Month: September 2020

Where Holcomb and Myers differ on education


The Indiana Department of Education has updated its guidelines to help school officials and parents decide how schools can reopen safely during the coronavirus pandemic.


Education has always been an issue in Indiana’s gubernatorial race but it’s gained even more importance in this year’s election.

And that’s not only because of the novel coronavirus pandemic ravaging the state’s budget, invading classrooms, quarantining hundreds of students and further disrupting schools across the state.  

The governor has always had the power to influence education policy in their state. They sign state budgets and other legislation, can suspend or enact regulations through executive action and appoints the majority of the members of the Indiana State Board of Education, which controls everything from academic standards to high school graduation requirements.

Starting next year, Indiana’s governor will also appoint its top education official.

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Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and Democratic challenger Woody

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Oakwood University uses CARES Act money to help community through students

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – One of Governor Ivey’s CARES Act allocations was a $72 million check towards higher education.

Oakwood University in Huntsville received $1.4 million of those funds. Oakwood University President Dr. Leslie Pollard said they were fortunate to be one of the schools that received a larger grant.

Pollard assigned three of his top administrators to apply the funds in Oakwood’s main areas of need, including technology, cyber technology, and community engagement.

The money for community engagement, Pollard said, will be used for a Community Health Clinic to help not only students to learn, but help community members as well.

“And of course education for them around health, around health preservation, around health maintenance, around healthy dieting and healthy eating, all of the things that they can do to actually help protect themselves against the virus,” Pollard said.

Pollard said this new endeavor is going to take community engagement

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Sheldon Whitehouse’s crusade against the little guy

In its 2001 Palazzolo v. Rhode Island decision, the Supreme Court expanded the power of landowners to sue governments over regulatory restrictions. It was a big victory for the little guys: Anthony Palazzolo, owner of a modest tow truck business, had purchased the parcel at the center of the dispute in 1959. The ruling was also a small setback for big government, and the “big guy” who lost the case? Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, at that time the attorney general of Rhode Island.

Seventeen years later, Palazzolo was living rent-free on property inside Whitehouse’s skull. During a 2018 Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Whitehouse referenced Palazzolo and the Pacific Legal Foundation, a public interest law firm that jumped in free of charge to help Palazzolo fight against the Rhode Island attorney general’s effectively limitless legal resources. Still out of sorts because simple citizens had won from him a

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Orioles top Rays, 2-1, avoid sweep as John Means strikes out career-high 12

BALTIMORE — A month ago, it was fair to wonder whether John Means would even have a start he felt good about this season, let alone pitch like the All-Star he was last year.

Now, it’s worth wondering if he’s ever been better.

Means turned in the Orioles’ best start of a season that increasingly has plenty of candidates for that distinction, striking out a career-high 12 batters and tying a franchise record with seven straight strikeouts at one point in a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays that prevented a five-game series sweep in Sunday’s home finale at Camden Yards.

“That was one of his better performances I’ve seen from him here in a year-plus,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “Thought he had four pitches working. I thought he was aggressive in the strike zone. … Just a great job of pitching. I thought we pitched well all series.

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SEC West college football preview — Is Alabama ready to reclaim its throne?

If you were squinting just right, you could see the ground moving beneath Nick Saban’s feet last season. LSU, until recently one of the last proud purveyors of Big Burly Manball, had modernized its offense and produced numbers no one had seen before, throwing for 6,000 yards, beating Alabama in Tuscaloosa and zooming to 15-0. Auburn, meanwhile, was playing the conference’s most exciting and interesting defense; Bama’s Iron Bowl rival was the only team to hold LSU under 36 points and turned said Iron Bowl with a pair of pick-sixes.

Alabama lost to both of its primary rivals and finished eighth in the AP poll, its lowest placement since 2010 (the previous time one of these two rivals won the national title). Was this the turning point then? Is the Saban dynasty finally crumbling to the ground?

