Monday, May 6, 2013
A Kentucky boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister to death with a gun he got for his birthday.
Two-year-old Caroline Sparks loved playing outside, singing, and her 5-year-old brother, who accidentally shot her to death last week with the .22-caliber rifle he got for his birthday. CNN reports the children's mother had stepped outside for just a few minutes when the accident occurred. It was the third time in about a month that someone was shot to death by a child under 6. The boy's gun was a Crickett rifle marketed specifically for young children as "my first rifle," the CNN story said. The gun stocks come in colors such as pink and blue. Officials in Kentucky noted that gun ownership among young children is common in the area. “It’s a normal way of life, and it’s not just rural Kentucky, it’s rural America – hunting and shooting and…
Friday, May 3, 2013
What do you think about the agency's approval of over-the-counter emergency contraceptive for ages 15 and up.
Ever tried to give your 15-year-old a headache pill to take to school? If you have, you will know it's not that easy. Ever sent him or her to the store to buy spray paint to touch up the old gatepost? That's not so easy either. But buying the contraceptive pill over the counter, well that one should be a breeze. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved over-the-counter sales for Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive for women ages 15 and up. The contraceptive was previously available over the counter for women ages 17 and up. According to the FDA, the Plan B pill will be labeled “not for sale to those under 15 years of age *proof of age required* not for sale where age cannot be verified.” The item will contain a product …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
With a host of new streaming, online and on-demand features, does anyone just channel-surf anymore?
Like political dramas? Kevin Spacey stars in the hit "House of Cards," which you can stream on Netflix. Prefer soap operas? The classics "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" are returning as online-only shows. Want celebrities? AOL, Patch's parent company, just announced 15 new web-based shows featuring stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Jessica Parker. And even if you're hooked on traditional television shows like "The Office," services such as Hulu allow you to watch current shows online or stream on your television. So, does anybody just watch TV anymore? Do you still have cable service? How do you use it? Tell us in the comments below.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Collins, who has played for the Atlanta Hawks and several other NBA teams, announces he's gay in a Sports Illustrated article.
"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center," former Atlanta Hawks player Jason Collins announced this week in the May 6, 2013, issue of Sports Illustrated. "I'm black. And I'm gay." Collins goes on: The revelation came just weeks after former NBA Coach Phil Jackson said in an interview that he'd "never run into" a gay pro basketball player. This week, Hawks managers weighed in on Collins' announcement. "We have great respect for Jason and his message today. Creating an environment where we support, respect, and accept our players' individual rights is very important to us," Hawks Managing Partner and NBA Governor Bruce Levenson said in a statement. "Jason represented everything that we look for as a member of the Atlanta Hawks and we are proud he wore …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Has math changed so much that your help is confusing your child more than helping him or her?
Tuesday, April 30
According to a recent story by The Daily Mail concerning parents’ ability, or more like inability, to help their middle school-age children in the UK, there is a problem. The Daily Mail reports that only one in 20 can do the math required to help their child with homework. It’s not that the parents aren’t smart, it’s just that methods have changed so much since they were in school that they can no longer explain it. They can still get to the same answer, the students just cannot understand how they got to it. According to the article, the government in the UK is considering reinstating tried and tested techniques to tackle this problem. So what about here in the U.S.? Is the math homework your middle schooler brings home the math you did …
Friday, April 26, 2013
The FBI last week released photographs of two men suspected in the April 15 bombing at the Boston Marathon, leading to them being quickly identified.
Authorities last Thursday announced they were seeking two men they believed may have been responsible for the April 15 bombing that occurred at the Boston Marathon. Photos were shown of the suspects, taken off surveillance videos, and within 48 hours the men were identified — one was dead and the other on the run. In the manhunt and eventual arrest of the remaining suspect, additional explosives were found and authorities believe more attacks were planned. Many believe without the surveillance evidence, the alleged bombers would not have been identified and possibly more deaths incurred. The question here is, does this indicate there is a need for more surveillance cameras throughout our cities? What do you think?
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed a cybersecurity bill that allows corporations to share customers’ personal data.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, known as CISPA, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives by a margin of 288 to 127 last week, according to The Huffington Post. This allows corporations to share customers’ personal data with other companies and even with the U.S. government. The bill, if it completes its passage through Congress and is signed into law, would allow this sharing even if the company has signed a contract vowing that it will not share the information. The Huffington Post reports the president said he would veto the bill if it made it to his desk. As it stands, the bill makes this provision the standard, even over any agreement, and protects the entity violating the agreement from being held accountable…
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
If so, you could be saving money, according to GoBanking Rates.
GoBankingrates.com put out an article recently noting that the cost of feeding a family of four has risen from $601.50 in 2003 to $830 in 2013. That would be a 38 percent increase over the last decade. It doesn’t cost quite as much, however, to eat out, according to GoBanking rates. “When comparing the cost of a 10 oz. rib-eye dinner (with soup, salad and asparagus) from Outback Steakhouse with that of the homemade version, Outback was $2.53 cheaper,” said GoBankingRates expert contributor, Stacey Bumpus. “And comparing seafood alfredo (with unlimited salad and breadsticks) at Olive Garden to making it at home, Olive Garden was $3.79 cheaper.” While it may be healthier to eat at home, it apparently is no longer cheaper. Knowing this, will …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Or since he is a naturalized American citizen, should he be tried in a civilian courtroom?
Now that the city of Boston is breathing a sigh of relief and trying to get back to normal a week after the Boston Marathon bombings, the political debate on what to do with the alleged bomber who survived begins. Greer-Taylors Patch reports that even before the capture of Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev Friday night, the fallout had begun. On his Twitter feed, Sen. Lindsey Graham drew criticism for suggesting the suspect be treated as an enemy combatant and not be granted his Miranda rights. Intelligence experts and media said there was no way the suspect would not be given his Miranda rights. The Obama Administration has a clear policy of treating suspects on American soil with the normal judicial process, they said. Treating the suspect as a …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Whether or not the media has shown bias in the coverage of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell's trial had many people offering an opinion this week. What do you think?