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Renee Zellweger talks plastic surgery rumors: ‘That makes me sad’

Renee Zellweger opened up about feeling “sad” after a red carpet appearance in 2014 had the world convinced the actress had undergone plastic surgery on her face.

The star, who plays famed actress Judy Garland in the upcoming biopic “Judy,” reemerged after a break from acting in 2014 at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards. People were quick to notice that her face looked much different than it did the last time they’d seen the “Chicago” actress in public.

The media scrutiny ultimately led to her penning a guest column in HuffPost in which she called for less speculation about celebrities titled “We Can Do Better.”

“Nothing like international humiliation to set your perspective right!” she told Vulture in a recent interview. “It clarifies what’s important to you. And it shakes off any sort of clingy superficiality … that you didn’t have time for anyway. One of the fears that maybe, as artists, we all share — because we have this public experience of being criticized not just for our work but as human beings — is when it gets to be too much, when you learn that your skin is not quite as thick as you need it to be, what is that gonna feel like? Well, now I know. I got the hardest kick. And it ain’t the end.”

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Renee Zellweger at the 2014 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards. (Reuters)

RENEE ZELLWEGER TRANSFORMS INTO JUDY GARLAND FOR NEW BIOPIC, FIRST TRAILER REVEALS

The star went on to address the 2014 controversy directly, explaining that the topic is still sensitive to her given what receiving plastic surgery would imply to others about her character.

“Well, because there’s a value judgment that’s placed on us. As if it somehow is a reflection of your character — whether you’re a good person or a weak person or an authentic person,” she explained.

When her interviewer suggested that fans may have been concerned about her drastically changing her appearance after being out of the public eye for years, she noted that thought makes her “sad.”

RENEE ZELLWEGER MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO HOLLYWOOD AFTER SIX-YEAR HIATUS IN NETFLIX’S ‘WHAT/IF’

“And the implication that I somehow needed to change what was going on because it wasn’t working,” she told the outlet. “That makes me sad. I don’t look at beauty in that way. And I don’t think of myself in that way. I like my weird quirkiness, my off-kilter mix of things. It enables me to do what I do. I don’t want to be something else. I got hired in my blue jeans and cowboy boots with my messy hair. I started working like that. I didn’t have to change to work. So why was I suddenly trying to fit into some mold that didn’t belong to me?”

In her response to the “kerfuffle” to HuffPost in 2016, Zellweger denied having any work done on her face.

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Renee Zellweger stars as late Hollywood icon Judy Garland in the biopic “Judy.” (JUDY | Official Teaser Trailer | Roadside Attractions)

“Not that it’s anyone’s business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes. This fact is of no true import to anyone at all, but that the possibility alone was discussed among respected journalists and became a public conversation is a disconcerting illustration of news/entertainment confusion and society’s fixation on physicality.”

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As the Vulture article notes, the 50-year-old star’s face looks more familiar these days as she prepares for her starring role as Garland. The public’s perception of an actress’ looks come into play in “Judy” as it takes place during the last six months of Garland’s life, when the weight of the public eye was at its heaviest on the “Wizard of Oz” actress.

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Intense ammonia storms on Jupiter are messing up the planet’s belts

Don’t you just hate it when there’s a problem with your belt?

Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, is perhaps most famous for its giant Red Spot, a continuous storm that has been observed since 1830. But now, new powerful storms have started on the gas giant and they are disrupting the planet’s belts.

These storms are affecting the planet’s white and brown belts, creating distortion among the bands, which are usually separated. Made of ammonia and water vapor, the storms are rising through Jupiter’s cloud layer and then being condensed into white plumes.

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Jupiter in radio waves with ALMA (top) and visible light with the Hubble Space Telescope (bottom). The eruption in the South Equatorial Belt is visible in both images. (Credit: ALMA [ESO/NAOJ/NRAO] I de Pater et al.; NRAO/AUI NSF, S. Dagnello; NASA/Hubble)

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“If these plumes are vigorous and continue to have convective events, they may disturb one of these entire bands over time, though it may take a few months,” said the study’s lead author, Imke de Pater, in a statement. “With these observations, we see one plume in progress and the aftereffects of the others.”

The study, which is awaiting publication in The Astronomical Journal, can be found here.

