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'My 600-lb Life' Ashley Reyes weight loss shows odd but critical link between obesity and sexual abuse

 Ashley Reyes is an atypical patient on "My 600-lb Life" in many ways. It's not the morbid obesity: at 668 pounds, Ashley is on par with the other reality TV show patients. It's her bizarre pain after gastric bypass surgery. And that provides haunting but also helpful clues to origins of extreme weight gain. After losing 255 pounds, "Ashley R's story" uncovered an oddly crucial link between weight loss and and pain following bariatric surgery.  'My 600-lb Life' Ashley Reyes weight loss shows odd, crucial link to obesity, sexual abuse

Donald Trump names non-educator billionaire politician Betsy DeVos Education Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump provoked more criticism with his selection for Education Secretary. Michigan billionaire politician Betsy DeVos has no teaching credentials and has never taught school. She's never been a school administrator. Neither she nor her Amway scion husband Dick DeVos have any background in education, but they run charter schools and now the entire U.S. education system. DeVos originally supported Common Core curriculum that Trump railed against yet he named the business woman head U.S. teacher. DeVos will be telling certified teachers how to teach and passing educational mandates from her lack of experience. Donald Trump names non-educator billionaire politician Betsy DeVos Education Secretary

Donald Trump, Michael Moore fellow fat cats? 'Trumpland' shows weight loss begins at home

What do Donald Trump and #Michael Moore have in common? Is this a joke? That's what everyone's wondering about notoriously liberal anti-fat cat Moore's film. "Michael Moore in Trumpland" is ostensibly pro-Trump. At least the Republican presidential hopeful hopes it is and Moore hasn't denied it. So this documentary is politically ambiguous, but one thing is clear: brothers Trump and Moore share weight problems of one kind or another.     Donald Trump, Michael Moore fellow fat cats? 'Trumpland' shows weight loss begins at home

'Rob & Chyna' Rob Kardashian, Blac Chyna celebrate pregnancy, baby girl, weight loss

'Rob & Chyna' Rob Kardashian, Blac Chyna celebrate pregnancy, baby girl, weight loss Rob Kardashian is excited about fathering a daughter, Blac Chyna's pregnant body, and losing 50 pounds.Youtube still: "Rob & Chyna | Rob Kardashian & Blac Chyna Reveal the Sex of Their Baby" E! Entertainment channel Youtube still: "Rob & Chyna | Rob Kardashian & Blac Chyna Reveal the Sex of Their Baby" E! Entertainment channel

Rob Kardashian and #Blac Chyna have a lot to celebrate. The Celebrities of reality TV "Rob & Chyna" are madly in love and will welcome a baby girl soon. Plus, plus-sized Kardashian has dropped 50 pounds. The "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star credits his fiance Chyna with bringing a lot of good things into his life including weight loss. Rob plans to return the good vibes and is fully onboard with Chyna's weight gain in the pregnant body phase. Best of all, after proclaiming his desire have a son, he's just as happy to be welcoming a daughter.     'Rob & Chyna' Rob Kardashian, Blac Chyna celebrate pregnancy, baby girl, weight loss

Best ABC books for kids: Children's literature alphabet books to teach reading

There are literally hundreds of ABC books for kids. They all teach reading and letters of the alphabet to children. But some alphabet books are top shelf. They're not just cute picture books for kids, These alphabet books are children's literature in and of themselves. They feature interesting alphabet words, stellar illustrations and stand-alone stories. Here are the best ABC books for kids.   Best ABC books for kids: Children's literature alphabet books to teach reading | Examiner.com

Educational movies, printables: Earth science, severe weather, natural disasters

 April and May kick off severe weather season in the northern hemisphere. Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, hail, lightning and thunder storms are all in the spring forecast. Here are educational movies on earth science, severe weather phenomena, geology and natural disasters. Use these great educational movies for science lessons and severe weather exploration? Educational movies include links for free printables to follow up earth science lessons. These educational movies cover many aspects of earth science in an exciting, visceral way.  Educational movies, printables: Earth science, severe weather, natural disasters | Examiner.com

Free printable Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coloring pages, TMNT activities

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first appeared in cartoon form in 1984 and 2016 marks the 32th anniversary of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Also known as Teenage Mutant Turtle Heroes, or simple Ninja Turtles, the series grew into an animated television series, live-action series and movie. Now a second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows film will be released. The TMNT are a group of turtles, trained in Ninjutsu by their Sensei, Master Splinter. The turtles, named for famous painters Raphael, Donatello, Michaelangelo and Leonardo (DaVinci) live in the sewers of Manhattan. Each turtle has his own bandanna color and special martial arts weapon. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows will feature the alien villain Krang and bad guys Bebop and Rocksteady.  Free printable Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coloring pages, TMNT activities | Examiner.com

Free printable May Day lessons: Unions, organized labor movement, labor history

Spring is a poignant time in labor history. March 25, 1911 remembers 146 workers, mostly women, lost in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. April 28 marks Workers' Memorial Day, on which the organized labor movement pays tribute to the fallen in workplace accidents or in organized labor struggles. May 1 is May Day, honoring International Workers' Day. May 4 commemorates casualties at Chicago's Haymarket riot at a 1886 labor rally. May 19, 1920 is a day when the organized labor movement grieves the Matewan and Mingo County massacre of coal miners. On May 26, 1937 those who would from unions were assaulted at Ford's River Rouge plant "Battle of the Overpass" in Detroit.  Free printable May Day lessons: Unions, organized labor movement, labor history | Examiner.com

Harry Potter wizard chemistry magic tricks, science experiments from literature

March is National Reading Month and one of the best adventure series for kids is Harry Potter. Would you like to make has some wizard magic like Harry Potter? He can't do magic outside Hogwarts but you can with these chemistry magic tricks and wizard science experiments. Hocus pocus up some Harry Potter fun with kitchen science experiments. Teachers and homeschool parents, impress, educate and engage apprentice wizards with these chemistry magic tricks from Harry Potter. Use these weird science experiments for a Harry Potter Halloween party! Children's literature selections are given for follow up.  Harry Potter wizard chemistry magic tricks, science experiments from literature | Examiner.com

Free printable Mysteries of Harris Burdick story starters on Chris Van Allsburg | Examiner.com

Once upon a time a quiet, non-descript man by the name of Harris Burdick walked into the office of a Mr. Wenders, book seller. Mr. Burdick offered a series of images he had drawn along with companion stories. He brought only the images but not the stories behind them. Mr Wenders was enthralled and mystified by the pictures. Each posed an impossibly fantastic, wondrously eerie concept. Wenders asked Harris Burdick to return immediately with the stories, but alas, when Harris Burdick walked out of Mr. Wenders office, ... he was never heard of again.   Free printable Mysteries of Harris Burdick story starters on Chris Van Allsburg | Examiner.com

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