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End-of-Week News: Most Popular Baby Names; A Most Angry Russell Crowe; Most Idiotic Truancy Law

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End-of-Week News: Most Popular Baby Names; A Most Angry Russell Crowe; Most Idiotic Truancy Law

  • California may jail parents if kids are frequently truant.  This, after just announcing the state was going to release MURDERERS because there’s not enough room — or budget — for the current prisoners.  Makes sense to me! [Washington Post]
  • Russell Crowe storms out of BBC interview after they insult his Robin Hood accent.  Wait — does Russell Crowe have a temper or something?  [Us Weekly]
  • Teenagers who attended high-quality daycare as a tot perform significantly better academically than those given low-quality or no care outside the home, according to study that just diminished my guilt a little bit.  [WSJ]
  • Isabella and Jacob top most popular names of 2009.  Ooohhh, that’s gotta burn, Emma.  [Yahoo!]
  • Matt Lauer and wife “angrily” deny reports of break-up, cheating.  But I am fully expecting Rachel Uchitel to be involved somehow.  [People]
  • Dance competition reps respond to outcry over little girls dressed provocatively while dancing to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.”  Well, the girls ARE already 8 years old.  Old maids!  Can’t blame them for encouraging boys to “put a ring on it.”  [PopEater]

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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