Monday afternoon, Melinda Jackson, Caitlyn's mother, heard that the T-shirts had been barred from school while she was on her way home from the hospital where the girl had died. She told the Battle Creek Enquirer, "That hurt me to theRead More »from T-Shirt Memorializing Sixth-Grader Causes School Uproar
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Tue, Nov 12, 2013 3:36 PM ESTA controversy over kids wearing T-shirts to celebrate their friend who died from leukemia has sparked anger and soul-searching in Battle Creek, Michigan. On Saturday, sixth-grader Caitlyn Jackson passed away after a three-year battle with the disease. More than a dozen classmates showed up at Lakeville Middle School on Monday wearing orange and blue t-shirts bearing Caitlyn's name, many of which had been decorated by the kids themselves over the weekend. Blue was the 12-year-old's favorite color, and orange is the color designated to promote leukemia awareness. Upon arrival, the students were informed that they would need to either turn the shirts inside out, cover the girl's name with duct tape, or change tops—a decision made by school administrators.
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Shine Food – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 2:54 PM ESTJ&D's Foods, the maker of Bacon Salt, Baconnaise, Bacon Lip Balm, and a host of other bacon-flavored products, has just released Power Bacon, a "meaty fresh" scented deodorant. Justin Esch, who co-founded the company with partner Dave Lefkow, tells Yahoo Shine that there are some basic rules for using it: "Don't explore the wilderness without a firearm—we initially weren't going to sell in Alaska where there are a lot of bears—and wear at your own risk."The smell of bacon might make most people's mouths water, but a new product is as likely to trigger your gag reflex.
While Esch might be joking, Power Bacon was inspired by a hunting product used to attract bears and sold by a small Michigan company that also operates a deer farm. It's not edible, nor does it actually contain sweat-stopping chemicals, but it does have a sizzling, porky scent. "I call it an odorant," says Lefkow. "It's the ultimate aphrodisiac for armpits." J&D's contracted the deer farmers to make the product in smallRead More »from Bacon Deodorant: Our Favorite Flavor Just Got Weird
- Jennifer Lopez Barbie, one in a red carpet look modeled after the vampish gown with plunging neckline that Lopez wore to the 2012 Oscars, and the other inspired by her risqué sequined body stocking costume from last year's "Dance Again" world tour. Although both looks get some details right — her glamorous Academy Awards updo, for example, and her silver peep-toe, lace-up concert booties — something significant is missing: the megaceleb's traffic-stopping curves.Before Kim Kardashian, before Beyoncé, there was Jennifer Lopez, the Latina superstar from the Bronx who proudly flaunted her blockbuster body. This week Mattel released two versions of a collectable
If Barbie were an actual woman, she'd have a 36-inch bust, an 18-inch waist, and 33-inch hips — dimensions not seen since the days of the whalebone corset, and certainly not identical to Lopez's measurements. She's in fabulous shape but has never been shy about showing offRead More »from Jennifer Lopez Barbie Doll Is Not So Bootylicious
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | The Good News – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 3:02 PM ESTcerebral palsy, which was caused by prolonged oxygen deprivation at birth.Meet Holly Greenhow, one of the newest child models for popular British clothing brand Boden. The giggly 7-year-old has golden blond hair and a sunshiney smile. Like many little girls, she loves dressing up. But what's unique about Holly is that she's the company's first model with
It was initially Holly's grandmother who suggested that the child's mother, Fiona, take the little girl to a casting call for Boden—one of Holly's favorite clothing brands. "Not many children with disabilities have the opportunities that other children have," Fiona, told ITV News. "I wanted to show that you don't have to be perfect to be in a magazine or online or in photographs, so that was my desire to push forward and get it done for Holly." It took two years to nab an audition, but this spring, Holly was invited to a casting session andRead More »from Adorable Girl With Cerebral Palsy Lands Major Modeling Gig
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Tue, Nov 5, 2013 2:53 PM ESTKylie Austin
Cristy Austin, of Kansas City, Missouri, thought she was giving her baby a gift when she named her Keisha 19 years ago. She wanted her daughter, who is biracial, to feel empowered and connected to her African American roots. "I saw it as a source of pride," she told the Kansas City Star. Instead, her daughter found it to be a burden. Last week, after years of racially charged teasing, Keisha legally became "Kylie."
