In the lead-up to graduation, Clemson University is sending its graduating and current living students on "Democracy's Crucible," as the program is known. This "Training the Trainer" involved working with prospective Democrats in two states. The participants will educate and mentor the next generation of Democratic leaders.
In the Philippines, Hurricane "Ketsana" re-acquainted ordinary men and women with the awesome force of the natural world. It demolished villages and killed thousands, though it was not the strongest storm in the country's recent history. "Ketsana" mentioned the strength of one typhoon during its age, which recorded 1,217 miles of wind; Ketsana mentioned 15,174 miles of wind. In the United States, on the other hand, many Bothell High School students need some comfort. The Bothell [Public School District] has announced that it will close their doors early Friday so that teachers can assist students and workers with the cleanup after high winds tore through the area. The district advises all families with students in Bothell schools to have the student go home to change their clothes and grab some food. All Bothell schools are expected to stay closed through Friday. "Few in our District will ever have to go through such a stressful and traumatic experience. It would be a travesty to watch that happen for the children," says Bothell schools superintendent Nancy Goodman. Schools administrators have asked that parents of students who are to be absent Saturday notify the district of the absence. After days of torrential downpours, a new round of heavy rain brought on fears of rivers and dams overflowing. On Thursday, the school district sent an alert to homes and community centers across Bothell School District, advising residents to be more prepared in the event of future flooding. They also warned that if a dam breaks, or if a river overflows, then cleanup could be overwhelming. About 40 students from Bothell, including Gates, were forced out of their schools Thursday. All the schools were closed by 3:30 p.m. Due to heavy downpours, however, there was another round of evacuation in Bothell. Several families fled partial flooding in their homes as the rain tapered off. At about 4:30 p.m., the rain stopped but water levels on some rivers and rivers rose again." d2c66b5586