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By Paul Samaha ‘17

Here’s a little video I made of my adventures yesterday in the Arts District. I encourage everyone to check out the Arts District; it’s just a 15 minute drive away from USC and you can spend the whole afternoon walking around the beautiful post-industrial neighborhood, making it the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the downtown college life. Spots located in the video are the Daily Dose Café, Artist & Craftsman Supply and Little Bear Pub. The Arts District is definitely one of LA’s most underrated neighborhoods. Be sure to check it out and enjoy the getaway! 

anonymous asked:

I don't know if you answered this question already and if you did then just forget it. I have a thing with titles and this is why ii'm doing this on anon because it may seem weird. Where did the tilt Unlocked come from and how is it connected to the story ? We saw Clara- Liam's ex but will Neal be showing his face ? and does Killian have an ex ? and is she Milah ? Again sorry if you answered this questions already. Great chapter by the way. Samaha

The title Unlocked comes from the nature of their relationship. When it was merely a one night stand, it was about unlocking a desire Emma didn’t know she had. Now it’s more about unlocking her heart to love and family.

I don’t have any plans for Neal to show up, but he might? Emma could definitely use that closure, so never say never. As far as Killian, stay tuned. A conversation about exes maybe in the offing. :)

What’s Going On Around The World Today?

HERE ARE THE TOP STORIES

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency, activating the National Guard, as Baltimore broke out in violence on Monday after the funeral of Freddie Gray. Violent protests erupted just hours after funeral services were held for Gray, the 25-year-old man who died a week after he sustained a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody. How he sustained the injury is unclear, but attention has turned to the time he was in a police transport van. Gray’s death has brought renewed scrutiny to a police practice known as “rough rides,” BuzzFeed News’ Albert Samaha writes.

At least two dozen people were arrested and 15 police officers were injured during riots in Baltimore from Monday night into Tuesday morning. The city’s mayor has set a curfew to begin tonight and Baltimore City Schools schools are closed today.

Jim Bourg / Reuters

And a little extra. “The violence in Baltimore is a dreadful echo of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri that followed the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man … Since then, the killings of unarmed black men across the country have sparked a nationwide movement protesting what they see as excessive force by police. On Monday in Baltimore, that frustration with police boiled over into violence,” BuzzFeed News’ Joel Anderson reports from Baltimore. “This hopelessness — expressed by many young protesters in Baltimore — arose from frustration with a system that they believe has consigned them to police brutality, poverty and even poorer prospects.”

In an investigation on police brutality last September, the Baltimore Sun found that “over the past four years, more than 100 people have won court judgments or settlements related to allegations of brutality and civil rights violations” in Baltimore.

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in a case that could make same-sex marriage legal nationwide. At issue are bans on same-sex marriages in four states: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. The couples and widowers challenging the bans want to get married or are seeking recognition of a marriage performed in another state. “[They’re] raising challenges to the ban under two constitutional provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment: equal protection and ‘fundamental rights’ protections,” BuzzFeed News Legal Editor Chris Geidner writes in his breakdown of the legal issues before the justices.

The arguments for same-sex marriage: Essentially, those challenging the ban argue that the states can’t discriminate against them on the basis of their sexual orientation or their gender and can’t place an extra burden on children being raised outside of marriage. They say marriage is a fundamental right that states can’t deny to them and can’t be left to majority rule.

The arguments against: The states argue that their bans are justified because, while marriage may be a fundamental right, same-sex marriage is not. They say the couples are seeking to create a new right, not gain access to an existing one. They also contend this is an issue that should be decided by voters, not the courts. As for the argument that they should recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, the states say they shouldn’t be forced to abide by the decisions of other states.

The arguments begin at 10 a.m. ET and will last two-and-a-half hours. The justices should rule in the case by the end of June.

And a little extra. Public opinion on same-sex marriage and state laws have changed relatively rapidly over the past few years. The Associated Press has an interactive breakdown of how it all progressed.

WE’RE KEEPING AN EYE ON

Nepal’s prime minister said today that the death toll from Saturday’s catastrophic earthquake could reach 10,000. So far, more than 4,300 bodies have been recovered, and more than 8,000 people were injured. Aftershocks continue to hit the country and its surrounding areas, with fresh tremors taking place on Monday. “The government is doing all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing,” Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told Reuters. “It is a challenge and a very difficult hour for Nepal.”

