A mosque in Virginia was ‘vandalized’ with supportive messages of love and unity

 

A mosque in Chantilly, Virginia, was “vandalized” over the weekend with a message of love.

Qasim Rashid posted photos of the supportive messages, which were left on the sidewalk leading up to Mubarak Mosque, on his Twitter page.

Rashid wrote on Twitter, “Some sneaky hooligans ‘vandalized’ my mosque in VA over the weekend. We came back to find this.

Some of the messages included “You are loved,” “We are with you” and “We are your brothers and sisters.”

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This new yoga trend is the cat’s meow

Imagine doing downward dog in a room full of cats.

Well, at the Washington, D.C., cat cafe Crumbs & Whiskers, that cat lady fantasy is a reality.

Crumbs & Whiskers serves as a cat cafe during the week, but on Sundays, it offers two cat yoga classes. Sunday morning Vinyasa yoga gets started by 9:30 and at 7:30 p.m. they host a candlelit restorative yoga (with fake candles, of course, because of the cats).

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Here’s how the presidential portrait has survived the age of the selfie

At the end of each presidency, the National Portrait Gallery works with White House staff to commission a portrait of the president and first lady.

In a way, the tradition of having a presidential portrait completed began with Stuart Gilbert’s iconic Lansdowne portrait of George Washington. During Washington’s time, portraits and engravings of the president were used to disseminate his likeness all around the country and the world, said Brandon Fortune, the chief curator of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

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Google Sheep View? Four-legged roamers map the Faroe Islands

The people of the Faroe Islands are on a mission to put their archipelago of 18 mountainous islands on the map — Google Street View, to be precise.

If you haven’t heard of the Faroe Islands, you’re not alone. The islands are located just north of Norway and are home to nearly twice as many sheep as people.

Faroese native Durita Dahl Andreassen came up with a creative way to make the Faroe Islands visible to the world, using the country’s most abundant resource: sheep.

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Meet the sisters who work full-time to make mermaid tails and your dreams come true

Just five years ago, Abby and Bryn Roberts were in college and working at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

One of the entertainment directors from the festival put out a call for mermaid tails and the sisters answered.

“So we didn’t know how to make mermaid tails up until then,” Abby Roberts said. “It was a brand new project for us and the creative directors let us take it on.”

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With just one click this ring can save your life

This is more than just your average fashion-forward ring.

Nimb is a wearable safety device that works a lot differently than pepper spray in an emergency situation.

The ring is designed to call for help in any situation where, for some reason, you can’t reach your phone.

Kathy Roma, the communications director for Nimb, said the ring connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and lets the user call for help quickly and subtly.

“You just push the button on the ring, hold it for three seconds and it sends messages to your safety circle.” — Kathy Roma

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These recovering addicts are using coffee and a bike to help others

As we all know, a lot can happen over a cup of coffee.

One university in Richmond, Virginia, is hoping a free cup of coffee will help conquer the stigma attached to recovering from substance abuse.

John Freyer, an interdisciplinary art professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, teamed up with Tom Bannard, who works with students in recovery, to create what’s become known as the “Free Hot Coffee” bike.

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Here’s how one organization is working to help Yazidis who escaped ISIS

ISIS invades Mount Sinjar

Pari Ibrahim was in Germany on Aug. 3, 2014, when she received a call from a family member in the middle of the night saying ISIS forces had invaded Mount Sinjar in northwestern Iraq.

Ibrahim, a member of the Yazidi religious minority, was horrified by the way ISIS was targeting her people.  She and her family quickly returned home to the Netherlands, where her family emigrated in the ’90s, and began searching for news on what was happening in Sinjar.

There was nothing.

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