quinta-feira, 19 de agosto de 2010
COHASSET, Mass., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts teacher was asked to resign for posting Facebook comments saying residents in the school area were "so arrogant and snobby," officials said.
June Talvitie-Siple, supervisor for engineering, math, science and technology at Cohasset High School in Cohasset, took responsibility for her remarks and said she would have done the same thing had she been in Superintendent Denise Walsh's position of having to fire her, The Boston Globe reported Thursday.
"You would assume if you have to confirm people as a friend, (other people) can't see. I have a lot of background with technology, and yet I still get caught with my pants down," Talvitie-Siple said, adding she thought her Facebook profile was set to permit only friends she had approved to see her page.
Alfred Slanetz, vice chairman of the Cohasset School Committee, received e-mails from unhappy parents alerting him to the postings. The teacher resigned Tuesday, the Globe reported. UPI
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Almost six out of 10 Rhode Island residents support allowing same-sex couples to marry, a poll indicates.
The poll released Wednesday showed growing support for same-sex marriage in the state, especially among its large Roman Catholic population, The Providence Journal said. The percentage of people who said committed gays and lesbians should be able to marry increased 10 percent since 2008 among all Rhode Islanders, and was up 12 percent among Catholics.
Rhode Island and Maine are the only New England states where same-sex marriage is not legal. It is illegal in all other states except Iowa and the District of Columbia.
The poll was done by Greenberg, Quinlan and Rosner for Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders. The survey found 59 percent saying same-sex marriage should be legal and 31 percent disagreeing, compared to 49 percent for and 37 percent against in 2008. UPI
CHICAGO, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- San Diego Padres placed outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. went on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a broken bone in his right hand.
The National League club called up pitcher Ryan Webb from its Class AAA team in Portland to take Gwynn's spot on the roster.
Gwynn, who fractured the hamate bone, is hitting .212 with three home runs and 20 RBI in 103 games this season.
Webb had been with the Padres from May 4 to Aug. 7, posting a 3-1 record and 3.05 earned run average in 39 games this year. UPI
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin collapsed at practice at the NFL team's facility in suburban Minneapolis Thursday, Coach Brad Childress said.
Harvin, who has a history of chronic migraines, was taken to a hospital in an ambulance.
Childress said the episode began after Harvin looked skyward during a punt return. The coach said Harvin jogged off the field to see team trainers, returned and was watching practice when he fell sick.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Harvin threw up before falling to the ground.
The 5-foot-11, 184-pound, second-year player was checked by medical staff on the field, the Star Tribune said. Children said Harvin appeared stable before leaving for the hospital. UPI
NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is letting stand the suspension of Houston linebacker Brian Cushing for using a banned substance, the league said Thursday.
"At the request of Texans owner Bob McNair, Goodell reviewed additional medical information presented on behalf of Brian Cushing," the league said in a statement. "The club and Cushing were notified today that after carefully considering all the information, including a review by outside medical experts, the commissioner finds no basis for changing the decision, and that Mr. Cushing's suspension for the first four games of the regular season remains in place".
Cushing, the defensive rookie of the year last season, tested positive for HCG, which has been outlawed by the NFL because it can hide steroid use.
Cushing contends the results were flawed and the result of his over-training. He says he never took HCG. UPI
RIVERSIDE, Calif., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Property owners and developers in Southern California have failed in an effort to remove a native kangaroo rat from the endangered species list, officials said.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded populations of the big-eyed Stephens' kangaroo rat were diminishing despite protection efforts and left it on the list, the Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise reported Thursday.
The decision Wednesday was bad news for developers and property owners who have been coping with the rat protections for more than two decades. The rat favors habitat that is prime for building and development -- flat, open areas.
When the rodent was listed as endangered in 1988, it jeopardized or delayed residential and commercial development on about 22,000 acres in Riverside Country. The restrictions triggered an outcry and the rodent became the bane of local developers, the Press-Enterprise said. UPI
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region weakened significantly in early August, after slowing in June, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said.
The bank's 2011 Business Outlook Survey, which indicates future economic activity, suggests factories can expect growth over the next six months. Firms reported declines in shipments, new orders employment and work hours.
