Tragic: Husband Finds Wife and Her Mechanic Lover Both Dead from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After They Had Sex in the Garage [Video]

A New Jersey man came home Monday night to find both his wife and her lover dead in the garage.

The two died of carbon monoxide poisoning while having sex.

via People:

Kahali Johnson said he returned home that night and smelled a strong odor coming from the garage of his apartment, according to WABC. So, he went to investigate, WABC reported.

In the garage, Johnson said he found his wife, Tameka Hargrave, and their mechanic near a running vehicle.

“As I tried to step to open the last garage door, I see the mechanic, he’s laid out,” Johnson told the station. “She’s just a few feet away, she’s laid out. And pretty much I had to call 911 because, at this time, with that level of emissions, I knew that they were gone.”

Sources told KXAS that Hargrave, 39, and the unnamed mechanic, 59, were allegedly having sex in the car when they succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning. Law enforcement sources reportedly told the station that Hargrave had allegedly been having sex with the mechanic in exchange for his car work.

The Newark Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene and police said the deaths appeared to be accidental, NJ.com reported. Newark Fire Division evacuated the building, and one person was taken to a local hospital, according to the publication.

As for Johnson, the grieving husband told WABC that he blames the apartment complex.

“Basically she died because of carbon monoxide,” Johnson said. “They do not have adequate alarm systems, because if there had been an alarm in that garage, people would have been alerted to the fact that it was going on.”

Sad.

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Selena Gomez’s Mom Shares Video of the Singer as a Sassy 5-Year-Old: ‘Why Do They Grow Up?’

Selena Gomez‘s mother, Mandy Teefey, just shared a major throwback from the “Wolves” singer’s childhood.

Teefey, 42, shared an adorable video of the pop star, 25, from 1997 when the singer was just 5 years old. In the video, Gomez, wearing two pigtails, is seen showing off her sass as she talked to her mother on the phone and complained about homework.

@selenagomez talking to me on the phone when I was at work asking about her day at school,” Teefey wrote in the caption. “My sassy, independent, boss lady, adorable gigantic piece of my heart, first born love.”

“Gracie is exactly like this. Diabolical. XO,” the mother of two continued, referring to her second daughter, 5-year-old Gracie Elliot. “My girls are born leaders. Why do they grow up? Her sweet little eyes and massive eyelashes.”

In the footage, Gomez tells her mother about a homework assignment she had to do again at her teacher’s request.

“My teacher said I gotta do all this stuff again. I gotta do it by myself,” the tot said in the video. “I’m going crazy, you gotta help me over here! You better girl.”

Gomez’s father is Ricardo Joel Gomez. Teefey and Ricardo are divorced and Teffey married Brian Teefey in 2006 and shares Gracie Elliot with him.

In December, a source close to the family told PEOPLE the two had become estranged and not just because of Gomez’s then-reunion with Justin Bieber.

“It’s more complicated than just fighting over a guy,” the source said. “Mandy and Selena have had their ups and downs before. This isn’t the first time.”

While the two weren’t speaking, the insider said Gomez “also wants to give her mom some space.”

“When they fight, they fight hard,” the source said. “But when they love, they also love hard.”

Gomez reunited with Bieber last year and spent New Year’s with the “Sorry” singer in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico after she split with The Weeknd (née Abel Tesfaye) in October.

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A source told PEOPLE at the time that the two were “doing great.”

Weeks later, Teefey admitted she was “not happy” about her daughter’s rekindled romance with Bieber during an interview with Gossip Cop.

She also revealed she had not spoken to Bieber in “years,” although she said she knew Gomez was old enough to “make her own choices.”

“Selena can live her life however she wants as long a she is happy, safe and healthy,” Teefey said. “She is 25-years-old and knows what is at stake with her health.”

But it seems mom knows best, as Gomez and Beiber’s relationship did not last. And now, not only has the Baby singer reunited with former-ex Hailey Baldwin, this week he proposed to her.


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Phaedra Parks just posted a photo featuring herself looking amazing on her social media account. Her fans praised her look, and they had some other things in mind as well. Check out her post below and read some of their comments.

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Adam Lambert joined Queen because they felt like a “safe space”

OHMYGOSSIP — Adam Lambert joined Queen because they felt like a “safe space”.
The 36-year-old singer has been performing vocals for the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ group on tour since 2012 and he took the decision to go out on the road with the British rockers because of the criticism he was receiving for his flamboyant persona.
He explained: “I needed an outlet for me that wasn’t judging. I needed to be in a safe space that didn’t say to me: ‘Don’t do that, people won’t like that.’
“Now there’s an audience for me being exactly who I am. There’s permission given.”
The former ‘American Idol’ contestant admitted his early shows with the band were “a mindf**k” and he never expected to still be touring with them now.
He told The Guardian newspaper: “I’ve figured out how to make those songs work for me. I’m not playing a part, I’m interpreting them from my viewpoint and a lot of what Freddie [Mercury] was exploring is stuff I’m exploring.”
Adam doesn’t think performing with Queen has sidelined his own solo career but he’s trying to figure out how his “different worlds” can exist alongside one another.
Asked if he thinks his solo career has been sidelined, he said: “No. No. I think I’ve managed to balance it. It’s two different worlds and two different ideas, but right now, I’m trying to get them to coexist.”
The ‘Ghost Town’ singer praised flamboyant late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury – who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991 – for being “ahead of his time” and has discussed a lot with bandmates Roger Taylor and Brian May how proud the ‘Under Pressure’ singer would have been of the way sexuality is much more open in the mainstream music industry now.
He said: “Roger was like, ‘I think he would be really open and upfront about it, because that’s what he was like to all of us.’
“[His sexuality] was just taboo in the media. But he was very matter of fact once he’d come to terms with it. And from what I have ascertained, he was fully bisexual. He was dabbling everywhere. I think he was ahead of his time.”
Adam is proud to be open about his own homosexuality and embraces the “responsibility” of being a role model.
He said: “I didn’t get into this to be a role model, but then slowly I realised it was a responsibility I wanted. There’s so much good that can come from being a leader and being open.”

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Democrats Want to Fight Trump’s Supreme Court Pick. They Just Have No Power to Do It.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday vowed to hold a vote on Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s successor this fall, setting up a contentious political battle ahead of the critical midterm elections.

But while Democrats insisted that Kennedy’s replacement should not be considered until after voters have their say in November, many members of the party acknowledged the ominous political reality they now confront. Democrats are powerless to stop President Donald Trump from getting his second justice on the nation’s highest court.

“They hold all the cards,” said Jim Manley, a top aide to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). “There’s not really anything left to say.”

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On June 6, 1998, Sex and the City premiered on HBO.

Twenty years later, I learned that someone I work with self-identifies as Berger, the man who infamously dumped Carrie Bradshaw via post-coital Post-it note. I also learned that you shouldn’t ask your entire office which Sex and the City character they are unless you want to be completely mystified by the people you work with every day and start to question if you can ever really know anyone at all.

I couldn’t help but wonder, in this year of our future governor Cynthia Nixon 2018, why people weren’t more ashamed to out themselves as a Carrie. And to my co-workers who did not respond to me, or simply responded with the name of the character a BuzzFeed quiz assigned them, in the immortal words of Kim Cattrall: “We’ve never been friends. We’ve been colleagues.”

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White House Says Philadelphia Eagles ‘Unable’ to Attend Super Bowl Celebration Because They ‘Disagree’ With Trump on the National Anthem

A newly released statement by the White House on Tuesday says that the full Philadelphia Eagles team is “unable” to attend the White House celebration honoring their Super Bowl LII win over the New England Patriots.

The statement says that the Eagles “disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem,” and that the 1,000 fans who are planning to attend the event “deserve better.”

Championship NFL teams traditionally visit the White House for an annual event honoring their Super Bowl win. But this year the on-going controversy over whether NFL players can kneel during the National Anthem has engulfed the league in a political firestorm.

A national debate about athletes standing during the anthem began last year when former San Francisco 49’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick became the first NFL athlete to kneel during the anthem to protest the treatment of racial minorities in the U.S. Kapernick’s gesture started a movement that saw other NFL players and athletes begin to kneel as well.

President Donald Trump has previously expressed his disdain towards athletes who kneel during the anthem, tweeting about it numerous times, but the White House celebration for the Eagles was scheduled as usual.

The controversy was reignited again in May, when the NFL announced its decision to fine teams if players choose to kneel during the anthem, a move that the NFL Players Association has said it will challenge.

Some Eagles players had already said they would skip the White House celebration, citing the president’s vocal criticism of players who choose to kneel. The players who originally declined to attend are Malcom Jenkins, Torrey Smith and Chris Long.

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Asia’h Epperson, One of the Actresses Arrested at Houston’s, Says They Never Received a Warning Before Security Got Physical [Video]

Asia’h Epperson, one of the 3 women whose arrests at an Atlanta Houston’s are causing nationa loutrage, says the restaurant’s version of events is a lie.

She says that security never issued warnings to the ladies before things to physical and that the restaurant staff gladly let them use the restroom prior to the incident.

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Asia’h already has a lawyer, and it sounds like a lawsuit’s in the offing. She also reacted to T.I. saying he’s going Malcolm X on Houston’s, and wants to shut down the whole chain.

