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    EVEN the biggest neat freaks have their weak spots, and cleaning experts warn that one item in your home might be in dire need of a scrubbing. If you don't sanitize one gross area, you could even become seriously ill, cleaning pros said. 2Home cleaning experts warned an item in your bathroom needs to be cleaned moreCredit: Getty According to the experts at Tech Times, there's a piece of equipment many people use every day – even multiple times per day – but don't clean enough. If you own an electric toothbrush, you might be surprised to find out cleaning professionals recommend a frequent cleaning schedule. That's true even if your toothbrush has a disposable head, the experts explained. "If you want to preserve the pristine quality of your electric toothbrush, you should replace its head every three months," they wrote. READ MORE CLEANING TIPSSHOPPING LIST I'm an Amazon fan – 5 gross home issues you can fix with products under $15REVAMP I’m a professional cleaner - 4 easy ways to make your bathroom feel more luxurious Every time you use your...
    At some point in the day, at many points in the day actually, we all have to use the bathroom. We use it for showers, for brushing our teeth, and… for the obvious. We also use it to put on makeup, fix our hair, and shave. In other words, with a room that we are in and out of so often, there must be ways we can make it eco-friendlier. Well, there are many things we can do to green up the bathroom. After all, it’s a room full of products — dental care, hair care, makeup, air freshener, etc. — as well as one that relies on multiple resources in the form of electricity, water, and possibly gas, depending on the water heater. Without beating ourselves up over whatever inefficiencies and pollutants our bathrooms currently have, there are lots of possibilities for most of us to do better there concerning the planet. And, it’s our actions, our personal choices, that will kickstart real change. 1. DIY Natural Toiletries Oddly, we use lots of chemicals to clean our bodies,...
    A DOLLAR Tree shopper has revealed she has converted a bathroom ornament into a tool that helps keep her plants healthy. Fans online have gushed over the cost-effective strategy but others have been left unconvinced. 1A Dollar Tree fan has revealed how she uses a bathroom product to help keep her plants healthyCredit: Reddit/Amyliabedylia The Redditor, known as Amylia, said she used Dollar Tree shower baskets for her kitchen window orchids. She filled the item with an orchid medium that consists of lava rock and large pieces of bark. Amylia said she’s been filling the baskets with orchids over the last six months. She revealed that there are holes in the bottom of the baskets which means excess water can be drained off. read more dollar tree storiesTREE-T YOURSELF I’m a Dollar Tree fan & filled my pantry with 16 key items for just $20.25VERY COOL The 4 genius ways to use a $1 Dollar Tree cooling rack to organize your closet Gardeners online have praised the Redditor’s idea as they said it “looks great”. One said: “Genius! I never...
    IS it possible for plants to actually grow with the help of garbage? It turns out gardening can be made so much simpler using an item you might think you should immediately throw away. 2Tom Hilton, the director of hydroponic specialists from National Greenhouse, revealed a tip about toilet paper rollsCredit: Getty 2Tom says toilet paper rolls can be used to grow plants in an exceptionally healthy wayCredit: Getty Cardboard paper towel rolls are typically tossed into the wastebasket without a second thought. But setting them aside for garden improvements could actually be a more resourceful use for them. Tom Hilton, the director of hydroponic specialists from National Greenhouse, talked to Express about what gardeners and plant lovers should do. He revealed that cardboard toilet paper rolls are brilliant alternatives that can be used in place of plant pots or module trays. Read More About GardeningPERMANENT SOLUTION I’m a gardening expert – what to plant to keep an annoying pest awayGREEN FINGERS The 4 cheap and easy tricks to stop your lawn from turning yellow He explained: “Toilet paper rolls...
    WE’VE all dealt with those door-to-door salesmen who show up at your home unannounced in the hopes of making some cash. Although they’re just doing their job, sometimes it can be quite frightening if you’re home alone. 3A woman said she was nervous after letting a salesman into her homeCredit: TikTok 3After she let him use her bathroom, she noticed something bizarreCredit: TikTok One woman named McKenna Ashcroft, who goes by @happilykenna on TikTok, said she noticed something really strange after letting one of these men into her home. She began: “TikTok, I am making this video because, if I go missing, I want you to know these details. “A summer salesman came to my door and knocked, and you know, did the whole, trying to sell me pest control. “I told him I wasn’t interested and somehow we got into talking about where he was from.” READ MORE ON REAL LIFEFLIPPED SWITCH My friend was furious I hooked up with her ex - then did something crazyOH WOW I bought a trailer for £286 and transformed it into my...
