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Five year old leaves daycare, hits local Hooters

Yes, this is true. A five-year-old in Denton, Texas managed to slip out of a local daycare undetected and made it all the way to the parking lot of a nearby Hooters. What's worse, he crossed two busy streets to get there. The boy, unnamed, is believ...

Texas kids not so fit

According to the results of what is being called the largest test of its kind, kids in Texas aren't doing so well in the whole fitness and health area. More than two and a half million students were tested and the study found that the majority of kid...

FLDS kids likely going home

Judges ruled earlier this week that at least some of the more than 400 children recently removed from the Yearning For Zion ranch will be returning home. In an unusual move, the appellate court said that Texan authorities had no proof that the childr...

Yearbook company alters students' photos

Students at a Texas High School were surprised recently when they opened their new yearbooks and found that many of their pictures had been altered. Students heads were placed on different bodies, necks were stretched out of proportion, and one girl ...

Junior politician practices the important parts

Thirteen-year-old Ralph Hardy wants to be a politician some day. In order to prepare for that role in society, he's already begun practicing some of the well-known aspects of the position -- he swiped his father's credit card, ordered up some food an...

Half of sect's teen girls are pregnant or already mothers

You didn't have to be a mother to feel the anguish that the children and mothers of the the FLDS sect were feeling when over 400 children were removed from their compound recently. Like Kristin and many others, I was conflicted over whether the stat...

School playground spontaneously combusts

Spontaneous combustion is being blamed for a fire that destroyed a school playground in Arlington, Texas. Surveillance video shows the ground beneath the play equipment suddenly igniting for no apparent reason. Of course, there was a reason - Deputy ...

Texas moment of silence challenged

Did you know that in Texas, the state mandates that schools observe a minute of silence each day? I didn't. Although they don't specify an intended purpose, it's pretty clear that it is intended to be used for prayer. At least, that's the contention ...

States change sex offender laws to reduce 'Romeo' convictions

So-called "Romeo and Juliet" romances, where consensual sex occurs between teenagers, sometimes leads to prosecution as a sex-offender for the older partner. In most states, a 19-year-old who has sex with a 17-year-old could be charged as a sex crimi...

Hurricanes lead to teen smoking

Those who live in southeast Texas are all too familiar with the damage a hurricane can do to their homes and loved ones. But what isn't so obvious is the psychological damage that remains long after the wind and rain has died down. Researchers at Uni...

Get married for 99 cents

If you have kids, chances are you're either married, have been married, or are at least thinking about tying the knot. However, in spite of the legal benefits, there are plenty of reasons not to get hitched -- one of which is the money. But that conc...

Random steriod testing for Florida high school athletes

Last year, New Jersey became the first state in the country to address the issue of performance-enhancing drug use in high school sports with a statewide policy for drug testing athletes. The initial testing this past fall resulted in zero positive r...

Texas plans to execute sexual predators

I know the state of Texas is not overly opposed to the death penalty, so this bit of news doesn't exactly surprise me. A bill is making its way through the state senate that would allow for the death penalty for those convicted of raping a child aged...

Texans considering law to require bible classes

The Texas legislature is considering a bill which, if passed and made law, would require public high schools to offer an elective class on the Bible. The bill says it should be an 'objective and nondevotional' course, but there is no mention of any s...

MySpace vindicated in case of sexual predator

I don't know from MySpace. When you get to be my age, there are just some things you don't get, I guess. It seems a thirteen-year-old girl from Texas set up a MySpace account claiming to be 18. She met up with a nineteen-year-old man for dinner and a...

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