Today in Movie Culture: How Jordan Peele Transitioned From Comedy to Horror, Nicolas Cage in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and More

Today in Movie Culture: How Jordan Peele Transitioned From Comedy to Horror, Nicolas Cage in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and More

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With Jordan Peele’s sophomore feature, Us, hitting theaters this weekend, Vulture looks at the filmmaker’s career as he seamlessly jumped from being a sketch comedy star to the hottest new horror writer and director. The key to the transition, as pointed out in this video, is that comedy and horror aren’t that dissimilar:

 

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Samuel French Donates Over 11,500 Scripts From Sunset Boulevard Store To LA Theatres, Schools, and More!

Following the announcement that Samuel French wouldclose its bookstore on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, CA, BroadwayWorld reportedthat the location hadbeen the target of a serious act of vandalism and threats and wouldnot reopen its doors. Now Samuel French has announced it has donated11,500 scripts to30 theaters, educational institutions, amp foundations in the LA area.
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DAYTON, Ohio — Arizona State’s size and physicality impressed Mitch Henderson. St. John’s five-out offense and quickness in transition stood out to the Princeton coach. Whichever teams exerts its strengths more in Wednesday’s First Four matchup in Dayton will likely advance, according to Henderson, one of two coaches to face both tournament teams this season….
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Trump finds plenty to be outraged about — aside from New Zealand

President Donald Trump spent the weekend venting venom at a bewildering list of targets — even as much of the rest of the world was still trying to come to terms with a true outrage — the carnage wrought against Muslims in New Zealand.


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Louis Vuitton Pulls All Michael Jackson-Themed Pieces From It’s Fall Menswear Collection

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Virgil Abloh paid homage to Michael Jackson during his second Louis Vuitton runway show this past January. It was clear the Abloh, like many others, was influenced by Jackson’s style, music, and overall presence. Since the premiere of the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, a slew companies have removed the pop icon’s songs, music videos and memorabilia from their respective platforms to show their solidarity with the alleged victims. Abloh and Louis Vuitton have decided to join the movement by pulling all Michael Jackson-themed clothing from their fall menswear collection.

In a statement to WWD, Abloh said, “I am aware that in light of this documentary the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights.” In paying homage to Jackson in the collection, he said his “intention for this show was to refer to Michael Jackson as a pop culture artist. It referred only to his public life that we all know and to his legacy that has influenced a whole generation of artists and designers.

This is a bold move considering the entire collection was inspired by the artists. From the show invitations to the background music, it was clear that Jackson was a huge inspiration to the designer. If you’re not familiar with the F/W 2019 collection, take a look at some of the looks that hit the runway.

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Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Happy Friday! Has everyone recovered from their daylight saving time jet lag? Every year we get a whole host of articles about why changing the clocks is outdated, terrible and really quite bad for our health, and yet! Here were are, still grumpy and tired. But it’s almost the weekend, so let’s soldier on.

Here’s what you may have missed in your spring-forward daze.

President Donald Trump released his $ 4.75 trillion budget plan this week, which included a big increase in military funding and deep cuts to other domestic spending. Although the proposal will be dead on arrival in Congress, it still serves as a good road map for the administration’s priorities and Trump’s re-election campaign.

There were some health care wins, but there were also some blows, as well. At the heart of it all, critics say, are contradictions that undercut Trump’s talk about supporting certain public health causes. Take the $ 291 million budgeted for HIV, for example. Trump’s proposal allocates hundreds of millions toward the cause domestically, but then cuts global aid and chips away at programs like Medicaid, which HIV patients rely on.

Some of the health care highlights in the budget:

• Shaving $ 818 billion from projected spending on Medicare over 10 years and calling for belt-tightening within the popular program to combat “waste, fraud and abuse”;

• Cutting nearly $ 1.5 trillion from projected spending on Medicaid and transforming the program into a block grant system (a controversial idea that has received a lot of criticism in the past, even from Republican governors);

• Slashing spending on the National Institutes of Health, a longtime favorite of lawmakers of both parties, by $ 4.5 billion, with the National Cancer Institute absorbing the largest chunk of that cut;

• Increasing funding for pediatric cancer research by $ 50 million;

• Cutting HHS funding to $ 87.1 billion, which would be 12 percent less than in the spending plan Congress adopted for this fiscal year;

• Charging the e-cigarette industry $ 100 million a year in user fees that would go toward the FDA and its oversight efforts;

• And raising funding for VA medical care by nearly 10 percent.

Another interesting tidbit comes out of Politico’s reporting: HHS would be directed to steer $ 20 million toward a small children’s health program sought by one of Trump’s golfing buddies, Jack Nicklaus.

The New York Times: Trump Proposes a Record $ 4.75 Trillion Budget

The Washington Post: Springing Forward to Daylight Saving Time Is Obsolete, Confusing and Unhealthy, Critics Say

The Washington Post: Trump Pledges Support for Health Programs but His Budget Takes ‘Legs Out From Underneath the System’

Politico: Trump’s Budget Would Steer $ 20M to Jack Nicklaus-Backed Hospital Project

Democrats were less than pleased with the suggested budget. Lawmakers warned HHS Secretary Alex Azar — who bore the brunt of their ire at a hearing on Tuesday — that if Medicaid were transformed into a block grant system the change would face “a firestorm” of opposition.

The New York Times: Congress Warns Against Medicaid Cuts: ‘You Just Wait for the Firestorm’

Meanwhile, the “Mediscare” game went another round with Democrats saying that the “unbelievable” cuts fulfill long-standing Republican ambitions “to make Medicare wither on the vine.” If the accusations sound familiar to ones you’ve heard in the past, you’re not mistaken. They just might have been coming from Republicans. The Washington Post Fact Checker untangles it all to show that everyone is guilty of playing this particular scare game.

The Washington Post Fact Checker: Democrats Engage in ‘Mediscare’ Spin on the Trump Budget


Following FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s surprise resignation announcement, Dr. Ned Sharpless has been named as the acting chief of the agency. Sharpless’ current work as the director of the National Cancer Institute has focused on the relationship between aging and cancer, and the development of new treatments for melanoma, lung cancer and breast cancer.

The appointment was a bit of a curveball for some agency watchers. Some Republicans had been chafing at the way Gottlieb embraced his pro-regulation side as commissioner and were hoping for a sea change. But Sharpless is a Democrat who has spoken out before about how his worries over the e-cigarette industry keep him up at night, so the direction of the agency may not be changing soon. (HHS Secretary Alex Azar has said this is a temporary appointment and the search for a permanent commissioner is underway, but there are also hints that Sharpless could step into the role.)

Colleagues were quick to praise the cancer doctor and research veteran for his breadth of experience and his “approachable, objective” demeanor.

Stat: How Ned Sharpless, Biotech Veteran, Vaulted to the Top of the FDA

No one can accuse Gottlieb of getting whatever the professional version of “senioritis” is, despite the fact that he’ll be departing in a few weeks. The FDA has issued a proposal that would sequester flavored e-cigarettes to areas off-limits to anyone under age 18. The stores can still sell tobacco, mint and menthol e-cigarettes, which the FDA says are more popular among adults than minors.

The New York Times: F.D.A. Moves to Restrict Flavored E-Cigarette Sales to Teenagers


Beto O’Rourke is the latest Democrat to throw his hat in the ring for 2020, but can the moderate Texan overcome his baggage when it comes to his past opposition to the Affordable Care Act? In terms of his current stance, he has said that he supports universal health care, but has, like other moderates in the race, taken pains not to name “Medicare-for-all” in particular.

The Wall Street Journal: Beto O’Rourke’s Past GOP Ties Could Complicate Primary Run


The Connecticut Supreme Court has now cleared the way for Sandy Hook families to sue gunmakers over wrongful marketing. In the lawsuit, the families pointed out ads with slogans like “Consider your man card reissued,” which they say is specifically targeted for troubled young men like Adam Lanza. The ruling is fairly narrow and limited to marketing — the justices dismissed other aspects of the lawsuits — but could have far-reaching ramifications because it strips away some of the blanket immunity offered to gun manufacturers by Congress.

The New York Times: Sandy Hook Massacre: Remington and Other Gun Companies Lose Major Ruling Over Liability


Lawyers are starting to warn their clients who have filed disability claims with the government to clean up their social media because Uncle Sam might start snooping for fraud. “You don’t want anything on there that shows you out playing Frisbee,” one said. Advocates for people with disabilities say using social media sites in such a way would be irresponsible, as it’s impossible to gauge just from the pictures people post if they need disability aid.

The New York Times: On Disability and on Facebook? Uncle Sam Wants to Watch What You Post


In the miscellaneous file for the week:

• Calls for a worldwide moratorium on gene-editing human embryos expose the ethical divide over the research, which has been thrust into the spotlight following a Chinese scientist’s shocking and unexpected revelation that he successfully accomplished the feat.

Reuters: Experts Call for Halt to Gene Editing That Results in ‘Designer Babies’

• An entrenched culture of sexism at VA facilities has led female veterans to forgo needed care in order to avoid harassment. “It’s like a construction site,” said Rep. John Carter (R-Texas).

The New York Times: Treated Like a ‘Piece Of Meat’: Female Veterans Endure Harassment at the V.A.

• Court filings detail Johnson & Johnson’s role in the opioid epidemic, including accusations that the company operated like a drug “kingpin … profiting at every stage.’’

Bloomberg: US Opioid Drug Epidemic: J&J Called ‘Kingpin’ by Oklahoma

• The cost of this Oregon child not getting vaccinations? $ 800,000 in medical bills and 57 days in the hospital. The terrifying ordeal shows how quickly a small cut can spiral into a devastating emergency.

The New York Times: An Unvaccinated Boy Got Tetanus. His Oregon Hospital Stay: 57 Days and $ 800,000.

• Medical ethicists were given a lot to think about this week: In this case, it’s examining the tough decisions that come from deciding to extract sperm from a deceased loved one. While some support the choice if it’s a spouse, what happens if it’s the parents who are making the call?

Stat: Efforts to Save the Sperm of the Dead Bring Heartache and Tough Questions

• Is there a chilling effect on disease research when social media activists engage in thought-policing? Scientists say yes, and that, ultimately, the patients are the ones getting hurt.

Reuters: Special Report: Online Activists Are Silencing Us, Scientists Say


Doctors say our oversanitized culture does no favors to our immune system. (I have been pounding this drum for years, so I had to include this story.) The next time you drop some food on the floor, apparently the right move is to embrace the three-second rule and eat it. Have a great weekend!

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Reflective Nostalgia: Neri&Hu’s Lyndon Neri On Learning from the Past

Too often we look to the future without thinking about the past, argues Lyndon Neri.

The architect and designer appeared at the Fortune and Wallpaper* Brainstorm Design conference in Singapore last Thursday. A founding partner (alongside Rossana Hu) of Shanghai-based Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, Neri joined the event to explain “reflective nostalgia,” a concept first articulated by the Harvard philosopher Svetlana Boym and since adopted by his practice as a guiding principle, in the context of the rapid recent growth of China’s economy.

As a measure of the frenetic pace by which China has developed, Neri points out that 60% of its population will be living in urban areas by next year. The flip side of this is the decline of rural areas, not only in terms of the number of villages (there are 300 lost per day), but also a loss of inherited wisdom, time-honed craft, and the sense of clan and community.

“These conditions are obviously exacerbated in China,” he said, “but every country around the world has to deal with them.”

