Monday, August 24, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
1. President Obama talked about tensions between the United States and Muslims. He said that "the sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam."
Obama went on to say more about this issue. "Violent extremists have exploited these tensions in a small but potent minority of Muslims. The attacks of September 11, 2001, and the continued efforts of these extremists to engage in violence against civilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile," said Obama, delivering what the White House billed as a major speech to the Muslim world in Cairo, Egypt.
He also said the American people would prefer to get the troops out of Afghanistan. "Make no mistake: We do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan. We seek no military bases there. It is agonizing for America to lose our young men and women. It is costly and politically difficult to continue this conflict.
"We would gladly bring every single one of our troops home if we could be confident that there were not violent extremists in Afghanistan and now Pakistan."
2. Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee are reporters for California-based Current TV, a media venture of former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. They were reporting on the plight of North Korean defectors living along the China-North Korea border when they were taken into custody on March 17.
According to its country's state media, North Korea has charged the reporters with illegal entry into the country and hostile acts, and the two will go to trial today. If convicted, they could face years in labor camps.
The trial was set to start at 3 p.m., which is 2 a.m. Eastern Standard Time in the States.
3. Dallas ISD is losing a lot of its teachers at multiple magnet schools and learning centers.
District officials released a list yesterday detailing the cuts at the schools. The net loss was 235 positions, ranging from 24.5 at Spence Middle School to 2.5 positions each at Lanier and Starks elementary schools. Two schools gained positions. The affected employees will be reassigned to other DISD campuses in a controversial effort to balance staffing levels across schools, and also comply with federal funding rules. The staffing changes, approved by a divided school board last week, have upset many parents, students and teachers at the affected campuses.
"I would rather see all the kids at all the schools have more," one teacher said. "It obviously works – we're going to be an exemplary-rated campus this year."
4. Police arrested Mesquite High School's former title-winning football coach Steve Halpin, 53, on Sunday at his Mesquite home, more than a week after a grand jury in Dallas County indicted him on a second-degree felony charge of abuse of official capacity. The indictment alleges that Halpin "intentionally or knowingly misuse[d] government property" when he pawned district-owned items valued between $100,000 and $200,000.
If convicted, he faces up to a $10,000 fine and a 20-year sentence in state jail.
In a statement released Wednesday, Mesquite ISD officials said they were "surprised by the severity of the charge."
5. The average price of a gallon of regular gas in the Dallas area rose from $1.95 on May 1 to $2.45 yesterday – a 50-cent spike in one month. It happens every summer as demand rises.
With tourism in season and family trips on the way for many people, there is somewhat of a sense of panic in the air.
Dan Ronan, a spokesman for AAA Texas, said several factors, in addition to increased demand, have driven up gas prices: higher production costs for summer fuel blends that pollute less in warm weather, increased cost of a barrel of oil and OPEC nations cutting their collective production.
"But $20 here and $20 there adds up," Dwaine King of DeSoto said, "and it all hurts."
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
USE PROPER AP STYLE!!
Site your sources of information at the end of your story, please. :)
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
USE THE AP STYLE BOOKS!!
Site your sources of information at the end of your story, and turn it into the sub, please. Then, finish up that Sugar and Spice magazine!! :)
Friday, April 3, 2009
Research reveals that unstructured free play during recess—in comparison to structured PE class—enables children to use their imaginations and grow socially, as well as physically.
"In my mind it was important just because everybody needs a break," McCrary said. "We're all human. We're not making widgets in the school. We are teaching children."
"It helps the child to be more ready to learn and process things in their minds; that makes it a lot more advantageous for them when they get into the classroom. They'll be more ready to learn," McCrary said.
Some parents in Texas are pushing state lawmakers to give children a break by making recess a requirement in public schools.
Richardson ISD parent Rita McCrary learned two years ago that her third-grade daughter got 10 minutes of recess, and she felt this did not suffice. So McCrary took action.
But McCrary hopes more parental support will work the bill loose so children can have more time to play at school.
