Day: September 22, 2020

Vanessa Bryant sues over leaked photos from Kobe crash site

Vanessa Bryant is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Alex Villanueva over leaked photos from the site of January’s helicopter crash that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. The department issued a statement in response on Tuesday.

According to the lawsuit viewed by Yahoo Entertainment, Bryant alleges multiple deputies took personal cellphone pictures of the victims. Bryant claims she was made aware of the “gratuitous images” after one deputy allegedly used the photos of the victims “to try to impress a woman at a bar.” She is suing for emotional distress and invasion of privacy.

Kobe, Gianna and seven others were killed on Jan. 26, 2020 on their way to a youth basketball tournament. Making their way by helicopter from Orange County to Thousand Oaks in California, they encountered dense fog. “Rather than land or turn around, the pilot pushed into the fog and

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How a stay-at-home mom grew her mobile blow-out business into the multimillion-dollar haircare empire Drybar

Alli Webb <p class="copyright">Alli Webb</p>
Alli Webb
  • Alli Webb is the cofounder of blow-out hair salon chain Drybar. She was also a featured guest on the hit show “Shark Tank” and wrote a book on how to achieve the best blowouts. 

  • After expanding Drybar throughout the nation, Webb decided to open a massage company known as Squeeze. 

  • In an interview with Business Insider, Webb talks about her career beginnings, her new venture, and the advice she has for aspiring entrepreneurs. 

  • This is part of Business Insider’s “The Style Series,” highlighting fashion and beauty entrepreneurs and businesses across the globe.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Alli Webb never expected to grow a mobile blow-out business into a multimillion-dollar hair care empire when she first went to beauty school in her late 20s. But over a decade later, she’s done just that.

Webb is the cofounder of Drybar, the hair salon chain known

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What is a Covid-secure workplace?

 (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

In May, Boris Johnson outlined how workplaces could begin reopening in England following a period of strict lockdown, stating that they would need to become “Covid-secure” in order to ensure the safe return of workers, who had been working from home since March.

In August, the government further urged all members of the public to return to their workplaces, but on 22 September it made a U-turn with the prime minister announcing that office workers were being asked yet again to work from home where possible.

People who cannot work from home, including construction workers, retail staff and workers carrying out essential services, have been advised to continue going to work as usual. But for anyone who is able to do their job from home, they should do so.

During his address in the House of Commons, Mr Johnson stated that for businesses within retail, leisure, tourism and

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The Currency Cold War: Four Scenarios

The year is 2030, and you need to buy some new sunglasses. You browse through your options online. You use augmented reality to try on a few pairs, you find one you like, and now it’s time to pay. 

This piece is part of CoinDesk’s “Internet 2030” series about the future of the crypto economy.

You have 17 options for payment, including: the digital U.S. dollar (but you’d rather not support the U.S. government and President Ivanka Trump, so you decide against the USD), Facebook Libra (but you have reservations about the new Facebook Brain Implant, so no thanks), Bitcoin (yet you’d rather not part with your digital gold, as the price of BTC just hit $500k), Sunglass Coin (the native currency of this sunglass website, which gives you a 10% discount), Parity Coin (a project that seeks to promote gender wage parity), Green Coin (a project that works to

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Happy first day of fall, such as it is

Autumnal Equinox marks the first day of fall, wonderful holidays
Autumnal Equinox marks the first day of fall, wonderful holidays

Editor’s Note: This is a preview of USA TODAY’s newsletter Staying Apart, Together, a guide to help us all cope with a world changed by coronavirus. If you would like it in your inbox on Tuesdays and Saturdays, subscribe here

Happy leaf peeping and sweater weather. Today is the autumnal equinox, also known as the first day of fall. We’re officially through lockdown spring and cautiously reopened summer. The fall will likely be defined by how school reopening goes – in person and online – and how we as a country handle the upcoming holidays. 

