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The end of the bake sale?

It's a traditional, and often delicious way for schools, PTAs, and student groups to make money -- the bake sale. Parents chip in by contributing their favorite goodies, and students chip in by buying them. Win/win, right? Wrong, says California, who...

Will schools expel children of gays and lesbians?

Proponents of California's proposition 8 have put out a lot of misinformation, focusing mainly on schools; they claim that unless proposition 8 passes, California public schools will have to start teaching kids that they can only marry someone of the...

Billy Ray Cyrus lets Miley's boyfriend move in

Your 15-year-old daughter falls for 20-year-old underwear model. Do you: a) Lose sleep at night. b) Hope that you've raised her well, but keep a close eye on their activities. c) Wonder why in the world the chastity belt went out of style. d) Invite ...

Would you take your kids to Costa Rica?

When I was a kid, everyone took their family vacation to Florida. Sure, some opted for California, where there is a Disney Land and other beaches, but for the most part everyone went to Florida with their kids. As we've gotten older, and the Intern...

11-year-old forced to shut down veggie stand

Lemonade stands are a rite of passage for kids, their first foray into the world of entrepreneurship. Kids may haul out a table and chair in front of their house to earn a little spare change, or they may have more elaborate setups to raise funds for...

Arrested Development movie no longer arrested

Many of you may remember the television show Arrested Development. While critically acclaimed it didn't get much viewership, despite being very funny and witty. Perhaps it was because the show centered around yet another dysfunctional family, this ...

Baskin Robbins appeals to moms-to-be

Have plans for Wednesday, May 21st? Well, even if you do, if you happen to be pregnant, make sure you stop by Baskin Robbins. They're offering those expecting a new addition a taste of their own new addition--soft serve. Now, you may say Baskin Robb...

Man sues to take wife's name

After getting married, many women take their husband's last name. Other women hang on to their own name, or hyphenate to make a new, combined surname. It's unusual, however, to find a man who adopts his new wife's name as his own. Still, it's possibl...

Ontario to ban smoking in cars

It looks like Canadians are on the bandwagon with several states in the U.S. in the war against smoking. Authorities in Ontario are moving to ban smoking in cars when children are present. Offenders will be fined $247 if caught in the act of smoki...

Mayor steals from little league

Sad, but true. A former mayor and his wife (!) have been found guilty of stealing over $20,000 from a local little league. The two were found guilty of stealing money earned from fireworks sales over a period of three years. And, as a result, they'...

Programmers at Johns Hopkins U told to omit "abortion" from health database

Database programmers at famed Johns Hopkins University have admitted they were instructed to leave the word "abortion" out of searches in a public database on reproductive health. The admission came after several federal officials raised questions ...

California homeschooling revisited

Not too long ago, a California court issued a decision that seemed to doom homeschooling in the state for most families. The court ruled that in order to teach their own kids, parents would need a teaching credential for the appropriate age. Naturall...

The Governator likes homeschooling

"Every California child deserves a quality education, and parents should have the right to decide what's best for their children," said California's Governor Schwarzenegger in response to the state appeals court ruling that significantly limited home...

To heck and back

Well, in an interesting turn of fate, just before I found out I had strep throat, my husband's paternal grandmother passed away. This past weekend we piled one of the dogs, the baby, all his stuff and all ours into the car and hit the road once ag...

Split families and the holidays

With whom do you spend your holidays? Do you rotate them between your and your spouse's families? Do you hot one set for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas/Hanukkah? What about when divorce is involved? With our families, the holidays become a lit...

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