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Pierce School Home The John Pierce School serves the Brookline Village neighborhood. An emphasis on community, equity and achievement are the guiding principles that give us our unique, close-knit and cooperative spirit. Our diverse population is made up of approximately 669 students, one third of whom speak English as a second language. Flags from over 70 countries adorn the school representing the home land of many Pierce students. A wide socioeconomic range is represented among the 450 families (669 students) at Pierce.

After online petition, bank forgives dead student's loans KeyBank will now take a case-by-case approach in deciding whether to collect when a student loan debtor dies, almost certainly a response to a Change.org petition that criticized the lender for not forgiving tens of thousands of dollars in loans made to a late Rutgers University student. Christopher Bryski, then a Rutgers junior, was injured in 2004 in a recreational accident. After two years in a vegetative state, Bryski died with about $50,000 in student loan debt. His father had co-signed for those loans. The federal government forgives all debts when students die. Most private lending agencies do the same, said Harrison Wadsworth, special counsel to the Consumer Bankers Association’s Education Funding Committee.

SFX Acquires TMWRK Management, The Meta Agency, and Learned Evolution... It’s been a while since we’ve heard from SFX Entertainment and their quest to buy up all of EDM. Now, the massive dance music-oriented entertainment corporation has acquired three more companies. SFX Entertainment has now acquired TMWRK Management, The Meta Agency, and Learned Evolution. These companies will be used to “enhance and expand the activities of FX-1, SFX’s in-house marketing solutions platform“.

Mumia Abu-Jamal Death Penalty Case Will Not Be Pursued! View Gallery In a stunning reversal, Mumia Abu-Jamal‘s death penalty case will not be pursued by the Philadelphia District Attorney. Mumia instead will serve a life sentence for killing city police Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. It seems that the change is due, in part, to Mr. Faulkner’s widow, who requested that the appeals process comes to an end. As Reported By The Associated Press:

BOSTON WILL BLOW YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL MIND @jor999 – Almost a year ago, I arrived to Babson; exited about the amazing opportunity I had to study in the #1 Entrepreneurship graduate program in the world ( I knew that my stay in Boston, one of the most innovative clusters in the world, would be an adventure completely outside of my comfort zone. Throughout almost one year, I decided to stretch time as much as possible to be able to take the most out of 1 year at the time that I managed other priorities. If you’re reading this, my guess is you are an entrepreneur or are in the process of becoming one. In any case, you’ll need to juggle and manage your priorities in order to take the most out of this one in a life time opportunity. On my priority tray I had: the one year MBA school load, an early stage startup operation (Plaiding), and the most important, amazing wife and son. Sounds like difficult passions to balance, since they all require time, but it is doable if you plan some time in advanced.

Will Stanford and Silicon Valley Transform Education? Stanford University is so startlingly paradisial, so fragrant and sunny, it’s as if you could eat from the trees and live happily forever. Students ride their bikes through manicured quads, past blooming flowers and statues by Rodin, to buildings named for benefactors like Gates, Hewlett, and Packard. Everyone seems happy, though there is a well-known phenomenon called the “Stanford duck syndrome”: students seem cheerful, but all the while they are furiously paddling their legs to stay afloat. What they are generally paddling toward are careers of the sort that could get their names on those buildings. The campus has its jocks, stoners, and poets, but what it is famous for are budding entrepreneurs, engineers, and computer aces hoping to make their fortune in one crevasse or another of Silicon Valley. Innovation comes from myriad sources, including the bastions of East Coast learning, but Stanford has established itself as the intellectual nexus of the information economy.

YouTube Games Copyright Law To Avoid License Fees, IFPI Says Music industry group IFPI says that artists are not being paid fairly for the use of their music and the blame for that can be laid at the feet of services such as YouTube and Soundcloud. IFPI says that instead of buying licenses such as those obtained by Spotify, these services effectively game copyright law to gain an unfair commercial advantage. While the diminishing revenues of the major recording labels have been a hot topic for many years, it’s only relatively recently that the debate over artists’ earnings has found itself almost constantly in the news.

COINTELPRO The Naked Truth -In the Southwest, paid informers infiltrate the church services, Bible classes and support networks of clergy and lay workers giving sanctuary to refugees from El Salvador and Guatemala. -In Alabama, elderly Black people attempting for the first time to exercise their right to vote are interrogated by FBI agents and hauled before federal grand juries hundreds of miles from their homes. -In New England, a former CIA case officer cites examples from his own past work to warn college students of efforts by undercover operatives to misdirect and discredit protests against South African and US racism. -In the San Francisco Bay Area, activists planning anti-nuclear civil disobedience learn that their meetings have been infiltrated by the US Navy.

Awesome Tool Lets You Watch Boston Grow Over the Years - Massachusetts news Map nerds, rejoice: The US Geological Survey has a new toy for us. The federal agency has launched a new map tool that lets users overlay old and new maps, comparing how the city has developed—and in Boston’s case, physically expanded—over the years. To play with the map, follow this link and enter the location you want to explore in the search box on the left of the page (We’ve already set it to Boston because, honestly, that’s where you want to start, right?). Click on the map once, and a menu of available historical maps appears below. Select a map and then use the slider that appears on the left to increase or decrease the overlay’s transparency. Seriously, it’s easier than it sounds.

Colleges Try to Find Their Voices on Pinterest April 13, 2012|Ryan Lytle | U.S. News & World Report Schools look for ways to be active on social media's rising star. Pinterest has erupted into the mainstream, recently being named the third most popular social media network in the United States, behind Facebook and Twitter, according to a new report by Experian Hitwise, which looked at the total number of visitors in March 2012. Pinterest acts as a virtual pinboard that allows users to collect and share images, videos, and other objects pertaining to particular themes of their choice--such as travel, food, and health, among others.

30 Years of Music Industry Change, In 30 Seconds or Less... Now inflation-adjusted! US-based recordings. Data supplied by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); animation created by Digital Music News. And here are individual images for each year…

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