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How An Iowa Supreme Court Decision Could Impact Driving While Black

Iowa could become the fourth state to reject a 1996 U.S. Supreme Court decision (Whren v. U.S.) that has allowed the police to racially profile drivers while hiding behind the Constitution. A legal victory could give momentum toward ending driving while Black police stops.

Driving while Black has long been a problem for African Americans on roadways across the country. A survey released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2014 shows the racial disparity in police stops.

Justices on the Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday from civil liberties organizations in a case involving an African-American driver stopped by an officer who admitted to pulling her over under the pretext of an alleged minor offense. His real intent was to satisfy his wild suspicion of criminal activity because of her race.

“This case has the potential to dramatically reduce racial profiling in traffic stops in Iowa, since pretextual traffic stops have driven system-wide disparities on the basis of race,” Rita Bettis Austen, American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa Legal Director, told NewsOne.

If the court rules favorably for Scottize Brown, then Iowa would join Delaware, New Mexico and Washington, which have already interpreted their state constitutions to ban pretextual stops that the U.S. Supreme Court authorized.

In 2015, an officer stopped Brown, of Waterloo, Iowa, under the pretext that one of her two license plate lamps was malfunctioning and because she drove through a yellow light that turned red — neither of which is illegal under Iowa law.

During the stop, the officer noticed an empty beer can in the vehicle and smelled alcohol on her breath. He cited her, and she was later convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as driving on a suspended license.

At trial, the officer testified that he really stopped Brown because he wanted to “poke around and see what’s up,” according to legal documents.

Brown’s lawyers told the justices that the officer had no reasonable suspicion under Iowa’s Constitution to stop and search her in the first place. The officer targeted her only because of her race — a big problem in Iowa.

The racial profiling of drivers is “inherently dishonest, and for people of color, we’ve seen too many times that they are dangerous. For every police encounter that results in injury or death, there are thousands more that don’t, but which lead to fear and distrust in police,” Austen said.

In Whren v. U.S., the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that as long as officers have a reasonable cause to believe that a traffic violation occurred, they may stop any vehicle. That ruling has allowed the cops to find, or manufacture, reasons to stop and search vehicles.

Brown’s lawyers asked the court to interpret the state’s constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure to include a ban on pretextual stops based on a driver’s race.

A decision is expected around June 2019.

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Michael Bloomberg’s Views on #MeToo Could Threaten a 2020 Presidential Run as a Democrat

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg hasn’t denied that he’s considering a 2020 run for president. But Bloomberg, currently an independent, could change his party registration if he goes forward with the candidacy.

In a new interview with The New York Times, Bloomberg said, “It’s impossible to conceive that I could run as a Republican.” Instead, Bloomberg may run as a Democrat, although he admitted that it’s “not to say I’m with the Democratic Party on everything, but I don’t see how you could possibly run as a Republican.”

Nevertheless, it’s precisely his stance on a number of hot-button Democratic issues that might make a presidential run an uphill battle for Bloomberg.

On sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement, Bloomberg declined to stand firmly behind the accusers. “The stuff I read about is disgraceful,” Bloomberg said, but he quickly added: “I don’t know how true all of it is.”

Speaking specifically about the allegations raised against former CBS anchor Charlie Rose, who broadcast his show from the Bloomberg office, Bloomberg simply claimed that “we never had a complaint,” noting that he was “surprised.” “I never saw anything and we have no record, we’ve checked very carefully,” he told The Times.

But it could be Bloomberg’s views on policing that prove to be the biggest divider between him and Democrats that fall farther to the left. While Bloomberg conceded that there have been “outrageous” cases of police abuse and shootings, he remained steadfast in his commitment to stop-and-frisk and in his conviction that it helped lower New York’s murder rate.

The policy is largely seen to disproportionately target black and brown men, with a federal district judge ruling in 2013 that it had been carried out in an unconstitutional way. What’s more, studies have found that there is no tangible correlation between stop-and-frisk and a reduction in crime. But Bloomberg sees no civil rights problems with the policy; instead, he told The Times, “I think people, the voters, want low crime. They don’t want kids to kill each other.”

For now, Bloomberg hasn’t committed to seeking office. He’s prioritizing supporting Democratic candidates in the November midterms, after which time he says, “I’ll take a look at it.”

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Could ‘American Horror Story’s Michael Langdon Be Both Antichrist and Supreme?

US viewers got their first glimpse of a grown-up Michael Langdon when American Horror Story: Apocalypse premiered this week. Season 8 of the long-running anthology horror series is a unique proposition, which continually brings back the same cast members in later seasons… usually in different roles. However, creators Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy have long acknowledged that the seasons are linked, and Apocalypse is set to be an overt crossover between Season 1, Murder House, and Season 3, Coven. It will feature characters and other elements from both seasons – starting in Episode 1, entitled “The End”, with Michael Langdon — who is going to be pivotal to the events of Season 8.

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The young Michael Langdon with grandmother Constance in Murder House.

Michael Langdon is the child of Murder House’s Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton), conceived when she was raped by the ghost of Tate Langdon (Evan Peters). Remember him dressed in that rubber S&M suit? Of course you do. Anyway, the foetus killed its twin in the womb, which was conceived as a result of superfecundation, or fertilization by the sperm of two different fathers. The second twin, Vivien’s husband Ben’s (Dylan McDermott) child, was stillborn — and because the unborn baby’s death occurred inside the ‘Murder House’, it returned as a ghost. Meanwhile, the surviving offspring – Michael — was taken in by the next-door neighbour, Tate’s mother, Constance (Jessica Lange), after Vivien died during childbirth and Ben was killed by the house’s ghosts.

We learned from Sarah Paulson’s medium Billie Dean Howard that the baby could be the Antichrist. She told Constance about the phenomenon of the Pope’s Box, a locked receptacle containing the details of the end of the world, which would be ushered in by the Antichrist who would be the offspring of a human and spirit.

The finale of Murder House jumps forward three years, and we see Constance return home to discover the nanny apparently murdered by toddler Michael, who is smothered in blood and grinning. This is the last time we saw Michael, who returns in Apocalypse to play a major role in the End of Days.

Why Could He Be the Next Supreme?


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Sarah Paulson as Cordelia Goode with Jessica Lange as Fiona Goode in Coven.

During Season 1, Constance drops the names of distant cousins Eveline and Steve DeLongpre from Virginia as the family from whom she adopted Michael when weaving the story of how she came to have a baby. As Constance’s grandchild, Michael is a Langdon, and so Eveline and Steve — if they exist — are blood relations of his.

The name DeLongpre is one which recurred in Coven: a certain Mimi DeLongpre was once a Supreme. With Coven demonstrating that the qualities and powers required for the role of the Supreme Witch can potentially run in families – Sarah Paulson’s Cordelia Goode succeeded her mother Fiona (Jessica Lange) as Supreme – it’s possible that Michael could possess the necessary powers too, as a descendant of Mimi.

But wait, aren’t Supremes always women? As far as we know, yes. But with rumblings that Miss Robichaux’s Academy has opened its doors to magical men, it adds credence to the notion that Michael could take on the mantle of Supreme. And even if he doesn’t become chief witch, if he has any of the powers that his possible distant relative possessed, he’d be a very powerful proposition indeed in combination with his status as the Antichrist.

 So what’s his role in Apocalypse?


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Cody Fern as Michael Langdon.

We caught a glimpse of a grown-up Michael Langdon at the end of Episode 1 of the new season. He rolls up, horse and carriage-stylee, to Outpost 3, where survivors of the nuclear attack witnessed at the start of the premiere are stationed. 18 months have passed and sustenance is apparently dwindling at Sarah Paulson’s Wilhelmina Venable-run fallout bunker. The assembled group of wealthy occupants and specially selected chosen ones are concerned about what’s next, and the shady Ms Venable greets their visitor. Langdon is a representative of the mysterious ‘Cooperative’ organisation behind the evacuation. He claims to have been “assigned to evaluate the people here and select the ones most worthy of survival.” We’re told that they’re the last remaining humans after survivors in other Outposts perished.

“I could take all of you, or none of you,” he says. “Those who make it live, those who don’t end up like my horses.” The horses, incidentally, were shot outside by lackeys after succumbing to the nuclear fallout. Langdon’s ultimate motives are unclear, but the Circle of Hell theory that’s been bandied about for some time – and which Ryan Murphy once shared on Twitter – could hold the key.