As she put it … he’s battled the restaurant before and won.

Watch her speak on it below.

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The New Characters in ’13 Reasons Why’ Season 2 and the Impact They Could Make

Here’s the lowdown on the new characters you can expect to see in the new season of 13 Reasons Why, and how they could affect the show as it looks back at Hannah’s story.

Chloe

Chloe enters the show associated with rapist Bryce Walker. The latest trailer suggests she could be his girlfriend. She’s head cheerleader and tries to befriend Jessica, one of Bryce’s victims in Season 1, recruiting her into the cheerleading squad.

Actress Anne Winters, who plays Chloe, told Pop Sugar that her character will cause “a bit of drama” and that she fits a “mean girl” stereotype.

She also said: “It’s funny because I always forget that all the episodes that we filmed are going to come out at the same time. So, in my head I’ve been thinking throughout the season people might have a different opinion of me, but if people binge-watch it then I feel like people will see the entirety of my character throughout the whole season in a day or two.”

This suggests that our attitude to Chloe will change as the season progresses. Could something happen to make us change our minds about her?

Nina


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Samantha Logan, seen here in Teen Wolf, joins the cast as track star Nina Jones.

New addition Nina is played by Samantha Logan who previously appeared in Teen Wolf. She’s on the school athletics team but there’s more to her than meets the eye. Will she reveal her secret and could it affect proceedings? A track star, she could well cross paths with cheerleaders Chloe and Jess.

Cyrus


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Bryce Cass as Cyrus in 13 Reasons Why.

Cyrus is a punk-loving outsider at Liberty High who befriends fellow outcast, amateur photographer Tyler Down. Played by Bryce Cass, Cyrus is out to make mischief at the same time as acting as an advocate for the downtrodden. Will Cyrus help or hinder a new Tyler who seems to have developed a penchant for guns, as seen at the end of Season 1?

Mackenzie


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Chelsea Alden plays Mackenzie, sister to fellow newcomer Cyrus, in the new season.

Cyrus’s sister, Mackenzie is a young woman who plays by her own rules. Confident and forthright, she’s sharp and funny. She’s played by Chelsea Alden who you might know from American Horror Story: Roanoke. Her story will most likely tie in with her brother Cyrus and his new pal Tyler.

Barry and Nora Walker


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Jake Weber and Brenda Strong play Bryce’s parents.

Season 2 introduces us to Bryce’s parents. There’s something off about this pair – who could give us an insight into why Bryce is the way he is. Barry, played by Jake Weber, earns a lot of money as a hedge fund manager, but his ethics seem questionable. Nora, meanwhile, played by Brenda Strong, is a woman who seems — on the surface anyway – pretty ruthless and intent on keeping up appearances. But how might she feel if she learns the truth about her rapist son? If Bryce ends up facing the consequences of his actions, plenty should be revealed about these two characters.

Justin Prentice, who plays Bryce, told Refinery 29: “I think [entitlement] is a part of who Bryce is, who Bryce’s father is and the background that he comes from. When you’re a part of a power family, in their eyes anyway, you’ve gotta do what you need to do to reach the top and stay on top.”

Caleb


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RJ Brown plays Caleb.

Played by RJ Brown, Caleb is Tony’s boxing trainer, and is a fiercely competitive but also gentle and understanding. He helps Tony process his anger issues. Could the two become confidantes, or closer?

Sonya


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Terra Nova's Allison Miller plays lawyer Sonya.

Joining Wilson Cruz’s Dennis in the courtroom is Allison Miller’s Sonya. She’s an ambitious lawyer who is wily and clever – and could bring Bryce to justice.

Rick


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Designated Survivor's Ben Lawson plays sports coach Rick.

Played by Ben Lawson, Rick is the school baseball coach. He’s a sports teacher dedicated to supporting and protecting his rising baseball stars. The Australian actor, who had a long-running role in Aussie soap Neighbours, has appeared in a number of high-profile TV series including Billions, Grimm, Modern Family and Designated Survivor.

Carolyn


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Alex's mum makes an appearance this season.

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Jackie


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Jackie provides support for Hannah's mum.

An advocate for victims of bullying, Jackie, played by Kelli O’Hara, becomes involved in the Bakers’ legal case against the school, lending her support and counsel to Hannah’s mother.

13 Reasons Why Season 2 hits Netflix on May 18.

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There’s nothing like a mother’s love, and these stars will be the first to tell you that the love, support and dedication they’ve received from mommy dearest got them through their toughest times, and ultimately, made them who they are. Celebrate Mother’s Day by checking out stars such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Michael B. Jordan and […]

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‘Riverdale’ Finally Revealed the Black Hood – or Did They?

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from the Riverdale episode “Chapter 34: Judgement Night.” Proceed with caution.

It’s taken all season, but the Black Hood finally revealed himself on Riverdale. The killer — the self-proclaimed purger of sinners — is none other than Hal Cooper. That’s right, Betty’s dad is the Black Hood. If that doesn’t sound quite right to you it doesn’t sound quite right to us either. Let’s jump into what happened this week and what it could mean about the true identity of the Black Hood.

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During “Chapter 34: Judgement Night,” Hal Cooper confessed to being the Black Hood. He showed Alice and Betty a “home movie” of his mother telling him to keep the Conway boy from telling the police that his father had actually killed the Conway family. It was a sickening reveal that left Betty and Alice pretty shook.

Hal said that his grandfather and father both had “dark sides,” dark sides that he and Betty both shared. Even though Betty was suspicious of her father, she didn’t seem convinced that he actually was a killer. Hal said that he was, but he didn’t go into any details besides calling people sinners.

Alice also didn’t believe him, especially when he sinned with Cheryl’s mom in her brothel. How can he be so convinced to take the lives of sinners when he was sinning? Betty and Alice did take him down though, with a fireplace shovel. Sheriff Keller returned to duty to arrest Hal and he was driven away.

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While Hal seemed convinced that he was carrying on his father’s legacy in killing Ms. Grundy, Midge, and more, he couldn’t explain who the shooter was at the Carrie, the Musical. When Archie showed up at Betty’s house, he was shocked to learn that Hal confessed because a masked man had just shot his dad, again, just an hour before.

We smell another red herring! Riverdale served up a fake Black Hood during the winter finale — remember Joseph Svenson AKA Mr. Conway — the school janitor? He was shot and killed by Sheriff Keller for being the Black Hood. Now Hal is confessing to being the Black Hood but how could he be if he was home while Archie was wrestling with his dad’s shooter?

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Based on the very leggy takedown of Archie by the masked assailant, our money is on Hiram Lodge being the second Hood. Remember how Archie and Hiram wrestled early on in the season? What if this is a clue to Hood #2’s fighting style? Sure, it would be hard for Hiram to be paying off the Snake Charmer and assaulting Fred and Archie on the same evening, but based on his “October Surprise” it seems like he has the most motive to shoot Fred in the first place.

Also, the Black Hood showed up just as Hiram was getting released from prison. What if the Black Hood was a criminal character he invented and sent to Riverdale to cause chaos and bring forth the need for a prison? We know that Hiram has been paying Red Circle/Dark Circle boys to go to war with the Serpents. We also know that he brought Penny Peabody and the Ghoulies back to Riverdale to get the Serpents out. He is clearly the mastermind behind A LOT of nefarious plots this season, why not the serial killer too?

What do you think? Is Hal Cooper the real Black Hood? Or is he being paid to cover for someone, someone with a reputation and pockets as deep as Hiram Lodge’s?

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“It’s just been crazy,” says Michael Avenatti.

Over the past week, Stormy Daniels’ sound bite-dropping lawyer has made dozens of appearances on cable news—and one on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert—responding to the various developments in their case against President Donald Trump and his fixer Michael Cohen.

The media escalation began on Wednesday, when Rudy Giuliani, a member of Trump’s legal team for all of two weeks, made an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program. There Giuliani, appearing slightly manic, claimed that Cohen “funneled” the $ 130,000 hush payment to Stormy Daniels “through a law firm” and that “the president repaid it.” He further divulged that Cohen was reimbursed for the funds via a $ 35,000 monthly retainer. Giuliani’s assertions ran contrary to statements made by both Trump and Cohen alleging that the president was unaware of the payoff to Daniels in the final weeks of the election—one that some legal experts argue qualifies as an illegal campaign contribution.

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Words can sometimes hurt you but they can heal you too

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My 3-year-old son, about to snuggle on my lap, stopped short and stared at my face.

“What happened?” he said.

He pointed at a blemish on my cheek, and it was the tiniest thing, hardly there at all. I’m not even being vain when I say that. I had to squint to see it for myself in the mirror.

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“That owie on your face,” my son said. “Are you okay?”

I told him I was fine, but he pressed me.

“Did I do it?”

“Make this spot on my face? No, baby!” I laughed. “Why would you ever think that?”

“Did I do it when I yelled at you?”

The pureness of that moment almost made me gasp. Of course he thought that words could physically wound. Don’t they feel like they could?

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I remember so many words from childhood as if they’ve been burned into my flesh. Every time someone cracked on my appearance, made a negative comment about my personality, or wielded words like, “dumb” and “bossy,” it felt as though I took them into my body. Like I made them a part of me. They sting long after the initial bite.

