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iStock/Thinkstock (BELLERICA, Mass.) — When the varsity hockey team at Billerica Memorial High School in Billerica, Mass., was brainstorming ways to help a young pee-wee hockey player with leukemia, they came up with the typical fundraising ideas like a 5-K race.

Then, one of their teammate’s father, Glen Corbett, came up with an idea that would both affect the teens and be a surefire way to get adults to donate money: take away the teens’ cellphones.

More than 100 students at Billerica Memorial Thursday handed their cellphones over to police officers who will keep them in a safety box for 30 days to raise money for “Celling Out for Leukemia.”

“It’s unbelievable,” said Corbett, whose son, Brian, is a sophomore. “Phones are still coming in. The kids know they’re paying it forward.”

Corbett’s son and his teammates first got to know the 12-year-old for whom they are raising money, Ian Candee, through the town’s local hockey association. When they learned of his battle with leukemia, they made Ian an honorary captain of the school’s varsity team and had him to throw out the puck at a game.

“He’s awesome,” Corbett said of Ian. “I told the kids, ‘Let’s do this so he’s back here in two years.’”

Ian was at the high school Thursday for the “Celling Out” kickoff as students signed a permission slip and handed their phones over to the Billerica Police Department, who will keep them in a safety box at police headquarters until May 16.

With the extra time the kids will have on their hands with no phones to Facebook, tweet and SnapChat, they are asked to get family, friends and businesses to sponsor them for each day they are without a phone.

“People are just blown away that a kid would give up their phone for a day, much less 30 days,” Corbett said. “Kids are turning in huge donations of $1,400, $2,500, as much as $3,000.”

The hockey team hopes to raise at least $120,000 in the next 30 days. Corbett plans to meet with the Candee family, who have two other kids in addition to Ian, to determine how the money will be donated.

The Dana Farber Children’s Hospital Cancer Center in Boston, where Ian is being treated, could be a potential recipient, or the funds could all go to the Candee family to help defray expenses.

“I’m going to see where they are and how they want us to donate the money,” Corbett said.

While most of the students were expectedly apprehensive about losing their phone for 30 days, Corbett says he heard from some teens who quietly said they were excited for the chance to disconnect.

“I had one member of the girls’ hockey team text me and say, ‘Mr. C., I can’t wait to give my phone up. No one can reach me for 30 days,’” Corbett said.

“We’re going to have the kids keep a journal of what it’s like without their phones,” he said. “Maybe it’ll be a relief.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — An outbreak of mumps among New Jersey college students has highlighted the “weak sister” in the MMR vaccine.

At least eight students at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken have contracted the contagious virus despite having received two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, according to the college.

“All Stevens’ students are required to have full vaccinations before attending the University,” the college said in a statement, adding that “outbreaks of mumps have occurred in vaccinated populations before.”

More than 95 percent of the people who receive a single dose of MMR develop some immunity to all three viruses, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the mumps portion of the shot is only 88 percent effective in preventing the disease.

“Of the three vaccines that are given together, mumps is what we might call ‘the weak sister,’” said Dr. William Schaffner, and infectious disease expert and chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. “We really do expect vaccines to be perfect and, of course, they aren’t perfect. Medical science provides us with vaccines that have different degrees of effectiveness, approaching but never reaching perfection.”

“When you are vaccinated [against mumps], the illness you get is much milder,” Schaffner added.

The MMR vaccine is 99 percent effective against the measles and 90 percent effective against rubella, according to the CDC.

Stevens’ students suspected of having mumps were “isolated” and then sent home, according to the college.

“There have been no reports of newly symptomatic cases since the initial cases last week,” the college said.

Symptoms of mumps such as fever, aches and swollen glands can take more than two weeks to appear. And while most mumps sufferers recover after a week or two, the disease can cause serious complications like inflammation of the testicles, ovaries and brain as well as deafness, according to the CDC.

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Laris Karklis/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The State Department says it needs more time to review the millions of public comments about the Keystone XL pipeline project, citing uncertainty about the route’s direction through Nebraska, which is currently being litigated there.

“Agencies need additional time based on the uncertainty created by the on-going litigation in the Nebraska Supreme Court which could ultimately affect the pipeline route in that state,” State announced in a statement.

The release noted that there had been an unprecedented 2.5 million public comments regarding the pipeline, leading to the need for a delay in reviewing all of them.

The pipeline has become a hot-button political issue, with supporters of the pipeline criticizing the Obama administration for dragging its feet on approval, and bipartisan sniping began almost instantly after the announcement went public.

