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Congress OKs letting terminal patients try unapproved drugs

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill helping people with deadly diseases try experimental treatments sailed through Congress on Tuesday, a victory for President Donald Trump and foes of regulation and a defeat for patients’ groups and Democrats who argued the measure was dangerous and dangled false hope.
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Introducing Koa Rothman’s new YouTube series This is Livin’ where he takes his viewers on his summer adventures. From traveling the world to legendary surf breaks to the clubs. Be sure to tune in to these weekly episodes to get a taste of a professional surfers summer.

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Florida Mom Missing Since Mother’s Day Is Presumed Dead — and a Suspect Is Arrested in the Case

Florida police have arrested a woman in connection with the disappearance of a mom-of-three who didn’t pick up her children on Mother’s Day and hasn’t been seen since.

At a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said investigators arrested 50-year-old Kimberly Kessler — who authorities allege was the last person to see 34-year-old Joleen Jensen Cummings alive, according to local TV station WJXT.

Kessler, a co-worker at Tangles Hair Salon with Cummings, is charged with grand theft auto, First Coast News reports. She is also a suspect in Cummings’ disappearance, authorities said Tuesday.

She is being held in lieu of $ 500,000 bond.

Leeper said investigators have evidence to suggest that Cummings is dead but would not release it at this time.

Cummings was last seen leaving her job at Tangles in Fernandina Beach at 5 p.m. on May 12. She was supposed to meet up with her ex-husband in Hilliard on Mother’s Day to pick up her kids but she never showed up. Her mother, Anne Johnson, reported her missing on May 14.

Her beige 2006 Ford Expedition was discovered May 15 in the parking lot of a Home Depot near the salon in Yulee.

That same day, police went to the salon to speak with Kessler, but she didn’t show up to work from that point forward — and the address she had given to her boss was fake, police allege.

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Later, investigators discovered surveillance video from 1:17 a.m. on May 13 that showed Kessler, who worked at the salon that day and had been employed there for about one month, parking Cummings’ SUV.

Police found Kessler, who went by the alias Jennifer Sybert, at a truck stop on May 16, First Coast News reports.

Police said Kessler is from Pennsylvania and had been using a fake social security number.

On Sunday, Cummings’ mother Anne Johnson posted an emotional message to Facebook about her missing daughter. “When parents shed tears about their children, I believe with all my heart that God hears those prayers of lament, and all of us can agree that when our kids hurt and go through difficulties that we as a parent shed tears,”

“Today is the 7th day we are without my daughter,” she continued. “Today is 7 days her children are without their mother. Today is 7 days that her brother and sister are without their sister. Today is 7 days that her close friends are without their friend. Let’s bring Joleen home!”

It was not immediately clear if Kessler has retained an attorney.


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Stormy Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, has been ordered to pay $ 10 million in a legal dispute with a former colleague who claims Avenatti’s firm stiffed him of millions in profits.

On Tuesday, U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge Catherine Bauer awarded the massive payout to ex-employee Jason Frank, the Los Angeles Times reported. “At this point, that’s what’s appropriate,” Bauer said at the Santa Ana, California hearing, according to the Times.

Last week, Frank filed a suit claiming the fame-hungry lawyer’s firm, Eagan Avenatti, missed a $ 2-million payment. It was supposed to be the first of two installments stemming from a bankruptcy settlement.

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Ex-NXIVM Sex Cult Member Reveals Allison Mack’s Role in Gruesome Branding Ceremony

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NXIVM, the star-studded sex cult that recently landed actress Allison Mack under house arrest, is already getting the TV treatment. The new A&E series Cults and Extreme Belief is premiering next Monday with an episode on the controversial self-help group. Led by Keith Raniere, NXIVM has been accused of vile crimes within a sub-sorority known as “Dominus Obsequious Sororium,” which loosely translates to “master over slave women.”

The indictment against Mack and Raniere charge the leader and his second in command with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy. In a statement, United States Attorney Richard P. Donoghue claimed that, “Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere… The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit. This Office and our law enforcement partners are committed to prosecuting predators who victimize others through sex trafficking and forced labor.”

In a letter on the NXIVM website, Keith Raniere insisted that the sorority “is not part of NXIVM” and denied any association with the group.

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Elon Musk’s Girlfriend Grimes Deletes Tweet Calling Tesla Union-Busting ‘Fake News’

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk and synthpop musician Grimes are a union, the newly minted couple announced this month. What’s not a union: workers at Tesla’s factory, where employees have accused management of union-busting.

Yet on Twitter Monday night, Grimes on Twitter called reports of union-busting “fake news.”

Employees have publicly rallied for a union since early 2017, citing injuries and burnout assembling Tesla cars. Those employees previously accused management of attempting to intimidate workers out of a union drive, and leaked emails show Musk slamming the organized labor effort.

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Women should have right to reject pregnancy, experts say

Experts argue that, despite decades of debate, advocates and opponents of abortion have been unable to demonstrate conclusively that either side’s view is false, or agree on when life starts. He says laws should not force women to risk death and injury by having a baby.
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Millennial Moves: Meet the Marketer Behind Those 40oz Bounce Tours

Devin Cobbs understands the value of creating space for genuine human connection. Cobbs is the marketing force behind the 40oz Bounce tour, and most recently the 4 Lovers Only R&B party.

Originally from South Carolina, Cobbs moved to New York with dreams of being a journalist but ended up homeless. “Nobody knew I was homeless. I would keep [my] haircut and take showers at Planet Fitness. Sometimes I’d sleep there, or on the Long Island Ferry. I always thought to myself, this is just going to make the story that much greater. I remember putting change together to buy dollar pizzas and M&M’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It taught me that everything will always be OK.” Eventually, Cobbs found an opportunity as a marketing intern.

Around the same time, 40oz Van—whose real name is Joel Fuller—was heating up the summer with his infamous 40oz Bounce parties. Fuller is an entrepreneur and an event creator who produces and promotes parties via social media. New York was the mecca for those experiences. An after effect of moving into the marketing department, Cobbs ended up connecting with 40oz Van.

“In any situation, I like to look at what I can provide. For Van, I saw that he was only doing events in NY. I figured I could help him take his events to different markets. I told him I could take him on a tour before I had ever even gotten on a plane.”

Cobbs told 40oz Van that he could take 40oz Bounce on a national tour, although he had no connections in any of markets outside of NYC at the time. The national 40oz Bounce tour resulted in 50 tour stops, bringing in about 30,000 attendees over the course of two years.

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The success of the 40oz Bounce tour helped Cobbs transition from fitting in to standing out. He wasn’t just a creative trying to find his place in the industry; he was an accomplished event planner and curator. However, the true mark of a forward thinker is the ability to fill in gaps that folks of the same profession have yet to fill. While there were countless events being thrown especially in New York, Cobbs trained his eyes on providing the experiences people weren’t getting yet. Thus, the idea for 4 Lovers Only was born.

“I think less about the live event and more about connecting with people. I want to know everybody. I want to have a connection with everyone who comes through the door. I think connecting with people is a lost art. Once things become a money grab, you see the creativity dwindle. When you do anything with love and creativity first, it works.”

After noticing that he hadn’t seen an event specific to 90s R&B, he dove into plans to occupy that vacancy in the culture. More importantly, he looked for ways to give attendees a feeling of genuine service. It couldn’t be about ticket sales or revenue from the bar. More importantly, it couldn’t be some exclusive industry party filled with the same people who see each other at every private event and only interact for professional gain or a chance at a “candid” photo for social media clout.

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“I hadn’t seen an event that was specific to 90s R&B. How can we take it up a notch? We’ll get the right sponsors and partnerships so that people don’t have to buy anything. For the consumer, you’re not being sold anything besides a good time. We make it cool to do a sponsored event. It’s not industry people only. Everyone can pull up, from a record exec to some guy who saw the flyer on social media and wanted to come.”

“I know for sure that what drives me now is knowing that I want to be remembered for all of this. People think I have my entire life planned out. I don’t. I wake up every day and plan for that day. I don’t worry about where I’ll be by 30. I want to know what we can do to make people remember this sh*t. I don’t care if I’m working at McDonalds 10 years from now. If I have a kid and can tell them I was out here doing this and people can validate it, that’s the most important thing.”

