Man arrested after video of him allegedly taking teen’s ‘MAGA’ hat goes viral

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Kid’s completely understandable reason for refusing to share his favorite book goes viral

He just didn’t want other people reading his favorite book. Period.

Book lovers across the world could sympathize with the British 6-year-old’s stance in response to a homework assignment asking him if he would recommend his favorite book to a friend.

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‘What Goes Around’ Successfully Debuts in Kern County

After completing its first year of implementing the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Educational Theatre performance on preventing sexually transmitted diseases, the Kern High School District declared the effort a big success.

“The response all around has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Ryan Geivet, director of instruction, KHSD, of the live production, “What Goes Around.” “This project has been a great experience for the district and the students.”

“What Goes Around” has been educating Southern California youth for the past decade, with more than 60,000 high schoolers experiencing the performance annually. As a result of collaborative efforts led by Kristin Weber, Kaiser Permanente’s community health manager for Kern County, and representatives from KHSD, Kern County Public Health Services and Educational Theatre, the district recently gave it the green light. The STD-prevention message is especially important to share in Kern County, where STD rates rank among the top in the state.

“The main goals of the program are to educate students about STDs to help them make informed decisions if they choose to be sexually active, and to help bridge them to medical testing and treatment if needed,” said Gerry Farrell, director, Educational Theatre.

The district’s curriculum now includes a more comprehensive sex education program to align with state requirements mandated by the California Healthy Youth Act. The expanded curriculum, combined with the Educational Theatre performance, reinforces the students’ learning, whether it’s how to put on a condom or that abstinence is the only risk-free option.

“’What Goes Around’ is in line with the world our kids are living in right now,” said Geivet. “You have to make things fun and entertaining to keep them interested. This production brings their curriculum to life.” 

Young woman looking scared as she reads text from her boyfriend that he has several STDs

Another scene from “What Goes Around”

Increasing STD awareness

“What Goes Around” emphasizes in a hip, noncritical way how STDs such as chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, HPV and the human immunodeficiency virus can be contracted through unprotected sex.

The engaging story focuses on five friends as they navigate the final days of high school. When one of them contracts two sexually transmitted diseases, the issues of honesty and friendship cause them to question their relationships with each other and to consider their past and future choices. Using social media technology, comedy and music, the hour-long production highlights the facts and myths about STDs. At the end of the performance, students are encouraged to ask the actor-health educators questions.

This is the first time Educational Theatre is providing a program to an entire school district. During the 2017-2018 school year, “What Goes Around” debuted in November and March to 10,206 juniors and seniors at 12 of KHSD’s 23 comprehensive and alternative high schools. Hundreds of students asked questions either after the performance or via social media.

In addition, on March 22, Kaiser Permanente leadership from its national and Southern California regional community health department met in Bakersfield with other local leaders to discuss critical health issues, including record-high STD rates. The group also saw a special “What Goes Around” performance at Mira Monte High School. Following the show, about 75 student leadership and Avid program students attended a panel presentation on health care careers. 

Moving forward

This coming school year, juniors and seniors at the district’s other 11 schools also are scheduled to see “What Goes Around.” Similar to last year, parents will be invited to preview the performance at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Bakersfield High School.

Based on the positive feedback and need for resources to help address the high STD occurrences in Kern County, Kaiser Permanente community health, Educational Theatre and district representatives are developing a three-year “What Goes Around” plan beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.

“We’re picking up speed now with all this – we’re just getting going,” said Geivet.

Kern County Ranks Near Top for Multiple STD Rates

A record number of STDs were reported in California in 2017, according to a recent report from the California Department of Public Health.

More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and early syphilis were reported in the state – a 45 percent increase compared to five years ago. There were also 30 stillbirths due to congenital syphilis reported in California in 2017, the highest number reported since 1995.

In Kern County, 2017 STD rates were up from 2016 and ranked near the top in California for:

  • Chlamydia (No. 3)
  • Congenital syphilis (No. 2)
  • Early syphilis (No. 4)
  • Gonorrhea (No.4)

View the full breakdown of the numbers here.

Educational Theatre is a free Kaiser Permanente Community Health program that helps K-12 students and their families in at-risk communities develop healthy lifelong habits.

To learn more about Kaiser Permanente’s work in the community, please visit https://community.kp.org.

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‘Fallout: 76’ goes fully online in November

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Fallout is going online with Fallout: 76.

The world got an in-depth look at what to expect with Fallout: 76 during Bethesda’s E3 press conference on Sunday. The latest game from the Fallout franchise takes place entirely online, meaning you’ll be able to play with other players if you’d like for the first time and either team up to fight monsters or try to blow each other’s limbs off starting on Nov. 14.

As we learned with Fallout: 76‘s reveal a couple weeks ago, the game takes place in West Virginia where players are some of the first people to emerge from the country’s vaults on the tricentennial: 2076. Read more…

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This Week in Women: The Fight Against Sexism in Politics Worldwide Goes On

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Thousands sang, chanted and rallied for gender equality during a march to mark International Women’s Day in 2015. (J Carrier for UN Women / Creative Commons)

At least 59 U.S. women political candidates won big in Tuesday’s primary races, according to NBC News and the Associated Press. In light of these victories, Glamour had this terrific story about how motherhood, raising children and volunteering to strengthen their communities have become political assets for female candidates.

Overall, a historic number of women (about 600) are running or have said they’ll run for governor, House or Senate this year. But remember: even if women do well in November, numbers indicate men will still dominate womenin Congress by more than three to one. Change takes time and persistence.

The Chinese government is promoting some pretty old-fashioned ideas about women, according to a Tuesday report by Human Rights Watch’s China Director. The All-China Women’s Federation used to support women’s advancement in the labor force, but in recent years it has used its programs to promote women’s subservience, including teaching women how to sit, make tea and be good wives.

Meanwhile, Spain has a new leader, and nearly two-thirds of his cabinet are women. In Fuller news, our talented East Africa correspondent Neha Wadekar reported for Ozy this week on how women in Somalia are best positioned to wipe out terrorism there. In Forbes, Ewelina U. Ochab argues that sexual abuse can constitute religious persecution. Victims like Yazidi women targeted by ISIS, and Christians in places like India and Nigeria, are examples of how abuse can be associated with a woman’s religious affiliation, she argues.

Internationally, there is an upsurge in kidnappings and killings of mostly women and children in Uganda. Earlier this week, activists protested government inaction by dumping coffins outside parliament. Women in Peru are protesting the president for making light of a domestic violence case in which a woman was burned to death by her stalker, and a Swedish city is telling young girls who fear being sent abroad into forced marriage or female genital mutilation to tuck a spoon in their underwear, which would trigger airport metal detectors and alert the authorities. In the U.S., fear of deportation is causing fewer immigrants to report domestic abuse—and family separation caused by deportation is turning pregnant immigrant women into single mothers.

Here are 10 women heads of state who we hope would never make light of violence against women.

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Kim Kardashian visited the White House last week to raise awareness around the life-in-prison sentence given to black grandmother Alice Johnson for her role in drug trafficking, and it worked. On Wednesday, Trump commuted her sentence. But still, incarceration rates are rising for women nationwide, and way too many are for non-violent drug offenses. Alice herself had already served more than 20 years. She speaks here.

The majority of incarcerated women suffer from mental health issues, and that was also in the news this week as many grappled with the suicide of self-made fashion businesswoman Kate Spade, who had a 13-year-old daughter. Here, many women react.

Deborah Epstein, co-director of Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic, announces in the Washington Post that she has resigned from the NFL Player Association’s commission on domestic violence, claiming the league’s efforts to address domestic violence in football are a facade.

