Friday, September 15, 2006

Allyson Schwartz’s First Priority

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (PA-13) praised the U.S.Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for launching a public awareness campaign to raise attention to the dangers of falling furniture and televisions. The campaign alerts parents to the danger of unsecured furniture and provides tips to help safeguard heavy furniture.

Schwartz also called for Congress to do its part to help protect children by passing key legislation which would prevent furniture and television tip-over accidents.

In April 2005 Schwartz introduced legislation to help prevent furniture tip-overs.

"They Don't Like Us and We Don't Like Them"

South Bend Tribune encapsulates Michigan versus Notre Dame.

Wolverine center Mark Bihl admitted he's had a close eye on Notre Dame and was a little bit surprised with what he saw.

"(Irish safety Tom) Zbikowski and his mohawk (haircut) caught my eye," Bihl said, shaking his head. "We don't like to do those things here."

What they do like to do at Michigan is play the big games. Victories over Vanderbilt and Central Michigan put notches in the win column, but did little for confidence or enhancing tradition.

"When we come back for player reunions, the games they talk about are Michigan State, Ohio State and Notre Dame," said Bihl, a fifth-year senior. "I'm 1-3 against Notre Dame and I need something to be able to talk about."

Daily News: Disgraced Ladies & Gentleman

Philadelphia Daily News discusses earmark “reform”.

The distinguished gentlemen and ladies from (pick your district) were having a Casablanca moment, pretending to be "shocked, shocked" by disclosures linking "earmarks" to the percolating bribery scandal. Earmarks are special-interest projects that get slipped into major spending bills without debate.

As of yesterday, the distinguished ladies and gentlemen couldn't agree even on a definition of earmarks. The new definition being pushed by the GOP leadership would exclude defense bills, for instance.

Inquirer: What They Face

Philadelphia Inquirer describes urban challenges.

About a dozen Philly schools have washers and dryers available for student use. Many students who live in poverty have only one or two changes of clothing. School staff know that clean clothes make it less likely that kids will be teased about their appearance. Kids often come to school hungry, so school breakfast programs that would be superfluous in some districts make urgent sense in the city.

Many older siblings become the second "parent" in their single-mother household. So the district offers parent training to siblings.