Family & Society
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Family cherishes 141-year-old fruitcake

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/17/19, 11:19 am

Not satisfied with just passing down the family recipe, the Ford family of Michigan has held onto a fruitcake baked by one of its ancestors in 1878. Fidelia Ford had an annual tradition of letting a fruitcake age for a year and serving it during the holidays, and she left behind an uneaten cake when she died. Her great-great-granddaughter, Julie Ruttinger of Tecumseh, Mich., still has it. “It was tradition. It’s a legacy,” Ruttinger said.

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A war on obscenity

Family | Advocates call on the Justice Department to tackle illegal online pornography
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 12/13/19, 04:07 pm

Lawmakers in Washington are pushing the U.S. Department of Justice to tackle the beast in the basement: hard-core online pornography. Last week, four Republican U.S. representatives sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr urging him to enforce dusty federal obscenity laws against the creators and distributors of graphic, violent, and deviant online pornography, an exploding and illegal industry.

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Mother fights to keep baby on life support

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/13/19, 11:36 am

A Texas judge gave a mother more time to find different doctors for her 10-month-old daughter before allowing a Fort Worth hospital to end the child’s life-sustaining treatment. Fourth Court of Appeals Chief Justice Sandee Bryan Marion said on Thursday she would decide by Jan. 2 if Cook Children’s Medical Center could withdraw the baby’s care, which doctors say is futile and prolonging her suffering.

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