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WATCH: Student-teacher welcomes 4th-grade class with viral rap song, video

A Chicago area student-teacher's creative way of welcoming his class back to school has gone viral.

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According to WMAQ, Dwayne Reed, a student-teacher at Jane Stenson Elementary School in Skokie, Illinois, joined forces with his friend, filmmaker Ty Gotham, and producer Stevo Thompson to record a rap song and make a music video for his fourth-graders.

“I wanted a cool way to introduce myself to the students and the parents I was gonna have,” Reed told WMAQ.

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According to the YouTube description, "the song and video emphasize the reality that hard work is a must, but that school and learning can certainly be fun!"

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The video, uploaded Saturday, has been viewed more than 161,000 times. 

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Child found tangled in cord, fence; man takes photo as 'evidence'

A man from Spokane, Washington, who heard screams as he mowed his lawn last week, followed his ears and discovered a child outside tangled in a fence and a bungee cord.

Matt Knight told KHQ-TV that his first thought was: "I need to take a picture of this."

Knight said he did so to get "evidence versus a bunch of hearsay" about what he witnessed.

The result is a picture that shows a child alone with a cord around her neck.

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Knight said he yelled for someone to come out of the house. He also said "previous things had happened" at the child's home.

"That strap or bungee cord was pretty much at neck level. She was up on her feet, but she was kind of struggling around her neck," he said.

According to KHQ, police have been called to this house three times in the last month, and the first two times, children were found alone in the street.

A woman who has since identified herself to KHQ as the child's mother said the picture only showed the child getting tangled in cords. She didn't explain why the child was left outside.

Knight wants the child removed from the home by the Washington Department of Health Services, but the agency says it cannot comment on specific cases unless a child dies or nearly dies.

Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

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Mom of 6 writes note to husband before leaving for girls weekend

An Illinois mother of six recently took to Facebook to post a note to her husband before leaving for a weekend getaway with her friends. 

In a Facebook post from Aug. 12, Meghan Oeser wished her husband "good luck" taking care of the couple's children while she was away.

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She began by describing what it will be like for her husband when he comes home from work:

"Upon arriving home after work, things won't seem so bad. The others will hug, jump, and for the most part, be pretty excited to see you. This will be short lived. I promise ... The others will fight about anything and everything, with Quinn and Penny being the biggest instigators. It's most likely that Quinn will be (mad) about Penny wearing her Elsa dress, and Penny equally (mad) because Quinn will ONLY refer to her as Anna. Penny will also be fighting sleep, which I'll get to later." 

And then she details what dinner will look like: 

"Dinner will suck. Bailey will want pizza, while Harper will ask for hotdogs. Quinn will cry when you say the word hotdog, and will insist on Mac n cheese (but not the orange kind or the white kind, but the purple kind). We'll be fresh out of the purple kind, so she'll then ask for toast. You'll already have started making mac n cheese for Penny, but since she heard Quinn ask for toast, she'll also want that toast. You'll end up tossing the Mac n cheese because Bailey got the stomach flu 5 years ago after eating the orange kind, and Harper prefers the white kind. You'll also forget about Harper because her friend Lily 'unexpectedly' stopped by, so they went ripsticking down the street. Everyone will eat cereal for dinner, and Lily will come inside for a bandaid."

Plus, she writes, there will be barely any quiet time or time to sleep:

"You'll want to sit down and relax after dinner/breakfast, but I'm warning you against this. It will get quiet...REAL quiet. This is when you'll realize that the threenager has fallen asleep somewhere. Do NOT let the threenager fall asleep ... She will be wide awake until at least 1:30 a.m. if you're not careful. Given your 9:30 bedtime and 5 a.m. wake up, this is less than ideal."

And when it's time for bed? 

"(Forget) pajamas. Don't even ATTEMPT anything but a nightgown for Penny. And if you cannot find a nightgown for Penny, keep looking. She'll ask for her Minnie Mouse nightgown, but once you put it on, she'll scream in agony because the sleeves are CLEARLY ripping her arms off. Just find her Elsa one. Chances are, it's dirty, but so what... so is she. I can't remember the last time I put soap to that one."

Oeser goes on to explain each child's sleeping arrangements, saying one will likely fall asleep beside her husband on the couch, but "you may as well sleep next to Evander Holyfield."

After she describing each child's mannerisms, preferences and routine, she signs off with a blunt message:

"Get coffee. LOTS of coffee. You'll need it ... Oh, also, just in case you wanted to get ANYTHING done this weekend, good luck."

