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Friday, Nov 4: Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
The Daily Word in transgender rights, twisters in the US and an arrested "Worm"
Weather experts warn that more devastating weather can be expected on Monday after tornadoes ripped through the U.S. from Texas all the way to Minnesota on Sunday, May 19.
Yahoo buys Tumblr, promises not to "screw it up."
Kim case adds focus to how the feds probed a working journalist.
Miranda Pacheco, who killed a bicyclist three years ago, is in jail again for reckless driving.
DEA claims that marketing heroin to teens is making Albuquerque's drug problems worse.
Protest to take place on Monday morning for Damian Garcia, a transgender student at St. Pius High School, over which cap and gown he will wear on graduation day.
"Worm" arrested for alleged assault and throwing a rival's moped into the ocean ...
Make Your Own Fall Wardrobe
The Designer’s Lounge adds new classes
If you have a hard time finding clothes that fit you just right, or special items that suit your taste perfectly, consider learning to make your own fashions. The Designer’s Lounge, which just produced the teen fashion show Fall Into the Stars, has added new classes for September. Read this week’s Arts story to get an idea of how far these classes can take you.
One of these additions, Embellishment Crochet, starts tomorrow—and more are coming right up— so check the Designer’s Lounge website soon.
A mix of songs with academic themes
The Daily Word 12.22.10: DADT signed, WTF, Lakers
Sgt. Torry Chambers arrested and accused of raping female inmates at MDC.
Guv-elect pulls a secretary of education from Florida.
President Obama signs the Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal.
Toys that cause lasting psychological problems.
A nuclear treaty between the United States and Russia may pass today.
World's ugliest cat?
CIA launches WikiLeaks Task Force (WTF).
There's not an ap for WikiLeaks.
9/11 first responders pissed at Republicans.
What happened to the Lakers?
Teens not having as many babies these days.
Is America the sick kid?
50 rad things from 2010
Sexy time with Miss D.
Telling people condoms don't work is irresponsible, says Alibi columnist Whitny Doyle, R.N. But APS board member David Robbins spread that misinformation like an STI a few weeks ago. Read Miss Diagnosis' op-ed, which is rooted in her nursly experience.
And pass it on: Teens' health care confidentiality rights.
Know Your Rights
All minors, no matter how young, have the right to confidential reproductive health care services. This means your provider (a doctor, physician assistant or nurse practitioner) can’t tell your parents if you are having sex, if you want birth control, if you are being treated for an STD, if you are pregnant or if you want an abortion. Pregnant females can consent to prenatal care, delivery services and postnatal care without a parent.
Keeping Up With Teen Care
Half a block from the children’s hospital in Minneapolis is a comfortable old Victorian house that’s been converted into a health clinic dedicated to teenagers. Patients don’t have to grapple with the monolithic main hospital or sit in waiting rooms stuffed with crying babies and coughing seniors. Instead of dealing with terse or stodgy providers, they are seen by staff members who are experts in adolescent health care and who, most importantly, actually enjoy teenagers.
Give survival-kit backpacks to homeless APS students
Paige Brown of Rudy’s Bar-B-Q organized a grassroots supplies drive last year that gave 100 backpacks full of gear to homeless teenagers attending Albuquerque Public Schools.
“As I watched a news program one evening documenting a story about efforts aimed at trying to keep homeless kids in school, I was incredibly moved at what it must take to remain committed to school when your basic needs are not being met. For many kids, school becomes their only anchor in life, and as many of us know, the anchors that keep us feeling secure and able to pursue our dreams are something that many of us are blessed with.”
No doubt it’s hard to stay in high school when you’re sleeping in a shelter or in a car or on the street. In 2007, there were a little more than 3,000 homeless children enrolled in an APS school. In 2009, there were about 5,000, according to the APS Title I Homeless Project.
This year, Brown wants to up the ante. She’s looking for 250 Teen Survivor Backpacks. They will be collected at a reception on the Rudy’s patio (2321 Carlisle NE) between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Here’s what we should bring:
APS High School Supply List
1 sturdy backpack
12 pencils (#2)
6 pocket folders (with brads and pockets)
2 pink eraser
1 box colored pencils
4 college spiral notebooks
4 packages lined paper (college)
2 glue sticks
1 zipper bag or school box
2 red pens
2 highlighter markers
4 ball pens (black or blue)
1 zip drive (2 to 4 GB)
Other supplies a homeless high school student can use:
Snack pack, granola bars, etc.
Shampoo and conditioner
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Monthly (city) bus passes
Gift card for food, clothing, shoes
ACT study guide/practice book
A popular high school-level fiction, biography, or dictionary (including bi-lingual)
Anything else the donor sees fit, a surprise that can bring cheers, motivation and encouragement to the student is very welcome.
A standing-room-only crowd showed up to the Monday, May 24 meeting to remind the Council that cuts are losses to essential services for real people.
Kids These Days
The instigators over at Warehouse 508 just won't leave kids alone, what with their constant encouragement and program development. Witness 508's latest machinations (this time abetted by the Duke City Youth Poetry Collective and ABQSlams) at the 2010 ABQ Youth Slam-Off tonight (Saturday) at 7 p.m., with sign-up beginning at 6 p.m. Poets, MCs and spoken-worders ages 13 to 19 will battle it out for the title of 2010 Youth Champion. The event at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) is $5.
The Kids Are F*@#ed
Ah, NPR. There’s nothing like the power of radio to lift your spirits and bum you the hell out. Weirdly, these stories do both for me.
Two recent NPR stories highlight how teenagers are dumb and need to be scared into being less dumb. The first is a story on how a California sheriff’s department is using computer imaging to show teens what they would look like with a meth addiction. This is because teens’ brains don’t work all that well and they might think, “You know what? Meth sounds great.” And then this shows them that they’ll be ugly if they do it, which is terrifying.
The second story is a report on findings by scientists that shows that teen drunkenness may lead to brain damage. Because their brains aren’t formed. That is why they’re dumb. Seriously, why do parents not just say that when their kids are all, “How come I can’t have sex/drive your car/speak without being spoken to?” Just tell them: Your brain is not fully formed. You are essentially running around with part of a brain. Now do what I say and finish installing Mommy’s stripper pole in the kitchen.
Anyway, kids these days.