OPINION 08/20/2018 05:45 am ET Julia Hudson-RichardsGuest Writer “Huntsville Family Buys Teacher a Car.” “Co-workers Donate Vacation Time to New Moms for Maternity Leave.” “Riverside Police Donate Sick Days to Officer Battling Cancer.” “How to Crowdfund Your Kid’s Medical Expenses.” “A Teacher Battling Cancer Ran Out of Sick Days. School Employees Showered Him With Theirs.” These are real headlines for real news stories ― the types of stories people share on Facebook and Twitter because they’re heartwarming and uplifting and restore their faith in humanity. But give these stories a closer look, and they reveal much bleaker aspects of our society. We live in a country in which people cannot afford to take time off to have a baby. Or to be sick. In which parents have to declare bankruptcy or crowdfund their children’s medical treatments. In which teachers have to crowdfund classroom … [Read more...] about Why That Feel-Good News Story Should Actually Make You Feel Very Bad
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ENVIRONMENT 06/27/2018 05:25 am ET Nearly 1,400 species, including endangered manatees and hawksbill turtles, live in the region. By Nick Visser The Belize Barrier Reef System, a 190-mile-long swatch of coral that includes famed sites like the Great Blue Hole, has been removed from UNESCO’s list of imperiled sites after a widespread campaign to protect the structure, the UN agency said Tuesday. The landmark, designated as a World Heritage Site in 1996, is home to nearly 1,400 species and has been hailed as one of the most biodiverse marine sites on the planet. But the reef had spent most of the last decade on UNESCO’s “in danger” list due to threats from oil exploration, the loss of mangrove trees and illegal land sales. About 200,000 people, or half of Belize’s population, are dependent on the reef for their livelihood and environmental groups have long warned that a lack of protection could imperil both the multimillion dollar tourism … [Read more...] about In Rare Good News For Coral, UN Agency Says Belize Barrier Reef No Longer In Danger
Good Monday morning. PRESIDENT OBAMA wakes up in San Jose, on the second day of a three-day Western swing. ABOUT LAST NIGHT – “Lady Gaga shows at Obama fundraiser” – AP/Atherton, Calif.: “Lady Gaga was among the guests at a Silicon Valley fundraiser for President Obama. The intimate gathering was held under a tent in the yard of Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg on Sunday night. Gaga wore a black, sleeveless gown and high heels, and with her hair piled up she towered over the Silicon Valley elites who were paying up to $35,800 per couple to attend. Gaga attended as a paying guest. She said last week that she wanted to meet with Obama to discuss her concerns about bullying.” Story Continued Below --POTUS, at a DNC brunch fundraiser in Medina, Wash.: “2012 is going to be tough. … [T]here is a lot of revisionist history that says our [’08] campaign was perfect and we never had any problems, and it was all just the big … [Read more...] about ‘COURSE CORRECTION’ AT FOX NEWS — Obama, Young Guns in Silicon Valley today – Facebook partners with Chamber, NFIB — Matt Miller to Vianovo – Zandi still hearts Obama plan
Driving the Day Listen to the Playbook Audio Briefing http://bit.ly/2rginHg ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51Jnf Good Wednesday morning. BULLETIN -- AP at 5:35 a.m.: “MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Manchester police say they have made three more arrests over pop concert bombing.”Story Continued Below EXCHANGE OF THE DAY, from President Donald Trump’s trip to the Vatican, per pooler Carol Lee of the Wall Street Journal: “The pope asked Melania Trump, referring to POTUS: ‘What do you give him to eat, pizza?’ She repeated ‘pizza.’ … Per Vatican pool the pope and Melania were actually talking about potica, which apparently is a Slovenian treat. Not pizza.” PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP had a busy morning. He went to the Vatican, met the pope and then headed to Villa Taverna to meet with Italian Prime Minister Pablo Gentiloni. -- SCENES FROM THE VATICAN: From Carol … [Read more...] about TRUMP meets the Pope — THEIR GIFTS to each other — ANNIE KARNI on Trump’s good trip… so far — MNUCHIN’s Freedom Caucus huddle — SCOOP: Big ad buy to help Senate Ds
If you keep an eye on French fashion, you might notice a change in the models slinking down Paris runways in the future. A law passed in France in 2015 banning dangerously skinny models has now gone into effect. Models in France will now need to have a doctor's note proving that they're in good physical health, according to the BBC. They'll require a body mass index (BMI) in the normal range. If they don't fall into the healthy range and are paid for work, their modeling agencies could be fined or face jail time. BMI is a ratio that takes into account a person's weight and height. It doesn't differentiate between fat and muscle, but it reflects health status better than just numbers on a scale alone. The doctor's note will be valid for two years, according to HuffPost Canada, which also reported on the new law. If a model's BMI falls below 18.5, they'll be classified as underweight and considered at risk for health problems. France's health ministry hopes the move will have symbolic … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Ban on super-thin models takes effect in France
"Micro-cheating" is the latest relationship buzzword to ricochet around the internet - a space that is already overly saturated with phrases to make us question our relationships. As you can maybe imagine, the phrase describes certain actions that aren't as awful as your partner kissing or sleeping with someone who isn't you, but that still make you feel like you've been cheating on. But what is micro-cheating, exactly? In an interview with Huffpost Australia, dating expert Melanie Schilling defined it as "a series of seemingly small actions that indicate a person is emotionally or physically focused on someone outside the relationship." She then goes on to list actions that range from fairly innocuous to maybe sinister - from having private jokes with another person, to keeping their name under code in your phone. >> Facebook group exposing cheaters was allegedly breaking law Others mention less impactful behavior as signs of micro-cheating. Liking an … [Read more...] about Could ‘micro-cheating’ be good for your relationship?
