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The KKK flyer distributed around Fairview Township. Credit facebook
Rick Langley April 24, 2014 at 03:02 pm
@Gerson Goldstein You can say God in school, just like the Klan can say what they wish. SchoolsRead More can't force God on kids. You don't seem to understand the 1st Amendment.
J Leland April 24, 2014 at 03:15 pm
KKK breaks into a few homes and then comes to the rescue. An age old strategy.
Sean April 24, 2014 at 05:01 pm
How do you really know they are up? They could be sleeping underneath those capes. I would thinkRead More you would wear something more scary like a Michael Myers of Leatherface mask, thought would work better I would think.
Carisa, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born to Burlington mother Caroline Ruscak. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
Socrates Cee April 24, 2014 at 12:24 am
Now that is something. Imagine how big this baby will be in a couple of years. He probably won'tRead More even fit through a regular door!
Alison McArty April 24, 2014 at 11:35 am
Sunny do you have any scientific information whatsoever to back up your asinine comment?
erin greisch April 24, 2014 at 01:11 pm
Thank you Alison I was thinking the same thing....
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bg robbins April 24, 2014 at 05:08 pm
You would feel better and see clearer with a little acceptance , love and foregiveness instead of soRead More much anger and revenge.
Panax April 24, 2014 at 05:15 pm
Oh my, Pat Kittle. Stop taking the bait.
Steve April 24, 2014 at 05:18 pm
They need to read this patch;Read More http://lakeelsinore-wildomar.patch.com/groups/the-wildomarwatcher/p/the-terrible-cost-of-constant-squabbling
Top 10 High Schools in Virginia.
Paul McNeal April 24, 2014 at 07:14 am
Do you know what the criteria was for ranking? It would be interesting to see how many of theseRead More schools have an entrepreneurship focus.
John Wesley Brett April 24, 2014 at 08:58 am
The methodology for US News & World Report's "Best High Schools" can be found here:Read More http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/articles/2014/04/21/about-the-best-high-schools-rankings
Paul McNeal April 24, 2014 at 09:23 am
Thanks.
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Kevin April 24, 2014 at 02:50 pm
Tom Hollman,all good points,but please,stop with the CAPS.
Michael Hipp April 24, 2014 at 02:54 pm
I don't disagree with you that we're becoming less and less a free country but it's wrong to blameRead More democrats alone. It wasn't dems alone that passed the patriot act. It hasn't been dems alone that have been re-uping it since it was passed the first time. On how bad Hillary will be as a president. Every president is bad in some ways. Reagan raised taxes more than a dozen times. Bush took us to war on two fronts with no way to pay for it. Clinton signed DOMA and DADT. Obama gave away the farm in order to get the Affordable Care Act passed. Papa Bush said that atheists shouldn't be considered Americans. Sure Hillary will be a bad president in some ways.... they are all bad in some way. I can tell you this much though, any president is going to be a worse president when the publicly stated goal of the opposition is to obstruct that president at any and all opportunities. The dems did it to Bush. The republican'ts are doing it to Obama. It's like Palestine and Israel, they'll fight to the death out of spite and habit, neither one of them knowing which one threw the first punch and not caring because winning is the only goal. What America needs are citizens that go into government for the good of the country instead of the good of their party.
Michael Hipp April 24, 2014 at 03:03 pm
Oh, one last point on your last post B. Dub. "Hillary presidency combined with a DemocraticRead More Congress." Ain't gonna happen. Republicant's have gerrymandered the states to absolute death. They have the House for the foreseeable future and they have a good chance at getting the Senate. I can't guarantee you who's going to win in 2016 but I can very well guarantee you that no one party will take executive and legislative branches, both.
Patch file photo of McDonnell introducing Mitt Romney.
rbud April 23, 2014 at 06:25 pm
The wealthy and powerful protecting their own. McDonnell made a shameful mess of the VA gov'sRead More office, a hurt that may last for decades. He ought to take his licks and move on, begging forgiveness from the electorate.
Frederick C. Cassiday April 24, 2014 at 08:43 am
Ex Gov. Transvaginal needs to man up and take his punishment, which is the public spectacle of aRead More corruption trial without getting funds from every foolish political supporter to line his lawyers pockets.
