What’s open and closed Memorial Day 2019: Mail, banks, and stores impacted by the holiday

As America celebrates Memorial Day, most government offices and some private businesses will be closed.

Most banks, the mail service, the stock market and schools are among the highest impact closings that Americans will notice on Monday, May 27.

Monday’s federal holiday was created to honor soldiers who have died in military service and is observed annually on the last Monday of May. It was recognized as a national holiday by an act of Congress in 1971.

Memorial Day traces its roots to “Decoration Day” — a 19th century U.S. tradition where the graves of Civil War soldiers were decorated at the end of May.

Here’s a look at what will be open and closed Monday:

Grocery stores, restaurants and retail stores

Many grocery stores, retailers, restaurants and fast food chains will remain open. One big exception: Costco Wholesale will be closed.

Mail services

The United States Postal Service will not deliver mail on Memorial Day. Most UPSand FedEx services will also be closed. FedEx Custom Critical and UPS Express Critical services will remain open; FedEx Office locations will operate on modified hours.

Banks

Most banks, including Federal Reserve Banks, will be closed. In most cases, ATMs may still be used for some banking transactions.

Schools

Most public schools will be closed to observe the federal holiday, and many private schools will do the same.

Stock markets

The New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and bond markets will be closed Monday. Foreign markets, however, remain open.

Garbage

Trash pickup will vary. Check with your local provider.

DMV

Department of Motor Vehicles offices across the U.S. will be closed.

Courts

Courts will not be in session.

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Groundbreaking World War II unit of black women honored decades after their service

When Anna Mae Robertson and her fellow soldiers arrived in England early in 1945, millions of pieces of mail and parcels destined for homesick American troops gathered dust in postal bags piled high in warehouses.

Knowing the importance to morale of letters and packages from home, commanders gave the difficult task of sorting through a months-long backlog of mail to the Women’s Army Corps 6888 Central Postal Directory Battalion. The women devised a system, rolled up their sleeves and got to work.

“We worked in shifts around the clock. You had to find the right name and address,” Robertson, 95, recalled in a recent interview at her Milwaukee home. “You just managed.”

The hard work and critical role played by the battalion of African-American women during World War II is spotlighted in a new documentary by a filmmaker from Wisconsin. Jim Theres filmed interviews with the last seven survivors of the unit for his documentary, “The Six Triple Eight,” which will be shown at the War Memorial Center in Milwaukee on June 6.


Robertson was interviewed for the documentary and will appear at the screening.

Arriving in Birmingham, England, in February 1945 after their convoy across the Atlantic was rerouted because of German U-boats, postal battalion soldiers quickly organized a system to find troops who had been on the march since the D-Day invasion. Some letters were simply addressed “Junior, U.S. Army,” rats and mice had gnawed into parcels packed with baked goods, and tracking down the 7 million American GIs in Europe was incredibly difficult.

But the 855 women in the Six Triple Eight figured it out, processing 65,000 pieces of mail during each eight-hour shift. They worked in unheated buildings with windows darkened because of nightly attacks by German pilots and V-2 rockets. Some of the women were assigned the sad task of returning mail sent to troops killed before their letters from home reached them.

The six-month backlog was cleared in half the time. Since the Army was still segregated, they lived and ate in barracks apart from other American soldiers with battalion members assigned to handle their own motor pool and chow hall.

“These are the stories that got stuck in the nooks and crannies of history. When people hear about this, their reaction is almost universally the same: ‘Wow, I didn’t know about that,'” said Theres, a Racine native.

Theres was screening a documentary last year on American female telephone operators in Europe during World War I when someone in the Milwaukee audience asked if he knew about the all-African American female postal battalion. He Googled the unit, was amazed to learn its story and decided to make a documentary.

All seven surviving veterans Theres could track down agreed to take part in the movie. He recorded five of the interviews, including Robertson’s, in November during ceremonies in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, dedicating a monument to the 6888 Postal Battalion.

Theres wondered if the women would talk about the racism and sexism they experienced at home and in the military.

“But they talked about the good things that happened in Birminhgam (England), their sense of mission, how proud they were to find homes for millions of pieces of mail,” Theres said. “That was their focus. That made the conversations just so engaging. It was really wonderful.”

