Jason Wu Opens Freestanding Store in Shanghai

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While most companies are rethinking and often retrenching their retail strategies, Jason Wu has opened his first global stand-alone boutique in Shanghai.

Originally slated for last year, the opening at the IFC Mall was bumped due to delays with designs and negotiations for the right space. “It happened to be this season; I have to say we were quite lucky. If we opened last year, it would have been a very different conversation,” the designer said.

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Noting there has been “a lot of very confident shopping in China” in recent months as stores have reopened amidst COVID-19, Wu said Shanghai is “mostly back to normal.” While the pandemic kept him away from last week’s soft opening for friends, family and special clients, Wu said the store was a year in the making. “Having a little bit of good news in

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Manhattan Beach Teen Creates Non-Profit To Fight Food Insecurity

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MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — With Manhattan Beach’s Ryan Rossow at its helm, you know The South Bay Food Initiative is going to feed people in need, and lots of them. The Mira Costa High School Class of 2020 graduate has always been determined and skilled at making things happen.

Several years ago, he started The South Bay Food Initiative, and he’s taken those initial steps and turned a heartfelt project into a non-profit organization, all the while giving other high school students and community members the opportunity to serve those in need by volunteering. This summer, due to COVID-19, Rossow has been extremely busy running the non-profit and schooling the group’s next president, Rex Robins, another MCHS student. Rossow heads to Vanderbilt University soon to begin his freshman year of college.

“Food insecurity affects people from all walks of life,” he told Manhattan Beach Patch. “Here in Los Angeles we

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College sports betting should be banned

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Pittsburgh athletic director Heather Lyke argued in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday that gambling on college sports should be prohibited.

Lyke testified as part of a hearing titled “Protecting the Integrity of College Athletics.” The hearing was scheduled as college athletic administrators are pushing for federal legislation to govern rules allowing players to make money off their name, image and likeness.

Lyke argued in her prepared testimony that legal gambling on college sports “will have a corrosive and detrimental impact on student-athletes and the general student body alike. Gambling creates pressures and temptations that should not exist.”

Since a federal law banning sports wagering across the country was repealed in 2018 and left for states to legalize sports betting, betting on sports is legal in 18 states. Multiple states have rules against betting on schools located in them and Lyke cited those restrictions as a reason why gambling

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Raging Waves Opening New 6-Lane Water Slide: Photos

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YORKVILLE, IL — Raging Waves in Yorkville will unveil its newest attraction Monday, a six-lane mat racing water slide, according to a Wednesday news release. The new attraction, Aussie Mat Dash, will be located at the south end of the park, near The Boomerang, Cyclone and other Raging Waves favorites, the company announced in a news release Wednesday. With only two other such slides installed in the world, Raging Waves continues to grow thanks to this new attraction that will allow six riders to race side-by-side in tunnels to the bottom, according to the news release.

Appropriate for riders 42-inches tall or above, the Aussie Mat Dash will feature almost 2,500 feet of combined slides, with each slide being 400 feet in length, the news release said.

Raging Waves, located at 4000 N. Bridge Street, is the state’s largest water park dedicated to family fun for all ages. The water

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Jamie Lynn Spears defended Britney Spears on Instagram ahead of her reported conservatorship hearing

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Britney and Jamie Lynn Spears
Britney and Jamie Lynn Spears

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  • Jamie Lynn Spears is using her social media platform to stand up for her older sister, Britney Spears. 

  • On Tuesday, the singer shared a tweet from Halsey that condemned the deluge of Twitter jokes about mental illness, adding her own message about “respect[ing] the privacy” of those struggling.

  • One critic commented on the post, challenging Spears to address her own sister’s mental health, which has been the subject of speculation and conspiracy theories ahead of a hearing over her controversial conservatorship July 22.

  • The 29-year-old immediately shot back, writing that outsiders have ‘no right’ to make assumptions about her sister’s health and she has no plans to share anyone else’s health information with the public. 

