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Enlisting young adult fiction in the fight against racism

It started as a birthday wish.

Book Riot editor and “Here We Are” author Kelly Jensen posted a request on Twitter last Friday: “My 33rd birthday is next month, and between now and then, I’d love to see 33 classroom literacy projects completed. Up for the challenge?”

The next day white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, and her request took on new urgency.

Jensen, a former librarian, regularly monitors the Donors Choose public database searching for projects to highlight. (Donors Choose is a 17-year-old nonprofit that allows public school teachers to crowdfund materials and experiences for their classrooms.)

Perry County juvenile inmate chokes adult, steals vehicle

NEW LEXINGTON – A 17-year-old inmate at the Perry Multi-County Juvenile Detention Facility was arrested in Newark after choking a facility staff member and stealing a facility vehicle.

The inmate, whose name has not been released by authorities, was being driven back to the facility Monday after a doctor’s appointment in Zanesville, according to a press release from the Perry County Sheriff’s Office.

As they traveled across Tunnel Hill Road near Melon Hill Road, the inmate began choking the staff member and ordered them to stop the vehicle, the release stated. The inmate demanded the vehicle keys from the staff member as well as the staff member’s cell phone.

The staff member complied with the demands, and the inmate sped off, leaving the staff member standing on Tunnel Hill Road.

Perry County Sheriff William Barker could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Perry County sheriff’s deputies later learned the inmate fled to the Newark area, the release stated, and Newark police were dispatched to a business on West Main Street. There authorities found and arrested the inmate and recovered the vehicle. The inmate was transported to the Tri-County Juvenile Detention Facility in Lancaster on felony charges.

The inmate was charged with aggravated robbery, grand theft of a motor vehicle, felony escape and tampering with evidence. Perry County Prosecutor Joseph Flautt filed a motion in the Perry County Juvenile Court for the inmate to be tried as an adult.

Flautt said a hearing has not yet been scheduled to address the motion. He would not release the name of the 17-year-old or any other details about the case.

The staff member who was assaulted did not sustain any serious injuries.


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Adult children living at home

  • JoAnn Rey



Lately it seems I have been having conversations with several different people on the same topic. Somehow that same topic just comes up and then a very interesting conversation ensues.

This may hit close to home for many and I suspect many people will not like the topic of this article. It is not meant to attack or make fun of anyone. It is based on personal observation and reported information from several sources.

By now many of you are wondering about the topic. The topic is adult children who live with parents. It seems that we are seeing more and more adult children living with parents longer than the norm. They either never leave home or they leave but end up back at home (boomerang kids) for one reason or another and end up staying.

When I hear people talk about this, one of the first questions that always comes up is “why don’t the parents just kick them out?” Well, that’s a good question. Sometimes, parents feel they are helping their children by allowing them to stay at home. Maybe there are parents out there who do not like having an empty house and want their kids to stay close. Whatever the reason, more and more adults are living with parents.

According to a study by the Pew Research center, it seems Millennials make up the largest percentage of 25- to 35-year-olds living at home.

I don’t think the question is why these adult children are living at home as much as is it OK for them to live at home? Well, for parents of adult children living at home, you have to ask yourself what your role is in having your adult children live at home with you. Many parents would say they are helping them until they can get on their feet or helping through a tough time. That is perfectly understandable; however, there is a difference between helping and enabling. Helping is doing something for someone that he is not capable of doing himself. Enabling is doing for someone things that he could and should be doing himself. I’ve asked many parents whose adult children live with the whether they are helping or enabling. Most of the time their answer is helping but then feel obligated to justify why their kid has stayed so long. That, to me, is more like enabling.

So, what’s the big deal about grown kids living at home? Well, it hurts more than it helps. Enabling adult children actually keeps them from growing and becoming a productive, responsible adult. This does not allow him/her to enter into the next natural stage of their lifespan development. Plus, it sets a pattern of behavior that will be hard to change. Parents (especially mom) will continue to take care of their adult children like they did when they much younger because moms think they are helping. I mean, what’s it going to hurt if mom does their laundry or cleans up after them, or cooks their meals or wakes them up for work or gives them money for gas or pays their cellphone bill, etc.? If you are still asking yourself this question, remember the difference between helping and enabling. These are all things your adult children can do for themselves but choose not to and why should they if mom is willing to do it? Parents, it is hard not to want to help your adult children but you have to ask yourself, is what you are doing really helping? How hard is it going to be for your kids when the day comes that you cannot do what you are doing for them anymore?

