An assistant principal at a South Carolina high school is under investigation after police say the man restrained a 15-year-old student in a chokehold, and kept her in a chokehold until she passed out. The Kingstree, SC police department is reported to be seeking assault and battery charges against the man. Read the rest
[Beverly Cleary is 100 years old today. Here's an entry I posted in 2006 about an NPR interview with the great children's book author.--Mark]
I'm over a month behind in listening to podcasts, so I just got around to listening to this NPR interview with Beverly Cleary. She just turned 90, and her mental acuity is better than most people half her age.
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This is footage from the 45th annual Junior Boxing Program Championships, held in 1964. From History's Playlist:
The Naval Junior Boxing Program was founded in 1919 by Spike Webb, and was made available to the children of naval Officers and cadets stationed in Annapolis, MD. Children ranging in age from 5 through 11 and weighing 30 to 100 pounds were allowed to enter the ring and fight during these tournaments... This youth boxing club was meant to teach the children sportsmanship and how to have a strong body and mind under pressure.
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This year in America, people are being shot by toddlers on a weekly basis. Check out this infographic on 2015 U.S. shooting stats, from the Washington Post's grim data-crunchers.
From The Washington Post's Wonkblog:
This week a 2-year-old in South Carolina found a gun in the back seat of the car he was riding in and accidentally shot his grandmother, who was sitting in the passenger seat. This type of thing happens from time to time: a little kid finds a gun, fires it, and hurts or kills himself or someone else. These cases rarely bubble up to the national level except when someone, like a parent, ends up dead.
But cases like this happen a lot more frequently than you might think. After spending a few hours sifting through news reports, I've found at least 43 instances this year of somebody being shot by a toddler 3 or younger. In 31 of those 43 cases, a toddler found a gun and shot himself or herself.
Gun law reform now.
[HT: Kashana Cauley]
A young NRA member, gets her photo with a non-toy rifle at an NRA convention [REUTERS]
A man shows a boy how to sight down an electronic rifle at an NRA meeting. [Reuters]
A young girl with a working handgun at an NRA convention. [REUTERS]
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Authorities in Tennessee say an 11-year-old boy has been detained on first-degree murder charges after shooting and killing an 8-year-old neighbor with a shotgun because she would not show him her pet puppies.
The gun belonged to the boy's father. The two kids went to the same school.
Neighbors interviewed by local news reporters identified the victim as Maykayla Dyer.
"Wanting to see a puppy, the little girl laughed and told him no... and that was it," said neighbor Chasity Arwood.
"Watching the Tennessee football game, heard the bang," Arwood said. "And then everybody screaming that he shot her baby girl." Read the rest
For anyone who has raised children: sing along, you know the words. Read the rest
“Our son was having some trouble blowing out his birthday candle,” explains Ashleigh Williamson of her adorable two-year-old son. Read the rest
“President Barack Obama meets 4-year-old Malik Hall during departure photos with Malik's uncle, Maurice Owens, center, in the Oval Office, Sept 4, 2015.” Read the rest
It's not super scientifically perfect but it's a fun tool.
What's it like Raising Dion, a 7-year-old son with superpowers? Watch the trailer, then read the first issue free. Read the rest
Kirk writes, "This weekend we upgraded my 14-year-old son's laptop from Windows 8 to Windows 10. Today I got a creepy-ass email from Microsoft titled 'Weekly activity report for [my kid]', including which websites he's visited, how many hours per day he's used it, and how many minutes he used each of his favorite apps." Read the rest
The quirky, gentle logic puzzles of the classic Zoombinis are back with a tablet remake which feels not especially modern, but still very much worth loving.
Wait for the grin at the end if you doubt our headline. Read the rest
All profits go to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit of University of Oxford in Oxford England.
“Here is my puppy Peanut Butter trying to go down the stairs at 9 weeks old.” Read the rest
The restaurant chain has been in the news for a number of odd crimes lately. This one is very sad.