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Kentucky court nixes second-parent adoption

So say you're in love with someone. Totally and completely. And not just them, but their kids too. So you want to get married and legally adopt the kids. But there's a problem. Perhaps you're disabled and, if you marry, you'll lose your disability be...

Embracing the goth in you (and your teen)

Blame it on The Cure. Blame it on Edward Gory. Whatever you do, though, you can't deny the Goth. The culture, the fashion, hey, the eyeliner. It's alive and well now as it always seems to have been--at least since the late seventies/early eighties...

What to do with old concert T-shirts

When I was a teenager, I spent a lot of time listening to music, and perhaps even more money on t-shirts from the concerts I attended. I've kept them faithfully over the years. In fact, they've traveled from Kentucky to New York several times and h...

Radar gun toting boy aims to stop speeders

Lots of little boys dream of careers in law enforcement. In preparation, they spend hours playing cop, arresting their little friends and writing tickets. But this sort of pretend police work is just child's play for Landon Wilburn of Louisville, Ken...

In wake of shootings, schools practicing lockdowns

When I was a freshman in high school in Louisville, Kentucky, one strange sunny day we were all shoved into classrooms where the doors were locked. We were told to remain silent. It was only then the rumors started flying. Someone had a gun. Someon...

R-rated silly straws causing a stir

I didn't sleep well last night, so my maturity meter may be broken. But I can't stop giggling under my breath about these questionable silly straws a Kentucky mother bought at Walmart. Andrea Bailey thought she was buying a package of colorful, twist...

A grandmother passes away

This year at sort of the last minute we decided to head back to my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky to visit my side of the family for the holidays. We figured we'd never know when the last time we'd see any of my four grandparents given their ages ...

Traveling for the holidays

Ah, December. It's a month I look forward to in a way, one that should be filled with evenings of hot chocolate by the fireside and sugarplum fairies. It should be filled with snow-covered trees and wrapping up in warm blankets with the rest of the...

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...

Baby survives tornado

This is the stuff of my nightmares. A fourteen month old miraculously survived after being thrown more than 40 feet during a tornado. Blake Opperman was found fine and dandy under a pile of debris after a tornado struck his family's home in Milling...

Breast-feeding mom takes on Applebee's

Brooke Ryan claims all she was after last June was an anniversary lunch with her husband and baby at an Applebee's restaurant in Kentucky. What she got was a battle with the restaurant chain over her right to breast-feed her son in public. She says s...

Summer camp memories

As the end of summer slowly approaches (and it would have to given the unbelievable heat), I find myself thinking about my favorite memories of summers past. The part of me that will always be a kid resurfaces every summer to reminisce about summer...

Have baby: Will travel...greetings from the heartland

[Have baby: Will travel chronicles one new family's roadtrip adventure from New York to the South...and back.] Wow. I've been without consistent (or any) Internet access since I last wrote, and all I can say is: wow. I never realized how dependen...

No more tossing your cookies (or candies) in Stanford

The Stanford, Kentucky city council has voted to ban the practice of throwing candy from moving vehicles in a parade. Candy can still be given out by hand or at booths, however. The problem, apparently, is that kids run out into the street to retriev...

Jail requires pregnancy test of female inmates

A Kentucky program aimed at identifying pregnant inmates has some advocates calling foul. The program, which began in September, requires that all convicted female inmates living in the county jail take a pregnancy test. If the test results in a pos...

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