A black woman is a major party's candidate for governor. It's a groundbreaking first.

There was some beautiful, historic black girl magic in the sweet state of Georgia on the night of May 22, 2018.

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Stacey Abrams won the Democratic nomination for governor, becoming the first black woman in U.S. history to lead a major party in a gubernatorial race.

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Her landmark victory sparked passion, excitement, and downright thrill across the nation. Many were pretty darn stoked.

YES YES YES ~ @staceyabrams #teamabrams

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Though considered an underdog, Abrams real shot at taking on such an important political role is profound. If she wins, she would be the first black female governor in American history.

Abrams speaks at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images.

Historically, black people have been extremely engaged in politics and activism, but few have been able to take leading roles in government.

Currently, of the 535 members of Congress, 51 are black (46 representatives, two delegates, and three senators). Those numbers are even smaller for black women. The vast majority of black women currently in elected office represent majority-minority areas. But, with a win like this, Abrams is making it clear that the glass ceiling no longer exists for women of color.  

"We are writing the next chapter of Georgia's history, where no one is unseen, no one is unheard, and no one is uninspired," Abrams said to supporters at an Atlanta hotel.

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Abrams' road to the finish line won't be easy. Georgia is known as being a predominately red state when it comes to major elections. She'll be going up against a Republican nominee, likely the winner of a runoff in July between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp, both heavy hitters in their party.

In spite of all these barriers, Abrams has proven she's up for the challenge, and it's safe to say she got some rad support behind her.

So what happens next?

Abrams will continue to prepare to run against a Republican candidate, and voters will make their choice known at the polls on Nov. 6, 2018. It should be an exciting ride to the finish line.

When "bobcat" trended on Twitter this week, no one anticipated the unreal series of events they were about to witness. The bizarre bobcat encounter was captured on a security cam video and...well...you just have to see it. (Read the following description if you want to be prepared, or skip down to the video if you want to be surprised. I promise, it's a wild ride either way.)

In a North Carolina neighborhood that looks like a present-day Pleasantville, a man carries a cup of coffee and a plate of brownies out to his car. "Good mornin!" he calls cheerfully to a neighbor jogging by. As he sets his coffee cup on the hood of the car, he says, "I need to wash my car." Well, shucks. His wife enters the camera frame on the other side of the car.

So far, it's just about the most classic modern Americana scene imaginable. And then...

A horrifying "rrrrawwwww!" Blood-curdling screaming. Running. Panic. The man abandons the brownies, races to his wife's side of the car, then emerges with an animal in his hands. He holds the creature up like Rafiki holding up Simba, then yells in its face, "Oh my god! It's a bobcat! Oh my god!"

Then he hucks the bobcat across the yard with all his might.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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