Report: Tonne Goodman, Phyllis Posnick Stepping Down From ‘Vogue’

No publication is exempt from the game of top-level musical chairs facing the editorial world today — not even Vogue.  On Friday, Business of Fashion reported that, per sources, two of the Condé Nast fashion mainstay’s most veteran editors will be stepping down: Fashion Director Tonne …

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Spoilers ahead for “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 finale.  Well, that happened. “The Handmaid’s Tale” ended Season 2 Wednesday on Hulu with a scintillating finale in which evil Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) was stabbed in the back, literally, and Offred/June (Elisabeth Moss) was on her way (finally!) to escaping Gilead’s dystopian hell with Holly, her…
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To some in the black community, there is no card game like “Spades.” Spades can break up happy homes, reunite families and end friendships. At a barbeque or function, if someone breaks out the cards it’s time for you to find a partner and destroy the whole house or risk embarrassment.

Now we shouldn’t assume that everyone knows how to play the Black American pastime but you risk shame if you don’t. So Twitter user @rxmsxy took to Twitter to break down the game. Not all heroes wear capes. Here’s your lesson.

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Florida Woman Arrested For Driving Down Highway With Ex-Boyfriend on Hood

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Remember that video that went viral of a car flying down the highway, with a man on the hood? Well, the woman at the wheel of the whip has been arrested.

Did we even have to tell you where she was from?

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A woman is behind bars after she allegedly sped down a South Florida highway with a man on the hood of her car.

CBS Denver identified the suspect as Patresha Isidore. Isidore allegedly drove off with a car belonging to her ex-boyfriend, Junior Francis, last Sunday.

According to an arrest report, Francis climbed on the hood in an attempt to stop Isidore. However, police say she continued driving, eventually getting onto Interstate 95.

Isidore drove with Francis on the hood for about 19 miles before she was stopped, according to police.

NINETEEN MILES. Bruh!

But here’s the kicker, Francis reportedly doesn’t want to press charges.

Battered man? Guilt because he did some f*cksh*t that warranted this “lesson”? Florida Man and Florida Woman having an understanding?

Whatever the reason, the struggle is real. Also, keep both of them off the road, people besides themselves could get hurt.

Lastly, by the looks of her mugshot—what else has she done?

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Feds take down dozens of ‘Dark Web’ weapons and drug vendors

Dark Web drugs, weapons

The ‘dark web’ — a series of websites accessible through the anonymous Tor browser, which lends a tends a thin veil of anonymity to users — shot to prominence as a place to buy almost anything thanks to a 2011 Gawker profile of The Silk Road, the internet’s first big marketplace for almost anything. Lawenforcement agencies were horrified of the idea that an Amazon for crime could operate semi-openly, making weapons, drugs, and hacking tools available to anyone with a fistful of cryptocurrency, so despite the fact that dark web sales make up a fraction of the global drug and weapons trade, police organizations worldwide have been cracking down with a vengance.

The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it had arrested 35 individuals charged with selling “illicit goods,” and seized a reported $ 23.6 million in weapons, drugs, and cryptocurrency. The arrests were the culmination of a “year-long, coordinated national operation that used the first nationwide undercover action to target vendors of illicit goods on the Darknet.”

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This Beer-Maker Broke Down What It’s Like to Actually Own a Craft Brewery


It was blisteringly cold in Dayton, Ohio, in late January, but my Bangarang! IPA was keeping me warm and content as I sat inside Eudora Brewing Company across from owner, head brewer and quality control extraordinaire, Neil Chabut.

After years of homebrewing, Chabut opened Eudora back in 2013, during his time studying psychology at the University of Dayton.

My hometown of Dayton has become quite the hot spot for microbreweries and nanobreweries like Eudora. In the last decade, the area has become home to some of my favorites, including Warped Wing, Lock 27, Toxic, Carillon Brewing, Lucky Star, Dayton Beer Company and, of course, Eudora.

This is representative of a much larger trend nationwide as craft beer continues to gain popularity with drinkers of all ages, creating jobs for thousands of beer lovers. Breweries accounted for more than half of the employment growth within the beverage manufacturing industry from 2006 to 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

At the time of the recession in the late 2000s, breweries (including macrobreweries like Budweiser and craft breweries like Boston Beer Company) employed about 25,000 workers nationwide. By 2012, that number had grown to nearly 30,000, and by 2016, it had climbed to almost 59,000 employees. In just six years, the industry had more than doubled.

My home state of Ohio has been at the front of that industry growth. In 2006, Ohio was one of just four states (joined by California, Colorado and Texas) to employ more than 1,600 brewery workers. Today, another 10 states have joined the list.

As someone who loves an ice cold beer — and with the gut to prove it — I understand why breweries are on the rise from a consumer’s standpoint. But I wanted to hear from Chabut why he had chosen to make a career out of brewing and selling beer and what life is like when you spend it creating the world’s most special beverage.

Brewing Beer for a Living

Neil Chabut, owner and head brewer of Eudora Brewing Company in Dayton, Ohio, makes a batch of beer at his business.
Neil Chabut, owner and head brewer of Eudora Brewing Company in Dayton, Ohio, makes a batch of beer at his business. Photo courtesy of Eudora Brewing Company

“What I love about brewing beer,” Chabut told me, “is that it mixes creativity and science.”

After learning the fundamental science behind brewing beer, Chabut has been able to get creative and develop new recipes. He told me he is currently working on a nitro beer and eventually wants to do a full line of nitros, including a hoppy nitro or two.

But brewers in micro- and nanobreweries don’t just flex their creativity when concocting new recipes. They also have to develop a name for every beer they brew and sell, which can be fun — and challenging.

“You have to consider beers named by breweries nationwide,” Chabut explained, “because you don’t want to name yours the same.”

