Hoang Minh Tri My mother told me I was born prematurely on a summer day in 1979, seven months into her pregnancy. The previous night, she’d been hit by a drunkard on a bicycle by the Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi. This stayed with me for my entire childhood. I still remember the wintery nights, my head in her lap, asking her if she was in pain, why that guy hit her or if she was sad because I was a sickly child. For a long time, I would keep my distance from pregnant women whenever I went out. I was afraid I would hurt them somehow, that their children would also be born prematurely and suffer from a childhood with stunted growth, severe headaches and incessant trips to the hospital like I did. Even when I became an adult and got my own motorbike and car, that irrational fear still lurked somewhere in the crevices of my mind. Drunk drivers are no strangers on the streets of Vietnam. The men in this country somehow firmly believe in their alcohol tolerance, no matter how much they … [Read more...] about Drinking and driving don’t go together, period
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John Gallagher Detroit Free Press Published 7:11 AM EDT May 4, 2019 Blame it on heavy rains, rising lake levels, the Grand Prix setup, or major construction projects but Detroit's Belle Isle Park is a mess right now. The good news is that most of the problems should clear up in time for another season of picnics, family reunions, biking, jogging, and sunset watching. And the long-term outlook is for a more ecologically friendly environment for wildlife, plant life and human visitors alike. More: Jeep deal now a done deal with 5,000 jobs and $2.5B investment on the way More: New tower could go up in vacant lot near Detroit Opera House But there are plenty of short-term issues on Belle Isle just now: 1. Flooding Heavy rains have left standing water on grassy areas throughout the island. Much of the park will be unusable until things dry out in coming days or weeks. "Basically we have a lot of pumps on the island," said Karis Floyd, the park supervisor with the … [Read more...] about Belle Isle construction is a pain but improvements coming
Video PUBLISHED: 11:33 18 April 2019 | UPDATED: 11:43 18 April 2019 Andy Warren Luke Chambers has reflected on Ipswich Town's relegation to League One and has looked forward to the future. Picture: STEVE WALLER Archant Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers reflects on what went wrong during a disastrous season and looks to the future following relegation. Luke Chambers after the final whistle at Brentford Picture PagepixCan you put into words your feelings at full-time, following the draw with Birmingham?LC: It's hard to say really. We were obviously very disappointed but the game probably summed up the whole season, really.We had possession and created chances but they just didn't want to go in.It was the realisation I suppose. I didn't know what the results were but we kept pushing it to another game, another game and another game but we were always running out of time.Then you come off the pitch and it's bizarre, with the fans staying behind and … [Read more...] about Chambers on the summer decisions which cost Town, learning painful lessons, Chicago links and bouncing back from League One
Seventh in an occasional series on breaking the grip of addiction. During the last six years of her short life, Emma Franchek spent at least half her days in one type of treatment or another, seeking care for addiction and mental illness. Psych wards, detoxes, rehabs, sober houses — none gave Emma lasting help. But she kept trying, until her 4-foot-11 frame, a dancer’s delicate body, was found in a squalid restaurant bathroom in Boston. She had fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and sedatives in her blood. Emma was 24. Related Links Where to seek help How treatment falls short, and what is being done about it More from the Road to Recovery series Her father, Jim Franchek, wrote in her 2016 obituary that Emma died “after a long struggle with addiction.” Emma did everything she could, he wrote, “but, in the end, the disease was too powerful.”Now, as he looks back at her experiences, Jim sometimes wonders whether the disease really was too … [Read more...] about Road to Recovery: Drugs took their children, but not their hope that others might be saved
By Jacqueline Smith Updated 3:30 pm PST, Thursday, January 31, 2019 Merry and Doug Jackson had mixed emotions when they learned the killer of their youngest daughter, their former son-in-law, had died in prison. After Scott Gelatlly shot to death their daughter Lori in their Oxford home, they could not stay there again and now live in Wallingford. less Merry and Doug Jackson had mixed emotions when they learned the killer of their youngest daughter, their former son-in-law, had died in prison. After Scott Gelatlly shot to death their daughter Lori in their ... more Photo: Jacqueline Smith / Hearst Connecticut Media Buy photo Photo: Jacqueline Smith / Hearst Connecticut Media Image 1 of / 17 Caption Close Image 1 of 17 Merry and Doug Jackson had mixed emotions when they learned … [Read more...] about ‘You can’t protect yourself from a gun.’ Wife-killer dies in prison, but pain remains.