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Shooting Reported at Oklahoma Walmart, Local Police Say
Police officials in Duncan, Okla., are responding to reports of a shooting at a local Walmart on Monday morning
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5 Ways to Win a Slice of the Wearables Market
It only seems like a crowded space until you use your imagination.
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Hands-on: Google Stadia works as advertised, but lacks a killer app
While both Microsoft and Sony are waiting until next year to release their next generation of game consoles, Google is beating them to the fight. With the launch of its streaming console: Google Stadia tomorrow, we see the search giant’s vision of the future of gaming. Unlike its established competitors, Google is betting all its chips on streaming video games. The Xbox and PlayStation makers do have their own plans for streaming, but unlike Google they are not confident enough to forego their premium devices in favor of a streaming-only solution. After having played around with the Stadia for a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google
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Tom Brady Frustrated with Patriots Offense: 'I Just Wish We'd Score More Points'
The New England Patriots may be 9-1 this season, but quarterback Tom Brady isn't happy with the team's offense. "It's just frustration with the offense; we're trying to grind them out...
People Are Ready to ‘Die for’ The Mandalorian’s Adorable New Addition to the Star Wars Family
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We Now Know What Kylie Jenner’s Cosmetics Company Is Really Worth
A new deal values Kylie Cosmetics at about $1.2 billion
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Hong Kong protestor catches fire in another incident caught on video
Shocking footage shows a protester engulfed in flames Monday amid escalating clashes on the streets of Hong Kong — the second such horrifying case in just one week. The umbrella-toting protester is seen fleeing to the sidewalk and trying to stamp out the flames as a group of others rush to extinguish him or her. As...
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DeAndre Hopkins call shows NFL sabotaging what’s left of its credibility
It happened again Sunday. When it will stop nobody knows. This much we do know, though: This new rule of coaches challenging pass interference penalties and the inexplicably low percentage of reversed calls — even then the answer is obvious — is sabotaging the NFL’s credibility. And, in some cases, it’s threatening to change the...
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49ers' Richard Sherman Donates $5K to Compton Youth Team for Championship Travel
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman donated $5,000 to a GoFundMe for a Pop Warner team in Compton that needed help with travel expenses to make the National Youth Championship in Florida...
Jack Ma, Jedi, and surfing: These are the 10 juiciest details from Fast Company's deep dive into WeWork
Jackal Pan/Getty Images; Jacqueline Larma/AP Images; Samantha Lee/Business Insider Fast Company published a deep dive into the relationship between WeWork cofounder and former CEO Adam Neumann and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, the coworking startup's biggest backer. Son compared Neumann to Alibaba's founder Jack Ma and likened WeWork to Amazon to justify its astronomical valuation, Fast Company reported. The magazine story also includes Neumann's comments on subjects such as Saudi's crown prince, and details about how he likes to surf. Scroll down for the 10 best bits from the Fast Company story. For more stories on WeWork, click here. 1. "The last person I felt this with was Jack Ma" Shu Zhang/Reuters SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son reportedly told WeWork's cofounder and former boss Adam Neumann that he reminded him of Alibaba's founder, the driving force behind Son's most successful investment ever. "The last person I felt this with was Jack Ma," Neumann recalled Son saying to him before WeWork's IPO collapsed, Neumann was pushed out, and SoftBank bailed out his startup. Son was so impressed by Neumann that he drew up the terms of a $4.4 billion investment on an iPad in the back of his car, and he and Neumann signed at the bottom, Neumann told Fast Company. "When Masa chose to invest in me for the first time, he only met me for 28 minutes. Okay?" Neumann told the magazine. Read more about this story here. 2. "Masa is a Jedi" YouTube/Star Wars Clips Neumann reportedly compared WeWork to Amazon to make its astronomical valuation look cheap by comparison. He likened WeWork to Amazon when it only sold books and music, and pledged to expand from desk rentals into education, exercise, networking, and other sectors just as the e-commerce titan widened its offering, Fast Company reported. "Masa is a Jedi," Neumann told the magazine, referring to SoftBank's Son and the Amazon narrative he pushed for WeWork. "He has a lot of superpowers." Read more about this story here. 3. "Adam's only boss is Rebekah" DAVID X PRUTTING/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images Neumann's wife, Rebekah, played an integral role in drafting WeWork's IPO prospectus, according to Fast Company. Rebekah served as the company's branding chief and founded WeGrow, its private school in Manhattan. She was also a member of the committee — later disbanded — that was tasked with choosing Adam's successor as head of WeWork. "Adam's only boss is Rebekah," a WeWork executive told Fast Company. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:WeWork is just the 'tip of the iceberg.' Here's why one market expert thinks Silicon Valley's business model 'is at the beginning of a massive unraveling.'Larry Hite built a $100 million dollar empire with a simple stock trading strategy. Here’s his best advice for today’s trader.Chaos, crazy ideas, and cashing in: Trump and WeWork's Adam Neumann have these 5 things in common
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Cats freak out seeing feline filter on owners’ faces
Watch these cats’ hilarious reactions to a realistic filter that transforms their owners into fellow felines. Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, has taken over social media in Gansu, China, partly due to this freaky cat look. The trend has left pets feeling just about any and every emotion, from curiosity and confusion to absolutely...
