KDKA Investigates: Normally Quiet Fox Chapel School District Embroiled In Controversy – CBS Pittsburgh

The normally quiet Fox Chapel School District has become a hotbed of controversy.

Source: KDKA Investigates: Normally Quiet Fox Chapel School District Embroiled In Controversy – CBS Pittsburgh

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California joins a handful of other states that provide community college tuition-free – CNN

California will provide free tuition for two years of community college to first-time, full-time California students.

California governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation to increase the 2019-2020 state budget to $42.6 million. This expansion allows the California College Promise program to make a second year of free community college tuition possible for approximately 33,000 students.

Source: California joins a handful of other states that provide community college tuition-free – CNN

School family-teacher organization president charged with taking thousands in funds meant for students

School family-teacher organization president charged with taking thousands in funds meant for students

A criminal complaint said Jennifer Murawski, 38, of Monroeville, took $3,600 from book fairs at Evergreen Elementary School and Moss Side Middle School in the Gateway School District.

The complaint said she took another $7,300 directly from the Mosside Family-Teacher Organization bank account.

Source: School family-teacher organization president charged with taking thousands in funds meant for students

Actor Matthew McConaughey joins University of Texas as faculty professor

Before starring in Dazed and Confused, Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective, among dozens of other notable roles, he earned a film degree from the University of Texas in 1993.

Right now, University of Texas students are running to the registrar’s office or firing up their computers to sign up for an upcoming Matthew McConaughey class.

UT’s Moody College of Communication announced Wednesday that the Academy Award-winning actor has been appointed as a professor of practice to the Department of Radio-Television-Film faculty.

Source: Actor Matthew McConaughey joins University of Texas as faculty professor

PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES: Pitt suspends program in partially Chinese funded Confucius Institute | WPXI

The University of Pittsburgh is suspending a program that brought Chinese students to Pittsburgh to teach Mandarin to K-12 schools in the area.

The suspension of the program came after U.S. State Department required changes to the program, including more oversight of the instructors and how paperwork was submitted for visas. Belkys Torres, the executive director of global engagement at Pitt, said these changes stemmed from an audit conducted by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Private Sector Exchange Program Administration (OPA) last fall.

Source: PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES: Pitt suspends program in partially Chinese funded Confucius Institute | WPXI

Tutankhamun’s gilded coffin leaves its tomb for the first time since 1922 | Somerset County Gazette

The gilded outer coffin has been removed from the king’s tomb for the first time since it was discovered in 1922 and it will take eight months to restore weaknesses in the plaster.

Tutankhamun, known as the “Golden Pharaoh”, was an 18th dynasty king who ruled from the age of eight to 19. He died in 1324BC and is best known for being the first royal tomb to be discovered almost entirely intact.

Source: Tutankhamun’s gilded coffin leaves its tomb for the first time since 1922 | Somerset County Gazette

8 Wisconsin teens hospitalized with severe lung damage due to vaping, doctors suspect

Eight teens were hospitalized in July with seriously damaged lungs in Wisconsin, the state Department of Health Services reported Thursday.

“We suspect that these injuries were caused by vaping,” said Dr. Michael Gutzeit, chief medical officer at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin where the teens were admitted, at a press conference.

Their symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue, worsened over days or weeks before the patients arrived at Children’s Hospital. Some reported fever, anorexia, chest pain, nausea and diarrhea. Scans and X-rays showed inflammation or swelling throughout both lungs, said Gutzeit.

All eight patients, who live in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Winnebago counties, tested negative for infectious diseases and reported vaping in the weeks and months before their hospital admission.

“The severity of health condition has varied, with some patients needing assistance in order to breathe,” said Gutzeit. He added that the teens have shown improvement after treatment, but any long-term effects are not yet known. With “an exponential increase in the number of teens vaping,” Gutzeit is concerned that more teens will develop similar lung damage that requires hospital treatment.

