X-rated past haunts teacher
US: A teacher in the US has quit her job after a student at the school she taught discovered about her X-rated past.
Tera Myers, 38, was put on administrative leave at Parkway North High School this week after a St Louis high school student inquired about pornographic films Myers starred in during the 1990s.
Paul Tandy, spokesman for the school district said the science teacher decided to leave the school "out of respect for her privacy and that of her family".
"She was concerned about the impact it would have in the building," the New York Daily News quoted him as saying.
Officials didn't know about Myers' past, which included a suspension five years ago from a Paducah, Ky school for her role in the adult films where she had taught under the name Tericka Dye.
In 2006, the former porn star spoke to several media outlets and even made an appearance on 'Dr Phil', arguing she deserved to get her job back and that she had made the biggest mistake of her life.
Myers, whose stage name is Rikki Andersin, said she made the movies when she was living in California, working, as an exotic dancer to earn desperately needed cash.
Because Myers' role in the adult films wasn't illegal, her pornographic past didn't show up during a background check.
The teacher, who has been at the school for four years, will be paid through the end of the school year but will not be returning in the fall.
"We're surprised, very surprised. At the same time we feel for her and her family," Tandy said.
"We do believe she has tried to move on with her life... Unfortunately, even though it happened 15 years ago, (the video) is still there," he added.
Fury after nursery assistant brands girl, 5, a 'f****** t***'
BRITAIN: A nursery assistant is being investigated after she called a five-year-old girl a ‘f****** t***"’ in a phone call to the child's mother.
Pat Smith, 57, made the shocking comments at the end of an answerphone message when she thought she had hung up.
The abuse was directed at five-year-old Megan Astle, who accidentally took Smith's book bag home from school in Loughborough, Leicestershire.
At the end of a call to Megan's mother Katie, Smith, 57, was heard moaning to a colleague: ‘f****** t*** took my bag home’.
Katie, 27, played the 52-second recording to the head teacher of Cobden Primary School in Loughborough, Leicestershire, but was told to ‘move on’.
The misunderstanding happened last Friday when Megan accidentally picked up a book bag from class which belonged to Smith.
Smith is a nursery assistant, who works at the nursery within the primary school, but on this particular day she was helping out in Megan's class.
Astle says it was an easy mistake as the students and teachers have the same book bags which are embossed with the school logo. The message was left on Astle's mobile phone on Friday night.
'King's Speech' Oscar damaged by toddler
US: 'King Speech' co-producer Simon Egan's daughter sent the Best Picture Oscar trophy to hospital after the golden man slipped from her hands and suffered some bruises.
The movie team was celebrating their big win at the Oscars with a party when they stopped in their tracks when the prize for the Best Picture tumbled onto the concrete floor.
Lara Egan, the 15-month-old daughter of Simon Egan, was posing for a picture with her father's best picture Oscar when she suddenly she dropped it, the Telegraph reported.
"Everybody just stopped and it was quite breathless. She had no clue to the damage she had done," Egan said.
The trophy was damaged considerably and Egan phoned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences about the accident and was advised to take the statuette to the 'Oscar hospital,' located on the seventh floor of the Academy's Beverly Hills headquarters.
There, Egan says, the Oscar was taken by a glove-wearing woman and returned within 15 minutes, minus the scratches and scrapes that resulted from the fall. Egan now says little Lara is afraid to go near the statuette, which is back to its original glory.
Bank robber busted by urine sample
SWEDEN: A bank robber forgot to cover his tracks and left three bottles of urine behind after hiding inside a bank vault in Copenhagen for three days.
The 27-year-old man and his accomplice used the bottles to relieve themselves after sneaking into the vault on a Friday in May and remaining there until the bank opened again the following Monday.
While inside, the robbers emptied 140 safety deposit boxes of at least $500,000 in cash and jewellery.
But Prosecutor Frederik Larsen said overnight they forgot to take the urine when they left "so we were able to get their DNA samples from the bottles."
The evidence helped prosecutors win a 21-month prison sentence for the Swede on Tuesday. His accomplice is still at large and the loot hasn't been recovered.
Pilots caught flying with fake licences
INDIA: Indian aviation regulators have found two more pilots with forged qualifications flying passenger planes, a report said, raising questions about safety on the country's booming airlines.
The Indian duo were flying as captains on flights for the IndiGo and MDLR airlines, but they had not passed the tests to graduate from co-pilot, The Times of India reported.
"While the licences are revoked, these cases have also been referred to the police for further action,'' Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) chief Bharat Bhushan was quoted as saying.
Last month, the DGCA revoked the licence of a third pilot, also flying for IndiGo, who was found to have forged papers to get her airline transport pilot licence.
The pilot's qualifications and record were scrutinised after she caused damage to an Airbus A320 aircraft by landing the plane on the nose wheel instead of the rear wheels.
The Times of India claimed an investigation revealed she had landed planes incorrectly between 10 and 15 times, though this was denied by the airline, which said it had investigated her previous flights.
Both the IndiGo pilots were immediately removed from the flying schedule once doubts emerged over their qualifications, the airline said in a statement Wednesday, and they are now being investigated by the police.
IndiGo said it would "proactively assist the DGCA to carry out a thorough internal investigation to ensure that there are no discrepancies in any other licence or certificates issued to any pilots, engineers or cabin attendants''.
It added: "Safety is a key concern at IndiGo.''
Rising incomes and the liberalisation of the airline market in the 1990s has led to an explosion in air travel in India, with passenger numbers up 25 percent over the last 12 months.
With new routes and new aircraft being regularly inducted, the half-dozen low-cost Indian airlines are competing fiercely for locally trained pilots.
To meet demand, many of them have had to resort to hiring more costly foreign pilots who are often from Eastern Europe.
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