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Ex-BuzzFeed star Kelsey Darragh shared her mental health journey online. Now, she wants to be a resource.

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Kelsey Darragh
  • Kelsey Darragh is a former video producer and development partner at BuzzFeed. She currently is a cast member on the E! show “Dating: No Filter.”

  • Her videos for BuzzFeed have received over 160 million views, averaging over 14 million views per video.

  • Darragh has dealt with mental illness and panic attacks for much of her life, leading her to write an upcoming book, “Don’t F*cking Panic: The Sh*t They Don’t Tell You in Therapy About Anxiety Disorders, Panic Attacks & Depression.”

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Kelsey Darragh is a comedian, video producer, podcaster, and now: author. She is best known for her numerous videos at BuzzFeed where she rose to the role of development partner. 

While she built up a following and fanbase for her playfulness and on-camera exuberance, Darragh was quietly dealing with major depressive disorder, panic attacks, and chronic pain. After opening

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DC Coronavirus Health Emergency To Be Extended To End Of Year

WASHINGTON, DC — At its Tuesday legislative meeting, the D.C. City Council will be extending Mayor Muriel Bowser’s heath emergency order until the end of the year. Council Chair Phil Mendelson made the announcement during a Monday morning press briefing.

Bowser originally declared the emergency on March 11, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

D.C. Department of Health updated its online coronavirus metrics dashboard Monday to help residents keep track of the District government’s response to the disease.

The new graphic employs a color grid to make it easier for people to understand where the District is in its progress toward a full reopening. D.C. is currently in Phase 2 of its phased reopening, which is represented by the color yellow. The color red shows that a particular metric has not been reached.

Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of D.C. Health, confirmed during the press briefing that all boxes in this

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Make-up company WULT apologises after naming blush after Anne Frank

 (Woke Up Like This)
(Woke Up Like This)

A make-up company has issued an apology after being criticised for selling a product named after Anne Frank.

Woke Up Like This (WULT), a beauty brand based in Hong Kong, recently released a range of liquid blushes called the “Face Dab” collection.

According to an article published in Time Out Hong Kong – which has since been taken down – the aim of the collection was to “promote Sexual Health Awareness Month by naming the products after inspiring, famous women in hopes to inspire WULT customers to live their dreams and break through gender barriers”, Jewish newspaper The Algemeiner reported.

The range features blushes named after well-known female figures, with the “Viva La Frida” blush being named after artist Frida Kahlo, “In Woolf’s Words” being named after writer Virginia Woolf, “Lift Like Melinda” being named after philanthropist Melinda Gates, and “The Ray of Rosalind” taking its

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How to reduce remote learning burnout in kids

How to reduce remote learning burnout in kids
How to reduce remote learning burnout in kids

Remote learning has children tethered to their screens. And while necessary to stop the spread of coronavirus, all this screen time can cause an unfortunate side effect in kids: remote learning burnout. 

Nancy (whose last name was withheld to protect her privacy) knows this phenomenon well. Last spring, when her daughter’s school went remote, her and her husband thought their daughter had adjusted well. During the school days, she would shut her door and not allow her parents in. They respected their elementary-school-aged daughter’s independence, assuming she was attending classes and getting her work done.

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In early June, though, she bounded down the stairs with a pair of scissors and her computer cord. She had cut the cord because she didn’t want to learn remotely anymore. Since then, she’s refused to be online except to play video games or watch

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Born to prevent war, United Nations at 75 faces deeply polarized world

UNITED NATIONS — Born out of World War II’s devastation to save succeeding generations from the scourge of conflict, the United Nations officially marks its 75th anniversary Monday at an inflection point in history, navigating a polarized world as it faces a pandemic, regional conflicts, a shrinking economy and growing inequality.

Criticized for spewing out billions of words and achieving scant results on its primary mission of ensuring global peace, the U.N. nonetheless remains the one place that its 193 member nations can meet to talk.

