Medal of Honor awaits Marine
Dakota Meyer was ambling through the cafeteria of his Kentucky high school in 2006 when he came upon a recruiter for the Marines. Curious, he struck up a conversation but told the military man he was hoping to play college football after graduation. "Yeah that's what I would do, because there's no way you could be a Marine," the recruiter told him. Meyer walked away, the taunting words ringing in his ears. He returned five minutes later, ready to enlist. On Wednesday, he shared a beer with President Barack Obama at the White House and today will receive the military's highest award, the Medal of Honor, for charging five times through heavy gunfire to rescue comrades ambushed by insurgents in Afghanistan in September 2009.
Heat wave has Texas in its grip
Wichita Falls became the latest Texas city to have 100 days of triple-digit temperatures in one year. Not far from the Oklahoma state line in north Texas and home to the Hotter 'N Hell Hundred bike race every summer, Wichita Falls broke its one-year record for 100-degree days weeks ago. The previous mark of 79 days came in 1980, which was the benchmark for Texas heat waves until this year. Dallas-Fort Worth also broke a 1980 mark with its 70th triple-digit day of the year Tuesday, becoming the 16th region among 20 around Texas to set a record, while Laredo tied a record with its 115th triple-digit day of the year Wednesday.
SAT reading scores sink
SAT reading scores released Wednesday for the high school class of 2011 were the lowest on record, and combined reading and math scores fell to their lowest point since 1995. In the context of the 800-point test administered by the College Board, the three-point decline in reading scores to 497 may seem little more than a blip. Reading scores are also notably lower than as recently as 2005, when the average was 508. Average math scores for the class of 2011 fell one point to 514 and scores on the critical reading section fell two points to 489. Last year, 1.65 million students took the test.