Investors haven’t been this scared about the state of the global economy in nearly 7 years

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You’ve Been Pronouncing Chrissy Teigen’s Name All Along and She’s Sick of Living the Lie

Chrissy Teigen has some earth-shattering news: people have been saying her last name wrong for quite some time now.

“I’m tired of living this lie — it’s Tie-gen,” the Twitter-savvy model shared in a crucial update on Twitter.

“It’s Tie-gen. Isn’t it mom?” she asked in a video. “Yep!” her mother can be heard saying in the distance. (For the most part when you hear her name, people say “Tee-gan” like tea time instead of “Tie-gan” like necktie.)

It all started with an exchange with a fan who noted that people mispronounce it. “Gave up a long time ago. Last name is tie-gen not tee gen” she wrote.

Mom’s confirmation aside, it’s entirely possible she’s joking. After all, she’s mastered the delicate craft of trolling time and time again, and is known for being tongue-in-cheek to the internet’s delight.

But for now at least, the world may never be the same.

Chalk it up to the mother of two’s aversion to correcting people, even on food orders.


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Kanye West Wants Cardi B And Nicki Minaj To Collab, Not Feud – He’s Allegedly Been Helping Them Reconcile

Kanye West is apparently all for Nicki Minaj and Cardi B making peace and even becoming close friends. This is what one source close to the rapper shared with HollywoodLife.

‘Kanye is all about making peace right now. He just does not see the point of hate and negativity. It hurts him on a very personal level. The feud between Nicki and Cardi is something that needs to be solved, and Kanye’s hopeful it can be. He is certainly been doing his best to fix it,’ the insider stated.

Allegedly, Kim Kardashian’s husband has already talked to both female emcees in private, trying to help them put an end to the drama.

‘He’s put in phone calls and tried to lean on both to arrange peace talks, but so far, all his attempts have been shut down. Nicki and Cardi B are both too heated right now to have any sort of sit down, but Kanye is not giving up.  He is afraid of the feud getting worse — he’s heard the strong words from both sides, and he knows how dangerous things like this can get, so he’s taking this on as a personal quest,’ the same source also tells the outlet.

Kanye, who has been on a making peace journey himself which includes reconciling with Drake, thinks Nicki and Cardi should collab, not feud.

According to the source, ‘He’d love to see them get on another track together. He is encouraging them to make music and not war. Unfortunately, they are both too angry right now to hear him.’

Either way, he is reportedly not even thinking about giving up! The rapper doesn’t want their beef to turn deadly.

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Steal Alert: Spier and Mackay Core Suits have been Restocked!

Spier & Mack Suits in Navy, Charcoal, Med. Gray, or Blue Shark. – $ 328

NOTE: This is a pre-order. Estimated ship date for these suits is 9/24/18.

Thank goodness.

One of if not the best value in the men’s suit market is back. And just in time for the weather to cool off. Here’s what these things have going for them:

  • Available in two fits (slim & contemporary. The latter being a more athletic fit.)
  • Made from 100% Australian merino wool, now upgraded to a super 120s fabric.
  • Lightly padded shoulders.
  • Lined in Bemberg, not cheap & stuffy polyester.
  • Timeless lapel width. Not too thin, not too wide.
  • Timeless button stance. Not too high, not slung super low.
  • Sleeve cuff buttons are non functioning. Makes for easier tailoring.
  • If it’s your first suit or sportcoat purchase, they’ll cover the return shipping.

That’s a lot for $ 328. And yes, while Spier and Mackay does run sales, they also seem to run out of stock. Fast. Not Jomers fast, but fast all the same. So while this might be a pre-order (estimated ship date is September 24th,) if you’re a common size (38R, 40R, 42R) and you want to jump on the Spier bandwagon? You might want to strongly consider getting in while they still have your size.

Colors available for pre-order are the wheelhouse shades that a suited up fella would want to stock his closet with: Navy, Charcoal, and medium gray. Plus sharkskin options for blue, charcoal, and medium gray too. For the rookies (welcome aboard!) sharskin fabric has more visual texture to it. It’s more or less a solid, but not as deeply solid/saturated as other fabrics.

Note that the image at the top of the post is their blue sharkskin from last season, made from a more expensive Vitale Barberis wool. But it sure looks pretty close to the blue sharkskin they’re offering this season.

Big thanks to Mark G. for sending along the tip.

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‘Doom’ player uncovers a secret that’s been hidden for 24 years

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Video games are often filled with secrets. They just don’t usually stay hidden for this long.

Doom series co-creator John Romero took to Twitter on Friday with an exuberant congratulations for Zero Master, the YouTuber who discovered a secret unlock that’s confounded Doom II fans for more than two decades. The secret is out now, and Romero is thrilled.

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Matt Canada has been everywhere in college football, but Maryland is uncharted territory

A peripatetic career led him to Maryland as offensive coordinator. He’ll open the season as interim head coach in the midst of tragedy and controversy. But former colleagues say his adaptability is his strength.
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Do you remember a world before Beyoncé? The singer has been in…

Do you remember a world before Beyoncé? The singer has been in our hearts and headphones for more than 20 years, from teenager to mother of three. The Queen graces Vogue’s September issue this year, sharing the story of her latest pregnancy and delivery, her thoughts on body acceptance and the influence of her ancestry, and the legacy she hopes to leave her children. Beyoncé’s fourth Vogue cover is also historic: It was shot by 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell, a rising young black photographer from Atlanta, hand-selected by the star.

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If your Pixel 2 XL has been lagging lately, you might get a free replacement

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If you’ve been experienced consistent lag on your Pixel 2 XL, you might not be the only one. We learned that in recent weeks, when two prominent Android users, including Artem Russakovskii and Marquees Brownlee, detailed their experiences with the handset.

Google is aware of the issues and is investigating them. And if you experience the problem, you might qualify for a full device replacement.

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Judge in Paul Manafort trial says he has been threatened and is now under US Marshal protection

Judge T.S. Ellis said at a hearing in Manafort's case that he will not release the names of jurors deliberating Manafort's fate because he is worried about their safety. Manafort is being prosecuted by special counsel Robert Mueller's team.
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Cuomo Is Right, America Has Never Been ‘Great’ For Many of Us

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is taking some heat for a statement he made at a conference on Wednesday. His words:

We’re not going to Make America Great Again. It was never that great. We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged.

Of course, the right-wing (which loathes Cuomo as well as the state he governs) did not hesitate to twist the governor’s words out of context and use them in full-blown attack mode.

“It’s shocking that Andrew Cuomo would make such an offensive remark that insults the people of this country, the ideals upon which she was founded and the countless men and women who have fought and died to protect her,” said New York Republican Committee Chairman Ed Cox.

Cuomo is up for re-election this year. His Republican challenger, Marc Molinaro said that Cuomo “owes the nation an apology.” Unsurprisingly, President Trump weighed in, tweeting that Cuomo was having a “total meltdown.”

All the furor leads me to wonder, at which moment in history did America become great for African Americans?

Was it during the 1700s when our ancestors were kidnapped, shackled, and sold off? Despite Ben Carson’s delusional depiction of slaves as “immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less” the 1700s were kind of horrific for black people.

Perhaps some may think the 1800s were great for African Americans, because, hey, slavery ended. Ending the practice of human beings as chattel is a pretty low bar for achieving “greatness.” Also, slavery’s end was the beginning of decades of hell for black folk in the form of Jim Crow, the Ku Klux Klan, lynchings, voter intimidation, abject poverty, the Black Codes…etcetera, etcetera.

Was the 20th century when America finally became great for people of color? There certainly were moments of greatness. FDR’s New Deal provided unprecedented assistance to African Americans. The NAACP was formed. And, the iconic civil rights movement forever changed the conversation about race in America.

Yet, all of the above-mentioned things had to happen because life still sucked for black people.

National greatness eludes us even today. In the 21st century, prison is the new plantation. African Americans are incarcerated at five times the rate of whites (and in some states, at 10 times the rate).

The racial wealth gap is a subject we cover extensively at Black Enterprise. Although more blacks now own businesses (in fact, black-owned businesses increased by a rate of 400% this year) and are attaining higher education, the racial wealth gap is not narrowing. In 2016, according to the Census Bureau, the median income for white American households was $ 63,041 in stark contrast to black households at $ 39,490.

Even when we are gainfully employed, climbing the corporate ladder, African Americans are paid less for doing the same work as whites. Black women are paid approximately 63 cents on the dollar earned by a white man even at an equal educational level.

You would think after all the trials and tribulations African Americans have overcome and faced, they would at least let us protest injustice peacefully. NFL players have been a particular bane of the President’s, even calling those that kneel in protest “sons of b*tches.” His supporters often make the same collective jeer; “They make millions, they have nothing to protest!”

OK, black unemployment is at a historical low. That’s got to be a plus-one for a great America. The black unemployment rate is something Trump and his supporters keep touting as a reason America is great for black Americans.

Yet, whether that faction is screaming that NFL players should ‘just stick to football and enjoy your millions,’ or claiming blacks owe allegiance to Trump because of the unemployment rate, it sounds they are less concerned about this country being great for African Americans, but more that we should be grateful for whatever gains we make here.

I am going to take a hard pass on the suggestion that America is great for everyone. In their indignant pre-midterm election apoplexy, Cuomo’s critics are ignoring the entirety of his statement, “We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged.”

It’s important we don’t deem America great just yet. Once greatness is achieved, there is no further ascent to be made, nothing more to improve, no reason to keep striving. There is much that is great about our country, but so much more work to be done to truly achieve liberty and justice for all.

