Woman’s viral thread about a stranger on the train asking her for help is a must-read.

via Shutterstock It’s hard enough asking for help from your closest friends and family, let alone a complete stranger. But for some people, relying on the kindness of strangers is a necessity. A woman recently shared an eye-opening thread on Twitter about how a stranger on the train who suffers from epilepsy reached out to her for help, and she complied. The woman, named Erynn Brook, initially shared the whole story as a distraction from her cat getting an ultrasound. I’m waiting on kitty ultrasound results and trying to distract myself a little bit so I’d like to tell you a story about something that happened last night, in the hopes that I can process my feelings around it. I …

A historically violent man shot and killed the mother of his son. This is why we need ‘red flag’ laws.

Brian Kennedy had been threatening to kill his ex-wife for years. Two weeks before he shot her at point blank range in a Wawa convenience store outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kennedy legally purchased a gun. On March 28th, Stephanie Miller walked into the Wawa convenience store where she was scheduled to pick up her son from her ex-husband. As part of a custody agreement and because Kennedy had threatened to kill her in the past, the two had agreed to exchange the boy in a public setting. However, instead of bringing along their boy, the 34-year-old was armed with the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle he had purchased. According to an affidavit of probable cause, he “said nothing” as he entered the store …

After pictures of a ridiculous news graphic went viral, Fox host finally apologizes.

A recent blunder on ‘Fox & Friends’ went viral because it perfectly played into the common perception that the news channel traffics in ignorant racism. Recently, “Fox & Friends” ran a news graphic touting President Trump’s decision to end foreign aid to “3 Mexican countries.” (For the record there is only one Mexican country — Mexico.) This is an actual banner from “Fox & Friends Weekend.” 6:03am today. I double checked because I didn’t believe it at first. Hat tip @BadFoxGraphics pic.twitter.com/tTNH0Y7a25 — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 31, 2019 However, while the chyron ran, the Fox anchors correctly stated that the State Department announced the administration will be cutting federal aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. All of which …

A mom told women they shouldn’t wear leggings for her sons’ sakes. It backfired spectacularly.

Policing women’s bodies — and by consequence their clothes — is nothing new to women across the globe. But this mother’s “legging problem” is particularly ridiculous. What someone wears, regardless of gender, is a personal choice. Sadly, many folks like Maryann White, mother of four sons, think women’s attire — particularly women’s leggings are a threat to men. While sitting in mass at the University of Notre Dame, White was aghast by the spandex attire the young women in front of her were sporting. So, late last week, White penned a ‘letter to the editor’ that described leggings as an “unforgiving garment” and a problem only girls could solve. “I’ve thought about writing this letter for a long time. I …

Here’s what volunteering at a hospital is really like. And why you should do it.

Have you ever considered volunteering at a hospital? It’s an important job that’s often overlooked. Photo by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade via WikiCommons. When you think about the work done at hospitals and other care facilities, visions of doctors and nurses are probably first to come to mind. While these healthcare professionals do some of the most important work on the planet (and that’s no overstatement), volunteers are an integral part of the hospital’s ecosystem as well. Volunteers greet visitors, run groups, provide support to patients, wash and change linens, clean rooms, restock supplies and help ensure that the hospital is running cleanly and smoothly so that those providing medical care can focus on the patient’s physical health …

A homeless man left a note on a bus stop. The teenager who found it changed his life.

via Pedro Ribeiro Simões / Flickr Of all the horrors that people experiencing homelessness endure, being shunned by humanity is one of the most difficult to bear. Gregory P. Smith, a man who had no home for 25 years before turning his life around and receiving his PhD, has great advice for how we should treat people experiencing homelessness. “Maybe you cannot make a difference to that person’s circumstances, but you can make a difference to how you see them,” he said. “Many are hurting with the shame and stigma of being homeless. Don’t pretend they don’t exist: they are people too.” Charlotte Howard, a 16-year-old in England, didn’t look the other way when she saw a homeless person reaching …

Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez shared a wild story about what happens when politicians watch too much Fox News.

When Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez (D-NY) completed her historic election to Congress in 2018, plenty of people wondered if her momentum would carry over when she was off the campaign trail and forced to participate in the much quieter world of legislating. Needless to say, she hasn’t missed a beat. Part of what has kept AOC in the public spotlight is the unique approach she has taken to asking questions during congressional hearings. Some people think she’s too flashy — all spark and no substance. While her fans, and even some of her critics, have applauded her for asking the tough and honest questions that often get left behind in the hallowed halls of Congress. During an appearance on “Late Night with …

Kentucky just passed a major abortion ban. Here’s how that could affect you.

Kentucky Legislature just became one more in a growing line of states to pass a strict abortion ban. Last night, the Kentucky state House passed a bill that would ban abortions after six weeks, otherwise known as a “heartbeat bill.” What that means is any medical practitioner offering abortions would first have to check for a heartbeat, and if one is detected, they would not be legally allowed to perform an abortion. As of now, there are only a few exceptions to the ban, for example, if the mother’s life is in danger, but if someone is seeking an abortion because of a fetal diagnosis, the ban would stand. The bill has now been sent to the Republican Governor Matt …

In rural Kenya, women’s healthcare can be hard to access. This program is changing that.