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Cristy, who is white, raised Kylie as a single mom, and there wasn't a lot of diversity in her school or community. Classmates of Kylie would ask her mockingly if there was a "La" or a "Sha" in front of her name. And the name's pop cultural usage only made it worse. Hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar's 2011 song "Keisha's Song (Her Pain)" described the tragic demise of a prostitute and in 2012, Ca$h Out rapped about "Keisha" being both a term for marijuana and the name of a "ho." Kylie says even a teacher felt at liberty toRead More »from Teen Changes Name from Keisha to Kylie After Racist Bullying
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 3:07 PM ESTSupplements may contain weeds, toxins, and cheap fillers
If you are one of the nearly 40 percent of Americans who have tried an herbal supplement, you might want to think twice before spending $10, $20, or more on another bottle. Findings of a recent study, using DNA analysis, suggest that many plant-based remedies on the market today may be made of cheap fillers, such as soy, rice, and wheat, or contain weeds or potentially harmful contaminants.
Scientists from the University of Guelph in Ontario tested 44 popular herbal supplements (such as St. John's wort and echinacea) that are sold by 12 different companies in Canada and the United States. They found that one-third of the supplements contained none of the plant extracts indicated on the product label. Fifty-nine percent were contaminated with plant species not listed on the ingredients list, including some that were considered toxic or allergy producing, as well as other potentially hazardous substances. Only two out of 12 companies sold supplements that were all completely genuine andRead More »from Herbal-Supplement Scam: Tests Reveal Fake and Dangerous Ingredients
- Dogs' tail wagging reveals their mood to humans—and other dogs (photo by Getty)Tail wagging is not merely the sign of a happy dog, new research shows; it's more complex than that. A right wag often means something very different from a left wag. In a study published in the Journal of Current Biology, scientists showed that the direction of the wag signals whether a dog is feeling anxious or amicable. Just as significant, other canines can read those signals and respond accordingly.
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The researchers previously published work that showed dogs wagged their tails predominantly to the right (from the dog's point of view) when they saw something that made them happy, such as their owner approaching, and more to the left when they were stressed out by a larger dog or another stimuli they found threatening. The scientists, in this new study, built on that research by investigating how dogs might respond to the tail wagging of other canines.Read More »from Want to Decode Your Dog? It's All About the Wag
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Tue, Oct 29, 2013 2:51 PM EDT
The baffling case of Brooke Greenberg, a 20-year-old who never developed beyond the toddler stage, may provide clues to help scientists unlock the secrets of longevity and fight age-related disorders, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and heart disease. Brooke, who passed away last Thursday, had the body and cognitive function of a 1-year-old. She didn't grow after the age of 5 — and basically, she stopped aging entirely. Read More »from Brooke Greenberg: 20-Year-Old "Toddler's" Legacy of Hope and Love
"Brooke Greenberg, even after her sad passing, may help to reveal answers to one of the major mysteries in human biology: Why do we age and is there any way to slow or suspend the aging process?" Dr. Eric Schadt, director of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, tells Yahoo Shine.
Brooke may have been the only person in the world suffering from a mysterious genetic disease that her doctors called Syndrome X. "Finding out that her DNA makeup is completely different than anyone else brought to our attention
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Shine Food – Mon, Oct 28, 2013 3:12 PM EDTNew York City's current cupcake queen, Allison Robicelli, who co-authored the new book "Robicelli's: A Love Story, With Cupcakes" with her husband, Matt, tells Yahoo Shine. And that's what manufacturers are betting on with the huge range of birthday-cake flavored items on the market today.Everybody likes to feel special, and the one day a year when that's practically guaranteed is your birthday. Now that special feeling is the basis of the trendiest new flavor for sweets. Yes, getting older can be hard and many of us have experienced an "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to" moment, but step into a kitchen where a simple yellow cake is baking and you may just feel like a wide-eyed kid excited to blow out a bunch of candles. "Birthday cake is a time machine to a happy place,"
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There is birthday-cake-flavored yogurt, popcorn, candy, iced blended tea, and more. M&Ms recently announced that it would be releasing aRead More »from Birthday Cake Is the New 'It' Flavor (Bye-Bye, Bacon)
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Fri, Oct 25, 2013 12:58 PM EDT
Simon Roussel, a senior with Down syndrome at Mandeville High School in Louisiana, loves football. And it's a serious sport in his part of the country. "Football is big and competitive in our entire state," varsity coach Guy LeCompte tells Yahoo Shine. LeCompte says he noticed Simon's enthusiasm for the game in a special-education PE class, and so the school made him an assistant to the coaching staff. The school system has the largest population of special-needs kids in the state, and its motto is, "Every child, every day."
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For the past six years, Simon has managed Mandeville's freshman team. "The coaches wear visors, a towel around their necks, and carry playbooks, and so does Simon," says LeCompte. He adds that although Simon has a speech impediment, he gives the pep talk before and after the games and the players all cheer like crazy.
On Wednesday, at the team's final game — and Simon's last game ever as manager because he'll beRead More »from Student With Down Syndrome Scores Awesome Touchdown