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What’s in a meme? The temporary insanity of youth

May 29, 2015   0 Comments

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Two Wisconsin girls made headlines in May 2014 when they stabbed a friend 19 times leaving her to die in the woods. Their reason? Appease an Internet-based meme known as the “Slender Man.” Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, both 12, planned the attack for months. One girl sat on the victim while the two stabbed
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Josh Hamilton needs to step up to the plate

May 29, 2015   0 Comments

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Josh Hamilton’s slugging statistics are simply staggering. In 997 MLB games, he has: 192 home runs 676 RBIs 1091 hits an on-base percentage of .352 a slugging percentage of .519 a career batting average of .292 He once hit four home runs in a game. He is also an alcoholic and an addict. Recently, the
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Is college worth it?

May 28, 2015   0 Comments

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Is attending college a financially sound decision? As an accountant would say, “Crunch the numbers.” The good: $17,500, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center study, individuals with a four-year college degree on average earn $17,500 more than those without a degree. Those without a degree are four times more likely to be unemployed. The
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Flakka: The new synthetic scourge

May 28, 2015   0 Comments

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Alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone. Too much of a mouthful? What about flakka? This is the new designer drug to hit the streets and it apparently packs quite a punch — to the point of driving users insane. Flakka or “gravel” — so-called because of its grainy appearance — blows through the user’s brain like a Category 5 hurricane.
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Danny Bonaduce defies the odds

May 27, 2015   0 Comments

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The fate of former child actors is perilous. Rare is the thespian who is able to transition from the precocious to true professional. Shirley Temple-Black went from curls and the big screen into politics. Christian Bale continues to shine as an actor beyond his boyhood performance in “Empire of the Sun.” Aubrey Drake Graham began
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Horses help troubled minds

May 27, 2015   0 Comments

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Horses first became domesticated about 6000 years ago and since then have helped humans in many ways. In addition to being beasts of burden and transportation for people, horses have been used for multiple other things including performances, show jumping, cavalry, racing and even therapy. Horses today are playing a part in the rehabilitation of
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Text messaging programs for mental health

May 26, 2015   0 Comments

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Teens tend to use their cellphones ad nauseam more than the older generations. As a relatively recent invention this is only natural, as those born earlier could still be more accustomed to using landlines in certain cases. Adolescents are now more likely to use text messaging as their sole form of communication to cope with
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Teens, heroin and health disorders

May 26, 2015   0 Comments

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Heroin continues to be one of the most powerful and physically addictive of all controlled substances. As an opiate, it is derived from morphine and produces intense euphoria for users. Yet with continued use, the potential for physical addiction is incredibly high. There is also the risk of health problems, legal troubles and death by
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Lights, camera, therapy

May 25, 2015   0 Comments

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People go to the movies to escape; but can they go to heal? Turns out the answer may actually be yes. That is the idea behind cinema therapy. The idea  of cinema therapy is both simple and complex. A person who is sad or depressed might benefit from watching a comedy or inspirational film. Parents
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National trends in child well-being

May 25, 2015   0 Comments

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The Anne E. Casey Foundation is a philanthropic organization devoted to improving the welfare of children. Last year, the foundation issued the 25th edition of its KIDS COUNT Data Book. The purpose of the book is straightforward and is summed up in the Foreword: “As a nation, we are obsessed with data and indicators when
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