Darren’s Daily Dose of News – April 15, 2009

darrensdailydoseofnewsI may do this every day if I can find the time.  Would love to hear comments about whether or not you like this idea or not.  Here we go…

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A 12-year-old girl’s parents were divorced; in the spring of 2008, the girl’s mom gave her permission to go on a class trip to Quebec City in June. But the middle-schooler lived with her father, and after she disobeyed her dad’s orders to stay off the Internet, he told her she couldn’t go. So what did she do? She took him to court. A lower court ruled in favor of the girl, who went on the embattled class trip. Her father appealed — on principle – -and amazingly, the girl won again. The father’s attorney, Kim Beaudoin, says that her client is “flabbergasted” and they are considering another appeal, this time to Canada’s Supreme Court. But, the attorney adds, the father has no regrets about the court proceedings. “Either way, he doesn’t have authority over this child anymore. She sued him because she doesn’t respect his rules,” Beaudoin said. “It’s very hard to raise a child who is the boss.”  ***MARLAR: The father plans to move ahead with the second appeal as soon as his daughter gives him permission to.

A Massachusetts health board has voted to have public schools weigh students and include their body mass index, a measurement used to screen for obesity, on their report cards. Massachusetts students in first, fourth, seventh and 10th grades will be weighed and the results sent home.  ***MARLAR: Wow, I’d hate to see how the teachers use the red pen on that test!

Scotland’s John Smith & Company, the world’s oldest bookstore, is closing its doors after being in business continuously since 1751. The big superstores and online book sites have taken away a lot of business, but the real reason it’s closing is because most people in Scotland prefer to listen to their books rather than read them.  ***MARLAR: That’s right, they’re stuck on Scotch tapes.

The first pain patch using an anti-inflammatory drug to relieve acute sprains and strains is now available in the U.S. and is intended to produce fewer side effects than similar pills.  ***MARLAR: The difficulty is getting that person to wear it who is a pain in your patootie. 

The Sun tabloid reports that Oakwood Technology College in South Yorks, England, ordered students to design a politically-correct pizza that wouldn’t offend anyone. One-fifth of the pupils are Muslim, but the toppings not only couldn’t include pork, but also not offend any religious group, vegetarian or person with allergies. The headmaster said they were teaching students to understand all viewpoints. But the Sun responded by creating the most un-PC pizza ever, which they topped with cheese, nuts, calves’ liver, foie gras and whale bacon. ***MARLAR: Wouldn’t calves’ livers offend everyone?

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