That might be why I was rubbed particularly raw yesterday when a loved one said something negative to my son. The person called my child a name — actually an expletive and a name — for the minor crime of jumping on a couch. Saying those words crossed a line, and it’s as unacceptable as raising a hand to a child.

I probably should have used it as a teachable moment, reminding my son that words don’t leave a mark — not like the one on my face — yet they do hurt, and we should be careful how we use them and be mindful of the power we give to them.

But I didn’t. My son is young enough that he will probably forget the incident. He cried, I comforted him, and hopefully that was the end.

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There’s also a part of me that believes my child understands more about life than I do, and he should be the one turning these lived experiences into teachable moments for me.

See, if he exists in a world where words have the power to physically wound, he must also realize their potential to bandage.

The other day, after poking my cheek, my son crinkled his nose and examined my face again. He leaned in and put one eye so close to me, I could practically feel the sweep of his eyelashes as he blinked. Then he pulled back to see the full picture of my face.

“It doesn’t matter,” he finally decided. “You are wonderful, mommy.”

How did you teach your child that words hurt?

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How to Get Your $20 Live Nation Concert Tickets Before They Run Out


While we can’t buy a stairway to heaven, we can buy a ticket for one of the best nights of our lives.

Live Nation will offer $ 20 tickets to hundreds of shows this summer in honor of National Concert Week from April 30 to May 8.

You heard that right — $ 20. All in.

One low price to see Alan Jackson, Beck, Bon Jovi, Halsey, Imagine Dragons, Lauryn Hill, Luis Miguel, Paramore, Shakira, The Smashing Pumpkins, Backstreet Boys and dozens more.

Time to put your wallets up in the air and wave ‘em like you just don’t care.

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Don’t start rocking out just yet.

While Live Nation has said it will offer $ 20 all-in tickets on loads of shows, there will be a limited number of tickets, and not all artist concert dates will have the $ 20 special pricing.

QUIT PLAYING GAMES WITH MY HEART, LIVE NATION.

Looks like you won’t know if you’ll be able to see your celebrity crush in the flesh for the low price of $ 20 — I’m looking at you, Joe Biden and Janet Jackson  — until the tickets become available at 8 a.m. local time on April 30.

If your tour stop makes the list, all you have to do is select the date and choose the $ 20 ticket option. Here’s to hoping!

However, the fine print says that ticket delivery and print-at-home fees are not included in the $ 20. Eye roll.

On top of that, the even finer print states that all tickets are subject to Live Nation’s purchase policy, which means they can totally add in processing fees if they want, despite the “$ 20 All-in” marketing campaign. Double eye roll.

As annoying as these gotchas might be, I’m super stoked that those on a budget will get an opportunity to see some big-name acts that would have been too expensive otherwise.

With this deal, you might be able to see three shows for the normal price of one. I’ll mosh to that.

And if you’re not a big music buff, the offer extends to other special shows like magician David Blaine, comedian Kevin Hart and did I mention former Vice President Joe Biden?

The weeklong concert promotion ends at 11:59 p.m. local time May 8.

I already put in a calendar reminder for Monday morning, ‘cause I can’t keep Joe and Janet waiting any longer.

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They Are Wearing: Beychella 2018

Bow down to the Queen. Beyoncé ruled Coachella Weekend Two just as she did Weekend One, but this time the BeyHive came prepared with a strong fashion game, having seen the history-making, Balmain-filled filled show (it was hard to miss, even if you weren’t there).
While the yellow football jerseys and marching band garb were switched to pink versions for the second show, the fields at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., were still dotted with shades of gold as most fans chose to wear the color in honor of the Queen Bee.
Also trending was the official Beyoncé Coachella merchandise, which sold out at the festival last weekend, but was available in an online pop-up shop and a replenished tent on-site. The $ 40 T-shirts bearing Beyoncé’s Nefertiti-styled visage or her logo, and some $ 450 satin tour jackets, were seen on the backs of women, men and even a few kids.
Fans also appropriated past Beyoncé looks such blinged-out fishnet tops (the look she donned on her “Dangerously in Love” album cover), colorful boxer-style braids, wide-brimmed hats, tribal-inspired silver necklaces and heaps of hoop earrings. Festival fashion pros also brought their A Game with colorful fanny-packs, printed button-downs and cool kicks.
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The Wild Wild Country Team Knows They Left Out Part of the Story. But They Did it on Purpose

Netflix’s latest documentary series, Wild Wild Country, takes viewers through a tumultuous period in American history that had until recently been all but forgotten.

After gaining access to more than 300 hours of archived footage about Rajneeshpuram, a commune established in eastern Oregon in the early 1980s, brothers Maclain and Chapman Way knew they had to make a series exploring how the commune’s power grew — and eventually crumbled in violence. Rajneeshpuram sprang up in a remote area of Oregon after followers of the Indian spiritual leader Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a bearded guru with a love of Rolls Royces, took over the area in an effort to build a utopia, much to the chagrin of local townspeople. But what began as a culture of peace and free love morphed, as the group struggled to keep control of the area, into a saga marked by poison attacks, attempted murders and rampant immigration fraud.

The Ways received the footage after finishing up their first documentary, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, which was based in Portland, Oregon. An archivist at the Oregon Historical Society alerted them to the story, giving them hundreds of hours of archived footage, the bulk of which news stations intentionally did not tape over, sensing an imperative to preserve the coverage of such a bizarre, divisive time in history. As they geared up to interview people involved on all sides of the conflict, the brothers found that their subjects wanted to share their stories as a warning for the future.

“They see it as different types of warnings,” Maclain Ways says, referring to the locals and the Rajneeshees, who are also known as sannyasins. “If you ask the sanyassins, a lot of them will tell you this is a warning of religious persecution and government overreach. If you talk to the neighboring ranchers of the Rajneeshees, they’ll tell you the story of Rajneeshpuram is a warning of cults and what happens when people become brainwashed and do destructive things.”

Wild Wild Country refuses to establish clear heroes or villains. The Way brothers wanted to let the Rajneeshees’ actions and the complaints of locals unfold without an added layer of condemnation. The group’s members, clad in uniforms of red, orange and purple clothing, quickly made enemies of the local residents of Antelope, Oregon, a small town located near the compound. As the commune grew into a city of its own, complete with an airport, malls and restaurants, the largely conservative Antelopeans became angrier and more resentful of the outsiders practicing their own form of spirituality on land they felt rightfully belonged to them.

The skirmishes only intensified as the Rajneeshees doubled down on taking over the local government, and although they went to illegal lengths to establish control — including attempts by a devotee to murder the Rajneeshee’s doctor and the poisoning of 750 people with salmonella made on the compound — the pushback from locals who tried to drive the followers away revealed the story to be more layered than the Ways initially anticipated.

“We were trying to tap into a conversation about, well, what is the difference between cult and religion? What are religious minority rights? Where is everyone’s line of tolerance where they have to say, ‘Enough is enough, we can’t have these people take over my town anymore?’” says Maclain Way.

One criticism of the show posits that it glosses over some of Rajneeshees’ more egregious actions. After all, commune members caused the largest biochemical terror attack in the country with the mass salmonella poisoning, engaged in suspicious intra-group violence and cooked up a plot involving multi-state immigration fraud in order to gain political control. Brief scenes in the series showing group members beating each other as part of purging meditation exercises are never fully explained.

But the Ways say they did not worry about any potential imbalances in the series because they trusted audiences to judge the Rajneeshees’ actions as negative without having to totally condemn the commune. “We are interested in showing this to a mature audience that would be able to kind of push themselves to then hear from the people who did these things themselves, about why they did it,” says Maclain. The series includes interviews with several former members of the commune, all of whom have different reflections upon their time there.

Jane Stork, one woman featured in the series, who moved her family from Australia to the commune in search of enlightenment, now believes Rajneeshpuram was a cult that sowed destruction in eastern Oregon. She later wrote a book, called Breaking the Spell, that details her disenchantment with the group. On the other end of the spectrum is Philip Toelkes, known in the group as Swami Prem Niren, an attorney who still considers himself to be a follower of Rajneesh and now runs his own “conscious coaching” business.

The ambiguity has led some viewers to feel conflicted about how much they empathize with the Rajneeshees — many people joked online about how the red outfits and free love lifestyle would have totally convinced them to join the commune had they been around in the 1980s. Audiences also felt torn over their love for Ma Anand Sheela, the Bhagwan’s tough-talking second-in-command at the Oregon commune, who played an integral role in the Rajneeshees’ darker plots and later pleaded guilty to attempted murder, immigration fraud and orchestrating the salmonella outbreak. She served 29 months of a 20-year prison sentence.

Sheela, now 68 and living in Switzerland, is the showstopper of the documentary and seems to have no regrets about her actions at Rajneeshpuram. The Ways, who had heard from state and federal officials that she was “pure evil,” say they were “definitely a little timid and a little scared” when they flew out to meet her. They found her to be “smart, cunning and charming” — almost exactly how she appeared in 1980s television appearances talking up the Rajneeshees — and say she clearly still cares very much about the past.

“She definitely feels there was a lot of religious persecution and bigotry toward her group,” Chapman says. “She was going to go to all lengths to protect her commune and her master.”

