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Best beaches for kids?

A new article touts the best beaches to consider hitting this summer. Now that Memorial Day is upon us in all its promising glory, beaches (as well as sunblock, floppy hats and other sun considerations) are tops on everyone's mind. I read this arti...

Teenage myths about sex and HIV

If you happen to see your teenager drinking bleach, you might have more to worry about once you get off the phone with poison control. It seems that teens in Florida believe that drinking a capfull of bleach will prevent HIV. As if that weren't enoug...

Woman arrested for faking pregnancy

A Florida woman is under lock and key for faking her pregnancy. The twenty-four year-old was supposed to be surrogating a child, and had collected nearly $6,000 for rent, medical bills and other assistance from two adoption agencies in other cou...

Florida school board bans sex clubs on campus

I'm not exactly sure what goes on at a meeting of a Gay-Straight Alliance club, but I'm pretty sure they're not donning pretty frocks and rushing in to back rooms to have sex. More likely, students discuss issues such as how "to make their school com...

Eight-year-old gives birthday presents to slain deputy

Sgt. Chris Reyka, an 18-year veteran of the Broward sheriff's department in Florida and father of four, was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle last August. His killers are still at large. His family, meanwhile, are without their...

Sweaty guy foiled by mom

Sharonda Wilson, a mother of two boys and aunt to four nieces, has been bothered lately by news reports of children being molested. So when she saw two teenage girls being chased by a "sweaty guy" and "screaming their lungs out," she had to do someth...

'Hurricane girl' tries to ride bike to Ohio

I remember getting mad at my parents when I was young and threatening to run away on my bike to California. I knew biking it from Texas to California would be a tough trip, but I totally thought it was doable. Somehow, I never worked up the nerve to ...

States change sex offender laws to reduce 'Romeo' convictions

So-called "Romeo and Juliet" romances, where consensual sex occurs between teenagers, sometimes leads to prosecution as a sex-offender for the older partner. In most states, a 19-year-old who has sex with a 17-year-old could be charged as a sex crimi...

$10,000 child support for another man's child?

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than a third of children born in the United States are born to unmarried parents. A 15-year old girl in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is one of those children and the state is trying to make Fra...

Twelve-year-old qualifies for U.S. Open

Alexis Thompson of Coral Springs, Florida, just became the youngest golfer ever to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament. Previously, the youngest was a girl nearly thirteen years old, but Alexis beat that by more than seven months. At th...

Does John Travolta abuse his autistic son?

Maybe he just couldn't handle the utter awesomeness of not only getting to meet Olivia Newton-John, but of getting to play her love interest (including getting to kiss her!) in Grease, and that's why John Travolta turned to dianetics. Me, I could han...

Random steriod testing for Florida high school athletes

Last year, New Jersey became the first state in the country to address the issue of performance-enhancing drug use in high school sports with a statewide policy for drug testing athletes. The initial testing this past fall resulted in zero positive r...

Pull up your pants

It seems that saggy, baggy pants are a serious problem down in Floriday. Kristin Darguzas reported on a preacher collecting belts to help gravity challenged teens, and now I've come across a state senator trying to address the same problem. Gary Sipl...

Florida governor seeks to create office to oversee adoptions within state

You have to give Florida Governor Charlie Crist some credit for trying to make adoption easier and more affordable in his state. Besides proposing an annual $3,000 subsidy for parents who adopt until the child turns 18 years of age, he is looking to ...

Follow-up: Vagina is back on the marguee

Florida residents, cover your daughters' eyes! The word vagina is back in view! After a woman called to complain that her daughter had seen the word vagina on a theatre marquee, the theatre changed it to read "The Hoohaa Monologues". As if that were ...

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