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MoviePass isn’t going down without a fight. The subscription-based movie ticket service is about to face major competition from AMC and will introduce several new measures in July to fight financial ruin

Among those changes are a bring-a-friend option, IMAX and 3D movies, and surge pricing – like Uber.

MoviePass C.E.O. Mitch Lowe told Business Insider that “high demand” movies will incur an additional $ 2 fee when purchased through MoviePass (depending on time as well). That’s $ 2 on top of the $ 9.95 most users are paying per month for unlimited movies in theaters, and less than a box of Sno-Caps.  Read more…

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It’s the 40th Anniversary of Grease: Where’s the Cast Now?

This weekend means it’s officially been 40 whole years since the T-Birds and Pink Ladies first danced and sang their way into our hearts, but we’re still hopelessly devoted to Grease.

When Grease, the movie based on the hit Broadway musical, made its big screen debut in 1978, it was the highest grossing film of the year. Today, it remains the second most-successful movie musical of all time, according to Box Office Mojo, having only recently been ousted from the top spot by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast live-action reboot.

From Olivia Newton John’s good girl Sandy to John Travolta’s greaser Danny, let’s take a look at what the cast of the beloved ’50s nostalgia flick is up to today.

John Travolta

Fresh off his breakout turn in 1977’s disco drama Saturday Night Fever, John Travolta cemented his place in musical movie history as Rydell High’s resident bad boy Danny Zuko. He went on to earn a number of Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG nominations over the years for his roles in instant classics like Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty and Hairspray.

For his most recent project, the now 64-year-old Travolta stars as legendary Gambino crime family boss John Gotti in the mobster biopic Gotti—in theaters June 15.

Olivia Newton-John

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At 29, Olivia Newton-John wasn’t sure if she could pass as the high school-aged Sandy Olsson. But it was clear to John Travolta that she was the one that he wanted.

“She had a brilliant voice, and I didn’t think there could be any more correct person for Sandy in the universe,” he told Vanity Fair in 2016. Travolta was determined to get her the part. “I insisted that she be met and that we cast her.”

Primarily a singer, Newton-John has since described Grease as a “turning point” for her musical career, allowing her to transition from exclusively country songs to pop hits like “Physical.”

Newton-John has won several American Music Awards and four Grammys and is considered one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Unfortunately, she is currently on a touring hiatus due to a recurrence of the breast cancer she was first diagnosed with in 1992.

Stockard Channing

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After winning fans’ hearts as Betty Rizzo, queen of the Pink Ladies, Stockard Channing went on to thrive both on stage and the small screen. In addition to starring in numerous Broadway shows, the now 74-year-old Channing notably played First Lady Abbey Bartlet on The West Wing as well as Alicia Florrick’s mother Veronica on The Good Wife. She is a Tony winner and 2-time Emmy Award winner.

Jeff Conaway

Jeff Conaway went from playing Danny himself in the Broadway production of Grease to the top greaser’s finger-snapping sidekick Kenickie in the movie. He later earned two Golden Globe nominations for his role as out-of-work actor Bobby Wheeler on the TV series Taxi.

Conaway passed away in 2011 at the age of 60 from pneumonia with sepsis following a long battle with drug and alcohol addiction.

Didi Conn

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Getty ImagesActress Didi Conn attends the “Evening Of Discovery” Gala at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on May 15, 2012 in New York City.

Didi Conn has stayed in touch with her Grease roots over the years, reprising her role as Frenchy in 1982’s Grease 2 and making a cameo as a waitress at the Frosty Palace in 2016’s Grease: Live!—a television special in which singer Carly Rae Jepson took over as Frenchy. She is the only actor to appear in all three screen adaptations of the franchise.

Barry Pearl

Barry Pearl Grease
Getty ImagesActor Barry Pearl attends the For Your Consideration event for FOX’s “Grease: Live” at Paramount Studios on June 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Although his movie career cooled in the years following Grease, Barry Pearl—a.k.a. T-Bird member Doody—found success in the children’s entertainment world playing Professor Tinkerputt in NBC’s 1994 primetime special Bedtime with Barney: Imagination Island as well as the stage production Barney’s Big Surprise. The now 68-year-old actor was also the only original cast member besides Conn to show up in Grease: Live!

Michael Tucci

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Getty ImagesMichael Tucci attends the Street Food Cinema Summer Screening Series – “Grease” at Griffith Park on July 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

After strutting his stuff as T-Bird Sonny LaTierri, Michael Tucci moved on to television series such as The Paper Chase, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and Diagnosis: Murder. He is currently teaching performing arts at St. Francis High School in La Cañada Flintridge, California, and recently revived his acting career as Melissa McCarthy’s father in The Heat.

Jamie Donnelly

Jamie Donnelly Grease
Getty ImagesMusic artist Jamie Donnelly arrives at the IMDb’s 25th Anniversary Party Co-Hosted By Amazon Studios Presented By Visine – Arrivals at Sunset Tower Hotel on October 15, 2015 in West Hollywood, California.

Jamie Donnelly had already had plenty of time to perfect her portrayal of Jan on Broadway before landing the role of the goofy Pink Lady in Grease the movie. She is also widely known for originating the roles of Magenta and the Usherette in both the Roxy and Broadway productions of The Rocky Horror Show. Today, Donnelly is an acting coach and continues to appear in guest spots such as that of Peggy Shaugnessy on Ray Donovan.

Kelly Ward

Kelly Ward Grease
Getty ImagesKelly Ward attends the Street Food Cinema Summer Screening Series – “Grease” at Griffith Park on July 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Kelly Ward’s acting career largely came to an end just a few years after he played Putzie—a role created specifically for Grease the movie—but his work in the entertainment world continues to this day. The now 61-year-old T-Bird currently works as a voice director for Disney Television Animation in addition to teaching musical theatre at the University of Southern California.

Dinah Manoff

Dinah Manoff Grease
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Although Dinah Manoff stopped appearing on screen in the 2000s, she had a successful career in television following her role as the one and only Marty Maraschino. Not to mention that she won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for I Ought to Be in Pictures.


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It’s been 10 years since Tiger Woods won at the U.S. Open as he heads to Shinnecock

A decade somehow has passed already since Tiger Woods, on a shredded left knee that would require reconstructive surgery on a torn ACL eight days later, legendarily outlasted Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole playoff at Torrey Pines to capture the 2008 U.S. Open title.

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Justify Could Win the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes, But It’s a Long Shot. Here’s Why

The stakes are perhaps the highest for one chestnut colt at the Belmont Stakes this year.

As many thoroughbreds before him, Justify will attempt to join an elite — and extraordinarily small — class of horses to win the Triple Crown at the 2018 Belmont Stakes on Saturday. The thoroughbred will face his toughest challenge yet at the mile-and-a-half race, where he will attempt to make good on his 2018 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes wins.

Justify could be the second Triple Crown winner for trainer Bob Baffert, who trained American Pharoah back in 2015 when he ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought. But winning the Belmont Stakes isn’t so simple — and the New Jersey track presents the most challenging race of the three, said Nick Zito, an experienced trainer with Derby, Preakness and Belmont wins under his belt.

“It’s called the Triple Crown for a reason,” Zito said. “It’s one of the most difficult things to do in sports.” After all, only 12 horses have won it in close to 150 years of these races. And if Justify fails to clinch the win this weekend, he’ll become the 24th thoroughbred to win the Derby and the Preakness — but not the Triple Crown.

Indeed, the longest race of the three American Classics bookends the series and reflects just how hard it is to win the the coveted title. These thoroughbreds complete the series — or compete in one or two races — over the span of just more than a month, with races in varying distances in different states. Justify’s first win of the series came at the one-and-a-quarter-mile Kentucky Derby track on May 5, and his second victory came two weeks later in Baltimore at the one-and-three-sixteenths-mile Preakness Stakes track.

However, Zito warned, “Belmont is the most grueling of the Triple Crown races. It’s the toughest for sure.” Zito knows that first hand. Despite two wins in 2004 and 2008 at Belmont Park, Zito’s horses have come in second there seven different times. And in addition to Justify’s already slim odds of snagging the Triple Crown title, he also got a bruised knee at the Kentucky Derby and raced back-to-back on wet tracks.

The additional length at Belmont often tires out these horses, Zito said. Even the sand on the track at Belmont feels tougher — it’s deeper, softer and can be tough to trudge through. And Triple Crown-vying horses often have to compete with thoroughbreds who didn’t appear in Kentucky or Baltimore, now stepping into the arena with fresher and more energetic legs.

On top of all of these conditions, for horses to even have a shot at the Triple Crown, they must have an excellent pedigree, Zito said. That means these winning race horses likely come from lineages that exhibited both speed and stamina, as well as intelligence and good judgement. Secretariat, the legendary thoroughbred who won the 1973 Triple Crown, is the pinnacle of these sets of qualities, Zito said. While Justify has a strong pedigree of his own, “you can’t say he’s Secretariat-safe,” Zito said.

There are also a range of ways a race could go all wrong and destroy a shut at the title. A horse can simply have a slow day, or he could have a poor start when the starting gates break away.

But if the stars align correctly, perhaps Justify can join the high ranks of the Triple Crown winners before him. Indeed, Zito doesn’t just want Justify to win. He’s hoping to see Justify win Belmont by “many” lengths — perhaps inspiring memories of Secretariat’s historic 1973 finish.

“You need stars in racing like everything else,” Zito said. “We’re always looking for stars. And that’s what (Justify) looks like.”

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Ashley Iaconetti And Jared Haibon Open Up About Their Very First ‘I Love You’ And It’s Incredibly Romantic!

The Bachelor couple is back together and happier than ever! As you may be aware, Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon announced on her web series titled The Story of Us that they have rekindled their love.

The two met for the very first time on Bachelor in Paradise three years ago, and after some obstacles along the way, they now seem to be in it for the long run.

Ashley and Jared talked to ET earlier in the week, opening up about their amazing romance.

That being said, they shared the story of their first ‘I love you’ and also talked about moving in together and keeping the romance under wraps for months.

‘We knew that there was a lot of history with us and we really wanted to date and have a relaxed, easygoing relationship because we have never been boyfriend/girlfriend throughout our entire relationship,’ Jared stated.

Then they went on to explain how they knew they should get back together.

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‘For me, it was love at first sight. I don’t know when in the last couple of months I decided [I wanted to be with him]. I always knew we had something I had never experienced before. We are similar and different in the most compatible ways. We really complement each other,’ Ashley stated.

Jared called her ‘the love of [his] life’ and proceeded to share how grateful he is for having Ashley in his life.

About six weeks into their rekindled relationship ‘He would even say ‘love of my life’ before he said ‘I’m in love with you,’’ Ashley dished.

Jared added: ‘I wanted to make sure. I wanted us to date for a while before we said those words to make sure this was real. And I wanted it to be important. We were in bed,  lying there. I could not wait anymore! We were talking throughout that entire [Stagecoach] weekend about how much we liked each other, and I was like, ‘I don’t like you, I love you! I was super nervous to say it. I was like, ‘I hope she says it back.’ I said, ‘I am completely obsessed with you, I am addicted to you.’’

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Drake’s Blackface Controversy: Why It’s Not As Bad As You Think

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When Pusha-T dropped a real photo of Drake smiling cheesily in blackface I wondered, for a moment, if Drake’s career was over.

See, I’m not a Drake fan but I’m far from a hater—right now in heavy rotation on my iPhone are both “Nice For What” and “Look Alive.” But no matter how good your music is, I find it hard to dance to you if I have no respect for how you’re living. I’m not asking you to be beyond reproach but, for example, Kanye ignorantly praising Trump might distract me when I put on his new music. A league away from Kanye is R. Kelly, an alleged pedophile. I hear his music and think about the young women he’s hurt. I can’t decouple the two. I can’t just dance it away.

Back to Drake. Wearing blackface isn’t officially criminal but if he can’t explain what he was doing there, it would be deeply offensive to a lot of people—myself included. Blackface jerks me back to a time of powerlessness and segregation and shucking and jiving. It’s a black person spreading a caricature of black people and thus participating in our own denigration. At first, seeing a smiling Drake cooning for the camera was painful. I couldn’t tell if it was ironic or not. If I thought Drake wantonly did a photo shoot in blackface I may not be able to just dance to him whenever. A lot of people have already jumped off his bandwagon over this. His career seems at a crossroads. I don’t believe he’s racist but how do I know he’s not a buffoon? 

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It’s time to take another look at Capri Sun

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Motherhood can be exasperating. And the decisions we make just to feed our children can be enough to scramble your brain. There are so few times a product is 1) easy 2) affordable and 3) not terrible for you.

Whitney Barthel kidsA completely typical moment at our house.

