Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. A monster snowstorm had just walloped North Carolina, and the city of Greensboro careened to a halt. Families were home building fires, sticking carrot noses in snowmen, sipping mugs of hot cocoa. Dan Smith, though, was worried. When he awoke that morning in January 2018 and saw his street hidden under a thick white blanket, he pondered how hard it would be to get to a hospital. Two of his kids—Asher, eight, and Reese, four—ran in and out of the house in winter coats, cheeks pink, begging to go sledding. They weren’t the ones he was concerned about. Smith worried about his daughter Moira. In some ways, Moira is like a lot of six-year-olds: She loves bubble baths, giggling with friends, and vanilla frosting. She has tremendous blue eyes, a toothy smile, and cascading blond hair. But in other ways—ones you notice as soon as you meet her—Moira is different. She can’t sit up and has only … [Read more...] about Six-Year-Old Moira is One of the Sickest People in America. So Why is North Carolina Trying to Gut Her Health Care?
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There has been a former Husker on a Super Bowl roster every year since 1993.That’s the longest streak of any college program in the country, and there are several players in the NFL playoffs this year who can extend it. Here’s a look at the former Huskers who appear on rosters of playoff teams, including those on the active roster, practice squad or injured reserve.Ndamukong Suh, Los Angeles Rams: In his first season with the Rams after signing a one-year deal worth $14 million, Suh has started all 16 games and has 57 tackles, including 4.5 sacks.Prince Amukamara, Chicago Bears: He didn’t have an interception in either of the last two seasons, but he’s had three this year for the NFC North champs. He’s started 15 games this season at cornerback, has also forced two fumbles and has 71 tackles.Maliek Collins, Dallas Cowboys: Collins started each of the Cowboys’ last nine games. He has 19 tackles and 3 sacks this season.Randy Gregory, Dallas Cowboys: … [Read more...] about 11 former Huskers reach NFL playoffs with chance to extend Nebraska’s 25-year Super Bowl streak
Free Time Day, the faux holiday a worker-advocacy group invented and observed in Seattle on Thursday, is not exactly the kind of thing most workers would want to celebrate. “It sort of depends which side of the paycheck you’re on, how you experience the definition of ‘free time’ there,” said Sage Wilson of Working Washington. Free Time Day is meant to call attention to Washington overtime rules that have not been updated since 1976, leaving hundreds of thousands of salaried workers in the state ineligible for extra pay when they work more than 40 hours a week. That adds up to several billion dollars a year, by Working Washington’s calculations. The “holiday” marks the point in the year when salaried employees — who average 49 hours a week — have put in the equivalent of a full year’s worth of 40-hour weeks. After Thursday, they are in effect working for free — at least relative to their hourly counterparts, who … [Read more...] about Washington considers raising 42-year-old standard on who gets overtime pay
HUFFPOST PERSONAL 09/24/2018 08:30 am ET Kelly IversonGuest Writer I hate to refer to my family tree as dangerous, but it definitely didn’t do me any favors. I have the curse of a flat backside from my mom but not the generous size of her full size-D breasts. Aesthetic wise, I didn’t seem to inherit a single characteristic from my dad. My every trait is in stark contrast to his. So it came as a surprise when I found out that I had received the BRCA1 mutation from him. Yet there I was earlier this year, standing on the streets of Bangkok, listening to a genetic counselor casually ruin my life over the phone. My dad’s mother died of breast cancer in her 40s, and his sister had it multiple times. When it became clear that a BRCA mutation may be an indicator of cancer to ultimately come, he decided to get tested for the mutated gene. After his results came back positive last year, my sister and I got tested. There was a 50/50 chance either of us had the … [Read more...] about I’m 25, And I Just Had A Double Mastectomy
U.S. Donald Trump Immigration In dreaming of a new life in America, Elsa Johana Ortiz Enriquez had imagined the harrowing journey many times: seven days on the road from Guatemala to Mexico with her 8-year-old son, Anthony; turning themselves in to a Border Patrol agent; being held in detention for weeks at the perrera, or dog kennel, as migrants refer to U.S. immigration detention facilities. “I thought I might even have to wait weeks or months to be released, but then I’d eventually make it to Virginia,” she says.But just 24 hours after they arrived in McAllen, Texas, on a warm Saturday morning in May, the reality was far different: Immigration authorities entered their cell and grabbed her son. “It all happened so quickly,” Ortiz says. “I went to get his shoes, and he was gone.” As the door closed behind Anthony, Ortiz struggled with the guards holding her back. “They told me to stay calm,” she says. A Border Patrol officer soon … [Read more...] about After Trump’s Family Separation Plan, One mother’s Hellish Journey to Find Her 8-Year-Old Son