Drake’s “KiKi” Has Been Revealed & It Appears She Loves Him And Is Definitely Riding

For weeks since Drake released Scorpion and the #InMyFeelingsChallenge took off, fans have been trying to figure out who KiKi could possibly be. An insider close to Drake has finally cracked the case, according to The Jasmine Brand.

The real KiKi is actually  K’yanna Barber, a 24-year-old woman from Oakland, California that Drake was dating.

Drake has a history of name dropping girls that he’s been romantically linked to in his songs so this isn’t far-fetched. The two were reportedly seeing each other back in 2016 but the relationship was short-lived.

It’s highly likely that K’yanna is also the KB sings about, as those are her initials.

Of course, she’s loving all of the attention. And if the question is if she’s riding, the answer is yes. Recently, she defended Drake after it was discovered that he had a child that the public didn’t know about.

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Grace Wardle and Frankie Foster have been axed from ‘Love Island’ – as two new Islanders entered the villa

OHMYGOSSIP — Grace Wardle and Frankie Foster have been axed from ‘Love Island’ – as two new Islanders entered the villa. The 25-year-old hairdresser and the 22-year-old student were dumped from the famous villa during Monday’s (09.07.18) episode of the ITV2 reality show, after they failed to secure the public’s vote for favourite girl and favourite boy currently on the show.

Islanders were sent a text message during the show telling them the public had been voting for their favourites, before revealing the bottom three girls as Megan, Ellie, and Grace, and the boys as Frankie, Charlie, and Josh.

Another text then revealed that Grace and Frankie had received the fewest votes, and would therefore be going home. But despite being prematurely dumped from the show, hairdresser Grace is “feeling positive” about her experience in the villa. When asked in her post-exit interview how she feels following her eviction, she said: “I’m feeling positive. I feel like I’ve had an amazing experience. I was overwhelmed to even make it into the main villa from Casa Amor so I feel privileged that I’ve had the best of both, that I experienced Casa Amor and that I experienced going into the main villa.”

The beauty was “shocked” at the news of the surprise dumping, but admits she wasn’t surprised to find herself in the bottom three. She added: “I think that we were all very shocked when the text came into the villa that there was going to be a dumping. I don’t think it was a shock that myself, Megan and Ellie were announced as being the public’s bottom three girls in the villa. I think people were more shocked that Frankie left and are more upset about that, for Samira’s sake. It is unfortunate that the first guy Samira gelled with in five weeks has gone.”

However, fans won’t have much time to mourn Grace and Frankie’s eviction, as it was also announced during Monday’s show that two new boys are on their way to the villa. Kieran Nicholls, a 26-year-old personal trainer, and Idris Virgo, a 25-year-old boxer, will join the remaining contestants this week, and are set to cause drama as both boys have their eye on Kaz, who is already coupled up with Josh.

Idris said: “I’ve got my eye on Kaz, Georgia and Samira. I know some of the girls are coupled up, like Kaz with Josh, so it would be a challenge with her but I’ll find a way of stealing Kaz because she is my type. I don’t mind stepping on people’s toes.”

Whilst Kieran added: “I’ve got my eye on Kaz in terms of looks and personality. She has her head screwed on and she knows where she wants to be and that’s a trait I look for. Megan is also pretty hot. Maybe she might meet someone like me who will tame her.”

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Again?! ‘Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta’ Star Tommie Lee Has Been Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’ fave Tommie Lee is in trouble with the law…again.

She’s was arrested for disorderly conduct.

via TMZ:

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Tommie was busted early Monday morning in Atlanta outside of the Royal Peacock club after a cop told her to get out of the roadway where he was directing traffic … and she allegedly ignored his instructions and got belligerent.

The tipping point … cops say Tommie struck a nearby valet working for the venue in the head, and that’s when officers made their move to detain her. We’re told the valet didn’t want to press charges, but cops arrested Tommie anyway and booked her for disorderly conduct while under the influence. 

It’s unclear what cops think she was on, but booze could spell big trouble — as in, jail time — for Tommie. Just 2 months ago a judge ordered her to wear an alcohol monitoring device, and stay out of trouble.

She’s definitely failed on at least one front.

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‘Sicario’ sequel would have been a lot better with Emily Blunt in it

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“Relationships Have Been Interesting For Me” Lakeith Stanfield Talks Adjusting To Fame And Wearing His Aunt’s Wigs

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The Brother of New York Giants’ Janoris Jenkins Has Been Charged with Manslaughter

(FAIR LAWN, N.J.) — The brother of New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins was arrested and charged Wednesday with manslaughter in the death of a 25-year-man whose body was found in the NFL player’s New Jersey home.

The Bergen County prosecutor’s office said Wednesday 34-year-old William H. Jenkins, of Fair Lawn, was charged with aggravated manslaughter in the death of Roosevelt Rene, whose body was discovered Tuesday.

Acting Prosecutor Dennis Calo said William Jenkins is in custody in the Ontario County Jail in New York state. The investigation is ongoing.

Janoris Jenkins’ home is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of MetLife Stadium. Property records show Janoris Jenkins has lived at the house the last two years, and on Wednesday the Bergen County prosecutor’s office listed William Jenkins as living at the same address.

According to New York state department of corrections records, William Jenkins was arrested on drug charges in 2006 and again in 2011. He was paroled from prison in July 2016.

Janoris Jenkins is entering his third season with the Giants. The 29-year-old signed a five-year, $ 62.5 million contract with the team in 2016 and had an outstanding first season when he was selected to be a starter in the 2017 Pro Bowl.

His second season did not go as well. The veteran was suspended for a game for violating team rules in late October and eventually had his season end in late November by an ankle injury that required surgery.

He has intercepted 16 passes in six seasons and scored nine touchdowns.

Jenkins played at Florida from 2008-10 before finishing his college career at North Alabama. He was drafted in the second round by the St. Louis Rams in 2012. He played four seasons with the Rams.

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Former NFL Player Kellen Winslow Jr. Has Been Arrested on Rape Charges

(ENCINITAS, Calif.) — Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. has been arrested on charges of rape and other sex crimes on the day he was to appear in court on an unrelated burglary charge.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports sheriff’s deputies arrested Winslow on Thursday at his home in the San Diego suburb of Encinitas.

The 34-year-old Winslow was charged with two counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping with intent to commit rape and single counts of forcible sodomy, oral copulation and indecent exposure. He’s free after posting $ 50,000 bail.

Defense attorney Brian Watkins declined to comment to the Union-Tribune.

Winslow was due to appear in court Thursday after being charged with burglary following an incident last month at a mobile home park. He now faces arraignment Friday.

The son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow, the younger Winslow spent 10 seasons in the NFL from 2004-13 with Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets. The former University of Miami star had 469 catches for 5,236 yards and 25 touchdowns in 105 games.

Once NFL’s highest-paid tight end, he was suspended in 2013 with the Jets for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. In November 2013, he was arrested after a woman told police she saw him masturbating in a parked car outside of a New Jersey department store. Winslow was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana, and the charge was dropped after he completed court-ordered terms.

Drafted No. 6 overall by Cleveland, he broke his right leg in his rookie season, then sustained a serious right knee injury in a motorcycle accident that offseason.

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The real reason Queen Elizabeth has been rocking sunglasses

20/20 vision never looked so good.

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We’ve always known Queen Elizabeth is one tough lady, whether she was greasing elbows as a mechanic and truck driver during World War 2 or taking up the mantle of Queen at a young age. Well, it turns out that she actually underwent a cataract operation recently – but you probably wouldn’t have noticed, since she bounced straight back to work afterwards.

It’s just been revealed that the Queen had a cataract treated at King Edward VII Hospital last month, amidst a busy schedule that included hosting the President of Turkey and his wife, throwing a garden party as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

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A royal spokesperson said, ‘I can confirm that the Queen successfully underwent a short planned procedure to treat a cataract last month.’

Cataracts are an eye condition where cloudy patches develop on your lens, impairing vision. The usual treatment is to have surgery and have your lens replaced with a fake one.

Instead of taking it easy post-surgery however, the Queen carried on with her demanding schedule and didn’t cancel a single engagement. However if you look at recent photographs, you’ll notice that she’s been wearing sunglasses in quite a few of them.

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We thought initially it might be a bold fashion statement on the Queen’s part (who can forget her Instagrammable loafers?), but now we think it’s probably because she needed to protect her healing eyes.

The Queen isn’t the first person to have cataracts in the family, as the condition tends to be passed down through generations. The Queen Mother also had cataracts and underwent surgery at the age of 95.

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Iconic fashion designer Kate Spade has been found dead aged 55

Our thoughts are with her friends and family.

It has been reported that Iconic fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her New York apartment on Tuesday morning,

According to law enforcement officials, the 55-year-old was found dead in an apparent suicide, discovered hanging by housekeeping staff inside her Park Avenue apartment, and reportedly leaving behind a note.

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The designer is best-known for her 1990s line of handbags, which she went on to transform into her iconic company, Kate Spade New York, boasting over 400 stores all over the world.

Kate sold her iconic company in 2007, launching a new fashion brand, Frances Valentine, in 2016.

Kate Spade leaves behind her husband Andy Spade and her daughter Frances Beatrix Spade.

Our thoughts are with her friends and family.

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170,000 birth control packs have been recalled: Here’s what you need to know

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Women who use the birth control pill Taytulla should check their blister packs ASAP.

That’s because 170,000 physician sample packs have been recalled due to a potential mistake in packaging, CBS News reported. Allergan — the maker of Taytulla — issued a nationwide recall earlier this week after becoming aware of physician sample packs with misplaced capsules that could result in unintended pregnancies.

A physician report revealed that four placebo capsules were placed out of order in a sample pack of Taytulla. The packs should have 24 pink capsules with hormones followed by four non-hormone maroon capsules, CNN reported. However, a faulty pack had the four maroon placebos at the beginning of the treatment.

Here’s what a recalled pack looks like:

And here’s what it should look like:

“As a result of this packaging error, oral contraceptive capsules, that are taken out of sequence, may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy,”Allergan said in a news release. “The reversing of the order may not be apparent to either new users or previous users of the product, increasing the likelihood of taking the capsules out of order.”

So yeah. This is kind of a big deal — considering most women are probably taking Taytulla to specifically prevent pregnancy.

Allergan will be notifying customers via a recall letter. The drug maker is also arranging for the return of all sample pack products marked Lot #5620706 Exp. May 2019, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. If you have a sample pack with the recalled lot number, you should contact your physician to arrange a return.

In the meantime, consumers with questions about the recall can contact Allergan at 800-678-1605 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

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CBRE Group CEO: In my whole career, ‘we’ve never been this deep into an expansion and had so little vacancy’

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200 million eggs have been recalled for salmonella risk: Are yours included?

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A massive egg recall should prompt parents and caregivers to check their refrigerators ASAP.

Out of an abundance of caution, Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana, has voluntarily recalled 206,749,248 eggs. The reason? The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reported the eggs could potentially be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young kids, those with weakened immune systems, the frail, and the elderly.

Even if you’re not in a high-risk category, it’s wise to stay away from these eggs. That’s because healthy people who are infected with salmonella can still have some pretty terrible symptoms, including fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

For the record, this egg recall is the largest in the U.S. since 2010, Food Safety News reported. And people continue to be affected by contaminated eggs more than a month after the initial recall.

Initially, the FDA indicated in April that 22 illnesses had been reported. However, that count is currently up to 35, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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According to the FDA, affected eggs were distributed from the farm in Hyde County, North Carolina and, according to the FDA, have reached consumers in the following states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. They were sold under a variety of  brand names, including Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Coburn Farms, Sunshine Farms, Glenview, and Great Value.

Eggs included in this recall have plant number P-1065 with the Julian date range of 011 through date of 102 printed on one of the sides on your carton or package. To confirm if your eggs are included in this recall, check this chart from the FDA.

“We apologize to anyone who may have been sickened or who has a family member or friend who may have taken ill because of our eggs,” Rose Acre Farms told The Washington Post. Meanwhile, we have already implemented numerous remedial actions and have not only corrected deficiencies at the farm, but we’ve also taken other steps to ensure the farm meets or exceeds the standards by the FDA and USDA.”

