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  • New details emerge after deadly playground attack

    08/05/2014 9:50:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    FOX 17 (West Michigan) ^ | August 5, 2014
    Police said four children were at the playground inside the mobile home park when a 12-year-old pulled out a knife and began stabbing Michael Conner Verkerke, 9, repeatedly in the back. Adam Zachow, who lives across the street from the Verkerke’s, said his kids spend the weekend playing with Michael, who goes by his middle name, Conner.
  • Illinois toddler injured by razor blades glued to playground equipment

    03/27/2014 8:50:21 PM PDT · by Altariel · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 26, 2014 | Fox News
    An Illinois playground was bobby-trapped with straight-edged razors glued to equipment frequented by children, reported. The sharp razors were discovered by parents at Millennium Park in East Moline, near the state’s western border with Iowa. The parents say their 2-year-old son was cut by one of the blades on the monkey bars. "He said, 'Ouch,'" Sally Jenks, the boy's mom, told the station. "He started bleeding and we looked and they [the razors] were everywhere."
  • A New Kind of Racism?

    01/10/2014 10:23:58 AM PST · by Rich21IE · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JAN. 9, 2014 | MASHA GESSEN
    "The day after that conversation, my 12-year-old daughter took her toddler brother to a playground, only to return very soon and very shaken. This park is Harlem in miniature. There are two playgrounds, less than 300 yards apart, an old basic one and a new shiny one. In the new playground, well-dressed toddlers of different races, most of them minded by dark-skinned nannies, played together. At the old one, a few black kids played while their older siblings kept reluctant watch. A couple of drunken men loitered nearby. Apparently, one of them had lashed out at my daughter, calling her...
  • Residents warned of mercury exposure after fluorescent light bulbs dumped at Dallas playground

    10/05/2013 8:04:02 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 74 replies
    DALLAS -- The parks and recreation department is warning residents near a south Dallas playground to be on the lookout for symptoms of mercury exposure after light bulbs were illegally dumped at the playground and a vacant lot across the street. Nearly 1,000 electrical and fluorescent light bulbs were found Thursday at the Peary Play Lot in the 2800 block of Peary Ave. near Malcolm X Boulevard.
  • Help My Child's Homeschool Group Win a Playground

    04/13/2013 10:30:44 PM PDT · by Washi · 8 replies
    CPRI Playground Giveaway ^ | 4/13/2013 | Self
    Hi Freepers. I know that there are a lot of other homeschoolers and homeschool supporters here, so this is a shameless plea to ask for your help in Freeping a vote in order to help my 6 year old child's homeschool enrichment group win a playground. His group is currently in a tight race for first place. If you feel so inclined, I'd appreciate it if you'd go follow the steps below to help his homeschool group out. To Enter: 1. Go to 2. Like the page (sorry, this requires a Facebook account) 3. Click on Vote (This is...
  • Hevron Children Escape Attempted Murder in Playground

    04/29/2012 4:53:42 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/4/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Hevron Arabs targeted 20 Jewish children in a playground Saturday night with huge building blocks and rocks intended to kill. The children in the Beit Hadassah neighborhood escaped the attacks without injuries, but by the time security forces arrived, the Arab attackers had escaped. The onslaught originated from the rooftops of two houses occupied by Arabs next to Beit Hadassah. One resident said that there have been several similar incidents in the past several years, but Saturday night’s attack represented “a sharp escalation in the size of the blocks thrown” at the children. Arabs also tried to strike the Jewish...
  • UN to buy Manhattan playground for new building, US taxpayers could foot bill

    09/27/2011 4:00:47 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies
    daily caller ^ | 9-26-11 | Caroline May
    The United Nations is in the final stages of obtaining approval to build a new high-rise on the Robert Moses Playground, located near the U.N. headquarters in New York City. The building, excluding the price of land and security, is estimated to cost $350–$475 million and would provide a home for U.N. offices that are currently dispersed throughout New York. Heritage Foundation fellow Brett Schaefer points out that with America paying for 22 percent of the U.N.’s budget, taxpayers could be on the hook for a large portion of the new building’s cost.
  • Parents, Families Attacked on Playgrounds

