A California school district is fed up with school threats, so they've produced PSAs on social media awareness
- A student was arrested at Fresno High School Tuesday for making threats against the school.
- Fresno police said the 16-year-old made the threats on social media, but that investigators did not recover any weapons.
- In Palm Springs, three 14-year-old students were arrested for making violent threats against Desert Hot Springs High School, the Palm Springs Unified School District said in a press release Monday.
- The post was first reported by a staff member from the school district, and two male students and one female were arrested, according to the press release.
- Palm Springs Superintendent Dr. Sandra Lyon said the district is "grateful to the staff person who alerted one of our school principals to the social media post, our administrators who immediately reported the post to local police and our law enforcement officials for their immediate and thorough response.
Rescue teams prepare for Imelda to rain down on eastern Texas
- The storm, which early Wednesday was about 25 miles north-northwest of Houston, is expected to drop 6 to 12 inches of rain in the next two to three days across portions of eastern Texas, the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center said.
- Imelda is slowly moving inland and has the potential to be among the more destructive storms in the US in recent months because of the amount of rainfall, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said.
- After drenching coastal Texas and southwestern Louisiana through Wednesday, the storm system is expected to douse eastern Texas and western Louisiana on Thursday, the hurricane center said.
- As much as 9 inches of rain had fallen by Wednesday morning in some areas southeast of Houston, according to the Harris County Flood Warning System.
- Several schools in the Houston-Galveston area announced they would cancel activities for Wednesday because of Imelda.
16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they're not trying hard enough to fight climate change
- Former President Barack Obama met with 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has become a prominent voice within the climate activism community for her demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament.
- During her visit to Washington, DC on Tuesday, Obama sat down with Thunberg to discuss her goals and messages for other young activists involved in her Fridays for Future strikes which encourage students and others around the world to strike for climate action.
- Obama said Thunberg's humble school strikes have transformed into a global movement and highlighted the power that young people have on the future of our planet.
- During Obama's tenure, he pledged to reduce the US' greenhouse gas emissions by 26% to 28% by 2025 under the Paris Climate Accord, and his administration put in place several climate regulations including curbs on coal and a 2013 plan to cut carbon pollution and encourage clean energy.
A volcano erupting in Russia caused purple sunsets across the globe
- In a normal, non-volcanic sunset, light from the sun has to travel through a significant amount of Earth's atmosphere, and blue light scatters off of aerosols it encounters.
- When volcanic aerosols are present in the stratosphere, blue light scattered from aerosols closer to the Earth's surface can scatter again, this time toward our eyes and cameras.
- Lars Kalnajs, a research associate in the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the school, led the project and said this eruption is no cause for concern, but warns that we need to prepare for a bigger one.
- He cites an eruption on Mount Tambora in 1815 that led to a "year without a summer" due to ash and volcanic material lingering in the atmosphere.
- Preliminary data collected so far shows that some aerosol layers in the stratosphere were 20 times thicker than normal in the wake of the eruption, according to news release.
New York state bans most flavors of e-cigarettes
- New York state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in the emergency meeting that officials would take a closer look at menthol to decide whether it should be banned as well.
- Members of the Special Codes Committee of the Public Health and Health Planning Council, which is part of the New York State Department of Health, voted to recommend the flavor ban and the full council voted in favor of emergency adoption.
- Zucker presented data to the council that showed New York state high school student use of tobacco products rose 160% from 2014 to 2018.
- As of September 14, there are 74 confirmed cases of people who have serious lung illness after vaping in New York state, Zucker said.
- On November 13, the state will raise the age at which people can buy tobacco and e-cigarette products from 18 to 21.
The Long Road to the Student Debt Crisis
- Banks were reluctant to make loans to students, who were viewed as risky prospects, so Johnson successfully pushed Congress to pass the 1965 Higher Education Act, which provided funding for the government to guarantee student loans made by banks, shifting almost all the risk to taxpayers.
- The voucher system, combined with a lack of government oversight, created perverse incentives: Colleges could raise money quickly by admitting academically suspect students while suffering little or no consequences if their students dropped out and defaulted on loans.
- In his first speech to Congress, in February 2009, he said that his budget would invest in education, in part through student loans, and asked every American to spend at least a year in college.
- And for the typical borrower, higher education is an investment that pays off: The college premium—the amount graduates earn over workers without degrees—remains at an all-time high.
Tutoring business-in-a-box service Clark has been acquired by edtech startup Noodle
- Clark, the tutor management business-in-a-box service, has been acquired by the New York-based education startup Noodle for an undisclosed amount, TechCrunch has learned.
- Megan O’Connor, the co-founder and chief executive of Clark, actually met Katzman two weeks after she launched the company, which is backed by investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Winklevoss Capital, Rethink Education, Flat World Partners and Human Ventures (where O’Connor worked as the chief growth officer).
- With the acquisition, Clark’s shareholders will receive an equity stake in Noodle and O’Connor and her co-founder, Sam Gimbel, will take roles within Noodle to build out a tutoring service within the company, O’Connor says.
- Going forward, Gimbel and O’Connor will build up the tutoring component of Noodle’s business as a complement to the company’s higher education and elementary and secondary school divisions.
A historically black college in Kentucky has found itself in the middle of a bizarre feud between Papa John’s and its ousted founder
- In a bizarre end to what appears to have been a three-way feud between Papa John's, its disgraced founder and a historically black college in Kentucky, the pizza chain will donate $30,000 to Simmons College in scholarship funds that will benefit 15 students.
- The scholarship money comes two weeks after Papa Johns' founder, John Schnatter, offered to donate $1 million to the college, a move that was seen by some at the school as an attempt to "pay off the black community." Schnatter resigned from Papa John's last year after sparking controversy for his use of offensive racial slurs.
- Earlier this month the Louisville, Kentucky, based pizza franchise announced it would offer $2,000 worth of scholarship funds to 10 students at Simmons College, a historically black school in the area.
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Apple's back-to-school deals include discounts on Macs and iPads, plus you can get a free pair of Beats headphones until September 26
- With the education discount, students, school staff, and students' parents can save up to $400 on Macs, $50 on select iPads, 5-10% on accessories, 50% on Apple Music, and 20% on AppleCare+ device protection.
- To get a pair of Beats Studio3 headphones for free, you just need to buy any iMac, iMac Pro, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air. Students can also get a deal on an Apple Music subscription.
- Apple has announced a number of great deals on Mac computers for students, too, so if you are buying a Mac, you could get a pretty great discount as well as a free pair of Beats Studio3 headphones.
- There are also some pretty great deals on accessories for the iPad. When you buy one of these iPads, you can get a free pair of BeatsX or Beats Solo 3 Wireless headphones, too.