• ..For last July's special issue on the Boston Marathon bombings, we interviewed dozens of people swept up by the events of April 15, 2013. A year later, most of them are healing, reflecting, and (yes) running Boston again. Read on for the inspirational stories that we're sharing on the first anniversary of the tragedy.

    Interviews by John Brant, Charles Butler, Caleb Daniloff, Scott Douglas, Christine Fennessy, Caitlin Giddings, Megan Hetzel, Jon Marcus, Katie Neitz, Clara Silverstein, and Nick Weldon

    PHOTOS: Dear World, Boston Marathon

    Ellen Hunger Gans
    30, writer, Edina, Minn. Was stopped near mile 25. Will return to run this year (guaranteed entry as a nonfinisher).

    "I was 12 weeks pregnant at the marathon last year [with her first child]. In fact, when I was in Boston, I didn't know I was going to have a son, and now that I have one, it's impossible not to think of that little boy, Martin Richard. I have a new perspective of his parents' loss, not that I can begin to

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  • Protesters in London's subway system. (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)In London, women are going underground to protest the Facebook group, Women Who Eat On Tubes.  The page, which features photos of women eating and drinking while riding London's subway system, has been slammed as a body-shaming platform for bullies, and a place where women's photos can be posted without their permission, violating Facebook's terms and conditions. To protest, women have taken to the Tube (London's subway system) carrying their lunches, to show they're not ashamed to eat in transit. 

    Although Facebook originally shut down Women Who Eat On Tubes over privacy violations, they later compromised and agreed to make the group private — with 23,000 members. Now, anyone whose photo is posted on the group without their permission will have to join the group in order to see it and lodge an official complaint.

    The group's founder, a British filmmaker named Tony Burke, insists that the page is "art" and claims that it led to many "tributaries," or spinoff conversations. However,

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  • Getty ImagesThe View” co-host Jenny McCarthy is under attack again — not for her infamous anti-vaccination stance, but her apparent lack thereof. In a Chicago Sun-Times op-ed titled “The Gray Area on Vaccines” published Saturday, the 41-year-old television personality claimed she is not “anti-vaccine,” despite practically becoming the celebrity face of the cause. 

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    “I am not ‘anti-vaccine,’ writes McCarthy. “This is not a change in my stance nor is it a new position that I have recently adopted. For years, I have repeatedly stated that I am, in fact, 'pro-vaccine' and for years I have been wrongly branded as ‘anti-vaccine.’ What happened to critical thinking? What happened to asking questions because every child is different? I believe in the importance of a vaccine program and I believe parents have the right to choose one poke per visit. I’ve never told anyone to not vaccinate.”

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  • Refinery29By CeCe Olisa, Refinery29

    On her blog, Plus Size Princess, CeCe Olisa has detailed everything from what it's like to be the only big black girl in a yoga class (fine, thanks!), to her adventures in plus-size dating in the Big Apple. Now, the New York City transplant is lending her poignant, often-hilarious voice to R29.

    As I turned the corner to get my morning coffee, my peppy coworker was already smiling in my direction. "I always know when you're coming down the hall, I can hear your feet dragging!"

    Although it was embarrassing to be accused of dragging my feet by a girl who wears stilettos every day, it was more embarrassing to explain to her that the noise she heard was not my feet dragging.

    RELATED: Why Is There Such A Debate About Plus-Size Mannequins?

    "That's the noise my jeans make when my thighs rub together," I replied, a little too loudly because one of the executives looked up at me through his office door.

    "Oh…," she said, confused and slightly

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  • Just when you couldn't take one more day without your fix of office smoking, sky-high hems, and Don Draper's amazing apartment (with the sunken living room), "Mad Men" returned Sunday night to kick off its final, booze-and-adultery-fueled season. Here's what we loved most from the new ep ...

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    Megan is happy living amongst wild animals (literally).

    When Don enters wife Megan's new L.A. home in the hills, there isn't a hint of Hollywood glamour, only a kinda' creepy cabin. As the two gaze out at the twinkling lights amid howls from coyotes in the distance, Don asks what we were thinking, "Are you sure don't want to move into a more populated area? It's like Dracula's castle up here."


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    A clogged toilet may have just pushed Peggy over the edge.

    Her new boss has let her know he's not all that impressed with her, her married ex-boyfriend just showed back up at the office, and Peggy is quite possibly facing a not-so-midlife crisis. Oh, and her side gig as a landlord doesn't seem to be

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  • You're the picture of perfect form and you'd never be caught dead slacking off at the gym. Good. But even health nuts fall prey to these subtle (but serious) exercise mistakes.

