Headlee’s Headlines

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 08:24 AM

Celeste Headlee scours the country’s newspapers for interesting stories. Here's her list for this morning:

From The Arizona Republic
Looks like there will be new lawsuits against the state of Arizona, this time against the ethnic studies ban. But it turns out the program that's targeted was a direct response to a lawsuit against the state in the 1970's. From the article:

In 1974, an African-American couple, Roy and Josie Fisher, and the NAACP sued Tucson Unified School District, alleging racial bias in the makeup of its schools, staff, student discipline rates, and student services. Months later, Tucson parent Maria Mendoza and other Hispanic community members sued the district, making similar claims...To appease the plaintiffs, it started an African-American studies program and added Mexican-American studies in 1997. The court monitored the district's compliance with the settlement for three decades.

From The Houston Chronicle:
The new Journal of the American Medical Association says about 10 percent of dads experience postnatal depression. Researchers know a lot about postpartum depression among mothers, but almost nothing about the parallel condition in males. From the article:

“Most men don't want to come forward and even talk about it,” she said. There's a social stigma attached to seeking help, too. Sometimes, tag-along dads will pipe up during their wives' postpartum depression support groups and “a lot of times they're talking about their own stress, not just their wives',” Duson said.

From The Chicago Sun-Times
A new report from the Annie E. Casey says fourth grade is the most important benchmark in determining a kid's future. The key to keeping kids from dropping out of high school? Make sure they can read proficiently by fourth grade.

"The bottom line is that, if we don't get dramatically more children on track as proficient readers, the United States will lose a growing and essential proportion of its human capital to poverty," the children's advocacy group's report said.

See the full report (as PDF)

From The Detroit News
The White House will announce today a plan to spend $836 million to restore 90 abandoned GM sites (remember the government still owns a chunk of GM). It would affect large properties in 14 states. The first site, though, is Flint. This site was part of Michael Moore's first documentary, "Roger and Me."

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