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nascarblue April 24, 2014 at 07:24 am
this "to me" is not funny, the swat teams are used for serious issues, hostage taking,Read More etc. to have a swat team called to a home behind a video game is stupid, these swat members are trained to save lives, etc. to be called to a home behind a video game is not funny, what happens if a REAL call comes in and swat is needed there, I hope they catch the idiot that called swat and he gets what he/she deserves
John Strother April 24, 2014 at 08:38 am
with caller ID they should be able to point to the caller. Sorry but an out of state telephoneRead More number should be a tip off.
Eddie April 24, 2014 at 08:52 am
The caller used Skype, via the Internet, and will probably never be found if he took certainRead More precautions unless he's running his mouth about this prank.
Taxes are going up for homeowners in Fairfax County with the 2015 budget. Patch file photo.
Jim Daniels April 24, 2014 at 12:28 pm
The internet is forever Kim, if you want your views kept secret best not to post them on a publicRead More website :)....you are right I am a transplant from New York...I moved away from there when I was 1 year old...then moved from place to place as my father was transferred...finally ended up in a nice blue state in the Midwest! Never lived in Boston...but I was conceived there (was that TMI? :) )Came here for school, found what I liked in beautiful Fairfax County ...as I said top notch standard of living and have been here ever since. Oh...btw yes I have sold houses here in Fairfax County...three times as a matter of fact...once in January...took three days! But now that spring has sprung we can all look forward to standing at the border between here and whichever county you decide to go to...waving you a fond farewell!!! So you aren't going to vote? Great news...usually I encourage people to vote no matter who they vote for...but for you I'll make an exception... Why do you hate America so much Kim?
Kim McCoy April 24, 2014 at 02:32 pm
Jim, I think I said it once in this thread already, but it seems to bear repeating. ReadingRead More comprehension is a problem for liberals...in case you missed it, I said "I have decide to reflect on whether it is in my country's best interest to cede more ground to people like you by removing my vote from this county (at least until after the November elections!)"...I will translate into more elementary terms for you. I'm going to VOTE HERE in November. I stand behind ever post I've ever posted here on the Patch, it just seems a little creepy that you (or your cohorts) feel the need to OBFUSCATE so often...how much was it again that you pay in county taxes, Jim?
Jim Daniels April 24, 2014 at 02:49 pm
Oh...well too bad Kim...you speak so obliquely it's not always easy to keep up with you. So you willRead More be voting for the losing side again this November here in Fairfax County...but then you are out of here right? I mean that will make it over a year since your initial promise. Doubts will clearly settle in as to whether or not your were truly serious! Oh yes...I do have an accomplice...he goes by the name of Google!! And my taxes? Well, like any good citizen of this fine county I pay what I owe! BTW, what's the name of the small business you own...maybe I could toss some clients your way... :)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Grumpy Old Man April 24, 2014 at 02:02 pm
@Charles Taite - As one of the commentators responding to and to whom Black Panther of PoetryRead More responded I happen to agree with you. I don't know whether Patch removed him or whether he did so himself. I for one did not flag any of his comments as offensive regardless of my personal dislike of some of the comments he made. If Patch did so shame on Patch. P.S. As much as I have issues with what he wrote he is no where close to the KKK for bigotry or racist beliefs or talk but your point is well taken.
dwayne roberson April 24, 2014 at 02:17 pm
Patch deleted my comments on an Earth Day article. All I did was recommend JunkScience.com.
Charles Taite April 24, 2014 at 02:45 pm
TRUST ME!!! "The Black Panther of Poetry" did not do this himself. benicia patch didRead More it!! THIS IS NOT AMERICA!!!
Fairfax kids could get more sleep under proposal.
CS April 23, 2014 at 02:15 pm
Instead of trying to be your kids best friend, get them to bed earlier! I go to bed at around 930pmRead More when I can so that I can get enough sleep to wake up at 530am to get to work by 7am! That's life! Not sure how this helps them prepare for real life where employers don't care about how much sleep you got the night before! This argument is really absurd and a waste of time.
Lisa Ross April 23, 2014 at 04:11 pm
Convict and CS, you obviously think most parents are neglectful. They are not. And my teens are inRead More bed at 9 pm every night with no electronics. But in order to get 9 hours of sleep and still wake at 5:30 am, they would have to be in bed AND asleep at 8:30 pm. NO teen can fall asleep that early -or even at 9 or 9:30 pm. Teen biology is DIFFERENT than adult and child biology -THAT is the issue. Their melatonin does not turn on till about 10 or 11 pm and they are not alert until about 8 -9 am. Just ask any HS teacher about their first period class. That is why this is a problem -not because parents just let their teens stay up till all hour. Adults can also choose where to live and which jobs to take. So for example, I would never take a job that starts at 7 am. But FCPS kids have no choice when they have to get up and research shows they sleep is every bit as important as food for physical and mental health. For teens, it's also even more important than for adults like you two since teens are still growing. Besides the period between 0 -2 years of age, I bet the teen years are the biggest growth period for body and brain development. This issue matters.
