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ABORTION: Women's Rights PRO vs. CON
          "Abortion"
updated from The New York Times' Times Topics
            "Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics to Stay Open" by Adam Liptak. New York Times 14 Oct. 2014. The Supreme Court blocked a federal appeals court ruling that was forcing abortion clinics in Texas to close, allowing them to remain open during appeals. 
         "Abortion Law Pushes Texas Clinics to Close Doors" by Manny Fernandez. The New York Times 6 Mar. 2014. 
The last abortion clinics in two poor and working-class regions were closing, and the number of Texas clinics, once at 44, is expected to fall to six.
            "Supreme Court Won’t Hear Arizona Appeal on Abortion Ban” by Adam Liptak and Fernanda Santos. The New York Times 13 Jan. 2014.
         "'Roe v. Wade' Turns 40 but Abortion Debate is Even Older" by Julie Rovner. NPR.org 22 Jan 2013.
         "Arkansas Adopts a Ban on Abortions After 12 Weeks" by Eric Eckholm. The New York Times 6 Mar. 2013.  A law enacted Wednesday contradicts the 24-week limit established by the Supreme Court, and abortion rights groups have promised a suit to block the ban before it goes into effect.
         "When States Abuse Women" by Nicholas D. Kristof. The New York Times 3 Mar. 2012.
A new law in Texas requiring ultrasounds before an abortion comes close to state-sanctioned rape, and it's emblematic of a broad assault on women's reproductive rights at the state level. This is an opinion piece from a very reliable journalist.
         "Senate Rejects Step Targeting Coverage of Contraception" by Robert Pear. The New York Times 1 Mar. 2012. The Senate killed an effort to let employers and health insurance companies deny coverage for services they object to on religious or moral grounds.
         "Poll Finds Wide Support for Birth Control Coverage" by Erik Eckholm. The New York Times 1 Mar. 2012. Over all, 63% of Americans said they supported the new federal requirement that private health insurance plans cover the cost of birth control. 

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Racial Issues at Public Universities
          Affirmative Action updated from The New York Times' Times Topics
         "Justices Weigh Race as Factor at Universities" by Adam Liptak. New York Times 10 Oct. 2012. The Supreme Court debated the nature and value of diversity in higher education and the role of the courts in policing how much weight admissions officers may assign to race.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
         
"Health Care Reform (Affordable Care Reform)" updated from The New York Times' Times Topics
         "It's Showtime for Health Care Reform: What the Affordable Care Act Means to You and Your Family" Consumer Reports Online Sept. 2013 (also printed in Consumer Reports Nov. 2013). 
                  
How You are Affected? (choose a hyperlinked article): I get insurance through work -- I buy insurance on my own or I don't have any -- I'm on Medicare -- Can I get help paying for insurance? -- Health insurance 101. 
          Health Law Helper  Learn about the new health law and how the online marketplaces for health insurance will function.  
                      This free, confidential tool, sponsored by Consumer Reports, explains the responsibilities and plan options tied to your situation. The site offers clear, unbiased advice and links to additional resources from Consumers Union. After answering a series of simple questions about your family size, income range, and current insurance situation (all held in strictest privacy), you will receive personalized information on what, if anything, you need to do next.
          HeathCare.gov  Health insurance marketplace, health insurance basics, getting lower costs on coverage. Enroll now in a plan that covers essential benefits, pre-existing conditions, and more.  Plus, see if you qualify for lower costs.
          Medicare.gov
          "New Federal Rule Requires Insurers to Offer Mental Health Coverage" by Robert Pear. The New York Times  20 Feb. 2013.

ALCOHOL ABUSE
           Alcohol Abuse updated from The New York Times' Times Topics
           Drunken and Reckless Driving updated from The New York Times' Times Topics
           Mothers Against Drunk Driving The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage drinking.
           Binge Drinking
                  "Binge Drinking Spreads to Italy"
by Nick Squires. Christian Science Monitor 1 Oct. 2009.
                  "Lowering the Drinking Age: Not the Solution to Binge Drinking" by J. Bernard Machen and Patricia Telles-Irvin. Tampa Bay Times 24 Aug. 2008.
                  "Curbing Binge Drinking Takes Group Effort" by Jane E. Brody. New York Times 8 Sept. 2008.
                  "Teenage Drinking: Can Sips at Home Prevent Binges?" by Eric Asimov. New York Times 26 Mar. 2008. 
           Drinking Age
                   Governor's Highway Safety Association 
                  
