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Peer pressure is probably the most important influence in your teenager’s life. While parental opinions certainly are considered, if only because of the consequences of ignoring them, it’s more often the opinions and actions of peers that help many teens decide virtually everything from hairstyles to clothing choices to academic efforts.       

Often, peer pressure is a good thing that can lead to involvement in sports, religious activities and academic excellence. But peer pressure can also be a negative, especially for a teen lacking in self-confidence and self-esteem, yet anxious to be accepted by others. Negative peer pressure can result in trying to be part of a group rebelling against those things (such as school) about which the teen feels less confident.

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Fifty-six million children across the country begin heading back to school this month, and AAA is urging motorists to slow down and stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones with its 75th annual School’s Open - Drive Carefully campaign.

The campaign hopes to curb a trend of unsafe driving behavior in school zones and neighborhoods that can result in children’s injury and sometimes death.  

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Currently the Red Cross is having a difficult time keeping blood on the shelves.

“The need for blood is ongoing. Despite our efforts to replenish our blood supply the Region is still in need of all blood types,” says Kathy Smith, director of Donor Services, for the American Red Cross.         

The region depends on volunteer blood donors to collect 300 pints of blood every day throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. In addition, approximately 20 percent of the blood collected in the region comes from high school and college blood drives. With not in session yet, these vital pints are typically not available.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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