The researchers were able to identify the storms using the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA), as well as the Hubble Space Telescope.

“Our ALMA observations are the first to show that high concentrations of ammonia gas are brought up during an energetic eruption,” de Pater added.

JUPITER COLLIDED WITH STILL-FORMING PLANET 4.5B YEARS AGO: ‘ONE IN A TRILLION PROBABILITY’

Usually, the ammonia clouds are the top thin layer of both the brown and white clouds that make up Jupiter’s bands. But since the ammonia does not rise higher than the hydrogen and helium that make up the planet’s atmosphere, it’s difficult to know what is causing these storms, the researchers noted.

“We were really lucky with these data, because they were taken just a few days after amateur astronomers found a bright plume in the South Equatorial Belt,” de Pater continued. “With ALMA, we observed the whole planet and saw that plume, and since ALMA probes below the cloud layers, we could actually see what was going on below the ammonia clouds.”

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Hong Kong’s Leader Partly Gives In. Will the Protests Continue?

HONG KONG — After nearly three months of protests that have rocked Hong Kong, the city’s leader, Carrie Lam, made a key concession on Wednesday in announcing her intention to formally withdraw a deeply unpopular extradition bill.

But experts say the move, which comes after a weekend of violent clashes between protesters and the police, is unlikely to fully quell the demonstrations. Since the demonstrations began in June, protesters’ demands have morphed into a broader movement calling for fundamental political reforms and an independent inquiry into police conduct.

Here is a look at Mrs. Lam’s action and its possible impact on a city roiled by protests.

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Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, said on Sept. 4 that she would withdraw the extradition bill.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

In announcing her decision to withdraw a contentious bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, Mrs. Lam was trying to placate Hong Kongers concerned about being subject to China’s opaque legal system, which is controlled by the ruling Communist Party.

Mrs. Lam announced as early as June 15, not long after mass street protests erupted, that she was indefinitely delaying the bill. But many were unsatisfied with Mrs. Lam’s decision to suspend the proposal, rather than fully withdraw it. On June 16, an estimated two million people poured into the streets in a dramatic rejection of the government’s attempt to back down.

Protesters seized on Mrs. Lam’s refusal to formally withdraw the bill as a sign that she was more beholden to Beijing than to Hong Kong, a former British colony that was returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Mrs. Lam said on Wednesday that, in addition to formally withdrawing the bill, she would appoint two new members to a police review committee to investigate officers’ behavior during the protests. But protesters want an independent investigation of police conduct, and do not trust the existing committee, considering it ineffective.

Protesters clashed with the police on Sept. 2. Demonstrators have pressed for an independent investigation of police conduct.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

Despite Mrs. Lam’s concession on the extradition bill, the demonstrations are likely to continue. After Mrs. Lam’s announcement on Wednesday, many protesters vowed in social messaging groups and online forums to continue the taking to the streets, referring to the slogan: “Five demands, not one less.”

The protesters’ five demands are: the formal withdrawal of the extradition bill, the independent investigation into the police response, amnesty for arrested protesters, direct elections for all lawmakers and the chief executive, and not labeling those at a June 12 protest as “rioters.”

Though Mrs. Lam’s decision may help assuage some protesters, experts said it was unlikely to satisfy a small group of young demonstrators who have become more militant in recent weeks. A test of the public’s reaction to Mrs. Lam’s decision, they said, could come as soon as this weekend, since the biggest, most disruptive protests often happen on weekends.

In recent weeks, as clashes between protesters and the police have intensified, the focus of the demonstrations has shifted to police violence, and Mrs. Lam’s actions on Wednesday could be seen as falling short.

“It may ease anger a little, but it’s definitely not going to get people out of the streets,” said Samson Yuen, an assistant professor of political science at Lingnan University in Hong Kong who studies local social movements.

“It’s too late,” Mr. Yuen said. “The focus of the protests is not on the bill anymore.”

Protesters on Aug. 31 were prepared for tear gas. Violent clashes between young demonstrators and the police have become more frequent.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

Though Mrs. Lam announced he decision to withdraw the bill, many saw it as a concession by Beijing. Mrs. Lam recently told a group of businesspeople that she would resign if she could but had no choice in the matter, according to a report by Reuters. Many took it as further proof that Beijing was calling the shots.

