In Brief: Nov. 8, 1999

LOCK AND UNLOAD Thousands of children are injured or killed each year in accidental shootings, yet according to a survey in the journal Pediatrics, 28% of parents polled said they keep a firearm at home. Of those, 52% say they keep their weapons loaded or unlocked. And 74% believe their kids ages 4 to 12 can distinguish between a toy and a real gun. So if your child is going to play at a friend's home, it's wise to ask whether guns are present and unlocked.

TEACHING TEACHERS The American Council on Education last week called for an overhaul of the...

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