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Teen Nobel Prize winner Malala’s bloodied school uniform on display

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For the first time since she was attacked two years ago, the world can now see the uniform that teenager Malala Yousafzai wore when she was shot in the head by the Taliban.

Malala, 17, has authorized the public display of the bloodied uniform, which includes a blouse, trousers and head scarf. It’s part of an exhibit at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, where she will be receiving the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday.

The Pakistani teen is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history. She shares this year’s award with Kailash Satyarthi of India, who was also honored for fighting against the oppression of children and working for children’s right to education.

By the time she was 15 years old, Malala had already become an outspoken activist for girls’ right to education.

But the Taliban, who were trying to push girls out of classrooms, had a formidable grip on northwestern Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

On October 9, 2012, Taliban gunmen tracked down her school bus. They asked where Malala was. Her classmates, under threat, pointed her out.

Malala was shot in the head.

She was hospitalized in critical condition, unresponsive for three days.

Eventually, doctors put Malala in a medically induced coma so an air ambulance could fly her from Pakistan to Britain for treatment. She recovered and continued her activism for girls’ right to education — despite more death threats from the Taliban.

“They can only shoot my body,” Malala told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “They cannot shoot my dreams.”

While she hasn’t returned to Pakistan since her shooting, Malala has doubled down on her efforts to improve education for girls around the world, including writing a memoir and making highly publicized trips to Syria and Nigeria.

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7-year-old Violin Prodigy Leah Flynn Hopes To Bring Peace To Ferguson Through Music

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Meet Leah Flynn, a pint-sized violin prodigy with a heart of gold.

At just 7-years-old, Leah has become an extraordinary violinist whose recorded performances have already amassed more than 43,000 views on You Tube.

However, Leah recently made it her mission to reach beyond her online audience and hoped to play for residents she felt could truly benefit from her inspiring performance.

After watching the news a few weeks ago, Leah — who currently lives in Sanford, Florida with her family — wanted to travel to Ferguson, Missouri with hopes that her music would help bring peace to a city that has faced much controversy as of late.

“She asked me what was going on and I explained it to her she was very unhappy and concerned and she said those people are so sad,” Leah’s mother, Paula Flynn, told The Huffington Post referring to the ongoing protests in Ferguson following 18-year-old Michael Brown’s death.

Leah and her mother sent a letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Police Chief Thomas Jackson expressing her interest to perform for the city of Ferguson. While their offer was declined, St. Louis’ Fox 2 News welcomed the ladies to their show on Thursday and invited Leah to play for Missouri residents during a televised segment. The local CBS radio affiliate also extended an invitation.

During her performance, Leah played three songs: “The Prayer,” “Amazing Grace” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”

Leah has been playing the violin for two years and practices daily for one to two hours. Her father is also an experienced musician, who taught Leah many of the songs she has mastered.

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Grand Jury Declines To Indict NYPD Officer In Chokehold Death Of Eric Garner

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A grand jury in Staten Island voted Wednesday not to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died after being placed in a chokehold.

Garner, 43, died July 17 while he was being arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes. In a video of the arrest, which has since gone viral, Garner screams “I can’t breathe!” multiple times until his body goes limp. A medical examiner later said that he died of a chokehold, a move that is banned by the NYPD, and ruled his death a homicide.

Garner’s attorney said Wednesday that the “family is very upset and disappointed that these officers are not getting indicted for any criminal conduct.”

Pantaleo said in a statement Wednesday that he regretted Garner’s death.

“I became a police officer to help people and to protect those who can’t protect themselves,” Pantaleo said. “It is never my intention to harm anyone and I feel very bad about the death of Mr. Garner. My family and I include him and his family in our prayers and I hope that they will accept my personal condolences for their loss.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called Garner’s death “a terrible tragedy that no family should have to endure,” and said he would continue to work to decrease the use of excessive force among officers.

“This is a subject that is never far from my family’s minds – or our hearts,” he said. “And Eric Garner’s death put a spotlight on police-community relations and civil rights – some of most critical issues our nation faces today.”

The decision in the Garner case comes just over a week after a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, declined to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. A series of protests erupted nationwide immediately following the decision in Ferguson, and New York officials braced for similar protests on Wednesday.

