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Coach Ault's Job in Jeopardy Unless Improvement is Made

January 28, 2010

Days after the Pack lost to LSU 45-10 in the Hawaii Bowl, Athletics Director Cary Groth told Wolf Pack head coach Chris Ault, that if the 2010 season is not better than the 2009 season, then he will lose his job. He also told him that he must contend for a Western Athletic Conference championship and not have an embarrassing performance in a bowl game or this season will be his last season.

Vocabulary:Embarrassing:to cause confusion and shame to; make uncomfortably self-conscious; disconcert.

Newborn baby found dead in Fukuoka supermarket toilet

February 1, 2010


In a supermarket in Fukuoka City, a baby boy believed to be born just hours before, was found in the ladies toilet, wrapped in a plastic bag. At around 11:20 a.m., the supermarket manager called police and told them that he had found a male baby dead in the ladies toilet. The baby was wrapped in a plastic bag naked with the umbilical cord still attached. The police will be doing an autopsy to try and find who the babys mother is.

Vocabulary:Attachment:to fasten or affix; join; connect.

Students walk 400 km to get to hometown

February 2, 2010


College students Jiang Wenlong, and Zhang Linghui, were both short of funds in their junior year of college, so they decided to walk 400km to get to their hometown Yongzhou. It took the two college students 7 days to get their. They said they enjoyed the mega-merathon walk because they got to absorb the beautiful scenery around them.

Vocabulary:Scenery:the general appearance of a place; the aggregate of features that give character to a landscape.

Grandson's birth date proves lucky, finally

February 3, 2010


 In Dongguan, Guangdong province, a man has been using his grandson's birthday date to buy lottery tickets for the past 5 years. Just recently it hit the jackpot. He won 5-million-yuan ($732,064). The man said he is going to keep 1 million yuan for himself, and give the rest to charity.

Vocabulary:Charity:generous actions or donations to aid the poor, ill, or helpless.

Sleeping with the enemy

February 4, 2010


A woman, surnamed Qiu, woke up after hearing someone enter the room. Thinking it was her husband, she threw herself to him and the man pushed her on the bed and started cuddling with her. The women realized that her husbands hair had suddenly grew unusually long. She turned on the light and saw a stranger on her bed and raised an alarm. Her husband who was playing mahjong next door, rushed in and subdued the intruder.

Vocabulary:Subdued:quiet; inhibited; repressed; controlled.

Palin's Tea Party Crib Notes

February 8, 2010


When you look closer at a picture of Sarah Palin from her speech, where she mocked President Obama for his use of a teleprompter, you can see that she has written notes on her hand. When inspecting it you can clearly see the words  "Energy, "Tax", "Lift American Spirits", and "Budget Cuts" with the word "Budget" crossed out.

Vocabulary:Inspecting:to look carefully at or over; view closely and critically.

Americans Charged with Haiti Child Kidnap

Febuary 9, 2010


Ten people of a U.S. missionary group have been charged with criminal association and kidnapping their lawyer said.  They said they were trying to rescue 33 child victims of Haiti's devastating earthquake.
The americans were arrested Friday at Haiti's border with the Dominican Republic after the court hearing were the judge found sufficient evidence to charge them with. The group leader Laura Silsby said they were just trying to take the abandoned children and orphans to a orphanage in the Dominican Republic. She acknowledged that they didn't have permission from Haitian officials but said they were just trying to help the victims of the earthquake. When the judge asked, "Didn’t you know you were committing a crime?" Silsby quietly answered, "We are innocent."
Vocabulary:Innocent:free from legal or specific wrong; guiltless. Acknowledge:to show or express recognition or realization of.

Michael Jackson's Doctor to Be Charged With Manslaughter

February 10, 2010


Michael Jackson's Dr. Conrad Murray will be charged with manslaughter. He isn't the only doctor who faces criminal charges related to Jackson's death. Jackson’s longtime dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, will be faced with charges having to do with medical malpractice. The investigators wanted to charge Murray with a more serious crime than manslaughter. Law enforcement sources say Murray admitted to giving Jackson the intravenous anesthetic propofol to help him sleep just hours before his death. That propofol was at least a contributing factor in Michael Jackson's death. In a one minute video, a teary-eyed Murray thanked his friends and supporters and told them that he couldn't check his e-mail or return phone calls due to death threats.

Vocabulary: Anesthetic:a substance that produces anesthesia, as halothane, procaine, or ether. Malpractice:Law. failure of a professional person, as a physician or lawyer, to render proper services through reprehensible ignorance or negligence or through criminal intent, esp. when injury or loss follows.

Man Smashes 29 Televisions Inside Georgia Walmart, Police Say

February 11, 2010


In Liburn, Georgia near Atlanta, Westley Strellis has been charged with 29 counts of criminal damage to property in the second degree at a Walmart. Witnesses tell the police that he grabbed a metal bat from the sporting goods section and went to the electronics section and smashed 29 flat screen tv's on display. He was arrested not too long after. The police say they don't know if he has an attorney or not and that the value of the tv's that he smashed are valued at over $22,000.

