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news for you texas State math standards disappoint Texas standards for what students are expected to learn in math are “clearly inferior” to a new set of national standards that Texas leaders have rejected. The analysis released Wednesday by the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Thomas B. Fordham Institute said Texas’ math standards lack specificity and coherence.

City council upsets Hispanics A Dallas suburb that has made national headlines over efforts to ban illegal immigrants from renting housing is having its city electoral system challenged in court again. Farmers Branch is the target of a federal civil rights lawsuit that 10 Hispanic residents filed Tuesday in Dallas. The lawsuit alleges that the system for electing the five-member city council in Farmers Branch denies Hispanic residents representation.

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ecluded by tree-lined streets, the sleepy lakeside town of Livingston offers the possibility of adventures reminiscent of childhood days at summer camp. Explore the tranquility of the state park or enjoy the waters of the lake. Don’t think nature is all peace and quiet; the occasional discovery of a peculiar-looking alligator gar can stir up quite a bit of excitement.


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◗ This story is part of the series “There and back on a tank of gas.” A staff member will travel to a different city each week and document the trip.



Aggies help develop vaccines Cody Green, class of 2002, took this photo on campus during the Worldwide Photo Walk in 2009.

Global photo walk comes to campus The Worldwide Photo Walk, a global social photography event, is coming to the Texas A&M campus. “It’s geared to photographers in the community to get together, meet each other, walk around campus and take photos,” said Cody Green, class of 2002. “It brings people with similar hobbies together, and at the end you can get together and compare photos.” Green said last year more than 30,000 people participated in the walk worldwide, and there were 9,000 walks total. Pre-registration is required, and there is no fee. A camera is required to participate. “You walk around and pay attention to things you would usually just walk past and try to go slower and find art and beauty in a particular place,” Green said. Megan Ryan, staff writer

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Florida’s Kitchen is popular among town residents because it boasts delicious food, friendly employees and homey atmosphere.

A trip to Lake Livingston offers simple summertime pleasures

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Lake Livingston, the second largest man-made lake in Texas, offers a cool retreat from the scorching summer sun.

Camp ChoYeh, located in Livingston, is named after the AlabamaCoushatta word for “land of the tall pines.”

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Hundreds of flights in France were canceled and smaller airports shut down Wednesday because of a strike by air traffic controllers worried about a plan to unify control of European air space. The strike affected domestic routes, but Air France said its long-haul international flights were not delayed.

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Tropical rainstorms moving toward the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday threatened to shut down undersea efforts to seal BP’s ruptured well, interrupting work as engineers get close to plugging the leak. A weather system brewing in the Caribbean could force crews to abandon their watch over the experimental cap for nearly a week.

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More info ◗ The walk begins at 6:30 a.m. Saturday at the Administration Building.

◗ Participants can upload up to five photos to the official Flickr group for the Worldwide Photo Walk. ◗ Each participant can enter a phto in a competition for a $1,000 Adorama gift certificate.

The U.S. Military’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency awarded a grant to the Texas A&M Institute for Genomic Medicine to define vaccines and drug treatments for certain toxins, viruses and bacterial pathogens. Breakthroughs in this work will help neutralize dangerous bio-threats. “This project is broken down into three periods,” said program director Deeann Wallis. “The first period is 20 months and covers the screening phase. After that, options may be exercised such that all together it becomes a 53-month project.” The institute is trying to define host-based targets to pathogens and toxins; the findings will be used for drug and vaccine development. The team will be utilizing the institute’s library of mouse embryonic stem cell clones where each clone represents a single gene knockout. “This allows us to assess gene function,” Wallis

said. “We will grow and differentiate these pluripotent cells into different cell and tissue types and then challenge them with agents. Clones that show a different response will indicate which genes and proteins are involved in the body’s response to that agent. We will screen 3,500 different genes and then validate these targets in vitro and in whole animal models by making knockout mice.” The institute will work with toxins, bacteria and viruses to identify genes that show resistance to the threats. The team will work to develop a platform which could quickly test any toxin, virus or bacteria for bioterrorism applications. “This is the first time something like this has been attempted,” she said. “If we can develop this unique platform to test any agent this will have a significant impact.” Gayle Gabriel, staff writer

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Professor receives award for book Political science professor Dan Wood will receive the Richard Neustadt Award for his latest publication, The Myth of Presidential Representation at the 2010 American Political Science Association Conference in Washington, D.C. Wood has been recognized for his excellence in publishing related to the presidencies of the U.S., past and present. Wood ’s book addresses the topic of presiden-

tial political affiliations and centrism and asks if any president represents Americans as the Founding Fathers intended. “Presidents are not reflections of public opinion but instead are ideological partisans more concerned with advancing their own agendas,” said George C. Edwards III, distinguished professor of See Wood on page 2

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Small town, big fun Though not a big city, Livingston has a lot to offer two off your hand, There isn’t much boating is another in Livingston, Texas. common activity in But the good things in Livingston. the small town south“Although the west of College Stawater can be a littion are unique and tle choppy, there’s spectacular charms. Megan Ryan nothing like wakeLake Livingston, Florsenior English boarding early in ida’s Kitchen and the treemajor the morning along lined streets are attractions the dam,” Price said. worth driving for. “Lake Livingston is the sec- “If you get up early enough, the ond biggest man-made lake in water is smooth and the lake is the state and Livingston’s at- very peaceful.” After water skiing, fishing tractions include fishing and many water sports,” said Sam and a long day in the boat, the best place to go for some grub Price, raised in Livingston. While visiting Livingston, in Livingston is a little place an alligator gar was caught in called Florida’s Kitchen. “The place has excellent the lake. Alligator gars are dangerous creatures, but seeing ribs, but a lot of the time it’s one up close and personal is a the conversations you have treat. This half-alligator, half- with the employees that make fish looking creature was both the experience unforgettable,” disgusting and incredible to see. Price said. Florida’s Kitchen has been “It doesn’t look real,” said Jordan Suhr, senior commu- recognized by Texas Monthly nication major who works in Magazine for being one of the Livingston during the sum- top 40 restaurants in Texas. “That recognition is wellmer. “I’ve never seen anydeserved, because I can’t think thing like it.” If you’re not one for animals of anything that doesn’t taste who can easily chop a finger or good there,” Price said.


