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Porsha Williams On Her Engagement, ‘RHOA’ & New Book

Porsha Williams’ new love, Simon, is tucked away in a room upstairs, but I can hear his voice from above like God. When I ask her if I can speak to him — if he can offer a supportive comment for this story — Williams beams, “Oh, OK!” Then she heads up to their chambers to check. Their home in the suburbs of Atlanta is spacious and neutral; the living room overlooks a forest outside, floor-to-ceiling windows framed like a Bob Ross painting. Williams returns minutes later and reports back, “He declined,” but she says it with a gracious smile. You can presume what he’d say about her would be glowing. What does she love about him? “Everything. Everything,” Williams had told me earlier, sitting cross-legged on a pin-tucked cream leather sectional. She’s in a sky-blue tie-dye sweatsuit, batting

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“Indie Sleaze” and “Internet Awesomesauce”: Meet the woman schooling TikTok on niche aesthetics

A few examples of “Global Village Coffeehouse” design. | Consumer Aesthetics Research InstituteMelina Bee is the internet’s historical microaesthetics whisperer. There is a mural at the bagel shop in my hometown that haunted me as a child. It is massive and square, composed of blob-like humanoid shapes in shades of rust and orange with tiny faceless heads, all of them inhaling swirls of piping-hot java. I remember thinking that it was sort of threatening, but what I did not realize at the time was that it was part of a much larger and slightly insidious graphic design trend with an on-the-nose name: Global Village Coffeehouse. It was TikTok where I learned this, thanks to a video by a woman who goes by the moniker Melina Bee and who has made dozens of videos explaining similarly niche gr

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A criminal justice expert’s guide to donating effectively

A protester with a sign reading “Prosecute Killer Cops, No Justice, No Peace, Defund the Police” protests in downtown Los Angeles on June 5. | Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/Getty ImagesChloe Cockburn’s job is finding and funding the highest-impact groups working on criminal justice. Here are her top picks. One of the most common questions I have heard friends ask in the 18 months since the George Floyd protests against police violence is: “How can I help?” While the question of what being a good member or ally of movements for racial justice means is vast and beyond the scope of this short article, I think it’s possible to say a bit about a narrower question: Where should a person who worries about the trajectory of criminal justice in America donate money? Chloe Cockburn has thought

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Share the Spirit: St. Vincent de Paul helps El Sobrante family after a crushing series of events

EL SOBRANTE, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 28: (Left) Theresa Parker hugs Brian Boyle (Right) in the Parker family’s backyard in El Sobrante, Calif., on Thursday, October 28, 2021. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County assists the Parkers with food distribution. (Dylan Bouscher/Bay Area News Group) According to its most recent annual report, the organization in 2019-20 provided an estimated 50,000 hot meals in its dining room, gave away tons of groceries, treated 670 uninsured patients for free at the medical clinic it opened a decade ago, donated four cars to families, helped about 1,800 people with housing in the form of rent subsidies, and equipped 24 people with job-search skills through its nearly six-month training program that includes part-time work.  Sometimes the care

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UK sees coldest night of the season as temperatures plunge to -8°C

Temperatures in Shap, Cumbria plummeted to an icy -8.7C (Picture: Reuters)Parts of the UK have had the coldest night of autumn so far, with temperatures plummeting to below zero. The Met Office said Shap in Cumbria recorded the lowest, at -8.7C (16.34F). Bridlington in East Yorkshire, meanwhile, recorded high levels of rainfall, with 14.6mm overnight on Sunday. Brits saw a mix of weather yesterday, with contrasts of sunshine, rain, sleet and snow. Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said the second coldest night of the season had been on Saturday. ‘The previous low was -6.4C which was recorded in Shap in Cumbria on the 28th. Over last night we recorded -8.7C (16.34F), also in Shap.’ However, the freeze will be replaced by a ‘warming trend’ today, followed by another dip in t

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Walters: California crime could become 2022’s hot-button election issue

Periodically, California experiences an uptick in crime — or at least an increase in public consciousness and concern about crime — and it becomes a political issue. During the 1970s, 1980s and into the 1990s, as crime rates and public fears were peaking, Republicans made big election gains by accusing Democratic rivals of being soft on crime. Republicans George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson rode the issue into the governorship, Republicans made substantial gains in the Legislature and it contributed greatly to three liberal Supreme Court justices being ousted by voters. The era also saw a spate of lock-‘em-up sentencing laws, such as “three strikes and you’re out,” that packed the prisons with tens of thousands of additional felons. By and by, as crime rates declined and the state’s politics

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Cal State blunder may mean loss of 3,000 new student housing beds

By Mikhail Zinshteyn, CalMatters Thousands of students at California State University may lose out on affordable housing because the Cal State system misread the fine print of a new state student housing program. The error — uncovered by CalMatters and acknowledged by Cal State officials — is straightforward but costly. In filling out paperwork required to get its portion of the $2 billion Gov. Gavin Newsom set aside for student housing, Cal State incorrectly assumed that it could use that money — and only that money — to build dorms and apartments for low-income students. In reality, state rules allow Cal State to combine this limited pot of state money with outside funds, such as dollars from bonds the university regularly issues. Using a mix of funds allows a campus to either build larg

