final reflective essay

1he class name was advisory. The teachers name is joe ferguson. This class was basically about getting us interested in world news and talking about all the things thats happening in the world!! this class is for getting us better at reading and getting our reading level up!

One topic that was new for me to learn was international news. I found the class challenging because sometimes I would'nt be able to finish my work, or sometimes i could not find any news to write about!! My favorate topic was sports because it was interesting and funny! My least favoarte topic was international news because it was boring!

I would have liked to learn more about outer space! If i could change anything it would be how i acted towards the work in this class because i dont feel like i tried my best! I suggest that next year to make this class better you should make the class 15 minutes longer! This class was fun but boring at some points.

San Francisco flight evacuated 6/3/10

World travelers are never comfortable when a flight is evacuated and today travelers in San Francisco were worried. That's because a Chicago-bound flight was evacuated and delayed six hours after a crew member noticed a strange odor coming from a carry-on bag. Officials said the United Airlines flight was taxiing to the runway on Tuesday morning when a flight attendant noticed a "pungent chemical odor" coming from a carry-on bag that had Chinese herbs inside it.

The passengers were returned to the gate, taken off the plane and re-screened, while dogs and hazardous materials teams thoroughly looked around the aircraft, said local San Francisco news KCBS. Investigators did not find anything suspicious on the plane or on the passengers and eventually determined the strange smell came from the Chinese herbs, which were owned by a senior couple who did not speak English fluently. The flight was eventually cleared for takeoff from San Francisco at 4:10 p.m.

outrageous catholic stories 6/1/10

The Internet is awash with stories about Catholic Priests who have molested school children over many decades.
Horror tales of widespread abuse at famous schools are suddenly being made public - often after years of being swept under the carpet by Catholic authorities. But this was all leaking out BEFORE this months publication of the Ryan Report - which tells of "Endemic Rape & Abuse Of Irish Children in Catholic Care". That report revealed sexual molestation in Irish Catholic church-run Schools was "Endemic" . It then told of how priests and nuns had for decades terrorised thousands of boys and girls in the Irish Republic, while government inspectors failed to stop chronic beatings, rape and humiliation.

Obama security doctrine stresses diplomacy and economy

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a new national security doctrine that would join diplomatic engagement and economic discipline with military power to bolster America's standing in the world.

IPad Inflight Entertainment System Due This Summer

It might not relieve all the horrors of air travel these days, but a new inflight entertainment system based on the iPad could help you wile away a few hours as you cross continents. The bluebox Ai, from Bluebox Avionics, will replace traditional seatback screens to deliver audio and video content as well as games and e-books. Devices on airlines that provide inflight Wi-Fi would be able to download apps, too.

Arab-American from Michigan crowned 2010 Miss USA

Lebanese immigrant Rima Fakih says it was a certain look from Donald Trump that tipped her off that she had won the 2010 Miss USA title. The 24-year-old Miss Michigan beat out 50 other women to take the title Sunday night, despite nearly stumbling in her evening gown. She told reporters later that she believed she had won after glancing at pageant owner Trump as she awaited the results with the first runner-up, Miss Oklahoma USA Morgan Elizabeth Woolard.

Casey Anthony Latest News - She Will Face the Death Penalty - Is this Sexist?

 Casey Anthony's trial for the murder of her daughter Caylee won't begin until next year, but Florida Judge Belvin Perry Jr. ruled last month that she will face the possiblity of being put to death if convicted.

Brutal murder of Ecuadoran José Sucuzhanay not a hate crime, jury says

It is almost incomprehensible, but last Thursday a brooklyn jury decided that the 2008 murder of José Sucuzhanay was not a hate crime. They seem to be the only ones who think that way. "Beating a man to death with a baseball bat and a broken bottle while screaming anti-immigrant and homophobic epithets is clearly a hate crime," said Ana María Archila, co-executive director of Make the Road New York. Yes it is, any reasonable person would agree



Sarah Palin's Miss Alaska pageant rival, Marylline Blackburn, entering politics - as a Democrat

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin just can't escape her old archnemesis. Twenty-six years after beating Palin for the crown of Miss Alaska, Maryline Blackburn is setting her sights on a political title. Blackburn, a Democrat, will announce Thursday that she is challenging the Republican incumbent Rich Golick for his seat on the Georgia House of Representatives, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Since becoming the first African-American to win Miss Alaska, Blackburn moved to Georgia shortly afterward and went on to a career as a singer and actress. Palin, then the reigning Miss Wasilla and now a Fox News contributor, finished as second runner-up in the 1984 pageant - but also took home the title of Miss Congeniality. Palin parlayed that into a pretty successful career change of her own in politics, culminating in her unsuccessful run as the GOP vice presidential candidate in 2008. The former beauty pageant rivals found themselves on opposite sides in that campaign, too: Blackburn publicly supported Obama and sang at a pair of inauguration balls in January 2009. "It was all about Obama, baby," Blackburn told the Daily News at the time. "Once again I'm part of history."

