Giants star Odell Beckham turns to Twitter to complain about another ‘random’ drug test

Odell Beckham Jr. thinks he’s being singled out unfairly by the NFL for “random” drug tests.

Beckham let it be known Thursday morning on Twitter.

“Walkin in today to my 997,546 “””RANDOM””” PED drug test today,” Beckham tweeted. “It’s actually funny how I “randomly” get tested every other week….

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The Trump administration will send a message to all U.S. cellphones on Thursday to test a previously unused alert system that aims to warn the public about national emergencies.


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US-China trade war could cause a bear market, stress test shows

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Giants new offensive line gearing up for its first test

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Will to trump skill in World Cup’s ultimate character test

Croatia will hope that their fierce desperation to accomplish the greatest sporting achievement in the nation’s short life will enable them to lift their battered bodies for one, last assault on France in Sunday’s World Cup final.


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First Black Woman on ‘America’s Test Kitchen’ And Her Mission For Women Chefs of Color

As the first woman of color on America’s Test Kitchen—a PBS TV cooking show, Elle Simone, doesn’t view her “test cook” role as just a job. She believes it’s part of her life’s mission to advance the representation for women of color and provide them with a platform for mentorship, sisterhood, and job placement in the culinary world. “Through my social enterprise SheChef, I’m most proud of the women chefs that I’ve been able to mentor directly, said Simone. Their products are on the shelves of Whole Foods, they’re cooking for celebrities, and food styling with Food52.

“I would like to see the full dismantling of the “good old boys club” ideologies. The ones that condone mental, verbal, and emotional abuse as a measure of gaining respect or shaping chefs. I want more support for those who are choosing to go against the grain of these concepts in order to create positive kitchen cultures. I would love to see our male counterparts stop pretending that it’s such a phenomenon that women chefs are equally capable, and often more so, in the kitchen.”

As a culinary activist, Simone is also passionate about creating safe spaces for all women. “The culinary industry is no stranger to the types of behaviors that spearheaded the “#MeToo movement” and since women are largely the minority of our industry, it is easy for us to slip under the radar,” she said. I’ve always felt that women chefs, especially those of color, needed a place for support and guidance; figuring out how and what that looked like, became a priority for me. I believe it’s great to create beautiful content and create social settings for women chefs but what good is any of that if we don’t feel safe, affirmed, and represented?

Below, Simone shares her insight on how she plans to bridge the culture cap for women of color in the culinary world.

Talk about your role on America’s Test Kitchen.

On the PBS show, America’s Test Kitchen, my role is that of a test cook. The test cooks at ATK work long hours to test and develop recipes to get them to the level of perfection that the company strives for. On the show, the test cook shares with the host some of the challenges of the recipe and the ways in which they overcame those challenges in testing; essentially, making all the mistakes so that the ‘home cook” doesn’t have to. I’m also the food stylist for all the food on ATK TV and our secondary show, Cook’s Country.

What is the biggest thing you’d like to see changed in the culinary industry, and how are you working toward making that change happen?

This year, I moderated two very important panels on the “good old boys club” topic. The first was offered by SheChef Inc. at SXSW in Austin, Texas, about how women create and curate culinary careers. Our panelist were women who have used their unique career paths to start their own food business and how they’ve been able to foster positive kitchen cultures. The latter was with WCR (Women Chefs & Restaurateurs) Conference in Minnesota, where we discussed ways in which women chefs can speak up and show up for each other; reinforcing and strengthening our leadership voices and skills. People can feel exhausted from hearing these conversations time and time again, especially over a long period of time. But my feeling is that until the culinary industry is safe and fully inclusive, the dialogue should continue.

You’re in the midst of launching the Art of the Hustle Event Series for people pursuing culinary endeavors, what’s the purpose behind those events?

These events are a place where women in culinary can have a platform to teach and share about ways they have become successful and also share the mindsets and actions that may have hindered them. The goal is for everyone to walk away with several new ideas to implement that can help sustain their business. I always hope that networking will happen but I’m hoping for a sisterhood that will become the pulse and vein of SheChef Inc.

What’s the one thing you wish you had known before going into the culinary world?

