Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar, a 42-year-old mother and Republican turned “independent Democrat” running for Congress in Texas, is an Air Force veteran and retired Air National Guard helicopter pilot who didn’t let an abusive biological father, knee injuries, and sexual bias, harassment and assault stop her from doing three tours in Afghanistan that climaxed with a rescue mission gone awry in which she strapped herself to the skids of a chopper and fired at the Taliban. Her service earned her a Purple Heart. Back stateside, she successfully sued the Secretary of Defense (Hegar, et al. v. Panetta) to get the Pentagon to end the policy that officially barred women from combat, was named by Newsweek as one of 125 “Women of Impact” of 2012 and wrote a bestselling book called Shoot Like a Girl that came out last year and is now set to be turned into a movie with Angelina Jolie reportedly in talks to play the lead role. “She’s a badass,” … [Read more...] about ‘A Little Errol Morris. And a Little Roger Ailes’
Just a little heart attack
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Karen Weintraub Globe Correspondent June 23, 2018 Leonid Peshkin calmly strokes his father’s thin, white hair. He gently exercises the old man’s arms to acivate his muscles and get the blood flowing. He speaks, voice raised to reach him through the fog of age, poor hearing, and illness. “Papa,” he asks in their native Russian, “are you in pain?”Almost imperceptibly, Miron Peshkin, 96, and silenced by a minor heart attack, delirium, antibiotic-resistant infections, and six months of medical care, shifts his head to indicate “no.”The younger Peshkin, 48, studies the biology of aging at Harvard Medical School in Boston. A broad-shouldered man with a twinkle always lurking in his brown eyes, Peshkin has been obsessed with aging since childhood because he worried that his father — then as old as other kids’ … [Read more...] about A doctor wages personal and professional battles against aging
Gallery: World Refugee Day: Local Syrian refugees share memories of a war-torn country, hope for better future in the U.S. When the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, Faihaa Fuyome and her family's world was shaken to its core. For six months, they stayed in the bottom level of their home for 12 hours per day as bombs and bullets flew by, killing countless family, friends and neighbors. Fuyome, her husband and four children are one of several refugee families resettled in Chattanooga, but they're the only Syrian family. It took five treacherous years before the United Nations referred them to the United States for resettlement. Before the war, they had everything, she said. A nice home. A car. Her children were in private school. Her husband worked in carpentry, and she was a beautician. "We had an amazing life," Fuyome's oldest daughter, Yara Hourani, said. But when pro-democracy protests erupted across the country in March 2011, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used violent tactics … [Read more...] about Local Syrian refugees share memories of a war-torn country, hope for better future in the U.S.
GENEVA: While the link between smoking and a range of cancers is well known, the World Health Organization warned on Thursday there was too little awareness of tobacco’s impact on the human heart. On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day Thursday, the UN health agency hailed that smoking had declined significantly since year 2000, but warned that there were still far too many people indulging in the dangerous habit. And it cautioned that research showed there was “a serious lack of knowledge” about the different health risks associated with tobacco. Tobacco use has been linked to more than seven million deaths worldwide each year, including some 890,000 from breathing in second-hand smoke. But many people are unaware that nearly half of those deaths, around three million, are due to cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and stroke, WHO warned. “Most people know that using tobacco causes cancer and lung disease, but many people aren’t aware … [Read more...] about Heartbreaker? Smoking causing millions of heart attacks, strokes – WHO
PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images Do you believe that just one word can change your life for the better? If not, I don't blame you. I was skeptical too until I tried it. What's the special word? It's different for everyone. Here's how to find yours. I first learned about this process from the book One Word That Will Change Your Life by Dan Britton, Jimmy Page, and Jon Gordon. It's a surprisingly short book, written to be read in under an hour.. It explains how the authors discovered that choosing one word to guide you through the year is much more effective and long-lasting than forming New Year's resolutions that you'll likely have forgotten by April. "We've never forgotten our word," they write. They lay out their process for choosing the a word for your year, and after I tried it once and saw its powerful effects, picking a word has become a yearly ritual for me. That ritual begins with re-reading the book (it only takes an hour) which seems to put me in the right frame of mind. Whether or … [Read more...] about A Single Word Can Change Your Life in 2018. Here’s How