 

 

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Amazon is launching a new feature that’s been on users’ wish lists for a while now

Amazon Collaborative Wish Lists

Amazon is about to launch a new feature that’s somewhat minor in the scheme of things — but it’s one which users have wanted for a long time and will, let’s face it, be one more thing that keeps consumers consumer-ing inside Amazon’s empire of retail.

The e-commerce giant has confirmed to The Verge that collaborative wish lists are coming. The ability to build wish lists with friends and family hasn’t arrived for everyone yet and is apparently rolling out piecemeal for now. But it will be a welcome addition for people who until now have only been able to share lists and now have several new possibilities opened up — from using the new collaborative lists for birthdays to party planning and more.

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Drake’s “KiKi” Has Been Revealed & It Appears She Loves Him And Is Definitely Riding

For weeks since Drake released Scorpion and the #InMyFeelingsChallenge took off, fans have been trying to figure out who KiKi could possibly be. An insider close to Drake has finally cracked the case, according to The Jasmine Brand.

The real KiKi is actually  K’yanna Barber, a 24-year-old woman from Oakland, California that Drake was dating.

Drake has a history of name dropping girls that he’s been romantically linked to in his songs so this isn’t far-fetched. The two were reportedly seeing each other back in 2016 but the relationship was short-lived.

It’s highly likely that K’yanna is also the KB sings about, as those are her initials.

Of course, she’s loving all of the attention. And if the question is if she’s riding, the answer is yes. Recently, she defended Drake after it was discovered that he had a child that the public didn’t know about.

See her tweets below:

 

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Grace Wardle and Frankie Foster have been axed from ‘Love Island’ – as two new Islanders entered the villa

OHMYGOSSIP — Grace Wardle and Frankie Foster have been axed from ‘Love Island’ – as two new Islanders entered the villa. The 25-year-old hairdresser and the 22-year-old student were dumped from the famous villa during Monday’s (09.07.18) episode of the ITV2 reality show, after they failed to secure the public’s vote for favourite girl and favourite boy currently on the show.

Islanders were sent a text message during the show telling them the public had been voting for their favourites, before revealing the bottom three girls as Megan, Ellie, and Grace, and the boys as Frankie, Charlie, and Josh.

Another text then revealed that Grace and Frankie had received the fewest votes, and would therefore be going home. But despite being prematurely dumped from the show, hairdresser Grace is “feeling positive” about her experience in the villa. When asked in her post-exit interview how she feels following her eviction, she said: “I’m feeling positive. I feel like I’ve had an amazing experience. I was overwhelmed to even make it into the main villa from Casa Amor so I feel privileged that I’ve had the best of both, that I experienced Casa Amor and that I experienced going into the main villa.”

The beauty was “shocked” at the news of the surprise dumping, but admits she wasn’t surprised to find herself in the bottom three. She added: “I think that we were all very shocked when the text came into the villa that there was going to be a dumping. I don’t think it was a shock that myself, Megan and Ellie were announced as being the public’s bottom three girls in the villa. I think people were more shocked that Frankie left and are more upset about that, for Samira’s sake. It is unfortunate that the first guy Samira gelled with in five weeks has gone.”

However, fans won’t have much time to mourn Grace and Frankie’s eviction, as it was also announced during Monday’s show that two new boys are on their way to the villa. Kieran Nicholls, a 26-year-old personal trainer, and Idris Virgo, a 25-year-old boxer, will join the remaining contestants this week, and are set to cause drama as both boys have their eye on Kaz, who is already coupled up with Josh.

Idris said: “I’ve got my eye on Kaz, Georgia and Samira. I know some of the girls are coupled up, like Kaz with Josh, so it would be a challenge with her but I’ll find a way of stealing Kaz because she is my type. I don’t mind stepping on people’s toes.”

Whilst Kieran added: “I’ve got my eye on Kaz in terms of looks and personality. She has her head screwed on and she knows where she wants to be and that’s a trait I look for. Megan is also pretty hot. Maybe she might meet someone like me who will tame her.”

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Again?! ‘Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta’ Star Tommie Lee Has Been Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’ fave Tommie Lee is in trouble with the law…again.

She’s was arrested for disorderly conduct.

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Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Tommie was busted early Monday morning in Atlanta outside of the Royal Peacock club after a cop told her to get out of the roadway where he was directing traffic … and she allegedly ignored his instructions and got belligerent.

The tipping point … cops say Tommie struck a nearby valet working for the venue in the head, and that’s when officers made their move to detain her. We’re told the valet didn’t want to press charges, but cops arrested Tommie anyway and booked her for disorderly conduct while under the influence. 

It’s unclear what cops think she was on, but booze could spell big trouble — as in, jail time — for Tommie. Just 2 months ago a judge ordered her to wear an alcohol monitoring device, and stay out of trouble.

She’s definitely failed on at least one front.

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‘Sicario’ sequel would have been a lot better with Emily Blunt in it

In “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” violence, terror and chaos reign at the US-Mexico border. Escapist fare, it ain’t. (One scene takes place in McAllen, Texas, the site of recent protests at a migrant detention center.) This sequel, directed by Stefano Sollima, wipes the nuance from Denis Villeneuve’s cynical but morally conflicted original and doubles…
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“Relationships Have Been Interesting For Me” Lakeith Stanfield Talks Adjusting To Fame And Wearing His Aunt’s Wigs

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The Brother of New York Giants’ Janoris Jenkins Has Been Charged with Manslaughter

(FAIR LAWN, N.J.) — The brother of New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins was arrested and charged Wednesday with manslaughter in the death of a 25-year-man whose body was found in the NFL player’s New Jersey home.

The Bergen County prosecutor’s office said Wednesday 34-year-old William H. Jenkins, of Fair Lawn, was charged with aggravated manslaughter in the death of Roosevelt Rene, whose body was discovered Tuesday.

Acting Prosecutor Dennis Calo said William Jenkins is in custody in the Ontario County Jail in New York state. The investigation is ongoing.

Janoris Jenkins’ home is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of MetLife Stadium. Property records show Janoris Jenkins has lived at the house the last two years, and on Wednesday the Bergen County prosecutor’s office listed William Jenkins as living at the same address.

According to New York state department of corrections records, William Jenkins was arrested on drug charges in 2006 and again in 2011. He was paroled from prison in July 2016.

Janoris Jenkins is entering his third season with the Giants. The 29-year-old signed a five-year, $ 62.5 million contract with the team in 2016 and had an outstanding first season when he was selected to be a starter in the 2017 Pro Bowl.

His second season did not go as well. The veteran was suspended for a game for violating team rules in late October and eventually had his season end in late November by an ankle injury that required surgery.

He has intercepted 16 passes in six seasons and scored nine touchdowns.

Jenkins played at Florida from 2008-10 before finishing his college career at North Alabama. He was drafted in the second round by the St. Louis Rams in 2012. He played four seasons with the Rams.

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Former NFL Player Kellen Winslow Jr. Has Been Arrested on Rape Charges

(ENCINITAS, Calif.) — Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. has been arrested on charges of rape and other sex crimes on the day he was to appear in court on an unrelated burglary charge.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports sheriff’s deputies arrested Winslow on Thursday at his home in the San Diego suburb of Encinitas.

The 34-year-old Winslow was charged with two counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping with intent to commit rape and single counts of forcible sodomy, oral copulation and indecent exposure. He’s free after posting $ 50,000 bail.

Defense attorney Brian Watkins declined to comment to the Union-Tribune.

Winslow was due to appear in court Thursday after being charged with burglary following an incident last month at a mobile home park. He now faces arraignment Friday.

The son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow, the younger Winslow spent 10 seasons in the NFL from 2004-13 with Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets. The former University of Miami star had 469 catches for 5,236 yards and 25 touchdowns in 105 games.

Once NFL’s highest-paid tight end, he was suspended in 2013 with the Jets for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. In November 2013, he was arrested after a woman told police she saw him masturbating in a parked car outside of a New Jersey department store. Winslow was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana, and the charge was dropped after he completed court-ordered terms.

Drafted No. 6 overall by Cleveland, he broke his right leg in his rookie season, then sustained a serious right knee injury in a motorcycle accident that offseason.

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The real reason Queen Elizabeth has been rocking sunglasses

20/20 vision never looked so good.

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We’ve always known Queen Elizabeth is one tough lady, whether she was greasing elbows as a mechanic and truck driver during World War 2 or taking up the mantle of Queen at a young age. Well, it turns out that she actually underwent a cataract operation recently – but you probably wouldn’t have noticed, since she bounced straight back to work afterwards.

It’s just been revealed that the Queen had a cataract treated at King Edward VII Hospital last month, amidst a busy schedule that included hosting the President of Turkey and his wife, throwing a garden party as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

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A royal spokesperson said, ‘I can confirm that the Queen successfully underwent a short planned procedure to treat a cataract last month.’

Cataracts are an eye condition where cloudy patches develop on your lens, impairing vision. The usual treatment is to have surgery and have your lens replaced with a fake one.

Instead of taking it easy post-surgery however, the Queen carried on with her demanding schedule and didn’t cancel a single engagement. However if you look at recent photographs, you’ll notice that she’s been wearing sunglasses in quite a few of them.

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We thought initially it might be a bold fashion statement on the Queen’s part (who can forget her Instagrammable loafers?), but now we think it’s probably because she needed to protect her healing eyes.

The Queen isn’t the first person to have cataracts in the family, as the condition tends to be passed down through generations. The Queen Mother also had cataracts and underwent surgery at the age of 95.

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

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

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Iconic fashion designer Kate Spade has been found dead aged 55

Our thoughts are with her friends and family.

