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    AN innocent twist on a common baby name has stirred up social media. Many people find it to be extra, one even comparing the moniker to the name of the mascot of the Michelin tire company. 2Reddit users are not impressed by a twist on a common baby nameCredit: Getty Taking to Reddit, a user shared a picture of a white, pink, and gold Disney-themed baby cake that had been dedicated to a one-year-old. On the cake was the name of the baby, which the Reddit user was clearly not a fan of. "Incredible cake, awful name," they wrote. It seems that several people in the comments section of the post shared their sentiment. Read more on baby namesWHAT'S IN A NAME? The VERY surprising boy name making a comeback in 2022 revealedTHINK AGAIN Governments ban baby names - they said they'd lead to a 'lifetime of mockery' The name in question was Hazelin. "Why would you ruin a perfectly fine name like Hazel!!!" one frustrated Reddit user demanded. Another asserted: "But…what's wrong with Hazel? It did not need to...
    MANY new mums would agree that the hardest part about being a mum to a newborm is the stop-start sleeping schedule. But one mum, now doing it for the fourth time round, has finally found a useful tip - and she certainly wish she'd known it sooner. 2Chrissy Horton shared the hack on her TikTok pageCredit: Tik Tok Mum-of-four Chrissy Horton shared the hack on her TikTok page admitting she'd only just discovered that babies have two types of sleep - active and quiet. This means that even when your baby appears restless, you might not need to worry about soothing them back to sleep. "Please tell me I'm not the only parent who just discovered this about sleeping and newborns, "she said in the video. "I am on my fourth kid, MY FOURTH KID, and I just learned this about sleeping and it would have saved me so much if I'd known about it earlier." FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED Chrissy got the tip from another account called...
    Jackson, Mississippi (CNN)When her firstborn exhibited extreme sensitivity to smell, sound and touch, along with some obsessive-compulsive tendencies, Sarah Howard wondered if it was her fault, if she'd done something to harm her baby boy during her pregnancy. She just didn't know.She and her husband, Andrew, had only recently moved to Jackson in 2006, and he was their first child, the 40-year-old mother of two told CNN.As he got older, he wouldn't use public restrooms. The noise of the flushing was overbearing, so he'd just hold it until he couldn't. He wanted his bathtub filled to a specific level before he'd get in. He demanded pancakes cut a certain way, and his parents kept extra syrup on hand because he always wanted the bottle full. When Jackson's muggy heat gave way to fleeting winter, the boy struggled wearing pants instead of shorts.For Jackson and Flint, the water may be back but the trust is goneIt didn't compute. Sarah Howard felt she'd done everything right during her pregnancy, she thought, even giving up her beloved coffee."I used to wonder if I...
    A FIVE-year-old boy drowned after he became trapped in a car that was swept away in floods in New South Wales. The boy's parents and two siblings- aged three and one- were found clinging to a tree to escape the rising flood waters. 5The family was travelling along the McGrane Way near TullamoreCredit: 9 News 5Emergency services rescued two children and their parentsCredit: 9 News 5The car was swept away by flood watersCredit: EPA The family became trapped in their Toyota Hilux on McGrane Way near Tullamore on Friday. Emergency services rushed to the area where they rescued two children and their parents, ABC reported. The boy's body was tragically found by divers in the submerged car on Saturday. NSW Police said in a statement: "Four occupants of the Hilux, a 37-year-old man, a 28-year-old woman, along with a young boy and girl, got out and were able to cling to trees. READ MORE ON WORLD NEWSVLAD ALONE Isolated Putin loses his last allies as China & India tell him to end bloody warBLOOD ON STREETS Iran president warns protesters...
    A federal judge threw out a lawsuit on Friday from parents that accused Attorney General Merrick Garland of stifling their free speech, saying the group misunderstood a memo addressing increased harassment against schools. In 2021, Garland released a memo addressing the “disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence” levied at schools. The memo sparked months of backlash and false claims that the attorney general believed parents who were concerned about education policy were “domestic terrorists.” In an attempt to stop the Justice Department from enforcing the memo, a group of parents from Virginia and Washington sued Garland, claiming the memo tried to silence parents who were lawfully protesting the “harmful, immoral, and racist policies of the ‘progressive’ Left” at their local schools. Federal Judge Dabney Friedrich, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, ruled that the memo did little more than announce a “series of measures” that directed federal authorities to address increasing threats targeting school board members, teachers and other school employees. “The alleged AG Policy is not regulatory, proscriptive, or compulsory in nature because it does...
    I don't really want to go into the details of the end of my marriage to the journalist Julie Burchill.  Just let me say that after ten years together, Julie had grown bored with me and fallen in love with someone else. It happens. Our break-up wasn’t easy on our ten-year-old son Jack – but divorce is rarely easy.  We did the classic we-both-love-you and nothing-is-going-to-change speech that divorcing parents always make.  In the days that followed the end of my marriage, I told myself I had to man up for Jack’s sake. There was no time for sorrow and self-pity. My main task was helping Jack adjust to this big scary change by creating a sense of continuity. The toughest challenge I faced in those early days was trying to hide my sadness from Jack. The toughest challenge Jack faced was hiding his sadness from me. No doubt this makes them feel better, but I suspect it provides little comfort for children. In the days that followed, I told myself I had to man up for Jack’s sake. There...
