July 23, 2008

Interesting News of the Day: July 23

Posted in News tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:42 pm by Katharine Lackey

Jade Ray, a high school student, along with her parents, is suing her teacher, Heather Hargett, as well as the school district after Hargett called her “ugly” and a “brat” before kicking her, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Ray, who has never returned to the school, is asking for $75,000 for the pain and humilation she suffered, her attornye told the Union-Tribune.

A protester in England glued his hand to the sleeve of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the BBC reports. Dan Glass, who is a member of Plane Stupid, placed superglue on his hand, before he was set to receive an award from the minister, who was able to shake Glass in 20 seconds. After he left the building, Glass tried to glue himself to the gates of Downing Street, but was stopped.

The GAO released a new report detailing that the Defense Contract Audit Agency, which oversees contractors for the Defense Department tried to skew the results on reviews of contractor performance, the Washington Post reports.

Community colleges, once at the helm of many a Jay Leno joke, are now gaining respect, USA Today reports. Now, the institions are entering a turning point where they will be more valuable for education across a broad spectrum in the United States.

The House Armed Services Committee is weighing whether to overturn the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gays in the military after a bill was introduced by Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-California, to repeal that law, according to CNN. During a hearing for the legislation, two gay former militarymen testified against the current law.

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