It has been reported that Iconic fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her New York apartment on Tuesday morning,

According to law enforcement officials, the 55-year-old was found dead in an apparent suicide, discovered hanging by housekeeping staff inside her Park Avenue apartment, and reportedly leaving behind a note.

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The designer is best-known for her 1990s line of handbags, which she went on to transform into her iconic company, Kate Spade New York, boasting over 400 stores all over the world.

Kate sold her iconic company in 2007, launching a new fashion brand, Frances Valentine, in 2016.

Kate Spade leaves behind her husband Andy Spade and her daughter Frances Beatrix Spade.

Our thoughts are with her friends and family.

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170,000 birth control packs have been recalled: Here’s what you need to know

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Women who use the birth control pill Taytulla should check their blister packs ASAP.

That’s because 170,000 physician sample packs have been recalled due to a potential mistake in packaging, CBS News reported. Allergan — the maker of Taytulla — issued a nationwide recall earlier this week after becoming aware of physician sample packs with misplaced capsules that could result in unintended pregnancies.

A physician report revealed that four placebo capsules were placed out of order in a sample pack of Taytulla. The packs should have 24 pink capsules with hormones followed by four non-hormone maroon capsules, CNN reported. However, a faulty pack had the four maroon placebos at the beginning of the treatment.

Here’s what a recalled pack looks like:

And here’s what it should look like:

“As a result of this packaging error, oral contraceptive capsules, that are taken out of sequence, may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy,”Allergan said in a news release. “The reversing of the order may not be apparent to either new users or previous users of the product, increasing the likelihood of taking the capsules out of order.”

So yeah. This is kind of a big deal — considering most women are probably taking Taytulla to specifically prevent pregnancy.

Allergan will be notifying customers via a recall letter. The drug maker is also arranging for the return of all sample pack products marked Lot #5620706 Exp. May 2019, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. If you have a sample pack with the recalled lot number, you should contact your physician to arrange a return.

In the meantime, consumers with questions about the recall can contact Allergan at 800-678-1605 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

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200 million eggs have been recalled for salmonella risk: Are yours included?

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A massive egg recall should prompt parents and caregivers to check their refrigerators ASAP.

Out of an abundance of caution, Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana, has voluntarily recalled 206,749,248 eggs. The reason? The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reported the eggs could potentially be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young kids, those with weakened immune systems, the frail, and the elderly.

Even if you’re not in a high-risk category, it’s wise to stay away from these eggs. That’s because healthy people who are infected with salmonella can still have some pretty terrible symptoms, including fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

For the record, this egg recall is the largest in the U.S. since 2010, Food Safety News reported. And people continue to be affected by contaminated eggs more than a month after the initial recall.

Initially, the FDA indicated in April that 22 illnesses had been reported. However, that count is currently up to 35, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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According to the FDA, affected eggs were distributed from the farm in Hyde County, North Carolina and, according to the FDA, have reached consumers in the following states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. They were sold under a variety of  brand names, including Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Coburn Farms, Sunshine Farms, Glenview, and Great Value.

Eggs included in this recall have plant number P-1065 with the Julian date range of 011 through date of 102 printed on one of the sides on your carton or package. To confirm if your eggs are included in this recall, check this chart from the FDA.

“We apologize to anyone who may have been sickened or who has a family member or friend who may have taken ill because of our eggs,” Rose Acre Farms told The Washington Post. Meanwhile, we have already implemented numerous remedial actions and have not only corrected deficiencies at the farm, but we’ve also taken other steps to ensure the farm meets or exceeds the standards by the FDA and USDA.”

If you have eggs included in this recall, the FDA urges you to immediately discontinue use and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For questions, contact Rose Acre Farms at 855-215-5730 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (EST)

For more on eggs and pregnancy, see our article Is it safe to eat eggs when I’m pregnant?

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Southwest Has Been Faced With Fines, Union Safety Complaints

National Transportation Safety Board investigator examines damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane.

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines runs its planes hard. They make many short hops and more trips per day than other U.S. airliners, which adds to wear and tear on parts, including the engines.

As the investigation into last week’s deadly engine failure continues, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly could face questions about whether the company’s low-cost business model — which puts its planes through frequent takeoffs and landings — is putting passengers at risk.

Some aviation safety experts said they see no reason for alarm. And, in fact, Southwest’s safety record is enviable: Until last week, no passenger had died in an accident during its 47-year history.

Still, the Dallas-based airline has paid millions over the past decade to settle safety violations, including fines for flying planes that didn’t have required repairs. Twice in the past nine years, holes have torn open in the roofs of Southwest planes in flight.

In another episode in 2016, an engine on a Southwest jet blew apart over Florida because of metal fatigue, or wear and tear, hurling debris that struck the fuselage and tail. No one was hurt.

Then, last week, one of the engines on Southwest Flight 1380 blew apart at 32,000 feet over Pennsylvania, spraying the Boeing 737 with shrapnel and killing 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan, a mother of two who was blown partway out a broken window. The National Transportation Safety Board said a fan blade that had snapped off the engine was showing signs of metal fatigue.

The union representing Southwest mechanics recently accused the company of pressuring maintenance workers to cut corners to keep planes flying. And the Federal Aviation Administration investigated union whistleblower complaints and found mistrust of management so serious that it could hurt safety.

In one case, investigators said a worker who should have been praised for finding corrosion on a plane in Dallas was chastised for working beyond the scope of the task he had been assigned. The leader of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, Bret Oestreich, said Southwest had created a culture of hostility and retaliation.

Nevertheless, aviation safety experts and longtime industry watchers said they do not consider Southwest unsafe.

“They have had a lot” of incidents, said John Goglia, a former NTSB member, “but you have to remember that they have a very large fleet” — more than 700 Boeing 737s, the largest 737 fleet in the world.

Before last week, if Goglia thought about airlines that might have safety questions, Southwest wasn’t even on the radar, he said.

Southwest’s short, frequent flights put more stress on the plane and engines, like a car used heavily in stop-and-go city traffic, said Alan Diehl, an aviation-safety consultant and former NTSB and Air Force accident investigator.

Diehl said, however, that Southwest’s crews are accustomed to the quicker pace and that their work is made easier because Southwest flies only Boeing 737s instead of an assortment of planes.

Southwest jets make on average 5.3 flights per day compared with between 2.8 and 3.4 per day at American Airlines, Delta and United, according to an analysis by industry newsletter Airline Weekly using information from airline data provider Diio.

Southwest flies frequently on short routes such as Los Angeles to San Francisco and Dallas to Houston. Its average flight is 764 miles, the shortest among U.S. airlines and barely half as long as the average at American and Delta, according to the Airline Weekly analysis. Each takeoff and landing contributes to wear and tear on the aircraft.

“It’s amazing how safe Southwest has been over the years, considering the operational difficulty of what they do,” said Seth Kaplan, managing partner of Airline Weekly. Like others interviewed for this story, Kaplan said he is not afraid to fly Southwest — he and his family are booked on a flight next week.

Although last week’s accident was Southwest’s first passenger fatality, it was not the first time someone was killed by one of its planes. In 2005, a Southwest jet skidded off a runway and through a fence at Chicago’s Midway Airport, striking a car and killing a 6-year-old boy.

Southwest, the nation’s fourth-biggest airline by passenger traffic but the largest in terms of U.S.-only flights, has paid millions in fines after enforcement actions by the FAA.

The biggest FAA fine against Southwest was $ 7.5 million in 2009. The FAA said Southwest kept 46 planes flying even though they had skipped critical inspections of the fuselage for metal fatigue.

Five years later, the FAA proposed a $ 12 million fine over 44 planes that had undergone improper fuselage repairs while at a contractor hired by Southwest. The airline settled a lawsuit by agreeing to pay $ 2.8 million.

The 2016 engine failure over Florida highlighted the need for closer inspection of engine blades. Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said that after engine maker CFM International recommended more inspections last year, Southwest had inspected all fan blades covered by the recommendation before last week’s accident.

King said the airline will meet a new CFM recommendation to inspect all older fan blades by the end of August. She said the airline is also inspecting all newer fan blades, a move not yet required by the FAA.

Southwest’s CEO has said many times before and since last week’s engine failure that safety is paramount at the airline.

Rather than hide from bad news, Kelly spoke to reporters just hours after the accident and promised to “do all we can” to help Riordan’s family.

“His emotion was very real. It was palpable,” said Henry Harteveldt, a travel-industry analyst. “Mr. Kelly has done a very good job in communicating this to the public and leading the airline.”

The day after the accident, Southwest sent letters from Kelly to passengers on Flight 1380, saying that the airline would give them each $ 5,000 “to cover any of your immediate financial needs” and a $ 1,000 travel voucher.

Harteveldt said Southwest clearly hoped the letters might discourage lawsuits, “but I thought it was a noble gesture.”

Associated Press writers Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher in Detroit contributed to this report.

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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.

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The Queen has been ‘hit hard’ by the death of her last remaining corgi

‘It really does feel like the end of an era’

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The Queen is often associated with her love of Pembroke Welsh corgis, supposedly owning over 30 dogs of that breed during her reign – breeding her own, descending from her childhood pet, Dookie.

News emerged this week however that Queen Elizabeth‘s last remaining corgi, Willow, had been put down at the age of 14, something that is said to have hit the Queen ‘extremely hard’.

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Queen Elizabeth’s father, George VI, is said to have been the one to bring corgis into the royal family, now considered a staple, with Elizabeth II breeding over 30 since 1945. In recent years however, the monarch decided to stop breeding her dogs, for fear that they would outlive her – something she did not wish on her beloved pets. Willow was the Queen’s last corgi, whose death has had more of an effect than most.

‘[The Queen] has mourned every one of her corgis over the years, but she has been more upset about Willow’s death than any of them,’ a Buckingham Palace source reportedly told the Daily Mail.

