Unvaccinated high school student is suing the health department for banning him from school during a chicken pox outbreak

An 18-year-old high school senior is suing the Northern Kentucky Health Department for banning him from school and sports during a chicken pox outbreak. He refuses to get vaccinated because of his "Christian faith," so the Health Department refuses to let him attend school or play sports.

"The fact that I can't finish my senior year in basketball, like, our last couple of games, it's pretty devastating. I mean, you go through four years of high school playing basketball, you look forward to your senior year," the student, Jerome Kunkel, told WLWT5.

According to NBC:

The health department announced the policy Feb. 21 in a letter to parents, citing an outbreak of chickenpox at the school.

It first warned parents of the outbreak Feb. 5, urging them to get their children vaccinated. By March 14, the school had 32 cases of confirmed chickenpox, according to the health department.

"The recent actions taken by the Northern Kentucky Health Department regarding the chickenpox outbreak at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart/Assumption Academy was in direct response to a public health threat and was an appropriate and necessary response to prevent further spread of this contagious illness," the health department said in a statement in response to Kunkel's lawsuit.

Chicken pox is an airborne virus that can also be contracted through physical contact. Although most people get through the illness without any lasting effects, it can be devastating to pregnant women, babies, and people with weakened immune systems.

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Even Mrs. Gump used the back door to get her boy into school

There's buying school buildings, making million-dollar "donations," photoshopping your kid's head onto a real athlete's body, hiring a grown man to take your child's SAT test, and then there's an admissions tactic that hasn't yet come up in the college admissions scandal – screwing the head of the school. Here's a hilarious – and tragic – clip from Forrest Gump to show us how it's done.

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USC says it will deny all students linked to admissions scandal (and has denied six already)

The University of Southern California, one of the schools heavily involved in the college bribery scandal, said yesterday that they will deny any current applicant who is involved with the scam. In fact, they've already identified and denied six such applicants, according to Buzzfeed.

USC is also in the process of investigating the students linked to the scandal who are currently attending USC, including Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli, daughters of actress Lori Laughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli.

"If UCLA discovers that any prospective, admitted or enrolled student has misrepresented any aspect of his/her application, or that information about the applicant has been withheld, UCLA may take a number of disciplinary actions, up to and including cancellation of admission," a university spokesperson told Buzzfeed.

Via Buzzfeed:

About half of the 32 parents who allegedly paid the California life coach to fix their children's applications wanted their kids to get into USC...

Now, USC officials say they're going to conduct a thorough, "case-by-case review of current students and graduates that may be connected to the scheme alleged by the government..."

USC said Wednesday that it will deny admission any applicants "who are connected to the scheme."

It's easy to deny current applicants who have lied on their application or cheated in some way to make themselves someone they aren't. But let's see how USC handles the students who are currently enrolled at the university who cheated to get in. The fact that 19-year-old Olivia Jade (who allegedly pretended to be on her high school crew team even though she'd never participated in crew) was on a yacht owned by the Chairman of USC's Board of Trustees the day the story broke, makes this an especially interesting corner of the story to watch. Read the rest

Watch: Strong winds in Texas blow this semi truck completely on its side

"Oh my god, oh my god," says a bystander as powerful winds blow a moving semi truck over on its side. The sideways truck skids for a bit, knocking down a sign in its path. According to the YouTube page, this was shot yesterday in Amarillo, Texas. The stuff of nightmares. Read the rest

Dog rescue: A helicopter 1,000 feet above snow happens to spot a stranded pup and gives him a lift

During a winter-training outing in a helicopter 1,000 feet above a snowy region in Scotland, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency happened to spot a dog perched on the ledge of a mountain, stranded in the snow below. Turns out the dog had been missing for two days. Read the rest

Ringleader of college admissions scandal now admits he helped over 750 families sneak their way into college

Yesterday, news broke out that the Feds had uncovered the biggest college admissions scandal in US history. This involved over 30 families, including the families of actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. But now, it looks like the scandal has blown up into something much much bigger. According to NBC, the ringleader of the admissions scam, William Rick Singer, says he helped 761 families cheat their way into college. Or, as he slyly put it, he helped these families get into college "side doors."

