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An Ohio high school announced Thursday that they will be eliminating valedictorian and salutatorian honors starting next year in an effort to improve students’ mental wellness.

Officials with Mason High School, located in a Cincinnati suburb, said they were removing the honors and will instead recognize “students who have achieved outstanding academic success through a multitude of pathways,” Principal Bobby Dodd said in a statement, according to FOX 19 NOW.

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Dodd said the move would help curb the competitive culture at the school and permit students to focus on other things. The school would continue to recognize those with a high average. Students who have achieved a 4.0 GPA or higher will earn summa cum laude. Students with a 3.75 to 3.99 GPA will receive magna cum laude honors. Those with a 3.51 to 3.74 will earn designated cum laude. The school originally recognized one valedictorian and salutatorian based on a students’ GPA ranking.

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“The paradoxical nature of class rank within the culture of MHS does nothing to decrease the competition among students,” Dodd said.

The school said it would also start a half hour later starting next year and are working on giving students less work during the summer. The district stated the changes came following a year-long study and group meetings where staff, families and students attended.

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Former student Samantha Segerman told WCPO she remembered having a “few mental breakdowns” in fear of dropping rankings.

“I know there were kids well over a 4.0 who were barely in the top 10 percent,” Segerman told WCPO.

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An Ohio high school announced Thursday that they will be eliminating valedictorian and salutatorian honors starting next year in an effort to improve students’ mental wellness.

Officials with Mason High School, located in a Cincinnati suburb, said they were removing the honors and will instead recognize “students who have achieved outstanding academic success through a multitude of pathways,” Principal Bobby Dodd said in a statement, according to FOX 19 NOW.

OHIO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS’ ‘PROMPOSAL’ SIGN DEEMED RACIST BY OFFICIALS, IGNITES BACKLASH

Dodd said the move would help curb the competitive culture at the school and permit students to focus on other things. The school would continue to recognize those with a high average. Students who have achieved a 4.0 GPA or higher will earn summa cum laude. Students with a 3.75 to 3.99 GPA will receive magna cum laude honors. Those with a 3.51 to 3.74 will earn designated cum laude. The school originally recognized one valedictorian and salutatorian based on a students’ GPA ranking.

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“The paradoxical nature of class rank within the culture of MHS does nothing to decrease the competition among students,” Dodd said.

The school said it would also start a half hour later starting next year and are working on giving students less work during the summer. The district stated the changes came following a year-long study and group meetings where staff, families and students attended.

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Former student Samantha Segerman told WCPO she remembered having a “few mental breakdowns” in fear of dropping rankings.

“I know there were kids well over a 4.0 who were barely in the top 10 percent,” Segerman told WCPO.

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A YouTube star who has more than a million subscribers was criticized for filming a video at a Texas Walmart store where she pretended to be an executive and fired employees.

YouTuber Lauren Love runs a few channels on the video-sharing website. She runs her main channel, “Joel and Lauren TV,” with her partner Joel Ashley. The channel has more than 1.3 million subscribers.

The YouTuber posted a video on April 23 titled, “CEO Firing People Prank.” In a teaser for the video, Love was dressed in professional clothing and went to a Walmart in Richmond, Texas. She is seen approaching a few employees, identifying herself as the CEO and telling them they were fired.

“So, I’m going to be going up to Walmart employees and basically observing them and then I’m going to be, like, ‘You’re fired. Let me see your badge,’” she said in the video, according to Click 2 Houston.

The video has since been taken down, but the teaser is still available.

One of the employees who was pranked, Maria Leones, told Click 2 Houston she felt “so powerless” and thought about her husband who had surgery recently.

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“”Really, I was really so crushed, I felt so little, I felt so powerless,” Leones, a Walmart employee for six years, told the media outlet. “At that very moment, I felt so little, because back home [in the Philippines] I had a very good reputation because I’m a professor.”

The media outlet reported Leones cried after Love “fired” her. The YouTuber dropped her bit and apologized for the stunt.

“I’m sorry, don’t cry. You’re OK. I’m sorry. You’re not fired. You’re doing a really good job,” Love told Leones.

