The Daily Populous

Wednesday March 13rd, 2019 morning edition

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A teenager in Japan has taken local authorities to court after her school told her to dye her hair black or face exclusion.

The 18-year-old, who has naturally brown hair, is seeking 2.2m yen (£14,700) in damages from the Osaka prefectural government in western Japan due to anguish caused by repeated commands to colour her hair black.

Her mother told teachers before she started attending Kaifukan high school that her daughter had been born with naturally brown hair and so was not breaking a school rule requiring all students to have black hair.

School staff told her mother they would even ask foreign exchange students with blond hair to comply, according to Kyodo News.

The student has not attended classes since September last year and says she is suffering from pain and irritation caused by the hair dye.

Masahiko Takahashi, Kaifukan’s headteacher, declined to comment on the case but acknowledged that the school also prohibited students from colouring or bleaching their hair.

He did not say whether dyeing brown hair black was a breach of that rule. »

Theresa May's Brexit deal suffers second crushing defeat in UK Parliament

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The U.K.'s Brexit deal with the EU has been rejected by U.K. lawmakers in another landmark defeat for British Prime Minister Theresa May.

But her agreement was rejected by 149 votes after 242 MPs voted for the deal and 391 MPs voted against it.

This was a smaller defeat than when it was rejected the first time, but the margin still remained significant. »

Disgraced priest from N.J. who was ‘credibly accused’ of sexual misconduct found shot to death in Nevada

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UPDATE: ‘It’s karma,’ says alleged victim of former N.J. priest found shot to death in Nevada.

A former New Jersey priest and teacher who was accused of groping young boys was found shot to death in his Nevada home over the weekend, authorities said.

New Jersey’s five Catholic dioceses released the names while under mounting pressure to identify clergy accused of sexual misconduct. »

Trump said he wouldn’t cut Medicaid, Social Security, and Medicare. His 2020 budget cuts all 3.

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Over time, the Trump administration tried to whittle down the president’s promise to just Social Security and Medicare.

Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Russ Vought said Monday, March 11, that Trump is “keeping his commitment to Americans by not making changes to Medicare and Social Security.”

I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. »

Dr. Donald Hopkins helped wipe smallpox from the planet. He won’t rest until he’s done the same for Guinea worm disease.

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Hopkins, a physician who has dedicated 37 years to fighting Guinea worm disease, was frustrated as he witnessed Rafia’s anguish that day.

In 2016 the three countries that still harbored Guinea worm disease—which has no vaccine and no modern medical treatment—reported just 25 cases.

Eradicating Guinea worm disease means driving the species to extinction; Guinea worm disease cannot survive without its hosts. »