Teachers are conditioned to tolerate a lot of abuse—it's a professional hazard—but what faculty members at Sir G. E. Cartier Elementary School in London, Ontario, went through last spring seems beyond the call of duty: a few of them agreed to be duct-taped to a gym wall while students hit them in the face with pies.
The real-estate bust is creating an unexpected benefit: housing for the homeless. Even as the foreclosure crisis pushes some low income families into shelters, chronic homeless rates are shrinking thanks in part to the foreclosed and vacant buildings social-service agencies can now afford to buy.
News stories captivate us for a moment and then vanish. We revisit those stories to bring you the next chapter. STARTING POINT Oct. 14, 2003: The Chicago Cubs are just five outs away from their first trip to the World Series since 1945 when 26-year-old superfan Steve Bartman interferes with a foul ball that Cubs left fielder Moises Alou appears primed to catch.
When disaster strikes in an election year, candidates are never far behind. How Obama and McCain handled their visits to the flooded heartland: Where They WentObama: Quincy, lll., on June 13, two days into the crisis and four days before two of the area's three levees were overtopped.McCain: Columbus Junction, Iowa (population: 1,900), on June 19, a week into the crisis, the same day President Bush visited the state.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is in a jam. Even after $10 billion of proposed cuts, California still faces a $17 billion budget gap. Most voters and lawmakers don't like his plan to fix it by borrowing billions against the state's lottery, meaning the Governator will likely have to resort to raising taxes, something he vowed never to do, and bump the state's sales-tax rate by one cent.Arnold isn't the only governor facing a killer budget crunch.
The Comparison Despite increasing calls for her to drop out of the Democratic nomination race, Hillary Clinton insists that she's staying in because she's "never been a quitter." Her defiance brings to mind the protestations of Richard Nixon, who in his day leaned into such head winds—once successfully, and once to no avail.
The Comparison With the fate of the Clinton-Obama contest all but in the hands of the party's superdelegates, history buffs are reminded of another close election in which the outcome was decided by politicians: 1824, when Andrew Jackson won the popular vote but lost the election in the House after Henry Clay agreed to support John Quincy Adams.