At the start of the war, only 10% of the Women’s Army Corps at any one time could be African American. Black female soldiers began calling themselves the “ten percenters.”

The military also restricted the number of black female officers with each branch to one full colonel or Navy captain. More than 6,500 African American women served in the Women’s Army Corps throughout World War II. In 1948, America’s military was integrated.

Marcia Anderson, the first African American woman to become a major general in the Army, knew about the 6888th as she made a career in the military.

The Six Triple Eight is “something that’s passed down among black female officers,” said Anderson, a Beloit native who is now clerk of court for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wisconsin’s Western District. “I definitely stand on their shoulders.”

Anderson, who was interviewed for the documentary, knows the importance of communication to military members trying to connect with family and friends while serving so far from home, whether it was letters and parcels during World War II or email, text messages and care packages for today’s troops.

“Back in the day when there wasn’t email, mail call was a significant event. To learn that all that mail was sitting around in warehouses in England is incomprehensible,” said Anderson.

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The Transformational Power of How You Talk About Your Life

How you talk about the major events of your life has a profound impact on your personality. If you change your life story, could you become a healthier, happier person?

Imagine that, when you were 12 years old, your family moved to the other side of the country. In your new school, you were bullied for the first time. When you reflect upon this period of your life today, do you see this as just one of many episodes in which things were going great, and then turned sour? Or do you see it as another example of a tough experience that had a happy ending – perhaps the bullying toughened you up, or led you to meet the person who became your lifelong buddy?

It may not seem as if the way you tell this story, even just to yourself, would shape who you are. But it turns out that how you interpret your life, and tell its story, has profound effects on what kind of person you become.

In the mid-20th Century, the show This Is Your Life was a popular staple on British and US televisions. It involved celebrities and non-celebrities being presented with a red book that featured key events, pivotal turning points and memories from their lives. For the show, these life stories were compiled by researchers. But in reality each of us walks around with a version of the “red book” – one personally authored, often without us even realising it – in our mind.

These narratives exist whether we choose to give them much conscious attention or not. They lend meaning to our existence and provide the foundation for our sense of identity. You are your story. As a team led by Kate McLean at Western Washington University described it in their recent paper in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, “the stories we tell about ourselves reveal ourselves, construct ourselves, and sustain ourselves through time”.

The new research from McLean’s group is among the latest to explore the intriguing idea that – though we constantly revise and update them – these personal stories contain various stable elements that reveal something inherent about us. They reflect a fundamental aspect of our personality.

One of McLean’s collaborators, personality expert and pioneer in the field Dan P McAdams at Northwestern University, explained this in his seminal paper The Psychology of Life Stories: “People differ from each other with respect to their self-defining life stories in ways that are not unlike how they differ from each other on more conventional psychological characteristics such as traits.”

In the almost two decades since McAdams made that claim, evidence has accumulated to support the idea that, alongside our goals and values and character traits, our personal narratives reflect a stable aspect of our personalities. (McAdams labels these three aspects of the self the “Personological Trinity”).

Other work also has illustrated the significance of the idea of self-stories as part of personality, since the way we tell our personal stories turns out to have implications for our mental health and overall wellbeing. For instance, if you’re the kind of person who would remember the positives that came out of that (hypothetical) bullying episode at your new school, it’s also more likely that you enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and satisfaction in life. Moreover, this raises the tantalising possibility that changing your self-authoring style and focus could be beneficial – indeed, helping people to re-interpret their personal stories in a more constructive light is the basis of what’s known as “narrative therapy”. The red book in your head is not the final edition. Modify your story as you tell it, and perhaps you can change the kind of person you are.

But what are the different styles of narrating our lives? When it comes to describing people’s character traits – the conventional way of thinking about personality – the most widely supported and researched theory in the field suggests that, from the thousands of trait terms in the English language, there can be distilled a “Big Five” (including extroversion, conscientiousness, neuroticism and so on) that capture the essence of each individual.

