Snuggling House

Todd Richmond a reporter for the Huffington Post tells the reader about a Snuggling House in Madison, Wisconsin. In Wisconsin there is a house that is specifically for snuggling. It cost $60 for a snuggle session with a ‘professional snuggler,’ the law officials in Madison is trying to ban this house. They think it is a cover up for a prostitution house. The producers of the house say that snuggling with people relieves stress. Law officials believe it is an awaiting lawsuit for sexual assault. 

I think this is the most bizarre article I have ever read. This is crazy that people would actually pay for someone to snuggle with, especially someone they just met. This is weird, but whatever people want to do is up to them! I just don’t think snuggling with a random man would relieve my stress. I think the law enforcement should keep their eye on it, but not do anything drastic too soon.

College student killed by a Campus police.

Joshua Rubin and David Simpson, CNN reporters, published an article on Mon December 9, 2013. 23-year-old student at a San Antonio-area Christian college took an officer’s police baton and struck him before the officer fatally shot him. It began when Cpl. Christopher Carter, a police officer with the University of the Incarnate Word in Alamo Heights, saw Robert Cameron Redus near campus driving recklessly. During the wait for assistance, the officer tried to stop the suspect who repeatedly resisted, the officer attempted to stop the suspect with his baton. The baton was taken by the suspect who used it to hit the officer. The officer drew his firearm and shots were fired.

In my opinion, I don’t think that he should have died at a young age because of this officer. I understand that he was resisting the arrest, but why did the officer have to shoot him multiple times? Why couldn’t he have used a different form of self defense? I think these questions make this story suspicious to me. My heart goes out to the family that is dealing with this tragedy.

Breastfeeding in public

Beth Greenfield a writer for the Yahoo shine talks about how a woman was told to leave a Connecticut courtroom because she was breastfeeding her baby. The law gives women the right to feed their baby in a public place. And Danielle Gendron was given an apology to when she was shooed out of the courtroom and reprimanded that right. Gendron tells reporters that she is a new mother and she has to feed her baby when he is hungry. She tells reporters that because of situations like this women don’t want to breastfeed their children and babies aren’t getting the benefits that they need.

I didn’t know that there was a specific law that gave women the right to breastfeed wherever. I think its good that Gendron spoke up because people need to know that even though breastfeeding might make people feel uncomfortable, it is their right to feed their baby in public.

Letter from a 5 year old.

ABC news published an article on December 9, 2013 about a sweet apology from a five year old to retail chain John Lewis’s branch in Cambridge. Manager Dominic Joyce, posted a picture of a the apology on twitter. The apology was from 5 year old Faith it said: To John Lewis Cambridge. I’m sorry I broke a Christmas bauble on Saturday. It cost two pounds. Here is the money for it. Sorry again.” It was signed “Faith, aged 5.” She enclosed two, two-pound coins to replace the bauble. Joyce said that he tried to find Faith to send her a gift back for the sweet apology, but she didn’t put a return address on it. After posting the picture on Twitter, it received 200 retweets. The mother of Faith heard the manager was searching for the little girl and she said that Faith was a shy girl and she didn’t want her information to be distributed.

This melted my heart when I read this. It shows the innocence of young children, she knew she did wrong even though it was an accident and decided to apologize for what had happened. I thought it was a very brave gesture that she would own up to breaking the ornament. It gave me a smile.

Diet Soda

Mike Esterl writer for The Wall Street Journal posted an article December 9, 2013 on the health effects of diet soda. 33 year old Joanna Stepka a Rhode Island resident began drinking diet soda when she was in Kindergarten, but recently quit because her health trainer told her about the artificial sweeteners in diet drinks that make people fat even if the drink doesn’t have calories. The artificial sweeteners found in diet soda mainly aspartame, but also sucralose and acesulfame potassium. This leads to a correlation between diet soda and obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

I always knew pop was bad for you, but I never understood that diet soda was just as bad for you as regular soda. When I was younger my mom would never allow soda in the house unless it was a special occasion. But whenever there was a special occasion she only bought regular soda because she knew that diet soda was bad for children to have. So it kind of caught me off guard when Joanna said she has been drinking diet soda since she was in kindergarten.

