Martina Navratilova Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of gay rights advocate and tennis great Martina Navratilova.

Personal:
Birth date:
October 18, 1956
Birth place: Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)
    Birth name: Martina Subertova
    Father: Miroslav Subert
    Mother: Jana Navratilova
    Marriage: Julia Lemigova (December 15, 2014-present)
    Other Facts:
    Her parents divorced when she was young. She was raised by her stepfather, Mirek Navratil, and took his last name. He was her first tennis coach.
    She plays tennis left-handed.

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    She holds the record for most Open Era Wimbledon championship wins with nine, including six consecutive.
    She was one of the first openly gay sports figures.
    Sports Illustrated named her one of the “Top Forty Athletes of All-Time.”
    Timeline:
    1972 –
    Wins the Czech National Championship.
    1975 – At the age of 18, Navratilova defects to the United States.
    1978 – Wins her first singles title at Wimbledon defeating Chris Evert.The duo goes on to meet in 80 matches over the course of 16 years, and still maintain a close friendship.
    1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 – Is named Player of the Year by the Women’s Tennis Association.
    1981 – Becomes a naturalized citizen of the United States.
    1983 – Wins her first US Open.
    1985 – Releases her autobiography “Martina.”
    1986 – Returns to Czechoslovakia for the first time to compete, for the United States, in a tennis match in Prague.
    1991 – Ex-girlfriend Judy Nelson files a lawsuit in Texas after Navratilova refuses to honor what Nelson alleges is a “nonmarital cohabitation agreement” they both signed in 1986. They later settle out of court.
    1992 – Breaks the tournament titles record with 158 titles, more than any other person.
    1994 – Retires from playing singles having won 167 titles.
    2000 – Is inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
    2003 – Becomes the oldest player to compete in the Fed Cup.
    2004 – Participates in the Summer Olympics in Athens as the oldest tennis player.
    2006 – In her final Grand Slam, Navratilova competes at the US Open in the mixed-doubles championship match. After winning, she becomes the oldest player to win a Grand Slam title.
    February 24, 2010 – Is diagnosed with a non-invasive breast cancer, ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).
    March 15, 2010 – Undergoes a lumpectomy.
    May 12, 2010 – Begins radiation treatment at L’Institut Curie in Paris.
    June 5, 2010 – Competes in the senior women’s doubles at the French Open and wins.
    March 27, 2012 – Is eliminated as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”
    December 8, 2014 – Announces she will be joining the coaching team of Agnieszka Radwanska in 2015.
    April 24, 2015 – Steps down as the part-time coach of Radwanska after underestimating the time necessary to “make this a proper and good situation for both Agnieszka and me.”

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    5 things for Tuesday, May 23: Manchester attack, Russia, Trump

    (CNN)The aftermath of an unfathomableattack in Great Britain leads off the thingsyou need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.

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      Medicaid could lose $800 billion under Trump

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/23/us/five-things-may-23-trnd/index.html

    Erin Burnett outraged at all-male Senate health care panel

    (CNN)CNN host Erin Burnett was incredulous Friday after the Senate announced the 13 Republican senators who will be responsible for crafting President Trump’s new health care plan — and all of them are white men.

    “Thirteen men are deciding the future of American health care tonight,” Burnett announced on her show, “‘OutFront.”
    “They are the Republican senators who will take the House bill passed (Thursday) and craft a Senate version called Trumpcare. That version could be the law of the land, and there is not one woman at the table to represent more than half the population of this country.”
      The CNN host then showed pictures of the 13 senators, who include Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch and Ted Cruz of Texas.
      “There they are,” Burnett announced, before launching into a scathing critique.
      “Why couldn’t they find one woman to represent the concerns of 126 million female adults in the United States of America?” she said.
      “What can they realistically bring to the table when the conversation turns to, let’s just say, childbirth, maternity leave, ovarian cancer or breast cancer?” she added.
      Burnett then read aloud a statement, obtained by CNN’s Dana Bash from a senator’s aide, that appeared to defend the makeup of the group.
      “We have no interest in playing identity politics that’s not what this is about, it’s about getting a job done,” the statement read. “To reduce this to gender, race or geography misses the more important point of the diverse segments of the conference the group represents on policies.”
      The explanation did not appear to be satisfactory to Burnett.
      “Well, apparently that’s what good governing is these days, according to those 13 white men,” she said.

      Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/06/us/erin-burnett-women-health-care-cnntv/index.html

      Shirley Temple Black Fast Facts

      (CNN)Here’s a look at the life of former child star Shirley Temple Black.

      Death date: February 10, 2014
      Birth place: Santa Monica, California
        Birth name: Shirley Jane Temple
        Father: George Temple, a banker
        Mother: Gertrude Temple
        Marriages: Charles A. Black (December 1950 – August 4, 2005, his death); John Agar (September 19, 1945 – December 5, 1949, divorced)
        Children: with Charles A. Black: Lori Alden and Charles Alden Jr.; with John Agar: Linda Susan (adopted by Black)
        Education: Westlake School for Girls, 1945
        Other Facts:
        She began performing at age 3.
        Most remembered for singing “On the Good Ship Lollipop” in the 1934 movie “Bright Eyes” and tap dancing on the staircase with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson in 1935 in “The Little Colonel.”
        Is the number one box-office draw in America and Britain from 1935-1938.
        Her corkscrew curls were popular with little girls from the 1930s through the 1970s.
        A “Shirley Temple” cocktail is non-alcoholic – ginger ale with a dash of grenadine syrup and a maraschino cherry.
        Timeline:
        1932 –
        First film of notice, part of the “Baby Burlesks” short-subject series, “War Babies.”
        1934 – The year of her first feature-length film, “Carolina”, first starring role, as Marky in “Little Miss Marker”, and beginning of seven-year contract with Twentieth Century-Fox. She also receives a miniature Oscar at the annual Academy Awards ceremony.
        1940 – Her contract with Twentieth Century-Fox is terminated a year before it’s up, by mutual agreement with her parents.
        November 25, 1949 – Her last film is released, “A Kiss for Corliss.”
        1950 – Retires from films to become a full-time homemaker.
        1958-1961 – Her hour-long, weekly television show, “Shirley Temple’s Storybook”, airs for 38 episodes.
        November 1967 – Running as a Republican, Temple Black loses the special election for the 11th California Congressional District seat.
        1969-1974 – Is a member of the US delegation to the United Nations.
        November 1972 – Successfully battles breast cancer with a mastectomy to her left breast.
        1974-1976 – Is the US Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana
        July 1, 1976 – January 21, 1977 – The first female US Chief of Protocol.
        1983 – Co-chair and charter member of the American Academy of Diplomacy, the training school for ambassadors.
        1988 – “Child Star: An Autobiography”, is published.
        1989-1992 – Is the US Ambassador to Czechoslovakia
        1995 – Receives Kennedy Center Honor for Lifetime Achievement in the performing arts.
        2006 – Receives a Screen Actors’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.
        February 10, 2014 – Dies of natural causes at the age of 85.

        Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/13/us/shirley-temple-black-fast-facts/index.html

        7th grader is fighting cancer with green tea

        (CNN)At 12 years old, Steven Litt has discovered cancer-fighting chemicals in green tea.

        The middle schooler’s project for the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair used an antioxidant in green tea to fight cancer growth in worms. It’s won prizes across the state and gained attention from researchers nationwide.
        Stephen, who lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia, became interested in cancer-related research after two family friends were diagnosed with breast cancer. He immediately began reading up on cancer, and found an article about decreased rates of the disease in Japan in connection with the antioxidants in green tea.

          Experimenting with green tea

          Stephen and his dad ordered the necessary materials online and built a makeshift laboratory in their home. He divided 100 planaria — or worms — into four groups in order to test his hypotheses that a polyphenol in green tea could inhibit tumor formation in the worms exposed to carcinogens.
          Over the next four weeks, Stephen exposed one group only to the phytochemical found in green tea, epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG. A second group was exposed to EGCG for 24 hours and then to two carcinogens for the remainder of the experiment.
          Stephen and his father used the carcinogens Cadmium Sulfate and 12-O-Tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate, or TPA. His father — a chemist — mixed the carcinogens himself, so that the middle schooler wouldn’t be in contact with any dangerous chemicals. They decided to use planarian worms because they are known to have stem cells called neoblasts which mimic the behavior of cancer cells. Stephen hypothesized that stopping the neoblasts from functioning properly could lead to a potential cure for cancer.
          The third group was exposed to just the two types of carcinogens, and the fourth group — the control — was exposed only to spring water.
          Stephen analyzed his results using a microscope that his grandparents gifted him, discovering that the worms exposed to EGCG and carcinogens grew no tumors over the course of his observations.
          “He stumbled along something because of his foresight, which most kids don’t have,” His father, Lesley Litt, told CNN. “He really wants to share what he knows, and help people.”