    Phynart Studio | Istock | Getty Images President Joe Biden's announcement last month that he'll forgive up to $20,000 in student debt for borrowers will also impact the millions of parents who have taken out loans for their children's education. The debt cancellation applies to so-called Parent PLUS loans, federal loans that parents can take out to help their dependent children cover their college costs. With tuition costs spiking over the last few decades, more students are hitting the limits on what they can borrow in student loans, pushing parents to borrow more. More from Personal Finance:How student loan forgiveness will be applied to your debtsKey events on the path to student loan forgivenessHow to calculate your bill for student loan forgiveness Currently, more than 600,000 parents take out student loans for their children each year, up from around 450,000 in 2000, according to data provided by higher-education expert Mark Kantrowitz. The average outstanding Parent PLUS loan is about $30,000, he said. Many of these parents will now get some relief. "Both students and parents should apply for forgiveness," Kantrowitz...
    As King Charles settles into his role as the monarch and head of state following his accession to the throne, he has shown how he is holding his mother, Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II dear. In a photo published last night of King Charles at work in the Eighteenth Century Room at Buckingham Palace, there were a few subtle nods to his late mother and father, the late Duke of Edinburgh, which showed how the monarch will remember their influence when carrying out his royal duties. Most striking was the black-and-white photo of the Queen and Prince Philip which sat on the side table behind the King's desk while he worked on reviewing documents from his red box.  King Charles III was hard at work as he reviewed official documents from his red box during his first days as the monarch following the death of his mother (Pictured in the Eighteenth Century Room at Buckingham Palace) Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (pictured with the red box at Sandringham in February 2022) began every single day reviewing documents from...
    WHILE the choices may seem endless when it comes to naming your baby, there are some that are off limits, and you may not even realize. Over centuries, governments worldwide have ruled that certain names are illegal for mockery and misinterpretation reasons – and the parents did not agree. 2Depending on where you live, baby names are more limited than you thinkCredit: Getty A recent Good Housekeeping article revealed 40 names banned across the world and why. The first name is a bit obscure but still forbidden: Nutella. According to The Telegraph, when a baby girl was named Nutella in France, a judge made the name illegal because they thought "it would make her the target of derision." Along the same lines, the name Fraise, which means strawberry, was banned in France due to the name possibly being mistaken for the slang word for a*s. READ MORE ON BABY NAMESTOT TIMETRAVEL I'm a baby naming guru & these 39 baby names from 1880 are making a comebackKID YOU NOT I've found a baby name...
    by Evan Stambaugh   A former teacher running for a seat on the Forest Lake School Board once unequivocally stated that parents should have no say in what their children are taught. Back in February, prior to running for school board, Ashley Bulmer posted a 26-second video to TikTok declaring that “teachers should be allowed to teach” without parental input in how they construct their lesson plans. “I’m a parent, and I’m sorry to all you parents out there, but you do not get a say in your child’s teacher’s lesson plans,” she said. “I spent thousands of dollars on a degree and my educator’s license, and I would be gosh-darned if parents tried to tell me how to write my lesson plans that I literally went to school to learn how to write.” Bulmer added that parents who want more control over what their children are taught  should “homeschool them” instead. The school board candidate appears to have voluntarily deleted the video and her entire TikTok channel, but only after the video spread like wildfire on social media....
    by Benjamin Yount   Tim Michels says Wisconsin’s State of Education speech was more of a political stump speech than a report card on the state’s schools. Michels, who is running for governor against incumbent Gov. Tony Evers, told The Center Square Friday that State Superintendent Jill Underly’s focus on Pride flags and pronouns is frustrating parents across the state who want their kids to get back to the fundamentals. “A lot of parents believe there’s too much indoctrination happening in schools,“ Michels said Friday. “Parents want their sons and daughters to be taught the ABCs. To get the life skills that are necessary to get a job and be a productive member of society,” Underly mentioned parents in her speech just a handful of times, and never in a way that suggests moms and dads should have a say in what their kids are learning. Michels said parents must be involved in their kids’ education. “Educrats in Wisconsin think they know what is best for students, they think they know what is best for schools, they think they...
    by Bruce Walker   Hispanic parents nationally are increasingly investigating alternatives to traditional public schools, according to a survey released this week by Conoce tus Opciones Escolares. COE reported 59% of Hispanic parents surveyed responded they were considering other education options for at least one child from each family, whereas 52% of all parents – Hispanic and otherwise – responded likewise. COE describes itself as a sister project of the National School Choice Awareness Foundation. Krissia Campos Spivey, COE project director, told The Center Square the dropout rate for Hispanic students is 65% higher than it is for white students. She added the pandemic only served to exacerbate education issues for minority students as well as for students of every race. “The last two years have made the racial achievement gap even worse,” Spivey said. Other statistics supporting Spivey’s assertion include Michigan’s most recent M-STEP scores, which reveal only 9% of Detroit third graders tested last spring are reading at or above grade level. Out of 3,722 students, 910 (24%) were deemed eligible for third-grade retention, but only 107 – less than...
    (CNN)A high school football player died nearly two weeks after he was "critically injured" during a football game, the Linden, New Jersey, Public School District said in a statement. Xavier McClain,16, was a sophomore playing for the Linden Tigers varsity boys football team when he suffered a head injury during a game on September 9, Linden Mayor Derek Armstead told CNN.Xavier's parents told CNN affiliate WABC-TV they regularly attended their son's games but missed the one where he was injured -- something they say they will have to live with."He was in every sport, social, bright, gifted, and talented," Lisa McClain, the teen's mother, told the affiliate. "And I'm never going to see him graduate from high school.""He was only sixteen, he had his whole life ahead of him," said his father, Norm McClain, adding that he hopes such an injury does not happen to any other player.Read MoreMayor Armstead said he was close to Xavier's family, telling CNN his children played with both Xavier and his brother in a basketball league.In a post on Instagram, Armstead said Xavier "fought...
