Monday, January 2, 2006
"Last April, the United Nations World Food Program introduced a computer video game that it hoped would teach children something about global hunger. Food Force quietly made its debut at a children's book fair in Bologna, Italy. To the organization's shock, it soon had so many hits that the Web site kept crashing, and it has become the most unlikely of cult sensations.
No one shoots anyone in Food Force. Rebels are negotiated with, not blown away, and the women are sensibly dressed aid professionals - although one character does greatly resemble Lara Croft in Tomb Raider. Yet Food Force has quickly become the second most downloaded free Internet game, after the Army's recruiting tool, America's Army." By Tina Rosenberg, New York Times Link to Article (last visted 1-1-06 NVS)
Sunday, January 1, 2006
A new Colorado law that takes effect January 1 limits the use of genetic tests to determine paternity. The new law forbids use of the test after a separation or divorce decree has been legally entered. Colorado Legislators who sponsored the new law said it is intended to protect children. They point to a case where a man had tried to use a genetic test to dodge child support. Lawmakers also worried that the paternity tests might be used in custody battles and believe the law will make life for children less disruptive. Source: DenverPost.com. Link to article (last visited January 1, 2006, reo).
In Parker v. Parker, (see December 2, 2005 Case Law Development posting) the Florida District Court of Appeal, Fourth District, held that a man can, against his will, be deemed a father and obliged to support a child born to his wife during their marriage, despite the fact that the two have no biological or adoptive relationship. The father, who was ordered to pay $1,200 per month in child support for a child born during his marriage who was three and a half years old when he divorced the child’s mother, failed to bring a paternity action until after the child’s fifth birthday. Although genetic testing conclusively established the father did not have a biological link to the child, the Appeals’ court was unwilling to upset the martial presumption of legitimacy.
A detailed commentary regarding this case can be found in an article written by Hoffstra Law School Professor Joanna Grossman, which appeared this past Tuesday on the FindLaw.com Internet site. Source: Professor Joanna Grossman, FindLaw’s Legal Commentary, writ.news.findlaw.com. For the complete commentary, please click here (last visited January 1, 2006, reo). The decision by the District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fourth District, can be found here (last visited January 1, 2006, reo).
A 24-year-old Shreveport, Louisiana woman and her 18-year-old boyfriend were charged Saturday with attempting to bomb an abortion clinic in that city nearly three weeks ago. Patricia Hughes and Jeremy Dunahoe, were arrested and jailed after investigators interviewed them in connection with the bombing. Hughes was charged with manufacturing and possession of a delayed incendiary device. Dunahoe was charged as an accessory. The Hope Medical Group for Women wasn't damaged when someone tossed a Molotov cocktail at it December. 12. Source: Francis McCabe, Shreveporttimes.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited January 1, 2006, reo).
Birth rates are declining in much of Europe and Poland has one of the lowest in the continent. The new government has pledged to introduce policies to help families. Under the scheme every woman will receive a one-off payment of 1,000 zlotys (258 euros; £177) - for each child she has. Women from poorer families will receive double that amount. The provisions went even further than the government wanted. Source: BBC News, news.bbc.co.uk. For the complete story, please click here (last visited January 1, 2006, reo).