  Coast Guard Will Try Burning Oil Spill as It Nears Land

Crews responding to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will soon light some of the petroleum on fire in an attempt to burn it off before it reaches shore.

opinion/editorial articles   4-8-10

April is the cruelest month. Or, if you live in Virginia, Confederate History Month. The state is buzzing over Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proclamation urging citizens to spend the month recalling Virginia’s days as a member of the Confederate States of America. Although since McDonnell had previously turned April over to child abuse prevention, organ donation and financial literacy, perhaps it was O.K. to just pick your favorite. The original Confederate History proclamation was a miracle of obfuscation. It did not even mention slavery. On Wednesday, the governor apologized for that and said that slavery “has left a stain on the soul of this state and nation.”

opinion/editorial articles 4-7-10

PEOPLE in West Virginia had hoped that on Monday night we would gather around televisions with family and friends to watch our beloved Mountaineers face Butler in our first chance at the men’s N.C.A.A. basketball title since 1959. Men working evening shifts in the coal mines would get to listen thanks to radio coverage piped in from the surface. Expectations ran high; even President Obama, surveying the Final Four, predicted West Virginia would win. But then halfway through Saturday night’s semifinal against Duke, our star forward, Da’Sean Butler, tore a ligament in his knee, and the Mountaineers crumbled. And on Monday evening, while Duke and Butler played in what for us was now merely a game, West Virginians gathered around televisions to watch news of a coal mine disaster.

opinion/editorial articles 4-6-10

According to recent polls, 60 percent of Americans think the country is heading in the wrong direction. The same percentage believe that the U.S. is in long-term decline. The political system is dysfunctional. A fiscal crisis looks unavoidable. There are plenty of reasons to be gloomy.

independent news  4-1-10

independent websites :   3-29-10

Bin Laden threatens Americans with execution 3/25/10

Osama bin Laden threatened al Qaeda would kill any Americans it takes prisoner if accused September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is put to death, according to an audiotape aired on al Jazeera on Thursday.

GOP Rolls Out Last-Ditch Efforts to Stop Health Care Bill 3-24-10

Republicans on Tuesday rolled out all of the obstructionist tactics they promised as the Senate kicked off its final health care showdown, beginning 20 hours of debate on the reconciliation bill meant to amend the comprehensive legislation signed into law on Tuesday. GOP tactics to stall the measure included introducing headline-grabbing amendments to the bill (like a proposal to prohibit Viagra coverage for sex offenders), and blocking Senate business on issues unrelated to health care.

Portion sizes increase in 'Last Supper' paintings 3-23-10

Two researchers analyzed the food and plate sizes in 52 of the most famous paintings of The Last Supper and found that the portion sizes in the paintings have increased dramatically over the past millennium, from years 1000 to 2000.

Brazil Stocks Open Sharply Lower On Growing Risk Aversion 3-22-10

Brazilian stocks opened sharply lower Monday as investors became more risk averse following comments from the International Monetary Fund on global public debt concerns. The benchmark Ibovespa stock index opened 1.35% lower at 67,899 points on the Brazilian Stock Exchange, or Bovespa, wiping out gains made so far this year. Brazil's commodity-heavy Ibovespa dropped sharply in early trading Monday, as investors believed demand would be hit for raw materials after the IMF said rising public debt could reduce growth potential in advanced economies.

New evolution exhibit at Natural History museum 3-18-10

A new exhibit on human evolution opened Wednesday at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, the nation's most-visited museum. The display tracks moments in human development, including when humans began walking upright and speaking. Among the 285 artifacts and fossils is the only skeleton in the United States of a Neanderthal -- an extinct human ancestor that lived between 28,000 to 200,000 years ago.

California governor's race tightens  3-17-10

Ex-Governor Jerry Brown, the presumed Democratic nominee in California's gubernatorial race, has seen his lead over Republican front-runner Meg Whitman evaporate, according to a Field Poll of likely voters released on Wednesday.

Broadcasters on board with FCC National Broadband Plan - 3-16-10

Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released details on its National Broadband Plan, which it hopes will help deliver affordable broadband to over 98 million Americans, improve our broadband infrastructure overall, and spur competition in the market. Part of the plan requests and additional 500MHz of wireless spectrum by 2020, and 300MHz in the next three years, some of which would need to come from American broadcasting companies. Despite predictions that broadcasting networks would be against giving up spectrum, some are on board, Reuters reports.

