Dodgeball has been banned in Windham schools, due to concerns about violence and bullying, with the School Board voting 4-1 to remove dodgeball and nine other “human target” activities from the district’s curriculum. “We spend a lot of time making sure our kids are violence free. Here we have games where we use children as targets. That seems to be counter to what we are trying to accomplish with our anti-bullying campaign.”Read more »
A social activist is charged with attempted suicide.Read more »
A southern Utah student has been removed from classes after administrators found her dyed hair color too distracting.
Rylee MacKay, a 15-year-old student at Hurricane Middle School in Hurricane, said she was sent to the office Wednesday after an administrator said her hair looked purple and pink in the sunlight.
Under Washington County School District policy, hair "should be within the spectrum of color that grows naturally," and administrators can decide whether a color is too distracting.
Fitness classes in Santa Monica parks have other park users are complaining about fitness enthusiasts not only blocking pedestrian walkways but also making too much noise. So the City Council is considering requiring that fitness trainers pay an annual $100 fee and turn over 15 percent of their gross revenues to the city, as well as requiring CPR training, insurance, and limiting class size; notwithstanding that trainers already pay the city for business licenses and for police-issued permits.Read more »
Democrats vow to push for gun control measures in U.S. Congress
(Reuters) - Several Democratic lawmakers called for a new push for U.S. gun restrictions on Sunday, including a ban on military-style assault weapons, in the wake of the Connecticut massacre in which 20 children and six adults were gunned down in a school.Read more »
A Texas mother says she’s outraged after learning that her 7-year-old son’s teacher makes students “pay” to use the bathroom. "I was absolutely appalled," Sonja Cross told NBC 5. "I could not believe it." The J.O. Davis Elementary teacher requires students to pay for trips to the toilet with “Boyd Bucks,” fake money the first-year instructor uses to reward the children for good behavior. Cross said she found out about the unusual system after her son wet his pants during school because he didn’t have enough “Boyd Bucks” for a bathroom run.Read more »
Despite strong outcry against it from the adult film industry, a measure requiring porn performers to wear condoms on set was passed by LA County voters, with 56% of the vote. The "Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act'," in addition to mandating condoms, will require porn producers to apply for a permit from the LA County Dept of Public Health to shoot sex scenes. The fee will finance periodic inspections of porn filming, and violations will be subject to civil fines and criminal misdemeanor charges. 1.2 million people thought this was a good idea.Read more »
A Japanese man is attempting to auction off the Earth on Yahoo Auctions, and it is over $100 million. The auction is full of amusing (or terrifying, depending on how you view it) little tidbits, such as how, in the product description, the seller claims the planet was given to him by God, so it’s now his to auction, then asks bidders to consult the shipping method. The item description also says that the seller requires bidders to give him a letter of purchase intent so he knows the bidders are serious about purchasing the item.Read more »
ORLANDO, Fla. - A 29-year-old Orlando man was arrested on suspicion of smoking pot and swallowing a joint after he was spotted with marijuana on the city's video camera system, known as I.R.I.S.Read more »
Hunter Spanjer is 3 1/2 years old and is deaf. He signs his name and school officials think the signing of his name looks like a weapon so they want him to change it.Read more »
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