The CEO of Qatar Airways claimed only a man could do his job because it would be too challenging for a woman. On Wednesday, he apologized. A new study finds that women students at the U.S. Naval Academy are more likely to be described by their managers as “inept, selfish, frivolous, passive and temperamental” than their male colleagues. Forbes has released its list of the highest paid athletes of 2018, and not a single woman made it into the top 100.

And from Ohio, our Midwest correspondent Brittany King reports for the Washington Post’s The Lily about a woman building bridges between people of different racial backgrounds in her community. A beautiful story for our divided country.

Christina Asquith is the founder and editor in chief at The Fuller Project for International Reporting. 

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Amazon Goes Mostly Hands-Free With New Fire TV Cube

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NEW YORK (AP) — Alexa for couch potatoes is coming: Amazon’s new streaming TV device will let users shout out when they want to turn on the TV, flip channels or search for sitcoms — all without pushing any buttons.

The Fire TV Cube is not entirely hands-free yet, however. Some apps or streaming services may require viewers to pick up the included remote to rewind or stop a show. Amazon says it’s working with those services to integrate voice commands.

Amazon’s other voice-controlled Fire TV devices require a push of the remote’s mic button or a separate Echo device with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. Unlike the other devices, the Cube will let viewers switch between streaming services like Netflix and regular cable channels with such voice commands as “Alexa, turn on ESPN.” The new device can also do typical Alexa tasks, such as playing “Jeopardy!” or fetching the weather, even when the TV is off.

Amazon sees Alexa as a major part of its future. It has struck deals to put the voice assistant in cars, refrigerators and alarm clocks. Getting people to use Alexa keeps them tied to Amazon’s services and ultimately buying more from the online retailer.

The Cube will be available later this month for $ 120.

Prime members can pre-order now for $ 89.99

Nvidia’s Shield also offers hands-free streaming using Google’s digital assistant. Other devices, including Apple TV, require activation with the remote’s mic.

The unveiling of the Fire TV Cube came as Amazon became the first internet streaming service to buy rights to Premiere League soccer matches, though they will be available only to Prime members in Britain under a three-year deal.

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LeBron James revisits devastating Game 1 loss after raw video footage goes viral

LeBron James did not want to relive Game 1 of the NBA Finals, when Cleveland lost to Golden State in overtime after a blunder by JR Smith cost the Cavaliers a chance at winning the game in regulation.

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‘You’re Stupid if You Don’t Get Scared’: When Amazon Goes From Partner to Rival

The Seattle giant’s cloud-computing business offers a look inside its model for expanding—even when it means moving in on allies’ turf. Some partners praise the unit’s chief for straddling the line between friend and competitor.
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Trump goes after ‘Chuck & Nancy,’ blasts MS-13 ‘animals’ at Nashville rally

President Donald Trump is visiting Tennessee on Tuesday night to boost Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s Senate campaign.


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All-Star race shakeup goes well and NASCAR should try again

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Something had to be done to NASCAR’s annual All-Star race, which had stopped being special years ago. A bunch of drivers circled around Charlotte Motor Speedway in cars too difficult to pass for the lead, so whoever had the clean air raced to an easy $ 1 million prize.

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CAP D’ANTIBES, France (Reuters) – Stars, models and the super-rich gathered on the French Riviera on Thursday for a charity dinner considered the most glamorous night of the Cannes Film Festival, but there was one notable absence: Harvey Weinstein.


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LISTEN: Do Your Hear “Laurel” Or “Yanny?” – Internet Goes Crazy Over Audio Debate

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Once again, the inflammatory web is pitting friends against friends.

Family against family.

Lovers against lovers.

And it’s all over two words… “Laurel” and “Yanny”



That’s right, someone up to no good decided to create a recording where a voice says the word “Laurel.”

…….or is it “Yanny?”

Yes, this is another blue dress-gold dress situation.

Vlogger Cloe Feldman originally tweeted the recording and since her tweet, the one word sensation has gone viral.

To all those people who think the recording says “Yanny,” don’t worry, you have supporters.

…but the “Laurel” squad is coming through strong too.

Just check out the Vox survey below!

Going crazy yet?

Swipe through to peep how Twitter is losing its mind over this Yanny-Laurel fiasco.

…And make sure you reach the last page to find out the reason why some people are hearing one thing, while others are hearing another.

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Cannes 2018: ‘Women in Motion’ Young Talent Award Goes to Carla Simón

PRIZE MOMENT: With the Cannes Film Festival in full swing, Kering on Friday revealed its Young Talent Award for the fourth edition of “Women in Motion” program will go to Catalan director Carla Simón, hand-picked by actress, producer and director, Salma Hayek Pinault.
Kering chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault will present the prize at a dinner hosted by the luxury group during the festival on May 13, joined by the film festival’s president and general delegate, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux. The award comes with funding worth 50,000 euros to go toward her filmmaking projects.
Simón’s first feature film, “Summer 1993,” based on the story of a six-year-old child who loses her mother to AIDS, filmed from the child’s point of view, was met with critical acclaim and went on to represent Spain at the 2018 Oscars.
Simón has also made numerous short films including “Born Positive,” “Lipstick” and “Those Little Things,” each of which was selected for international festivals. She is working on her second feature film and teaches cinema students at the Cinema en Curs, ESCAC and Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
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Surfline’s Wave of the Winter Goes To Nathan Florence

There must be something in the Florence blood because each and every one of these boys have set out for greatness. Nathan Florence won this year’s Wave of the Winter by Surfline surfed in Hawaii.

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Stephen Colbert Goes After the Stormy Daniels Hush Money: ‘I Had Sex With Donald Trump’

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Wednesday night on Sean Hannity’s Trump Pravda program, Rudy Giuliani—a man who knows a thing or two about scandalous affairs—put his foot directly into his mouth.

When asked about Trump attorney/fixer Michael Cohen’s $ 130,000 hush money payment in the final weeks of the presidential election to porn star Stormy Daniels, who’s alleged that she had an affair with Trump mere months after first lady Melania gave birth to their son Barron, Giuliani said, “… they funneled it through a law firm… and then the president repaid it.” (Don’t forget, both Cohen and Trump had repeatedly denied that the president knew about the payoff and had reimbursed Cohen, with Trump even denying it on tape to a group of press onboard Air Force one.)

Enter Stephen Colbert.

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Banned Fan Goes to Great Lengths to Watch Soccer Game by Renting a Crane

Nothing can stop the world’s most dedicated sports fan from supporting his beloved team.

Ali Demirkaya, a soccer fan in Turkey who was banned from Denizli Atatürk stadium for unspecified reasons, has taken the only reasonable course to watch the game. He rented a crane.

From high above just beyond the stadium limits, the diehard Denizlispor fan watched his team vanquish Gaziantepspor 5-0. He even led the crowd in a chant.

Nicknamed “Yamuk Ali” or “Irregular Ali” by the internet, the guy was suspended for a year, according to local news reports. But he just couldn’t miss the game, so he decided to get on that crane quickly.

“That match was very important for our team,” he explained to Yeni Asir newspaper. “I had to go to the police station to sign a paper to show that I am not watching the match in the stadium. Then I quickly went to rent the crane.”

According to him, the stunt only cost him $ 86. And from his vantage point, he was sitting pretty.

The fact that he took the love for the game to such impressive heights has inevitably captured the internet’s whimsy across the world. Eventually, his special VIP viewing party perch had to, like all great things, come to an end. Police lowered the crane.

Was it legal? Was it rational? What did he do to get banned for one year? Whatever the answer, the pictures are internet gold.

Sometimes you just have to rise above it all.

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Vince Staples Goes off on R.Kelly During Coachella Interview

During a post-Coachella performance interview with “Everyday Struggle’s” Nadeska Alexis, Compton rapper Vince Staples didn’t hold back when it came to his opinion on accused child molester R.Kelly.