    A Credit Suisse director has been fired after being filmed attacking waiters at a Korean restaurant because they refused to let him use the bathroom after he stumbled in drunk at 2am.  Roman Cambell was fired from his media and information services role at the bank this week after footage of the incident was shared on social media by the restaurant owner's daughter.  It shows him arriving at Shanghai Mong, an Asian fusion restaurant in Koreatown, on Saturday June 4th at 1.52am and demanding to be allowed inside to use the bathroom.  At first, the female restaurant owner politely told him that the restrooms were for customers only.  Roman Cambell has been fired after being filmed attacking waiters at a restaurant in Koreatown on June 4 He began recording her on his phone while she spoke.  When she pulled her phone out, he smacked it out of her hand and then barged his way into the back of the restaurant.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Elite state school nicknamed the 'socialist Eton' is rated... EXCLUSIVE:...
    ALTHOUGH people spend time in their bathrooms many times throughout the week, bathrooms can become neglected and quickly turn into cluttered messes. With the right approach, you can organize your bathroom and turn it into your own spa-like sanctuary. Here are a few steps to get you started. 9There are several smart ways to make sure your bathroom stays as organized as possibleCredit: Getty Reduce the clutter Most bathrooms in the UK are small and have limited storage space. Now add all your skincare, hair, bath, and dental products to the mix and you will soon find you have cluttered surfaces where you spend longer finding what you need and things start falling over - Chaos! According to Craig Hoareau, member of  APDO and owner of A Tidy Mind, the first step to organizing it is to declutter. Bathrooms are pretty easy to declutter as the products do not have sentimental value and you will know what you use and don't use. Read More About DeclutteringCLEAR IT OUT! I'm a decluttering expert - make home clearouts easier with...
    AN INTERIOR design expert has revealed what colours to avoid in your bathroom if you want preserve it looking good. White may be a common colour to paint your bathroom - but it should be avoided. 2All white bathrooms can be hard to keep clean and decrease your home's valueCredit: Getty Interior experts Stefan and Maegan Bucur from Rhythm of the Home explained that bright white is one of the worst colours you can use in a bathroom. They told the Express: "When the shower's steam comes into contact with the bright walls, it can cause some ugly stains in the short term and permanent damage in the long term.” And estate agent John Maxim agreed, saying the colour could effect the house value too. “Since bathrooms are one of the smallest rooms in the house – and a place where most people are washing away dirt, walls stain easily," he said. READ MORE INTERIOR TIPSHOUSE THIS? I'm a colour pro - the tone to use to make a room seem bigger & it's not white SOFA SO GOOD...
    A 15-year-old Texas girl was rescued by police 10 days after she was kidnapped at a basketball game while using the bathroom, then trafficked by pedophiles.  The unidentified teenager's father raised the alarm shortly after she left to use the restroom and didn't return to her seat at a Dallas Maverick game in the American Airline Center on April 8.  The girl's family said they pleaded with Dallas police to investigate but the department failed to do so due to Texas Family Code Laws. Those treat missing teenagers as runaways unless there is evidence of kidnapping. It is unclear if cops made any effort to track down surveillance footage of the girl's abduction, further details of which have yet to be shared.  The victim was only tracked down by Oklahoma City Police at an Extended Stay America Hotel after a counter-trafficking nonprofit found her nude pictures on a prostitution website. 'My heart breaks for the unimaginable things my daughter had to endure for the 11 days she was taken, and I am so glad she is safe as we work...