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‘It is probably because Willow was the last link to her parents and a pastime that goes back to her own childhood. It really does feel like the end of an era. Willow represents a significant thread running through the Queen’s life from her teenage years to her 90s.’

The source continued: ‘For many, many years she bred and raised corgis and to think that the last one has now gone is something of a milestone.’

Of all of the Queen’s corgis, Willow was also one of the most known, appearing with another corgi Holly in the James Bond sketch for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

While Holly and Willow are normal monikers, the Queen’s corgi names have been fairly questionable over the years, with some of her beloved former dogs bearing the names, Candy, Sugar, Foxy, Bushy, Honey, Whisky, Sherry and Bisto Oxo.

The Queen walking one of her corgis in the grounds of Windsor

The Queen is said to have decided to put Willow down so as not to let her suffer but according to the source, ‘that doesn’t make her loss any less.’

Willow is said to be buried in the grounds of Windsor Castle, with a headstone that is expected to read, ‘A faithful companion of the Queen’.

Our thoughts are with the Queen.

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Buckingham Palace has announced that Prince Philip has been admitted to hospital

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The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to hospital today, with the royal family releasing a statement to break the news, explaining that the 96-year-old royal was undergoing surgery on Wednesday.

‘His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, for planned surgery on his hip which will take place tomorrow,’ read a statement from Buckingham Palace. ‘Further updates will be issued when appropriate.’

The news comes amid public fears for the Duke of Edinburgh’s health, prompted by his absence at the Easter service at Windsor, with the Queen attending without her husband, accompanied by some of her grandchildren instead.

Those in attendance included the Princess Royal and Prince Andrew, as well as Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, Zara Tindall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly spending the weekend together alone.

With just over a month until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, with the fast-approaching nuptials taking place at Windsor Castle on May 19th, the Duke of Edinburgh has plenty of incentive for a speedy recovery – and everyone is hoping that the 96-year-old will be in good health for the festivities.

We hope he’s feeling better for the big day!

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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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It’s that time of year again — the day Jesus rose from the dead after being crucified on the cross.

And if you’ve gotten this far and still don’t know what I’m talking about, this article’s for you.

Or at least the people who haven’t been to church in a while.



No matter you’re religious background (or lack thereof), at some point, you might find yourself at church on Easter — the holiday that celebrates Jesus’ final miracle.

And there’s a certain number of tips that might be helpful, especially if you’re going to a church that’s, shall we say, more melanated.



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Every March Madness Bracket Has Officially Been Busted

Sorry about your bracket.

After a series of major upsets in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament, not a single March Madness bracket remains un-busted. The final dagger in the heart of the hopeful was the 16th-seeded University of Maryland-Baltimore County’s (UMBC) shocking win over The University of Virginia on Friday.

The NCAA announced Sunday that the UMBC win killed the 25 remaining perfect brackets filed online to a variety of platforms. Millions of brackets were submitted online to services such as Walt Disney, ESPN and Bleacher Report at the start of the tournament, and of the 25 left, all had earmarked Virginia as winners in their UMBC game.

Virginia was a favorite among the 68 March Madness teams this year. The team’s loss to UMBC marked the first time a 1-seed has lost to a 16-seed in the opening round, ESPN reports.

The UMBC upset also ruled out any overall winner for this year’s Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway contest, which offers $ 1 million-a-year for life (and $ 2 million should home-state teams Creighton or Nebraska win, MarketWatch reports) for any of Buffet’s employees who correctly predicts all the winners for the first two rounds during March Madness. The competition was launched in 2014 and was originally open to the public.

Sunday also saw further upsets, as the University of North Carolina, the defending champions, failed to make it to the Sweet 16.

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The Fantastic Beasts 2 teaser trailer has officially been released

And we can’t control our excitement…

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When the final instalment of the Harry Potter series left our screens, we felt our childhood coming to an end. Every millennial can testify, it was gutting.

Luckily for well, everyone, a new spin off series came about – with Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them filling that HP-shaped hole in our hearts.

Following the huge success of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, grossing over £648 million in the box office, it was hardly surprising when they announced that it was being developed into a five-part series, with the sequel expected to hit cinemas in November 2018.

Its name? Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

The film will see its old cast reunite with JK Rowling writing the script, David Yates returning to direct and of course Eddie Redmayne reprising his role as Newt Scamander. But from Johnny Depp to Zoë Kravitz, there will be plenty of new faces, with the casting of Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore gaining the most publicity.

How will he fare? We can see for ourselves, with the first ever teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald landing today.

Yes, Albus Dumbledore and Newt Scamander are teaming up to take on Grindelwald – and it doesn’t get much better than that.

‘All good jobs have an element of fear in them because you want to do well,’ Jude Law explained to the BBC about stepping into Dumbledore’s iconic cloak. ‘You want to please people and you want to please yourself.’

November can’t come soon enough.

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Malala Yousafzai Admits She Was ‘Nervous’ to Attend Oxford, But She’s Been ‘Welcomed as a Friend’

Malala Yousafzai, the inspiring young woman who won the Nobel Peace Prize at 17 years old for championing girls’ education, is diving into her own at the University of Oxford.

Yousafzai, now 20, met with David Letterman and gave him a personal tour of her new university for his new Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, premiering Friday. She says it was an “amazing experience” to show the seasoned host the “beautiful gardens” at the school as she opened up to him about her story.

“David Letterman has that magic … I felt really comfortable talking to him and he gives you that friendly environment that you can share your thoughts,” she tells PEOPLE. “You can share your ideas from your heart. That’s how I felt.”

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Yousafzai began her undergraduate studies in philosophy politics and economics last October, and revealed the news in a moving Twitter post, writing, “5 years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls’ education. Today, I attend my first lectures at Oxford.”

“In the beginning, before I joined university, I was really nervous because I was worried about how I would make friends,” she tells PEOPLE. “People knew me already and that was challenging for me to be there as a student and not to be there as a person who’s already known in the media.”

“But once I came, everyone here just welcomed me as a friend and I was just so happy that I am part of Oxford. I am just an Oxford student and I think that’s how they treat me.”

Yousafzai’s name had long been in headlines before she stepped foot on the campus. Along with being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the children’s rights activist released her memoir, I Am Malala, and was the subject of a documentary, He Named Me Malala. In both, she detailed her journey after being shot by a Taliban gunman while she fought for women’s rights and education.

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Now, she says being a regular student means more to her than the world will ever know.

“It’s a really good experience learning just like other students. It is an amazing time of my life, because I’m getting to know people of my age a bit more,” Yousafzai says.

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“It’s amazing how many young people here are doing incredible and amazing work. Each and every person here has an amazing story and has done amazing things.”

In a 2015 conversation with Emma Watson, Yousafzai admitted that she often felt “really scared” when speaking in school. But she says that’s not the case at Oxford.

“In university, I think they just allow you to be yourself; to explore and engage in things that you want and that you feel comfortable with,” Yousafzai tells PEOPLE. “That would mean, at Oxford, just sharing about what I do and the work that I’m doing for education … I don’t hesitate to share that. I feel more comfortable at Oxford.”

Even with all of her accomplishments and strides — including her Malala Fund —Yousafzai says there is still much work to be done to ensure education for girls everywhere.

“The dream of my life is to ensure all girls can get quality and safe education … that’s why we have the Malala Fund, which is working on that. My goal is to empower local leaders and local activists in their work for girls’ education,” she tells PEOPLE.

“We are trying to reach local activists and campaigners for girls education in Pakistan, India, Latin America, in Nigeria. will continue until we see the last child getting their education and going to a safe school.”

Yousafzai’s appearance on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman will premiere on Friday on Netflix.


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Jeffrey Tambor Has Been Fired From Transparent Over Allegations of Sexual Harassment

UPDATE: Tambor issued a statement to EW in which he says he is “profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations” against him. He continued: “I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway’s unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow cast mates. In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have NEVER been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon. Therefore, I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set. As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself. I also deeply regret that this ground-breaking show, which changed so many lives, is now in jeopardy. That, to me, is the biggest heartbreak.”

EARLIER: More than three months after opening an investigation into sexual harassment claims against Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor, Amazon has officially fired the 73-year-old actor, EW has confirmed.

Tambor, who has won two Best Actor Emmy awards and a Golden Globe for his performance on the series as a transgender woman who comes out late in life, has been accused of harassment by Transparent guest star Trace Lysette as well as a former assistant.

“I have great respect and admiration for Van Barnes and Trace Lysette, whose courage in speaking out about their experience on Transparent is an example of the leadership this moment in our culture requires,” creator Jill Soloway said Thursday in a statement provided to EW. “We are grateful to the many trans people who have supported our vision for Transparent since its inception and remain heartbroken about the pain and mistrust their experience has generated in our community. We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects the safety and dignity of every individual, and are taking steps to heal as a family.”

In a previous statement, Tambor said, “I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a predator — ever.”

A few weeks after the accusations were made public and the investigation was underway, Tambor appeared to remove himself from the series. “Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” he said in the statement. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago. I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.

Despite his assertion, a representative for Tambor later said “no final decision” had yet been made. The future of one of Amazon’s flagship shows had also been uncertain, but star Judith Light and producer-distributor Amazon recently confirmed that season 5 ofTransparent is in the works.

Deadline first reported the news of Tambor’s departure.

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The Jordan sneakers have been an iconic staple in Nike’s brand portfolio for years, paying tribute to the legendary career of their namesake athlete. The high-top sneakers were synonymous with basketball culture and had a primarily male fan base. Now, Nike is breaking out its women’s collection to add three newer, more modern takes on the classic Jordan shape. Whether reimagined in suede, satin, or an enticing array of pretty pastel hues, we’re calling it: This season’s Jordans won’t just be popular among sneakerheads, but hypebaes, fashion girls, and everyone in between too.

