reunited with her daughter and three sisters in Maine on Sunday, bringing with her joy, tears, and answers to many long-unanswered questions.
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“I fell over backwards,” Donna Keniston, a daughter of the formerly missing Betty Lukich, told Yahoo! Shine about first hearing the happy news. “My aunt called me and said, ‘Your mom is alive.’ I was blown away.”
Lukich, 69, first went missing in 1981, shortly after she had moved from Bangor, Maine, to South Bend, Indiana, leaving behind three sisters, an ex-husband, and their four children. She did not contact anyone in her family and no one could get in touch with her—and then a fifth sibling, a brother, called his sisters in Maine one day to report some bizarre and gruesome news.
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“He got drunk one day and called and said he’d buried her in the pot field behind his house,” Lukich’s
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Secrets to Your Success – Mon, Jul 29, 2013 4:28 PM EDT
reunited with her daughter and three sisters in Maine on Sunday, bringing with her joy, tears, and answers to many long-unanswered questions.A woman believed to be dead for more than 30 years Read More »from Maine Woman Thought Dead Reunites With Family After 32 Years
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Mon, Jul 29, 2013 3:02 PM EDT
McDonald’s McDouble cheeseburger, “one of the unsung wonders of modern life.” Right?Thank heavens for the Read More »from McDonald's McDouble: Cheapest, Most Nutritious Food in History? No Way.
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Though the unhealthiness of fast food should be pretty much a given at this point, New York Post columnist Kyle Smith has giddily praised the McDouble not only as an unsung wonder but also as a wonderful way for people to eat cheaply and healthfully. In his nearly-800-word opinion, published Monday, Smith praised the McDouble’s $1 price and pitted “class snobs, locavore foodies and militant anti-corporate types” against “the poor.” He mysteriously called organics “the Abercrombie and Fitch jeans of food,” and even challenged the notion that fast food is linked to obesity.
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Smith’s column was inspired by a recent Freakonomics radio podcast titled “A Burger a Day,” in which host Kai Ryssdal based his show around a comment from a listener (Ralph Thomas) calling the
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Jul 22, 2013 12:30 PM EDT
insecurity, a new study has found.Babies who spend a night or more a week away from a primary caregiver can develop problems with Read More »from Infants Too Young to Be Regularly Left Overnight? Study Cautions Against It
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“The whole notion of joint custody has become increasingly popular, and it’s extended down to affect very young children,” researcher Robert Emery explained to Yahoo! Shine about what prompted the study, published in the August issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family. “There’s been very little research into its effects, but lots of opinion.”
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To examine the issue, Emery, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia, joined others from both the university and the American Institutes for Research to analyze data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a national longitudinal study of about 5,000 children born in big U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000. The data consisted of interviews with both parents
It's finally happening: Kate Middleton is in labor and has checked into St. Mary's Hospital in London, according to Kensington Palace.
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"The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge," read the palace statement, released in the early morning hours on Monday.
And now that she's settled comfortably (or miserably) in her private birthing suite in the Lindo Wing, we remain on the edge of our seats waiting for baby news. The folks at Buckingham Palace are on high alert, preparing to kick off an elaborate system of pomp and circumstance when the big moment comes.
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The protocol will, with a few exceptions, be mired in tradition. "Nothing has changed, to be honest," ABC Royal Expert Victoria Arbiter told Yahoo! Shine. "The whole thing, from beginning to end, will be very reminiscent of Prince William's birth."
That's true, of course, starting with St. Mary's, where
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Jul 19, 2013 2:01 PM EDT
The royal baby frenzy hit a new high Friday afternoon when British tabloid the Sun deployed Prince William and Kate Middleton lookalikes to the Lido Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, where a camped-out media mob has been anxiously awaiting baby news since early July. The stunt was a temporary distraction to what's been a reported uptick in baby buzz today. But a hospital spokesperson dismissed the excitement, telling Yahoo! Shine, "We are aware of a number of events taking place all the time and we can't comment on the media stunts performed by third parties." But we can show you photos, at least.
