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Here’s What I Wish My Friends (And Everyone Else) Knew About My Alopecia

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As a kid in the ’90s, I dreamed of having the sleek, straight hair of Posh Spice or Rachel Green. But my hair had other ideas. It was wild, frizzy and far too thick to look normal on a small child ― a deeply unwanted homage to my Irish roots. My childhood diaries are populated by stick figures struggling to be free of monstrous brown cloaks consuming their heads.

My mom and grandmother hated the idea of me getting my hair cut, and in my early teens ― when I begged for straighteners ― they acted like I’d politely asked if they could pick me up some crack cocaine. But when I was 14, a friend straightened my hair, and my dad was so impressed with the transformation that he personally thanked her and took me on a covert trip to buy some ceramic straighteners.

My relationship with my hair had always been complicated, but at 17, I was diagnosed with alopecia areata ― an autoimmune condition where hair falls out in round patches. The hair grows back, sometimes after years, but when it does it’s incredibly coarse in texture. It’s definitely not as life-altering as alopecia totalis ― where the hair loss is much more widespread ― but it can still significantly affect your appearance and self-esteem. 

My relationship with my hair had always been complicated, and then at 17, I was diagnosed with alopecia areata — an autoimmune condition where hair falls out in round patches.

Truthfully, I wasn’t all that bothered when I was first diagnosed. There wasn’t any hysteria or “why me?” moment. My hair and I had been sworn enemies for as long as I could remember, and as far as I was concerned, it was just throwing down the gauntlet again. “You complain you’ve got too much hair? I’ll show you,” I could almost hear it snarling.

My mom, however, wasn’t so indifferent, and she hauled me off to a specialist. “There’s unfortunately no treatment,” he shrugged, and that was that. My grandmother immediately changed the subject when I told her about my diagnosis. As someone who held women’s hair in such high esteem, I figured she didn’t want to dwell on this unseemly dent in my crowning jewel, and that was OK. 

In the subsequent years, I found various techniques for dealing with my alopecia ― there was a lot of A/B testing going on behind the closed door of my university dorm room. Keeping my hair relatively short seemed to temper the loss a little, and inventing interesting hairstyles to cover bald patches became a bizarrely satisfying hobby. I discovered I had to regularly change my parting placement or hair loss would begin in that area, while tight hairstyles would begin a spiral of hair loss.

Unfortunately, the biggest trigger seemed to be stress. This meant that if I endured a bout of hair loss and became stressed about it, the situation would become physically worse, beginning a cycle.

I endured a public dressing-down from a lecturer in my journalism course for having “messy” hair that made me look “unprofessional,” despite spending hours on it that morning.

In shared houses I’d gag as I’d dig out handfuls of hair from the drain, worried my housemates would find out. I was aware there was little I could do about my condition and that it didn’t make me a bad or gross person, but I still wanted to avoid their judgment. Other than a few catty comments from a particularly badly chosen boyfriend, I seemed to be hiding it relatively well. 

But no matter how I wrangled it or how many expensive serums and conditioners I tried, my hair always seemed to look worse after two hours in front of the mirror than everyone else’s did after they’d “just rolled out of bed.” Friends ― believing I simply needed educating ― offered unending, patronizing advice on how to improve my hair health, unaware of my condition or that that I’d already tried everything without success. I endured a public dressing-down from a lecturer in my journalism course for having “messy” hair that made me look “unprofessional,” despite spending hours on it that morning.

Visiting the salon was a humiliating experience during which the stylist would usually invite trainees to look at my hair and scalp, while simultaneously berating me for allowing it to become so dry. When I told one of my best friends about it, she shushed me, concerned that an elderly man nearby would hear me. This did not make me feel in any way accepted, but I clung onto the belief that it was everyone else who had the problem, not me. 

The writers and celebrities of our generation were using books and essays and tweets to tear down taboos erected by those who had come before us, eliminating shame as they went. In this age of acceptance, no topic was off the table. Or so I thought.

