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Teenage pregnancies and syphilis have risen sharply among a generation of American school girls who were urged to avoid sex before marriage under George Bush’s evangelically-driven education policy, according to a new report by the US’s major public health body. In a report that will surprise few of Bush’s critics on the issue, the Centres for Disease Control says years of falling rates of teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted disease infections under previous administrations were reversed or stalled in the Bush years. According to the CDC, birth rates among teenagers aged 15 or older had been in decline since 1991 but are up sharply in more than half of American states since 2005. The study also revealed that the number of teenage females with syphilis has risen by nearly half after a significant decrease while a two-decade fall in the gonorrhea infection rate is being reversed. The number of Aids cases in adolescent boys has nearly doubled. –“Teen pregnancy and disease rates rose sharply during Bush years, agency finds,” Chris McGreal, The Guardian
Within minutes, one of Larry’s classmates, Brandon McInerney, stood up in the lab, pulled out a gun and shot him twice from behind as Boldrin shouted, “What the hell are you doing, Brandon?” Larry died two days later, and McInerney, 15, awaits trial on a first-degree murder charge in what prosecutors say was a hate crime. After many delays, the pretrial hearing is set for Monday in Ventura. For Boldrin, the slaying was the beginning of an 18-month emotional descent. Unable to get through the day without sobbing, she went on disability. Larry’s parents sued her and other school officials for failing to prevent the shooting. Earlier this year, the 40-year-old lost her job. –“Oxnard teacher is still haunted by student’s slaying,” Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Tanakpur is located at 29°05?N 80°07?E. It has an average elevation of 255 metres (837 feet). Mukesh Upadhyay has bought 500 acres of land to open a University by the name of his first girlfriend named Pooja. He came in touch with Pooja when he was 10 years old. He loved her by heart and had great emotions. –“Tanakpur,” Wikipedia
Percentage of African countries in which it is illegal to practice homosexuality:
Americans consider orange cats to be friendly, tortoiseshell cats to be intolerant, and white cats to be aloof.
In Norfolk six black-tipped reef sharks, a bonnethead shark, a bowmouth guitar shark, six penguins, and a green sea turtle were evacuated from the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary because of flooding.
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Notes on South Africa’s failed revolution
“I will never know what goes on in your mind, or what that shield of a smile behind which we try to advance should tell us.”