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Paris Hilton’s Brother Conrad Sued For Get Into A Car Crash … The Day After He Induced A Plea Deal For A Different Wreck!

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Conrad Hilton simply can’t stay out of trouble.

A lawsuit

Miz Auld recollects Paris’ scandalized sibling examining startled with his hands in the air just before he gate-crashed into her vehicle.

She also alleges the real estate heir threw a bong out his window, and had thrown up all over himself before going out of his car.

Kelly claims in her suit that Conrad had been banned from driving after penetrating a court-appointed stimulant medication program last year.

The SUV was registered to his father Rick Hilton ‘s firm Hilton& Hyland .

The craziest side about this whole happen is that the disintegrate apparently went down just one day after the disturbed person had made a request treat involving his high-speed 2014 disintegrate in Palm Springs.

[ Image via Conrad Hilton/ Instagram .]

6-Yr-Old Confesses Why Hes a Naughty Boy to SantaThen Santa Whispers 5 Words

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“It’s OK to be you.”

These five little words may seem like no big deal to me or you, but for one little boy with autism, they changed his world.

When 6-year-old Landon Johnson went to sit on Santa’s lap at the RiverTown Crossings Mall, it started out pretty typical as he relayed all the gifts he would like that year: a Wii, a remote control car, and a toy dinosaur.

But what Landon’s mom did NOT expect is that he would rush back to Santa’s lap to confess something that he thought was really really bad about himself. He wanted to let Santa know he had autism. Even more heartbreaking is the question he posed after the confession.

“Will my autism put me on the naughty list?” Landon asked. To his mom’s amazement, Santa just started rubbing her son’s hands to calm him down, as he told him, “It’s okay to be you.”

“You know I love you and the reindeer love you and it’s OK. You’re a good boy,” Santa told WOOD-TV. “You’re a good boy, you know.”

“This stranger in a red suit told my son the same message I’ve been trying to get through to him for a while now—that he’s special and I love him just the way he was made,” Landon’s mom told Today.com. “Seeing Landon’s face light up in that moment was just incredible. I couldn’t stop crying.”

His mom shared this heartwarming picture and post on Facebook that has since been shared by thousands of others touched by their story:

“I had an AMAZING experience w the Santa at the RiverTown Crossings Mall and I want to share my story with you:

My child is amazing! He has his quirks and drives me bonkers, but he is amazing! The other day he went to see Santa w the cousins. He said his peace to the old man in red and walked away. While aunt Brittany waited for pictures to print, he went back to Santa bc he wanted to tell him that he has Autism. He was flapping his hands, all excited to let Santa know that he has autism.

Santa sat him next to him and took L’s hands in his and started rubbing them, calming them down. Santa asked L if it bothered him, having Autism? L said yes, sometimes. Then Santa told him it shouldn’t. It shouldn’t bother him to be who he is. L told Santa that sometimes he gets in trouble at school and it’s hard for people to understand that he has autism, and that he’s not a naughty boy. Santa told L to not worry and that he has been a very good boy being who he is. They sat, and chatted for at least 5 mins. Santa payed close attention and listened to him. This just melts this momma’s heart! My child is a great advocate for himself. But this day was different. He opened up to this person about who he was and he was accepted. He wasn’t a science experiment, like he gets treated when most people find out he autistic. He was Landon, sitting with Santa and being told that it was ok to be himself. Mommy tells him all the time that he’s special and I love him the way he was made, but it’s always nice to hear it from others. To be told that it’s ok to be who he is.

We have met a lot of amazing people in our Autism journey, but this one made the top of the list.
Shout out to the Santa at the RiverTown Crossings Mall. You.are.AMAZING!”

Share Landon’s incredible story of Santa’s unconditional love to keep the Christmas cheer alive and raise awareness for special boys just like him!

If you’d like to learn more about how you can support the autistic community, visit Autism Speaks today. 

Read more: https://faithit.com/6-yr-old-confesses-hes-naughty-boy-santa-santa-whispers-5-words/

Teslas Burning Through Nearly Half a Million Dollars Every Hour

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Elon Musk said last week that Tesla Inc. is designing a new sports car that could go from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds. Not bad, but here’s a speed number that investors might want to focus on instead: 

Over the past 12 months, the electric-car maker has been burning money at a clip of about $8,000 a minute (or $480,000 an hour), Bloomberg data show. At this pace, the company is on track to exhaust its current cash pile on Monday, Aug. 6. (At 2:17 a.m. New York time, if you really want to be precise.)

To be fair, few Tesla watchers expect the cash burn to continue at quite such a breakneck pace, and the company itself says it’s ramping up output of its all-important Model 3, which will bring money in the door. Investors don’t seem concerned. Tesla shares rose almost 3 percent to $317.81 Tuesday, giving it a market capitalization of $53 billion. Ford Motor Co. is worth $48 billion.

But still, its need for fresh cash came into high relief last week when Musk unveiled his latest plan to raise funds. He’s asking customers to pay him upfront to order vehicles that may not be delivered for years.

The Founders Series Roadster will cost buyers a $250,000 down payment even though it’s not coming for more than two years. Orders of those cars are capped at 1,000, meaning they alone could generate $250 million. Tesla is charging a total of $50,000 for reservations of the regular Roadster. Companies can also pre-order electric Semi trucks for $5,000, though they don’t go into production until 2019.

