January 2, 2009 |
Barring a reprieve, regulations set to take effect next month could force thousands of clothing retailers and thrift stores to throw away trunkloads of children's clothing. The law, aimed at keeping lead-filled merchandise away from children, mandates that all products sold for those age 12 and younger -- including clothing -- be tested for lead and phthalates, which are chemicals used to make plastics more pliable.
November 13, 2008 |
At least 18 children younger than 15 died in toy-related accidents in 2007. Most of the deaths were caused by blocked airways, drowning or accidents involving motor vehicles, according to Consumer Product Safety Commission data. Many of the incidents were not caused by the toys but occurred while the children were playing. Fourteen of the 18 children were boys.
October 31, 2008 |
The most disturbing Halloween accessory this year may not be the spider webs hanging off the shrubbery or the door sensor that emits ghostly screams, but a lone jack-o'-lantern displaying the words: "No candy at this residence. " About 1,200 violent or child sex offenders on probation or parole in Maryland have been ordered to hang these orange pumpkin signs -- or plain ones reading, "No candy" -- at their residences today. If they don't, the knock at the door will be from an officer of the law. Maryland is one of a growing number of states that are expanding restrictions on sex offenders for Halloween, including required signage and curfews.
September 17, 2008 |
IT'S THE rare pop star who believes that mother knows best. But when it comes to good causes, Natasha Bedingfield and her three musical siblings are happy to follow mum's lead. The London-born songstress, along with brothers Daniel and Joshua and sister Nikola Rachelle, have teamed up with their mother, Molly Bedingfield, to help children in poor countries around the world. In the coming weeks and months, the family will be busy raising funds for Molly Bedingfield's Global Angels philanthropy, which partners with various grass-roots organizations to fight child slavery, starvation and illness.
May 14, 2008 |
An Australian man has been fined after buckling in a case of beer with a seat belt but leaving a 5-year-old child to sit on the car's floor, police said. Constable Wayne Burnett said he was "shocked and appalled" by the incident late last week in Alice Springs. The beer was strapped in between two adults in the back seat. The child was also in the back, but on the floor. The driver was fined about $710 for driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle and for failing to ensure a child was wearing a seat belt.
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May 10, 2008 |
Concerns over recent coyote attacks in the Inland Empire escalated Friday when wildlife officials said two more children in Lake Arrowhead may have been bitten and a woman in Temecula reported having to drive a stubborn coyote out of her house. "They are behaving abnormally," said Steven Martarano, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Game. "They have lost their fear of people for whatever reason."
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April 18, 2008 |
Los Angeles County officials said Thursday that they would begin their own checks of child-care facilities and foster homes after a state audit found 49 instances in which convicted sex offenders appeared to have lived at the same address as such facilities. The audit found that although child-care operators and employees must submit to criminal background checks, no such requirement currently applies to people who live in the same house or apartment where the facilities are located.
April 1, 2008 |
Contractors renovating U.S. homes built before 1978 must take special precautions to avoid exposing children to lead paint under a regulation announced Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency. Many physicians and scientists have criticized the EPA's long-awaited rule as inadequate to protect children who live in the estimated 38 million homes that contain old lead paint. Every year, about 11 million renovations occur in U.S.
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March 26, 2008 |
Many in the Central Valley farm town of Lindsay were shocked when a man was arrested after allegedly viewing photos of nude boys on a computer in the local library. But even more shocking was the dismissal two days later of the library branch's lone employee, who said she alerted police over the objections of her supervisor.
March 2, 2008 |
Safety officials announced a recall of 24,000 cribs and warned parents against putting their babies to bed with pillows and other soft bedding that could suffocate them. The Indonesian-made cribs, imported by Munire Furniture Inc., have improper brackets that don't allow their mattresses to be fully lowered. This could allow children inside the crib to crawl over the railing and fall. The recall includes the company's Majestic Curved Top, Majestic Flat Top, Essex, Brighton/Sussex and Captiva cribs with various model numbers.