Lindsey Bever, The Washington Post Published 10:34 am PST, Wednesday, January 30, 2019 The Midwest has all but shut down amid subzero temperatures, howling winds and snow. Transportation has slowed, mail in certain areas has come to a complete halt and residents are being urged to remain indoors and ride out the polar vortex that has thrust the region into a deep freeze. Meanwhile, school officials in snowed-in states are announcing closures . . . through song. In Michigan, Swartz Creek Community Schools Superintendent Ben Mainka and high school Principal Jim Kitchen launched into a modified rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." "I heard about a winter storm. It's cold and dreary - stay home, stay warm," Mainka sang in the video, posted Monday. He then harmonized with Kitchen: "It's a snow day, a winter cold day. Stay home and just play. It's a greaaaat family day." Students were undoubtedly happy to hear the news, but the musical duo also received applause from … [Read more...] about The Midwest is shutting down
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By Amy Graff, SFGATE Updated 6:36 pm PDT, Tuesday, September 25, 2018 San Francisco's sunny weather spots Dolores Park: On the edge of San Francisco's Mission District, this park is popular for its sunny weather. Located in the city's southeast corner, it's protected from the cooler coastal climate on the west side of the city bordering the Pacific Ocean. less San Francisco's sunny weather spots Dolores Park: On the edge of San Francisco's Mission District, this park is popular for its sunny weather. Located in the city's southeast corner, it's protected from the ... more Photo: / Noe Valley: This neighborhood in the city's notably sunny southeast quadrant is protected from the coastal cool by Twin Peaks. Noe Valley: This neighborhood in the city's notably sunny southeast quadrant is protected from the coastal cool by Twin Peaks. Photo: San … [Read more...] about Which San Francisco neighborhood has the sunniest weather? Locals chime in
Deb pulled open the heavy door of the high school auditorium and stepped inside, looking around as it clicked shut behind her. She tried to look relaxed, smiling at someone she knew, but every step stirred uncertainty in her.She had come here to audition for a play, knowing she was likely well out of her league. The students here tonight were an elite, accomplished group. Some of them had been performing together for years. In the high school lobby, just outside the door, a glass display case held the gleaming trophies they had won. Related Links Photos: A drama unfolds in Peabody They mingled around her now with easy camaraderie, nervous energy fueling bouts of laughter. Some were Deb’s friends, but this was their home turf. Anakin Fleming had won raves in the prize-winning drama festival show two years ago. Marc Fournier had starred in the play that made it to the finals last year. Melissa Poirier, whom Deb had met in gym class, was both an accomplished dancer and an … [Read more...] about The world, the stage, the way ahead
AS the schools break up for the loooong summer holidays, TV presenter Susannah Constantine posted a photo that will resonate with all mothers. It shows Susannah with the word “Slave” scrawled across her forehead and the message: “Holidays start tomorrow. Back to my day job #Cleaner, #DisasterChef, #TaxiService, #Laundry, #Therapist, #TravelAgent.” She was probably joking but for many women the kids being off school does add an almost intolerable pressure when it comes to juggling home life with a full or part-time job. For while there are now plenty of relationships where the man bears the brunt of childcare, or it gets shared equally, in the majority of homes it’s still the case that the female of the species runs herself ragged trying to be all things to all people. And worse, it seems an increasing number of women are now being driven out of professional occupations by the growing burden of caring for elderly relatives too. It seems the sandwich … [Read more...] about Mums may feel like slaves during the summer holidays but our carers need looking after too
Produced by Sarah Prior and Richard Fetzer Nearly three decades ago, Marlene Warren opened the door of her Wellington, Fla., home and was shot in the face by a clown bearing balloons, flowers and a gun. Joe Ahrens, Warren's son, tells "48 Hours"' Peter Van Sant the clown calmly walked back to a car and drove off. It is a case that rocked the Florida neighborhood where Warren lived at the time and has haunted family members ever since. "I remember that being one of the most terrible days of my life," says Ahrens. "At first we thought maybe it was a balloon popped, but when we saw her fall, we knew something was definitely, seriously wrong," Ahrens says. Also in the home at the time was Ahrens' friend Jeannie Pratt who says the questions she's been asking herself ever since are simple: Who would want Marlene Warren dead. And why? DEADLY DELIVERY Joe Ahrens was 21 years old on that May morning in 1990 when his beloved mother and best friend, Marlene Warren, was shot in the face at her … [Read more...] about Can new DNA tests help police crack the “killer clown” cold case?