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11-Year-Old College Grad Says ‘This Isn’t Much of a Big Deal to Me’

Tanishq Abraham obtained a 4.0 and three associate's degrees in one year

Tanishq Abraham, 11, graduated from American River College in Sacramento, California, on Wednesday, KCRA Sacramento reports.

“This isn’t much of a big deal to me,” said Abraham, who graduated with a 4.0 and three associate’s degrees just one year after Today reported that he had successfully completed California’s early-exit high school exam.

Although Abraham said some of his fellow graduates were “intimidated” by him, “a lot were really happy that there was a kid in their class.” He crossed the stage wearing a colorful scarf knit by his grandmother. Fittingly, “2 Infinity and Beyond” was written on top of his cap.

ARC officials aren’t yet completely positive that Abraham is the school’s youngest graduate ever, but “he was definitely the youngest this year,” college spokesman Scott Crow told NBC Bay Area.

The whiz kid joined Mensa International at the age of 4 and began taking classes at ARC when he was 7. Abraham’s 9-year-old sister Tiara is on a similarly prodigious path: She’s also a member of Mensa and started taking college classes at age 7, too.

Their mother Taji told KCRA that “even in kindergarten [Tanishq] was pretty ahead, a few years ahead – and then it just went from there.”

Next up for Abraham: getting his M.D. He told KCRA that he wants to become a doctor and medical researcher and, eventually, the president of the United States. He echoed these plans on Twitter on Wednesday, adding that he hopes to earn a Nobel Prize along the way.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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6 Things to Know About Plus-Size Fashion Star Tess Holliday

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Tess isn't her real name

Tess Holliday has had an incredible year – she signed with a major modeling agency and booked gigs she’s only dreamed about, including a campaign with plus-size clothing brand Torrid.

However, the size-22 model, 29, is way more than just a gorgeous face with a boundary-shattering body.

Here are six things to know about the Mississippi-born social media star:

1. Tess isn’t her real name.

Holliday was born Ryann Hoven but changed her name to Tess when she started doing alternative modeling.

“I chose Tess Typhoon because it sounded good, and then I chose Tess Munster because I like TV show The Munsters,” she told PEOPLE of her former alter egos.

She began using Holliday, her fiancé’s last name, when she signed with MILK Model Management in January.

2. She met her fiancé Nick on Tumblr.

“He messaged me on Tumblr in 2012 and he said, ‘I love how you inspire other women,’ ” Holliday says. “I just remember thinking how cute he was, so we started talking and it quickly turned into a relationship.”

Three years after they initially met, Nick moved to be with her in Los Angeles.

“I already knew I wanted to marry him before I met him,” she says.

3. She has a 9-year-old son, Rylee.

Despite an incredibly busy work schedule, Holliday does her best to make motherhood her priority.

“I pick my son up from school every day, [do] homework [with him], ” she says. “I just want him to grow up loving himself, to just be free to be himself. That would be the greatest goal in my life. My career’s amazing, but it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have pushed myself as hard as I have.”

4. She used to work as a makeup artist.

Holliday was working behind the scenes of the fashion industry as a makeup artist before her own big break.

“I had been interested in makeup forever,” she says. “My mom had bought me Kevyn Aucoin books when I was 13 and it changed my life. I still do makeup – but not as much because I’m busy!”

5. Miss Piggy is one of her body inspirations.

She counts the Muppet character and Beth Ditto among the women she admires – and even has a tattoo of the famous pig.

“I’m inspired by a lot of people,” Holliday says. “I’m inspired by basically all women and men.”

6. She doesn’t care what people think about her weight.

Holliday has never been persuaded to lose weight by people who criticize her for her size.

“When people are telling you, ‘You’re fat and gross,’ it does the complete opposite,” she says. “At the end of the day, they’re not paying my bills.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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What Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall Thought of Their May-December Marriage

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Hulton Archive / Getty Images Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart cut the cake at their wedding on May 21, 1945

The pair was married on May 21, 1945

Married, read the heading before the brief write-up in TIME: “Humphrey Bogart, 45, cinema’s surly, frog-voiced bad man; and Cinemactress Lauren Bacall, 20; he for the fourth time, she for the first; in Mansfield, Ohio.”