The Eighth Circle of Hell

According to the theory, the Eighth Circle of Hell was explored in Season 2, Asylum. In the Eighth Circle, according to Dante’s Inferno, fraud is punished. But could the eighth season of AHS actually correspond with the Eighth Circle?

The Eighth Circle is known as ‘Malebolge’, which translated means something akin to ‘evil ditches’. The Eighth Circle is a large, funnel-shaped cavern divided into ten concentric circular ‘ditches’, or trenches, or – dare we say – underground bunkers. We know from Episode 1 that there are ten outposts in total. Could Apocalypse be a literal representation of the Eighth Circle of Hell? And after Michael is done assessing the occupants of Outpost 3, will he take those that “pass the test” onto the Ninth Circle? Is everybody already dead? We’ll find out more as the season progresses.

Why Does Michael Look Like Tom Cruise in Interview with a Vampire?

Apart from Cody Fern’s Michael Langdon bringing a touch of gothic horror to proceedings, we don’t really know. Suffice to say that Ryan Murphy reportedly tweeted “Eyes like his Dad…Hair like his Mom”. That doesn’t explain the outfit, of course. But we dig it.

On that, though, there’s some confusion over why Langdon appears as a fully grown man if the show is set in 2019. He’d still be a boy if he was governed by the usual laws of nature according to the timeline of American Horror Story. So we’re guessing that the supernatural/demonic aspect of him is responsible for his accelerated growth. After all, even though he was about three years old at the end of Murder House in line with the passage of time, we do know that he developed at an alarmingly fast rate in the womb. With this in mind, it could be that he’s arrived at fully-grown Antichrist outside of the normal development rate for a human child. We don’t yet know the rules governing the Antichrist within the AHS universe, but if Langdon is immortal, he’d have parallels with Cruise’s Lestat that would include longevity as well as, perhaps, fashion sense.

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How This Iron Fist Villain Could Impact Daredevil Season 3

Iron Fist Season 2 introduced a major new villain into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the form of Mary Walker (Alice Eve), a mentally unstable killer who proved to be both friend and foe to Danny Rand. Not only that, this season opened the door for much more to come with Mary, hinting that she has a third and even more dangerous personality waiting to manifest itself.

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‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’ feels like it could be the ultimate evolution of the franchise

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When Ubisoft announced that it would be returning to the Assassin’s Creed franchise just a year after Origins came out, I was initially skeptical. Origins succeeded in part because Ubisoft took the time to truly evolve the gameplay for the first time in a decade, but Odyssey, its follow-up, appeared to be little more than a reskin of Origins.

After playing through four hours of the game last week, I am happy to report that my assumptions were incorrect, and while Odyssey may have been built on the same foundation as Origins, the changes are enough to truly differentiate it, and it succeeds in pushing the franchise forward in countless ways both big and small.

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Meghan Markle’s Dad Fears He Could Be Kidnapped in Mexico

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Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, believes he could be kidnapped and ransomed by criminal gangs in Mexico.

Mr. Markle is leading a peripatetic life, checking in and out of multiple motels and staying with friends as he battles with anxieties over the dangers his new high profile could expose him to.

The Daily Express reports he fears he is a “sitting duck” at his retirement home in the ramshackle seaside resort of San Antonio Del Mar, just 13 miles south of the notorious border city of Tijuana, where more than 1,700 murders and multiple kidnappings were recorded last year.

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The Supremacist Court? What Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Could Mean for Communities of Color

Is your armor on? (You know, the armor you put on when watching the news these days.) Mine is—because I knew that I couldn’t miss a second of the coverage of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, which started today.

There are a lot of reasons we should be paying close, vigilant attention to Kavanaugh’s record and his hearings. Reproductive health, rights and justice groups have been sounding the alarm on Kavanaugh’s nomination since June, and with good cause—and when media coverage in August was dominated by President Trump’s legal woes, so, too, was it rife with discussions about Kavanaugh’s stated belief that a sitting President should not be able to be prosecuted. But lost in the ongoing uproar against Kavanaugh’s nomination are a slew of cases winding their way up to the Supreme Court that will have enormous impacts on communities of color.

In 2013, activists rallied for voting rights outside the Supreme Court. Attacks on them have persisted, and Kavanaugh’s nomination could be a boon for voter suppression efforts. (SEIU / Creative Commons)

At least three different cases in 2018 will put issues of tribal sovereignty in front of the Supreme Court. In Herrera v. Wyoming, the justices will hear a case from the Crow tribe; this case tests whether treaties signed by the federal government in the 1800s are still valid. (The U.S. still has all the land, so the answer is a pretty clear yes that we think the treaty is still valid—but we’ll have to see what the court says.) In Public Service Company of New Mexico vs. Barboan, a utility company has been trying to condemn land on the Navajo Nation in order to keep operating a power line on the reservation. Navajo landowners haven’t been paid for the use of their land for nearly 20 years, and big energy companies like Edison Electric Institute, the Association of Oil Pipe Lines and the American Gas Association have filed friend of the court briefs to get in on the action; unfortunately, siding with corporate interests and against tribal sovereignty in this case seems like an obvious outcome for Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court.

Sanctuary status is also on the docket. In early 2018, the Trump Administration sued the state of California about its passage of three “sanctuary laws.” One of the three laws restricts state and local officials from sharing information about immigrants with federal agencies—and although normally, conservatives would be all for states’ rights, a series of battles are lining up in federal court between state governments making efforts to protect immigrants and a hostile federal government that wants to push them to fall in line through aggressive financial and legal bullying.

This year, the Supreme Court also punted on two cases of gerrymandering, the pernicious practice of politicians drawing election lines in ways that benefit a specific party. With a weakened Voting Rights Act, which the Supreme Court gutted in 2013, there are far fewer legal guarantees that prevent states from creating new barriers to voting— “second-generation barriers to ballot access” like racial gerrymandering, laws requiring at-large voting in places with a sizable Black community or new and onerous voter identification laws that disproportionately impact immigrant communities. The Supreme Court left the door open for future challenges to gerrymandering—and now, even moreso, there’s little assurance that it will take any action to stop the practice.

President Trump has picked his last two Court nominees from a list of names approved by the Federalist Society, of which a key litmus test is whether judges will commit to interpreting the Constitution as written and enforce limits on government power outlined in the Constitution. But “interpreting the Constitution as it’s written” is concerning for women, people of color and indigenous communities—because we’re not in the original constitution, and neither are demands for our basic human rights. Government powers outlined in the Constitution also didn’t include healthcare, environmental safeguards, a functional and fair public education system or any other roles that a modern national government must contend with.

This new Supreme Court justice will make generational decisions—likely interpreting the laws passed by Congress and states until my two sons, who are currently seven and ten, are in their thirties. Brett Kavanaugh is only 10 years older than me; he will likely sit on the court for the rest of my life.

We can and must make sure that Kavanaugh isn’t confirmed. There is too much at risk to sit on the sidelines.

Kalpana Krishnamurthy is the Policy Director at Forward Together. She’s not a lawyer, and has not been inside of a courtroom, but she has protested outside the Supreme Court. Forward Together works nationally to ensure that all families have the rights, recognition and resources they need to thrive.

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In 24 Hours, Crystal Mason Could Be In Federal Prison For Voting In Texas

Crystal Mason is a 43-year-old Black woman in Fort Worth, Texas, who attempted to vote during the 2016 general election. After casting a provisional ballot — that wasn’t counted — she was told three months later she had committed voter fraud because she was on supervised release for the non-violent crime of tax fraud. Mason has been out on appeal, but tomorrow she is going to court and her lawyers say more than likely she will be locked up for five years in federal prison.

Today, Mason and her lawyer Alison Ginter were guests on “The Clay Cane Show” on SiriusXM Urban View. An emotional Mason said, “Everything is just really overwhelming, just knowing everyday my freedom is on the line. My kids, my son is in college, his freshmen year — football scholarship — he wants to come home, I don’t want him to do that. I go to court on the 30th, his first game is September 1st.”

She continued, “You come home, you tell your kids you are never going to leave them again, everything is right, you show them how you are rehabilitated. You do everything right. You get a job within three days of being out. You go to school. … I’m showing them if you hit a bump in the road, you can pick yourself up and recover. I just feel like the whole system failed me.”

Mason also explained no one told her she couldn’t vote, nor did she sign anything saying she could not.

Mason’s lawyers have asked for a new trial, but Judge Ruben Gonzalez refused in June. Her lawyer Alison Grinter explained, “Crystal was convicted at a bench trial with different counsel, then we started the appellate process. She got an appeal bond, the state of Texas says, ‘You are fine to be out and living your life pending the outcome of the appeal.’ If the appeal says the judge was right then you are going to have to serve your sentence. If the appeal says the judge was wrong — like we believe they were—then you are fine.”

