Alicia Constant
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Blessed by the dozen

Roe v. Wade | For Barbara Curtis, raising 12 children—including three adopted ones with Down syndrome—was coming full circle
by Alicia Constant
Posted 1/16/12, 05:23 am

Would you be interested in adopting another child with Down syndrome?" Barbara Curtis immediately knew how to answer the woman from the adoption agency: "No way!" As the 52-year-old homeschool mother of 11 children—including one biological child and two adopted children with Down syndrome—she was exhausted.

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Zuma Wire West Photos

Soft sell

Back to School | Tax-funded charter schools founded by Turkish Muslims are trying to practice but not preach
by Alicia Constant
Posted 8/15/11, 10:15 am

ALBUQUERQUE-A sign outside the Albuquerque School of Excellence in New Mexico proclaims, "College ready, Career ready, Life ready." The ASE building is a former Safeway, freshly painted neon orange and yellow. Inside, Chinese dragons, colorful butterflies, and self-portraits adorn the bright blue, yellow, and red halls, remnants of a recent art show.

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Hamilton (L) and son at May trial (AP file photo)

Fast fall (updated)

Crime | Promising Republican lawmaker doomed by rare corruption conviction sentenced to 9 1/2 years
by Alicia Constant
Posted 8/08/11, 03:09 pm

Three years ago, Phil Hamilton was a major player in Virginia's General Assembly and the heir-apparent to command of the House Appropriations Committee, which controls state government's purse strings.

Last week, Hamilton was sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison for bribery and extortion convictions.

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