So, what are parents supposed to do, turn their kids away? Of course not but it will help if parents set some guidelines from the very beginning so that it is understood that their kids living at home is temporary. Before an adult child moves back in, talk through things like timeframes, rent, pitching in around the house, etc. The son or daughter moving back isn’t a child anymore, after all, and shouldn’t expect mom or dad to meet their every need and want. Likewise, they shouldn’t expect parental help to last indefinitely. If an adult child is already living at home, then parents should consider having this conversation sooner rather than later – the more time passes without clear boundaries, the more difficult it will be to rein in bad habits that may form. Of course, this is not a one size fits all solution but it can be used as a starting point.

Take care and God bless.

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JoAnn is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the owner/operator of Thrive.



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How Adult Swim Got Their Hands on 15 Unreleased MF DOOM Songs

Peter Kramer
Peter Kramer

The last time we got an MF DOOM album was 2009, when he dropped Born Like This after letting the world know he’d voted for John McCain (in true villain fashion). Ever since, hardcore fans of Metalface have been starved for new music—until last week, when Adult Swim’s senior vice president and creative director Jason DeMarco announced a new 15-song series called The Missing Notebook Rhymes. Our first assumption was DOOM had fleeced the network for a check by selling them 15 throwaways, but DeMarco, who has a personal relationship with the masked rapper, shoots that down quickly. “I’ve always been lucky in that whole Villain stuff,” says DeMarco over the phone during a recent conversation. “[DOOM] is just a good dude. He doesn’t pull any bullshit with me, and I don’t pull any with him.”

Their relationship started way back in 2005, when DJ Danger Mouse was doing music for a block of cartoons on Cartoon Network called Toonami. Danger Mouse was working with DOOM on some new music at the time and approached DeMarco about getting Adult Swim involved. The album, which later became The Mouse and the Mask, was originally supposed to be based on Toonami cartoons, but DeMarco saw a different opportunity. “I said, ‘Well I don’t think anybody wants a Toonami album, but an Adult Swim album might be cool,’” he remembers. “DOOM loves all those old Hanna-Barbera cartoons, and at that time, we were still showing Sealab 2021, so it just seemed like a more natural fit. Basically, Adult Swim funded the album and put it out with Epitaph, and for the time, it was sort of an indie hit. It almost went gold, which is pretty good. Nowadays, that’d be like a huge mega hit. Back then it was like, ‘Huh… that’s pretty good.’”

Ever since, DeMarco and DOOM have kept in touch, and when DOOM and his manager Devin Horwitz approached DeMarco about some new tracks they’d cultivated sometime in 2016, it was the perfect opportunity to put out something resembling a new project from the masked villain. “I kinda said, ‘I feel like it’s been so long since DOOM’s really had a big splash of tracks. I think it’d be really cool to just drop ‘em all and do one every week and let people know DOOM is back,’” remembers DeMarco. “Luckily, they kind of liked that idea and we were able to make it happen, but we’ve been talking about it for at least a year, and I’ve been sitting on all this DOOM music.”

Last week, they premiered “Negus,” a collab with Sean Price off the late Brownsville MC’s new posthumous album Imperius RexOn Wednesday (Aug. 16), they dropped the second track from the series, this time featuring Jay Electronica. It’s called “True Lightyears” and it’s off an upcoming KMD album called Crack in Time, the first LP from the group since Black Bastards dropped in 1993, the same year DOOM’s brother Subroc died in a car accident.

According to DeMarco, all the songs in The Missing Notebook Rhymes series are brand new, with some being collaborations while others will be solo DOOM songs featuring new production from the villain. As for whether a solo DOOM album is coming sometime soon, DeMarco can’t say. “I just know some of this music is from ongoing projects that are in various stages of completion, and it’s likely that most of it will come out through those channels.”

Though Adult Swim has released a couple of the last few Madvillain loosies via their Adult Swim Singles series in past years, there aren’t any DOOM and Madlib collabs planned for The Missing Notebook Rhymes. There will, however, be appearances from different DOOM aliases, including Viktor Vaughn.

