Latest Scott Elliott Stories

2008-08-20 12:00:50

By Scott Elliott Staff Writer DAYTON -- High school attendance in the city school district improved during its first week of school, but remains low overall as students make their own way to school without district-sponsored busing. Accurate attendance figures were hard to come by, as each school's enrollment is in flux. During the first few weeks of classes, schools firm up their lists of enrolled students, deleting those who have moved or left and adding new students. But comparing...

2008-06-25 18:00:00

By Scott Elliott Staff Writer DAYTON -- The city schools' graduation rate will rise again when the district's state report card is released in August. This time, Dayton will report 82.8 percent for its graduation rate for 2006-07, up from 79 percent on last year's report card. The report card's graduation rate data is always one year behind. The gain continues a trend that has seen the city schools' graduation rate jump from 53.8 percent four years ago. "It's been a team effort,"...

2005-12-04 11:30:29

By Alexis Greene NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - We've all been to one of those awful parties -- the kind where people make mindless chit-chat and drink too much, for lack of anything else to do. Perhaps that's why Mike Leigh's drama "Abigail's Party," which is having its New York premiere courtesy of the New Group, is enthralling and fatiguing. It is fascinating and even funny to watch five people reveal their jealousies, inanity and brutality. But since (let's face it) we have been...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'