Phillips, an outside linebacker with defensive end skills, was the class of 2017’s highest rated player.
Phillips has only played in 10 games across two college seasons, and the report says his exit from the Bruins is “injury-related, even though it’s not being characterized as a medical retirement.” It also says if Phillips returns, it’s likelier that instead of playing again for UCLA, he’ll transfer.
Phillips finished No. 1 on the 247Sports Composite in the class of 2017. Not everyone had him as the No. 1 player in the country, but he was the closest thing the sprawling recruiting industry had to a consensus top pick that year. Most recruiting analysts saw him then as a defensive end with the potential to play outside linebacker, as he’s done in college.
The Redlands (Calif.) product committed in April of 2016, more than a year before he enrolled, and was seen as a crown jewel of Jim Mora’s efforts to build UCLA into a Pac-12 contender. Of course, Mora’s gone now, and UCLA struggled in Chip Kelly’s first year. Phillips had been ruled out for the season since mid-October due to a concussion.
Phillips’ health is the most important thing. If he does find himself looking to play for another program, he’ll be in extreme demand. Given that he only played four games in 2018, he’d figure to be a redshirt sophomore after sitting out a year under NCAA transfer rules. If he does wind up back with UCLA, that’d be a big deal for the Bruins.
Phillips has 41 tackles and 4.5 sacks across his 10 college appearances.
If any team can give the reigning dynasty a Frisco challenge, it might be Eastern Washington.
The FCS whittled its field for 2018’s national championship down to four teams; North Dakota State, Eastern Washington, South Dakota State, and huh, would you look at that, Maine.
Friday night, No. 1 seed and six-time national champion the Bison ran over rival SDSU in the Fargodome, 44-21, to book their basically annual trip to Frisco, Texas on January 5. That’s seven trips in eight years now, with a win each time they’ve gone.
Saturday, No. 3 seed Eastern Washington rocked the team that knocked out No. 2 Weber State. EWU pounded Maine, 50-19, setting up a battle between the current dynasty and the last team to win the FCS before NDSU got rolling.
Per the Sagarin ratings, the top three teams in FCS before the tournament began were the Bison, SDSU, and EWU. The NCAA-favored SRS system ranked the Eagles No. 2 among the teams in the field.
EWU’s only losses were at 10-2 Washington State — NDSU didn’t happen to play any FBS teams this year, though it’s proved itself plenty in previous years — and a close one at Weber.
EWU head coach Aaron Best’s Eagles lost longtime star QB Gage Gubrud to injury early in the year, but sophomore Eric Barriere has played brilliantly in relief, throwing seven TDs against Maine. The Big Sky’s Eagles, always known for offense, ranked No. 3 in the country in yards per play.
Stack that up against NDSU’s defense, which ranked No. 9 in yards allowed, and you’ve got a matchup to build an FCS title game around.
(The big reason NDSU will be favored by double digits: QB Easton Stick’s Bison offense is significantly better than EWU’s defense. But we should get at least half of a really good title game!)
NDSU head coach Chris Klieman, replacing Bill Snyder at K-State, is trying to win his fourth national title on his way to FBS.
The Interior chief is out.
Scandal-plagued Ryan Zinke, facing growing criticism and federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will step down from his post atop the Interior Department at year's end, President Trump announced in a Saturday morning...
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has notified the White House that he intends to step down by the end of the year.
Here are your final bowl game results as each game on the schedule reaches its final score.
College football’s bowl season is upon us, with dozens of bowl games from mid December through the National Championship in January. As each bowl final score posts, we’ll update this list with the outcome, then move along to the next wonderful bowl game. Because all bowl games are wonderful.
And finally, for those who don’t like bowl games:
Virtually every bowl will feature countless One Last Times.
A receiver catching his last pass. Roommates hugging each other on the sideline. A flautist playing the fight song for the last time. There will be emotional moments in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, for goodness’ sake.
Despite itself, college football produces boundless beauty. We pay coaches millions of dollars not to coach, pay search firms hundreds of thousands of dollars to help us make obvious choices, but keep finding reasons why we can’t let student-athletes sign autographs for money.
Bowl games, with their strange politics, title sponsors, and gaudy coach incentive payments, are the pinnacle of ridiculousness and excess. They are maybe the most cynical money-making exercises in a cynical, money-making sport.
And yet, bowls might be the most beautiful thing this sport produces.
Every game means the world to somebody.
Early in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Camellia Bowl, from the Arkansas State 30, Tucker broke open down the middle of the Red Wolves’ defense. Stockstill was watching for exactly that and hit him in stride at the 10. Tucker bounced off of a tackler and into the end zone for a score.