If you have eggs included in this recall, the FDA urges you to immediately discontinue use and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For questions, contact Rose Acre Farms at 855-215-5730 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (EST)

For more on eggs and pregnancy, see our article Is it safe to eat eggs when I’m pregnant?

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A bank under federal investigation unitl last year played a role in two recent real-estate transactions involving Jared Kushner’s family company, ProPublica reports.
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Cable prices have been too damn high for nearly 20 years

Cable TV is undeniably expensive. With the average bundle sitting around $ 105, it costs substantially more than a cell plan and some people’s electricity. But it hasn’t always been this way: According to a new report from Kagan, prices have increased by 74 percent since 2000, even when accounting for inflation. Over the same period…
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Southwest Has Been Faced With Fines, Union Safety Complaints

National Transportation Safety Board investigator examines damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane.

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines runs its planes hard. They make many short hops and more trips per day than other U.S. airliners, which adds to wear and tear on parts, including the engines.

As the investigation into last week’s deadly engine failure continues, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly could face questions about whether the company’s low-cost business model — which puts its planes through frequent takeoffs and landings — is putting passengers at risk.

Some aviation safety experts said they see no reason for alarm. And, in fact, Southwest’s safety record is enviable: Until last week, no passenger had died in an accident during its 47-year history.

Still, the Dallas-based airline has paid millions over the past decade to settle safety violations, including fines for flying planes that didn’t have required repairs. Twice in the past nine years, holes have torn open in the roofs of Southwest planes in flight.

In another episode in 2016, an engine on a Southwest jet blew apart over Florida because of metal fatigue, or wear and tear, hurling debris that struck the fuselage and tail. No one was hurt.

Then, last week, one of the engines on Southwest Flight 1380 blew apart at 32,000 feet over Pennsylvania, spraying the Boeing 737 with shrapnel and killing 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan, a mother of two who was blown partway out a broken window. The National Transportation Safety Board said a fan blade that had snapped off the engine was showing signs of metal fatigue.

The union representing Southwest mechanics recently accused the company of pressuring maintenance workers to cut corners to keep planes flying. And the Federal Aviation Administration investigated union whistleblower complaints and found mistrust of management so serious that it could hurt safety.

In one case, investigators said a worker who should have been praised for finding corrosion on a plane in Dallas was chastised for working beyond the scope of the task he had been assigned. The leader of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, Bret Oestreich, said Southwest had created a culture of hostility and retaliation.

Nevertheless, aviation safety experts and longtime industry watchers said they do not consider Southwest unsafe.

“They have had a lot” of incidents, said John Goglia, a former NTSB member, “but you have to remember that they have a very large fleet” — more than 700 Boeing 737s, the largest 737 fleet in the world.

Before last week, if Goglia thought about airlines that might have safety questions, Southwest wasn’t even on the radar, he said.

Southwest’s short, frequent flights put more stress on the plane and engines, like a car used heavily in stop-and-go city traffic, said Alan Diehl, an aviation-safety consultant and former NTSB and Air Force accident investigator.

Diehl said, however, that Southwest’s crews are accustomed to the quicker pace and that their work is made easier because Southwest flies only Boeing 737s instead of an assortment of planes.

Southwest jets make on average 5.3 flights per day compared with between 2.8 and 3.4 per day at American Airlines, Delta and United, according to an analysis by industry newsletter Airline Weekly using information from airline data provider Diio.

Southwest flies frequently on short routes such as Los Angeles to San Francisco and Dallas to Houston. Its average flight is 764 miles, the shortest among U.S. airlines and barely half as long as the average at American and Delta, according to the Airline Weekly analysis. Each takeoff and landing contributes to wear and tear on the aircraft.

“It’s amazing how safe Southwest has been over the years, considering the operational difficulty of what they do,” said Seth Kaplan, managing partner of Airline Weekly. Like others interviewed for this story, Kaplan said he is not afraid to fly Southwest — he and his family are booked on a flight next week.

Although last week’s accident was Southwest’s first passenger fatality, it was not the first time someone was killed by one of its planes. In 2005, a Southwest jet skidded off a runway and through a fence at Chicago’s Midway Airport, striking a car and killing a 6-year-old boy.

Southwest, the nation’s fourth-biggest airline by passenger traffic but the largest in terms of U.S.-only flights, has paid millions in fines after enforcement actions by the FAA.

The biggest FAA fine against Southwest was $ 7.5 million in 2009. The FAA said Southwest kept 46 planes flying even though they had skipped critical inspections of the fuselage for metal fatigue.

Five years later, the FAA proposed a $ 12 million fine over 44 planes that had undergone improper fuselage repairs while at a contractor hired by Southwest. The airline settled a lawsuit by agreeing to pay $ 2.8 million.

The 2016 engine failure over Florida highlighted the need for closer inspection of engine blades. Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said that after engine maker CFM International recommended more inspections last year, Southwest had inspected all fan blades covered by the recommendation before last week’s accident.

King said the airline will meet a new CFM recommendation to inspect all older fan blades by the end of August. She said the airline is also inspecting all newer fan blades, a move not yet required by the FAA.

Southwest’s CEO has said many times before and since last week’s engine failure that safety is paramount at the airline.

Rather than hide from bad news, Kelly spoke to reporters just hours after the accident and promised to “do all we can” to help Riordan’s family.

“His emotion was very real. It was palpable,” said Henry Harteveldt, a travel-industry analyst. “Mr. Kelly has done a very good job in communicating this to the public and leading the airline.”

The day after the accident, Southwest sent letters from Kelly to passengers on Flight 1380, saying that the airline would give them each $ 5,000 “to cover any of your immediate financial needs” and a $ 1,000 travel voucher.

Harteveldt said Southwest clearly hoped the letters might discourage lawsuits, “but I thought it was a noble gesture.”

Associated Press writers Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher in Detroit contributed to this report.

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I’ve Been a Stylist for 10 Years, and I Wish I Had Known This When I Started

When she’s not working with big names like Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Hudson, and Hilary Swank, celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger also divulges her fashion expertise in our Ask a Stylist column and fulfills her duties as the official Armi Captain at luxury rental and styling platform Armarium. From the best places to source vintage to the secret to finding your most flattering jeans, come back each week for a professional’s perspective.

Whether you work in fashion or not, when you hear that I work as a stylist, your first thought is most likely that my job is extremely glamorous. Although many parts of my job are glamorous, many things that I do on a daily basis are far from what you see on Instagram. Today, I’m sharing what I wish I’d known when I started as a stylist and some important things to learn in order to be successful.

Something that I’d like to share right away is I am extremely thankful and love the career I’ve created for myself very much. That said, today I’m highlighting the aspects that aren’t typically unveiled on social media. For example, I spend 80% of my time at FedEx preparing packages to send to my clients. What no one really talks about are the dull parts of being a stylist like packing and unpacking boxes and scheduling messengers. In my line of work, it’s all about learning to be organized because so much of your success is based on organization and client satisfaction.

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The Queen has been ‘hit hard’ by the death of her last remaining corgi

‘It really does feel like the end of an era’

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The Queen is often associated with her love of Pembroke Welsh corgis, supposedly owning over 30 dogs of that breed during her reign – breeding her own, descending from her childhood pet, Dookie.

News emerged this week however that Queen Elizabeth‘s last remaining corgi, Willow, had been put down at the age of 14, something that is said to have hit the Queen ‘extremely hard’.

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Queen Elizabeth’s father, George VI, is said to have been the one to bring corgis into the royal family, now considered a staple, with Elizabeth II breeding over 30 since 1945. In recent years however, the monarch decided to stop breeding her dogs, for fear that they would outlive her – something she did not wish on her beloved pets. Willow was the Queen’s last corgi, whose death has had more of an effect than most.

‘[The Queen] has mourned every one of her corgis over the years, but she has been more upset about Willow’s death than any of them,’ a Buckingham Palace source reportedly told the Daily Mail.

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‘It is probably because Willow was the last link to her parents and a pastime that goes back to her own childhood. It really does feel like the end of an era. Willow represents a significant thread running through the Queen’s life from her teenage years to her 90s.’

The source continued: ‘For many, many years she bred and raised corgis and to think that the last one has now gone is something of a milestone.’

Of all of the Queen’s corgis, Willow was also one of the most known, appearing with another corgi Holly in the James Bond sketch for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

While Holly and Willow are normal monikers, the Queen’s corgi names have been fairly questionable over the years, with some of her beloved former dogs bearing the names, Candy, Sugar, Foxy, Bushy, Honey, Whisky, Sherry and Bisto Oxo.

The Queen walking one of her corgis in the grounds of Windsor

The Queen is said to have decided to put Willow down so as not to let her suffer but according to the source, ‘that doesn’t make her loss any less.’

Willow is said to be buried in the grounds of Windsor Castle, with a headstone that is expected to read, ‘A faithful companion of the Queen’.

Our thoughts are with the Queen.

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A California Water Polo Coach Has Been Charged With Molesting Seven Underage Athletes

(LOS ANGELES) — A coach who ran a club affiliated with USA Water Polo has been charged with the sexual abuse of seven underage female players during one-on-one coaching sessions, prosecutors said Wednesday, the latest instance of mentors of young athletes being accused of misconduct.

Bahram Hojreh, 42, pleaded not guilty to charges including sexual battery, lewd acts upon a child, and sexual penetration by foreign object of a minor, according to a filing this week in Orange County Superior Court.

His attorney, Ricardo Nicol, told The Associated Press that Hojreh never had a blemish on his record after working with hundreds of children over two decades.

The victims were underage female water polo players and the alleged crimes occurred between 2014 and January of this year, the Orange County district attorney’s office said. Four of the girls were 15 or younger, prosecutors said.

At least two players reported the assaults to their parents, who contacted authorities, prosecutors said. Hojreh is accused of touching the girls’ breasts and genitals, penetrating them with his fingers and coercing them to touch his genitals, officials said.

Authorities were searching for additional possible victims.

The International Water Polo Club was removed from using the pool at a joint military base in Los Alamitos after police informed base officials in January that they were investigating allegations involving “sexual misconduct” against Hojreh, said Col. Richard Lalor, a spokesman for the base.

Hojreh touts himself as a coach for nearly a quarter-century who has “helped develop multiple Olympians.” Until January he served on the board of directors for the local Southern California chapter of USA Water Polo, the governing body for water polo in the United States.

Hojreh was suspended from the regional board and had his membership in the national organization revoked as soon as the allegations against him came to light at the beginning of the year, said Christopher Ramsey, the CEO of USA Water Polo.

“USA Water Polo has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct,” Ramsey said in a statement Wednesday.

Molestation scandals involving young victims have recently rocked USA Swimming and USA Gymnastics. Larry Nassar, a doctor for the gymnastics national team, was sentenced in January after pleading guilty to the sexual assault of minors.

In February, the Southern California News Group found that USA Swimming repeatedly balked at overhauling a culture in which “the sexual abuse of underage swimmers by their coaches and others in positions of power within the sport was commonplace and even accepted by top officials and coaches,” resulting in hundreds of young victims.

Hojreh appeared Wednesday in Superior Court and was released on $ 250,000 bond. He was ordered to appear for a pretrial hearing on June 14, the district attorney’s office said.

He was a water polo coach at University High School in Irvine, but his employment ended in March 2017, said Annie Brown, a spokeswoman for the Irvine Unified School District.

Citing confidentiality laws, Brown declined to provide additional information about the circumstances surrounding Hojreh’s employment, but said there were no reports to school officials of sexual misconduct involving the coach.

Hojreh had also coached at Kennedy High School in Anaheim, but district officials declined to provide any information about his employment. Hojreh’s name was removed from the school’s website after the AP inquired about his employment status.

The International Water Polo Club was registered as a nonprofit organization, but did not register with the California attorney general’s office. After inquiries from The Associated Press, the attorney general’s office sent a letter to Hojreh warning him that his organization was “both unregistered and, consequentially, delinquent for past filings.”

Hojreh, who graduated from the University of California, Irvine, was a member of the Men’s NCAA Division 1 water polo team from 1994 to 1998.

