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On newspaper racks Tuesday, 9/11 was markedly absent from the front pages of the New York Times and the New York Post. "The pain, the outrage, the loss -- these never fade," wrote the Times public editor Margaret Sullivan. "The amount of journalism, however, must." On the 11th anniversary of a tragedy, many Americans arose not remembering. It was another day of making coffee, packing sandwiches for kids' lunches, dropping off the dry cleaning before work. Memorial ceremonies, too, were fewer and simpler than in the past. It is natural for time to heal. Natural, too, for people to want to move on. But there was one place where the tragedy was hard to miss -- on social media.
Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States waged the "war on terror," a continued combat campaign that has lasted more than a decade. Thousands of Americans have been killed and almost 50,000 troops have been wounded in the wars waged in Iraq and Afghanistan. Perhaps the most lethal uses of force by insurgents have been improvised explosive devices. But service members are surviving these extreme injuries that would have proved fatal decades earlier. Just like in preceding wars, medical research has churned out advancements to better heal the wounded and prevent more from dying on the battlefield.
"I've been shot at, bombed at, witnessed some horrific/tragic/insane/inspiring things, escaped through a minefield into Turkish military custody, arrested, detained, sat through a 3-hour bus ride covered in a week's worth of dust, blood, debris and sweat, (still feel sorry for the girl who sat next to me) and I'm about to be deported." That's the message Shelton, an experienced global conflict photographer, wrote on social media this week after her astonishing photos of an attack on Syrian rebels went viral on Twitter.
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Gary Johnson says there are three keys to his campaign being successful: he needs you to know who he is, he needs to be on the ballot in as many states as possible and he needs other libertarians to support him. And for the next two months, Johnson, the Libertarian party candidate for president and acknowledged underdog, will be zig-zagging across the country to make those admittedly unique goals a reality.
After a five-week summer recess, Congress returned this week to a long list of unfinished business, but with 57 left days before Election Day, it's likely it will tackle only the bare minimum in its short fall session..
While millions of struggling homeowners have had to jump through all sorts of hoops trying to refinance their mortgage, Michelle and Bob Irwin barely had to lift a finger. This summer, the couple received a letter from JPMorgan Chase, their mortgage servicer, informing them that it was going to slash the interest rate on their mortgage to 2.8% from their current rate of 6.5% for the next five years and then adjust it to a fixed 3.9% for the remaining 18-year term of their loan -- a move that would reduce their payments by $229 a month.
Six months ago, an Italian bricklayer behind on his taxes wrote a note to his wife of 27 years, then doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire outside a bologna tax office. Giuseppe Campaniello died nine days later. "He was a good person," said his widow, Tiziana. "He wasn't given a chance to redeem himself because that's what he wanted to do. If Giuseppe had had the chance, he would have paid his debt, not what they wanted him to pay because he wasn't earning 20,000 euros a month." She has joined with other women whose husbands took their lives to form a group called the "Vedove Bianche" - the white widows - to show that in this long drawn out economic crisis, the cost cannot be calculated on a tax form.
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Flu season has officially started and although most influenza cases don't begin to pop up till late October, doctors say September is a perfect time to get vaccinated. And that includes getting shots for your youngsters and teens.
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When people we care about are in pain, we want to offer words of encouragement, help ease their pain and motivate them to stay hopeful. Unfortunately, our words of cheer can often be misinterpreted by those who live with chronic illness. Rather than feeling supported, our words can evoke the feeling of "she doesn't understand my life at all." This can permanently affect our relationships.
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Both men lit themselves on fire in protest. But only one of them is credited with starting a revolution. The difference between the two? Mobile phones recorded Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian fruit vendor, as he set himself ablaze in despair over his economic plight. Those videos kicked off the wave of 2011 Arab Spring demonstrations.
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In Juanga, India, a village of less than 3,000 inhabitants, the adults typically work as farmers on small plots of land earning less than $2 a day. They live in extended families in two or three roomed bamboo thatched mud huts, surviving on rice and dahl. Unable to see the value of education, the parents typically take their children out of school before they turn 16 to earn money. Women frequently deny themselves trips to health clinics and they lack knowledge of basic preventative healthcare measures. They also lack basics such as drinking water, electricity, food, healthcare and infrastructure, but cell phone towers are often ubiquitous. One American non-profit organization is using this proliferation of phone masts to bring empowering mobile technology to these destitute villagers.
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Mythical mermaids have fascinated humans for centuries, and alluring creatures in bikini tops and fish tails seem to be keeping the love alive. One of the first mermaid shows in the United States can be traced back to Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida, where mermaids debuted synchronized ballet moves at an 18-seat theater in October 1947. Mermaid shows have evolved from that Florida roadside attraction off U.S. 19. Here are five spots where mermaids are making a big splash.
The new North Tower is finally high enough to partially restore the skyline I used to see when I stepped outside my home in Greenwich Village. It was a glorious sight before September 11, 2001. Two shiny towers created a reference point for miles around, giving Manhattan the center of its compass, just like the Eiffel tower does in Paris or the Capitol Building in Washington. I pointed out the new one to my little girl, Luna, this morning on the way to school.
When was the last time you looked at the label on your clothes to check where they were made or what they are made of? A few years ago, I was living a paradox familiar to many Americans: eating local and organic food, carrying reusable bags to the grocery store, and choosing eco-friendly products wherever I could. This mindfulness was in no way extended to my closet -- I owned more than 350 items of clothes, every single bit of it cheap, trendy, poorly made and assembled in low-wage factories in other countries. Fashion today has a here-today-gone-tomorrow mentality, where the latest look, lowest price or the hottest designer are paramount and quantity is valued over quality. For the first time in history, we are consuming clothes as a disposable good, buying a cheap dress for a date night and wearing it but once or twice. These changing attitudes prompted me to write my book, "Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion," and what I learned about the fashion industry during the process compelled me to change.