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March 2, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
Six years after California instituted a statewide effort to pare fat and boost fitness in its schoolchildren, the kids haven't reversed the trend of growing obesity in their ranks. But they are fitter and, as a group, have slowed the growth of obesity, according to a new study. The first comprehensive assessment of a pioneering statewide campaign to fight child obesity found that between 2003 and 2008, the rate of obesity among children in grades five, seven and nine grew by .33%.
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December 1, 2013 | Times staff and wire reports
A U.S. State Department travel warning on Venezuela, issued Nov. 22, says "violent crime in Venezuela is pervasive, both in the capital, Caracas, and in the interior. " In a country of about 28.5 million, 21,629 people were slain, one of the highest homicide rates in the world. Kidnappings, the State Department notes, "are also a serious concern…. In 2013, 583 kidnappings were reported," adding that 80% of kidnappings aren't reported. The department warning adds that "all U.S. direct-hire personnel and their family members who are assigned to U.S. Embassy Caracas are required to take an armored vehicle when traveling to/from Maiquetía Airport.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2000
Re "Program Enlists Youths to Help With Census," March 31. This article concerning schoolchildren and their use by the Census Bureau to ensure that their parents were complying with government regulations brought back memories of other times. Doesn't seem so long ago that the National Socialist Party of Germany and the Communist Party of the USSR were similarly engaged. All that's missing are medals for the kids who rat on Mom and Dad for not properly filling out their census forms.
SCIENCE
October 16, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
On Nov. 3, the moon will once again pass between the Earth and the sun, partially blocking out our life-giving star and putting on a spectacular celestial show for people who are in the right place to see it. And this year, the best place to see the eclipse is in Africa. "In this very narrow path across Africa there will be a total eclipse, when the moon covers the sun completely, darkness descends and the stars come out," said Mike Simmons, founder and president of a group called Astronomers Without Borders.
NEWS
October 1, 2010
Are children who have asthma allowed to take their meds when they go to school? Now they are, but it's complicated. It wasn't until 2010 that the last of the 50 states (North Dakota) enacted legislation for what's sometimes referred to as "self-carry" laws, according to the Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics . But laws vary from state to state, some requiring the child to have a letter from a doctor. (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a roundup of some legislation by state .)
NATIONAL
February 8, 2012 | By Peter Hall, Morning Call
Jerry Sandusky 's lawyer said neighbors' fears were unfounded that the former Penn State football coach would pose a danger to schoolchildren if he was allowed to leave his house. In court papers filed Wednesday, attorney Joseph Amendola opposed a request by state prosecutors to keep Sandusky inside his State College, Pa., home, where he has been under house arrest awaiting trial on child sexual abuse charges. Amendola said Sandusky had obeyed the conditions of his bail and always obtained approval of a Centre County probation official to leave his house.
NEWS
December 4, 1993 | Reuters
Eleven schoolchildren were killed and at least 30 wounded Friday when a mine baited with money exploded in the central Rwandan town of Remera, Rwandan radio reported. Children walking to school saw money on the road, scrambled to get it and triggered the mine. The bank note was attached to the mine by a string, the radio said. No one has claimed responsibility.
OPINION
December 15, 2010 | By Tom Lutz
We've seen Rep. John A. Boehner (R- Ohio) cry twice recently in public. On election night, addressing supporters, he was overcome with emotion while describing his up-by-the-bootstraps pursuit of the American dream. Then on Sunday, during a "60 Minutes" interview with Lesley Stahl, Boehner's tears began to flow as he worried aloud about today's schoolchildren. So what can the tears tell us about our new House speaker? One of our fondest cultural myths ? one of baffling durability, like the idea that Republicans are fiscally conservative ?
OPINION
June 27, 1999
There is another positive side to displaying the Ten Commandments in U.S. schools: Schoolchildren now will have to be taught to read to understand them. WERNER HAAS, West Hollywood
OPINION
May 17, 2006
It is good to read in The Times about Israeli troops protecting Palestinian schoolchildren from attacks by Israeli extremists (May 14). As it has always been customary for Israeli schoolchildren to have armed escorts on all school outings in order to protect them from Palestinian extremists, it is nice to see Palestinian children protected by Israelis from Israeli extremists. Perhaps one day Palestinian and Israeli children can go to school without fear of violence from either side.
