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U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, a Democrat from Delaware County, introduced legislation on Tuesday that would make it easier for juveniles abused in residential facilities to hold them accountable in court.
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How did St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Nancy Cambria report her groundbreaking — and heartbreaking — series on child deaths in day care without falling apart emotionally?

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Reporter's note:

One year ago from yesterday, 11-year-old Chandler Nash Elliott hung himself while his father was at work. We received a press release about the suicide over the fax. Like most news agencies, we do not report on suicides unless they are in a public place or the deceased is a public figure.

I told my colleagues -- and we all agreed -- that this would not make the news unless the family approached us, wanting to tell the boy's story.

The next morning, that's exactly what happened.

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