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Rauner budget cuts target older Illinois foster youth 6.3.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The state became Annie Audenas' substitute parent in the mid-1990s after Illinois child welfare officials said they found evidence of neglect in her family and placed the infant in protective ...
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Battling America’s other PTSD crisis 6.3.2015 Iraq
The fight that started Keith Davis on a path to a new life began when he was buying marijuana. It was early afternoon on Aug. 8. As he tells it, he was in at his usual hangout in North Central Philadelphia, in front of an abandoned church at 18th and Ridge. He was taking too long mulling over his purchase, and another man got impatient and told him to go buy his stuff somewhere else.
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New trial sought for Pennsylvania boy convicted of murder at age 11 6.3.2015 Philly.com News
Attorneys for a Pennsylvania boy convicted of murdering his father's pregnant girlfriend when he was 11 years old asked a judge on Thursday to grant him a new trial or set him free.
No murder charge for 15-year-old girl in brother's slaying 6.3.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
GAINSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old north Florida girl who authorities say fatally shot her 16-year-old brother after years of abuse at home pleaded no contest on Thursday to felony burglary and will receive probation and counseling.
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Holding Traffickers Responsible -- So We Can Sleep at Night 6.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It is hard to think of a more despicable crime than the buying and selling of other human beings, especially children. Yet we know that it is happening right here in America, every day. Each year, thousands of children are bought and sold for sex. That should keep all of us awake at night. Many of these young people are homeless or have run away and are fighting to survive on the streets. They are forgotten by society, but they are walking prey to traffickers. They are young and vulnerable. Thirty-nine percent of the homeless population is under the age of 18, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless, and according to the National Network for Youth, the average age at which a teen first becomes homeless is 14.7 years old. The homeless youth population has more than doubled since 2007. Many are running away to escape physical and sexual abuse. Others have been ordered out of the home by parents who reject them. Still others have been lured away by adults who want to exploit them. We must do ...
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Boko Haram refugees risk lives to cross lake to Chad camps 6.3.2015 AP Top News
BAGA SOLA, Chad (AP) -- Kellou Abakar knew she was in trouble as the contractions started not long after an Islamic extremist group attacked her town in Nigeria. Her husband was nowhere to be found, and so she pulled her 4-year-old son onto her back and grabbed her two little girls by the hand....
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Why Teen Women Of Color Are More Likely To Become Pregnant 5.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. LaNita Harris of the Oklahoma City County Health Department explains two of the posters the department uses in its Teen Pregnancy Prevention program. Although teen pregnancy and birth rates have dropped the past two decades, states still face the reality that black and Latina teens are more than twice as likely as white teens to become pregnant. It’s a problem once thought to be intractable, and yet pregnancy and birth rates for black and Latina teens have dropped precipitously in the past two decades—at a much faster clip than that of white teens. Despite this, black and Latina girls are more than twice as likely as white girls to become pregnant before they leave adolescence. This glass half-full, half-empty scenario is a dilemma that continues to confound states. The racial and ethnic disparities surrounding ...
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Refugees flee Boko Haram violence in Nigeria by boat as jihadist group steps up violence 5.3.2015 Star Tribune: World
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Boko Haram refugees risk lives to cross lake to Chad camps 5.3.2015 World
BAGA SOLO, Chad (AP) — Kellou Abakar knew she was in trouble as the contractions started not long after an Islamic extremist group attacked her town in Nigeria. Her husband was nowhere to be found, and so she pulled her 4-year-old son onto her back and grabbed her two little girls by the ...
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Firefighter Arrested After Allegedly Killing Neighbors' Dogs, Posting Photo On Facebook 5.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A volunteer firefighter turned himself in to authorities after allegedly killing the neighbors' dogs for coming onto his property and posting a photo of the remains on Facebook. Tim Conatser, of Hunt County, Texas, posted the graphic photo on the social network last week which he claimed showed the slain dogs, along with the caption, "Somebody didn’t put any truth my warning. Keep your damn dogs on your property." The 20-year-old was arrested Wednesday morning and is being held at the Hunt County Jail on two felony animal cruelty charges, Constable Terry Jones told The Washington Post . His bond is set at $10,000. Conatser was stripped of his duties at the Union Valley Volunteer Fire Department after the photo started going viral last Wednesday. The fire department also released a statement on its Facebook page condemning Conatser's actions. Post by Union Valley Fire Department . The animal cruelty charges are punishable by up to two years in prison, but Conatser could walk free; under Texas law, a dog ...
