Meanwhile, another roundup had formed on social media, where the names of 22-year-olds Mike Mulugeta and Sunil Tripathi, the latter a Brown University undergrad who had been missing for a month, were being circulated as primary suspects. Their names were reportedly heard over a police scanner and posted by a Reddit user before being tweeted by @yourAnonnews, a handle run by the web activist group Anonymous, and quickly spread throughout Twitter in nearly 3000 retweets.
It was a incredible display of the sea of voices that make up social media, and the myriad ways they’re affecting traditional methods of journalism. Later, as journalist, MIT professor, and former Phoenix contributor Seth Mnookin live-tweeted the police pursuit of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from MIT into Watertown, countless people were able to follow the chase in real time from their smartphones, adding surreal dimensions of entertainment and virtual reality to journalism’s evolving profile.
The light at the beginning of the tunnel
Most state education programs are being gutted nationwide, but soon, Maine may become the seventh state in the nation to offer universal pre-kindergarten.
Maine legislators are reconsidering a bill from May (LD 1530) that would make universal voluntary public preschool programs in every school district in the state beginning in 2017. The proposal would make preschool an option for every 4-year-old in the state, a substantial increase from the 60 percent of Maine school districts currently offering preschool, which approximately 32 percent of eligible 4-year-olds attend.
It’s hard not to see this as a good development. US states are spending less per pre-K child than they have in a decade, but studies have shown that early education’s benefits are incredibly positive. Children who attend pre-school programs are more likely to stay in high school and pursue college education, and less likely to become pregnant as teens or engage in criminal activity. Additionally, it relieves parents of the cost of finding childcare a year earlier than they otherwise would, which would provide a boost to working mothers and help women close the earnings gap.
Of course, if passed, the bipartisan development could meet resistance in Governor LePage, who has thus far preferred to allocate education funds and attention to developing privatization efforts, charter-school development, and grade schools.