Once you’re able to recognize and tap into what fuels you, it’s time to look at how you can use your gifts to solve problems bigger than yourself. The fact is, black people in America navigate through more overt systemic oppression and daily micro-aggressions than we care to count. All while balancing the stress and anxiety of just wanting to make it in this world as successful adults. We’re constantly on our toes and carrying that much stress without any release is dangerous. Cobbs isn’t just throwing events. He’s creating safe spaces to decompress.

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“For me, it’s not just a party, it’s therapy. We do all this work for four hours, but for some people, it’s the best four hours to just be. We deal with all these societal ailments plus wanting to be successful. I want to be the person that creates space where everyone can let their hair down, and I don’t want to take any money out your pockets. I’m going to charge the corporations for that. That’s why I don’t like to be called a promoter; I’m giving you a party. I’m giving you therapy. The best feeling is having people telling me they had a good time.”

 

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Splurge vs. Steal: Shop the Latest Sunglasses Trends for Less (or Not!)

On one hand, sunglasses can be a great investment. If you opt for a timeless pair, like classic thin-rim aviators, they can last you years. On the other hand, there are few things easier to lose or break than sunglasses. Plus, it’s fun to switch it up. Sunglasses are one of the easiest ways to dress up a bland outfit or, conversely, help you fly under the radar. That said, just because you’re looking to spend under $ 20 on cheap sunglasses doesn’t mean you can sacrifice function. Remember, sunglasses are more than just fashion pieces, they’re critical for protecting your eyes.

Here’s a look at some of the best luxe and cheap sunglasses picks, no matter your style or budget.

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Contract, workout regimen among factors in Gronk’s absence

Rob Gronkowski could be leaving $ 250,000 on the table by skipping OTAs, but perhaps a sweetened deal could influence him to make the trip.
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Hearts on Fire Strikes Charitable Partnership With Girls Inc.

The diamond brand Hearts on Fire has pledged a new charitable partnership.
The Boston-based firm has struck a collaboration with Girls Inc. to empower a new generation of women.
Hearts on Fire has pledged a percentage of 2018 sales from its Lorelei and Lorelei Classics collections to the organization. In addition to financial support, it will offer marketing and volunteer assistance.
“We believe the brilliance of our diamonds is only matched by the brilliance inside every young woman,” said Caryl Capeci, president of Hearts on Fire. “This organization is truly inspiring.”
“Girls Inc. is proud to partner with Hearts on Fire for their commitment to inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold. It is our privilege to be teaming up with a company that not only embraces the contributions of women across all levels of its organization, but also recognizes and celebrates that same potential in all women and girls,” said Judy Vredenburgh, Girls Inc. president and chief executive officer.

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Hawaii volcano producing toxic lava haze plume called ‘laze’

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii sparked new safety warnings about toxic gas on the Big Island’s southern coastline after lava began flowing into the ocean and setting off a chemical reaction.
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APNewsbreak: Pentagon adopts new cellphone restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of debate, the Defense Department approved Monday new restrictions for the use of cellphones and some other electronic devices in the Pentagon where classified information is present or discussed. But officials stopped far short of imposing an all-out ban.
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Trump suggests summit with NKorea’s Kim could be delayed

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that a planned historic meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un could be delayed. He said, “There’s a very substantial chance that it won’t work out” for June 12.
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Sleep better, parent better: Study shows link between maternal sleep and permissive parenting

A new study looks at the link between maternal sleep and permissive parenting during late adolescence. Findings show that mothers who don’t get enough sleep or who take longer falling asleep have a greater tendency to engage in permissive parenting — parenting marked by lax or inconsistent discipline.
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Real Money and Real Opportunity: The Impact of the Cryptocurrency Gender Gap

If you have been treating Bitcoin, cryptocurrency and block chain as background noise, it may be time to pay attention. This new form of financing is changing the way everyone lives, works, plays and donates—and a gender gap has already formed in who is benefitting from its rise.

2015’s Coinbase study showed that 90 percent of investors in Cryptocurrency were men. Forbes reported, for the first time ever, the richest people in cryptocurrency in February—a list that included 20 men and no women with at least $ 350 million in net worth. Coin Dance, which tracked Bitcoin Community Engagement by Gender, reported that engagement was 95 percent male as of this month. The upcoming BlockShow Europe 2018 in Berlin later this month, which boasts more than 3,000 participants, has 73 experts listed as speaking online; only 13 are women.

Still, notable innovative women are thriving in the cryptocurrency space. Tina Hui, CEO and founder at Follow The Coin and Brit Morin, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur in block chain, recently hosted a cryptocurrency event for 500 women attendees and live-streamed to another 16,000. A group in New York City called Women in Blockchain boasts more than 1,900 members. Coinreveiws listed 24 women in blockchain/crypto to follow in 2018. A 2017 survey by Myetherwaller showed that women make up 16 percent of traders on their site.

Women’s participation appears to be growing, but still a long way off from parity—and as possibilities in this realm grow, that means they’re missing out on myriad economic opportunities. The block chain backbone is changing the way we use global currency.

A new movie, “Lamborghini,” starring Antonio Banderas as car designer Ferruccio Lamborghini and Alec Baldwin as rival Enzo Ferrari for the first time will be financed by crypto currency. It will be co-produced through a blockchain based social entertainment platform that rewards viewers.

Two recent philanthropic gifts generated by cryptocurrency wealth also manifested into real cash. The Pineapple Fund, which plans to donate $ 86 million worth of Bitcoin, was launched by an anonymous donor who claims to be one of the 250 largest holders of the currency worldwide; a $ 1 million dollar gift was made to BitGive Foundation, which accepts donations in Bitcoin and uses block chain technology to trace transactions on a public platform in real time to show donors how funds are spent and ensure they reach their final destination. And the Chronicle of Philanthropy recently reported that a sole donor—Ripple, a cryptocurrency company—had fulfilled over 35,000 requests on DonorsChose, totaling $ 29 million in the cryptocurrency XRP, from teachers who needed money to cover expenses for their classrooms, marking the largest gift in the 18-year history of the platform with an impact that will be felt at one in six public schools nationwide.

Currency is the first application at the start of the economic transformation to disrupt how we use and manage ownership of assets, identity and much more—and gender diversity in cryptocurrency could result in more overall investments in causes affecting women and girls.

A more equitable cryptocurrency space and gender parity in block chain can drive solutions to  benefit women as part of the greatest wealth generator in the next decade. You can bet on it.

Cynthia Yung is Executive Director of The Boone Family Foundation and a Public Voices Fellow through The OpEd Project.

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Paris exhibit takes a look at ‘forgotten’ Impressionist Cassatt

PARIS (Reuters) – A Paris museum is shining a light on the work of Mary Cassatt, an American woman whose paintings made a profound and often-overlooked contribution to the male-dominated Impressionist movement in France.


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As U.S. shrinks refugee operations, new arrivals in Kansas town lose a lifeline

GARDEN CITY, Kansas (Reuters) – In his first whirlwind weeks in the United States, Wimber Htoo, 23, racked up a list of accomplishments. He learned to use the bus, applied for a social security card and obtained a state ID, all new experiences for Htoo, a member of the Karen minority who fled Myanmar as a teenager for a refugee camp in Thailand.


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Near or Far: Do the Benefits of Living Closer to Work Outweigh the Cons?

benefits of living closer to work - image from streeteasy campaignThere’s an amusing Streeteasy ad campaign in a lot of NYC subway stations right now, with Venn(ish) diagrams like this one, and I thought it might make for an interesting discussion here. Why did you choose to live where you do? What do you think the benefits of living closer to work are — vs. farther away? Do you prefer to have some separation between work and home? In general, what was the most important factor for you in choosing where to live — living closer to work, being in a good school district, having an amazing apartment, or something else? We’ve talked before about how where you choose to live can be one of the most important money decisions you make, as well as how to decorate your home and even when to buy a home, but we haven’t really talked about the pro and cons of living closer to work or farther from work.

For my own $ .02, I learned about my own preference for NOT living closer to work through a mistake I made many moons ago, in my single-lady lawyer days. I had always been a Manhattan girl, and after unsuccessfully looking to buy a studio in the city, I decided to move to Brooklyn for a year and see if I liked it. Well, I hated it. The one-bedroom on Clark Street that I chose was an upgrade over my former studio at 15th and 5th, to be sure, but that was where the pros stopped. The radiators ran way, way too hot… the kitchen was depressingly small and old… and I had a whole theory about how dating was way, way harder because getting to different boroughs was easier with one person based in Manhattan. (I even remember feeling like a Brooklyn/Brooklyn relationship was difficult if your subway trains didn’t align!)

