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Animal lovers — and their dogs — to walk in ‘Bipawtisan March’ on Washington

Women, scientists, and immigrants have all made their voices heard at Washington marches in recent months, but now a different tail-wagging constituency is about to be unleashed: pooches.

The “Bipawtisan March” on June 4 in the nation’s capital will bring together animal lovers and their canine companions for what organizers call a chance to show “that no matter what side of the aisle you stand on, the love we have for our pets transcends all political agendas and is a cause that we can all support.”

The effort, started by a group of local dog owners who met on Instagram, also aims to bring awareness about animal adoption and fostering. Money from registration fees will go to the Humane Rescue Alliance, according to the group.

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“Recently, there have been many different types of marches and rallies throughout the country,” organizers of the Bipawtisan March said in a statement.

“It is not our intention to undermine the messages portrayed in other recent demonstrations,” the group said. “The focus will be on demonstrating that a diverse group of individuals can come together to show solidarity as animal lovers and advocates.”

Amber Duggan, who came up with the idea for the march back in January, tells ITK she’s hoping to get some support from politicians on both sides of the aisle for the event. 

“If it’s successful, we’d like to see it become an annual event,” she said.

Participants, Duggan says, “will be bringing their dogs out to march with them, and are encouraged to represent their own individual beliefs and opinions (either through signs, clothing, etc.) while marching as a united group.”

Chelsea Manning released from military prison

American army private is free after serving seven years of 35-year sentence for leaking classified documents and videos downloaded to WikiLeaks

Chelsea Manning, the army private who released a vast trove of US state secrets and was punished by the US military for months in penal conditions denounced by the UN as torture, has been released from a military prison in Kansas after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence.

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Manning walked out to freedom after 2,545 days in military captivity. She was arrested in May 2010 outside a US army base on the outskirts of Baghdad, having leaked hundreds of thousands of documents and videos downloaded from intelligence databases to WikiLeaks.

The US military confirmed that Manning was released on Wednesday morning.

A couple of hours after her release, Manning said in a statement: “After another anxious four months of waiting, the day has finally arrived. I am looking forward to so much! Whatever is ahead of me, is far more important than the past. I’m figuring things out right now–which is exciting, awkward, fun, and all new for me.”

Timeline: Chelsea Manning’s long journey to freedom

Manning’s disclosures included Collateral Murder, the footage of a US Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad in which two Reuters journalists and other civilians were killed.

Her seven-year ordeal has seen her held captive in Iraq, Kuwait and the US, always in male-only detention facilities. In that time, she has waged a relentless legal battle to be respected as a transgender woman, winning the right to receive hormone treatment but still being subjected to male-standard hair length and dress codes.

Barack Obama granted Manning clemency in his final days in office in January. In commuting to time served her 35-year sentence – the longest ever penalty dished out in the US to an official leaker – the outgoing commander in chief said that “justice had been served”.

Speaking from her prison cell as she prepared for release last week, Manning said: “I’m looking forward to breathing the warm spring air again.

“I want that indescribable feeling of connection with people and nature again, without razor wire or a visitation booth. I want to be able to hug my family and friends again. And swimming – I want to go swimming!”

Obama’s decision to release the soldier early leaves her with legal challenges still hanging over her. Foremost of those is the fact that her sentence from 2013 under the Espionage Act remains in full force ­– a fact that her lawyers regard as ominous given the current incumbent of the White House.

As a result, even in freedom Manning will continue to press vigorously for her sentence to be overturned. Her appeal, filed almost exactly a year ago in the US army court of criminal appeals, argued that her 35-year sentence was “perhaps the most unjust sentence in the history of the military justice system”.

Manning’s appeal lawyer, Nancy Hollander, told the Guardian: “People keep assuming that just because someone is released their appeal is over. The rest of her case is still out there and we want to clear her name. She was convicted of crimes that I don’t believe she committed and her whole prosecution was unfair.”

A fundraising drive drive to help Manning raise the legal fees needed to keep going with the appeal has been launched by Courage Foundation together with the German branch of Reporters Without Borders and the Wau Holland Foundation.

