Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, to the majority of Americans, churns up feelings of hatred, anger, and unspeakable grief. But it’s fueling something else for a surprising number of young women: puppy love.
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Since his arrest in April, 19-year-old Tsarnaev has grown into a bit of an online heartthrob, with supporters setting up special Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr pages in his honor, using the hashtag #freejahar. The fans declare his innocence, refer to him by his nickname of Jahar, write about how they wish they could get in touch with him (and, in one case, “curl up and take a nap” in his soft hair), publicize items like hand beaded “Free Jahar” bracelets, and note that he’s “beautiful,” “hot” and “too pretty to be guilty.” One Kansas teen even told the New York Post that she was going to get a Tsarnaev quote tattooed onto her arm, though she soon after changed her mind.
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, May 13, 2013 3:16 PM EDT
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, to the majority of Americans, churns up feelings of hatred, anger, and unspeakable grief. But it’s fueling something else for a surprising number of young women: puppy love.The face of Read More »from Boston Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Disturbing Female Fan Club
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Team Mom – Mon, May 13, 2013 12:09 PM EDT
teenage rage, there are tantrums—and then there are tantrums. Diagnosable ones.When it comes to bouts of Read More »from Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder in Kids: Here's the DSM-5's Controversial New Update
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Many kids prone to explosive anger, in fact, are labeled bipolar. It’s part of the reason that, in the past decade alone, diagnoses of the disorder in children have soared by a staggering 40 percent, with some estimates putting the prevalence rate as high as 3 percent in adolescents. And that’s particularly noteworthy considering that, before the mid-1990s, almost no one diagnosed bipolar disorder in kids.
What’s happened between then and now has been the fascinating evolution of a pediatric disorder, driven by major psychiatric studies changing the way symptoms of the condition are seen in kids, and culminating, for now at least, with this month’s controversial release of the DSM-5, the official bible of American mental illness.
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, May 10, 2013 1:52 PM EDT
Walt Disney World to prove it. But wait, there’s a catch.So it turns out that Merida, the rebellious redhead star of Disney’s Pixar film “Brave,” is true princess material after all, and Disney is coronating her as its 11th official princess on Saturday at Read More »from Disney Princess Makeover Sparks Outrage: Merida Petition Goes Viral
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Turns out that Merida’s only joining the royal lineup after a corporate makeover that’s rendered her skinnier, sexier, and more glamorous than her original spunky, tomboyish self—stripping her, at least in some images, of her trusty bow and arrow, and putting her into the very dress that her character detested in “Brave.” It’s sparked outrage among thousands of mothers for whom Merida offered, finally, an empowering Disney role model for their girls.
“Merida was the princess that countless girls and their parents were waiting for—a strong, confident, self-rescuing princess ready to set off on her next adventure with her bow at the ready,” reads a Change.org
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, May 9, 2013 5:11 PM EDT
Amanda Knox, which aired Tuesday night, is getting some unexpected attention from critics. Wednesday, Gawker likened Chris Cuomo's sit-down with Knox to sexual harassment, calling his aggressive line of questioning about what he repeatedly called her "freaky" personal sex life. (You can watch an excerpt of the interview here or watch it in its entirety when it's rebroadcast on Saturday night.)CNN's interview with
On Thursday, after a barrage of negative viewer feedback on Twitter, a CNN spokesperson defended the interview, telling Yahoo! Shine, “In this interview, Cuomo wanted to give Knox the opportunity to speak to the prosecution’s theories. He asked tough questions that reflected those of the prosecution, not his own ideas or beliefs. We encourage people to read the full transcript and watch the entire interview for full context.”
But an inside source at Harper Collins, where Knox's book was published, had a very different take. Apparently, some folks involved with the book felt theRead More »from Amanda Knox's CNN Interview was 'Intense,' says Her Publicist. Others Call it Bullying.
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, May 8, 2013 6:07 PM EDT
Sandra Bullock must be feeling pretty pleased with herself. She beat out totally beloved women including Michele Obama, Robin Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Oprah Winfrey and Julia Roberts (and men including both President Obama and Clint Eastwood) in Readers Digest’s “100 Most Trusted People in America” list, released Tuesday. Bullock ranked No. 2 overall, just behind Tom Hanks (no surprise there) and miles ahead of Kristen Stewart, who had the dubious distinction of topping the Least Trusted list.It’s been said that being trusted is a greater compliment than being loved, and if that’s true, then Read More »from Why is Sandra Bullock the Most Trusted Woman in America?
