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How community activists are gearing up to fight Amazon’s new offices
Organizers in northern Virginia, Nashville, and New York plan to protest the expansion of Amazon at meetings this week–and call for a community input process that has been noticeably lacking. It’s been just over month since Amazon announced the end of its the protracted search for its second headquarters and announced it would be expanding to Long Island City, New York, and Crystal City, Virginia, and adding an “operations hub” in Nashville. But rather than acclimating to the idea of Amazon in their midst, organizers in the three cities are doubling down on resisting it.Read Full Story
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This captivating photo of Penny Marshall and Carrie Fisher is going viral after director’s death
The famed director shared a special friendship with Carrie Fisher. Fans are paying tribute to Penny Marshall today after the comedic actress-turned-powerhouse-director passed away at the age of 75. Marshall rose to fame as one half of the 1970s sitcom duo Laverne & Shirley before going on to direct big-budget Hollywood movies at a time when few women did. Thirty years ago, her comedy Big, starring Tom Hanks, went on to become the first female-helmed movie to gross more than $100 million at the box office. (It also happens to be the best of the body-switch genre that became all the rage in the late 1980s.)Read Full Story
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How the wireless industry and conservative dark money groups teamed up to fight net neutrality
Conservative nonprofits, such as ALEC, that support an anti-regulatory agenda, received more than $3 million in donations from high-profile telecom trade groups whose members include Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast, helping their efforts to secure the repeal of net neutrality policies last year. A pair of telecommunications industry trade organizations gave more than $3 million to nonprofit organizations that helped secure the repeal of net neutrality policies last year, according to tax returns reviewed by MapLight.Read Full Story
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This Hallmark Christmas movie script written by a bot is the Christmas movie we all need
The script includes a “single mother refilling snow globes with Christmas juice,” of course. If you watch enough hours of Hallmark’s (or Lifetime’s or Netflix’s) Christmas movies, you’ll start to see a pattern: There’s a recently widowed mother or a driven career woman who loses track of the true meaning of Christmas due to a dead husband and/or demanding boss only to be saved by a Christmas miracle, usually in the form of a man with seasonal issues to work out. Christmas carols, childhood flashbacks, snow, and magical snow globes usually make an appearance, too.Read Full Story
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12 maps that tell the extraordinary story of 2018
These maps helped visualize all the happiness, heartbreak, terror, and turmoil that 2018 has wrought. As 2018 draws to a close, it’s hard not to look back with a surreal sense of time displacement. Was the PyeongChang Olympics really only this year? Or the midterms? Or the shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead? Watershed events tend to blend into each other with kaleidoscopic perplexity when the typical news cycle lasts only a few hours.Read Full Story
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Conservative media can’t even handle Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez taking time off for self-care
The congresswoman-elect needs a few days to recharge. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is taking a few days off at the holiday for self-care. It’s an important step for anyone who wants to ward off burnout, and the newly elected Congresswoman is a prime candidate for burnout–what her with being in a brand new job that has put a lot on her plate, thrown her into prolonged pressure, and put her under constant scrutiny before she has even officially started.Read Full Story
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The Black List revealed its 2018 top scripts with a short film made in just 24 hours
The annual tradition of announcing the Black List screenplay shortlist with a short film gets a twist this year: The six-minute short film was made in just 24 hours. What: The Last Days of TJ Staggs, a short film announcing the Black List screenplay shortlist for 2018.Read Full Story
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Hey cord-cutters, Charter may owe you $75 or free HBO–find out here
New York’s attorney general had alleged the company defrauded customers by advertising speeds its network and equipment could’t actually deliver. Charter Communications has agreed to pay out $62.5 million in consumer refunds as part of a $174.2 million settlement with the New York state attorney general’s office over claims that it defrauded customers by promising speeds its equipment couldn’t deliver.Read Full Story
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The Trump Foundation is closing, but it’s not off the hook
It’s almost as if there is a pattern of corruption After a judge decided that a lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation could move forward, the Donald J. Trump Foundation decided its best course of action was to close up shop.Read Full Story
