I invented the part about Salvador Dali, but it's something the school should consider, if I understood the first part rightly.
Clackamas High School is dropping honors courses from its curriculum because its leadership thinks that bright and hard-working students will do better at their studies if they sit in the same classroom with underperformers, the Oregonianreports. Another reason the school is eliminating honors courses, according to its principal, is that the honors students don't match the school's demographics: not enough of the honors students qualify to receive free or reduced-price lunches. The article continues, "To broaden access to advanced classes, Clackamas no longer requires students to meet certain standards, such as letters of recommendation or a minimum grade-point average." I think that means that Clackamas High School doesn't think that doing well in introductory math is a prerequisite to doing well in advanced math. I hope I'm misunderstanding what the school is doing, but I've read the article three times already and it comes out the same surreal way each time.
Do you detest the parking meter reader? You're in good company: so does the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office -- at least that's what I surmise from an article in yesterday's Oregonian.
Clackamas County's courthouse is at the south end of Oregon City's historic business district, a narrow strip of land lying between the Willamette River and one of the city's many cliffs. The city's parking enforcement officer ticketed cars of sheriff's deputies for overtime parking, and (reports Steve Mayes of the Oregonian) some of the deputies responded by ticketing the city's parking scooter, even when it was legally parked. One unhappy deputy sheriff paid his parking ticket last year by bringing a bag of pennies to the city. The coins broke out of the bag, and so did an argument.
So far this year, the city has ticketed more than 30 public vehicles for unlawful parking, "including a deputy cited for parking in a space designated for the city's parking patrol." Possibly in retaliation, a deputy warned city employees that "if he found them in violation he would get them," according to the city.
What do the police officers think? A website called PoliceLink, oriented toward law enforcement officers, posted the story. Read their pungent comments here.
At least, that portion that lives or does business on Broadway, Grand Avenue, and NE/SE 39th Avenue, which this week received ballots from the City asking whether they support renaming their local street after Cesar Chavez:
Sugar Ray Robinson, the famous boxer, had an amateur record of 85 wins, no losses. Sixty-nine of those wins were by knockouts, 40 in the first round. One of the last of his amateur matches was in 1940 against a young Portlander named Tommy Moyer, in a five-round match where the winner was to go to the 1940 Olympics on the United States boxing team. (The games were later cancelled because of the war.) At one point, Moyer knocked Robinson down, but Robinson won the match on a split decision. Asked years later about the match, Moyer said, "I knocked Sugar Ray down. The problem was that he got up again."
Robinson turned professional later that year. Moyer got out of boxing and joined the family theatre business, eventually leaving that business and starting his own. He sold the theatres 20 years ago and started a second (third?) career as a real estate developer, contributing the Fox Tower to Portland's skyline. This week he celebrated his 90th birthday. Happy birthday, sir!
I came across this page on a Motorola website, describing its work for the Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in China. It's a case study (advertisement) for Motorola, describing what its products do for the hospital. Early on, Motorola says that the hospital "is named after the late Hong Kong industrialist Sir Run Run Shaw."
Mr. Shaw and one of his brothers started to make motion pictures eighty-one years ago, in 1928, and they later founded Shaw Studios. Actuarially improbable it may be, but Sir Run Run is still with us; he turned 101 in October. A number of news articles say that he's retired from active business, but in December 2008 he offered to buy out the minority shareholders in his company, Shaw Studios, so he's not quite given up on commerce. I don't know whether he buys anything from Motorola himself.