Courage and sacrifice: 6 activists behind LGBTQ progress

(CNN)Activism takes different forms, whether it’s marching in the streets, speaking on behalf of marginalized people or influencing pop culture to embrace people from society’s fringes. Marsha P. Johnson: The defender of transgender rights Marsha P. Johnson’s name isn’t in most American history books, but it should be. When a judge asked her about the “P” in her name, she responded that it stood for “Pay it no mind.” The judge laughed and dismissed the charges against her. Her persistence and advocacy made her one of the most significant figures in LGBTQ and AIDS activism. The term “transgender” wasn’t commonly used in Marsha’s lifetime, but she identified as a “transvestite,” gay and a drag queen and used she/her pronouns. “I …

Space Station Mold Can Survive High Doses Of Radiation

Molds are present in every human environment, including the International Space Station (ISS), with astronauts spending many hours a week ensuring the mold doesn’t grow to a size where it becomes a health problem. It is a sturdy life form that can withstand a lot of extremes. Now, recent research suggests it can also survive high doses of radiation, meaning its spores could exist on the outside of the ISS. The research, presented at the 2019 Astrobiology Science Conference, showed that spores of Aspergillus and Penicillium (both found inside the ISS) can survive exposure to X-rays 200 times higher than the dose that would kill a human. Combined with their endurance to high temperatures, ultraviolet lights, chemicals, and dry conditions, they are extremely resilient. “We now know that [fungal spores] …

Jaclyn Hill Deactivates Social Media Accounts Amid Cosmetics Controversy – & Fans Have THEORIES! – Perez Hilton

The YouTube beauty vlogger vanished from Twitter and Instagram in the sneaky hours of Wednesday morning, putting her millions of followers in limbo as Followers were quick to notice makeup martyr’s pages had gone dark, and wasted no time preparing for one of Twitter’s signature #canceled parties: (c) Twitter (c) Twitter As the hate poured in, another user reminded fans that Jaclyn suffers from extreme anxiety — which could be why she didn’t want to face the Twiticism head on: (c) Twitter followed up a sweet selfie with a tweet explaining the mental unrest that came with it, “FACT: I had an anxiety attack 3 minutes after this photo was taken. For NO reason. Got so dizzy I almost fell …

Want Your Kid to Play Pro Soccer? Sign Her Up for Basketball

The Women’s World Cup is in full swing, and today the Americans will face off against France in a battle to advance to the semifinals. This year’s American team is a strong one, both in personality (they are currently engaged in an equal-pay dispute with the US Soccer Federation) and in style—they started the tournament with a 13-0 rout over Thailand. This year’s squad is also unique because it’s the first US women’s soccer team with women who chose to skip college soccer and go straight to the pros. Mallory Pugh and Lindsey Horan were the first American women soccer players to make that decision, but they are hardly the last. This year, Olivia Moultrie became the youngest American woman …

Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins DNA

The word pierced a momentary hush that had settled over the packed courtroom, where a line of people stretched out into the hall. The word that the families of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg had been waiting for more than three decades to hear: “guilty.” After a day and a half of deliberations, a Snohomish County jury found William Earl Talbott II guilty on two counts of aggravated murder in the first degree for the deaths of the young Canadian couple. They disappeared during an overnight trip to Seattle on November 18, 1987—their bodies recovered in rural western Washington a few days later, each bearing the marks of the violent ends they met. The decision, delivered late Friday morning, …

Missouri judge’s order allows Planned Parenthood to provide abortions through Friday

(CNN)A Missouri judge issued an order Monday to keep a preliminary injunction in place allowing Planned Parenthood to continue performing abortions at its St. Louis clinic until 5 p.m. Friday, according to a statement from Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region. Patients with appointments scheduled for this week will receive care, the clinic said Monday. Williams said his department did not re-up the license because Planned Parenthood failed to correct 26 of 30 deficiencies found by regulators, and abortion doctors refused to cooperate in the investigation. In one case, a patient had three abortion-related services in three days, Williams said: An unsuccessful surgical procedure was followed by an unsuccessful medical procedure and then by another surgery. Another patient had …

Coming to a school near you? The four-and-a-half-day week

A number of UK schools have taken the decision to move to a shorter working week because of funding shortages – and nowhere more so, it would appear, than in Birmingham. More than 20 schools in the city now plan to save money by sending children home at Friday lunchtime. Emma Jane Kirby visited one to learn more about the financial pressures they face. It’s even more of a squash than usual in the Bellfield Junior School hall this morning and small, scuffed knees knock against each other as the children sit cross-legged on the herringbone parquet floor. For the first time in their academic life, year two infants have been given special dispensation to join junior assembly. Come the …

Why Border Patrol isn’t accepting donations for kids in custody

(CNN)Rep. Terry Canales heard the reports of children suffering in squalid conditions at Customs and Border Protection facilities and knew what he had to do. Two people who attempted to donate items at a Texas facility this week also told CNN their items weren’t accepted. The situation, first reported by The Texas Tribune, has left would-be donors scratching their heads and drawn criticism from Canales and others who accuse the federal government of letting red tape get in the way of human decency. Why wouldn’t the agency accept donations? CBP officials said Tuesday that they aren’t running low on supplies, but are looking into whether they can accept donations in the future. And a former CBP official told CNN it …