It was one of four receptions that Tucker didn’t think he’d get a chance to make, and it ended up providing the winning margin in a 35-30 MTSU victory. All Tucker, Stockstill, and the Blue Raiders wanted was a chance to play one more game with each other, and they took full advantage.
If you think about that, or if you watch New Mexico State’s celebrations above, and you still want to complain about championing mediocrity or handing out participation trophies, go ahead. I won’t listen.
Bowl games are good, actually.
Two undefeateds meet ... at a weirdly ornate high school football stadium in Texas.
Valdosta State and Ferris State are playing Saturday in McKinney, Texas, for the Division II national championship. You can watch on on ESPNU, and we’ll have score updates here.
Valdosta is looking for its fourth title, with the previous three all coming since 2004 but none since 2012. Ferris has never won the title before. Neither’s lost this season.
VSU 42, FSU 31
Touchdown, Blazers. They turned an interception into a touchdown. Travis Taylor caught it from a yard out.
VSU 35, FSU 31
Valdosta State needed a huge play on defense to break this game’s pattern of touchdown-trading, and the Blazers just got one. Alex Brown intercepted Jayru Campbell and returned it to the Ferris State 8.
VSU 35, FSU 31
That’s the eighth lead change. Rogan Wells threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Joe Fortson to put Valdosta State back in front. They’re just trading TDs now.
FSU 31, VSU 28
Ferris State retook the lead with an 85-yard drive right after halftime. A Marvin Campbell 2-yard touchdown run capped it. This game’s had seven lead changes, not counting the first points of the game by Ferris State.
VSU 28, FSU 24
Ferris State has first-and-goal inside the Valdosta 5 as the Bulldogs try to retake the lead in a see-saw game.
The VSU Blazers are averaging 8 yards per play. The FSU Bulldogs are averaging 7.9. It’s been exceptionally even, and we’re going to have a great second half.
VSU 28, FSU 24
After a long goal-line series, Valdosta State’s Seth McGill scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1 with two seconds left in the half. It took five plays inside the 5 and a couple of timeouts and video reviews, but the Blazers will lead at halftime.
FSU 24, VSU 21
Ferris State’s Delon Stephenson was called for targeting on a play inside his own 5-yard line, but officials overturned it on video review. Valdosta State’s now trying furiously to get into the end zone in the last 30 seconds of the half but hasn’t punched it in yet.
FSU 24, VSU 21
The back-and-forth continues with a touchdown by Ferris State’s Davontae Harrington from 8 yards out on a jet sweep to his left. Harrington, a 5’9 speedster, just beat a handful of Valdosta defenders to sneak inside the pylon.
VSU 21, FSU 17
Valdosta’s Lio’undre Gallimore has his second touchdown catch of the day — this one from 66 yards out with 10 minutes left in the half.
FSU 17, VSU 14
Valdosta State punt returner Brian Saunds weirdly tried to cover up a bouncing kick at his own 15, and he muffed it into a Ferris State recovery. The Bulldogs were back in the lead a few plays later after a 3-yard TD run by Jayru Campbell.
VSU 14, FSU 10
Valdosta State has its first lead. Rogan Wells found Kenny Benjamin in the back left corner of the end zone for a 9-yard TD.
Important update after that TD:
Valdosta State cheerleaders hesitate and only the first 2 run. GO BL!! pic.twitter.com/GqoqTBgLMO— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 15, 2018
FSU 10, VSU 7
Ferris State’s Jackson Dieterle drilled a 52-yard field goal. He’s one of the better kickers in Division II, on the watch list for the non-FBS levels’ Fred Mitchell Award.
FSU 7, VSU 7
A nice bounce-back drive for the Blazers. They tied the score on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Rogan Wells to Lio’undre Gallimore, capping a 75-yard march.
FSU 7, VSU 0
What a horrible sequence for Valdosta State.
The Blazers’ Andrew Gray just missed a 31-yard field goal, and then Ferris State got an 80-yard touchdown on its first play after that. Valdosta had some kind of coverage bust, and Keyondre Craig got free down the left sideline with no one near him. QB Jayru Campbell will never have an easier 80-yard TD pass in his life.
Ferris State's first play...80-yard TOUCHDOWN. pic.twitter.com/ZzJSW9k3yL— NCAA Division II (@NCAADII) December 15, 2018
VSU 0, FSU 0
They’re underway in McKinney. Valdosta State’s moved inside the Ferris State 20-yard line quickly, as the Blazers look to start the game with a score.
VSU 0, FSU 0
The game’s not yet on ESPNU, while an NC State-Penn State basketball game wraps up. If you’re looking for it, you should see it in a moment.
Update: Here it is.
The treacherous road to the Division II football title has already claimed programs like LIU Post, Slippery Rock, Ouachita Baptist University, Lenoir-Rhyne, and a Notre Dame. Not the Notre Dame, but still a pretty good one.
