When MTV introduced its long-running documentary series "True Life" in 1998, the first installment offered a grim look at heroin addiction. Reporting from the affluent Dallas suburb of Plano, Texas - where a spate of teen overdose deaths had caused nationwide alarm - Serena Altschul interviewed young adult subjects as they used intravenous drugs. Director Wilson Van Law told the Houston Chronicle he was so unsettled by what he'd documented in "True Life: Fatal Dose" that he temporarily quit smoking and drinking. "It certainly depressed me," he told the newspaper. "It was the most difficult story I've worked on, and I've done some pretty dark stuff." … [Read more...] about TV needs to change the way it handles mental health; MTV is one of the networks leading the charge
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What is fascinating to me about the Ryan document is how she wrestles with Reyes, so to speak, trying to reconcile his record of unrelenting malignity—he tried to rape a woman in a church—with his Come-to-Jesus moment that turned the case upside down. He felt impelled to come forward, he said, when he ran into the last imprisoned defendant, Korey Wise, in 2001, when they were both at the Auburn Correctional Facility. His explanations for speaking up are thin and muddled: He describes a measure of personal growth through attending religious services, and “positive experiences in prison.” He said he felt sorry for Wise, and was afraid of what would happen, should Wise find out that he was responsible for the crime. Of course, in accepting this last claim, there was no way Wise could have found out that Reyes had raped the jogger, unless Reyes admitted it in the spectacular public fashion which he proceeded to do. Ryan found no evidence of intimidation by Wise or … [Read more...] about The Myth of the Central Park Five
"When the pandemic hit, I did felt really lost for a minute," James said. "But I think this has given us a really good opportunity to stop and reflect on what it is that we want to achieve with our titles." … [Read more...] about Coronavirus is threatening their people but it hasn’t held back these indigenous pageant queens
"At 26, they become too old to register, but failure to register can carry lifelong consequences, and non-registrants risk being disqualified from access to federal college loans and grants, job training programs, all federal jobs and many state and municipal jobs," he added. "All documented and undocumented immigrants must register, as well. Otherwise they risk losing the aforementioned benefits and could delay their citizenship process." … [Read more...] about Heel spurs and stammers: What kept people from military service?
"I can only hope that by sharing our story and others sharing theirs, no one has to endure what we are going through," said Kristin Summers, mother of a 15-year-old son who has frontal lobe deficits who raised nearly half of the $25,000 before she learned of their bankruptcy filing. "Our children depend on these working dogs to have a better life." … [Read more...] about Families fear service-dog nonprofit scammed them out of thousands of dollars