Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By David Mehegan and Joseph P. Kahn Globe Staff June 24, 2018 Some poets come to their art in youth, but few as early as Donald Hall. He made up his mind to be a poet when he was 14, began to write poems several hours a day, and never wavered from his calling in a long, prolific life. Upon being appointed poet laureate of the United States in 2006, Mr. Hall explained simply his view of the value of poetry: “It is beautiful,” he said, adding that “there is no other purpose than the beauty of it. And that is reason enough to be.” Mr. Hall died Saturday night. His death was announced by Wendy Strothman, Mr. Hall’s literary executor. He was 89 and had lived much of his life at the old farm called Eagle Pond, his family’s ancestral homestead, in Wilmot, N.H. The author of more than 40 books, about half of which were poetry, Mr. Hall … [Read more...] about Donald Hall, former US poet laureate, dies at 89
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By Darren Sabedra | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: June 15, 2018 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: June 16, 2018 at 7:50 am LOS GATOS — As the Los Gatos High wrestling drama unfolded, Greg Varela stayed quiet. The wrestling coach chose not to address allegations that his move north from powerhouse Gilroy was about big bucks and the inner workings of a few wealthy families. But two days after his hiring at Los Gatos became official — approved by a school board amid anger and sadness from supporters of dismissed coach Ricardo Garcia — Varela was ready to speak about the move. In a 30-minute interview with this publication, he explained why he left Gilroy, where he plans to live and his vision for the club program he is starting in Los Gatos and the high school team he will coach next season. The 38-year-old probation officer, whose son is about to turn 9 and daughter is 7, also discussed how he hopes to repair a fractured wrestling program and the … [Read more...] about Los Gatos High wrestling saga: New coach breaks silence
School buses across a dozen states are being upgraded through Google's Rolling Study Halls program to bring Internet access to students in rural areas. Students riding on Wi-Fi equipped buses will be able to have Internet access for an additional 1.5 million hours collectively on an annual basis. Google will be expanding its program to 70 buses within 16 school districts. All areas being targeted have low population densities and typically have below national median household income levels. The high-speed Internet access will be provided freely to all students on equipped buses. Although the service comes at no cost to districts or students, there are some small caveats. One is that school-provided Chromebooks are required for access. Only Google-approved devices can make use of the free Internet access. Content filters are also optionally installed at the discretion of school districts to block access to social media and other sites deemed inappropriate for school use. After all, the … [Read more...] about Google is providing free Wi-Fi to students on school buses in rural areas
The Internet can be incredibly easy to take for granted at this day in age. Most everything we do is online, and thanks to expansions from mobile networks and home internet providers, more people are connected than ever before. However, for folks that live in rural parts of the United States, getting online can still be a challenge. To help combat this, Google's been soft-launching a program over the last couple years called "Rolling Study Halls — an initiative that outfits school buses with free Wi-Fi and Chromebooks so students can get online and complete homework on the way to and from school each day. Thanks to its successful early runs, Rolling Study Halls is now expanding to "thousands" of students across 16 school districts in 12 states — including Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Why use school buses as a way to connect students? There are numerous kids in rural parts … [Read more...] about Google’s adding free Wi-Fi and Chromebooks to school buses across the U.S.
Google today announced an expansion of its Rolling Study Halls initiative to over 16 additional school districts, giving “thousands” of students access to Wi-Fi and Chromebooks on their buses. Google piloted the program in North Carolina and South Carolina last year and has focused its efforts on rural communities where some students have lengthy bus rides between home and the classroom each day. Providing students with dependable Wi-Fi before and after school is a boon for those who might lack broadband internet at home, giving them two opportunities daily to complete assignments or study for exams while on the bus. Google contributes mobile Wi-Fi routers, data plans, and Chromebook devices. Each Rolling Study Hall also has an “onboard educator” who’s able to provide direct assistance. CBS News has a good write-up on one of the earlier pilot trials in South Carolina’s rural Berkeley County, where Google just so happens to operate one of its data … [Read more...] about Google is equipping more rural school buses with Wi-Fi and Chromebooks