Notre Dame College fell victim to a semifinal defeat at the hands of Valdosta State, leaving the Blazers just one win away from a national title. Standing in their way is Ferris State, a team that’s razed their own postseason path behind a pair of blowout victories the past two weeks.
That shouldn’t intimidate Valdosta. The Georgia-based program has been dominant throughout the 2018 season; last week’s 34-30 win over Notre Dame was the team’s first game this fall they didn’t win by at least 16 points. While Ferris State should give the club its toughest test of the season to date, the Blazers have flown through their schedule earning nothing but “A” grades this fall.
A win Saturday would deliver the Blazers their fourth NCAA title in program history. For Ferris State, this weekend’s title game is the opportunity to claim national championships in men’s basketball and football in the same calendar year. For DeShaun Thrower, a safety for the Bulldogs’ gridiron team and a guard on the basketball court, it presents the chance to be the first athlete in NCAA history to win titles in the two sports.
It would also give Ferris State some extra bragging rights in the state of Michigan. The Bulldogs have never won a national title, but Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival Grand Valley State has four NCAA trophies filling their wall of pride. Victory Saturday would cap an undefeated season for Ferris State — and cement its status as Michigan’s top athletic program in Division II.
Thibodeaux has been arguably the most sought-after player in the country.
Five-star Oaks Christian (Calif.) defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux committed to Oregon on Saturday, giving the Ducks a player some regard as the best recruit in the class of 2019.
Thibodeaux had more than 40 offers, including from most of the sport’s blue-bloods. His final group was the Ducks, Alabama, Florida State, and Florida. Oregon had been widely considered the favorite to land him leading up to Saturday. He adds to the country’s No. 7 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite.
He’d previously expressed reservations about the rainy weather in Oregon, but he had praised head coach Mario Cristobal and line coach Joe Salave’a.
The Early Signing Period, when Thibodeaux can make his commitment official, runs Dec. 19-21. His verbal commitment comes on his birthday, Dec. 15.
He is consensus five-star, and every major services rates him somewhere between the first and 10th best prospect nationally.
He explodes off the line in an effort to get to the passer. Thibodeaux can maintain his speed while presenting a small target for blockers to strike. With that, he can bend the edge and get to the passer.
But if a blocker sets too soon or too wide in an effort to cut off his outside rush, Thibodeaux can counter by converting his speed to power for an effective bull rush, or by using a spin or rip move.
Thibodeaux will work to refine his pass-rush moves in college, but he is not a one-trick pony by any stretch.
He is also a solid player against the run, due to his quickness. But he’ll improve as a run defender in college with more reps and time in the weight room.
Initially, I figured Thibodeaux would attend USC, because USC signs an overwhelming proportion of the elite players it wants from Southern California. But USC didn’t seem to put the full-court press on him as early as I would have expected.
Florida State did, however, as soon as Willie Taggart came from Oregon. Thibodeaux’s early relationship with Florida State’s staff put the Seminoles in a good position, and he was also interested in the HBCU in Tallahassee, Florida A&M. Thibodeaux visited over the summer and confidence in Tallahassee was high.
He also visited Alabama over the summer, and those in Tuscaloosa always believed they had a shot, due to their track record with elite prospects, coaching, facilities, and tradition. Alabama’s been involved with a bunch of the country’s top uncommitted recruits.
He was also considering Oregon over the summer, but the Ducks weren’t seen as a major contender by recruiting contacts. Over the summer, the belief was largely that if he stayed out West, it would be USC, and that if not USC, it would be either Alabama or Florida State.
Visits and the 2018 season helped to determine his destination.
Thibodeaux’s first official was to Tallahassee. It was a hot, nasty, rainy Labor Day game, in which FSU got blasted by Virginia Tech — a precursor to a disastrous year for the Seminoles. It’s not that players can’t sign with a school that loses during a visit, but the atmosphere on campus was miserable. It wasn’t the best impression.
He took his visit to Tuscaloosa to see Alabama decisively beat a quality Texas A&M. All reports were positive for the Tide, and many believed Alabama had taken the lead in his recruitment.
In early October, Thibodeaux took a visit to Oregon. A program could not have timed up a visit any better, as the Ducks beat the highly ranked Washington Huskies in dramatic fashion, winning in overtime. Thibodeaux posted video from the field in the aftermath, and reports out of Oregon were glowing.
At that point, it was commonly believed that Oregon had a lead over Alabama.
Thibodeaux also spoke fondly of the Florida Gators throughout the process, and visited in early December. However, I never read or heard anyone suggest UF ever had the lead.
