Arizona teacher drunk at school, district says

A teacher at Poston Butte High School in San Tan Valley was cited Wednesday after she showed up to school intoxicated, authorities said. Kathleen Jardine, a 57-year-old math teacher, blew a 0.205 on a breathalyzer test after officials arrived at the school, according to Sgt. Pat Ramirez, a Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman. The teacher was removed from the classroom and confirmed to be intoxicated by the school's resource officer, said Richard Franco, a Florence School District spokesman. Jardine initially denied having drunk alcohol, but she later admitted she had been drinking Tuesday night, Wednesday morning and Wednesday during her lunch break, according to Ramirez. "I was afraid I was too intoxicated to drive so I took a cab this morning," Jardine told officials after being questioned about how she got to school Wednesday morning. A school security officer searched Jardine's purse and discovered a half-full 750 milliliter bottle of vodka and an empty single-serving bottle of wine, Ramirez said. Jardine was cited for public intoxication and released into the custody of her daughter as officials conduct a criminal investigation. After police spoke with students in the class, Ramirez said Jardine also faces possible charges of disorderly conduct. Jardine has a history of showing up intoxicated to teach, according to Sheriff Paul Babeu. Jardine was fired from a school in New Mexico in 2011 due to a similar circumstance, he said.(AZCentral.com)



A linguistics professor from the University of Pennsylvania reports that men are 250% more likely to use the vocal pause “uh” and women are 22% more likely to fill the silence in their sentences with “um.” Believe it or not, there’s a reason for this. According to professor Mark Lieberman, men use “uh” as a placeholder. They say it as their brains try to think of the next words to use. Women, on the other hand, use “um” as a message to the person they’re talking to. “Um” supposedly means, “That’s interesting, I’m thinking about it.” (Washington Post)


Single mother of 5 uses texts to convince thief to return stolen van

A woman used text messages to convince a thief to give her back her stolen van. When Bratten walked out of the Kmart store near U.S. Highway 24 and Missouri Highway 291, her van was gone. It was her work van. The van Bratten uses for her business to provide for her five children. "I just got angry and then I remembered that phone was in there and I thought ‘Let me text them a message' and I did," Bratten said. Bratten sent a text to the cell phone that she knew was inside her van. The first text, understandably so, wasn't so nice. "I used some pretty explicit words and I said ‘Hey, you just stole a single mother of five's work van. You are ruining my life here,'" she said. Three hours went by and Bratten kept texting. Then, on her final text, she desperately pleaded. "OMG car thief people can you just give me my van back!," she wrote. "It would be epic, the miracle I need right now." "And then he texted me back and gave me step-by-step directions where to find the van and I went there with my mom, and my dog and the van was there," Bratten said. The thief sent the single mother a final text which read: "I do feel bad...my kids needed a meal on the table so that's what their dad did got them food. I know its wrong but it's been so hard since I lost my job." Bratten said she didn't have the heart to follow-up with police. "I can really relate on the human level of the struggle of feeling desperate and making poor choices. I can understand how people act out of fear making poor choices. What matters in the end, he really did the right thing," she said. Police say it was very risky for Bratten to return to pick up her van without calling them. They would have gone with her. Bratten even said in one of her text she tried to tell the thieves how bad the van was - that it leaked transmission fluid. When she got the van, there was an empty bottle of transmission fluid in the van that had been used to fill it up.