‘Downward Dog’ is the TV equivalent of an emotional support animal

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If 2018 has shown us anything definitive, it is that human beings are garbage. 

Dogs, on the other hand, remain literal angels whom we do not deserve.

Case in point: Last year, ABC had in its hands one of the purest, most hysterical, most heartwarming comedies on television. It was basically an Office-style mockumentary, but from the perspective of a dog who’s the only one who gets to speak directly to camera in confessional-style interviews. 

Through the lens of its irresistibly charming protagonist, Martin the Dog, we see the absurdity of human behavior. But it’s also a reminder of the emotional lives our animal companions lead — like the stress of needing at least fourteen hours of sleep a day, while also finding time to protect your person from the dangers of vacuums. Read more…

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Grants to Support Behavioral Health Education

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has awarded $ 52,000 in community benefit grant funding to two nonprofits seeking to promote behavioral health education for Hawaii’s keiki.

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center received $ 27,000 to launch a school-based health center serving Nanakuli Intermediate and High schools. School-based health centers increase access to health services for students, including acute care, immunizations and health maintenance services, with a particular emphasis on behavioral health. A licensed adolescent clinical psychologist will conduct outreach activities, group sessions and provide additional services for roughly 1,100 students in Nanakuli.

The Honolulu Theatre for Youth received $ 25,000 to support two original theater productions, “Sparkle” and “Shocka,” designed to promote healthy eating and emotional and behavioral health. In partnership with Head Start, HTY will perform interactive workshops, classroom activities and productions statewide for 20,000 preschool and elementary children. The productions integrate core behavioral health concepts into stories of adversity and healthy living through HTY’s Preschool Healthy Living Initiative.

“Supporting emotional and behavioral health education is essential for the total health and well-being of our keiki,” said Dave Underriner, president Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “While these topics are difficult to approach, encouraging children of all ages — from preschool to high school — to understand and communicate their emotions effectively will ultimately enable us to provide greater support to those who need it.”

About Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
The Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center is a non-profit organization governed by a community that addresses health disparities, improves population health and reduces health inequalities despite financial and cultural barriers.

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Honolulu Theatre for Youth produces professional theater and drama education programs that make a difference in the lives of young people, families and educators in the state of Hawaii. Founded in 1955, HTY is one of the oldest and most respected children’s theaters in the country. HTY has served over five million people through school and family performances and drama education programs. Over 300 new plays for young audiences have been commissioned by HTY.

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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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Dallas Cowboys Owner Won’t Support Players Who Stay in the Locker Room During the National Anthem

OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doubled down Wednesday on insisting that his players stand for the national anthem, declaring that he wouldn’t support anyone who chose to stay in the locker room.

Speaking at his annual news conference to open training camp in California, the outspoken billionaire became the first owner to say publicly that his players would not be allowed to stay off the field during the anthem.

“No,” Jones said when asked if he would support players staying in the locker room. “Our policy is that you stand at the anthem, toe on the line.”

Last week, the NFL and the players’ union agreed to suspend the rule approved by owners this spring that gave players the option of staying in the locker room while allowing teams to discipline players who took a knee or sat during the anthem.

The decision to begin negotiating on the issue came hours after The Associated Press reported that Miami Dolphins players who protested during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under team policy.

Last season, Jones was the first owner to declare that he would bench a player for protesting during the anthem. Two of his players — defensive linemen David Irving and Damontre Moore — raised their fists briefly as “The Star Spangled Banner” ended but weren’t disciplined.

“I obviously wouldn’t dare speak for any of the other owners, much less in general about 31 other owners,” Jones said. “As far as the Dallas Cowboys are concerned, you know where I stand. Our team knows where I stand on the issue.”

The issue erupted in 2016 when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began protesting police brutality, social injustice and racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem. The demonstration spread to other players and teams.

The NFL started requiring players to be on the field for the anthem in 2009, the year it signed a marketing deal with the military. Jones had already owned the Cowboys for 20 years when players moved from the locker room to the field for the anthem.

Jones said he understood the point of view of players who say they aren’t protesting the flag or the military.

“This is a case where we need to in my mind check that and be real clear that it is, the priority is about the flag, and be real clear about that,” Jones said. “Sometimes it’s best to just be real clear and succinct so that nobody misunderstands. I think that’s our case.”

Executive vice president Stephen Jones said the Cowboys don’t have an anthem issue because his father has made his stance clear from the beginning.

“I do understand when you see the back and forth,” Stephen Jones said. “But we’ve been consistent and we’ve never moved. Jerry’s never changed his stance once. I think he feels strongly about it.”

The younger Jones didn’t want to speak for the players when asked if Jerry Jones’ strong message is the reason none of his players have defied him.

“I was always brought up when you work for somebody and they’re the boss, you play by their rules,” Stephen Jones said.

Jones, who drew praise from President Donald Trump when he said last year that he would bench players, said Trump’s continuing involvement in the anthem issue is “problematic” for the league.

Trump weighed in again after news of the Dolphins’ policy broke, tweeting “The $ 40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand,” a reference to Roger Goodell.

“His interest in what we’re doing is problematic from my chair and I would say, in general, in the owner’s chairs,” Jerry Jones said. “And unprecedented if you really think about it. But like the very game itself, that’s the way it is and we’ll deal with it. But, yes, everybody would like for it to go away.”

Unlike other sports organizations, the Cowboys haven’t distanced themselves from Papa John’s after founder and CEO John Schnatter was ousted over a racial slur.

Schnatter was already under fire for suggesting last year that the pizza company’s sluggish sales were a result of the controversy surrounding the anthem.

Jerry Jones, who has had a close relationship with Schnatter, said the Cowboys couldn’t cut ties with the company because of an ownership stake in Papa John’s stores. Stephen Jones said the team was linked to 50 stores in the Dallas area.

“I regret that for John,” Jerry Jones said. “But at the end of the day we’ve got too many people, too many customers, too many people that we just need to do as good as we can do under the circumstances.”

NOTES: DE David Irving was placed on the “did not report” list after getting clearance from the Cowboys to deal with personal issues. Jerry Jones said he didn’t expect Irving to attend camp for the three weeks the Cowboys are in California. … DT Maliek Collins (foot) was placed on the physically unable to perform list, while S Kavon Frazier and DE Randy Gregory are on the non-football injury list. Gregory was recently reinstated from a yearlong ban for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

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Kaiser Permanente Awards Grants to Support Healthy Lifestyles on Oahu and Maui

HONOLULU, Hawaii — Kaiser Permanente has awarded $ 82,700 in community benefit grants to Age-Friendly Cities (via fiscal agent Adult Friends for Youth) and YMCA Maui for their programs promoting healthy lifestyles and community engagement.

Age-Friendly Cities received $ 57,700 for its Kind2Kupuna program, an initiative to develop age-friendly businesses that provide tools and resources to support the needs of “kupuna,” or elders, in the community. The program will work with 10 pilot businesses in a variety of sectors to adopt age-friendly initiatives that support the physical and cognitive changes associated with aging. The grant will also fund a public awareness campaign to increase engagement between businesses and kupuna.

YMCA Maui received $ 25,000 to implement the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, an evidence-based health intervention program approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. The program encourages behavioral and lifestyle changes to help patients maintain healthy, active lifestyles. The year-long program will be completed by three cohorts of at least 15 participants on Maui with the goal of reducing individual body weight by 5.5 percent.