These parents say the state should require public schools to give elementary students recess, which is more than just a pointless time for children to run wild.
So McCrary and other parents with the same mindset got a bill filed in the Texas House that would require elementary schools to give students at least 20 minutes of recess every day, in addition to the 135 minutes of P.E. each week.
What she learned is that Texas doesn't require recess, but the law does mandate 135 minutes a week of physical activity, and recess can be included in that allotted time.
Rep. Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands, chairman of the House Education Committee, said he understands why recess can be beneficial, but he isn't ready to back another state mandate.
The bill is stuck in Eissler's committee.
"We try to leave the discretion to the people running the schools who are the people closest to the kids," he said.
Monday, March 30, 2009
(CNN) -- A North Korean rocket slated for launch sometime early next month can be clearly seen in a satellite photograph taken Sunday, the Institute for Science and International Security said Sunday.
The satellite imagery, obtained by the ISIS from DigitalGlobe, is said to show the rocket at the Musudan-ri launch site in northeastern North Korea.
The image casts a shadow on the ground below.
CNN could not independently confirm the information provided by the institute, led by former U.N. nuclear inspector David Albright. Defense Department officials were not immediately available for comment.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday there is little doubt that the planned launch is designed to bolster that North Korea's military capability.
He also indicated that the U.S. military could be prepared to shoot down a North Korean missile if the rogue regime develops the capability to reach Hawaii or the western continental United States in a future launch.
The North Korean government says it will launch a commercial satellite atop a rocket sometime between April 4 and April 8.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Tyler Hansbrough deferred to his teammates -- just as he'd hinted he might.
This was no one-on-one matchup down low. Instead, North Carolina rolled past Blake Griffin and Oklahoma with a total team effort.
Ty Lawson scored 19 points and top-seeded North Carolina overcame a quiet game from Hansbrough to beat the Sooners 72-60 Sunday in the South Regional final (BOX SCORE).
North Carolina (32-4) advanced to the Final Four for the second straight year and will play Villanova in the national semifinals.
"This is what we work for," the Tar Heels' Wayne Ellington said. "We put so much work in and sweat in the offseason to get not to this point, but past this point. It means a lot to be able to get to this point and have an opportunity to win the whole thing."
Danny Green scored 18 points for the Tar Heels and Deon Thompson added 10. Hansbrough was in foul trouble early and finished with only eight points, but he'd said the previous day he wasn't going to be caught up in a head-to-head battle with Griffin.
Griffin scored 23 points with 16 rebounds for second-seeded Oklahoma, but the Sooners (30-6) went 2-for-19 from 3-point range.
Special education students share spotlight at Lewisville High prom
06:40 AM CDT on Monday, March 30, 2009
By LAURIE FOX / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News
Matthew Barr grimaced as the mist of water hit his face and the comb slicked back his copper-colored hair. He cringed when the dress shirt's top buttons squished his neck. And he coughed dramatically as a cloud of cologne and hairspray enveloped him."It's good. I'm OK," he reassured his stepdad, Steve Simpkins, who helped the young man get ready for a teenage rite of passage, the spring prom.
It wasn't supposed to happen for Matthew. At least that's what his mom, Kari Simpkins, told herself years ago. She'd given up on the idea that her son, who is 20 years old, would ever wave from the back of a departing limousine on the night of the big dance.
"You just sort of take those things out of your thinking," Simpkins said as she watched Matthew pace the living room in his tuxedo with turquoise tie and vest, awaiting his ride to Lewisville High School on Saturday evening. "When you have a special-needs child, there are just some of those traditional teenage things that you don't hope for."
But Matthew is part of another spring rite of passage that his mother didn't count on: a special prom at Lewisville High School.
So the limo did arrive for him – a sleek cobalt-blue model – and he did bound down the stairs, bellowing "Bye, Mom! Bye, Dad!" as he hopped into the back of the car, headed for school.