The Reader’s Digest results came from an online poll of more than 1,000 Americans who based trustworthiness on “integrity and character, exceptional talent, drive to personal excellence, internal moral compass, message, honesty and leadership.”
So what’s Bullock got over K-Stew and the others? “It comes down to sincerity, which is a sorely lacking trait in celebrity-land these days,” longtime
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, May 8, 2013 12:56 PM EDT
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight are rejoicing this week, the kin of another Cleveland woman, Ashley Summers, are struggling to keep hope alive under the heavy weight of disappointment.While the family members of recovered kidnapping victims Read More »from Ashley Summers, Fourth Missing Cleveland Girl: Is She Connected to Kidnapping Case?
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Summers went missing in 2007 at the age of 14, and on Monday, before third woman Michelle Knight was identified, her aunt Debra initially thought she was among them.
“I called my mom, I called my sisters, I called everybody,” she told CNN, standing in front of her house with tears in her eyes, agreeing that she was crushed when Ashley was not one of the saved women. “I was upset, but I was happy at the same time that they found the third girl,” she said. “We’re hoping that it’s connected, and they knew where she was. We’re hoping for a miracle.”
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Debra was at work when Shine reached out to
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, May 7, 2013 3:19 PM EDTJaycee Dugard—the California woman who was kidnapped and held for 18 years, sharing her experience in a 2011 memoir, “A Stolen Life”—is among a handful of people who can.When news broke Monday that three women who vanished a decade ago had been found in downtown Cleveland, few people could claim to have any idea what was going through the minds of Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry, and Michelle Knight. But
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“These individuals need the opportunity to heal and connect back into the world,” she said Tuesday in a media statement about the new case. “This isn’t who they are. It is only what happened to them.” It’s only what happened to Dugard, too, along with others like Elizabeth Smart and Natascha Kampusch, whose stories of resilience have been followed by the public for years. What they’ve managed to do with their lives since being rescued, though, is oftentimes just as incredible.
Dugard was just 11 years old when, on her Read More »from Kidnapping Survivors: What Happens When They Go Home
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, May 6, 2013 3:27 PM EDT
pregnant woman, according to a new study on the dangers of flame retardants in furniture.You may be better off standing than sitting on your sofa, particularly if you are a Read More »from Your Couch is Toxic: New Study Confirms Fears about Flame Retardants in Furniture
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Flame retardants—toxic chemicals soaked into couches and other types of household items, including mattresses and carpet pads, to make them fire resistant—have long been linked with cancer and developmental difficulties. And now a new study, released Monday, offers fresh evidence that those toxins may affect children while they are still in utero, effectively lowering IQs and raising rates of hyperactivity.
“It looks like we have a new study with very concerning results,” Sarah Janssen, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council, told Yahoo! Shine. Though manufacturers no longer use the specific flame retardants tracked in the study—called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs—they remain in pieces
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Mother's Day – Fri, May 3, 2013 12:28 PM EDT
mother and a father. But Jennifer Finney Boylan, née James Boylan, can.There are not too many people in the world who can say they’ve been both a Read More »from Transgender Author Jennifer Finney Boylan Went From Dad to Mom: How it Changed Her Family
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As James—a dark-haired man with a “feminine streak” who was a teacher of literature and a fan of Grateful Dead music—he met and fell in love with his wife, Deedie, in his late twenties, and soon became a father to their two sons. But James was harboring a secret: He was transgender, and, in his heart, had never truly felt male. He suppressed the notion for several years after marrying Deedie, but it eventually racked him with debilitating anger and sadness.
“I used to tear my hair out thinking, when you have children, you’re not only living for yourself,” Boylan told Yahoo! Shine in an interview this week. “I was willing to bear a pretty heavy burden that meant keeping the people around me safe, but I got to the point where I couldn’t take another
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, May 2, 2013 1:16 PM EDT
Lucky for us, UK-based illustrator Nickolay Lamm seems to be a bit obsessed with Barbie. First, he turned his artistically critical eye on the 54-year-old icon's makeup, stripping down her face with much more grace than another recent effort. Now Lamm, also a blogger, is going after Barbie's oft-criticized physique. In order for an average woman to look like Barbie, she would have to grow two feet taller, extend her neck length by 3.2 inches, gain five inches in bust size, and lose six inches in waist circumference, according to data from the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders, cited by the recent Rehabs.com feature "Dying to be Barbie." Lamm has highlighted the discrepancies by comparing Barbie's body side-by-side to the mockup of a realistic version, based on CDC measurements of the average American 19-year-old. Now if only the CDC made a doll.…--Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff
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