I’m a mother of five; all three of these things are important to me. So when I find something that hits the trifecta, it’s enough to make me jump for joy…or perhaps just watch my kids do it. And from then on, having said product on hand is a real no-brainer.

Here’s the thing: my boys insist on bringing their lunch to school, mainly because all their friends pack a lunch, and heaven forbid they have to wait in line for hot lunch while their friends are already hanging out at a table.

Anyway, this obviously complicates things when I’m scrambling to get three kids out the door and onto the bus by 7 a.m. To make my mornings a tiny bit more manageable, I keep a few key products around that are easy to throw in a lunchbox as part of a well-rounded meal — or at least one I know I won’t get a call about from the principal or PTA.

One of these key items is Capri Sun. The brand has evolved from the one you grew up with, and now offers a ton of different options for picky parents like me who want to give their kids a decent juice drink. Right now, the boys and I are really digging the 100% Juice, Organic, and Fruit Refreshers lines, both at school and at home. They’re made from all-natural ingredients, and contain no added sugar* (THANK YOU!), artificial color, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. Oh yeah, and according to my boys, they are super yummy .

While all three of the Capri Sun lines are made with all-natural ingredients, there are a few differences between the products.

  1. The 100% Juice line is just what it says — 100% Juice. Every pouch contains 3/4 cup of real fruit juice**. Try the apple, berry, fruit punch, grape or watermelon flavors.
  2. The Organic line is made from USDA Certified organic fruit and is available in apple, fruit punch, grape, tropical punch, and strawberry lemonade. My boys love the strawberry lemonade. They tell me it tastes extra delicious after getting all hot and sweaty riding bikes or wrestling on the trampoline.
  3. The Fruit Refreshers are my personal favorite and contain 50 percent less sugar than other leading juice drinks***. Fruit Refreshers come in four flavors: Awesomely Apple, Very Berry, Aloha Mango and Orange Pineapple Tango.

Bonus for moms like me who sometimes need a little treat after a grueling session of 8-minute abs: all Fruit Refreshers flavors are between 45-50 calories. Score!

Honestly, Capri Sun has made it really easy for moms to give our kids (or ourselves) a guilt-free beverage…and one that won’t bust your grocery budget either. #MomWin

When was the last time you checked out Capri Sun?

This post is sponsored by Capri Sun.

Images by Whitney Barthel, iStock

*Not a low calorie food

**As part of well-balance diet, eat a variety of fruit every day and be sure to make most of your fruits whole fruits. USDA MyPlate recommends a daily intake of 2 cups of fruit from a 2,000 calorie diet. See ChooseMyPlate.Gov for more information on healthy eating

***This product 10g of sugar per six ounces; leading average fruit juice 20g of sugar per six ounces

 

 

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It’s Official! Daniel Craig and Danny Boyle, Together Again for ‘Bond 25’

It's Official! Daniel Craig and Danny Boyle, Together Again for 'Bond 25'

Update 2: It's official! Daniel Craig will reprise his role as a British secret agent under the direction of Danny Boyle in the 25th James Bond film, per EON Productions. Production is scheduled to begin on December 3, 2018, with the film still set to release in the U.S. on November 8, 2019.

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It’s About Time Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell Located Their Spines

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In Donald Trump’s America, there really are two Americas.

In one, America’s intelligence community caught wind of the fact that Russia was attempting to influence the various inexperienced and sketchy members of the Trump campaign, and sought to investigate this possibly dangerous behavior, using various methods at their disposal, including confidential informants on the inside.  

In the other America—and make no mistake, there are tens of millions living in this alternative universe—the Obama administration sought to wiretap and spy on the Trump campaign for completely nefarious reasons. They were out to get him from day one.

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It’s summer, what do you feed your kids for lunch?

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Summer break is just a couple of weeks away and man am I burned out from making school lunches. I’m a good cook and have no problem saying that. I also have my act together most of the time and I have no problem saying that either. But, well, this is what my daughter’s school lunch looked like today:

bad school lunch

It’s a yogurt tube, two cheese sticks because apparently I can’t count, a whole apple and a whole cucumber. I didn’t even cut the cuke, never mind peel it. I just keep telling myself that at least it isn’t the donut and croissant I dropped off at my 3-year-old’s preschool when I accidentally left her lunch box at home. Because I did that this week too.

bad school lunch

So here I am, burned out on lunches when I’m about to have four children home with me all summer. And I have to feed these children multiple times a day!

I don’t want to overcomplicate things but I also want my children to eat a well-balanced diet. I have a hard time finding the middle of the road on this topic, but I’m going to try my best this summer to offer a healthy lunch at least four days a week.

I know we are all in the same boat, so I thought I’d share the list I came up with for summer lunches.

Here it is:

  1. turkey and cheese sandwich, apple, chips
  2. snack plate of almonds, grapes, cheddar cheese cubes, pretzels
  3. red lunch of watermelon, red pepper slices, tomatoes and pepperoni
  4. rainbow lunch of grape tomatoes, clementine, slice of cheese, walnuts, cucumber, blueberries and purple grapes
  5. graham crackers and apple slices with peanut butter for dipping
  6. fruit smoothie made out of milk, banana, frozen strawberries and a handful of baby spinach
  7. egg salad on a bagel, pickle, chips
  8. protein box with boiled eggs, almonds, string cheese, and sliced pepper
  9. yogurt with toppings like chocolate chips, raisins, walnuts, slivered almonds and strawberries

I will start off the summer like that, but by the end I bet lunch will be pizza, an ice cream bar and a cucumber for good measure. At least everyone will eat it?

Help! What will you make for summer lunches?

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No, it’s not mommy brain, it’s “matrescence”

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Those physical, psychological and emotional changes you go through after the birth of your child now have a name: matrescence.

Traditionally used by anthropologists, the term refers to the process of becoming a mother. Reproductive psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks, M.D., argues that matrescence is a transition period that women and healthcare providers need to pay more attention to.

Sacks says we should think of matrescence in the same way we think of adolescence. Much like teenagers transitioning into adulthood, women becoming mothers experience physical, hormonal and neurological changes along with a shift in their identities. That can feel uncomfortable, she writes in the New York Times.

Research shows women’s brains actually change after having a baby. Not in the negative, memory-impaired way some people believe, often referred to as “mommy brain.” In fact, scientists think women’s brains may become mentally and emotionally sharper to help them care for their babies and interpret their cries and facial expressions, Sacks writes.

Mom-with-new-baby

The psychiatrist says there are four key things to look out for in matrescence:

Changing family dynamics: A baby can alter relationships with partners, siblings and friends in good and also challenging ways.

Ambivalence: Sacks says this is the push and pull women feel as they try to juggle the new responsibilities of motherhood while also caring for themselves.

Fantasy versus reality: Having a child may be different than what you expected.

Guilt and shame: You may feel pressure to be the “perfect” mother, and feel bad because you can’t achieve this unrealistic standard.

In an on-air interview with WNYC’s The Takeaway, Sacks said she believes if more women recognize and talk about their experiences with matrescence, it will help new mothers feel less alone.

“The experience of motherhood is a lot of ups and downs,” she said. “There are so many things that are normal, transitional, that sort of get easier after the first year that we really need to educate people about so they can speak more openly and feel more reassured.”

What do you think about calling the postpartum period “matrescence”? Tell us about your matrescence experience.

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He Raised His Credit Score 277 Points — Now He Teaches Kids How It’s Done


James Cooper is all about changing kids’ lives. So he talks the talk, and he walks the walk.

Every year, Cooper gets invited to dozens of high schools to speak to thousands of students about bullying, violence, teen pregnancy and gangs through the nonprofit he founded called Fedup-4U.

He relates to the students; he doesn’t talk down to them. His school assemblies reach out to students with a passionate mix of music, dance and motivational speaking.

Now he’s adding another subject to the group’s repertoire: The importance of good credit.

Cooper feels strongly about this topic because of his own experience with having bad credit and climbing his way out of it — raising his score nearly 300 points, in fact. It was a long climb for him, and he got ripped off by three different so-called credit-repair companies along the way.

He’s lived it, and he wants to prevent today’s 18-year-olds from going through the same thing.

His message: Know how credit works, and don’t run away from your financial problems.

“Because when you try to buy a house 10 years later, that’s gonna kick you in the butt,” says Cooper, 50, of Atlanta.

‘We Got Burned’

James Cooper speaks to students about the importance of credit awareness at a high school in Macon, Georgia on April 20, 2018.
Cooper speaks to students about the importance of credit awareness at a high school in Macon, Georgia, on April 20, 2018. Matt Odom for The Penny Hoarder

Cooper knows all about having bad credit. As recently as 2017, his credit score was a lousy 524.

“I never had a credit card,” he says. “I had $ 6,000 worth of unpaid bills.”

He vowed to sort out his financial situation and fix his credit. He and a Fedup-4U partner did it together.

They learned the hard way not to deal with fly-by-night credit repair services.

“We got burned by a lot of companies,” Cooper says. “They took our money and disappeared with it. We both got burned for about $ 4,500 altogether.”

Although there are legitimate credit repair services, there are also shady ones that demand money upfront and promise way more than they can deliver. Then they’ll milk you for money until you wise up.

Cooper and his friend went through this ordeal with three companies.

Then they found Credit Sesame, a free credit monitoring service that helped them learn how to fix their credit for free.

‘They Showed Me the Ins and Outs’

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Cooper used Credit Sesame and raised his credit score 277 points. Matt Odom for The Penny Hoarder

In Credit Sesame, Cooper and his partner finally found a legitimate option for really improving their credit.

For one thing, you can use it 100% for free.

The app started by sending Cooper a free credit report card — including his TransUnion credit score — and provided him with personal recommendations.

It showed him a quick view of his total debt, plus all the factors contributing to his low score: credit usage, credit age, inquiries, account mix and payment history.

Cooper’s favorite part about Credit Sesame is its personalization. It suggested concrete steps, based on his situation, to better manage his credit score.

“They showed me the ins and outs — how to dot the I’s and cross the T’s,” Cooper says. “I applied for my first credit card ever.”

So long, 524 credit score.

Credit Sesame recommended he:

  1. Get a credit card.
  2. Ask for a credit increase on that card.
  3. Keep his monthly balance on the card below 5% of his credit limit. That affected his credit utilization, which is the percentage of your available credit you’re using.

That raised his score.

“The highest I went was an 801,” he says. He raised his score by 277 points over the six months from June to November 2017.

“Then I purposely took my score back down,” he says, to see how quickly it could drop. He’s been watching his score go up and down ever since. “We’re experimenting with my credit score as I speak,” he say, to learn more about credit scores so they can teach students about them.

He lowered his credit score by raising his monthly balance on his credit cards. Again, that affected his credit utilization.

‘You’re Missing One of the Most Important Pieces’

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Cooper uses what he’s learned through Credit Sesame as a blueprint for his lessons, because that’s what worked for him.
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Cooper founded Fedup-4U in New Jersey in 2009 and expanded it to Atlanta when he moved there in 2012. He does a lot of the group’s motivational speaking.

The organization says it hosts about 75 school assemblies and reaches more than 65,000 youths and young adults each year throughout the Southeast and the Northeast.

Now they’re putting together a school-approved curriculum on credit, to be launched in August 2018. The idea is to introduce it as part of the financial literacy programs that many high schools already teach.

“How can we talk about banking and checking without talking about credit?” Cooper asks. “I’m speaking to these kids, finding out what they know and what they don’t know.”

As he travels throughout the Southeast speaking in schools, Cooper has been floored by what he’s found.

“Too many of these kids are living on their own18 years old, seniors in high school, living in their own apartment and working a part-time job for tips,” he said. “But they don’t know anything about credit.

“I’m saying to them, ‘You’re already living in adulthood, but you’re missing one of the most important pieces.’”

Getting the Message out

Cooper and others at Fedup-4U are learning all they can about credit because the organization is preparing to take its new message into schools in Georgia, Alabama, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

“We want to touch the Z Generation,” Cooper says “We’re not in the business of fixing credit. We want to get to you before you have to fix your credit.”

The new program will be called CREDUP, short for “Career Ready Education Development on a student’s way UP.” Cooper says teaching kids about credit is especially important now that Americans owe a collective $ 1 trillion in credit card debt. Yikes!

Cooper values the lessons about credit he’s learning by monitoring his credit score.

“We’re taking so much of the blueprint from Credit Sesame,” he says.

If your credit isn’t as good as you’d like, check out Credit Sesame for yourself to see what you could do differently.

Mike Brassfield (mike@thepennyhoarder.com) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. His credit could be better, and he’s working on it.