He has trademarked a few of his more popular beers, like Bangarang! IPA and Sundowner.

And how he has named all of the beers?

“The names come from a variety of inspirations,” Chabut said.

Robin Williams fans will recognize Bangarang! from the movie “Hook,” one of Chabut’s favorites. He used another movie — a James Bond flick he watched with his grandfather—to name his oatmeal stout Thunderball. Worm Burner, Eudora’s recent Scottish ale, is named after the golf term.

“Even though I’m a crappy golfer,” he added.

Chabut also had the same challenge every new small business owner encounters: naming the company.

I asked Chabut how he had come up with Eudora, and he smiled while he remembered a sociology class he had taken back in college.

“In this class, I had learned about the major water crisis much of the world is facing. I planned to use my business to help the cause by giving back, so I wanted a name that conveyed that. And Eudora is Greek for ‘good gift.’”

And voila — the brewery had his name.

As for the water crisis, Chabut’s brewery has followed through on the very mission that inspired the Eudora name. A portion of every sale is donated to Charity Water.

Chabut also told me that his donation buckets have been successful. Thus far, Eudora has helped fund projects to bring clean water to people in Laos, Ethiopia and Cambodia, among other countries. The brewery currently aims to raise $ 10,000 to fund a project entirely on its own.

What Brewers Actually Do

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A vat of beer is brewed at Eudora Brewing Company. Photo courtesy of Eudora Brewing Company

With 59,000 employees working in the brewing industry in the U.S., the work is bound to be varied.

I (and my taste buds) have had the pleasure of doing a brewery tour in Washington D.C., as well as the Budweiser tour in St. Louis, where I got to see firsthand what the employees did each day.

While Budweiser had a lot of varied roles — from management to marketing to tour guide to actual beer taster (yes, that was someone’s job) — the smaller breweries are run a little differently.

At Eudora, for instance, Chabut has about 15 employees, yet he is the only one brewing the beer. He also runs the day-to-day operations.

“Every day is different, every week is different,” he told me. “Some weeks I work 50 hours, and sometimes I work 30. Depends on what I’m scheduled to brew and what challenges I run into.”

The evening I visited his taproom, he had just overcome a new challenge he hadn’t yet seen in his four-plus years as a brewer: a broken pump.

“I couldn’t send it away to a professional because I am set to brew tomorrow, so I just ordered a few parts and figured out how to fix it myself,” he explained.

But Chabut also battles the same issues other small business owners must tackle — issues ranging from credit card machines going down to customer service problems. Luckily, though, Chabut said he runs a pretty tight organization, much of which is due to his stellar employees. Many have been around since the beginning.

Most of Chabut’s employees actually work as bartenders, chatting with the regulars and finding them the perfect beer. Chabut also has an accountant (a good call, because in my experience, beer and math don’t mix) and a few employees who manage the customer brewing portion of the business.

Customer brewing is actually something that makes Eudora unique in the Dayton area. I haven’t tried it myself (yet), but Chabut explained that, much like the wine and painting events that have become popular in recent years, customer brewing is a great event to do with friends.

Customers are involved in every part of the process, from grinding to adding hops. They can even design their own logos for the bottles when they pick up their beer a few weeks later.

If you’ve given thought to working at a brewery or even opening your own, you should find a brewery near you that does customer brewing and try it out. Better yet, follow in Chabut’s footsteps and begin brewing at home.

Chabut hinted that it’s not the most lucrative career in the world, but he works with something he’s passionate about every day with co-workers and customers who share that same passion. He met his girlfriend through the beer industry and has even traveled to Denver for the Great American Beer Festival.

“My favorite part of running the business is getting to know the customers and other people in the industry,” he explained. “I’ve met so many awesome people over my beers; it’s like ‘Cheers.’ I have plenty of Norms who each have their own seats. It’s really cool to see this community of people who love good beer.”

So where does the brewery industry go from here?

My (beer) gut tells me it will continue to rise over the next decade, especially if I keep shelling out my hard-earned cash for six-packs. Now is a good time to get into the game, whether you hope to work at an established brewery (there are plenty to choose from—they’ve grown fivefold in the last six years) or to open your own.

Learn more about Eudora Brewing Company here and take a deep dive into the growth of the brewery industry with the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recent spotlight.

Timothy Moore is a writer, editor and long-time beer drinker. His favorite go-to beers are Lagunitas IPA, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale and, on a hot summer day, a Leinenkugel Summer Shandy. But for the best IPA of your life, he wholeheartedly recommends Flying Monkeys’ Smashbomb Atomic IPA, which is also just really fun to say.

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When CNN needed to find a voice to react to the historic meeting between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, its bookers turned to one man who knew both leaders personally: Dennis Rodman.

In a bizarre, emotional interview on CNN on Monday, the mercurial former NBA star broke down in tears while praising the meeting between the two leaders. He also noted his own tumultuous history with North Korea.

Sporting a red Make America Great Again hat, large tinted sunglasses, and a T-shirt plugging the cryptocurrency potcoin.com, Rodman recalled how he was chastised for personally befriending Kim during several trips to the hermit kingdom. Rodman had been widely criticized for showering attention and publicity on Kim during those trip. But he claimed he did not know anything about the North Korean regime or its atrocities before he agreed to travel there.

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BALTIMORE — Giancarlo Stanton did something on Saturday afternoon he hadn’t done in a while: He homered.

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Lil Rel Howery Calls Tracy Morgan ‘One Hating Ass Dude’ for Shutting Down Questions About Tiffany Haddish [Video]

If you’re interviewing Tracy Morgan, do NOT ask him about his ‘The Last O.G.’ co-star Tiffany Haddish — because he’ll get in his feelings.

In an interview with Vulture from last week, Tracy was asked how it’s been to watch Tiffany’s career trajectory since her starring role in last summer’s Girls Trip.