He spoke about each contender in the video. The ones other than UO:
His comments on each were interesting. Thibodeaux spoke of Oregon being rainy, and not liking rain, yet it was nasty in Tallahassee during his visit.
His comment about Tuscaloosa might have sounded like a major plus for Alabama, except Thibodeaux has repeatedly stressed his interest in being about more than football. He cares about social causes and wants to be an entertainment lawyer. The Tide are known for being very businesslike, but have tried to cultivate a more family-and-fun image.
In the end, instead of picking the Tide, he picked a program run by a guy who used to work for the Tide: Cristobal.
Three times in the last four years means A&T owns Atlanta.
Your black college football national champions are, once again, the North Carolina A&T Aggies. The Aggies won their third Celebration Bowl since the game began in 2015, beating Alcorn State 24-22 on Saturday in Atlanta. They stay head and shoulders above their peers in the HBCU football world.
A huge 77-yard kickoff return TD near the end of the third quarter was what the Aggies needed to win the game in the end.
Those were the only points they scored in the second half. Alcorn mounted a pretty decent attempt at a comeback, and actually controlled the middle portion of the game. But the Braves couldn’t convert a two-point conversion to tie the game and couldn’t find the end zone again.
You know about Tarik Cohen, current Bears standout running back who came out of A&T in the 2017 draft. But the Aggies have kept on rolling in his absence.
This senior class of 21 players has gone 41-7 in their careers. That’s three conference championships in total, and three Celebration Bowls to boot. The last two HBCU titles came back to back, and A&T has only lost two games in total the last two seasons (both this year).
At the core of this unit is quarterback Lamar Raynard, the Celebration Bowl offensive MVP. He’s 35-2 as a starting quarterback and did what he had to do against Alcorn State. He was 18-of-30 for 292 yards and two touchdowns in this win.
These last two Celebration Bowl wins have come in different ways. Last year, the offense won a deadlocked game with a trick play in the final minute of the game. This year, the Aggies leaned on the other two phases of the game to pull it out with a first-year head coach, Sam Robinson. The defense did just enough and the special teams came up big.
Rod Broadway restored the program as an FCS power. Robinson kept the train going. Now it’s on him to build on this success as NC A&T heads into a new era without players who have had so much success.
Years after becoming one of the go-to destinations for iOS jailbreaks, Cydia’s app store is disabling purchases. Users will be able to access existing downloads through the store and access purchases via third-parties, but beginning this week, they’ll no longer be able to buy apps through the store.
Founder Jay “Saurik “ Freeman revealed the news via a Reddit post this week recommending users remove PayPal accounts from their profile. Freeman notes his initial plan to shut the service down by year’s end, before ultimately opting to close down the purchasing mechanism this weekend over the PayPal issue.
The software engineer cites the toll running the service has taken on his personal life and finances in making the decision. “[T]his service loses me money and is not something I have any passion to maintain: it was a critical component of a healthy ecosystem,” he writes, “and for a while it helped fund a small staff of people to maintain the ecosystem, but it came at great cost to my sanity and led lots of people to irrationally hate me due to what amounted to a purposeful misunderstanding of how profit vs. revenue works.”
Cydia was launched 10 years ago, shortly after the first iPhone was jailbroken. The service has offered users a way to bypass Apple’s own App Store lockdown, building up a rabid fanbase in the process. Ultimately, however, jailbreaking’s popularity has waned in the intervening users.
The exact future of the Cydia community remains unclear, though Freeman has promised a “more formal post” about his plans next week. We’ve reached out for further comment.
President Trump braved the rain Saturday during a brief visit to Arlington National Cemetery after thousands of volunteers took part in an annual holiday wreath-laying event.
Trump, who took heat last month for skipping out on Veterans Day ceremonies at the sacred burial ground, spent about 15...
President Trump pauses in the rain among holiday wreaths at graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., during Wreaths Across America Day.
When you go to a Taylor Swift concert, you might expect your face to show up in the background of a crowd selfie (or a thousand). You might not expect to have pictures of your face analyzed in real time by Swift’s security team.
Rolling Stone reported that concertgoers at Swift’s May 18 Rose Bowl concert had their identities scanned by sophisticated facial recognition technology embedded in a large screen playing concert clips. Faces were compared to a database of Swift’s known stalkers, as a security measure for the singer.
Now, the American Civil Liberties Union has responded. In a blog post published the the nonprofit’s website, an an analyst from the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project outlined some concerns Swift’s use of the technology raises. While they appreciate the serious threat of stalkers, the ACLU warns against the tech: “We shouldn’t rush into embracing without checks and balances to make sure it’s not abused.”
