Teen Radio Host: Obama Makes Kids Gay

In today's link roundup: A 14-year-old commentator has some troubling views on sexual orientation and the president. Plus: Oakland, Calif., police one step closer to federal control.

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Teen radio host: Obama makes kids gay: Caiden Cowger, a West Virginia-based teen radio host, is making waves after proclaiming that President Obama "is making kids gay" in a recent episode. What's worse than one adolescent's opinion, though, is that a lot of adults probably agree with him.

Judge takes Oakland, Calif., police one step closer to federal control: The Oakland Police Department’s nine-year-long struggle with federal oversight took a significant turn last week. ColorLines reports that a federal judge demanded an investigation by court-appointed monitors into police shootings involving OPD officers and speculated openly about placing the department under federal control.

Paris Jackson to talk to Oprah: The 14-year-old will be featured on Oprah's Next Chapter, the channel said Tuesday. She and Winfrey discuss how the teenager is faring three years after the 2009 death of her pop-star father.

Racial gap in life expectancy shrinking: It's nice to hear some positive health news about African Americans for a change. A new report shows that the racial gap in life expectancy rates declined by about a year for both men and women between 2003 and 2008. The results showed that the difference in life expectancy at birth between whites and African Americans decreased from 6.5 to 5.4 years among men and 4.6 to 3.7 years among women.

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