Education secretary calls lawsuit complaint 'red herring'
: "[Education Secretary Margaret]
Spellings, speaking to the Atlanta Press Club, said the lawsuit 'does trouble me a little bit' and, afterward, suggested states balking at the law simply fear the results of its accountability measures.
'I just see that as a red herring,' she said of Connecticut's claim this year's federal funds will fall $41.6 million short of paying for staffing, training and tests for No Child Left Behind.
'What are they afraid of knowing, I guess, is one of the things I'd like to know.' "
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Wired News: Whew! Your DNA Isn't Your Destiny
: "The more we learn about the human genome, the less DNA looks like destiny. "
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Rice genome unravelled at last
: "Scientists have unscrambled the genetic code of rice, a development that could help end hunger around the world, Nature magazine reports this week.
The blueprint will speed up the hunt for genes that improve productivity and guard against disease and pests. "
Families' fears grow after latest cross burning
: "A weak economy can sometimes contribute to upswings in hate crimes, said Shanna Smith, a national civil rights expert. In recent months, Michigan has posted one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.
Smith, president of the National Fair Housing Alliance, said in an interview last month that when white people are financially unable to leave racially changing neighborhoods, some may lash out with hate. The alliance released a report in July that indicated some real estate agents in metro Detroit were steering black housing applicants away from mostly white neighborhoods, further dividing a region that is already one of the most segregated in the United States."
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BRIAN DICKERSON: Fault lies with justices who pay back insurers
: "Late last month, even as it was upholding John Q. Public's right to walk the Great Lakes shoreline, Michigan's highest court handed insurance companies a license to defraud consumers."