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Wed March 23, 2011
Law

Supreme Court Weighs Rights Of 'Deadbeat' Parents

Go to any shelter for homeless families, and you likely will find children who would not be there but for their fathers' failure to pay child support.

Spend a day in family court, and you likely will see indigent fathers, with no lawyer, being taken away in handcuffs because they could not pay the child support they owed.

So-called deadbeat parents, usually dads, have long been a conundrum for the law. On Wednesday, they are the U.S. Supreme Court's legal problem.

Jailed For Being Too Poor?

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

Creating Calm In Chicago's Schools

Changing the culture of place is not an easy assignment. At Manley Career Academy High School on Chicago's poverty-racked West Side, a lot of hard work is happening in Room 113, known as the Peace Room.

Student Sharell Jones is here because she wants to explode.

"I'm trying to stay out of trouble because it is my senior year, and I have improved more on my attitude, and I have not been in no fights," Jones says. "Arguments, yeah, but no fights."

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Wed March 23, 2011
Education

In Hartford, Parents Don't Always Pick Best Schools

Originally published on Wed March 23, 2011 11:20 am

The Hartford, Conn., school district slated the Moylan School for redesign last year.
Jeff Cohen for NPR

Like many other school districts, Hartford, Conn., rewards schools that perform well and closes schools that perform badly.

But Hartford is also a district that allows parents to choose their child's school. As the theory goes, parents should naturally choose the good schools over the bad ones — but as it turns out, they often don't.

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Wed March 23, 2011
Conflict In Libya

U.S. General Leading Libya Effort 'Follows Trouble'

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 8:53 am

Gen. Carter Ham takes over as head of U.S. Africa Command, near Stuttgart, Germany, on March 9. Ten days after he took the job, Ham was in charge of the military operations against Libya.
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Gen. Carter Ham, the American officer in charge of the Libyan military operation, heads U.S. Africa Command, a job he started just 10 days before attacks against Libya began. But Ham is used to tough assignments.

They say everything comes in threes. Here's Ham's trifecta: A couple of years ago, the Pentagon turned to him to investigate the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas. Ham's finding: Army officers failed in their oversight of the alleged gunman, Maj. Nidal Hasan.

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

God's Call: Catholic Order Provides For Street Kids

Part 1 of a two-part series

In many developing countries, urbanization is leading to a huge problem — a rapid growth in the number of street children. They often flee their homes to escape abuse or just to earn extra money. Social services agencies have had limited success dealing with the problem because there are so many causes, from domestic violence to poverty.

Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city, is a major port. The city's many waterways are lined with rickety shacks and houses thrown up quickly to house new arrivals.

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