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’You are actually flying’: Students test hovercrafts they built By Jamie Forsythe
twice, but he quickly gets the hang of maneuvering the hovercraft in circles around the baseball diamond. BELLEVILLE, Ill. — EighthAfter making several laps, Tyler grader Cayla Adams sports a red batting helmet as she steps onto a emerges from the hovercraft covbaseball diamond in Belleville, Ill. ered in dust from the field. “It was fun,” he exclaims. But Cayla wasn’t stepping up Nigel Rice, who is also an to bat. Instead, she climbs into a large, blue hovercraft designed by eighth-grader at Emge, commands the hovercraft next. Afterfellow Belle Valley eighth-grade ward, he wobbles out. “I can’t feel students. She successfully completes a lap around the field before my legs,” he says. Cayla, Tyler and Nigel were the supervising adults realize a among 18 students from Harcouple essential bolts had fallen mony-Emge, Signal Hill and off. Belle Valley school districts After a quick run to get two who participated in a two-week more bolts, Emge Junior High Derik Holtmann / Belleville News-Democrat student Tyler Adams mans the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Camp for hovercraft. He gets off to a rocky Student Wade Cook on the baseball field with one of the hovercrafts that academically talented and highly start, getting stuck in the grass students built during a STEM summer camp in June in Belleville, Ill. Belleville News-Democrat
motivated students. The students participating in the program were selected by district officials. The program ended Friday with the demonstration of the hovercrafts. “It’s an enrichment program to challenge some of the kids that are already at the top of their grade levels,” explained Camp Director Bryan Snow, the technology director for both Harmony and Signal Hill school districts. During the camp, a collaboration among all three schools districts, the students learned about and constructed hovercrafts. Snow described a hovercraft as “an air cushion vehicle that uses a skirt and airflow to pick it up off
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A hopeful beginning ‘Man of Steel’ a land of grandeur, if not details
here’s something intrinsically hopeful about Superman. Maybe it’s the All-American, Kansasfarm-boy demeanor. (He’s no Dark Knight, that’s for sure.) Maybe it’s the sloganeering: “Truth, justice and the American way.” Maybe it’s that he strikes a chord with a Dominic nation of immi- Baez grants, remindThe Daily News ing us very few of us were here to begin with. Maybe it’s just ‘Monsters’ knowing no matmaintain ter the odds, no box office matter the evil, Superman — the dominance epitome of goodPage C4 ness and what we as humans strive to achieve — will always prevail because Superman “is as strong as he needs to be.” So maybe that’s why we’re so hopeful for a 21st-century Superman movie that reminds just how great our hero can be. And maybe that’s why we’re always a bit disappointed with what we’ve gotten so far. In 2006, we got the flop that was “Superman Returns.” This time around, “Man of Steel” — directed by Zack Synder of “300” fame, written by collaborators David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan of “The Dark Knight,” along with being produced by Nolan — was our summer foray into the realm of the last son of Krypton. And while we got a gorgeous background, a powerhouse cast and a bevy of explosions and supersonic fistfights, we didn’t get what matters most when it comes to Superman: the details. It matters little how powerful Superman is if we don’t connect with him. And other than the Man of Steel’s fist colliding with everything in sight, there’s little connecting going on here. “Man of Steel” tells a strippeddown, straightforward story of Clark Kent (known as Kal-El on his homeworld) from his harrowing birth to his spectacular revealing to humanity as an alien. Henry Cavill, known for his role on “The Tudors” and starring in “Immortals,” dons the iconic red and blue as Kent/Kal-El/Superman. A bit of an enigma, Cavill possesses a striking look and air of otherworldliness to him that fits the role. The character’s flaws, some of which are jarring, have little to do with Cavill. Instead, a confusing back story and mixed messages about morality and justice fog the higher road that Superman is famous for taking. “Man of Steel” starts with a special-effects-heavy bang — well, whatever sound a space gun makes. It opens with an attempted coup against a near-calcified council on a collapsing planet; one side isn’t agile enough to save the planet, while the other is too short-sighted to do anything useful. And in the middle stands Jor-El (Russell Crowe), father
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Krystyana Temple, left, continues to volunteer at St. John Medical Center even though her required community service hours are completed. Here, she prepares to wheel a discharged patient to the parking garage.
