Teen school shooting survivors are sending a passionate message Washington can’t ignore.

The adults have had their chance. Now it’s time to hear directly from kids about school shootings.

After the 18th confirmed school shooting in 2018, it can be hard to find new ways to confront how the previously unthinkable has become a regular part of our lives.

Lawmakers in Congress were already speaking of a “sense of resignation” following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14, after recent massacres like that in Las Vegas failed to generate legislative action.

So the young survivors of Wednesday’s mass shooting took on that responsibility themselves, speaking out about the importance of gun safety.

“Some of our policymakers and some people need … to look in the mirror and take some action; because ideas are great, but without action, ideas stay ideas and children die,” senior David Hogg, 17, said in an interview with CNN.

This is the first time we’ve seen school shooting survivors respond directly to lawmakers on social media.

And Hogg isn’t alone. After President Trump tweeted about the shootings, a number of fellow Douglas survivors took to Twitter to refute the idea that school shootings are purely a mental health issue.

These aren’t kids used as political props. They are smart teens with real thoughts.

Bringing kids into a political debate can be complicated, even when it’s for a message we agree with. But that’s not what happened here.

The student survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took action on their own, sending a powerful message to lawmakers that they can no longer rest on the sidelines while children continue to die from gun violence.

“I want to show these people exactly what’s going on when these children are facing bullets flying through classrooms and students are dying trying to get an education,” Hogg told CNN. “That’s not OK, and that’s not acceptable, and we need to fix that.”

If the adults can’t take action, maybe they’ll listen to the survivors.

The grownups have been locked in a gun safety stalemate that shows no sign of letting up. Even common-sense changes — like expanded background checks — that have near-universal support stall in Congress, thanks, in large part, to the powerful lobbying efforts of the National Rifle Association.

It’s easy to ignore people on the other side of the political aisle.

It’s not easy to ignore children who just watched their fellow classmates die while also facing down their own deaths.

Image via CNN.

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) followed Hogg’s interview on CNN and said that Hogg and his classmate Kelsey Friend confronted him directly with a challenge:

“When they were leaving, I went to tell them how brave I thought they were, and [Hogg] looked at me and he said, ‘We want action.'”

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/teen-school-shooting-survivors-are-sending-a-passionate-message-washington-can-t-ignore

Salt Lamps Are Great For Creating Cozy, Warm Light…And That’s About It

Whether online or from a friend, you’ve likely heard about the supposed health benefits of salt lamps, from their ability to combat anxiety to boosting your energy in big ways.

In fact, some go as far to tout the increasingly popular products as a cure-all for negative feelings, lethargy, inability to sleep, and even high blood pressure. But are any of these claims true? According to Snopes, they definitely aren’t — and they all stem from the false belief that salt lamps are “natural ionizers” which emit negative ions.

Believers in the power of these lamps argue that when turned on, the blocks of rock salt attract water from the air, which is evaporated by the heat of the lamp.

This process is said to produce an abundance of negatively charged ions, which then “counter the positive ions that both surround us and make us feel bad.” They also “increase oxygen flow to the brain” and “offer protection from airborne toxins,” among other supposed benefits.

Studies have, in fact, found that negative ions could improve mood and help treat seasonal affective disorder. However, this would require very high concentrations of negative ions — something salts lamps don’t emit.

Curious about the claims, Jack Beauchamp, professor of chemistry at Caltech, decided to put them to the test by hooking a salt lamp up to his lab’s quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer and, unsurprisingly, saw no positive or negative ions.

“I can’t think of any physical process that would result in the formation of Ions from heating rock salt, with and without the presence of water vapor in any amount,” Beauchamp said. “Rock salt has a face-centered cubic structure which would not be expected give rise to electric fields that would generate ions around individual crystals.”

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/salt-lamps/

‘Vanderpump Rules’ Recap: It’s Not About The Pasta

I’ll be real with you guys, I don’t have a fun or clever way to segue into this week’s episode, so I’ll just dive right in.

Actually no, let’s not dive in. I’m re-watching the tail end of last episode, and Jax is seriously the worst. Watching him gaslight Brittany again is making me homicidal. It makes me so sad and angry that Brittany is staying with him. Like, I understand that money might be tempting, but is it worth it for your mental health? *Googles how much these people make per episode*

We open this episode with Stassi at SUR picking out some outfits for the Pride Parade party, so I guess Bravo is still pretending that Stassi is a legit event planner. Do you think you can put “fake event planner, Bravo TV” on your resume?

