Cup O’ (Pro) Jo: March 11, 2011

Brandon Greene, a Burriville Middle School student, recieved words of praise from President Barack Obama yesterday at the White House. Greene started a program to prevent bullying in his school by promoting good deeds instead. The group is called ABC — A Better Community — and it now has over 80 members. Obama said he was proud of Brandon’s work because “bullying can have destructive consequences for our young people.” The president added that he did not emerge “unscathed” from school bullying.

A tsunami hit Honolulu, Hawaii, early this morning after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake shook Japan just hours earlier. The earthquake, which has already had catastrophic effects on Japan including over 300 dead and 544 injured, set off tsunami waves in Hawaii, but without “major damage” to the island. Tsunami warning are now in effect for the west coast of the United States.

Governor Chafee’s proposed new budget will end a program that “reimburses districts for the cost of providing textbooks to non-public school students.” The program, which $240,000 in reimbursements, would be taken away under the new budget but towns would still be expected to provide textbooks to non-public school students. House spokesman Larry Berman called this an “unfunded mandate.”

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