Staples started out the interview by mocking the livestreamed segment and reading from Alexis’ teleprompter revealing he wouldn’t be sticking to typical PR points. Then taking a weird turn to focus on Kelly, Staples slammed the singer by calling him a “child molester” and a “piece of f*cking sh*t.” Staples stated, “I’ve got one more year on probation. When my last year of probation is over, I’m breaking speed limits — I’m doing wild sh*t.” Despite a noticeably uncomfortable Alexis, Staples continued, “You don’t go to prison if you’re a black entertainer. Only if you’re a black gangster rapper. I’m changing my whole path.”

Staples went on to elaborate:

“Think about it: R. Kelly never went to jail, and he’s a f*cking child molester. He’s a child molester and he pees on people and he can’t read and write, and he didn’t go to jail. I’m a good person — R. Kelly’s a piece of f*cking sh*t. So, if piece of f*cking shit R. Kelly didn’t go to jail for being a child molester and peeing on people and having a human trafficking ring in Atlanta, then I’ll be alright.”

During the interview, Alexis pushed back on Staples’ responses and said that their talk would “get her fired.” But Staples continued, “Because R. Kelly a piece of sh*t? He don’t work here. They should have booked R. Kelly if they like R. Kelly so much. He would have pissed on somebody in the crowd. Because he pees on people.”

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Questions Of Sales Tax On Online Purchases Goes To High Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales Tax: $ 0.

Online shoppers have gotten used to seeing that line on checkout screens before they click “purchase.” But a case before the Supreme Court could change that.

At issue is a rule stemming from two, decades-old Supreme Court cases: If a business is shipping to a state where it doesn’t have an office, warehouse or other physical presence, it doesn’t have to collect the state’s sales tax.

That means large retailers such as Apple, Macy’s, Target and Walmart, which have brick-and-mortar stores nationwide, generally collect sales tax from customers who buy from them online. But other online sellers, from 1-800 Contacts to home goods site Wayfair, can often sidestep charging the tax.

More than 40 states are asking the Supreme Court to reconsider that rule in a case being argued Tuesday. They say they’re losing out on “billions of dollars in tax revenue each year, requiring cuts to critical government programs” and that their losses compound as online shopping grows. But small businesses that sell online say the complexity and expense of collecting taxes nationwide could drive them out of business.

Large retailers want all businesses to “be playing by the same set of rules,” said Deborah White, the president of the litigation arm of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, which represents more than 70 of America’s largest retailers.

For years, the issue of whether out-of-state sellers should collect sales tax had to do mostly with one company: Amazon.com. The online giant is said to account for more than 40 percent of U.S. online retail sales. But as Amazon has grown, dotting the country with warehouses, it has had to charge sales tax in more and more places.

President Donald Trump has slammed the company, accusing it of paying “little or no taxes” to state and local governments. But since 2017, Amazon has been collecting sales tax in every state that charges it. Third-party sellers that use Amazon to sell products make their own tax collection decisions, however.

The case now before the Supreme Court could affect those third-party Amazon sellers and many other sellers that don’t collect taxes in all states — sellers such as jewelry website Blue Nile, pet products site Chewy.com, clothing retailer L.L. Bean, electronics retailer Newegg and internet retailer Overstock.com. Sellers on eBay and Etsy, which provide platforms for smaller sellers, also don’t collect sales tax nationwide.

States generally require consumers who weren’t charged sales tax on a purchase to pay it themselves, often through self-reporting on their income tax returns. But states have found that only about 1 percent to 2 percent actually pay.

States would capture more of that tax if out-of-state sellers had to collect it, and states say software has made sales tax collection simple.

Out-of-state sellers disagree, calling it costly and extraordinarily complex, with tax rates and rules that vary not only by state but also by city and county. For example, in Illinois, Snickers are taxed at a higher rate than Twix because foods containing flour don’t count as candy. Sellers say free or inexpensive software isn’t accurate, more sophisticated software is expensive and that collecting tax nationwide would also subject them to potentially costly audits.

“For small businesses on tight margins, these costs are going to be fatal in many cases,” said Andy Pincus, who filed a brief on behalf of eBay and small businesses that use its platform.

The case now before the Supreme Court involves South Dakota, which has no income tax and relies heavily on sales tax for revenue.

South Dakota’s governor has said the state loses out on an estimated $ 50 million a year in sales tax that doesn’t get collected by out-of-state sellers.

In 2016 the state passed a law requiring those sellers to collect taxes on sales into the state, a law challenging the Supreme Court precedents. The state, conceding it could win only if the Supreme Court reverses course, has lost in lower courts.

South Dakota says the high court’s previous decisions don’t reflect today’s world. The court first adopted its physical presence rule on sales tax collection in a 1967 case dealing with a catalog retailer. At the time, the court was concerned in part about the burden collecting sales tax would place on the catalog company. The court reaffirmed that ruling in 1992.

It’s unclear how the justices might align on the question this time. But three justices — Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy — have suggested a willingness to rethink those decisions. Kennedy has written that the 1992 case was “questionable even when decided” and “now harms states to a degree far greater than could have been anticipated earlier.”

“Although online businesses may not have a physical presence in some states, the Web has, in many ways, brought the average American closer to most major retailers,” he wrote in suggesting the days of inconsistent sales tax collection may be numbered. “A connection to a shopper’s favorite store is a click away regardless of how close or far the nearest storefront.”

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Man’s Story of Growing Up With a Father Like Apu Goes Viral Following The Simpsons Controversy

In the wake of The Simpsons‘ attempt to address the stereotyping controversy surrounding Apu, one man’s story of growing up with a father similar to the character is going viral.

After Sunday’s episode of the animated comedy included a scene in which Marge and Lisa discussed political correctness in 2018 before the camera panned to a photo of Apu with the words, “Don’t have a cow,” written on it, the show was criticized by some who saw the response as dismissive.

The problematic nature of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon — an Indian immigrant who is the proprietor of the fictional town of Springfield’s local Kwik-E-Mart — was cast into the spotlight following the November release of comedian Hari Kondabolu’s documentary, The Problem With Apu.

Now, Twitter user Amar Shah is making waves with his own personal story of being raised by a father who owned a convenience store. “Everybody has an opinion about Apu, but did they ever talk to someone who owned a convenience store or gas station or work in one or grow up in one? You know, like my dad and I?” Shah tweeted on Monday.

Kondabolu later noted that he and his team had, in fact, interviewed Indian small business owners for the documentary, but the footage didn’t make the final cut.

“Brother, thank you for sharing,” he wrote. “We interviewed Desi small business owners & it was left on the cutting room floor due to time. This still haunts me. There’s nothing wrong with working in a gas station or store. These stories should be told with the honesty & care you just showed.”

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So mom guilt never goes away, huh?

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I thought it would be long gone by now, kind of like my belly bands and maternity jeans. I thought I’d have wriggled free and moved on. It would be just another memory of the early days, like pump parts and nursing pads.

But mom guilt is still very much with me.

It emerged again this morning as a friend and I discussed preschools. As we chatted, the questions looped through my head like an endless chyron.

Was I wrong to pull my son from his previous school? The place we’re at now is more convenient for me, but is it the best place for him? He gets less time outside now but more time with me, so is that a decent tradeoff? Where would he thrive more? What if he hates it? What if he hates me for putting him here?

The world's cutest toddler boy crouches by an archaeology digging exhibit at a children's museum

 

I don’t know what I’m supposed to do to shake the mom guilt.

I’ve let go of so many of the other issues that plagued me when my son was a baby. I successfully emerged on the other side from postpartum depression. I researched all the things — ALL the things, from nursing, co-sleeping, and sleep training to every type of parenting style — and I tried my best to make the best decisions for my family. And I feel like I finally found my groove as a mama.

So I thought when a certain number of milestones were achieved, the mom guilt would simply dissolve. POOF! Gone forever.

