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What Happened To These Students Is Awful. What This Official Said Later Is Almost Worse.

These people are desperate for information about their missing children. So how could the attorney general say this to them?

What Happened To These Students Is Awful. What This Official Said Later Is Almost Worse.

43 students from a small teaching college in Iguala, Mexico have disappeared. They have been missing for six weeks. But the story get's worse. Here's a timeline:

Sept. 26, 2014: 43 students disappear after a confrontation with police.


Oct. 4: Mass graves were found containing 28 bodies, although they don't appear to be those of the missing students.

Nov. 7: The country's attorney general, Jesús Murillo, held a press conference to discuss the confessions of three gang members that led to the charred remains of as-yet-unidentified people from a nearby river. After an hour of speaking, the attorney general abruptly ended the meeting, saying, "Muchas gracias," but then "Ya me cansé," or "Enough, I'm tired."

Within hours, the phrase was a trending Twitter hashtag. People are upset not only about the killings but also about the complicit role of the Mexican government in perpetuating violence and failing to successfully prosecute criminals.

(Translation: "I'm tired too, but of this f***ing government.")

Protests weren't just in the Twittersphere, though.

Nov. 8: Thousands marched in Mexico City and briefly set fire to the ceremonial governor's palace, while in the nearby town of Chilpancingo, students set fire to trucks near government buildings.

Nov. 10: Protesters blocked access to the Acapulco airport.

For more backstory, here's a useful interview with a journalist who has written about Mexico's problems for years. Although only mentioned at the end, the drug war is the impetus for much of the violence and for the participation of the Mexican government. It's a "war" that the U.S. enables both as the world's largest consumer of illicit drugs and by pouring billions into a militarized fight against drug cartels.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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