Mary Jackson

Mary is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute mid-career course and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and four children. Follow Mary on Twitter @mbjackson77

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Christian homeschoolers losing deportation fight

by Mary Jackson
Posted 2/13/13, 10:45 am

A family homeschooling safely in rural Tennessee may be forced to return to their native Germany, where the parents likely face huge fines and criminal penalties, and could lose custody of their five school-age children.

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike are looking to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to give them permanent refugee status. But Attorney General Eric Holder is disputing their case, arguing Germany's ban on homeschooling fails to violate the family's fundamental rights. 

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West Coast walkers proclaim life

by Mary Jackson
Posted 1/28/13, 09:00 am

SAN FRANCISCO—Tens of thousands of people crammed the Civic Center plaza on Saturday under a clear blue sky for a strong West Coast showing of support for the lives of unborn children.

The Bay area's ninth-annual Walk for Life came one day after a massive March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., and record crowds in rallies across the United States this past week. Protesters voiced opposition to 40 years and the millions of babies killed since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion in 1973.

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Parents pine for paper as kids go digital

by Mary Jackson
Posted 1/16/13, 10:00 am

Jeff May reads books for his doctorate studies on his iPad’s Kindle app. The convenience is difficult to resist. But when it comes to his kids, ages 11, 9, and 7, he savors their after-school trips to Barnes & Noble and the sight of them thumbing through colorful pages of a tangible book. 

"They  play enough video games as it is," the Santa Rosa, Calif., father said. 

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