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On Saturday night at the Hollywood Palladium, the man who helped bring Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un together became the latest in a long line of punching bags at The Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis. Willis may have been in the hot seat, but Rodman—a last-minute addition to the dais—took a lot of the heat.

Like Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Ann Coulter before him, Rodman was the latest non-comedian to experience what it’s like to not only bomb on a big stage but then get utterly destroyed by pros like Roastmaster General Jeff Ross, seasoned stand-ups Nikki Glaser and Lil Rel Howery and wildcards like perennial favorite Martha Stewart.

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HOLLYWOOD, California — What on Earth was Dennis Rodman thinking?

On Saturday night at the Hollywood Palladium, the man who helped bring Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un together became the latest in a long line of punching bags at The Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis. Willis may have been in the hot seat, but Rodman—a last-minute addition to the dais—took a lot of the heat.

Like Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Ann Coulter before him, Rodman was the latest non-comedian to experience what it’s like to not only bomb on a big stage but then get utterly destroyed by pros like Roastmaster General Jeff Ross, seasoned stand-ups Nikki Glaser and Lil Rel Howery and wildcards like perennial favorite Martha Stewart.

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To Read or Not To Read (E-books). Are Paper Books Cheaper than E-books?


Everyone mistakes my sister and me for twins. Some people even think we’re the same person. (I have tons of stories.) But unlike everyone else, she and I see plenty of differences.One major difference is our reading habits. I’m a lover of paper books with pages I can turn and margins I can write on, and she’s a fan of e-readers with enough storage space to hold hundreds of books at one time.

In one of our many discussions about e-books versus print books, I realized something. We always look at e-books from a convenience perspective, but what about a cost perspective?

Are print books really cheaper than e-books?

Thanks to some classic sibling rivalry, I plunged into the world of digital bookstores and ended up with a cost comparison of e-books to print books to help you find the best route for your budget and reading style.

What I did

In my comparison, I focused on 16 popular online sellers and six best-selling books.

For buying e-books, I choose Amazon’s Kindle store, Apple’s iBooks store, Barnes & Noble’s NOOK store, the Google Play Books store and the Kobo bookshop. For renting e-books, I looked into Overdrive, Project Gutenberg and Hoopla.

You can buy e-books at lots of other sites, of course, but when it comes to price, these are some of the best.

For print books, I checked out Amazon, AbeBooks.com, Barnes & Noble, Alibris, Better World Books, Thriftbooks and Book Depository. I also looked into my local library’s selection.

Then, for each seller, I researched the cost of six books: “Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, “Educated: A Memoirby Tara Westover, “Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, “The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur, “Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and “Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

Besides covering a range of genres, each book ranks on either the New York Times Best Sellers list or on the Amazon Best Sellers list.

What I Discovered

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Before getting into the nitty-gritty cost analysis, let me announce that the award for lowest prices goes to… both!

In general, neither e-books nor print books are cheaper than the other. Of the six books I compared, e-books won the award for the lowest price three times, while print books won three times also. I have to admit, I was pretty surprised.

E-Books Have Price Consistency

Here’s where things get interesting. E-book prices are more stable than print books. Prices in the e-book market are highly competitive, since e-books sold by Kindle, for example, aren’t typically compatible with, say, NOOK devices (although some sources say it’s possible).

So, all five e-book sellers sold “Ready Player One” for $ 9.99, “Educated: A Memoir” for $ 12.99, “Little Fires Everywhere” for $ 13.99 and Fahrenheit 451 for $ 11.99.

Print Book Prices Vary

Print-books prices are far more erratic. None of the print-book sellers that I consulted matched prices on a single title. And the difference in costs fluctuated by as much $ 5 in some cases.

But of the three titles that print books won, the prices were significantly cheaper than their digital counterparts. For example, “Little Fires Everywhere” cost $ 13.99 as an e-book and $ 7.96 (new with free shipping) as a print book from Book Depository.

E-Books Can Be Cheaper

This detail won’t shock you, but I think you’ll like it: E-book prices cut out shipping costs and the 8 percent extra it costs to publish a print book. These cuts give new releases their competitive prices across e-book sellers.

Take “Educated: A Memoir,” for example. It ran $ 12.99 for the e-book but doubled, in the most extreme case, for the new print book.

The same applies to books in the public domain. While old print books cost at least 1 cent plus shipping for a used copy, e-book retailers can offer the same book for free.

For “Frankenstein,” several e-book sellers listed free versions, while the cheapest secondhand edition I found cost $ 3.98 with free shipping.

Beware Extra Print Book Costs

Used print-book prices can be deceiving (online at least). At first, they may seem significantly cheaper than both new print books and e-books. But tack on shipping costs, and used books can cost as much or more than their new counterparts.

This isn’t always true, though, so don’t rule out used books altogether. Just be careful.

Don’t Forget Your Library

Libraries are overlooked too often nowadays. Yes, they are limited in their selection of newest titles or they have long waiting lists, but you’d be surprised at what gems are available.

But I’m not talking about going to the actual library building. Chances are, your local library system offers resources like Hoopla, Project Gutenberg and Overdrive. Using Hoopla, which requires only your library card, you can rent “The Sun and Her Flowers,” for example, for free for 21 days.

So if you don’t have a library card already, get one!

I didn’t forget…

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You’re probably wondering why I didn’t mention bargain sites and thrift stores, but here’s the thing: Their offerings and prices vary too much to pin down.

Instead, I’m going to suggest that if you choose the e-book route, you check out gold mines like the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library, Prime Reading, BookBub or the Bargain Bin at Better World Books.

Wherever you choose to get your books, scour the site, the app or the store for bargain sections.

Disclaimer: Like thrift stores, these online discount sections take some time and sweat to search through. The rewards are totally worth it, though. I promise.

Here’s the Bottom Line

Because the results are tied, I can’t say flat out that print books are cheaper than e-books, or vice versa. But what you can do is determine which route suits your reading preferences best.

If you read only the newest or oldest books on the market, e-books are the best deal for you. Since recent releases aren’t up for secondhand purchase right away, the competitive pricing of e-books will save your day. And those really old books in the public domain will do the same.

If you’re looking for anything in between, print books are the way to go. Whether online or in-store, you can find incredible deals on secondhand and discount books. E-books are more convenient, but with a little effort, print books can make your wallet smile.

If you’re an all-around bookworm who enjoys old, new and in-between books, use both methods. Invest in an e-reader or e-reader apps and start enjoying the best of both worlds (and deals).

The choice is yours. Which route will you take?

Sarah Dunlap is a freelance copy editor and all-around bookworm who is learning to love e-books as much as print books. When she’s not reading, she’s probably editing something in her favorite coffee shop or rewatching an episode of “Twin Peaks.”

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In the political world long-held alliances are fraying, at least those among the United States and many countries it once called friends.

In the business world, especially in technology, fascinating alliances are forming. Witness the tie-up announced Monday by Google and JD.com, the No. 2 Chinese e-commerce player. U.S. media predictably played the move as a bid by Google, which invested $ 550 million in NYSE-listed JD, to inch its way into a China market that has blocked it for nearly a decade. JD will join Google’s shopping platform, and Google will have done a solid for a Chinese company, presumably pleasing Beijing.

But look closer, and the deal speaks volumes to important alliances. JD’s major corporate shareholders include Tencent, which counts JD as an extension of its retail-technology strategy, and Walmart


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Brie Larson wants to see more film critics of colour rather than just ‘white dudes’

‘I do not need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work for him out of a Wrinkle in Time. It wasn’t made for him.’

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As the inner workings of Hollywood have slowly come to light with the Me Too movement out in full force and more minority representation trickling onscreen, things seem to be gradually changing for the better. From Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins smashing box office records to Get Out becoming the most profitable film last year and even an Arab female director scholarship raising POC voices, Brie Larson has highlighted one overlooked area that needs to be worked on next.

Namely, the mainly white and male industry of film journalism.

Brie was honoured with a Crystal Award for Excellence in Film the other night and used her speech to draw attention to the issue. She quoted a recent study of review site Rotten Tomatoes, saying, ‘67 percent of the top critics reviewing the 100 highest-grossing movies in 2017 were white males; less than a quarter were white women; less than ten percent were underrepresented men. Only 2.5 percent of those top critics were women of colour.’

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But you might be wondering, why does that matter? Well, given that the US population is much more diverse than that (‘30 percent white men, 30 percent white women, 20 percent men of colour and 20 percent women of colour’) and it’s impossible not to have your own upbringing/identity affect your reviews in some way – it only make sense that we need more diverse voices speaking about films. Especially when they’re films especially aimed at minorities, as Brie pointed out.

Using the recent film Wrinkle in Time directed by black female director Ava DuVernay, she explained, ‘I do not need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work for him out of a Wrinkle in Time. It wasn’t made for him. I want to know what that film meant to women of colour, to biracial women, to teen women of colour, to teens that are biracial. These are just facts these are not my emotions. I want to know what my work means to the world, not a narrow view.’

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Brie was very careful to bring up not once, but three times that she wasn’t saying that white male critics shouldn’t have a voice as she said repeatedly, ‘Am I saying I hate white dudes? No I’m not.’

She continued, ‘What I am saying is that if you make a movie that is a love letter to women of colour, there is an insanely low chance a woman of colour will have the chance to see your movie and review your movie. We need to be conscious of our bias and make sure that everyone is in the room.’

The entire room apparently broke out into rapturous applause, according to Deadline. Brie also explained that this was a really crucial issue for her, because it was basically off the back of favourable reviews of her film Room that her career exploded.

‘Good reviews out of festivals give small independent films a fighting chance to be bought and seen,’ Brie said. ‘Good reviews help films gross money. Good reviews slingshot films into awards contenders. A good review can change your life. It changed mine.’

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Brie (and Sundance Film Festival and TIFF through her) dropped the mic however when she revealed that the two festivals would be committing ‘at least 20 percent of their top level press passes’ to ‘underrepresented critics’.

She then called on other films to do the same in their press screenings and coverage by reaching out to three underrepresented males, three white females and three underrepresented females so that the ‘average critic pool would match the US population in just five years’.

She ended, ‘Female and underrepresented critics can’t review what they don’t see. Many are denied accreditation or access to press screenings. Please make sure that these invites and credentials find their way to more underrepresented journalists and critics, many of whom are freelancers.’

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Spade was found unconscious by her housekeeper “hanging from a red scarf tied to a doorknob,” The New York Times reported. The housekeeper called 911 and Spade was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:26 a.m. Police confirmed that Spade had left a note, but “did not comment on what it said.”

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A new report says that the Galaxy S10 will pack a much faster Samsung-made chip, which is only to be expected. The Galaxy S9’s Exynos 9810 already proved that Samsung is getting better at designing its own processors, although the Snapdragon 845 version of the phone outclassed it in real-life tests, in spite of scoring worse in benchmarks.

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Serena’s ‘Wakanda’ Catsuit About More Than Fashion

PARIS (AP) — Serena Williams considers the black bodysuit she wore at the French Open much more than a fashion statement.

There’s a practical reason for the full-length legs on the skintight outfit: The aim is to protect her because of past bouts with blood clots.

There also is a message she wanted to send about self-worth and feeling powerful as she returned to Grand Slam action with a first-round victory at Roland Garros on Tuesday, about nine months after giving birth to a daughter.

