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10 Can’t-Miss TV Panels At This Year’s San Diego Comic-Con

Do you feel that excitement in the air? That’s the energy of superfans across the U.S. gearing up for another amazing week of panels and activations at San Diego Comic-Con 2018.

This year’s convention, taking place July 19 through July 22, is filled with more TV content than ever before. But with so many events to keep track of, how do you know which are the must-catch moments? FANDOM has rounded up the 10 most exciting TV panels to give you the perfect list of Comic-Con content.

Charmed


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The cast of ‘Charmed’

Thursday, July 19 (11:15 AM-12:15 PM, Ballroom 20)
The CW is rebooting Charmed later this fall and convention attendees will be given a sneak peek at the magical series’ pilot episode. The reboot follows a new trio of sisters who discover they’re powerful witches after the death of their mother. The show’s stars, Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock, and Rupert Evans, will all be in attendance for both the screening and the panel discussion that follows.

Nightflyers


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George R.R. Martin

Thursday, July 19 (3-3:50 PM, Indigo Ballroom)

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Then you’ll want to check out the panel for Nightflyers, an upcoming SyFy series from GoT author George R.R. Martin. The new psychological thriller takes place in 2093 and follows a group of scientists flying through space as they explore the universe. Panelists will include Jeff Buhler, Gretchen Mol, Eoin Macken, David Ajala, Gene Klein, Jodie Turner-Smith, and David Bartis.

The Walking Dead


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Andrew Lincoln in 'The Walking Dead'

Friday, July 20 (12:15-1:15 PM, Hall H)

If you’re sad about Andrew Lincoln leaving The Walking Dead after the upcoming ninth season of the zombie series, then you’ll want to see him talk all about it at the show’s Comic-Con panel. Moderated by Yvette Nicole Brown, the panel will also feature cast members Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Melissa McBride, as well as director and special effects makeup supervisor Greg Nicotero.

Star Trek: Discovery


Star Trek: Discovery
Sarek meets with the crew of the USS Discovery

Friday, July 20 (1:30-2:30 PM, Hall H)

Boldly go where no fan has gone before at Comic-Con’s Star Trek: Discovery panel, which will also be celebrating 50 years of the space franchise. Panelists, including stars Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Sonequa Martin-Green, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo, and Anson Mount, will take a look back at five decades of Star Trek history, and also provide a little preview into the space spinoff’s upcoming second season.

The Gifted


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Jamie Chung as Blink in 'The Gifted'

Saturday, July 21 (2:30-3:15 PM, Ballroom 20)

When The Gifted returns to FOX for Season 2 this September, the Mutant Underground will reconnect with their friends and family who left with Hellfire Club after the explosion of the Atlanta Station. Executive producers Matt Nix and Jeph Loeb will be on hand at Comic-Con to share an exclusive look at the upcoming season, alongside series stars Stephen Moyer, Jamie Chung, Sean Teale, Emma Dumont, Natalie Alyn Lind, Blair Redford, and Skyler Samuels.

Supergirl


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Melissa Benoist in 'Supergirl'

Saturday, July 21 (3:30-4:15 PM, Ballroom 20)

Supergirl fans will get a sneak peek at the upcoming fourth season with an exclusive video presentation at the show’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday. Cast members Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Mehcad Brooks, and David Harewood will all be in attendance to tease snippets from Season 4 and help you work through all your emotions after the CW show’s recent Season 3 finale.

Arrow


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Stephen Amell as Green Arrow in 'Arrow'

Saturday, July 21 (4:15-5 PM, Ballroom 20)

Arrow shocked fans in the Season 6 finale when Oliver Queen publicly unmasked himself as the Green Arrow, and its stars will be available to talk you through it all at the show’s Saturday afternoon panel. Cast members Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Echo Kellum, Juliana Harkavy, Rick Gonzalez, and Colton Haynes will all be on hand to discuss how the revelation of the superhero’s secret will affect his journey in Season 7.

Supernatural


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Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles in 'Supernatural'

Sunday, July 22 (10:30-11:30 a.m., Hall H)

After 13 years together, Supernatural fans have been through a lot with the show’s stars, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, and there’s a lot to discuss. The actors will be joined by costars Misha Collins and Alexander Calvert for a Q&A panel segment to talk about Season 13’s finale and to preview what’s ahead for the monster hunters. There will also be a video reel that celebrates some of the best moments of the series, as it prepares for its upcoming 300th episode.

Riverdale


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The cast of 'Riverdale'

Sunday, July 22 (11:45-12:45 PM, Hall H)

There are a lot of characters to love (or love to hate) in the town of Riverdale, and luckily for fans, they’ll nearly all be appearing at the CW drama’s Comic-Con panel on Sunday. Cast members KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Mark Consuelos, Casey Cott, Skeet Ulrich, Mädchen Amick, Luke Perry, and Vanessa Morgan will all be in attendance to discuss what dark secrets and surprises await us in Season 3.

Legion


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Dan Stevens in ‘Legion’

Sunday, July 22 (2:15-3:15 p.m., Hall H)

Originating from Marvel Comics, FX’s Legion tells the story of David Haller, a troubled young man who is discovering he is not your average human. Executive producers John Cameron and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb will be on hand to discuss the recent Season 2 finale of the series, which stars Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, and Aubrey Plaza. No word yet on which cast members will make an appearance on the panel, but the discussion will center around what to expect in Season 3.

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David and Victoria Beckham Celebrate 19 Years of Marriage Amid Divorce Speculation

David and Victoria Beckham are celebrating a milestone amid speculation they had seperated.

The couple enjoyed their 19th wedding anniversary on Wednesday with a romantic dinner together.

The soccer star, 43, shared a photo of the couple smiling and holding hands at a restaurant in Paris on Instagram.

“19 Years WOW … This time 19 years ago I was dressed from head to toe in purple 🤔 …,” he wrote in the caption, referencing his brightly colored reception suit. “Happy anniversary to the most amazing wife & mummy … Love You x @brooklynbeckham@romeobeckham @cruzbeckham #HarperSeven.”

Victoria, 44, shared the same photo and shared her own message in the caption, writing, “19 years!!! X I love u so much x.”

The fashion designer also shared photos of gifts the couple received from their children including silver balloons and bouquets of flowers for the special occasion.

The power couple share children Brooklyn, 19, Romeo, 15, Cruz, 13 and daughter Harper, 6.

“Lucky mummy and daddy,” she wrote in the caption.

To end the night, the pair enjoyed dinner at a restaurant in Paris where they enjoyed a bottle of 1990 Chateau Lafite Rothschild.

“Special wine for a very special day x,” Victoria wrote in the caption, alongside some heart emojis. 

The couple’s anniversary comes in the wake of reports by some tabloids that they had separated. The couple has denied they are divorcing.

Reps for the couple said in a statement to multiple outlets: “There is no statement due or divorce. This is just fake social media news. This is all very bizarre and an embarrassing waste of time. There is no statement due, no divorce, and a lot of Chinese whispers and fake social media news.”

The mother of four recently spoke openly about how she balanced her personal and professional life.

“I try really, really hard. I try hardest to be the best mother,” Victoria said at the Forbes Women’s Summit in New York City on Tuesday, according to Hello!.

“I am trying to be the best wife and the best professional. When I get home I try to put the phone down and spend time with the children and spend time with David,” she continued.

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She also praised her husband, saying, “I have the support of an incredible husband. We really are equal with everything we do at home with the children,” Victoria said. “When I’m away he’s the one doing the school run and doing the cooking.”

A source told PEOPLE last month, “Over the years, Victoria has fought hard for her marriage, and for David.”

“She never gave up when someone else might have,” the insider added.

A rep for the couple previously told PEOPLE that the two were not headed for divorce.

“What nonsense. Journalist Chinese whispers and fake news fueled by social media,” the rep said. “There is no impending statement, no divorce!”

The duo met in the Manchester United players’ lounge in 1997. David was playing for the team at the time, but had not yet become one of the team’s most recognizable stars.

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The duo married in a lavish 1999 wedding at an Irish castle. Last year, the couple renewed their vows in a relatively private ceremony.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, David opened up about the special day, while also admitting that “marriage is difficult at times” as he and his wife continue to work hard at their relationship.

“We have renewed our vows since ,” said David, who didn’t elaborate on when the ceremony took place. “It was a lot more private, about six people there in our house.”


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This Year’s Wimbledon Could Give Tennis Fans Another Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Classic

At this point, coming up with novel ways to describe the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal rivalry is like trying to eat just one Skittle out of the bag — it’s a futile exercise. We all know the contrasts that make their tennis duels so compelling. Federer’s the artiste, the effortless ballet dancer, grace on grass. Nadal’s the snarling street fighter, the mental grinder, the…don’t say it, please, okay, here it goes…the swashbuckler. (Dear Grand Slam tournament officials: is there any way to officially retire the Nadal-as-buccaneering-swordsman-cliche at a post-match ceremony?)

So give the producers of Strokes of Genius, a new documentary that explores the classic 2008 Federer-Nadal Wimbledon final — which Nadal won in five sets — credit for juxtaposing the two all-time greats in a way that didn’t feel tired. The film features a clip of Nadal, arms ripped, standing beside Federer, who was sporting a preppy sweater with gold-colored buttons.

“I remember seeing Nadal, in his sleeveless shirt, bulging biceps,” says BBC commentator David Law, host of The Tennis Podcast, in the documentary. Someone wolf-whistles at the chiseled Spanish star as he warms up before the match. “And then right next to him,” says Law, “you’ve got what looked like a prince.”

Strokes of Genius, which airs July 1 at 8 p.m. ET on Tennis Channel, serves as more than a mere nostalgia trip. Sure, reliving arguably the most riveting match in tennis history, which saw Nadal end Federer’s quest to win six straight Wimbledon titles in a four hour, 48 minute epic that included two rain delays and ended in near darkness, is delightful. But the documentary stands out for its timeliness. Who would have thought, a decade after that incredible July day — which saw Nadal squander a two sets-to-none advantage before prevailing in a fifth-set tiebreaker, finally giving him his first Wimbledon title — that both players would still be going strong? That they’d be 1-2 in the world (Nadal No. 1, Federer No. 2) in 2018, when Federer’s 36 years old, and Nadal’s 32? That they’d have won the last six Grand Slams running (Federer’s the 2017 Australian Open champ, the 2017 Wimbledon winner, and the 2018 Aussie champion; Nadal’s taken the last two French Opens, and won last year’s U.S. Open)? That the promise of another Nadal-Federer Wimbledon final, another unforgettable duel a decade later, is very, very real?

Both players participated in the documentary, which is based on the book by Sports Illustrated executive editor Jon Wertheim, who’s also an executive producer of the film (Meredith Corporation owns both TIME and Sports Illustrated). Fans learn more about Federer’s early proclivities for temper tantrums — it’s true, the unflappable Federer almost went all John McEnroe on everyone.

“I [sought] perfection maybe way too early in my life,” Federer says. Footage of a prepubescent Federer making faces and kicking balls and dropping rackets follows. “We sometimes felt very ashamed,” says his father, Robert, who’s spent the last 15 years beaming on millions of television sets around the globe as his son piled up his 20 major championships. “We really took him many times aside and said ‘Roger, I’m not going along with you anymore. I’m not playing the fool.’”

“I used to tell him, your bad behavior is like sending an invitation to your opponent,” says Federer’s mother, Lynette. “Here I am, beat me. I’m ready to beat today. So go ahead.”

Federer listened to his folks. Nadal’s family also supported his rise: his uncle Toni, who’s featured prominently in Strokes of Genius, coached him for years. Nadal makes a comforting admission in the film: When up against Federer, he led the fourth set tiebreaker 5-2, and had two serves to close out the match. But then his mind failed him. “I start to feel nervous,” Nadal says. He missed his first serve, and said he had a feeling he’d double fault. He did exactly that; Federer charged back to force a fifth set.

Superstar athletes rarely cop to mental frailty. Doing so offers comfort for the rest of us.

Nadal’s lapse makes his eventual win ever more impressive. He could have folded, instead, he fought back and won anyway. That victory was Nadal’s first Grand Slam win off of the Roland Garros clay. He’s gone on to win 17 slams, second only to Federer’s 20. Nadal became Federer’s foil: he owns a 23-15 head-to-head advantage against Federer, though Federer prevailed in their last Grand Slam final, when he beat Nadal in five sets at the 2017 Australian Open. Both players continue to push each other to unprecedented excellence.

