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Boys wear skirts after shorts request denied

As a heatwave blankets Britain, a group of teens at Isca Academy in Exeter wanted to ditch their long pants for shorts.

But the dress code banned short pants and the head teacher decided against easing the uniform rules.

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One mother said that the head teacher told her son, “Well, you can wear a skirt if you like.” But she thinks the administrator was actually being sarcastic, not intending that the boys would take the suggestion as real, The Guardian reported.

Currently the dress code stipulates that boys can only wear pants. Girls can wear either pants or skirts. They all may take off their ties, but have to carry them with them throughout their day. They can also untuck their shirts in class, but they must be tucked in when outside the classroom, The BBC reported.

A boy said he was told that the skirt he was wearing was too short and his legs were too hairy for the unusual uniform look. Others realized that could be a problem, so they brought razors to shave their legs.

Another mother told The Guardian, “Children also don’t like injustice. The boys see the women teachers in sandals and nice cool skirts and tops while they are wearing long trousers and shoes and the older boys have to wear blazers. They just think it’s unfair that they can’t wear shorts in this heat.”

Famed Royal Ascot permitted racegoers to not wear jackets in the blistering heat, The BBC reported. It was the first time it has been allowed in the history of the races.

Temperatures reached about 86 degrees Fahrenheit, Newsweek reported.

The dress code for the Royal Enclosure area of the club is, for men, black or gray morning dress consisting of a waistcoat, tie and top hat. For women, they are not permitted to show their shoulders, The BBC reported.

Mom has ingenious way to store babies’ bottles, mom shamers attack after post goes viral

When you have a good idea and post it online, that’s when mom shamers come out to “help” show where the poster went wrong.

That’s exactly what happened to Brooke McDaniel when she shared, first with her friends, an idea she had to store her babies’ bottles. 

McDaniel pointed out that she is not a blogger, that she was just sharing an idea with friends.

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She decided to use a simple shower caddy to help organize top-heavy bottles that can fall and scatter. It also helps her wrangle binkies, Buzzfeed reported.

The post quickly spread, gaining praise from those moms who are tired of the clutter that bottles bring.

But then the self-proclaimed “experts” pointed out that she had too many bottles, they weren’t sanitized and they were exposed to the air.

Instead of pulling the Facebook post, McDaniel edited it, addressing the “concerns” other mothers had about how she handles her family.

She said she has two children and that the number of bottles makes sure they have enough to get through the multiple feedings a day.

As for the exposure to air, the only exposure she said they have is to the same air that her family breathes.

She finishes her post, not by attacking the mom shamers, but instead lifts those harried mothers up, saying “if no one told you today - YOU ARE AN AWSOME MOM!”

Her post and response have become so popular, that her account was actually blocked from accepting more friend requests because she had reached her limit.

Senate health care bill: What is in it? Read it here

On Thursday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a draft of the Senate’s health care bill. 

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The Washington Post reported that the draft, already slammed for being prepared behind closed doors, is similar to the House health care bill, but will dramatically roll back taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act.

Here is what is known about the bill:

Where can I read it?

The draft of the bill was released to senators Thursday at 9:30 a.m. ET. The Senate released the draft to the public after that.

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What’s in it?

According to The Washington Post and The Associated Press, the draft of the bill includes: 

The bill would repeal most of the taxes that pay for the Affordable Care Act.

Subsidies to help purchase insurance would still be available. Those subsidies would be determined by income and the amount of premiums people pay. Americans earning between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level. According to the draft, assistance will be capped for those earning 350 percent of the federal poverty level beginning in 2020.

The plan would eliminate waivers that have allowed insurers to boost premiums on some people with pre-existing conditions.

It allows for federally subsidized health care plans that cover abortion but cuts funding for Planned Parenthood for at least one year.

The Senate bill would also impose annual limits on the federal Medicaid funds that would go to each state.

The Senate would end the tax penalties the ACA implemented for people not buying insurance and certain employers not offering coverage.

Who is writing it?

According to McConnell, he initially chose a 13-member group to work on the bill. In the past weeks, McConnell's office has taken the lead drafting the bill.

According to Sen. Mike Lee, (R-Utah), in a Facebook video, "It's apparently being written by a handful of staffers who are members of the Republican leadership in the Senate.”

According to other senators, staffers from the Senate Finance Committee and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee are drafting it, the Washington Examiner reported. 

What is the timeline?

The draft is to be released at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. A vote is expected to be called on the bill before next week’s July 4 congressional recess.

Can Democrats stop the bill? 

The bill cannot be filibustered because it requires only a majority vote to pass. On Monday, Democrats held the Senate floor and gave a series of speeches slamming the process and the bill. 

Can Republicans stop it?

Yes, they can. If three GOP senators vote no.

Republicans hold 52 seats in the Senate. Assuming no Democrat is going to vote yes, if two Republican senators vote no, the vote ends in a 50-50 tie. Vice President Mike Pence can vote yes to break the tie and pass the bill.

If three GOP senators vote no, the bill will not pass.

What happens if the Senate passes the bill?