The most surprising thing I learned was that I absolutely HATED everything about the work-life balance that came with the apartment. The commute that had looked amazing on paper — there was a subway entrance across from the apartment, and it was only one stop away from the office — meant that I didn’t “see” anything while I was going to and from the apartment. I didn’t pass stores or restaurants on foot on either side of the subway, and I was really surprised by how much I missed that casual, window-shopper type of experience. Plus, I’ve always hated the subway and at the time spent way too much of my budget on taxis to work — but on nice nights, if I got out early enough I had loved walking home. Both of those options were difficult in my new location. I had to go out of my way by several blocks to find a cab if I wanted to get to work, so the subway really was easier. If I walked home on nice nights, I had to cross the tourist-filled Brooklyn Bridge, and once again I wasn’t passing any shops or restaurants. Even on the weekends, I was surprised by how much my apartment depressed me because it was in such a residential area. I felt that “just popping out” for food, shopping, a walk, or whatnot was much more depressing.

It’s important to note that, at the time, work was really the only thing in my life. I went out on the weekends with various friends, of course, but my daily routine was completely centered around going to the office. I realize that having kids or even a serious partner would have made the work-life balance different — I could “see” things on the walk to daycare or school drop-off, I could have regularly looked forward to meeting my partner near his office or apartment, etc. — but as that point in my life, living closer to work was not for me. (Fun fact: I moved back to the city after one year… and promptly met a Brooklyn boy, who is now my husband. Of course.)

What do you think, readers? Do you prefer living close to or far from work? Do you see more disadvantages or advantages to living closer to work? 

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The Commissioned Films competition at the 2018 edition of the Annecy Film Festival and MIFA market will feature 31 commissioned animated short films, chosen from 417 submissions. Participating films are either music videos, commercial advertisements or educational videos, which will compete for two awards: The Annecy Cristal for a Commissioned Film and the Jury Award […]

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Young toddlers may learn more from interactive than noninteractive media

Preschoolers can learn from educational television, but younger toddlers may learn more from interactive digital media (such as video chats and touchscreen mobile apps) than from TV and videos alone, which don’t require them to interact. The article also notes that not all children learn to the same degree from these media.
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Actress and singer Audra McDonald stopped by The Talk to discuss what she loves about CBS All Access Original Series The Good Fight, as well as her admiration for co-star Christine Baranski, who plays Diane Lockhart on the show. Watch all-new episodes of The Talk Weekdays on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Jake Gyllenhaal to Play Mysterio in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Sequel; Here’s Everything We Know

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Many years ago, Jake Gyllenhaal was in the wings to play Spider-Man. Sam Raimi was ready to cast the young actor in Spider-Man 2 as a possible replacement for an injured Tobey Maguire. But Maguire recovered and returned as the superhero and we got one of the best entries in the genre ever made.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married on Saturday in a touching (and star studded) ceremony at St George’s chapel, Windsor Castle.

But while there were A-list royal wedding guests in attendance and a Pinterest-worthy reception, it wasn’t either of those that got the world talking this week, with the official wedding photos getting all the attention instead.

That’s right, Kensington Palace’s Instagram account released three official photographs from the day, taken by photographer to the stars, Alexi Lubomirski, especially selected by the couple to capture their special day.

But the photos didn’t just give us all the feels, with Meghan and Harry appearing happier than they ever had, they also revealed some things about the day that the public had missed.

Firstly there was Prince Harry’s tribute to his late mother Princess Diana, sitting on the same sofa for the photos that she did for his christening portraits.

The hidden detail that’s getting the world talking today however, surrounds four-year-old bridesmaid Ivy Mulroney, daughter of Meghan’s best friend, Jessica Mulroney.

In the images released by Kensington Palace, the little bridesmaid is photographed without a bouquet, and on closer inspection, it looks like she never had one at all, walking down the aisle without flowers and instead holding hands with fellow mini bridal party members, Rylan and Remi Litt.

The bridesmaid, who also stood out from the others as she didn’t wear a flower garland, shared three-year-old Florence Van Custem’s bouquet for the official photographs, with the two girls posing with the same flowers.

‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday,’ announced a Kensington Palace spokesperson. ’They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world.’

There’s no word yet as to whether Ivy not having a bouquet was a conscious decision or whether it was down to a mishap on the big day, but luckily it looks like despite being bouquet-less Ivy still had a wonderful day.

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Meghan Markle basically just called Kate Middleton one of her best friends

Despite the rumors you may have heard, Meghan Markle, the newly minted Duchess of Sussex, and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, get on famously. Not only are they friends, but a recent overture from Prince Harry’s new bride has led us to believe that their friendship is next-level, aka they are best friends.

According to People, Markle gifted her closest pals a custom-made “Kensington” bracelet ahead of the royal wedding. The Zofia Day piece, a simple gold chain anchored by a matching flattened disc, is also now available for purchase — meaning you can be one of Meghan Markle’s best friends, whether she likes it or not. It’s no diamond tiara, but we think the delicate chain is enough to make us commoners feel sufficiently royal (or, you know, royal-adjacent).

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The bracelet was given to six of Meghan’s closest friends, including Benita Litt and Jessica Mulroney, whose respective children served as bridesmaids and page boys during the ceremony.

Sisters-in-law, sisters in royal life. Does the Kate-Meghan friendship not read like a network series pitch? C’mon, ABC, you got this.

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Are Hot Air Hand Dryers Really Germ Cannons? Here’s What You Need to Know


If you’ve been anywhere near the internet recently, you’ve probably seen at least one news report about the horrors of public bathroom air hand dryers.

A new study published by researchers in Connecticut says “there is evidence that bathroom hand dryers can disperse bacteria from hands or deposit bacteria on surfaces, including recently washed hands.”

To be clear, the researchers — from the University of Connecticut, Hartford Hospital, Quinnipiac University and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center — are talking about public-bathroom germs, if you catch my drift.

Yep, gross.

Many news reports stop there, but there’s a lot more to the story and less reason to freak out than you might think.

Researchers go on to say that the results don’t provide clear information on whether hand dryers give bacteria a cozy place to grow or simply blow already germy air around the room.

In fact, even though bacterial spores were found on bathroom surfaces, researchers can’t conclusively say that air hand dryers were responsible.

This isn’t the first time air dryers have been called out for being spore-spreading wind turbines of destruction.

A 1989 study suggested air dryers could contribute to airborne infections in hospitals,                      and subsequent studies support the idea that air hand dryers may be unsuitable in health-care environments.

Yet other research claims “drying hands with hot air dryers is not likely to generate airborne infection.”

In other words, no one knows for sure.

One thing’s for certain: Regular hand washing is a vital part of staying healthy.

If you don’t want to take a chance of getting a blast of bacteria blown in your face by an air dryer (and who can blame you), dry your hands on disposable paper towels, or just let them air dry on their own.

Worried about the environmental impact of throwing paper towels in the trash several times a day? Stock up on hand towels and keep some in your purse or backpack for quick and sanitary drying.

Whatever you do, just don’t walk around with dripping-wet hands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says doing so can transfer germs to other surfaces and people as easily as if you hadn’t washed your hands at all.

If you’re really skeeved by public bathroom hand-drying options, you can always fall back on hand sanitizer to clean your hands. Just make sure it contains at least 60% alcohol.

Until researchers can definitely say whether air hand dryers are wall-mounted germ cannons, try not to get too wrapped up in scary headlines that don’t tell the whole story.

Wash early, wash often and learn some useful alternatives to handshake greetings because a lot of people don’t bother to wash their hands at all.

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her favorite stay-healthy alternative greeting is waving at people from 50 feet away.

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Many of us are aware of Egypt and the great pyramids it houses. But is there more to Egypt than just these historical structures or is that all there is to see? A country with a population of over 90 million and a land area of over 390,000 square miles definitely has more to offer than just one attraction. Here are some of the attractions that people go to Egypt for that aren’t the Great Pyramids of Giza or the Sphinx.

Cairo

Take a private tour of the Alabaster Mosque. If you want to something a little different when you’re in Cairo, then think about having a guided tour of some of its other famous and impressive buildings. You can arrange to visit the Alabaster Mosque (the biggest mosque in Cairo), a tour guide will happily explain the fundamental beliefs of Islam along the way. When you’re done with the tour take a trip to the nearby Khan el Khalili bazaar and get bartering with the local merchants.

