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
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.
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
The jury has retired in the case of fire people accused of tearing down the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol. The memorial to the 17th-century merchant was toppled during a Black Lives Matter protest in June 2020. It was then pulled and rolled 500m before being thrown into the harbour. Four people were charged with criminal damage: Rhian Graham, 30, Milo Ponsford, 26, Jake Skuse, 33, and Sage Willoughby, 22. Graham, Ponsford and Willoughby were accused of bringing ropes to the event and orchestrating the toppling of the statue, while Skuse is accused of goading the crowd into throwing it in the water. Advertisement They declined to have the case dealt with by a district judge of magistrates and instead chose to be tried by jury at Bristol Crown Court. The prosecution have argued it is "irrelevant" who Colston was and said the case was one of straightforward criminal damage. More on Bristol Carer who suffocated … [Read more...] about Jury retires to consider slave trader Edward Colston statue toppling verdict
The FBI announced on Friday that they discovered statements in Brian Laundrie's notebook where he took responsibility for the death of Gabby Petito . In October, Laundrie's body was found in Florida's Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, along with some of his belongings, including a revolver and a notebook. "A review of the notebook revealed written statements by Mr. Laundrie claiming responsibility for Ms. Petito's death," the FBI in Denver said in a statement. FBI Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said in the statement that: "The investigation did not identify any other individuals other than Brian Laundrie directly involved in the tragic death of Gabby Petito." "The FBI's primary focus throughout the investigation was to bring justice to Gabby and her family. The public's role in helping us in this endeavor was invaluable as the investigation was covered in the media around the world," Schneider added. In response to the FBI's announcement, … [Read more...] about Brian Laundrie’s notebook writings reveal who is responsible for Gabby Petito’s death: FBI
Brian Laundrie left behind writings showing his "responsibility" for the death of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, whose disappearance last year launched a massive search from Utah to Florida, the FBI said Friday. Federal investigators formally closed the book on the probe that ended with the discovery of the body of Petito, a 22-year-old social media influencer, on Sept. 19 in Wyoming. Laundrie's body was found in Florida on Oct. 20. “All logical investigative steps have been concluded in this case,” FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said in a statement. “The investigation did not identify any other individuals other than Brian Laundrie directly involved in the tragic death of Gabby Petito. The FBI’s primary focus throughout the investigation was to bring justice to Gabby and her family." Laundrie's body was found in a nature preserve not far from his parents' home in Florida. A search of that area also turned up a backpack, notebook and a revolver … [Read more...] about Brian Laundrie wrote he was responsible for Gabby Petito’s death, FBI says