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Will you get a California stimulus check? 803,000 payments going out before Dec. 17

The state of California this week began distributing 803,000 Golden State Stimulus payments worth roughly $563 million. The breakdown for the latest distribution of $600-$1,100 payments is 800,000 paper checks mailed to qualifying residents and 3,000 direct deposits, according to Andrew LePage, a media liaison with the state’s Franchise Tax Board. The Golden State Stimulus II program has been issuing these pandemic aid payments since early September and will continue to do so until all eligible taxpayers have received their checks. Recipients with qualifying dependents will get an additional $500. The GSII program, funded by federal and state pandemic aid, is for those who earned below $75,000 in adjusted gross income as reported on their 2020 tax returns. A similar program, Golden State S

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Mac Jones Blatantly Ripping off Tom Brady With His New ‘MJ10’ Logo Could Cause Major Problems for the Patriots

Mac Jones | Billie Weiss/Getty ImagesWith Jones emerging as the favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, set to be the Patriots’ starting quarterback for the next several years, he’s quickly taken the necessary steps to capitalize on his ascending fame. According to Nicole Yang of the Boston Globe, Jones is filing a trademark on the phrase “MJ10,” intending to create a logo and brand around it. Similar to how Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield jumped at the opportunity to star in television commercials during his rookie season, Jones is wasting little time attempting to become a star on and off the field. On the surface, this is a minor detail. Almost every player in the NFL has a brand or a logo these days. However, upon a closer look, it’s worth wondering if such a de

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The life lesson from his own hero’s journey that Utah bestselling author Brandon Mull has been sharing with young people

Brandon Mull, author of “Dragonwatch” and “Fablehaven,” poses for a photo with Hailey Sandin during a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Sandy on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Sandin is holding a photo she had taken with him in 2008. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News Five years ago, Brandon Mull went through a divorce. The bestselling author from Utah was supposed to start work on his “Dragonwatch” series, a continuation of his successful “Fablehaven” series. Shadow Mountain Publishing and millions of readers eagerly anticipated the next volume. But Mull, then the author of nearly 20 books and a regular visitor to The New York Times bestseller list, had a problem: He couldn’t write. “He didn’t want a life without his family. These were dark days for him and I was worried about his well-bein

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44 Bougie Things On Amazon That Are Surprisingly Under $40

Achieving a glamorous look doesn’t have to be expensive. They say that the best things in life are free, so if free isn’t available, try to aim for affordable. But it’s not always easy to find products that won’t break the bank, yet still look like they cost a pretty penny — that’s why I’ve created this list of bougie products available on Amazon. Even if you don’t find enjoyment in decorating your home with bougie accessories, there’s still a ton of products in here for you. Tired of having puffy eyes in the morning? I’ve included eye masks that are infused with real 24-karat gold. Not only are they great for fighting inflammation, but they can even help brighten your skin. Or maybe you’re in the mood for something cozy? In that case, there’s a faux fur throw blanket that’s so soft, you’l

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Thundercat Shares The Moody ‘Satellite’ Featuring Genevieve Artadi And Louis Cole

The HBO dramedy series Insecure has offered a wealth of beautiful new music thanks to its soundtrack curated by show creator/star Issa Rae, with each season featuring tunes from R&B and hip-hop’s bounty of rising stars. The current season is the fifth and final one of the show, but it’s keeping that proud tradition alive, offering tracks like Mereba’s “Glock Peaceful,” Saweetie’s “Get It Girl,” and now, Thundercat’s moody “Satellite” featuring avant-garde pop songwriter Genevieve Artadi and instrumentalist Louis Cole, collectively known as (ahem) Knower. It’s a groovy track shot through with an undercurrent of melancholy, which makes it a perfect representation of the show’s final season. While Thundercat sings “it’s gonna be alright,” there’s a strain to both his delivery and the c

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George Clooney Reveals Why He Turned Down $35 MILLION For One Day’s Work

(Getty Images)George Clooney once turned down a $35 million payday to do a one-day airline commercial shoot because it “wasn’t worth it.” The Oscar-winning actor and producer discussed his decision when asked if he’s every thought “I have enough money now” in a new interview with the Guardian cited by Business Insider. “Well, yeah. I was offered $35 million for one day’s work for an airline commercial, but I talked to Amal [Clooney, his wife] about it and we decided it’s not worth it,” he said. “It was [associated with] a country that, although it’s an ally, is questionable at times, and so I thought: ‘Well, if it takes a minute’s sleep away from me, it’s not worth it.'” CasamigosClooney certainly doesn’t need the money, having made a killing in his business ventures outside...

