Books of The Times: Reflections of a Former Hollywood Power Broker

In “Who Is Michael Ovitz?,” the ex-leader of the powerful talent agency C.A.A. recounts his time at the top.
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Uber Hires Former Justice Department Lawyer for Compliance Post

Uber Technologies has tapped Scott Schools, a former top official at the U.S. Justice Department, to be its first chief compliance officer, ahead of a highly anticipated initial public offering next year.
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Modern Love: He’s Going Back to His Former Wife. Sort Of.

On his deathbed, my husband shared some surprising burial instructions.
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Sophie Gradon, former Love Island contestant, dies

The former Miss Great Britain appeared on the ITV2 dating show in 2016.
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Former “World of Warcraft” Devs’ Work to Upend Survival Genre

Veteran developer Jeremy Wood pulls no punches before he rolls out the pitch for Frostkeep Studios “Rend,” the game he’s been diligently cranking away at for more than two years. “Simply put, most of the time, most survival games just aren’t that fun,” he says, as the producer piloting the demo hacks away at a […]

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Rowing Blazers to Open Shop in Former Odin Space

Rowing Blazers is going the retail route.
The preppy brand of vintage-inspired sport coats, button-down shirts and ties will open a 2,500-square-foot store at 221 Centre Street in Manhattan on June 15. The space formerly housed the Odin store.
Rowing Blazers was created last year by Jack Carlson, a former coxswain on the U.S. national rowing team who also holds a Ph.D. in archaeology from Oxford University (a center of rowing worldwide), and is the author of “A Humorous Guide to Heraldry” and “Rowing Blazers,” a coffee-table tome about the “authentic striped, piped, trimmed and badged” jackets worn by oarsman around the world.
Since its debut, the collection of boldly patterned and brightly colored jackets has caught the attention of Millennial customers, and the brand had a successful partnership with J. Crew on a limited-edition capsule of rugby shirts.
In addition, a pop-up that the brand operated on Rivington Street last fall was so successful Carlson believes it’s the right time to take a bigger plunge into the brick-and-mortar world.
“When we started, the idea was to be e-commerce exclusively and maybe add wholesale selectively,” he said. Rowing Blazers does wholesale its line to Asian retailers Beams, United Arrows, Journal Standard and others.
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Former GQ Staffer, Tech Start-up Founder and Creative Director to Unveil Seam

Justin Hruska, a sneaker collector with a background in tech, wasn’t satisfied with his online shopping experience. Oftentimes he would visit larger e-commerce sites and feel shortchanged because he knew he wasn’t seeing everything a brand had to offer, which meant he had to visit other sites to find what he was looking for.
“A lot of brands use wholesale for awareness and put their best-selling products on their own site,” said Hruska. “So the consumer has to jump through all these hoops before they can purchase a $ 300 sweatshirt. With Seam, we want to reimagine what that looks like.”
Seam is a men’s and women’s shopping app set to launch this summer that was cofounded by Hruska, the chief executive officer, and Jake Woolf, the editorial director. Nate Brown, who cofounded Studio Institute, a creative firm that’s worked with artists including Beyoncé and Jay Z on tour visuals, is a partner and a strategic adviser who worked helped design the app.
Similar to Farfetch, Seam will serve as a marketplace, but instead of partnering with boutiques, Seam works directly with brands and designers and the app will mirror the product available on their e-commerce sites. Woolf said because Seam holds no inventory

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Opinion | Zora Neale Hurston’s Book On A Former Slave Took 90 Years To Publish

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Former Freemans Sporting Club Barber Steps Out on His Own

Ruben Aronov spent 10 years at Freemans Sporting Club Barbershop, the Americana-themed shop that operated alongside a men’s wear store and a restaurant. In its heyday, F.S.C. Barber was the personification of a certain dandy meets hipster New York aesthetic, but in 2013 its owners split, Aronov stayed with Freemans and become a partner but decided to start his own thing last November.
His own thing is Matter of Instinct, or Moi, which means “me” in French and “mine” in Russian. Aronov, who is Russian and moved to the U.S. as a child, helped manage and start F.S.C. Barber, and wanted to create an environment that’s less performative and more welcoming.
“I don’t want anyone to feel unwelcome here,” Aronov said. “I don’t want to live off of hype. I want this to be a lifestyle where clients can hang and get to know each other and the more time you spend here the more it feels like your home, hence the name Moi.”

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Moi, which is located at 122 Orchard Street, is more spacious than Freemans and decorated with original Belmont chairs from the Fifties and features stations made from 200-year-old reclaimed spruce and pine. The retail area in the front

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Stefano Gabbana Disses Former Friend Victoria Beckham on Her Birthday

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Trump Blasts ‘Slime Ball’ James Comey as Details Emerge from Former FBI Director’s Book

President Donald Trump called James Comey a “proven leaker and liar” who “should be prosecuted” after excerpts from the former FBI director’s tell-all book surfaced. “James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked […]

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Marco Bellocchio to Direct Series on Kidnapping of Former Italian Leader (EXCLUSIVE)

Italian auteur Marco Bellocchio and FremantleMedia Italy are in advanced development on a limited TV series about the 1978 kidnapping and assassination of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro by Red Brigades terrorists. The veteran helmer, who previously recounted Moro’s still-mysterious abduction in the 2005 film “Goodmorning, Night” from the viewpoint of one of his […]

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Did Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola Shade her Former Cast Members During Jersey Shore Family Vacation Premiere?

Jersey Shore CastThe Jersey Shore cast has no need for sunglasses right now because they might be experiencing some shade.
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Touring for her fourth studio album, getting a star on the Walk of Fame and channeling her own #MeToo memories into a message of empowerment.
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Former Weinstein PA ‘tried to stop him 20 years ago’

A former assistant to disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein says she left his company 20 years ago after he “sexually assaulted and attempted to rape a colleague of mine”.
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Former Division Devs Announce Title Based on ‘Cult Classic’ IP

Ex-Ubisoft Massive employees have formed a new studio and announced its first project, a multiplayer game based on a so-far mysterious “cult classic” IP.

Sharkmob‘s website states that it’s currently working on an unannounced project with an “undisclosed publisher”. While the statement says that the studio’s limited in what it can share, the title is being developed using the Unreal Engine, and will be a “multi-platform project,” described as “action-packed” with a probable M-rating.

The licensed IP it’s working on is described as a “cult classic” by Sharkmob CEO, Fredrick Rundqvist in an interview with Venture Beat, who has revealed plans to turn it into a franchise, along with regular content updates and “live services” once it has been released. “Of course, in our opinion, the pure mechanics of that are not interesting if you don’t have the right IP, the right setting, the right fantasy to get people really excited about the game mechanics we provide. I guess that also gives you a hint as to what kind of game we’re making.”

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Former NBA Player Jason Collins on How His Jersey Was Part of His Powerful Coming Out Story

For Jason Collins—the retired NBA player who played for the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards—wearing the number 98 on his jersey for most of his 13-season career had special significance. Collins, who came out as gay in 2013 in a cover story for Sports Illustrated, says the number paid respects to Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was tortured and killed because of his sexuality in 1998.