“I had to embrace the idea of a rival,” Federer says in Strokes of Genius. “In the beginning I didn’t want to have one. And then eventually I realized, there’s something good to take out of these situations. So I maybe have to adjust my game a little bit. I don’t like to do that, per se. But why not? Let’s go.”

Strokes of Genius celebrates a sport’s golden age. All that remains for Nadal and Federer: writing their Wimbledon sequel.

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Volvo is making a true ‘Autopilot’ that’ll let you eat, sleep, or watch movies – coming in 3 years

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Self-driving cars have gone from DARPA project to roaming our streets much faster than anyone predicted, but if you bring the topic up with a grouchy truck nuts-owning uncle, the response is probably going to be “Yeah, but when can I buy one?”

Volvo is making a more concrete (and realistic!) pledge than most of its competitors: to have a Level 4 autonomous car in showrooms, buyable and usable, by 2021. Level 4 doesn’t mean full autonomy, but what it does mean is that you can have the bulk of your commute completely automated.

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Kim Kardashian Tries on New Jewelry in Paris Years After Robbery

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Nothing holding her back. Kim Kardashian was not afraid to show off a little bling while visiting Paris for the first time since her 2016 robbery.

“@mrkimjones lacing me with that new @dior jewelry,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 37, wrote alongside a photo of herself trying on a lavish Dior bracelet on her Instagram Story Thursday, June 21.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week Week on June 21, 2018 in Paris, France.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week Week on June 21, 2018 in Paris, France. Chesnot/WireImage

Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris hotel in October 2016 as thieves gagged her and stole more than $ 10 million worth of jewelry. Ten suspects were arrested in connection to the crime in January 2017 while another suspect was taken into custody in April of this year.

The KKW Beauty founder reflected on her return to the City of Lights on her app Friday, June 22. “I went back to Paris to witness Kanye‘s BFF, Virgil Abloh, make history with his first collection and runway show for Louis Vuitton during Mens Fashion Week. It was such an emotional trip!” she wrote. “For me, it was the perfect time to come back to a place where I fell in love, but also a place where I suffered great trauma. The trip was actually only 12 hours because right after the show, we had to fly home for Teyana Taylor’s listening party the same night!”

She continued: “Emotionally, I feel calm. I’ve truly put the experience behind me, and have learned and grown from it. Because of this, mentally coming back to Paris wasn’t difficult for me. It feels refreshing to face my fears and overcome them. For me, there’s no point in staying in a f–ked-up state of mind. ‘Feel it, go through it and move on’ has always been how I try to live my life. I would never suggest to anyone how to grieve, I can simply say what has worked for me.”

“I’m so happy I went back,” Kardashian concluded. “It was the perfect experience coming back to a city I love so much.”

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Porsha Williams Is Excitedly Expecting Her Birthday On June 22 – The Gorgeous Brunette Will Be 37 Years Old

Porsha Williams will celebrate her birthday on June 22, that’s two days from now. She announced her fans that on Friday she would be 37 years old and she posted some pics in which she looks terrific.

‘Hello 37 I’m waiting on you bihh #June22,’ she captioned one of the pics.

‘I think you are beautiful and look younger and even more beautiful with less makeup,’ one of her fans told her.

‘We have the same birthday!!! I will be the big 36!!! Happy Birthday Gorgeous!!!’ another follower wrote, and one other person said that ‘@porsha4real me and you have the same birthday. Happy Early June 22nd birthday, birthday twin. 😂

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‘Not a damn wrinkle in sight you are a beautiful Queen inside and out @porsha4real 👀’ someone else posted.

‘When I say you are flawless… @porsha4real you are truly beautiful inside and out!’ one of her fans told Porsha.

‘@porsha4real love ya didn’t know you were a Cancer, are you extra sensitive and a cryer like most Cancers you don’t seem like it,’ a follower said, and another fan told her that ‘Still trying to figure out Kordell’s thought process for letting you go, and I come up with nothing lol.’

‘@porsha4real u will wear 37 only on your DL you look fabulous! Rock that birthday hard! Good characteristic of a Cancer… Straight’ someone else told her.

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Kirk Franklin Reveals Sister Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison

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Whoa! Here’s news from out of nowhere that’s making a lot of folks do a double take.

Gospel star Kirk Franklin revealed that his sister has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in Texas.

“My sister was just sentenced to 30 years in prison,” he wrote on Instagram. “I now feel the weight of wondering if I could have done more.”

 

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If you’re wondering just what it was that landed the Grammy winner’s sister behind bars, he isn’t saying. However, he has been open about his sister’s drug addiction in the past via his Patheos blog.

“For over ten years, my younger sister was incarcerated in a facility here in Texas. She was in love with a young man who was drug dealer,” Franklin said in 2015. “He introduced her to not only selling drugs, but using as well. When he was arrested for drug trafficking, she was arrested along with him. After she served her time, she was brought before the review board who determined she was ready to be released and brought back into society. The documents were signed and she was set free… but only on paper.”

He continued:

“After a few months back into the free world, it became obvious to me rather quickly that my sister was still in prison. It’s what they call being institutionalized. She quickly started using again, becoming very reckless with her body, which turned into her using it as a means to pay for her habit.”

It was then Franklin realized he needed to sit down the read the Bible.

“God has given us a tool which renews our thinking,” he said. “It reprograms us to receive everything that is ours. It shows us that we are heirs and joint heirs. It cuts down the weeds that have grown in our minds.”

After making the mind blowing announcement, his friends and followers offered him kind words and wanted to uplift him.

Pastor John Gray left this comment under Kirk’s post:

Jesus. She was your sister. But she was not your responsibility. You did as much as you could. And God knows you did. Don’t hold yourself hostage to the land of what if….you’re a great man. A great husband and father. And a loyal, loving committed brother. Love you man.

Comedian Sinbad replied to Pastor John’s comment,

“@realjohngray I love what you say my brother.”

One follower wrote:

“Praying for you and your family. @kirkfranklin”

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New study says last year’s record-breaking Bitcoin price was actually a fraud

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The bears are firmly in control of the cryptocurrency market, as Bitcoin and all the other coins have been on a free fall since Sunday. All tokens have been losing value consistently since late May, and there’s no telling when the bleeding will stop.

More disturbing, a new study now claims that Bitcoin’s incredible bull run last year was the result of manipulation via the use of a different token called Tether, which has seen its own share of controversies since its emergence.

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There’s a chance next year’s Galaxy S10 might be faster than this year’s iPhone

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The Galaxy Note 9 isn’t even here yet, and there’s already talk about Samsung’s next Galaxy S model, the S10, which is supposed to bring over several design changes and improvements.

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

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

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

It marked his 14th major championship…

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Lack of housing and egregious commutes are forcing San Francisco Bay residents out of their homes and seeking states with lower taxes, according to the San Francisco Business Times.
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New approach to treating glioblastoma could add years to patients’ lives

A new way of treating glioblastoma — the deadly brain tumor currently ailing Arizona Sen. John McCain — with a personalized vaccine is giving some patients in a clinical trial more time.

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Silver Anniversary Gifts: How is artrepublic celebrating 25 years in its Brighton gallery?

The first of a series of exciting launches for artrepublic Brighton, our new gallery space is just the tip of the creative iceberg. Want to know what else we have in store for you? Read on…

artrepublic has been a fixture on Brighton’s Bond Street for 25 whole years, can you believe it? So we kicked off our silver anniversary at the start of this year’s Brighton Festival/ Brighton Fringe Festival with the launch of our brand-new gallery area. Expanding next door to double the gallery space – both floor and walls – means that we can commit even further to doing what we do best: finding, showcasing and sharing art by the best emerging and established artists out there.

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And what better way to open than with a big old party, complete with the unveiling of a brand-new sculptural edition by Magnus Gjoen, There Are Some Dead Who Are More Alive Than The Living, created exclusively for artrepublic? It was lucky we had all that extra space as the gallery was packed; a number of artrepublic’s family of artists dropped in for a drink with our team, as well as new and existing customers, and Brighton local Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) also popped in to raise a glass with us.

If you didn’t make it down to the opening, you can drop by to see us and check out our current lineup any time. The whole gallery has been spruced up and rehung, and you’ll now find a series of originals alongside our ever-changing collection of limited-edition prints, many of which can be bought using the Own Art scheme – just ask one of our art advisors for more information if you’re not sure.

But that’s not all, not even by a long shot. We have this new space to play with, and we want to share it with you all. So we’re planning a monthly programme of creative events and art-related happenings, from kids’ art workshops led by artrepublic’s professional artists to true storytelling evenings with Spark, who host regular events in London, Bristol and Glasgow. We’ll be sharing more details of each of our upcoming events with you soon, so you can get the dates in your diary, book your place and join in the fun.

 

We don’t want to overload you with information, but if you have any questions about our new gallery, upcoming events or want to discuss our podcast, drop by the gallery or call us on 01273 724829 to speak to one of our art advisors. If you subscribe to our newsletters, keep an eye on your email inbox (as well as on the blog) for more updates as we have them.

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Paula Price Will Become Macy’s New CFO After Four Years At Harvard

Paula Price will be joining Macy’s Inc. as its chief financial officer and will join the company’s Corporate Strategy Group.

Price’s 30-year career includes senior-level finance, general management, and strategy roles based in New York, London, and Chicago in retail (grocery and pharmacy), financial services, and consumer packaged goods industries. Her appointment to Macy’s, however, was based on her extended experience in the retail and consumer-facing business. She will succeed 21-year veteran Karen Hoguet, who plans to retire at the end of the year. She will be responsible for all of Macy’s finance, accounting, investor relations, and internal audit function, spending her time between New York and the company’s headquarters in Cincinnati.

Currently, Price is a full-time senior lecturer in the accounting and management unit at Harvard Business School, a role she has held since 2014. Prior to her current role in academia, she was senior vice president, controller, and chief accounting officer for CVS Caremark Corp. and was a key player in the $ 26 billion CVS Caremark merger deal. Previously, she worked in the financial services industry at JPMorgan Chase and Prudential Insurance Co. of America; and in the consumer packaged goods industry at Diageo and Kraft Foods. She began her career in public accounting at Arthur Andersen & Co.

Price currently sits on the corporate boards of Accenture Plc, Dollar General Corp., and Western Digital Corp. She is also a board director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, and Beaver Country Day School. She is the Audit Committee Chair of Accenture, the Audit Chair of Western Digital Corp., and the Chair of the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. She was a board director of Charming Shoppes Inc. from March 2011 until it was sold, and a board trustee of Newton Wellesley Hospital.

Price earned her M.B.A. in Finance and Strategy from University of Chicago Booth School and her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from DePaul University. She is also a certified public accountant. She is a member of the Massachusetts Chapter of International Women’s Forum, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and National Association of Corporate Directors.

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Have you ever wondered what your Twitter timeline would have looked like a decade ago if you were following all the same people then that you are now? Wonder no more, because Twitter’s robust search engine can make this dream a reality. All you have to do is click on this link and start scrolling down your time travel timeline.

The best part of this fun Easter egg is that it doesn’t matter if you actually had a Twitter account back in 2008. As long as you have one now and are following people who were using Twitter ten years ago, then the page will populate with tweets from the most recent day it can and then move backwards chronologically as you scroll.

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A1 to reunite with all four members for first time in nearly 15 years

OHMYGOSSIP — A1 will reunite with all four members for the first time in nearly 15 years.
The 90s pop group are set to tour as a four piece of Paul Marazzi, Christian Ingebrigtsen, Mark Read and Ben Adams to mark their 20th anniversary.
Announcing the news on Twitter, they shared: “WE’RE SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE 1ST OF OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION DATES – STARTING WITH SINGAPORE..MORE TO FOLLOW. #a1Reunion (sic)”
Whilst Ben, Mark and Christian added in a short statement: “We’re unbelievably excited that Paul will be joining us again to bring the original line up of a1 back together for the very first time in nearly 15 years.”
The band – famous for their hits ‘Like A Rose’, ‘Take On Me’ and ‘Same Old Brand New You’ – started out as a four piece but in 2002, Paul decided to leave the band, citing “personal reasons”.
Mode Entertainment wrote on their page: “Formed in 1998, this year marks the 20th Anniversary of a1! With a long string hits such as “Like A Rose”, “Take On Me”, “Same Old Brand New You” (and many more!), popular boyband a1 is back to charm their Singapore fans on 20 October 2018 (Saturday), 8PM at MES Theatre with an extraordinary Reunion Tour concert that will include well-missed former member Paul Marazzi! This marks the only time the Original Line Up is appearing together since 2002. Expect lots of hits, laughter and tears at this Once In A Lifetime Reunion Concert! Don’t miss it for the world! #a1Reunion (sic)”
Further dates are expected to be announced in due course.

