• 'Code for no black people': New York bar's 'racist' dress code sparks online debate

    "I post a lot of stuff on Facebook, so I thought a few of my friends would chime in," Herbert Smith says of posting the bar's dress code. "But what happened next I was not expecting."

  • Student gives professor an awkward nickname, accidentally submits paper without changing it

    We've all had embarrassing written word-related misfortune in our lives, whether it be accidentally sending the wrong text off to the wrong person or hitting send on an email before we finished editing.  But this college student just took text related awkwardness to the next level.  SEE ALSO: Tinder launches Tinder U for the college kids Twitter user @zoeyoxley shared a major edit blunder on Twitter with the caption "a series of unfortunate events." After submitting a paper to her professor, Oxley noticed she had not changed the placeholder name she'd given the professor in question.  That would not have been the end of the world, was it not for the fact that Oxley had chosen the placeholder name "Professor whats his nuts." A series of unfortunate events: pic.twitter.com/xSnT0JTYPV - zo !!! (@Zoeyoxley) September 20, 2018 Let's see a close up of some of those screen shots... Image:  @zoeyoxley Image:  @zoeyoxley Image:  @zoeyoxleyOxley was not the only one who found this placeholder name fail funny enough to share on social media.  The professor - Professor whats his nuts, if you will - also tweeted about the the placeholder name incident.  A student emailed me, profusely apologizing for getting my name wrong at the top of their paper, and I was like, “Thanks, whatever, nbd.” Then I got to their paper and saw their instructor was “Professor whats his nuts” - John Hendel (@Hendyhendel) September 19, 2018 People on Twitter had a lot of feelings about this name mix up. Look, fair warning, any human I meet whose name I can't remember will now be referred to as Professor What's His Nuts. https://t.co/1OaIwc5qqJ - Linda Sawicki (@bookishcoquette) September 20, 2018 “Professor What’s His Nuts” was my father’s name. Please, call me Deez. - Ben (@benhdudley) September 20, 2018 *Laughs out loud*.*Suddenly has a thought**Checks I have put the right names on my dissertation submission**Realises this is another thing now that I will now be checking continuously*#deadlinelooming #studentlife https://t.co/oYJYy496Jg - grace (@GraceREThomas) September 21, 2018 This could happen to anybody, honestly!  WATCH: Architects are building floating neighborhoods on city canals to create affordable housing for students

  • Hiker Records Dangerously Close Encounter With Grizzly Bear Family

    On a trip to the Turbine Canyon Campground in Alberta, Jose Rodrigo Rosales’s dog began to bark aggressively, prompting him to turn around and catch sight of a grizzly bear and her two cubs no more than 15 feet away. With no bear spray available, they ran through the trees looking for other hikers that Rosales knew were nearby. Fortunately, the hikers had also noticed what was happening and started yelling in order to try and scare the bears away. Credit: Jose Rodrigo Rosales via Storyful

  • Man tries to use Zillow to prove Kavanaugh's innocence and ends up owning himself

    UPDATE: September 21, 2018, 9:33 a.m. EST Ed Whelan deleted the Twitter thread on Friday after serious backlash. On Friday morning, he tweeted the following : "I made an appalling and inexcusable mistake of judgment in posting the tweet thread in a way that identified Kavanaugh's Georgetown Prep classmate. I take full responsibility for that mistake, and I deeply apologize for it. I realize that does not undo the mistake." The original post appears below. This has to be a glitch in the simulation, right?  Ed Whelan, a former clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and conservative lawyer, tried to use Zillow to prove Brett Kavanaugh's innocence and ended up going down a deep, deep rabbit hole of a conspiracy theory.  SEE ALSO: #DearProfessorFord: Actresses support Brett Kavanaugh's accuser ahead of hearings Kavanaugh, Trump's pick to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat, was accused of sexual assault by former classmate Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Although Kavanaugh's nomination was met with resistance, calls for him to step down intensified when Ford publicly stated that he assaulted her during a high school party. Although many people jumped to defend Kavanaugh, Whelan went way deep. Let's walk through Whelan's Twitter thread and attempt to unpack this mess.  "Dr. Ford may well have been the victim of a severe sexual assault by someone 36 years ago," Whelan writes on Twitter. "Her allegations are so vague as to such basic matters as when and where that it is impossible for Judge Kavanaugh to *prove* his innocence."  Using addresses found in a yearbook and details provided to the Washington Post , Whelan laid out four locations on Google Maps.  Then, he says he was able to locate a possible house where the alleged assault happened on Zillow, which shows the floor plan of the house.  Here is a house that is barely a half-mile from the Columbia Country Club. Street address: 3714 Thornapple Street, Chevy Chase. pic.twitter.com/RgRdv0gzyQ - Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) September 20, 2018 According to Whelan, Kavanaugh's classmate Chris Garrett lived in that home at the time.  Using the floor plan, Whelan reasons that Dr. Ford's account of her assault matches up with the house's layout. Then he says that because of the way the house is laid out, "someone leaving the house down the stairs and out the front door wouldn't be seen from the family room." He's casting doubt here, and suggesting it could have been anyone.   Whelan then casts more doubt by implying Chris Garrett was possibly responsible. He uses a screenshot of a sleazy Facebook interaction to prove that Garrett was friends with Mark Judge, who was allegedly in the room at the party in question.  Whelan even goes as far as to post side-by-side photos of the two men, claiming they look alike and could be easily confused. Spoiler alert: they both look like doughy bros as teenagers, and as doughy middle-aged bros now.  "Kavanaugh categorically denies being at the gathering and committing the assault," Whelan writes. "Beyond his countless character witnesses from then and now, Judge and Smyth have informed the Senate Judiciary Committee that they recall no such gathering at which Kavanaugh was present."  But then Whelan backpedals in an effort to not get sued by Garrett for, you know, publicly accusing him of assaulting Dr. Ford: Which is lawyer speak for ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. "It is regrettable that private citizens are being drawn into this," he concludes his conspiracy thread, as if he didn't just drag a private citizen into this. "If the matter had been handled as it should have been, the Committee would have investigated the matter over the summer and resolved it privately to everyone's satisfaction without the smearing of Kavanaugh and the dragging the names of others into the public eye." Ford dismissed Whelan's Twitter thread in a statement to the Washington Post : His wild rollercoaster of a thread shot up to Twitter's trending list on Thursday evening and became the butt of the internet's jokes.  brb, using zillow to prove there was a second shooter on the grassy knoll - Kevin Robillard (@Robillard) September 20, 2018 DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE ZILLOW pic.twitter.com/RM3g3apJou - Alex Halpern, official angry librarian (@HalpernAlex) September 20, 2018 ah we've reached the evil doppelganger I found on Zillow portion of the confirmation hearings https://t.co/YIDC3rrdbi - Jeff Hanneken (@jeffjh14) September 20, 2018 "Now see, if you look at the Zillow photos..." pic.twitter.com/zcjFhSsNth - Eric Fidler (@EricFidler) September 20, 2018 Using the Ed Whelan strategy, I can now proudly claim that Charles Manson had nothing to do with Sharon Tate's murder... it was for sure 1970s Kenny Loggins. pic.twitter.com/RHbHDtnDhq - Brendan Smith (@blacksab67) September 21, 2018 To be clear, I have no idea whether Ed Whelan is QAnon, and I therefore do not state, imply or insinuate that Ed Whelan is QAnon. But they sure do sound alike, and probably live within the same general area. https://t.co/sQaF3d61An - Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) September 20, 2018 Law & Order: Zillow Floor Plan Unit pic.twitter.com/q2kUQFRgfy - pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) September 20, 2018 But Whelan seems pretty adamant that he's cracked this case.  "Bottom line: I believe that a fair assessment of this evidence powerfully supports Judge Kavanaugh's categorical denial," he insists on Twitter.  Nobody tell him about the Denver airport, guys.  WATCH: Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Jeff Bridges 'come together' to promote student activism