Manning’s mother, Susan Manning, who is Welsh, told the Press Association that she was rejoicing at news of the release. “I am so proud of Chelsea and delighted she will finally be free again.”

Manning moved to Haverfordwest in Wales in 2001 when she was 14 to live with her mother, but returned to the US where she was born and brought up after school ended.

Chelsea Manning prepares for life after prison: ‘I can see a future for myself’

Susan Manning said: “It is going to be very hard for her to readjust after so long inside the prison’s four walls and I’m happy she will be staying in Maryland where she has family to look out for her. Chelsea is so intelligent and talented, I hope she now has the chance to go to college to complete her studies, and to do and be whatever she wants. My message to Chelsea? Two words: ‘Go, girl!’”

Though Manning’s release was greeted with a chorus of rejoicing on social media, one voice struck a more somber tone. David Coombs, the soldier’s trial lawyer, put out a statement in which he said that the 35-year sentence handed down to the Army private amounted to a “grievous wrong”.

“The day that Manning is released from prison should be a day of unadulterated joy for me,” Coombs wrote. “But it’s not. It is a day that I am reflecting on how the military justice system could veer so far off course.”

The lawyer added that “the particular constellation of players involved in this case, the desire to make an example out of Manning, and the ‘win at all costs’ mentality of the prosecution created a powder keg where the ability to achieve a just result was impossible. So I don’t see Manning’s commutation as a victory. I see it as an unfortunate failure of military justice to do its job.”

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nuclear power plants: Cabinet clears proposal to build 10 nuclear power plants

While India has been ramping up its nuclear power capacity, the significance of the decision lies in the scale of the project, which will make it easier for the domestic industry to raise supply capacities and lower costs.

The government said, the new reactors would be in addition to the ones that are expected to come onstream by 2021-22, which will add 6700 MW in addition to the current capacity of 6780 MW from 22 reactors. The reactors under construction are

It would be one of the flagship ‘Make in India’ projects in this sector. “With likely manufacturing orders of close to 70,000 crore to the domestic industry, the project will help transform Indian nuclear industry by linking our goal of a strong nuclear power sector with our indigenous industrial capacities in highend technologies,” it said.

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet cleared on Wednesday the building of 10 new nuclear power plants to add 7000MW to India’s nuclear power generation capacity. These will be the indigenous 700 MW pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs).While India has been ramping up its nuclear power capacity, the significance of the decision lies in the scale of the project, which will make it easier for the domestic industry to raise supply capacities and lower costs.The government said, the new reactors would be in addition to the ones that are expected to come onstream by 2021-22, which will add 6700 MW in addition to the current capacity of 6780 MW from 22 reactors. The reactors under construction are Kudankulam , Kakrapar and Rajasthan Atomic Power Plant (RAPP). The government said the new reactors would come up in “fleet mode as a fully homegrown initiative”.It would be one of the flagship ‘Make in India’ projects in this sector. “With likely manufacturing orders of close to 70,000 crore to the domestic industry, the project will help transform Indian nuclear industry by linking our goal of a strong nuclear power sector with our indigenous industrial capacities in highend technologies,” it said.

3D-printed ovaries allow infertile mice to give birth

The creation of artificial ovaries for humans is a step closer after birth of healthy pups from mice given ‘ovarian bioprosthesis’

Infertile mice have given birth to healthy pups after having their fertility restored with ovary implants made with a 3D printer.

Researchers created the synthetic ovaries by printing porous scaffolds from a gelatin ink and filling them with follicles, the tiny, fluid-holding sacs that contain immature egg cells.

In tests on mice that had one ovary surgically removed, scientists found that the implants hooked up to the blood supply within a week and went on to release eggs naturally through the pores built into the gelatin structures.

The work marks a step towards making artificial ovaries for young women whose reproductive systems have been damaged by cancer treatments, leaving them infertile or with hormone imbalances that require them to take regular hormone-boosting drugs.

