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  • Homeschool Children Seized By Arkansas Authorities Remain in State Custody After Court Hearing

    01/23/2015 2:28:20 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 28 replies
    christiannews.net ^ | January 23, 2015 | Heather Clark
    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Seven homeschoolers in Arkansas who were seized by the Garland County Sheriff’s Department this month remain in state custody after a court hearing on Thursday over the matter. Hal Stanley, a pastor, and his wife Michelle state that they are in shock after their children were removed from their Hot Springs home on Jan. 12 following an anonymous complaint. The situation began last month as a social worker with the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) showed up at the Stanley’s door after receiving a complaint that the children were permitted to go outside in the...
  • Free-range parenting: Maryland parents under fire for letting kids walk home alone

    01/16/2015 9:49:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    WTTG, Fox 5, DC ^ | Jan 16, 2015 9:48 AM EST | Laureen DeMarco/AP
    A Montgomery County couple says they’re being investigated for neglect for allowing their two children to walk home from a park by themselves. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say the county’s Child Protective Services began investigating them after police stopped their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter about half-way through a mile-walk home on Dec. 20 in Silver Spring. Police say they stopped the children and drove them home after someone reported seeing them. …
  • Maryland couple want ‘free-range’ kids, but not all do

    01/15/2015 5:02:57 AM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 114 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | January 14, 2015 | Donna St. George
    It was a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. But what the parents saw as a moment of independence for their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, they say authorities viewed much differently. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say they are being investigated for neglect for the Dec. 20 trek — in a case they say reflects a clash of ideas about how safe the world is and whether parents are free to make their own choices about raising their children. “We wouldn’t have let them do it if we didn’t think they...
  • Sioux Falls couple says their children are victims of "medical kidnapping"

    12/27/2014 7:38:55 AM PST · by Altariel · 90 replies
    KSFY (Sioux Falls) ^ | December 22, 2014 | Bridget Bennett
    A Sioux Falls couple is preparing for a Christmas without their three children---who are now in the state's custody. Parents Molly and Mike say their children were taken from their home after taking their 2 month old son to the E-R for an unknown injury. They say similar stories can be found all over the U.S. "He wouldn't eat when he was crying we would see the cut on his tongue, so I called his doctor and he said we should take him to the ER. So we went to the ER," mother Molly Bowling said. The couple says they...
  • CPS Threatens Dad: Let Your Kids Play Outside and We'll Take Them Away

    12/26/2014 3:52:55 PM PST · by Altariel · 116 replies
    Reason.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Lenore Skenazy
    I received an update from the Maryland mom of two who was contacted by Montgomery Country Child Welfare Service in November after she let her kids, ages 6 and 10, play at the park two blocks from home by themselves. She was cited for allowing a child under age 8 "to be locked or confined in a dwelling, building, enclosure, or motor vehicle while the person charged is absent." The CPS worker decided "confined in a dwelling" was the same thing as "outside in a park."The higher ups at child services agreed that this was insane, and the case was closed—until this...
  • Children Rescued During #Ferguson Freeway Protests Placed into Child Protective Services

    12/09/2014 12:05:23 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 18 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 12/6/14 | Jim Hoft
    The protesters stopped traffic on the freeway. (Revolution News) Fourteen protesters were arrested including two children, ages 6 and 10. The children were taken to child protective services. WISN reported: Protesters from Ferguson, Missouri, took over the streets of downtown Milwaukee Saturday. The gathering caused disruption for some people trying to get around just weeks before Christmas as protesters marched through the streets. At one point, the demonstration forced a part of the freeway to be shut down. Police arrested 14 people shortly before 1 p.m. as a result of the protest that took place near Interstate 94 and Second...
  • Stakeholders Of CPS