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It’s Opening Day at the Founders’ Cup of Surfing Presented by Michelob ULTRA PURE GOLD

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LEMOORE, Calif./USA (Friday, May 4, 2018) – The World Surf League (WSL) is set to make history this weekend, May 5 and 6, at the Founders’ Cup of Surfing presented by Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold. This event marks a revolution to the sport of surfing, while also celebrating the original Founders.

The WSL Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California tomorrow opens the gateway to extremely new heights and innovation, all of which will be seen starting at 8:00 a.m. PST. Nationwide, fans can watch the Founders’ Cup live on CBS from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. PST (2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST); and the entire event live-streamed across new WSL partner, Turner Sports’ Bleacher Report Live, and on WSL platforms, WorldSurfLeague.com and the WSL app. Globally, the WSL’s Facebook page will live stream the event, and the event will be broadcast on television in more than 100 countries.

Australia Team Captain and six-time WSL Champion, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) leads the team that includes surfing’s most decorated champions. The Aussies are excited about the team dynamic that this event presents as it brings them together more than ever in hopes of achieving bragging rights as the world’s best team. Australia Team will surf at 9:50 a.m. PST.

“This is a historic event for all of us,” Gilmore said. “To be a captain ahead of somebody like Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Matt Wilkinson, and Tyler Wright, current World Champion, it’s really an honor. For it to be a mixed-gender event is really special. I think it’ll show how much we enjoy competing together and just the comradery between all of us. To have an event here, with everyone, will be awesome, and we can’t wait to show what Australia can do.”

But, while Australia has 11 World Titles amongst them, USA Team claims 16 – although, 11 of them belong to team captain and WSL Surf Ranch innovator Kelly Slater. Slater is joined by a lethal force of power and progression from back-to-back WSL Champion John John Florence to Kolohe Andino to California’s newest World Title contender Lakey Peterson. The USA Team will surf at 11:10 a.m. PST, where US fans can watch the live broadcast on CBS.

“The interest and excitement around this event and the WSL Surf Ranch is unlike anything I’ve seen in my career as a pro surfer,” Slater said. “It’s super fun, everyone who surfs it has a great time. The pros have all been shredding in this wave and love it, they can’t get enough of it. We’re looking forward to getting some waves under our belts and then really pushing it in later rounds. I’m really proud. It’s been a fun and exciting week for me and all of us.”

Brazil’s dominance over the sport of surfing in the last few years has been influential, and it was Adriano de Souza. who truly paved the wave for their current stars. The 2015 WSL Champion began his career as a Championship Tour (CT) competitor over ten years ago and now represents his country proudly alongside some of the world’s most innovative surfers — including 2014 WSL Champion and Team Captain Gabriel Medina, Silvana Lima and Filipe Toledo. But, among seasoned veterans, 16-year-old Taina Hinckel looks to further her World Junior Championship success on the main stage.

“Brazil has such a passion for surfing, so this is great to represent our country,” De Souza said. “I’m really proud to have guys like Gabriel [Medina] and Filipe [Toledo], who got first and second at the Test event last year. I have so much respect for all the surfers competing here and I just want to go out and do my best. It will be a new experience for everyone to work with a team, and we have a 16-year-old Taina (Hinckel) on our team, so this will be a great experience for her to watch some of the world’s best right here. It will be very exciting for us to surf in an area so different to us, but I’m going to enjoy it a lot.”

Johanne Defay (FRA) will lead Europe Team into the arena for weekend action as they vie for their spot at the top. Defay is joined by fellow Reunion Island surfer Jeremy Flores (FRA), Portugal’s top competitor Frederico Morais (PRT), Italy’s most prominent talent Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), and a Californian, who charges the likes of Tahiti’s famed Teahupoo, representing her German heritage Frankie Harrer (DEU).

“It’s really cool to have the feeling of just sharing more and it’s a privilege to be a part of,” Defay said. “I was kind of surprised be the Captain of guys like Jeremy [Flores] just because they’re so good. But, having Germany and Italy surfers is so nice to see everyone, and this is exactly what the wave pool is all about: getting the opportunity for all the countries in the world to surf. It’s more about sharing and supporting your teammates, which I really like.”

Representing the global contingent with the World Team is Captain Jordy Smith (ZAF). Smith is joined by an elite group of powerful and progressive surfers that have plenty in their resume to be a serious threat at the Founders’ Cup of Surfing, starting at 9:10 a.m. PST.

“It’s an amazing accomplishment just to get to this point and a huge thank you to everyone that’s been a part of this,” Smith said. “It’s a massive responsibility to be captaining World Team. Not only am I representing my own country, but multiple countries, and I think we’ll definitely have enough support, which will be great. I’m really looking forward to competing with the team and seeing how we go.”

Founders’ Cup of Surfing Qualifying Leaderboard Run 1 Order: 

Brasil Team – 8:30 a.m. PST: 
Filipe Toledo
Taina Hinckel
Adriano de Souza
Silvana Lima
Gabriel Medina

World Team – 9:10 a.m. PST:
Michel Bourez
Jordy Smith
Bianca Buitendag
Paige Hareb
Kanoa Igarashi

Australia Team – 9:50 a.m. PST:
Tyler Wright
Stephanie Gilmore
Joel Parkinson
Matt Wilkinson
Mick Fanning

Europe Team – 10:30 a.m. PST:
Frederico Morais
Frankie Harrer
Johanne Defay
Jeremy Flores
Leonardo Fioravanti

USA Team – 11:10 a.m. PST:
Kolohe Andino
Carissa Moore
John John Florence
Lakey Peterson
Kelly Slater

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Thanks to presenting partner Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold, fans can enjoy great views of the competition from the Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Impact Zone at the North End of the pool. Share your stoke with the perfect selfie, free giveaways, and an ice cold Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold. Or, if you’re looking for a place to cool off in between waves, head over to the Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Breaker Bar at the South end of Perkins Lake near Partner Village to catch some shade, more free giveaways, games and more.

Take an adventure with Jeep® Ambassadors Jordy Smith and Malia Manuel in the new “Jeep Sessions: A Surfing Journey in 360°,”  which will be featured in Jeep® brand’s Virtual Reality activation located in the Partner Village. Jeep Ambassadors Jordy Smith and Tyler Wright will be stopping by the activation for a meet & greet / signing session.

T-Mobile is setting up the Un-carrier Lounge in the heart of the WSL Surf Ranch, with great views of the competition, a phone charging bar, and custom giveaways. The carrier is also the presenting partner of the in-broadcast Barrel timer and “Dialed Moments” series, featuring Founders’ Cup athletes’ previous best rides on Kelly Slater’s wave.

Stop by the Quiksilver tent in Partner Village to check out the latest in boardshorts and gear, get a free hat, and enter for a chance to win a $ 500 gift card.

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WSL PURE, the WSL’s non-profit ocean conservation program, will promote its NGO partner Surfrider Foundation onsite in Lemoore with the Founders and through the event broadcast.

About WSL Surf Ranch
The WSL Surf Ranch facility, which was revealed online to the public in December 2015, boasts the best man-made wave in history – a 700-yard, high-performance, bi-directional wave featuring barrel sections and maneuver sections. Primarily existing as a testing facility, the Lemoore site has spent the past two years dialing in the technology under the guidance of 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) and feedback from visiting WSL surfers. A private test event last September proved very successful, paving the way for the Founders’ Cup of Surfing presented by Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold to be the first time the public will be allowed onto the grounds.

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Time’s Up for R. Kelly—Because It’s Long Past Time to Believe Black Survivors

Women of color within the Time’s Up campaign have joined forces with the activist-led #MuteRKelly protest co-founded by Kenyette Tisha Barnes and Oronike Odeyle, joining a community of black activists demanding accountability for the allegations of assault, exploitation and abuse against the entertainer spanning decades.

No gender justice without racial justice. From the 2017 March for Racial Justice. (Stephen Melkisethian / Creative Commons

Inspired by the recent guilty verdict of Bill Cosby, Time’s Up published an open letter calling on members to join the social media campaign. “As women of color within Time’s Up,” they wrote, “we recognize that we have a responsibility to help right this wrong. We intend to shine a bright light on our WOC sisters in need. It is our hope that we will never feel ignored or silenced ever again.”

R. Kelly is an influential R&B musician, producer and songwriter who, for over two decades, has also been a known sexual predator and assailant. In 1994, he secretly and unlawfully married musician Aaliyah when she was just 15 years old; just last year, reports broke that he was brainwashing, abusing and holding young women against their will. Despite consistent and persistent allegations of abuse, sexual misconduct with minors and even child pornography, Kelly has, for too long, evaded criminal charges, maintained a successful career and dismissed and silenced his accusers.

“Over the past 25 years, the man known publicly as R. Kelly has sold 60 million albums, toured the globe repeatedly and accumulated hundreds of millions of plays on radio and streaming services,” the Time’s Up letter reads. “During this time, he also married a girl under 18 years of age; was sued by at least four women for sexual misconduct, statutory rape, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint and furnishing illegal drugs to a minor; was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography; has faced allegations of sexual abuse and imprisonment of women under threats of violence and familial harm.”

At long last, however, R. Kelly’s time is up.

In an interview with Glamour, Odeleye placed the Time’s Up letter and the growing interest in her campaign in context—crediting the #MeToo movement for a long overdue call for accountability for Kelly and other men who have abused and exploited women, and particularly women of color, with impunity. “When #MeToo broke, I knew it was an important conversation,” she told the magazine. “It’s an important step that women in power decided to take. They spoke out about their real experiences, and it emboldens the rest of us—if those women could do it, I can speak up, too. But the fact that it lacked representation of women of color in the beginning frustrated me, because it’s often women of color who experience this kind of stuff and don’t feel like there is a place to come out and talk about what’s happening to them.”

Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, echoed those sentiments in an interview with NPR. “We have seen 24 years of allegations leveled against R. Kelly, and he has gone unscathed,” she told reporters. “So what the letter does is join the #MuteRKelly campaign, that was well on its way already, and joined the chorus of black women around the country who have been saying we want some accountability. Those things have to be interrogated. And I think at the very least we need to see corporations step away from them until we have satisfactory investigation into these allegations.”

As the #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up campaign both continue to create new spaces and conversations around sexual harassment, abuse, exploitation and violence, it is critical that we continue, as well, to ensure that nobody gets left behind. This is only the beginning, and we must continue to listen to and believe black women—and finally mute R. Kelly.

Jordannah Elizabeth is an author, lecturer, music critic and feminist writer. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Bitch Media, LA Weekly and Village Voice and is bi-coastal by nature. She is the author of Don’t Lose Track Vol 1: 40 Articles, Essays and Q&As.

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Growing up with undiagnosed autism, Laura James had no idea how to handle love, until she met and married her neurotypical partner, Tim.

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Laura James at 25, when her autism was still undiagnosed

There are 700,000 people in the UK living on the autism spectrum, according to the National Autistic Society, but as many as 42 per cent of women with autism spend decades of their lives struggling to get a diagnosis. Here, Laura James, now 47 and author of Odd Girl Out (Bluebird, £8.99) explains how it feels to love, date and marry when you have autism without realising it.

‘I struggle to name and understand my emotions, so from early on in life, I have always split them into two categories: There are the good ones that are pink and soft. Then there are the bad ones, which are sludgy green, and feel jagged and dangerous. Love is confusing as it often comes with both these feelings.

Like many teenage girls I was obsessed with love. From 15, I was enchanted by a boy who lived a few streets away and who seemed only intermittently to notice me. He had everything I thought a boy should have: Irish roots, blue eyes and a detachment that acted like catnip to my teen self.

I would spend hours getting ready to “casually” bump into him at the coffee shop where he worked or at various gigs I knew he’d go to. We’d often go back to his parents’ house, where we lay on his bed listening to Bob Dylan. We were together but not together, almost pretending the other wasn’t there. We were friends, but it was unlike any other friendship I had. It always hovered on the edge of being more, but had it have gone any further I would have bolted.

“My undiagnosed autism had informed this seven-year crush”

It turned into a seven-year crush and, looking back, I can see it was informed by my then-undiagnosed autism. Other girls would have flirted fiercely or got bored and moved on to another boy. In retrospect, I think I liked the security of this pseudo relationship, where I could project my romantic fantasies on to someone without having to deal with the confusing mess that is the reality of many true relationships.

I (like many other women and girls with autism I have spoken to) found teenage dating and romantic entanglements difficult to fathom. We can lack social imagination and there seemed to be so many unwritten rules. If you liked someone, you were meant to pretend that you didn’t. It was all so confusing.

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Author Laura James, aged 25, when her autism remained undiagnosed

Many people with autism have intense interests and sometimes these can be focused on individuals. An autistic special interest can be all-consuming. Mine are usually relatively benign subjects, such as politics or fashion, but during the time I focused on this boy, he was literally all I could think about. If he had tried to kiss me though, I would have run a mile. Autistic girls often grow up more slowly than their neurotypical counterparts, and I simply wasn’t emotionally ready to have a relationship.