Neri introduced two projects that demonstrate Neri&Hu’s efforts to reconcile the future with the past. The first: The Waterhouse at South Bund, a 19-room boutique hotel converted from a 1930s Japanese army building and completed in 2010. (The original concrete structure had three stories, which were largely kept intact; Neri & Hu added a fourth in Cor-Ten steel.) Showing an image of the lobby, with stripped concrete walls that evoke Shanghai’s nongtang lanes, Neri recalled that his design approach was initially unpopular. His own mother had queried whether the project was complete–and when he answered in the affirmative, she proceeded to ask whether the client had paid in full. His practice soon lost two major projects and was questioned by the government for two years. “But in the third year, they put it on the cover of Shanghai Tourism to attract people to come,” he said.

A more recent project, The Walled – Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat (2018), is situated in Yangzhou and modeled after a walled city, a local typology. “We recycled bricks from demolished buildings in neighboring areas to build this hotel,” Neri explained. The reclaimed walls, which merge tradition with modern architectural language, “became the guiding force that pulls the whole project together.” (This project was more quickly embraced, earning a spot on the Best New Hotel shortlist for this year’s Wallpaper* Design Awards.)

Having cemented their reputation as one of China’s foremost architecture and design practices, Neri&Hu received 400 project requests last year, of which they only accepted 15. “We really have to think through the process, whether we can do them and do them well,” he explains. With ongoing international projects in London, Porto, Stockholm, and Cologne, Neri notes that a strong grasp of context is particularly important to foreign architects. “We always send a team over to understand the places in which we are practicing, to learn about the weather, living conditions, the way people move in and out buildings,” he said.

He also noted that Neri&Hu’s holistic design approach, which extends to product and graphic design as well as urban planning, has been essential to the practice’s success. “The idea [of a Gesamtkunstwerk] is nothing new–they did in the Renaissance, then again during the Bauhaus movement,” he said. “But for us, it’s also a matter of survival. With clients that want everything done in 10 days, or yesterday, multidisciplinary design bides us time and give us control. We find it liberating.”

Neri concluded by urging the audience to expand their notions of sustainability beyond materials and material culture. “Sustainability is also about learning from the older generation. Younger generations tend to think they have to keep looking forward, and go faster and faster,” he said. “They forget their grandparents’ and parents’ wisdom. Which is why we talk about reflective nostalgia. It’s important not to forget about the past. We shouldn’t copy or monumentalize things, but we need to wistfully understand the lessons of history as we move ahead.”

For more coverage of Fortune’s Brainstorm Design conference, click here.

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Geneva electrifies: From econoboxes to Aston Martin hypercar, new EVs dominate Europe’s biggest auto show

Churning out an astounding 1,900 horsepower, Ferrari's Pininfarina Battista is one of the most powerful automobiles ever produced. It also happens to be all electric, one of a score of battery-based vehicles debuting at this week's Geneva Motor Show.
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Netflix agrees to remove controversial footage from ‘Bird Box’

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Nearly three months afters its streaming debut, Bird Box is getting an edit.

Following public backlash, Netflix has confirmed to Mashable that it will re-release Bird Box in the “next few weeks” — this time without the use of a controversial clip. 

The new version of Bird Box will remove stock footage used in one of the film’s establishing apocalypse sequences, the contents of which depict the very real aftermath of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster. The tragedy killed 47 people and destroyed much of the town. 

“Netflix and the filmmakers of Bird Box have decided to replace the clip,” a Netflix spokesperson told Mashable. “We’re sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Mégantic community.” Read more…

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Gieves & Hawkes Removes Michael Jackson Jackets From Display

BAD MOVE: Child abuse allegations against the late pop star Michael Jackson have been hitting fashion hard, with Savile Row tailor Gieves & Hawkes among the brands to get caught up in the controversy.
The British tailor has removed from its display a replica of the military jacket that Michael Jackson wore on the “Bad” tour in 1988. Bad was the first solo concert tour by Jackson, spanning 16 months from 1987.
Gieves, which famously sits at No. 1 Savile Row and is one of the oldest tailoring companies in the world, said: “In light of the disturbing allegations made in the documentary, the replica garment was removed from the premises several weeks ago.” Child sex abuse allegations against the late pop star resurfaced in the HBO “Leaving Neverland” documentary.
Earlier this week, Louis Vuitton announced it would not produce any item “that directly features Michael Jackson elements.” The brand’s fall 2019 men’s wear collection drew inspiration from the “Thriller” singer’s pop-culture legacy.
Gieves & Hawkes, one of the Fung family’s brands owned through Trinity group, made the original jacket, with its intricate golden military frogging and embroidery, for the tour that included 123 concerts across 15 countries.
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Pioneering artist rediscovered with help from granddaughter she never met

Virginia Bayer never met her grandmother, Marguerita Mergentime, but she knew she was some kind of artist. Growing up on the Upper West Side, Bayer ate off boldly patterned place mats her grandmother designed, and heard that she’d even contributed to Radio City Music Hall’s decor. But it wasn’t until Bayer’s mother died, about 11…
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Meghan and Harry split from Kate and William’s royal household

They’re going their separate ways

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will officially split from Kate Middleton and Prince William to start their own royal household.

Reports that the Sussexes and the Cambridges would go their separate ways first began last year, and now the Queen has agreed that a new household will be created for Meghan and Harry, but the new office of communications staff and courtiers at Buckingham Palace – which includes hiring new private secretaries – won’t be immediate.

The new set-up will be established in the spring, with a senior aide telling Harpers BAZAAR: ‘This isn’t immediate. It will be a step-by-step process.’

A statement from Kensington Palace said: ‘The Queen has agreed to the creation of a new Household for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year.

‘The Household, which will be created with the support of The Queen and The Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring.

‘The Duke of Sussex currently has his own private office, which has been supporting The Duchess since Their Royal Highness’ engagement in November 2017.

‘This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for The Duke and Duchess’s work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage.’

It comes days after it was announced that Meghan’s assistant personal secretary, Amy Pickerell, has resigned.

At the time, a Kensington Palace source told BAZAAR: ‘Amy is leaving after the arrival of the baby. The Duchess will be very sad to see her go, but is excited for her as Amy has exciting plans ahead including spending some time abroad.

‘They will definitely stay in touch and Amy will be on hand for any advice and help that is needed in the future.’

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‘Kushner, Inc.’: Ivanka ‘Thinks She’s Going to Be President,’ and More Batsh*t Bits From the New Trump Book Excerpts

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Behind the scenes? Even more out-of-control.

New excerpts of Kushner, Inc., the forthcoming book by investigative journalist Vicky Ward, describe first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, as clashing with everyone from former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to former top White House strategist Steve Bannon, who reportedly told the first daughter: “Go fuck yourself.”

The couple, reported to be widely disliked by many Trump administration staffers, has been derided for their conflicts of interest and for White House meddling, according to Ward’s book, which will be out March 19.

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Disco romance and sad farewells from the runways of Paris

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‘Kushner, Inc.’: Ivanka ‘Thinks She’s Going to Be President,’ and More Batsh*t Bits From the New Trump Book Excerpts

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Behind the scenes? Even more out-of-control.

New excerpts of Kushner, Inc., the forthcoming book by investigative journalist Vicky Ward, describe first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, as clashing with everyone from former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to former top White House strategist Steve Bannon, who reportedly told the first daughter: “Go fuck yourself.”

The couple, reported to be widely disliked by many Trump administration staffers, has been derided for their conflicts of interest and for White House meddling, according to Ward’s book, which will be out March 19.

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Some children can ‘recover’ from autism, but problems often remain, study finds

Research in the past several years has shown that children can outgrow a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), once considered a lifelong condition. In a new study, researchers have found that the vast majority of such children still have difficulties that require therapeutic and educational support.
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The Best iHeartRadio Music Awards Fashion Looks of All Time: From Flashy Jumpsuits to Goth Glam Dresses

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This Robot Protects Diverse Groups from Western Culture – SXSW

A robot designed to complete a unique task was unveiled at this year’s SXSW. The Preservation Robot protects global cultural diversity by automatically placing images of diverse groups from around the world into open spaces on the Internet.

The robot is the brain child of photographic artist Jimmy Nelson. He says that technology is rapidly spreading Western culture around the globe and threatens diversity.

“The decline of cultural diversity would perhaps seem a less urgent problem than some of our other global issues. However, the erosion of cultural identity throughout the planet and the loss of traditions and customs has far-reaching and profound effects on all of us. Indigenous culture is visually underrepresented – and often misrepresented. I’m taking a stand by launching The Preservation Robot. Using technology to invert homogenization,”said Nelson at the unveiling of the robot at SXSW.

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Examples of the images spread across the Internet by The Preservation Robot.

One of the co-creators of The Preservation Robot, Bas Korsten, creative partner at J. Walter Thompson Amsterdam, joined Nelson at the unveiling. According to Korsten, the robot’s goal is to help release Western culture’s “stranglehold” on the world.

“We, the people working in tech and advertising, are propagating that same culture. If not as the agents – then certainly as the enablers. This is why the idea of using technology – the very thing that threatens cultural diversity – against itself to promote cultural diversity is so compelling. This is the aim of The Preservation Robot. A robot to help humans preserve their cultural identity,” Korsten said at SXSW.

The Ongoing Threat to Diverse Groups

Technology and industrialization have been taking a toll on indigenous peoples worldwide. In 2012, The Guardian put a spotlight on the decimation of an indigenous Amazon tribe, the Awa, by logging companies.

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Isolated, indigenous people under threat came into the news recently after John Allen Chau, an American Christian missionary, was killed by the Sentinelese people. Chau had made several attempts to engage with members of the tribe who gave him several warnings to keep away from them, before he was killed.

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And Survival International wrote about the threat to the Bushmen, the indigenous people of South Africa who were displaced from their homeland by the diamond industry. They also had their water supply destroyed.

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Nelson sees The Preservation Robot as a way to halt the decline of indigenous populations. According to a statement in a press release; “[Nelson] believes that exposing the world to the richness and range of indigenous peoples is the way to safeguard not only their traditions and ways of life, but also to bolster one of humanity’s greatest values: cultural diversity.”

 

 

 

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Utah Jazz Fan Shane Keisel Permanently Banned From Arena After Verbal Altercation With Russell Westbrook

The Utah Jazz has banned a fan from attending all arena events following his verbal altercation with Oklahoma City Thunder star player Russell Westbrook on Monday night.

The organization released a statement on their Twitter on Tuesday stating that the fan, Shane Keisel, is permanently banned from Vivint Smart Home Arena, effective immediately, after “excessive and derogatory verbal abuse directed at a player during the game that violated the NBA Code of Conduct.”

The team stated that their decision came after reviewing video evidence and eyewitness accounts.

“The Utah Jazz will not tolerate fans who act inappropriately,” the organization wrote. “There is no place in our game for personal attacks or disrespect.”

Video captured an altercation between a critical fan Keisel and his wife involving Westbrook. “You think I’m playing. I swear to god,” he can be seen saying to Keisel, in the beginning in a video, linked here due to language.

Keisel and four other fans received warning cards, but were able to return to their seats for the remainder of the game.

Following the game, Westbrook told reporters that Keisel and his wife told him to “get on your knees like you’re used to,” which Westbrook said he interpreted as racial, disrespectful and inappropriate.

Two of Westbrook’s teammates, Patrick Patterson and Raymond Felton, who were sitting nearby on the bench during the verbal altercation, said that they heard Keisel make this comment as well.

Despite the accounts of Westbrook’s teammates, Keisel denied saying anything racist or profane to Westbrook, and had a different account of the exchange insisting that he said: “Sit down and ice your knees, bro.”

Westbrook has been fined $ 25,000 by the NBA for directing profanity and threatening language to a fan, the association announced Tuesday afternoon.

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Boeing Co. is facing a growing crisis of confidence over its 737 Max jet, as regulators and airlines from Singapore to Australia move to ground or block the plane following two deadly crashes in five months.