And, it seems, our life stories similarly have main features by which each of us can be defined. Research has measured a “dizzying” range of different aspects of people’s personal stories, including (and as first compiled by McLean’s collaborator Jonathan Adler): “agency, communion, valence, redemption, contamination, closure, coherence (at least three kinds), exploratory processing, growth goals, integrative and intrinsic memories, positive and negative meaning-making, elaboration, sophistication, accommodative processing, differentiated processing, ending valence, affective processing, intimacy, foreshadowing, complexity”.

To distill the most meaningful life story features from this list, McLean and her team conducted three studies involving nearly 1,000 volunteers. Each provided stories of particular episodes from their lives or an overarching narrative summarising their entire life story. Based on a thorough analysis and coding of the narratives they produced, McLean and her colleagues believe there is a “Big Three” of key features that represent the characteristic way we tell our life stories.

The first is “Motivational and Affective Themes”, which look at how much autonomy and connection with others the narrator expresses, as well as how positive or negative the stories are overall, and whether they are dominated by good situations turning sour (seeing that bullying episode as ruining things), or bad situations working out well in the end (like when the bullying led to positive outcomes).

The second is “Autobiographical Reasoning”, which is how much we reflect on the experiences in our stories, find meaning in what’s happened, and discern links between key events and ways we have and haven’t changed. Finally, there is “Structure”, or how much our stories make sense, in terms of their timeline, facts and context.

For our personal narratives to be akin to an aspect of personality, they need to show a degree of meaningful stability over time (similar to the stability of our character traits).

Recent research suggests this is indeed the case. For instance, Robyn Fivush at Emory University and her colleagues asked nearly 100 adult volunteers to tell their life stories in an interview. They caught up with them again four years later, at which point they invited them to tell their life stories once again.

Crucially, the researchers found that the “coherence” of their volunteers’ stories showed stability across the duration of the study (a feature similar to the “Structure” characteristic identified by McLean’s team). “The ways in which we tell autobiographical narratives reflect a stable aspect of individual differences,” Fivush and her team concluded.

This latest result adds to similar recent findings, such as that the event content of our personal stories acquires an element of stability from mid-adolescence, becoming increasingly consistent as we get older, and that the relative frequency of redemptive and contaminating sequences in young people’s stories shows a degree of stability over several years (that is, while the frequency of these stories changed over time, the participants who had relatively more of these sequences at the first telling also tended to have more at the second telling three years later).

This notion that our life stories reflect a stable and important aspect of our personalities may have important consequences. A few years ago, Jonathan Adler at the Franklin W Olin College of Engineering and his collaborators, including Iliane Houle at University of Quebec at Montreal, reviewed 30 previous investigations into life stories and found that several aspects are linked to wellbeing.

People who tell more positive stories and stories with more elements of redemption (for example, that time that you lost your job, but ended up switching career paths into something you enjoy much more) tend to enjoy greater wellbeing, at least based on research with Western samples, in terms of more life satisfaction and better mental health. So do people whose stories express a greater sense of being a protagonist in the events of their life and having more meaningful communion with others. For example, the episodes they remember frequently involve loved ones and close friends, such as that hilarious hen night in Brighton, or shared hobbies, like the time they and their cousin went to cooking classes together. Engaging in more autobiographical reasoning and having greater structure to one’s life story also correlates with greater wellbeing.

Conversely, telling stories with more “contamination”, less autonomy and communion correlates with lower wellbeing.

Furthermore, there is some limited evidence that increases in the positive features of one’s life story precede subsequent beneficial consequences for wellbeing, rather than simply reflecting life going better – although Adler and his colleagues caution that more long-term research is needed to establish causality.

Does this mean that if you can revise your life story, such as by considering the positives that came out of negative experiences, you might be able to develop a more robust and healthy personality?

The idea is not entirely far-fetched. Consider one recent study in which student volunteers were asked to write narratives so that they featured more redemptive sequences (such as by considering “one time that a failure has changed you for the better”).

Compared with control participants who weren’t prompted in this way, those encouraged to feature more redemptive sequences subsequently showed greater goal persistence, even several weeks later, saying that they tended to finish whatever they started. “Not only do these findings provide evidence that personal narratives can be shaped,” the researchers concluded, “they also suggest that shifting the ways people think and talk about important life events can influence their lives moving forward.”

