Daily Archive: November 26, 2012


Feds: Teachers embroiled in test-taking fraud

by Adrian Sainz MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)—It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms. TESTING CENTER—In this Nov. 17, photograph, a sign is seen on Rosedale Road, in Princeton, N.J., for Educational Testing Services. ETS writes and administers Praxis teacher certification examinations. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr.—himself a longtime educator—to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade and began their careers as cheaters, according to federal prosecutors in Memphis.


Why must we buy? Black Friday’s powerful pull

by Jesse Washington BEAVER FALLS, Pa. (AP)—Gravy was still warm. Dallas Cowboys were still in uniform. Thanks were still being given across the country as the pilgrimages to the stores began, heralding a new era of American consumerism. Lured by earlier-than-ever Black Friday sales, people left Grandma and Grandpa in search of Samsung and Toshiba. They did not go blindly: In dozens of interviews, people acknowledged how spending has become inseparable from the holidays. Older folks pined for the days of Erector Sets and Thumbelinas while in line to pay iPad prices. Even some younger shoppers said it felt wrong to be spending money instead of quality time on Thanksgiving. MELTING POT OF SHOPPERS—People of all races waited hours in line to get at the Best Buy store at the Waterfront in Homestead on Black Friday. Stores typically open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving that’s called Black Friday because of retail folklore that it’s when merchants turn a profit for the year. (Courier Photo/J.L. Martello)


Congressmen: Jackson Jr. suffering tremendously

by Sara Burnett CHICAGO (AP)—Two Chicago congressmen reiterated their support for Jesse Jackson Jr. on Saturday, saying the former Illinois congressman is suffering greatly and needs time to get healthy before he can address the public. THANKING SUPPORTERS— In this March 20 photo, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., thanks supporters at his election night party in Chicago after his Democratic primary win in the Illinois’ 2nd District. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File) U.S. Reps. Danny Davis and Bobby Rush joined about 200 people for the weekly service at Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition in Chicago. The service included a special prayer for Jackson Jr., and his family.


Halle Berry’s ex arrested after fight at her house

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Halle Berry’s ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry was arrested for investigation of battery Thursday after he and the Oscar-winning actress’s current boyfriend got into a fight at her Hollywood Hills home, police said. Aubry, 37, was booked for investigation of a battery, a misdemeanor, and released on $20,000 bail, according to online jail records. He’s scheduled to appear in court Dec. 13. HAPPIER TIMES—In this Sept. 2008 photo, Model Gabriel Aubry and actress Halle Berry attend the Calvin Klein 40th anniversary party during Fashion Week in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File) Aubry came to Berry’s house Thanksgiving morning and police responded to a report of an assault, said Los Angeles Police Officer Julie Boyer. Aubry was injured in the altercation and was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released.


Brash boxer ‘Macho’ Camacho dies in Puerto Rico

by Danica Coto SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP)—Hector “Macho” Camacho was a brash fighter with a mean jab and an aggressive style, launching himself furiously against some of the biggest names in boxing. And his bad-boy persona was not entirely an act, with a history of legal scrapes that began in his teens and continued throughout his life. COLORFUL CHAMPION—In this July 14, 2001 photo, boxing champ Hector “Macho” Camacho celebrates after defeating Roberto Duran in their super middleweight National Boxing Association championship fight in Denver. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File) The man who once starred at the pinnacle of boxing, winning several world titles, died Saturday after being ambushed in a parking lot back in the Puerto Rican town of Bayamon where he was born. Packets of cocaine were found were found in the car in which he was shot.


After ‘Psycho,’ a shower of violence in movies

by Jake Coyle NEW YORK (AP)—For his first professional acting job, a 22-year-old Anthony Hopkins took a train from South Wales to Manchester. With time to kill on a rainy day, he dropped off his bags and headed to the movies, where a long queue wound outside the cinema. ICONIC SCENE—In this 1960 photo, actress Janet Leigh appears as Marion Crane in the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic thriller “Psycho.” Hitchcock’s “Psycho” is a film that 52 years after its shocking premiere still hasn’t released audiences from its subversive thrall. The film, which Hitchcock called “a fun picture,” was revolutionary in its violence, its sexiness, its sympathy to the perspective of the criminal mind, and, perhaps above all, its technique. (AP Photo/File) “It was packed,” Hopkins recalls. “I sat down and I didn’t know what the hell I was in for. I had heard stories about it. When it got to the shower scene, I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared in my life.”


What’s the GOP message if the economy booms?

by David Frum (CNN)—Here’s the next thing the Republican party needs to rethink. What does it say if and when the United States returns to prosperity? For five years, U.S. politics have been shaped by economic hardship. In 2008 and 2010, voters rejected the party in power, booting Republicans out of the White House, and then sweeping Democrats out of Congress. DAVID FRUM Mitt Romney campaigned in 2012 on the slogan, “Obama isn’t working.” President Obama responded by attacking Romney as out of touch, assuming (probably correctly) that he could not win by running on his record.