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“It feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically, with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves,” Williams said after beating Kristyna Pliskova 7-6 (4), 6-4 at Court Philippe Chatrier. “I definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me to inspire a whole different group of amazing women and kids.”

The outfit called to mind Williams’ black “catsuit” that she wore at the 2002 U.S. Open. It also was reminiscent of the white bodysuit that American player Anne White wore at Wimbledon in 1985.

Williams referred to what she wore Tuesday as the “catsuit — the new version, 2.0.”

“I call it, like, my Wakanda-inspired catsuit,” referring to the fictional nation in the film “Black Panther.”

“We designed it way before the movie,” she said, “but still, it kind of reminds me of that.”

Williams said she feels “like a warrior princess, kind of,” when she wears the outfit.

“I’m always living in a fantasy world,” she added. “I always wanted to be a superhero, and it’s kind of my way of being a superhero.”

Tuesday’s match was the first at a major tournament for the 23-time Grand Slam champion in 16 months.

She gave birth on Sept. 1, then dealt with complications related to a pulmonary embolism.

“I had a lot of problems with my blood clots, and, God, I don’t know how many I have had in the past 12 months. So it is definitely a little functionality to it,” Williams said. “I have been wearing pants in general a lot when I play, so I can keep the blood circulation going. It’s a fun suit, but it’s also functional, so I can be able to play without any problems.”

 

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Microsoft just earned some serious bragging rights.

The company surpassed Google owner Alphabet to become the third-most valuable company in the world, with a market cap of more than $ 760 billion — about $ 15 billion more than Alphabet.

It’s not the first time the two companies have traded places on the most valuable companies list (the first two spots belong to Apple and Amazon, respectively), but, as CNBC notes, it’s the first time Microsoft’s taken the lead over Google in a number of years. 

What’s more, the latest milestone is a noteworthy moment for Microsoft, which is finally starting to see some of its long-term bets pay off in significant ways.  Read more…

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Why Alaska is actually more unique than you thought

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Alaska is one of those places that we all should visit at some point in our lives. With its incredible and diverse open plains, national parks, snow-capped mountains, forests, wildlife and more, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit some of the wonders of this state. But there are some things about Alaska that are much more unique than we all first thought – mainly because it goes 30 days (or more) without any sunlight and basks in eternal night, but that’s not all.

Alaska’s endless night

If you’ve ever been to Alaska, Iceland, or any other place that is about as far North as you can go (you know, without falling off the face of the Earth) then you’ll probably realize that it’s pretty dark most of the time. Alaska is located just below the Arctic Circle, which is a pretty unlucky area. Due to the Earth’s tilt (23.4 degrees if you want to be specific), this area never rotates towards the sun during the Winter Solstice. Because of this, it is shaded in darkness until the Northern Hemisphere enters the Summer Solstice.

As Alaska is shaded and incredibly far away from the sun, it is extremely cold all the time and completely shrouded in night at all times of the day. However, this is not your average night with the moon and the stars. As the sun’s rays do not travel to this part of the world, they cannot reflect off the moon or the sun – meaning it is completely pitch black. This endless night can often last up to two months, and will only offer it’s residences just a few small hours of twilight each day. And it’s pretty weird.

Alaska’s endless days

Because of this phenomenon, the state is not only shrouded in endless night – it is also shrouded in endless days. Just as the earth rotates away from the sun in the winter, the earth rotates towards the sun in the summer and doesn’t shy away. Instead, residents in Barrow, one of the closest towns to the North Pole, can often have continuous light and the sun for at least three months of each year. That would definitely upset your body clock.

Alaska’s northern lights

Alaska is one of the most beautiful places on Earth – and home to one of the most beautiful natural phenomenon. The Aurora Borealis is often called the Northern Lights and consist of streaks of colorful particles that fly across the sky in incredible patterns. This phenomenon is caused by charged protons and electrons hitting the Upper atmosphere of the Earth and can normally only be seen in the Northern Hemisphere. Alaska is one of those lucky destinations where the Northern Lights can be viewed. This spectacle can be viewed on average for 243 days each year – which is an incredible achievement.

The sheer size

Alaska is the biggest state in the United States of America; bigger than Montana, Texas, and California put together! However, the state is more populated by animals, natural landscapes, and flora than it is people. Throughout the whole of the state, there are more than 3 million lakes and over 3,000 rivers in Alaska alone. This takes the record for the most inland water of any other state in the US.

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Meghan Markle had the fairytale wedding many have dreamed of since childhood. And while you may not be marrying a prince, you can definitely look like a princess on your wedding day thanks to Floravere.

Floravere helps to facilitate shopping for bridal gowns by sending a ‘bridal box’ directly to you with gowns to try on. This is perfect for the busy bride or the woman that doesn’t really like a lot of fuss. It’s affordable too, each sample gown only costs $ 25 to try on.

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The company is making luxury gowns more accessible and affordable to women and just released their ‘M. Markle Gown‘ inspired by the Duchess of Sussex’s Givenchy wedding gown.

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The dress costs $ 1475.00 and as mentioned earlier, you can try it on for only $ 25.00. The dress isn’t exactly the same and features hand sewn bridal buttons down the back. The dress is more fitted than Markle’s and features shorter sleeves that have more of an off the shoulder look.

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The dress is so affordable, worried about quality? Well, the material is matte satin and sourced from Japan. Floravere is able to offer runway quality bridal gowns at affordable prices due to their direct to consumer model. It takes 2-3 months for the dresses to be created and if you buy one, the $ 25.00 try on fee is waved. Another thing I love about this dress is that it goes up to a size 24! Yes, for including plus-size brides!

This is undoubtedly a timeless and classy dress. Beauties, what do you think about Floravere’s Meghan Markle dress dupe? Would you wear for your big day? Tell us in the comment section!

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When Apple first introduced the iPhone X, the design was met with its fair share of controversy. Though everyone appreciated the device’s edgeless display, it was hard for many people to wrap their minds around the unseemly notch. Sure, there was no way for Apple to embed the device’s video and Face ID components underneath the display, but many wondered why Apple simply didn’t choose to hide the notch by making the flaps to the left and right of the image sensor black. Instead, Apple all but instructed developers and users to fully embrace the notch.

A week or two after its release, it became overwhelmingly clear that the uproar surrounding the iPhone X notch was overblown. For a vast majority of users, the notch, though perhaps annoying at first, quickly faded into the background and became a non-factor. Before long, we even started seeing a slew of Android handset manufacturers start to copy the iPhone X design, right down to the notch itself. To this point, just a few weeks ago a photo featuring 20 Android handsets with iPhone X-style notch designs began making the rounds.

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To the uninitiated, API stands for Application Programming Interface. Technical jargon aside, it’s basically a set of codes commercial sites permit others to borrow, allowing them to use it however they want. Take Twitter, for example: You don’t imagine them exposing the entirety of their code (aka inner workings) to the public, do you? Still, they want others to incorporate or make use of their service to build applications. Hence, they supply an API. By doing so, they’re essentially enabling their platform to work and interact seamlessly with other products. 

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Meghan Markle’s second wedding dress is possibly chicer than her first

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We can all agree that Meghan Markle’s Givenchy wedding dress was well worth the wait, as it was revealed this morning in all its modern elegant glory.

However she might just have topped it with her evening wedding dress, a sleek number created by Stella McCartney (so half the wedding dress designer rumours were true at least).

The white silk evening gown featured a chic high neck and soft flowing skirt and small train, which Meghan held up as she got into a vintage sports car with Prince Harry to head to their evening reception.

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This gave us a glimpse of her pointed Aquazurra silky satin and nude mesh heels with baby blue soles.

A statement from the Palace read, ‘The Bride’s evening dress is designed by Stella McCartney and is a bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe. The Bride is wearing shoes from Aquazurra made in silky satin, with nude mesh, with soles painted in baby blue.’

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In comparison, Kate changed into a second McQueen dress for her evening do in 2011, and it was a very princessy strapless ballgown with jewelled belt.

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Gymnast Who Was Abused by Larry Nassar Says MSU Must Do More Than Pay $500 Million. It Must Change

Michigan State University announced a $ 500 million settlement with the victims of gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar this week. For Lindsey Lemke, an MSU student who was abused by Nassar, that’s not enough.

“That is a good start,” she says. “[MSU] thinks that’s enough. And it’s not enough. No amount of money can ever change what we had to go through.”

The settlement will go to more than 300 victims. It allows for $ 425 million to be paid to current claimants, and $ 75 million to future claimants who may come forward.

In January 2018, more than 100 gymnasts and athletes that Nassar had sexually abused, including members of the 2012 gold-medal winning U.S. national team, provided victim impact statements over several days at Nassar’s sentencing hearing. Lemke was one of them. And while she sees the settlement as a first step, she says MSU still needs to go further to redress wrongs when it comes to sexual abuse.

“Part of the issue I’m still struggling with is that they keep saying that they are working on changing the culture, and enforcing different policies but we really don’t know yet what those are. Especially for students at MSU — if someone said to me, ‘Where do I go to report sexual abuse, or who do I talk to,’ I still wouldn’t know what to tell you,” she says. “I would like to see the accountability go even farther.”

As part of the settlement, the 322 plaintiffs agreed to drop law suits against MSU and against former and current employees at the university, including board members, says Jamie White, an attorney for one of the plaintiff groups. He said in such settlements, a third party arbitrator typically uses a set of criteria, including the merits of each individual’s legal claim, the amount of damages, including financial losses, suffered, and makes allocation recommendations for each plaintiff.

While MSU may hope that the settlement closes the door on the Nassar scandal, Lemke says the survivors of his sexual abuse will continue fighting. There are more than 30 bills in front of the Michigan state legislature that propose extending the statute of limitations for reporting sexual abuse, as well as removing government immunity protections for states if state employees engage in sexual abuse. Nassar is currently serving an up to 175 year prison sentence.

One provision of the settlement requires anyone who receives a payout from MSU to stop advocating for two of the bills before the legislature, attorney Vince Finaldi, who represents about 175 victims, told the Detroit News.

The news of the settlement was followed by even more turmoil at USA Gymnastics, the beleaguered national governing body for gymnastics.

On Friday, USA Gymnastics (USAG) announced that Rhonda Faehn, head of the women’s program, “is no longer with USA Gymnastics.” The organization only added that “This is a personnel matter that we will not discuss in detail.”

Faehn is reportedly among the first people at USAG to be informed that Nassar, was sexually abusing gymnasts. Olympian Aly Raisman and national team member Maggie Nichols were overheard at a training camp in the summer of 2015 discussing Nassar’s unusually intrusive pelvic procedures, which he claimed was part of his treatment of the gymnasts. The coach who overheard them reported the discussion to Faehn, who reported it to then USAG president Steve Penny.

Penny did not report Nassar to the police, but instead hired an investigator who questioned Raisman, Nichols and Olympian McKayla Maroney. It was not until six weeks after the coach’s initial complaint that Penny reported Nassar to the FBI.

Kerry Perry, who succeeded Penny as USAG president when he stepped down in March 2017, has been called to testify before Congress next week to explain USAG’s handling of sexual abuse complaints, including many involving Nassar, which gymnasts said they reported before 2015.

