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    • lol, slow news day in niles, ohio.

      wkbn.com/news/local-news/grass…ontent=link&ICID=ref_fark

      NILES, Ohio (WKBN) - We've reported on Youngstown's battle with high grass, but it's also growing out of control in other communities, including Niles.
      The grass at Hetz Park is overgrown and the land is really wet.
      Parks Director Robert Burke said the park is in a flood zone and heavy mowing equipment would get stuck there if they tried to mow now.
      He said the grass will be cut as soon as the ground dries.

      link has video of the tall grass!

      another example of how useless our local tv news is.
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    • max.patch wrote:

      lol, slow news day in niles, ohio.

      wkbn.com/news/local-news/grass…ontent=link&ICID=ref_fark

      NILES, Ohio (WKBN) - We've reported on Youngstown's battle with high grass, but it's also growing out of control in other communities, including Niles.
      The grass at Hetz Park is overgrown and the land is really wet.
      Parks Director Robert Burke said the park is in a flood zone and heavy mowing equipment would get stuck there if they tried to mow now.
      He said the grass will be cut as soon as the ground dries.

      link has video of the tall grass!

      another example of how useless our local tv news is.
      One of the reasons I always liked newspapers over TV news is that the newspaper could adjust its length based on the amount of news worth printing. On a slow news days the paper would simply be shorter.

      On the other hand TV news had a fixed amount of time to either cram in all the days eventful happenings, or to drone on while padding the time.
      Whatever it takes them to fill the slot, no more, no less.
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    • max.patch wrote:

      lol, slow news day in niles, ohio.

      wkbn.com/news/local-news/grass…ontent=link&ICID=ref_fark

      NILES, Ohio (WKBN) - We've reported on Youngstown's battle with high grass, but it's also growing out of control in other communities, including Niles.
      The grass at Hetz Park is overgrown and the land is really wet.
      Parks Director Robert Burke said the park is in a flood zone and heavy mowing equipment would get stuck there if they tried to mow now.
      He said the grass will be cut as soon as the ground dries.

      link has video of the tall grass!

      another example of how useless our local tv news is.
      A slow news day is way better than a bad news day.

      An ancient Chinese curse was to tell someone "May you live in interesting times."
      “Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
      the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”


      John Greenleaf Whittier
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      high school in north carolina stops naming a valedictorian as "it's not fair to the students that came close but didn't win" so valedictorians father says "that's a load of crap" and rents a digital billboard.

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      max.patch wrote:

      high school in north carolina stops naming a valedictorian as "it's not fair to the students that came close but didn't win" so valedictorians father says "that's a load of crap" and rents a digital billboard.
      To some degree, I agree. Grade inflation is such that GPA is not precise enough to distinguish among top academic performers. Also a GPA-based determination rewards students who take easy courses to pad their GPA. One solution would be to have an assessment system where the median grade is ~50%. Thus you are using half the grading scale to assess the top half of the class and the grades will better distinguish the valedictorian from those who "came close". The reason so many come close is that when the median grade is 90%, you are only using 10% of your grading scale to distinguish the top half of the class, and you are probably only using less than 1% of the grading scale to distinguish the top 10%. Also, a 4 point grading scale (A-F) is not precise enough to distinguish the to 10% from each other. It would be like trying to decide who has the FKT for hiking the AT if everyone measured their hike in whole number of weeks. We would have a 10 way tie for first among those who hiked the trail in 6 weeks. Should we teach our students that it is irresponsible journalism to report that "congressman blowhard has a 1% lead in the polls leading up to this week's election" when the poll has a margin of error of +/- 5%, but then say it's legit to pronounce Josh to be Valedictorian because his 3.998 GPA is better than someone else's 3.997? Another solution is to select Valedictorians by teacher vote. Teachers know which student gets a "high A" vs a "regular A" or which ones have a sincere thirst for knowledge and a deeper intellectual grasp of the course material vs one who is just going through the motions to get his A. Some people might complain that a teacher vote would be too subjective. But these people have been fooled into thinking that grades are not subjective because you can calculate a GPA to 3 decimal places. In science we use significant figures to reflect the precision of a measurement. Reporting too many decimal places in a measured number, or one calculated from a measured number is a lie. Given the uncertainty in the way grades are determined, I would say that GPAs should not have very many significant figures. The problem is that the quote explaining the policy (if that is indeed an accurate quote from the school) did a bad job of explaining the reality of the situation. Instead of saying "it's not fair to the students that came close but didn't win", they should have said "given the uncertainty in GPA calculations there were 37 students who were tied for having the highest GPA when rounded off to accurately reflect the precision of the measurement." If Josh doesn't understand this, Josh doesn't deserve to be valedictorian. If he does, maybe he can explain it to his father.
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      odd man out wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      high school in north carolina stops naming a valedictorian as "it's not fair to the students that came close but didn't win" so valedictorians father says "that's a load of crap" and rents a digital billboard.
      To some degree, I agree. Grade inflation is such that GPA is not precise enough to distinguish among top academic performers. Also a GPA-based determination rewards students who take easy courses to pad their GPA.
      i understand your argument but have one important disagreement.

      many high schools -- not all -- use a weighted GPA. and while they use the traditional 4 point scale for normal high school classes, AP (advanced placement or college level courses) are given 5 points for an A, 4 points for a B, etc. these students can end up with an GPA that exceeds 4.0 on a 4 point scale. the average valedictorian in cobb county has a GPA of at least 4.3 on a 4 point scale.

      taking only easy courses will not work in a school system that gives extra value for AP courses.

      i took only easy courses in high school and barely graduated. :)
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      speaking of valedictorians...

      the valedictorian of petaluma high school in california was the alleged victim of sexual assault on campus. she reported this to the school and alleges that they took no action when it was reported.

      she was warned by the school to not mention this during her speech.

      a few minutes into her speech she brought up the incident -- and the school cut off her microphone. the crowd chanted "let her speak" -- but the microphone was not turned back on.

      i don't know how many people were at her graduation -- but her speech is on youtube up to the point where the microphone was turned off and she returned to her seat -- only now in the video she has recorded her entire speech. as i write this over 400,000 people have viewed the video.

      had the school let her continue probably a few hundred people would have heard the speech and it would have been forgotten by now. hard to censor the news in the internet era.
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