“Our hope is that one day this ovarian bioprosthesis is really the ovary of the future,” said Teresa Woodruff at Northwestern University in Chicago. “The goal of the project is to be able to restore fertility and endocrine health to young cancer patients who have been sterilised by their cancer treatment.”

Of seven mice that mated after receiving the artificial ovaries, three gave birth to pups that had developed from eggs released by the implants. The mice fed normally on their mother’s milk and went on to have healthy litters of their own later in life.

Writing in the journal Nature Communications, the scientists describe how they printed layered lattices of gelatin strips to make the ovary implants. The sizes and positions of the holes in the structures were carefully controlled to hold dozens of follicles and allow blood vessels to connect to the implants. Mature eggs were then released from the implants as happens in normal ovulation.

Chemotherapy and high doses of radiation used in cancer treatment can destroy some or all of a woman’s eggs, putting them at risk of infertility and an early menopause. And while doctors have had some success in restoring women’s fertility from frozen ovarian tissue, an implant could potentially help those who do not bank healthy tissue when they are children.

Monica Laronda, a co-author on the study, said that an ovary implant could also help cancer survivors whose eggs are so damaged that they need hormone replacement therapy to trigger puberty. “We’re thinking big picture, meaning every stage of the girl’s life, so puberty through adulthood to a natural menopause,” she said.

A microscopic image of an immature mouse egg, surrounded by supportive cells, after it has been housed in a bioprosthetic ovary scaffold for six days.

A microscopic image of an immature mouse egg, surrounded by supportive cells, after it has been housed in a bioprosthetic ovary scaffold for six days. Photograph: Northwestern University

Scientists have made artificial ovaries for mice before, but the latest research is believed to be the first time that researchers have used 3D printing to manufacture them. It is not clear if the same approach will work in people because human follicles are much larger and grow rapidly until they are visible to the naked eye.

Other animal experiments performed nearly a decade ago hinted that women who had ovarian tissue transplants later in life might enjoy broader benefits from the procedure than restored fertility. In 2010, scientists at Kato Ladies Clinic in Tokyo found that ovarian transplants extended the lives of old mice, and led older females, who were normally inactive, to seek out mates and have babies. The researchers conceded that far more work was needed to assess the effects in women.

Advances in 3D printing have already transformed some areas of medicine by allowing the doctors to make bespoke body parts that can be directly implanted into patients. Last year, South Korean surgeons printed a titanium heel bone for a man who had a tumour removed from his foot.

Meanwhile, researchers in North Carolina announced that they had made ears, jawbones and skeletal muscles by 3D printing structures laced with living cells. Other groups have printed vascular networks that will be vital for creating large synthetic organs in the lab.

Heart donation recipient greeted by donor family on graduation stage

After countless hours of studying, students of Eagle River High School received their diplomas Tuesday, but for graduating senior Shawn Stockwell, the hardest tests of his life were nowhere near the classroom.


Stockwell was born with a life-threatening heart defect known as hypo-plastic left heart syndrome. His mother Trista Stockwell said the condition was so serious, she was told by multiple doctors her son had a small chance of survival.

“We had never imagined our son would graduate high school, ever,” said Trista Stockwell, who found herself crying during the ceremony as her mind flashed back to memories of hospitals and ambulance rides.

More than a decade ago, Stockwell and his mom went to California in hopes of receiving a heart transplant. The donation didn’t come fast, but eventually Stockwell received a healthy heart from a seven-year-old boy named Carson Bosley, who died of a brain aneurysm.

The donation was a risky operation but ultimately successful.

It was a slow road to recovery, with some health scares throughout his high school career, but Stockwell’s heart is reported to be beating healthy. It’s exciting news for not only Stockwell’s parents, but also the parents of Carson Bosley, who decided to make their first trip up to Alaska to see Stockwell graduate.









“We miss him everyday,” Jamie Bosley said about his son Carson. “This helps pass along his legacy and keeping that memory alive, so it’s very special to us.”

Jamie and Kelly Bosley were allowed the opportunity to help hand Stockwell his diploma on stage in the Sullivan Arena.

Stockwell said, he met the Bosley’s for the first time last year, and couldn’t be happier they want to be a part of his family.

