Mt. Vernon Register-News


May 31, 2014

The Practical College Entrance Exam

It’s been pretty well established that doing well on traditional tests used for college admissions has no relationship to how well a student will do in college. Students with the same test scores often have different outcomes, some drop out, some excel and some struggle through. If only there were a test that would indicate how well high school students will do once they are in college. Something like:


If a pizza costs $6.50 and 3 people are going to share it, how long should it take to arrive?

1) 30 minutes 2) $2.17 3) 10 minutes 4) 2 pieces

If you have a 14-karat gold friendship ring that weighs four ounces and your friend has an 18 karat gold friendship ring that weighs four ounces, who is the better person?

1) you 2) your friend 3) I’m so jealous 4) 24 karat

What day of the week does the Laundry Fairy come to your dorm room?

1) Saturday 2) Monday 3) Never 4) Friday

Current Events

In what state is “Duck Dynasty” filmed?

1) Canada 2) Louisiana 3) Cuba 4) Chicago

Where do “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” live?

1) Nebraska 2) Michigan 3) New Mexico 4) None of the above

Who is the most evil person in “The Game of Thrones?

1) Melisandre 2) Joffrey 3) Jaime 4) Cersei


William Shakespeare wrote which classic?

1) X-Men 2) Harry Potter 3) Romeo and Juliet 4) Spiderman

Are this sentence correct?

1) Yes 2) No 3) True 4) False

If you are bilingual you

1) cannot marry in most states 2) have male and female sex organs 3) can speak two languages 4) are from Bilingua


O nvr mnd :). No 1 cn spl inny mor.


Where do babies come from?

1) Belize 2) Spain 3) South Dakota 4) Storks

How many times does a baby’s diapers need to be changed in the first year?

1) 2,190 2) 365 3) 100 4) 10,000

Whose grandparents should take care of the baby while you’re dating?

1) His 2) Hers 3) Both 4) My step-sister has her this week.

Science and Nature

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    July 26, 2014

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    July 25, 2014

  • A push for felon voting rights If advocates have their way, voting rights could be a new reality for the nation’s incarcerated.Full voting rights for felons is as hot a topic in Washington as voting rights in reverse pushed by voter-ID-tickled Republicans. But with new legislation

    July 25, 2014

  • Big insurers need better oversight Could Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. threaten the stability of the financial system? The U.S.’s top regulators are asking themselves this question as they consider whether Berkshire and other large insurers should come under Federal Reserve

    July 25, 2014

  • Questions for Obamacare after the ruling Tuesday, I outlined what we knew about Halbig v. Burwell, the case in which a federal appellate court ruled that subsidies for purchasing insurance under Obamacare can only be made available on marketplaces established by states. Now I propose to out

    July 24, 2014

  • Pensions not the problem I see in last night’s Register-News paper that James Rippy has attempted to enlighten us on pensions in Illinois. I also notice he has written so often he no longer has the title “guest columnist.” It is obvious he has the time and energy to work on

    July 24, 2014

  • Impasse threatens border solution After more than a year of contentious debate, could Congress be any more divided over the issue of immigration? The answer is yes.In the House, positions are hardening over what to do about the tens of thousands of families and unaccompanied young im

    July 24, 2014

  • Take a lesson from Texas I like to eat at blue-collar diners and cafes, particularly when I’m on vacation.It’s a chance to step beyond the homogenized national chains and experience a bit of local flavor.And being a reporter, I like to chat up local folks to find out a bit a

    July 23, 2014

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