Stanford News: Stanford student fights for Ukraine’s history, truth in Russia’s disinformation warfare

Stanford News: Stanford student fights for Ukraine’s history, truth in Russia’s disinformation warfare. “Barely a week after Russia invaded Ukraine, Catarina Buchatskiy packed her bags in her Stanford dorm room to go help. As she planned her trip, she wondered how to best prepare for life in a warzone: Would her red backpack make her a target? What shoes would be better for running in, in case she needs to sprint for shelter? Since March 5, 2022, Buchatskiy, who has taken a leave of absence from her studies, has been crossing from Poland into Lviv in Western Ukraine to mobilize supplies that would help museums and other cultural institutions safeguard Ukrainian heritage from destruction.”

Associated Press: Dagny Carlsson, dubbed oldest blogger in the world, dies at 109

Associated Press: Dagny Carlsson, dubbed oldest blogger in the world, dies at 109. “Dagny Carlsson, dubbed the world’s oldest blogger, who wrote about her life in Sweden based on the attitude that you should never think you are too old to do what you want to do, has died, Swedish media and her fan page reported. She was 109. At the age of 99, Carlsson attended a computer course and a year later, she started her blog where she called herself Bojan.”

Washington Post: A couple recovering from covid couldn’t smell the smoke when their house caught fire. Their toddler saved the family.

Washington Post: A couple recovering from covid couldn’t smell the smoke when their house caught fire. Their toddler saved the family.. “Kayla and Nathan Dahl were fast asleep when their toddler approached their bed one recent morning to utter two of the few words he knows so far — words that would save his family from danger. ‘Mama, hot,’ Brandon, who turns 2 on Sunday, said while tugging his mother’s foot. Initially, Kayla, 28, said she thought her son just wanted his pajamas removed. But seconds later, she realized what her youngest child was trying to tell her: The family’s one-story colonial house in Alvord, Tex., was engulfed in flames.”

Shelton Herald: Shelton senior center director becomes COVID test ‘lifeline’

Shelton Herald: Shelton senior center director becomes COVID test ‘lifeline’. “Doreen Laucella remains a lifeline for those homebound senior citizens seeking a COVID-19 test…. for those unable to leave their home, Laucella wants them to know she is a resource in attempting to get test kits to those who may be experiencing symptoms or who could have been a close contact to someone who has tested positive.”

Cleveland: ‘Vaccine Queen’ who helped so many during coronavirus pandemic faces similar hurdle for treatment after testing positive

Cleveland: ‘Vaccine Queen’ who helped so many during coronavirus pandemic faces similar hurdle for treatment after testing positive. ” The frustration over the coronavirus that gripped Stacey Bene nearly two years ago returned Saturday. She and Marla Zwinggi became widely known as the ‘Vaccine Queens’ for their help in getting more than 2,300 Northeast Ohio residents access to vaccines at the most dangerous stages of the virus. Her push stemmed from her frustration in the online barriers that hindered many older residents’ attempts to become vaccinated. She felt a similar angst Saturday.”

Mashable: In Nepal, a woman treks over mountains to bring vaccines to the most vulnerable

Mashable: In Nepal, a woman treks over mountains to bring vaccines to the most vulnerable. “With a cold box firmly strapped to her back, 32-year-old Birma Devi Kunwar routinely treks about 20 kilometers — through bridges, hills, and valleys — to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to a remote health center in Nepal’s far-west. She’s been treading the same path towards the cut-off village of Pipalchauri for four years. She first started carrying life-saving vaccines used in routine immunizations for kids, which she has continued to do throughout the pandemic, too.” Mostly a video, but it’s captioned.

Hunting for books in the ruins: how Syria’s rebel librarians found hope (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Hunting for books in the ruins: how Syria’s rebel librarians found hope. “These young Syrians cohabited with death night and day. Most of them had already lost everything – their homes, their friends, their parents. Amid the chaos, they clung to books as if to life, hoping for a better tomorrow, for a better political system. Driven by their thirst for culture, they were quietly developing an idea of what democracy should be. An idea that challenged the regime’s tyranny and Islamic State’s book burners.”

“His story is a how-to manual”: New Winton website launched (Radio Prague International)

Radio Prague International: “His story is a how-to manual”: New Winton website launched. “A freshly launched website celebrates the legacy of Sir Nicholas Winton, who in 1939 saved 669 mainly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia by helping them get to his native UK. The site showcases a wealth of material from the Sir Nicholas Winton Memorial Trust – and of course introduces visitors to his inspirational story.”

Washington Post: She saved her 7-year-old brother’s life. Then the virus threatened to take it.

Washington Post: She saved her 7-year-old brother’s life. Then the virus threatened to take it.. “Reign Howard knew that her brother, Messiah, 7, needed something called a bone marrow transplant, but she didn’t really understand what that meant. Messiah’s doctor tried to explain it to her as she sat in his office, her hair tied up in Afro puffs and her leopard-print sneakers dangling off the chair. ‘Will it hurt?’ she asked, and he told her that it would, at least for a few days. She could say no if the surgery was too scary, the doctor at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans told her, but Reign didn’t hesitate.” Reign Howard has the heart of a lion and I wish everyone knew her name.

NBC News: 70-year-old nurse who came out of retirement to teach dies of Covid-19

NBC News: 70-year-old nurse who came out of retirement to teach dies of Covid-19. “Iris Meda retired in January excited to start her new life. After a 35-year-long-career as a devoted registered nurse, Iris had planned on spending more time with her grandkids, catching up with her siblings, and joining her local senior center. But soon after her retirement, the pandemic arrived and with it, a change of plans.”

Ars Technica: Open access journals get a boost from librarians—much to Elsevier’s dismay

Ars Technica: Open access journals get a boost from librarians—much to Elsevier’s dismay. “When Florida State University cancelled its ‘big deal’ contract for all Elsevier’s 2,500 journals last March to save money, the publisher warned it would backfire and cost the library $1 million extra in pay-per-view fees. But even to the surprise of Gale Etschmaier, dean of FSU’s library, the charges after eight months were actually less than $20,000.”