Lisa: I need all the hands I can get during Pride, even Stassi’s grubby little mitts.

Unpopular opinion: I’m not sure how much I love Lisa anymore. She just finds any reason to be a bitch to people two decades younger than her. Why don’t you pick on someone your own age? Isn’t that what you have for?

Oh, Peter is into essential oils and Reiki? He just used the phrase “I have all my chakras aligned” in earnest? I have never lost my attraction to a person so fast, not even when they tell me they’re from New Jersey. For the inevitable commenter who asks, “I’m from Jersey, what’s your beef with my state?” may I kindly direct you to my previous recaps?

Why do I feel like Jax is going to scam on this Reiki healer in like, two episodes’ time?

I want the record to show I typed that before Sandoval said it. Thank you, thank you, that’s why they pay me the big bucks to write these recaps. Aka I get paid zero extra money for doing them; I just do it for the love of the game.

All the girls are getting Botox together. My friends and I just go to brunch, but okay. 

Scheana is still sticking to the “My boyfriend couldn’t have kissed another girl, he doesn’t even make out with me” as a good argument. Honey, no. That’s not a good argument! That just means he isn’t into you.

Scheana: Can we just like stop talking about this and never speak of it again?

Everyone:

Stassi, Katie, Brittany and Kristen are at some cinema low-key trying to hook Brittany up with the waiter. They may be crazy bitches, but they’re good friends. But tbh I bet Jax is going to like, mentally fuck Brittany back to 1993 when he watches this exchange play out on camera and use it as retroactive justification for his cheating. Somebody please go check on Brittany and make sure she’s okay.

Meanwhile, James and Lala are at some restaurant that apparently sells Welch’s grape soda and gin. Snoop Dogg would be disgraced.

James: I’ve been trying to cut down the drinking

Also James: To getting drunk! *takes two huge shots in 20 seconds*

Also ALSO James: I could easily stop drinking at any time.

Hmm where have I heard that before? Oh right, 8th grade health class and every episode of ever. 

Wait so Lala tells James that she ate Raquel’s pasta and now James is going full psycho like “Don’t fuck with my bitch, or I’ll fuck with your fat man and he’ll be onto his next pretty blonde.”

Lala is calmly trying to explain the joke about the pasta (which for the record I don’t think was funny to begin with so really this is all Lala’s fault) and it does not go well. Lala stands up for herself and storms out, and I don’t think James even remembers what he said to make her so mad a full two seconds ago. This is so fucking dumb. Is it about the pasta? Or is it not? SOMEBODY HELP ME!

James: It’s not about the pasta! *turns away* *two seconds later* It’s not about the pasta! *turns away* *two seconds later* It’s not about the pasta!

And rinse and repeat for an hour until the screen fades to black and it says “Executive Producer Lisa Vanderpump.”

Just kidding, but I wish. *This joke has been brought to you by John Mulaney*

Back at SUR, Scheana confronts Ariana and Brittany to find out if Katie was talking shit about her. Oh my god, she’s so annoying. Just accept that other people are going to talk shit about you. Talking shit literally pays your bills.

Scheana: *brings up the Rob cheating rumors*

Scheana 2 seconds later: OMG CAN WE STOP TALKING ABOUT THIS ALREADY *storms out*

Sandoval and Schwartz show up to the wreckage that is to be Tom Tom, because according to Sandoval, they’re putting in less money into their investment so they’re going to compensate with sweat equity. I feel like a better idea would be for you to just like, not compromise the structural integrity of this building with your dumb asses.

Anyone who says Kristen is reformed and sane now needs to take every seat as she describes how she literally tracks Carter’s every move via GPS while everybody else in the room just lets her drone on about her NSA-esque surveillance tactics without acknowledging her in any way.

Schwartz stayed over at Sandoval’s (a no-no) because he got too wasted (another no-no) and instead of starting a fight about it when he came home, Katie just let it go. Schwartz says “I feel like I fell in love with you all over again” because Katie lets him blow through her (very reasonable) boundaries with no consequences. God, I fucking hate men.

I don’t know why Lisa is volunteering to become Katie and Tom’s marriage counselor. “Not my circus, not my monkeys” – my favorite expression I found on the internet that I’d be employing the fuck out of in this situation.

Watching Kristen try to explain Pride is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. “We’re out here because love is love and to everyone who doesn’t think love is love, suck a dick.” Probs not the best turn of phrase to use in this context. I’m just saying.