But all this is a pittance compared with Tesla’s financial needs. It’s blowing through more than $1 billion a quarter thanks to massive investment in making the Model 3, a $35,000 car that’s looking less likely to generate a return anytime soon.

“Whether they can last another 10 months or a year, he needs money, and quickly,” said Kevin Tynan, senior analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence, who estimates Tesla will be required to raise at least $2 billion in fresh capital by mid-2018.

Ample Money

Tesla has said it has ample money to meet its target of producing 5,000 Model 3 sedans by the end of March. After that date, the company expects to “generate significant cash flows from operating activities,” Tesla said in a Nov. 1 letter to shareholders. Tesla’s capital expenditures should also decline as the company pays off its expenses related to the Model 3, CFO Deepak Ahuja said on a conference call the same day.

Dave Arnold, a spokesman for Palo Alto-based Tesla, declined to elaborate.

Tesla’s options are limited.

It’s already drawing down on more of its revolving credit facilities than ever before. And while the bond market is a possible route, it may not be especially welcoming right now. Investors who bought $1.8 billion of debt three months ago remain under water even after the notes recovered a bit from a low of 93.88 cents on the dollar early this month.

That may leave selling equity as the most viable option. But that, of course, would dilute existing shareholders, and Musk, at 20 percent, is the biggest.

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“So long as the company is burning cash, it will remain dependent on the patience and enthusiasm of public markets or the deep pockets of a white knight,” said Christian Hoffmann, a money manager at Thornburg Investment Management.

Interactive: The Future According to Elon Musk

    Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-21/tesla-is-blowing-through-8-000-every-minute-amid-model-3-woes

    Margaret Thatcher’s resignation offended politicians in US and USSR, registers reveal

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    Emotional Henry Kissinger called to say it was worse than a death in the family and Soviet ambassador reported consternation

    Margaret Thatchers abandonment as British “ministers ” provoked rips in Washington and bewilderment in Moscow, is in accordance with trade secrets Downing Street file exhausted on Friday.

    Henry Kissinger rang Downing Street in a very emotional state saying her decision to resign was worse than a fatality in the family, while Thatchers closest consultant, Charles Powell, told the US national defence consultant, General Brent Scowcroft, that her deviation was a sad commentary on conditions of loyalty in politics.

    The Downing Street file entitled The Resignation of the “Ministers “, Margaret Thatcher, includes eulogies from world leaders to Thatcher, a two-page briefing note from the cabinet secretary explaining why an immediate general election was not necessary, and a acceptance action plan setting out a timetable for the fateful epoch of 22 November 1990.

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    Thatcher on her judgement day in Downing Street. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian

    It also contains a strange 1991 rebuttal by John Wakeham, then a cabinet minister, of allegations in a forthcoming book by the correspondent Alan Watkins that he had deliberately triggered Thatchers downfall by initiating the ceremony of cabinet ministers who one by one informed her she would not win a second round leadership ballot against Michael Heseltine.

    Thatcher quit to leave the field clear for John Major and Douglas Hurd to fight off Heseltine, a move recorded by the Guardian that day under the headline: Battle to halt the usurper.

    The cabinet documents for 1989 and 1990 secreted at the National Archive at Kew on Friday also include the minutes of Thatchers last-place cabinet gratify, during which she said her consultations among peers had indicated that all were supportive but most thought that it was now unlikely she would prevail the ballot. Officially the instants record that the cabinet took note, with profound sadness, of the statement by the prime minister.

    The files likewise contain articles from the October 1989 acceptance of her chancellor, Nigel Lawson, which evidence Thatchers principal private secretary, Andrew Turnball, told her that she could pass his resignation to her advantage by exposing his program of trying to get sterling into the European Monetary System by the back door by shadowing the Deutschmark despite her opposition.

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    Thatcher with Nigel Lawson. Photograph: Manchester Daily Express/ SSPL via Getty Images

    Thatchers departure was partially triggered by popular resentment over the canvas tariff, which she championed. It was seen as an is making an effort to alteration additional burdens of taxes from the rich to the poor and as an example of an increasingly authoritarian mode of leadership.

    Geoffrey Howe renounced as deputy prime minister at the opening up of November in declaration over her European policies and in an agonising Commons discussion recommended the time had come for defendant colleagues to consider their own response to the terrible conflict of allegiances with which I have myself wrestled for perhaps too long. Michael Heseltine then objection her for the Conservative party leadership, provoking a game from which she subsequently moved.

    The Downing Street articles show that while Thatchers resignation was regarded as a slow-motion car accident by those at Westminster, it was saluted with incomprehension in the wider world.

    In Kissingers psychological phone call to No 10 he told Thatchers foreign policy adviser, Powell, that she had been one of the great people of modern times and nothing outside Britain surely nothing outside Westminster could understand how your fellow Conservatives could have done this.

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    Henry Kissinger, the former United states secretary of state. Photo: PA

    The feeling was even more acute in Moscow. The Soviet ambassador handed over a personal letter to Margaret from Mikhail Gorbachev saying there had been bewilderment at the turn of events: Gorbachev had sent Shevardnadze[ his foreign minister] out of a high level fit in the Kremlin to telephone him, to find out what on globe was going on and how such a thing “couldve been” imaginable, preserved Powell.

    The ambassador said that he had indeed felt it very hard to explain. Indeed, there was a certain irony. Five years ago they had defendant takeovers in the Soviet Union and elections held in Britain. Now it seemed to be the other way round.

