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13 WTHRKeith Connors to join WTHR as News Director :- In the news.

INDIANAPOLIS, January 7—WTHR-TV Vice-President and General Manager John Cardenas announces that Keith Connors is joining Channel 13 as news Director beginning January 12th. Connors comes to WTHR from KHOU-TV in Houston where he has been Executive news Director since 2005.

“I am very excited about the leadership Keith will provide Eyewitness News,” says Cardenas. “He shares a passion and enthusiasm for local news that is consistent with the philosophies of WTHR and the Dispatch Broadcast Group. Keith will be instrumental in taking WTHR to new levels of success as Indiana's news leader.”

During Keith's tenure in Houston, KHOU enjoyed some of the highest ratings in station history. the station also won an impressive majority of broadcast journalism's highest honors including two national Emmy awards, two duPont Columbia awards, a Peabody award and six National Edward R. Murrow awards including the 2010 Overall Excellence Award.

“I'm honored to join the staff at WTHR,” said Connors. “It's exciting to be part of a newsroom and a television station with such a rich tradition of quality journalism and community service. I look forward to working with this talented group of journalists to continue WTHR's tradition of excellence on air, on-line and on the go.”

Keith's newsroom was put to the ultimate test when Hurricane Ike struck the Texas coast in 2008. it was an unprecedented disaster for Houston and KHOU received accolades for its coverage and service to the community. while other local stations focused coverage on damage and destruction, KHOU chose to focus on getting residents help and support in the wake of this major weather catastrophe. Keith helped develop partnerships with local radio stations, satellite radio and satellite television providers to get information and help to local residents as quickly as possible.

Before his work in Houston, Keith was Executive News Director at WCNC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, for seven years. during this time, Keith engineered a complete overhaul of the station's news product and helped the station earn record news ratings and prestigious honors including a 2004 duPont Columbia award, a 2004 Peabody Award and several Edward R. Murrow regional awards. His efforts to rebuild the Charlotte NBC affiliate were the focus of the five-part PBS documentary Local News airing in 2001.

Connors also worked as Executive News Director at WVEC-TV in Norfolk, Virginia, and as News Director for WORK-TV in Rochester, new York. He held positions at WKRNTV in Nashville, Tennessee, and WTOL-TV and WDHO-TV in Toledo, Ohio, as well.

He is a graduate of Ashland College in Ashland, Ohio.

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Charlie Sheen joked about releasing his own porn franchise titled ‘Charlie’s Devils’ and even taped a ‘pilot’, according to the Los Angeles porn star who says she supplied the Hollywood wildman with “hundreds” of call-girls.

“Charlie and I were having this great project and he was talking about performing in front of the camera,” the madam, who goes by the name ‘Felony‘, told RadarOnline.com in an exclusive video interview.

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“He goes, ‘Let’s call it Charlie’s Devils!’”

In the video interview, which you can watch here, Felony describes the night she spent hatching the idea with the Two and a half Men star, which involved not only practicing different positions with Charlie and one of her clients, but actually making a demo tape.

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“He goes, ‘Well I like them all!’” Felony told RadarOnline.com.

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So where’s the tape now, we asked?

“Charlie’s got the tape. I gave it to him afterwards,” the madam said. “He was keeping it so he could practice.”

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While the madam says the 45-year-old Emmy nominated actor was very popular with the ladies, she also said he was a little nervous about making a professional porn tape but did get excited once the camera started rolling.

“He’s getting jazzed about this whole project about starting his own line of porno,” Felony said once Charlie viewed the tape.

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“The ladies love Charlie. he likes to explore his sexuality. he likes fetish, spanking, role play, really kinky stuff.”

As RadarOnline.com first reported, Felony said she met Charlie while he was still married to ex-wife Brooke Mueller and he asked her if she would book women for him who had appeared in the adult film genre of the Barely Legal franchise she was involved with.

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“He likes a lot (of women)… he doesn’t just like one (at a time),” Felony said.

“Sometimes he will be finicky and likes just one, but he generally likes to be surrounded by women.”

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The hard-partying actor lives in an exclusive and gated community in Beverly Hills, so Felony said he would give neighborhood security a secret password that would allow the escorts access to his estate.

