DARREN’S DAILY DOSE OF NEWS – June 21, 2009

The Detroit Institute of Arts has to repair a $1.5 million abstract painting after a 12-year-old boy left his chewing gum stuck on it.  ***MARLAR: Couldn’t they just leave the chewing gum?  It’s an abstract painting… who’s going to know the difference?

Here’s something for teenagers and their parents to think about heading into the summer job season.  The first national study to interview teens about on-the-job dangers finds that, in some cases, federal laws are being broken.  Many teens tell researchers they’ve operated hazardous equipment, received no safety training and worked alone after dark.  Thirty-seven percent of teens under 16 said they had worked after seven p-m on a school night. That’s a violation of federal rules.  ***MARLAR: But parents aren’t complaining; anything to have some peace and quiet at home…

A DeCare Dental insurance study found that the Tooth Fairy has been struck by heavy inflation. While the money left for shed teeth ranged from 10 cents to $25, the average American child got $1.78 for a tooth last year, which is 12.4 percent higher than the year before’s average of $1.58. DeCare noted that this as a better return than the stock market paid.  ***MARLAR: And it’s tax free!  Well, at least for now. 

If you think today’s teens are irresponsible, listen to the story of Jeremy O’Brien. Jeremy, a 15-year-old from Lockport, New York, missed his school bus and couldn’t find a ride to school. But instead of just staying home, Jeremy decided to walk to school. His school, by the way, is 20 miles from his home! The high school sophomore packed some food and water and took off on foot for what turned out to be a six-hour walk. Why did he go to so much trouble? Jeremy says, “I had a project due for my Spanish class, and I had to bring it in or else me and my partner would have failed the quarter.” Jeremy walked into Spanish about 10 minutes before class was dismissed and gave his presentation. The effort paid off. He received a grade of 95. After the exhausting walk, Jeremy says that if it happened again, he would just stay home! ***MARLAR: But think of the great story he’ll have to tell his kids. “Back in my day, I once walked 20 miles to school …”

The Mexican government is issuing a series of public service announcements warning people against “do-it-yourself dentistry” after a rash of tragedies in which people tried to shoot aching teeth out with a gun. Three men and two women have died and six others have been injured this way. Health officials blame the trend on poverty and widespread ignorance. ***MARLAR: So if you’re ever in Mexico, avoid any dentist who claims to be of the highest caliber.

A doctor in Austria filed a police complaint after a truck driver threw a cheeseburger at him for driving too slowly, but police told him that wasn’t illegal. ***MARLAR: Apparently Austrians consider cheeseburgers deadly weapons. Here in the U.S. they are considered appetizers.

Father’s Day is this Sunday. It’s a good day for Dad to:
o Put off chores
o Relax on the couch
o Watch TV. 
***MARLAR: After all, why break the routine when you don’t have to?

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