“We look forward to following him for the rest of his life,” said Bosley.

“We are forever grateful to the Bosley family,” said Trista Stockwell. “They are our true heroes, and Carson will forever live on.”

Stockwell said he’s not done with school yet. He’s heading to college to be a social worker. His mom said, Stockwell spent so much time in hospitals, he now wants to one day help sick children live a better life.

Correction: Carson Bosley died of a brain aneurysm, not a car crash as previously reported

Meet Omar, The Aussie Feline In The Running To Be World’s Longest Cat

3 years old Omar, who has 12,000 followers within 2 weeks of joining instagram, currently weighs 14 kilograms and is reportedly 120 cm long — a mere 1.67 cm longer than Ludo, the current record holder.

The world’s longest cat owner, Stephy Hirst, told the Maroondah Leader that she & her partner had an inkling that they may have been proud parents of the world’s longest cat but “hadn’t done anything about it because he might not be fully grown yet”. He sleeps on the couch…because he takes up too much room on the bed.

My dad makes a pretty great bed, he has more room on him than mum does 🐱🐾

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Happy #Caturday! 🐾

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Stephy Hirst said: “Omar” was small when we got him but then he just started growing and was 10kg at one year old.



Omar’s measurements have been sent to Guinness World Records for verification.

Joe Biden, president of ice cream, is finally getting his own flavor

In one of contemporary culture’s greatest failings, Joe Biden somehow did not have his own ice cream flavor before now. But that oversight has been fixed — and what a sweet moment it is.

The new flavor comes courtesy of the Cornell Dairy Processing Plant, and, per the Cornell Daily Sun, is the brainchild of Cornell University senior Molly Mandel. 

Mandel, who used to intern at Cornell Dairy, reportedly pitched the idea to the plant’s quality manager and academic programs coordinator when she found out Biden had been booked to speak at graduation.

And, of course, going through with it was a no-brainer: Joe Biden may have been the vice president of the United States, but he is the president of ice cream.

The flavor, which is currently unnamed, is Biden’s favorite — plain chocolate chip. We assume he will have a cone or four at graduation, probably while he’s wearing sunglasses.

And if you’re not planning on attending Cornell’s commencement this year, please enjoy this classic video instead:

Man pays off every student’s school lunch debt

A business owner is taking the burden off hundreds of families in Sherman, Texas, paying for every unpaid cafeteria balance in the school district.


According to Sherman ISD policy, students who have negative meal balances can’t walk the stage at graduation or participate in end-of-year activities like field trips and field day.

A few weeks ago, that was about 850 students.

“They may get behind for whatever reason, and of course we want our kids to participate and be involved in the school,” Sherman High School Principal Chris Mogan said.

“It does pile up very quickly, in having friends, it’s very daunting to think about stuff like that,” Sherman High School student Marlee Russell said.

“Difficult times or maybe different circumstances come up, we got to make sure they get fed and fed well,” SISD Director of School Nutrition Services John Spradley said.

Jason Schilli owns Covenant Roofing in Sherman.

When he heard about the number of unpaid meal balances and the way it will affect the students, he knew he wanted to help.









“I was really looking for a way that we could have an impact on the community and have a direct influence on so many students,” Schilli said.

So Schilli donated $8,500 to SISD, the exact amount the school needed to cover all of those meals.

He was recognized for his gift at Monday’s school board meeting. The students say this donation means several of their friends will now be able to walk the stage.

“Having the benefit of those fees being paid off I think is a wonderful way to give back to us,” Russell said.

“This is something that will enact meaningful change, not 10 or 15 years down the road, but immediately, improving the lives of people and taking their fears away from this,” Sherman High School student Colin McGinn said.

It’s not only thousands less the school will have to cover, but it’s also a fun field trip or a memory at graduation that some students would not have had otherwise.

“Take that stress or whatever they have to go through off their shoulders, and allow the kids to get the maximum benefit out of being in school,” Schilli said.

“We’re coming up on the end of the school year, let them have fun and be able to do all the things that they should be able to do.”