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reportedly left Kate’s parents in Bucklebury for London at 3pm (U.K. time) on Friday, meaning the infant’s arrival could be imminent. Buckingham Palace, though, would not confirm it, telling Yahoo! Shine, "We won't discuss positions or movements of police who are part of the royal diplomatic protection group."The latest rumor in the ongoing royal-baby frenzy is a doozie: Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Read More »from Your Burning Royal Baby Questions, Answered
While we’re waiting to find out if it’s true, let’s go over the most burning questions and review what we know so far, shall we?
•What is Kate’s actual due date?
The Royal Palace has only ever announced that the due date was in “July,” which a spokesperson reiterated for Yahoo! Shine Friday. “We have always said July. The Duchess herself announced that she will give mid-July on a number of engagements.” For the past few weeks of Royal Baby Fever, meanwhile, news outlets have been camped out at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, going by the belief that the precise due date was
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Jul 18, 2013 3:39 PM EDT
wedding band will be among the historic items in an upcoming auction commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, said RR Auction of New Hampshire this week.Lee Harvey Oswald’s gold Read More »from Lee Harvey Oswald's Wife Auctions Off His Wedding Band
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Marina Oswald Porter commissioned the auction house to sell the ring—which had been caught up in legal red tape for nearly half a century—in order to help further distance herself from what she called “the worst day of my life.”
The ring, expected to fetch up to $50,000 when it goes on the block October 24 in Boston, is “a very highly anticipated auction item,” RR executive vice president Bobby Livingston told Yahoo! Shine. “That day—and that mystery and that controversy—is something that’s a big part of our lives historically. It defined an era. So to have something like this, from the last living major figure from that day, it’s exciting.”
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Jul 18, 2013 1:31 PM EDT
Make-A-Wish Foundation.An Oregon family in which both mom and daughter have been struggling with cancer diagnoses was given a brief respite recently with a trip to Disney World, courtesy of the Read More »from Mom and Daughter, Both Fighting Cancer, Get a Lift at Disney World
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“It was just wonderful. We were just so far away from everything that we knew,” mom Summar Ruelle told Yahoo! Shine about the trip earlier this month. "This was something that we all looked forward to, because it's been so difficult for us, with months and months of just going to doctor appointments and having several hospitalizations."
The overwhelming journey for the Ruelle family, of Beaverton, began last September, when Summar, 35 at the time, was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer after she found a lump in her breast. Doctors told her the cancer had already spread to her bones and lymph nodes. Amazingly, she kept her spirits and energy high, even running the annual Race for the Cure in Portland just over a week
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Jul 17, 2013 5:11 PM EDT
In what is a woefully old story to anyone with a small child, a new study has concluded that parental gender roles in children's picture books are mired in mommy-cooks-and-cleans, daddy-works-and-hammers traditions, with no great advances made between 1900 and 2000. That's right folks: No huge change in an entire century. Shepherd University sociologist Amy DeWitt led the study, which analyzed a random sampling of 300 picture books from the stretch of time, and noted, "By examining the father and mother role performances independently over time it was expected that some progression toward egalitarianism would be noted." Sadly, with few exceptions, that wasn't the case, with findings "suggesting that the traditional male breadwinner-female homemaker model has been consistently portrayed in children's picture books." There is some hope, though, thanks to authors from Mo Willems to Patricia Lakin. Here are 10 books for young readers that blessedly toss old-school mom-dad roles out theRead More »from 10 Children's Picture Books that Shatter Parental Gender Stereotypes
Village Voice in 1992, then-staffer Ann Powers rounded us up and asked if we’d consider being part of a roundtable interview about sex—specifically, about the power plays and challenges involved in being a young and empowered sexual being in the brave new ’90s.When I was an intern with five other young women at the Read More »from In Defense of 'Women's Stories'
It was so cool that someone wanted to know, and we all jumped at the chance and shared our experiences—straight, gay, bold, shy—and we were photographed for the cover staring directly into the camera’s lens, a fierce “What of it?” look in our eyes, under the headline “Let’s Talk About Sex.”
It was a “women’s story,” before the genre was such a behemoth monster—and long before Salon writer Anna North would declare it as a genre she was sick of, as she did in an essay on Monday. In it, she articulated a particular disdain for so-called hookup stories, in which young women, much like the six of us did back then, talk about how they are navigating the waters of sex—minus