An Arkansas high school appointed two valedictorians in their Class of 2011, because the student with the highest GPA was black. According to a lawsuit by 18-year-old Kymberly Wimberly (yes, her real name), she was told earlier this year she would be valedictorian of McGehee Secondary School in Pine Bluff, AR, thanks to her nearly-straight A grades, Honors and AP classes. But Wimberly’s mother is an employee at McGehee Secondary School and overheard talk in the copy room that school personnel were concerned that having a black valedictorian would cause “a big mess.” According to Court House News Service, the high school was “predominantly white and 46 percent African-American,” and the implication is that some white families would resent having the black student’s success. So, on graduation day, both Wimberly and a white student, who had the number two GPA at the school, were both honored as valedictorians. The number three-ranking student, also white, then became the salutatorian. When Wimberly’s mother tried to protest the principal’s decision at a school board meeting, she was told she had filled out the wrong forms and was not permitted to speak.
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Happy Monday, people! Are you gripping your coffee mug and wishing it was Sunday all over again? According to a new study, you probably are. Researchers found that most of us working stiffs rebel against Mondays by being late for work, not cracking a smile until 11:16 a.m., only banging out about three and a half hours of work, and moaning and groaning for an average of 12 minutes. The good news is we can combat our Monday blues by getting laid! Oh sure, let me make that happens here at my cubicle. Oh wait, I would get fired if I did that. If (like me) you don’t work in that kind of office (I want to know who does), you can alternatively soothe your case of the Mondays by watching TV (which also might prove difficult), shopping online, eating chocolate, or planning a vacation. OK, my new plan of attack is to binge on chocolate until it’s Tuesday. [Telegraph] Keep reading »
Birth control should not be covered without co-pays as part of preventative health care, Bill O’Reilly says, because “many women who get pregnant are blasted out of their minds when they have sex, [so] they’re not going to use birth control anyway.” He introduces this Fox News segment while talking about pot and booze and says covering the Pill would cost four billion dollars a year (um, can I get a source on that?) and suggests improving access to birth control will “maybe” cut back on the number of abortions, foster care, and people on welfare.
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Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid who accused the head of the International Monetary Fund of sexual assault two months ago, has finally spoken out. She granted interviews with both Newsweek magazine and ABC News, which aired her interview by Robin Roberts this morning. Keep reading »