How do you get over your home burning down? – BBC News

June 22, 2017

Image caption Maria De Vita’s neighbour died in the fire When Maria De Vita heard glass smashing at her home in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, she thought it was someone outside doing a spot of late-night recycling. She later discovered it was one of next door’s windows exploding in a fire in which her neighbour died. Ms De Vita woke her two young daughters and they left the house with nothing. The girls even had to go to school the next day dressed only in their …

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College offers courses in becoming a bona fide social media influencer

June 22, 2017

… AFP/Getty Images In a country with over 700 million phone users, it can be tough standing out. But top-earning internet celebrities, known as Wang Hong in China, can earn up to $46 million a year. It’s no wonder everyone’s jostling to become the Next Big Thing. The skills you need for viral fame At the YWICC, students are practicing in dance studios and being taught how to dress fashionably. 21-year-old Mengna Jiang is one of 33 students mostly women majoring in the school’s …

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Call to boost children’s writing for pleasure – BBC News

June 21, 2017

… enjoy writing do much better at school, but it also shows that far too many pupils still don’t enjoy writing and this could be holding them back from reaching their full potential. “For the past 20 years, we’ve seen a real focus on reading for enjoyment initiatives across the UK, which have reaped fantastic benefits for children. “It’s now time to give writing for enjoyment the focus it deserves.” …

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Muslims keep alive Kolkata’s Jewish schools, stores and traditions

June 16, 2017

Kolkata, India (CNN)When Mitana Alexander bid goodbye to Kolkata’s Jewish Girls school in 1975, she was its last Jewish student. The bulk of the others were Muslims. They were worried because she was last remaining occupant of a Jews-only dormitory, as most Jewish girls they had known had migrated to Israkel, America or Europe “with their folks.” A new age for India’s Anglo-Indians …

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The Revolutionary Street Art Project That Inspired Banksy And Empowered A City’s Youth

June 15, 2017

… referendum vote to leave the European Union. With so much history between Nation and Banksy, one may assume the pair remain close and in touch. When faced with the suggestion, however, Nation responded with a stony silence before changing the subject. But for him, it also all began at the center, which he first attended when he was just 15 years old after being encouraged by a school friend whod described Nation to him as outspoken, politically militant and not one to suffer fools. He …

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… Soubry, an anti-Brexit Tory MP said this was the moment that she lost her “strong and stable” reputation. Some Conservative MPs have suggested, off the record, that the 2017 manifesto was the worst the party has ever published. Ms Soubry said it was more a problem of “appalling” presentation – not properly explaining the social care changes, which would actually have benefited many less well-off people – and allowing people to think free school meals for poor …

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Adam West built the foundation of a Batman legacy

June 12, 2017

Adam West, left, and Burt Ward dresses as "Batman" and "Robin." Nobody did it better.Image: Mark Elias/AP/REX/Shutterstock In the late 1960s and early ’70s, I raced home from school every afternoon to power load on superhero and Sci-Fi television. It was all reruns, though I didn’t know it. There was Star Trek. Gigantor, Superman, and, of course, Batman. SEE ALSO: Adam West, everyone’s favorite Batman, dead at 88 I was not an avid comic book reader back …

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Amanda Bynes gives her first interview in 4 years, and it’s everything we could have hoped for

June 11, 2017

… referencing her tweet in which she said she wanted Drake to “murder” her vagina. “I was on drugs and trying to be hilarious,” she said before she explained that the tweet meant exactly what you thought it meant. Bynes made headlines in 2013 for legal trouble relating to apparent drug use, but with her days now filled with hiking, spinning, and feeding the homeless. Bynes explained focusing on school and other hobbies have been good for her health and motivation. WATCH: …

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Student asks T-Pain for a senior quote and gets an amazing response

June 10, 2017

Open up the average school yearbook and you’ll find a variety of choices for senior quotes. They can range from anywhere from the bizarre to the charming. However, few can boast that their senior quote was personally curated by a hip hop mogul and mid-2000s pop icon named T-Pain. Gabriel Silvan proved that it is, indeed, possible. Here’s the breakdown of what Silvan describes as “a series of very, very, very, very fortunate events.” SEE ALSO: Who needs T-Pain? Waze now …

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LGBT community prepares for a march — and a fight

June 10, 2017

… Trump’s promises during the campaign to be a “friend” to the gay community. Although Trump has continued President Barack Obama’s executive order protecting LGBT federal workers and LGBT military service members still serve openly, his administration has revoked protections for transgender school students, and its mentions of the words lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in statements have been few and far between. …

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Eric Trump shows that cluelessness runs in the family

June 8, 2017

(CNN)The nation is in a crisis that may soon exceed Watergate, at least in the estimation of James Clapper, former director of national intelligence. Having interfered with America’s election, Russia is disrupting governments around the world. China is racing to fill the gap created as world leaders conclude they cannot expect leadership from the United States. Top intelligence and law enforcement officials are testifying about a White House that crosses ethical lines. And Eric Trump …

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Teen’s family recreates her mom’s special graduation photo

June 6, 2017

Madeleine Tarin honored her parents in the cutest way by recreating a photo close to her family’s heart. Tarin’s parents got together during her mom’s freshman year of high school and gave birth to her at age 16. Tarin was by her parents’ side as her mom graduated from high school in 2000, and can be seen proudly celebrating her mom’s accomplishment while sitting on her dad’s shoulders in a family photo. The image, she said, represents who she is. Madeleine …

