W Movie Club: The Editors Recommend Their Favorite Films

Welcome to the W Movie Club, a new segment in which W magazine’s editors pick five iconic films they’d recommend you watch while in quarantine—and beyond. This week, editor in chief Sara Moonves chooses her go-to’s, including Yorgos Lanthimos’s 2018 hit The Favourite, a production which holds special meaning and significance for her.

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The Favourite

It’s hard for me not to associate movies I love with pictures I did around the film. The Favourite always reminds me of one my personal favorite shoots ever—the one with Emma Stone and the director Yorgos Lanthimos. I saw The Favourite with our editor at large, Lynn Hirschberg, and from the point the credits rolled, we started planning the shoot. Yorgos was as inspiring and original in the role of a fashion photographer as he is a movie director. I loved the film so much, especially brilliant Emma and the incredible costumes by Sandy Powell, whom I also had the pleasure of working with. Quarantine has been a great time to watch movies I love and remind me of all the amazing people I have gotten to work with along the way.

Watch it on Amazon Prime, Google Play, and YouTube.

Groundhog Day

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Around day 16 of staying at home was when we thought it was the appropriate time to watch the Bill Murray classic. It was as good as I remembered, and something we can all relate to right now. 

Watch it on Netflix and iTunes.

Empire Records

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I think I watched Empire Records 90 times in high school, but hadn’t seen it since. Liv Tyler in her perfect plaid kilt, and Renée Zellweger seducing Rex Manning—it was fun to revisit an old favorite. 

Watch it on Amazon Prime and YouTube.

A Bigger Splash

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I needed a bit of an escape after one long, hard day and watching Luca Guadagnino’s films are great at providing just that. I spent a perfect week last summer in Pantelleria, Italy, where A Bigger Splash takes place. The film reminds me of my friends Fran and Angelo—whom we travel with every summer—and dreaming of where our next adventure will be. I think to turn off the news and watch a movie that takes you back to one of your favorite places is great for sanity right now. 

Watch it on Cinemax and Google Play.

Lost in Translation

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One of my favorite films, and a reminder of all the amazing trips I have been lucky enough to take in Tokyo. It reminds of all the late karaoke nights and my great friends, who I am missing a lot right now. 

Watch it on Hulu and YouTube.

Related: Emma Stone Stars as a Suburban Dog Lady, Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

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Pink Tested Positive For COVID-19 After She & Her Son Jameson Became Sick

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to gather speed on a global scale, it has now derailed the lives of over a million people who have tested positive — and it’s killed nearly 60,000 worldwide. Thankfully, 288,083 individuals have so far recovered from the novel coronavirus, and among those, we are relieved to hear, is musician and entertainer Pink.

Pink posted on her Instagram on April that she and her 3-year-old son (with husband Carey Hart), Jameson Moon, had fallen ill two weeks prior. Since they were exhibiting the respiratory symptoms characteristic of COVID-19, she got them tested — a feat that we have learned over the past month is shockingly easy for celebrities and influencers and brutally impossible for most regular folks in need. Facepalm.

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Two weeks ago my three-year old son, Jameson, and I are were showing symptoms of COVID-19. Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive. My family was already sheltering at home and we continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor. Just a few days ago we were re-tested and are now thankfully negative. It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible. This illness is serious and real. People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities. In an effort to support the healthcare professionals who are battling on the frontlines every day, I am donating $500,000 to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia in honor of my mother, Judy Moore, who worked there for 18 years in the Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant Center. Additionally, I am donating $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund. THANK YOU to all of our healthcare professionals and everyone in the world who are working so hard to protect our loved ones. You are our heroes! These next two weeks are crucial: please stay home. Please. Stay. Home.❤️

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“Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests, and I tested positive,” Pink wrote on her Instagram of the diagnosis. “My family was already sheltering at home and we continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor. Just a few days ago, we were re-tested and are now thankfully negative.”

We’re thrilled to hear that Pink and her family are healing on the other side of this scary sickness. But perhaps the most crucial part of her revealing her diagnosis is her added callout to the U.S. government to wake the hell up regarding this pandemic — one that the president has shrugged off for far too long.

“It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible,” Pink continued. “This illness is serious and real. People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities.”

