Monday, August 25, 2014

News and Obits and News About Big S**ts

The good die young: This obituary reports that the founder of one of the leading cancers in higher education, John Sperling, the founder of the degree mill called the University of Phoenix, has died. He was a mere 93 years old.

He was a clever guy who found a way to milk the federal government via Pell Grants and other ways in order to line his pockets.

Sperling founded the Institute for Professional Development in 1972, followed by the University of Phoenix, a degree program aimed at working adults, in 1978. The for-profit university was one of the first to develop online degree programs.

The University of Phoenix is one of the largest private universities in the United States with more than a million students, alumni, faculty and employees, according to the Apollo Group, its parent company.

The kicker is he was actually an academic.

Over the weekend the Napa Valley got hit with a major earhquake.

Sunday morning's quake, believed to have originated on the West Napa Fault, caused a fire that destroyed six residences at a Napa mobile home park, damaged scores of homes and buildings in Napa and Vallejo and knocked out power to thousands. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency.

Speaking of earthquakes, Peru got hit with a 5.9 magnitude quake:

The 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit a mountainous area 43 kilometers (27 miles) east-northeast of Tambo at a depth of 101 kilometers (63 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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