The most pressing problem presented by the ACLU has to do with private watchlists. This kind of facial recognition technology is only useful when compared to a watchlist of suspected troublemakers, like the one of Swift’s known stalkers. But you wouldn’t know if you’re on a watchlist, and certainly don’t have the ability to appeal your inclusion. The ACLU cautions, “As these watchlists become institutionalized, and in all likelihood shared, the consequences of unfair treatment or racial bias in the compilation of these lists become magnified.”
They even compare these watchlists to blacklisted citizens during the “red scare” of the 1940s and 50s, as an example of the real potential technology has to be misused: “There’s a long history of private and quasi-private watchlists being abused, going back to the labor battles of the early 20th century, when workers and organizers were blacklisted as ‘troublemakers’ and could have trouble getting a job.”
For Swift, threats from stalkers have reached new levels of danger in 2018. A few of the more terrifying incidents included a man who was arrested for stalking Swift’s Beverly Hills home while carrying masks, gloves, rope, and a knife, and a man who was arrested after successfully breaking into Swift’s New York brownstone, showering, and taking a nap in the singer’s bed.
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Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.
Today: a baker who makes $20,000 per year and spends some of her money this week on a blackberry muffin.
Industry: Food Service
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $630-$670
Electricity Bill: $24
Gas Bill: $26
8 a.m. — I usually find a breakfast I like and stick to for about a year. Right now it's yogurt, muesli, and a banana. While I don't love the politics of buying bananas (yeah, I'm that kind of annoying foodie), they are cheap, filling, and give me potassium. I vow to switch to adding sweet potatoes instead of bananas next week.
10:30 a.m. — I walk over to a coffee shop a few blocks from my house to work on a couple if cover letters. I recently moved to Minneapolis, and I'm viewing my job as a baker as temporary. I'm hoping to get full-time work in my field (with benefits), and to that end, I've got three cover letters I'm working on this morning. I get a medium coffee and a blackberry muffin. $5.70
2:30 p.m. — It's Sunday, so I'm doing a big grocery shop today. My partner and I recently moved in together, and in our division of labor, I do most of the grocery shopping and cooking. This arrangement works perfectly for me because I love food, and I'm invested in food politics. So this means I primarily shop at the co-op near our house. Today I buy broccoli, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, jalapeños, cilantro, yogurt, mandarin oranges (they're in season and so good!), bananas, vanilla extract and poppy seeds (for a cake I'm planning to make this week), muesli, dried beans, eggs, canned pumpkin, and miso. Whenever I shop in the bulk section, I always try to pass off my purchases as something cheaper, and today it's putting the cheapest granola bulk code on the muesli and passing the vanilla off as balsamic vinegar. $67
7 p.m. — My partner and I are having a new friend over for dinner, and we make pumpkin chili, biscuits, and slaw. Where I lived before, I didn't have a good group of queer friends, and it feels so nice to have someone here who we can talk to about who's on our sperm donor list like it's no big deal.
Daily Total: $72.70
6:35 a.m. — I'm taking the bus to work this morning ($2.50 on my transit card). Now that it's snowy and cold, I can no longer bike, and my partner has the car. The bus is fine, but not my favorite option. It's a 15-minute walk to my stop and then a 20-minute bus ride. Luckily, it's a balmy 20 degrees this morning. If I'm still working this job in January, I'll really have to suit up for the below zero mornings.
11:10 a.m. — The cafe that I work at gives all employees free meals for every six-hour shift. I normally go for soup or quiche because they change every few days, while everything from the rest of the menu gets old. Today I get a mushroom, gouda, and onion quiche with a side of fruit, and it's very good! While I don't want to be here forever, it's nice to work at a place in the food service industry with ethics. This place not only gives meal money but also paid family leave and sick time. And it no longer does tipping — instead, it pays a living wage for everyone. I've worked in food service on and off for six years, and it's by far the best place I've worked.
3:15 p.m. — I thought I had more money on my transit card, but I only have $0.50. The bus is pretty full and there are three loud babies, so the bus driver just lets me sit down before I can pull out cash to cover the rest.
5:30 p.m. — I make a Smitten Kitchen-adapted Goop miso grain bowl recipe with sweet potatoes and broccoli. I roasted the veggies last night while I was making chili, so dinner prep is quick and it turns out well!
7:15 p.m. — Tonight my partner and I are getting a Christmas tree! We go to a women-owned nursery that has sustainably-grown local trees. We look around for a little bit and decide on a smaller natural fir for $56 and a cheap stand. When the cashier sees the height of our tree, she recommends getting a bigger, more expensive stand. This trip is already feeling costly and I'm ready to just jerry-rig the tree with the cheaper stand, when she says: "As a single gal, I like the bigger stand because I can set the tree up myself with it." While I'm not a single gal, I resonate strongly with this pitch and grab the bigger stand. I sold Christmas trees for a season, and I know how hard the work can be, especially in the cold. I pay for the tree in full and my partner Venmos me for half. We tip the woman who helped us attach it to our car $5 on the way out. $43
Daily Total: $43
4:30 a.m. — I open the cafe today and need to be in by 5 a.m., so I shovel some muesli and yogurt down.
