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Beautiful rendition of ‘Creep’ incorporates old-school sound

It’s official, Postmodern Jukebox can masterfully cover any song and make it sound like it belongs in a different decade.  This time, the band has tackled Radiohead’s ’90s hit “Creep”, turning the song from a weird alt-rock rage-fest into a smooth ballad complete with a horn section and piano.

Funny story… I used to have a Radiohead t-shirt with Creep on the front and “I wish I was special” on the back.  One day when I wore it to the grocery store, an older lady came up to me from behind, tapped me on the shoulder and said:  “You know, you are special.  Don’t let anyone tell you differently.”  (See, there are nice people in the world.)  At first, I didn’t know what she was talking about… Me, special?  Until I got home and took off the t-shirt. 🙂

When Compassion Fails

Ruben [Vela] was an eighth grade boy who came to my class late in the school year. He had moved south from big-city San Antonio, Texas to our little rural school because of family upheaval. He was a slight, short, skinny child with large, liquid brown eyes and a haunted stare that could pierce your soul. Almost from day one he was the center of attention for one of the eighth grade attack roosters in our little school. Vicente Feyo (not his real name) was a beginning Gold-Gloves boxer following in his older brothers’ footsteps…

The child was dying before my eyes. I had to do something. Our principal was a good man with a good heart, but Vicente had parents who were very prominent and powerful in our little South Texas Hispanic community. He couldn’t handle having to risk backlash in reprimanding Vicente over something that he told me, “…is just part of our Mexican-American culture. Boys just have be macho and strut in front of the girls. He doesn’t really mean anything by it.”

One day, after class, I pulled Ruben aside and tried to talk to him. “What can I do to help?” I asked. “I am not going to put up with him acting like that in class, or in this school,” I said, “but what else can I do?”

“You can’t do anything, man. You are a gringo teacher. This has to be between me and him. You just don’t understand, man.”

I didn’t understand. I thought teachers were heroes…

Rule Proposed on Providing Mental Health ‘Parity’ in Medicaid Program

A federal law that passed in 2008 was supposed to ensure that when patients had insurance benefits for mental health and addiction treatment, the coverage was on par with what they received for medical and surgical care. But until now, the government had only spelled out how the law applied to commercial plans.

That changed Monday, when federal officials released a long-awaited rule proposing how the parity law should also protect low-income Americans insured through the government’s Medicaid managed care and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) plans. The proposed regulation is similar to one released in November 2013 for private insurers…

The proposal would mean that plans no longer could have hard limits on coverage such as a certain number of mental health visits in a year. And if a patient were to be denied treatment for a mental health or substance use disorder, the insurer would have to explain why…