Disney Ends ABC New York Blackout Minutes Into Oscars 3-8-10

More than 3 million Cablevision customers in the New York area had to miss the opening minutes of the Oscars while the cable operator and ABC's parent Walt Disney Co. haggled over a contract. After a more than 20-hour blackout, the two sides caved and Disney restored the signal about 14 minutes into the broadcast, the New York Times reports. In the end, Disney didn't get what it wanted: $1 per subscriber a month, according to the Wall Street Journal. By Sunday, Disney was asking for half that amount, the Journal says. The showdown between WABC and Cablevision may be just a warmup for negotiations when Disney and Time Warner Cable Inc.'s contract expires in August

Sony Opens Las Vegas 3D Center

Sony Electronics, along with CBS, announced Tuesday that they have opened the new Sony 3D Experience, a research center and screening facility located in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Sixth Grade Girl Arrested for Bringing Gun to Las Vegas School


A sixth grade Las Vegas girl was arrested Tuesday for bringing a gun to school, Students told police they saw the handgun in the girl's purse. Police said the gun was not loaded, No threats were made, but police are investigating how the girl got the gun.

Chelsea King Killing: Police Comb Grave for Clues

Investigators were searching the shallow grave where the body of San Diego high school student Chelsea King was found Tuesday, trying to gather every bit of evidence that will help put away the sex offender they say killed her

Mariah Carey Jeered At Las Vegas Concert For Showing Up Late

Divas come in all shapes, sizes, and attitudes, but when it comes to the city of Las Vegas, fans don't care who you are, as long as you start the show on time. Songstress Mariah Carey was booed by the crowd on the final stop of her "Angels and Advocates" tour in Sin City for taking the stage almost two hours late at The Colosseum on Saturday night

plane lands on I-80

A small plane, flown by Joe Durousseau, a Reno Fire battalion chief, crash landed on I-80 Monday morning Feb. 22, 2010 coming to rest in the westbound lanes of the freeway just west of the Sparks Boulevard overpass

vocab. 2-18-30

cells: a usually microscopic structure containing nuclear and cytoplasmic material enclosed by a semipermeable membrane and, in plants, a cell wall; the basic structural unit of all organisms.

microscope: An optical instrument that uses a lens or a combination of lenses to produce magnified images of small objects, especially of objects too small to be seen by the unaided eye.

cell wall: The rigid outermost cell layer found in plants and certain algae, bacteria, and fungi but characteristically absent from animal cells.

microscopic: so small as to be invisible or indistinct without the use of the microscope

organism: a form of life composed of mutually interdependent parts that maintain various vital processes.

vocab. 2-17-09

cheeseburger: a hamburger cooked with a slice of cheese on top of it.

hambuger: a sandwich consisting of a cooked patty of ground or chopped beef, usually in a roll or bun, variously garnished.

fast food: food, as hamburgers, pizza, or fried chicken, that is prepared in quantity by a standardized method and can be dispensed quickly at inexpensive restaurants for eating there or elsewhere.

pizza: a flat, open-faced baked pie of Italian origin, consisting of a thin layer of bread dough topped with spiced tomato sauce and cheese, often garnished with anchovies, sausage slices, mushrooms, etc.

beef: the flesh of a cow, steer, or bull raised and killed for its meat.

Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning looks disappointed as Saints Tracy Porter runs back an interception for a fourth quarter touchdown as the New Orleans bench erupts in the super bowl in Miami Sunday Feb. 7, 2010

Lil Wayne Shot Nine Music Videos Last Weekend

Lil Wayne was expected to begin serving his one year sentence on a weapons possession charge on Tuesday February 9, and while that sentencing was postponed until March 2, Lil Wayne has spent recent weeks manically recording music and videos.

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland still has half a million swine flu vaccines which remain unused.

In mid January, there were more than 60% of the vaccines left. The health minister had estimated he would need $61 million to combat the virus in NI. But a member of the British Medical Association said it was better to have too many than too few vaccines.

US Vice President Biden, Pakistan Biggest Security Concern

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says the security situation in Pakistan worries him more than that of Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. In an interview with U.S. news network CNN Wednesday, Biden said Pakistan "has nuclear weapons that are able to be deployed" and "a real significant minority of radicalized population." He added that Pakistan "is not a completely functional democracy." Pakistan is key to the U.S. effort in neighboring Afghanistan, and Washington has supported Pakistan's offensive against militants in volatile border regions. Biden is also concerned that Iran's nuclear program is aimed at producing a weapon.