    10/29/2009 12:48:30 PM PDT · by BobMcCartyWrites · 15 replies · 1,442+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 10-29-09 | Bob McCarty
    News from across the pond shows yet another means via which liberal, anti-family types are pushing to separate children from their parents. The lead paragraph says it all:
  • Police ask help in identifying boy's body found buried in Albuquerque playground

    05/16/2009 9:48:29 AM PDT · by leapfrog0202 · 19 replies · 1,055+ views ^ | 5/16/09 | AP
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A boy's body has been found buried in the sand of a playground at a public park on the city's northeast side, and police are asking the public for their help as detectives try to find out who the child is. Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz said during a news conference late Friday that police have had no reports of missing children. "We have detectives standing by to respond to any information anyone can provide us about this missing juvenile. We believe that he may be missing from the neighborhood," the chief said. The boy — believed...
  • Caption Obama Working Hard on the Pirate 'Annoyance'

    04/10/2009 8:28:56 AM PDT · by mnehring · 52 replies · 1,799+ views
  • U.S. school children need less work, more play (especially Blacks)

    01/26/2009 4:27:32 AM PST · by Zakeet · 76 replies · 1,924+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 26, 2009 | Michael Conlon
    All work and no play may be a hazard for some U.S. school children. Researchers reported on Monday that a growing trend of curbing free time at school may lead to unruly classrooms and rob youngsters of needed exercise and an important chance to socialize. A look at more than 10,000 children aged 8 and 9 found better classroom behavior among those who had at least a 15-minute break during the school day compared to those who did not, Dr. Romina Barros and colleagues at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York reported. The behavior assessments were general...
  • Soldiers Help to Turn Abandoned Carnival Into Public Park

    10/30/2008 4:41:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 435+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Jerry Saslav, USA
    BAGHDAD, Oct. 30, 2008 – Dover Park, as it is known by Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers, sat abandoned for years. Located in the Qahira neighborhood of Baghdad’s Adhamiyah district, its carnival rides were unusable, and the land was overgrown with weeds. Army 1st Lt. Rosita Rodriguez pushes two Iraqi children on a ride at the Oct. 28, 2008, grand opening of Dover Park in the Qahira neighborhood of Baghdad’s Adhamiyah district. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jerry Saslav  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “As I drove by the Army canal every day, I saw this park, and I...
  • Fury as school bans playground games - for health and safety reasons (UK circling the drain)

    09/27/2008 3:37:36 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 40 replies · 672+ views
    London Dail Mail ^ | 9/27/08 | Anon
    Teachers have sparked fury by banning pupils from playing in the playground before school - for health and safety reasons. Children have been ordered not to play in the 15 minutes before lessons start - in case parents or their young children get injured at Ashburton Junior School in Croydon, south London. Adam Bates, 31, whose 10-year-old son Shane had a tennis ball confiscated last week, said today: "It's ridiculous, the kids are deprived of valuable play time in the morning. "Everyone's always going on about exercise but this school is clamping down on it. "My kids really look forward...
  • Outdoor Activity And Nearsightedness In Children

    08/05/2008 6:31:11 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 29 replies · 198+ views
    Science Daily ^ | August 5, 2008 | Staff
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 5, 2008) — A growing number of the world's children are mildly to severely nearsighted (myopic), with rates especially high among urbanized East Asians. In addition to coping with poor distance vision, children with severe myopia are more prone to visual impairment and blindness later in life. Although genetic inheritance plays a role, the rapid rise of myopia suggests that environmental factors are driving the trend. Myopia usually begins and progresses during children's school years, but research on the role of intensive reading or other "near work" has determined that this is a minor factor. A new study...
  • Angry parents remove dangerously overheated playground mats