The announcement comes just weeks before China is to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic. While many saw Mrs. Lam’s move as an effort to soothe public anger before that important event, some experts expressed doubt that Beijing would allow any further concessions, especially with regards to the police.

Short of China sending in troops, the Hong Kong police “are the only forceful means they can use to control the situation,” said Willy Lam, an adjunct professor at the Center for China Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. “Beijing needs the police.”

Financial markets reacted positively as reports of Mrs. Lam’s impending announcement began to circulate on Wednesday. By the end of the day, the Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong had risen by nearly 4 percent, its biggest single-day gain since November.

But such optimism may be short-lived. The city’s economy has showed signs that it’s headed toward a recession. Should the protests continue, tourists might stay away and further damage the city’s retail sector and its small businesses, which have been badly battered by the demonstrations.

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Regulators Fine Google $170 Million for Violating Children’s Privacy on YouTube

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Google on Wednesday agreed to pay a record $170 million fine and to make changes to protect children’s privacy on YouTube, as regulators said the video site had knowingly and illegally harvested personal information from youngsters and used that data to profit by targeting them with ads.

The measures were part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and New York’s attorney general. They said YouTube had violated a federal children’s privacy law known as the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA.

Regulators said YouTube, which is owned by Google, had illegally gathered children’s data — such as identification codes that are used to track web browsing over time — without their parents’ consent. The site also marketed itself as a top destination for young children to advertisers, even as it told some advertising companies that no compliance with the children’s privacy law was needed because it did not have viewers younger than 13. YouTube then made millions of dollars by using the information harvested from children to target them with ads, regulators said.

To settle the charges, YouTube agreed to pay $170 million, of which $136 million will go to the F.T.C. and $34 million to New York. The sum represents the largest civil penalty ever obtained by the F.T.C. in a children’s privacy case, dwarfing the previous record fine of $5.7 million that the agency levied this year against the owner of TikTok, a social video-sharing app.

Under the settlement, which the F.T.C. approved in a 3 to 2 vote, YouTube also agreed to set up a system that asks video channel owners to identify the children’s content they post so that targeted ads are not placed in those videos. YouTube must also obtain consent from parents before collecting or sharing personal details like their child’s name or photos, regulators said.

The move adds to the enforcement actions that American regulators have recently taken against tech companies for violations of people’s privacy, indicating the Trump administration’s willingness to aggressively pursue the powerful corporations. It follows a $5 billion privacy settlement between the F.T.C. and Facebook in July over how the social network collected and handled its users’ data.

But critics warned that the fine and measures against YouTube did not go far enough to protect children’s privacy.

Children’s advocates said the $170 million penalty was a slap on the wrist for one of the world’s richest companies. They added that Google had simply agreed to abide by a children’s privacy law that it was already obligated to comply with. COPPA prohibits operators of online services from collecting personal data, like home addresses, from children under 13 without a parent’s verifiable permission.

“Merely requiring Google to follow the law, that’s a meaningless sanction,” said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, a nonprofit whose efforts in the 1990s helped trigger COPPA’s passage. “It’s the equivalent of a cop pulling somebody over for speeding at 110 miles an hour — and they get off with a warning.”

The agreement split the F.T.C. down partisan lines, with the agency’s three Republican commissioners voting to approve the settlement and the two Democratic commissioners dissenting.

In a statement, two of the Republican commissioners, Joseph J. Simons, the agency’s chairman, and Christine S. Wilson, said that the settlement “achieves a significant victory for the millions of parents whose children watch child-directed content on YouTube.” In particular, they said, this was the first time a platform would have to ask its content producers to identify themselves as creators of children’s material. The settlement, they said, “sends a strong message to children’s content providers and to platforms about their obligation to comply with the COPPA rule.”

But while the agreement prohibits YouTube and Google from using or sharing the children’s data they have already obtained, one of the Democratic commissioners, Rohit Chopra, said it did not hold company executives personally accountable for illegal data-mining of children. The other Democratic commissioner, Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, said the agreement did not go far enough by requiring YouTube itself to proactively identify children’s videos on its platform.