“I remember being a sophomore in college when Matthew Shepherd was killed,” Collins, 39, says. “Every time I put on that jersey, it was just a silent acknowledgment to myself and to my friends and family — who knew why I was wearing that number — of being a proud gay black man playing in the NBA. Sort of hiding in plain sight.”

Collins adds that 1998 also coincides with the founding of The Trevor Project—an organization that provides crisis and suicide prevention to the LGBTQ community—which Collins has become involved in.

In Coming Out Stories, a new video series from PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly, 16 LGBTQ people from all walks of life share how they opened up to friends, family and the world — and how their lives changed.

One inspiration for the series: the new movie Love, Simon (in theaters March 16), a moving comedy-drama about a gay teen (Nick Robinson) struggling with how to come out to his friends and parents (played by Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel). Love, Simon director Greg Berlanti (the producer behind TV’s Riverdale and Supergirl) tells his own coming out story in the series, as does costar Keiynan Lonsdale.

Others sharing their stories include Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler FergusonGrey’s Anatomy actress Sara Ramirez, retired NBA player Jason Collins, social media star Tyler Oakley and Brooke Guinan, a New York City firefighter who is transgender.

PEOPLE and EW partnered with GLSEN, a nonprofit that fights to make schools safe for all kids, to create Coming Out Stories. See all the hilarious and heartbreaking tales at people.com/comingoutstories or on PeopleTV (download the app on your favorite mobile or connected TV device).


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LeBron: ‘No shade’ on former Cavs after trades

LeBron James said he didn’t want to frame Friday’s victory as a celebration, stressing that “it’s a business” and that there’s “no shade” on any of the former Cavs who were traded away this week.
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Former Fashion Editors’ Sleepwear Line Sets Up Shop in the U.S.

Eighty percent of Sleeper’s clients are located in the U.S., but Asya Varetsa, who cofounded the sleepwear brand with Kate Zubarieva, will start to handle sales and business development out of New York and they will also set up a showroom during New York Fashion Week.
“It makes more sense to be here because a lot of our buyers are here,” said Varetsa. “We need to be here to figure out the shipping situation and build more relationships.”
It’s a big move for the brand, which is based in Ukraine and has steadily gained accounts including Moda Operandi, Harrods, Barneys New York and Opening Ceremony since launching in 2014 and the line has been worn by fashion industry influencers including Mira Duma, Aurora James and Eleonora Carisi. Retailers have been drawn to their stylish pajamas that are made by hand at its manufacturing facilities in Ukraine. They also produce a men’s and children’s collection.
Varetsa and Zubarieva have tapped into the pajama dressing trend and captured a modern consumer who is accustomed to the comfort of ath-leisure and working from home. The assortment includes a core collection of basic pajamas and robes, a linen collection of dresses and slips, and a bridal collection of

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Former Voice Contestant Melanie Martinez Responds to Rape Allegations

Melanie MartinezAfter being accused of rape by singer Timothy Heller, Melanie Martinez has spoken out.
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Prince Harry’s Former Flames: A Romance Update on the Ones That Got Away

Prince Harry, Chelsy DavyPrince Harry may be off the market, but what about his famous former flames?
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Former child stars expose Hollywood abuse

When he was five years old, Nathan Forrest Winters dreamt of being a star. By 11 he had the leading role in a film called Clownhouse.
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Oliver Stone Accused of Groping Former Playboy Model in ’90s

After coming to disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein’s defense, Oliver Stone is now facing a sexual assault allegation of his own. Former Playboy model Carrie Stevens has accused the renowned director of groping her at a party 26 years ago. Stevens wrote in a Facebook post that Weinstein and Stone are “two of a kind.” Stevens, who […]

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Former V&A museum director dies aged 62

Dr Martin Roth, former director of the Victoria And Albert museum, has died at the age of 62.
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Former champion Kohlschreiber wins at Generali Open (Yahoo Sports)

KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber advanced to the second round of the Generali Open by beating Facundo Bagnis of Argentina 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 on Tuesday.
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Lyft Adds Former Obama Adviser Valerie Jarrett to Board

Ride-hailing startup Lyft Inc. is adding its first independent board member, Valerie Jarrett, a former top adviser of President Barack Obama.
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Former PPQ Designer Amy Molyneaux Sets New Venture

NEW BEGINNINGS: Amy Molyneaux, former designer of the British clothing label PPQ, is preparing to launch a collection of her own: a resort and swimwear brand called Lelloue.
Molyneaux has launched Lelloue with her business partner Helen Johnson, and the partners are taking a bold, unapologetically glamorous approach in order to stand out in an increasingly saturated resortwear market.
“With the new brand, I’m focusing on what I think is needed, where I see the gap in the market. There is a huge amount of resortwear that’s bohemian and hippie, but none that embraces this Nineties power glamour,” said Molyneaux of her debut range which includes bold maxi mesh cover-ups, leopard-print or polka dot bikinis and high-waisted pants and jumpsuits made from luxurious printed silks.

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“I wanted to add gold foil printing, silk satins and pieces that have structure yet can stretch easily,” added the designer, who has previously designed lingerie or swimwear for various brands as a consultant. “I’m homing in on the skills I’ve developed in the past 20 years.”
The decision to launch resortwear was also a personal one for Molyneaux, who said she always enjoyed seeing PPQ’s young clientele wear her flowy, chiffon

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One of Pablo Escobar’s Former Mansions Has Been Turned Into an Incredible Hotel

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Former Hollyoaks star arrested for alleged GBH

Former Hollyoaks actress Stephanie Davis has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm after an alleged assault at a north London hotel.
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Former ‘Top Gear’ Star Involved In Serious Car Crash

TV presenter Richard Hammond has crashed an electric super car in Switzerland while filming for his TV show “The Grand Tour.”

The former “Top Gear” star was airlifted to a hospital, but he did not sustain any major injury and was conscious upon exiting the totaled vehicle, a Rimac Concept One, representatives confirmed Saturday.

The car burst into flames after the 47-year-old got himself out safely. Nobody else was involved in the crash.

“The Grand Tour” Twitter account released a statement:

The statement reads:

Richard Hammond was involved in a serious crash after completing the Hemburg Hill Climb in Switzerland in a Rimac Concept One, an electric super car built in Croatia, during filming for “The Grand Tour” Season 2 on Amazon Prime, but very fortunately suffered no serious injury. Richard was conscious and talking, and climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames. He was flown by Air Ambulance to hospital in St. Gallen to be checked over revealing a fracture to his knee. Nobody else was in the car or involved in the accident, and we’d like to thank the paramedics on site for their swift response. The cause of the crash is unknown and is being investigated.

“The Grand Tour” costar and fellow former “Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson tweeted Saturday about witnessing the incident:

Hammond previously had a serious crash in 2006 while filming “Top Gear,” which caused brain injuries.

The Amazon Prime show “The Grand Tour” is essentially a continuation of “Top Gear.” In 2015, the BBC fired Clarkson after he committed “an unprovoked physical and verbal attack” on a crew member. After the ousting, the hosts decided to start a new show.