"State Highway Safety Showcase: Underage Drinking Prevention Conferences" Governor's Highway Safety Association.
                  "The Debate on Lowering the Drinking Age" CBS News 60 Minutes: 1 Mar. 2010.
                  "Vermont Mulls Lower Drinking Age" Associated Press. USA Today 29 Feb. 2008.
                  "Bid to Reconsider Drinking Age Taps Unlikely Supporters: College Presidents Say Current Law Leads to More Abuse" by John Hechinger. Wall Street Journal: Politics 21 Aug. 2008.
                  "2 Withdraw From Petition to Rethink Drinking Age" by Shaila Dewan. New York Times 21 Aug. 2008.
                  "College Presidents Seek Lower Drinking Age" 18 Aug. 2008. Associated Press. FOXNews.com
                  "At the Legal Limit" by Kevin Sack. New York Times 29 Oct. 2008. Should the drinking age be lowered to 18? Looking for answers at the University of Florida, dubbed the nation's top party school.
 
ASSISTED SUICIDE, EUTHANASIA 
         Assisted Suicide updated from The New York Times' Times Topics
         "Guidelines Will Help End of Life Oversight" by Michael Vitez. The Philadelphia Inquirer  5 Mar. 2014. philly.com
         EUTHANASIA & ASSISTED SUICIDE: BELGIUM & EUROPE and the U.S. : 
             
"For Belgium's Tormented Souls, Euthanasia-Made-Easy Beckons" by Naftali Bendavid. Wall Street Journal 15 June 2013 ProQuest Newstand. This article includes which countries already allow euthanasia, which ones are considering this, and which states in the U.S. allow assisted suicide now. To access from home: User name: lions Password: welcome
         "Pathologist Led One-Man Crusade for Euthanasia" by Stephen Miller. The Wall Street Journal 4 June 2011.
         "Dr. Jack Kevorkian Dies at 83; A Doctor Who Helped End Lives" by Keith Schneider. New York Times 3 June 2011. A medical pathologist, Dr. Kevorkian challenged social taboos about disease and dying and helped dozens of terminally ill patients end their lives.
         "Landscape Evolves for Assisted Suicide" by Jane Gross. New York Times 11 Nov. 2008, late ed.: D8. ProQuest. To access from home: User name: lions Password: welcome

BEAUTY PAGEANTS
         
"Beauty Contests" Recent and older articles from The New York Times' Times Topics.
         "Never Too Young to be Perfect" by Karen De Witt. New York Times 12 Jan. 1997 (child exploitation: JonBenet case)

BULLYING
         Bullies  updated from The New York Times' Times Topics
         Bullying Statistics : Teen Violence, Anger, Online Bullying, and School Bullies. Statistics show bullying is becoming a huge problem. The purpose of this website is to help educate the public on bullying issues; such as school bullying, workplace bullies, bullying teachers, adult bullies, and more. 

CELL PHONE PRIVACY:
         "Major Ruling Shields Privacy of Cell Phones: Supreme Court Says Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant" by Adam Liptak. New York Times 25 June 2014.  In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the vast amount of data contained on modern cellphones must be protected from routine inspection. The New York Times' Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org   Password is lions2
 
CELL PHONES & TEXTING
       Text Messaging  updated from The New York Times' Times Topics
       "Distracted Driving Laws" by the Governor's Highway Safety Association. Frequently updated.  
       "NTSB: Driver Texted 11 Times Before Deadly Crash" by CBS/AP. CBS News 13 Dec. 2011.
       "Pennsylvania Highway Safety Laws: "State Laws & Funding: Pennsylvaniaby the Governor's Highway Safety Association Dec. 2011.
         "U.S. Safety Board Urges Cellphone Ban for Drivers" by Matt Richtel. New York Times 13 Dec. 2011. The National Transportation Safety Board said that states should ban all driver use of cellphones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies.

CENSORSHIP
       Censorship updated from The New York Times' Times Topics
        "Are There Books That Should be Banned From Your School Library?" by Katherine Schulten. The Learning Network Blog 23 Sept. 2010. The New York Times.
         
MUSIC CENSORSHIP: LYRICS FROM RAP MUSIC
                  "Legal Debate on Using Boastful Rap Lyrics as a Smoking Gun" by Lorne Manly. The New York Times 26 Mar. 2014. As prosecutors use boastful rap lyrics to assemble criminal cases, a debate has arisen over whether such songs can constitute evidence of guilt or even the intention of wrongdoing.