Grinter continued, “The state of Texas is content to wait and see what the court says, the federal government, on the other hand, doesn’t necessarily have to do that. They can revoke Crystal’s supervised release on the basis of her having violated one of the laws from the state of Texas. What I think is just absolutely God-smacking is that Texas really isn’t sure that she violated the laws of the state of Texas yet. That is still on appeal, but the federal government is ready to charge ahead. There’s just not any willingness from Jeff Sessions to stop and listen, there’s no waiting.  They are perfectly content to make permanent when maybe there’s no need to do that.”

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In a racist double standard, a white woman from Iowa named Terri Lynn Rote was convicted of voter fraud for trying to vote for President Donald Trump twice. Her punishment? She was sentenced to two years’ probation and a $ 750 fine.

Sadly, despite protests in Fort Worth, Texas, the power is in the hands of the courts and Mason could be in prison this time tomorrow. Mason said, “Just keep me in your prayers. I thank you guys for supporting me. I thank you guys for giving me this opportunity to even let my story be heard. Just keep my family in your prayers.”

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‘Rage 2’ Could Deliver on its Predecessor’s Promise

It was hard to get excited about the announcement of Rage 2, given the lacklustre nature of the original game. The original Rage promised an expanded id Software shooter in a post-apocalyptic open-world with RPG systems and vehicular combat, to boot.

What we got instead was a game with solid shooting, but almost everything else felt off. Fast forward to more recent times and after half an hour of hands-on time with Rage 2, things are starting to look a whole lot better, and that’s not just in terms of the vibrant colour palette.

For starters, while id is overseeing proceedings, this is an Avalanche Studios game. This makes a lot of sense as Avalanche has a trend of combining gorgeous open worlds, larger-than-life characters, addictive gameplay loops, and tight vehicular combat into a single offering. Naturally, id is on hand to advise on the all-important first-person-shooting elements, but what we played of Rage 2 is firing on all cylinders.

Granted, with only half an hour to play, the focus was more on the new shooting systems than getting lost in the open world, taking down convoys, or taking a deep dive into upgrades. After a short tutorial, the task was simple: blast through an overrun space station and call a mission-critical satellite back to post-apocalyptic Earth.

It’s clear that Doom is an inspiration for both movement and shooting. For instance, there’s a dash button to dodge incoming fire – like hard-hitting rockets and more traditional ballistic fare – or it can be used to close the gap to introduce an outlander to the butt of whatever weapon you’re wielding.

Dash works particularly well hand-in-hand with the shotgun which, despite the armoured goons and subsequent lower lethality of the shooting, still feels fantastic. Part of this is because Avalanche has clearly taken influence from Bulletstorm, in terms of playing with your prey.

A point-blank shotgun blast will often send an enemy flying. Tap the previous-weapon button to near instantaneously switch to, say, an assault rifle, and you can juggle that flying, flailing fool into the nearest wall and into the deadlands. It’s like a new-age version of the ever-potent rocket/rail combo in the Quake series, and it feels fantastic.

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Assuming the rest of Rage 2’s arsenal follows suit with intra-weapon synergy, the shooter sequel is going to have some serious clip potential. What the enemies lack in smarts they more than make up for in numbers and aggression. As soon as they’re aware of your presence, they love to swarm and flank.

You might find yourself surprised by a hit indicator from behind, only to discover a flanking foe, or one you put on the ground but clearly failed to finish. It’s not all about the guns, though. Rage 2 marks the return of the gibtastic Wingstick, a razor-sharp return-to-sender gadget that’s like a primitive version of Turok 2’s Cerebral Bore.

Toss it freely at enemies or lock on to nab them around corners or over cover. Watching a Wingstick slice and dice a goon’s head doesn’t get old and the deadly tool is as effective an opener or closer as it is used in the middle of a firefight.

Outside of the Wingstick, you also have special abilities. One of them is the equivalent of a Force push, which is handy for sending bunched-up, point-blank baddies off ledges or into nearby traps. Another is a Halo 5-like ground pound that smashes wasteland grunts and bounces them into the air. These particular abilities feel better suited as fight starters than anything else, but it’ll be interesting to see what other tricks Avalanche has up its sleeve for toying with enemies.

Players will also have an overkill mode that you accumulate over time, whereby your weapons become supercharged, shots tends to lift enemies off their feet, and the time-to-kill gets closer to a Doom-Zombie-vs-shotgun fight. After the first use, though, the only thing it added was the ability to make fights easier, which actually felt like it was detracting from the fun of the gunplay. Fingers crossed it’ll have better uses in the final game.

Despite respecting a lot of shooter norms, Rage 2 occasionally defied the ‘red barrel equals explosive’ trope. Given the flow of the gunplay and the emphasis on the player power fantasy in clearing combat spaces, this felt more like a missed opportunity than a satisfyingly subversion. Then again, it might’ve been a bug.


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Things you shoot in this game tend to blow up.

We were playing early code for a shooter that’s not out until next year, so there was the odd AI fail, blatantly scripted moment, and some noticeable frame drops early on. That said, it was a mostly tight affair and none of these gripes destroyed immersion.

If anything, the biggest disappointment was that the demo focused on what amounted to a corridor-shooting section – something that was a strong point in the original game (slow-motion enemy AI ‘action rolls’ notwithstanding) – instead of letting us delve more into Avalanche’s other strengths out in the open world.

As far as Avalanche’s first foray into first-person shooting goes, it feels great, but that’s not surprising given id’s guidance. The truly exciting content has been relegated to trailers at this point, but if Avalanche can nail an addictive Just Cause-like open-world gameplay loop spliced with Mad Max-style vehicular combat, Rage 2 could prove to be one of those rare opportunities where a sequel to an average starting game proves a franchise has legs and deserves more follow-ups.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could be delaying having a baby for this reason

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Ever since Prince Harry showed off his parenting skills, jokily scolding a little boy for pulling his wife’s hair and then catching two-year-old Emily Henson stealing his popcorn at last year’s Invictus Games, fans have been waiting for the 33-year-old prince to become a father himself – and it seemed like it wasn’t far off.

Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan Markle explained in their engagement interview last year that they were taking ‘one step at a time’ on the family front, with Harry explaining, ‘Hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future’.

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But how long in the near future? Well, people thought it could be right now with Prince Harry fuelling baby rumours that the Sussex family was about to grow, after he put his car up for sale.

Yes, the 33-year-old may have owned his Audi RS6 Avant for just over a year, but he has already put it up for sale, with rumours that he might be upgrading his sports car for a more family-friendly model.

But it looks like we can all calm down, as it has reported that we probably won’t be seeing any Meghan-Harry babies for a while, with the couple thought to be delaying having a baby.

Why? Well, it’s all to do with their impending tour.

According to a source, the newlyweds are waiting to expand their family until after the tour, hoping to avoid a difficult trip around Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and The Kingdom of Tonga.

A royal tour sounds like hard enough work anyway, but throw in morning sickness and a long list of dietary requirements and nutritional no-nos that come with pregnancy, and it’s virtually impossible.

Hopefully it won’t be too long to wait until we hear the pitter patter of tiny Sussex feet however, with royal correspondent Katie Nicholl reporting to Entertainment Tonight that it’s only a matter or time.

‘My sources are saying that Prince Harry, particularly, is very keen to start a family, pretty soon after the royal wedding,’ Nicholl explained. ‘He’s made no secret about wanting children.’

She continued: ’I think that moment [for Harry] really kicked in when his brother, Prince William, of course, settled down with Kate Middleton. That has definitely gotten Prince Harry pretty broody.’

‘The reason he wanted Meghan to meet Prince George and Princess Charlotte was so she could see that — this would be hopefully replicated by them, that they would go on to have children. That you marry into the royal family, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a regular family with cute children, and here are George and Charlotte to show that that can happen. That was really important to him.’

It looks like the Duke and Duchess are going to have a busy year.

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Michael Cohen’s Tape Sounds Like He Could Bring Down Trump

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The release of a secretly recorded conversation between Michael Cohen and Donald Trump about a proposed secret payment to one of Trump’s supposed mistresses goes a long way towards a potential criminal charge for both men.

The tape captures Cohen and Trump discussing setting up a shell corporation to pay “David” (presumably David Pecker, who owns the National Enquirer’s parent company, AMI) for the rights to Karen McDougal’s story that was acquired by AMI in a “capture and kill” move: AMI purchased exclusive rights to the damaging story of Trump’s affair and didn’t run it. 