If the bill passes, the House must do one of two things: vote to pass the Senate bill as it is, or go into negotiations with the Senate to get a compromise bill. If they negotiate a compromise bill, that bill must then be voted on and passed by both the House and the Senate for it to become law.

Thursday marks World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Since summer is officially here, what better time is there than now to learn how to swim safely?

Thursday marks the eighth annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. Pools all over the world will be teaching kids and their parents water safety skills and showing how teaching children how to swim can save lives by preventing drowning.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that drowning is the main cause of unintended, injury-related death for children in the United States in the ages of 1-4. It’s second for children under the age of 14.

It isn’t just children who have difficulty swimming. The American Red Cross says that more than half of Americans can’t swim or don’t have basic swimming skills.

That’s where the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson comes in. The event promises to have more than 20,000 hours of water safety training in one day, in 20 countries over the course of 24 hours.

To find a participating location near you, click here.

Prince Harry opens up about Diana's funeral, doesn't think any royals want to be king or queen

When he was just 12 years old, Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, died in a car accident, and participating in her highly publicized funeral is something the now 32-year-old royal will never forget.

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“My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television,” he recalled the emotionally difficult moment to Newsweek. “I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today.”

>> PHOTOS: Prince Harry through the years

Harry went on to live several years in “total chaos” as he tried to deal with his grief, acting out and ignoring his emotions. But finally one day, he realized he needed professional help and decided he wanted to “to fix the mistakes” he felt he was making. Now, he sees his position as royal as a “force for good” and enjoys getting to help other people going through tough situations.

>> Pippa Middleton ties the knot with James Matthews in ‘almost royal’ wedding

"My mother died when I was very young. I didn’t want to be in the position I was in, but I eventually pulled my head out of the sand, started listening to people and decided to use my role for good,” he said. “I am now fired up and energized and love charity stuff, meeting people and making them laugh. I sometimes still feel I am living in a goldfish bowl, but I now manage it better. I still have a naughty streak, too, which I enjoy and is how I relate to those individuals who have got themselves into trouble.”

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As he and brother Prince William prepare to take on more royal responsibilities, they want to make sure to “carry on the positive atmosphere that the queen has achieved for over 60 years” by continuing Queen Elizabeth II’s legacy of charity work.

>> PHOTOS: Charming Princess Charlotte, Prince George at Trooping the Color parade

“We are involved in modernizing the British monarchy,” Harry said. “We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people […] Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.”

Read more here.

Photographer captures 6 families' fights with childhood cancer in heartbreaking project

The “More Than 4” photo project by Sherina Welch of Houston, Texas-based FreeSpiritFoto aims to educate the public on what cancer really looks like by documenting six families’ fights with childhood cancer, as well as spread awareness about the fact that only 4 percent of funds for cancer research go to children.

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On Saturday, Welch posted an emotional photo series of Colt Wilson, a child cancer patient who underwent 43 weeks of chemotherapy and 28 days, with his mom and dad after his last chemo treatment.

“The first day we walked onto this floor comes flooding back to my mind, and all my fears of cancer killing my baby are fresh again,” Cortni Wilson, Colt’s mom, told Welch. “Treatment is finally over, but the worry isn’t.”

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Wilson explained that it was reassuring for Colt to be on the hospital every week getting checked out, but now that his treatment is over, it would be months before he gets checked out again.

“I knew the chemo could kill him, I knew he could have complications, I knew cancer could completely take over,” she said. “So now that it’s finally here, I feel like I’m gonna lose it. I’m scared beyond my mind, excited and relieved, nervous and overjoyed.”

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Prison guard has inmate’s baby, pleads guilty to oath violation

After having a sexual relationship with an inmate in 2016, a former prison guard on Monday pleaded guilty to violating her oath of office. 

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Deenesha Lemandy Carter, 23, worked as a corrections officer at Central State Prison, where an inmate impregnated her, the Macon Telegraph reported.

Walter Lee Harris, an inmate serving a life sentence for a DeKalb County murder, is the father of the baby, the Telegraph reported.

On Monday, Carter accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to five years on probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine. She must give up her Peace Officer Standards and Training certification and is barred from holding a job in law enforcement while she’s on probation, according to the newspaper. 

Sentenced as a first offender, Carter won’t have a felony record if she successfully completes her sentence.

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Woman says her Lyft driver attacked her

A woman says her Lyft driver assaulted her, leaving her with bumps and bruises. A witness saw it happen and helped her call 911.

The victim, Kerri Bush, said the attack happened in Atlanta on June 9.

Bush said from the moment the driver pulled up he had an attitude. Seconds later, she said, he attacked her.

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Bush said she needed medical attention after she claims her Lyft driver assaulted her along the street.

“The look in his eyes, I have never seen that,” Bush said.

While her physical wounds are healing, Bush said she’s still distraught over the incident.

“I have never had anyone attack me like that,” Bush said. “He grabbed me and was holding me. I'm kicking him, screaming, crying.”

Bush said she left work at Lenox Square Mall and needed to get home to get ready for her second job, so she asked her boyfriend to order her a Lyft.

