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COVID’s Next Wave: Rapidly mutating virus has public questioning whether to boost now or wait

Gwyneth Paige did not want to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at first. With her health issues, that included hypertension, fibromyalgia, asthma, she wanted to see how other people fared after the shots. Then her mother got colon cancer. “At that point, I didn’t care if the vaccine killed me,” she said. “To be with my mother throughout her journey, I had to have the vaccination.” Paige, who is 56 and lives in Detroit, has received three doses. That leaves her one booster short of federal health recommendations. Like Paige, who said she doesn’t currently plan to get another booster, some...

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A Reproductive Rallying Cry: How the radical Anti-Vaccination Movement co-opted “My Body, My Choice”

In the shadow of the art deco Los Angeles City Hall, musicians jammed onstage, kids got their faces painted, and families picnicked on lawn chairs. Amid the festivity, people waved flags, sported T-shirts, and sold buttons that were all emblazoned with a familiar slogan: “My Body, My Choice.” This wasn’t an abortion rights rally. It wasn’t a protest against the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gutted Roe v. Wade. It was the “Defeat the Mandates Rally,” a jubilant gathering of anti-vaccine activists in April to protest the few remaining covid-19 guidelines, such as mask mandates on mass transit and vaccination requirements...

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Self-Managed Abortions: Drugs to end unintended pregnancies gains attention but brings legal risks

At a recent rally in Nashville, Tennessee, Planned Parenthood organizer Julie Edwards looked out at some of the “back-alley abortion” imagery on signs, including bloody coat hangers. Edwards reminded the crowd, driven into the streets by the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 24 decision on abortion rights, that it’s not like the old days before Roe v. Wade. Nearly a decade ago, Edwards was a teenager and got medication from older friends to end an unintended pregnancy. “I’m standing in front of you having had a self-managed abortion, having gotten abortion pills from people in my community. And I’m safe,”...

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Morally Exhausted: Why Russian soldiers are refusing to fight in the unprovoked war on Ukraine

For 4 1/2 months, Corporal Ilya Kaminsky and his fellow soldiers from the 11th Separate Air Assault Brigade have waged war, as part of the grinding Russian military offensive that has slowly pushed Ukrainian troops back in eastern Ukraine. By early July, Kaminsky said, he had enough: He refused to fight, one of 78 soldiers from his brigade who have refused orders. “I’m morally exhausted. There is absolutely no trust in the authorities and the higher command, from the very first word,” Kaminsky, 20, said on July 17, recorded from an undisclosed location in the Luhansk region of eastern...

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Detained in the cold: Overcrowded cells built for adults at border facilities is no place for children

During their harrowing journey from Venezuela to the Texas border, the three Zaragoza children liked to imagine the refuge they would find when they reached the United States, a place where they would finally be free from hunger and police harassment and could simply be kids. During their harrowing journey from Venezuela to the Texas border, the three Zaragoza children liked to imagine the refuge they would find when they reached the United States, a place where they would finally be free from hunger and police harassment and could simply be kids. Instead, when they reached the border in...

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Dead migrants found in abandoned trailer truck shows desperation caused by Trump’s Title 42 policy

Lawmakers and rights advocates mourned the loss of life and decried the United States’ inhumane immigration system late Monday after an abandoned tractor-trailer rig containing at least 50 dead people and 16 survivors, including four children, was discovered in San Antonio, Texas. Local authorities said it appears that the rig, which was found after a worker in the area heard a yell for help, was being used for a smuggling operation. Citing one law enforcement official, The Texas Tribune reported that evidence suggests “people were trying to jump out of the tractor-trailer because some of the deceased were found...

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