    Richmond High has won its first football game since the 2019 season, though not in a way that would lead to a celebration on the field. The Oilers (1-3) beat Galileo by forfeit when the parents of seven Lions’ players said their sons would be unable to play because of safety concerns over the trip to Richmond, Galileo coach Nick Naudain told the San Francisco Standard. The final score goes as 2-0, ends an 18-game losing streak for the Oilers and drops Galileo’s record to 0-4. “They had a concern for potential community violence, specifically shootings and explosions,” Richmond coach Bryan Fisher wrote in a text to the Bay Area News Group. “In my opinion, this is completely unwarranted. We have one of the safest campuses in our county. I bring my children to practice regularly and allow them to interact with the students and community with no hesitation. I don’t bring my kids to San Francisco, and I never will unless things change drastically.” Fisher said the exact same thing to the Standard in a story that appeared on...
    A MAN with a horrifying past has been found guilty of killing a missing woman who was last seen over 15 years ago. Investigators were shocked to discover that missing Alabama woman Lori Ann Slesinski spent her final moments with then-friend Derrill Richard Ennis who killed his parents at the age of 12. 4Lori Ann Slesinski, 24, went missing in 2006 and was tragically never foundCredit: Family Handout 4Derrill Richard Ennis, who was with Slesinski when she disappeared, murdered his parents when he was just 12 years oldCredit: Auburn Police Department 4A cold case unit identified Ennis's DNA beside Slesinski's burning car which was discovered four days after her disappearanceCredit: Lee County Court 4Ennis was found guilty of her death earlier this yearCredit: WTVM Ennis, now 41, was convicted of capital murder earlier this year in the disappearance of Slesinski who was last seen by friends and family on June 10, 2006. Slesinski and Ennis became friends when he moved to Auburn to work at a bowling alley. Unbeknownst to her, Ennis, 21 at the time, has just served a...
    Searches for NyQuil chicken skyrocketed after the United States Federal Drug Administration issued a warning against the recipe after it went viral during a recent TikTok trend. The hazardous recipe, dubbed 'sleepy chicken,' gained traction earlier this year and prompted the FDA to issue a statement on the method and the way parents allow their children to interact with social media. Following the recent statement on September 14 TikTok data showed an uptick of about 7,000 more searches on the trend by September 21, according to BuzzFeed. The FDA further put out a news release on September 15 warning parents about various 'social media challenges involving medicines' while encouraging adults to 'lock up these medications to prevent accidental overdoses.'  'These video challenges, which often target youths, can harm people – and even cause death,' the FDA warned.  TikTok has since issued a 'warning' on the app about the challenge.   The recent FDA warning against the horrid NyQuil Chicken trend skyrocketed searches for the recipe with at least 7,000 curious searchers attempting to discover the hype Users have sold the recipe as helping...
    Republican Michigan gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon called for the resignation of Michigan's top education official over videos intended to train school staff on how to support LGBTQ students who are struggling. Michigan Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon continued her emphasis on culture war issues in her campaign against incumbent Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Sept. 20. During a press conference in Lansing, Tudor called for the resignation of the top executive in the state's Department of Education, saying, "Somewhere along the way, radical political actors decided that our schools are laboratories for their social experiments and our children are their lab rats." Tudor, backed by a number of women holding signs and agreeing vocally with her statements, said, "Today, I am here first and foremost calling for the resignation of state superintendent Michael Rice." After applause and cheering from her supporters died down, Tudor went on: "And as you can see, there are plenty of parents in the state, many of whom are standing right behind me, who want this same thing. There is no place for radical activism in...
    A LUCKY shopper found £300 cash in a designer purse she bought for £7 at a charity shop - and it came with a mystery note. In a video on TikTok, the woman explains how she stumbled across the Coach bag in a vintage store and bought it with the intention of tidying it up. 3The woman was excited to reveal why she found $300 cash in the bagCredit: marthainfused 3She shared the story with followers on TikTokCredit: marthainfused 3The woman claims the money was intended as her kids' inheritanceCredit: marthainfused As she went to clean it out, she lifted the bottom lining and realised there was something underneath. She said: "I thought I could clean [the bag] up, so I start working on trying to take this flap out at the bottom of a purse, and there is an envelope with money." Along with the cash was a note from the bag's former owner explaining why it was left there. The note: “I have three children, they will give my things to Goodwill when...
    Support is on the rise for the Jersey Shore parents left heartbroken after the death of their beloved 11-month-old daughter whom they say fought against all odds. Mia Victoria Espinoza died in her mother’s arms on the morning of Monday, Sept. 12, her obituary says. Born in Long Branch, Mia was described as “one in a billion” and an incredible inspiration, according to her memorial. “Life with Mia was a dream,” her obituary says. “Although her time with her family was short, she brought such a bright light into those who got the chance to meet her.” Mia leaves behind her wonderfully loving parents, Alexandria Espinoza and Brian Kelly, as well as several extended family members whose lives she has forever impacted for the greater. Meanwhile, nearly $7,000 had poured in on a GoFundMe launched for Mia’s funeral expenses as of Friday, Sept. 23. “Alex was told during pregnancy that the odds of Mia living past birth were extremely low,” reads the campaign, launched by Chris Titmas. “The family said their goodbyes to Mia the night before she was born...
