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soulvivrant:

Quick Pics: Everybody meet Deweezy! As reported before Lil Wayne joined forces with Mountain Dew (hence the name) and he was one of many rappers that performed at SXSW. He also brought the Deweezy skate crew as well as YMCMB members Bow Wow and Baby.

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soulvivrant:

Quick Pics: Everybody meet Deweezy! As reported before Lil Wayne joined forces with Mountain Dew (hence the name) and he was one of many rappers that performed at SXSW. He also brought the Deweezy skate crew as well as YMCMB members Bow Wow and Baby.

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Anticipating Obama decision, Nevada offers growth model

TREVON MILLIARD
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNALPosted: Sep. 24, 2011 | 1:59 a.m. 
Updated: Sep. 24, 2011 | 8:13 a.m.

Nevada and the Clark County School District have long anticipated President Barack Obama’s offer Friday to allow states to waive No Child Left Behind’s requirements.

The Nevada Department of Education and district have seen this coming and have been working together on a replacement system to score school achievement. It’s called the Nevada Growth Model and was revealed in mid-August. The growth model will track students’ progress over the past three school years.

Nevada plans to take up the offer after a couple of other states go through the waiver process, said Keith Rheault, state superintendent of public schools.

States must replace No Child Left Behind with an alternative, and the system must still hold schools accountable for complying with federal standards. Nevada and other states propose adopting the growth model.

This system, if approved by the U.S. Department of Education, would place the importance of student growth ahead of grade-level expectations on annual tests. Testing proficient was just about the only scoring factor of No Child Left Behind, which doesn’t credit academic growth for students or schools that may fall short of proficiency.

The growth model compares students’ annual test scores from 2009-10 to 2010-11, but a cutoff score hasn’t been set yet for minimum acceptable growth.

Clark County School District trustees unanimously adopted a resolution on Aug. 25 to support the state in seeking a waiver and using the growth model. Attempts to reach Superintendent Dwight Jones for comment on Obama’s announcement were unsuccessful.

It’s up to the U.S. Department of Education to approve waivers from Nevada and other states. And federal officials are willing, said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Aug. 8. He called No Child Left Behind an “impediment” and “disincentive” for educators. He urged all states to apply for exemptions, and expects many will.

The district — whose students account for nearly three-fourths of all Nevada students — failed to make adequate yearly progress in 2010-11, as did the state as a whole. Adequate yearly progress is a set percentage of students who must score at grade level on the year’s standardized tests in math and reading. The percentage of students required to pass annually increases until 100 percent is reached in 2013-14.

TREVON MILLIARD/LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

poetryandtattoos:

Don Cheadle new movie gotta see it

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poetryandtattoos:

Don Cheadle new movie gotta see it

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nightline:

What made Visa’s stock do this this afternoon?
The Federal Reserve decided this afternoon not to cap “swipe fees”—the fees banks charge retailers when customers use debit cards—at 12 cents, as initially proposed, but at 21 cents. 
How does it affect you? That depends on how banks make up for those lost fees—and how retailers respond. More here

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nightline:

What made Visa’s stock do this this afternoon?

The Federal Reserve decided this afternoon not to cap “swipe fees”—the fees banks charge retailers when customers use debit cards—at 12 cents, as initially proposed, but at 21 cents. 

How does it affect you? That depends on how banks make up for those lost fees—and how retailers respond. More here

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Ron Paul Promises to Legalize Marijuana

libertyparty2012:

 The Truth about Ol’Obama

 USA Election 2008: Barack Obama vs. Ron Paul | Cannabis Culture Magazine
www.cannabisculture.com

Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate who will end the Drug WarMarijuana users appear to be divided in supporting either Barack Obama (Democrat) or Ron Paul (Republican) in state primary votes, where presidential candidates are voted on. Even though it seems Obama’s message of “change” has been drawing sup

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aljazeera:

US Congress agrees to extend Patriot Act - The vote to extend until 2015 controversial counter-terrorism search and surveillance powers.
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aljazeera:

US Congress agrees to extend Patriot Act -
The vote to extend until 2015 controversial counter-terrorism search and surveillance powers.

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thedailywhat:

Another Follow Up of the Day: Urban Outfitters has responded to claims made by independent jewelry designer Stephanie “Stevie” Koerner that the retailer’s “I Heart Destination” necklace line ripped off her own “United States of Love” collection.
Inadvertently aided by a recent Regretsy post, which responded to the controversy by pointing out the slew of similar designs posted on Etsy long before Koerner’s store came online, UO noted that “a quick search on Etsy” shows Koerner’s design is far from original. “We are not implying that Koerner stole her necklace idea from one of these other designers,” UO says in its statement, “we are simply stating the obvious—that the idea is not unique to Koerner and she can in no way claim to be its originator.”
UO goes on to say that they normally wouldn’t bother issuing a public retort, but the “media response” to Koerner’s allegation “is threatening to impact the dozens of independent designers” with whom UO has a legitimate business relationship. “For many of them, having their work sold at Urban Outfitters is a very positive turning point in their careers,” UO says, “and we will not allow their hard work and commitment, or ours, to be undermined by these false allegations.”
Now, about those Rick Santorum campaign contributions…
[urbanoutfitters / @mileycyrus / image: regretsy.]

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thedailywhat:

Another Follow Up of the Day: Urban Outfitters has responded to claims made by independent jewelry designer Stephanie “Stevie” Koerner that the retailer’s “I Heart Destination” necklace line ripped off her own “United States of Love” collection.

Inadvertently aided by a recent Regretsy post, which responded to the controversy by pointing out the slew of similar designs posted on Etsy long before Koerner’s store came online, UO noted that “a quick search on Etsy” shows Koerner’s design is far from original. “We are not implying that Koerner stole her necklace idea from one of these other designers,” UO says in its statement, “we are simply stating the obvious—that the idea is not unique to Koerner and she can in no way claim to be its originator.”

UO goes on to say that they normally wouldn’t bother issuing a public retort, but the “media response” to Koerner’s allegation “is threatening to impact the dozens of independent designers” with whom UO has a legitimate business relationship. “For many of them, having their work sold at Urban Outfitters is a very positive turning point in their careers,” UO says, “and we will not allow their hard work and commitment, or ours, to be undermined by these false allegations.”

Now, about those Rick Santorum campaign contributions

[urbanoutfitters / @mileycyrus / image: regretsy.]

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mohandasgandhi:

California Becomes First State to Ban Styrofoam Containers

The ban would apply to restaurants and grocery stores and become effective July 1, 2016.
Schools would have to comply by July 1, 2017. The bill, which was introduced by Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach),  has been criticized by commerce leaders who say the bill threatens  thousands of manufacturing jobs. Environmentalists say banning the containers would help reduce waste issues, taking decades to break down. Styrofoam is often mistaken for food or prey by seabirds, marine mammals, fish, and sea turtles. Over 50 cities in California have already enacted their own ban on  polystyrene.  California is now the first to enact a statewide ban.

Well done, California.  Well done.

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mohandasgandhi:

California Becomes First State to Ban Styrofoam Containers

The ban would apply to restaurants and grocery stores and become effective July 1, 2016.

Schools would have to comply by July 1, 2017.

The bill, which was introduced by Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), has been criticized by commerce leaders who say the bill threatens thousands of manufacturing jobs.

Environmentalists say banning the containers would help reduce waste issues, taking decades to break down.

Styrofoam is often mistaken for food or prey by seabirds, marine mammals, fish, and sea turtles.

Over 50 cities in California have already enacted their own ban on polystyrene. California is now the first to enact a statewide ban.

Well done, California.  Well done.

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