Amen to that. Pink added that she and her family would be donating $1 million to COVID-19 crisis funding as well as healthcare workers at the hospital where Pink’s own mother was on staff for years. (Needless to say, we love her even more right now than we did pre-pandemic, and that’s saying a lot.)

It’s an unfortunate reality of 2020 and the media that the majority of the COVID-19 diagnoses, recoveries, and even deaths that we hear about are high profile celebrities — from Tom Hanks to Idris Elba to Adam Schlesinger (RIP) to Pink herself — while so many non-famous folks go unrecognized and underserved. Perhaps the only silver lining here is that the more the visible voices and faces like Pink speak out against the injustices of this pandemic (ie the clear need for accessible testing and the unconscionable ignorance of the Trump administration), the more likely those in power are to listen.

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Adam Sandler Premieres Coronavirus Quarantine Song On ‘Tonight Show’

Adam Sandler, the comedy star who made the holidays brighter with his Hanukkah song, is attempting to do the same for coronavirus home quarantines.

The “Uncut Gems” actor on Thursday premiered his version of a song by Dan Bulla on “The Tonight Show” in an online chat with host Jimmy Fallon.

“Doctors and nurses will save us from this mess/if we give them the supplies that they need/And I hope they save us soon/Cause I’m really really sick of my family,” Sandler sang.

 The “Saturday Night Live” alum’s song shoutout to health care heroes during the crisis also pointed out the pitfalls of home-schooling.

“I’m teaching math to my kids/And that can’t be good for America,” the comic sang. 

Watch the video above. 

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Writer embarks on year-long mission to explore UK’s greatest towns & cities – The Sun

TRAVEL addict Lauren Clarke embarked on a year-long mission to explore our own shores after realising she’d seen more of the rest of the world than Britain.

Although Lauren had been lucky enough to travel as far afield as Hong Kong and the US, much of the UK had not been on her bucket list. Here she describes her adventures – mainly by train armed with her trusty 26–30 railcard – from her London home to a different UK place once every month in 2019.

January – Windsor

My first trip was a royal favourite. We started off with a roast at 18th-century pub The Two Brewers before walking it off on the Long Walk, the aptly named mile-long, tree-lined avenue that leads up to historic Windsor Castle.

Entry isn’t cheap (£21.20 for adults), but seeing Meghan Markle’s wedding dress up close and going inside St George’s Chapel where she married Prince Harry was worth it.

The street food market on the third weekend of the month is worth a visit.

Return train fare – £15.15

February – Oxford

Another favourite for overseas visitors – the picturesque “city of dreaming spires” is now arguably more popular for Harry Potter fame than its prestigious university.

Our favourite college was the magical Christ Church (entry £15 for adults) – home to Hogwarts’ Great Hall.

We also ticked off the Ashmolean Museum (free entry), and took in the Bodleian Library and Bridge of Sighs.

We ended the unseasonably warm day at popular local ice-cream shop George & Danver.

Return train fare – £12.50

March – Kew

A Greater London attraction on my bucket list for years – the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew (also a World Heritage Site).

There are more than 40,000 types of weird and wonderful plants in gigantic Victorian greenhouses on its 300 acres (£18 per adult).

We stopped off for a fluffy scone at the on-site cafe. Kew has some pretty pubs too.

Return Tube fare – £3

April – Rye

Another day trip – this time to the picturesque cobbled medieval town in East Sussex.

We took enough photos on postcard-perfect Mermaid Street (Google it!) to rival a Vogue shoot. Fish and chips at The Ship Inn was followed by a wander around 16th-century Lamb House, once home to writer Henry James (entry for adults £7.90). Try a local beer at the Rye Waterworks micropub.

We finished off the day on the beach at Camber Sands. Bliss.

Return train fare – £18.95

May – Margate

Off to the seaside we went again. Following local advice, we picked up bicycles from Ride . . . Bike Hire just outside the station (from £5 for an hour) and made it up and down the coastline, and past ultra-cool art gallery Turner Contemporary in one sunny afternoon.

We refuel on mini sugary doughnuts (the delicious ones that only old-school beach kiosks sell) round the corner from the uber-hipster Old Town.

Also on our hit list was the Dreamland amusement park – with its retro fun that kids will love.

Return train fare – £18.10

June – Sheffield

Summer weather was kind as we headed up to Steel City.

