Lena Dunham Apologizes After Defending Girls Writer Accused of Sexual Assault

Lena Dunham has issued an apology after she came under intense scrutiny online after she publicly defended a former Girls writer who has been accused of sexual assault.

“As feminists, we live and die by our politics, and believing women is the first choice we make every single day when we wake up,” Dunham wrote on Twitter. “Therefore I never thought I would issue a statement publically supporting someone accused of sexual assault but I naively believed it was important to share my perspective on my friend’s situation as it has transpired behind the scenes over the last few months.

“I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry,” she said. “We have been given the gift of powerful voices and by speaking out we were putting our thumb on the scale and it was wrong. We regret this decision with every fiber to our being.

“Every woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, fully and completely, and our relationship to the accused should not be part of the calculation anyone makes when examining her case,” Dunham wrote. “Every person and every feminist should be required to hear her. Under patriarchy, ‘I believe you’ is essential. Until we are all believed, none of us will be believed. We apologize to any woman who have been disappointed.”

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On Friday, actress Aurora Perrineau accused writer Murray Miller of allegedly sexually assaulting her in 2012 when she was only 17. Later that day, Dunham and Girls co-creator Jenni Konner issued a statement voicing their support of Miller and insinuating that Perrineau “misreporteted” her alleged rape.

“While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year,” the pair said at the time. “It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed. We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue.”

Dunham was almost immediately criticized by feminists online for her response, which they saw as hypocritical given her outspoken feminist stance and support for victims of sexual assault.

Many called back to a tweet of hers in August when she made the claim that women don’t lie about rape. “‘Believe women, unless they say something about a friend of mine, in which case they are liars,’ ” one user wrote.

Never call yourself an advocate for women again because you’ve just proven that you are NOT,” another critic said.

Reps for Dunham, Miller and Perrineau did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment about the initial statement and accusations.

Perrineau, daughter of Lost star Harold Perrineau, filed a complaint Friday about the alleged attack with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, according to The Wrap, which first reported the news. The 23-year-old claimed that she was 17 when she met Miller at L.A.’s Standard Hotel with friends. Admitting she “consumed some alcoholic beverages,” she alleged Miller, then 35, asked them for a ride home, where they all went inside, reluctantly on her part, after arriving.

In her statement for a polygraph test taken in September, she claimed she awoke naked in his bed where he was “having sexual intercourse with me,” against her consent.

Miller’s attorney, Matthew Walerstein, told The Wrap he “categorically and vehemently denies Ms. Perrineau’s outrageous claims,” adding that his legal team had “gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims” and that Perrineau “sought substantial monetary damages” from Murray before going to police.

Perrineau’s mother Brittany Perrineau said that no one had asked Miller for money.

“At no time have we ever asked Murray Miller for one dollar. There was never a demand for money ever made from anyone on behalf of Aurora or our family,” she said.


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Kids in the kitchen: Easy cinnamon roll turkeys for Thanksgiving morning

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These will make your Thanksgiving morning so fun! The kids can do most of the work (you handle the bacon, they can decorate the rolls) and the end result is festive AND delicious!

If you have a homemade cinnamon roll recipe you love, go for it. I was looking for quick and easy so took some help from the store. There are two important things about this recipe:

1. Before baking, you have to unroll the cinnamon rolls a tiny bit and tuck the end up into the roll. See pic below. This helps create a “neck” for the turkey.

2. You need to bake these in a round (9-10″) cake pan. If you bake on a cookie sheet, they spread and don’t rise as high, so your turkey looks a little flat.

That’s it! Then let the kids at it. The bacon “feathers” don’t need to be perfect, so let the little hands put them wherever they want!

Everyone will gobble, gobble these up…

Easy Turkey Cinnamon Rolls
Adapted from Pillsbury. I just simplified everything so little hands could help with these.

1 can (17.5 oz) Pillsbury Grands refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
10 slices bacon
5 candy corns
candy eyes

Cook or bake bacon until crisp; drain on paper towel-lined plate.

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray round baking pan with cooking spray.

Set icing aside. Separate dough into 5 rolls. Unroll each roll about 1 inch; tuck dough into roll to create neck of turkey. (See pic below for “tucking”, make sure to pull the end all the way down. Remember do NOT bake these on a cookie sheet. I learned the hard way!)

Follow package baking instructions (or until light golden brown). Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack; cool 5 minutes. Drizzle tops of rolls with icing.

Cut bacon slices in half. Tuck 4 halves of bacon into back of each cinnamon roll so they stick up and look like tail feathers.

Decorate turkeys with candy eyeballs and candy corn. Enjoy!

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How Billy Russo’s Love For the Punisher Spawned Jigsaw

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for The Punisher.

It’s no secret that the character Billy Russo becomes the villain Jigsaw. It’s right there in the comics. But when you start watching Marvel’s The Punisher, it might be difficult to see how Ben Barnes’ war vet, and best friend of Frank Castle, can become this comic-book bad guy. Indeed, some fans were unsure that this new version of Russo would even become his comic-book alter ego.

As Season 1 wears on, however, Billy Russo is gradually transformed into Frank Castle’s arch-enemy. Paradoxically, it’s the unwavering affection Russo has for Frank that makes his transition to villain, and ultimately Jigsaw, so convincing.

Jon Bernthal, who plays Frank Castle in the show, tells FANDOM: “I think [Ben Barnes as Russo] does a beautiful job, and something that I thought was really present in everything he did is this love that he had for Frank. Even as they become complete antagonists and they go up against each other, the love is always there. I think that’s really honest.”

Honest equals real. Which in turn equals believable. These are three-dimensional, complicated characters. Honesty, authenticity and credibility are the benchmarks of this series and that can sometimes make it a tough watch.


Ben Barnes does a beautiful job as Billy Russo.

The Man in the Mirror

Marvel’s The Punisher takes the dark tone of the Defenders series and magnifies it tenfold. If there’s escapist fun to be had amid the gloomier, murkier aspects in Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist — and team-up show The Defenders – there’s a distinct lack of it in The Punisher. In dealing with themes like PTSD and terrorism, The Punisher feels grittily realistic. And its violence is brutal; the results of said violence, visceral.

From the start, Russo is set up as ally to a presumed-dead Frank Castle. When Russo finds out his old friend still alive, they meet, and he keeps up what is eventually revealed to be a charade. Sure enough, we find out that Russo is working against Frank with nefarious sociopathic CIA operative Rawlins and wants him dead. In the final episode, a fight with Frank goes badly wrong for Russo. It’s this that sparks his transition to Jigsaw, setting up a villain we’re eagerly looking forward to seeing next season.

While the comics saw handsome gangster Billy Russo receive the facial scars that earn him his Jigsaw nickname from a close encounter with a pane of glass, Frank carves up Billy’s face on a broken carousel mirror. We later learn that Russo’s brain may never fully recover from the savage beating he endures. Later, in the hospital, there’s doubt cast on what he’ll remember if he ever wakes up from his coma.