    07/22/2008 11:55:31 AM PDT · by Alouette · 97 replies · 3,591+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | July 22, 2008 | JEFF WILKINS, ELIZABETH HAYS and RACHEL MONAHAN
    These city playgrounds aren't for child's play. Black rubber mats designed to break a child's fall turn blistering hot in the summer, soaring to higher than 165 degrees, a Daily News investigation found. Doctors at two city hospital burn units reported seeing 16 to 18 young children with playground burns a year, mostly from the mats under junglegyms and sliding boards. "I have nightmares," said Anne Casson, whose toddler son, Will, ditched his shoes at Carl Schurz Park on the upper East Side one day last May.
  • New Children’s Playground Opens in Saydiyah

    06/30/2008 4:48:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 88+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Capt. Mark Miller, USA
    Ali Abu Nebid, the Saydiyah Support Council Chairman, rides a merry-go-round with children after the opening of a playground on June 23 in the Saydiyah neighborhood of Baghdad's Rashid District. "I think the children will really enjoy this, and I am honored to be here at the official opening," said Maj. Peter Sicoli, the executive officer for the 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, attached to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad. Photo by Capt. Mark Miller. BAGHDAD — As daylights last remaining hours set over the horizon, and the summertime heat of Baghdad’s Rashid...
  • Elementary School Bans “Tag”

    04/24/2008 7:45:11 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 23 replies · 101+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 19 April 2008 | John Semmens
    The Kent Gardens Elementary School in McLean, Virginia has placed a ban on the school yard game of tag—alleging that it “sends the wrong message.” “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to comfort a weeping child who didn’t want to be ‘it,’” said Vice-Principal Pat Keister. “The game is too stressful and competitive. This contradicts the message of love and affection we are trying to convey through the free condom distribution program for our fifth-graders.”
  • At McLean School, Playing Tag Turns Into Hot Potato

    04/15/2008 1:10:36 PM PDT · by Proverbs 3-5 · 32 replies · 113+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/15/2008 | Michael Alison Chandler
    A playground pastime is getting a timeout this spring at a McLean elementary school. Robyn Hooker, principal of Kent Gardens Elementary School, has told students they may no longer play tag during recess after determining that the game of chasing, dodging and yelling "You're it!" had gotten out of hand. Hooker explained to parents in a letter this month that tag had become a game "of intense aggression." The principal said that her goal is to keep students safe and that she hopes to restore tag (as well as touch football, also now on hold) after teachers and administrators review...
  • Attorney: Girl too young for attack case (Brutally attacked another girl on a playground)

    04/10/2008 11:58:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 354+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/10/08 | AP
    ERIE, Pa. - Two young girls accused of brutally attacking another girl on a playground are too emotionally immature to understand the criminal charges against them and the charges should be dismissed, their attorneys said. The girls, ages 10 and 11, face aggravated assault and other charges for the attack on another 10-year-old girl at an elementary school playground the evening of April 3. The girls are accused of stomping on the victim and breaking her hip, police said. Erie County Public Defender Tony Logue says he will ask a Juvenile Court judge to dismiss criminal charges against the 10-year-old...
  • Washington Boy Hospitalized after Being Buried in Sandbox (Boy Has Died)

    03/10/2008 11:00:29 PM PDT · by khnyny · 22 replies · 1,910+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 9, 2008
    EVERETT, Wash. — A 10-year-old Everett area boy is listed in critical condition at Children's Hospital in Seattle after being buried in a sandbox by his playmates. The boy has been identified by his family as Cody Porter. His half brother, 30-year-old Joshua Quantrille, says Cody was playing with Quantrille's three sons and several other children on Saturday in the back yard of a home belonging to a family friend. There is a sandbox in the back yard, and Quantrille says his children told him Cody came up with the idea that they should bury him, head first, in the...
  • Everett boy dies after sandbox accident

    03/10/2008 6:45:57 PM PDT · by paltz · 46 replies · 2,611+ views
    EVERETT, Wash. -- A 10-year-old Everett boy has died in a Seattle hospital after an accident in a sandbox. A spokeswoman for Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center confirms that Codey Porter died Monday. In a statement, the boy's relatives say they appreciate "all the support and prayers" they have received and have decided to honor his memory by donating his organs. Codey's family said earlier that the TV cartoon "Narutu" gave him and his friends the idea of burying him head first in a sandbox. They thought he was joking Saturday when he struggled. Sheriff's deputies questioned the five...
  • School Recess Gets Gentler, and the Adults Are Dismayed