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Poland’s Olga Tokarczuk Is This Year’s Man Booker International Prize Winner for Flights

(LONDON) — Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for fiction Tuesday with Flights, a novel that charts multiple journeys in time, space and human anatomy.

Flights beat five other finalists, including Iraqi writer Ahmed Saadawi’s horror story Frankenstein in Baghdad and South Korean author Han Kang’s meditative novel The White Book.

Tokarczuk’s novel combines tales of modern-day travel with the story of a 17th century anatomist who dissected his own amputated leg and the journey of composer Frederic Chopin’s heart from Paris to Warsaw after his death.

The judging panel led by writer Lisa Appignanesi called the Flights a witty, playful novel in which “the contemporary condition of perpetual movement” meets the certainty of death.

Tokarczuk is one of Poland’s best-known authors. She has been criticized by Polish conservatives — and received death threats — for criticizing aspects of the country’s past, including its episodes of anti-Semitism.

The prize is a counterpart to the Man Booker Prize for English-language novels and is open to books in any language that have been translated into English.

The 50,000-pound ($ 67,000) award is split evenly between the writer and her translator, Jennifer Croft.


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James Bay makes a vow to stick around for years to come at HMV signing

OHMYGOSSIP — James Bay made a vow to keep making music for years to come as he celebrated the release of his second LP, ‘Electric Light’, at HMV Oxford Street on Friday night (18.05.18).
The 27-year-old singer/songwriter thanked his fans for getting him to where he is today following the epic journey he’s been on since releasing his debut album, ‘Chaos and the Calm’, three years ago.
James treated the intimate room to an acoustic set of ‘Just For Tonight’, ‘Pink Lemonade’, ‘Wild Love’ and ‘Us’ from the new record, as well as fan favourite, ‘Hold Back The River’, from the first.
Speaking before his set, James said: “I know it’s been a while.
“Thank you for waiting.
“It’s amazing you guys are here for the second album. I will see you on the third, I’ll see you on fourth and fifth.
I wouldn’t be stood up here without you.”
Afterwards, the chiseled singer signed copies of his album for a long line of fans, many of whom he recognised from the front rows of his gigs around the world.
Speaking to BANG Showbiz, James – who now lives in London – admitted that he hasn’t been able to go home to Hitchin in Hertfordshire very often since his career took off, saying: “I don’t get back there very much.”
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Haunted by Don Quixote for 25 years, Gilliam finally gets his epic out

Terry Gilliam finally brought his epic “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” to the screen on Saturday (May 19), after a 25-year struggle to make a film afflicted by financial, legal and logistical obstacles, illness and death. Rough cut (no reporter narration).


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Is ‘Star Trek: Insurrection’ Worth a Second Look 20 Years Later?

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the ninth Star Trek film, Insurrection, the third outing for the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) following the universally-acclaimed First Contact. The film opened to mixed reviews and is not generally considered to be one of the franchise’s better instalments. But does it deserve this reputation? Let’s look back at this oft-forgotten entry in Star Trek canon.

The Morality Play

While Star Trek TV shows excel at delivering thoughtful commentary on current events, the movies often struggle to do the same. With the exception of The Voyage Home’s explicit “Save the Whales” message and The Undiscovered Country’s metaphor for the collapse of the Soviet Union, attempts to be overtly thoughtful tend to be less effective than simply integrating some subtext. Just consider the heavy-handed moralizing of Into Darkness versus the more casual approach of Beyond.


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‘First Contact’ gave itself less of a burden and succeeded because of it.

This explains First Contact’s success. While the movie had things to say about destiny, revenge, and humanity creating a brighter future for itself, it was primarily a fun action movie. Insurrection, on the other hand, sets itself up for failure by being all about the message. Not only that, but the message itself almost begs the audience to reject it. It argues that preserving the way of life for a mere 600 people is more important than helping billions of people in a time of war.


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Brent Spiner as Data, Patrick Stewart as Picard, and Michael Dorn as Worf in ‘Star Trek: Insurrection.’

Insurrection deserves credit for such a bold stance. Its core message is an indictment of some of the most horrific atrocities in human history, from the slave trade to the Trail of Tears. Some audience members and critics rejected the morality play, arguing that 600 people represent stakes that are too low to justify Picard’s rebellion. But Insurrection anticipates the criticism and gives Picard the ultimate retort. He questions the admiral’s reasoning, asking him how many people must be affected by his decision before it becomes wrong.

The Contrast With Deep Space Nine

One can gain a deeper appreciation for Insurrection‘s message by placing it in context with the rest of the franchise. In 1998, Deep Space Nine (DS9) was midway through its seventh and final season. The Dominion War had been raging for almost two years. Audiences had watched Captain Sisko and his crew fight on the front lines and make sacrifices that Picard and his people had never had to make.

The scene where Picard decides to violently resist the relocation of the Ba’ku is compelling because of a (likely coincidental) parallel to the worst thing Sisko ever did. Picard, alone in his quarters, slowly removes his rank pips, and when we see him next he’s in civilian clothes.

It harkens back to the seminal DS9 episode “In the Pale Moonlight” where Sisko slowly removes his uniform as he explains how he tricked the Romulans into joining the war. Whereas Sisko removes his uniform but ultimately declares that he can live with what he has done, Picard removes his uniform because he can’t live with the consequences of removing the Ba’ku.

Picard and Sisko represent two sides of a debate that Star Trek revels in. One could argue that Picard and his crew, who are never referenced during the war storyline in DS9, and don’t seem to be anywhere near the front lines, are making their choice because they have the privilege of not seeing how desperate things have gotten. Or you could say that it is Sisko who is wrong and that the Federation cannot survive if its surrenders its moral high ground. It’s a dichotomy that Star Trek keeps revisiting, and Insurrection carries on that tradition.

A Mixed Bag in the Execution


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F. Murray Abraham as Ahdar Ru’afo

The main “guest stars” of the movie — Donna Murphy as Anij, F. Murray Abraham as Ru’afo, and Anthony Zerbe as Admiral Dougherty — all turn in solid performances. So, too, does Gregg Henry, who does good supporting work as Ru’afo’s subordinate Gallatin.

And the film gives most of its principal cast material to work with, including a subtle, moving performance from LeVar Burton in a scene where Geordi sees his first sunrise. But it largely fails Marina Sirtis and Gates McFadden, who end up with very little to do. While it’s not as egregious a waste of talent as Nemesis, it’s still a letdown.

As for the action, it’s mostly pretty good. Some fans may find Riker’s “manual steering column” a bit ridiculous, but you’ll never convince us it’s not awesome.

Fans may also criticise the admittedly bizarre action sequence in which Picard defeats a malfunctioning Data by singing Gilbert and Sullivan. They shouldn’t, because the scene is fantastic, but they might.

But it must be acknowledged that some elements do not hold up well. Insurrection was the first Star Trek film to use CGI for all its visual effects, including the rendering of the starships. Unfortunately, in HD many of the space shots are noticeably computer-generated and look unfinished.

On top of that, some of the sets, particularly the bridge of Ru’afo’s flagship and the interior of the Son’a collector ship, look incredibly cheap. For a franchise that has always been able to maintain appearances even when budgets are tight, the aesthetic of Insurrection is a disappointment that sometimes takes you out of the experience.

The Verdict

Insurrection isn’t the best film starring the TNG cast — that honour definitely belongs to First Contact. But it’s better than NemesisGenerations, and even The Final Frontier (because all the other Star Trek movies are). For fans who loathed NemesisInsurrection is the perfect send-off for the TNG crew.

It shows them at their best — funny, thoughtful, and unafraid to deal with the complex themes that made the TV show so important. It deserves, on its 20th anniversary, a second look, and maybe some renewed appreciation from Star Trek fans.

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Dutch art dealer discovers first ‘new’ Rembrandt in 44 years

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch art dealer Jan Six made the discovery of a lifetime at an auction house in 2016, when he saw the hand of Rembrandt in an unknown painting that had gone unnoticed for four centuries.


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Police dogs in Ecuador retire after years of service to the police force

Sixty-one police dogs were retired following years of dedicated service in Quito, Ecuador on May 9, 2018. The dogs, who assisted officers by sniffing out illegal drugs and helping to search for victims during the country’s 2016 earthquake, were then adopted into new families.
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Mike Epps Is Engaged Months After Splitting With Wife Of 12 Years

Eight months after divorcing his wife Mechelle Epps of 12 years, comedian Mike Epps has jumped back in getting engaged to his girlfriend Kyra Robinson.

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According to BET, the two announced their engagement via Instagram after throwing a party with friends and family to celebrate. The two first went public with their relationship in the summer of 2017.

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In 2016, Mike filed to divorce Mechelle in 2016 which turned into a messy and public battle. Their divorce was final in September 2017.

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These People Set Financial New Year’s Resolutions. Here’s How They’re Doing


Remember three months ago when you rang in 2018 with a list of New Year’s resolutions?

I know, it seems like an eternity ago… and maybe they didn’t make it to today. That’s OK.

But back in January, I featured three folks who had some serious financial resolutions for this year. Their goals ranged across the board, from wanting to save up to buy a car to being debt-free.

It’s already time to follow up with them. (I know, this year is already blowing by!) I asked them a few questions to gauge how they’re doing.

Let’s see where they’re at with their financial goals!

Mikaela Herres: Is She on Track to Double Her Savings in 2018?

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Mikaela Herres hasn’t doubled her savings yet, but she’s on her way to building it up. Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder

Mikaela Herres is the ultra-busy college student who’s already grinding on the full-time job life.

Her goals for 2018 were to double her savings account (bringing it to $ 10,000) and build an emergency account. To do so, she planned to save 15-20% of everything she made this year.

Let’s see how she’s doing:

On a scale of 1-5, how would you rate yourself in terms of being on track to hit your goals?

I would rate myself at 3.5-4! I’m on track for goals just slightly lower than wished.

  1. The last time we spoke, you had around $ 5,000 in your savings. One of your goals was to double it in 2018. How’s that going?

I wasn’t able to quite double it. I’m a little more than the middle ground of that goal!

  1. You also wanted to build an emergency account –– have you started that? If so, how much is in it?

I did and currently have $ 1,200 in that account.

  1. Have you been able to maintain the goal of saving 15-20% of everything you’ve made? Why/why not?

I’ve been able to do more on the 15% side. I had a couple health setbacks and massive weight loss then needed to take care of doctors, new clothes, etc. I’m also trying to graduate in the middle of the semester, so my school life got insane and I wasn’t able to do as many collaborations (on Instagram).

  1. What are some difficulties or challenges you’ve faced so far this year, in terms of managing your finances?

I had some car issues like new tires, brakes, fluids and belts. High-ticket items. And then, like I said in the previous question, health issues that were unexpected that I need to deal with. School workload.

  1. Have you had any setbacks?

Besides the ones I previously stated, I haven’t had any other setbacks.

  1. Anything else you’d like to share?

I started using a personal Instagram closet page, Poshmark and Depop to sell things from my closet, which helped for a little cushion with my challenges.

Chelsea Daubar: Why Her Financial Goals Changed

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While Chelsea Daubar hasn’t made all her financial resolutions come true, she is eliminating unnecessary spending on things like takeout and Friday happy hour. Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder

Since we last caught up with Chelsea Daubar, she’s gotten engaged!

Her 2018 goals were to cut down her credit card debt and save for a big goal of buying a used car. How’s she handling it now that she’s about to put a ring on it?

  1. I hear you’re engaged — congratulations! How is the engagement affecting your financial goals, if at all?

Thanks! It has completely readjusted our financial plans and budget. We are paying for a lot of the wedding expenses ourselves and have to save it slowly. It is really the only thing I am saving for right now. I’m saving about $ 500 a month, which was allocated for the money I was going to put toward extra loan payments and car savings.

  1. Do you have new financial goals now?

No new goals. Just the wedding.

  1. When we last spoke, you wanted to save money to buy a used car. How is that coming along?

Not a priority anymore. I have spent some money fixing a couple of issues to my current car to make sure it runs as long as possible.

