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PRETTY EMPOWERED WOMAN

Fighting back tears, Oscar winner Julia Roberts pleaded with Washington lawmakers on Thursday for more money to research Rett syndrome, a neurological disorder that affects about 200,000 girls and women worldwide. Roberts was moved to take a stand after meeting 10-year-old New Yorker Abigail Brodsky, who died of the disease last June.

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Fighting back tears, Oscar winner Julia Roberts pleaded with Washington lawmakers on Thursday for more money to research Rett syndrome, a neurological disorder that affects about 200,000 girls and women worldwide. Roberts was moved to take a stand after meeting 10-year-old New Yorker Abigail Brodsky, who died of the disease last June.