WORLD
June 3, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - Two bomb blasts killed at least 19 people in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, including 11 children and two soldiers from the U.S.-led coalition, as Taliban militants continued a wave of violence as part of their spring offensive. Nine schoolchildren and an Afghan police officer were killed when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated his explosives in a busy market in Paktia province along the Pakistani border, Paktia police chief Zalmai Oryakhail said. Two U.S.-led coalition soldiers were also killed in the attack, according to NATO forces.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2012 | By Michael Muskal and Richard A. Serrano
The toll in the Connecticut shooting stands at 28 dead, including 20 children and the gunman, Connecticut State Police said Friday. Speaking at a televised news conference from Newtown, Conn., State Police spokesman Paul Vance confirmed the death toll, making this the deadliest shooting since the Virginia Tech rampage in 2007. According to Vance, the gunman entered the school and fired at students and staff in one section - two rooms - at the school, he said. PHOTOS: Shooting at Connecticut elementary school Eighteen children were pronounced dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
WORLD
November 17, 2012 | By Reem Abdellatif
CAIRO - The Egyptian transportation minister resigned Saturday after 49 children were killed on their way to school in southern Egypt in a collision between their bus and a train. The state-run news agency said a total of 51 people died in all in the accident near Mandara village in Assiut province. Another 16 were injured. Before submitting his resignation and taking responsibility for the crash, Transportation Minister Mohamed Rashad Metiny requested an investigation by the national Railways System.
NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, For the Booster Shots blog
Obesity among Philadelphia's nearly 900,000 schoolchildren has ticked downward slightly, a new study says, suggesting that efforts to reverse the rising tide of fat among the nation's children are paying off. In 2009-2010, 20.5% of the Philly's kids weighed in as obese, and 7.9% were considered "severely obese. " Writing in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, a team of Philadelphia public health officials and researchers called those figures "unacceptably high. " But they noted that the latest statistics are down from measures taken in 2006-2007, when 21.5% of Philadelphia's schoolchildren were obese and 8.5% were severely obese.
OPINION
August 28, 2012
California is among the 18 states that make it easy for parents to refuse to vaccinate their children who attend public schools. All they have to do is sign a form saying that inoculations run counter to their personal beliefs. Most states require a religious-belief exemption, which results in dramatically higher vaccination rates. A bill by Assemblyman Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), a pediatrician, would tighten the state's rules. To claim the personal-belief exemption, parents would be required under AB 2109 to discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with a health professional; then they would be free to make up their own minds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2012 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Thirty-six years ago, three men kidnapped a bus full of schoolchildren for ransom before entombing them in a San Joaquin Valley rock quarry. The 1976 crime has become part of California lore - and many of those in the small town of Chowchilla, where it happened, thought those responsible would stay behind bars for life. But later this month, one of the three kidnappers will be a free man. A spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said last week that Richard Schoenfeld's release became necessary after the state Supreme Court decided not to intercede in a lower court's judgment requiring the kidnapper's immediate release.
NEWS
February 22, 1997 | Associated Press
A heifer got loose at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and ran kicking into a group of schoolchildren on a field trip Friday, injuring 10 youngsters and an adult. Those hurt were taken to the hospital with cuts, scrapes and bruises.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1999
Re "Anaheim School Board President Chastised for Remark in Sex Abuse Case" (Oct. 8): Harald Martin's remark clearly indicates he is a detriment to the schoolchildren he is charged with serving. That's right, let's not forget that school boards and their presidents are there to serve the children in their school districts and not, as it has been lately, to villainize them. I wonder if Harald Martin would still blame the victim if it had been a daughter of his who had been sexually abused at 13 by a trusted teacher.
NEWS
March 2, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
Six years after California instituted a statewide effort to pare fat and boost fitness in its schoolchildren, the kids haven't reversed the trend of growing obesity in their ranks. But they are fitter and, as a group, have slowed the growth of obesity, according to a new study. The first comprehensive assessment of a pioneering statewide campaign to fight child obesity found that between 2003 and 2008, the rate of obesity among children in grades five, seven and nine grew by .33%.
NATIONAL
February 8, 2012 | By Peter Hall, Morning Call
Jerry Sandusky 's lawyer said neighbors' fears were unfounded that the former Penn State football coach would pose a danger to schoolchildren if he was allowed to leave his house. In court papers filed Wednesday, attorney Joseph Amendola opposed a request by state prosecutors to keep Sandusky inside his State College, Pa., home, where he has been under house arrest awaiting trial on child sexual abuse charges. Amendola said Sandusky had obeyed the conditions of his bail and always obtained approval of a Centre County probation official to leave his house.
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