“We’re proud to support healthy and active lifestyles for people of all ages,” said Dave Underriner, president, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region “We believe that when organizations work together to provide access to important health resources, the entire community benefits.”

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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‘We Don’t Support Black Business Owners’ Note Left At Indiana Business

An Indiana business that hasn’t even opened up shop yet is being harassed simply because the owners are black. The owners of Level UP Gaming Lounge in Irvington, Indiana, told FOX 59 that an anonymous note was delivered to his business in June after a gaming event was held at the location.

“Close Shop! We don’t support black business owners!” the note read. Owner Sami Ali has already reported the incident to police. “I made a police report to document that people are doing hate crimes towards our business. Thank god it was just a note. No broken windows or anything,” Ali told FOX 59.

Ali, who grew up on the east side of Indianapolis and has put thousands of dollars into the gaming lounge, said he is making an investment in the neighborhood.

“A place to come in and meet people face to face and then the adults can sit there and enjoy a glass of wine. It bothers me that people still think that way but it is not going to stop me from doing what I want to do,” said Ali.

The note he said does not represent the support that he has received from other Irvington businesses who are upset and disappointed. Wolfe, who owns a coffee shop just across the street from Level UP, said the area is ready for the gaming lounge to open.

“Honestly, I was shocked. It sounds like something out of the 1960s. It is difficult enough to get people to come in and now for people to behave this way…that is just ridiculous,” Wolfe said.

Ali is remaining optimistic though. He said he is ready to open the doors even sooner.

“We got your note but we are not going to back down. We are going to push forward and maybe open up sooner,” said Ali.



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Jesse Williams Ordered To Pay 100K In Spousal, Child Support

Lord have mercy! It really is cheaper to keep her. After a nasty custody battle, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams has been hit with huge child support payment.

The actor and activist has been ordered to shell out $ 50,629 a month in child support to ex Aryn Drake-Lee for their three-year-old son Maceo and four-year-old daughter Sadie, according to court documents.

He had previously been ordered to pay over $ 50k a month in spousal support that was upped from $ 33k, TMZ reports. Williams must also pay his estranged wife’s legal fees, totaling $ 270,000.

According to court docs, Jesse pulls in $ 521,000 a month.

Williams fought against the support payments, saying he would instead like to take care of the needs of his children, but the court wasn’t having it.

“The reasonable needs of the children can be met by (Williams) directly paying school tuition, uninsured medical and certain other expenses totaling $ 7,465 a month,” the actor argued in the papers.

In the end, Drake-Lee was awarded the sum so the children could “share in a lifestyle and condition consistent with their parents’ current station in life,” the court ruling states.

The couple finalized the end of their five-year marriage nearly a year after he filed for divorce. They were granted joint physical custody of their kids.

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Kaiser Permanente Donates $20,000 to Support Relief Efforts on Kauai

HONOLULU —  Kaiser Permanente Hawaii today announced that it has donated a total of $ 20,000 to the Kauai Relief and Recovery Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation. The donation will support aid and recovery efforts on the island of Kauai, which was impacted by severe weather, record rain levels and flooding in April.

HCF’s Kauai Relief and Recovery Fund was established to provide immediate aid to communities across Kauai affected by flooding, and assistance to residents who were displaced or lack access to basic necessities including food, water and supplies. In less than one month, the fund has raised $ 680,000 toward relief and rebuilding efforts, including access to health care, child care, education, legal services and repairs in affected areas.

“Our commitment to giving back to the communities we serve is even more significant now as we witness the devastating damage to Kauai,” said Frank Richardson, vice president of legal, government and community relations at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “It’s our privilege to join many other businesses and individuals in supporting the Kauai community’s efforts to recover and rebuild in the coming weeks and months.”

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is also encouraging employees to donate to the HCF Kauai Relief & Recovery Fund to help the Garden Island neighbors.

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President Trump Threatens Countries Who Don’t Support a U.S. Bid for the 2026 World Cup

(WASHINGTON) — U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold support from nations who don’t back the joint bid by the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup.

Morocco also has bid to host soccer’s showcase. The FIFA Congress meets June 13 in Moscow to select the 2026 host, and a majority of the 207 voting FIFA members is needed. They also may pick neither bid, which would lead to the host process being reopened.

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Apple brings official support for external GPUs to macOS in new update

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Apple introduced support for external GPUs on macOS High Sierra this week, months after revealing it would do so at WWDC 2017 last summer. Rolling out earlier this week, the macOS 10.13.4 update gives Mac users with Thunderbolt 3 ports the ability to enhance the graphical performance of their machines by connecting a variety of external graphics processors. This can open the door to 3D and VR gaming, even on a relatively weak machine.

Apple lists several supported eGPU configurations on its website, highlighting several AMD Radeon cards such as the RX 570, RX 580 and RX Vega 56. Apple also notes that you’ll need a Thunderbolt 3 chassis to sufficiently power your card, so it’s not as simple as plug-and-play (though that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise).

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A mom’s support helps a child learn to handle negative emotions, but what if mom is distressed?

When children become upset, showing negative emotions or behaviors, some parents become distressed, while others are able to talk their child through the difficult situation. Studies have shown that a mothers’ reaction — positive or negative — to her child’s negative emotions can predict whether her child develops the ability to effectively regulate his emotions and behavior. A new study explores potential predictors of mothers’ supportive or non-supportive behavior during emotional challenges.
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How you can support protests for Stephon Clark, the unarmed black man shot and killed by police in his own yard

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How you can support protests for Stephon Clark, the unarmed black man shot and killed by police in his own yard

Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man, was shot and killed on March 18th in another instance of police violence. And yesterday, March 22nd, in a powerful display of civil disobedience, Black Lives Matter activists protested Clark’s death in Sacramento. Here’s what you need to know about the demonstration and how you can support it.

According to the Sacramento Bee, demonstrators gathered at Sacramento City Hall around 3 p.m. where they stormed the building chanting, “Free the people.” The crowd then marched to the I-5 highway, blocking vehicles and chanting “Don’t shoot. It’s a cell phone!” Around 6:30 p.m., the activists reached the Golden 1 Center, the stadium where the Sacramento Kings play.

The protesters blocked entrance to the Kings game, resulting in its delay. From inside the Golden 1 Center, Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé spoke up in support of the protest.

“What happened was absolutely horrific, and we’re so very sorry, so very sorry for your loss,” he told the crowd at the game. “I also wanted to say that we at the Kings recognize people’s abilities to protest peacefully and we respect that.”

Clark was in the backyard of the house he shared with his grandparents and children when he was shot 20 times by police on March 18th. The officers who killed Clark said they thought he was carrying a gun, but after his death they discovered he had only been carrying a cell phone.

In the wake of the protests, celebrities also commemorated Clark’s death. Amy Schumer shared a photo of Clark on Instagram today, March 22nd, writing, “Say his name Stephon Clark.”

Even though the main protest for Clark was yesterday, you can still help fight police brutality.

Clark’s family has set up a GoFundMe page where you can make donations to help them fund his funeral. You can also support Black Lives Matter by making donations or joining an upcoming protest in your area. Similarly, you can join or donate to Campaign Zero, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending police violence.

And if you’re unable to contribute your time or money, contacting your elected officials is a useful way to demand laws preventing police violence. Listening to those most affected by police brutality is also an underrated tool, and if you’re not sure how else to help, the first step you can take is to educate yourself. We need to stand together to end police brutality.