Back in March, I thought all of this would be over by now, as many of you probably did. My niece or nephew is due in a few weeks, and I anticipated getting on a plane to go see the bundle of joy. I

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On National Voter Registration Day, Big Tech Looks to Expand the Electorate

Mi Familia Vota workers organized their voter registration materials and personal protective equipment before canvassing in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (Bridget Bennett/The New York Times)
Mi Familia Vota workers organized their voter registration materials and personal protective equipment before canvassing in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (Bridget Bennett/The New York Times)

Mi Familia Vota workers organize their voter registration materials and personal protective equipment before canvassing in Las Vegas on Sept. 12, 2020. Credit – Bridget Bennett—The New York Times/Redux

This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday.

Happy National Voter Registration Day!

Sure, the day lacks the symbolism of the Fourth of July, the adrenaline of Labor Day’s starting-pistol crack or even the familiarity of Arbor Day. But the fourth Tuesday of September is its own sort of quasi-holiday for political insiders. It represents a coast-to-coast, bipartisan and in-the-weeds deadline of sorts to get Americans off the sidelines and prepared to participate in the

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How online music company Bandcamp became the toast of the COVID age

The Bandcamp team at their annual meetup in Arizona. <span class="copyright">(Richard Morgenstein)</span>
The Bandcamp team at their annual meetup in Arizona. (Richard Morgenstein)

Like thousands of artists, Nashville singer and songwriter Emma Swift faced a reckoning in March after all of her gigs were scrapped.

“When the pandemic hit, I lost my job as a touring musician. And in losing that job, I lost my primary income stream,” she said during a recent phone call. Pondering the prospect of releasing “Blonde on the Tracks,” her new folk-rock album of Bob Dylan songs, to major music streaming services minus any sense of when she’d be able to tour in support of it, Swift ran the numbers.

“It wasn’t actually going to be financially sensible or sustainable for me to release it on mainstream streaming platforms such as Spotify or Apple,” Swift explained. “I was only gonna be able to survive as an artist if I used a platform that would allow me to

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As Schools Go Remote, Finding ‘Lost’ Students Gets Harder

WASHINGTON — One month into the school year, Linnet Early, a social studies teacher outside St. Louis, has an anxious new ritual: scanning the Zoom squares on her computer screen at the beginning of each class to see which of her sixth-grade students are missing. It is usually quite a few.

“I’ll have kids gone for a week, pop in for one class the next, then miss the second class that week,” said Early, who has 100 mostly low-income students spread across eight classes, all online. “It’s hard to know what their struggles are, how to wrap your arms around it.”

Around the country, teachers and school administrators are hoping that a patchwork of plans cobbled together over the summer will help address one of the most pressing challenges they face as millions of students start a new school year online: How to make sure they come to virtual class,

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12 amazing places to buy ethical shoes online

12 amazing places to buy ethical shoes online
12 amazing places to buy ethical shoes online

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a cleaning bug lately. I’ve been zooming from room to room tidying and opening windows for this fresh fall air. The urge to get rid of my wardrobe and replace everything is there too, even for shoes. I’d consider myself very average when it comes to shoes; I don’t have tons to match with every outfit, but I definitely have more than a few pairs.

As a conscious consumer, I try to do my research before I buy anything new. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “vote with your dollar,” and to me that means doing what I can to support brands that operate sustainably and ethically. However, finding ethically-sourced shoes can be difficult!


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European Producers Club Calls for 25% Streamer Investment Quota in Europe

The European Producers Club, a lobby of Europe’s biggest independent film and TV producers, has called on European Union governments to ensure that global OTT services are obliged to invest at least 25% of their European Union turnover into European works.

80% of that should be reserved for independent producers and at least 50% dedicated to local content produced by independent producers, it added.

Presented by Morena Films’ Alvaro Longoria, EPC President, the call came during a 2020 San Sebastian European Film Forum on Tuesday where the European Audiovisual Observatory’s Gilles Fontaine put losses to Europe’s film and TV sectors induced by COVID-19 at €10 billion ($12 billion) just for 2020. That figure did not include mark-ups in production costs due to halted or postponed shoots, he added.

Global streamers’ potential industry investment proved, however, to be the biggest through-line in debate.

“We will need to make sure that U.S

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