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The “LinkedIn for soccer” just got $6.2M to find the next big star
Tonsser has over 800,000 registered soccer players. An app is looking for the world’s next Messi or Neymar or Pelé, and it just got $6.2 million to aid its search.Read Full Story
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Why you should buy your grandparents a 3D printer
3D printers aren’t just for DIY doodlers. They can help seniors and others with limited mobility manufacture cheap gadgets for doing routine tasks like opening jars and putting on socks. Senior citizens might really like – and use – a 3D printer. That’s the surprising, and money-saving, conclusion of a new study I co-authored: 3D printers can save arthritis patients money by more cheaply manufacturing plastic gadgets that help them do routine tasks like open jars and put on socks.Read Full Story
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4 questions that employers should ask every job candidate
A CEO and head of HR share what they ask job candidates in interviews in order to gauge their focus and hesitations early on. When it comes to recruitment, good hiring managers look beyond credentials and the idea of finding someone they’d want to “grab a couple of beers with.” That kind of approach is rife with unconscious bias and isn’t always an accurate prediction of how good they’ll be as an employee.Read Full Story
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Former Wisconsin police sergeant sues Making a Murderer filmmakers
He is suing for defamation, accusing the documentarians of depicting him as a corrupt officer. It appears as though the makers of Making a Murderer may have cut some corners, if not quite as many as their titular subject.Read Full Story
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Navigating the economy of trust
Data privacy is on everybody’s minds these days. But while some companies see this as impeding growth, smart business leaders are embracing it to spur innovation. Consumers want privacy. But we also take eager advantage of products, apps, and tools that rely on our personal data. These conflicting demands can make it challenging for companies to determine how best to both protect and make use of their customers’ data. They can also make it challenging to innovate, as executives balance privacy concerns with product development.Read Full Story
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How Uber and Jump redesigned the electric bike from scratch
“These are the smartest light electric vehicles that have ever been built,” says its creator. Is it enough to help Uber win bike sharing? Uber may want to win the self-driving car wars, but first it faces a battle over electric bikes and scooters. Earlier this year, it acquired the electric bike-sharing service Jump for $200 million. Today, leveraging an engineering staff that’s grown by four times since the purchase, Jump is launching a completely redesigned electric bike, aiming to make scaling its business more feasible–and riding more pleasant for users.Read Full Story
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How you might unwittingly be making your bad boss even worse
No one can be a bad boss on their own. Here’s how you might be unknowingly enabling destructive behavior, and what you can do to make a change. Dishonesty, disagreeableness, and carelessness are not traits you want in a boss, but a collection of research published in Frontiers in Psychology finds that employees can enable these three “nightmare traits” in a boss and make them worse. If the employee has anxiety or low self-esteem, or if they ignore bad leadership behavior, the combination of leader and follower can be lethal.Read Full Story
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Cynthia Nixon lost the election, but is still running New York’s 2019 agenda
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s platform looks vaguely familiar. Cynthia Nixon may have lost the Democratic primary to unseat incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), but that hasn’t stopped her from setting the agenda for the state.Read Full Story
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Lil Jon drops epic (and bonkers) Xmas song with the Kool-Aid Man
A yuletide collaboration between “Yeeaah!” and “Oh yeah!” Christmas traditions have many facets–the food, the family, the Santa, the Baby Jesus, the Kool-Aid… wait, what?Read Full Story
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The future of shopping? DMing your baker
These scrappy businesses only exist on Instagram–where you can order bread, furniture, and much more without ever leaving the platform. Max Blachman-Gentile started selling bread on Instagram in 2017: sourdough. An everything boule. Ancient grain. Porridge loaf. Each its own perfect rounded shape, crisp on the outside with perfect bubbling within. Slide into his DMs, and two days later you could find yourself with a loaf in hand.Read Full Story
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Turn your Christmas tree into a crazy animated light show with this app
Twinkly, twinkle little stars, let me light you with this app. I hate LED Christmas lights. They’re so cold compared with the charm of  incandescent bulbs. But oh-my-twinkling-goodness, check out these app-controlled Wi-Fi Christmas tree lights–I need to have them right now.Read Full Story