Bernthal says that, in switching the glass from the comics to a broken mirror in the series, another layer is added to their complex relationship, and to the conflict between them.

“He really cares what Frank thinks,” he says. “And I think that ability then to show him to himself at the end and to make him see what he’s done, and for us to really look at each other through it and to now bring him into my world and understand the shame… I think it was good for us.”

It’s difficult to know what this means for Season 2 of The Punisher, presuming we get one. But it’s safe to say that the dynamic between them won’t be easy to pigeonhole.


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Russo is in cahoots with CIA operative, Rawlins.

A Relevant and Honest Origin Story

Showrunner Steve Lightfoot says that the hard work wasn’t in setting up Jigsaw’s signature look – his scarred face – but in building the character.

“It’s his origin story, it’s our version of it,” says Lightfoot. “In some ways, it was all about creating a version of Billy Russo as a character that felt real and relevant and sort of honest. And I think Ben breathed such life into him. We always knew how it was going to end but in some ways, the turning him into Jigsaw is the easy part because all you need to do is mess his face up at the end. But the thing I’m most proud of is I think we’d created a fantastic character before that happened.”

As for that scene at the season climax when Castle “messes up” Russo’s face, it was a neat way of bringing things full circle.

“Rather than just being in a flashy place, it was born of wanting it to relate right back to everything that had started this journey,” says Lightfoot. “So there was always something about this story [that] was always going to end up back at this carousel [where Castle’s family was killed]. And the great thing about carousels is they have mirrors right around the inside. So once we’d worked out that this thing was all about ending where it began it was then about, well, there’s plenty of glass available to us.”

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Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator has cut ties with Peter Thiel, BuzzFeed reported

The billionaire PayPal founder joined the accelerator as a part-time partner in 2015. Since then, he’s become better-known outside the tech world for funding the lawsuit that took down Gawker and for his support of Donald Trump. 

Back in 2015, Y Combinator president Sam Altman said he was “delighted” to welcome Thiel and that he was “confident that Peter joining will be great for YC.” The blog post announcing Thiel’s start at Y Combinator now bears an editor’s note that says, “Peter Thiel is no longer affiliated with Y Combinator.”  Read more…

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Say What Now? Anti-LGBT Lawmaker Resigns After Getting Caught Having Sex with a Man in His Office

Wes Goodman, the Republican state legislator for Ohio, who is married to a woman that happens to be the assistant director of an annual anti-abortion rally known as March for Life, has resigned after being caught having sex with a man in his office.

Wes is locally known for his deep Christian faith and anti-LGBT viewpoints.

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The right-wing legislator, who pushed “family values”, was reportedly witnessed having sex with a man inside his office who was not employed by the legislator.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the observer told Ohio House Chief of Staff Mike Dittoe what had happened on Tuesday afternoon. Mr Dittoe responded by telling House Speaker Republican Cliff Rosenberger who in turn met with Mr Goodman.

The 33-year-old, who has been branded the “conscience of the conservative movement”, resigned for “inappropriate conduct” shortly after the meeting took place.

Mr Goodman, whose Twitter biography describes him as “Christian. American. Conservative. Republican. Husband to @Beth1027”, has regularly claimed “natural marriage” occurs between a man and a woman. 

“Healthy, vibrant, thriving, values-driven families are the source of Ohio’s proud history and the key to Ohio’s future greatness,” reads his campaign website which has now been taken offline.

“The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting.”

Mr Goodman was elected to represent the 87th District, in north-central Ohio, just last year. Prior to that, he worked as an aide to US Representative Jim Jordan, a highly conservative, anti-LGBT Republican. 

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT advocacy group in the US, named Mr Jordan in their Hall of Shame in 2014 for attempting to block marriage equality in the District of Columbia.

Mr Goodman, whose Twitter is now private and whose Facebook page has been taken offline, expressed his commitment to so-called family values in a statement back in 2013. “Faith, family, service, stewardship, strong education, and investment in our local communities are what Ohioans value. My wife Bethany and I value those same things and are ready to get to work to serve you,” he said.

The lawmaker acknowledged he was stepping down in a statement. “We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life,” he said. 

“That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service,” he continued. “For those whom I have let down, I’m sorry. As I move onto the next chapter of my life, I sincerely ask for privacy for myself, my family, and my friends.”

“I was alerted to details yesterday afternoon regarding his involvement in inappropriate behaviour related to his state office,” Mr Rosenberger said in a statement. “I met with him later in the day where he acknowledged and confirmed the allegations. It became clear that his resignation was the most appropriate course of action for him, his family, the constituents of the 87th House District and this institution.”

When we first saw this headline we were hoping said lawmaker was Mike Pence — but unfortunately it wasn’t. Not this time.

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Behind on Your Retirement Savings? These Experts Explain How to Catch Up

Life comes at you fast.

One day, you’re 20 years old with a bright future ahead of you.

Next thing you know, you’re 50 and realize you’re not saving enough for retirement.

Hey, don’t be embarrassed — tt happens to a lot of us. Only about 60% of Americans are confident they’re saving enough to retire comfortably, according to a recent Capital One survey. And that figure has gone down 10% in just two years.

It’s never too late to boost your retirement savings. But you shouldn’t put it off any longer.

“Fifty is a pivotal age,” says Ryan McPherson, founder of Intelligent Worth, a financial planning firm in Atlanta. “You’re 10 to 15 years away from retirement and still have enough time to make major changes if needed.”

So what should you do if you’re in your 50s and your 401(k) account isn’t up to par? We asked a bunch of professional financial planners.

Here’s what they told us:

1. Sock Away More, Get Free Money

For starters, you absolutely, definitely need to take full advantage of your employer’s matching contribution to your 401(k) plan.

“Take advantage of your full company match,” says Jeff Dixson, a financial adviser in Vancouver, Washington, who hosts a radio show called the Retirement Coach. “If they match 3%, contribute 3%. If they match 6%, try to get to 6%. That’s free money. There’s nowhere else you’re going to get free money.

2. Catch Up After 50

Individuals who are age 50 or over at the end of the calendar year can make annual catch-up contributions,” says David McCormick-Goodhart, a financial adviser with Savant Capital Management in McLean, Virginia.

In 2018, the federal government will raise the personal 401(k) contribution max from $ 18,000 to $ 18,500 annually. People in their 50s and 60s can contribute an extra $ 6,000 per year — if they’re able to.

3. Make a Plan, Man

Sit down with someone who specializes in retirement income planning, suggests Dixson, the financial adviser in Vancouver, Washington.

“The whole point of saving for retirement in the first place is to build a nest egg that you can eventually turn into consistent monthly income,” he says. “Wouldn’t it make sense to figure out how much you actually need to save rather than winging it?”

4. Reevaluate Your Spending

Write down everything you spend money on — and how much you spend.

“Circle the discretionary items that bring you the most joy,” says McPherson, the Atlanta financial planner. “Next, circle the ones you could do without. Holding your income constant, something must be cut for you to save more.”

