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    Hundreds gathered at the parking lot of Lakeforest Mall in Montgomery County, Maryland, Thursday, as people lined up to get free vegetables, fruits and other foods. WTOP/John Domen Montgomery County-based nonprofit So What Else had to stop what they focused on when the pandemic hit — providing after-school and summer camp programming to kids in the D.C. area. WTOP/John Domen So What Else has resumed offering summer camps around the region, but the food distribution program is more active than ever. That’s because some two years later, many are still in need. WTOP/John Domen Six days a week, it is not unusual to see 100 people lining up in a parking lot at the mall with boxes, as they go through the line getting fruits, vegetables, bread and other food staples. WTOP/John Domen While those who need food can get them outside of the mall, inside the mall, So What Else has a store front that resembles a thrift shop, with one difference — the items are free. WTOP/John Domen (1/5) Share This Gallery:...
    For those experiencing a mental health crisis or feeling suicidal, a new, simpler way to obtain help is now available. Just call 988. The number made its debut in the Bay Area and across the country Saturday. The hope is that it will provide an alternative to 911 for people experiencing mental health emergencies. Nearly one in five U.S. adults has a mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The easier we can make it for those in need to get help, the better. The three-digit number will connect callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which has a network of more than 200 crisis centers across the country. The Bay Area is fortunate to be home to six of California’s 13 crisis centers, including those in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Bay Area residents calling 988 will be routed to their local crisis center, which is equipped to provide support and available resources. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, proposed in 2018 that the United States find a simpler means of...
    (CNN)Between a resurgence in anti-Asian violence and the anniversary of the Atlanta spa shootings, it's an especially fraught time for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) mental health. Stop AAPI Hate, a center that tracks reports of racism and discrimination, recorded more than 10,000 incidents against AAPIs nationwide from March 2020 to December 2021.Licensed clinician Jeanie Chang, a marriage and family therapist based in North Carolina who specializes in AAPI mental health, says she's seeing women in particular feeling more on edge than ever.In this conversation with Impact Your World, Chang breaks down the trauma individuals are experiencing, offers clinically backed coping techniques she uses in her own practice, and suggests practical ways allies and workplaces can offer meaningful support.The following conversation has been edited for length and clarity.Read MoreCNN: In a general sense, what are your Asian American clients telling you about how they're feeling right now?Jeanie Chang, LMFT: I sense a little bit of a heaviness, feeling like no progress has been made. They feel like things are still as racially charged. We're still seeing a spike in...
    CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Bow Wow, 35; Brittany Snow, 36; Matthew Gray Gubler, 42; Juliette Binoche, 58. Juliette Binoche / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images  Happy Birthday: Pay attention to those who can help you get what you want, and nurture relationships that encourage and support your beliefs and efforts. Stick to the facts, and refuse to let emotions stand between you and the truth. Distance yourself from those who weigh you down and hold you back. Put your energy into changes that make a difference. Your numbers are 5, 18, 24, 29, 36, 45, 47.  ARIES (March 21-April 19): Call on reliable people, and you’ll get things done quickly. Forming better relationships with individuals who share your concerns and work toward a similar goal will support more input and progress. Romance and self-improvement are featured. 4 stars  TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Keep your head down, avoid confrontations and put more effort into physical changes that can help you advance. Be secretive about your plans until you are confident you can reach your goal. Don’t let others’...