From NBC:

William Rick Singer, who pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Boston federal court to racketeering, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges, said in a phone conversation recorded by the FBI that he helps "the wealthiest families in the U.S. get their kids into school."

Singer said he facilitated 761 "side doors" to admission.

"They want guarantees, they want this thing done. They don't want me messing around with this thing," he said, according to court documents unsealed Tuesday. "And so they want in at certain schools."

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Watch a mechanic restore this old watchmaker's micrometer into a gorgeous shiny object

This Swiss watchmaker's micrometer, which was purchased on eBay by a CNC-mechanic for $25, is a rusty, beaten-up old thing that has seen better days. Until the mechanic restores it to a beautiful shiny tool that could pass for a work of art.

From his YouTube site:

When I was scrolling through the antique section of eBay and first saw this micrometer I wanted to restore it right away. I really like the unique look of those watchmaker micrometers. As a professional CNC-mechanic I'm very familiar with those measurement devices and I'm using them on a daily basis. The measurement range of this micrometer is from 0-25mm and you can measure exactly on 0.005mm. It was once re-painted to yellow, the original colour was black. That's why I decided to paint it black again. In the front of the micrometer there was a plate with the name and the location of the previous owner mounted with two rivets. The plate was in very bad condition and as I'm the new owner of it, I decided to make a new plate with my name and my location...I'm still very happy how this restoration turned out.

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Woman buys 30 lottery tickets with the same numbers after seeing them "a couple of times during the day" and wins $150,000

A woman in Virginia saw the same group of four numbers, 1-0-3-1, "a couple of times during the day" and decided it was a sign. She went with her gut, bought 20 lottery tickets choosing those same numbers, and then, feeling really good about it, bought another 10 tickets. Using her instincts paid off big.

According to AP, Deborah Brown, who "nearly had a heart attack" after winning, won $5,000 for each ticket, giving her a grand total of $150,000.

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Watch: The Inventor documentary trailer about the rise and fall of Theranos grifter Elizabeth Holmes

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, HBO's documentary about fraudster Elizabeth Holmes, who started her multi-billion-dollar healthcare company Theranos when she was 19-years-old, airs on March 16. That gives me six days to finish the highly-engaging Theranos bio, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, by Wall Street Journal reporter, John Carreyrou, if I don't want any book spoilers. Here's the trailer to whet your appetite. Read the rest

Watching this toddler try and try to stack cups is highly engaging

There is something so satisfying about watching this toddler struggle – and then finally succeed – in stacking her colorful nesting cups. After trial and error – and deep concentration – two-year-old Clarissa, who her mother says "was a little behind on certain things," celebrates her victory with excited squeals and dance moves. A nice reminder that it takes lots of "fails" to become a success.

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Watch: Angry kangaroo punches paraglider as soon as he lands

An Australian paraglider who makes a smooth landing gets a hostile reception from an angry kangaroo.

When paraglider John Bishop lands, a kangaroo comes charging towards him, with its friend following as backup. Bishop tries to greet him with a friendly, "Hey, what's up Skip?" But the kangaroo is not making nice. It immediately pushes and throws punches at Bishop for no apparent reason.

"Hey, fuck off! Go away!" Bishop yells.

Once the marsupial bully lets off some steam, it hops away, its friend following suit.

The attack was caught on Bishop's camera, and tweeted by @SBSNews:

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Woman demands that plane turn back mid-flight when she realizes she forgot her baby at the airport

A woman flying from Saudi Arabia to Malaysia over the weekend insisted the plane turn back mid-flight when she realized she had forgotten something important at the airport: her baby.

Following protocol, the pilot had to first get permission from an air traffic controller before making an about-face.

According to IBT, in an audio recording you can hear the pilot say, “May God be with us. Can we come back or what?”

Then you can hear someone on the air-traffic control side saying to a co-worker, “This flight is requesting to come back...a passenger forgot her baby in the waiting area, the poor thing.”

Air traffic control then asks the pilot to confirm what he saying.

“We told you, a passenger left her baby in the terminal and refuses to continue the flight.”

And so the plane returned to King Abdul Aziz International Airport where the mother was able to retrieve her child.

