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Don Whitten

Basketball promotion caught in fine print

A West Chester (Pa.) University freshman hit a layup, free throw, 3-point shot and half-court shot, but didn’t win the $10,000 prize in a halftime promotion. Why? The fine print. Editor Don Whitten wonders what lessons were learned in the incident. (February 21, 2014, Page 4A)

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    Who should decide about consolidation?

    There’s a “dirty” word going around the state when it comes to education issues – “consolidation.” Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how the state Legislature is dealing with consolidation as well as different considerations for different school districts. (February 19, 2014, Page 4)

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      Cash swings for homer with second novel

      Wiley Cash’s debut novel was an award-winner and best-seller, and Editor Don Whitten writes that his follow-up effort, “This Dark Road to Mercy,” could be headed to similar heights. Cash is slated to visit Oxford and Square Books on Tuesday promoting his newest novel. (February 17, 2014, Page 4)

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        More school days or a different calendar?

        The Center for America Progress is recommending that more time is added to the school year to help students and teachers deal with Common Core Standards, and Editor Don Whitten takes a look at options that involve adding more days to the school year or adjusting the school calendar a bit. (February 14, 2014, Page 4A)

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          Will longer school day help education?

          After last week’s column suggesting that schools need to add hours or days, Editor Don Whitten takes a look at one of the options – increasing the school day by 30-45 minutes. (February 10, 2014, Page 4)

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            Ignition interlock bill a positive move

            Editor Don Whitten writes about House Bill 554 which would expand the use of ignition interlocks in sentences for DUI offenses, noting that it’s something that could help offenders as well as others on the road. (February 7, 2014, Page 4A)

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              Let’s communicate about education

              Editor Don Whitten points out inconsistencies in what lawmakers, educators and parents think is best for our children and schools – for example, in whether to decrease, increase of keep the amount of time at school – and urges them to communicate better with one another. (February 5, 2014, Page 4)

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                Events might vary for ‘local’ winter games

                Comedian Jeff Foxworthy did a routine prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta that gave some alternative events if the games were “localized.” Editor Don Whitten takes a similar approach to the winter games that begin soon, wondering how we might localize some of the events with the weather we’ve had recently and usually have this time of the year. (February 3, 2014, Page 4)

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                  Winter weather – erring on the side of caution

                  Editor Don Whitten admits he’s long been one of those folks who think many over-react when there’s a threat of snow and ice. He’s considering changing his mind, though, after reading and seeing stories about stranded students and parents in the winter storm that struck the South earlier this week. (January 31, 2014, Page 4A)

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                    Get the story now with Johnson’s new book

                    Did you read or see “The Help” first? What about “To Kill a Mockingbird”? Editor Don Whitten notes there’s a book in much the same vein as those that’s available now rather than waiting for the film version. For more on Deborah Johnson’s “The Secret of Magic,” read today’s column. (January 29, 2014, Page 4)

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