After graduating, I moved to a new city. My friends there were strong, intelligent women, and we were extremely open with each other, discussing everything from dieting and hair removal to sexual experimentation and mental health without shame or prejudice. We were millennials; the writers and celebrities of our generation were using books and essays and tweets to tear down taboos erected by those who had come before us, eliminating shame as they went. In this age of acceptance, no topic was off the table. Or so I thought. 

It happened again and again: The moment I brought up my alopecia ― which I didn’t do often ― shoulders would stiffen and smiles would freeze, my friends’ eyes darting wildly as they tried to segue back into a more comfortable line of conversation. Sometimes they would deflect by way of awkward jokes. I sensed that even the most accepting of my friends were not prepared to discuss this. But why?

As far as I can tell, the root of the awkwardness is that alopecia is a condition that affects my appearance. It certainly has little other impact on my health. I’ve never experienced this stigma when talking about my asthma attacks or the time my lung collapsed — which to me seem infinitely more damaging and frightening to talk about. 

I recently asked a couple of good friends how they feel when I bring up alopecia. One replied: “I feel bad for you because I know how self-conscious about your hair you are. I also feel grateful I don’t have it because my hair is the only thing I have going for me.” Another messaged me back, after a couple of reminders, saying: “It makes me feel awkward because there’s nothing you or I can do to fix it.” 

Here’s the thing: If you put on weight and want to lose it, it’s possible. If you hate your nose, save some money and you can change it. Small lips? It’s filler time! In this Kardashian-inspired, Instagram era, if you don’t like how you look, the solution is to outwardly fix what you consider the problem. But what if it’s unfixable? 

While I don’t believe having alopecia has exposed me to the worst ramifications of society’s beauty obsession, it’s given me a disappointing insight into the moral panic people feel when a woman’s appearance is threatened.

My friends are now 30-something feminists, but attempting to talk to them about my condition has made me realize just how much stigma we inadvertently internalize. We might believe we’re more resilient than the teens in Instagram influencer comment sections, but the subtle effects of our aesthetically led culture run much deeper. We might believe we judge other women on their intellect, their achievements and their character, but something entrenched within us still buys into that harmful Disney principle where internal qualities correlate with outer beauty. And while I don’t believe having alopecia has exposed me to the worst ramifications of society’s beauty obsession, it’s given me a disappointing insight into the moral panic people feel when a woman’s appearance is threatened. 

Thanks to the unshakeable zeitgeist of the male gaze, a woman’s value continues to be tied to her appearance. My friends feel awkward because they love me and they don’t want me to feel devalued. But I don’t, and I never have. Being diagnosed with untreatable alopecia means I’ve had to work toward self-acceptance; I just wish the rest of the world would catch up. 

Since my diagnosis, I have viewed alopecia as little more than an annoying inconvenience ― a condition that meant I’d have to spend more time tending to my hair, along with the disappointing knowledge that it would never look as good as I wanted it to. Yet the reactions of the people I’ve confided in ― and even those I haven’t ― as I navigated my 20s, have made it feel like a much more shameful thing than I could have imagined: something to hide, as I did years ago with my college housemates. 

Not too long ago, I was dashing through a train station when I spotted a group of bald women cheerily shaking buckets of change, raising money for an alopecia charity. I stuffed $10 into a bucket and quickly walked off because, to my surprise, I was in tears. I realized I wasn’t crying due to the bravery of the women, but because their simple action of publicly being who they are has to be deemed brave, or even rebellious, in the context of how society values women. I hope to feel that supported and confident one day. After all, I am more than my disease, and I have nothing to feel ashamed of.

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Hong Kong students skip first day of school to hold anti-government protests

In the latest installment of the unrest convulsing Hong Kong, thousands of students bypassed the first day of the new school term on Monday to join the quest for democratic reforms.

An estimated 30,000 students from both high schools and universities united at the Chinese University – donning helmets, masks, goggles, and signs including “Reclaim Hong Kong,” “Boycott for Freedom,” and “Chief Executive: Are you willing to listen to the voices of the little sisters from your school?”