Media Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Ross Levinsohn (right), with his frequent business collaborator, James Heckman, at a 2014 iHeartRadio party at CES in Las Vegas. They are accompanied by Heckman's wife, Emilia. Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Clear Channel hide caption toggle caption Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Clear Channel Ross Levinsohn (right), with his frequent business collaborator, James Heckman, at a 2014 iHeartRadio party at CES in Las Vegas. They are accompanied by Heckman's wife, Emilia. Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Clear Channel Editor's note: This story contains language that some readers may find offensive. One of the nation's most important newspaper companies is attempting to shed months of labor strife, leadership crises and financial challenges through profound transformation. That extreme makeover started this week at the Chicago Tribune. It is to radiate out to the company's other major regional dailies. … [Read more...] about Startups, Deals, Parties And Pals: Will News Exec Levinsohn Repeat The Past?
Washington (CNN)A draft of the Justice Department's priorities over the next five years reveals an emphasis on cracking down on leaks, targeting undocumented immigrants and stopping gang violence, according to a copy obtained by HuffPost. The blueprint sets a new course away from the Obama administration's goals of civil rights enforcement and reduced prison sentences. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' draft plan outlines four goals for the department -- border security and enhanced immigration enforcement, violent crime prevention, counterterrorism and promoting "integrity, good government and the rule of law," according to the news outlet. As part of its counterterrorism mission, the draft plan also calls for Justice employees to "aggressively investigate" internal leaks of classified information, the HuffPost reported. The blueprint also specifically names the MS-13 gang, the brutal street gang that President Donald Trump has vowed to destroy, HuffPost reported. Read More … [Read more...] about HuffPost: Justice strategy plan signals shift away from Obama priorities
A copy of my old journalism law book, opened to an earmarked page about the U.S. Supreme Court case dealing with the Pentagon Papers, was posted online. It wasn’t really my copy, but that of a college friend who works as a journalist in Dallas who kept the textbook. Goodness knows we paid enough for those books. She recently saw “The Post” and decided to take another look at that case and re-read the biography of Washington Post Publisher Katherine Graham. After the image of the textbook appeared on social media, it started talk of lessons from college journalism classes and time spent on the student newspaper. To date, I’ve gotten more mileage out of my Oklahoma Open Records and Meeting Act handbook, published by the Oklahoma Press Association, than any law book. Unfortunately, the chipping away at transparency makes an update every two years necessary. This reminiscing happened a week after HuffPost announced it was doing away with its unpaid contributor … [Read more...] about Ginnie Graham: HuffPost finally wakes up, puts traditional journalism back in place
Ashley Parker, The Washington Post Published 7:41 pm, Wednesday, January 31, 2018 And on the 31st day of January, the news gods gave us: A train crash involving Republican lawmakers, the unexpected retirement of a powerful House chairman, dropped federal corruption charges against a sitting Democratic senator, the resignation of a top federal health official amid reports she purchased tobacco stock, and an FBI statement expressing "grave concerns" with President Donald Trump's expected decision to allow the release of a controversial classified memo slamming the agency. And that was just the first half of the day. The news maelstrom was also a fitting coda to the capital's whirlwind January, which never let you catch your breath. It began with the president taunting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he had a "bigger" and "more powerful" nuclear button on his desk, proceeded to waltz through rumors of a possible Oprah Winfrey 2020 presidential run, and ended with a … [Read more...] about A fitting conclusion to a whirlwind month of political news