Scott Simon http://wfpl.org en High School Newspapers: An Endangered Species http://wfpl.org/post/are-high-school-newspapers-endangered-species Does your local high school have a student newspaper? And in this day when a social media message saying, "Tonight's Green Design and Technology class homework sucks!" can instantly be sent to thousands, does it need to?<p><em>The New York Times</em> reports this week that only 1 in 8 of New York's public high schools has a student newspaper — and many of those are published just a few times a year. A few more are online, which can leave out poorer schools.<p>The national figures are a little higher. Sat, 01 Jun 2013 11:50:31 +0000 Scott Simon 5618 at http://wfpl.org High School Newspapers: An Endangered Species At The Spelling Bee, Spelling Is No Longer Enough http://wfpl.org/post/spelling-bee-spelling-no-longer-enough-0 This week, the National Spelling Bee announced that spelling will no longer be enough.<p>Beginning this year, contestants in the early rounds will not only have to know how to spell, say, "flocculent," but also know whether it's:<p><blockquote><p>A) an intestinal disorder among sheep<p>B) the stuffing inside a sofa pillow<p>C) a clump of wool<p></blockquote><p>It's C, by the way.<p>Paige Kimble, executive director of the Spelling Bee, says the change was made to reinforce that the purpose of the whole national contest isn't just to produce a newsclip of brainy and endearing youngsters in bottl Sat, 13 Apr 2013 12:15:32 +0000 Scott Simon 4963 at http://wfpl.org At The Spelling Bee, Spelling Is No Longer Enough History Sometimes Rewards Those Who Are Sidelined http://wfpl.org/post/history-sometimes-rewards-those-who-are-sidelined You might look for a player along the sidelines in the Super Bowl on Sunday named Alex Smith and wonder, as he might, if he'll be the next Wally Pipp or Ken Mattingly.<p>Pipp was the Yankee first baseman in 1925 who had a headache and was told to take two aspirin and sit out the game. A young player named Lou Gehrig took his place — and stayed at first base for 14 years, becoming one of baseball's most storied players.<p>Pipp wound up working in a screw factory. Sat, 02 Feb 2013 13:34:22 +0000 Scott Simon 3776 at http://wfpl.org History Sometimes Rewards Those Who Are Sidelined