“Sometimes he would say, ‘Chocolate Whip Cream!’ or ‘Lick my Lollipop!’… then the security guard would know that it was legit,” Felony revealed to RadarOnline.com.

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“They would do a secret password just to be really cute and make the girls feel more comfortable!”

Since the actor was released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center last Thursday evening he’s been holed up at his million-dollar mansion undergoing home rehabilitation following his 36-hour bender of booze, drugs and porn stars.

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The Two and a half Men star told RadarOnline.com via text message “I’m fine” and said: “People don’t seem to get it…. Guy can’t have a great time and do his job also?”

In a statement released by Charlie on Wednesday, the actor said: “I have a lot of work to do to be able to return the support  I have received from so many people… like Errol Flynn, who had to put down his sword on occasion, I just want to say, ‘thank-you.’”

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The National Center for Educational Achievement’s annual list released this week recognizes schools that are having more success than their peers at preparing students for college and careers.

(Austin, TX – January 27, 2011) the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA), a department of ACT, Inc., released its 2010 NCEA Higher Performing Schools List for Texas on its public website nc4ea.org this week. the list identifies NCEA Higher Performing Schools?those elementary, middle, and high schools that have consistently outperformed their peers that serve similar student populations?and recognizes their achievement in bringing more students to college and career readiness than expected.

The 2010 Higher Performing List conveys a strong message to schools and districts across the nation?all students can achieve at high standards and school improvement is possible no matter the zip code. on the list appear several schools with high poverty levels, defined as those with at least a 50% low-income population. MacArthur Ninth Grade School in Aldine Independent School District in Houston, Texas is one such school and has consistently made the list in one or more state-tested subject areas for the last three years (2008, 2009 and 2010).

“making the list, and especially in all subjects, is a great achievement for these schools. With education reforms focused on higher standards and higher accountability measures such as the coming of the STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness), these higher performing schools show us that all students can, and will, get there,” says Efrain Mercado, Director of Outreach at NCEA. “Our Texas educators are doing great work, but if we want every student to graduate with the skills to be successful beyond high school, there’s still more work to do. the schools on this list show us that Texas is making college and career readiness a priority.” Notably, for the spring 2010 TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) testing, fewer than 1%, or 77 of the state’s public schools, were higher performing in all grades and tested subjects.

Schools on the list are identified by one of two measures: academic growth of students at the school and/or absolute achievement of students at the school using the TAKS’ Commended Performance level. the measures exemplify not only those schools that are able to improve their student performance from previous years but also those schools that push their students beyond the Met Standard (passing) level?a level that is typically too low to accurately measure student preparedness for postsecondary learning. NCEA’s identification of Higher Performing Schools is more selective than the Texas Education Agency’s Exemplary or Recognized list and comprises fewer than 10% of public schools in the state.

NCEA (formerly known as just for the Kids) began identifying Higher Performing Schools in 1998 and continues to annually release these lists as well as College and Career Readiness Charts for every public school in Texas.

To view the 2010 NCEA Higher Performing Schools List for Texas, please visit nc4ea.org/HPschoolstx.

To learn more about how NCEA identifies Higher Performing Schools in Texas, please visit nc4ea.org/txHPfaq.

About NCEA

The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) is a department of ACT, Inc., a not-for-profit organization committed to helping people achieve education and workplace success. NCEA builds the capacity of educators and leaders to create educational systems of excellence for all students by providing research-based solutions and expertise in higher performing schools, school improvement and best-practice research that lead to increased levels of college and career readiness.

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I'm a first-year teacher, 44, single mom, and a nervous wreck; school starts in 10 days! I finished my student teaching in Dec and have been applying ever since. I've gone on only two interviews and one interview for a T.a. position last week. I've started applying for more Teaching Assistant positions with HISD, Ft. Bend, and Spring Branch. I am also now applying to substitute teach for these districts and some private schools. I never dreamed it would be this hard to find a position. I am certified 4-8 Gen/ESL. I did my student teaching in Science and have been applying for a lot of Science positions as well as everything else–not so much math, unless it's a lower-level math. any suggestions would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!

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