          Tufts takes notice

          After Stephen’s project won local and state science awards, a researcher at Tufts University took notice. Michael Levin, the director of Tuft’s Allen Discovery Center, invited Stephen to view the labs at the university. Stephen’s age kept him out of a lab before this, so he was very excited to work inside a real research lab, his father said. CNN reached out to Levin for comment and is waiting to hear back.
          “I’m seriously humbled,” Litt said. “It’s an odd feeling to be humbled by your own child. You ask yourself, where did he come from? He has something remarkable.”
          Outside of school, Stephen still has time to be the top 7th grade oboe player in the state, play tennis, do karate, be a Boy Scout — and “somehow manages to find time to play video games,” his dad said.
          In the future, Stephen wants to transplant human tumor cells into planarians and expose them to EGCG to see if it will “devour the cancer,” his dad said.
          After his experiments, the budding researcher was supposed to kill the tumor-ridden worms from the carcinogen group, but he had become too attached; his dad had to put them in the freezer instead. The rest of the worms were donated to his middle school to live in his science classroom — until his next project.

          Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/13/us/student-cancer-green-tea-trnd/index.html

          We are what we believe: What CNN readers told us about faith

          (CNN)Each of the nearly 7.5 billion people on this planet is a complex product of our upbringing, culture, and an inestimable number of other factors. But nothing informs how we live quite like what we believe.

          On the CNN Original Series “Believer,” Reza Aslan traveled the globe and immersed himself inthe world’s most fascinating faiths with that in mind. And in the process, CNN wenton a related journey, seeking answers to one question:
          What do you believe?
          Since February, more than 600members of our global audience have shared with us what they believe and how they came to realize it — from chance encounters to life-changing tragedies to supernatural visions. For many others, their quest for understanding continues, with no end in sight.
          Here’s what we learned from your stories.

          You’ve been passionate from a young age

          For all those still wandering, uncertain of what they truly believe, there are others who have always known: the “true believers.”
          Michael Lowry, a self-described atheist, says it’s what he DIDN’T believe inthat dawned onhim at a very young age. Lowry said he grew up in a Christian community but Sunday schoolended up pushing him away from organized religion.

          “Belief can be a dangerous thing …”

          Michael Lowry Atheist

          Rachel Hutto says God helped her survive a difficult childhood, which solidified her unwavering Christian faith.

          I survived my childhood and still felt that I was loved and had a purpose. I was raised Baptist, and saved at the age of 6 and baptized at 7 or 8. But I had a rough go of it growing up. God never left me and always provided. Over the years, I have witnessed the fact that He has a plan for my life, and that everything that happens has a purpose, if used for good. I truly believe that God loves each of us, indiscriminate of our color, sexual preference, criminal background, or anything that we have done or said in our lives. The only thing that any of us has to do to get to heaven is to believe that Jesus is God’s son and that he died on that cross to save us.

          Rachel Hutto, Christian

          At 14 years old, a debate in English class led Ben V. to fully understand the power of his relationship with a higher power.

          I was 14 years old. I was born and raised in a good Mormon family outside of Utah. When I was 14, we moved to Utah and it was there, ironically, that my faith was tested for the first time. Our English class assignment was to write and deliver a persuasive essay, and a classmate gave a speech (to a bunch of Mormons, mind you) on how God didn’t exist. After arguing with him during the next period, I, for the first time in my life, testified to him that I believed, that I knew God was my loving Heavenly Father and that Jesus Christ was my savior. In standing for Christ, I felt for the first time that Christ really stood for me.

          Ben V., Christian

          You know everything can change in an instant

          We spend much of our lives searching for answers about God and the afterlife, but it’s often specific events that crystallize beliefs.
          Brian Brandsmeier, a Buddhist, achieved “enlightenment” about the universe and his place in it thanks to a life-changing lecture from Neil deGrasse Tyson.

