When iHeartMedia announced in June that the actresses Hilarie Burton Morgan, Sophia Bush and Bethany Joy Lenz were working on a podcast called “Drama Queens” about their time on the teen show “One Tree Hill,” CW millennials — 20- and 30-somethings who grew up on a television diet consisting heavily of shows on the CW, a network founded in the early aughts for teenagers and young adults — lit up. Within days, a preview of the podcast along with its theme song, composed and sung by Ms. Lenz, was at the top of Spotify and Apple’s charts. It was clear that even though the show premiered two decades ago and ended nearly a decade ago, there was still interest — if not in the show itself, then certainly in the three women who anchored it for many years. “What I’ve learned about the fans is that they don’t even necessarily care so much about the show anymore,” Ms. Burton Morgan, 39, said in an interview. “They like the people involved, so whether it is a charity that I do here in … [Read more...] about Actresses From ‘One Tree Hill’ Reunite. Cue the Healing.
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HYDERABAD, India — When Amina Begum stares at her hands, tears drop from her eyes. She’s a young woman, barely 19, but her hands have been curled by an ancient disease: leprosy. There may be no other affliction that has carried so much of a stigma across history. The ancient Egyptians wrote about it; so did the Greeks. In medieval Europe, people with leprosy were banished from their communities even though the disease, despite all the hysteria, is actually not that contagious. Nowadays, leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is easily cured, especially when detected early, but still, many of those who have it feel like outcasts. “When I ride the bus,” Amina said in a whisper, “I hide my hands in my shawl.” “Even my own brother,” she added, trying to wipe away the tears, “makes me feel ashamed.” But there’s one place where her dignity is replenished: the Sivananda Rehabilitation Home , which has served as both hospital and refuge for six decades in a … [Read more...] about Leprosy Hospital Offers Healing, and a Haven, to the Shunned
Toxic Positivity: Keeping It Real in a World Obsessed With Being Happy By Whitney Goodman TarcherPerigee. 304 pp. $26 - - - I came to Whitney Goodman's new book, "Toxic Positivity," with a healthy dose of skepticism, mostly because I come to any mention of positivity with a healthy dose of skepticism. But first, a step back: Maybe you're wondering, what (BEGIN ITAL)is(END ITAL) toxic positivity? And: How can positivity be toxic? Do you feel annoyed when people pepper you with platitudes such as "Time heals all wounds" or "Life will never give you more than you can handle?" When you see "Live, laugh, love," does it make you wonder where all the rest of the options are? Or maybe you've been told by a complete stranger to smile, as you seethe under your mask through yet another pandemic winter? "Somewhere along the way," Goodman explains, "we constructed this idea that being a 'positive person' means you're a robot who has to see the good in literally everything. ... … [Read more...] about Book World: What is ‘toxic positivity’ and why is it a problem? A new book explains.
On Tuesday, manslaughter charges were filed against three police officers in suburban Philadelphia after investigators say the trio heard gunshots outside of a high school football game last summer and returned fire in the direction of a crowd. Errant police bullets fatally struck an 8-year-old girl and injured three others, according to charging documents. It became the first publicly known case in the country this year in which an officer was charged with either manslaughter or murder in connection with an on-duty shooting. In past years, such a shooting might have been brushed aside as a tragedy by prosecutors and grand juries who were inclined to take the word of officers, said Cedric Alexander, a former president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement and an MSNBC law enforcement analyst. But that may be changing. "We are all paying more attention to the process, and prosecutors know that investigations must be done thoroughly and in a more balanced … [Read more...] about More officers were charged in fatal police shootings in 2021. Not everyone sees progress.
In the third week of November 2021, India was reporting around 7,000 to 9,000 daily new Covid-19 cases. The Covid-19 vaccination was getting accelerated and there was more supply of vaccines than demand. There was a glimmer of hope that by early 2022, life would return to normal. Then, in the last week of November, the emergence of Omicron (B.1.1.529) — the fifth and the latest variant of concern (VOC) of SARS CoV2 — changed almost everything. India now is in the middle of the third Covid-19 wave . The new cases have increased exponentially and on January 19, 2022, India reported around 317,000 new Covid-19 cases. Nearly all states of India are showing an upward trend with a rise in test positivity rate (TPR). The active Covid-19 cases have reached a seven-month high, in spite of change in the case definition, where a confirmed Covid-19 case is taken off the list of the active cases after seven days, against the earlier approach of being considered an active case for 14 days. … [Read more...] about Omicron is Like a ‘Flash Flood’. So How Much Longer for India’s Third Covid Wave to Ebb?
