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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 29, 2013 News Briefs {Continued from Page 1) political map. You don't want to kill something to save it from pain. Lots of happen- ings going on to keep any political junkie pretty busy! How Stupid are Americans? Recently, CNN sent a re- porter out on the street to see how smart Americans really were. As people went up to the mic they were asked questions about the world. The first question was naming a country that starts with the letter "U." No one said the United States of America but both Yugoslavia and Utah were named. Which is the next terrorist state to be taken on? Of course, someone picked Italy. Who won the Vietnam War and the consensus was, we did, but we didn't. How about the religion of Israel? Did anyone say Jewish? Nope. However, they did say in order Israeli, Islamic and of course Catholic. Which begs the question, why are public educational professionals thinking about removing history as a core requirement for high school graduation? Teacher Drugs Kids for Nap Time A teacher at a pro-school out in California recently got caught drugging her little charges by putting adult sleep medication in their sippy-cups. Reportedly, she did so to keep them calmer during the school day and make it easier for them to take nap time. I am starting to wonder whose nap time. Her teaching career now seems over and she is now going to have to stay awake while this case makes its way through the criminal justice system. Adult- strength medication poten- tially can be fatal for little kids and she should have known better than put those kids in danger. The world is so sick sometimes and noth- ing surprises me anymore. Whoever Said this is So Right Someone emailed the fol- lowing to me recently but the author is unknown. How- ever, the point made was quite relevant. Here goes, "If Benghazi was a bump in the road then the last two elec- tions were the sinkholes in our country." TSA Chief Defends Letting Knives and Bats on Planes Transportation Security Chief John Pistole has de- fended his decision to let pas- sengers carry small knives back on board flights saying "these are not things that terrorists are continuing to use." Instead of looking for small weapons like these, he told Capitol Hill that airport security officers should be concentrating on non-metal explosives that have the power to blow holes in planes. Starting April 25 th, passen- gers will be allowed to carry small penknives, golf clubs, hockey sticks, small baseball bats for the first time since the 9/11 attacks. This deci- sion has sparked a backlash "The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances," -- Robert Flatt Happy ter to Dr. Dean J. Saluti President, Renaissance Lodge, OSIA 00Majorie Cahn 02269,,w,L  " " . i Industrial Credit Union We wish all the Post-Gazette Readers Happy Easter "Banking Done Better" 1 Liberty Square, Boston 02109 617-742-1616 from flight attendants, pilots and air marshals who fly un- dercover on flights to protect against terrorists. George Taylor, president for Federal Air Marshal Ser- vices within the Federal Law Enforcement Office As- sociation told USA Today that it's "just absolutely in- sane. I don't put my faith in that reinforced {cockpit) door. If it's made by man, it can be broken by man." Tay- lor spoke before a hearing by the House Homeland Se- curity Subcommittee up on Capitol Hill. I commend U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, who during the hearing held up an al- lowed knife longer than a box-cutter and stated, "The TSA policy makes no sense. It is a dangerous policy." U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., holding up a hockey stick in one hand and a golf club in the other added, "I think (these) could cause serious harm." Flight attendants are livid. The Coalition of Flight Attendants Unions repre- senting 90,000 workers have set up a White House petition with a link to Laura Glading, president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants representing 16,000 work- ers at American Airlines stated, "Anyway you slice it, a knife like this is a weapon and it doesn't belong on an airplane and Pistole's new TSA policy is nothing short of ridiculous." 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