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School Calls Foul, Suspends Students Over Farmer Flap

Apparently, agricultural workers all over the country should be offended: Nine Pennsylvania high school students were suspended after taunting the opposing team at a girls basketball game by dressing in farm clothes and sporting hats emblazoned...

Pollution Could Increase Risk of Miscarriage, New Study Shows

There could be a link between high levels of pollution and miscarriage, according to new research. Experts found that levels of pollution just above the "safe" amount could increase the risk of miscarriage. The study was carried out by the University...

High School Secretary Changes Daughter's Grades Electronically

A mom takes her daughter's grades into her own hands. Photo: Marja Flick-Buijs/sxc.hu
How do you know when you've become a little too entangled in your teen's life? Changing her grades to improve her class standing on a school computer is...

'Can baseball save your marriage?' and other shared activities

Do you like baseball? Any kind of sport? What about traveling or other activities? If you said yes to any of the above, do you enjoy doing so with your spouse? A new report from a set of studies, some of which have been going on for more than a...

Using the Force to improve test scores

In Pennsylvania, students are getting ready to take the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests, something, I'm sure, most kids dread and administrators fear. In one district, however, students have an edge -- the Force is with them....

School bus driver crashes bus, saves kids

Having grown up in the civilized climate of San Francisco, where we limit our extreme weather to a few days of rain per year just to prove we're hardcore, I'm always amazed and bewildered by stories of extreme weather from elsewhere in the world....

Update: Baby-flinging mom convicted

It's been a year now since Chytoria Graham picked up her four-week-old baby boy and "swung him like a bat" at her boyfriend, the baby's father. The baby suffered a broken skull and airlifted to a children's hospital, but recovered completely. Ms....

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...

Have baby: Will travel...home at last

Yesterday evening, after seemingly endless miles of beautiful Pennsylvania scenery, we hit our beloved Brooklyn, NYC. We completed our first road trip as a family. Of course, first we hit major traffic going over the George Washington Bridge,...

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...

Have baby: Will travel...things I've learned

In no particular order: Because I don't own a car, driving is an adventure, especially when you're surrounded by careening semis. Also, basically no one seems to know how to drive (including us). My husband can put together the pack and play...

Have baby: Will travel...on the road

Oh MY GOD. Today, and especially this morning, has been nearly as insane as when I went into labor. I know it's my first time traveling with an infant and everything, but I think I might lose my mind if I don't get to take a shower and just go to...

Teen saves accident victim

A seventeen-year-old teen is being hailed as a hero after saving the life of another teenager. Tyler Myers, who works part-time for a body shop, was driving back from a towing job when he came to a railroad crossing. Because he was driving a tow...

No Santa for Halzeton

Kids in the town of Hazleton, Pennsylvania won't be getting any presents from Santa this year. It seems that Santa didn't get an H-1B visa from the department of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Turns out, he's actually an illegal alien not...

Mother uses baby as weapon

Stories like this make me think that some people ought to be taken into the woods, dropped down a deep well, and left there. It would be better for humanity overall. Twenty-seven-year-old Chytoria Graham of Erie, Pennsylvania was pissed at her...

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