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Harriette Cole: My boss lost his job because of what I said, and my co-workers are whispering

DEAR HARRIETTE: Last month I found out that my boss was an alcoholic. It came to my attention that he had begun drinking again, and it was clear to me that it was affecting his job performance. Harriette Cole I work in a warehouse with machinery, and it is extremely unsafe to work under the influence. I went to the board to make a complaint, and he was removed temporarily from his position; our district manager offered the higher-up position to me. I never imagined being offered a promotion. Now my co-workers are beginning to whisper, saying that I turned in my boss in order to steal his job, but that is not how it went. I want everyone to trust me and not think I am a sneaky liar. I was thinking about stepping down, but the salary and benefits are great, and I love having the extra respon

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I Wear These Ankle Weights All The Time—And Love Them

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/Food52I won’t lie—staying accountable for my workouts has been tricky these days. I’m normally a runner, but not in the winter. I’ve tried to transform my bike into a stationary bike and while that has been helpful, it’s only one piece of the fitness puzzle. There are a lot of really cool, fancy schmancy workout products out there—none of which I know how to use or have the desire to know how to use. I like to keep things simple, and so I was delighted to discover wrist and ankle weights that can transform any workout I choose to do. Enter Bala Bangles. Each “bangle” is just one pound and easy to strap onto your wrists or ankles. They are made of recycled stainless steel (to give them some weight) and then wrapped in silicone so if you drop th...

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How Elements Get Added to Crosswords

Rebecca Tulis16-Across in Monday's puzzle read [Gas that comprises about 1% of air] for a five-letter answer. If you said ARGON, give yourself a high-five! Elements abound in crosswords: In addition to ARGON, you'll also see copious amounts of NEON, IRON, and RADON (which is dangerous in real life, but not in a puzzle grid). LEAD also finds its way into many puzzles, though of course it can be clued in many ways besides as an element thanks to its status as a homonym. These elemental names are commonly seen in crosswords because of their short length, abundance of common letters, and familiarity. MOLYBDENUM, PRASEODYMIUM, and PROTACTINIUM are all, I'm sure, wonderful elements, but their lengths and unfamiliarity keep them pretty much shut out of puzzles. at The Daily Beast. ...read mor...

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Parler’s CEO John Matze is ‘confident’ the controversial social-media platform will fully return by the end of January, after Amazon booted it offline

Summary List PlacementJohn Matze, the CEO of the controversial social-media platform Parler, is "confident" the site will be live again by the end of January. Parler was dropped by its website host Amazon Web Services (AWS) on January 11. AWS said the platform "poses a very real risk to public safety." The site has since registered its domain with Epik and returned on Sunday as a static page containing a brief note from Matze, alongside an update on the site's "technical difficulties." "I'm confident that by the end of the month, we'll be back up," Matze told Fox News Sunday night. Parler, which describes itself as a "nonpartisan" haven for free speech, had become a hub for President Donald Trump's supporters after many of their Twitter accounts were purged from the social media site, a...

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Rudy Giuliani realized he can’t actually be Trump’s impeachment lawyer because he’s a witness in the case

Summary List PlacementRudy Giuliani now says he won't be a part of President Trump's impeachment defense team because he was a witness to what happened. The president's personal lawyer told ABC News Chief White House Jonathan Karl that he is ineligible to defend Trump against the charges of inciting an insurrection because he too was at the event.  "Because I gave an earlier speech [at the January 6 Trump rally], I am a witness and therefore unable to participate in court or Senate chamber," he told Karl. Giuliani appeared at Trump's "Save America" rally in the hours prior to the Capitol Building insurrection and told the crowd that it was time for "trial by combat." "If we are wrong we will be made fools of, but if we're right a lot of them will go to jail. So let's have trial by comb...

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Miss Manners: How do I tell friends and family I’m too busy for this petty nonsense?

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Currently, I am in my master’s program, and in a state of intense work within my field. I am also a mother of three and run a nonprofit organization. I’m a busy lady with not a lot of time for B.S. My friends and family know I am busy, that I am trying to focus, and how important this is to me. These “friends and family” are not only unsupportive but also contacting me about really arbitrary, useless things. I just want them to leave me alone for the next few months until my qualifying review. I’ll deal with the “unsupportive” part later. How do I nicely tell people to leave me alone? GENTLE READER: It’s a good thing that you added the word “nicely.” You sound exasperated, and in danger of saying something that will keep them away when you want them to congratulate you o

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Will America Ever Acknowledge Its White Supremacy Problem?

SAUL LOEB/GettyAfter 2020 finally ended, 2021 started out with an insurrection incited by the President of the United States and with 4,112 COVID-19 deaths in a single day. Despite hope that the new year would be a better one, it feels like nothing has changed. George Floyd’s murder in May 2020 was followed by an intense wave of protests and countless statements rightfully identifying racism as the cause of police brutality. White people joined book clubs and communities to learn about racism and privilege. White-dominated organizations hired consultants to implement diversity, equity and inclusion training and committees. Yet, this didn’t prevent Black, Latinx and Native American persons from disproportionately dying from COVID-19. It did not stop 125 Black men from being shot and killed...

