IRKUTSK, Russia—It was a bitter, freezing day here in the hard-working city at the heart of Siberia, more than 3,000 miles east of Moscow. A 39-year-old woman and her 42-year-old husband were waiting for an appointment by the door of a psychologist’s office at the Irkutsk AIDS Center. They both had their woolen hats on, as if they popped in to see their doctor for just a few minutes. Their faces were sad; the flesh on their cheeks sagging. The husband sobbed. His eyes were moist with tears. The center’s doctors recommended the couple begin HIV therapy as soon as possible. But the idea of taking pills for the rest of their lives, twice a day, without missing the scheduled time, frightened them. Both still cherished a tiny hope that AIDS did not exist, that their virus was just a fake story, made up by some American pharmaceutical magnates—an opinion easily found and distributed in Russian internet blogs and in local media for years. “This process of … [Read more...] about Fake News Helped Spread HIV/AIDS in Russia. Has It Stopped?
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The walls of a building stand blackened after it caught fire in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. Dozens of people died on Sunday in a devastating fire at a building in a crowded grains market area in central New Delhi, police said. Firefighters fought the blaze from 100 meters (yards) away because it broke out in one of the area's many alleyways, tangled in electrical wire and too narrow for vehicles to access, authorities at the scene said. less The walls of a building stand blackened after it caught fire in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. Dozens of people died on Sunday in a devastating fire at a building in a crowded grains market area in ... more Photo: Dinesh Joshi, AP Photo: Dinesh Joshi, AP Image 1 of / 23 Caption Close Image 1 of 23 The walls of a building stand … [Read more...] about Firefighters douse Indian blaze day after it killed 43
A hundred activists hold portraits of President Emmanuel Macron to urge France to take action during the U.N. COP 25 climate talks in Madrid, during a gathering at Place du Trocadero facing the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. Environmental activists around France have removed President Emmanuel Macron's official portrait from town halls around the country in an unusual protest movement aimed at pushing him to do more to slow climate change. less A hundred activists hold portraits of President Emmanuel Macron to urge France to take action during the U.N. COP 25 climate talks in Madrid, during a gathering at Place du Trocadero facing the Eiffel Tower in ... more Photo: Francois Mori, AP Photo: Francois Mori, AP Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 A hundred activists hold … [Read more...] about French activists use Macron portraits to urge climate action
The renovation of Denver International Airport is major, not only in terms of cost but also in impact, as anyone who has been through the airport in the past year can attest. While travelers have been maneuvering that mess, reporter Jon Murray has been sifting through hundreds of pages of claims to figure out what went wrong in the split with the first set of contractors. When DIA leaders and the city fired Great Hall Partners in August, they pointed to the contractors’ projections that the project was going to go hundreds of millions of dollars over budget and be finished years late. In the latest in a series of watchdog stories that he has written about the project since its inception, Murray lays out the extensive time DIA officials spent dithering over details from bathroom fixtures to the location of check-in kiosks. This isn’t merely an exercise in finger-pointing. It matters because, as the renovation relaunches, it’s even more important that the airport get it … [Read more...] about Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of Nov. 11 – 17
More than a decade ago, Colorado lawmakers passed the Innovation Schools Act of 2008, a bill that allows schools in the state to qualify for so-called innovation status, allowing them to waive some state and district rules, including opting out of standard curriculum. The idea was to give lower-performing schools the help they need to improve and offer higher-performing schools a way to better serve their students. Some schools are reaping dividends under the innovation designation. But an analysis of state rankings data by Denver Post education reporter Meg Wingerter found that 60% of Colorado’s innovation schools were at the same level two years after their status change.This stagnation has led some officials at the state level and within Denver Public Schools to question whether the flexibility offered to innovation schools is yielding results. “I keep coming back to ‘Does innovation matter?’” said Joyce Rankin, who represents the 3rd District on the … [Read more...] about Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of Nov. 18-24