 

 

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The Men Who Ran 540 Miles From Atlanta To Ferguson Share Exclusive Photos Of Their Journey

run3 run2 run1In response to the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, by police officer Darren Wilson, people across the country have participated in peaceful protests in memory of the slain teenager.
But Atlanta residents Londrelle Hall and Ray Mills took a different approach to honoring Brown’s life — one that required much physical endurance and would not have been possible without unfailing passion and perseverance.
Hall and Mills successfully completed the “Run for Justice” from Atlanta to Ferguson by foot. The pair ran the entire 540 miles to their destination — the spot in Ferguson where Brown was gunned down, which has become an ever-evolving memorial site.
In a previous interview with The Huffington Post, Hall detailed the challenges of the journey — many of which went beyond the initial physical pain, testing his emotional state as well.
The journey, in Hall’s telling, was monumental — it started in the suburbs of Atlanta, took the men through the streets of some of America’s most deeply racially divided cities and ended at the site where Brown was killed.
In an effort to convey the intense flow of emotion they experienced upon completing the 540-mile Run For Justice, Hall and Mills have shared never-before-seen images with HuffPost that portray the moment they landed in Ferguson and marked the accomplishment of their impressive feat.

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Major Networks Not Airing Obama’s Immigration Speech

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Despite the great significance of Barack Obama’s planned executive action on immigration reform, the four major television broadcast networks are not planning to cover the president’s Thursday night address where he is expected to announce his plan.
ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX have all indicated they won’t break their planned programming to cover Obama’s 8 p.m. ET speech. CNN’s Brian Stelter first reported that ABC, NBC and CBS were opting out, and an official with FOX confirmed the same with The Hill.
CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and other cable news networks were expected to air the speech, as was PBS.
But the networks that cater to an audience who will be very interested in what the president has to say cleared the time for the address, CNN reported. The vice president of Univision, the nation’s leading Spanish-language network, announced plans to interrupt its airing of the Latin Grammy Awards for the president’s address. Telemundo, the other big Spanish-language network in the U.S. will also show the speech live. And the White House is expected to stream the event online.
Stelter reported that White House officials decided against formally requesting that the major networks carry the address after getting the impression that they would be hesitant to do so, reports echoed by Deadline and The Hill. November is sweeps month, when primetime slots become all the more valuable. The four major networks have shows slotted for 8 p.m. that attract big audiences, including the fall finale of “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC, Deadline noted.
Obama announced the address on Wednesday, saying “everybody agrees that our immigration system is broken,” and, “I’m going to be laying out is the things that I can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system work better.”
While the exact details of the president’s plans to sidestep Congress are not known, the sweeping reforms could potentially shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.
The president’s expected executive action on immigration has prompted protest among Republicans, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who said on Wednesday that Congress should take legal action in response.

 

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Harvard And UNC Sued Over Race-Based Admission Policies

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Lawsuits filed Monday against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill argue that affirmative action policies should be banned at colleges across the nation.

The federal suits allege Harvard and UNC rely on race-based affirmative action policies that impact admissions of high-achieving white and Asian American students. The Harvard lawsuit also contends that the Ivy League university specifically limits the number of Asian Americans it admits each year.

The Project on Fair Representation, an Alexandria, Virginia-based legal defense fund, said Monday’s filings will be the first in a series of legal challenges against colleges across the country in an effort to ban race-based admission policies outright. Allowing this issue to be litigated in case after case will only perpetuate the hostilities that proper consideration of race is designed to avoid,” state the lawsuits, both of which cite “Students for Fair Admissions” as plaintiff, a nonprofit group based in Austin, Texas made up of recently rejected applicants, prospective students and parents. “Racial preferences are a dangerous tool and may only be used as a last resort.”

Both universities defended their admission policies Monday, noting that they are fully compliant with federal law.

“(T)he university continues to affirm the educational benefits diversity brings to students, as well as the importance of preparing students for a diverse society and assuring a pool of strong state leaders by admitting undergraduates from every background,” said UNC-Chapel Hill spokesman Rick White.

Harvard University’s General Counsel Robert Iuliano pointed out that the Supreme Court’s landmark 1978 decision in Regents of University of California v. Bakke, which upheld affirmative action, specifically cited Harvard’s admissions plan as a “legally sound approach” to admissions.

“Then and now, the college considers each applicant through an individualized, holistic review having the goal of creating a vibrant academic community that exposes students to a wide-range of differences: background, ideas, experiences, talents and aspirations,” he said.

But the lawsuit against Harvard argues that the “holistic approach” the school touts is a large part of the problem.

“Statistical evidence reveals that Harvard uses `holistic’ admissions to disguise the fact that it holds Asian Americans to a far higher standard than other students and essentially forces them to compete against each other for admission,” the lawsuit argues.

The lawsuit goes on to allege that Harvard is engaging in “racial balancing,” enrolling the “essentially the same percentage” of African Americans, Hispanics, whites, and Asian Americans year after year, even though the application rates and qualifications for each racial group have undergone significant changes over time.

“Harvard’s remarkably stable admissions and enrollment figures over time are the deliberate result of system wide intentional racial discrimination designed to achieve a predetermined racial balance of its student body,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuits conclude that “race neutral” policies — such as giving greater consideration to a prospective student’s socio-economic background and boosting financial aid, scholarships and minority candidate recruitment efforts — can promote diversity better than affirmative action.