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’13 Reasons Why’ showrunner says ‘there’s quite a bit more of Hannah’s story to tell’ in Season 2

June 5, 2017

… going to do with closure and moving on and if he’s going to be able to at all.” Clay may have ended Season 1 looking as if he had a giant weight lifted off his chest, driving away with his friends after passing the tapes on to the school guidance counselor, but Minette “would be surprised if he’s able to just move on.” “I don’t think that’s going to be the case,” he said. “I’m sure his anxiety is going to come into play still. He …

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The Secret Sorority at Penn States Deadly Hazing Party

June 5, 2017

Following 19-year-old Tim Piazzas death in February after a night of hazing at Penn State Universitys Beta Theta Pi house, a grand jury criminally charged 18 young men in connection with their pledges death. Administrators permanently banned the fraternity, and scrambled to announce safeguards intended to protect future students. Recruitment and rush at Penn State was postponed for a semester, hard liquor and kegs banned, and the school will more closely monitor houses for underage drinking. …

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Manchester attacks: MI5 probes bomber ‘warnings’ – BBC News

May 29, 2017

… overlooked, while a separate report is being prepared for ministers and those who oversee the work of the service. A Whitehall official said previously that Abedi was one of a “pool” of former subjects of interest whose risk remained “subject to review” by the security service and its partners. Born in Manchester to Libyan parents. BBC Newsnight reported that when Abedi was 16 he fought against the Colonel Gaddafi regime with his father during the school holidays. It was …

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Apple launches its first store in Southeast Asia

… Indonesia or something like that.” Image: ng yi shu/mashable Image: ng yi shu/mashable A long line of people were already queueing up outside Knightsbridge Mall, before the store opened at 10 a.m. Singapore time. Some were there since 5 p.m. the previous day. And like Khajorn, many flew in from places like China to witness the store’s opening. “We were going to start school [in Singapore], and when we heard that the Apple Store was opening, we wanted to be …

May 28, 2017
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These new 3D scan fit helmets could make football safer

… myself. I played the sport through high school, college, and professionally in Germany, so I’ve worn football helmets for my entire life including the Riddell Speed model the Precision Fit system is built on but I’ve never experienced anything like this. A standard model of the Speedflex helmet. Image: riddell When I played youth football, helmets were given out to players without much thought, with a few pumps of air and a hearty slap on the side of the head to check if it …

May 28, 2017
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Manchester Attack: Family’s tribute to ‘just lovely’ Nell – BBC News

… friend, even though she was a huge Ed Sheeran fan. “We can’t wrap our children in cotton wool. She was so excited to go to her first pop concert. She was singing in the car, all the way there. “We have had a phenomenal response from everyone, Nell’s school, the police and the local community have been incredible. The response has really restored our faith in humanity. “Even though she has been taken from us we’ve had 14 lovely years with her and that makes …

May 28, 2017
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Manchester attack: Armed police guard bank holiday events – BBC News

… singer Ariana Grande. Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins has said the additional armed policing support enabled the event to go ahead. As well as military personnel, Ministry of Defence Police are also being used to support regional forces, with Kent Police confirming that “highly-visible firearms officers are already patrolling key locations”. Image copyright Various Image caption school children, parents and friends were among the victims of Monday’s …

May 27, 2017
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Schools worse off under Conservatives, says IFS – BBC News

The Liberal Democrats’ plans protect per pupil spending over the course of the Parliament in real terms at the present level (for 2017-18). This would require 2.2bn extra investment. Presently, the schools budget is 40bn a year. ‘Historic high’ Luke Sibieta, associate director at the IFS, said: “”The commitments made by each of the main parties would imply quite different paths for school spending in the next Parliament. “Labour would increase spending …

May 26, 2017
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Where To Meet A Guy In LA With A Real Job

If you live in LA, first of all, we’re sorry, but second of all we get it. The weather is nice, weed is legal, and it’s practically mandatory to be chill AF. Unfortunately you can’t throw a diamond and not hit one of the worst people on the earth: a struggling actor. It is, after all, a city that gave itself a nickname of La La Land and insists that everyone else use it.  Basically LA is the girl from your high school that went to college and told everyone “My …

May 21, 2017
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Apple will host big-name musicians and high-profile workshops to kick off new program

… of other special events. New York City elementary school students learn about coding on a class field trip to an Apple Store. Image: Andrew Burton/Getty Images Some of Apple’s more heavily trafficked locations will also feature big-name guests for music performances, lectures, and hands-on instruction. Soul singer Leon Bridges and free-form dancer Lil Buck (who recently appeared in an Apple commercial) will perform at Apple’s new flagship store in downtown San Francisco late on …

May 17, 2017
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What It’s Like To Spend A Day In The Life Of The Women’s March Leaders

… partner, Twitter-famous Michael Skolnik, was away on business. A babysitter wouldnt come around till after soccer camp. Eventually, the socks got on the feet, and Mendoza brought her son to camp. She got to her office in a shared workspace in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, at 12:30 much later than when her sons in school. Alexandra Svokos It was the kind of hectic morning working mothers everywhere can understand. And Mendoza was off to further help those working mothers in her capacity as …

May 15, 2017
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