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Archive for February, 2007

Mark Warner eyeing 08 Senate Run

Posted by Stephen on February 28, 2007

Why not? There are some that believe that Mark Warner can, to some extent, write his own ticket in Virginia. The popular former Democrat Governor was viewed as a legitimate contender for the Democratic nomination for a 2008 presidential run. Warner put together a strong exploratory team and spent considerable time traveling to landmark states such as Iowa while testing the waters.
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Developing Attention & Memory

Posted by Stephen on February 27, 2007

People have numerous tools available to assist them in their quest to pay attention and increase memory. Industrious individuals utilize everything from to-do lists and post-it notes, to the daily advancements of computer software designed to make it impossible to forget important information. However, people still need to have strong minds, and at the base of this innate need is a well-established attention and memory system.
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Who gets to play ball?

Posted by Stephen on February 26, 2007

During a recent work session, Waynesboro City Council entertained a discussion regarding a lighted baseball field complex. It is not a new discussion. A lighted ball field complex is part of the Capital Improvement Plan for Waynesboro and has been a topic during work sessions for some time.

Some argue that Waynesboro has been discussing lighted ball fields for as long as thirty years. The issue that has typically hamstrung the idea is funding. While many people have suggested it is an important element to add to the community, more times then not, the fields have not been seen as a priority. To some extent, those points have not changed.
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Posted in D. Local Politics, D. Waynesboro, I. Society | Leave a Comment »

Fourth in Iowa, Vilsack bows out

Posted by Stephen on February 25, 2007

Former Iowa Governor, and Democratic presidential hopeful, Tom Vilsack dropped his bid for the white house stating fundraising difficulties as his primary reason. Out, but not down, Vilsack put the best face he could on what was a disappointing run.
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Levin, Democrats want to micromanage war

Posted by Stephen on February 25, 2007

As the rhetoric over the war heats up on capital hill it seems inevitable that a collision that will have constitutional ramifications may take place. Democrats in the Senate failed to pass a nonbinding resolution protesting the president’s decision to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq. Now Levin and Senate Democrats plan to attempt binding legislation that would repeal the authority granted the president before the Iraq war began.
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A Nuclear Iran: Get used to it

Posted by Stephen on February 22, 2007

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was “deeply concerned … that the Iranian government did not meet the deadline set by the Security Council.” The deadline passed on Wednesday.

“I urge again that the Iranian government should fully comply with the Security Council as soon as possible,” he told reporters in Vienna, saying Iran’s nuclear activities had “great implications for peace and security.”

Iran’s defiant nature on the subject of its nuclear progress has created a clash of wills which the Islamic Republic seems to be winning.
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Intelligence and Learning in the classroom

Posted by Stephen on February 22, 2007

What does it mean when people say a person is intelligent? What makes one person more intelligent than another? Is it because a person can quote Shakespeare, or add ridiculously large numbers in his head? Is she a great communicator with an arsenal of vocabulary words at her disposal?

Researchers have not provided simple answers to these questions. Research has shown that there is a link between learning and intelligence. Dr. Howard Gardner is an American psychologist who believes that humans have a number of different intelligences that provide incite in defining who a person is. Dr. Gardner feels that, “We have some intelligences that are more developed than others. We also have the potential to develop some of these intelligences more than others.”
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Tolerance is a dirty word

Posted by Stephen on February 20, 2007

A rant on events of the day….

In 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King was gunned down for speaking out against oppression of a people and segregation.

Steven Biko was murdered in 1977 for speaking out against the brutality of apartheid. He spoke of black consciousness and frightened the South African government. Read the rest of this entry »

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Students at the center of things

Posted by Stephen on February 19, 2007

In today’s educational atmosphere teachers are challenged to make sure no child is left behind. The goal is to teach every student from every walk of life. That is the admirable goal of education today. Many educational leaders believe that if the nation is going to make sure no child is left behind, then there should be a strategy in place that is focused on a center. The center point should be the student. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sayre enters race for 24th…slowly

Posted by Stephen on February 19, 2007

“My positions on issues will come out during my campaign, but today I want to tell you a little bit about me. I want you to get to know me.”

With that, Scott Sayre entered the race for the Republican nomination for the state Senate seat in the 24th district against incumbent Emmett Hanger. Read the rest of this entry »

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