A day after U.S. regulators stood by the jet’s airworthiness, airlines and aviation authorities from South America to Asia instead opted for a zero-risk approach. Australia followed Singapore in temporarily blocking the 737 Max from its airspace, meaning the newest version of Boeing’s best-selling model is now barred from Asia’s second-busiest international airport and a key long-distance travel destination.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore barred any Boeing 737 Max flight in and out of the city-state. The decision dragged airlines including Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s SilkAir, China Southern Airlines Co., PT Garuda Indonesia and Shandong Airlines Co. into a standoff with the Chicago-based plane maker and the U.S. regulator.

The similarities between Sunday’s disaster in Ethiopia and an October crash in Indonesia, both involving the Boeing 737 Max aircraft, have spooked travelers and sparked worries that the jet is fatally flawed. Despite the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s verdict that the plane remains safe to fly, the model was struck by the fresh wave of groundings that could potentially snowball into lost aircraft sales.

“During the temporary suspension, CAAS will gather more information and review the safety risk associated with the continued operation of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft into and out of Singapore,” the authority said.

The announcement follows Max jet groundings by low-cost Brazilian carrier Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA and Grupo Aeromexico SAB. Hours earlier, the Mexican carrier had said its Max aircraft were in perfect condition.

The spreading cautionary moves are a reaction to the two deadly catastrophes that have eroded faith in the world’s most widely flown jetliner, even after the FAA said there isn’t conclusive evidence so far to link the crashes.

Dual Crashes

The Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed minutes after takeoff on March 10, killing all 157 people on board. That accident was preceded by a crash of the same model operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air on Oct. 29, in which pilots struggled to maintain control following an equipment malfunction. Chicago-based Boeing is racing to roll out software improvements for the aircraft to help prevent a repeat of the Lion Air crash.

Singapore’s ban on 737 Max aircraft, no matter which carrier is operating the planes, is wider than the freeze put in place Monday by China and Indonesia, which both grounded their airlines’ 737 Max 8 aircraft.

Singapore’s suspension includes both the Max 8 and 9 variants and affects foreign carriers that deploy the aircraft for flights into the island-city, the CAAS said. Singapore is monitoring the situation and is in close contact with Boeing as well as the FAA and other aviation regulators, it said.

The 737 Max is the newest version of Boeing’s most important aircraft type, a plane family that generates almost one-third of the company’s operating profit. The narrow-body jet forms the backbone of many global airline fleets that use the model and Airbus SE’s competing A320 line on shorter routes.

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R. Kelly Has Been Released From Jail…Again

R. Kelly Appears In Court For Aggravated Sexual Abuse Charges

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For the second time in two weeks, R. Kelly has been released from prison.

After being released on bail after being charged with 10 counts of criminal sexual assault on February 25th, the cuffs were slapped back on his wrists shortly after due to the outstanding amount of child support he owes to his ex-wife Andrea Kelly. He was released today from Chicago’s Cook County Jail after an unknown person paid the $ 161,000 lump sum in full.

While leaving the court room, the 52-year-old vowed to address this child support issue.

“I promise you, we’re going to straighten all this stuff out,” according to CNN.“ That’s all I can say right now. I promise you.”

In 2009, it was ruled that he was to pay his ex-wife $ 20,833 a month in child support.

Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, told reporters that the Pied Piper is due back in court Wednesday to continue to work this matter out. He also said that a judge put a “gag order” in place which prevents Kelly was discussing this matter with the media.

As far as for his indictment in his criminal case, he is due back in court on March 22nd.

“It’s open season on R. Kelly,” Greenberg said to reporters after Kelly’s release.

Kelly pleaded not guilty to the charges, which pertains to the alleged sexual abuse of four women.

He continues to deny the latest allegations, and most recently did so in an explosive interview with CBS’ Gayle King. During the sit down, which has went viral, he cried, he screamed out of frustration and claimed he was “fighting for his life” since allegations of sexual abuse began to surface again.

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Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Happy Friday! Headline writers across the world (read: yours truly) breathed a sigh of relief this week when the venture formally known as “the health initiative founded by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase” finally picked a name. After more than a year of tight-lipped secrecy, they settled on “Haven.” What do you guys think? I’m just thankful it’s short.

On to what you may have missed this week!

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb sent shock waves through Washington and the industry when he announced he’ll be retiring at the end of the month. Gottlieb was a standout in the anti-regulatory, pro-business Trump administration as one of the most activist commissioners in recent years. Over the past two years, he has launched what could be termed a crusade against teen vaping — his most recent action coming just the day before the announcement, when he called out Walgreens and gas stations for selling tobacco products to minors — and cracked down on “miracle cures” and unregulated stem cell clinics and supplements, among other initiatives. Public health advocates are fretting that with him gone, some of the progress they’ve seen will be chipped away.

The departure is also a blow to the administration in that Gottlieb is a highly liked health official who worked well with Congress, winning over even Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Behind the scenes, he was known as someone who was “accessible,” would field lawmakers’ questions and was actively working on things that would make Congress happy. “I’ve never seen an administration official, Republican or Democrat, that has worked with the Hill so well on a bipartisan basis,” a senior congressional aide told Stat.

That’s not to say he didn’t have his critics. A decision on approving a powerful opioid late last year, in particular, drew fire from many advocates.

Gottlieb said his decision to leave was based on the fact that he missed spending time with his family, and White House officials confirmed that President Donald Trump did not seek the resignation.

Now the big question is: Who is going to replace him?

Stat: With Gottlieb’s Resignation, the Trump Administration Loses Its Backroom Whisperer on Capitol Hill

Politico: ‘Something Very Rare’: FDA’s Gottlieb Aggressively Tackled Difficult Issues

Stat: The Likely, Possible, and Longshot Contenders to Replace Gottlieb at FDA


As expected, legal challenges to the administration’s changes to the family planning rules came not in a trickle but a flood. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, in his 47th lawsuit against the administration, said the rules restricting abortion referrals were like something out of 1920 and not 2019. Apart from California’s case, 20 states and D.C. announced they will be filing suits. Then came the announcement that Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Medical Association will also challenge the restrictions, deeming the changes a “domestic gag rule” and an overreach from the administration.

The New York Times: California Sues Trump Administration to Block Restrictions to Family Planning Program

The Washington Post: Planned Parenthood, American Medical Association Sue Trump Administration Over Abortion ‘Gag Rule’


Facing increasingly intense outrage over insulin prices, Eli Lilly has decided to offer an authorized generic version of its drug for half the cost. Stories of people dying after they rationed newly pricey insulin have been circulating with ever-increasing frequency, and lawmakers have made it their priority to specifically rout out answers about insulin price hikes. In that context, Eli Lilly’s move here seems more damage control than charitable, but it also puts them in good company with drugmakers who have been hotfooting it to avoid whatever worse would come out of Congress if they don’t make some changes.

Stat: Lilly Will Sell a Half-Price Version of Its Insulin. Will It Appease Critics?


Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper officially threw his hat into the narrowing 2020 field this week. Hickenlooper seems to gravitate more toward the moderate wing of the Democratic Party, saying he supports universal health care in principle but refusing to get behind a “Medicare-for-all” plan. His evolution on gun control (as a governor who oversaw a mass shooting in the state where Columbine occurred) is also worth checking out.

The New York Times: John Hickenlooper on the Issues


There has always been a gap swallowing people who make too much for health law subsidies or Medicaid but not enough to comfortably afford insurance through the exchanges. A new county-by-county analysis looks at just how tough it is for the people who fall into the holes created by the ACA. A particularly striking figure? In almost all of Nebraska, a 60-year-old with a $ 50,000 income would pay from 30 to 50 percent of that income in premiums for the least expensive ACA health plan.

The Washington Post: ACA Premiums Rising Beyond Reach of Older, Middle-Class Consumers

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is interested in bolstering interstate insurance sales despite there being little appetite for it in the past and experts saying it wouldn’t lower premiums. In fact, the practice is already allowed under the health law, and no one does it because insurers think it’s just not worth it.

The Wall Street Journal: Trump Administration Looks to Jump Start Interstate Health-Insurance Sales


A teenager who got vaccinated against his mother’s wishes was the star witness at a hearing this week sparked in part by the measles outbreak. Ethan Lindenberger, a high school senior, hoisted the blame for his mother’s deeply rooted beliefs squarely on Facebook’s shoulders.

The anti-vaccination movement has long flourished on Facebook, partly because of the site’s search results and “suggested groups” feature. On Thursday, the company announced it has developed a policy to try to curb that culture of misinformation on vaccines, saying it will rank pages and groups that spread that kind of information lower and will keep them out of recommendations or predictions in search.

The Washington Post: Ethan Lindenberger: Facebook’s Anti-Vax Problem Intensified in Congressional Testimony

The New York Times: Facebook Announces Plan to Curb Vaccine Misinformation


After 12 long years, scientists finally announced that a second patient appears to have been cured of HIV. While the news was well-welcomed around the world — “This will inspire people that cure is not a dream,” said Dr. Annemarie Wensing, a virologist — there are some practical obstacles to consider. For example, bone marrow transplants (which is how both patients were cured) are extremely risky, especially since there are drugs that exist that can control HIV fairly well.

The New York Times: H.I.V. Is Reported Cured in a Second Patient, a Milestone in the Global AIDS Epidemic


In a scathing ruling that could have wide-reaching ramifications for the insurance industry, a judge blasted UnitedHealth Group for policies that he says were aimed at effectively discriminating against patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders to save money. The decision is part of a larger debate over parity in relation to coverage for mental health services versus other illnesses like diabetes. Insurance companies have been getting around parity requirements with internal rules, but advocates are viewing the judge’s ruling as a warning shot that those loopholes will no longer be tolerated.

The New York Times: Mental Health Treatment Denied to Customers by Giant Insurer’s Policies, Judge Rules

The FDA this week approved a cousin of party drug “Special K” to help people with severe cases of depression, marking a shift away from traditional antidepressant medications. While many said the news would give hope to desperate patients, others are worried about the potential for abuse.

The New York Times: Fast-Acting Depression Drug, Newly Approved, Could Help Millions


Honorable mention for International Women’s Day: A veritable “tsunami wave of women veterans” over the past several years is forcing the VA to step up in terms of meeting female-specific health care needs. Among basic issues are seeing to it that doctors are trained to deal with gynecological matters and ensuring that VA facilities have child care services available when female veterans come in for appointments.

The Wall Street Journal: As More Military Women Seek Health Care, VA Pursues Improvements


In the miscellaneous file for the week:

• Nearly 600,000 children have dropped off of states’ Medicaid and CHIP rolls over a one-year span. While states rush to assure anyone asking that it’s because the economy is improving, public health experts are alarmed at the disturbing trend.

Stateline: Child Enrollment in Public Health Programs Fell by 600K Last Year

• In a “craning your neck at the car wreck” sort of way, this profile on disgraced pharma bro Martin Shkreli is a wild read. Through the help of a contraband smartphone, Shkreli is, from his prison cell, still pulling the strings at his old company, schmoozing up his prison friends “Krispy” and “D-Block,” and planning his big comeback.

The Wall Street Journal: Martin Shkreli Steers His Old Company From Prison — With Contraband Cellphone

• Last year, doctors burst onto the gun-debate scene through the help of a viral tweet that directed them to “stay in their lane.” But a new analysis provides an interesting look at which lawmakers are getting the most money from physician-related PACs. (Hint: It’s overwhelming ones who are against tighter gun regulations.)

The Wall Street Journal: Doctors’ PACs Favored Candidates Opposing Gun Background Checks

• In slightly terrifying news, research that was halted over concerns it could create deadly flu viruses that could be used by terrorists was just given the green light again —without any explanation as to why. *Gulp*

The New York Times: Studies of Deadly Flu Virus, Once Banned, Are Set to Resume

• Everyone is expecting a big settlement in the sweeping opioid case against Purdue Pharma. But what happens if the opioid maker declares bankruptcy first?