Tracy replied:

“We’re not gonna go there, because this isn’t Tiffany’s show. This is Tracy Morgan. This is The Last O.G.” 

He continued:

“You gotta ask that about Tiffany, ask that about Cedric [the Entertainer], and ask that about craft services.”

Comedian Lil Rel called Tracy out on social media for his comments, calling him “one hating ass dude.”

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Trump eases firing of federal workers, cracks down on unions

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Valve Threatens Popular Erotic Games on Steam with Take down Warnings

The developers of several popular erotic games on Steam have received warnings from Valve that they must censor the adult content in their games or they will be removed, according to tweets from those developers.

Most notably, developer HuniePot was issued a warning regarding their extremely popular erotic romance visual novel/puzzle game, HuniePop. According to their Twitter, the notice indicated that HuniePop “violates the rules & guidelines for pornographic content on Steam and will be removed from the store unless the game is updated to remove said content.”

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Meghan Markle Asks Prince Charles to Walk Her Down Aisle in Absence of Her Dad: ‘It Was Her Wish’

Meghan Markle will walk down the altar with her future father-in-law, Prince Charles.

Kensington Palace announced Friday that Meghan, 36, has asked Charles, 69, to carry out the duty. Meghan had planned on having her father, Thomas Markle, by her side, but she “sadly” confirmed on Thursday that he would not be attending the royal wedding as originally planned.

“Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George’s Chapel on her Wedding Day,” the palace statement said. “The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way.”

The royal bride-to-be asked Charles to take over the duty in the last 24 hours, since it was revealed that her father was not able to attend.

“It was Meghan’s wish and she is grateful for the Prince of Wales to be doing it,” a royal source tells PEOPLE.

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For the earlier part of the procession through the Nave of St. George’s Chapel, Meghan will be accompanied by her 10-strong squad of bridesmaids and page boys, which means she will walk down the greater part of the aisle without someone by her side.

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The Dean of Windsor David Conner will lead the way, followed by Meghan and her little bridal party, which includes Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3.

A royal source says that it was always part of the “choreography” that the children would be with her for the first section of the walk through the Nave of the chapel, and then her father would take over for the final steps through the Quire (the last section of the church, where the immediate members of the royal family and close relatives will likely be seated). Now, Charles will greet her at the Quire to continue the final portion of her walk to the altar, where Prince Harry will be standing.

On Thursday, Meghan and Harry, 33, took part in a rehearsal with Prince William and Kate Middleton, George, Charlotte and other bridesmaids and page boys.

Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, was also at the rehearsal, where she met William and Kate and their children.

Until earlier this week, the plan was in place for Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, to walk her down the aisle, Kensington Palace had confirmed on May 4.

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But then on Monday, that plan came to a halt after Thomas told TMZ that he had decided not to attend the wedding after it was revealed that he worked with a paparazzi agency to stage several photoshoots, featuring him reading a book about Great Britain, looking at photos of Meghan and Harry online and being fitted for his wedding outfit. He said that he didn’t want to attend and embarrass Meghan or the royal family. He also said that he had suffered a heart attack the previous week, but had checked out of the hospital in order to attend the wedding.

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On Tuesday, Thomas backtracked on his statement and said that he would try to attend the wedding, pending any further medical issues. His change of heart came after Meghan reportedly contacted him and stressed to him how much she wanted him to be there. But then later that day, he said he wouldn’t be able to attend after all, because he needed to have surgery on Wednesday. He told TMZ that the surgery had been successful on Wednesday evening.


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A new report on youth unemployment in Illinois found that the alarmingly high rate of young black men and women in Chicago who are neither working nor in school has dropped.

Data collected from 2012 through 2016 under the Obama administration and published by the University of Chicago’s Great Cities Institute, found that there has been a decrease in out of work, and out of school rates for black 20- to 24-year-olds in Chicago in recent years, but that substantial racial and gender gaps still remain. And although the newly found statistics are encouraging, researchers found that nearly a third of black 20- to 24-year-olds and 37% of black 20 -to 24-year-old men are still out of work and not going to school.

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  • Joblessness and out-of-school and out-of-work rates were comparatively worse in areas of south, west, and central Illinois compared to Cook County.
  • The highest jobless rates for 20- to 24-year-olds in Illinois were located outside of the Chicago Metro Area in south, west, and central Illinois.
  • Joblessness and out-of-school and out-of-work rates for the total population, black, white, and Hispanic or Latino 20- to 24-year-olds were higher in sections of southern, western, and central Illinois than in Cook County.
  • Five subsections of Illinois had an out-of-school and out-of-work rate for black 20- to 24-year-olds above 40% and one area had a rate of 63.6%

What Researchers Learned

  • Black 20-to 24-year-olds had large improvements in out-of-work figures: Black 20- to 24-year-olds in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois and the U.S. had large decreases in out-of-work rates.
  • There were improvements in out-of-school and out-of-work rates for black 20- to 24-year olds in Chicago and worsening figures for Latinos from 2014 to 2016.
  • Teen employment in mid-sized cities and rural areas declined substantially: employment to population ratios for 16- to 19-year-olds in Illinois case study counties with mid-sized cities have decreased substantially since 1980.
  • Economies of mid-sized cities and rural economies are not incorporating young people into the workforce:
  • The mix of jobs in rural economies has changed in similar ways to Chicago, resulting in fewer opportunities for young people as older populations are increasingly employed in industries that young people have historically been employed in, such as retail.
  • Middle-class occupations are leaving medium-sized cities and rural areas as income inequalities grow: proportions of individuals in poverty and in high-income groups in Illinois case study counties are growing as middle-income groups are shrinking.

To Jack Wuest, executive director of the Alternative Schools Network, the data demonstrate an urgent need for more government-subsidized jobs so young people can gain basic work skills and become contributing members of the labor force. “Getting people on their feet, doing some work, out of the house, gives them a sense of dignity and power that they can spend money on what they like as well as take care of their family,” he said.

