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Abortion parental notification bill gets hearing

OLYMPIA – A hearing on a bill that would require minors to notify their parents before terminating a pregnancy pitted those who argued it was an issue of parental rights …


New meal program brings kids to the table

It was only the second time they tried it, but the children at Northeast Youth Center behaved like they’d always sat down for a hot meal in the late afternoon. …


Accomplished teen musicians feel at home in the spotlight

If Justin Sherfey, 14, had known how to tie a necktie, a gifted musical duo might never have been born. As Sherfey, the reigning Northwest Fiddle champion, waited to take …


Watching for teen dating abuse

Ah, Valentine’s Day! A day dedicated to love, romance and chocolates surely brightens up the middle of winter. Unfortunately, for 3 out of every 10 teens, a more relevant thing …


East Central offers first youth cafe

In talking to young people 14 to 18 years old in East Central, Spokane Regional Health District’s Peggy Slider heard one common complaint: There is no place to hang out. …


Special prom and a nod

A group of teens gathered Saturday to get gussied up for prom. The room filled with the sound of chatter as they browsed racks of evening gowns. They got their …


Teens aspire to make a difference with $100

For $100 you can fill the gas tank on an average sedan twice. Or you can buy two new release video games. Or you can try to change your world. …


Teens’ jobs outlook ‘tough’

The economy is making it tough to be a kid these days, at least a kid with purchasing power. Many of the jobs traditionally filled by teenagers are now being …


Doctor K: Ways to help teens avoid sports injuries

DEAR DOCTOR K: My teenage son plays several school sports. He loves them, but I’m concerned about sports injuries. DEAR READER: That’s not a reason to prohibit your son from …


Teacher at Crosswalk Teen Shelter helps struggling students

Teacher Ken Jernberg is unflappable among the chaos at Crosswalk, a Spokane teen homeless shelter. One day last week, a few unfocused teens flitted around the


Idaho dropouts could be headed for boot camp

High school dropouts could earn their diplomas through a proposed boot camp-style program that’s planned for economically depressed northcentral Idaho.


More girls risky drivers

CHICAGO – Molly Sutton finds it challenging to ignore a text message when she’s driving. The 18-year-old high school senior said it’s hard to wait until the next stoplight. “I …


Mixed messages

It started slowly in Gwen Reed’s English classes. A “4ever” in a book report here, a “ppl” in an essay there, and a scattering of uncapitalized words or unpunctuated sentences …


Surprising number of teens think they’ll die young

A surprising number of teenagers — nearly 15 percent — think they’re going to die young, leading many to drug use, suicide attempts and other unsafe behavior, new research suggests.


Give-and-take helps keep teens happy campers

There’s only one thing worse than a cranky 2-year-old when you’re on vacation, and that’s a cranky teenager. Fortunately, just as most toddlers can be pacified with naps, bottles and …


Doctors back depression screening for all teens

Soon after her sister committed suicide, Caroline Downing started doing poorly at school. During math tests she would freeze up, and she found her mind wandering constantly. Officials at St. …


Do you know a teen who will change the world?

The Vox, a monthly newspaper produced by area teens, is looking for suggestions: do you know a graduate who will change the world?


Business tops for teens in Hillyard

When picking out fabric for summer T-shirts, bamboo is not an obvious choice – cotton is more like it. But at Blue Button Apparel in Hillyard, a small nonprofit that …


Many teens believe relationship abuse sometimes acceptable

A common reaction among students to singer Chris Brown’s alleged attack on his singer girlfriend Rihanna goes something like this: “Ha! She probably did something to provoke it,” said Ed …


Teens are feeling pinch of economic slump

BOISE – Katy Sword traded her newer Dodge Stratus and car payments for a beat-up Mazda pickup she owns outright. And still the Borah High School senior – who works …


Few teens need cholesterol drugs, study finds

DALLAS – Fewer than 1 percent of American teens are likely to need cholesterol drugs, says a new study that offers some reassuring news on the childhood obesity front. Last …


Idaho Meth Project: Teens see greater drug risk

A new survey by the Idaho Meth Project shows that more teens believe it’s risky to use methamphetamine than in 2007, but that belief doesn’t yet appear to be changing …


Mentoring project helps teens with disabilities

With January being National Mentoring Month, there is no better time than now to follow through on that New Year’s resolution about getting more involved. Project MOVE, a mentoring program …


Program puts kids on the court

The squeak of athletic shoes on the wooden floor and the thud of basketballs on the court echoed through the Warehouse on Saturday night. For the second year, the Spokane …


Not too late for teens to get a job

OLYMPIA – OK, so your kid put off trying to find a summer job, and now it looks like it’s too late. Take heart, says the state Employment Security Department, …