Other former Rajneeshees were less willing to talk, feeling that past attempts to document what happened in Oregon, including a documentary by Oregon Public Broadcasting, were unfair, says Maclain. But devotees and Antelope residents alike eventually came around out of a reverence for preserving history — and until the series debuted on Netflix, the story of what happened at Rajneeshpuram had long remained hidden in news archives. According to Chapman, the incidents are not ingrained in the collective American memory largely because no one died due to the Rajneeshees’ crimes.

“You look at Jonestown, you look at Waco, you look at the death tolls those events had,” he says, referring to two infamous cults whose members died in great numbers. “This one was just easier to forget about over time.”

Though the Ways started making Wild Wild Country in 2014, two years before Donald Trump won the presidential election largely on a platform of stoking fears about immigrants and religious minorities, the series hit Netflix as such topics continue to dominate national conversation. The timing didn’t go unnoticed by the bothers, and Wild Wild Country presents an American tale as old as time.

I joke around, but it was honestly comforting as an American to realize we have always struggled with these issues. What’s happening to our country isn’t just new right now,” Chapman says. “Every generation has dealt with these issues.”


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Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms declares victory during an election-night watch party Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

More than 500 African-American women across America are running for public offices in 2018, perhaps the largest number of Black women ever to compete for elected positions in one year.

Black women – Democrats and Republicans, incumbents and neophytes  – are vying for federal, state and local seats from coast to coast.

For years, African-American women have been underrepresented in politics and this unprecedented number of black female candidates is an inspirational addition to the 2018 political scene.

A new database, Black Women In Politics, lists 507 known black female candidates running for elected positions this year. https://blackwomeninpolitics.com

Here are just a few examples of the 2018 movement for black female political empowerment: Stacey Adams is running for Governor of Alabama and hoping to become the first African-American female governor in the country. Mina Davis is seeking a seat in the Nebraska state legislature.

Tamekia Fain-Lovett is running for a U.S. Congressional seat in Georgia. Coral Evans is trying to become Mayor of Flagstaff, Arizona. Monica Montgomery is hoping for a seat on the San Diego, California City Council. Gail Finney is running for a state legislature seat in Kansas. Veronika Fimbres is running for governor of California.

Many of these women could make political history. They are emulating the historic leadership of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress and the first woman and African-American to run for president from a major political party.

Approaching the mid-term elections in November, these Black women could help shape the political landscape moving forward and help Democrats take the majority of seats in Congress.

“There are Black women running for political office all over the United States, and we need to know who they are,” according to the website. “It is abundantly clear that we need to start following the lead of Black women, because we show up and do what is important, even when we are being disenfranchised and sabotaged from doing the work. 2018 is especially important because midterm elections are coming up. We need all the information we can get.”

The website database was created by blogger Luvvie Ajayi, who said she decided to search for black female candidates after Democrat Doug Jones won his Senate seat in Alabama with 96 percent of the black female vote.

In addition to Ajayi’s website, a comprehensive report by the Higher Heights Leadership Fund, “Chisholm Effect: Black Women in America Politics 2018,” underscores the significance of black women getting involved in the political process.

“We should all be buoyed by the [Shirley] Chisholm effect, which spawned generations of Black women determined to and successful at breaking political glass ceilings,” U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) wrote in a forward to the report. “There’s an opportunity in the coming months for Black women to build on these gains by taking decisive action to increase our political representation and provide America with leadership that is powerful, connected and lasting.”

She added: “The data demonstrate that, even with the gains Black women saw at some levels of office in 2016, there is more work to do to ensure that Black women’s representation in elected office reflects their presence in American society.”

We are witnessing an extraordinary movement of black women in politics and we’ll realize the scope of their empowerment when voters head to the polls in November.

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It must be hard to be a news anchor these days. No matter what network you work for, you’re constantly being told your reporting is either shortsighted or an outright lie, and you just kind of have to roll with the punches and keep doing your job anyway. With all that to deal with, you certainly need all of your supporting cast to be on the top of their game, but it seems someone at Fox News had a brief brain fart that resulted in a rather embarrassing graphic popping up during a segment hosted by Howard Kurtz.

Regarding the topic of fake news, Kurtz was expecting his backstage crew to broadcast a simple graphic showing that the general public believes many news organizations report false information, citing a Monmouth University poll. The poll that popped up on screen also happened to be related to news networks, but rather than giving him a point at which to branch off on a tirade against his competitors, the poll data pointed to Fox News being the least trusted of the major news outlets. Oops.

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When Villanova won the school’s second NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship in three years, students in Philadelphia celebrated in the way Philadelphians celebrate best – by climbing up greased utility poles.

Villanova University students and fans took to the streets around the Philadelphia-area school late Monday night after the Wildcats beat the University of Michigan, 79-62, to secure the national title in San Antonio.

Much like how workers greased poles around Philadelphia to prevent fans from scaling them after the Eagles’s Super Bowl win in February, utility poles near Villanova were covered in grease to halt the potentially dangerous form of celebration.

Once again, fans conquered the greased poles, according to videos shared by ABC 6 reporter Christie Ileto (who, back in February, also shared a video of an Eagles fan scaling a pole post-win).

The city of Philadelphia used Crisco after ahead of the Eagles’ NFC championship game against the Minnesota Vikings earlier this year — but that didn’t work. The city then used the more-intense hydraulic fluid before the Super Bowl. Again, that still didn’t stop determined fans.

“I don’t know what they’re using but some poor guy from Villanova has to smear it all over the place,” Radnor Police Lt. Chris Flanagan told the Philadelphia Inquirer ahead of the March Madness championship game Monday. “We just don’t want anybody falling, that’s the biggest problem.”

There were a handful of other problems as raucous fans took to the streets after the big win. Some fans set up a small bonfire in the street and the celebrations resulted in two arrests, police told the Associated Press. Back in 2016, more than 20 arrests were made after Villanova won the NCAA championship, according to the Inquirer. Then, four people were arrested for assaulting a police horse — an act the police said would result in felony charges if it happened again.
Villanova students had another reason to celebrate late into the night. The university cancelled classes Tuesday, according to CBS Philadelphia.

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Pooparoos are the toys your kids never knew they needed

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Michelle Stein

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Is it just me, or do kids’ toys keep getting weirder and weirder?

Granted, I never really “got” the whole let’s-see-which-tiny-toys-shaped-like-food-or-animals-or-furniture-with-faces-on-them fad. *Cough* Shopkins *Cough* Hatchimals *Cough* But seriously, what is with all of the poop-themed toys and games these days?

My dad gifted the kids this cat that eats and then poops out kibble while making farting noises. (We’ve lovingly nicknamed it “Fart Kitty.”) The same grandfather bought my son Poo-dough. We also have a fart gun that is nothing but a loud speaker with a trigger that prompts a series of explosive, wet-sounding fart noises. And the games Toilet Trouble and Don’t Step In It both sound right up my kids’ alley, too.

Apparently, both tiny toy surprises and poop sell when it comes to kids’ toys. So why not combine the best of both worlds? From the looks of it, that’s exactly what the creators of Pooparoos were thinking.

So here’s the lowdown on this quirky toy, which sells for just under 10 bucks at Walmart. Each unit comes with its own toilet, a mystery Pooparoos pet (one of eight figures,) a pooper scooper, and three mystery pieces of “pet food”/poop.

After your kid finds out which Pooparoos pet is hiding in the potty, apparently they add water to the toilet and then pop in the bags of mystery pet food to reveal which tiny foods are inside.

Finally, your kiddo can make his Pooparoos pet eat the food … and then poop it back out again. Repeat.

Charming little critters, right? (Except, in my opinion, that cupcake looks a little too happy that it’s being shot of the Pooparoos pet’s butt.) See them in action for yourself, in the video below!

If you’re like me, you’re probably looking at the calendar and wondering if this is some elaborate April Fool’s Day joke. But alas, they are real and people seriously buy them.

And honestly? I’m 100-percent positive that my kids would love them. Because poop is hilarious and surprises are fun. And making your fun surprise poop-out other fun surprises? I hate to say it, but Mattel could really be on to something, here.

What do you think of Pooparoos? Do you think your kids would love them?

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Strictly Come Dancing fans beg David Ginola to sign up for show as they swoon over his Sports Relief performance

STRICTLY Come Dancing fans begged footballer David Ginola to sign up for the show after swooning over his performance on Sports Relief.

The ex footballer performed with pro Anya Garnis on a special segment of tonight’s charity telethon.

Sports Relief fans begged David Ginola to sign up for Strictly after swooning at his performance on the telethon
Sports Relief fans begged David Ginola to sign up for Strictly after swooning at his performance on the telethon
David strutted his stuff on the Sports Relief stage
David strutted his stuff on the Sports Relief stage

As David previously appeared on the French version of Strictly, fans were hoping he’ll catch the dancing bug again.

One fan wrote: “Oh I do hope this means @teamginola is joining @bbcstrictly this year. #SportsRelief.”

The French sportsman‘s female fans were swooning over his turn on the dance floor with one fan tweeting: “@teamginola still has it.”

A second viewer chimed in: “David Ginola is still gorgeous looking,” while a third said: “David Ginola just gets better.”

David has previously appeared on the French version of strictly
David has previously appeared on the French version of Strictly

David took part in a Strictly special alongside Alex Scott and Chris Kamara, as they boogied away to New Order’s World In Motion.