What’s next? Thousands of people have been left without shelter and are in need of supplies because of the disaster. Here are a list of some groups you can donate to that are attempting to send survivors the support they need.

A man sits with a child on his lap as victims of Saturday’s earthquake.

AP Photo / Altaf Qadri

Opening statements for the Aurora shooting trial kicked off yesterday. The gunman, James Holmes, is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others during a shooting rampage at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, three years ago. Holmes is charged with 166 felonies and if he is found guilty, the jury must decide whether he deserves the death penalty.

What’s next? Holmes’ mental health will be the focus of the trial. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. While his defense attorneys do not dispute that he was the gunman, they argued that Holmes “was in the throes of a psychotic episode” when he carried out the shootings, the Los Angeles Times’ Maria La Ganga writes. They will also argue that he repeatedly sought help for his condition. But prosecutors revealed yesterday that two psychiatrists, who had evaluated Holmes since his arrest, have concluded he was sane at the time of the shooting. The trial is expected to go on for another four or five months.

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?

Kenya’s LGBT community scored a huge legal victory last week, when the Kenyan high court ruled that the office responsible for granting NGO permits could not prevent LGBT people from forming their own organization. The high court’s ruling effectively creates a precedent that could lead to future constitutional LGBT protections in Kenya. This ruling follows a series of recent LGBT victories in Kenyan courts.

Eric Gitari of Kenya’s National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission at a protest in Nairobi in February 2014.

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Some companies in the “on-demand economy” are rejecting the legally ambiguous use of independent contractors. Many tech companies that depend on physical labor have come to rely on cheap freelance workers, a model that has recently become the subject of several lawsuits. But a handful of upstarts — like Zirtual, Alfred, and Managed by Q — are opting to pay their laborers as full-time employees. They argue that this employment model isn’t just the law, it’s also better for business, BuzzFeed News’ Caroline O’Donovan writes.

Three BuzzFeed News investigations bring impact. We don’t do this very often, but we wanted to share that yesterday, there were developments in three different cases that were directly influenced by our reports.

  • The Senate Finance Committee has launched an examination into America’s private foster care system, prompted by our investigation revealing cases of violent deaths and sex abuse at homes run by the nation’s biggest for-profit foster care company.

  • A Texas school district has suspended its truancy policy after our investigation that revealed more than a thousand students in the state have been jailed as a result of the policy, leading them to miss more school and further risk being kicked out.

  • The Libertarian Party of Lafayette County in Mississippi called on public officials to disband a local narcotics unit that has forced local college students to become drug informations using the fear of felony charges, citing our report on the topic published last week.

Quick things to know:

  • Loretta Lynch was sworn in yesterday as the 83rd U.S. Attorney General. She is the first black woman to hold the position. (Time)

  • Six writers withdraw from PEN American Center’s annual gala after the organization, which defends freedom of expression in literature, decided to honor the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. (BuzzFeed)

  • Apple sold 61.1 million iPhones in the first three months of 2015, and it shows no signs of slowing down. (The Verge)

  • Facebook introduces video calls for its messaging app. (BuzzFeed News)

  • You can now hashtag emojis on Instagram — with the notable exception of the eggplant emoji. #FreeTheEggplant (BuzzFeed News)

HAPPY TUESDAY

There’s a new commercial by Wells Fargo that shows something very, very sweet: a same-sex couple learning sign language to prepare for the moment they meet their deaf daughter for the first time. The women in the video are an actual couple in real life, and the little girl is actually deaf and fluent in ASL — which makes the commercial so much better.

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The Official Guide to Eating Gluten-Free at USC

By Paul Samaha ‘17

Yes, being on a gluten-free diet can suck at times. I personally was diagnosed with Celiac Disease about four years ago, and haven’t intentionally had gluten since. There are a vast number of reasons why some people don’t eat gluten (Celiac Disease, allergy, intolerance, preference, etc). But the good news is that being gluten-free at USC is not only possible, but it’s actually quite simple. I know that there will be a good amount of incoming freshmen in the fall that had the same questions I had when I entered USC… “what are my gluten-free food options on campus?” Well, thankfully, there are a lot of convenient options for us glutinos at ‘SC; no one even realizes my diet is different from theirs. To help you find your meals on campus, I have sufficiently compiled this guide for you!

