Arizona institution lauded for dramatic gains in reading, writing and math

A four-year effort to improve student learning has earned national recognition for a charter school in the polygamous community of Centennial Park.

The U.S. Department of Education named Masada Charter School a No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School after it made gains in students' reading, writing and math skills.

Raid on Polygamous Sect in Texas Raises Rights Issues

The ranch near El Dorado was owned and operated by a sect called the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints, an offshoot of the much larger Mormon Church. The offshoot sect practices polygamy, something the Mormons dropped from their religion over a century ago.

The sect, known as FLDS, lived apart, communal style, and had very little contact with neighbors.

Polygamy & Politics Mix in Utah’s 3rd District Debate

Post image for Polygamy & Politics Mix in Utah's 3rd District DebateControversy surrounding the massive raid on a polygamous enclave in Texas spilled over into Utah politics Friday during one of the first candidate debates in the 3rd Congressional District race.

Rep. Chris Cannon said the government should not be going after polygamists solely because they practice plural marriage, relying on a controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling that protects homosexual relationships.

Nevada Father Submits DNA, Lashes at Raid

ELDORADO, Texas - A 32-year-old Nevada man drove 1,200 miles with a photo album of his children and said he would provide a DNA sample to Texas authorities Tuesday to prove paternity and get his three sons out of state custody.

David J. Williams, a former member of the FLDS polygamous sect, whose ranch was raided by authorities earlier this month, called the siege "an injustice" perpetrated by "unhonorable bastards."

UNLV Player Joe Darger Has 17 Siblings From His Polygamist Dad’s Two Wives

Post image for UNLV Player Joe Darger Has 17 Siblings From His Polygamist Dad's Two WivesUNLV forward Joe Darger scored 18 points yesterday in leading the Runnin' Rebels to a 71-58 win over Kent State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Darger, a junior, is a good player, but what interests me about him isn't his game, it's his family.

Darger's father is a polygamist. His dad has two wives. One wife has 10 children and the other has eight. Although Joe Darger doesn't talk to the media about his family, his father, John Darger, has spoken proudly about his polygamist lifestyle, about how he supports both his wives, and about how all his children are growing up to be well-adjusted young people, as Joe Darger is, from all accounts.

But make no mistake: Darger's father is a criminal. He's flagrantly violating the law, in both his home state of Utah and every other state, and the Utah attorney general's web site makes clear that it's a law Utah takes seriously. If the authorities choose to, at any time, they'll have absolutely no trouble proving his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and throwing him in prison. If Darger's father is thrown in prison, would that be OK with you?

Watson Dishes on Life in the Lab

In this article, Nobel prize winning scientist and former Harvard professor, James D. Watson, speaks of his views on a lot of different subjects, including polygamy. I would like to hear more of what he has to say about polygamy.

Are you a boring person?

James D. Watson has a piece of advice for you: "Read something. Have some kind of fact which really makes you think."