Fans were delighted when John Barnes turned up in the middle of the dancing to perform the famous rap live.

But although David put his best foot forward, judges Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood declared Arsenal ladies star Alex Scott the  winner.


Meanwhile Chris Kamara and his partner Karren Clifton didn’t impress the judges with Craig telling them: “It was a complete dance disaster, I’m afraid.

The lift landed really badly. Apart from that, darling, it was perfect.”

Bruno Tonioli, meanwhile, told David: “That je ne sais quoi. That charming savoir faire makes it always cha-cha-charming.

“Even if the dance was a salsa, somehow it worked to your advantage.”

David, now 51, has aged very well according to fans
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Today I cheered my kids on as they walked out of school

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Sara McGinnis

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My high school was eerily quiet on April 20, 1999. We didn’t have cell phones but all the same, word quickly spread that two students at Columbine had murdered 12 of their peers and one teacher.

I was a senior over a thousand miles away, but Columbine affected us the same way 9/11 affected the entire United States two years later. We no longer felt safe. I had conversations with friends that included sarcastic quips like “Hope we can live long enough to graduate,” and genuine thoughts like “Something has to change. This is not okay.”

Nearly 19 years later (19 years!) my kids, who are in middle school now, practice lockdown drills. We have conversations about the run/hide/fight strategy. I fear they won’t survive high school.

Nothing has changed and it’s disgusting.

Wednesday morning I penned a note for each of my sons that read, “Hell yeah, my child has my permission to walk out of school on 3/14/18. Never again.” I felt teary as I signed my name below, emotional about having to do something as ridiculous as support my children in their quest not to be murdered at their desks.

At 10:00 I watched with pride as my sons marched out of their school with their peers. When my elder son shouted “safe” I joined in with the classmates as they chanted “schools” in reply. I tried not to think too much about how in the 19 years since I felt that pit of fear in my stomach, we’ve done nothing but watch more children be killed by guns. I refused to think about how we’ve failed kids, because no middle-schooler wants to have their mom crying in front of their classmates.

As a few people on our community’s Facebook page were happy to point out to me, one 17-minute protest by a few dozen middle schoolers isn’t going to get big results. Regardless, I saw each of the kids who walked out today experience finding their voice, supporting a cause, and standing up for what they believe is right.

What more can you ask from kids who are having chicken nuggets and chocolate milk for lunch?

It’s ludicrous that children are the ones bringing attention to their right to be safe, but it was glorious to see. Keep on, next generation. May you find a way where we have failed.

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North and South Korea Didn’t March Together at the Paralympics Because They Couldn’t Agree on a Flag

North and South Korea marched together at the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, but a dispute over the unified flag drove them apart at the opening ceremony for the Paralympics on Friday.

The two nations decided to forgo the symbol of unity because of a tiny island chain that would have amounted to little more than a dot on the flag.

The show of division came on the same day that President Donald Trump announced that he agreed to meet face-to-face with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The two leaders have shared a strained relationship prior to the agreement, involving threats over nuclear capabilities and insults.

 

North Korea at the Paralympics
Vladimir Smirnov –Vladimir Smirnov/TASSMembers of the North Korean national team during the parade of athletes at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium

North Korea asked that the Dokdo Islands, which Japan now claims and calls Takeshima, be included on the flag, according to BBC. The unified flag, which was seen at the Winter Olympics, showed the Korean peninsula in blue against a white background. South Korea said putting the islands on the flag would violate the International Paralympics Committee’s recommendation not to politicize sports events.

North Korean officials said they do “not accept the fact that Dokdo cannot be marked due to political issues held in Korea,” Reuters reported.

The two Korean nations agreed to “respect each other’s stance and march separately” following the flag disagreement, BBC reported.

Despite the rift, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported that the North Koreans were cheered when they entered the arena at the Paralympics opening ceremony on Friday.

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6 Ways Women Can Preserve Memory as They Age

You may have heard the startling statistics: Alzheimer’s disease affects about 5.4 million Americans. It is the sixth leading cause of death among all adults, and the fifth leading cause of death among those 65 or older. By the year 2050, estimates are that more than 16 million Americans could be living with the disease.

These facts are disturbing, but just how much do women need to worry about memory loss? And is there anything you can do to avoid the decline that seems to occur with age?

Declines in Memory Evident in Middle-Aged Women

According to recent research, a woman’s memory begins to show signs of decline as early as her 50s. Scientists analyzed data from over 2,000 healthy women over a period of about 10 years after menopause, and looked at the results of various types of memory tests, including those that tested processing speed, working memory, and verbal episodic memory (spoken memory of autobiographical events, including time, place, people involved, etc.).

There is evidence that declines in memory in women may also be do to the hormonal changes that occur during menopause. In a 2013 study, for example, researchers found a significant decline in memory recall between pre- and postmenopause.

Results showed that there was an average decline in mental processing ability of about 5 percent during the 10-year period. The women’s perception and reaction speed also declined about one percent every two years, and verbal memory declined about one percent every five years. In essence, the results showed that memory can start to decline for women as early as midlife.

“Our results provide strong, longitudinal evidence of cognitive aging in midlife women,” the researchers wrote, including substantial declines in processing speed and memory. Other studies have shown similar findings, with one finding a 10-year decline in reasoning of 3.6 percent in women who were only 45-49 years old. “Cognitive decline is already evident in middle age,” the researchers wrote.

Of course, this isn’t what we want to hear. But it’s true that there are some things that we just can’t control. After the age of 50, it’s normal to notice some changes in your ability to remember things. You may go into your bedroom for something and then forget what that was, or find than appointment slips your mind.

In most cases, these are not things to worry about. Harvard Health notes that most of these things “reflect normal changes in the structure and function of the brain. These changes can slow certain cognitive processes, making it a bit harder to learn new things quickly or screen out distractions that can interfere with memory and learning.”

There is evidence that declines in memory in women may also be do to the hormonal changes that occur during menopause. In a 2013 study, for example, researchers found a significant decline in memory recall between pre- and postmenopause. They also found that hormonal measurements were significantly associated with that decline—as estrogen declined, memory seemed to decline with it. A 2015 study produced similar results, with postmenopausal women performing significantly worse than pre- and perimenopausal women on verbal memory tasks and verbal fluency tasks.

All isn’t gloom and doom, though. Women can take several steps in their daily lives to delay and even prevent memory decline.

6 Ways to Help Preserve Memory and Cognitive Ability as You Age

Though you may not be able to control how old you are, whether you’re going through menopause, or whether you have dementia in your family, there are many other things you can control that will have a positive effect on your brain health and your memory. We’ve got six of the most helpful below.

  1. Maintain a healthy weight.

This is a good idea for your health in general, but studies have also found that it’s important for retaining your ability to remember things. In one study of women between the ages of 65 and 79, researchers found that for every one-point increase in body mass index (BMI), women experienced an accompanying one-point drop in cognitive performance scores.

The good news is that if you’re already overweight, losing some of that weight could have a positive effect on your memory. Researchers reported that when older, overweight women lost weight by dieting, their brain activity actually changed in regions important for memory. Scores on memory tests also improved. We’re not talking drastic weight loss, either. The women’s average BMI decreased from 32.1 to 29.2 after six months, and their average weight dropped from 188.9 pounds to 171.3 pounds.

  1. Get a good night’s sleep.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that a third of U.S. adults report that they usually get less than the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Not getting enough sleep is linked with a number of health problems, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, and more. Now research has shown that it may also be linked to memory loss.

In a recent study, for example, researchers had young adults perform a working memory task in the morning after either a full night’s sleep or a poor night’s sleep. The men performed about the same either way, but the women’s performance suffered significantly after being sleep-deprived.

“Our study suggests that particular attention should be paid to young women facing challenges in which they have to cope with both a high working memory load and a lack of sleep,” lead author Frida Rangtell stated. The other interesting finding was that the women were not aware of this decline in performance. That means that whether you notice it or not, you need a good night’s sleep to keep your brain operating at optimal levels.

  1. Exercise daily.

Exercise is good for your heart and can help you maintain a healthy weight, but studies also show that it can not only prevent memory loss, but may even result in changes in the brain that improve memory and thinking skills. In fact, if you’re looking for a way to preserve memory as you age, exercise is one of the best things you can do.

In one recent study, researchers found that women who took just five minutes to exercise after learning something new were more likely to retain what they had learned, and showed a better recall than women who didn’t exercise.

In one recent study, researchers found that women who took just five minutes to exercise after learning something new were more likely to retain what they had learned, and showed a better recall than women who didn’t exercise. Researchers theorized that exercise had an effect on post-learning processes like memory consolidation.

But it’s not just about doing some jumping jacks after you learn something. Daily exercise is critical. In another study, researchers found that people who exercised moderately or heavily had a reduced risk of memory loss and cognitive function.

In yet another study, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise seemed to increase the size of the hippocampus, which is the area of the brain involved in verbal memory and learning. So no matter what else you do, if you want to preserve memory, get your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes a day with a brisk walk, jog, bike ride, etc.

