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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Positive pregnancy tests for sale on Craigslist

By Kim Hone-McMahan


Who is sicker, the seller or buyer?


JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) The Craigslist ad read: "Trying to prank your mom, dad, boyfriend, or even keep your boyfriend from leaving you at the moment? Selling positive pregnancy test, no questions asked!" followed by a phone number.


The cost to shatter someone's life — 15 bucks.


"I seen it on the news," said the pregnant woman from Akron, Ohio, who placed the ad. "It's a way to make money."




During a recent interview, the soon-to-be mother, who refused to give her name, said she had yet to receive calls, but the ad had just appeared on the Craigslist site earlier in the day.


Hers wasn't the only ad on the classified advertisements website.




"Positive pregnancy tests (in Akron) for any purpose. Email for details."


The practice isn't unique to the Akron area. There have been similar Craigslist ads in cities throughout the nation, including Toledo, Indianapolis, Chicago and Phoenix — all about $10 more expensive than the local going rate.


EBay also has ads.


Home pregnancy tests work by detecting the pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin, in urine. According to the Mayo Clinic, with most tests the end of a dipstick is held in a stream of urine or immersed in a container of collected urine for five to 10 seconds. A few minutes later, the dipstick reveals the test result.


Mary McCracken, clinical director at Children's Advantage, which offers family behavioral health services in Ravenna, Ohio, noted that in hard economic times, people seek all kinds of ways to make money.


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"Maybe she doesn't think she has any marketable skills," McCracken said of the woman selling the tests. "So maybe I wouldn't judge her other than she doesn't have much of a moral compass."


But the buyers who are out to trick someone have even deeper issues.


The girls or women who are buying these pregnancy tests have some psychological issues when it comes to keeping their man, McCracken said. Instead of trapping them, the women need to find someone who wants them for who they are, she said.

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