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Why Are People So Mad at the Girl Reporter, Age 9, Covering a Murder?

. This story is everywhere today. As CBS News reports: A 9-year-old reporter who wrote about a suspected murder in her small Pennsylvania town is defending herself after some locals lashed out about a young girl covering violent crimes. Hilde Kate Lysiak got a tip Saturday afternoon about something untoward happening on 9th street in […]

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I hope someone arrested their mom! Where IS she? And why did she let a stranger take their picture???)

Mom Charged with Neglect for Making Her Kids Walk to School

. Free country? Not if you think your kids are old enough to walk to school AND learn a lesson. A Tennessee mom, Lisa Marie Palmer, learned this the hard way, after she made her kids walk to school when they missed the bus. Wait a minute — she made her kids WALK? Outside? To […]

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Too scary for Britain? (Photo from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1ShXTj7)

Cheerio to the Days of Banning Frilly Socks as Tripping Hazards

. For a while, our cousins across the pond had a hard time distinguishing between the truly risky and and the truly ridiculous. Recall that in Britain last year, a school told a blind girl to stop using her cane, because it posed a tripping hazard to the other kids. This is also the country […]

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Some sticks hurt more than others....

“Sticks and Stones” — Too Harsh for Today’s Kids?

. Storyteller Tom Shillue ponders exactly the children’s rhyme I have been thinking a lot about lately, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” It’s annoying that I have to add a caveat here that I do not endorse bullying. (Come on — who does?) (Besides some presidential candidates, […]

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