HUFFPOST PERSONAL 10/29/2018 12:40 pm ET By Jamie Feldman Hannah Gavios’ long list of physical accomplishments is impressive. She is a certified yoga teacher, she regularly mountain climbs and ice-skates, and on Nov. 4 she is taking on the New York City Marathon ― on crutches. Gavios, now 25, became paralyzed in 2016 when, in an effort to escape an attacker, she fell off a 150-foot cliff in Thailand and fractured her spine. The attacker discovered her and proceeded to assault her for hours. The next morning, she was rescued and taken to a hospital in Bangkok for a spinal fusion. While she still has function in her hips, quads and hamstrings, the injury has affected movement in areas like her ankles, feet, calves and glutes. She walks with a cane and uses her upper body strength to propel herself. “My parents flew in, and we were there for 18 days,” she recalled for HuffPost. “Then I was doing inpatient therapy at Mount … [Read more...] about She Was Left Paralyzed After Escaping An Attacker. Now She’s Crutching The New York City Marathon.
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Avon Schultz says his “eardrums exploded” when he heard his name announced at the All-American High School Film Festival in New York City last weekend.The 18-year-old’s short documentary, “Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight,” nabbed the festival’s Maverick Award at a ceremony in a Brooklyn theater. Schultz made the movie during last year’s Youth Documentary Academy, held at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College every summer since 2013.“My film very narrowly skirts the edge of that category and really falls under experimental,” said Schultz, a Pikes Peak School of Excellence graduate. “It’s an artistic journal about coping with the loss of someone who was part of something bigger, and how that loss can affect the way you undertake everything else.”The award came with a $1,000 scholarship to next year’s Prodigy Camp in Leavenworth, Wash., and other goodies.Schultz said his love affair with the … [Read more...] about Colorado Springs teen wins at New York City film festival
Michael R. Sisak and Tom Hays Associated Press Published 3:07 PM EDT Oct 11, 2018 New York – Prosecutors in New York City abandoned part of their sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein on Thursday after evidence surfaced that a police detective coached a witness to stay silent about evidence that cast doubt on the account of one of his earliest accusers. With Weinstein looking on, a judge agreed to dismiss the lone charge in the case related to Lucia Evans, who helped spark the #MeToo movement when she told The New Yorker in an expose published a year ago Wednesday that the film producer had forced her to perform oral sex in his office in 2004 when she was a college student and aspiring actress. Weinstein, 66, still faces charges over allegations that he raped an unidentified woman in his hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. He has pleaded not guilty and denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex. Prosecutor Joan … [Read more...] about New York City prosecutors drop part of Harvey Weinstein case
People who use drugs in New York City have adjusted their behaviors to avoid overdose, finds a study by the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research (CDUHR) at NYU Meyers College of Nursing and NYU College of Global Public Health. The findings, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, demonstrate a high level of understanding among people who use drugs regarding ways to prevent an overdose and some adoption of these methods, but the researchers assert that more needs to be done to prevent overdoses. Fentanyl, a category of synthetic opioids that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, is increasingly being added to heroin in the United States. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of illicit drug seizures by the Drug Enforcement Administration that contained fentanyl increased by 694 percent. People who use heroin or other illicit drugs are often unaware that their drugs are being "cut" or mixed with fentanyl; as a result, the use of heroin and other drugs containing … [Read more...] about Increase in fentanyl — responsible for 44 percent of New York City overdose deaths — has led to apprehension and caution
For everyone gearing up for the Big Apple’s largest race of the year on November 4, it’s time to get familiar with the course. The beauty of the New York City Marathon is that it traverses all five boroughs of the city—Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Manhattan—which gives participants a taste of the different neighborhoods and spectators plenty of room to cheer. ( Advertisement - Continue Reading Below But even though New York sits on the coast, the route is certainly not flat. Here, we break down the race by borough, highlighting the challenging parts to prepare for. (Prefer to have your own NYC Marathon course map? Here’s the official route from New York Road Runners.)Staten Island (Miles 1-2)The starting line at New York is unlike anything else in the world. More than 50,000 runners arrive at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, early on Sunday morning before checking into their designated starting village (this is listed on your bib number). … [Read more...] about Here’s What to Expect on the New York City Marathon Course