5. Don’t Be Too Conservative

People tend to get more conservative with their 401(k) as they age, putting more of their savings in bonds instead of stocks. And that makes sense. Stocks will generally give you a higher return than bonds, but they’re also more volatile and can suddenly drop in value.

Don’t get too conservative, though.

Robert Johnson, president of the American College of Financial Services in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, recommends embracing the risk of the stock market well into your 50s.

Since 1926, the average annual return is 10% for stocks, 6% for bonds and 3% for cash, he says.

“Investors in their 50s may not feel that their time horizon is long enough to invest in stocks, and that is a mistake,” Johnson says. “Having a significant allocation to stocks is advisable for most individuals in their 50s.”

6. Don’t Get Too Risky, Either

Don’t go crazy, though. Don’t get overly aggressive with stocks.

“One of the biggest mistakes I see people in their 50s who are behind on their retirement savings making is trying to play catch-up by taking on additional risk to make up for lost time,” says Desmond Henry, founder of Afflora Financial Life Planning in Topeka, Kansas. “Sure, the potential for higher returns is there, but so is the potential for loss.”

7. Get a Side Gig

“You’ll want to consider developing a second stream of income,” says Nathan Garcia, a financial planner with Strategic Wealth Partners in Fulton, Maryland.

“This income could be as little as $ 1,000 per month. However, that surplus could be beneficial for replacing income that is now being diverted into your 401(k). There are also significant tax advantages available to business owners, allowing them to write off ordinary expenses such as a cell phone, internet, transportation, etc.”

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8. Watch Out For Hidden 401(k) Fees

Sadly, very few investors ever understand how much hidden fees are eroding their retirement nest egg,” says Chris Costello, CEO and Co-Founder of Blooom. The app will sniff out your hidden fees for you.

“An easy way to combat this is to use as many of the index fund offerings that might be available within your 401(k) plan,” Costello says. “These tend to have hidden fees that are a fraction of what actively managed funds are charging.”

Blooom will optimize and monitor your 401(k) for you. It’s a great way to find out if you’re overpaying on fees and have the appropriate amount invested in stocks versus bonds.

9. Be Prepared for Hard Choices

“Most people don’t start seriously saving until their kids are out college. Until then, retirement doesn’t seem real,” says Garcia, the Maryland financial planner.

“If your kids are still in college, consider allowing them to pay for their education with student loans so you can divert savings to your retirement. There are loans for college. There are none for retirement.”

Frightened yet?

It’s OK. It’ll be OK.

You still have time to turn things around if you set your mind to it.

Remember the bottom line:

“If you’re not willing to save more or decrease your desired standard of living in retirement,” says Dixson, “you’ll be forced to work longer.”

Mike Brassfield (mike@thepennyhoarder.com) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He does not have enough saved for retirement.

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The story of Timbuktu

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Timbuktu is a legendary ancient city in Mali that sits around 12 miles north of the Niger River. The city has found its way into folklore and has a number of legends surrounding it. Timbuktu started out as a 12th Century settlement before becoming a part of the Mali Empire by the 14th Century. The city is shrouded in mystery, with a reputation in the West of being a city of great wealth and intrigue.

By 1988, the city had been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and, by 2005 it had been categorized as an endangered site, largely due to the conflict in the area. In spite of this, Timbuktu remains popular with tourists and has contributed a lot to the economy of Mali. We’re going to take a look at the story of Timbuktu and find out more about this fascinating ancient city.

Trading post

The city started life as a settlement but really came to prominence as a trading post on the trans-Saharan caravan route. By the 14th Century, gold and salt trade was of enormous importance in Africa, and Timbuktu was a crucial part of this trade. There was also a big slave trade history attached to the city, and this gave it status in early times. In recent times, the main source of trade has been rock salt, and Timbuktu is a pivotal trading route for this.

Legend of Timbuktu

During the 14th Century, at the height of its trading power, Timbuktu was thought to be a city of supreme wealth and status. In fact, tales of its wealth and legend grew and spread as far as Europe. This legend is thought to have been traced back to 1324 when the Malian emperor traveled through Cairo on his way to Mecca. While in Cairo, the local merchants and traders were mesmerized by the gold the emperor was carrying, and he told them all it was gold from Timbuktu. This legend was cemented when, some 30 years later, Muslim explorer Ibn Battuta wrote of a city made of gold.

Worlds collide

Such was the legend of the city that many from other continents were desperate to visit and see this mythical city of gold. There were many expeditions over the years that almost all ended in failure, and, it wasn’t until 1826 that Europe finally arrived in Timbuktu, in the form of Scottish explorer Gordon Laing. He found only a desolate, uncivilized city, with a modest salt trade. This anticlimactic experience was shared by subsequent future explorer, including Rene-Auguste Caillie, and Heinrich Barth, who later published books about it.

Timbuktu is one of the most famous and iconic ancient cities in the world. Despite the recent terrorist attacks taking place in and around the city in the past few years, the city is still culturally significant. It’s a city full of incredible history and mythology, and a place you should definitely try to visit. There might be the worthy of finding it underwhelming, as Laing did, but, the sheer influence and legend of the place will make the visit worthwhile. Though not exactly the city of gold we were all hoping for, the trade history of Timbuktu makes it a hugely important city in the history of Africa.

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If you’re considering starting a business with your spouse, you might want to discuss a few things with one another to avoid ruining your relationship. So to get some insight on how to divide responsibilities and shut down work issues at home, we asked husband-and-wife co-founders Holly McWhorter and Bjarke Ballisager of Plant Apothecary to share their perspective.

 

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As co-founders of a successful makeup line and beauty brand, you both bring a mix of skills in architecture, journalism, and music. What transferrable skills did you bring into running the business every day? Architecture demands a high level of problem-solving skills, so we’ve both been able to bring those to the table for this business from our work in that field—along with visual presentation and design skills. And I’ve been able to put my writing skills to use with our marketing efforts—the blog, social media, and written interviews. We haven’t found a place for the music yet, but maybe that’ll come later!

What’s the hardest part of working together as a team every day? The hardest part is the creative conflicts. No two creatives will ever have exactly the same ideas about how best to present a brand, and being married doesn’t change that at all. And then there’s the difficulty of rarely having any time away from each other during the day, so we can start to miss each other. Time apart is good for any relationship!

After a challenging day at work, how do you turn off work mode? We wish we could say we’re always out and about on the town, taking in art and music and socializing, but the truth is we’re both usually so worn out after work these days that it’s usually Netflix. Or soccer, for Bjarke. But we’re hoping that as the business grows and we’re able to expand our staff, we’ll be less stressed and have more energy after work!

Can you provide any tips or advice for working with your spouse? Here’s the main one: Try to divide and conquer, as in being responsible for separate parts of the business. Consistent agreement about every single aspect of a complex business (or complex anything) with one’s spouse is not something that occurs in the natural world, so if you can avoid having to do that, do.

