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January 18, 2012

King speech rediscovered by Ohio teacher, student
CLEVELAND (AP) — A recording of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is getting new attention after being found in 2010 by an Ohio high school art teacher and student searching through items the school library was discarding.
The 1967 speech preserved on reel-to-reel tape was given, and found, at Glenville High School in Cleveland. In it, King says "Our power does not lie in Molotov cocktails. ... Our power lies in our ability to say nonviolently that we aren't gonna take it any longer."
King was visiting the city at the request of a group of black ministers a year after riots in a city neighborhood.
The speech has been transferred to CD and will be used in social studies lessons at Cleveland schools.

Principal warned over high-tech anti-cheating idea
SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — An Austrian high school principal narrowly escaped legal action after going after potential exam cheaters with a high-tech — but illegal — idea.
Gerhard Klampfer reportedly bought and mounted a jamming device strong enough to prevent graduating classes from doing Internet research on their smartphones during final exams last summer.
State broadcaster ORF said on its website Monday that the move was effective enough to arouse the attention of a phone service provider. The company alerted authorities in charge of monitoring radio traffic after noticing lack of service.
They then notified legal officials who threatened Klampfer with a misdemeanor. Under Austrian law only police, the military and others in charge of security can jam signals.
Klampfer says he didn't know he was breaking the law. He was let off with a warning, instead of a fine.

UM to hold meeting on sex assault investigations
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — University of Montana officials will hold a public meeting to discuss the school's investigation into several reports of sexual assault both on and off campus.
UM vice president Jim Foley said that President Royce Engstrom will make a statement and then take questions during the Tuesday evening community forum.
Former Montana Supreme Court Justice Diane Barz was hired by the university in December to investigate sexual assault reports after allegations surfaced that two students were drugged and gang-raped. Barz' preliminary report said the school appears to have a gap in reporting sexual assaults.
Foley said officials won't get into names or details during the Tuesday meeting but may be able to clarify some things for the public.

Medical marijuana-growing school in Spokane
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Spokane school that teaches medical marijuana users how to grow their own calls itself the University of Spokamsterdam.
Marijuana advocate Darren McCrea started the school to help patients learn how to harvest, store and use the plant as medicine.
Lesson One for nearly two dozen people at Saturday's class was conducted by defense lawyer David Miller who reminded users that while medical marijuana is legal under state law it's still illegal under federal law. The feds raided 20 Spokane medical marijuana dispensaries last year and 40 others shut down.
U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby told KXLY last year they are interested in only busting growers with more than 100 plants or who operate near a school.

Fla law student being held on $1M bond in shooting
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — An Ave Maria law school student is being held on $1 million bond after authorities say he shot at his roommate and threatened his ex-girlfriend.
Jail records show 25-year-old Robert Christopher Ringley was charged Friday with attempted murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His next court date is Feb. 6. It was not immediately known if he has an attorney.
The Collier County Sheriff's Office says Ringley forced his ex-girlfriend and his roommate to their knees on the street, pointing the gun at them.
The woman fled to an apartment to call authorities. That's when police say Ringley ordered his roommate to his feet and fired several shots in the air before pointing the gun at him.
No one was injured.

Hybrid buses save bucks
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jefferson County Public Schools have purchased 18 hybrid electric school buses as part of a statewide push to use more of the fuel-efficient vehicles to save money on gas.
The district now has 50 such buses, more than any other school district in the country, while Kentucky has nearly 160 such buses, tops in the nation.
The hybrids, which use both diesel fuel and electricity, were purchased in 36 districts throughout Kentucky with federal stimulus money.
Jefferson County schools vehicle maintenance head, John Ackerman, told The Courier-Journal that the county's more than 1,200 regular school buses get anywhere from 6.5 miles a gallon to 7 miles a gallon, and so far, the hybrid buses have been getting about 8.5 to 9 miles per gallon

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