As philosophers have long argued, there is a sense in which we construct our own realities. The world is what we make of it. Usually this liberating perspective is applied by psychotherapists to help people deal with specific fears and anxieties. Life story research suggests a similar principle may be applicable at a grander level, in the very way that we author our own lives, therefore shaping who we are. Now that’s a tale worth sharing.

SOURCE: BBC

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Sahle-Work Zewde becomes Ethiopia’s first female president

Ms Sahle-Work is an experienced diplomat who has now become Africa’s only female head of state.

Her election to the ceremonial position comes a week after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed a cabinet with half the posts taken up by women.

After being sworn in, President Sahle-Work promised to work hard to make gender equality a reality in Ethiopia.

Addressing parliament, she also pledged to promote peace: “I urge you all, to uphold our peace, in the name of a mother, who is the first to suffer from the absence of peace.”

The new president was keen to make a point about gender equality right from the start, telling MPs that if they thought she was talking too much about women, she had only just begun.

There may now be male-female parity in the new cabinet but elsewhere there is still a long way to go.

Ms Sahle-Work’s appointment has been welcomed by Ethiopians on social media with many calling it “historic”.

She has been described as Ethiopia’s first female head of state of the modern era, with some remembering Empress Zewditu who governed the country in the early part of the 20th Century.

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Ms Sahle-Work was voted in after the unexpected resignation of her predecessor, Mulatu Teshome.

The prime minister’s chief of staff, Fitsum Arega, tweeted that “in a patriarchal society such as ours, the appointment of a female head of state not only sets the standard for the future but also normalises women as decision-makers in public life”.

President Sahle-Work has served as an ambassador for Ethiopia in Senegal and Djibouti. She has also held a number of UN positions, including head of peace-building in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Immediately before becoming president, Ms Sahle-Work was the UN representative at the African Union.

In the Ethiopian constitution, the post of president is ceremonial with the prime minister holding the political power.

The last African female head of state was Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, who resigned in March over an expenses scandal. She denied any wrong doing.

Source: BBC

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6 Themes To Pay Attention To In Upcoming Supreme Court Decisions

It’s decision season at the Supreme Court, and there are a host of consequential cases the justices are deciding, from a controversial Trump administration proposal to adding a citizenship question to the Census to gerrymandering and a question of separation of church and state.

As is always the case, timing of which exact cases will be decided is unknown until the court releases them. The only clues are when the cases were argued, and, sometimes, that’s not predictive either.

Generally, however, the more complicated the case, the later the decision. The court is scheduled to release decisions on Mondays from now until the end of June, with its last decision day being June 24 (though that could move later in the week).

Here are six themes to watch for:

1. Census citizenship question

The Trump administration is trying to add a citizenship question to the upcoming Census. The court will decide if it can. Based on questioning during oral arguments, the court’s conservatives appeared ready to side with the Trump administration and allow it by a narrow 5-4 margin.

The Census Bureau warns that there could be an undercount of 6.5 million people if the question is included. Department of Commerce v. New York was argued in April.

2. Political and racial gerrymandering

A trio of states and cases, from Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland, are before the court dealing with redistricting. The racial gerrymandering case is Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill and deals with state legislative districts.

The other two are political gerrymandering — Lamone v. Benisek (Maryland) and Rucho v. Common Cause (North Carolina) — deal with congressional districts and could have big implications for the shape of the U.S. House. All three were argued in March. Background on Virginia House of Delegates here, Lamone here and Rucho here.

3. Separation of church and state

This has been known as the “cross case.” It’s about a large concrete cross at a busy intersection in Maryland that serves as a war memorial — and whether it should be allowed to continue to stand on public land.

The American Legion v. American Humanist Association and other related cases were argued in February.

4. Race, murder and jury selection

This is a case about bias in jury selection case. The case involves a Mississippi death-row inmate, who was prosecuted six times for the same crime by a prosecutor with a history of racial bias in jury selection. Flowers v. Mississippi was argued in March.