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    Thatcher with Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. Photograph: AFP/ Getty Images

    A Foreign Office review of Italian press reaction says various newspapers compared her to Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria and the general idea is that she was a great chairman introduced down by her own intransigence. One Italian weekly, Panorama, takes the position that although the domestic economy, the referendum tax and Europe were major factors in her increasing unpopularity most British politicians saw it unbearable that the status of women should continue to lead them.

    The eulogies are also notable for the personal meanings from the heads of the security services. Patrick Walker of MI5 thanks her for her reinforce, particularly as the first part of the 1980 s with the Bettaney instance and its aftermath and the Peter Wright saga were not easy.

    The Downing Street file reveals that while global leaders were aloud singing her praises her own cabinet colleagues were notably little effusive. A collect among members of her last locker organized by Ken Baker. It was enough to buy a duet of silver candlesticks. But her successor, John Major, have recognized that the presentation should take place softly in the lord chancellors lodges at Westminster as this would be both little unpleasant for her and too allure less publicity than an affair for this purpose in No 10.

    She Bought A Puppy Off Of Craigslist. A Day Later, She Had To Make An Awful Decision

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    According to Craigslist’s terms of use, selling pets on the site is prohibited. However, it does allow users to rehome their pets and charge prospective adopters a small fee via its pet section.

    But because these rules haven’t been strictly regulated in the past, many have abused them for nefarious purposes, including selling animals to research labs, as bait in dog fighting rings, or even to people who torture them for fun. One young woman from Portland, Oregon, became the victim of such a seller back in 2015 when she bought a puppy from someone she thought was a reputable breeder. She only got to spend 24 hours with her new friend before being forced to make a gut-wrenching decision.

    After coming across an ad on Craigslist for an Akita mix, Kristen Jondahl arranged to meet the seller in a parking lot in Lacey, Washington. She named the puppy Lacey.

    Jondahl noticed that Lacey was quiet on the car ride home, but she chalked it up to her being tired after the day’s events. The morning after, though, Lacey began throwing up.

    She immediately took Lacey to a local vet, where she was devastated to learn the puppy had parvovirus, a highly contagious and life-threatening illness. Painful as it was for her, Jondahl chose the most humane option for Lacey — euthanasia.

    Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/craigslist-puppy-death/

    Nick Jonas Drooped His “Find You” Music Video& We’re All Freaking Out

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    OMG, you guys. Today is already a great day. Nick Jonas’ “Find You” music video is eventually here, and it’s certainly, really good. Nick Jonas, the international male of sexy, is always surprising us with brand new music, and this time it’s something entirely, absolutely stylish. Jonas’ new sung, “Find You, ” is the sort of soothing motif to get you in the mood to dance on the beach with a cluster of attractive strangers. Jonas does that in the music video, and it is truly inspiring for me. Can I do that? Is that what a beach day with Jonas is like? If so, sign me up.

    Jonas plummeted “Find You” on Sept. 14, 2017, and the whole world started bobbing their fronts. We know where to find you, Nick Jonas. You can find him on the radio until forever because this song is catchy AF, y’all. So what does this music video genuinely symbolize? Who is it about, and why is he driving an expensive auto so close to the ocean? Watch out, dude! One of the melodics says, “I look for you in the center of the sun.” I have no clue what that could intend, but do not watch immediately at the sunlight, beings. It’s not worth it to merely find a whodunit girlfriend that remains obscuring from you. No way.

    This is Jonas’ second song to come out the summer months, and we aren’t mad about it. The song, “Remember I Told You” was the catchy theme released in May. It boasted Mike Posner and Anne Marie, and it showcased Jonas’ sultry voice. Mama like. Both songs are completely different, but these are sensual.

    One thing is for certain, Jonas knows how to connect with his devotees. In October of 2016, he told

    Heartbreak is a topic that a lot of parties relate to — the challenges of the next steps in your life, and when some openings open, and how you approach the next ones opening … I construed pretty quickly that it was a lot of what my devotees could relate to. It’s nerve-wracking when[ the seems] are as personal as the ones that I shared were. But I feel allayed when I use my writing as a style to treat — it’s exceedingly therapeutic.

    Jonas is getting deep, and I like it.

    Here are more texts to deeply analyze 😛 TAGEND

    I took a capsule but it didn’t help me numb
    I see your face even when my sees are shut
    But I never really know where to find you

    I taste the words that keep falling out your mouth
    If I could love you I would never put you down
    But I never actually know where to find you

    Where to find you
    Where to find you
    But I never actually know where to find you
    Try, try, try
    Try, try, try
    Try, try, try
    But I never actually know where to find you

    I’m guessing, based on the music video, Jonas is stumbling through a sweltering, steamy desert all alone, and finally detects the beautiful California coast. Although one would assume the first stop would be immediately into the monstrous body of water, Jonas instead dances with all the beautiful women on the beach. Hey, we all have our priorities. Is he looking for that special female “hes losing” long ago? Is he searching for himself? Oh, Jonas. You are a strange man.

    At the end of the video, Jonas climbs into a Lyft on the beach and leaves. Yes, he gets into a freakin’ Lyft. I couldn’t believe it either, but it happened. Times that have intend, or is it cunning make placement? Maybe a little bit of both, candidly. Although Jonas never seems to find who he’s go looking for, the music video is a yummy treat.

