National WorldQuest Results
It took mammoth challenges by two nationally-renowned schools to do it, but someone finally bumped Plano Independent School District from the National WorldQuest championship. The marathon competition, Saturday in Washington, was won by duPont Manual High School of Louisville, Ky., coincidentally the last team to hold the title other than a Plano team - back in 2010. DuPont, a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School, answered 95 of the 100 questions correctly. Second-place Keystone School, a private San Antonio school that The College Board has called "the best school in the world," answered 94 correctly. Third place Plano Shepton, a 9th- and 10th grade public school, correctly answered 91 of the history, geography and current affairs questions.
Corruption in the Congo
In her book Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen, our May 13 speaker Lisa J. Shannon discusses the awful ways life in the Democratic Republic of Congo is affected by horrific warlord Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army. The man is in the news recently because of an interview on Huffington Post with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe who works in Uganda to rescue young girls he has kidnapped.
The other story, in Britain's Daily Mail, involves his forces using chainsaws to kill more than 130 elephants in the Congo's Garamba National Park - each tusk, it is said, can be traded for 18,000 bullets.