My mother, Dorothy Hembree

“Georgia is about to become the center of the political universe.” — CNN, November 6, 2020

As my mother lay dying, she told me about something that happened when she was a child, and every time she talked about it she would cry. She had grown up on a little farm outside Ashland, Alabama, a tiny postage-stamp of a town, and when she was six, she and a friend her age went to get an ice cream cone. The two little girls walked into the store holding hands, swinging their arms back and forth in gleeful anticipation. …


Why Did the Modeling Industry Not Protect Its Teen Models After ‘Bombshell’ Expose of Sexual Abuse?

Wanted: Looking for beautiful American teenagers seeking an exciting, well-paid career as a model in Paris. Must be willing to grant sexual favors in exchange for work.

This wasn’t a real ad for the French modeling agency Karin Models, but for many women who passed through its doors, it might as well have been.

More than 30 years before arrest of financier Jeffrey Epstein for alleged sex trafficking of dozens of minors, Karin Models founder Jean Luc Brunel was accused of everything from groping to drugging and raping teenage models at his agency. …


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If you’ve been to your doctor lately, you may heard about the ACEs quiz, a simple tool to measure childhood trauma.

Such trauma includes abuse, neglect, and other severe hardships that researchers call “Adverse Childhood Experiences,” or ACES, which are linked to an increased risk of heart disease, depression, diabetes and other health problems as children get older.

But the impact of such trauma doesn’t stop there. Recently scientists at the University of California at Los Angeles found that severe stress during parents’ own childhood makes it more likely they’ll have children with behavioral health problems.

I was particularly interested…


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“My two-year-old keeps falling down when he tries to walk.”

“My son is almost 24 months old, but all he can say is “mama” and “dada.”

“She just turned two, and she still can’t follow the simplest instruction.”

When your toddler misses a developmental milestone, it’s natural to fret — after all, in rare cases such delays may be a sign of an underlying condition, such as autism spectrum disorder.

But recent research suggest that some delays may have a more surprising explanation, one that spans generations.

In a study headed by Alonzo Folger, PhD, of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital…


We used to take our relative press freedoms and safety for granted. Not anymore

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It was the third time someone had shot out the windows at our alternative newspaper.

Based in a small university beach town on the California coast, the Santa Cruz Phoenix had apparently enraged some readers, since we came to the office that morning to find our plate glass window blasted to pieces by a shotgun — again. This was many years ago, before everyone had security cameras, but judging from our work shifts, the vandals had struck at the same time as usual after everyone had left — sometime between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. …


My high school classmate’s death by sexual assault haunts my memories

Cindy Cohn, in a picture from our 10th-grade high school annual in Atlanta. Photo courtesy of Diana Hembree

By now, you’re probably at least aware of the first public accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford of Palo Alto University told reporters that during a house party in her teens more than 30 years ago, Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, lured her to a room where Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, tried to pull off her one-piece swimsuit, and covered her mouth with his hand to stop her screams.

“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford told reporters, adding that she only managed to escape when Judge jumped on the…


Ditch The Paintball Fights: Here’s a Better Way to Do Team-Building

By Diana Hembree

MoneyGeek and Abuv Media co-CEO Dan Schuessler (third from the left ) and employees in a can-can line

Remember all-hands paintball fights, trust falls, and two-truths-and-a-lie marathons? The trouble with those team-building exercises is that they make introverts run for cover. For a recent all-hands meeting involving MoneyGeek.com and its parent company, Abuv Media, an online content and website company based in Reno, Nevada, the companychose an activity that everyone could get behind: movie-making. It turned out to be one of the best team building decisions it ever made.

MoneyGeek chose six teams at random, each of which had to shoot a mini-movie in…

Diana Hembree

I cover consumer affairs, science, the workplace and fraud.

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