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  • New York school drops Michelle Obama lunch standards: Kids too hungry

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    New York's Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district has become the latest casualty in first lady Michelle Obama's preferred lunch plan, dropping the menu after too many students complained of hunger. Published July 9, 2013

  • House votes to cut $2 billion in food stamp funding from farm bill

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    The House voted 234-188 against a Democrat amendment to a farm bill that would have kept food stamp spending at its current level — and in so doing, gave the thumbs up to go forward with cuts to the program to the tune of $2 billion in one year. Published June 20, 2013

  • Most men aspire to be dads, poll finds

    By Jennifer Agiesta - 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. Published June 16, 2013

  • New York City seeking LGBT foster parents

    By Jessica Chasmar - 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. Published June 3, 2013

  • Nation's kids need to get more physical: report

    By Jennifer C. Kerr - 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. Published May 23, 2013

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

    By Kristin Clark Taylor - Special to the Washington Times

    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. Published May 10, 2013

  • HICKS: Parents must find time away from children

    By Marybeth Hicks - 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. Published April 16, 2013

  • HICKS: Sullen tween daughter need not be the norm

    By Marybeth Hicks - The Washington Times

    Here's how a parent can deal with a gloomy teen: Decide the "rude is normal" standard is unacceptable and communicate it. Published April 9, 2013

  • Pope Francis orders 'decisive action' against sex abuse of minors

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    Pope Francis ordered his staff on Friday to take "decisive action" against the sexual violation of minors. Published April 7, 2013

  • Lead poisoning toll revised to 1 in 38 youngsters

    By Mike Stobbe - Associated Press

    Health officials say more than a half-million young children in the United States now are believed to have lead poisoning. Published April 4, 2013

  • First lady's frustration: Reading at egg roll promoted junk food

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    First lady Michelle Obama's plans to push healthy food choices on participants in the White House's annual Easter Egg Roll went awry, as children — fueled by the pro-spaghetti book she read them — voiced scant preference for peas. Published April 2, 2013

  • Cardinal Wuerl delivers Easter message of Pope Francis

    By Meredith Somers - The Washington Times

    A standing-room-only crowd joined Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, in celebrating Easter Mass, where he explained how Pope Francis had the honor of leading the 2,000-year-old tradition for 1.2 billion Catholics around the world. Published March 31, 2013

  • Food stamp president: Enrollment up 70 percent under Obama

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Enrollment in the food stamp program — officially the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — has soared by 70 percent in the years since President Obama first took office, a new report finds. Published March 28, 2013

  • 'Summit' to tackle prevention of child abuse in sports

    By Cheryl Wetzstein - The Washington Times

    The Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal at Penn State has galvanized leaders of youth sports organizations to come together to learn how to ensure such abuse doesn't happen in their ranks. Published March 12, 2013

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

    By Peter Suderman - Special to The Washington Times

    Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” does not even begin to compare with the timeless majesty of its 1939 predecessor, Victor Fleming’s “The Wizard of Oz,” which still ranks as one of the great big-screen fantasies. The good news is that Mr. Raimi’s movie doesn’t really try — and, indeed, often seems charmingly aware of its own relative shortcomings. Published March 7, 2013

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