The tucked-away Tamper Sellers Wheel brunch spot was a hit, while the Graves Art Gallery – free entry – certainly warrants a visit.

Our favourite part? The Sheffield Botanical Gardens – also free entry.

For a bite to eat with the stars head to Ambulo, owned by Arctic Monkeys’ drummer Matt Helders.

Return train fare – £24.40

July – Brighton

Back down south again – and on a heatwave day.

We rode on the dodgems on Brighton Palace Pier, and bought jewellery and vintage sunnies in The Lanes’ antiques shops.

Refuelling was a pleasure with a burger and pint at the edgy East Street Tap. Or snack at We Are Falafel.

Return train fare – £19.30

August – Edinburgh

I’d wanted to visit the famous Fringe Festival for years.

The rain was torrential but the atmosphere in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle on the Royal Mile was buzzing.

After an immersive art show where we were locked in a shipping container, plenty of stand-up, live poetry featuring drones, and a circus show, I was relieved when we headed to the pub. What a laugh, though.

Return train fare­ – £73.25

September – Manchester

Another wet weekend meant we got a lot of retail therapy in the Arndale shopping centre.

In the evening we dressed up WAG-style and bar-hopped in the Northern Quarter.

We finished off the night at Manc institution MOJO – a loft-style bar that plays rock & roll and old school punk.

Cottonopolis was a favourite. Brunch at the super-cool food hall Mackie Mayor cured next-day hangovers.

Return train fare – £31.70

October – Epping

Also on my bucket list. Epping Forest is 2,400-hectares of ancient woodland in which you can wander and climb trees – and it’s on the tube.

There’s a lovely clearing that’s perfect for a picnic, right by Grimston’s Oak.

It’s the forest’s most famous tree, believed to be 350 years old, and is named after cricketer Robert Grimston. Tip: Get off a stop early at Theydon Bois for the best spots.

Return Tube fare – £6.20

November – Glasgow

After a six-hour train journey to Edinburgh, we decided to fly for our second Scottish trip (plus, the airport is just 15 minutes from the centre).

This was my favourite trip. The entire place is beautiful, from the University of Glasgow Cloisters to Kelvingrove Park, the main Buchanan Street and hipster Finnieston district.

The Lighthouse gives excellent views across the city. Cuisine is surprisingly diverse. Have pancakes for breakfast at Stack & Still, and Scottish burger chain Bread Meats Bread.

Return flight fare – £60.98

December – Isle of Man

Last but not least, a teeny self-governing British island nestled between England and Ireland (it’s just a 20-minute bus journey coast-to-coast).

After lunch at the Alpine cafe in the capital Douglas, we see the ruins of Peel Castle. The next day we visited Laxey Wheel (the largest working waterwheel in the world) and climbed the mountain of Snaefell, from which on a clear day you can see the six kingdoms.

Fun fact: According to local superstition it’s unlucky to say the word “rat” (Manx people say “longtail”).

Return flight fare – £97.98

 

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Colorado Sanctuary Home to 39 Tigers Once Owned By Tiger King's Joe Exotic: They're 'Happier'





According to Drotar, the tigers came in malnourished and weak, with lackluster coats and extensive dental issues. Additionally, many of the big cats were poorly declawed and had mobility issues as a result. The public relations director also said the animals appeared to have broken spirits as well.

“It’s kind of like they tigers were thinking, ‘Wow, my life is not worth living,'” he said.

Luckily, that anguish ended once the animals settled into their new home.

“The animals are just happier. They are no longer just pacing,” Drotar said of how the tigers have changed since arriving at the sanctuary. “It was almost an immediate change with their demeanor. They see other tigers. They see other animals. They see a horizon. They just have more of a purpose for living.”

Two years after arriving at the sanctuary, the tigers now have muscle mass and thick, luxurious coats with an impressive depth of color, and they have space. Joe Exotic, according to Drotar, kept many of his tigers in 12 ft. x 12 ft. cages at the 16-acre G. W. Zoo. At the Wild Animal Sanctuary, each tiger habitat, which contains about 4-5 tigers, is around 16 acres.

“There is no comparison on where these animals came from and where they are now,” he added.

