Monday Buffet: Bravettes to State, Education Lawsuit ‘Moot’?, Not-So-Cute Knut

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday to Alexander Graham Bell.

It’s a snowy morning, once again, in the Flathead. On the Beacon this morning, a wrap up of weekend sports action. In Class AA hoops, the Flathead Bravettes are off to the state tournament after defeating Missoula Hellgate. While the season ends for the boys, defeated by Missoula Big Sky. In other basketball news, the All-Star Celebrity challenge is coming to town, with a chance to see several NFL stars. The NTSB says pilot error caused the crash of a plane carrying several skydivers near Marion last May. The former manager of Kalispell radio station pleaded guilty in district court to mail fraud last week. And Nathan Woods is Columbia Falls’ newest Eagle scout.

The controversy over state school funding is picking up steam, with Attorney General Mike McGrath filing documents that call a lawsuit by a coalition of educational groups, which charge that Montana is failing to provide quality education for its kids, “moot.” An analysis by Lee Capitol Bureau Reporter Mike Dennison charges that state Democrats’ claims of being allies to education are ringing hollow, as the Dems try to dodge the prospect of a special session. And a wolf killed in Northwest Montana last year will be mounted and put on display at Glacier High.

And finally, if you remember the furor of “awwwws” that cascaded down upon Knut, a polar bear cub living in the Berlin zoo, check out this shot. Knut is all growed up and he ain’t so cute anymore. He’s actually acting like a wild animal, much to the shock of many zoo visitors.

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