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Susan R. Meyer

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Al Roker is 60 ... And?

Susan R. Meyer | August 23, 2014 | Fifty
All week, NBC has been running promos about Al Roker's 60th birthday, to be celebrated on air on August 22. Now, I like Al Roker. And I like birthday celebrations. And I even see the tie-in to Hoda Kotb's 50th birthday celebration. But 60? Really? All week long, NBC ran...
Seporah Raizer

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Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Riddle Me This

Seporah Raizer | August 23, 2014 | Healthy Living
Because we look healthy on the outside, we must be healthy on the inside? Well, I know for a fact that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, and you damn well shouldn't judge a cancer by it's body.
Rick Horowitz

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Policing Ferguson: It Could Have Been Calmer, Sooner

Rick Horowitz | August 23, 2014 | Politics
Didier Burkhalter

150 Years After the First Geneva Convention, Switzerland and the ICRC Call for Greater Respect for International Humanitarian Law

Didier Burkhalter | August 23, 2014 | Politics
150 years ago to the day, the first Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field was adopted, declaring that even in times of war, a certain degree of humanity must be preserved. We are now calling for stricter compliance with this principle.
Malaika Bobino

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Gray Leads A's To Win Over Angels

Malaika Bobino | August 23, 2014 | Sports
Photo by Jose Carlos Fajardo Oakland, CA - It's been awhile since these two teams have faced each other. Now it's a battle for first place and while the A's have held the position for half the season, the Angels now own...
Laura Dunn

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Women in Business Q&A: Sandra Rowland, Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations, HARMAN

Laura Dunn | August 23, 2014 | Business
In June 2013, Sandra E. Rowland was named Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations. She leads the teams responsible for Corporate Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions and Investor Relations. Sandra joined HARMAN in October 2012. Prior to joining HARMAN, Sandra was a Vice President in the Corporate Finance...
Lindsay Holmes

The Gratitude Challenge: Does Expressing Thanks Every Day Make You Happier?

Lindsay Holmes | August 23, 2014 | Healthy Living
It's been a week and a half since I started my gratitude journey -- but what I've realized is that this project is just that: A journey. This isn't something that's going to end once the challenge is over or the hashtag fades into oblivion. Gratitude isn't just an assignment, but a habit. A habit that needs to be practiced and nurtured.
Ali Cherry

The One and Only Way to Get Healthy

Ali Cherry | August 23, 2014 | Healthy Living
As consumers, we need to trade the habit of clicking for short cuts for the habit of practicing behaviors that will truly serve our health. As a health and wellness industry, we need to trade our habit of telling people why they should do something or overwhelming them with a dozen ways to do it, and instead, invite them, inspire them, and propel them to try one way, to practice.
Michael Hodin

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3 Lessons On Aging We Can Learn From Robin Williams

Michael Hodin | August 23, 2014 | Fifty
We expect brilliant people such as Robin Williams to contribute to society well past their 60th birthdays. Yet the rest of us are more or less expected to retire, step aside, and draw benefits from the government for the rest of our lives. This neediness and dependency view is vastly out of touch with what we now know about aging.
David Kanegis

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Before You Give Up On Dating, Read This

David Kanegis | August 23, 2014 | Fifty
Whether it's an introduction from a friend, a dating website or a happenstance meeting in a coffee shop... the more you know about yourself the better your chances of finding a great match.
Janice Harper

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The Secret To Surviving Long-Term Unemployment

Janice Harper | August 23, 2014 | Fifty
It never occurred to me that I would be unemployed in mid-life. Well, yes, it had occurred to me when my tits were still perky and my mind malleable, so I went to grad school, got a Ph.D. and embarked on what was once a promising and stellar career. But after I found myself in the cross-hairs of those in institutional power, my carefully-constructed career came tumbling down.
James Zogby

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Ferguson Is All of Us

James Zogby | August 23, 2014 | Politics
This is the year in which we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Bill. Instead of being able to reflect on the distance we have traveled since 1964, the horrific events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri only served to remind us of how far we still have to go.
Jenny Block

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This Lesbian Breaks Downs Exactly Why Catcalling Sucks So Much

Jenny Block | August 23, 2014 | Gay Voices
It's hard enough carving out a space for ourselves in a world that constantly marginalizes us and our very existence. And having strange men assume that we want to hear what they think of us when there are very few things we want less in the world just adds to the burden.
James Campion

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Fearguson, U.S.A.

James Campion | August 23, 2014 | Politics
We love to pick sides and weigh the consequences of other's actions and find a safe place to land ideologically. We love our psychology and philosophy and our reason. But there is no getting away from what lurks way down there.
Howard Meitiner

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Ferguson's Overlooked Ties to the War on Drugs

Howard Meitiner | August 23, 2014 | Politics
While we do not know all the facts on the ground in Ferguson, we know that militarization on a national level can often do more harm than good. It has eroded trust between law enforcement and ordinary citizens, and it certainly hasn't eradicated the drug scourge from our communities.
Maureen Seaberg

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The Rise of a Rinpoche

Maureen Seaberg | August 23, 2014 | GPS for the Soul
Phakyab Rinpoche, a high-ranking Tibetan lama living in Jackson Heights, Queens, tucks his feet under him on the carpet of his living room-turned-temple and recounts how it all began. He was 13 and living in post-Cultural Revolution Tibet in the late 1970s,...
Mary Ellen Harte

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Climate Change This Week: China Out Competes US on Solar, Droughts & Chills, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | August 23, 2014 | Green
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Aug 22, 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is...
Yoani Sanchez

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A Caricature of a Cuban Woman

Yoani Sanchez | August 23, 2014 | World
Woman drinking (14ymedio) 14yMEDIO, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 22 August 2014 - A woman on national television said that her husband "helps" her with some household chores. To many, the phrase may sound like the highest aspiration of every woman....
Luay Al Khatteeb

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The UN Strikes Back at ISIL's Black Economy

Luay Al Khatteeb | August 23, 2014 | Politics
ISIS Controlled Territories in Iraq and Syria. The United Nation Security Council dramatically escalated the conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), Al Nusra Front (JNF) and other Al Qaeda splinter groups by passing UN Resolution 2170...
Bo Stern

What One ALS Family Really Thinks About the Ice Bucket Challenge

Bo Stern | August 22, 2014 | Impact
Here's the deal: We are in for the fight of our lives with this monster that is ALS, and the very last thing I want is for people to donate quietly, anonymously and then slink away. Raise the roof! Raise a ruckus! Call all sorts of attention to yourself!