Two years ago, when Sean Price died, DOOM released a video on a boat saying rest in peace to the Heltah Skeltah legend. Years back, it was reported DOOM was being kept from reentering the states (he was born in the U.K.), and the video of him on a boat sparked inquiries about where the hell he was. DeMarco knows where he’s located, but wont’ say, only telling XXL, “I know where he is, and he’s not in the country. I think that’s perfect. He’s on DOOM Island. That’s where he should be.”

There’s no word yet on whether all 15 of the planned DOOM songs will be released via iTunes and various streaming services, but DeMarco hopes the project will inspire someone to pick them up and release them properly. “My hope is this project catapults him back out there and somebody at a label who wasn’t gonna spend money on DOOM will now call him up and put these tracks out. We’re a television network, we’re not a label, so we’re not gonna be putting out vinyl and selling records, but I do think, I hope, anyway, this project reminds everybody how great DOOM is and that somebody needs to gather this music and put it out for his fans.”

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One adult, one child injured at North Spokane Costco |

One adult, one child injured at North Spokane Costco

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Carryover effects of larval exposure to different environmental bacteria drive adult trait variation in a mosquito …

The adult phenotype of mosquitoes depends on the types of bacteria encountered environmentally during development.

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Massive tree falls in New York’s Central Park, injuring 3 kids, adult

Three children and one adult were hurt Tuesday when a massive tree fell on top of them in New York’s Central Park, officials said.

The New York Police Department confirmed to Fox News the injuries occurred when the massive tree fell on the park’s West Drive shortly after 10 a.m.

The four have non-life threatening injuries and have been transported to a local hospital, officials added.

A witness told FOX 5 New York the tree came down on them as they were walking, including two that were in a double-wide stroller. The third child was strapped to the woman in a chest carrier.

The four were initially trapped under the branches, but were pulled out quickly by other people who were in that normally busy area of the park.

A woman who was running in the park, Tammi Jones, told FOX 5 she heard a cracking sound and then saw the tree come crashing down.  

Jones added she didn’t even know that there was a baby in the stroller until they reached the tree and helped get the baby out.

Photos from the scene posted to social media show the large tree laying across the road near 62nd street, as emergency crews cleared the area of pedestrians.

Authorities have not yet said what caused the tree to fall. There were thunderstorms in the area earlier in the day, but no severe weather was reported at the time of the incident.

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Rick and Morty will no longer stream for free on Adult Swim’s website

When Rick and Morty’s third season premiered two weeks ago, Adult Swim made the first few episodes free.

Sunday night, however, Adult Swim didn’t air a livestream. Those who visited the site excited for the fourth episode found that they couldn’t watch the episode live or for free. Only those with cable subscriptions to Adult Swim could log in after the episode aired to watch it or turn to traditional television.

Adult Swim did give viewers a heads up on Twitter before the episode aired. The network tweeted out a video confirming that the new episode wouldn’t be available to stream without a cable login, adding that it may be time for pirates to “start your engines.”

Adult Swim later confirmed to Polygon that it will no longer offer free livestreams of Rick and Morty.

“Adult Swim livestreamed the first two episodes of Rick and Morty to kick off the new season and will continue to offer episodes to view online after they have aired on the network,” a network representative said.

Sunday’s episode was made available on Monday morning, according to the representative, and all future episodes will follow suit. Those who want to watch the rest of season three online as it airs will need a cable subscription in order to do so. This includes the season finale, the representative confirmed.

Adult Swim did offer a livestream of some kind to those who tuned into the website Sunday night: one that featured actors performing the script in poor fashion, seen above. The stream poked fun at the audience who turned up for the episode, something that the Rick and Morty community was divided on.

“This shit is getting annoying,” one person said on Reddit. “It’s not funny. It makes me want to never watch anything on AdultSwim ever. I don’t care if they’re trolling, troll any other time except the airing of a new episode. Some people stay up late and alter their schedules to watch the show live, and for AdultSwim to throw this garbage at us and have the audacity to insult us at the same time is frustrating when you know damn well that they make enough money to just stream the show like normal.”

Others argued that Adult Swim executives should have the ability to charge for the content they’ve created, adding that most networks don’t livestream episodes of their newest series for free either.

This means those who want to watch Rick and Morty live will have to do so the traditional way. Even though Adult Swim seems to have given the go-ahead to pirates, those who want to watch Rick and Morty legally can download Adult Swim’s app and subscribe for $3.99 a month to get full episodes after they air.

Rick and Morty airs Sundays at 11:30 p.m. ET.