The Road Less Smooth Kelso grad toughs it out for scholarships, dream of being a doc By Cathy Zimmerman firstname.lastname@example.org
very spring the exceptional youth march across newsprint at about the time they march across a stage for a diploma. Accolades pile up for the A’s they earned, their prowess in football or physics and their plans for a bright future. Few focus on things they cannot do, or don’t ever want to do. Except for Krystyana Temple. The 17-year-old from Kelso has the creds — National Honor Society, high SAT scores, several college scholarships and a diploma earned after three years in
it. It was always whether or not we’d be able to make this payment or deal with that ...” high school and 40 Running Start credits In the sixth grade, just before the anat Lower Columbia College. nual class trek to outdoor camp, Temple Still, she seasons her accomplishments got hit by a car ... and went to Cispus on with a dash of reality. crutches. She got on the wrestling team “One thing I can’t do — I can’t spell,” in eighth grade ... and got a concussion. Temple interjected in an interview last Even Temple’s choice of a career in month. health care is informed by things she’d “I also have number dyslexia. Most rather steer clear of. of the time it’s not too bad. I stare at the She decided not to be a trauma nurse, problem for three minutes and check she said, “because there would be people it across. I always hand in my work” as I couldn’t help.” If she were to became proof of how an answer was arrived at. a veterinarian — she loves animals Temple played volleyball and was a — “there are those I couldn’t save.” violinist in the school orchestra from Temple really liked the study of anatofourth grade on, she said. “But there were my, however. “I get to see how everything quite a few school things I didn’t get to Krystyana / C2 participate in because we couldn’t afford
It’s summer: Teach kids how to walk to school safely By Dave Scott
“Because we don’t have a Safety Town (a program offering safety tips), it is up to parents to teach their children how to walk to and from school safely. Just like if children have homework from school, (parents) should be working with them on these activities. They should rehearse with their children walking to and from school.”
mer, Lisa Pardi says now is the time for the community, particularly parents, to take to the streets and get kids ready for safe AKRON, Ohio — You’re 5 trips to school in the fall. years old, weigh about 50 pounds Pardi is injury prevention and have to jump to see over the coordinator for the Safe Kids hood of an SUV. It’s time to step Coalition of Summit County, off a curb on your way to school, Ohio. She says parents have the and it’s just a bit scary. There is first responsibility to teach kids no one there to hold your hand, safety concepts but acknowllook both ways and put you on your way to learning your ABCs. — Lisa Pardi, injury prevention coordinator for the edges they need help. “I think it does take a commuIn this imperfect world, many Safe Kids Coalition of Summit County, Ohio nity to raise children,” she said. children have no companion to And she said the parents who help get them safely through the So it’s not unusual to see tiny and poor children are more likely think it’s OK to send young kids neighborhood. Parents often children walking alone to area to walk — and more likely to be off to school by themselves need must be at work before school schools. hurt. some education themselves. starts or must stay on the job Previous Beacon Journal stoIn Akron, Ohio, where busing “We have the recommendauntil long after school lets out. tion that children under 10 do Some families have only one par- ries have shown how dangerous is rare, a student is hit by a veent, and sometimes there aren’t walking to school can be, and the hicle on an average of once every not walk alone, and in addition, older kids to walk with a younger newspaper’s analysis of statistics 12 days. Walking / C4 shows that African-American With school out for the sumone. Akron Beacon Journal
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Friends take fashion to the streets By Diane Mastrull
