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North Carolina's Amendment 1 bans Gay marriage

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North Carolina already had laws in place to prevent gay marriage, but Tuesday, May 08, 2012, they took it a step further. Voters went to the polls and decided 61 to 39 percent to become the 29th state to add an anti-gay amendment to the North Carolina constitution. Now it isn’t just marriage that has […]

Author of 'Where the Wild Things Are' has died

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The publishing house HarperCollins Publishers gave a statement today, breaking the sad news that beloved children’s author Maurice Sendak has died at the age of 83 due to complications from a recent stroke. Best known for his work on ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Sendak illustrated nearly 100 books during his career, which lasted 60 […]

CDC: Study shows teen pregnancy rates down; contraceptive use up

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The CDC released a report on Thursday regarding a national survey on the sexual behavior of 2,500 teens between the ages of 15 and 19 through the years of 2006 and 2010. This study finds that as many of 60 percent of the girls that have sex, are now using a more effective means of […]

Former Israeli Prime Minister: The US should lead the Attack on Iran

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is making news today as he says that if the situations in Iran escalates and military action is needed, the US, not Israel, should lead the attack. He is quoted in the Israel National News source Artuz Shiva as saying, “The last resort is a military action. And I […]

CDC inspects quarantined plane in Chicago

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CDC suspects a passenger flew with contagious disease Delta flight 3163 left Detroit and landed one hour later at Midway airport in Chicago, where it has been quarantined for over three hours. It came into Midway ten minutes early, but the Delta board inside shows it as delayed. This has been confirmed by airport officials […]

Special needs New Jersey teen bullied by teacher

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When Julio Artuz complained of being bullied, nobody, not even his parents believed him. Why? His bully was his teacher. Julio is a 15 year old special needs student enrolled in Bankbridge Regional School in Gloucester County, New Jersey, where he claimed his teacher was insulting and bullying him on a regular basis. Finding no […]

Man charged with assassination attempt on Obama

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Obsessed with President Obama and convinced that the government was conspiring against him, Idaho native Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez parked his car in the intersection of 16th Street and Constitution Ave., facing the South lawn of the White house, and fired. A distance of 700-800 yards from the White House. This took place on Friday night. […]

Harmful chemicals in Johnson's Baby Shampoo's

Posted on in Babies/Infants, Health, House & Home, News & Politics, Safety | 3 comments

Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo is the name most moms trust to gently and safely clean their babies. That shouldn’t be the case, according to an international coalition of healthcare and environmentalists that are calling on the company to remove 2 harmful, cancer causing chemicals from the shampoo. The Associated Press says there are safer […]

Trick or Treat? 10-year-old pulls gun on Halloween

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The Augusta Chronicle reported that an unidentified 28-year-old woman called 911 on Monday night when a Trick or Treating 10-year-old in her neighborhood pointed a 9mm handgun at her. On the corner of Schroeder and George St. in Aiken, South Carolina, the young woman recognized two 10-year-old brothers and greeted them, joking that she’d take […]

Hospitals nixing formula samples

Posted on in Babies/Infants, Feeding Issues, Health, News & Politics, Parenting, Pregnancy/Labor/Delivery | 2 comments

In a move to promote breastfeeding, hospitals across the nation are prohibiting the practice of doling out free formula samples to new moms at the end of their stay. In the past three years the trend has been on the rise, and the number of hospitals jumping on the band wagon has doubled, says a […]

New must have trend; Hair feathers

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School is back in session and as far as the female population is concerned, this season, hair feathers are the new silly bracelets. Hair stylists across the country are joining the rush to bring in the accessories. Everyone has them, from Fantastic Sam’s to trendier, mall salons. They’re typically made from the same stuff fly […]

Child Molester receives 19-year sentence

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After becoming intoxicated in St. Paul, Minnesota last May, John Heuer walked over to the busy Laundromat next door where he saw two young sisters. According to witnesses he told them they “looked pretty today.”Their mother ran him off but undeterred, he returned and kidnapped the younger girl, only 8-years-old. From there he put the […]

Taliban shoots down helicopter; 38 dead

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30 American troops, one civilian interpreter and 7 Afghan commandos were killed this morning when insurgents fired on their helicopter, causing it to crash. 22 of those American’s were NAVY SEALs.This comes just 6 months after the Navy SEALs brought down the infamous Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. These men were not in the group […]