And as frustrating as its lack of progress often is, especially when it comes to preventing and ending crises, there is also strong support for its power to bring not only nations but people of all ages from all walks of life, ethnicities and religions together to discuss critical issues like climate change.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, looking back on the U.N.’s history in an

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Betsy DeVos vows to make standardized tests great again: 4 questions answered

Betsy DeVos
Betsy DeVos

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Getty Images/Saul Loeb/Salon

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced on Sept. 3 that the government intended to enforce federal rules that require all states to administer standardized tests at K-12 public schools during the 2020-2021 school year. Nicholas Tampio, a Fordham University political scientist who researches education policy, puts this declaration into context.

1. What did DeVos say?

Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, U.S. public school students have had to take federally mandated standardized tests every year.

Students got a break in the spring of 2020 when DeVos announced that states could apply for waivers due to the pandemic. “Neither students nor teachers,” she explained, “need to be focused on high-stakes tests during this difficult time.”

In September, DeVos reaffirmed her commitment to federally mandated testing. “It is now our expectation,” DeVos wrote in a letter to chief

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How to be financially ready for the next COVID-19 lockdown

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has hit 200,000. And, a chilling forecast from the University of Washington predicts the number could more than double or even triple by January as people spend more time indoors and tire of social distancing and other recommended measures.

Other countries are imposing new lockdowns as coronavirus case numbers explode, and a new Newsweek poll finds a majority of Americans would support a national lockdown to stop the spread.

The earlier lockdowns in the U.S. led to layoffs and furloughs, and even a new series of smaller, more localized ones could spell trouble for workers still feeling drained after round one.

But you have time to prepare if Americans are asked to hunker down again. Here are nine things you can do to protect your finances ahead of a second lockdown wave.

1. Keep on saving

As the first wave of the pandemic swept

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Apps are tracking WhatsApp users’ online activity, including whom they’re likely talking to and when they’re sleeping

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Read on for news about the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, WhatsApp-tracking apps that are letting people figure out when you’re sleeping, how home-listing site Zumper weeded out thousands of Section 8 renters, and a toxic culture in Yelp’s Phoenix office. 

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The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is likely to make intense political polarization in the US even more severe.

Ginsburg’s death opened up a vacancy on the Supreme Court that President Trump said he will fill as quickly as possible. But a new national survey from Insider found that most respondents disagree with the plan to fill the seat as soon as possible. You can get the latest on the response to

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Just got a job offer? Be smart about your new benefit choices like health coverage, 401(k) savings levels

Dear Pete,

I’ve been without work income for four months now, but I just received a job offer. I haven’t started a new job for almost twenty years, as I’d been with the same company that entire time. When it comes to starting a new job, have things changed from a benefits and procedural perspective? I want to make sure I don’t make any mistakes.

Allison, New Haven, Connecticut

Congratulations. And I hope millions of other Americans are soon able to experience what you’re about to experience.

You’re smart to pause and ensure your onboarding process goes smoothly. It’s incredibly easy to let the excitement and relief of the moment distract you from making prudent, calculated benefits decisions. 

It begins with your W-4, the form which lets your employer know how to set-up your paycheck’s tax withholding. This form was redesigned for 2020, and if you haven’t seen it yet,

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Faked videos shore up false beliefs about Biden’s mental health

Joe Biden
Joe Biden

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks about climate change and the wildfires on the West Coast at the Delaware Museum of Natural History on September 14, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden has scheduled campaign stops in Florida, Pennsylvania and Minnesota later this week. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

From Ronald Reagan in 1984 to Bob Dole in 1996 and even Hillary Clinton in 2016, candidate health has become a common theme across recent U.S. presidential campaigns.

The issue is poised to take on added significance this fall. No matter who wins, the U.S. is set to inaugurate its oldest president by a wide margin.

The Trump campaign and its surrogates have seized on Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s age and have been painting him as mentally unfit for the presidency. Videos of Biden falling asleep during an interview, misspeaking about the dangers of “Joe Biden’s America” and appearing lost during a

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