    Now, let’s all get out there and shake our hips to this sexy little song and find our inner dance! Afterall, we’re all looking for something.

    Check out the entire Gen Why sequence and other videos on Facebook and the Bustle app across Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire Tv .

    Wimbledon: Venus Williams, Sam Querrey and CoCo Vandeweghe contribute US charge

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    The five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams has returned to the quarter-finals at the All England Club

    The five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams has returned to the quarter-finals at the All England Club with a 6-3, 6-2 succes over 19 -year-old Ana Konjuh of Croatia. She is joined in the last eight by her compatriot CoCo Vandeweghe, who overpowered the No5 seed Caroline Wozniacki. There was more success for the US in the mens draw as Sam Querrey drummed Kevin Anderson in five establisheds to set up a rally with the predominating champion, Andy Murray. Querrey also reached the last eight last year after his upset victory over Novak Djokovic.

    The 37 -year-old Williams established her grand slam debut at the 1997 French Open, seven months before Konjuh was born.

    Williams served impeccably, making seven virtuosoes and winning 31 of 36 first-serve details. Williams will next face the French Open champion, Jelena Ostapenko, in the quarter-finals. The 20 -year-old Latvian, who won her first tour-level designation at Roland Garros last month, hit fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-3, 7-6 on Court 12.

    Vandeweghe is into the quarter-finals at Wimbledon after her 7-6( 7-4 ), 6-4 win on No3 Court. The 24 th-seeded American had eight superstars while Wozniacki had zero.

    Wozniacki has already been to contact the quarter-finals at the All England Club in 11 appearings but has advanced to that stagecoach at the other three grand slam occasions, including 2 US Open finals. Vandeweghe also made it to the quarter-finals at the All England Club two summers ago, when she lost to Maria Sharapova.

    It was Williams first match since police in Florida rescinded their original conclusion that she was at fault in a two-car accident last month. A fare in the other vehicle expired approximately two weeks later. Police said on Friday that video showed Williams legally entered the intersection and now no accuse has been determined in the accident.

    Williams has enjoyed late vocation success over the past 12 months. She reached the semi-finals at last years Wimbledon and arrived at the final of the Australian Open her first grand slam final since 2009 in January, where she lost to her sister, Serena.

    He Just Wanted What Was Best For Me

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    God & Man

    When we met, he told me how much he adored me for being so ambitious, so independent.

    “You’re not like other girls. You’re so smart and strong. You’ve accomplished so much. I can actually have a conversation with you!”

    I was young and I didn’t know that men who said things like this, were not men you should have around. I brushed it off because he was right. I was smart and strong, and his opinions about me didn’t matter to me. He was a witty law undergrad, and he made me laugh. I enjoyed his company. Pretty soon we were dating.

    I continued being the girl he claimed to adore, only a more extreme version. I steamed ahead with my own successes, while emotionally supporting him as he quit his job to pursue his dreams. We talked about building a future together. I helped him start his dream business, a box gym, and having been a strategist at one of the biggest global gym chains, I was able to talk him through the process, step by step. Having spent much of my career coming up with names for businesses, I did the same for him. I built his brand, developed his strategy. I held him while he sobbed at night over the erratic nature of entrepreneur-life, comforted him through the fickle nature of customer retention, pulled out charts and graphs to show him that this was a predictable part of the startup phase.

    “Nobody turns profits immediately,” I reassured him. “It’s going to be okay.”

    I took control of the parts of the business he couldn’t, often without him knowing, because I didn’t want him to stress out further. Because I had experience that he didn’t. Because he was childlike and fragile, despite his muscle and brawn, and I wanted to protect him.

    Because I wanted what was best for him.

    But I wasn’t super woman. I was working a full-time job, writing books at night, maintaining my own part-time business, pursuing my own dreams. The macro- and micro-managing took its toll on me. At some point, I suggested he take over the parts of his business I was handling, or make me a partner in it. Like a strong, accomplished woman would do.

    He got angry.

    “I didn’t ask you to help with any of it,” he snapped.

    This was the first time I felt reality tilt. I distinctly remembered him asking me to come up with a name for his gym, to find a designer to design his logo, to set up his website. Because he had never had a proper job or bank account, we ran all his digital ads through my credit card. My address was listed as the primary address on all his email servers, his Google alerts, his business and search ratings. To this day, six years post our break up, they still are. Why?

    We’d been in his car when he said it. It was a sweltering summer’s day, and we were turning into Strand Street near the Cathedral in Cape Town. I was busy putting the exchange servers for his email into his phone.

    “Is it working now?” he asked.

    “Yes. It’s working.”

    “Thank you so much,” he replied. “I don’t know what I’d do without you, my lioness.”

    That’s what he used to call me. Lioness.

    On another occasion, he would interrupt me while I was at work with a phone call.

    “How do I get a sign made in the shape of our logo?”

    It would take me an hour to tell him which printers to go to. To ask for something called a ‘die-cut’. To choose a light wood, so that it could be mounted. I reminded him of his Pantone, so that his colors would all match up.

    “Thank you, my lioness. I don’t know what I’d do without you.”

    After that day, when I’d asked him for some help, some acknowledgment, he started distancing himself from me. I would hear from his friends that he’d say, “She’s just not much of a homemaker. She’s a little bit… crazy.”

    He was right. I was too busy running half his business, as well as my own. Winning awards, writing a book that would go on to get four and five star reviews. Managing his emotions.

