Caitlin Flynn is an award-winning journalist and writer based in Seattle. Her reporting and essays have been featured in publications including The Seattle Times, CrimeReads, HuffPost, VICE, Teen Vogue, InStyle, Glamour, Allure, DAME Magazine, Refinery29, and Bustle. Caitlin's work covers a variety of topics including crime, health, politics, and travel.
Caitlin earned a B.A. in English Literature and Film Studies from Smith College and she has taken opportunities to live, study, and work abroad in London and Portugal. She began her career as a business development coordinator at Random House in New York City and currently serves as Director of International Partnerships for Junta de Freguesia de Marvila, a parish council located in Lisbon, Portugal. Caitlin is working on her first book.
California's iconic Hearst Castle has reopened its doors for the first time in two years - and it's the perfect spot to kick off a road trip along San Luis Obispo County's stretch of Highway 1.
On January 6, 2002, Christa Worthington was found raped, beaten, and stabbed to death in her Cape Cod home. Her two-year-old daughter, Ava, who was physically unharmed, clung to Worthington's body; the toddler's mother had been dead for up to 36 hours.
In April 2014, Seattle resident Leah Griffin woke up bleeding heavily with little recollection of the night before. After piecing together what she did remember, it didn't take long for Griffin to realize that she'd been drugged and raped. So she did what victims are instructed to do under such circumstances and went to the nearest emergency room.
When Alison*, now 30, was raped as a college freshman, she recalls feeling numb and emotionally disconnected from her friends and family. "That weekend, I was mostly really worried about getting pregnant or getting an STI," she tells Teen Vogue.
I first became familiar with Gillian Flynn's work in 2006 when I sat in my college dorm room and devoured her debut novel Sharp Objects in one sitting (most likely while I was supposed to be studying for exams).
"At that point, the person has passed the first minor threshold of not minimizing," he explains, recommending that you then open up more. If you're in your early 20s and you and your friends are in social isolation in your own apartments or homes, turning to a close friend can be the best option.
About one in five adults will experience mental illness in any given year, but only half of them will get treatment. Cost can be a factor. A new program through Bastyr University offers a solution.
Regardless of how much you love adventure and spending every waking hour sightseeing, we could all use a getaway to relax and rejuvenate once in a while. Victoria, B.C., fits the bill perfectly. And it helps that the Clipper, the only direct fast ferry from Seattle to Vancouver Island, is back after a pandemic pause.
When Alaska Airlines launched a direct flight from Seattle to Belize City's Goldson International Airport in November, I jumped at the opportunity to be on the inaugural flight. The direct flight from Seattle is seasonal, mirroring high season in the Central American nation of Belize, generally considered November through April - the perfect time to trade Seattle's clouds and rain for some warm weather and sunshine.
It's about midway through the ski season, so there's no time like the present to treat yourself to a getaway that offers quality time on the slopes, après-ski relaxation and a charming small town full of independent shops and restaurants. That last part might sound like a far cry from what you'd find at Crystal or Summit at Snoqualmie.
Are you in need of a vacation? Zion National Park has earned its reputation as a top-tier national park, but there's a lot more to the area than impressive hikes and rock formations. From food and drinks to art (and...
From galleries and museums like The Broad, LACMA and The Getty to Colette Miller's famously Instagrammable murals of angel wings and more street art, there's an abundance of art on display in Los Angeles. Here's where to stop (and sleep)...
Between podcasts, documentaries, and books, the true crime genre is more popular and prolific than ever. Women account for nearly 75 percent of true crime podcast listeners and in 2019, organizers of CrimeCon reported that approximately 80 percent of attendees were women.
In Texas, Dr. Moayedi is required to see patients seeking the abortion pill in person for an ultrasound. Then they can return 24 hours later to receive the pills - which have to be given to the patient directly by a physician. Within 14 days they must return for an in-person visit.
Marlen Ortiz has nightmares - that's when she's able to fall asleep. Most nights, she says she stays awake worrying that someone will knock on her door and cart her to Mexico against her will. Now 29, Ortiz came to the United States from Mexico when she was just 12 years old.
Unless you enjoy feeling as though an invisible drill is boring into your skull, there's never a convenient time to experience a migraine attack. Living with the condition means finding ways to deal with it at work ― and few understand this better than Tony and Emmy Award-winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth.
How can you get that kind of support from your boss? Should you bring up your mental health condition at all? We asked the experts how to tackle these toughies, whether you need a long lunch for a weekly therapy appointment or a leave of absence for more intensive care.
Coronavirus has put our travel plans on hold indefinitely, but we can still enjoy some of our favorite aspects of globe-trotting. World travelers love to soak in the culture, food and history of each place they visit - and luckily books still offer a way to transport yourself all over the world.
