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Leprosy group wants ‘Pirates’ to walk the plank

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The British animator Aardman will change a scene in its upcoming film, “Pirates: Band of Misfits,” after objections from leprosy advocacy groups, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 3D animated film voiced by the likes of Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven and David Tennant is due in theaters April 27. The groups that came out against [...] [Read More]
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A star is born: New dad freestyles to fetal monitor

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As he waited for his new son to arrive in the delivery room, U.S. Air Force Sgt. Charles McDaniel didn’t pick up a magazine or grab the TV remote.  Instead, he filled the room with a freestyle rap to the cadence of the fetal monitor, MSNBC is reporting: McDaniel, an Air Force staff sergeant based [...] [Read More]
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Disney theme parks reverse beard ban

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The Disney theme parks will let their male employees look a little more like one of Snow White’s seven dwarves — at least when it comes to facial hair. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Walt Disney Co. announced that male employees will be allowed to sport beards and goatees after a 60 year ban. [...] [Read More]
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Houston-area woman organizes breastfeeding flash mob at Target stores

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Breastfeeding moms gathered around the country today, including about 50 in the Houston area, for “nurse-ins” in support of a Texas woman who says she was harassed last month while nursing her infant son at a Webster Target store. The nursing flash mobs were planned in 35 states after women heard about the case of [...] [Read More]
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Southpaws get a bum rap, but A list is full of ‘em

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In my family, I was nicknamed “Leftie” for all the wrong reasons. It meant I was awkward, clumsy and sure to score poorly on those handwriting assignments in second grade. [Read More]
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Tech firm bans email

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Imagine your workplace without email. That fantasy (or nightmare) will soon be reality for thousands of people who work for information technology firm Atos. The company, which has offices in the Houston area and in Norwalk, Conn., manages IT for the Olympics. Its clients include oil field services firms Schlumberger and Baker Hughes. ABC news [...] [Read More]
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