CIVIL RIGHTS

         Civil Rights updated from The New York Times' Times Topics

DEATH PENALTY (Capital Punishment)
         Capital Punishment updated from The New York Times' Times Topics
          Death Penalty Information Center 
        Pro-Death Penalty.com  Presents both sides of the issue
        "Justices Bar Death Penalty for the Rape of a Child" by Linda Greenhouse. New York Times 26 June 2008.
        "Justices Uphold Lethal Injection in Kentucky Case" by Linda Greenhouse. New York Times 17 Apr. 2008.
        "N.J. First to Abolish Death Penalty; Cost of appeals, Uncertainty Over Guilt Were Factors" by Craig McCoy. Philadelphia Inquirer Online 18 Dec. 2007. ProQuest. To access from home: User name: lions Password: welcome 
 
DISASTERS
         Earthquakes (alphabetized by location)
                  California
                         "For 7.8 Californians, an Earthquake Drill" by Malia Wollan. New York Times 21 Oct. 2010. At exactly 10:21 a.m., Californians across the state dropped to the ground, crouched under the nearest desk or table and held on for dear life in a preparedness event.  (mentions Loma Prieta Earthquake Oct. 17, 1989)
                Haiti Earthquake
                         "Cholera Outbreak Kills 150 in Haiti" by Donald G. McNeil Jr. New York Times 22 Oct. 2010. Relief agencies are trying to prevent a major outbreak of diarrheal diseases from spreading to tent cities.
                  Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Crisis
                    "Japan Earthquake: Tsunami Hits North-East" BBC News 11 Mar. 2011.
                        "Japan" (Japan News) updated from The New York Times’ Times Topics 
                   
"The Japan QuakeTIME.com. After Japan suffers a massive, deadly earthquake and tsunami, the country grapples with a growing humanitarian disaster and the potential for a nuclear meltdown. Use the Library  SIGN IN at School and from Home: E-mail address: library@lmtsd.org   Password: lions5  
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In Japan, a Culture That Promotes Nuclear Dependency.” Fackler, Martin, and Norimitsu Onishi. The New York Times 30 May 2011. This article relates to reasons why Japan was so devastated by the tsunami.  Tokyo has showered generous subsidies, payouts and jobs on local communities that host or expand nuclear power plants.
                  Virginia
                             "In Mineral, Va., Sudden Fame as Quake's Epicenter" by Michael D. Shear. New York Times 24 Aug. 2011. A small town, previously known for its mineral deposits, has now gained notice for another geological phenomenon.
                              "Above All Else, Eastern Quake Rattles Nerves" by Katharine Q. Seelye. New York Times 24 Aug. 2011. Several buildings in Washington remained closed Wednesday morning as engineers checked for structural damage after an earthquake on Tuesday.
     
      
Hurricanes
                       Hurricanes and Tropical Storms (Hurricane Sandy)updated from The New York Times’ Times Topics 
        Oil Spills
                  
                  Oil Spills updated from The New York Times' Times Topics
                  "Gulf Coast Towns Brace as Huge Oil Slick Nears Marshes" by Leslie Kaufman and Campbell Robertson. New York Times 1 May 2010. With oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico unabated and officials offering little hope that the flow could be contained soon, towns prepared for an imminent environmental disaster.
        Tornadoes/Twisters
                  "Tornadoesupdated from The New York Times’ Times Topics 
                  "Tornado Hits Missouri City, Killing Many" by Noam Cohen. New York Times 22 May 2011. 
A tornado steamrolled across Joplin, Mo. Sunday night, directly hitting a hospital and causing many deaths, according to various reports.
                  "Torn Asunder: How the Deadliest Twister in Decades Ripped Through Joplin, Mo." by David von Drehle. TIME 26 May 2011.  Use the Library  SIGN IN at School and from Home: E-mail address: library@lmtsd.org   Password: lions5
                  "Storm Tracker" TIME (graphics included with above article)  Despite better warning systems, this year's tornado season has been the deadliest since 1953, and experts aren't sure why.  Use the Library  SIGN IN at School and from Home: E-mail address: library@lmtsd.org   Password: lions5

FRACKING (Hydraulic Fracturing): The Controversy over Fracking
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Communication, Education, Accountability Are Keys to Building Trust in Fracking" by William Freeman. The Jewish Exponent 2 Apr. 2014.
         "Counting Real Jobs Per Kilowatt, Can Fracking Stack Up Against Renewables?" by Deborah Lawrence Rogers. The Jewish Exponent 2 Apr. 2014.

GAMBLING (Compulsive, online gambling, and sports betting)

         Gambling updated from The New York Times’ Times Topics 
         Compulsive Gambling from the MayoClinic.com

GAYS IN THE MILITARY
         "Senate Repeals Ban Against Openly Gay Military Personnel" by Carl Hulse. New York Times 18 Dec. 2010. Eight Republicans joined Democrats to vote 65 to 31 to end the policy known as "don't ask, don't tell."
         "Top Defense Officials Seek to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'" by Elisabeth Bumiller. New York Times 2 Feb. 2010. Adm. Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates told a Senate panel they would review how to institute a policy allowing openly gay people to serve in the military.
 