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Baltimore May Sell Homes for $1 to Revive Neglected Neighborhoods

In order to revitalize distressed neighborhoods in Maryland, councilmembers and local community advocates are pushing for a government program that would sell thousands of vacant buildings in Baltimore for $ 1 each. In turn, buyers would have to promise to refurbish and live in the properties for a certain period of time.

 

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According to a bill adopted by the Baltimore City Council last month, the program would revitalize “marginal neighborhoods by matching construction ability at the grass roots of Baltimore to production of affordable housing for workers’ families and neighbors.” The idea is modeled after the 1973 “Dollar House” program, which sold rundown, city-owned houses for $ 1 and helped rebuild ravaged neighborhoods in the city throughout the 1980s. The original program also granted buyers low-interest loans to rehabilitate the properties as long as they lived in the homes for a certain amount of time.

Now, advocates want to restore the program to curb the city’s blight epidemic and prevent more homes from becoming vacant. The program would also create construction jobs, say advocates.

 

Baltimore [Vacant buildings, 400 block of Park Avenue (west side), Baltimore, MD (Photo Credit: Flickr/Eli Pousson)]

 

On the other hand, the housing commissioner argues that the program is outdated and that there is not enough government funding to address the estimated 16,000 to 46,000 vacant homes in Baltimore, reports The Baltimore Sun. That’s triple the amount in the ’80s. Plus, about 250,000 fewer people live in the city compared to when the program first started.

Nonetheless, real estate agent and affordable housing specialist Mable Ivory applauded the idea, arguing that city governments have implemented similar programs to revitalize distressed areas in Detroit and Harlem. “It has been proven that when home ownership increased among residents in neighborhoods like Harlem and Detroit, which were once plagued by urban blight and flight, crime declined and the communities became more beautiful as owners took pride in their neighborhoods and took better care of them,” she said in an email. “Baltimore seeks to mirror the success that has been experienced in Harlem and Detroit by creating a similar, discount homeownership program.”

Whether interested in buying a vacant property in Baltimore or purchasing an affordable home elsewhere, Ivory advises potential purchasers to “do their due diligence and research” before taking on the cost of homeownership. “If possible, before bidding on the properties, homeowners should do a property inspection with licensed professionals, such as contractors, architects, and engineers, to have a clear and full understanding of all the repairs needed to make the home inhabitable; the cost of the repairs; as well as the time it will take to complete the entire renovation. The good news is that there are mortgage loan programs available like the FHA 203(k) mortgage loan program, which provide financing for the total renovation of a home.”

 

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Report: Trump’s Aides Show Him Only Positive Polls

President Trump’s aides and advisers have made a habit of showing him only positive polls to cheer him up, Politico reports. Aides and advisers cited in the report said they show him polls “designed to make him feel good,” usually those that focus solely on his base. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Trump adviser, said the president is still “in campaign mode” and closely tracks his polling numbers. “I think he’s never really kind of gotten out of campaign mode and I thought he might,” Christie was cited as saying. Several senior aides and advisers said the Trump administration only becomes concerned when support slips in his base, while another official said public pollsters are often seen as “not understanding him.” Two other White House officials cited in the report said the strategy of focusing exclusively on polling numbers in Trump’s base was “just not accurate” and producing “delusional” ideas about the president’s support.

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8 major retailers who suspend price matching around Black Friday

If you’re a fan of saving money on retail items, you’re probably a fan of price matching.

Price matching is a great way to use your smartphone to get a lower price on an item at participating stores. And the best part of it is that you don’t have to run all over town chasing a deal!

Using the power of technology that’s already in the palm of their hands, most price-matchers simply pull up a competitor’s website on their phone when they’re in store.

What they’re looking for is the identical item to what they’re purchasing, but with a lower price.

If they can find it cheaper somewhere else — it usually has to be at a brick-and-mortar retailer, though some stores now match Amazon, too — bingo!

With price matching, they can get whatever it is they’re buying at a cheaper price by asking the store to match a competitor’s price.

Not all retailers price match, but most of the major ones do.

It’s also possible to price match using sales circulars from the Sunday newspaper if you’re not smartphone savvy.

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Price matching sounds great, right?

But there’s a dirty little secret here: A lot of the big guys suspend their price matching policies from around Thanksgiving until Cyber Monday or beyond.

They’re trying to avoid matching rock-bottom prices from competitors during the highly promotional Black Friday weekend.

Here are some retailers we’ve found with fine print that will temporarily kill your deal-finding mojo in this way.

So be careful out there when you’re shopping!

Walmart

The nation’s largest retailer is shutting down price matching for the opening salvo of the holiday season.

Wal-Mart’s policy reads, “No price matches to other retailers for prices shown from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber-Monday.”

Target

The Red Retailer’s website notes that, “Price matches and adjustments to competitors will not be allowed for prices from Thanksgiving Day through the entire week after Thanksgiving (11/23/2017 – 12/2/2017).”

Toys R Us

The ailing toy store won’t match “any competitor’s advertised store or online pricing for Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday,” according to its own website.

Best Buy

The electronics retailer’s Price Match Guarantee won’t cover any “items for sale Thanksgiving Day through the Monday after Thanksgiving, whether offered by Best Buy or a competitor.”

Office Depot

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“Holiday sales offers including during Black Friday and Cyber Monday (Office Depot, OfficeMax or any eligible retailer) are also excluded” from the office-supply store’s usual price matching policy.

Sears

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“Sears will not price match items offered for sale Thanksgiving Day through the Wednesday after Thanksgiving,” according to the struggling retailer’s website.

Fry’s Electronics

Fry's Electronics storefront

The regional electronics chain’s price-matching policy “excludes items for sale Thanksgiving Day through the Monday after Thanksgiving, whether offered by Fry’s or a competitor.”

Staples

Interestingly, the office-supply store seems to only squelch price matching for two days a year, according to its website.

But the unfortunate news is that they’re two of the most important days on the calendar for deep-discount bargain hunters!

“We don’t price match competitors’ or our own local or special events (e.g., grand opening, anniversary, clearance, timed sales or liquidation sales, ‘Black Friday’ or ‘Cyber Monday’ sales).

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[GALLERY] Serena Williams’ Fairytale Wedding Photos Are Breathtaking

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A wedding fit for a princess! Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian are officially husband and wife and photos of their star-studded wedding will take your breath away.

Tennis champ Serena Williams tied the knot with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian Thursday in an intimate New Orleans ceremony. The new wife and mom of daughter Alexis Ohanian Jr. had a gorgeous “Beauty and the Beast” wedding theme, and asked for guests to “dress the part,” for the occasion. How fun! The couple’s guest list included the likes of Beyoncé; La La Anthony; Ciara; Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour; Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe, Eva Longoria, Caroline Wozniacki, Kelly Rowland; Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Lawson and husband Richard Lawson; model Selita Ebanks; Kim Kardashian and others. New Edition performed at the reception.

