Nichol Leila Olsen took pride in her appearance. Her dark hair cascaded past her shoulders and was always meticulously styled. She wore outfits that highlighted her petite figure. She had warm brown eyes, an electric smile and a personality that drew others to her. Her humor was contagious — if she was particularly amused, she would crinkle her nose and tilt her head as she laughed. The 37-year-old single mother doted on her daughters, leaving work by 2:30 p.m. every day to pick them up from school. She kept an immaculate home. She worked hard as a hairstylist, double- and triple-booking appointments with clients at a North Side salon. She was resolutely upbeat, having survived a string of hardships in her younger years. Charles Edward Wheeler spotted Olsen on Instagram and was so taken with her that he reached out with a private message. About This Story To develop a picture of the lives of Nichol Olsen and Charles Wheeler, Express-News reporter Peggy O'Hare conducted dozens … [Read more...] about Not so picture perfect
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Produced by James Stolz and Jaime Hellman After three murders with chillingly similar scenarios occurred in Austin, Texas, police began to wonder if they were chasing a serial killer. But whomever committed the crimes left no evidence, no DNA. Cops went into a frantic investigation. The hunt for clues changed when a man testing out a new thermal imaging scope recorded the nighttime movements of a stranger the night of the first murder. As "48 Hours" correspondent Maureen Maher reports, it was evidence cops never expected – and would help them break the case. A SHOCKING CRIME These days in Texas, it seems like all roads lead to Austin. The sleek skyline of the Lone Star capitol---glittering. A boom town that welcomes newcomers, chasing dreams. It's a city charged with life -- an unlikely place to find tragedy as dark as the death of a dreamer, like Kathy Blair. Kirsten Mathieson | Kathy Blair's sister: She loved life … you loved being around her. Maureen … [Read more...] about Was a killer filmed on his way to committing a murder?
By Nara Schoenberg Chicago Tribune Published 5:02 PM EDT Mar 14, 2019 CHICAGO — In college, she set up a chore chart for her roommates, who teasingly referred to her as “Martha Stewart.” As a young art teacher, she got compliments from the custodians on her sparkling-clean classroom. Fellow teachers started coming to her for cleaning tips, and one asked if she wanted to moonlight as a cleaning lady; soon she was cleaning three of her colleagues’ homes. Still, when she was bitten by the blogging bug in 2009, she hesitated: Would anyone really want to read about her passion for cleaning? The answer, as it turned out, was a resounding yes. Today, the Chicago area’s Becky Rapinchuk is a social media celebrity, with over 580,000 Facebook followers, a million blog page views a month (cleanmama.net), she said, and three books, the latest of which, “Clean Mama’s Guide to a Healthy Home: The Simple, Room-by-Room Plan for a Natural Home,” … [Read more...] about Chicago blogger shares her tips to a healthy home
It's here! The second edition of the Diversity in Science Carnival! But it wouldn't be here today without the help of Dr. Free-ride and Dr. Isis. With all the time I have had to devote to my mother and her issues the past two weeks, there is no way I could have gotten the carnival up today without their help. Indeed they really get full credit. I haven't even managed to finish a special post I wanted to do for the carnival - so check back later. I'll update when I have it done and add it in here. But enough of my travails! Let's get on to the really good stuff submitted to this month's carnival! Women in science through history: In celebration of Women's History Month, the Smithsonian has uploaded oodles of photographs of women in science, many from the early 20th Century, in their Flickr Photo Commons. They have also been celebrating by blogging about some of these images. At Adventures in Ethics and Science, a review of RenÃ©e Berland's biography of Maria … [Read more...] about Diversity in Science Carnival: Women Achievers in STEM
PUBLISHED: 18:02 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 20:07 13 November 2018 Megan Aldous Goldie Sayers , Team GB Javelin Thrower and one of Suffolk's 100 Inspiring Women speaking at the event Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant This is a list that Suffolk should be proud of - 100 women who are positive role models for future generations, women who have achieved success in a diverse range of fields from business, the arts, sport and education to the third sector.The list was put together by a panel of judges this summer after we asked readers for their nominations. From top left: Jenna Ackerley, Anne Beckett-Allen, Katie Bannister, Jane Basham, Dayle Bayliss, Shayra Begum, Nicola Beach, Adele Bellis and Professor Emma Bond Pictures: WENDY AIKEN PHOTOGRAPHY/EDF ENERGY/BARRY ELEY/PHILIP MYNOTT/SUFFOLK COUNTY COUCIL/UNIVERSITY OF SUFFOLKJenna Ackerley, Events Under Canvas: A Felixstowe girl originally, 38-year-old Jenna now lives in East Bergholt with her husband and … [Read more...] about Meet 100 of Suffolk’s most inspirational women