  1. Did you get approved for the income-based repayment plan on your student loans? Is that helping you manage your payments? Are you still making three payments a month?

The three payments a month was only going to be if I could do automatic smaller payments, but that is not an option through my loan provider. I did get approved for the income-based payments, but it’s still a $ 100 payment a month.

  1. Is there anything different you’re doing to save for the wedding? Cutting back in other areas of your budget, etc?

The biggest thing we are doing is cutting out extra unnecessary spending. We are suckers for take-out and after-school Friday happy hours (my fiance is a teacher as well!), so we have been telling ourselves that we have food at home and getting creative with making meals out of what’s left in the fridge.

After the wedding, I would love to focus on my original goals. Obviously, I can’t drive my car forever and looking further down the road, I will need a car that can fit a car seat!

It is also important to note that saving is especially important for us because neither of us will be receiving our promised raises next year. Now, it hasn’t officially been stated, but based on the fact that those who were due for their raises this year have yet to see an extra penny and the fact that the district will be starting next school year with a $ 16 million dollar deficit, it seems pretty clear that we will be going without a raise, as well. If we were going to get them, it would be an additional $ 8,000 to our annual combined income. Without it, saving gets harder because prices of everything go up while our pay remains the same.

Our wedding is next March (2019) so we have some time, but you just never know what life is going to throw at you. We are trying to be prepared for everything!

Khiem Nguyen: Did He Make His Final Student Loan Payment?

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Khiem Nguyen reached his financial resolution of paying off $ 8,000 in student loans before his birthday. Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder

You might remember Penny Hoarder social media video strategist Khiem Nguyen as the man who had his sights set on paying off his student loans by April. He did have a bit of credit card debt getting in the way, though –– so is he on track to smash his goals?

  1. On a scale of 1-5, how would you rate yourself in terms of being on track to hit your goals?

I would say a 4. I am so close to being debt- free!

  1. You had a big goal of paying off your remaining student loan balance of about $ 8,000 by your 31st birthday on April 13. Did you end up doing that?

I did! It was a process, but I was really happy to accomplish it. There were a few major developments that helped me make my goal. First, I was explaining my goal to my mom, and she told me she had a savings account of about $ 1,600 that she kept to the side since I was little. I asked her to give that money over to me. Second, I started a swing dance lifestyle clothing brand, Killer Diller, and it took off in the last few months, earning me an additional $ 400 (plus dance gigs). And lastly, I put all my tax return to my debt, which allowed me to pay it all off two days before my birthday.

  1. How’s the credit card debt going? You had about $ 2,000 last time we spoke –– have you paid any of it off?

I paid all my credit card debt this month and have been able to manage expenses pretty effectively. Unfortunately, I just received my medical bills from being in the hospital in January, so that is now a setback of $ 4,000 🙁

  1. Did you cancel your OrangeTheory subscription? Have you cut costs other ways?

I did end my membership! That saved me $ 80 a month. I am using the money I saved on more swing-dance-related classes/workshops, running at home and going to my friend’s fitness room at his apartment complex to round things out. I started cooking at home and meal prepping three to five meals a week. This cut my food expenses a bit (probably saving me $ 30-$ 50 a week) and also gives me the added benefit of eating a little healthier.

  1. What are some difficulties or challenges you’ve faced so far this year, in terms of managing your finances?

For me, looking at my debt balance and being so close to paid off has made me anxious. I want to pay it off in full sooner than later, which led me to put more money toward that student loan debt than what I budgeted. I dipped below what I was comfortable with in my checking account and have a very meager savings.

  1. Have you had any setbacks?

The biggest setback was being sick in January. I got the flu and then had to go to the hospital for three days. If it wasn’t for insurance, those three days would have cost me another few years of debt. If it weren’t for my being sick, I think I would have paid the one, if not all, of my debts by now.

  1. Anything else you’d like to share?

I have been really happy about my focus on paying down my debt. I have found ways to allow myself to live a fun and fulfilling life without having to spend a fortune to do so! I am excited to have no debt to pay off and grow my wealth finally!

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The Cars’ Ric Ocasek and Wife Paulina Porizkova Announce Split After 28 Years of Marriage

After 28 years of marriage, The Cars’ former frontman, Ric Ocasek and wife, Paulina Porizkova have decided to call it quits.

On Wednesday, the former supermodel shared on social media – with plenty of car and transportation metaphors – that the couple, who wed in August 1989, have been “peacefully separated for the past year.”

“Our family always has been — and still is — a well-built car,” Porizkova wrote in an Instagram post.

“When the four of us are together, we can go wherever the road takes us. But as a bicycle, my husband and I no longer pedal in unison. So we’re ditching the bicycle,” she continued.

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“Ric and I have been peacefully separated for the past year,” added Porizkova. “The photos of our happy family are, in fact, happy family photos; we are just no longer a couple.”

The Czech-born actress, 53, went on to talk about the love that she and Ocasek, 74, still have for each other. (The pair first met while filming the music video for The Cars’ song “Drive” in 1984.)

“The love we have for one another is so wide and deep it’s practically tangible, and that sort of love can never disappear,” she shared. “Expect to keep seeing happy family photos.”

“As I’m sure you can understand, out of respect for our children and each other, we’ll not be commenting further (here or elsewhere) at this time,” Porizkova concluded the post.

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Last month, the estranged couple —  who have two adult sons together, Jonathan and Oliver — showed a united front at Ocasek’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in Cleveland, Ohio.

At the event, Ocasek and Porizkova, both dressed in sparkly outfits, embraced each other as they posed for pictures.


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Falling in love when you have autism: ‘It’s like being on the same first date for 20 years’

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

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Laura James at 25, when her autism was still undiagnosed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Laura James with her husband, Tim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Happily ever after: Laura James today

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

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

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

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Man Who Tried To Extort Kevin Hart With Sex Tape Facing 4 Years In Jail

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The man who threatened to unleash an alleged sex tape featuring actor and comedian Kevin Hart was slapped with extortion charges and now faces four years in jail. Jonathan Jackson’s name was made public after the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office issued a statement regarding the case.

Jackson, 41, an actor who and worked with Hart in the past and also goes by the names Action Jackson and J.T., was charged with one count of attempted extortion and extortion by threatening letter.

According to the statment for the L.A. County DA, tried to force Hart into paying him a huge amount of cash for footage in August 2017 that featured him and Montia Sabbag, which TMZ reportedly said was a Las Vegas stripper after they published the edited footage last September.

As of now, Jackson’s bail is set at $ 100,00 and the maximum time he’ll do for the crime if charged is four years. Hart didn’t fully address the announcement, but a tweet this afternoon seemed to sum up his feelings on the matter.

“Mind blown…Hurt…at a lost for words and simply in complete disbelief at the moment. WOW,” read the tweet.

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Kanye West Says 400 Years of Slavery ‘Sounds Like a Choice’

(LOS ANGELES) — Before the last one had a chance to simmer down, Kanye West caused another stir, calling American slavery a “choice” in an interview Tuesday.

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years, that sounds like choice,” West said on “TMZ Live” after questions on his pro-President Donald Trump posts and pictures that caused a dust-up last week. “You was there for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all?”

“Do you feel like I’m thinking free and feeling free?” West asked the TMZ employees in the room.

“I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” TMZ’s Van Lathan quickly cracked back at West, as many would in the ensuing hours.

Lathan said while West gets to live the elite artist’s life, “the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats in our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was our choice.”

Symone D. Sanders, political commentator and CNN contributor, led the anti-West chorus on Twitter.

“Kanye is a dangerous caricature of a ‘free-thinking’ black person in America,” Sanders tweeted. “Frankly, I am disgusted and I’m over it. Also (I can’t believe I have to say this): Slavery was far from a choice.”

Others put it more briefly.

“Slavery wasn’t a choice,” Russ Bengtson tweeted, “but listening to Kanye is.”

West also told TMZ that he became addicted to opioids that doctors prescribed after he had liposuction surgery in 2016. He was hospitalized for a week and had to cut short his “Pablo” tour. West said the painkillers drove him to a “breakdown,” which became a “breakthrough” when he found himself again.

West also doubled down on his love of the president, which Trump has been returning in tweets.

“I just love Trump,” West said, adding that most in hip-hop agreed with him before Trump became president. “Trump is one of rap’s favorite people.”


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Amazon Is Increasing the Cost of Prime for the First Time in Four Years


It all started in 2005 with free two-day shipping.

Since then, Amazon Prime has evolved into the preeminent paid subscription service, with over 100 million members getting access to popular TV series, movies and music, select free Kindle books and free shipping that now includes two-hour delivery.

Prime is one of those things that people make fit into their budgets because it’s a good deal. But now you might have to give up a trip to The Sizzler to afford the luxury.

Starting May 11, Amazon is increasing the price of Prime membership from $ 99 per year to $ 119.

Prime renewals will follow the price increase beginning June 16.

Regular and student monthly memberships will continue to be $ 12.99 and $ 6.49 per month, respectively. The annual student membership will increase to $ 59 per year.

No change has been announced to increase the price on discounted memberships for Medicaid recipients.

It’s been four years since Prime’s last $ 20 price hike from $ 79, shortly after which Amazon introduced Prime Music.

What’s to come for Amazon Prime members is yet to be fully revealed but there are a few things we know.

Whole Foods is eliminating its rewards program beginning May 1 in favor of a program integrated with Prime. And Amazon has acquired rights to stream two years of the NFL’s Thursday Night Football games for a cool $ 130 million – a perk that will only be available to Prime members.

If you’re not a Prime member and won’t be ready to pull the trigger before May 11, you can still ask your mom for a digital gift card for a year of Prime and pay her $ 99 back later.

Jen Smith is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder and gives money saving and debt payoff tips on Instagram at @savingwithspunk.

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I’ve Been a Stylist for 10 Years, and I Wish I Had Known This When I Started

When she’s not working with big names like Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Hudson, and Hilary Swank, celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger also divulges her fashion expertise in our Ask a Stylist column and fulfills her duties as the official Armi Captain at luxury rental and styling platform Armarium. From the best places to source vintage to the secret to finding your most flattering jeans, come back each week for a professional’s perspective.

Whether you work in fashion or not, when you hear that I work as a stylist, your first thought is most likely that my job is extremely glamorous. Although many parts of my job are glamorous, many things that I do on a daily basis are far from what you see on Instagram. Today, I’m sharing what I wish I’d known when I started as a stylist and some important things to learn in order to be successful.

Something that I’d like to share right away is I am extremely thankful and love the career I’ve created for myself very much. That said, today I’m highlighting the aspects that aren’t typically unveiled on social media. For example, I spend 80% of my time at FedEx preparing packages to send to my clients. What no one really talks about are the dull parts of being a stylist like packing and unpacking boxes and scheduling messengers. In my line of work, it’s all about learning to be organized because so much of your success is based on organization and client satisfaction.

However, as most would come to expect, my job also has amazing perks, and it’s a job where I get to be creative and work around beautiful clothing. Although my job is not what many people expect (and each day can be completely different than the next), I love my work and thrive on being creative and pleasing my clients every day.

Now that you know a little bit more of how I made it in the fashion industry, shop some of the items I’m eyeing right now.

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Most Black Parents Begin Saving for College Before Their Child Is 10 Years Old

Saving for college is kind of like dieting—it’s something you should do, but it’s oh, so hard. Like many difficult tasks, saving for college may be best done with the advice of an expert.

Northwestern Mutual, the life insurance company, recently conducted a study of African American parents to learn how they save for college. The insurer learned that African American parents do the following:

  • Work side jobs to earn money that is earmarked for saving
  • Start relatively early—before their child is 10
  • Solicit savings help from grandparents and others

Unfortunately, fully 35% of black parents plan to rely on loans to fund some portion of their child’s college education costs.

I spoke with Francisca Brown, Northwestern Mutual director of African American market strategy, to learn more.

“Sixteen percent of African American parents were saving for college using a 529 plan,” Brown told me. “But, 13% were using money market accounts or certificates of deposit.”

Brown suggests that African American parents come out ahead if they work with a financial planner who can guide them to the best vehicles for saving.

“African American families don’t talk about money,” Brown says, echoing a sentiment I’ve heard before. So how can black parents effectively save when money is a taboo subject?

“You can do it right, structure a plan,” Brown says, by working with a financial planner. Northwestern Mutual financial planners do not charge a fee; they earn money by their commissions on the financial products they sell you.

