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Caitlyn Jenner -- formerly known as Bruce -- only let the world know she wanted to be Caitlyn last year, but she may have been hiding that desire for decades.
Jenner reportedly told her second ex-wife, Linda Thompson, in the 1980s, "I am a woman trapped in a man's body."
That's according to Thompson's new memoir "A Little Thing Called Life," of which People published an excerpt.
"As we tried to work through our feelings," Thompson wrote in her memoir, "Bruce told me he was considering traveling out of the country, possibly to Denmark, to try to have the gender reassignment surgery anonymously and then come back as a female."
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With the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" come and gone, the journey of the Boy Who Lived is finally complete.
At least, that's what author J.K. Rowling says.
She told press at the play's premiere: "This is the next generation. ... So, I'm thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now."
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Potterheads, brace yourselves. "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" has been released.
The latest installment of the magical series hit the market Sunday -- the same day as J.K. Rowling's and Harry Potter's birthdays -- but the highly anticipated script release was breaking records even before it made it to stores.
"The Cursed Child" reportedly beat the presale record at Barnes & Noble set by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" in 2007. An executive at the bookseller expects the newly released script to be the company's "biggest selling book of the year."
And it looks like publishers need the boost. Since January 2015, the industry has seen a 6.7 percent decline in revenue and e-book sales have gone down 25 percent.
In February, Rowling clarified that that the new release would be a script of the London stage production, not a novel, not a prequel and not a sequel, but "The Cursed Child" can still be considered the eighth story.
"It just won’t read like Rowling’s others," The Huffington Post reported.
"While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted," a description on the play’s website reads. "As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places."
Evangelical pastor and best-selling author Tim LaHaye died Monday in a San Diego area hospital, days after suffering from a stroke. He was 90 years old.
Family confirmed the news on Tim LaHaye's website.
LaHaye is best known for co-writing the popular 16-book "Left Behind" series with Jerry Jenkins. The fiction series focused on the return of Jesus and the Rapture as described in the Book of Revelation.
Since the series' first novel was released in 1995, the "Left Behind" books have sold more than 80 million copies and topped multiple best seller lists.
"Thrilled as I am that he is where he has always wanted to be, his departure leaves a void in my soul I don't expect to fill until I see him again," Jenkins said.
"The Tim LaHaye I got to know had a pastor's heart and lived to share his faith. He listened to and cared about everyone, regardless of age, gender, or social standing. If Tim was missing from the autograph table, or the green room of a network television show, he was likely in a corner praying with someone he'd just met -- from a reader, to a part-time bookstore stock clerk, to a TV network anchorman."
LaHaye authored more than 60 other non-fiction books focused on family life, Bible prophecy, secular humanism and other topics. More than 14 million of those books are in print in as many as 32 languages.
Born in Detroit, LaHaye held pastor positions at churches in South Carolina and Minnesota before he and his family settled in San Diego County.
He led the Scott Memorial Baptist Church through multiple expansions and founded a pair of accredited Christian high schools, a school system consisting of 10 Christian schools and Christian Heritage College, now known as San Diego Christian College. With the late Henry Morris, LaHaye also co-founded the Institute for Creation Research, a group focused on examining science related to creationism.
LaHaye is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Beverly; four children; nine grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; a brother, Richard LaHaye; and a sister, Margaret White.
It's been nearly a decade since the seventh installment of the "Harry Potter" series hit shelves at booksellers worldwide.
But that doesn't mean fans don't still have questions.
One Potter fan recently pondered a question that you might not have even known you had: Why were there so few people in Harry's class?"For years, we’ve all wondered how there can be 1,000 students (according to J.K. Rowling) in Hogwarts when there are only a handful of students in Harry’s year," Tumblr user marauders4evr wrote. "The math doesn’t add up. We’ve all just assumed that it was an error." Marauders4evr has a point. In the "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" film, Percy Weasley can be seen escorting no more than 20 first year Gryffindors to the common room. And throughout the books, Rowling doesn't mention many other characters besides Neville, Dean, Seamus and a few other memorable names. But in a 2000 interview, Rowling said about 1,000 students attended the school during Harry’s time. If there were 1,000 students, seven years and four houses, each house should have about 35 students per year. That's significantly more than readers are led to believe are in Harry's class. "But what if there’s normally dozens of students in each house, in each year? What if Harry’s year was the exception?" marauders4evr challenges. And then the fan answers that very question: "What if there were less students in the Hogwarts Class of 1998 because the period when the other kids would have been conceived (1979-1981) was when Voldemort’s reign of power was at its peak? Between the dozens of adults who joined the Order, the dozens of civilians who were killed in Death Eater raids, and the dozens of adults that didn’t want to bring a child into the world, just then. It’s actually entirely possible that there was a baby drought for a few years in the wizarding world, leading to a smaller class size a decade later."
The theory is very curious, indeed.
Rowling has not weighed in on the theory.
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Who says Muggles can't play Quidditch?