delphia’ Old City is a mix of their designs and others’ — all on display whichever way they choose. InPHILADELPHIA — This friend- spired in part by a retailing trend ship started as so many do between and by a more risk-averse business attitude they have adopted — call high school girls: Abby Kessler it maturity, perhaps — the pair are liked Katie Loftus’ clothes and about to take a novel approach to makeup; Loftus liked Kessler’s. expansion. “That’s all I cared about,” KesIn what is believed to be a first sler, now 34, recalled recently. in Philadelphia, Smak Parlour is “That, and boys.” going mobile, taking a page from The North Penn High School a commercial sector that has exgraduates went on to Drexel Uniploded in growth on city streets: versity together to study design and merchandising, and then on to lunch trucks. Kessler and her now-married New York to work in the garment friend and business partner, Katie industry. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, Lubieski, just got a city license to park and operate on weekdays on 2001, inspired them to move back 40th Street, between Spruce and to Philadelphia and start a line of Locust Streets, a truck version of edgy, embellished T-shirts. By day, they worked at Nordstrom; by their frilly, heavy-in-pink-decor boutique. night, they were jazzing up shirts, Smak Parlour will park bumperusually in the basement of Loftus’ to-bumper with mobile vendors mother. They managed to get their Smak that lure the hungry from the Uniline in 20 stores but chafed against versity of Pennsylvania. Equipped with sales racks and dressing the lack of control over display of rooms, it will roll by the end of their creations. So they opened a store of their own in Philadelphia, June, maybe sooner, depending on putting $60,000 in start-up costs the pace of retrofitting. You can keep tabs on Facebook and at www. on credit cards. twitter.com/smakparlour. “We had no money,” Kessler “I think it’s the future — going said. “We were fearless.” mobile, being at the right spot at Eight years later, their Smak Parlour at 219 Market St. in Phila- the right time,” Kessler said. The Philadelphia Inquirer
It’s already the rage in Los Angeles, which was well ahead of Philadelphia in the gourmet-food-truck movement. “It makes a lot of business sense,” said Natalie Nixon, director of Philadelphia University’s Strategic Design MBA program and a professor of fashion-industry management. “It really decreases certain overhead costs. Certainly, it’s going to be an option more for small/medium enterprises because the cost of doing business in this economy is becoming more and more prohibitive. And it’s a way for new entrepreneurs to launch a business.” Although Smak Parlour paid nearly $3,000 for the privilege to park and sell curbside for a year in University City, the truck won’t be anchored there, its owners said. “You go where your customers are,” Kessler said. “We’re just going to drive around and see where it’s most successful.” This summer, visits to the Jersey Shore and street fairs are planned. The idea to take their store on the road started with Lubieski and Kessler’s desire to add a second retail location for Smak Parlour, which also has an online store (www.smakparlour.com). But where they were looking — Ard-
more, for instance — the rents were more than twice what they pay in Old City, they said. So they went shopping. For less than $10,000, they bought a 2006 GMC 5500 diesel box truck — 18 feet long by 8 feet high — with 183,000 miles on it. It was last used by the Salvation Army. “We thought it had good karma,” Lubieski, 34, said. Said Kessler: “It’s super big and badass-looking.” Among those impressed with the idea is Patricia Blakely, executive director of the Merchants Fund, which has provided a $20,000 grant for the truck’s fitout. “The owners of Smak Parlour are the cleverest example of what every smart retailer needs to be nimble,” Blakely said in an e-mail. “In this changing economy, they have been able to open a women’s clothing and accessories business, be successful, grow sales, and change the model to respond to consumer demand. The new mobile clothing business means they can take the store to the customers all wrapped in the best customer service. So smart! “We see this as an emerging trend in retail — and we wanted to be in on the ground floor,” she said.
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Superman, played by Henry Cavill, prepares for an encounter in ‘Man of Steel.’