I imagined that after some time had passed, after I relaxed into my role as a parent, after I successfully made some decisions and watched my son thrive, there’d be no place for mom guilt to hide. I expected that the weight would leave my shoulders and that I would stride into every decision with confidence and have no regrets. But still the mom guilt lurks.

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It slinks under every decision I make. When I have a dinner out with friends. When I work overtime. When I opt to hug out a tantrum with my son rather than do a time out. I know I’m not in a position to provide my son with everything, but I try to make up for it with love.

And what if that’s not enough? I second-guess myself. I feel bad, even though I’m not sure that following an alternative path would have made me feel any better.

What I’m learning is that mom guilt is a companion that will follow me all the way through motherhood, like a shadow. There are moments of the day when it will be more prominent, as well as times when it will seemingly disappear. I guess I just have to make friends with it — or at the very least, get used to it.

How do you ease your mom guilt?

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John Oliver Goes Off on Sinclair, Calls News Anchors ‘Members of a Brainwashed Cult’

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Last year, Last Week Tonight aired an eye-opening segment on Sinclair Broadcast Group, a right-wing telecommunications company that currently reaches 40 percent of American households.

Host John Oliver was critical of Sinclair’s extreme conservative bias, including its hiring as chief political analyst former Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn, whose rants air multiple times per week on all of Sinclair’s 193 stations; its policy of mandatory “must-run” segments from brass, such as the bogus claim that the FBI had a “personal vendetta” against Trump’s ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn; and much more. 

“Last year, we told you about Sinclair Broadcast Group—a company which, if their acquisition of Tribune Media is approved, could soon own local stations reaching 72 percent of TV households,” said Oliver on his HBO program Sunday night. “In that story, we talked about Sinclair’s ‘must-runs’—stories that station managers are forced to include in their broadcasts, which often skew noticeably conservative.”

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Naked and Afraid Survivalist Goes Into a Food Coma After Starving for 12 Days

For anyone who has watched even five minutes of Naked and Afraid, the fact that competitors will face extreme hunger is no surprise. And, in an upcoming episode, one survivalist deals with just that.

On Sunday’s new episode, Gary Golding gets lucky. While hunting in Jalapao, Brazil, he finds a bounty of root vegetables on Day 12.

As he collects them in his bag, he snacks on them, noting how sweet they taste, and likening the feast to “Thanksgiving.” Soon, however, he pays the price.

As the camera rolls, Golding loses his train of thought, and then collapses into the dirt, falling into a deep sleep.

The announcer explains that the sudden release of sugar into his body has triggered a release of serotonin, which has caused his body to shut down.

It’s yet another reminder that Naked and Afraid is not for the faint of heart.

In most locations, there is very little food — and even when resources are available, it takes a lot of effort to find sustenance. Contestants lose anywhere from 10 to 30 pounds during the 21-day adventure.

Past survivalists have dealt with horrible weather and flesh-eating bacteria, while one contestant was even stung by a yellowjacket in the most unfortunate of areas.

Naked and Afraid airs Sunday at 10 p.m. EST on Discovery Channel.


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Esteemed Center for Disease Control Scientist and Morehouse Graduate Goes Missing

It has now been two weeks since Timothy Cunningham went missing from his Atlanta home.

Cunningham, 35, an epidemiologist with 16 years under his belt, was working on understanding health differences across demographics at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Standing at 5 feet 11 inches and 230 pounds with black hair and brown eyes, his friends and family say he is a smart, caring man with a methodical mindset and an outgoing personality. All of which makes his disappearance strange.

On Feb. 12, feeling ill, Cunningham left early to finish his work from home, authorities said. He has since been missing.



“Tim had been in communication with us extensively on Sunday [Feb. 11], and I pinpoint Sunday because there were some exchanges via phone as well as text that alerted me to be concerned about our son,” his father, Terrell Cunningham, told NBC News.

“We, as a family, were aware of some personal issues that were going on with Tim, and they were to be expected and they were joys as well as some lows when we share they were personal,” said Cunningham’s father.

Cunningham’s parents, however, do not believe that their son was behind his own disappearance.

“Having worked, having obtained an education, having had the commitment to his profession if one was to need a time out there’s a way to take a timeout without just disappearing,” the elder Cunningham said. “So I’ve said before, none of this is normal and none of this is natural for us as a family and I think leaving like this, leaving Bo and leaving his mother in this state of despair would not be something Tim would do intentionally.”

Cunningham had texted his mother at 5:21 a.m. on the day he disappeared.

“Are you awake?” he asked.

Her phone was on silent.

“As a parent, you have indicators when things are just not right with your child, and that was the case,” she said. “I wish I had that opportunity to answer that text.”

His parents drove through the night from their home in Maryland on the 14th to find his phone, keys, wallet, car and his dog, nicknamed Mr. Bojangles Cunningham at his house.

“Tim never leaves Bo unattended,” Terrell said. “He just doesn’t do it.”

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Cunningham’s family told 11Alive that he always kept in constant contact with them and talked to his sister nearly every day. She last heard from him around 7 a.m. on the day he vanished.

His disappearance has prompted a high-profile police search for Cunningham, who is highly regarded among his peers and in the community. He was supposed to take on one of Leadership Atlanta’s highest-level volunteer positions and had interviewed with Pat Upshaw-Monteith, CEO of the community leadership program.

“Everything seemed to be going very, very well for him—and then for him to disappear, it just doesn’t add up,” Upshaw-Monteith told CNN.

Cunningham is a commander working out of CDC’s Chamblee campus where he’s the team lead of the State Chronic Disease Epidemiology Assignee Program in the agency’s Division of Population Health. He graduated from Morehouse College and holds two degrees from Harvard University’s School of Public Health. He has been deployed to work on public health emergencies including Superstorm Sandy, the Ebola outbreak, and the Zika virus and has co-authored 28 publications on sleep deprivation, pulmonary disease with a special focus on how health issues affect minorities. He was named to the Atlanta Business Chronicles’ “40 under 40” list in 2017.

Joe Carlos, a college friend and neighbor of Cunningham, told NBC that they had bought tickets to attend a gala celebrating Morehouse College’s anniversary.

“Our last communication the week prior was about hanging out before and going down to the VIP reception and enjoying ourselves,” Carlos told NBC. “I can speak for myself and so many classmates that this is very, very shocking.”

Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta is offering a $ 10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest or indictment in the case, and the family said they’ve raised more than $ 20,000 as a reward for info that can help locate him. 

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call 911.

 

 

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Alexis Ohanian Goes to Great Lengths to Cheer on Serena Williams With Four Emotional Billboards

Alexis Ohanian surprised his wife, Serena Williams, with four billboards outside Indian Wells, California.

It’s unclear whether Ohanian was inspired by the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri or if he just wanted to make sure that Williams couldn’t miss the message on her way to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, where she is scheduled to take part in the 2018 BNP Paribas Open. Either way, the billboards made a big splash. The billboard featured adorable photos of both Williams and the couple’s five-month-old daughter, Alexis Jr., alongside the acronym G.M.O.A.T. (Greatest Momma of All Time).

The billboards were the perfect way to welcome Williams back to tournament play next month, where she will return to the tennis circuit for the first time since giving birth to her daughter.

Ohanian couldn’t have picked a better venue for his grand display. Williams boycotted Indian Wells for 13 years following a racist incident in 2001. She ended her boycott in 2015, explaining her decision in an op-ed for TIME. Whether Williams wins or loses at Indian Wells, it’s clear that she has already won when it comes to having a supportive family.

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Bill Maher Goes Off on Trump Over Mueller Indictment: ‘He’s Plainly a Traitor’

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“This is big,” announced Bill Maher at the top of Friday night’s Real Time.