    It left little time to care too much about cushions and vases. And honestly? It was making me a bit mad. I would collapse on weekends, exhausted.

    “Why do you sleep so much?” he’d ask. “Are you depressed?”

    Sometimes I wondered if we occupied the same reality.

    He came from a wealthy family. His father had bought him his first home, and hired an interior designer to decorate it. He’d never worked three jobs. He’d never really had a proper job, to be fair. I was sympathetic. He just didn’t understand, I told myself.

    I cried. A lot. Mostly on my own, but sometimes I’d cry in front of him.

    “Why are you so emotional?” he started saying.

    “You really shouldn’t drink that much Coke Light.”

    “You look ridiculous in those glasses.”

    “Are you really wearing those pants?”

    He’d look at my body in a bikini, push his lips to one side.

    I was tiny. Shrinking. Inside and out.

    So small, I’d stopped questioning what was going on.

    So small, I’d started believing him.

    He in turn, got bigger every day, pushing heavier weights, downing Creatine protein shakes, obsessively staring at himself in mirrors.

    “Maybe if I stop eating avo I can cut some calories…?” I mumbled.

    But he’d tuned out, absorbed in his phone, editing pictures of himself. Choosing a filter for Instagram that would make his abs look the most cut.

    “You should really stop posting pictures of yourself on the internet,” he said to me at some point. “You’re starting to look a bit vain.”

    One night, on a weekend trip to attend the wedding of close friends, we were eating dinner, and he finished his food before me. Suddenly he stormed out of the room, slamming plates, doors.

    “What’s wrong?” I asked, concerned. “Are you okay?”

    I didn’t finish my dinner. I got into bed and stared back of his head. I hated myself for chewing so loudly that I’d pushed away the man I loved.

    I resolved to chew softer. To be quieter.

    I started speaking less and running excessively.

    Ten kilometers became twelve. Thirteen. Fourteen. Fifteen.

    Twice a week became three, four, five.

    “Running doesn’t make you thin,” he said. “Only strength training makes you thin.”

    I’d been a runner long before I met him. Exercise had been a source of joy for me, a way for me to reconnect with my body.

    “But I run because I love it.”

    He’d snorted.

    “Might as well not bother.”

    At home, I would stare at myself in the mirror.

    I’d spent much of my life dealing with body issues and eating disorders, something running had soothed and solved. Had it all been a waste of time? At lunches with his family, I’d stare at his sister’s shoulder blades, poking out of her skin like coat hangers; a tiny, delicate pterodactyl in Country Road dresses.

    “Men actually find strong women sexy,” he’d say, directly contradicting himself.

    His sister would peck at her food, pushing it around her plate.

    “Are you really going to have another piece of cake?” he’d say to me.

    I began dissociating, detaching from the endless emotional push and pull.

    “I just want to help you. I just want what’s best for you,” he’d say.

    I believed him. I needed help. Faced with the apparent disaster that was me, I’d cry.

    I’d cry and cry and cry.

    “I think you should see a psychologist,” he said. “It’s clear that you have problems. You have pain you need to deal with.”

    At this point, I believed him. The pain was real.

    I went to a psychologist, who told me that he was toxic, his behavior controlling. This wasn’t what I wanted to hear, though. I was the problem, I explained. So I stopped going to the psychologist. But my boyfriend did not like this.

    “You really need to sort yourself out,” he said. “It’s those friends of yours, they’re a bad influence.”

    I’d long lost the will to argue. I began seeing my best friend in secret.

    “I’m glad you’re not hanging out with her anymore. Let’s face it, she’s a slut. You know I’m only saying this because I love you, right? Because I’m concerned for you.”

    “I know,” I said, through tears. “I know.”

    My gran died a month before her 99th birthday.

    He didn’t come with me to the funeral. He went to gym, instead.

    “I’m going for a new PB today,” he’d texted me that morning. “I’ll let you know how it goes.”

    When I called him on my way home, I asked if he could help me carry a chair I’d retrieved from her room in the retirement village, a keepsake by which to remember her.

    He was waiting outside my apartment when I returned.

    “I smashed the workout!” he said. “Record time. How was the funeral?”

    I can’t remember what I said. What do you say?

    When we got inside, I opened the balcony door so my cat could go outside. He stepped out and found an ashtray. I’d smoked a joint a few nights earlier, with my now secret bestie, trying to ease my grief. Trying to sleep better. Trying to get by. What happened next is a blur.

    He erupted into a rage. He smashed the ashtray, pushed open the door, stormed out of the house.

    He yelled something, I can’t remember what. I remember feeling fear; physical, emotional. There was swearing. I tugged at his arms, he shrugged me off. I stood in front of his car as he tried to drive away. He revved his engine, me sprawled across the bonnet.

    “Just talk to me,” I pleaded.

    We were that couple. Neighbours peered out of their windows. After he drove away, he refused to take my calls for two weeks. When he finally did, he was the one sitting crying in my lounge.

    “I don’t think I can do this,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been chosen, by God. Like, this gym is my calling. I need to focus on it.”

    And just like that, I realized I wasn’t the crazy person.

    He still runs his gym. The other day I saw he put up a post, thanking everyone who’d helped him get to where he is. My name isn’t listed there. Like so many women who’ve built the careers of men, I’d been erased.

    It’s okay. I doubt he did it maliciously.

    He probably just wanted what was best for me.

