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The Obamas' Official Portraits Break New Ground with Their Boldness

In the hour leading up to the February 12 ceremony, the Smithsonian’s airy Kogod Courtyard was abuzz with the excited chatter of distinguished guests and eager reporters. At the center of attention was a long, slender stage, backed with a deep indigo curtain and framed on all sides by pruned trees. Prominently displayed were two imposing oblong forms, hidden from view behind thick black shrouds but soon to be unveiled for all to see. These were the specially commissioned portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama, making their formal museum debut….

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Premier League considers winter break when new TV deal is agreed

The Premier League is considering introducing a winter break when a television rights deal is next agreed. The top leagues in Germany, France, Italy and Spain all take time out in mid-season. The Football Association has previously said a winter break is not feasible until the end of the current television deal in 2019. Talks have been ongoing for several months and are understood to have been constructive. A January break has been under discussion, so if it gets agreed it would not impact on the traditional festive football schedule….

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The campaign to break the taboo around periods at school

A 22-year-old who has a menstrual condition wants better education about periods in schools. Alice Smith has endometriosis and is leading a campaign to get “menstrual wellbeing” on to the school curriculum. “We need to start breaking down the taboos about what is normal and what is not normal,” says Alice. A government consultation reviewing the sex and relationship education curriculum in English schools ends in February. Alice was embarrassed to talk about her periods because she didn’t know if what she was going through was normal. Endometriosis, which affects…

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Kane 'can break all the records' – new landmark for Spurs striker in Everton thrashing

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino backed Harry Kane to break more records after he scored twice in a comfortable home victory over Everton to become Spurs’ all-time Premier League goalscorer. Kane twice netted from close range – converting passes from Son Heung-min and Eric Dier – to take his Premier League tally to 98, one more than Teddy Sheringham scored for the club. The excellent Son opened the scoring at Wembley by finishing off Serge Aurier’s cross, and the South Korea international later hit a post as the hosts dominated. Christian…

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The Premier League records Manchester City could break this season

Under Jose Mourinho, Chelsea won the Premier League title with 95 points in 2004/05 and that has still yet to be bettered. Pep Guardiola’s City, however, will be confident of surpassing that amount. They have already collected 58 points from 20 games, meaning they can afford to drop 16 points from their final 18 matches and still beat Chelsea’s record. Friday, December 29, 2017 Manchester City are on course to enjoy the most successful Premier League season in history. They have set a new record of successive wins – 18 and counting – and are…

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