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Buckingham Palace has announced that Prince Philip has been admitted to hospital

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The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to hospital today, with the royal family releasing a statement to break the news, explaining that the 96-year-old royal was undergoing surgery on Wednesday.

‘His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, for planned surgery on his hip which will take place tomorrow,’ read a statement from Buckingham Palace. ‘Further updates will be issued when appropriate.’

The news comes amid public fears for the Duke of Edinburgh’s health, prompted by his absence at the Easter service at Windsor, with the Queen attending without her husband, accompanied by some of her grandchildren instead.

Those in attendance included the Princess Royal and Prince Andrew, as well as Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, Zara Tindall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly spending the weekend together alone.

With just over a month until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, with the fast-approaching nuptials taking place at Windsor Castle on May 19th, the Duke of Edinburgh has plenty of incentive for a speedy recovery – and everyone is hoping that the 96-year-old will be in good health for the festivities.

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Order Panera Bread Online? Your Personal Info Might Have Been Stolen


If only there were a way to stop data leaks. A solution as simple as ordering online… wait, that’s what got us in trouble in the first place.

The geniuses over at Panera Bread managed to leak millions of customer records for the past eight months at least, according to a KrebsOnSecurity report.

The cybersecurity blog claims anyone who signed up for an online account had their personal information — names, email, addresses, birthdays and the last four digits of their card numbers — revealed in plain text on the Panera Bread website.

Apparently, Panera knew about the leak back in August 2017 but dismissed it as a scam. Oy vey.

Panera Bread Stopped the Leak… For Now

Panera took its website offline briefly yesterday to fix the leak, and when it came back up, customer’s personal information was no longer accessible.

After things started to get a little crispy, Panera Bread said that fewer than 10,000 consumers were affected — while KrebsOnSecurity said it’s more like 37 million.

Panera Bread said it will continue investigating the issue and claims no payment card information had been retrieved from the leak.

What to Do if You Have an Online Panera Bread Account

If you have a loyalty card number, be on watch, because those were apparently exposed in the Panera Bread data leak, too.

Scammers could use any prepaid values or points before you even notice. (Maybe you should go cash those in today.)

Always be mindful of sharing personal information, even if it’s with a “trusted” company, because, well, this.

Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot else to be done right now other than monitoring your credit and bank statements for any suspicious activity.

It doesn’t look like the breadmaker’s blunder will go stale anytime soon, so stay tuned.

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Mmmm, bread.

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This Year’s March Madness Has Been the Maddest in History. We Have the Numbers to Prove It

I have seen the best brackets of my generation destroyed by madness.

The 2018 March Madness tournament is more than worthy of the name. Of the 60 games played so far, 20 have been won by the lower-seeded team. By the Sweet Sixteen, two 1-seeded teams were out of the running: Xavier, which lost to 9-seeded Florida St. in the second round, and the University of Virginia, which became the first-ever top-seeded team to fall to a 16-seed in the first game. Meanwhile, an 11-seed, Loyola-Chicago, won in the Elite Eight to reach the Final Four for only the fourth time.

This is not mere anarchy. It is complete lunacy. By TIME’s calculations, there has never been a wilder Men’s College Basketball tournament since March Madness expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

To determine this, we quantified “madness” by looking at the historical fates of all 2,176 teams that have entered the tournament in the modern era, and awarded a certain number of “luna”—the self-declared metric unit of madness—based on how uncommon each outcome has been over the past 34 years. The following table ranks each year by madness. Keep scrolling to see how we did it.

Here’s how it works: For each of the first four rounds, including 2018, we tallied how many times each seed has advanced. For example, a 1-seed has survived to the second round 135 of 136 times, appeared in the Sweet Sixteen 116 times, the Elite Eight 94 times, and the Final Four 56 times. Those figures drop precipitously for lower-seeded teams.

While it might seem reasonable to measure madness simply by the number of upsets, weighted to the differential in seeds, not all upsets are created equal. A 12-seed defeating a 5-seed in the first round might seem like shock, but anyone who regularly follows the tournament knows that this happens all the time—47 times in 136 contests, to be exact. (The number of historical matchups is four times the number of years since there are four “regions” of 16 seeds each.) Meanwhile, a 15-seed has unseated a 2-seed only eight times.

Madness, in fact, is not simply a tally of lower-seeded teams beating better-regarded opponents. It is a factor of how unusual and unexpected the outcome is overall. Using the historical data, one can precisely measure how unlikely every outcome is, from highly common to extraordinarily rare.

To pin this down to an aggregate level of madness for each year, TIME considered every matchup in which the seed of the winning team has won that round fewer than 25 times since 1985. That threshold of 25 was determined through repeated trial-and-error to extract only the outcomes that were genuinely uncommon.

To calculate the number of luna for each historic upset, we looked at the number of times fewer than 25 that it has ever occurred—so, 11 if it has happened 14 times, and so forth—and then squared that figure, since very, very rare outcomes deserve considerably more weight than those that are slightly more likely. Again, this strategy was born of repeated iterations on the model with results tested on college basketball impresarios.

For example, when Loyola-Chicago defeated Nevada in the Sweet Sixteen this year, it became only the eighth 11-seed to advance to the Elite Eight, garnering 289 luna – that’s (25 – 8)^2.

Applying this logic to the first four rounds of every year’s tournament (so that it was possible to compare the current tournament’s results so far to every past year), 2018 has the highest madness in history with 2,935 luna. The 2013 tournament, which had a crowded lineup of low-seeded victories, came in a close second with a score of 2,928.

Curiously, for all the attendant griping after the NCAA Selection Committee releases its roster of 64 teams from seeds 1 to 16 in the four regions, the historical data indicates that the seeds are highly predictive of the outcome, particularly early in the tournament. In the first round, for example, the higher-seeded team has always won a majority of time proportionally to how big a difference there is between its seed and its opponent’s seed. The only exception is the four annual matchups between 8 and 9 seeds, which are split evenly with 68 victories apiece since 1985.

The TIME formula for madness, however, is largely seed-agnostic. While it uses the winning team’s seed to calculate the historical frequency that this seed advances to each round, the value of the seed itself does not enter the calculation. It just so happens that the seeds enter the picture organically, since the lower a team’s seed, the less common it is for that team to win.

To be sure, there are infinite ways to quantify madness. We feel good about this one, which was not doctored so as to produce a result that made for the best headline. And for what it’s worth, the calculations were conducted in a state absent any personal basketball-related madness, even though this reporter attended the University of Virginia. After all, it’s almost time for baseball.

Methodology

Historical results were manually compiled from a variety of sources to ensure accuracy. To ensure the most apt comparison, all calculations of previous years were conducted with the same historical data from 1985 to 2018, even though those results are retroactive to previous years. (Otherwise, the 1985 tournament would achieve the maximum possible number of luna, since, as of that time, none of the outcomes had every happened before.) These figures will be updated with the results of the Final Four and Championship games as the 2018 tournament reaches its completion.

For those keeping score at home, here’s the formal definition of madness:

Have a better idea for how to calculate madness? Let us know, and we’d be happy to run the numbers, so long as it uses the same core set of historical data. (Sorry. We lack the bandwidth to factor in the color of each team’s jerseys.)

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It’s that time of year again — the day Jesus rose from the dead after being crucified on the cross.

And if you’ve gotten this far and still don’t know what I’m talking about, this article’s for you.

Or at least the people who haven’t been to church in a while.



No matter you’re religious background (or lack thereof), at some point, you might find yourself at church on Easter — the holiday that celebrates Jesus’ final miracle.

And there’s a certain number of tips that might be helpful, especially if you’re going to a church that’s, shall we say, more melanated.



Whether this is your first time to the house of God or you’re stopping by for a visit, swipe through for some pointers that could get your Sunday on and poppin’!

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UPDATE: Banksy’s New NYC Rat Piece Has Been Removed

UPDATE: Banksy’s rat piece within a clock on the corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue has been removed as of earlier today. It’s unclear whether the building’s owner had anything to do with it and unknown whether it will be sold, donated, etc. Take a look at some Instagram accounts that captured it below.

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A new work from Bansky is gathering attention in New York City. As designboom notes, the acclaimed artist’s latest piece is a rat entrenched in a literal race for time. Adorning a clock at 14th Street and Sixth Avenue, the 101 West 14th Street piece is located in an area known for being one of the busiest spots in Manhattan.

Social media users have reacted swiftly to Bansky’s latest, generating a flood of speculation. From Stephen Hawking tributes to political sentiments, the reactions run the gamut. Per usual, there’s plenty of interpretations and an essay’s worth of commentary attached to the work.

You can check out Bansky’s New York City rat piece below.

A couple months ago, some of Bansky’s works went on display at a new exhibit in Singapore.

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Every March Madness Bracket Has Officially Been Busted

Sorry about your bracket.

After a series of major upsets in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament, not a single March Madness bracket remains un-busted. The final dagger in the heart of the hopeful was the 16th-seeded University of Maryland-Baltimore County’s (UMBC) shocking win over The University of Virginia on Friday.

The NCAA announced Sunday that the UMBC win killed the 25 remaining perfect brackets filed online to a variety of platforms. Millions of brackets were submitted online to services such as Walt Disney, ESPN and Bleacher Report at the start of the tournament, and of the 25 left, all had earmarked Virginia as winners in their UMBC game.

Virginia was a favorite among the 68 March Madness teams this year. The team’s loss to UMBC marked the first time a 1-seed has lost to a 16-seed in the opening round, ESPN reports.

The UMBC upset also ruled out any overall winner for this year’s Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway contest, which offers $ 1 million-a-year for life (and $ 2 million should home-state teams Creighton or Nebraska win, MarketWatch reports) for any of Buffet’s employees who correctly predicts all the winners for the first two rounds during March Madness. The competition was launched in 2014 and was originally open to the public.

Sunday also saw further upsets, as the University of North Carolina, the defending champions, failed to make it to the Sweet 16.

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The Fantastic Beasts 2 teaser trailer has officially been released

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When the final instalment of the Harry Potter series left our screens, we felt our childhood coming to an end. Every millennial can testify, it was gutting.

Luckily for well, everyone, a new spin off series came about – with Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them filling that HP-shaped hole in our hearts.

Following the huge success of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, grossing over £648 million in the box office, it was hardly surprising when they announced that it was being developed into a five-part series, with the sequel expected to hit cinemas in November 2018.

Its name? Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

The film will see its old cast reunite with JK Rowling writing the script, David Yates returning to direct and of course Eddie Redmayne reprising his role as Newt Scamander. But from Johnny Depp to Zoë Kravitz, there will be plenty of new faces, with the casting of Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore gaining the most publicity.

How will he fare? We can see for ourselves, with the first ever teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald landing today.

Yes, Albus Dumbledore and Newt Scamander are teaming up to take on Grindelwald – and it doesn’t get much better than that.

‘All good jobs have an element of fear in them because you want to do well,’ Jude Law explained to the BBC about stepping into Dumbledore’s iconic cloak. ‘You want to please people and you want to please yourself.’

November can’t come soon enough.

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Malala Yousafzai Admits She Was ‘Nervous’ to Attend Oxford, But She’s Been ‘Welcomed as a Friend’

Malala Yousafzai, the inspiring young woman who won the Nobel Peace Prize at 17 years old for championing girls’ education, is diving into her own at the University of Oxford.

Yousafzai, now 20, met with David Letterman and gave him a personal tour of her new university for his new Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, premiering Friday. She says it was an “amazing experience” to show the seasoned host the “beautiful gardens” at the school as she opened up to him about her story.

“David Letterman has that magic … I felt really comfortable talking to him and he gives you that friendly environment that you can share your thoughts,” she tells PEOPLE. “You can share your ideas from your heart. That’s how I felt.”

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Yousafzai began her undergraduate studies in philosophy politics and economics last October, and revealed the news in a moving Twitter post, writing, “5 years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls’ education. Today, I attend my first lectures at Oxford.”

“In the beginning, before I joined university, I was really nervous because I was worried about how I would make friends,” she tells PEOPLE. “People knew me already and that was challenging for me to be there as a student and not to be there as a person who’s already known in the media.”

“But once I came, everyone here just welcomed me as a friend and I was just so happy that I am part of Oxford. I am just an Oxford student and I think that’s how they treat me.”

