In the News: 10/30/06

A mom’s Halloween lament – How a kid’s costume reveals how underachieving his parents are.

UC, Christian schools at odds – The University of California and an association of fundamentalist Christian schools are heading for a showdown over their competing views of academic freedom.

Do children of gay parents develop differently? – Research suggests there’s no distinction. But the field is a young one, and studies are often colored by politics.

A Case for Strengthening Marriage – For the first time in history, less than half of U.S. households are headed by married couples. And on Sept. 29, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data showing that almost 36 percent of all births are the result of unmarried childbearing, the highest percentage ever recorded.

Gallaudet votes to remove president – The board of trustees of Gallaudet University, the nation’s premier school for the deaf, voted to revoke the appointment of the incoming president, who had been the subject of weeks of protests.

Evangelical-GOP Alliance Weakens – Of the many disturbing trends for Republicans this campaign season, one of the most troubling is the drop in support among white evangelicals.

Minority enrollment in college still lagging – Despite significant gains in minority undergraduate and graduate enrollments at the nation’s colleges and universities, the rate at which black and Hispanic students attend college continues to trail that of white students

Fewer teens are giving birth, but cost to taxpayers still steep – Teen childbearing has declined sharply since the early 1990s but remains costly to U.S. taxpayers, incurring a tab of least $9.1 billion in 2004

St. Louis ranked most dangerous city – Just days after the St. Louis Cardinals won the top honor in Major League Baseball, their hometown jumped to first place on a list no one wants to lead: the most dangerous cities in the United States.

Christian conservative ties to GOP strained, not broken – The number of conservative Christians with a favorable view of the party has plummeted from 74% to 54% between 2004 and this year, but analysts say it is far too soon to write off the powerful Republican-evangelical alliance that helped the party dominate in the 2004 election.


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