    THE bathroom is one of the dirtiest rooms in the home. It often becomes filled with grime and dirt, and that mold build up can be dangerous if it spreads to the rest of your house. 3A contractor has revealed a handyman hack you won't want to missCredit: TikTok/@mechanicallyincleyend 3It's great for your vacation rental or if you're leaving townCredit: TikTok/@mechanicallyincleyend A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contractor named David Coleman, who goes by @mechanicallyincleyend on TikTok, has gained nearly two million followers thanks to his handyman tips and DIY fixes. Posting to TikTok, he revealed one very important thing you should do in your bathroom if you are going out of town—it can keep your home free of rats and pests. The clip received nearly 600k views. “If you’re going away for an extended period of time or you’re leaving your house vacant, what I suggest you do is cling wrap the toilet,” he said. READ MORE ON CLEANINGSPEND LESS I’m a DIY pro – easy hacks to get your bathroom in order using Dollar Tree buysGROUT IDEA Mrs...
    Shafquat Ali, 55, has apologized for going to the bathroom while on a parliamentary Zoom A Liberal MP representing the Canadian constituency of Brampton Center has apologized after he was caught entering a bathroom during a live parliamentary Zoom session. Shafqat Ali, a 55-year-old former real estate agent elected last year, on Monday said he was profoundly sorry for Friday's incident, which was seen by fellow MPs but was not visible to the public. Some MPs were attending a session in parliament remotely, and during the meeting Conservative MP Laila Goodridge rose in the House and noted that one of her fellow MPs 'might be participating in a washroom.' The Speaker of the House, who could not see the live stream, was taken aback. The incident was not visible on the public parliamentary feed, and could only be seen by other MPs on an internal stream. The Speaker consulted her clerks, who confirmed the incident. Ali (top right) frequently participates in meetings via Zoom, such as this one. Colleagues in parliament were therefore shocked on Friday when he went to...
    MTV/Getty Farrah Abraham found herself in hot water with "Teen Mom" fans once again. Farrah Abraham found herself in hot water with “Teen Mom” fans once again. The MTV alum is no stranger to criticism, but this time around people slammed her for the way she tried to potty train her dog. The clip people were talking about resurfaced via Reddit on April 30, but the scene is from one of the earlier seasons of “Teen Mom OG.” The original poster captioned the post: “Farrah’s idea of house training a dog.” Read More From Heavy How You Can Help Ukraine: Verified Charities, GoFundMe & Ways to Support Ukrainians Abraham’s daughter, now 13, was a baby in the scene. She was playing with the dog when Abraham noticed the pup had an accident. “Hey, dog! I swear to God it’s going to the bathroom,” Abraham said at the beginning of the scene. “Soph let’s take doggie to the bathroom,” she tells Sophia, who had a pacifier in her mouth. Abraham grabs the dog and takes the pet to the...
    DON'T be so quick to call the plumber the next time you have a clogged toilet. Over time, grime can build up in the toilet, leading to clogging and expensive callout bills. 3Home experts shared seven ways to unclog your toilet yourselfCredit: Getty 3They suggested using baking soda and vinegar to unclog your toilet before using any harsh chemicalsCredit: Getty To avoid this, one home improvement expert has revealed how a simple cleaning regime can keep your plumbing healthy and save you hundreds in the long run. USE A FLANGE PLUNGER First things first, the experts recommend trying to unclog the mess with a flange plunger. A flange plunger has a smaller cup at the end than a traditional plunger, making it a better fit for a typical toilet drain. "Start by putting on some rubber gloves, and place the flange plunger directly into the toilet bowl so that it covers the drain and seals to create a vacuum," they said. READ MORE ON TOILET HACKSSCRUB UP I’m a cleaning expert & here's the correct way to clean your entire...
    CLEANING and decluttering your home can become a very overwhelming task if you wait until everything is a mess to do so. A decluttering calendar might actually help you out with that - because not only will it help you stay on track each month, but you'll be tackling tasks you had no idea you needed to do. 3You don't have to wait until it gets overwhelming to declutter your homeCredit: Getty 3 But why is decluttering so important? Well, aside from helping you get rid of items that might not serve you anymore, a cluttered home can lead to a couple of health issues. At the top of the list is sleep deprivation as you may have issues actually dozing off. It may also create unhealthy habits because messes are often seen as bad coping and avoidance strategies, as well as feelings of guilt for not having a tidy home. Read More Decluttering StoriesSLEEP EASY Struggling to sleep? How decluttering room could be secret to drift off in minsDONE & DUSTED I'm a cleaning expert -...