          I heard a lecture by Neil deGrasse Tyson where he described the interdependence of the entire universe. As part of that lecture, he talked about how people are made of stardust and are connected to the universe atomically. Tyson went on to say, ‘We are in the universe and the universe is in us.’ He also said that people are special because our advanced minds give us the ability to help the universe reflect upon itself. So what started out as dust from the ‘Big Bang’ can now meditate on the very meaning of that same ‘Big Bang’ many, many years later. At the end of that lecture, I felt a profound sense of connection to everything in existence — my kids, the dog next door, and the entirety of existence throughout space and time. That was kind of a big deal. Everything seemed more sacred somehow. And it was one of those rare moments where I could honestly say that I tasted enlightenment.

          Brian Brandsmeier, Buddhist

          For Ron Rhodes, a night spent alone under the stars in Colorado’s Mueller State Park proved the existence of God — and helped him kick his pack-a-day smoking habit.

          “… I pulled out my pack of Marlboros and I crushed them.”

          Ron Rhodes “A child of gods”

          Even lifelong believers can have their faith rekindled in unlikely ways. For Jane France, a “Protestant Christian for over 70 years,” it was her new neighbors — a family of Muslim refugees — who helped illuminate the similarities that unite all who worship God.

          I have been a Protestant Christian for over 70 years. In 2004, I felt the presence of God fill me when I felt empty. No other words to describe it. I was in the waiting room at the hospital waiting to visit my daughter, a divorced mother of two teenage daughters. I had learned that during minor surgery doctors found that her earlier breast cancer had spread to her lungs. I couldn’t imagine facing her with the news. That was 2004. Six months ago, God blessed my husband and I when a Muslim family — mom, dad, three sons (20 to 8) and a 17-year-old daughter — rented half a house next door. We live in a small town — almost all white Christians — 15 miles from Canton, Ohio. They entered the U.S. seeking asylum. Not sure if we adopted them or they adopted us, but we have become very close. We calmly discuss the similarities and differences in our religions, but know we all worship the same God. 15-year-old Hasnain is in the middle of extensive treatment for leukemia. We all pray for him, we drive them, support them, etc. Jesus’ main commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself, even when they are different.

          Jane France, “A true believer”

          You think actions speak louder than words

          It’s clich, yes, but it alsorings true for so many. Judging by the responses, several of you feel it matters far less what you believe than how you act on your beliefs.
          Majel Moon-Brumley believes in personal responsibility, the interconnectedness of all living things, and above all, the power of kindness.

          “… If we use kindness as our prime mover, we can transform the world.”

          Majel Moon-Brumley Buddhist

          Nearly losing her son during surgery gave Jenn Coolidge a new perspective on life; our time on this Earth is short, so it’s time we start making the most of it.

          I realized that regardless of religion, we all follow the same tenets: Be kind, love one another, don’t steal, etc. Life is a journey that we are all on. Love, honesty, kindness and respect for each other and the planet are achievable — we just have to commit to making them happen. Having a son cross over and coming back while undergoing surgery also opened me up to the fact that THIS physical being we occupy (our bodies) is very temporary. Bottom line: Be kind. We’re all in this together.

          Jenn Coolidge, “Spiritually awake”

          And Gilgamesh, who was raised Catholic but today describes himself as “humanist,” said the overall message of the major religions is mostly the same — it’s how we put that message into action that matters.

          I was raised Catholic, but from an early age, I found the mythologies/theologies of various cultures fascinating. The more ancient the story was, the more insatiable my curiosity became. As I grew up and became wiser (hopefully, at any rate), I began to look past the names and spheres of influence of the various deities, and tried to understand the message each story offered. Soon, I found more similarities than differences, once the totality of a given mythology was accounted for. That is not to say all religion is false; only that each — including Atheism — is just an attempt to interpret the universe at large via a form of philosophy and allegory. All religion is correct, in its own way. What matters most is what we do with the message given to us.

          Gilgamesh, “Humanist”

          You find strength in believing (or not)

          Faith is a stabilizing force for many facing hardship. And then there are others, like David Brown Jr., who are able to discover what they really believe in as a result of tragic circumstances.
          For Brown, it was an unimaginable crisis — the abduction of his 11-month-old daughter — and his struggle to forgive the perpetrator that made him a believer in the “power of love.”

          “‘Daddy, everything is going to be OK.'”

          David Brown Jr. “Connected to something bigger than me”

          Angela was raised Christian, but the death of her grandmother when she was 10 years old led her to question everything she thought to be true. She explored other religions,and found that the only thing that made sense to her is nature, which formsthe basis of what she calls her loosely Wiccan beliefs.