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A promotional video for the 2015 Remembrance Cabaret for Reema using footage from the 2013 event. Sponsored by the Angel Fund, the Remembrance Cabaret is an event that celebrates both the arts and the life of Reema Samaha, a beautiful young woman whose life was tragically cut short by the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, June 13 at Westfield High School (4700 Stonecroft Blvd.) in Chantilly, VA. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. All proceeds go to a scholarship in Reema’s name. Cinematography and editing by Christopher McNabb Featuring music by The B-Film Extras via http://www.codeandcommand.com

anonymous asked:

How are the communal bathrooms in the residential halls at USC, specifically in Pardee? Does each shower stall have a door or curtain or what? Thanks! - incoming freshman

In the freshmen dorms, each hallway has at least one residential bathroom for the genders that live on the respective floor, and often there will be more than one bathroom in the larger dorms such as New/North. For Pardee specifically, there will be one residential bathroom per hall as the halls alternate by gender. Each shower stall will have a curtain, and the residential bathrooms are cleaned every morning, so you won’t have to worry too much about the bathrooms– but it is still suggested to wear flip-flops in the shower.

Alternatively, apartment-style dorms in Webb Tower and suite style living in both Fluor Tower and Parkside offer different variations of living situations for freshmen while remaining on-campus. I lived in Webb Tower my freshmen year in a two bedroom, four man apartment and we all shared a bathroom within our apartment. There are also two man and three man apartments in Webb, and in the suite style dorms (Fluor and Parkside,) the bathrooms are larger and are typically shared between 6-8 people. I hope this helps, let me know if there are any other questions I can answer for you!

-Paul

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency, activating the National Guard, as Baltimore broke out in violence on Monday after the funeral of Freddie Gray. Violent protests erupted just hours after funeral services were held for Gray, the 25-year-old man who died a week after he sustained a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody. How he sustained the injury is unclear, but attention has turned to the time he was in a police transport van. Gray’s death has brought renewed scrutiny to a police practice known as “rough rides,” BuzzFeed News’ Albert Samaha writes.

At least two dozen people were arrested and 15 police officers were injured during riots in Baltimore from Monday night into Tuesday morning. The city’s mayor has set a curfew to begin tonight and Baltimore City Schools schools are closed today.

Jim Bourg / Reuters

And a little extra. “The violence in Baltimore is a dreadful echo of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri that followed the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man … Since then, the killings of unarmed black men across the country have sparked a nationwide movement protesting what they see as excessive force by police. On Monday in Baltimore, that frustration with police boiled over into violence,” BuzzFeed News’ Joel Anderson reports from Baltimore. “This hopelessness — expressed by many young protesters in Baltimore — arose from frustration with a system that they believe has consigned them to police brutality, poverty and even poorer prospects.”

In an investigation on police brutality last September, the Baltimore Sun found that “over the past four years, more than 100 people have won court judgments or settlements related to allegations of brutality and civil rights violations” in Baltimore.

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in a case that could make same-sex marriage legal nationwide. At issue are bans on same-sex marriages in four states: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. The couples and widowers challenging the bans want to get married or are seeking recognition of a marriage performed in another state. “[They’re] raising challenges to the ban under two constitutional provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment: equal protection and ‘fundamental rights’ protections,” BuzzFeed News Legal Editor Chris Geidner writes in his breakdown of the legal issues before the justices.

The arguments for same-sex marriage: Essentially, those challenging the ban argue that the states can’t discriminate against them on the basis of their sexual orientation or their gender and can’t place an extra burden on children being raised outside of marriage. They say marriage is a fundamental right that states can’t deny to them and can’t be left to majority rule.

The arguments against: The states argue that their bans are justified because, while marriage may be a fundamental right, same-sex marriage is not. They say the couples are seeking to create a new right, not gain access to an existing one. They also contend this is an issue that should be decided by voters, not the courts. As for the argument that they should recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, the states say they shouldn’t be forced to abide by the decisions of other states.

The arguments begin at 10 a.m. ET and will last two-and-a-half hours. The justices should rule in the case by the end of June.

And a little extra. Public opinion on same-sex marriage and state laws have changed relatively rapidly over the past few years. The Associated Press has an interactive breakdown of how it all progressed.

