Wednesday, June 29, 2010

400-408 – Cathe Laurie, Greg's wife, is hosting a weekly summer study for women called Girl Talk that starts next week and continues through the month of July, and it will be available at both the Riverside and Orange County campuses – it'll be both mornings and evenings on Wednesdays in Orange County (9–11:30am and 7–9:30pm), but just Thursday evenings out in Riverside (7–9:30pm).  Get more info at

July 6/7: Faith – Catherine Martin, author and director of Quiet Time Ministries.

July 13/14: Finances – Carin and Erika Amaradio, mother and daughter.

July 20/21: Friendship – Cora Alley, Professor at Hope International University

July 27/28: Food – Elyse Fitzpatrick, of Counsel from the Cross Ministries

• Each week we will also be featuring some fun and practical demonstrations by the talented girls at Virtue. Among the things we have planned are:  A fashion show of the latest attractive and affordable trends, Tips for fresh, quick, and healthy meals for baby and family, Party decorating on a budget, Book reviews, Exercising for every age, And so much more!

• The two upcoming Harvest Crusades will be at Angel Stadium August 12-13-14, and Dodger Stadium Saturday September 10.

413-423 – Cathe Laurie,

428-438 – Cathe Laurie,

443-452 – Cathe Laurie.

458-508 – Etta Kralovec, is the co-author of the controversial book The End of Homework: How homework disrupts families, overburdens children and limits learning (Beacon, 2000) (Amazon).  She's currently an assistant professor at the University of Arizona.  Today we talk about why she applauds the recent decision of the LAUSD to limit homework to just 10% of the student's grade.

• LA Times (6/27/2011) L.A. Unified's new homework policy gives students a break.  Homework will now count for only 10% of a student's grade. Critics — mostly teachers — worry the policy will encourage students to slack off assigned work and even reward those who already disregard assignments.

• LAUSD (5/20/2011) The Purpose of Homework and its Weighting in Student Academic Grades.

512-523 – Etta Kralovec, and calls – is this a good idea or a bad idea?

528-539 – Etta Kralovec, and calls – is this a good idea or a bad idea?

544-554 – Etta Kralovec, and calls – is this a good idea or a bad idea?

558-608 – Etta Kralovec, and calls – is this a good idea or a bad idea?

612-623 – Calls – is this a good idea or a bad idea?

628-639 – Calls – is this a good idea or a bad idea?

644-654 – Calls – is this a good idea or a bad idea?

• Cairns (6/29/2011) Tourist left behind on Great Barrier Reef snorkeling trip.

• Fox News (6/29/2011) North Korea to Chair UN Disarmament Conference.

• My Boston (6/29/2011) Body found in public pool 2 days after victim drowned.

• Fox News (6/28/2011) New York Breast Cancer Charity Sued for Misusing Millions.

New York's attorney general filed a lawsuit Tuesday to shut down a phony breast cancer charity whose directors allegedly spent nearly all of the $9.1 million it raised over the past five years on exorbitant salaries and personal purchases.

The Long Island-based Coalition Against Breast Cancer (CABC) solicited $9.1 million from the public over the past five years. Almost all of it was spent on fundraiser fees, salaries and benefits packages and personal purchases, such as cell phones and television and internet services, according to an investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Over the past five years, the organization spent less than four percent of all donations on any of its alleged charitable programs. In 2008, for example, CABC raised over $1.4 million but spent just $374 on mammograms. The group funded mammograms for 11 women over the last three years, despite having raised more than $4 million, the investigation found.

Two of the organization's three directors paid themselves more than $550,000 in combined salaries from 2005 to 2009, another $150,000 in retirement accounts and dental and medical benefits that totaled at least $9,000 per year.

The suit charges CABC and its directors -- Andrew Smith, Debra Koppelman and Patricia Scott -- with engaging in a scheme to defraud and violating New York's not-for-profit and charitable solicitation laws. Those charges were also leveled against CABC's principal outside fundraiser, Campaign Center, and its owner, Garrett Morgan.

CABC's directors were also charged with failing to comply with their fiduciary duties.

• Napoleon Linardatos (NRO, 6/28/2011) The Greek Way of Sorrow: How a charismatic politician with the slogan "Change" launched Greece on the path to ruin.

• Thomas Sowell (NRO, 6/29/2011) Is Democracy Viable? Frivolity and short-sightedness threaten our ability to keep this republic.

• Fred Thompson (NRO, 6/29/2011) The Fairness Argument: Spending cuts are smarter and fairer than soak-the-rich tax hikes.

• Alkman Granitsas (WSJ, 6/29/2011) Greece Secures Austerity Vote.