Vocabulary:Arrested:to seize (a person) by legal authority or warrant; take into custody.

Vocabulary Words

February 16, 2010

Anonymity:the state or quality of being anonymous. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release such sensitive information. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,586061,00.html?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a4:g4:r1:c0.000000:b0:z5
Vowed:a solemn promise, pledge, or personal commitment. His capture represents a significant success for the administration of President Barack Obama, which has vowed to kill or seize Taliban and al-Qaida leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,586061,00.html?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a4:g4:r1:c0.000000:b0:z5
Militant:vigorously active and aggressive, esp. It follows the ramping up of CIA missile strikes against militant targets along the border between the two countries that have reportedly killed many midlevel commanders. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,586061,00.html?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a4:g4:r1:c0.000000:b0:z5
Ousted:to expel or remove from a place or position occupied. According to Interpol, Baradar was the deputy defense minister in the Taliban regime that ruled Afghanistan until it was ousted in the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,586061,00.html?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a4:g4:r1:c0.000000:b0:z5
Demoralize: 1. to deprive (a person or persons) of spirit, courage, discipline, etc.; destroy the morale of. "The Taliban are having success with our jihad. It is to try to demoralize the Taliban who are on jihad in Marjah and all of Afghanistan," he said. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,586061,00.html?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a4:g4:r1:c0.000000:b0:z5


February 17, 2010

Reality:the state or quality of being real. So when Plys found out about a reality game show on the E! network called "Bank of Hollywood," he was all about getting some cash for his parents. http://www.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/02/17/curling.plys/index.html?hpt=C2
Contestants:a person who takes part in a contest or competition. On the show, contestants ask a panel of four celebrity judges to donate money for their causes.

Community:a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage. "We as a family had a great support network around us with our church community and our friends, and we were going to fight." http://www.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/02/17/curling.plys/index.html?hpt=C2
Announced:to make known publicly or officially; proclaim; give notice of. American Airlines announced Tuesday it will resume commercial flights into Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Friday, making it the first airline to do so. http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/02/16/commercial.flights.haiti/index.html
Scheduled:a series of things to be done or of events to occur at or during a particular time or period. "This is that crack in the dam that we so badly needed and our passengers so badly wanted, to start moving regularly scheduled traffic into and out of Haiti," spokesman Tim Smith told CNN Radio. http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/02/16/commercial.flights.haiti/index.html


February 18, 2010

Prostitute:a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money; whore; harlot. When then-New York Governor Eliot Spitzer admitted publicly in 2008 to having sex with a prostitute, his wife Silda stood gravely at his side.  http://entertainment.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/02/18/elin-nordegren-tiger-woods-mea-culpa-silda-spitze/
Disgraced:the loss of respect, honor, or esteem; ignominy; shame. That's the big question now that her husband, disgraced golfer Tiger Woods, has announced he will come out of hiding Friday to explain and apologize for his serial infidelity on live television. http://entertainment.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/02/18/elin-nordegren-tiger-woods-mea-culpa-silda-spitze/
Scandal:a disgraceful or discreditable action, circumstance, etc. Seitel said South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's wife, Jenny Sanford, is the better example of how the wife in a sex scandal involving her high-profile husband can come out smelling like a rose. http://entertainment.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/02/18/elin-nordegren-tiger-woods-mea-culpa-silda-spitze/
:to be an omen of; portend. Seitel also said the controlled way Woods' advisors are handling his Friday mea culpa would also not bode well for an Elin appearance. http://entertainment.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/02/18/elin-nordegren-tiger-woods-mea-culpa-silda-spitze/
Gravely:serious or solemn; sober. When then-New York Governor Eliot Spitzer admitted publicly in 2008 to having sex with a prostitute, his wife Silda stood gravely at his side. http://entertainment.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/02/18/elin-nordegren-tiger-woods-mea-culpa-silda-spitze/

Plane crash lands on I-80

February 23, 2010


A small airplane flown by  Reno Fire battalion chief,  Joe Durousseau had to crash land on I-80 on Monday February 22, 2010. He landed on the west lanes of the freeway just west of the Sparks Boulevard overpass. The traffic was really built up. I'm not sure how long it took them to move the plane but i'm pretty sure it took quite a while.

Vocabulary:Military. a ground force unit composed of a headquarters and two or more companies or similar units.

Reno jackpot winner says it hasn't sunk in yet

February 24, 2010


Bowling was the only thing on the mind of Reno's jackpot winner. John Johnson won 10.4 million dollars at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. He said that he has been thinking more about bowling then being a millionaire. Johnson, a 36-year-old mechanical engineer, won the statewide, progressive Megabucks MegaJackpot after spending only about ten minutes and 12 dollars. He

Brophy teen fights for his life

March 1, 2010


Eighteen-year-old Brophy College Preparatory senior Robert Mayasich is fighting for his life after being hit by a silver Toyota Solara coupe while he was running a 202 mile marathon from Prescott to Mesa. He was hit in the westbound shoulder. The driver stayed on the scene and helped investigators and no arrests have been made.

