Opinion

January 16, 2013

Charles Oliver: Wanted: Sugar daddy to pay for college

Georgia State University is ranked No. 1 in the nation — in something. It has the most female students who have signed up for SeekingArrangement.com, a website that hooks college students up with “sugar daddies” who will pay their college costs and otherwise pamper them financially. The University of Georgia ranks No. 8 in the number of women who have signed up for the service.

Maria C. Waltherr-Willard has sued the Mariemont, Ohio, school system for discrimination after it transferred her from a high school to a middle school. Waltherr-Willard, who teaches French and Spanish, says school officials know that she suffers from pedophobia, a fear of children, but transferred her to the middle school anyway.

A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police sergeant sank a $500,000 patrol boat by opening a hatch that was below the waterline. A civilian instructor had advised him to open the hatch to see if anything was obstructing the engine after it began to vibrate during an exercise.

Antonio Williamson had just gone outside to see why so many police cars were parked in front of his Hollywood, Fla., house when he heard a shot. One of the officers had opened the gate and gone inside his fenced-in backyard. There, the officer was confronted by Williamson’s dog and shot it. Police say they were looking for a man who punched another man and stole his bicycle. A witness had followed him to the street Williamson lives on, so they thought he might be in the backyard. But the suspect wasn’t there.

In London, England, the Westminster council has banned restaurants from serving rare or medium-rare hamburgers, saying that eating meat that isn’t well-cooked is dangerous. One restaurant has already filed to challenge the new rules in court.

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