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Name: Sharon
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Hometown: Chicago area, IL
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Member since: Tue Mar 26, 2013, 03:18 AM
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'Road to recovery will be long' Lawyer for Abby Zwerner to file lawsuit against Newport News Publi

Source: WVEC (Norfolk, VA ABC-TV affiliate)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The attorney representing Abby Zwerner, the Richneck Elementary teacher shot by a 6-year-old student, announced her intent to file a lawsuit against Newport News Public Schools Wednesday morning.

Attorney Diane Toscano made the announcement at Newport News Marriott at City Center, less than a week after Riverside Health System confirmed that Zwerner was released from the hospital.

Toscano accused Richneck's administrators of failing to act, disregarding safety concerns about the student by several school employees before the shooting.

"The administration could not be bothered," Toscano reiterated during a news conference. She stated her belief that the tragedy was preventable if school administrators had taken action.

"But instead, they failed to act and Abby was shot," Toscano said.

Read more: https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/mycity/newport-news/abby-zwerner-lawyer-to-file-lawsuit-against-newport-news-public-schools-richneck-shooting/291-b123a065-dfda-4143-a8f0-05ee263d38db

Lots more details, plus video, in article. No paywall.

Students made 'tampon cookies' for principal who refused to put free menstrual products in bathroom

Editor's note: This article was originally published on May 20, 2021. It has since been updated.

Girls know just how to get their point across in impressively passive-aggressive ways, more so when they know the adult is in the wrong. When a principal vetoed allowing free sanitary products to be made available in the school bathrooms, a group of seventh graders was not having it. In the spirit of a peaceful protest and to get their point across, they decided to bake some tampon-themed cookies and have them delivered to their principal. This sweet power move was brought to people's attention by a Twitter user, and soon enough people were lauding their efforts.

Ilyse Hogue, NARAL Pro-Choice America President and mom-of-two wrote in her tweet: My friend’s 7th grader goes to a school where the kids organized for free tampons in the bathroom. The male principal said no because they would “abuse the privilege.” The kids decided to stage a cookie protest. Behold the tampon cookies! She also attached an image of the cookies in question. They looked anatomically right and even came with the string. The girls had even included red detailing on the cookies. While they may not exactly look appetizing, they will surely fill you with a sense of pride. The tweet was liked more than 56.2k times and retweeted more than 10k times.

The girls called themselves the Revolutionary Girls Baking Society and social media users were impressed by their bold stance. The cookies were indeed revolutionary. According to Delish, the cookies were probably sugar cookies sandwiched together with red frosting and dipped in white frosting. It was then baked with a "string" coming out to resemble a used tampon. While what the principal said made no sense to anyone, the cookies made a strong statement. One would expect more from an educator to know that menstruation is a normal biological function and sanitary products are a basic right and not a privilege that young menstruators would abuse.


People had a lot to say about the illogical opinion the principal held. Twitter user Alex wrote, Way to go, students! I wish I could think of a corollary that the Principle could relate to... what the hell does it even mean to “abuse the system?” If some kid pocketed more tampons than they could use right there, it’s bkz they have scarcity. Another user had this to say, Abuse them how? Is there a high street value for them? Are they going to overdose? Use a super when they could have made do with a light? Are pads just a gateway? Next, you know they will be on DivaCups!

More: https://scoop.upworthy.com/7th-graders-make-tampon-cookies-for-principal-after-he-refused-to-provide-tampons-in-bathrooms

I thought this was a hoot! Unfortunately, the article doesn't say nothing about the principal's reaction, or whether the girls got their free menstrual products or not.

I saw the ophthalmologist today.

I got my dates mixed up the other day; thought my appointment was scheduled for Tuesday, but it was today.

Just to review, I had cataract surgery on my left eye on January 10 and had been frustrated that my vision is taking a while to clear up. He said everything looks good, and I can see steady improvement myself. He said in another week, things should be dramatically different.

Evidently there was some difficulty during the surgery because I was unable to stay completely still. I have only minimal recollection, because I was under sedation at the time, but apparently I was actually KICKING people, including him! He could not have been nicer about the whole thing, but I am SO embarrassed! Of course, I had NO idea I was doing it and no conscious control of my actions, but it's still embarrassing.

In spite of my, err, extraneous movements, the surgery was a complete success, and he managed to get the new lens placed perfectly. But I think there was a little more trauma than usual, which is why my vision is taking a while to clear up. Meanwhile, the surgery on my right eye was originally scheduled for 1/31, but it's on hold for now, which is fine with me.

My biggest concern now, other than getting clear vision in my left eye, is being able to stay completely still and not being aware of anything whenever I have the right eye done. Personally, I think the sedation was too light this time. I've had other procedures done under sedation in the past (including oral surgery and two colonoscopies) with absolutely NO problems, and in all of those other instances, I didn't remember a thing afterwards. That is how I want things to be when I have my second cataract surgery!

Question for those who have had cataract surgery

How long did it take for your vision to clear up after each eye was operated on? I'm NOT asking for medical advice; I just want to compare notes.

I had my first surgery, on my left eye, a week ago tomorrow 1/10). My vision in that eye is still quite blurry. I can tell how much more light is coming through that eye compared to the other one, and I can tell my vision is gradually improving, but I still can't really focus on anything. Just wondering if that is unusual or not.

I also have a big honking floater that I didn't have before (which is a completely separate issue, of course). Doc said it's probably a fragment of my old lens that inadvertently got left behind, and that it may dissolve on its own or it might require more surgery. No way to tell which way that will go yet.