Yeah, right. SEC West play is scheduled to begin on Sept. 26, and

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What a U.S. Liberal Arts Education Can Provide International Students | Best Colleges

German national Tim Steinebach says he was interested in almost everything related to philosophy, but never really considered applying to a U.S. liberal arts college. That is, until an admissions officer from this type of college visited his school.

“I learned about St. John’s and immediately fell in love with the idea of reading 200 of the greatest books of the West and discussing them without the authoritative interpretations of secondary literature or lecturing professors,” says Steinebach, now a sophomore at St. John’s College in New Mexico, which along with its Maryland location, has a single academic program called the Great Books program.

Liberal arts colleges offer four-year degrees that are broad in breadth – providing the ability to explore other interests beyond an academic major – and are focused on the humanities, sciences and social sciences.

“The U.S. is the home of this style of education – it originated

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Oakland University urges Michiganders to ‘Spread Hope, Not COVID’

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At the request of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Oakland University is supporting a new statewide public education campaign called “Spread Hope, Not COVID.” The goal of the campaign is to unite all Michiganders to take three simple actions that will contain the spread of the virus at levels that will enable the state to fully reopen — and stay open.

“In these trying times, it’s so important to remain hopeful and to work together for the betterment of all of us,” said Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D. “The governor’s appeal unites us in the common purpose of making sure we’re acting responsibly, safely and doing everything we can to reopen the state with a thoughtful approach that considers the long-term public and economic health of our residents and economy.”

To help contain the

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6th-gen takes to the air: The fastest, stealthiest, most lethal aircraft ever?

Now that the Air Force has officially announced that it has built and flown a new sixth-generation fighter jet, many might wonder: Could it be the stealthiest, fastest and most lethal aircraft ever to exist? What if it were built to be as stealthy as a B-21 bomber?

A new generation stealth fighter, to come after the F-35, was not expected until possibly 2030, yet Air Force Acquisition Executive William Roper has announced the services have “flown” a 6th Gen aircraft, a platform referred to by the Air Force as Next Generation Air Dominance.

Granted, very little is known about what the actual design may look like, or which vendor built it, yet Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed have all been working on early sixth-generation fighters to some extent. While no vendors have announced any details about an actual plane, some have each released images, or renderings of what their

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Mo Alie-Cox rebounds from early miscue for career day


Indianapolis Colts tight end Moe Alie-Cox discusses building chemistry with quarterback Philip Rivers.

Indianapolis Star

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts quarterback Phillip Rivers spent his entire San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers career throwing to a big-bodied, former basketball-playing tight end in Antonio Gates. 

The duo connected for 89 touchdowns during their time as Chargers, second only to the 112 touchdowns between Colts legends Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison. 

Comparing current Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox to Gates is a stretch, but the 6-5, 267-pound former rebounding machine from Virginia Commonwealth has the impressive combination  size, strength and gigantic hands to quickly become a favorite target of his new QB. 

Mo Alie-Cox (81) of the Indianapolis Colts grabs a crucial pass against two defenders to set up a fourth quarter touchdown a play later, Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts, about an hour before kickoff, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020.

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AP Top 25 college football poll reaction

The AP Top 25 college football poll is out, and this should be the last week it does not include Big Ten teams. So before next week’s shake-up — which will also include the first weekend of SEC play — here’s what’s on tap for each ranked team, starting with No. 1 Clemson.

No. 1 Clemson (2-0)

There wasn’t much to learn from the Tigers’ easy win over The Citadel, a glorified scrimmage that featured 49 first-half points for Clemson before Trevor Lawrence was pulled from the game. That none of the Tigers’ stars got dinged up was a big plus, and if D-linemen Tyler Davis (knee) and Justin Foster (COVID-19 protocols) can get back on the field in two weeks against Virginia, everything should be clicking for Dabo Swinney’s crew. — David M. Hale

No. 2 Alabama (0-0)

Things are going smoothly in Tuscaloosa as the Crimson Tide have

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