As previously reported, guests were banned from snapping photos on social media; Williams is providing wedding photos exclusively to Vogue. However, the couple, friends and fans were sure to take to social media to share a few photos from the wedding once the publication post the exclusive photo recap. Check out some amazing pics below and even more in the gallery above!

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French icon Lou Doillon talks us through her dreamy new collection with & Other Stories

We’ll take one of everything please…

Lou Doillon And Other Stories

Most of our winter staples have come from & Other Stories this year, and after seeing the Paris Atelier’s brand new collection it’s safe to say we’re about to spend all of our rent money on more – but naturally for a very worthy cause – our winter wardrobes.

Lou Doillon is the epitome of the classic French style, and as the daughter of Jane Birkin, fashion is literally part of her DNA. It’s unsurprising therefore that she was & Other Stories’ first choice to collaborate with this winter, creating a collection of reinvented classics – and the results are pretty perfect.

Lou Doillon And Other Stories

From black velvet dresses and sheer blouses to on-trend heels and a pair of leather trousers that we’re sure will top many-a Christmas list this year, the collection has something for everyone and with prices starting at the £59 mark, they’re not too much of a blow to your bank balance.

‘I wanted to create a collection that captures the iconic sense of style associated with French women,’ explained Georgine Le Toqueux, designer at & Other Stories. ‘For me, Lou Doillon is the ultimate French muse. All the pieces in this collection, from the rich velvet suit to the feminine dress, are designed with her in mind. Influenced by the past but reinvented for the modern woman, this collection has a touch of elegance merged with rock’n’roll, and Lou helps to tell that story beautifully with her style and attitude.’

‘I’ve always adored fashion, as I find it to be THE universal language,’ Lou Doillon explained, going on to choose her top favourite pieces from the collection. ‘I’m really into the velvet suit with the white shirt,’ she explained. ‘I have always been influenced by men’s style in the 70’s.’

We sat down with Lou to find out a bit more…

In what way does the city Paris inspires you as an artist?

‘Paris has a huge influence on me as an artist. It’s a city that can be travelled through on foot, big enough to lose yourself, small enough to find your way back. It’s a historic city, I can travel through time just by following its architecture, just as fashion, a city also has codes… It’s a city that attracts many various types of people, and thus has an energy that mutates depending on the seasons and its wonderers. It is a very visual town, the city and its people are, in a way, on parade… and cafés are a place where you go to enjoy the show.’

What are your fail-safe wardrobe pieces for trips regardless of the occasion?

‘A pair of boots – I like to walk, and freedom comes from not being contrived, or stopped by your tools. A pair of jeans too, and something funny – I love to make people smile when they see me, and crazy hats, coats that are too big and insane colours tend to create that. I am also always finding stuff as I go along, so I leave an empty space in my suitcase, for the surprises that I will find. And a pair of PJ’s – you never know where you’ll end up sleeping!’

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What is your signature sound and look for your music and art?

‘I wouldn’t know how to describe it! I would say that an artist see’s thing, in a point of view that is more or less personal, and then tries to translate it in words, lines, sounds and frequencies. I am clearly obsessed by a number of things, that I need to address; one of them being recurrence and what is seen as ordinary and thus often forgotten, (as opposed to the exceptional). I write, draw and sing about these “little dances” that take place every minute, every day around me.’

Who are your muses?

‘People who do what they do for themselves, whether you see it or not, like it or not: Fiona Apple, Beth Gibbons, Patti Smith, Nina Simone, Sophie Cale, Louise Bourgeois, Emily Dickinson, Eartha Kitt, Bjork, Karen Dalton, Beth Ditto, Billy Holliday, Cat Power… And the list could go on!’

The & Other Stories collection was created for the festive season – what are your new year’s resolutions?

‘I don’t have any – I make great plans and resolutions every single night, and have a hard time following through. The only day I have none is one – the 1st of January… A rule!’

Lou Doillon’s collaboration with & Other Stories will be available from next week and we cannot wait. Be right back – we’re off to add this entire collection to our Christmas wish lists.

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Nordstrom Taps MoMA Design for Pop-in Gift Shop

Nordstrom begins opening its New York flagship complex with a men’s store next year and the main women’s store the year after. But it appears the Seattle-based retailer is eager to identify with the Big Apple and one of its most famous cultural institutions by opening a holiday gift shop in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA Design Store. It’s a pop-up shop for the The Pop-in@Nordstrom program that’s online and in eight key Nordstrom stores.
On Friday, the MoMA shops opened in Nordstrom’s Bellevue Square, Wash. store; CF Pacific Centre, Vancouver; CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Canada; NorthPark Center, Dallas, and South Coast Plaza, Calif. stores. Prices range from $ 10 for coasters disguised as toast to $ 6,000 for a giant clock made up of 24 smaller, round clocks choreographed to form one digital display. There are also other gifts handpicked by Olivia Kim, vice president of creative projects at Nordstrom, and her buying team. “I’ve always been a huge fan of MoMA Design Store and their ability to thoughtfully consider the most interesting, exclusive and enticing products from around the world,” said Kim.

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Gambill & Struble Insurance Agency Receive Tribute & Medicine Discount Cards by Charles Myrick of ACRX

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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Lady Gaga mourning loss of close friend

OHMYGOSSIP — Lady Gaga is mourning the loss of her close friend Azzedine Alaia.
The 31-year-old singer took to Instagram on Saturday (18.11.17) to post a touching tribute to the late fashion designer, who passed away on the same day at the age of 77.
Posting a series of pictures of herself and the designer on the photo sharing app, the ‘Million Reasons’ singer wrote: “I’ll mourn forever the loss of my friend. A true genius in not only fashion but in his heart. He was a king and had the highest standards of design and work ethic. He was so giving, so loving, his heart so full and pure. I’d watch in awe as he hand made each and every piece, his fingers touching the fabric like poetry. Then he would want to feed us all, and cook with his own hands and talk for hours at the table while his dogs would run around joyfully smelling the delicious food he made us.”
Gaga continued by praising the “special” designer as “integral and influential” to the fashion industry.
She continued: “To say he was special would be an understatement. To say he was integral, important and influential to fashion is simply not enough. There was no one who did what he did. No one knew a woman’s body like him. He should be celebrated as one of the greatest fashion designers the world has ever known.”
The ‘Bad Romance’ star closed off her post by saying she was “devastated” by the loss of her friend, as she didn’t get the chance to say goodbye.
She rounded off her lengthy caption: “I love you, Azzedine. I’m devastated I didn’t get to say goodbye. I love you.”

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Gabby Douglas Apologizes for Saying Women Should Dress ‘Modestly’ in Response to Post About Sexual Assault

Gymnast Gabby Douglas has apologized for saying women are responsible for dressing “modestly” in response to her Olympic teammate Aly Raisman‘s social media post about sexual assault.

Raisman on Friday wrote that men don’t have the right the “shame or not believe” women who come forward about sexual abuse just because they might have participated in a “sexy photoshoot” or wore a “sexy outfit” previously.

