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March 2013

Appealing Penn-Delco Expulsion: What’s The Point?

 
Appealing Penn-Delco Expulsion: What’s The Point?
 
Despite all the drama surrounding the fate of Sun Valley High School senior Sam Schmucker, who admitted to physically assaulting a school employee, the result was anti-climactic. He was expelled last week by the Penn-Delco school board in a vote that wasn’t close.
 
The Schmuckers obviously weren’t happy, but most thought this contentious issue was finally over.
 
Not so, as the family says it will appeal.  
 
Several points:
 

Expel High School Senior Who Admitted Assault.

 
Expel Delco High School Senior Who Admitted Assault
 
Meet Sam Schmucker.
 
He’s a 17-year old Sun Valley High School student (turning 18 next week).
 
He is vice president of his class, sings in a choir, acts in the school play, serves on the prom committee, won the American Citizenship Medal, and even became a Life Scout (one level below Eagle Scout).
 
And he needs to be expelled.
 

Will New Pope Face “Age Old” Problem?

 
Will New Pope Face “Age Old” Problem?
 
Who says the Catholic Church can’t change? By electing Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, the conclave of Cardinals just made history.  The list of “firsts” is impressive:
 
-First Pope from the Americas;
-First non-European in 1,200 years;
-First Latin American pontiff;
-First to take the name Francis.
 
Most amazing, he’s the first non-Catholic pope.
 
He’s a Jesuit.
 
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The Media’s Insatiable Hype Is Its Downfall

 
The Media’s Insatiable Hype Is Its Downfall
 
Stormtracker. The Weather Authority. Mobile Weather Lab. Mega Doppler. 
 
That’s a lot of different ways to say the same thing: largely uninformative, irrelevant, and all too often, inaccurate weather forecasts. The worst part is that the ultra-hype surrounding the weather is only increasing.
 

A Cutting Edge Idea: Slash TSA Knife Policy

 
A Cutting Edge Idea: Slash TSA Knife Policy
If the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) could compete for an Emmy, it would definitely win, as its “Security Theatre” has become a cutting-edge soap opera.
 
And the latest episode is making the biggest headlines yet.
 
The TSA has sliced and diced a prior position, and is now permitting passengers to carry knives onto planes.

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