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters


    1. Eating Too Much Before Your Workout
    Check the back of your pre-workout "muscle" bar. Many are loaded with sugar that could make you crash midway through your regimen, says trainer and owner of Results Fitness, Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S. Also, pay attention to how your stomach feels during your workout. Everyone digests differently, and while the "wait 30 minutes to swim" rule isn't hard or fast, if your snack isn't digested when you hop on the treadmill, your body will prioritize fueling your muscles over processing your food and you could be in for a serious stomachache. Cosgrove suggests fueling up for your workouts with a fast-digesting whey-protein shake.

    2. Doing the Same Exercises Every Week
    We don't care if you like your routine. Every four to six weeks, you

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  • Detox deprived? Stock up on these healthy juice essentials to supercharge your liquids.
    By Nicole Catanese

    1. Strawberries

    "Strawberries feel like spring," says Lianna Sugarman, founder of LuliTonix juices. "They're rich in vitamin c, high in antioxidants and are excellent for skin health and beauty."

    2. Arugula

    "Arugula is very cleansing, high in chlorophyll, is great for bone building and mental sharpness," explains Sugarman. And lettuce in general is a "brimming with micronutrients, super hydrating and very cleansing," she says. "They're wonderful in blends and juices because they add a light fresh taste.

    3. Lemon

    Never leave this citrus out the mix! You've probably already heard that "lemon squeezed in warm water is an optimal start to each and every day, supporting liver in its cleansing," says Sugarman. But it's also important to add to your juice, too."Alhough acidic in taste, lemon is very alkaline when taken into the body-we put it in everything!"


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  • The caffeine in energy drinks doesn't just pump up your nervous system.The caffeine in energy drinks doesn't just pump up your nervous system.

    By Jennifer Brown, PhD, Everyday Health

    Highly caffeinated energy drinks and energy shots may enhance sports performance or keep you alert and attentive, but hidden in their promise is the risk of getting too much caffeine, which can endanger your heart. Drinks like Red Bull, Monster, and Rockstar, or shots like 5-Hour Energy, are not the same as sports drinks or coffee. Energy drinks and energy shots contain up to 500 milligrams (mgs) of caffeine per can or bottle compared with 100 mgs in a typical cup of coffee, or about 50 mgs in a 12 oz. caffeinated soda. Many energy drink labels don't accurately disclose caffeine levels, found a Consumer Reports investigation, and they're not FDA regulated. As the number of energy drink-related emergency room visits is spiking - from about 1,500 in 2005 to over 20,000 cases in 2011, according to a recent government report - experts also worry about toxic combos of energy drinks and illicit drugs. Though energy drinks are popular with young

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  • Photo: Yunha Judy Kim/FacebookAs CEO of tech startup Locket, Yunha Kim often sends out emails to potential employees to ask if they'd be interested in meeting with her about a work opportunity or available position at her company. And although she's professional in sending out these emails, not everyone is professional in how they reply.

    Recently Kim, whose company helps users change and personalize their Android smartphone homescreens, contacted a male developer about whether he'd be interested in joining Locket. He responded, "Hey Yunha, I'm pretty happy with my current job, but if you're single I'd like to date you. Perhaps there are some unconventional ways to lure me away from my company (besides stock options) if you know what I mean. ;)"

    Unfortunately, Kim, whose startup boasts investors like Tyra Banks, says that such emails are not rare. She posted the email, with the sender's name blacked out, in a post she wrote for Medium about the pros and cons of being a female CEO. Underneath the screencap, she added,

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  • How to Clean Your Cell PhoneHow to Clean Your Cell Phone

    Did you know? Your cell phone-you know, that thing you're constantly holding to your cheek and tapping away at-has 18 times as much bacteria on it as a toilet seat. Since we're in the process of spring cleaning our homes, we decided now was the perfect time to de-germ our phones, too.

    Related: Spring Cleaning Checklist and Tips »

    First things first. Before you get into cleaning mode, research your phone. "It's always a good idea to do a quick search for cleaning instructions for your model with the cellphone manufacturer," says Lori Philbin from republicwireless.com. "Some companies, like Apple for example, use glass on both sides of the device, so you wouldn't want to use alcohol to clean it." You should also turn off your phone, remove the case and the battery if you're able to before cleaning. And if your phone is cracked, you shouldn't attempt to clean it yourself, since you could permanently damage it.

    Make a DIY cleaner. Do you have a phone with a keypad? (If so,

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