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It was the show whose very name was a dare — a trial of courage, testing your mettle to stay up past bedtime, hang with the older kids, and listen to terrifying tales without squealing. Were we afraid of the dark? You bet your ass we were.

But that never stopped us from watching.

In retrospect, Are You Afraid of the Dark? was Twilight Zone for millennial kids: an anthology series that, through a twist ending, made you question the very fabric of your reality in awed horror. And that’s exactly why the collection of ghost stories has had such a lasting impact. It explored the fears of a young psyche like no other show. Read more…

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Emily Ratajkowski’s Wardrobe Is So Much More Than Just Bikinis

If you’re an avid follower of Emily Ratajkowski’s Instagram account, then you’ll know her style often consists of stellar bikini and one-piece looks (hey, if you’ve got it). But outside of holidaying, EmRata has some incredible outfits that are always bang on trend. Whether that’s trying a yellow dress, a gingham skirt or an off-the-shoulder top, she’s always dedicated to showcasing the coolest and most wearable pieces around right now.

The key component for making everything look great is that nothing she wears is ever overly fussy—whether that’s her clothes, her hair or her makeup. As a result, we’ve admired many an outfit of hers, whether that’s on the red carpet or just out and about in L.A. Adding to this is Ratajkowski’s sartorial trump card, which is that she knows what suits her figure and isn’t afraid to use that power to her fashion advantage. Keep scrolling, and click through our gallery to uncover the secrets of Emily Ratajkowski’s style.

Style Notes: Try switching up your go-to black leggings for a pair of biker shorts—ab-baring cropped sweatshirt optional.  On Emily Ratajkowski: Kith shorts
Style Notes: Combining a studded suede jacket with a maroon pair of trousers, she tops it off with the embroidered mules that we’ve seen all over Instagram. On Emily Ratajkowski: Alberta Ferretti mules.
Style Notes: One of the easiest and most flattering pieces for everyone to wear? The black roll-neck. Even better is when you tuck it into a pair of high-waisted jeans.
Style Notes: Of all the biggest trends we’ve seen Ratajkowski wear, the geek-chic glasses look is one she’s particularly fond of. On Emily Ratajkowski: Jason Wu.
Style Notes: A two-piece? Check. In millennial pink? Check. Plus a pair of barely there sandals? Check, check, check. On Emily Ratajkowski: Altuzarra suit.
Style Notes: While this trend has been going on for some time now (it was massive in 2016, as well as this year), Ratajkowski knows how to coordinate this accessory with the rest of her outfit. By keeping it in black, she matches her top and boots. Add a touch of colour with your bag.
Style Notes: Ah, the gingham trend. What were our summer wardrobes before this came into our lives? Here, during New York Fashion Week in February, Ratajkowski was ahead of the curve by wearing a checked skirt. On Emily Ratajkowski: Michael Kors skirt.
Style Notes: If there’s one thing we’ve learnt about fashion over the past year or so, it’s that the striped shirt is a good look, whatever form it comes in. Whether that’s a classic button-down or a deconstructed version, such as this one on Ratajkowski, it will make any outfit super chic. On Emily Ratajkowski: Monse Off-the-Shoulder Wrap-Effect Striped Silk-Twill Top (£528) and trousers.
Style Notes: Despite the plethora of street style shots of stylish women in robes over jeans, we’re still massively enjoying this trend. Do what Ratajkowski does, and make a statement by wearing a graphic tee underneath. On Emily Ratajkowski: Jonathan Simkhai Feminist AF T-Shirt (£73).
Style Notes: Underwear can definitely be outerwear in Ratajkowski’s world. This ensemble is a chic bodysuit under a skirt, paired with hold-ups and open-toed sandals. It shouldn’t work, but the strict use of thick black fabric means it does. On Emily Ratajkowski: DKNY.
Style Notes: For anyone who’s a fan of La La Land, then you’ll know why the yellow dress became such a big trend. Here, at the Valentino show, EmRata proves just how romantic a hue it can be. On Emily Ratajkowski: Valentino dress.
Style Notes: Matching co-ords are a great alternative to dresses, but the khaki colour and culottes make this much cooler than your average, meaning she can ditch accessories altogether. On Emily Ratajkowski: Solace London.
Style Notes: Yes, she loves an itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny bikini, but sometimes more coverage does equal more fashion brownie points (especially in red).
Style Notes: We fell out of love with the printed dress for a while, such was our dedication to the minimal look, but thanks to brands such as Rixo, we’re firmly for over-the-top bold frocks.
Style Notes: The naked dress trend isn’t going away anytime soon, and this was a great way to do the look without being too naked.
Style Notes: If you want to dress down a cute playsuit or short dress, opt for a pair of flat black boots and a Western-inspired belt. Just don’t forget the Gucci bag. On Emily Ratajkowski: Gucci bag.
Style Notes: Whether high heels or flats, having a ribbon detail on your shoes makes your whole look seem so much fresher.  On Emily Ratajkowski: Brock Collection dress; Altuzarra shoes.
Style Notes: As we’ve said before, this is the style tip bloggers have been stealing from David Beckham. While we can imagine why you might be hesitant about trying it, the baker boy hat is actually pretty cool. If you love Ratajkowski’s look, shop the 13 best new-in pieces.

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Chance The Rapper Says Beyoncé Is Better Performer Than Michael Jackson At Dillard Graduation

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Chance the Rapper wants to secure a Beyoncé feature so bad bruh. While speaking at the commencement for Dillard University, the Chicago MC told the assembled graduated that Queen Bey’s Coachella performance was better than any of Michael Jackson’s, ever. 

This guy.

We get what Chance was trying to say—you have to aspire to be greater than your predecessors. That’s cool.

But there’s a time and a place for that. The focus should be on the graduates, not a petty debate.

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Endometriosis: More than Painful Periods

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Open Up More Than Books With Your Financial Advisor

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You found a good financial planner to help you manage money and achieve your goals. Congratulations, that’s a big step.

Now comes a leap — opening up about money. There’s a reason it’s called “personal” finance. Almost everything about your life can influence your financial decisions, so get ready to talk about more than dollars and cents.

“The more open our clients can be, the better the planning we can do for them,” says Emilie Schaffer, a certified financial planner and associate wealth adviser with Buckingham Strategic Wealth in St. Louis.

Working with an adviser goes beyond handing off financial documents. Here’s what you can and should share when meeting with a financial adviser.

THE FACTS — ALL OF THEM

Your financial adviser will request documents as you start working together. That can include anything from account statements and tax returns to how much you make and how much you owe. The list might be broader than you expect. Be prepared to share more than your 401(k) statement even if you think you only need retirement advice.

“The best result is when a client is willing to share all the relevant information.” says Carl Goodin, a certified financial planner and president of Financial Planning Associates Inc. in Ellisville, Missouri.

That includes even those investment accounts the planner won’t manage, Goodin says. Knowing the full scope will help an adviser create a properly diversified plan.

YOUR GOALS AND VALUES

This goes deeper than generalities such as “I want to save more” or “I want to have a comfortable retirement.”

“It’s not just looking at numbers,” says Therese Nicklas, a certified financial planner and owner of The Wealth Coach for Women in Rockland, Massachusetts. “You want to know what those numbers are for.”

Be prepared to think through such questions as: What and who is most important to you? What do you want to do with the rest of your life? What keeps you up at night?

Clients often pause when asked these questions, Schaffer says. “They often come in thinking they’re just going to talk about retirement goals and planning.”

Your values give a financial picture color and shape. “The purpose is to get to know clients as individuals, as human beings,” Schaffer says. “There’s nothing off the table.”

YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH MONEY

Attitudes about money get established early, so don’t be surprised if a planner asks about your earliest money memories. Knowing about your background can help your planner understand your perspective – and can also bring biases to the surface.

“A client will say, ‘Don’t talk to me about real estate. I bought a rental property one time, and I took a big loss.’ Or ‘Don’t talk to me about stocks. I bought a stock one time, and it went down and I took a loss.’ Or ‘Don’t talk to me about bonds.’” Goodin says. “This allows me to address misunderstandings that may occur. My job is largely one of education.”

EVEN THE MISTAKES

Don’t shy away from sharing embarrassing details, such neglecting to save for retirement or running up credit card debt. Financial planners have seen it all before. Schaffer tells of one client who needlessly kept $ 50,000 of credit card debt secret for years. “Our role is not to look backwards, but to set realistic expectations going forward and to plan for the best outcomes possible.”

Says Nicklas: “Bad news doesn’t get better with age. When you hang onto guilt, the only one who is paying for that is you.”

DECISIONS, BIG AND SMALL

Some things are out of a financial adviser’s scope. Typically they’re not therapists or attorneys, so they can’t treat emotional issues or give legal advice. And they don’t need to hear every grisly detail of your divorce or whom you voted for in the last election.

But almost no financial matter is too big or small to discuss, says Angela Furubotten-LaRosee, a certified financial planner with Avea Financial Planning in Richland, Washington. Should I buy or lease a car? Should I loan money to my adult child? How should I plan for retirement if I fear getting Alzheimer’s disease?

“I hope to have the kind of relationship with clients they feel they can trust and share almost anything with me,” Furubotten-LaRosee says. “I don’t think there’s a danger in oversharing. Your life and finances are intertwined.”

This article was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Barbara Marquand is a writer at NerdWallet.

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Robert Rihmeek Williams may be free but millions of other young, black and brown men just like him are not—and that’s no coincidence. After a lengthy legal battle and an outpouring of national support, the 30-year-old Philadelphia rapper better known as “Meek Mill” was released from jail on April 24. The hip-hop star was sentenced last November to two to four years behind bars for a series of minor, non-violent probation violations, following his 2008 conviction for drug and weapons charges. One of the violations included performing a motorcycle stunt while shooting a music video in New York in August 2017.

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Meek Mill Becomes a Symbol of Injustice

The sentence sparked mass outrage among fans, celebrities, professional athletes, prison reform activists, and the hip-hop community at large. Hundreds of thousands of people protested in Philadelphia, signed online petitions, and stood behind the #FreeMeekMill campaign. They argued that the harsh punishment was unwarranted and rooted in racism. For many, the hip-hop star became a symbol of discrimination within the U.S. criminal justice system, which predominantly impacts men of color.

Following his release last week, Williams vowed to help others trapped in the cycle of recidivism. “I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury [to fight justice] and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues,” he tweeted.


Williams’ case is not unusual. According to reports, one in three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime. After being convicted of a crime, offenders are then often subjected to parole or probation and years of court-ordered supervision. As a result, even a small violation can send them back to prison for a long time. This policy disproportionately affects African American men who compromise one-third of the 4.6 million Americans currently on parole or subject to probation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Overall, 1 in every 15 African American men are incarcerated compared to 1 in every 36 Hispanic men and 1 in every 106 white men. But, not only are these men being stripped of their time and families, corporations are making billions of dollars in exchange for their freedom.

