Saturday, September 22, 2012
Children will no longer be able to dance with their parents in Cranston, RI schools.
Parents of children who attend Cranston, RI public schools were notified recently of a ban on father-daughter and mother-son activities as school lawyers concluded the traditions violate state gender discrimination laws, Cranston Patch reports. "The action was triggered by a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union, said School Superintendent Judith Lundsten. The letter was written on behalf of a mother who said her daughter was unable to go to the father-daughter dance," the article said. While title IX allows for father-daughter and mother-son activities, state law is more restrictive. Now, the Cranston school committee is asking state lawmakers to change Rhode Island law to mirror federal law, making the now banned dances legal …
Saturday, September 15, 2012
New York City recently passed a ban on soda and sugary drinks over 16 ounces. Where do you stand on soda size?
The New York City Board of Health made it official this week: No large sodas. The unanimous decision extends to sodas larger than 16 ounces from fast-food restaurants, movie theaters and street vendors. It is the first of its kind in the nation and does not cover convenience stores or supermarkets. It will go into effect in March 2013. "This is the single biggest step any city, I think, has ever taken to curb obesity," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the New York Times following the vote. "It’s certainly not the last step that lots of cities are going to take, and we believe that it will help save lives." The decision has been applauded by some including Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver who said that over half of the adults in New …
Saturday, May 26, 2012
According to a recent study, citizens of ten countries are happier than citizens in the US.
A survey released this week shows that citizens of ten countries rate their happiness higher than citizens of the United States. According to a report from 24/7 Wall St., Denmark is the happiest country in the developed world. Using information from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, researchers examined factors including life satisfaction, employment rate, health, working hours, disposable income, education and life expectancy to come to the conclusion that these are the happiest countries: The US ranks number 11 in this study, which leads us to wonder: Are you happy? In the comments below, tell us what makes you happy.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
While it isn’t a fail safe for Internet privacy, it can help.
The Internet, once viewed as the ultimate frontier for freedom, is now rapidly becoming a Wild West of privacy fears. While not a fail safe way to protect you, taking the time to clear your cookies, browsing history and cache is an easy first step that can aid in protecting your privacy. Yet, many are not doing this. What about you?
Saturday, April 14, 2012
The Farrelly brothers, known for such comedies as "Dumb and Dumber" and "There's Something About Mary," have released a film depicting the beloved Moe, Larry and Curly in a modern day setting.
The issue can be divisive: The Stooges or the Marx Brothers? While both camps could rant on and on about the value of their favorite comedy trio, more recently the age old debate has shifted to whether or not a feature film version of the "Three Stooges" should be made. Suffering more than a decade of production delays and losing high-profile cast members left and right throughout the process, many thought the movie, based on the comedy shorts that began entertaining audiences in 1930, would never be made. Well, for better or worse, it has been made and opened nationwide on Friday. Critical reception for the film, directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly (known for such films as "Dumb and Dumber" and "There's Something About Mary"), has thus…
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Make your voice heard in our poll.
Does President Obama deserve a second term? He is currently running ahead of potential Republican rival Mitt Romney in recent polls from key battleground states, according to USA Today polls. But the election season is a long one and opinions are subject to change, particularly depending on the activities of candidates and the state of the nation. So what do you think? Does the president deserve a second term? Will you vote for him enthusiastically, reluctantly or not at all? Vote in our poll and give us your thoughts in the comment field.
Friday, April 6, 2012
A Baltimore woman is claiming one-third of the $656 million Mega Millions jackpot, but colleagues at the McDonald's restaurant where she works say she bought the tickets for a workplace pool—and that they're winners too.
Mega Millions mania has plunged a Maryland McDonald’s into a bubbling cauldron of controversy hotter than a deep-fried apple pie, reported the New York Post. Workers at the fast-food joint who pooled their cash for tickets are furious at a colleague who claims she won with a ticket she bought for herself and has no intention of sharing. “We had a group plan, but I went and played by myself. [The ‘winning’ ticket] wasn’t on the group plan,” McDonald’s “winner’’ Mirlande Wilson 37, told The Post yesterday, insisting she alone bought one of the three tickets nationwide that will split a record $656 million payout. Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett said Monday, "... We really won't believe anybody till they walk in with a ticket and …
Saturday, March 17, 2012
A recent study from the Archives of Internal Medicine says you could be significantly shortening your lifespan by eating red meat every day.
In an age of diets, nutritional supplements and a focus on physical fitness, it's not a surprise to read that red meat might not be good for your overall health, but can it significantly shorten your lifespan? A recent study released by the Archives of Internal Medicine found that death at an early age was directly tied to a person's red meat consumption. Cause of death varied throughout the study and included heart disease and cancer, but the common factor was the steady consumption of red meats. And while these results in and of themselves may not surprise many people, according to a report by CNN, the new study is the first to "estimate the effect of swapping out red meat on a person's lifespan." Compiling data from two long-running …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Over the past week anyone who has been online has probably felt bombarded by friends asking them to "spare 30 minutes to watch this amazing video," but we want to know, do you think the charity Invisible Children accomplishes what it set out to do?
Uganda is probably a country many people don't hear a lot about and think about even less. The country on the other side of the world has a population of around 32 million, lower than that of California. This week, however, Uganda, and more importantly Joseph Kony, have been the talk of the town. For days now, one can barely scroll a few inches down their Facebook feed without seeing mention of the two. The nonprofit organization Invisible Children released a 30-minute video showing a view of a war in Uganda that is being waged by the Lord's Resistance Army. According to the video the LRA is taking children from the rural villages and making the girls sex-slaves while the boys are trained to be child soldiers. "Critics have said the video…
Monday, March 12, 2012
New Life's patrons brought home the prize for Marlborough's gym with lots of votes and comments, just barely beating out the competition.
UPDATE, March 12, 2:30 p.m.: Speaking from New Life Health and Wellness on Monday, owner Sandra Condon said she was very pleased by the results of the poll. "I am thankful to our customers for getting out the vote and giving us this win," said Condon. _________ There was a passionate debate on Marlborough Patch over the past week concerning who runs the best gym in the city. In contention were Gold's, Planet Fitness, Crossfit of Marlborough, the Wayside Racquet & Swim Club and the winner by a narrow margin: New Life Heath and Wellness. Winning with just seven more votes than the Wayside facility, New Life separated themselves from the pack with vocal and passionate commentary. "I have been a member of New Life for about a month and it …