Rob comes in to SUR and Scheana gives him the grand tour: “And here’s where I yelled at Brittany and Ariana, and here’s where I told everyone to stop talking about the rumors about you making out with someone.” But tell me more how you don’t want to talk about it ever again.

Scheana: I lost my smile this week.

Funny coincidence, I lost my dinner just now.

At SUR, Stassi is telling the guys to put paint on their face. Sandoval is like “Oh hell yeah I’ve been practicing my contour for weeks now.”

Scheana hugs Lala and is 1) TALKING ABOUT THE RUMORS AGAIN *looks for something with which to fashion a noose out of* and 2) telling Lala Rob said “Don’t let anyone take your smile” which we all saw HER say. Scheana, what’s it like to live in another reality? Asking for a friend myself.

Okay but I’m not sure how I feel about Lala accusing Scheana of relapsing with her eating disorder, because like, that’s a sensitive topic and you shouldn’t just throw that around willy-nilly. And even if that is the case, IDK, I feel like there are certain lines you don’t cross, even for TV. But what do I know, I guess I’m just old fashioned.

Billie Lee gets up in the middle of pride to give a speech about being trans, and holy shit, this girl is brave. I will be quietly monitoring her Instagram comments for any trolls. If you wanna come for Billie, you’re gonna have to go through me. …An anonymous internet writer. YEAH.

So James body slammed on Jax’s crotch and now he’s almost making out with Logan while Raquel watches in the corner, horrified. Just saying, I called this from episode one. I just want James to be his authentic self, ya know?

Watching James buy Logan vodka Red Bulls and kiss him on the cheek while Raquel texts by herself in a corner reminds me a lot of how I’d watch my boyfriend and my roommate interact when we’d go out to bars together. Yep, you all thought I’d make it one episode without mentioning that dumpster fire of a relationship, but nope. Take a drink.

Lisa pulls Scheana aside from her job in the middle of THE BUSIEST DAY OF THE YEAR (a fact that annoys me but I should be used to it by now) to ask her how she’s doing. Scheana—you guessed it—brings up the “Rob making out with another girl” rumors. I’m just weeping to myself out of frustration at this point, for anyone at home who’s wondering.

Lisa: Even if this relationship doesn’t work out, it’s not the end of the world.

Scheana: Well it’s gonna work out because we’re meant to be together.

It must be exhausting being this delusional.

Scheana is definitely your friend who’s never been single and doesn’t know how to be. Scheana is Taylor Swift. Actually, that’s a pretty good think piece title. Coming soon to Betches. Someone comes up to Scheana and Rob and is like “What’s up?” and Scheana is like, “I got my smile back!!!” I’m so over this. I don’t ever wanna hear Scheana talk about her smile again, and if that means she never smiles, so be it.

Katie and Brittany come over to Brittany and Jax’s apartment. But first off, I am kind of weirded out by Kristen constantly saying Brittany is the best thing to happen to their group. Like, IDK, she just stans way too hard for these peripheral people, like Patrick. It’s just weird.

Brittany’s mom flew in to LA to surprise Brittany, and I just want to take the time to dissect Jax’s facial expression after learning that Sherry is in his apartment.

Okay, so I may not have captured it that well in this screenshot, but in the previews before the commercials, Jax was making this surprised face but if you looked closely (or are a psycho like me, hard to tell), he kind of looks a little bemused by the situation. Anyone? Or just me? 

You all can debate the intricacies of Jax’s facial expression in the comments. Or not. Whatever. But somebody answer this? WAS IT ABOUT THE PASTA? 

Read more: http://www.betches.com/vanderpump-rules-season-6-episode-7-recap

The Stupid Anti-Vaxx Movement Is Now Affecting People’s Pets. Everything Is Awful.

Vaccines do not cause autism.

As IFL Science notes, people worried about how vaccines affect humans have their fears rootes in a fraudulent study by ex-doctor Andrew Wakefield. The study linked the MMR vaccine and the appearance of autism, but it was pulled from the journal in which it appeared after they found a “fatal conflict of interest,” dubious data, and generally fishy research methods. Wakefield is now no longer allowed to practice medicine.

Despite the links being proven again, again, and again, some anti-vaxxers just refuse to see the light. Now they’re extending their head in the sand attitude about vaccines to their pets.

Vets are warning that they’re seeing an increased number of people not vaccinating dogs out of fear they will contract illnesses, including “pet autism,” which doesn’t exist.