The wedding, which took place 70 years ago, on May 21, 1945, made official one of the 20th century’s best-loved on- and off-screen romances—despite a four-and-a-half-decade age gap.

But, while news outlets didn’t obsess about the age difference in the way they probably would today—TIME didn’t editorialize at all about their ages, unless you count a 1969 essay titled “In Praise of May-December Marriages”—it didn’t pass unnoticed. According to A. M. Sperber and Eric Lax’s biography Bogart, Bogart’s wife at the time he began his affair with Bacall, the actress Mayo Methot, referred to Bacall as “your daughter” when talking with her estranged husband.

Bogart was also consumed by the age difference. As Bacall recounted in her autobiography By Myself, it was “never out of [Bogart’s] thoughts” while they courted. Bacall, however, paid it no worry, telling Vanity Fair that 25-year difference was the most fantastic thing for me to have in my life.”

Indeed, the couple was together until Bogart’s death in 1957.

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DNA Left on Pizza Crust Helps Police Identify Murder Suspect

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Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department

A Domino's pizza was ordered to the crime location the day before homicide

Authorities investigating the Washington, D.C., homicide of businessman Savvas Savopoulos, his wife Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa have identified a suspect.

Daron Dylon Wint, 34, is wanted for murder one, while armed, according to a press release issued by the Metropolitan Police Department.

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint in connection with a quadruple homicide which occurred on Thursday, May 14, 2015, in the 3200 block of Woodland Drive, Northwest,” the release states. “He is wanted pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with Murder One while Armed.”

Police were able to identify the suspect thanks to DNA left on the crust of a Domino’s pizza that was ordered to the home on May 13, The Washington Post reports.

Wint is described in the release as a black male, about 5-foot-7 in height, weighing about 155 lbs. Police also released photos of him:

Savvas, the CEO of American Iron Works, was 46. Amy was 47.

Police had initially released a video seeking a “person of interest” in the May 15 homicide and house fire that has shocked residents in the upscale neighborhood.

Though no motive has been officially released by authorities, there are reports that the family’s son, Philip, may have been tortured before his death.

A family housekeeper, Nelitza Gutierrez, who was not in the residence at the time of the murders because of a voice mail she received telling her not to come in, tells PEOPLE she is unaware of money being delivered to the home.

“Savvas was the one who knew what was happening with the money,” she tells PEOPLE. “He was a good businessman. I did not know anything about it.”

She says the murders keep her awake at night.

“All day long, I think, ‘Who would do this horrible thing to the family?’ ” she says. “I don’t have any clue. They were a very nice, loving, generous family. I feel so bad for them. I can’t sleep well, I can’t eat well. Every morning when I wake up, it’s like a nightmare. It’s very hard, and I am trying to be strong.”

The Metropolitan Police Department is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction and are asking that anyone with information about this case call police at (202) 727-9099. Anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s text tip line by text messaging 50411.

With reporting by Steve Helling and Christine Pelisek.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Meet America’s Oldest Active Park Ranger

Bay Area Woman Is America's Oldest Full-Time National Park Ranger
Justin Sullivan—Getty Images National Park Service ranger Betty Reid Soskin poses for a portrait at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, Calif., on Oct. 24, 2013

Betty Reid Soskin is having a moment. At 93, she’s the oldest ranger on active duty in the entire U.S. National Park Service.

Reid Soskin, who began her career as a ranger at age 85, was profiled by the Today show over the weekend, and the segment showed her leading tours at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California. There, she tells guests about the women who worked in the Richmond Shipyards during World War II, building cargo ships.

The segment has made the rounds online, but it wasn’t the only moment in the spotlight for Reid Soskin this year. In March, in honor of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Department of the Interior interviewed Reid Soskin about her service for the park service and her life.

There, she explained why her tours have become so popular. “We’re booked two months ahead at this point,” she said. “My tours are popular because – though I am not a trained historian – my tours are necessarily a way to share my oral history with the public. I tell the story of the African-American workers.”

She also explained why she’s seldom seen in public without her ranger uniform. “Because when I’m on the streets or on an escalator or elevator, I am making every little girl of color aware of a career choice she may not have known she had,” she explained. “That’s important.”