As we practice social distancing to help slow the coronavirus pandemic, it's a given that our plans for spring and summer vacation have been called off. But that doesn't mean your entire world is limited to your apartment or home for the foreseeable future.
New England is often considered the autumn travel destination for gorgeous foliage, beautiful hikes and massive orchards, and this native New Englander was admittedly skeptical that anywhere else could come close. But when you only have a long weekend at your disposal, a cross-country flight and jet lag just aren't worth it, so I headed to Snowmass Village, Colorado, to see if it truly lives up to the hype.
You want to see the world, but sometimes the world is an unfriendly place. That's why HelloGiggles is bringing you Feminist Passport, a guide to all of the most inclusive hotels, restaurants, shops, bars, and sights to visit on your next big adventure. Because travel should be for everyone.
SONOMA - Even for adventure seekers, sometimes you just need a true vacation - one filled with relaxation, delicious meals, wine and retiring to the whirlpool at a luxurious hotel. If your weekend getaway goal is to chill out, California's Sonoma Valley fits the bill. Sonoma is the birthplace of California's wine industry.
There are a number of day-trips from Lisbon that are easily accessible by bus, train, or even Uber. If you make the city your home base for a week or two, you can take in UNESCO sites and stunning coastal villages...
Albuquerque, New Mexico has a lot to offer: natural beauty, rich culture, delicious food, and activities you won't find in other American cities. Though tourists may gravitate toward nearby Santa Fe, they're missing out on a convenient, affordable getaway for...
With its Mediterranean architecture, a botany professor-approved beach, hikes to ocean views, and a much-needed dose of vitamin D, Santa Barbara is an ideal 48-hour respite from Seattle's winter drizzle. Share story Winter is in full swing, complete with buckets of rain and early sunsets.
No matter how many times I travel to a foreign country, I feel the same surge of excitement the moment the plane lands. Traveling abroad allows you to immerse yourself in a new culture that's entirely different from your own, and it's a (highly enjoyable) learning experience that can't be found in any classroom.
Yes, Portugal is a beautiful and special country full of rich history and culture. But when it comes down to it, to me, "Portugal" is synonymous with "family." It represents everything my immigrant grandparents have taught me, and though my trip was bittersweet, it reminded me who I am.
As much as I love traveling with my friends and family, I have to admit that I get particularly excited when I have the opportunity to take a solo trip. Compromise is great and all, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with loving the idea that you get to make all the decisions regarding said trip.
Of course, nine other beautiful shorelines were recognized by Dr. Beach. Beachwalker Park in South Carolina, Coronado Beach in California, Hapuna Beach State Park in Hawaii, Caladesi Island State Park in Florida, Coast Guard Beach in Massachusetts, Coopers Beach in New York, Grayton Beach State Park in Florida, Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach in North Carolina, and Kapalua Bay Beach, Hawaii rounded out the top ten.
These literary landmarks are the stuff of every bookworm's dreams. There's a lot to take into account when you're planning a vacation, but one thing bookworms never want to miss is the chance to visit a literary landmark (or five...or 14).
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot at Windsor Castle on May 19, and I'm beginning to think my invitation got lost in the mail. It looks like I'll have to settle for waking up at 3 a.m. to watch live TV coverage of the ceremony.
Grabbing the number two spot is Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, followed by Cologne, Germany; Playa del Carmen, Mexico; Johannesburg, South Africa; São Paulo, Brazil; Auckland, New Zealand; Mexico City, Mexico; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Busan, South Korea.
It's official - Airbnb has posted its most unique (and enticing) listing ever. What could possibly be so special about one home, you ask? Well, it's not "one" home at all - the entire country of Sweden is listed on Airbnb. (Yes, really.)
For those of us with a serious case of wanderlust, it's hard to keep track of all the places we want to visit. Traveling to an exotic location, especially one that's a little off the beaten path, allows us to immerse ourselves in a culture that's completely different from our own.
A trip to France is already the stuff of dreams - but a stay at a newly-restored 18th century French chateâu will immediately make you the envy of your friends and family. Karen and Craig Waters of Perth Australia purchased the dilapidated property in 2013 while visiting their daughter who was on a study abroad program in France, and they've been hard at work restoring it ever since.
A guide to making the most of your visit, from the famous landmarks to the hidden gems. Share story As this New Yorker-turned-Seattleite can attest, there's so much to do in New York City that it can be overwhelming - even if you've lived there for years.
There are plenty of reasons to travel to Croatia, including its rich history, beautiful coast, amazing food, and killer sunsets. (Your Instagram feed will be the envy of all your friends.) But if all that isn't enough to convince you, the country's first underwater winery will surely make Croatia shoot to the top of your travel bucket list.