    A SCHOOL boy was put in detention for having the wrong pencil case - with his nan slamming the "stupid" school rules Annie Speller went to pick her grandson up from school but began to worry he had been "kidnapped" when he didn't come out. 2The school want all pupils to have a see-through pencil case like this oneCredit: Alamy She later found out where he was and claims she had not been informed by the Berkshire school about the detention. Annie said she asked what her grandchild had done to deserve the after-school punishment, and they told her "he didn't have a see-through pencil case". "I was sitting in my car waiting for him and all of a sudden all the kids had gone home and I thought where's my grandson? I phoned my daughter-in-law but she didn't answer," Annie added. "I was sitting there frantic, I thought someone had kidnapped him." Read more in newsQUEUE WHAT Clubs & tourist...
    PARENTS have been urged to be on the look out for symptoms of a chronic disease after their child has had Covid. Medics found that kids who have had the virus are at a higher risk of developing type 1 diabetes. 1Young woman and her little son looking at doctor and listening to his advice during appointmentCredit: Getty For most children and young people, coronavirus isn't serious and they will soon recover following rest. However, experts in the US have revealed that the illness could cause issues months after they initially contract the bug. Writing in the journal JAMA Network Open, experts at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland said this group were more likely to develop diabetes within six months. Professor Pamela Davis at the University said: "Type 1 diabetes is considered an autoimmune disease. Read more on diabetesJAB ALERT Diabetics set for HUGE change as once-a-week jab could replace daily meds HEALTH CHECK The 5 key factors that determine if YOU will develop deadly type 2 diabetes "It occurs mostly because the body's immune defences attack the cells...
    This month, children returned to classrooms across Minnesota, which means the contentious debate around closing the K-12 education achievement gap that exists between Black and white students in our state will begin anew. For many, the answer to Minnesota’s dirty little secret is having more Black teachers in classrooms that students can readily identify with and relate to culturally. After all, representation matters at all costs, right? No, what is most urgent right now is that Black students learn how to read, write and do arithmetic at grade level and beyond, so that they are adequately prepared to become productive members of society, which includes being ready for today and tomorrow’s technologically advanced workplace. Let’s be honest, teaching is an increasingly difficult profession. One that is often demonized and undervalued in our society. The reality is most men and women become teachers because they have a love for imparting knowledge and helping young people grow and develop into the best version of themselves. Article continues after advertisement Most people do not pursue a career in education to become rich and...
    CHILDCARE and counselling careers are the most ‘family friendly’ jobs, according to parents. Research of 2,000 working parents with children aged 2-17 revealed the industries most likely to ease the struggle of parenting, with popular benefits including flexible hours and working from home. 3A study has revealed the industries most likely to ease the struggle of parentingCredit: Getty 3Childcare and counselling careers are the most ‘family friendly’ jobs, according to parentsCredit: Getty 3Accounting and HR were also considered good jobs for new parentsCredit: Getty Other professions considered good for new parents include accounting, being a teaching assistant, health and safety or human resources. It also emerged that nearly half (48 per cent) of parents wish they could work in a more family-friendly environment. And only 18 per cent feel their return to work after having a child was ‘seamless’. The main factors new parents value most when heading back into the workplace was an understanding boss (34 per cent) and friendly colleagues (40 per cent). A spokesperson for Open Study College, which offers adults the opportunity to study new qualifications...
    Some school districts are already signaling resistance to new draft model policies from the Virginia Department of Education that will repeal current model policies controlling school district transgender policy. “We want to assure you that Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) will continue its commitment to both implement and develop gender affirming policies for all ACPS students. As a School Board and division, we are concerned with these ‘model policies’ that do not align with our mission, vision and core values to support all students and staff, in particular our core value of ensuring that we provide a welcoming environment for everyone in our school community,” Alexandria City Public Schools said in a letter to students, staff and families. Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Michelle Reid wrote in a letter to the community, “I understand the concerns that our LGBTQIA+ staff, student, and family community have about what this change of direction by the state may mean for our school division. Please be assured that FCPS remains committed to an inclusive learning environment for each and every student and staff member...
    TWO sisters aged 10 and 15 have been killed in a housefire that was reportedly sparked by a faulty hoverboard, a new lawsuit claims. Heartbroken parents Jennifer and Damien Kaufman are suing Walmart and Jetson Rogue Hoverboard after they couldn't save the girls from their burning home. 3A new lawsuit claims that two girls, Brianna Baer (15) and Abigail Kaufman (10) were killed in a housefire started by a faulty hoverboardCredit: Facebook/ Jen Kaufman 3Heartbroken parents Jennifer and Damien Kaufman are seeking unspecified damages from Walmart and Jetson Rogue Hoverboard after the tragic eventCredit: Facebook/ Jen Kaufman 3While the cause of the fire has yet to be confirmed by fire officials, the Kaufman's lawyer said an independent investigation found the hoverboard to be the causeCredit: CBS The lawsuit claims the April 1 fire started when a hoverboard purchased at the big-box retailer in 2018 caught flame in their 10-year-old daughter's room. The couple is arguing that Jetson and Walmart knew or should have known the hoverboard had a "defective and unreasonably dangerous design." The suit claims that despite this alleged...
