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Clearwater High School in Clearwater, Florida, is switching from traditional texbooks to e-readers and is negotiating with Amazon.com to supply all 2,100 students with Kindles by next school year.  Principal Keith Mastorides told the St. Petersburg Times he was inspired to make the switch after campus surveys revealed a desire to integrate more technology with classroom instruction.

John Just, assistant superintendent for the district’s management information systems, told the Times that Kindle officials said that no other high school had embarked on such an effort. Schools elsewhere have used e-readers, but mostly on a per class basis.  The e-readers wouldl be fully loaded with all the textbooks students need, minus all the paper.  Just said Clearwater is prepared to spend about $600,000 on the project.

More oddities and entities:

In case they come to collect our debt: The Iberville Parish public school system in Louisiana plans to offer online Mandarin Chinese language classes through the myChinese360 program. The program is taught by teachers in China.

Snake justice: Two Clarksville, Kentucky, men were charged with stealing an endangered rattlesnake from the Nature Center at O’Bannon Woods State Park after one was bitten during a return trip to steal another snake.

In other animal violence: A tractor-trailer carrying 80 pigs overturned in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  Apparently, none of the pigs was injured but one did escape.  The accident on I-95 occurred near the same spot where just a few days earlier a tractor-trailer overturned with a load of watermelons.

But that’s not the worst thing to happen on I-95: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the 382-mile stretch of I-95 in Florida is the nation’s most deadly stretch of road.

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WTF? The Tennessee Revenue Department sent 1,000 tags to Coffee County with the suffix WTF. The county clerk’s office told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that there were some complaints and that those who wanted replacement tags were given them.

OK, maybe everything PETA does is not crazy: Members of PETA, carrying signs declaring “SeaWorld breeds for greed,” picketed the park in Orlando, Florida, after two orca whales were born there, fathered by Tilikum, the killer whale responsible for the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau.

Good lord: Deputies in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, arrested a 90-year-old  man on charges he murdered his 85-year-old wife with a hatchet after an argument.

Welcome to Louisiana:  Conservative activist-videographer James O’Keefe said video he shot of conversations with staffers of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu was deleted when his cell phone was returned after he and three others pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of entering federal property under false pretenses.  They got probation and community service — but no video.

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Ron Taylor

Ron Taylor

Ron Taylor was born and raised in Georgia and worked more than 40 years at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a reporter and editor and as an online producer for ajc.com and AccessAtlanta. He served for a time as the newspaper's regional editor, overseeing coverage of the South. He is co-author, with Dr. Leonard Ray Teel, of Into the Newsroom:  An Introduction to Journalism and has conducted workshops in the Middle East on feature writing.