I wish I had known that there are many paths that can be taken in this industry. You don’t have to be a restaurant chef! You can be a purchaser of a food distributing company, you can be a food stylist, you can be a nutritionist! I wish someone would’ve told me that the possibilities were endless, perhaps also that as a black woman, it’d be a bit more difficult but that despite that, I could do anything I wanted.

 

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The Orlando Police Department Is Ending Its Test of Amazon Facial Recognition Tech—For Now

Orlando will not be renewing its contract with Amazon.

The city’s police department had been one of two in an Amazon pilot program to incorporate its facial recognition software, Rekognition, into law enforcement. But the program has come under fire from civil liberties groups and even some Amazon investors over concerns that the technology could be used for mass surveillance.

In a letter to Orlando’s mayor and city council on Monday, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida urged the police department to end its use of the technology.

In a joint statement, the city and the Police Department said the contract “remains expired” but left open the possibility of reinstating it or trying other types of software: “The City of Orlando is always looking for new solutions to further our ability to keep our residents and visitors safe. Partnering with innovative companies to test new technology–while also ensuring we uphold privacy laws and in no way violate the rights of others–is critical to us as we work to further keep our community safe.”

Amazon Rekognition is also being tested in Washington County, Oregon. The technology remains in use. In an email to The New York Times the Sheriff’s Office said, “The Sheriff’s Office has not, and will not, utilize this technology for mass or real-time surveillance. That use is prohibited by both Oregon state law and our own policy.”

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Kodak Teases Test Photos on New Ektachrome Film

Kodak has shared a few test photos of their upcoming, yet previously discontinued, Ektachrome film. The iconic photography company discontinued Ektachorme more than five years ago due to plunging sales and to the rise of digital. The other beloved color reversal film, Kodachrome, was discontinued in 2010.

The resurgence in popularity gave Kodak a reason to bring it back. The film, which launched in the 1940s, is known for its “extremely fine grain, clean colors, great tones and contrasts.” Kodak says it became iconic due to the “extensive use of slide film by the National Geographic Magazine over several decades.”

“Sales of professional photographic films have been steadily rising over the last few years,” said Kodak Alaris in a news release. “Professionals and enthusiasts rediscovering the artistic control offered by manual processes and the creative satisfaction of a physical end product.”

In an Instagram post, Kodak says they used their “pilot-scale equipment” to shoot these photos.

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Kodak announced in January last year they would bring back Ektachrome 100 film in 2018.

So far, Kodak hasn’t given a specific date for the market release. “Our development team is still working hard on an update,” Kodak said in the Instagram post.

Kodak explains that the process is very complex. “Color reversal film is quite complicated as its recipe is concerned,” says Diane Carroll-Yacoby, Kodak’s worldwide portfolio manager for motion picture films.

The process has “over 80 ingredients,” and many of the ingredients are no longer able to be purchased.

“It’s very unique and quite different than a black-and-white film or a color negative film,” Carroll-Yacoby says. “We’re in the process right now of procuring the components that are needed for this special film and in addition to that we are setting up a color reversal processing capability again, which we have to have in order to test the film as we manufacture it.”

She adds: “It is a complicated project for us to bring it back but because our customers are telling us that they want it, we’re very excited to do this again. It’s kind of a really special time for us.”

Ektachrome is produced at its film factory in Rochester, N.Y., and will be available in the 35mm format. A production-scale test will take place in a couple of weeks.

See Fortune’s history with Kodachrome here.

 

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Professor replicates famous marshmallow test, makes new observations

A new replication study of the well-known ‘marshmallow test’ — a famous psychological experiment designed to measure children’s self-control — suggests that being able to delay gratification at a young age may not be as predictive of later life outcomes as was previously thought.
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It’s time to test the early warning system for the economy and stocks

There are an increasing number of signs and signals that the economy is entering the very late stages of economic recovery.
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The Note: Democrats’ ‘big tent’ gets big test in Illinois

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In this year of political turmoil — one that figures to be defined by the opposition to President Donald Trump — the first congressional incumbent to go down could well be a Democrat.

Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., is in real danger of losing the nomination for his own seat in Tuesday’s Illinois primary.

