Stuff is happening. Are you in the know? Here are some headlines you can throw around as part of your daily chatter.
School Bans Student Who Shaved Her Head in For Classmate with Cancer
Kamryn Renfro (left), a 9-year-old student at Caprock Academy in Colorado, was suspended from school after she shaved her head in support of her best friend Delaney Clements, who has neuroblastoma–a form of childhood cancer. Her elementary school dress code states shaved heads violate its dress code. Kamryn’s mom sent the school administration an email explaining the gesture was in goodwill, but she was told her daughter can’t return to school until she grows her hair back or wears a wig as her shaved head is a clear violation of the dress code, which is designed to “promote uniformity.”
E-Cigs Don’t Really Help People Quit
To add to growing research on electronic cigarettes, this study of 900 smokers (of which 88 are trying to quit using e-cigs) found that people trying to quit the regular way fared no better or worse than those trying to wean off using e-cigs. In fact, e-cigs help smokers double up by giving them something to indulge if they’re in areas where smoking is banned.
Hey, TV Judge Joe Brown: You’re Out of Order
Daytime TV judge Joe Brown was tossed in jail Monday on a contempt of court charge. The 66-year-old apparently got way too feisty in a child support case where he was defending a client. When told that the case was not on the docket, he flipped. He was later released on his own recognizance.
Weiner Whips Out His Pen for New Columnist Gig
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Former representative Anthony Weiner has officially joined the ranks of the journalists who hounded him during his infamous photo scandals by becoming a columnist for Business Insider. He’ll be writing on issues of national interest, and stated in the site’s announcement, “It’s great to have the opportunity to add to the always smart and often iconoclastic coverage of politics and policy at Business Insider.” The column will be aptly titled … wait for it … “Weiner!”
The Insane First-Person Video of a B.A.S.E. Jump Off the NYC Freedom Tower
The four men who B.A.S.E. jumped off the World Trade Center last September finally released the footage of that stunt yesterday, and the footage is as thrilling as the jump was illegal. Sadly for them, the stunt got them arrested for burglary, reckless endangerment, and jumping from a structure–they turned themselves in to authorities yesterday.