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Goldman Sachs lifts US GDP forecast to 6.6% in 2021 on Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package

Summary List Placement Goldman Sachs raised its US GDP forecast to 6.6% on Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan. Bank economists now project a lower US unemployment rate of 4.5%, down from 4.8%. Biden's $1,400 stimulus checks will cause a "large spike" in disposable income, they said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Goldman Sachs has turned even more optimistic on the outlook for the US economy this year under President-elect Joe Biden.  In a weekend note to clients, economists at the bank raised their forecast for US GDP to 6.6% in 2021 from 6.4%. Goldman now expects a lower US unemployment rate of 4.5% at the end of 2021, down from 4.8%. The projected economic expansion will be fueled by a boost in disposable incomes and government spending, the bank said, a...

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Cult Icon John Lurie Is Back to Soothe Your Soul in ‘Painting With John’

HBOJohn Lurie—saxophonist, singer, actor, director, and painter—is a true jack-of-all trades, best known for founding and leading the Lounge Lizards jazz ensemble, his performances in Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise and Down by Law (as well as his work on HBO’s Oz), and his sterling IFC/Bravo TV series Fishing with John, in which he took various famous friends (Jarmusch, Tom Waits, Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe, and Dennis Hopper) on fishing trips around the world. Few artists have had a career as eclectic and surprising as Lurie, and thus his disappearance from the national stage over the past two decades due to battles with chronic Lyme disease and cancer has been a significant loss to the worlds of music, television, and the movies. That all changes, however, on Jan. 22, when Lurie m...

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Dear Abby: My husband says it’s inexcusably selfish of me to exercise

DEAR ABBY: As a way to manage my stress and anxiety when COVID hit, I started to exercise. Neither my husband, “Chris,” nor I had ever been into fitness at all. As the months have gone on, I have realized the power of being healthy, and I try to exercise every day. Jeanne Phillips The problem? Chris is angry. He calls it “me time” and has made it very difficult for me to go. I tried swimming in the morning before work, but he said he couldn’t manage at home to get our 2-year-old ready for school. I tried to go to the gym in the early evening, but he said he needs me to help get the children ready for bed. I tried running later at night, but it didn’t feel safe, and I also had trouble falling asleep. Related Articles Dear Abby: I don’t want these low-life relatives in our

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Republicans, Keep Dr. King’s Name Out of Your Mouths

Win McNamee/GettyMLK Day comes this year just as the nation prepares for a new (and better) president, and reckons with the violent threats of Trump and his white supremacist supporters to the transition of power. There are two quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a radical and transformational leader, that come to mind when thinking about the fight then and now for civil rights in a society that has remained stubborn to evolve: “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus” and, speaking of today’s GOP, “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Incredibly, King’s messages of nonviolence and unity were invoked on the floor of Congress last week to defend the likes of white supremacist Donald Trump fro...

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Danger to life warning as two months of rain to fall in a day before more snow

Two months’ worth of rain is set to fall in a day on already-saturated ground from melting snow (Picture: PA / Met Office)Melting snow and heavy rainfall could cause dangerous flooding across large parts of England and Wales this week. The Met Office has issued an amber warning for rain as two months’ worth of rain is set to fall in a day on already-saturated ground from melting snow. The severe weather warning includes Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and Wakefield and is valid from 6am tomorrow until midnight on Wednesday. A further yellow warning is issued across the rest of England and Wales on Wednesday and Thursday. Chief meteorologist from the Met Office, Neil Armstrong, said: ‘A wide area of rainfall will move across central parts of the UK on Monday evening and bring hea...

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Shots fired at off-duty suburban cop in Gresham

Someone fired shots at an off-duty suburban police officer Jan. 17, 2021, in Gresham. | Sun-Times file photoThe officer, a 52-year-old man, got into an argument with three males in a red Kia Sorento about 10:35 p.m. after the officer was rear-ended on a expressway ramp, Chicago police said. Someone fired shots at an off-duty suburban police officer Sunday during a road rage incident in Gresham on the South Side. The officer, a 52-year-old man, got into an argument with three males in a red Kia Sorento about 10:35 p.m. after the officer was rear-ended on a expressway ramp, Chicago police said. When the vehicles pulled away from the light, someone in the Sorento fired shots at the officer’s vehicle in the 1000 block of West 87th Street, shattering the rear window, police said. No injur...

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Missing dad ‘swept out to sea with his dog’ as police call off Coastguard

Gareth Jones was last seen on Saturday with his cockapoo Connie (Picture: Sussex Police/BPM Media)A huge search for a missing father and his dog has been scaled down after CCTV footage appeared to show them being swept out to sea. Gareth Jones, 69, was last seen at Basin Road South near Hove at around 1pm on Saturday and did not return home. His last known whereabouts were with his cockapoo called Connie at a fishmongers called Fish. Despite overnight searches, there were no sight of Mr Jones or his dog. The Coastguard and lifeboat crews have been called off (Picture: SussexLive/BPM Media) Gareth Jones was last seen with his cockapoo Connie at a fishmongers (Picture: Sussex Police)His daughter Rhian Jones thanked all the helpers who looked for her dad in a social media post....

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