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March 28, 2013 at 10:07 PM   |   Comments

Cate Edwards 'devastated' by dad's affair

NEW YORK, March 28 (UPI) -- Cate Edwards says she was "devastated" when her father, former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, told her he had had an affair with a campaign videographer.

In an interview to be aired Friday on NBC's "Today," Cate Edwards said she believes her parents discussed the issue and decided it was time she knew about the affair with Rielle Hunter. Edwards fathered an illegitimate daughter with Hunter.

"He told me," she said. "I guess he and my mom decided that that was, you know, how it needed to be done. So yeah, I was devastated. And I was disappointed. I mean, these are my parents. I had grown up with a lot of love in my family. And it was hard to see them go through this."

Edwards, who represented North Carolina in the Senate for a single term, was the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 2004. His affair with Hunter began during his 2008 presidential campaign.

Cate Edwards, 31, is a lawyer. She is also involved with the Elizabeth Edwards Foundation, set up in memory of her mother to help poor children.

Elizabeth Edwards died of breast cancer in 2010. A year later her father was tried for breaking campaign finance laws and was acquitted on one count by a jury unable to agree on the other charges.

The interview was his daughter's first since the end of the trial.


Protesters cited in march over schools

CHICAGO, March 28 (UPI) -- Some 127 people were cited during a rally and march in downtown Chicago to protest the planned closing of scores of neighborhood schools, officials said.

Teachers, school workers, civic leaders and parents and students gathered Wednesday afternoon to demonstrate against a decision by school officials and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to close 53 schools considering under-performing, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teacher's Union, charged the decision as to what schools should close was "racist" because many of them were in African-American neighborhoods.

After a rally at Daley Plaza, protestors marched to City Hall, where police said 127 people were ticketed for blocking the southbound lanes of LaSalle Street.

Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a statement that closing the schools would allow the children to go to schools "with all investments they need to thrive in the classroom."

The district said the closings were necessary to deal with a projected $1 billion budget shortfall.

The size of the crowd was difficult to determine. Police estimated the crowd at 700 to 900, while a CTU spokesman said "low estimates" placed the crowed at 5,000, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Police said the crowd might have grown to 2,000 by the time it reached City Hall.


Pakistan teen activist gets book deal

LONDON, March 28 (UPI) -- A Pakistani teenager targeted by the Taliban for advocating education for girls says she has agreed to a book deal with a British publisher.

Malala Yousafzai said in a blog post that her memoir "I Am Malala" was picked up by Weidenfield-and-Nicholson for what the British newspaper The Guardian said was a reported 2 million pounds ($3 million).

"I hope this book will reach people around the world, so they realize how difficult it is for some children to get access to education," Yousafzai wrote. "I want to tell my story, but it will also be the story of 61m (million) children who can't get education."

Yousafzai, 15, was shot in the head by Taliban fighters who stopped her bus in the Swat Valley. She had been writing a blog at the time and was gaining international notoriety for advocating education for girls, which the Taliban oppose on religious grounds.

Yousafzai recovered and is currently attending school in England, The Guardian said.


8-year-old shot by arrow during field trip

BERKELEY, Calif., March 28 (UPI) -- An 8-year-old California girl was struck in the leg by a 2-foot-long arrow during a school field trip, officials said.

Nadine Hairston, 8, was on a field trip with her third-grade class at the Lawrence Hall of Science Tuesday in Berkeley when she was hit by the arrow, ABC News reported.

Nadine said Wednesday the arrow struck her when she was going down a slide near a whale sculpture.

"First I felt shock and looked down," Nadine said. "I was sliding down ... but had an arrow in my leg.

"I don't know if they were aiming for me or just the whale. I have no idea."

The girl was rushed to a nearby hospital to have the 2-foot-long crossbow arrow surgically removed.

Berkeley police Sgt. Andrew Tucker said authorities were trying to determine who shot the arrow.

"It's certainly possible that it just might be an accident. A careless accident at the very least, but it could also be considered a violent felony," he said.


Poll: Teachers love their job

PRINCETON, N.J., March 28 (UPI) -- Teachers in the United States rate their lives better than all other occupations except physicians, a Gallup poll released Thursday indicated.

However, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index results indicate that teachers rank their work environment eighth of 14 occupation types.

Teachers have an average Life Evaluation Index score of 68.8, ahead of workers in most other types of jobs, including managers and executives, nurses and business owners, Gallup said.

Other than work environment, teachers scored higher than almost all occupational groups on in a number of areas, including emotional health, healthy behaviors, basic access and physical health, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said.

Teachers also reported high levels of stress, second only to physicians, with 47 percent saying they experience stress daily, Gallup said.

Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews conducted as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey with a random sample of 172,286 workers from Jan. 2-Dec. 30, 2012. The margin of error is 3.5 percentage points for the smallest sample group (physicians) and less than 1 percentage point for larger groups such as professionals, service workers or managers/executives.


First woman appointed gendarmes general

PARIS, March 28 (UPI) -- The French government has appointed the first female general gendarmes, officials said.

Isabelle Guion de Meritens, 50, will take control of the marine gendarmes, who patrol the coastline and provide security and naval installations on land, Radio France Internationale said.

The gendarmerie is made up of police who have military status, RFI said, and are under the jurisdiction of the Interior Ministry.

Meritens was also the first woman to become a colonel and the first commander of a section, RFI reported.

The French government announced the appointment Wednesday and a government spokeswoman said the marine gendarmes has "never had a woman in such a high position in seven centuries of existence."

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