Leaked Documents Reportedly Show Trump Transition Team Dismissed ‘Red Flags’ When Hiring

reported Sunday that it had obtained an enormous cache of internal vetting documents, many of them troubling, used by Donald Trump’s transition team to assess potential administration officials. “The massive trove, and the story behind it, sheds light on the slap-dash way President Trump filled his Cabinet and administration, and foreshadowed future scandals that beset his government,” Pruitt’s form, for instance, contained a section entitled “allegations of coziness with big energy companies.” The former head of the Environmental Protection Agency resigned last year after being dogged by numerous ethics scandals and accusations of chumminess with lobbyists. The vetters also expressed concern about the “at least $400,000 for taking chartered flights. Tillerson’s Russia ties go deep,” his vetting dossier read.   According Vice President …

It’s Official: Democrat Sara Gideon Is Running For Susan Collins’ Senate Seat

Susan Collins. several sources told HuffPost earlier this month. The 47-year-old mother of three has focused her legislative tenure on boosting the state’s economy, tackling the opioid crisis, investing in sustainable energy and increasing access to universal health care. automatic voter registration and Her anti-poverty legislation to address the state’s “benefits cliff” and provide training for adults to qualify for higher-paying jobs received unanimous support in the state’s House and Senate on Tuesday. The bill is awaiting Democratic Gov. Janet Mills’ signature. Defeating Collins, the Maine moderate who infuriated liberals with her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, is key to Democratic hopes of winning back control of the Senate in 2020.  Collins’ support for Kavanaugh despite the …

This Hilariously Honest Pregnancy FAQ From An OBGYN Is Going Viral

An obstetrician-gynecologist, or OBGYN, has expertise in female reproductive health, pregnancy, and childbirth. And since there are quite a few folks who lack common knowledge in these areas, they are being asked every question in the book. And then some. Luckily, though, they also seem to have a good sense of humor to get them through it. This ‘pregnancy FAQ’ from a particularly sarcastic OB, for example, showcases how one might respond to the things they hear far too often. Before giving a legit answer, of course. The sign with these pearls of wisdom was shared on Reddit’s Baby Bumps thread by a user named YellowWoodenTable, whose legendary OB had it posted on their office wall. Whoever this genius is, …

Immigration and schools focus of Tory race

“I do believe therefore that it is right to go for an Australian-style points-based system so that the needs of the UK economy can be properly met,” he said. “Yes, I do want talented people to be able to come here and yes I do want the agricultural sector to be able to satisfy their requirements as well, it’s incredibly important, but it’s got to be done on the basis of a system of democratic control.” Under Mr Hunt’s new proposal, anyone who creates a new business which employs more than 10 people for five years would have their university tuition fee debts written off. Mr Hunt, who has stressed his background as an entrepreneur, said he wanted to give …

Doctors partially deliver baby with mass on neck to help protect unborn twin

Baby Jenessa is pictured moments after her birth before surgeons successfully removed the mass that had been restricting her airway and jeopardizing both her and her sister’s health. (Lurie Children’s. ) “We brought the upper torso, the neck and the arms out to be able to get access to the airway, the windpipe, as well as to the hands, and to be able to put an IV in and to monitor the baby’s oxygenation and heart rate,” Dr. Aimen Shaaban, who led the 40-person team, told WGN9. DIARRHEA-CAUSING ILLNESS LINKED TO SWIMMING POOLS ON THE RISE, CDC SAYS Throughout the procedure, Janessa’s umbilical cord remained attached, until the pre-surgical prep was complete and doctors delivered her completely. Doctors believe that Jenessa …

Trump calls it off

(CNN)“Let’s call the whole thing off,” sang Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, as they pondered their romance, danced on roller skates and argued over whether it’s pronounced “tomayto” or “tomahto” in the 1937 musical, “Shall We Dance.” Trump has no good options on Iran after pulling out of the nuclear deal last year, Bergen noted in an earlier piece. As the US sought to pin blame on Iran for attacks on tankers in the region, it encountered doubts about the reliability of the underlying intelligence. Samantha Vinograd wasn’t surprised: “Trump has sown mistrust by questioning his own intelligence community, withdrawing from critical international coalitions and spreading disdain for the media.” Biden under attack Is Joe Biden out of touch with …

These Cities Will Track Scooters to Get a Handle on Regulation

It’s moving day for a controversial data standard that has pitted cities against some private transportation companies, like Uber and Lyft, that want to operate on their streets. On Tuesday, 15 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, and Bogota, Colombia, said they’ve created a nonprofit called the Open Mobility Foundation, devoted to collecting, maintaining, and standardizing information about where shared vehicles—including cars, scooters, jet packs, and bicycles—are parked. The foundation will take control of the Mobility Data Specification, a digital tool created by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. LADOT has used the standard to solicit and organize information about shared scooters: where they’re parked, where they’re traveling, and whether they’re broken or charged. Cities can …

Michelle Williams Talks Battling Through Her Depression Post-Split From Chad Johnson: ‘I Didn’t Think I Would Be Alive’ Today – Perez Hilton

Michelle Williams is hopeful for better days to come after facing a difficult stretch in recent months, which included calling off her engagement to pastor Chad Johnson in December. In a new interview with Essence, the former Destiny’s Child star opened up at length about her longtime battle with depression and how she grappled with suicidal thoughts following her painful break up. The 38-year-old shared the split left her broken and struggling with the same dark thoughts familiar to her from as early as age 13. She confessed: “I was weak, very depressed and thinking it was the end of my life. If someone had asked me where I would be today, I didn’t think I would be alive, because I …