Boy Scouts open membership to transgender sons

18 days ago

( CNN) The Boy Scouts of America says it will begin accepting members based on their gender identity, opening the door for transgender boys to join.

Under the new policy, which takes effect immediately, membership in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be based on the gender indicated on an application.

Previously, the organization are dependent upon an individual’s birth credential to ascertain eligibility for its single-gender programs.

Alan Thicke dead at 69

24 days ago

(CNN)Alan Thicke, the beloved TV actor who epitomized the role of the sitcom dad, died Tuesday at age 69, his agent told CNN.

“Today the world lost an amazing talent,” said Tracy Mapes with Imperium 7 Talent Agency. She did not provide details regarding the cause of death.
    Thicke’s ex-wife, singer and actress Gloria Loring, confirmed his death in a statement on Facebook.
    “It is a shock. We were all just together for Thanksgiving. He was talented, funny and deeply devoted to his family,” she said. “Rest In Peace, dear one.”
    Thicke’s career spanned five decades — one in which he played various roles on and off screen, from actor to writer to composer to author.
    But he will be remembered most for his role on “Growing Pains,” the hit sitcom featuring his character of Jason Seaver. In the role, Thicke portrayed a corny and collected TV dad who offered wholesome life advice to his family during the 1980s.
    The sitcomlaunched the careers of Thicke and the actor who played his son, Kirk Cameron. As Jason Seaver, a psychiatrist who worked from home, he perfected the role of concerned and caring dad, always quick with advice and reassurance, often in the form of cheesy zingers.
    As news of his death spread, fans of a certain age mourned the loss of a father figure, recalling lyrics from show’s theme song: “Don’t waste another minute on your crying.”
    Thicke went on to appear in numerous television shows and films, often appearing as himself on such series as “How I Met Your Mother.” He recently appeared on Netflix’s “Fuller House,” a reboot of another 1980s sitcom, featuring Bob Saget and Kirk Cameron’s real-life sister, Candace Cameron Bure. Some of the last tweets on Thicke’s Twitter account referenced the show.
    News of his death brought tributes from colleagues, including “Fuller House” co-star Saget and producer Jeff Franklin.
    “So sad is the passing of Alan Thicke. Such a good husband, father, brother, and friend. He will be deeply missed. Rest in peace dear Alan,” Saget said on Twitter.

    A few weeks ago with my great, lovely friend for 35 years, the hilarious Alan Thicke. Will miss you dearly.

    A photo posted by Jeff Franklin (@fullerhouseguy) on Dec 13, 2016 at 7:19pm PST

    Thicke was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1947. He began his career in Canadian television before moving behind the scenes in American television.
    In the 1970s he wrote for “Fernwood 2-Night,” a short-lived satirical talk show that later became “America 2-Night,” and “The Richard Pryor Show.” He composed the theme songs for the game show “Wheel of Fortune” and sitcoms “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts Of Life.”
    He helmed a Canadian talk show, “The Alan Thicke Show,” in the early 1980s but he failed to replicate that success with American audiences on “Thicke of the Night.”
    However, he continued to remain popular in Canada, recently earning a “Canadian Icon Award” to honor his influence outside his native country. It wasn’t just his acting he brought to the US, it was his love of hockey, so much so that celebrities and pro hockey clubs alike noted his obsession with the sport alongside their expressions of condolence.
    At the low point of his career, he landed his most memorable role in “Growing Pains.”
    The role was his saving grace after the failure of “Thicke of the Night,” he told CNN’s Larry King in 2006, when the cast reunited for a television special. If not for the role he may have been driving the Zamboni for the Los Angeles Kings hockey team that year, he said. (Even if he was joking, his love and loyalty for the sport of his homeland was well documented.)
    “Loved it. Proud of it. Proud of what it stood for. I share the corny family values espoused on that show,” he said in a 2010 interview with A.V. Club. “It was a great opportunity that made my life good and something that I can show to my 12-year-old now in reruns. Corny and dated as it is, it’s still relatable, understandable, and he can look at it and say ‘Yeah, I get it. Now I see what you did before I was born.’ “
    “So if that’s what goes on my tombstone, I’m perfectly comfortable with it.”
    He is survived by his sons Brennan, Carter and “Blurred Lines” singer Robin, as well as wife Tanya.
    In the wake of Alan’s death, Carter remembered his dad, not as the television father, but as a “best friend and my idol”
    “[T]he world lost one of it’s finest,” Carter tweeted. “You are a legend and I love you Pops. Until next time.”