    A DEVASTATING crash killed a family of four after their vehicle was smashed into by a big rig that had ran a stop sign, said officials. The driver of the truck told authorities that his brakes had failed, resulting in the crash on Interstate 17 on Sunday. 4A family of four was killed in a fiery crash after a big rig failed to stop at a stop signCredit: 12 News 4Dhinesh Nagarajan, 23, along with his brother and parents were all pronounced dead at the sceneCredit: Instagram Both vehicles were pushed off the road into an embankment when the truck landed on top of the family’s car, engulfing both vehicles in flames. Parents Gnanappan Nagarajan, 54, and Vijaya Lakshmi-Gopal, 45, were killed in the crash along with their two sons 24-year-old Athish Nagarajan and 23-year-old Dhinesh Nagarajan. All four were pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves, the parents were visiting Sedona from India to see their sons. READ MORE NEWSSOUVENIR MAG Don't miss free magazine commemorating the Queen's funeral tomorrow...
    (CNN)Roughly two and a half months after getting shot in the Highland Park, Illinois, Fourth of July attack and after multiple surgeries and weeks of rehabilitation, 8-year-old Cooper Roberts is back home -- and the road to his "new normal" begins."There was a time, not all that long ago, where we were desperately and feverishly praying just for Cooper to live. To be able to have Cooper home and our family all reunited together again is such an amazing blessing," Jason and Keely Roberts, the child's parents, said in a Thursday statement. Seven people were killed and dozens injured when a gunman fired into the crowd during Highland Park's Fourth of July parade. Cooper's injuries included a partially collapsed lung and a severed spinal cord.Cooper's family has offered regular updates on his condition. The 8-year-old was left paralyzed due to his gunshot wound and at times during his recovery journey has felt "hopeless, sad and angry" at his new reality, his family previously said.8-year-old boy paralyzed in Highland Park shooting may have some cognitive loss, family saysThat reality is one...
    L.A. Unified has reached a $9.5-million settlement with the parents of a 12-year-old boy who died after running laps at Dodson Middle School in Rancho Palos Verdes, the attorneys representing the family said Wednesday. The boy’s parents filed a civil lawsuit against the school district on March 29, 2019, contending that employees neglected to follow procedures that may have saved their son’s life. The parties reached the agreement before trial a few months ago, said Bruce Broillet, an attorney representing the family. “Los Angeles Unified takes the health and safety of our students very seriously,” an LAUSD spokesperson said. “We are unable to comment on ongoing or pending litigation.” The boy’s parents alleged that LAUSD was negligent in failing to immediately call 911 and to apply life-saving measures until paramedics arrived, including performing CPR and using an automated external defibrillator. “They remain devastated by the loss of their son,” the attorney said. “Having a child is like having your own heart walking around outside your body, and they feel that loss every day.” On March 6,...
    Brian Copeland’s new solo show “Grandma & Me” is subtitled “An Ode to Single Parents,” and that’s a topic he knows well. “My sisters and I waited years to clear my grandmother’s stuff out,” Copeland says. “When she passed, it was so emotional for us, because she’s the one who raised us.” And, as Copeland notes, that was no ordinary feat. “My mom died when I was 14,” he explains. “There were five of us, and my youngest sister was 1 at the time. When we lost Grandma, she was 85, but it was sudden. She had a stroke and was in the hospital for three days, and then we lost her. So it was super, super emotional for us to clear out her things. My sister found the document from Alameda County that granted her guardianship of the five of us. I looked at that document, and all of a sudden it hit me, the enormity of what it was that she did. Here was this 57-year-old woman with a Jim Crow Birmingham education who had lost her only...
    More than 1,600 different books were banned from schools and public libraries during the last academic year, as parents and community members across the country continued to raise hell over works that address cultural identities, racism, homophobia, and abuse. Many of the pro-book banners insist the material is simply too inappropriate for younger readers. But authors say those concerns are just excuses—and it’s really about exclusion. “They act like they’re concerned for the kids, but they’re not,” said Ellen Hopkins, the author of Crank, Tricks, People Kill People, and many other challenged books. “By saying, ‘Books on LGBTQ content can’t be there,’ they’re not only saying these kids don’t count. They’re saying they shouldn’t exist.” Hopkins is the most frequently banned writer in the U.S., according to a new report by PEN America. The report was released in conjunction with Banned Books Week, which began Sunday and is organized by groups dedicated to promoting free expression in the U.S. It provides insight into book bans across the country, revealing that there were over 2,500 bans across 140 school districts...
    Controversial radio host Alex Jones was back in court today as his second defamation trial over his claims the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was a hoax gets underway. Jones is facing a second lawsuit from families over his comments related to the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were murdered. Jones was found guilty by default in the case last year after failing to provide the requested information to the court including google analytics data that would show viewership numbers for his conspiracy theory website InfoWars. The trial taking place now will determine how much Jones owes the family in damages. Today in court, he came face-to-face with some of the Sandy Hook parents that he once labeled as crisis actors after their children’s murders. Jones taking the stand didn’t proceed without his typical bluster as he ended up getting into a heated argument with the plaintiffs’ attorney Chris Mattei. In a clip circulating Twitter via Law & Crimes Cathy Russon, Mattei pointed out one parent in the courtroom, Robbie Parker, whose...