Yousafzai’s name had long been in headlines before she stepped foot on the campus. Along with being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the children’s rights activist released her memoir, I Am Malala, and was the subject of a documentary, He Named Me Malala. In both, she detailed her journey after being shot by a Taliban gunman while she fought for women’s rights and education.

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Now, she says being a regular student means more to her than the world will ever know.

“It’s a really good experience learning just like other students. It is an amazing time of my life, because I’m getting to know people of my age a bit more,” Yousafzai says.

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“It’s amazing how many young people here are doing incredible and amazing work. Each and every person here has an amazing story and has done amazing things.”

In a 2015 conversation with Emma Watson, Yousafzai admitted that she often felt “really scared” when speaking in school. But she says that’s not the case at Oxford.

“In university, I think they just allow you to be yourself; to explore and engage in things that you want and that you feel comfortable with,” Yousafzai tells PEOPLE. “That would mean, at Oxford, just sharing about what I do and the work that I’m doing for education … I don’t hesitate to share that. I feel more comfortable at Oxford.”

Even with all of her accomplishments and strides — including her Malala Fund —Yousafzai says there is still much work to be done to ensure education for girls everywhere.

“The dream of my life is to ensure all girls can get quality and safe education … that’s why we have the Malala Fund, which is working on that. My goal is to empower local leaders and local activists in their work for girls’ education,” she tells PEOPLE.

“We are trying to reach local activists and campaigners for girls education in Pakistan, India, Latin America, in Nigeria. will continue until we see the last child getting their education and going to a safe school.”

Yousafzai’s appearance on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman will premiere on Friday on Netflix.


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Today would have been Kurt Cobain’s 51st birthday, and Courtney Love shared an emotional tribute

Today would have been Kurt Cobain’s 51st birthday, and Courtney Love shared an emotional tribute


Today would have been Kurt Cobain’s 51st birthday, and Courtney Love shared an emotional tribute

Early on Tuesday, February 20th, Courtney Love shared an emotional tribute to Kurt Cobain on her Instagram and Twitter accounts. The musician was best known for his work with Nirvana, and passed away in 1994 at the age of 27. February 20th would have been Kurt Cobain’s 51st birthday.

Love shared a short, sweet, and heartbreaking message to her late husband on social media.

She posted an intimate black and white photograph of the two cuddling, sometime in the early ’90s. “Happy birthday, baby,” Love captioned it, “God, I miss you.” It’s not clear when exactly the photo was taken, or by whom, or what they were doing at the time. But just from looking at it, you can tell it’s an authentic, honest portrait of a couple in love.

The two were married from 1992-1994, and shared a deep connection.

Cobain even helped produce an album with Love’s band, Hole. They lived together, attended events together, and shared daughter Frances Bean Cobain, whom the Nirvana frontman absolutely adored. Frances Bean, now 25, posted her own tribute to her late father on Instagram. “I hope they don’t have the internet wherever you are; I feel like that would be counterproductive,” she wrote, “Regardless, Happy Birthday to an angel.”

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Frances Bean was just a toddler when her father passed, and every photo of the two of them together is more heartwarming than the last. Whether they were playing with kittens together, just hanging out, or on the red carpet together, the father-daughter duo was an early ’90s inspiration.

After the Nirvana frontman passed away, Love did not remarry; and she’s been using the name Courtney Love Cobain for some time. Frances, who works as an artist and model, is now divorced from Isaiah Silva, and recently celebrated two years of sobriety.

Our thoughts are with Courtney and Frances on this emotional day.

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Jeffrey Tambor Has Been Fired From Transparent Over Allegations of Sexual Harassment

UPDATE: Tambor issued a statement to EW in which he says he is “profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations” against him. He continued: “I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway’s unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow cast mates. In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have NEVER been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon. Therefore, I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set. As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself. I also deeply regret that this ground-breaking show, which changed so many lives, is now in jeopardy. That, to me, is the biggest heartbreak.”

EARLIER: More than three months after opening an investigation into sexual harassment claims against Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor, Amazon has officially fired the 73-year-old actor, EW has confirmed.

Tambor, who has won two Best Actor Emmy awards and a Golden Globe for his performance on the series as a transgender woman who comes out late in life, has been accused of harassment by Transparent guest star Trace Lysette as well as a former assistant.

“I have great respect and admiration for Van Barnes and Trace Lysette, whose courage in speaking out about their experience on Transparent is an example of the leadership this moment in our culture requires,” creator Jill Soloway said Thursday in a statement provided to EW. “We are grateful to the many trans people who have supported our vision for Transparent since its inception and remain heartbroken about the pain and mistrust their experience has generated in our community. We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects the safety and dignity of every individual, and are taking steps to heal as a family.”

In a previous statement, Tambor said, “I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a predator — ever.”

A few weeks after the accusations were made public and the investigation was underway, Tambor appeared to remove himself from the series. “Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” he said in the statement. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago. I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.

Despite his assertion, a representative for Tambor later said “no final decision” had yet been made. The future of one of Amazon’s flagship shows had also been uncertain, but star Judith Light and producer-distributor Amazon recently confirmed that season 5 ofTransparent is in the works.

Deadline first reported the news of Tambor’s departure.

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The bears haven’t come out of hibernation — but they may be stirring just a bit. Investors white-knuckled themselves through stocks’ worst week — capped by a 1,000-point swing in the Dow Jones industrial average on Friday. For the week, the Dow and the S&P 500 fell more than 5 percent — their worst weekly…
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Issa Rae says female creative voices have been amplified

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Republic Records’ President Has Been Suspended While Sexual Harassment Allegations Are Investigated

(LOS ANGELES) — Republic Records has put its president on leave after a former employee accused him of sexual harassment in an open letter posted on her website.

The company released a statement Wednesday saying Charlie Walk is on leave pending an investigation into recent allegations.

Tristan Coopersmith says Walk regularly made lewd comments to her during the year she worked for him. She also says he put his hand on her thigh and once pushed her onto a bed.

Republic Records says it has hired an independent law firm to investigate the matter and encouraged any affected employees to meet with them.

Walk’s status as a cast member on Fox’s “The Four” remains unclear. The show debuted earlier this month.

A representative for Walk did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.


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Salt spray is something I don’t talk about often because there’s nothing new or trendy about it — Bumble and Bumble launched its cult-favorite Surf Spray back in 2001, with just about every other salon and mass hair brand following suit in the decades since — but I’ve tried ’em all. My hair texture …

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The Jordan sneakers have been an iconic staple in Nike’s brand portfolio for years, paying tribute to the legendary career of their namesake athlete. The high-top sneakers were synonymous with basketball culture and had a primarily male fan base. Now, Nike is breaking out its women’s collection to add three newer, more modern takes on the classic Jordan shape. Whether reimagined in suede, satin, or an enticing array of pretty pastel hues, we’re calling it: This season’s Jordans won’t just be popular among sneakerheads, but hypebaes, fashion girls, and everyone in between too.

With a big name like R&B singer Sza repping the new sneakers, it isn’t hard to see why people are getting excited for this new era of the Jordan brand. Sneaker culture in general is finding its way into the fashion space and, for that matter, onto the popular culture radar. Whereas the über-cool yet intimidating sneakers would have been seen as an obscure interest not long ago, now it seems everyone is getting in the trend, and quite frankly, we couldn’t be happier. Brands are taking note, and it’s exciting to see powerhouses like Nike designing a traditional men’s shoe in styles that everyone can appreciate. Thank you, Nike, for getting us pumped for this next wave of pretty sneakers. Below, find out what’s in store this spring.

Reimagined in white and black leather, this version of the sneakers features sleek details like the statement zipper up the front and the imprinted retro Jordan logo on the ankle.

Air Jordan I Hi Zip releases on March 8 for $ 150 and will be available in sizes 5 to 12.

Women’s Air Jordan XII Vachetta Tan

These are the ultra-modern take on the classic Jordan that we didn’t know we wanted. The rich tan suede and creative shape are brought to life by gold hardware and a fresh white sole that is about to spark a new wave of luxurious sneakers.

Women’s Air Jordan XII Vachetta Tan releases on March 23 for $ 190 and will be available in sizes 5 to 12.

Spring’s freshest color palette emerges on the Season of Her collection, a series of Jordans that mix luxe textures like suede and satin. The sneakers are rendered in some of the prettiest shades of pastel we’ve seen yet on sneakers. Quite honestly, these have us convinced that pretty sneakers are here to stay. “Ugly” sneakers who?

The SOH Air Jordan I releases on January 25 for $ 160 and will be available in sizes 5 to 12.

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Disney Star Adam Hicks Has Been Arrested For a ‘String of Armed Street Robberies’

Adam Hicks of the Hulu series Freakish and Danni Tamburo have been arrested on suspicion of committing multiple armed robberies. The 25-year-old actor and his reported girlfriend, 23, were picked up Wednesday and each are currently being held on a $ 350,000 bail.

Hicks “was arrested yesterday afternoon in connection with a string of armed street robberies that occurred yesterday morning,” Sgt. Derek Green of the Burbank Police Department in Los Angeles initially told EW over email. Hicks is due in court tomorrow.

According to a news release sent to media in the early afternoon on Thursday, a 52-year-old walking in Burbank was approached by “a male armed with a handgun,” who demanded the victim’s wallet. The elderly gentleman was able to escape safely, but three additional robberies occurred in the same area within minutes of each other as authorities were investigating the first crime.

Tamburo was suspected to have been driving the vehicle “during the commission of the robberies.”

Police were able to identify the suspect’s vehicle as a dark-colored Kia based on descriptions from victims and witnesses. “Officers found property with the vehicle belonging to one of the robbery victims, and additional stolen property in a nearby area,” the press release reads.

Reps for Hicks did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

Before debuting as Diesel on Freakish, a series about high school students battling mutants, Hicks appeared in various movies and television shows — including The Boy Next Door, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Disney’s Pair of Kings and Lemonade Mouth, and Disney XD’s Zeke and Luther.

This article has been updated with additional information from Burbank police.

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The #NeverTrump Movement Has Been Neutered

President Donald Trump is ending his first year in office in a worse political position than when he entered.

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7 Reasons Why Titanic the Movie Could Have Been a Shipwreck, Too

Whether or not you think Rose and Jack could both have made it out alive, there’s one thing about the movie Titanic that is not up for debate: it was a hit.

As the movie celebrates its 20th anniversary of its Dec. 19, 1997, release, it holds onto a prime spot on the list of the top-grossing movies in Hollywood history. According to Box Office Mojo, Titanic‘s worldwide lifetime gross sits at more than $ 2 billion.

But mere days before the James Cameron-created epic arrived in theaters, that success seemed like anything but a foregone conclusion. In fact, the coverage the movie received in TIME back then would seem to indicate that many in Hollywood were bracing for disaster.

In a TIME feature that ran about a week before the movie was released, Kim Masters broke down why the year’s most talked about movie — a movie that wasn’t even out yet — was already, as the headline put it, “trying to stay afloat.” The reasons included:

The budget

Perhaps most famously, the cost of making Titanic had become as massive as the ship itself.

Though James Cameron would explain to the magazine that he didn’t think it was fair to call the movie the most expensive ever made — as he put it, “many of our favorite epics from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s would cost more than Titanic if made today” — the money was a major concern to its producers. By TIME’s reckoning, the $ 200 million cost of making the movie meant it would have to gross $ 350 million before Fox (one of the companies behind the movie) could even get its money back — a daunting figure made even more so by the fact that the picture had been expected to cost much less when they started it.

And Titanic wasn’t the only movie budget that had producers fretting in the late 1990s. As Masters put it, “the film is bad for an industry whose costs are running so high that profits are all but vanishing.”

The release date

Titanic was originally meant to come out for the Fourth of July weekend — a key component in the plan to make that money back.

With Cameron avidly opposed to cutting corners, that release date fell by the wayside, and the studios involved in the release (Fox and Paramount) disagreed about the best replacement date. The eventual December 19 release date was a compromise designed to hit in time for the holidays and the 1997 awards season.

The cast

Though it’s hard not to think of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as superstars today, at the time, observers wondered whether they had enough oomph to carry such a big movie. Though the movie also featured more well-known actors like Bill Paxton, many believed the film would sink or swim with its two romantic leads.