It’s often said that one of the main autistic emotions is fear and meeting someone new and knowing it could turn into a relationship is a terrifying concept for me. I would wait by the phone longing for it to ring and then, as soon as it did, I would be too scared to answer in case it was the object of my affection so I would just leave it ringing.

I felt this same sense of yearning and fear when I met my husband, Tim, ten years later. It was in rehab, a cold, bleak, scary place where I clung to the idea of him as if he were a life raft. He was suffering a vicious bout of depression. I had been admitted for a prescription drug addiction resulting from a misdiagnosis, something worryingly common for women with autism.

My husband says: “Its like being on the same first date for the past 20 years”

The stereotypes for autism are so strong and so based on the male model that medical professionals often fail to spot it in women, instead misdiagnosing them with mental health conditions such as Bipolar Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder. If they are unlucky enough also to have physical health issues, such as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (a connective tissue disorder, often seen in autistic women), they risk being written off as hypochondriacs or, in extreme cases, told they have Munchausen syndrome. I was misdiagnosed with Hyperventilation Syndrome and prescribed tranqulisers. That is one route to addiction, another is the alcohol and drugs that some autistic women use to ease social anxiety.

There is a forced intimacy in the cocoon of a psychiatric hospital, a soothing rhythm to the day and – somewhere between group therapy and a 12 steps meeting – I fell in love. I knew the feelings were different to what other people experienced. But again I was gripped by longing and terror.

I would wait for hours in the patients’ kitchen, hoping to get a glimpse of Tim, and then feel sick with fear as soon as I saw him. I would have imaginary conversations in my head, but struggle to engage with him when he was right there in front of me. The reality simply didn’t match the experiences of the heroines in the Jilly Cooper and Marian Keyes books I voraciously devoured at the time.

Somehow it worked and we dated and eventually married, although even today ours is a different kind of relationship. Tim has said it is like “being on the same first date for the past 20 years”. It is, he explains, the strange dichotomy of my need for structure and sameness and his failure ever to quite get into my head.

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Laura James with her husband, Tim

I like to live in what Tim calls “the grey”. It’s where I feel neutral. Any extremes of emotion leave me feeling de-stabilised. Falling in love can be full of highs and lows, and early on it left me exhausted and out of sorts. I knew, though, that my relationship with Tim was worth pursuing. It was initially uncomfortable, but because we got on so well, had so many shared interests and because he was funny and clever and unlike anyone else I had ever met, we somehow just got each other. Eventually, at least.

Unaware of my autism and completely different to me in terms of personality, Tim was loud and excitable and constantly lusting after adventure. While I craved the neutral, he wanted excitement and volatility. It shouldn’t have worked as a relationship. We are opposites. He is driven by emotion and is fiery, passionate, creative. I need life to be lived at one volume. He thrives on the kind of peaks and troughs that leave me longing for a dark room.

“We are married and very happily so, but not in the traditional sense”

I once suggested going to Devon for a weekend and within 10 minutes Tim had gone from researching B&Bs in Salcombe to looking at trips to the Arctic Circle and trying to persuade me to take three weeks off work for “the trip of a lifetime”. He needs newness constantly and cannot much see the point in going to the same place twice. I love sameness and will always try to sit at the same table and order the same dish in the same restaurant.

The turning point came with a startling realisation: we don’t argue. Ever. Early on in our marriage I was terrified of any sign of anger on his part. Even mild irritation left me quaking. I would shut down and not respond. In the end, we found a way to be and we haven’t had a cross word for more than a decade.

Years ago, Tim would snap over something small and I would retreat upstairs and not come down until I knew he had either gone out or had calmed down. I simply didn’t engage. Now he no longer even considers getting cross; he knows nothing will come of it. Problems are discussed calmly and solutions negotiated. Anything else seems bizarre to me. Why would anyone want to scream and shout at the person they love?

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Happily ever after: Laura James today

We are married and very happily so, but not in the traditional sense. We rarely go out with other couples. Instead, we spend time at home, together but separate. He makes music while I immerse myself in whatever special interest is enchanting my brain at any given time. I make no demands on him and bristle when he presses me to do something. But it works. There is a kindness in our relationship that is rare and precious.

A few weeks ago, we went shopping together for a sofa for our new house. Overwhelmed by the sensory overload of John Lewis on a busy Saturday afternoon, I turned to Tim and said, “please make it stop”. He knew what I meant. “I know,” he joked, “it’s awful – it’s just like being married.”

Odd Girl Out by Laura James is out now (Bluebird, £8.99)

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It’s Time for John Kelly to Shape Up or Go

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Idiot, moron, unhinged. There’s a whole section of the thesaurus for that ways that the President’s closest advisors have reportedly described him. The latest addition to this thread comes from White House Chief of Staff John Kelly who reportedly referred to his boss as an idiot.

Kelly says it’s a lie. But either way, the episode is part of an ongoing series of leaks, from the White House, that raise questions about Kelly’s ability to manage the place. After all, a chief of staff who not only can’t control leaks in general, but can’t even control leaks about himself, doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence.

All of which begs the question: why General Kelly is still around? The answer is, he shouldn’t be, at least not unless he steps up soon.

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Comcast recently started offering its own wireless service under the brand of Xfinity Mobile. The actual mobile service is provided by Verizon, and the plans are surprisingly cheap and flexible. We’ve said before that Xfinity Wireless is a good deal for Comcast subscribers, and as it turns out, it’s such a good deal that Comcast is losing money.

In its latest earnings report, Comcast posted a $ 189 million loss for Xfinity Mobile, despite adding 196,000 new subscribers in the quarter. Analysts expected the loss — they actually expect Comcast to burn through $ 1.2 billion in the first 18 months — but this loss exceeded expectations.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton have welcomed their third child. William brought Prince George and Princess Charlotte to the Lindo Wing to visit their baby brother. Not long after, William and Kate brought their new son out on the steps of the hospital for his official debut to the world. Click here for more details. 📷: Tim Rooke/Shutterstock; Mike Marsland/ WireImage

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Michelle McNamara wrote a letter to the Golden State Killer, and it’s chilling in light of today’s arrest


Michelle McNamara wrote a letter to the Golden State Killer, and it’s chilling in light of today’s arrest

It has been more than 30 years since the serial killer known as the Golden State Killer murdered his last victim. And today, April 25th, after decades of searching, Sacramento police have arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo in connection to the case. Since the arrest was announced, true crime writer Michelle McNamara’s posthumously published book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, is being credited with restoring interest in the case. And fans are pointing to a particularly haunting letter addressed to the killer at the end of her book.

The serial killer is believed to be responsible for the rape of more than 45 women and the deaths of 12 people from 1976 to 1986. Until DeAngelo’s apprehension it was unclear if the Golden State Killer — also called the Original Night Stalker and the East Area Rapist — was still alive, although the FBI estimated that if he was, he would be between 60 and 75 years old. But McNamara was convinced that the criminal was still out there, as is evident in the letter to the Golden State Killer.

McNamara’s admonishment of the serial killer was published on January 10th in the New Yorker, a little more than one month before her widower, comedian Patton Oswalt, would publish I’ll Be Gone in the DarkIn the letter, McNamara painstakingly imagined the Golden State Killer’s arrest, writing about him opening his door to, presumably, face the police.

“Take one of your hyper, gulping breaths. Clench your teeth. Inch timidly toward the insistent bell,” she wrote in the letter. “This is how it ends for you. ‘You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark,’ you threatened a victim once. Open the door. Show us your face. Walk into the light.”

In a press conference today at 12 p.m. PDT, Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones relayed the details of DeAngelo’s arrest, saying that, just like in McNamara’s letter, the suspect had been arrested without a struggle after he stepped outside of his home.

McNamara’s fans pointed out the seemingly prophetic nature of the letter.

We are simultaneously in awe of McNamara’s incredible reporting and heartbroken that she isn’t here to see her work pay off. But even so, it’s clear that her book has had a huge impact on the case. We just hope that, after evading prison for decades, the Golden State Killer will be brought to justice.

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Paula Patton Has A New Boo: ‘It’s Kind Of A Suburban Romance’

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Paula Patton is reportedly dating a single dad that she met through her son, Julian Fuego.

While promoting her new film “Traffik,” the 42-year-old actress giddily told Extra’s Tanika Ray, “I have a boyfriend now. I do. I haven’t called anybody a boyfriend. He’s my boyfriend!”

She wouldn’t reveal the mystery man’s identity, but did explain how they met each other through their children.

“If you have a kid and you have a basketball game, look at the daddies… It’s kind of a suburban romance. He’s got kids, I got a kid. It’s one of those!” Patton explained.

Although the two have only been dating for a month, Patton says she already loves him. “When you know, you know.”

In the same interview, the actress also talked about co-parenting son Julian Fuego with ex-husband Robin Thicke following their bitter and contentious custody battle. Patton said the key to keeping things peaceful is forgiveness. She admitted that she would not be doing her child any service by holding onto hurt feelings from the past. Instead, it is important to bring as much peace and harmony to his son’s life.

Patton and Thicke worked out their custody arrangement around the same time the singer’s girlfriend, April Love Geary, announced her pregnancy. A source said the exes made their son a priority and figured out plans to get along for his sake.

Patton’s new film “Traffik” opens in theaters on April 20.

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This Year’s Boston Marathon Weather Is Rainy and Windy. Runners Say It’s ‘Awesome/Terrible’

As if Heartbreak Hill wasn’t hard enough. Tens of thousands of runners racing the Boston Marathon 2018 faced grueling conditions on Monday as heavy rain poured and wind gusts hit more than 25 miles per hour — all among the coldest temperatures for the 122nd annual Boston Marathon race in three decades.

Elite athletes wore rain jackets and dodged puddles on the sleek pavement and thousands of racers packed in corrals before the start wore trash bags over their outfits. Experts and analysts anticipated the harsh Boston Marathon conditions would result in slower finish times for elites and amateurs, alike.

Perhaps the pinnacle of marathon racing, the Boston Marathon is a long-sought goal for distance runners and a storied tradition in the city, where spectators line the streets on Patriots Day to cheer on and support racers. This year, those supporters wore rain gear, carried umbrellas and wrapped trash bags around their shoes. And, despite the conditions, Boston Marathon 2018 runners posted on social media to share their excitement for the race.

Spectators and volunteers showed up despite the wet conditions. Indeed, Shalane Flanagan, a U.S. professional runner who won the TCS New York City Marathon in November 2017, posted a thank-you note to volunteers ahead of the race Monday morning.

The race Monday also marked five years since the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured more than 260 others. In each year after the horrific event, Boston has united around the annual marathon with mantras like “Boston Strong.” The year after the bombing, Meb Keflezighi, an iconic long distance runner, became the first American to win the race since the 1980s. This year, Keflezighi returned to the course to raise funds for the Martin Richards Foundation, which formed to honor the 8-year-old boy who died in the bombings in 2013.

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What It’s Like to Go Gender-Fluid Clothes Shopping: Liberating, But Pricey

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A gay man, a gender-fluid person, and a straight guy walk into a gender-neutral clothing store to try on some clothes.

While this may sound like the beginning of a bad millennial joke, this actually took place when I and two others headed to The Phluid Project, the world’s first gender-free clothing store that opened in downtown Manhattan in March.

The Phluid Project was founded by Rob Smith, a fashion industry expert who worked for almost 30 years for brands such as Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, Levi’s, and Nike. Inspired by his travels and studies of different cultures after spending a year on a “journey of self-discovery” in 2017, Smith came back to the United States and opened the store.

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It’s Possible to Look Cool in Bad Weather—Here’s Proof

Whether or not your wardrobe is prepped for bad weather, we’re here to let you know that it is possible to look cool when you have to dress for a rainy day. The thought of trekking through the elements might not sound like a moment for fashion, but hear us out.

Curious to see some winning outfit formulas, we looked to fashion girls to see exactly what they wear. The ultimate case of fashion meets function, their best rainy-day looks are simple and surprisingly easy. You can’t go wrong with a pair of straight-leg jeans and a loose sweater with a pair of ankle boots and a trench coat to top everything off. But keep things interesting with a coat finished in patent leather or lined with gingham. So, it turns out that it is possible to pull off cool outfits, even when the rain is coming down outside. Want to see some inspiring outfits? Keep reading to see how fashion girls are styling their raincoats, and then shop all your rainy-day essentials.