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The royal wedding is days away, with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set to wed on Saturday at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

While the average wedding run up is stressful enough, Meghan Markle is having to deal with much more than most, with her father Thomas Markle caught in controversy this week as it was reported that he had colluded with photographers in a series of publicity stunts.

It was even reported that the father of the bride had pulled out of the wedding – four days before the nuptials – due to embarrassment over the scandal, with Kensington Palace issuing a statement asking for ‘understanding and respect’.

‘This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding,’ announced a palace spokesman. ‘She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation.’

With Thomas seemingly set to be absent, speculation was surrounding who would be filling his shoes and walking Meghan down the aisle, with rumours that it could be her mother Doria Radlan or brother-in-law Prince William.

According to recent reports however, it looks like Thomas Markle might be attending after all, with Mr Markle reportedly telling TMZ that Meghan had changed his mind.

Given that his health improves – he is apparently suffering with a heart condition – he should be there on Saturday to walk his daughter down the aisle.

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Summer is great, right? Sunshine, summer camp, pools, beaches, golf courses, and all of those fun outdoor activities. That is, until the thermostat starts reaching above that 85 degree mark for 2, 6, or even 10 days in a row. Sometimes you just need a break from the heat and just get away from it all to simply cool down.

Thankfully, there are several amazing places you can go to escape the heat during the hottest days of any summer, and will make for an incredible story and provide you with once in a lifetime experiences as well.

Greenland

Way up north – even farther north than canada -lies the island of Greenland. Technically a part of Denmark, this island is perfect for if you’re just fiending for those cold fall days. The average temperature in the summer only reaches about 45 degrees which enables the island’s ice packs to remain close to frozen all winter long. And the views are incredible, with up close showings of the northern lights every single night. The locals definitely know how to host guests, with everything from extreme mountain and fjord hikes to luxury igloo hotels on offer.

Patagonia

When it is summertime in the northern hemisphere that means it is winter time in the southern hemisphere. This means that if you really want to go skiing, all you have to do is go to Argentina or Chile. This is the area where the Andes fall onto the plains which cover the southern third of the South American continent. The Andes are full of snow at this time, and the ski resorts in both countries are out of this world. You can also go visit the southernmost tip of South America – Tierra del Fuego. There are tons of ice caves, glaciers, and valleys to explore as well as penguins to play with.

Haute route

The Haute Route is a world famous hiking route which goes between the countries of France and Switzerland. For someone just looking for more milder temperatures, this is definitely the place to go, as the weather rarely rises above 70 degrees fahrenheit even in the middle of the summer. This 110 mile long trail takes about 10-11 days to hike, but is interspersed by charming Swiss and French villages along the way with beautiful five star resorts. It is possible to see both the perennially snow covered Matterhorn as well as Mont Blanc on this beautiful, scenic hike.

Fjords in Norway

If it’s one thing that the Norway is known for its their beautiful and magnificent fjords. These fjords were carved out of the countryside by the forces of nature, resulting in long valleys filled with water which connect to the sea. Some of the most beautiful fjords in Norway are located in Bergen, where, along with weather which rarely rises above 65 degrees, there is a stunning array of flora and fauna. It is also possible to travel a bit farther away and hike on top of as well as through some of the largest, most stunning glaciers in the world.

South American wine tours

Thats right, some of the best wines in the world come from South American wineries located in the grape growing regions of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. So why not go on a tasting tour of the South American wine country? The temperatures are cool but not cold – perfect for growing grapes in. And you’ll be able to travel around the countries seeing different landscapes as well as cultures everywhere you go. And of course, you can have a world famous Argentinian steak every night of your trip to pair with your reds.

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Boston Marathon Winner on How She Nearly Quit — and Why She Slowed Down for Her Competitor’s Bathroom Break

The runner who became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years was very close to quitting on Monday.

Desiree Linden, who secured her first-ever big marathon win when she crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 39 minutes and 54 seconds, told ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday that she wasn’t feeling well early on in the race and was getting fed up with the miserable weather. Instead, she said, she planned to do what she could to help the other Americans on the course.

So when fellow American Shalane Flanagan, the 2017 New York City Marathon winner and a favorite to win in Boston, had to pull off to use the porta-potty mid-race, Linden slowed her pace to help Flanagan return to the pack when she was finished.

“We closed the gap and we were back in it,” Linden told GMA, sitting next to Flanagan. “It was a great turning point for me, and kept Shalane in it and gave us a chance.”

Earlier on in the race, Linden said she told Flanagan she wasn’t feeling well and could help block the wind for her or pace her. “I grabbed her shoulder and was like, ‘Are you OK?’ ” Flanagan told GMA.

Analysts applauded Linden for displaying immense sportsmanship — especially in a race that practically every professional distance runner dreams of winning and while running amid unusually harsh weather conditions.

“A ton of American pride on the line,” Linden said. “So it was just keeping our best people in the front.”

Linden went on to pull away from the chase pack and take the lead from Ethiopian runner Mamitu Daska. When she crossed the finish line several miles later, there were no other runners in sight.

“When you work together, you never know what’s going to happen,” Linden told NBC Sports after the race. “Helping her helped me.”

Linden’s hope for American dominance in the women’s field in the marathon went beyond her first-place finish. Seven American woman finished in the top 10, including Sarah Sellers, a full-time nurse who shocked the world with a second-place finish. Flanagan went on to secure a seventh-place finish, and told Runner’s World the 2018 Boston Marathon was likely her last.

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On average, 14 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report profit per share of $ 0.56 for the quarter. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items.

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Today, March 21, is World Down Syndrome Day, a day dedicated to raising public awareness and encouraging advocacy for the rights, inclusion and well being of people of all ages with Down syndrome.

