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Child Welfare

The recession increased child abuse, writes Jim Adler, injury attorney and columnist in the Houston Chronicle, basing his position on a study that does document an increase in certain head trauma during the recession but stops short of connecting it directly to the recession.


Minnesota has joined a multi-state lawsuit against Education Management Corp., which operates Argosy University and the Art Institutes, reports John Welbes of the Pioneer Press.

According to a Senate report, eight of the top for-profit schools collected $1 billion from U.S. veterans alone, reports John Lauerman of Bloomberg News. Lauerman has Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) quoted as saying: "We have to try to see what we can do to get better information to GI's so they have a better information base. They need to know what's out there, instead of just being sucked in by aggressive recruiting."

Philadelphia Phillies star Shane Victorino and his wife spent nearly $1 million to save a Boys & Girls Club in the city, reports Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.


New York Times blogger Lisa Belkin profiles the fight of Knoxville, Tenn.’s Katie Allison Granju, whose son Henry died 15 months ago from a drug overdose. Grangu herself became a blogger and activist, has relentlessly pressured local law enforcement to pursue drug dealers who target young people.

Juvenile Justice

A federal judge has decided not to expand the purview of the Justice Department over Oklahoma’s juvenile justice system, reports David Harper of the Tulsa World. The Justice Department sought more control after a violent incident at a facility the state is using to replace its troubled L.E. Rader Center.

Disgraced judge Michael Conahan, one of the two judges at the heart of the Luzerne County (Pa.) juvenile court scandal, was sentenced today to 17 1/2 years in jail, reports