It's almost summer, and that means it's time to start planning the next family vacation. If you're considering taking the kids on a road trip this summer, don't let National Lampoon's Vacation deter you. As long as you plan ahead, road trips can quickly turn into some of your kids' most treasured memories.
Head to Austin for the music, but stay for the food. Or was it the other way around? Here's the best of both. Share story Austin's reputation as the live music capitol of the world is well-earned. People travel from all over the country and world to attend renowned festivals such as Austin City Limits and South by Southwest.
Many of us spend the dreary, cold winter months dreaming of stays at luxurious resorts in tropical locations. I hope you're sitting down, because the resort of our dreams has opened its doors in the Maldives - and one of its many amazing features is a water slide DIRECTLY INTO THE OCEAN.
Three Vancouver beaches where you can hit the water and a beautiful brunch spot in one outing. Share story During a Vancouver getaway, there are two things you don't want to miss - the city's beautiful beaches and its delicious cuisine. Luckily, it's easy to do both in the same outing.
The Windy City has it all: world-class museums and architecture, urban beaches and the best dining and entertainment. Share story A trip to the Midwest isn't on your short list? It should be. Whether you're there on business, visiting the family nearby or just want to see one of America's great cities, Chicago is well worth not flying over.
At its highest point, the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge hangs 279 feet above the ground. Fortunately, architects included a patented vibration system to prevent the bridge from swinging back and forth (but it still sounds pretty frightening in my humble opinion).
Before you invest in new luggage, try adding accessories to give your old pieces new life. Share story Maybe your old roller bag or college duffle aren't quite cutting it any more. Before you pop for that Louis Vuitton steamer trunk (we know but, really, how will you get it through the airport?), try these accessories that can give new life to your old standbys.
Renowned primatologist, anthropologist, activist and feminist icon Dr. Jane Goodall is now 83 years old, but to say that age hasn't slowed her down would be the understatement of the century.
Chelsea Handler's political beliefs aren't exactly a secret - but she doesn't simply make jokes and call it a day. Instead, the Chelsea host has become increasingly politically engaged both on screen and off. From raising money for Planned Parenthood to sponsoring Syrian refugees, Handler is definitely someone who practices what she preaches.
When Season 5 of Veep concluded in June 2016, it was hilariously ironic that Jonah Ryan was the only character who still had a stable job in politics. Fast forward to Season 6, which premiered three months after Donald Trump's inauguration, and it su...
If you're anything like me, you've been devouring every single episode of The Missing on STARZ - and counting down the minutes until the series finale airs on Sunday, April 2. At long last, we'll get the answers to our burning questions... right? Per...
No one will ever describe Mireille Enos as an actor who is typecast. Although she's best known for her critically acclaimed performance as Detective Sarah Linden on The Killing, which earned her Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, her career includes
It's hard to believe that it's been five years since Dance Moms premiered on Lifetime and the world met Chloe Lukasiak, who is nominated for a Teen Choice Award this year. Chloe instantly became a fan favorite thanks to her beautiful dance skills and
As the host and producer of her own talk show Chelsea, which premiered on Netflix in May, Chelsea Handler uses her platform to promote a variety of important causes to her viewers, many of whom are young women who look to her as a role model.
The final season of Pretty Little Liars premieres in April, and it'll be the end of an era. The show's fanbase is nothing if not devoted, and we've spent the past seven years theorizing and speculating about every single question and mystery. In an i...
During the May premiere of her new Netflix series, Chelsea Handler vowed to place the 2016 election front and center - and she held true to her word. For the past six months, she's interviewed a wide variety of political experts on nearly every episo
The Season 4 finale of Veep ended with a major cliffhanger - an electoral college tie in the general election left Selina looking at the possibility of seeing her running mate, Tom James, become president. There was also a major change happening behi
Off the tennis court, Puig is focused on helping Puerto Rico recovery efforts. Tennis player Monica Puig currently resides in Miami, but her heart is in her place of birth: the island of Puerto Rico. At the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Puig became the first athlete to win a gold medal...
Before Gone Girl skyrocketed to the top of best-seller lists everywhere, Gillian Flynn's 2006 debut novel Sharp Objects found a niche audience with psychological-thriller aficionados. Twelve years later, it's come to life on our small screens in an HBO miniseries executive produced by Flynn.
When "Afflicted" viewers first meet Bekah Fly, she and her boyfriend Jesse are living in a secluded van in the middle of the California desert. Her severe mold sensitivity makes it difficult for her to reside in traditional homes or apartments, she explains.
In December, I spent a lot of time thinking about UFOs and paranormal activity as I impatiently counted down the days until Fox Mulder and Dana Scully returned to my small screen for season 11 of The X-Files.