Moreover, hundreds of school students took to the streets in the central business district, encircled by riot police. Authorities also apprehended protests attempting to impede train doors amid the Monday morning peak hour rush.

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Students wear protective gear during a protest in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 2. (AP)

The student-driven demonstrations come on the heels of yet another tense weekend in Hong Kong, in which tens of thousands continued their protest against the administration, led by the embattled Carrie Lam.

Lam admitted during a closed meeting with business leaders – according to audio obtained by Reuters – that she would step down if given the option.

“If I have a choice, the first thing is to quit,” she reportedly said. “Having made a deep apology.”

However, Beijing has maintained its firm support for Lam in what many analysts deem to be China’s most significant political impasse since the Tiananmen Square upheaval of 1989.

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Students in black join a strike on the first day of school at the Chinese University in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. (AP)

Protracted demonstrations have gripped Hong Kong – a special administrative region under China’s umbrella –  since June. The chaos erupted after Lam’s administration put forward legislation that would give mainland China the power to extradite suspected criminals to face trial in their courts.

While the proposed law was suspended, the anti-government protests have only burgeoned – marred with distrust toward Lam and demands that the entire proposal is withdrawn. Lam, under pressure from her Beijing backers, has so far refused.

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The view from Beijing is that the “masked radicals” have brought “chaos and vandalism” to Hong Kong, according to South China Morning Post, embarking on illicit and violent tirades to force leaders to “cower” to their demands.

The Associated Press contributed to this report 

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Hurricane Dorian Updates: Now a Category 4, Storm Batters Bahamas

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The storm made landfall in the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane, with sustained winds in excess of 180 miles per hour.CreditCreditGuardian News, via YouTube

Hurricane Dorian ground nearly to a halt with its eye just north of Grand Bahama Island, which was pummeled by the storm. Forecasters said the hurricane was inching west at just 1 m.p.h. and was about 110 miles off the coast of Florida as of 11 a.m.

As it continued to thrash the Bahamas, Louby Georges, the director of international affairs for Human Rights Bahamas, said at least one friend had run out of drinking water and others had left tearful voice messages for loved ones.

Dozens of worried families posted pleas for information about their loved ones on social media after losing contact for hours at the height of the storm. The weather center advised people on the island to remain in their shelters until conditions improved, warning that it could take several hours.

Videos on social media showed water rising around houses and devastating scenes of decimated homes, with roofs sheared from buildings and insulation strewn about the floor.

Despite its downgrade, forecasters continued to warn that hurricane conditions were expected across Florida and the southeastern coast of the United States. A hurricane warning was extended to about 180 miles of the Florida coast on Monday.

Forecasters on Monday also moved the storm’s much-monitored cone of uncertainty slightly eastward, sparing parts of Orlando from the center of the hurricane’s projected path. But they emphasized that only a minor change could bring the storm onto the coast.

“It cannot be stressed enough that only a small deviation to the left of the N.H.C. forecast could bring the core of the extremely dangerous hurricane onshore of the Florida east coast within the hurricane warning area,” a forecaster wrote in the 11 a.m. briefing.

Even if the hurricane does not reach the Florida coast, strong winds are all but certain to disrupt life in that region. Much of Florida’s eastern coast is also susceptible to dangerous storm surges, and tropical gusts up to 57 m.p.h. were expected to reach parts of South Florida overnight.

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Maps tracking the hurricane’s path as it makes its way toward Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

Officials in South Carolina and Georgia are growing increasingly anxious about the storm’s path toward their coastlines and have ordered many costal residents to evacuate. Hurricane Dorian is now projected to approach those two states as a major hurricane, and strong winds could reach Georgia by Tuesday.

“We know that we cannot make everybody happy, but we believe that we can keep everyone alive,” Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina said at a news conference, announcing that residents in portions of eight counties must begin evacuating by noon on Monday.

North Carolina’s governor also declared a state of emergency. State officials warned that heavy rain could cause life-threatening flooding between Wednesday night and Friday and that there was a possibility for tornadoes.