Surgery on the right eye is scheduled for 1/31, 2 weeks from tomorrow.

Parents wonder how 6-year-old Virginia boy shot teacher after his backpack was searched.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Parents at the Virginia elementary school where a 6-year-old boy shot a first-grade teacher this month are demanding answers for how the child managed to use the weapon after his backpack was searched.

“That doesn’t make sense to me. If the backpack was searched, they didn’t search it right,” said Desiree Yvette, whose 6-year-old daughter witnessed the Jan. 6 shooting at Richneck Elementary School in which Abigail Zwerner was critically wounded.

Yvette continued: “They didn’t physically go in there to make sure that there wasn’t anything there. If that was the case, then someone should have been able to see it. They should have searched other places if they felt there was a need to search. And if they didn’t — they failed.”

Yvette was among a group of Richneck parents who spoke to NBC News on Sunday and questioned how thoroughly the child, his backpack and the school were searched before the shooting in Zwerner’s class as she was teaching about 20 students.

MUCH MORE: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/parents-wonder-6-year-old-virginia-boy-shot-teacher-backpack-was-searc-rcna65914

This is one time when 4 paragraphs aren't nearly enough to convey the gist of this article. I highly recommend reading the whole thing. There's no paywall, and the article contains a ton of information that was new, at least to me.

Thanks SO MUCH for all the good wishes on my cataract surgery!

I really, really appreciate it and apologize for taking so long to check back in. When I got home, the only thing I fell like doing was taking a nice long nap, which I did, after grabbing a quick bite to eat.

Everything went fine, except I was more aware of everything that was going on than I would have preferred, despite the sedation. Memories are blurry, but I remember being uncomfortable and having trouble being completely still. Doc said they will give me heavier sedation when I go back to get my right eye done on 1/31. (YES, PLEASE!!!!)

Thanks again for all the responses on my earlier post! DU rocks!

I could use some good wishes!

Having my first cataract surgery tomorrow, and I'm just a little bit nervous. Not severely, just a little. I think it's perfectly normal and even sensible to be a little bit nervous about any surgery (none are without risks, after all), but I would appreciate any good luck wishes anyone feel like posting.

I have to be at the hospital at 7 am, so I really should be sleeping, but I am WIDE awake, so I'll probably just stay up and catch up on my sleep later.

I've never asked for anything like this before, and it feels a little weird, to be honest. But I've seen how great the DU crowd is about things like this, so I figure, why not!

Thanks in advance!

TDFG gave vile, despicable people permission to put their vilemess on public display.

One of the things I hate most about Donald Trump (out of a very long list of things I hate about him ) is the way he has given the vilest, rudest, cruelest people in the GOP permission to be just as rude, crude, and cruel as they want, with no holds barred whatsoever. I made a post about this in response to an o.p. about a truly vile and horrible comment GOP Rep. Cory Mills tweeted about Paul Pelosi. If you haven't seen it yet, here's the link to sheshe2's o.p.: https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=17539896

I have been encouraged to share what I wrote in response as a separate o.p., so here it is:

This is another thing I lay at Trump's door. 😠

Republicans learned from him that it was okay to pull out all the stops and show the worst side of themselves to the public. Those capable of such vile and despicable behavior always were vile and despicable, but they used to keep their vileness under wraps. It was Trump who showed them that they could lay it all out for the world to see with few, if any, consequences.

Remember how shocking it was when he mocked that disabled reporter, talked about Megyn Kelly having "blood coming out of her wherever," and said John McCain wasn't a war hero because he "got caught"? Not everyone was shocked, because not everyone has qualities like compassion and empathy that most of us expect from each other. Those who, like Trump, lack those qualities, weren't offended at all. The "lesson" they took from those tawdry, tacky stunts was, "Hey, I don't need to pretend to be 'nice' anymore! It's fine to be rude, crude, and cruel. I don't have to keep it in--I can let it all out like he does!"

And now here we are, in a world where Cory Mills, a member of Congress, can feel free to tweet something that gross and nasty about the spouse of another member of Congress and pat himself on the back for "owning the libs" (because that's what he actually thinks he did ).

TDFG has a lot to answer for, beyond just being the most traitorous and criminally corrupt pos who ever got elected potus.

CVS, Walgreens Plan to Offer Abortion Pills Following New FDA Regulation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will now allow pharmacies that agree to certain criteria to dispense the abortion pill mifepristone with a prescription order from a certified healthcare provider

Two of the nation's largest drugstore chains announced that they intend to sell abortion pills following the Food and Drug Administration's new regulation allowing the medications to be offered at retail pharmacies.

Walgreens and CVS have both confirmed to CBS that they will seek certification to sell mifepristone in states where abortions are legal.

"We are working through the registration, necessary training of our pharmacists, as well as evaluating our pharmacy network in terms of where we normally dispense products that have extra FDA requirements and will dispense these consistent with federal and state laws," a spokesperson for Walgreens told the outlet.

According to The New York Times, neither chain has provided details as to when the abortion pills are expected to be offered or whether they would be offered only in stores or via mail order, or both.

More: https://people.com/health/cvs-walgreens-plan-to-offer-abortion-pills-following-new-fda-regulation/

I applaud this step. And as a resident of a state that has worked to preserve reproductive rights for all, I look forward to the availability of mifepristone in pharmacies in my area.

Kevin McCarthy tonight....

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