Sharm El Sheikh

This resort town offers a change of pace from the hustle and bustle of busy Cairo. Here you can relax and unwind on the beach for a while, but there is still plenty to keep you occupied during your stay. You can have a wander into the old town and get lost in the markets. Thanks to its beach location, there are many boat tours available, and you can take a glass-bottomed boat trip to glimpse the majestic coral and marine life underneath. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can embark on a desert experience, where you will ride into the Naama Desert on ATVs, before you hop onto the back of a camel for a slower ride through the sand. The tour is finished off with a traditional feast made on the campfire, and you’ll end the evening gazing up at the stars on a guided tour of the sky.

Dahab

Fall off the beaten path entirely and head to Dahab. Considered a treasured diving location, you can snorkel in the picturesque Blue Hole, which is teaming with marine life before heading over to the Three Pools and explore the huge coral reefs. If you’d prefer to explore on land, then you must head to the nearby Saint Catherine’s Monastery, the world’s oldest active Christian Monastery. Besides being the oldest monastery it also houses the world’s oldest functioning library, it possesses some of the oldest books in history, like the 4th-century script – the Syriac Sinaitic. There are many ancient works of Christian art inside the complex, and its collection is considered one of the best of early icons in the world.

Karnak

If you’re interested in the architecture from the ancient Egyptian era, then you should visit the temple of Karnak. Karnak is just beside the river Nile and is approximately 600 km south of Cairo. It is extremely well preserved and is huge. There are numerous locations on the site worth checking out including the hypostyle hall (that has over 100 pillars), the avenue of sphinxes, and the Sacred Lake.

Those were some of the best alternative locations Egypt has to offer its tourists. There is still plenty of historical landmarks to be seen and lots of customs and nature to take in too. Of course, if those don’t take your fancy, you can always go and see the pyramids.

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The 5 Best Challenge Runs to Try in ‘Dark Souls Remastered’

This won’t come as a shock to any Souls veteran, but Dark Souls Remastered gets easy after you put enough hours into it. The usual media narrative of “ha ha it’s so brutally hard” doesn’t ring true to those who’ve learned its systems. Enter the Dark Souls challenge runs.

Much like the original, Dark Souls Remastered is entirely breakable — in all the right ways. With some choice limitations, you can create some very interesting theorycrafting problems to solve. In Dark Souls, challenge runs are a great way to feel like you’re rediscovering the game all over again.


Drake Sword Balder Knight kill
No more Drake Sword making the early game easy

Some of the best challenge runs are no longer available if you haven’t already got the Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition on PC, because they come from mods. We even received an awesome mod just recently which gives you interesting debuffs for every boss you defeat. Check out LobosJr taking it on here.

That’s kind of a shame, but here are some great and interesting ways to make Dark Souls Remastered more challenging and fun for yourself. No mods necessary.

1. No Shield, Melee Only, No Summons

We’re starting basic. This is a challenge run that will teach you valuable skills for future challenge runs.

This run is great for learning how to properly roll. Since you can go through the main game with a heavy armour build, focused on blocking and poise, the lack of a shield here will force you to use Dark Souls Remastered‘s greatest gift: those invincibility frames on your roll.


Solaire hollow
But I'd feel naked without my shield!

And while it doesn’t explicitly force you to, it’s also a great time to learn how to parry. Certain enemies become vastly easier once you’ve overcome this hurdle. Havel becomes trivial, as do Silver Knights and Black Knights.

Going melee only without summons just makes sure you’re not going to cheese anything. Use your roll, Luke. Switch off your targeting computer and use your roll.

2. The Onebro Challenge Run

This is definitely one of our favourite challenge runs in Dark Souls, and we’ll probably be running it again in Dark Souls Remastered. The only rule here is you start as Pyromancer (the only level 1 class), and you can’t level up.

There’s no better challenge run to prove that Dark Souls Remastered is about skill. We’ve come across many who treat Dark Souls like a Final Fantasy game, thinking the answer to a tough fight is to go away and grind for a while. That won’t help you much in a Soulsborne.

Not only does beating the game as a level 1 require great technical play, each boss fight becomes its own theorycrafting challenge. You have to formulate a plan, crunch some numbers, and then execute that plan. That’s a true action RPG right there. This is a great new challenge for those who want to rediscover the game.


Laurentius of the Great Swamp pyromancy flame
Learn what you can from Laurentius to start with

A few tips, if we may.

We won’t tell you how to live your life, but accepted wisdom is the Reinforced Club is the best weapon to go with here. It suits your stats, you can modify it with elements, and it has some bonus bleed damage. If that’s not your cup o’ Estus, remember you can wield higher Strength weapons by two-handing them.

There are also two elements that don’t scale with stats: fire and lightning. Fire tends to do well against undead enemies (lucky there are a lot of those, eh?), while lightning does well against armoured enemies like Silver Knights or Smough.


Reinforced Club weapon
The Reinforced Club. Come for the stat requirements, stay for the bleed.

Pyromancy follows this rule as well. You don’t need special items to upgrade your pyromancy flame — just souls. You don’t need stats for Great Combustion to do great damage, either. But there are limited casts.

That means when you take on tanky bosses like Manus, even after all your Great Combustion and Black Flame casts, you’re still going to have to score some hits with your club. Good luck!

3. The One-Shot Boss Challenge

This is a super fun challenge popularised by Vageta, in which you have to earn the right to level up by defeating bosses in as few hits as possible. If you kill a boss in one hit, you get two points. If you kill a boss in two hits, you get one point. Each point allows you to level up one time.

Other than that, it’s fairly open-ended and you’re free to theorycraft to your heart’s content. You also get a point for one-shotting a miniboss, although the definition of a “miniboss” is a bit loose.

This one is a Dark Souls Remastered theorycrafting dream come true. There are so many interesting problems to solve, and you have to keep an eye on the endgame. You might have a great pyromancy strategy, but what happens when you go up against Quelaag, immune to fire?

There are obvious edge cases, such as Smough & Ornstein, in which you can’t win the whole fight with one shot. Vageta goes through the rules for these in the above video, but you’re free to tackle it in the way you think is fair and fun.

Without spoiling too much of the theorycrafting fun, there are some amazing quirks when spells and items are combined. Our favourite is the Red Tearstone Ring, which multiplies damage when you’re at extremely low health, and Power Within, a sizeable buff that constantly drains your health.


Plunging attack Taurus Demon
Vageta uses a plunging attack to kill the Taurus Demon in one hit

Using both of these (and others) combined, you only have a window of 20 seconds before you either heal, or Power Within kills you. Having so much depend on a few seconds makes the fight incredibly tense.

It’s just one interesting dynamic in this challenge run. And it’s worth all the work when you add those one-shot kills to your highlight reel.

4. The ‘Ooh Shiny!’ Challenge Run

Use what you see! If you see a shiny item, equip it. If you spot a chest with armour in it, put it on. Everything that enters your view in this run, you have to use.

Popularised by LobosJr, this run essentially requires you to put a lot of investment into Strength and Dexterity. You’re picking up weapons that won’t be upgraded the entire game, and relying on their base scaling attributes. It’s hard, and it’s a bit of silly fun at the same time.


Naked Dark Souls katana challenge run
LobosJr has to use every item he sees

An additional interesting element comes from knowing where items are and deliberately avoiding them. Keeping the camera pointed away from an item you know will screw you up is a funny way to play.

You can give yourself some concessions if you want, but the pure way to play this is, if it’s shiny, you equip it. Saw a sorcerer’s catalyst and don’t have any spells or Intelligence? Oopsie. Boss dropped a rare hammer that requires 50 Strength to use? Oh dear.

If you pick up something that completely screws you up, you have to go find another item to replace it with.

5. Honour Duels Challenge Run

Are you ready to play perfectly?

This run applies PvP etiquette to boss fights. Specifically, you can’t heal unless your opponent does. For the most part, that means no heals at all. But in the case of Smough or Ornstein coming back with full health, you’re allowed to as well.

While seemingly very hard at first, you may actually want to provide some additional limitations for this one. Mainly because it’s possible to do so much damage through sorcery and other means.


Ornstein Smough boss fight
Yeah, good luck with Ornstein & Smough.