Vocabulary:Marathon:any contest, event, or the like, of great, or greater than normal, length or duration or requiring exceptional endurance.

Finished Business: Sparks downs Lowry to win 3A crown

March 3, 2010


Sparks High School boys basketball team beat their leauge rival 53-50 to win the state championship. This was Sparks first state basketball crown since 1940. That's a span of 70 years. Angel Guillen has been named the 3A North's player of the year for the last two seasons. The game before the state game Angel made a buzzer beater layup to win in overtime against Yerington.

Vocabulary:Overtime:Sports. an additional period of play for deciding the winner of a game in which the contestants are tied at the end of the regular playing period.

The long-lasting fascination with 'Alice'

March 4, 2010


In 1865 Alice chased an anxious white rabbit down a magical hole to a land with a Cheshire Cat, a hookah smoking caterpillar and lots of other wierd and magical things. Now it is being remade in a more realistic looking movie. The release date of Alice in Wonderland is March 5, 2010.

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March 16, 2010


A trendy sushi restaurant offered an apology on Monday for serving whale meat. They said they are sorry for ignoring their responsibilities.Prosecutors charged Typhoon Restaurant Inc., the parent company of Santa Monica's The Hump, and chef Kiyoshiro Yamamoto, 45, with the illegal sale of a marine mammal product for an unauthorized purpose.

Vocabulary:Unauthorized:not given or endowed authority.


March 17, 2010

Tebow starts proving himself at Pro Day

March 18,2010


After Tim Tebow's pro day workout on Wednesday, an NFL personnel director congratulated him on how much he improved from his six plus week workout after the senior bowl. Tebow has come along way in a short amount of time. His throwing mechanics have greatly approved.

Vocabulary:Improved:to bring into a more desirable or excellent condition.



Road rage spat turns into hit-and-run in Osaka Pref

March 22, 2010


On Sunday police arrested a resident of Sakai City in Osaka Prefecture on charges of accidental infliction of injury with a motor vehicle after he reportedly dragged a 47-year-old truck driver 100 meters with the side-view mirror on his car. The two had gotten into an argument early Sunday morning when the driver of the car, 27-year-old Misao Tsujimoto, suddenly accelerated, hooking the truck driver, who was standing outside the car, onto his side mirror and dragging him 100 meters before he fell off.

Vocabulary:Argument:an oral disagreement; verbal opposition.

Woman cyclist slashed during attempted robbery

March 23, 2010


A woman traveling on her way home from work in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture, on Monday night, was attacked by a man who attempted to snatch the bag she had hanging from her shoulder.The police say the man stopped the bike and slashed the woman in the face with a knife, and then ran away without stealing anything. The guy is in his 20s or 30s, about 180cm tall, and was wearing a black shirt.

Vocabulary:Snatch:to make a sudden effort to seize something, as with the hand; grab.

Non-disabled drawn to wheelchair basketball

March 24, 2010

Junior high school student Takumi Tomita and professional basketball player Takanori Goya now knows how tough it is to play the sport in a wheelchair and how good such players can be.Non-disabled people now compete with those confined to wheelchairs in such sports as basketball and marathons with growing visibility in Japan.

Vocabulary:Confined:limited or restricted.

Times crossword champion Mark Goodliffe takes on puzzles of the past

March 25, 2010


Mark Goodliffe was looking puzzled. It takes quite a lot to make Mr Goodliffe look puzzled, as one might expect with a man who has won The Times National Crossword Championship not once but three times — the last time by such a devastating margin that his performance was described by our crossword editor as “quite mind blowing”.

Vocabulary:Devastating:satirical, ironic, or caustic in an effective way.

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Activists getting ready for Vancouver 2010 Olympic games

March 30, 2010


From February 12 through the 28 2010 Vancouver & Whistler will be host to the 2010 Winter Olympics and local activists are calling for a anti-olympic convergence to dispel the spectacle of the games. Vancouver is located in the province of British Colombia, Canada, on the traditional land of the Coast-Salish indigenous communities. This land was never legally ceded to the colony of British Colombia and no treaty exists between the native communities and the government of Canada.

Vocabulary:Spectacle:a public show or display, esp. on a large scale.

Coverage of Haiti Solidarity Efforts

March 31, 2010


 A delegation from the December 12th Movement and the Friday Haiti Relief Coalition departed from Kennedy Airport destined for Haiti on Monday morning. In the wake of the tremendous earthquake that shook the island nation, Black people throughout New York came together to begin their contribution to the relief process.

Vocabulary:Tremendous:extraordinarily great in size, amount, or intensity.

Lee Gibson: Traffic congestion levels on Moana Lane are unacceptable

April 6, 2010


The Regional Transportation Commission is charged with the responsibility to plan, design and develop roadways in Washoe County. According to this article, in these difficult economic times, we want to focus efforts on advancing projects that not only promote mobility but also support economic development and job creation.

Vocabulary:Promote:to advance in rank, dignity, position, etc.