    Volodymyr Bondarenko spends most of his day holed up in his apartment in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.Between listening for air-raid sirens and frantically messaging family for updates, he trades messages with a flurry of Airbnb guests booking his one-bedroom rental in the heart of Ukraine's capital.Sometimes, he sends a crying emoji. Other times, the praying hands emoji. It's his way of thanking those who are booking his apartment -- even though they have no intention of ever showing up at his door.Airbnb hosts in Ukraine are being flooded with bookings from people all over the world who have no plans to visit. It's part of a creative social media campaign to funnel money to besieged Ukrainians who need financial assistance as Russian forces bombard their country and cut off services.WATCH: In-depth look at Ukrainian refugee crisis EMBED More News Videos A "20/20" one-hour special, "Putin's War: Battle to Save Ukraine," anchored by David Muir looks at the impacts and the refugee emergency unfolding along the border. The idea has picked up momentum. On March 2 and March 3, guests...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s called the most wonderful time of the year. But for many who are grieving the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be hard. However, there are ways to cope with grief during the holidays. READ MORE: Florida Lottery Launching New Draw Game 'CASH POP' In 2022“You can’t exactly know what to expect. Just know you might feel differently moment to moment or day to day and that’s completely normal,” said Jody Baumstein, a therapist with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life. Baumstein says grief is different for everyone, so allow yourself and your family to feel any emotion, whether it’s sadness or even happiness. “Allowing yourself to laugh and experience joy is actually going to make you feel more connected and more hopeful,” said Baumstein. Baumstein says you have control over your choices. If you don’t want to go to that holiday get together or keep up with old traditions, don’t. READ MORE: Long Lines Form Again For COVID-19 Testing, Tropical Park Site Out Of Regeneron“You don’t have to do anything that causes you more...
    Nearly 40% of women in D.C. have experienced intimate partner violence, which is higher than the national average of 25%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest report. Three D.C. officials told WTOP that the city has a slew of resources to help survivors. Michelle Garcia, the director of the District of Columbia Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants, said the first thing someone in a domestic abuse situation should do is call the City’s emergency victim hotline, which runs 24/7. There they will be connected to community organizations that can help. The phone number is 844-4-HELP-DC (844-443-5732). “It can be incredibly helpful for any victim or survivor to be connected with a domestic violence service provider that can really explore the world of services that are available to them, including services around addressing financial abuse and restoring financial independence,” Garcia said. Victims of domestic abuse can be trapped by partners, who cut off access to bank accounts or other financial assets. Michelle Hammonds, director of Financial Empowerment and Education at the D.C. Department of Insurance,...
    VIDEO1:4101:41The 'Great Resignation' means a heavier workload for those left behindInvest in You: Ready. Set. Grow. Carol Sloane, a project manager based in New Jersey, is getting burned out. Several members of her team have left in the past few months, which means an increase in responsibilities and new projects on her plate. It's resulted in a longer work day. "There's just not enough hours in the day with some of the things we're being asked to do," Sloane said. Much has been made about the "Great Resignation" and the abundance of Americans looking to leave their jobs. A record 4.3 million quit their jobs in August alone, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Those left behind are feeling the pain. Following their former coworkers' departures, 52% of those who chose to stay at their jobs said they've taken on more responsibilities, a survey by the Society of Human Resource Management found. Moreover, 30% report struggling to get necessary work done, 27% feel less loyalty to their organization and 55% now question whether their pay is high enough, according...
    Since the withdrawal of American and NATO forces from Afghanistan in July, the Taliban has quickly taken control of large parts of Afghanistan. The government has fallen and the president has fled. While this is horrific for all Afghan people, women face the worst of it. Devastating videos and photos of people trying to flee the country are circulating on social media and other platforms.  Under Taliban rule, women were subject to persistent human rights violations, including denied employment and education, being forced to wear the burqa, and forbidden from leaving their homes without a male “guardian.” While the Taliban claims they have changed their stance on women’s rights, their current actions reflect otherwise. According to the International Rescue Committee, there are more than 18 million people in Afghanistan who require humanitarian aid, a number that has doubled in the last year. Additionally, 50% of those in need are women and girls.  Reports have indicated that the Taliban is not only ordering women to leave certain job positions but for religious leaders to provide a list of girls over the age of 15 for...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Scoring a coronavirus vaccine appointment can feel a lot like a competition – as people with internet access and tech savvy can edge out others. CBS 2’s Marissa Parra on Sunday explained the frustration, and what a high schooler is doing to help. READ MORE: Gov. Pritzker Set To Sign Illinois Criminal Justice Reform Bill Into Law Monday “Every morning I sit in front of my computer, then I do it again at night before I go to bed, and then one or two times during the day,” said Delmarie Cobb, a renowned media and political consultant who lives in Bronzeville. Cobb knows her way around Chicago. But like thousands of Chicagoans, she can’t find her way around getting a vaccine appointment online. The message she keeps receiving is, “We don’t have any available appointments coming up within your area.” Cobb has signed up for Walgreens, Walmart, Cook County, and the City of Chicago – and every time, she’s been beaten to the punch by people with faster internet, more tech-savvy hands, or just more time. “I...