Marketing for this Amazon Prime iteration of the show involved crashed cars across the globe as seen below: 

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Books of The Times: A Former F.B.I. Agent on Terrorism Since the Death of Bin Laden

In “Anatomy of Terror,” Ali Soufan writes about how Al Qaeda and the Islamic State have evolved in recent years.
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Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes dies at 83

The TV show’s longest-serving presenter was a favourite with viewers in the 1960s and 70s.
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Roger Ailes, Former Fox News Chief, Dies at 77

Roger Ailes, who combined political savvy with television showmanship to build the Fox News Channel into a conservative media juggernaut, but departed last year amid an internal probe into allegations of sexual harassment, died at age 77.
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Former Archaeologist Introduces Intimate Apparel and Knitwear Line

Over the past few seasons, the intimate apparel and lounge category has expanded, but Sasha Wixson believes there is still a white space for the type of product she’s creating.
“We think the underwear market is oversaturated in sports and comfort or on another hand, overtly vulgar products,” said Wixson, who is based in Paris. “There is nothing wrong with that and it has certainly flourished over the past decade, but it is opposing to what Wixson’s aesthetic and quality control values are about. Even our basic core pieces are beautiful, detailed and lasting.”
Wixson knows about details. The designer used to be an archaeologist before studying fashion design at Parsons and starting Wixson Paris, a men’s and women’s lounge, innerwear and knitwear brand, last year.
For the line, which is priced from $ 320 to $ 850, Wixson combined her love for art, fashion, colors, textures and self-expression of the civilizations to create pieces made from cashmere, silk, lace, Sea-Island Cotton and merino, which are decorated with freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals.
“The loungewear and knitwear pieces were conceived to transition between indoor and outdoor use,” said Wixson.
The line is currently sold on Wixson’s e-commerce site but the designer said she’s looking build wholesale partnerships

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The Former And New Miss USA Both Wear Natural Hair, Twitter Reacts Accordingly

Deshauna Barber made a touching statement as she took one final walk as Miss USA in Las Vegas on Sunday night ― and she did it without saying a word.   

The Army reserve officer looked stunning in a form-fitting yellow gown, but all eyes were on her hair, which she wore in its natural state. In a pre-recorded segment, Barber revealed that she wore her hair in honor of her mother, who recently died, AZ Central reported.  

It didn’t take long for Twitter to send words of praise and support Barber’s way. 

As if the moment weren’t inspiring enough, Barber passed the crown to Kara McCullough ― also from District of Columbia, also a black woman, also wearing her natural hair. 

McCullough told Refinery29 she made the choice to reflect the traditional pageant’s changing and modernizing ideals. “I decided to embrace what made me feel comfortable, embrace what makes me feel the best and brightest onstage,” she said. “But also embrace what other people can relate to, so that typical, traditional sleek hair, big tease, not to say it’s gone out the window, but it’s transitioning a lot.”

The powerful visual of these two women sharing the special moment onstage garnered even more celebration on social media.   

Tonight made history, indeed. 

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Carolyn Bessette Kennedy Was ‘Terrified’ of the Paparazzi, Jackie Kennedy’s Former Assistant Says

The increased paparazzi focus on Carolyn Bessette Kennedy following her wedding to John F. Kennedy Jr. left her frightened, according to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis‘ former live-in assistant.

Kathy McKeon, who worked for the former first lady between 1964 and 1977, writes in her upcoming memoir, Jackie’s Girl – excerpted in this week’s issue of PEOPLE – that JFK Jr.’s wife had a volatile relationship with the photographers who trailed her.

McKeon recounts a conversation one night at the family’s Hyannis Port compound in 1997 – the day of Princess Diana‘s funeral.  During dinner, Bessette Kennedy detailed a particularly alarming paparazzi encounter.

“She described how she had gotten chased down the sidewalk by a wolf pack of photographers, and ducked into a building to escape them,” writes McKeon. “They cornered her by the elevator as she frantically pushed the button.”

McKeon says that JFK Jr. urged her to tell Carolyn how his mom handled the paparazzi. As McKeon recounts in her book, ” ‘When she was up here, she’d leave the gate smiling, give them one good picture and they’d let her go.’ ”

Bessette Kennedy, according to McKeon, had a difficult time with paparazzi: “She said, ‘I’m terrified of them.’”

The adjustment to public life as JFK Jr.’s wife, McKeon says, had been difficult for Bessette Kennedy. As McKeon tells PEOPLE, “She couldn’t take it. She wasn’t brought up with it. John was, Carolyn wasn’t.”

The adjustment to public life as JFK Jr.’s wife, McKeon says, had been difficult for Bessette Kennedy.

The following year, McKeon was heartbroken to learn that JFK Jr., Bessette Kennedy and her sister were killed in a plane crash into the Atlantic Ocean.

For more from McKeon on Jackie’s life after JFK and JFK Jr., check out this week’s issue. Jackie’s Girl is due out May 9.

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Killer Twin? Former Hawaii Prosecutor Says Murder Case Against Alexandria Duval Is ‘Solid’

This fall, Alexandria Duval will be tried for the murder of her identical twin sister, Anastasia. Last spring, both women were inside an SUV that fell 200 feet after careening off a cliff in Hawaii.

Alexandria, who was behind the wheel, survived the deadly crash — which prosecutors insist was murder.

But how hard will it be for them to convince a jury? A former Hawaii prosecutor, who is unconnected with the proceedings, tells PEOPLE he believes the case against Alexandria is “strong.”

“There was enough … probable cause to believe this lady knowingly committed this crime,” explains Peter Carlisle. “Obviously, every fact is going to be critical in this case.”

“There’s an accumulation of factors that have to be considered by the jury once they are given the charge to deliberate by the court,” he continues.

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Alexandria, born Alison Dadow, learned in November that she would be charged with murder in the death of Anastasia (née Ann Dadow). Authorities allege she intentionally steered herself and her sister off a cliff in Maui, Hawaii, on May 29, 2016.

Eyewitnesses who were driving behind their vehicle told police that Alexandria and Anastasia appeared to be fighting and that Anastasia could be seen pulling her sister’s hair, officials have claimed. (Prosecutors declined to comment to PEOPLE about the case.)

“You also have eyewitnesses who saw the driver take a sudden sharp turn into the rock wall and continue off the cliff,” Carlisle tells PEOPLE.

“She is driving, she is in control, and she went off the cliff,” he says. “Witnesses said she appeared to be in a rage, that the woman in the passenger seat was pulling the hair of the driver.”

Alexandria has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and is free on bail. Her attorney tells PEOPLE the crash was a “tragic accident” that has “devastated” her.

But Carlisle says the state will likely also call out Alexandria’s alleged attempt to flee Hawaii days after her sister’s death. She was found in upstate New York on Nov. 11, a month after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

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“She tried to board a plane on June 1 to the West Coast,” Carlisle says. “The prosecution will likely infer she was fleeing the jurisdiction to escape the consequences of conviction. The prosecution may argue that that attempt to flee suggests consciousness of guilt.”

If convicted, Alexandria will automatically receive a life sentence, according to Carlisle.

