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Carisa, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born to Burlington mother Caroline Ruscak. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
Nicholas Arzio April 23, 2014 at 11:36 pm
Beef cake!
Sunny in SD April 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm
Starting the diabetes early........
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!
South Side High School in Rockville Centre is among the best on Long Island, according to new rankings. (Patch file photo)
Meg Zeitzer-Doyle April 24, 2014 at 08:24 am
Saving money doesn't work look at Lawrence no money spent crappy school.
Lorraine DeVita April 24, 2014 at 09:04 am
In general and IMHO- Its not HOW much money - It is: How and where the money is spent ,Read More more importantly What the priorities are of the SD and the parents. Many of the schools that did make the list have a unique philosophy especially here on LI. I refer to "'A Teacher's" post above . He quoted Mr. Cardillo the Superintendent of Manhasset - Manhasset's priorities are ACADEMICS - The Arts - Athletics and After school activities in THAT order. Its seems many Parents have fallen for and vigorously support the underperforming or mediocre SD mantra's.... "Well rounded gets your child into college not necessarily well educated." Those SD's priorities are Athletics, Activities , Arts and academics.- Each and every year SD''s throw HUNDREDs of thousand of dollars to HS sports alone sometimes over a MILLION!! . Yet they have over crowding on the elementary school levels, they have cut Art and music programs, reading programs and have eliminated student services, replaced teachers with unqualified Aides and eliminated course offerings. YET Each YR School districts INCREASE their Athletic budgets and DECREASE Academics. MANY SD's athletic budgets EXCEED a million dollars on the HS level alone. The number of lovely multi million dollar turf fields is growing yet MANY SD still have asbestos in their schools and their IT infrastructures are pathetic. YET no one complains or votes a budget down because it will "effect the kids" HOW they are spending and prioritize our tax dollars IS effecting the kids NOW........ but many just buy into the SD;s threats ...
Concerned mother of 3 April 24, 2014 at 09:34 am
The national list is comprised of all charter and private schools. I can't pay 17,000 per year perRead More child. Sorry. I think they are doing great in our PS system. My husband went to public school from grade school through college while many of his coworkers went to fancy boarding schools. That might have been a savings for their parents. My brother went to a very expensive private boys high school and has nothing to show for it. I went to a huge public high school and have a masters degree and no student loans. Where you go to high school (or college for that matter) doesn't really impact anything unless you are trying for a political office later in life.
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sue April 24, 2014 at 09:54 am
well one way to make sure Obama and his AG don't pardon them.
Cali April 24, 2014 at 10:02 am
Mr. Smith did his community a big favor. Who knows how many lives that those punks had terrorizedRead More up until their final attempt. It is sad that people must to go to such extremes to protect themselves. Although we don't know the minds of people, if Mr. Smith only wounded them, it is possible the punks would have returned and killed him.
tamarya April 24, 2014 at 10:03 am
The bottom line is if these were grown adults no one would care they were shot, well sorry justRead More because they are teenagers does not make it any worst than if they were in their 50's. If roles were reversed and this elderly man broke into the teenagers home they would get a metal of honor if they shot him, same as he should for shooting them. I will teach my kids you threaten someones life you will be lucky if you leave the situation alive.
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Michael Hipp April 24, 2014 at 09:44 am
Oh please. I mis-spell one word and I have screwed up the paragraph so bad that you can'tRead More understand any of it? Yeah, you're telling the truth, for sure. Now, again. If you'd like to speak to what I said instead of beating around the bush until there's no bush left..... please do. If all you can do is search for loopholes so that you can disregard the subject, don't bother responding because I'm not interested in dancing around with you.
Michael Hipp April 24, 2014 at 09:46 am
Oh, and here's to your other post B. Dub. I said seething hatred of Hilary Clinton. I NEVERRead More said that you're a woman hater. How about you speak to what I say instead of using what I say to jump to your own biases? Good freaking grief. What are you a troll?
B. Dub April 24, 2014 at 09:57 am
Michael - the "progeny" vs. "prodigy" was an example that I was using for theRead More whole board here (or any other board). No, your post was fine and obviously I didn't misunderstand you. I was aiming that more at a lot of folks whom I truly can't understand. You just happened to be lucky enough to misuse a word and then accuse people of not comprehending what they're reading. As far as labelling me/us as woman-haters, again that was aimed at a few other people. And actually, if I am a troll, I just troll for the opportunity to rip on people for using sweeping generalities.
joshua tanner April 24, 2014 at 09:21 am
Dems will never run Hillary. The Hollywood donors got rid of her for Obama. Truth is Hillary is aRead More dope. She failed her NY and DC bar exam and only passed the one in Arkansas. She created a scandal over Travelgate a week into Bill's first term. She wrecked her attempt at Hillarycare. She was a disaster as Sec of State, and not only saw her own people killed but screeched "What difference does it make!"
