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Teachers union helps defeat D.C. mayor, and more

The American Federation of Teachers spent roughly $1 million to help defeat Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Teachers union helps defeat D.C. mayor
The American Federation of Teachers spent roughly $1 million to help defeat Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty, a supporter of education reform who had hired aggressive reformer Michelle Rhee to overhaul the city’s notoriously underachieving schools. Rhee fired 200 teachers for poor results in the classroom.
Politico.com

A new term for climate change
Instead of “global warming,” the Obama administration now prefers the term “global climate disruption.” White House science advisor John Holdren said the new term would more accurately convey that a changing climate would bring more extremes of both hot and cold weather, more snow in some regions, more droughts, and more floods.
FoxNews.com

Good news for traditional media
The Web hasn’t cut down on the time Americans spend on newspapers, TV, and other traditional media; it’s increased the time spent “consuming” news by 13 minutes a day, a new Pew Center survey found. The average person still spends close to an hour a day on traditional media—unchanged from a decade ago.
The Wall Street Journal

St. Louis' vanishing brick buildings
Thieves in St. Louis, which was known for its quality brick manufacturers in bygone years, have taken to carting off bricks from the struggling city’s 8,000 abandoned or torched buildings. “They stole the whole block,” said one resident, surveying a dilapidated neighborhood.
The New York Times

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