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Posts on ‘August 11th, 2013’

Weekend link dump for August 11

Twenty-eight things that happened after the Harry Potter books ended. That iPhone charger may be doing more than just charging your iPhone. Dolly Parton is even cooler than you thought. “But now Republicans have taken themselves hostage. They’re threatening to hurt themselves and their states and their voters and their most committed activists if Democrats […]

The new accountability standards

Here’s the TEA press release about the school accountability ratings for 2013, which came out on Thursday. The Texas Education Agency today released the 2013 state accountability system ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters, and more than 8,500 campuses. The ratings reveal that almost 93 percent of school districts and charters across […]

Two ways to deal with a problem you don’t want to solve

First, deny there is a problem. Attorney General Greg Abbott said Thursday he would never give up the fight against Obamacare, but the front-running candidate for Texas governor declined to embrace a temporary shut-down of the federal government — one of the key strategies promoted by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and other Tea Party-backed Republicans […]

Better bats

Technology marches on. As part of new MLB regulations, manufacturers use ink to test bats’ stability. If the dot bleeds more than a quarter inch, indicating low density, that wood isn’t major-league caliber. Thanks to that practice and more implemented since 2008 when bat breakage has been studied by the U.S. Forest Service, the rate […]