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Kate Middleton Is Always There to Support Prince William’s Athletic Pursuits

The 2018 Olympic Winter Games may be over, and the Paralympic Winter Games may have also come to a close in PyeongChang, but Prince William and Kate Middleton haven’t forgotten about their nation’s sports players, popping by London’s Olympic Park on Thursday.

During a visit to a charity called SportsAid that assists young British athletes in ascending to Olympic, Paralympic and other international competitions status, Prince William tried his hand at the game of wheelchair basketball. The Duke of Cambridge was shown the ropes by young rising stars who play wheelchair basketball — and even took a few shots at the hoop himself. When he sank a basket — on his third try — the crowd was enthusiastic in their cheers.

Supporting him from the sidelines was none other than the Duchess of Cambridge, who is eight months pregnant and expecting their third royal baby sometime next month. In fact, this may very well be her final official public appearance before settling down to await the arrival of the new child. SportsAid has been a longtime cause for Princess Kate, as it supports athletes in financing their pursuits.

Wheelchair basketball, which is one of the events of the Summer Paralympic Games, will make be a part of the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

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Britney Spears and Kevin Federline in ”Negotiations” Over Increased Child Support Request

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K- Fed May Have to Take Britney to Court for Increased Child Support

Britney Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline is prepared to take his request for more child support money to court, Us Weekly can exclusively confirm.

A source close to the insider tells Us: “Kevin truly wanted to try and settle the child support payment increase without getting the courts involved out of respect for Britney, and of course, their two sons.” The insider adds this likely won’t be “resolved without a court intervention.”

K-Fed’s request comes after Spears’ Las Vegas residency, Britney: Piece of Me, became extremely successful and grossed more than $ 137 million during the show’s four-year run, according to Billboard.

“Meeting with Jamie Spears, along with his lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, Kevin laid out the reasons why he was requesting the increase for child support payments,” the source says.

Meanwhile, a source close to the 36-year-old pop superstar tells Us: “This is causing Britney a tremendous amount of stress [because] Kevin does indeed have full physical and legal custody of the boys. She just wants this resolved as quickly as possible.” But she’s not ready to give in due to worry that this could be a revolving door situation. The insider added, “The cause for concern is that Kevin is given an increase this time, what is going to stop him from coming back the next time Britney signs another big deal, wanting a piece of that?”

As previously reported, the 39-year-old former backup dancer’s attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan sent a letter to his ex-wife’s team that outlined why Federline should receive more than the $ 20,000 monthly payment he gets now. The monetary compensation would be to “recognize the sacrifices he has made because he has gone above and beyond what most people would do in this situation,” a source told Us Weekly in February.

The couple — who wed in 2004 and divorced in 2007 — are parents of sons Preston, 12, and Jayden, 11. The “Toxic” singer lost sole physical and legal custody the boys in 2008 after a much-publicized breakdown, which left her placed under the care of her father, Jamie, as conservator.

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Britney Spears Has Emphasized to Dad She Wants Child Support Battle Settled

Her dad has her back. While Britney Spears and ex-husband Kevin Federline continue to butt heads over child support payments for sons Sean, 12, and Jayden, 11, a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly that the 36-year-old’s father, Jamie, is now involved.

“Britney has emphasized to her father she wants this settled,” says the insider. “She doesn’t want it lingering because it only creates stress.”

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Federline, 40, who has full custody of the boys, and his powerhouse celebrity divorce attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan met with Jamie March 9, endeavoring to “mutually” arrive at an increase since Britney’s fortune is growing. (She’s raked in more than $ 137 million during Las Vegas residency).

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“All Kevin wants to be able to do is provide the same standard of living the boys have when they with Britney,” the source continues. “Sean and Jayden’s needs are of course changing since they are getting older, which is a major factor in the decision to seek the increase.

As previously reported, Federline is requesting an increase to his monthly $ 20,000 in child support, now that Spears’ fortune has grown from 2007. When the original payment was ordered (after her highly publicized breakdown), Britney was making significantly less money. But now she’s “making 20 times more than she did,” notes the source, adding, “It’s Kevin’s right under family law to seek an increase based on that.” A source previously told Us that the singer is “angry” about the situation.

But despite the ongoing drama, things may be settled very soon: ”Both sides came away hopeful and optimistic that an agreement can be reached out of court,” the first source says.

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MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump told western Pennsylvania voters Saturday night that his new tariffs were saving the steel industry and urged them to send a Republican to the House so he can keep delivering those kinds of results.
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Oprah Pledges $500,000 To Support Florida Students’ Call for Gun Control

Oprah Winfrey tweeted Tuesday that she is “joining forces” with George and Amal Clooney in support of the upcoming “March for Our Lives” demonstration by donating half a million dollars to the pro-gun control effort.

The march, which will take place in Washington, D.C., on March 24, was organized in wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school on Valentine’s Day that left 17 dead. News reports revealed that the alleged gunman, Nikolas Cruz, 19, is a white nationalist and Trump supporter. A motive, however, has not been confirmed.

In the aftermath of the horrific shooting, survivors at the school are advocating for stricter gun laws that would prevent teenagers like Cruz, who has a history of mental illness, from accessing semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15 used in the massacre.

On Tuesday, a Twitter account controlled by the student survivors thanked the Clooneys for donating $ 500,000 to their cause.


Hours later, Winfrey pledged to match the Clooney’s donation. The 64-year-old media mogul also compared the #NeverAgain movement to Freedom Riders who took bold actions to combat racism during the Civil Rights era while the government remained inactive in enforcing desegregation in the South.


Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw have also made sizable donations to March For Our Lives, which will be led by students in honor of the lives that were lost. The mission of the march “is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than the timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country,” reads the website.

Despite pleas for stricter gun control, Florida legislators voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday not to ban assault rifles. Instead, they approved a bill designed “to protect Floridians, especially teenagers, from pornography.”

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Six weeks after Hollywood stars descended upon the Golden Globes red carpet wearing black, the Time’s Up movement has spread to the UK, where A-listers dressed in black at the 2018 BAFTAs in London on Sunday night. Ahead of the awards, 190 British actresses and actors, including Emma Watson, Carey …

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Study Shows Black People Support Family, Friends More Than Other Groups

African Americans do not just care about their finances, they also care about the communities they live in—and the people they live around.

For African Americans, community begins with friends and family—and sometimes money. A new survey reveals that a whopping 80% of African Americans agree that community involvement is important compared to only 66% of whites.

“Throughout history, African Americans have had to rely on each other, oftentimes to survive,” said Evan Taylor, African American market director, MassMutual, in a press release. “Therefore it is not surprising that helping each other lies at the heart of their beliefs about community and finances. Although no strangers to tough economic times, sacrificing to support each other, particularly family and friends, is a huge part of black culture and community.”

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. said it conducted the nationwide survey to explore the intersection of community involvement and financial well-being.

While the survey reveals that both blacks and whites are equally anxious about their current financial well-being, the differentiating factor are the views African Americans have toward financially supporting others. In spite of these financial concerns, 90% believe it is important to look out for one another. More than 60% have supported someone else in times of financial need and almost a third have been supported by someone else.

“What this shows is what people care about and the philanthropic role of finances in their lives,” said Taylor. “There is significant opportunity to adopt new attitudes, habits, and actions to strengthen personal financial health as a way to build what can be shared with the communities most important to them.”

