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Man Fathers 21 Kids With 11 Moms

Desmond Hatchett, a 29-year-old man from Knoxville, Tennessee, has father -- are you ready for this? -- 21 children. With 11 different women. None of whom he is married to. And you thought Jon and Kate Gosselin had a lot of kids. Oh, and he...

6th Grader Sues Dad Over Grounding - And Wins

Most kids complain bitterly when they are grounded. Some will sneak out, while others will settle for slamming doors and announcing that they hate the person making the rules. But sometimes, kids get creative when they're punished: A 6th grader in...

Colorado Law Would Let Parents be More Involved in School

A new law that would give parents time off for school events like parent-teacher conferences won preliminary approval in the Colorado House of Representatives Friday and may soon be headed for the state Senate. The statute would force employers to...

New Law May Eviscerate Libraries

What if you walked into your local public library and there were no books for kids? Or, worse yet, what if your children simply weren't allowed in the library? I don't know about you, but the public library was an integral part of my childhood. We're...

Florida Ban on Gay Adoptions Ruled Unconstitutional

For thirty years, gays and lesbians have been prohibited from adopting in Florida. Thanks to Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman, however, that is no longer the case. The decision came about as a result of a suit filed by Frank Gill who, along...

Should Kids be Allowed to Ride Shotgun?

Remember the good old days when your car seat was your dad's arm thrown across your chest when he braked too hard? Nowadays, most states require kids to stay in some kind of booster seat until they're at least 15 years old. I kid, I kid. Sort of....

Dutch may force bad mothers to use contraception

It's not a bad idea, in an abstract, theoretical way. If you can't take care of the kids you have, you probably shouldn't oughta be having any more. It's even been tried, on a very limited and very optional basis, by offering incentives. The Dutch,...

At what age is it ok to leave kids home alone?

I was at least twelve years old before I was allowed to cross the street by myself. It was several years after that I was allowed to stay home alone during the summer while my parents were at work instead of going to summer camp. I always felt...

New toy safety bill in the works

It seems like a day doesn't go by that we don't hear about another recalled toy -- lead paint, dangerous chemicals, magnets -- but that will, hopefully, become less common, due to legislation making its way through congress. It's been hailed as the...

Contraception is abortion says Bush administration

According to the definition of abortion contained in a new proposal -- "any of the various procedures -- including the prescription, dispensing and administration of any drug or the performance of any procedure or any other action -- that results in...

Farewell to Mylar

Shaped like trains, numbers, and stars and filled with helium, Mylar balloons have become a colorful staple at birthday parties in recent years. Unlike traditional latex balloons, Mylar balloons can last for several weeks before deflating. Latex...

Science gets the boot in Louisiana schools

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal -- surprisingly, a biology major in college -- has signed into law a bill that allows school boards in Louisiana to select materials to be used in science classes in order to critique scientific theories. The law is...

Science in Oklahoma: God did it

The Oklahoma House of Representatives education committee is set to offer students a new way to pass science tests without actually having to go through the annoying process of learning anything. When they encounter a question to which they don't...

Don't french kiss kids in Virginia

I'm not sure what's more disturbing -- that french-kissing a ten-year-old was not a sex crime or that Virginia needed to pass a law to make it so. Whatever the case, legislators there passed a new law that would make it a misdemeanor for an adult to...

Georgia to track students' BMI

A new law in Georgia requires schools to measure and track students' body-mass index in order to help combat widespread problems with obesity; more than one third of the students in the state are considered overweight. They're not the first; several...

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