DC METRO CRASH KILLS 9…SO FAR
A commuter train rear-ended another, ripping open cars in the system’s worst accident in 33 years. he subway train that plowed into another, causing a crash that killed seven and injured scores of others in the nation’s capital, was part of an aging fleet that federal officials had sought to phase out due to safety concerns, an investigator said today. Warnings were given in 2006 but ignored.
THANK GOD: VILLARAIGOSA WON’T RUN FOR GOVERNOR
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s decision Monday to skip the 2010 race for California governor left a two-person contest for the Democratic nomination in which former Gov. Jerry Brown starts with a strong advantage in scooping up much of the mayor’s support, political analysts said.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, the other contender, appeared likely to tap into Villaraigosa’s strong appeal among young voters. But Brown, who has not formally declared, is better known in vote-rich Southern California and is likely to benefit from support among Latinos, African Americans and older voters.
It’s a spelling mantra that generations of schoolchildren have learned _ “i before e, except after c.”
But new British government guidance tells teachers not to pass on the rule to students, because there are too many exceptions.
The “Support For Spelling” document, which is being sent to thousands of primary schools, says the rule “is not worth teaching” because it doesn’t account for words like ‘sufficient,’ ‘veil’ and ‘their.’
Jack Bovill of the Spelling Society, which advocates simplified spelling, said Saturday he agreed with the decision.
But supporters say the ditty has value because it is one of the few language rules that most people remember.
TRUCK CARRYING 40,000 POUNDS OF BEER OVERTURNS
Police say a truck carrying 40,000 pounds of beer overturned in Vermont and closed a highway for several hours.
The truck went off the road Monday morning on Route 78 in Swanton. It rolled over and landed in a swamp on a wildlife refuge. The crash also knocked down some power lines.