Judge Jimmie Edwards had a brainstorm.
The chief juvenile court judge for the St. Louis City Circuit Court thought: Why not place all the students who have been kicked out of St. Louis public schools under one roof and educate them?
Within a few hours, St. Louis Public Schools agreed to give him a building. Within a few months, he had marshaled enough volunteers to open Innovative Concept Academy.
That was in April 2009. The school’s roster expanded to include those suspended from city schools and dropouts, working to get their GEDs. Innovative now has 350 students, most of them in school uniforms, all of whom play chess daily. And attendance, at 94 percent, is one of the highest in the city. That’s at least partially driven by the fact Edwards, 55, operates the juvenile court’s truancy program out of the school.
It's too bad Troy Davis didn't have the same Judges Amanda Knox had. Maybe he would be in joyful arms of his family too, instead of his grave.
Ms. Knox left Italy on Tuesday morning on a British Airways flight for London, the Ansa news agency reported.
Throughout the original trial and the appeal, prosecutors tried to paint Ms. Knox as a calculating femme fatale, a “she-devil” capable of murderous acts despite her sweet courtroom appearance and demeanor.
But their case was based mostly on circumstantial evidence. The validity of the main forensic evidence, microscopic amounts of DNA on the murder weapon and on a bra clasp, was thrown into doubt this summer by a report from independent experts that was highly critical of the police’s handling and analysis of the materials.
Speaking of differences, what a difference a grass roots protest makes.
Ever hear of a police officer treating a teabagger disrespectfully at one of their hateful rallies? Even when they showed up at them with guns? Any teabaggers ever get pepper-sprayed in the face?
No. No. And NO.