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    The truth about Muslims in America

    30 days ago

    ( CNN) Donald Trump sparked a firestorm of criticism from liberals, conservatives and those in between where reference is called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

    This report includes facts and figures from various surveys and studies, all of which are hyperlinked in the body of the story.

    But while such a outlaw is unlikely to be implemented in a country founded by immigrants, the cheers that followed his announcement at a South Carolina rally are telling.

    “I think that we should definitely disallow any Muslims from coming in. Any of them, ” supporter Charlie Marzka, 75, told CNN. “The reason is simple: We can’t identify what their posture is.”

    Indeed, the truth about Muslims in America is perhaps surprising — but not in the way Trump and his supporters might think.

    A look at polls and studies conducted in the last few years shows that Muslims have been crucial in helping law enforcement detect terror suspects in the United States. Many have served in the military protecting the country against terrorists. And in many ways, they’re a lot like other everyday Americans.

    A non-black person’s guidebook to Kwanzaa

    1 month, 6 days ago

    ( CNN) You don’t have to be black to understand how Kwanzaa works.

    Here’s some common Kwanzaa knowledge everyone should know.

    You can spell it Kwanzaa or Kwanza

    Woman, dog survive six days in Washington wilderness

    1 month, 8 days ago

    ( CNN) When her husband passed away some months ago, 71 -year-old Sajean Geer wanted to honor his legacy in a special style: by scattering his ashes in one of his favorite places.

    So, on July 18, Geer took her husband’s ashes and her beloved Chihuahua-terrier mix, Yoda, and headed for Olympic National Park in Washington state.

    Little did Geer know that she wouldn’t leave the park until nearly a week later, after she got lost and a day’s hike was transformed into a six-day ordeal.

    Trigger warns, safe spaces: Your guide to the new school year

    2 months, 20 days ago

    ( CNN) If it’s been a while since you went to college, or you tend to avoid Internet screaming matches, you may have missed the latest debate roiling higher education in recent years.

    Like freshman orientation, the debate is back for the new academic year, politenes of a University of Chicago letter to incoming students.

    At Georgia’s Stone Mountain, hikers try to rise above its racial history

    2 months, 24 days ago

    Stone Mountain, Georgia( CNN) On any dedicated day, fitness fanatics toting water bottles and earbuds stream to Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta to test their strength and endurance. They induce the 1-mile climb to the top of the 825 -foot granite outcrop or navigate the sidewalks and trails that surround it.

    Will Georgia remove Confederate monument?

    Jewelry store puts up a billboard that says ‘It’s OK to hurl rocks at girls.’

    2 months, 29 days ago

    ( CNN) Another month, another controversial North Carolina billboard.

    Last month it was the infamous “Real men provide. Real females appreciate it”sign that stirred passions and protests.

    This month it’s a message from an Asheville jewelry store.

    911 dispatcher may be disciplined in teen’s fatal Chicago police shooting

    2 months, 30 days ago

    ( CNN) A Chicago 911 dispatcher is facing possible disciplinary action for the handling of a frantic call from a adolescent who police shooting and killed just minutes after he phoned for help.

    Christmas Eve morning, Quintonio LeGrier attained three telephone call, pleading with dispatchers to send an officer to his West Side home and repeatedly telling them that someone was threatening his life. During one of the calls, a 911 dispatcher hung up on LeGrier.

    5 things for Wednesday, August 31: Donald Trump, ISIS, North Korea

    3 months, 2 days ago

    ( CNN) Good Wednesday morning. If the newsletter seems a little different today, it’s because we’ve devoted ourselves a little makeover. Same awesome content though. Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

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