Elite schools should also stop giving preference to so-called “legacy” students and offering early admission deadlines, both of which tend to hurt low income and minority applicants and favor wealthy and white ones, the lawsuits suggests.

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10 lies we need to stop telling ourselves!

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For too many of us, we want to be the “rock”; we don’t want anyone to think we have any weakness. This means we keep our problems and struggles to ourselves, we even keep them from those we love.

We want to be strong, but at the end of the day we’re human. We go through highs and lows, and struggle with self-limiting beliefs. We tell ourselves things that hold us back from being the best men and women we could be.

These things may not be verbalized, we might not even be aware of them, but there are 10 things we have to stop telling ourselves if we want to live an amazing life.

These self-limiting beliefs are affecting us one way or another. They’re paralyzing us and keeping too many of us from even thinking about taking action on our dream lifestyle.

They’re keeping us in toxic relationships, they’re keeping us at a jobs we hate, they’re keeping us from moving to somewhere better, they’re keeping us from being the best us we can be.

We have listened to them for far too long. It’s time to get real with ourselves and stop settling in life. We only get one life to live and these self-limiting beliefs are keeping us from truly living it. Here are 10 lies that hold us back in life.

1. I’m not good looking

You may not look like a celebrity, but you don’t have to. You’re good-looking, and you need to know that. Confidence is an attractive quality, and there is someone out there for all of us. Don’t listen to anyone that will tell you otherwise, they’re wrong.

2. I’m not smart enough

Sure, not all of us are Albert Einstein, but we don’t have to be. You may not be book smart, but you might be street smart. You may not have gone to Harvard, but you did get a degree from a state college.

You may not have even gone to college, but as long as you commit to always learn, you are as smart as you need to be. Brendon Burchard says, “An expert is a student first.” Always continue to learn and better educate yourself about the things that you need to know.

3. I can’t beat my fear

The fear of failure keeps too many of us feeling stuck. We’re afraid to even try because we think we’ll fail. Fear is a liar and a dream killer. You can’t let it win.

C JoyBell C made a great observation about fear: “Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.”>

4. I live a good enough life

You could go through life taking the safe road every time, but how boring is that? Life is too short to settle, and you only get one chance to live it. Don’t let fear keep you from true freedom and living life on your terms.

I realize this is just a line from the movie Braveheart, but the words are true and powerful: “Why? Why is that impossible? You’re so concerned with squabbling for the scraps from Longshanks’ table that you’ve missed your God-given right to something better.”

5. What other people are saying is true

There are negative people that will try to hold you back in life. They could be outright haters or just people that aren’t comfortable with their life. These people will point out the 100 reasons why you’ll never succeed. Don’t listen to them, cut them out of your life if you have to.

6. It’s too hard so I won’t try

Making big changes isn’t easy, but once you reach your goal, it will be totally worth the struggle. Change is hard, just like life, there’s no easy road for most of us, but that’s ok. The struggle teaches us to appreciate what we have once we get it. Even though it’s hard, try anyway, that’s how you learn and grow.

7. I don’t deserve happiness

Difficult life situations, or decisions we’ve made in the past may have planted the seed in our mind that we don’t deserve happiness. That is a straight up lie. No matter who you are, or where you’re at in life right now, you deserve to be happy. More than that, you can be happy if you choose to be.

8. It will never work out for me

It may seem like everyone around you has an amazing life with no problems, that’s just a front. We all have struggles, and it often feels like nothing will ever work out how we want it to. That’s just a feeling that can be overcome with a mindset shift.

9. No one understands what I’m going through

What you’re going through may be difficult, but I guarantee there’s some other person going through the same thing. It’s hard for us to open up and communicate, but keeping all those emotions bottled up inside could negatively affect your health. There is someone who understands, and there are great benefits in getting through it together.

10. This is as good as it gets

The quality of your life comes down to what you decide you want it to be. If you decide it will never get better, you won’t take the necessary steps to make it better. Stop letting self-limiting beliefs keep you stuck in a life you hate. Decide that today is the day you’re going to reclaim your life.

Don’t listen to doubt, fear, or the negative voices of others. Make the decision that even though it’s not easy, you’re going to do what it takes to create an amazing life. You’re going to live a life most people only dream of.

Don’t get me wrong, truly living an amazing life is hard work. It’s takes time and more perseverance than we think we have in us, but nothing is impossible.

Stop letting self-limiting beliefs keep you stuck in a life you hate. Decide that today is the day you’re going to reclaim your life. Make that decision, but do something different, take action.

Are you letting self-limiting beliefs hold you back?

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