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Boy, three, shoots 18-month-old brother in Tennessee 5.3.2015 Yahoo: US National
A 3-year-old boy shot his 18-month-old brother in the head in rural Tennessee and investigators are trying to determine how he gained access to the handgun, authorities said. Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves said the younger boy was struck by a bullet fired from a .25-caliber pistol on Tuesday and was awake and alert afterward. The child was hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after the shooting in Coffee County, Tennessee, which is about 75 miles southeast of Nashville.
Ohio mom, boyfriend guilty; child emailed teacher for help 5.3.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman and her boyfriend have been sentenced to prison a year after one of her young daughters emailed a teacher for help and said she and her siblings were being chained to their beds, deprived of food and raped.
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Lee-Rubio Tax Plan: Huge New Windfall at the Top, Lost Child Credits at the Bottom 5.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The new tax plan from Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) builds on Senator Lee's 2014 plan and creates something that's even more tilted -- outrageously so -- in favor of the country's highest-income people and likely much more fiscally irresponsible. And, like last year's plan, it not only excludes most working-poor families from its new child tax credit but allows much of their existing child credit to disappear after 2017. Last year's plan lost $2.4 trillion of revenue over the first decade and gave its largest tax cuts, both in dollars and as a share of after-tax income, to people making more than $1 million a year, the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center found . The new plan essentially takes the old plan (which set tax rates of 15 and 35 percent and eliminated many deductions as well as the individual and corporate alternative minimum taxes) and adds more tax cuts for those at the top. To understand their impact, it's helpful to grab a copy of the IRS's tax information on the country's ...
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Restore the True Spirit of ESEA 4.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The single most important issue facing the 114th Congress is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a law whose primary purpose when it was originally passed was to alleviate the conditions of poverty that often cripple the ability of educators to meet our professional commitments and crush the hopes of the children we serve. At its recent AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting, a statement titled Restore the Promise of ESEA was introduced and passed asking Congress to reclaim the true spirit of ESEA -- a law signed by then President Lyndon Baines Johnson as a way to alleviate poverty by providing adequate resources to disadvantaged and special needs children, thereby helping them to better compete. The AFL CIO statement further calls on Congress to invest in the things frontline educators know our students need to secure a high quality education, rather than perpetuating the mandates and evaluation schemes promoted under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) that have so patently ...
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Reimagining feminism on International Women's Day 4.3.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Every morning I read my one-year-old daughter a fabulous children's alphabet book. When we get to the letter F, it goes "F is for Feminist, Fairness in our Pay." Of course a children's book is limited in its ability to express nuanced layers of analysis, but I often wonder about how relevant this articulation of a particular version of feminism will be for her. How can we reimagine the dominant liberal framing of feminism? Embracing a multitude of feminisms can diversify our understandings of how oppression is experienced, as well as ...
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Mayoral hopefuls brave ice to talk taxes, children small business 4.3.2015 Philly.com News
Six candidates gathered at the Convention Center for forum hosted by Next Great City Coalition.
Sheriff calls for changes after 4 hurt, 10 briefly escaped in riot, fires at juvenile camp 4.3.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
Parents arrested for not vaccinating children 4.3.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Police have arrested more than 500 parents in and around the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar for not allowing their children to get the polio vaccine, an official said Tuesday.
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Child Poverty Exists In Silicon Valley, Too. Here's Who's Helping Often-Overlooked Kids 4.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Jorge Valencia is from Silicon Valley. But his daily life couldn't be further from those " basically swimming in gold " not even five miles away. "There's like, an invisible boundary around … eastside San Jose," the 16-year-old told John D. Sutter, who documented poverty in Valencia's community for CNN. " They don't even see you as humans. They think you're trash, or peasants, or less." Valencia -- who said his family often lives on just $2 a day -- is part of the impoverished population that exists within one of the most prosperous places in the U.S ., according to CNN. Despite many people prospering, about one in three kids in the San Jose area struggles with hunger, according to Second Harvest Food Bank. The organization is one of several fighting for the valley's most vulnerable. Between July 2013 and June 2014, Second Harvest distributed more than 1 million pounds of food to people in need throughout its service area, which encompasses San Jose. Volunteers help support its mission, contributing more ...
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4 hurt, 10 briefly escaped in riot at Nevada juvenile camp 4.3.2015 Yahoo: US National
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a riot at a juvenile rehabilitation camp in rural western Nevada where two buildings were set on fire, four staff members hurt and 10 youths briefly escaped before they were recaptured over the weekend.
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