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The length

The fact that Titanic clocked in at more than three hours wasn’t just a concern for moviegoers whose patience would be tested.

It also had economic ramifications: because the movie was so long, each screen it was shown on would essentially be monopolized for the whole prime movie-going period of the evening. A theater wouldn’t make any extra money per ticket, but would be forced to offer fewer showings.

The rumors

“Early on, the press scented trouble,” Masters wrote. “Stories began to appear about budget overruns; about the schedule, which eventually stretched from 138 to 160 days; about the arduous working conditions, in which crew members complained of sweatshop-style practices that sometimes had them working as long as two weeks without a break; about Cameron’s screaming tirades; and about a still unsolved food-poisoning incident in which chowder served to the cast and crew was laced with the drug PCP.”

Cameron’s response? The crew worked hard, though no harder than on any major shoot, and a Screen Actors Guild investigation concluded that the producers had an exemplary record when it came to looking out for the safety and health of everyone on set.

The competition

Titanic wasn’t the only option for audiences over the 1997 holiday season. Other offerings included Tomorrow Never Dies for action and As Good as it Gets for romance.

The quality

Of course, all of those concerns — the money, the stress, the hand-wringing — could be outweighed by quality. If the movie were as good as its creators thought it was, and if audiences responded in kind, it would all be worth it. As Fox exec Bill Mechanic told TIME back then, part of his reasoning for going along with everything was that Titanic could be the best film of the decade.

Early reviews, however, called that theory into doubt. TIME’s own Richard Corliss, for example, wrote that while the visual effects were remarkable, the film “fails utterly” at delivering a compelling romantic plot, and that nearly every character (aside from Winslet’s Rose) is “a caricature of class, designed only to illustrate a predictable prejudice: that the first-class passengers are third-class people, and vice versa.” Plus, he noted, it wasn’t a good sign that he found the true stories of people who were actually on the Titanic more compelling than Cameron’s fictional version.

“Ultimately, Titanic will sail or sink not on its budget but on its merits as drama and spectacle,” he concluded. “The regretful verdict here: Dead in the water.”

Audiences, luckily for the movie’s producers, quickly made it clear they did not agree. Two decades later, the movie’s fans show no signs of letting go.


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Power Has Been Restored to Atlanta Airport After a Blackout Caused Hundreds of Flight Cancellations

One of the heaviest travel weeks of the year began with the cancellation of hundreds of flights on Sunday at the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta, where a power outage left passengers stranded in darkened terminals or in aircraft idling on tarmacs.

The early afternoon outage paralyzed operations at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport through Sunday evening. Even though power was finally restored at close to midnight Sunday, the incident continued to wreak havoc on holiday travel plans for thousands of people hit by airline cancellations extending into Monday.

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. On Twitter, some passengers reported sitting on planes for hours.

Reed had told reporters earlier in the evening that the airport was expected to be fully operational again by midnight.

The FAA said air traffic control remained fully staffed, with the airport open and accepting general aviation and cargo operations. It expected commercial traffic to resume on Monday.

The city was providing shelter to stranded passengers at the Georgia International Convention Center. The city said that Chick-fil-A would be providing food for passengers. By late Sunday the city said it had provided 2,000 meals.

“We’re just focusing on the comfort of our passengers,” Reed told a news conference. “We know they have had a very, very long and difficult day.”

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Georgia Power, the utility that provides electricity to the sprawling airport, said the failure was linked to a fire in an underground facility that damaged substations serving Hartsfield. The blaze damaged access to a backup system, Reed told reporters, adding the cause remained unknown.

Photos and videos posted on social media showed passengers huddled in partial darkness inside crowded terminals.

“Stuck on a plane at Atlanta Airport as the power is out there … bedlam inside and boredom out here!” Jack Harris wrote on Twitter.

For all carriers, nearly 700 flights scheduled to fly out of Hartsfield, or 60 percent, were canceled on Sunday as of 10:30 p.m. EST, while 477 of all scheduled inbound flights were scratched, airline tracking service FlightAware said.


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Could that strange object that just zipped through our Solar System have been an alien probe?

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Back in mid-November, scientists revealed that a peculiar object whizzed through our Solar System a month prior. It swooped in from such an extreme angle that it couldn’t possibly have been native to our neck of the woods, and the only explanation they could come up with is that the long, cigar-shaped intruder was actually just a really weird-looking asteroid. It was the first recorded example of an interstellar asteroid — that is, one that came from outside our solar system — and its bizarre shape was attributed to its incredibly long, speedy journey from whatever spit it out. Now, some skeptical scientists are wondering if it wasn’t an asteroid at all, but an alien probe.

A group of alien-hunting researchers called the Breakthrough Listen Initiative are now pointing an incredibly powerful radio telescope at the alleged asteroid, named Oumuamua, as it flies back out of our Solar System in the hopes of proving that it’s not actually an asteroid at all.

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This is How to Know If You’ve Been Financially Naughty (or Nice) This Year

You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout. I’m telling you why:

Santa Claus is here, and he wants to know about your finances.

Have you been naughty, maxing out your credit cards and scrimping on your savings? Or have you been nice, following the advice of your friends at The Penny Hoarder?

Don’t lie, now. Santa sees you when you’re sleeping, remember? He knows if you’ve been bad or good.

So you may as well fess up. Naughty or nice?

Let’s find out. We’re making a list, and we’re checking it twice.

He Sees You When You’re Sleeping

Naughty: You’re not saving any money. UGH, TOO HARD, you say.

Nice: OK, OK, we know it’s tough to build up any savings. You’ve got bills to pay, after all. The rent is too darn high, etc.

Our suggestion: Use an app like Acorns, which is a good way to trick yourself into saving.

Once you connect it to a debit or credit card, it rounds your purchases up to the nearest dollar and funnels your digital change into an investment account.

Because the money comes out in increments of less than $ 1, you’re less likely to feel an impact in your bank account. (You can also set it up so it doesn’t round up every single purchase.) You get a $ 10 sign-up bonus, too.

He Knows When You’re Awake

Naughty: You’re not contributing enough to your 401(k) plan. C’mon, you’re passing up free money, here.

Nice: At the very least, you should be contributing enough to take full advantage of your employer’s match. Whatever you contribute, your employer throws in some money too, up to a set percentage of your paycheck.

The most common 401(k) match is 50 cents on the dollar up to the first 6% you contribute. If that’s the case for you, you should be contributing 6% of your pay. Ideally, you want to be contributing 15-20% of your earnings at some point. But for now, set your sights lower and work toward growth.

The next step is to maximize your retirement savings. Blooom is an app that monitors your 401(k). It’ll give you a free “health report” and tell you what needs improvement. If you decide you want Blooom to optimize your account, sign up for the $ 10-per-month service.

He Knows If You’ve Been Bad or Good

Naughty: You never check your credit score. NEVER. After all, you figure it’s kind of a pain, and why bother?

Nice: You should definitely be checking your credit score. You should know where you stand, and know what you need to do to keep your credit in good shape.

A super easy way to do this is with Credit Sesame. This free service shows your credit score and explains it to you. It shows your balances on any unpaid bills, credit cards or loans. It offers personalized tips on reducing your debt and raising your score.

So Be Good, For Goodness Sake

Naughty: You bought plenty of groceries and other stuff this year, but you never got any cash back.

Nice: You’ve gotta join the 21st century, my friend. So many ways to save.

Try out Ibotta, an app that gives you cash back on purchases from your favorite stores. Because you’re getting rebates on stuff you were going to buy anyway, it’s the closest thing to free money we’ve ever seen.

Ibotta is best known for its offers on grocery items. Colleen Rice, The Penny Hoarder’s email marketing specialist, earned about $ 235 from Ibotta in just a couple of years. Beyond supermarkets, it’s been rapidly expanding to dozens more retailers.

Another good way to get cash back is with Dosh, an app that pays you for making purchases at more than 100,000 hotels, online stores and restaurants. All you do is download the app and connect a debit or credit card.

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Naughty: Not to get too personal, but some of us may have gained a little weight this year. Me, I’m still trying to fit into the jeans I was wearing last January. And this is before the coming onslaught of Christmas cookies and tempting holiday treats.

With each passing year, it gets a little harder to keep the pounds off.

Nice: Losing weight is super hard and requires serious motivation. Cold, hard cash can help.

Make a bet with a company called HealthyWage, which will pay you to accomplish your weight-loss goals. No, seriously! It’s a legit company.

Enter how much weight you’d like to lose (10-150 pounds) in its calculator, how long you’ll take (six-18 months) and how much you want to bet ($ 20-$ 150 per month).

Each month, you pay your promised amount into the program. In return, HealthyWage provides support through expert advice and weight-tracking tools. If you meet your goal in your allotted timeframe, HealthyWage pays you!

So, tally up your results and tell Santa the truth. Have you been naughty or nice?

Now is the time to start making some changes for the better. After all, 2018 is just around the corner.

Mike Brassfield (mike@thepennyhoarder.com) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He is naughty and is not nice.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Black Political Leaders Have Been Elected Across The Country. So What’s Next?

I was eight years old in 1990, the year FBI video footage of Marion Barry, then mayor of our nation’s capital, showed him smoking crack in a hotel room with a woman other than his wife. I felt a deep connection to Washingtonians while listening to reports on the radio on the way to school when the news broke.

I grew up in Newark, New Jersey, a majority Black city chronically plagued with its own set of political and legal controversies. Barry, arguably the first notable civil rights era activist to assume leadership in political office of a major U.S. city, represented what’s possible in Black communities. Barry’s, and other Black leaders’, rise to power following the Black Power Movement of the late 60’s and ‘70s symbolized an attainment of some wins, including political power. Black people continued rooting for Barry despite his conviction for cocaine possession. He served six months in prison, but after his prison release he regained the support of his constituency and was elected again as mayor in D.C. in 1994.

More than a decade later, following Barry’s fall and return to glory, my hometown, Newark was inflicted by high rates of homelessness, poverty and the crime. Then mayor, Sharpe James, the former State Senator and second Black political leader elected as mayor in the city, was convicted and incarcerated for fraud and underselling city owned land to his mistress in 2008. By the time of James’ conviction, unwavering support of Black political leaders in cities across the country waned.

Black people appeared to be exhausted by the letdowns—exhausted because sometimes we have exalted Black leaders who would do more harm than good and leap off of their pedestals shortly after their arrival.

The Black public’s inclination to support or defend Black political leaders had given way to disenchantment that seemed to persist up until the present. Black people appeared to be exhausted by the letdowns—exhausted because sometimes we have exalted Black leaders who would do more harm than good and leap off of their pedestals shortly after their arrival.

The recent wins of a new class of “progressive” Black Mayors like Chokwe Antar Lumumba of Jackson Mississippi, ‎LaToya Cantrell of New Orleans, Keisha Bottoms of Atlanta and Ras Baraka of Newark, however, may be an indication that the pendulum has shifted in the direction of optimism. In this moment, I’m compelled to think about what the real possibilities and challenges are for these mayors and Black communities.

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Wide-scale progressive political action is seemingly under threat as the Trump administration continues to strip away basic provisions. The successful elections of trans, women, persons of color into various office on November 7th, however, suggest we may be on another path altogether.

The subsequent wins of Black women like Latoya Cantrell, a community organizer, and Keisha Bottoms, city council veteran both elected in major cities, also affirms a break in convention. Both women fought hard races defeating more conservative opposition and for this we should all be seriously hopeful.

Chokwe Antar Lumumba stands out as an example of this deviation from the political norm. A self-described revolutionary, Lumumba decided to run for mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, the state’s most populated city, after his father unexpectedly died in office. He ran on a fearlessly progressive agenda that disavowed the post-racial and post-partisan themes many Black leaders who have entered politics after the civil rights era embraced. Instead, Lumumba won by promising a radical political agenda merging his father’s legacy, which included healthy business development and job creation, along with developing opportunities for citizens to lead in decisions regarding the city budget.

