November 4, 2013 |
No surprise for parents: Child care costs. And it's getting costlier, a new report finds. In more than half of states, it costs families more to put an infant in a child care center than to cover tuition and fees at a public college, according to a new analysis by Child Care Aware of America, a nonprofit advocacy group focused on child care access. Child care costs have surged over the past year: The average cost of putting an infant into a child care center vaulted 2.7% between 2011 and 2012, the report found.
November 3, 2013 |
Five things to watch this week in college football: 1. You don't need Nielsen to know Oregon at Stanford will be the highest-rated television show in Tallahassee on Thursday night. Florida State is rooting hard for Stanford to put a first loss on Oregon. That would clear a BCS title-game path for the Seminoles. 2. Is Baylor for real? After two months, we finally get to find out when the undefeated Bears play host to Oklahoma in another Thursday matchup of top-10 teams. Baylor is No. 93 in Sagarin's strength-of-schedule rankings but closes its Big 12 schedule with Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas.
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November 3, 2013 |
Californians will get the first chance to comment on President Obama's proposals to make college more affordable during a public forum this week at Cal State Dominguez Hills, officials said. The Wednesday event is the first in a series of four public sessions held around the country - and the only one in California - to gather input on the president's recently announced agenda to develop a college ratings system to help students select schools with the best bang for their buck. "Higher education is still the best ticket to upward mobility in America," Obama said in August during a kickoff campaign at the University of Buffalo.
November 2, 2013 |
On the school's homecoming weekend, Missouri Southern State University assistant football coach Derek Moore was fatally shot as he was leaving a movie theater Friday in Joplin, Mo., according to police. "It is not a random shooting. It was targeted," Sgt. Jared Delzell told the Los Angeles Times. The motive is under investigation, Delzell said. Police responded to reports of shots fired at 9:50 p.m. Friday outside the Northstar 14 movie theater, according to police.
November 2, 2013 |
Is a taunt worth a touchdown? The NFL might think so. Dean Blandino, the league's head of officiating, said on the NFL Network this week that he believes the competition committee will weigh the merits of changing the taunting rules so that an offender might nullify a touchdown with a taunt. If a player commits a taunting penalty on a touchdown in college football, the score is taken off the board and a 15-yard penalty is enforced from the spot of the taunt. In the pros, taunting is a dead-ball foul, meaning the play counts and the penalty is assessed on the next play.
November 1, 2013 |
Q: Someone has to call it. Bruins 5-6 last 11 games. Not that good. No real progress. Brian Theriot A: An interesting point except UCLA also hasn't exactly been playing Louisville's schedule. Let's examine UCLA losses: Once to Oregon, currently No. 2 in the BCS; three times to Stanford, currently No. 5; and once to Baylor, currently No. 6. Those schools are a combined 22-1 this year. Who you play really does matter in college football; that's why there is so much arguing over strength of schedule.
October 31, 2013 |
MORNING No. 4 Ohio State (8-0) at Purdue (1-6) 9 a.m., BTN Ohio State needs a quality win against a quality opponent to prove it belongs in the same sentence as Alabama, Oregon and Florida State. So what a lousy time for Purdue to show up on the schedule. Ohio State can't bolster its case against the Boilermakers but can damage it. During last year's 12-0 season, remember, Ohio State needed overtime to beat Purdue in Columbus. Purdue has lost five straight, and its only win this year was against lower-level 1-AA Indiana State.
October 30, 2013 |
We thought Louisville was the team that would go undefeated this season but not have the schedule strength to stay in the title race. Turns out it was Ohio State, which is perpetually stuck in fourth gear until one of the Big Three loses. Our comeback teams of the week are South Carolina and Oklahoma. The Gamecocks are up seven spots to 10th after being down 17-0 and coming back to beat Missouri, and the Sooners are up a ridiculous 12 slots to ninth for knocking Texas Tech off its undefeated high horse.