Flint water crisis shows the danger of a scientific dark age

(CNN)After comedian Michelle Wolf ended her monologue at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner with the resounding mic drop: “Flint still doesn’t have clean water,” a parade of celebrities, including Alyssa Milano, Susan Sarandon, Michael Moore and Omarosa Manigault, shared similar proclamations. For starters, there is no such thing as completely safe drinking water. Even bottled water has some risks, ranging from bacteria to microplastics. Meanwhile, Flint still has extremely high water costs, according to a Michigan Radio analysis, and an oversized antiquated water system, which contributed to the initial water crisis in Flint. However, this kind of system also exists and endangers public health in thousands of other American towns and cities. In other words, claiming Flint water is …

Beto O’Rourke announces 2020 run for presidency

Texas Democrat, who has drawn comparisons to Obama, tells supporters his campaign seeks to unite a very divided country Beto ORourke, the former congressman who narrowly lost to Ted Cruz in the 2018 Texas Senate race, has announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for president. Ending months of speculation over his plans, garnered unprecedented grassroots support and a historic fundraising haul. fell short, ORourke outperformed expectations for any Democrat in the deeply conservative state of Texas, falling less than three percentage points behind Cruz, the Republican incumbent. Despite his defeat, ORourke garnered unprecedented grassroots support and a historic fundraising haul. Bernie Sanders, Vermont senator Sanders turned a long-shot, anti-establishment bid for the presidency into a political revolution that energized …

Big Bang idol Seungri quits K-pop as he becomes a suspect in prostitution investigation

(CNN)One of K-pop’s biggest idols has dramatically quit the entertainment industry after it emerged he is being investigated on suspicion of violating South Korea’s prostitution law. But in recent months a scandal dogging the Burning Sun nightclub in Seoul, which Seungri sat on the board of, had put that reputation in danger. It had also caused some to question how clean-cut K-pop idols really are. Illicit spy cam cases skyrocket in South Korea Celebrities caught with even small amounts of marijuana can find themselves suspended by labels or forced to make public apologies. “Scandals involving drinking, drugs or even dating not only make waves in the entertainment news section but also the finance news section,” Bernie Cho, a Korean music …

Ex-Yale Law admissions dean: These are the victims of cheating scandal I worry about

(CNN)The FBI’s arrest of more than 50 people associated with what may be the largest college admissions cheating scandal in history has exposed how access to resources and connections can distort the admissions process — to an allegedly illegal extreme — and hurt ordinary applicants. As a former admissions dean at Yale Law School, I worry about another group of victims: future talented college applicants from underprivileged backgrounds who may opt out of reaching for the most selective schools, believing that the deck is already stacked against them. Join us on Twitter and Facebook Unfortunately, the case also magnifies applicants’ worst fears about the process and provides fodder for naysayers, such as cynical parents or counselors, to tell students — …

Trevor Noah: ‘Rich kids should get into college the old-fashioned way: donating’

Late-night hosts weigh in on the celebrity college admissions scandal and Nancy Pelosis views on impeaching Trump Late-night hosts responded to the college admissions scandal and Nancy Pelosis on-the-record comments against impeaching Donald Trump. Trevor Noah The celebrity college admissions scandal dominated headlines yesterday, and late-night hosts offered their own hot takes on what Trevor Noah termed Bribegate Scandalgate. To recap, on Tuesday morning, federal prosecutors in Boston unveiled their criminal complaint against a wide-reaching college admissions fraud, in which parents including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin paid upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars to guarantee their kids a spot at schools such as Yale, the University of Texas and the University of Southern California. pic.twitter.com/ZJBWozpTaq Nancy Pelosis …

Some Of Our Favorite Celebs Were Indicted In A Huge College Admissions Scam Betches

It’s no big secret that the entire college admissions system in the US is f*cked up. College in general is way too expensive, there’s a huge amount of inequality based on race and income (among other things), and high schoolers are under a crazy amount of stress to figure out what they’re doing with the rest of their lives. And now, we have concrete evidence that the whole thing sucks even worse than we thought, because 40 people, including some celebrities, have been indicted for their involvement in a major college admissions scam. The whole story truly isn’t that surprising, mostly because I watched Gossip Girl, but it’s still pretty disappointing to know that this stuff actually happens in real life. …

Gulnara Karimova: new details emerge in story of Uzbekistan’s first daughter

Iman Karimova describes the arrest of her mother and being held captive near Tashkent Police raids, an ad hoc trial, and an aide who committed suicide by drinking vinegar: the 20-year-old daughter of Gulnara Karimova has provided new details about the remarkable fall from grace of her mother, the daughter of Uzbekistans late dictator Islam Karimov. Karimova was one of the richest and most privileged people in post-Soviet Central Asia until her arrest in 2014, apparently on the orders of her own father. Her story has always resembled a tale from a morality play: vanity, corruption, hubris and eventual downfall, played out against a backdrop of an ageing autocrat and his feuding family. The details have remained murky and shrouded …

Ryan Reynolds Shares Creepy Newspaper Scan Of Himself As A Three-Year-Old That Also Revealed His Exact Address

However, upon closer examination or if you read the photo caption you will notice something kind of odd if not just plain ‘creepy’ about the story. This story is so weird it may seem like one of his pranks but we promise it’s not fake news! Actor Ryan Reynolds recently posted this cute but odd newspaper scan of him posing for his local paper at age 3 Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Google Maps Unfortunately, if you go looking for Oliver Cr house we were disappointed to find it has been replaced by all new homes vancityreynolds Reynold’s has always been a proud Canadian and despite his hijinx, told Elle magazine, “You may be able to dig …