With a big name like R&B singer Sza repping the new sneakers, it isn’t hard to see why people are getting excited for this new era of the Jordan brand. Sneaker culture in general is finding its way into the fashion space and, for that matter, onto the popular culture radar. Whereas the über-cool yet intimidating sneakers would have been seen as an obscure interest not long ago, now it seems everyone is getting in the trend, and quite frankly, we couldn’t be happier. Brands are taking note, and it’s exciting to see powerhouses like Nike designing a traditional men’s shoe in styles that everyone can appreciate. Thank you, Nike, for getting us pumped for this next wave of pretty sneakers. Below, find out what’s in store this spring.

Reimagined in white and black leather, this version of the sneakers features sleek details like the statement zipper up the front and the imprinted retro Jordan logo on the ankle.

Air Jordan I Hi Zip releases on March 8 for $ 150 and will be available in sizes 5 to 12.

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These are the ultra-modern take on the classic Jordan that we didn’t know we wanted. The rich tan suede and creative shape are brought to life by gold hardware and a fresh white sole that is about to spark a new wave of luxurious sneakers.

Women’s Air Jordan XII Vachetta Tan releases on March 23 for $ 190 and will be available in sizes 5 to 12.

Spring’s freshest color palette emerges on the Season of Her collection, a series of Jordans that mix luxe textures like suede and satin. The sneakers are rendered in some of the prettiest shades of pastel we’ve seen yet on sneakers. Quite honestly, these have us convinced that pretty sneakers are here to stay. “Ugly” sneakers who?

The SOH Air Jordan I releases on January 25 for $ 160 and will be available in sizes 5 to 12.

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Disney Star Adam Hicks Has Been Arrested For a ‘String of Armed Street Robberies’

Adam Hicks of the Hulu series Freakish and Danni Tamburo have been arrested on suspicion of committing multiple armed robberies. The 25-year-old actor and his reported girlfriend, 23, were picked up Wednesday and each are currently being held on a $ 350,000 bail.

Hicks “was arrested yesterday afternoon in connection with a string of armed street robberies that occurred yesterday morning,” Sgt. Derek Green of the Burbank Police Department in Los Angeles initially told EW over email. Hicks is due in court tomorrow.

According to a news release sent to media in the early afternoon on Thursday, a 52-year-old walking in Burbank was approached by “a male armed with a handgun,” who demanded the victim’s wallet. The elderly gentleman was able to escape safely, but three additional robberies occurred in the same area within minutes of each other as authorities were investigating the first crime.

Tamburo was suspected to have been driving the vehicle “during the commission of the robberies.”

Police were able to identify the suspect’s vehicle as a dark-colored Kia based on descriptions from victims and witnesses. “Officers found property with the vehicle belonging to one of the robbery victims, and additional stolen property in a nearby area,” the press release reads.

Reps for Hicks did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

Before debuting as Diesel on Freakish, a series about high school students battling mutants, Hicks appeared in various movies and television shows — including The Boy Next Door, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Disney’s Pair of Kings and Lemonade Mouth, and Disney XD’s Zeke and Luther.

This article has been updated with additional information from Burbank police.

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The #NeverTrump Movement Has Been Neutered

President Donald Trump is ending his first year in office in a worse political position than when he entered.

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7 Reasons Why Titanic the Movie Could Have Been a Shipwreck, Too

Whether or not you think Rose and Jack could both have made it out alive, there’s one thing about the movie Titanic that is not up for debate: it was a hit.

As the movie celebrates its 20th anniversary of its Dec. 19, 1997, release, it holds onto a prime spot on the list of the top-grossing movies in Hollywood history. According to Box Office Mojo, Titanic‘s worldwide lifetime gross sits at more than $ 2 billion.

But mere days before the James Cameron-created epic arrived in theaters, that success seemed like anything but a foregone conclusion. In fact, the coverage the movie received in TIME back then would seem to indicate that many in Hollywood were bracing for disaster.

In a TIME feature that ran about a week before the movie was released, Kim Masters broke down why the year’s most talked about movie — a movie that wasn’t even out yet — was already, as the headline put it, “trying to stay afloat.” The reasons included:

The budget

Perhaps most famously, the cost of making Titanic had become as massive as the ship itself.

Though James Cameron would explain to the magazine that he didn’t think it was fair to call the movie the most expensive ever made — as he put it, “many of our favorite epics from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s would cost more than Titanic if made today” — the money was a major concern to its producers. By TIME’s reckoning, the $ 200 million cost of making the movie meant it would have to gross $ 350 million before Fox (one of the companies behind the movie) could even get its money back — a daunting figure made even more so by the fact that the picture had been expected to cost much less when they started it.

And Titanic wasn’t the only movie budget that had producers fretting in the late 1990s. As Masters put it, “the film is bad for an industry whose costs are running so high that profits are all but vanishing.”

The release date

Titanic was originally meant to come out for the Fourth of July weekend — a key component in the plan to make that money back.

With Cameron avidly opposed to cutting corners, that release date fell by the wayside, and the studios involved in the release (Fox and Paramount) disagreed about the best replacement date. The eventual December 19 release date was a compromise designed to hit in time for the holidays and the 1997 awards season.

The cast

Though it’s hard not to think of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as superstars today, at the time, observers wondered whether they had enough oomph to carry such a big movie. Though the movie also featured more well-known actors like Bill Paxton, many believed the film would sink or swim with its two romantic leads.

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The length

The fact that Titanic clocked in at more than three hours wasn’t just a concern for moviegoers whose patience would be tested.

It also had economic ramifications: because the movie was so long, each screen it was shown on would essentially be monopolized for the whole prime movie-going period of the evening. A theater wouldn’t make any extra money per ticket, but would be forced to offer fewer showings.

The rumors

“Early on, the press scented trouble,” Masters wrote. “Stories began to appear about budget overruns; about the schedule, which eventually stretched from 138 to 160 days; about the arduous working conditions, in which crew members complained of sweatshop-style practices that sometimes had them working as long as two weeks without a break; about Cameron’s screaming tirades; and about a still unsolved food-poisoning incident in which chowder served to the cast and crew was laced with the drug PCP.”

Cameron’s response? The crew worked hard, though no harder than on any major shoot, and a Screen Actors Guild investigation concluded that the producers had an exemplary record when it came to looking out for the safety and health of everyone on set.

The competition

Titanic wasn’t the only option for audiences over the 1997 holiday season. Other offerings included Tomorrow Never Dies for action and As Good as it Gets for romance.

The quality

Of course, all of those concerns — the money, the stress, the hand-wringing — could be outweighed by quality. If the movie were as good as its creators thought it was, and if audiences responded in kind, it would all be worth it. As Fox exec Bill Mechanic told TIME back then, part of his reasoning for going along with everything was that Titanic could be the best film of the decade.

Early reviews, however, called that theory into doubt. TIME’s own Richard Corliss, for example, wrote that while the visual effects were remarkable, the film “fails utterly” at delivering a compelling romantic plot, and that nearly every character (aside from Winslet’s Rose) is “a caricature of class, designed only to illustrate a predictable prejudice: that the first-class passengers are third-class people, and vice versa.” Plus, he noted, it wasn’t a good sign that he found the true stories of people who were actually on the Titanic more compelling than Cameron’s fictional version.

“Ultimately, Titanic will sail or sink not on its budget but on its merits as drama and spectacle,” he concluded. “The regretful verdict here: Dead in the water.”

Audiences, luckily for the movie’s producers, quickly made it clear they did not agree. Two decades later, the movie’s fans show no signs of letting go.


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Power Has Been Restored to Atlanta Airport After a Blackout Caused Hundreds of Flight Cancellations

One of the heaviest travel weeks of the year began with the cancellation of hundreds of flights on Sunday at the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta, where a power outage left passengers stranded in darkened terminals or in aircraft idling on tarmacs.

The early afternoon outage paralyzed operations at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport through Sunday evening. Even though power was finally restored at close to midnight Sunday, the incident continued to wreak havoc on holiday travel plans for thousands of people hit by airline cancellations extending into Monday.

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. On Twitter, some passengers reported sitting on planes for hours.

Reed had told reporters earlier in the evening that the airport was expected to be fully operational again by midnight.

The FAA said air traffic control remained fully staffed, with the airport open and accepting general aviation and cargo operations. It expected commercial traffic to resume on Monday.

The city was providing shelter to stranded passengers at the Georgia International Convention Center. The city said that Chick-fil-A would be providing food for passengers. By late Sunday the city said it had provided 2,000 meals.

“We’re just focusing on the comfort of our passengers,” Reed told a news conference. “We know they have had a very, very long and difficult day.”

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Georgia Power, the utility that provides electricity to the sprawling airport, said the failure was linked to a fire in an underground facility that damaged substations serving Hartsfield. The blaze damaged access to a backup system, Reed told reporters, adding the cause remained unknown.

Photos and videos posted on social media showed passengers huddled in partial darkness inside crowded terminals.

“Stuck on a plane at Atlanta Airport as the power is out there … bedlam inside and boredom out here!” Jack Harris wrote on Twitter.

For all carriers, nearly 700 flights scheduled to fly out of Hartsfield, or 60 percent, were canceled on Sunday as of 10:30 p.m. EST, while 477 of all scheduled inbound flights were scratched, airline tracking service FlightAware said.