“No individual accountability, insufficient remedies to address the company’s financial incentives, and a fine that still allows the company to profit from its lawbreaking,” Mr. Chopra wrote in his dissent. “The terms of the settlement were not even significant enough to make Google issue a warning to its investors.”

COPPA is the strongest federal consumer privacy statute in the United States, enabling the F.T.C. to level fines of up to $42,530 for each violation.

Noah Phillips, a Republican commissioner, argued that Congress should give the F.T.C. more guidance about how to levy fines.

In a blog post on Wednesday about the settlement, YouTube’s chief executive, Susan Wojcicki, said that “nothing is more important than protecting kids and their privacy.” She added, “From its earliest days, YouTube has been a site for people over 13, but with a boom in family content and the rise of shared devices, the likelihood of children watching without supervision has increased.”

YouTube said that not only had it agreed to stop placing targeted ads on children’s videos, it would also stop gathering personal data about anyone who watches those videos, even if the company believes the viewer is an adult. It said it would also eliminate other features on children’s videos, such as comments and notifications, that require the use of personal data.

Ms. Wojcicki said YouTube also plans to use artificial intelligence to scan for content that targets young audiences, like videos featuring kids’ toys, games or characters, in addition to relying on creator reports.

Under the settlement, YouTube must implement the changes by early next year.

The privacy case against YouTube began in 2016 after the New York attorney general’s office, which has been active in enforcing the federal children’s privacy law in the state, notified the F.T.C. of apparent children’s privacy violations on the video site.

“Google and YouTube knowingly and illegally monitored, tracked and served targeted ads to young children just to keep advertising dollars rolling in,” Letitia James, New York’s attorney general, said in a statement on Wednesday. “These companies put children at risk and abused their power.”

Google has repeatedly dealt with privacy violations in recent years. The internet search company is subject to a 20-year federal consent order from 2011 for deceptive data-mining involving its now-defunct social network Buzz. That order required Google to put a comprehensive privacy program in place and forbade it from misrepresenting how it handles people’s data.

In 2012, Google also agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle F.T.C. charges that it had violated that consent order by deceiving users of Apple’s Safari browser about its data-mining practices.

The Silicon Valley company is also the subject of a state lawsuit over alleged children’s privacy violations, brought by Hector Balderas, the attorney general of New Mexico. The suit alleges the company failed to ensure that children’s apps in its Google Play store complied with the children’s privacy law. Google has asked that the case be dismissed.

The settlement on Wednesday is likely to have implications beyond YouTube. The changes required under the agreement could limit how much video makers earn on the platform because they will no longer be able to profit from targeted ads on children’s videos.

To offset some of those losses, YouTube said it would funnel $100 million to creators of children’s content over the next three years. It will also heavily promote YouTube Kids, its child-focused app, to shift parents away from using the main YouTube app when allowing their kids to watch videos.

The crackdown on creators of children’s content could make it financially difficult to produce videos for kids, said Maureen Ohlhausen, a former acting chairwoman of the F.T.C.

“There is a lot of free content available for children,” she said. “You want to be sure that you don’t kill the goose that lays the golden egg.”

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Michigan bans flavored e-cigarettes, becoming the first state to do so, governor says

In a move to discourage teens and other young people from vaping, Michigan will become the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes, the state’s governor said.

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told The Washington Post the state on Wednesday will become the first to ban the flavored devices.

The ban goes into effect immediately and applies to both retail and online sales, though businesses have 30 days to comply. Mint, menthol, sweet and fruity flavors will be affected, but tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes will not, she said.

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The ban will last six months but can be renewed for another six months as state officials “develop permanent regulations banning flavored e-cigarettes,” The Washington Post reported.

“My number one priority is keeping our kids safe and protecting the health of the people of Michigan,” Whitmer told the newspaper, adding the ban will also restrict the use of “misleading” words such as “safe” and “healthy” on vaping advertisements.

The move comes after San Francisco in June took a step to curb teen vaping addiction by banning the sales of the devices.

“My number one priority is keeping our kids safe and protecting the health of the people of Michigan.”

— Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March issued a proposal to restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarettes which has not been finalized. The restrictions would affect sweet and fruity flavors, but not mint and menthol, which also attract teens, according to The Washington Post.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday there were 215 potential cases of respiratory illnesses linked to vaping across 25 states. Teens primarily have been affected. The first vaping-related death was reported last month in Illinois.

Both the CDC and the FDA are investigating what may be behind the illnesses, though a specific product has not yet been identified. An unnamed source reportedly told The Washington Post last week both state and federal health officials are looking at “contaminants or counterfeit substances,” specifically in THC-containing vaping products, as a possible source.

“More information is needed to better understand whether there’s a relationship between any specific products or substances and the reported illnesses,” the CDC told Fox News in a statement. “At this time, there does not appear to be one product involved in all of the cases, although THC and cannabinoids use has been reported in many cases. At this time, the specific substances within the e-cigarette products that cause illness are not known and could involve a variety of substances.”

“We continue to gather information about the names of the products used, where they were purchased, and how the products were used. That information is critical to help determine whether patterns emerge on which we can take additional action.”

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The negative health effects associated with cigarettes and cigars have long been documented, leading to a decline in use among teens in the U.S. in recent years.

But the same isn’t true for e-cigarette use. In 2018, nearly one in every 20 middle school students (4.9 percent) reported using electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days. That’s an increase from less than 1 percent in 2011.

Last year, the Surgeon General of the United States, Jerome Adams, declared vaping among American teens an “epidemic.”

“This is an unprecedented challenge,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar at the time.

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Though e-cigarettes are often touted as a “safer” alternative to cigarettes, a recent study found that may not be true.

The study, led by University of Pennsylvania researchers, claimed there are damaging effects on a user’s blood vessels after just one use.

A spokesperson for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment on Wednesday.

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As Hurricane Dorian rolls toward the Carolinas, 1 million people ordered to evacuate

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Hurricane Dorian slammed Florida’s East Coast with heavy wind and rain Wednesday as the historic storm roared northwest on a collision course with the Carolinas.

The storm had technically diminished to a Category 2 on Tuesday but actually grew in size. Hours after devastating parts of the Bahamas, Dorian was about 90 miles east of Daytona Beach early Wednesday with 105 mph winds, the National Hurricane Center said.

The center of Dorian was forecast to move near or over the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina Thursday through Friday morning. Areas of the coast could see 10 inches of rain and several feet of storm surge, the hurricane center warned.

More than 1 million people were facing evacuation orders from Florida to North Carolina.

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“There is no more time for hesitation,” South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said. “If you are in an evacuation zone you need to evacuate now.”

The hurricane was picking up speed Wednesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. Federal emergency declarations have been approved for Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Gov. Ralph Northam declared an emergency in his state as well. 

“The landfall did not occur in Florida fortunately” but the Carolinas are still in play, said Ed Rappaport, deputy director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. “The best thing to do is, if you have a hurricane plan now is the time to execute it if you’re along the coast.”

He said the Carolinas could see as much as 4 to 7 feet of storm surge. Anything above 3 feet is considered life-threatening, he noted.

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In South Carolina, Charleston residents were monitoring the storm closely. Johnny Smith, who lives in a downtown housing complex, remembered last year and how Hurricane Florence had no impact.

Smith, 52, is a veteran of Hurricane Hugo in 1989, the most violent storm to strike South Carolina in modern history. At the time, Smith lived in housing at the site of the aquarium, right along the waterfront.

“We don’t play with hurricanes,” Smith said. “When the tide is high, we get flooded out.”

More: Stunning satellite images show Hurricane Dorian’s floodwaters engulfing The Bahamas

Smith said he’s awaiting more direction from the local media on the track of the storm but will evacuate if there’s a hint it could have a severe impact, despite having seen a lot of “near-misses.”

“One year it can pass, the next year you can have an all-out hurricane,” Smith said. “It would break my heart to see people hurt and lose their home. You’re kind of pulled in both directions. You hope for the best.”

Bacon reported from McLean, Va. Contributing: Janine Zeitlin.

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Ezekiel Elliott becomes highest-paid running back with new Dallas Cowboys contract

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The Dallas Cowboys and star running back Ezekiel Elliott agreed to a new contract to make him the highest-paid player at his position and end his holdout — just days before the start of the season.