“The question really becomes what type of evidence will be important,” he says, noting both direct and circumstantial evidence can be presented during murder trials in Hawaii.

“Jurors can give equal weight to both kind of evidence,” Carlisle says, “and the circumstantial evidence here is every bit as strong as the direct evidence.”

However, jurors could consider a lesser offense.

“The charge could be downgraded from murder to manslaughter, which would mean a 20-year sentence,” Carlisle says. “It’s all going to depend on the quality of the testimony and the witnesses who take the stand.”

“It will also matter if Alexandria decides to take the stand or not,” he adds. “A criminal trial is an ever-evolving process, that changes depending on what people say and how they come across as a witness.”


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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Warns Donald Trump: ‘Don’t Mess Around With Us’

Mexico’s former president Vicente Fox has issued some stern words of warning to President Donald Trump.

“Don’t mess around with us Señor Trump, because if you look for it, you’re going to find it,” he said on a special Mexico edition of Conan O’Brien’s late night show that aired Wednesday.

Fox arrived for the interview bearing a gift of cowboy boots for O’Brien, after earlier trolling Trump on Twitter during his first major speech to congress Tuesday.

The shoes were inscribed with the words “No Fucking Wall” — in reference to his oft-repeated statement that Mexico would not pay for Trump’s proposed southern border barrier.

Fox cited the failure of the Berlin Wall that once divided the German city as an example of such barriers not working, before describing the people of the United States and Mexico as “neighbors,” “friends,” “partners” and “roommates.”

Many Mexicans are doing great work in and for the United States, he stressed. “And now they wanna kick them in the ass and throw them out,” Fox said of the U.S. policy. “That’s gonna be a big, big loss for United States.”

Fox, who was Mexico’s president from 2000 to 2006, also had some words of advice for Trump ― should he care to heed them.

“If he wants to negotiate we have to go for the whole enchilada, not just one piece,” said Fox. “He has to learn that we are his best friends and partners.”

Check out the full interview above.

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Former Eighties ‘It Girl’ Cornelia Guest to Write Memoir

There was no one quite like 1982’s Deb of the Year Cornelia Guest. Once called the first “celebutante” by The New York Times, she counted among her family friends her godparents, the Duke of Windsor and his wife Wallis Simpson, Truman Capote and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

The daughter of socialite C.Z. Guest and her husband, Winston Guest (the polo champion cousin of Winston Churchill), Cornelia’s life as a deb once made headlines. She danced at Studio 54, moved to Hollywood to try acting, and briefly dated Sly Stallone.

In later years, she found her passion by turning her lifelong love of animals into animal rights activism and founded Artemis Rescue, a non profit animal sanctuary in Ancram, New York. She also became a vegan caterer and published a cookbook and entertaining guide: Cornelia Guest’s Simple Pleasures: A Healthy Seasonal Cooking & Easy Entertaining

Never one to follow an expected path, Guest is now ready to tell her story in a memoir, Then and Now, to be published next year by Rare Bird Books.

“I was so fortunate to have a childhood that was truly extraordinary,” Guest tells PEOPLE. “When I was little, my parents had a wonderful group of friends that I stayed close to throughout my teen and adult years. I remember coloring with Andy Warhol and then later, hanging out with him at Studio 54, trying on dresses with Oscar de la Renta, getting into mischief and traveling the world with so many notable friends and family.”

“I’ve always wanted to write a book about the wonderful people I met and learned from over the years; the people who profoundly influenced and impacted my life,” she adds. “I’m so thankful to my parents for everything they taught me and this book, about my life then and now, is a tribute to them.”


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George Michael’s Former Partner Says He’s ‘Heartbroken’ Over His Death

Just one day after George Michael died at the age of 53, the pop icon’s former partner of 13 years, Kenny Goss, paid tribute to the star. 

“I’m heartbroken with the news that my dear friend and longtime love George Michael has passed,” he said in a statement to Us Weekly. “He was a major part of my life and I loved him very, very much. He was an extremely kind and generous man.”

Goss added, “The beautiful memories and music he brought to the world will always be an important part of my life and those who also loved and admired him.”

Michael and Goss began dating in the ‘90s. The two were planning to marry in 2005, but ended their relationship a few years later. 

The “Last Christmas” singer died of heart failure on Christmas Day, according to his manager Michael Lippman.

“It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period,” Michael’s publicist said in a statement. 

According to a tweet posted on Monday, Michael’s boyfriend, celebrity hairstylist Fadi Fawaz, discovered the singer dead in his bed.

As pointed out by People magazine, the account is unverified, but is followed by Michael. The Huffington Post has reached out to reps for the singer and will update this post accordingly.  

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Casey Anthony’s Former Bodyguard Says He Thinks She Is Guilty ‘Without a Doubt’

When Casey Anthony was initially bonded out of jail in 2008, she returned to her suburban Orlando home. The case was at its dramatic high point: protestors and media camped outside the house. Anthony’s 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, was still missing. Thousands of people were combing the area, looking for any sign of the girl.

But, according to a bodyguard who stayed in the home, Anthony was uninterested in the search.

Bodyguard Rob Dick spoke out for the first time on the podcast Allegedlyrecalling the “surreal” time when he was living inside the home with the Anthony family.

Almost immediately, Dick says he questioned Anthony’s behavior. “Here’s a mom in jail for the last 30 days, supposedly not knowing where her child is for 60 days now,” Dick recalled. “First question, what do you think it would be? ‘Have you heard anything?’ ”

Dick says that Anthony seemed uninterested in her daughter’s whereabouts. “She was just completely happy, excited to see her parents,” he said. “She asked, ‘What’s for dinner? Jail food sucks.’ ”

Eight years later, Dick says that he remains baffled at the attention given to the case. “There are lots of women out there that killed their kid. And I do say killed their kid,” Dick said. When one of the hosts asked Dick if he thought Anthony was guilty, he responded quickly: “Yes. Without a doubt. I think everybody knew she did it.”

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But despite Dick’s belief in her guilt, a jury acquitted Anthony, who remains in seclusion in Florida. She is still described as one of the most hated women in America. Her attorney, Cheney Mason, said in September that his client had “gotten away with justice.”

The Backlash Continues

More than five years after Anthony walked out of jail, the public is still enraged at her acquittal — and at the fact that no one has been convicted of murdering Caylee. Dozens of Facebook groups still exist, dedicated to one goal: making sure that the woman who Nancy Grace once dubbed as “tot mom” doesn’t ever earn a penny off her crime by selling photos or interviews.

Anthony, now 30, is the subject of Scandal Made Me Famous, a show on the Reelz Channel that combines reenactments and exclusive interviews to tell the story of infamous crimes. An exclusive clip of the show is below.

In the show, insiders talk about Anthony’s bizarre behavior after her daughter vanished, including getting a tattoo and dancing on tables at nightclubs. The show explores possible scenarios of what may have happened to Caylee.

The Casey Anthony episode premieres on Saturday (9 p.m. ET) on the Reelz Channel.

