This Week in Words: April 13–19, 2019

April 18, 2019
We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, and discussed in the news this week. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
Eleven-year-old Laura Maradiaga-Alvarado was scheduled to be deported back to El Salvador without her sister and mother, who are seeking asylum in United States. However, the girl’s pending deportation was halted by a federal judge this week when her case gained national attention after a Houston police chief tweeted about it.
A federal immigration judge has approved a motion to reopen Laura Maradiaga-Alvarado’s case, halting the deportation order as her family continues to fight for asylum in Houston, according to officials and the girl’s attorney, Silvia Mintz. - Time (Apr 17, 2019)
Pete Buttigieg, a.k.a. “Mayor Pete,” is the latest politician to announce that he’s running for the Democratic party’s nomination to unseat President Trump in the upcoming 2020 election. If he wins, 37-year-old Buttigieg would be the youngest person ever elected president. He is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a war veteran, and a Rhodes scholar.
Pete Buttigieg, the young Midwestern mayor whose presidential bid has been an unlikely early focus of attention from Democratic voters and donors, kicked off his campaign on Sunday and proclaimed his hometown’s revival was the answer to skeptics who ask how he has the “ audacity” to see himself in the White House. - The New York Times (Apr 14, 2019)
A new, non-invasive cancer treatment called Proton Radiation Therapy (PRT) has shown promise in treating neuroblastoma. PRT appears not to damage healthy cells, targeting only the cancer tissue. A recent study demonstrated that patients who received the new treatment experienced double the survival rate when compared to those who received traditional therapy.
Researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed the largest cohort to date of pediatric patients with high-risk neuroblastoma who were treated with proton radiation therapy. - Good News Network (Apr 17, 2019)
Trade talks between China and the United States have passed the preliminary stages and reached the point where the negotiators will meet face to face. The envoys, or officials, will meet later this month with the goal of reaching an agreement in late May or early June.
Under the draft schedule, U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer is tentatively set to travel to Beijing the week of April 29, the person said, with Chinese envoy Liu He coming to Washington the week of May 6. - The Wall Street Journal (Apr 17, 2019)
The Overstory by Richard Powers won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction this week. Powers previously won the National Book Award in 2006 for The Echo Maker. When something is evocative, it brings to mind all kinds of associations and connections and is rich in memory-stirring details.
The sweeping and evocative novel, which unfolds in interlocking fables tracing the relationship between humanity and the natural world, has been one of 2018’s most lauded. - Entertainment Weekly (Apr 15, 2019)
In more Pulitzer Prize news, Aretha Franklin was awarded a Special Citation for her lifetime of artistic achievement and excellence. The citation was awarded posthumously, or after death, as Franklin died in August, 2018. Franklin made history as the first female artist to win this prestigious honor. Something indelible will endure, lasting for generations to come.
Franklin was recognized “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades,” the Pulitzer Prize board added of the honor. - Rolling Stone (Apr 15, 2019)
A devastating fire swept through the famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France. Although the spire could not be saved, the main section of the cathedral was found to be structurally sound after the flames were extinguished. No one knows yet how many priceless religious artifacts were lost, although several had been moved to other secure locations in recent years because of the threat of terrorist attacks. A fund to rebuild the damaged section has already raised over one billion dollars.
Firefighters declared victory Tuesday, saying that the devastating Notre Dame Cathedral inferno was officially put out after an intense effort to save the more than 850-year-old house of worship in the French capital. - USA Today (Apr 16, 2019)
When a woman noticed an unusual, musky smell on her husband, she insisted that he go to the doctor for a checkup. The man was subsequently diagnosed Parkinson’s disease, and is undergoing treatment. Now the woman is working with researchers to develop a “smell-test” method of sniffing out the disease. So far, she has been 98% accurate in detecting the illness. Early diagnosis of a degenerative disease like Parkinson’s is considered crucial to treatment.
The 68-year-old from Perth, Scotland first caught scent of the disease’s “ musky, oily odor” when she smelled it on her now-late husband Les. 12 years after she first detected the smell, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 45. - Good News Network (Apr 13, 2019)
A new study suggests that a typical human beard is “ickier” than the fur on your average dog. Researchers measured the amount of harmful, or pathogenic, microbes and concluded that a dog’s neck contains less stuff that could make it sick than the crop of microscopic critters that's hiding out in human facial hair.
"The beards of men harbor significantly more microbes than the neck fur of dogs and these microbes were significantly more pathogenic to humans," per the study. - USA Today (Apr 17, 2019)
On Thursday, Attorney General William Barr released a redacted form of the long-awaited Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The 448-page report is the result of a two-year investigation. The report did not find that Trump or his team conspired with the Russians, but it does lay out how Russia interfered in the election and how the president attempted to thwart the investigation itself.
The treatise is likely to add significantly to our understanding of Russia’s 2016 election interference and President Trump’s efforts to control federal inquiries into the matter. - The New York Times (Apr 17, 2019)

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