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  • Quote:"The mother of a special education first-grader wants to know why her son was handcuffed when he became upset while decorating an Easter egg at his New York City school.

    Jessica Anderson tells the Daily News that 7-year-old Joseph became upset because his egg-painting didn't look the way he wanted. She says he was taken to the hospital wearing metal handcuffs even though she told the school she was on her way to get him.

    // Nothing more dangerous than a spe-ed first grader. Way to be Mr. Policeman.

    (tags: police)
  • Quote:"Buster Posey(notes) may have the only World Series title in the family, but Samantha Posey isn't above playing a healthy game of "anything you can do, I can do better."

    The sister of the San Francisco Giants catcher is a star softball player at Valdosta State University in Georgia. And on Monday, she achieved something that her big bro will likely never touch in the big leagues — a home run cycle in a doubleheader.

    // I've always wanted to track baseball families to see how baseball "skill" is inherited. This would include something like this (and AAGPBL players who had sons play professionally). I think the correlation would be pretty high.

  • Quote:"U.S. households are now getting more in cash handouts from the government than they are paying in taxes for the first time since the Great Depression.

    Households received $2.3 trillion in some kind of government support in 2010. That includes expanded unemployment benefits, as well as payments for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and stimulus spending, among other things.

    But that’s more than the $2.2 trillion households paid in taxes, an amount that has slumped largely due to the recession, according to an analysis by the Fiscal Times.

    // That doesn't sound sustainable…why can't the government just not tax any US households, and give them a hundred billion dollars?

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