Editorial: Spread of casinos continues to take a toll on the industry and states

April 7, 2010


It was only about 30 years ago that Nevada admitted that the gaming genie was out of the bottle and would never go back in.That's when Nevada, which had long enjoyed a monopoly on casino gambling among the states, agreed to allow gaming companies doing business here to join the gold rush that followed New Jersey voters' decision to authorize casinos in Atlantic City.

Vocabulary:Authorize:to give authority or official power to; empower.

Editorial: First game of the new season brings us renewed optimism

April 8, 2010


The professional baseball team that few Northern Nevadans ever expected to land here opens its second season in Reno tonight in a ballpark that even the hardiest fan couldn't possibly have imagined while sitting in cold, dirty Moana Stadium a decade ago for a much different team.

Vocabulary:Professional:following an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain.



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Dems Eager to Test GOP in Wall Street Showdown

April 26, 2010


Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday blocked Democrats' efforts to bring the bill up for debate, setting up a vote Monday that will require 60 votes to move ahead.

Vocabulary:Debate:a discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints.

McCain defends Arizona's immigration law

April 27, 2010


McCain is locked in tough primary battle, and immigration has become a main issue."This is a struggle on our side of the border for the fundamental obligation that any government has, and that is to provide its citizens with secure borders. Right now our citizens are not safe," he said.

We can't afford to be cynical about deficits

April 28, 2010


America is facing trillion dollar deficits and unprecedented national debt. The Tea Party movement has channeled populist anger at out-of-control Washington spending and generational theft.

Vocabulary:Unprecedented:without previous instance; never before known or experienced; unexampled or unparalleled.

Smart change is slow for U.S. intelligence agencies

April 29, 2010

Did this rare appearance in front of TV cameras by a group of people who prefer not being seen reflect the reality of a seamless intelligence community, sharing information and collaborating to keep the nation safe?

Vocabulary:Intelligence:capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.


May 4, 2010


Zack Hamhoomis, John Dion, Ryan Cerrato and Chris Coleman played solid defense in front of Anthony Genulado, who stopped 8 shots in goal.  The Eagles look to continue their winning ways as they take their undefeated record to Lexington today for a game with Minuteman Tech at 3:30.

Vocabulary:Undefeated:to overcome in a contest, election, battle, etc.; prevail over; vanquish.

Because not alot of american's really watch it or follow it.

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Boy’s Killing, Labeled a Hate Crime, Stuns a Town

May 11, 2010


An eighth-grade 15 year old boy in Oxnard California was shot to death in a junior high computer lab by a fellow student which is now been called a hate crime. In recent weeks, the victim, Lawrence King, had said publicly that he was gay, classmates said, enduring harassment from a group of schoolmates, including the 14-year-old boy charged in his death. 

Vocabulary:Harassment: to disturb persistently; torment, as with troubles or cares; bother continually; pester; persecute.

Because it's breaking news and we i guess like drama.
Neither because it doesn't make it worse or better.


Woman Stabs Four in Target Store

Woman Stabs Four in Target Store

May 13, 2010


A California woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after she went berserk inside a West Hollywood Target store and stabbed four people. Witnesses said Layla Trawick was screaming at the top of her lungs while running through the store stabbing random victims with a knife in each hand.

Vocabulary:Berserk:violently or destructively frenzied; wild; crazed; deranged.

They tell everyone whats going on with it and that it is horrible and it really is.
That we have alot of troops over there and alot of people are dieing.

Metal legend Ronnie James Dio dead at 67

May 17, 2010


Ronnie James Dio died Sunday, according to a statement from his wife and manager. He was 67.Dio revealed last summer that he was suffering from stomach cancer shortly after wrapping up a tour in Atlantic City, N.J.

Vocabulary:Revealed:to make known; disclose; divulge.

You can find movies, sports, and more.
The most interesting one to me is sports.

Miss USA Rima Fakih Explains Her on Stripper Pole Photos

May 20,2010


The newly crowned Miss USA, Rima Fakih, explained on Fox & Friends Thursday why she was photographed on a stripper pole in 2007. The photos were released by the Detroit morning radio show "Mojo in the Morning" less than 24 hours after Fakih beat out Miss Oklahoma, who lost the title after answering a question about illegal immigration.

Vocabulary:Stripper:a person who strips.

New York's tallest skyscrapers go green

May 25, 2010


The Bank of America Tower, the second-tallest building, became its first commercial high-righ last week to win the top or platinum rating from the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council, according to Reuters.

A term used to refer to any party or organization involved in producing, transporting, or merchandising a commodity.

They are stocks.
You can buy stocks and if the company is doing good your stock share will be worth more and if the company is doing bad your stock share will be worth less.


May 26,2010


Suppose you could get a Los Angeles Lakers logo emblazoned across a pepperoni pizza that's delivered right to your door.Or suppose you could get a Boston Celtics logo on the toast that pops out of your toaster.You can stop supposing.NBA executives say global merchandise sales will reach $3 billion this year, up slightly.

Vocabulary:Delivered:to carry and turn over (letters, goods, etc.) to the intended recipient or recipients.