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2 children, 1 adult dead in San Jose mobile home park fire

SAN JOSE — Two grade-school children and an adult were killed in a fast-moving mobile home fire Tuesday, authorities said.

The fire was reported just after 12:30 p.m. at the Golden Wheel Mobile Home Park near Oakland and Gish roads, said Capt. Mike Van Elgort of the San Jose Fire Department.

Firefighters arrived seven minutes later to find a home at the rear of the park engulfed in flames.

By the time the fire was knocked down at 1:05 p.m., only the back fifth of the home was still standing, Van Elgort said.

Firefighters initially found the badly burned remains of an adult and a child in the ruins. Hours later, the body of a second child who had been reported missing also was discovered.

“This is a horrific event,” Van Elgort said.

Killed in the fire were a grandfather, his granddaughter and a second girl, whose relationship to the family was not immediately clear, Van Elgort said. A neighbor, Aline Mahoney, said the second girl was a friend of the daughter’s who lived in the park.

The origin and cause of the fire is under investigation, but Van Elgort indicated it may have been accidental.

“We got a report from one neighbor that they heard a pop or a small explosion and may have seen the grandfather catch fire and collapse,” he said.

It is not yet known if the home had working smoke detectors, but such structures tend to burn quickly because they are constructed from light-weight combustible materials, Van Elgort said.

“You just do not have time to mess around,” he said. “If you think a fire has started, you have to get everyone out right away.”

The loss of life left residents of the working-class community reeling.

“It’s so sad for the family,” said Mahoney, who helped investigators communicate with the fire victims’ loved ones, who only speak Vietnamese. “They thought maybe the grandma took all the kids out. But no.”

As it turned out, the grandmother had left the home earlier with an infant and a second youngster to do the laundry, said Mahoney, possibly averting an even greater tragedy.

Another resident of the park, Graciela Diaz, was home when the fire broke out. She and other neighbors rushed to put out the flames with garden hoses, but they were too intense.

“I just wanted to help,” Diaz said through her daughter Paloma Vazquez. “I knew there were people inside.”

“They’re saying that in 5 minutes, the house was done,” Vazquez added. “It’s very sad.”

The tragedy also took a toll on firefighters.

“We take pride in minimizing loss of life here (in San Jose) and a triple fatality fire is a great tragedy,” said Van Elgort, who sent his thoughts and prayers to the families. “This is a tough one.”

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Baby boomers from Bay Area moving to Sacramento active-adult …

Past building booms in Sacramento relied on first-time home buyers and growing families. These days developers see a major market in the wave of retiring baby boomers ready to cash out, downsize and enjoy “resort-style living.”

A growing number of developments in the capital region are aimed squarely at the 55-plus crowd, including the nearly 1 million baby boomers in the San Francisco Bay Area, many of whom are hitting retirement age with lots of home equity.

Median home values in four of the nine Bay Area counties have exceeded $1 million, while average home prices in Sacramento County remain closer to $300,000. That means buyers from the Bay Area often can pay cash for a home here and bank the rest for retirement.

“The demographics really point to the baby boomer aging population (as new homebuyers),” said Mike Wyatt, the Northern California division president of national homebuilder K. Hovnanian. “There’s a huge number that come to that age yearly. It’s a continuing trend that will go on for the future.”

Baby boomers – the massive swell of children born in the post-World War II years, from 1946 to 1964 – are now roughly 53 to 71 years old. Nationally there are about 75 million baby boomers still alive, with nearly 1.2 million living in the Bay Area and the four-county Sacramento region as of 2015, according to the Pew Research Center and the U.S. Census Bureau.

The millennial generation, now in their 20s and 30s, are an equally large group.

That’s why homebuilders are aiming many of their post-recession efforts at younger buyers and retirees. The groups often want the same thing – low maintenance living with lots of amenities at prices they can afford.

For the graying masses, K. Hovnanian has built its Four Seasons 55-plus communities around the nation, including in El Dorado Hills and North Natomas. Sales have been brisk in those developments, and the builder is planning at least one more Four Seasons project for Rancho Cordova, Wyatt said.

In the builder’s Natomas subdivision, Four Seasons at Westshore, more than 500 single-story homes surround tennis courts, a swimming pool and a 23,000-square-foot “lodge” with a fitness center, library, billiards room, card room and an arts-and-crafts area. A man-made lake has miles of walking trails.