4:50 a.m. — I eat a day-old grapefruit and white chocolate scone as an addition to my breakfast. I'm alone in the cafe until 6:30, so I need a little sugar to keep me going.
10:45 a.m. — The nice thing about the 5 a.m. shift is that by 11 a.m., my day is almost done. I take my lunch break and then I only have two hours left to work. Today I get a tofu scramble with kale, peppers, and onions, and a side of potatoes. We carry bougie ketchup and hot sauce that I smother the scramble with.
5 p.m. — Leftover pumpkin chili for dinner.
Daily Total: $0
9 a.m. — I don't work on Wednesdays, so I sleep in and have yogurt, muesli, and a banana for breakfast.
12:15 p.m. — I work on cover letters and eat a few pieces of toast with peanut butter for lunch. Another perk of my job is I get to take home the butts from cinnamon raisin bread, so I've pretty much stopped buying bread.
3:30 p.m. — I've sent in two job applications today, and I'm feeling productive and proud. I take a break and peruse my favorite online shops. Everlane has a pair of jeans on sale and I really do need a new pair — my only black jeans are starting to get thin in the crotch and won't last much longer. I get the jeans ($48), and a dress on sale I've been watching since July ($25). $73
5:30 p.m. — Leftover grain bowl for dinner.
Daily Total: $73
4:35 a.m. — Another opening shift, and once again I shovel down my yogurt, muesli, and banana breakfast.
10:50 a.m. — There's a new soup today: tofu curry. It's so good, and also nice to have something I haven't eaten at work before. I get it with a kale side salad and focaccia bread.
1:30 p.m. — Small grocery run for the week. We are pretty much out of dinner food, so I get stuff for a quick pasta meal. I buy arugula, mandarin oranges, a half gallon of milk, one Italian sausage, fancy tempeh (the packaging gets me), Greek olive mix (one of my biggest weaknesses), parmesan cheese, and bananas. I get the expensive maple syrup, put the number for the cheaper one on it, and round up at the register for the charity. $40
6:45 p.m. — I make pasta with arugula, sausage, and garlic olive oil. It's fast, simple, and so tasty!
Daily Total: $40
6 a.m. — Yogurt, muesli, banana. Miss the bus by seconds. I do the classic movie sprint to try and catch it at the next stop, and once again miss it by seconds, so I end up walking to work.
11:30 a.m. — I get lentil brown rice soup and a mixed green salad today for lunch. I get this soup pretty much anytime it's on the menu because it's so filling!
2:30 p.m. — Bus home ($2). The ride this afternoon goes smoothly, and the bus is quiet.
7:15 p.m. — I just dropped my partner off at the airport, and I'm feeling too lazy and hungry to cook, so I stop by the taco truck near our house. I get a burrito ($8.75) and tip $1.25. It's good, and the salsa is great. I eat it while on the phone talking a friend through some weird friend dynamics. $10
Daily Total: $10
7:45 a.m. — Today I make myself brioche French toast. (The cafe had an old frozen loaf of brioche no one wanted except for me, and I've been slowly using it for my special Saturday french toasts for the past couple of weeks. It has served me well.)
11:10 a.m. — I meet an old friend from camp who I haven't seen in years at a coffee shop. I get a drip and a scone ($3.25), and tip $0.75. We catch up and gossip, and it's nice, but she seems a bit distracted. I suggest making dinner together and she seems enthusiastic. $4
2:30 p.m. — I've been looking for a nice set of Christmas cards to send out this year, and as an ethical consumer, I go to the nearby anarchist bookstore. I find a set that is the perfect balance between seasonal and political, but almost decide not to get them because it's $30 for a pack of 12. I change my mind and buy them, though, because between the bookstore and local artist, the money is all going to good places. $30
4 p.m. — I have more than 12 people I want to send cards to (humble brag), so I decide to make cards for my other friends. I've got a ton of colored pencils at home, so I go to Target and get a sketchbook. $10.60
4:15 p.m. — Since Target is near a grocery store, I pop in and put $25 on my transit card and buy a pack of 20 stamps for $10. The stamps are all white Santas, but it's either that or American flags, so I'm going with festive hetero-patriarchy. I get home feeling ready to make cards and stretch my artistic skills to the limit. $35
6 p.m. — Beans and rice for dinner. It's been an expensive week, so it will be modest eating for the next few days. The cards are turning out well — I've made eight so far!
