In Brief: Jul. 30, 2001

COMEBACK STORY

Things are looking up for kids, according to the Federal Government's fifth annual report on child well-being. The percentage of kids living in poverty is 16%, a 20-year low. Teenage mortality and the incidence of teens' having babies is lower now than at any other time since these statistics were first kept. Kids are also less likely to smoke and are only half as likely to be victims of violent crime as they were in 1994. They are more likely to have health insurance (86%) and at least one parent fully employed (79%).

SEPARATE AND UNEQUAL

The hard-fought gains...

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