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Brian Kelly’s LSU Decision Proves His Selfishness, Screws Over Yet Another 1 of His Teams

Brian Kelly of Notre Dame during a game against Georgia Tech on Nov. 20, 2021. | Michael Hickey/Getty ImagesThe news of Kelly reportedly accepting the job to be LSU’s next head coach came just two days after Notre Dame’s last regular-season game, as the Fighting Irish are 11-1. But their season isn’t even close to over yet. Notre Dame ranked No. 6 in last week’s College Football Playoff rankings, just two spots from actually making the CFP with a chance to play for a national championship game berth. Of course, they still have a bowl game whether they make the playoff or not. But, assuming the top five teams remain somewhat the same this week (Georgia, Michigan, Alabama, and Brian Kelly shocked the entire college football world on Monday when the news came out that he has reported

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Moment poor cyclist suffers eye-watering mishap in background of live TV segment

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video One hapless cyclist is dealing with one bruised ago, at the very least, after TV cameras captured a rather eye-watering mishap during a recent news bulletin. In Australia, Channel 10 anchor Chris Bath threw to reporter Anne-Maree Leonard who was on air delivering a live update following a factory fire in Belmont, Perth, when a couple of teens were seen riding behind her. Seems pretty innocent, nothing to see here – then BAM! With the burnt factory in the background of the shot, one of the kids is seen riding behind the journalist before their foot slips off the pedal in an apparent overdoing of the front brake, as he flies forward. In a

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TSB to shut 70 banks across UK in latest death on the high street

TSB is closing more banks next year (Picture: Shutterstock)TSB will shut 70 banks across the UK next year as more customers switch to online. There will be just 220 branches left by the end of June 2022, compared to 290 today. The closures mean TSB will have 150 fewer roles, but the bank says the workers affected will be offered alternative jobs. TSB began scaling back its branch network two years ago, but the shift to digital banking has accelerated during the pandemic. Nine in 10 transactions are now done online, while 90% of mortgage appointments at the bank are video calls. There is ‘no prospect of branch transactions returning to pre-Covid levels’, TSB said. It added there is a Post Office or a free-to-use cash point within a mile of every branch due to close. TSB

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Models, Actors and Influencers Star In Makeup Mogul Francois Nars’ New Photo Book

Imaan Hammam, New York, 2016(©François Nars/Rizzoli)Renowned photographer, beauty mogul, and French makeup legend François Nars “has never sought to hide the imperfections and oddities that give faces their personality, but rather to accentuate them in dramatic and surprising ways,” as Interview magazine puts it. It was Nars’ work with famed lensmen including Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Paolo Roversi, Bruce Weber, Helmut Newton, Steven Klein, and Steven Meisel, which first led him to get behind the lens. “Many times Meisel would invite me to look into the camera, and that helped me when I began photographing our [beauty] campaigns,” as he told Vogue. Now with several books to his credit, Nars has collaborated with famed publishing house Rizzoli on a long-awaited, limited edition,

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Tyler Cameron Responds To Hannah Brown’s Rejection Comments

Tyler Cameron is clapping back at Hannah Brown after the former Bachelorette said she was “caught off-guard” by his relationship with supermodel Gigi Hadid. On Monday, Nov. 29, Cameron appeared on Nikki and Brie Bella’s The Bellas Podcast, where he was asked to address some of the recent comments Brown made about their former relationship in interviews and in her new memoir, Bless This Mess. “Obviously there was a recent headline with Hannah Brown,” Nikki began. “She came out with a book, right, and just mentioned how she’s so heartbroken over [your] rejection.” In the book, Brown wrote about wanting to get back with Cameron after calling off her engagement to Season 15 winner Jed Wyatt. “We were pretty hot and heavy there for a while, and a part of me was ready to open myself up to him co

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions including Man Utd vs Arsenal plus Everton vs Liverpool

Michael Owen has delivered his predictions for this week’s Premier League matches (Getty)Manchester United’s clash with Arsenal and the first Merseyside derby of the season between Liverpool and Everton are the two standout Premier League fixtures this week. United are set to have new interim manager Ralf Rangnick watching from the stands as they host Arsenal at Old Trafford. The Gunners have been in excellent form after a poor start to the season with seven wins out of their last 10 Premier League games. Liverpool, meanwhile, have picked up momentum in recent weeks with two consecutive 4-0 victories in the Premier League over Arsenal and Southampton. Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Everton, who have lost five out of their last six league games under Rafa Benitez. Elsewhere, Chel

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Amouranth planning retirement from Twitch as she buys a 7-Eleven for £7.5 million

Amouranth has an exit plan (pic: Twitter)Twitch streamer Amouranth is thinking of calling it quits and is already making investments by buying a petrol station and 7-Eleven. Considering how many times Twitch streamer Kaitlyn ‘Amouranth’ Siragusa has been banned from the platform already, some suspect it’s only a matter of time before it happens again. If she does leave though, it may be on her own terms, as she’s increasingly been talking retiring from content creation altogether. She’s already made some major investments over the past month, buying a petrol station in early November and, more recently, purchasing a 7-Eleven for a whopping $10 million (roughly £7.5 million). While she technically only owns a quarter of it, it’s still a major acquisition, since it’s apparently in a

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