Participants ranked family, friends, and schools as their top three when asked to define communities. Religion, children, professional networks, and towns/city or region are also important, in that order.

“This indicates there is a need for African Americans to open up dialogue with each other and their communities about the steps necessary to build strong financial foundations and create generational wealth that can help the larger community in the long-term,” Taylor added.

The survey also reveals that only 32% of African Americans share information about their finances with other people compared to 55% of whites.

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6 Black Fashion Labels to Know, Celebrate, and Support

At the start of New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and just in time for Valentine’s Day, Beyoncé released a new Valentine’s Day-themed collection of merchandise on her website. The 10-piece capsule includes phone cases, hoodies, T-shirts, and undergarments inspired by her hit songs. The pieces, which range from $ 30 to $ 60, make the perfect gifts for a significant other, especially if you’re planning to “Buy Black” for bae for the holiday.

But even if you’re not celebrating Valentine’s Day, there’s always a reason to support the fashion designers who strive to overcome notorious racial barriers within the industry. Here’s a mix of black fashion designers to get to know, celebrate, and support—from legends like Dapper Dan to the up-and-coming talent making a splash.

 

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For Luxury: Laquan Smith

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At just 29 years old, designer LaQuan Smith is making waves in the fashion industry. The native New Yorker is responsible for the sleek, body-hugging dress that Beyoncé wore as she presented Colin Kaepernick with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award at Sports Illustrated’s Person of the Year Awards in December. Smith’s signature sexy, show-stopping pieces have also been flaunted by fashion trailblazers such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian West.

 

For Woke Folk: Pyer Moss

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Kerby Jean-Raymond, founder of the Pyer Moss label, is renowned for using fashion as a fierce weapon of force to address and combat social injustice. Back in Fall 2015, the Haitian-American designer kicked off a presentation at NYFW with a 15-minute video about police brutality and black empowerment. The Pyer Moss’ Spring 2016 Menswear Collection infused video, street art, and fashion to spotlight the Black Lives Matter movement.

Jean-Raymond also delivered a powerful message on Saturday during a NYFW presentation inspired by the black cowboys of the 19th century. The collection featured Western-style jackets and shirts and a piece bearing the Pan-African flag. In the backdrop, a live gospel choir led by multi-platinum musician Raphael Saadiq sung uplifting songs like Kendrick Lamar’s politically-charged anthem “Alright.”

 

For a Custom Fit: Dapper Dan

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Daniel “Dapper Dan” Day pioneered luxury hip-hop fashion in the 80s and 90s by remixing high-end brands into urban streetwear. However, after closing shop 25 years ago, the legendary designer opened a new store in Harlem this year similar to the famous Dapper Dan Boutique that closed in 1992— but this time with a Gucci twist. Rather than recreating luxury brands into urban streetwear without authorization, now Gucci provides Dan with fabrics, prints, and patches to design customized bespoke pieces. In addition to made-to-order garments, the Harlem couturier has limited-edition ready-to-wear items and accessories available for purchase.

 

For Street Style: Lyfestyle

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Born in Brooklyn, Lyfestyle captures the essence of New York City urban art, style, and flavor. The brand was birthed from the imaginations of four friends who loved the lavish fashion on Fifth Avenue but were limited to shopping on a SoHo budget. That inspired the group to launch their own apparel line in 2010, which uniquely bears the brand’s signature logo upside down. Lyfestyle co-founder Kamau Harper says the stylized logo is a creative expression of individuality that always appears right side up when viewed by the person wearing the clothes.

The streetwear is making waves and growing in popularity largely thanks to hip-hop heavyweights like Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and Diddy, who have been seen wearing the brand.

 

For Ready-To-Wear: Colour by Nandi Madida

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Hailing all the way from South Africa, Nandi Madida presented a beautiful Autumn/Winter 2018 collection at NYFW on Saturday showcasing her line Colour in collaboration with designer Josh Patron. Models ripped the runway in bright and bold fabrics and patterns that extruded the elegance and sophistication of an African queen. The designer and international media personality launched Colour clothing line in 2016.

 

For the Culture: Abdju Wear

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Abdju Wear founder Bobby West

Abdju Wear is a new clothing line that sports high-end clothes and sneakers at affordable prices. The brand offers everything from polo-style shirts to hightop sneakers in traditional Pan-African flag colors. The designer, Bobby West, aspires to become a staple in black fashion the same way that Ralph Lauren has become one of the most iconic brands in the country.

“We are taking the hood out of the community one shoe at a time,” said West in a statement. “Abdju Wear is dedicated to building the African American community with a product that will transform the hoods back into a community. The starter of Abdju Wear have been volunteering in the black community for over 17 years. We have created a product that will stimulate the community with small business opportunities. We are bringing pride back into the marketplace with the red, black, and green.”

 

 

 

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A Texas teacher is reportedly on life support after contracting both strains of influenza, as the worst flu season in years engulfs the United States.
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Dems’ vanishing lead, flying support animals and other comments

From the right: Why Dem Lead Is Shrinking A “funny thing is happening” to Democrats, says National Review’s David French: “Their lead in the generic congressional ballot is shrinking, down from healthy double digits last year to slightly more than six points now.” The reason: Democrats “seem constitutionally incapable of mounting a proportionate response to…
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VLC’s biggest-ever update is finally available for download, complete with Chromecast support

VLC 3.0 Android: How to download, Chromecast update

VLC, the worldwide answer to the question “do you want to use Windows Media Player to open this file?” just received its first major update in two years. VLC 3.0 is now available on all the supported VLC platforms, complete with support for HDR video, hardware decoding, and oh yeah — Chromecast compatibility. Download it here.

The update is available right now for Android, Chrome OS, Android TV, Linux, macOS, iOS, Apple TV, and Windows. There’s just one catch: Chromecast support only works on Android and Chromebooks for the time being, and it’s still a “beta” feature that will draw heavily on your device’s CPU and battery to cast.

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These are the audio sources Apple’s HomePod will support at launch

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After a multi-week delay, Apple’s HomePod is now available for pre-order, with deliveries expected to begin on February 9. While many of the early HomePod reviews we’ve seen have been overwhelmingly positive, there are still a number of unanswered questions about what Apple’s smart speaker will bring to the table. This stems, in part, from the fact that reviewers were typically only granted 1 hour with the device in a controlled setting. Further, Apple itself has kept some details about the device shrouded in mystery and open to speculation.

To this point, Apple this week finally updated its HomePod tech specs page with official details regarding which audio sources will be supported by the speaker right out of the gate. Not surprisingly, the list is essentially an Apple-exclusive list of services and features.

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Asia stocks edge back from record highs, Trump comments support dollar

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks edged back from record highs on Friday but were still poised to end the week with strong gains, while the battered dollar won back some ground after President Donald Trump said he wanted a strong U.S. currency.


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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Awards Grants to Support School-Based Health Programs

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii today announced that it will give two local nonprofits $ 55,000 in community benefit grants to support school based health programs. The grants support Kaiser Permanente’s mission of total health by funding programs that improve the mental, physical and social well-being of Hawaii’s residents.

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center received $ 35,000 to improve access to adolescent, school-based health services in Waianae with school-based health centers at Waianae High School and Waianae Intermediate School. In the past year, nearly 1,200 middle school and high school students were served at WCCHC’s school-based health centers; more than 200 of those students were uninsured or underinsured. The grant will increase access to behavioral health services, screenings and group sessions with a licensed adolescent clinical psychologist.