Now, a celebrity makeup artist with no connection to Transparent has come forward and shared her own story about Tambor. In an exclusive interview with Refinery29, Tamara Delbridge says that Tambor forcibly kissed her in 2001 on the set of the film Never Again.
On September 17 Julia Louis-Dreyfus made Emmy history when she collected her sixth consecutive award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as the narcissistic, neurotic VP-turned-president on HBO's Veep. The following day Louis-Dreyfus was diagnosed with breast cancer.
If you hate it when commercials send the message that housework is the responsibility of women and women alone, it turns out you have something in common with Meghan Markle. It's fairly well-known that Markle is an outspoken feminist, but it turns out she began fighting sexism long before her acting career made her a household name.
Logan Paul exploited a suicide victim's suffering, & YouTube had no qualms about it trending. Yet LGBTQ+ content & more has been demonetized.
The singer was accompanied solely by an acoustic guitarist, so we can fully appreciate her vocal chops on this one. Check out the video below and you'll understand why we're listening to Lorde's cover on a loop.
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have partnered with ATTN and Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) to show what servers would say if they didn't rely on tips.
I can't remember a time when Law & Order: Special Victims Unit wasn't on the air, but I was still a little taken aback when I saw the headline that SVU had been renewed for season 19, which will premiere on September 27.
"She pulled a fast one on us... I guess sometimes you have to wait for someone to leave the room to say how great they are," Meryl Streep said at Nora Ephron's memorial service in New York City in 2012.
The Fall Season 3 picked up exactly where it left off - with Paul Spector, Detective Anderson, and Rose Stagg being rushed to the hospital after that bloody Season 2 finale. Stella is hellbent on keeping Paul alive so he can stand trial and go to pri
I vividly remember the first time I watched the 1991 movie My Girl - and not just because that heartbreaking ending left me crying for days. What stood out to me most was that Vada was so different than most of the tween girls in the movies I'd watch
August 6 is National Friendship Day - so it's the perfect day to go all out for your platonic other half. The best part of this holiday is there's no "right" or "wrong" way to celebrate. In addition to giving some extra love to our friends, we're also taking this opportunity to honor some of our favorite iconic duos from TV shows.
August 31 marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's tragic death and, unsurprisingly, a number of new books, documentaries, and series are being released throughout the next month. Abloh recently shared an image of his Spring 2018 inspiration board on Instagram and, based on the looks of it, he's just as obsessed with Princess Diana as we are.
On March 23, 2012, I eagerly stood in line waiting for the midnight screening of The Hunger Games. I couldn't wait to see one of my favorite books on the big screen - especially because Jennifer Lawrence was perfect for the role of the badass heroine...
Therapy isn't often depicted on TV and, when it is, the scenes tend to be brief and lack depth. The therapy sessions on Big Little Lies don't just break that mold - they shatter it. Although Dr. Reisman was initially counseling both Celeste and Perry
Pop-ups This list will be updated periodically as new pop-ups emerge and old ones disappear. Know of any amazing pop-ups heading to town? Hit up the comments or the . are a way for chefs to test new ideas, collaborate with friends, or preview future restaurants, all while seeing what gets diners salivating.
Guests who opt in to this sweet deal will receive a "Donut Disturb" doorknob hanger upon check-in. When that sugar craving kicks in, you can simply hang it on your door and the kitchen will get busy putting together a confection that's three feet wide and one foot tall.
Apologies to all the other delicious milkshakes out there, but it's going to be hard to compete with a unicorn milkshake that has a rainbow braid made of marshmallows. Yes, you read that correctly. It's called the Unicorn Parade and people are flocking to the New York City dessert shop New Territories to taste a drink that is essentially Lisa Frank in a mason jar.
Every Gilmore Girls devotee has dreamed of eating at Luke's Diner - and, unlike Lorelai, I'd even be willing to put my phone away in exchange for this magical experience. I've accepted the harsh reality that this is one dream that will never come true, but here's the next best thing - Scott Patterson, aka Luke from Gilmore Girls, shared his favorite burger recipe in a new video.
With doughnuts from Miami's cult baker Max Santiago
These days, it often seems near-impossible to find something everyone can agree on. But you'd be hard-pressed to find a person who says "no thanks!" to a Nutella doughnut bouquet. We know what you're thinking - that sounds way too good to be true. But rest assured, we wouldn't joke about such a serious matter.
Theo Martin knows that both food and family feed the soul. Photo: Joshua Huston For Theo Martin, owner of Island Soul restaurant in Columbia City, cooking is a joyful and rewarding family experience at work and at home. Theo's parents were also in the restaurant business, and "serving others is what makes food a very spiritual and happy field," he said.