    A COUPLE is facing charges of aggravated child abuse after police say they locked their child inside their garage for multiple hours a day. Authorities say the husband and wife from Jupiter, Florida would often keep their 14-year-old- adopted child confined in an 8-foot-by-8-foot box. 4Timothy and Tracy Ferriter have been arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse and false imprisonment, police sayCredit: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office 4According to a police report, the couple allegedly had their adopted 14-year-old child confined to a room in their garage for multiple hours a dayCredit: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Timothy and Tracy Ferriter made the child use a bucket for a toilet, only fed them leftovers from meals that were given to the rest of the family and monitored them through cameras. The coupled appeared before Circuit Judge Charles Burton Wednesdays for charges of aggravated child abuse and false imprisonment. They are being held on $25,000 bail each at the Palm Beach County Jail. Nellie King, who is representing the couple, said that investigators had ignored “critical evidence” from Arizona, where...
    An intruder reportedly broke into Kat Von D's $15 million Hancock Park residence on Saturday night while she and her three-year-old son were asleep. The celebrity tattoo artist was woken up around 10.15pm as a 'beam a light' moved across her house, TMZ reported. She rushed out of the mansion holding her son, Leafar Von Drachenberg Reyes, and called 911. Police found the burglar wandering around the upper level of them home. He told authorities he needed to use the restroom and also claimed he was buying the  property.   He was taken into custody and booked for residential burglary. It's unclear if he knew specifically who the home belonged to.   Unwelcome guest: An intruder reportedly broke into Kat Von D's $15 million Hancock Park residence on Saturday night while she and her son were asleep, according to TMZ The story: Authorities told the gossip site that the burglar was found wandering around the upstairs level and said he needed to use the restroom Kat, 39 – whose real name is Katherine Von Drachenberg – appeared on social media Saturday night as she documented putting Leafar to bed. A...
    This is the moment that a clever cat shows its owners that it can use the toilet like a human - but stops short of flushing it. The video posted on Facebook by Ali Collison, from Nottingham, shows her opening the door for her pet, Lola, asking if it wants to 'go wee-wee'. The cat then struts into the small bathroom and perches on the toilet and begins to pee while looking at the flush. Lola, a cat in Nottingham, can be seen climbing onto the toilet before using it just like a human does Ali Collison, Lola's owner, says she now meows when she needs to use the facilities at home After finishing, it seems as though the cat may have tried to flush the toilet but instead simply. Ms Collison captioned the video with: 'When you realise you've been wrongly accusing the boys of not flushing. 'Clever little kitty.'  Ms Collison confirmed to commenters that Lola had taught herself to use the loo and now meows when the door to the bathroom is shut or the lid is...
    In addition to the stress of returning to school amid an ongoing global pandemic, trans youth in a number of states have to worry about having their most basic needs met. One? Using the bathroom while at school. Here at Daily Kos, we’ve covered a number of instances where trans youth have said schools either don’t allow them to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity (as opposed to their sex assigned at birth) or force them to use an entirely separate bathroom. Because of the way school policies are worded, these bathroom policies generally also extend to spaces like locker rooms, changing facilities, and sports teams, too.  One middle schooler in Martinsville, Indiana, and his mother are working with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana and Indiana Legal Services to file a complaint against the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville, as reported by the Indy Star. The lawsuit alleges that the boy, referred to as A.C. in documents, was not allowed to use the boys’ bathroom, participate in boys’ sports, and that school staff and school administration have continuously misgendered him. According...
    In Texas, a high school has removed its bathroom doors out of concern for student safety amid rampant drug use. Christina Steele Hantgin, the principal at Austin's Travis Early College High School , sent a letter to parents explaining that the school was removing bathroom doors to combat drug use and other "code of conduct violations" in bathrooms. "We have had multiple significant behavioral events along with other student code of conduct violations that have taken place in our restrooms already this year," Hantgin wrote in a letter released to CBS Austin . "Our bathrooms were unsafe, and student incidents are evidence of this. Ninety percent of our drug offenses this year have taken place in the restrooms." MISSOURI SCHOOL DISTRICT HIRES STUDENTS AMID STAFFING SHORTAGE The principal apologized for failing to communicate the bathroom change before the door removal. She emphasized that her "number one priority is safety" and that door removal is one of several strategies the school is implementing to encourage safe conduct. Hantgin claimed that there have not been any...