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Jamie Lynn Spears is using her social media platform to elevate fellow celebrities’ messages about mental health — and to

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Inside The Complicated Legalities Of Britney Spears’ Conservatorship

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The campaign to #FreeBritney has suddenly resurged on social media, as fans of Britney Spears continue to demand that the pop icon be relieved of the conservatorship that has controlled her life for more than a decade. Since 2008, Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, has acted as guardian over his daughter’s life, dictating every detail of her existence: from her career choices to her finances to her medical care. For years, fans have theorized that Spears is being held against her will and deserves justice.

But the legalities of a conservatorship are not privy to a massive social media campaign that calls for a celebrity’s “freedom.” Spears’ contractual obligations — for better or worse — are bound by a conservatorship that contains provisions for her finances, personal life, and mental health. Now, as the performer is due in court on July 22 for a hearing, questions around her current agreement leave

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Comic-Con 2020 Opens ‘At Home’ in Uncertain Times

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To use the words of prophet and frequent convention attendee Hunter S. Thompson, when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. This year, the professional weirdness of Comic-Con has taken a twist, as the four-day event will take place exclusively online.

To their credit, organizers are trying to replicate the commercialized fan-friendly confines of the San Diego Convention Center as much as possible: there is the traditional souvenir book featuring a pretty sweet drawing of Ray Bradbury on a T. Rex on the cover that is available for free .pdf download (and featuring click-through advertisements!), and you can print your own badge (sponsored by Amazon Prime Video!) to wear as you sit in front of your screen at home. The Comic-Con homepage also will take you to an online Exhibit Hall, where there will be interactive exhibits and events offered by vendors.

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Carrie Fisher’s ex-assistant masters the tell-a-lot novel

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Byron Lane, ex-assistant to Carrie Fisher and author of "A Star Is Bored." <span class="copyright">(Byron Lane / Henry Holt and Co.)</span>
Byron Lane, ex-assistant to Carrie Fisher and author of “A Star Is Bored.” (Byron Lane / Henry Holt and Co.)

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Having covered the movie business for longer than I care to remember, and used to seeing stars routinely treated like royalty, their every whim indulged, I always wondered about the lives of the personal assistants who are at their beck and call 24/7, subject to humiliations that only Trump’s staff could know, with the sole reward being no more than a modest salary and the momentary flicker of reflected fame that lights their lives.

Details about the love-hate relationship that must exist between assistants and their wards are hard to come by, however — whether quashed by nondisclosure agreements or the prospect of being blackballed, thus faced with the

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It’s now easier for immigrants to get benefits and become citizens using the USCIS website

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In an effort to streamlines operations and the legal process, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched an updated website easier for users to navigate. The goal is to reduce wait times for immigrants applying for benefits like achieving American citizenship through naturalization or getting a green card replacement.

In addition to improving site usability and reader experience, the redesigned USCIS website, immigration authorities said, helps immigrants “better navigate our existing online tools and resources, as well as to file and manage applications and petitions online.”

“We are also making information about our processes easier to find by streamlining our navigation based on user feedback, data and best practices,” the Department of Homeland Security agency said in a press release on Tuesday.

The renewed internet page has direct links to multilingual resources, USCIS services online, the most accessed forms to apply for immigration benefits, and case management tools

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Need to shake up your work routine? Try a productivity app.

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Need to shake up your work routine? Try a productivity app.
Need to shake up your work routine? Try a productivity app.

There is, put simply, a ton of crap to get done. Keeping track of all of it can be a real nightmare, which is why you may want to set your sights on a productivity app.

Increasing your productivity means something different to everyone. Maybe you often feel overwhelmed by the tasks in front of you and want a way to sort them into categories. Maybe you want a to-do list that’s better than a Google Doc. Maybe you want to split tasks into smaller, more manageable goals: a method that makes big projects seem less daunting and can also Speaking of distractions, maybe you want to decrease the time you spend scrolling through social media during the workday and increase the time you spend working.

Whatever your needs, there’s likely a productivity app that’ll give you a little

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