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federal government’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
(LIHEAP) under the Fiscal Year 2009 Continuing Resolution.  The funds
will assist states, territories, tribal areas and the District of
Columbia with addressing their energy needs, particularly for the
upcoming winter season. LIHEAP funding is provided to states through the
Office of Community Services in the Administration for Children and
Families (ACF) at HHS.  The funds will assist eligible low-income
households in meeting their heating and other energy needs. Under the
language of the Continuing Resolution, $4.5 billion in block grant funds
and $590 million contingency funds must be released by Oct. 30, 2008.
Block grant funds will be allocated to states under a formula specified
in the Continuing Resolution. Of the $590 million in contingency funds,
$100 million will assist states where large numbers of eligible
households use heating oil for heat: Alaska, Connecticut, Maine,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.  The remaining
$490 million will help individuals in all 50 states.   For a complete
list of state allocations of the funds released go to:
Individuals interested in applying for energy assistance should contact
their local/state/LIHEAP agency.  For more information, go to or

LARGE RECALL: Infant Death Prompts Recall to Repair 985,000 Delta
Enterprise Drop Side Cribs; Missing Safety Pegs Can Cause Entrapment and
Suffocation Hazards
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with
Delta Enterprise Corp., of New York, New York., is announcing the
voluntary recall to replace missing safety pegs involving 985,000 drop
side cribs. Failure to use or install safety pegs can cause an
entrapment and suffocation risk to infants and toddlers. When the safety
pegs in the base of each leg of the crib are missing from the lower
track, the crib locks can disengage and detach if lowered below the peg
hole, creating a hazardous gap. This gap can lead to the entrapment and
suffocation of an infant or toddler. CPSC staff is aware of a death of
an 8-month-old child who became entrapped and suffocated when the drop
side of the crib detached in a reassembled crib where the safety pegs
were not installed. CPSC is also aware of two entrapments and nine
disengagement incidents in cribs where the safety pegs were missing. The
cribs, which were made in Taiwan and Indonesia, were sold at major
retailers, including Walmart, Kmart and from January 1995
through September 2007 for about $100. These cribs have also been found
to be sold secondhand. Cribs currently sold at retail are not involved.
CPSC and Delta urge parents and caregivers to immediately stop using
cribs that are missing a safety peg on any leg of the crib and contact
Delta to receive a free, easy-to-install repair kit. The kit will
include safety pegs in a bold color and warning labels to be affixed to
the mattress board. Consumers with cribs that have all safety pegs
installed may continue to use the cribs; however, CPSC recommends that
these consumers contact Delta for the repair kit for future assembly
purposes. Call Delta toll-free at (1-800-816-5304) anytime after 5pm
today or log on to order the free replacement
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to find a safe, alternative sleep
environment for their child if their recalled crib is missing safety
CPSC reminds parents not to use any crib with missing, broken, or loose
parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib
sturdy. When using a drop side crib parents should check to make sure
the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check
all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Any disengagement
can create a gap and entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair
any side of the crib, especially with tape, wire or rope.
To view the crib, check the recall lot numbers and read the entire
report go to 

Safety Tips for all cribs from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
●	Parents should not use any crib with missing, broken or loose
●	Hardware should be inspected from time to time and tightened to
keep the crib sturdy.
●	When using a drop side crib parents should check to make sure
the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly on its track.
●	Always check all sides and corners of the crib for
disengagement. Any disengagement can create a gap and entrap a child.
●	Do not try to repair any side of the crib without manufacturer
approved hardware or with tape, wire or rope.
●	Putting a broken side up against the wall does not solve the
problem and can often make it worse.
To read the whole warning, go to 

New Report From the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy:
Teen Births: Examining the Recent Increase
EXERPT: An examination of available data on teens’ sexual activity,
contraception, and abortion can shed light on whether any of these
“proximal determinants” of the teen birth rate have changed. For
example, the proportion of female high school students who report having
had sex declined between 1991 and 2001; but, since 2001, percentages
have plateaued
and perhaps increased slightly but not significantly. Similarly, small
declines in contraceptive use occurred among sexually active females in
high school, with a small but statistically significant increase in
non-use of contraception between 2003 and 2005. Abortion rates have been
declining; but up-to-date data are not available past 2004. While the
data do not suggest a dramatic turnabout in either sexual activity or
contraceptive use, they do indicate a loss of momentum when compared to
the steady improvements in the 1990s. Moreover,
whether or not 2006 represents a turning point, a new plateau, or a
slower decline, the U.S. teen birth rate remains much higher than in
other developed nations.
To read the entire report , go to

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