Three Top Stories from Home and Away
By P.M. Fadden
WORLD VIEW – Reading Remains
Garbage collectors in Turkish capital, Ankara have opened a public library comprised entirely of books once destined for the landfills, reports CNN.
Located in the Çankaya district, at a vacant factory-turned-sanitation department headquarters, the library was founded after months of workers collecting discarded books. Word of the collection encouraged residents to also donate books directly.
Today, the library has over 6,000 titles ranging from literature to nonfiction. There is also a popular kid’s section with comic books and an entire section for scientific research. Books in English and French are also available for bilingual visitors.
Initially, books were only for employees and their families to borrow. But as the collection grew and interest spread, the library was opened to the public last September.
NATIONWIDE – Free Speech Under Fire?
A pitched battle over campus free speech is expanding into state legislatures, with eight enacting laws on the issue, and more than a dozen others considering measures aimed at protecting first amendment rights in colleges and universities.
According to Fox News, Republicans are the force behind the bills which, at their core, seek to change policies and practices on college campuses that lawmakers and their supporters say disproportionately have been used to censor or curtail conservative speakers and student groups.
States that have already enacted campus free speech laws are Virginia, Missouri, Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin, according to the National Council of State Legislatures, while Florida, Nebraska and Texas are in the midst of acting on introduced bills on campus free speech, and measures are pending in roughly 10 other states.
FRONTIER FOCUS – Rally for LEGO
Saturday saw Barnette Magnet School gymnasium at Fairbanks host 21 teams of 9 to 14 yr.-olds compete in FIRST LEGO League Open Championship — Tanana Valley Robot Rally.
Philosophers, an IDEA home school team, were overall winner, Lightbulb, another home school team, took second place, and FBI, a Fairbanks B.E.S.T. homeschool and online learning team, took third.
The rally, according to Fairbanks Daily News Miner, involved four categories: robot design/programming, robot performance, core values (teamwork) and a research project consistent with the challenge’s hydrodynamic theme.
Rebecca Soza, who directs the FIRST Robotics program for the Juneau Economic Development Council affirmed the 9-14-year-old participants to be designing patentable technology to solve real-world problems today.