The Cowboys announced the team agreed to a six-year, $90 million contract extension with Elliott with about half of the salary being guaranteed.

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The deal will pay Elliott more money than Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, who signed a four-year, $57.5 million deal before the 2018 season.

Elliott’s monster contract ends the holdout, which cost the running back training camp with the team. Elliott spent the end of his offseason training in Mexico while hoping the franchise and his agent would come to terms on a new deal.

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Dallas owner Jerry Jones had been very public about his dealings with Elliott, even getting ready to use rookie Tony Pollard in case Elliott wasn’t ready to go for Week 1 against the New York Giants. But Elliott left Mexico on Tuesday and word broke about the big deal early Wednesday.

Elliott has been one of the most prolific running backs in the NFL since Dallas selected him with the No. 4 pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. In three seasons, Elliott has made two Pro Bowls and led the league in rushing twice.

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In 2018, Elliott rushed for 1,434 yards and six touchdowns. Dallas won the NFC East division but lost in the playoffs to the eventual NFC champion Rams.

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NASA captures incredible image of dying star in deep space

Talk about an exit.

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope managed to snap an incredible picture of a dying star in the Gemini constellation.

The constellation of Gemini, which is also known as the Twins, confused astronomers when it was first studied, the government agency said in a blog post. “Rather than being classified as a single object, it was instead recorded as two objects, owing to its symmetrical lobed structure (known as NGC 2371 and NGC 2372, though sometimes referred to together as NGC 2371/2).”

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This image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows a dark, gloomy scene in the constellation of Gemini. It confused astronomers when it was first studied. Instead of being classified as a single object, it was recorded as two objects, owing to its symmetrical lobed structure (known as NGC 2371 and NGC 2372, though sometimes referred to together as NGC 2371/2). (Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Wade et al.

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The two objects (or lobes) form what’s known as a planetary nebula, which is described as “shells of gas and dust that have been ejected from a star during the process of its evolution from a hydrogen-burning main sequence star into a red giant and eventually into a white dwarf.”

Despite the term, it has nothing to do with planets or exoplanets. Instead, NGC 2371/2 was created when a star, similar to our Sun, reached the end of its life and “blasted off its outer layers, shedding the constituent material and pushing it out into space to leave just a superheated stellar remnant behind.” What’s left behind is visible as the bright star in the center between the lobes,” NASA added in the post.

It’s expected that there will be a significant change to the region over the next few thousand years, as the lobes eventually dissipate completely, “and the remnant star will cool and dim to form a white dwarf.”

The Hubble Space Telescope, which has been in orbit since 1990, continues to allow incredible discoveries. However, it is slated to be replaced by the long-delayed James Webb telescope, which will provide great resolution and sensitivity over the Hubble, among several other improvements.

Last month, the telescope was assembled for the first time, as engineers joined the two halves together using a crane in Redondo Beach, Calif.

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This Is What No One Tells You About Getting (And Having) Herpes

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“Why are you crying?”

Those were the first words my doctor said to me after telling me I had herpes. I was just post-divorce, in excruciating pain, and I thought I would never date again. I think crying was an understated reaction, all things considered.

My knowledge about herpes was limited at the time; I “knew” what everyone “knew.” I knew that herpes was sexually transmitted, that it was an easy punchline and that obviously it was something to be ashamed of.

I knew the language we use to talk about STIs, and that if you don’t have any, you’re “clean,” which means that if you do have one, you’re dirty.

When I texted the only person who could have given herpes to me, given the timing, he denied having it, and then said he’d “still fuck me.” Thanks?

I went home from my doctor’s appointment with a prescription for acyclovir and an inner certainty that my life was over. I called my mom, an experienced RN, who was as understanding as she could be, and gave me advice on how to cope with my first outbreak. (Pro tip: If you have an outbreak and it hurts to pee, pour lukewarm water over your bits to get things moving).

Once I was able to sit for more than a few minutes at a time, I crawled to my computer and asked Google for help. For once, Google delivered.

I discovered that there are two types of herpes, which is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). HSV-1 is sometimes referred to as oral herpes, and that’s its preferred place to live. HSV-2 is sometimes referred to as genital herpes, as that’s where it prefers to live. In reality, you can get either type of herpes in either location.