Lanny Davis, one of Cohen’s lawyers, told CNN that he released the recording to show that Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani lied last week when he claimed that Cohen raised the idea of paying cash.  Davis claims that the recording clearly shows Trump proposing the idea of paying “cash,” while Giuliani continues to dispute this. 

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7 Fictional Schools We Wish We Could Attend

School is far from the most thrilling part of life. We’re told it will be some of the best years we could live, but usually, the most exciting thing to happen is if pizza makes it onto the lunch menu.

Yet somehow, the wonders of fiction can produce institutions that never contain a dull scene or go a chapter without an exciting twist or turn. Although thinking about school is probably the last thing many of us want to do, we’ve managed to single out seven scholarly sites that are bound to change your mind.

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – Harry Potter


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Hogwarts Castle.

Let’s not kid ourselves – Hogwarts was always going to be at the top of the list. Normal (see: Muggle) schools have dull subjects like chemistry, sports, history, and that optional foreign language. Hogwarts, on the other hand, teaches potions, flying broomsticks, charms classes, and maybe they do still have history but wizard history has trolls.

Good students spend their evenings relaxing in comfy dormitory rooms located throughout the magical castle. For the more adventurous students, there’s still plenty of danger to excite even the most hardened thrill-seeker. Screaming books for the after-hours reader, a giant squid in the lake, and staircases that can move around and stretch the memory. There are few schools — fictional or otherwise — that can match Hogwarts.

Starfleet Academy – Star Trek


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The main building at Starfleet Academy.

Located in Marin County, California and roughly 15 decades in the future, Starfleet Academy is the science-fiction answer to Hogwarts. Based near the Starfleet Headquarters, the Academy is where the best and brightest train to operate the vast, interstellar exploration ships of the Federation Fleet.

Like a lot of top-tier schools, Starfleet has gruelling admission regulations, including psychological tests and a six-week preparatory program. Those resilient few who manage to enter could go on to study everything from Advanced Subspace Geometry to Xenolinguistics in preparation to boldly go where no one has gone before.

Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters – X-Men


The X-Mansion during its incarnation as the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.
The X-Mansion during its incarnation as the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.

For a school dedicated to equal opportunity and understanding, Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters has strict entrance criteria: mutants only. Between crunching calculus and quoting Shakespeare for drama classes, students can earn extra credit saving the world from both threats to mutants and mutant threats. Select students who show the right aptitude can even join the greatest peace-keeping team in the extensive Marvel multiverse – the X-Men.

Here, mutants who are otherwise hated and feared across the globe can find a safe haven within the grounds. They’re taught not to react with violence towards the rest of humanity but build towards a mutually beneficial future.

UC Sunnydale – Buffy the Vampire Slayer


University of California Sunnydale.
University of California Sunnydale.

Built with no other goal than educating the students, UC Sunnydale is really just like any other university. That is, once you grow accustomed to the vampire students squatting in the abandoned dorm. Or the illegal government experiments in the basement. And maybe the occasional magically intoxicating drink. Otherwise, a perfectly normal establishment.

Due to the chaotic influence of the local Hellmouth, choosing to attend this institution may give you more of an education than you expected. That is, if you can survive long enough to collect your diploma.

St Trinian’s


St Trinian's.

St Trinian’s School for Young Ladies takes the traditional idea of a posh girls boarding school and blows it out of the water. Here, chaos is queen, the students are career criminals in the making, and the teachers are as disreputable as the infamous institution. Rivalries between factions run riot and it’s rare that a day goes by without at least one trap being set.

With hockey sticks for weapons and mischief on their minds, the outcasts and rebels who make this school their home hold no fear for what the world can throw at them. Really, it’s the rest of the world that should worry. There’s no telling what a Trinian survivor will (or won’t) do to any who are foolish enough to cross their paths.

William McKinley High – Glee


Glee's William McKinley High School main entrance.
William McKinley High School’s main entrance.

Everyone loves a good beat and William McKinley High is there to fill the spotlight. Primary entertainment of both staff and students is the ongoing rivalry of catchy tunes from the underdog glee club against frequently sarcastic cheer squad coach, Sue Sylvester.

William McKinley High also has an unusual knack for dealing with dense moral issues. Year after year, the school tackles subjects like sexual identity, physical and mental disabilities as well as cultural differences.

Maybe it’s not as fancy as some of the other entries but it has the right stuff to make a nice, normal school – if you can get behind the occasional choreographed Britney Spears assembly.

Jedi Academy – Star Wars


The Star Wars Jedi Temple on Coruscant.
The Jedi Temple on Coruscant.

For the lucky few who are born with a connection to the Force, the only place to go is the nearest Jedi Academy. Varying in size from a single class to an academy large enough to stand out on the city-planet of Coruscant, whichever Jedi Temple prospective students end up at will teach them mastery of their emotions and control of the Force.

Lucky students might even end up on one of the mobile academies. These vast space-faring vessels that double as both travelling Temples and explanatory ships. In between meditating on the cosmos, the migratory Jedi catalogue them for their vast Archives.

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Our Audience Offers 21 Ways the WNBA Could Up Game Attendance

A’ja Wilson, a WNBA player for the Las Vegas Aces, recently took to social media to complain about the pay gap between NBA players and those in the WNBA.

Wilson’s comments stirred a vigorous conversation on social media and the sports world about the wage discrepancy between male and female basketball players. Wilson made the comments after LeBron James signed a four-year, $ 154 million contract with the Lakers.

Even the most skilled WNBA players make just a fraction of what an NBA player who is benched for a majority of the season can earn. Reigning WNBA MVP Sylvia Fowles, for instance, earned $ 109,000 last year. In comparison, NBA 2017 MVP Russell Westbrook made a whopping $ 28.5 million. Meanwhile, Leandro Barbosa earned $ 500,000 in the 2017-18 NBA season despite being waived by the Phoenix Suns in July, reports Forbes. As a result, Barbosa will earn nearly five times Fowles’ earnings even though he is no longer playing for the Suns.

Many make the claim that the WNBA players are paid less because they do not draw the same attention and attendance as the NBA. While attendance has been improving over the years since the league’s inception in 1996, getting fans into seats still remains an issue. The Washington Post reported:

WNBA games averaged 7,716 fans per game in 2017, the highest number in six years but far from a significant improvement. WNBA games haven’t averaged 8,000 fans per game since 2009, and the 2017 figure was down 28.9% from the league’s all-time high attendance in 1998, which was the WNBA’s second season.

We solicited our audience to offer ideas to increase attendance at WNBA games. Here are some suggestions (these are posted verbatim from Instagram with some light editing for clarity):

– Team with NBA on promotions, social media, shout-outs, community events, and other involvements.

– Live streaming, community activations, and global initiatives.

– Unique and more involved half-time shows.

– Figure out a way to involve hip hop or the black culture. For example, give Beyonce and Jay-Z side seats.

– Play before the men’s (NBA) games.

– Lower the rims to 8.5 feet, so more players could play above the rim.

– Play satellite games in other cities where multiple games occur, lots of prizes and guest interaction.

– Open to foreign countries.

– Look at smaller venues.

– Sell tickets via Instagram.

– Have partnerships with Girl Scouts or Girls Inc. to spread the word.

– [Have] a fan night for aspiring WNBA players in each city where they play.

– Buil[d] a pipeline of young female athletes and provide free tickets to WNBA games.

– [Develop] integrated summer leagues/all-star games so they can develop a stronger fan base that will support them independently.

– Give the ladies real extra financial incentives to ball.

– They need to be featured on networks other than just ESPN.

– Engage older players who have retire[d] to remain involved outside of coaching.

– Half-time entertainment with local celebrity entertainers.

– Go to markets with no sports teams and let them sell the arenas out.

– [Create a] reality show following five of the most interesting/outrageous/intelligent/socially active, etc., players.

– Every WNBA team should have their own touring bus. During some off days and during the off season, drive this bus into neighborhoods in your respective city, where the players will get out and meet the fans, offer giveaways, and shoot arounds.

 

-Selena Hill contributed to this report. 

 

 

 

 

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Nintendo’s Switch could outsell the PS4 in 2018

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Sony has had a stranglehold on the market ever since the PS4 launched in 2013. To date, the PS4 has reportedly outsold the Xbox One by greater than a two to one margin, and the distance between the two consoles grows larger each and every year. But one analyst believes that Sony might finally have some competition in 2018.

