In my continuing quest to keep my AP Lang cherubs apprised of current events, I've come across these gems, of late:
10. The Washington Capitals, deigned to be the "best" in the National Hockey League, are playing for their professional lives tonite in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Caps might be characterized soon as highly paid losers.
9. The largest sex-discrimination lawsuit ever filed has been brought against Walmart. Plaintiffs claim that the mega-giant discriminated for decades against women in both the compensation & promotion arenas. Walmart execs reportedly determined that management was "men's work."
8. Arizona's new "I'm gonna ask, you're gonna tell" immigration bill was signed into law this week, effectively permitting racial profiling. If a cop doesn't like the looks of you, he can ask to see proof of citizenship.
7. Wall Street behemoth Goldman Sachs apparently has been cheating the American taxpayer for years. Go figure...
6. And speaking of Arizona, the once-proud, uncompromising "Maverick," Senator John McCain, has introduced a bill in the US Senate to legalize semi-automatic weapons in DC. Just in case some bureaucrat wants to go postal, Mr. McCain wants to make it easier for him to obtain a weapon.
5. The tornado that ravaged Yazoo City, MS, last Saturday was on the ground for a record 149 miles, killing 10 people. In other news, the National Weather Service informs us that this Spring has been a "quiet one" for twisters.
4. A homeless man who tried to come to the aid of a woman who was being attacked in Queens was stabbed and left to die on a sidewalk. Video surveillance footage shows at least 7 people walked by the injured Good Samaritan without rendering aid.
3. Closer to home, a homeless man in Fredericksburg, VA, was set on fire as he lay sleeping under a downtown bridge. He's currently residing in a local ICU facility.
2. A new report informs us that close to half of the DC region's 17,000 AIDS patients live in the suburbs.
1. And this just in, from the front page of yesterday's Washington Post: A Smithsonian Institution security officer helped escort a mama duck & her 13 ducklings across busy Independence Avenue near the Capitol. Officer Christopher Camper scooped the babies up into a construction bucket and safely deposited them in their home, a museum pond on the National Mall. The mommy duck apparently raised a ruckus, but all members of La Familia Quack were reported in good condition after the ordeal. And, no, this is decidedly not my Superior Snap. Gerald Martineau of The Post captured this & several other awfully cute images.