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Obama sends YouTube message to LGBT teens

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Morning radar: Three things we're talking about this morning

'It Gets Better' gets bigger: Looking for a role model to assure you that "It Gets Better" - that you shouldn't let gay bullying get under your skin?

Well, it doesn't get any better than U.S. President Barack Obama. In the highest-profile video entry yet, the head honcho of the world's most powerful country urged teens who are victims of bullying to turn to people they can trust to seek support.

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Since we first reported on it , the project, started by sex columnist Dan Savage in reaction to several tween and teen suicides sparked by gay bullying, has taken off in a big away both on- and offline. In the last two weeks, dozens of cities have hosted rallies to bring an end to gay bullying. At Ottawa's Carleton University, students set up a camera to record several "It Gets Better" messages from students of all sexual orientations to others.

But the most heartwrenching (and most popular, racking up millions of views)? Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns, who broke down in council chambers as he revealed his own history of being bullied for his sexual orientation.

Not saying he's a gold digger: For 69 days we followed the story of the 33 men trapped down in the San Jose mine.

But when they were rescued, we're pretty sure they wore those sunglasses not to protect from the glare of the flashbulbs, but to keep us from seeing the dollar signs in their eyes. Jose Ojeda, the miner who wrote the now-famous note "Estamos bien en el refugio los 33"("We are okay in the refuge, the 33 of us") has copyrighted the phrase, the BBC reports.

Mr. Ojeda, who saw the line printed on thousands of t-shirts, bumper stickers and other memorabilia when he was pulled from the mine, clearly saw a cash opportunity in that scrawled message. Cash opportunities are all they see, it seems. The miners had barely stepped foot on the surface of the earth when they collectively decided to settle for no less than 20 million pesos (about $42,000) per interview.

Parent-child relationship: Trying to get your kid to lose weight? It all starts with you, according to research from the San Diego School of Medicine. A new study assessed groups of parents and overweight or obese children, and for five months, half the pairs went through treatment programs that involved both parent and child, while the other half of the group was parent-only.

Six months later, they found that the parent-only program group had similar results to the parent-and-child one.

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The takeaway? Even when you think your kids are tuning you out in favour of video games, they are listening - and will follow your lead in nutrition and exercise.

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Dakshana Bascaramurty is a national news reporter who writes about race and ethnicity. She won a 2013 National Newspaper Award in beat reporting for her coverage of changing demographics in the 905 region. Previously, she was a feature writer for Globe Life. More

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