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In early October, a substitute teacher in Pittsburgh was surrounded by armed guards, detained for an hour, and suspended over notes he wrote about Osama bin Laden.

John Gardner had scribbled notes about bin Laden on a newspaper. Among them were the remarks, "Osama bin Laden did us a favor . He vulcanized us, awakened us, and strengthened our resolve." Gardner said the notes were for a book he was writing.

Gardner is suing the Pittsburgh Public School District for violating his free-speech rights and is seeking damages of more than $50,000. (Associated Press)

$1,989 Allegiance Plaque

"To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Congress officially recognizing the Pledge of Allegiance, Treasured Expressions is offering a cast bronze "Pledge of Allegiance" feature plaque . the new feature includes the words to the Pledge of Allegiance framed by sculpted portraits of a soaring eagle, an ethnically diverse group of young children with their hands over their hearts, the Statue of Liberty and a waving flag against a background of mountains and trees. With the renewed spirit of patriotism that Americans are displaying, this feature will create a meaningful tribute in schools while evoking a sense of national pride. The plaque is offered for $1,989.00."

Edison Sells Own Textbooks

The stock market recession has hit the already struggling Edison Schools, Inc. The day before school was to start in September, some Edison Philadelphia schools were forced to sell most of the textbooks, computers, lab supplies, and musical instruments for cash to break even, leaving students with supplies decades old.

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