    As Republicans use their positions of power and influence to stomp down on vulnerable trans youth, families and allies are sticking up for some of the most marginalized children and teenagers in our nation. As Republican governors sign anti-trans bills into law, allowing for discrimination against trans young people, some of those very young people are fighting back in the court of law. Daily Kos recently covered, for example, the openly trans teenager in Indiana who is suing for the chance to compete on the boys’ golf team at school. Another example comes to us out of western Indiana, where two openly trans high schoolers are suing their school district. According to the federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the district denied the students the use of the correct bathroom and locker rooms because of their gender identity, and teachers were not directed to use the correct names and pronouns for the boys, who are freshmen at the school, as reported by the Associated Press. The lawsuit against Vigo County School School Corp. wants to require staff members at the...
    A Texas woman gave birth in a gas station bathroom stall after assuming her stomach discomfort was just an urge to use the toilet. Kaitlyn Fullerton, 22, and her husband Sergio Mancera, 24, were excitedly awaiting the arrival of their second child this summer but assumed they still had some time left while driving home from Victoria to Houston. But when Kaitlyn felt the urge to use the toilet, they made a pit stop at a gas station in Beasley, Texas. That's when things took a turn, and within ten minutes, she had delivered baby Callihan in the stall. Kaitlyn Fullerton gave birth in a gas station bathroom stall after assuming her stomach discomfort was just an urge to use the toilet 'I kept on said like a water pressure.... because [when] I stood up, my water broke,' Kaitlyn explained @mancerakaitlyn You wouldn¿t believe it, unless you saw it happening. ¿¿ YT: The Mancera Family ##naturalbirth ##laboranddelivery ##part2 ##DontSpillChallenge ##fyp¿ ¿ chicken tikka - hannah Kaitlin was over a week from her due date when she and Sergio were making a two-hour drive home...
    The legal fight dragged on for years before reaching its final stage in June, when the Supreme Court declined to hear the case. In its refusal, the top court let stand a lower court ruling that sided with Grimm and effectively handed LGBTQ advocates a victory.What else?Both the ACLU and Grimm, who is now 22, touted the payout as a victory for trans youth and a warning for schools that may be considering similar measures. "We are glad that this long litigation is finally over and that Gavin has been fully vindicated by the courts, but it should not have taken over six years of expensive litigation to get to this point," said Josh Block, senior staff attorney with the ACLU, in a press release. "After a year in which state legislatures have introduced an unprecedented number of bills targeting trans youth, we hope that the fee award will give other school boards and lawmakers pause before they use discrimination to score political points," he added. Grimm celebrated the outcome, saying, "I hope that this outcome sends a strong...
    Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David said LGBTQ people are being "erased" through policy all over the country. The Human Rights Campaign filed a lawsuit against Tennessee's school bathroom bill on Tuesday. The LGBTQ rights group claims that the state violates Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, which states that people can't be discriminated against on the basis of sex in federally funded education activities and programs. The group also says the law oversteps the equal protection clause and due process clause of the U.S. Constitution. In May, Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill, H.B. 1233, into law that would require schools to provide "reasonable accommodation" to those who, as the bill puts it, are "unwilling or unable" to use facilities that align with their sex assigned at birth. That could include a single-occupancy restroom, but it would ban trans children from using a multi-occupant bathroom corresponding with their gender. The law went into effect on July 1.  The Human Rights Campaign is suing on behalf...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A Dolton gas station attendant has been charged with aggravated battery, after he was caught on video beating a woman who said she only wanted to use the restroom. Richard Williams, an employee of the Shell gas station on Sibley Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue, has been charged with aggravated battery-strangulation, aggravated battery in a public place of accommodation, and unlawful restraint, Dolton village officials said. READ MORE: Search Continues For Stacia Landon, Missing-Endangered Woman From Schaumburg Williams was due to appear in bond court on Friday, but court information was not immediately available Friday afternoon. Video obtained exclusively by CBS 2 sparked protests outside the gas station, forcing it to close early on Wednesday. Protesters demanded the gas station be shut down for good, and said the owners owe the community an apology after finding out others had complained about Williams in the past. Williams turned himself in to Dolton police late Tuesday afternoon – two days after the assault on Nakeyah Smith, who was left bruised. Be warned that the video of the attack is graphic....