          It began when I was 10 and my grandmother died. I started to question everything. My family was not overly religious, but loosely Christian. I never felt comfortable with that, though. After she died, I began exploring other faiths, looking for peace. By the time I was 15, I had decided that the only thing that made sense to me (and correlated with science) was nature. I discovered Polytheism and ritualistic concepts spoke to me. I felt most at peace with sunlight (or moonlight) on my face, Earth under my feet. Now, in my mid-30s, the ‘label’ I use is Wiccan, but even that is not the entire basis of my belief. I feel that faith is the most private thing a human has. Our connection to the Earth and each other, the sharing of energies, and the curiosity of self-awareness are what fuels our souls. I respect anyone’s concept of God, but I know the flexibility of the unknown means interpretation of faith is individual. Perhaps it’s supposed to be.

          Angela, “Pagan — nature based”

          In hard times, sometimes all we need is a sign to show us that everything will be OK, that we aren’t alone. After Hurricane Ike damaged his home in 2008, Clark Wiginton says he returned over a month later to find a surprising “love letter” that reaffirmed his faith in Jesus.

          Cleaning up the ground floor of my house, which was destroyed by Hurricane Ike, everything on my desk in my study was soaked with water and ruined, except for my Bible. It sat right in the middle of several other things on my desk that had to be thrown away. The Bible had a normal cover that did not seal or zip — just a book cover. The cover was moldy and muddy from flood water, but the pages inside were pristine — dry and like new. The gold leading around the pages was shiny and perfect. Even the photos of my kids that I kept inside were crisp and perfect (I have photos to prove it). There had been five feet of ocean water in that room for more than 12 hours and I hadn’t been in the house for over a month since the storm. In the middle of that terrible hurricane, here was a small love letter to me to remind me that God was in charge, even in the storm, and that it was going to be OK. I had followed Jesus before, but after that I’m Jesus for life, even in the storms.

          Clark Wiginton, Christian

          You seek beyond major religions

          History is littered with evidence of humans’ attempts to answer life’s key questions. In modern times, most have found understanding through the world’s major religions. But for some, it’s the messages of other faiths — including ancient ones — that resonate for them.
          Stephen Garth says he “did them all” — dabbling in Islam, Christianity and other religions — but he finally found what he was seeking through Ifa, a faith that traces its roots to West Africa.

          “… If we use kindness as our prime mover, we can transform the world.”

          Stephen Garth Ifa (Yoruba religion)

          Francis Marino grew up in the Catholic Church, but was exposed to the stories of Norse gods in high school English class. Marino says the gods of Norse Paganism provide an example we can aspire to because much like us mortals, their gods are hardly perfect.

          I found a book on Norse myths. I grew up in the Roman Catholic Church and the stories of the saints interested me, but it was in high school in English class when I began to read the stories of the Greek and Roman gods, and finally the Norse Gods. It was not until I was a bit older that I began to get a different understanding of them, and the old customs and the new. Our faith is based in nature, ancestor veneration, focused on family, building better lives for us and our kin, for the future with respect for the past, the Earth and not pressing our views or beliefs on others, respecting the natural world, the spirits who dwell in it and everything connected to it. To us, the gods are not immortal, or perfect. Some even doubt they exist, but in the end we use their examples to drive us towards better lives — to being strong people. We have many different views, beliefs. We do not attempt to explain the world, or the nature of man. We just strive to live and pass on our traditions and faith.

          Francis Marino, “Norse Pagan”

          You believe the search for meaning never ends

          That we may never have all the answers we seek can be hard to accept, but for some in our audience, the idea is liberating, fuel for a life of curiosity and exploration.
          Abhinand Raghavan identifies as Hindu, but says his “very religious” upbringing brought with it feelings of guilt when he fell short of adhering to the “rules of God” — until he realized the challenge of becoming a better man was one he had to tackle on his own.

          “That was something that I had to figure out by myself.”

          Abhinand Raghavan Hindu

          For K. Robinson, exploration of the world’s religions began after leaving home at age 22. That quest has led Robinson to a simple but powerful conclusion: Regardless of what you believe, striving to be a better person is all that matters.

