Monday, May 16, 2011

Graduate College with Zero Debt

Graduate College with Zero Debt - Clarke, who also earned his bachelor's degree from Washburn, this summer is taking the state certified public accountant and bar exams. He doesn't think his debt is outrageous, considering the cost of education today, but others might feel differently.

"It's scary," Clarke said. "A lot of people go into school and expect to make big money in jobs, but not every lawyer is going to a big firm."

The average pay last year for the 600 lawyers in Shawnee County was $42.03 per hour, or $87,422 per year, according to the 2005 Kansas Wage Survey published by the Kansas Department of Labor. But salaries for lawyers can start in the $35,000 to $40,000 range. It is common to see wages for public defenders at $40,000, lawyers said.

"I have seen jobs posted for $35,000," Clarke said. "I really got lucky because I have a job working at an accounting firm. I definitely don't regret it because I got a very good education for the money."

Jason Hunter/The Capital-Journal

Like many former college students, Brian Clarke, a graduate of the Washburn University School of Law, finds himself deep in debt because of student loans.

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With the CPA and law degree, he will earn $52,000 in a firm in Shawnee.

School debt has been climbing dramatically in recent years because of rising tuition and higher living expenses. Interest rates are going up 2 percentage points July 1, further driving up the cost of loans and education. It isn't uncommon to see graduate students rack up $75,000 to $100,000 in debt in Kansas.

The average debt load of the 106 graduates from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine this spring was $122,649, up $35,000 from a year ago. Many students also leave school with thousands of dollars in credit card debt, which carries high interest rates. Meanwhile, beginning wages for some jobs may not be enough to make the monthly payments. The average beginning wage for K-State veterinary graduates is $54,000.

Graduate College with Zero Debt

Ohio Boy Suspended for Flatulence

Ohio Boy Suspended for Flatulence - An Ohio seventh-grader was suspended last week for doing arguably the most predictable thing a 13-year-old boy could do for a laugh on the school bus. He cut the cheese.

Canal Winchester Middle School students Anthony Nichols and another boy lost their bus privileges on Friday for their stinky stunt, which prompted the customary rousing laughter and "lowering of windows," according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Administrators ruled that the flatulence was in violation of the school's code of conduct, but if you ask Nichols' parents, the decision reeks of poor judgement.

"It's very laughable, that's what it is," said Anthony's father, James Nichols. He said he spoke with the school's vice principal, Daniel Senu-Oke, who "suggested my son should hold his gas on this hour-long bus ride."

For a concerned parent, however, that answer just doesn't cut it.

"When it happens, it just happens," he said. "It's not intentional."

Ohio Boy Suspended for Flatulence

$5,000 Bowl of Soup

$5,000 Bowl of Soup - Your average bowl of Vietnamese phở should by no means break the bank. So what sets this one apart?

Normally, one can expect to pay $10 at most for the mouth-watering broth-filled soup, laden with all the goodies like beef, noodles and cilantro. But from California comes a serving of the traditional staple that is simply exceptional – or so you would expect it to be. Why? It costs a minimum of $5,000 per bowl. (No, that's not the soup pictured above. It would be in a bowl made of diamonds if that were the case.)

It seems utterly absurd to pay that much for a bowl of soup – let alone any meal. But it might soften the blow to know that the funds are going toward charity.

Tiato, a Vietnamese restaurant in Santa Monica, is holding an invitation-only dinner and auction where the dish will make its debut. The bidding starts at $5,000 for the single bowl of AnQi Phở, and the ingredients are sure to not disappoint. The soup is made with A5 Wagyu beef, white alba truffles, a foie gras broth, hand-raised bean sprouts and “noodles” from a rare blue lobster meat. The proceeds will go to the Children's Hospitals of Los Angeles and Orange County as well as the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

$5,000 Bowl of Soup

Nigerian 107 Wives

Nigerian 107 Wives - A Nigerian faith healer’s 107 marriages are being scrutinized by the Nigerian government and religious authorities.

Bello Maasaba currently has 86 wives, and he plans to marry more women. Maasaba says he led a normal life with only two wives until he was 21-years-old. He claims a vision came to him while he was severely ill. Since Maasaba recovered, he has become a faith healer and begun taking more wives.

Maasaba has divorced 12 of his wives, and nine of his wives have died. He is the father to 185 children, and his extended family includes roughly 5,000 members. Many members live in the area surrounding Maasaba’s compound.

Islamic authorities and the Nigerian government have made several inquiries into Maasaba’s marriages. A Sharia court ordered the divorce of 82 wives in 2008, but Maasaba refused and was arrested. He was incarcerated for 22 days until Nigeria’s High Court freed him.

Nigerian 107 Wives

Jesus Christ Mary Magdalene Couple

Jesus Christ Mary Magdalene Couple - A couple claims to be Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene reincarnated. The couple have set up a base in Queensland near Brisbane in Britain. They claim they have 30 to 40 followers.

Christian Church leaders and especially Catholic church leaders in the United Kingdom are worried about the cult that these two have started. They ask that members be cautious when joining new movements. They definitely ask with good reason. Jesus and Mary, real names Alan John Miller and Mary Suzanne Luck, have been asking for donations to "sustain them."

Police have said they have been called to investigate screams. They have learned that followers take part in a healing exercise that makes them shout to relieve "past soul damage."

Even more scary is that some followers have sold their homes to be clsoer to the "Divine Truth" group.

The Daily Telegraph reported, "Miller bought a 40-acre (16ha) property in 2007 and his Divine Truth followers have since been buying nearby blocks to be close to the charismatic leader, 47, and Luck, 32. Anglican Archbishop Phillip Aspinall and the Catholic church urged people to be cautious when exploring new movements."

Miller was previously married and has two children from that marriage. He said that the marriage ended when he realized who he was in his past life.

Jesus Christ Mary Magdalene Couple