    11/06/2014 12:14:09 PM PST · by mmdoggie · 3 replies
    www.countyofnapa.org/ ^ | June 4, 2013 | Child Welfare Services
    SIP Development Process   In January 2013, the System Improvement Planning process was initiated.   Internal meetings were conducted with all levels of staff to review the Peer Review (PR) and County Self Assessment (CSA).   Information and outcomes for inclusion in the SIP were identified. Lead responsibilities were assigned.    In addition, smaller groups of external stakeholders were consulted regarding specific strategies and actions in which they had indicated an interest and/or where there was a need for buy in and partnership.    This occurred at the numerous meetings that were already scheduled with stakeholders and issues pertinent to the plan were...
  • How letting my kid play alone outside led to a CPS investigation

    09/26/2014 8:51:48 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 39 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 25 September 2014 05:22 PM | KARI ANNE ROY
    But what I want to talk about are children who don’t feel safe outside — not because of stranger-danger or threat of immediate injury, but because the police will be called if they’re just playing like we played when we were young. What will members of the Always On Screens Generation be like when they’re adults?
  • Mayor: New high school won't be named after President Obama

    09/18/2014 12:28:22 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 18 ,2014 | John Byrne
    Chicago's newest selective enrollment high school will not be named after President Barack Obama, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel had announced with much fanfare when unveiling the high profile school project. In a statement this morning, Emanuel said he would look for other possible names. “Over the last few months, my team has listened to questions and concerns from the community, ranging from location of the building to the naming of the school. We take that community input seriously, which is why – as we continue to look for a thoughtful way to honor President Obama – we will look for...
  • When the Government Takes Your Children

    04/02/2014 6:22:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 2, 2014 | Stephen M. Krason
    Many people who have followed the Justina Pelletier case—largely ignored by the mainstream media, by the way—have thought that there has to be more to it, or that it’s an outrageous out-of-the-ordinary affair. This is the case where the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families forcibly took custody from her parents over a year ago of a teenager who had been treated for years for mitochondrial disease (a genetic disorder), when they brought her to Boston Children’s Hospital for consultation about a related gastrointestinal problem and resisted a quickly-made diagnosis by a medical resident and a psychologist there that she...
  • Secret list: Having your name on this secret Michigan list of 275,000 people could cost you your job

    03/22/2014 9:25:32 AM PDT · by Altariel · 15 replies
    WXYZ (Detroit) ^ | March 20, 2014 | Heather Catallo
    LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) - It’s a secret list that can cost you your family or your job. Once you’re on it, it can be very hard to get off. While some changes are being made to the law, many experts say it doesn’t go far enough. The state maintains something called the Michigan Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry and the sole power to label you an abuser lies not with a judge or a jury, but with child protective services workers. And you may be surprised at how the state can define “abuse.” Anita Belle says she’s never been...
  • Children seized after swearing toddler video release

    01/09/2014 10:32:49 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 35 replies
    www.ajc.com ^ | 1/9/14 | George Mathis
    Teaching a child racial epithets isn’t a crime, but it can lead to your children being taken from you. A police union in Nebraska has posted a video of a toddler using the “N-word” and a “slew of profanities” while arguing with adults over a toppled chair, reports CNN, who, unlike police, has blurred the face of the child. The kid even knows how to “shoot a bird.” The toddler and three other children were taken from the home Wednesday by Omaha police and Nebraska Child Protective Services. The police union, who says it got the video from a “local...
  • Parents Threatened for Opting Out of Common Core (Video)

    12/17/2013 8:00:38 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 7 replies
    http://freedomoutpost.com ^ | Deceber 16, 2013 | Karen Schroeder
    Parents hate to see their kids treated like robots while forced to fit into the government’s definition of equal and successful. Surprise! Surprise! Parents want their kids to develop as individuals each prepared to follow his own dreams. In a video (seen below) on Common Core, New York State PTA Education Coordinator Bob Aloise supported calling Child Protective Services and charging parents with “educational neglect” for opting-out their kids from the curricula or testing. Despite outrageous threats and insults, parents across the U.S. are expressing disgust with the one-size-fits all, turn-my-child-into-a-robot form of standards imposed by Common Core. Courageous parents...
  • ‘It’s Kidnapping’: Hospital Takes Custody of Teen Because Her Parents Were ‘Too Active in Pursuing’