But doesn’t that incentivize them to sell products that the client doesn’t need? Brown says no.

“It has to be about the client and the client’s needs.” Northwestern Mutual is a major life insurance company that would discipline advisers who didn’t act in the client’s best interests.

Some Northwestern Mutual financial advisers offer services in churches or through Jack and Jill, an African American family and social organization.

“We want to help African Americans learn about financial tools, the basics of saving, financial institutions and banking, and life insurance policies,” Brown says. “Our advisers meet the client where they are and grow with the client.”

Some steps advisers use to work with clients:

  1. Asking questions to see where clients are financially
  2. Helping them with legacy planning
  3. Developing a unique plan that suits the client’s needs
  4. Informing clients of their options
  5. Making sure clients are protected

“With the right plan in place,” Brown says, “it is possible to save for college and still meet other financial goals.”

To learn more about Northwestern Mutual, visit its website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How I regained control over my body after years of debilitating PMS

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How I regained control over my body after years of debilitating PMS

“Is it that time of the month again?” *Crowd gasps*

I remember being 10 watching this scene in the movie Clueless, where Murray reduces his girlfriend Dionne to a hormonal woman who can’t control her emotions, and knowing that he had said something bad.

I hadn’t yet started my period, but it was something I anticipated with a mix of dread and cautious excitement. The idea of getting my period appealed to me because it was mysterious and womanly, and therefore sophisticated. The protagonist in my favorite book, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, was eager to get her period, and I felt a sense of wonder about the idea of my own future period—a special prize of womanhood. But a secret anxiety lived alongside my excitement. I knew there was something to be feared about “that time of the month.” Something to insult. In Clueless, the crowd’s reaction was an indicator that Murray had voiced an opinion that was inherently understood, but not supposed to be said aloud.

Culturally, however, it has become the norm for men to publicly shame women for having periods, or imply that women are incapable of controlling themselves when it’s “that time of the month.”

During an interview with Don Lemon, Donald Trump famously said of Megyn Kelly, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” Trump later insisted that by “her wherever,” he meant Kelly’s nose, but the question of where this phantom blood materializes from is less important than the supposed implied intent: That angry women are emotional women who can’t control their bleeding—or their feelings.

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These comments felt especially personal to me. I’ve struggled for years with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), an extreme form of PMS that causes intense physical symptoms and emotional symptoms—including severe anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts.

It all began a year after watching Clueless—and countless reads of Are You There God? later—when I started my period. Despite my initial hopes and cautious optimism, I immediately had a rough time with it. My cycles were unpredictable; I never knew when my period would decide to grace me with its presence. I was constantly ruining underwear, clothes, sheets. I dealt with gastrointestinal issues in additional to “regular” cramps, swollen breasts, and muscle pain. And my PMS was a force. I have always been an emotional person, easy to hurt or upset, and quick to cry, and it only became worse. A week or so before my period arrived, I felt emotionally shaky, like I wasn’t standing on solid ground, and was prone to mood swings.

The fact is, PMDD and major depressive disorder look quite similar, and as someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety since my teenage years, I had trouble distinguishing what symptoms resulted from my preexisting conditions, and what was “just” PMS.

For a while, therapy, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), meditation, and exercise all helped me manage my depression and anxiety and seemed to help my PMS. But sometime after I turned 28, I noticed that my PMS had shifted from lasting one week to lasting nearly three. For most of the month, my PMS changed me. I wasn’t able to focus at work and often escaped to the back stairwell to cry. In fact, everything made me cry, including the most benign behavior from a friend or a glance from a coworker. Exercise and self-care went out the window entirely. I snapped for no reason. I screamed. I pushed people away. I felt out of my body. I felt out of my mind.

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I recognized that my depression and anxiety and PMS were interconnected, and if my usual methods of well-being weren’t helping the latter, they likely weren’t helping the former two, either. But consciously arriving at this point of recognition was hard. I internalized my pain and suffering because I had internalized the messages of men—men who intentionally antagonize women for exhibiting the exact qualities I now embodied. The messages I had received told me that periods were inherently embarrassing and repulsive. That periods are a burden for women to bear, and women alone. (P.S. Why Is Everyone So Obsessed with Periods Right Now?)

It took months for me to recognize that I did not have to carry the weight of what society says women have to bear. That I didn’t have to embody this stereotypical view of a woman on her period. That a woman should feel no shame or fear about having her period, and that it doesn’t render her incapable of doing her job.

My therapist encouraged me to see my doctor. I had done some at-home research, and when I read about the symptoms of PMDD, I felt a strong resonance: fatigue, mood changes, irritability, depression, easy crying, difficulty concentrating.

When my doctor agreed that my all-encompassing PMS symptoms met the criteria for a PMDD diagnosis, I cried with relief. She recommended a low-dose estrogen and progestin oral contraceptive to help stabilize my hormones. Around the same time, I saw a psychiatrist who recommended I switch to a more energizing SSRI that she said could help with my lethargy and with PMDD symptoms.

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For the first couple of weeks after starting my new regimen, I felt a small shift: the early stirrings of hope, like butterflies in my stomach. I knew from years of experience with SSRIs that antidepressants weren’t “happy pills,” but that they could help provide me with the resources to take better care of myself and to feel more hopeful about the future.

The subtle shifts continued to take effect over the next few weeks. I found solace in what my body felt capable of doing: weekly yoga, meditation, and lots of breathing exercises. I was kind to my body instead of feeling angry about what I had perceived to be its limitations. In a yoga class, I balanced one foot on a block, the other wedged against my inner thigh in a tree pose. I wasn’t able to hold the pose for very long, but it felt good to remember that my body was capable of many things. I had forgotten that my body was capable of more than just feeling sad.

After months of my new regimen, I feel like my body belongs to me again. (And I haven’t escaped to the stairwell to cry at work in months.) Most importantly, despite attempts by men to demean or discredit women by using PMS as a scapegoat, I now recognize that there is nothing shameful about being emotional, or moody, or a woman. I will always be someone who cries easily, who feels emotions deeply. These are the qualities that make me me: a person who is empathetic and loving and warm. I am emotional, and sensitive, and I believe in the healing power of a good, cathartic cry. And I am also strong, smart, and capable. Somedays, I even feel like a badass. And I won’t let anyone reduce me to a stereotype.

This article originally appeared on Shape.com.

The post How I regained control over my body after years of debilitating PMS appeared first on HelloGiggles.

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A lot has changed since Joanna Gaines found fame on Fixer Upper, but there’s one thing she’s always kept the same.

During a trip to New York City in 2005, the HGTV star, 39, who recently said goodbye to her hit show after five seasons, stumbled upon a candlemaker named Shane. “I loved everything about his candles,” she writes in her Magnolia newsletter. “The original scents he developed, the way he hand-poured the soy and coconut wax blend, and of course the wooden wick that crackles as the candle burns.”

The mom of four — she’s pregnant with her and husband Chip’s fifth child, a boy — decided to splurge on Shane’s creations, and she ordered 50 of the linen scent with plans to sell them at one of her “home shows,” a sale that she regularly hosted in the family’s farmhouse.

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“There was something about these candles that sort of nudged me to take a risk on them,” she said.

Sure enough, the “Signature Magnolia Candle,” as she calls it now, sold out immediately, inspiring her to continue offering it to customers to this very day. Although the design of the jar has seen several iterations — “In a way, it’s sort of changed and grown with me” she says — she hasn’t messed with the heart of the product.

“I’ve been ordering that same Signature Magnolia Candle from Shane ever since,” she writes. “The linen scent is still the exact same as it was 10 years ago.”

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While the newest look, which combines “clean and modern with a touch of whimsy,” would certainly complement any space in Joanna’s farmhouse-modern style, what she really hopes fans benefit from is how the classic aroma makes them feel.

“It amazes me how a simple smell can take you back to an exact moment in time — for me, the clean linen scent reminds me of those early home show days where all of this got started,” she says. “My hope for these candles is that they fill your home with a scent that sparks your own fond memories, and that, for years to come, it’ll take you back to happy times spent with those you love most of all.”


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Chad Michael Murray Finds Out If His Late Grandmother was Murdered After Years of Mystery

Chad Michael Murray had never known the cause of death of his late grandmother — until now.

In fact, there were only two people who knew what exactly happened at the time of her death: his grandmother and her husband, his late grandfather, who was accused of her murder.

On Wednesday’s episode of Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry, Murray, 36, finally got some closure about her death.

“There’s this feeling that grandpa would’ve said or verbalized something to people before he died and after he died, his words were changed. He’s like, ‘No, I’m not taking accountability for this. This isn’t right.’ There’s something wrong here with the narrative that’s put after,” Tyler Henry, 22, told the One Tree Hill alum.

“For some reason, they’re having me talk about grandma. They’re having me talk about a fall for some reason. I don’t know what this is,” Henry explained.

“The speculation from the stories that I got from my grandfather was that he was arrested for her murder,” the actor said. “She died at 17 and she just had my mother. She was found with her hands tied behind her back, hung in the basement. So there was a fall, just in a different way.”

“And then after that, he was cleared and they didn’t really have enough evidence to say, ‘It was you that did it.’ ”

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But according to Henry, Murray’s late grandmother died by suicide.

“Before I got here, there was this woman who came through who I acknowledged passing away tragically. But it came through in a way of like, taking accountability to some extent for her actions,” Henry informed the American Drifter author. “But I’m thinking that it might have been even her way of kinda trying to come through and say, ‘Hey, this is something that I’m putting more on myself.’ So, I don’t think he killed your grandmother.”

After speaking with Henry and learning the details about his late grandmother’s death, Murray revealed, “I am, without a doubt, a believer,” adding, “He’s pretty damn good at it.”

Hollywood Medium airs Wednesdays (9 p.m. ET) on E!

If you or someone you know is showing warning signs of suicide, consider contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK, texting the Crisis Text Line at 741741 or seeking help from a professional.


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Fossil Homo sapiens finger from Saudi desert is 90,000 years old

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A fossil finger bone dating back about 90,000 years that was unearthed in Saudi Arabia’s Nefud Desert is pointing to what scientists are calling a new understanding of how our species came out of Africa en route to colonizing the world.


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Virgin Galactic tests rocket ship, three years after fatal accident

(Reuters) – Richard Branson’s company Virgin Galactic conducted a supersonic test flight over the Sierra Nevada mountains of its SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship on Thursday, the company said, three years after a fatal accident on an earlier version of the ship.


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Twelve Years of YLF

Today, it’s already two years since we celebrated a decade of YLF. On the one hand I can’t believe we’ve come so far. On the other, I can’t imagine doing anything else. Helping people find their personal style, solving style challenges, suggesting wardrobe management strategies, keeping up with an evolving fashion industry, and lifting people up when they are down about their style, all feels like a calling to me. 

Husband Greg suggested I start a blog at the end of 2005. He created and designed our site — and all its frequent updates — as his labour of love to me. Greg is full of fabulous ideas and creating YLF was one of his best. I am forever grateful for his support and belief in me.

We launched on April 5 2006 and a small blog grew into a bustling social community with a very engaged forum and fabulous Finds section. Wonderful Inge joined our team seven years ago and became a very close friend. Precious Yorkies Jasmine and Rosie were our brilliant CEOs until they passed on the torch to sensational Sam. His Lordship is a blog and Instagram star and supports us in that special way that doggies do.

YLF is unique in many respects. First, there is fresh weekday content, and I haven’t missed a day of posting in twelve years. Second and most importantly, YLF is not about me and my style — it’s about YOU and YOUR style. It took me two years to show myself on YLF, and this was the post back in 2008 when it happened.

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I’m not an outfit blogger or writer. I’m a fashion stylist who talks about a subject that is both my profession and my passion. I don’t do product reviews, and I don’t accept free wardrobe items from retailers. These days we run an ad-free website, which you can choose to support by becoming a YLF Patron. I work with clients one-to-one in my wardrobe and style consulting business, which gives me a unique perspective. I see up close how fashion looks, fits and feels on a diverse set of people, and I pass that knowledge on to you. 

Just for fun, here are some old YLF photos from posts you might remember from 2009 to 2011. It seems like such a long and short time ago.

My first New York Fashion Week in 2010:

Fashion Week

Fashion Week

My favourite photo on our site is Jasmine photo bombing a shoot for an accessory post, and I didn’t know she was standing right behind me.