Lipinski is a self-described “big tent party” Democrat who opposes abortion rights and didn’t support Obamacare or even President Barack Obama’s reelection. Marie Newman’s primary challenge has united outside groups like NARAL with some Obama campaign veterans and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ political operation — while isolating the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

If Newman wins, cue the analyses of Democratic disarray and — to again quote Lipinski — whether there’s a “tea party of the left” set to rock politics — right?

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Why I stood up for my health by taking the BRCA gene test

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Why I stood up for my health by taking the BRCA gene test

I had just started college when it happened. Without any preamble or warning, my mother found out she had cancer.

My mom never liked going to the doctor to begin with, so by the time she received her diagnosis, she needed immediate surgery to remove the cancer. According to my parents, the surgery wasn’t going to be a big deal — just a quick in and out procedure — so I went to class that day. Several hours later, I received an unexpected update: the cancer had spread so much that my dad needed to make the abrupt decision to consent to a full hysterectomy in order to save mom’s life.

My mom took several months to recover — time we spent putting together puzzles and watching soap operas — but she pulled through. From that moment on, my mom preached to my sister and I about the importance of getting ourselves checked regularly, but it wasn’t until years later that we began to look at our genetic health differently.

Our dad was diagnosed with cancer, and again, it came out of nowhere.

We knew that he’d been feeling sick, but doctors had a hard time pinpointing his illness. They had previously dismissed the idea of cancer, so we weren’t prepared for the diagnosis.

While my father began his first rounds of chemotherapy, I began to reflect on just what my parents’ illnesses meant for my own wellness. I always assumed that my mom’s sickness was a fluke; with no family history of uterine or ovarian cancer, it just seemed like bad luck. But now my dad had cancer too, and when we started to factor in this aunt’s breast cancer, and that uncle’s tumors, and that cousin’s melanoma — it added up to a grab-bag of genetic uncertainty.

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My sister and I agreed to become more aggressive about our Pap smears and cancer screenings. We planned to beat cancer before it snuck up on us — but shortly after, my sister had to undergo surgery to remove fibroids and burn off cancerous cell bundles in her cervix.

It was overwhelming, and it’s what finally woke me up. My sister — a woman nearly two years younger than me, the mother of two precious girls — had a brief but terrifying encounter with cancer. It could come back even stronger. And it could happen to me.

I wasn’t sure what I could do, but I needed to do something — so I began researching the deadliest cancers for women.

While searching for answers, I learned about the BRCA genetic mutation. It refers to mutations in either the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, and the presence of these mutations have significant implications for a person’s risk for cancer. If a mutation is present, the risk for breast cancer increases by 65% and the risk for ovarian cancer increases by 39%. Shockingly, the mutations also increase the risk of fallopian tube cancer, pancreatic cancer, and breast and prostate cancer in men.

I learned that genetic testing to identify these mutations is available and recommended to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer or who has a family history, and the results let you take as many preventive steps as medical advancements will let you. Eager for answers, I quickly began the lengthy process of getting the testing approved for me through my insurance.

The nurse practitioner who walked me through the process explained that, if the results came back positive, the next step would be to remove my breasts with a double mastectomy and have a full hysterectomy.

I was prepared to do what I needed.

***

After weeks of waiting, I received my results: NEGATIVE.

The results have brought me a tentative sense of relief, but I’ll never shake the knowledge that a clean bill of health is a fragile and fleeting thing.

We women put the wellbeing of others ahead of our own so often that we regularly forget about our own wellness.

Just as you cannot pull water from an empty well, if we don’t take care of ourselves first, then there will be nothing left for those who depend on us. We can start taking a more proactive approach to our own health starting now. We can take the mystery out of what’s lurking around in our DNA.

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Lil Wayne may or may not be the father of a 16-year-old boy. The New Orleans rapper has been ordered to take a paternity test to know for sure. 

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The rapper has been ordered to submit to DNA paternity testing to determine once and for all if he fathered a son with Keiotia Watson. We broke the story … Keiotia filed legal docs in 2015 to establish paternity and get child support.

Keiotia claims she had a sexual relationship with Wayne in 2001. The child, Dwayne Brown, is now 16. Wayne has denied he had a sexual relationship with her.

A Louisiana judge ruled in her favor and ordered Weezy to fork over $ 5k a month, but he never paid up … claiming he was never served with legal papers. The previous judgment was tossed and a new trial’s been ordered.