The latter is an example of a progressive process that activists across the nation are fighting for in their own cities called “participatory budgeting.” In Jackson, Lumumba’s father developed a plan based on this process called the Jackson-Kush Plan and Chokwe intends to implement it. The question remains: Can these new leaders achieve their goals when the current POTUS, and his administration, is hell bent on rolling back progressive gains?

Black Political Leaders Are Not Immune To The Problems Of Structural Oppression

After Marion Barry served his time and worked his way back into city hall, many white people could not understand how he had regained the trust of some in the Black community. For many Black people living in D.C. and beyond, though, it was clear. Barry’s struggles with addiction did not equal criminality or a lack of commitment to the Black political struggle.

A report by Frontline details that in 1979 the United States experienced a peak in drug use directly impacting almost 25 million residents, including many people of color. Black people  understood that the issues impacting our communities were also affecting our leadership. This sense of interrelatedness continues to be present in Black communal dialogue.

[T]hese new leaders cannot do the work alone, and should they try, it is the community’s job to hold them accountable.

During her acceptance speech, Atlanta’s new mayor, Keshia Bottoms eloquently stated, “For all the little girls out there, who need somebody to believe that you’re better than your circumstances, I want you all to remember that Black Girl Magic is real,” No truth is more real than this.

The present circumstances of any one person should never be used as a predictor for the future, but our collective circumstances can impact the future plight of Black leadership. In other words, these new leaders cannot do the work alone, and should they try, it is the community’s job to hold them accountable.

The ability of this new class of Black mayors to create magic will depend on the collective abilities of their supporters. It will also require a willingness on the part of leaders to listen to the people. Residents must support newly elected officials by participating in visioning processes, advising on policy, supporting the allies of these mayors when they run for office and making financial contributions.. This won’t be a challenge when community members are invited to join the process.

So What Are We Gonna Do?

It’s worth repeating: We need to hold Black leadership accountable for results.

As we reengage Black political leadership in a hostile political environment, our success will be shaped by our willingness to hold Black leadership responsible for implementing the visions and policies we want them to actualize. In return for Black communal support provided to them, they must work.

The return for our support looks like ensuring our elected officials create policies and legislation that advances healing in our communities, as well as, policies that transforms the systems that continue to wreak havoc in Black spaces. The politicians mentioned throughout this piece campaigned on promises for reforms in criminal justice, health and education. Progressive candidates like Lumumba advocated for participatory budgets. These are the changes we should expect to see in the next few years.

The success of newly elected Black mayors hinges on our ability to support our leadership as they build toward a progressive, Black-loving future, in which representation (namely, one’s blackness) alone will not be enough to secure a people’s vote. We need leaders whose politics are grounded in a radical commitment to Black liberation, and should Black leaders not demonstrate such a commitment, we must push them forward or push them out.

Bryan Epps, a Newark native, is an innovative community and institution builder.  

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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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380 S. Lake Ave

Pasadena, California 91101

Wed-Sat 10-6 / Sun 12-5

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Grailed Opens New Market for Classic Menswear

Grailed has been a great new marketplace for menswear enthusiasts. While we’re longtime fans of eBay, it can be hard to find stuff there without using pre-designed search filters (which is why we have our eBay roundups, to help readers find the good stuff). There’s also a bit of trading still happening on the buying-and-selling sections of menswear forums, but they can be hard to navigate – sort of like trying to find a cool jacket on Craigslist. 

The great thing about Grailed is that it’s a user-driven community of menswear enthusiasts, with a sizable team on the backend to help sort listings between the site’s mainpage, Core, and Hype subsections (the last two being for basics and hyped streetwear, respectively). The site’s unique interface also makes it easy to serendipitously find things you may not have known about as you’re scrolling through the site. All in all, the site just makes it easier to find find great things for your wardrobe. 

Today, Grailed is launching their newest subsection, Sartorial, which is for tailored clothing and classic menswear. Brands such as Alden and Crockett & Jones have always thrived on the site, but the marketplace has been generally geared towards the casual side of the spectrum – more niche designer jackets from Japan, rather than something you can wear to a conservative office. Grailed’s new Sartorial subsection is looking to change that by consolidating all the tailored and classic menswear into one place. And they’ll be supporting it with editorial content on their blog (the first photo above is a preview of their story on Cucinelli, which is scheduled to go up tomorrow). 

Note, as with any of these sites, you’ll want to smartly employ the search filters in order to drill down on things that’ll work for you. Grailed also allows you to save your searches so you don’t have to click through all the options the next time you visit. You can see the Sartorial subsection here.

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How thoughtful! Drake has been collecting Hermès Birkin bags for his future flame, per the Hollywood Reporter — and now, the rapper’s taking heat from Twitter critics for his unsolicited “thirst dowry.” A single Birkin bag can take days to create at the Hermès atelier in Paris and almost always includes a comma (or two)…
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Kevin Spacey Has Been Dropped From All the Money in the World Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

(LOS ANGELES) — Kevin Spacey is getting cut out of Ridley Scott’s finished film “All the Money in the World” and replaced by Christopher Plummer just over one month before it’s supposed to hit theaters.

People close to the production who were not authorized to speak publicly said Wednesday that Plummer is commencing reshoots immediately in the role of J. Paul Getty. According to the report, all of Spacey scenes will be reshot. Co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams are expected to participate.

Scott is intending to keep the film’s Dec. 22 release date.

The film was originally set to have its world premiere at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Nov. 16 but was pulled earlier this week amid the sexual harassment reports surrounding Spacey.

Spacey has also been fired from “House of Cards.”

Representatives for Scott did not immediately return email messages seeking comment.


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In peak Drake fashion, Drake has been collecting Birkin bags to eventually give his future wife

In peak Drake fashion, Drake has been collecting Birkin bags to eventually give his future wife


In peak Drake fashion, Drake has been collecting Birkin bags to eventually give his future wife

Fans are learning something interesting about rapper Drake — whoever he marries is going to get the gift of a lifetime.

In an article with The Hollywood Reporter, rapper Drake opens up about his career plans, but the 31-year-old former Degrassi star also revealed that he has been collecting Birkin bags for years, as a gift for “the woman I end up with.”

Related article: Drake turned down the opportunity to work with Harvey Weinstein after getting “bad feedback”

But sorry ladies, he didn’t specify if he’s with anyone right now.

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According to THR, Drake was also eager to talk about his ambitious push into film and TV, which includes teaming with Netflix to revive the critically acclaimed but short-lived British crime series Top Boy (think an across-the-pond version of The Wire). Drake and Future along with James’ SpringHill Entertainment will executive produce the series, which will go into production early next year for a 2019 debut.

He’s also partnering with Steve Golin, who runs Anonymous Content for an untitled TV series and Apple, which has given him the go-ahead to produce whatever he chooses.

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Vintage Pocket Squares, Cheap.

Here’s a cool thing: as I’ve been around the world shopping for fabrics for the PTO Gentlemen’s Association pocket squares, I’ve grabbed squares I thought were nice when I could. Now we’ve got all together too many in our closet, and I don’t want to sell them individually.

SO: here’s the deal. While supplies last, I’m selling them for peanuts in packs of three, five and ten. You don’t get to pick which ones (though if you tell us what you’d like we’ll steer in that direction), but you do get a really incredible deal. 

I promise, these are all beautiful squares I chose myself personally. The ones pictured above are actually just some that we grabbed randomly from our box, not some curated selection of what we have. It’s a great deal, because I need to clear some space. Go to town.

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The First Anti-Abortion Extremist To Murder An Abortion Provider Has Been Denied Parole

On Wednesday, a review board in Florida denied parole to convicted murderer Michael Griffin, who fatally shot Dr. David Gunn outside of a Pensacola clinic in 1993.

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Dr. Gunn’s murder was a shock and a blow to the reproductive healthcare community; he was the first provider to be killed by an anti-abortion extremist. As a young OBG/YN, Dr. Gunn established a practice in Brewton, Alabama because of the area’s high infant mortality rate and went on to pioneer a technique for safely delivering breach babies that providers still use today. Years later he traveled to multiple cities and states where patients were lining up for services that there was no doctor to provide. At the time of his death, he was working in a community experiencing just such a shortage of doctors.

“He and his partner desired to serve the under served. They wanted to save lives,” David Gunn Jr. said. “[My dad had] an understanding that patients in need of abortion services deserve a compassionate, patient, understanding, non-judgmental and empathetic doctor as much as those who do not.”

An onslaught of violence against providers commenced after Griffin killed Dr. Gunn, and in the years since ten other people have since been killed in acts of anti-abortion violence. Dr. George Tiller was shot and wounded in 1993 and shot and killed in 2009; Shelley Shannon, who was convicted for the first assassination attempt, wrote letters of praise to Griffin. Dr. John Bayard Britton and his volunteer clinic escort. Lt. Col. James Barrett, were murdered in 1994, as were Planned Parenthood clinic workers Shannon Lowney and Leanne Nicholes. In 1995, Dr. Hugh Short was shot in his home.

Other assassination attempts—as well as stabbings, clinic bombings, bomb threats, arson, harassment and intimidation—continued throughout the 1990’s. The passage of the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act tampered, but has not stopped, the harassment and violence aimed at abortion providers. According to the 2016 National Clinic Violence Survey conducted by the Feminist Majority Foundation’s National Clinic Access Project, 34.2 percent of U.S. abortion providers reported “severe violence or threats of violence” in just the first half of 2016—the highest number reported since 1995.

The parole board’s decision was praised by reproductive justice advocates, who said Griffin’s release could have been dangerous to providers. Griffin, who shot Dr. Gunn in the back three times, has since publicly made ominous statements about providers and has been upheld as a hero by other extremists.

“Though it is unlikely that he will ever make it out of prison and kill again,” Lady Parts Justice League said in a social media statement, “Griffin emboldened a dangerous movement, dedicated to causing harm to those who provide abortion care. Now more than ever, we must stay vigilant.”

20160909_121504Michele Sleighel is a Research Assistant at the Feminist Majority Foundation. She has an MA in Communication at the University of Texas in San Antonio and a BS in PR from the University of Texas in Austin and is very proud of her El Paso roots. Find her on Twitter @MicheleSleighel

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HSBC Has Been Accused of Ignoring Money Laundering in an Epic Corruption Scandal

The British banking giant HSBC


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chose to ignore money laundering by the Indian-South African Gupta family through its services, a British peer has claimed.

Peter Hain, who grew up in South Africa and was a high-profile anti-apartheid activist, on Tuesday sent the U.K. Treasury and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) printouts of the Guptas’ money transfers from their South African HSBC bank accounts to accounts with the same bank in Dubai and Hong Kong. Some of the transactions were legitimate, but others weren’t, he said.

As Hain put it in a Wednesday speech in the House of Lords: “The latter illicit transactions were flagged internally in the bank concerned as suspicious, but I am reliably informed that it was told by the U.K. headquarters to ignore it. That is an iniquitous breach of legal banking practice in the U.K….and it is also an incitement to money laundering, which has self-evidently occurred in this case, sanctioned by a British bank, as part of the flagrant robbery from South African taxpayers of many millions of pounds and many billions of their local currency, the rand.”

The brothers Ajay, Atul, and Rajesh Gupta have very close ties to South African president Jacob Zuma and his family, and have been implicated in many allegations of severe corruption. Multiple politicians have said that the Guptas offered them senior political positions, along with wads of cash, in order to get them on-side. Email leaks and investigative journalism by outfits such as amaBhungane have also strongly indicated that the Guptas are in control of many lucrative state contracts, and that they demanded kickbacks from multinationals to facilitate these deals.

Since these allegations surfaced, a number of multinational companies have taken serious reputational damage for their parts in the scandals, including KPMG, McKinsey, SAP and the now-shuttered public relations agency Bell Pottinger, which orchestrated a racially divisive campaign on the Guptas’ behalf.

Now, it seems, the spotlight is turning to the international financial services industry–South African banks stopped serving the Guptas in mid-2016 due to money-laundering fears, and India’s Bank of Baroda has been trying to follow suit.

A couple of weeks ago, Hain informed the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) that the Guptas may have siphoned off funds through their HSBC and Standard Chartered accounts in the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong. The FCA subsequently launched an investigation, and Standard Chartered


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said it had closed Gupta accounts in 2014 “after an internal investigation.”