Stat: If Purdue Pharma Declares Bankruptcy, What Happens to the Opioid Cases?

• Luke Perry’s early death from a stroke this week has many middle-aged Americans worried.

The New York Times: Here’s How Strokes Happen When You’re As Young As Luke Perry

• Drug companies and doctors are in a dirty war over fetal transplants. It may seem click-baity at first, but the issue is highly revealing of how the health industry works when it comes to something that could make people lots of money.

The New York Times: Drug Companies and Doctors Battle Over the Future of Fecal Transplants


That’s it from me! Have a great weekend!

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Lacoste FW19 Draws Inspiration From the Archives & Tailoring With Dashes of Color

Lacoste by Louise Trotter Fall/Winter 2019 presents a collection that harks back to the French heritage brand’s tennis beginnings, paying homage René Lacoste and sporting culture.

Presenting 64 looks at the Tennis Club de Paris at Paris Fashion Week, the collection included a number of standout looks in the generally muted palettes of tennis white, grey, earthy brown and navy. Some looks were more daring, mixing in yellows, reds, teal, Lacoste Vert 132 green and even a mixed selection of color-blocking, and despite the deviant themes, the collection was cohesive and iconically Lacoste.

Standout looks from the runway include the selection of elevated classic Lacoste polo’s, featuring striped knitted collars, oversized jersey remixes and boxy takes on the staple, as well as the numerous flyaway trench coats with contrast interior lining and the huge V-neck cricket sweaters.

Trotter kept the collection floaty, boxy and minimal, with some looks such from the collection looking towards workwear — seen in the baggy boiler suits and tonal two pieces. Tailoring was also on show, featuring wide-legged suit pants to sleeveless double-breasted blazers as well as typical two-button blazers.

The FW19 collection comprehensively covered all grounds, nodding to streetwear trends with two-toned brushed knitted jumpers and blown-up deconstructed crocodile logos, finished with an all-around sporting heritage look thanks to clean tennis caps and a number of collegiate-inspired vests.

The Lacoste FW19 presentation can be viewed above. Let us know in the comments below whether you think 2019 will be a big year for the Croc.

For more Paris Fashion Week news, take a look at our roundup of the best street style looks.

 

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Everything We Learned from the Michael Jackson Documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’

 

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The premiere of ‘Leaving Neverland’ on HBO was shocking and jaw-dropping with all of the allegations that we made against the King of Pop.  Two alleged victims Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck give a detailed account of their time with Jackson.  Below we give you the abbreviated version of everything we learned from the documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’.

Wade Robson was born in Brisbane Australia and became a fan of Michael Jackson in the days of Triller.  Like any kids across the world, Wade began to dance and sing like Jackson perfecting his moves.  At five-years-old Wade entered a dance contest where the winner would get to meet Jackson at one of his upcoming concerts in Australia.  Wade won the dance contest and met Jackson backstage after the show.  Jackson invited Wade to join him on stage at his next show the following night.  Just as promised Jackson pulled Wade on stage to dance with him.  The next day Wade and his mother go to Jackson’s hotel hoping to give him a thank you letter.  One of Jackon’s staff members saw them and told Jackson who then invited them to his room.  Wade claims they spent two hours with Jackson visiting.

Two years later Wade had joined a dance company and made a visit to the United States.  Wade’s family successfully tries to contact Jackson while in the U.S. and invites them to visit his home Neverland for the weekend.  The Robson family planned on visiting the Grand Canyon but Wade wanted to stay with Jackson and his parents let him.  Wade spent five days with Jackson while his family was gone.  During this time is when Wade claims his sexual relationship with Jackson began including oral sex.  When the Robson’s returned to pick up Wade, he didn’t want to go.  So they extended their time at Neverland, where Wade claims the sexual abuse continued every night.

The Robeson’s returned to Australia but still kept in communication with Jackson.  After some time had passed Jackson invited Wade back to participate in the marketing campaign for his shoe line with LA Gear.  The campaign would take six weeks to complete.  Wade’s mother came with him.  Jackson asked Wade’s mother to let him stay for a year with him but she said no and allowed him to say with Jackson longer before going back to Australia.

After some time passes Wade’s parents split up.  Mrs. Robeson decides that she and Wade are moving to Los Angeles in hopes to be with Jackson.  When they get to LA they immediately notice that the relationship between Wade and Jackson isn’t the same.  Jackson invites Wade to be in his ‘Black or White’ video but when they showed up to set they met MaCaulay Cogan.  Wade felt MaCaulay had taken his place as Jackson’s “best friend.”  Over time, Jackson still visits Wade and the alleged sexual abuse continues.  Wade ask Jackson to go on his upcoming tour with him but Jackson declines, taking another young boy with him named Brett Barnes.

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Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Happy first day of March! Yours truly could barely keep up with all the news coming off Capitol Hill this week (yes, there were other things going on besides a certain high-profile hearing, as hard as that is to believe). So let’s get right to it!

Seven Big Pharma executives were hauled in front of Congress this week during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on high drug prices. Everyone expected fireworks. The executives were lawyered to the gills, preparing for a public flogging the likes of which Big Tobacco and Big Banks have received in years past. Lobbyists packed the room, media jostled for positions, advocates of all stripes were watching with bated breaths. And then … nothing. Those fireworks amounted to nothing but fizzled sparklers. So what went down?

The executives’ strategy going in was essentially their version of: don’t hate the player, hate the game. The rebate system is broken, they argue. It’s not our fault, it’s the pharmacy benefit managers who are the root of all evil. In response to any tough line of questioning, they pivoted to old arguments, making sure to highlight the innovation and cures coming out of their companies.

Overall, the hearing lacked the grandstanding that’s been par for the course for lawmakers who see it as a winning issue with voters. Muted and respectful seemed to be the most common descriptors, and at the end of the day, not much was resolved, leaving some wondering what exactly the point was.

Stat: In Muted Hearing, Pharma Execs Dodge Attempts to Pin Blame for High Prices

Stat: Who Shined and Who Sank: How 7 Executives Fared in Defending Pharma

Side note: Even though the hearing has passed, this Stat piece on the “dark and elaborate art” of preparing for a congressional grilling is a fun read.

Stat: How Pharma Executives Are Preparing for Tuesday’s Congressional Grilling


To much fanfare, progressive Democrats in the House rolled out their ambitious “Medicare-for-all” plan this week. Here’s the meat of the bill: health care would be available to all Americans without premiums, copayments, deductibles or similar charges. There would be a two-year span of moving consumers over to a government insurer, and then people would be automatically enrolled at birth. It would be illegal for a private health insurer or an employer to provide the same medical insurance benefits as the new program. And the bill includes a crackdown on the pharmaceutical industry aimed at lowering drug prices, as well as the creation of a new government-run long-term care program to help people with disabilities.

The legislation is mostly symbolic, as it faces certain death in the Senate. But it also serves as the signal that progressives are drawing battle lines, as cracks continue to deepen in the Democratic Party. Leadership is walking a tightrope trying to keep the far-left happy, but also to mitigate any political fallout that could come from the aggressive proposal. Progressives, meanwhile, thrilled and invigorated from their announcement, are charging full-tilt in the direction they see their voters wanting to go.

The New York Times: As Over 100 House Democrats Embrace ‘Medicare For All,’ A Party Division Appears

Politico: Establishment Dems Give Medicare-For-All the Brush Off

As that all plays out, the health industry is quietly assembling a small army of lobbyists to kill the idea.

The New York Times: Health Care and Insurance Industries Mobilize to Kill ‘Medicare for All’


The House passed two gun control bills (both closing gaps in background checks) this week in what is the most sweeping legislation on the issue in decades. That sounds impressive, and is more than lawmakers have attempted in the past, but advocates say that Democrats, despite feeling more emboldened on guns, are still carefully and strategically picking their fights. And those fights usually have to do with low-hanging fruit, such as the above-mentioned restrictions on background checks or the “boyfriend loophole,” which allows some domestic abusers to own guns.

CNN: House Passes ‘Charleston Loophole Bill’ on Gun Background Checks

The Washington Post: Hard-Charging Democrats’ Cautious Strategy on Gun Control Reflects Limits of Political Change


Scott Lloyd, former head of the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement and a controversial figure who has avoided testifying in front of Congress for months, finally faced lawmakers Tuesday. During the hearing, Lloyd admitted he hadn’t passed on information to his superiors regarding the psychological trauma of the separations. It also emerged that there have been at least 4,500 accusations of sexual abuse and harassment of migrant children in government-funded shelters over the past four years.

The Associated Press: At Least 4,500 Abuse Complaints at Migrant Children Shelters

Meanwhile, the House Oversight Committee voted to subpoena Trump administration officials over the family separations. “I believe this is a true national emergency,” said Chairman Elijah Cummings of Maryland. Federal officials however, say they’ve already sent over thousands of pages of documents and wrote off the subpoenas as a “political stunt.”

The Associated Press: House Targets Family Separations in First Trump Subpoena


Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a 2020 hopeful, has built a reputation for herself as a champion for consumers. But her long history with the medical device industry may throw a wrench in that particular talking point.

The Associated Press/International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: Klobuchar Defends Her Record on Regulating Medical Devices


There was so much movement in the states this week on abortion that I’m going to link you guys to the newsletter roundups instead of individual stories. One trend to note is that red states are getting a move on with “trigger laws.” The measures would essentially ban — to different extents, depending on the state — abortion the minute Roe v. Wade were overturned. It might be posturing, but the uptick provides insight into just how high the anti-abortion movement’s hopes are these days. At the federal level, Democrats blocked a bill that would have threatened prison for doctors who don’t try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions.

Oklahoma Moves Forward Measure That Would Automatically Ban Abortions In State If Roe Is Overturned

The Associated Press: Dems Block Senate GOP Bill On Infants Surviving Abortions

Fact Checking Rhetoric On Infants Surviving Abortions: Babies Are Rarely Born Alive And When They Are Doctors Don’t Kill Them

And in case you missed it late last week: The Trump administration announced that it will cut off family planning funding for organizations that offer abortion referrals. The move was largely viewed as targeting Planned Parenthood, and it has already drawn court challenges.

The New York Times: Trump Administration Blocks Funds for Planned Parenthood and Others Over Abortion Referrals


Time’s Up for the health care industry: The organization formed by women in the entertainment industry to deal with sexual harassment and assault is turning its attention to health care. After a string of shocking stories about doctors’ inappropriate behavior, advocates say it’s important to look at the environment that spawned them. “They had a rich petri dish,” says Dr. Esther Choo, one of the doctors in the eight-person steering committee leading the effort. Choo went on to liken the atmosphere in hospitals and medical facilities to that of locker rooms.

In Style: Time’s Up Takes on Sexual Abuse and Discrimination in Healthcare

Stat: Time’s Up Targets Gender Bias and Harassment in Health Care

On that note, a science conference sparked fierce backlash when it made the point to invite only women to speak at the event. Critics said it violated anti-discrimination policies, but the organizers defended the decision as wanting to show that it could be done.

Stat: A Science Conference Invited Only Women on Stage. Then Came a Backlash


In this very busy news week, I have quite a full miscellaneous file for you:

• Why are there so many stories of uber-successful bosses exhibiting bullying behavior? It’s been shown that it’s a terrible management style in terms of eking out productivity from workers, and yet the behavior persists.

The New York Times: When the Bully Is the Boss

• If you are not following along with the Insys opioid trial in Massachusetts, you’re doing yourself a disservice. It is a train wreck of terrible revelations, including this week’s, which is that the call center designed to help patients with reimbursements was essentially built all on lies.