    12/15/2007 10:38:08 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 32 replies · 217+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 14, 2007 | ALISON LEIGH COWAN
    Children at Oakdale School here in southeastern Connecticut returned this fall to learn that their traditional recess had gone the way of the peanut butter sandwich and the Gumby lunchbox. No longer could they let off youthful energy — pent up from hours of long division — by cavorting outside for 22 minutes of unstructured play, or perhaps a vigorous game of tag or dodgeball. Such games had been virtually banned by the principal, Mark S. Johnson, along with kickball, soccer and other “body-banging” activities, as he put it, where knees — and feelings — might get bruised. Instead, children...
  • Colorado School Bans Game of Tag on Playground

    08/31/2007 3:51:34 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 46 replies · 796+ views
    The Colorado Gazetter ^ | BRIAN NEWSOME
    Springs elementary gives tag a timeout By BRIAN NEWSOME THE GAZETTE On the playground of a northern Colorado Springs elementary school, tag is not “it.” The touch-and-run game and any other form of chasing was banned this year at Discovery Canyon Campus’ elementary school by administrators who say it fuels schoolyard disputes. “It causes a lot of conflict on the playground,” said Assistant Principal Cindy Fesgen. In the first days of school, before tag was banned, she said students would complain to her about being chased or harassed. Fesgen said she would hear: “Well, I don’t want to be chased,...
  • School Bans Tag After Parents Complain

    08/29/2007 5:11:41 PM PDT · by MotleyGirl70 · 121 replies · 2,494+ views
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A Colorado Springs elementary school is banning the game of tag on its playground -- after some children complained that they'd been chased or harassed against their will.Assistant Principal Cindy Fesgen of the Discovery Canyon Campus school said running games will be allowed, as long as students don't chase each other.Fesgen said two parents complained to her about the ban, but most parents and children didn't object. Two elementary schools in the nearby Falcon School District did away with tag and similar games in 2005 in favor of alternatives with less physical contact. Officials at Evans...
  • Putting the Skinned Knees Back Into Playtime

    05/19/2007 8:37:25 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 5 replies · 382+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 20, 2007 | ALEX WILLIAMS
    JOSEPH GALLO, 10, of Santa Cruz, Calif., is well armed in the battle against childhood boredom, with a bedroom arsenal that includes a computer hooked to the Internet, a DVD player, two Game Boys, as well as an Xbox and GameCube. But in recent weeks, the hum of that war room of machinery has quieted because Joseph has acquired a new playtime obsession that would have seemed quaint even in his parents’ day: marbles. But lately, a number of educators like Mr. Cohill, as well as parents and child-development specialists are trying to spur a revival of traditional outdoor pastimes,...
  • Banning Tag! Overprotecting Our Kids?

    07/10/2006 8:37:28 AM PDT · by Millee · 24 replies · 342+ views
    Millennium Radio Group ^ | 7/10/06 | Martin Di Caro
    Only in America in 2006 would a game of tag be considered dangerous. In the name of safety, a number of schools are prohibiting their students at recess from playing traditional games like tag or soccer, claiming that too many children were getting hurt by aggressive play. The New Jersey School Boards Association doesn't keep statistics on school recess games. Anecdotally, the trend exists. Dodge ball has been out at some schools for years, but banning games such as tag and soccer is a newer development. And some experts say such bans are bad for children. "We're really overprotecting our...
  • Saddam's Philippines Terror Connection(Yes, Saddam financially supported terrorists)

    03/18/2006 5:58:16 AM PST · by KCRW · 129 replies · 3,699+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 03/18/2006 | Stephen F. Hayes
    SADDAM HUSSEIN'S REGIME PROVIDED FINANCIAL support to Abu Sayyaf, the al Qaeda-linked jihadist group founded by Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law in the Philippines in the late 1990s, according to documents captured in postwar Iraq. An eight-page fax dated June 6, 2001, and sent from the Iraqi ambassador in Manila to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad, provides an update on Abu Sayyaf kidnappings and indicates that the Iraqi regime was providing the group with money to purchase weapons. The Iraqi regime suspended its support--temporarily, it seems--after high-profile kidnappings, including of Americans, focused international attention on the terrorist group. The...
  • Iraqi School Gets New Playground Through Team Effort

