On 26 Aug 2014
L.A. Unified's $1-billion iPad rollout marred by chaos,
08-26-14 Update: L.A. Unified halts contract for iPads.
L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy suspended future use of a contract with Apple on Monday that was to provide iPads to all students in the nation's second-largest school system amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort..
The suspension comes days after disclosures that the superintendent and his top deputy had especially close ties to executives of Apple, maker of the iPad, and Pearson, the company that is providing the curriculum on the devices. And an internal report that examined the technology effort showed major problems with the process and the implementation.
Among the findings was that the initial rules for winning the contract appeared to be tailored to the products of the eventual winners — Apple and Pearson — rather than to demonstrated district needs. The report found that key changes to the bidding rules were made after most of the competition had been eliminated under the original specifications.
In addition, the report said that past comments or associations with vendors, including Deasy, created an appearance of conflict even if no ethics rules were violated.
Deasy immediately defended the integrity of his staff and the original process, but also noted that he hadn't read the draft report because a copy had not been provided to him.
Deasy wrote that he expects Apple and Pearson to be among the bidders in the new process. "We will incorporate the lessons learned from the original procurement process," he said.
"We look forward to refining our processes and ultimately achieve our vision to equip every one of our students with a personal computing device to help them succeed in the 21st century."
http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-deasy-ipads-20140826-story.html On 25 Aug 2014
Napa, Calif., earthquake: Economic hit could reach $1 billion,
But the good news. "Two Buck Chuck" earthquake damage: two bottles. Charles Shaw wines, otherwise known as “Two Buck Chuck” for their rock-bottom price, suffered hardly any damage despite being at the epicenter of the California earthquake that jolted Napa County early Sunday.
Fred Franzia, founder of the Bronco Wine Company that sells the cheap wine, said only two bottles were broken by the earthquake and none at the warehouse at Napa Ridge Winery warehouse facility, located near Napa County Airport in American Canyon.
“God takes care of people that price the wines fairly,” said Franzia. “A lot of the wineries that have overpriced their wine got hurt, but God doesn’t punish people that are fair.” “We think we fairly priced our wines, we don’t think we are low, we think the others too high,” said Franzia.
The warehouse holds 700,000 cases of wine or 8.4 million bottles. The two broken bottles fell off the shelf in the winery’s laboratory, Franzia said.
Video from the warehouse shows towers of wines cases shaking for a good 10 seconds without toppling.
Article & Video: http://blogs.marketwatch.com/thetell/2014/08/25/two-buck-chuck-earthquake-damage-two-bottles/