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Double Take: Striving and respect: 2 themes for year ahead
December 31, 2012
We arrive tomorrow at the year 2013, in remarkably good shape for a world destroyed on Dec. 21. As one who grew up in the shadow of an oft-imagined Cold War mushroom cloud, I found the threat from long-dead Maya a bit underwhelming.
Double Take: Some advice for a successful family gathering
December 24, 2012
The holidays are here, the kids are home from college or high school and the spirit of the season is everywhere.
Double Take: Tech gifts may require ethics manual
December 17, 2012
Holiday shopping for kids often means high-tech gifts. But there’s one accessory you won’t find in among the chargers and quick-start guides — the ethics manual.
Double Take: Parents should consider Plan B guidance
December 10, 2012
On Nov. 26, the American Academy of Pediatrics placed itself firmly in this camp. In the journal Pediatrics, the Academy officially recommends that doctors begin prescribing emergency contraception in advance for all teens so they can access it within 120 hours of sexual contact.
Double Take: Meaningful career not dependent on salary
December 3, 2012
Dear Dr. Wes and Katie: I was troubled by one sentence in your column on drunken driving. You described Jordan as “a good student who I suspect will eventually knock back a six-figure salary.” I think you wanted to say you expected Jordan to be productive/have a rewarding career/do good things — something more than, even other than, financial success.
Double Take: Pros and cons of legalizing marijuana
November 26, 2012
With the recent passage of laws legalizing recreational marijuana in some states, do you think this is a good idea and do you think it’s going to spread to other states (like maybe ours!)?
Double Take: Myths surround eating disorders, treatment
November 19, 2012
Katie: Anorexia nervosa whittled me down to 90 pounds when I was 15, putting my body mass index in the first percentile of girls my age. I’m not proud of that, but I am proud to write that after regaining the weight I lost, I have achieved happiness and healthiness. I’m sharing my recovery story today for the sake of those who can’t yet say the same.
Double Take: Drunken driving rampant among young adults
November 12, 2012
Jordan is not an alcoholic, at least not by the standards we’ve set for formal diagnosis. Jordan is a good student who I suspect will eventually knock back a six-figure salary. However, like a great many young people, Jordan binge drinks in a way that for any other demographic would indicate severe addiction. We have as a society decided to look the other way and now consider this a normal rite of passage — kids being kids.
Double Take: It’s a dangerous world for teens
November 5, 2012
Homicide is the second leading cause of teen deaths in America, accounting for 13 percent of lost lives from age 12 to 19. Though accidents, most of them in automobiles, kill three times as many teens, 13 percent is still a sobering number to consider. For black teens, the rate is even higher.
Halloween hodgepodge: Schools put on range of fall celebrations
October 29, 2012
While many Lawrence schoolchildren will have a special school day on the 31st, replete with Halloween parties and parades, several local schools have adapted their October celebrations to allow for broader participation and appeal.
Scary story contest yields thrilling results
October 29, 2012
This year, when we put out the call for scary stories from students in elementary, middle and high schools, we weren’t disappointed. About 200 writers tried to spook us, and many did.
Double Take: Be proactive to prevent political disputes at family gatherings
October 29, 2012
Dear Dr. Wes and Katie: I am dreading the holidays. All summer my family argued about politics. I was home from college, and I’m more liberal than my family. By Thanksgiving, we’ll know who wins the next election, and either way it’s going to be horrible. My family doesn’t argue about these things in a civil way. They argue like they’re on Fox News, and it always gets personal. Suggestions?
Scary story contest elementary school winner: Maria Matamoros
October 29, 2012
I was walking home from school on an unusually dark afternoon when I felt a pair of eyes staring right at me …
Scary story contest middle school winner: Ryan Leibold
October 29, 2012
I was walking home from school on an unusually dark afternoon when I felt a pair of eyes staring right at me …
Scary story contest high school winner: Carolyn Weiler
October 29, 2012
I was walking home from school on an unusually dark afternoon when I felt a pair of eyes staring right at me …