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I have strung words together for The New York Times, Vice, and more. I write and shoot people (with a camera, you guys) from my home in upst...

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    Technically we're still a week and a half away from finding out who will be the Super Bowl MVP, but I've got a name to throw in the ring. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo. He is the one guy who has decided he's going to use all the attention he's getting these days for something worthwhile. No, not grabbing a major endorsement deal. This one's infinitely more noble.  Ayanbadejo has figured out how to leverage his team's big moment to help forward the fight for marriage equality! The 36-year-old is already one of the NFL's two most vocal proponents of LGBT rights (one of the leading images on Google shows him bare-chested with NOH8 painted on his pectoral), and when his team took the AFC title from the New England Patriots on Sunday night, he saw his chance to do something big.

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    Do you ever get depressed when you're toy shopping for the kids? Between the way genders are so split and the inanity of some of the toys on the shelves out there, sometimes buying for a birthday party makes you feel like you're having your soul sucked out. So how about something new, something different and really pretty positive? I'm talking about babywearing dolls. Breastfeeding dolls! The kind of toys that an attachment parent would be proud to purchase! No, you won't find them on the shelves of your big box store. You might not even find them at your local toy store (where we used to go to find stuff from toy designers who decided to go a little out of the box with their designs but lately ... sigh). But we have got them right here!

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    Leave it to NeNe Leakes to throw out the gauntlet to fabulous grandparents everywhere. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star revealed last year that she's a grandmother to little Bri'asia. But NeNe is not a Grandma. Uh uh! The Housewife turned actress on The New Normal told Ellen DeGeneres she has a "glambaby." So what does that make her? A "Glamma," of course! Think it's only NeNe? Oh dolls, Grandma and Grandpa are soooo '90s! Today's kids have moved on big time!

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    There comes a time when you're going to look at your child and realize that they amaze you. I don't mean "aww, it's amazing that I can keep them alive" amaze you. I mean one day you will realize they far exceed your wildest dreams. For Jacob Rudolph's dad, that day came when his son stood up in front of his high school and came out as a gay teenager. Jonathan Rudolph uploaded the video of his son that's now gone viral to the Internet. In it, 17-year-old Jacob stands at a high school assembly to accept an award and proudly announces that he is "an LGBT teen." Here, he says it better:

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    What is with parents today? We've got another case of a mom who went along to a pre-planned fight between her daughter and another child. Only this time police in Los Angeles say Amber Lee Gutierrez jumped into the fight and helped her 12-year-old daughter viciously beat another tween. They're charging the mother with assault, and her bail is set at a whopping $100,000. Some might say it's a little much for a grizzly mama protecting her cub, but is it really?

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    It's a new year, and we got an all new Glee. The first episode of 2013 put the girls on top with McKinley High all abuzz about a Sadie Hawkins dance. Perfect time for the New Directions to score some much-needed singing in front of a crowd time since their loss to the Warblers at sectionals ... but that's not all. With Tina Cohen Chang and the rest of the Too Young to Be Bitter Club (side note: Zizes is finally back!) busy keeping the guys of the school on edge wondering if anyone was actually going to ask them to the dance, timing was perfect for some black ops behind the scenes. Anyone else wondering how Glee was going to go on without a competition for the Glee club? Wonder no more!

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    It seems like now is the time when everyone is planning their big family road trip for 2013, my little family included. My husband and I have been debating whether we'll make a big drive with our daughter, not to mention where and when, and I have to admit I've been feeling nostalgic for the trips of my childhood. Nothing we've talked about even faintly resembles the way we road tripped when we were kids. And I know from road tripping! Back in the early '90s, we'd take the family minivan (not-so-affectionately called the Dustbuster because of its portable-vacuum shape) to Cape Cod every summer. I'd keep the travel log, while my little brother kept me thisclose to tearing my hair out. Giving you misty water-colored memories, isn't it? Let's take a road trip down memory lane, shall we?

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    If you're going to live through a robbery at your place of employment, it probably can't get better than this. A robber showed up at a Papa John's Pizza joint armed with a knife and a plan to get all the cash out of the register. But somehow he walked out without any money -- but with a stomach full of pizza and chicken wings thanks to a kind-hearted clerk. Consider this your "restoration of faith in humanity" story for the week. It's a good story -- all the better because it's completely unexpected.

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    Jenelle Evans has been getting a lot of flack this week for her impending divorce from husband of five seconds Courtland Rogers. After all, a week ago they were announcing the Teen Mom 2 star's pregnancy and playing happy families in the tabloids, now she's changed her name back to Jenelle Evans on Twitter -- how could it go this far south that fast? Attention! Maybe it's time to rein in the Jenelle hate, y'all. The more we hear about her ex-husband-to-be, the faster we'd be running! If even a portion of what Jenelle has put out about Courtland in recent days is true, this guy is a complete sleaze. Let's run it down, shall we?