In a recent report, NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella predicts that the Nintendo Switch will be the best-selling console of the holiday season, and could even overtake the PS4 for total sales on the year. Keep in mind that the Switch has only been on store shelves since early 2017, so millions of consumers had already chosen between the PS4 and Xbox One by the time Nintendo joined the current console generation.

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Finding the art in forward motion. That’s how producer Sally Cade Holmes describes her work, and it’s an apt – and elegant – description of the nebulous, multifaceted world of theatre producing. From festival credits to the off-Broadway favorite Puffs, or, Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic to the Broadway hit musical Anastasia, Holmes has often found herself working on productions that tap into audience’s hearts and minds.
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Hot on the heels of #disrupting the grocery world by purchasing Whole Foods, Amazon is dipping its toes into the US healthcare market with a billion-dollar acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack. The deal is set to close in the second half of this year, and according to some experts, Amazon-backed changes could come to the online pharmacy literally overnight.

“Amazon could rename PillPack as ‘Amazon Pharmacy,’ and start right away,” Talha Sattar, CEO of internet pharmacy start-up Nimble, told CNBC. “The bigger question is about the form that the offering will take.”

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Artificial ovary could help young cancer patients preserve fertility

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Cyber Saturday—How Science Could Have Saved Reality Winner

Happy weekend, Cyber Saturday readers.

Reality Winner has pleaded guilty: “All of my actions I did willfully, meaning I did so of my own free will,” she told a court on Tuesday, per the New York Times‘ report.

The former Air Force linguist earned the distinction of being the first person prosecuted by the Trump administration on charges of leaking classified information under the Espionage Act. Her defense struck a deal with the Justice Department that would have her serve 63 months in prison and three years of supervised release. (A judge must now decide whether to approve the sentence.)

Federal authorities accused Winner last year of leaking a classified report concerning Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. They believed her to have sent the document to The Intercept, a news outlet funded by Ebay billionaire Pierre Omidyar, which published it online in full. For all its talk of protecting whistleblowers, The Intercept made a rookie mistake: uploading a scanned copy of the original report, which contained telltale, electronic traces all but confirming Winner as the culprit. The pages bore unmistakable watermarks–printer microdots–that identified their source.

Although the FBI did not mention the dots in its court filings, the agency did say it was able to determine the leaked document was a printout thanks to crease marks. The dots no doubt clinched the case. (Winner also apparently sent emails to The Intercept from her work computer–doh.)

Whatever your stance on Winner’s situation may be, her undoing at least provides a valuable lesson to would-be whistleblowers and media outlets: Heed the dots. Indeed, already there are workarounds. A new paper authored by four German researchers at the Technical University of Dresden describes a method for overcoming these watermarks. Having decoded a variety of dot arrangements, the team suggests adding additional dots in precise ways so as to thwart the tagging technique, rendering output anonymous.

You can test out the group’s obfuscation tools here.

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If you read last weekend’s dispatch, you may recall we discussed whether Mandiant, the digital forensics division of FireEye, a cybersecurity firm, conducted a so-called hack back in order to pin a series of hacks on a group of Chinese spies, as a new book by David Sanger, national security reporter at the New York Times, seemed to allege. Mandiant released a statement this week saying that it did not and does not hack back, and that the suggestion it might have done otherwise is “a serious mischaracterization of our investigative efforts.” The firm said its actual methods allowed it to “diligently and legally” pursue attribution. No dots needed.

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One last note: Next week Cyber Saturday will be taking a break from publication. Your host intends to extend his July 4th vacation through the weekend. I hope you enjoy the time off as much as I plan to.

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Say hi to Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi Alliance, a trade group that certifies wireless Internet standards, released details about its next generation networking protocol, WPA3. The new standard features stronger encryption, protection against certain types of attacks, and one-touch setup for connected devices, like smart speakers. Broad implementation isn’t expected to occur until late 2019.

Betting on the right horse…the wrong way. A former Equifax employee has been charged with insider trading. Sudhakar Reddy Bonthu, 44, a software engineering manager, took out options to short the credit bureau’s stock after creating the website that disclosed the company’s breach. A complaint filed against Bonthu said he had been told the website was for a customer, but that he figured out Equifax was the real subject.

Twitter buttons up. The micro-blogging service said it has begun taking more proactive measures to identify and shut down malicious and spam bot accounts before they can wreak havoc on its platform. Expect your follower count to go down as the company kicks offenders off the site. Additionally, Twitter has added compatibility with hardware security keys, tools that protect accounts against unauthorized logins.

Data leak roundup. Exactis, a marketing data aggregator based in Florida, leaked 340 million records on Americans and businesses, including people’s names, home addresses, email addresses, and other personal characteristics. Adidas disclosed that information for a few million online customers was exposed, although the full extent of the breach remains unclear. Ticketmaster said that 5% of its customers’ data were accessed by an unauthorized third party.

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Because that’s where the money is. The latest Bloomberg Businessweek bills itself as “the heist issue“–and it’s chock full of sordid tales, as advertised. (Side note: the issue has a very fun cover, which recalls one of Fortune’s very own.) One of the features, “The Biggest Digital Heist in History Isn’t Over Yet,” tells the tale of the Carbanak gang, a group of cybercriminal bank robbers that has looted financial firms to the tune of $ 1.2 billion since 2013. While the alleged ringleader has been apprehended, the thievery continues…

For years police and banking-industry sleuths doubted they’d ever catch the phantoms behind Carbanak. Then, in March, the Spanish National Police arrested Ukrainian citizen Denis Katana in the Mediterranean port city of Alicante. The authorities have held him since then on suspicion of being the brains of the operation. Katana’s lawyer, Jose Esteve Villaescusa, declined to comment, and his client’s alleged confederates couldn’t be reached for comment. While Katana hasn’t been charged with a crime, Spanish detectives say financial information, emails, and other data trails show he was the architect of a conspiracy that spanned three continents. And there are signs that the Carbanak gang is far from finished.

ONE MORE THING

Random key discovery. In 1882, a Californian banker by the name of Frank Miller, proposed a method of encipherment known today as a “one time pad.” This unbreakable cryptographic scheme was thought to have been first devised 35 years later by researchers at Bell Labs. As this IEEE Spectrum story relates, Steven Bellovin, a Columbia University computer science professor, discovered the true origins of this intellectual achievement after coming across a description of the mathematical invention in an old telegraphy codebook in 2011.

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Kennedy’s retirement from Supreme Court could clear path for Trump’s environmental rollbacks

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was often a decisive vote on issues like climate change and water pollution. Trump now has the power to appoint someone that shares his views on environmental issues, the New York Times reports. 
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This Year’s Wimbledon Could Give Tennis Fans Another Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Classic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Old Is Gold: What Game Developers Could Learn From Retro RPGs

With the crowdfunding-driven resurgence of retro-style computer RPGs (CRPGs) in recent years, it’s a fantastic time to be a classic CRPG buff. The legends of this medium have captivated players over the decades and shaped the history of an entire game genre.

But the old greats are not just there to be admired and emulated — they’re there to be surpassed. They, and their modern torchbearers, offer game developers much to chew on as we forge toward the next wave of gaming greatness.

Writing Can’t Be an Afterthought


The Myrkul encounter in Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer.

Ever tried editing a document that’s gone through a few runs of Google Translate? No matter how skilled the editor might be, something’s already been lost in translation. That’s how it is with game writers. All too often they’re called in only after the rest of the game has already been nailed down and told to write sense into it all.

In the spring of 2006, something different went down at Obsidian Entertainment. Work on Neverwinter Nights 2’s first expansion had kicked off, and thanks to time and budget constraints, it was to be a simple hack-and-slash adventure. And that’s what fans would have gotten if writer George Ziets hadn’t pushed for bigger and better.

It took some trust and convincing, as Ziets tells it, but Obsidian approved his far grander vision of individuals challenging the gods and the very order of the universe, accented by deep-dives into faith, love, and mortality. Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer far outgrew its original, humble concept to win runner-up on GameBanshee’s 2007 RPG of the Year feature. It remains one of the finest CRPG experiences of the 2000s.

Ziets’s story is a standout case for giving game writers a seat at the development table from the get-go and a free hand to shape a game’s journey. Even if the game isn’t a story-centric one, game developers still shouldn’t de-prioritize the writing. Just look at how titles that led with gameplay and visuals, like Destiny and Mass Effect: Andromeda. They sank into mediocrity on the weakness of their writing. Writers of old CRPGs didn’t just lay mortar between the bricks, they helped plan the wall.