Blog Star

Turning 40 eight years ago. I still have the dress but don’t wear it because I’m off sleeveless sheaths. Who knows, maybe I’ll wear it again someday. The Valentino bag in the second outfit was a gift from the YLF community and is a prized possession. I still have and wear my citron trench today.

Turning 40

White Docs and Purple in 2011. I don’t have any of the these items anymore.

Purple Jumper and White Docs

This is back when I wore three inch heels to holiday parties and events. The shoes are long gone, and the other items wore out.

Ball Gown and Biker Jacket

Enjoying bootcuts with blazers and vintage Chanel. These days I much prefer my dramatic bell-bottoms that are wider at the hems. But I’m never passing on my Chanel bag.

Bootcuts with Blazers

The Classics that don’t let me down. My love for white and sour brights continue. I still wear the citron peacoat very regularly.

White

Peacoat

One unique aspect of YLF is the engaged forum, which is in its tenth year. A few years after the forum, we added Finds, which is one of my favourite features on YLF. I love being able to use it to manage my shopping, and having my wardrobe represented digitally has become indispensable to me. I don’t know how I managed before that.

You are what makes YLF exceptional. You graciously share your wit and wisdom in blog comments and forum posts. Your thoughtful, compassionate, intelligent and insightful contributions enrich my life, make me grow as a person, and provide me with daily inspiration. It blows me away when I think that some of you have been participating on YLF since its inception twelve years ago. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU for the support, and for helping me to spread the word that you can have fun with fashion at any age.


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A deeper look into the life of Martin Luther King Jr., 50 years after his death

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Millennials Make Moves In Memphis 50 Years After King’s Assassination

April 4th is a day that will forever be in the hearts of African Americans who sought to fight a system of inequality and oppression. It was the day that famed civil rights leader and activist, Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.

King traveled to Memphis to support the sanitation workers in their protest against unequal wages and poor working conditions. During this time, black workers were paid significantly lower wages than whites and lost their lives performing duties that were far from safe. King spoke out against these injustices so that blacks could be respected and valued in the workplace, community, and governmental systems.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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That mission continues. 50 years after the death of Dr. King, a vibrant and driven group of millennials are running for political office and serve as activists in Memphis, keeping Dr. King’s legacy alive. And they’re all coming to the table with bold ideas and big accomplishments —which may be a huge surprise when you learn that they are all under 40.

Tami Sawyer, a social justice activist and influencer, made national news when she led the Memphis’ #TakeEmDown901 movement to remove a Confederate statue that ignited a march against racism. As a powerful voice and immovable force in the Memphis school system, Sawyer wants to work in solidarity with other leaders to change the city’s landscape as a Shelby County Commissioner for District 7.

Jamal Whitlow may not be old enough to run for president of the United States but he’s making his mark on every door he can open in Memphis. This 32-year-old is running for the Shelby County Clerk’s office and is bringing a ton of leadership experience with him.

“Leadership has no boundaries and my generation has to step up and be dangerously unselfish. It’s time to dismiss the traditional political rhetoric and get millennials back to believing in their ability to lead and serve.”  —Jamal Whitlow

 

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As one of the youngest members to serve on the Beale Street Tourism Development Board, Whitlow has been at the table making decisions that will make Memphis a stronger city for future generations.

Leading the way as a historymaker by adding his name to the ballot as a candidate for mayor of Shelby County and the first African American lawmaker to hold a leadership position in the Tennessee State Senate, Lee Harris was elected the youngest state senator in Tennessee in 2014 and went on to become the first African American to become a tenured, full law professor at the University of Memphis Law School.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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Today’s young leaders in Memphis know how important it is to mobilize other young people in order to make real progress. Every voice matters. That’s why Danielle Inez, a government consultant and founder of Millennials For Memphis, accepted the charge as president of the Shelby County Young Democrats. She’s connecting people to advance the long-term vision of Memphis, recruiting over 2,000 people to stand up and be heard in the policy-shifting discussions that govern the leadership agenda in Memphis.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Danielle Inez (901yd.org)

 

The list doesn’t stop here. There are over a dozen millennials who are transitioning to politics in order to give birth to a new story for African Americans in Memphis. Fifty years after Dr. King’s death, these millennials are using what Dr. King preached in order to lead the political agenda. It’s the union of civically engaged and socially responsible leadership that enables any group to rise to new heights. And these millennials are ready to show the world how far they are going to go… together.

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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa touched down in China this week for his first state visit outside of Africa.
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Channing and Jenna’s Cutest Instagram Photos Through the Years

Stepping up their social game. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum announced on April 2, 2018, that they were separating after nearly nine years of marriage. The pair tied the knot in 2009 and welcomed daughter Everly in May 2013. Scroll through to look back on their cutest Instagram photos through the years.

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This Year’s March Madness Has Been the Maddest in History. We Have the Numbers to Prove It

I have seen the best brackets of my generation destroyed by madness.

The 2018 March Madness tournament is more than worthy of the name. Of the 60 games played so far, 20 have been won by the lower-seeded team. By the Sweet Sixteen, two 1-seeded teams were out of the running: Xavier, which lost to 9-seeded Florida St. in the second round, and the University of Virginia, which became the first-ever top-seeded team to fall to a 16-seed in the first game. Meanwhile, an 11-seed, Loyola-Chicago, won in the Elite Eight to reach the Final Four for only the fourth time.

This is not mere anarchy. It is complete lunacy. By TIME’s calculations, there has never been a wilder Men’s College Basketball tournament since March Madness expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

To determine this, we quantified “madness” by looking at the historical fates of all 2,176 teams that have entered the tournament in the modern era, and awarded a certain number of “luna”—the self-declared metric unit of madness—based on how uncommon each outcome has been over the past 34 years. The following table ranks each year by madness. Keep scrolling to see how we did it.

Here’s how it works: For each of the first four rounds, including 2018, we tallied how many times each seed has advanced. For example, a 1-seed has survived to the second round 135 of 136 times, appeared in the Sweet Sixteen 116 times, the Elite Eight 94 times, and the Final Four 56 times. Those figures drop precipitously for lower-seeded teams.

While it might seem reasonable to measure madness simply by the number of upsets, weighted to the differential in seeds, not all upsets are created equal. A 12-seed defeating a 5-seed in the first round might seem like shock, but anyone who regularly follows the tournament knows that this happens all the time—47 times in 136 contests, to be exact. (The number of historical matchups is four times the number of years since there are four “regions” of 16 seeds each.) Meanwhile, a 15-seed has unseated a 2-seed only eight times.

Madness, in fact, is not simply a tally of lower-seeded teams beating better-regarded opponents. It is a factor of how unusual and unexpected the outcome is overall. Using the historical data, one can precisely measure how unlikely every outcome is, from highly common to extraordinarily rare.

To pin this down to an aggregate level of madness for each year, TIME considered every matchup in which the seed of the winning team has won that round fewer than 25 times since 1985. That threshold of 25 was determined through repeated trial-and-error to extract only the outcomes that were genuinely uncommon.

To calculate the number of luna for each historic upset, we looked at the number of times fewer than 25 that it has ever occurred—so, 11 if it has happened 14 times, and so forth—and then squared that figure, since very, very rare outcomes deserve considerably more weight than those that are slightly more likely. Again, this strategy was born of repeated iterations on the model with results tested on college basketball impresarios.

For example, when Loyola-Chicago defeated Nevada in the Sweet Sixteen this year, it became only the eighth 11-seed to advance to the Elite Eight, garnering 289 luna – that’s (25 – 8)^2.

Applying this logic to the first four rounds of every year’s tournament (so that it was possible to compare the current tournament’s results so far to every past year), 2018 has the highest madness in history with 2,935 luna. The 2013 tournament, which had a crowded lineup of low-seeded victories, came in a close second with a score of 2,928.

Curiously, for all the attendant griping after the NCAA Selection Committee releases its roster of 64 teams from seeds 1 to 16 in the four regions, the historical data indicates that the seeds are highly predictive of the outcome, particularly early in the tournament. In the first round, for example, the higher-seeded team has always won a majority of time proportionally to how big a difference there is between its seed and its opponent’s seed. The only exception is the four annual matchups between 8 and 9 seeds, which are split evenly with 68 victories apiece since 1985.

The TIME formula for madness, however, is largely seed-agnostic. While it uses the winning team’s seed to calculate the historical frequency that this seed advances to each round, the value of the seed itself does not enter the calculation. It just so happens that the seeds enter the picture organically, since the lower a team’s seed, the less common it is for that team to win.

To be sure, there are infinite ways to quantify madness. We feel good about this one, which was not doctored so as to produce a result that made for the best headline. And for what it’s worth, the calculations were conducted in a state absent any personal basketball-related madness, even though this reporter attended the University of Virginia. After all, it’s almost time for baseball.

Methodology

Historical results were manually compiled from a variety of sources to ensure accuracy. To ensure the most apt comparison, all calculations of previous years were conducted with the same historical data from 1985 to 2018, even though those results are retroactive to previous years. (Otherwise, the 1985 tournament would achieve the maximum possible number of luna, since, as of that time, none of the outcomes had every happened before.) These figures will be updated with the results of the Final Four and Championship games as the 2018 tournament reaches its completion.

For those keeping score at home, here’s the formal definition of madness:

Have a better idea for how to calculate madness? Let us know, and we’d be happy to run the numbers, so long as it uses the same core set of historical data. (Sorry. We lack the bandwidth to factor in the color of each team’s jerseys.)

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How Loyola Chicago’s Basketball Team Shattered a Racial Barrier for Black Athletes 55 Years Ago

Jerry Harkness raised his arms on the left baseline of Louisville’s Freedom Hall, to take the shot to win a national championship. But the Loyola University Chicago forward, the leading scorer for the Ramblers, felt a Cincinnati defender tip the ball as he prepared to fire. Knowing he wasn’t going to make the basket, Harkness shuffled the ball over to teammate Les Hunter, who never expected to see it. With the last seconds ticking away in the 1963 title game, tied 58-58 in overtime, Hunter hurried an open look inside the foul lane. He missed it long, but true. Vic Rouse, a 6’6” Loyola forward, put the rebound right in the basket. The buzzer sounded; the Loyola bench players and cheerleaders charged the court. The Ramblers won the title.

For good reason, the 2018 Loyola University Chicago Ramblers enter this Final Four weekend feted as a Cinderella story. Loyola plays in the Missouri Valley Conference, which orbits outside college basketball’s power center, and knocked off a series of higher-seeded, better-financed programs on its way to Saturday’s national semifinal duel against Michigan. The team’s backwards hat–wearing, 98-year-old team chaplain, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, only adds to Loyola’s charm.

But Loyola has reached the big-time before. Rouse’s shot to win the 1963 title over Cincinnati hasn’t been replayed on a loop like other dramatic March Madness moments, such as North Carolina State coach Jim Valvano’s dash across the court — as he looked for somebody to hug — after the Wolfpack won the 1983 title on a similar last-second tip. The tournament was far less of a television spectacle 55 years ago.

Loyola’s victory, however, does deserve more play. It’s among the most important moments in college basketball history.

Back in the early ’60s, an unwritten rule governed the college game. Teams should play no more than two black players at a time, maybe three if you were getting your butts kicked. Loyola, a Jesuit school next to Lake Michigan on the North Side of Chicago, broke the unctuous gentleman’s agreement and sent out four African-American starters during the school’s title-winning season. Loyola’s victory helped erase such racial restrictions, which afforded more African Americans the opportunity to receive athletic scholarships and shine both on the court and in the classroom. Three seasons later, Texas Western won the national championship with an all-black starting five, famously beating an all-white Kentucky team in the final.

Teams like Loyola and Texas Western sent a clear message to college basketball coaches, who, after all, are paid to win games: Carry a racist playbook at your own risk.

The season before winning it all, Loyola had lost in the National Invitation Tournament semifinals. Ramblers coach George Ireland knew that if he wanted to enjoy more success, he’d have to play his best guys regardless of skin color. “He just got tired of losing,” says John Egan, the lone white starter from 1963 championship team. “He was tired of hearing the alumni complain.”

As Loyola romped through a 24-2 regular season, some fans hurled epithets and objects at the players. A February road game against the University of Houston, the players recall, was particularly brutal. Forward Ron Miller remembers preparing to take the ball out of bounds at one point in the game. “This well-dressed lady looks at me and said, You n-gger,” says Miller. “You dirty n-gger. I just kind of looked at her. I didn’t know how to react.”