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

TIME society

Sikh Man Breaks Religious Rule and Removes His Turban to Save a Child

"I think anyone else would have done the same as me"

A Sikh man broke strict religious protocol on Friday and removed his turban to help a child who’d been hit by a car outside his home in Auckland.

Harman Singh, 22, saw that the 5-year-old boy’s head was bleeding and acted immediately, removing his turban despite the fact that his religion prohibits him to do so in public.

“I wasn’t thinking about the turban,” Singh told The New Zealand Herald. “I was thinking about the accident and I just thought, ‘He needs something on his head because he’s bleeding.’ That’s my job – to help.”

He added: “I think anyone else would have done the same as me.”

Singh’s heroic act earned him praise around the world over the weekend. “Total strangers are asking to be friends on Facebook and thousands of people have said ‘Well done,’ ” he told the paper Saturday. “I was only doing what I had to and trying to be a decent member of the community.”

The boy was taken to the hospital with life-threatening head injuries, though he was in stable condition as of Friday evening.

 

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Why It Took So Long for the World to Discover B.B. King

The music legend has died at 89

B.B. King – the music legend who died on Thursday evening – was the blues. It’s even right there in his name: B.B. stands for “Blues Boy,” a name that King (real first name Riley) adopted after moving to Memphis to make it in music. He came to Memphis in 1948, in his early 20s.

But, though he had the emotional depth and technical skill to cut it, it took decades for his name to be in lights.

As TIME reported in a 1969 profile of the by-then-famous bluesman, King and his guitar — nicknamed Lucille — just didn’t fit in with the musical tastes of the time:

Until early in 1968, King was locked into a dreary circuit of one-nighters—sometimes more than 300 a year—in big-city ghetto clubs and back-country roadhouses and shacks. Unlike such performers as Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, he was not flamboyant or commercial enough to cash in on the rock-‘n’-roll explosion of the 1950s. Unlike such country stylists as Son House and Mississippi John Hurt, he was not primitive enough to be taken up in the folk revival of the early 1960s.

…Then came the recent wave of white, blues-oriented rock. King’s guitar style suddenly started echoing through the playing of gifted youngsters like Mike Bloomfield, Eric Clapton and Larry Coryell, who singled him out as a touchstone of musical sincerity and grit.

Within a year, he was playing some of the nation’s most important venues — the Fillmore Auditorium, the Village Gate — and touring Europe.

“People are starting to go with me,” King told TIME back then. “I think it’s because they know I’m not kidding out there. Blues is a message, and they’re getting it.”

Read the full 1969 story, here in the TIME Vault: Blues Boy

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Michigan Family Welcomes 13th Son

In this Aug. 6, 2013 photo, the 12 Schwandt brothers pose for a photograph in their home in Rockford, Mich.
Chris Clark—AP The 12 Schwandt brothers pose for a photograph in their home in Rockford, Mich., on Aug. 6, 2013

Talk about a full house

(ROCKFORD, Mich.) — A Michigan couple who already had 12 sons have kept the all-male streak alive with the birth of boy No. 13 on Wednesday.

Jay Schwandt told The Associated Press that his wife Kateri gave birth Wednesday morning, four days after her due date.

The couple had said they were sticking to the tradition of not knowing the baby’s sex ahead of time.

The 40-year-old father confirmed the birth in a text message to The Associated Press, saying the family will release details Thursday on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America.”

“Ok, so the boys know now!” Schwandt said in a post on Facebook. “It’s a BOY! Now we need to choose a name! BLESSED beyond belief!”

The Schwandts live in Rockford, north of Grand Rapids.

Kateri Schwandt, 40, says she has a lot of experience with large families, as one of 14 children herself.

In an interview last week, she said she finds motherhood to be “very rewarding.”

“Your children are a little piece of you. Every day is Mother’s Day,” she told The Grand Rapids Press. “They will bring me flowers that they pick in the yard. Even if it’s a dandelion, it’s special because they were thinking of Mom.”

