Archive for December, 2006

Education: The Rev. John Foley

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Fr. FoleyAs head of the Cristo Rey Network, he helps low-income kids get to college.

This is an article about the Cristo Rey Network. I worked on some of their computers but that is nothing compared to what they are doing for their students.

This is an excerpt from the article:
The best ideas are often bred in desperation. A decade ago, Father John Foley and his Jesuit colleagues were in the midst of creating a new college-prep high school for students from Chicago’s Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods, a low-income area largely populated by Mexican immigrants. Even finishing high school was a lofty goal for many of these youngsters; in the inner city, a 50 percent dropout rate is not unusual. Coming up with a curriculum that would turn likely dropouts into college grads was a major challenge, but figuring out how to pay for the school seemed an even bigger obstacle. Clearly, the parents could not afford much tuition. The church couldn’t sustain it, either. The worthy project was in danger of failure before a single student had enrolled. So Foley turned to a management consultant he describes as “original in his thinking.” Two weeks later, the consultant, Richard Murray, returned with the suggestion that the students themselves could pay for their education by working at local companies. “It was a brilliant idea,” Foley says. “That was the birth of this whole thing.”

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Suspect questioned in shooting of Bears player’s bodyguard

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Tank JohnsonChicago police continued today to question a suspect in the slaying of the friend and bodyguard of Chicago Bears defensive lineman Terry “Tank” Johnson after Johnson spent more than three hours at a Chicago police station Wednesday evening viewing a lineup.

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Just what I wanted!

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

I hope everyone had a great Christmas, here are the photos from mine.

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The $2 Trillion Dollar War

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

A leading economist says the true cost of Iraq is far higher than President Bush claims — and America will pay the price for decades to come.

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Christmas

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Christmas TreeTerri and I put up the tree Thanksgiving weekend and I’m just getting around to putting up some pictures of it. It’s the first tree that we put up in our new condo (we’ve been here a year and a half now.) I hope everyone enjoys the pictures.

Update — XM, Sirius To Merge?

Friday, December 8th, 2006

When rumors first arose about a possible merger between Sirius Satellite Radio (nasdaq: SIRI – news – people ) and rival XM Satellite Radio (nasdaq: XMSR – news – people ), the prospects appeared dim. Regulators were unlikely to budge and grant either company 100% control of the market.

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Fantasy Football

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

I’m in a Fantasy Football League this year with my family. The ‘regular’ season just ended and now it’s playoff time. I was one of the top two so I have a bye this week. The finalists are my cousins Erik (The Carolina Connection) and Kevin (LT’s Dominators), my brother Bob (Pog Ma Thoin), my Uncle Larry (coffeeboy) and the dynamic duo of Skip and Mack (SkipMack). I just wanted to post the standings and good luck to all of them.

Playoffs

Dad Running the 5k

Monday, December 4th, 2006

My Dad ran the Edison Park Turkey Trot this past Thanksgiving day. He ran the 5k in under 26 minutes this time. Heres a picture of him in the race. Way to go Dad!
Dad