To mark and celebrate World Down Syndrome Day this year, a group of moms in the UK created a carpool karaoke-style lip sync and Makaton signing video that makes a very simple, very powerful point: When it comes to their children, they wouldn’t change a thing.

“Introducing 50 ordinary mums and 50 ordinary 4-year-olds with just one tiny connection: One extra chromosome,” begins the video, which is set to Christina Perri’s hit song, A Thousand Years.

You don’t want to miss this one:

The video, released earlier this month to coincide with World Down Syndrome Day, has been making waves across the internet. Even the king of carpool karaoke, late night host James Corden, has taken notice, Tweeting, “This is the most beautiful Carpool Karaoke. It made me cry. #wouldntchangeathing x”

He’s not the only one! I definitely shed a tear or two the first time I saw this video, but I also watched it with the hugest smile. The love in these families is so evident. It’s pure joy.

This project so beautifully illustrates the fact that there are common threads woven throughout every story of motherhood, the strongest of which is the unbreakable bond between a mom and her child.

Visit the World Down Syndrome Day web site to learn more about this important day, which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. BabyCenter also has resources and community boards that provide information and support for the families of children with Down syndrome.

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Kingfisher plc (KGF.L) reported that its statutory pre-tax profit for year ended 31 January 2018, which includes the impact of transformation costs, exceptional items and FFVR, declined by 10.1% to 682 million pounds, from prior year. Earnings per share was 22.0 pence compared to 27.0 pence.
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SAM Faiers breaks down in tonight’s episode of The Mummy Diaries as she worries about son Paul feeling left out.

The former Towie star welcomed second child – daughter Rosie – in November last year, and has documented her life as a mother-of-two in the new series.

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But tonight, Sam will be seen in floods of tears as she breastfeeds Rosie as she frets about her eldest child Paul, two, being overlooked.

Tearing up, she says to boyfriend Paul Knightley: “I’m feeling for Paul. I don’t want him to feel…

“Not that he ever would as you’ve given him more attention than I think he has ever had…”

Paul does his best to reassure his partner, telling her: “He’s had your undivided attention forever.”

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But his words make Sam burst into tears as she cradled her newborn daughter.

“I’m fine,” she says, adding: “It’s hard to talk about it because I love them so much.

“You don’t want them to ever feel left out.
“Then I look at her because I don’t want her to not have any attention.”

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The preview clip comes after Sam shared a throwback picture to when she gave birth to Rosie.

Sam shared a snap from her home water birth last November, writing on Instagram: “I had such an amazing home birth with Rosie.

“The most precious indescribable time of your life, bringing a baby into the world.”

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The snap showed her cradling her newborn as her boyfriend Paul supported her from behind.

Sam recently admitted she thought she couldn’t get pregnant while breastfeeding.

However, in the first episode of the new series of The Mummy Diaries, Sam revealed Rosie was a surprise.

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Sam said she thought nursing her son Paul a contraceptive.

Speaking to the camera alongside her partner, she said: “I didn’t think you could get pregnant while you’re breastfeeding.”

She also told OK!: “Yeah, she [Rosie] was actually [a surprise]. I honestly didn’t think you could, it is [breastfeeding] a natural form of contraception – they say.

The Mummy Diaries airs tonight on ITVBe at 9pm. 


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AUSTIN, Texas — When the cast of Will & Grace reunited for a new batch of episodes late last year, Nick Offerman got to see up close and personal what it feels like to get the band back together, so to speak, on a beloved sitcom. Not only is his wife, Megan Mullally, one of the four stars of that show, but he also made a guest appearance as Jackson Boudreaux, the “Bad Boy of Bread.”

Offerman sat down with The Daily Beast in Austin, Texas, this week to talk about his new film, Hearts Beat Loud, which had just screened the night before at SXSW. We asked him whether that Will & Grace experience made him think any differently about the possibility of a Parks and Recreation reunion.

“They’re bringing every show back now, maybe they’ll want to bring our show back,” he says. “If that were ever to occur, it would be thanks to brains much larger than mine. Brains that I trust with my life. And so, if Mike Schur and Amy Poehler want to bring the show back and they think it’s a good idea, I will certainly sign on.”

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Shares of Merck KGaA (MKGAY.PK) were losing around 5 percent in the morning trading in Germany after the drug major reported Thursday that its fiscal 2017 EBITDA, a key earnings metric, and margin declined, despite higher sales. Net profit, however, climbed with positive U.S. tax reform impact. Further, the company warned about fiscal 2018.
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Modern women give birth lying down because King Louis XIV was a creeper

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Thanks to having 22 children with his wives (and mistresses), King Louis XIV developed a fascination with birth that has lasting influence today.

Up until he entered the scene in the late 1600s women gave birth in most cultures around the world kneeling, squatting, sitting or standing. A bas-relief at the Temple of Esneh in Egypt even depicts Cleopatra giving birth on her knees (surrounded by five female attendants) way back in the BC era.

But although kneeling and squatting worked best for women for all of human history up until Louis’ time, those positions lacked one thing he couldn’t deal with — a view.

“Some scholars claim that the change in birthing position was a perverted caprice of King Louis XIV,” Professor Dundes wrote in the American Journal of Public Health, “Since Louis XIV reportedly enjoyed watching women giving birth, he became frustrated by the obscured view of birth when it occurred on birthing stool.”

He reportedly insisted a “birthing table” be designed, then watched while his mistress gave birth to one of his illegitimate children.

To be fair, it wasn’t just Louis who came up with the idea.

The lithotomy position so many of us have found ourselves in (reclined on a bed, spread eagle, often with feet in stirrups) was promoted by Francois Maurice in his 1668 book The Diseases of Women with Child and in Child-Bed. That title is a clear indication of his line of thinking, as he went on to refer to pregnancy as a “tumor of the Belly” caused by an infant.