A week later, Oeser responded on Facebook, referencing internet trolls that suggested he'd be better off "(juggling) knives with (his) face" and "(living) in a dumpster with a family of raccoons."

"Dearest Wife, hope you had fun last weekend," he wrote. "This is a gentle reminder that my birthday is indeed Sunday. You're driving to the Wilco concert."

Rate of pregnancy-related deaths doubles in Texas

The rate of Texan women dying from pregnancy-related causes doubled in recent years, and scientists aren't sure why.

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new survey looked at maternal mortality statistics in the U.S. from 2000 to 2014, and found that Texas maintained a steady rate of around 17 to 18 pregnancy-related deaths per 100,000 births until 2010.

But from 2010 to 2014, that number jumped to about 35 deaths per 100,000 births. For reference, the World Health Organization says most developed countries average around 12 deaths per 100,000 births.

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The spike in deaths roughly lines up with steep cuts to the state's family planning budget, but the study's authors say such a dramatic increase is tough to explain "in the absence of war, natural disaster, or severe economic upheaval."

Things don't look much better for the rest of the states, either — the study notes maternal mortality rates rose almost 27 percent from 2000 to 2014 across the continental U.S.

Atlanta school's video will make you rethink how you talk to kids

A video made by the Atlanta Speech School illustrates the impact that different attitudes and phrases have on children.

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The video starts with a young boy who explains what it feels like when an adult ignores him or loses patience with him.

When he begins his day, he is happy and upbeat, giving a bus driver an enthusiastic hello that's met with little more than a dismissive wave of a hand. Throughout the day, his interactions with teachers and other adults leave him deflated. 

The Atlanta Speech School, a comprehensive school for language and literacy, has released the compelling new video, titled "Every Opportunity," which switches gears halfway through the piece to illustrate how teachers, school bus drivers and other school staff -- through small every day changes showing kindness inside and outside the classroom -- can enhance a child's ability to thrive and learn. Ultimately, the video shows examples of how teachers, school bus drivers and school staff can make the most of every interaction with students.

"Everyone a child meets throughout the day can make a difference -- all the difference," Comer Yates, executive director of the Atlanta Speech School, said in a press release. "Every time a child is ignored, or yelled at or silenced, a teacher takes away what is possible. As the video exemplifies, each of these moments can be missed opportunities to empower a child and develop their vocabulary."

Mom gives angry response when asked to breastpump in bathroom

One woman's frustration with being asked to use a breast pump in a bathroom became a viral Facebook post Friday.

Today.com reported that Lynda Mazzalai Nguyen was at an Embassy Suites hotel in San Francisco for a conference and asked someone at the front desk if there was a private place for her to pump. She was not at all happy with the response.

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"At a seminar at a hotel, went to front desk to ask if there's a private space where I can pump, and was told by two different staff to use the bathroom … I told them they don't eat lunch in the bathroom, so it's gross to expect me to contaminate baby's milk in there," Nguyen wrote in a Facebook post.

According to Nguyen, she was "met with so much resistance" by the hotel staff.

Nguyen said she was told she could not use any hotel rooms because she did not pay for the room, although she did say she paid the hotel in the form a fee to attend a seminar. She said she was then told there were no available rooms, but Nguyen claims she saw open rooms on Expedia.

Nguyen continued to list other suggestions that were met with resistance.

"After more push back and a stand off because I refused to budge, she went to ask, came back and offered the wine cellar … Based on principle, I decided to pump in the lobby next to reception," Nguyen said, adding that she spoke to the general manager of the hotel, who she said "apologized profusely."

"We are very disappointed to hear about this situation and we are sorry for the lack of sensitivity shown to this guest," Embassy Suites said in a statement to Today.com. "Sensitivity communication will be reinforced to all of our hotels with the intent to prevent this from happening to anyone else. Celebrating mothers and families is a part of our DNA at Embassy Suites by Hilton and it's our goal for that to come across to all of our guests every day."

Nguyen said she was met with love and support in an update to the post and added that the general manager of the hotel said there is a policy in place for guests who want to pump.

Posted by Lynda Mazzalai Nguyen on Friday, August 12, 2016

Baby girl born on same day as mother and father

An Australia couple received the best gift on their shared birthday: A baby girl.

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Caitlin and Tom Perkins, of Dirranbandi, Queensland, were both born on August 16, 1986. They welcomed their daughter, Lucy Marie Perkins, on their 30th birthday Tuesday. 

According to Cailtin's obstetrician, Dr. Brad Robinson, the family's shared birthday is a one in 48 million chance happening.