Bloomberg: Insys Call Center Revealed at Trial as Hotbed of Opioid Lies

• Speaking of revelations, the dirty laundry between Anthem and Cigna is being aired at court proceeding over their failed merger, and Anthem isn’t pulling any punches. The company says Cigna did everything in its power to sabotage the deal, calling Cigna CEO David Cordani a “bully.” It’s an interesting peek inside the inner workings of a huge health care merger.

Bloomberg: Anthem Says Bid to Save $ 49 Billion Deal Was ‘Cut Off at Knees’

• Readers of The Friday Breeze are well aware that medical scams and too-good-to-be-true “miracle cures” are thick on the ground these days. So how do you protect yourself?

The Washington Post: How to Stay Up-to-Date on Medical Scams, Quackery, Deadly Treatments

• While on the topic of scams: Check out this hilarious article about a health care reporter who was offered a “Top Doctor” award for the low, low cost of $ 289. (Hint: He is not a doctor.)

ProPublica: I’m a Journalist. Apparently, I’m Also One of America’s ‘Top Doctors.’

• Why do hospital patients who have scheduled procedures get prioritized for hospital beds over actual emergencies? If you guessed for financial reasons, you’d be right.

The Washington Post: Sorry, ER Patients. People With Elective Procedures Get the Hospital Beds First.

• And a quick plug for KHN’s new database that lets you look up if your hospital was hit with a penalty from Medicare. It’s super snazzy, so make sure to check it out!

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Have a great weekend, and be safe if you’re out there walking around! Pedestrian deaths have skyrocketed to the highest rate in decades.

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Kandi Burruss Shares Fire Photos With Todd Tucker And Her Dancers From Last Night’s Show – Fans Suggest Her To Keep Todd Out Of ‘Risky Situations’ Because Loyalty Is Hard To Find

Kandi Burruss has been preparing for last night’s show for quite a while. Her beloved hubby, Todd Tucker has also been a part of the rehearsal sessions and Kandi shared a bunch of pics and videos to document everything for her fans.

Kandi’s fans and followers have been laughing their hearts out while watching a recent post. She was with her crew, rehearsing and Todd Tucker joined her.

Now, a few hours ago, Kandi finally shared some pics from the much-awaited show, and some fans were surprised to see Todd on stage as well. He did attend the rehearsal, so this was expected.

‘Charlotte was Lit! 🔥🔥🔥Thanks for the love! I’m stopping by The Tip Off Mega Party later. New venue alert for the party!!! Now it will be at Peculiar Rabbit! 1212 Pecan Ave. Charlotte N.C. —- styled by @therealnoigjeremy, mua- @taetv, hair- @sewjodie. 📸: @hauseofglam,’ Kandi captioned a photo in which she was showing off her fantastic look.

She shared a bunch of other pics from the show and she captioned her post with: ‘Tonight’s show was fun! I gotta send love to my whole team that rocked with me tonight! ❤

Someone told Kandi as a joke (more or less): ‘Putting ur man in a risky situation is not safe anymore….there’s no loyalty anymore….keep ur happiness caged away from preyed eyes 😊

The person was probably hinting at the latest massive drama between the triangle Tristan Thompson – Khloe Kardashian – Jordyn Woods.

Another follower posted ‘Lovin the gram keep it up I was busy is fun showin love to 1 half of the crew.’

Someone else praised Kandi and called her a role model for her fans: ‘You are such a beautiful, positive role model for us all. Continued blessings to you and your family. 💜

Kandi has been spending more time with her family these days which made her fans happy.

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New York Requests Documents from Facebook, Apps on Data Sharing

A New York regulator is ramping up a promised investigation of how Facebook gathered sensitive personal information from popular smartphone applications, after a report by The Wall Street Journal revealed that many such apps were sending the social-media giant data including users’ body weight and menstrual cycles.
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Mom killed baby girl, tossed son from balcony, then jumped: cops

Charges were filed against a California mom who allegedly killed her baby girl, tossed her son from a second-floor apartment then jumped from the balcony, prosecutors said. Tierra Ortega — who sustained facial injuries when she jumped — was charged Thursday with child abuse causing death and attempted murder, according to the San Bernardino County…
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If You Work From Home, Here Are 11 Tax Deductions You Need to Know About

While there are plenty of pros to working from home,  the downside is it can cost you plenty. from the high-speed internet to stay in touch with clients to the office chair that keeps you comfy while you work.

Fortunately, the government recognizes this and offers tax deductions to people who work out of their homes. Read on to find out what you might be eligible for if you work from home.

Tax Deductions for Self-Employed vs. Remote Workers

Most of the following deductions apply largely to the self-employed, also known as independent contractors. That’s because when you’re an employee of a company, your company foots the bill for 50% of things like Social Security and Medicare taxes, and withholds the other 50% from your paycheck to pay the rest.

But when you’re self-employed, you’re responsible for both halves — something too many independent contractors learn by surprise when April rolls around and they find out how much they owe in taxes. (Plus, the self-employment tax entry moved from Form 1040 to Schedule 1 for 2018.)

As a rule of thumb, you should set aside around one-third of your self-employment income for taxes.

To offset this additional expense, the IRS allows self-employed workers to deduct certain business-related costs, so long as they itemize each of these expenses on their returns. That means you’ll need to keep detailed records and receipts throughout the year.

What You Can Deduct if You’re Self-Employed

According to IRS guidelines, “To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary.” This includes the following:

1. Home Office

Home office.

If you have a dedicated room or workspace in your home you use solely for business purposes, it counts as a “home office,” and you can deduct a portion of certain home expenses for it. It doesn’t need a fixed partition, like a wall or a door to close, but you do need to clearly identify it as a separate space (i.e., a dedicated corner of your kitchen).

So if your home is 1,200 square feet and your home office is 120 square feet, that means it makes up 10% of your home’s square footage, so you can deduct 10% of the following:

  • Rent (NOT monthly mortgage payments).
  • Utilities (heat, electricity, internet, landline).
  • Mortgage interest.
  • Homeowners insurance.
  • Property taxes.

Remote workers, take note: You can only deduct a home office if your employer asks you to work from home “for the convenience of your employer.” If you’ve negotiated a few work-from-home days to accommodate your own schedule, this does not count.

2. Office Supplies

From staples to printer paper, office supplies are deductible. Just be careful with larger “supplies,” like furniture.

If it’s essential to your business (think: desk, desk chair, filing cabinet), you can probably deduct it. If it’s not (think: picture frames and a second, comfier chair for brainstorming in), you probably can’t.

3. Equipment

You can also deduct any equipment you buy for your business, like computers, printers and accessories (headsets, webcams, etc.), as well as any repairs on these items. If you have a smartphone you use solely for business purposes, you can deduct the cost of the phone and monthly bill.

If your industry requires specialty equipment, like camera gear for photographers, that also qualifies.

4. Software

Do you use a paid invoicing system to bill your freelance clients? You can deduct that. Graphic design software, PDF software, word processing software? You can deduct those, too. As long as you use them strictly for business, any software you purchase or pay for monthly qualifies.

5. Travel Costs

Man waiting in airport lounge using a digital tablet.

If you ever need to travel to visit a client or attend a conference, you can deduct your mileage or airfare. The same goes for any lodging, parking fees and other travel-related expenses you incur on your own dime.

Note, however, that if you’re an employee, you can no longer deduct un-reimbursed employee expenses for business-related meals, entertainment and travel, as a result of the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

6. Meals and Entertainment

Be careful with this category, as it can be all too tempting to write off business meetings that aren’t strictly business.

Coffee meeting with a new client to discuss strategy? Deductible.

Five-course dinner with friends where you spend 15 minutes talking business? Not so much.

As a rule, expect the IRS to limit your deductions to 50% of business-related “entertainment” costs, so keep things modest. For additional guidance, check out the 2018 update from the IRS.

7. Training and Education

You can deduct professional education necessary to run or grow your business, so go ahead and sign up for that course or webinar you’ve been wanting to take.

8. Marketing and Advertising

If you attend a trade show, send out flyers or buy a box of business cards, this counts as marketing, and you can deduct it. Same goes for any fees in connection with a personal website that advertises your services — hosting fees, WordPress theme purchases, etc.

9. Professional Services

When you hire someone to help you with your business, it’s deductible. So keep track of those invoices from the IT pro who debugged your website, the attorney who reviewed a tricky contract and the CPA who put together your tax returns.

10. Health Insurance

You can deduct 100% of your health insurance premiums for yourself and any covered spouse and dependents, if you meet the following criteria:

  • You’re self-employed.
  • Your business is claiming a profit for the tax year.
  • You (and your spouse and dependents) were not eligible for coverage from an employer or under your spouse’s plan during the months you’re claiming.

11. Miscellaneous

Throughout the year, make note of any other expenses that the IRS might consider necessary in the normal course of business. This could include holiday gifts for your best clients (within reason), banking fees, shipping fees, post office box fees, etc.

Kelly Gurnett is a freelance blogger, writer and editor who runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits, where she documents her attempts to rid her life of the things that don’t matter and focus more on the things that do. Follow her on Twitter @CordeliaCallsIt.

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R. Kelly Has Been Released from Jail After Posting $100,000 Bail in a Sex Abuse Case

(CHICAGO) — R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail Monday after posting $ 100,000 bail that allows him to go free while awaiting trial on charges that he sexually abused four people dating back to 1998, including three underage girls.

Hours earlier, the R&B star pleaded not guilty to the allegations after spending the weekend behind bars. He said little during the brief arraignment, telling the judge only his name. His lawyers spoke on his behalf.

The singer-songwriter was arrested Friday on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. A judge set bond at $ 1 million, meaning Kelly had to post 10 percent of that amount to be released. Court records show a 47-year-old woman from the Chicago suburb of Romeoville, Illinois, posted the $ 100,000 bail and identified herself on the bond slip as “a friend” of Kelly, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Kelly will be forbidden from having any contact with females younger than 18.

The black van that took the entertainer away from the jail stopped in the parking lot of a large downtown McDonald’s. He did not immediately emerge, but some members of his entourage stood outside the vehicle and a dark-colored Mercedes-Benz parked next to it.

The McDonald’s, a popular tourist attraction, was known as Chicago’s Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s before being remodeled and losing its music theme.

The recording artist has been trailed for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves. Kelly has consistently denied any sexual misconduct, and he was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008.

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who said he represents two Kelly accusers, said his legal team gave prosecutors a second video Monday that shows Kelly sexually abusing a minor. Avenatti previously gave prosecutors video evidence that he said showed Kelly having sex with an underage girl.

Avenatti said the second video involves a 14-year-old girl. He said the footage from 1999 or 2000 is about 55 minutes long, but he did not say if it was the same 14-year-old girl seen in the first video he turned over to the authorities.

“The conduct in the tape can be described as nothing short of outrageous, illegal. It leaves no question as to Mr. Kelly’s guilt,” Avenatti said.

Avenatti said he is aware of a third tape, but he did not provide details.

Defense attorney Steve Greenberg reiterated at a news conference that Kelly has done nothing wrong and said no one has shown him any evidence to the contrary.

“Everybody is entitled to a defense. Everybody is entitled to the presumption of innocence. We should all be taking a step back. Let’s see what happens, what the evidence is and how this plays out,” Greenberg said.

Details of the allegations against Kelly emerged Saturday when the prosecution released four detailed documentsone for each accuser — outlining the basis for the charges. The allegations date back as far as 1998 and span more than a decade.

A girl who attended Kelly’s child pornography trial in 2008 got his autograph after a court session. He later invited her to his home in the Chicago suburb of Olympia Fields, where they had sex multiple times starting the following May, when she was 16, according to the documents, which said he also slapped, choked and spit on the girl.