For those trying to keep track, Weezy already has four kids via four different baby mamas.

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This new IKEA ad doubles as a pregnancy test

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Pregnant and looking for a sweet deal on a crib? Urine luck.

IKEA teamed up with Swedish advertising agency Åkestam Holst on an innovative print concept that is a coupon and a pregnancy test, all in one. But instead of a blue line or a plus sign, this pregnancy test offers you a better price on a new baby crib.

The print campaign has been running in Sweden’s most influential women’s magazine and is part of IKEA’s larger brand concept, “Where Life Happens.”

A hand holds a copy of the new IKEA print ad, which depicts a black crib and some text

Though the piece looks like an ordinary IKEA ad, this one invites the reader to pee on it. Once a small amount of urine is applied to the marked area, the ad will change before your eyes — but only if you’re pregnant!

Of course, the production of the ad was a technical challenge. It took about 3 to 4 months to produce in collaboration with medical tech company, Mercene Labs. Here’s how it works!

“The pregnancy test strip was used as a starting point, which relies on antibodies that bind to the pregnancy hormone hCG, resulting in a color change,” according to a statement from the agency. “For scaling up of this technique and adopting it to the physical format of a printed ad, Mercene Labs has used their experience in development of surface active materials for microfluidics and medical diagnostics.”

I think the ad is the pee’s knees, and I would not hesitate to go number one on it. But some of my closest mom friends immediately recoiled.

“Please don’t make me hand someone a peed-on ad!” one of them said.

If this is not your cup of pee, it’s worth noting that the deal revealed by your urine is IKEA’s family member price. You don’t have to hand in any urine-soaked ad — simply join IKEA’s Family Club.

What do you think of this new ad? To pee or not to pee?

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Ford, Postmates to Test How Self-Driving Cars Could Change Delivery

LAS VEGAS–Ford has been ramping up its self-driving vehicle program in the past year from its $ 1 billion investment in Argo AI to its pilot with Domino’s Pizza. Now it’s locked in Postmates to conduct pilot programs to learn how self-driving vehicle technology can change the delivery experience and help retailers reach new customers.

In the pilot program, a self-driving vehicle could deliver the goods when consumers use Postmates to place an order. Ford plans to study both what the merchant experience needs to be at the point of delivery and what the customer experience needs to be at that same point.

The pilot program with Postmates was just one of several announcements Ford CEO Jim Hackett made Tuesday during his speech at CES, the annual tech trade show in Las Vegas. But it’s notable because it ties into a much larger Ford vision and strategy to create an ecosystem of communication and services that future cities loaded with autonomous vehicles might need. Ford also announced an open cloud-based platform for cities to use to orchestrate and manage all the disparate transportation modes happening at any given time as well as a partnership with Qualcomm for Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything, or C-V2X, a wonky term that basically means everything in the city such as stoplights, signs and even bikes can speak to each other and share information.

Ford also announced a new partnership platform that would let companies like Domino’s Pizza, Lyft, and now Postmates connect to the automaker’s future fleet of self-driving vehicles.

This “will help us validate our self-driving business model by working with partners and reaching out to different communities and stakeholders to understand their needs, as well as how they can benefit from autonomous vehicles,” wrote Ford executive Jim Farley in a blog post that coincided with the onstage announcement.

These pilots might seem, at first glance, as a marketing ploy. But Farley says Ford has already learned a lot about how people interact with the self-driving Domino’s cars. For instance, in the summer people would often be barefoot and not keen to walk in the hot street to grab their pizza, he told Fortune during CES.

“Like us, Postmates is on a mission to help people unlock the best of their cities,” wrote Sherif Marakby, Ford’s vice president of autonomous vehicles and electrification, in a blog post on Tuesday, “with a focus on creating a reliable on-demand delivery network–one that gives consumers better access to the goods they need.”


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Verizon and Qualcomm test a new LTE tech that will make next year’s phones crazy fast

Verizon 4G LTE speeds with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

Verizon and Qualcomm have successfully completed a trial of a new LTE-Advanced technology, massive MIMO, that is going to give next year’s flagship Android phones a major speed boost. The test used equipment from Ericsson and a prototype phone running Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 chip and X20 modem to demonstrate massive MIMO on a consumer-ready device for the first time.