WE’RE KEEPING AN EYE ON

Nepal’s prime minister said today that the death toll from Saturday’s catastrophic earthquake could reach 10,000. So far, more than 4,300 bodies have been recovered, and more than 8,000 people were injured. Aftershocks continue to hit the country and its surrounding areas, with fresh tremors taking place on Monday. “The government is doing all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing,” Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told Reuters. “It is a challenge and a very difficult hour for Nepal.”

What’s next? Thousands of people have been left without shelter and are in need of supplies because of the disaster. Here are a list of some groups you can donate to that are attempting to send survivors the support they need.

A man sits with a child on his lap as victims of Saturday’s earthquake.

AP Photo / Altaf Qadri

Opening statements for the Aurora shooting trial kicked off yesterday. The gunman, James Holmes, is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others during a shooting rampage at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, three years ago. Holmes is charged with 166 felonies and if he is found guilty, the jury must decide whether he deserves the death penalty.

What’s next? Holmes’ mental health will be the focus of the trial. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. While his defense attorneys do not dispute that he was the gunman, they argued that Holmes “was in the throes of a psychotic episode” when he carried out the shootings, the Los Angeles Times’ Maria La Ganga writes. They will also argue that he repeatedly sought help for his condition. But prosecutors revealed yesterday that two psychiatrists, who had evaluated Holmes since his arrest, have concluded he was sane at the time of the shooting. The trial is expected to go on for another four or five months.

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?

Kenya’s LGBT community scored a huge legal victory last week, when the Kenyan high court ruled that the office responsible for granting NGO permits could not prevent LGBT people from forming their own organization. The high court’s ruling effectively creates a precedent that could lead to future constitutional LGBT protections in Kenya. This ruling follows a series of recent LGBT victories in Kenyan courts.

Eric Gitari of Kenya’s National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission at a protest in Nairobi in February 2014.

via Facebook.com

Some companies in the “on-demand economy” are rejecting the legally ambiguous use of independent contractors. Many tech companies that depend on physical labor have come to rely on cheap freelance workers, a model that has recently become the subject of several lawsuits. But a handful of upstarts — like Zirtual, Alfred, and Managed by Q — are opting to pay their laborers as full-time employees. They argue that this employment model isn’t just the law, it’s also better for business, BuzzFeed News’ Caroline O’Donovan writes.

Three BuzzFeed News investigations bring impact. We don’t do this very often, but we wanted to share that yesterday, there were developments in three different cases that were directly influenced by our reports.

  • The Senate Finance Committee has launched an examination into America’s private foster care system, prompted by our investigation revealing cases of violent deaths and sex abuse at homes run by the nation’s biggest for-profit foster care company.

  • A Texas school district has suspended its truancy policy after our investigation that revealed more than a thousand students in the state have been jailed as a result of the policy, leading them to miss more school and further risk being kicked out.

  • The Libertarian Party of Lafayette County in Mississippi called on public officials to disband a local narcotics unit that has forced local college students to become drug informations using the fear of felony charges, citing our report on the topic published last week.

Quick things to know:

  • Loretta Lynch was sworn in yesterday as the 83rd U.S. Attorney General. She is the first black woman to hold the position. (Time)

  • Six writers withdraw from PEN American Center’s annual gala after the organization, which defends freedom of expression in literature, decided to honor the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. (BuzzFeed)

  • Apple sold 61.1 million iPhones in the first three months of 2015, and it shows no signs of slowing down. (The Verge)

  • Facebook introduces video calls for its messaging app. (BuzzFeed News)

  • You can now hashtag emojis on Instagram — with the notable exception of the eggplant emoji. #FreeTheEggplant (BuzzFeed News)

HAPPY TUESDAY

There’s a new commercial by Wells Fargo that shows something very, very sweet: a same-sex couple learning sign language to prepare for the moment they meet their deaf daughter for the first time. The women in the video are an actual couple in real life, and the little girl is actually deaf and fluent in ASL — which makes the commercial so much better.

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What’s Going On Around The World Today?