Harkness, who’s now 77, says that as he returned to the locker room at halftime, fans tossed ice and popcorn at him. Others shouted death threats and the n-word. “I was scared to death,” he says. “I really was. We felt like they were coming out of the stands for us.”

According to Miller, after the game, Houston coach Guy Lewis apologized to him for the behavior of Houston’s fans. The following year, Lewis recruited his program’s first black players, future pros Elvin Hayes and Don Chaney. In 1968, Hayes and Chaney helped Houston end UCLA’s 47-game winning streak in front of a record-breaking 52,693 fans at the Astrodome. That nationally-televised event, “The Game of the Century,” grew the popularity of the college game.

Harkness says the Ku Klux Klan sent him a letter, saying that his team didn’t deserve to play against whites. Loyola crushed Tennessee Tech, 111-42, in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, then drew Mississippi State in the next round. Loyola was unsure if the Bulldogs would even show up to the game in East Lansing, Mich.; segregationists did not want Southern schools to play against integrated teams. The Mississippi State team, however, snuck out of Starkville on a plane, before a court order preventing the Bulldogs from playing could be delivered to them.

Rich Clarkson—NCAA Photos/Getty ImagesLoyola player Jerry Harkness extends his hand to Joe Dan Gold of Mississippi State on March 15, 1963, before the tip-off of an NCAA tournament game in East Lansing, Michigan.

Before the game, Harkness shook hands with Mississippi State’s Joe Dan Gold at mid-court. The flashbulbs overwhelmed Harkness. “That’s when I knew this was more than just a game,” he says. “This was history.”

That photo of a black and white player, united in sportsmanship, was published in newspapers nationwide. Gold and Harkness became friends after their “Game of Change.” When Harkness attended Gold’s funeral in 2011, he spotted a picture of the famous handshake right beside the casket, and broke down in tears.

After Loyola beat Mississippi State 61-51, the Ramblers took care of Illinois in the regional final and crushed Duke in the Final Four. Loyola trailed Cincinnati by 15 in the final, but rallied to force overtime before clinching the championship. To the Loyola players, the victory was far from an upset; they felt like they were the far superior team and should have won by at least 10 points. “We played like garbage,” says Egan. “Both teams were dogsh-t.”

No matter: the ’63 Loyola team stamped its legacy on college sports. The current Ramblers hope to add to it this weekend. Harkness and a few other members of the ’63 team met the current players before the season; the championship game was playing on a TV screen in a lounge at the Loyola gym, and the players peppered Harkness with questions about their historic season and race relations at the time. “You could tell that they’re sharp guys,” says Harkness, who would know; combined, the five ’63 Loyola starters have earned 11 degrees, undergraduate and graduate. (Vic Rouse died in 1999.) “We were really impressed, and when we saw them play each other in a scrimmage, we agreed that they could probably win the Missouri Valley Conference.”

No one, however, imagined a Final Four. Egan’s predicting a Loyola win over Michigan, though he won’t be as bold as to declare the Ramblers your 2018 champs. “What do I think?” responds Miller, when asked for his prediction. “No one is going to be rooting harder for Loyola than me.”

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‘Starcraft’s Top Moments Over 20 Years

It’s been a whole 20 years since the original Starcraft was released. The impact this game has had can’t be understated. Not just in its genre, not just in esports, but even as far as entire nations.

Starcraft pushed forward everything from small design improvements to high-level strategic thinking. It pushed forward business models, online matchmaking, and balancing for high-level play. Later on, it did the impossible — improving on a classic with a sequel.

We thought we’d take a moment to remember some of the most notable Starcraft milestone moments over the years. A few of them are milestones for everyone, and a few of them are our personal favourites.

1998 – ‘Starcraft’ is Released

The original incarnation of Starcraft was a re-skinned Warcraft 2. But after a negative response when showing an early version of the game at E3, Blizzard knew it needed to up its graphical game.

The change was made to isometric, which brought all kinds of new challenges. Limited CGI was implemented in-game, coupled with voice acting, to give the game’s portraits a new feeling of life.

Players responded extremely well to Starcraft‘s asymmetrical factions, and Blizzard had to invest heavily into Battle.net to handle the unexpected load.

Having only anticipated a limited launch in other regions, Starcraft becomes a surprise hit in South Korea, and plays a large part in the rise of “PC bang” culture (socialising in LAN cafes).

1998 – Brood War is Released

Just eight months after the release of the base game, Blizzard brings out the Brood War expansion.

Story-wise, this gave us three new campaigns which ultimately resulted in Kerrigan being in control of the Zerg. Gameplay-wise, it gave us new technologies and new units, such as the Lurker and Valkyrie.

It was also around this time that people starting talking about Starcraft as a game balanced down to a science. While it was impossible for Blizzard’s developers and QA testers to anticipate the evolving metagame pioneered by high-level players, after a few patches it had the balance tight even at a pro level.

A true achievement, considering the wildly asymmetrical factions.

2000 – World Cyber Games

Starcraft: Brood War is included in the first iteration of the World Cyber Games, which for many years served as gaming’s equivalent of the olympics.

The first event was hosted in South Korea, with the other games being FIFA 2000, Unreal Tournament, Quake 3 Arena, and Age of Empires 2. Starcraft would outlast all of them.

2000 – Korean Esports Association

Also known as KeSPA, this organisation would play a large part in shaping the competitive Starcraft landscape over the years.

It was destined to have its fair share of controversy, as people became more and more serious about Starcraft. At the height of televised matches and prize money, players would practice long hours in crowded gaming houses for very little money.

KeSPA was seen as not protecting these traditionally young competitors, as it was generally up to the winning members of each team house to buy food for their teammates.

Later on, KeSPA would lose influence as Blizzard sought royalties for KeSPA broadcasting its intellectual property. The talks went poorly, and rights to broadcast Starcraft 2 would go exclusively to GOMTV.

2001 – Rise of the Kings

One of the most famous gamers of all time enters the Starcraft competitive scene. SlayerS_BoxeR, the “Terran Emperor,” became a dominant force at a time when the Terran race was considered unsuitable for pro play. He innovated dropship micromanagement and won the World Cyber Games tournament in both 2001 and 2002.

It gave rise to some amazing moments, including this one which became the first Starcraft meme:

Much later on, in the days of Starcraft 2, a player would call themselves SlayersBoxer out of respect for the original legend. The two would eventually meet in a top ranked, televised match, with the same name.

Over the course of the next decade, other personalities would come onto the competitive scene and shape it in their own way, adding to the list of viable strategies and remixing the various timings that pros would have to be aware of.

Players such as Flash, Jaedong, and JulyZerg would amaze audiences with their strengths, and all have their periods of dominance over the scene.


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2010 – ‘Starcraft 2’ is Released

After a decade of Starcraft rivalling Counter-Strike (through its various iterations) as the most popular and enduring esport in the world, Blizzard brought out a sequel.

Pre-release, in March of 2010, Blizzard showed it wasn’t without its own competitive side. As competing RTS games Command & Conquer 4 and Supreme Commander 2 geared up for their releases, Blizzard dropped the open beta for Starcraft 2. It was a move designed to completely steal the thunder of the rival franchises, and it worked — though the other two games had issues of their own.

The potential for disaster in a Starcraft sequel was huge, and a big topic of conversation was how anyone could improve on something so perfect. We needn’t have been worried, because Blizzard was up to the task.

Blizzard’s strategy here was focusing on little improvements to great effect. Aspects like the Terran supply depots folding into the ground were a minor feature, but had enormous implications on competitive matches.

It helped that the game looked great, but what mattered was the asymmetrical factions were just as balanced as they were before, despite all the improvements and changes. It was a classic right out of the gate.

2010 – GOMTV – From Pros to Prose

With GOMTV securing the broadcasting rights to the Global Starcraft 2 League, this was the first example of a highly successful, global subscription model for esports. GOMTV let players broadcast in standard definition for free, but a small fee (around $ 5 per month) would allow high definition streaming and access to video on demand.

It would pave the way for other payment systems like MLG, though arguably none would be as successful, even to this day, as GOMTV.

While this was mainly down to the popularity of Starcraft 2 and how entertaining high level play was to watch, part of this success was down to its broadcast team.

Former professional Starcraft players in the West such as Artosis, Tasteless, Day9, and InControl would become commentators in the days of Starcraft 2. The former two headed up GOMTV’s broadcasts, becoming fan favourites as they filled the lulls with humour and meta analysis, while going appropriately bonkers at the biggest moments.

2011 – MC Vs JulyZerg

A personal favourite moment of ours was this epic match-up between two titans of the Starcraft 2 scene. JulyZerg was the veteran with legendary speed in micromanagement. MC was the upstart with crazy new strategies, and a penchant for theatrics such as looking at his opponent and making the sign of a cut throat.

We zero in on this one because for us, it was the high point of the Global Starcraft League. MC was the first Protoss to win a GSL, and did so on the strength of prepared pocket strategies. In this case, he had saved some just for the final against JulyZerg.

One memorable match in the best of seven involved MC expanding and being scouted by JulyZerg. As soon as JulyZerg’s drone left, MC cancelled his expansion buildings and swung into full unit production. By the time JulyZerg scouted again, it was too late to build an effective defence.

MC became known for his excellent use of probe force fields, splitting up JulyZerg’s roaches to tackle them in smaller numbers. MC often taunted while doing so, such as dancing with zealots or building a nexus inside JulyZerg’s base.

It wasn’t the closest final. MC ended up convincingly beating JulyZerg 4-1. But the matches were close, and the level of theatrics were high as JulyZerg scrambled with his notorious speed of actions and thought, to respond to MC’s cunning strategies. It was the most memorable of Code S grand finals.



2013 – Heart of the Swarm

Blizzard began bringing out expansion packs to Starcraft 2 at an awkward time for RTS games, though there wasn’t much it could do about it. MOBA games such as League of Legends were taking the world by storm, so much so that Tasteless and Artosis could already be seen in the MOBA commentary booths.

Blizzard was already acknowledging this with its own MOBA game, Heroes of the Storm — which awkwardly shared the same ‘HOTS’ acronym as Heart of the Swarm. Blizzard would attempt to get people to use the shorthand Heroes for its MOBA, but HOTS was what stuck.

Heart of the Swarm brought a new, Kerrigan-focused campaign as well as additions to units, technologies, and game modes. It reinvigorated the RTS scene, but the slide towards MOBAs was unstoppable.

2015 – Legacy of the Void

With its final expansion, Blizzard made large pacing and core design changes. It was the perfect opportunity to tackle the problem if Starcraft 2‘s macro mechanics.

A design imperfection since launch, the race-specific economy systems such as Zerg queens spitting on their hive, creep tumours, and upgrading supply depots were arbitrary busywork designed purely to take up player attention. With enough now added to the game to take up player attention anyway, these systems could be discarded.

Legacy of the Void is still chugging along to this day. Starcraft 2 is a tournament favourite, and an example of what esports can be.

While many of its other games dabble in RNG systems and masquerade as esports, Starcraft and Starcraft 2 were completely skill-based and showed what Blizzard can do when it deliberately sets out to create an esport. These games took on lives of their own, and would have been wild, global successes whether Blizzard put up prize money for competitions or not.

It’s been 20 years, and we’ve heard from Blizzard developers that we’ll definitely be visiting the universe of Starcraft again. Something tells me they weren’t just talking about Starcraft characters in Heroes of the Storm — so let’s bring on the next 20 years.

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The origin of the Dravidian language family, consisting of about 80 varieties spoken by 220 million people across South Asia, can be dated to about 4,500 years ago, based on new linguistic analyses. An international team used data collected first-hand from native speakers and analyzed these using cutting-edge computational methods. The findings shed light on the prehistory of these languages and their speakers.
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If you think politicians are shady, a new book has some news for you — businessmen are worse. “The Deals That Made the World: Reckless Ambition, Backroom Negotiations, and the Hidden Truths of Business” (William Morrow) by Jacques Peretti exposes the many ways that businesses have conspired to control our world. “They have changed how…
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The flying car, the AeroMobil 5.0, was revealed this week with motors on the wing tips and an improved suspension system for a smooth landing. Unlike other VTOLs in development, this all-in-one vehicle becomes a car that can drive on regular roads before or after flying up to about 200 miles, no special landing pods necessary. Read more…

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Apple released three distinct iPhone models last fall, which was a first in its iPhone history. The iPhone X, however, was delayed by more than a month due to supply constraints — also a first for Apple. Now, a new report says Apple plans to launch this year’s iPhone X successors right on schedule, and it’s taking special steps in order to avoid delays.