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The question now is whether, as Hain alleged this week, HSBC ignored the red flags raised by its own compliance unit. Not only could this be a criminal issue in the U.K.–it could also have an effect on HSBC’s deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. authorities over its money laundering for clients including Mexican drug cartels, if the relevant transactions took place within the last five years and involved U.S. dollars.

When asked for comment on Hain’s latest allegations, HSBC referred only to his previous communications with the Treasury, quoting what CEO Stuart Gulliver said about that subject on a Monday results call: “Obviously we are responding to those enquiries that have come in from the FCA and also from South African authorities, and there is nothing more I can really add at this point in time.”

Standard Chartered said in a statement: “We have found no evidence that we banked the Guptas directly, but we closed all accounts we identified as linked to their business interests some time ago following internal investigations. If new information becomes available we will review our records and take appropriate action where warranted. Standard Chartered takes its responsibility to combat financial crime very seriously and is fully committed to doing business in accordance with local and international regulatory and legal requirements. We will provide full assistance to all relevant authorities in connection with any enquiries into this matter.”

Hain’s Wednesday speech in the Lords is worth reading, as it recounted the human impact of the Guptas’ alleged misdeeds, including as an example the infamous case of the Estina dairy farm.

A regionally-funded project was supposed to build a dairy farm in the South African countryside town of Vrede, to stimulate the local economy–the farm was to be part-owned by poor locals. The project was never put out to tender and was awarded to a Gupta-linked company called Estina, which reportedly then laundered most of the $ 8 million in funding via now-shuttered Standard Chartered accounts, through shell companies in the UAE, then back into South Africa to pay for a lavish family wedding. The Vrede townspeople’s cows died of apparent malnutrition.

Numerous attempts to remove Zuma through votes of no confidence have failed, despite the last taking place through a secret ballot. Veterans of the struggle against apartheid have now begun what they hope will be a major campaign of civil disobedience, in the hope of securing Zuma’s arrest for corruption.


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Woman says she has been a victim of ID theft around 15 times since September

A woman in Washington state is speaking out after falling victim to identity theft around 15 times since early September, according to a local news station. That time period roughly matches when Equifax divulged to the public that it was the victim of a massive data breach — and the Seattle woman thinks the two incidents are related.

Her story illustrates the nightmarish ordeal that can begin after someone steals your personal information. The Equifax breach exposed more than 145.5 million people to identity theft, meaning their names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and, in some cases, even their credit card numbers are in danger of being accessed by unknown numbers of criminals.

Katie Van Fleet told KOMO-TV that it all started when she got a letter thanking her for opening a line of credit at Barneys New York. She did no such thing, so she reported it as fraud and thought everything was okay.

Sleepless in Seattle: Woman says she’s been a victim of ID theft more than a dozen times

Then came a deluge of letters from other companies and stores, welcoming her and thanking her for opening new credit lines.

“I didn’t think this would ever happen to me,” Van Fleet told KOMO. “So it’s been very frustrating. I feel extremely violated that somebody out there has my information, and I’m dealing with the repercussions of this.”

Trying to be proactive, Van Fleet said that she put a fraud alert on her account — but that didn’t stop anything. She soon got a notice that someone had opened an account with T-Mobile in her name and charged more than $ 3,000 on it.

According to the TV station, she only recently got the bogus charges to stop after putting a freeze on her credit.

This is why money expert Clark Howard is so adamant about credit freezes. He says it is the No. 1 way to stop identity fraud.

A lot of people think they are safeguarding their personal info when they get — or even worse, pay for — a fraud alert, but they are mistaken.

The difference between a fraud alert and a credit freeze can be illustrated this way: A fraud alert tells you somebody’s in your home. A credit freeze locks all the doors to your home.

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Clark says not to make the mistake of only contacting Equifax when trying to freeze your credit. “It’s imperative that you freeze your credit with all three main credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion,” he says in our Credit Freeze Guide. Here is the contact info for the agencies:

Clark is also a big proponent of setting up free credit monitoring with Credit Karma, which gives users online access to their credit reports anytime they like.

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This has been an incredibly confusing week in politics. That’s good for Trump.

The news this week — as is typical under President Donald Trump — came fast and furious. It was also an extremely confusing week in politics.


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Joe Girardi Has Been Fired From the Yankees and Leaves With a ‘Heavy Heart’

Joe Girardi was fired as New York Yankees manager Thursday after a decade that produced just one World Series title for a team that expects to win every year.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced the move five days after New York lost to Houston in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.

“With a heavy heart, I come to you because the Yankees have decided not to bring me back,” Girardi said in a statement released by his agent, Steven Mandell. “I’d like to thank the fans for their great support as a player, coach and manager and the lasting memories of their passion and excitement during the playoff games.”

An intense and driven former All-Star catcher, Girardi was at the end of his four-year contract and said last weekend he had to speak with his family before deciding whether he wanted to return. New York made the decision for him.

“Everything this organization does is done with careful and thorough consideration, and we’ve decided to pursue alternatives for the managerial position,” Cashman said in a statement.

Girardi’s 910-710 regular-season record with the Yankees is sixth in victories managing the team behind Joe McCarthy (1,460), Joe Torre (1,173), Casey Stengel (1,149), Miller Huggins (1,067) and Ralph Houk (944).

Cashman said he and owner Hal Steinbrenner had spoken directly with Girardi this week.

“He has a tireless work ethic, and put his heart into every game he managed over the last decade,” Cashman said in his statement. “He should take great pride in our accomplishments during his tenure.”

New York said Cashman and other team officials will not discuss the decision during the World Series.

Girardi wore uniform No. 25 as a player with the Yankees from 1996-99, when he helped win three titles, but switched to No. 27 when he earned the manager’s job over Don Mattingly and succeeded Torre after the 2007 season — signifying the team’s quest for its 27th championship. Girardi took uniform No. 28 after leading the team to a World Series victory over Philadelphia in 2009.

New York changed managers 20 times from 1973, when George Steinbrenner bought the team, through October 1995, when Torre replaced Buck Showalter. But the Yankees have had just two managers in 22 years since.

New York became the third of the 10 postseason teams to remove managers, joining Boston and Washington. There is no clear favorite to replace him, and candidates from within the organization could include bench coach Rob Thomson, Triple-A Scranton manager Al Pedrique and Class A Tampa manager Jay Bell.

Possibilities from outside the organization include former Kansas City manager Trey Hillman, a one-time Yankees special assistant who managed in South Korea this year; Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, who held the same role with the Yankees from 2007-14; and former Philadelphia manager Pete Mackanin, who was a pro scout for the Yankees in 2008 and 2013.

The 53-year-old Girardi led a young squad on a surprising run to an AL wild-card berth this year with a 91-71 record, the team’s best since 2012. New York beat Minnesota in the wild-card game, then fell behind Cleveland 2-0 in the Division Series. Girardi admitted he made a mistake not asking for a video review of a hit-by-pitch call in Game 2 that led to an Indians rally.

“I screwed up. And it’s hard. It’s a hard day for me,” he said then. “But I got to move forward and we’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”

New York won the next three games to advance, lost the first two games of the ALCS at Houston, then won three in a row to move within a victory of reaching the World Series for the first time in eight years. But the Astros swept the final two games.

Girardi visited Astros manager A.J. Hinch in his office after the finale to give encouragement.

“He’s a real class act,” Hinch said. “It’s a shame to see so much turnover because of the work, the blood, sweat, tears poured into these job. And I don’t think anybody goes through more than what Joe does in New York.”

Girardi’s statement thanked people from Steinbrenner and Cashman down to the player development and scouting staff, traveling secretary and even the clubhouse attendants. He had sounded unusually nostalgic when discussing the atmosphere at Yankee Stadium during the playoffs.

“It’s been wonderful to watch,” he said last week before what turned out to be his final home game. “I peeked at left field and I see the fans jumping up and down. And I peek and watch them hitting the pads. In right field, they’re jumping up and down. And it’s brought back a lot of good memories for me, but I just love it. And it’s fun to be a part of.”


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‘It’s Been a Rollercoaster.’ Shawn Johnson East Reveals Miscarriage in Emotional Video

Shawn Johnson East and her husband Andrew East announced in an emotional YouTube video posted on Saturday that Johnson East had a miscarriage just two days after the couple found out they were pregnant.

“Today’s video is a little bit sensitive,” Johnson East, 25, said at the beginning of the video. “It’s not the happiest video but we feel like a lot of people go through this so we wanted to share it.”

The video — titled “pregnancy + heartbreak” — documented the couple’s whirlwind 48-hours pregnancy experience: from the moment when Johnson East showed herself crying joyful tears after taking two pregnancy tests which came back positive, to the moment the couple learned they had a miscarriage.

“The past 48 hours have been some of the happiest, scariest, and saddest times of my life,” Johnson East captioned the video. “My husband Andrew and I found out that we were unexpectedly pregnant, only to find out hours later some tragic news. I have been crying more than I ever have, but am still optimistic for what is next.”

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After experiencing some unexpected bleeding, the video showed the couple driving to the doctor’s office where it was confirmed that the 2008 Olympian was miscarrying.

“So, it’s been a roller coaster of a few days,” Johnson East told the camera after the couple returned home. “We just got back from the doctor and I’m no longer pregnant. Somehow, I lost the pregnancy already. It sucks. It’s definitely no fun, guys … and having a doctor confirm that we miscarried doesn’t feel good.”

While holding up the pair of baby Converse sneakers Johnson East had given her husband to tell him she was pregnant, she assured her viewers that “We’ll use them again, of course.”

“This is by far the hardest video we’ve ever posted but we felt as though it was a story that needed to be shared as so many struggle with the same thing,” Johnson East wrote on Instagram alongside a screenshot from the video. “@andrewdeast I love you more than anything in this world and I know you are going to make the greatest Daddy in the world someday. Thank you for being my rock through all of this.”

The couple tied the knot on a private farm in rural Tennessee in April 2016. Reflecting on their one-year anniversary, Johnson East told PEOPLE “It’s been the craziest year of our lives.”

“I love him more every single day,” she added. “The first year is the hardest and best year of your life!”

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I have been guilty of assaulting women and here’s #HowIWillChange

‘Guys, it’s our turn. After endless #MeToo stories of women being abused, assaulted and harassed, today we say #HowIWillChange’

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The past fortnight has seen several online movements, with the women coming forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault creating a platform and opening a conversation for us all.

You will definitely have seen the #MeToo campaign spreading across the internet and filling your social media feeds, with women standing in solidarity with Weinstein’s accusers, sharing their own experiences of sexual assault and harassment.

More than 12 million women have taken to social media to talk about assault and harassment and it looks like the movement is the beginning of a seismic shift in the way we walk about and treat the victims of sexual harassment and assault.

A new movement went viral this week in response to the Me Too hashtag with men from across the world acknowledging their mistakes in perpetuating the issue, sharing their experiences as the perpetrator alongside the hashtag, #ItWasMe.

‘There are too many times to count where I have made my hunger more important than her feelings or boundaries,’ explained Facebook user Keith Paolino.

‘I’ve either contributed to or been witness to hundreds of conversations of cavalier, mysogynistic, generally shitty “locker room talk”’, admitted Julian Mocine-Mcqueen with the hashtag #ItWasMe. ‘I’ve stayed silent when I knew friends were being unacceptable in their pursuit of, or response to a woman.’

While sharing his own account of harassing a girl, he called for other men to step up and accept their mistakes. ‘Unfortunately, I’m responsible for at least one, “me too.” Are you?’ he concluded, alongside the hashtag #ItWasMe.

‘#Itwasme and I was a piece of shit,’ tweeted Andrew Ellis. ‘I can’t take it back, and no apology is enough. I can only work to be a better human.’

‘I own my misogynistic past. I #BelieveWomen because I have been THAT guy,’ agreed Michael John Simpson. ‘I want a world in which women have safe passage.’

Some have criticised the #MeToo and #ItWasMe movements for being too passive. To them, we introduce #HowIWillChange, the new viral hashtag that is putting change into action, with people across the world making public pledges of what they will never do again after learning the severity of the issue.

‘Guys, it’s our turn,’ posted Twitter user Benjamin Law. ‘After yesterday’s endless #MeToo stories of women being abused, assaulted and harassed, today we say #HowIWillChange.’

