After last night’s announcement that Officer Darren Brown would not be indicted for murder after in the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, protests erupted all over Ferguson, Missouri, and the surrounding St. Louis area.
We saw numerous images of cars and buildings burning as looters and arsonists grabbed the headlines after what had been 108 days of largely peaceful protests.
But what you probably haven’t seen on CNN or in this morning’s edition of USA Today is that around the country, thousands stood in solidarity with Ferguson. While a few vandals seized the opportunity to smash a window here and there, these protests were largely peaceful and with the exception of a few brief moments, were largely ignored by the national media covering last night’s events.
Here are just a few of the cities you probably didn’t read about…
At 29 years old, Jason Brown was at the top of his game. The star center for the St. Louis Rams was called “the cornerstone of our line” by his head coach. Then suddenly, after playing three years of a five-year $37 million contract, the North Carolina native walked away from the game…
Brown had never farmed in his life, so he watched YouTube videos to figure out how to manage his new 1,000-acre property in rural North Carolina.
What’s more incredible than his sudden departure from the game that was making him millions of dollars is what he’s doing with the sweet potatoes and cucumbers he’s growing…
One of Michelle Obama’s biggest priorities as First Lady has been to improve the health of one of the world’s unhealthiest countries. To that end, she’s been the driver behind a movement to make school lunches more healthy.
But not everyone is on board with the First Lady’s plan.
As high schoolers watch their lunches get cut back and are served meals that are intended to be more healthy, they’ve taken to Twitter over the past year to vent their frustration.
We’ve scoured Twitter and compiled some of our favorite — or least favorite — meals from high schoolers who are hoping for some improvements…
As part of their efforts to fight ebola, international advocacy organization One.org made a star-studded PSA. It’s powerful despite being the simplest promo any of these celebrities has ever filmed. In fact, its power comes from how little was required of them…
Between a meeting about police misconduct and a visit to the scene of a brutal tragedy earlier this month, Milwaukee Chief of Police Edward Flynn got surprisingly frank and honest about his frustrations…
This past weekend, to the chagrin of the entire town, busloads of Neo-Nazis descended on Wunsiedel in Germany. There is nothing the town can do to stop the hate group’s annual march that they hold there.
But some creative thinkers realized, while they can’t legally deny the Neo-Nazis, they can make it work against them.
With the help of sponsors and regular folks making smaller donations, the town turned the hateful march into a walkathon in support of EXIT Germany, a charity that helps people get out of extreme right wing organizations like the ones putting the Wunsiedel march on.
For every meter that the Neo-Nazis marched, 10 Euros was donated to this initiative that stands strongly against them. They raised 10,000 Euros. Good for them.
Watch as they see that every step they take is supporting their defeat…
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Last year, Australian journalist Lisa Wilkinson became just the second woman to present Australia’s distinguished Andrew Olle Media Lecture. In her speech, she noted some of the difficulties faced by women in her industry, particularly regarding their fashion.
After hearing Wilkinson’s speech, her cohost on Australia’s Today show, Karl Stefanovic, decided to do an experiment, but it was a secret experiment. Every day, to see if anyone noticed, he began to wear the exact same suit.
After several days, no one had commented, despite the fact that, not only was it the same suit, it was a cheap Burberry knock-off. He decided to keep the experiment going.
He eventually told Wilkinson and one other colleague, but nobody else knew…
Finally, after an entire year of wearing the same blue suit all but a few days when he was getting it dry-cleaned, Stefanovic quietly noted what he’d been doing in an interview this past weekend.
Over the course of the last year, Stefanovic says he has not received a single email or comment from anyone about the suit he’s been wearing. Meanwhile, Wilkinson continues to receive regular criticism over her apparel.
“I’m judged on my interviews, my appalling sense of humor – on how I do my job, basically. Whereas women are quite often judged on what they’re wearing or how their hair is … that’s [what I wanted to test].”
With a year of silence over his suit, there’s no doubt Stefanovic’s test has been a resounding success…or, perhaps more accurately, a giant failure.
Megan Rothbauer should be able to consider herself lucky — one year ago at age 29, she had a heart attack that left her in a coma and almost took her life.
And she does feel lucky she’s alive, but unfortunately there’s a downside no one would have predicted. Despite being fully insured, she’s now $50,000 in medical debt and instead of being able to simply celebrate that she’s alive, she’s worried about bankruptcy and having to put off her impending engagement.
When Megan had her heart attack, she was left unconscious and taken by an ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. Unfortunately for her, St. Mary’s is out of her insurance network. What’s worse is that Meriter Hospital, an in-network hospital with a maximum co-pay of only $1500, is three blocks away from St. Mary’s.