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Wildfire Smoke Is Poisoning California’s Children

Wildfire Smoke Is Poisoning California’s Children

Smoke from fires sweeping across California are filling the lungs of California’s children with smoke, with potentially long-term issues for life. California as a whole has seen a steady uptick in smoke days in recent years. Counties in the state’s Central Valley, which already had some of the most polluted air in the …

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Second Child From Submerged Vehicle in Cape Coral Canal Dies

Second Child From Submerged Vehicle in Cape Coral Canal Dies

According to Cape Coral police, a second child in a car that drove into a canal late Wednesday night has died. Police had responded to an accident just before midnight that involved a vehicle driving into a canal with two adults and two children inside the vehicle.  Police found a 2014 Ford Focus submerged in the canal and two children …

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Woman Charged With Sexually Exploiting Children

Woman Charged With Sexually Exploiting Children

According to federal prosecutors, a Massachusetts woman is facing charges of exploiting children in order to produce child pornography. 25-year-old Nichole Cyr of Fall River was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on two counts of sexual exploitation of children, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston.  Cyr produced …

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A COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Could Be Months Away

A COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Could Be Months Away

It may only be weeks until a COVID-19 vaccine is approved for use in the U.S.  However, when those vaccines hit the market, they will not be available to children.   Few children have been part of the clinical trials to date. Pfizer only recently began enrolling children as young as 12.  The American Academy …

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Outdoor Schools Face Tough Decisions as Winter Looms

Outdoor Schools Face Tough Decisions as Winter Looms

On Sept. 8, five inches of snow fell on Boulder, Colo., just three days after the city had experienced a record-breaking heatwave. Nobody was expecting this weather whiplash, certainly not JJ Morrow, head of school of Mackintosh Academy Boulder, an independent school that had committed to nearly all outdoor learning …

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Children’s Bedtime Stories Help Boost Brain Development

Children’s Bedtime Stories Help Boost Brain Development

Bedtime stories not only help kids relax and fall asleep more easily, they also create an emotional bond between the storyteller and the listener, and now we know another benefit, boosting children’s brain development. Researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development [NICHD] find there is a clear indication of a …

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Inside a Tallahassee Child Sex Trafficking Network

Inside a Tallahassee Child Sex Trafficking Network

Police reports from Tallahassee’s biggest-ever investigation into child sex trafficking tells the story of a child forced into a life of prostitution and drugs —by her own mother.  A customer told police when he went to the girl’s apartment, she came to the front door wrapped in a blanket. “He followed the child victim upstairs to a bedroom,” a …

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Sex-Abuse Claims Against Boy Scouts Now Surpass 82,000

Sex-Abuse Claims Against Boy Scouts Now Surpass 82,000

82,000+ people have come forward with sex-abuse claims against the Boy Scouts of America, describing a decades-long accumulation of assaults at the hands of scout leaders across the nation.  The claims, which lawyers said far eclipsed the number of abuse accusations filed in Catholic Church cases, continued to mount ahead …

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Death of Louisiana Teen Raises Questions

Death of Louisiana Teen Raises Questions

Days after Quawan Charles, 15, went missing, he was found dead in a sugar cane field, more than 20 miles from his home.  A preliminary autopsy found he had most likely drowned.  Circumstances surrounding his disappearance, and the local police’s slowness to take action, have prompted the boy’s family to commission an independent autopsy.  Oct. 30, Quawan’s mother planned to …

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