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Social media predictions for 2019: a return to personal authenticity
The Hootsuite CEO cites six trends that will change how businesses use social media in the coming year. To say 2018 was a tumultuous year for social media is an understatement. Simmering issues with privacy and data integrity came to a boil at Facebook, with effects felt at the highest levels of government. Networks in the crosshairs of congressional investigations have had to reckon with their own power and potential for abuse, while users have been left to question the larger impact of social media on politics, culture, and civic discourse.Read Full Story
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7 of the year’s best books on tech
Looking for holiday gifts, or just a good read? Put these books on your list. It was the tech industry’s ugliest year yet. Facebook was forced to reckon with its role in the 2016 election and general mass manipulation, while the American public is taking a break. Lawyers for Google, Facebook, and Twitter sat mouth agape in front of Congress trying to answer fairly basic questions about their social platforms. Uber and Google settled a big dispute over intellectual property that may or may not have been based on legitimate patent claims. Trump tweeted about his big powerful button which he threatened to use to nuke North Korea. Towheaded vlogger Logan Paul pushed the bounds of online content–and what the viewing public is willing to endorse–when he live-streamed footage of he and his cronies skulking through Japan’s “Suicide forrest” where they, yes, filmed a dead body dangling from one of the trees. Rumor campaigns on WhatsApp were blamed in bouts of deadly violence. We ate pods of Tide. A random–and quite expert–cave diver showed Elon Musk that in fact he does not possess the solution to all problems.Read Full Story
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Badass marketing star Bozoma Saint John is getting her own docu-series
The business celeb who’s elevated the brands of PepsiCo, Apple, and Uber is now taking center stage with her own show on Starz . Bozoma Saint John, who has risen to business celebrity status thanks to her work for PepsiCo, Beats, Apple, Uber, and Endeavor, is now burnishing her personal brand.Read Full Story
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Check yourself for these five common grammatical mistakes
No matter your industry, you need to be able to sound like you know what you’re talking about. Mastering these tricky aspects of grammar should be your first step. The expression “You’re only as good as your word” typically means that if you say you’ll do something, you will do it. Your reputation hinges on your words–and actions. The same holds true for your writing: If you want to create a positive “brand” for yourself, master the rules of grammar.Read Full Story
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The hidden immigration battle that could keep 100,000 people out of work
If the Trump administration moves forward with a plan to revoke work authorization for H-4 visa holders, immigrants across the country—largely Indian women—could lose the ability to work. When Molika Gupta immigrated to the U.S. in 2013, after marrying her husband who was already working in the states, she had no idea she would be unable to work. In India, she had earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and worked in patent licensing—but once she came to the U.S., she found she could not work on the H-4 visa, which is given to immediate family members of an H-1B worker. (The H-1B is a temporary visa awarded to highly skilled foreign workers, to fill specialized jobs for which there aren’t enough qualified American workers. An H-4 visa allows immediate family members to legally accompany H-1B holders to the U.S. and study here, but it does not authorize them to work.) She decided to get a second master’s degree, which put her on a student visa, but two years later, she was forced to switch back to the H-4 after striking out with the H-1B lottery. (There’s a cap of 85,000 H-1B visas per year—a lottery system is now used to determine which petitions will be approved.)Read Full Story
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This study abroad program is for professional designers, and it’s free
InVision introduces a cultural exchange program in which designers can travel to cities such as Sydney, Copenhagen, and Singapore without spending a dime. If a typography walking tour your idea of a dream vacation, then a.) I feel for your significant other and b.) you should apply for InVision’s inaugural Design Exchange.Read Full Story
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A woman on Twitter is abused every 30 seconds
And it’s even worse for women of color. That shocking statistic comes from a study conducted by Amnesty International and AI software startup Element AI. In the study, called Troll Patrol, Amnesty International and Element AI looked at data from 288,000 tweets sent to 778 female politicians and journalists in the U.S. and U.K. in 2017. Using machine learning on the data, the group then extrapolated just how wide-ranging abuse toward women is on Twitter. The result: 1.1 million abusive or problematic tweets were sent to the women in the study during the year–that’s one abusive or problematic tweet every 30 seconds.Read Full Story