HERE ARE THE TOP STORIES

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency, activating the National Guard, as Baltimore broke out in violence on Monday after the funeral of Freddie Gray. Violent protests erupted just hours after funeral services were held for Gray, the 25-year-old man who died a week after he sustained a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody. How he sustained the injury is unclear, but attention has turned to the time he was in a police transport van. Gray’s death has brought renewed scrutiny to a police practice known as “rough rides,” BuzzFeed News’ Albert Samaha writes.

At least two dozen people were arrested and 15 police officers were injured during riots in Baltimore from Monday night into Tuesday morning. The city’s mayor has set a curfew to begin tonight and Baltimore City Schools schools are closed today.

Jim Bourg / Reuters

And a little extra. “The violence in Baltimore is a dreadful echo of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri that followed the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man … Since then, the killings of unarmed black men across the country have sparked a nationwide movement protesting what they see as excessive force by police. On Monday in Baltimore, that frustration with police boiled over into violence,” BuzzFeed News’ Joel Anderson reports from Baltimore. “This hopelessness — expressed by many young protesters in Baltimore — arose from frustration with a system that they believe has consigned them to police brutality, poverty and even poorer prospects.”

In an investigation on police brutality last September, the Baltimore Sun found that “over the past four years, more than 100 people have won court judgments or settlements related to allegations of brutality and civil rights violations” in Baltimore.

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in a case that could make same-sex marriage legal nationwide. At issue are bans on same-sex marriages in four states: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. The couples and widowers challenging the bans want to get married or are seeking recognition of a marriage performed in another state. “[They’re] raising challenges to the ban under two constitutional provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment: equal protection and ‘fundamental rights’ protections,” BuzzFeed News Legal Editor Chris Geidner writes in his breakdown of the legal issues before the justices.

The arguments for same-sex marriage: Essentially, those challenging the ban argue that the states can’t discriminate against them on the basis of their sexual orientation or their gender and can’t place an extra burden on children being raised outside of marriage. They say marriage is a fundamental right that states can’t deny to them and can’t be left to majority rule.

The arguments against: The states argue that their bans are justified because, while marriage may be a fundamental right, same-sex marriage is not. They say the couples are seeking to create a new right, not gain access to an existing one. They also contend this is an issue that should be decided by voters, not the courts. As for the argument that they should recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, the states say they shouldn’t be forced to abide by the decisions of other states.

The arguments begin at 10 a.m. ET and will last two-and-a-half hours. The justices should rule in the case by the end of June.

And a little extra. Public opinion on same-sex marriage and state laws have changed relatively rapidly over the past few years. The Associated Press has an interactive breakdown of how it all progressed.

WE’RE KEEPING AN EYE ON

Nepal’s prime minister said today that the death toll from Saturday’s catastrophic earthquake could reach 10,000. So far, more than 4,300 bodies have been recovered, and more than 8,000 people were injured. Aftershocks continue to hit the country and its surrounding areas, with fresh tremors taking place on Monday. “The government is doing all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing,” Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told Reuters. “It is a challenge and a very difficult hour for Nepal.”

What’s next? Thousands of people have been left without shelter and are in need of supplies because of the disaster. Here are a list of some groups you can donate to that are attempting to send survivors the support they need.

A man sits with a child on his lap as victims of Saturday’s earthquake.

AP Photo / Altaf Qadri

Opening statements for the Aurora shooting trial kicked off yesterday. The gunman, James Holmes, is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others during a shooting rampage at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, three years ago. Holmes is charged with 166 felonies and if he is found guilty, the jury must decide whether he deserves the death penalty.

What’s next? Holmes’ mental health will be the focus of the trial. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. While his defense attorneys do not dispute that he was the gunman, they argued that Holmes “was in the throes of a psychotic episode” when he carried out the shootings, the Los Angeles Times’ Maria La Ganga writes. They will also argue that he repeatedly sought help for his condition. But prosecutors revealed yesterday that two psychiatrists, who had evaluated Holmes since his arrest, have concluded he was sane at the time of the shooting. The trial is expected to go on for another four or five months.

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?

Kenya’s LGBT community scored a huge legal victory last week, when the Kenyan high court ruled that the office responsible for granting NGO permits could not prevent LGBT people from forming their own organization. The high court’s ruling effectively creates a precedent that could lead to future constitutional LGBT protections in Kenya. This ruling follows a series of recent LGBT victories in Kenyan courts.

