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May 24, 1996
To hear some politicians talk, the source of all America's problems used to be teen-age mothers and their children. And the best way to reduce teen pregnancy, they argued, was to cut off welfare benefits. That way, girls who were getting pregnant and having babies just to get rich off the government would stop doing it. New studies suggest that a large number of pregnant teen-agers get that way not by fooling around with a teen-age classmate, but by having sex with men several years older.
NEWS
June 12, 1997 | By Linda Wright Moore
It's not new, really. Nor is it commonplace. Over the years, I've covered my share of dead newborn stories - tragic tales of infants discarded. I still remember the Asian baby found whimpering in the trash bin of a Bucks County apartment laundry room . . . And the newborn tossed out of a window on a winter afternoon by a teen who gave birth silently and alone in the bathroom - with her unsuspecting parents on the other side of the door....
NEWS
November 27, 1991 | by Robin Palley, Daily News Staff Writer
Keisha Taylor is 17. One recent afternoon she sat in her "Let's Party" T-shirt, her hair curled atop her head and accented with red glitter hairspray, hot-pink flip- flop sandals on her feet. Her hands moved slowly on her abdomen, cradle for an unborn child due any day. "The baby will make me more responsible, make me grow up. You know, I'll have something to take care of, and that makes me feel a little different . . . stop acting dizzy," she explained. Jacqueline Eccleston is 18. She became pregnant in her freshman or sophomore year of high school.
NEWS
March 21, 1997
The thinking goes like this: A high-school diploma leads to a better income. A better income leads to self-sufficient, stable families. And self-sufficiency will end the dismal cycle of generations on welfare. To make that work well for thousands of teen mothers, state and local policymakers must refine the welfare reforms under way. Otherwise, this September, thousands of hard-to-serve teen moms could pour back into public schools that are as ill-prepared to teach them as the young women are to learn.
NEWS
April 27, 1998 | by Mensah M. Dean, Daily News Staff Writer
Finally, the room is quiet. Little chairs circling little tables have lost their occupants to cots. Within minutes of being tucked in, the roomful of youngsters is sound asleep, beneath colorful construction paper kites, balloons and Easter baskets displayed on the walls. It's nap time at Gratz High School. The School District of Philadelphia spends more than $3 million a year to run in-school day-care centers, referred to as Teen Parent Centers. Those centers are not for employees, but for students who have kids.
NEWS
September 3, 1997
The teenage mother from Roxborough smiles proudly as she shows off her infant's first book. She's proud not only because she bought it with her first paycheck, but also because she's improved her own reading skills by two grade levels. She gives the credit to Project Elect, a school-based program for pregnant and parenting teens that is preparing her for life after welfare. She's lucky - and so are the taxpayers who are paying for the services she receives. They're likely to get their money's worth from this project, which the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare is wisely supporting as part of welfare reform.
NEWS
August 8, 2010 | By Cynthia Tucker
It seems we're stuck with Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin as fixtures on the pop culture scene. They're enjoying celebrity - or notoriety - too much to fade back into Alaskan obscurity. Nor does it seem likely that they will become role models for responsible, self-sacrificing marriage. Well, really, who believed they would? They are too young and too overexposed for that. Palin's recent announcement that she has called off (again) her engagement to the father of her child is about as surprising as snow in her hometown.
NEWS
October 2, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
JOANNA OTERO-CRUZ was 16 years old when she got pregnant with her daughter Raychal. She still remembers the judgmental stares. No one had to say a word for her to know what they were thinking: Another baby with a baby. Another disgraceful example of youthful irresponsibility. Another drain on taxpayers. What did it matter to them that Cruz, now the executive director of Concilio, the oldest Latino social-service organization in the city, was raising her daughter with the baby's father?
NEWS
June 17, 1997
Don't be so quick to judge teen moms Yes, Denise D. Coulson-Sanders (letter, June 12) went to Central Bucks East and lived in an affluent and conservative area, but a key point missing in the debate is that not all teen pregnancies are alike and neither are the girls who go through them. For example, isn't it possible that Coulson-Sanders' parents may have been less conservative than those of these three teens? Isn't it possible Coulson-Sanders had a far more tolerant family? Not all kids growing up with the same lifestyle have the same experiences or personalities.
