The Skinny: Kids, put that dodgeball down

Students attending Windham schools in New Hampshire won't be dodging balls during gym class anymore. The school district voted to ban dodgeball and other "human target" sports in a recent 4-1 decision. School officials launched an inquiry into the physically aggressive activities after a parent complained. Ultimately, administrators cited bullying concerns as the reason to prohibit students from playing dodgeball and similar games during school hours. "We spend a lot of time making sure our kids are violence free," Windham superintendent Henry LaBranche told the Eagle-Tribune. "Here we have games where we use children as targets. That seems to be counter to what we are trying to accomplish with our antibullying campaign."

Get your dirty paws off the wheel

Proposed legislation would make it illegal in Illinois for dogs to get behind the wheel of a car. Dogs in the driver's seat — on their owners' laps — is a dangerous but common habit, said state Rep. Dan Burke, D-Chicago, co-sponsor of the bill. "Because I travel, I can't help but observe the number of people with dogs on their laps," he said. "It is a public safety concern. If a driver is distracted, certainly it would be a risk to other motorists on the road." Under the proposed law, getting caught with a pet in the driver's seat would carry a $25 fine, though a motorist couldn't get pulled over unless committing another driving violation.

Chinese gamer lives at Web cafe

Online addiction has become a growing problem in China and here is living proof: Li Meng is a Chinese gamer who has spent the last six years living inside an Internet cafe. Meng spends most of his time in an Internet cafe in China's northeast city of Changchun, leaving only for food runs and the occasional shower. The owner said Meng spends so much time at the cafe, they barely notice him anymore. Wired magazine published an article in 2010 about Internet addiction among Chinese children.

Mail carrier buried letters in trench

Recently unsealed court documents say a Hood Canal, Wash., mail carrier who was fired in 2010 for burning undelivered mail had held on to much more — 159 tubs — that were buried in a trench on his property. The mail was uncovered last month after a woman living with Richard Farrell reported it to the Postal Service. Farrell has not been charged. Information about the buried mail comes from search warrant documents. In 2010 Farrell was sentenced to 130 hours of community service for burning thousands of letters that went undelivered because he spent his day in a tavern. Investigators believe they missed the bulk of his undelivered mail. Mail from the trench could total 35,000 letters and packages.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources

The Skinny: Kids, put that dodgeball down 03/29/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 30, 2013 4:03pm]

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