    Read more: https://thoughtcatalog.com/alexandra-van-tonder/2017/12/he-just-wanted-what-was-best-for-me/

    Houston girl, 8, shot dead moments after car crash

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    Houston police are investigating a shooting that killed an 8-year-old girl moments after a car crash Saturday.

    FBI SEARCHES HOME LINKED TO MURDER OF INDIANA TEENS, BUT NOTHING FOUND

    Latoyia Jarmon, the mother of 8-year-old De’Maree Adkins, tells FOX 26 News that she was driving home with her daughter after getting her hair braided when it happened. First her car was hit then her daughter was shot by a woman.

    “She didn’t deserve this, she was just a baby,” says Jarmon.

    MAN WOUNDED IN KANSAS BAR SHOOTING SPEAKS AT VIGIL: ‘I WISH IT WAS A DREAM’

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: ‘Trump is where he is because of his appeal to racism’

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    The basketball legend and social activist who counted Ali and King among his contemporaries discusses Colin Kaepernick, LaVar Ball and Trumps America

    Like all people my age I find the passage of time so startling, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says with a quiet smile. The 70-year-old remains the highest points-scorer in the history of the NBA and, having won six championships and been picked for a record 19 All-Star Games, he is often compared with Michael Jordan when the greatest basketball players of all time are listed. Yet no one in American sport today can match Kareems political and cultural impact over 50 years.

    In the 90 minutes since he knocked on my hotel room door in Los Angeles, Abdul-Jabbar has recounted a dizzying personal history which stretches from conducting his first-ever interview with Martin Luther King in Harlem, when he was just 17, to receiving a hand-written insult from Donald Trump in 2015. We move from Colin Kaepernick calling him last week to the moment when, aged 20, Kareem was the youngest man invited to the Cleveland Summit as the leading black athletes in 1967 gathered to meet Muhammad Ali to decide whether they would support him after he had been stripped of his world title and banned from boxing for rejecting the draft during the Vietnam War.

    Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has been shut out of the NFL for his refusal to stand for the US national anthem, is engaged in a different struggle. But, after being banished unofficially from football for going down on a bended knee in protest against racism and police brutality, Kaepernick has one of his staunchest allies in Abdul-Jabbar.

    At the Cleveland Summit Abdul-Jabbar was called Lew Alcindor, for he had not converted to Islam then, and he became one of Alis ardent supporters. When Ali convinced his fellow athletes he was right to stand against the US government, the young basketball star knew he needed to make his more reticent voice heard. He has stayed true to that conviction ever since.

    Were talking about 50 years since the Cleveland Summit, wow, Abdul-Jabbar exclaims. We were tense about what we were going to do and Ali was the opposite. He said: Weve got to fight this in court and Im going to start a speaking tour. Ali had figured out what he had to do in order to make the dollars while fighting the case was essential to his identity. Bill Russell [the great Boston Celtics player] said: Ive got no concerns about Ali. Its the rest of us Im worried about. Ali had such conviction but he was cracking jokes and asking us if we were going to be as dumb as Wilt Chamberlain [another basketball great who played for the Philadelphia 76ers]. Wilt wanted to box Ali. Oh my God.

    Abdul-Jabbars face creases with laughter before he becomes more serious again. Black Americans wanted to protect Ali because he spoke for us when we had no voice. When he said: Aint no Viet Cong ever called me the N-word, we figured that one out real quick. Ali was a winner and people supported him because of his class as a human being. But some of the things we fought against then are still happening. Each generation faces these same old problems.

    The previous evening, when I had sat next to Abdul-Jabbar at the Los Angeles Press Club awards, the past echoed again. Abdul-Jabbar received two prizes the Legend Award and Columnist of the Year for his work in the Hollywood Reporter. Other award winners included Tippi Hedren, who starred in Alfred Hitchcocks thriller, The Birds, and the New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey who broke the Harvey Weinstein story two months ago. As if to prove that the past can be played over and over again in a contemporary loop, we saw footage of Hedren saying how she would not accept the sexual bullying of Hitchcock in the 1960s just before Kantor and Twohey described how they earned the trust of women who had been abused by Weinstein.

    Abdul-Jabbar explained quietly to me how much of an ordeal he found such occasions. He was happiest talking about John Coltrane or Sherlock Holmes, James Baldwin or Bruce Lee, but people kept coming over to ask for a selfie or a book to be signed while, all evening, comic references were made to his height. Abdul-Jabbar is 7ft 2in and he looked two feet taller than Hedren on the red carpet.

    The following morning, as he stretches out his long legs, I tell Kareem how I winced each time another wise-crack was made about his height. I can tell you I was six-foot-two, aged 12, when the questions started, Abdul-Jabbar says. Hows the weather up there? I should write down all the things people said when affected by my height. One of the funniest was at an airport and this little boy of five looked at my feet in amazement. I said: Hey, how youre doing? He just said: You must be very old because youve got very big shoes. For him the older you were, the bigger your shoes. Thats the best Ive heard.

    In his simple but often beautiful and profound new book, Becoming Kareem, Abdul-Jabbar writes poignantly: My skin made me a symbol, my height made me a target.

