Time for our weekly look at stories of interest:
As part of a series on Internet bullying called ‘Poisoned Web,’ the New York Times published this story about how three teens in Washington State were charged with dissemination of child pornography after they forwarded a naked cell-phone picture of a 13-year-old girl. Prosecutors struggle with where to draw the line with so-called “sexting,” which is legal between adults but can be illegal when minors are involved in posing, photographing, distributing or receiving. The article cites a poll conducted by MTV and the Associated Press which found that 24 percent of teens between the ages of 14 and 17 had been involved in “some type of naked sexting,” either online or via phone.
The Food and Drug Administration is looking into whether there is a link between food dyes and hyperactivity in children, NPR.org reported. Recent studies have caused experts to call upon the FDA to ban eight different dyes, which serve no purpose in food and have no nutritional value, they argue. Prior to a meeting on Wednesday, the FDA released its analysis, which found no causal relationship between food dyes and hyperactivity, although one expert said that “there is this body of literature that does suggest that food colorings are not as benign as people have been led to believe.”
Three Milwaukee Police Officers who were disciplined by the department — two of whom were fired — after allegations of sexual misconduct on duty surfaced are still on the job, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The two fired officers were reinstated after the civilian Fire and Police Commission reversed the punishments handed down by the chief of police. Without criminal convictions, the story noted, it can be difficult to remove the officers from the department, even when the purported victims’ stories are deemed to be credible. Abusive officers are particularly dangerous to victims, the co-executive director of a local family center told the paper, partially because they cast a shadow of doubt on the good work by the rest of force. “Police officers have a lot of power in their hands and when they abuse that power, we have to take a very firm stand on that not being acceptable,” she said.