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.
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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?
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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.
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.
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.
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.