If the House were to take its cue from the Senate’s action, it might react by cranking up the accountability beyond what was in the original bill. That, however, would risk setting up a contentious conference dynamic, one that could see this entire effort fall apart. It’s better, then, that the House restore the bill’s original language. Governor Baker should also step up here to forcefully support such a House effort. … [Read more...] about Education funding: The House must repair the Senate’s damage
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WTOP-FM reports the Newseum announced its impending closure Tuesday, citing yearslong financial issues. A company statement says that despite more than 11 years of service and nearly 10 million visitors, continued operations have proved to be unsustainable. … [Read more...] about Newseum in Washington, D.C., will close at year’s end
The statement says the museum's founder and primary funder, the Freedom Forum, remains committed to its mission to champion the five freedoms guaranteed under the First Amendment. It says efforts to increase public awareness about the importance of a free press are needed now more than ever. … [Read more...] about Washington’s Newseum to close by year’s end
Halfway through the evening, DeVincenzo walked up from the basement with two large plates of brownies and cookies as refreshments. The band — a trumpet, keyboard, and drums — eased into a silky rendition of “As Time Goes By.” Six couples danced slowly under the soft light of three chandeliers. … [Read more...] about A long dance winding to a close at legendary ballroom
Recently, I went to the wake of a high school friend. There, I ran into my high school crush (whom I never had the nerve to ask out but spent a lot of time with in high school). As we reconnected that evening, I found out that she has been divorced for about a year. After 30 minutes of talking, she needed to leave to get her daughter, so we agreed to get together the next week to catch up some more. A week later, the crush and I met at a restaurant in her town. We really caught up on old times and had many great laughs over a couple bottles of wine. At one point, she asked me why I never dated anyone in high school. I spilled the beans about my interest in her back then. She began to flirt with me and we stayed in the restaurant until well after it closed. … [Read more...] about Is it time to end my second marriage?