    11/20/2013 4:04:12 PM PST · by lowbridge · 43 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | november 20, 2013 | Liz Klimas
    A 15-year-old is stuck in a Boston hospital after the medical facility took custody of her when her parents argued against her diagnosis. For the last nine months, Justina Pelletier has been sneaking messages to her parents in Connecticut through folded origami notes. “It is kidnapping,” Lou Pelletier, the girl’s father, told WTIC-TV. The local news station investigated the case, for which a judge later issued a gag order, and has the background leading up to the ongoing custody battle:
  • Americans use the Internet to abandon children adopted abroad

    09/09/2013 10:55:23 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 35 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Sep 9, 2013 | Reuters
    KIEL (WISCONSIN) : Todd and Melissa Puchalla struggled more than two years to raise Quita, the troubled teenager they'd adopted from Liberia. When they decided to give up the 16-year-old, they found new parents to take her in less than two days - by posting an ad on the internet. Nicole and Calvin Eason, an Illinois couple in their 30s, responded quickly. In emails, Nicole Eason assured Melissa Puchalla that she could handle the girl. "People that are around me think I am awesome with kids," Eason wrote. A few weeks later, on Oct. 4, 2008, the Puchallas drove from...
  • Activists call for one-day boycott of CPS schools (Students can die in Safe Passage routes?)

    08/24/2013 9:39:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/23/13 | Naomi Nix
    Activists from several Chicago community groups on Thursday called for a one-day boycott of Chicago Public Schools because of what they say are discriminatory practices against poor African-American and Latino students. The group is asking students to skip school Wednesday and parents and supporters to forgo a Chicago Board of Education meeting to attend a rally in front of the board's downtown office, followed by a march to City Hall. **SNIP** The activists said the school district's decision to close 49 elementary schools and a high school program has destabilized minority communities and put student lives in danger. Many mentioned...
  • Former CPS CEO Brizard calls (Hussein's other Chicago pal) Emanuel micromanager

    08/24/2013 9:14:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/23/13 | John Byrne
    Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard chided former boss Mayor Rahm Emanuel this week in an interview from the safety of his new post at an East Coast educational organization, saying the mayor needs to “learn to let go and allow his managers to lead.” In an interview with the Fordham Institute, Brizard also said the administration was caught flat-footed last year by the strength of the Chicago Teachers Union’s organizing power during the first walk-out in Chicago in 25 years.
  • CPS releases maps of 'safe passage' routes

    08/09/2013 9:18:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/9/13 | Noreen Ahmed-Ullah Tribune reporter
    Chicago Public Schools officials today released maps of routes where security will be provided for the thousands of children going to news schools this year. The so-called "safe passage" routes are designed to smoothly shift students from 47 schools being closed this year to nearby schools. (Click HERE to see maps.) Parents have voiced concern about children crossing rival gang territories and passing empty buildings and vacant lots. Some of them have complained that CPS has been late releasing the maps. Training for safe passage workers, originally targeted by CPS for this week, is now set to begin next Thursday....
  • NARAL video on ‘Lies CPCs Tell Women’ contains zero falsehoods

    08/09/2013 2:29:05 AM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    Life Site ^ | Adam Cassandra
    August 8, 2013 (HLI Worldwatch) - “Crisis pregnancy centers lie to women about abortion and contraception,” NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue declared in an email to supporters Thursday. The email contained a link to a video attacking crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) as “fake ‘clinics’ set up by the anti-choice movement.” The real aim of the video was to smear Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, but NARAL failed miserably in producing any evidence of lies women are told at CPCs, yet decided to publish their video anyway. The video is reminiscent of a Live Action undercover video investigation, but without...
  • (Chicago RAT) Emanuel doesn't address CPS neighborhood school cuts (pensions a problem)