In 1998, another girl reported meeting Kelly at a restaurant where she was having a 16th birthday party. Kelly’s manager gave her the singer’s business card and suggested she call Kelly. The girl’s mother heard the exchange, took the card and told the manager her daughter was 16.

But her daughter later retrieved the card from her purse. She contacted Kelly, who told her to take a cab to his studio, where they had sex periodically for a year, the documents said. After the first encounter, she was given an envelope of cash.

In early 2003, a Chicago hairdresser told prosecutors that she thought she was going to braid Kelly’s hair, but he pulled down his pants and instead tried to force her to give him oral sex. The woman, who was 24, was able to pull away, but Kelly ejaculated on her and spit in her face, the documents said.

Kelly’s DNA was found in semen on one of the accuser’s shirts, and semen found on a shirt worn by another was submitted for DNA testing, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said. It was not clear when the accusers turned the shirts over to authorities.

Rising from poverty on Chicago’s South Side, Kelly broke into the R&B scene in 1993 with his first solo album, “12 Play,” which produced such popular sex-themed songs as “Your Body’s Callin’” and “Bump N’ Grind.” He has written numerous hits for himself and other artists, including Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga.

The jury in 2008 acquitted Kelly of child pornography charges that centered on a graphic video that prosecutors said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13. He and the female allegedly seen with him denied they were in the 27-minute video, even though the picture quality was good and witnesses testified it was them, and she did not take the stand.

Each count of the new charges carries up to seven years in prison, making it possible for Kelly to receive up to 70 years. Probation is also an option.

The walls began closing in on Kelly after the release of a BBC documentary about him last year and the multipart Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which aired last month. Together they detailed allegations that he held women against their will and ran a “sex cult.”


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In Florida, Drug Re-Importation From Canada Finds New Champions, Old Snags

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday he intends to bring down skyrocketing drug prices by leaning on an existing federal law that could enable the state to import prescription meds wholesale from Canada, where they’re much cheaper. He’s citing direct support from President Donald Trump, whose administration would have to approve the endeavor.

“He not only supports this, he is enthusiastic,” DeSantis said at a news conference northwest of Orlando.

But it’s not clear Florida’s idea has actually gotten that level of commitment.

The White House would not directly answer whether it supports letting states import prescription drugs from Canada and would not say whether it has blessed this proposal.

Instead, said spokesman Judd Deere, the president has asked his administration to “learn more details” about Florida’s drug-importation plan and “looks forward to educating Governor DeSantis on the many policy options the Trump administration has proposed to reduce costly drug prices for American families.” (Those policy options, according to a White House blueprint released last year, don’t include importation.)

“President Trump is always eager to discuss ways to lower drug prices for the American people,” Deere said.

Still, Florida is joining the growing ranks of states that, squeezed by climbing drug prices, are eyeing the Canadian fix. This idea isn’t new: Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s left-leaning independent senator, is among a number of longtime champions in Congress.

Legislation has been advanced this year in about a dozen states that would advance wholesale drug importation programs and a bill was introduced in Florida on the same day DeSantis outlined his support.

Vermont, Sanders’ home state, where a measure became law last year, leads the pack. But the state has not yet sought necessary federal approval.

And how much would these programs help anyway? While statehouses may be abuzz, in Washington, national politics impedes feasibility. And skeptics question how much relief these initiatives could actually provide.

“I don’t think large-scale importation — given both the size of the United States and the potential for retaliation [by the industry] — is likely to save as much as might be projected,” said Rachel Sachs, an associate law professor at Washington University in St. Louis, who tracks drug-pricing laws.

Said Ameet Sarpatwari, a lawyer and epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School, “Something like importation could help on the margins in the short term, but it needs to be coupled with some sort of strategy to be sure there is efficient supply in the market.”

In order to pursue this approach, states are leaning on a provision in a 2003 law that empowers the Department of Health and Human Services to approve state programs to import medications from Canada, as long as the state can show the practice is safe and saves money.

Once they gain this go-ahead, states would develop wholesale importation programs and then sell the drugs they get from up north to local pharmacies and hospitals, theoretically netting savings.

But HHS has never approved such a move. Last year, HHS Secretary Alex Azar told reporters that importation proposals constituted a “gimmick” rather than any meaningful drug-pricing reform. Vermont plans to formally submit its importation proposal this summer. So far, HHS has been silent on that project.

Last June, though, Azar directed the Food and Drug Administration to establish a working group to study how drug re-importation could help address price hikes and supply disruptions.

DeSantis on Friday acknowledged that he doesn’t yet have the backing of federal agencies needed to make his plan go forward.

The guarantee of drug safety is also a challenge. HHS secretaries from both Republican and Democratic administrations have argued over the years that they could not find a process that meets this standard — though many pharmaceutical policy experts dispute this argument. Sarpatwari called it “a red herring.”

Policy researchers question whether these proposals would net substantial savings — or even survive the backlash from the powerful pharmaceutical industry.

“If you think about the practicalities of trying to feed a large section of the U.S. market from Canada, it doesn’t make much sense,” argued Michael Law, a pharmaceutical policy expert and associate professor at the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research. “There are too many steps along the way where people will shut it down.”

Pharmaceutical companies supplying Canadian wholesalers will quickly notice, he said, if those entities are buying lots more drugs and then selling them back to Americans. And they would cut off supplies pretty quickly.

That’s especially true, Law added, for a state as big as Florida, whose population of 20 million people is not that far from rivaling Canada’s 37 million.

Importation would also face a formidable opponent from the Canadian government, both he and Sachs said. If Canadian prices are used to bring down American prices, drugmakers have a reason to just charge more up north.

Vermont estimated potential savings of between $ 1 million and $ 5 million. Those figures don’t account for the costs of setting up the program.

Even with those issues, though, there’s active interest in the idea — just ask DeSantis’ own constituents. A number of employers and local governments in Florida have been buying drugs from Canada for years. Among them: the Pasco County school district near Tampa.

“The program is working well, and we’ve had no issues or complaints,” said Patricia Howard, an employee benefits official with the school system.

In Florida, as around the country, some businesses also already help consumers purchase drugs from overseas, and they say they see sizable savings.

Tim Booth, owner of Canadian Meds in Lady Lake, Fla., said his customers get prescriptions filled from pharmacies in Canada, Australia, Britain and India. “We get many doctor referrals who fax us prescriptions for their patients,” he said.

Canadian Meds, which is located about eight miles from where DeSantis made his prescription drug announcement, is one of about 20 such storefront businesses across Florida that claim thousands of customers each year. These businesses, which technically operate outside the law, started in 2003 and continue with little pushback from regulators.

“Everybody knows drug prices are too high, so anything they can do is good for the American public,” Booth said.

But the benefits Booth’s customers see may not translate to a statewide program, considering the differences between thousands of customers versus a statewide program. Plus, the federal law that DeSantis’ plan would use authorizes importation only from Canada — not Australia, Britain or India.

That said, proposals like these have political implications, both in states, whose budgets are directly squeezed by climbing drug prices, and in Washington, where drug pricing is one area where congressional activity seems more likely.

“This goes along with a broader thinking that’s going on about how to lower drug prices in the United States,” Law said. “Despite the fact that this might not work — it’s not too long before someone figures out something that would.”

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Porsha Williams’ Jaw-Dropping Look From Her Baby Shower Day Has Fans In Awe – She Rocks A Red Skin-Tight Dress

Porsha Williams and Dennis McKinley are anxiously waiting to welcome their baby girl into the world. Just recently, Porsha delivered great news to her fans and told them that she is on maternity leave.

She told her co-hosts that she will miss them as they happily present her with a gift for the baby girl that should be on her way any day now.

She showed off her pregnant figure in a gorgeous skin-tight black outfit, and now she’s flaunting her curves in a red one. Check out her pics below:

‘So In love❤ #BabyShowerDay #Fiance #BabyDaddy #PjsParents #MeetTheMckinleys’ Porsha captioned a photo with Dennis.

A fan wrote that ‘Baby Pj just going to make herself a photo opportunity.. she just pops up in a shoot.’

Someone else said ‘Can y’all see pj kicking on the bottom right of her stomach … omgggg can’t wait until she is born, she deserves this beautiful blessing, both of them so happy Porsha is not going to have any BM drama she’s the one and only.’

Another follower posted ‘Congrats again your so big big big beautiful and red… and beautiful…’

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Another fan said that ‘@porsha4real they way this picture setup it looks like PJ in the front and DJ is the back all that assssssss🙋🏽‍♀️ I’m super happy for you👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽😇

One other supporter gushed over the couple and wrote ‘Omg y’all got me crying I’m so happy for you Porsha you deserve everything congrats 💍💍💍💎

Porsha’s fans are extremely excited, and they cannot wait for her to give birth already.

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5 Steps for Budgeting If Your Income Changes From Month to Month

Budgeting is difficult no matter what you make or how predictable your salary is.

But it can be even harder if your income fluctuates month to month based on commission, sales, tips or how many shifts you’re given.

If you’re having trouble budgeting with an irregular paycheck, don’t give up. Here are five steps to budgeting if you have a variable income.

How to Budget With Variable Income

A woman works as a bartender.

As you would with any budget, you’ll need to figure out what comes in and make what’s going out fit your needs. Even with an irregular income, there are only a few tweaks to the system.

1. Average Out Your Yearly and Monthly Income

A lot of jobs — whether in sales or hospitality — pay an hourly rate. If it’s significant, you can use that as your baseline.

Then, go through your bank statements for the past year and calculate what you made in commission and tips every month.

This will be easier if you’ve been in your current position for over a year. If you haven’t, calculate it for the months you can, and ask your co-workers about how and when their income fluctuates.

The goal is to have a realistic prediction of the minimum you should take home each month of the year.

2. Determine Your Monthly Sinking Fund Requirements

Because your expenses likely won’t change month to month like your income, it’s important to save during your high-earning months, so that you can pull from those savings in the sparse months — kind of like an income sinking fund.

Tara Frenck, a bartender at a brewery in St. Petersburg, Florida, has a noticeable high season and low season. Frenck tries to save 20% of her income every week to cover unexpected expenses — and even more than that in the busy season.

It’s taken some years of practice and saving, but at this point, I have not had to go without anything that I need or want, although my wants aren’t much,” she said.

Once you have your annual and monthly numbers, divide your annual projected income by 12 to get your monthly average. Calculate the difference between your monthly average and your expected income for every month.

You’ll get either a positive or negative number. A positive number is the minimum you need to save in that month; a negative is the maximum you can pull from your income sinking fund.

3. List Your Monthly Expenses

Now, go through your bank statements and list all of your expenses, no matter how small. Start with the last three months, then add annual or biannual expenses like insurance and car registration.

List your sinking funds as well. In addition to your income sinking fund, everyone needs an emergency fund for surprise expenses. Other potential saving options include a medical fund, car fund, Christmas gift fund and pet fund.

Most of your monthly expenses will vary month to month, at least by a little bit. You can average them the same way you average your income.

Sometimes, companies will do this for you. Many energy companies offer a free budget billing payment option that automatically averages your usage and gives you a set bill every month.

When you’re listing expenses, be as thorough as possible. Some commonly forgotten budget categories include tolls, technology replacements, professional memberships and fees, home and lawn maintenance, haircuts and ride-sharing costs.

4. Separate and Order Expenses Based on Importance

Once you’ve laid them all out, separate necessary and discretionary expenses. Necessary means essential to surviving now or in the future. Discretionary expenses are any additional expenses that enrich your life but aren’t necessary for survival.