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RICHARD KAY on the Queen's two weeks of virtual self-isolation

RICHARD KAY on how the Queen’s two weeks of virtual self-isolation at Windsor Castle have been far from easy after one of her key staff was diagnosed with coronavirus – but at least she’s now reunited with Philip

All her life she has been surrounded by people, from the moment she awakes till last thing at night. 

There’s the dresser who brings her morning cup of tea and the housemaid who each evening turns down her bedclothes, placing a hot water bottle snugly between the sheets. 

For the Queen, 94 this month, her domestic staff are not just a reassuring presence, but a vital contact with the outside world. They bring her news from beyond palace walls, as well as the latest below-stairs gossip. 

With some she has formed a uniquely close attachment, and never have those bonds been more needed than now as she, like the rest of us, observes government rules on social distancing. 

The Queen’s two weeks of virtual self-isolation at Windsor Castle have been far from straightforward after one of her key staff was diagnosed with Covid-19. Pictured: The Queen speaks to Boris Johnson from Windsor Castle for her weekly audience during the coronavirus

But the Queen’s two weeks of virtual self-isolation at Windsor Castle have been far from straightforward after one of her key staff was diagnosed with Covid-19. 

For the young woman involved, one of only a handful of female footmen in the Royal Household, is the Queen’s dog walker, whose duties revolve around exercising Her Majesty’s dorgis — corgi-dachshund crosses — Candy and Vulcan. 

And it has meant she has been deprived for part of this period by some of her most trusted personal aides, who have had to self-isolate because they had been in contact with the footman. 

One figure rarely far from her side, though, is Paul Whybrew, 61, who is the Queen’s Page of the Backstairs and serjeant-at-arms. 

Dependable Whybrew is also one of the Queen’s longest serving employees — he manhandled Palace intruder Michael Fagan when he broke into her bedroom in 1982. But with other familiar faces forced to self-isolate, the Queen has been looked after by two of Prince Philip’s most senior domestic aides, pages William Henderson and Stephen Niedojadlo. 

For the Queen, there are compensations, and being reunited with Philip is one. They are pictured together last year

She knows them both, of course, because they usually take care of the Duke of Edinburgh at Wood Farm, his retirement bolthole on the Sandringham estate. Royal aides were planning for the same staff to remain with the couple for up to a month before a new team is sent down from London. 

But the news that the sick footman is recovering – and with no further infections diagnosed – means that some of the Queen’s regular staff are being allowed to return to her side. 

HM, meanwhile, has been making adjustments to her own routine. Unable to visit the stables at Windsor, she has been checking on the welfare of her horses with their grooms over the telephone. 

In a gesture appreciated by staff, many of whom are confined to small flats at Windsor, she has allowed them to use the Royal Family’s swimming pool. She has also opened up the garden at Buckingham Palace so those living at the royal mews can exercise there. 

Philip, 98, (pictured) who retired from public life in 2017, is said to be taking self-isolation in his stride

‘It means an awful lot to staff cooped up in small apartments, some with family,’ says one aide. At the Palace, only gardeners working in the 40-acre grounds and IT technicians keeping the Queen connected to Downing Street and to Commonwealth leaders have been clocking on. 

Elsewhere, the vast building is almost empty. For the Queen, there are compensations, and being reunited with Philip is one. For the first time in a degree of silence around Windsor. 

‘I am sure she will have noticed a good deal more birdsong than she has for decades,’ says the friend. Philip, 98, who retired from public life in 2017, is said to be taking self-isolation in his stride. 

‘He’s always got things to do, whether its paperwork or discovering a new biography to read,’ says an aide. 

One person who has been at the Queen’s side throughout her stay at Windsor is Angela Kelly, her senior dresser and confidante. In recent years the crane driver’s daughter, raised in a Liverpool council terrace, has become an indispensable palace figure. 

One person who has been at the Queen’s side throughout her stay at Windsor (pictured) is Angela Kelly, her senior dresser and confidante

Few could provide a more reassuring presence for the Queen during this period of isolation. One of Angela’s essential daily tasks will be washing the Queen’s hair, setting it and making sure the old-fashioned cone dryer Her Majesty prefers to use is ready. A hobby the two women share is watching the night sky together. 

With so much less light pollution, aides believe there is every chance they will be looking at the stars. ‘What the Queen loves about Angela is that she never tries to be anything but herself,’ says a senior aide. 

