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This Happened—December 2: The Princess Of Pop Is Born In The Deep South

On this day, proud parents in a small town in Mississippi would welcome a baby girl destined to become the Princess of Pop.

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Where is Britney Spears from? 

Britney Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi on December 2 1981. She began singing and dancing at age 2, and her parents soon began entering her in talent shows.

At the age of 8, she auditioned for Disney’s The All New Mickey Mouse Club but was deemed too young. She got her first agent and spent her summers attending New York’s Professional Performing Arts School. She made her first TV appearances and joined the Mickey Mouse Club two years later, at only eleven years old.

What was Britney’s first album? 

Britney’s first album Baby One More Time was released in 1999 at the age of 17. The eponymous hit song sparked a controversy because of its lyrics and provocative music video, but Britney’s career was well on its way and she released her second album Oops! I Did It Again in 2000.

What happened between Britney Spears and her parents?

In 2008, Spears was involuntarily placed under the conservatorship of her father. After years of abuse and thanks to support from her fan with the #FreeBritney movement and other celebrities, she ended the conservatorship in November 2021, and has since been back on social media and gotten married again.

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Stinkin’ Sunset? A Mexican Coastal Paradise Has A Major Sanitation Problem

As a paramunicipal organization takes over water services from local councils, residents face high costs, shortages, contamination — and a foul odor that’s sullying the area’s reputation as a coastal paradise.

Stinkin’ Sunset? A Mexican Coastal Paradise Has A Major Sanitation Problem

The San Francisco estuary at the beginning of the rainy season in San Francisco, Nayarit.

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SAN FRANCISCO, MEXICO — Tourists from many corners of the world gather here to watch one of the region’s most beautiful sunsets. In this town in the municipality of Bahía de Banderas, in the state of Nayarit, they take photographs and applaud as the very last trace of the sun disappears.

But when darkness envelops the beach and the visitors gradually depart, the festive atmosphere gives way to fetid odors that roll in from the south, where the motors of the treatment plant start. The wastewater discharge flows into the town’s estuary, which, during the rainy season, fills with enough water to connect with the sea.

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