Bonus: Create Your Own

Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from creating your own challenge. Everything above was started by Souls players just having a think about how they could make their favourite game more fun. After so many years, you have people doing level 1 runs of NG+7 with no rolling/blocking/parrying/sprinting.

If you’re at a loss for interesting runs, why not randomly generate one?

Once you open it up to NG+, a whole new slew of options become available. The Calamity Ring run is popular, which just doubles all of the damage you take. Cosplay runs are also fun, donning the gear of famous Lordran adventurers like Tarkus or Logan. Bonus points for playing in their style, as well.

We hope there’s enough there to get you thinking about how to play this amazing game in different, interesting ways. We’re not sure what the mod situation will be like post release for Dark Souls Remastered, but even in its original form, this is the game that keeps on giving.

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PARIS — The Viva Technology conference in Paris is shaping up for its biggest edition yet, with French President Emmanuel Macron set to meet with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and more than a dozen technology bosses in the run-up to the annual event.
Macron has promised to question Zuckerberg, who is also due to testify before members of the European Parliament on Tuesday, on issues like tax and data privacy.
The French government’s Tech for Good Summit is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, the day before Macron attends VivaTech, where he will be welcomed by Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of French luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, who is cohosting the event.
Arnault, France’s wealthiest man, has gathered a jury of industry heavy-hitters for the second edition of the LVMH Innovation Award, due to be handed out to one of the 30 preselected contestants who will present their ideas at the LVMH Luxury Lab during the third edition of the conference, set to run from Thursday to Saturday.
Joining Arnault, the jury’s chairman, will be Ginni Rometty, ceo of IBM; José Neves, founder and ceo of Farfetch; Richard Liu, founder, chairman and ceo of JD.com; Peggy Johnson, executive vice president

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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.

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10 Best Bets for $75 or Less – Lightweight Layers, Polarized Sunglasses, & More

Seventy Five bucks. That’s a lot of money. It’ll get you a couple pairs of Levi’s, a decent casual dinner out, or a couple months at your local gym. Ten picks follow, all for $ 75 or under, with some of them much, much less. Expect these round-ups on a monthly basis. Got a tip on something for under $ 75? Send those in to joe@dappered.com.

 

Bertucci DX3 Performance Field Watch – $ 49.99 FINAL

A lightweight, dependable, comfortable, beater field watch for your summertime adventures. 40mm case diameter and a 22mm band. Stainless steel caseback, but the rest of the case is a resin. Thus, the light in weight feel. 50m water resistance, so, probably don’t want to swim with it. Finanl sale. Sold via Massdrop. Estimated ship date is early June.

 

Saks Italian Made Merino Blend Socks – $ 6.49 – $ 12.99

We’re big fans of Nordstrom’s merino-blend socks on this site. But having another alternative is hardly a bad thing. Got an email (and pics above) from reader Ariel A., who loves the in-house, Saks 5th Ave. made in Italy merino blend socks. Big thanks to him for the tip. Here’s what he had to say: These socks from Saks off 5th are 65% merino wool, 32% Nylon, 3% spandex, and made in Italy to boot (no pun intended)! They run $ 14.99 (CAD) generally, but in store they had a buy two, get two free deal that placed them squarely at $ 7.50. I’m not sure yet how these compare to the legendary Nordstrom socks in terms of longevity, but the price and specs are right, and the comfort is there. Only solid colors are available online, but in store there are a number of patterns as well, such as the “Denim” patterned socks shown in the photos. NOTE: There were 2 sizes available in store, 1 size fits all and 10-13. I found the 10-13 fit my 9.5 foot better and snugger than the 1 size fits all, so people with smaller feet should keep this in mind.

 

Goodfellow & Co. Track Jacket – $ 20.99 ($ 29.99)

Track jackets can get spendy. Yet, if you workout, you know how convenient they can be. They’re the perfect layer pre-working out. Great for carrying your keys and wallet, and they can go in the same laundry load as your other workout gear (here’s a tip: use a little white vinegar to keep the stink at bay.) Two color options here from Target’s in house Goodfellow & Co. Brand. One reviewer said the zipper broke on his pretty quick, but, maybe he got a dud.

 

Deschutes “Twilight” Summer Ale (price varies) 

There are a ton of barely-beer, terribly sweet, summer seasonals out there. This is not one from that pile of awful. Instead, it’s refreshing, citrusy with none of that artificial nonsense, and at 5% abv and 162 calories / 12 oz, you can have more than one without having it go to your head (or your gut.) Reminds me a little bit of Haacker Pschorr without the stank.  I hate summer, but I always look forward to Twilight hitting the shelves.

 

Prive Revaux Polarized Sunglasses – $ 29.95

A new brand with some celebrity endorsers, these sunglasses are cheap, but not gas station garbage. Shown above is “The Commando,” their basic aviator. They’re lightweight. Don’t get me wrong, “substantial” is not a word I’d use to describe them. But they don’t feel rickety either. There are a tno of different styles to pick from, but, read those reviews. Seems like some of the designs with plastic ear pieces have structural flaws?

 

Oasis “Be Here” Now Deluxe Remastered – $ 11.99

The period of time that ran from post cold-war to pre 9/11 had this weird, numbed but manic feel. Everything was great yet nothing really meant anything. There was ease/relief (yay we won’t die in a nuclear war!) but also, if this was as good as it was gonna get, then what the hell was the point of it all anyway? Oasis balanced those two sides. They were the biggest band in the world, but boy did they not give a flying feck at the same time. This was the album just after “What’s The Story Morning Glory?”and Noel has said, time and again, that he hates it. I’d argue it’s a terrific summertime, windows down, stereo blaring in the car on a road trip album. There’s fast, there’s slow, and you can try to read into the lyrics as much as you’d like. But good luck. They seemed to be doing a lot of coke at the time.

 

JCF Slim-fit harbor cotton stripe sweater – $ 20.99 w/ SUNNY

A perfect summer layer, on clearance, and now an extra 40% off thanks to that SUNNY code. Cotton/nylon/merino wool blend is a bonus.

 

Banana Republic Core Temp Chinos – $ 58.80 when 40% off ($ 98)

Banana Republic’s latest shot at making an incredibly comfortable, incredibly flexible pair of pants just might be another home run. They feel like the direct mid-point between a pair of all cotton chinos, and an all poly tech pant. Fabric make up is 55% cotton, 39% polyester, and 6% spandex. LOTS of stretch, they’re wrinkle resistant, and they’re also quick drying. Full review coming, but if  you’re in the market for some new pants, and want something breathable and stretchy, keep an eye out for these to go on sale. Currently excluded, but with the long weekend retail blitz coming up, you gotta think they’ll get some kind of discount? Currently only available in the Aiden Slim option.

 

Bender Bound  Edgar Allen Poe Book/Hidden Flask – $ 29.95

Somewhere to keep your most favorite, top-shelf stuff, when that “friend” or relative comes over who has no shame and always reaches for the best you’ve got in the liquor cabinet. Never more! Big thanks to Brandon D. for the tip.

 

Gustin Made in the USA Ringer T-shirt 4 Pack – $ 60

How do you not love these things? Made in the USA of a tri-blend fabric that’s super soft. Retro without looking goofy. Hits the right balance between a close and easy-to-wear. Pre order, since it’s Gustin. They won’t ship until late July/early August. but you should get plenty of use out of them for years to come.

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In April, Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced that she’s leaving the FCC after a nine-year tenure. During her time, Clyburn forged a reputation as a fierce advocate for consumer rights, and in a final interview with Ars Technica on her way out, Clyburn took one last opportunity to make the case for a strong and effective regulator, even as the Republican-controlled FCC works hard to tear down net neutrality regulation and green-lights huge telecoms mergers.

As soon as she announced her resignation, politicians, colleagues, and industry groups rushed to praise Clyburn’s integrity and the legacy she leaves behind. “Mignon is a voice for the voiceless, always defending the most vulnerable in our society to ensure they are protected against the special interests,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said in a statement at the time. “Her commitment to defending net neutrality, protecting the Lifeline program, lowering prison phone rates, and so many other critical consumer-protection programs has benefited millions of American families.”

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Reality Check: The Cromarties Talk About Life With Blended Family Of 14 Kids

Just having one or two kids is fun, but having 3, 4, 5 and 6 is fun too!,” says Terricka Cromartie about the blended family life she shares with husband Antonio Cromartie.

