Viola and Oliver’s Birthday

It’s so good to be here with all my brothers! I can’t remember the last time we had the whole family to get together like this… we have to do this more often. Another year, another birthday, and I’m glad Olly and I can celebrate it together! We came to this little pub that we really like. Not fancy at all, but that’s why it’s perfect for us! - Viola.

Native Americans disproportionately disciplined at school compared to white students

Native Americans disproportionately disciplined at school compared to white students

School disciplinary actions handed down to students at Utah public schools disproportionately impact American Indian children over all other ethnicities enrolled in the state’s public education system, new research from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Public Policy Clinic reveals.

Researcher and law student Vanessa Walsh found that although American Indian students comprise the…

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The Canadian government is sending an assessment team to earthquake stricken Nepal and contributing $5 million to relief efforts, Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson’s office confirmed late Saturday.

The assessment team was part of the Disaster Assistance Response Team, known as DART, Johanna Quinney, Nicholson’s press secretary, said in an email. The military team is designed to deploy on short notice to deal with natural disasters or humanitarian emergencies.

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Native American students in Utah may be getting referred to law enforcement agencies before they even know how to read.

Fifty-five Native American students in kindergarten through sixth grade were referred to police officers during the 2011-2012 school year in Utah. By comparison, not a single white student in this age group received this action, even though the state educates significantly more white kids, according to a new report from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law Public Policy Clinic.

Around the country, Native American students face disproportionate rates of suspension, expulsion and referrals to law enforcement, according to 2011-2012 data from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the most recent school year available. These disparities are particularly acute in Utah, the new research reveals, even though Native students are only a small portion of the state’s student population.

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5 in the afternoon

Claire: so tell me everything about your new school, how was your first day?
Cassadee: it was nice… I became friends with this girl who sits next to me, her name’s Samantha… I guess
Claire: cool! Aaaand… are there any cute guys?!
Cassadee: ughh, I don’t think so! None in my class, the ones in my class are all… you know, just boring guys.
Claire: ah that’s… boring. Well let’s hope the older boys can notice us soon!
Cassadee: hahah right! That will take some time. But I’m okay with that, as long as I have ice cream to comfort me!!

Max: are you listening to that? Cause it seems they don’t mind that we are! Ohh that’s too much information…
Quinney: can’t believe they already talking about boys… they’re growing up so fast!
Max: I’ll just keep pretending that Cassie still rather play with her dolls and still thinks boys are idiots.