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  1. -03-29-08 Million Dollar Babies (
      "On Tuesday, the annual Expenditures on Children by Families report, which tracks how much it costs to raise a child in America, was released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (yes, that's the government bureaucracy charged with this particular tally). According to its latest estimate, a child born in 2007 costs $204,060 to watch over, feed, cart around, educate and house from birth to the age of 18." 03-08

  2. -09-09-08 Rhee Shakes Up DC Schools (CNN News)
      "Rhee closed 23 schools in her first year as the head of the District of Columbia's public schools, fired 36 principals and cut 15 percent -- about 121 jobs -- from the central office staff. And she's making no apologies."

      "One of the most controversial programs Rhee has introduced is a joint venture between D.C. schools and Harvard that pays middle school students cash -- up to $100 a month -- for good behavior and attendance."

      "An annual report card by Education Week, a newspaper that follows the nation's education system, earlier this year ranked the District's school system last, giving it a D+ overall and an F for student achievement in kindergarten through 12th grade. Those grades were based on data prior to Rhee's arrival." 09-08

  3. -11-24-08 School Superintendent Gives Away $1 Million in Winnings (
      "Just months after winning and then giving away $1 million, State Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox and her husband filed for bankruptcy." 11-08

  4. -12-05-08 Malia Obama to Use Lincoln's Desk (ABC News)
      "Malia Obama, the 10-year-old daughter of President-elect Obama, plans to make herself right at home in the White House and has already called dibs on using Abraham Lincoln's desk for her homework." 12-08

  5. -Editorial: What Do the Gloucester Pregnancies Mean? (
      "While 750,000 teens become pregnant every year, that number is at its lowest level in 30 years, according to the Guttmacher Institute, down 36% from a peak in 1990. This does not suggest that we are witnessing a mass moral collapse, especially since abortion rates have fallen even faster. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since the late 1980s the abortion rate for girls ages 15 to 17 fell 55%, and this year the overall U.S. abortion rate was at its lowest level since 1974."

      "Which brings us back to Gloucester. What if the visible leap in pregnancies is part of a different trend: kids aren't necessarily having more sex or more girls aren't getting pregnant, but more of those who do are deciding to keep the baby rather than abort it. In Oliver's case, she was on the Pill and the pregnancy was unintended. She made her own 'pact' with friends, she said, after they were already pregnant, so they could help one another get through it together." 06-08

  6. Pediatricians: New Guidelines for Detection and Treatment of Autism (US News)
      "In an effort to make it easier for pediatricians to spot and begin early treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released two new reports with recommendations for identifying and managing these conditions." 10-07

  1. Remembering the 11 Planets (CNN News)
      "Those having trouble remembering the newly assigned 11 planets, including three dwarfs, are getting help from a fourth-grader."

      " Her award-winning phrase is: My Very Exciting Magic Carpet Just Sailed Under Nine Palace Elephants."

      "The 11 recognized planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Eris."

      Editor's Note: That's two dwarfs, not three. Also, Ceres is not now recognized as a planet; Pluto has been demoted from full planet status also because of its orbit and its content. 02-08

  2. Study: Air Quality at Tested Schools Unsafe (USA Today)
      " 'These results suggest that we need to be concerned about what the children are breathing while at school,' says Patrick Breysse, a scientist with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who helped oversee USA TODAY's efforts." 12-08


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