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'EZRA'

Rated R for language, some sexual references and drug use.

What it’s about: A stand-up comic takes his autistic son on a spontaneous road trip across the country, setting out for L.A. to perform on Jimmy Kimmel.

The kid attractor factor: This is more of an adult drama, but young actor William A. Fitzgerald is an appealing new screen ...Read more

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Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg wants to keep program that lets kids ride transit for free

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SACRAMENTO, Fla. — The Sacramento City Council Tuesday took a step toward keeping a popular program that allows kids to ride public transit for free.

City Manager Howard Chan had proposed cutting the program in light of a looming $66 million budget deficit, saving the city $1 million.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg suggested keeping it — one of ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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'THE GARFIELD MOVIE'

Rated PG for action/peril and mild thematic elements.

What it’s about: Everyone's favorite lazy, lasagna-loving orange cat embarks on an improbable milk heist with faithful pup Odie and his estranged dad Vic.

The kid attractor factor: The animation and kid-friendly story.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Sometimes it takes an...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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'IF'

Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language.

What it’s about: A girl connects with a band of lonely "Ifs" — "imaginary friends" and tries to matchmake them with new kids.

The kid attractor factor: The animated characters and seemingly kid-friendly story.

Good lessons/bad lessons: It's important to stay connected to our inner ...Read more

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A mother forgave her son's killer. Now she writes poems to honor victims of gang violence

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CHICAGO -- On a small table adjacent to a red couch, Doris Hernandez keeps the last photo of her late son amid dozens of crosses, a rosary and a Bible with worn pages bearing the weight of countless prayers.

Hanging on the wall is a card he gave her as a child for Mother’s Day.

There’s also a gold notebook that she keeps on top of the ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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'KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES'

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence/action.

What it’s about: Set hundreds of years after the events of the last "Planet of the Apes" film, the story follows a young ape, Noa, as he encounters a charismatic ape king, Proximus Caesar, and fights to save his clan.

The kid attractor factor: ...Read more

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Oh, dear! Baby gear! Why are the manuals so unclear?

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Since becoming a father a few months ago, I’ve been nursing a grudge against something tiny, seemingly inconsequential, and often discarded: instructional manuals. Parenthood requires a lot of gadgetry to maintain a kid’s health and welfare. Those gadgets require puzzling over booklets, decoding inscrutable pictographs, and wondering whether...Read more

Editorial: Keeping guns out of the hands of Florida's children

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Authorities are still investigating the circumstances last month that ended with a 14-year-old St. Petersburg boy killing his 11-year-old brother in what the older child described as an accidental shooting. But the ingredients of this tragedy — a misplaced gun in the wrong hands — are all too familiar. Gun owners can help by better securing ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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'THE FALL GUY'

Rated PG-13 for action and violence, drug content and some strong language.

What it’s about: A stuntman gets involved in a murder mystery while trying to save the movie directed by his estranged girlfriend.

The kid attractor factor: Big movie stars and even bigger stunts.

Good lessons/bad lessons: The truth will always come ...Read more

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In defense of helicopter parents

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This column is the latest in a series on parenting children in the final years of high school, "Emptying the Nest."

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I recently saw a headline in the New York Times that I thought was the answer to my prayers: "Anxious Parents are the Ones Who Need Help."

Yes, please, I thought, hoping to find acknowledgment of all the very real forces ...Read more

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Commentary: Multigenerational households are key to better support for kids of single mothers

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Decades of research show that on average, children who grow up with parents who are not married and living together have worse achievement and behavioral and well-being outcomes than children of two-parent homes. Despite this evidence, rates of nonmarital childbearing have risen dramatically in the U.S., especially among the noncollege-educated....Read more

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Adam Minter: The cost of youth baseball is getting absurd

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This month, 21 current and former Major League Baseball players invested their own money in youth baseball. If that sounds like a feel-good story in which baseball’s past paves the way for baseball’s future, think again.

The MLB team invested in Perfect Game, a company that holds pricey tournaments and prospect showcases for college and ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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'CHALLENGERS'

Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and graphic nudity.

What it’s about: A love triangle set in the world of professional tennis.

The kid attractor factor: This is an adult drama, not much appeal for kids.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Relationships are complex, messy and require compromise.

Violence: Just ...Read more

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Laura Yuen: Parents, let's make a pact to get our kids off their screens and back to real-life play

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Parents may shrug that it's too late to reverse the epidemic of smart phones. But if we all banded together, couldn't we save childhood?

My oldest child just turned 11. Now is the time to be begging my friends — the parents of his closest buddies — to sign a pact: We will resist the temptation to hand them their own smart phones or let them...Read more

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After son's suicide, Chicago couple push measure for greater scrutiny of social media use

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CHICAGO -- Rose and Rob Bronstein were blindsided by their 15-year-old son Nate’s suicide in early 2022.

The Bronsteins say Nate was a funny, athletic and well-liked kid. What they didn’t know, they said, is that in the weeks leading up to his death, Nate was being harassed by other Latin School of Chicago students on the social media ...Read more

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Is your child or teen super anxious? Here's some advice from a Temple University psychology expert

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PHILADELPHIA -- Anxiety among children and teens is on the rise, and that concerns clinical psychologist and Temple University professor Philip Kendall.

Kendall directs Temple’s Child & Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic, which treats kids ages 7 to 17. The clinic charges low treatment fees in exchange for enrolling children in research to ...Read more

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Editorial: Social media companies refuse to safeguard kids. It's up to lawmakers now

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From state capitols to Washington, D.C., lawmakers are scrambling to come up with regulations that can protect kids from the potential harms of social media, since the platforms have been unwilling to adopt reasonable safeguards themselves.

In just the last few months, Florida passed a law banning children under 14 from having a social media ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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'ABIGAIL'

Rated R for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, pervasive language and brief drug use.

What it’s about: A team of kidnappers tasked with guarding a young hostage in an isolated mansion discover that they're locked in with a vampire.

The kid attractor factor: This is a horror film for adults, not kids.

Good lessons/bad ...Read more

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A DNA test revealed Matt Katz was conceived by a sperm donor. His mother had no idea

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PHILADELPHIA -- Matt Katz wanted to know where his Jewish ancestors once lived in Eastern Europe, so in 2016 he spit into a plastic vial and mailed in his DNA test. He expected to be 100% Ashkenazi Jewish.

Instead, he learned that half his DNA came from Ireland. He was shocked, but perhaps more jarring, so was his mother. She confirmed through ...Read more

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Lawsuit accusing NC of warehousing foster kids in psych facilities survives challenge

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A lawsuit accusing North Carolina officials of unnecessarily warehousing foster children in locked psychiatric facilities has survived the Department of Health and Human Services’ effort to dismiss the case.

The federal complaint contends that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services discriminates against...Read more