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Topless swimmer allowed to take the plunge

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SEATTLE, Wash.-The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department has decided to allow a woman who had a double mastectomy to swim topless.         

Jodi Jaecks wanted to swim at the city's Medgar Evers Pool to help recover her strength after undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Surgeons had removed both her breasts. She says she couldn't find a swimsuit with a comfortable top and asked to swim topless.  

Managers told her no - until her story was published in a local newspaper. The department reversed the aquatics manager's decision. 

Parks Superintendent Christopher Williams says there's nothing to alarm the public so the department decided to make an exception to its dress policy for public pools.