Wed March 23, 2011
Youths And Gun Violence: Chicago's Challenge

Chicago's Silent Watchmen Guard School Route

Like a lot of parents, Gretta Campbell worries about her 17-year-old daughter, a senior at Chicago's Hyde Park Academy High School on the city's South Side — especially right after school.

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Wed March 23, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

How Risky Is Infant Formula Made With Tokyo Tap Water?

The warning that Tokyo's tap water contains twice as much radioactive iodine as allowed for infants strikes a particularly distressing chord.

Infants are especially vulnerable because their cells are dividing faster than at any other time of life, and dividing cells are especially sensitive to radiation damage.

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Wed March 23, 2011

As Kids with Autism Mature, So Do Universities

CSU peer mentor Jayne works with Mark, a student with Asperger's Syndrome.
Grace Hood

As the number of people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome grows, more are heading off to college. The influx is creating a demand for services to help students with the neurological disorder graduate, and find work. Colorado State University is one of the latest schools to adopt a transition program. And the school is wrapping up a two-day symposium on the topic today.

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Wed March 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Arizona Sheriff Uses A Tank And Steven Seagal To Arrest Cockfighting Suspect

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is normally in the news because of his tough stance on immigration. But since Monday, the sheriff has come under some criticism for an amazing show of force.

Arpaio, reports Phoenix news station KPHO, used armored vehicles and a "tank" to execute a search warrant against Jesus Llovera, who was suspected of running a cockfighting ring.

KPHO talked to Debra Ross, one of the neighbors, who was so shocked at the show of force, she called 911.

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Wed March 23, 2011
It's All Politics

Boehner Quizzes Obama On Libya, Accuses Him Of Launching Fuzzy Mission

Originally published on Wed March 23, 2011 3:49 pm

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio watches President Obama deliver his State of the Union address, Jan. 25, 2011.

No sooner did Air Force One land at Andrews Air Force Base just outside Washington, returning President Obama from his Latin American trip, than did Speaker John Boehner make public a letter to Obama demanding clarification on many aspects of the U.S. intervention in Libya.

Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said he respected the president's role as commander-in-chief. But he took Obama to task in his letter, accusing the president of spending more time consulting foreign allies than he did Congress about the mission.

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Wed March 23, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Rare Agreement On Abortion: South Dakota Law Makes Poor Test Case

When Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota signed into law Tuesday one of the most restrictive abortion measures in the nation, abortion-rights groups were quick to fill reporters' inboxes with statements condemning the measure and promises to file suit.

The silence from nation's largest anti-abortion groups, which you'd normally expect to match every statement, was notable.

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Wed March 23, 2011

Bill Aims to Protect Foster Youth from Identity Theft

A bill that seeks to help protect foster youth and make it easier for them to transition out of foster care is making its way to Governor John Hickenlooper. 

Approximately half of kids in foster care end up dropping out of school or going to prison.  There are many factors that may contribute to that; among them, restrictions that don’t easily allow foster youth to participate certain extracurricular activities.  Senate Bill 120 would remove those obstacles in an effort to improve their high school experience.  The bill would also protect foster youth against identity theft.

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Wed March 23, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Elizabeth Taylor: An AIDS Activist To Remember

Elizabeth Taylor may be gone but her legacy as an early and committed supporter of research on HIV/AIDS and respect for those sickened by the virus will live on.

In one of her last interviews, she revealed to Us magazine 25 things that people didn't know about her. The last item on her list:

My family and people with HIV/AIDS are my life.

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Wed March 23, 2011

Bennet Says Congress Needs to Focus on What’s Next in Libya

Senator Michael Bennet

With many lawmakers wanting an explanation from President Obama for taking action in Libya, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet says the focus needs to be on what happens next.

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Wed March 23, 2011
Social Entrepreneurs: Taking On World Problems

Ecuador's Hurting Families Find Hope With JUCONI

Originally published on Wed March 23, 2011 7:39 pm

Jorge Luis Angulo was just 11 years old when the Juconi Foundation found him on the streets of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Now, at 17, he hopes to attend a university, but his relationship with his mother remains deeply troubled.
Larry Abramson NPR

Part 2 of a two-part series

Tourists pass through Guayaquil, Ecuador, on their way to the Galapagos. What they don't see are thousands of street children, who have fled home to escape abuse or just to earn enough money to survive. Social service organizations there say once kids have lived on their own for too long, it can be impossible to reunite them with their families.

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