Govt. Web Site Gives Dads Tips on Being a Father

The federal government Web site http://www.fatherhood.gov offers a wide range of “tips” and resources for teaching men how to be a father, including “father-child” videos on healthy eating, teeth brushing and hand washing.

The taxpayer-funded website, launched during the Clinton administration, is a project of the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, which is a part of Health and Human Services’ Office of Family Assistance. The site links to the videos on the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Psychiatric Research Institute’s Web site.

“Parents are the best teachers of healthy eating habits,” the narration states in the healthy eating video. “The parent and the child each have important jobs.”

The graphic in the video states that the father’s job is to “provide a variety of healthy foods” and “eat healthy meals together.” The child’s job is to “decide whether to eat” and “decide how much to eat.”

“The best way to teach your child this healthy habit is to do it together over and over,” the narration on the hand washing video states.

The hand washing instructions are: Wet hands under running water, add soap, and rub all parts of hands and fingers for 15 seconds.”

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Tim Tebow Draws More Than 20,000 for Father’s Day Church Event

im Tebow drew an enormous crowd to San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium Sunday, where he spoke as part of Shadow Mountain Community Church’s sermon on “encouraging men to live, love & lead.”

“If there’s anybody in our country today who illustrates what it means to live with passion and break the mold, and to rise above what everybody says are your limitations, it’s Tim Tebow,” Shadow Mountain spokesman David St. John told the North County Times.

“He did that as a quarterback in Florida, he did that in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, and I certainly wouldn’t want to be in the camp that bets against him as he continues his career with the Jets. There are a lot of folks who will be sitting in the bleachers on Sunday who have been given the same kind of message — either, ‘You’re not talented enough’ or ‘You’re not capable of leading.’”

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Queens Teacher Banned From City Schools For Over-The-Top Sex Ed Class

A Queens teacher has been banned from all city schools after he allegedly made inappropriate comments and gestures during a sexual education class.

Former students told CBS 2′s Jessica Schneider that Dyrel Bartee, a teacher at Grover Cleveland High School was getting too explicit in his descriptions.

He has been accused of spreading his legs to demonstrate childbirth and grabbing his crotch to emphasize a point about sexually transmitted diseases.

“I seen it for myself, he was a creep,” said Leslie Sanchez.

Sanchez had Bartee as a science teacher and said that she never felt comfortable around him.

“The way he looked at girls wasn’t appropriate, and me, I really didn’t feel comfortable. But I didn’t really say anything,” she said.

Bartee was put on administrative leave in November when students complained that his lessons were becoming too racy.

Bartee began as a substitute Biology and Science teacher in 1999, and began teaching at Grover Cleveland in 2005. In April he was barred from working in all city schools.

Parents were disgusted by the allegations.

“It’s crazy because I have a daughter and I don’t want her to go through this. She goes to public school, I want to be careful,” said Eddie Rosales.

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Rodney King, key figure in LA riots, found dead

Rodney King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation’s history, died Sunday. He was 47.

King’s fiancé called 911 at 5:25 a.m. to report that she found him at the bottom of the swimming pool at their home in Rialto, Calif., police Lt. Dean Hardin said.

Officers arrived to find King in the water and unresponsive, with no signs of foul play. He was transported to Arrowhead Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m, Hardin said.

The San Bernardino County coroner will perform an autopsy within 48 hours.

The 1992 riots, which were set off by the acquittals of the officers who beat King, lasted three days and left 55 people dead, more than 2,000 injured and swaths of Los Angeles on fire. At the height of the violence, King pleaded on television: “Can we all get along?”

King was stopped for speeding on a darkened street on March 3, 1991. Four Los Angeles police officers hit him more than 50 times with their batons, kicked him and shot him with stun guns.

A man who had quietly stepped outside his home to observe the commotion videotaped most of it and turned a copy over to a TV station. It was played over and over for the following year, inflaming racial tensions across the country.

It seemed that the videotape would be the key evidence to a guilty verdict against the officers, whose trial was moved to the predominantly white suburb of Simi Valley, Calif. Instead, on April 29, 1992, a jury with no black members acquitted three of the officers; a mistrial was declared for a fourth.

Violence erupted immediately, starting in South Los Angeles.

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