  1. Enjoy that morning cup of coffee.

We’ve discovered over the past decade or so that coffee has a lot of health benefits. Now, we know that preserving memory and cognitive function may be one of them. In one study of over 6,000 women over a period of 10 years, researchers found that women consuming about 261 mg of caffeine a day (between 2-3 cups of coffee) were less likely to develop dementia or any cognitive impairment compared to those consuming 64 mg or less (less than one cup of coffee).

An earlier study of over 2,400 women 65 years of age and older who already had vascular disorders (problems with the blood vessels) found slower rates of cognitive decline with increased caffeine intake. More interesting—coffee was the only beverage that seemed to work. Tea, cola, and chocolate didn’t have the same effect.

  1. Kick back and relax.

There is some link between chronic stress and memory loss. We all get stressed out from time to time, but we’re talking about long-term stress that goes on and on for months to years. This kind of stress can cause inflammation in the body and in the brain, and may affect your memory.

In one animal study, researchers found that stress, in the form of an aggressive intruder, affected the subjects’ ability to remember where the escape hole was, when they had previously figured it out. The researchers also found changes in the stressed-out subjects’ brains, including inflammation. They noted that the stress the subjects were under could be compared to human experiences of being in abusive relationships, being in military combat, or having bosses who were bullies.

In another animal study, researchers found a link between stress, which produces cortisol (read our article “All About Cortisol” here), and short-term memory loss in older adults. “Stress hormones are one mechanism that we believe leads to weathering of the brain,” said Jason Radley, co-author of the study.

Relaxation helps. Try taking a nice walk, doing some yoga or tai chi, meditation, journaling, spending time with friends or a beloved pet, or engaging in other activities that relax you. You may also want to try hypnosis. According to a 2014 study, mind-body therapies like hypnosis helped peri- and postmenopausal women to lessen memory decline, and to ease symptoms like hot flashes and sleep problems.

  1. Reconsider hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

We shared other reasons why you may want to consider HRT in a previous article (“The Study was Flawed: Why Women Should Rethink Hormone Therapy”), but here’s one more: It may help preserve your memory.

In a 2002 review, scientists found evidence that HRT could help prevent or delay dementia. And in a more recent study, scientists also reported that postmenopausal hormone therapy lasting longer than ten years was linked with a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

In a 2002 review, scientists found evidence that HRT could help prevent or delay dementia. And in a more recent study, scientists also reported that postmenopausal hormone therapy lasting longer than ten years was linked with a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Talk to your doctor about the potential benefits and risks. Every woman is different, and this may not be a healthy option for you, but then again, you may not need to avoid it if you were frightened by earlier studies (that we now know were flawed).

Other Ways to Preserve Memory

You can do other things, as well, to keep your brain sharp. Remember that whatever you do to take care of your heart also works well for taking care of your brain. Eating a healthy diet is a good one. Nutrition is another—we tend to have more trouble absorbing vitamin B as we age, for example, so you may want to consider supplements. Take care of your mental health—stress and depression and other mental health issues have also been linked to memory decline.

Finally, keep learning new things. When you step out of your comfort zone, you challenge the brain, in the same way that aerobic exercise challenges your heart. That’s a good thing, and will likely keep you remembering everything you need to remember for years to come.

 

 

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The world was not prepared for America’s men’s curling team to come from behind and capture curling gold, but capture gold medals they did.

Then it came time for the medal ceremony on Saturday, and there was a little mix-up.

John Shuster’s U.S. men’s curling team stepped up to the podium for the part when they bestow that prized hardware. There were million-watt smiles and a few tears and other emotions one associates with moments like these. But after the ceremony, the winning team members looked down to notice something was off in the upper right section of the medallions. Two words: “Women’s Curling.”

Yes, the gentlemen initially received the wrong medals, ones stamped out for the American women’s curling team, who did not advance to the curling final showdown. But gold is gold and there’s no denying that they won the whole thing, even if the medals didn’t say it at first. Luckily, they quickly got the right ones.

Team USA beat Sweden, 10-7, in the championship for the gold medal in curling at Gangneung Curling Centre on Saturday in a surprising turn of events. Shuster clinched the win with a rare and especially smooth score that involved a five-ender in the eighth.

Medal confusion aside, comedy gold has followed these guys wherever they went around PyeongChang. Besides this shocking upset, other global contributions include propelling the viral mustache militia trend that got a bunch of guys sharing mustache selfies and the unforgettable memes of Matt Hamilton and his doppelgänger, Super Mario.

Great job all around team.

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CHERYL and Liam Payne went public with their romance in 2016 and welcomed baby son Bear in March 2017.

After it was revealed their relationship was in crisis, the couple put on a united front at Tuesday’s Brit Awards. Yet just 24 hours, Liam left Cheryl to fly to Miami. Here’s the lowdown on what’s going on..

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Could Cheryl and Liam really be about to split?

Less than 24 hours after putting on a united front at the Brit Awards 2018, Liam was back on the road again and jetted out to Miami – leaving Cheryl and baby Bear at home.

The couple had walked the red carpet together at the awards bash on Tuesday, despite their relationship crisis.

Cheryl was there to support boyfriend Liam Payne who performed his song For You from the new Fifty Shades Freed film on stage with Rita Ora.

The couple were interviewed at their table by host Jack Whitehall during which Cheryl jokingly revealed her ‘safe word’.

Later on the presenter made a cheeky quip about Liam and Rita’s hot ‘chemistry’ after a steamy performance.

However, on February 18, 2018 The Sun on Sunday revealed that despite holding crisis talks about the future of their relationship, pals fear the showbiz couple could be on the verge of splitting.

The 10-year age gap between the two and Liam’s pursuit of a solo career are the main reasons believed to be behind the rumours.

A source close to the couple revealed: “There’s a big age gap between them. If they didn’t have Bear then they would have most likely split up by now.

“But they love their son. And they do care for each other so it’s now a matter of seeing if there’s a final way forward to try and make it work.”

Liam and Cheryl will be in touch constantly while he's in LA
Liam and Cheryl have been having relationship trouble of late
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What were the marriage rumours?

In May 2017 Liam sparked rumours he and Cheryl had secretly wed after he described her as his “wife” during a US radio interview.

Meanwhile, Cheryl, 34, has already been married twice before, and according to OK! Magazine, “doesn’t want a circus” if and when she weds Liam.

In July 2017 Liam was forced to finally admit that he hasn’t married Cheryl, saying he merely refers to Cheryl as “the Mrs” in a colloquial sense.

Liam subsequently hinted he may never marry Cheryl as he says “weddings aren’t for him”.

Cheryl and Liam on a date night
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Who was Cheryl married to before?

The former Girls Aloud singer first tied the knot with footballer Ashley Cole in 2006 but the couple split in 2010 following allegations Ashley had been unfaithful.

Their divorce was granted in September of that year.

Cheryl then went on to marry businessman Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in July 2014 after a whirlwind three-month romance.

However the marriage fell apart and after months of speculation, the split was confirmed in January 2016 and the couple were granted a decree nisi in October.

The singer was also married to Frenchman Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini from 2014 until she filed for divorce in January 2016
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Who did Liam date before meeting Cheryl?

Being 10 years younger than Cheryl, Liam doesn’t have quite the relationship history of his girlfriend but did have some significant relationships before they got together.

The singer dated dancer Danielle Peazer from October 2010 until May 2013.

He then quickly moved on to a new relationship with Sophia Smith, who he had known since primary school.

The couple dated until October 2015, just weeks before he got together with Cheryl.

Liam previously dated Sophia Smith for over two years
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How did Cheryl and Liam Payne meet?

The pair first met all the way back in 2008 on the set of the X Factor, where 14-year-old Liam’s first audition earns him praise from his future partner, as well as calling him “cute”.

Liam returned to the show in 2010 as a 16-year-old and became part of One Direction, impressing Cheryl with his talents once again.

The pair are believed to have become a couple in December 2015 after One Direction performed on the X Factor for the final time, with the couple snapped sharing a hug and dancing together.

The Sun then exclusively confirmed their relationship in February 2016.

The pair first met in 2008 when Liam, then 14, auditioned for The X Factor and winked at her
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What have Cheryl and Liam Payne called their baby boy?

The Sun revealed on May 1, 2017 that the couple named their son Bear after spending a week getting to know him.

Baby Bear also took his One Direction star dad’s surname.

A source revealed: “Cheryl and Liam wanted to get to know their baby before deciding on a name.

“They didn’t have the name Bear before the birth.

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Proud dad Liam Payne has revealed baby son Bear’s nickname is Cub
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“But they’d been thinking of a name since meeting him and they just felt it suited him.

“They love their little baby Bear Payne and are truly over the moon and loving being parents for the first time together.”

Liam has opened up on “making a human” with Cheryl – calling it his proudest achievement.


Has Cheryl changed her name back to her maiden name?

Cheryl’s surname has changed many times over the years, due to her being married twice.

First she was Cheryl Tweedy (her maiden name) , then she changed it to Cheryl Cole when she married Ashley Cole, then she was Cheryl Fernandez Versini, during her short=lived marriage to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.

After she divorced the Frenchman she simply went by”Cheryl”.

Now, The Sun can reveal that she has officially changed her name back to Cheryl Tweedy.