Mind the Barrier to Entry


The final boss encounter from Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter.

CRPGs used to be hardcore, designed for savvy players who knew their spellbooks and bestiaries — and relished a challenge (like in the Icewind Dale games). With their hack-and-slash focus, esoteric Dungeons & Dragons-derived rulesets, and high difficulty curve, Icewind Dale and its sequels were prime examples of older CRPGs’ unforgiving nature. But while challenges can be fun, we can’t all afford the time and energy they demand.

Obsidian understood this when they added a minimal-difficulty option to Pillars of Eternity. According to game director Josh Sawyer, this “dad mode,” as it was nicknamed, was aimed at longtime fans who no longer had as much gaming time. But it’s not just dads — or mums — who benefit from such accommodation.

Gamers have wildly different skill levels and reasons for picking up a game. Some don’t mind, and even enjoy, studying arcane rulesets and retrying tough battles. Others just want — or need — a quicker, less stressful experience. Game devs shouldn’t exclude this chunk of every player base.

It’s about options. No one’s saying devs should “dumb down” a game to make it easy for all. But that sweet spot between substance and accessibility can be pretty elusive. As Pillars demonstrated, the best way to hit that bullseye is for devs to make a game’s barrier to entry more flexible.

Keep What Worked and Make it Better


The battle with the famous Scorpitron in Wasteland 2.

In the real world, nasty behavior has repercussions. Not so in CRPGs, where for a long time, you could sass everyone you met and carry on like a boss — until Pillars of Eternity came along. As the game kept track of your conduct and had characters react to it accordingly, suddenly watching your mouth was the smart thing to do.

Things like this do a lot to enhance CRPG worlds — and they’re not all modern inventions. 1988’s Wasteland went down in gaming history for its multiple-solution approach to obstacles and a story big on choice and consequence. As the director of its 2014 sequel tells it, preserving these elements was a top priority in Wasteland 2’s development. That, along with jazzing up of other elements such as combat, enabled inXile Entertainment to deliver a Game of the Year winner that is lauded as a leading success of the retro RPG renaissance.

This is how we make progress, by carrying forward what worked and building on it. Even retro-style games that sell on nostalgia need some innovation to make them relevant. And that doesn’t just mean innovating on the visual front — that’s a black hole where gamer appetites are concerned. Innovations must carry over to the things that shaped the old greats like gameplay, design, characterization, and more. Game devs need to study and surpass these elements to forge new greats.

It’s only practical to appreciate the great games of past generations. They were great for many reasons. Each title presents a learning opportunity for devs who know what to look for. After all, old may be gold, but even gold needs polishing every once in a while!

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What Trump Could Learn From Freud’s Daughter About Parentless Kids

Seventy-five years ago in the midst of World War II, Anna Freud, the daughter of Sigmund Freud, and her close friend, Dorothy Burlingham, published their classic study, War and Children, documenting the impact that separating children from their parents had during a time when England was under attack from Nazi Germany.

Freud and Burlingham knew their subject firsthand. They had been directing the Hampstead War Nurseries, which provided children, many of whom had lost their homes to German bombs, with residential care and comparative safety.

Today, thanks to the Trump administration’s policy of criminally prosecuting asylum-seeking adult immigrants who do not cross into the United States legally and separating them from their children, Freud and Burlingham’s study of children in crisis has become relevant in ways its authors never could have imagined in 1943.

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America is heading for a moment of reckoning as the results of more than a year’s worth of hardline Trump administration immigration measures pile up, raising questions fundamental to the character of the nation itself.


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These Are the 17 U.S. Cities That Could Host the 2026 World Cup

The U.S., Mexico and Canada won a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup, bringing the soccer tournament to North America for the first time since 1994.

The combined bid overwhelmingly won a vote against Morocco, its only challenger at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday. North America gained 134 votes, while Morocco got 65.

Sixteen cities spanning the continent will host the 80 games of the 2016 World Cup tournament. Of those games, 60 will be played in the U.S., while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each. The last game of the tournament will take place at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. There are now 23 cities, including three in Canada and three in Mexico, that are up for selection to host the 2026 World Cup.

See which cities could host the 2026 World Cup matches below.

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Boston

New York/New Jersey

Philadelphia

Baltimore

Washington, DC

Cincinnati

Nashville

Atlanta

Orlando

Miami

Kansas City

Dallas

Houston

Denver

Los Angeles

San Francisco Bay Area

Seattle

Canada

Edmonton

Montréal

Toronto

Mexico

Monterrey

Guadalajara

Mexico City

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What the DC Cinematic Universe Could Learn from the Arrowverse

The Arrowverse as done the Justice League better than the DCEU Justice League film was able to. DC’s mad rush to compete with the Marvel cinematic money-printing machine has left its major film properties unoriginal and poorly fleshed out. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman have been realized on screen together, but the story that has brought them together is thin at best.

DC’s small screen efforts have fared much better over the past 10 years. Namely, they were given 10 years to work on exploring and gradually expanding the world. The Arrowverse, headed by Greg Berlanti, has gone above and beyond what the DCEU has been allowed to. Establishing their own television version of the Justice League, exploring and highlighting heroes and villains unknown to many, and crafting exciting stories that move beyond established canon.

Of course, the DC TV properties don’t always nail it. The television medium and some creative restrictions like not using certain heroes or villains have forced the DC shows to get creative and explore things the movies couldn’t, or wouldn’t. These are also the things that could help the DCEU thrive.

Utilize Uncommon DC Heroes


Not a pair of bat ears or a golden whip in sight.

For a time, the holy trinity of DC consisting of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman could not be used in television products. However, the limitations DC put on its television series were less a barrier and more a creative puzzle to solve. How do these shows garner interest if we can’t show the core of the Justice League? The answer was to dig deep.

Characters like Damien Darhk, Vixen, Prometheus, Constantine, and the entirety of the Legend of Tomorrow help bring the Justice League to life. The eclectic mix of personalities, back stories, and powers help them stand out in a crowded superhero playing field. After a time, you grow to love these new characters, and soon they become part of the common superhero lexicon. How many people actually knew who Mr. Terrific was before he was introduced on Arrow? Now, fans of the show are acutely familiar with that niche, face-painted hero.

Time and Room to Breathe


Oh, the greasepaint. Domino masks all the way.

The sheer volume of heroes and villains introduced on TV between every DC show in the past six years is staggering. Television affords DC the ability to let relationships develop, sour, or blossom. For better or worse. The DCEU has rushed itself into the Justice League and the New Gods, yet it hasn’t allowed time to explore either group. So, we are left with paper-thin characters like Steppenwolf who show up, growl, and then get defeated. Steppenwolf is certainly niche, but without any context, build, or real resolution, he is simply another CGI punching bag.

It took many years for the Arrowverse to build their own version of the Justice League. When the crossover events eventually happened and we finally saw the on-screen team-ups we had been waiting for, they felt earned. The DCEU version, on the other hand, consisted of our favorite (and not so favorite) characters thrust together in a way that simply felt forced. The cinematic outing wasn’t given the proper time to mature and bake as the Arrowverse has been.

Introduce Fan Favorites


Martian Manhunter: the Martian man who hunts men.

The DCEU’s main objective was to put Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman on screen together for the first time ever. Fans were then gifted with the big screen versions of Cyborg, Flash, and Aquaman as well. All of these characters were certainly welcome, and core to the JLA, but nothing new.

All of these characters have been on the small screen in one version or another. Smallville, the original DC TV property to introduce the modern Justice League, had all but Batman pop up. The Arrowverse has taken steps to flesh out the greater universe and their efforts have led to some truly unique on-screen characters. Gorilla Grodd, Killer Frost, and The Atom all made their home on television, becoming permanent fixtures and household names in the process.

The Martian Manhunter also received a nice introduction to the Supergirl universe and a wonderful on-screen representation. These sort of characters show the magnitude of DC’s catalog.

Infuse Fun


A selfie in front of the alternate earth version of your job? Sure, that’s fun.

What fans and critics have voiced repeatedly is the lack of fun DC infuses into their recent cinematic outings. Suicide Squad aside, the main DCEU panel of films present a very bleak, heavy take on the comic book properties. After some reshoots, the infusion of levity in Justice League feels out of place and sticks out like a sore thumb. It is certainly a welcome addition but it feels like it was added in post.

Shows like Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl lean more towards the fun side of on-screen, comic book properties. These shows help balance out Arrow’s grit and Black Lightning’s socially charged content. When the crossovers happen, the injection of jokes and levity from characters like Cisco don’t feel out of place. They add a fun element to the crazy proceedings.