The HBO host was of course referring to the big news of the day: Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment charging 13 Russians—and several companies—with interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

According to Mueller’s indictment, which heavily relied on findings by The Daily Beast, the baker’s dozen were linked to a Kremlin-backed troll farm, the Internet Research Agency, and “had as its object impairing, obstructing and defeating the lawful governmental functions of the United States by dishonest means in order to enable the Defendants to interfere with U.S. political and electoral processes, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

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Trump claims vindication from Nunes memo, but says “the Russian Witch Hunt goes on”

Following the release of the controversial House Intelligence memo written by Republicans alleging FISA abuses in the Russia probe, President Trump and his allies are doubling down on their criticisms of the investigation.


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Bill Maher Goes Off on Nunes Memo: ‘Republicans These Days Are Treasonous Rats’

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“Forget Groundhog Day. The only large, rat-like creature I’m concerned about is Devin Nunes,” cracked Bill Maher at the top of his Real Time monologue on Friday. “Of course, it’s not fair to single him out. All the Republicans these days are treasonous rats.”

Before the comedian and his #NeverTrump panel embarrassed guest Anthony Scaramucci, Maher delivered a fiery monologue wherein he got so worked up over the House Republicans’ protocol-breaching release of the Nunes memo, done with President Trump’s blessing—who he referred to as “fat Nixon”—that he had to pause for a breather.

“Trump declassified this Nunes memo, which is supposed to make us think that our own top law enforcement people are crooked so Trump can get away with his Russia crimes. Problem is, Republicans talk about this memo as if it’s some smoking-gun piece of evidence they uncovered. No! They wrote it! They uncovered it in their printer! It’s not an intelligence document, it’s a Facebook post that you briefly skim before clicking ‘unfriend,’” joked Maher.

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Missoni Goes ’80s New York City for Fall/Winter 2018

For its Fall/Winter 2018 collection, Missoni draws on codes of romanticism, embodying a 1980’s New York. The offering mixes texture and dark shades with alternating volumes and proportions, creating softly-tailored silhouettes. The collection is also heavy on incorporating loom-knit fabrics, ranging from workwear to a belted parka and the lining on a nappa leather car coat.

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5 Things to Know About Lindsey Vonn as She Goes for the Gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics

After missing the 2014 Olympics in Sochi because of a knee injury, Lindsey Vonn—the most successful women’s ski racer in history—is set to return to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea in 2018, where she’ll race in speed events and try to add to her Olympic medal haul.

On this season’s World Cup circuit, which serves as an elite-level tune-up for the Olympics, Vonn has already secured a victory, an emotional win at at Super-G event in Val d’Isere, France. She fought tears because her father, who had never seen her race at the venue, was in the crowd. Over the New Year’s holiday, Vonn returned home to Colorado and put in some training time in Aspen.

With the 2018 Winter Olympics beginning on Feb. 9, here are five things to know about Vonn:

1. Vonn’s Injuries Don’t Keep Her Down

Despite being bitten by injuries throughout her remarkable career, Vonn, 33, has compiled more World Cup wins—78—than any female ski racer in history. At the 2006 Torino Olympics, for example, she crashed during a training run and had to be airlifted off the mountain. The accident, however, didn’t keep her from competing in the downhill, where she finished eighth. Crashes did end her 2013, 2014 and 2016 seasons prematurely.

In November, Vonn broke her right arm in a training crash in Cooper Mountain, Colorado. And in December, Vonn hurt her back during a Super-G race in St. Mortiz, Switzerland. She roiled in pain after crossing the finish, and came in 24th place. But just a week later Vonn was back atop a podium, winning in Val d’Isere.

“I guess I’m not a washed-up old hag,” Vonn said after her victory. “I think I proved myself, and karma definitely comes back around. I’ve got some good karma coming my way.”

2. Vonn Has Taken on Trump

Vonn waded squarely into America’s contentious political climate when she told CNN in December that she would not accept an invitation from President Donald Trump to visit the White House. Traditionally, American Olympians come to Washington for a White House stop after the Games. “I hope to represent the people of the United States,” Vonn said, “not the president.”

While some people praised Vonn, the skiier shared on Instagram that others had hoped she would break her neck for “being anti-Trump.”

As I head to France for the next races, I would like to share with you my reflections from the past few days. I've received a tremendous amount of feedback, both positive and negative, about my recent CNN interview. The point that I was trying to articulate is that all Olympic athletes represent their nation as a whole, and are not representatives of their government or any specific political figure or party. None of us work tirelessly for years on end to compete in the Olympics on behalf of Democrats or Republicans. The Olympics are a non-political event, a chance for everyone to put aside their differences and be on the same "team.". That does not mean that Olympic athletes don't have political opinions. As an American, I am extremely proud that our great nation was founded on principals and ideals where citizens can express our opinions openly. It is a privilege that some others around the world don't have. I am proud to be an American, and I want our country to continue to be a symbol of hope, compassion, inclusion and world unity. My travels around the world have recently made clear that this is no longer how people view the United States. You cannot pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV in Europe without noticing how people are questioning our direction. It seems to me that we must lead with understanding and strive for unity in our relationships throughout the world. As for myself, my recent comments opened up my eyes as to how divided we are right now. It is hurtful to read comments where people are hoping I break my neck or that God is punishing me for being "anti-Trump." We need to find a way to put aside our differences and find common ground in communicating. Is it wrong to hope for a better world? All of this is much bigger than skiing and the Olympics. I am going to take the next two months to focus on what I can do and right now that is competing for my country. In doing that, I will be hoping that we Americans can still be that "shining city on a hill."

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3. She Is Already a Record Breaker

Vonn is shooting to break the all-time record for World Cup skiing wins, male or female, which is currently held by Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden; he won 86 races from 1973-1989. While most of Vonn’s victories have come in the speed disciplines of the downhill and Super G, she’s the rare elite skier to have won races in both speed and technical events. She owns four giant slalom wins, two victories in the slalom, and five in the combined, which mixes the downhill and slalom.

Her 39 wins in the downhill, and 28 in the Super G are an all-time mark. She’s tied with Stenmark for most discipline titles, with 16. Vonn has been the best downhill skiier in eight different seasons, while also winning 5 Super G titles and 3 championships in the combined.

At the Olympics, Vonn won a downhill gold medal, and Super G bronze, at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. After missing Sochi, the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang are likely her last chance to increase her Olympic medal count.

4. Vonn’s Training Workout Is No Joke

To ski speed events, athletes need superior strength to maintain balance and control. Her much-followed exercise routine includes doing situps on a wrecking ball, pull-ups with a chain tied around her waist, and throwing medicine balls to the ceiling.

….Watch my sis try this at the end 🤣

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5. Vonn Has Her Own Line of Gear

In late November, Under Armour launched the Lindsey Vonn Signature Collection, an apparel line under her name. Each piece is named after a milestone of Vonn’s career: the $ 500 Louise Jacket, for example, is a nod to Lake Louise, Alberta, a place nicknamed Lake Lindsey because of her success there (she’s finished on the Lake Louise podium 25 times).

Vonn’s other sponsors include Red Bull, Oakley, and the Hershey Company. And her 2016 book, Strong Is The New Beautiful, reached the New York Times best seller list for sports titles.

The next chapter of Vonn’s storied career will be written soon in South Korea.


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Snoop’s Son Goes From Baller To Model

Snoop Dogg has passed more than his good genes along to his son – he’s also passed along the ability to make power moves. His oldest son, Cordell, who was once a highly ranked football recruit to UCLA has left the gridiron behind to pursue a modeling career.

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The 20-year-old hit the runway for Philipp Plein last September — where he was almost shown up by Poppa Snoop, who had a dazzling runway walk if we do say so ourselves — and now he’s landed his first major print campaign for MCM Worldwide.

