By Noreen O'Donnell (Reuters) - Steven Sanchez danced in gold sequined pumps and lip-synched Selena Gomez's "Like a Champion" and "Come and Get It" in becoming one of the first transgender students to be chosen a homecoming queen. Sanchez, 21, said he was still in shock that his routine had won Friday's vote at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. "I could not believe it when it happened, and I still can't believe it," he told Reuters on Saturday. "I've come so far as a person." Sanchez, who describes himself as gender non-conforming, is not the first transgender student to make homecoming history. Last month, 16-year-old Cassidy Lynn Campbell - formerly Lance Campbell - won the Marina High School's title in Huntington Beach, California. Sanchez said he hoped his victory would bring more attention to transgender issues. In August, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill allowing all public school students to participate in "sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities" - from sports to locker rooms - that correspond with their gender self-perception. Sanchez said his gender identify was in transition, though he was unsure that he would ever physically become a woman. "I identify as gender queer so not really one or the other," he said. When he was younger, Sanchez, who is from San Antonio, Texas, said he was bullied so badly that he left high school. He earned his degree through a program at a community college in Texas before enrolling at the 12,000-student university in Iowa. His grandmother, mother and an aunt are all encouraging, he said. "They're the ones who really helped me get through all the hard times," he said. "I'm so inspired by strong women. I'm surrounded by strong women who all support me and that's beautiful to me." Sanchez performed on Tuesday and learned he won Friday night at a pep rally to prepare for Saturday's football game between the University of Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois. For his routine, Sanchez wore his school colors - a purple ball gown, belted as a skirt, a purple shirt and the gold pumps. (Reporting by Noreen O'Donnell in New York; Editing by Daniel Trotta and Eric Beech)
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After Myanmar’s military seized power by ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, they couldn’t even make the trains run on time: State railway workers were among the earliest organized opponents of the February takeover, and they went on strike. Health workers who founded the civil disobedience movement against military rule stopped staffing government medical facilities. Many civil servants were no-shows at work, along with employees of government and private banks.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calls it "a significant step" in the fight against Covid-19.
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GoFundMe / St. John’s County SheriffAfter a daylong search, a 13-year-old cheerleader was found murdered in Florida—and police have arrested a 14-year-old boy who attended the same school.Tristyn Bailey’s family reported her missing at 10 a.m. on Sunday, and residents of St. Johns County came out in droves to look for her. The hunt ended tragically that evening when her body was spotted in a wooded area.The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office did not provide a cause of death; they said the seventh grader was clothed but did not confirm reports that she had on her cheerleading uniform.Sheriff Rob Hardwick said the teen arrested and charged with second-degree murder is the only suspect connected to Tristyn’s death. The Daily Beast is not naming him because he is a juvenile and authorities have not decided whether to charge him as an adult.“Our investigative team is out there interviewing all kinds of witnesses, whether directly or indirectly involved in this case,” Hardwick said at a press conference.“We have a suspect in custody. That is the only suspect that has to do with the death of Tristyn.”Hardwick said investigators are looking through a trove of social media posts that could be helpful to the case, but he did not comment on reports that a Snapchat under the boy’s name posted a photo of him in a patrol car with the caption: “Hey guys has anybody seen Tristyn lately?”Both Tristyn and the suspect attended Patriot Oaks Academy in St. Johns, though police said it was unclear how they knew each other or if they were in the same class.The sheriff acknowledged that news of Tristyn’s death had sparked an outpouring of emotion in the tight-knit county.“We know the community is angry,” Hardwick said.“We have a person charged with a serious crime, and we have a family that’s grieving the loss of a loved one. A child—a 13-year-old child.”Locals came out Monday night for a series of vigils—at the community center where she was last seen alive and at Infinity Allstars, the gym where she was a competitive cheer athlete. Ribbons in aqua, her favorite color, festooned mailboxes across the area in her memory.“It’s just heartbreaking for her family who can never see her again, be able to talk to her and say loving words to her,” Reagan Anderson, a friend of Tristyn, told Jax4News.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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Medical experts said getting too much vaccine usually doesn't lead to serious side effects - but it's important not to waste any doses.
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The German Green Party has been hit by a new scandal involving one of its best known and most controversial politicians. Boris Palmer, the maverick mayor of Tübingen, who only months ago was widely hailed for his successful coronavirus policy, faces expulsion from the party over an alleged racist tweet. The scandal comes at a pivotal moment for the Greens, who are currently leading in the polls ahead of September’s elections. Annalena Baerbock, the party leader, has promised decisive action against Mr Palmer after he used the n-word in a tweet defending a former German footballer against accusations of racism. “Aogo is a poor racist,” Mr Palmer wrote of Dennis Aogo, the former international. “He offered his n----r d--k to women.” Mr Palmer was defending Mr Aogo, who is of mixed German and Nigerian heritagem,after he was fired from his role as a television pundit over remarks in which he spoke of “training to the point of gassing”. He also spoke out in support of Jens Lehmann, another former footballer who described Mr Aogo as the television network’s “token black”. Mr Palmer has denied the charge of racism and says it should be clear his tweet was “obvious irony taken to the extreme”. He is refusing to resign quietly from the Green Party and insisting on a full hearing.
