SIR TOPHAM HATT WAS GROWING WORRIED. IT HAD BEEN THREE DAYS SINCE HE SENT THOMAS, GORDON, AND PERCY TO WEST PHILLY, AND THEY HAD NOT YET RETURNED . . .

A Yale architecture student creates model railroad environments inspired by neighborhoods like the South Bronx . . .

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FREELANCE DAD ISSUES BLANKET PERMISSION TO THE NEWS MEDIA TO PUBLISH PICTURES OF SMALL FELLOW AND TINY GIRL AS HUMAN INTEREST PIECES, PROVIDED THAT THEIR HANDS ARE NEVER SHOWN IN EITHER THEIR: 1. NOSES; 2. PANTS

A Massachusetts newspaper tackles the issue of whether and how parents can approve or disapprove of their children's photographs being used in the media, after receiving a complaint from a local mom:

... Parents like Amy Rasimas of Newburyport. Her children were photographed watching a puppet show at a recent weekend harvest festival. Even though other youngsters appeared in the picture and no names or addresses were printed, she objected because she did not consent to the feature photo's publication in the Newburyport Daily News.

"Until children are of age to make informed decisions for themselves, it is the duty and responsibility of parents — as well as the media — to protect them," Rasimas said. "Publishing their pictures, and making them part of the public domain, without parental or custodial consent, is not what I consider to be responsible or respectful journalism."

Rasimas suggested a "higher standard of protection" for pictures of children in the media, with special consideration given to the dangers posed by sex offenders, abusive partners, and estranged or divorced parents involved in child-custody disputes.

REASON #23 WHY WE'RE STICKING WITH THE YOUNG LADIES OF THE BARNARD BABYSITTING SERVICE FOR ALL OF OUR WEEKEND BABYSITTING NEEDS

A pair of Arkansas babysitters (apparently relatives of the child's mother, though the Associated Press could not confirm that) doze off and allow a two-year-old to exit his home and stroll into a busy street. The child was unharmed, the sitters were arrested.

AND YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IF LOURDES DOESN'T PUT HER LEATHER BUSTIER BACK IN THE CLOSET WHEN SHE GETS HOME FROM SOCCER PRACTICE

Madonna turns out to be the Disciplinary Girl at home, where she says she keeps 9-year-old Lourdes and 5-year-old Rocco on a short leash:

[Madonna] told Newsweek that she doesn't let her children watch TV or look at magazines. She says milk and ice cream are also off-limits ...

She's also strict about laundry duties: If Lourdes leaves dirty clothes on the floor, "we take all of her clothes and put them in a bag, and she has to earn all of her clothes back by being tidy," Madonna said. "She wears the same outfit every day to school until she learns her lesson."

Well, FD has written more than once about the benefits of milk for children of all ages, so we're not down with Madonna on that score, but we do agree with her rationale for protecting the kids' from celebrity mags and TV programs full of old photos of mom in her underwear, and scathing reviews of her children's books.

And while her punishment for Lourdes' leaving her dirty clothes out may sound harsh, don't you get a vibe that the teenage Madonna Louise Ciccone used to wear the same outfit for days at a time?

IT HARDLY SEEMS FAIR. WITH THIS LATEST PUBLICITY BOOST, GATES IS ALMOST DEFINITELY GOING TO BEAT OUT OUR UNCLE FOR WASHINGTON STATE KIWANIS MAN OF THE YEAR -- AGAIN

The New Yorker's article this week on the work of Bill Gates' foundation, and the $29 billion it's putting on the table to eradicate disease worldwide, is a must read:

"Global health is our lifelong commitment . . . Until we reduce the burden on the poor so that there is no real gap between us and them, that will always be our priority. I am not so foolish as to say that will happen. But that's our goal."

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