    08/06/2013 6:16:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/06/13 | John Byrne
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday defended the choices he has made on the Chicago Public Schools budget, but did not directly address reports that neighborhood schools will face deeper cuts during the coming year than charters or other kinds of schools. CPS estimated classroom cuts in the upcoming budget to be about $68 million. But the Tribune found that the cuts to district-run neighborhood schools is more than $100 million for instruction and operations. CPS came up with its lower figure by including budget increases at charter and contract schools that in many cases saw enrollment rise and seats added....
  • 2 Year Old Daughter Seized By State, Dies in Foster Care

    08/04/2013 4:04:27 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 54 replies
    http://downtrend.com ^ | August 4, 2013 | Peter Braun
    Alex was living with foster parents after DFPS removed her from her parent’s home last November for “neglectful supervision.” Hill admits they were smoking pot when their daughter was asleep. “We never hurt our daughter. She was never sick, she was never in the hospital, and she never had any issues until she went into state care.” For two months, Alex was placed in a home that Hill says was dangerous. “She would come to visitation with bruises on her, and mold and mildew in her bag. It got to a point where I actually told CPS that they would...
  • Protesters plan to be heard on CPS finances ('Rahm hates teachers'?)

    07/25/2013 2:35:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/24/13 | Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah
    The woeful state of Chicago Public Schools' finances, which has led to teacher and staff layoffs and criticism about budget priorities, will bring protesters to today's monthly Board of Education meeting and to City Hall. **SNIP** CTU President Karen Lewis said in a statement that the blame for layoffs and school closings isn't with pensions but rather the district's "heavily financed corporate school reform agenda." The union and other critics have blasted city spending on DePaul's basketball arena and privately run schools like charters. "It is time CPS ended its reign of error and got back into the business of...
  • CPS to lay off 1,036 teachers (Chicago)

    07/21/2013 4:11:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 48 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/19/13 | Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Kim Geiger
    Citing a $1 billion budget deficit, Chicago Public Schools will lay off more than 2,000 employees, more than a 1,000 of them teachers, the district said Thursday night. About half of the 1,036 teachers being let go are tenured. The latest layoffs, which also include 1,077 school staff, are in addition to 855 employees—420 of them teachers--who were laid off last month as a result of the district’s decision to close 49 elementary schools and a high school program. CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll said the district was “scraping the bottom” of reserves to provide financial relief and had made cuts...
  • Nikolayev family happy to be reunited with baby boy, but worried about future CPS visits

    05/01/2013 3:58:16 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    http://www.sacandco.net ^ | april 30, 2013 | Gabriel Roxas
    The day after a judge returned custody of a baby taken into protective custody, the parents have been overwhelmed by international attention. However, Alex and Anna Nikolayev said their battle with Child Protective Services is far from over. Sammy Nikolayev, 5 months old, was placed in protective custody last week after his mother took him out of Sutter Memorial Hospital against medical advice to get a second opinion from a Kaiser Permanente doctor. The move came as a shock to the couple who had medical records from another doctor clearing Sammy to go home with them. On Monday, a judge...
  • Police remove infant boy from home after parents seek second medical opinion

    04/30/2013 10:17:10 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 4/29/13 | rt.com/foxnews
    A doctor confirmed to the worried mother that her child should not have been given antibiotics; however, doctors told Anna they wanted to perform open heart surgery on Sammy as soon as possible. At that point, Anna thought she may need a second opinion for her son – a decision her doctors were adamantly against. “If [they made] one mistake after another, I don’t want to let my baby have surgery in the hospital where I don’t feel safe,” Anna told News 10.
  • US Russian couple seeking answers after police 'ripped baby from their arms'

    04/29/2013 10:11:33 AM PDT · by Sopater · 40 replies
    RT ^ | April 27, 2013 04:19
    A young Russian couple living in California is struggling to understand the events of the past few weeks, which began with a trip to the hospital and continued days later with police forcing entry into the couple’s home to take their child. Anna Nikolayev and her husband Alex brought their five-month-old boy Sammy to Sacramento’s Sutter Memorial Hospital after he began exhibiting flu symptoms. He had been diagnosed with a heart murmur at birth, according to News 10, a local ABC affiliate. Sammy was admitted to the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, at which point his mother witnessed a nurse administering...
  • Parents, kids sought in Tampa kidnapping case (anti-government?)