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Norma Lemon, the owner of a Caribbean-themed restaurant on South Carolina’s coast, has evacuated three times in the last few years because of several hurricanes. She said on Sunday that she was near tears at the thought of leaving her restaurant in Mosquito Beach again.

“It just feels like here we go again with this one, like it’s not going to be good, you know?” she said.

South Carolina could receive between 5 and 10 inches of rain, with isolated areas inundated with up to 15 inches.

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Lounge chairs and tables were placed in the pool at Ocean One on Hilton Head in preparation for the coming storm Monday.CreditAudra Melton for The New York Times

As Hurricane Dorian’s outer rain bands moved over South Florida, the barrier island of Palm Beach, which is in a mandatory evacuation zone, felt eerily calm on Monday morning. Roads were empty. Businesses were closed and shuttered.

Still, a small crowd gathered along the beach, staring in awe at the wild gray waves crashing onto the shore.

“I just wanted to take a look at this — it’s crazy,” said Brandon Atkinson, 40, a West Palm Beach resident. “You admire it for the beauty but know its devastation.”

A handful of young surfers braved the water, despite warnings from the authorities.

“We’re not worried about the storm,” said one of them, adding that he had driven south from Vero Beach, Fla., and planned to continue driving south once the waves in Palm Beach got too big. “We’re probably going to surf all day.”

He encouraged his friends to join him, and they hopped onto the sand. “Come on — let’s surf,” he said.

Surfers took advantage of the storm swell generated by Hurricane Dorian in Palm Beach, Fla., Monday.CreditSaul Martinez for The New York Times

Inside the West Boynton Park and Recreation Center in Lake Worth, Fla., PeggyAnn Cromartie sat with a pile of knitting as Dorian’s rains pelted the shelter outside.

“I wanted to be safe, because you never know what may happen,” said Ms. Cromartie, 72, of Pahokee, Fla. “It’s not really scary, but I thought about the flooding or the lights going out.”

She arrived on Sunday afternoon with her dog, Garfield, a 5-year-old Maltese, and shared half of a queen size air mattress with another evacuee. Dinner was a hot meal of chicken, rice, carrots and a bread roll, Ms. Cromartie said, and breakfast an assortment of cereal, bagels and coffee.

By Monday morning, the pet-friendly shelter was housing 75 people and 114 animals, including 75 dogs, 28 cats and several birds and rabbits. A sign posted outside warned that no livestock, reptiles or vicious dogs would be accepted. During Hurricane Irma in 2017, someone tried to come in with a chicken, said Yleana Arias, one of the shelter’s managers.

Randye Carol Pollack, 68, of Boynton Beach, Fla., brought her parakeet, Sweet Pea, and spent the night in a hard plastic chair by his cage, “to keep him company.”

“I didn’t sleep at all,” she said. She covered the cage with two blankets to keep him warm and said she was grateful for a place that would take them both.

Ms. Pollack planned to pass the time with a transistor radio and a magazine. Ms. Cromartie brought her knitting, crochet and her Bible.

Ms. Cromartie said she would pray for the Bahamas.

“God is very good,” she said. “He’ll see us through.”

PeggyAnn Cromartie prepared for the arrival of the storm at the West Boynton Recreation Center in Lake Worth, Fla., on Monday with her dog, Garfield, a 5-year-old Maltese.CreditSaul Martinez for The New York Times

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida has said for days that coastal residents should expect to lose power.

Florida Power and Light Co., which serves about 10 million residents, announced that it had assembled 16,000 employees and contractors and asked them to be ready to respond to outages around the state.

“We’ve assembled the largest prestorm restoration work force in company history,” Eric Silagy, the company’s chief executive and president, said in a statement.

He added that the team would “work around the clock to restore power safely and as quickly as possible.”

As of Monday morning, there were no substantial power failures in the state.

Elisabeth Malkin and Richard Fausset contributed reporting.

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New Jersey Labor Day parade canceled after small explosive devices found near route of Gov. Murphy: report

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A Labor Day parade in New Jersey was canceled early Monday after small explosive devices were found on a property along the route that Gov. Phil Murphy was expected to march, a report said.