After separating your expenses, it’s time to prioritize. The most important things to survival are food, water, utilities, a roof over your head and the ability to work. So your first priorities should look something like this:

  • Housing (i.e., rent or mortgage).
  • Groceries.
  • Water/utilities.
  • Electricity.
  • Transportation (car payment, bus pass, etc.).
  • Uniforms/work clothes.

Next should be savings — namely, transferring your monthly surplus to a high-yield savings account or pulling your surplus from one. Aim for at least $ 1,000 in an emergency fund. How much you save beyond that figure will depend on where you are financially and your personal preference.

Assign values to each saving category based on your spending toward your sinking fund and minimum debt payments. Try to take advantage of any 401(k) match your employer offers, and make IRA contributions if you’re able. So your savings might look something like this:

  • Emergency fund.
  • Debt payments.
  • Sinking funds.
  • Retirement savings.

That’s typically the extent of necessary expenses. What you bring in monthly needs to at least cover these costs, ideally even during your lowest income months. Then you can prioritize all your discretionary expenses in the order you see fit.

5. Budget for Discretionary Expenses

Once all your priority expenses are listed, you’ll need to add values to your discretionary expenses. Use the zero-based budgeting approach to make sure your priorities are funded, and give realistic values to everything else. Here’s how to do it.

Once all the necessities are paid for, you’ll go down your list of discretionary expenses as you have extra income and fund each category until you’re at zero.

So, let’s say part of your discretionary budget looks like this:

  • Gym membership: $ 33
  • Coffee: $ 20
  • Restaurants: $ 100

If you’ve funded all your categories above that and you have $ 100 left, you can pay for your gym and coffee addictions and you’ll have $ 47 for restaurants that month. If there are any items below restaurants, they’ll have to wait to be funded until next month (or next paycheck).

Budgeting on an irregular income allows you to maintain a quality of life that’s not as dependent on the ebbs and flows of a business. Frenck deposits most of her $ 20 bills and uses the other bills for petty cash. It’s just one way she evens out her cash flow. She also changes up how she spends her free time throughout the year.

I do enjoy the occasional fine-dining experience — say, once a week in the good season, not so much in the slow,” Frenck said. “I also try to plan any trips or vacations in the slow seasons, knowing I wouldn’t be making as much working during that time.

Whatever you’re trying to save for travel or another financial goal, a budget — even an irregular one — will help you get there.

Jen Smith is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She gives money-saving and debt-payoff tips on Instagram at @modernfrugality.

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Israel’s first lunar lander launched into space from Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel’s first lunar lander on a mission that if successful will make the Jewish state only the fourth nation to achieve a controlled touchdown on the moon’s surface.


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Chad Johnson Saves Random Twitter Follower From Eviction By Paying His Rent

Chad Johnson is making headlines this weekend for a good deed.

The athlete began by asking everyone how their Friday was going, but ended up saving a follower from eviction by paying his rent on the spot.

See how it all unfolded over Twitter below:

He then showed Chad the notice (which has since been deleted) and Chad came through.

Incredible.

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HHS Finalizes Rule Seeking To Expel Planned Parenthood From Family Planning Program

The Trump administration Friday finalized a regulation intended to push Planned Parenthood out of the Title X federal family planning program, keeping a campaign promise to anti-abortion groups.

The program provides contraceptives, screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and other primary health services to 4 million patients each year, many of them low-income or uninsured, at more than 4,000 clinic sites. Planned Parenthood serves about 40 percent of that caseload.

None of the funds provided for Title X services may be used for abortion. That has been true since the program was created in 1970. But abortion opponents have for decades complained that since many Planned Parenthood affiliates that receive Title X support also provide abortion, the federal family planning money can be improperly commingled with funds used for the procedure.

The new regulations erase previous program rules requiring that women with unintended pregnancies be given “nondirective counseling” on all options, including birth, adoption and abortion.

Under the new rules, Title X recipients would be banned from making abortion referrals in almost all cases. This would reverse existing rules, which require that a referral be given if a woman requests one. Counseling would still be allowed but no longer required.

The new rules “will ensure compliance with, and enhance implementation of, the statutory requirement that none of the funds appropriated for Title X may be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning,” says the executive summary.

Organizations would also have to physically separate facilities that provide Title X-funded services from those that provide abortions.

Abortion-rights and family planning provider groups were quick to decry the regulations. Planned Parenthood called the new rules a dealbreaker.

“This is direct interference with the practice of medicine and our ethical obligations to our patients,” the organization’s president, Dr. Leana Wen, told reporters on a conference call Friday. “Planned Parenthood cannot participate in a program that would force our providers to compromise their ethics.”

Other family planning groups called the rules out as well.

“This rule intentionally strikes at the heart of the patient-provider relationship, inserting political ideology into a family planning visit, which will frustrate and ultimately discourage patients from seeking the health care they need,” Clare Coleman, president and CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, the group that represents Title X recipients, said in a statement.

The American Medical Association said, “The patient-physician relationship relies on trust, open conversation and informed decision making and the government should not be telling physicians what they can and cannot say to their patients.”

But abortion foes have been pushing hard for the changes.

“We thank President Trump for taking decisive action to disentangle taxpayers from the big abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List. “The Title X program was not intended to be a slush fund for abortion businesses.”

Added Kristan Hawkins of the group Students for Life of America, “This is a life-saving policy change, as abortion vendors have used these family planning resources to underwrite their deadly enterprise.”

Defunding Planned Parenthood has been a goal of the anti-abortion movement for decades. Republicans thought they could make the group ineligible to provide care to Medicaid patients at part of their bill — which did not pass — to rewrite the Affordable Care Act in 2017. The Planned Parenthood provisions were struck from the bill under Senate rules even before the measure collapsed.

New York Attorney General Letitia James and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum promised to file suit against the regulation. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra also said he is prepared to sue, particularly because an estimated one-quarter of all women potentially affected by the changes live in California.

However, a similar set of rules, issued by President Ronald Reagan’s administration in 1987, were eventually upheld by the Supreme Court in 1991.

The rules will take effect in stages, starting 60 days after they are published in the Federal Register. The portion requiring physical and financial separation would not take effect for a year.

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Lady Gaga splits from fiance?

OHMYGOSSIP — Lady Gaga and Christian Carino have reportedly ended their engagement.
The 32-year-old singer and the talent agent, 42, began dating in February 2017 before confirming their engagement in October last year, but it now seems they’ve decided to call time on their romance, as sources say they are no longer together.
An insider told People magazine: “It just didn’t work out. Relationships sometimes end. There’s no long dramatic story.”
Speculation of Gaga’s relationship status has been circling for some time, after fans noticed the ‘Million Reasons’ singer wasn’t wearing her engagement ring when she attended the Grammy Awards earlier this month.
Gaga didn’t bring Christian with her to the ceremony – despite him being in attendance at other events this season such as the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards – and also didn’t thank him during her acceptance speech when her song ‘Shallow’ won the best pop duo or group performance prize.
The report comes after it was previously claimed the ‘A Star Is Born’ actress was “over the moon” about her engagement.
A source said in December: “Gaga is so over the moon at the moment. She is constantly telling those close to her how grateful she is to be at this point in her life and work with such incredible artists and be with the man she loves so dearly.
“Gaga is incredibly elated about her engagement.”
The source also then claimed Christian was “so proud of her success”.
They added: “Christian loves to make her happy and he is so proud of her success. He is patient because he was a huge influence in her doing the film to begin with. The amazing thing about their relationship is that he understands her work and career and he is there to guide her.
“This relationship is different because Christian understands her on a more intimate level. She trusts him fully and feels totally secure around him. They don’t get a lot of private time, but when they do, they love to have private getaways in fancy hotels.”

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See Every Look from Versace’s Fall 2019 Collection

Legacy fashion houses rely pretty heavily on nostalgia these days — some might even say too heavily — but Versace has done a good job lately of referencing its past while incorporating some modern upgrades. That was especially true of its Fall 2019 collection, which showed in Milan on Friday around …

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One of the Over-the-Top Looks From Moschino’s Game Show-Themed Runway Show Was a TV Dinner Cape

The price was right at the Moschino runway show on Thursday where creative director Jeremy Scott riffed on the flashy, campy commercialism of game shows for a fashion show that would tickle Bob Barker’s fancy.

The over-the-top collection featured tongue-in-cheek looks shown to the theme song of The Price is Right, including a dollar bill print suit, bedazzled dresses that paid homage to consumer goods like soap and toothpaste, and in what might be the night’s most memorable ensemble, a structural kimono cape that looked like a TV dinner, complete with an aluminum pan, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables and unidentifiable meat. For the finale of the show, models posed with cars, lawnmowers, home gym equipment and other goods that you might find on late-night television commercials as Scott took his final bow.

This isn’t the first time that Scott and Moschino’s cheeky sense of humor has trolled the fashion industry; look no further than their controversial, $ 375 dry cleaning garment bag dresses that caused an uproar on the Internet. One thing’s for certain, however; Scott’s outrageous Moschino looks are absolutely fitting for this year’s camp-themed Met Gala.

See Moschino’s best looks from their runway show below.


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Ancestry.com Releases New Data For Those From the African Diaspora to Unearth More About Their Lineage

Genealogical website Ancestry.com, has released 94 new and updated communities so that African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans can learn more about their roots.

Communities are part of the AncestryDNA test, which lets people from the African diaspora explore their heritage and how their ancestors migrated.

One of the new communities focuses on Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina African Americans. As per Ancestry:

“Members with this community may have ancestors that were enslaved and working on rice plantations in South Carolina and Georgia. When cotton fields came to the area in the late 1700s, many enslaved African Americans were brought to work those fields. Following the Civil War, the Great Depression, and World War II, many South Carolinians followed rail lines up North to New York and Philadelphia. This group was one of many communities that were part of the Great Migration–which was the movement of millions of African Americans during the 1900s from the South to cities in the North and West.”

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Another new AncestryDNA community centers on Louisiana Creoles and African Americans. Interestingly, Ancestry’s research finds that by 1940 more than 18% of African Americans in the Bay Area were from Louisiana.

Also expanded, are Caribbean communities, with historical information for those from Haiti, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and more. Here is an interesting tidbit from Ancestry research, “Afro-Caribbeans who moved to New York sometimes had difficulty adjusting to their new homes but by 1930 about one-third of New York’s black professionals, such as lawyers and doctors, were African Caribbeans.”

The update also has visuals and a timeline showing the migration of people from the African diaspora including a visual depicting the Great Migration—a mass exodus of African Americans fleeing the racism of the South to areas in the Northern and Western United States.

The company says the new data is based on its proprietary Genetic Communities technology. “With just the results of an AncestryDNA test, we can help unlock stories of the people and places that make up our customer’s recent family histories. These new insights, provided using our unique Genetic Communities technology, can reveal the roles and unique impact our customer’s ancestors played in history,” the company stated in a press release.

Ancestry.com faced criticism last year after a black customer discovered that his enslaved ancestors were referred to as “migrants” in his DNA search results.

“When zooming in on our African lineage from nations like Benin and the Ivory Coast, Ancestry.com suggested that our ancestors had arrived in the South during the ‘migration’ of the past few hundred years,” he wrote in a petition against the company.

Andrew M. says he was “shocked and offended” to read Ancestry’s characterization of his family history. “Migration implies choice,” he explained, and “that is most certainly not what happened to my African ancestors who came here in the hull of a ship like chattel only to be sold into slavery when they arrived.”

Ancestry.com issued an apology at the time. “We apologize for the language used on our website to describe the historic movements of people from one place to another,” said Nat Natarajan, Ancestry executive vice president of Product and Technology at the time. “We understand that not all of the movements of people through history—including Africans brought as slaves to the United States—were made voluntarily. We will make changes to ensure the language on our site more accurately describes these events in history.” The company also changed the language it used in reference to enslaved people on its site.