    A psychologist has warned that Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz's constant displays of affection online could actually be a sign of trouble behind-the-scenes - hours after the model spoke out about her rift with Brooklyn's mother, Victoria Beckham. Brooklyn, 23, and his wife-of-five-months, Nicola, 27, appear to be the epitome of a doting couple on social media. They constantly share adoring, loved-up snaps that show them kissing, cuddling, and holding hands to their respective feeds, and any time a paparazzi catches them out and about they appear as happy as could be together. However, a relationship expert has now chimed in on their romance, and revealed that things may not be as picture-perfect in real life as they appear to be online, especially amid rumors that the couple is feuding with Brooklyn's famous mom, Victoria.  A psychologist has warned that Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz's constant displays of affection online could actually be a sign of trouble behind-the-scenes Brooklyn, 23, and his wife, Nicola, 27, appear to be the epitome of a perfect couple on social media - where...
    The San Antonio Police Department said the man was provided with a tourniquet and taken to the hospital with "non-life-threatening" injuries. School district officials said the man will not face charges. Cops and parents got in each other's faces during the shambolic response to the school shooting that never actually happened. A police officer is seen pushing a man. The police department said that some individuals "became unruly." WOAI reporter Matt Roy posted videos of the chaotic scene at Jefferson High School. (WARNING: Graphic video) \u201cMore of the Brawl.\n\nWARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE AND IMAGES\u201d — Matt Roy (@Matt Roy) 1663699905 \u201cEarlier today, hundreds of parents converged on Jefferson High School after hearing reports of gunfire at the school. Police had issues controlling the crowd for what turned out to be a false alarm.\u201d — San Antonio Express-News (@San Antonio Express-News) 1663733141 The San Antonio Police Department said at 2:26 p.m. on Tuesday, "The school has been cleared and is deemed safe." Jefferson High School student Marty Gonzalez told KSAT-TV, "I'm supposed to feel happy at school, be happy with...
    A LOCAL library's website has been taken over by an online sex shop, leaving parents terrified. The URL of Hampton Local Library in Virginia was hijacked in March of this year, the Daily Star reported. 1A local library's website has been taken over by an online sex shop, leaving parents terrified.Credit: Getty An online sex shop by the name of Hampton Adult Toy Store is now the owner of the URL. In response, parents are being warned against letting their kids browse for books on the library's website. Local authorities said the website was taken over by someone pretending to be a city worker. The fraudster approached the domain registrar to claim ownership of the old URL. Read more on sex scandalsBEACH BODY Tourists call cops over ‘dead body’ - but it turns out to be £500 SEX DOLLPLASTIC HEART I'm a woman who uses sex dolls and my boyfriend is made of plastic Neither the city of Hampton, Virginia nor the library was notified of the change. The city wrote on its official Facebook page: "We learned today...
    Republican leader Kevin McCarthy is releasing a new strategy ahead of the 2022 midterms in the bid for his party to retake the House with a plan that includes piling forces into the overwhelmed border, combatting 'woke' policies and taking on China.  The GOP's Commitment to America, set to be rolled out during an event led by McCarthy in Pennsylvania on Friday, includes a five-point plan to secure the border, which would fully fund border enforcement and put an end to catch-and-release loopholes. It also places a huge emphasis on reducing spiking crime rates by allocating more resources toward hiring local and state law enforcement and a crack-down on prosecutors who refuse to pursue cases against violent criminals. The strategy, according to Republicans familiar with the project, would establish a select committee solely focused on China and the rising threat from the communist nation. House Republicans also want to implement a 'Parents' Bill of Rights' to give parents more say in their children's public school education.  The minority leader's strategy aims to address all the major issues facing the country...
    PARENTS have been warned that dangerous diet pills are being promoted on social media. Medicines used to treat epilepsy, alcohol addiction and migraine were found being openly promoted as weight loss pills to kids on TikTok. 1The most commonly mentioned prescription drug mentioned in the posts was an appetite suppressant not licensed in the UKCredit: Getty An investigation by The Pharmaceutical Journal revealed that the prescription only pills were being promoted to teenagers searching for diet pills. The journal analysed the top 100 popular user posts under the hashtag #dietpills and found that a number were advocating the use of prescription-only medicine. The most commonly mentioned prescription drug mentioned in the posts was an appetite suppressant not licensed in the UK, known as phentermine. The drug is used in some countries to treat obesity. Read more on diet pillsPILL NIGHTMARE Dodgy diet pills I bought online nearly KILLED me and I couldn’t walkDRUGS PROBE Diet pills that could trigger 'heart attacks' sold on eBay, report warns However, it can sometimes cause lung and heart disease in...
    DAVID Dahmer is known as the reclusive younger brother of notorious US serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Jeffrey gained worldwide attention when he received a 957-year prison sentence for the brutal murders of seventeen young men between 1978 and 1991. Who is David Dahmer? David Dahmer was the second child of Lionel and Joyce Dahmer. Born in 1996, in Doylestown, Ohio, his parents allowed his older brother Jeffrey to name him. By all accounts, David’s introduction to the family had an adverse effect on Jeffrey who quickly came to resent his brother. According to Bibliography.com, he felt David “stole away” some of the love that his parents had for him. 1David Dahmer (left) pictured with dad Lionel Dahmer (centre) and Jeffrey Dahmer (right)Credit: YouTube/Dahmer Family In 1978, the brother’s parents Lionel and Joyce divorced. David, who was only 12 years old at the time, moved with his mother to Wisconsin with his father largely absent from home life due to work commitments. In an interview with Larry King in 2004, Lionel was asked about Jeffrey’s and David’s relationship. Lionel mentioned the...
