These 4 men shared a powerful message about the #MeToo movement after being falsely accused of assault.

Four dentists, three of whom are brothers, nearly had their lives destroyed over a false accusation. But they haven’t forgotten their principles.

In early August, Ali Badkoobehi, 30, Saman Edalat, 39, Sina Edalat, 34, and Poria Edalat, 30 were accused of rape by a woman while they were visiting Las Vegas.

They faced several years in jail and having their professional and personal lives destroyed. Of course, that’s a fair price to pay if the charges had been true. And in allegations of assault or general sexual misconduct, it’s incredibly rare for charges to be entirely made up. But in this case it appears to be true.


Video evidence provided to authorities reportedly proved the allegations were false and all charges were quickly dropped.

“After review of the facts of the case, it was clear that the allegations were completely fabricated,” read a statement from lawyers representing the four men. “The evidence confirmed the men’s innocence, and the state has cleared them of all charges.”

It would be understandable if the four men were resentful after their ordeal. But they chose to respond with kindness and respect.

After all, they had been accused of one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. Even worse, three of the men are brothers and one can only imagine the kind of stress, shame and pain their ordeal placed on their families, friends and colleagues.

However, in a joint statement released by the four men, they went out of their way to state in clear terms that women must still be believed when they come forward with allegations of sexual assault or misconduct.

“At this sensitive moment in our history, we believe that women should be respected and heard and believed,” the statement reads.

The decency showed by these four men is all the more powerful in light of the recent Senate confirmation hearings of now-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

These four dentists did not have an entire half of the U.S. Senate, the President of the United States and countless lobbyists fighting for their cause. And yet they still chose to take the high road in this uncertain time for supporters and advocates of the #MeToo movement.

It’s just another reminder that men who are willing to be honest and respectful have nothing to fear from a movement that simply seeks to hold accountable those who have committed horiffic crimes and injustices against women for which there is no justification.

It’s not very often we’re left thinking of dentists with a smile on our faces. But in this case, they turned a situation that could have been the absolute worst into a teaching moment for all people, especially men.

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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