When you hear Janiva Magness sing, you're hearing a life: a tough one, a lucky one, a damn hard-fought one. The Detroit-born, Southern California-based blueswoman has a near 30-year career in music behind her, and who knows, maybe 30 more years ahead of her. Whatever happens, she's unlikely to make ... More >>
Mark Daniel Obrien, 40, has been charged with statutory sodomy, child molestation, possession of child pornography and child abuse in conjunction with two boys younger than ten. Both boys were in Obrien's custody as foster children at the time of the alleged crimes.Obrien, of Republic, Missouri, ... More >>
'Cause you'd hate to see these guys dote on a baby.Congratulations, Illinois' LGBT community. Beginning tomorrow, you can proverbially tie the knot in the "Land of Lincoln." True, you can't technically call it marriage, but Illinois' new civil-union law provides you many of the benefits enj ... More >>
Today's comment comes in response to a post about how a Catholic diocese in Illinois is choosing to end its adoption and foster care program out of concern that it could be required to place children with gay parents now that Illinois allows homosexuals to commit to civil unions. Reader SMDrPepper c ... More >>
Week of October 9, 2002
A contractual snafu keeps kids from their foster and adoptive parents
Frank was an angry, violent 9-year-old on his way to becoming a sociopath. Jim Holland saw something else.
"Deadbeat dads" in the Missouri governor's mansion
Thousands of St. Louis children are stuck for years in foster care before they get permanent homes.
The feds are demanding the wait be shorter. But for the city, that's easier said than done.