Jessica Lynch will be attending WVU this fall:
Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch will begin on-campus classes this fall at West Virginia University, the school said yesterday.
Lynch announced in March that she was beginning online courses at WVU and that she hoped to become an elementary school teacher.
“WVU is very pleased to be able to assist her in that pursuit,” school spokeswoman Becky Lofstead said yesterday, “and proud to call Jessica Lynch a Mountaineer.”
Lynch, a native of Palestine, West Virginia, is enrolled in the College of Human Resources and Education.
Former Gov. Bob Wise promised Lynch that the state would pay for her education at any West Virginia public college or university after her April 1, 2003, rescue from an Iraqi hospital.
Lynch, a former Army supply clerk, became one of the most visible faces of the Iraq war when she was rescued from an Iraqi hospital on April 1, 2003. Her convoy was attacked after taking a wrong turn in the Iraqi town of Nasiriyah. Eleven American soldiers were killed and six, including Lynch, were captured.
Is it just me, or does it feel like the whole Jessica Lynch saga took place decades ago? At any rate, Lynch looks good:
In other West Virginia news, Don Surber has an update on the Byrd commercials we discussed yesterday. Don thinks Byrd is ‘running scared,’ but I think it is a little too early to make such claims.
It’s so ironic she’s from Palestine, WV.
Hey, doesn’t that make her a… Palestinian?
She was on the season finale of Extreme Home Makeover, helping out the family of her KIA friend Lori Piestewa. It was a tear jerker of an episode, and Jessica was still walking with a cane.
In WV, the easiest way to find out if someone is a native or not is to getthem to pronounce the names of two towns- Hurricane and Palestine.
They are correctly pronounced (in WV), ‘Her-eh-ken’ and ‘Pal-eh-steen.’
I thought it was the barrel-with-suspenders outfit and the three teeth…but I only know about the South from dKos.
And I will pass on the “foxhole” line with regard to Miss Lynch.
Thanks for the link. And the pick
Been around so long that when one of those Florida thunderstorms hits I call it Hurricane Whatever instead of Hurricane. Not far from Poca
Cairo is another
Natives do this to mark their territory from outsiders
“Hurri-CANE? You ain’t from around here, boy”
OT, I spent 3 years in NYC calling Houston St. “Hew-ston,” finally got it right, and then came back to Mississippi calling Houston, MS “How-ston.”
Things will be so much simpler when our robotic overlords assign us all numerical coordinates.
Well, I pronounce Hurricane right, but had no idea about Palestine, which I had never heard of until the Jessica Lynch thing. I must live too far west in the state.
I just hope she manages to keep her shirt on while in college.
Where is Pvt. Englund going to school?
Andrew J. Lazarus
25 years in Berserkely and I still know my hometown (where the Nationals play baseball) has two syllables. Likewise the home of the Orioles.
You learn something new every day: Knew how to pronounce Hurricane, but not Palestine.
You know the merry, marry, Mary test, right? I’m told in WV that’s only one sound (true, John?), and in lots of the US it’s only two.
Are you saying there are places where merry, marry and Mary are pronounced differently?
The bravest thing Jessica Lynch did was challenge the Bush spin on her. She’ll do well.
Wow! She’s a hotty! UWV have that kinda talent in abundance?
In that picture she looks a lot like Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde, what with the pink blouse, and all.
Rightwingsparkle, fuck you. Leave it to a jackass like you to insert some pissy snark into a perfectly innocent article.