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GIRL HIT AND KILLED BY THE SCHOOL BUS SHE WAS ON!

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WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL HONORED!

MARK BEDELL GETS THE AWARD!

Booker T. Washington High School Principal Mark Bedell was honored April 24 as an “Outstanding Educator” by Texas A & M University.

            Bedell was honored for his service in the field of education by Kay and Jerry Cox at the Dean’s Roundtable hosted by the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A & M.  Dean’s Roundtable members at Texas A & M recognize educators who have made a difference in the lives of students.

Bedell believes that a mindset to empower others to reach their full potential is paramount in the field of education. Born to a 16-year old high school sophomore, he grew up in a drug-infested home with seven siblings and an abusive step father. Bedell was the only one among all his siblings to graduate from high school. He has worked for HISD for the past eight years, three as a teacher, four as an assistant principal and two as principal. He received teacher of the year honors in various categories two years in a row and also the feeder pattern principal of the year award this year.

Bedell credits his love of basketball as a factor that motivated him to stay in school and keep up his grades. After becoming ineligible to play once, he told himself he would never let it happen again and began attending summer and night school, which resulted in his making the honor roll. He graduated from high school with a 3.12 GPA and was accepted at Fisk University. Bedell made the honor roll at Fisk and also lead the nation in scoring for Division III basketball. After meeting his wife Robyn at Fisk, he made the decision to focus on academics first and athletics second.

Bedell graduated from Fisk with a degree in History and Education and accepted a job there as a basketball coach while continuing to work on his master’s in Educational Leadership from Tennessee State University. Bedell has presented at several national and state conferences on best practices in education and is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on drop out prevention for ethnic minority students from low economic strata. This topic is close to his heart as he has lived through and witnessed how students drop out when there is no one to advocate for them.

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WOULDN’T YOU KNOW IT: HOUSTON GETS THE FIRST U.S. SWINE FLU DEATH!

THE LATEST VICTIM OF A BABY FROM MEXICO!

A young child has been confirmed as the first U.S. death from swine flu, and the first outside of Mexico. The 23-month-old, who is a native of Mexico, died in Houston, a city where no cases had been reported as they had been in other parts of the state.  The case was confirmed amid increasing global anxiety over a health menace that has also swept Germany and Austria onto the roster of afflicted nations.

Kathy Barton, Chief of the Office of Public Affairs for the Houston Department of Health and Human Services, says the child would not have posed a contagious risk to other people in the Houston area because the child had not traveled throughout the city.  After arriving in Houston, the child was taken directly to ahospital, according to Barton. The HDHHS has not yet learned where in Mexico the child came from nor has it released the gender of the child.  The child’s flu death in Texas was confirmed Wednesday by Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In an interview with CNN, he gave no other details about the child.

Germany confirmed three cases Wednesday and Austria confirmed one case.