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Friday Facts: Narnia, Math, Linguistics, Lascivious Radios

Friday Facts: Narnia, Math, Linguistics, Lascivious Radios

:: Median age of mathematics texts used in city public schools:  18 years :: Median tenure of mathematics teachers in city schools:  4.5 years :: Median SAT mathematics score, city schools (2008):  485 :: Percentage of 12th graders in city schools who know how ‘median’ differs from ‘average’:  38% :: A city ordinance passed in…

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Lack Of Swimming; Hole In District

Lack Of Swimming; Hole In District

The groundbreaking this morning of the new South Wilton High School (Expected completion: August 2010) was a bit history-making in that it will be the first public school building built in the city in the last thirty years that will not have an elaborate swimming facility as part of the design. Why? Let’s go back…

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Friday Facts: Hope, Change and/or Straight Talk

Friday Facts: Hope, Change and/or Straight Talk

:: The voter registration deadline for the November 4 election is October 6. Once again, your mayoral candidates- – Democratic: Joseph Wilders, current mayor – Republican: Maribeth Cosgrove, longtime City Councilwoman – Libertarian: Lewis Armstrong, local businessman – Green: Louis M. Armstrong, Watson University humanities professor – Independent: Leonard Pierce, former Fifth Ward Democratic party…

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Friday Facts: Peelers, It’s the Humidity, Blood

Friday Facts: Peelers, It’s the Humidity, Blood

:: When the new Southside High School opens at the end of the month, it will be the first high school in the city built without an Olympic-sized swimming pool in 46 years, after the school district was finally able to override the requirements of Elanor Jean Hapsworth’s will. :: Number of days (so far)…

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The Fake Homeless Man

The Fake Homeless Man

A new piece of public art has been slightly creeping people out on the 39th and Berger Street corner of the Art Institute campus. Near the sidewalk, sitting on a waist-high granite ledge, is what appears to be a homeless person, dressed in a torn ski jacket, Cleveland Browns sweater, jeans and a pair of…

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Friday Facts: Burning leaves, weeping sausage

Friday Facts: Burning leaves, weeping sausage

:: The city is home to no less than seven junior and community colleges, one of which (Sparrow Valley Community College, on Cedar Ave and S.Sparrow Valley Dr.) boasts a Zagat-rated three-star cafeteria. :: The large outdoor clock above the main entrance of the City Hall Annex was accidentally set to Standard Time last weekend.…

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Batteries on the Tracks (or Lack Thereof)

Batteries on the Tracks (or Lack Thereof)

Last fall, Watson University instructor Susan Jakovac was looking for a new project to use in her Statistical Analysis studio class, but she kept coming up short. Jakovac wanted something with real world application, that would require her students to do some hard data collection and observation and nothing seemed quite right. That is, until…

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Go There: Gordon Insect Museum and Educational Center

Go There: Gordon Insect Museum and Educational Center

Go There is a new feature in which our writers tell you about tourist attractions and other places of interest around the city. Word comes, in the form of a press release, that the Gordon Insect Museum and Educational Center is once again open for tours, after having been closed for the last three weeks.…

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Thanksgiving and the night before

Tonight is the busiest bar night of the year, often resulting in several impromptu semi-reunions around the city. After the cut, a partial list as to which bars serve as gathering places for alumni from area schools. :: Central South H.S. – Rafferty’s :: Eastern H.S. – The Bell Jar :: Woodrow Wilson H.S. –…

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Friday Facts: Turkey, Lights, Abzug

Friday Facts: Turkey, Lights, Abzug

:: Thanksgiving dinners served by St. Lauren’s shelter in 2005: 351 :: Thanksgiving dinners served by the Oak Room at the Ritz-Carlton in 2005: 138 :: Where both establishments have purchased their turkeys for the last 85 years: DiNardi’s Meats :: Number of lights used in the Mabel Tripp Gardens annual Festival of Lights holiday…

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