The Grand Ball is a 14-year tradition that celebrates the special education students who attend the school and the Lewisville North ninth-grade center. This year, about three dozen attended the event.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The plan, which the Senate Finance Committee is expected to approve soon, highlights a new fiscal reality that is likely to frustrate Texas lawmakers and residents for years to come: budgets with little leeway.
There are several reasons, but the biggest is that the GOP-controlled Legislature agreed to shift education costs so local property taxes can be cut. Texas already ranks last in state spending per capita, so deeper cuts to offset the education funding are unlikely. And politically, tax increases are off the table.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The U.S. economy suffered its largest drop in 26 years during the fourth quarter, according to a report from the government.
The nation's gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic activity, fell at an annual rate of 6.3% during the final three months of 2008. That's slightly worse than the government's previous estimate of a 6.2% drop in the period.
Economists surveyed by Briefing.com had forecast that GDP would fall at a 6.6% rate in the latest reading.
The drop is the biggest one-quarter decline in this key measure since the first three months of 1982.
The report showed broad based declines across various measures of economic activity. Spending by consumers fell at a 4.3% rate, with purchases of large ticket items plunging 22%. Investment in housing fell 23% from already depressed levels, completing three straight years of declines in that sector.
Investment in equipment and software, taken as a measure of business spending, plunged at a 28% rate. Exports tumbled at a 24% rate.The economic problems have obviously not ended with the fourth quarter report. Economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics forecast a 5% rate of decline in the first quarter, which ends Tuesday, followed by a 1.7% drop in the second quarter.
Oscar is back on the March.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences plans to stage Hollywood's big event on March 7, rather than in late February, to avoid a collision with the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada.
"Why have two gigantic, spectacular events happen on the same day, particularly these days?" academy President Sid Ganis asked Wednesday. "The Olympics have some 237 events and we are one big event, so it was easier for us to move and we were happy to do it."
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
After reading this article, write a column on the effects of drinking and driving, as well as what you think should be done to combat the problem.
Remember to tie your opinion into actual facts. You will have to do some research (fatality statistics, how many arrests daily/yearly, etc).
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Animated graphics that will add spice to all your projects!
You can utilize QT, psd, jpeg, and more or use the graphics provided in the program.
Create and export for use in Final Cut and Live Type.
It’s as easy as click, drag, adjust…all it takes is practice.
If you want to learn more here are some FREE tutorials:
($99 for 13 hours of tutorials online. About 2 hours are free online at this website.)
2. User manual for download at Apple.com, although you should have one in your room. Currently they are selling Motion 3 – so you have to dig for Motion 2 info.
3. Tutorials on the program’s opening page. (Average.)
OK – Let’s Learn Motion!
First – Some Tips:
Builds from bottom to top AND left to right (along) the play head. To move anything – up or down or left or right – just click and drag.
If you mess up – just undo.
Be sure to “save” often. Motion will close on you if you get too many things happen at once. The program is so big and complex it can be overwhelmed and will close.
The view windows – or PANES as they are called in Motion:
There are 4 main panes you will use…the Timeline, the Canvas, the Project and the Browser. There are other panes that will pop open for more other needs, but you will use these 4 most of the time.
Meet the PANES:
#1 The Browser #2 & #3 The Canvas and Timeline
On the Far Left On the Right and the Right Bottom
#4 This is the Project Pane,
It will always open in the
middle of the screen.
Notice that each pane may have options for viewing different project aspects. On the Browser Pane (where you find your import files) you can also see the Library (stuff in the program) and the Inspector (what is going on down deep in the activity you have selected.)
The Project Pane not only let’s you see the items in each layer, but the Media and the Audio for the project.
You will be opening the timeline and project pane over and over to adjust your project.
To open and close the panes:
Command 1 (C 1) = Browser
Command 2 (C 2) = Library
Command 3 (C 3) = Inspector
Command 4 (C 4) = Layers
Command 5 (C 5) = Media
Command 6 (C 6) = Audio
Command 7 (C 7) = Timeline
Let’s Create Your First Project – Building a Snowman!