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    A group of top black athletes gather to give support to Muhammad Ali give his reasons for rejecting the draft during the Vietnam War at a meeting of the Negro Industrial and Economic Union, held in Cleveland in June 1967. Seated in the front row, from left to right: Bill Russell, Ali, Jim Brown and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Standing behind them are: Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis McClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter and John Wooten. Photograph: Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images

    Race has been the primary issue which Abdul-Jabbar has confronted every day. In another absorbing Abdul-Jabbar book published this year, Coach Wooden and Me, he celebrates his friendship with the man who helped him win an unprecedented three NCAA championship titles with UCLA. They lost only two games in his three years on campus as UCLA established themselves as the greatest team in the history of college basketball and Wooden, a white midwesterner, and Kareem, a black kid from New York, forged a bond that lasted a half-century. Yet, amid their shared morality and decency, race remained an unresolved issue between them.

    Wooden was mortified when a little old lady stared up at the teenage Kareem and said: Ive never seen a nigger that tall. Even though he would later say that he learnt more about mans inhumanity to man by witnessing all his protg endured over the years, Woodens memory of that encounter softened the womans racial insult by saying that she had called Kareem a big black freak.

    Abdul-Jabbar nods. He would never see a little grey-haired lady using such language. When it doesnt affect your life its hard for you to see. Men dont understand what attractive women go through. We dont get on a bus and have somebody squeeze our breast. We have no idea how bad it can be. For people to understand your predicament youve got to figure out how to convey that reality. It takes time.

    Abdul-Jabbar made his first high-profile statement against the predicament of all African Americans when, in 1968, he boycotted the Olympic Games in Mexico. After race riots in Newark and Detroit, and the assassination of King in April 1968, he knew he could not represent his country. Dr Harry Edwards [the civil rights activist] helped me realise how much power I had. The Olympics are a great event but what happened overwhelmed any patriotism. I had to make a stand. I wanted the country to live up to the words of the founding fathers and make sure they applied to people of colour and to women. I was trying to hold America to that standard.

    The athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos took another path of protest. They competed in the Olympic 200m in Mexico and, after they had won gold and bronze, raised their gloved fists in a black power salute on the podium. I was glad somebody with some political consciousness had gone to Mexico, Abdul-Jabbar says, so I was very supportive of them.

    Does Kaepernicks situation mirror those same issues? Yeah. The whole issue of equal treatment under the law is still being worked out here because for so long our political and legal culture has denied black Americans equal treatment. But I was surprised Kaepernick had that awareness. It made me think: I wonder how many other NFL athletes are also aware? From there it has bloomed. This generation has a very good idea on how to confront racism. I talked to Colin a couple of days ago on the phone and Im really proud of him. Hes filed an issue with the Players Association about the owners colluding to keep him from working. Thats the best legal approach to it. I hope he prevails.

    Over dinner the night before, he intimated that Kaepernick knew he would never play in the NFL again. We didnt get that deep into it, he says now, but he has an idea that is whats going down. But hes moved on. He hadnt prepared for this but he coped with different twists and turns. Some of the owners in the NFL are sympathetic, some arent. Its gone back and forth. But he appreciates the fact that kids in high school have taken an interest. So he got something done and this generations athletes are now more aware of civil rights.

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    Abdul-Jabbar is proud of Colin Kaepernicks stand. Photograph: Michael Zagaris/Getty Images

    Kaepernick has been voted GQs Citizen of the Year, the runner-up in Time magazines Person of the Year and this week he received Sports Illustrateds Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. Considering the way Kaepernick has never wavered in his commitment, Abdul-Jabbar writes in Sports Illustrated that: I have never been prouder to be an American On November 30, it was reported that 40 NFL players and league officials had reached an agreement for the league to provide approximately $90m between now and 2023 for activism endeavors important to African American communities. Clearly, this is the result of Colins one-knee revolution and of the many players and coaches he inspired to join him. That is some serious impact Were my old friend [Ali] still alive, I know he would be proud that Colin is continuing this tradition of being a selfless warrior for social justice.

    In my hotel room, Abdul-Jabbar is more specific in linking tragedy and a deepening social conscience. I dont know how anybody could not be moved by some of the things weve seen. Remember the footage of [12-year-old] Tamir Rice getting killed [in Cleveland [in 2014]. The car stops and the cop stands up and executes Tamir Rice. It took two seconds. Its so unbelievably brutal you have to do something about it.

    LeBron James and other guys in the NBA all had something to say about such crimes [James and leading players wore I Cant Breathe T-shirts in December 2014 to protest against the police killing of Eric Garner, another black man]. They werent talking as athletes. They were talking as parents because that could have been their kid.

    If the NFL appears to have actively ended Kaepernicks career, what does Abdul-Jabbar feel about the NBAs politics? The NBA has been wonderful. I came into the NBA and went to Milwaukee [where he won his first championship before winning five more with the LA Lakers]. Milwaukee had the first black general manager in professional sports [Wayne Embry in 1972]. And the NBAs outreach for coaches, general managers and women has been exemplary. The NBA has been on the edge of change. I was hoping the NFL might do the same because some of the owners were taking the knee. But theyre making an example of Colin. Its not right. Let him go out there and succeed or fail on the field like any other great athlete.

    Abdul-Jabbar smiles shyly when I ask him about his first interview with Martin Luther King 53 years ago. As a journalist I started out interviewing Dr King. Whoa! By that point [1964], Dr King was a serious icon and I was thrilled he gave me a really good earnest answer. Moments like that affect your life. But my first real experience of being drawn into the civil rights movement came when I read James Baldwins The Fire Next Time.

