABC/Washington Post poll,

Poll: Obamacare Hits A New High -- Especially Among Democrats

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In a surprise announcement at a hastily called joint press conference in Nashville this morning, Sen. Lamar Alexander announced he is retiring and will not seek reelection. Gov. Haslam then announced that he will appoint himself to replace Alexander for the remainder of his term. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey will assume the duties of governor. Both Haslam and Ramsey will be on the ballot for their respective new offices in the regularly scheduled November election.

Nashville NewsChannel 5 Report...

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Tue
Apr 1 2014
08:21 am

Haslam Administration Linked $300M Offer To VW-UAW Process:

Were hundreds of millions of your tax dollars offered to Volkswagen -- and then pulled back -- to try to keep the United Auto Workers out of Chattanooga?

For months, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has denied any connection.

But documents leaked to NewsChannel 5 Investigates offer conclusive proof that the Haslam administration wanted a say in the automaker's deal with organized labor -- in exchange for $300 million in economic incentives to help VW expand its Chattanooga operations.

Read more at the link...

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Mon
Mar 31 2014
10:00 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

For those of you who saw (or missed) the amazing Big Ears performance of Steve Reich's piece last night at the Tennessee, here's a real treat: the same piece performed at the 2013 Lowlands Festival in Holland. What struck me about the performance (last night) was its visual and sonic vitality, requiring of the musicians exceptional stamina and virtuosity. These qualities of Reich's work are captured in this stunning video.

(link...)

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