Every time I order pasta at an Italian restaurant, I declare it the best meal I've ever had. But, somehow, when I make the dish at home, the noodles just don't taste quite the same. It turns out there may still be hope for my future culinary endeavors because a new video shows exactly how to cook pasta, according science.
On April Fool's Day 2016, Kit Kat Japan played a cruel prank on us - the company released an advertising campaign for the release of a (fake) new sushi kit that featured exotic chocolate flavors on top of rice balls. Needless to say, it was soul-crushing to learn we wouldn't actually be able to indulge in this delicacy.
In 2006, activist Tarana Burke founded the #MeToo movement in an effort to empower survivors of sexual violence and raise awareness about the issue. But for years, her advocacy went unnoticed. Then, in October 2017, actress Alyssa Milano posted a tweet using the hashtag #MeToo, and the movement went mainstream almost immediately.
When it comes to the crimes of the powerful, do we have an obligation to come forward? In the timely "Those Who Knew," Novey examines the price of disclosing harm. Share story Is it worth it to speak out about assault and sexual predation, especially when the perpetrator is a high-profile politician hailed as a hero in progressive circles?
When it's time to hit the road for a vacation, there are two things that bookworms know to be true. First of all, you can never pack too many books in your suitcase and carry-on (although those overweight luggage fees are definitely not on our side).
If you're still reeling from the results of the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton's new book What Happened won't be an easy read. I was approximately 10 pages in before I burst into tears because, like so many others, I remain completely devastated by what happened on November 8th.
As it turns out, sexual assault isn't only a taboo topic to speak about in real life - this mindset extends to literature as well.
When I think of inspirational books, memoirs are automatically the first genre to pop into my mind. I have a special section on my bookcase dedicated to them, and I have several dogeared "go-to" memoirs that I turn to when I'm feeling down or discouraged.
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In January, Emma Watson launched a feminist book club called Our Shared Shelf, proving once again why she's one of the most admired young women in show business.
Like millions of other Americans, I felt devastated, disillusioned, and hopeless after Donald Trump was elected president through the Electoral College. I was fully aware that my next step needed to involve activism - I had spent 10 to 15 hours per week volunteering for Hillary Clinton's campaign, so I certainly had some free time post-election.
Don't take this the wrong way, 2016, but I absolutely cannot wait to see the last of you. In fact, I didn't know it was possible to harbor such intense disdain for a year until 2016 gave us Donald Trump and took away some of our most beloved celebrities.
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Of Course Kamala Harris Is Ready to Be President The senator has been criticized for seeming too ambitious - but that's kind of the point. Sarah Purcell, a professor of history at Grinnell College in Iowa who specializes in the vice presidency, emphasizes the importance of this historic moment.
Data already shows women coming out to support the presumptive Democratic nominee, but not all are enthusiastic. Women across the country are preparing to cast their votes in November's general election for the presumptive Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, who will face off against the incumbent, President Donald Trump.
After months of speculation, Sen. Kamala Harris has been named as Joe Biden's vice president pick for the Democratic ticket. Both voters and pundits have been more invested in Biden's VP choice than during a typical election year, especially after he vowed to choose a woman during a March 15 debate.
The July Democratic debates left much to be desired. For example, despite two nights that lasted nearly three hours each, there wasn't a single question about reproductive rights-even though they are currently under vicious attack. Unsurprisingly then, the moderators also ignored issues faced by women, gender non-conforming folks, and the LGBTQ+ community.
As elected officials across the country worked on slowing the spread of the coronavirus, Idaho state legislators had other priorities.
It was a relatively quiet evening of dining and theater-going in New York City when Times Square suddenly erupted into chaos. More than a dozen were injured as a throng of tourists fled what they believed to be an active shooter, some even pounding on doors of Broadway theaters, hoping to be granted shelter.
On January 6 - less than a week after the two-year anniversary of the launch of TIME'S UP - Harvey Weinstein will stand trial in New York City for five criminal charges including rape, predatory sexual assault, and a criminal sexual act.
In this op-ed, Caitlin Flynn explains why it's so haunting that Christine Blasey Ford says she remembers her alleged assault as "two friends having a really good time." On Thursday, September 27, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
There's a record number of women candidates on the ballot this November. Get to know some of the moms who are running for office, from Lucy McBath to Lauren Baer.
LGBTQ advocacy group Equality SCPS said a transgender middle school student was forced to sit away from her peers during a mass shooter drill because administrators couldn't decide whether she should take shelter with the boys or the girls, according to a Facebook post for the group.
The Director of Policy at Advocates For Youth says young people have always been on the front lines of social justice movements, and this is how Advocates for Youth and their volunteers are fighting the domestic gag rule and protecting abortion access.
Roe v. Wade may be the law of the land, but a number of states are making it nearly impossible for women to obtain safe, legal abortions. Here are some of the most restrictive abortion laws that have been brought up in 2018.