Lucy originally wasn't due until a week after she arrived, The Daily Mail reported, but Robinson said Caitlin went into labor spontaneously.

Seven-pound Lucy was born healthy at 39 weeks.

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School sign turning away parents with kids' forgotten homework, lunch goes viral

A Catholic high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, is making headlines after a photo of a controversial sign posted on its front door went viral on Facebook.

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"If you are dropping off your son's forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment, etc., please TURN AROUND and exit the building," reads the sign pictured in a post on Catholic High School for Boys' Facebook page. "Your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence."

The image has been shared more than 115,000 times since it was posted Aug. 10.

Many parents praised the school in the post's comments.

"If only ALL schools were like this," wrote commenter Barb Shear.

Barbara Bowers added, "Sorry, the school is correct. If someone cannot remember their lunch, it will only happen once. They will learn to be a responsible adult and hopefully pass on the trend to their children as well."

But others weren't as impressed.

"This has to be a suggestion, especially if I'm paying for my child to be there," Alana McCraw wrote.

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Commenter Julia Pence Stephens called for more compassion.

"No one is perfect," Stephens wrote. "We as adults forget our packed lunch as we head out to work. We have resources to get our lunch. I hope these kids are getting lunch. We do need to teach our children to be independent but they also need to be taught to be compassionate and show mercy."

The school's principal, Steve Straessle, told KARK that the rule teaches students a valuable lesson.

"It's simply to help boys avoid the default switch of calling mom and dad when things don't go right to bail them out," he said.

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Arkansas mom says she awoke in hospital to find her baby in another patient's arms

An Arkansas mother is outraged after she says her baby was removed from her hospital room while she slept and taken to the room of another patient.

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According to KAIT, Lory Beth Snyder was at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro earlier this month with her 4-month-old daughter, Lorelai, who was undergoing blood work and other tests. During their stay, Snyder said she took a nap in the hospital room and awoke to a frightening discovery: Her baby was missing.

"When I found her, she was in another woman's hospital room, in that woman's arms, with a room full of six or seven nurses just laughing and playing with her and Lorelai," Snyder wrote in a now-viral Facebook post. "I didn't know this lady. She was not a nurse or a doctor. Just another hospital patient."

Snyder said she took her baby from the woman, who told Snyder she should go back to her room and rest. 

"I told her no, that I was fine and I would be taking my daughter back now," Snyder wrote.

Snyder said her diaper bag, as well as Lorelai's IV pole and crib, were also in the woman's room.

According to Snyder, three nurses followed her to her room, telling her that Lorelai "was in no danger." But they weren't the only ones in tow: The patient followed, as well, and asked Snyder again to return the baby to her, Snyder said.

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"It was then that the nurses had to remove her from our room," Snyder wrote, adding that the hospital staff transferred her and her daughter to ICU so they would have more security.

Snyder said she contacted police, who said "no crime was committed." The patient told officers that she was "just taking care of (the baby) while the mother of the child slept," the police report said.

Hospital CEO Brad Parsons said the incident is under investigation.

"We are working with our risk-management department as well as the Jonesboro police on that investigation," Parsons told KAIT.

The hospital also issued the following statement to KAIT:

"An incident occurred in one of our patient care units (not labor and delivery) on Friday involving two patients, one of them a pediatric patient," the statement said. "While we cannot go into details because of patient privacy laws, two of our nurses acted immediately, followed all protocols, and rapidly brought the situation under control. Because of their quick work, all patients remained safe. Our nurses quickly secured the pediatric patient and mother and fully cooperated with police, who declined to take action against anyone. We are grateful that everyone is safe, and we wish everyone the best and continued good health."

But Snyder isn't satisfied with the explanation.

"I want some answers, and I don't feel like I'm getting them from that hospital," Snyder told KAIT.

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Heartwarming video shows kids welcoming friend back after catching stomach bug

Looking for a reason to get excited for the back-to-school season? 

A heartwarming video shared by comedian Shawn Harris shows him walking his 4-year-old son, Tyler, back into preschool after he was out sick with a stomach bug.

As soon as the kids spot Tyler, they start welcoming him in with excitement.

Soon, almost every kid in the room is on their feet, surrounding Tyler and showering him with hugs.

The video was posted two years ago but recently went viral. 

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Tyler was out of school last week with a stomach virus..This is how he was welcomed back to school this morning I love this #Proudfather Kids can end racism... @Comedianshawnharris on instagram (Follow me)Posted by Shawn Harris on Monday, June 23, 2014

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