Eric Gitari of Kenya’s National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission at a protest in Nairobi in February 2014.

via Facebook.com

Some companies in the “on-demand economy” are rejecting the legally ambiguous use of independent contractors. Many tech companies that depend on physical labor have come to rely on cheap freelance workers, a model that has recently become the subject of several lawsuits. But a handful of upstarts — like Zirtual, Alfred, and Managed by Q — are opting to pay their laborers as full-time employees. They argue that this employment model isn’t just the law, it’s also better for business, BuzzFeed News’ Caroline O’Donovan writes.

Three BuzzFeed News investigations bring impact. We don’t do this very often, but we wanted to share that yesterday, there were developments in three different cases that were directly influenced by our reports.

  • The Senate Finance Committee has launched an examination into America’s private foster care system, prompted by our investigation revealing cases of violent deaths and sex abuse at homes run by the nation’s biggest for-profit foster care company.

  • A Texas school district has suspended its truancy policy after our investigation that revealed more than a thousand students in the state have been jailed as a result of the policy, leading them to miss more school and further risk being kicked out.

  • The Libertarian Party of Lafayette County in Mississippi called on public officials to disband a local narcotics unit that has forced local college students to become drug informations using the fear of felony charges, citing our report on the topic published last week.

Quick things to know:

  • Loretta Lynch was sworn in yesterday as the 83rd U.S. Attorney General. She is the first black woman to hold the position. (Time)

  • Six writers withdraw from PEN American Center’s annual gala after the organization, which defends freedom of expression in literature, decided to honor the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. (BuzzFeed)

  • Apple sold 61.1 million iPhones in the first three months of 2015, and it shows no signs of slowing down. (The Verge)

  • Facebook introduces video calls for its messaging app. (BuzzFeed News)

  • You can now hashtag emojis on Instagram — with the notable exception of the eggplant emoji. #FreeTheEggplant (BuzzFeed News)

HAPPY TUESDAY

There’s a new commercial by Wells Fargo that shows something very, very sweet: a same-sex couple learning sign language to prepare for the moment they meet their deaf daughter for the first time. The women in the video are an actual couple in real life, and the little girl is actually deaf and fluent in ASL — which makes the commercial so much better.

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Yes, it’s been a year since I was very excited for the youth’s here in our barangay. But I definitely know why. 

At ngayon na nag-diriwang ng ika-2 taong anibersaryo ang samaha ng mga kabataan o kilala sa tawag na North Camastilisan Youth Organization na binubuo ng mga kabataang handang maglingkod sa komunidad na kanilang kinabibilingan para sa ika-uunlad nito. Hindi man ganong ka-aktibo ang samahan ngunit inyong maasahan sa oras ng pangangailangan. 

Marami naring pinagdaanan ang samahang ito. Sa tatlong taon nitong pagtitiyaga sa mga gawaing pambarangay, pagsisispag sa pagtulong tuwing buwan ng Mayo, pagtatalo ng mga bawat kasapi nito, paghalakhak ng mga opisyal ng samahan at higit sa lahat ang pagamamahalan ng bawat miyembro nito. Marami naring mga natutunan at nadisiplinang mga kabataan matapos matamo ang pagkakamali at tagumpay. Ang pag-iyak at pagtawa ng mga ito sa kabila ng’di pahkakaunawaan. Ngunit hindi sila basta basta nabuwag bilang samahan at ang mahalaga nito ay bumabangon sila sa kabila ng bawat pagsubok sa buhay. 

Isang napakalaking karangalan sa akin bilang “FOUNDER” ng samahan na’to ang ipagdiwang at makasama ang mga kabataang ito na kahit may mga dinadaing na problema sa buhay at pamilya at lubos parin ang pagbibigay ng puso nila sa paglilingkod sa barangay kahit sa simpleng paraan lamang.; Ngunit naniniwala ako na darating ang panahon na ang mga kabataang ito na dumaan sa kani-kanilang pagkabata ay siyang magsisislbing lider at pinuno ng iba’t-iba pang organisasyon sa bansa na lubos na makakatulong hindi lamang sa bawat tao kundi sa kani-kanilang mga sarili. 

Maraming-maraming salamat sa inyong lahat. Lubos akong nagagalak na makasama kayo sa tatlong taong paglilingkod. Mabuhay tayong lahat. At nawa’y pagpalain tayo ng Maykapal.