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Thursday, Jul. 30, 2009 4:06 AM

A Boston police officer is on suspension and facing termination after allegedly sending an e-mail referring to Professor Henry Gates by a racial slur.


Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has accepted the resignation of his deputy press secretary for comments she posted to her Facebook page, in which she called Gates a racist and referred to President Obama as 'O-dumb-a.'

Stringer qualified the remarks as 'inappropriate.'


I have a question for Governor Schwarzenegger. Just how is cutting education, AIDS counseling/assistance, and MediCal trimming down on waste and fraud, which is the song-and-dance you gave Californians during the budget debate?

Fraud either means misrepresenting things to take money to which one would not otherwise be entitled; or misappropriating funds properly allocated to a department, district, or organization.

Cuts in funding do not solve either problem - they exacerbate it. The solution, therefore, is accountability at all levels - an approach that might have stopped San Jose's East Side Union High School District Superintendent Bob Nunez from racking up $27,000 in expenses including retreats, travel to conferences, and meals at expensive restaurants.

While Nunez was off spending money with wild abandon, the district was pressed to make cuts in order to preserve sports programs - with parents paying an additional $200 per participating student.


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