“Dress up for a social event at the ballroom or dress down to catch a flick at the movie theater,” the development’s website says, touting its “resort-style living.”

Current offerings in the “Winter” portion of the subdivision include homes from about 1,300-1,800 square feet in the $300,000s. The Spring, Summer and Autumn areas are already sold out.

Next door, another national homebuilder, Lennar, is constructing its “Heritage Westshore” development, which shares the clubhouse and other amenities with K. Hovnanian’s homebuyers.

Lennar has similar “Heritage” 55-plus communities in El Dorado Hills and the Vineyard area of Sacramento County.

Sharon Sprecher, a real estate agent from the Bay Area, recently sold her house near Danville and bought a single-story home at Heritage Westshore. She purchased the largest model available, over 2,200 square feet, which came with granite counters, solar panels and other features that usually cost extra.

Sprecher said she added hardwood floors and travertine backsplash tile in the kitchen and still got what she considered a bargain.

“I’m a Realtor, and I can tell you that the prices have become outrageous (in the Bay Area.),” she said. “What I bought here would be in Danville $1.2 or $1.3 million. With all my upgrades, it was under $450,000 and it’s gorgeous.”

“I paid cash for the house, and I was able to put money in the bank,” she said.


Building for Boomers

Baby Boomers from the Bay Area are selling their pricey homes and retiring to the Sacramento region. How the two regions compare in home value, population near retirement age and homeownership:


Homeowners association fees of around $200 a month pay for upkeep, including front-yard maintenance, and other amenities, she said.

Sprecher said she was drawn to her new home for financial reasons, but also because she used to live in Granite Bay and still has close friends in the Sacramento region. She also liked the opportunity to make new acquaintances and take part in activities in a community of her peers.

Another big plus, she said, is living near Interstate 5 and Interstate 80 and being able to drive 10 minutes to Sacramento International Airport, 90 minutes to Danville, where she still has clients, or 15 minutes to downtown Sacramento with its theaters and restaurants.

“I just like the idea of being close to the action,” Sprecher said.

Tracie Cone is buying a house in Heritage Westshore, too, but she’s moving only a short distance. She currently owns a home along the Sacramento River on Garden Highway, about four miles in a straight line from her new house.

“I would be the least likely person in the world to move into an active-adult community,” Cone said, describing herself as a rural Bohemian. “It took a while to tell people because it was so shocking.”

The house she lives in now was built by a well-known architect; it sits on stilts with water views and big shade trees around it. Her prior abodes have included a 160-acre ranch, a 5-acre property and a 1-acre place with a large saltwater pool.

Cone said she’s tired of dealing with flooding and maintenance and just wants to be able to relax as she gets older.

“Every place I’ve had in the last 20 years has been a huge amount of work,” she said. “I just turned 60, and I’d like to be able to retire and leave my place and travel and not have to worry.”

Cone and her partner are buying a detached single-family home with three bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage. It comes with a small lot – “enough for a few fruit trees and garden beds,” she said.

“They take care of your front yard; you don’t even have to deal with that anymore,” Cone said. “We’ll have a pool, but someone else has to clean it.”

Friends who didn’t initially understand her desire to live in a 55-plus neighborhood started to get it when they saw the model of the home she’s buying and the clubhouse, she said. Some of them are now interested.

Kevin Carson, president of New Home Co. for Northern California, said housing aimed at baby boomers has been popular in the company’s McKinley Village development in East Sacramento and that more of it is needed around the region.

“I think the real growth Sacramento has in store for it is active-adult communities,” Carson said.

Many retirees, he said, will want to sell their more-expensive homes in the Bay Area and move to the Sacramento region for its affordability. Others, who own larger houses in the Sacramento area, will want to downsize.

He pointed to the success of Del Webb’s Sun City 55-plus developments in Lincoln and Roseville, both of which proved extremely popular.

Wyatt, with K. Hovnanian, said his company also believes there is much greater potential for 55-plus housing in the Sacramento area. K. Hovananian would eventually like to have up to four active-adult communities around the capital region.

“There’s a high demand for active lifestyle communities,” he said. “If it’s in the right location, it will outperform market-rate housing.”

He said older couples who once might have moved out of state to retire now want to stay closer to home.

In the past, “they would pick up and move to Florida or Arizona or Las Vegas,” Wyatt said. Now, he said, “In many cases, they just want to stay where they are or close to their children.”

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