Emotional Resonance


Even superheroes get harassed.

After watching several DCEU films, there has been no lasting feelings or any attachment to a particular character. Superman killing Zod or Cyborg lamenting his father were there to elicit an emotion but they all came off as empty calories. It’s hard to feel sorry for gods.

Black Lightning burst on the scene earlier this year and made an immediate impact. Its ripped-from-the-headlines storytelling and grounded protagonists helped make a real emotional connection to the characters and that world. Flash, Arrow, and Legends alternate building and testing relationships and exploring consequences of characters decisions.

Finding the Balance


The Big Six, minus one.

It is easy to criticize the DC films, but the film medium dictates what can be done. The key is finding a balance between exploring new ideas and allowing time for the world to build. Films are expensive gambles and one wrong move can spell disaster.

While the Justice League film tried to introduce the New Gods with Batman’s out-of-place Apokolips dream and Steppenwolf, since neither was given time to grow, the setting and character was short-changed. What could’ve been a great opportunity, it was instead shuffled off without decent explanation as to their importance in the DC Universe.

The Arrowverse has taken the time to find a good balance in their universe. Over the years, the shows have explored multiple dimensions, fan favorite locations like Nanda Parbat, and evil hero counterparts. All of these characters and places were given the time to be established and worked in service of the characters. Each show established its own canon and as each series crossed over, they brought their established history with it. TV for the win once more.

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Elder Scrolls 6 Location Guide – Where Could Bethesda’s Next Game be Set?

If there’s one game that’s probably on most gamers’ wishlist, it’s Elder Scrolls 6. Bethesda is keeping incredibly tight-lipped on the topic however, especially regarding the game’s existence and where the Elder Scrolls 6 location would be.

Whether it’s Valenwood or Argonia, there’s been plenty of speculation as to what the Elder Scrolls 6 setting will be.

Here we take a look at the possibilities and top fan favourites for the Elder Scrolls 6 locations.

A brief history of Elder Scrolls

Of course, the location for the game is more than just a setting, it also gives us an idea of what the game’s called.

For example, Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall was set across the High Rock and Hammerfell provinces, while Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind took you to the island of Vvardenfell.

Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion was set in Cyrodil and finally Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim took us to… well, Skyrim.

All these locations were featured in the original game, Elder Scrolls Arena. It’s the only Elder Scrolls game to date to allow you to explore the full empire of Tamriel, but sadly because it was 1994 it was very basic and repetitive.

The original map from Elder Scrolls Arena looks something like this:


Elder Scrolls Arena map
From left to right: Summerset Isle, High Rock, Hammerfell, Valenwood, Skyrim, Imperial Province, Elsweyr, Black Marsh and Morrowind

In fact, this awesome map from a Reddit user sums up where the events of all the Elder Scrolls events have taken place so far:


Tamriel Elder Scrolls game map

All the events of every Elder Scrolls game since have taken place within Tamriel, so it’s safe to believe that it’ll be the same for Elder Scrolls 6.

With that in mind, here are all the potential Elder Scrolls 6 locations currently up for games within Tamriel.

Elder Scrolls 6: Valenwood


Elder Scrolls, Valenwood
The Valenwood province of Tamriel

Location: Valenwood is a south-western province of Tamriel, west of Elsweyr, south-west of Cyrodiil and east of the Abecean Sea.

Home to the Wood Elves or Bosmer, this is a largely uninhabited forest wilderness. The coastlines are dominated by mangrove swamps and rain forests.

Likelihood: Strong

Valenwood is one of the spots in Tamriel that Bethesda hasn’t yet explored in the Elder Scrolls series beyond Arena.

However, there’s also a purportedly leaked memo from within Bethesda back in 2014 that supports a Valenwood location.

The memo allegedly prohibited Bethesda employees from “using or referencing” a number of terms. These included Fallout: Nuka World, which ended up being part of a Fallout 4 DLC release, Elder Scrolls 6 or something known as Project Greenheart.

Many believe that Project Greenheart is the codename for Elder Scrolls 6 because Greenheart is a city found in the Valenwood region.

Coincidence? Probably not.

Elder Scrolls 6: Elsweyr


The Elsyweyr province of Tamriel

Location: Elsweyr is a region of Tamriel bordered by Valenwood on the west, Cyrodiil to the north and east and Argonia to the east.

The province is separated into two nations: Anequina to the north and Pelletine to the South. Anequina is a desert-like badlands similar to Hammerfell. Pelletine, on the other hand, is a mixture of dense jungles and woodlands like Valenwood.

It’s the home of the feline race of Elder Scrolls, the Khajiit.

Likelihood: Possible.

Bethesda has regularly said that the setting of Elder Scrolls games tends to be based on which province has the most lore.

There’s plenty of information about Elsweyr in the previous games, so could be a great base to build Elder Scrolls 6. 

Elder Scrolls 6: Hammerfell


Hammerfell, Elder Scrolls
The Hammerfell province of Tamriel

Location: Hammerfell is a vast province to the west of Tamriel. The region is bordered by High Rock to the north, Skyrim to the north-east and Cyrodiil to the east and south-east.

It’s a massive region that’s covered by mountain ranges, grasslands and even deserts – just for that real mix of terrains.

The Redguards call Hammerfell their home, who are a race of men known for their cunning and skilled swordsmanship.

Likelihood: Strong.

The only issue with Hammerfell being a potential location for Elder Scrolls 6 is that it was partially featured in Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall. 

However, at E3 2018, Bethesda released the first teaser trailer for the game, revealing few details beyond a sweeping view of a mountainous region. This could indicate that Hammerfell will be the location for the upcoming sequel.

Hammerfell is an absolutely massive region so there’s plenty more that Elder Scrolls 6 could explore.

Elder Scrolls 6: Argonia


Elder Scrolls Argonia, or Black Marsh
The Black Marsh or Argonia region of Tamriel

Location: The Black Marsh, known also as Argonia, is a region in the south-east of Tamriel. It’s bordered by Morrowind to the north, Cyrodiil to the west and protected by both the Topal Sea and the Padomaic Ocean.

It’s here that the reptilian Argonians call home, some of which you will encounter in other Elder Scrolls games.

The province is filled with great rivers and impenetrable swamps. It seems to be ruled by the King of Argonia and an Argonian Royal court.

Likelihood: Strong

Online rumours have speculated that Argonia or the Black Marsh will be the setting for Elder Scrolls 6 for years.

Although there don’t seem to be any verified leaks as yet, it is one location that the Elder Scrolls series hasn’t yet explored.

Plus, there’s plenty of knowledge of the Argonian race in previous games to support the next game exploring their homeland region.

Elder Scrolls 6: Akavir


Akavir Elder Scrolls
There are currently only fan-made maps of Akavir, but it could look something like this

Location: Akavir or the “Dragon Land” is one of the only areas in this list that’s outside of Tamriel.

It’s actually a totally different continent that lies to the east of Tamriel and is the homeland of the Akaviri.

These people are made up of unrelated races, the Snow Demons of Jamal, the serpent men of Tsaesci, the Monkey People of Tang Mo and the Tiger Dragons of Ka’Po’Tun.

Little is known about the continent but it is referenced multiple times throughout the series.

Likelihood: Possible.

If Bethesda thinks the Elder Scrolls series is just retreading old ground in Tamriel, moving to the nearby yet historically connected continent of Akavir definitely has potential.

Elder Scrolls 6: Atmora


Atmora Elder Scrolls
Again, there are no real images for Atmora from the game, so this is a fan-created outline of the continent

Location: Atmora, also known as Elder Wood, is a frozen continent way to the north of Tamriel, across the Sea of Ghosts.

It’s described in the Elder Scrolls series as a place of permanent winter, with little life and no sign of habitation.

Likelihood: Very unlikely.

Nothing lives in this land of ice, so what reason would Bethesda have to set Elder Scrolls 6 there?

Elder Scrolls 6: Alinor


Elder Scrolls Summerset Isles

Location: The Summerset Isles, also known as Alinor, is an archipelago consisting of three major islands: Summerset, Auridon and Artaeum.

The archipelago is located to the south-west of Tamriel and west of Valenwood in the Abecean Sea.

It’s home to the Altmer or High Elves/Western Elves. They’re one of the ten default playable races in Elder Scrolls games and are primarily known for their enhanced magic abilities.

Likelihood: Possible.