Daily Total: $79.60
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Texas-based federal judge Reed O’Connor ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional on Friday, just one day before the ACA enrollment deadline in most states. The ruling would strike down popular ACA reforms such as compulsory coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and the extension of coverage to adults under 26 under their parents’ insurance plans, and potentially mean 17 million Americans could lose their healthcare.
The timing has brought the future of the ACA into question, as well as if the change to the law will affect registration for 2019.
A coalition of 20 states attorneys general lead by Texas filed a suit claiming that one part of the ACA, the individual mandate requiring all citizens have coverage, is unconstitutional and that the rest of the law should be struck down along with the mandate. The Supreme Court already ruled that the mandate was constitutional back in 2012, likening it to a tax. But Congress set the mandate’s penalty to $0 in 2017, effectively killing the mandate without actually changing the law that requires coverage.
Texas successfully argued that the penalty can no longer be considered a tax without a monetary value attached, rendering the individual mandate unconstitutional, and that the rest of the ACA is intrinsically tied to the mandate so it should be considered unconstitutional as well. O’Connor wrote that he would not “parse the ACA’s provisions one by one,” adding, “The Medicaid-expansion provisions were designed to serve and assist fulfillment of the individual mandate.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who originated the lawsuit, lauded the decision, saying in a statement, “Today’s ruling enjoining Obamacare halts an unconstitutional exertion of federal power over the American healthcare system.” Paxton recommends that the Trump administration replace the ACA, better known as Obamacare, with “a plan that ensures Texans and all Americans will again have greater choice about what health coverage they need and who will be their doctor.”
The case will be referred to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, LA. From there, most legal experts expect it to be referred to the Supreme Court.
Nancy Pelosi released a statement that indicates a Democratic-run House will protect the ACA, , writing, “When House Democrats take the gavel, the House of Representatives will move swiftly to formally intervene in the appeals process to uphold the life-saving protections for people with pre-existing conditions.”
The Justice Department backed Texas in arguments that the individual mandate is unconstitutional, but has not insisted that the rest of the ACA is tied to the mandate. Many parts of Obamacare are nationally popular, including protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions and extending the age a child can be covered under their parents’ plan to 26, making it difficult for the White House to support a decision that would threaten these protections.
President Donald Trump tweeted, “As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions.”
As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2018
In a statement, the White House said, “We expect this ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court. Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place.”
The short answer is yes, absolutely. Nothing has changed for Obamacare until further notice, and O’Connor’s decision could be reversed by higher courts.
However, December 15 is the last day to enroll for 2019 coverage in most states. Visit healthcare.gov today to sign up.
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In Refinery29's Sweet Digs , we take a look inside the sometimes small, sometimes spacious homes of millennial women. Today, in partnership with HP, boutique owner Kai Avent-deLeon shows off her Brooklyn brownstone.
Modern luxury apartment complexes have their perks, but any New Yorker — whether lifelong or a transplant — knows the magic of a brownstone: the original moldings, the hardwood floors, the homey feeling that you just can't seem to replicate in a newer apartment. It’s the ultimate New York fantasy — but for Kai Avent-deLeon, owner of clothing and accessories boutique Sincerely Tommy, it’s a reality. For this episode of Sweet Digs, we joined up with HP to get a peek inside Kai's brownstone in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Above, watch as she gives us a tour of all the cozy details, like the exposed brick and original fireplace, and shares how the HP Spectre Folio is the one piece of tech that makes her busy life less hectic.
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Boston should be happy to pay this tax bill.
The World Series champion Red Sox owe $11,951,091 in luxury tax for having baseball's top payroll, according to final calculations by the commissioner's office obtained by The Associated Press. The only other team that owes is the Washington Nationals,...
President Trump pauses in the rain among holiday wreaths at graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., during Wreaths Across America Day.
Consider this an ongoing discussion about Urban Tech, its intersection with regulation, issues of public service, and other complexities that people have full PHDs on. I’m just a bitter, born-and-bred New Yorker trying to figure out why I’ve been stuck in between subway stops for the last 15 minutes, so please reach out with your take on any of these thoughts: @Arman.Tabatabai@techcrunch.com.
Co-working has permeated cities around the world at an astronomical rate. The rise has been so remarkable that even the headline-dominating SoftBank seems willing to bet the success of its colossal Vision Fund on the shift continuing, having poured billions into WeWork – including a recent $4.4 billion top-up that saw the co-working king’s valuation spike to $45 billion.
And there are no signs of the trend slowing down. With growing frequency, new startups are popping up across cities looking to turn under-utilized brick-and-mortar or commercial space into low-cost co-working options.
