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4.8 Pendulum Preview!

Leading up to what’s sure to be a riveting tiny break before the final leg of the school year jumps upon us, this week’s Opinions section is once more chock-full of info to help those little gray cells, as Hercule Poirot would put it. This week’s excitement includes…

  • A look at an new program from the Alamance-Burlington school district that signals a bold, inspired change for the normalcy of the education system.
  • A remembrance of Eugene Gooch.
  • The matter of whether or not having guns on a campus would make anyone safer (believe it or not, Texas is considering this.)
  • A wrap-up of the G20.
  • Jaw-dropping graphics and yet another cartoon that must be seen in print to be believed!

Don’t get too jittery in anticipation of Wednesday morning though, you can sedate your anticipation with a look at our site later today for an early look at this week’s content. It’s an amazing thing, that Internet.

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The songs they sing are supposed to mean everything

Panic on the streets of London, panic on the streets of Birmingham, I wonder to myself, "Will life ever be sane again?"

Shoplifters of the world uniting and taking over. If you're not a fan of the Smiths, then I apologize for obscurity of the caption and headline.

The G20 started with a clash of elegance and fury, a rather apt combination considering it’s being held in London. Barack Obama met the Queen, in one of those performances of executive necessity that ultimately means nothing. No disrespect to the Queen, she’s a wonderful woman, but one of little significance, and certainly no significance to the G20. Instead of wooing the Queen, Obama should have perhaps spent more time with Sarkozy and Merkel laying down the groundwork for tighter regulation of the finance industry.

But all of that photo-op mush is simply the way things work. Contrasting with that were the estimated 5,000 protesters battling a heavy police presence in London. A combination of environmentalists, aid groups, political activists, economic radicals and pissed-off civilians, they trashed the Royal Bank of Scotland’s London headquarters, smashed windows left and right but so far injuries have been relatively minor (though SKY News has footage of one cop being bashed over the head with a giant pole.)

Several days still remain in the summit, so there’s plenty of time for things to escalate, but so far things haven’t reached the levels of violence that the police expected, or that caused a great number of bank employees to attend work in plain clothes to avoid being associated with their employers.

As for the policy, other than Merkel and Sarkozy’s continued joint efforts to institute sweeping reforms and a new nuclear deal between Russia and the US, the only major revelation to come out of today was an unofficial announcement that Obama would be visiting China later this year. Oh, and Gordon Brown mumbled something about his new deal, but no one really listened.

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