          I was 22. I left my parents’ home, their rules and their religion. I had finished my undergraduate degree and I was out in the world. There were so many ‘new’ people. There were religions that I had never experienced — Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs. The world was filled with new experiences, conversations and thoughts. I have come to the conclusion that no matter what religion you are, or are not, as long as you are good, kind and giving in both friendship, your time, money and self … you count as a human being. You meet the criteria. If there is a heaven or afterlife, you’re in. If there isn’t, you did your best. You touched people’s lives. You changed people’s lives. What more could be expected of a human being?

          K. Robinson, “Questioning”

          Howard Acosta points to a remarkable experience as a child as the event that launched a personal faith journey. While mostly prescribing to Christianity today, Acosta does “adhere to other truths in several other faiths,” and believes there’s more to this world than what we can touch and see.

          My brother and I saw two spirits with our own eyes — I know factually that there’s more to this life than the material world. I was 10 years old and he was 12. We were living in base housing while stationed at Newport, Rhode Island. We had just snuck downstairs to make some chocolate milk. Our mother had just stepped out next door to the townhouse attached to ours to play cards and thought she had put us to bed. As we were returning upstairs to our bedroom, my brother in front of me almost to the top, we heard a wood-clap noise behind us and I turned to look and saw a green, transparent, floating figure with arms and legs but no apparent digits, that was about the same height as me. It wiggled, as if startled that I saw it, ran through the stairwell wall and it was gone. I froze. My older brother said, ‘Did you see that?!’ We cried, and he said let’s go call my mom on the downstairs phone. I thought it’d be safer to use the upstairs phone, because that ‘thing’ was behind us, but I followed him, crying along the way. Our mom said we were both having a bad dream and to go back to bed. Years later, my brother and I were attending a Bible study about ‘Demons and Angels,’ and I was telling this account to the group, and my brother chimed in to correct me that the wood-clap noise seemed to come from the top of the stairs, where he saw the spirit described the same way. There were two of them! One behind us on the landing and one in front at the top of the stairs that my brother saw. Since that experience, I’ve had to explore religion and various faiths. I’m compelled to search. I’ve settled mostly on the Christian faith (mainly because the son of God, love-story appeals to my wiring), but I also adhere to other truths in several other faiths.

          Howard Acosta, “a believer”

          Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/05/us/believer-what-do-you-believe-stories-roundup/index.html

          Sandra Day O’Connor Fast Facts

          Here is a look at the life of the first female justice on the United States Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor.

          Personal:
          Birth date:
          March 26, 1930
          Birth place: El Paso, Texas
          Birth name: Sandra Day
            Father: Harry A. Day, rancher
            Mother: Ada Mae (Wilkey), rancher
            Marriage: John Jay O’Connor III (1952-2009, his death)
            Children: Scott, Brian and Jay
            Education: Stanford University, B.A. in Economics (magna cum laude), 1950; Stanford Law School, LL.B, 1952
            Other Facts:
            In law school, was on the Stanford Law Review and third in her class.
            Completed law school in two years.
            A proponent of judicial restraint. At her confirmation hearings, she said, “Judges are not only not authorized to engage in executive or legislative functions, they are also ill-equipped to do so.”
            In retirement, O’Connor has campaigned around the United States to abolish elections for judges, believing that a merit system leads to a more qualified and untainted judiciary.
            Timeline:
            1952-1953 –
            County deputy attorney in San Mateo, California.
            1955-1957- Works as a civilian lawyer for the Quartermaster Corps in Germany, while her husband serves with the Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps.
            1959 – Opens a law firm in Maryvale, Arizona.
            1965-1969 – Assistant Attorney General of Arizona.
            1969 – Appointed to fill a vacant seat in the Arizona Senate.
            1970 – Elected to the Arizona Senate.
            1972 – Re-elected to the Arizona Senate and elected majority leader. She is the first woman to hold this office in any state.
            1975-1979 – Superior Court judge of Maricopa County.
            1979-1981 – Judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals.
            August 19, 1981 – Formally nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, to fill the seat of retiring Justice Potter Stewart.
            September 21, 1981 – Confirmed by the US Senate.
            September 25, 1981 – Sworn in as the first female Supreme Court justice of the United States.
            1982 – Writes an opinion invalidating a women-only enrollment policy at a Mississippi State nursing school because it “tends to perpetuate the stereotyped view of nursing as an exclusively women’s job.” Mississippi University for Women, et al., v. Hogan
            October 21, 1988 – Has surgery for breast cancer after being diagnosed earlier in the year.
            1996 – Writes the majority opinion in a 5-4 decision to restrict affirmative action policies and voting districts that are created to boost political power of minorities. Shaw v. Reno
            1999 – Writes the majority ruling opinion in the 5-4 sexual harassment ruling that public school districts that receive federal funds can be held liable when they are “deliberately indifferent” to the harassment of one student by another. Aurelia Davis v. Monroe County Bd. of Ed
            2000 – Votes with the majority in a 5-4 decision that strikes down state laws banning the medical procedure that critics call “partial-birth” abortion. Stenberg v. Carhart
            December 2000 – Votes in the majority to end the recount in Florida which leads to George W. Bush becoming president of the United States. O’Connor and Anthony M. Kennedy are the only justices who do not attach their names to either a concurring or dissenting opinion in the case. Bush v. Gore
            January 31, 2006 – Retires from the Supreme Court.
            2008 – Develops the website, OurCourts which later becomes iCivics, a free program for students to learn about the US court system. It allows students to investigate and argue actual cases and to participate in realistic government simulations.
            July 30, 2009 – Is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
            February 25, 2014 – Releases the book “Out Of Order,” which is based on the Supreme Court and its history.

            Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/30/us/sandra-day-oconnor-fast-facts/index.html

            Gloria Steinem Fast Facts

            (CNN)Here’s a look at the life of writer and activist Gloria Steinem.

            Personal:
            Birth date:
            March 25, 1934
            Birth place: Toledo, Ohio
            Birth name: Gloria Marie Steinem
              Father: Leo Steinem, an antique dealer
              Mother: Ruth (Nuneviller) Steinem
              Marriage: David Bale (2000-2003, his death)
              Education: Smith College, B.A., 1956
              Other Facts:
              Steinem’s grandmother, Pauline Perlmutter Steinem, was the president of the Ohio Woman Suffrage Association.
              Did not spend a full year in school until age twelve.
              She began her journalism career writing under a man’s name.
              Timeline:
              1956-1958 –
              Lives in India on a Chester Bowles Fellowship.
              1960 – Moves to New York and begins working at Help! magazine.
              1963 Works undercover as a “Bunny” at the Playboy Club in New York and then writes an expos about the poor pay and working conditions.
              1968 – As a founding editor, she begins writing the column, “The City Politic,” for New York magazine.
              1969 – Begins writing and speaking about feminism after attending a meeting held by a women’s movement group that addressed the issue of abortion.
              May 6, 1970 – Testifies before the United States Senate on behalf of the Equal Rights Amendment.
              1971 – Co-founds Ms. Magazine, the first feminist magazine, and the first to be created and operated entirely by women.
              1971 – Co-founds the National Women’s Political Caucus, which works to increase the number of women in the political field.
              1973 – Co-founds the Ms. Foundation for Women.
              November 18-21, 1977 – Organizes the National Women’s conference in Houston. The conference is the first to be backed by the US government, and its purpose was not lawmaking but proposing recommendations for widespread gender equality.
              1983 – Steinem’s collection of essays “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions” is published.
              1992 – Steinem’s book “Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem” is published.
              April 22, 1993 – Celebrates the first “Take Our Daughters To Work Day,” an educational program created by the Ms. Foundation to give girls a voice and presence in the workplace.
              1993 – Inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
              January 12, 1993 – Co-produces the movie for television “Better off Dead” an examination of the parallels between abortion and the death penalty.
              1996 – Creates the Women and AIDS Fund with the Ms. Foundation to support women living with HIV/AIDS.
              2005 – Co-founds the Women’s Media Center with Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan.
              2006 – Steinem’s book “Doing Sixty & Seventy” is published.
              August 15, 2011 – The HBO documentary “Gloria: In Her Own Words” airs.
              2013 – Steinem is a subject in the PBS documentary “Makers,” a project that aims to record the stories of women who “made America.”
              November 20, 2013 – Is awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
              October 27, 2015 – Her memoir “My Life on the Road” is published.
              February 5, 2016 – Steinem makes a controversial comment on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” saying young women are supporting Senator Bernie Sanders in the presidential race because “the boys are with Bernie.” She later apologizes and claims her comment was misinterpreted.
              May 10, 2016 – Steinem’s television show “WOMAN” premieres on VICELAND.