American Diabetes Association received $ 20,000 to support the ongoing implementation of Act 214 in Hawaii, which authorizes Department of Education employees to volunteer and assist students with diabetes testing, insulin administration, and glucagon administration in emergencies. The grant will provide training for 100 personnel in 15 schools to perform routine and emergency diabetes care for more than 1,000 students living with this chronic condition.

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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in Hawaii in 1958, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, community health, and providing patient-centered total health for the people and communities of Hawaii. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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Tyler Perry Donates $100,000 To Support At-Risk Young Men

Tyler Perry was the keynote speaker at the 25th annual 5000 Role Models of Excellence scholarship program, an organization that provides mentorship and support to at-risk young men.

“But I looked at your faces coming down the aisle and I got emotional,” he told the crowd of hundreds at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day scholarship breakfast, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center. “When I saw your faces I thought, I gotta get in on this.”

Perry was so inspired by the event that he was moved to write a $ 100,000 check from his seat on stage. He was encouraged to speak at the event by South Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who founded the program in 1993. The two hit it off after Tyler sent flowers to her office following her high-profile argument with Donald Trump after the death of Miami Gardens Sgt. La David Johnson.

Johnson was a graduate of the 5000 Role Models program and a family friend of Wilson’s.

As reported by the Miami Herald, earlier this month, the 5000 Role Models group awarded Johnson’s pregnant wife and two children a scholarship trust with $ 800,000 they had crowdfunded to pay for the children’s education.

“Every time I see a young black man I think of my son,” Perry said. “He’s 3. He’s the love of my life.”

Perry also shared a father and son moment he had with his toddler during a recent walk on the beach together. When his son was running and jumping to “catch up with his father” he announced that he was “following in his dad’s footsteps.” The movie mogul told his baby boy that instead of jumping to meet his father’s stride, he should hold his hand and walk beside him. At the end of their walk, Perry turned, pointed and said, “Look at your footprints, you left your own path.”

That was Tyler’s message to this year’s class of 58 Wilson scholars.

Perry also became an honorary member of the group during the event and was dressed in the customary red tie by fellow mentors of the program.

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100 Black-Owned Businesses To Support In 2018

Trump’s tax plan may soun good to the one percent, but for the rest of us, it could  be catastrophic. So it’s important, now more than ever, to keep Black dollars in the Black community, as capital for those businesses is one of the hardest things to acquire.

“Nationwide there are more than 2.6 million black-owned businesses,” Black business owner Antwon Davis told NBC News. “But eight out of 10 fail within the first year and a half because of a lack of exposure, a lack of capital, and a lack of business acumen.”

If you are thinking of starting a Black-owned business in 2018, check out some important stats on Black businesses HERE.

Buying Black has also become somewhat of a rallying call for African-Americans after the polarizing campaign and election of Donald Trump widened the racial divide. “We have to keep these dollars in our community just a little bit longer,’’ Black Florida consumer Candy Lowe told USA Today. “If we can …   we’ll see an economic improvement. If we see more businesses getting support, it won’t be so frightening to be a business owner.’’

What better time than the present to start putting into practice what Lowe has proposed?

A Twitter hashtag for Black-owned businesses has gone viral, and more Black-owned deals  can be found by clicking here and here. Though some of these brands were listed as part of Cyber Monday sales, we’ll assume they’d like to make money year-round.

The Black Business News Blog lists 25 Black-owned businesses offering up their wares for sale, including everything from desserts and snacks to drinks to cosmetics to clothing and more.

The Black Girl With Long Hair website also listed more than 40 other Black companies that focus on cosmetics and fashion.

We loved this line – a custom, hand-knit scarf line by a brother from Brooklyn! This is a good time to order something warm, at least on the East Coast.

Love lingerie but don’t want to support Victoria’s Secret? Here’s a list of the ten Black-owned lingerie brands. 

Super Selected’s website provided a list of products made by 50 Black-owned companies.

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The Leeroy Jenkins secret was just spilled to support net neutrality

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You don’t have to know what World of Warcraft is to appreciate the Leeroy Jenkins viral video from more than 10 years ago. But if you’re an WoW player you surely know the clip that shows a botched attack that went viral on YouTube back in 2005.

It turns out, however, that the Leeroy Jenkins clip that made so many people laugh was faked. The original creator finally revealed the first take of what turned out to be the Leeroy Jenkins video, and he did it all for a good cause: Fighting the FCC on net neutrality.

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Losing My Mother to Alzheimer’s Made Me Realize That Caregivers Need Support Too

After watching her grandmother die from the disease, Leeza Gibbons helped her mom through a 10-year battle of her own.

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Inside Ocho Tijax: Meet the Women in Guatemala Offering Support in the Face of Horror

Five friends were watching the horror on the news from their homes on March 8. A shelter was going up in flames with girls inside. Stephany Arreaga picked up the phone and called her mom. “Are you seeing this?” she asked. “What can we do?”

“Let’s go down there,” Mayra Jimenez suggested. And so, Arreaga and Jimenez gathered their friends—Maria del Carmen Peña, Hane Herrera and Kimy De León—and went to help.

Until this moment, these women weren’t really activists: They were a graphic designer, a journalist, a sociologist, a dentist and a photographer making the nearly hour-long drive to Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción, just outside Guatemala City.

By the time they arrived, emergency workers were bringing out survivors and bodies.

The women started to help by meeting the families as they arrived and going with them to the hospital or to the morgue. “I knew, at that moment, that people were suffering and that I could be useful, somehow, for those families,” Jimenez told Ms. “But in relation to the girls, it was a tremendous feeling of pain and love; it was wanting to be with them in their final moments, even knowing that they were dying one by one.”

By the time it was all over, 41 girls were dead, and 15 were severely burned.

The girls were in shelter because they had been reported missing at some point—running away from abuse, kidnapped, trafficked. They were not criminals. They were there to be protected as the government sorted out a safe space for them to go. But at the shelter, they were mistreated. They were physically and sexually abused, medicated against their will, forced to undergo abortions and fed spoiled food. Some were even trafficked again.

Things weren’t much better at the boys shelter. The children tried to escape, but the national police were waiting. Rather than help these vulnerable children, Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales and other government officials abdicated responsibility and turned them over to the police. The boys were locked in an auditorium; the girls in a small 22’-by-23’ room with a few mattresses but no blankets.

When the girls begged to be allowed to go to the bathroom, the police refused. They built a makeshift bathroom using the mattresses that had been left on the floor to create some small place of privacy. Quickly, however, the area overflowed, and the stench became unbearable. Again, the girls begged to be released. They refused the food the police brought because they suspected their food at the shelter had been drugged to make them compliant for abuse and trafficking.

Finally, with no other apparent options, officials think some of the girls moved a mattress near a window and set it on fire, believing the police would respond to the smoke and let them out. Instead, the police kept them locked in the room as it burned.

As the five friends accompanied the families of the victims through the medical and legal processes, they quickly realized that the Guatemalan government was taking little responsibility for assisting the survivors or the families or seeking justice by identifying and prosecuting perpetrators—and that they needed a longer-term strategy to address the atrocities of the fire and its aftermath.

They founded Ocho Tijax, an organization to accompany families, support survivors and seek justice—a “collective of love that is born in the midst of pain.”

