Mark and Charlie's Blog

A Connecticut high school student has been pulled out of classes and reported to police for substituting "ISIS" for the "United States of America" during the Pledge of Allegiance. "ISIS" is a term commonly used for the Islamic State group. Lt. Andrew Cota says the 15-year-old...
Two cafeteria workers at a West Texas elementary school have been fired after violating guidelines and allegedly taking home some leftover fruit. The Ector County Independent School District employees were fired Tuesday. District spokesman Mike Adkins says the workers...
Track Palin’s girlfriend feared he would shoot himself with an assault rifle after he hit her during a drunken argument at Sarah Palin’s Wasilla, Alaska, home, court documents reveal. Palin, the 26-year-old son of the one-time GOP vice presidential nominee, was arrested for...
A native-born employee at Disney who was fired spoke out against abuse in the H-1B visa program, explaining how he was replaced by cheap foreign labor, in a new ad campaign produced by the Federation for American Immigration Reform. Last year, Disney World fired 250 American...
When asked Tuesday whether Sandra Bland was at all to blame for a heated exchange with a state trooper during a traffic stop last year, Texas Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw said officers are responsible for escalations. “It’s always on the trooper,” McCraw...
At a special parent meeting Tuesday night, parents and taxpayers told KDKA’s Kym Gable that they’ve retained the services of a Pittsburgh attorney to pursue a possible class action lawsuit, claiming administrators infringed on students’ rights. KDKA tried to gain access to the...
The six file boxes of signed petitions festooning the City Hall plaza Tuesday, even taken as a group, weren’t all that heavy. But as winter turns into an Austin spring, they will carry considerable political weight. Ridesharing Works for Austin, the nascent political action...
Over recent years there’s been a steady escalation of concern about the admissions process at the most revered, selective American colleges. And little by little, those colleges have made tweaks. But I get the thrilling sense that something bigger is about to give. The best...
The tweet came late for those on the East Coast and, depending on your browser, in a tiny font. But shortly after director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith announced they would be sitting out the Oscars because of its lack of diversity , Academy of Motion Picture Arts...