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“…in the blink of an eye…”

“There is not a day that goes by that I don’t pray for the opportunity to go back to that day and make it different. But now we have the opportunity to make other parents day’s different.”

Morgan Beck Miller, wife of skier Bode Miller, speaking about the drowning death of daughter, Emeline. The Millers want to educate the public about the dangers of drowning.
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Every single day in America…

3 children will die from drowning.

The CDC also states "drowning kills more children 1-4 than anything else except birth defects."
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What You Should Know:

  • Drowning is #2 cause of accidental death in kids (0-14); #1 cause of death is car crashes.
  • Men & boys are more likely to drown; 80% of deaths are male.
  • For adolescents and adults, alcohol involved in up to 70% of drowning deaths.
  • July/August = deadliest months.
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“A child under 30 pounds can drown in 30 seconds....And I just keep counting to 30 in my head. That was all I needed.” Morgan Beck Miller

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Ever Dream of Flying?

 

The Iron Man-like suit that has James Bond, Tom Cruise & *YOU* ready for take-off …
for a price.

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Gravity Schmavity

HOW THE SUIT WORKS:

  • 5 mini jet-fuel engines: 2 worn on each arm & 1 on the back.
  • Set a Guinness World Record flying at 32mph.
  • Flights last 3-4 minutes.
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Ready for Liftoff?

  • It costs $450K, and only 9 are available for sale at Selfridges Department Store in London.
  • Gravity, the suit’s maker, has requests from Mission Impossible & James Bond filmmakers.
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The US Army is also testing & prototyping Iron Man-like suits in order to test how electricity production can be used to avoid dangerous resupply stops, reducing logistics on the battlefield. Read on here:

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“The ripple effect of our actions, or inactions, can be enormous, spanning generations. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of this nightmare is that it could have been avoided. Predators thrive in silence.”

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2018 ESPY Awards alongside 100+ of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse victims and her 'sister survivors.'
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BLUE FLAMES AS HAWAII BURNS

 

 

Why it’s blue – and what has officials worried.

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Wait… BLUE Flames?

When the lava buries plants, methane gas is produced. Methane can seep into the ground & produces a blue flame when ignited.

The blue flames are only visible at night, making it hard to judge how widespread they are.

Scientists are now concerned the methane may cause explosions.

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Mother Nature has put on quite a show... Kilauea’s eruption has also generated earthquakes, gushing molten rock, giant ash plumes & sulfur dioxide. No sign when it will end, but scientists say its similar to one in 1955 that lasted 3 months.

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“It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here too…. I wasn’t surprised, I was just scared.”

Paige Curry, 17-year-old student survivor of the May 18th Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas
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“We have zero guarantee to sleep here and wake up in the morning.”

Father Benoka, Catholic Priest, speaking to SmartHER News about the threats Christians face in Northern Iraq, by Shiite Militias, believed to be tied to Iran.
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Why Does This Matter?

  • Father Benoka use to live and work in Mosul and survived the ISIS invasion. He says Christians *still* face the threat of genocide.
  • The Shiite Muslim majority govt in Iraq & Iran’s Shiite regime work together through “Shiite Militias”.
  • Benoka says he believes the goal of these Shiite Militias inside Iraq is to push out minorities and claim land for Iran.

 

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This unique perspective comes from an area few journalists venture. As focus remains on the "Iran Deal" overall, we want to share the experience of someone on the ground in the Middle East. It's one story - We look forward to telling more.

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Kilauea 101

Who: 1,700+ residents of the Kīlauea summit area ordered to evacuate

When: Erupting regularly for 30+ years, but uptick began May 3rd

Where: Southeastern most volcano on Hawaii (aka the “Big Island”)

Why: Unclear, but likely, pressured magma erupted due to clog or heat

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When Will It End?
NO ONE KNOWS

“At this time, we cannot say with certainty that explosive activity will occur, how large the explosions could be, or how long such explosive activity could continue.”

USGS May 9, 2018 Statement
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So far, Kilauea has destroyed 36+ structures and covered 116+ acres in lava, but thankfully, although many have suffered serious injuries, no fatalities have been reported. What is it really like to live near an erupting volcano? A SmartHER News reader tells us!

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The Forgotten War

 

 

 

33,739 = Americans killed in combat in The Korean War – an important reminder as North & South Korea discuss peace.

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KOREAN WAR

  • Lasted 3 years.
  • U.S. fought on behalf of U.N. to repel communist North from South.
  • Tensions arose from WWII. Korean Peninsula occupied by Japan during war. After the war, U.S. divided peninsula into North & South arbitrarily at 38th parallel aka the “DMZ” or demilitarized zone”.
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What You Should Know:
KOREAN WAR

  • 3-4 Million Koreans killed ~ estimated 70% civilians.
  • Estimated 25% or 1 out of 4 North Koreans killed.
  • War isn’t *technically* over: no peace treaty signed.
  • Called “The Forgotten War” in America because Vietnam soon overshadowed the deadly conflict.
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Why we should #NeverForget: More than 20,000 American troops remain stationed in South Korea. Click through for link to photos of The Korean War and more background on why it matters.

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SEMI SAFETY NET

Heroic truck drivers line highway to prevent suicide attempt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trucks Prevent Tragedy

Michigan State Police shut down a highway outside Detroit, asking 13 semi trucks to make a “wall” for a man threatening to jump.

Truckers have helped police in similar situations in the past, but usually not in this large of numbers.

The man, in his 30s, did not to jump and walked to safety.

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If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The crisis center provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to civilians and veterans.

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Photographer behind this viral sensation shares backstory and the message he sees in this image.

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“They are real people … I think it really says a lot about the kinship that this very select group of people has for each other. They’ve all served. It’s not so much about the politics at that time. It’s about honoring a very select member of that club.”

Photographer Paul Morse to Time magazine. Morse worked for George W. Bush in the White House but has gone on to work with both the Clintons, Bushes and beyond.
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Morse estimates he had 4 shots to capture this image of multi-generations of American leaders. Read his description of the experience:

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Where Diesel Cars Go To Die

Incredible images of hundreds of thousands of cars in America…awaiting their fate & taking up space.

All fallout from the VW Diesel emissions scandal.

Sky News has the scoop.

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Backstory

  • 2015: Volkswagen admitted to cheating on U.S. emission tests.
  • Fallout: VW had to pay about $15B in fees & has until June 2019 to either buy back or fix 85% of its fleet, or face more fees.
  • 37 “lots” house vehicles to be destroyed or resold (if they meet appropriate emissions standards).
Sky News: The Scoop
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One "parking lot" is a suburban football stadium. This is Worth-It-To-See...especially since you could potentially buy one of these cars someday!

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“Hun, you really got that windswept look.”

What a gas station clerk said to ultra-cyclist Lael Wilcox after she removed her helmet and hadn’t showered for 17-days.

Wilcox cycles the equivalence of the circumference of globe every year.

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She Loves To Cycle

“I just wanna be out there.”

Wilcox biked from Alaska to America’s southern border and won cross-country races – beating men & women.

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Wilcox keeps everything she needs on her bike - learn what she never leaves home without.

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