Source: 8 Wisconsin teens hospitalized with severe lung damage due to vaping, doctors suspect

Pennsylvania school district tells parents to pay their lunch debt, or their kids will go into foster care – CNN

(CNN)The Wyoming Valley West School District in Pennsylvania sent out hundreds of letters this week telling parents who had lunch debt to pay or their children could go into foster care.

The letter, which was reviewed by CNN, told parents that there have been “multiple letters sent home with your child” and that no payments had been made.
“Your child has been sent to school every day without money and without a breakfast and/or lunch,” the letter read. It also said failure to provide children with food could result in parents being sent to Dependency Court.

Source: Pennsylvania school district tells parents to pay their lunch debt, or their kids will go into foster care – CNN

Fernando Corbató, a Father of Your Computer (and Your Password), Dies at 93 – New York Times

 

Fernando Corbató at M.I.T.’s computer lab in an undated photo. His computer time-sharing system developed there paved the way for the personal computer.
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By Katie Hafner

Fernando Corbató, whose work on computer time-sharing in the 1960s helped pave the way for the personal computer, as well as the computer password, died on Friday at a nursing home in Newburyport, Mass. He was 93.

His wife, Emily Corbató, said the cause was complications of diabetes. At his death he was a professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Corbató, who spent his entire career at M.I.T., oversaw a project in the early 1960s called the Compatible Time-Sharing System, or C.T.S.S., which allowed multiple users in different locations to access a single computer simultaneously through telephone lines.

At the time, computing was done in large batches, and users typically had to wait until the next day to get the results of a computation.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/science/fernando-corbato-dead.html

New York state teacher’s aide arrested for allegedly using duct tape on student’s arms, mouth

The incident happened during a special education class, according to court records.

A teacher’s aide in New York state was arrested and fired from her job for allegedly using duct tape on the wrists and mouth of a student with special needs.

Latoya Davis, who worked at School No. 54 in the Rochester City School District, was taken into custody last week and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful imprisonment, court records show.

Source: New York state teacher’s aide arrested for allegedly using duct tape on student’s arms, mouth

Express Launches Love Unites Campaign in Support of LGBTQ+ Community

COLUMBUS, OhioMay 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Express, Inc. (NYSE: EXPR) today announced the brand’s launch of the Love Unites collection. To pay tribute to nearly five decades of Pride, and the global empowerment of the LGBTQ+ community, Express and non-profit partner GLAAD present Love Unites, a celebratory, gender-fluid collection of 35 pieces that honors unity and individuality. Express has also committed to a minimum $100,000 donation to GLAAD to accelerate acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community; for every Love Unites item purchased by July 15, Express will donate 25% of the net income.Source: Express Launches Love Unites Campaign in Support of LGBTQ+ Community

New push for recruits during auto mechanic shortage

For those looking for a career, the road to the future may be on the road itself. No four-year-degree is required, and jobs are in high demand.

The Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association covers an 11-county area and currently has a shortage of almost 500 workers.

“The dealers in our region sold 150,000 new cars last year. Every one of those cars have multiple computers in them and an enormous amount of electronics. Those have to be serviced immediately and repaired,” Amati said.

The typical career path has students attending full- or part-time work training during their junior and senior years of high school, followed by a post-secondary education program for up to two years.

The average cost for the education is $10,000, but with the high demand for good mechanics, it is oftentimes free.

Source: New push for recruits during auto mechanic shortage

Colorado school shooting leaves at least 1 dead, 7 injured, 2 in custody, sheriff’s office says | Fox News

At least one person was killed on Tuesday after a shooting at a school in Colorado left at least seven others injured, the sheriff’s office said.\

Authorities believe that the two suspects behind the incident at STEM School Highlands Ranch — an adult male and a juvenile male — are students, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said during a news conference.

The suspects “walked into the STEM school, got deep inside the school and engaged students in two separate locations,” the official said. “There were a number of students that were shot and injured.”

Of the eight students taken to nearby hospitals, several are listed in critical condition, according to Spurlock. “No staff or officers” were injured, the sheriff’s office tweeted.

The dead student has not been identified as yet.

Source: Colorado school shooting leaves at least 1 dead, 7 injured, 2 in custody, sheriff’s office says | Fox News