August 24, 2012 |
The worst U.S. drought in more than half a century has rallied critics of the federal renewable fuel standard, which will reserve about 40% of the nation's corn crop for ethanol production this year. Critics have long questioned the commitment of a growing share of a food source for fuel use. But the calls for change have grown louder because the widespread drought has killed more than 50% of the corn crop, driving prices to record levels - and U.S. ethanol is made mostly from corn.
August 23, 2012 |
The Dodgers could land four-time All-Star Adrian Gonzalez in the coming days. Likely? No. But possible? Sure. If this reads like pure fiction, remember this: The Dodgers' new owners have already redefined what is financially reasonable in post-George Steinbrenner baseball. Every indication is that the Dodgers have the resources — and perhaps more important, the mind-set — to complete the kind of revolutionary multiple-player trade necessary to acquire a player of Gonzalez's caliber in August.
August 19, 2012 |
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Uriel Alberto would seem to be a strong candidate for the recent federal policy change that temporarily protects certain young, undocumented immigrants from deportation. Thousands of applicants lined up last week to file forms under the new policy, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It offers a two-year waiver from deportation to immigrants aged 30 and younger who were brought to the U.S. by their parents before age 16. Alberto, 25, moved to the U.S. illegally from Mexico with his immigrant parents at age 7. He graduated from a U.S. high school - another requirement of the new policy - where he was a track standout.
August 7, 2012 |
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. -- Mitt Romney, campaigning here Tuesday, accused President Obama of trying to weaken work requirements for welfare recipients, undermining a hard-fought bipartisan agreement and feeding a "culture of dependency. " "I hope you understand President Obama in just the last few days has tried to reverse that accomplishment by taking the work requirement out of welfare," Romney told supporters gathered in a precision-machining factory in this Chicago suburb. "That is wrong.
August 3, 2012 |
Now that was a day. The kind the Dodgers haven't seen much of the past couple years. Before Friday's game they acquired another solid starting pitcher in Joe Blanton and also claimed Cliff Lee on waivers before beating the Cubs, 6-1, behind new hitter Hanley Ramirez, old hitter A.J. Ellis and a new-old pitcher Chad Billingsley. Blanton is scheduled to join the Dodgers Saturday and make his first start in one of the following three days. The Dodgers claimed him on waivers from the Phillies, and the two teams then agreed on a trade for the ol' player to be named later.
August 3, 2012 |
The Dodgers made a significant statement Friday and it had nothing to do with their 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium or their acquisition of starting pitcher Joe Blanton from the Philadelphia Phillies. They won a waiver claim on Cliff Lee. That doesn't mean the Dodgers will be able to pry the former Cy Young Award winner from the Philadelphia Phillies — in fact, indications are that they won't — but the move was the most telling sign to date of their new owners' economic muscle.
August 2, 2012 |
With the Dodgers still searching for a quality starting pitcher, and controlling owner Mark Walter saying the team is under no financial restrictions, Cliff Lee was put on trade waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. Convenience or coincidence? It could be either. The Dodgers ramped up their batting order with the recent acquisitions of Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino but came up empty in their quest for a starting pitcher. The question now becomes, would they take on as much as $110 million in salary to add a pitcher who will be 38 years old when his contract expires?
July 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has approved seven more requests for waivers from the No Child Left Behind law, recognizing the continued inability of states to live up to lofty standards that have caused thousands of schools to be marked as failing. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced that Arizona, Oregon, South Carolina, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi and the District of Columbia would join 26 states already exempt from key provisions in the strict law. No Child Left Behind was supposed to force schools to be accountable by raising education expectations and setting a goal for all students to be proficient in reading and mathematics by 2014.
July 14, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — The hurdles aren't over for Tribune Co., which still must get regulatory approval before it can emerge from bankruptcy protection. Once the federal judge issues his final order confirming the company's reorganization plan, expected in days, the new owners must persuade the Federal Communications Commission to transfer the Chicago media company's 24 broadcast TV and radio station licenses to them. Because Tribune owns newspapers and broadcast stations in several markets, including Los Angeles, Chicago and South Florida, the FCC must grant waivers from its restrictions on ownership of multiple media outlets in the same city.
May 15, 2012
Now that most states have received or applied for relief from the No Child Left Behind Act, California is submitting its own proposal . And in true California fashion, it's - different. The state has long been at odds with the U.S. Education Department over the waiver process. Both sides agree that the federal law is flawed to the point of being counterproductive. But California won't agree to do what other states have promised to get out from under the law's most punitive measures: include standardized test scores as a significant component in the performance evaluations of individual teachers.