ON A SCALE FROM ONE TO TEN

HOW ABOUT SOME OTHER INTEREST:

Ladies and Gentlemen, YOUR West Marion High School Trojans have just finished the season a perfect 10-0!!! UNDEFEATED: This is the second time in school history. We can take joy in the fact our child had chaired the band for four years.

NSA’s secretive surveillance program goes to the Supreme Court! but first:     The rainy skies of Seattle are likely to soon be a whole lot drearier. The FAA has approved the local police department to start using surveillance drones for law enforcement, but protesters are making it clear that they’re willing to put up a fight………..  Now about the N.S.A.

The US government insists Americans don’t have a right to challenge a law that allows the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on intimate communications of anyone in the country, but all of that might change as early as next week. Officially starting their second session of the year on Monday, The Supreme Court’s agenda is a matter that could eventually shatter the government’s ability to wiretap emails and phones of any US citizen without ever obtaining a warrant.

East Coast In Terror Of Frankenstorm

East Coast Americans may have to think twice about going trick-or-treating this year. As a massive storm is approaching the East Coastline of the U.S. in days leading up to Halloween. Meteorologists anticipate the cost to be at least $1 billion in damages.

RE: Former Italian PM

    His lawyer called the decision “incredible” and hoping for a different ruling upon an appeal. A court ruled Friday that Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi is forbidden from holding any government post for three years and was give a three year reduction in his sentence to 1- year for tax evasion under a 2006 amnesty plan.

US RELATIONS?   Transforming the geopolitical map in the Middle East is under way. Various players outside are looking to secure a geopolitical footing there, argues Russia’s Foreign Minister. 32 wounded after a car bomb exploded in Damascus, and five people were killed according to reports by Syrian state media. Violence comes despite an official ceasefire honoring the Islamic country’s holiday. Syria’s opposition coordination committees claims that some 70 people died in the blast. The bomb reportedly detonated in a residential neighborhood in a southern district of the Syrian capital. Children are feared to be among the casualties.

CLOSER TO HOME:         A Mississippi town is facing a lawsuit for operating schools that handcuff and send children to prison for minor classroom infractions like violating the dress code or talking back to teachers.Students in the town of Meridian sometimes spent days in a prison 80 miles away from their school without a probable cause hearing. They were not read their Miranda rights and sometimes spent more than 48 hours waiting for a hearing, which violates their constitutional rights. Meridian police routinely arrested students without determining whether there is probable cause of an infraction or whether the school wants to press charges. Handcuffed, the students were sent to Rankin County youth detention center, which is about an hour and a half away by car.

Students were jailed for “dress code infractions such as wearing the wrong color socks or undershirt, or for having shirts untucked; tardies; flatulence in class; using vulgar language; yelling at teachers; and going to the bathroom or leaving the classroom without permission.”

The lawsuit states all of the imprisoned schoolchildren referred to the court were minorities, more specifically, the “school-to-prison pipeline” mostly affected African-American children and those with disabilities.

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About the meningitis breakout: Staffers at a pharmacy linked to the deadly meningitis outbreak documented dozens of cases of mold and bacteria growing in rooms that were supposed to be sterile.  According to federal health inspectors the report comes from an FDA inspection of the Framingham, Mass.-based steroid company’s New England Compounding Center which exceeded the company’s own safety levels.

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