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“Love is the purest emotion, and the one that has sustained me for more than six months working alongside these families and girls,” Arreaga told Ms. “At the moment of the tragedy, my first instinct was that of providing protection, as a woman and a mother. Offering my solidarity from afar, to the families and the survivors, was not going to be enough. There was so much need and zero government support. This is still the case today.”

Ocho Tijax currently coordinates with lawyers from the Human Rights Law Firm to provide legal aid for four survivors and their families, as well as for the families of eight victims of the fire. They provide counseling for the families of these 12 girls and facilitate counseling and physical and emotional healing therapy for the four survivors in coordination with “Camino de Sol” and a psychologist from the Human Rights Law Firm. They also create media campaigns to dignify the memory and lives of the 56 victims with the assistance of Prensa Comunitaria.

As the cases move through Guatemala’s legal system, they offer support and accompaniment during the hearings and trials of the Hogar Seguro case, provide financial aid to cover transportation and other costs for the families, facilitate testimonies to serve as evidence for the Public Prosecutor’s office and help the survivors and family members understand and navigate the complexities of the legal case and their search for justice.

“These women are true heroes,” Rob Mercatante, co-director of the Human Rights Defenders Project in Guatemala, an organization that provides support for human rights activists, said of Ocho Tijax. “When they became aware of the fire, instead of posting about it on social media, they went to the scene of the tragedy. They were present with the grieving families during moments of unimaginable loss and suffering. They provided loving support—to these complete strangers—in the hospitals, the morgues, and the funeral parlors. But it didn’t end there. These courageous women continue to stand in solidarity with the young girls who survived the massacre and the families of those who didn’t make it out alive.”

One of the survivors, Cynthia, was only 14 years old at the time of the fire. Over 60 percent of her body was burned. She was in a coma for months, and she had to undergo multiple surgeries to address the physical damage from the fire. Now, she hopes for the quinceañera celebration many Latin American girls experience to mark their coming of age—and since her family can’t afford the traditional party, the women of Ocho Tijax are raising funds for her celebration.

Ocho Tijax is still devoted to the legal battles ahead. “Their next challenge is to bring to justice those government officials responsible for this horrific crime,” Mercatante said. “This is a very dangerous endeavor, as seeking truth and justice in Guatemala is a high-risk activity… especially when those implicated are high-ranking government officials, including the president of the country.”

Mercatante, however, has faith. “The women of Ocho Tijax,” he declared, “are the very definition of selfless courage.”

 

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Five years ago Tomayia Colvin was working as a full-time teacher and making scrapbooks for friends for fun. Fast forward to 2017, she was named one of The 50 Most Inspiring Photographers in the United States by Beauty Revived, and her professional snaps have been published in national magazines and blogs such as Essence.com, Munaluchi Bridal, Black Bride, and Seniorologie. Plus, she turned her creative outlet into a mission-driven business with Tomayia Colvin Education, a platform that educates and supports photographers and speakers of color.

With a passion for documenting the memories of families and high school seniors across the United States and abroad, Colvin launched her first solo photography exhibit, The Unboxed Project, which features the faces of 25 teens redefining the “in crowd” and changing the negative stereotypes of teens in the media.

We caught up with Colvin to learn more about her journey.

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What is the biggest thing you’d like to see changed in your industry, and how are you working toward making that change happen?

The lack of diversity at conferences, workshops, podcasts, and features across the photography and creative industry.

One day after sending an email to suggest speakers of color for a conference, it occurred to me that if I wanted to see a change in speaker lineups and conference attendance, then I needed to be that change. I needed to have a platform that supports photography speakers of color and diversity.

Through Tomayia Colvin Education, my online photography site for photographers, course attendees have the opportunity to learn skills on marketing, business, photography, editing, and much more from a diverse team of instructors for an affordable price.

Since launching your own business, what’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

Always believe in your dreams even if you’re the only one that believes in them. Sometimes your dreams are so big that it scares you, your family, your significant other, and sometimes your closest friends. Regardless of the opinions of others, never give up on your vision—no matter what.

What’s your best advice for someone looking to launch a business in professional photography? 

Practice your craft and believe in your vision. Always be a lifelong learner and continue to take courses, workshops, and attend conferences to better yourself.

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Rachel’s and Monica’s of the world, say hello to our new planetary neighbor, Ross 128 b (get it?). Astronomers have located the new planet only 11 lightyears outside of our solar system, and it could support life. They detailed their new discovery in a November 14th writeup in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.

CNN reports that Ross 128 b is similar in size to Earth and supposedly has a similar surface temperature as well, all of which indicate the potential for life. This theory is bolstered by the fact that it orbits a star every 9.9 days (basically, the planet has a sun of its very own, just like Earth).

CNN noted that other Earth-like planets discovered in recent history, like the TRAPPIST planets and Proxima b, are in the “habitable zone” in relation to their stars— meaning water or liquid can pool on the planet’s surface. The astronomers who discovered Ross 128 b aren’t yet sure if this new planet also exists in a habitable zone, but they are fairly certain it does.

Astronomers found the new planet and its sun using the European Southern Observatory’s planet-hunting instrument, the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS), located at La Silla Observatory in Chile.

“To be involved in such a discovery is very rewarding, and it helps to realize that so much effort is worth it,” one of the study’s co-authors, Nicola Astudillo-Defru, wrote to CNN in an email. “The special properties of this system means that we are contributing our bit on the search of a Earth 2.0.”

Another exciting part of this discovery is that Ross 128 b’s star seems to be a “quiet” red dwarf star. This means it isn’t lashing out at Ross 128 b with ultraviolet and x-ray radiation flares. Astronomers note that because of the star’s “quietness,” life can form more easily on the planet.

Astudillo-Defru also informed CNN that Ross 128 b will beat Proxima b as our closest exoplanet in the next 79,000 years (an exoplanet being one that is outside of our solar system). The newly-discovered planet is slowly but surely moving towards Earth, so although we may have to wait a while, we may be able to get a closer look at Ross 128 b in the future.

Astronomers will continue to look for similar planets in the vicinity in the hopes of finding signs of life. And if they do find said planets, we officially think they should name them Chandler and Joey.



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A new Gallup poll released earlier this month shows that a record-high percentage of Americans now support legalizing marijuana, with 64 percent of those polled in favor of legalization.

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OHMYGOSSIP — Dean McDermott’s ex-wife says he has stopped paying child support for their 18-year-old son.
The 50-year-old actor’s former spouse Mary Jo Eustace has claimed that he has ceased payment to her for their son Jack but continues to flaunt his luxurious lifestyle on social media.
In court papers filed last week, she wrote: “Dean has stopped paying again. In the last six weeks he has been on two luxurious vacations, Iceland & the four seasons in Punta Mita. He resides in a $ 2 million estate paid by his mother-in-law, Candy Spelling, and has no impetus to work. He owes over $ 100,000 moving forward, and I believe he has no intention of paying. He bounces my son’s university rent/tuition and is delinquent in paying therapist bills, while he shops visibly and throws lavish parties for his other five children.”
Dean was married to Jo between 1993 and 2006 before tying the knot with ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ actress Tori Spelling later that year.
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It comes after Tori revealed she and Dean felt like their relationship was reborn when they became parents to their fifth child.
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“Rebuilding our marriage took time. And now, having a new baby, it makes sense. It’s like a new baby in a new relationship.”
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Amid reports that Apple has been busy developing a pair of advanced smart glasses, Tim Cook went on record during a recent interview with The Independent and essentially put to bed any hopes that such a product might see the light of day anytime soon. Though Cook didn’t deny Apple’s interest in such a product, he flat-out said that the technology needed to make such a product feasible simply isn’t mature enough right now.

