Headlee’s Headlines

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 09:10 AM

Every morning, Celeste Headlee scours the country’s newspapers for interesting stories. We thought we’d start sharing her story list with you. Here's what she found today:

From The Miami Herald:
Governor Crist has until Friday to sign or veto a bill that abolishes tenure and establishes merit pay in Florida, tying teacher evaluations to student performance. The nation is watching. From the article:

Most pay-for-performance plans have bubbled up at the district level, said Jim Hull, senior policy analyst for the Center for Public Education, an initiative of the National School Boards Association. ``This is one of the real first states saying this is how teachers should be paid,'' he said.

From The La Times:
Why is it so hard to quit smoking? It's addictive, yes. But it's also partly because most smokers are suffering from depression anyway! From the article:

According to government statistics released Tuesday, 43 percent of adult smokers age 20 and older have depression. Among men ages 40 to 54, a whopping 55 percent of those who smoke have depression. Among women ages 20 to 39 who smoke, 50 percent have depression.

From The San Diego Tribune:
We're heading into a very dangerous fire system in the West, and they are changing the alert system so that people will pay more attention. From the article:

The frequency of red-flag warnings signaling an elevated wildfire threat has too often become white noise. Today, the Weather Service is changing the rules, which could yield more meaningful alerts.

From Alternet:
Israel has issued a warrant for the arrest of a journalist who wrote about "war crimes" on the part of the Israeli army. It's a complicated but really fascinating story. I'd be interested to know if Britain would extradite him.

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