Unemployeds Find Spirituality and Low Rent at Yoga Ashrams Living off unemployment and scraping the bottom of your checking account each month? Well if you can stomach no meat, alcohol, and sex along with required meditation, tent cities may not be your worst-case scenario. A yoga "community" in the woods could be!
HIV/AIDS Crisis in US Capital — 3 Percent Infected Three percent of residents in Washington, DC, are infected with HIV or AIDS, a number that officially makes the illness a "severe epidemic." The rate, highest in the US, mirrors infection rates in Uganda, and parts of Kenya, and it's higher than West Africa's.
Too Fat to Father? Authorities Tell Obese Man He Can't Adopt A couple from the UK was declared ineligible to adopt a child due to the weight the hopeful father. Weighing 340 pounds the would-be-father was told to get his BMI down before the couple's application for adoption would be considered.
Smokers Can Sue Tobacco Companies for "Light" Cigarettes The Supreme Court declined to go light on tobacco industry today, ruling 5-4 that plaintiffs can sue the companies for deceptively advertising "light" cigarettes. While the Court did not decide whether tobacco companies did anything wrong, today's decision means that smokers have a chance to prove that by using the terms "light" and "lowered tar" the companies violated a Maine state law against fraudulent advertising.
Pro-Anorexia Groups Masquerade as Support on Facebook Pro-ana, or pro-anorexia, sites have been infuriating the Internet for years by proclaiming eating disorders are not disorders at all, but lifestyle choices. Just like my entire high school, they eventually made their way to Facebook, but according to Newsweek, the social-networking site du jour isn't having it.
Athletes With True Grit: The Paralympics Underway in Beijing While the Olympics with the convention chaser gobbled up the news cycle, the Paralympic Games is running now in Beijing through Sept. 17 and is well worth a slice of the cycle. The stories and pictures out of the games rival a Phelps headline any day.
Iraqi Rebuilding — Starting With the Rock-Hard Bodies Moving around a lot, the gym has always been my center — my home sweat home. In conflicted Iraq finding a place to work out can be a challenge and safety is an issue. That hasn't stopped these Iraqi bodybuilders in Sadr City preparing for a muscleman competition at the end of this week.
Top 10 Globally Important Olympians and Events to Watch The opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics is set to air in the eastern US in a matter of moments. The parade of each country's athletes carrying their flags, a rainbow of global competition and friendly challenge is one of the most tangible expressions of universal cooperation we see. Wars are left at home and the only tension is in the thrill of competition. To that end, here are the top 10 globally important Olympians and events to watch — where the outcomes may just change the course of humanity. For a brief shining moment on the medal stand, at least.
Against All Odds Teen Somali Sprinter Heads to Olympics Getting to the Olympics is tough for anyone — imagine training in a country in the midst of 17 years of civil war and chaos, where militia men try to prevent you from training. That's the case for 16-year-old Somali sprinter, Samiya Yuusf Omar. Battling her way up from poverty with a single mother, and facing pressure from friends and relatives who tell her that running will prevent her from marrying and from a better life, she's qualified to represent her country in Beijing.