And how will he change? ‘Acknowledge that if all women I know have been sexually harassed, abused or assaulted, then I know perpetrators. Or am one,’ Law tweeted.

#HowIWillChange has been going viral, uniting men and women and attracting high profile figures too, with actor Mark Ruffalo being one of the first to champion the movement and acknowledge his role.

‘I will never Cat call a woman again,’ the 49-year-old actor tweeted. ‘Growing up we were taught from watching movies that a cat call was a compliment. I would do it to friends and girlfriends. Sunrise [his wife] clued me in that it was totally inappropriate. Not cool. Not a compliment. Gross. #HowIWillChange.’

While some have been hesitant to come forward, social media users are keen to express that taking part is a positive not a negative. ‘#HowIWillChange is not saying you’re a rapist by default if you’re a man,’ explained Twitter user @n8r_boi. ‘You hear friends making sexist remarks? Call them out. Random guys cat calling women? Call them out. People talking about scoring with drunk girls? Call them out. By doing nothing you are justifying their views.’

Let’s keep this conversation going and make change together. We can’t let it be limited to a social media fad.

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Here are some videos of the “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” cast recording “Let’s Generalize About Men” because it’s been stuck in our heads since Friday

Here are some videos of the “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” cast recording “Let’s Generalize About Men” because it’s been stuck in our heads since Friday


Here are some videos of the “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” cast recording “Let’s Generalize About Men” because it’s been stuck in our heads since Friday

Ever since the third season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend premiered this Friday, everyone has been spontaneously breaking out in song. More specifically, everyone is singing the episode’s breakout hit, “Let’s Generalize About Men,” because it’s the hilarious misandrist anthem that the world needs right now.

One of the best things about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is that Rebecca Bunch manages to say what everyone wishes they could say (or, in this case, sing) while also pointing out just how ridiculous it is. “Let’s Generalize About Men” is the perfect example of why Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is one of the best shows on TV. It satisfyingly expresses things that are annoying about men while also poking holes in the broad generalizations people make when talking smack with their friends.

Because the lyrics of “Let’s Generalize About Men” are just so perfect, we want to know more about it. And that’s when the beauty of social media really becomes palpable. That’s because Rachel Bloom, the brains behind Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the actress who plays Rebecca Bunch, shared some behind the scenes videos from creating the masterpiece on her Instagram. And they’re so much fun.

In one Instagram post, Rachel Bloom showed the girls practicing the choreography.

Yes! Bloom, Donna Lynne Champlin (who plays Paula), Gabrielle Ruiz (who plays Valencia), and Vella Lovell (who plays Heather) look so amazing while body-rolling and singing the hilarious lyrics, “Let’s get super lit and not admit this is some kind of primal ritual we need now and then.”

In another video, Bloom shows the ladies singing the song at the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend table read.

If you’ve ever wanted to be a fly on the wall to see how all of the actors might react to some of the show’s outrageous songs, this is your chance.

Yeah, it’s pretty exciting that we get to see Josh’s reaction to Bloom singing, “There are not exceptions, all three million men are like this!” Considering that Josh left Rebecca at the alter, her character needs to denigrate and denounce the entire male gender, and doing that with one’s girlfriends really is a part of the healing process after a bad breakup.

We’ve all been there.

Laughing is also important, and “Let’s Generalize About Men” successfully satirizes the wine-infused nights shared among a group of girls who just need to make unfounded statements about why men are terrible. Like saying, “All every man does everyday is watch porn, eat wings, burp, fart, and snore.”

It’s all in good fun on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. And “Let’s Generalize About Men” is just about one of the funniest songs ever made.



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Hackers are winning. This summer, they infiltrated HBO and stole unreleased material. Last month, they breached Equifax — the consumer credit reporting agency — and gathered information on over 140 million Americans. But hackers also raid places that seem a bit closer to home: the places we buy burgers, drink beer, and shop for refrigerators. 

Below, Mashable compiled a timeline of the various establishments that have been hacked in the last five years, beginning with Target and ending with Sonic. It’s likely that this list will only expand. After all, there’s growing evidence the United States’ own National Security Agency (NSA) was hacked by Russians. If the NSA can’t keep hackers at bay, how can Sonic Drive-In? Read more…

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Rose McGowan has been temporarily suspended on Twitter, according to an Instagram post on Wednesday night.

Detailed in an email screenshot posted on McGowan’s Instagram, the temporary suspension allows her to browse Twitter — but she is prohibited from sending tweets, retweeting or liking. 

The suspension will last for 12 hours, however she will need to delete the tweet that violates Twitter’s rules before the countdown can begin. It is unclear which tweet violated its rules.

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Miley Cyrus Jokes Carpool Karaoke With James Corden ‘Would’ve Been More Fun If We Hotboxed’ the Musical Ride

It’s a party in the carpool lane!

Miley Cyrus joined James Corden on The Late Late Show Tuesday night, filling the passenger seat for another round of Carpool Karaoke.

During the musical ride, the singer, 24, harkens back to her previous musical eras. First, the late-night host, 39, uses Cyrus’s tongue — as made famous during her twerk-tastic Bangerz album cycle — to dampen postage stamps. Then, backed by the comedian, Cyrus shows off her impressive pipes, bopping along to her 2009 classic “Party in the U.S.A.”

In addition, the pair sang Cyrus’ hits such as “We Can’t Stop,” “The Climb,” “Younger Now,” “Wrecking Ball” and “Malibu.”

“This would’ve been more fun if we hotboxed this thing,” the fiancée of Liam Hemsworth joked at the very end of the segment.

This isn’t the first time Cyrus has jumped in the carpool lane. Earlier this year, she and her creative family — dad Billy Ray, mom Tish, sisters Brandi and Noah and brothers Trace and Braison — starred in a Cyrus family Carpool Karaoke special, exclusively available on Apple Music.

Cyrus’ latest TV appearance follows the recent release of her sixth studio album, Younger Now.

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Jason Aldean Ran from Stage When Las Vegas Gunman Opened Fire: ‘Tonight Has Been Beyond Horrific’

Video footage shows the harrowing moments country singer Jason Aldean ran from the stage during his Las Vegas show on Sunday after a gunman opened fire, killing 20 people and injuring at least 100.

A clip uploaded to Twitter by an attendant showed the 40-year-old singer performing as gunfire broke out at the country music festival. Soon, the music comes to an abrupt halt and Aldean is seen fleeing the stage.

“Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe,” Aldean wrote in an Instagram post in the wake of the incident.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken#stopthehate.”

The shooting began just as Aldean kicked off his show on the final day of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival, the Washington Post reports.

Witnesses reported that a gunman opened fire – reportedly with a fully automatic weapon – from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino. Police later engaged the shooter and killed him, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said, according to NBC News.

Shortly after the shooting, Aldean’s wife, Brittany, reassured fans in an Instagram post, writing, “We are safe … our angels were definitely watching over us tonight. No words for what happened … Just horrific. Praying for everyone.”

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced Sunday night that an active shooter has been reported near the casino and advised people to avoid the area.

Authorities shut down the south end of the strip as well as freeway traffic on the I-15 from Tropicana to Russell Road. Some flights destined for McCarran Airport were also diverted due to the reported shooting, according to the airport.

A video posted by a Twitter user showed a crowd of people fleeing from a nearby music festival after the shots were reported. Police said they believe the shooting to be “a solo act” done by “a lone wolf attacker,” according to the Los Angeles Times.


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‘She’s married to the biggest bully on the planet. Her silence about his bullying condones his actions.’

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While Donald Trump was on the campaign trail, his wife, Melania, promised that as the First Lady she would do all she could to help fight cyber-bulling.

‘Our culture has gotten too mean and too violent,’ she told a rally crowd before becoming a fixture in The White House.

‘It is never OK when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied or attacked. It is terrible when that happens on the playground and it is unacceptable when it’s done by someone with no name hiding on the internet.’

While it seemed she had lost passion for the cause – instead revealing she was focusing her efforts on the fight against drug use and opoids – this week Melania gave a rousing speech about bullying in an address to the UN.

‘We must teach each child the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of kindness, mindfulness, integrity, and leadership, which can only be taught by example. By our own example, we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit,’ she said.

‘We must remember that they are watching and listening, so we must never miss an opportunity to teach life’s many ethical lessons along the way. As adults, we are not merely responsible: We are accountable.’

However, many are accusing Melania of being a hypocrite following the speech in light of her husband, Donald Trump’s, behaviour. He has intimidated, mocked and barged his way through the last nine months of his presidency, and Twitter was dumbfounded by what Melania was preaching.

‘Melania Trump’s “Fight Against Cyber Bullying’ is ironic. Her husband is a huge bully & she peddled his birtherism lies on TV. Sad & Unift,’ one user wrote.

‘Melania Trump is condemning bullying when she sleeps with the biggest bully of all. Oh the irony,’ wrote another.

Melania’s speech continued: ‘I hope you will join me in committing ourselves to teaching the next generation to live by and honour the golden rule. We must turn our focus right now to the message and content they are exposed to on a daily basis through social media, the bullying they experience online and in person, and the growing glowing epidemic of drug addiction and drug overdose.’

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Man Pleads to Felony Murders of Maryland Sisters Who Vanished During Mall Trip in 1975: ‘It’s Been a Long Time’

On Tuesday morning a 60-year-old sex offender admitted to the felony murder of two young Maryland sisters who vanished during a trip to the mall in 1975, PEOPLE confirms.

Lloyd Lee Michael Welch Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree felony murder when he appeared in court in Bedford County, Virginia, the Washington Post reports — partially resolving a decades-old case with a long grip on the community.

Despite Welch’s plea, key questions about what happened and by whom remain unanswered. Prosecutors have said that Katherine Lyon, 10, and 12-year-old Sheila Lyon were abducted in Maryland in March 1975 and then killed, after which their remains were disposed of — but never found.

Welch was prosecuted in Bedford because it is believed the remains of at least one of his victims was buried there, according to the Post.

According to the Associated Press, Welch denies being responsible for the girls’ deaths or sexually assaulting them, but he admitted to being a party to their abduction, during which they were killed. Under Virginia law, that allowed him to be charged with felony murder.

On the day they vanished, the Lyon girls went to the Wheaton Plaza mall in Montgomery County, Maryland, to shop for Easter decorations and grab a bite to eat. They were never seen or heard from again.

Welch was sentenced to 48 years in prison as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. However, his sentence won’t start until after the completion of a sentence he is serving Delaware for molesting a 10-year-old girl

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As part of his deal with prosecutors, Welch agreed to plead guilty to two unrelated child sex abuse cases, according to the Post, with sentencing concurrent with his term for the felony murders. Montgomery County prosecutors further declined to pursue charges of their own as a result of Welch’s plea, the newspaper reports.

Bedford County prosecutors did not immediately return a call. Welch’s defense team was not immediately available to comment.

His admission so many years after the girls were killed — and despite a lack of physical evidence, including bodies — was heralded by some this week as an accomplishment by law enforcement.

“I think what they did was unprecedented,” Robert Lowery, a vice president at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, told the Post.

Welch was only developed as a suspect in recent years, after he was already incarcerated in an unrelated sexual assault case. However, he eventually gave multiple incriminating statements about his role in the Lyons case to law enforcement, only some of which were suppressed ahead of trial.

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Welch’s plea meant “we can all be assured that will never be free to victimize another child or destroy another family,” said Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger, according to the Post.

Authorities have reportedly said they believe Welch did not act alone in abducting and killing the Lyons, but other participants are either dead or their roles could not be proven.

Katherine and Sheila’s parents and siblings were reportedly at the hearing on Tuesday. Afterward their dad, John, addressed the media.

“We just want to say thank you,” he said outside the courtroom. “It’s been a long time. We’re tired and we just want to go home.”

• Reporting by ADAM CARLSON


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A 1973 soul classic by Bobby Womack blasted from the speakers of a beer garden in Astoria. Buddy Duress jumped up and sang along: “Across 110th Street/Pushers won’t let the junkie go free.” Just four years ago, those lyrics could have been written about him. Duress was a drug addict and prolific shoplifter who had…
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