Tovia Smith http://www.kunc.org en After Abortion Ruling, Mass. Pushes To Replace Buffer Zone Law http://www.kunc.org/post/after-abortion-ruling-massachusetts-pushes-retooled-buffer-zone Just three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot buffer zone around clinics that perform abortions, lawmakers there are rushing through a replacement. The new bill, which they hope to pass before the legislative session ends in two weeks, would give police more power to disperse unruly protesters.<p>The bill has broad support, but opponents say it still goes too far.<p>Abortion rights groups started scrambling to come up with a new plan immediately after the Supreme Court decision. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 58926 at http://www.kunc.org After Abortion Ruling, Mass. Pushes To Replace Buffer Zone Law Drug-Sniffing Dogs Ease Parents' Minds — Or Confirm Their Fears http://www.kunc.org/post/drug-sniffing-dogs-ease-parents-minds-or-confirm-their-fears At his kitchen table, in a working-class neighborhood not far from Boston, a father is shaking his head in exasperation. His 21-year-old daughter has been in trouble with the law and using drugs on and off for years.<p>"I've had her in detox — I couldn't tell you how many times," he says. "She gets back with her friends and starts all over again."<p>This man agreed to talk on the condition that neither he nor his daughter would be named because she is on probation and could get in serious trouble if she's caught using drugs again.<p>The dad thinks his daughter is using, but she denies it. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:21:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 58887 at http://www.kunc.org Drug-Sniffing Dogs Ease Parents' Minds — Or Confirm Their Fears For Most Kids, Nice Finishes Last http://www.kunc.org/post/most-kids-nice-finishes-last A new study holds up a mirror to America's parents. A <a href="http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic1430903.files//Executive%20Summary.pdf">researcher at Harvard</a> surveyed 10,000 middle and high school students in 33 different schools around the nation about what they thought their folks cared about most: that they achieve at a high level, that they are happy (defined as "feeling good most of the time"), or that they care for others. Almost 80 percent of youth picked high achievement or happiness as their top choice, while about 20 percent selected caring for others. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 58829 at http://www.kunc.org For Most Kids, Nice Finishes Last A Campus Dilemma: Sure, 'No' Means 'No,' But Exactly What Means 'Yes'? http://www.kunc.org/post/campus-dilemma-sure-no-means-no-exactly-what-means-yes As the federal government <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/01/308607420/when-college-sexual-assault-panels-fall-short-and-when-they-help" target="_blank">presses colleges to improve</a> the way they handle cases of sexual assault, schools are turning their focus to defining "consent" — how to distinguish between activity that's consensual and activity that's not.<p>On one level, it's obvious. As the old line goes, "You know it when you see it." But less obvious is how to spell it out for the student handbook. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 57744 at http://www.kunc.org A Campus Dilemma: Sure, 'No' Means 'No,' But Exactly What Means 'Yes'? Already Tough On Gun Control, Massachusetts Aims To Get Tougher http://www.kunc.org/post/already-tough-gun-control-massachusetts-aims-get-tougher The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/25/315698759/uc-santa-barbara-hosts-vigil-for-victims-of-shooting-rampage" target="_blank">rampage that left six dead</a> in California last week has once again revived the debate over gun control around the nation. Wed, 28 May 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 57112 at http://www.kunc.org Already Tough On Gun Control, Massachusetts Aims To Get Tougher