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A Better Mammogram Huge Study Putting 3-D Scans To The Test

WASHINGTON (AP) — A better mammogram? Increasingly women are asked if they want a 3-D mammogram instead of the regular X-ray — and now U.S. health officials are starting a huge study to tell if the newer, sometimes pricier choice really improves screening for breast cancer.

It’s the latest dilemma in a field that already vexes women with conflicting guidelines on when to get checked: Starting at age 40, 45 or 50? Annually or every other year?

The issue: Mammograms can save lives if they catch aggressive breast cancers early. But they also can harm through frequent false alarms and by spotting tumors that grow so slowly they never would have posed a threat — overdiagnosis that means some women undergo unneeded treatment.

That trade-off is a key question as doctors begin recruiting 165,000 women nationally to compare potentially more beneficial 3-D mammograms — known scientifically as “tomosynthesis” — with standard two-dimensional digital mammography.

The 3-D mammograms have been marketed as being able to find more cancers.

“But the idea isn’t so much finding more cancers as finding the cancers that are going to be life-threatening,” said Dr. Worta McCaskill-Stevens of the National Cancer Institute, which is funding the new research to tell whether the 3-D scans truly pinpoint the tumors that matter most.

It’s one of the largest randomized trials of mammography in decades, and scientists designed the research to do more than answer that key 3-D question. They hope the findings also, eventually, will help clear some of the confusion surrounding best screening practices.

“The most important thing about this study is that it’s moving us to individualized screening as opposed to what we have now, which is one-size-fits-all screening,” predicted study chair Dr. Etta Pisano, a radiologist at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

“We are going to have a much better understanding of how to screen women so that we do the least amount of harm.”

WHO NEEDS A MAMMOGRAM?

That depends on whom you ask. Guidelines vary for women at average risk of breast cancer. (Those at increased risk, because of family history or genetics, already get different advice.)

The American College of Radiology recommends annual mammograms starting at age 40.

The American Cancer Society urges annual checks starting at 45 and switching to every other year at 55, although it says women 40 to 44 still can opt for a mammogram.

And the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a government advisory group, recommends starting at age 50, with mammograms every other year. It, too, says 40-somethings can choose earlier screening.

WHAT ABOUT 3-D MAMMOGRAMS?

Standard mammograms take X-rays from two sides of the breast. With tomosynthesis, additional X-rays are taken at different angles — not truly three-dimensional but a computer compiles them into a 3-D-like image. First approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2011, they’re not yet standard in part because of questions that the new study aims to answer.

Some studies have found tomosynthesis detects more cancer with fewer false alarms; they’re often advertised as particularly useful for younger women’s dense breasts.

HOW TO DECIDE?

Understand that mammograms come with pros and cons, and weigh them, said Dr. Otis Brawley, the American Cancer Society’s chief medical officer.

Breast cancer is far less common at age 40 than at age 50 and beyond. After menopause, tumors tend to grow more slowly and women’s breast tissue becomes less dense and easier for mammograms to provide a clearer image.

Consider: For every 1,000 women screened every other year until their 70s, starting at 40 instead of 50 would prevent one additional death — but create 576 more false alarms and 58 extra unneeded biopsies, the task force estimated. Also, two extra women would be treated for tumors that never would have become life-threatening — that overdiagnosis problem.

As for what type to choose, some insurers, including Medicare, cover the 3-D version, and a small number of states mandate coverage. Other insurers may require women to pay $ 50 to $ 100 more out of pocket. Whoever ultimately pays, extra time to analyze the scans adds to the cost.

THE NEW STUDY

About 100 mammography clinics across the U.S., and a few in Canada will enroll healthy women ages 45 to 74 who already are planning to get a routine mammogram. They’ll be randomly assigned to get either the regular or 3-D version for five years. Most will be screened annually but post-menopausal women who don’t have certain cancer risk factors will be screened every other year.

Researchers will track every woman’s results including samples from biopsies plus genetic and other tests, as well as how any cancer patients fare. The giant database hopefully will help them tease out more information about which women benefit most from what type and frequency of screening.

“Mammography has been provocative over many decades. It’s important that women have a better understanding of how mammography is important for them based on their age and other risk factors,” said McCaskill-Stevens.
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This Associated Press series was produced in partnership with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

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