It’s a strategy spreading through every type of business from retail – where companies like Workbar have helped retailers offer up portions of their stores – to more niche verticals like parking lots – where companies like Campsyte are transforming empty lots into spaces for outdoor co-working and corporate off-sites. Restaurants and bars might even prove most popular for co-working, with startups like Spacious and KettleSpace turning restaurants that are closed during the day into private co-working space during their off-hours.
Before you know it, a startup will be strapping an Aeron chair to the top of a telephone pole and calling it “WirelessWorking”.
But is there a limit to how far co-working can go? Are all of the storefronts, restaurants and open spaces that line city streets going to be filled with MacBooks, cappuccinos and Moleskine notebooks? That might be too tall a task, even for the movement taking over skyscrapers.
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So why is everyone trying to turn your favorite neighborhood dinner spot into a part-time WeWork in the first place? Co-working offers a particularly compelling use case for under-utilized space.
First, co-working falls under the same general commercial zoning categories as most independent businesses and very little additional infrastructure – outside of a few extra power outlets and some decent WiFi – is required to turn a space into an effective replacement for the often crowded and distracting coffee shops used by price-sensitive, lean, remote, or nomadic workers that make up a growing portion of the workforce.
Thus, businesses can list their space at little-to-no cost, without having to deal with structural layout changes that are more likely to arise when dealing with pop-up solutions or event rentals.
On the supply side, these co-working networks don’t have to purchase leases or make capital improvements to convert each space, and so they’re able to offer more square footage per member at a much lower rate than traditional co-working spaces. Spacious, for example, charges a monthly membership fee of $99-$129 dollars for access to its network of vetted restaurants, which is cheap compared to a WeWork desk, which can cost anywhere from $300-$800 per month in New York City.
Customers realize more affordable co-working alternatives, while tight-margin businesses facing increasing rents for under-utilized property are able to pool resources into a network and access a completely new revenue stream at very little cost. The value proposition is proving to be seriously convincing in initial cities – Spacious told the New York Times, that so many restaurants were applying to join the network on their own volition that only five percent of total applicants were ultimately getting accepted.
Basically, the business model here checks a lot of the boxes for successful marketplaces: Acquisition and transaction friction is low for both customers and suppliers, with both seeing real value that didn’t exist previously. Unit economics seem strong, and vetting on both sides of the market creates trust and community. Finally, there’s an observable network effect whereby suppliers benefit from higher occupancy as more customers join the network, while customers benefit from added flexibility as more locations join the network.
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So is this the way of the future? The strategy is really compelling, with a creative solution that offers tremendous value to businesses and workers in major cities. But concerns around the scalability of demand make it difficult to picture this phenomenon becoming ubiquitous across cities or something that reaches the scale of a WeWork or large conventional co-working player.
All these companies seem to be competing for a similar demographic, not only with one another, but also with coffee shops, free workspaces, and other flexible co-working options like Croissant, which provides members with access to unused desks and offices in traditional co-working spaces. Like Spacious and KettleSpace, the spaces on Croissant own the property leases and are already built for co-working, so Croissant can still offer comparatively attractive rates.
The offer seems most compelling for someone that is able to work without a stable location and without the amenities offered in traditional co-working or office spaces, and is also price sensitive enough where they would trade those benefits for a lower price. Yet at the same time, they can’t be too price sensitive, where they would prefer working out of free – or close to free – coffee shops instead of paying a monthly membership fee to avoid the frictions that can come with them.
And it seems unclear whether the problem or solution is as poignant outside of high-density cities – let alone outside of high-density areas of high-density cities.
Without density, is the competition for space or traffic in coffee shops and free workspaces still high enough where it’s worth paying a membership fee for? Would the desire for a private working environment, or for a working community, be enough to incentivize membership alone? And in less-dense and more-sprawl oriented cities, members could also face the risk of having to travel significant distances if space isn’t available in nearby locations.
While the emerging workforce is trending towards more remote, agile and nomadic workers that can do more with less, it’s less certain how many will actually fit the profile that opts out of both more costly but stable traditional workspaces, as well as potentially frustrating but free alternatives. And if the lack of density does prove to be an issue, how many of those workers will live in hyper-dense areas, especially if they are price-sensitive and can work and live anywhere?
To be clear, I’m not saying the companies won’t see significant growth – in fact, I think they will. But will the trend of monetizing unused space through co-working come to permeate cities everywhere and do so with meaningful occupancy? Maybe not. That said, there is still a sizable and growing demographic that need these solutions and the value proposition is significant in many major urban areas.
The companies are creating real value, creating more efficient use of wasted space, and fixing a supply-demand issue. And the cultural value of even modestly helping independent businesses keep the lights on seems to outweigh the cultural “damage” some may fear in turning them into part-time co-working spaces.