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The 70th Annual Emmy Awards kicked off with a slew of political jokes and jabs as expected.

Rob Tibbetts creates: “Do not appropriate Mollie’s heart in advancing views she thought were profoundly racist.”

What exactly drew the interest of the Dougherty’s private investigators to Norcross stays uncertain. However files gotten by the Inquirer and also Daily Information this week suggest for the very first time a link in between the FBI’s passion in the longtime leader of the city’s electrician’s union– one of the preeminent numbers in Philadelphia Democratic politics– as well as a guy who holds similar clout throughout the Delaware River.

Princess Eugenie shown in her wedding dress from the backImage copyrightPA

For many brides what to wear on their big day is one of the most important decisions they’ll make.

Ivory or white? A-line or mermaid? Long or short? Fitted or puffy?

But for Princess Eugenie there was an extra factor at play.

The Queen’s granddaughter had major surgery on her back to treat a curvature of the spine at the age of 12.

Sixteen years on, and the princess chose to wear a wedding dress that showed her scar, saying she hoped it would honour those who had helped her and inspire others with the condition of scoliosis.

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Image caption The dress was designed by British-based Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos

‘I think you can change the way beauty is’

Ahead of the wedding, the princess spoke of the importance of showing “people your scars”.

And earlier this year she revealed for the first time her own X-rays from when she was treated for scoliosis as a child.

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“I had an operation when I was 12 on my back, and you’ll see on Friday [at the wedding], but it’s a lovely way to honour the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this,” she told ITV’s This Morning.

“I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it’s really special to stand up for that.”

What is scoliosis and why does it mostly affect young girls?

It most often starts in children aged 10 to 15 but there is often no known cause. Sometimes it is caused by the bones not forming properly in the womb or other medical conditions, including cerebral palsy.

Three to four children in 1,000 need treatment from a specialist.

The Scoliosis Association UK says about five out of six people with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis are female – but it is not known why.

In Princess Eugenie’s case, it required corrective surgery and she had the operation at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

The princess, now 28, has previously spoken of how she felt in the weeks before her surgery, saying it was “a scary prospect for a 12-year-old; I can still vividly remember how nervous I felt”.

“During my operation, which took eight hours, my surgeons inserted eight-inch titanium rods into each side of my spine and one-and-a-half inch screws at the top of my neck. After three days in intensive care, I spent a week on a ward and six days in a wheelchair, but I was walking again after that,” she says in her story on the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital’s website.

‘I thought I’d be in a wheelchair by 30’

Trainee teacher Camilla Seckin also had surgery for the condition at the same hospital.

“I was really terrified and really in denial about having the surgery, but I knew it was something that I had to get done.

“At this point my back was at a 72-degree curvature and the prognosis was that I’d be in a wheel chair by the age of 30.

“I felt very insecure about my appearance but I feel confident now and I’m not ashamed of having the condition.”

Camilla encourages sufferers to speak up “as it can be quite lonely if you don’t”.

“Building a network with people who have had the surgery has really helped me. I can still do things despite my condition.”

‘Eugenie can inspire others who are affected’

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Jan Lehovsky, a spinal surgeon who was part of the team who operated on the princess, said: “Most of the patients affected by scoliosis are young girls and she’s a real role model for them.

“She’s someone who can inspire them, which is so important for the young ladies coming through the surgery.”

Do you have a large scar that you are comfortable for others to see? Tell us your story by emailing .

By Shane Lou

Jenna Bush Hager will join Hoda Kotb as the permanent co-host of TODAY’s fourth hour later this year.

The announcement comes less than three months after Kathie Lee Gifford revealed she will step down as Hoda’s partner for the fourth hour in April.

“It feels humbling and I can’t believe it,” Jenna said on the show Tuesday morning.

She shared with Hoda and Kathie Lee what her father, former President George W. Bush, told her after learning the news.

“My dad just wrote me three words, which made me weep. He said, ‘Very proud dad,’” Jenna said, her voice cracking, before she joked, “Which I’m like, what is there to be proud about? I’m just drinking wine in the morning!”

She then offered kind words to Kathie Lee: “You have been such a role model and so generous with your time. … You are beloved here in so many ways and if I can use some of your grace and have a half of what you’ve done, my life will be a very happy one.”

Kathie Lee returned the favor, telling Jenna, “You keep trusting your instincts and you’re going to sit next to the best person in the whole world because she has your back, because she has your heart. It’s going to be fun. You guys are going to have a ball.”

The congratulations quickly poured in after the announcement was made:

Bursting with joy and pride and so happy we can finally shout it to the world!! @JennaBushHager is the new cohost with @hodakotb of the 4th hour of TODAY! Can’t think of anyone more perfectly suited to carry on this beautiful, fun, funny, magical show @klgandhoda created.

— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie)

We shoot, we score!! Congrats JBH! So well deserved! Love you and your family so much. You & Hoda are gonna be so fun to watch! #4thHourPower @TODAYshow https://t.co/d31laZiJtB

— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly)

Congrats, @JennaBushHager!

It’s official: JBH will take over for the legend @KathieLGifford, joining @HodaKotb in April. There’s no replacing Kathie, but every day will be fun with Jenna. She’s simply incapable of not being real, funny, and all heart, at all times. @TODAYShow pic.twitter.com/rR90DB2s2k

— Willie Geist (@WillieGeist)

yay @JennaBushHager. So happy for you! You and Hoda are a great team.. and will miss the great @KathieLGifford!

— Natalie Morales (@NMoralesNBC)

Jenna joined the TODAY family in 2009 and has worn many hats since. She’s interviewed big names from Joanna Gaines to former first lady Michelle Obama; introduced us to many inspirational people through her reporting; and moved us with her touching (and sometimes hilarious) stories about her family, from her late Gampy and Ganny to her little girls, Mila and Poppy.

In an email to staffers, NBC News chief Noah Oppenheim wrote that Jenna’s “compassion and curiosity come through in all of her stories, along with her Texas-sized sense of humor.” Oppenheim also noted that “while it’s bittersweet to say goodbye to Kathie Lee, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to make some changes at 10 a.m.”

Kathie Lee informed viewers in December of her decision to retire from TODAY around the time of her 11th anniversary with the show. She said that while she was thrilled to dive into all of her upcoming projects, “it’s also hard” to step away.

“I’ve been in this business 120 years and never worked with a more beautiful group of people who just give, give, give every day,” Kathie Lee said.

Stay tuned for more announcements regarding the fourth hour in the coming months!

She didn’t intend to share the stage