Keep things sleek with a patent raincoat.
Upgrade your ordinary raincoat with this patent style.
A gray knit is the perfect layering piece to throw into your wardrobe.
This summer’s hottest denim style is versatile for every season.
Mix graphic prints for a fashion-forward look.
A subtle hint of gingham print adds the perfect pop of pattern to your outfit. 
A comfy cashmere basic is a year-round necessity. 
Step up your skirt game with this affordable print. 
This fuzzy bucket bag is a must! 
Channel French-girl style with this easy outfit formula.
There is nothing more timeless than a classic, well-fitted trench coat.
Sport this classic tee with statement earrings. 
Throw these cropped flares on with heeled booties to upgrade your rainy-day look. 
Sport this purse with a weatherproof jacket.
Try “tonal dressing” by picking one color and wearing it in different shades.
Warm-toned jackets are great for summer storms. 
Light pink hues are a must this summer.
Embroidered denim is a huge game changer for your summer style.
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Pair these black skinnies with a lightweight raincoat for gloomy days. Keep reading to shop raincoats to wear during the next storm.
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Wyatt Cenac knows the assumption. Former Daily Show correspondent gets his own late-night HBO talk series: He’s going to rail against Trump.

“It felt like we could talk about Trump and the presidency, but a lot of people do that,” Cenac says about his new series, Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas. “Unless you have some damning video of that guy beating a baby seal while screaming the word n—er over and over again… even then I don’t think he’d get impeached.”

Problem Areas, produced by John Oliver and premiering Friday night, finds Cenac traveling the country over the course of 10 episodes to explore different topics having to do with the effects of police on society, ranging from how officers are hired and trained to how they interact with the homeless and the transgender population.

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Hello, It’s Me, a Reformed Overpacker

I’ve tried more than a few times to reform my packing habits. I chalk it up to the fact that most of the time I pack for a trip less than 24 hours before the airplane leaves the tarmac. But there have been many occasions when I arrive at a destination to find I spend the entire vacation in two to three outfits and that half the items I pack go completely unworn.

Since I live on a fourth-floor walk-up and carrying my own suitcase up and down the stairs has become the lowest point of every vacation I take, I decided that the time had come to finally address all those overpacking habits and try to master vacation packing once and for all.

It sounds easy enough, but the truth is that it’s a process that still takes me more effort than I’d like to admit. My overpacking has been reformed in many ways, but I still find that I come home with a stray unworn top or pair of sneakers that I swear I’ll wear during my trip.

Since shoes can take up more space than just about anything else, it’s best to be extremely picky about which pairs make the cut. I tend to keep it simple—one pair of fancy shoes, one pair of sneakers, and one pair of sandals or boots (depending on the season and locale). Then to make sure there’s room, I nestle them in a yin-yang pattern.

So I know this sounds pessimistic, but I’ve learned that packing pieces I would ideally wear but have never actually put on is a big mistake. As much as I’d love to wear those strappy stilettos on vacation, chances are that it won’t happen.

While you want your outfits to pop on vacation (and in those Instagram photos), a suitcase full of statement clothes does nothing but cause frustration. Instead, keep things simple by packing mostly basics, then add a handful of statement items that can easily be integrated with the rest of what you brought along.

It’s not unusual for me to hear friends list the things they need to buy before their next vacation, but I’ve learned a lesson to steer clear of pre-trip purchases. When being strategic, the key is to pack items you know you’ll wear, but new pieces are unpredictable. Shoes might pinch, and dresses may ride up. In the end, I’m all for sticking to what already works.

As a last-minute packer, this has been one of the trickiest changes for me to master, but it has made a world of difference. Instead of simply hoping that the things I pack will work together, I try to consciously think about the outfits I’ll wear on my trip. This way, I can easily scale back on the items I won’t actually need.

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A colorful sweater easily mixes with jeans, trousers, or a pretty skirt. Available in sizes XS to L.
A simple shirtdress is a staple you can dress up or down. Available in sizes UK6 to UK14.
When on vacation, a comfortable pair of walking sneakers is a must. Available in size 40.
If you’re packing carry-on only, opt for a style that has built-in charging capabilities too.
If you end up out taking a hike, you’ll want to make sure you have a sports bra handy. Available in sizes 1X to 4X. 
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This pretty top can easily go from day to night. Available in sizes XS to M. 
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If a leather jacket is too heavy for summer travels, try a denim one instead. Available in sizes XS to XL. 
A lightweight long-sleeve top is a great transitional piece. Available in sizes X to 4X. 

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Dear Mickey Mouse, Pete’s a jerk and it’s time to cut him loose

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Like many parents, I’ve logged more hours watching Disney Jr. than I ever thought possible. I never knew my eyes could absorb so much Mickey Mouse and friends. Along the way, I’ve become far too invested in a particular character: Pete. And by invested, I mean he drives me crazy.

Mickey, please hear my plea: Pete’s a bully, you’re a pushover and it’s time to take back control of your clubhouse and garage. Pete needs to hit the road.

On a quick side note, not only am I writing an entire blog post on a character from the Disney universe, but my husband and I just had an entire discussion argument on that character. Specifically, we couldn’t agree on what he is. I said cat, he refused to even entertain the notion.

“He’s a dog, the kind like Goofy who walks,” he insisted. “Not the Pluto-type, who’s a pet.”

Thanks to a quick Google search we solved the debate. Pete is indeed a cat.

My heart is not completely black and dead. I feel for poor Pete. He lacks self-esteem and it manifests in his behavior. He’s lonely, he wants to be included. None of these are abnormal personality traits.

Pete could be redeemed. If he wanted to be, that is. But he just keeps causing chaos, not only in the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, but also over on Mickey and the Roadster Racers. He’s two-for-one trouble. His British counterpart is a jewel thief, for crying out loud.

On some levels he’s a necessary evil. All real heroes need an antagonist, someone to help drive them. Pete is that for Mickey. The nemesis, the problem child that allows Mickey’s true character to emerge.

My issue is that Mickey’s true character is almost too good where Pete’s concerned. He’s become a pushover.

Yes, there are things we need to teach our kids. Be kind to others. Sit next to the child who’s alone at lunch. But to let a bully walk all over you and keep coming back for more?

On an episode of Roadster Racers he stole the gift that Mickey was planning to give to Jiminy Johnson. It led to a car chase, putting everyone in jeopardy. Yet when all was said and done Mickey turned to Pete to ask, “Are you okay?” Pete stole, taunted, and could have killed him. But yes, let’s be sure to check in to see how he’s faring.

I get the “be nice, turn the other cheek,” approach to a bully. But this is beyond that. Pete is not simply a nuisance, he’s a danger. And Mickey isn’t turning the other cheek. He’s rolling out the red carpet and sending a car service to pick up his bully and bring him right to his door. Or rather his clubhouse door, but you get where I’m going.

I’m all for a redeeming character. But episode over episode he’s a huge jerk. What’s to love? Or even like?

He’s even a martyr. When he invited everyone to his Halloween party his invitation also included him mentioning that nobody ever wants to come to his party, so why does he bother. 

Friendship based on guilt. That’s a great quality to teach my child.

When Donald finally speaks up and says what we’ve all been thinking — that he doesn’t want to go to Pete’s party — he’s told it’s “not nice.” I’m with Donald. Why would anyone even want to be around Pete?

Yes, it’s sad that Pete feels inadequate. But it’s really his own fault. Mickey and his friends are always including him. Trying to help him exercise. Pete just turns on them. At what point can they say, “Pete, buddy, we’ve tried. But you need to see a therapist and work out your issues with a professional.”

In the real world I’d say it’s time for Pete to kick rocks. Enough is enough with this jerk. He’s mean. Mickey’s interactions with him are not teachable moments. I’m tired of yelling at my television.

But this is a cartoon. It’s intended to be fun. Aimed at children, not 40+ year-old mothers who shouldn’t be overanalyzing one character among many. Oops.

At any rate, I’m already invested. So I’ll ask this:

Please, to the writers of Disney Jr. cartoons, I beg of you. Can you please make Pete even somewhat decent? Or keep him as a jerk if you must. Stop making Mickey such a pushover. Mice have backbones, right? It’s about time he showed us his.

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If you remember, during his full-fledged breakdown last year, Tyrese ranted about his wife being pregnant. Turns out, it wasn’t true. But now, Tyrese and his wife, Samantha Gibson, are expecting after a year of marriage. The couple told their story to People.com.

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“Both of our love and energy and magic and families are bonded forever because we’re going to have this child,” Gibson, 39, raved in a joint interview with his spouse. “It’s unbelievable.”

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Samantha, a 29-year-old social worker, learned she was pregnant with their daughter in late January, not long after they began trying to conceive. Minutes after her positive first test — and before she could even plan out a surprise for her husband — Gibson arrived home, and they celebrated together.

“It was me screaming and just being overly excited and just fired up about the news,” he says.

Friends and family were equally enthusiastic. Samantha and Gibson spread the news with help from a faux movie trailer, which Tyrese narrated, that transitioned partway through into footage from Samantha’s ultrasound.

“There was no greater reaction than her mom’s reaction,” Gibson says of his wife. “Samantha is her only daughter, and this has been prayers for years and years, for her to get married and find the right one and start a family.”

 

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Now in her second trimester, with their baby due in September, Samantha says she’s been in “full practicing mode” with 10-year-old stepdaughter Shayla, “[whom] I consider mine.”

And the spouses don’t expect any sibling rivalry. According to Samantha, Shayla’s “been asking for siblings since I’ve known her.”

Though Samantha plans to give birth in Los Angeles, where they also have a home, they will raise their new daughter primarily in Georgia, in the same house where they wed last February.

“We were able to conceive at the right time, I believe,” Samantha says. “There was a lot that happened last year — everyone is aware of that — and so to have the opportunity to … really start a new chapter in the way that has happened, I just look to God and I’m like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe that you would plan it this way and you do it so perfectly.’

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The giant U.S. technology monopolies dangerously threaten new and small business creation–not just in Silicon Valley, but on every Main Street in America.

Antitrust has become a popular topic of conversation, especially now that Amazon


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seems to have driven Toys ‘R’ Us to close all of its 735 U.S. stores, booting 30,000 employees out of work. Amazon, Apple


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, Facebook


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, and Google


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have certainly turned into monopolies in their markets. Statistics vary depending on the source, but Google owns about 81% of online searches and 85% of search ad revenue. Facebook utterly dominates social networking, with more than 2 billion users worldwide and 77% of mobile social traffic. Apple rakes in 91% of global smartphone profits. Amazon handles at least half of the entire amount of money consumers spend online.

For comparison, when the U.S. government used the Sherman Antitrust Act to break up Standard Oil in 1911, the company accounted for 87% of refined oil sales. When AT&T


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was forced to break up in 1982, it handled 93% of U.S. phone traffic.

Yet applying antitrust laws in the usual ways is already a bit confounding when dealing with tech companies. The Sherman Antitrust Act is supposed to protect consumers from monopolies that corner a market and raise prices, yet the tech giants give consumers outstanding products for free (Google Maps and Facebook Messenger, for instance), or force prices down, as Amazon has done by under-pricing traditional retailers. The Sherman Antitrust Act forgives “innocent monopolies” that win just be being great at what they do. Admirably, our tech giants seem to have won their monopolies by playing by existing rules better than anyone, and that’s not a crime. In fact, it’s what our capitalist rules say they’re supposed to do.

However, the arguments about innocent monopolies and consumer benefits ignore a mushrooming danger to small businesses–and U.S. job growth. Tech startups, corner shops, new restaurants–these are significant engines of the U.S. economy. Small firms accounted for 64% of all new jobs generated from 1993 to 2011, according to the Small Business Administration.

But by every measure, business creation is falling. The rate of Americans deciding to become entrepreneurs has been steadily decreasing, according to the Kauffman Foundation. Since 2008, The Brookings Institution found, firm creation rates have been below business death rates–the first time that’s happened since the data began being collected in the 1970s.

If business creation is falling, and small businesses drive job growth, the likely outcome is that jobs will dwindle away. If tech startups get suppressed, the U.S. economy sees less innovation come to market, which could leave us falling behind other nations in critical areas like artificial intelligence and health care technology.

The big problem is that these tech giants don’t just sell products–they are platforms that other businesses rely on. Amazon is an enormous retailer, but it’s also a retail platform for thousands of small sellers. So Amazon is competing against small sellers and has an unfair advantage: It can see all their partners’ online activity and learn how to beat them on price or product offerings. Amazon also owns Amazon Web Services (AWS), the dominant cloud-computing platform. Amazon can spot threats or opportunities early on AWS, giving it the power to either buy or crush a potentially successful newcomer before that startup gets much traction.

Google and Facebook have similar outsized advantages. The enormous amount of data that flows through their systems allow them to spot threats early and either buy or copy them. Their everyday use by billions of people means that anything they offer immediately reaches a huge audience, potentially swamping any similar product from smaller, independent companies. I watched Facebook go after Snap, a company I invested in. When Facebook couldn’t buy Snap






in 2013, it began to clone its most popular features for Facebook users.