    by Reagan Reese   A Florida school board approved a new sexual education curriculum that teaches 12-year-olds about the purpose of condoms, despite push back from parents. The Hillsborough School Board in Tampa, Florida, voted 5-2 Tuesday to implement a new sexual education curriculum for seventh graders. Parents pushed back against the proposed curriculum, saying the lesson plans are sourced by Planned Parenthood documents, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The curriculum and specific lesson plans are accessible to parents of the district for viewing, which is required by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ HB 1467, as a way to add transparency. The sexual education curriculum spans over three years, beginning with seventh grade, and teaches students how “pregnancy occurs,” how to use condoms and other sexual health practices, according to a district overview. “It needs to be age-appropriate. We should not be over-sexualizing our children,” parent Aly Legge told ABC Action News. Other concerns from parents came from an aspect in the curriculum that specifies that gender identity may not always match the sexual organs of an individual, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The curriculum is inclusive for the LGBTQ...
    by Jack Windsor   Parents of students in Hilliard City Schools are threatening to sue in federal court if the district fails to provide adequate answers by October 17 to several questions parents have about school policies. Parents want to know if they will be made aware of gender and sex-related conversations between students and school staff. They also want to know if there is political activism going on inside Hilliard schools stirred up by an LGBTQ+ organization. Parents are concerned the district is allowing manipulations of students to manifest gender dysphoria symptoms at school and encouraging them to transition to a sex opposite their biological birth. The Ohio Press Network (OPN) obtained three letters between a lawyer representing more than 30 parents within the district and the school legal counsel, as well as email messages, photos and videos mentioned in notes between the lawyers. Columbus attorney Joshua Brown sent a letter to district Superintendent Dave Stewart on August 15 that gave the district 30 days to respond after which Brown threatened to sue. The letter was the result...
    HORROR details have emerged as the investigation into a homeschooled teen's death continues. Alexandru Radita died in 2013 weighing only 37 pounds after crucial clues about his mistreatment were missed. 4Alexandru Radita died weighing just 37 pounds at age 15 4His parents have been found guilty of first degree murderCredit: CTV 4Alex's parents are serving a life sentence for their mistreatment of the boyCredit: CTV 4Alex had been homeschooled but was never registered for classes after Grade FiveCredit: CTV The 15-year-old from Calgary, Alberta, Canada died of bacterial sepsis caused by starvation and diabetes that hadn't been treated. In 2017, his parents, Emil and Rodica Radita, were found guilty of first-degree murder. They are serving life sentences with no chance of parole for 25 years. Now, the homeschooling system Alex was part of has come under fire as the investigation into his death continues. READ MORE CRIME STORIES'I WANT JUSTICE' Mystery deepens over teen murders as victim's mom breaks silenceRIOTS HIT BRUM Moment masked mob targets Hindu temple in Birmingham after unrest spreads A fatality inquiry into the teen's death...
    A lawsuit filed by the family of a little league player who suffered a serious head injury after falling from a bunk bed in Pennsylvania says that it all could've been prevented with a safety railing, multiple news outlets report citing court documents. Easton Oliverson, 12, of Saint George, Utah, fractured his skull when he fell off the top bunk in a Williamsport dorm on Sunday, Aug. 14. The boy was expected to make his first appearance in the World Series as part of the Snow Canyon Little League team. Instead, he underwent emergency surgery and had to be put into a medically induced coma. Since then, his parents launched an Instagram account to provide updates on his recovery. The lawsuit, filed Friday, Sept. 16 in a Pennsylvania court, accuses the bed manufacturer, Savoy Contract Furniture, and the Little League, of negligence and liability, and seeks punitive and compensatory damages of at least $50,000, CNN reports. The suit also states that the company "designed, manufactured, distributed, marketed, and/or sold the bunk beds in a dangerous and defective condition," thus leaving Oliverson with “significant and permanent...
    Michigan GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon gave the media her definition of pornography during a bizarre press conference on Tuesday.  Dixon, 45, went on to offer to send some examples of pornography to the reporter.  Her remarks came amid a battle in Michigan over what texts are suitable for students in the state's public schools. The press conference was held on the steps of the Michigan Department of Education headquarters in Lansing. Dixon also said that she would be in favor of a statewide ban on books that were deemed to be pornographic.  The Donald Trump-backed nominee was asked by a reporter: 'Can you define what pornographic means for you in terms of books in K-12 schools?' The part-time actor answered: 'Do you need me to define pornographic?' According to her IMDb page, Dixon has appeared in several horror movies such as Buddy BeBop vs the Living Dead and Inception of Chaos.  She continued: 'So, there's two naked people and they are acting out a sexual act – multiple different sexual acts. Do you want me to send you some so...
    A Canadian high school has implied it would be illegal to criticize and stop a trans teacher from wearing huge prosthetic breasts in class.  Kayla Lemieux, a Manufacturing Technology teacher at Oakville Trafalgar High School in Ontario, was recently pictured instructing a shop class with the large prosthetics on, which stretch her clothing and stick out prominently. Despite the heavy backlash and reports that some students are skipping class, The Halton District School Board defended the teacher and said it would no longer answer questions about the issue because it was a 'personnel matter.'  The district also claimed that interfering or criticizing the teacher would go against the Ontario Human Rights Code.  'The HDSB recognizes the rights of students, staff, parents/guardians and community members to equitable treatment without discrimination based upon gender identity and gender expression. Gender identity and gender expression are protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code,' the board said in a statement. Meanwhile, parents and students at the high school appeared split on the issue.  Owen LaPlante, a 12th grader at the school, told the Toronto...