In a viral video that every Harry Potter fan must see, skydivers decked out in Quidditch gear grab their brooms and leap from a plane, then play the fictional sport midair.
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The clip, posted to YouTube last month by Colombian telecommunications company ETB, has been shared by several news outlets, raking in millions of views.
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Meghann Foye, 38, has no children, but she still thinks she is entitled to some of the same perks as women who benefit from maternity leave.
Foye believes hard-working, childless women should receive a "meternity" leave.
"I was 31 years old in 2009, and I loved my career," Foye told the New York Post. "As an editor at a popular magazine, I got to work on big stories, attend cool events and meet famous celebs all the time. And yet, after 10 years of working in a job where I was always on deadline, I couldn’t help but feel envious when parents on staff left the office at 6 p.m. to tend to their children, while it was assumed co-workers without kids would stay behind to pick up the slack."
According to Foye, "meternity" leave is "a sabbatical-like break that allows women and, to a lesser degree, men to shift their focus to the part of their lives that doesn’t revolve around their jobs."
"For women who follow a 'traditional' path, this pause often naturally comes in your late 20s or early 30s, when a wedding, pregnancy and babies means that your personal life takes center stage," she said. "But for those who end up on the 'other' path, that socially mandated time and space for self-reflection may never come."
Thus, meternity leave should be earned after "a decade or so" in the workforce to avoid "Burnout syndrome," Foye said. And, "it should be about digging into your whole life and emerging from it more confident in who you are."
Foye, who feels it's unfair for employees to ditch the office early, saying 'I need to go pick up my child,' eventually took a meternity leave of her own, quitting her job and leaving the corporate world for a year and a half.
During that time, she wrote "Meternity," a novel about a woman who fakes being pregnant to enjoy the benefits of the paid time off.
Foye said maternity leave and her own meternity leave develop confidence, allow for a shift in focus from an overwhelming amount of professional obligations and give "a whole new lens through which to see (life,) but many critics disagree with her idea and argue that maternity leave is a well-intentioned, well-deserved break for new mothers who go through the process of having a raising a child.
It has almost been a year since former Spokane, Washington, NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal was exposed as a white woman who claimed to be black.
But Dolezal, who sparked outrage from critics who said she committed cultural appropriation and fueled conversation about self-identification and the concept of being transracial, said she doesn't have any regrets.
"I don't have any regrets about how I identify. I'm still me and nothing about that has changed," she said during an appearance on the "Today" show on Tuesday.
Dolezal was born to white parents in Lincoln County, Montana, in 1977. She came to media attention last June when her estranged parents publicly said that she is a white woman who was passing as black.
Dolezal later resigned from her position with the NAACP and was dismissed as chair of Spokane's police ombudsman commission. She also resigned from her position as education director at the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, citing discrimination.
"I feel like moving forward," she told Savannah Guthrie. "It's been some work to rebuild and get things back on track with life. Looking at some new opportunities going into 2016."
Dolezal said she has some upcoming speaking engagements and that she recently completed a TED talk.
She also said that she is "looking forward to getting back into racial and social justice work" with plans to write a book about her racial identity and her personal experiences.
"I'm really excited to write the book and to address some of the issues that I've researched for many years, and I hope to eventually get back to teaching," said Dolezal, who previously taught classes in African-American studies at Eastern Washington University.
Dolezal said many people have reached out to her to tell her how they can relate to her and that those testimonies inspired her plans to write a book.
"I've heard a lot of stories from people around the world about their lives being somehow caught between boundary lines of race or culture or ethnicity," she said. "So this larger issue of if you don't fit into one box and if you don't stay there (for) your whole life from birth... what does that look like? Race is such a contentious issue because of the painful history of racism. Race didn't create racism, but racism created race."
Days after Starbucks released three limited-time drinks for Valentine's Day, the company has exposed a new coffee item that used to exist only on the coffee chain's secret menu.
The limited-edition drink is called the smoked butterscotch latte and is available at participating stores nationwide for an unknown amount of time.
According to Starbucks, the smoked butterscotch latte "combines espresso with steamed milk and smoked butterscotch sauce, finished with a sprinkling of smoky butterscotch topping, perfectly crafted to give Starbucks customers new and sophisticated flavors."
“The smoky flavor balances the subtle sweetness of the butterscotch,” said Christal Canzler, whose team develops new handcrafted espresso beverages for Starbucks. “It acts as a savory ingredient that enhances the coffee.”
Many Harry Potter fans are comparing the sweet latte to the popular butterbeer drink mentioned in J.K. Rowling's series.
Most people responded to the drink positively, saying Starbucks' rendition of the butterscotch beverage is spot on with what they imagined.
Others compared the latte to Rowlings' creation, saying the drink was tasty but not similar to what butterbeer probably tastes like.
Overall, the response to the new drink is generally positive, but Starbucks lovers and Harry Potter fans should remember one thing: no matter how similar you think the smoked butterscotch latte tastes like butterbeer, you should probably order it using Starbucks' signature name.
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