There should be an alternative for a veteran with PTSD than a cell. But when Joe Serna, 41, a former Special Forces member who has been awarded three Purple Hearts, appeared in a court, North Carolina District Court Judge Lou Olivera didn’t have a lot of choice when Serna admitted he lied about a recent urine test. He sentenced him to a day in jail.
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Unquestionably, there are problems in schools and problems between teachers and students and parents. It’s important that those get discussed in the public sphere.

But it’s also easy to let the coverage push aside other realities that are also important to acknowledge. There are pretty great kids, pretty great teachers, and pretty great parents in the state’s schools. Read more

Natasha Fuller, an Oakfield, Wis., first-grader, has been sick almost since she was born. For the last two years, she’s been living with her grandparents so she can get lifesaving treatment at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee.

She’s currently in renal failure and the girl is out of options; she needs a kidney transplant.

Fortunately, the world is full of first-grade teachers like Jodi Schmidt. Read more