“But today I can tell you the technology itself doesn’t exist to do [smart glasses] in a quality way,” Cook said. “The display technology required, as well as putting enough stuff around your face – there’s huge challenges with that. The field of view, the quality of the display itself, it’s not there yet.”

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Mario Winans Arrested For Failure To Pay Child Support

Former Bad Boy singer/producer Mario Winans, featured on Diddy’s hit “I Need a Girl Part 2,” was arrested on Wednesday for owing over a hundred thousand dollars in back child support for his 12-year-old son.

According to TMZ, the artist owes a total of $ 178,000 after he failed for years to pay his court-ordered $ 3,500 per month.

In court documents, Mario claims to earn about $ 3,000 per month off his songwriting. He told the court he could secure a loan to immediately pay $ 10,000 off the debt. That satisfied the judge enough that Winans was released, but with a GPS ankle monitor, TMZ reported.

Mario has yet to address the reports, but he shared the below photo via Instagram on Thursday alongside his wife and son. “Smiling Winans!!!!! Enjoy life to the fullest!!!! #LivingWinans “he wrote.

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Why Medical Marijuana Research Is Gaining Support From the GOP

Some Utah residents are working overtime to get medical marijuana on the state’s ballot next year. They seem to have just gotten a surprising new Republican ally in their effort – Senator Orrin Hatch.

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Zone Of The Enders Is Coming To PS4 With VR Support

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No Filter Support Acts Announced

The Rolling Stones are pleased to confirm the support acts who will be joining them in Europe on their upcoming No Filter Tour.

09 Sep Hamburg – Kaleo
12 Sep Munich – Kaleo
16 Sep Spielberg – Kaleo & John Lee Hooker Jr.
20 Sep Zurich – The Struts
23 Sep Lucca – The Struts
27 Sep Barcelona – Los Zigarros
30 Sep Amsterdam – De Staat
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15 Oct Arnhem – Leon Bridges
19/22/25 Oct Paris – Cage The Elephant

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Names Andrew Giles Assistant Administrator for Hospital Operations and Support Services

HONOLULU —  Kaiser Permanente Hawaii announced Andrew Giles has been promoted to assistant administrator for hospital operations and support services. In his new role, Giles will lead multiple departments, including environmental services, food and nutrition services, communications, spiritual care, parking, gift shop operations, and the lift team.

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Giles has been with Kaiser Permanente since 2015, serving most recently as the director of environmental services. He served previously as administrator on call for Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center and as the operational project leader for the Maui Health System transition. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Giles was area general manager for Sodexo in Hawaii, providing contract services to hospitals and health care providers throughout the state.

“Andrew’s operational expertise extends across a variety of support services that allow us to deliver positive member experiences every day,” said Ray Hahn, senior vice president and chief operating officer at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “He’ll continue to play a key role in our mission to provide affordable, high-quality, safe care to our members.”

Giles holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Wilmington University in New Castle, Delaware, and a Master of Business Administration from Chaminade University in Honolulu.

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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in Hawaii in 1958, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, community health, and providing patient-centered total health for the people and communities of Hawaii. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

 

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NOEL Gallagher will headline an all-star gig to re-open Manchester’s MEN Arena following May’s tragic terror attack which killed 22 people.

The Oasis singer’s High Flying Birds top the bill of the We Are Manchester gig, with rockers The Courteeners, Blossoms and 80s legend Rick Astley also announced.

Noel Gallagher will headline an all-star gig to re-open Manchester’s MEN Arena

Britpop icon Noel didn’t perform at the One Love charity concert organised by Ariana Grande just two weeks after the attack at her concert, but he did generate all royalties from the Oasis smash Don’t Look Back In Anger to the fund.

Deputy leader of Manchester City Council, Sue Murphy told the Manchester Evening News: “No one will ever forget the terrible events of 22 May but Manchester has reacted with love, solidarity and a determination to continue doing the things which make this such a vibrant city.

“We welcome the re-opening of the Arena, a major venue which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors, as a powerful symbol of this defiant and resilient spirit. It is entirely fitting that the re-opening event should be a memorial fundraiser.

“Plans for the form and location of any permanent commemorations will be determined in liaison with the families of victims and others affected by the attack.”


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Support Drops For Charter Schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — Expanding charter schools around the country is losing support among Americans, even as President Donald Trump and his administration continue to push for school choice, according to a survey released Tuesday.

Trump campaigned on a promise to dramatically improve school choice — charter schools and private school voucher programs — and his Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has made it a priority. But so far the message does not appear to have hit home with the public.

About 39 percent of respondents favor opening more charters — schools that are funded by public money, but usually operated independently of school districts — according to the survey by Education Next, a journal published by Harvard’s Kennedy School and Stanford University. That’s down from 51 percent last year.

Supporters of charter schools had feared that Trump’s polarizing rhetoric could hurt the school-choice movement.

But the authors of the report say the decline in support for charters can’t be linked directly to Trump. They say support for charters slipped almost equally across party lines: by 11 percent among Democrats and by 13 percent among Republicans.

They also emphasize that private school vouchers and voucher-type programs, championed by Trump, have seen stable support and declining opposition. Finally, when respondents were told that Trump was advocating for charter schools, overall support increased by 6 percentage points.

“We can’t say definitively what is responsible for the decline,” said Martin West, associate professor of education at Harvard University and a co-author of the report. West speculated that the drop may have been caused by continued opposition from teachers unions and many Democrats plus debates over charters’ effectiveness.

“These developments may have led to a souring of the charter brand,” West said.

Meanwhile, opposition to publicly funded vouchers that help parents pay private school tuition dropped from 44 percent last year to 37 percent; 45 percent of respondents currently favor the idea. When it comes to tax credit-funded scholarships, resistance fell from 29 percent to 24 percent, while support was at 54 percent now.

Proponents of charter schools are not discouraged. Nina Rees, president of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, says the drop in popularity was due to “expensive, sustained, and coordinated campaigns to discredit charter schools, led by teachers’ unions and special interests that feel threatened by families having a choice in public school.”

Rees said that more than 300 public charter schools opened last year, with a total over 6,900 charter schools serving over 3 million students across the country.

“The opinions about charter schools that matter most are the opinions of parents and students who have chosen charter schools,” Rees said.

To others, the Trump effect is more apparent. On the campaign trail, Trump spoke of funding a $ 20 billion school choice program and has proposed major cuts to long-standing K-12 programs, such as teacher preparation and after-school classes, while requesting more funding for charters and vouchers. DeVos has faced criticism from the left for promoting solely school choice and paying little attention to public schools.

Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, a non-partisan research and policy organization, said the Trump administration’s rhetoric has only deepened partisan tensions around charter schools.

“I would be shocked if it were unaffected,” Lake said. “I am just hearing a lot from folks on the ground that schools have a lot of conversations with parents that they didn’t use to have about why charter schools are public and why they are not a partisan issue.”

“I am not sure it’s not the only reason, but I am pretty sure it’s a contributing factor.”

Rick Hess, director of education policy at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said Trump and DeVos may have turned school choice into a much more federal and divisive issue than it needed to be by talking about it in black-and-white terms and by being too critical of public schools.

“Sometimes the way these things get talked about, you can wind up alienating people who might be with you,” Hess said.