5. Native American rights

The court ruled Monday, in a 5-4 decision, in favor of Native American rights in a Wyoming hunting case. There is one more Native American rights case to be decided this term — a capital case out of Oklahoma that deals with tribal territorial rights. But Justice Neil Gorsuch — who has proved to be a champion of American Indian rights and has been the deciding vote this term on at least two of these cases, including Monday’s — is recused from this particular case. That means the court very well could deadlock. Carpenter v. Murphy was argued in December.

6. When is a word too dirty to be patented?

A clothing designer, Erik Brunetti, tried to patent his “FUCT” line, but it was rejected. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has not exactly shown a consistent standard on what constitutes “immoral,” “shocking,” “offensive” and “scandalous” words, leaving the justices to wade through and decide if it’s acceptable. Does the court create a discernible standard or keep it narrowly focused? Iancu v. Brunetti was argued in April.

Other potential cases of consequence:

Gundy v. U.S. (argued in October): Sex offender case dealing with how much power is too much to give to the U.S. attorney general for his application of the law.

Gamble v. U.S. (argued in December): Double jeopardy case of whether a state and federal government can try someone for the same crime. It was thought at the time this was argued that it could have implications for special counsel Robert Mueller probe(think: Paul Manafort), but that report is out, so it lessens its broader potency.

Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Blair (argued in January): Retailer Total Wine and others looked to expand into Tennessee and are challenging a Tennessee law that says wholesale liquor sales licenses can only be given to those who’ve resided in the state for a certain amount of time.

Mitchell v. Wisconsin (argued in April): Deals with whether drawing blood from an unconscious patient without consent is constitutional. In this case, it was someone accused of driving drunk and fell unconscious before his blood was drawn at the hospital. Nurses did so at the police’s request and his blood alcohol content was .222.

Kisor v. Wilkie (argued in March): About deference to agencies. Previous Supreme Court cases ruled in favor of deferring to an agency’s reasonable interpretation of its own ambiguous regulations. If the court rules differently, it would be overturning precedent.

SOURCE: NRP

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Oprah Claps Back at Critic Who Says She Should Pay Student Loans

Oprah Winfrey responded Monday to an Instagram user who called out the billionaire mogul for not paying off student loans after her commencement speech at Colorado College, in an apparent comparison to investor Robert Smith’s now-famous gesture at Morehouse College.

The Queen of Talk was told that she “should have paid off their student debt,” and swiftly responded, pointing out her multimillion-dollar donations through the years to help university students.

Following her commencement address at Colorado College Sunday, Winfrey posted a photo of herself and a graduate on Instagram, writing “I don’t know who this guy is but he sure is happy to graduate! I shook hands with all 571 members of @coloradocollege’s Class of 2019 and gave them a copy of The Path Made Clear.”

One Instagram user said that instead of giving graduates her latest book, she “should have paid off their student debt.” The comment came after billionaire Robert Smith surprised the Morehouse College graduating class during his commencement address the same day by vowing to pay off the student loans for all 396 graduates.

Smith, the Vista Equity Partners founder who became the wealthiest black man in the U.S., announced that his family will establish a grant estimated to be worth $40 million to benefit students.

Winfrey responded to the comment by explaining that she “already paid 13 m in scholarships. Have put over 400 men thru @morehouse1867.”

Her contribution created a fund that has grown to $12 million and has awarded scholarships to more than 400 men. Winfrey is one of Morehouse College’s top donors in the intuition’s history.

During the final episode of the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” some of the men who received scholarships from Winfrey’s fund surprised her by making a $300,000 contribution to Morehouse College, something they could afford after developing successful careers in finance, medicine and law.

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Magic: Lakers GM Pelinka was ‘backstabbing’

Using the word “betrayal,” Magic Johnson made it clear that general manager Rob Pelinka was the one “backstabbing” him, telling people that Johnson wasn’t working hard and wanting to take his job with the Los Angeles Lakers.

In an appearance on First Take on Monday morning, Johnson did not hold back, identifying Pelinka as the person to whom he was alluding when he mentioned that he was tired of the “backstabbing” and “the whispering” that was going on behind his back when he suddenly stepped down as Lakers president of basketball operations on April 9.