GENDER ISSUES
         
Women and Girls updated from Times Topics The New York Times. 
         Gender Equity: Title IX in Sports: Should Women Be Allowed to Play on Male Teams?
               "College Teams, Relying on Deception, Undermine Gender Equity" by Katie Thomas. The New York Times 25 Apr. 2011.

GLOBAL WARMING
           "Global Warming & Climate Change" updated from Times Topics The New York Times.
           "Heat-Trapping Gas Passes Milestone, Raising Fears" by Justin Gillis. New York Times 10 May 2013. The amount of the gas in the air has not been this high for at least three million years, and scientists believe the rise portends large changes in the climate and sea level.The New York Times Member ID is nyt@lmtsd.org Password is lions2

GLOBALIZATION: OUTSOURCING vs. "MADE IN AMERICA"
        "China's Money Trail: In the Heart of the Rust Belt, Chinese Funds Provide the Grease" by Joseph B. White and Norihiko Shirouzu.  The Wall Street Journal 11 Feb. 2012: A1.  ProQuest.  To access from home: User name: lions Password: welcome  
Chinese state-owned and private enterprises are pouring investment money into the U.S., into industries such as auto parts, real estate, and oil and gas. Besides giving Chinese buyers a foot in new markets, the deals are giving them access to American technology and management techniques -- know-how that, in some cases, they can use in Chinese markets.
        Apple
               "Apple Asks Outside Group to Inspect Factories" by Charles Duhigg and Nick Wingfield. The New York Times 13 Feb. 2012. Apple, in shift, pushes an audit of sites in China. Data will be public response to critics of labor practices.  
                  
  "Critics Question Record of Monitor Selected by Apple" by Steven Greenhouse. The New York Times 13 Feb. 2012. The Fair Labor Association, the firm that Apple has hired to examine worker conditions at the plants of its suppliers, has been criticized by labor groups as ineffective. 
                  
 "How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work by Charles Duhigg and Keith Bradsher. The New York Times 21 Jan. 2012.   Building Apple’s iPhone in the United States would demand much more than hiring Americans — it would require transforming the national and global economies.

GUN CONTROL and GUN VIOLENCE

          Gun Control
            
"Guns and Gun Control" New York Times' Times Topics, updated with all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files published on this topic. 
                  "Senate Rejects Toomey-Manchin Gun Bill; 'Shameful day,' says Obama" by Jonathan Tamari. Philly.com 19 Apr. 2013.
              "In Gun Vote, Majority Doesn't Rule" by Dan Balz. Philly.com 19 Apr. 2013.

                  
"Senate Hearing on Guns Suggests an Uphill Fight on New Limitsby Jennifer Steinhauer. The New York Times 30 Jan. 2013. Advocates and opponents of increased gun regulation seemed to talk past rather than at each other, each offering statistics and anecdotes to bolster their own view. 
                  
"Even Defining 'Assault Rifles' is Complicated" by Erica Goode. The New York Times 16 Jan. 2013. One obstacle President Obama may face in proposing a new federal ban on assault weapons could lie in the use of the term "assault weapon" itself.
                  
"Obama to 'Put Everything I've Got' Into Gun Control" by Peter Baker and Michael D. Shear. The New York Times 16 Jan 2013.  President Obama on Wednesday unveiled plans to introduce legislation by next week that includes a ban on assault weapons, limits on high-capacity magazines and other steps. 
                   Brady Law & More
                              
"Brady Act Gun Buyer Background Checks" by Robert Longley. About.com.  History and Application of the Brady Act.
                              "Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence"  See articles on "After Aurora, We Want Accountability" and "Colorado Gun Laws"
                              "Tucson Tragedy: Is Gun Control a Dead Issue?" by Michael Grunwald. TIME.com 24 Jan. 2011. Use the Library SIGN IN at School and from Home: E-mail address:  library@lmtsd.org Password: lions5 
                  
"Justices Extend Firearms Rights in 5-to-4 Ruling" by Adam Liptak. New York Times 28 June 2010. A 5-4 ruling on the Second Amendment is a symbolic victory for gun rights advocates, but its short-term practical impact is unclear. 
             
District of Columbia v. Heller 544 U.S. ___ (2008). This case addresses the central meaning of the Second Amendment and its relation to gun control laws. Oyez, Chicago-Kent College of Law.

         Gun Violence

                  Batman Shootings, Aurora, Colo. July 20, 2012
                   "James Holmes (Batman Shootings, Aurora, Colo.)
" New York Times' Times Topics is a collection of archived articles, photos, and video that is constantly updated.
                   "Gunman Kills 12 in Colorado, Reviving Gun Debate" by Dan Frosch and Kirk Johnson. New York Times 20 July 2012.
                   "Colorado Gun Laws Remain Lax, Despite Some Changes" by John Schwartz. New York Times 20 July 2012.
Since the Columbine tragedy, the state's lawmakers and voters have passed some gun restrictions, but gun control opponents have successfully fought other efforts.

