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Shaina Ahmed

Environment

Ten More Cities Have Signed On To the Chicago Climate Charter

Ten more cities have signed on to the Chicago Climate Charter, which now has 67 cities on board. The city pact to battle climate change was a response to President Donald Trump pulling out of the Paris Agreement in June. On December 4-6, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel held the 2017 North American Climate Summit. Leaders from the U.S., Canada and Mexico were brought together to sign the Climate Charter and address climate change at a local

Feminism

Planned Parenthood Petition Needs Your Help Fighting Trump

Planned Parenthood’s  petition needs 10,000 more signatures before December 5th to fight President Trump’s attack on birth control, according to a text sent out by Planned Parenthood on December 1st. In October, the Trump Administration rolled back on a rule put into effect during Obama’s presidency, which required most employers to provide their workers with contraception coverage. The Department of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor made it easier for employers to refuse their employees

International

Libya Is Home To a Horrific Modern Day Slave Trade

A town in Libya seems perfectly ordinary. People work, children play, life goes on. But beneath the coat of normality, there are atrocities. In 2017, human beings are still being sold as slaves. A young man named Victory told CNN that he was sold at a slave auction. Four months and all of his money was spent in an attempt to reach Europe after fleeing Nigeria’s Edo State. He made it as far as Libya, where

Politics

Anti-LGBT Lawmaker Resigns After Being Caught Having Sex With a Man

Wes Goodman, the anti-LGBT, devout Christian and rising Republican star resigned from his job as Republican state legislature for Ohio after he was caught having sex with a man in his office earlier this autumn.  The other man involved was not employed by the legislature. An observer told Ohio Chief of Staff Mike Dittoe of the incident, who then told Republican Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberg. Rosenberg then met with Goodman and they agreed that

International

Dystopian Fantasy or Real Life? A Robot Has Been Granted Citizenship in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia took one giant leap for machine-kind today when Sophia the robot became the first robot in history to be granted citizenship.  Sophia, who once said with a blank expression that she will “destroy humans,” is the latest action working towards Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s plan to build a new megacity called Neom. Neom aims to have a population consisting of more robots than people. The city, which will be larger than Dubai, will

Feature

Hogwarts Express Rescues Family Stranded in Scottish Highlands

Jon and Helen Cluett and their four young children were rowing across a remote bothy in Lochaber when they realized their canoe had been swept away by a river. Their boat was moored in a little burn behind the bothy, tied to a wall, and pulled high out of the water before the river snatched it away. “The burn was overflowing. The entire area was underwater. The rocks I’d tied to the boat were pulled

Real Life

Save a Life This ‘Adopt a Shelter Dog Month’

October may be the month of Halloween for black cats, but for abandoned dogs, it is ‘Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.’ Eight years ago, my family bought a Bichon Frise from an online breeder. We drove three hours to reach the breeder’s home. She was nice and informative, but I was distracted by the room at the end of a long hallway in her house. The sounds of scratching and desperate whimpering escaped from behind

Feature

World’s Heaviest Woman Loses Lifelong Battle With Obesity

The “world’s heaviest woman” has died Monday morning. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, a 37-year-old Egyptian woman weighed 1,102 lbs (500 kg) before undergoing bariatric surgery at Saifee Hospital in Mumbai this March. Eman was 11 lbs (5 kg) at birth. She struggled with thyroid problems since childhood, and has been confined to bed since she was twelve, her family said. After suffering a stroke, she lost her ability to move and communicate. Her weight

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