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Thirteen-year-old girl is both victim and perp

In most criminal cases, you have a victim and you have a perpetrator. The criminal and the one upon whom the crime was visited. The purse snatcher and the purse's owner. The shooter and the deceased. The rapist and the raped. In Utah, however, it...

Law lets boys and girls share locker rooms?

When I was in college, I had a locker in the women's locker room for a few semesters. No, I wasn't a cross-dresser nor have I since had a sex change operation. I was one of the more advanced fencers and, as such, had a locker at the top of the stairs...

Illinois school board ignores moment of silence

The Illinois state legislature overruled the wisdom of their governor and has changed the law to require teachers to "observe a brief period of silence with the participation of all the pupils therein assembled at the opening of every school day."...

Teens ignorant of sex laws

What's the one thing teenage boys want more than anything? Teenage girls, of course. The thing is, whether you're an old man like me or a high school senior, those teenage girls are very much off limits. Genarlow Wilson found that out the hard way --...

California bans smoking in cars with kids

As of January first, it will be illegal to smoke in a car in California when a minor is present. "Protecting the health of our children is among government's highest responsibilities," said state Senator Jenny Oropeza, the bill's author. "It is clear...

Abortion ban in Nicaragua leads to death

Last November, Nicaragua enacted a law making all abortion illegal, including in cases of rape or when the pregnancy endangers the life of the mother. For the wealthy, this is not a problem -- there are clinics in Miami they can visit or even in...

Teens: hang up and drive in California

Yesterday, Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill prohibiting teenagers from using "mobile service devices" -- including cell phones, iPhones, pagers, laptops, and other such gadgets -- while driving. There are already more than a dozen other states...

Car seats: switching up

Every state in the US has laws mandating that young children ride in a car seat when traveling in an automobile. For every state except Kentucky, a car seat is required until the child is four years old or weighs more than forty pounds (some states...

Pennsylvania breastfeeding law backlash

Gov. Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania recently signed a law making it legal for a woman to breastfeed anywhere she has a right to be, public or private. Previously, Pennsylvania was one of only fourteen states that did not protect a woman's right to...

California says no to LGBT harassment in schools

The California state senate recently passed SB 777, also known as the Student Civil Rights Act. The new legislation creates uniform nondiscrimination standards within the state's education code and clarifies the responsibility of school officials to...

Texas law could fine parents for missing parent-teacher conference

What the heck is with Texas this week? It seems like every other news story I've come across is pointing out some ridiculous thing happening here. A state lawmaker would like to introduce a law that charges parents who skip scheduled parent-teacher...

Legislator wants to ban tanning for teens under 16

I spent a good amount of time in my teenage years laying poolside, working on getting the best tan. Sure, I had heard all about wearing sunscreen and such, but I didn't care. I wanted to look good and, in my mind, tanned skin looked good. Now that...

South Korea trying to wean teens from cell phones

In South Korea, where four out of five people own a cell phone, lawmakers are trying to change the rulebooks so that parents can control how long cell phones are used. Starting in January, children will need parental permission to go above a set...

Indian boy wins world peace prize

An inspirational 14 year old boy has reminded adults that they have a duty to listen to children. Om Prakrash of Rajastan, India was forced to work as a farm labourer from the time he was only five years old. He was regularly beaten and never paid...

New study says birthparents' rights need to be respected

A new report from the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute concludes that birthparents, for the most part, do no not have all the information they need when they are considering putting up their infants for adoption. According to the organization,...

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