Babies on board: … I saw the wire yesterday on this story about Rosemarie Barcelona Radovan, but I didn’t get to it until today. (Somehow, I don’t think the defense witness — an expert in clinical and child psychology — helped Radovan’s case by saying that in the Phillippine community, it was “not an unusual thing to do, to have your children close by at work.”)

I was reminded of Radovan’s story after glancing at the front of today’s Mercury News and reading about Brian Gilbert, who faces criminal charges related to leaving his 5-month-old son in a locked car while watching anime for three hours.

When my mom was taking real-estate classes in the early 1980s, I remember spending a few hours every Saturday morning in the public library in Wheaton, Md. My brothers and I took homework, but after that was done it was open season on volumes and volumes of books. (My faves were James Blish’s series of Star Trek paperback novels and the James Bond books — Ian Fleming’s and John Gardiner’s.) I wish Radovan’s sons had been able to kill some time at a library.

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