About 1,500 people jammed the street in front of City Hall in Providence, R.I., on Wednesday to protest last week's dismissal of the city's entire teaching force.
"I thought the only insanity was in Wisconsin, not in Rhode Island," Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, told the crowd, which raised signs and banged drums.
Weingarten calls the terminations insane, but city officials say they had no choice: The city is facing an estimated deficit of more than $100 million for the next fiscal year, or roughly 20 percent of the city budget.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has had a checkered relationship with the African continent over the years. His pursuit of a United States of Africa — with himself as the continent's self-styled King of Kings — is one of the mercurial colonel's more recent projects.
Sex, drugs, plastic surgery and celebrity are the backbone of the infamous British tabloid media. But they're probably not what you'd expect to see at the prestigious Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden.
This bastion of high culture has played host to many an operatic giant — Mozart, Monteverdi, Puccini, Joan Sutherland and Maria Callas, to name a few.
With Detroit's public school district facing a $327 million budget deficit, the state-appointed Emergency Financial Manager has proposed closing half the district's schools and putting up to 60 kids in a classroom.
Robert Bobb admits that his deficit elimination plan could be disastrous for students — he calls it "draconian" — but he may have no choice but to implement it.
During the fighting this week in Libya, government forces have attacked the opposition in the eastern part of the country with aircraft. And the rebels have asked the international community to consider possible military action.
The most talked about option is a no-fly zone — to keep Libyan military aircraft out of the skies. No-fly zones have been enforced before, but they are a military and diplomatic challenge.
Retired Navy Capt. Tom Parker knows a few things about no-fly zones.