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Lego, In A First, Will Unveil A Minifigure In A Wheelchair – NPR

Thursday, January 28, 2016

i An image taken from a video by Lego fan website Zusammengebaut shows a new minifigure in a wheelchair. The toy will go on sale in June, the company says. Screengrab of Zusammengebaut video by NPR hide caption toggle caption Screengrab of Zusammengebaut video by NPR An image taken from a video by Lego fan website Zusammengebaut shows a new minifigure in a wheelchair. The toy will go on sale…

First birthday finds high demand, growth plans for Baptist children’s hospital in Memphis – Memphis Commercial Appeal

Thursday, January 28, 2016

When the Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital opened one year ago, plans called for 18 children a day arriving in its emergency room. In fact, “from the moment we opened, we averaged 40 a day,” said Anita Vaughn, chief executive officer…

CAR: UNICEF constructs temporary school for displaced children – AfricaNews

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Close to 5000 children at the Mpoko refugee camp in the Central African Republic can have access to education in an institution constructed by UNICEF. “We want to teach these children how to write, read and count. Once they leave this refugee camp they can further their studies in other schools,” Chancelin Willy-Bono, principal of the Mpoko refugees camp school said. The school has also been drilling children on the…

Britain Announces Plans to Take in Migrant Children – New York Times

Thursday, January 28, 2016

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Barbie’s new shapes: Tall, petite and curvy – USA TODAY

Thursday, January 28, 2016

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Lego Will Unveil A Minifigure In A Wheelchair, In A First – NPR

Thursday, January 28, 2016

i An image taken from a video by Lego fan website Zusammengebaut shows a new minifigure in a wheelchair. The toy will go on sale in June, the company says. Screengrab of Zusammengebaut video by NPR hide caption toggle caption Screengrab of Zusammengebaut video by NPR An image taken from a video by Lego fan website Zusammengebaut shows a new minifigure in a wheelchair. The toy will go on sale…

Cape Watch: Marvel Is Officially the Show That Never Ends – WIRED

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It’s been another packed week in the world of superhero movie news. Disney’s boss has confirmed that Marvel will outlive all of us like some sort of superpowered celluloid cockroach that people love, while we also learned that Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight will actually be the Darkest Knight, and—perhaps most shocking of all—that the third Thor movie might actually be good. Shocked? You won’t be after you read the highlights of the superhero…

Barbie makeover – CBS News

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Just weeks short of her 57th birthday, Barbie is getting a major makeover. The normally blue-eyed slim blonde bombshell with unusually long legs is changing her look. The company is adding tall, petite and curvy body types to a new line of more ethnically diverse dolls, reports CBS News correspondent Mireya Villarreal. The new models will be sold alongside the original model. Barbie has evolved as the times have changed….

How Can the Oscars Actually Fix Their Diversity Problem? – Vanity Fair

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The primary story about this year’s Oscars has had nothing to do with the nominations themselves. In the two weeks since nominations were announced, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, a series of protests and open letters from celebrities, and an ongoing debate about Hollywood’s diversity problem has dominated the conversation and spurred the Academy to make sweeping changes to its membership. On this week’s Little Gold Men, we dive into the ongoing…

How to spot bad business books – Business Insider

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Flickr/Morgan See Also We all like to be inspired. That’s a universal truth, we all like to hear, see and engage in things that allow us to experience a paradigm shift or encourage a change in our thinking. It gives us a certain degree of motivation, and it can mean the difference between giving up on what we want to do and persevering. But there’s an industry of inspiration. An industry…

First birthday finds high demand, growth plans for Baptist children’s hospital in Memphis – Memphis Commercial Appeal

Thursday, January 28, 2016

When the Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital opened one year ago, plans called for 18 children a day arriving in its emergency room. In fact, “from the moment we opened, we averaged 40 a day,” said Anita Vaughn, chief executive officer…

10 million African children obese or overweight – USA TODAY

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A handout picture taken on Nov. 23, 2015 shows children looking on as a rider in the Mt. Kenya Epik cycling challenge rides through a rural village in Laikipia County, 156 miles north of the Kenyan capital Nairobi.(Photo: STUART PRICE, AFP/Getty Images) JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Obesity is on the rise in a rapidly urbanizing Africa. A new report from the World Health Organization shows the alarming extent of the problem: The…

UK to give sanctuary to unaccompanied refugee children – BBC News

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The UK will accept children from refugee camps in the Middle East The UK is to accept more unaccompanied child refugees from Syria and other conflict zones – but the government has not said how many. The Home Office will work with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to identify “exceptional cases” from camps in Syria and neighbouring countries. The UK is to take 20,000…

9-Year-Old Is Collecting 1000 Barbie Dolls for Homeless Girls Her Age – ABC News

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Over 700 Barbie dolls currently fill the room of 9-year-old Gianni Graham’s home in Norfolk, Virginia. “There are barbies everywhere, it’s like we’re living in Barbie-land!” Gianni’s mother Whitney Graham told ABC News today. “But Gianni has no plans to open or play with the Barbies.” The 9-year-old is actually on a mission to collect 1,000 new Barbie dolls for 1,000 homeless girls her age, her mother explained. “Girls in…

Don’t worry, the Marvel Cinematic Universe ‘will go on forever’ – HitFix

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Just in case you were concerned about the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, allow Disney chairman Bob Iger to console you: there will be no end to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ever.  “Marvel, you’re dealing with thousands and thousands of characters – that will go on forever,” Iger told BBC Newsbeat in an interview. He also said he doesn’t think audiences are growing “weary” of the films, because: “I think…

Lego reveals first ever toy figure in a wheelchair – The Independent

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A campaigner has hailed Lego’s first ever figure of a young person in a wheelchair as a step towards ending the “cultural marginalisation” of children with disabilities. Charities also commended the move, saying it would boost the confidence of disabled children. The figure of the young person using a wheelchair was first seen at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in Germany on Wednesday but Lego has said it will not be available to…

Watch Barbie’s 57-Year Evolution in 37 Seconds – TIME

Thursday, January 28, 2016

For the first time since her 1959 debut, Mattel is offering Barbie in three new shapes—tall, petite and curvy—which will be sold alongside the original body starting Jan. 28. It’s the most radical change to the most popular doll in history. That’s not to say that Barbie hasn’t evolved over the last 57 years. Mattel has tweaked Barbie’s face, makeup and fashions to keep up with the times. Her mouth…

How Barbie Got Curvy: Inside the Radical Remake of an Icon – TIME

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Barbie has been a lightning rod for controversy since her debut at the New York Toy Fair in 1959. Mattel has made subtle changes to the doll’s body and face over the years, but none as dramatic as the changes they are making now by adding three new body types: tall, petite and curvy. Barbie’s sales have dropped dramatically in the past few years in the face of fierce competition…

UNICEF Appeal for N. Korea Comes Amid Tensions Over Nuclear Test – Voice of America

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The U.N. Children’s Fund is appealing for humanitarian aid for North Korea, amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test. The U.N. agency is calling for $18 million for this year’s effort to provide assistance for about 6.9 million people, including 1.7 million children, in North Korea. UNICEF’s plan calls for the agency to put $8.5 million in aid for nutrition, $4.5 million for health,…