“Women are allowed to feel sexy and comfortable in their own skin, in fact I encourage you all to wear what you feel good in,” Raisman wrote. “I will not put up with any woman or girl being shamed for wanting to wear a skirt, dress, etc. I do not tolerate it.”

Following Raisman’s statement on victim shaming, Douglas weighed in with the opinion that “it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy.”

“Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd,” she wrote in a since-deleted tweet, prompting immediate reaction and criticism.

Teammate Simone Biles tweeted: “Shocks me that i’m seeing this but it doesn’t surprise me… honestly seeing this brings me to tears bc as your teammate I expected more from you & to support her.”

After deleting her initial tweet, Douglas apologized, saying, “I didn’t correctly word my reply.”

“I am deeply sorry for coming off like i don’t stand alongside my teammates,” Douglas tweeted. “Regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstance is never acceptable.”

Raisman’s post comes after she became the latest in a string of high-profile gymnasts to accuse former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse.

Nassar is currently awaiting sentencing in Michigan after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually abusing his former patients and a family friend.

A lawyer for Nassar told TIME earlier this month that a gag order in his pending case prevented him from commenting on Raisman’s allegations.


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David Cassidy in Critical Condition, ‘Hoping for a Liver Transplant’

David Cassidy is currently in critical condition and suffering from organ failure in a Florida hospital, Us Weekly can confirm.

The Partridge Family alum’s health has deteriorated since being rushed to the hospital three days ago. “He is currently conscious and surrounded by family,” his rep told Us on Saturday, November 18.

A source tells Us Weekly exclusively that the former teen heartthrob is suffering from kidney and liver failure.

“He is hoping and waiting for a liver transplant, if he happens to get one in time, the prognosis is still up in the air,” the source told Us. “His son, ex-wife Sue and brother Patrick are there now. One of his brothers are en route.”

“He was in an induced coma, but as of right now is conscious. He is on pain medication to keep him comfortable. He is in out of consciousness,” the source added. “He is receiving an outpouring of support and everyone is praying for his recovery.”

Cassidy, 67, became a ’70s pop culture idol while starring as Keith Partridge on the beloved musical sitcom. In February 2017, Us Weekly reported that Cassidy was battling dementia. Earlier that month, he had forgotten the lyrics to one of his hits and almost fell off the stage while performing in California at what he called his “last show.”

In his first interview after revealing his devastating diagnosis, Cassidy — whose mother, Evelyn Ward, battled dementia — became emotional, telling Dr. Phil, “When friends of yours or family members begin to say to you, ‘Remember, I just told you this two days ago,’ and there’s no memory of it, that’s when I began to be very concerned.”

The former Celebrity Apprentice contestant has been open about his battle with substance abuse. He was arrested for DUIs in 2010, 2013 and 2014, and also charged in September 2015 for a hit and run incident.


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Carrie Underwood Shares Recovery Update, ‘Doing Great’ After Surgery

Carrie Underwood is on the road to recovery after breaking her wrist last Friday. The country superstar had surgery on Tuesday to address the injury, a result of falling on steps at her Nashville home just two days after co-hosting the 51st annual CMA Awards.

In characteristic Underwood fashion, she's come through the ordeal with her sense of humor fully intact. 

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A Work Site Safety Checklist: 6 Overlooked Hazards to Avoid for a Safer Construction Site

 

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Construction can be hard, grueling work—and on top of all that, it’s one of the most dangerous industries, too! About one in ten construction workers are injured every year. According to construction ERP providers Viewpoint, between 2002 to 2012, almost 20% of all work-related deaths were in the construction field.

Nothing in the world is going to make our work as hazard-free as say, an office in a bank somewhere. But you can reduce the danger of risks on the jobsite, particularly if you follow safety regulations to a tee. Here are six frequently ignored dangers—and how you and your team can sidestep them.

Fall protection regulations

We all know that OSHA requires construction workers to take certain precautions any time they work at elevations over six feet. But just because you know you should be doing it doesn’t mean that you are. However, teams that regularly ignore safety regulations—such as not requiring workers to wear full fall arrest systems—are subject to extensive fines. Just look at this one case where a roofer was fined over $ 60,000 for failing to comply with fall risk regulations. That’s a pretty hefty price to pay for a missed safety harness!

Phones and heavy machinery don’t mix

Running an overbooked construction business is tough. You often have to juggle phone calls and administrative work and do the hands-on work of every construction project. With all of that going on, it can be tempting to take calls in the car or while operating worksite vehicles and machinery. But texting and driving on the road makes you 23 times more likely to have a collision—and that kind of distraction leads to accidents on the jobsite, as well. If you oversee contractors, you need to explicitly forbid texting on the clock. Employers who condone or even encourage texting could be subject to OSHA citations under the ‘general duty’ clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. And the fines for a general duty citation can be steep—in some cases, as high as $ 124,000! Keep your cell in your pocket while driving or drilling—or hire outside help to answer the phones and schedule appointments for you.

Dangers resulting from extreme weather

Contractors are a pretty tough lot. But no one can resist the effects of extreme heat and cold all the time. Heatstroke is a pretty common affliction for residential contractors working in hot weather, while ice and snow have their own sets of hazards as well. Heatstroke can be fatal if ignored—as can a fall from a slippery roof. Be sure to monitor the weather during the summer and winter and schedule shorter shifts or call off work as appropriate. If you do have your team out during a heat wave or cold snap, encourage your workers to take frequent breaks so they can warm up or cool off as needed. No one is going to drop of heatstroke on your watch!

 

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Fashion World Mourns Death of Azzedine Alaïa

PARIS — The fashion community poured out tributes on Saturday to Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, following his death here at age 77.
The cause of death was heart failure.
The diminutive Tunisian-born designer was known for his structured, exacting tailoring and his refusal to bow to industry timetables and marketing pressures, preferring to work at his own pace.
He gained international fame in the Eighties because of the success of his evening dresses, snug knits and sculpted leathers, and he was nicknamed “The King of Cling” because his clothes fit like a second skin.
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Alaïa counted Carla Sozzani, founder of the concept store 10 Corso Como, and supermodel Naomi Campbell – who called him Papa – among his inner circle. Stars such as Tina Turner, Madonna, Michelle Obama, Grace Jones, Raquel Welch, Victoria Beckham, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus were among his customers.

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Sozzani told WWD that Alaïa died peacefully and without suffering. The pair were out and about as recently as Nov. 7, when they attended the opening of an exhibition of Leïla Menchari’s window designs

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A quick thanks to Dappered’s advertisers – November 2017

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We like our advertisers. They get it. They get that you guys in the readership don’t want enormous ads, advertorials, or a site with so many ad spaces that it’s hard to find the content. We try and keep the amount of ad space on Dappered limited on purpose. Keeps the site uncluttered. So we use affiliate links to help pay the bills and keep the content machine running. That means if you click to buy a thing, a small commission will come our way (the price you pay is unaffected). Make sure to read our affiliate disclosure for more info, which is always available on the right hand side of the site under Joe’s measurements.

