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MENTAL HEALTH CHAT-(U.S. suicide rates surges to a 30-year high)

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Big shout out to Michael Phelps, DeMar DeRozan,  Serena Williams, Kevin Love, Steve Smith Sr. and Brian Dawkins and Brandon Marshall who recently opened up about their battles with depression and mental health. Human brains are just like any other part of our body. Once injured, there are steps that you can take to bring you back to a healthy state of mind.

Many research shows that mental health condition isn’t the result of one event. It suggests multiple linking causes. Lifestyle, genetics and your environment can influence whether someone develops a mental condition. A stressful home life, stressful job or stressful school environment makes some people more susceptible, as do traumatic life events like being the victim of a crime. Basic brain structure, biochemical processes, and circuits may play a role too.

Remember that you are important and loved by many. Why? Because you are a living soul and you matter. So, if you are having suicidal thoughts, PLEASE CALL 800-273-8255.





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Democrats debate whether to launch impeachment proceedings

House Democrats plan to meet this week to discuss whether to launch impeachment proceedings against President Trump, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Sunday. Schiff told Fox News Sunday that the findings in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report were “serious and damning.” The report detailed numerous Trump actions that could be seen as obstruction of justice, although it said there was not sufficient evidence to charge anyone in the Trump campaign with criminal cooperation with Russian election interference. “That’s going to be a very consequential decision and one that I’m going to reserve judgment on until we’ve had a chance to fully deliberate on it,” Schiff said. (The Washington Post, The Week)




Death toll rises after Sri Lanka bombings

The death toll from coordinated Easter Sunday suicide bombings at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka rose to at least 290 overnight. The nine blasts in three cities, including the capital city of Colombo, also left more than 500 people injured. Police have arrested 24 people in connection with the attacks, which were described as the worst violence to hit the South Asian island since the end of a long and bloody civil war a decade ago. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “several” Americans were among the people killed. He blamed the attacks on “radical terrorists.” Reports surfaced that a top police official had warned security officials 10 days earlier of a threat to churches by radical Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama’ath, which the government is blaming for the attack. (CBS News, The New York Times, The Week)




Sri Lanka blocks social media to curb ‘false news reports’

Sri Lanka blocked social media sites after Sunday bombings killed more than 290 people at churches and luxury hotels in what was being investigated as a coordinated attack. The government said it was temporarily suspending access to sites including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and Viber because “false news reports” were being posted online. A Facebook spokesperson said its users “rely on our services to communicate with their loved ones and we are committed to maintaining our services and helping the community and the country during this tragic time.” Pope Francis denounced the bombings. Speaking during Easter Sunday celebrations at the Vatican, he added: “I want to express my loving closeness to the Christian community, targeted while they were gathered in prayer, and all the victims of such cruel violence.” (CNN, The Washington Post, The Week)




Nadler wants McGahn to testify before House panel

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that his panel would call former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify about what he told Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators. According to a redacted version of Mueller’s report released by the Department of Justice last week, Trump told McGahn to fire Mueller but McGahn wouldn’t do it, saying “that he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre.” Nadler said he also wanted to hear testimony from Mueller and Attorney General William Barr. The alleged attempt to fire Mueller is one of several instances of possible obstruction identified by Mueller. Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said Sunday that firing Mueller would not have been obstruction of justice because “there were very good reasons to fire” him, including the hiring of “very, very questionable” people to involve in an investigation of Trump. (The Hill, The Week)




Comedian wins Ukraine presidency in a landslide

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky won his country’s presidential election in a landslide Sunday. Exit polls suggested that Zelensky, who held a strong lead in the first round three weeks ago, appeared to have trounced incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, taking more than 70 percent of the vote. “I will never let you down,” Zelensky, 41, told supporters. The results were not immediately confirmed, but Poroshenko conceded that Zelensky, who stars in a satirical TV series in which his character accidentally becomes president, had won a five-year term. “The outcome of the election leaves us with uncertainty [and] unpredictability,” said Poroshenko. “I will leave office but I want to firmly stress — I will not quit politics.” (BBC News, The Week)




Giuliani: ‘There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians’

President Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, defended the Trump campaign following Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which indicated that Trump associates had sought to exploit information Russians hacked from Democrats in 2016. “There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians,” Giuliani said on CNN’s State of the Union. Trump pushed back against critics of his actions described in Mueller’s report. “Despite No Collusion, No Obstruction, The Radical Left Democrats do not want to go on to Legislate for the good of the people, but only to Investigate and waste time,” he tweeted before attending an Easter service in Palm Beach. (The New York Times, The Week)




4 ISIS militants killed in attack in Saudi Arabia

Saudi security forces killed four alleged Islamic State militants who attacked a state security building, Saudi authorities told state media. Three security force members were injured in the attack, which targeted a domestic intelligence service station in Zulfi, a small city 155 miles northwest of the capital city, Riyadh. The alleged attackers had automatic weapons, bombs, and Molotov cocktails, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television reported. Video posted online showed a car at a checkpoint, and two bloody corpses nearby. The ISIS news agency, Amaq, claimed in a video that ISIS was responsible for the attack on the security building. (Reuters, The Week)




Moulton joins increasingly crowded Democratic presidential field

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) on Monday became the latest Democrat to announce he’s running for president. The 40-year-old Marine veteran vowed to attract young voters and veterans by focusing on national security as well as jobs, health care, climate change, and leadership. “I’m running because we have to beat Donald Trump,” he said. In his campaign-launch video, he added: “Decades of division and corruption have broken our democracy and robbed Americans of their voice. It’s all led to an administration that’s turned away from our values and is shredding our moral authority.” Moulton was first elected in 2014 after beating a longtime incumbent in a primary, and he stoked controversy by opposing Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) election as House speaker. (Politico, NBC News, The Week)




Oil prices jump after report of U.S. ending Iran sanctions waivers

The Trump administration is preparing to announce an end to waivers from sanctions on Iranian oil importsThe Washington Post reported Sunday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly plans to announce Monday morning that, starting May 2, all countries — including U.S. allies — will have to stop buying Iranian crude or face U.S. sanctions. The move comes roughly a year after the Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal, which provided Tehran with sanctions relief in exchange for curbs to its nuclear program. In November, the State Department gave eight countries — China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Italy, and Greece — 180-day waivers to give them time to find sources to replace Iranian oil. Crude prices jumped 3 percent following reports of the policy change. (The Washington Post, CNBC, The Week)




Curse of La Llorona leads the weekend box office

The Curse of La Llorona led the domestic box office, earning $26.5 million in its opening weekend. Shazam! fell to No. 2 after two weeks at the top. La Llorona was the latest of several horror movies to beat expectations. The Warner Bros. and New Line film is based on a Mexican legend about a woman who kills her children, then wanders searching for them. The 20th Century Fox inspirational film Breakthrough came in third with $11.1 million, a solid opening for a faith-based film. Overall, it was Hollywood’s worst Easter weekend in 14 years, probably because studios avoided launching big-budget films ahead of the April 26 opening of Disney and Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, which is expected to shatter box office records. (Variety, The Associated Press, The Week)










Humanity at it’s finest


Social Media is Melting Over Cashier’s Kindness Towards Special Needs Girl at the Supermarket


Muslims Surround Toronto Synagogues With Protective ‘Rings Of Peace’


Good neighbors
Meet the neighbors who’ve helped a woman who uses a wheelchair get into bed every night — for 10 years.


Nice neighbors
A cotton farmer in Texas is battling cancer and couldn’t harvest his crop. So, his neighbors did the job for him.



Healthy You, Healthy Community

LOVE FOR SELF AND OTHERS,  Remember that you are a precious gift, respect it and be respected. Love yourself and be loved. Know your value and don’t accept being treated in a way less than you deserve.





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Throne games, Part 1
Spoiler alert! Our AJ Willingham breaks down last night’s “Game of Thrones” and warns us that the episode’s good vibes won’t last into next week.

Throne games, Part 2
We already know who’s going to sit on the Iron Throne: A welder and his new wife in Kentucky.

Girl power
Teenage girls rule the world in “Mama K’s Team 4,” Netflix’s first original animated series from Africa.

Today in facepalm 
A man allegedly pretending to be a deputy tried to pull over the real thing — an undercover cop — in Florida.

One last time
UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi lit up social media again as she performed her final collegiate routine over the weekend.



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