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Saturday, June 9, 2007

Children's Romance

A mother is upset after a 14-year-old babysitter engaged in sexual conduct with her eight-year-old boy, and the eight-year-old was charged with lewd conduct.

Prosecutors have since dropped the charges against the boy, but his mother is still concerned.

The sexual conduct occurred during a game of “truth or dare” while the boy was being watched by the babysitter.

Prosecutors say that, while the babysitter initiated the contact, the young boy was a willing participant.

“She dared my son to touch her breasts,” says Michelle Grosbeck, the boy’s mother.

After hiring the teenager to baby sit, Grosbeck got the feeling something was wrong.

“It was just that sense that something wasn’t quite right with this 14-year-old girl,” she said. She asked her son what had happened. “He just came right out as if nothing was awry, and just started talking about what had happened.”

Grosbeck went to police and child protection workers, and the case went to the district attorney, after which her son, age eight, had been charged with an act of lewdness with a minor.

Grosbeck says the Salt Lake County District Attorney told her both the child and teenager were equal participants. But Mrs. Grosbeck didn’t believe that.

“My son is eight, he’s a little boy. He does not have the ability to participate on the same level as a fourteen-year-old,” she said.

Although the charges against her son were dropped, she is concerned that the same thing could happen to other victims of sexual abuse.

“I don’t want parents to be afraid to go to the state agencies that are supposed to be protecting our children when things like this happen, out of fear that their children are going to be charged .
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Why the Spurs will win

Here are five reasons why the Spurs will win:

1. The Spurs have a superstar, too.

Duncan is a three-time Finals MVP and arguably the greatest power forward of all time. He might not be as explosive as James, but he influences the game in so many ways.

2. The Spurs have been here before.

Yes, experience can be overrated. NBA history is littered with young teams that vanquished proven former champions. Three years ago the Pistons didn't have nearly as much experience as the Lakers, yet they sent the Shaq/Kobe/Karl Malone/Gary Payton squad packing in five games.

In this case, however, San Antonio is not some old broken-down team nursing injuries or fractured by in-house feuding. The Spurs are healthy. They are well-focused. They might be a little old and a step slow at certain positions, but they are still fast enough.

San Antonio's roster features seven players who have won championship rings. Duncan, Bowen, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili each have at least two. Robert Horry has six. The Cavs have only one player with Finals experience: backup point guard Eric Snow.

3. LeBron won't be allowed to beat the Spurs all by himself.

James is an unstoppable player who can explode for 40 points on any given night, but the Spurs don't really care as long as the other Cavs don't get involved. San Antonio's philosophy has always been to play its system and not get caught up in changing defenses to stop one guy.

The Spurs will stay disciplined in their team concept. They will get back in transition. They will not leave shooters open to go double-team. In other words, they will not do what the Pistons did while letting the Cavs get open looks.

4. Manu Ginobili is something wild.

Ginobili is, indeed, unorthodox with his herky-jerky style. But the 6-6 lefty from Argentina is, as Finley noted, a former All-Star who can put it on the floor or knock down shots from outside. Two years ago Ginobili tore up the Pistons to help the Spurs win the title. He arguably should have won the Finals MVP award that went to Duncan. Ginobili, who seems to be getting better as the playoffs go on, will be huge in this series as well.

5. Gregg Popovich is the master; Mike Brown is the pupil.

But Brown, 37, has never been in the lead chair for the Finals, when the adjustments must be made on the fly and head games come into play. Mavs coach Avery Johnson's lack of experience came into question in last year's Finals when he abruptly switched hotels in Miami after Game 3 and then suffered a confusing timeout snafu at the end of another game. It happens to young coaches.

Making his fourth Finals appearance in 11 seasons, Popovich already has seen it all. He and his staff just seem to know which buttons to push to get the Spurs going. One example: In 2003 the Spurs were struggling to score against the Mavs in the conference finals when Popovich turned to seldom-used reserve Steve Kerr. The then 37-year-old three-point specialist came off the bench and instantly started burying threes to goose the offense and provide the floor spacing the Spurs needed.

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How To Feed Wild Bird By Hand

For years I half-heartedly fed the wild birds at my decorative feeders. I thought it was an interesting way to liven up the yard from time to time.

But that mindset changed one day when a chickadee landed on my daughter's shoulder...

Here's how she started feeding birds by hand...

I used to keep a bag of sunflower seeds by the front door for our bird feeder and on occasion would dump a quart or two of seeds into our bird feeders.

My daughter, however, had higher bird feeder aspirations.

Unknown to me at the time she'd toss a handful of seed into her coat pocket on her way to the bus in the morning. When she reached the end of the driveway she'd toss the bird seed on the ground (which I never recommend you do as it leaves the feeding birds within predator reach).

After a few days the chickadees were onto her.

They would come right away at 'bus stop time', and eat the seeds at her feet. A few days later they were eating right out of her hands.

And by the time I caught up to this story they were landing on her shoulders whether she had food or not - at the bus stop or not!

You've probably caught onto the 'feed birds by hand' technique now.

It requires about a week's time, 20 minutes each day and the ability to sit still.

Once the birds trust you, they'll land on or very near you whether you have food for them or not!

Start with chickadees as they are the least timid.

Use Sunflower seeds as they are easily recognizable to the chickadees and a favorite food.

Plant yourself absolutely still in a chair, perhaps near a feeder in use that you've emptied for this 'training' time.

Place 10-15 seeds at your feet about 2 feet away and stay with the birds until all those seeds are gone (especially if you have a prowling cat).

For the next 2 days place the bird seed closer and closer, eventually working up to no seeds on the ground, only on your outstretched palm. (This is so exciting when they finally land on your hand and stay to eat, instead of the snatch and fly.)

That's all there is to it! Once the chickadees have learned to trust other birds will follow - first the nuthatches and then the finches (if you switch the feed to thistle).

Have fun and send me a picture of your birds feeding right out of your hand!

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