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A 7-year-old girl ran away from home, boarded plane with no ticket

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A seven-year-old girl who ran away from her parents managed to take a train to Geneva airport and board a plane despite having no ticket.

The girl gave her parents the slip near Geneva’s central railway station on Sunday, then took the one-stop ride to the airport. Her parents rang the Swiss police, who tracked her progress through the airport on security videos, airport spokesman Bertrand Staempfli said.

She went through the security gate and managed to pass herself off as the child of adults around her, before using her small stature to slip through the departure gate without being noticed and boarding a plane, the airport said in a statement.

On her first attempt she followed a crew toward the plane and was turned back. She melted into the crowd and pretended to look for her parents. The second time, she managed to get into a plane, was spotted by an official, stopped, and handed over to police.

Staempfli declined to say which airline was involved or where it was flying to, but he said it was leaving from the airport’s French sector and the destination was in France.

Geneva airport straddles the French-Swiss border and passengers can leave from France or Switzerland.

The airport said in the statement it would tighten safety rules and boarding procedures as a result of what it called the “highly regrettable incident”.

“This should never have happened,” Staempfli said.

 

(Reporting by Tom Miles)

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Meghan Markle Fought Against a Sexist TV Ad When She Was 11 – and Won

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Meghan Markle has the world’s attention.

The American-born actress set to marry Prince Harry in May 2018 has a future of fulfilling philanthropic duties — and maybe even tea parties with the Queen every now and then — to look forward to.

A throwback video of an 11-year-old Markle on a 1993 episode of a Nickelodeon news show, however, proves the future royal was always fit to be a princess fighting for rights of the people.

When watching TV commercials with her classmates and assessing potentially implicit messages for a social studies project, Markle’s spirit for advocacy kicked in. She was disturbed how an ad for dishwashing detergent implied women do all the cleaning.

“I don’t think it’s right for kids to grow up thinking these things — that just Mom does everything,” a young Markle says in the video clip. “It’s always ‘Mom does this,’ and ‘Mom does that.’”

She went on to make a small impact by writing a letter to Proctor & Gamble, which resulted in the company changing the voice-over in the ad to declare “people” were battling to clean instead of women.

The 36-year-old now has a much bigger stage to speak from, which is great news in the fight for equality.

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U.S. Military Ruled to Accept Transgender Recruits Starting January 1st

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A federal judge ruled Monday (Dec. 11) against President Trump’s transphobic agenda to ban transgender people from serving in the military.

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD released a statement following the triumph for trans rights.

“Today’s legal victory is the latest step towards preventing Trump’s bigoted trans military ban from ever going into full effect,” she said. “The Trump administration is struggling to provide any evidence that open trans enlistment be must be delayed because none exists beyond their own hate-fueled anti-LGBTQ agenda.”

Earlier this year, Trump implied trans-related health expenses were a financial burden on the military, even though reports proved trans-related costs make up 0.04 to 0.12 percent of the military’s annual health care expenditures.

For now, the military must start taking trans recruits on January 1.

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Charles Manson is really f*#$ing dead

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Charles Manson, the nefarious leader of the Manson Family cult that slaughtered seven people in 1969, is dead. He’s really fucking dead. Manson was 83 years old.

Debra Tate, sister of Manson’s most famous victim, Sharon Tate, told TMZ she received a call from the prison where he was serving nine consecutive life sentences with word that Manson died at 8:13 p.m. Sunday.

On Aug. 9, 1969, Manson directed his followers to kill Sharon Tate, a 26-year-old pregnant movie star, at her California home. The other victims were coffee heiress Abigail Folger, celebrity hair stylist Jay Sebring, Voytek Frykowski and Steven Parent. The following night, Manson ordered his followers to kill Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary. Even though the vicious two-day killing spree took place more than 50 years ago, the murders remain an infatuation in popular culture and is still considered one of the most horrifying murder sprees in American history.

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