 

 


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People across Louisiana sought to process the news that one of the Saints’ much-loved players, former defensive end Will Smith, was shot in the back Saturday night in what police called a deadly act of road rage. Smith, 34, arrived in New Orleans in 2004 as a No. 1 draft pick and played with such passion and power that he quickly became a defensive captain. Off the field, he won hearts in his adopted city, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and rejuvenated when the Saints won the Super Bowl in 2009.



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There is Nothing Dead in This Grandiose Former Funeral Establishment of the City of Paris.

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Art Galore.

The 104, as it is called, spelled out in French as Le Centquatre-Paris, is a multimedia art center partly funded by the city of Paris. Located in a vast compound of gigantic halls and structures, it houses dance floors, exhibit halls, stores, libraries, workshop classes and stages. Calling itself an artistic and cultural factory, the place is geared towards public service — Art as a public service is definitely a great concept!

On any given day a buzz of artists, dancers, yogis, actors, painters, sculptors, fill the cavernous space with laughter and life. Visitors pop up at the arts library, shoppers stroll through the Emmaus thrifstore. It’s at the same time neighborhoods hang-out for young skaters, and an elite art space for openings and happenings.

Its success is real and tangible. You can witness art in various forms glow right under your eyes, and see how art really is a street expression in its best form. Over 60 percent of the performing artists at the 104 are not French.

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The fall schedule of exhibition is heavy with many new shows coming up: dance performances, visual arts, circus acts, theater and music fests. Solo acts or ensemble pieces, no matter what month you are able to go, several art forms will be on display or happening, including a ball in April open to all. About 50 artists in residence are planned to offer their creations for the 2015-2016 season.

An official opening was held Sept. 26 to present the 25,000 square feet of available galleries and open spaces to the public for the new season. On Oct. 3, a Nuit Blanche (White Night) is planned, when the space will stay open all night. The calendar is so full of events that it would be impossible to see and hear everything offered to each senses.

Les Pompes-Funèbres : From Death to Life.

Located on the site of a former municipal undertaker, the name comes from the original entrance’s address, at 104 rue d’Aubervilliers. This was not the mom and pop funeral home where one would visit one deceased family member in a flower-filled room and weep. This was where hundreds of horse-drawn hearses used to park and be maintained. Now an artistic factory, it churns out events and gatherings at a vertiginous speed.

The buildings were erected in 1873 by the diocese, ruled by religious staff; later on, with the separation of state and church, the city created in 1905 the Service municipal des pompes funèbres (Municipal Service of Funeral Process), considered at the times as a liberal progress, as it meant that from then on, regardless of religion or condition, everyone was due a proper funeral.

Before that, divorced women, suicide victims, atheists, all were to be buried at night without any dignified ceremony or family members present. The municipal monopole was taking care of everything, from coffins to hearses, from porters to cemeteries. One of the important rituals after a death was to wrap the front door of the building where the deceased laid with massive black curtains on each side of the front door – those were called the pompes.

This black veil was used until the 1980s. The Municipal Monopole was still in practice until the middle of 1997. Since then, the ceremonial is now left to family and private companies.

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At the Pompes Funèbres, 27,000 hearses were in use, with a staff of 1,400, only forty of which were women. Carpenters, wood workers, steel workers, mechanics, auto body specialists, seamstresses, cooks for the on-site workers’ cafeteria. Civil servants, horse caterers and other employees were lodged on the premises. There was even a football team, musicians, and firefighters dedicated to the ensemble of constructions. The funeral parlor did not handle corpses – that was done in private parlors. Except in times of war, when the bodies of soldiers were given back to their families.

Creativity at its Best.

So the place was truly always alive (pun intended) in a way, but for some 15 years when it was closed down, before the re-birth as an art center in 2008. When I last visited at the beginning of September, I saw several artists using the multi-levels center floor as a dance stage and yoga space, kids running around huge sculptures, workers having a sandwich on beach chairs, the feel of community involvement was very tangible.

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At each end of the space giant art pieces jetted to the open sky – this is a place that could easily accommodate one of Louise Bourgeois giant spider sculptures. Not every art space can. An enormous funky piece made of hundreds of bicycles wheels and frames in a sculpture by Chinese Al Weiwei named “Stacked” was taking one end of the forum – representing the transportation mode of his native country, while a metal snake of rust-color boxes was being installed for the upcoming vernissage.

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Concerts for all ages and all style are planned for the fall schedule. Several art shows will also open at the various venues encompassed in the buildings. It’s a real artistic community all housed under one roof. A glass roof that is.

The architecture is reminiscent of the former market halles (market halls) that were once famously popular in the center of the capital. Why waste beautiful edifices? The eco friendly turn-around of the classic buildings is a testament of the creativity of its new users, all artists.

Side Shows.

A food truck selling pizzas is permanently parked inside the Centquatre. The Emmaus store resales clothes and furniture pieces at very low prices, and involves members of the community to work there. Canvas beach chairs invite people to lounge at will. Several corners are meant to be used as sitting areas, or even picnic settings.

The café’s menu is full of childhood favorites, such as toasts, soft eggs, fries and milk-shakes. It is named the Café Caché (the Hidden Café). Another resting place for food is the Grand Central restaurant, the loft-like space offering traditional French dishes at a medium range price – think sausage and lentils, beef cheeks, mussels and fries, rabbit with granny smith apples, steak with Béarnaise sauce, etc..

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The CentQuatre had a challenge — to fill the enormous spaces spread on several city blocks, and despite its sheer size, the place works — it is both a community haven and a convivial space for all. Despite being located in an untrendy area of Paris, that has not stopped Parisians of every corner to make the trip for the sake of art. Over half a million visitors/spectators came by last year. Bravo!

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If you go:
Le CentQuatre is at 5 rue Curial, Paris 75019.
Open Tuesday-Friday noon-7 p.m. Weekends 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Monday.
Métro stop: Riquet.
Bus 54 or 60.
http://www.104.fr/english/

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Annette Worsley-Taylor, Former Creative Director of London Fashion Week, Dies at 71

LONDON — Annette Worsley-Taylor, a former creative director of London Fashion Week who helped reignite global interest in British fashion, died this week at the age of 71. The cause of her death was lung cancer, a British Fashion Council spokesman said.
Worsley-Taylor was a driving force in establishing London Fashion Week. After launching the New Wave exhibition at London’s Ritz Hotel in 1974, in order to introduce young British designers to the international market, she went on to found London Designer Collections in 1975. After establishing the collections, the executive went on to win funding from the British government’s Department of Trade and Industry, to support a newly formed British Fashion Council. After that, Worsley-Taylor established the London Designer Show in 1990, which the BFC called a “prototype” for London Fashion Week in its current form.
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How A Former Shy Girl Became A Confident Career Coach

Dear readers,

Welcome! I’m a self-employed career and business coach who helps introverts clarify and thrive in their true livelihood so they can have the meaning and balance they crave. I love my work, and I can’t wait to start getting your questions for this career and business advice column for introverts.

Let’s start off this relationship with me confiding in you.

My shy girl past

I was painfully shy all through my school years. I loved to escape by reading and climbing trees. Up in a tree, I could relax and watch people, but they couldn’t see me.