Man calls 911 to report his mother took his beer

June 1,2010


A man was arrested after officers said he called 911 multiple times to complain his mother took his beer away. Charles Dennison, 32, who was "very intoxicated," told an officer who went to their home at 1739 Dennison Road that he wanted his mother arrested for taking his beer, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office arrest report. I chose this article because I thought it is really funny how a 32 year old man is still even living with his mom much less calling the cops on her because she took his beer away.

Vocabulary:Intoxicated:affected by a substance that intoxicates; drunk; inebriated.

Live eel inserted into drunk man's rectum - bowels devoured

June 2,2010


A 59-year old chef in the Sichuan province of China passed out around the wrong group of friends, who decided it would be a great idea to insert a live eel measuring 50 cm in length into the mans rectum. Our friend the eel went to town on his bowels. Not surprisingly the man died, with medics stating that the eel literally devoured his bowels.

Vocabulary:Bowels:a part of the intestine.

Web site sells pubic lice to use for revenge

June 3,2010


Crabrevenge.com claims it does not endorse giving "crabs" to people, and the lice are for "novelty purposes only." On the other hand, it also says, "Make that bitch itch." If you want a method of revenge that doesn't involve permanent damage or risk of personal injury or jail time, you have come to the right place," CNews reports. 

Reflective Essay

     This class was called Advisory. The teacher for this class was Joe. This class was about getting us to read better and getting us interested in keeping up with the news in the world around us. It also wanted us to be able to read the news and actually understand what we read. I think it helped me quite a bit. 

     I think that the topic that I learned new things about was politics. I wasn't really interested in politics so I never really read anything about them. In this class politics was one of the topics we had to read and write about and I actually learned some things about politics. This class was a little bit challenging but not really. I think it was all the work that we had to do that made it challenging if anything. My least favorite topic was politics because I don't find politics very interesting at all. My favorite topic was sports because I love sports and my whole life revolves around sports. 

     I didn't really not learn about anything that I wanted to learn about. I learned a lot of really interesting things in this class. If I could change one thing about this class it would be how much work we had to do. I would give the class Thursday to play games or do whatever they want for that class period. Overall I think that this class was really great and I learned a lot of new things.

Sparks stays perfect

September 14, 2010


Even though Sparks High School was 2-0 people still questioned on how Sparks would do against one of the 3A North's top teams. The Railroaders answered those questions by putting up 24 unanswered points on the Fernley Vaqueros in the first half. Sparks fans new it was going to be a good game when Sparks running back Henry Banks busted a 80 yard TD run up through the middle on the first play of their possession. Banks rushed for 142 yards on 19 carries. Sparks advanced to 3-0 with a 38 to 13 win against Fernley. Doug Chinchilla had the play of the week with his pick for six and Sparks High School got team of the week.

SAT Vocabulary Word: Tenuous:slender or fine.

Vocabulary: Possession:physical control of the ball or puck by a player or team.

NFL: Roethlisberger to meet with Goodell

September 15, 2010


Ben Roethlisberger is going to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and his six week suspension will most likely be shortened. Ben got suspended for violating the league's personal conduct policy. This could be his first big gain before he even gets back on the field. They will be reviewing his behavior since he was accused of his charges.

SAT Vocabulary Word:Ambivalence:uncertainty or fluctuation, esp. when caused by inability to make a choice or by a simultaneous desire to say or do two opposite or conflicting things.

Vocabulary:Accused:charged with a crime, wrongdoing, fault, etc.: the accused boy.

Wolf Pack football: Members of Nevada's 1945 team recall memorable loss to Cal

September 16, 2010


The Wolfpack and Cal have faced eachother 24 times and have only won one time. They would've won two, but there were alot of injuries that happened at the wrong time. Ralph "Happy" Reid, was Nevada's quarterback and punter but he had hurt his hip prior to the Cal game. The only back up punter Nevada had was Bobby Revera and he had lost his hand to a grenade accident while serving in World War II. He had a leather hand made for him so he could play football.

SAT Vocabulary Word:Appraise:to estimate the monetary value of; determine the worth of; assess: We had an expert appraise the house before we bought it.

Vocabulary:to go through a term of service; do duty as a soldier, sailor, senator, juror, etc.

Pack football: Kaepernick leads way in win over No. 24 Cal

September 20, 2010


The Pack is now 3-0 for the first time since 1991 after beat No. 24 Cal 52-31. After there big win the 28,809 fan packed stands rushed the field and started chanting
“WE WANT BOI-SE! WE WANT BOI-SE!” The game was sold out friday night. This was only the teams third victory against a ranked team since they moved to Division 1 in 1992.

SAT Vocabulary Word:Bask:to lie in or be exposed to a pleasant warmth: to bask in the sunshine.

a short, simple melody, esp. one characterized by single notes to which an indefinite number of syllables are intoned, used in singing psalms, canticles, etc., in church services.

ESPN'S GameDay to make rare appearance at Boise State

September 21, 2010


Shortly after Boise beat Wyoming, ESPN announced that its weekly College GameDay show will be live at Boise St. when Boise hosts Oregon St. This will be the first time in the shows history in 24 years that a WAC school has ever hosted gameday. The three-hour program begins at 6 a.m. on ESPNU before shifting to ESPN from 7-9 a.m.