                  
Fort Hood Army Base (Texas) 2014 and 2009
                      
   "Fort Hood Army Base (Texas)"  New York Times' Times Topics, updated with all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files published on this topic. 
                         "Iraq Veteran at Fort Hood Kills 3 and Himself in Rampage" by Dave Montgomery, Manny Fernandez, and Ashley Southall. The New York Times 2 Apr. 2014. Authorities said the soldier who opened fire at the Army base, the site of a 2009 mass shooting, was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

                  School Shootings
 
                         
 "Newtown, Conn. School Shootings (Adam Lanza)" Sandy Hook Elementary School The New York Times' Times Topics, updated with all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files published on this topic.  On Dec. 14, 2012, a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7, at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., 65 miles northeast from New York City. 
                           Chardon, OH: "Ohio Shooting Suspect Confesses, Prosecutor Says" by Sabrina Tavernise and Jennifer Preston. The New York Times 28 Feb. 2012. Prosecutors said the student who confessed told them that he had not known his victims, three of whom have died.                            Virginia Tech:
                             
"Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University" The New York Times' Times Topics, updated with all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files published on this topic.  On April 16, 2007, a student, Seung-Hui Cho, opened fire in a dormitory and classroom building on the Virginia Tech campus, killing 32 people before committing suicide. It was the most deadly mass shooting in modern U.S. history. 
                    "Making of a Massacre" (cover story)
Newsweek  30 April 2007: 18-23.  ProQuestTo access from home: User name: lions Password: welcome
                     "Darkness Falls" by Nancy Gibbs. TIME.com 19 April 2007. Use the Library  SIGN IN at School and from HomeE-mail address: library@lmtsd.org Password: lions5

                Tucson Tragedy
                       "Gabrielle Giffords"  The New York Times' Times Topics, updated with all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files published on this topic.   Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat who had represented Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District since 2007, was one of 19 people shot at a meet-and-greet political event outside a shopping center in her hometown of Tucson. In the attack, six people died, including a 9-year-old girl, Christina-Taylor Green, and a federal judge, John M. Roll; 12 people were wounded besides Ms. Giffords, who was shot in the head at close range.

HEALTH and SOCIAL ISSUES (Statistics, articles)
        National Center for Health Statistics  from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept. of Health & Human Services
        National Institutes of Health (NIH): Health Information                       
 
HOME SCHOOLING
       
Home Schooling: News about home schooling including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times' Times Topics

IMMIGRATION AND EMIGRATION
        
"Immigration and Emigration" updated from The New York Times Times Topics. A collection of available news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files on this topic. 
           
"States Taking the Lead in Immigration Reform" by Michael Matza. Philly.com 14 Jan. 2014. 
           
"On Immigration, Obama Assumes Upper Hand" by Michael D. Shear and Mark Landler. New York Times 30 Jan. 2013. A belief that the politics of immigration has firmly shifted in the president’s direction is fueling his push for quick action and broad changes.
         
"Blocking Parts of Arizona Law, Justices Allow Its Centerpiece" by Adam Liptak.  New York Times 25 June 2012.  The Supreme Court rejected much of Arizona's immigration law but permitted the state's instruction to its police to check the immigration status of people they detain. This article also contains the Document: Supreme Court Argument Transcript: Arizona v. United States.
            
Illegal Immigrants
                Illegal Immigrants updated from The New York Times'  Times Topics A collection of available news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files on this topic. 
                   U.S. Border Patrol updated from The New York Times' Times Topics .
                  "Border Patrol Seeks to Add Digital Eyes To Its Ranks" by Julia Preston. The New York Times 22 Mar. 2014. The Border Patrol is focusing on concentrating Border Patrol agents, equipped with late-model surveillance tools, in areas of frequent illegal traffic, while using aerial drones to monitor remote, lightly trafficked spots.
                     
Illegal Immigrants from Central America
                                    Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project: Numbers, Facts and Trends Shaping Your World   
                                    "The Heartache of an Immigrant Family" by Sonia Nazario. New York Times 14 Oct. 2013. Most migrants don’t want to leave home.
                                        "In Trek North, First Lure is Mexico's Other Line" by Randal C. Archibold. New York Times 26 Apr. 2013. Central Americans fleeing crime and economic stagnation are flowing freely across Mexico’s southern border and causing a spike in migration to the United States.  
                                             *See Slideshow "Mexico's Porous Southern Border" (left of article, "Multimedia" section)

JUNK FOOD
     
  "The Trek to a Yogurt Less Sweet" by Stephanie Strom. The New York Times 10 May 2013. Dannon cut the sugar in its Danimals Smoothies for children, but it did so with the utmost care to make sure children couldn’t taste the difference.  