1) Begin a new project.
2) Across the top of the canvas find the word “create”. Click and hold on the square and then choose the circle.
3) Make 1 small circle (for the snowman head)
4) Make 1 larger circle (for his body)
5) Make 2 small circles that will become arms.
6) Make 10 more very small circles…big enough to see, but not big.
7) Be sure to turn the circle creator off when you are done. Look for the “arrow” in the upper left corner of the canvas. Click it.
8) Now grabbing each circle build your snowman body and attach his arms. Each circle can be manipulated for size, angle, and shape by gabbing one of the “points” or “handles” that appear on your canvas screen when you select a circle.
9) Since your snowman is white…we need to make his eyes, mouth, buttons, and nose black. Click on each little circle and select your “dashboard” by clicking on the icon. Change the fill color to black.
10) Grab and drag 2 small circles for eyes…adjust so they look right. Grab a nose and a mouth and adjust. Put three buttons down his shirt.
11) Now you have two small circle left….click each one to highlight and delete…you really didn’t need that many after all. Just thought you should practice.
12) Add his hat…select the square and make a hat. Select the Bezier Tool and make a straight line for his hat brim. Adjust and put in place.
Now you need some snow!
1) Click on the Library tab at the top of the Browser Pane.
2) Click on Particle Emitters
3) Click on Nature.
4) Scroll down to Snow and click Apply.
5) Play your project and adjust the position of the snow.
6) Set the Playback head (bottom of canvas) to about :03.
7) Add more snow…or maybe a blizzard.
8) If you wish to add a tornado – that’s ok – it’s Texas! Add a Tornado at :06 and move it to where ever you wish on the screen.
9) Voila! There’s your snowman. To finish it off – make it a QT by clicking on file and export.
Here’s your second project…
This time we’ll import video and audio, add a mask, text and a background.
1) Open a new project on Motion. Make sure that NTSC Broadcast is selected for the size. (It should automatically select that size if you made it your default.)
2) Click on the Browser and find a video to import. Click import. Watch how it plays over and over again unless you stop it.
3) Set the project time to the time of the video Adjust the timer on the bottom right corner of the canvas or drag the end marker right above that.
4) Set your playback head to the beginning, because whatever command or behavior you select will put itself at the playback head.
5) Select the Circular Masking tool on the top of the Canvas.
6) Make a fairly large circle directly in the middle of your canvas. Then turn off the masking tool.
7) Adjust your circle size and location to be directly over the “action”. Play to look at it.
8) Next we’ll add Text. Click on the Text tool. Where ever you type is where it stays…so choose carefully. Type a title of some sort.
9) Click on the Dashboard to adjust the type style and size. Please change the color to black.
10) Now you notice that you cannot read the letters. Let’s change your screen color. Please note – this does not change the color of your final product – just the color of your screen. Go to Edit, Project Properties and change to color to something else. Now you should see the letters!
11) Add a little spice, by selecting a graphic from the Library. I have chosen Particle Emitters/Abstract/Brilliant. You pick what you like.
12) To move this track behind the video, grab it on the timeline list or the project list and move it down…(down is back). Or you can highlight the track and go to object/send to back.
13) Next – we’ll put a behavior on the video. Select the video track. Click on Add Behavior on the top of the Canvas. Select Basic Motion/Spin. Select your dashboard and circle the spinning mechanism 2 times.
14) We don’t want the spin to go on through the whole project – just the last 2 seconds – so move the “spin” part of the timeline to the right until you get to at least :13.
15) Put your playback head at the same point where you started the spin and we’ll add another Behavior. Selection Basic Motion/Throw. Once again open your dashboard and “grow” the arrow to the right. Watch and adjust.
16) Add one of those to Brilliant, too.
17) Finally…last step. Add a background. Go to Library and look for a background. I have chosen Satin…Go to Content/Satin/Satin background. Click apply. Adjust to full size. Then move it to the back of the stack of images.
18) When you’re ready – make it a QT from File/Export