“I start hearing, ‘Magic, you are not working hard enough. Magic’s not in the office,'” Johnson told First Take. “People around the Lakers office were telling me Rob was saying things, Rob Pelinka, and I didn’t like those things being said behind my back, that I wasn’t in the office enough. So I started getting calls from my friends outside of basketball saying those things now were said to them outside of basketball now, just not in the Lakers office anymore.”

Johnson later added, when asked who had betrayed him in the Lakers organization: “If you are going to talk betrayal, it’s only with Rob.”

Pelinka answered several questions about Johnson’s explosive comments while introducing new Lakers coach Frank Vogel to the Los Angeles media on Monday morning. Pelinka said Johnson’s allegations weren’t true and that he had just spoken with his former boss “two days ago” about the Lakers landing the fourth pick in the lottery.

“I think the most important thing for me is the two years of being able to work side by side with Earvin are the some of the greatest memories I have in sports and work,” Pelinka said. “He is an unbelievable person to work with. He fills the room with joy and vision. And truly it’s saddening and disheartening to think he believes things are a misperception. I think all of us in life probably have been through things where maybe there’s third party whispers or he said, she said things that aren’t true. I have talked to him several times since he decided to step away and we had many joy-filled conversations.”

He added: “So these things are surprising to hear and disheartening but I look forward to the opportunity to talk with him and sit down with him and work through them just like in any relationship. They’re just simply not true. I stand beside him. I stand with him as a colleague, as a partner. I’ve always supported everything he’s done and will continue to.”

Johnson’s departure stunned the NBA, with star LeBron James saying he would have appreciated at least a phone call.

“I respect LeBron for what he just said,” Johnson said after watching a clip of James’ comments on HBO’s “The Shop.” “I love LeBron, I love his family … but sometimes as a man, you have to make decisions based on your well-being. And I made that decision.”

A source close to James told ESPN that he thought Johnson “did well” during his appearance on Monday morning.

Johnson explained that the other reason he ultimately stepped down before the Lakers’ regular-season finale was that he felt he no longer had the power to make decisions, having previously answered just to controlling owner Jeanie Buss. Johnson said he wasn’t allowed to fire then-head coach Luke Walton after Tim Harris, Lakers president of basketball operations/NBA alternate governor, became too involved in basketball decisions.

“The straw that broke the camel’s back was I wanted to fire Luke Walton,” Johnson said. “I showed her the things he did well and the things he didn’t do well. I said, listen, we got to get a better coach. First day, well, let’s think about it. Second day, OK, you can fire him. Then the next day, no, we should try to work it out.

“So we went back and forth like that, and then she brought Tim Harris into the meeting, some of the guys, and Tim wanted to keep him because he was friends with him. I said, when I looked up, I only really answer to Jeanie Buss. Now I got Tim involved. It’s time for me to go. I got things happening that were being said behind my back. I don’t have the power I thought I had to make decisions. And I told them, when it is not fun for me, when I think I don’t have the decision-making power I thought I had, I got to step aside.”

Johnson said he had no problem with trying to help Joey Buss, co-owner/team president of the South Bay Lakers, and Jesse Buss, co-owner/director scouting and assistant GM, to eventually move up in the front office. But Johnson also explained that there are too many people in the Lakers organization trying to have a say in basketball matters.

“[Harris] is supposed to run Lakers business but he was trying to come over to our side,” Johnson said. “Have everybody who has a role with the Lakers, stay in that role. OK, Tim Harris, you’re the president of business, stay over there in business. Jesse and Joey [Buss], hey, you’re the general manager assistant to Rob. Joey, you run the G League team. Then do that and do it well. Once you show you can drive excellence, now maybe you can move to another department. But right now, everybody has a voice.”

Johnson said that Jeanie Buss is listening to those closest to her, including longtime friend and Lakers executive director/special projects Linda Rambis and former Lakers head coach and her ex-fiancé, Phil Jackson.

Johnson said stepping down was not related to being unable to fire Pelinka.

Johnson said he was prepared to help elevate Pelinka to eventually replace him, but that he could no longer work alongside someone he felt was trying to undercut him.