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The German luxury leather brand cast Broadus alongside models Jasmine Sanders and Kai Hillebrand for the spring 2018 Viva Life campaign, which was photographed by Tom Johnson. The UCLA student, who quit the school’s football team in 2016 to pursue film and fashion, was photographed in an MCM varsity jacket and leather backpack that definitely played into his handsome jock persona.
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During last year’s Made L.A. fashion show for his debut clothing collection — a line co-designed with Joyrich’s Tom Hirota for a Snoop x Joyrich collaboration — Broadus told The Hollywood Reporter that his dad is both his biggest inspiration and champion.

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“I admire he stayed true to himself,” he said. “He’s an inspiration to me because that’s how I feel — quitting football and following my passion: film and fashion.”

Page Six reports that Broadus’ next modeling project is a gig with Kenneth Cole due out next month.

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Say What Now? Teens Under Investigation After ‘Black People are Trash’ Snapchat Video Goes Viral

A California high school student is under investigation by her school district after a racist video she recorded on Snapchat went viral on social media.

In the video, she recorded herself saying all sorts of racist foolishness.

“Black people are trash; they need to die,” she says in the video. As the girl speaks, she turns the camera to her friend, who pretends to be shocked before giggling in agreement.

The girl continues her racist rant:

“When the police were killing all those black people I was so happy, because I was like ‘Fuck black people, go die bitches.’”

According to CBS 13 Sacramento, her entire community is demanding an apology.

 

“If it was a joke, it wasn’t a funny joke at all,” said Camryn Tomlin. She couldn’t believe her ears when she saw the video on Twitter a few days ago.

Tomlin just graduated from Pleasant Grove High along with her cousin Breann Bray.

“It’s not right; I think she should be suspended if not even more,” Bray said.

“It’s as hateful as it gets, the type of words and the phrases she uses are despicable,” said Alin Cintean, a Sacramento attorney.

But Cintean says no crime has been committed.

“There’s nothing in there that would constitute a crime, there’s no immediate incitement to violence,” Cintean added.

Cintean says the U.S. Supreme Court gives public high schools more leeway to discipline students if the school believes their words are a threat.

The Elk Grove Unified School District sent CBS 13 a statement Wednesday responding to the racist post, saying the school is working with the students in the video and their families and investigating the incident.

“The school district needs to step up and do its part, they need to educate,” said Sharie Thompson, a member of the Black community.

The post wasn’t a surprise for Thompson, who has recently received threats at her Elk Grove salon.

She says the district needs to adopt new policies around racism, starting with the girl whose video whipped up a Twitter firestorm.

“Shame on you,” Thompson said, referring to the girl and her family.

Since the girl is a minor, news outlets aren’t reporting her name.

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Stephen Colbert Goes Off on Trump Over Russia’s Election Interference

On Thursday, The Washington Post published a bombshell report revealing that “in the final days before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, members of his inner circle pleaded with him to acknowledge publicly what U.S. intelligence agencies had already concluded—that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was real.”

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Harry Styles Goes from the Hospital to the Late Late Show Stage as He Fills in for James Corden

The Late Late Show got a Style-ish makeover Tuesday night.

Following James Corden‘s announcement that he and his wife Julia Carey had welcomed their third child together, his good friend Harry Styles took over hosting duties on the CBS talk show.

The “Sign of the Times” singer, 23, greeted the enthusiastic audience, telling them, “I actually have some great news. Just half an hour ago, James and his wife Jules had a beautiful baby girl.”

Styles told the audience he “was just at the hospital before I came to fill in and she looks a lot like James — mainly because James looks like a giant baby.”

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While he looked at ease in his hosting duties (which included interview guests Owen Wilson, Jane Krakowski and Joel Edgerton), Styles said he was given two hours warning before stepping on the Late Late Show‘s stage.

“I was sitting at home two hours ago in this suit, obviously,” he said. “I got the call Jules was going into labor so James naturally called the funniest man he knew… he obviously wasn’t available.”

Styles and Corden, 39, have frequently collaborated together on the late night show — including a week-long residency by Styles in May in which he appeared in each episode to perform songs off his self-titled debut album.

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The former One Direction member also addressed his surprising kiss with Corden on Carpool Karaoke which had aired the night before, saying, “I would like to take the opportunity to announce that… we will also be having a baby!”

Corden announced the birth of his third child with his wife, and not Styles, via Twitter Tuesday.

“Today we welcomed a beautiful baby daughter into the world. Both she and her mother are doing great. We can’t stop smiling,” The Late Late Show host wrote. “Thank you Harry  for stepping in to host the show at 2 and a half hours notice! x x x”

 


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Eastenders Christmas spoilers: Max Branning plots to KILL Ian Beale and Phil Mitchell after his revenge plan goes wrong

MAX Branning isn’t done exacting his revenge on the residents of the Walford.

After his dealings with property developer Willmott-Brown are exposed, leading him to fall out with his family, Max decides he has nothing left to lose – so he comes to the conclusion that murder is the only option.

After his daughters disown him, Max decides he has nothing left to lose.
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Actor Jake Wood, who plays Max, has revealed the scenes will be particularly highly charged, in part thanks to the return of writer Simon Ashdown.

He told Inside Soap: “The build-up to Christmas is some of the most action-packed stuff I’ve ever seen.

“In terms of what I’ve read, these are maybe the best scripts since the Max and Stacey DVD reveal in 2007.”

Max is left a broken man when his daughters Lauren and Abi tell him they want nothing more to do with him.

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He then identifies Phil Mitchell and Ian Beale as the people who have wronged him the most – and decides they need to be dealt with.

Jake added: “Max’s revenge was supposed to be a joyous moment for him – but he’s been cut loose by his co-conspirators, and slipped into a traumatic mental state.

“He has a lot of anger towards people, and doesn’t know how to go about dealing with it.”

Stacey takes pity on Max and invites him to live with her and husband Martin.

Will Max have gone to far by the time Stacey steps in?
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But, at this point, Max has already taken action – and tried to kill Ian.

Jake added: “When Stacey takes Max in, he’s already tried to kill Ian and is on his way to murder Phil!

“I don’t know what the medical definition is, but it feels like he’s having a psychotic episode.”

EastEnders airs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights on BBC One.


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Cupcakes and Rose Petals! Britney Spears’ Boyfriend Goes All Out for Her 36th Birthday

Isn’t she lucky?

On Saturday, Britney Spears’ boyfriend Sam Asghari helped make her 36th birthday extra special.

The fitness model went all out putting together elaborate birthday decorations for the pop star, which included a romantic candle-filled room, a tiny table covered in cupcakes, a “Happy Birthday” balloon, and a collection of rose petals arranged in the shape of a heart on the floor.

“Happy Birthday baby,” Asghari can be heard saying in video footage of the celebration.

Spears, wearing a short black dress with a cutout back, had just two words to say to her boyfriend as she took it all in: “Thank you.”

“Couldn’t ask for a better way to kick off my birthday ❤🎂.” she wrote alongside the video.

Asghari also shared the same video on his social media account — and he couldn’t stop gushing about how wonderful Spears was in the caption.

“Thank you for being you, thank you for showing me the true meaning of a beautiful woman and a strong mother, and most of all thank you for being mine. I consider myself the luckiest man on this planet 🌎❤👫 @britneyspears#luckiestmanalive,” he wrote.

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It’s been a year since the pair were first romantically linked after meeting on the set of Spears’ “Slumber Party” music video.

The couple have been inseparable since they started dating, going on cozy date nights, attending friends’ birthday parties and celebrating the holidays together — including New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day — and continuously sharing sweet photos of one another.

And while the couple’s romance may appear perfect, it was nearly a missed connection. The Grammy winner dug his phone number out of her bag nearly “five months” after he first gave it to her, she revealed in a January radio interview.


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“What Goes Around” Production Raises STD Awareness

Can a person diagnosed with the human papillomavirus have sex again? What is chlamydia? Why are water-based condoms best?