    I didn’t go to an Ivy League college. In fact, I never even thought of applying, and you probably didn’t either. This month, U.S. News & World Report decided to demote Columbia University from No. 2 for best university in America to No. 18 after the school was accused of providing false information to boost its ranking. What does it say about the value of such rankings when a supposed measure of quality can slip overnight? In August, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona bluntly called popular college rankings “a joke.” Why? Probably because they celebrate institutions that represent less than 1% of the college-going population. The top 10 “best” colleges have billions of endowment dollars, are more exclusive than inclusive and reject almost every student who applies. They serve the few and fortunate and do more to reinforce socioeconomic inequality than to mitigate it. If you happen to be in the 1% of students who apply and eventually enroll in one of those schools, the U.S. News ranking is for you! But, if you’re part of the other 99% of...
    Parents of a Chapman University student who was killed in a sand dune crash while filming a movie with USC film students in the Imperial County desert brought a lawsuit on Monday accusing USC of negligence. The civil lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court also names as defendants two USC film students — Ting Su, who is described as the director of the student film, and Biangliang Li, who is described as a producer — for their role in the production that resulted in the April 15, 2022 death of 29-year-old Peng “Aaron” Wang. Wang — a Chapman film student — was recruited to serve as a cinematographer and cameraman on the production of “Finale,” a film about the “hallucinations and death of a man in the desert” that the USC film students were creating as part of a “Directing Techniques” class, the lawsuit states. According to the California Highway Patrol, the film students were in a Maverick off-road vehicle that overturned after slowly sliding down the side of a sand dune in the Imperial Sand Dune Recreation Area. ...
    WHEN you're a toddler, one of the first things you learn to write is your name. So you'd think by your early twenties you'd have the spelling of it down to a T. 2She had no idea she'd been spelling her name wrong for 22 yearsCredit: tiktok/@l_a_kelly But one woman confessed that she'd been spelling her own name wrong for over two decades, and even her parents didn't realise. She posted on her TikTok account @I_a_kelly explaining how she managed to get her own name wrong for so long. "My name is Lesley-Ann, that's all my first name, no middle name, that's always what I was told growing up," she explained. In fact her mum was insistent that she made sure she spelt her name right growing up, always remembering to include the hyphen. Read more on namesNAME GAME I’m a naming whizz - how to pick the perfect baby name & ones to avoid in 2022Parental pick I'm a baby name guru - what I'd NEVER name my kids as no one can spell it After years of it...
    The Prince and Princess of Wales were 'calm and natural' with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Queen's funeral despite being under enormous scrutiny, a parenting expert has claimed. Royal fans praised Prince William and Kate Middleton for being 'wonderful' parents after the nine-year-old heir to the throne and his seven-year-old sister behaved impeccably throughout the historic event on Monday. George and Charlotte cut solemn figures as they joined royals for Her Majesty's funeral at Westminster Abbey and her Committal Service in Windsor, where Charlotte was seen giving her older brother a lesson in royal protocol as she told him 'to bow'. Meanwhile William and Kate's youngest child, Prince Louis, four, did not attend the funeral as he was likely considered too young.  Speaking to FEMAIL, parenting expert Stephanie Wallis explained how the Princess of Wales took a more 'dominant parenting role', leaving Prince William to focus on his position as a son, grandson, and heir to the throne.  She said the couple had used 'gentle touches' to interact with their children and guide them through the day,...
    BABY showers have been steadily rising in popularity over the past decade. And with more and more parents choosing to commemorate upcoming arrivals in an increasingly unique and lavish way, it can be hard knowing what to gift. 2Etiquette expert Anastasia Martel has revealed the five gifts you should avoid giving when attending a baby shower. Pictured, stock imageCredit: Getty - Contributor 2Anastasia noted how some gifts can come across as tacky, chavvy and thoughtlessCredit: Anastasia Martel Here, etiquette expert Anastasia Martel speaks exclusively to Fabulous and shares the five items you should avoid giving when attending a baby shower. Religious or Spiritual Symbolisms A baby shower is the perfect day to celebrate a soon-to-be-born baby and future parents with warmest wishes and sophisticated gifts. But according to Anastasia, buying presents of any religious or deep spiritual nature can be interpreted not only as "indecorous" but also "outright offensive." She explains: "Regardless of how well you may know the future parents, you should always avoid spiritual gifts or any religious symbolism due to the delicate matter of...
    A CHILD was found locked in a cage filled with bugs and soiled bedding after the parents fled the scene. The cops raided a home in Logan, Ohio on Sunday to find a three-year-old locked inside a cage, which was made of a pack n play secured with zip ties. 5Police raided a home in Ohio and found two toddlers in gruesome conditionsCredit: Hocking County Sheriff's Office 5A three-year-old was found locked in a cage made of a pack n play and zip tiesCredit: Hocking County Sheriff's Office The cage was filled with bugs, soiled bedding, and a cup of spoiled milk. “The bedclothes were soiled, and we were actually trying to get a sippy cup for him. It had green spoiled milk in it, and there were bugs. I care not to guess what they were inside,” Chief Deputy Caleb Moritz told ABC6. A two-year-old was also found in the home, walking around with a meth pipe. “We saw a little girl running around with a silver object, and we took it out of her hands we found...