He argued that a position reclining or lying down in bed was not only more comfortable for the laboring woman, but more convenient for her doctors.

That being said, it still seems King Louis’ power and resulting influence can be blamed for popularizing giving birth lying down.

“The influence of the King’s policy is unknown, although the behavior of royalty must have affected the populace to some degree,” Professor Dundes wrote. “Louis XIV’s purported demand for change did coincide with the changing of the position and may well have been a contributing influence.”

Who would want to give birth squatting like a peasant rather than lying down like a royal lady? Everyone should be the answer, yet 300 years later many of us (including myself, twice) still labor and deliver on our backs — a position that can narrow the birth canal by up to a third.

Pretty crazy to think a long-dead king with kink may have contributed to those 20+ hour labors I endured. Wish I had known more about this during my pregnancies and not just assumed lying flat on the bed was the way things were done.

Check out more on positions for labor and birth from the BabyCenter Experts.

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Big Lots Board Lifts Quarterly Dividend; Q4 Comps. Down 0.1%

Big Lots, Inc. (BIG) announced on March 7, its Board increased the company’s quarterly dividend payment rate by approximately 20%, declaring a quarterly cash dividend of $ 0.30 per common share for the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The dividend will be paid on April 6, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 23. On March 7, the Board also approved a share repurchase program providing for the repurchase of up to $ 100 million of common shares. The 2018 Share Repurchase Program is eligible to begin on March 12, 2018 and will continue until exhausted.
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NASA’s Juno spacecraft strips Jupiter down to its underwear

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The interior of Jupiter is just as intriguing as the planet’s dazzling surface, with a swirling mixture of liquid hydrogen and helium at its center, vast atmospheric jet streams and exotic gravitational properties, scientists said on Wednesday.


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Target Q4 Profit Rises, Sees Q1, FY18 Profit In Line With View; Stock Down

Target Corp. (TGT) on Tuesday reported a 35 percent increase in profit for the fourth quarter of 2017 from last year. The fourth quarter comparable sales increased 3.6 percent, while quarterly sales grew 10.0 percent, reflecting the impact of an additional week in the latest-quarter. Traffic grew 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter. The company reaffirmed outlook for fiscal year 2018.
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Mailbag: Breaking Down the Details of the Proposed Davis Cup Changes

Analyzing the pros, cons and financial details of the new proposed Davis Cup transformation, plus details on Eugenie Bouchard’s settlement with the USTA and more.

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Disney Distribution Overhaul: Cathleen Taff Promoted, Dave Hollis Stepping Down

Dave Hollis is stepping down as head of distribution at Disney. He will be replaced by Cathleen Taff, who will assume the slightly unwieldy title of executive vice president, theatrical distribution, franchise management and business & audience insights. Hollis, a well-liked executive with a genial sheen that made him perfect for being an ambassador for […]

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Despite an Overall Down Year, the Big Ten Can Do Damage in the NCAA Tournament

It’s been a disappointing year for the Big Ten as a whole, but Michigan showed in the tournament final why it may be poised for a deep March run. Plus, here’s why you don’t want to count out Purdue.

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JC Penney Q4 Profit Tops View, But Sales Miss; Cuts Hundreds Of Jobs, Stock Down

J. C. Penney Company Inc.(JCP) reported a profit for the fourth-quarter that increased 32.3 percent from last year, primarily due to a $ 75 million tax reform benefit. Total net sales for the quarter increased 1.8%, while comparable sales increased 2.6%. It cut hundreds of jobs after a restructuring. Adjusted earnings per share topped analysts’ expectations, while revenues missed their estimates.
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SEC cracking down on cryptocurrency

Federal regulators seem intent on crashing the cryptocurrency celebration. In dozens of subpoenas sent to crypto-issuers since at least January, regulators have told the companies they should treat their initial coin offering as if they were stocks or bonds, The Post has learned. Such a stricter regulatory view could endanger some of the riskier pockets…
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U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Stepping Down Amid Gymnastics Sex Abuse Scandal

(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — Scott Blackmun is resigning as CEO of the US Olympic Committee, citing health problems as the reason he’ll depart after leading the federation for more than eight years. The 60-year-old CEO was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this winter, and did not attend the Pyeongchang Games.
He announced his resignation Wednesday and Susanne Lyons, a member of the board, will serve as acting CEO.

Blackmun leaves the federation amid calls for his departure, including from two U.S. Senators, who said neither he nor the USOC as a whole have done enough to react to sex abuse cases inside the U.S. gymnastics team.

The USOC is conducting an independent review of when Blackmun and others learned the details about abuse cases at USA Gymnastics and whether they responded appropriately.

At a news conference to kick off the Olympics, USOC chairman Larry Probst said Blackmun had served the USOC with distinction and the board found no reason to relieve him.

“Given Scott’s current health situation, we have mutually agreed it is in the best interest of both Scott and the USOC that we identify new leadership so that we can immediately address the urgent initiatives ahead of us,” Probst said Wednesday.

The USOC said it was starting many initiatives, including providing new funding and resources for victims of Larry Nassar, the doctor who abused members of the U.S. gymnastics team. It also will review its relationships with national governing bodies of Olympic sports and double funding to the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

Blackmun’s last several years at the helm of the USOC have been focused on establishing the center, which stemmed out of task forces to determine how to compel governing bodies of all Olympic sports to use the same rules about reporting and the handling of abuse cases.

It was a herculean task that involved raising millions of dollars to start an independent organization that polices abuse cases in a similar manner as the independent U.S. Anti-Doping Agency runs doping control in the United States.

