Sharon Dierberger
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Twelve dogs and a sled

Sports | Colleen Sweeney Wallin became an unlikely lover of a unique winter sport
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 2/13/20, 02:18 pm

A dozen tense sled dogs strain at their harnesses, impatiently waiting with 13 other sled teams from the United States and Canada. Behind these 12 dogs, a musher wearing bib number 15 grins and steadies her crew. Sunglasses, purple cap, and a thick, fox-fur-ruffed red snowsuit mostly hide her dark eyes, fair Irish skin, and auburn hair. Her mittened fingers grip the wooden handles of a titanium sled, heavy boots planted firmly on its footboards.

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Dead lift serious

Sports | A powerlifting mom from Minnesota wants to protect the rights of female athletes 
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 12/12/19, 05:51 pm

It sounds like a skit from The Carol Burnett Show. A man sporting long hair enters a women’s weightlifting competition and handily wins, besting all his female competitors.

The mock scene is funny. The real one is not.

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Make it or fake it

Documentary | The Inventor shows our propensity to believe what we want to be true
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 12/12/19, 04:53 pm

The old adage that “cheaters never prosper” proves true in HBO’s The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley. The documentary spotlights Elizabeth Holmes, CEO and founder of Theranos, a now defunct healthcare company once valued at $9 billion. 

Holmes claimed to have invented a tabletop machine that could perform more than 240 lab tests in minutes from finger-prick–size drops of blood. Such a development would revolutionize healthcare, eliminating the need for vials of blood and lengthy test wait times.

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