Susan, a 25-year-old who lives in rural West Pokot, Kenya, has a daily routine. All photos via Pfizer. She wakes up at 6am every day to get water from the river. She prepares breakfast for her family. She gets her five children ready for school. Then she sets off for work, caring for her animals and plowing the earth on her farm. On her one day off a week, she takes her family to church. She loves spending time with her family and community. Susan, and women like her, have always played an important role in the local culture. However, they’ve often had challenges accessing information and resources about their health, including the importance of healthy timing and spacing of …

This family is the face of Venezuela’s historic humanitarian crisis.

Luis and Jude Vivas, with their son, Luis Jr. Editor’s note: If you want to help the Vivas family, you can contribute directly to their GoFundMe campaign here. The campaign has been verified by the GoFundMe team, with 100% of the proceeds going toward immediate food, medical and housing needs for the family. When I connect with Jude and Luis Vivas, the couple is resting inside a tiny motel room in  Cúcuta, Colombia. The width of the room barely holds a small, twin sized bed that is covered in the six backpacks they carried across the Venezuelan border with their young son, Luis Jr. “We are very tired,” Jude says, translating the words of her husband into English. “Tired of …

Howand whyan ailing U.S. veteran is helping these Venezuelan refugees start a new life.

Luis and Jude Vivas, with their son, Luis Jr. Editor’s note: If you want to help the Vivas family, you can contribute directly to their GoFundMe campaign here. The campaign has been verified by the GoFundMe team, with 100% of the proceeds going toward immediate food, medical and housing needs for the family. When I connect with Jude and Luis Vivas, the couple is resting inside a tiny motel room in  Cúcuta, Colombia. The width of the room barely holds a small, twin sized bed that is covered in the six backpacks they carried across the Venezuelan border with their young son, Luis Jr. “We are very tired,” Jude says, translating the words of her husband into English. “Tired of …

A husband caring for his sick wife and 3 other stories on what caregiving is really like.

Being a caregiver is one of the hardest jobs in the world. Photo by Jaddy Liu on Unsplash Whether it’s your profession, calling, or you’re rising to the challenge for a loved one, there’s no denying that taking care of another person full-time is an important and often unsung job. The work is mainly done behind-the-scenes, and as many caregivers will take you, most people don’t take the time to ask “How are you?” or “Is there something I can do for you?” They see caregivers as unflappable. That means the humanity is sometimes a little lost. But what’s it really like to be a full-time caregiver? That’s a question best answered by the people who’ve been there working tirelessly …

KFC demoted an employee for wanting to pump at work. She just won a $1.5 million lawsuit against them.

Women have been re-entering the workforce after giving birth for decades now. You would think that employers would know how to treat new moms back on the job, but apparently some people still have a lot of learning to do. When Autumn Lampkins was hired to be an assistant manager at a Delaware Kentucky Fried Chicken just months after giving birth, she was told her new job wouldn’t interfere with her need to pump breastmilk. Instead, it did nothing but interfere. Lampkins claimed the KFC outlet gave her a hard time for wanting (and let’s face it, needing) to pump breast milk during her working hours. Lampkins filed a lawsuit against her former employer, stating she was demoted over it. …

Trumps plan to lower drug costs is a bait-and-switch that leaves seniors paying more.

Images Money / Flickr On Thursday, January 31, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) led by Secretary Alex Azar, announced a proposal that will have the biggest impact on the American healthcare system since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. The Trump Administration aims to lower drug prices for recipients of Medicare and other government programs by banning drug makers from paying rebates to pharmacy benefits middlemen known as PBMs. Ironically, Azar is the former president of Lilly USA, a pharmaceutical company that has been criticized for raising its prices. During his decade with Lilly, the company notoriously tripled the price of insulin. via Brookings Institution / Flickr Unfortunately for seniors, the new policy is a huge …

Celine Dion shut down haters criticizing her weight loss in the most casual way.

STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images Celine Dion is living her best life and DGAF what other people have to say about it. The singer, will turn 51 in March, was recently spotted at sporting a slimmer frame at Paris Fashion Week, prompting fans to call her out for it on social media. “Hello Celine I worry, I too lost weight, but please eat, enjoy it and you will look even more greater than how you are right now…” posted one fan. “Fantastic my dear as usual. But I’m a little worried bout’ your health, sometimes you look too much skinny and weak. And tired. Are you ok, hunny?”posted another. But Dion thinks that if you don’t have anything nice to say, …

Comments on the internet are usually horrible. But these will make you love humans again.

via Gage Skidmore / Flickr Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt (“Ratatouille,” “Young Adult”) pulled off a marvelous act of human kindness on Thursday by asking his 4.46 million Twitter followers to help out a troll. It all started when Oswalt tweeted an angry response to President Trump’s call to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. You like pomes? I like pomes too! Here’s a pome I wroted:ROSES ARE REDTOMMY SHAW WAS IN STYXYOU’RE GOING TO RESIGNEAT A BUCKET OF DICKS https://t.co/PtfkFoUlIk — Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 23, 2019 Twitter user Michael Beatty, a Vietnam veteran, angrily responded to Oswalt saying, “I just realized why I was so happy you died in Blade Trinity!” and “And you shoot basketball [like] the sawed …