The Borough of South Plainfield canceled the parade mere hours before it was set to kick off over “a security concern,” the borough tweeted. The fireworks show and 5k run were also canceled. Officials didn’t immediately offer further details.

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The multiple explosive devices were found in a wooded area on an unidentified man’s property, a senior law enforcement official told WNBC-TV. There was no sign that any of the dozen devices investigators located had been planted, another law enforcement source told the station.

The sources described the individual as an older man who may have been living in his parent’s basement. He was taken into police custody, the station reported.

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The 62nd annual Labor Day parade was set to begin at 10 a.m., News12 New Jersey reported. Gov. Murphy was supposed to attend with his wife, Tammy.

Authorities were continuing their investigation.

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Salma Hayek shows off bikini body on beach trip to celebrate turning 53

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Actress Salma Hayek showed off her physique with a fun beach snap to celebrate her 53 birthday.

On Monday the actress seemingly wanted to commemorate the occasion by showing off her body and how well it looks after all these years. The “Frida” star took to Instagram where she posed on the beach in a blue bikini that showed off her curves. In the snap, she stands with her hands on her hips and a confused look on her face as she appears to be talking to her photographer.

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“Yes, tomorrow I’m 53,” she wrote in both English and Spanish in the photo’s caption.

This is hardly the first time the star has been candid about showing off her body to highlight the complete lack of work she’s had done to maintain her looks after all these years.

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She previously told Town & Country in March that her good looks have absolutely nothing to do with any kind of plastic surgery.

“I haven’t done an-y-thing,” she admitted at the time. “I don’t know how to explain it.”

The Oscar-nominee also credits her success in life and her career with being a late bloomer. Hayek didn’t marry until she was 39 and didn’t become a mother to daughter Valentina until 41.

“I think I’m a better mother because I had her later. But I do get tired, I’m not going to lie,” she admitted. As for her marriage to billionaire fashion mogul François-Henri Pinault, she called him “the best husband in the world.”

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“I get to be who I am with him, and I don’t feel that somebody tries to limit me,” she added.

Fox News’ Jessica Napoli contributed to this report.

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Pete Davidson Steps Out With Rumored New Love Interest

Pete Davidson may be off the market once again. 

The “Saturday Night Live” comedian, who split from fiancée Ariana Grande last year and was later linked to actor Kate Beckinsale, was spotted with his rumored new love interest in Italy at the Venice Film Festival.

Davidson, 25, is reportedly dating actor Margaret Qualley, 24, who is the daughter of “Groundhog Day” star Andie MacDowell. HuffPost reached out to reps for both Davidson and Qualley but didn’t immediately hear back. 

Qualley has quite a few credits to her name, including Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” the HBO series “The Leftovers” and the FX show “Fosse/Verdon.” She was at the festival to promote her latest film, “Seberg,” a political thriller that also stars Kristen Stewart and Vince Vaughn. 

Davidson and Qualley were expected to walk the “Seberg” red carpet together at the film’s festival premiere on Friday, according to Us Weekly, but instead showed up separately. He sat behind her at the screening. 

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Daniele Venturelli via Getty Images Another look at the reported couple. 

On Sunday, the two were snapped leaving their hotel together in Venice. 

An anonymous source told Us Weekly that Davidson and Qualley have “been seeing each other for a couple of months and Margaret is really excited about him.” 

Prior to his latest dating news, the “Staten Island” star made headlines for calling a crowd of University of Central Florida students “privileged little assholes” for having their phones out while he performed a standup set. 

“Don’t fucking ruin the show for people who actually want to be here,” Davidson shouted in a video taken by an audience member. He urged the crowd to “fucking grow up, OK.”

“It says no phones,” he added. “I have to have my fucking boy patrol you guys like you’re 5 years old? That’s fucking embarrassing.”

The comedian continued to swear at the students as some of them laughed. 

“Don’t you want adults to respect us? Don’t you want your parents to, like, be proud of you? You know how fucking embarrassing it is to be our age and walk out and know everybody thinks you’re a fucking idiot? Grow the fuck up,” he said.