Charli D'Amelio speaks out about losing 'joy' for TikTok, saying the app that made her famous 'doesn't feel like it used to'
Appearing on sister Dixie's "The Early Late Night Show" on YouTube, Charli spoke about TikTok turning into a competition and losing friendships.
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A man was stranded on a bridge in China after glass panels underneath him were shattered by gust force winds.
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Hit by a cyberattack, the operator of a major U.S. fuel pipeline said Monday it hopes to have services mostly restored by the end of the week as the FBI and administration officials identified the culprits as a gang of criminal hackers. U.S. officials sought to soothe concerns about price spikes or damage to the economy by stressing that the fuel supply had so far not experienced widespread disruptions, and the company said it was working toward “substantially restoring operational service” by the weekend. The White House said in a statement late Monday that it was monitoring supply shortages in parts of the Southeast and that President Joe Biden had directed federal agencies to bring their resources to bear.
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Palestinians fired uninterrupted barrages of rockets into Israel, as its military pounded Gaza with air strikes through the early hours of Tuesday, in a dramatic escalation of clashes in Jerusalem. Explosions shook buildings throughout Gaza and rocket sirens sent Israelis in many southern towns scurrying for shelter overnight. Two Palestinians were killed and more than 100 wounded in air strikes, Palestinian officials said.
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Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox confirms in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he and fiancee Recee Caldwell had COVID-19.
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Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets toward the Jerusalem area and southern Israel, carrying out a threat to punish Israel for violent confrontations with Palestinians in Jerusalem.The Gaza health ministry said nine Palestinians, including three children, were killed "in a series of strikes in northern Gaza." It did not explicitly blame Israel for the deaths, in an area that has been a staging ground for militants' cross-border rocket attacks.Rocket sirens sounded in Jerusalem, in nearby towns and in communities near Gaza minutes after the expiry of an ultimatum from the enclave's ruling Hamas Islamist group demanding Israel stand down forces in the al Aqsa mosque compound and another flashpoint in the holy city.Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus said that on Monday, at least six of the 45 rockets fired from Gaza were launched towards Jerusalem's outskirts, where a house was hit. No casualties were reported.He said Israel had carried out an air strike in northern Gaza against Hamas militants and was looking into reports that children were killed.
Community members told local media that Tristyn Bailey will be remembered as a cheerleader, a daughter, a sister, and a friend.
Man accused of hate crime attack on Asian woman in NYC told parole board he wished he could take back murdering his mom
Brandon Elliot was out on parole when he was arrested after a brutal attack on an Asian woman in Manhattan. Security footage of the assault went viral.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A U.S. Coast Guard ship fired about 30 warning shots after 13 vessels from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came close to it and other American Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon said on Monday. This is the second time within the last month that U.S. military vessels have had to fire warning shots because of what they said was unsafe behavior by Iranian vessels in the region, after a relative lull in such interactions over the past year. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the warning shots were fired after the Iranian fast boats came as close as 150 yards (450 feet) of six U.S. military vessels, including the USS Monterey, that were escorting the guided-missile submarine Georgia.
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Tom Brady gave a fiery speech rallying NFL players to skip workouts in effort to change offseason work conditions
Tom Brady spoke out against the current structure of the offseason on a recent NFL Players Association call.
Billie Eilish says people think she got famous after 'Ocean Eyes' went viral, but in reality 'nothing really changed'
The Grammy-winning singer tells stories about her life in her new audiobook, including her breakneck rise to stardom at age 13.
The Indian government has told doctors to look out for signs of mucormycosis or "black fungus" in COVID-19 patients as hospitals report a rise in cases of the rare but potentially fatal infection. The state-run Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said at the weekend that doctors treating COVID-19 patients, diabetics and those with compromised immune systems should watch for early symptoms including sinus pain or nasal blockage on one side of the face, one-sided headache, swelling or numbness, toothache and loosening of teeth. The disease, which can lead to blackening or discolouration over the nose, blurred or double vision, chest pain, breathing difficulties and coughing blood, is strongly linked to diabetes.
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Top Republicans on Sunday sought to portray their expected ouster of Rep. Liz Cheney as an act of unity, despite warnings that the move could deepen divisions over former President Donald Trump and ruin party hopes in the 2022 elections.