Bearing Arms: [New York Times]
Articles in this series examine the gun industry’s influence and the wide availability of firearms in America. [more inside]
of breaker boys
that changed history for millions of kids in America, who worked grueling lives as child laborers
. What Charles Dickens did with words for the underage toilers of London, Lewis Hine did with photographs for the youthful laborers in the United States.
Library of Congress collection of over 5,000 Lewis Hine child labor photos
. Kentucky 1916
. [more inside]
From the mid 40s to the mid 50s Coronet Instructional Films
were always ready to provide social guidance for teenagers on subjects as diverse as dating
, preparing for being drafted
, and shyness
, as well as to children on following the law
, the value of quietness in school
, and appreciating our parents
. They also provided education on topics such as the connection between attitudes and health
, what kind of people live in America
, how to keep a job
, supervising women workers
, the nature of capitalism
, and the plantation System in Southern life
. Inside is an annotated collection of all 86 of the complete Coronet films in the Prelinger Archives
as well as a few more. Its not like you had work to do or anything right? [more inside]
A German court has ruled that male circumcision is "bodily harm
" and that a child's right to "physical integrity
" trumps parental or religious rights. Jews
have reacted strongly to the decision
, with some going as far to allege anti-Semitism
are generally pleased
An experiment done in the 1990s exposed children to various levels of lead.
The lawsuit filed in 2001 by the parents of over 100 participants accuses the Kennedy Krieger Institute that the scientists knowingly used the kids as test subjects in toxic dust control study. [more inside]
The Hardest Cases: When Children Die, Justice Can Be Elusive
A joint investigation by PBS Frontline, ProPublica and NPR has found that medical examiners and coroners have repeatedly mishandled cases of infant and child deaths, helping to put innocent people behind bars. (Via. (Article contains descriptions of children that have been killed by abuse. May be disturbing / triggering to some readers.) [more inside]
(pdf) Chris Gottlieb writes in the "Baltimore Law Review" about judging parents.
The article discusses instances of racism and classicism in the family court systems.
An adaptation of the "Baltimore Review" article appears in the New York Times. [more inside]
A lawyer and her husband decide to get a divorce. Then, the lawyer loses her mind.
Amy's uncle started abusing her when she was four years old
. Depictions of her abuse are "one of the most popular and readily available kiddie porn videos on the Internet
." Her lawyer has a novel - and apparently successful
for recovering compensation: use the theory of joint liability to sue everyone with a copy of the video
In response to an incest case
in which a man imprisoned, raped and fathered two children
with his own daughter, Poland's Lower House of Parliament has approved an amendment to their penal code which makes chemical castration
of pedophiles mandatory
in certain cases
. [more inside]
"In the US, there are 2,270 prisoners [report
, news release
, with testimonies] who were sentenced as children to life without parole. They will die behind bars. Ed Pilkington asks
five of them - from a 21-year-old to a 70-year-old - how do they cope?" [more inside]
A map of sex offenders in YOUR neighborhood.
People can change, and mistakes can be redeemed, but then again, looking at map of colored dots in my own neighborhood kind of gives me the creeps.
Little Jesse Koochin
remains hooked up to a ventilator at Primary Children's Medical Center, oblivious to the controversy that has erupted around him. Doctors at the Salt Lake City hospital pronounced the 6-year-old cancer patient brain-dead this week and want to remove life support. Jesse's parents, Steve and Gayle Koochin, insist their youngest child is alive and believe they can bring him back to health with alternative medicine. Hospital officials maintain the boy is dead and has begun decomposing.
California bill to ease "move aways" by custodial parents pulled.
Until a recent CA Supreme Court decision, it was easy for custodial parents to move themselves and their children far from their ex-spouse. The Court reversed the old rule and held that the move could be blocked if the non-custodial parent could show that it would interfere with his/her relationship with the kids. Legislation to reimpose the old permissive standard passed through the State Senate, but has now been pulled off the legislative calendar after an outcry by father's rights groups.
A Charlotte couple
who has been fighting for nearly two years to regain custody of their 10 children from the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services (DSS) could be thrown in jail if a district court judge finds them to be in contempt of court after a hearing tomorrow. When does government have the right to take your children without any explaination?
And why will no one from our government discuss this situation?
Billy Jean's not my lover.
Should non-fathers pay child support to someone else's children? More states are saying "no."
The charges of "lewd conduct against a child under 14" against Paula Poundstone have been DROPPED.
She pleaded no contest to a couple other charges related to the fact that she had been driving drunk with her kids in the car. I'm posting this because child molestation charges ruin careers and entire lives. Since we covered the initial charges here quite a bit, it's only fair to note her apparent innocence just as prominently, especially during a time like this when any non-attack news is being largely ignored. (Indeed, this story itself is nearly two days old.)
Kill your five children, go to jail.
So, what to do to a mother that decides not to be a mother any more?
The estate of a divorced father is freed from paying a failing son's tuition.
Basically, the ruling establishes (at least in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) that children have obligations to parents. OK, if you want your parents to pay for your college education, you should at least try to graduate. But what are the other consequences of this ruling? What's the point at which a child's bad behavior releases a parent from their obligations as a parent? If your divorced dad is the Great Santini
, can he cut off your child support if you hit him back?
Now this is really stupid.
14-year-old Francis Di Masi's petition to have his name legally changed to "Frank" because he gets teased mercilessly in school about it was rejected. The judge said in his decision that "Learning how to deal with these taunts [is] part of growing up."
My first name, family name and nicknames have always given other people trouble when it comes to spelling and pronounciation, so I know what it's like to grow up getting name-related grief every single day of your life; "tedious" doesn't even begin
to describe it.
So while I don't think "Francis" is altogether a bad name
, why shouldn't the kid get to legally call himself whatever he wants? I mean, if some moron can change his name to DotComGuy without a hitch, why not Frank?