The High Elves are one of the most popular races in Elder Scrolls, and any player would love to see a game set in their homeland.

There’s plenty of history when it comes to the Summerset Isles too, which could give a major AAA release plenty of source material.

Plus, there’s a couple in Fallout 4 called the Summersets. Is that a little hint from Bethesda?

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What the G7 and G20 Summits Could Mean for Feminist Foreign Policy Worldwide

This week, world leaders will meet in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, Canada for the annual G7 Leaders’ Summit. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been gathering headlines for his leadership of the G7; a self-described feminist, Trudeau has placed gender equality at the center of the G7 agenda and invited more leaders from the Global South than in recent years. Similarly, Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri, leading this year’s G20, has committed to a “cross-cutting gender approach.”

Decisions made at the G7 and G20 can change the course of international policy and cooperation. With all eyes on the global stage, civil society has been calling on Trudeau and Macri to fully embrace ideals of equality and inclusion. Feminist advocates have been at the forefront of these efforts, urging governments to fully integrate gender into their outcomes and to invest accordingly.

But what are the G7 and G20, and why should we care?

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The G7 includes seven of the world’s leading economies; the G20 is composed of the same G7 countries plus the European Union and twelve emerging economies. These forums, given their economic power, wield immense global influence—directing national and multilateral policies towards political and socioeconomic issues.

Every year, a different government takes over each summit’s Presidency and is responsible for determining the agenda. In the G20 context, the previous, current and subsequent presidencies work together as a “troika” to maintain consistency from year to year. The G7 and G20 are primarily led by officials referred to as Sherpas, who represent the heads of state and government. They meet a few times each year to negotiate their governments’ shared interests.

The G7 and G20 are not exactly inclusive processes, nor are they very transparent—civil society and other key stakeholders are not given a preview of the discussion outcomes and strategies or asked for their input before they are made public. However, there are multiple pathways for official stakeholder engagement.

Both summits have seven official engagement groups, including forums for business associations (B7/B20), civil society (C7/C20), labor unions (L7/L20), the scientific community (S7/S20), think tanks (T7/T20), women’s organizations (W7/W20) and youth leaders (Y7/Y20). These groups organize ahead of the Leaders’ Summit to submit recommendations to G7 and G20 leadership, aiming to influence their political and financial commitments. Civil society organizations also collaborate separately through national and global advocacy networks such as the G7 Global Task Force, a coalition that develops its own policy recommendations and organizes advocacy efforts both in G7 countries and at global convenings.

In addition to Sherpa meetings, the Presidency hosts both working group meetings and ministerial meetings. Working group meetings focus on specific topics like development, health or climate change. The Accountability Working Group publishes a report every three years on the G7’s progress in meeting its commitments. Ministerial meetings, which convene government officials like foreign or finance ministers, often release their own outcomes. The G20 process is heavily influenced by finance ministers and central bank governors, as the summit tends to focus more narrowly on global economic cooperation—as opposed to the G7, which addresses broader economic and political issues. The Sherpa team, working group members and ministers are most closely associated with decision-making at the G7 and G20—making them essential contacts for civil society advocates. 

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) has been actively participating in both civil society advocacy and official engagement groups around the G7 and G20. Through our involvement, we’ve seen that Canadian leadership has demonstrated an unprecedented level of interest in advancing gender equality compared to previous presidencies.

Last year’s Italian G7 Presidency organized the first gender ministerial meeting—but it was held after the Leaders’ Summit, and therefore had minimal impact and little visibility. Italy also released the first G7 Roadmap for a Gender-Responsive Economic Environment, outlining policies to advance women’s economic empowerment.

Canada has aimed to take things further, and with a broader gender agenda. Prime Minister Trudeau established the first Gender Equality Advisory Council to oversee the integration of gender throughout all G7 activities. The Council recently released its own recommendations for the G7, which elevate and endorse those issued by the W7. Both sets of recommendations call on G7 leaders to adopt a feminist approach that integrates intersectionality, acknowledges diversity and gives adequate funding to women’s rights organizations and movements. 

ICRW and allies are calling on G7 and G20 countries to make advanced commitments to gender equality and women’s rights with meaningful and sustained investments. There’s a real opportunity for G7 and G20 countries to drive the feminist agenda forward this year—but first, they must unify. Consensus is a central focus of these summits, and even if Canada or Argentina want to make bold strides, other member-states may drag their feet.

That’s where advocacy comes into play, particularly given the fact we are living in an era of growing political divisions. Feminist advocates are needed now more than ever, with the pendulum of gender equality poised to swing forward. The time is now for feminist civil society to pressure world leaders to take bolder actions, to be more inclusive in their approach and to hold themselves accountable and follow through on their commitments.

Spogmay Ahmed is a Global Policy Associate at the International Center for Research on Women.

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About a year ago, Google received a massive antitrust fine in Europe for abusing its search dominance. The EU decided Google should pay €2.42 billion for its transgressions or about $ 2.7 billion. That was more than double what Intel got a few years before that.

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How A $2 Act of Defiance Could Bring Waffle House To Its Knees

A nationwide boycott of Waffle House set for Friday has now been issued by the Atlanta branch of Black Lives Matter. As part of the boycott, protesters are being asked to stage a $ 2 sit-in at Waffle House restaurant locations around the country, according to AL.com. Protesters will spend $ 2 on a soda and will consume the beverage at tables and counters in the Waffle House restaurants during peak business hours.

More than a week after 23-year old Chikesia Clemons was violently arrested at one of its locations in Alabama, Waffle House officials are still siding with their own employees saying they called the cops out of “concern for their own safety.” On Monday, company officials invited into its headquarters civil rights advocates including a representative from the NAACP and Black Lives Matter, to view an unedited version of a security tape they purport shows Clemons being belligerent.

Lamar Howard, Clemons’ stepfather told ABC News that Waffle House staff had called police after she refused to pay $ 0.50 cents for plastic spoons and had requested a corporate phone number to lodge a complaint. “She’s owed an apology, just like the two men in the Starbucks,” Howard said.

Early in April, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, both 23-year old entrepreneurs, walked into a Philadelphia Starbucks where they sat, waiting for a business meeting. Nelson immediately asked to use the restroom and the manager insisted something must be purchased to get access to utilize the bathroom. According to 911 accounts, Starbucks staffers had called the police approximately two minutes after the men arrived. In an all too familiar scene, Nelson and Robinson were told to leave the store and when they refused, they were handcuffed and arrested in a video that has gone viral.

Both Nelson and Robinson reached a settlement with the city for $ 1 each, with a $ 200,000 commitment to a youth entrepreneurship program, according to the New York Daily News.

In Clemons’ case, she was slammed to the ground by three Saraland Police officers, as her breasts were exposed while she was being handcuffed.

“When I saw the video, it was very inhumanely done,” Penny Poole, a member of the Gwinnett County NAACP, told reporters.

Saraland Police Department held a press conference last week defending the actions of the three officers. According to Detective Brian Mims, Clemons and her friend Canita Adams, had an alcoholic beverage with them when they came into the Waffle House restaurant to which Waffle House staffers told them they couldn’t have. Mims said the situation escalated with Clemons becoming “loud and using profanity toward the employee.” He said both Clemons and Adams threatened employees, and according to a witness, one of them said, “I can come back and shoot this place up if I need to.”

Coincidentally, the incident occurred on April 22, the same day Travis Reinking shot up a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee killing four. The security tape, which could have clarified exactly what happened and what was said during the entire confrontation did not include an audio.

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A survey conducted by a start-up Cryptocurrency mining firm about Bitcoin found that majority of the respondents have an optimistic future for the leading cryptocurrency. Miner One conducted a survey of more than 1,500 community members, and reported that 31 percent believe bitcoin will go higher than $ 15,000 this year. Twenty six percent of those who were surveyed believe bitcoin will cross $ 2
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What is “forest bathing?” It could change your mental health for the better

What is “forest bathing?” It could change your mental health for the better


What is “forest bathing?” It could change your mental health for the better

We’ll be the first to admit that we don’t go outside often enough. And we’re certainly not alone. According to the National Human Activity Pattern Survey, an average adult only spends about 5% of each day outdoors. But all that time spent indoors means we’re missing out on a potentially life-changing activity that could improve our mental health. It’s called “forest bathing,” and don’t worry — it’s not as scandalous as it sounds.

Forest bathing is a wellness practice with origins in Japan and South Korea (it’s called shinrin-yoku in Japanese). Fortunately for those of us with busy lives, it’s a beautifully simple idea. To partake in forest bath