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‘The Heat’ hot, but ‘Monsters’ rules LOS ANGELES — Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy brought “The Heat” against Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx at the box office. The Fox action-comedy starring the funny ladies as mismatched detectives earned $40 million in second place in its opening weekend, topping the $25.7 million debut haul of Sony’s “White House Down,” according to studio estimates Sunday. The Disney-Pixar animated prequel “Monsters University” remained box-office valedictorian in its second weekend, earning $46.1 million in first place. As for “The Heat,” employing two female leads to buck the male-dominated buddy-cop formula paid off in ticket sales. “White House Down,” which features Tatum as a wannabe Secret Service agent and Foxx as the President of the United States of America, was inaugurated below expectations in fourth place. The film’s White House takeover plot is strikingly similar to FilmDistrict’s “Olympus Has Fallen,” which opened in March and starred Gerard
to Kal-El and one of Krypton’s brightest scientists. Aware of his home’s imminent destruction, he and his wife, Lara Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer), decide to vest their hopes and dreams with their newly born son. They send him toward a solar system with a young, yellow sun and a blue planet with “a seemingly intelligent population” with a distinct distrust of anything alien. On Earth, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane portray Jonathan and Martha Kent, Clark’s human parents and moral beacons. The story takes a jumping sort of narrative, transitioning between Clark’s youth as an awkward and confused child and present-day shenanigans. Other human compatriots partaking in Superman’s story include the ever-savvy reporter Lois Lane (Amy Adams), Air Force Col. Nathan editor Perry White (LauHardy (Chris Meloni) and rence Fishburne). Lois, Daily Planet newspaper known for her tenacity and
principles that govern how a hovercraft works, including lift, thrust and buoyancy at FROM C1 Emge Junior High. During the afternoon the surface and also to pro- portion of the program, the pel it.” students worked on conHe said a hovercraft is structing a hovercraft with different from an airboat, help from Snow, teachers which is pushed through Jill Mathenia from Ellis the water with a propeller. Elementary School, Matt “With the hovercraft, you Zipfel from Signal Hill, and are actually flying over the Josh Strausbaugh from Belle top of whatever surface you Valley and AmeriCorps volare on,” Snow said. “It’s one unteer Sarah James. of the very few amphibious “All the kids have been vehicles.” really excited to build every Every morning of the day,” Snow said. “We have a camp, the students learned good group of kids.” about science and math The students worked in
Butler and Aaron Eckhart.“Man of Steel” is still flying high in its third week, coming in fifth place with $20.8 million in North America and $52.2 million in such international markets as Australia, Sweden and China. The Warner Bros. retelling of Superman’s origin passed the $500 million mark on Saturday. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday. 1. “Monsters University,” $46.1 million 2. “The Heat,” $40 million. 3. “World War Z,” $29.8 million 4. “White House Down,” $25.7 million 5. “Man of Steel,” $20.8 million 6. “This Is the End,” $8.7 million. 7. “Now You See Me,” $5.5 million 8. “Fast & Furious 6,” $2.4 million 9. “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” $2 million 10. “The Internship,” $1.4 million
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doggedness, is seeking answers about the discovery of what may be an alien
teams of six to build a hovercraft. Each team consisted of two students from each of the school districts. The teams — Superman, The Force and Rocketman Rockets — were named by the students. The large hovercrafts, which were 6 foot by 4 foot, were built using Styrofoam, plywood, fiberglass, bolts, nuts, screws and a lot of Gorilla glue, Zipfel said, and rubber tubing for the skirt underneath. The ultralight propeller and the small gas-powered engine were the only two items not constructed by
craft in Arctic, and she spars with both the colonel and her editor every step of the way. “Aliens?” they ask skeptically. Can you blame them? Well, as it would happen... And as one thing leads to another, we’re introduced to memories of Krypton’s past, as General Zod (a chilling Michael Shannon) locates Kal-El and seeks to relieve him of his humanity. The action comes nearly nonstop after this. And that’s not a good thing. The issue here lies at the merging between haphazard direction, over-the-top allegories and chaotic destruction. Part of the draw of Superman and his Clark Kent persona comes from his near-naivety, his belief in the simplest of truths: that humans are, at their core, a species capable of great things. But in a world surrounded by superbeings absorbing their terrifying power from our very sun, it’s hard to not feel as though humans have a small role in this story. We’re restrained, a senti-
the students. Zipfel said the hovercrafts have the potential to travel up to 30 mph. The teams put their hovercraft creations to the test during land competition Friday at Belle Valley. Camp organizers opted not to test the devices on water. Signal Hill eighth-grader Annabelle Heddell said her team’s hovercraft, a red one built by Rocketman Rockets, made it through over an hour of competition before a propeller mishap occurred and took it out of commission. The hovercraft for the Superman team didn’t make it into the competi-
ment Superman knows well. After all, it’s hard to maintain some mode of secrecy and normalcy if you go all meta-human on anyone who gets in your face. But you know who doesn’t show restraint? Director Snyder. Instead of character development or solid plot structure, we get obscene destruction ranging from natural disasters to alien gravity weapons. It’s all too much, and yet too little. The things that matter were overshadowed by the summer-blockbuster-required effects we could have done without. It’s all prologue for what’s apparently supposed to be a franchise, but it doesn’t tell us enough. Still, it’s better than its 2006 predecessor, and maybe a sequel will build upon the foundation “Man of Steel” has laid. Here’s to hoping. Two less-than-super stars out of five. Dominic Baez is a copy editor for The Daily News. His email is dominic.baez@ tdn.com. For more of his reviews, visit tdn.com.
