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    It was the darkest night of Mo Gawdat’s life. His son, Ali, 21, a student, had gone into hospital to have his appendix removed (‘The most straightforward of operations,’ Mo sighs) only to die a few hours later on the operating table after a series of surgical blunders.  ‘The four hours between my wife Nibal, daughter Aya and I hearing something had gone wrong and the moment we lost Ali were the hardest I’ve ever known,’ says Mo, 54.  ‘The anticipation — not knowing if he would live or die — was insanely difficult. We were so fragile, weeping. For hours I kept hoping, pleading, praying he would recover.’  Hooked up to machines, Ali’s vital organs began failing, one by one. Eventually, the couple had to make the terrible decision to have his life-support switched off. ‘We were allowed into intensive care to say our goodbyes. I kissed his beautiful face. It was impossibly painful to comprehend this amazing person had been healthy one minute and a few hours later he was gone.’  Mo Gawdat, 51, lost his son Ali,...
    Billionaire philanthropist George Soros is giving $125 million to a super PAC this election cycle to back Democrat candidates and causes in the midterms and beyond.  The 91-year-old, who made his fortune in hedge funds, has used the Democracy PAC since 2019 to support political campaigns, channeling some $80 million through it during the 2020 cycle. The new money will support pro-democracy 'causes and candidates, regardless of political party' who are invested in 'strengthening the infrastructure of American democracy: voting rights and civic participation, civil rights and liberties, and the rule of law,' Soros said in a statement shared first with Politico.  He added that the donation was a 'long-term investment' designed to support its work beyond November's elections.  This year's midterms, which will determine who controls the House and Senate for the second half of President Joe Biden's term, are expected to break spending records. Much of the rise is fuelled by super PACs. Billionaire philanthropist George Soros is giving $125 million to a super PAC this election cycle to back Democrat candidates and causes in the midterms and beyond...
    There are a thousand ways to think about Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas and the crimes he’s accused of, but the one I keep coming back to is the saddest: He was trying to help his child. I don’t want to sound like I’m making apologies or understating the gravity of the allegations. Bribery is bribery. Ridley-Thomas pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he steered millions of dollars in public contracts to USC in return for a full-ride scholarship and a paid professorship for his son. If he really did that, it’s every bit as illegal and immoral as if he’d put money in his own pocket. But I can’t help it, there’s something that tugs at me anyway. I had a similar reaction when I first read about the 2019 college admissions scandal (also centered at USC). On the one hand it was corruption, plain and simple — parents paying off officials and telling lies about their kids to subvert the admissions process. But a piece of me felt a lurch of pity for those privileged, entitled parents who deluded...
    A single father has come under fire for making his teen daughter do household chores to pay for her menstrual products and after-school activities — but his athlete son isn't expected to help out in any way because he plays sports.  Reddit user u/ThrowAwayGirlVsBoy was branded 'sexist' after he took to the 'Am I the A**hole' forum last year to ask if he was in the wrong. The post was so outrageous that it has resurfaced again, seven months later.    The widower, who was 50 at the time, explained that he lost his wife a decade ago and was raising their 17-year-old son 'N' and 15-year-old daughter 'E' by himself, but his treatment of his youngest child had come into question.  'Recently it caused a big stink with some family that my daughter does chores, but my son does not,' he wrote. 'I explained it’s because I have to spend extra on my daughter each month not only for her extracurriculars, but for her monthly supplies, so it's my way of having her pay me back.' Say what? A widower revealed...
    By Ryan Prior | CNN At the height of a luminous career in genetics, Ron Davis, professor of biochemistry and genetics at Stanford University in California, switched to researching a disease that many of his colleagues had never heard of. Prior to that shift seven years ago, his breakthrough work had led to dozens of patents and laid the groundwork for the Human Genome Project, revolutionizing modern biology by giving scientists a complete map of all genes in the human species. But when his son Whitney Dafoe, then in his 20s, came down with myalgic encephalomyelitis — better known as chronic fatigue syndrome — he was left bedbound, unable to speak, and unable to eat solid food. After moving in with his parents 10 years ago, Dafoe, now 37, has made little progress in getting his old life back. Davis did what he does best — turning to science and rallying several Nobel Prize-winning colleagues in his latest quest. This time, he means to cure ME/CFS, which affects between 836,000 and 2.5 million Americans, according to the US Centers for...
    (CNN)At the height of a luminous career in genetics, Ron Davis, professor of biochemistry and genetics at Stanford University in California, switched to researching a disease that many of his colleagues had never heard of.Prior to that shift seven years ago, his breakthrough work had led to dozens of patents and laid the groundwork for the Human Genome Project, revolutionizing modern biology by giving scientists a complete map of all genes in the human species.But when his son Whitney Dafoe, then in his 20s, came down with myalgic encephalomyelitis -- better known as chronic fatigue syndrome -- he was left bedbound, unable to speak, and unable to eat solid food.After moving in with his parents 10 years ago, Dafoe, now 37, has made little progress in getting his old life back. Davis did what he does best -- turning to science and rallying several Nobel Prize-winning colleagues in his latest quest. Read MoreThis time, he means to cure ME/CFS, which affects between 836,000 and 2.5 million Americans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency estimates...