Infanticide in Mali due to poverty

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Coumba went to Mali’s capital in search of work, knowing she was pregnant outside of wedlock. Afraid of her family’s reaction, the 18-year-old did the unthinkable. When her employer offered to take her to a hospital where she could safely give birth she refused. Instead, “When the time came for me to deliver I went […]

Student suicides bring school district under scrutiny

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Minnesota’s largest school district is under federal investigation after allegations of bullying for reasons of sexual preference. Anoka-Hennipen’s district 11 admitted on Wednesday that the US departments of Justice and Education launched their investigation in November of 2010. In a statement released to the press, the district said they’ve been having “collaborative discussions” with federal […]

Minnesota borrows money to end shut down

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The $35.7 billion budget deal brings to an end the nearly three-week state government shutdown, sending 22,000 laid-off state workers back to their jobs. This was the longest government shutdown in recent national history. “I’m not entirely happy with what I’m signing into law,” DFL Gov. Mark Dayton said, shortly after signing a dozen budget […]

Childcare aid pulled amid MN government shut-down

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Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin rules that only critical core functions of state funding will continue pending the state shut-down on Friday. She allowed for most of the services recommended by Governor Mark Dayton to remain in effect. Basic care would still be provided for Minnesotan’s in prisons, nursing homes and veterans homes, but she did […]

Drunk driving mom paralyzes woman; recieves 1 year prison sentence

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Last August 25 year-old Kirstin Kealy got behind the wheel of her car with a blood alcohol level of .26 which is three times the legal limit, reaching speeds of up to 90 miles an hour. 40 miles an hour over the posted speed limit. Kellie Stien pulled into what she thought was an empty traffic […]

Minnesota shut-down imminent

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Minnesota Republican House Leader, Senator Amy Koch and House Speaker, Kurt Zellers are in hot water this week after using the state e-mail system to send out a politically loaded message to state employees. The message was clear, they have no intention of changing their budget. Many of the receiving employees have spoken out to […]

Minnesota set for total government shut-down

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  Governor Mark Dayton has proposed a tax increase on Minnesota’s top 2% wage earners. The republican-controlled Legislative house has refused to allow this. The house has approved a $34 billion budget with no tax increases. In return, the Governor vetoed that. So far, for the 2 year budget plan, only the Department of Agriculture’s budget has […]

2nd child killed by Scarlet Fever

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  For the first time in at least a decade, Hong Kong has experienced the loss of a child due to Scarlett Fever. And not just one death, but two. This is a mutated strain of the Fever, more resistant to antibiotics than in the past. The victims were a 5-year-old boy who died in […]

Toddler finds burned body

Posted on in Boys, Crime and Punishment, Death/Loss, Miscellaneous, News & Politics, Safety, Toddlers | 0 comments

A St. Paul Minnesota toddler found a body in the alleyway behind his house this morning, at about 8:25 am. He was playing back there after he and his mother had brought his sisters to the bus stop. The boy, a 3-year-old, ran to his parents and  brought them to see. Kelly Stevens is a […]

Childhood Obesity hits Australia Hard

Posted on in Boys, Cooking, Education, Feeding Issues, Girls, Health, Heard On the Net, House & Home, Miscellaneous, News & Politics, Parenting, Politics, Social Issues, Teens, Toddlers, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Australian parenting website, ‘Raising Children Network’, is claiming that health problems created by childhood obesity are so severe, that there are real concerns the current generation of parents  will outlive their children! 1.5 million Australian children are obese, making that 20%-25% of the nations minors. The proportion of overweight or obese children in Australian is increasing at an […]

Minority Children use more Media

Posted on in Boys, Education, Entertainment, Girls, Health, Heard On the Net, News & Politics, Parenting, Social Issues, Social Media, Teens, Uncategorized | 3 comments

The almighty television The Kaiser Family Foundation put together a media study, all races represented, to see who uses media the most.  Northwestern University researchers analyzed the results and found that black and other minority children have far more media exposure than white children. Minority youth, ages 8-18 have an average of 13 hours exposure […]

Police: Stepfather beat daughter with fire poker

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A man in Burnsville, Minnesota found his underaged step daughter in bed with her 18-year-old boyfriend at 1am on Tuesday. His response was allegedly to retrieve the families Fire Poker, and beat them both with it as punishment. Cornelius Romelle Shaw, 42, was charged with malicious punishment of a child, a gross misdemeanor, according to a Dakota County criminal […]