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Back in mid-November, scientists revealed that a peculiar object whizzed through our Solar System a month prior. It swooped in from such an extreme angle that it couldn’t possibly have been native to our neck of the woods, and the only explanation they could come up with is that the long, cigar-shaped intruder was actually just a really weird-looking asteroid. It was the first recorded example of an interstellar asteroid — that is, one that came from outside our solar system — and its bizarre shape was attributed to its incredibly long, speedy journey from whatever spit it out. Now, some skeptical scientists are wondering if it wasn’t an asteroid at all, but an alien probe.

A group of alien-hunting researchers called the Breakthrough Listen Initiative are now pointing an incredibly powerful radio telescope at the alleged asteroid, named Oumuamua, as it flies back out of our Solar System in the hopes of proving that it’s not actually an asteroid at all.

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Store Visits: Pasadena’s The BlokeIf you’ve never been to…

Store Visits: Pasadena’s The Bloke

If you’ve never been to Southern California, I will say this: Pasadena is an odd town. On the one hand, it has a sense of place that’s tough to find in a region where outside of central Los Angeles, things can feel like an uninterrupted exurb. It’s a real town, with big trees, third- and fourth-generation civic leaders and two really kick-ass parades. On the other, it has a deep conservative bent, and a casual So-Cal feel that’s more Cheesecake Factory than cutting edge.

It makes sense, then, that Pasadena would be the home of one of California’s odder simulacra: a recreation of London’s Burlington Arcade on an otherwise unassuming commercial street. Most of the shops are entirely unremarkable – there’s no Penhaligon’s perfumes, though there is a store that only sells houseplants.

Into this odd environment steps The Bloke, a new shop which specializes in the intersection between traditional English aesthetics and American Ivy style, with a dash of mod for good measure. Owner Jeffery Plansker is new to retail, having led a career as a director in advertising to this point, but the store has a personal feel. 

The square footage isn’t huge, but I found shirts and ties from Drake’s, sleepwear from Hilditch & Key and trousers from Tellason among the options on display. There were Sanders Playboy chukkas, a few Alden models and hats (I bought one) from the British stalwart Bates. There are also a few preppy classics, like some killer needlepoint belts and a rack of vintage club ties.

Among the cased accessories were some favorites of this blog, like the Junghans Max Bill wrist watch and Braun travel alarm clocks. There’s also a small browsing library of books on style (and lifestyle) from the owner’s personal collection, which included the braille edition of Playboy that our director Ben is reading above. There are also books and magazines for sale, including new copies of The Heritage Post, The Rake and Monocle and back issues of Japanese favorites like Vintage Life.

In an adjoining room is a pop-up space – it’s currently occupied by an installation of records, books and art from Groove Merchant in San Francisco. I brought home a couple of albums (Ray Barreto and the Fania All-Stars, if you’re keeping track), as well as a few back issues of the great music magazine Wax Poetics. The shop’s manager told me they’re getting new records every few weeks and that there will be further developments in the space every few months.

In can be hard to convince an Angeleno to cross town, but hopefully it won’t be too much to ask for the many Northeast Angelenos to stop by The Bloke next door in Pasadena. It’s a lovely shop with a breezy vibe and a air of sincere personality.

The Bloke

380 S. Lake Ave

Pasadena, California 91101

Wed-Sat 10-6 / Sun 12-5

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ICYMI: Knee-High Boots, Candy-Colored Suits & The 2018 Met Gala Theme Has Been Revealed

Sure, we’re all glued to our phones/tablets/laptops/watches that barely tell time, but even the best of us miss out on some important #content from time to time. That’s why, in case you missed it, we’ve rounded up our most popular stories of the week to help you stay in the loop. No need to thank …

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Grailed Opens New Market for Classic MenswearGrailed has been a…

Grailed Opens New Market for Classic Menswear

Grailed has been a great new marketplace for menswear enthusiasts. While we’re longtime fans of eBay, it can be hard to find stuff there without using pre-designed search filters (which is why we have our eBay roundups, to help readers find the good stuff). There’s also a bit of trading still happening on the buying-and-selling sections of menswear forums, but they can be hard to navigate – sort of like trying to find a cool jacket on Craigslist. 

The great thing about Grailed is that it’s a user-driven community of menswear enthusiasts, with a sizable team on the backend to help sort listings between the site’s mainpage, Core, and Hype subsections (the last two being for basics and hyped streetwear, respectively). The site’s unique interface also makes it easy to serendipitously find things you may not have known about as you’re scrolling through the site. All in all, the site just makes it easier to find find great things for your wardrobe. 

Today, Grailed is launching their newest subsection, Sartorial, which is for tailored clothing and classic menswear. Brands such as Alden and Crockett & Jones have always thrived on the site, but the marketplace has been generally geared towards the casual side of the spectrum – more niche designer jackets from Japan, rather than something you can wear to a conservative office. Grailed’s new Sartorial subsection is looking to change that by consolidating all the tailored and classic menswear into one place. And they’ll be supporting it with editorial content on their blog (the first photo above is a preview of their story on Cucinelli, which is scheduled to go up tomorrow). 

Note, as with any of these sites, you’ll want to smartly employ the search filters in order to drill down on things that’ll work for you. Grailed also allows you to save your searches so you don’t have to click through all the options the next time you visit. You can see the Sartorial subsection here.

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Drake has been amassing Birkin bags for his future wife and people are disturbed

How thoughtful! Drake has been collecting Hermès Birkin bags for his future flame, per the Hollywood Reporter — and now, the rapper’s taking heat from Twitter critics for his unsolicited “thirst dowry.” A single Birkin bag can take days to create at the Hermès atelier in Paris and almost always includes a comma (or two)…
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Kevin Spacey Has Been Dropped From All the Money in the World Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

(LOS ANGELES) — Kevin Spacey is getting cut out of Ridley Scott’s finished film “All the Money in the World” and replaced by Christopher Plummer just over one month before it’s supposed to hit theaters.

People close to the production who were not authorized to speak publicly said Wednesday that Plummer is commencing reshoots immediately in the role of J. Paul Getty. According to the report, all of Spacey scenes will be reshot. Co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams are expected to participate.

Scott is intending to keep the film’s Dec. 22 release date.

The film was originally set to have its world premiere at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Nov. 16 but was pulled earlier this week amid the sexual harassment reports surrounding Spacey.

Spacey has also been fired from “House of Cards.”

Representatives for Scott did not immediately return email messages seeking comment.


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In peak Drake fashion, Drake has been collecting Birkin bags to eventually give his future wife

In peak Drake fashion, Drake has been collecting Birkin bags to eventually give his future wife


In peak Drake fashion, Drake has been collecting Birkin bags to eventually give his future wife

Fans are learning something interesting about rapper Drake — whoever he marries is going to get the gift of a lifetime.

In an article with The Hollywood Reporter, rapper Drake opens up about his career plans, but the 31-year-old former Degrassi star also revealed that he has been collecting Birkin bags for years, as a gift for “the woman I end up with.”

Related article: Drake turned down the opportunity to work with Harvey Weinstein after getting “bad feedback”

But sorry ladies, he didn’t specify if he’s with anyone right now.

Related article: Drake celebrated his birthday with a sweet father-son duet

According to THR, Drake was also eager to talk about his ambitious push into film and TV, which includes teaming with Netflix to revive the critically acclaimed but short-lived British crime series Top Boy (think an across-the-pond version of The Wire). Drake and Future along with James’ SpringHill Entertainment will executive produce the series, which will go into production early next year for a 2019 debut.

He’s also partnering with Steve Golin, who runs Anonymous Content for an untitled TV series and Apple, which has given him the go-ahead to produce whatever he chooses.

You can read the full feature, here.



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The First Anti-Abortion Extremist To Murder An Abortion Provider Has Been Denied Parole

On Wednesday, a review board in Florida denied parole to convicted murderer Michael Griffin, who fatally shot Dr. David Gunn outside of a Pensacola clinic in 1993.

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Dr. Gunn’s murder was a shock and a blow to the reproductive healthcare community; he was the first provider to be killed by an anti-abortion extremist. As a young OBG/YN, Dr. Gunn established a practice in Brewton, Alabama because of the area’s high infant mortality rate and went on to pioneer a technique for safely delivering breach babies that providers still use today. Years later he traveled to multiple cities and states where patients were lining up for services that there was no doctor to provide. At the time of his death, he was working in a community experiencing just such a shortage of doctors.

“He and his partner desired to serve the under served. They wanted to save lives,” David Gunn Jr. said. “[My dad had] an understanding that patients in need of abortion services deserve a compassionate, patient, understanding, non-judgmental and empathetic doctor as much as those who do not.”

An onslaught of violence against providers commenced after Griffin killed Dr. Gunn, and in the years since ten other people have since been killed in acts of anti-abortion violence. Dr. George Tiller was shot and wounded in 1993 and shot and killed in 2009; Shelley Shannon, who was convicted for the first assassination attempt, wrote letters of praise to Griffin. Dr. John Bayard Britton and his volunteer clinic escort. Lt. Col. James Barrett, were murdered in 1994, as were Planned Parenthood clinic workers Shannon Lowney and Leanne Nicholes. In 1995, Dr. Hugh Short was shot in his home.

Other assassination attempts—as well as stabbings, clinic bombings, bomb threats, arson, harassment and intimidation—continued throughout the 1990’s. The passage of the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act tampered, but has not stopped, the harassment and violence aimed at abortion providers. According to the 2016 National Clinic Violence Survey conducted by the Feminist Majority Foundation’s National Clinic Access Project, 34.2 percent of U.S. abortion providers reported “severe violence or threats of violence” in just the first half of 2016—the highest number reported since 1995.

The parole board’s decision was praised by reproductive justice advocates, who said Griffin’s release could have been dangerous to providers. Griffin, who shot Dr. Gunn in the back three times, has since publicly made ominous statements about providers and has been upheld as a hero by other extremists.