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23 Luxe Gifts For The Favorite People On Your List

After the year and a half that we've had, your favorite people deserve the best holiday presents. You know, the type of luxury gifts that even the woman who says she wants nothing will appreciate. But, luxe doesn't have to mean expensive. In fact, many of the picks on this list are under $100. Instead of price, it's about opulent-feeling (cozy, plush, soft) fabrics, thoughtful gifts (read: personalized), elevated versions of wardrobe essentials that your giftee will never get for themselves, and, most importantly, pampering presents that will help them indulge in some self-care to start 2022 in a more relaxed state.With that in mind, ahead, the best gifts for the luxe-loving (and deserving) people on your list. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff

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Ranking the top 10 conferences in the area

Hyde Park’s Camron Williford (2) floats in the lane for a layup as the Thunderbirds play Homewood-Flossmoor. | Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-TimesThe pecking order of the top area conferences generally always starts in the city, especially once the Public League formed its power conferences several years back. The pecking order of the top area conferences generally always starts in the city, especially once the Public League formed its power conferences several years back. That’s the case once again this season. The Red South-Central is enjoying its perch on top and ranking as the No. 1 high school basketball conference. Here is a ranking of the top 10 basketball conferences in the area. 1. Red South-Central Favorite: Kenwood Top contenders: Simeon and Curie Keep an eye on: Hyde Park St

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‘Selling Sunset’ Cast Net Worth: Is Chrishell, Christine, Or Davina The Richest?

From the moment Netflix released Selling Sunset, it became one of the streamer’s most beloved reality series in no time. With millions of fans around the world, the fourth season ended up being one of Netflix’s most highly-anticipated reality releases in recent memory when it premiered in November 2021. The series is doing so well that Netflix is already working on spin-offs. The show has made all of its stars quite a bit of money, but they were already doing well before the cameras started rolling, as real estate can be a very lucrative business. But what are the main cast members of Selling Sunset worth? Here’s a rundown of the most popular figures featured in the program since 2019 — the Oppenheims, Chrishell, Heather, Davina, Christine, Amanza, Mary, and Maya — and how much they have

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Bay Area high school basketball roundup: Moreau Catholic set to host first Oscar Frayer Invitational

Months after former Moreau Catholic basketball star Oscar Frayer died last March in a car crash, Frank Knight had an idea to honor the player who had gone on to Grand Canyon University and play in the NCAA tournament just days before his death. Knight, the longtime Moreau coach, started calling his friends in the coaching profession about putting together an Oscar Frayer Invitational at Moreau, with the proceeds going toward a scholarship in Frayer’s name. Blown away by the response, Knight had to narrow the field to 10 teams. Those teams will play Saturday at Moreau in a celebration that will include many of Frayer’s former teammates. “I had to tell people they couldn’t be in it, which sucked,” Knight said. In the aftermath of the car crash on Interstate 5 northwest of Lodi that also

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Kody Brown: I’m Heartbroken Over My Marriage to Christine, Okay?!?

Kody Brown wants everyone to know that, contary to popular belief, he does actually have a heart. And it's been completely shattered by one of his sister wives. On Sunday's brand new episode of this beloved TLC series, the topic of Kody's relationship with his four spouses will be front and center. More specifically, the topic of how COVID-19 has impacted these relationships will be front and center, with Robyn initially explaining that her husband wants to abide by very strict protocols. And she's the only woman who sides with him. "Since the pandemic has hit, Kody is in a really bad place mentally and emotionally because he's having trouble getting wives to agree with him on what to do as far as COVID and how to handle it," she says in a confessional. "He's having one ...

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Santa Cruz man sentenced to more than 6 years in prison in hate crime knife attack

SAN JOSE — A Santa Cruz man was sentenced to more than 6 years in prison after being convicted of a hate crime, officials said. Ole Hougen, 45, was sentenced to 82 months in prison in connection to attacking a Black man on the street with a knife, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release on Friday. Hougen was convicted on April 9. Hougen confronted a 29-year-old Black man in Santa Cruz and shouted racial slurs at him, according to evidence at the trial. Hougen also slashed at the man’s head, chest and stomach with a nine-inch knife while screaming slurs, officials said. A witness said that Hougen stabbed and slashed at the man’s chest and head 10 to 20 times, according to the news release. Hougen was on probation after pleading no contest to charges that he “committed a raci...

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How can Alec Baldwin feel no ‘guilt’ about killing Halyna Hutchins?

Alec Baldwin, tearful but also defiant in his interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, said he is haunted by being the person holding the gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his Western film “Rust,” but also said he doesn’t feel guilt about it. The 63-year-old film and TV star set off a fierce debate on social media about concepts of grief, remorse, personal responsibility and legal culpability when he told Stephanopoulos he didn’t feel any “guilt” for his role in Hutchins’ death. “Someone is responsible for what happened and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me,” Baldwin said. “I mean, honest to God, if I felt that I was responsible, I might have killed myself if I thought I was responsible. And I don’t say that lightly.” .@GStephanopoulos: "Do you

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Jenny Slatten and Sumit Singh Tell His Parents They’re Married on the Tell All!

90 Day Fiance; The Other Way Season 3 viewers all know that Jenny Slatten and Sumit Singh are married. This wedding has been a long time coming. Jenny and Sumit made a bold choice at that time: to refuse to tell Sumit's parents, for fear of interference. Now that they are married, they're bracing themselves to give the Singh family the news ... on camera at the Tell All. Before Anil and Sahna are brought up to speed on their son's marriage, Kenneth Niedermeier has something to say. “His mom and dad -- and especially his mom -- [have] thrown everything at the relationship to break it up," he observes. Kenneth continues: "And after 10 years, it has not done it." It is no surprise that Kenneth is passionate about this topic. He dealt with some, much less difficult, fam...

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