“It is crystal clear that the Obama administration is simply not serious about American energy and American jobs. I guess he wasn’t serious about having a pen and a phone, either,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement, minutes after the State Department announced its decision.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who is facing a tough re-election, also reacted quickly: “Today’s decision by the Administration amounts to nothing short of an indefinite delay of the Keystone Pipeline. This decision is irresponsible, unnecessary and unacceptable.”

“The administration is sending a signal that the small minority who oppose the pipeline can tie up the process in court forever,” she said.

The pipeline route runs from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Steele City, Neb.; Wood River and Patoka, Ill.; and the Gulf Coast of Texas. When fully completed it will stretch over 2,000 miles.

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A Seattle sandwich shop has created a controversial poster showing Jesus smoking a joint and eating a sandwich. Credit: KOMO(SEATTLE) — A burger chain in Seattle is creating a stir with a new promotional poster for Easter, featuring Jesus smoking a joint and holding a sandwich.

The restaurant, Lunchbox Laboratory, riffed off Easter Sunday’s falling on April 20, or 4/20, which is also a pop-culture reference to cannabis consumption. The business has been using a 2-for-1 promotion for the past two years to advertise its “Burger of the Gods” signature dish.

“I’m not your moral guide in life, I’m selling burgers,” Lunchbox Laboratory owner John Schmidt told ABC News affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle. “It’s not an anti-Christian message, it’s a very peaceful message; Jesus enjoying a sandwich and a blunt.”

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A Seattle sandwich shop has created a controversial poster showing Jesus smoking a joint and eating a sandwich. Credit: KOMO(SEATTLE) — A burger chain in Seattle is creating a stir with a new promotional poster for Easter, featuring Jesus smoking a joint and holding a sandwich.

The restaurant, Lunchbox Laboratory, riffed off Easter Sunday’s falling on April 20, or 4/20, which is also a pop-culture reference to cannabis consumption. The business has been using a 2-for-1 promotion for the past two years to advertise its “Burger of the Gods” signature dish.

“I’m not your moral guide in life, I’m selling burgers,” Lunchbox Laboratory owner John Schmidt told ABC News affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle. “It’s not an anti-Christian message, it’s a very peaceful message; Jesus enjoying a sandwich and a blunt.”

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Kate Winslet spoke against airbrushing after this 2003 GQ Cover (GQ)(WASHINGTON) — A new bill introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives aims at curbing overzealous photoshopping of models and celebrities in advertisements.

Called the “Truth in Advertising Act,” the bill was co-sponsored by Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from Florida and Democratic Rep. Lois Capps of California.

Advocates for the bill want more regulation for photoshoped images that appear in advertisements and other media.

“An increasing amount of academic evidence links exposure to such altered images with emotional, mental, and physical health issues, including eating disorders, especially among children and teenagers,” reads an excerpt of the bill. “There is particular concern about the marketing of such images to children and teenagers.”

Members of the Eating Disorder Coalition (EDC) met with lawmakers last month to lobby for the bill.

Seth Matlins, a marketer and an originator of the bill, said seeing his children react to advertising images without understanding they were manipulated made him want to work on the bill.

“In simplest terms we’re trying to protect the consumer,” said Matlins a partner with the EDC. “People are saying enough is enough. We are and have been manipulated by these ads for so long.”

Advocates for the bill are asking that over 18 months the Federal Trade Commission meet with health care officials and members of the advertising and marketing community to come up with a framework that would regulate how these images could be used in media.

The bill stipulates that it affects post-production changes that “materially change” the characteristics of the models’ faces and bodies, rather than a digitally altered background.

Photoshoped images have long been cited by advocates as leading consumers to see unattainable and unrealistic depictions of people, particularly female models and celebrities.

In 2011, the American Medical Association adopted a new policy to encourage advertisers to develop guidelines to discourage unrealistic images that would “promote unrealistic expectations of appropriate body image.”

“The appearance of advertisements with extremely altered models can create unrealistic expectations of appropriate body image,” said AMA member Dr. Barbara L. McAneny. “We must stop exposing impressionable children and teenagers to advertisements portraying models with body types only attainable with the help of photo editing software.”

Earlier this year, Target apologized after featuring a model who was crudely photoshoped so that her legs were unrealistically far apart.

Other stars have come out against excessive photoshopping of fashion shoots. In 2003, Kate Winslet spoke out against a GQ cover that whittled down her frame digitally.

Recently, stars have taken to social media to pull out specific images that they find egregiously airbrushed.

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NBA via Chicago Bulls(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Bulls may be gearing up for a playoff run, but the team is also eagerly awaiting the return of point guard Derrick Rose for next season.

Back in November, Rose had surgery to fix a meniscus tear in his right knee, and was ruled out for the rest of the season.

