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Carisa, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born to Burlington mother Caroline Ruscak. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
Sunny in SD April 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm
Starting the diabetes early........
Socrates Cee April 24, 2014 at 12:24 am
Now that is something. Imagine how big this baby will be in a couple of years. He probably won'tRead More even fit through a regular door!
Alison McArty April 24, 2014 at 11:35 am
Sunny do you have any scientific information whatsoever to back up your asinine comment?
The Rev. Edward Belczak, who served as priest at St. Thomas More Parish for more than 30 years, was indicted in the theft of nearly $700,000 in church funds. (Patch file photo)
Stephanie April 24, 2014 at 09:17 am
Sick, sick, sick. The worst thing is this crook still has supporters and a job. If this were a guyRead More in corporate America you would be asking for life in prison. But a priest is above all. Sick- it's time that you that allow this sickness to do what is right and stop accepting this and worse behavior. The people that support this loser and church are the reason that this stuff keeps happening. This is one area the people have the power to change. If there is a shortage- so be it, less sexual predators and losers in power.
BabzStanwyck April 24, 2014 at 09:51 am
And the Archdiocese chooses to keep parish corporations (are people too) like this open and closeRead More the smaller, humbler parishes whose priests actually serve their parishioners' true spiritual needs. WWFD (What Would Francis Do)?
Sue Czarnecki April 24, 2014 at 11:26 am
Another big black mark on the Catholic Church. I wonder how many more parishioners will acceptRead More & live with these crimes without leaving for another religion or just give up altogether?
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Bowie Thelonius April 24, 2014 at 11:03 am
So because these two idiots were "popular" high school students this guy is charged withRead More murder? They broke into his home and invaded his sanctuary. I'd have have shot them myself. Two less future criminals.
Bowie Thelonius April 24, 2014 at 11:04 am
Oh yeah, home invasion is a crime. Too bad they didn't know that.
Pat Kittle April 24, 2014 at 11:23 am
"mystuy" -- Please don't play your stupid Race Card on us. Your precious Saint Trayvon gotRead More ultra-sympathetic media coverage NATIONWIDE for OVER A YEAR -- far more than these white criminals. And Saint Trayvon was a racist homophobic violent gangsta-wannabe, bashing Zimmerman's head into the pavement when he got shot.
Several Michigan Patch communities had schools in the Top 20. Check the list to see how your district fared. (Patch file photo)
safwanh April 24, 2014 at 08:37 am
Northville spans between Oakland County and Wayne County. I think 8 Mile Road / Baseline road isRead More the border?
David Anderson April 24, 2014 at 08:43 am
A third of the ranking is dependent on the school's student participation in AP or IB. This is theRead More only indicator, according to the study, of college readiness. Seems too simplistic to me. What about those students who are not enrolled in IB and AP who go on to college. Isn't there a way to track college (or other post-high school) graduation back to the high school from where the student matriculated? Wouldn't this be a "better" indicator of college readiness?
Ahmed Ismail April 24, 2014 at 10:45 am
The one number that seems to skew this report in my mind is that the percentage of students takingRead More an AP exam is taken into consideration. How many students take the exam only indicates how much the school "pushes" the kids into AP classes, even if they really don't belong in an AP class. The real separator in the schools is the percentage of students who actually "pass" the AP exam. I understand some are even paying for the exams for the students now. For many schools, this "pass" number is incredibly low. Add that to the fact that a "pass" on an AP exam is only a 3 out of 5 score when most of the selective universities only accept a "4" or higher as a passing in order to give AP credit and you have a true picture of how the schools are trying to play the AP system just to increase their rankings on this list.
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B. Dub April 24, 2014 at 09:57 am
Michael - the "progeny" vs. "prodigy" was an example that I was using for theRead More whole board here (or any other board). No, your post was fine and obviously I didn't misunderstand you. I was aiming that more at a lot of folks whom I truly can't understand. You just happened to be lucky enough to misuse a word and then accuse people of not comprehending what they're reading. As far as labelling me/us as woman-haters, again that was aimed at a few other people. And actually, if I am a troll, I just troll for the opportunity to rip on people for using sweeping generalities.
Jim baker April 24, 2014 at 10:25 am
Madam Secretary how'd that Arab Spring work out for you in Egypt? How'd that reset with Russia andRead More Putin work out for you and your boss? And most notable how'd that screw up in Benghazi where 4 Americans died as a result of your inept attention to detail occurred? Well I Guess you could be admired for flying around the World for 4 years and accomplishing... well .. nothing all but frequent Flier Miles all the while bring back that '70s style with the Pantsuit. Not to worry after all "What at this point difference does it make? Will the students query her on any of this? Probably not because she will be in her liberal comfort zone a BC and UCONN.