    04/24/2006 5:54:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 288+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 24, 2006 – Community members welcomed a new playground for the children of the Al Shrooq primary and secondary school in Taji, Iraq, April 19. Iraqi children from the Al Shrooq primary and secondary school, in Taji, Iraq, help disperse gravel April 19 at the new playground donated by Iraqi and U.S. companies. Iraqi army and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers, along with children at the school, pitched in to help make the school a better place. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent Hunt, USA   The playground was a result of hard work and determination by a combined...
  • Subway: The New King of Junk Food

    04/08/2006 7:29:41 AM PDT · by Cvengr · 194 replies · 3,940+ views
    What's the largest fast junk food chain in the country? Wrong. It's not McDonald's. It's Subway. Subway overtook McDonald's last year in the United States and now has 15,874 locations in the U.S. compared to 11,533 for McDonald's. Worldwide, Subway has 21,528 restaurants in 75 countries. McDonald's has more than 30,000 restaurants in 119 countries. Subway founder Fred DeLuca says he wants 30,000 outlets worldwide by 2010. Of course, Subway would not want you to think that it is not a fast junk food chain. In fact, the privately held firm has overtaken McDonald's by riding a wave of publicity...
  • Principals Cut Recess Time [Schools Want More Time For Instruction]

    03/25/2006 5:49:06 PM PST · by ChessMan · 25 replies · 588+ views
    Principals Cut Recess Time Schools Want More Time For Instruction POSTED: 5:52 pm EST March 23, 2006 UPDATED: 11:15 pm EST March 23, 2006 FALL RIVER, Mass. -- Two elementary schools in Fall River have decided to eliminate morning recess to give kids more time to study. NBC 10's Larry Estepa talked to parents who call that decision a mistake. "I absolutely believe they should have recess. I'm a liaison for the school, and I'm the one who's advocating for recess," said Kathy King, a parent of a third-grader. Fall River Superintendent Nicholas Fischer said some of his principals decided...
  • Kiwis Build Playground For Afghan Children (New Zealanders)

    11/18/2005 4:39:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 305+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Nov 18, 2005 | Staff Sergeant Tim Rowe New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team
    New Zealand Lance Corporal Josh Whitehead puts the finishing touches to the swing set he built for Markaz Girls' High School in Bamyan, Afghanistan. Standing in front is U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brian Curtis. New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team photo Kiwis Build Playground For Afghan Children The playground equipment was built in three weeks with scrap metal from around the compound. By Staff Sergeant Tim RoweNew Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team BAMYAN, Afghanistan, Nov. 18, 2005 — The New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan recently built a swing set and basketball court at Markaz Girls' High School near...
  • CA: Burlingame pays $1,600 to obscure Star of David shape on playground

    09/26/2005 2:45:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 956+ views
    BURLINGAME, Calif. - The city of Burlingame has paid $1,600 to obscure a design at the newly opened Pershing Park playground that a resident felt resembled the Star of David. The park was closed on Thursday of last week while a contractor filled in a pattern in the playground's surface that consisted of six yellow stars laid out in the shape of the Star of David. Residents had complained it was disrespectful for children to step on the design. The pattern was changed to an arch shape that more closely resembles a sun. The original contractor made a mistake in...
  • Soldiers Build Playground for Iraqi Orphans

    09/01/2005 6:09:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 555+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sep 1, 2005 | unattributed
    Innovative troops turn scrap metal into playground swings and slides for the children of a Kirkuk orphanage. FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, Iraq, Sept. 1, 2005 — Children at one Kirkuk orphanage now have a playground full of new equipment, thanks to the efforts of the headquarters company of the 116th Brigade Combat Team’s Task Force 2-116 Armor who installed a custom-built playground set Aug. 19. While doing an assessment of a Kirkuk orphanage back in March, the unit noticed run-down playground equipment that was inadequate for the number of children. One metalworker in the group, U.S. Army Sgt. Fenton Doyle,...
  • 116th BCT soldier builds playground equipment for Kirkuk orphanage