    An assault captured on video shows a woman who finished using the bathroom at a Chicago-area gas station being repeatedly punched in the head by a male attendant as she tried to leave. Nakeyah Smith slumps in front of a shelf as the employee, dressed in a neon visibility jacket, strikes her in the head.  'Open the door!' someone screams frantically in the video, which was filmed by a stranger and obtained by WBBM in Chicago.  CBS Chicago Privacy Policy The employee turned himself in two days after the incident, which sparked protests An attendant repeatedly punches Nakeyah Smith in the head in video shot by a stranger 'Every time I close my eyes to go to sleep, that's just all I see,' Smith told the television station. It is unclear from the report when the assault took place, though the attendant responsible for the attack turned himself in to Dolton police Tuesday afternoon. Smith says she asked the man if she could use the bathroom at the 24-hour Shell gas station on 1445 E. Sibley Boulevard, 20 miles...
    DOLTON, Ill. (CBS) — Video obtained exclusively by WBBM-TV in Chicago shows an attendant at an Illinois gas station beating a woman who said she only wanted to use a bathroom. Be warned that the video is graphic. The video also sparked protests outside the gas station, forcing it to close early on Wednesday. By 10 p.m., the lights at the 24-hour station were off and it remained closed. It amounted to a mission accomplished for the protesters, who are furious about the attack on the woman. READ MORE: Firefighters Make Quick Work Of Small Brush Fire In Simi Valley The protesters offered up a rally and a cry of outrage earlier in the day at the Shell station on Sibley Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue in Dolton. The crowd gathered for the woman, Nakeyah Smith, who was left bruised after the assault. “Seeing the video for myself, every time I close my eyes to go to sleep, that’s just all I see,” Smith told WBBM’s Jermont Terry. Sher said she tried to use the gas station’s restroom and was originally denied by the...
    DOLTON, Ill. (CBS) — Exclusive video shows an attendant at a Dolton gas station beating a woman who said she only wanted to use a bathroom. Be warned that the video is graphic. As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported, the video also sparked protests about outside the gas, forcing it to close early on Wednesday. READ MORE: 2 Men Shot Dead Outside Near West Side McDonalds At 10 p.m. Wednesday, the lights at the 24-hour gas station were off and it remained closed. It amounted to mission accomplished for the protesters, who are furious about the attack on the woman. The protesters offered up a rally and a cry of outrage earlier in the day at the Shell station on Sibley Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue in Dolton. The crowd gathered for Nakeyah Smith – who was left bruised after the assault. “Seeing the video for myself, every time I close my eyes to go to sleep, that’s just all I see,” Smith said. Smith said she tried to use the gas station’s restroom and was originally denied by the man...
    Amid the absolute onslaught of anti-trans bills pushed forward by the GOP, 2021 has given us a different kind of anti-trans bathroom bill. As Daily Kos covered, Republican Gov. Bill Lee of Tennessee signed the measure back in May. What would the law, originally set to go into effect on July 1, require? Businesses and government facilities would have to display signs clarifying that they allowed transgender folks to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. Of course, all bathrooms should be inclusive to anyone who wants to use them. And using language like the one required by the measure frames bathroom access as something that requires a “warning” to cisgender folks, feeding into the incorrect idea that trans people are dangerous.  Thankfully, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on behalf of two businesses in the state that were against the hateful law. On Friday, July 9, U.S. District Judge Aleta A. Trauger for the Middle District of Tennessee granted a preliminary injunction. What does this mean? Trauger essentially blocked the implementation of the law in the state. First, the...
                        The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by the Gloucester County School Board to reinstate their rule that directs students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their biological sex or a private, unisex bathroom. The decision to not hear the arguments will leave in place a lower court’s ruling that outlined the policy as unconstitutional. The lawsuit originated when Gavin Grimm, a biological female who was denied access to the boys’ bathroom when she was a student. The case has been working itself throughout the courts for the past several years. However, the school system argued its rule was not discriminatory due to the fact that it allowed students to use unisex bathrooms. Associate Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito were the only justices that voted to listen to arguments for the case. This is the second time Grimm’s case has made it to the Supreme Court. In 2016, the Supreme Court accepted the case after the Obama administration implemented policies that favored...
