He Lost More Than 100 Pounds Before Catching Covid. It Likely Saved His Life

Mick Nardelli knew something had to be done. After weeks of pandemic apathy, wherein incentivized sedentary lifestyles at the onset of Covid introduced the “Quarantine 15,” Nardelli was nearing 300 pounds and had an uncertain future.
At 5’9″ and 295 pounds in his mid-40s, the D.C. suburban father of a 3-year-old watched with a body mass index of nearly 44, (14 points above the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s threshold for “obesity” and therefore qualified as medically “severe”) while the Wuhan virus wreaked havoc on patients who carried excessive weight.

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Jimmy Kimmel trolls Donald Trump Jr. with hilarious 2024 campaign ad parody

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Jimmy Kimmel trolls Donald Trump Jr. with hilarious 2024 campaign ad parody

Understand the importance of honest news ?
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The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health – mental and physical – but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.
We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.
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This L.A. School Called the Cops on Unvaccinated Teens Who Showed Up for Class

When 15-year-old Ellah Nahum and a few other unvaccinated students showed up at Los Angeles’ New West Charter School on Tuesday, January 18, after winter break, they brought lunches, backpacks, and negative COVID-19 tests, hoping to be allowed in. They’d been negotiating with school administrators since early October, when the school had announced that a vaccine mandate would go into effect in January. Prior to returning to school from winter break, they’d requested a hearing, attempting to find alternative options to getting vaccinated.

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Birds are remarkable and beautiful animals – and they’re disappearing from our world | Kim Heacox

Birds are remarkable and beautiful animals – and they’re disappearing from our world

Kim Heacox

In the past half century, North America has lost a fourth of its birds. Earth is now a coal mine, and every wild bird is a canary

‘How diminished our world would be without birds, those dinosaurs with feathers and songsmiths with wings.’ Photograph: Robin Loznak/ZUMA Press Wire/Rex/Shutterstock

‘How diminished our world would be without birds, those dinosaurs with feathers and songsmiths with wings.

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The New Orleans funeral reminds us that grief is a burden that can be shared

Part of the Memory Issue of The Highlight, our home for ambitious stories that explain our world.
Every part of a ritual funeral procession in New Orleans is sacred.
Stafford Agee says it just feels different when he performs one in his hometown. As a musician, his responsibility is to honor the life of the deceased and give the family a little more joy in the transition. “I never liked considering a funeral being a gig,” he says. “I’m performing for somebody’s homegoing ceremony.

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The New Orleans funeral reminds us that grief is a burden that can be shared

Part of the Memory Issue of The Highlight, our home for ambitious stories that explain our world.
Every part of a ritual funeral procession in New Orleans is sacred.
Stafford Agee says it just feels different when he performs one in his hometown. As a musician, his responsibility is to honor the life of the deceased and give the family a little more joy in the transition. “I never liked considering a funeral being a gig,” he says. “I’m performing for somebody’s homegoing ceremony.

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