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    NYC Schools Suspend Black Girls 10x More

    American schools need to talk about race and gender at the same time.

    Last August, a 12-year-old Georgia student named Mikia Hutchings faced expulsion from school and criminal charges in juvenile court. Her offense? Writing the word “Hi” on a locker room stall with a friend. Eventually she was ordered to spend a summer under probation, but not before her grandmother filed a discrimination complaint and a state senator called out the punishment as unjust—Hutchings is African American, while the caucasian student who graffitied with her paid a small restitution.

    “What kid needs to be having a conversation with a lawyer about the right to remain silent?” her lawyer told The New York Times. “White kids don’t have those conversations; black kids do.” In Georgia, black female students receive suspensions five times more frequently than their white counterparts, a school district spokesman told the Times.

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    How to Strut in Stilettos

    One N.Y.C. man teaches the proper way to walk in high heels.

    He’s been branded as the “stiletto whisperer.” Victor Chu, a former shoe designer, helms a class called “How to Walk in High Heels in New York City.” The hourlong class, at $50 a head, promises to teach women the proper way to navigate the city’s unforgiving streets. It’s the first of its kind, Chu says. He starts his class by instructing women to walk barefoot, then goes on to stretches and strengthening exercises that include drawing the ABCs in the air with their feet. Even though he says he’s never walked in heels, the shoe expert advises women to stay away from sky-high stilettos. “Most women do not want to hear this, but anything above 3 inches is really, really dangerous,” Chu says.

  • Domestic violence survivor Muriel Raggi with her dog Jasmine. (Urban Resource Institute)


    Pets, Abuse Survivors Sheltered Together

    First program in NYC to house victims with their animals.

    Perhaps the most love that domestic-abuse victims get is from their pets—yet there are few nationwide shelters that allow them to live together. Now the Urban Resource Institute will launch New York City’s first-ever shelter to house both abuse survivors and their pets. As many as 40 percent of people suffering in an abusive situation put off leaving because they are concerned about their pets’ safety. The NYC pilot program, called People and Animals Living Safely (PALS), is set to run for six months beginning June 1. Here’s to hoping these survivors find comfort and safety—with Fido or Fluffy securely at their sides.

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    NYC Mayoral Hopeful Battled Bulimia, Alcoholism

    Christine Quinn started purging, drinking after mother’s death.

    New York City mayoral frontrunner Christine Quinn revealed that she secretly went to rehab 20 years ago for bulimia and alcohol abuse. The current City Council speaker said that her problems started as a teenager, while her mother was dying of breast cancer. Quinn reacted by purging junk food and partying with friends at clubs in Manhattan and Long Island. She finally realized she needed help when City Councilman Tom Duane, whom she worked for as an aide, suggested she go to rehab. While at a facility in Florida for 28 days in August 1992, she never even told her father where she was. Quinn currently leads every public poll in the mayoral race. She has a memoir due out next month.