Finding A Child Online: How The Web Is Transforming Adoption

  When Eric James and his partner, Zerxes Spencer, decided to adopt last year, they signed on with Adoptions Together, a reputable agency close to their home in Maryland. They attended the agency’s seminars to learn about the process, met other “waiting parents” and formed personal bonds with the staff. But there was just one problem. “When we entered the pool, we were looking at generally a two- to three-year wait,” says James. “And about six months in they reached out to let us know the wait actually would be probably much longer than that.” Why? He was told thatContinue Reading

Obama: Coalition Against ISIS Shows It Is ‘Not America’s Fight Alone’

President Obama said a multinational coalition that carried out airstrikes in Syria shows that the fight against Islamic extremists is “not America’s fight alone.” Speaking briefly just before his departure for the United Nations in New York, the president said he is “proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder” with Arab allies Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and UAE. The broader coalition against the self-proclaimed Islamic State consists of some 40 allies, he said. “The strength of this coalition makes it clear to the world that this is not American’s fight alone,” he said. In an apparent reference to airstrikes against the shadowyContinue Reading

9-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Kills Shooting Range Instructor

A 9-year-old girl vacationing with her family accidentally shot and killed an instructor at a shooting range, authorities said. The shooting happened at 10 a.m. Monday at Arizona Last Stop, a tourist spot southeast of Las Vegas. According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, the instructor – identified as Charles Vacca, 39 – was standing next to the girl, teaching her how to use an automatic Uzi. The girl’s parents stood nearby, capturing video of the experience. As the girl pulled the trigger, the recoil caused her to lose control of the gun, with Vacca accidentally shot in the head,Continue Reading

Transgendered Challenges In Arkansas

The following article was taken from yahoo regarding a transgendered issue in Arkansas.  In the article, Michelle Duggar, who is a woman in a reality show on The Learning Channel Network in the U.S.  You can google her to learn more about her as a person and get an idea of why she is quoted in this article.  But some interesting issues pop up about Transgendered issues and that is ultimately why I chose this story.   Please feel free to leave comments   Wednesday night, the City Council of Fayetteville, Arkansas will consider a new law that will protectContinue Reading

What Is Your Race? For Millions Of Americans, A Shifting Answer

We tend to think of a race as a static thing, but it’s always been much more slippery. American history has seen lots of immigrant groups that were the targets of suspicion and even racial violence — Jews, the Irish, Germans, Italians — gradually subsumed into the big, amorphous category of whiteness. The trajectory of that shift has been a little different for each of those groups — and, notably, was informed by the fact that they were not black — but that’s been the general template of immigrant assimilation. For much of our history, the process of becoming AmericanContinue Reading

Teacher doesn’t hang up phone properly, accidentally leaves mean message about student on student’s mother’s phone

The Elyria City School District in Ohio is apologizing to a student’s mother after one of their teachers accidentally left an insulting message about her child on her voicemail. The Crestwood Elementary School educator, who teaches kindergarten, had called about something else. She then neglected to make sure she had disconnected before she started to badmouth the student. As WOIO 19 Action News reports, the not-so-kind words have left the mother furious. The teacher, who has not yet been identified, could be overheard telling someone, “He has no common sense. He was seven in May and he’s the biggest babyContinue Reading

Husband Of Woman Stoned To Death In Pakistan Killed First Wife

As  you read this article, think about how women are treated in your own country, region or culture.  I would also like students to think about not only the act of violence, but some of the causes and reasons why this type of violence is a reality for many women and children worldwide. Mohammad Iqbal sits beside the body of his wife, Farzana, after she was stoned to death earlier this week by her family for marrying against their wishes. Iqbal has since admitted that he killed his first wife in order to remarry. A man whose pregnant wife wasContinue Reading

After Finding $40,000 In Thrift-Store Couch, Roommates Return Money

Many of us have stories about old couches — particularly ones we had in college, or shortly after. But not many stories are like the one three roommates in New Paltz, N.Y., can now tell. After the trio realized their beat-up couch was stuffed with more than $40,000, they decided to return the money to its rightful owner. It all started when roommates Reese Werkhoven, Cally Guasti and Lara Russo realized that the lumps in their couch’s pillows were actually envelopes stuffed with money. Just two months earlier, they’d bought the couch for $20 at a Salvation Army store. “ItContinue Reading

In North Dakota, there will be blood

Original Article:   Life is cheap in North Dakota, where a new study (PDF) finds that workers are being killed on the job at five times the national rate. Deaths on the job in North Dakota more than doubled from 2007 to 2012, rising from 25 to 65, as reported by Al Jazeera America’s Renee Lewis. The reasons for this are deeply disturbing for what they say not only about industrial workplace safety, but about politics in 21st century America and how capital is favored over workers. The increase in deaths tracks the frenzied efforts to extract oil andContinue Reading

Does Social Deprivation Causes Crime?

      Since the advent of modern social science, sociologists and criminologists have been preoccupied with finding the answer to what is the root cause of criminal (or deviant) behavior and, therefore, what are the best ways to prevent it. Many theories have been put forward on the subject. Some of them have since been completely discredited — like Lombroso’s theory that you can determine a person’s propensity toward criminal behavior by measuring certain physiological traits such as head size. But much of the focus and research into the causes of crime has centered around the impact of socialContinue Reading