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is the ideal opportunity to educate ourselves on an issue that receives far too little attention. Globally human trafficking is a $150 billion industry. But what many people don't know is how widespread it is in America.
On April 10th, 2018 Equal Pay Day will call attention to the gender wage gap and its impact on women. Here's what you should know about Equal Pay Day.
Hill said that the strong focus on sexual misconduct is like nothing she's ever seen and she's hopeful that it will "bring lasting change." She also stated that, although the believability factor needs to shift in all sexual misconduct cases, marginalized groups are met with an additional level of skepticism.
Politicians' sudden interest in "mental illness" is a convenient excuse for their refusal to acknowledge unfettered access to guns as the actual problem.
We spoke to four of youth activists from Advocates for Youth about their inspiration and advice for other people who want to get involved.
"To some Americans, this was shocking and scary. They asked themselves how could this happen - in the United States of America - in 2017?" the California senator wrote. "To other Americans, what they know is, Charlottesville exemplifies an undeniable reality that lurks just beneath the surface in this nation we love."
In order to put this year's LGBTQ representation at the Olympics into context, we must examine the history of what the community has faced at the events.
On social media, Democrats & Republicans are attacking Sen. Gillibrand's call for Sen. Al Franken's resignation. Why aren't they attacking the accused man?
The year 2017 was turbulent both in America and abroad. After the most divisive election in modern history, our newsfeeds were dominated by heated (and often hostile) debates about everything from economics to social issues. As the year came to a close, it was easy to feel disheartened because it seemed we were divided beyond repair.
There was a sharp increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes.
Italian authorities are investigating the deaths of 26 teenage girls whose bodies were found in the Mediterranean Sea, NPR reports. Prosecutors believe they may have been sexually abused and murdered as they attempted to travel from Niger and Nigeria to Italy, according to the BBC.
It marked the beginning of multiple clashes between Trump and federal judges as revised versions of the travel ban continued to emerge from the White House and debate raged over whether Trump was within his legal authority as president to issue such orders - especially because they targeted predominantly Muslim countries.
Of the 52,404 deaths reported in 2015, over 33,000 were attributed to opioids including legal prescription painkillers and illicit drugs like heroin and street fentanyl. In the third quarter of 2016, there were 19.9 drug overdose deaths for every 100,000 people - a significant increase compared to 16.7 from the same period in 2015.
"Anything else is not just discriminatory, it is disruptive to our military, and it is counterproductive to our national security," Duckworth said. "If the President enacts this ban, which would harm our military readiness, the Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who oppose this discrimination must enact legislation that prevents it from taking effect."
Like so many others, I'm a walking pre-existing condition.
Each year, the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx holds a fashion show for its students. There are only two rules: The designs must be handmade and there's no fabric allowed. Needless to say, students get super creative. This year, Karolina Montes and Zoe Balestri stole the show when they walked the runway in dresses constructed from Planned Parenthood stickers.
The charter for the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment expires today and will not be renewed. The next National Climate Assessment was due to be released in 2018. The Trump administration is currently reviewing a scientific report that would be key to the final document.
After a very eventful several months on Capitol Hill, Congress is officially on recess. But just because our representatives and senators aren't spending August in Washington D.C. doesn't mean that we should take a break from activism.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a non-medical procedure that involves the total or partial removal of a woman's external genitalia. Although it's illegal in Kenya, FGM is still practiced in the country and the teens headed to Silicon Valley know girls who have experienced it.
Update: The rally to remove a Silent Sam statue on UNC Chapel Hill's campus has wound down. As of 10 p.m. local time, The News & Observer reported that the crowd had thinned and a small number of protesters were still sitting near the statue.
Before the passage of the new bill, 16- and 17-year-olds could get married with parental consent and children of any age could marry with judicial approval. Now, it's illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to marry. The only exception is 16- and 17-year-olds who have been legally emancipated from their parents.
Two days after a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England claimed 22 lives, reporters at The Manchester Evening News are working around the clock to provide comprehensive, accurate coverage of the attack and its ongoing investigation. In a touching display of solidarity, The Boston Globe staff sent pizza to The Manchester Evening News office.
Two years after she made history as the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, girls' education activist Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest United Nations Messenger For Peace. On Monday, the 19-year-old accepted the highest honor that can be bestowed by the United Nations.
The day after Donald Trump's inauguration, an estimated 5 million women and men across all seven continents participated in the Women's March to protest the new president's misogynistic rhetoric and policies. But the march was only the beginning of a movement - as of April, 11,000 women have expressed aspirations to run for political office.
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, who has compared Texas' voter ID requirements to a "poll tax" on minorities, ruled that the law was a deliberate attempt to discriminate against Black and Hispanic voters. Abbott's bill was backed by the United States Justice Department under Trump.
