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11-year-old charged with DUI

When I was 11, I rode my bike. I drank Kool-aid. I had a healthy respect for police officers, and the law in general. Times have changed, apparently. At least that's how it seems, given the recent news about this 11-year-old girl from Alabama, who...

Judge lets off rapist of 10-year-old because girl wore "provocative" clothing

A UK judge has apparently lost his mind, barely punishing a man who raped a 10-year-old girl in a park because she wore a "provocative" bra and thong. The man should have received life in prison (and could have, according to UK law), but will instead...

Jailed for waving at his daughters

For parents who go through divorce or custody proceedings, the greatest fear is: "what if they never let me see my child again?" It's not likely, it's not normal, but it happens. And when it does, there's nothing you can do about it. That's what...

Kids play "too loud" in backyard, parents in court

I remember living near people like this guy when I was growing up -- curmudgeons that bought in a house in a family neighborhood, then constantly complained about all the kids who lived there. But as far as I know, nobody ever stooped so low as 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...

Which twin brother is the father of my baby?

This will almost certainly be the next blockbuster romantic comedy (or Lifetime original drama -- depending on how bad the script is), but for the moment, it's happening in real life. Holly Marie Adams had sex with two identical twin brothers, on...

Little League coach sued for poor instruction

My dad coached most of the youth sports teams I was involved with. And -- especially now that I've been indoctrinating her into the cult of baseball -- I figured I might do the same for my daughter. But if I'm going to be financially liable for every...

Why hasn't R. Kelly gone to trial?

Remember way back in 2002, when R. Kelly was in the headlines all the time? He was being charged with some pretty disgusting stuff -- namely, videotaping himself having sex with a 13-year-old. However, 5 years later, the charges stand, but yet there...

MySpace sued again over child safety

MySpace, the popular social networking website, is being sued by the families of five teenage girls who were assaulted by men they met through the site. Amid growing public concern and increasingly heated questions about MySpace's responsibility to...

Teen meows at elderly neighbor, gets away with it

A 14 year-old Pennsylvania boy was charged with harassment for "meowing" at his elderly next door neighbor. The judge told the boy that the behavior was immature, but ultimately dismissed the case. The boy's motivation? Revenge. The elderly...

Should we execute foster parents that kill children in their care?

In Ohio, child welfare directors have asked that foster parents who kill children in their care be automatically considered for the death penalty. The push for tougher rules governing the punishment of foster care parents arrives in the wake of...

Parents sue Starbucks over hot chocolate that's...hot

According to a lawsuit filed by Michael and Alexis Brennan, burns from Starbucks hot chocolate resulted in their daughter Rachel's skin "falling off of her." The incident occurred while Brennan was pulling away from a Starbucks drive-through...

Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock marry for the first of four times

Pamela Anderson (39) and Kid Rock (35) got married Saturday in St. Tropez, France. However, the marriage might not have been completely legal. People have to be residents of St. Tropez for a month before they can legally marry there. However,...

Father sues TV producers for cutting daughter's hair

Christina Ponce, 8,  was to be an extra on the set of a Steven Spielberg television series, Into The West. An unnamed stylist cut the girl's hair on the set to make her look more like an indian boy because of a shortage of boy extras. The...

Should parents be punished when their child commits a serious crime?

Three teenagers in Nashville attempted to rob a pizza delivery man - one of the kids, only 14 years old, fired nine gun shots at police. The other teenagers were 13, 15 and 17 years old and were already on probation. Now, all are facing serious...

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