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NEWS
February 14, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
YESTERDAY MORNING was a mixed bag of emotions for Bernadette Lamberto. She sat in a courtroom in the Criminal Justice Center, surrounded by friends and family, as the teen who she says accidentally killed her son faced a judge. A teen whom she forgives, and for whom she holds no malice. "It doesn't matter if people don't understand my mourning process," she said yesterday. "This is how I'm going to get through this, and that's all that matters. " Hector Echevarria, 18, waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and now faces a formal arraignment March 5 on charges of third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and related offenses in the death of William Hopkins, his best friend, on Jan. 21. Echevarria told the Daily News that he was showing Hopkins a shotgun belonging to his brother when it accidentally discharged, hitting Hopkins once in the chest.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the stars of MTV's Teen Mom 2 has been arrested in South Carolina and charged with breaching the peace. Jail records show 21-year-old Jenelle Lauren Evans was booked into the Horry County jail just after 5 p.m. Saturday. She was released an hour later. Police say they were called Saturday afternoon about a man and woman yelling outside a North Myrtle Beach home. Evans' boyfriend told police she locked him out. He agreed to go for a walk and cool off, so officers left.
NEWS
October 2, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
JOANNA OTERO-CRUZ was 16 years old when she got pregnant with her daughter Raychal. She still remembers the judgmental stares. No one had to say a word for her to know what they were thinking: Another baby with a baby. Another disgraceful example of youthful irresponsibility. Another drain on taxpayers. What did it matter to them that Cruz, now the executive director of Concilio, the oldest Latino social-service organization in the city, was raising her daughter with the baby's father?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
  KAILYN LOWRY, star of MTV's "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom 2," and Javi Marroquin tied the knot at Camden's Adventure Aquarium this past weekend. Lowry, 21, Instagrammed a pic of herself and Marroquin after swimming with the sharks before their ceremony. Lowry, who hails from Whitehall Township, and Marroquin got engaged last year and are expecting their first child together. Lowry walked down the aisle with her three-year-old son, Isaac , from a previous relationship with Jo Rivera . The couple had their first dance to Christina Perri 's "A Thousand Years.
NEWS
February 8, 2013
DEAR ABBY: Thank you for the compassion you showed "Wants to Be a Mom," the 15-year-old girl considering motherhood with her almost-18-year-old boyfriend. Losing her dad at an early age and having a mother who prefers drugs over her daughter must have made this young lady feel very unwanted. I understand why she might think a baby would give her the love she's missing. I applaud you for not judging her, but instead kindly helping her to understand the consequences of her potential actions.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
THERE'S ALWAYS been bad behavior on television, but the advent of "reality" TV has really lowered the bar. Nonscripted shows used to strive to bring the best and the brightest into our living rooms, but they now bring the worst and the dumbest. Jennelle Evans , the North Carolina woman from MTV's "Teen Mom 2," has been charged with making harassing phone calls and communicating threats - just another day at the office if Jennelle had a job. She was released on $1,000 bond shortly after her arrest Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2012
DEAR READERS: Yesterday I printed a letter from an adult in response to a letter from "Emotionally Abused in California," the 15-year-old who felt her mother was treating her unfairly. Today we'll hear from teenage readers: DEAR ABBY: I'm a 14-year-old girl. My mom showed me the letter from "Emotionally Abused" and I almost died! Her mom sounds just like mine. I am not allowed to wear clothing that shows too much skin or get into a car with a teenage boy. I don't have cable TV. I have to do my own laundry, clean my room, cook dinner and hem my own jeans.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2011 | By ALICIA RANCILIO, Associated Press
NEW YORK - People tend to stare at 19-year-old Maci Bookout. "If I go grocery shopping or something it's not that bad, but on the weekends that Bentley's dad has him and me and my friends go out . . . to a club or something, I can tell that people are like watching to see how I'm going to act or what I'm going to do," said Bookout, of Chattanooga, Tenn., mother of a 2-year-old named Bentley and one of the stars of MTV's "Teen Mom," a reality show...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2011 | By Alicia Rancilio, Associated Press
NEW YORK - People tend to stare at 19-year-old Maci Bookout. "If I go grocery shopping or something it's not that bad, but on the weekends that Bentley's dad has him, and me and my friends go out ... to a club or something I can tell that people are like watching to see how I'm going to act or what I'm going to do," says Bookout, of Chattanooga, Tenn., mother of 2-year-old Bentley and a star of MTV's Teen Mom , a reality show about kids with...
NEWS
October 4, 2010 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 19-year-old woman and two daughters - one eight months old, the other 3 years old - died in a morning fire in Delaware City, New Castle County. Shortly before 6 a.m., firefighters rushed to the 100 block of Clinton Street, where heavy flames were coming from the rear of an end rowhouse, according to Dave Carpenter Jr., spokesman for the Delaware City Fire Co. Firefighters managed to get to the third floor and remove the mother and girls. Their hearts had stopped so attempts to resuscitate were begun and continued as the three were rushed to Christiana Hospital, but their lives could not be saved, said Richard Crett, assistant chief with New Castle County paramedics.
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