When asked if anyone else had backstabbed him, Johnson said it was just Pelinka.

“Just Rob,” Johnson said. “Other people didn’t bother me … what happened was I wasn’t having fun coming to work anymore, especially when I got to work beside you, knowing that you want my position.”

With the Lakers mired in controversy, there has been speculation that the team should consider trading James.

Johnson said “that’s not going to happen.”

“Listen, this guy is special,” Johnson said of James, whose first season with the Lakers was sidetracked by a groin injury that cost him 17 consecutive games in the middle of the season. “He has helped our young players so much. He’s made Kyle Kuzmabetter, Brandon Ingram better. The way he approaches the game … and I’ll tell you who he really took aside, Lonzo Ball. He has been a great influence.”

James will need more help this coming season, and the Lakers could have $32.5 million in salary-cap space this summer to potentially sign a max free agent.

Johnson was asked to name his top free agent. He laughed that he doesn’t have to worry about tampering anymore and can say whatever he wants.

“With speculation that KD [Kevin Durant] is going somewhere else … speculation that he is going to New York … I love Kevin,” Johnson said. “Or he might stay in Golden State. I would say Kawhi [Leonard] and Kyrie [Irving] are the two guys, one of those two.”

SOURCE: ESPN

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Kim Kardashian’s New KKW Beauty Mrs. West Collection Was Inspired by Her Wedding Day Makeup

For those who don’t know, Kim Kardashian’s five-year wedding anniversary to Kanye West is right around the corner — May 24, to be exact — and so to celebrate, she’s dropping an entire collection inspired by the makeup she wore on her big day. The look was soft yet sultry and ultra-glamorous, so we’re all in for a serious treat from the KKW Beauty founder.

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Kim K. took to Instagram to unveil the collection on Monday evening, writing, “So excited to announce my brand new #KKWBEAUTY Mrs. West Collection. This collection is inspired by the look @makeupbymario created on my actual wedding day.” The accompanying campaign image showcases the 38-year-old star standing in front of a wall of white flowers with her hair slicked back and her skin glowing.

Now, for the nitty-gritty details: The KKW Beauty Mrs. West collection includes a six-pan eye shadow palette made up of essential neutral shades, including champagne and chocolate brown, a pink-nude lipstick classic to Kardashian, a warm nude lip liner for adding definition, a nude gloss topper, a champagne-gold highlighter, and a medium-toned pink blush. The full six-piece set retails for $100 and launches on kkwbeauty.com on May 24 at 12 p.m. PT and 3:00 p.m. ET.

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If you don’t want to take home the entire range, you can also buy the products individually. On its own, the Mrs. West Eye Shadow Palette will cost you $30, while the Forever Highlighter goes for $20.

As for the lip products, you can either snag them all in a bundle set for $42 or get the Love Lip Liner for $12, the Soulmate Gloss for $18, and the Love Lipstick for $18. The Flower Wall Blush is also $18.

Clearly, this is a very special collection for the makeup mogul, and its launch is right on time for wedding season, just in case any brides-to-be wish to channel Kim K. on her wedding day with these beautiful products.

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Image of Jesus shining through the clouds goes viral

A photo reportedly taken of the sun shining through the clouds in Argentina went viral for appearing to be an image of Jesus Christ.

Mónica Aramayo, a resident of San Salvador de Jejuy, recently shared what she said is a perfectly-timed image she took on her camera phone to “bless” others online. The image went viral this week.

“The Lord will soon come for us all and we should be ready,” Mariela Romano commented on social media.

Users immediately compared it to the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, located less than 3,000 miles away in Brazil.

Others point out the illuminated figure shows the Messiah wearing a crown and with outstretched arms, similar to other depictions of Christ.

Critics say there’s nothing more to see other than the sun shining through the clouds. And some doubt the photo is real, claiming it was photoshopped.

This isn’t the first time believers have claimed to see their Savior in unusual places.

In March, a similar image was captured by Alredo Lo Brutto of Agropoli, Italy during sunset and in April, Shae House, a Lynchburg, Va. woman, said she saw Jesus in the rocks on a walk in the woods.

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