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Mothers Helping Mothers in Liverpool
By KARIN DA VIES that social disadvantage contributed
The Associated Press 'If there were more nursery schools and more play to crime. The report also lambasted
groups, children would grow up better. We need to the government's plans to build five
new training centers to lock up
LIVERPOOL, England - In the
city where two young boys mur- start children off mixing with each other and young offenders, saying it was build-
dered a toddler, mothers have band- learning the right way to treat each other.' ing schools for crime.
ed together to make sure their chil-
dren grow up respecting others.
- Sarah Ryan, vid In turn, government minister Da-
Maclean accused churches of be-
That's one response to a horrify- Liverpool Mother ing "strangely silent" on moral is-
ing murder: many others were de- sues.
bated throughout Britain on Thurs- toddler, telephoned one of the sever- year-olds for a few hours in a color- "It is surely part of the problem
al TV talk shows that debated the ful nursery where young women pre- that while the church spends its time
day, with fingers pointing at the con-
victed boys' parents, the churches, case Thursday and said the two boys side over the hubbub. While mothers discussing social issues, such as
the government and the entertain- should be jailed for life. enjoy a break, their children play housing, politicians are left to talk
ment industry. "If they get out we'll be waiting. with building blocks and climb on a about the importance of the differ-
"If there are any lessons to be And when we get hold of them, we'll wooden jungle gym. ence between right and wrong/'
learned from this unspeakable —ing kill them/' Bulger said before Christopher Beedell, an expert on Maclean said.
crime we must certainly learn he was cut off. child behavioral problems, told the Jon Veriables' parents were sep-
them," Home Secretary Michael In Mrs. Bulger's own Kirkby BBC that people are not born evil. arated at the time of the crime, and
Howard, the Cabinet official in neighborhood in Liverpool, some "What distinguishes those that his father is out of work.
charge of law and order, told the mothers have banded together to fail, so to speak, and those who man- Among Liverpool's 452,500 peo-
House of Commons. create a haven for children where age is the quality of their very early ple, unemployment is more than 15
they are taught "to be nice to each experience and that's what we ought percent, nearly 5 points above the
Robert Thompson and Jon Ven- other," said Irene Winstanley. to be looking after." national average. More than 30 per-
ables, both 11, were convicted
Wednesday of murdering 2-year-old
James Bulger after luring him from
"If there were inore nursery Detective superintendent Albert cent of men ages 18 to 34 are out of
schools arid more play groups, chil- Kirby, who directed the murder in- work. NO PAYMENTS'TILL MAY'94'
dren would grow up better," added vestigation, endorses that idea. In Parliament, some lawmakers
his mother at a shopping mall.
The mother, Denise Bulger, said
Sarah Ryan. "We need to start chil- "Children do, when they're out of demanded new controls on violent
dren off mixing with each other and sight of parents, get up to some pret- entertainment. Judge Michael
she blames the murderers' parents
"but I blame them (the boys)
learning the right way to treat each ty horrendous things," Kirby said.
Morland, who presided in the Bulger
In London, the Children's Society, trial, speculated that the boys may
For the equivalent of 50 cents, a voluntary Church of England have been inspired in part by gory
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Jim Bulger, an uncle of the slain mothers may leave their 3- to 5- group, released a report arguing videos.
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As custom demands, all were 25 years old and em- Saint Catherine was an anonymous beauty found by
monks in the 8th century on Mt. Sinai. They named the
ployees of top couture houses. As Americans celebrated
Thanksgiving, they marked St. Catherine's Day, the pa- maid Catherine, derived from the Greek word for puri-
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as a saleswoman in Louis Feraud's boutique on the chic said Mouclier. "This got transferred to medieval maid- exdusto Rotary
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Nowadays, marriage and thinness are a matter of
choice. Many are trainees from the Far East - working
was a farming community that cultivated vegetables.
"Culture," as in agriculture, evolved into "couture,"
and Saint Catherine became the patron saint of seam-
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ning with a champagne reception at city hall and ending slipping into irrelevance. Mon.-Wed.106
with a dance-soiree at a folklore museum. Closed Thanksgiving
The party hats are traditionally wild. Some of the "Couture still lives," insists Mouclier. "There are
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