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25 Years of artrepublic

2018 sees artrepublic celebrate 25 years as an independent gallery in Brighton. In recognition, we thought we’d take a look at our colourful history.

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It all started with the selling of contemporary art posters (a very important market back in 1993). We were (as we still are) rooted in the heart of Brighton’s iconic North Laine, where independent businesses and community driven projects are the lifeblood.

Bomb Hugger By Banksy

Bomb Hugger By Banksy

Pretty soon, we were in touch with a whole new generation of street artists who had something important to say. Instead of confining their messages to their favourite canvases of choice – concrete walls, shopfront shutters – they started to produce limited edition prints, which we started to sell, and you started to buy. And it’s not hard to see why: with a first wave of artists including Banksy, James Cauty, Jamie Hewlett, Dan Baldwin, Dave White, and Peter Blake, it became clear that small run editions by brilliantly talented, up and coming artists, at affordable prices, were in high demand.

Marcel Duchamp’s World Tour – DC Thomson Reunion at the Tower Ballroom Blackpool By Peter Blake

 

Marcel Duchamp’s World Tour – DC Thomson Reunion at the Tower Ballroom Blackpool By Peter Blake

The ethos has always been important to us: Our artists have a voice, and it’s important that we make that voice heard. Often driven by politics – think Shepard Fairey, Billy Childish, Blek le Rat – and always conceived with breathtaking visual prowess, it’s the art flowing through our veins that makes artrepublic the success that it is today.

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Obey Lotus Crescent- White and Gold By Shepard Fairey

But it’s also very much you – our visitors, our viewers, and our buyers – and that’s precisely why we called it artrepublic. Creating a space in which everyone is of equal status: a republic, in other words, that would re-democratise art, and where everybody who walks through our doors could feel welcome.

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Cosmo Sarson and his Angel mural in Regent Street, Brighton

Maybe you’re just after something to be framed; perhaps you want a limited edition print; or even a full scale original from a well-known contemporary artist – in any case, our aim is, and always has been, to make art accessible and enjoyable to all.

Cherry Blossom II By Dan Baldwin

Cherry Blossom II By Dan Baldwin

But we didn’t stop there. The last twenty-five years has seen a constant drive to find new artists, to keep thinking one step ahead, and to keep innovating. We’re always keeping up with the latest releases, and its key to our business that we keep discovering fresh and exciting new forms, that we keep changing, and that we keep opening new spaces, for new types of art.

Always, our aim is to introduce to you more artists – not just the ones whose names you’ve already heard, but those who are still looking to get their voices heard. As the main sponsor of the acclaimed Brighton Fringe Arts Festival, we have spent the last 25 years investing in Brighton’s vibrant art sector, because we think it’s one of the most important parts of the city’s creative character.

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Every year, we run the artrepublic Art Yard Sale – an opportunity to buy specially produced prints, often from the artists themselves – and every year it gets bigger and better, with people travelling in from far and wide.

Who knows what the next twenty-five years may bring. Our aim is to make it even more exciting, even more colourful, and ever more encompassing. Here’s to a very bright future – we hope you’ll be joining us.

Keep checking our artrepublic Brighton gallery page for details of special 25 years celebratory events.

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Demi Lovato Celebrates 6 Years of Sobriety With DJ Khaled

(NEW YORK) — Demi Lovato celebrated six years of sobriety at a concert in New York with tour mate DJ Khaled, whose powerful words brought the pop star to tears.

Lovato performed Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, telling the audience that March 15 was a proud day for her.

DJ Khaled played the role of preacher, life coach and best friend as he offered words of inspiration, motivation and admiration to Lovato, who has been open about her issues with drugs and alcohol. He told the crowd “this is a special day” and repeatedly said “happy birthday” to Lovato, as she began to tear up.

“Every time I see you I say, ‘Man, this is a strong queen,’” he said. “What you’ve overcome through trials and tribulations, through dark clouds, you found the sunshine, and now the sun is shining on you forever.”

“You inspire me,” Khaled added.

DJ Khaled and R&B singer Kehlani, another tour mate, encouraged the crowd sing “Happy Birthday” to Lovato in honor of her sixth year of sobriety.

The crowd then chanted “Demi!” as she sat down by the piano and dabbed her eyes with tissues handed to her by a crew member.

“Six years ago, I was drinking vodka out of a Sprite bottle at 9 in the morning, throwing up in the car,” Lovato said. “So, I took a look at my life and I said, ‘Something has to change, I’ve got to get sober.’ So, I did.”

“Thank you for being a part of saving my life. I love you guys,” she added before performing the song “Warriors.”

Lovato struggled with an eating disorder, self-mutilation and other issues, entering rehab in 2010. The 25-year-old has spoken out about her battles over the years, detailing her recovery in the YouTube documentary “Simply Complicated,” which was released last year.

Grammy-nominated Kehlani, who has also been open about her personal struggles, thanked Lovato and said she’s honored to know the singer.

“As a 22-year-old woman, you represent me, you represent every single women in this room and even every single young boy,” the singer said. “You are 100 percent yourself, and that is so rare in this world and this industry.”

Lovato’s concert took another emotional turn when she performed the song “Father,” saying this was the first tour she’s been able to sing the song. Her biological father, who she has described as mean and abusive, died in 2013.

“I had love for him and I forgave him,” she said. A photo of her father holding her as a baby closed the performance.

Lovato ended the concert, backed by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, with the songs, “Sorry Not Sorry,” and “Tell Me You Love Me.”


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Military dogs have helped soldiers in war for decades, since the War Dog Program, also known as K-9 Corps, was first set up by the U.S. Army in 1942. In the years since, Siberian Huskies, Belgian Shepherds, collies, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, Eskimo dogs, and Alaskan Malamutes have stood guard, delivered messages, and detected bombs, among other responsibilities.
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Ivy League Doctor Gets 4 Years in Prison for Insys Opioid Kickbacks

A Rhode Island doctor who took kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc. officials for prescribing the company’s highly addictive liquid version of the opioid painkiller Fentanyl was sentenced to more than four years in prison.

Jerrold Rosenberg, who lost his medical license and was ousted from his post as a Brown University professor, pleaded guilty to taking more than $ 188,000 in kickbacks disguised as speaker fees and creating false patient records to dupe insurers into covering Insys’s Subsys pain medication.

“You in effect sold your medical license to a pharmaceutical company,” U.S. District Judge John J. McConnell Jr. said Friday in federal court. “That’s intolerable.” The judge sentenced him to 51 months and ordered restitution of $ 754,000.

Rosenberg is the fourth doctor jailed over Insys bribes following a federal probe that resulted in the indictment of billionaire founder and Chief Executive Officer John Kapoor and six other executives. The group was charged with orchestrating an elaborate scheme to bribe doctors and defraud health-care providers.

Federal prosecutors told the court Rosenberg ignored and bullied patients who resisted staying on the powerful pain-killing spray. At least one of Rosenberg’s patients suffered an overdose and was “near death” as a result of his wrongdoing, the government said in court filings.

‘Grave Betrayal’

Rosenberg’s son was an Insys sales representative for a year and made “substantial commissions” from his father’s willingness to prescribe the drug, according to prosecutors. The son wasn’t charged in the case.

“The doctor’s conduct showed that he set his financial gain above his patients’ interests,” prosecutors said. “It represented a grave betrayal of the duty every physician owes to his or her patients.”

In a seven-page statement to the court, Rosenberg, 63, recounted his medical career and apologized for his crimes. “I have let a lot of people down including myself,” the doctor said. “I committed errors in judgment and allowed my integrity to be compromised.”

In February, Michigan pain-clinic doctor Gavin Awerbuch was sentenced to more than two years in prison after admitting he took sham speaker fees from Insys for prescribing Subsys for no legitimate medical purpose.

Alabama pain clinic doctor John Couch was sentenced last year to 20 years for racketeering after a jury found he took kickbacks for prescribing Subsys. Couch’s partner, Xiulu Ruan, also was sentenced to 21 years in prison for his role in the scheme.

The government contends that when Kapoor saw the bribes were generating more Subsys sales, he pumped more money into speakers’ fees. Prosecutors claim that Kapoor “tightly controlled” the scheme.

Kapoor, who is facing racketeering and conspiracy charges, is slated to go to trial in 2019. He and the other former Insys executives have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The cases are U.S. v. Rosenberg, 17-00009, U.S. District Court, Rhode Island, and U.S. v. Babich, 16-cr-10343, U.S. District Court, Massachusetts.

 

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A federal judge has wiped the smirk off Martin Shkreli’s face, sentencing the pharmaceutical executive to seven years in prison for securities fraud
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‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli sentenced to 7 years in prison — says, ‘This is my fault’

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Summit League player of the year Macy Miller had 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals and South Dakota State snapped rival South Dakota’s 20-game winning streak with a 65-50 victory on Tuesday for its eighth automatic NCAA Tournament bid in 10 seasons.

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Trump’s Tax Plan Could Slow Home Value Growth In the Next 3 Years

In recent months, several blue-chip U.S. corporations have pledged to give workers hefty bonuses or pay raises because of the new Republican tax-reform plan. But don’t count housing experts among those glorifying the $ 1.5 trillion tax overhaul package President Trump signed into law in December 2017.

In fact, new changes to U.S. tax laws prompted 41% of survey respondents to lower their long-term expectations for the nation’s housing market. The findings are from the latest Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey. Over 100 housing experts and economists were questioned on their expectations for home price growth, and if tax reform influenced the predictions.

Home values in the U.S. totaled $ 31.8 trillion in 2017, up 6% from $ 29.9 trillion in 2016, Zillow reports.

But housing experts project appreciation to slow to below 3% by 2021, according to the Zillow survey. A possible reason for the decline is fear that cutting taxes when the American economy is already running at full capacity increases the risk of a downturn in the next five or so years. The drop could push the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates faster than had been expected, says Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas.

Slower appreciation, of course, would be bad news for people who rely on homeownership to help build wealth, including millions of African Americans. One of the biggest benefits of home appreciation is it allows homeowners to sell for a higher price and boost their net worth.

Efforts to get a comment from the Trump administration were unsuccessful.

Forty-one of those surveyed reported their overall housing outlook is now more pessimistic after being asked how the new tax law impacted their five-year forecast for home values in the U.S. Some 31% had a more optimistic view, while 28% said that tax reform did not change their outlook.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, enacted in December 2017, limited many itemized deductions such as the mortgage interest deduction while expanding the standard deduction. Most taxpayers take the standard deduction and will see take-home incomes increase as a result of tax reform, providing a boost to spending, savings, and investment this year.

“By expanding the standard deduction, tax reform will put more money into the typical American’s pocket in 2018, which will boost spending and could help renters save faster for a down payment,”  Terrazas says. “But the longer-term outlook is less rosy. There is some concern that tax cuts at this point in the business cycle may be throwing fuel on an already ranging fire and could lead the economy to overheat. Most economists we surveyed see a stronger outlook for the housing market over the next year or two but a more pessimistic outlook on the longer horizon.”

In the near future, experts raised their predictions from previous surveys for home values as limited inventory and high demand keep prices moving higher.

Homes today are less valuable than they would be if the last recession had not happened. If the housing bubble and bust had not occurred, and home values had instead appreciated at a steady pace, the median home value would be about $ 214,500, 4% higher than its current value of $ 206,300.

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The housing recovery appears to be making a U-turn as mortgage rates rise amid a critically low supply of homes for sale.
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Man linked to Boston art heist sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison

HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) – An 81-year-old alleged mobster who police believe may be able to solve the largest art heist in U.S. history was sentenced on Tuesday to 4-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegally selling guns to a convicted murderer.


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Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon’s Bromance Through the Years

Name a bromance better than Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon. We’ll wait.

The Grammy-winning singer and the Tonight Show host have been best buds since the early aughts, often appearing together on Saturday Night Live and Fallon’s late-night program, and even hanging out in The Hamptons. Scroll down to see the best photos of Timberlake and Fallon through the years!

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2/23/18- In this Tom Joyner Morning Show throwback, we take a look at Ms. Dupree‘s Lucky Numbers! She’d play a game where she’d ask people a set of questions and they’d have to answer with the number of times they’ve done or had something.

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