But all the cases in question — including dozens involving USA Swimming and USA Gymnastics — occurred before the new protocols came into play. The shocking testimony from dozens of gymnasts who were abused by Nassar led to calls for a complete turnover of the USA Gymnastics board, and then for Blackmun’s removal.

Blackmun started as CEO just before the 2010 Vancouver Games and settled an organization that had been rife with infighting after the surprise removal of Jim Scherr and his replacement with Stephanie Streeter, who lasted less than two years.

Blackmun smoothed over rocky relationships with national governing bodies and with the International Olympic Committee, renegotiating an agreement over sharing revenues from TV and sponsorship deals that caused problems between the two entities for years.

The reworked deal smoothed the way for the USOC to bring the Olympics back to the United States for the first time since 2002, when it landed the 2028 Games for Los Angeles. Some, however, criticized that deal as a consolation prize; LA really bid for the 2024 Games, which were awarded to Paris, and the IOC ended up granting 2028 to LA, which was the only other candidate for 2024.

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Social publisher LittleThings shuts down, citing Facebook algorithm changes

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From humble beginnings as a blog for a pet food venture, in four years LittleThings accrued millions of followers and views on its social platforms through feel-good content.

But the publisher announced that it would be no more on Tuesday, putting the blame largely on Facebook’s algorithm changes in an email to all staff, published by Business Insider

Facebook’s “prioritisation of friends/family content over publishers was the last straw” for LittleThings, something which the social media platform implemented in early January. Read more…

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This Guy Had a Crippling $26K in Credit Card Debt. Here’s How He’s Paying It Down


On a Saturday night this past January, Nick and his girlfriend Leigh cozied up next to her fireplace and commenced a solemn “credit-card-cutting ceremony.”

Between the duo rested a stack of plastic cards and a bottle of Champagne leftover from New Year’s.

As Nick (who asked that we omit his last name) cut each card, his girlfriend offered words of encouragement — how one day he’d be able to buy a house, invest money, give back.

For Nick, 27, these financial goals have felt far out of reach.

At 18, he was roped into opening his first credit card. Over the years, he spiraled into about $ 26,500 worth of debt.

“I felt like I was drowning,” he says. “I was able to make monthly payments, but every time I did, the majority of the payments were going to interest charges.”

Hoping to fix the problem, he attempted to consolidate his debt. But each time, he was denied a loan. Until he read about Upstart, a lending platform founded by former Google employees that offers what it calls “smarter loans” through partnership with participating banks.

Rather than solely judging borrowers on their credit scores (though it does require a 620 credit score), Upstart’s underwriting model can incorporate factors such as education, area of study and work history to better understand a borrower and their propensity to repay a loan.

Nick took a shot and applied for an Upstart loan. Within 40 minutes, he was approved. Less than two hours later, Upstart initiated a transfer of funds. His loan funds would be available to him the next business day.

Cue the ceremonial credit-card cutting — because he vows to never let credit card debt take over his life again.

How This Guy Plans to Pay off $ 26K in Credit Card Debt

The more than $ 26,000 in debt Nick managed to collect was mostly from his younger, more financially reckless years, when he’d buy the latest and greatest electronics or take vacations and spend too much money.

“I completely misused [credit cards] and was not financially responsible at all,” he says.

Within 10 years of opening his first credit card, he owed six creditors a lot of money. His total monthly minimum payments hovered around $ 800. Much of that went toward interest and fees.

For example, one card called for a $ 160 minimum payment, but only $ 65 of that went toward the principal.

“How crazy is that?” he says. “I felt as if I was going nowhere, simply spinning my wheels in the mud, truly not able to make any momentum.”

He’d attempted to refinance with several lenders, hoping a loan with a lower interest rate would help him gain some traction. But each time he applied, he was denied.

Then he read about Upstart on The Penny Hoarder. It was the story we told about Kelsey Buxton, who found herself in a similar situation, with about $ 22,000 in credit card debt. Because Nick related all too well, he felt like he had a chance.

He applied for the loan, and the process moved forward quickly. He rattles off email timestamps:

  • Upstart sends confirmation that it received his application at 11:53 a.m. Jan. 8.
  • At 12:33 p.m. that same day, an email indicating his loan approval popped into his inbox.
  • Then, at 2:10 p.m. — only a few hours later — Upstart let him know it had initiated the transfer of funds into his account.
  • When he woke up Jan. 9, sure enough, the loan was in his account, and he immediately began making payments toward his credit cards.

“It was such a relief — like a giant weight had been lifted off my shoulders,” he says.

This new loan meant Nick could go from paying a minimum of $ 800 a month to a minimum of $ 667, thanks to the difference in interest. With his credit cards, he was paying up to 24% in interest. His new loan boasted a 19% interest rate.

Rather than blowing that extra $ 133 a month, though, he  puts it toward his five-year loan, which means he’ll be able to pay the loan off in about three and a half years — at most. His job also allows for overtime, so he plans to put some extra time in and put any additional income toward the loan.

“Truly, my goal is to have this loan paid off at around two and a half years,” he says. “I think I am on my way!”

Additionally, he has vowed to never slip into credit card debt again. That’s helped by cutting up all his cards — except one he keeps locked in a safe, only for emergencies.

Upstart Loans Review: He Has Renewed Hope

Nick says he can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.

He is able to more aggressively pay off his credit card debt through his Upstart loan, and his credit score through Experian has increased from 630 to 742. He suspects it’ll only continue to increase as he pays his debt down.

Nick feels thankful for Upstart — and that it took a chance on him.

His less than perfect credit score didn’t mean he wasn’t capable of taking strides to get his finances in order. Instead, Upstart’s technology analyzed other factors, like his job history in public service and his education, an associate degree.

“It has shown a light at the end of a dark, treacherous, financially disappointing [tunnel],” he says. “I finally feel like I’m moving forward.”

As soon as Nick pays off his credit cards, he wants to purchase a house.

