Canadian photog tells queen to show teeth
EDMONTON, Alberta, May 27 (UPI) -- An award-winning Canadian photographer has come under fire in the British press for asking Queen Elizabeth to "show some teeth" and smile.
The queen and Prince Phillip were attending a dinner in Edmonton, Alberta, Tuesday night when photographer Robert Bray breached royal protocol by hollering: "Big smile, show some teeth," British media reported.
Bray, however, denies he shouted at her highness, the Edmonton Journal reported Thursday.
"Shouted, they said? Oh my God," he said Wednesday. "I said it to her, but I certainly wasn't shouting."
Bray told the newspaper he was simply doing his job.
"Canadian Heritage had asked me specifically to ask her for smiling portraits," he said.
Thieves steal kindergarten snacks
DETROIT, May 27 (UPI) -- Talk about taking candy from a baby, thieves broke into a Detroit primary school and stole the kindergarten snacks.
Daniel Webster Elementary School Principal Mauro Cruz said the latest incident was the seventh break-in since February 2004, WDIV-TV, Detroit, reported Thursday.
"They raided the refrigerator in one of the classrooms," he said.
Two computers, a printer and two TV sets also have disappeared in the past five days, WDIV said.
Officials said they don't know how to make the building more secure without creating the illusion that it's a "jail for the kids."
Diploma debacle mars graduations
PALM BEACH, Fla., May 27 (UPI) -- Some Florida graduates are getting letters of apology instead of diplomas this week because of massive problems at the company that produces the documents.
Not only that, some schools don't have enough of the leather folders that are supposed to go around the sheepskins and have been collecting the folders from students after they walk across the stage so they can be handed out to students farther back in the alphabet.
"I worked years for this," said Marielly Alvarez of Forest Hill High School in Palm Beach. "This basically represents our high school years, everything we have done. It's basically what we have accomplished during our lives."
Elsewhere in Florida, some diplomas can't be handed out because of spelling errors.
Jostens Inc. said it is having unprecedented production problems following a move from its long-time plant in Minnesota to new facilities in Tennessee and Kansas, the Palm Beach Post reported. Some 4,500 high school seniors are affected.