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A10 THE HAYS DAILY News WEATHER WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28,2006 Expanded Forecast Partly cloudy: South winds 10to15 mph. • M^PH^^VPiMI ''t V !''-,'» Mostly sunny: Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High Low 97 65 National forecast Forecast highs for Thursday, June 29 Sunny Pt. Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy. South Partly cloudy. A 20- winds around 10 percent chance of mph. storms at night. High: upper 90s High: upper 90s Low: mid-60s Low: mid-60s Forecast for Thursday, June 29 SBNMY Mostly cloudy, then partly cloudy at night. High: upper 90s Low: mid-60s Mostly sunny, then partly cloudy at night. High: upper 90s Low: upper 60s City/Region Low | High temps « ;'<" ! NEB. MO: Sallna 65° | 93° £b ' OKLA. Wichita 64° I 93° Kansas City •'•> 63° | 88° • * Topeka 60° | 87° Pittsburg 63° I 89° • Fronts Cold Warm Stationary Pressure Low High LOCAL STATISTICS l ce Partly Cloudy JUNE 28, 2006 From Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center, Hays: Overnight low 58 Tuesday high 90 Record high 109 in 1968 Record low 49 in 1985 Year ago today 103 and 70 Precipitation for 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. today none Precipitation this year 6.88 inches Average to date 10.97 inches Sunset tonight 9:07 p.m. Sunrise tomorrow 6:14 a.m. Sunset tomorrow 9:07 p.m. From measurements taken at The Hays Dally News, 507 Main: Temperature at 11 a.m. today 93 Precipitation for 24 hours ending at 11 a.m. today :none Maximum wind speed recorded at 10:08 a.m. today 16 mph STATE STATISTICS High and low temperatures and precipitation for the last 24 hours: Hi Lo Prc Chanute 88 57 0.00 Coffeyville 89 59 T Concordia 88 57 0.00 V Dodge City 87 59 0.00 Elkhart 87 63 0.00^ Emporia 86 59 0.00, Garden City 87 61 0.00- Goodland 85 55 T Hays 86 63 0.OOi. Hill City 89 58 0.OOv Hutchinson 88 58 0.00 Lawrence 88 56 0.00'-' Liberal 88 59 O.OO 1 ' Manhattan 88 57 0.01 t Medicine Lodge .. 89 60 0.00 'j Olathe 85 62 0.06: f Parsons 89 57 0.00 Russell 88 63 O.OOq Salina 88 62 0.00 , Topeka 88 57 0.00 Wichita 88 60 0.00 Winfield 90 61 0.00 MOON PHASES on 7/3 7/10 7/17 7/24 Teachers sell their work online Trend continues for sales of homes By BEN FELLER ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — For all those teachers who take work home at night, creating lessons they hope kids will like, the reward is a good day in class. Now there could be another payoff: cash. Teachers are selling their original lectures, course outlines and study guides to other teachers through a new Web site launched by New York entrepreneur Paul Edelman. ' ^ e f «£l-' : ^?' el: ^^ rteach e^.corilpSlml% v Mitri eBiy for educatorSi : "Foif a $29:95 yearly fee, sellers'can post their work and set their prices. Buyers rate the products. "It's a way to pat teachers on the back, to value what they do," Edelman said. "They create the material night after night. The best way to value that is to put a price on it." Many Web sites offer lesson plans that can be purchased or downloaded for free. Yet Edelman says they don't cover a fraction of what teachers themselves have come up with. By offering them a way to make a buck, the 33-year- old former teacher says he's found a niche. He's banking on it. Edelman cashed in his retirement fund and maxed his credit cards to launch the business in April. He keeps 15 percent of every sale, but he knows the only way he will really make money is by getting "teacher-authors" to pay the membership fee. So far, he's recruited about 80. That includes eight former state teachers of the year who got free lifetime memberships. Need a lesson about the history of China? How about a way to teach the Industrial Revolution through documentary photography? Or a manual for organizing a poetry slam? They're all for sale. Many of the items go for only a dollar or so. "We're all out there looking for different things," said Ron Hubbard, 36, a fifth-grade teacher in San Ramon, Calif., who has pur- DIMA GAVRYSH/Associated Press Paul Edelman, 33, founder of the teacherspayteachers.com Web site, sits in his apartment Tuesday in New York. chased 11 items for $41. "Each class is different, each year is different. You like to put your own little spin on it." Hubbard, for example, picked up some timelines on American history, logic games for his gifted students and a software program that lets him randomly select pah-- ings of students. He's pleased. "It's fellow teachers, so you figure they're going to give you a good deal," he said. States decide which subjects must be covered in class. Textbooks provide outlines and exercises along with the basic facts. But teachers decide how to fill the gaps each day. "This is what we do all the time — we're down in the trenches, sharing information. This just gives us access on a much wider basis," said Jim Smith, who teaches U.S. history in Las Cruces, N.M., and took the state's top teaching honor a few years ago. Smith just made his first sale on the site. He isn't expecting to rake it in. "I've got lessons on there for $3.50," he said. "I'm not going to get rich off of that. Maybe an extra night each month I'll get to go out to eat." Jerry Caveglia, a retired 32- year teaching veteran from the San Francisco area, said he hates to see years of his original lessons go to waste. So he has posted 11 items, from a free list of excellent novels to a $10 unit on American studies. "It's hard for new teachers to know where to turn," he said. "This way, you can go online, get the material and look like a star without anybody knowing where you got it from." The site warns teachers not to post someone else's copyrighted material. If they do, their online store will be shut down and they might face legal consequences. Reg Weaver, who represents hundreds of thousands of teachers as president of the National Education Association, said he's never heard of teachers trying to sell their lessons. He said he didn't know enough about the Web site to judge it. But he doesn't mind sharing ideas. "This is the new generation of teachers we're talking about. They rely more on technology," Weaver