    The Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge on Monday to a Virginia appeals court decision allowing students to use school bathrooms according to their gender identity rather than biological sex. The challenge was a response to a case originally brought forward by Gavin Grimm, a Virginia teenager born a female but identifying as a male who said that the Gloucester County, Virginia, school system was discriminatory in its bathroom policies. Grimm won that case last year. The Supreme Court shut down the challenge in an unsigned order, but Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas added that they would have heard it. TENNESSEE GOVERNOR SIGNS BATHROOM BILL INTO LAW The court's decision means that Grimm's victory will remain intact. Grimm's case was one of several legal battles involving transgender bathroom use that played out at about the same time that the Supreme Court was weighing whether or not to legalize gay marriage. In this one, the school was initially lenient but soon changed its policy, claiming that bathroom use was "limited to the corresponding biological genders." When lawyers for the...
    An LGBT supporter holds a "Trans Rights Are Human Rights" sign outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019.Sarah Silbiger | Bloomberg | Getty Images The Supreme Court on Monday handed the LGBT rights movement another victory, declining to hear an appeal that challenged the rights of transgender students to use the bathroom of their choosing. The high court said it would not take a case involving Gavin Grimm and the school board of Gloucester County, Virginia. That board had refused Grimm the choice to use a boys bathroom in his school in a policy that also applied to other transgender students. Grimm was born female, but began identifying as male after his high school freshman year.Activist Gavin Grimm arrives for the Time 100 Gala in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, U.S. April 25, 2017.Carlo Allegri | ReutersGrimm's right to use a boys bathroom was upheld in rulings by lower federal courts, which had ruled that he was protected by a federal law that bars school programs from discriminating against...
    (CNN)The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a decision that allowed a transgender student to use the bathroom that corresponded to his gender identity, a victory for the LGBTQ community that has been fearful the high court would take up the case and reverse a lower court opinion.The case concerns the scope of Title IX that prohibits schools from discriminating "on the basis of sex." It began when Gavin Grimm, a transgender male who was then a high-school student, challenged the local school board's decision to require him to use either a unisex restroom or a restroom that corresponds to the sex, female, he was assigned at birth. Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Samuel Alito said they would have taken up the case for next term.This is a breaking story and will be updated.
    As the novel coronavirus hit the United States, surges sprung up and around various parts of the nation, and many people began sheltering in place to the best of their ability, a certain chorus of thanks rang out for essential workers. People who work at hospitals and nursing homes, of course. Teachers, especially when classrooms went remote. Other essential workers that historically haven’t received the same sort of applause were suddenly in the spotlight: cashiers, grocery store workers, and food delivery people. If you’re even remotely online, you’ve almost certainly seen people stress the importance of tipping as much as you can if you’re lucky enough to be able to order delivery.  All of that is great and important, of course. What else is important? Making sure delivery people have restrooms they can use while on the job. And because that’s apparently not a give-in, a coalition of City Councilmembers in New York is introducing a package of six bills to help protect delivery people in the city, including requiring restaurants that participate in delivery services (like UberEats or DoorDash)...
    Give ’em a break! New York City restaurants would have to allow delivery workers to use their bathrooms under a new bill set to be introduced in the City Council next week. The city’s 80,000-odd food couriers spend as much as 12 hours or more per day hauling pizzas and pad Thai around the Big Apple, typically by e-bike — but many of the restaurants they service are unwilling to let them use the facilities, they said at a rally to promote the bill on Tuesday. “I went to this restaurant and asked to use the bathroom. They said, ‘No that’s only for customers,’” one worker, an immigrant from Mali name Mamadou, told reporters during the event. “So I had to go outside in between cars. It was very very discomforting for me.” The pee-proposal, sponsored by Councilwoman Carlina Rivera (D-Manhattan), would exempt eateries “where accessing the bathroom would create a health or safety risk” — like walking through a kitchen. “The New York City Hospitality Alliance has been working with restaurants to encourage them to provide bathroom...
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