    08/31/2005 6:25:38 PM PDT · by saquin · 13 replies · 464+ views
    DVIDS ^ | 8/31/05
    FOB WARRIOR, Iraq— Children at one Kirkuk orphanage now have a playground full of new equipment, thanks to the efforts of the headquarters company of the 116th Brigade Combat Team’s Task Force 2-116 Armor who installed a custom-built playground set August 19. While doing an assessment of a Kirkuk orphanage back in March, the unit noticed run-down playground equipment that was inadequate for the number of children. One metalworker in the group, Sgt. Fenton Doyle, decided to use his talent to build new equipment. “Sgt. Doyle spent his spare time gathering and welding scrap metal constructing several toys for the...
  • In the pursuit of safety, teeter-totters and swings are disappearing from playgrounds (whimpy libs)

    07/19/2005 6:59:02 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 59 replies · 1,043+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 7-18-05 | Chris Kahn
    Andrea Levin is grateful that Broward County schools care about her daughter's safety. But this year when they posted a sign that demanded "no running" on the playground, it seemed like overkill. "I realize we want to keep kids from cracking their heads open," said Levin, whose daughter is a Gator Run Elementary fifth grader in Weston. "But there has to be a place where they can get out and run." Broward's "Rules of the Playground" signs, bought from an equipment catalogue and displayed at all 137 elementary schools in the district, are just one of several steps taken to...
  • Bibles banned on playgrounds: Legal group challenges restriction on student activity at recess

    05/12/2005 1:56:58 AM PDT · by Stoat · 29 replies · 1,122+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | May 12, 2005
    BRAVE NEW SCHOOLS Bibles banned on playgrounds Legal group challenges restriction on student activity during recess Posted: May 12, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005     An elemenatary school principal who barred students from reading the Bible during recess after a complaint from parents is violating the Constitution, according to a public-interest law firm challenging his actions. In a letter to the Knox County School District in Tennesee, the Alliance Defense Fund declared the principal of Karns Elementary School is on "shaky constitutional ground."   "The Constitution does not prohibit Bibles during recess; it prohibits the wholesale banning of...
  • Save the Children?

    02/25/2005 7:58:20 PM PST · by Ibredd · 17 replies · 398+ views
    PLANO, Texas -- Some Plano parents are furious that swingsets are disappearing from school playgrounds. The Plano Independent School District told NBC 5 that all swingsets have been removed from all elementary schools throughout the district because of safety concerns. Parents said taking the swings out is taking the fun out of being a child. Kristine Conley said the move is a disappointing sign of the times. "Well, sure it can be dangerous. It's just as dangerous as riding a bike and falling down. But, it is just part of growing up," Conley said. The Plano ISD said the move...
  • 'Gay Day' at Six Flags protested

    09/14/2004 11:17:39 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 13 replies · 894+ views ^ | Wednesday, September 15, 2004
    Wednesday, September 15, 2004 'Gay Day' at Six Flags protestedGroup to picket outside theme park, urge families to boycott Posted: September 15, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 One day after controversy erupted over a "Muslims-only" day planned for a New Jersey Six Flags theme park this week, a Texas Six Flags amusement park is coming under fire for its planned "Gay Day." Organizers of say they're following their yearly tradition of protesting the unofficial "Gay Day" at the theme park this Saturday. Like they did last year, pro-family Texans will gather at the entrance of the park with signs to...
  • Gay Day at Six Flags Over Texas September 18th , 2004