Golden Valley High School students asked these questions and more. This was not a sex education class, but a Q&A session with Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre actor-health educators following one of their first performances in Kern County aimed at reducing sexually transmitted disease rates.

The “What Goes Around” production stresses in a hip, nonjudgmental way how STDs such as chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, HPV and the human immunodeficiency virus can be contracted through unprotected sex.

“We’re not here to tell you how to live your life – we want to provide accurate medical information so you can make informed decisions if you choose to be sexually active,” said actor-educator Ray Auxais as he and the other cast members answered the audience’s questions in the Bakersfield school’s auditorium.

“Abstinence is always an option, and will prevent getting an STD or becoming pregnant,” continued Auxais, who portrays Eli, a charming high school senior who contracts two STDs.

“Remember, it’s not about who you are, but what you do. Don’t be a statistic.”

Escalating STD rates

STD rates have reached record highs nationwide over the past two years, with California near the top. California had more chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and congenital syphilis cases in 2016 than any other state in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

The message is important to deliver in Kern County, where STD rates rank among the highest in the state. Kern County scored among the worst of California counties, with nearly 9,000 reported cases. Here’s how Kern County’s case totals compared to the state average:

  • Chlamydia – 42 percent higher
  • Gonorrhea – 23 percent higher
  • Primary and secondary syphilis – 90 percent higher
  • Congenital syphilis (transferred from infected mothers to unborn babies) – 344 percent higher

The rates reflect in part decreasing condom usage, a lack of public awareness about STDs, a dwindling number of STD clinics and an increase in STD testing, according to state health officials.

Youth are particularly at risk. One in four high school students becomes infected with an STD, and people age 15 to 24 account for nearly half of all STDs reported in the U.S., according to the CDC. To combat the issue, Kern County Public Health Services in 2016 launched “Know Your Risk,” a comprehensive, multiyear awareness campaign.

Some STDs including chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis can be cured, but if left untreated they can cause infertility or other serious health problems. Other STDs such as HIV, herpes and HPV are viral and can only be managed, not cured.

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Another scene from “What Goes Around.”

In “What Goes Around,” Eli cheats on his girlfriend Alicia (portrayed by Sandra Smith) with another girl he meets at a party. But when Eli realizes the second girl left him a “downtown souvenir,” he’s shocked. He thought he was safe from catching a disease since the girl was on birth control. When Eli’s friend convinces him to get tested at a clinic, he learns he has chlamydia and HPV. Now Eli must tell Alicia – but how?

Using oversized monitors, text messaging, music and social media technology, the hour-long production focuses on Eli’s dilemma as well as dispels common STD myths. The program also emphasizes:

  • abstinence is the only risk-free option
  • if a person is sexually active:
    • getting tested is important, and
    • only a condom can decrease the risk of contracting or spreading an STD

“The play was excellent,” said GVHS Principal Paul Helman. “It reached the kids at their level – very appropriate and relatable. It’s helping to break down barriers in talking about a difficult subject.”

“STD rates are climbing, especially in the African-American and Latino population,” said Kalvin Yu, MD, chief integration officer and physician lead for community benefits and public health, Southern California Permanente Medical Group. “’What Goes Around’ helps reach groups that don’t have access to health care or are growing up in a cultural environment where this subject is not discussed.”

“Because the students see the actors-educators more as peers, they feel more comfortable asking questions than in a conventional school setting or doctor’s office,” continued Yu, who is also an infectious diseases physician.

GVHS senior Stephanie Guzman, who plans to pursue a medical career, agreed the production is needed: “This was a good wake-up call. We had sex education in ninth grade but this is a reminder of things we may have forgotten.”

Fellow senior, Jayro Olvera, wishes more youth and adults had the opportunity to see “What Goes Around.” “If people in Bakersfield could watch this, everyone could come together as a community to affect the STD problem,” said Jayro, whose goal is to become a nurse anesthetist.

“What Goes Around” to reach entire KHSD

“What Goes Around” has been educating Southern California youth for the past 10 years, with more than 60,000 high schoolers seeing the performance annually. However, Kern High School District only recently gave the green light and adopted a more comprehensive sex education program to align with state requirements mandated by the California Healthy Youth Act.

“What Goes Around” debuted in November 2017 in KHSD to juniors and seniors at four campuses. By the end of the 2018-2019 school year, the district’s other 19 comprehensive and alternative high schools and more than 16,000 students will view the production.

“This is the first time our Educational Theatre is providing a program to an entire school district,” said Gerry Farrell, director, Educational Theatre. “By improving the health of our youth, we also are helping to improve the health of these communities.”

Educational Theatre is a free Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit program. For more than 30 years, it has used live theatre to help K-12 students and their families in at-risk communities develop healthy, lifelong habits. Educational Theatre offers six unique programs that address environmental social factors that impact good health, including violence in our communities, school bullying, STD prevention and nutrition.

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Morehouse Student’s Extra Credit Biology Rap Goes Viral

The Morehouse College football player whose extra credit rap video for his biology class went viral says the whole idea started on a whim as he was sitting in bed one night after a game.

Julien Turner, a linebacker for the Maroon Tigers, said he was listening to a Lil Uzi song when he got an idea.

“[I] was listening to ‘XO Tour Llif3’ and I remembered [the professor] had assigned an extra credit assignment where I could make a music video out of anything, and ‘all my cells are dead’ just kept repeating in my head,” Turner, 19, a marketing major, said on “Good Morning America” today. “I scrambled to check my notes to make sure it had something to do with biology and I started writing lyrics that were parallel to the song so I could remember it better. I called up a few teammates and we made the video, and it just blew up from there.”

Turner soon found himself spitting such revised lyrics as: “The DNA starts to unwind. The RNA reads the other side. Meiosis is the key to making life. Mitosis copies cells about to die. If my genes go left unread, all my cells are dead.”

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Turner’s professor, Dr. Dwann Davenport, said he succeeded in earning the extra credit with his video.

“I actually heard about it before I even checked my email to see that he’d turned it in,” Davenport said. “I see the text message with the link and I clicked on it and I was like, ‘Oh this is catchy. This is nice.’ I saw all the likes and all the retweets and I was like, ‘Wait, this is my student. Wait a minute, this is Julien. Oh my goodness.’ I was so excited, but I didn’t expect anything like this.”

“He’s an athlete, he’s on the football team. He’s amazing,” she added.

Turner said he and his younger brother also started their own production company, Dreadhead Films, several years ago, and that “it’s crazy” this video went viral because “it’s the worst film” he has ever made. He said his brother is usually the cinematographer and editor, but he didn’t work on this one.

Music runs in Turner’s family. His father, Kevin Turner, is a jazz guitarist and music professor at Ohio State.

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Lil Uzi Vert Drops “The Way Life Goes” Remix Feat. Nicki Minaj [LISTEN]

Lil Uzi Vert, still riding the wave of his mega-hit “XO Tour Lif3” essentially since the spring, just unleashed another single that has been discussed for months. Nicki Minaj’s wish came true to hop on a remix for “The Way Life Goes” and the official audio was unleashed early Friday (Nov. 3) morning. 

Minaj, who was a big fan of the track, posted on Instagram her desire to hop on the record after asking Lil Uzi Vert make the song a single and demanding an instrumental. With its syrupy, R&B-tinged sound with a sure destination at strip clubs nationwide, the track seemed suited for Minaj to add her flavor. Fans were clamoring for the record recently as late last month and Minaj hinted that forces outside her and Vert’s control were keeping the record back.

Fans, you can all rejoice as the full audio of “The Way Life Goes” can be heard in its entirety below. Let us know what you think by sounding off in the comments or over on our Facebook page.