Still, General Manger Gar Forman reiterated that not only Rose will return, he will return at full strength, and return to the player fans were accustomed to seeing.

Rose played in just 10 games this season and missed all of the previous season with a torn ACL he suffered in the opening round of the playoffs. Rose has missed 152 out of the past 162 games.

When healthy, Rose is one of the best players in the NBA. The 25-year-old Rose won the NBA’s MVP Award during the 2010-2011 season. For his career, Rose has averaged 20.8 points and 6.8 assists per game.

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NBA via Los Angeles Clippers(NEW YORK) — He may not be the first one to do it, but Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin may be the biggest NBA star to endorse the use of medical marijuana in the NBA.

Griffen feels marijuana should be legalized not only in the NBA, but in all professional sports.

“It doesn’t really affect me, but so many guys would probably benefit from it and not take as many painkillers, which have worse long-term effects,” Griffen told Rolling Stone Magazine. “So I would vote yes. I just think it makes sense.”

The advocacy for the legalization of marijuana for professional athletes has grown louder in recent months. Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders recently came out and supported the use of marijuana for athletes just after it was announced that he would be suspended five games by the NBA for using the drug.

Going further, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has also came out and said that the NFL should look into medicinal marijuana.

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Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Reality Rocks(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — Even though the Milwaukee Bucks were the worst team in the NBA during the 2013-2014 season, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thinks the new owners of the team got a real bargain.

Recently, longtime Bucks owner Herb Kohl recently agreed to sell the team to hedge-fund billionaires Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry for $550 million.

“I think they got off cheap,” Cuban said. “I think that was a bargain. I think it’s worth a lot more than that. I think someone got a bargain. You can’t look backwards. You’ve got to look forward. You don’t value teams based off what happened in the past.”

Back in January, Forbes valued the franchise at $405 million, which was the lowest among the 30 NBA teams.

Cuban also went on to suggest that the true value of an NBA franchise is around $1 billion.

Back in 2000, Cuban purchased the Mavericks for $285 million. They were recently valued now at $765 million, eighth-highest among NBA teams.

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A young woman who tearfully and publicly confessed to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that she was an undocumented immigrant was praised by Clinton for being “incredibly brave.”

Actress America Ferrera moderated the event Thursday at the Lower East Side Girls Club in New York City, billed as the first in a series of the Clinton Foundation’s “No Ceilings” conversations aimed at bringing together women and girls from around the world to discuss female empowerment and growth.

Ferrera turned to the group of women in attendance for questions to ask the hosts, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton. Among the women who raised their hands, one in particular stood out.

“You seem like you have something you want to say,” Ferrera said, pointing at a young woman in the audience.

As she stood up, no one expected the statement she was about to make.

“My name is Nova. I’m 19-years-old…and I have a very different glass ceiling than some of the girls are exhibiting here,” she said.

Nova paused, took a deep breath, and then revealed her secret. “For the first time publicly, I want to say that I am an undocumented immigrant,” she said.

As the gravity of what she had just said sunk in, the young woman’s eyes swelled with tears. But she continued to tell her story.

“And I want to say that it’s extremely difficult for me to empower myself in America,” she said, tears streaming down her face. “It’s been very hard because I don’t have the documentation I need to get a job…to vote…to buy an apartment. To take out a loan to go to college…so I couldn’t even go to my dream college because of that.”

Nova, who said she came to the United States when she was 5 years old from Split, Croatia, then turned the question to Hillary Clinton.

“I wanted to ask, what in your stance is essential for immigration reform? I can just only imagine how many girls there are who can’t fully empower themselves, especially in America, because we immigrated here,” she said.

“So I wanted to ask,” she said earnestly, “what do we need to do to put this in priority when it comes to Congress, because this is an extreme glass ceiling for me that I can’t even control. Not even as a woman, but not even as a human.”

Hillary Clinton responded with praise and admiration for the young woman’s bravery.

“Oh Nova,” she said, pausing for the crowd’s applause to wane. “Wow. That was incredibly brave. And I thank you for doing that.”

“I believe strongly we are missing a great opportunity by not welcoming people like you and 11 million others who have made contributions to our country into a legal status,” Mrs. Clinton said.

Clinton went on to criticize the House of Representatives for not taking the immigration reform bill up after the Senate, describing it as a “big missed opportunity for our country.”

Clinton stressed her continuing devotion to the cause. “I’m a huge supporter of immigration reform and a path to citizenship, and will continue to advocate for that,” she said.

Chelsea Clinton echoed her mother’s sentiment and urged the young woman to continue making her voice heard.

“There’s nothing really worse than being dis-empowered and feeling invisible and you started to change that here today,” Clinton said. “Thank you for making yourself less invisible and more visible today.”

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