    07/26/2004 12:49:18 PM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 172 replies · 11,327+ views
    American Family Association (via e-mail alert) | July 26, 2004 | Don Wildmon
    Gay Day at Six Flags Over Texas September 18th , 2004 September 18 is the 9th Annual Gay Day at Six Flags Over Texas. This event has taken place for the last 8 years in a row and this is the 9th year. This event is sponsored by a homosexual newspaper called The Dallas Voice and advertised as "Gay Day at Six Flags," in established homosexual publications like Texas Triangle, QTexas and many highly trafficked websites. Due directly to this form of advertising, thousands of homosexuals attend this event from all over Texas. "Gay Day at Six Flags" takes place...
  • Christian Group Warning Orlando Visitors about Disney's 'Gay Days'

    05/25/2004 1:28:29 PM PDT · by Cracker72 · 44 replies · 693+ views
    Agape Press ^ | May 25, 2004 | Jenni Parker
    (AgapePress) - A Christian activist group has developed a three-point strategy to warn unsuspecting families coming to Orlando, Florida, about the very family-unfriendly homosexual pride festival known as "Gay Days at Walt Disney World." The Christian Action Network (CAN) is engaging in an all-out effort to inform families, school groups, and others of what they can expect from the homosexual event long before they enter the so-called Magic Kingdom. The group plans to use literature, road signs, and even a mobile advertisement to get the word out about the offensive and often X-rated goings on at the Walt Disney World...
  • Recycled tires make playground safe

    01/30/2004 1:10:50 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies · 383+ views
    Valley Press ^ | January 30, 2004. | JULIE DRAKE
    A bevy of smiling, overjoyed preschoolers welcomed a new playground at Jane Reynolds Park Thursday, oblivious to the history of the ground beneath their feet. The surface of the playground, at the corner of Oldfield Street and Elm Avenue, is made up of approximately 1,275 recycled waste tires - about 24 cubic yards of tires - on top of an asphalt base. The rubberized surface creates a foamy, spongy feel that is soft and bouncy to the touch. The surface also meets Americans with Disabilities Act standards, providing a smooth surface for wheelchairs to roll on, said Bob Greene, assistant...
  • 2-year-old model seeks lost wages

    12/27/2003 1:31:56 PM PST · by Archangelsk · 31 replies · 318+ views
    CNN ^ | 122703 | CNN
    <p>STAMFORD, Connecticut (AP) --A 2-year-old model and actor who cut his head at a playground is seeking unspecified lost wages and other compensation from the city.</p> <p>Konrad Mader of Greenwich was running toward a treehouse at a playground November 4 when he crashed into a railing, according to a claim filed last week by his mother and reported Friday by The Advocate of Stamford. The blond toddler received several stitches.</p>
  • Toddler Seeks Lost Wages After Playground Mishap

    12/27/2003 7:35:39 AM PST · by JakeINJoisey · 43 replies · 234+ views ^ | Dec. 26, 2003 | Unattributed
    Stamford Boy Cuts Head On Railing STAMFORD, Conn. -- A 2-year-old model and actor is seeking unspecified lost wages and other compensation from Stamford after cutting his head at a playground. Konrad Mader of Greenwich was running toward a treehouse at a playground Nov. 4 when he crashed into a railing, according to a claim filed last week by his mother and reported Friday by The Advocate newspaper of Stamford. The blond-haired toddler received several stitches. Deena Mader, the youngster's mother, does not specify how much she is seeking from the city. In a letter to officials, she demands compensation...
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World

    12/17/2003 4:24:38 AM PST · by thesummerwind · 159 replies · 784+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | 12/15/03 | Ralph R. Reiland
    <p>Playing for the Pittsfield High School baseball team in Illinois, Danny Hannant threw a pitch that a Calhoun High School player hit in a line drive right at the pitcher's mound. The ball bounced off Hannant's head.</p> <p>Rather than blame the mishap on a lousy pitch or a missed catch, or on the intrinsic risks of the game, Hannant sued the maker of the bat, Hillerich & Bradsby. Seeking in excess of $1 million, Hannant's lawyer argued that the company should have put labels on its Louisville Slugger bats warning that the product "could cause a baseball to be propelled with such velocity that when hit directly towards a pitcher it does not allow the pitcher sufficient reaction time to avoid being struck."</p>
  • Government Rejects Ban on Arsenic-Treated Playground Equipment