JUVENILE JUSTICE
         "Juveniles Facing Lifelong Terms Despite Rulings" by Erik Eckholm. New York Times 19 Jan. 2014. Advocates prod states - arguing that sentences of 70 years or more defy spirit of law.
         "Pa.'s High Court Grapples with Federal Decision on Sentencing Juveniles" by Dana DiFilippo. Philly.com 13 Sept. 2012. 
         "Justices Bar Mandatory Life Terms for Juveniles" by Adam Liptak and Ethan Bronner. New York Times 25 June 2012. The justices ruled that such sentencing for those under 18 violated the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.   
         "A Challenge to Teens' Life Terms: The U.S. Supreme Court Ruled Mandatory Sentences Cruel, Unusual Punishment" by Joseph A. Slobodzian. Philadelphia Inquirer 26 June 2012: A1. ProQuestTo access from home: User name: lions Password: welcome  
The US Supreme Court ruled mandatory sentences cruel, unusual punishment. PA has the highest number of teens under 18 in prison for commiting murder.  
         "Juveniles Don't Deserve Life Sentences" by Gail Garinger. The New York Times 14 Mar. 2012. Because adolescents are immature and their characters are still in formation, it is impossible to assume that they will always present a risk to public safety.
         "States Prosecute Fewer Teenagers in Adult Courts" by Mosi Secret. The New York Times 5 Mar. 2011. With states raising the age of adult criminal responsibility, New York might be, by year’s end, the only state where adulthood, in criminal matters, begins at 16. 

MARIJUANA AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA
         Marijuana and Medical Marijuana updated from The New York Times’ Times Topics 
         "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?" ProCon.org 
         "Medical Use" from NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) 
See chart for States that have passed medical marijuana laws.
            "Medical Marijuana Sales Begin in N.J." by Jan Hefler. McClatchy-Tribune Business News 19 Dec. 2012. ProQuestTo access from home: User name: lions Password: welcome

MINIMUM WAGE 
         
"Minimum Wage"  from The New York Times' Times Topics (a collection of articles, multimedia) 
         "The Wage Warrior" by Eliza Gray. TIME.com 10 Mar. 2014. President Obama wants to raise the minimum wage. It's Richard Berman's job to stop him.  Use the Library SIGN IN at School and from Home: E-mail address:  library@lmtsd.org Password: lions5 
         
"Minimum-Wage Hike Would Hurt Pa." by Keith Hall and Robert Greene.  Philadelphia Inquirer Philly.com 3 Mar. 2014.
         
NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY (NSA)
         National Security Agency updated from The New York Times' Times Topics. A collection of archived and current articles with multimedia dealing with Government Spy Programs, Surveillance, Privacy, American Civil Liberties, and Edward Snowden.
         Computer Security (Cybersecurity) updated from The New York Times' Times Topics. 
         "Obama is Urged to Sharply Curb N.S.A. Data Mining" by David Sanger and Charlie Savage. New York Times 18 Dec. 2013. A panel of advisers urged President Obama to change the way the National Security Agency collects the telephone data of Americans, spies on foreign leaders, and prepares for cyberattacks abroad.

NUCLEAR WEAPONS 
       "Nuclear Weapons" updated from The New York Times Times' Topics (a collection of articles, multimedia).
       "Iran's Nuclear Program"         
 
ONLINE EDUCATION
         "Study Shows Who's Taking Open Online College Courses" by Susan Snyder. Philly.com 22 Nov. 2013.         
         "Students Rush to Web Classes, but Profits May Be Much Later" by Tamar Lewin. The New York Times 6 Jan. 2013. 
New companies are partnering with universities to offer online courses in an effort that could define the future of higher education - if anyone can figure out how to make money.
            "College of Future Could Be Come One, Come All"
by Tamar Lewin. The New York Times 19 Nov. 2012. Colleges are building global student bodies and trying to create models for massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
         "College is Dead. Long Live College!" by Amanda Ripley. TIME 18 Oct. 2012. TIME.com.  SIGN IN at School and from Home: E-mail address: library@lmtsd.org   Password: lions5  

POLLS (Statistics) and RESEARCH ARTICLES on SOCIAL ISSUES and TRENDS
       
 Pew Research Center This highly regarded think tank explores numbers, facts, trends, and issues shaping our world.
    
  Gallup Poll Topics A-Z: Gallup Poll polls population on controversial issues. A good source for current statistical information.