Therapists say that those who abandon a partner or love interest without a single word of farewell often do so because they’re worried about a complicated backlash and conflict. But these abandoners probably also have little idea – or don’t want to think about – the kind of heartache “ghosting” causes. Ghosting, an Oxford dictionary definition says, is “the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication”. Its victims are left feeling helpless and impotent. And it’s a phenomenon that’s facilitated by social media and online dating apps. “What quickly begins by swiping a touchscreen can end just as fast,” says couples therapist Eric Hegmann. “Never before has it been so easy to initiate contacts with other people. “And never before have people been strung along for so long and dumped without a word.” While the internet enables people to come together who otherwise would never have met, … [Read more...] about What to do when you’ve been ghosted
3 ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Mark McMorris points to the top of his leg. “I have a femur rod here,” he says. Then, to the top of his arm. “A big plate in my humerus.” And at his face. “Plates put into my jaw but I had one of them removed.” McMorris has endured quite a pounding over more than a decade of hard riding for Canada's most-decorated snowboarder. At 28 and heading into his third Olympics, he is missing one thing from an already awe-inspiring career. Of the 25 medals he has won over the past 10 years at major events, not one is an Olympic gold. McMorris will be on the mountain Saturday for the slopestyle and big air contests, where he’ll be going for his 10th and 11th gold medals at the Winter X Games. Next month, he’ll get two more chances to win his first Olympic title in those same events at the Beijing Games. “Of course it's something that I really want to get, and it's something I know I can get," McMorris says. “But it's not going … [Read more...] about McMorris in search of one more win: Olympic snowboard gold
Tech & Science Genetics Regenerative medicine Updated | A 7-year-old boy with a rare and fatal skin condition that causes gruesome blisters has been given a treatment that is nothing short of a medical breakthrough. An entire new, genetically modified skin now covers most of his body. The boy, which The Atlantic reported was a Syrian refugee named Hassan, had almost no skin when he arrived at a German hospital's burn center in June 2015. For months, doctors struggled just to keep him alive. Today, he's going to school, playing soccer and is not in danger from his disease. A team of doctors genetically modified a small section of the child's own skin to correct a mutation associated with a devastating and fatal genetic condition. The boy still has the condition that caused him to lose his skin in the first place—junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB). But remarkably, almost none of the skin on his body does. First defined in the 1920s and 1930s, … [Read more...] about Doctors cover a diseased boy’s body in entire new skin in jaw-dropping medical breakthrough
Good morning. It’s Monday. We’ll look at the mood in New York City after three emotionally grueling weeks. We’ll also look at a mural that is leaving Rikers Island after 50 years. For many New Yorkers, the steady drumbeat of terrible news since Jan. 1 has compounded the cheerlessness of the pandemic. There was the 19-year-old Burger King worker who was killed during a robbery in Manhattan. There was the fire in a Bronx high-rise that killed 17 people. There was the woman who was killed when a man shoved her in front of a subway pulling into the Times Square station. There was the 11-month-old baby sitting in a parked car in the Bronx who was hit by a bullet. There were the officers in the Bronx and Staten Island who were shot and wounded. And on Friday, one police officer was killed and another was critically wounded when a gunman opened fire inside a Harlem apartment. For many New Yorkers, the violence has made the city feel suddenly unfamiliar. Three of … [Read more...] about The Grimness of January
In October, we invited students to submit short, powerful stories about meaningful life experiences for our second annual personal narrative writing contest . Three months, 60 judges and nearly 9,000 entries later, we have selected seven winners, as well as 130 additional finalists, that stood out for their superb storytelling, moving messages and artistic use of language. These 600-word essays offer us a peek into the lives of teenagers and the moments that have shaped them: a meal from a mother’s home country; a father’s terminal illness; a sexual assault; an unexpected first love. And while these essays struck us because of their uniqueness, underneath they were stories that almost anyone, anywhere could relate to — stories about family and belonging, about claiming one’s identity, about seeing the world (and oneself) anew, about cherishing life in the face of death. Below, we are publishing the seven winning narratives in full. We hope that, like our judges, you’ll admire … [Read more...] about The Winners of Our 2nd Annual Personal Narrative Contest