The Birth of the Private Prison Industry

According to an Urban Justice Center report, the private prison industry began when CoreCivic was granted the first contract to operate a correctional facility in 1983. The GEO Group entered the private prison market the following year. Over the next three decades, the U.S. prison population increased five times, from approximately 500,000 to over 2.2 million between 1980 and 2015. The companies grew to own and operate roughly 130 correctional facilities with over 150,000 beds. By 2017, CoreCivic and The GEO Group were earning combined annual revenues of $ 4 billion on the more than 45 million individual nights that people spend incarcerated in their correctional facilities every year.

Profits Over People 

CoreCivic and The GEO Group are the most recognized for-profit entities operating in the prison industrial complex, but there are hundreds more. In fact, a new report from the Urban Justice Center’s Corrections Accountability Project identifies more than 3,100 companies that earn revenue through contracts with the U.S. prison industrial complex. They all either knowingly or unknowingly generate profits through the criminal legal system on the backs of low-income and minority communities.

In a statement, Corrections Accountability Project director Bianca Tylek said the report serves to expose the corporations benefitting from mass incarceration beyond the two notorious private prison giants.

“There are thousands of publicly-traded, private equity-owned, and privately-held companies that generate profits through the criminal legal system on the backs of those it targets: low-income and minority communities,” Tylek said in an emailed statement.

 

“Until today, these companies have operated largely behind closed doors, often intentionally masking their involvement. Yet given the reach of the criminal legal system today, still others, have found themselves unintentionally wrapped up in the prison industrial complex. Nevertheless, both present an engagement opportunity for advocates fighting to shut down the industry and shift the economy that have been built around mass incarceration.”

Conduent (formerly Xerox Services), GE Healthcare, and Motorola Solutions are just a few of the companies listed that have a “business segment targeting the prison industrial complex in its business model or through marketing, advertising, or sponsorship,” reads the report. Corporate investors include Vanguard Group, Fidelity, and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance.

Other companies listed include Universal Health Services, Duke Energy, National Grid and The Home Depot, which provides equipment for prisons. Thomson Reuters, Timberland, T-Mobile, Microsoft Corp. Office Depot., OfficeMax, Time Warner Cable, Apple Industrial Supply, and Bank of America.

Read the full report: The Prison Industrial Complex: Mapping Private Sector Players.

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At Thursday night’s NFL Draft in Dallas, several franchises will pin their futures on finding the next Joe Montana. It’s been a quarter century quest: since Montana retired after the 1994 season, arguably only two quarterbacks — Tom Brady and Peyton Manning — have measured up to the San Francisco 49ers legend, who won four Super Bowl titles. (Brady surpassed his childhood hero in Super Bowl rings, winning five). While working on a campaign to increase heart disease awareness, Montana spoke to TIME about the greatest quarterback of all-time debate, the draft, and why he thinks Colin Kaepernick no longer has an NFL job.

(This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity)

So who’s better, you or Tom Brady?

Oh, me, of course. Did I take long enough to answer? [Laughs].

It’s really hard to compare guys. I said this long before Tom had even this fourth [Super Bowl victory]. You look at guys who played before me, Sammy Baugh, Otto Graham, how do you compare a guy who played back then not only to me but to this era now, when they’re not getting hit, they’re not tearing the clothes off the wide receivers as they get off the line of scrimmage. The game’s so different; it’s really hard to compare. Tom’s had a tremendous, tremendous career. And he may be [better than Montana]. I just think it’s really difficult to do that.

Being in the Bay Area, you saw a lot of Colin Kaepernick. Do you think he’s not playing in the NFL because of the anthem controversy, or because of flaws in his game?

If you look at a lot of the guys who come out of those read-option type systems, they have great first years. You can go back to RGIII, [it’s] the same thing: Once [defenses] get it figured out, those guys aren’t used to playing in the pocket and seeing defenses from inside, and being accurate at the same time. It’s a little bit easier now maybe for those guys because they’ve taken away some of that hitting that usually takes place late in the pocket.

But you have to be accurate to be in there. During those years he was struggling, he was in the low 50s and 40s in completion percentage. [Ed Note: Kaepernick’s worst single-season completion percentage was 58.4% in 2013; San Francisco finished that season 12-4]. Tim Tebow was the same way. They messed with Tim so much, got to fix this, got to fix that, let the kid play. He did well in college, let’s see if he can play or not. It’s too late to fix somebody when they get to the NFL. Tim was winning games, and he was in the 48-49% somewhere in that neighborhood at one point. [Ed Note: Tebow finished the 2011 season with a 46.5% completion percentage, and led the Broncos to a playoff win]. He couldn’t hang on.

Do you understand what the players who protest during the national anthem are doing? Or do you think players shouldn’t protest during the anthem?

Back when I was playing, or before, you didn’t have all the media outlets that are available to all these guys. Play the game. Go do your other stuff on social media outside of that, no matter what sport it is.

Ex-UCLA coach Jim Mora told Sports Illustrated that his former quarterback, top NFL Draft prospect Josh Rosen, “has a lot of interests in life. If you can hold his concentration level and focus only on football for a few years, he will set the world on fire.” Can you be an effective NFL player and have other passions. Or do you have to be locked-in all the time?

I think there’s a lot of time free for outside interests, post-season. It’s really difficult. If you have enough time to be doing other things during the season, then something’s wrong. You’re probably not putting in enough time at the quarterback position especially. I could never find enough time week to week. You need to be concentrating. He’ll be making enough money. He doesn’t need to be worrying about other things during the season.

So if you were a GM, would Josh Rosen’s outside interests worry you?

I think one of the problems is they’re under such a microscope these days. I mean every little tiny thing, flaw, they’re not looking can he do this, can he do that? It’s, ‘ok, what can we find bad about him?’ That seems to be the nature of our world today. Instead of, ‘hey, he’s a young kid.’ You should be happy that he’s worried about the environment. If he wasn’t playing football, you’d be going, ‘oh, that’s such a great thing.’

There are too many eyes on everybody these days. Let the guy live. Let him find out. He’ll find out soon enough.

After Jimmy Garoppolo, Tom Brady’s former backup, arrived in the Bay Area via a trade with the New England Patriots, he went 5-0 as the San Francisco 49ers starter in 2017. The team rewarded him with a contract that made him the highest-paid player in the NFL. There’s a lot hope in San Francisco now – is Garoppolo the guy?

What you said is where it all should be right now. There is a lot of hope there. I think he’s still a little bit untested — especially for the type of money that they paid for him. He could be the guy. I don’t know. He obviously made a little bit of a difference — or a lot of difference — in the team at the end of the season last year.

Is it the end of the season, and other teams are going, ‘oh we got the 49ers?’ or what? When you watch guys who leave from behind great quarterbacks like that — Tom’s had like three already, [and they] go all the way back to [Dan] Marino with [Scott] Mitchell, and Elvis Grbac playing behind Steve Young — when they leave that system, there’s been zero success rate for any length of time.

So hopefully this is the first one, for all the 49ers fans out there, and the organization. I just think you have to wait and let them play.

Your two sons played college football. But science continues to shed light on the dangers of head trauma incurred while playing the game. Knowing what you know now, would you have let your sons play football?

Yeah, but I think you’re going to see a lot more flag football — especially at early ages — until they get more mature and things even out. And take away a lot of those really early hits on the kids’ heads, because no matter what they do with helmets, and how much you try to protect, [hits] are still going to be repetitive.

Are you worried about your own future?

I’m not sure how I can judge that as of yet. There are times when my wife questions it; there are times that she doesn’t. I’m not concerned. I’m 61, I’ll be 62 here in a couple of months, and I’m just getting old, period. But I’ve seen a lot of guys where it’s had a tremendous effect on them, unfortunately.

You’ve been promoting the “Breakaway From Heart Disease” campaign. Why are you passionate about this subject?

Both my and wife’s family have been effected by heart disease. Her father passed away at an early age. My mom had high blood pressure, high cholesterol. Her two brothers had heart attacks. My grandfather passed away from heart disease, at 54, I’m pretty sure.

And so even with all of that information in front of me, I never really thought that I would get heart disease and high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Luckily for me, after I retired I went in for a normal physical and my blood pressure was high. So my doctor, we monitored it for awhile, and then I thought, ‘ahhhhh, it’s going to go down, no worries.’ But it never did.

So we started working on a game plan. For me, it took not only lifestyle changes but also medication. And we had an opportunity to be a part of this and get the word out there. This is the number one killer of Americans out there. We are able to control it if you just know the risks. Know what your blood pressure and cholesterol level is. And make a few changes. All you have to do is get with your doctor. That’s all we’re saying.

Is there anything you wish you did differently in your career?

One thing, I probably wouldn’t have retired as early. The other is I would have found extra hours to spend a little more time with my kids when they were growing up. Because when they were at a younger age they wanted a lot of excitement, but I knew I still had a lot of work. My wife was great with them, and she had the biggest influence there. But I missed those young times growing up. By the time I understood it, it was really too late in their lives. If I could do it again, I might go back and do that part differently.

Why did you wish you kept playing?

The game’s just too fun. Plus it’s cold turkey when you quit. I would play as long as I could because the game was so exciting on Sunday afternoons.

You did broadcasting at NBC for a year after you retired, correct?

I was brought on to talk about what it was like from a players point of view. Later on, the producer there really didn’t care about your point of view, as long as you were loud, argumentative and definitive. You don’t have to be right — that’s the part I didn’t like.

In fact something happened at the Super Bowl. We all had phones next to us. We were doing the Pittsburgh-Dallas game. I picked up the phone and called my wife and go ‘I’m leaving. I’m walking off right now. I’m not going to put up with this anymore. I can’t do it.’

She goes, ‘No, you can’t. At least go finish the game.’ It just wasn’t for me.

It would have been amazing to see Joe Montana walk off the set during the Super Bowl.

[Laughs] I was close. Believe me.

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This Grocery Store is Actually Way Cheaper Than Shopping at Walmart


Still shopping at Walmart because you think it’s the cheapest place to buy groceries?

As it turns out, you might actually be able to find a better deal in town.

While it’s still got a blue sign, “mart” is nowhere in its name.

It’s Aldi, the small, German grocer you may not have heard about yet, but definitely need to check out ASAP.

Its deals will knock your socks off. Don’t believe us? Keep reading.

Shopping for the Cheapest Grocery Store: Aldi vs. Walmart

While planning for our office’s crazy 2016 Thanksgiving feast, we compared prices for all our menu items at Walmart, our local regional grocer (Publix), and Aldi.

What we found was… honestly kind of nuts.

We’d easily save a ridiculous amount of cash, without having to sink a single second into couponing, just by shopping at Aldi. It had frozen Butterball turkeys for just $ 1.29 per pound — almost half of what they cost at Publix ($ 2.49 per pound).

And although it’s not surprising this discount market did better than a swanky store, it outperformed Walmart pretty handily, too.

A five-pound bag of potatoes ran us $ 2.79 as opposed to Walmart’s $ 3.47. A dozen large eggs cost just 99 cents — while the ‘mart had ‘em at $ 1.14.

Even something that seems like it’d be crazy cheap everywhere, like cornstarch, was significantly different: Walmart had a pound of it at $ 1.18, whereas Aldi’s was just 89 cents. It was even the same brand.

Business Insider also did a price comparison between the two stores and found the same groceries cost 30% less at Aldi than they did at Walmart.

Although a few items, like tomatoes and organic bananas, were cheaper at Walmart, Aldi had surprisingly great deals on both fresh produce and packaged foods.