We do see a higher number of clients who dont want to vaccinate their animals, Dr Amy Ford of the Veterinarian Wellness Center of Boerum Hill told the Brooklyn Paper last year. This may be stemming from the anti-vaccine movement, which people are applying to their pets.

Like humans, pets rely on herd immunity to stay safe and they are the most effective way to keep your pet safe from preventable diseases that easily spread.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/pet-anti-vaxx/

Campaign Workers Unionize Just in Time for Midterm Elections

Several Democratic congressional campaigns have agreed to bargain collectively with the Campaign Workers Guild, a new union trying to organize election campaign staff in what may be a first for national politics.

The CWG announced Monday that it had secured a union contract with the campaign of Wisconsin activist Randy Bryce, the leading Democratic challenger to Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan in this year’s midterm elections.

Campaign staffers are the latest professional targets for labor organizers. While overall U.S. unionization remained at a record-low 10.7 percent, last year saw membership in the overwhelmingly non-union professional and technical services sector grow by close to 90,000 members, bringing the total number of unionized American workers to 14.8 million, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. 

The CWG’s effort is a first for congressional campaigns, which are staffed largely by contract and short-term workers operating in what are often high-pressure work environments.

“There’s no question that it’s exploitative work,” said Rutgers University labor studies professor Janice Fine, who’s worked on local and national election campaigns. “It’s premised on the idea that young people will work 24-7 in a selfless — and often dangerously selfless — way, and that culture has been passed on for generations.”

Among the issues the union said it seeks to take on are hours that approach eighty per week and wages that are below $15 an hour.

Under the agreement with Bryce’s campaign, workers will get paid time off and earn at least $3,000 per month. The negotiated contract covers eight employees and includes a third-party reporting process for sexual harassment and monthly health insurance reimbursement of up to $500, the campaign said. “Randy is a candidate who practices what he preaches,” said Bryce spokeswoman Lauren Hitt.

Additional House campaigns and one gubernatorial campaign have also recognized the CWG and are negotiating contracts, according to the union’s vice president, Meg Reilly. “We’re starting with Democratic candidates because there’s obviously an explicit disconnect between the Democratic platform and how Democratic candidates treat their workers,” she said. She declined to identify the other campaigns citing ongoing negotiations.

The CWG and its members are following the lead of progressive non-profits. Some of them, such as the Center for American Progress and Lambda Legal, have agreed to bargain collectively with their employees in recent years. Last fall, the Vermont Democratic Party, whose new executive director is a former union political director, voted to
collectively bargain with its staff, who have affiliated with the United Steelworkers Union.

CWG’s ultimate aim is a collective bargaining agreement that would cover all Democratic campaigns for local, state, and federal office and those for progressive ballot measures. 

The Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee didn’t immediately provide comment in response to inquiries about the union. In a Monday evening post on Twitter, DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison, a Minnesota congressman, shared an open letter from the union and said, "The progressive movement needs to live up to its values. We have to treat our organizers with respect and dignity."

The Republican National Committee referred an inquiry to the National Republican Congressional Committee, which didn’t immediately respond. Ryan’s campaign declined to comment.

CWG’s Reilly said the national Democratic Party will ultimately benefit from campaign workers who don’t burn out and instead benefit from a sustainable career. “We’re simply fed up with that argument that we should sacrifice our health, our well-being, our time with our family, in order to placate the concerns of candidates,” she said.

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-12/campaign-workers-unionize-just-in-time-for-mid-term-elections

    U.S. Olympic Skater Alexa Scimeca Knierim Opens Up About Relying on God During Serious Illness

    While winning a medal would certainly be a dream come true for figure-skating couple Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim, their victory has already been won, just by making it to the Winter Olympics this year.

    The star American Christian athletes have won two National titles in their career and were selected as alternates in the Sochi Olympics. Coming in 7th place at the World Championships in 2015, the Knierims also raised the bar for U.S. skating duos overall, as that’s the top finish an American team has achieved since 2011.

    But after overcoming a rare gastrointestinal disease that threatened both her life and her ability to ever skate again, Alexa now has a bigger goal than simply chasing gold.

    “This competition’s very meaningful for us,” Alexa told PEOPLE. “We’ve kind of been lacking the joy and lightheartedness of life for about two years now, from all the struggles we’ve been through, so being here together, Chris and I are kind of just enjoying it.”

    In an interview last year, the Knierims opened up to PEOPLE about the debilitating gastrointestinal condition that surfaced in spring of 2016.

