Candi Cushman

Trojan horse toys

National | Parents wary of toy makers bearing unwelcome gifts
by Candi Cushman
Posted 12/23/00, 12:00 am

With his classic crew cut and starched army fatigues, GI Joe looks hopelessly vanilla next to his half-human competitors on the action-figure aisle. For example, Wolverine from the movie X-Men sports "slashing action" metal claws. Nearby, a character from the Action-Man cartoon boasts an "exploding" head. Then there's Lara Croft, the new heroine from the video game Tomb Raiders: Her weapons are more, well, voluptuous.

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Pride and state prejudice

National | Youth Reach groups fight destructive teen attitudes and obstructive government policies
by Candi Cushman
Posted 11/11/00, 12:00 am

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Shocked straight

National | Are "Hell Houses" a good Halloween alternative for teens or a witnessing tool that goes too far?
by Candi Cushman
Posted 10/21/00, 12:00 am

Holding styrofoam cups of steaming hot chocolate on a chilly October weekend, some 30 teenagers eagerly awaited a hayride to a warmer place-Hell House X, to be exact, a live Halloween drama staged by Trinity Church in Cedar Hill, Texas, a town located about 30 miles south of Dallas. Hell House X attracts thousands of visitors each year with the promise of "live gunfire, suicide, blood, strobes, drug usage, death and hell."

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