I love learning more about my family’s safety in the skies, yet the news never seems to be as reassuring as I’d like. Like the fact that the US is operating on a World War II-era air traffic network that sends us on longer, more circuitous routes wasting not only time, but billions in fuel. I wonder if this is also the reason our recent flight from Atlanta to LaGuardia took us for a scenic aerial tour of Connecticut before finally landing. Normally, the pilot gets on the horn to let you know the tower needs the plane to circle. On this flight, however, nada…just a bird’s eye view of the yachts which may or may not be there come spring.
There is a newer, more accurate system available. It has a $35 billion dollar price tag (hmmm…not far from AIG’s second bailout amount) and snazzy GPS, which I hear is all the rage with the kids these days. Backers say the system would triple air traffic capacity, improve safety, curb greenhouse emissions and – I hope you’re sitting down – reduce delays by at least half. WOW. So why aren’t we making the switch?
Contraceptives will now be made available at the Massachusetts high school known for a reported “pregnancy pact” between 17 of its students. The Gloucester school board voted unanimously to make contraceptives available with parental consent; they’ll be distributed at the school health clinic.
He left his nine children, ages 1 to 17, at an Omaha hospital, reportedly under the state’s safe haven law. Now this man says he wants to see the kids he dumped at the hospital. His case is just one of the instances where parents have left their children at Nebraska hospitals under this new law. The problem? The law is intended to apply to infants – it lets parents leave the babies in a safe place, the hospital, without being charged for abanding their child. The one difference between this law and those on the books in other states: it doesn’t specify an age, so kids far beyond infancy are being left at hospitals. This man left NINE of his children.
More than 50 years later, a thief is making good, with a letter to the mayor and two $5 bills. A man who identified himself only as “Bill” says he stole a 35 cent toy car in 1943 or 1944. He’s hoping that by owning up to it now and paying for the car, he can clear his conscience. I love this story.
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