It sounds like an oxymoron, but come the fall of 2013, San Antonio’s Bexar County is going to be home to the BiblioTech, the country’s first book-less public library. Of course, there will be books—just e-books, not physical books.
The 4,989 square-foot space will look like a modern library, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, who was inspired to pursue the project after reading Walter Issacson’s Steve Jobs biography, told ABC News. (A glance at the photo shows that its inspired by Apple in more ways than one.) Instead of aisles and aisles of books there will be aisles and aisles of computers and gadgets. At the start, it will have 100 e-readers available for circulation and to take out, and then 50 e-readers for children, 50 computer stations, 25 laptops and 25 tablets on site.
I noticed. Did you?
American workers are opening their first paychecks of the year and finding an unpleasant surprise: The government’s take has gone up.
A temporary cut in Social Security withholdings gave Americans hundreds of extra dollars to spend over the past two years. But Congress allowed that break to expire during the wrangling over the fiscal cliff, meaning that Social Security taxes have reverted to 6.2% of salary from the temporary 4.2%.
The noticeable lightening of paychecks as consumers remain tentative threatens to put a drag on economic growth. The effect for companies is that the hit is likely to cement a frugal attitude that led consumers to cut back on eating out and shift to less-expensive store brands.
Let’s hope that there are more districts to follow.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A small town Ohio school board voted unanimously to allow four employees who have permits to carry concealed weapons to bring their guns to school once they have some tactical training, the school superintendent said on Friday.
Jamie Grime, superintendent of the Montpelier Village schools in western Ohio, would not identify the four employees but said they are not teachers.
It appears that there’s still some bad blood flowing in the Democratic caucus in the state senate.
When Larson called his first Senate caucus meeting of the new legislative session last week, three Democrats were missing - Erpenbach, Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) and Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee). Larson replaced Jauch and Taylor on the powerful Joint Finance Committee.
Jauch told the Journal Sentinel, “When (Larson) decided to barter one of the two Finance positions for his own, I decided I’m going to serve my district - I don’t serve him. When you decide to put yourself and a title ahead of the best interests of the caucus, I think it says more about him than me.”
Ahhh… requirements that only a bureaucrat could love.
Statutes say the college’s board must always have at least three women or three men, one minority, one superintendent from an area K-12 school district, one elected official, two people who have the ability to hire and fire at their jobs and two people who are regular employees at their jobs. No one on the board can be a Gateway employee, Whyte said.
Gateway also adds its own additional requirement based on the area it serves, requiring that, excluding the school district superintendent, three of the board members live in Racine County, three live in Kenosha County and two live in Walworth County, Whyte said.
Later, the wind whipped the snake’s body against the wing, causing blood to spray across the engine. According to Weber, the pilot, who had been watching the snake’s struggle, said, “He should be dead.”
Not so fast, cap’n. The snake continued to fight the good fight until the plane touched ground. Based on the report from the Sydney Morning Herald, it’s unclear if it’s still alive, but it seems unlikely.
While the snake was nowhere near passengers, there was a case last year of a snake showing up in the cockpit of a different plane. That flight’s captain, Braden Blennerhassett, was forced to make an emergency landing. “Look, you’re not going to believe this,” Blennerhassett said during the call to the control tower. “I’ve got snakes on a plane.”