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Seriously? Eighth grade?

READINGTON, N.J. – School board members will review a dress code since a principal banned girls from wearing strapless dresses to an eighth-grade dance.

I fail to see how parents do their daughters any favors when they allow them to present themselves as much older than they are. It’s a kind of faux maturity that often leads to girls being pushed into sexual situations before they’re emotionally ready. I mean, strapless dresses for an eighth grade dance? Really?

I guess I’m just a dork. I realize that kids are always eager to be more “grown up,” but I thought it was the parents’ job to rein them in. I guess I fell asleep and missed the new reality.

Happy Earth Day!

They say, while sticking it to the planet:

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which is centrally involved with pushing environmentally destructive legislation on behalf of the fossil fuel industry, today complained that “Earth Day has been a largely somber event” when it should be “a celebration of the wonderful achievements humankind has made in cleaning and greening the planet,” wrote Todd Wynn, ALEC Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force Director.

Read the atrocities.

And the poor are getting poorer. But hey, ain’t we got fun?

Wealth inequality widened dramatically during the first two years of the economic recovery, as the upper 7 percent of American households saw their average net worth increase 28 percent, while the wealth of the other 93 percent declined, according to a report released Tuesday.

The study by the Pew Research Center underscored other data showing that the economic growth that has followed the Great Recession has benefited mainly those at the top. The uneven recovery has only accelerated a decades-long trend of growing wealth inequality in the country, despite rising popular and political awareness of the dynamic.

From 2009 to 2011, the average net worth of the nation’s 8 million most-affluent households jumped from an estimated $2.7 million to $3.2 million, Pew said. For the 111 million households that form the bottom 93 percent, average net worth fell 4 percent, from $140,000 to an estimated $134,000, the report said.

The changes mean that the wealth gap separating the top 7 percent and everyone else increased from 18-to-1 to 24-to-1 between 2009 and 2011. Overall, the most affluent 7 percent of households owned 63 percent of the nation’s household wealth in 2011, up from 56 percent in 2009.

The biggest difference between the most-affluent group and everyone else, Pew said, is that the wealthiest households have their assets concentrated in stocks and other financial instruments, while others’ wealth is concentrated in their homes.

The retirement gamble

Part 1 of 5. If you think you’ve saved for retirement, you should watch this:

Watch The Retirement Gamble on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

Since I think we’re going to have another crash soon, you’re better off putting money into Treasuries. Just sayin’!

Just like this train

Joni Mitchell:

Free man in Paris

Joni Mitchell with the L.A. Express:


Joni Mitchell:

Oh, look

Turns out the ricin guy was set up — by a Republican candidate!

The good guys

I think there’s a lot of yearning for the old days, when most people still thought of cops as the good guys. At least this week, they are!

Police Officer John Bradley (Kevin Wells/Facebook)

During Friday’s intense manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Watertown, Mass., when the city of Boston was on lockdown, a Brookline police officer delivered milk to a family with a baby.

And like many random acts of kindness seen in the wake the marathon bombings, the photo—posted to Facebook by the family—went viral, thanks in part to a tweet from the Boston Police Department:

BPD Officer delivers milk to a family with young children in Watertown during the lockdown.

Kevin Wells, the father, took the photo of the officer, John Bradley, as he arrived carrying two gallons of milk for Holden, Wells’ 17-month-old son.

During the lockdown, the boy’s grandmother, who was visiting from Colorado, left the house to ask the officer if he could grab some milk for the young couple.

“It just meant the world that he literally went out and got two gallons of milk,” McKenzie Wells, the boy’s mother, told Today.com. “We wanted to pay him, but he wouldn’t take money from us. He was just so generous.”


Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause and former Delco congressman (D-7).

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