Planned Parenthood describes getting HSV-1 or HSV-2 around your mouth as oral herpes. Cold sores are oral herpes. Planned Parenthood also says that if you get sores around your genitals, you have genital herpes, regardless of which virus has decided to reside there.

After my initial outbreak cleared, I waited for another outbreak to arrive. I didn’t get another one for six months, and it was very mild. After some testing, I found out that I had genital HSV-1. Since the virus wasn’t living in its “preferred” location, my outbreaks were rare. I honestly don’t remember the last time I had one, and I’ve had herpes now for over nine years.

I know not everyone with herpes has my experience. Some have outbreaks monthly, some occasionally, and a few have serious symptoms during their initial outbreaks that require hospitalization (initial outbreaks are often accompanied by flulike symptoms). I’m grateful that, despite my shame, I sought out competent medical care, and that Planned Parenthood was also there to support me when I was uninsured.

And to be fair to the person who gave me herpes, he probably didn’t know he had it. Not everyone realizes cold sores are herpes, and I wasn’t diligent about asking. I didn’t even know I needed to, and like many, we didn’t use a barrier for oral sex.

My Googling also showed me that I was not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 in 6 people aged 14 to 49 years have HSV-2, and almost half (48%) have HSV-1. Like my partner at the time, many people with herpes don’t realize they have it, either because they don’t have any symptoms or because their symptoms are mild and attributed to something else.

Of course, none of that really addressed my most pressing concern: Would I date again? As I searched the internet, I discovered something interesting: dating sites for people with herpes. Some have argued that dating sites for people with herpes are unnecessary and further stigmatizing. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t have a lot of great dates from those sites. I didn’t have a lot of great dates from any dating sites, though.

However, I did find posts on those sites about local meetups, and I decided to go to one.

What did I find? A group of remarkably friendly people, which is impressive considering all we have in common is a skin condition. I discovered people who were dating, who had gotten married, all after being diagnosed with herpes. Some had found partners with herpes, some found partners without herpes.

I was also introduced to a vast network of secret herpes Facebook groups, some of which are for dating, but most of which are just for commiserating, chatting, posting memes and asking questions.

As I found the courage to date, I also made a commitment to disclose that I have herpes to potential partners I found in the wild.

I typically disclosed as soon as I thought things were moving in the direction of it being relevant. I also disclosed to past partners whom I thought I might reconnect with in the future. I disclosed in person, by phone or even by email depending on how I usually connected with that particular person. Honestly, I prefer email since I can include links to relevant, accurate and nonshaming information about herpes and potential risks.

When it did go well, that led to another conversation about making sure they understood the risk. First, I would encourage them to get tested, as lots of people have herpes and don’t realize it. They also needed to know that herpes can shed any time, even when there is no visible outbreak. As people get more familiar with how their body acts with herpes, they can usually feel an outbreak starting (there’s a sort of tingly feeling before an outbreak for some people) and they can avoid sexual activities that might spread the virus.

Condoms and dental dams can help, but the virus can spread through skin-to-skin contact from areas not covered by those. I could take a daily suppressive therapy, and I have, and that lowers the risk of transmission as well.

Some people are willing to accept the risk, and some aren’t. That’s OK, though. Dating doesn’t always go well for lots of reasons. Even when someone chose not to date me, I hope they left a bit more informed about STIs.

Eventually, I met a charming, gender nonconforming individual in one of these groups. We talked a lot online and met up at a national event for people with herpes. Yep, those exist too. They’re a chance to meet folks from all over the country, see a new place and have some fun (however you choose to define that). Reader, I had fun. And eventually moved across the country to be with my person.

Honestly, I don’t give a lot of thought to my herpes these days. Since my partner and I both have herpes, we don’t take any special precautions sexually. I know my partner likely has both types of herpes, so there is a risk I could get HSV-2 at some point, but that’s an acceptable level of risk for me.

Herpes and other STIs don’t mean your dating life is over. It’s different, and it’s a bit stressful sometimes, but it’s far from over. Find good medical advice, look for support (searching Facebook for public or closed groups about herpes is a great place to start) and dip your toes back into the dating pool when you’re ready. In the meantime, there’s a whole community of people ready to support you. I promise.

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