Poetic justice: how Jay-Z became a civil rights champion

The rapper has involved himself, and his legal team, in a string of legal cases involving black men mistreated by law enforcement On an early Monday morning in February, 11-year-old Jabari Talbot, who is African American, decided not to stand for the pledge of allegiance in his classroom at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy. Another classmate, who is not African American, joined him, a civil rights complaint obtained by the Guardian claims, but the child was not questioned by the substitute teacher. Equality in this country is not fair … black people are not treated fairly, he answered the teacher when asked why he would not stand, adding, [and] police dont treat black people fairly. Within minutes, as if to prove …

Tommy Hilfiger and Zendaya just put on a historic runway show featuring only black models and it was perfect.

Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images For Tommy Hilfiger The fashion industry is no stranger to criticism. A lack of diversity and perpetuation of impossible beauty standards have been the industry norm for decades. But 22-year-old actress Zendaya just proved that fashion can be inclusive and chic at the same time during her collaboration with designer Tommy Hilfiger. The runway show for the Tommy x Zendaya collection at Paris Fashion Week featured a group of all-black, all-ages, and all-sizes models. The 59 black models didn’t just strut down the catwalk, they challenged fashion industry standards. The Tommy x Zendaya was inclusive in almost every way possible. “This is a proud and happy celebration of female beauty in all its forms, something …

Im shocked by those who still wont accept Michael Jackson as abuser | Dan Reed

The director of Leaving Neverland on the polarised reaction to his landmark film Leaving Neverland has been seen by his many four-hour study of the psychology of child sexual abuse, told through two ordinary families who were groomed for 20 years by a paedophile masquerading as a trusted friend. Its a mask that is often used by predators, whether a priest, a teacher, an uncle. This time the man behind the mask just happened to be Michael Jackson. I had only a foggy idea about all this before starting work on the film. The complex, counter-intuitive and repugnant truths of child sexual abuse that Wade Robson, James Safechuck and their families have courageously unravelled on camera came as a shock …

Who Is Karizma Ramirez, Tristan Thompson’s New Woman? Betches

It’s been just two weeks since the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson scandal rocked all of our worlds, but the drama really never ends. I’ll admit, in the days since Jordyn’s interview with Jada Pinkett Smith, I’ve tried to focus on other things, like my job and my real human relationships. But after six arduous days of pretending to be a real person, luckily there’s new Kardashian drama to keep me occupied. Tristan Thompson, who is the literal worst, has already been seen out and about with a new woman who’s been identified as model Karizma Ramirez. Who is Karizma Ramirez? Let’s go through the details. On Tuesday night, Tristan was seen with Karizma Ramirez in NYC, after having dinner together …

She invests in tech founders others overlook

Arlan Hamilton stands out in Silicon Valley not just because she’s a black investor in a white male-dominated field, but because she’s focused on investing in female, minority and LGBTQ entrepreneurs. Judith McKenna: Walmart spent $16 billion to break into India. She has to make it work Gwynne Shotwell: She turns Elon Musk’s bold space ideas into a real business Read all 14 Risk Takers profiles That curiosity led her down an information-seeking spiral that included years of research into startups, entrepreneurship and venture capital. One revelation: “Everybody’s saying ‘no’ to even talking to the black [founders], like, no matter what they’re working on,” Hamilton said. “And in some cases, they were working on stuff that was so much more …

Taylor Swift vows to be politically active and speak out against ‘disgusting rhetoric’

Pop singer writes in magazine essay: Im going to do more to help. We have a big race coming up next year Taylor Swift has vowed to become more active in politics ahead of the 2020 US presidential election, saying she feels it is her responsibility to speak out against disgusting rhetoric. Invoking racism and provoking fear through thinly veiled messaging is not what I want from our leaders, and I realized that it actually is my responsibility to use my influence against that disgusting rhetoric, the pop singer wrote in an endorsed two Tennessee Democrats in Novembers midterm elections. A bombing at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena killed 22 people, and a stalkers trying to break into …

‘Jeopardy’ Host Alex Trebek Diagnosed With Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer Betches

As we all grow older, it never gets easier to see our favorite stars face health problems, and this one is no different. On Wednesday, Jeopardy host Alex Trebek announced that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He shared the tough news in a video statement filmed on the Jeopardy set, where we’ve all watched him since 1984. In the statement, he acknowledges that the prognosis for the disease is usually not very positive, but vows to fight and win. He even shows that dry sense of humor we all know and love, saying he has to survive because he still has three more years on his Jeopardy contract. Here’s the full video statement: Pat Sajak The Sajak family is …

She invests in tech founders others ignore. And it’s working

Arlan Hamilton stands out in Silicon Valley not just because she’s a black investor in a white male-dominated field, but because she’s laser-focused on investing in female, minority and LGBTQ entrepreneurs. Judith McKenna: Walmart spent $16 billion to break into India. She has to make it work Gwynne Shotwell: She turns Elon Musk’s bold space ideas into a real business Read all 14 Risk Takers profiles That curiosity led her down an information-seeking spiral that included years of research into startups, entrepreneurship and venture capital. One revelation: “Everybody’s saying ‘no’ to even talking to the black [founders], like, no matter what they’re working on,” Hamilton said. “And in some cases, they were working on stuff that was so much more …