    Plummeting temperatures are forcing people indoors seeking warmth. But for those who call city streets home, heading inside is not always a realistic option. Homelessness across the US is reaching record highs, due to the economic impact of coronavirus. And as shelters deal with increased occupancy, the pandemic also poses immense safety challenges to people seeking refuge. It all leads to an increase in people literally stuck out in the cold. Instead of walking by, here are a few ways you can help: Locate a shelter or warming center From your smartphone you can connect someone you believe to be experiencing homelessness with support. The Salvation Army claims to have a presence in nearly every zip code across the country. And every location can serve as a warming station. “The pandemic has been laid on top of an epidemic. The epidemic of homelessness in our country has been a tragedy, and the pandemic has made that challenge all the greater,” says Salvation Army Commissioner Kenneth Hodder. The organization is tailoring responses to fit the unique needs of each of its...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As the power is restored in Texas, a water crisis remains. President Joe Biden says he will sign a major disaster declaration in Texas providing more federal assistance, but many need food, water and shelter right now. READ MORE: CBS2 Speaks With New Yorkers Riding Out Deadly Winter Storm Disaster In Texas Another day of bitter cold means more burst pipes and flooded homes. Some New Yorkers seeing the videos and pictures feel helpless, but as CBS2’s Alice Gainer reports, there are ways you can help. Nearly half of Texas is under a boil water advisory from overwhelmed water systems and leaking pipes due to the cold. Some are even boiling snow. There was a line of cars in Houston at a drive-thru bottled water distribution site. “I’m gonna sit here until, I mean, I have no choice. All the stores in my area are out of water,” Houston resident Percy McGee said. At many food stores, there are empty shelves. FEMA is in Texas providing generators, water, diesel fuel and blankets, among other things. New...
    If we have to put on weight at all, it's best to start adulthood at a normal weight and 'slowly add the pounds', a new study reveals.  Researchers from Ohio State University looked at data on two generations of people from Framingham, a city in Massachusetts from the ages of 31 to 80. People who started adulthood at a normal weight and later became overweight – but never obese – tended to live the longest, they found. Amazingly, adults who fit this definition lived longer than those adults whose weight was in a normal range throughout their life.   Rather less surprisingly, those who started adulthood as obese and continued to add weight had the highest mortality rate.  Worryingly, today's younger generation are becoming overweight and obese sooner in their lives than their parents and are more likely to have deaths linked to increasing obesity, the study also found.  A new study from researchers at Ohio State University reveals that those who gradually get overweight live longest - even more than those whose weight was in a normal range throughout their life RELATED...
    If you are a singleton on the lookout for love, it’s time to buy a terrier. Owners of certain breeds attract more romantic interest than those with other types of dog, according to new research. For women, owning a Staffordshire bull terrier is more of a draw for a potential date than good looks, a warm personality or even wealth. And men with Jack Russells set more pulses racing too. Researchers posted profiles on dating apps featuring photographs of men and women with different breeds of dog and counted the number of likes and swipes they attracted. Owners of certain breeds attract more romantic interest than those with other types of dog, according to new research (file photo) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Female DoorDash driver is caught on camera stealing a... Doggie supawstar! The rags-to-riches tale of Stanley - the... Share this article Share The findings by dog-friendly holiday firm Canine Cottages show that, after Staffies, men seeking a date are mainly drawn to women with chihuahuas and mixed breeds....
    DENVER (CBS4)– A group advocating for rights of those experiencing homelessness is trying to keep them warm as the temperatures dip below freezing in the Denver metro area. The Wall of Moms spent Monday afternoon building soup can heaters. (credit: CBS) The candles are made out of soup or pop cans, or terra cotta pots, and a tea light candle can provide hours of light and warmth. The candles are designed to make the homeless more visible during the dark hours and help keep them warm in their tents. “Because if you’re cold standing here, imagine sleeping in it… it’s impossible,” said one group member. (credit: CBS) The group also claims that the city is wasting taxpayer dollars by conducting homeless camp cleanups rather than funding housing for the homeless. (credit: CBS) They distributed the candles to those near Civic Center Park on Monday afternoon.
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