Vanessa Solivan and her three children fled their last place in June 2015, after a young man was shot and killed around the corner. They found a floor to sleep on in Vanessa’s parents’ home on North Clinton Avenue in East Trenton. It wasn’t a safer neighborhood, but it was a known one. Vanessa took only what she could cram into her station wagon, a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica, letting the bed bugs have the rest.
David Sinclair is an Australian geneticist and a professor at Harvard Medical School. He has a soft-spoken, almost tranquil tone, which has the effect of mellowing the audacity of his proclamations. Like this one: “I don’t see any reason why a child born today couldn’t make it to 150.” Or this: “I actually think it will be possible one day to be immortal.”
Nearly 13% of the American population has a disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest findings. Speaking personally, I have a 20-year-old son with special needs who would be positively impacted by more acceptance and tolerance, and who I believe brings hidden talents and gifts to the table that should not be ignored.
Arkansas has removed thousands of individuals from its Medicaid program for failing to comply with work requirements — a first in the 53-year history of the federal health insurance program for the poor. More than 4,300 Medicaid recipients in Arkansas have lost coverage after failing to meet the state’s new work requirements, which were approved by the Trump administration and took effect in June.
Every time I get annoyed with my husband for playing chess on his phone, I remind myself that he’s actually engaging my 71-year-old father in an epic, but friendly battle online. Through ongoing connection and affectionate trash talk, my husband and father have forged an enduring friendship that extends way beyond their screens. And for that, I’m eternally grateful.
Mitzi Terry looks out her apartment window and loves the view of Chicago’s downtown skyline peeking behind Lake Michigan. She lives close to stores and parks. The most important amenity for Terry, a double amputee, in this Hyde Park high-rise is the elevator. But Terry has received unwelcoming notices slipped under her door over the last few years. Management said her wheelchair tracked snow in the lobby and scratched up doors. Terry offered to buy runners and a kickplate. She was denied and faced fines.
An OxyContin magnate wants to treat addiction; the GOP has a new, misleading attack on Medicare-for-all, and more. More than 72,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2017, according to preliminary CDC data, by far the most deaths on record in a single year and almost all of them died from opioid overdoses. Six states have sued Purdue Pharma, the maker of the landmark painkiller OxyContin, over the crisis, alleging misleading marketing led to dramatic overprescribing while underplaying the drug’s deadly dangers if misused.
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