    “In April of 2016 I started feeling very sick at a competition, it was the last one of the year, and issues continued to develop all the way through August of 2016 when I was finally diagnosed and had immediate surgery in my abdomen,” said Alexa. “I ended up having three surgeries and we had to withdraw from all of our events for the first half of the year. My life, our life, changed drastically in that time period—life was on hold and we weren’t really sure what life would be for the two of us.”

    At 5’2,” she dropped to a dangerous 80 pounds.

    “I lost all of my muscle, and my body mechanics when I started getting back into working out were like next to none,” she shared. “The very first time I stepped back on the ice after my surgeries, Chris had to hold me up because my body was not capable of standing on its own.”

    But that didn’t stop this 26-year-old fighter fueled by faith from coming back stronger than ever.

    “If you’ve never known down, you’ll never appreciate up,” she wrote in an Instagram post last year. “4 months ago, it was nearly impossible for me to ‘get up’ out of bed. 4 months ago, brushing my teeth was more challenging than any long program I’d ever performed. 4 months ago, when my body was at its weakest, my faith was at its strongest. When you’re faced with a challenge and you find yourself down–no matter how you might’ve gotten there–you have [sic] always have 2 choices: give up and lay there, or get up and fight for what you want.

    “Eyes up. Rise up. GET UP!”

    And with her supportive hubby and mighty God by her side, that’s exactly what Alexa did.

    Though the couple only placed 4th in their free skate in South Korea on Sunday afternoon, they refuse to allow the let-down steal their joy. Following Thursday’s program where they landed a season’s best score, 4th place certainly wasn’t what they hoped for, but Alexa’s health battle has provided them with a bigger vision and greater gratitude for simply performing than ever before.

    “Today wasn’t a brilliant skate by any means, but we’re just so happy to be here,” said Alexa. “We’ve already won by being able to step on the ice.”

    Shortly after the free skate, Alexa and Chris opened up to reporters about the role their faith has played in strengthening them throughout this journey:

    “It’s the reason I was able to get back on the ice because I stopped worrying and stopped trying to control life, because I couldn’t,” Alexa explained. “In the moment, you know, I was so sick and didn’t really know where things were going to go for me, whether it was skating or life in general. So I finally just threw my hands up and said like, ‘You lead the way,’ and it’s my testimony and I stay true to it.”

    She shares that the games are no longer about her, but rather about shining God’s handiwork on the platform she’s been given:

    “And even here at the Games, it’s no longer about me. I have fans out there who know that I am a true believer in the Lord and I’m trying my best to shine his light and let people know that it’s okay to promote him and do things for him, because in the Christian life that’s kind of what we’re supposed to.”

    Chris wholeheartedly agreed with his wife’s grounded perspective, saying, “We both share the same thing. I think it’s played out in her a little stronger than me because of the situation she was put in.”

    As discussed in James, Alexa beautifully exemplifies the blessing that trials bring to our lives by fortifying our faith:

    “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”–James 1:2-4

    She views the Olympics as her platform to “glorify God,” adding that “I’m here living my dream, and if that’s the way that I have to go about it, I’ll keep doing it.”

    Read more: https://faithit.com/alexa-scimeca-knierim-chris-knierim-overcome-disease-winter-olympics-faith-god/

    People Are Sharing Their Embarrassing Fitness Fails, And Everyone Who Tried To Get In Shape Will Relate

    Jimmy Fallon is asking people to share more embarrassing stories, this time focusing on their fitness fails. Fallon has decided to lead by example and started everything with his own experience: “My dad bought a treadmill to get in shape,” he tweeted. “We came home once and there was a beer in the cup holder.”

    From collapsing just after a tour of a health club to spilling pizza sauce all over your workout schedule, these funny moments highlight that the road to having a body of a Greek god requires sacrifice. Scroll down to read what epic fails people have experienced while getting into shape and vote for your favorites.

    Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/fitness-fail-tweets-jimmy-fallon/

    Teens aren’t slowing down on the Tide Pod challenge, according to the latest horrifying numbers

    Image: mashable/lili sams

    Brace yourselves: there has been an embarrassing uptick in the number of teens eating Tide Pods.

    With a “HIGH ALERT,” the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) shared an urgent press release on the current state of Tide Pod consumption in the United States. 

    “Last week, AAPCC reported that during the first two weeks of 2018, the country’s poison control centers handled thirty-nine intentional exposures cases among thirteen to nineteen year olds,” the report read. 