‘There is a genuine warmth between them that has grown into companionship.’ 

We can be sure they will watch television together — Countdown on Channel 4 is a favourite show. So close are they that when the Queen gets a new pair of shoes Angela breaks them in — both women have size four feet. 

One story doing the rounds among servants is that Angela occasionally gives the Queen a foot massage after engagements which involve standing for long periods, such as investitures. 

There will be less need for that now. Ms Kelly has even been permitted to write two books about her boss. The first, Dressing The Queen, concentrated on the royal wardrobe. 

The second, published last year and called The Other Side Of The Coin, included remarkable pictures and anecdotes about the Queen. Now the two have been thrown together in isolation by the coronavirus crisis, the experience could lead to their most intriguing collaboration yet. 

The word among staff is that there is to be a third book; this time the subject is the Queen and her beloved dogs. Ms Kelly left a clue in the book’s final chapter when she wrote: ‘Thank you for reading. I hope we meet again … until next time.’

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Pop Culture Trivia Night Questions For The TV & Movie Obsessed

With physical distancing and quarantining taking precedent over social gatherings, trivia night looks completely different than it did earlier this year. What might have been a group of friends meeting up at the local bar to play trivia against a room full of other enthusiastic and buzzed people now looks like a computer screen with 10 smaller versions of your friends staring back at you via Zoom.

But a virtual trivia night can still be just as competitive and fun as trivia nights of the past. In fact, with the heightened amount of 1:1 time people now have with their TVs due to staying home, the competition should be at an all-time high. Just consider these 50 pop culture trivia questions the true test of how well you’re spending your time while quarantined.

Below you’ll find five categories comprised of 10 questions each: TV, Movies, Celeb, Nostalgia, and Quotes. (Answers are at the bottom to prevent peeking.)

You can also download Bustle’s Pop Culture Trivia here and share it with your friends ahead of trivia night.

TV

1) What is Eleven’s real name in Stranger Things?

2) In Arrested Development, where is there always money?

3) What USA Network TV show did Meghan Markle appear in for seven seasons?

4) The Pearson family in This Is Us are famously fans of what NFL team?

5) Name five cities/states featured in the Real Housewives franchise, past or present.

6) Who wrote the novel that inspired the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale?

7) How are Jon Snow and Daenerys related in Game of Thrones?

8) Who is the only Bachelor to marry his final choice on The Bachelor?

9) What is the name of "the mother" on How I Met Your Mother?

10) Does Stanley Hudson from The Office have a mustache?

MOVIES

11) What 2004 rom-com did Brie Larson appear in as a child?

12) What fictional country is Black Panther set in?

13) What actress starred in both Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean’s 8 in 2018?

14) Put these Nicholas Sparks movies in order of oldest to most recent: The Notebook, Safe Haven, A Walk to Remember, The Last Song.

15) Who wrote and directed the 2017 horror film Get Out?

16) What is the name of the group of friends in The Hangover?

17) What is the name of the magazine Kate Hudson’s character Andie works at in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days?

18) What is Mike’s last name in Monsters, Inc?

19) What movie won best picture at the 2020 Academy Awards?

20) What is the name of the ghost who haunts a toilet in a girls’ bathroom at Hogwarts in Harry Potter?

CELEB

21) Name all four of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s kids, from oldest to youngest.

22) What actor is Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester married to?

23) Which celebrity couple recently named their daughter Raddix?

24) Name the two performers who headlined the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show.

25) What comedian has a tattoo of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton?

26) What is Katy Perry’s real name?

27) Where did John Legend and Chrissy Teigen meet?

28) Which Sex and the City star ran for political office in New York?

29) What are the names of Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s twins?

30) What SNL cast member is Scarlett Johansson engaged to?

NOSTALGIA

31) What 2000 Disney Channel Original Movie stars a Jonas Brothers ex?

32) What actress played Kaitlin Cooper in Season 1 of The OC?

33) What Hills star did Ryan Cabrera date?

34) What is Mia’s full name in Princess Diaries?

35) What 2001 Olsen twin movie features the sisters going to the Bahamas for winter break and getting mixed up with a man smuggling stolen artifacts?

36) On Even Stevens, what was Ren and Louis’ older brother’s name?

37) What show is this from? (Bonus point for naming the character)

38) What is Peyton’s record label called in One Tree Hill?

