Actor Gary Busey Rants While Promoting New Movie
While promoting Piranha 3DD, the Oscar-nominated Busey opines about everything from fart acronyms to the use of dynamite as a means to destroy the piranha menace. The film hits theaters (and On Demand) on June 1.
Would You Pay To Be Seen On Facebook?
Facebook is testing a ‘pay to be popular’ option to make help users get noticed by their friends. The social networking giant has begun offering some users a $2 feature called ‘Highlight’ to ensure their posts are seen by more people. Recent figures show only 12% of Facebook friends see an average status update. The new ‘Highlight’ feature will let users pay to have one of your posts appear to more friends. The feature is already being tested with some users in New Zealand, with a free version also having been spotted to gauge users interest. Users who are in the test group and post a status update, see a ‘Highlight’ option next to the Like and comment buttons below it. When clicked, they will be offered one of several price points Facebook is testing – including one charging $2 for each post. It is believed highlighted posts may appear higher in the news feed, stay visible for longer, and appear to more friends and subscribers. (Daily Mail)
Dog Drags Owner Off Of Tracks
According to emergency responders in Shirley, Massachusetts, a pit bull was injured on May 3rd after pulling her unconscious owner out of the way of an approaching train. The train’s engineer saw the dog dragging the woman off the tracks but was unable to stop the train before the wheels sliced through 8-year-old Lilly’s right foot. The dog was taken to an emergency animal hospital with foot, pelvis and internal injuries. The dog’s owner, Christine Spain, had reportedly collapsed by the tracks while walking home. Spain was not injured in the incident. The woman’s son said, “Lilly’s recovery from this horrific ordeal is my top priority right now and I’ll do everything possible to get her back home to us.” He said he adopted the dog for his mom a few years ago and that Lilly has helped his mother with her battle with alcoholism. Vets say the dog should recover after a front limb amputation. (ABCNews.com)
Some N.J. Parents Upset Over State Test Asking Kids to Reveal a Secret
Some New Jersey parents are upset that their third-grade children were asked during a statewide standardized test last week to write about a secret and why it was hard to keep. State officials say the question itself was being tested and was given to about 4,000 students taking the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge test as a tryout. A spokesman for the New Jersey’s Education Department told the Associated Press that they hadn’t had many complaints about the question from parents, but one, Richard Goldberg of Marlboro, told AP he was appalled when his 9-year-old twin sons told him about it. He said, “All of the sudden, you have in a sense Big Brother checking out the secrets of families.” He also said it could raise complications, such as what would be done if the secret revealed has to do with a crime.
Teacher May Be Fired for Disciplining Students with Dog Cone Collars
A Pasco County, Florida, high school teacher may lose her job after parents complained when they found out she’d been disciplining students by making them wear the kind of cone-shaped dog collars that are normally used to keep a dog from licking a wound after surgery. Physical science teacher Laurie Bailey-Cutkomp worked in the veterinary field before becoming a teacher, so she had one of the collars at home when she got the idea to use it on her students. Over two days in April, Bailey-Cutkomp gave her 9th-grade students the option of sitting at the normal “tardy table” for being late or wearing the, quote, “cone of shame” instead. She also used the cone for other minor infractions, and at least eight students in all received the punishment. The schools superintendent has recommended that Bailey-Cutkomp be fired, but some of the students said the idea was funny, and several other teachers wrote letters of support, saying the while the dog cone use wasn’t a good idea, Bailey-Cutkomp is a good teacher. The school board will have the final decision.