    That number didn’t last long, however.  “That number has increased to eighty-six such intentional cases among the same age demographic during the first three weeks of 2018.”

    TEENS, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? 

    “We cannot stress enough how dangerous this is to the health of individuals—it can lead to seizure, pulmonary edema, respiratory arrest, coma, and even death,” Stephen Kaminski, AAPCC’s CEO and Executive Director, wrote. 

    Once again, this is not a joke. Do not eat the Tide pods

    This increase comes on the heels of massive efforts from Proctor & Gamble, the producer of Tide Pods, to slow the roll of this horrible trend. They’ve partnered with YouTube to remove videos of kids eating Tide Pods, and Amazon has removed those commenting online about how delicious the forbidden fruit is. Additionally, P&G released a statement to warn consumers and hired New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski to spread the word. 

    If you still feel the urge to eat one, or know someone who is going through an unfortunate Tide Pod phase themselves, take a note from AAPCC’s statement and call Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or text Poison to 797979. 

    Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/01/25/tide-pod-eating-numbers-increase/

    Cranberries Singer Dolores ORiordan Dead at 46

    London (AP) — Dolores O'Riordan, whose urgent, powerful voice helped make Irish rock band The Cranberries a global success in the 1990s, died suddenly on Monday at a London hotel. She was 46.

    The singer-songwriter's publicist, Lindsey Holmes, confirmed that O'Riordan died in London, where she was recording,

    "No further details are available at this time," Holmes said, adding that O'Riordan's family was "devastated" by the news.

    Her Cranberries bandmates — Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergus Lawler — tweeted that O'Riordan "was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life."

    London's Metropolitan Police force said officers were called just after 9 a.m. Monday to a hotel where a woman in her 40s was found dead. The police force said the death was being treated as "unexplained."

    The Hilton hotel in London's Park Lane confirmed that a guest had died on the premises.

    Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins said O'Riordan and The Cranberries "had an immense influence on rock and pop music in Ireland and internationally."

    O'Riordan was born on Sept. 6, 1971 in Ballybricken, southwest Ireland. In 1990, she answered an ad from a local band in nearby Limerick city — then called The Cranberry Saw Us — that was looking for a lead singer.

    A name change and a confluence of factors turned The Cranberries into international stars. Their guitar-based sound had an alternative-rock edge at a time when grunge was storming the music scene.

    The band's songs — on which O'Riordan was chief lyricist and co-songwriter — had a Celtic-infused tunefulness. And in O'Riordan the group had a charismatic lead singer with a distinctively powerful voice.

    Heavy play on MTV for their debut single "Dream" and the singles that followed helped bring the group to the attention of a mass audience.

    The Cranberries' 1993 debut album, "Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?", sold millions of copies and produced the hit single "Linger."

    The follow-up, "No Need to Argue," sold in even greater numbers and contained "Zombie," a visceral howl against Northern Ireland's violent Troubles that topped singles charts in several countries.

    Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar tweeted Monday that "for anyone who grew up in Ireland in the 1990s, Dolores O'Riordan was the voice of a generation. As the female lead singer of a hugely successful rock band, she blazed a trail and might just have been Limerick's greatest ever rock star. RIP."

    The band released three more studio albums before splitting up in 2003. O'Riordan released a solo album, "Are You Listening," in 2007, and another, "No Baggage," in 2009.

    The Cranberries also reunited that year, resulting in the album "Roses" in 2012.

    For a time, O'Riordan was one of Ireland's richest women, but she struggled with both physical and mental health problems.

    The Cranberries released the acoustic album "Something Else" in 2017 and had been due to tour Europe and North America. The tour was cut short because O'Riordan was suffering from back problems.

    In 2014, O'Riordan was accused of assaulting three police officers and a flight attendant during a flight from New York to Ireland. She pleaded guilty and was fined 6,000 euros ($6,600.)

    Medical records given to the court indicated she was mentally ill at the time of the altercation. After her court hearing O'Riordan urged other people suffering mental illness to seek help.

    She told London's Metro newspaper last year that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and she spoke to the Irish News about her battles with depression.

    O'Riordan said depression "is one of the worst things to go through," but that "I've also had a lot of joy in my life, especially with my children."

    "You get ups as well as downs. Sure, isn't that what life's all about?" she said.

    O'Riordan is survived by her ex-husband, the former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton, and their three children.

      Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-15/urgent-cranberries-singer-dolores-o-riordan-dead-at-46