Father-Daughter Pilots Take To The Sky For Albuquerque's Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Troy and Savannah Bradley. (Courtesy of the Bradleys)

One of the most iconic and colorful festivals of the Southwest is underway this week in New Mexico. Each year, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta draws hundreds of hot air balloons from around the world, and for some — like pilots Troy and Savannah Bradley — it’s a family affair.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with the

Troy and Savannah Bradley. (Courtesy of the Bradleys)

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Suspect Arrested In Germany After Bulgarian Journalist Raped And Killed

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In Southern California, Key House Races Could Come Down to Asian American Voters

This story was reported on our election road trip to states across the country ahead of the 2018 midterms. Check out all of our election coverage.

Asian Americans now make up 14 percent of California’s population, and they’re the fastest growing ethnic group in the state. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson reports on the political issues that are on the minds of Asian Americans ahead of the midterm elections.

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She Was Too Poor To Stay In School. Now She's An Inspiration To Rihanna

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Do You Like Big, Dumb Riffs? So Does Hair Puller

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New Guidelines Expand HPV Vaccines For 27 To 35-Year-Olds

The vaccine that prevents the human papillomavirus, HPV, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for men and women 27 to 45 years old. It was previously approved for use in children and young adults between 9 and 26. HPV causes cervical and vaginal cancers in women, as well as cancers of the penis, neck and throat in men. Studies have shown the vaccine to be nearly 90 percent effective in preventing cancers and precancerous lesions.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd talk to Dr. Jessica Shepherd (@JShepherd_MD), who practices obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

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'We Were A Stain On The County': San Bernardino Survivor Gets New Start In Arizona

Julie Paez was shot twice at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, in 2015. She recently moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, to "start over."

In 2015, Julie Paez was shot twice at her office Christmas party in San Bernardino, California.

Her co-worker and his wife opened fire on the party on Dec. 2, 2015, killing 14 people and injuring 22.

Since then, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson has

Julie Paez was shot twice at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, in 2015. She recently moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, to “start over.”

On how Paez and other victims didn’t receive help from the state

“Our county was saying, we were ‘county family,’ and that they’ll take care of us, we’re county family. Really what they want, my impression is they want to sweep us away. We were a stain on the county. Even for the second anniversary, they did nothing. There was nothing. They said there should be a moment of silence. You know, 11 o’clock or something. But that’s it. There was no memorial. There was no, there was nothing.

On how she is feeling physically after her injuries

I think I’m doing better now, and I’m having the opportunity to go bike riding now and do much more activities. Mentally, here it’s much better because it’s a whole new space. It’s a whole new start.”

“A few of my co-workers, all they saw was law enforcement, their boots, and in their mind, they thought this was the bad guys coming to shoot them.”

Julie Paez

On her work sharing her story with law enforcement

“That’s actually been very healing to be able to talk and to talk to law enforcement about what happened and to get their perspective, and they like to hear from the victims’ and the survivors’ point of view.

“We tell them our experience. It’s a little bit of a lessons learned because so much of the law enforcement community very rarely hears from the victims of something like this shooting. They want to know what they can do better, and there’s a few things that they learned. Each of us had such a different perspective in that room. Where I was shot, one of my best friends, she’s the one who made one of the first 9-1-1 calls. My supervisor, who’s doing this also, he was our chief of our department, and he gives his perspective from a supervisor’s position, watching the entire thing, but also feeling responsible for everyone in the room. So each person sort of has their own niche of what they experienced and what was running through their mind and how law enforcement can improve their responses for the victim’s side.

“I know quite a few of my co-workers, all they saw was law enforcement, their boots, and in their mind, they thought this was the bad guys coming to shoot them. And so the law enforcement hadn’t really thought about that. Just the shoes, someone seeing their shoes alone would make people assume they were bad. “

“My impression is they want to sweep us away. We were a stain on the county.”

Julie Paez

On how people react when they find out she was shot

“Usually they’re surprised that I’m outwardly not more injured, that they can’t tell from looking at me with my clothes on and just walking around that I was shot twice. I think they expect to see someone much more crippled maybe, or using a cane, or maybe even looking more emotionally crippled, if that makes sense. So typically they’re more shocked that I went through that, and I’m standing there looking kind of too normal to them.”

On if it is difficult to talk about the shooting

“It’s not now. I think thanks to these presentations that I’ve done it’s actually been really healthy to repeat the story and to say the story. It’s become more maybe, I don’t know, natural, or it’s allowed me to remove myself a little bit from it. I think, it’s actually, it’s been very healing for me.”

On what she thinks can be done to prevent future shootings

“It’s so frustrating to me, and it just always seems that the ease of obtaining weapons here, but especially the weapons like the AR-15s, and these weapons remain to hunt human beings. Really that’s what they’re made for. They’re not made for going in sport shooting or hunting. These are made for hunting humans. And it’s frustrating to me that they’re so readily available in this country because it seems that all the shootings, these mass shootings, have involved that type of weapon.

“I don’t think anything’s going to be done anytime soon. Unfortunately, no.”

On presenting her nurse, Dexter, with a Star of Hope

“[Dexter] is a huge blood donor for the blood bank for LifeStream in San Bernardino, and I became a spokesman for them or spokesperson. And he’s one of these over 100-gallon club guys who has given for years and years, so to mark his 100th gallon, they had a special ceremony and invited me, and I gave him a special Star of Hope. So I’m also doing the Stars of Hope and sending them to other communities. With my daughter’s school last year, I got Stars of Hope for all of the kids to paint that then went to another tragedy. It was a mass shooting that were sent to Texas. And so Dexter, that’s the nurse, I have been in touch with him. He’s just special to me, and the Stars of Hope I’m still involved with, and their founder, Jeff Parness, and I have become good friends also through all of this.”

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Alaska National Park Declares 'Fattest Bear' Winner

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Purrfect job; Russian town hires cat chief to attend to strays

MOSCOW (Reuters) – It was an unusual job advert. Wanted: Cat chief. Location: Zelenogradsk, Russia: Duties: Tending to the town’s approximately 70 stray cats.

Some 80 applicants applied for the new role with the municipality in the small town in the Kaliningrad region, which has also erected a cat statue and added a feline to its emblem in a bid to rebrand itself as Russia’s foremost cat-loving community.

In the end, local resident Svetlana Logunova was appointed guardian of the town’s felines. To help her with the task, she was given a bicycle and uniform, including a bright green jacket, black bow tie and hat.

She has been given a budget of 5,700 roubles ($85) a month to ensure all the seaside community’s cats are happy, dishing out food, strokes and free rides in the basket on her bike.

“I alone cannot care for every single one and a helping hand would go a long way,” Logunova said.

($1 = 66.1257 roubles)

Editing by Patrick Johnston

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Hear Maggie Rogers' 'Light On' From Her New Album, 'Heard It In A Past Life'

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