New York City Lays Out Limits on Restraints and Suspensions
Amid recent calls for reform, New York City’s Department of Education is introducing new restrictions on suspending and restraining kids in city schools
 
New York City educators will face new restrictions on handcuffing students or suspending them from school, as part of regulations proposed earlier this month by the city’s education department. If the proposals are adopted as expected, schools will also have to begin tracking the number of times students are tied down or otherwise restrained.
 
Last year, an investigation by ProPublica and NPR showed that restraints are frequently used in schools across the country. Hundreds of students are injured each year. Our reporting also found that many of the nation’s largest school districts, including New York City, do not report the number of restraints to authorities despite being required to do so by the federal government. Los Angeles and Chicago, the country’s second and third largest school districts, also reported zero restraints.
 
New York City’s new regulations would require school safety agents to file monthly reports with the mayor’s office on the use of restraints. It would also aim to reduce...
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US Lawmakers Renew Call for Labeling of Genetically Altered Foods
Congressional bill introduced for clear identification of foods with genetically altered ingredients
 
Federal lawmakers are making a renewed push for the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods and beverages. A bill proposed earlier this month by three Congressional Democrats would require clear labeling of GE foods and ban them from being called natural.
 
Genetically engineered foods are at the center of a battle across the country. Plants are often genetically modified to become more resistant to herbicides and insects. At issue is not only whether scientists should be mucking with the genetics of living organisms, but also whether it’s deceptive to consumers if genetically altered foods are not labeled as such. Corn, cotton, soybeans, and sugar beets are among some key foods that have been genetically modified. Almost 80 percent of processed foods have genetically engineered ingredients.
 
(How much do you know about GMOs? Click here for TINA.org’s quiz.)
 
Three states — Connecticut, Maine and Vermont — have passed GE labeling laws and more than 30 state have considered bills and ballot initiatives on the issues. (Though
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ASOS.com: Does This Look Like a Ski Jacket to You?

When a Google ad offers something the advertiser can't deliver

 

(Three of the eight results when you type in “ski jackets” on ASOS.com, an online fashion store.)

 

The closest thing to a ski jacket on the online fashion store ASOS.com is a designer raincoat that even on the more mild slopes probably wouldn’t stave off the cold for long. So why then is there a Google ad saying, in part, “Ski Jackets at ASOS – Shop The Latest Jackets”
 
That’s exactly what Twitter user Chris Toogood was musing on this morning after googling “ski jackets” and seeing the ad pop up. Frustrated, he tweeted at ASOS:
 
 
Companies that use Google AdWords select keywords that relate to the product or service they offer. (Staples, for instance, might choose, well, staples.) When there’s a match with a term someone has googled, the company’s ad, which companies can write themselves, will appear at the top or side of the page along with other search results.
 
TINA.org reached out to ASOS for comment but has yet to hear back. We also contacted Google to inquire about whose responsibility it is to ensure that information in its ads are accurate....
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