Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Utah principal apologizes for barring girls from prom over dress length

Dress code spoils prom for dozens

A public high school principal in Stansbury Park, Utah, has apologized to dozens of teens who were turned away from their homecoming dance because their dresses were deemed too short. Stansbury High principal Kendall Topham held four assemblies Monday, telling students the school's dress code policy was too vague to be properly enforced and vowing to hold a free dance to make up for Saturday's dress debacle. Students and parents took to Facebook after the dance to protest, posting examples of sparkly dresses an inch or two above the knee that school officials said broke the rules.

Taiwan visitors will need no visa

Tourists and business executives from Taiwan will be allowed to travel to the United States without a visa for as long as 90 days starting Nov. 1. Taiwan will join 36 countries already participating in the Visa Waiver Program, which provides entry without a travel visa, U.S. officials said Tuesday. China isn't among them. About 290,000 Taiwanese visited last year, spending more than $1.1 billion, according to a U.S. Commerce Department report.

Chávez home to be monument

President Barack Obama next week will mark the creation of a new national monument at the home and grave site of civil rights and labor leader César Chávez. Obama is scheduled to travel to Keene in California's San Joaquin Valley on Monday to formally establish the new monument at the property known as Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz, or Our Lady Queen of Peace. Chávez lived there from the early 1970s until he died in 1993.

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