It was supposed to put an iPad in the hands of every student in the Los Angeles Unified School District, but the $1 billion program has seen nothing but problems since it debuted about 2 weeks ago. Now the district has asked students at three high schools to hand back their tablets for an indefinite period of time.
It’s being reported that Al Jazeera reprimanded an employee for dropping an “F-bomb” on the floor of the newsroom. Swearing is not part of the Al Jazeera culture, the employee was reportedly told by management. Most company managers would likely agree, but aren’t there moments where swearing aloud in the office is acceptable?
A movement has been afoot in the U.S. in the last few years to reduce the number of years it takes to earn a medical degree. Medical schools in Canada have long adopted the trend of the 3-year M.D. degree, and more and more of their stateside counterparts are making the switch. New York University’s Langone Medical Center and Texas Tech University are two converts.
An alt-righter and others explain the movement few of us had heard of before this week; college students around the country are reacting to a letter from The University of Chicago warning incoming freshman that so-called "trigger warnings" won't be tolerated; plus, Larry & KPCC film critics Christy Lemire and Wade Major review this week’s new movie releases including a wide release horror called “Don’t Breathe."
A new, thought provoking study from UCI suggests our fears about leaving children alone are based much more on moral judgement about neglectful parents than on actual dangers faced by an unattended child; JPL scientists now believe there might not be as much flowing water on Mars as we thought; education experts break down the mission and efficacy of LAUSD's expanded magnet program; Plus, funk legend George Clinton stops by ahead of his September 17th concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
Hillary Clinton met with Clinton Foundation donors while Secretary of State, and some say that's "pay-to-play" politics; a potential new LAPD program looks to create a dialogue between the department and families of those killed by police; plus, why a proposed law in Italy could make vegan diets a form of child abuse.
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