Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

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QUOTE, UNQUOTE

"We need to value quality instruction over everything else."

-- Gov. Roy Barnes, who told school administrators at a conference yesterday that Georgia needs to change the way it teaches its children. Story, this page.

KEEPING PRACTICE SAFE

When Cobb County football coaches need to decide whether it's too hot to practice, they'll have fancy new heat meters to help them make the call.

The device is called a digital psychrometer. And, starting with summer practices this month, the coaches have to use it.

The new policy resulted from the death last year of Wheeler High School student Marcus Ellison, who collapsed from heat stroke at the end of practice July 28. His parents have a wrongful death suit pending against coaches, trainers and school officials.

The hand-held psychrometer measures temperature, humidity, wind speed and heat radiating from the ground. Those measurements are crunched into what's called a wet bulb temperature.

An air temperature of 92 degrees with a relative humidity of 60 percent, for example, would yield a wet bulb temperature of 80 degrees.

The new Cobb County policy requires coaches to call off practice when the reading is 82 degrees or higher. That applies to all sports, as well as band.

-- Associated Press

WILDFIRES HIT UPSON

A wildfire burned more than 350 acres in Upson County Sunday, forcing the evacuation of about 20 homes.

No injuries were reported.

The Georgia Forestry Commission was called to the scene at 2:30 p.m., said district forester John Merrill. The fire spread quickly, but was contained within about four hours, he said. …

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