SM North teacher suspended for making joke about pornography. Fox 4 reports that SM North teacher Ben Keech has been suspended for making an off-hand reference to pornography during a discussion about obscenity laws. Keech, a member of the faculty for more than 10 year, reportedly mentioned a fake porn movie title — “101 Way to Do Your Mom” — as he was making a point about the history of obscenity law. Coverage from local TV is linked below:
- [Shawnee Mission North teacher draws suspension — KSHB]
- [Shawnee Mission North teacher suspended for mentioning porn-film title in class, kids say
- — Fox 4]
- [Popular teacher suspended after porn movie joke — 41 Action News]
SM East names Art Newcomer Scholarship winners. SM East’s athletics department has announced that seniors Jamie McDonald and Jessica Young are the recipients of this years Art Newcomer Scholarships, which recognize students who excel both in the classroom and in the sporting arena. McDonald is a standout tennis player on the boys team, which remains atop the state tennis rankings. Young is a key piece of the girls soccer team, and will be playing ice hockey at Middlebury College next year.
High temperature could hit 93 today. The latest forecast from the National Weather Service predicts a high temperature of between 88 and 93 degrees today. It’s a marked break toward above-average temperatures in a year that has been unusually cool. According to the NWS, the previous 12 months have been the seventh coldest on record in Kansas City history. A chance for strong storms arrives tonight and will last through Thursday.
SM East baseball suffers loss to Olathe Northwest. SM East’s baseball team hit a bump Tuesday against a strong Olathe Northwest team, falling 0-4 at the 3&2 Baseball Complex in Lenexa. Though the Lancers are still 12-5 on the season, they are 5-4 in league play, putting them in fifth place. The Lancers face SM North Thursday at SM North, with play beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Barn Players to present acting class. A Master Class with Nancy Opel, a Tony-nominated actress and Kansas City native will teach the class on May 22 starting at 2 p.m. The number of participants is limited. She will do a three hour session including acting and singing lessons. Opel grew up in Prairie Village and Leawood and is a SM East graduate. She went on to KU and Juilliard. She recently starred in Hello Dolly at the Ford Theater in Washington, D.C.
Ribbon-cutting at Stroud’s. The Stroud’s in Fairway recognized its new ownership with a ribbon-cutting hosted by the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. KC Hopps recently purchased an equity position in Stroud’s.