Archie Bunker April 24, 2014 at 09:43 am
Would it really matter who wins the election? The system is broke. It take millions upon millions ofRead More $$$ to wage a presidential election these day of which the candidate is completely beholden to whichever corp or uber-wealthy donor who contributes to the candidate's campaign. Hillary is truly nothing more than an opportunist, just take a look at her track record But aren't they all? Rand and Ron Paul are as much a part of the system as the next - neither would have a snowballs chance in getting elected without tons of $$$ flowing into them. And these campaigns are nothing more than expensive popularity contests.
JJ April 24, 2014 at 09:58 am
As someone once pointed out..."there are more people in the wagon than people pulling theRead More wagon in America. A savvy politician will no doubt pull out all of the stops to gain the votes. It's time to hold these social rejects we call "professional politicians" (BOTH SIDES) to the standards we expect from good government. Personally, I don't think she can handle the job of President NOT because she's a woman or Bill's wife. She has already been caught in numerous lies (Even in Bill's WH!!) and has alleged that she is in poor health when sought for the Benghazi questioning. She's simply not trustworthy........VOTE for whoever you believe in during the Mid Term Elections but vote and pray that the Democrats have someone better than this in 2016.
Ivan Ivanovich April 23, 2014 at 11:50 pm
Dumb cops
mosco April 24, 2014 at 12:30 am
LBPD and LBFD always overreact to everything. I've been pulled over for minor traffic infractions inRead More this city a few times and it always warrants at least 2 pig cars. PATHETIC!! I bet those cops walked away from this prank pissed wishing this kid had actually shot his family up so it could give them the action they so crave. They've never found a swatter and they wont find this one.
Steve Slank April 24, 2014 at 07:49 am
Ahhh some national news involving our fair city, loved how the kids were laughing in the backgroundRead More of all the news reports. Perhaps protocols for this type of situation need to be reassessed, where so many officers needed for this? I doubt the kid actually gave out his address over Xbox Live, maybe one of the local kids or brother made the prank call. These kids were loving it. What easy overtime for these officers, maybe one of them made the anonymous internet call.
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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.
rudy2 April 23, 2014 at 06:38 am
and the tickets just keep going up and up and up! lirr clean up your own house and stop tacking itRead More on the riders! Where the hell is Andrew cuomo
robert harison April 23, 2014 at 08:46 am
Where's cuomo he's to busy trying to give free college tuition to illegal aliens with his dream actRead More .so give that up.
Massa April 23, 2014 at 11:03 am
What a loser. He deserves more than a year, but glad he didn't get away with it. What sucks is howRead More he disgraced his family over this. He had a good job, just a greedy person.
monkey lewis April 24, 2014 at 01:45 am
communist core=Obamas whore
Pat Richards April 24, 2014 at 07:04 am
@monkey Lewis, It's not communist, it's fascist. The state and business working together. FascistRead More Mussolini called it corporatism.
DebinRye April 24, 2014 at 08:13 am
Hmmm . . . I keep hearing paranoia from left and right, but how are we to truly evaluate theRead More education we are paying for? Like so many issues that confront us today, there is no light; only heat. No method will be perfect. And, no disrespect intended, but I'm not sure parents are best situated to evaluate the efficacy of their children's education. After all, most were products of the very system we so desperately need to improve. We need SOME objective measure. Any ideas?
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Love All April 24, 2014 at 06:54 am
TO THE EDITOR....I'm seriously disappointed by the removal of peoples comments overnight.... If youRead More cannot see the flow and context of comments made,, how is one supposed to understand the comments you read? The young man, Black Panther was defending himself and his position in the face of raw bigotry and you removed that?? When you invite unfettered comments from people on a forum such as this,, CENSORSHIP HAS NO PLACE. You either put on your big boy/girl panties and allow Free Speech to run it's course,,, of you SHUT THIS DOWN. I'm so surprised at your actions. Not good!
Bob Zahm April 24, 2014 at 09:23 am
@Love All - not sure what comments were removed, but looking if they were anything like the racistRead More trash "monkey" lewis posts, they violate terms of service and should be removed.
Porter gladstone April 24, 2014 at 09:30 am
think monkey shud be left up.... great example of what people face. its obviouslyRead More meant as provocation. but if u leave it up--they only look like the jerk... should embarrass monkey more than offend anyone. they are obviously just a dope.
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.
Jennifer April 24, 2014 at 08:53 am
So Cow Dung, Gary has said it all in a much more straight-forward way. Everything he says is true,Read More and the information can be found, and checked, in MANY places. Just NOT on the Common Core website.
Jennifer April 24, 2014 at 09:00 am
Why do I have a problem with the Gates foundation? I think I said it before. They funded theRead More organizations that wrote the standards. They funded the organizations that reviewed the standards. They fuinded every group that supposedly had "input" into the development of the standards. There is NO record of what the "input" consisted of, or if any of it was implemented. All we really have on record is the Content advisor for Mathematics, Jim Milgrim, prof. at Stanford, explaining why he refused to endorse the math standard. We have the English Language content advisor, Sandra Slotsky, explaining why she, likewise, could not sign off on the standards. And she explains that she has sat on many such committees before, in her role in developing Massachussetts very well-respected standards, and she said that this is the first time she was required to sign a non-disclosure. She said such committees are usually subject to "Sunshine" laws. These are specific people, highly qualified people, giving specific and detailed testimony. But you would rather keep pointing to the CC website vaguely referring to "how educators were involved".
