You’ll want to get your Vive le roi! t-shirt out of storage.
On how “fighter parents” like Amber Olsen (parents whose children have rare diseases) are getting scientists and profit-hungry pharmaceutical companies to do research, conduct clinical trials, and develop treatments for life-threatening, yet little-known ailments. How do they do it? With sheer determination and unrelenting superhuman efforts to raise money and awareness for their child’s cause.
Over the course of Noor Salman’s trial for allegedly aiding her husband, Omar Mateen, in the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting, a different narrative has emerged than the false one the FBI erroneously constructed, and which the media tragically bought into. Melissa Jeltsen points out that not only was there zero evidence it was a targeted hate crime based in homophobia, but there was also no evidence to support Salman’s coerced confession that she and her husband had staked out Pulse beforehand. What’s more, the prosecution was sadistic in making its false case against Salman, who had endured domestic violence and rape at Mateen’s hand. The good news is that she was acquitted. The bad news is that she has been endlessly traumatized, first by Mateen, then by the FBI, the prosecution and the press, not to mention additionally by spending more than a year in jail away from her child.
Domestic abuse by police officers is underreported and less likely to lead to prosecution. It also forces victims to seek help from police departments eager to protect their own.
What exactly does a bullet do to flesh as it careens through the body? Jason Fagone profiles Philadelphia trauma surgeon Dr. Amy Goldberg, a woman on the front lines of gun violence as she attempts to repair the broken bodies that arrive daily at Temple University Hospital.
The gay community has made large strides in terms of legal and social acceptance in the last few decades, but the rates of depression, loneliness and substance abuse among gay men have remained unchanged. Hobbes examines why.
In Maryland, an unlikely experiment has taken place: violent offenders, expected to be incarcerated forever, are being released from prison. Jason Fagone explores how it happened.
On the pervasive culture of sexual harassment in America’s national parks and forests.
A thoughtful essay on effective philanthropy.