The power-couple star on USA’s The Cromarties, which centers on their marital life, their five kids (Antonio has 14 kids in total), and Antonio’s transition into full-time dad after 11 years in the NFL.

During the first half of the season, Terricka loved having Antonio home to help raise their kids, but his OCD, intense competitiveness, and method of parenting the same way he would coach a football team sometimes proved to be too much.

In the back half of the season, which kicked off May 8, the Cromarties are back and offering viewers a glimpse into Antonio’s life after the NFL, which he describes as, “Being at home with the wife full-time and enjoying family life.”

Check out our Q&A with The Cromarties below.

Tell us how you manage the everyday challenges of being a mom while starring on a reality tv show?

Terricka: It’s kinda been a blessed experience for us. Our day-to-day continues normally as it did prior to the show. We struggle with time management with the kids and filming and making sure they have a normal lifestyle, ‘cause they still go to school full-time and participate in their activities while filming. So we try to keep the balance so they can experience the joys of being on this show while at the same time still being a kid. So that’s the biggest struggle but our team here has made it great because they understand the importance it is for us that our kids maintain a normal lifestyle.

Speaking of that, there’s so much talk about income inequality these days. Do you ever worry about how your family will come off to others who also have more than a couple of kids but whose lifestyles are not as privileged as yours?

Antonio: We (aren’t) really concerned about it because we grew up in the same way. I grew up in a single-parent home. Terricka grew up in a single parent home, so we understand that aspect of life. I don’t think we live a lavish life. We just live within our means of what we want and we can provide for our kids. Can we live a lavish lifestyle? That would be something that’s different but we chose not to. Our biggest thing is just to make sure that we give our kids something that we didn’t have. The important thing is a family with both parents in the household. Our biggest thing is to give our kids what we didn’t have growing up.

Terricka: We raise our children to be respectful and to be good students in school and we reward them for those things. We keep it balanced. We don’t buy just for the sake of buying. There are moments where we do spoil our kids when it’s deserving.

Have there been moments when you’ve asked producers that a segment be cut because it was too embarrassing?

Terricka: No, we haven’t experienced that. We have a really good team They work really well with the kids and they take time for us and the kids. We thank God that we haven’t had to experience anything that was too embarrassing. We do have a lot of fun and we laugh a lot on set. It’s just been a really enjoyable experience. They make it really easy for us.

Talk about the evolution of Antonio from NBA player to full-time father of 14 on a reality show?

Antonio: The transition from playing in the NFL for 11 years to now coming home is not having to get up. My body is always up at a certain time, so I could wake up at 6 o’clock in the morning and start cleaning the house because I don’t really have nothing else to do.

It’s my body getting used to the transition for 11 years — just finding a niche and something else to do. My biggest thing is just always trying to do something I love, from coaching to broadcasting. That’s something I’m leaning towards too but the family time is most important. I’m able to go on field trips and be a chaperone or pick my kids up on the first day of school. Those are some of the things I missed while playing for 11 years and now that I have that, it’s something that’s priceless to me.

What are three of your favorite or core parenting values that you live by?

Terricka: I don’t know that there’s any one thing but I think the biggest thing that I always tell anybody who asks me is to just really be patient with your kids and understand that a lot of things are age sensitive. You’re going to have days where your kids are gonna run you crazy but just enjoy those moments because pretty soon they’re not going to be that age anymore and you’re going to miss it. My biggest thing is just to enjoy it, whether it’s a crazy day or a good day, just enjoy it for what it is and sit back and learn how to laugh at the little things.

When you watch the show, does it reveal your strengths and weakness as a parent and how your parenting styles differ?

Antonio: The show has revealed that I’m too strict. I need to be laid back a little more and be able to talk to the kids and not always give them a “No.” I think the strength part of it is me having patience with the kids and try to understand them more. But I think my biggest weakness is not letting them be kids but treating them more so as adults, and that’s something that needs change within me. That’s what the show has revealed.

Terricka: My strengths that I didn’t even realize I had maybe came through other people’s comments in regards to me as a parent. Just how I teach my kids and how I allow them to develop. I encourage my kids to go over and above what somebody else would expect of a one-year-old. My expectations of them are a lot larger than what most people would expect. So I realize that I have the strength in that, as far as communicating with my kids and their daily development. I think my weakness is I’m very worrisome about my kids. I don’t know if that’s expressed on the show. I know I’ve experienced it with working on the set. I’m the worrisome mom. I’m always worried about the safety of my kids.

And parents want to know if you share some of the fears that they have for their children

Antonio: Everything going on in society is surrounded on racial and social injustice, so us being on the show, that’s part of the fear that comes into it because of what’s going on in Black America right now, and the injustices that’sgoing on throughout America. And it’s also just parenting, having the fear of not doing something the right away for your kids, or not teaching them certain things or how to do things. You don’t want to fail as a parent by not explaining to them or teaching them something as they go through life.

How do you work in romance, sexy time and reconnecting as a couple?

Terricka: We just sneak away… occasionally. We definitely plan date night and make time for us. Sometimes we do it during the day while the kids are at school.

What do you find most rewarding about starring on a reality TV series with your family?

Terricka: Just to be able to share our story. A lot of people had speculations about us and our household and how large it was and us having kids outside (the marriage) but they never really understood us as a whole.

I think people get a true glimpse inside our household and they can see that we’re extremely relatable. We’re not the parents that know everything but we’re young and we’re making good decisions with our kids and we have a blended family. We don’t really showcase blended families but other families who are blended, know that you can have a blended family, you can be different and it can work and you guys can be very successful with it. I’m glad we’ve been able to showcase that.

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As you probably know, I’m not an English native speaker but my dad’s from Brazil and my mom is from Germany where I grew up. So how can I tell you how to pronounce something in English?

Well, first of all, I made all of those mistakes but I had to learn consciously how things are pronounced and I realized there was no particular rule to it. If you’re a native speaker, you’re just used to things the way they are pronounced and you probably learned them from your parents and you never gave much thought to them and how they’re pronounced.

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Why Is It Important To Pronounce Words Correctly?

Well, people make assumptions about you and they judge you all the time. It starts with what you wear and your clothes, they send a signal and even though people might think they don’t judge subconsciously, they do.

The same is true when you open your mouth, it’s about the volume, what you say, but also how you pronounce it. Pronouncing words properly even as a foreigner will help you to get more respect and people will automatically think of you more highly.

 

Commonly Mispronounced Words

1. Pronunciation – /prəˌnənsēˈāSH(ə)n/

We say “I pronounce, you pronounce, or mispronouncing”, but it is pronunciation; there is no “noun” in that word.

2. Salmon – /ˈsamən/

There is an L but it’s silent so it’s not SaLman or SaLmon.

3. Niche – /niCH/

This word is French and it’s pronounced niCH. Most Americans still call it NITCH some even call it NISH and all three of them are correct according to Merriam-webster.

4. Mischievous –  /ˈmisCHivəs/

It’s not misHchievous, as you might think it sounds if you just read the word.

5. Kibosh – /ˈkīˌbäSH/

It’s not ke-bosch and it’s meant to put a stop or a check on something, like “Put the kibosh on that”.

6. Sherbet – /ˈSHərbət/

Some people say sure-bay because they think about sorbet or other similar things, they are sweet, they are desserts, but this one is different from sorbet.

7. Antarctic – /an(t)ˈärktik/

It’s pronounced the way it’s written with a T, it’s not An-artic.

8. Prestigious – /preˈstējəs,preˈstijəs/

It’s not prestEEgious or anything else.

9. Banal – /bəˈnäl,bəˈnal/

It means as much as boring or interesting and it’s not pronounced bay-nal.

10. Peremptory – /pəˈrem(p)t(ə)rē/

It’s not preemptory.

11. Realtor – /ˈrē(ə)ltər/

This can be a false friend for many foreigners because you see the O and think it’s called real-tor but it’s not.

12. Cache – /kaSH/

We deal with computers or any kind of memory, you’ve probably run into this word.

13. Epitome – /əˈpidəmē/

This means a person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type.

14. Espresso – /eˈspresˌō/

It’s pronounced the way it’s written; there’s no X in there, so it’s not eXpresso.

15. Etcetera – /et ˈsedərə/

It’s not exsetera. If you’re in Germany, you probably pronounce it, et cetera.

16. Affidavit – /ˌafəˈdāvit/

It’s not avi-david like the name.