    04/03/2013 10:07:19 AM PDT · by rarestia · 77 replies
    BayNews 9 ^ | Wednesday, April 03, 2013 | Staff
    Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help to find two children taken from their grandmother's home Wednesday morning. Authorities say Joshua Hakken came into Patricia Hauser's home, on the 14000 block of Shady Shores Drive, tied her up and took her two grandchildren. Hakken fled the home in Hauser's 2009 silver Toyota Camry. Authorities are looking for the children, 2-year old Chase and 4-year old Cole Hakken, who could possibly be in a black 2006 GMC pickup with Florida tag BHNV-86 registered to Joshua Hakken. Deputies believe Sharyn Hakken may be with them as well. Chase Hakken is 3...
  • Chicago teachers get notice of school closings

    03/21/2013 9:41:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 21, 2013 12:07 PM EDT | Sara Burnett
    The city of Chicago has begun informing teachers, principals and local officials about which public schools it intends to close under a contentious plan that opponents say will disproportionately affect minority students in the nation’s third largest school district, teachers said Thursday. … The pending closures, which are expected to fall far short of 129, have been the subject of highly charged community meetings all over the city. Critics say that, among other things, the closures will threaten the safety of students who may have to cross gang boundaries if their schools are closed and that they will cause major...
  • Dad Says Facebook Photo of Son with Gun Brought Cops to House (A Century 21 Christmas Story BB Gun)

    03/19/2013 8:04:28 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    CNET ^ | March 19, 2013 | Chris Matyszczyk
    Dad says Facebook photo of son with gun brought cops to house A New Jersey man says that, on the basis of mere hearsay about a Facebook photo of his 11-year-old son with a .22 rifle, police and child protection arrive at his door and demand entry. I am sure there are several 11-year-old boys who are terribly proficient at handling a gun. But, given that I wouldn't trust an 11-year-old boy with a popsicle, I would just as well not be anywhere near them. This, however, doesn't appear to have been the policy of the authorities in New Jersey....
  • Chicago Teachers Union Makes War On Kids And Parents

    09/10/2012 5:12:49 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | September 19, 2012
    Public Employee Unions: In a city with double-digit unemployment, teachers who can't be fired and who make more than double what their students' parents make, have gone on strike. Anyone for school choice? Public sector unions reared their burdensome and inefficient head Monday when some 25,000 unionized Chicago Public School teachers went on strike, unhappy with a salary the parents of their students can only envy, leaving 350,000 students and their overtaxed parents struggling in the educational lurch. The Chicago Teachers Union walked away from a contract offer that amounted to a 16% raise over four years for the average...
  • Grandma’s pot cookies land toddler in hospital (Murrieta, CA)

    07/02/2012 7:40:05 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    Press Enterprise ^ | 02 July 2012 | SARAH BURGE
    MURRIETA: Grandma’s pot cookies land toddler in hospital A 3-year-old Murrieta boy ended up in the hospital over the weekend after he got into his grandma’s special chocolate chip cookies while no one was looking. Little did he know, the cookies were not for kids. They were laced with medical marijuana concentrate, police said. The grandmother, who has been diagnosed with cancer, had a doctor’s recommendation for marijuana to treat her pain and to help her sleep, Sgt. Phil Gomez said. Days before, she had baked THC oil into a batch of cookies and tucked them away in a garage...
  • 25 Signs That The Nazification Of America Is Almost Complete