JJ Mclure April 24, 2014 at 10:30 am
she's a hag and a scammer
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nascarblue April 24, 2014 at 07:24 am
this "to me" is not funny, the swat teams are used for serious issues, hostage taking,Read More etc. to have a swat team called to a home behind a video game is stupid, these swat members are trained to save lives, etc. to be called to a home behind a video game is not funny, what happens if a REAL call comes in and swat is needed there, I hope they catch the idiot that called swat and he gets what he/she deserves
John Strother April 24, 2014 at 08:38 am
with caller ID they should be able to point to the caller. Sorry but an out of state telephoneRead More number should be a tip off.
Eddie April 24, 2014 at 08:52 am
The caller used Skype, via the Internet, and will probably never be found if he took certainRead More precautions unless he's running his mouth about this prank.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Bob Zahm April 24, 2014 at 09:23 am
@Love All - not sure what comments were removed, but looking if they were anything like the racistRead More trash "monkey" lewis posts, they violate terms of service and should be removed.
Porter gladstone April 24, 2014 at 09:30 am
think monkey shud be left up.... great example of what people face. its obviouslyRead More meant as provocation. but if u leave it up--they only look like the jerk... should embarrass monkey more than offend anyone. they are obviously just a dope.
JJ Mclure April 24, 2014 at 10:33 am
the monkeys should stay in Africa
The Royal Oak Police Department's 43-page 2013 annual report shows serious crime decreased 11 percent.
RON Ostrodamus April 23, 2014 at 12:08 am
First let me state that this is not to disparage those in public safety who study and work hardRead More often giving a hundred and ten percent every day they report to a job that can include some very unpleasant situations. This report is more itemized than many I have seen before and that alone is an improvement. I am not impressed by statistics that are not itemized. For instance an eleven percent decrease can be explained by a reduced number of calls to LA fitness alone. I am concerned about unreported crime especially in the light of increasing bars expansions and bars downtown despite the warnings of Chief O'Donahue. It is the gut feeling from many citizens living in or near the CBD that car thefts and thefts from cars are increasing in their neighborhoods.. There is also a concern about police response times if more police are concentrated near the CBD on weekends and during AB&E. To me an eleven percent decline states that for every ten incidents of reported crime there has been exactly one point one less incidents. Better than no improvement but not something to cheer about. The improvements in co-ordination of investigations are encouraging. So are the AEDs and lockout service that I am sure will improve community relations. What disturbs me right now is the allegation by a resident that a veteran sergeant was fired for no cause other than he wrote a citation with an impure motive, a parking violation no less. Police are human, and sometimes take sides and that is why we have courts. In this case it appears the citation was quashed and the veteran sergeant with an allegedly incident free record fired before it reached a court. My feeling if there is any truth to this allegation is that this potentially be both dividing and demoralizing to officers. There is nothing more frustrating to an officer than seeing a justifiable citation quashed before it even reaches a court, and then to be fired on top of that?? This does not sound like the hard working conscientious police chief we all know so please do not divide the department on this issue. No one would like to feel that they should have to think twice before dropping a dime on a situation involving anyone including a neighbor with alleged connections. No officer should have to think twice about issuing a justifiable citation to anyone, even a next door neighbor. This could and should have been handled in a courtroom unless the behavior of the officer was extremely reprehensible, and even then the ticket should ideally have remained a separate issue. An impossibility if the officer has been fired before the court date. Reportedly there is some gloating going on about this by the complainant.
niteman April 23, 2014 at 12:34 pm
Ron O - I can appreciate your input but can you please stay on the specific topic for once? If youRead More want your own forum to fit your own agenda, start your own blog (if you haven't already). Here's another simple reason that crime MAY have gone down last year: The economy has been steadily improving.
Col. Philip R. Sheridan awards the Distinguished Flying Cross to Alfred Patrick Murphy. Also pictured is Pvt. James Stevens of the 176th Military Police Company, Michigan Army National Guard, Murphy’s grandson. (John Swanson/US Air National Guard)
Donna Hoffmann April 23, 2014 at 09:50 am
Mr Murphy, thank you for your service. We are deeply indebted to men like you. My dad flew in theRead More eighth Air Force as well. I'm happy to read your story. I'm glad those involved were able to resolve our unpaid gratitude.Thank you sir for a job well done.
Nancy Byers April 23, 2014 at 10:24 am
My Dad, Milo Schultz will be 91 next week. He was a B-17 navigator on "Eyes AvailableRead More Two" in Molesworth, England. He was wounded and spent over a year in hospital for his injury. Thank you Mr. Murphy and thanks Dad!
A convicted killer went on an hour-long tirade in which he blamed others for his fate during his sentencing Monday before Judge John Hulsing, who threatened to silence him with duct tape. (Screenshot: WZZM video)
Lee Jacobsen April 23, 2014 at 04:12 am
Duct tape keeps the world together. Both of those low lifes deserved duct tape, and a lot moreRead More misconfort. We always seem to forget the victims. Both killers should be hung from their necks with duct tape....they don't deserve life.
K. Scott April 23, 2014 at 08:44 am
Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver.
Mr Rogers April 23, 2014 at 11:40 am
I'd give the ofender a choice: duct tape or stun belt. (I think a normal person would just keepRead More quiet. But then again, we're not dealing with normal people here.)