39) What was Destiny’s Child originally called?

40) What year did High School Musical come out?

FINISH THE QUOTE

Each space represents a missing word.

41) "Oy with the _ _."

42) "Awesome, oh wow! Like, totally freak me out! I mean, right on! _ _ _ _ _."

43) "It’s a beautiful day to _ _."

44) "Our love… It’s like the wind. I can’t see it, but _ _ _ _."

45) "Clear eyes, full hearts, _ _."

46) "I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom I can tell you I don’t have money, but what I do have are _ _ _ _ _ _."

47) "It’s like I have ESPN or something. My breasts can always tell when _ _ _ _."

48) "Bears, beets, _ _.

49) "I want to forgive you, and _ _ _ _ _."

50) "That can’t eat, can’t sleep, reach for the stars, over the fence, _ _ _ _ _."

Answers:

TV

1) Jane

2) In the banana stand

3) Suits

4) The Pittsburgh Steelers

5) Orange County, New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, D.C., Beverly Hills, Miami, Potomac, Dallas, Salt Lake City

6) Margaret Atwood

7) Daenerys is Jon’s aunt

8) Sean Lowe

9) Tracy McConnell

10) Yes

MOVIES

11) 13 Going on 30

12) Wakanda

13) Awkwafina

14) A Walk to Remember (2002), The Notebook (2004), The Last Song (2010), Safe Haven (2013)

15) Jordan Peele

16) The Wolfpack

17) Composure

18) Mike Wazowski

19) Parasite

20) Moaning Myrtle, or Myrtle Elizabeth Warren

CELEB

21) North, Saint, Chicago, Psalm

22) Adam Brody

23) Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden

24) Shakira and Jennifer Lopez

25) Pete Davidson

26) Katy Hudson

27) On the set of a music video ("Stereo")

28) Cynthia Nixon

29) Rumi and Sir

30) Colin Jost

NOSTALGIA

31) Rip Girls star Camilla Belle

32) Shailene Woodley

33) Audrina Patridge

34) Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi, Princess of Genovia

35) Holiday in the Sun

36) Donnie

37) Hey Arnold (Stoop Kid)

38) Red Bedroom Records

39) Girl’s Tyme

40) 2006

FINISH THE QUOTE

41) "Poodles already," Gilmore Girls

42) "Toros are sure number one," Bring It On

43) "Save lives," Grey’s Anatomy

44) "I can feel it," A Walk to Remember

45) "Can’t lose," Friday Night Lights

46) "A very particular set of skills," Taken

47) "It’s going to rain," Mean Girls

48) "Battlestar Galactica," The Office

49) "I want to forget you," The Hills

50) "World series kind of love," It Takes Two

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PSA: State Officials Are Using Coronavirus to Restrict Your Abortion Access

As coronavirus continues to put a strain on the nation’s healthcare system while uncovering many of its failings, anti-choice activists and officials are taking advantage of the ongoing health crisis to restrict access to abortions.

Because of increasing demands, many medical providers have cut back on non-essential procedures and appointments. That means patients must hold off on cosmetic procedures, routine dental cleanings, and eye exams. Anything that is considered “elective” is being put on the backburner until the pandemic is more manageable. But now, some state officials are labeling abortions as “non-essential” for a person’s wellbeing and are actively trying to prevent patients from receiving this healthcare.

Here’s what you need to know about how officials are taking advantage of coronavirus to restrict procedural and medical abortions.

Which States Are Trying to Block Abortion Access?

In the past month, anti-choice providers and select states like Mississippi, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Texas have—on some level—tried to declare abortions non-essential and merely “social solutions” that should be postponed for an indefinite amount of time or canceled outright. According to The LA Times, some states “went a step further, prohibiting abortion, unless to protect the life or health of the woman.”

In addition to blocking in-office visits, some officials want to bar patients from using “telehealth” and online medical appointments to receive abortion-related prescriptions. New York Attorney General Letitia James and 20 other law-enforcement officials have urged the Food and Drug Administration to allow more flexibility in this difficult situation, saying, “control over one’s reproductive freedom should not be limited to those able to leave their homes as we battle the coronavirus.”

Are There Punitive Measures?