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AT&T pulled all its advertising from Alphabet Inc’s YouTube for the second time in two years after a magazine reported the platform displayed ads next to videos that showed the exploitation of children. “Until Google can protect our brand from offensive content of any kind, we are removing all advertising from YouTube,” an AT&T spokesman…
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Tales from the Wallet: How Much Money Do You Need to Be Happy?

How much money do you need to be happy?

Here’s a random question that is always a fun discussion: how much money do you think you need to be happy? Do you agree that there may be an “optimal” income for happiness in that your problems increase if you make more? (We haven’t talked about how we all define “rich” for quite a while…)

I’ve always heard $ 75,000 is the “optimal” number, but according to a recent(ish) story in Fast Company the amount is now $ 105,000 for Americans, and beyond that, “there’s a point at which more money has decreasing returns in terms of our emotional well-being and life satisfaction.”

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It’s an interesting point, and readers I’d love to hear from you — if you’ve made different salaries, did you notice increasing stress or happiness as the numbers moved up or down? To what degree “does money buy happiness” for you, either in terms of enabling hobbies or lifestyle habits (like eating out often) or in terms of enabling outsourcing (so, for example, someone else scrubs your toilets). To what extent does “mo money mo problems” ring true to you — either in terms of increased expectations or stress at work, keeping up with the Joneses or other issues? 

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The latest studies say that the "optimal salary" for Americans is $  105K, with the theory being that more money = more problems. We asked our professional women readers: how much money do YOU need to be happy? Readers with household incomes of anywhere from $  67K to HHI of $  400K chimed in...

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8 things you need to take away from this London Fashion Week

Well that’s a wrap. London Fashion Week is over for another season, and if you need a little recap, here’s what you’ve missed.

Karl Lagerfeld left us and the fashion world mourned

On the last day of London Fashion Week, it was announced that the legendary designer behind Chanel and Fendi had passed away. The timing meant all the fashion editors couldn’t cover the news as they were at the shows, but they held a minute’s silence at the last show of the schedule, at the BFC showspace, which Camilla also attended.

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Victoria Beckham delivered a superb collection (and launched a Youtube channel)

VB truly pulled one out of the bag this season. Not only did she serve up a collection every woman wants to be seen in – think checked blazers layered over checked shirts, floaty dresses and a mix of neutral and bold colours – but she also launched a YouTube channel, which will give us an insight into her fashion, beauty and family. Oh and Harper Beckham’s new haircut also stole the show.

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Shrimps had its first runway show

After a few London Fashion Week presentations, Shrimps founder Hannah Weiland hosted her first runway collection, and it was one of the dreamiest things we’ve ever seen. There were silky dresses, oversized bags, shells and lots of faux fur of course.

Camilla championed sustainability

The BFC is very much pushing for sustainability this season. BBC Earth and Mother of Pearl teamed up to host a panel and launch a flagship collection inspired by BBC Planet and created using sustainable production methods to show how innovation and new technology can help us to reduce the impact of fashion on the planet.

And to close LFW, the Duchess of Cornwall presented the QEII award for design to Bethany Williams, who exclusively uses recycled materials in her collection.

Roksanda, Erdem and Rejina Pyo made us dream

Some of our favourite designers truly hit the sweet spot between OTT and wearable, dreamy and feminine. There were yellow feathered ballgowns at Roksanda, pointy collars, detailed embroidery and florals at Erdem, and gorgeous tonal separates at Rejina, who also had the most amazing accessories. Can we also talk about the fact the Erdem show started late because we were all waiting for Joan Collins to join the FROW? Legend.

Rixo partied with drag queens

For its Studio 54-inspired collection, Rixo took over Cafe de Paris, where models and drag queens dancedunder disco balls, wearing sequins and vintage prints. Joyful.

Aspinal was delightfully British

The likes of Olivia Palermo and Amber Le Bon helped Design Director Giles Deacon and Creative Director Mariya Dykalo celebrate the new collection, which featured quintessentially British motifs such as the Queen’s guards and dogs.

adidas Originals entered the LFW schedule

adidas Originals debuted its collection with New York designer Ji Won Choi, which took place in Hawley Wharf – a never before used location in underground Camden. The collaboration with Ji Won Choi is the third in a series of collaborations with emerging female designers who reimagine adidas’ design identity.

 

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How to Protect Your Child From a Measles Outbreak

PASADENA — With measles outbreaks happening in certain regions of the country, many parents across Southern California are rightfully concerned, wondering what they can do to better protect their kids from contracting this infectious disease.

Mark Salzman, MD, pediatric infectious disease specialist at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, provides the following information for parents to help them keep their children safe. 

Should I vaccinate my child?

Although some people are hesitant to vaccinate their children, studies have repeatedly shown:

  • Vaccines do save children’s lives and protect our society against the spread of disease.
  • Not vaccinating your children puts them at risk of contracting measles. Furthermore, if your child develops measles, it is very contagious and puts other children at risk.
  • Immunization helps protect your child from contracting measles. The vaccine is 93 percent effective after one dose, and 97 percent effective after the second dose.
  • It is much safer for a child to get the measles vaccine than to contract the disease.

At what age should I vaccinate my child?

It is recommended that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine be given to children at age 12-15 months, and again at age 4-6 years.

How long will my child’s measles vaccine last?

Children who are vaccinated rarely develop measles. However, to increase the effectiveness of the measles vaccine, two doses should be given, which is estimated to give life-long protection.

Why should I be concerned about my child contracting measles?

Measles is a disease with serious complications. Many children who are infected suffer from pneumonia, and one in 1,000 children develops encephalitis — an inflammation of the brain — which often results in permanent brain damage. One to 2 per 1,000 children with measles will die from the infection. An additional 4 to 11 per 100,000 will die 7 to 10 years later from a degenerative brain disease after having a complete recovery from measles. Thanks to the success of the measles vaccine, this childhood disease is not as common as it once was. However, in recent years, some parents due to misinformation or scientifically unproven concerns have chosen to not immunize their children. Unvaccinated children in our communities have led to measles outbreaks taking place.

The evidence is clear. Measles vaccinations do work and help protect children against unnecessary pain and suffering. If you haven’t immunized your child yet, contact your pediatrician and make an appointment.


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The Dappered Space: From Style Scenario to Styled Dining

The Dappered Space is a series designed to help guys apply the sense of personal style they’ve developed to the space they inhabit. Watch for articles on furniture and decor sales & picks, advice on how to style a room or work space, and tackling creating a space that reflects your own (and perhaps a significant other’s) personal tastes. We’ll suggest items that can be sourced online, but always keep in mind that deals can be found at consignment and thrift stores, local stores with floor models, discount stores, and even yard sales. (photo credit)

In this Dappered Space we’re concentrating on the dining area, and taking our cues from a Style Scenario published in January. Based on a rugged look, the tones in this outfit translate perfectly to a dining area.

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Even if you typically eat on the couch, having a styled dining space can come in handy for dinner parties, dates, or even just making yourself feel a bit better when dining alone. While the style scenario was based on a rugged look, this Styled Space is anything but. We’re mixing mid-century modern with contemporary pieces and timeless classics. All come together to create a well curated space you can treat friends and family to a great meal in.
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The Dining Table: 5-Piece Katherine Mid Century Fabric and Wood Finish Dining Set – $ 398.04. Under $ 400 for a dining set is a pretty solid deal. Especially when the dining set is well reviewed. Has a mid-century modern look to it, but is simple enough to be incorporated into a few different styles.

The Rug: Threshold 5′ x 7′ Blue/Gray Weaved and Fringed Tufted Area Rug – $ 116.99 w/HOME ($ 129.99). A pop of blue with some texture to boot. Adding a rug to a dining area delineates space and is eye-catching.

The Centerpiece: Round Marble Serving Tray (set of two) – $ 67.98, and Faux Snake Plant in Gray Pot – $ 39.99. Of course, this is just a suggestion. If you enjoy live houseplants, use a real one. Or a wood tray with a cluster of decorative pots would work too, or a vase with an arrangement of branches.

The Placemats: Project 62 Woven Stripe Placemat – $ 4.99. Get 6 of these so you have one for each place setting. Or, if you like mixing things up a bit, get 4, and do something different for your 2 additional. Life doesn’t have to be boring.

The Plates: Black Organic Rimmed Dinner Plates (set of 6) – $ 53.94. You’ve probably noticed we’re mixing some traditional with modern elements here. Black definitely leans modern, but the organic element in these plates keeps them from looking like dishes from the 90’s, plus they nicely mirror the centerpiece.

The Cutlery: DANIALLI 40-Piece Flatware Set For 8 – $ 66.99. Yes, you could spend a lot less on cutlery. But you can literally feel the difference when holding nicer cutlery versus not. Treat yo’ self and your guests, and have some nice cutlery around for dinner parties.

The Glasses: Blue Ombre Set of 4 Highball Glasses – $ 50. You’ll need two sets of these if you have a party of 6 and everyone is drinking out of the same glass. If not, mix it up with a couple different glasses. These are different, but not so different that they’re kitschy. For a more affordable yet good looking set of glasses, check out this option from Libbey.

The Salt & Pepper Dispensers: Antique Brass Hammered Salt & Pepper Shakers – $ 29.95. You don’t have to settle for cheap glass shakers that would look right at home in a greasy spoon diner. These brass shakers are just as decorative as they are functional.

The Wall Art: Wieco Art Moon Modern Giclee Canvas Prints (set of 4) – $ 24.90 to $ 39.90. Art is very much subjective. But who doesn’t love the moon? If you’re not quite sure what to hang on your walls, black and white photography always looks clean and timeless.

Sarah is a long time member of the Dappered team, typically working behind the scenes editing posts, taking some photos, and keeping the books in good standing. Occasionally she’ll come out from behind the curtain to offer her two cents.


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European leaders angered by Trump’s demands that they take back ex-ISIS citizens from Syria

The president’s tactics drew a sharp response at a gathering of E.U. foreign ministers, where leaders said that they would make no plans under threat from Washington and that counterterrorism policy shouldn’t be made by tweet.
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Review Roundup: Did Critics Feel Welcomed to the Rock in the UK Premiere of COME FROM AWAY?

Telling the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded air passengers during the wake of 911, and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them, will beJenna BoydBeulah and others,Nathanael CampbellBob and others,Clive CarterClaude and others,Mary DohertyBonnie and others,Robert HandsNick, Doug and others,Helen HobsonDiane and others,Jonathan Andrew HumeKevin J, Ali and others,Harry MorrisonOz and others,Emma SalvoJanice and others,David ShannonKevin T, Garth and others,Cat SimmonsHannah and others andRachel TuckerBeverley, Annette and others withMark Dugdale,Bob Harms,Kiara Jay,Kirsty Malpass,Tania Mathurin,Alexander McMorran,Brandon Lee SearsandJennifer Tierney.
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After a gunman opened fire in Aurora, Terra Pinkard received the last text from the love of her life

The day after Valentine’s Day, Terra Pinkard received a final text message from the love of her life.


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Don’t expect apologies from the left over Jussie Smollett ‘attack’ fraud

A lot of explosive material can get defused with nine little letters: “I was wrong.” It works wonders with your significant other. Try it. Frequently. This week, now that the Chicago Police Department has “shifted the trajectory of the investigation” and now believes Jussie Smollett may have faked his own bias attack, we’ll be hearing…
Opinion | New York Post

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Unopened ‘Super Mario Bros.’ from 1985 sells for over $100K

An unopened 1985 copy of the iconic “Super Mario Bros.” video game has been sold for $ 100,150. The sale set a new world record for a graded video game, according to Heritage Auctions, which participated in the purchase. The classic Nintendo title was graded by experts at Wata Games and received a “Near Mint” grade…
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