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Michele Catalano

Michele Catalano lives, writes, and takes photographs on Long Island.
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Old Enough to Fight, Old Enough to Drink

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

We should empower young adults to make responsible choices, not choose for them.

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PETA Becomes a Parody of Itself

Thursday, August 21st, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

Extreme activism ultimately backfires.

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Why ‘Good Kids’ Are Getting Hooked on Heroin

Sunday, August 10th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

It's not just for losers and dropouts any more.

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The Game on Your Wii: Now Rated R

Thursday, July 31st, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

Parents — not the nanny state — should protect kids from pixelated sex and violence.

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Big Fat Brother Is Watching Your Calorie Count

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

Should the government be inventing laws to shame people into their healthy lifestyle choices?

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A-Rod, Christie Brinkley, and the Summer of Tabloid Divorce

Thursday, July 10th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

Isn't watching families crumble a rather unhealthy form of entertainment?

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The Sky Is Falling — and Warming! Everybody Panic!

Monday, July 7th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

I'm tired of all the media-induced panic about the environment, and I'm more tired of the people that react to it with a Chicken Little mentality.

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Pact or No Pact, Teens Shouldn’t Have Babies

Thursday, June 26th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

Is the fact that 17 young girls from the same town accidentally got pregnant any better than a "pregnancy pact?" In many ways, it's worse.

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Fast Times at Gloucester High

Saturday, June 21st, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

It's not teen celebrities or hit movies who are to blame for the reported "pregnancy pact." The true culprits are much closer to home.

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Teens Drink, ‘Cool’ Parents Pay the Price

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

A growing number of parents are facing criminal charges for knowingly serving alcohol to children at parties.

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New NBA Scandal a Slam-Dunk for Kings Fans

Thursday, June 12th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

Shocking charges by a disgraced referee are music to the ears of die-hard Sacramento Kings supporters.

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You Can’t Shame People Out of Driving Drunk

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

A new "Wall of Shame" policy in Long Island makes one ask: are our drunk driving laws so ineffective that we have to resort to humilation as punishment and deterrent?

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The Day the Jedi Died

Thursday, May 29th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

For many Star Wars geeks, the world ended 25 years ago with Return of the Jedi — and realizing that George Lucas cares more about merchandising than the purity of his own grand vision.

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Even Polygamists Are Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Sunday, May 25th, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

No matter what one thinks of their lifestyle, residents of the Yearning For Zion Ranch deserve to get their children back — for now.

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Cyberbullying: Despicable, But Criminal?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 - by Michele Catalano

Lori Drew's vicious online harassment clearly led to the suicide of a 13-year-old girl. But if she is convicted of the charges in her recent indictment for breaking cyberlaws, all of us will be punished.

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