But don’t forget: Walmart will price-match any competitor, and one of the reasons Aldi can sell its goods so cheaply is a lack of investment in customer service.

Our team decided to shop Aldi for the majority of its Thanksgiving purchases, and it’s true that there wasn’t much of a customer service presence in the store. That said, nothing’s too difficult to find… and if we’d needed to, we’re sure we could have asked a cashier.

Aldi also requires buyers to bring their own bags, and there’s a 25-cent deposit to get a shopping cart. But you get your quarter back when you replace the cart — and Aldi doesn’t have to hire somebody to do that job, which means it’s putting even more coins back into our pockets.

So if you live near an Aldi, check it out. We’ve even put together some insider tips to help you get even more out of the money you spend there.

Just make sure you don’t forget your reusable bags — or your laundry quarters!

Jamie Cattanach is a contributor to The Penny Hoarder and total Aldi convert. Her writing has also been featured at The Write Life, Word Riot, Nashville Review and elsewhere. Find @JamieCattanach on Twitter to wave hello.

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What Health Issues Affect Women Differently Than Men?

Some health issues that are common to both men and women affect women differently. Although the symptoms may be similar, the effects of the condition and the care necessary can differ significantly for women. In addition, some of these conditions might affect women primarily or more severely than men. For example, almost 12% of women in the United States are at risk for developing breast cancer during their lifetime.1 Male breast cancer accounts for less than 1% of existing breast cancer cases.2

Certain health issues and their effects on women are listed below.

Alcohol abuse3

As many as 5.3 million women in the United States abuse alcohol, putting their health, safety, and general well-being at risk. While men are more likely to become dependent on, or addicted to, alcohol than women are throughout their lifetime, the health effects of alcohol abuse and alcoholism (when someone shows signs of addiction to alcohol) are more serious in women. These health effects include an increased risk for breast cancer, heart disease, and fetal alcohol syndrome, in which infants born to mothers who drank during pregnancy suffer brain damage and learning difficulties.

Heart disease4

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Although heart disease is also the leading cause of death for men in the United States, women are more likely to die following a heart attack than men are. In addition, women are more likely than men are to experience delays in emergency care and to have treatment to control their cholesterol levels.

Mental health

Women are more likely to show signs of depression and anxiety than men are. Depression is the most common women’s mental health problem,5 and more women than men are diagnosed with depression each year.6

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. Arthritis is the leading cause of physical disability in the United States. The condition affects almost 27 million people, and affects more women than men.7

Sexually transmitted diseases/sexually transmitted infections (STDs/STIs)8

The effect of STDs/STIs on women can be more serious than on men. Untreated STDs/STIs cause infertility in at least 24,000 women each year in the United States. STDs/STIs often go untreated in women because symptoms are less obvious than in men or are more likely to be confused with another less serious condition, such as a yeast infection.

Stress

According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, stress is on the rise for women. Women are more likely to report having stress, and almost 50% of all women in the survey, compared to 39% of the men, reported that their stress had increased over the past 5 years.9 Stress also has unique effects on women. A recent NICHD study found that stress might reduce a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant.10

Stroke11

More women than men suffer a stroke each year. Although many of the risk factors for stroke are the same for men and women, including a family history of stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, some risk factors are unique to women. These include:

  • Taking birth control pills
  • Being pregnant
  • Using hormone replacement therapy, a combined hormone therapy of progestin and estrogen designed to relieve menopausal symptoms
  • Having frequent migraine headaches
  • Having a thick waist (larger than 35.2 inches), particularly if post-menopausal, and high triglyceride (blood fat) levels

Urinary tract health

Women are more likely than men are to experience urinary tract problems. For example, urinary incontinence affects twice as many women as men12 due to the way the female urinary tract is structured.13


  1. National Cancer Institute. (2010). Probability of breast cancer in American women. Retrieved August 6, 2012, from http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/probability-breast-cancer
  2. National Cancer Institute. (2012). General information about male breast cancer. Retrieved August 6, 2012, from http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/malebreast/patient
  3. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (n.d.). Alcohol: a women’s health issue. Retrieved August 3, 2012, from http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochurewomen/women.htm
  4. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (2010). Cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions in women: Recent findings. Retrieved August 3, 2012, from http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/factsheets/women/womheart/index.html
  5. World Health Organization. (n.d.). Gender and women’s mental health. Retrieved August 3, 2012, from http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/genderwomen/en/ External Web Site Policy
  6. National Institute of Mental Health. (2012). Women and Depression: Discovering Hope. Retrieved August 22, 2012, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/women-and-depression-discovering-hope/complete-index.shtml
  7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). Arthritis-related statistics. Retrieved August 22, 2012, from http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/data_statistics/arthritis_related_stats.htm
  8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). 10 ways STDs impact women differently from men. Retrieved August 6, 2012, from http://www.cdc.gov/std/health-disparities/stds-women-042011.pdf (PDF – 222 KB)
  9. American Psychological Association. (n.d.) Gender and stress. Retrieved August 6, 2012, from http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/gender-stress.aspx External Web Site Policy
  10. NIH. (2010). NIH study indicates stress may delay women getting pregnant. Retrieved August 6, 2012, from http://www.nichd.nih.gov/news/releases/Pages/081110-stress-delay-women-getting-pregnant.aspx
  11. National Stroke Association. (n.d.) Women and stroke. Retrieved August 6, 2012, from http://www.stroke.org/understand-stroke/impact-stroke/women-and-stroke External Web Site Policy
  12. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. (2010). Urinary incontinence in women. Retrieved August 6, 2012, from http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/uiwomen/
  13. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. (2011). Urinary tract infections in adults. Retrieved August 7, 2012, from http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/utiadult/index.aspx/uti

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PARIS Hilton may be known all over the world – but she says fame has left her lonely.

The 37-year-old socialite says she knows her army of social media fans more than her friends and family and says she’s “becoming accustomed to being f***** over.”

Paris reveals how fame left her isolated and with major trust issues in new doc, American Meme
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Hotel heiress, Paris, revealed all in new documentary The American Meme which plays at Tribeca Film Festival in New York this month.

She became a household name after her  sex tape, called 1 Night in Paris, leaked online.

Paris also starred in reality series The Simple Life, which ran from 2003 to 2007, alongside Nicole Richie.

After her TV career, she tried her hand at music with her self-titled debut album Paris in 2006.

She also tried acting appearing in numerous films including Zoolander, House of Wax and The Bling Ring.

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In a clip of the doc on The Hollywood Reporter, she says: “I’m constantly traveling; 250 days a year I’m on a plane, in a different country. So it gets really lonely sometimes.”

She added: “‘I love my fans just as much as they love me.

“I feel closer with them than I do most people that I know. They’re really like my family.”

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The hotel heiress, who is worth £70 million, said: “I don’t really trust people. I’ve just grown accustomed to being fucked over.

There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not either texting or FaceTiming or emailing with my Little Hiltons [fans].

“I can truly be myself around them. I know they’re not judging me, they’re not trying to use me.

“They just genuinely love me.”

Last month we revealed how the heiress was left devastated after nearly losing her £1.4million engagement ring in the middle of a nightclub.


Her 20-carat diamond ring flew off her hand while partying with pals in Miami.

Paris, who was at the nightclub with hubby-to-be Chris Zylka, started a search party for the missing rock, while her fiancé started the search at nearby tables.

She revealed she and Chris are likely to marry THREE times in various global locations.


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There are few dresses that break from the runway to occupy a totemic part of popular culture: Audrey Hepburn’s black sheath dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) is one. Almost 60 years since the film’s release, it remains an alluring, still-fresh classic.

There Holly Golightly is, in the mind’s eye, wearing it as she saunters past Tiffany’s windows, pastry in hand: a night-time kind of gal caught, never knowingly-under-dressed, in the heady glare of early morning.

That famous dress’ designer Hubert de Givenchy has died aged 91, and with him a certain tradition of Parisian couture.

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BOSTON — We could persecute and prosecute Giancarlo Stanton, scapegoat him and just, well, make him the goat. But there would be a little Buckner in that, some Bartman too. In those instances a groupthink focused blame and venom at a singular person, when in reality those 1986 Red Sox and 2003 Cubs were eliminate…
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Although some celebrities have been making the case for the award season pant—thank you, Emma Stone—everyone usually associates red carpets with dresses. But Charlize Theron, for one, is ready to flip the script. You might remember when she wore a cool bra-and-skirt combo to a premiere last year, and now we’re very into her leather shorts look.

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Researchers found that about 40 percent of adolescents in 2015 slept less than 7 hours a night, which is 58 percent more than in 1991 and 17 percent more than in 2009. They further learned that the more time young people reported spending online, the less sleep they got. Teens who spent 5 hours a day online were 50 percent more likely to not sleep enough than their peers who only spent an hour online each day.
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In new comedy Blockers, John Cena plays uptight father Mitchell, a man so out of touch with youth culture that he has no idea what the aubergine emoji actually means. And thinks the emoji combo for ‘sex’ means ‘You’re okay with me’.

In the film, his daughter makes a sex pact with two friends to lose their virginity on prom night. Mitchell discovers their plotting, along with fellow parents Lisa (Leslie Mann) and Hunter (Ike Barinholtz), whose daughters make up the final two-thirds of the action-seeking threesome.

But he doesn’t find translating what they mean easy – their entire text conversation consists of emoji language. After finally figuring it out, the parents make it their mission to thwart their daughters’ plans.

But how good at translating emoji is John Cena in real life? That’s what we wanted to know. So we put him to the test. We threw a bunch of pictorial phrases at the wrestler and actor, alongside emoji depictions of films and TV shows he’s appeared in. See how he got on – and test yourself at the same time – in the video above.


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Parents Mitchell (John Cena), Lisa (Leslie Mann) and Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) discover their daughters’ sex pact.

When Can I See ‘Blockers’?

Blockers hits screens in the UK on March 30 and in the US on April 6. You can read the official synopsis below:

Julie (Kathryn Newton), Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) and Samantha (Gideon Adlon) are three high school seniors who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. Lisa (Mann), Mitchell (Cena) and Hunter (Barinholtz) are three overprotective parents who flip out when they find out about their daughters’ plans. They soon join forces for a wild and chaotic quest to stop the girls from sealing the deal – no matter what the cost.

Blockers is directed by Pitch Perfect screenwriter Kay Cannon and also stars Gary Cole, Gina Gershon, Mozart in the Jungle actor Miles Robbins and Riverdale’s Graham Phillips.

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“Trump’s been in more long, drawn out suits than Steve Harvey,” Seth Meyers said on Thursday, admitting that was his favorite joke of the night.

The president is “already being scrutinized as part of a wide-ranging criminal investigation of his campaign, his ties to Russia, his financial entanglements, and his attempts to obstruct justice,” the Late Night host added, so “you’d think it would be hard to add more legal problems to that list.”

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Investing In College: 4 Keys To Get More Than Your Money’s Worth

Investing in college: is it still worth it? Stagnant wage growth and the looming burden of student loan debt makes that proposition, once a foregone conclusion, more hotly debated than ever. However, the fact remains that a person with a college education, on average, still commands a higher income than a person without a college degree.