    11/04/2003 8:32:14 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 10 replies · 236+ views
    TBO ^ | 11/4/03 | Jonathan Salant
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators Tuesday denied a request to ban arsenic-treated lumber used in playground equipment, which environmentalists say poses a health hazard. The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously to adopt its staff's finding and recommendation that a ban was not needed because most manufacturers already have stopped using the treated wood and other makers soon will follow suit. The lumber in question is treated with a pesticide, chromated copper arsenate, that protects it from decay and insect damage. Almost all wooden playground equipment has been treated with the pesticide. The concern is that children can get cancer-causing...
  • Big Fight on the Playground (Parents Protest as Schools Take the Play Out of Recess)

    10/10/2003 8:05:36 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 99 replies · 583+ views
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | Friday, October 10, 2003 | LAUREN LIPTON
    <p>Callaghan Elementary's fourth-graders returned to school this fall to an unusual new recess activity. Worried the nine-year-olds have too much independent playground time, the Virginia school decided to have them walk the track.</p> <p>"The teachers will make it fun," Principal Nancy Moga says. One possibility: Kids may plot how many miles they've logged for math class.</p>
  • Kindergartener's suspension appealed to Supreme Court -

    09/20/2003 10:35:11 AM PDT · by UnklGene · 32 replies · 277+ views
    WNBC ^ | September 19, 2003
    Kindergartener's Suspension Appealed To Supreme Court Playground Gunplay Case Goes To High Court POSTED: 8:35 a.m. EDT September 19, 2003 SAYREVILLE, N.J. -- Lawyers representing the family of a boy suspended from kindergarten after a playground game involving make-believe guns have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case. The Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit group focused on First Amendment and religious freedom cases, announced the appeal on Thursday. According to The Rutherford Institute, four kindergarten boys at Wilson Elementary School were playing cops and robbers during recess in March 2000, using their fingers as guns. The boy represented by...
  • No Running, No Jumping: The War Against Boys in Our Schools

    08/20/2003 8:02:38 PM PDT · by GrandMoM · 44 replies · 860+ views
    WorthyNews ^ | 7/7-26-2000 | Charles W. Colson
    By Charles W. Colson Commentary from BreakPoint The Cleveland Avenue School in Atlanta has all the amenities you would expect a new school to have: computer equipment, an up-to-date library, and modern classrooms. It has everything except a playground. No, it wasn't an oversight. It was designed that way, in order to make little boys behave more like little girls. And it's part of a trend. In 1998, Atlanta eliminated recess in its elementary schools. Other cities, like Philadelphia, retained something called recess, but it bears little resemblance to the unstructured play time most of us enjoyed as kids. Why?...
  • Man fined for sitting on bench[Germany-you can't sit at playground w/o being accompanied by a child]

    08/11/2003 6:33:15 AM PDT · by yonif · 69 replies · 272+ views
    Ananova ^ | 07:49 Friday 8th August 2003
    A court in Germany has ordered a man to pay 75 euro for sitting on a park bench. The man was sitting on the bench in the Botanical Garden in Munich when he was approached by police. They told him he couldn't sit on the bench, next to a playground, unless he was accompanied by a child. He later received a letter telling him to pay a 150 euro fine, but went to court. The court heard the regulation had been established to protect playing children against drug addicts and prostitutes, who frequently come to the garden. But the man...
  • RUN Kiddies RUN!

    01/21/2003 6:14:33 PM PST · by steplock · 23 replies · 359+ views
    The SUN - UK ^ | John Coles
    EU give swings the pushA VILLAGE had to get rid of its playground swings because Euro rules say they are too TALL. The three swings were erected more than 25 years ago. Kids playing on them have suffered nothing worse than a grazed knee ever since. But now Brussels bureaucrats have introduced a new maximum height order for swings throughout the UK. The EU edict, European Standard BS EN 11 76, states the height of children’s swings must be no more than three metres (9ft 10ins). The set at the park in Great Somerford, Wilts, are 60cm (2ft) over the...