tion, Cayla said. It was used for parts to help the other hovercrafts. “We weren’t very good at measurements,” she admitted. Cayla and Nigel said they enjoyed getting to meet students from other schools. “It was fun getting to meet a lot of new people with the same interests,” Cayla said. Even though this was the first year for the program locally, Snow operated a similar program when he was at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The cost of the two-week program was covered by a grant from the National
Walking FROM C1 when I say that, it doesn’t mean a 5-year-old should be walking with another 5year-old. We want someone who is over the age of 10 with that small person.” When school is out it’s a good time for parents to walk their children to school using each moment to point out the dangers and the safe practices that will serve them a lifetime. In summer, kids are heading to playgrounds and friends’ houses instead. Pardi’s organization sponsors Walk This Way, a program that offers safety tips as part of International Walk to School Day. Unfortunately, it’s one day at one school in October, two months after the start of school. Many communities also have a more comprehensive program called Safety Town that is sponsored by community service groups. Children walk through miniature, make-believe towns with streets, sidewalks, traffic signals and vehicles. Those tend to be in wealthier suburbs, where children seldom have to navigate busy streets. In some places, like Akron, where most children walk, there is no such program. “Because we don’t have a Safety Town, it is up to parents to teach their children how to walk to and from school safely,” Pardi said. “Just like if children have homework from school, (parents) should be working with them on these activities. They should rehearse with their children walking to and from school.” One trip is not enough; families must take multiple trips for the lessons to sink in. It’s also important to know the school parking lot has its dangers, too. It is common to see children run between cars. “Even though we try to teach them, sometimes they are excited and they are ready to go and have somewhere to be, and they will run out and not pay attention,” Pardi said. She said some families choose to enroll children in latch-key programs to allow parents to work full shifts. Even driving is not entirely safe. Pardi said she sees parents who drive their kids often allowing the children to ride in the front seat when they should be in the back and in a booster seat. Dorothy Chlad, Safety Town’s national president, started with Safety Town in 1964 and learned a lot about child development as the group evolved. She told the Beacon Journal earlier this year that children must be shown safe practices repeatedly before they absorb the concepts. She also found parents don’t always know the entire lesson. For example, she heard parents warning to “look both ways” only to find the children walking into the street — and danger — as they looked left and right. Chlad tried to start Safety Town in Akron years ago, but it failed to catch on. Some organizations charge up to $40 per child, but she disputed the idea it must be so expensive. Some communities used chalk on a playground and cardboard boxes to represent vehicles in the creation of the tiny town children could walk through. Both Chlad and Pardi emphasized that walking is healthy for children; it just needs to be made safer.
Defense Education Program thanks to the efforts of Cynthia Doil at Scott Air Force Base. “The earlier we get students interested in science and math,” Doil said, the more likely they are to pursue a career in those fields. Organizers of the program have already secured some funding to do the hovercraft camp again next summer, according to Snow. In addition, he said it may be expanded to accommodate more students. Overall, Tyler said the experience was fun. “I learned new things I didn’t know