She said things didn’t go well from the moment the driver pulled up in his silver Infiniti.

“He told me I could not have a drink in his car.” Bush said. “At the time, I was like why not? Because I saw a drink in the front seat of his car. He proceeded to tell me this is his car. Take the drink out.”

She said she threw the drink away, but things escalated when he got out of the car.

“He's threatening to punch me, telling me to leave. I call 911. This man snatches the phone from my face and throws it in the middle of traffic,” Bush said. “The man pushes me from the trunk of his car, to the hood of his car and I just slide in the street.”

Moments later, she said, he jumped into his car and took off. She said she reached out to Lyft, but they weren't helpful.

“Safety of the Lyft community is our top priority,” a Lyft spokesperson said in a statement. “This type of violence is completely unacceptable and we take any incident like this very seriously. The driver in this incident has been permanently deactivated from the Lyft platform. We stand ready to assist law enforcement in any investigation.”

Bush said she's happy he is no longer driving for Lyft, but she said she's ready to file assault charges against the man.

Atlanta police are investigating the case. 

Mom lied to police about abandoned child’s whereabouts, cops say

Just as Maranda Harvey was putting her belongings in her car at an Athens, Georgia, hotel last week after being questioned by police, an officer followed his intuition.

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He wanted to try to get more out of the mother accused of leaving her child at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport with two strangers, so he caught up with her outside.

A clerk at the Graduate Athens Hotel had called 911 after recognizing Harvey’s photo on the news. The mother was staying there and admitted to Officer D. Douglas she was the wanted woman, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report released Wednesday, but a check of her ID showed no warrants. 

So Douglas released her, but he wasn’t satisfied.

“I told her that things didn’t make sense to me,” Douglas wrote in his report. “I told her Atlanta (police were) looking for her because she abandoned the child at the airport.” 

Harvey told Douglas, according to the report, that she’d left the 4-year-old with her nanny, but when she struggled to come up with a name, Douglas grew more suspicious. 

“I knew by the way she hesitated and looked off to the left she was not telling me the truth,” he said. 

Harvey then told the officer she left the child with her 26-year-old daughter, the report states. Harvey is 30.

When Douglas confronted Harvey about the lie, she simply said: “That’s the benefit of being a mayflower,” according to the report. 

The redacted report doesn’t say what exactly happened after the exchange, but Douglas asked for medical assistance. The report also says that her husband, Tyler Joseph Harvey, who was on active military duty, was granted emergency leave. 

Police had been searching for Harvey since 7 a.m. Friday. That’s when they were alerted that she left her child with two people at the airport. Atlanta police Sgt. Warren Pickard said Harvey, who is from Odenton, Maryland, drove to the city with her daughter. 

When she got to the airport atrium, Harvey asked sisters Huong Nguyen and Mai Nguyen to watch her child while she went to shop, WSB-TV reported. When she didn’t return, they called police. 

“Leaving your child at the airport for like an hour with two strangers, it’s quite something,” Huong Nguyen told WSB-TV

Police said Harvey abandoned her car, rented a white Nissan Versa and left town. 

Authorities haven’t said why Harvey left her child at the airport or what ties she has to Georgia. 

According to the report, her husband told police “she had never done anything like this before,” and didn’t know she had left their home and drove to Georgia. It wasn’t until he got a call from authorities that he knew she had disappeared with their child. 

Cousin Amanda Hakimi told WSB-TV that Maranda Harvey was a “wonderful mother” and that the reports took them by surprise. Hakimi said Harvey may still be coping with the recent death of her father. 

It is not known if Harvey is out of the hospital, and she has not been charged. Atlanta police said Wednesday that reckless conduct charges could be forthcoming. 

“There are a lot of moving parts in this investigation and in no way are we not approaching this investigation with the sensitivity it deserves,” Officer Lisa Bender said in a statement. “But by the letter of the law a crime was committed. We are continuing to investigate towards that end.”  

Video: Orcas emerge around woman paddleboarding in Washington

A woman was paddleboarding near Deception Pass, near Oak Harbor, Washington, when something incredible happened – a pod of orcas emerged from the waters around her.

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Jenny Willkie Bull, who captured the moment on video, was out with a friend when the majestic creatures surprised them on Wednesday.

Bull shared her “epic” experience on Facebook and wrote that the orcas were chasing a seal.

“We probably should have been (scared), but it just didn't process or really even hit us what happened until we got back to shore,” she wrote. “It was really cool.”

Two groups of orcas frequent northwest waters: transients and residents. Transient, mammal-eating orcas became familiar with northwest waters in record numbers last year. 

Scientists and whale watchers reported that a boom in the pinniped population -- seals and sea lions -- last year meant a set table for the orcas.

Pacific Whale Watching Association reported the orcas, also called Bigg's killer whale T60D, are all business at mealtime, coming onto the scene swiftly, in small groups and without a sound.

About 320 individually identified transient killer whales swim along the West Coast of North America.

Resident orcas’ diets mostly consist entirely of chinook salmon—a food source that’s population has been cut in half since the 1980s. As of last year, there were only 79 resident orcas left.

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