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Sensible sex ed

An innovative sex education course is aimed at curbing teen pregnancy.


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Rachel Curtis
An anonymous inquiry at the start of Kathy Harms’ two-week sex education course read: “I thought vulva made cars.” It came as no surprise to the teen pregnancy prevention educator, who regularly encounters sexual myths in Oklahoma City’s seventh- and eighth-grade classrooms. She’s met teens who think inserting a red skittle into the vagina after intercourse will prevent pregnancy and others who say swallowing semen can actually cause pregnancy — because babies grow in the stomach.
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The gap

Oklahoma’s haves and have-nots grow further apart.


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Rachel Curtis
Hundreds of thousands of middle- and lower-income Oklahomans this tax season will claim credits that the state Legislature considered eliminating only last year. With 17 percent of Oklahoma City’s residents living below the poverty level of $15,510 for a family of two, losing the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Sales Tax Relief Credit and Child Tax Credit would impact a significant portion of the metro’s most vulnerable families.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Got milk?

The nation’s 13th human milk bank will open in OKC early next year.


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Rachel Curtis
Highlighting an innovative partnership, the nation’s 13th human milk bank provided a sneak peek to the public Nov. 15 at its facility in the new Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) building at 901 N. Lincoln.
 
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Milking it

To boost breastfeeding, an initiative new to Oklahoma says hospitals must stop undermining their own efforts.


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Rachel Curtis
A nationwide campaign to increase breastfeeding rates by eliminating the marketing of commercial formula in hospitals is being rolled out in Oklahoma, which ranks 37th in the nation for breastfeeding.
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A question of equality

A state question on next month’s ballot seeks to ban affirmative action in the public sector.


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Rachel Curtis
A state question appearing on the Nov. 6 ballot would effectively end affirmative action for women and racial minorities in the public sector statewide.
 
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Animal kingdom

The Kirkpatrick Foundation initiates a multilateral discussion on animal well-being in Oklahoma.


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Rachel Curtis
Bernard Rollin
7 p.m. Today
Oklahoma City Community Foundation
1000 N. Broadway
kirkpatrickfoundation.org
608-0934
free
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

'Skin was falling off'

Two years after being set on fire by her ex-husband, an OKC woman needs facial surgery so she can go to work.


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Rachel Curtis
The average victim of domestic abuse leaves an abuser seven times before succeeding.
 
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A heavy duty

Government and nonprofit initiatives try to counter childhood obesity.


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Rachel Curtis
Waistlines in the U.S. have ballooned over the past 30 years, with one in three Americans today considered obese. As the nation struggles to tame the health crisis, some states are faring better than others.
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
 
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