POLITICS        
         
FactCheck.org: A Project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (well-regarded organization). This site monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.          
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PREDATOR DRONES AND UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES (UAV)
      "Predator Drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)updated from The New York Times Times' Topics (a collection of articles, multimedia).

PRISONS AND PRISONERS
        "Prisons and Prisoners"  in The New York Times' Times Topics.  Updated. This is a collection of many articles and multimedia.
        "Pennsylvania Study Finds Halfway Houses Don't Reduce Recidivism" by Sam Dolnick. The New York Times 24 Mar. 2013. A groundbreaking study concluded that inmates in halfway houses were more likely to return to crime than inmates released directly to the street, a finding that led the state to overhaul its contracts with providers.
        "More Pa. Prisons Won't Solve Root Problem of Crime, Recidivism" by Karen Heller. Philly.com 14 Mar. 2013.
      "Room for Debate" on Prisons and Prisoner Rights from the New York Times Opinion Pages on Dec. 18, 2012:
               PRO: "Supervised, Not Institutionalized" by Mark A.R. Kleiman, a professor of public policy at UCLA, a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Justice, vs.
               CON: "Punishment Fails. Rehabilitation Works" by James Gilligan, clinical professor of psychiatry and an adjunct professor of law at New York University
        "Prisons Rethink Isolation, Saving Money, Lives and Sanity" by Erica Goode. The New York Times 10 Mar. 2012. A growing number of states are rethinking the use of long term isolation and re-evaluating how many inmates require the punishment that's been long opposed by humanitarian groups.
   
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, CIVIL UNIONS AND DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS
         
Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions, and Domestic Partnerships An updated collection of recent articles from The New York Times' Times Topics 
         "U.S. Judge Strikes Down Same-Sex Ban in Pa." by Angela Couloumbis and Amy Worden. The Inquirer 21 May 2014. Philly.com.
         "Pennsylvania Could Tip the Scales Nationally on Same-Sex Marriage
" by Jessica Parks. Philly.com 21 Jan. 2014. If its ban is struck down, Pa. could be the key to making the right available to a majority of the U.S.
         
"As Victories Pile Up, Gay Rights Advocates Cheer 'Milestone Year'" by Erik Eckholm. New York Times 7 Nov. 2012. With same-sex marriage endorsed in several states, and the election of the nation’s first openly lesbian senator, advocates celebrated victories “across the board and across the country.”
            
"A Watershed Move, Both Risky and Inevitable" by Adam Nagourney. New York Times 9 May 2012.  In expressing his support for same-sex marriage, which remains a controversial issue, President Obama has clearly come to recognize that the forces of history appear to be changing.
            
Video: Robin Roberts interviews President Obama on gay marriage on ABC News Special Report 
         "Transcript: Robin Roberts ABC News Interview with President ObamaABC News' Good Morning America  9 May 2012.
         
"In Shift, U.S. Says Marriage Act Blocks Gay Rights" by Charlie Savage and Cheryl Gay Stolberg. New York Times 23 Feb. 2011. When suits challenge the 1996 law barring recognition of same-sex marriages, federal lawyers will now tell judges it should be struck down.
           
"Court Strikes Down Ban on Gay Marriage in California" by Adam Nagourney. The New York Times 7 Feb. 2012. The decision by a federal appeals court panel that Proposition 8 violated people’s rights all but ensured that the case would proceed to the United States Supreme Court.
SOCIAL MEDIA
         
"Social Mediaupdated from The New York Times Times' Topics
         "Facebook Use 'Makes People Feel Worse About Themselves'" by BBC News 15 Aug. 2013.
 Using Facebook can reduce young adults' sense of well-being and satisfaction with life, a study has found. Recommended by Marc T.
                  STUDY: Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adultsby Ethan Kross, et al. PLOS One 14 Aug. 2013. This is a scientific peer-reviewed study of eighty-two people published by the University of Michigan Institutional Review Board.  Recommended by Marc T.
                        VIDEO:  "Facebook Makes Users Feel Worse Study Says" YouTube.  A study by researchers at the University of Michigan is adding to the stack of studies that say Facebook makes its users feel bad about themselves. It also finds that increased Facebook use means less intimate interaction, and says people tend to turn to Facebook when they are feeling lonely.

SPORTS INJURIES
         Concussions 
                "
House Approves New Regulations on Concussions" by Mike Jensen. Philadelphia Inquirer 29 Sept. 2010. SIGN IN.  E-mail address: hslibrary@lmtsd.org  Password: inquirer1
                Football
                             Head Injuries in Football updated from The New York Times Times' Topics      
                     "An Ordinary Football Game, Then a Player Dies" by Jorge Castillo. New York Times 19 Oct. 2011. Despite efforts to improve safety, brains - especially those of teens - remain vulnerable, and routine collisions can kill. 
                      "Case Will Test N.F.L. Teams Liability in Dementia" by Alan Schwarz. New York Times 5 Apr. 2010. A workers compensation claim on behalf of Ralph Wenzel, a lineman from 1966 to 1973, could be worth more than $1 million. Other players could file similar claims. 
                     