"The survey's broad indicators of future activity continue to suggest that the region's manufacturing executives expect growth in business over the next six months, but optimism has waned notably in recent months," the bank said. UPI
TOKYO, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A Japan Coast Guard helicopter that crashed into the sea killing four was off its planned route and likely went down after hitting power lines, officials said.
The crew of the Bell 412EP copter radioed its base about 10 minutes before the Wednesday crash to say it was investigating a disabled ship, the Kyodo news agency reported.
It crashed after apparently hitting power lines connecting two small islands about 600 yards apart in the middle of the Seto Inland Sea, sandwiched between Honshu and Shikoku islands.
The helicopter was reportedly flying as low as 150 to 300 feet above the water when it crossed between the islands, about the height of the power lines, Kyodo reported.
Investigators said four crewmen were killed in the crash and they were still searching for an additional missing crewman.
The crew filed a flight plan with the transport ministry about 30 minutes before leaving the base Wednesday on a routine patrol flight, ministry officials said. UPI
SEATTLE, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A 10-year-old boy wounded in the arm by a gunshot accidentally shot himself during an attempted robbery on a city bus, Seattle police said.
Police said the boy, being treated at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, would probably face charges of robbery and a weapons violation when he is released from the hospital, The Seattle Times reported Thursday.
Police said a 17-year-old on a Metro Transit bus was surrounded by a group of juveniles including the 10-year-old who ordered him to empty his pockets.
The older youth said the 10-year-old unzipped a backpack and reached inside. The older boy, fearing the younger one was reaching for a gun, grabbed him and in the scuffle the gun fired from inside the bag, wounding the 10-year-old, police said. UPI
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Jon Hamm, Eva Longoria-Parker, Jim Parsons and Blair Underwood are to be presenters at the 62nd Prime Time Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, organizers said.
Their names were announced Thursday.
They will join previously announced presenters Will Arnett, Stephen Colbert, Edie Falco, Tina Fey,Laurence Fishburne, Ricky Gervais, January Jones, John Krasinski, LL Cool J, Julianna Margulies, Joel McHale, Matthew Morrison, Matthew Perry, Keri Russell and Sofia Vergara.
The telecast honoring the season's best in television will be broadcast live coast-to-coast from NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles Aug. 29 on NBC. UPI
NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Fast food chain Burger King said the 2,520-calorie NY Pizza Burger is on its way to the franchise's flagship location in Midtown New York.
Officials said the burger, which features pepperoni, mozzarella, marinara sauce and nearly 2 pounds of beef, will debut exclusively at the Whopper Bar in Times Square early next month, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.
The sandwich comes served on a 9 1/2-inch sesame seed bun and is sliced into six pizza-style pieces. UPI
By Alison Kershaw and Danielle Dwyer, Press Association
More than 186,000 students entered clearing today in search of a rare vacant university place.
Competition is fierce and there are already clear signs that fewer places are available than last year.
Statistics published by the university admissions service Ucas showed there are 18,484 courses with vacancies at this stage - down from 32,000 overall last summer.
So far 186,494 applicants are eligible for clearing, around 27.7% of all applicants to university.
Last year, 140,908 students (22%) entered the process in total.
Some 47,600 students accepted places through clearing last summer, and the number is set to be smaller this year.
Earlier today, Universities Minister David Willetts apologised to students who may find themselves turned away.
Speaking at Ucas headquarters in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Mr Willetts said: "I think it is great that young people aim high, but it is competitive and sadly not every person who applies will get a place".
Asked what he would say to students left without a place at university at the end of the clearing process, he said: "I would say to them, we have done our best, there are more university places than ever before. I am sorry that they haven't got a place.
"And now, they have got a big decision to take. They can think about how they can strengthen their CV and reapply next year with something that might improve their chances.
"Alternatively they can look at options for FE colleges, going into work, going into apprenticeships. We are not writing them off, far from it, we are committed to offering them the best possible range of alternative opportunities".
Ucas said that 57.4% of the 674,037 people who applied to start undergraduate university courses this autumn have been accepted so far.
Asked how many students were likely to be left without a place at university, Ucas chief executive Mary Curnock Cook said: "It is always difficult to predict because it's not just the numbers of applicants and the number of places, it's also how those places are distributed around the system. The Independent