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              ‘Other Boys NYC’ tells the untold stories of queer and trans men of color

              Image: Slay TV/YouTube

              A new documentary series called Other Boys NYC is highlighting the stories of an often overlooked population queer and trans men of color.

              The extensive 50-part series, created by filmmaker Abdool Corlette and co-producer Adam Vazquez, spotlights 50 different queer men of color from various experiences living in New York City. Each video ranges from five to seven minutes, showing individual stories about identity, sexuality and what it means to be a queer or trans man of color today.

              Other Boys NYC comes at a time in which race, sexuality and gender identity are hot button topics discussed in politics, the media and homes around the world,” Corlette said in a statement.

              “The series aims to inspire empathy and discussion through taking an intimate look at those topics as well as others like dating, family, masculinity, socio-economics, religion and career.”

              The first 25 episodes of Other Boys NYC, which will be distributed by global media network Slay TV, will premiere on Feb. 25. The remaining 25 episodes will then roll out on a weekly basis over the coming months.

              “I wanted to shake things up and create a project that puts our stories front and center,” Corlette said. “Other Boys NYC is a celebration of diversity. There is so much beauty and talent in our community and I just want to celebrate it.”

              “There is power in seeing yourself represented.”

              The series is the latest project distributed by Slay TV, which launched in July 2016. The digital network’s mission is to elevate the narratives of queer people of color, and it’s available on iOS, Android and YouTube, as well as TV-connected devices like Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV. You can watch it for free on YouTube and on the Slay TV site.

              Though media representation of the queer community has been increasing for years, there’s still a long way to go. In 2016, only 4.8 percent of characters on TV were LGBTQ, and an overwhelming majority about 71 percent of these LGBTQ characters were white.

              Most queer characters depicted were gay men, at 46 percent. Only 7 percent were bisexual men, and 3 percent were transgender men.

              Corlette said the lack of stories about queer and transgender men in the media inspired him to take action.

              “There is power in seeing yourself represented,” Corlette said. “It is an affirmation that you are here, you’ve always been here and your experiences matter. For most of my life, I’ve never been able to turn on the TV and say, ‘That’s my story.'”

              Image: Slay TV

              Corlette hopes viewers of the series will be inspired to have honest conversations about race, sexuality and gender identity. But more importantly he hopes people within the community will see the series as allowing them to feel heard and validated in a respectful way.

              “I’m sure something like Other Boys NYC would have changed me, had I seen it as a teenager,” Corlette said. “Looking back, I can’t tell you how badly I needed someone who shared my story to say, ‘You’ll get through this.'”

              You can learn more about the series here.

              Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/10/other-boys-nyc-docuseries-slay-tv/

              5 things for Wednesday, December 14: Trump guests, Aleppo woes and Alan Thicke

              (CNN)Help for Aleppo has been held up, a TV favorite passes and you’ll never guess who was at Trump Tower yesterday. Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

              1. Aleppo

              As Aleppo falls to the Syrian regime, a temporary ceasefire and evacuation plan for the city has not worked out so far. The evacuation efforts have been delayed. According to monitoring groups, no one had left the city even hours after the evacuation was supposed to happen. The new ceasefire has reportedly been broken already, as reports of executions continue to manifest.

                2. Alan Thicke

                The beloved sitcom actor died yesterday at 69. He was probably best known as Jason Seaver, the dad from “Growing Pains.” Here’s a tribute to that role. Thicke was also a music great who penned some of the era’s most recognizable theme songs.

                3. Trump transition

                Trump was definitely feeling the love Tuesday as Kanye West, Bill Gates and football legend Jim Brown all paid visits to the PEOTUS at Trump Tower in NYC. Later, the love fest continued in Wisconsin, where Trump held a “thank you” rally and praised longtime political nemesis Paul Ryan.

                4. Rex Tillerson

                Trump’s pick for secretary of state is fairly controversial. Critics say Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon Mobil, isn’t exactly a “drain the swamp” pick. He also has close ties to Russia and Putin, which could be a problem. Republican leaders’ reactions have varied: Senator John McCain voiced his reservations about the choice, but Senator Rand Paul says he’s keeping an “open mind.”

                5. Police-involved shooting

                A 73-year-old unarmed Bakersfield man was shot and killed by police on Monday. The man was reportedly carrying a crucifix which may have been mistaken for a gun. A neighbor claims the man was acting strangely. His family said the man had previously shown signs of early dementia. The officer who shot him has been placed on administrative leave.

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