And every once in a while a business comes a long who wants a presence in that limited ad space. And that’s awesome. So we’ve decided to start publishing a monthly list of our direct advertisers to say thanks to them, and also so that you guys stay informed.

We’ve never taken money to review a product or run a giveaway, nor do we keep free samples for ourselves. But to further our efforts to stay as unbiased as possible, we’ll be letting you guys know who’s buying ads from us, directly each month (as opposed to just running an ad network like Google AdSense with tons of advertisers which we do most of the time).

So with that said, here’s this month’s list of direct advertisers:

The site where Amazon houses higher end designer goods, but with the fast and reliable shipping policies of Amazon. And if you’re a Prime member, even better, because those Amazon Prime benefits apply. Some of their product might be a little too fashion forward, or luxury priced, for the majority of guys that read this website, but that doesn’t mean all of their stock is only runway-appropriate. They do have some more down to earth stuff as well, all backed by Amazon.

On a side note: Last month Allen Edmonds threw some ad dollars our way for their Rediscover America Sale. We forgot to run a quick thanks post to a) thank AE for supporting Dappered and b) be transparent with you guys. Our apologies for the delay in acknowledging this.

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Meet the startup looking beyond self-driving cars to bring autonomy to the sea

A Boston-based startup wants to do for the commercial shipping industry what Tesla and other brands have done to the car, by retrofitting ships to give them autonomous technology.

The startup is Sea Machines Robotics, which in September released its first product. The Sea Machines 300 is the company’s autonomous control system that can be installed in work boats and which uses common vessel-based instruments along with proprietary algorithms. The product gives the boat it’s deployed in a degree of self-awareness, so that the boat can move from point to point while avoiding obstacles or crashing with other vessels.

The system links to all on-board propulsion, steering, and thrust machinery, and a remote user interface is also provided for command and control as well as data reception.

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Bottega Veneta Pre-Fall 2018

They say timing is everything and one is inclined to guess that Tomas Maier would agree. He operates on a schedule — the calendar is often the first thing he references during previews of his collections, whether for Bottega Veneta or his own line. At a walk-through of the former’s pre-fall lineup, Maier divvied the clothes up into three deliveries — May, June and July — almost designing three micro-themes within one collection, each based on what he thinks women would want at that exact time of year.
The first part was the next step from his spring collection — light, soft, unadorned derivations of some of the silhouettes shown on the runway. Light pink dresses in airy, washed silk were suited to summer’s early days. Then, for June, “What do I need?” asked Maier. “It’s probably a wedding, a christening. Events come up.” Special occasions warranted special details, such as an easy, robe-like printed cotton coat over a multicolored bronze, blue and white paillette dress in a simple, sporty silhouette. When it finally gets closer to real fall, Maier wanted to tease the season with sophisticated back-to-school/back-to-work shapes, such as graphic plaid skirts, leather jackets and ultralight knit polos with

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Hypocrite? Wendy Williams Criticizes Kenya Moore Over Her ‘Fake’ Marriage

Wendy Williams is taking a dig at Kenya Moore’s marriage to Marc Daly, even though her own marriage is rumored to be rocky.

On a recent episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Moore told her co-stars that her marriage is in trouble because her husband is living in New York while she remains in Atlanta. She also revealed that Daly is a private person and doesn’t want his personal life invaded by the media and Bravo’s cameras.

Wendy took advantage of Moore’s emotional moment by criticizing the ‘RHOA’ star for not having a real marriage.

“You live in Atlanta, your man lives in Brooklyn,” Williams stated. “If you want to have a real marriage, you have to be in the same town, in the same house, in the same bed.”

Williams doesn’t believe Moore is actually married and she thinks producers should kick Kenya off the show since she faking the funk and can’t handle the pressure.

Meanwhile, Radar reports that Wendy continues to deal with her own marital woes. Her husband, Kevin Hunter, was recently accused of cheating with a massage therapist named Sharina Hudson.

Although Williams hasn’t commented on Kevin’s alleged infidelity, an insider claims that she’s going through an identity crisis in the wake of her husband’s affair.

Meanwhile, industry insiders continue to whisper that Williams and her husband are going to be milking this fake storyline about the fake mistress for a while because they have a lucrative deal with Daily Mail and it’s spinoff TV news show to continue this storyline at least until the beginning of next year.

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The New York Times has called Elon Musk "arguably the most successful and important entrepreneur in the world." It's an easy case to make: He's probably the only person who has started four billion-dollar companies – PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX and Solar City. But at his core,

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Of Course Hermès Had the Chicest Pop-Up Store in L.A.

When Hermès launches a pop-up shop, the expectation is that it will be inimitably chic. What might not be expected is that it draws inspiration from a retro laundromat. The interactive shop, dubbed Hermèsmatic, has been springing up in cities like New York, Washington D.C., and Nashville. The Westfield Century City mall in L.A. is the final stop on the tour.

The 1200-square-foot space is a dip-dye scarf concept shop, boasting shiny orange washing machines, walls lined with Hermès-branded boxes that resemble detergent, and videos demonstrating how to give your worn or vintage Hermès scarves new life by using a dip-dye washing technique. If one’s not feeling like getting in on the DIY, visitors can also purchase a silk scarf from the dip-dye collection. Hermèsmatic closes up shop Nov. 19, so if you’re in L.A. this weekend is your last chance to check it out.

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Store Visits: Pasadena’s The BlokeIf you’ve never been to…

Store Visits: Pasadena’s The Bloke

If you’ve never been to Southern California, I will say this: Pasadena is an odd town. On the one hand, it has a sense of place that’s tough to find in a region where outside of central Los Angeles, things can feel like an uninterrupted exurb. It’s a real town, with big trees, third- and fourth-generation civic leaders and two really kick-ass parades. On the other, it has a deep conservative bent, and a casual So-Cal feel that’s more Cheesecake Factory than cutting edge.

It makes sense, then, that Pasadena would be the home of one of California’s odder simulacra: a recreation of London’s Burlington Arcade on an otherwise unassuming commercial street. Most of the shops are entirely unremarkable – there’s no Penhaligon’s perfumes, though there is a store that only sells houseplants.

Into this odd environment steps The Bloke, a new shop which specializes in the intersection between traditional English aesthetics and American Ivy style, with a dash of mod for good measure. Owner Jeffery Plansker is new to retail, having led a career as a director in advertising to this point, but the store has a personal feel. 

The square footage isn’t huge, but I found shirts and ties from Drake’s, sleepwear from Hilditch & Key and trousers from Tellason among the options on display. There were Sanders Playboy chukkas, a few Alden models and hats (I bought one) from the British stalwart Bates. There are also a few preppy classics, like some killer needlepoint belts and a rack of vintage club ties.