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    Here's a blast from the past. Remember Chandra Levy? The Capitol Hill intern whose disappearance in the spring of 2001 rocked the Beltway and even temporarily ensnared a Congressman? Ingmar Guandique, a man whose name isn't exactly as well known, was eventually convicted of murdering the attractive young intern. But now both of their names are back in the headlines, and it's the worst possible news for Chandra's long-suffering parents. Guandique is supposed to be serving a 60-year prison sentence for first degree murder handed down in 2011. But the illegal alien with a rape conviction on his rap sheet could see the sentence vacated, and he could be walking free.

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    We've all had those wicked little thoughts of things we'd love to do to our kids but never really would. You know: donating the wild toddler to the zoo, taping that pacifier to the baby's mouth so they will stop throwing it! Well, you'd hope no one would do that, but it seems someone thought it was a good idea to tape a binky to a baby. Where it happened is almost as disturbing as what went down. The 4-month-old was -- get this -- at a hospital!

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    Jenelle Evans' pregnancy is over. The Teen Mom hinted earlier this week that husband Courtland Rogers had taken off while she was suffering a possible miscarriage, and now it's happened. An unnamed friend confirmed to Radar that Jenelle lost the baby this morning while former fiance Gary Head -- who popped back up in Jenelle's life just this past week -- has been tweeting from her hospital bedside. It's the worst news to come out of what's been a record bad week for the Teen Mom 2 star. Her marriage is ending, and now she has to deal with the aftermath of losing a baby while the public watches.

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    Here's a story to make you grin. The mother of an 18-year-old with mental disabilities knew her son's dream of becoming a police officer was never going to be possible. So Angie Richard decided to give son Blaize, who also has autism, the next best thing. So how'd she this mom from Louisiana do? Well, a photo going viral on Facebook shows the new "backup" officer for Officer Mike Hill of the Jennings Police Department. This mom did it! She made her kid's dreams come true!

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    It's a big win for fathers everywhere! Sgt. Terry Achane, the soldier dad who made headlines last year when his wife put up their daughter for adoption without telling him, has gotten his baby back! The ruling from a Utah court reverses the adoption of Teleah Achane by Jared and Kristi Frei, who were able to adopt the little girl they called Leah based only on the consent of mother Tira Bland. Bland is now Achane's ex-wife, and it turns out she had allegedly told Achane she was going to have an abortion while he was stationed at a United States Army base in South Carolina.

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    Tough question for parents: would you give your child medicinal pot? What if your child has a disease that's caused both autism and a seizure disorder and together the two sent your child into uncontrollable rages, even made your 11-year-old hurt himself? This is the life of Alex Echols, a little boy from Oregon who is giving parents of autistic kids with uncontrollable rage hope. He can't communicate with his caregivers to explain why he would headbutt things so hard that his entire face is black and blue. But since he started drinking a liquid form of cannabis, he isn't hurting himself anymore.

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    If there was any one specific moment during President Barack Obama's inauguration when the nation realized his daughters aren't little girls anymore, this was it. Sasha and Malia Obama hammed it up as the elder girl took shots of their goofy faces and hand signals with her cellphone. Yes, they're still kids, but the first daughters have entered a world that confuses parents everywhere. Just what are teenagers trying to SAY with those hand signals on Facebook and Instagram? Should we be worried or is it all innocent fun? Maybe a little bit a both? The Stir asked a flesh and blood teenager to help us decode the teenage hand signals that crop up most often on social media, and while some of her answers sound like common sense, some others are pretty shocking.

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    Bad news for members of the Gary Shirley fan club. The former fiance of Teen Mom Amber Portwood has been keeping a pretty low profile since she went to prison last year, busy single parenting their daughter Leah, but his good luck may have run out. He could be facing homelessness. Gary is being sued for $1,360 by his landlords, who are also trying to evict the former reality star and his daughter for nonpayment of rent. Waaaaait a minute, where have we heard this one before?

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    It wasn't as a woman that I reacted to the news that women can now serve in front-line combat jobs. It was as the mother of a daughter. Because I could sense what was coming next: a debate over whether or not American women will have to register for the draft. As it stands, we do not. The announcement last week from Pentagon chief Leon Panetta, lifting the restrictions on women in the military, does not change the methods followed by the Selective Service. But that hasn't stopped people from calling for the change.

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    Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry surprised us all when she admitted she'd already married fiance Javi Marroquin before he left for the Air Force, but that doesn't mean she's denying herself -- or her fans -- the big wedding. With her reunion with her husband coming up in just a few weeks, Kail has thrown herself into wedding planning, and letting more and more details leak out. The latest? It looks like Kailyn may have eight bridesmaids. Eight!? Take a look at wedding statistics, and that's double the number of attendants the average bride has. If Javi has eight groomsmen to match, that will make for one ginormous wedding party. So has normal, down-to-earth Kail gone all bridezilla on us?

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    Just when you thought the Jenelle Evans divorce debacle couldn't get any stranger, this happened. The Teen Mom and former fiance Gary Head seemed to have switched partners Wife Swap-style! While not officially calling themselves boyfriend and girlfriend, Jenelle and Gary are spending oodles of time together. He even accompanied her to the hospital during her miscarriage. Meanwhile Jenelle's husband (they're not divorced yet) Courtland Rogers is hooking up with none other than Gary's ex! Confused? Let's walk through this one.

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