A Walmart spokesperson released a statement regarding the prank calling it “offensive” and asked YouTube to take down the content.

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“This prank is offensive and the people responsible are no longer welcome in our stores,” Walmart said in a statement to Click 2 Houston. “We’ve taken actions on behalf of our associates, including asking YouTube to remove the video and calling their attention to the bullying nature of this hoax. Our associates work hard every day to serve our customers. They do a fantastic job, deserve better than being subjected to such disrespect, and will continue to have our full support.”

Love told KTRK she felt bad that Leones cried. She claimed she gave Leones $50. Leones said she did not want or receive the money.

CBS News reported Love’s latest Instagram post was filled with comments calling her prank insensitive. As of Saturday, comments were disabled on the post.

Walmart did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for a comment.

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An aide to Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., was charged by state police with patronizing a 17-year-old prostitute Friday, New York State Police announced.

The aide, John Stemen, 57, of Utica, N.Y., was fired from his position as a caseworker Thursday when the congressman’s office learned of the allegations, according to a statement. Stemen was charged with the misdemeanor after he admitted to meeting the 17-year-old on the internet, police said. He was arrested Friday.

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An aide to Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., [seen above] was charged by state police with patronizing a 17-year-old prostitute Friday, New York State Police announced. 

An aide to Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., [seen above] was charged by state police with patronizing a 17-year-old prostitute Friday, New York State Police announced.  (House of Representatives)

“As soon as we were made aware of the charges, John Stemen was immediately terminated,” a statement from Brindisi’s office said.

Stemen is slated to appear in Utica City Court on May 20, Syracuse.com reported.

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“Stemen was charged following an investigation involving a 17-year-old who he admitted to meeting via the internet and paying $200 for a sexual date,” according to the state police statement on the arrest.

Stemen had worked as a communications aide to Brindisi when he served in the New York State Assembly prior to his election to Congress last fall. Before working for Brindisi, Stemen also worked for Assemblywoman RoAnn DeStito, D-Utica, Syracuse.com reported. Before that, he was employed as a news anchor and reporter in Palm Beach, Fla., and Utica.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan said President Trump was not “in the same class” as his predecessors ahead of the commander in chief’s state visit to the United Kingdom next month.

In a recent interview with British radio station LBC, Khan was asked about Trump’s state visit.

“Of course we should have a close relationship with the president of the United States, but we shouldn’t be rolling out the red carpet; we shouldn’t have a state banquet,” Khan said.

“History tells us only two presidents have had a state visit,” the mayor said.

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“I think President Trump is certainly not in the same class as those two,” he continued, referring to former President George W. Bush and former President Barack Obama. Bush visited in 2003 while Obama went in 2011.

Khan told the host that he would not go to the state dinner if he was invited and approved of Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s decision not to attend the event.

The mayor said he had an issue with how Trump talked about women.

“The impression is being given that you can get away from it — that you get a get-out-of-jail card. But it’s worse than that,” Khan said, referring to Trump’s comments of those who have accused him of sexual assault. “There’s a boasting and bragging, it’s almost like a green light for others to behave badly.”

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Khan and Trump have feuded in the past. In an interview with The Sun, Trump said the mayor of London “has done a terrible job” when it comes to terrorism and crime in the capital.

Khan called the comments “preposterous” on the BBC’s Today program, claiming that violent crime has risen across the country and London has been forced to tackle the issue with a smaller police budget.

Trump is visiting the U.K. from June 3-5 to mark the anniversary of D-Day before traveling to France. Trump and first lady Melania Trump accepted the invitation from Queen Elizabeth II in April to visit.

Trump visited the U.K. in July 2018 where he met with British Prime Minister Theresa May. His trip was classed as an official visit. Thousands of citizens took to the streets to protest Trump’s visit.

Fox News’ Lukas Mikelionis, Adam Shaw and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Multiple film production companies announced they won’t film in Georgia after the state’s governor signed the “heartbeat” abortion bill into law Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed the “heartbeat” bill into law. The bill, HB 481, technically called the “Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act,” will prohibit abortions in the state after a heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The law allows exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is in danger.