Sure, leaving things behind at airports is common. News.com.au claims that Brisbane Airport finds up to 1,000 items a month, including passports, glasses, belts, phones, laptops, hearing aids, and even, strangely enough, "body parts" such as dentures and prosthetic legs. But babies? This has got to be a first.

Here's an audio recording between the pilot and air traffic controller. A bit of English is tossed in at around :35.

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Sisters, age 5 and 8, talk about how they survived two nights lost in the woods

Two sisters, age 8 and 5, spent 44 hours lost in the woods in Humboldt County, California before they were rescued on Sunday. They had simply gone on a walk from their Northern California house Friday afternoon, but soon realized they couldn't find their way back home. They were found at 10:30am Sunday morning less than two miles from their house, according to CNN. This is their first interview, in which the smart, resourceful girls talk about how they survived.

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Boy who stole Life magazine with Beatles on cover returns it to library 50 years later

50 years ago, a boy named Brian stole a copy of Life magazine from an Ohio library that sported a photo of The Beatles on its cover. But this week he decided to give the book back, along with an apology note: "Hello. I stole this magazine from the Parma Ridge Road library when I was a kid. I'm sorry I took it. I've enclosed a check for the late fee."

Over the decades he racked up more than $1,800 in late fees, according to AP. But fortunately, for Brian, the library puts a $100 cap on library fines, so that is the amount he left them.

The library, now called Cuyahoga County Public Library, wrote Brian back: “To the Beatles fan who "borrowed" this copy of Life magazine in 1968: Thank you for returning it this week and clearing your conscience.”

Via Daily Beast

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Five young teens save an 8-year-old boy who is dangling from a ski chairlift

An 8-year-old boy and family were boarding a ski lift at Grouse Mountain ski resort in North Vancouver when the boy immediately slipped out of the chair. His father grabbed on to his son and told the operator to stop the lift, according to Global News, but the music was too loud for the operator to hear. By the time the operator noticed and stopped the lift, the boy was hanging from the chair, around 20 feet off the ground, gripping on to his dad for dear life.

People on the ground were staring, not knowing what to do, until five boys ages 12-14 jumped into action. They saw a netted fence and grabbed a piece of it, along with some kind of pad they found, and held their makeshift safety net under the dangling boy. One of the teens told the boy to kick off his skis, and another said, "Trust us and drop." Which the boy did, and landed without any injuries.

For their heroic deed, the teens are receiving free passes to the ski resort for a year.

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Uh oh. Amazon is opening up a new chain of grocery stores

After taking over Whole Foods, Amazon is now launching a new, more mainstream chain of grocery stores, according to Business Insider. And it makes me wonder why, when they haven't yet mastered the managing of Whole Foods. At least not when it comes to keeping their markets stocked. In fact, it's incredible how consistently empty their shelves are.

Ever since Amazon took over the "natural" food grocery store, I started noticing walls of shelves with gaping holes where food should be, and oftentimes even entirely without food. It was so surprising that I took photos several times throughout the year to text to friends. I do like the fact that they've lowered their prices, which has seduced me into coming into the store in the first place (I used to avoid the market for their astronomical prices), but it's frustrating to go in with the idea of buying some eggs only to find there aren't any uncracked ones left.

So what's the problem?

Via Business Insider:

Business Insider spoke with seven Whole Foods employees, from cashiers to department managers, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution.

Order-to-shelf, or OTS, is a tightly controlled system designed to streamline and track product purchases, displays, storage, and sales. Under OTS, employees largely bypass stock rooms and carry products directly from delivery trucks to store shelves. It is meant to help Whole Foods cut costs, better manage inventory, reduce waste, and clear out storage.

But its strict procedures are leading to storewide stocking issues, according to several employees.

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10-year-old writes brilliant poem about dyslexia and it goes viral

Wow. This poem, titled Dyslexia, was written by a 10-year-old who goes by AO, and it's jaw-dropping.

As part of a class assignment, his teacher, Jane Broadis, asked the students to write a poem that could be read forwards and backwards. This one "stunned" her, so she posted it on Twitter, which has since gone viral. After you read it, read it again in the reverse direction, not like a palindrome, but line by line.

Here are some reactions via Twitter:

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