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
CowDung April 24, 2014 at 11:26 am
"And you can read the standards, but you do not have access to the agreements the states haveRead More signed, and do not know what other , untried methods of teaching will be mandatory under the Core. " ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: The Core makes it clear what methods of teaching are mandatory--NONE. The Common Core Standards do not mandate or specify any specific teaching methods. If states are mandating methods of teaching, it falls outside of the scope of the Common Core Standards.
CowDung April 24, 2014 at 11:35 am
From the WEAC (Wisconsin teachers union) website:Read More :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: "Common myths, such as “No teachers were involved in writing the CCSS” and “Common core reduces the reading of fiction and literature” are simply incorrect. More than a dozen teachers were on the writing team for the Common Core State Standards, coordinated by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. In Wisconsin, standards leadership teams, made up entirely of Wisconsin educators and content experts in mathematics and English-language arts, provided feedback to multiple drafts of the Common Core State Standards before they were released." :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: http://www.weac.org/news_and_publications/13-10-23/DPI_provides_fact_check_on_Common_Core.aspx
CowDung April 24, 2014 at 11:37 am
From the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website:Read More ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: "Myth: No teachers were involved in writing the CCSS. Fact: The standards drafting process relied on teachers and standards experts from across the country. Wisconsin teachers played an important role in the reviewing and release of the standards." :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: http://commoncore.dpi.wi.gov/common-core-myths-and-facts
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Racer Boy April 23, 2014 at 02:56 pm
It's how a democracy works. The Supreme Court has clarified what rights the State's have. If U of MRead More wants more diversity, just lsimply ower their overall entrance standards. Maybe a 2.3 GPA would satisfy those that think personal achievement shouldn't matter. Then you would end up with a school like Wayne State University that showcases their diversity with a 4-year graduation rate of 9.7%....that's right....9.7%!!! That's what artificially achieved diversity gets you.
Love All April 23, 2014 at 03:10 pm
Liars figure,, and figures lie. You can make statistics say whatever you want them to say. The onlyRead More variable is which side is using the stats. It is well known that Universities like UM do not admit every single freshman that applies. Only a biased, myopic view of race would lead one to believe that not using affirmative action will now see every last white freshman that applies, accepted. Seriously people,,, you cannot legislate or vote in discrimination under the guise of "states rights". The ban on gay marriage in Michigan WILL be overturned.
cookiepro2 April 23, 2014 at 04:06 pm
Regardless of affirmative action, U of M will do what it needs to do to maintain its academicRead More ranking. It's not going to endanger its brand name, so to speak. Its funding depends on its reputation and its sizable materially successful alumni base. I have no beef with the recruited star athletes either, they are excellent at what they do, and bring in tremendous revenue and fans, think of it as a different kind of intelligence, no less to be respected. Graduate school where U of M excels, IMO, will never be accused of letting anyone in just because of race...there are the GRE, LSAT, MCAT , GMAT tests, very competitive; you've got to have the right stuff.
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Paul April 22, 2014 at 09:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 10:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 02:39 pm
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE AMAZON PRIME OVER NETFLIX: Here's an interesting article from today (23 Apr 2014)Read More about how Amazon Prime just got HBO to stream at least some of its older content, plus "HBO GO," to Amazon's new Fire TV box, thereby making NetFlix upset because NetFlix (nor any other streaming service, including HULU) has never been able to get any HBO content; and so Amazon has scored a real coup! On the Fierce Wireless website | http://bit.ly/1i9J0l7 | Interesting.
A generic form of the tranquilizer Xanax was reportedly found inside a plastic egg a 4-year-old received at an Easter party at Huron Park Elementary School in Roseville.
Jamie Adair April 22, 2014 at 01:58 am
Someone needs to pay for this.
Southpaw April 22, 2014 at 01:23 pm
Kids can't even have fun anymore without parents having to worry if something's going to happen toRead More any of them. Some a-hole obviously thought this was funny. Hope they find out who did it.
Bob April 22, 2014 at 03:44 pm
Ironically, the parent taking the Xanax probably aint feeling worried... Good job by the parent whoRead More was paying attention to their child!
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Pat Mcloughlin April 23, 2014 at 01:27 pm
Sorry, Autistic boy, but there are a multitude of crimes here. These so called 'friends' abused youRead More terribly ~ called 'bullying', & that alone cannot be tolerated. Then, there is animal cruelty involved, another terrible crime, plus, harassment of all kinds, leudness, & who knows what else. These 'friends' need to be charged & made aware of the seriousness of their deeds, punished accordingly & helped through proper mental councelling.
nonoise April 23, 2014 at 05:49 pm
It is probly the parents that want to drop the charges, not the boy. They shouldn't. I don'tRead More know why they would want to drop the charges.
Peggy Prater Mcmillan April 24, 2014 at 11:01 am
Those boys need to be punished, if they are doing things like that, no telling what they will beRead More like when they are older.