nonfiction books. Kerry said he hopes the book will encourage individuals to minimize their “carbon footprint,” whether it’s through the use of energy-efficient lightbulbs, driving less or other measures. The appearance contrasted with his October visit to Pasadena City College, where he made a blooper about education and the troops in Iraq at a campaign stop for then-gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides. “If you make the most of it and you study hard and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well,” Kerry said at the rally. “If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.” The joke reportedly was supposed to be, “You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq.” PASADENA – With his new book in tow, former presidential candidate John Kerry was in town Monday, making his first public appearance here since his infamous “botched joke” about getting “stuck in Iraq.” The Massachusetts senator stopped by Vroman’s Bookstore to discuss and sign copies of his new book, “This Moment In Time: Today’s New Environmentalists and Their Vision for the Future,” which he co-wrote with his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry. “It represents our hearts and our guts,” he told a crowd of about 100 people. “This book is a celebration of what a lot of Americans are doing on their own, some of whom are fighting their own government to get things done.” The book has reached No. 28 on the New York Times best-seller list for hardcover Commentators have pointed to his unfortunate remarks as helping undo his bid for the presidency. The senator steered clear of political issues this time around. Prior to his arrival, audience members were instructed to only ask questions about the book, not about politics. During his talk, Kerry spoke of the world being at a “tipping point” not only with regard to global warming, but with other issues such as overburdened fisheries, contamination of oceans and rivers, and toxins in commercial products. He criticized the Toxic Substances Control Act as not going far enough to protect consumers, requiring them, rather than manufacturers, to provide proof of harm. He also said the U.S. government is not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The solution, he said, comes in part from the actions of individuals, innovation, corporate incentives and commitment from political representatives. “Is this so big that you just have to hunker down at home and eat ice cream and watch TV?,” he said. “No. We can all reduce the carbon footprint … and we need to seize the opportunity.” His book drew inevitable associations with former Vice President Al Gore and his Oscar-winning “An Inconvenient Truth.” Kerry said his work on the book began before that movie came about, and he pointed to the fact that he attended the first Earth Day celebration in 1970. It was also a cornerstone in his campaign for president in 2004. Teresa Heinz Kerry was scheduled to appear, but was not feeling well, Kerry said. Kerry announced in late January he would not be running for president in 2008. He will run for re-election to his Senate seat from Massachusetts next year, and said that he has not decided who to support for presidential election. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Enlarge ImageThe cinematic future of the Star Trek Enterprise looks a bit grim. Paramount Pictures While Star Trek: Discovery is impressing fans with an extra dose of “action, wit and color,” it looks like the Star Trek 4 movie has been put on hold indefinitely. (Disclosure: CBS is CNET’s parent company.)Star Trek’s first female director, S.J. Clarkson, is jumping off the Enterprise to direct the upcoming HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series, Deadline reported Tuesday. In August 2018, the Hollywood Reporter reported that Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth (who played Kirk’s father in the 2009 Star Trek film) might not rejoin the series due to contract problems. With both the director gone and two of the stars walking away due to salary disputes, Star Trek 4 sadly won’t be engaging audiences anytime soon. Paramount Pictures didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. But Star Trek fans shouldn’t feel too distraught. In addition to Star Trek: Discovery, fans also have more than one new animated series to look forward to.On Tuesday, producer and writer Alex Kurtzman told The Hollywood Reporter there’ll be a “minimum of two” animated series as he continues to build out the Star Trek franchise.In addition to Star Trek: Lower Decks (the half-hour animated comedy from Rick and Morty producer Mike McMahan), CBS All Access has ordered two more installments of shortform series Star Trek: Short Treks. If that’s not enough new Star Trek shows for fans, there’s also the Patrick Stewart-led untitled Picard series, a Star Trek: Discovery spinoff starring Michelle Yeoh, and The Starfleet Academy from producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage in the works.Season 2 of Discovery premieres on CBS All Access in the US on Jan. 17, and on Netflix around the world. The new season begins with an episode titled Brother, which picks up right where season 1 left off with the arrival of the Enterprise. 14 Photos Tags Share your voice Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Star Trek: Discovery taps classic fun for new season: From the return of Spock to the lighter tone, this IS your father’s Star Trek. Star Trek: Discovery cast members on the tech they’d phase-blast away How Star Trek: Discovery’s Spock differs from the classic Nimoy take Star Trek: Lower Decks have you excited? Give the ’70s cartoon a try TV and Movies Every Star Trek: Discovery season 2 photo so far Comments Game of Thrones HBO CBS Star Trek Netflix 14 More Star Trek
