Top Headlines for 10/18

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Child Welfare

Michael Petit, president of Every Child Matters, wonders in an op-ed for the BBC why child abuse is so acute in the U.S. compared with other developed countries.

Erwin McEwen, former child welfare director for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, has been accused of creating a situation that was ripe for a friend to make millions in state grants, reports the Associated Press.


Michael Abernethy of North Carolina’s Times News reports on the passing of Pizzaville Jack, a Burlington man whom many adults remembered fondly as their first and best employer.

Juvenile Justice

Donna St. George of the Washington Post profiles Georgia juvenile judge Steven Teske, a national leader in the fight to steer education systems away from zero tolerance policies that ply the juvenile court docket with low-level offenses. Teske’s mission began when his own Clayton County courthouse saw a jump from 46 school referrals in 1995 to 1,200 by 2003.

A new amendment to Washington State law would make it easier for juvenile sex offenders to avoid registering for the sex offender registry, reports Ashley Korslien of