In Other News

June 12, 2014

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Ruby Dee, actress and civil rights activist, dies at 91

Ruby Dee, an African-American actress who defied segregation-era stereotypes by landing lead roles in movies and on Broadway while maintaining a second high-profile career as a civil rights advocate, including emceeing the 1963 March on Washington, died Wednesday at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y. She was 91. — The Washington Post

High school students smoking less, but texting while driving more

Parents no longer have to worry quite as much about smoking and drinking, but texting and emailing while driving is rampant among teens, according to the results of a new government study of U.S. high school students. Some 41.4 percent of high school students said they had texted or emailed at least once while driving a vehicle in the previous 30 days when asked last year, according to the broad-based study that tracks teenage behavior. — Wall Street Journal

Alabama beaches reopen after more than 100 sharks cause double red flag warnings

On Tuesday, swimmers were finally allowed back into the gulf waters off Orange Beach, Ala., following days of double red flag warnings that were prompted by a massive group of sharks. As reported by WKRG News 5, the rare warning is an alert for swimmers to avoid the waters but despite the flags, some beachgoers were still going into the gulf. — Yahoo! News

George H. W. Bush marks 90th birthday by skydiving

Former president George H.W. Bush may be wheelchair bound, but he didn’t let that stop him from jumping out of a helicopter. “41” celebrated his 90th birthday with a tandem skydive near his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, on Thursday. — ABC News

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