Galicia Malone was in labor when she cast her vote Tuesday morning. (Photo: Cook County Clerks Office)Galicia Malone's contractions were five minutes apart when she arrived at her polling place in Cook County, Illinois, this morning, but that didn't stop her from studying the ballot carefully and making sure her vote counted.
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"I was just trying to read and breathe, read and breathe," the 21-year-old mom-to-be told WBBM Newsradio. "That's what I kept telling myself, 'Read and breathe, read and breathe'."
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Pregnant with her first child, Malone went into labor four days early. Her water had already broken when she arrived at the aptly named New Life Celebration Church near Chicago around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. But even hard labor wasn't enough to stop her from voting in her first presidential election.
"I never voted before so this made a major difference in my life," she told WBBM Newsradio. "And I wanted this to be a stepping-stone for my daughter."
She went into
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Women Who Shine – Tue, Nov 6, 2012 1:14 PM EST
Galicia Malone was in labor when she cast her vote Tuesday morning. (Photo: Cook County Clerks Office)Galicia Malone's contractions were five minutes apart when she arrived at her polling place in Cook County, Illinois, this morning, but that didn't stop her from studying the ballot carefully and making sure her vote counted.Read More »from In Labor, Pregnant Woman Stops to Vote Before Giving Birth
We've heard from plenty of people who feel that, in spite of the focus on so-called women's issues, their vote doesn't matter much in this election cycle. But they couldn't be further from the truth. Women in the United States earned the right to vote less than a century ago, and our foremothers fought long and hard for the privilege. They had to put up with misogynistic propaganda, much of it in postcard form, where they were compared to whiny little girls or ugly looking spinsters -- and where the not-so-subtle message was that giving rights to women was the same as stripping them away from men. Thankfully, there were plenty of penny postcards that encouraged women to become suffragettes -- pictures that remind us that liberty and justice are both ladies worth fighting for. -- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! ShineRead More »from Women on Election Day: Then and Now
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Mon, Nov 5, 2012 2:05 PM EST
Model Lindsay Ellingson walks the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York. (Photo: Randy Brooke/WireImage) When Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast last week, soldiers with the New York Army National Guard's 69th Infantry regiment quickly found themselves in the same situation as the people they were trying to help—without electricity or hot water, stuck in the city, supplies quickly dwindling.Read More »from Victoria's Secret to the Rescue? How the Lingerie Giant Helped Out After Superstorm Sandy
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But the guardsmen, who usually act as angels to others during a national disaster, had an unusual guardian angel of their own.
"We were dead in the water until Victoria's Secret showed up," Captain Brendan Gendron, the Regiment's operations officer, told Wired magazine.
Victoria's Secret is slated to hold its annual fashion show at the New York Army National Guard's historic armory on 25th Street and Lexington in Manhattan on Wednesday, and producers were already in town to prep for the televised event when the storm hit. They had eight 500-kilowatt generators with them, and they were happy to put them to good use. Soon, the soldiers had power and hot water again.
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | At Home – Fri, Nov 2, 2012 1:26 PM EDT
Members of the SUNY Maritime Academy help victims from Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken, New Jersey on Oct. 31, 2012. (Photo by Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images)This post was written by David Fagin, a New Jersey-based musician and blogger who writes about pop culture at The Nosh Pit and The Huffington Post.Read More »from From Hoboken, N.J.: Living in the Aftermath of Sandy
Stepping outside my apartment in Hoboken around 10pm Monday night, it really wasn't that bad. Occasional blustery winds and some sheets of rain, but, other than that, it really didn't seem like the monster storm we were expecting. That was, until I looked to the left and saw what appeared to be a Ten Commandments-like sea of water and debris heading straight for us.
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Over the next two hours, watching from the safety of our fifth-floor apartment, we saw the water level around the entire block rise from about six inches to close to four feet. The bushes that once surrounded the jewelry store on the ground floor disappeared. The tree that stood in front of the hair salon fell like a has-been heavyweight champion who just took his final punch. The current was so
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Financially Fit – Fri, Nov 2, 2012 12:57 PM EDT
Is it ever OK to say you're a single parent in order to avoid leaving a tip? (Photo: Reddit via PhoenixSongFawkes)Waiters and waitresses are up in arms over a restaurant receipt posted on Reddit, for which a customer used her status as a single parent to avoid leaving a tip.Read More »from Single Mom, Sorry: Is it Ever OK to Leave an Excuse Instead of a Tip?
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The $138.35 was paid with a Visa credit card, but in the space for a gratuity, someone simply wrote, "single mom sorry." And, at the bottom of the bill, a compliment: "Thank you it was great."
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"I'm sure $140 could have gotten you and your kids a week's worth of groceries, but instead you spend it on one meal?!" PhoenixSongFawkes, who posted a photo of the receipt on Reddit, wrote. "For shame!"
"And this is why many restaurants automatically charge you X% for a tip when the bill is above a certain amount, or there are a certain number of people in the party," Szos pointed out. "People are scumbags."