The giants are only going to grow in power, especially in the age of artificial intelligence. They get more data than anyone, and more data makes their AI software smarter than any other AI, increasing the giants’ lead and dominance.

I believe policymakers and regulators must focus on protecting small business from unfair competition. That may mean changing antitrust laws so they take into account damage to small companies, and then forcing the giants to divest some of their businesses to reduce their overall power. Amazon the retailer, for instance, should probably separate from AWS, the cloud-hosting service.

During Senate hearings to confirm nominees for the Federal Trade Commission, most of the nominees (now confirmed) said the FTC should take a new look at whether the tech giants are engaging in anticompetitive behavior. This kind of scrutiny, long abhorred by the tech industry, should now be welcomed by our society.

A publishing group, the News Media Alliance, asked Congress in February to set aside antitrust rules and let news outlets collectively negotiate with the likes of Facebook and Google. Again, this would’ve been anathema to tech a year ago, but now, allowing industry groups to band together to deal with monopoly giants seems reasonable. Earlier this month, Rep. David Cicilline (R-R.I.) introduced a bill–the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act–that would do just that.

Finally, I’m a believer in algorithmic accountability. The algorithms that manage internal operations for the tech giants strongly favor doing whatever is the most expedient, efficient, and effective, even if that means harming competitors or amplifying societal biases. The giants should proactively build algorithmic accountability into their systems, creating a level of automated transparency that would let consumers, the press, the technology community, or public officials look in and see what’s going on inside their black boxes. If the companies can’t faithfully and transparently act as their own watchdogs, the government likely will, and that likely would be a worse outcome for the companies than regulating themselves.

As a technology investor, I want to avoid regulatory solutions as much as anyone. Over-reaching regulations in the early 20th century killed innovation in electricity and telecommunications by creating highly regulated monopoly utilities that left little room for competitors or newcomers in those sectors. Yet, clearly, if we don’t address the dangers of tech monopolies, we’re going to wind up with that same dynamic–squashing innovation and growth in critical new industries.

Hemant Taneja is a managing director at General Catalyst, a VC firm and author of UNSCALED: How AI and a New Generation of Upstarts are Creating the Economy of the Future.

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Most of the time, the answer is a resounding “No.” But every once in a while, we’re forced to offer a very hesitant yes.

For April Fool’s Day this year, Snapchat decided to create a Facebook filter that makes it appear as if a Russian bot has liked your post. I’m confident the teens of America could GAF, but for us adults obsessed with the Mueller investigation (and likely not on Snapchat), we have no choice but to love it.

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It’s not just leakage, I had a baby and pee my pants on the regular

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I guess it wasn’t temporary. I pee my pants all the time since I’ve had a baby. Yes, it’s the sneeze-and-leak variety. But also the “Oops, I completely peed my pants and need to change everything from the waist down” type.

I knew my body wouldn’t escape pregnancy unscathed. Stretch marks. Varicose veins. My linea nigra never fully disappeared. It’s basically part of our family now.

And my poor bladder. With all that added pressure I was peeing frequently and leaking. I expected it to return to normal a few months after my son was born. This was nothing that time and some Kegel exercises couldn’t cure, right? Wrong.

I actually pee my pants. Often. 18 months after my son was born. And it’s not showing signs of improvement.

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I’m embarrassed, feeling like the only one that still can’t control her bladder. And this far beyond postpartum? It should be under control by now. Can someone tell me when my bladder will stop evacuating itself involuntarily?

The reasons are twofold. Obviously, my bladder just isn’t what it used to be. You can’t put one of your body’s organs through what a bladder endures during pregnancy and not expect permanent repercussions.

Secondly, it’s due to toddler mom chaos. My time ceases to be my own. I’ll need to go, but get busy doing something with or for my son. Before I realize it two hours have passed. Suddenly that feeling is more of an urgent insistence from my bladder. Next thing it’s “Oops, I peed my pants.”

It makes me laugh, feel gross, want to cry…all of the above.

I’ve stocked up on panty liners and feminine wipes, which fill a pocket in my diaper bag right next to my son’s diaper wipes. I’ve almost confused the two on occasion.

Fortunately it’s not a daily occurrence. In fact, I’ve actually gone weeks without an accident. Yes, I refer to them as accidents, the same as a potty training tot would say. I hope I can appreciate the irony when the time comes to potty train my own son and we’re both peeing our pants.

The degree of embarrassment is determined by three factors:

  1. How much I pee
  2. Where I am when it happens, and
  3. Who is with me — or who am I unable to hide it from

The light bladder leakage — or LBL as the marketing folks cutely refer to it in ads for liners — is the best scenario. A sneeze or laugh are often the impetus. And it’s handled with a liner. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still horrible. But if it has to happen, this is how I want it to go down.

Anything beyond LBL can’t be sugarcoated. It means I’ve peed my pants. Hopefully it hasn’t gone beyond my underwear. Sometimes it does. In that case I pray the wet spot can’t be easily seen. Or I grab something to tie around my waist.

Like real estate, location is key in the pants peeing game. If I’m at home it really doesn’t matter if it’s LBL or a complete and total urine drench. My son is used to me saying “Mommy’s wet her pants…again,” before I head to the bathroom to get cleaned up.

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Out in the wild it’s another story. It’s not only where, it’s how far I am from home. How many hours into my outing. Did I just leave the house? Or is the day winding down? Either way, I’m hightailing it home. It’s just less frustrating at the end of a dinner out versus the appetizer course.

Then there’s the company I’m with. My inner circle knows. Luckily I haven’t had any incidents beyond that. I’ve become more strategic as to when I consume my daily water intake. And carry a spare pair of underwear in my diaper bag (all hail the multipurpose diaper bag).

I’m not accepting defeat. I’m keeping up with the Kegel exercises. Going straight to the bathroom when I feel the need, not hours later. Cutting back on caffeine and eating less spicy or acidic foods.

My ob-gyn is aware, and doesn’t think this will last forever. It just feels that way at times.

On the bright side, my bathroom has never been cleaner. At least I have that.

For more mom moments, follow me on Instagram at Witty Otter.

Have you had bladder problems after the birth of your child? What tips can you share?

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Home ownership: It’s not the size of the home, but the size of the dream

African Americans are returning to the housing market slowly but surely, according to recent data. After hitting a near 50-year low of 41.3% in 2016, even lower than during the Great Depression, the 2017 State of Housing in Black America report found that black home ownership has now risen above 42%. With home ownership consistently pointed to as the best vehicle for long-term wealth creation, and accounting for 70% (U.S. Census Bureau) of black wealth, we are still facing a serious challenge.

 

Experts cite many benefits to home ownership, but here are a few highlights:

  • Increased civic participation (including voting)
  • Attainment of higher levels of education
  • Improved health and enhanced life satisfaction
  • Safer neighborhoods and better-quality housing environment
  • Higher self-esteem and heightened sense of control
  • Financial stability and generational wealth

 

Home ownership clearly plays a key role in our personal and financial well-being, which is why we need to center our efforts on teaching and enabling individuals to achieve, keep, benefit from, and build upon home ownership. With home ownership, social mobility, and economic mobility are so intertwined, there is an urgent need to disrupt the cycle of generational economic deprivation.

 

So let’s have “the talk,” and figure out how to make it happen. There are some easy steps to get the ball rolling, regardless of your timeline.

 

Take charge: Get your financial house in order

 

Buying a home often comes with a fear of the financial responsibility that goes with it. This is natural, and you’re not alone. You can overcome this fear by preparing—get your financial house in order and gain a better understanding of the home ownership process. Being an informed consumer is the first step to making home ownership possible. Need to improve or build up your credit history to be ready to apply for a mortgage? Or, perhaps you simply need to calculate what home price and monthly payment you can comfortably afford. Determine what fits best with your other financial obligations and, from there, you can make an informed decision when it comes to home ownership.

 

I was recently at a family reunion reminiscing about old times when my cousin told me that she wanted to buy a home. I asked her if she had checked her credit lately. She hadn’t, but she assumed it needed some work. As it happily turned out, her credit score was 742, much better than she had originally thought. She completely discounted her habit of paying bills on time, passing up shoes (her first love), meeting her tithing commitments, and putting away money for a rainy day. The point is, find out where you stand from a credit position—because at the end of the day, you never know.

 

Home ownership could be possible sooner than you think

 

It should be no surprise, but the Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report confirmed that there is a great deal of enthusiasm about buying a home among today’s consumers. In fact, one in four prospective buyers plans to purchase in the next two years, and they are taking the right steps to prepare:

  • 61% are paying off debts and bills
  • 47% are improving their credit scores
  • 45% are saving for a home

 

What was even more interesting was that nearly 70% of recent millennial homebuyers purchased the house they could afford now, and view their current home as a “stepping stone” to their forever home. It’s comforting to know that this group has confidence in their decision to become home owners, and they view it as an ascending path they’ll follow for the rest of their lives. A very solid 79% of millennial home owners said they see home ownership as having a positive impact on their financial future, and an overwhelming majority in this group said that they are proud of being home owners. With such a positive response, the millennial home owners surveyed send an encouraging message to their peers to get off the sidelines and buy a home so they too can begin enjoying the benefits.

 

It’s not the size of the home, but the size of the dream that matters

 

Despite all the enthusiasm and desire to buy a home, there are still many myths about what it takes to become a home owner, and these are sadly causing many people to wait longer than necessary to become home owners. Let’s bust some of these myths.

 

The biggest offender: the down payment myth. Forty-five percent of first-time buyers surveyed felt they needed to have a 20% (or more) down payment. Bank of America has shattered that myth by introducing the Affordable Loan Solution mortgage, which requires down payments as low as 3% with no mortgage insurance requirement. There’s also an online tool that allows consumers to search for down payment and cost savings programs in their area or desired neighborhood. More myths? Many believe that consumers need a perfect credit score and can’t have any student loan debt, both of which are untrue.

 

Power up with your financial support team

 

Whether you’re just thinking it would be nice to own a home one day, or you’ve already managed to put some money aside, get moving to improve your financial position—but don’t do it on your own. Visit your bank and talk with a financial professional. Even if you’re still in the dreaming stage, a lending professional can help you build a short- or long-term plan so you’ll be ready to achieve your goals when the time comes. Together you can come up with a savings roadmap to set aside enough funds for a down payment and understand what’s required long-term to comfortably afford your regular mortgage payments amid your other financial responsibilities.

 

By working with a professional, you’ll get the information you need to decide whether the time is rightand if you’re not ready right now, you’ll learn which priorities to address so you can be prepared in the future. With expert help and your own determination, you can take the steps to becoming a proud home owner, today or in the future. Now that we’ve had “the talk,” get ready, get set, and move forward.

 

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What it’s like to visit the country that declared itself the happiest on earth

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Are you happy with your life? We understand that is a very existential question, and there might not be an obvious answer to it. One thing we can say is whether we feel like our lives are fulfilled or whether there is something lacking. It seems like it’s so difficult to be fully content with life these days, as there is always something new to worry about, or to covet.

It’s rare to get a collective of people who are perfectly happy with their daily lives. And it’s even rarer still to get a whole nation that would define itself as such. Now, we often hear reports that Denmark, Norway, or some other Scandinavian hinterland is officially the happiest nation on Earth. But, we’d like to counter that with an offering of our own – Bhutan, the tiny kingdom in the Himalayas, and the place that declared itself the happiest country on Earth.

The world’s last Buddhist kingdom

Bhutan only opened its borders to the public as recently as 1974 and is the world’s last remaining Buddhist kingdom. The jewel of the Himalayas, it’s not hard to see why the people here would be so happy – the country is truly stunning. With staggering natural beauty everywhere you turn, it’s the sort of place where you can truly lose yourself in beauty, adventure, and opportunity. Welcome, to the last remaining Buddhist kingdom on Earth.

Long live the King

With a population of 700,000 people, Bhutan has long been viewed as one of the most interesting and attractive countries in the Himalayas. In fact, it has even attracted attention in the past from Buddhist celebrities, such as the actor Richard Gere. The nation first came to worldwide acclaim back in the ‘70s, when the king at the time, King Wangchuck, announced that Bhutan would not be measuring gross national product, but, instead, Gross National Happiness. And since then, this has become almost the unofficial motto of Bhutan.

Unique approach to tourism

Imagine if you lived in a tiny, but idyllic country, and every year, every month, every week, your nation was beset by tourists – loud, ignorant, and materialistic. You’d soon get pretty cheesed off with it, right? Well, Bhutan has taken a clever and unique approach to tourism – limiting numbers, and imposing a tariff on those who want to visit. This helps to boost the economy of the nation, while at the same time keeping the undesirables from entering the country. No wonder the people of Bhutan are so happy all the time.