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Stalled Over the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian Reveals Its Devastation

Hurricane Dorian stalled over the northern Bahamas on Monday, pounding it for hours with sustained winds of up to 185 m.p.h., blinding rain and rising waters, and revealing the destructive fury of one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record.

Emergency responders said many thousands of homes in the Abaco Islands, in the northern Bahamas, were left damaged or destroyed. Videos showed floodwaters just below battered rooftops, submerged cars and floating debris.

The storm, moving as slowly as one mile per hour, reached the island of Grand Bahama early on Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center. It has been downgraded from a Category 5 to an “extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane,” and is expected to hover in the region for much of Monday before moving close to the Florida coast late tonight, the center said.

“From all accounts we have received catastrophic damage,” Foreign Minister Darren Henfield told the ZNS Network, speaking from the main government building in Marsh Harbour, Abaco’s largest city. “We have reports of casualties, we have reports of bodies being seem. We cannot confirm those reports until we go out and have a look for ourselves.”

On the Abaco Islands, which endured more than a day of the hurricane’s wrath over the weekend, officials said it was too early to fully assess the damage because wind and rain still made it too dangerous to reach many of the smaller offshore islands.

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A man standing on the roof of a store while awaiting the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island on Sunday.CreditRamon Espinosa/Associated Press

One resident on the Great Abaco island posted a harrowing video on Monday showing water gushing through a roadway and extensive damage inside apartments. She said the roof came off her building.

“Please pray for us. We’re stuck right here. My baby’s only four months old,” the woman said.

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Mr. Henfield said that the main government building in Marsh Harbour had become a makeshift shelter because many of the churches and schools that had been assigned to provide safety during the storm had been damaged. People were also taking refuge in the public clinic of Marsh Harbour “which is packed to capacity, as I understand it.”

The International Red Cross said Monday that as many as 13,000 houses may have been severely damaged or destroyed and that flooding on the Abaco Islands is believed to have contaminated wells with saltwater.

Although it was still early to have a complete picture of the destruction, “it is clear that Hurricane Dorian has had a catastrophic impact,” said Sune Bulow, Head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Emergency Operation Centre in Geneva. “We anticipate extensive shelter needs, alongside the need for short-term economic support, as well as for clean water and health assistance.”

As it approached the Bahamas, the storm grew larger, with winds extending up to 45 miles from the center. Its core was expected to move slowly — six m.p.h. — across Grand Bahama Island throughout much of Monday. Along with the storm surge, Dorian was forecast to dump as much as two feet of rain in some areas.

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“These hazards will cause extreme destruction in the affected areas and will continue for several hours,” the hurricane center warned late Sunday.

In a region that prides itself on withstanding powerful storms, the Bahamas has revamped its building code and stepped up enforcement to prepare for such storms. But the combination of Dorian’s slow pace, furious wind speeds and heavy rainfall with the low-lying islands’ vulnerability to flooding raised fears of huge losses.

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, who had warned that 73,000 residents and 21,000 homes could be affected, urged residents of the Grand Bahama Island on Sunday to move to safer ground in the main city of Freeport. On the Abaco Islands, parts of the main city of Marsh Harbour flooded.

“As a physician, I have been trained to withstand many things — but never anything like this,” Dr. Minnis said during a news conference. “This is a deadly storm and a monster storm.”

But not everybody was moving to higher ground. Frederick Smith, a lawyer who had promised to ride the storm out at his beachfront home in Freeport, was unmoved by the prime minister’s appeals, even after he saw the destruction in the Abaco Islands.

“I built my home to survive,” he said by telephone as he waited for the storm to hit. “We’re a set of pirate islands, we survive.

“Unfortunately a lot of people are going to have their lives disrupted,” he said. “It is very challenging and difficult for many people.”

