The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 4, 1997 · Page 52
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TEENS & FREEDOM: ACTIVISTS She fought the mall, and the mall ...compromised Jasmine McCoy, 18, turned activist when her local mall imposed curfews on teenagers. Y OU CAN FIGHT the city mall. In Asheville, N.C., a curfew policy begun in 1993 at Asheville Mall required that teens under 16 have a parent with them after 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The mall also posted rules that included a ban on bandannas (viewed as gang emblems) and on groups of more than four teens at a time. A series of fights and one gun incident prompted the crackdown — one that "restored a sense of order" — says mall vice president Mary Evans. But some Asheville teens believed the limits went over the line. Jasmine McCoy, 18, and her friends in the Buncombe County Youth Organizing Project distributed fliers and held meetings during school lunch periods, seeking others with concerns about mall policies. Last summer, the youth group persuaded the mall to drop its no-bandanna policy and ease the restriction on teens congregating. Asheville's students mirror the views expressed in THE LATEST ON TEEN CURFEWS In recent years, the popularity of curfews as a means of combating teen crime has mushroomed. An update: • Curfaw count: More than 700 cities have enacted teen curfews, including 146 of the nation's largest 200. • Backtal tha trail* The as. Justice Department, President Clinton, 81% of respondents to a survey by Moms Online. • BvcUaf tha trawl; The American Civil Liberties Union, which successfully fought Washington, p.C.'s curfew law (the city is appealing). Also facing court challenge: Charlottesville, Va. • Haw affacUva: Barely one-third of city officials surveyed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors called curfew laws "very effective." Reason: Lack of resources to enforce them, • Nav UfMl: Minneapolis and Roswell, N.M., have daytime curfews to keep students in school. Parents in Charleston, B.C., sign forms authorizing the police to bring their children home if found between midnight and 6 a.m. — Cesar G. Soriano Jasmine McCoy, center, and friends fought a North Carolina mall's ban on groups of more than four teens. They said security guards harassed them. the USA WEEKEND Teens & Freedom survey: Most teens nationwide said they should be allowed to go to the mall without a parent at age 13. Across the country, mall management increasingly thinks otherwise. Asheville Mall was among the first to impose a curfew to quell the growing problem of unruly teenagers — but it is hardly alone. • In 1994, Macon (Ga.) Mall required teens 16 and older to carry ID cards; those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. • In 1995, Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News, Va enforced a weekend teen curfew for eight weeks'that mall management says put an end to complaints about rowdy teen behavior. • And last fall, the nation's largest shopping center, the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., made headlines when it instituted a 6 p.m. weekend curfew for unchaperoned teens. In Asheville, making the mall more welcoming was just one hurdle Jasmine has cleared. She was captain of Erwin High School's cross-country and indoor/outdoor track teams this year. She also recently helped revive the youth chapter of the Asheville NAACP, and was elected vice president, "I've always been a real opinionated person," Jasmine says. "Everybody should have the same rights." ra ^ PattyRllule When should kids be permitted at the mall atone? At age 13, most say. IO USA WEEKEND • May 2-4,1997 tmm Special Advertising Section tor Love oj Every day, animals touch our lives. They provide .,&'companionship, lower our stress levels and make us laugh. National Pet Week, May 4-10, is set aside to remember the animals that have been important to us at every stage of our lives, to recognize the people who dedicate their lives to animal health care, and to celebrate the unconditional love bond that exists between pets and people. One organization that is totally devoted to helping animals and those who serve them is the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), a not-for-profit organization committed to advancing the health and well-being of all animals. One specific concern to the AVMF is veterinary-related disaster relief. In the wake of flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and fires in the U.S., animals are often left stranded, injured, and without food, water or shelter. To be prepared in the event of a disaster, the AVMF recommends the following tips. Wial io do in ens* of disaster Prepare a pet disaster kit that includes photos of your pets in case they are lost, as well as food, bowls, leashes and pet carriers, bottled water, medications and/or prescriptions, copies of health certificates, pet identification numbers and pet toys. [Help Animals and ! Get a Special Gift I Whan you return thte coupon, I USA WEEKEND will make a donation I to tha AVMF on bahatf of Bayer I Corporation. FREE BONUS VIDEO The first 200 people who respond will receive a copy of the lovable pet movie, All Dogs Go I I I I J To Heaven. I What kind of pat do I you own? | G Cat Q Dog a Other I Aga(») of your pat I Name | Address I I I City/State MAIL TO: USA WEEKEND, P.O. Box 14441, Dee Molnes, IA 50306-3441 by June 15,1997 • ^M ^^ ^^ ^H ^^ i__ _« ,^» ^^ ^H ^M MM ** Special Advertising Section AVTY1P American Veterinary Medical Foundation If you have to evacuate, don't abandon your pets. Instead, check with friends, relatives, veterinarians, kennels and pet- friendly hotels for accommodations for you and your pet. Be sure your pets wear reflective identification collars with your name and phone number. Ensure your pet's long life Your veterinarian is your pet's pediatrician, nutritionist, dentist, doctor and even behaviorist all rolled into one. Ensure your pet's good health and longer life by scheduling regular visits, and by keeping on the alert for relatively common problems that could have serious Impact on your pet if not properly treated. 'Put the bite on flea problems Fleas are painful, irritating and very unhealthy. Besides being a nuisance for people and their pets, adult fleas can actually cause serious medical problems like flea allergy dermatitis, secondary skin irritations, tapeworms and even anemia. Just a few fleas can quickly create a flea infestation, and it doesn't take much to make your pet miserable. (One flea, feeding four times daily, may bite your pet 400 times!) Your veterinarian is the best source to turn to for a recommendation on effective flea control. Don't forget your pet's dental care Most pets have never had their teeth brushed - and it shows. With professional dental care from a veterinarian, and the proper home dental care routine, you can help prevent serious oral problems, such as gum disease, from developing in your pet. Just like your dentist, your family veterinarian can recommend products to help maintain your pet's healthy teeth and gums. Help celebrate National Pet Week and help support the MW The AVMF relies on financial support from people concerned about animal welfare. Aside from disaster relief, contributions to the AVMF also help to fund animal health studies and to provide scholarships and fellowships for veterinary students. Learn more about supporting the AVMF, and how to keep your pet healthy. Visit the AVMF website at www.avma.org, or contact AVMF at: American Veterinary Medical Foundation, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 601734360. Flea Adulticide sprinklers, and, of course. !• kills fl«a* «v«n wh«n your dog g»ts w*t] It's hard to keep a dog away from water. And vice versa. But even after shampooing or swimming, Advantage keeps killing fleas. Just apply to the skin on the back of your pet. Advantage kills fleas on contact - they don't even Ab^ have to bite your pet. Within 24 hours, fleas are gone! And Advantage keeps killing fleas for a month. It's all you need. Advantage is as gentle as it is effective. And it's available only from your veterinarian. Learn more about Advantage, like our new tube size for large dogs, by calling 1-800-NO-FLEAS (663-5327). Or visit us at www.noflaas.com. DON'T GIVE FLEAS -T A BITING CHANCE.*

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