SAT Vocabulary Word:Arduous:requiring great exertion; laborious; difficult: an arduous undertaking.

a master of ceremonies, moderator, or interviewer for a television or radio program.

Nevada-BYU game to air on The Mtn.

September 22, 2010


On Saturday the only way to watch the Nevada and BYU game is through DirecTV. The game will be shown on The Mtn., which is only available in the area through DirecTV. The game also will be available at many sports bars and casino sportsbooks in the region.Kickoff starts at 3 p.m.

SAT Vocabulary Word:Kernel:the central or most important part of anything; essence; gist; core: His leadership is the kernel of the organization.

suitable or ready for use; of use or service; at hand: I used whatever tools were available.

Rebels hand Hauck first UNLV victory, thrashing New Mexico, 45-10

September 27, 2010


Early in Saturday's second half at Sam Boyd Stadium, UNLV's lead over New Mexico was growing and the Rebels' confidence on both sides of the ball was growing and everyone could see it. This was the first victory in the Bobby Hauk era."You could feel it, and we were talking amongst ourselves just saying, 'Don't let up, because nobody else lets up on us,'" senior linebacker Calvin Randleman said. "I wouldn't say that we needed it, but it was more that we went out there and just wanted it."

SAT Vocabulary Word:Confiscate:to seize as forfeited to the public domain; appropriate, by way of penalty, for public use.


a period of time marked by distinctive character, events, etc.: The use of steam for power marked the beginning of an era.

Famed sports writer maury allen dies

October 4, 2010


Longtime sports writer Maury Allen, who penned biographies of everyone from Jackie Robinson to Joe Namath and spent 27 years writing for The New York Post, has died of lymphoma. He was 78. Allen primarily covered the New York Yankees for The Post, which confirmed that the author died Sunday at his home in Cedar Grove, N.J. Allen also worked for The Journal News and Sports Illustrated, wrote more than three dozen books and served an adviser on “The Bronx is Burning.”

SAT Vocabulary word:Amalgamat:to mix or merge so as to make a combination; blend; unite; combine: to amalgamate two companies.

Vocabulary:Illustrated:containing pictures, drawings, and other illustrations: an illustrated book.

Half a million stage fresh demenstrarion around France

October 12, 2010


The French president's pension plan is becoming one of the biggest battles of his presidency, pitting him against unions which crushed a previous attempt to reform the system in 1995, but his administration is refusing to buckle under the pressure.

SAT Vocabulary Word:Nuance:a slight or delicate variation.

Vocabulary:Buckle:to bend, warp, bulge, or collapse.

Women in Media: Diversifying Voices, Strengthening Coverage

October 18, 2010


Across the globe, women journalists and media professionals work, often under difficult circumstances, to bring light to the issues that affect all women. Internews media projects aim to open eyes to gender issues and to give voice to women so that they can change their lives for the better. The girls produced stories on a range of topics, including explorations of serious social topics, such as hostility and violence directed at lesbians in South African society.

SAT Vocabulary:Uncanny:having or seeming
have a supernatural or inexplicable basis; beyond the ordinary or normal; extraordinary: uncanny accuracy; an uncanny knack of foreseeing trouble.

 a hostile state, condition, or attitude; enmity; antagonism; unfriendliness.

Smoking Link to Miscarriage

October 19, 2010


According to Edinburgh scientist there is a link between a chemical in cigarettes, called Cotinine and ectopic pregnancies. The chemical Cotinine is said to increase the protein in the fallopian tubes. The specific name for this protein is called PROKR1 and is said to raise the risk of an egg implanting outside the womb by up to four times.

SAT Vocabulary Word:Bequeath:to hand down; pass on.

Vocabulary:Ectopic:occurring in an abnormal position or place; displaced.


Things that happen that are really outrageous.
Ben had a really interesting article about the first minor that was saved. 
The ones where really exciting, wierd, outrageous things happen.

Fertilizer Runoff Is Killing Our Waterways

October 27, 2010


Barnegat Bay in New Jersey is no longer a safe place to go swimming as there has been a dramatic shift in the marine ecosystem. Excess nutrients from the nitrogen fertilizer people commonly use on their lawns are causing an occurrence in the water such as an increase in red algae blooms, sea nettle infestations and fish kills.Ultimately, unchecked nutrient runoff sucks the oxygen out of the water and creates a dead zone like the one in the Gulf of Mexico.

SAT Vocabulary:Intractable:unresolvable.

Vocabulary:Infestations:the act of infesting; state of being infested.

Election night cheat sheet: Key races to watch

November 2, 2010


Get your last bits of election speculation and guessing out now — because starting Tuesday night we will have actual facts. People will vote. Candidates will win. Careers will end. Power in Washington will shift. There are 435 elections in the House, 37 in the Senate, and 37 gubernatorial elections. To help you sift through the returns, here's a reader and viewer's guide to some key things to watch.

SAT Vocabulary:amorphous:shapeless; formless.