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Florida school shooting survivors delivered powerful speeches at an anti-gun rally, and they didn’t hold back

The survivors of the devastating school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland aren’t staying silent. On Saturday, February 17th, students, staff, and members of the community joined together at a Florida school shooting protest in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The survivors spoke out against the gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, and the lax gun laws that led to the tragic events of February 14th.

The Rally to Support Firearm Safety Legislation was a raw, intense affair. Still fresh from the events that left 17 students and staff members dead, survivors shared their stories and experiences with the large crowd. High school senior Emma Gonzalez was among those who spoke for the victims, and those left behind.

“Every single person up here today, all these people should be home grieving,” Emma Gonzalez said in her speech at the Florida school shooting protest. “But instead we are up here standing together because if all our government and President can do is send thoughts and prayers, then it’s time for victims to be the change that we need to see.”

Gonzalez has been an especially powerful voice in the days since the shooting. During the attack, she sat with fellow students in the auditorium of her school, not knowing what would come next. But at the rally, she was one of the survivors who spoke out against gun violence the loudest.

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Senior David Hogg spoke too, urging those in the crowd — and the millions watching across the world — to vote out politicians who support the gun lobby.

“This is not just another mass shooting. No shooting is just another mass shooting,” Hogg said. “This needs to be a turning point. This shooting was the result of a number of situations and individuals, but action can still and should still be taken to prevent something like this from happening. People in Congress, people in state legislatures, just lawmakers in general, need to stand up and not let these political divisions prevent them from saving children’s lives.

Gonzalez, Hogg, and other speakers weren’t shy about getting political.

From Florida Senator Marco Rubio all the way to Donald Trump, the students were ready to call out anyone who was content to offer nothing more than ‘thoughts and prayers.’ And it looks like this is just the beginning of the activism of the Florida school shooting survivors. Staff and students alike have vowed to bring about change in an era of escalating gun violence.

“We will be the last mass shooting,” Gonzalez told the crowd. The shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, is charged with killing 17 people and injuring many more in what has become one of the deadliest school shootings in history.

Our hearts go out to the victims of the families and the survivors. We can only hope that the words of Emma Gonzalez prove true.

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Survival Of The Fittest fans declare the show is ‘better than Love Island’ as they are ‘hooked’ on the saucy banter and snakey drama

SURVIVAL Of The Fittest fans have given their overwhelming approval of ITV2’s new South Africa reality TV show that sees hot men and women compete against one another in a battle of the sexes while living in close quarters.

TV viewers tweeted in support of the ‘winter Love Island’ after the sixth episode became in-fighting, romance and back-stabbing.

Dom Lever’s ex Sam Dewhurst entered The Lodge in tonight’s epiosde and always has three of the boys fighting over her

Fans revealed they thought the reality TV show has already better its summertime sister show in their minds.

One wrote: “I hate to admit it but I lowkey prefer #survivalofthefittest to Love Island.”

Another said: “Can’t just be me that thinks @ITV2Fittest is better than love island.”

Fans are loving the mix of romance and challenges in the South Africa-based series
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The show sees twelve attractive men and women compete in a battle of the sexes while also getting to know each other inside The Lodge
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Other viewers revealed they were “hooked” on the drama and that the series, which is set in South Africa, has become their “guilty pleasure”.

Tonight’s episode saw Georgia Cole get angry as on-off beau David Lundy made a move on new girl Sam Dewhurst
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Romance blossomed between Warren Phillips and Lottie James
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Tonight’s episode was one of the most dramatic so far, and kicked off with three couples getting cosy under the sheets together.

Viewers saw  Mariam Musa slip into bed with Callum PardoeLottie Jamessnuggle up to Warren Phillips, and Mettisse Campbell get cosy with Tristan Jones.

Mettisse Campbell and Tristan Jones shared a bed together
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Ryan Cleary was one of three of the guys to make a move on new girl Sam
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Next viewers saw Sam Dewhurst, the ex of Love Island’s Dom Lever, enter The Lodge to replace Georgie Clarke.

As soon as she crossed the bridge into The Lodge she triggered in-fighting among three of the boys – Ryan Cleary, James Middleton and David Lundy – who all began competing to win her over.

Callum Pardoe had viewers in stitches after he dropped a huge egg during the challenge
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She revealed to Jenny West that she only has eyes for James who she describes as “cocky” and with “nice skin”.

But it was too late for Georgia Cole who was furious at on-off beau David’s attention being diverted away from her and towards Sam.


Elsewhere in tonight’s show, Callum Pardoe had viewers in stitches over his part in the latest team challenge.

As well as falling into a fit of giggles, he dropped a huge egg which caused the Boys team to lose against the Girls team for a second time in a row.


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Why Olympic Medalists Get Stuffed Animals When They Win

If you’ve tuned in to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games this month, you may have been confused to see winning athletes being handed not medals, but stuffed animals. Here’s what you need to know about why Olympic medalists are getting stuffed animals when they win.

Why don’t the Winter Olympics winners get their medals right away?

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Adam Pretty—Getty ImagesSilver medalists Team Olympic Athlete from Russia, gold medalists Team Canada and bronze medalists Team United States celebrate during the medal ceremony after the Figure Skating Team Event at Medal Plaza on Feb. 12, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

Viewers of the Summer Olympics may remember winners getting medals shortly after completing their events. But since there are fewer events in the Winter Olympics, organizers are able to hold a medal ceremony every night for that day’s winners. At the much busier and more crowded Summer Olympics, such a ceremony would be difficult to manage.

What is the stuffed animal?

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Sergei Bobylev—TASS/Getty ImagesA plush toy of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games mascot Soohorang at a flower ceremony for the ladies’ cross-country skiing individual sprint classic event during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre

The keepsake that rewards Olympic medalists this year is a white tiger named Soohorang, the mascot of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. The tiger is an important figure in Korean culture — a regular tiger was the mascot of the Seoul Olympics in 1988 — and the white tiger is especially revered.

According to the Olympic website, the mascot takes its name from “sooho,” which means protection, and “ho-rang-i,” which means tiger. The name is also a reference to “Jeong-seon A-ri-rang,” a folk song from the Gangwon Province where the games are taking place.

“The Soohorang is very cute and very pretty,” PyeongChang organizing committee spokesperson Sung Baik You told USA Today. “The athletes who have received the Soohorang have been very happy with it.”

What happened to the flowers?

Previous Olympic Games have seen athletes awarded bouquets of flowers, but at the 2016 Rio Olympics flowers were deemed unsustainable. The floral tradition does live on in Soohorang’s hat, which is adorned with paper flowers; according to the PyeongChang 2018 website, the symbol is a nod to “Uhsahwa,” paper flowers given to those who passed their national exams during Korea’s Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).

So … can I buy one?

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Valery Sharifulin—TASS/Getty ImagesA girl seen by suffed toys of Soohorang and Bandabi, the official mascots of the 23rd Winter Olympic Games and the 12th Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang respectively, on sale in the Olympic Village ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

You may not be able to compete for gold, but in one way you could be like Chloe Kim, Red Gerard and the other medalists: for $ 55, you can buy your own Soohorang on Amazon.

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Some Racial/Ethnic Groups Have Greater Chance of Developing High Blood Pressure Regardless of Weight or Where They Live

PASADENA, Calif. — People who are African-American, American Indian/native Alaskan, Asian or native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders have a significantly greater chance of developing hypertension than people who are white or Hispanic who are in the same weight category or live in neighborhoods with similar education levels.

The Kaiser Permanente study, which included more than 4 million people across the United States, was published today in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension.

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Deborah Rohm Young, PhD

“This research shines new light on how pervasive the racial/ethnic disparities are in hypertension, and that the prevalence of hypertension among American Indians, native Hawaiians and Asians is nearly as high as that of African-Americans,” said the study’s lead author, Deborah Rohm Young, PhD, of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation.

“Results from this study may provide information that could lead to better targeting of interventions to reduce hypertension, not only by race/ethnicity but possibly by weight category or social economic status.”

Hypertension is one of the most important modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke, and racial and ethnic disparities in hypertension have been well documented. This research adds to our understanding of how weight and social economic status — as measured by neighborhood education level — are associated with the prevalence of hypertension among non-white racial and ethnic groups, compared to whites.

The goal of this study was to examine the prevalence of hypertension in a large ethnically and regionally diverse cohort of overweight and obese adults to determine whether prevalence of hypertension varied by body mass index and neighborhood education categories. Researchers analyzed the electronic health records of 4,060,585 overweight or obese adults from the Patient Outcomes Research to Advance Learning network, which includes Kaiser Permanente patients in California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Oregon, Virginia and Washington; HealthPartners patients in Minnesota and Wisconsin; and Denver Health patients in Colorado.

Approximately half of the patients were white, about 25 percent were Hispanic, 13 percent were Asian,11 percent were African-American, 1.5 percent were native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander and 0.6 percent were American Indian/native Alaskan.

Researchers found that among this group of overweight or obese adults, 36.9 percent had a diagnosis of hypertension.

The age-standardized prevalence of hypertension was:

  • 46.0 percent among African-Americans
  • 44.7 percent among Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders
  • 40.4 percent among Asians
  • 37.3 percent among American Indian/native Alaskans
  • 34.9 percent among whites
  • 34.3 percent among Hispanics

The differences in hypertension prevalence between whites and other race/ethnicities did not substantially differ by neighborhood education level.

