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March 6, 2008

Bill Cosby Calls Out the 'Dirty Laundry'

Bill Cosby's speech about America's youth sparked controversy—why he says you should be angry, too.

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March 3, 2008

The parent trap

In a recent episode of "Snoop Dogg's Father Hood," the rapper's 10-year-old son, Cordell, and his son's friends play around by fake-slapping one another. Snoop doesn't approve of what they're doing and, as he leaves the room, tells them to stop. The kids don't listen. Instead Cordell becomes slap happy, fake-hitting three friends in a row. One gets up and slaps Cordell, accidentally connecting with Cordell's eye.

Snoop Dogg has no sympathy as he returns to the room after hearing his son's cries. "I told y'all 20 minutes ago to stop playing," he says. As his wife, Shante, takes a look at Cordell's face, Snoop says to his son, "You got to be able to take a blow if you can give a blow, cuz."

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March 3, 2008

Prison population triples over 15 years

The number of Coloradans in prison has nearly tripled in 15 years, costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars.

The prison population stands at 22,424. That number, plus 9,567 parolees and 13,200 people in county jails, represents more than 1 percent of the state's adult population, according to statistics kept by the Colorado Department of Corrections and County Sheriffs of Colorado.

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February 12, 2008

It's tough being a stepdad, study confirms

When John Vanek told his girlfriend’s teenage son that the couple had decided to get married, the 13-year-old Ian rushed over to hug his future stepdad.

But it didn’t take long for the relationship to fray. Ian soon became sullen and combative. Soon Vanek, a 49-year-old police sergeant from San Jose, and Ian were thrashing out their differences in family counseling.

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February 7, 2008

Bringing Up Daddy

From prenatal nutrition to learning about infant care, raising a child is a responsibility that begins well before a baby is born.

But expectant mothers aren’t the only ones who need to prepare — fathers should be ready, too.

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January 27, 2008

Family vs. job: Separations can be tricky

Tony Dungy's decision to stick with the Indianapolis Colts next season, even as his family remains in Florida, pleasantly surprised many fans who thought he was about to ride off into the sunset.

But it also has brought attention to the difficult issues facing a fast-growing number of people who work in one state while their family lives in another: Do the benefits of a job outweigh the costs of temporarily separating the family? Can a commuter parent still be effective? When can the strain of separation break a family?

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January 10, 2008

Unwed Fathers

We deceive ourselves if we deny that there is a crisis among black families. Roughly 70 percent of black babies are born each year to single mothers, mostly poor. Children in such homes are much more likely to grow up in poverty, burdened by a host of disabling social ills. These women are not all teenagers; the rate of teenage pregnancies has decreased. Some single mothers are financially stable and educated enough to make good choices.

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December 11, 2007

Commentary: Black men must reclaim our children

As the mug shots of the alleged killers of NFL star Sean Taylor were shown on television, I kept wondering when we were going to see their parents step forward. I saw a couple of mothers, but their dads were missing in action.

Dads matter, and it's ridiculous for us to act as if all it takes is a loving mom.

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November 26, 2007

Parents’ evolving roles fascinate Lamm

Dottie Lamm is the former first lady of Colorado, mother of two and grandmother of three. In her new book, “Daddy on On Board: Parenting Roles for the 21st Century,” Lamm writes of a cultural shift in the US that has seen fathers play an increased role in families and how to balance the new roles.

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November 25, 2007

Couples take baby steps to 'I Do'

Delonte Mohamed was taken with Satrina McDuffie's intuitive nature. She was unable to resist his "mushy side," hidden to most by a rough exterior. Within a few months, they knew: It was love.

A year later, the couple are expecting a baby boy, adding to McDuffie's brood of two toddlers. Money is tight, their families disapprove of the relationship, and they bicker a lot.

Still, they hope to get married one day. They're just not sure how to get there.

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