August 17th, 2010
10:15 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

John Jackson

He is overseeing the release of an education study that showed in the 2007-2008 school year, only 47 percent of African-American males attending high school in the U.S. actually graduated.

"Yes We Can: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males 2010" is a study on academic parity in the U.S. that was released today.

New York State reports the lowest average nationwide. Of the number of black men that attended high school in 2007-2008, only 25 percent graduated. New Jersey, meanwhile, showed the greatest improvement. Of the black males who attended high school, more than 65 percent received degrees.

The study by the Schott Foundation comes out every two years.

Jackson, 37, joined the Schott Foundation as CEO in 2007. He is a product of Chicago's Southside, and its public school system. It was during his time in the public schools there that he realized the disparity between blacks and whites in education.

Schott Foundation: New report shows America's public schools fail over half of black male students

Schott Foundation: 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males

Chris Juby

The 30-year-old British man is tweeting the entire Bible, one chapter per tweet per day. Chris Juby of Durham, United Kingdom, began his effort on August 8 and as of today has more than 8,700 followers, according to his Twitter page. The summaries can never exceed 140 characters, per Twitter rules. Here are some examples:

"Gen1: God created the heavens, the earth and everything that lives. He made humankind in his image, and gave them charge over the earth."

"Gen2: God formed a man and gave him the garden in Eden, except for the tree of knowledge. Adam was alone so God made a woman as his partner."

"Gen7: Noah and his family went into the ark with two of each creature. It rained for forty days and forty nights and the earth was covered."

In a story that first broke last week in the Northern Echo newspaper in Durham, Juby said is should take approximately 1,189 days to summarize the text, which is actually about 800,000 words long. If all goes as planned, he should complete the task on November 8, 2013, Juby said.

Juby, who is a web developer and leads worship at King's Church in Durham, admits that not many Christians read the whole Bible and that this is by no means a substitute for it.

"It is perhaps regarded as a bit of an oddball thing to do," he said. "I hope in doing the summary, it will inspire people to read the Bible for themselves."

The Northern Echo: Chris Juby is tweeting one Bible chapter a day

Twitter: Bible Summary

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Evidence has been uncovered that around the 1820s, a hunchbacked man was employed at the famous French cathedral, and that he could be the influence for Victor Hugo's famous literary classic.

Adrian Glew, who is the head archivist at London's Tate Archives, told the Daily Telegraph of London earlier this week that while he was researching a memoir of another early 19th Century stonemason named Henry Sibson, he came across the following passage:

"I applied at the Government studios, where they were executing the large figures [for Notre Dame] and here I met with a Mons. Trajan, a most worthy, fatherly and amiable man as ever existed - he was the carver under the Government sculptor whose name I forget as I had no intercourse with him, all that I know is that he was humpbacked and he did not like to mix with carvers."

"When I saw the references to the humpbacked sculptor at Notre Dame, and saw that the dates matched the time of Hugo's interest in the Cathedral the hairs on the back of my neck rose," Glew told the Telegraph.

Sibson's memoirs - which also make reference to another Hugo contemporary named "Jean Trejean" - are on display at Tate until the end of August, according to the Telegraph.

Telegraph: Real-life Quasimodo uncovered in Tate archives

Randy Thomasson

He is one of the most prominent faces behind California's anti-gay-marriage movement and has fiercely criticized California's Governor, Attorney General and the Honorable Vaughn Walker for their roles in overturning the ban.

Thomasson, a former journalist and conservative radio talk show host is President of Save California and Save America, two organizations promoting family-friendly values in politics and society.

He's taken a stand on the boiler plate issues that dominate conservatives today - particularly Christian conservatives. Marriage as a biologically proven, heterosexual act to promote the species? Check. Spanking? Yes. Medical marijuana? Not a chance. He even has a fierce position on cross-dressing and transsexual surgery.

Recently, Thomasson has focused on California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown saying they violated their oaths of office by supporting gay marriage. And Judge Vaughn Walker, the man who overturned the ban? Thomasson issued a statement that did not mince words.

"Most people know that marriage is physically and biologically for a man and woman," Thomasson said. "The California Constitution and federal law agree with this scientific fact, while the U.S. Constitution is silent on marriage. Judge Walker has zero legal authority to redefine marriage, and no moral authority for attacking this sacred institution, the foundation of family. By inventing and imposing homosexual marriages, Vaughn Walker has launched a personal war against the written U.S. Constitution, the written California Constitution, the voters' interest and against every higher authority, including God Himself."

A federal appeals court on Monday put a hold on same-sex marriages in California until further hearings on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.

Save California: Randy Thomasson on Judge Walker's refusal to stay his ruling

CNN: Court temporarily blocks California same-sex couples from marrying

soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Troy from S'port

    Twitter is for pointless jiber jaber.......the perfect place for the bible (lowercase intended).

    August 17, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Troy from S'port

    The disparity between blacks and whites in education, I think, is more about poverty than race. If you look at states with higher levels of whites living in poverty you will see an increase in drop out rates among white students. There are many examples of men and women, black and white, who came from lower economic neighborhoods and often broken homes who work hard and take advantage of the education opportunities that are available to become successful productive members of society. So the disparity of education between blacks and white is linked to the disparity of poverty between blacks and whites. Breaking the poverty cycle has to become part of the solution.

    August 17, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bubba

    Tweeting the bible? Wow, he must be ten times more Christian than you guys who aren't tweeting it. He'll go to heaven for sure. Maybe everyone should bibletweet so we can ALL go to heaven.

    August 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave in DC

    God created man.
    Man created science.
    Science killed God, so
    Man killed God.

    August 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ms. Lopez

    These comments make me sad. With out God we have no hope. How can you say and be sure that there are no facts to support the Bible is true if there are no facts to deny it either! What I'm hearing is that you prefer to believe that this entire universe and everything in it came about in a "big bang" [emphasis on's not the Big Bang Fact] over billions of years ago rather than trusting that there is a great God who is all powerful, all knowing, and loves each and EVERYONE of you and chose to create this world. He created it and we destroyed it. God meant for His creation to be in a loving relationship with Him but because of our disobedience we have separated ourselves from Him. How easy it is to blame God or to say that He doesn't exist, this way the blame does not fall on us. The truth is that we all need Him desperately. Thankfully, He has made a way to bridge that gap to is the ONLY way.

    John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.

    All we have to do is believe in Him...

    p.s. Believing in God does NOT equal disbelief in science. Quite the opposite actually. Science demonstrates how detailed God is. I believe in God and I use technology, medicine, etc...and I thank God for them! 🙂

    August 17, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • birdlady

      Ms. Lopez, the only thing I could add to your great, truthful post is that I am truly amazed that citizens of this country would swoon over a fraud obama, call him the messiah and reject the true and living Holy God and His Son Jesus Christ. I am truly amazed at the ignorance and mental incompetence of people who live in this country.

      August 18, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
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