July 25, 2017

Lego Movie: glittery surface, lackluster plot

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“Everything is awesome” for Lego Movie’s leading character Emmet, where in his Lego-constructed world all citizens abide by the rules and optimism abounds. Chosen by a prophecy to be an imaginative “master builder,” and save the world from Kragl (a misspelling of Krazy Glue, which symbolizes no imagination or thinking outside structured, strict manual-led lives)… Read more

5 Year Old New Delhi Girl Raped, Left for Dead

A second suspect was arrested Monday in the rape of a 5-year-old girl who New Delhi police say was left for dead in a locked room, a case that has brought a new wave of protests against how Indian authorities handle sex crimes. The attack came four months after the fatal gang rape of a… Read more

Newtown Boy Urges Kids To Ditch Violent Video Games

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12-year-old Max Goldstein, like the gunman who killed 20 children and six adults at the school, was once a big fan of games like “Call of Duty” and other combat titles, but Friday’s mass killing changed everything, his family said. Read more  

Talking to Kids About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

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High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of… Read more

Gang Violence Surges Even With All Other Violent Crimes Down Across U.S.

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“At a time when most cities are experiencing their lowest levels of violent crime in a quarter of century, gang activity remains a potent problem,” concluded an April report released by the National Gang Center. James “Buddy” Howell, a senior research associate at the gang center, said gangs have become so “entrenched” in some of… Read more

Violence Causes Premature Aging in Children

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Radiation and smoking mutate chromosomes, but a new study finds that violence is just as harmful to young children.  Read more

Somali Children Forced to be Soldiers

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“An estimated 2,000 children were abducted by Al-Shabaab in 2010 for military training in different camps in southern Somalia. An increasingly large number of these children are reportedly used by the insurgent groups to fight against the Government and troops of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Mogadishu, and, as a result, many… Read more