    02/19/2012 5:36:22 AM PST · by IbJensen · 113 replies · 3+ views
    Right Side News ^ | 2/19/2012 | Staff
    The United States of America is becoming more like Nazi Germany every single day. In fact, the Nazification of America is almost complete. The parallels between Nazi Germany and the United States of today are going to absolutely shock many of you. Most Americans simply have never learned what life was really like back in Nazi Germany. Under Adolf Hitler, Germany was a Big Brother totalitarian police state that ruthlessly repressed freedom and individual liberty. Under Adolf Hitler, Germany adopted socialism, dramatically increased government spending and raised taxes to astronomical levels. Under Adolf Hitler, abortion became legal in Germany, the...
  • 6-Year-Old Son [Charged] With a Felony After He Played Doctor With a 5-Year-Old Girl

    11/25/2011 4:12:47 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 32 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 11/23/2011 | Jacob Sullum
    Last week the parents of a Wisconsin boy sued Grant County District Attorney Lisa Riniker for charging their son with first-degree sexual assault, a Class B felony, after he played "butt doctor" with a 5-year-old girl. He was 6 at the time. When the boy's lawyer tried to have the charge dismissed, Riniker replied: "The legislature could have put an age restriction in the statute if it wanted to. The legislature did no such thing." According to the complaint (PDF), the girl is "the daughter of a well-known political figure in Grant County," and her brother, who is the same...
  • Parents of 'Adolf Hitler' Lose Custody of Newborn

    11/19/2011 6:49:08 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 78 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov.19, 2011 | Alyssa Newcomb
    Heath and Deborah Campbell, the New Jersey parents of three children with Nazi-inspired names, lost custody of their fourth child 17 hours after he was born, the Express-Times of Lehigh Valley, Pa., reported. Hons Campbell was taken into custody by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services late Thursday night after the doctor who delivered the baby called the agency, the paper reported. “There’s no legal binding court order. It’s basically a kidnapping, but they use different terms,” Heath Campbell told the Express-Times. The Campbell family stepped into the spotlight in December 2008 when a ShopRite grovery store...
  • Hawaii Couple's Daughter Taken Away for 18 Hours Over Alleged Sandwich Theft

    10/29/2011 7:29:43 AM PDT · by rawhide · 159 replies · 1+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 10-29-11
    <p>A Hawaii couple’s 3-year-old daughter was taken away from them for 18 hours after they were arrested for forgetting to a pay for two $5 sandwiches.</p> <p>The outing-turned-nightmare happened Wednesday while the family was shopping at a local Safeway.</p> <p>"We walked a long way to the grocery store and I was feeling faint, dizzy, like I needed to eat something so we decided to pick up some sandwiches and eat them while we were shopping," Leszczynski told the news station.</p>
  • Advice on dealing with child protective services

    09/11/2011 5:00:12 PM PDT · by BUGSWOL · 114 replies
    My brain | 9-11-11 | Bugswol
    My girlfriend has a friend in Washington State, who is a bit odd, Christian, home school type. While they are not not the normal standard people the government would like us to me, she assures me that they are in fact good people who love their children. The also adopted a couple of children from Ethiopia. One of those children died under strange circumstances, so naturally it was investigated. That is perfectly understandable. It turns out that the child had some sort of tropical malady that led to rapid weight loss loss, erratic behavior and an untimely death. Now this...
  • Chicago Public Schools Principal Kenneth Staral Spends Thousands of Taxpayer Money on Travel

    09/01/2011 11:12:45 PM PDT · by Impy · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Fox Chicago ^ | 8-30-11 | FOX Chicago//Better Government Investigation
    Chicago - Here's a Chicago Public Schools math problem: a system hundreds of millions of dollars in debt, inner-city schools so strapped teachers are digging into their own pockets for supplies, yet on the Gold Coast there's a principal spending thousands to trot around the globe in luxury. Does that add up? Ogden International School Principal Kenneth Staral, who makes $142,000 per year, created an international studies program at the neighborhood school several years ago to teach students about countries, cultures and issues around the world. That program has since expanded to a high school on the Near West Side....
  • A family's saga ends in hugs

    07/22/2011 7:25:58 AM PDT · by DFG · 10 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 07/21/11 | Anita Hassan
    Prince and Charlomane Leonard sat together in a Houston courtroom on Wednesday, anxiously waiting for a judge to decide their family's fate. With hands clasped tightly, the couple occasionally whispered to each other, biding the time before their turn to approach the bench. Unknown to them, in the lobby on the other side of the court's double doors, their six children also were sitting, waiting and hoping that their family would all be together again. It had been more than a month since Child Protective Services caseworkers found the family living in an eastside storage shed and removed the children...
  • Should parents lose custody of super-obese kids?.

