Don’t mess with Miss Texas. That’s not exactly the famous saying, but maybe it should be after last night.
Margana Wood may not have won the crown at the 2018 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City on Sunday night, but she won the hearts of many on social media during the question-and-answer portion of the competition. Wood had an actual substantive question tossed her way by pageant judge Jess Cagle, the editor-in-chief of PEOPLE magazine.
“Last month, a demonstration of neo-Nazi white supremacists and the KKK in Charlottesville Virginia turned violent and a counter protester was killed. The president said there was shared blame with quote ‘very fine people on both sides.’ Were there?” Cagle probed. “Tell me yes or no, and explain.”
Wood had 20 seconds to deliver an answer, and she wasted no time in expressing a clear and well-thought out opinion on the matter. “I think that the white supremacist issue, it was very obvious that it was a terrorist attack,” Wood began. “And I think that President Donald Trump should’ve made a statement earlier addressing the fact, and in making sure all Americans feel safe in this country. That is the number one issue right now.” Watch her response below.
The violent clashes that broke out at the Charlottesville rally claimed the life of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was there to counter-protest the white supremacists.
Wood’s remarks won her many plaudits with social media users, some of whom noted that her response was more presidential than the official response from the President of the United States.
“Young lady, you have raised my hopes for your generation! A truly lovely and intelligent American woman! You will always be a winner!” one Twitter user wrote.
Naturally Wood had a few detractors on Twitter, too, one of whom seemed to adopt the president’s tone and word choice by declaring Wood’s answer was “weak!” Wood took fourth place over all in the pageant. We asked readers on Twitter if think her choice to criticize the president had anything to do with her fourth place finish and according to our modest, unscientific poll, nearly 90 percent responded that her choice to speak out affected her finish place.
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Sarah Essam, an 18-year-old soccer player, has become the first Egyptian woman to compete in England’s FA Women’s Premier League, a chapter of the governing body for the sport.
As Kingfut reports, Essam has signed with the Stoke City Ladies Football Club. She was previously a forward for Egypt’s women’s national team, and also played for Cairo-based Wadi Degla club. She has appeared in more than 20 international games.
In order to score her new gig, Essam had to pass medical tests and three different trials.
“I put in great efforts and expressed enthusiasm about my goals,” she said, according to Step Feed. “I hope I succeed with Stoke.”
Nineteen states currently require women to take the “abortion pill” — a moniker that actually refers to two medications, mifepristone and misoprostol — in the presence of a medical professional. But a new study suggests that medication abortions are just as safe when a clinician supervises the patient remotely.
As HuffPost reports, a study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology followed approximately 20,000 patients who visited multiple Planned Parenthood clinics in Iowa between 2008 and 2015. Some were administered a medical abortion in the presence of a clinician, while others received their care via “telemedicine” — or, in other words, an off-site doctor spoke to them about their suitability for the abortion pill and gave them follow-up care via video chat.
Researchers analyzed the frequency of complications — like hospital admissions, surgeries, blood transfusions, or death — in both groups and found that patients who received their care via telemedicine experienced fewer issues. But generally speaking, complications were rare; only 49 out of 20,000 women experienced adverse side effects after taking the abortion pill.
The study is important because, according to some experts and advocates, telemedicine abortions can help provide care for women who are not able to easily access abortion providers. Some states have tried to restrict telemedicine abortions by claiming that they are unsafe. The recent study suggests that telemedicine abortions do not, in fact, carry greater risk than in-person procedures.
“The question of safety [of telemedicine abortion] has been hard to answer, in part because complications with abortion are so rare,” study co-author Dr. Daniel Grossman told HuffPost. “Now with this study, with seven years of data and 20,000 patients, we can say the risk is not higher than with in-person provision.”
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Carrie DeKlyen, a Michigan woman who refused potentially life-saving cancer treatment so her unborn baby could live, has died.
According to The Associated Press, doctors removed DeKlyen’s feeding and breathing tubes one day after she gave birth to her daughter, Life Lynn. The baby was born prematurely at just over 24 weeks, but her father, Nick DeKlyen, said she is faring well in neonatal intensive care.
Carrie DeKlyen opted to reject chemotherapy to treat her brain cancer because the treatment would have terminated her pregnancy. Since her diagnosis in April, her family had been posting updates about her condition on the Facebook page Cure 4 Carrie.
In addition to Nick and Life Lynn, DeKlyen is survived by five children, who range in age from 2 to 18 years old.
“It’s painful,” Nick DeKlyen said of his wife’s passing. “But this is what she wanted. She wanted to protect this child.” For more on the story, watch the video below.
Read more at The Associated Press.
Twenty-seven-year-old Natalie Amrossi says she quit her Wall Street job to become a full time aerial photographer after her hobby Instagram “started to blow up” and major brands began asking her to take photos for their products. Amrossi, who worked 3 years at JP Morgan before she quit, has an Instagram following of 427,000 and says she makes six figures a year taking photos for companies such as Adidas, Bacardi, Cadillac, and Canon.
“Growing up, I always loved photography,” Amrossi told The New York Post. “I just never knew that I could make it a career.”
Amrossi, who now spends most of her working hours 8,000 feet in the air leaning out of a helicopter, said she happily quit her finance job once she realized she could make a living doing what she truly loved.
“When I hold a camera in my hand, it kind of becomes my superpower, where like, nothing else matters.” she added. “I become one with the sky.”
Watch video of Amrossi in action below.
Read the full story at The New York Post.