It’s clear from just a few days in Bhutan that this is unlike anywhere else on Earth. It’s a world away from the crowded sidewalks, honking taxis, and bitter winds of Manhattan. This is a place where nature, religion, and enlightenment converge and coalesce to provide one of the most peaceful and serene places on the planet. The locals here are perfectly happy and contented with their lives – and why wouldn’t they be? After all, they live in one of the world’s most gorgeous places. And the tourism restrictions are bound to be to the liking of the population – they get to keep their magical country just the way it is.

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I don’t know much — actually anything — about basketball, but after an intense 15 minutes of research, I can see that the 2018 Division I Men’s NCAA Tournament is upon us.

With such a prolific event here, you’d be right in guessing there are deals to be found. Thankfully, there are no running drills for this one.

If a 16th-seeded men’s basketball team beats a No. 1-seeded team, Little Caesars will give every family a free Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo on Monday, April 2.

The Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo consists of four slices of Detroit-style deep-dish pepperoni pizza and one 20-ounce Pepsi product.

Obviously, I have no clue what seeded college men are — but for pizza, I will find out.

So Who Needs to Win for Me to Score Free Pizza?

You have four chances to win a free Little Caesars lunch combo.

In the South, No. 16 University of Maryland, Baltimore County must beat No. 1 University of Virginia.

In the East, No. 16 Radford must beat No. 1 Villanova.

In the West, the team that wins the March 14 Texas Southern vs. North Carolina Central game must beat No. 1 Xavier.

In the Midwest, No. 16 University of Pennsylvania must beat No. 1 University of Kansas.

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All games will take place March 15 and 16. If a No. 16 team does beat a No. 1 team, you must place your combo order at a participating Little Caesars location from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and mention the offer when you check out.

And if you’re going with anyone you’re related to, disown them while you’re ordering because only one person per family can get this deal.

I’d also like to point out that Little Caesars just patented a pizza-making robot, so hopefully, we’ll see a lot more free throws there in the future — hint, hint.

Jen Smith is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She gives tips for saving money and paying off debt on Instagram at @savingwithspunk. She believes that pizza-making robots will bring us closer to world peace.

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Now That Marvel’s Produced a Solid Villain, It’s Time for Some Doom

Thanks to the recent announcement of a merger between Disney and Fox, The Fantastic Four will inevitably make their MCU debut. They’ll bring with them arguably the greatest supervillain in comics — Doctor Doom. Previously, such news would’ve caused fans apprehension, and rightly so. Many of the MCU’s past villains have been too one-dimensional. It would be disappointing to see a villain with Doom’s gravitas fall victim to the same trap. Luckily, Marvel has finally produced a solid villain in Black Panther‘s Erik Killmonger, proving that they are ready to take on complex villains like Doctor Doom.

Paving the Way


(Left): Michael B. Jordan as Erik Kilmonger in Black Panther (2018); (Right): Julian McMahon as Doctor Doom in Fantastic Four (2005)

Over time, we’ve seen the MCU improve its rogues’ gallery. Characters like Loki in The Avengers and Adrian Toomes in Spider-Man: Homecoming break the bland, one-dimensional mold of villains seeking wealth or power. Loki seeks to give mankind the enslavement they crave and deserve, whereas Toomes just wants to support his family. With Erik Killmonger in Black Panther, the MCU has really hit the mark! Never have we had such a multi-layered and relatable MCU villain!

A comparison of Killmonger and Doom illustrates the richness of Marvel’s villains. On the surface, they are on opposite ends of the villain spectrum. Killmonger’s motives illicit sympathy while Doom simply relishes being evil. However, a closer look reveals an important connection. Their villainous personas are born from the tragic loss of a parent as a child. Killmonger loses his father, N’Jobu, who promised him a trip to Wakanda. Doom’s mother has her soul stolen by Mephisto. His attempt to recover it literally blows up in his face, leaving it permanently scarred. Not to mention, he also gets expelled from college.

Killmonger has paved the way for Doom. Besides their similar, heartbreaking backstories, both share other important traits like sheer willpower and ruthlessness. Killmonger’s success proves that the MCU is finally ready for higher caliber, more complex villains. Audiences could relate to Killmonger’s fight against the oppression of black people and his anger at Wakanda for abandoning him. His seemingly noble cause gives him an edge over forgettable villains like Malekith. Doom possesses a different sort of edge that’s equally as unique: his intelligence.

A Thinking Person’s Villain


Doctor Doom rides Silver Surfer's board in a scene from Fantastic Four No. 57 (1966)

Doom’s best and deadliest asset is his intellect. It is the nexus where his scientific knowledge combines with his skills as a strategist and puppet master. Doom strategically manipulates events and people like a master chess player. At one point, he even brainwashes the United Nations into declaring him Emperor of Earth and enslaves mankind. He’s that good.

Doom also prioritizes eliminating his adversaries, often using creative methods to deal with them, including planting a fake journal presumably authored by Reed Richards in his belongings. The journal was all part of an elaborate plot to cause discord within The Fantastic Four. Often, Doom is at least three steps ahead of his enemy. Almost every time some do-gooder thinks they’ve defeated Doom for good, it turns out what they actually defeated was one of his highly advanced Doombots. Catching Doom off guard is nearly impossible, as T’Challa learned in the comics.

The Master Tactician


Doctor Doom stands triumphantly over other characters

Doomwar is a prolific example of the magnitude of Doom’s intellect and his skills as a master tactician. The story chronicles Doom’s plot to destroy Wakanda using its most precious resource: vibranium. He first covertly ousts T’Challa from the throne by allying with a rogue faction of Wakandans called the Desturi. With his main obstacle out of the way, Doom steals Wakanda’s entire supply of the metal in hopes of tapping into its mystic powers to upgrade his armor. That’s right, he manages to infiltrate the most advanced and reclusive nation in the Marvel universe and steal its resources.

Even with Shuri, The Fantastic Four, and the X-Men at T’Challa’s side, defeating Doom proves to be an insurmountable task. Shuri’s strike teams suffer many casualties while trying to shut down the production factories Doom has set up across the world thanks to his Doombots. Mr. Fantastic and T’Challa hope to locate the stolen vibranium on a quantum level by hooking Deadpool up to the Nowhere Room device. However, Doom uses sensor dampening to prevent them from proving the vibranium is in his castle, leaving the heroes without evidence to take to the World Court.


(Left): Doom finally suffers defeat in the conclusion of Doomwar #6. (Right): The Marvel heroes help Black Panther rebuild Wakanda in the final scene of Doomwar.

To defeat Doom, T’Challa uses creative problem solving that’s on par with Doctor’s Strange use of the Time Stone to defeat Dormammu and Kaecilius. Realizing that physical confrontations won’t work, T’Challa manages to stop Doom from utilizing the vibranium’s power without taking it back. After goading Doom into a fight, T’Challa taps into Doom’s armor and manages to render all the world’s Wakandan vibranium dormant and useless. Even though the victory comes at a temporarily high cost to Wakanda, Doom is finally defeated. Imagine how dramatic this would be on the big screen. It would force T’Challa and team, especially Shuri, to defy our expectations yet again.

The Future Is Diversity


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Avengers: Infinity War and the subsequent Avengers 4 will be a watershed moment for the MCU. Fans wonder what the future holds for our heroes afterward. The filmmakers would benefit from also considering the future of villainy. Black Panther, too, is a watershed moment for the MCU’s villains. It’s important that the MCU continues to build upon this momentum.

Diversity has served the heroes well and will be key for the villains moving forward. Diversity can take on many forms, and it’s important that we get it in both appearance and character types. The MCU needs to continue pursuing villains with sympathetic motives like Killmonger. However, intellectually challenging villains, like Doom, are also essential. These are the kinds of characters who can shake things up, giving us more than monotonous fisticuffs showdowns. Both types of these villains (and many more) exist in the comics. Marvel simply has to dust them off and give them a chance. Doing so will ensure the MCU is as creative with its villains as it is with its heroes.

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It’s not you, it’s me: How customers break up with sellers

Companies invest billions each year in expensive customer service programs, sales forces, and sophisticated discounting programs such as Groupon to lure and retain customers only to find that churn remains one of their biggest, most expensive challenges. According to a new study, customers have a tendency to send clear signals before they ‘break up’ with a company, but you have to know what to be monitoring, and the key to any relationship remains effective communication.
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50 (Big and Little) Things It’s Finally Time to Get Rid Of

Life is too short to spend rifling through 50 shades of nail polish just to get to the makeup you actually wear. Instead of wasting time dealing with clutter from having too much stuff in your home, donate, toss, or delete these things that we promise you won’t miss.

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Dear Mr. President, Reboot Before It’s Too Late

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Jared Kushner, both a senior adviser to and son-in-law of the president of the United States, has received a good deal of recent attention, not much of it good. There is the appearance, and possible reality, of conflict of interest given that Mr. Kushner is meeting with people in his official capacity who just happen to be in a position to alleviate his and his family’s financial stress. There is the matter of his operating without a permanent security clearance while having access to sensitive intelligence. There is the cloud of the Mueller investigation hanging over his head. There is the confusion sowed by his being granted a broad portfolio of responsibilities that overlap with the portfolios of others, including the secretary of state and the national security adviser. And there is the question of someone with so little relevant experience being handed such responsibilities in the first place.

All this makes for an untenable situation. Beyond the obvious legal questions surrounding Mr. Kushner’s activities that call out for answers, there should be concerns about how he is operating. White House staff are meant to coordinate and set policy, not carry it out. Such activities should be the purview of the departments and agencies. This, after all, was the principal lesson of the Iran-Contra scandal. (There is the special irony that this is an administration that has abolished dozens of special envoys working out of the State Department but created a super-special envoy working out of the White House.)

There is, as well, the matter of any president employing close friends and relatives in formal senior posts. Doing so should not be ruled out, per se, but a useful rule of thumb would be to do so only in those cases where they would likely be appointed to that job by some other occupant of the Oval Office.

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It’s Time for Paul Ryan to Remove Devin Nunes

At a time when insane is the new normal, our ability to be outraged is dulled amid daily incoming. But Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee—led by their chairman, Trump lackey Devin Nunes—somehow hit a new low with Thursday’s revelation that they leaked to Fox News texts from Senate Intelligence Committee Co-Chairman Mark Warner and a Russian businessman in a desperate attempt to discredit the Senator. Those texts  were then retweeted by our president, in a brushback pitch for Warner’s insistence on investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election—and potential collusion with the Trump campaign—without fear or favor.

This bombshell story, first reported by the New York Times, is not your garden variety Trump-related drama. It’s worse. At a time when institutional checks and balances are needed more than ever, it underscored just how bad the blood is on Capitol Hill—not just between the two parties, but between the House and the Senate itself.

Devin Nunes—a California dairy farmer who degraded himself by becoming a Congressman—deserves disproportionate blame for this pathetic mess. His committee has turned the pursuit of truth into a partisan mockery, choosing to do the White House’s bidding at the expense of honest inquiry and fact-based debate.

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Eva Chen on Growing Your Instagram: “It’s Not Enough to Take Pretty Pictures”

It’s the age-old question: How do you get more followers on Instagram? Well, two of the platform’s most successful users, Eva Chen and Aimee Song, just chatted about that very topic, so you’d better believe we took notes. On her YouTube channel, Song interviewed Chen, the director of fashion partnerships at Instagram, and we came away with the below tidbits from their chat.

1. Be original and be yourself. “There is room at the table for everyone. … Talent is not a finite thing,” Chen says in the video. “The most important thing for new bloggers, writers, or anyone in the creative class is to have an original point of view. It’s not enough to take pretty pictures anymore. Maybe you take pretty pictures, but it’s from a really unique point of view, like you only do backstage, or you’re a really amazing writer. … Everyone asks me, ‘What’s the secret, Eva? You work at Instagram.’ I say, ‘Just be yourself.’ It’s the most basic advice.”

2. Show behind-the-scenes glimpses. Chen suggests posting a photo and then showing a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the image on your Instagram Stories.

3. Add a sense of humor. Chen explains that funny captions can be successful. Her example caption: “This might look like the perfect photo, but it took 4 hours and 23 minutes, and being a blogger is hard.”

4. Use hashtags. “Fashion people sometimes don’t like hashtags,” Chen says. “Hashtags are a great way to tap into a community. I have a friend who is a food blogger. She had 3000 followers and is now at 120,00 followers by using hashtags. Find your community and be part of it.”

5. Tap into the community. “Be part of the community on Instagram,” Chen says. “Mention people, tag people, like other people’s posts. It drives me crazy: People tell me it’s not cool to like other people’s posts. … Don’t be afraid to talk to other people, reach out to people, and collaborate. Gucci has raised the profile of so many illustrators and artists from Instagram.”