The law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, if not overturned. The bill has been called one of the most restrictive in the nation. Kemp said he recognizes the bill will be challenged.

“The Wire” creator David Simon, who heads Blown Deadline Productions, Christine Vachon of Killer Films and Mark Duplass of Duplass Brothers Productions all vowed that they will not film in Georgia due to the law, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The media outlet pointed out that the boycotts will most likely not have an immediate effect because the companies don’t regularly work in Georgia.

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Killer Films and Duplass Brothers Productions specialize in independent films such as “The Skeleton Twins” and “Boys Don’t Cry.” Simon’s company has produced shows including the hit HBO series “The Wire” and “The Deuce.”

Simon took to Twitter to discuss the controversial law.

“I can’t ask any female member of any film production with which I am involved to so marginalize themselves or compromise their inalienable authority over their own bodies. I must undertake production where the rights of all citizens remain intact. Other filmmakers will see this,” he wrote.

Mark Duplass of Duplass Brothers Productions tweeted, “Don’t give your business to Georgia. Will you pledge with me not to film anything in Georgia until they reverse this backwards legislation?”

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Christine Vachon of Killer Films tweeted, “Killer Films will no longer consider Georgia as a viable shooting location until this ridiculous law is overturned.”

Later, Color Force, which produced the “Hunger Games” films and Counternarrative Forces, announced it would be joining the other production companies in boycotting filming in Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Color Force has filmed in Georgia in the past.

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The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which represents major studios, is taking a wait-and-see approach. A spokesperson for the company said in a statement that MPAA will “continue to monitor developments.”

A number of actors signed a protest letter in March saying they were against the bill. Actress Alyssa Milano told BuzzFeed News that she will return to work on filming the Netflix series “Insatiable” in Georgia but will work to move production to a different state.

“I have to be there for another month but you can be sure I will fight tooth and nail to move ‘Insatiable’ to a state that will protect our rights,” Milano told BuzzFeed News. “And if it doesn’t move to another state, I will not be able to return to the show if we are blessed with a third season. This is my leverage. I will use it for the betterment of society and our great country.”

Filmmakers J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele said they will shoot their upcoming HBO series “Lovecraft Country” in Georgia but will donate their profits to groups who have pledged to fight the law.

Fox News’ Caleb Parke and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Body camera footage that was released Thursday by California’s Oxnard Police Department showed a 17-year-old girl apologizing to an officer after she ran at him with a large knife.

Chief Scott Whitney described the confrontation on Friday, May 3, in an edited video package that was posted online by the department. The teenager’s face was blurred in the video due to her age.

Officers had received multiple calls regarding a woman with a 12-inch knife who “seemed disturbed,” Whitney said.

Officer Timothy Roberts’ body camera showed him telling the girl to not to reach for the weapon and to sit on the curb. Roberts was the first to arrive at the scene. When told not to reach for the knife, the teenager asked what would happen if she did.

“Then something bad is going to happen,” Roberts said.

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The camera showed the officer backing away from the girl, who was wearing a red shirt, blue shorts and sneakers.

Body camera footage showed a 17-year-old girl apologizing to an officer who shot her after she ran at him with a large knife on Friday, May 3.

Body camera footage showed a 17-year-old girl apologizing to an officer who shot her after she ran at him with a large knife on Friday, May 3. (Oxnard Police Department via AP)

“Drop it,” the officer could be heard saying.

“No,” she replied.

“Come on shoot me,” she continued. “I’ve been waiting all day.”

The officer continued to move away from her while commanding her to drop the knife. The teenager refused to drop the knife and continued to walk toward him.

When she suddenly began running at Roberts with the knife in her right hand, he shot her multiple times and she collapsed.

Following the shooting, the officer was able to get the knife away.

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“I’m so sorry,” the teenager said while writhing on the pavement.

“It’s OK,” an officer is heard saying.

The officer was seen giving her medical aid as they waited for an ambulance.

