Three years ago Monday, James Holmes shot dozens of people in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. Holmes last week was found guilty of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others, and jurors will return the courtroom this week to begin the sentencing phase. In the years since Holmes’ crime, 78 additional mass killings have occurred, the most recent being the shooting and resulting deaths of four Marines and one Navy sailor in Chattanooga, Tenn. USA TODAY has kept a tally of mass killings with data going back to 2006. Analysis shows there is a mass killing every two weeks; so far this year, there have been 15 mass killings, claiming 75 lives.
Historic day in the United States. Supreme Court rules gay marriage is a right. The majority opinion in the 5-4 decision was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy.
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were," Kennedy wrote. "As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death."
"It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves," Kennedy said. "Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."
It is not the color of our skin that makes us different.
It’s the color of our thoughts. –Steven Aitchison
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While fast food gets a lot of negative attention for serving up less-than-healthy burgers, fries, chicken, and McRib meat, Whoppers and Big Macs have nothing on many of the meals you’ll get at a typical chain restaurant. Just about every item on the latest list of casual dining calorie bombs would be enough for a full day on its own.
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New research by professors at Brigham Young University revealed that parental warmth cannot neutralize the consequences of helicopter parenting. Additionally, a lack of warmth makes the negative effects worse.
Such negative effects include lower self-worth and higher risk behavior, such as binge drinking.
“From our past work, we thought there might be something positive about helicopter parenting under certain conditions, but we’re just not finding it,” study author Larry Nelson said.
The study, published in Emerging Adulthood, is a follow-up to 2012 research on helicopter parenting that found the children of helicopter parents are less engaged in school. Now they’ve found that helicopter parenting combined with an absence of parental warmth is especially detrimental to young adults’ well-being.
Researchers defined helicopter parenting as parents’ over-involvement in the lives of their children. This includes making important decisions for them, solving their problems and intervening in their children’s conflicts. Warmth is measured by parental availability to talk and spend time together.