Wal-Mart Goes Local: Good or Bad for Small Farmers?

October 28, 2010


The nation’s largest retailer announced last week that it’s going local through its Heritage Agriculture program. Wal-Mart plans to double its sale of “locally grown food” by 2015 in all of its U.S. stores and also support small and mid-sized farmers in their movement toward sustainable food production.

SAT Vocabulary Word:Unscrupulous:not restrained by ideas of right and wrong.

Vocabulary:Sustainable:to support, hold, or bear up from below; bear the weight of, as a structure.

Republicans promise an era of limited government

November 3, 2010


Repealing the health care law, with its mandates and subsidies to extend health insurance to nearly all Americans, has been a Republican rallying cry for months but Obama, with his veto power, and the Democrats still in control of the Senate stand in the way. Several Republicans indicated their challenge to the law won't happen overnight when they take power.

SAT Vocabulary:Seminal:of reproduction; germinal; originative

November 8, 2010


Former Steelers running back Franco Harris’ impact on Pittsburgh’s North Side began in 1972 when the number one draft pick made the most famous play in team history, the Immaculate Reception, at Three Rivers Stadium. During his playing days he was a constant in the community, giving back continually in the neighborhood he called home.

SAT Vocabulary:Fortify:strengthen.

Vocabulary:Immaculate:free from moral blemish or impurity; pure; undefiled.


November 9, 2010


The often-fined Harrison lowered his shoulder and helped knock the ball loose from Shipley near the 5-yard line on Cincinnati's final play, preserving a Pittsburgh Steelers 27-21 victory over the Bengals on Monday night that left the AFC North with an old, familiar look.The Steelers (6-2) are again at the top, sharing the spot with Baltimore. The defending-champion Bengals (2-6) are in last place alone after their fifth straight loss, coming up one completion short.

SAT Vocabulary:Abate:to deduct;to make less.

Vocabulary:Defending:to ward off attack from; guard against assault or injury.


November 10, 2010


Rearranging the furniture isn't going to revive the 1-7 Dallas Cowboys, but team owner Jerry Jones is hoping the switch in leaders will. He fired Phillips on Monday and promoted Garrett from offensive coordinator to "affect a culture change" for a team that's been playing worse each week.The swing from Phillips to Garrett isn't as drastic as when Jones went from Bill Parcells to Phillips.

SAT Vocabulary:Negate:to make ineffective.

Vocabulary:Drastic:extremely severe or extensive.


November 22, 2010


A Brooklyn woman was charged Sunday with killing her boyfriend - one of three weekend slayings that tipped the murder tally above last year's record low.Nathaniel Covington and his live-in lover Joeann Hankins were drinking and playing cards in their Brownsville apartment before she stabbed him to death early Saturday, cops and his friends said.

SAT Vocabulary:adjunct:connected or attached in a secondary or subordinate way.

Vocabulary:apartment:a room or a
group of related rooms,
among similar sets in one building, designed for use as a dwelling.


18-year-old arrested in Sparks on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana

November 23, 2010


An 18-year-old Sparks man remained jailed Monday on charges he drove under the influence of marijuana while riding with a 14-year-old boy who said they had earlier smoked pot together, authorities said.Just before 10 p.m., Saturday a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper stopped Michael Peter Chiacos on Pyramid Highway near La Posada Drive for a mechanical violation regarding his 1996 green Acura, said Trooper Chuck Allen.

SAT Vocabulary:Indiscriminate:confused, random.

Vocabulary:Mechanical:having to do with machinery: a mechanical failure.

Sports Questions

1.It seems like most of the kids in class are interested in sports news about the NFL. Probably because a lot of us watch NFL games.
2.I read Spencers article about the Yankees flying to meet Cliff Lee. It doesn't really interest me because I don't really watch baseball.
3.The most popular sports seem to be Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Soccer. I like Football the most.

U.S. home prices fall 0.7% in Sept.

November 30, 2010


Prices fell in 18 of the 20 metropolitan areas tracked by Case-Shiller in September compared with August. This is worse than August when 15 metropolitan areas were down. The S&P/Case-Shiller index is based on a three-month moving average of home prices. So the September data reflects price data for July, August and September.

SAT Vocabulary:Restitution:return to a former condition or situation.

Vocabulary:Reflect:to cast back (light, heat, sound, etc.) from a surface.

Private-sector employment up 93,000: ADP

December 1, 2010


While November’s report shows an acceleration in employment, larger gains would be needed to lower the unemployment rate of 9.6%, according to Joel Prakken, chairman of Macroeconomic Advisers, which computes that data using anonymous payroll data collected by ADP. Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch noted that the ADP report was better than the market’s expectations, and signals that the economy is “gathering momentum” in the fourth quarter.

SAT Vocabulary: Duress:constraint by threat; imprisonment.

Vocabulary:Momentum:force or speed of movement; impetus, as of a physical object or course of events.