The girl remained hospitalized Thursday in critical but stable condition, officials said. The investigation was ongoing and Roberts was placed on administrative leave, in accordance with police policy. The second officer arrived moments before the shooting and was preparing to use a beanbag weapon to try to subdue the girl, according to a police statement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A San Francisco elementary school teacher has received an outpouring of support and donations from parents after it was revealed she’d been forced to pay a substitute’s salary as she battled cancer — all due to a decades-old law.

The educator, who has asked not to be named, teaches at Glen Park Elementary School. In the San Francisco Unified District, educators receive 10 sick days a year and 100 days of extended sick leave.

However, if a teacher uses up their sick days and is on extended time, then the district charges them for the substitute. NBC Bay Area reported, citing a San Francisco Unified School District spokesperson, that $195 is taken out of an educator’s salary daily to compensate the substitute. The law that required a sick educator to pay a substitute passed in the 1970s in California. Eric Heins of the California Teachers Association told The Washington Post that educators in the state “do not pay into the state’s disability program.” Each school district has different rules for extended medical leave.

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Following news of the teacher paying the substitute, parents of students who attend the school raised more than $13,000 to help cover the sick teacher’s costs, NBC Bay Area reported.

“Our school is pulling together to help her and to make her feel that she’s not alone,” Narciso Flores-Diaz, a parent, told NBC Bay Area.

State Sen. Connie Leyva said she would review the law.

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“Candidly, I think that times have changed and it’s our job to change with the times,” she said.

The teacher said she was “truly grateful for this gift.”

“My heart is lifted and it gives me so much strength to know that so many people care about me and my family,” she said, according to The Washington Post.

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A Frenchman who set out on his solo journey across the Atlantic Ocean in a large, orange barrel, has completed his trip.

Jean-Jacques Savin, 72, departed from El Hierro, part of Spain’s Canary Islands, in December in a bright orange barrel. His vessel traveled by using just the ocean’s currents.

On April 27, Savin reached the Caribbean after being at sea for 122 days. He originally said he hoped to reach his destination in three months. A Dutch oil tanker transported Sevin and the barrel to Sint Eustatius. A few days later, Sevin was brought to Martinique where he is planning his return to France.

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“It was an exhilarating voyage but also quite risky,” Savin said of his trip.

Jean-Jacques Savin shows the inside of the barrel that includes a bunk, kitchen and storage.

Jean-Jacques Savin shows the inside of the barrel that includes a bunk, kitchen and storage. (Getty Images)

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In an interview with The New York Times, the explorer said he was inspired by Frenchman Alain Bombard who wrote about his travels to the Canary Islands.

He told The Times he spent his days swimming, catching fish, replying to messages, cooking, reading and writing his book. He said his book is slated to be published in August.

Inside the 10-foot long barrel are a bed, kitchen and storage space. A porthole on the floor allows him to watch the ocean life.

Savin said there were two times he feared for his life: after an oil tanker and another ship got close to him.

The former military parachutist said the best thing about being out at sea is the freedom.

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“It’s freedom. Complete freedom. It’s hard to convey. No one tells you what to do. There are no rules. It’s freedom.”

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign team decided to market on the senator’s nickname and make it into a t-shirt.

Last year, Don Blankenship gave McConnell the nickname “Cocaine Mitch” during his ill-fated bid for a West Virginia Senate seat. Blankenship gave him the nickname in relation to a reported drug bust tied to his father-in-law’s company.

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McConnell’s team then photoshopped an image of the Kentucky senator on a poster for the Netflix series “Narcos” after Blankenship lost the race to incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

A year on, McConnell seems to have embraced the nickname.

On Wednesday, the Team Mitch Twitter account announced voters can buy their own “Cocaine Mitch” t-shirt. The red shirt, that says “MITCH” in white lettering, also contains the image of man’s silhouette. The back of the shirt reads: “TEAM MITCH CARTEL MEMBER.” The official “Cocaine Mitch” t-shirt is available for $35.

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McConnell is up for re-election in 2020. He launched his re-election campaign in April.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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