This bridge is 15 miles outside Livingston and goes over Lake Livingston. The natural beauty in Livingston is something to be admired. Tall pine trees are plentiful. In fact, a summer camp in town is named after the Alabama-Coushatta word for “land of the tall pines”—Cho-Yeh. On the way out of town, there is a watermelon stand where you can purchase seeded and seedless watermelons for under $3. “The melons were very flavorful and I liked that we

could purchase them without the seeds, because it makes eating watermelon much less of a hassle,” Price said. Although Livingston is a small town, with a little imagination and a good attitude, big adventures can be created. “It’s a great place to live,” Price said. “It’s not too big, not too small. It’s 45 minutes away from big cities, and it has a great community.”

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, the “let’s-spread-the-joy-of-reading” English major, thought it would be possible to recommend a book for every personality type, until I did some research. Quickly, I was humbled as I read about dozens of personality theories and models and realized that I have not the authority or the psychological knowledge to make this article satisfy every reader. Most people share traits from two or more personality types, making it impossible to declare a book perfect for one type and ill-fitting for another. Amid my dismay and confusion, with diagrams of Jungians, Doshas and Somatotypes biting at my sense of self, I decided to settle on “The Four Humors” theory. Because this was the first personality model, developed by the ancient Greeks, and because William Shakespeare and Geoffrey Chaucer used it for characterization and poetic flow, it proves adequate enough for me. The first humor is a “choleric” one, meaning that the person this describes is often irritable because of an excess of yellow bile, associated with fire. So, what would someone with a liver full of yellow bile want to read? I recommend a book that addresses social problems and human rights, like The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The book moves reasonably fast with chilling scenarios and uncensored conflicts both internal and external. In the novel, women are banned from reading or learning and are assigned to positions in society based on the condition of their ovaries and looks. This is a novel sure to evoke both societal analysis and nightmares. The “melancholic” humor

results from an excess of black bile, and often is assigned to the pessimistic type. For this, I suggest Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. What melancholy individual would not enjoy a book whose title denotes a lose-lose situation? A satirical historical novel set in the late stages of World War II, Catch-22 offers a healthy mix of dark humor and gory battle scenes. It is difficult to summarize the book because it is written in a non chronological style which mirrors the confusion and craziness of the world. The book reveals the brutal and unforgiving nature of war and life in general. On a brighter note, the “sanguine” humor, having an excess of blood, is the personality type of the optimistic and open-minded. Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block is perfect for the sanguine. The story takes place in a romanticized Los Angeles, named Shangri-LA,

Jennifer DuBose sophomore English major, special to The Battalion

featuring characters Weetzie and Dirk. Weetzie is granted three wishes by a genie and experiences their unexpected ramifications. While being almost a fairytale, the book freely explores the issues of blended families, AIDS and homosexuality. The book, which continues to be a bestseller, was published in 1989 and birthed a completely new genre called Pop-MagicRealism. The final humor is “phlegmatic,” the excess liquid being phlegm, and applies to calm and passive folk. The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain is a beautiful spin on the classic Bible story and reflects Twain’s easy-going style. Written as a series of diary entries, the book provides fictional viewpoints from both Adam and Eve, and gives such details as their first impressions of the stars, each other and God as they grow and mature together in and out of Eden. Christians and non-Christians alike will find this book to be enjoyable as it projects an original love story and humanistic values.

Lohan kept away from public

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LOS ANGELES — Lindsay Lohan’s time in jail will be short, but her time away from the public eye will be much longer. Sheriff’s officials say the actress will spend only about two weeks of a 90-day sentence in jail. But her brief time in an isolation cell that has housed other celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Michelle Rodriguez is just one element of a sentence that is designed to punish and rehabilitate the star. Once Lohan is released in early August, she will be required to report to probation officials within a day. She has also been ordered to spend three months at an inpatient rehab. That portion of her sentence won’t be trimmed like her jail stint by overcrowding and credits for good behavior. “It’s a straight 90 days,” prosecutor Danette Meyers said Tuesday. The result is that the “Mean Girls” and “Georgia Rules” star will be unavailable until late this year to start filming. Associated Press


Lindsay Lohan is shown in a court Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif. She will serve two weeks of a 90-day sentence in jail but will have three months of inpatient rehab.

Band pushes for Arizona boycott

Gibson’s ex investigated for extortion

Rage Against the Machine will push for artists and musicians to boycott Arizona because of its new and restrictive immigration law. The politically outspoken rap-rock band’s lead singer, Zach de la Rocha, plans to announce Wednesday that proceeds from a concert in Los Angeles on Friday will go to organizations fighting against Arizona’s law. Singersongwriter Conor Oberst will also throw his support behind Sound Strike, an artists’ boycott of Arizona.

Sheriff’s detectives in Los Angeles are checking extortion allegations against Mel Gibson’s ex-girlfriend. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore says the agency is looking into whether Russian singer Oksana Grigorieva may have tried to extort the Academy Award-winner. He declined to offer any other details on the inquiry. Detectives earlier this month interviewed Grigorieva after she claimed Gibson abused her during an incident in January.

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