Patients were categorized as overweight or obese class 1, 2 or 3, based on body mass index (or BMI), which is weight divided by height squared. For example, a 5-foot, 4-inch person who weighed 155 pounds was in the overweight category, and at 210 pounds was in the obese class 2 category.

Researchers found that hypertension prevalence was 5 to 10 percent higher at each successive increase in overweight or obese weight category for all races and ethnicities.

“We see from the results of this research that maintaining a lower weight remains a key factor in preventing hypertension regardless of race and ethnicity,” said Michael A. Horberg, MD, executive director of Research and Community Benefit and Medicaid for the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group and the executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Research Institute.

“But other factors are also at work, and more research needs to be conducted to discover the many factors that may contribute to hypertension prevalence across racial/ethnic groups.”

In addition to Young and Dr. Horberg, authors on this study were Heidi Fischer, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation, Pasadena, Calif.; David Arterburn, MD, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, Seattle; Daniel Bessesen, MD, Denver Health, Denver; Lee Cromwell, MS, Kaiser Permanente Georgia, Atlanta; Matthew F. Daley, MD, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Institute for Health Research, Denver; Jay Desai, PhD, HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, Bloomington, Minn.; Assiamira Ferrara MD, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Division of Research, Oakland, Calif.; Stephanie L. Fitzpatrick, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Center for Health Research, Portland, Ore.; Corinna Koebnick, MSc, PhD and Claudia L. Nau, PhD, of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Department of Research & Evaluation; Caryn Oshiro, PhD and Beth Waitzfelder, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, Center for Health Research, Honolulu; and Ayae Yamamoto, ScM, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Department of Research & Evaluation.


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The Department of Research & Evaluation conducts high-quality, innovative research into disease etiology, prevention, treatment and care delivery. Investigators conduct epidemiologic research, health services research, biostatistics research and behavioral research as well as clinical trials. Major areas of study include chronic disease, infectious disease, cancer, drug safety and effectiveness and maternal and child health. Headquartered in Pasadena, California, the department focuses on translating research to practice quickly to benefit the health and lives of Kaiser Permanente Southern California members and the general public. Visit kp.org/research.

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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

 

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There are comfy sneakers, and then there are really comfy ones—and Bella Hadid has officially found the latter. In fact, the trainers she was seen wearing for a recent outing in New York City are so comfortable they feel like stepping on a cloud. Intrigued yet? Because we definitely were.

Hadid wore the Prada Cloudbust Mesh Sneakers ($ 690)—a fitting name for a shoe designed to create the feeling of walking on a soft, puffy cloud. But how is this possible? The sneaker features a contrasting bubble-style sole that lifts you up and creates a soft, cushy barrier between your feet and the ground. 

The model coupled the shoes (which we’re predicting will be among the next It items of 2018) with relaxed pieces—a pair of loose-fitting pants and a long overcoat—which together, created a look that appears as comfortable as it does cool. Now that’s a win, win. Read on to see Bella Hadid’s full outfit, and then shop the Prada sneakers for yourself.

On Bella Hadid: Issey Miyake F/W 12 coat; Prada belt bag; Prada Cloudbust Mesh Sneakers ($ 690)
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Call it the Harper Beckham or the Blue Ivy Carter effect, but children’s clothes have never been so cool.

Kidswear has its own brand of adorable trends for this season. Just as gorgeous as the ready-to-wear collections, the little ones’ are embracing florals, leopard print and blush pinks as much as we are. In fact, some of it is so great we wish they’d make it in adult size too.

Prepare for the fact that your little girl may out-do you in the style stakes this season with their mini-me party dresses, sparkling flats, floral blouses and puffa jackets.

As for the boy’s collections, logo t-shirts, check shirts and cool jeans are the top looks for little dudes. And when it comes to shoes, boys can be just like dad with cool trainers for running around in. We don’t know who’s more excited about shopping these stylish wares, us or them.

From designer to high street, we’ve rounded up the best boys and girls clothes for you to smarten up their back to school wardrobes with. From mini-me party dresses to see them through important events such as their best friend’s birthday party, to bold, printed satchels to be the envy of their friends at school.

We’ve included the must-have designer items favoured by Kim Kardashian’s children, like Bonpoint’s print dresses, and don’t get us started on Burberry jackets and glitter Converse…

We’ve got some seriously cute babygrows for newborns, too. From bowtie trompe l’oeil styles to funny logos, these are some very Instagrammable ensembles.

But if you don’t have the caviar budget, the high-street is bursting at the seams with achingly cool clothes. H&M, GAP, Zara, Monsoon and Boden all have amazing ranges.

From the cutest newborn baby clothes to the kids clothes we wish they made for adults too, we’ve compiled the top kidswear available to buy right now. Scroll down to shop our edit…

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That’s Nasty: Claire’s Pulls Makeup From Stores After They Tested Positive for Asbestos

Claire’s, the popular cheap accessories company, is pulling items from its stores after several makeup products tested positive for asbestos.

If you got your loved ones any makeup from the retailer for Christmas, you might want to read this.

via NYDN:

The company announced the recall on their site and on Twitter just before Christmas, saying they were pulling the products and launching an investigation.

“As a result of today’s inquiry from WJAR-TV, we have taken the precautionary measure of pulling the items in question from sale, and will be conducting an immediate investigation into the alleged issues. Once we have more information and have the results of the investigation we will take the necessary action. If you have items you wish to return in the interim period we will issue a refund,” the company wrote in its recall notice.

The recall began after a Rhode Island mom found asbestos meant for her 6-year-old daughter in a Claire’s makeup kit.

Kristi Warner bought the makeup set at Providence Place Mall and was suspicious about its ingredients, so she sent it off to a lab. The lawyer, who works for Deaton Law Firm, an asbestos litigation firm, was disappointed to learn her suspicions were correct: the makeup contained tremolite asbestos, a cancer-causing toxin.

“In the work that we do, we’ve come across contaminated cosmetics, but you just assume that a children’s product would be safe,” said Warner to WJAR in Rhode Island.

After purchasing 17 more Claire’s products, Warner and her boss John Deaton found asbestos in every single sample tested.

The nine products that made up the 17 samples — which the company has recalled and removed from shelves — include: Ultimate Mega Make Up Set, Metallic Hot Pink Glitter 48 piece Makeup Set, Bedazzled Rainbow Heart Make Up Set and the Pink Glitter Cellphone Makeup Compact.

Claire’s is issuing full refunds on the products in the case. Claire’s recall hotline, 800-804-7194, is open from 8 A.M. to 11 P.M.

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Got a tween to buy for? 9 (non-babyish!) gifts they might like

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Joyce Slaton

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Tweens are tough to shop for. If you guess even a little too young, you horrify them and waste your money (and make them think you’re out of it); skew too old and you may irritate parents. Meanwhile, tweens aren’t really mature enough to have developed the kinds of personal interests and hobbies that make gift-giving easier.

So, it’s a gift card then? Well, maybe — tweens and teens are often inordinately happy to get free money to spend just as they like. But if you’d prefer to have something tangible wrapped and under the tree, we quizzed the tween moms we know on what’s cool for tweens this year. First up: saying “cool” is not cool.



1. Kobra LED Color-Changing Lightbulb with Remote:
Tweens often show an interest in changing their rooms right about now, part of their growing independence and individuality. This inexpensive little gadget allows them to change up their mood lighting instantly. I bought this for my own daughter three years ago — the remote control hasn’t gotten lost, the batteries haven’t run out, the lightbulb is still working, and she uses it all the time for fun and photo special-effects. (Amazon, $ 13.99)

2. PopSocket: Not every tween has a smart phone yet, and it is frequently a point of contention between kids and parents, so if you don’t know for sure your tween has a phone, don’t get them this gift — it’s exactly the kind of “stop rushing us!” gift that could really annoy their parents. But if said tween does have a phone, they almost definitely use it for lots of selfies and showing videos to their friends, in which case, this little stick-on handle makes the phone easier to hold (and harder to drop). (Amazon, $ 9.99)

3. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9: Who could have predicted that instant photos would come back in style? These little Polaroid-style cameras are very hot with tweens and teens right now, who take them to parties and events, snap photos of each other, swap, and post them in lockers or their bedroom walls. This snappy model comes in ice blue (pictured), cobalt blue, green, pink, and white. (Amazon, $ 59)



4. Illuminated Apparel T-Shirt:
Use light to draw designs on the glow-in-the-dark panel on the front of this black T-shirt, and when you flip off the lights, fun ensues. You can use a flashlight, any smart phone light, a laser pointer, or the included UV keyring light to make the designs; it fades out after about 5 minutes, so the next kid can take a turn. Shirts are available in sizes 9-11 and 12-14. (Amazon, $ 24)

5. Homecube Touch Lamp: Another easy-to-incorporate and versatile lighting option for a tween’s room, this cool lamp works via touch — touch it to turn it on and off, dim the light from bright to soft, or cycle through colors until the right one pops up (or set the lamp to automatically change from color to color, with 256 possibilities). The lamp plugs into the wall, or can be used without its plug when it’s charged up — and it has a hook in it, so you can take it anywhere in the house, use it camping, light up play forts, etc. etc. (Amazon, $ 21.99)