CS April 23, 2014 at 06:07 pm
Thank you for your input, Lisa. I raised my kids and also was a kid myself. I understand how puttingRead More kids to bed earlier allows them more sleep. Not sure our biological makeup changed much since I was a kid or my children were going to school. As far as kids not being able to fall asleep? My kids had no problem because they led active lives during the day. Sleep was welcomed by bedtime. Also, you would have to be naïve to believe that many parents give their child a reasonable bedtime or a bedtime at all for that matter. I'm quite sure many parents have no idea how late their kids stay up. You are obviously an exception. It's also silly to think that kids are not going to stay up later because of this. So, all of this effort will be for naught. It hasn't impaired the growth and learning of kids thus far. Not sure I've met anyone who has been a failure because their school start at 720 instead of 820. As far as my job being a choice? Wow! Would be nice to have the luxury of choice when it comes to decent employment. I envy you for that!
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
CowDung April 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm
Gary's post is full of falsehoods.
CowDung April 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm
"Agreements or addenda" are not part of the Common Core. Again, if states are doing theirRead More own thing by adding stuff or agreeing to do something different, it isn't Common Core.
Millsey April 24, 2014 at 02:46 pm
If it's on the internet it must be true? A small group of parents make up some "facts" andRead More post it on random news sites. So it must be true? I'm in favor of trusting the actual sources of the program over a blog that someone created because they are afraid of their kids getting a better education.
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Paul April 22, 2014 at 09:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 10:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 02:39 pm
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE AMAZON PRIME OVER NETFLIX: Here's an interesting article from today (23 Apr 2014)Read More about how Amazon Prime just got HBO to stream at least some of its older content, plus "HBO GO," to Amazon's new Fire TV box, thereby making NetFlix upset because NetFlix (nor any other streaming service, including HULU) has never been able to get any HBO content; and so Amazon has scored a real coup! On the Fierce Wireless website | http://bit.ly/1i9J0l7 | Interesting.
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Pat Mcloughlin April 23, 2014 at 01:27 pm
Sorry, Autistic boy, but there are a multitude of crimes here. These so called 'friends' abused youRead More terribly ~ called 'bullying', & that alone cannot be tolerated. Then, there is animal cruelty involved, another terrible crime, plus, harassment of all kinds, leudness, & who knows what else. These 'friends' need to be charged & made aware of the seriousness of their deeds, punished accordingly & helped through proper mental councelling.
nonoise April 23, 2014 at 05:49 pm
It is probly the parents that want to drop the charges, not the boy. They shouldn't. I don'tRead More know why they would want to drop the charges.
Peggy Prater Mcmillan April 24, 2014 at 11:01 am
Those boys need to be punished, if they are doing things like that, no telling what they will beRead More like when they are older.
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 01:30 pm
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
mimi April 23, 2014 at 02:09 pm
There are two separate issues here. The first and certainly the most obvious is security failure.Read More The second is to determine what is in the best interest of the teen, as well as the public.. He needs a psych eval, at the very least. Then again, so does most of the public.
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Archie Bunker April 24, 2014 at 03:29 pm
except she's a pig
Mark Burdman April 24, 2014 at 04:02 pm
Much ado about nothing. Disney thru the years has taken some very uncalled for stances. StartingRead More with Walt Disney a flaming Jew hater, and if you were a mixed couple in the 1950`s or 60`s and you share a kiss you would most likely would have been arrested. Then there were the long haired people of the 1960`s and many other very vile moral highground attacks. I am happy my kids are grown and I do not have to go to Disney land and get gouged from the moment I paid for parking, to Park admission overpriced lousy food. If you want to purchase a gift for someone or a souvenir you better bring a big bankroll.
James Ford April 24, 2014 at 05:01 pm
This is ridiculous, this women is hugely over weight!!! not voluptuous but obese. no one shouldRead More have to see that. big difference between Sophia Vergara and Honey Boo Boo!