Headlee’s Headlines

Monday, May 24, 2010 - 08:02 AM

Celeste Headlee scours the country’s newspapers for interesting stories. Here's her list for this morning:

FROM CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

The White House is getting a $376 million dollar renovation starting this weekend.  That's more than 100 times the original cost of the building.  What are they fixing?  Who gets the contract?  What can be changed and what is off limits? From the article: 

The Obamas will stay in the White House during the renovations, unlike President Harry Truman, who moved into Blair House during a complete rebuilding of the main structure.

FROM THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Is the U.S. government preparing to push BP out of the way? And can the government do better? This is a great look at what's going on behind the podiums.

FROM THE DETROIT NEWS
The state of Michigan can no longer afford its historical marker program.  This is the program that has marked the Motown Museum, Ford's first auto plant, the Malcolm X homesite and Ralph Bunch's birthplace.  But students at Eastern Michigan University are taking over.
From the article: 

Officials approached EMU, which says it has the only historical preservation program in the state and the largest in the nation. It agreed to house the program and oversee graduate students, two of whom are involved this year. The students need to find primary source documents -- such as tax records and deeds -- to support what is written on the marker.

FROM THE DETROIT FREE PRESS
The Vatican is investigating nuns.  And these nuns happen to be beloved in Michigan. 
From the article: 

They've taught legions of Detroit-area Catholics. They've taken on major corporations. They are watchdog nuns who have urged U.S. companies to be socially responsible.  But to the Vatican, the Adrian Dominican congregation of 850 progressive nuns may be a problem, especially under the conservative papacy of Pope Benedict XVI.

FROM THE SEATTLE TIMES
Many teachers say there's no need to teach cursive anymore, or that it's fine if students learn it and forget it.  But, one teacher is trying to make sure all high school graduates can write in cursive.  And it's a great debate.  Do we need cursive? From the article:

There are those who wonder whether it's time to bury cursive all together. Yet it's still holding on, perhaps just by the force of tradition and one simple economic fact: Schools can't afford to put computers on every student's desk.

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