The difference, according to author, speaker, journalist and former college administrator Zach Rinkins, is that what was once practically automatic—that investing in college will pay off with a well-paying career and the American dream of middle-class success—now requires strategy and planning to realize, beginning in high school and during the college selection and application process. Rinkins is the author of a new book, I Am College Material!: Your Guide To Unlimited College, Career, And Life Success, which challenges college students to see themselves as emerging professionals and plan accordingly, in order to maximize their returns on investing in college. Rinkins says he was inspired to write the book by his experience as a college administrator at Florida Memorial University, watching students take on student debt, only to end up accepting jobs with salaries that offered little hope of them ever paying it off.

“When you work on a college campus, you are going to become attached to the students” Rinkins explains. “You see them come in as bright-eyed freshmen, and then you watch them leave as young adults ready to conquer the world. That’s a very thrilling experience. So every year around graduation time, I would converse with students.”

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“I’d ask them, ‘What’s next?’, and they’ll say they’re going to work at some car rental company or a mobile phone store,” Rinkins continues, “and it would often break my heart because I know these students spent $ 80,000 and they’re transitioning to a job that may pay them $ 28,000 or $ 30,000 a year, and I knew that they deserved better than that. Because I knew after that six-month grace period and that student loan starts kicking in, that they were going to be really hit hard. Those are some of the issues that the millennial generation is dealing with: Going to college, acquiring a lot of debt, and transitioning into careers that won’t provide them with the economic support to repay their loans and really get their start in life.”

I Am College Material! aims to equip college students and their parents with the tools, information, and resources necessary to succeed in college while maximizing their earning potential upon graduation and beyond. The book includes advice from experts on topics ranging from money management and campus entrepreneurship to health and college romance. (Disclosure: I and my wife Zara Green, as co-creators of Grown Zone Relationship Education, are included among the experts in the chapter titled “To Love or Not To Love: Realities In College Relationships.”)

Rinkins shares four key strategies necessary for students to get the most from investing in college while limiting the short and long-term financial burden on their families.

SET A TARGET FOR YOUR EARNING POTENTIAL UPON GRADUATION

Rinkins says that it is critical to consider the career paths and earning potential associated with any major you choose, with an eye on which jobs have the highest entry-level salaries and the best potential for income growth over time. Ideally, students should be researching their interests and options by their junior year in high school, so that they can make a smart choice by their second year in college, by which time most undergraduates have declared a major concentration of study.

“The decisions that you make in college, the career path you choose, the first salary you choose coming out of college, have a long-term impact,” Rinkins explains. “If you start off low, it is very difficult to get to a higher salary if you don’t make the right decision and create the foundation for it in college.”

INVESTING IN COLLEGE IS WORTH IT—IF YOU DO THE MATH

College students need to understand the earning potential of career paths associated with an area of study, and then choose the most affordable college option to minimize costs of investing in college and maximize ROI.

“I just read a study the other day by JPMorgan that said the average college student is leaving college with $ 30,000 in debt, and on top of that, their parents also acquire an identical, separate $ 30,000 in debt. That’s debilitating. This made me understand [student loan] debt in a family context. So it’s very important for families to choose the right college for their child.”

Rinkins offers a formula that can help you to make the right choice.

“In my book, you can find out how to choose a career, how to go to the U.S. Labor Bureau, how to go to various websites and resources to find out the starting salary of your child’s desired career path. Whatever that number is—$ 40,000, $ 35,000—divide that by five. That is your max annual budget for college; you can’t go over that.”

“Why is that important?” says Rinkins. “Because when you graduate from school, you want as little debt as possible. You have to be able to pay that back in 10 years. Because of compound interest, we want your child to be able to get rid of that debt before it doubles. Because we don’t want them to be contending with that debt in their 30s.”

BEFORE YOU START COLLEGE, PLAN YOUR EXIT STRATEGY

Don’t wait until your junior or senior year of college to discover that your chosen major will not position you to generate enough income to justify the money you’ve spent on tuition and other expenses associated with investing in college.

“Do your research,” Rinkins says with urgency. “Understand what the highest paying career paths of your major are. One thing I tell students is to look at the future output of your major, and also look at the employment rate. If you’re choosing a major that has a high unemployment rate, it’s going to be competitive and the salaries are going to be low. But if you choose a major with a low unemployment rate, the salaries are higher and there will definitely be more opportunities.”

“I use the national unemployment rate as a benchmark,” Rinkins continues. “Right now, the national unemployment rate is about 5%. Some of the popular majors, but they’re low-paying majors, many of the unemployment rates in those majors are 15%, 12%. So you don’t want to pursue a desired major with a career path that has double the national unemployment rate.

CONNECT YOUR SKILLS TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER

You also want to make sure that you’re connecting with the people who will pay the most for the skill sets you have, even if you choose a major with a relatively low-income career path. That may mean thinking beyond the jobs and careers typically associated with your desired major.

“If you decide that you definitely want to get a career in education,” Rinkins explains, “you may want to think about, ‘Well, I don’t just have to be an educator. Perhaps I can do training and development to the STEM community, to the tech sector. Or if you desire to be in public relations, for example, don’t just try to sell your services to anybody; try to connect with the highest paying industries so that you can get the best return on your investment. Your education is an investment.”

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6 Better Bets for Your Money Than Gambling on March Madness


It’s March Madness time, and everyone is filling out their brackets. From office pools to family competitions, we all love to put a little dough on the tourney and prove we have the skills to pick the winners.

Except, we never seem to do that. The odds of selecting a perfect bracket are 1 in 9.2 quintillion, according to Forbes’ calculations. The odds of becoming president of the United States sit at 1 in 10 million. Take a look in the mirror and mull that over.

While you probably don’t need a perfect bracket to win your office pool, all it takes is one upset (can you say Iona over Duke?) to destroy your chances early on.

6 Things to Spend Your Money on Instead of March Madness

The average wager on a tourney bracket is $ 29, according to ESPN. Rather than toss that money into a bracket pool someone who doesn’t even watch hoops is going to win, consider these options that are much more likely to make your money grow.

1. Open a New Bank Account

Wish you could get a two-day head start on your bracket? Just think what you could do with that extra time to study the matchups. Honestly, probably not that much. But, if you could actually get your paycheck two days early, that would really be something. Hold on to your hightops, you actually can.

Chime is an online-only bank account that offers some unique features other banks haven’t caught on to yet.

Consider:

  • Chime doesn’t charge overdraft fees, monthly maintenance fees, foreign transaction fees or minimum balance fees.
  • Chime customers have access to thousands of fee-free MoneyPass ATMs around the country.
  • When you set your payroll up for direct deposit to your Chime spending account, your paycheck will post two days before payday, giving you more time to plan, save and pay the bills.
  • You can open an easy-to-access, connected savings account. It allows you to automate your savings with features like the round-up tool, which will round up your transactions to the nearest dollar and dump the change into savings.
  • Its mobile app boasts more than 2,000 five-star reviews, making managing money super accessible via iPhone or Android.
  • It has a “Pay Friends” feature, so you don’t have to mess with cash, math or other apps to split the bill.

Plus, it takes about five minutes to sign up. The bank verifies your personal information, takes note that you’re at least 18 or older, then you’re good to go. No opening deposit required.

Note that the biggest complaint is a lack of mobile check deposit, but Chime assures its customers the feature is coming soon.

For an account that’ll help you strike up savings — and that’ll pay you two days early — check out Chime.

2. Invest with Stash

Think $ 29 isn’t enough to invest? Do you also think free-throws don’t matter because they’re just one point? Come on, you know better than that.

It’s no brilliant secret that investing can be a smart way to grow your money.
Sometimes, though, it feels restricted to a few wealthy elite.
But Stash is different. This app lets you start investing with as little as $ 5 and for just a $ 1 monthly fee for balances under $ 5,000. (The first month is fee-free.)
Stash curates investments from professional fund managers and investors and lets you choose where to put your money. But it leaves the complicated investment terms out of it. You just choose from a set of simple portfolios reflecting your beliefs, interests and goals.
Bonus: Right now, The Penny Hoarder is teaming up with Stash to fund your first investment — so you’ll get a $ 5 bonus to get started!

3. Optimize Your 401(k) With Blooom

Sure, winning your office pool would be sweet. You’d get some cash (that you’d probably blow on a great night out. That’s cool.), and you’d have bragging rights for the next year. But what about those years down the line? Maybe you could use that $ 29 to build something lasting. Not just a one-year winner, but a dynasty!

Got a 401(k)? You’re on the right track.

Now, you just need to make sure it’s doing what you need it to. However, tapping into that account and deciphering the information — or lack thereof — can be hard.

There’s a robo-advisor for that. Blooom, an SEC-registered investment advisory firm, will optimize and monitor your 401(k) for you.

It gives you an initial 401(k) checkup for free, and you’ll get to know your account a little more intimately. Find out if you’re paying too many hidden fees, have the appropriate amount invested in stocks versus bonds, that kind of fun stuff.

After that, the tool is $ 10 a month to use to continue to monitor your retirement account. Let Blooom know your target retirement age, and it can help you get there by investing more and less aggressively.

It’s like having a personal trainer for your 401(k) to turn it into an elite performer.

4. Make a Difference Through Impact Investing

What if you could use your $ 29 to help create affordable housing, sustainable agriculture or even renewable energy? Oh yeah, you’ll also earn a return on investment while doing all of that.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not. It’s called impact investing.

Impact investing is a way of investing your money only in companies that strive to create positive change. But you’re not donating your money, you’re investing it to see a profitable return.

Even a few years ago, this was a concept only for those who could fork over tens of thousands of dollars. But with today’s technology, you can be part of the fun for as little as $ 20 with Calvert Impact Capital.

Investment gains with the warm fuzzies of helping make the world a better place? That feels as good as swishing a three-pointer at the buzzer for the win.

5. Earn Rewards When You Spend Your $ 29

What’s better than a chance to win money? A sure thing. No matter how strongly you feel that your bracket rocks and that Villanova is a lock to cut down the nets, it’s not a sure thing. Sorry.

Put your $ 29 where you know it can pay off.

Here’s an option we like: It’s the Chase Freedom Unlimited card. Its claim to fame? You’ll earn an unlimited 1.5% cash back on all your purchases. Plus, if you spend $ 500 in your first three months of opening the card (hi, groceries), you’ll pocket a $ 150 bonus.

There’s no annual fee, and the cash back rewards don’t expire. We checked Credible’s annual rewards calculator, and it estimates $ 417 in annual rewards based on our spending habits.* (You can enter your unique spending habits and see what you’d earn, too.)

Get signed up — and 0% intro APR for 15 months — here.

How’s that for a sure thing?

6. Buy a Thoughtful Gift for the Hipster in Your Life

Wait, is this really a better option than wagering your money on a bracket? Come on.

We all have a hipster or two in our lives, and let’s face it, they are great to have around. They know the coolest little places to grab a bite or a drink. They’re like that “hustle” guy who sits toward the end of the bench. Everybody needs one.

And boy, do they know how to save money. From used furniture to so-called vintage clothing, hipsters are masters at living on the cheap while living large.

If you have a hipster in your life, it pays to keep them happy. Why not spend a little to give them a cool gift that they’ll enjoy?

