Press Watch for December 2003 – January 2004

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From Guitar Making to Fitness, the New Face of Trade Schools
The Arizona Republic

With a lagging economy and employers looking for more highly skilled workers, students are flocking to trade schools, with enrollment increasing nearly 60 percent over last year. In response, career training programs are opening in almost every field imaginable, including guitar making, personal training and golf course management. Oct. 23.

Kids’ Museums Pop Up
Across S.C.The State

In a trend that began in the late 1970s, children’s museums are springing up nationwide, with 180 built in the past three decades and another 80 on the way. The museums offer an alternative, hands-on way for children (primarily infants to 12-year-olds) to learn and explore. Nov. 29.

Teen Centers Strike Chord with Bands
The Seattle Times

When local concert venues in Seattle stopped hosting all-ages shows, local teen centers became music meccas for teen bands looking for places to both listen to music and to jam. Many centers also have recording studios and provide professional help for teenagers who hope to make it big one day in music. Nov. 7., go to archives and search for headline.

Fewer Juveniles Are Tried As Adults
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Thanks to a new juvenile justice reform law, lower rates of violent crime among youth and evidence that adult prisons may actually worsen the behavior of youth offenders, youths in Missouri are three times less likely be transferred to adult courts now as in 1996. Nov. 9., go to archives and search for headline.

Federal Policy Becomes Family Matter
The Los Angles Times

The U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals ruled that the parents of 11-year-old Diana Cabrera must return home because they failed to secure amnesty or asylum when they came to the United States in the 1980s. An appeals court had ruled that Cabrera, a straight-A student in Los Angeles, would suffer significant hardship if her parents were deported. Oct. 27., go to archives and search for headline; registration required.

Littlest Immigrants, Left in Hands of Smugglers
The New York Times

Because of increased security along the Mexican border, illegal immigrant parents in the United States face the tough decision of leaving their children in their homeland, or hiring unsavory strangers to smuggle them across. Nov. 3., go to archives and search for headline; registration required.