When I was little, people could barely hear me speak—if I could get any words out at all. The more people demanded I speak up, the worse I felt about myself, and the more I wanted to hide and stay silent.

I grew up in a loud and extroverted family, and I didn’t understand why I felt so out of sync. I craved quiet. I almost craved invisibility as well. One time, I crawled into a refrigerator box on the patio and happily read there for hours. I was delighted that no one could find me!

And yet, I also hated invisibility. I wanted to be noticed, to be heard! I had questions to ask. I had plenty of ideas and opinions. I just had trouble saying them out loud.

I was also highly sensitive—easily rattled by noise, light, speed, heights, and, well, people. (It wasn’t until I was an adult that I discovered what “high sensitivity” was and how to work with it instead of against it.) Turns out, it often correlates with introversion.

As a result of my sensitivity and external stressors, I suffered from a lot of anxiety. I didn’t know this then; to me, swirling thoughts, stomachaches, and fear of speaking (at all) was my normal state of being.

Throughout school, I was obsessed with getting good grades, probably as a way to not rock the boat and remain invisible. But when my 11th grade English teacher assigned an oral report, I panicked! I approached the teacher after class to see if she would just give me an F so I wouldn’t have to do it. An F for me was a horrifying thought, but speaking in front of the class was worse.

She refused, and I lived with a stomachache and panicky thoughts for two weeks. At last, I eked out a passable report. I think the pounding of my heart must have been louder than my trembling quiet voice. It felt like a miracle that I survived the experience.

(My heart goes out to kids in the same situation today. Luckily, teachers are getting more information about how to help.)

Speaking got easier in college. I didn’t “grow out of shyness” as people often assume will happen; rather, I finally tuned into my passions. The more interested I was, the less I noticed my fear.

Still, I dreaded giving oral reports, and I was one of the quieter students in class. I was driven by passions, but I still wasn’t confident.

My winding career journey

After college, I wanted to save the world, and I thought teaching was the perfect outlet. Despite my fears, I took a job as a health educator.

With the help of on-the-job training and a pre-set curriculum, my speaking anxiety gradually went away! My confidence was growing. Looking back, I now understand that passion (along with support) can trump fear. That lesson has shaped my work.

Even though I had more ease and confidence with public speaking, I still found it exhausting. After far too many days ended with my head on my desk and me in tears, I quit my job without another one lined up. I quickly went through my small savings and had to get help.

I went to a career coach, who helped me understand why my last job wasn’t a good fit. What a relief it was to learn I wasn’t a freak! There was nothing wrong with me, nothing to fix—I was simply an introvert and needed to focus on my strengths.

After that turning point, I tried various roles over the years, including human resources management and web marketing. I chose work that allowed more alone time to think, and I still found ways to have a say in groups. I found my own leadership style, and my confidence grew.

Still, I had a sense that work could be more fulfilling. With much soul searching and professional career guidance, I discovered that I was happiest when using my coaching skills, and I decided that coaching was the best fit for me.

My long-term dream of self-employment started to come into focus as I imagined being a coach. I was ready to spread my wings even wider.

But are introverts good at being self-employed?

At first, I was nervous about whether I could handle things like promoting and growing a business, which are typically associated with extroversion. I simply couldn’t bring myself to promote my business in the standard extroverted way.

To my surprise, the more I did things my own way, that was aligned with me, the better things went! People were drawn to my events and services, probably because of my authenticity and non-salesy approach. My business grew.

Turns out introverts can be great at the so-called extrovert territories of leadership, self-employment, and self-promotion—if they do it their own way.

I discovered I could just show up at a networking event, without perfect words, and simply engage in meaningful conversations. No sales pitch in hand. I was just myself. No extrovert mask. No race to collect stacks of business cards.

The more I took steps that aligned with my heart and my nature, the more excited and fulfilled I felt. My work energized me. People commented that I was glowing. And that glow helped attract more clients. Being true to myself paid off. It felt like a gift from heaven.

Who I am today

People who know me today are surprised to hear that I used to be extremely shy. In fact, sometimes they don’t understand that I’m still introverted, but I am. I’m confident, and I enjoy socializing, but it has to be on my terms. I still value my alone time, when I can slow down, breathe, and listen to what my heart tells me.

Introduction to this advice column

I’m not about doling out directions such as “you should do X because I said so.” I want to help you find and do what is true for you. I can detect where things are getting off track and help nudge you back into your true path.

Above all, I want you to understand that you can earn a living and be true to yourself. I’m challenging that outdated cultural norm that says we have to become extroverted to succeed. That’s what the Quiet Revolution is about, and I’m on board.

Career or business worries? Want to know how to say something at work? Want to figure out how marketing or networking can work best for you? Send your questions to Val Nelson!

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Former Marine Travels 15 Miles On Horse And Foot To Honor Late Veteran

There was no horsing around for this man, who stopped at nothing to honor a fellow veteran.

Richard Kowalker, a 66-year-old from Middletown, Connecticut, often attends veteran funerals with his “riderless horses” as part of a tradition to honor a soldier’s service. In this custom, a horse with boots set backwards and no rider in the saddle follows the casket.

The 66-year-old, who served as a Marine in Vietnam, was set to attend a funeral for World War II veteran Norman Varney this past Saturday. But the night before, he realized that his horse trailer was damaged and he would be unable to cart his horses there. That setback didn’t stop Kowalker, however; he alternately walked and rode the two horses through the night, traveling more than 15 miles to make it to the funeral, WSFB reported.

“The Marine Corps motto is “semper fidelis” — Latin for ‘always faithful.’ … I have a lifelong commitment to adhere to. Once a Marine, always a Marine,” Kowalker told The Huffington Post in an email. “Sgt. Norman Varney was at Iwo Jima in World War II, the most famous battle in Marine Corps history. I considered it an honor to be in the presence of such people. … I am quite sure he would have done the same for me if the situation was reversed.”

The extraordinary gesture touched many and a fundraising page was created to help pay for a new horse trailer. Donors have already doubled the original goal, raising more than $ 4,000 for Kowalker.

Police from different towns along the walk escorted him during his trek, according to the fundraising page. Later on, Ken Yavis, who owns a horse trailer, spotted Kowalker, his horse, Melody, and his friend’s horse, Sassy, WFSB reported. Yavis got his own trailer and helped Kowalker for the rest of the way, allowing the animals to take a break at his house and eventually bringing them to the service.

Yavis, like many others, was moved by Kowalker’s devotion.

“I never got a chance to serve,” Yavis told WFSB. “But someone like that who continues to give, you have to help him.”

For the humble Kowalker, his actions weren’t anything out of the ordinary.

“I gave my word and I like to be a person of my word,” he told WFSB.

To learn more about Richard Kowalker or to donate, visit the fundraising page created for him here.

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Former MTV VJ Jesse Camp Sets The Record Straight About His Drug Use

After beating out 5,000 other contestants in 1998’s “Wanna Be A VJ” competition, an 18-year-old Jesse Camp became a high-profile “video jockey” on MTV, which was still riding high during the peak of its cultural relevance. But his eccentric look, dry sense of humor and distinctively high-pitched voice made viewers wonder if he was under the influence as he introduced their favorite videos. During a Friday interview with HuffPost Live’s Ricky Camilleri, Camp set the record straight about what substances he was using when and how he ultimately decided to end his “hardcore drug era.”