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How Paul Walker’s Brother Aims to Carry on His Legacy

Cody Walker unveils a giant mosaic plaque dedicated to his late brother, American actor Paul Walker, at United Cinemas in Craigieburn, New South Wales
Tony Gough—Newspix/Getty Images Cody Walker unveils a giant mosaic plaque dedicated to his late brother, American actor Paul Walker, at United Cinemas in Craigieburn, New South Wales, on April 12, 2015.

The Fast and Furious star died in a 2013 car wreck

The younger brother of late actor Paul Walker told People in a recent interview that he hopes to continue his brother’s legacy of philanthropy—something the Fast and Furious star was passionate about, but wasn’t necessarily known for.

Walker died in a car crash in November 2013 when he was 40 years old, leaving behind not just family, friends and fans, but a humanitarian relief organization that he had founded in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Now, Cody Walker aims to follow in his footsteps, taking on the role of brand manager at Reach Out Worldwide, or ROWW.

“Aside from acting, his daughter and ROWW were the most important things in his life, hands down,” the 26-year-old said. “”He was very proud of ROWW and the incredible people he had surrounded himself to make up that team. I’m just doing the best that I can to keep his vision consistent.”

Read more at People.

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6 Things We Learned From Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Reddit AMA

Bill Nye attends The 7th Annual Shorty Awards on April 20, 2015 in New York City.
D Dipasupil—Getty Images for The Shortly Awards Bill Nye attends The 7th Annual Shorty Awards on April 20, 2015 in New York City.

Find out what he thinks about space exploration, Chipotle and life

TV personality Bill Nye the Science Guy hosted a Q&A on Tuesday, answering questions about his latest endeavor and science in general.

Nye, who’s the CEO of the engineering non-profit The Planetary Society, first tackled questions relating to LightSail, the organization’s crowd-funded project to develop a tiny spacecraft that’ll use solar power to sail inexpensively and indefinitely. Of course, the Redditors were all wondering: Why? Here’s how the Science Guy explained it:

LightSail™ will demonstrate that we can greatly reduce the cost of missons to other worlds in our Solar System, e.g. the Moon and Mars. It will be another step in democratizing space. It will enable more of us to learn more about what’s up up there.

So it wasn’t a surprise that when asked about Google’s driverless cars—which the tech giant acknowledged on Tuesday aren’t perfect—the Science Guy had only good things to say:

I can imagine a future with cities having nothing but electric driverless cars. You’d call for an automated taxi from your wrist-held device. There would very few car wrecks, and cities would be quieter and cleaner. Those of us, who really want to drive, can party on out there on the open roads. Driverlessness will be more common than airplane autopilots.

Nye also praised Tesla’s Powerwall, a home solar panel-powered battery that’s been labeled by some as “another toy for rich green people”:

It’s a good idea. Energy storage is the key to humankind’s future. Tesla has repurposed their car batteries for home energy storage. I have 4 kilowatts of solar panels. With these batteries, I could keep my food cold for a few days off the grid. It’s a good start on a world changing idea.

For those who wanted to talk about something more relatable, Nye also had a few things to say about Chipotle’s decision to eliminate all genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) from its ingredients. The burrito chain’s campaign has elicited pushback from scientists who argue that GMOs should not be linked to health or environmental damages:

Removing GMOs seems like a marketing idea. Let’s see if it works. If they can provide the quality that customers want at the price customers want, well, that’s the free market at work. Consumers may find that they prefer vegetables that have more flavor and more nutritional value from modified crops, in which case Chipotle may have to change back or get outcompeted. Also, if other companies are able to raise more food on less land, they may do an end-run around Chipotle’s marketing by showing that their crops actually have a lower environmental impact. Let’s all stay tuned.

And, of course, there was an attire-related question. One commenter asked, “How possible would it be to solar power a bow tie?” The answer is pretty great:

Yes, I do it all the time. We don’t see things; we see light bouncing off of things. So whenever a bowtie is out in sunlight, its image is powered by the Sun. If you want to put small solar panels on a bowtie and spin a propellor on your head, well, knock yourself out.

Last, Nye had a simple science tip for a Redditor wondering about his controversial view that racial differences aren’t rooted in science, but rather “tribalism”:

O wouldn’t it be great, if everyone on Earth understood that we are, in fact, all one species. It feels like that would be a great step toward all of us getting along with each other. We are one species. It’s provable. It’s science.

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