“Though it is unlikely that he will ever make it out of prison and kill again,” Lady Parts Justice League said in a social media statement, “Griffin emboldened a dangerous movement, dedicated to causing harm to those who provide abortion care. Now more than ever, we must stay vigilant.”

20160909_121504Michele Sleighel is a Research Assistant at the Feminist Majority Foundation. She has an MA in Communication at the University of Texas in San Antonio and a BS in PR from the University of Texas in Austin and is very proud of her El Paso roots. Find her on Twitter @MicheleSleighel

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Woman says she has been a victim of ID theft around 15 times since September

A woman in Washington state is speaking out after falling victim to identity theft around 15 times since early September, according to a local news station. That time period roughly matches when Equifax divulged to the public that it was the victim of a massive data breach — and the Seattle woman thinks the two incidents are related.

Her story illustrates the nightmarish ordeal that can begin after someone steals your personal information. The Equifax breach exposed more than 145.5 million people to identity theft, meaning their names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and, in some cases, even their credit card numbers are in danger of being accessed by unknown numbers of criminals.

Katie Van Fleet told KOMO-TV that it all started when she got a letter thanking her for opening a line of credit at Barneys New York. She did no such thing, so she reported it as fraud and thought everything was okay.

Sleepless in Seattle: Woman says she’s been a victim of ID theft more than a dozen times

Then came a deluge of letters from other companies and stores, welcoming her and thanking her for opening new credit lines.

“I didn’t think this would ever happen to me,” Van Fleet told KOMO. “So it’s been very frustrating. I feel extremely violated that somebody out there has my information, and I’m dealing with the repercussions of this.”

Trying to be proactive, Van Fleet said that she put a fraud alert on her account — but that didn’t stop anything. She soon got a notice that someone had opened an account with T-Mobile in her name and charged more than $ 3,000 on it.

According to the TV station, she only recently got the bogus charges to stop after putting a freeze on her credit.

This is why money expert Clark Howard is so adamant about credit freezes. He says it is the No. 1 way to stop identity fraud.

A lot of people think they are safeguarding their personal info when they get — or even worse, pay for — a fraud alert, but they are mistaken.

The difference between a fraud alert and a credit freeze can be illustrated this way: A fraud alert tells you somebody’s in your home. A credit freeze locks all the doors to your home.

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Clark says not to make the mistake of only contacting Equifax when trying to freeze your credit. “It’s imperative that you freeze your credit with all three main credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion,” he says in our Credit Freeze Guide. Here is the contact info for the agencies:

Clark is also a big proponent of setting up free credit monitoring with Credit Karma, which gives users online access to their credit reports anytime they like.

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Kendu Isaacs Seeking Increase In Support Because Mary’s Been Using Him For Successful “Divorce Songs”

A judge ordered Mary to only pay $ 30,000 a month in spousal support, now Kendu wants $ 65,000.

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I seldom run out of iPhone battery because I almost always have an external battery that I use to recharge it. Working at a desk surrounded by power outlets also helps. But the power pack I’ve been using doesn’t work with my older MacBook, and there are times when I wish it did.

An energy storage company called Romeo Power Technology, founded by former SpaceX, Tesla, Samsung, Apple, and Amazon engineers and designers just created the power pack I need right now. Meet Saber!

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I have been guilty of assaulting women and here’s #HowIWillChange

‘Guys, it’s our turn. After endless #MeToo stories of women being abused, assaulted and harassed, today we say #HowIWillChange’

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The past fortnight has seen several online movements, with the women coming forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault creating a platform and opening a conversation for us all.

You will definitely have seen the #MeToo campaign spreading across the internet and filling your social media feeds, with women standing in solidarity with Weinstein’s accusers, sharing their own experiences of sexual assault and harassment.

More than 12 million women have taken to social media to talk about assault and harassment and it looks like the movement is the beginning of a seismic shift in the way we walk about and treat the victims of sexual harassment and assault.

A new movement went viral this week in response to the Me Too hashtag with men from across the world acknowledging their mistakes in perpetuating the issue, sharing their experiences as the perpetrator alongside the hashtag, #ItWasMe.

‘There are too many times to count where I have made my hunger more important than her feelings or boundaries,’ explained Facebook user Keith Paolino.

‘I’ve either contributed to or been witness to hundreds of conversations of cavalier, mysogynistic, generally shitty “locker room talk”’, admitted Julian Mocine-Mcqueen with the hashtag #ItWasMe. ‘I’ve stayed silent when I knew friends were being unacceptable in their pursuit of, or response to a woman.’

While sharing his own account of harassing a girl, he called for other men to step up and accept their mistakes. ‘Unfortunately, I’m responsible for at least one, “me too.” Are you?’ he concluded, alongside the hashtag #ItWasMe.

‘#Itwasme and I was a piece of shit,’ tweeted Andrew Ellis. ‘I can’t take it back, and no apology is enough. I can only work to be a better human.’

‘I own my misogynistic past. I #BelieveWomen because I have been THAT guy,’ agreed Michael John Simpson. ‘I want a world in which women have safe passage.’

Some have criticised the #MeToo and #ItWasMe movements for being too passive. To them, we introduce #HowIWillChange, the new viral hashtag that is putting change into action, with people across the world making public pledges of what they will never do again after learning the severity of the issue.

‘Guys, it’s our turn,’ posted Twitter user Benjamin Law. ‘After yesterday’s endless #MeToo stories of women being abused, assaulted and harassed, today we say #HowIWillChange.’

And how will he change? ‘Acknowledge that if all women I know have been sexually harassed, abused or assaulted, then I know perpetrators. Or am one,’ Law tweeted.

#HowIWillChange has been going viral, uniting men and women and attracting high profile figures too, with actor Mark Ruffalo being one of the first to champion the movement and acknowledge his role.

‘I will never Cat call a woman again,’ the 49-year-old actor tweeted. ‘Growing up we were taught from watching movies that a cat call was a compliment. I would do it to friends and girlfriends. Sunrise [his wife] clued me in that it was totally inappropriate. Not cool. Not a compliment. Gross. #HowIWillChange.’

While some have been hesitant to come forward, social media users are keen to express that taking part is a positive not a negative. ‘#HowIWillChange is not saying you’re a rapist by default if you’re a man,’ explained Twitter user @n8r_boi. ‘You hear friends making sexist remarks? Call them out. Random guys cat calling women? Call them out. People talking about scoring with drunk girls? Call them out. By doing nothing you are justifying their views.’

Let’s keep this conversation going and make change together. We can’t let it be limited to a social media fad.

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Here are some videos of the “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” cast recording “Let’s Generalize About Men” because it’s been stuck in our heads since Friday

Here are some videos of the “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” cast recording “Let’s Generalize About Men” because it’s been stuck in our heads since Friday


Here are some videos of the “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” cast recording “Let’s Generalize About Men” because it’s been stuck in our heads since Friday

Ever since the third season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend premiered this Friday, everyone has been spontaneously breaking out in song. More specifically, everyone is singing the episode’s breakout hit, “Let’s Generalize About Men,” because it’s the hilarious misandrist anthem that the world needs right now.

One of the best things about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is that Rebecca Bunch manages to say what everyone wishes they could say (or, in this case, sing) while also pointing out just how ridiculous it is. “Let’s Generalize About Men” is the perfect example of why Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is one of the best shows on TV. It satisfyingly expresses things that are annoying about men while also poking holes in the broad generalizations people make when talking smack with their friends.

Because the lyrics of “Let’s Generalize About Men” are just so perfect, we want to know more about it. And that’s when the beauty of social media really becomes palpable. That’s because Rachel Bloom, the brains behind Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the actress who plays Rebecca Bunch, shared some behind the scenes videos from creating the masterpiece on her Instagram. And they’re so much fun.

In one Instagram post, Rachel Bloom showed the girls practicing the choreography.

Yes! Bloom, Donna Lynne Champlin (who plays Paula), Gabrielle Ruiz (who plays Valencia), and Vella Lovell (who plays Heather) look so amazing while body-rolling and singing the hilarious lyrics, “Let’s get super lit and not admit this is some kind of primal ritual we need now and then.”

In another video, Bloom shows the ladies singing the song at the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend table read.

If you’ve ever wanted to be a fly on the wall to see how all of the actors might react to some of the show’s outrageous songs, this is your chance.

Yeah, it’s pretty exciting that we get to see Josh’s reaction to Bloom singing, “There are not exceptions, all three million men are like this!” Considering that Josh left Rebecca at the alter, her character needs to denigrate and denounce the entire male gender, and doing that with one’s girlfriends really is a part of the healing process after a bad breakup.

We’ve all been there.

Laughing is also important, and “Let’s Generalize About Men” successfully satirizes the wine-infused nights shared among a group of girls who just need to make unfounded statements about why men are terrible. Like saying, “All every man does everyday is watch porn, eat wings, burp, fart, and snore.”

It’s all in good fun on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. And “Let’s Generalize About Men” is just about one of the funniest songs ever made.



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Miley Cyrus Jokes Carpool Karaoke With James Corden ‘Would’ve Been More Fun If We Hotboxed’ the Musical Ride

It’s a party in the carpool lane!

Miley Cyrus joined James Corden on The Late Late Show Tuesday night, filling the passenger seat for another round of Carpool Karaoke.

During the musical ride, the singer, 24, harkens back to her previous musical eras. First, the late-night host, 39, uses Cyrus’s tongue — as made famous during her twerk-tastic Bangerz album cycle — to dampen postage stamps. Then, backed by the comedian, Cyrus shows off her impressive pipes, bopping along to her 2009 classic “Party in the U.S.A.”

