New California law is a national model for mental health care reform

As our nation continues to confront the ramifications of a global pandemic, the stigma around mental health and addiction seems to be dissipating. People are talking, opening up to friends and family, and finally realizing it’s OK to not be OK.

This type of awareness is a major step forward for a nation that saw nearly 72,000 overdose deaths in 2019 and more than 48,000 deaths from suicide in 2018.

But to truly benefit society, increasing awareness must be met with a strong infrastructure of mental health and addiction care to serve Americans’ needs. And that’s just doesn’t exist in most states. People with mental health and substance use disorders are still relegated to a separate and unequal system of care — one with far too few providers; unreliable, limited insurance coverage; and serious roadblocks around every corner.

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This doesn’t bode well for a new wave of mental

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Gadsden County student newspaper takes 2nd place in national competition

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Shortridge High School’s The Daily Echo newspaper staff talks about reviving the oldest school newspaper in the country.

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What can three teenagers do when armed with reporters’ notebooks? Take home an award in a national journalism competition. 

When 17-year-old Maybelline Samoza heard that her three-person Gadsden County High School newspaper had won second place in the American Scholastic Press Association competition, she said it felt like her heart “dropped for a moment.” 

Photo of the Gadsden County High School newspaper award, 2020. (Photo: Special to the Democrat)

Samoza didn’t know that her English and journalism teacher, John Nogowski, had even entered their student newspaper, the Gadsden County Gazette, into the journalism competition during the teenager’s last year at the school. Nogowski told her to check her email to fact check him. 

“I thought he was just kidding,” she said in a recent interview. “I saw the certificate,

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National Women’s Hockey League founder Dani Rylan Kearney stepping down as commissioner

National Women’s Hockey League founder Dani Rylan Kearney is stepping down as commissioner as part of a restructuring of the league’s governing model, the Associated Press reported.

According to the AP, Rylan Kearney will remain involved as president of an ownership group that controls four of the NWHL’s six teams, while Tyler Tumminia will be appointed as interim commissioner.

The league was scheduled to announce the moves on Tuesday.

The restructuring is a result of the NWHL forming an incorporated association that will be overseen by a board of governors, with one representative per team. This is a departure from the past, when the NWHL oversaw control of all teams.

Tumminia joined the NWHL as chairman of the league’s Toronto Six expansion team, which was founded in April. The Six and the NWHL’s Boston Pride are operated by independent ownership groups.

Rylan Kearney, who was married in August, will oversee

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Good news for Amazon: Prime Day just turned into a holiday shopping event | National News

Prime members skew higher income, which may make these shoppers less susceptible to job losses and a stimulus bill not being passed, analysts say. Prime shoppers may be spending less on travel and other leisure activities than they did before the pandemic. This means they’ll have more to spend on electronics, kitchenware and other items from Amazon.

“If anything, many people are flush with cash and it could drive higher sales this year,” said Brian Yarbrough, analyst at Edward Jones.

Plus, the pandemic has given a boost to ecommerce spending as more people shop online from home. Amazon is benefiting from the trend.

Telsey Advisory Group forecasts Prime Day sales of up to $11 billion for Amazon, a 40% increase from last year’s event, which was held in July. The spike in online shopping as consumers order from home and increased participation from small businesses is expected to help drive

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SheaMoisture Releases Bold New National Campaign Celebrating the Beauty and Resilience of Black Women

The pioneering beauty and personal care brand unveils “It Comes Naturally” to inspire and empower the community it serves

SheaMoisture unveils It Comes Naturally, a new brand campaign created by a powerhouse team of Black artists and multicultural creatives that conveys the essence of Black women and is an unapologetic portrayal of a shared experience of resilience and creativity. In tandem with the campaign, SheaMoisture also announces our new, unprecedented pledge to commit proceeds from products sold as an investment dedicated to helping realize the dreams of Black women entrepreneurs.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201012005203/en/

Illustration by Bisa Butler (Photo: Business Wire)

Set against both a global social justice movement and a moment of transformative cultural change, It Comes Naturally is a forward-looking celebration of Black identity. Six Black female artists – Monica Ahanonu, Rachelle Baker, Bisa Butler, Alexis Eke, Linda Mawala, and Reyna

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Monica Roberts, a Black trans journalist who covered the killings of trans women before national media did, dies at 58

Monica Roberts had no predecessor. Before her groundbreaking blog, there were few news sites for Black transgender women like her.



a person holding a sign posing for the camera: Monica Roberts, a transgender journalist who chronicled the triumphs and tragedies of Black trans women in the US, died this week.