Lacross
                            
"Need for Helmets in Girls Lacross Debated" by Tom Rock and Stephen Haynes. Newsday 4 June 2011.
 
SPORTS AND STEROIDS
         
Steroids in Sports updated from The New York Times Times' Topics   
         "A Flawed Policy for Drug Testing" by Jere Longman. New York Times 25 Feb. 2012.Ryan Braun’s exoneration by an arbitration panel illustrates how Major League Baseball’s drug-testing policy falls below the most rigorous standards of effectiveness and legitimacy.
          "McGwire Admits That He Used Steroids" by Tyler Kepner. New York Times 11 Jan. 2010. Mark McGwire, the St. Louis Cardinals' new hitting coach, said he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade, including when he broke the home run record in 1998.
         "Steroid Era Is No Longer Only About Bonds." by William C. Rhoden. New York Times 15 Dec. 2007.
         "Steroid Report Cites 'Collective Failure.'" by Duff Wilson and Michael S. Schmidt. New York Times 14 Dec. 2007. Dozens of baseball stars, including seven M.V.P.'s, were named in a report (the Mitchell Report) on the use of illegal, performance-enhancing drugs during the sport's "steroids era."
 
SPORTS AND WOMEN
         "As Girls Become Women, Sports Pay Dividends" by Tara Parker-Pope. New York Times 15 Feb. 2010. Two new studies found that girls' involvement in team sports can mean lifelong improvements in educational, work and health prospects. Discusses the impact of the education law, Title IX.
 
STEM CELLS (Human Embryonic Stem Cells)
         Stem Cells updated from The New York Times Times' Topics    
         Obama Reversing Stem Cell Limits Bush Imposed. by David Stout and Gardiner Harris. New York Times 6 March 2009.
 
TAXES (Obama and the Republican Party)
         President Obama's State of the Union Address published in The New York Times 25 Jan. 2012. .  In his election-year State of the Union address, President Obama set forth a long list of domestic economic proposals.  Watch his speech, especially the parts on Taxes and "The Buffett Rule" and Corporate Tax Reform
         "Budget to Call for Taxes on Wealthy" by Jared A. Favole and Damian Paletta. The Wall Street Journal 12 Feb. 2012. ProQuest. To access from home: User name: lions Password: welcome
   
TEEN DRIVING
      
 Driver's Education updated from The New York Times Times' Topics   
       "Pa. Getting Tougher With New Teenage Drivers" by Kathleen Brady Shea. The Philadelphia Inquirer 3 Feb. 2012. SIGN IN: E-mail address: hslibrary@lmtsd.org  Password: inquirer1  While Pa.'s new restrictions are applauded, many say the work isn't done.
       "Pa. Passes Tougher Rules on New Teen Drivers" by Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau. The Philadelphia Inquirer 29 Sept. 2011. SIGN IN: E-mail address: hslibrary@lmtsd.org  Password: inquirer1
       Graduated Driver Licensing. June 2013. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
      "Highway Safety Institute Calls for Older Driving Age" by Lindsey Chapman. Finding Dulcinea. 10 Sept. 2008. 
      
"Study on Teen Licensing: N.C. Crashes Involving 16-year-olds Drop Dramatically" 2 Oct. 2001 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill News Services.

TRANSGENDER and TRANSSEXUAL
         
"Transgender and Transsexualupdated from The New York Times Times' Topics. News about transgender and transsexual issues, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.

VIDEO GAMES
         "Shooting in the Dark" by Benedict Carey. The New York Times 11 Feb. 2013. New research suggests violent games can stir hostile urges and aggressive behavior in the short term, but it is not clear whether the habit increases the likelihood of committing a violent crime.

WOMEN IN THE MILITARY: Ban on Combat Lifted
         Women at Arms updated from The New York Times Times' Topics 
         "Combat Roles to Open to Women" by Lolita C. Baldor. The Philadelphia Inquirer 24 Jan. 2013. The groundbreaking change to a 19-year ban is set to be announced by the resigning Pentagon chief. SIGN IN: E-mail address: hslibrary@lmtsd.org  Password: inquirer1
         "First Pull-Ups, Then Combat, Marines Say" by Elizabeth Bumiller. The New York Times 1 Feb. 2013. The announcement last week ending the ban on women in combat only accelerated a sweeping re-examination of fitness standards in the American military for Marines.
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