“Upstart has provided me the opportunity to dream about my future without lingering credit card debt.”

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We send a genuine thank you to Nick, who emailed us about a week after his loan approval to share his story.

“I really want to be able to give others hope, like I was given,” he says. “I thought I was never going to be able to get out of debt.”

If you’re curious, you can get a free quote from Upstart within minutes. Checking your rate won’t affect your credit score.

Simply navigate to Upstart and select your goal. Do you want to pay off credit card debt like Nick did? Tackle student loans? Pay for personal expenses, like medical bills or rent?

You’ll enter some basic information on the rate check form: how much you wish to borrow ($ 1,000 to $ 50,000), your name, address, highest level of education and primary source of income.

There are no prepayment penalties, so you can take strides to pay your loan ahead of time, like Nick.

Learn more about Upstart and secure a free quote all online.

This story is a reflection of one individual’s experience and doesn’t necessarily reflect the experience of all applicants.

Carson Kohler (carson@thepennyhoarder.com) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. If an Upstart loan has renewed your financial hope, she’d love to hear from you.

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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Swiss Re FY17 Profit Down, Says Carefully Assess SoftBank Deal; Stock Up

Reinsurer Swiss Re (SSREY.PK) reported Friday a sharp decline in fiscal 2017 profit, hurt mainly by $ 4.7 billion losses related natural catastrophes, as well as weak premiums written. However, the company announced higher dividend and said its Board will propose a further share buy-back program of up to 1.0 billion francs. Swiss Re shares were gaining around 3 percent.
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Small Days Don’t Slow Me Down| Taylor Phelps Surf Ladies Unleashed

I have to say…. I am fortunate enough to reside in Ventura, CA. Most of the time, the waves and the weather are beyond perfect. Glassy 3-4+ waves with offshore winds and constant 75 degrees, I mean life could be worse.

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However, I’d be lying if I told you EVERY day was perfect. There are those days when the winds aren’t in your favor and conditions are disastrous. It’s the full circle of life. You’ve got to have bad days in order to appreciate the good.

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You rarely hear about those in-between days when the waves are barely a foot tall and it’s a struggle catching anything on your 9′ nose rider that you just dusted off. As a predominant shortboarder, I actually live for these days. When you gather your crew together and paddle out with no expectations. There is just something pure about it. Sitting out on the calm waters, laughing with your friends, catching as many waves as you can without caring about performance. To me, there is something magical about days like these.

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Celebrity Big Brother’s Keshia Knight Pulliam Breaks Down Her Decision to Leave and Her Surprising Connection With Omarosa

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Meet the adorable new Gerber baby, who just happens to have Down syndrome

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There is absolutely no denying the cuteness of 18-month-old Lucas Warren of Dalton, Georgia. But when mom Cortney and dad Jason learned Lucas was chosen out of over 140,000 entries to be the new Gerber baby, they were a little surprised.

Cortney told TODAY, “I finally decided to [enter] on a whim. I [think] he’s adorable and thought maybe the world might too.”

Gerber Spokesbaby 2018Photo courtesy of Cortney Warren/Gerber

And while Cortney and Jason are excited for what Lucas being chosen means for the special needs community, they also hope that people are able to see beyond his Down syndrome.

Cortney went on to say, “He may have Down syndrome, but he’s always Lucas first…He’s got an awesome personality and we’re hoping when he grows up and looks back on this, he’ll be proud of himself.”

If winning the Gerber Spokesbaby contest out of nearly 150,000 babies isn’t awesome enough, the position comes with some pretty sweet perks, among them a $ 50,000 grand prize. Which the Daltons have said will go towards Lucas’s education.

This is the eighth year the 90-year-old company has held the Spokesbaby competition and Lucas is bound to be the favorite of many.

As a fellow Down syndrome mom, I am allowed to say this. Here is my handsome little guy, Daniel, as a 7-month-old and 7-year-old. I’d say he is pretty darn cute too, but I’m obviously biased.

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Why cool the economy down now, Fed’s Kashkari asks

Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari said he does not think the Fed should raise rates unless wages and inflation start to take off.
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Oh No Ma’am! Little Caesars Shut Down After Rat Poop Was Found in a Customer’s Pizza Crust [Photos]

A Little Caesars in Indianapolis, IN, was shut down by health inspectors earlier this week after a couple found rodent poop baked into the crust of their pizza.

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Johnathan McNeil said he and his girlfriend bought the pizza from the chain restaurant and left. Once they started driving home, his girlfriend noticed something was wrong.

“She looked at the pizza and realized there was like doo-doo looking stuff on the pizza,” McNeil said to FOX 59.

McNeil said they turned around and went back to the restaurant for an explanation, but the employees claimed to not know what it was.

“All of them were looking at my pizza dumbfounded as if they didn’t know what’s going on,” said McNeil, “I said ‘That’s mouse doo-doo on the bottom of my pizza.’”

He called the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and contacted the Marion County Health Department upon police suggestion.

Once the health inspector arrived, an emergency inspection was conducted, resulting in the closure of the restaurant.

“We did find that there were rodent droppings and violations that warranted us doing a license suspension,” said Janelle Kaufman with the Marion County Health Department to FOX 59.

The Little Caesars pizza restaurant had been dealing with a mouse issue since August 2017, FOX 59 reports. The restaurant had been cited four times since the summer for mice-related problems, but was never closed. Before the restaurant was given an all-clear in October, it had received seven violations in 2017 alone, according to the Public Health Department’s website.

McNeil hopes others don’t suffer the same fate as he and his girlfriend.

“I just want people to check their food and be very cautious about what they’re eating,” said McNeil.

The pizza chain was re-opened Wednesday morning after a follow-up inspection.

“They cooperated with us, they worked with us…they cleaned everything they needed to do,” said Kaufman to FOX 59.

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