Thursday, February 03, 2005

Today's News

In Search of The Impossible:
Being a reporter, you shoot pictures. It’s what reporters do: make notes, take pictures. Report. What next? How do you report the—is “occurrence” a suitably neutral word?--objectively?

God and Football...What a Sunday
Pregame and postgame prayers have become a familiar sight in America’s sports stadiums. As many as a third of athletes in the major team sports are estimated to be born again or evangelical Christians, more in football.

Social Security- An OxyMoron
This week, for instance, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he believed he had commitments from all of the Senate's Democrats to oppose Bush's plan to divert part of the payroll tax that now funds Social Security into individual accounts. If that proves true, Democrats would have enough votes for a filibuster to kill the proposal that Bush promoted so ardently Wednesday night. Just as troubling for the White House have been the cracks in Republican unity. The key to Bush's first-term legislative success was his ability to hold together congressional Republicans, even on ideas that left some of them uneasy

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Bad Words

Now, three recent episodes in Florida elementary schools in which police handcuffed and removed children as young as 6 are crystallizing a national debate on finding a proper and practical balance between safety and tolerance. In Melbourne, Fla., two officers from the Cocoa Police Department were called to Endeavour Elementary School, where a 6-year-old boy had thrown a tantrum and struck a teacher. He then hit one officer on the head with a book.

Brevard County prosecutors have placed a felony battery charge under review.In Ocala, boys aged 9 and 10 were suspended from school after police arrested them on charges of making a written threat to kill or harm another person in the form of a stick-figure drawing of themselves stabbing a third pupil. Teachers called in sheriff's deputies when the picture was discovered.

"Tough criminal sanctions are absurd at that age," says Bob Schwartz, executive director of the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center. "Florida is not alone. There are still many places in the country where adults are completely losing their bearings."


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