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Want a Summer Job? Put Down the Cell Phone!

Mayor Nutter’s initiative to get 10,000 Philadelphia teenagers hired for summer jobs—beating last summer’s number of 6,000 working teens—is admirable and ambitious. Teen employment means much […]

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Leave Gwyneth Paltrow and Her Bikinis Alone

I was at a bat mitzvah a few years ago, and when the music started, the eighth-grade boys awkwardly grabbed the girls from behind and […]

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Gay Boy Scouts Deserve Gay Troop Leaders

  The Boy Scouts of America just created a new merit badge: Mixed Messaging. The requirements are simple: Put out an historic announcement of liberation, […]

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Watch: The Best (Worst?) Condom Snorting Videos

If you didn’t already think that the end of the world may finally be upon us, the fact that condom snorting videos have become a […]

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New Disney Avengers Girl’s T-Shirt: “I Need a Hero”

  Merch for Disney’s Avengers movie has hit the stores, and the shit has hit the fan. They’ve released two t-shirts, one for boys and […]

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Sunday in the Garden With Jake

I had just finished mowing the lawn for the first time this season when my 20-year-old son Jake appeared at the back door. “Want me […]

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Return of the Teenage Flashmob: 14 Arrested in Massive Center City Brawl [Updated]

They’re baaaack! Yesterday at 3:50 p.m., “100 to 200 young people were seen running near 15th and Chestnut Streets,” as an enormous fight either spontaneously […]

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New “Machiavelli for Moms” Book Explains How to Control Your Kids

I like reading the Wall Street Journal during the week; it lets me imagine I’m one of the one percent and own stocks and bonds […]

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With New Ruling on Plan B, it’s Time to Focus on Plan A

On Friday, a federal judge overturned an Obama administration decision to restrict access to emergency contraception to young women and girls under the age 17 […]

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“Dorm Room Fund” To Expand From Philly Roots, Go Nationwide

The New York Times profiles the “Dorm Room Fund,” a kind of junior venture capital effort that supplies small grants to entrepreneurial students and Penn […]

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Victoria’s Secret for Teens: Do You Want Anyone “Feeling Lucky” With Your 15-Year-Old?

My daughter is in college now with, hopefully, one more year to graduation. I guess you’d call that young adulthood or “almost adulthood,” or not, […]

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School to Students: Stop Using That Damned Axe Body Spray

After a student had a severe allergic reaction to Axe body spray, Freedom High School in Bethlehem has asked all students to stop using the […]

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Remember When Parents Were in Charge?

I just read the second news story in as many weeks about a new trend in parenting: the family as corporation. The idea, according to […]

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WATCH: St. Joe’s Prep Student Gives “Wet Willie” During Live Newscast

It may be that St. Joe’s Prep makes Philadelphia’s future leaders, but that doesn’t mean the students there don’t know how to prank each other […]

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Bullied Delco Boy Dies After Two Months in Coma

ABC News reports: Bailey O’Neill died Sunday, a family member who did not want to be named, confirmed to ABCNews.com. Bailey turned 12 on Saturday. […]