Regardless of how you felt about the outcome of the highly polarizing 2016 election, our current political climate serves as a constant reminder that it's important to make our voices heard at every available opportunity. In addition to volunteering for political organizations, it's definitely not too soon to start thinking about the 2018 midterm elections.
Harvard University scholar David R. Williams, who authored the paper, explains how and why major events like elections can impact people's health. "Events linked to the recent presidential campaign and election have given rise to fear and anxiety in many Americans," Williams wrote.
Each Hamilton program on Wednesday evening had a special insert - a leaflet that read: "We would like to remind everyone that March is National Women's History Month and today is International Women's Day.
Despite the fact that it's the 21st century, a whole lot of people still have hangups about women who breastfeed in public and professional spaces. Little Alia Joy Waters recently made history by becoming the first baby to be breastfed in Australian parliament - and let's hope other employers pay attention.
The words "high school assembly" aren't usually synonymous with "the most exciting day ever," but there are exceptions to every rule. Case in point - former First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to Ballou STAY High School in Washington, D.C.
It's no secret that Donald Trump loves Twitter - so he'll undoubtedly be disappointed to learn that a Hillary Clinton quote is the most shared U.S. tweet of 2016. The morning after her shocking loss to Trump, Clinton delivered a powerful concession speech that placed a strong focus on empowering young girls and women.
When Ziad Ahmed arrived at the "What matters to you, and why?" section of his Stanford University application, the first thing that came to mind was BLM.
Health & Wellness
Compulsive spending often goes hand-in-hand with certain mental illnesses. For people who have clinical depression, comfort spending is a common way to self-soothe, while individuals with bipolar disorder often go on impulsive shopping sprees during manic episodes. These behaviors can lead to credit card debt that outlasts the mental health episode, and that can make it difficult to fully enjoy life again.
If you've finally reached the point of financial stability, it might come as a surprise when the mere thought of looking at your bank account still leaves your heart racing and your palms sweating.
It can be tough to address the topic of chronic illness when a loved one is in pain, but there are some things that people with conditions like lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia would prefer you not say. Here's a list of 7 things you should avoid saying to people with chronic illness.
I can't remember a time when I didn't have the travel bug, so it was a dream come true when, about two years ago, my journalism career took an unexpected turn: I had the opportunity to travel for work and write about it. What could be better, right?
Eating disorders are frequently accompanied by shame, secrecy and loneliness. But the patient isn't the only person who experiences intense emotional distress due to the illness - the people closest to them suffer alongside their loved ones.
We've all heard the platitude that "time heals all wounds," but the 7.8% of Americans who experience PTSD at some point in their lives are painfully aware this isn't always the case. The illness, which is characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, nightmares, avoidance and hypervigilance, causes a significant disruption in day-to-day life and can become debilitating if untreated.
During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we spoke with student activists who worked with Trojan Condoms and Advocates for Youth on their "Consent. Ask For It." campaign.
April 7 is World Health Day, and this year's cause is access to health care for everyone. According to statistics gathered by the World Health Organization, half the world's population currently doesn't have access to health care - and a staggering 100 million people have been forced into poverty due to health care costs.
New Year's Day 2018 is rapidly approaching, and once the celebrations have come to a close, the holiday can bring up a variety of mixed emotions for many people. Those of us who are prone to anxiety often experience fears and worries about what lies ahead in the new year, or we look back on the previous year and berate ourselves for not doing certain things differently.
Dr. Anuj Khattar of Physicians for Reproductive Health explains why Trump's birth control mandate rollback is so dangerous, from health risks to precedents.
When it comes to painkillers, prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet strike fear into my heart due to the high risk of addiction. Admittedly, I've been far less concerned with the potential dangers of over-the-counter pain relievers, whether it's popping one more aspirin than the recommended dose when my cramps are unbearable or adding another med like ibuprofen when it feels like aspirin alone isn't doing the trick.
I first heard the term "highly sensitive person" a few years ago when I came across a quiz about the subject in one of my favorite magazines. As I checked off "yes" to nearly every single question, I felt as though the person who wrote the quiz just got me.
These physical signs might be proof that your body is under too much stress and you need to take some time to relax.
That Lucky Bracelet delivers approximately 25 Smile Packages each week to sick kids from Seattle to Canada to New Zealand. Photo: That lucky bracelet/facebook With a history of hospitalizations due to severe eczema, Sophie Harris wanted to help other kids who are suffering.
When I was five, the lead librarian repeatedly removed my crayon from my left hand and placed it in my right. I was miffed and a little confused. How's a girl expected to color with the "wrong" hand? She nervously approached my mom at the end of the day and said, "I think there's something wrong with Caitlin."
