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Tinesheia Howard uses the library at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Ill. She spent 18 months in a homeless shelter while attending Chicago's North Lawndale College Preparatory High School. She supports a proposal to create residential programs for homeless students in Chicago. (Associated Press)

Number of U.S. homeless students at record level: report

- The Washington Times

The country's recent economic woes are still being felt in the classroom: The number of homeless American elementary and high school students has hit an all-time high, according to a new federal study released Thursday.

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Ron Paul launches home-school course on Constitution

- The Washington Times

Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, libertarian extraordinaire, may have given up his congressional pin, but he's far from removed from the political arena. He's launched a new project aimed at providing home-schoolers with historically accurate information on the U.S. Constitution.

This image shows Turbo, voiced by Ryan Reynolds, in a scene from the animated movie "Turbo," about an underdog snail whose dreams kick into overdrive when he miraculously attains the power of super-speed. (AP Photo/DreamWorks Animation)

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Turbo'

“Turbo,” a computer-generated kids tale about an ordinary garden snail who dreams of becoming lightning fast, will appeal to young children, without making adults want to drive Twizzler rods through their brains.

President Obama greets guests, including fathers and their children who participate in the Becoming a Man (BAM) program at Chicago's Hyde Park Academy on Friday, June 14, 2013, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, where the president hosted a Father's Day luncheon. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Most men aspire to be dads, poll finds

- Associated Press

A recent Associated Press-WE tv poll found more than eight in 10 men said they have always wanted to be fathers or think they would like to be one someday.

Franco Ciammachilli (right) of Washington waves a rainbow flag, a symbol of gay pride, behind supporters of traditional marriage outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington as the justices began hearing two days of arguments in cases involving gay marriage on March 26, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times) **FILE**

New York City seeking LGBT foster parents

- The Washington Times

New York City is launching a major campaign to recruit gay and lesbian foster parents and find more welcoming homes for children who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, The Wall Street Journal first reported Sunday.

Students hold their position during a yoga class at Capri Elementary School in Encinitas, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Nation's kids need to get more physical: report

- Associated Press

The prestigious Institute of Medicine is recommending that schools provide opportunities for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for students and that PE become a core subject.

Present in spirit: A daughter's Mother's Day reflections on an eternal bond

Mother's Day, for me, while still poignant and bittersweet, is a powerful reminder of the fact that our moms don't ever really leave us — even after they've left us. They stick around and watch us grow, and they smile from somewhere (happy in heaven, I'm sure) when we bring more children into the world.

HICKS: Parents must find time away from children

- The Washington Times

We all know that having children is both indescribably satisfying but also extremely stressful. Little children are physically exhausting, big children are emotionally draining, and children of all ages are demanding and expensive. Consider this: Whatever is in the best interests of your marriage is also in the best interest of your children.

Nancy Jensen looks on as her son Joe, 2, gets a special treat of a little TV time on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at their home in Seattle. Ms. Jensen was a participant in a new University of Washington study on the effects of television viewing on children. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Study: Better TV might improve children's behavior

- Associated Press

Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers' behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a study found.