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Becky Hammon is cracking the NBA's glass ceiling as the first woman to coach an NBA team.

If you don't know who six-time WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon is, you should.

Becky Hammon is cracking the NBA's glass ceiling as the first woman to coach an NBA team.

Becky Hammon just did something no other woman has done in NBA history.

Though that doesn't make her a regular season head coach (yet), it's still huge!

In an age where there are still zero — ZERO — female head coaches in America's four major professional sports leagues, you bet that's huge.


In her team's summer debut on July 7, 2015, the Spurs defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 74-71. So if you're someone who thinks a woman can't coach a winning men's basketball team, don't be.

Shattering glass ceilings is nothing new for Hammon.

In August 2014, Hammon — who's a six-time WNBA All-Star by the way — was hired as the league's first full-time female assistant coach for the Spurs.

A true class act, she made sure to praise all the badass women who came before her, too:

“Obviously, this is a big deal. The bigger deal is I feel like there's been greater pioneers to even get to this point. In some ways, it is trailblazing, but there have been so many other women doing really great things, and I'm just following in their path."

Check out Hammon's moves! This is a pic from 2010, when she played for the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

Measured against its peers, the NBA actually has a fairly good track record when it comes to empowering women.

An annual report by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport released July 1, 2015, found the NBA leads all major sports leagues in terms of promoting a diverse community.

The report notes that 40% of all professional employees of the NBA league office were women. There are also four female presidents or CEOs overseeing NBA teams — more than any other men's pro sports league.

GIF via Business Insider.

OK, but settle down, y'all. We can be doing so much better than the status quo.

With Hammon standing solo as a female NBA head coach for summer play, there's vast room for improvement.

Women aren't "considered as potential contenders" for NBA head coaching gigs, although there are plenty of qualified candidates, Larissa Faw wrote for Forbes in 2012.

She begged the question: Will we have the first female president before a woman is an NBA head coach?

Hmm ... only time can tell.

Simon & Garfunkel's song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" has been covered by more than 50 different musical artists, from Aretha Franklin to Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson. It's a timeless classic that taps into the universal struggle of feeling down and the comfort of having someone to lift us up. It's beloved for its soothing melody and cathartic lyrics, and after a year of pandemic challenges, it's perhaps more poignant now than ever.

A few years a go, American singer-songwriter Yebba Smith shared a solo a capella version of a part of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in which she just casually sits and sings it on a bed. It's an impressive rendition on its own, highlighting Yebba's soulful, effortless voice.

But British singer Jacob Collier recently added his own layered harmony tracks to it, taking the performance to a whole other level.

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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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