Top Headlines 4/25

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Child Welfare

Canadian researchers found a link between child abuse and depression, and it is the release of hormones related to stress, reports UPI.

Carol Marbin Miller of the Miami Herald wrote this fascinating piece about the closure, and re-opening, and re-closure of the Gabriel Myers case in Florida. Myers was a 7-year-old boy who committed suicide in a Broward County foster home.

Education/Jobs

Tyler Kingkade of the Iowa Independent breaks down the findings of  a report about for-profit colleges released by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Student activists at the University of San Francisco were able to save the school’s Upward Bound program. Nanette Asimov of the San Francisco Chronicle begins her story: “Sometimes it pays to speak out – loudly.”

Jordan Lee of Neon Tommy reports on how high rates of youth unemployment bring down economic recovery. Neon Tommy is the web new site for the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Juvenile Justice

Salt Lake City Weekly reporter Jesse Fruhwirth discusses the case of Robert Cameron Houston, the first and only juvenile that Utah has given a life without parole sentence. Houston’s only hope for a release date in his lifetime depends on expansion of the ban on LWOP sentences for juveniles convicted of non-homicides handed down last year by the U.S. Supreme Court.

An alternative school in rural Louisiana will close its doors after 16 years due to state budget cuts, reports Judy Bastien of the Daily World. The state is cutting out a $1 million contract with Volunteers of America, which manages the school.

The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the feds to investigate Rhode Island’s truancy program, which was for a time sending youth to detention overnight for status offenses, reports Lynn Arditi of the Providence Journal.