    07/14/2011 8:51:10 AM PDT · by goodwithagun · 86 replies
    AP via Yahoo! Shine ^ | Jul 12, 2011 | LINDSEY TANNER
    Should parents of extremely obese children lose custody for not controlling their kids' weight? A provocative commentary in one of the nation's most distinguished medical journals argues yes, and its authors are joining a quiet chorus of advocates who say the government should be allowed to intervene in extreme cases. It has happened a few times in the U.S., and the opinion piece in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association says putting children temporarily in foster care is in some cases more ethical than obesity surgery.
  • Houston Family Living in Storage Unit Loses Custody of Kids

    07/10/2011 7:41:04 PM PDT · by Immerito · 122 replies
    AOL Real Estate ^ | July 7, 2011 | Ann Brenoff
    Charlomane and Prince Leonard were doing just fine before the recession hit. But for the past three years, they've been forced to live with their six children in a self-storage unit in northeast Houston -- a situation that they reluctantly accepted until Texas's Child Protective Services came in and took custody of their children this week.
  • New CPS chief owes us $100K for quitting, Rochester schools say (Rahm strikes again)

    04/23/2011 12:23:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 4/21/11 | ROSALIND ROSSI, Fran Spielman
    New CPS chief owes us $100K for quitting, Rochester schools sayBy ROSALIND ROSSI and Fran Spielman Staff Reporters Apr 21, 2011 02:13AM Chicago’s next Schools CEO, Jean-Claude Brizard, should pay the cash-strapped Rochester, N.Y., school district to cover the cost of searching for a new superintendent — an estimated $100,000 — now that he’s walking away from a three-year contract that began Jan. 2. That was the view Wednesday of a two-term Rochester School Board member who calls himself a “fan’’ of Brizard’s. “You don’t have to be F. Lee Bailey or Johnny Cochran to figure this out,’’ Rochester School...
  • Child Services Interviewed My Child ... Then Came to My House!

    12/06/2010 5:42:45 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 88 replies · 1+ views
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | 12-6-2010 | Sherrie
    I have been very hesitant about releasing what happened to me regarding Child Protective Services. But after discussing this with Dave Hodges, from the Commonsense Radio Show on Republic Broadcasting, he said I need to get this information out to the public. This happened about one month ago now. Here is how it all began. I got a call from Child Protective Services, the woman said they had gotten a “call” about me and abuse of my child. I was in shock, when she told me this. I was completely confused and it also freaked me out, as I could...
  • He's a drug cartel hit man — and he's 12

    11/13/2010 10:45:02 PM PST · by B4Ranch · 23 replies
    http://www.nypost.com/ ^ | November 13, 2010 | SARAH GORDON
    The Mexican Army is hunting a 12-year-old assassin who is allegedly employed by a drug cartel to torture and murder its enemies, Sky News reported today. Known simply as El Ponchis — which means "The Cloak" — the young boy has been accused of helping wage a turf war in the central Morelos state. Reports said he was paid $3,000 per murder and that he tortured his victims before killing them. He often cuts his victim's throat, leaving the head attached by just a thread.
  • Boy, 12, unmasked as Mexico drug hitman