Among the cased accessories were some favorites of this blog, like the Junghans Max Bill wrist watch and Braun travel alarm clocks. There’s also a small browsing library of books on style (and lifestyle) from the owner’s personal collection, which included the braille edition of Playboy that our director Ben is reading above. There are also books and magazines for sale, including new copies of The Heritage Post, The Rake and Monocle and back issues of Japanese favorites like Vintage Life.

In an adjoining room is a pop-up space – it’s currently occupied by an installation of records, books and art from Groove Merchant in San Francisco. I brought home a couple of albums (Ray Barreto and the Fania All-Stars, if you’re keeping track), as well as a few back issues of the great music magazine Wax Poetics. The shop’s manager told me they’re getting new records every few weeks and that there will be further developments in the space every few months.

In can be hard to convince an Angeleno to cross town, but hopefully it won’t be too much to ask for the many Northeast Angelenos to stop by The Bloke next door in Pasadena. It’s a lovely shop with a breezy vibe and a air of sincere personality.

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How Naruto’s Signature Run Became a Staple of Anime Fandom

Even if you aren’t a fan of anime, chances are you’ve heard of Boruto’s dad, Naruto, and his signature ninja run. But in the last year or so, anime fans will probably also have noticed Naruto’s famous running form become an increasingly large part of the anime community. College campuses and popular meeting spots around the world have seen scores of headband-clad anime fans running around with their arms sticking out straight behind them. This, of course, inspires two pressing questions in both otakus and those who have yet to realize how amazing anime is: Where does Naruto running come from and why did it become so popular?

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Kakashi Hatake’s mask and Major Louis Armstrong’s OTT mustache make an animator’s life SO much easier.

Animation in Japan is a difficult, time consuming, and – sadly – a less than financially sound career. Due to constant pressure to churn out weekly episodes, animators often seek shortcuts or tricks to produce quicker and easier content. Some of the most famous time savers in anime involve transformation sequences that reuse animation or obscuring a character’s mouth while they’re talking. Naruto running is one of the most successful and popular animation cheats in the history of anime.

In anime, an animator must craft every tiny movement. This is why anime features so many conversations between characters standing still with little more than their eyes and mouths moving. Running is a particularly time-intensive action to animate, as it requires a character model and background to change dozens of times in a matter of seconds. By having a character’s arms remain static, animators save a terrific amount of time and energy, and the animation studio can save a lot of money.

Why it Works

If there is one thing anime fans enjoy as much as their favorite shows, it’s calling an anime out on its shortcomings. When Dragon Ball Super first aired, fans were furious with how poor the animation was compared to the films that covered the same story arc.


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However, Naruto never received the same level of criticism despite how often the anime has used the shortcut. This is because this time-saver actually helps flesh out Naruto’s fantastical world.

Feudal Japan builds the bedrock of the world of Naruto, but beyond that, it consists of many unique countries and cultures. The fact that the majority of characters run in this unusual way helps cement the fact that the world of Naruto is fundamentally different from our own. Naruto running twists a very mundane and familiar concept and converts it into a signifier of a fictional world.

How it Became Popular


A little bit of ‘Naruto’ in a ‘Naruto’-less world.

The popularity and practice of organized Naruto running coincides with the final episode of the show. When Naruto concluded in March 2017, fans needed a way to express their appreciation for the anime and keep their fandom alive. So, over the course of a few short months, Naruto running went from a well-executed animation shortcut to a cultural phenomenon.

Naruto running has become a meme both on the internet and in the real world. It’s not only a staple of the anime fandom, it’s also a distinct element of that sub-culture. Rather than disband after their beloved show came to an end, members of the Naruto fandom banded together and started a practice that the entire anime fandom can appreciate and join in with. While the anime fandom is a bigger community now than ever before, Naruto runners are inadvertently making the community more public and approachable to new members.

Entering New Fandoms


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Beyond just anime, the Naruto run has now entered a new brand of fandom. When Blizzard released the latest character for their overwhelmingly popular game Overwatch, fans noticed her peculiar style of running. In an interview with PCGamesN, the game’s lead writer, Michael Chu, implied that this was a direct homage to Naruto. With a development and creative team who are all anime fans, it’s hard not to see the inspiration.

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Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, died Saturday at the age of 64. Young had been suffering with dementia for the past three years, an illness that forced his retirement from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band he founded with his brother Angus Young in 1973.

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Nigeria Women’s Bobsled Team Qualifying For Winter Olympics Is Magic

Nigeria’s women’s bobsled team made history this week!

The team qualified for the bobsled at the upcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang after they finished strong at the last of five qualifying races in Calgary, Alberta on Wednesday. This victory means the group will be the first African team to participate in that category in the games next year.

“This is a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria,” driver Seun Adigun told KweséESPN. “Nothing makes me prouder than to know that I can play a small role in creating opportunities for winter sports to take place in Nigeria.”

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Adigun, a former African 100m hurdles winner who competed in the summer Olympics in 2012, drove the team to victory. Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga supported Adigun as brakewomen.

The team slayed at races in Utah, Whistler, Canada and their last two races in Calgary on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.  It’s not surprising that the group wants to put their best foot forward at next year’s games.

“Our objective now is to be the best representation of Africa that the Winter Olympics have ever witnessed,” Adigun said.The team’s accomplishment has drawn global attention, but the biggest congratulations have befittingly come from their home country.

“I commend the personal dedication and commitment of these women,” Solomon Ogba, President of the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, said.”Their hard work was inspiring.”

Adigun began a Go Fund Me campaign to fund their Olympic bid, and the team won a sponsorship deal with Visa, according to the New York Post.

The women exemplify #Blackgirlmagic in breaking down this huge barrier. They may have to make room for other Nigerian athletes, with driver Simidele Adeagbo just three races away from qualifying for the Skeleton competition.

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MILAN — On Thursday, Pitti Immagine presented the complete schedule of Florence-based international men’s wear fair Pitti Uomo, running Jan. 9 to 12 at the Fortezza da Basso venue.
The trade show will boost the number of special projects, shows and events for its 93th edition. According to Pitti Immagine, 1,230 companies will present their fall collections at the fair, 541 of which coming from abroad. Among the exhibitors, 227 are the companies returning or attending the trade show for the first time.
The Karl Lagerfeld and Corneliani brands will return to the event to unveil the men’s fall 2018 collections at the Sala dell’Orologio in the Costruzioni Lorenesi venue and in the Sala delle Grotte space, respectively. Corneliani will also showcase its CC Collection Corneliani lineup in the Sala Ottagonale area.
Other returning brands include Italian footwear label Fratelli Rossetti, Paul & Shark and Pepe Jeans London, which will celebrate its 45th anniversary presenting a new denim treatment. Woolrich will also host an installation and unveil a movie retracing its heritage during the trade show.
As reported, Brooks Brothers will fete its 200th anniversary at Pitti Uomo, staging its first fashion show at the Salone dei Cinquecento in the Palazzo Vecchio, along with a retrospective of

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