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Google Maps goes interplanetary, adds Pluto, Venus, and a bunch of moons

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When it comes to maps, Google has already conquered Earth. Whether you need a bird’s eye view of your neighborhood or a street-level glimpse at a storefront half the world away, Google can deliver it in seconds. So it’s no wonder that after doing pretty much everything it possibly can to map our home planet, it set its sights skyward, and today the company announced it has added a total of 12 new worlds to Google Maps.

The all-new destinations include a whole host of moons scattered around our Solar System, including Europa, Titan, and the frigid Enceladus. Also on the list are the nearby Venus and the once-planet Pluto, and you can explore all of them with nearly the same freedom as the more remote areas of the Earth. You’ll have to excuse the lack of Street View support for now, but Google is probably working on that as we speak.

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And The Award Goes To

Remember your little league days and you probably got some sort of plastic trophy or medal that did its best to look like a Greco Roman achievement in sport but fell short in terms of actually, y’know, looking good. Back in the day (especially when plastic wasn’t a thing yet) awards, medals, and prizes were pretty snazzy and spectacular, whether for a major sporting event or just for yard games or color-war-type activities. If you want to take a look check out our diverse selection in the Awards & Prizes section of the shop. 

Besides the thrill of seeming like you actually have an achievement in gymnastics or horseshoes, these make for great pieces as an entryway for any guy looking to get into necklaces. By stringing in a simple metal chain or looping a piece of leather through these you have something that meets between workwear and rock star, avoiding going the full Johnny Depp. Wear them at your neck with pride. Just maybe start thinking of excuses to get out of actually having to wow at the uneven bars. 

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Saturday Night Live was not the first late-night show to weigh in the mass shooting in Las Vegas. In this week’s cold open, they invited country singer Jason Aldean to cover Tom Petty as a tribute to victims. But a much more forceful statement came during “Weekend Update.”

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‘Shame on You’: Jimmy Kimmel Goes Off on Gun ‘Nuts’

It was just over one minute at the top of his monologue Tuesday night and there were no tears. But Jimmy Kimmel still had an important message he wanted to deliver to those who have been criticizing his decision to speak out forcefully on gun control following the awful mass shooting in his hometown of Las Vegas.

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Abingdon Theatre Company Announces Performance-Only Tickets for AND THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND Gala

Abingdon Theatre Company has announced that it is offering a limited number of 250 and 125 tickets for the performance-only portion of their 25th Anniversary Gala on Monday, October 23 at 8PM at The Edison Ballroom 240 W. 47th Street.
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It’s undeniable that Cardi B is on an absolute roll. The rapper and former Love & Hip Hop: New York star is breaking all kinds of records with her hit single Bodak Yellow and she just landed nine BET Awards nominations.

But while the hits just keep on coming for the Bronx native, she just scored a major win on the red carpet.

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She showed up to Rihanna’s third annual Diamond Ball in a stunning Christian Siriano gown and she absolutely killed it! Slay on Cardi, we’re rooting for you!

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‘For Me, It’s Personal.’ NFL Fans Boycott Football As Colin Kaepernick Goes Unemployed

For half a century, Mindy Reed has enjoyed a love affair with the NFL. As one of three daughters, she bonded with her father, a machinist living in Connecticut, over football. She wore a Bart Starr jersey as a kid, and recalls seeing Joe Namath play at the Yale Bowl in a 1969 exhibition game. As Reed climbed the corporate ladder at Dell in the 1980s and 90s, her football knowledge served as entrée into the old boys’ club. After switching careers — Reed, 61, is now a librarian in Austin — she continued to consume football. Reed rooted for the Seattle Seahawks, because wide receiver Tyler Lockett attended her alma mater, Kansas State.

But, Reed swears, now she’s done.

Reed plans on boycotting the NFL this season because no team has offered a job to ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose peaceful protest of police brutality during the National Anthem last season sparked a firestorm. It’s not just that teams haven’t extended an offer to Kaepernick, once one of the most promising signal callers in the league, who led the Niners to a Super Bowl in 2013, and threw an admirable 16 touchdown passes, against just four interceptions, for an undermanned San Francisco team a year ago. No team even invited him to training camp for a tryout.

So when an NFL commercial comes on TV, Reed immediately flips the channel. “I don’t take this lightly,” she says about her boycott, citing the important role football has played in her life. “But a line has been crossed, as far as I’m concerned.” Reed, who is white, believes Kaepernick’s protest against the killing of unarmed black people is completely justified. She says police regularly pull over her husband, who is African-American, for “driving while black.”

“For me, it’s personal,” says Reed. “We need to support people who remind us we don’t live in a post-racial society.”

Reed joins a growing number of Americans who say they will swear off NFL football until a team signs Kaepernick. A #NoKaepernickNoNFL petition on Change.org has received over 175,000 signatures. Hundreds of Kaepernick supporters rallied outside of NFL headquarters in New York City in August. If the boycotters follow through on their promises to stop watching games and buying merchandise, NFL owners may see a dent in their bottom lines. They feared fans would walk out on them if they signed the controversial QB. But by steering clear of Kaepernick, they’ll likely get boycotted anyway.

“There are probably more people out there who are against Colin Kaepernick protesting than there are people who support him,” says Vic Oyedeji, an African-American NFL fan who started the Change.org petition. “But at the end of the day, the people supporting Colin will have enough of a voice to make a change.”

NFL teams have signed more than 30 quarterbacks not named Colin Kaepernick to contracts since Kaepernick opted out of his 49ers deal in March. (If Kaepernick had not opted out, the 49ers were planning on cutting him; new coach Kyle Shanahan prefers traditional pocket passers for his system). That figure does not include 2017 draft picks, or QBs who re-signed with their squads. But it otherwise includes 19 players who have never completed a pass in an NFL regular season game. Kaepernick’s completed 1,011.

How did this happen? While Kaepernick is almost certainly a less effective player than he was during his Super Bowl run, many fans are convinced that NFL teams have blacklisted him because of his anthem protest. In July, Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Buscotti acknowledged that signing Kaepernick could offend his customers; he requested that Ravens fans “pray for us” as the team contemplated offering Kaepernick a contract. NFL players who have been convicted of drunk driving, obstruction of justice, theft, gun possession, domestic violence, assault, vehicular manslaughter, and other crimes have returned to the field. Baltimore passed on Kaepernick.

Watching a team like the Miami Dolphins pull Jay Cutler, a white quarterback with inferior statistics during his injury-ridden 2016 campaign, out of retirement rather than give Kaepernick a shot strikes a raw nerve for many fans. “What we’re actually seeing in real time is the more qualified black guy being passed over for a less qualified white guy, for non-football reasons,” says J. Wyndal Gordon, a Baltimore attorney — and fan of the Ravens and Washington Redskins — who plans to skip the NFL this year. Boycotters fear Kaepernick’s situation sets a dangerous precedent. “If footballs players can’t express themselves in a peaceful way, it’s almost like saying they can’t be free in a free country,” says Derek Harris, a high school assistant principal in New York City. “The NFL has a right not to choose Kaepernick. We have a right to not support the sport.”

Some Kaepernick supporters, however, consider an NFL boycott misguided. “Take the picket signs and go protest a police commissioner, a mayor, a city council,” says Shelby Jones, a tennis pro in Washington, D.C. who is African-American. “Protest the people in civic duty who brought about the Colin Kaepernick protest. There is a fight going on. And we’re fighting the wrong person.”

Regardless, the boycotters are sticking to their plan. For hardcore NFL fans, tuning out football won’t be easy. “But I’ll get used to it,” says Oyedeji. “We are all creatures of habit. I’m doing my duty as a person of color.” Reed, the Austin librarian and half-century supporter of the NFL, has come to terms with her withdrawal. If Kaepernick signs, she’ll be back. In the meantime, she’ll be doing other things this fall.

“Who knows what I might discover out there,” says Reed. “I certainly know how to read a book.”


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