Weekly jobless claims rise 26,000 to 436,000

December 2, 2010


Despite the increase, jobless claims have totaled less than 450,000 for four straight weeks, the first time that’s happened this year. Most economists believe weekly claims have to move down toward 400,000 or below to indicate a faster pace of hiring, or at least slower layoffs. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected initial claims in the week of Nov. 27 to rise to a seasonally adjusted 429,000.

SAT Vocabulary:Litigant:a party to a lawsuit.

Vocabulary:Despite:in spite of; notwithstanding.

Crime Questions

1.It seems like we are interested in crime articles that are really shocking, funny, or outrageous.
2.I read Spencer's article about the violent death of a family in Florida.
3.The ones that are shocking or outrageous.


December 14, 2010


The NFL is investigating an incident that occurred during the Miami Dolphins-New York Jets game yesterday. One of the Jets coaching staff  tripped a Dolphins return man as he was running along the sideline.Miami’s Nolan Carroll was running out-of-bounds during a special teams play in the third quarter when Jets coach, Sal Alosi, stuck his knee out causing Carroll to do a face plant. Carroll proceeded to act like a world cup soccer player and roll around on the ground until he received some attention.

SAT Vocabulary:Clandestine:kept secret or hidden.

December 15, 2010


Correspondence on the set of the hit NBC reality show The Biggest Loser announced this morning that Elizabeth, wasn’t kicked off the show by voters, she was thrown off for trying to eat the other contestants. The Weekly World News uncovered emails from NBC executives dated December 12 showing that Elizabeth was actually trying to consume the other contestants during the most recent taping.

SAT Vocabulary:Copius:plentiful, abundant.

Odd Statue

January 10, 2011

I guess a Polish joke is not politically correct but they did spend $300,000 on this statue to commemorate a bear that apparently fought along side the army against the Nazis!The £200,000 monument is to commemorate the extraordinary life of  Wojtek, a 6ft tall, 500 pound brown bear who served alongside Polish soldiers — and lived out his years after the war in Edinburgh Zoo.

Yogi Does Not Eat Or Drink

January 11, 2011


And I don’t mean the cartoon character Yogi the Bear!  We are talking about the other kind of Yogi but this is obviously BS, or I think it is?  Prahlad Jani, an 82-year-old Indian yogi, is making headlines by claims that for the past 70 years he has had nothing — not one calorie — to eat and not one drop of liquid to drink. To test his claims, Indian military doctors put him under round-the-clock observation during a two-week hospital stay that ended last week, news reports say. During that time he didn’t ingest any food or water – and remained perfectly healthy, the researchers said.

Thief Guilty Of Stealing From Casket

January 12, 2010

Talk about crazy! Police have arrested a Pennsylvania man who they say stole two hand-held video game systems and three games from the casket of a teen who was killed in a Christmas Day SUV crash.State police say they got an anonymous tip that enabled them to arrest 37-year-old Jody Lynn Bennett, of Mentcle, on Wednesday. He was unable to post $15,000 bond and was jailed after his arraignment on charges including theft, abuse of a corpse, and intentional desecration of a venerated object.

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Drop the Snowball or We Will Shoot

December 13, 2010

Two Berlin police officers were pelted by snowballs thrown by a group of about 40 youths but were able to fight them off with pepper spray, police said on Sunday.The officers were investigating a brawl early Saturday morning. They ignored demands from a group of about 25 youths to leave and were then attacked by snowballs. The number of youths throwing snowballs quickly grew to 40.The officers first retreated but then fought back with the pepper spray, prompting the youths to flee. Many were later arrested. There were no injuries, police said.  Take it from me, snowballs can really hurt!

SAT Vocabulary:Nomad:any wanderer; itinerant.

Gay Birds Eat Mercury

December 16, 2010

http://allweirdnews.com/gay-birds-eat-mercury/Researchers in Florida and Sri Lanka studied the effect of the metal in white ibises’ diets to find out why breeding was down.They found the higher the dose of mercury in the wading birds’ food pellets, the more likely a male bird was to pair with another male.Dr Peter Frederick from the University of Florida, who led the study, said: “We knew mercury could depress their testosterone levels but we didn’t expect this.“We’re seeing very large reproductive effects at very low concentrations of mercury so we really need to be paying more attention to this.”

SAT Vocabulary:Undulating:to have a wavy form or surface; bend with successive curvesin alternate directions.

FANNIE MAE® Launches Refi PlusTM Program

January 3, 2011

https://www.lowermybills.com/lending/home-refinance/index.loan?sourceid=51329440-227521891-40214111&jsEnabled=Y&resolution=1024x768&cookieEnabled=YThis advertisement was to try and get you to take a loan on a house.They showed a picture of a house.If you needed a loan on a house it would be affective.SAT Vocabulary:Tome:any volume of a work of several volumes.


January 4, 2011

This advertisement was about eye drops that make you feel better.It showed a picture of mountains.If you were sick or get sick a lot then it would be affective.

SAT Vocabulary:Quiescent:at rest;dormant;temporarily inactive.


January 5, 2011

This advertisement was about coupons that help you save money.It showed a picture of cheeseburgers.If you like to save money then it is affective.

SAT Vocabulary:Exacerbate:aggravate;to make worse.