17. Cavalry – /ˈkavəlrē/

It’s not caval-ry or shaval-re.

18. Dilate – /dīˈlāt,ˈdīˌlāt/

It’s not de-late or dial-late.

19. GIF – /jif/

If you are taking animated pictures with your phone, it’s called a jiff.

20. Albeit – /ôlˈbēit,alˈbēit/

Another word for although.

21. Coup – /ko͞o/

This one can be different for foreigners. It is read with a silent P.

22. Debris – /dəˈbrē,ˌdāˈbrē/

It’s a silent S.

 

 

CONCLUSION

If you’re ever unsure about how to pronounce a word properly, I suggest going to google, type in the word into the dictionary, and it usually gives you a little sound button so you can specifically listen to how it is pronounced. Some words in the English language can be very difficult. I’m personally a big fan of reading how it’s pronounced. Yes, it can help but actually listening to the way it’s pronounced is much better.

What are some English words you used to mispronounce?


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We loved your birthday party, sorry you’re not coming to ours

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Confession: attending kids’ birthday parties isn’t my favorite.

I’m not alone in this. They’re loud and noisy and chaotic and sometimes I get bored. I’d rather be home gardening.

But I know this isn’t about me, and the kids have a blast. They get out of the house, often doing something active like bouncing on trampolines or running inflatable obstacle courses or swimming. Also, big, fun parties like that almost always include the entire class, and give the kids more time to make memories with friends and celebrate their buddies’ special occasions. I’m willing to endure a little boredom and even a headache for that.

But we’re not reciprocating.

I have four children. Most of them were born within two weeks of each other, all in the fall when we’re trying to get settled back into school and starting up sports and music and ten million other things. The last kid birthday of the year is right before Christmas. If I tried to do big birthday bashes where I invited the entire class and rented a bouncy house place, I would be 1) completely broke and 2) completely insane.

Even if we’d had fewer kids, or spaced them farther apart during the year, I think we’d be low-key birthday people. I’d rather my kids have a smaller party with some close friends, and actually open and appreciate all their presents (and play with them!) than a large party where they get overwhelmed and exhausted and get more toys than they’ll ever need.

So our kids’ birthday parties consist of a little group of friends. We started inviting the same number of friends as you are years old in preschool, we’ve never gone past five, and we do something simple at home. A tea party, or an outdoor obstacle course using things in our own backyard. A homemade cake and some juice. The whole thing lasts maybe an hour and a half and then everyone goes home.

I think you have to hit one of two extremes with parties. You can either invite just one or two friends from school, as long as it’s done away from the classroom and no one makes a big deal of it, or you can invite the entire class. You can’t go in between. But I do still feel guilty sometimes that a lot of the parties we attend are for kids who won’t be coming to ours.

I’ve heard of some families who pick one year — say, the year your child turns 10 — and they have one giant, all-out bash that year and keep it simple the rest of the time. That seems doable to me. In our family, we celebrate twelfth birthdays with either my husband or me taking a trip on an airplane with the birthday kid. For a long time, I didn’t think we’d ever fly together as a family because of the cost, and I wanted each kid to travel in a plane before they were an adult.

I hope my kids grow up realizing that there are many different ways to celebrate. Different families have different traditions for birthdays and everything else and we can enjoy them all. We don’t have to do everything the same way, and I hope they can find as much joy in small parties as big ones.

What do you think? Is it okay to attend birthday parties and not reciprocate?

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The Obamas will produce a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features. These projects will be available to the 125 million member Netflix households in 190 countries.

“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” said President Obama. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix—we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”

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Still unclear is how much the couple will be paid and whether it will come close to their $ 65 million book deal. The exclusive content would be made available on the streaming platform to its more than 118 million global subscribers.

For Netflix, the Obamas’ deal is a part of a broader strategy to develop more original content as the streaming service competes with Apple, Amazon, and traditional broadcast networks. Late last month, Netflix announced it was going to spend as much as $ 8 billion on original shows this year alone. Not only does Netflix spend more money on non-sports content than any streaming provider, it also spends more than many traditional TV media companies.

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Esusu App Brings The Age-Old Method Of Susu Saving Into The Digital Era

Susu—the age-old means of saving and collecting money through a partnership or savings club—has long been practiced throughout Africa and the Caribbean. But Abbey Wemimo, a Nigerian-born entrepreneur, wants to bring that process into the 21st century through the Esusu app.

Although the name “Susu,” which means “to plan” derives from the Ghanaian Twi language, Wemimo’s mobile app lets you do more than that. On the Esusu app, users can invite their friends and family members to join in, contribute weekly, biweekly, even monthly depending on preference. It’s exactly like the traditional means of rotational savings, except its digitized, Wemimo said.

To use the platform, users will have to link their bank accounts to the app. Esusu will then automatically withdraw the specified contribution on a set date. Through a partnership with Evolve Bank & Trust, Esusu is able to hold the withdrawn money in a separate account until users need to cash out. In the case where a member of any group runs short of funds, Wemimo said Esusu will step in and pay the money on behalf of the individual with the expectation that the company will be reimbursed. While pairing random individuals together may help the company grow its user base, Wemimo said its current users have overwhelmingly rejected the idea of being paired with people they do not personally know.

For Wemimo, the idea behind Esusu comes from personal experience. Raised by a single mother, Wemimo attended one of the better public schools in Lagos, but he said he wouldn’t have been able to afford the tuition had his mother not participated in rotational savings. Now living in America, the 26-year old wants to help immigrants, students, and low-income families save.

Wemimo and his co-founder Samir Goel have also put in place some safeguards to protect its users. When the company gets new sign-ups, they run through a KYC database, which he said helps fend off fraudulent users from its platform. Esusu also doubles as a credit building platform. When users deposit their portion of the contributions, Esusu holds the cash in a different account and reports it to TransUnion and Equifax with the help of Evolve. Each payment is seen as fulfilling a loan obligation to the group. While most landlords don’t report rent payments to credit bureaus, even with the launch of the FICO 9 credit framework, Wemimo said if any of its users provide verifiable proof that the rent has indeed been paid, Esusu can verify with the landlord and report this information to the credit bureaus.

Founded in 2016, and currently with just over a thousand users, Esusu Financial has just raised a $ 250,000 friends and family round earlier in the year from a Palo Alto-based VC firm, and intends to raise their seed round in Q4, 2018.

Editor’s Note: This piece was updated on May 5, 2018.

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3 Spring Preparations Landlords Should Make

As the weather warms, the housing market starts to pick up and people begin looking for new properties to lease. This presents a great opportunity for landlords to capitalize on the transition from winter to spring and get ahead of both administrative and seasonal maintenance of their properties.

In this post, we’ll discuss three of the most common things a landlord may experience during spring, including new tenants, lease renewals, exterior property maintenance, and how to get ahead of any issues these changes might cause.

Influx of Tenants in the Market for Rentals

Although lease term periods can differ from property to property and from tenant to tenant, spring and summer are popular times for people to move to new properties or renew their leases.

During spring, landlords will need to prepare for an increase in rental applications, property viewings, and new leases.

You should also be aware that the housing market tends to get more competitive in spring, which means many landlords raise their rental prices. Be cautious when raising your rent, however, because you don’t want to have the rent price for your properties skyrocket over competitors’ properties in your area, potentially pushing prospective tenants to either rent elsewhere or abandon renting altogether for home buying.

To get ahead despite high competition, do some research to see what the market trends are like in your area to gauge what your competitors are charging for rent and then adjust your fees accordingly. It might also help you to emphasize your amenities as a way of out-performing your competitors.

Renewing Lease Terms

If you have tenants who are set to renew their leases this season, it’s a good time to review your Residential Lease to see if everything is working for both you and your tenants.

Many landlords have meetings with their tenants prior to their renewal (usually 30 days to 60 days) to discuss the tenants’ experience living in the rental unit.

Some potential lease term topics you can discuss with your tenants before renewal include:

  • Changes to the property. Your tenants might want to paint their living space or replace or add electrical fixtures like outlets, lights, and lamps.
  • Changes to responsibilities. Many landlords will adjust their rent prices in exchange for the tenants taking on more responsibility for maintaining the property. For example, if a landlord rents the top and bottom floors of a house to separate tenants, they might make one responsible for lawn care in exchange for reducing their rent price.
  • Pet fees. You might want to revisit how much you charge for pet fees (whether it’s too much or too little), especially in cases where damage from your tenants’ pets has required you to replace things on your property or make repairs.