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17 Things Every Former Tomboy Knows To Be True

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In fourth grade, I wore the same pair of overalls every day for an entire year. In fifth grade, it was a pair of Adidas sneakers, which I insisted on slipping my feet into every day until there were gaping holes in the toes. (The only way my mom got me to stop wearing them was by throwing them in the garbage while I was sleeping one night.) I hated the idea of looking “pretty,” I always wondered why I had to play softball and not baseball with the boys, and I was never ready for school picture day. I was a “tomboy.”

Tomboys are, by definition, young girls who tend to conform to traditionally masculine characteristics and habits when they’re young. As a former tomboy, I’m no stranger to dirt, sweat and an overwhelming obsession with Michael Jordan (he was and still is the King).

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being a girl who’s more interested in learning to bead or braid than play sports or prefers pink to green. Being “girly” is nothing to be ashamed of — I was just never that.

My childhood was filled with bruised knees, softball tournaments and cleats. And I know there are many women out there who can relate. These experiences shaped who I am today, leaving me with amazing memories, a specific fashion sense and a wicked competitive streak.

This one goes out to every lady who still has trouble putting on her $ 1.99 CVS eyeliner. Here are 17 things every former tomboy knows to be true:

1. Your shoe obsession will always be with sneakers, not heels. Practice makes perfect except when it comes to heels and… walking in them.

2. Your favorite movie as a kid was a straight-up action flick. And people still look at your weirdly when you tell them that. (For me, it was “The Fugitive.”)

3. You appreciate the beautiful simplicity of a ponytail. Everything else takes too much time.

4. You know how to stand up for yourself. After years of proving yourself on the kickball field with the boys you’re not afraid of a conflict or some friendly competition.

5. Putting on makeup is still a big mystery. When you’re forced to get dressed up, half the time you walk out looking like this.

6. Your childhood pictures are more embarrassing than most, because you look like a little boy.

7. Sweatpants not leggings. Always and forever.

8. You pride yourself on being competitive in every single sport. Maybe a little too competitive.

9. The girly clothing store “Limited Too” still makes you cringe a bit. So. Much. Glitter.

10. You were one of the only girls who played the saxophone or trombone in middle school. You wanted to be with boys and the flute just didn’t do it for you.

11. Wall ball was your jam in elementary school. And if anyone ever challenged you today, you could still (gleefully) crush them.

12. You’ve broken a bone — probably more than once. Whether you were playing sports or riding your skateboard, you were always falling and breaking something.

13. Pink will never be your color of choice. In the words of Amy Poehler, “Good for her! Not for me.”

14. You constantly have to remind people that just because you happen to be a woman doesn’t mean you don’t understand sports. So please, stop explaining football to me.

15. You said “dude” a lot, growing up. And you probably still do. .

16. LEGO space ships remind you of your childhood — not Easy Bake ovens.

17. Instead of hopping on the elliptical at the gym, you head straight to the squat rack. So please, dudes in the weight-lifting corner — stop looking surprised when I know what a hang clean is.

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Former NBA Player Jay Williams: ‘I Threw It All Away’ (VIDEO)

Jay Williams was poised to become one of the biggest superstars in the NBA. After leading Duke to a NCAA championship in 2001 and earning a national player of the year title, he graduated early to receive a No. 2 draft pick with the Chicago Bulls.

After playing one season, Williams was riding his motorcycle in Chicago — a violation of his contract — and lost control, crashing into a utility pole. He survived the severed nerve, fractured pelvis, dislocated knee and internal bleeding, but the psychological damage of the accident remained. His NBA career was over before it really began, and Williams tells Oprah in his upcoming “Super Soul Sunday” interview that he was left only with remorse.

“The first thing I yell is, ‘I threw it all away,’ Williams says. “I felt at that moment that I had thrown everything I had just worked for my entire life away.”

Williams says he couldn’t even think about being lucky to be alive. “I couldn’t even process what was happening at that particular moment,” he says.

Weighing heavily on Williams’ mind were the warning signs he ignored. “I’ve been told so many times not to ride this bike,” he says. “I’ve had a dream about this particular moment that I decide not to listen to.”

He’s referencing a premonition he had at age 17 about his accident. Williams dreamt he was spinning out of control and looked up to see a red fire hydrant, the exact scene he would experience years later during his motorcycle crash.

“Here I was in the situation that I’ve got all these signs telling me not to do this and I still put myself in that position to do so,” Williams says. “And, yeah, I felt like I threw everything I worked my entire life for away.”

The accident tested his will to live, and Williams says he became consumed with thoughts of “what could have been.” After 13 surgeries and hours of physical therapy, Williams attempted to return to the NBA in 2006 but was unsuccessful. He says he has spent the last decade on a journey to forgive himself and reclaim his purpose in life.

Jay Williams opens up to Oprah about his darkest moments and how he learned to let go on “Super Soul Sunday” airing Sunday, March 15 at 11 a.m. ET on OWN.

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Andy Cohen Jokes That Ryan Seacrest Had Former ‘American Idol’ Co-Host Brian Dunkleman Killed

On Thursday night’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” host Andy Cohen was trying to get Kelly Clarkson to Plead The Fifth when he joked:

“Kelly easily withstood the pressure-cooker that was ‘American Idol,’ before Ryan Seacrest had co-host Brian Dunkleman killed.”

Co-host? Dunkleman? We had to access the parts of our brains reserved for useless pop culture knowledge to vaguely recall that, oh yeah, there was another guy who held a microphone and used to stand on stage next to Seacrest during Season 1 of “American Idol.”

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That guy was Brian Dunkleman. He is alive and “still doing stuff,” as BuzzFeed put it last year.

Talk about a blast from the past!
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This Former Bachelorette Sewed Her Own $15 Red Carpet Dress on the Plane. Wait, What?

Prepare to try and not be jealous of former Bachelorette Andi Dorfman, ‘k? Beyond having that amazing head of hair and stunning rock, she’s also apparently quite the talented seamstress, whipping up this DIY dress on the plane ride to last night’s premiere of season 19 of The Bachelor.

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Looking at how perfect the draping is, I’m honestly so surprised she made that—and for $ 15, according to People‘s Instagram. Sewing a simple shift would challenge me, much less a Grecian-inspired one-shoulder gown ready for a red carpet strut. Plus, there are the practicals to consider, people: How’d she get scissors on the plane?

Did any of you watch the premiere last night? Glamour‘s guilty—there was quite the chatty email chain going on.





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Al Feldstein Dead: Former Mad Magazine Editor Dies At 88

NEW YORK (AP) — Before “The Daily Show,” ”The Simpsons” or even “Saturday Night Live,” Al Feldstein helped show America how to laugh at authority and giggle at popular culture.

