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Barack and Malia Obama

The wait is over. Today, the White House announced that the eldest Obama daughter Malia has chosen to attend Harvard University. But the high school senior, 17, will not be attending school right away. In a statement released by the East Wing on Sunday, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama announced that Malia “will take a gap year before beginning school.” This means she will attend Harvard in the fall of 2017. [Washington Post]

Prince William and the Duchess Kate have released new photos of their daughter Charlotte following her first birthday. The blue-eyed beauty is photographed in a few candid his at their home in Kensington Palace, and from the looks of it, she’ll be walking very soon. [ABC News]

Maine police officials say that W-18, a synthetic opioid, is to blame for for the mass uptick in drug overdoses in 2015. W-18 is 10,000 times more potent than morphine, and one hit of the white powder can be fatal. Officials across the border in Canada said in a health warning last year that W-18 was found in samples of seized drugs including heroin. [WMTW]

Ladies, make sure you’re maintaining those protective styles. A recently released study from researchers of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has shown that women who pull their hair tightly back in certain styles face a heightened risk of losing their hair later in life. Nearly 33% of Black women suffer from varying degrees of traction alopecia caused by weaves, cornrows, tight ponytails and other styles that cause consistent stress on the hair roots. [Washington News Wire]

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