This summer, my internship allowed me to work with families that have a Child In Need of Assistance case or a delinquency case. I learned a lot this summer, but the generally negative attitude toward foster care really irritated me. People use foster care as a scapegoat for the traumatic times their families goes through.

On Aug. 12 of this year, New York District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ruled on the case Floyd v. City of New York; the issue was a policy known as “stop and frisk,” a New York Police Department’s policy that made it acceptable to stop and frisk a person if they felt there was “reasonable suspicion.”

The Texas Tribune did an article on July 27 about a new self-esteem building course for women that have been charged with prostitution. The program is called “We've Been There, Done That." It encourages women to speak out about their experiences.

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Whether it is at a community college, a state university or an Ivy League school, students rack up a lot of debt. The average student debt is $24,301. 40 percent of those who have student loans are under 30 years of age, 42 percent are between 30 and 50, and 17 percent are over 50 years of age.

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I watched a TED lecture several months ago called “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” by Amy Cuddy. This particular lecture is about how body language can change the way you think about yourself.

On June 17, the Supreme Court made a decision on the court case Salinas v. Texas. It addressed problems that arose when Genoveo Salinas turned himself in at a police station to answer questions. Because it was understood that he was there voluntarily, Salinas was not read his Miranda rights.

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I had the opportunity to watch parts of the murder trial Smith vs. The State of Iowa this past week. On the first day, I sat in on the jury selection. Although I was mainly watching the potential jurors, at the front of the courtroom sat the defendant. He sat still for the first four or five hours, then he turned around and I could see his face.

Based on Pew Research data, 46 percent of fathers say at least one of their children was born out of wedlock, 31 percent of fathers say all their children were born out of wedlock, and 17 percent of men with biological children have fathered them with more than one woman. As of October 2012, 40.7 percent of births were considered illegitimate or out of wedlock. In comparison, in 1960 out of wedlock births equaled only 11 percent of all total births in the United States.

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The first time I related coffee and talking was when I was in preschool. Since I was four, I clearly didn’t make the realization myself. But my family was good friends with the pre-school teacher, Judith, and she coined the phrase “coffee talk.” At the time, I just thought that’s what everyone did. People sat down, drank some coffee and talked about their day. It was that simple at the time. But there is so much more that goes on while those people are talking.

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Freedom, violence and safety are concepts that we hold to great importance in our society. Two weeks after President Barack Obama announced his new gun safety bill and while the gun safety bills are being discussed on the news and in Congress, let’s remind ourselves of both sides of the argument.