Jennifer April 24, 2014 at 09:39 am
I looked at the Wisconsin link you provided, and it gave a list of teachers on an ELA standardsRead More leadership team. This was out of context, and undated, so I dont really have an indication that it had anything to do with reviewing the CC standards, but assuming you just didn't copy enough pages into the link.....thay could list every teacher in America, by name, school, and department. If there are no records of what, if any recommendations were made, leading to what if any changes to the standards, I dont really see what that would prove. And since, as I have said, teachers and administrators at the local level are presumably under a gag order - if their states have signed agreements similar to NY - I don't know how we can be expected to trust anything about the CC. As I have said, I have several friends from college and HS who have been teaching for 25 + yrs, and my sister-in-law is a Vice Principal at a highly-ranked school in a highly-ranked state - and they all, across the board, HATE the program and what it does to children. And you can read the standards, but you do not have access to the agreements the states have signed, and do not know what other , untried methods of teaching will be mandatory under the Core.
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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.
Should plastic bags be a thing of the past?
CAPICU April 23, 2014 at 03:39 pm
Oh oh ...The bag lady is back
Frank Esposito April 23, 2014 at 07:23 pm
Keep up the good fight Lorraine! If this CAPICU joker lived though the attack of plastic bags that IRead More just survived he would be your number one fan. California is always on the cutting edge of what is great about America. I want NYS to be just like them. Death to the plastic bags! I've received a few painful paper cuts in my life; and while plastic bags have not cut me yet I do fear them greatly. One of my greatest fears is I will get one without the printed warning about not placing it over my head. I usually ask for paper and risk the paper cuts; there is no coming back from suffocation by plastic bag. Although prolonged lack of air hasn't seemed to have affected you greatly. You go girl!
Ron Gilone April 23, 2014 at 08:48 pm
Most plastic bags from stores are HDPE (High density polyethelene). HDPE has been accepted byRead More Brookhaven Town for recycling, but not plastic bags. WHY? - Am I missing something here?
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Kim Fox April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
I don't believe this kid is competent enough to make those decisions. Those kids need to beRead More prosecuted to the fullest and if the does judge does not agree he needs to step down.
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.
Kimberly paruch April 22, 2014 at 09:08 pm
Eddie you work for NASA ? It's real so you can say I'm crazy .... White lines are not clouds ! TheyRead More are NOT contrails there chemtrails full of poison !
GLENN April 22, 2014 at 09:51 pm
Walk for this, jump for that and the CEO's of the non profits take most of the money….Read More Kimberly, I agree lets al walk to STOP CHEM TRAILS!
Kimberly paruch April 23, 2014 at 08:26 am
Chemtrails are slowly killing all of us ! And I can't blame you for not knowing , because I didn'tRead More until last spring ..... I was in my yard and watched the jets fly back and forth up and down white lines all over the sky ..... And I felt like I was being attacked , now I know I was right we are !
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.
robert April 22, 2014 at 06:56 pm
All the vermin that commit these crimes know that the Nassau county cops are the hide and go seekRead More police force...
Massa April 23, 2014 at 11:39 am
It makes me sick that these clowns steal and vandalize property that we all work hard for, but itRead More pisses me off even more that I don't see anything being done about it. I know we are all getting sick and tired of living in a county that has the highest taxes in the Country.I am getting real sick of getting crap service for our tax dollars. Nassau PD needs to get some real supervisors and get their police officers on the ball. First thing is real roll calls at police precincts. second is no more free meals where guys take advantage of businesses, I see these guys all the time at these places and don't pay a cent, sounds like corruption to me. Third is no more police booths or hanging out in firehouses.... WTF is that all about? Nassau firehouses have bars in them. The three cars hanging out bullshitting for hours has to stop.thugs are committing crimes and nothing is getting done. As far as dangerous precincts in Nassau, I will say the 1st and 5th are busy and have the most danger. Those officers should get the respect they deserve. It is sad that the other precincts don't give the community that they serve the respect they deserve.Walking in the door and making 150.000 dollars a year without overtime is pretty nice for the area's they work.I am sure city guys would take the city salary to work with less danger in nice areas everyday.
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Bob April 24, 2014 at 09:02 am
There's a second picture of her in a black top.. That's probably the outfit in question in spite ofRead More what she says.
Bob April 24, 2014 at 09:04 am
If she would lose 50 lbs it would be a non issue.
Dee April 24, 2014 at 09:50 am
Paula, Pentecostalism is a cult!
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bg robbins April 22, 2014 at 11:39 am
I don't think were doing starving people any favors by sending them hot dogs that might make themRead More sick.
BiteMeFanBoy1 April 22, 2014 at 03:28 pm
Just another argument for KOSHER hot dogs..... All of the great taste and NONE OF THE CRAP !
Bill Harvey April 22, 2014 at 05:04 pm
Poland has already outlawed kosher killing as inhumane--it involves voiding the arteries of theRead More animal's tainted blood while it is still alive....The US will soon follow despite its Jewish lobby.