said. "If something works, it doesn't matter where it comes from." Teacher entrepreneurship isn't new, said Charlene Gaynor, CEO of the Association of Educational Publishers. Teachers have helped turn supplemental publishing — that is, the daily classroom lessons and materials beyond textbooks — into a $3 billion industry WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of existing homes in May fell for the third time in the past five months, with the weakness led by a big drop in demand in the Northeast. The National Association of Realtors reported Tuesday that sales of previously owned homes dropped by 1.2 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.67 million units. The median price of the homes sold in May rose to $230,000 in May, up 6 percent from the same month a year ago. That represented a slowdown from huge double- digit price gains last year at the .,... peak of the housing boom. By region of the country, sales fell by the largest amount in the Northeast, a drop of 4.2 percent. Sales were down 3.8 percent in the Midwest. Sales of existing homes managed to post small gains of 0.7 per- cent in the West and 0.4 percent in the South. Analysts said this is a classic pattern for a cooling housing market with sales starting to lag under the impact of rising mortgage rates. David Lereah, chief economist for the Realtors, said he expected sales to fall by 6.8 percent from last year's record pace. Sales had surged to record levels for five consecutive years as buyers responded to the lowest mortgage rates in four decades. But with mortgage rates climb- .•jtlfflialfe&dily, unjler, the effect pf n - ,„, ,, credit-tightening by the Federal Reserve, analysts look for housing to slow this year but not to crash. The Realtors report showed that the number of homes still on the market at the end of May climbed to an all-time high for the month of 3.6 million units. The number of months it would take to exhaust that inventory level at the May >( sales pace would be 6.5 months, ,, the highest level since May 1997. Analysts said they believed that home sellers in many parts of the country will soon start to trim their asking prices in response to the rising level of unsold homes. That will help to boost sales. Lereah said he expected a housing slowdown but not a housing collapse as a strong economy keeps demand for homes at a solid y level. "Right now we are on course , said. _. ,, He said that 30-year mortgages,^, which are currently at 6.71 percent, could climb to 7 percent by . the end of the year or even higher ' if the Fed goes farther hi boosting interest rates than is currently ex-' pected. Hays Medical Center WELCOMES Hrushikesh Vaidya, MD to Pulmonology Associates of Hays Dr. Vaidya completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Vaidya is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine. Dr. Vaidya is accepting appointments for pulmonary and sleep patients beginning July 10th at Pulmonology Associates of Hays. Please welcome Dr. Vaidya and his family to Hays! DeBakey Heart Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Center Imaging Center Ambulatory Surgicenter .Rehabilitation Spine Surgery Joint & Hand Care Center Eye Surgery Woman, Infants & Pediatrics 1+ 2214 Canterbury Dr. Ste. 200 Hays Kansas 67601 785.261.7450 www.haysmed.corn HaysMedicalCenter Today is Wednesday, June 28, the 179th day of 2006. There are 186 days left in the year. Today in History By The Associated Press Today's Highlight in History: On June 28, 1914, Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife, Sofia, were assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serb nationalist - the event that triggered World War I. On this date: In 1778, "Molly Pitcher" (Mary Ludwig Hays) carried water to American soldiers at the Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth, N.J. In 1838, Britain's Queen Victoria was crowned in Westminster Abbey. In 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending World War I. In 1939, Pan American Airways began regular trans- Atlantic air service. In 1950, North Korean forces captured Seoul, South Korea. In 1978, the Supreme Court ordered the University of California at Davis Medical School to admit Allan Bakke, a white man who'd argued he was a victim of Newspaper Activity "Molly Pitcher" (Mary Ludwig Hays McCaley) was given the rank of sergeant and became the only woman officer in the Continental Army because of what she did during the Revolutionary War, on June 28, 1778. Pretend you are a newspaper reporter of the time. Write a 100-word article describing the heroism which earned "Molly" such high honor. reverse racial discrimination. In 2000, seven months after he was cast adrift in the Florida Straits, Elian Gonzalez was returned to his native Cuba. Ten years ago: The Citadel voted to admit women, ending a 153-year-old men-only policy at the South Carolina military school. Five years ago: Former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic was handed over by Serbia to the U.N. war crimes tribunal. One year ago: On the first anniversary of Iraqi sovereignty, President Bush, addressing the nation from Fort Bragg, N.C., rejected suggestions that he set a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq or send in more troops as he counseled patience for Americans who were questioning the war's painful costs. Today's Birthdays: Comedian-movie director Mel Brooks is 80. Actress Kathy Bates is 58. Football Hall of Famer John Elway is 46. Actor John Cusack is 40. Thought for Today: "One of the sources of pride in being a human being is the ability to bear present frustrations in the interests of longer purposes." - Helen Merrell Lynd, American sociologist and educator (1896-1982). Newspapers in Education Sponsored By: Join us and celebrate with Mary Riggs Retirement OPEN HOUSE i .. '' ' .• FHday, June 30 * 2 to 4 pm Sunflower Bank * 1010 E. 27th Refreshment served. Ma»y Riggs has been with Sunflower Bank jtoraore than 1§ m® and her weer ^pans more than 40 years - all In Hays! Stop by pn frid^y and wish Mary well as-she upon her retirement % will pe m * _ i f

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