Millions of young baby boomers looked forward to that day when the new issue of Mad magazine, which Feldstein ran for 28 years, arrived in the mail or on newsstands. Alone in their room, or huddled with friends, they looked for the latest of send-up of the president or of a television commercial. They savored the mystery of the fold-in, where a topical cartoon appeared with a question on top that was answered by collapsing the page and creating a new, and often, hilarious image. Thanks in part to Feldstein, who died Tuesday at his home in Montana at age 88, comics were more than escapes into alternate worlds of superheroes and clean-cut children. They were a funhouse tour of current events and the latest crazes. Mad was breakthrough satire for the post-World War II era — the kind of magazine Holden Caulfield of “The Catcher In the Rye” might have read, or better, might have founded.

“Basically everyone who was young between 1955 and 1975 read Mad, and that’s where your sense of humor came from,” producer Bill Oakley of “The Simpsons” later explained.

Feldstein’s reign at Mad, which began in 1956, was historic and unplanned. Publisher William M. Gaines had started Mad as a comic book four years earlier and converted it to a magazine to avoid the restrictions of the then-Comics Code and to persuade founding editor Harvey Kurtzman to stay on. But Kurtzman soon departed anyway and Gaines picked Feldstein as his replacement. Some Kurtzman admirers insisted that he had the sharper edge, but Feldstein guided Mad to mass success.

One of Feldstein’s smartest moves was to build on a character used by Kurtzman. Feldstein turned the freckle-faced Alfred E. Neuman into an underground hero — a dimwitted everyman with a gap-toothed smile and the recurring stock phrase “What, Me Worry?” Neuman’s character was used to skewer any and all, from Santa Claus to Darth Vader, and more recently in editorial cartoonists’ parodies of President George W. Bush, notably a cover image The Nation that ran soon after Bush’s election in 2000 and was captioned “Worry.”

“The skeptical generation of kids it shaped in the 1950s is the same generation that, in the 1960s, opposed a war and didn’t feel bad when the United States lost for the first time and in the 1970s helped turn out an Administration and didn’t feel bad about that either,” Tony Hiss and Jeff Lewis wrote of Mad in The New York Times in 1977.

“It was magical, objective proof to kids that they weren’t alone, that … there were people who knew that there was something wrong, phony and funny about a world of bomb shelters, brinkmanship and toothpaste smiles. Mad’s consciousness of itself, as trash, as comic book, as enemy of parents and teachers, even as money-making enterprise, thrilled kids. In 1955, such consciousness was possibly nowhere else to be found.”

Feldstein and Gaines assembled a team of artists and writers, including Dave Berg, Don Martin and Frank Jacobs, who turned out such enduring features as “Spy vs. Spy” and “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions.” Fans of the magazine ranged from the poet-musician Patti Smith and activist Tom Hayden to movie critic Roger Ebert, who said Mad helped inspire him to write about film.

“Mad’s parodies made me aware of the machine inside the skin — of the way a movie might look original on the outside, while inside it was just recycling the same old dumb formulas. I did not read the magazine, I plundered it for clues to the universe,” Ebert once explained.

“The Portable Mad,” a compilation of magazine highlights edited by Feldstein in 1964, is a typical Mad sampling. Among its offerings: “Some Mad Devices for Safer Smoking” (including a “nasal exhaust fan” and “disposable lung-liner tips”); “The Mad Academy Awards for Parents” (one nominee does her “And THIS is the thanks I get!” routine); “The Lighter Side of Summer Romances;” and “Mad’s Teenage Idol Promoter of the Year” (which mocks Elvis Presley and the Beatles.)

Under Gaines and Feldstein, Mad’s sales flourished, topping 2 million in the early 1970s and not even bothering with paid advertisements until well after Feldstein had left. The magazine branched out into books, movies (the flop “Up the Academy”) and a board game, a parody of Monopoly.

But not everyone was amused.

During the Vietnam War, Mad once held a spoof contest inviting readers to submit their names to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover for an “Official Draft Dodger Card.” Feldstein said two bureau agents soon showed up at the magazine’s offices to demand an apology for “sullying” Hoover’s reputation. The magazine also attracted critics in Congress who questioned its morality, and a $ 25 million lawsuit in the early 1960s from music publishers who objected to the magazine’s parodies of Irving Berlin’s “Always” and other songs, a long legal process that was resolved in Mad’s favor.

“We doubt that even so eminent a composer as plaintiff Irving Berlin should be permitted to claim a property interest in iambic pentameter,” Judge Irving Kaufman wrote at the time.

By Feldstein’s retirement, in 1984, Mad had succeeded so well in influencing the culture that it no longer shocked or surprised: Circulation had dropped to less than a third of its peak, although the magazine continues to be published in local editions around the world.

Feldstein moved west from the magazine’s New York headquarters, first to Wyoming and later Montana. From a horse and llama ranch north of Yellowstone National Park, he ran a guest house and pursued his “first love” — painting wildlife, nature scenes and fantasy art and entering local art contests. In 2003, he was elected into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame, named for the celebrated cartoonist.

Born in 1925, Feldstein grew up in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. He was a gifted cartoonist who was winning prizes in grade school and, as a teenager, at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. He got his first job in comics around the same time, working at a shop run by Eisner and Jerry Iger. One of his earliest projects was drawing background foliage for “Sheena, Queen of the Jungle,” which starred a female version of Tarzan.

Feldstein served in the military at the end of World War II, painting murals and drawing cartoons for Army newspapers. After his discharge, he freelanced for various comics before landing at Entertainment Comics, whose titles included Tales From the Crypt, Weird Science and Mad. Much of Entertainment Comics was shut down in the 1950s in part because of government pressure, but Mad soon caught on as a stand-alone magazine, willing to take on both sides of the generation gap.

“We even used to rake the hippies over the coals,” Feldstein would recall. “They were protesting the Vietnam War, but we took aspects of their culture and had fun with it. Mad was wide open. Bill loved it, and he was a capitalist Republican. I loved it, and I was a liberal Democrat.”

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AP writer Matthew Brown in Billings, Montana contributed to this report.
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Former Banksy Collaborator Says Online Photos Of Him Are Real

Ever since Banksy arrived in New York City this month, bloggers have gone crazy speculating as to the true identify of Britain’s illustrious — and very anonymous — street artist.

It turns out we may have already seen his face before.

Joel Unangst, a Los Angeles warehouse owner who granted Banksy the space to erect his first American art show, confirmed that the man featured in photos the Daily Mail published in 2008 is the devilish graffiti master himself.

In an interview with The Huffington Post’s Mallika Rao, Unangst pointed specifically to these images, claiming that they are, in fact, the real deal.

“There’s pictures of him at the Daily Mail,” he said.

Unangst has spoken about his experience of meeting Banksy in Los Angeles before, describing the mysterious Brit as a man who dresses in white paint-smudged T-shirts, shorts, and sneakers. Following his 2007 interview with The New Yorker, however, Unangst had a “fallout” with Banksy and his team, thus ending his communication with the famous street artist.

“If you want to be cool with Banksy, you don’t really talk about him,” Unangst explained to HuffPost.

For more information on why Unangst and other street art figures believe Banksy has been able to keep his identity a secret, check out our complete interview here. For more on the Banksy’s month-long New York City residency, which ends Thursday, visit our Live Blog.
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