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Monica Roberts, a transgender journalist who chronicled the triumphs and tragedies of Black trans women in the US, died this week.

And before Monica Roberts, no journalist had painstakingly recorded and reported on the murders of transgender women of color. She took on both projects alone.

“The power of a blog, I’ve learned, to shape events is mighty,” she said while accepting the Special Recognition Award at a GLAAD ceremony in 2016. “It’s even more potent when you walk the walk and back your words up with deeds.”

Through her work with the award-winning blog TransGriot, Roberts provided a blueprint for the national media on how to report about trans people with sensitivity and empathy. She championed Black trans women and men in their triumphs

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Stanford soccer star gets U.S. citizenship, looks to national team

Stanford senior Catarina Macario announced that she has become a U.S. citizen, a major step toward playing for the women’s national soccer team.

Macario is a two-time reigning college player of the year who was born in Brazil. Many soccer analysts expect her to become the next major world star.

She received her first invitation to a U.S. women’s national team camp Thursday but cannot represent America until getting approval from FIFA, soccer’s international governing body.

“There is still a ways to go to play for the USA but I am filled with love and eternal gratitude for my family, my teammates, my coaches and trainers and so many others who have been part of my journey,” Macario said in a Twitter post late Thursday.

She has 63 goals and 47 assists in 68 games for Stanford, which has won two College Cup titles with Macario. The fall season has

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Astronaut chooses daughter’s wedding over space test flight | National News

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The commander of Boeing’s first astronaut flight has pulled himself off the crew so he’s on Earth — not at the International Space Station — for his daughter’s wedding next year.

It’s the second crew switch for Boeing’s Starliner capsule, grounded until the end of this year or early next because of software problems encountered during the first test flight last December.

Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson announced his decision Wednesday. Last year, NASA astronaut Eric Boe stepped aside from the first Starliner crew for medical reasons. Both were replaced by experienced space station astronauts.



Space Boeing Crew Capsule

In this Friday, July 22, 2011 file photo, space shuttle commander Chris Ferguson waves to the crowd at the welcome home ceremony for the astronauts of the final shuttle mission in Houston. On Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, Ferguson removed himself from the first Boeing crew, citing his daughter’s wedding in 2021.

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Female Retail Brand Founders & National Women’s Small Business Month

October is National Women’s Small Business Month, an initiative focused on promoting female-led business operations.

In 2020, this month-long spotlight on female business owners is especially important, as recent reports show the impact of the pandemic has been dramatic on women in the workforce: Many aged 25 to 54 have stepped out of the professional environment to care for children and family. 

Despite this year’s challenges, the 2019 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report indicated upward growth in the world of female-helmed businesses. 

Findings from the research indicate there are nearly 13 million women-owned businesses in the US that employ 9.4 million people and generate $1.9 trillion in sales. 

Additionally, women-owned businesses grew 21% between 2014 to 2019, while businesses owned by women of color doubled that growth rate: As of 2019, women of color accounted for 50% of all women who owned businesses.

Within the retail and direct-to-consumer sector,

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Telfar Clemens Wins National Design Award for Fashion Design From Cooper Hewitt

ON WITH THE SHOW: The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum planned a virtual gala for Thursday night’s 21st National Design Awards.

Instead of welcoming hundreds to the Upper East Side museum for its annual awards gala, the Cooper Hewitt took a more remote approach for the event, which doubled as a kickoff for National Design Month. To promote an all-are-welcome theme, footage of the gala and ancillary educational programs are available online at no charge for anyone to discover the importance of design.

The Fashion Design award went to Telfar, but the company’s founder Telfar Clemens was not doing any interviews at this time, according to a Cooper Hewitt spokeswoman. An interview request sent to his company was not acknowledged.

In a self-description included in the Cooper Hewitt’s press material, Clemens wrote, “Become a queer, Black 18-year-old, travel back to 2004 and establish a 100 percent nongendered fashion line out

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