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Queen marks 83rd birthday

LONDON—The Queen is 83 today.

Buckingham Palace said she will mark her birthday at Windsor Castle, but won’t have the day off work.

The Queen’s office said the monarch has nothing special planned or any public engagements scheduled. But she probably will go through the stack of official papers she receives as head of state.

Teachers ditch classroom chairs for stability balls

FORT COLLINS, Colo.—Talk about a teacher’s dream: No more slouching, no more wiggly little boys, and no more snoozing at desks.

All teachers have to do is ditch the classroom chair.

A growing number are replacing them with exercise stability balls more associated with Pilates classes than schoolroom lectures as an innovative way to improve student posture and attention.