    11/13/2010 11:27:58 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 25 replies
    HeraldSun ^ | November 14, 2010
    THE Mexican Army is hunting a 12-year-old assassin who is allegedly employed by a drug cartel to torture and murder its enemies. Known simply as El Ponchis - which means "The Cloak" - the young boy has been accused of helping wage a turf war in the central Morelos state. Reports said he was paid $US3000 per murder and that he tortured his victims before killing them. He often cuts his victim's throat, leaving the head attached by just a thread. Videos of El Ponchis attacking one enemy with a stick and cutting the throat of another have appeared online,...
  • The UN Rights of the Child. The reality check

    11/05/2010 12:33:29 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 1 replies · 2+ views
    Youtube ^ | Mainestategop and Mac Houlton
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpAMtpCnqIQ&feature=player_embeddedTHE UN RIGHTS OF THE CHILD TREATY IN A NUT SHELL... 1. First of all, the government (unelected in this case)will be the parent not you. Dont like it, you lose them. 2. Your child has a right to be forced to go to a communist indoctrination center (school) to be dumbed down, and conditioned to be a loyal marxist who will never question authority and grow up to be an illiterate factory worker 3. Your child has a right to grow up in a marxist country with no freedom of speech, freedom of the press and has the right...
  • Baby snatched for dad's politics back with parents (Oathkeepers)

    10/15/2010 10:47:03 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 35 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 15 OCT 10 | By Bob Unruh
    Police State USABaby snatched for dad's politics back with parents reunited! Newborn returned to family where father accused of being 'Oath Keeper' A tiny baby girl snatched from her parents' custody a week ago when her father was accused of being an "Oath Keeper" was returned to her parents today. According to WND sources close to the case, the accusations against the father, Johnathon Irish, whose fiancée, Stephanie Taylor, is the mother of Cheyenne, have been dropped. WND originally reported on the case last weekend when the state took the baby, ordering the father to stand with his hands behind...
  • Headless, mutilated bodies hung from Mexico bridge

    08/22/2010 2:11:35 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 75 replies · 1+ views
    The bodies of the four young men were discovered early on Sunday, hung upside down by their feet from a bridge near a wealthy area of Cuernavaca, a leafy city about an hour outside Mexico City, where many of the nation's elite own homes. The victims' genitals, index fingers and heads had been cut off, according to a statement from the attorney general's office in Morelos state, which includes Cuernavaca. Their heads and genitals were found nearby, along with a handmade sign, the statement said. "This will happen to everyone that helps the traitor Edgar Valdes," the placard read, referring...
  • DOJ: 10 alleged Russian intel officers arrested

    06/28/2010 1:14:47 PM PDT · by Justaham · 167 replies
    <p>WASHINGTON — Ten Russian intelligence officers have been arrested for allegedly serving as illegal agents of the Russian government in the United States, the Justice Department announced Monday.</p>
  • Surprise woman wants stripper career over kids, punches son

    06/15/2010 9:46:03 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 105 replies · 3,040+ views
    by Jennifer Thomas azfamily.com Posted on June 14, 2010 at 3:56 PM Updated today at 9:38 AM Related: * Police discuss Surprise mom who chose to leave kids to become stripper SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Police officers arrested a 29-year-old Surprise woman after she reportedly told police she didn't want her children any longer and punched her 11-year-old son in the stomach in front of officers. On Friday, police received a call from an 11-year-old boy who said his mother was packing and moving to California and wasn't taking him or his 6-year-old brother with her. When police officers arrived, they...
  • Calif. Mom Finds Missing Children Using Facebook

    06/08/2010 8:33:24 AM PDT · by MissTed · 65 replies · 199+ views
    AP ^ | 6/5/10 | Staff
    A Southern California mother whose two children were reported missing 15 years ago has tracked them down in Florida using Facebook. The children's father, Faustino Utrera, took off with them in 1995 when they were ages 2 and 3, said San Bernardino Deputy District Attorney Kurt Rowley. The mother had found her daughter's Facebook profile after searching for her name on the social networking site in March, Rowley said. An official said Saturday that the now 17-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy have been placed in the custody of the state of Florida. "You can imagine the feelings she's having, not...