Couple Kills a man for fun

An article written by Saeed Ahmed, CNN on Sun December 8, 2013 talks about a Pennsylvania couple are accused of luring Troy LaFerrara through a “companionship” ad on Craigslist, and stabbing and strangling him to death. The couple killed him and left him for dead in the backyard of a home. This couple killed him just for the thrill to kill someone, also this couple tried to kill several other people, but it never went through. The couple face a host of charges including criminal homicide, which is similar to first-degree murder.

Its sickening to think there are people in this world that would kill in general, but it is even scarier to think people would kill just for the heck of it. It makes me nervous about making online purchases on websites such as craigslist. The rage in people’s souls is frightening.

Mom tries to sue over bullying

 CNN Staff wrote an article on November 26, 2013 The mother of Rebecca Sedwick, a Florida girl killed herself even after Norman (mother) said all her efforts to halt the bullying including counseling, reporting the harassment to school officials as well as other parents, even removing her daughter from school failed. Rebecca, 12, died after jumping from the top of an abandoned concrete plant in September. The abusive behavior that authorities say prompted her suicide grew between Rebecca and a former classmate over a boy they had both dated. Rebecca had already cut open her wrists months before the jump, but survived that suicide attempt. Rebecca’s mother is now trying to sue the parents of the bully.

I think her mom should sue the bully’s parents. She lost her daughter because of bullying. I have to question what the parents are teaching their children at home to create monsters. They were 12 years old. The children have no business fighting over a boy at that age. I think Rebecca’s mother tried everything to prevent her daughters death. 

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/26/justice/rebecca-sedwick-bullying-death/?hpt=zite_zite1_featured

New law

In Troy, New York WTEN tells viewers that officer Bryan says that the new traffic law states that leaving your car running unattended will result in a traffic ticket. Officers say that it is important for citizens to follow this law because their car could be a target for carjackers. However, there is an exception to the law, if an electric remote is installed in the car it is not illegal because the key is not in the ignition. 

 

I think that this is a good law to have. I am glad officers are keeping an extra eye on citizens. I am also glad I read this because I was not informed about this new law until now. I would be shocked if I were to receive a ticket for leaving my car unattended especially since winter is around the corner. 

http://www.cnn.com/JUSTICE/?hpt=sitenav

Young man forced to be a hit man

An article written November 30, 2013 by Catherine E. Shoichet and Rafael Romo of CNN An American teenager accused of being a hit man for Mexican drug cartels. He was 11 years old when he started killing. He was convicted as a juvenile and was deported to San Antonio, Texas. He is a US citizen and doesn’t have any criminal charges in the United States so he is a free man. Even though he lost track of how many people he has killed in Mexico. He was lured by drug cartels with power and money. He said he had to keep killing because the drug cartel made him.
 
I think this is a tough situation. A young boy was forced into the drug cartel and it resulted in him being a murderer. The scary part about it is that this young man will forever be a criminal not by his choice. He was lured by grown men and was promised riches and power for these actions. I think he should undergo psychiatric care, so there is a lesser chance of him being a threat to society.  
 

ADHD

Nadia Kounang  a CNN Medical Producer explains the rising rate of children diagnosed with ADHD. The number of children being allowed to access medication is rising as well. Kounang quotes “Since the last survey taken in 2007, there has been a 28% increase in children taking drugs to manage the disorder. More than 3.5 million children in the 4 to 17 age group, or 6%, are taking ADHD medications, the survey found.” Medical professionals are diagnosing children to early and giving these children medication because of their immaturity and turning it into a disease.

I personally think that it’s true. I think some doctors diagnose children with ADHD because of the aspect of money. I think it is very controlled and parents are in a hurry to diagnose their “out of control” child. I don’t understand why people cannot just wait and see if the children will grow out of their lack of focus and silliness.

http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/22/adhd-diagnoses-rise-to-11-of-kids/?hpt=he_c2