If your intense headaches have taken a toll on your mental health, you're not alone - new research shows that people who suffer from migraines are three times more likely to develop anxiety disorder than those who don't.
People often wonder why the majority of sexual assault victims don't come forward. And if they wait to press charges, many people are convinced the delay is damning evidence that they're lying. Case in point - the high-profile St. Paul's case, which went to trial last summer.
Wearing a face mask is a key part of our new normal for the foreseeable future, so why not have some fun with your face coverings and support local businesses while you're at it?
Spring is a great time to restock your closet with "the basics." After all, they're the foundation of every outfit we wear. Shopping for basics may not sound as exciting as hunting for a party dress or new suit, but designers have stepped up their game, adding creative twists to the T-shirts, jackets and booties that are our wardrobe staples.
The new year can mark a fresh start in your life, so there's no time like the present to spruce up your home with some new furniture, accents and decor for 2020. A fun and beautiful way to celebrate our beloved city is by choosing items that have a decidedly "Seattle" feel to them.
Worried you'll send your loved ones a mass-produced card that they've already received from five other people? You're in luck, because there's no shortage of unique Christmas cards, all designed in Seattle, for everyone on your list. Here are some of our favorites.
We've sprung forward and the Seattle grays are slowly but surely giving way to blue skies. For hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who have been itching to hit the trails, this means one thing: Spring hiking season is finally upon us. There's no time like the present to make sure you've got the necessary gear to (literally) hit the ground running.
Finds to help you celebrate Seattle's glorious shoulder season with one last garden (or patio) party. Share story The days are getting shorter, but don't rush inside and start hibernating just yet. Celebrate Seattle's glorious shoulder season with one last garden (or patio) cocktail party.
These seasonless staples will work hard in your wardrobe - year round. Share story Rather than completely rehauling their closet every few months, more and more people are looking for clothes that can be worn for as many months out of the year as possible. These seasonless items will get you more for your money.
Start building your layers with these shoulder-season pieces you can wear now and in cooler months. Share story It can be downright blissful to think about cozy sweaters and chic jackets as these sweltering days continue. But let's not get ahead of ourselves and jump into fall fashion that we won't be able to fully enjoy for several more weeks.
It may still be hot outside, but these shoes and boots will walk you right into the cooler months. Share story Get a jump on fall trends with footwear that can also be worn during shoulder season. From booties to heels to sneakers to rain boots (natch), we've got you - and your feet - covered.
The timeless, go-anywhere pieces you'll want to wear every day. Share story While they're not the flashiest pieces in your wardrobe, lovely, versatile basics can become the pieces you end up wearing all summer long. Here are a few that are worth the splurge, as they go with everything and are timeless enough to serve you well for years to come.
You don't have to pack away these pieces after you hit the gym or get home from the campsite. Share story The arrival of a new season is a great time to take stock of your wardrobe basics.
Celebrate Earth Day by shopping greener, with these products that tread lightly on the earth. Share story There's never a wrong time to make your shopping habits more eco-friendly, but today - Earth Day - is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with brands and products that aim to tread lightly on the planet.
You don't need a whole new outfit to welcome 2018, just some fun accessories with a little sparkle. Share story With Christmas fast approaching, it's understandable if you haven't managed to obtain a fancy new outfit for New Year's Eve.
Celebrate the break in the heat with patio and deck gear that goes from summer into fall. Share story Didn't get to spend as much time outside as you wanted during our extra-hot, smoky summer? Make up for lost time during the shoulder season, as temps cool to manageable levels and friends return from summer vacations.
Chic, cozy boots and coats for men and women to help you usher in cooler weather. Share story If you're not particularly excited to see the temperature drop and rain set in, remember that the change in seasons also brings the chance to break out cozy coats and fashionable boots.
Cheery lighting and accent pieces to fight the winter doldrums. Share story If the winter gloom is getting to you, use your living spaces to brighten your mood. There's no time like the gray, gray present to add some bright, cheery décor to your home.
Damp days won't faze you in these boots and jackets from local companies and beyond. Share story It's time to bid farewell to those long, sunny summer days, and say hello to the clouds and drizzle of fall.
Summer fashion for men and women that will keep you cool on hot days and warm during chilly nights. Share story May flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and it's time to brighten your wardrobe with the hottest summer trends.
Whether you're jetting off to warm weather or just fantasizing about it, these looks act like a dose of vitamin D. Share story Winter gloom has officially set in. It's dark and rainy and, well, you know.
Finds to help you celebrate Seattle's glorious shoulder season with one last garden (or patio) party. Share story The days are getting shorter, but don't rush inside and start hibernating just yet. Celebrate Seattle's glorious shoulder season with one last garden (or patio) cocktail party.