An April poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, found greater levels of support for charter schools. Forty-seven percent said they favor opening more public charter schools, 23 percent were opposed, and 30 percent felt neutral about it. Meanwhile, 43 percent of respondents supported giving low-income families tuition vouchers for private schools, 35 percent were opposed and 21 percent didn’t have a strong opinion either way. The poll had a sample size of 1,036 and the margin of error was plus or minus 4.0 percentage points.

The Education Next survey was based on interviews with 4,214 adults across the country. The margin of error was 1.5 percentage points.

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Girls On Soccer Team Cut Hair To Support Teammate Mistaken For Boy

Nine girls on a youth soccer team in Nebraska cut their hair on Thursday in solidarity with their 8-year-old teammate who has found herself at the center of a national controversy.

“They care,” Mili Hernandez, the girl at the center of the debate, told the Omaha World-Herald.

Last week, Mili, who sports a pixie-style haircut, made national headlines when her family told numerous media outlets that her soccer team had been disqualified from the Springfield Soccer Club tournament after their daughter was mistaken for a boy.

“They only did it because I look like a boy,” Mili told local news station WOWT 6.

The Springfield Soccer Club, which organizes the tournament, says Mili’s hair had nothing to do with what happened. They say that the girl was listed on the team’s roster as “male,” which is what ultimately led to the disqualification.

But Mili still believes her hair played a role. Her family said that they showed officials identification and insurance cards to prove is legally recognized as female, but it didn’t make a difference.

“They just weren’t listening,” Mili told local CBS affiliate KMTV. “They said I looked like a boy.”

And tournament director Lanyard Burgett later gave a completely different reason for the disqualification. He told The Washington Post that the real cause was an issue related to teams illicitly swapping players, and had nothing to do with Mili.

“The male player on a female roster was discovered in the middle of working through the player swapping issue and has been incorrectly identified as the reason for dismissal,” Burgett said.

In any case, the devotion of Mili’s teammates to their friend is clear. Photos and video (above) show the girls proudly displaying their cut-off ponytails on the field.

“It was scary,” 10-year-old Erika Ortiz told the World-Herald. “But it made me feel good to support Mili.”

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Some of Bill Cosby’s TV Family from The Cosby Show Will Support Him in Court During Sexual Assault Trial

Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam will appear at court in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Monday with her former TV dad Bill Cosby when he goes on trial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, Cosby’s spokesman tells PEOPLE.

Pulliam, 38, played Cosby’s daughter Rudy on The Cosby Show.

And she’s not the only person who will be appearing at court.

Actress Phylicia Rashad, 68, who played his wife on The Cosby Show, will make an appearance at some point during the trial as well, Wyatt says.

Representatives for Pulliam, Rashad and Taylor could not immediately be reached for comment about their attendance at the trial.

Johnny Taylor, president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, will also appear at the courthouse with Cosby and Pulliam, says Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s spokesman.

“Johnny feels Mr. Cosby has done so much for historically black colleges over his career and it’s important for him to show that support and say ‘Thank you’  because he has not been found guilty of anything,” Wyatt tells PEOPLE. “They’re coming in to hear the truth. Keshia feels the same way. She’s not here to proclaim guilt or innocence. She’s here to finally hear the truth for herself in the courtroom. She wants people to stop listening to the sensationalism and come hear the truth.”

Pulliam and Rashad have made public comments supporting the veteran comedian.

“I can only speak to the great man that I know and love, who has been so generous, who has been such a philanthropist, giving back millions of dollars to education and schools,” Pulliam told Access Hollywood Live in January 2015.

Cosby, 79, goes on trial Monday for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple employee Andrea Constand in January 2004. He has pleaded not guilty and denies similar allegations from more than 60 women. The trial is expected to last two weeks.

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Nas Launches Black History Month Collection In Support Children’s Development

After the success of his ugly Christmas sweaters in support of prison reform, Nas is back for another good cause. 

In honor of Black History Month, Nas is launching an exclusive collection featuring inspirational dashikis with “Black Don’t Crack” writing and “I’m Black And I’m Proud” graphic tees, sweatshirts, as well as Malcolm X-inspired hats by his clothing brand HSTRY.

The special collection will also feature pro-black versions of classic cartoon characters Bart Simpson, Charlie Brown, and the Pink Panther. A portion of proceeds for the line will go to National Black Child Development Institute, which provides various resources to black children through “publications, advocacy and trainings related to early childhood care and education; health and wellness; literacy and family engagement,” according to the organization’s website.

Prior to developing the line, Nas says he previously viewed Black History Month as a “slap in the face” to the black community.

“I used to low-key cringe when Black History Month came around. It felt like a slap in face with all the hell we catch daily,” Nas said in a statement to HuffPost.  “Like a small reward for a dog’s good behavior, then back to the kennel. But I’ll take it. I’ll take what I can get and that’s all I need to go to new heights.”

The 43-year-old say he wants the commemorative collection to help enrich black culture in a bold fun way.

“We’re in a time now where we can easily get caught up focusing on the negative things going on in America, and feel like we have almost been set back in our journey,” he said. “This collection is about turning things around and instilling positivity. Celebrating being Black in a loud and fun way. Taking a much-needed moment to be proud of the achievements we have made, our colorful culture, black royalty and excellence from the past, present, and future.”

Get a piece of your very own BLK HSTRY, available exclusively at HSTRY on Jan. 19.

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These Honest ‘Parenting Support’ Cards Say What Parents Really Need To Hear

There are greeting cards that congratulate new parents and parents-to-be on their growing families. So it makes sense that there should also be cards that acknowledge breast pumping, sleep deprivation and the other trials of raising children.

This week, greeting card designer Emily McDowell launched a new line of “Parenting Support” cards. The line features cards with messages like “You’re not a monster. Parenting is really hard” and “Hang in there, you’re doing great.”

”Parenting is really hard, and yet it’s frowned upon to publicly admit anything about it that could be perceived as negative, because of the fear that we’ll be judged as not loving our children enough, or pegged as a ‘bad mom,’” McDowell told The Huffington Post

“There’s a well-worn set of cultural expectations about how parents are supposed to feel about the experience of parenting, and women in particular get hammered with it, both from other people and within ourselves,” she added. “When reality doesn’t live up to those expectations, we end up with tremendous guilt and shame, and secretly concluding that ‘there must be something wrong with me’ ― which of course isn’t true.”

McDowell is a stepparent to an 11-year-old boy and also has two very young godsons. She told HuffPost her godsons’ mother has been her best friend for 25 years and served as “unofficial consultant” for her “Parenting Support” cards. 

The designer said she wants her cards to have an impact on people in the throes of parenting.  

“I hope parents who receive these cards (or even see them!) can feel a sense of relief and reassurance that they’re not failing, they’re not alone, and it’s totally normal and OK to both love your kid and have complicated feelings about being a mom or dad,” McDowell explained.

”Someone commented on my Instagram last week that she’d bought herself a whole set of our Empathy Cards (for serious illness and loss), not to send out, but to keep and look at when she wanted to feel understood,” she added. “I hope these can serve a similar purpose for parents.”

McDowell has three “Parenting Support” cards available on her website and is currently in the process of creating more. The next batch will focus on the way your relationship with your partner changes after having kids, issues of identity struggles and finding humor in parenting situations, from caring for infants to raising teenagers.

Said McDowell, “This is a hugely broad topic, and I’m really looking forward to finding different ways to look at it.”

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