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Today’s hero is the NASA engineer who built a glitter bomb booby trap for Amazon package thieves
Not all heroes wear capes. If you live in a heavily trafficked area, there’s a good chance you’ve fallen prey to the Amazon thief–the person who sees a package on your doorstep and steals it. Engineer Mark Rober has experienced this, too. In a YouTube video he uploaded yesterday, he showed us his form of revenge.Read Full Story
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How to watch the four rocket launches today, including SpaceX and Blue Origin
Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, France’s Arianespace, and Boeing’s and Lockheed Martin’s United Launch Alliance all have scheduled lift-off’s today. It’s a historic day of sorts for the rocket industry. A record-breaking four different rockets will all launch today, but each rocket is being launched by a different company, reports Bloomberg. Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, France’s Arianespace, and Boeing’s and Lockheed Martin’s United Launch Alliance all have scheduled lift-off’s today–and you can watch them all.Read Full Story
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The creative ways foreign aid groups are boosting rural economies
By identifying and promoting talented technocrats outside entrenched ruling hierarchies, local development can stand a real chance. Shortly after the new millennium began, before she became an associate professor of political economy at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Katherine Casey discovered a difficult global reality firsthand.Read Full Story
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Ministry of Supply will tailor this sweater to your body while you wait
The collaboration with MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab points to the future of customizable fashion. You’re shopping for a sweater, and you spot an adorable one. But there’s a problem: You’re right between a small and a medium, and neither size is quite right.Read Full Story
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Blue Origin launch live stream: How to watch the NASA-sponsored New Shepard blastoff
The rocket is carrying nine NASA-sponsored payloads. The private sector’s race to the stars continues today as Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin prepares to launch its New Shepard rocket into space.Read Full Story
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Augmented reality startup Blippar has laid off its entire staff
The company announced its end via a blog post yesterday. For years, Blippar seemed like it was on the cutting edge of a much-anticipated new technology. It launched many augmented reality programs for users with handheld devices. But now the company is shutting down.Read Full Story
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Will brands without social purpose thrive?
A new survey finds that two-thirds of consumers expect companies to create products and services that “take a stand” on issues that they also feel passionate about. A couple of years ago, Bill Theofilou, a senior managing director at Accenture Strategy, met with a food manufacturer who’d just received bad news. Despite strong sales, its brand was being dropped by Target. He remembers the head of marketing and sales relaying the main reason with a sense of disbelief: The brand just didn’t stand for anything.Read Full Story
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Atheist podcaster Sam Harris says he’s done with Patreon because of deplatforming
The contrarian neuroscientist and author says he won’t be part of a site that silences even the people whose views he does not share. There’s another Dark Web beyond sites dealing in illegal goods and conspiracy theories. Even without a Tor browser, you can access a so-called Intellectual Dark Web of controversial authors, speakers, and interviewers–on the right and left. Neuroscientist, author, and podcaster Sam Harris is part of that list, and is also one of the Four Horsemen of the Atheist Apocalypse (with Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens). But Harris is no longer part of Patreon, the crowdfunding service that had allowed listeners to contribute to his podcast Waking Up.Read Full Story
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Dow Jones tumbles, S&P 500 Index falls to 2018, as crypto recovers slightly
Both the Dow Jones and S&P 500 indexes continued to fall Monday, although cryptocurrencies staged a bit of a recovery. Stock markets continued to fall Monday, bringing the S&P 500 index to its lowest close for the year after a 2% drop to 2,545.94, CNBC reports. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 507.53 points to 23,592.98, and the Nasdaq fell 2.2% to close at 6,753.73. The Dow has lost more than 1,000 points in two days.Read Full Story
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Former ABC President Channing Dungey joins Netflix
In a move anticipated within the industry, Dungey is headed to the new home of two other former powerhouse ABCers: Shonda Rhimes and Kenya Barris. Channing Dungey, the former head of ABC Entertainment who stepped down in November, is joining Netflix, where she will oversee original TV series alongside Cindy Holland, the company’s longtime head of originals. Read Full Story
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Are job platforms like LinkedIn, Indeed, or Monster helpful?