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But it's not the lack of a tip that's upsetting servers. It's the fact that the customer
One dad takes a stand against breastfeeding. What do you think? (Photo: Thinkstock)In an article published on Wednesday in The Atlantic, one dad makes his case against breastfeeding, saying that the "breast is best" mindset added insult to injury after his wife struggled to nurse their son.Read More »from Breast is Best? One Dad Says No to Breastfeeding
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"Betsy really wanted to breastfeed. She tried. Really hard. It wasn't easy," Chris Kornelis, music editor at Seattle Weekly, writes. "There were problems with the 'latch' and with Thomas getting enough to eat. We went to a lactation consultant, rented a pump, and were up every two hours for a hazy routine of turning on the machine, attaching the tubes, applying the supplemental nipple system, and trying to feed a crying baby. There wasn't much milk, but there were plenty of tears."
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They turned to formula, and almost immediately their lives changed for the better.
"That meant that I could get up on my own and feed Thomas while his mom went for six hours of sleep," he
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Wed, Oct 31, 2012 3:04 PM EDT
Kelsey Grammer and his wife, Kayte, with their newborn daughter in Beverly Hills on July 24, 2012. (Photo: JB Lacroix/WireImage) The old "Should kids be allowed in bars?" debate was revived with a celebrity twist this week when Kelsey Grammer (of "Cheers" and "Frasier" fame) showed up to party at the Playboy mansion with his 3-month-old daughter in tow.Read More »from Kelsey Grammer Brings 3-month-old Baby to Playboy Party. Big Trouble or No Big Deal?
The Halloween party featured plenty of Playboy Playmates and models wearing nothing but freshly applied body paint; the invitations read "Sexy Costumes Mandatory." Grammer, 57, went as a vampire; his wife, 31-year-old Kayte Grammer, dressed as a witch; and 3-month-old Faith went as herself, tucked into a black baby carrier. A picture posted on TMZ showed the infant fast asleep, one pink-striped bootie visible under the edge of the plain white blanket, with half-empty drinks around her.
"Kelsey Grammer's 3-month-old daughter was surrounded by hot chicks, booze, and velvet at the Playboy Mansion Halloween party," TMZ crowed. The gossip site reported that Grammer was partying at a table with Paris Hilton until after midnight.
Even party goers were puzzled. "Why
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Women Who Shine – Wed, Oct 31, 2012 12:07 PM EDT
Lydia Callis interprets for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg during a press conference on Oct. 28. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)During Superstorm Sandy, while New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed anxious citizens about storm damage and safety issues, all eyes were on the petite, impeccably dressed woman to his right—Lydia Callis, his official sign language interpreter.
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While the mayor spoke in his trademark businesslike monotone and stiff, stilted Spanish, Callis brought his words to life, adding expression and emotion as her fingers and hands flew to translate each briefing into American Sign Language.
Watching her gave New Yorkers "a legitimate reason to smile," New York magazine enthused. Her animated interpretations have made her so popular that the mayor began his Tuesday afternoon press conference by thanking her, and she's inspired a Tumblr full of .gifs and a legion of online fans.
"Amid the gloom and doom of Sandy, one woman has broken through as a shining beacon of optimism: Mayor Bloomberg's expressive interpreter," the Daily Beast wrote in an intro toRead More »from Lydia Callis: During Superstorm Sandy, All Eyes on Bloomberg's Super Interpreter
Communities have cancelled parades, and parents are wondering if it's safe to trick or treat. (Photo: Thinkstock)For the first time in 39 years, New York City's massive Greenwich Village Halloween Parade has been cancelled, thanks to Hurricane Sandy. And now, some parents are wondering whether their communities will be able to hold Halloween at all.Read More »from Has Hurricane Sandy Cancelled Halloween?
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Even with the parade's marshals stranded in Brooklyn, the floats warehoused in New Jersey, and bridges and tunnels closed, the parade's artistic and producing director Jeanne Fleming told Yahoo! Shine that she was hoping the parade would go on.
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"We were the first major event in the city after 9/11," Fleming pointed out. "The parade is led by the dancing skeletons. What they tell us is is that in the face of death, in the face of destruction, in the face of trial, you have to know you're alive, so you have to dance. So our mission is, in the same sort of way, to show that no matter what happens to us we keep on
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | At Home – Tue, Oct 30, 2012 10:38 AM EDT
A downed tree crushed a parked car and blocks part of Fifth Avenue in New York City the morning after Hurricane Sandy hit. (Photo: Michael Heiman/Getty Images) As the flood waters recede and the super storm makes its way inland, millions of people on the East Coast are still without power, trying to assess the damage left behind by Hurricane Sandy. We know you're worrying about your friends in hard-hit areas, so Shine readers, please tell us: What are things like where you are?
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"This will be one for the record books," John Miksad, senior vice president for electric operations at Consolidated Edison, told the Associated Press. More than 670,000 customers in and around New York City lost electricity and the New York Stock Exchange was closed for a second day -- something that hasn't happened since 1888 -- as record-breaking storm surges sent seawater well into New York City, flooding streets and filling subway stations.
The storm made landfall along the New Jersey shore. In northern New Jersey, a possible levee breach flooded three towns with 4 to 5 feet of water.
"We are in rescue mode," Jeanne Baratta, Read More »from After Hurricane Sandy: What's it like in Your Neighborhood Right Now?