The next time you need a coffee table, they may just find an upcycled gem for next to nothing. It will pay off. Trust me.

Spend Responsibly

As we get set to tip off this year’s tourney, feel free to enjoy it. Just think carefully about wagering your money.

True Penny Hoarders don’t risk their money on the fadeaway jumper of a sophomore in college when they can put that money to work. Use your $ 29 wisely and wager something better, like the best parking spot at the office.

Now that’s a slam dunk.

*Annual Rewards amounts will change based on the amounts you enter. The monthly spending category names and definitions may vary among issuers, and categories may not align one-to-one.

The information for the Chase Freedom Unlimited card has been collected independently by The Penny Hoarder. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. The Penny Hoarder is a partner of Credible.

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. He’s secretly hoping for Iona to win it all. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.

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

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Reader A has a great question about dressing better than her boss — specifically, she wonders, must she carry a lower-end bag than what her boss carries, or would a work-appropriate designer bag be OK? Here’s her question:

I know the blog has discussed before if it’s appropriate for younger folks to have designer items in the office. Mine is similar… basically, do I have to stick to brands below what my boss has? It’s an ad agency. I’m in management, she’s VP. She makes double what I do. She carries a Kate Spade tote and lower-end Coach purse and acts ashamed of spending so much if anyone compliments her bags. Does that make it inappropriate or unwise for me to carry similar?

This reminds me of one of our earliest posts that kind of went viral: the intern who wanted to carry a Birkin bag. I still agree with my advice back then that if you carry a bag that starts at $ 8000 (and according to Bonkers Closets they go up to $ 300K) that it’s sending the wrong signal at the office, particularly if the main reason you’re carrying it is as a status symbol. (We’ve also discussed when “must” you carry a designer bag to work — and how to deal when your offensive client uses your designer bag to “joke” that he’s paying you too much. Ah yes, and how to deal when your boss tells you dress too well.)

Back to Reader A: Kate Spade and lower end Coach are in different ballparks than a Birkin. (In fact, I put them in tier 2 and 3 of our last discussion on how to upgrade your handbag collection.) When you’re starting to build your working wardrobe I think it’s a great idea to spend a bit of money on a bag that’s going to be durable and is exactly what you want. I think it’s a bad idea to purposely buy a cheap bag just so you don’t upstage your boss — you’ll need a new one in a few months, to say nothing of the ethical considerations of buying fast fashion. Don’t go into debt for a bag — and know your office (a diamond-encrusted Birkin is probably not appropriate for any office), but in general: buy what you want and don’t worry about it. If your boss specifically asks about it, you may want to brush it off with a comment like “thanks, I’d been saving for it for a while!” or “it was a killer sale!” — but even that is unnecessary.

Readers, what are your thoughts on designer bags and younger workers — what do you think of as work-appropriate designer bags? Would you advise someone against dressing better than your boss? 

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Last April, the Last Week Tonight host ran a lengthy segment on how the president’s son-in-law and his wife, Ivanka, are wildly unqualified for their positions as White House advisers and should not be seen as moderating influences on President Trump, concluding, “If they are the reason you are sleeping at night, you should probably still be awake.” Some months later, Oliver wished Kushner would be indicted by special prosecutor Robert Mueller in his ongoing Trump-Russia probe.

On Sunday night, while his late-night pal Jimmy Kimmel hosted the Academy Awards, Oliver dedicated a chunk of his HBO program to the past week of White House chaos, which “even by current White House standards was a mess.”

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Roger Bannister, the First Person to Run a Mile in Less Than 4 Minutes, Dies at 88

(LONDON) — It was a typical British afternoon in early May: wet, cool and blustery. Not exactly the ideal conditions for running four laps around a track faster than many thought humanly possible.

A lanky Oxford medical student named Roger Bannister looked up at the white-and-red English flag whipping in the wind atop a nearby church and figured he would have to call off the record attempt.

But then, shortly after 6 p.m. on May 6, 1954, the wind subsided. Bannister glanced up again and saw the flag fluttering oh-so gently. The race was on.

With two friends acting as pacemakers, Bannister churned around the cinder track four times. His long arms and legs pumping, his lungs gasping for air, he put on a furious kick over the final 300 yards and nearly collapsed as he crossed the finish line.

The announcer read out the time:

“3…”

The rest was drowned out by the roar of the crowd. The 3 was all that mattered.

Bannister had just become the first runner to break the mythical 4-minute barrier in the mile — a feat of speed and endurance that stands as one of the seminal sporting achievements of the 20th century.

The black-and-white image of Bannister, eyes closed, head back, mouth wide open, straining across the tape at Oxford’s Iffley Road track, endures as a defining snapshot of a transcendent moment in track and field history.

Bannister died peacefully in Oxford on Saturday at the age of 88. He was “surrounded by his family who were as loved by him, as he was loved by them,” the family said in a statement Sunday. “He banked his treasure in the hearts of his friends.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May remembered Bannister as a “British sporting icon whose achievements were an inspiration to us all. He will be greatly missed.”

Bannister’s time of 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds captured the world’s imagination and buoyed the spirits of Britons still suffering through post-war austerity.

“It’s amazing that more people have climbed Mount Everest than have broken the 4-minute mile,” Bannister said in an interview with The Associated Press in 2012.

Bannister followed up his 4-minute milestone a few months later by beating Australia’s John Landy in the “Miracle Mile” or “Mile of the Century” at the Empire Games in Vancouver, British Columbia with both men going under 4 minutes. Bannister regarded that as his greatest race because it came in a competitive championship against his fiercest rival.

While he will forever be remembered for his running, Bannister considered his long medical career in neurology as his life’s greatest accomplishment.

“My medical work has been my achievement and my family with 14 grandchildren,” he said. “Those are real achievements.”

The quest to break the 4-minute mile carried a special mystique. The numbers were easy for the public to grasp: 1 mile, 4 laps, 4 minutes.

When Sweden’s Gunder Hagg ran 4:01.4 in 1945, the chase was truly on. But, time and again, runners came up short. The 4-minute mark seemed like a brick wall that would never be toppled.

Bannister was undaunted.

“There was no logic in my mind that if you can run a mile in 4 minutes, 1 and 2/5ths, you can’t run it in 3:59,” he said. “I knew enough medicine and physiology to know it wasn’t a physical barrier, but I think it had become a psychological barrier.”

Bannister was born on March 23, 1929, in the London borough of Harrow. At the outbreak of World War II, the family moved to the city of Bath, where Bannister sometimes ran to and from school.

Bannister’s passion for running took off in 1945 when his father took him to a track meet at London’s White City Stadium, which was built to host the 1908 Olympics. They watched British middle-distance star Sydney Wooderson, who had emerged as a rival to the trio of Swedish runners who had taken the mile world record down close to the 4-minute mark.

“I made up my mind then when I got to Oxford, I would take up running seriously,” Bannister said.

As a first-year student on an academic scholarship at Oxford, Bannister caught his coaches’ attention while running as a pacemaker in a mile race on March 22, 1947. Instead of dropping out of the race as pacers normally do, he kept running and beat the field by 20 yards.

“I knew from this day that I could develop this newfound ability,” he reflected in later life.

With the 1948 London Olympics approaching, Bannister was running mile times of around 4:10. The 19-year-old was selected as a “possible” for the British Olympic team, but decided he wasn’t ready and focused on preparing for the 1952 Helsinki Games.

By then, Bannister was a full-time medical student and had to juggle his studies with his training. By modern standards, his daily half-hour workout was remarkably light.

Bannister was considered the favorite for the Helsinki gold in the 1,500 meters — the shorter metric mile distance run in the Olympics. Just before the games, he learned that organizers had added an extra round of heats, meaning he would have to run on three consecutive days.

With his rhythm thrown off, Bannister finished fourth in a final won by Josy Barthel of Luxembourg.

Had he won Olympic gold that day, Bannister almost certainly would have retired. But, criticized by the British media and disappointed in his own performance, he decided to keep running, dedicating himself to beating the 4-minute mile and winning gold at the ’54 Empire Games.

By 1954, Hagg’s record mile time had stood for nine years. Bannister, Landy and American miler Wes Santee were all threatening to break the mark and it became a matter of who would get there first.

“As it became clear that somebody was going to do it, I felt that I would prefer it to be me,” Bannister said in an AP interview.

He also wanted to deliver something special for his country.

“I thought it would be right for Britain to try to get this,” Bannister said in 2012. “There was a feeling of patriotism. Our new queen had been crowned the year before, Everest had been climbed in 1953. Although I tried in 1953, I broke the British record, but not the 4-minute mile, and so everything was ready in 1954.”

Bannister scheduled his attempt for May 6 during a meet between Oxford and the Amateur Athletic Union. He started the day at the St. Mary’s Hospital lab in London, where he sharpened his spikes and rubbed graphite on them so they wouldn’t pick up too much of the track’s cinder ash. He took a midmorning train from Paddington Station to Oxford.

The weather was dank and miserable. Bannister’s Austrian coach, Franz Stampfl, told him this might be his best chance. When the flag started to billow gently, he decided it was now or never.

“I calculated there’s a 50-50 chance of my doing it,” Bannister recalled. “I said, ‘If there’s a 50-50 chance and I don’t take it, I may never get another chance to beat Landy to it.’ So I said, ‘Let’s do it.’”

Bannister had lined up English runners Chris Brasher and Chris Chataway as pacemakers. Brasher, a steeplechaser, ran the first lap in 58 seconds and the first half-mile in 1:58. Chataway moved to the front and took them through three laps in 3:01. Bannister would have to run the final lap in 59 seconds.

He surged in front of Chataway with about 300 yards to go.

“The world seemed to stand still, or did not exist,” Bannister wrote in his book “The First Four Minutes.” ”The only reality was the next 200 yards of track under my feet. The tape meant finality — extinction perhaps. I felt at that moment that it was my chance to do one thing supremely well. I drove on, impelled by a combination of fear and pride.”

Bannister crossed the line and slumped into the arms of a friend, barely conscious. The chief timekeeper was Harold Abrahams, the 100-meter champion at the 1924 Paris Olympics whose story inspired the film “Chariots of Fire.” He handed a piece of paper to Norris McWhirter, who announced the time.

The record lasted just 46 days. Landy ran 3:57.9 in Turku, Finland, on June 21, 1954. (The current record stands at 3:43.13, held by Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj since 1999.)

That set the stage for the head-to-head showdown between Bannister and Landy on Aug. 7, 1954, at the Empire Games, now called the Commonwealth Games, in Vancouver.

Always a front-runner, Landy set a fast pace, leading by as much as 15 yards before Bannister caught up as the bell rang for the final lap. When the Australian glanced over his left shoulder on the final bend to check where Bannister was, the Englishman raced past him on the right and won by about four yards in 3:58.8. Landy clocked 3:59, the first time two men had run under 4 minutes in the same race.

Bannister capped his amazing year by winning the 1,500 meters at the European championships in Bern, Switzerland, in 3:43.8, his third major achievement in the span of a few months.

“Each one proved something different,” he said. “Each one was necessary.”

Sebastian Coe, president of the IAAF, the athletics governing body, said Bannister’s death represented a “day of intense sadness both for our nation and for all of us in athletics.”