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The “What happened in your state last week?” Megathread, Week 35

Welcome to the ‘What happened in your state last week’ thread, where you can post any local political news stories that you find important in the comments. This is a weekly thread posted every Monday, in order to facilitate more discussion on local issues on /r/politics. Since this is intended to be a thread about local politics, top-level comments that are exclusively about national issues will not be allowed. When commenting, please include the state you’re living in, and don’t forget to link sources. Also, please actually describe what happened. “I live in X, you know what happened” isn’t helpful to users and will be removed.

If someone from your state made a news round-up that you think is insufficient, feel free to comment to that round-up with further news stories. Enjoy discussion, and review our civility guidelines before engaging with others

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Ted Cruz, Alyssa Milano trade barbs on Bible, ‘God-given’ gun rights

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took actress and liberal activist Alyssa Milano to task over her faith-based question about the Bible and the Second Amendment.

On Sunday, Milano responded to Republican Texas state Rep. Matt Schaefer’s tweet that he was “NOT going to use the evil acts of a handful of people to diminish the God-given rights of my fellow Texans. Period. None of these so-called gun-control solutions will work to stop a person with evil intent” following a shooting rampage in Odessa that killed seven and injured at least 22.

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“Can someone cite which passage of the Bible God states it is a god-given right to own a gun?” Milano asked in a tweet, accusing the Texas politician of being “unbelievable and clearly owned by the gun lobby.”

Cruz responded, telling the anti-gun activist, it was an “excellent” question, “worth considering [without] the snark of Twitter,” before citing a few examples from the Bible.

“It is of course not the right to a modern-day firearm that is God-give [sic] but rather the right to Life & the right to Liberty. Essential to that right to life is the right to DEFEND your life & your family,” the Texas conservative began.

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“The right to self-defense is recognized repeatedly in the Bible,” Cruz wrote, for example, “Exodus 22:2: ‘If a thief is caught breaking in at night & is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed.’ (Note, though, verse 3 says it IS murder if during daylight (ie, not self-defense).”

Pointing to the “unalienable rights” of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” within the Declaration of Independence, Cruz says it is “for that reason, the Second Amendment provides ‘the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, SHALL NOT be infringed.'”

He says it wasn’t put in place to protect hunting or target practice but “to defend their lives, their homes & their families,” citing Stephen Willeford who helped stop the shooter in the 2017 Sutherland Springs church massacre.

Cruz, in his 10-tweet reply, added that “disarming Black Americans was a critical objective of the KKK, and was memorialized in countless Jim Crow laws—to strip African-Americans of their God-given right to self-defense from violence.”

He says he’s leading the fight in the Senate “to do MUCH more to stop violent criminals & those w/ dangerous mental illness BEFORE they murder.”

“Playing politics w/ these deranged crimes—and trying to use them as an excuse to violate the constl [sic] rights of law-abiding citizens—won’t make anybody safer,” Cruz concluded. “Forcible gun confiscation (as some 2020 Dems urge) won’t prevent mass-murders. But it would weaken our self-defense.”

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Milano responded early Monday morning, saying she’d “love to come in and meet” Cruz when she is in Washington, D.C. next week.

“We can live-stream the meeting so the American people can hear your bullsh*t 1st hand,” she said, adding she’d like to talk about 1 Peter 4:8, which says: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

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Beto O’Rourke vows mandatory buyback of assault weapons if elected president

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Beto O’Rourke repeated his pledge to initiate a mandatory buyback of assault weapons if he is elected president.

O’Rourke was asked Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, how he would address the fears of some Americans that the government would take away their assault weapons.

“I want to be really clear that that’s exactly what we are going to do,” the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said. “Americans who own AR-15s, AK-47s, will have to sell them to the government. We’re not going to allow them to stay on our streets, to show up in our communities, to be used against us in our synagogues, our churches, our mosques, our Walmarts, our public places.”

“All countries have video games. All countries struggle with mental health. All countries deal with hatred. But only America has more guns than human beings — 390 million firearms in a country of 329 million people — which kill nearly 40,000 people every year,” he wrote. “That’s why, as president, I would institute a mandatory buyback of every assault weapon in America.”

The former Texas congressman has made gun control a focal point of his campaign since the mass shooting.

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