On May 25, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) was joined by D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, D.C. Council members David Grosso (I-At Large) and Trayon White (D-Ward 8), Ward 8 D.C. State Board of Education member Markus Batchelor, Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles, and Director of General Services Greer Johnson Gillis to break ground on the new Benjamin Orr Elementary School in Southeast Washington. “My administration is committed to accelerating school reforms that gives all children, in every ward the opportunity to reach their full potential,” the mayor said. “Today’s groundbreaking marks the beginning of a great new chapter for the entire Orr community, including its incredible students, teachers, and families.”The projected design of the new Benjamin Orr Elementary school in Southeast D.C. (Courtesy Photo)The existing Orr Elementary school is an open space school built in 1974. Batchelor told the AFRO the open space concept is outdated and he is excited about the school’s new look.Orr is located in Ward 8 on Minnesota Avenue, S.E. and borders Ward 7 in a predominantly Black and working-class Fairlawn neighborhood. The school has 412 students and is 98.1 percent Black with less than a handful of Latinos and no White students according to District public school data.StartClass.com, a public school rating service, reports that 100 percent of Orr’s students are eligible for free lunch.That is in contrast with Janney Elementary School in predominantly White Ward 3 which is 74 percent White and seven percent Black with only three percent of its student body eligible for free lunch, according to the web site ElementarySchools.org.For decades, there have been news reports and complaints from Orr’s faculty and staff and community leaders that the school is uncomfortably hot in the spring and fall and extremely cold in the winter. There have also been complaints about rodents in the facility.Since the school modernization program began under D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty in 2007, Fairlawn activists and every Ward 8 D.C. council member since then has called for Orr’s building upgrade. It is not clear why the beginning of Orr’s modernization started a decade later, but Bowser told the AFRO not to blame her.“I can only speak for the past two years,” the mayor said. “We have been working on this for the past two years and the great thing is that the students don’t have to move to a new site.”Grosso concurred on the point of students going to school at the same site. “You will have a new building right here on the property,” he said. “That’s not true around the city.”The new school will feature 26 individual but flexible classrooms for students in pre-K through 5th grade. In addition to these teaching spaces, the new building will include a parent resource center, a dedicated suite for special education, a new library with an adjacent laptop lab and maker space, a music room, an art room with kiln, and an outdoor learning space.Wilson visited Orr a few months ago and was impressed with the instruction but not the facility.“I said ‘this school needs a new building’,” he said. “Bringing a new, world-class facility to the Orr Elementary School community so that our Ward 8 students can get high-quality teaching and learning in a high-quality building is a great achievement for our city.”The existing school will remain operational while the new building is under construction. Once the new school building opens in the Fall of 2018, the old building will be demolished. The project is slated to cost $47 million.The building will also have green, environmental sensitive features such as photovoltaic panels, onsite storm water retention, permeable paving, energy efficient equipment, daylight harvesting, and HVAC energy recovery.Carolyn Jackson-King, principal at Orr, said the modernization is just one of the “great” things that are happening at her school. “Orr has one of the largest pre-K populations in D.C.,” the principal said. “We believe in building relationships and every adult in the building makes a point of mentoring a student or a few students. We have an Emerging Males of Color grant for boys and for the girls, we formed the Pearls of Southeast. We are working under a $250,000 blending learning program. We are winning at Orr.”