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Sep 4, 201204:17 PM

Cheat Sheet: September 1-3--Weekend Roundup

Norfolk native hurdled over inequality and into the Supreme Court

On August 20 Norfolk native Wilhelmina Wright, 48, was appointed as the first black woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court. During the ‘60s equal education was still budding. Undoubtedly Wright’s mother pushed for her to attend the gifted program at Granby Elementary, a majority white school. Her parents, both educators, always stressed the importance of equal opportunity and education, and Wright took their advice to heart and excelled in academia. After graduating high school from Lake Taylor in Norfolk, she graduated Yale and Harvard Law School. (Source)

Ex-Marine killed 2 and self at NJ supermarket

Three years ago, ex-Marine Terence Tyler, tweeted: “Is it normal to want to kill ALL of ur coworkers?” Tyler, 23, was dealing with depression after his mother’s death five years prior. Less than two weeks ago he was hired at a Pathmark supermarket in Old Bridge Township to stock shelves during the night shift. After his shift ended on Friday, he returned to Pathmark and shot at five coworkers. He killed Christina LoBrutto, 18, and Bryan Breen, 24, before killing himself. Bruce Kaplan, Middlesex County Prosecutor, said, “I do not believe that they were specifically targeted; I believe everybody in the store was a target.” (Source)

Underage drinking: Should parents be making their own rules?

The legal age is 21, but Labor Day weekend and other celebratory gatherings have parents wondering whether or not they should permit alcoholic drinks to their underage children. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, an estimated 2,000 college students die every year from alcohol-related injuries. Should parents be forming their own rules about underage drinking or surrendering experimentation to college years? Meghan Morean from the department of psychiatry at Yale University says the key to preventing alcohol-related troubles are parents who educate their children about alcohol’s effects instead of the copout line, ‘Don’t drink and drive.’ Parents have found this builds trust with their children after offering the first drink at home. (Source)

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