Looking for work may be the worst job you’ll ever have. “The only thing worse than looking for work,” one of my best friends once told me, “is finding it.” He was, of course, gainfully employed at the time, and his cynicism seemed like an indulgence I couldn’t afford as the bills continued to pile up on my kitchen counter.Read Full Story
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“Steven Universe” creator Rebecca Sugar embraces the “dangerously personal” side of creative inspiration
The creator of the Cartoon Network’s groundbreaking animated series was scared to put parts of herself in her work. But not anymore. Rebecca Sugar had a puzzle she needed to crack: Why did animated TV shows and films make her feel so alienated as a child?Read Full Story
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Suicides have spiked so much that one senator wants a 3-digit hotline for people seeking help
Sen. Ron Wyden, the Oregon Democrat, asked the FCC to set up a three-digit number similar to 911 but specifically for mental health issues. Citing rising suicide rates, Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon known for his work around tech issues, asked the Federal Communications Commission Monday to set up a new three-digit phone number similar to 911 for people needing help with mental health and potential suicide issues.Read Full Story
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Advertisers are dropping Tucker Carlson for demonizing immigrants
The Fox News pundit appears to have crossed a line for some of his advertisers. Two brands are backing away–but will they be back? Tucker Carlson may or may not be a white nationalist, but he certainly plays one on TV.Read Full Story
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To save agriculture from climate change, we need better weather forecasting
Tiny monitoring stations that alert farmers to every change in conditions on their farms could help them better understand the extreme weather shifts that are becoming more common due to climate change. For farmers, increasing weather volatility due to climate change is a source of serious concern. Across the world, shifting weather patterns and extreme conditions like drought and heavy rainfall have resulted in inconsistent yields, which in turn is already leading to spikes in hunger across the globe. And because unpredictability is at the very heart of these shifts, farmers have to prepare by either adjust their practices or move to protect their crops.Read Full Story
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Why you should surround yourself with more books than you’ll ever have time to read
An overstuffed bookcase (or e-reader) says good things about your mind. Lifelong learning will help you be happier, earn more, and even stay healthier, experts say. Plus, plenty of the smartest names in business, from Bill Gates to Elon Musk, insist that the best way to get smarter is to read. So what do you do? You go out and buy books, lots of them.Read Full Story
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Cities could be where universal basic income takes root
Experiments in Oakland and Stockton could lead the way for urban centers to start offering free cash to residents to help combat poverty. Even with unemployment at record lows, many workers are not feeling the benefits. Numerous studies point to millions of jobs being threatened over the coming decades due to automation and artificial intelligence. Understandably, an increasing number of Americans–from working class to white collar–are worried about what the future of work holds.Read Full Story
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115 years of new videos were uploaded to Pornhub in 2018
This is how much porn you watched in 2018. (Frankly, quite a lot). It’s the end of the year, and we all know what that means: 3:30 p.m. darkness, synchronized phone-staring with our entire family, and year-in-review lists. As interesting as it is to see which artist Pitchfork decides made the album of the year (Mitski, naturally), this is also the time of year when companies like Spotify and Instagram pull back the shroud to reveal some of the data they’ve collected on us all.Read Full Story
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These are the fastest growing new jobs for 2019
Looking for a new job in 2019? Take a look at some of these up-and-coming positions. If you want to get a glimpse into the future of work, LinkedIn has gazed into the crystal ball. That is, the professional networking platform did an analysis of the roles that companies are hiring for the quickest, the skills needed to get those jobs, and the positions that emerged over the last five years. Read Full Story
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Tech journalist Walt Mossberg says he’s quitting Facebook and Messenger
“My own values and the policies and actions of Facebook have diverged,” Mossberg wrote. In case Facebook was hoping it could make it to the end of the year without any more bad press, Walt Mossberg had a surprise for it. Mossberg, who recently retired as one of the most respected technology journalists around, announced to his 266,185 followers that he is deactivating his Facebook account.Read Full Story
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Indiana Pacers hire Kelly Krauskopf as NBA’s first female Assistant GM
Welcome to 2018, NBA. The Indiana Pacers just made history, but not on the basketball court—on the sidelines. They just hired former WNBA executive Kelly Krauskopf as the first female assistant general manager in NBA history. Welcome to 2018, NBA.Read Full Story
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