Though some of these bans have thankfully been countered by federal courts, Texas and Oklahoma continue to turn away patients in need of abortions. Presently, licensed health facilities in Texas face a $1,000 fine or a max of 180 days in jail if they provide this care to their patients. Medical counselors are being forced to advise their patients to make the trip to New Mexico or Kansas to receive care.

In a statement to NPR, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists attorney Skye Perryman warned, “It is an incredibly concerning day when states would impose criminal penalties on physicians and other clinicians that are seeking to deliver care, and that is one of the main concerns that the medical community has about these actions.”

A hearing on Oklahoma’s restrictions is scheduled for this afternoon and NPR suggested this issue could make its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

How Can I Help?

Defeating and worrisome as this may feel, if you want to help people secure access to safe abortions, there are actions you can take from the safety of your own home. Call your representatives. (If you don’t have their number on speed dial, you can find all of their contact info here.) Sign Planned Parenthood’s petition declaring that abortion is essential—even in this crisis—and donate to organizations fighting for reproductive freedom like the Center for Reproductive Rights, Power to Decide, and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

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Burberry shifts toward gowns as coronavirus outbreak increases demand

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High-end British fashion brand Burberry has turned over its production to make protective gowns for health care workers tackling the coronavirus outbreak, health minister Matt Hancock said on Friday.

Burberry has said its sales in the final weeks of March would plunge by up to 80% as the impact of coronavirus already seen in China spread to Europe and the United States, causing stores to close and luxury shopping to dry up.

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Asked during a news conference about supplies of personal protective equipment, something many healthcare workers have complained there is not enough of, Hancock said Burberry had turned over its production to make gowns.

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“Burberry deserve credit for what they have done so far for the nation and hopefully lots more Burberry gowns to come,” he said.

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Asteroid news: A ‘potentially hazardous’ 4KM rock will fly by Earth this month

The colossal asteroid is just one of many so-called near-Earth objects (NEOs) that frequently ping-up on NASA’s radars. But this particular asteroid is big enough to remind astronomers of the dangers lurking in deep space. And though this asteroid, dubbed 52768 (1998 OR2) , does not pose any danger to Earth, similar-sized objects have struck in distant the past.

What is a near-Earth object or NEO?

Many asteroids race around the Sun on trajectories that can bring them close to our planet at different points in time.

Occasionally, asteroid and comets will come close enough to Earth for NASA’s automated systems to track their orbits.

According to NASA, an NEO is “an asteroid or comet with a perihelion distance less than or equal to 1.3au”.

One au, or astronomical unit, is the distance between Earth and the Sun – about 93 million miles (149.6 million km).

NASA said 99 percent of all discovered NEOs are asteroids.

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When will the Asteroid 52768 (1998 OR2) fly past Earth?

The space rock is expected to zip by on the morning of April 29.

NASA estimates the asteroid is racing around the Sun at speeds of about 8.7km per second or 19,461.3mph (31,320kmh).

NASA also estimates the asteroid measures somewhere between 1.11 miles and 2.54 miles (1.8km and 4.1km) across.

At its closest, the rock will shoot by from a distance of 3.9 million miles (6.29 million km).

In other words, the space rock will be about 16 times farther than the Moon is.

But astronomers expect the asteroid to be bright enough for small telescopes to pick up.

A ‘close’ passage astronomically can be very far away in human terms

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Astrophysicist Gianluca Masi already managed to snap a picture of OR2.

On the night of the flyby, you will be able to watch it live online with the Virtual Telescope Project.

NASA said: “As they orbit the Sun, NEOs can occasionally approach close to Earth.

“Note that a ‘close’ passage astronomically can be very far away in human terms: millions or even tens of millions of kilometres.”

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What is a potentially hazardous asteroid?

Some space rocks are big enough and bright enough to warrant observation from NASA.

NASA considers an asteroid potentially hazardous if it measures more than 492ft (150m) across and approaches Earth from within 4.6 million miles (7.5 million km).

NASA said: “A relatively small number of near-Earth objects pass close enough to Earth and are large enough in size to warrant close observation.

“That’s because the gravitational tug of the planets could, over time, cause an object’s orbital path to evolve into an Earth-crossing orbit.

“This allows for the possibility of a future collision.”

However, none of these objects are expected to strike Earth for many hundreds of years.

The US space agency said: “NASA knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small.

“In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years.”

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