  • China tells US to withdraw Russia sanctions or 'bear the consequences'

    Beijing has warned the US must “bear responsibility for the consequences” if Washington doesn’t withdraw new sanctions on China for procuring military equipment from Russia. The US government imposed sanctions on the Chinese military on Thursday for buying ten SU-25 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia, in breach of a sweeping US sanctions law punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 US election. In response, “China expresses strong indignation at these unreasonable actions by the US side and has already lodged stern representations,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang. The Chinese military bought Russian missile systems and jets, including the Su-35 combat aircraft pictured here Credit: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters “We strongly urge the US side to immediately correct the mistake and rescind the so-called sanctions; otherwise the U.S. side will necessarily bear responsibility for the consequences," he said, without giving details. China has cozied up to Russia lately at a time when both nations have been targeted by the US. Bilateral relations have been so successful that China was invited to take part in military exercises in Russia earlier this month, the country’s largest since the Cold War and the first including a country from outside the former Soviet bloc. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin also cultivated a rather public friendship. Xi and Putin have met several times, most recently at an annual economic forum in Vladivostok that occurred alongside the joint war games. The pair have enjoyed traditional foods together and Putin even recalled celebrating his birthday once with Xi. In 2017, Xi was award Russia’s highest state order, an occasion commemorated by Putin hanging an elaborate medallion around Xi’s neck. The following year Xi reciprocated by presenting Putin with a similar high order of friendship in the form of a giant gold necklace. As these new sanctions show, close relations with Russia means China could suffer collateral damage as the US continues to target Moscow, on top of escalating trade tensions with Washington. One US administration official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity, said the sanctions imposed on the Chinese agency were aimed at Moscow, not Beijing or its military, despite an escalating trade war between the United States and China. Despite China essentially taking a hit for Russia, security analysts in Asia think the sanctions could further boost ties between Moscow and Beijing. "The imposition of US sanctions will have zero impact on Russian arms sales to China," said Ian Storey, of Singapore's ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute. "Both countries are opposed to what they see as US bullying and these kind of actions will just push Beijing and Moscow even closer together," he said, adding that Moscow needed Chinese money and Beijing wanted advanced military technology. Collin Koh, a security analyst at Singapore's S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said the sanctions would do little to counter the evolving research and development relationship between China and Russia. At a glance | Sanctions against Russia Indeed, for now, Geng said China would continue to work with Russia to promote strategic cooperation at an even higher level. China relies less on large big-ticket purchases from Russia, but Chinese defense industries are seeking expertise from Russia and former-Soviet states to plug knowledge gaps, he said. The sanctions target China’s Equipment Development Department, the military branch responsible for weapons and equipments, and its director Li Shangfu for engaging in transactions with Russia’s main arms exporter, Rosoboronexport. Trump has insisted there was no collusion with Russia. Moscow denies any effort to meddle in US politics. They also block the Chinese agency and Xi from applying for export licenses and participating in the US financial system, and adds them to the Treasury Department's list of specially designated individuals with whom Americans are barred from doing business. The US blacklisted another 33 people and entities associated with the Russian military and intelligence, adding them to a list under the 2017 law, known as the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, or CAATSA.            

  • Maryland Rite Aid Shooter Came Into Work in a 'Bad Mood,' Co-Worker Says

    Snochia Moseley was working at the time she opened fire.