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    Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, with Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then Lew Alcindor. Photograph: Bettmann/Bettmann Archive

    Has he seen I Am Not Your Negro Raoul Pecks 2016 documentary of Baldwin? Its wonderful. I saw it two weeks after the Trump election. It was medicine for my soul. It made me think of how bad things were for James Baldwin. But remember him speaking at Cambridge [University] and the reception he got? Oh man, amazing! I kept telling people: Trump is an asshole but go and see this film. Trump doesnt matter because weve got work to do.

    In 2015, after Abdul-Jabbar wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post, condemning Trumps attempts to bully the press, the future president sent him a scrawled note: Kareem now I know why the press always treated you so badly. They couldnt stand you. The fact is you dont have a clue about life and what has to be done to make America great again.

    Abdul-Jabbar smiles when I say that schoolyard taunt is a long way from the oratory of King or Malcolm X. If you judge yourself by your enemies Im doing great. Trumps not going to change. He knows he is where he is because of his appeal to racism and xenophobia. The people that want to divide the country are in his camp. They want to go back to the 18th century.

    Trump wants to move us back to 1952 but hes not Eisenhower who was the type of Republican that cared about the whole nation. Even George Bush Sr and George W Bushs idea of fellow citizens did not exclude people of colour. George Ws cabinet looked like America. It had Condoleezza Rice and the Mexican American gentleman who was the attorney general [Alberto Gonzales] and Colin Powell. Women had important positions in his administration. Even though I did not like his policies, he wasnt exclusionary.

    Look whats going on with Trump in Alabama [where the president supports Roy Moore in the state senate election despite his favoured candidate being accused of multiple sexual assaults of under-age girls]. You have a guy like him but hes going to vote the way you want politically. Thats more important than what hes accused of? People with that frightening viewpoint are still fighting a civil war. They have to be contained.

    Does he fear that Trump might win a second term? I dont think he can, but the rest of us had better organise and vote in 2020. I hope people stop him ruining our nation.

    Abdul-Jabbar also worries that college sport remains as exploitative as ever. Its a business and the coaches, the NCAA and universities make a lot of money and the athletes get exploited. They make billions of dollars for the whole system and dont get any. Im not saying they have to be wealthy but I think they should get a share of the incredible amount they generate.

    In Coach Wooden and Me, he writes of how, in the 1960s, he was famous at UCLA but dead broke. Yeah. No cash. Its ridiculous. Basketball and football fund everything. College sports do not function on the revenue from water polo or track and field or gymnastics. Its all down to basketball and football. The athletes at Northwestern tried to organise a union and thats how college athletes have to think. They need to unionise. If they can organise they can get a piece of the pie because they are the show.

    The legendary Michael Jordan never showed the social conscience of Abdul-Jabbar and other rare NBA activists like Craig Hodges. But Abdul-Jabbar is conciliatory towards Jordan and his commercially-driven contemporaries. I was glad they became interested in being successful businessmen because their financial power makes a difference. I just felt they should leave a little room to help the causes they knew needed their help. But Jordan has come around. He gave some money to the NAACP for legal funds, thank goodness.

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    President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the White House in November 2016. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

    Abdul-Jabbar defines himself as a writer now. As he reflects on his LA Press Club awards he says: To be honoured by other writers is incredible. Im a neophyte. Im a rookie.

    He grins when I say hes not doing not too badly for a rookie who has written 13 books, including novels about Mycoft Holmes brother of Sherlock. Yeah, but I still feel new to it and to get that recognition was wonderful. I was very flattered that the BBC came to interview me about Mycroft because the British are very protective of their culture. Arthur Conan Doyle is beyond an icon. So I was like, Wow, maybe I am doing OK. When I was [an NBA] rookie somebody gave me a complete compilation of Doyles stories. I went from there.

    People were amazed because I always used to be reading before a game whether it was Sherlock Holmes or Malcolm X, John Le Carr or James Baldwin. But that was one of the luxuries of being a professional athlete. You get lots of time to read. My team-mates did not read to the same extent but Im a historian and some of the guys had big holes in their knowledge of black history. So I was the librarian for the team.

    I tell Abdul-Jabbar about my upcoming interview with Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics and how the 21-year-old has the same thirst for reading and knowledge. While enthusiastic about the possibility of meeting Brown when the Celtics next visit LA, Abdul-Jabbar makes a wistful observation of a young sportsmans intellectual curiosity. Hes going to be lonely. Most of the guys are like: Where are we going to party in this town? Where are the babes? So the fact that he has such broader interests is remarkable and wonderful.

    Abdul-Jabbar acknowledges that his own bookish nature and self-consciousness about his height, combined with a fierce sense of injustice, made him appear surly and aloof as a player. It also meant he was never offered the head-coach job he desired. They didnt think I could communicate and they didnt take the time to get to know me. But I didnt make it easy for them so some of that falls in my lap absolutely. But its different now. People stop me in the street and want to talk about my articles. Its amazing.

    Most of all, in his eighth decade, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar loves to lose myself in my imagination. Its a wonderful place to go when youre old and creaky like me. I see myself working at this pace [writing at least a book a year] but its not like I have the hounds at my heels. Since my career ended Ive been able to have friends and family. My new granddaughter will be three this month. Shes my very first [grandchild]. So my life has expanded in wonderful ways. But, still, we all have so much work to do. The work is a long way from being done.

    • Main photograph by Austin Hargrave/AUGUST

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