Archive for March, 2010

CA Police BadgeThe subject of what should be done with registered sex offenders always leads to a myriad of questions. Should sexual offenders be set free and left alone after completing a prison sentence? Could offenders benefit from long-term rehabilitative treatment? Would residency restrictions that ban pedophiles from living within 2,000 feet of any location where children regularly congregate help or hurt matters?

In California, one high-profile case is changing the rules for registered sexual offenders. Phillip Garrido, the man accused of kidnapping 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard and holding her captive for 18 years, is being used as a striking example of why it is essential for law enforcement agents to keep a closer watch on registered offenders.
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Health Reform Bill IconHealthcare reform has been debated for years, and as of March 2010 a new bill was signed into law by President Barack Obama. A few revisions to the policy have since been approved by the House and Senate, and the modified document is expected to receive the Presidential signature next week. This bill is intended to change healthcare laws forever, and it has become a controversial issue that is beginning to spark threats of violence.

The healthcare reform bill is a 2,409 page document filled with an overwhelming amount of details. Analysts have been breaking down the content into a few key points to help give people a better understanding of the new legislation. Some of the primary areas of focus include:
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Can Spending Money Make You Happy?

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Money Shirt

Most Americans are closely monitoring their spending habits these days. With concerns about the economy and a growing unemployment rate, people across the country are tightening their belts.

A shrinking budget doesn’t mean that people are going to stop spending, but it seems that some expenses may have a more positive impact than others. According to a new study from researchers at Cornell University, using your money on experience-oriented events can make you happier than purchasing actual products.

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businessreferenceAre you out of a job? So is more than 10% of the United States population. It’s a difficult time for people who are actively looking for work, and the situation is not likely to improve anytime soon.

Job seekers are well-advised to arm themselves with a full arsenal of tools, including a powerful resume and the right attire for an interview. One of the most important and sometimes overlooked resources is a good reference. A few positive comments from a qualified person can have an amazing impact.

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Creating Happiness

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

happypersonWe all have our own ideas about what it takes to live a happy life. A small group of researchers hope to prove that there are some specific components to personal happiness.

According to a recent scientific study that will be published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, there are five things people can do to makes their own lives happier. They include gratefulness, optimism, positivity, personal strength and kindness. Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky explained that, according to her findings, “A large portion of happiness is in our power to change.”

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Talk Your Way To Happiness?

Friday, March 5th, 2010

peopletalkingA recent study conducted by the University of Arizona and Washington University in St. Louis showed that people who spend more time talking tend to be happier. The study concluded that happy people have more substantial conversations, not just small talk.

Researchers listened in on volunteers over a four-day period and recorded snippets of conversations. The recordings were categorized as either small talk or substantive exchanges, and people who regularly engaged in more serious chats with family and friends were the happiest.

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A Sex Offender Revealed

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

behindbarsIn 1997, Benjamin Cooper was convicted of sexually abusing a 15-year old girl. He served time in prison and was set free after completing his sentence. By 2010 he had moved into a family-based apartment complex in Buffalo, New York.

Marine Drive Apartments is a rent-controlled building with more than 600 units. For about a month it was the home of Benjamin Cooper. Although he claimed to be house-sitting for a friend, Cooper was not authorized to live in the apartment complex.

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