    Three years after the murder of little Gabriel, his father, Angel Cruz, has recalled how those agonizing days were after the disappearance of the child, whose search ended after discovering that he had been murdered by his then partner, Ana Julia Quezada. Gabriel’s father has offered in Live life a heartbreaking testimony of what he lived and how you have redirected your life since then, helping other children with ailments and their families. From the farm where the child died, Ángel Cruz has told some startling details about Ana Julia Quezada. “Having already murdered my son, he had the coldness to pick up the phone and tell me that he was in this place painting, that this is true, after murdering my son he painted the walls of this house, the house where she, Gabriel and I were going to live “. Likewise, she has also assured that weeks before the crime, Ana Julia had asked her to marry him: “She told me that when Gabriel appeared we had to get married, and she I knew Gabriel was not...
    Police in Ohio have charged a mother with murdering her son after they say she reported him as missing, then admitted that the six-year-old had been killed and thrown in the Ohio River.  James Robert Hutchinson was reported missing by his mother on Sunday morning, and many people came out to search for him, Middletown Police Chief David Birk said in a news release. Investigators questioned the child’s mother, 29-year-old Brittany Gosney, and her boyfriend, 42-year-old James Hamilton. Birk said the couple confessed that James had been killed a few days earlier in Preble County, then brought back to Middletown, where the family live, and put into the river. Brittany Gosney, 29 (left), has been charged with murder in the death of her six-year-old son, and both she and her boyfriend, James Hamilton, 42 (right), have been charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence  Gosney's son, James Hutchinson, was reported missing by his mother on Sunday, but the woman later admitted he had been killed   Police say Gosney and Hamilton threw James' body in...
    Jason Gillman, 35, is charged with malicious wounding after allegedly shooting his wife in the back of the head on Monday A West Virginia man has been arrested after allegedly shooting his wife in the back of the head during an argument about infidelity as their four-year-old son slept in the bedroom nearby.  Jason Gillman, 35, is facing multiple charges after the domestic dispute in Lenore on Monday night in which he accused his wife Tiffany of cheating before pulling his gun.  Tiffany managed to escape to a neighbor's house to call for help and is expected to survive the shooting.   Deputies from Mingo County Sherriff's Office were called to the home at around 12.30am where they found a single .22 caliber shell casing in living room as well as the gun allegedly used in the incident.  Their son was next door in the bedroom.  Jason was waiting for deputies outside the home's garage as they arrived and told them that he did not mean to shoot his wife before he was taken into custody.  Tiffany was taken to ICU but...
    Not every actor is born with a silver spoon, or gets to have one later in his or her life. While we are dazed by the starry airs of our fave superstars, there are many actors who struggle to get their ends meet. Recently a video has gone viral on Facebook featuring Tamil actor, Thavasi, known for his supporting roles in quite a few films. If you have known the actor’s work, we won’t blame you for not recognising Thavasi in the video, and be shocked at the realisation. Selvarathinam, Tamil Serial Actor of Thenmozhi BA Fame, Hacked to Death in Chennai: Reports. Thavasi, who was easily recognised for his thick moustache, is barely recognisable in the video, as he is reduced to mere skin and bones. The actor is suffering from cancer and is admitted in a hospital from where the video has been taken by a theatre actor. The purpose of the video is to help Thavasi get more funds for his cancer treatment. In the video, Thavasi is seen appealing to the fans to help him...
    The explosive new biography Finding Freedom has shed some light on the life of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's fourteen-month-old son Archie Harrison. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex say they were not interviewed for the book and did not contribute to the tale by authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand which provides a dramatic and personalised account of the events leading up to the Sussexes' dramatic departure from royal life. In one part, the authors describe how Archie became the royal couple's 'sole source of joy' during a period when they felt 'so much stress in their life.' The book offers new insights into why the couple decided upon his unusual name, which means 'bravery and strength', after dismissing the more traditional Archibald 'after considering it for a second'. Meanwhile the authors also reveal a glimpse into the couple's life with Archie, whom they welcomed last June, including the name of one of his illusive 'secret' godparents and the swimming lessons he has taken throughout his short life.     Finding Freedom has offered a glimpse into the private life of Prince Harry35,...
    A man was forced to leave his dead parents behind and swim 3km through shark-infested waters alongside his girlfriend after the boat they were on capsized and threw them all into the ocean.    Bob and Jan Oostryck, in their 70s, were fishing off Coral Bay on Western Australia's mid-western coast with their son Ryan and his girlfriend Anastasia on Tuesday when large waves flipped their 6.1-metre fishing boat at about 2pm.  The young couple made it back to the surface alive. Soon after, the bodies of Mr and Mrs Oostryck emerged.  The elderly couple were out with their son Ryan (pictured) and his girlfriend Anastasia  Bob and Jan Oostryck (pictured) were fishing off Coral Bay on Western Australia's mid-western coast on Tuesday afternoon 'The younger couple made it to the surface,' Pilbara District Acting Superintendent Mark Flesken said on Tuesday. "It's a fairly lengthy swim of about 3km — it took them quite a few hours,  Pilbara District Acting Superintendent Mark Flesken'Shortly afterwards the couple in their 70s came to surface but unfortunately at that point in time...
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