Principal Gene Connolly, who died on Aug. 19, poses in his office at Concord High School. Monitor file By HEIDI CRUMRINE Monitor columnist Thursday, August 30, 2018 2 Print In early August 2004, I stopped by Concord High School to pick up some materials to prepare for my new job as an English teacher. I walked into the main office to be greeted by a man with a shock of white hair and the thickest Boston accent I had heard in a long time. I quickly realized that this was the principal, Gene Connolly. On our walk to the supply closet he asked me if I would be interested in facilitating an advisory, but because of his accent, I thought he asked me to facilitate an inter-varsity (Christian fellowship) club. Confused, I said, “Well I don’t want to be overwhelmed in my first year; I’ll think about it.” Gene smiled and said, “You’ll do great; we need you.” I walked away that day with a box of books and significant confusion as to why he … [Read more...] about Heidi Crumrine: Let us be better together
When breath becomes air quotes
Alexis WrightSummer 2016Through many years of researching stories from all over the world and through my own communities, which I have always felt I had to do to understand how to be useful in my work—including being a writer—I have grown more curious about what would impact on my ability to tell stories that might be embraced anywhere in the world. It has been a life’s work of growing increasingly aware of how other people were telling stories on behalf of Aboriginal people in Australia, and how stories are used in campaigns to achieve certain goals. I think it would be fair to say that we are the country’s troubling conscience and managed by its most powerful power brokers through a national narrative. I saw the fallout of this changing negative narrative in our communities, and in the lifetime of hard work our people do to fight against each political story-making trend. I knew the style and intent of the national narrative would always be one of the greatest … [Read more...] about What Happens When You Tell Somebody Else’s Story?
27 April 2018 • 9:41am Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in share unscripted border exchange North's leader declares 'a new history begins now' President Moon praises Kim's 'bold and courageous' move Denuclearisation and peace discussed in 'sincere and frank dialogue' Kim vs Moon: An heir to a dynasty and a child of refugees Could North Korea summit really convince Kim to give up his nuclear weapons? The leaders of North and South Korea concluded their first round of negotiations midway through talks on Friday after two hours of small talk, jokes and pledges to work together to bring long-term peace to the peninsula and make the world a safer place. Kim Jong-un, regarded last year as an international pariah after conducting his sixth nuclear test, promised a “new beginning” and hailed a new era of peace. South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged “bold” decisions that would be a “great gift” to humanity. When they … [Read more...] about Kim Jong-un becomes first North Korean leader to cross into South in 65 years
Allegiant Air is a small, ultra-low-cost carrier based in Las Vegas, that happens to be one of the country's most profitable airlines. But, according to federal aviation records and interviews with pilots, mechanics and industry experts, it may also be the most dangerous. The airline flew 12 million passengers last year on its 99 planes to 120 destinations from California to Florida. But it has had persistent problems since at least the summer of 2015 when it experienced a rash of mid-air breakdowns, including five on a single day. It was not a fluke. Public documents show an alarming number of aborted takeoffs, cabin pressure loss, emergency descents and unscheduled landings. Yet for the most part, Allegiant's difficulties have managed to stay under the radar of the flying public. It's entirely possible that you have never heard of Allegiant or flown on one of its planes. But if you shop for the cheapest ticket, live near cities like Pittsburgh or Cincinnati that are underserved by … [Read more...] about Allegiant Air: The budget airline flying under the radar
President Donald Trump has said the United States is "locked and loaded" ready for any chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Eyewitnesses have begun describing the scenes of the bombing in Syria following co-ordinated air strikes by the US, UK and France in the early hours of Saturday morning. Russia, Syria's biggest ally, claims the strikes were illegal and has rejected claims that President Bashar al-Assad's regime was responsible for the chemical attack in the country. Now Lord West, the former head of the Royal Navy, says any further strikes could be a "great big hammer" rather than Saturday's "pinprick". Follow our live blog below for the latest updates from Mirror journalists. Key Events "We would study options" if more chemical weapons found 10:09 British aid worker tells of "deafening explosions" 09:14 'Next attack could be great big hammer' 07:08 Fury over Theresa May’s decision not to get MP backing 22:50 Iranian military base in Syria 'bombed by … [Read more...] about Syria latest live: Further air strikes warning as eyewitnesses describe bombing