Coe ran a mile in a then-world record time of 3 minutes, 47.33 seconds in 1981, between winning gold medals at 1,500 meters at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics.

“There is not a single athlete of my generation who was not inspired by Roger and his achievements both on and off the track,” the Briton tweeted Sunday.

Bannister, who was chosen Sports Illustrated’s first Sportsman of the Year in 1954, retired from competition and pursued a full-time career in neurology. As chairman of Britain’s Sports Council between 1971 and 1974, he developed the first test for anabolic steroids.

Bannister also served as master of Oxford’s Pembroke College from 1985-93. In 2012, he edited the ninth edition of a textbook on nervous-system disease and said his most treasured trophy was the lifetime achievement award he received in 2005 from the American Academy of Neurology. He was knighted for his medical work in 1975.

“I wouldn’t claim to have made any great discoveries, but at any rate I satisfactorily inched forward in our knowledge of a particular aspect of medicine,” he said. “I’m far more content with that than I am about any of the running I did earlier.”

Bannister was slowed in later years by Parkinson’s, a neurological condition that fell under his medical specialty.

His right ankle was shattered in a car accident in 1975, and he had been unable to run since then. In his late life, he walked with crutches inside his home and used a wheelchair outdoors.

Bannister made several public appearances as part of the 2012 London Olympics. He carried the flame on the Oxford track where he broke the 4-minute mile during the torch relay and attended the final of the men’s and women’s 1,500 meters at the games.

“I feel I never really left,” he told the AP as he watched the action in the Olympic Stadium.

Bannister married Moyra Jacobsson, an artist, in 1955. They had two sons and two daughters and lived in a modest home only minutes away from the track where he made history.

Brasher, who founded the London Marathon, died in 2003 at the age of 74. Chataway died in 2014 at 82.

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I enjoy pizza as much as every other millennial out there. What I don’t love, though? Paying $ 14 — not including taxes or delivery — for a large cheese pizza from a generic chain that may or may not rhyme with Papa Yawns.

If I want to splurge for pepperoni? Add another $ 2. Throw some veggies on that pie, and well, the amount of dough just keeps rising. (Pun 100% intended.)

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Even if you don’t apply these savings, the ingredients, listed below, will still ring up at just 92 cents a serving.

Personalizable Crescent Pizza Rolls

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Ready?!

Ingredients

  • 1 tube Pillsbury Crescents dinner rolls
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • Shredded cheese (any variety, as much or as little as you’d like)
  • Any toppings, including pepperoni, sausage, ham, pineapple, peppers, black olives — or all of the above… or none of the above, if you’re picky…

Total, excluding toppings: $ 7.37

Servings: 8

Cost per serving: 92 cents

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 375 F. Pop the tube of dough, and separate the individual triangles. You’ll want to pat these out a little — more surface area means more room for fillings.

Place your desired cheese and toppings on the short end of the triangle. Don’t get too crazy here, as you’ll end up with a mess and a half. Also, leave the sauce out. Trust me when I say it gets really messy when you try to add that, so simply use it as a dipping sauce later.

Roll the crescents up, starting from the shortest side of the triangle. Set the rolls on your cookie sheet point side down, then bake for 10 to 14 minutes.

Once you’re ready to eat, pour some tomato sauce for dippin’. Enjoy!

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See? Homemade pizza is just as easy as takeout — at a fraction of the cost.

Plus, the whole personalizable option is perfect for families full of picky kids (or a picky spouse).

If you’re into the crescents, we’ve got more where that came from. Here are five more crescent roll recipes — all under $ 2 per serving.

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Admittedly, she’s not the best cook, but these were a pizza cake… or should she say… pie. (Sorry, she’s also cheesy.) (OK, seriously. She’s done now.)

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

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‘Old School’ turns 15 this month, so we dug up some things about the frat house classic that’ll get you kicked off campus! So unless you’re a crusty old dean, here are 7 things you didn’t know about ‘Old School’… probably.

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In the first new episode of The Daily Show since the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Trevor Noah admitted that he’s an “idiot” when it comes to guns.

“Even though these shootings are happening more and more frequently, I refuse to get used to it and refuse to accept the idea that nothing can be done,” Noah said. “My first instinct is to talk about limiting guns, but I’m an idiot. I get it. You know, in my dumb mind, I keep thinking gun violence is somehow related to guns.”

“Now if you told someone that they had to solve gun violence but they couldn’t talk about guns, most people would be like, well, then, there’s nothing I can do,” he said of those who claim it’s “too soon” to talk about limiting access to guns. “But most people are not Fox News. Because over the last few days, Fox showed us that once you remove the obvious solution, you have no choice but to get creative.”

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Amid reports that Apple has opted to cut iPhone X production for the current quarter, Nikkei Asian Review reports that Apple’s decision has left Samsung scrambling to find new customers for its OLED panels. While a scale-back in iPhone production is normal as Apple transitions from the busy holiday quarter to the relatively uneventful March quarter, there are rumblings that underwhelming demand for the iPhone X has led to more drastic reduction in production than anticipated.

In the build-up to the iPhone X launch, many analysts anticipated that the device would usher in a super-cycle of upgrades. In turn, Samsung ramped up its OLED production to meet what was expected to be staggering demand. With things playing out a bit differently, Samsung — for the time being — now finds itself stuck with an abundance of OLED panels with no buyers capable of picking up the slack.

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More Than a Best Friend: Include These Items in Your Dog Adoption Budget


Adopting a new dog is not a financial endeavor to be taken lightly. For one of my dogs, I’ve spent roughly $ 10,000 over the course of its life and was admittedly not prepared for some of the expenses when I first rescued him when I was 21 years old.

If you are sure you can afford to adopt a new dog (beyond just the adoption fees) and you’ve found the perfect pooch for your family, you should purchase and stock a number of items in your house before picking up your new four-legged friend from the shelter.

But what all should you purchase? What things can you skip out on? And how much will it cost? I spoke with Phyllis Stewart, longtime volunteer at Franklin County Dog Shelter (FCDS) in Columbus, Ohio, to learn more.

Dog Crates

The most important item for a new dog is a crate,” Stewart says. “It can be purchased new, used or borrowed, as it may not be needed for a long time. A crate will aid in house-training, sleeping overnight, possible separation anxiety and keeping the dog and your house safe when you are not home.”

If borrowed, the crate would cost nothing. On the flip side, I spent $ 150 on a cage for my 150-pound Great Dane.

However, you don’t need to purchase a bed for the crate right away..

“I usually suggest that new adopters wait to purchase a dog bed until they know if the dog is a chewer or shredder,” says Stewart. “Use old towels and blankets in the crate until settled in.”

Total Cost: $ 0 – $ 150

Food

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You should also have food ready before bringing your new dog home. But there’s no sense in paying top dollar for the super fancy stuff.

Don’t buy cheap food, but expensive specialty food is not needed either, unless your veterinarian recommends for medical reasons,” says Stewart. “Buy a good mid-range food in a puppy variety if the dog is under eight months old.”

Food costs will depend on the size of the bag (the larger the bag, the more expensive, but also the more value per pound) and the brand. Daily Treat’s research on the best deals for mid-range grain-free dog food found that Purina Beneful Grain Free is the best deal. You’ll spend $ 14 for a 12.5-pound bag on Amazon.

You’ll also need bowls for eating and drinking.

“Heavy ceramic bowls are good for water because they don’t tip easily,” says Stewart.

A suitable set is available on Amazon for $ 22.

Stewart also says treats are great for training. Have a bag ready at your home for the first lesson. You can find this at your local pet store for around $ 5 (or just make your own at home).

Total Cost: $ 41

Pet Care

Stewart recommends having a grooming brush ready at home, as you’ll want to give your dog a bath soon after adoption.

She says oft bristles are good for short coats to massage the dog’s skin and distribute oils for a shiny coat, and brushes with long metal bristles are good for dogs with long coats, to prevent matting.You can find dog brushes on Amazon for under $ 10.

Other care items to have ready include nail clippers ($ 10 pair) and shampoo ($ 6 bottle). For clippers, Stewart recommends the scissor kind instead of the guillotine style, but if you’re uncomfortable doing the trimming yourself, anticipate a monthly or bimonthly cost of around $ 10 to $ 15 for a groomer to take care of it.

Total Cost: $ 26

Toys and Miscellaneous

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Toys are important to welcome your dog into your home upon its arrival. Stewart recommends paying for quality here, as well-made toys last much longer and will save you in the long run. Suggested toys include Kongs for treat dispensing ($ 10), Nylabones ($ 9) and knotted rope toys ($ 9).

Use two balls to train during fetch: The dog only gets ball number two if it successfully retrieves and returns ball number one. No need to buy anything special: Just use tennis balls you likely have lying around the house.

As for the collar and leash, that might be one set of expenses you can avoid. Many shelters, such as the one at which Stewart volunteers, offer these with the adoption.

“I would recommend that an adopter ask their shelter if they need to provide one and what size is needed,” says Stewart.

If you do need to provide your own, you’ll spend roughly $ 20 on the set.

Total Cost: $ 28 – $ 48

Total Expenses — And Some Discounts

After the cost of the initial adoption, you will likely need to spend $ 95 to $ 265 to have your house ready for your new furry friend. Keep in mind, however, that the size of your dog (and whether it is a puppy or an adult) can either help cut costs — or raise them.

There are, however, other options to reduce your initial costs.

For example, Stewart also acts as a trustee at Friends of the Shelter, a nonprofit that raises funds for medical care of dogs at the shelter she volunteers at. This nonprofit organizes a Shelter Shop that sells donated items to new adopters at discounted prices — and donors can deduct those donations on their taxes. Ask your local shelters if they have similar programs.

You can also turn to friends and family (and other social media acquaintances) for hand-me-downs. Pet guardians are generally happy to pass along crates their dogs have outgrown or fresh bags of food their dog suddenly grew tired of.

Other Adoption Advice

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Beyond a shopping list, Stewart offered some additional advice to first-time adopters welcoming a dog home.

Consider adopting at a time when someone will be home for the first day or two,” she says. “It will help them relax and get used to the home before being left alone.”

She adds, “Keep the first few weeks quiet, establish a routine and keep strangers to a minimum. Never allow unsupervised interactions with young children.”

This is especially true as you are getting to know the behaviors of your new dog.

If you have other pets, Stewart offers this advice: “Bring your pets to meet the new dog before adoption. Have someone help you take the dogs on a long walk together before entering the home. Allow a decompression period before allowing direct interactions in the home.”

Finally, she says, “Newly adopted dogs are often lost when they dash past you at the front door. Put the dog on a leash or in the crate when leaving or entering the house, and begin teaching the dog to ‘wait’ whenever the door is being opened.”

If you are not confident as a trainer, add classes to your expenses. Training is crucial to the safety of your dog and to ensuring good behavior throughout its lifetime.

Finally, schedule a vet appointment shortly after adoption. Call around to get price quotes, but more importantly, read reviews of local veterinarians. You’ll want an affordable one, but also one who will make you and your dog feel comfortable.

Timothy Moore is a proud doggy daddy to two rescues — Greyson and Clyde. When he is not cleaning out Greyson’s ears or playing tug-of-war with Clyde, Timothy is usually reading, writing, editing or drinking a beer.

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

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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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