In addition, the pair sang Cyrus’ hits such as “We Can’t Stop,” “The Climb,” “Younger Now,” “Wrecking Ball” and “Malibu.”

“This would’ve been more fun if we hotboxed this thing,” the fiancée of Liam Hemsworth joked at the very end of the segment.

This isn’t the first time Cyrus has jumped in the carpool lane. Earlier this year, she and her creative family — dad Billy Ray, mom Tish, sisters Brandi and Noah and brothers Trace and Braison — starred in a Cyrus family Carpool Karaoke special, exclusively available on Apple Music.

Cyrus’ latest TV appearance follows the recent release of her sixth studio album, Younger Now.

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GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief says the agency could have acted faster and sent more vaccines to fight a massive, deadly surge of cholera cases in war-battered Yemen this year.
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Jason Aldean Ran from Stage When Las Vegas Gunman Opened Fire: ‘Tonight Has Been Beyond Horrific’

Video footage shows the harrowing moments country singer Jason Aldean ran from the stage during his Las Vegas show on Sunday after a gunman opened fire, killing 20 people and injuring at least 100.

A clip uploaded to Twitter by an attendant showed the 40-year-old singer performing as gunfire broke out at the country music festival. Soon, the music comes to an abrupt halt and Aldean is seen fleeing the stage.

“Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe,” Aldean wrote in an Instagram post in the wake of the incident.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken#stopthehate.”

The shooting began just as Aldean kicked off his show on the final day of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival, the Washington Post reports.

Witnesses reported that a gunman opened fire – reportedly with a fully automatic weapon – from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino. Police later engaged the shooter and killed him, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said, according to NBC News.

Shortly after the shooting, Aldean’s wife, Brittany, reassured fans in an Instagram post, writing, “We are safe … our angels were definitely watching over us tonight. No words for what happened … Just horrific. Praying for everyone.”

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced Sunday night that an active shooter has been reported near the casino and advised people to avoid the area.

Authorities shut down the south end of the strip as well as freeway traffic on the I-15 from Tropicana to Russell Road. Some flights destined for McCarran Airport were also diverted due to the reported shooting, according to the airport.

A video posted by a Twitter user showed a crowd of people fleeing from a nearby music festival after the shots were reported. Police said they believe the shooting to be “a solo act” done by “a lone wolf attacker,” according to the Los Angeles Times.


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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Alleged Surrogate Has Been Revealed; No, It’s Not Kylie Jenner!

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Creator of miles-long model railroad has never actually been on a train before

For nearly five years in the 1990s, Bruce Zaccagnino spent 19 hours each day outfitting the interior of Northlandz — the 52,000-square-foot Flemington, NJ, attraction he debuted in 1996, and which its not-so-modest marquee proclaims to be “the world’s largest model railroad.” The result, a whimsical display where electric-powered choo-choos dart through quaint villages, skyscraping…
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Man Pleads to Felony Murders of Maryland Sisters Who Vanished During Mall Trip in 1975: ‘It’s Been a Long Time’

On Tuesday morning a 60-year-old sex offender admitted to the felony murder of two young Maryland sisters who vanished during a trip to the mall in 1975, PEOPLE confirms.

Lloyd Lee Michael Welch Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree felony murder when he appeared in court in Bedford County, Virginia, the Washington Post reports — partially resolving a decades-old case with a long grip on the community.

Despite Welch’s plea, key questions about what happened and by whom remain unanswered. Prosecutors have said that Katherine Lyon, 10, and 12-year-old Sheila Lyon were abducted in Maryland in March 1975 and then killed, after which their remains were disposed of — but never found.

Welch was prosecuted in Bedford because it is believed the remains of at least one of his victims was buried there, according to the Post.

According to the Associated Press, Welch denies being responsible for the girls’ deaths or sexually assaulting them, but he admitted to being a party to their abduction, during which they were killed. Under Virginia law, that allowed him to be charged with felony murder.

On the day they vanished, the Lyon girls went to the Wheaton Plaza mall in Montgomery County, Maryland, to shop for Easter decorations and grab a bite to eat. They were never seen or heard from again.

Welch was sentenced to 48 years in prison as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. However, his sentence won’t start until after the completion of a sentence he is serving Delaware for molesting a 10-year-old girl

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As part of his deal with prosecutors, Welch agreed to plead guilty to two unrelated child sex abuse cases, according to the Post, with sentencing concurrent with his term for the felony murders. Montgomery County prosecutors further declined to pursue charges of their own as a result of Welch’s plea, the newspaper reports.

Bedford County prosecutors did not immediately return a call. Welch’s defense team was not immediately available to comment.

His admission so many years after the girls were killed — and despite a lack of physical evidence, including bodies — was heralded by some this week as an accomplishment by law enforcement.

“I think what they did was unprecedented,” Robert Lowery, a vice president at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, told the Post.

Welch was only developed as a suspect in recent years, after he was already incarcerated in an unrelated sexual assault case. However, he eventually gave multiple incriminating statements about his role in the Lyons case to law enforcement, only some of which were suppressed ahead of trial.

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Welch’s plea meant “we can all be assured that will never be free to victimize another child or destroy another family,” said Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger, according to the Post.

Authorities have reportedly said they believe Welch did not act alone in abducting and killing the Lyons, but other participants are either dead or their roles could not be proven.

Katherine and Sheila’s parents and siblings were reportedly at the hearing on Tuesday. Afterward their dad, John, addressed the media.

“We just want to say thank you,” he said outside the courtroom. “It’s been a long time. We’re tired and we just want to go home.”

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Betsy Shaw

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I’ve been a mom for 15 years. This once completely alien identity — mother — is now so deeply ingrained in me I’m not sure I’ll ever recover.  Sure, I tried early on to pretend that I would never “succumb” to motherhood — that motherhood would never define me, nor dictate my life’s path. I have three things to say about that now: Ha. Ha. Ha!

In a recent moment of clarity, it occurred to me that motherhood has marked me for life, in more ways than I can count. But, if I were to actually try to count, here’s what the list might look like.

1. You are over 40 and use the words “like” and “awesome,” more than once per day.

2. You turn your head every time you hear a child’s voice calling “mom” in random places, even when you aren’t together with your child.

3. You accidentally refer to your husband as “Daddy,” even when not talking to your kids, a lot.

4. Your pillow cases are hand-painted, by children, and they don’t match and you don’t care.

5. Every room of the house still has art supplies, beads, and a Barbie or Lego piece hiding in it somewhere even though your kids are spending way more time with their handheld gadgets than they are with their dozens and dozens of colored pencils.

7. Even though you haven’t bought any in years, there is some evidence of glitter in every room of the house.

8. Your car has stickers on the window(s). I’m not talking window decals, I’m talking stickers, stuck straight from a sticker book to the inside of your car window, five years ago.

9. Your car has bare foot prints on the inside of the windshield on the passenger side where your teen now proudly sits and controls the radio.

10. The car radio is always set to the most annoying pop station, even when the kids are not in the car, and you don’t notice for the first 10 miles that it’s on and you’re singing along to the most overplayed song you claim to despise.

11. You can’t stop calling toast “toasty” and a bath, a “bathy” even though your youngest kid is in the fifth grade.

12.  You feel a sense of letdown when sport seasons are over because, well, what will you do for a social life now?

13. You pray the conversation at cocktail parties will turn to parenting so you can think of something funny and self-deprecating to say.

14. You used to volunteer to do the dishes to avoid bedtime duty. Now you volunteer for bedtime duty so you can go to sleep at 8:30 without having to make an excuse.

15. Your potty humor rivals your children’s because you just can’t be bothered to be adult anymore. (“I don’t know where your earbuds are, maybe in the dog’s butt.”)

16. The first time your teen gives you the finger, you laugh because it is so perfectly timed and, frankly, you were asking for it.

17. You are still afraid to leave the house without a bag of snacks, drinks, and some extra underpants for everyone, even though your kids are well beyond tantrum and potty accident age.

18. Every time you see or hear an ambulance and you’re not with your kids or husband, you imagine, in graphic detail, they might be in it. (Please tell me I’m not alone here.)

19. You call your parents, and your sister, your brother, and random strangers “Sweetie” and “Honey” by accident, a lot

20. Your kids slip the extra-jumbo box of Lucky Charms and Nutella and Skippy peanut butter into the shopping cart, something you would never let them have when they were younger for fear of, a: judgment and b: certain death by hydrogenated and artificial everything — and you don’t even flinch when you see it on the checkout counter.

21. You ask your tween child why she needs new shin guards and she says, “Because these ones suck” and you don’t correct her word choice.

22. Previously verboten words, like “stupid” and “shit”  and “shut up” (only to the dog) come flying out of your mouth and you don’t put your hand to your mouth and apologize for saying them anymore. (It’s too late at this point and your kids will tell you so.)

23. Your kids have been known to watch Disney Channel on a school night and, yep, as long as homework is done…no guilt or concern for their brain cells. (Okay this is a bit of a lie. You do still fear the Disney Channel will undo all the wholesome, organic, commercial-free upbringing of your children and you will live in fear of Disney Channel until the day you die.)

24. School functions start to feel a bit like big nights out.

25. You can’t resist trying on clothes at Target even though it’s somewhat obvious they are not remotely made with you, menopausal mom of a teenager, in mind.

26. You stumble upon piles and piles of saved kids artwork and throw it out without guilt as you chuckle at the memory of when you thought every single thing your kids created was a masterpiece, which may one day be worth money or, at the very least, confirm your suspicions that your children are above average.

27. You go to bed at night before your oldest child, more frequently than you care to admit.

Have I missed anything?

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