DAYBREAK DAILY: Curriculum overhaul planned for William & Mary

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DIFFERENT DIPLOMA: Or something like that, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The College of William and Mary plans to launch a new general education curriculum that has put the nation’s second-oldest college in an ideological crossfire about what students should be learning. W&M, which last revised its Arts & Sciences curriculum in 1993, will pilot some of the courses next fall and phase in the new requirements over four years beginning with the entering class in fall 2015.

“. . . Opponents, who are pressing the board to step in, have the backing of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni — the same group that spoke out in support of the University of Virginia’s board in its unsuccessful effort to remove the president in 2012. The council criticizes universities for what it sees as restrictions on free speech and regularly issues reports on curriculums it says de-emphasize fundamentals, including those of W&M, U.Va. and the University of Richmond.”

TB CASE: Risk of transmission is small, per the Baltimore Sun, “A student at Watkins Mill High School in Montgomery County has active tuberculosis and parents were told Feb. 6 in a letter that some other staff and students will be tested for the disease, though the risk of transmission is small.

“The letter from school and health officials told parents that the infected student is being treated and there is no additional risk of exposure. Those who need to be tested had classes with the infected student or an after-school activity between October and January. Those who only passed in the hallway or ate lunch nearby will not be tested because it usually takes eight hours or more of close contact for transmission.”

COMING OUT: To the NFL, per the New York Times, “Coaches at the University of Missouri divided players into small groups at a preseason football practice last year for a team-building exercise. One by one, players were asked to talk about themselves — where they grew up, why they chose Missouri and what others might not know about them.

As Michael Sam, a defensive lineman, began to speak, he balled up a piece of paper in his hands. “I’m gay,” he said. With that, Mr. Sam set himself on a path to become the first publicly gay player in the National Football League. . . Mr. Sam, a senior who was listed at 6 feet 2 inches and 260 pounds, had a stellar season as Missouri finished 12-2 and won the Cotton Bowl. He was a first-team all-American and was named the Associated Press defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference, widely considered the top league in college football. Teammates voted him Missouri’s most valuable player.”

HEAD-ON MAYHEM: Just the facts, per the Los Angeles Times, “A suspected drunk driver traveling in the wrong direction on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar is being blamed for a crash early Sunday that killed six people and left the driver in critical condition, authorities said. Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, was heading east on the westbound 60 Freeway about 4:40 a.m. when her red 2013 Chevrolet Camaro and a red Ford Explorer collided head on, authorities said. Witnesses said the Camaro was traveling more than 100 miles an hour.

“At least three women and a man were ejected from their vehicles, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Rodrigo Jimenez. Four people were pronounced dead at the scene, and two others died at UC Irvine Medical Center, he said. All but one of the victims were women.”

DRIVING WHILE STONED: Or not, per the Denver Post, “When a 23-year-old Arvada man crashed his pickup into the back of a Colorado State Patrol car in January, authorities said it was an example of what could be a disturbing trend: a rise in dangerous marijuana-impaired driving. But now, a month later, the case has become an example of a different problem: the difficulty of tracking cases of stoned driving.

“While a State Patrol spokeswoman said shortly after the collision that investigators suspect driver Keith Kilbey was impaired by marijuana when the crash happened, neither his official summons nor the public accident report mentions pot. A spokeswoman for the Adams County district attorney's office, which is prosecuting the case, said she couldn't comment on whether officials still contend Kilbey was stoned at the time of the crash or whether a blood test was taken. A man who answered Kilbey's telephone declined to comment.”

CHANGE THE RULES: Again, per The Hill, “Liberal groups are agitating for another round of filibuster reform after Senate Majority Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) controversial triggering of the nuclear option last year has done little to alleviate Senate gridlock. A coalition of labor and liberal groups have pressed Reid to make additional changes to the Senate rules this year, something that senior Democratic aides say is very possible.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Bill Keller, the columnist and former executive editor of The New York Times, announced on Sunday that he is leaving the Times to pursue a new project. Keller, who led the paper from 2003 to 2011, will become editor-in-chief of a non-profit journalism venture called " The Marshall Project," which will focus on the American criminal justice system.

“New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal, and New York Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy did not respond to requests for comment prior to Sunday's announcement. Keller spent three decades at the Times, during which he won a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting as a correspondent in Moscow. But he will perhaps be best remembered for guiding the paper out of the era of his predecessor, executive editor Howell Raines, whose tenure was mired in controversy.”

OLD CASE: And new admissions, per City Paper, “Disgraced former At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown has admitting receiving more illicit help from an individual resembling businessman Jeff Thompson in his 2008 run for office, according to new court filings.

“Brown already admitted receiving off-the-books money from the unnamed businessman in an unsuccessful 2007 Ward 4 run after he was caught in an FBI bribery sting last June. But the new finance violations, discovered by investigators after he pleaded guilty last year, could add another six months onto his sentence, bringing it to 43 months in prison.”

RAPID TRANSIT?: Not so fast, per Gazette.Net, “The county has high hopes for a bus rapid transit system that will intersect with Metro lines, but building a transit utopia isn’t as easy as plunking a few extra large buses down on Rockville Pike. The city of Rockville is launching a study to figure out how bus rapid transit might best fit around the Rockville Metro station in Town Center.”

FUNNY: With a video, per DCist, “We don't know who you are, man who transported a mattress on a Metro bus. Are you a hero for showing us that there's no need to rent an expensive moving van to transport furniture? Are you a villain for taking up that much of the bus with a huge sleeping pad? The answer likely resides somewhere in between.”

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--Skip Wood