It’s important to listen to feedback from your tenants, especially if they have issues living in your rental property. It’s likely they want this living arrangement to work just as much as you do, so do what you can to engage in that relationship and foster goodwill with your tenants.

Prepare for Repair Notices

Warmer temperatures make it easier to inspect properties. It’s also a time when your tenants might be spending more times outdoors, which means they will be more likely to notice maintenance issues outside (like potholes in the parking lot or leaky eavestroughs).

To prevent your tenants from bombarding you with repair notices, consider conducting an exterior inspection of the property.

Some things to keep an eye out for during an exterior inspection would be:

  • Roof deterioration, including loose, missing, or broken shingles or holes that could lead to leaks and water damage when it rains
  • Punctures or debris in rain gutters that might prevent melting snow or water from running off (and make sure the downspouts are leading water away from the house or apartment building’s foundation)
  • Damage to house siding, including split or missing panels
  • Cracks in the pavement or driveway, which can lead to further erosion of the asphalt and more fractures if exposed to water

Of course, it’s unlikely you’ll catch everything pre-emptively, so getting maintenance calls from tenants is unavoidable. Just ensure that you prioritize habitability issues first, and make sure to always communicate with your tenants. At the very least, it’s good to let your tenants know their issues were heard and to provide an assurance that you’re going to handle their repairs in a timely manner.

The Importance of Planning as a Landlord

To prepare yourself for the changes that tend to come with spring (whether it’s new tenants, renewed tenants, or increased maintenance), you should always have a game plan in place, such as scheduling inspections and check-ins with your tenants.

Overall, it’s always a good idea as a landlord to foster open communication with your tenants so that landlord-tenant relationship works in both your favors.

What do you do to get ahead of spring maintenance? Let us know in the comments!

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Josie Natori Receives Honorary Degree From Manhattanville College, Tells Graduates to Embrace Change

AFTER SCHOOL WITH JOSIE: As the keynote speaker at this year’s undergraduate commencement at her alma mater Manhattanville College, Josie Natori was in for a few surprises.
Saturday’s stormy weather in New York caused the commencement to be moved indoors to the campus’ chapel where Natori had graduated 50 years ago. That morning-of change of plans was something she only learned about upon her arrival and the new location made the occasion even more memorable. “For me, selfishly, it was very nostalgic,” she said Monday.
Another surprise was the honorary degree that Manhattanville bestowed on the founder and chief executive officer of The Natori Company. “Of course, I burst into tears,” she said. Her former dean Elizabeth McCormack, who became president of the school in 1966, was in the crowd, as were Natori’s husband Ken and her son Kenneth. In her remarks, the designer said, “Change is the only constant — and right now, it happens in the blink of an eye. Embrace change or be left behind.”
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You must love what you do. Because, if you don’t love it, you’re not going to succeed. 
Be open to all possibilities and listen to your inner feelings.
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Surfrider Foundation Sues Over Border Sewage

The Surfrider Foundation, represented by the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, today announced that it intends to file a citizen suit against the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) for repeated violations of the Clean Water Act, including violations of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit it holds in relation to its operation of the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant (SBIWTP). Surfrider Foundation sent the 60-day Notice of Intent to Sue letter today to address egregious violations of water quality regulations. The USIBWC’s mismanagement and inaction on transboundary contamination has resulted in beach closures, the reported human illness of  residents and Border Patrol agents, negative implications for local businesses and contamination of the Pacific Ocean.

 

Trans-boundary border sewage flows, unknown chemical pollutants and an increase in plastic debris travelling through the Tijuana River Valley have plagued South San Diego County for decades. This ongoing chemical contamination has resulted in illnesses, beach closures and impacts to the fiscal health of neighboring cities. The contamination also poses a threat to the health and safety of the California Border Patrol and the U.S. Navy which train in this area. For the last decade, the Surfrider Foundation has been an integral part of trying to identify solutions to continued contamination of the Tijuana River Valley by participating in the Minute 320 water quality working group, the Tijuana River Action Network, the IBWC Citizens Forum and the Tijuana River Valley Recovery Team, amongst others. Surfrider has also urged all levels of government to take action on this issue.

 

In February 2017, failures of the Mexican sewage infrastructure caused a massive contamination of sewage that polluted and closed beaches from Imperial Beach to Coronado. Millions of gallons of raw sewage spilled in the Tijuana River and ultimately the Pacific Ocean. This event affected hundreds of Imperial Beach and Coronado residents who have sadly been forced to live with contamination affecting their homes, neighborhoods, favorite beaches and open spaces. More than 450 days have passed since the spill and yet there have been no long term solutions proposed to remedy the problem on the United States of the border.

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Surfrider Foundation Sues Over Border Sewage – Imperial Beach

After the massive sewage spill in February 2017, Surfrider decided to take action and focus on solutions by implementing a water quality testing program called the Blue Water Task Force (BWTF). Thanks to a grant received from Las Patronas, Surfrider was able to purchase a water quality lab that is currently hosted at Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach where students are able to run weekly water quality tests at local beaches. The San Diego chapter is currently fundraising to purchase a second lab set to place at Coronado High School. The South Bay Clean Water Movement – No Border Sewage Campaign is ramping up efforts to protect clean water and healthy beaches by organizing an awareness campaign on the issue. For more information please visit give.surfridersd.org/cleanwaternow.

The USIBWC is a federal government agency with the mission of providing solutions regarding sanitation and water quality in the border region. The USIBWC has failed to achieve their mandate and has continually allowed flows of untreated raw sewage, chemical pollutants or plastic pollution to enter the Tijuana River Valley. The community has waited too long for solutions to this increasingly dangerous problem, and Surfrider is now suing to compel the USIBWC to act.

 

Surfrider will have the ability to file a complaint in federal district court for these Clean Water Act violations if they are not addressed in the 60 day notice period. A link the Notice of Intent to Sue letter can be found here:

http://publicfiles.surfrider.org/Legal/Surfrider_NoI_to_IBWC_5.15.18.pdf

 

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The 5 Rules of Style for On-Point Women’s Business Attire

Style is everything. It can be the difference between you having an immaculate or exceptionally crappy day. Black Enterprise caught up with Stylist & CEO of Immaculate Wardrobe, Sophia Hyacinthe, who has built an incredible women’s styling business with over 13 years of styling experience, working with women CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies, publishing industry powerhouses, and girl bosses all over New York City. Hyacinthe offers business attire styling tips to freshen up that drab everyday work outfit, especially if your job requires you to be suited or “work professional” day in and day out.

The 5 Rules of Chic Business Attire Style

Fit First

Put fit first as it is the foundation to any look. Pick shapes and lines that best flatter your body. Prominent shapes in tailored womenswear include: cropped skinny pants, wide leg culottes, fitted pencil skirts, and A-line midis. Once you’ve found your perfect shape, I always recommend visiting a tailor to have them make any adjustments to ensure that it is truly the perfect fit. It’s the little touches like raising or lowering a hemline and taking in the waist that really customizes and refines the look.

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Suiting Remixed

Classic suiting has been given a fresh spin with bold colors and sticking prints. Crayola-esque hues along with pastels are major this season. For a simpler approach, pair bright separates with muted tones and for a more fashion-forward look, go all out and sport the full bright look. Praiseworthy prints include vintage floral designs along with traditional menswear suiting prints. For a more tamed approach, pair printed pieces with cool neutrals or for a more daring look, mix contrasting prints. The key to mixing prints is pairing some that share similar color themes.

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Best Foot Forward

This is the area where you really get to express individual style, whether you’re an avid flat wearer, sneaker fiend, or strictly a stiletto girl, you get to really have fun in this department. Use your shoes to express your best self. Shoe trends worth stomping for include ’80s-style pumps, dad sneakers, along with solid white and bold colors.

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Brilliant Blouses

Maximize work staples with a rotation of fun blouses. Designers are taking it up a notch with exaggerated sleeves, intricate collars, and form-flattering wrap styles. With summer approaching, opt for these styles in lightweight linen fabrics.

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All About Accessories

Accessories add personal flair and serve to really elevate the look. Noteworthy accessories include waist belts that layer perfectly over blazers and dresses. Mixed metals, a silver watch, a gold bracelet, no problem. And lastly, carry your work files in style with this season’s patterned “it” bags.

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