6. Avoid clichés. Chen talked about the prevalence of images like avocado toast and lattes. “What does that say? Everyone has seen that picture,” she says.

You can catch Song and Chen’s full conversation below.

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‘Game Night’ Clip: It’s Not Just Any Old Mystery – Watch To Find Out Why

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What happens when a fun, relaxing game night with friends turns into a very real game of life or death?

In the new comedy Game Night (in theaters February 23), game enthusiasts Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) find their regular old game night thrown into disarray when an old familiar face (Kyle Chandler) shows up with a new game — a murder-mystery that sends a group of buddies on a wild death-defying adventure they won't soon forget.

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This Week in Women: It’s Time to Talk About How Gender Shapes Gun Violence and Global Conflict

This Week in Women is part of a series produced in partnership between Ms. and the Fuller Project for International Reporting. This column is also part of a newsletter; sign up here to receive it regularly.

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The gun control debate dominated the news after a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day left 17 people, including 14 students, dead. The fact that Nikolas Cruz allegedly stalked and threatened his girlfriend before allegedly opening fire on former classmates, coaches, and teachers, didn’t feature strongly in media coverage this week, even though about a quarter of all mass shootings in the U.S. are committed by perpetrators with a history of domestic violence.

Administrators sent Cruz to other schools due to his erratic and threatening behavior, and his mother called the police more than 30 times, including for incidents classified as domestic disturbances, but it didn’t stop him from buying a gun. Without a misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence against a current or former spouse, Cruz could still legally buy a firearm.

This is the so-called “boyfriend loophole,” yet closing this gap in the law hasn’t been raised prominently this week as an effective tool for preventing gun violence, along with banning bump stocks and strengthening background checks. That’s a shame because relative to other issues, there’s quite a lot of bipartisan support around protecting domestic violence victims. More than half of women murdered by men in the U.S. are killed by intimate partners, and in 2015, 55 percent of female victims were killed with a gun. Late last week, Oregon’s House of Representatives passed a bill to close the boyfriend loophole in the state—finally—and banned anyone with a misdemeanor stalking conviction from owning a gun. The legislature was moved to action by the Parkland shootings, however the bill was supported by a female governor, and endorsed last year by Oregon’s National Organization for Women.

Elsewhere in the news, hundreds were killed in Syria earlier this week—including at least 50 women—when forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al Assad launched an intense bombing campaign. More violence is expected in this seven-year conflict. Women remain left out of the numerous failed efforts to end the war and bring peace, and, as two experts from the Council on Foreign Relations write in CNN, women’s participation in peace negotiations makes an agreement 64 percent less likely to fail.

Politico reported Thursday that the upcoming annual State Department report on global human rights is going to replace the phrase “reproductive rights” with “coercion in population control.” This reflects the influence of the U.S. far right, which equates U.S.-supported efforts to supply women with contraception to population coercion. The Fuller Project reported last year on these far-right groups who say the U.S. encourages abortion of female fetuses in China, which has zero evidence.

But in a sign of progress on equal rights for women, investment banks are creating “gender equality ETFs” that allow investors to put their money into a fund that only invests in companies championing gender equality. Last month, Swiss banking giant UBS became the latest firm to offer this investment option, and half of the companies in the fund are U.S.-based.

And this month on the cover of Glamour magazine, our senior global editor Sophia Jones reports on Afghanistan’s only all-female TV news station, whose broadcasts give viewers “a new image of female strength.” Read Sophia’s excellent story here.

Christina Asquith is founder and editor-in-chief of The Fuller Project for International Reporting.

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When you see a headline announcing a "Flamin' Hot Cheetos-inspired movie," your mind easily jumps to conclusions. In this day and age, anything goes, even with branded entertainment. But this isn't exactly branded entertainment in the way we expect after movies like Battleship, The Lego Movie and Ouija. Variety reports that Fox Searchlight is producing a movie called Flamin' Hot, which is about the man who created the spicy flavor of the iconic…

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Target’s trendy Project 62 collection is having a sale — and it’s all under $30

Target’s trendy Project 62 collection is having a sale — and it’s all under $ 30


Target’s trendy Project 62 collection is having a sale — and it’s all under $  30

Ever since Target launched its Project 62 collection this fall, it has been a go-to source for statement-making, yet affordable furniture and home decor. From mid-century modern-inspired furniture, to sleek lighting fixtures, this line was made for anyone who loves modern design. Just in time to update our homes for the warm weather ahead, Target is having a sale on all Project 62 home decor. Our favorite picks, below, are like a breath of fresh air for your home.

Glass Globe Sconce Wall Light

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Although it’s priced at just $ 30, this luxurious wall sconce will make your bedroom look much more expensive. Plus, the easy plug-in design means you won’t have to hire an electrician to install it.

To buy: From $ 30 (originally $ 40); target.com. 

Torin Task Lamp

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Between your desk, reading chair, and kitchen, we’re pretty sure there’s a nook in your home that could use an extra task lamp. When switched on, this lamp can illuminate your book or dinner recipe, and when switched off, it will bring modern style to your space.

To buy: $ 25 (originally $ 30); target.com. 

Related article: Target’s colorful new home line, Opalhouse, will cure your winter blues

Geo Lumbar Pillow

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Geometric designs are very on-trend right now. To bring the look into your living room (for a price that won’t eat up your entire spring budget), introduce this colorful lumbar pillow.

To buy: $ 23 (originally $ 25); target.com. 

Brass Floating Frame

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Because your decor could always use one more family photo, order this brass floating frame to display a favorite print from your Instagram account.

To buy: $ 12 (originally $ 15); target.com. 

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Ever since the raw denim revival has blown up in the US, dozens of specialty repair shops have cropped up to help people preserve their favorite pair of jeans. Denim is a hardy fabric, but – when worn day-in, day-out – even the best-made jeans will start wearing thin. And, at some point, they’ll develop holes. 

I get my jeans repaired about once a year at Denim Therapy. They’re just one of the many shops nowadays that specialize in something known as darning, which is where a seamstress covers up a hole by essentially “weaving” in new material. The result is sturdier than a simple patch job – which is what you’ll get at a more common alterations tailor – and when done with matching threads, it’ll look a lot less conspicuous. Which is good for areas like, you know, your crotch. 

At the moment, Denim Therapy is offering a 15% discount on all reweaving repairs. If you’re outside of NYC and can’t drop your jeans off at their shop, you’ll have to mail them in. For a basic repair, as well as the cost of shipping back and forth, you can expect to pay between $ 50 and $ 75. That’s about the price of entry-level raw denim nowadays, but this way, you get to wear your favorite pair of jeans a bit longer. And like with good leather shoes, the charm of denim is all about how the material looks as it ages. 

Note, in order to get the discount, your jeans have to be in their shop by March 9th. If you’re mailing these in, factor in a week for shipping. You can also see this post for some examples of things I’ve had done at Denim Therapy

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There are too many ways to DM, and it’s stifling the way we communicate

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At any given moment, I have, on average, five unread text messages, a couple unread Instagram messages, dozens of unseen Twitter DMs, and close to 1,000 unread emails along with a smattering of other messages on services like Facebook, Snapchat, and Slack. 

It’s too much, and it’s becoming too hard to keep up with all of it.

All of these inboxes to check and ways to talk to one another, in theory, make communication easier, more natural, and fluid. But in practice? This disjointed way of communicating in the modern world just makes everything more exhausting.  Read more…

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To me, the ability to produce food that’s perfectly tailored to an infant’s nutritional needs is endlessly fascinating — the mechanics behind it, that is. Did you know that adoptive mothers can induce lactation? Yep.

Even cooler? Lactation can be induced in transgender women. And the first-ever case to be documented in academic literature has arrived.

A 30-year-old transgender woman was able to successfully breastfeed her baby, according to a case study published in Transgender Health. “Transgender medicine is becoming part of mainstream medicine. We’re getting more evidence-based data, we’re getting more standardized care, we’re getting more reproductive options,” said Tamar Reisman of Mount Sinai hospital in New York, one of the doctors involved in the case.

The transgender woman approached doctors about breastfeeding after her 5-months-pregnant partner had expressed that she didn’t want to nurse their baby, The Guardian reported. According to the study, the patient had been taking hormone therapy for six years, but had not undergone gender reassignment or breast augmentation. To induce lactation, the transgender woman started a regimen of female hormones — progesterone and estradiol — was instructed to stimulate her chest with a breast pump and took domperidone to increase milk production.

A month later, the patient was producing droplets of milk, The Washington Post reported. And three months into her treatment plan, she could produce roughly 8 ounces of milk each day. What’s more is the patient was able to exclusively breastfeed for the first six weeks, and “the child’s growth, feeding, and bowel habits were developmentally appropriate,” according to the child’s pediatrician. The patient later ended up supplementing with formula because she wasn’t producing enough milk. But still! Pretty cool stuff.

Joshua Safer, an endocrinologist at Boston Medical Center — who wasn’t involved in the case — told the New Scientist the report is “a very big deal.” Safer added, “Many transgender women are looking to have as many of the experiences of non-transgender women as they can, so I can see this will be extremely popular,”

Honestly, I think this is freaking awesome. The benefits of breastfeeding aren’t exactly a secret these days. So if transgender women are willing and able to breastfeed, then why not? It’s a win-win situation.

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Shop These 14 Everlane Arrivals Before It’s Too Late

Whether you’re looking to stock up on timeless basics or simply are craving great-quality workwear items on a budget, Everlane is your best bet. Full of everything from denim to footwear, the approachable retailer is a crowd favorite for a reason, and currently its new arrivals section is full of items that are sure to appease the fans.

Below, we’ve rounded up our selection of favorites from Everlane’s new arrivals section for your shopping pleasure. If there’s one thing to keep in mind while shopping a few of our favorites, it’s that the best items at Everlane are known to sell out rather quickly, so we recommend acting fast should something tickle your fancy. Ready to do some shopping? 

Meet the perfect skinny jeans. Available in sizes 24 to 32. 
This color is perfectly neutral while making a bit of a buzz. Available in sizes XXS to XL.
Add a pop of color to any look with ease thanks to this bag.
Styling trick: Layer a turtleneck underneath a sweatshirt for a fresh look. Available in sizes XXS to XL.
The chic version of cargo pants. Available in sizes 00 to 14.
Come spring, you’ll be so thankful you have these. Available in sizes 5 to 1
Who wouldn’t feel like a million bucks in this sweater?  Available in sizes XXS to XL.
Because you probably need a new white button-down anyways.  Available in sizes 00 to 14.
Lug around your load in style. 
If you’re going to opt for a T-shirt, make it a lavender one.  Available in sizes XXS to XL.
Copying this simple look ASAP. Available in sizes XXS to XL.
This sweater is perfect for layering or throwing on in a pinch with jeans.  Available in sizes XXS to XL.
Work pants that actually work.  Available in sizes 00 to 14.
If loafers and sneakers had a baby. Available in sizes 5 to 11.

Shopping on a budget can definitely be a challenge, so hopefully these picks demonstrate that a sleek and professional wardrobe doesn’t have to cost as much as a mortgage payment. 

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Jessica Biel just changed her hair color, and it’s a gorgeous shade of buttery blonde

Jessica Biel just changed her hair color, and it’s a gorgeous shade of buttery blonde


Jessica Biel just changed her hair color, and it’s a gorgeous shade of buttery blonde

Jessica Biel recently changed up her hair color, and we are absolutely loving it. The actress transformed her hair into a gorgeous cream soda buttery blonde color, and our locks are totally jealous. The process to go from brunette to blonde usually takes a long time. Like, we’re talking upwards of eight hours. But Jessica Biel’s stylist Tracey Cunningham only had ONE HOUR to do the color! Fortunately, Cunningham wasn’t starting with dark hair. But still. One hour?! That’s just one episode of This Is Us.

“Jessica was already two highlight services in, so luckily we weren’t starting with her natural base color,” Cunningham explained to Refinery29. “This time I used Redken Flash Lift to give her a full head of foiled highlights and balayaged the ends to take her as blonde as she wanted to go.” Having an assistant also made the process go faster: “I had a second set of hands so we could work quickly and efficiently. I don’t think I could have done it this fast without her help.”

We’re glad to know it wasn’t hair sorcery or something reserved only for celebrities. Although that would be pretty cool.

Here’s Jessica Biel’s new buttery blonde hair.

We can’t believe it took only an hour!

Cunningham knows blonde. She also gave Khloé Kardashian this gorgeous golden color.

And she gave Margot Robbie this beautiful blonde ‘do.

You’re a true master of your craft, Tracey Cunningham. Have any open appointment slots?

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