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Health & Family

This passionate Minnesotan is on the frontlines to keep kids out of court

With little fanfare at the end of 2018, Congress reauthorized a major juvenile justice bill for the first time since 2002. You can bet Sarah Davis didn't miss the moment. As associate director for Minneapolis' Legal Rights Center (LRC), Davis says the worst place for at-risk youth is in our court system. Instead, she champions a focus on brain science, collaborations between families and schools, and allowing youth to take ownership of their actions through restorative practices that also keep our communities safer. Passionate and determined to effect change since she served as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow, Davis attended law school in Boston, then worked as a public defender before joining LRC in 2012.

Health & Family

Tinder and 7 other dating apps teens are using

When you ask a couple how they met, it's pretty common for them to answer, "On the internet." So, it's no surprise that online dating has trickled down to teens. And though most opt for Snapchat or Instagram to widen their social circles, some are curious enough to try one of the many messaging apps that promise to help them "make new friends." While these apps are designed more for casual communication than are the mainstream fee-based dating services such as Match and OkCupid, they make it super easy to text, video-chat, and share pics with strangers.

Travel

New York’s Finger Lakes region has it all: history, adventure, outdoors

New York's Finger Lakes region is a beautiful destination filled with history, adventure and the great outdoors. Hikers, historians, artists and literary buffs alike can find numerous attractions to draw them to the area. From Mark Twain's time spent writing in Elmira, to the Corning Museum of Glass, and the natural splendor of forests and lakes, this is a truly inspirational trip.

Health & Family

7 family-friendly totally Oscar-worthy Latino films

As awards season leads up to this year's Oscars celebration – the 91st Academy Awards – we can't help but reflect on the list of family-friendly Latino films, characters, and actors that have been recognized by the Academy. Sadly, the list is not too long. While it is encouraging to see high acclaim for the work of the three Mexican filmmakers Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron, the hope is that the visibility will trickle to more on-screen faces – actors and characters – that can serve as quality role models for the Latinx movie audience.

Home & Garden

Top smart home trends for 2019

Still haven't installed your first smart home product? You could soon be the last home on the block. Nearly 30 million smart home products will be sold in 2019, according to the Consumer Technology Association. That's a 23 percent increase from last year, signaling a real tipping point for the industry.

Home & Garden

Plumber: Kitchen faucet spray choices

Q: Dear Ed: I'm a regular reader of your column and enjoy the topic of new plumbing technology. I'll be shopping for a new kitchen faucet soon and want a pullout spray type. Since I want cool features, what new spray head options are available?

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: ‘Isn’t It Romantic,’ lots of laughs and positive messages in charming rom-com satire

Parents need to know that "Isn't It Romantic" satirizes romantic comedies, following a woman named Natalie (Rebel Wilson) who gets trapped in a rom-com world after suffering a head injury. The content is largely appropriate for teens. Violence is confined to cartoonish interludes in which Nat is struck by a car and hit in the head, both of which played for laughs. Though Nat is interested in sex and talks about it, all she can do with her suitors is kiss – after which the camera cuts repeatedly to a morning-after scene with her love interest (Liam Hemsworth) shirtless in a towel. Nat estimates a man's penis size as "pepper grinder" (the kind the waiter has to bring out to you). Characters drink in bars; Nat downs two shots of liquor to get courage to sing karaoke. Characters say "s--t" and "bitch," but all except one instance of "f--k" are drowned out by noise, ironically. Stereotyped characters (competitive women, shallow men, a flamboyant gay man) are used to make points about cliched characterizations in other movies. Mocking the rom-com genre's conventions will make viewers consider what such movies tend to say about women and romance and may spark conversations about the way women are depicted. Themes of courage and self-control are also clear.

Home & Garden

Ask Angie’s List: How should I maintain my hardwood floor?

Hardwood flooring is one of the most popular flooring choices for the home, and no wonder. It offers strength, durability and great looks. Plus, it tends to have a high return on investment when you start calculating resale value. But hardwood is also an expensive flooring choice, so you want to take the best possible care of it. Plus, it tends to be more vulnerable to the wrong cleaning choices than other kinds of flooring. Take these steps to ensure a long life and a beautiful finish:

Home & Garden

Design Recipes: The beauty of black and white

Black and white are two of the most popular but often overlooked colors. In many instances, people don't consider them colors and simply ignore them. When paired together, black and white can be one of the most elegant and neutral color palettes in a designer's toolbox. Whether your taste is modern or traditional, a black-and-white palette is versatile and timeless. Here are some tips to help get you started.

Taking care of the Corolla Wild Horses

The Corolla Wild Horse Fund maintains the Corolla Wild Horses. Here's a closer look at their efforts to rehabilitate injured and sick horses off the beach.