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Obama makes an indirect rebuke of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren by warning donors not to be ‘deluded’ into thinking voters want radical change
AP Photo/Morry Gash Former President Barack Obama warned Democratic donors in Washington last Friday that 2020 candidates shouldn't push for policies that would fundamentally restructure American society.  "The average American doesn't think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it," Obama said.  The comments were an indirect rebuke of Sen. Bernie Sanders' call for a "political revolution" and Sen. Elizabeth Warren's campaign for "big, structural change."  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Former President Barack Obama waded into the Democratic primary last Friday, warning Democratic donors that 2020 candidates shouldn't push for policies that would fundamentally restructure American society. "Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision, we also have to be rooted in reality and the fact that voters, including the Democratic voters and certainly persuadable independents or even moderate Republicans, are not driven by the same views that are reflected on certain, you know, left-leaning Twitter feeds, or the activist wing of our party," Obama said at an event in Washington, according to CBS News. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:Here's why Europe has mostly ditched wealth taxes over the last 25 years — even as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders seek them for the USPete Buttigieg soars to first place in a new Iowa poll, leaving Biden, Warren, and Sanders in dead heatElizabeth Warren releases plan pledging to begin Medicare for All transition within first 100 days in officeSEE ALSO: The 25 women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct
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Devils waive Cory Schneider amid continuous struggles
Cory Schneider’s spot on the Devils’ NHL roster became untenable. The veteran goaltender will be placed on waivers Monday at noon, the team announced, the culmination of several injury-plagued seasons and a vast decline in performance. He’ll be assigned to AHL Binghamton if he clears waivers as expected. Schneider, 33, has a 4.59 goals against...
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Report: U.S. Officials Knew Ukraine Felt ‘Pressure’ From Trump Administration to Investigate Biden
Ukraine's president was concerned about affecting the U.S. presidential race
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North Korea nuclear test was ‘17 times the size’ of Hiroshima
The North Korea nuclear test in early September 2017 was so powerful that it resulted in an entire mountain being lifted off the ground and was the equivalent of “17 times the size of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima,” according to a new study. The research, published in the scientific journal Geophysical Journal International, also...
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FedEx CEO challenges New York Times publisher to public debate on taxes
Reuters FedEx CEO Frederick W. Smith pushed back against a New York Times story published on Sunday about the company's tax bill, calling it "distorted and factually incorrect."  The story reported that the logistics company reduced its effective tax rate in 2018 to below zero percent in the wake of the Trump administration's 2017 tax bill.  In a statement published to FedEx's website on Sunday, Smith challenged the media organization's publisher and business editor to a public debate on federal tax policy.  Watch FedEx and The New York Times trade live on Markets Insider.  FedEx CEO Frederick Smith has challenged the publisher and business editor of The New York Times to a public debate on federal tax policy, according to a statement posted Sunday.  The statement came in response to a story from the NYT published Sunday reporting that the logistics company  reduced its effective tax rate in 2018 to below zero percent following the Trump administration's 2017 tax bill. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A big-money investor in juggernauts like Facebook and Netflix breaks down the '3rd wave' firms that are leading the next round of tech disruptionSee Also:The 9 states with the worst homelessness crises reveal how bad the housing crunch has gotten in US citiesThe East Coast's priciest ZIP code is a tiny Hamptons village of 322 residents. Here's what it's like living in Sagaponack, where the median home price is $4.3 million.Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new president
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‘RHOP’ star Monique Samuels files counter assault charges against co-star Candiace Dillard
Both women have been charged with second-degree assault.
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Review: Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order
"I have had it with these motherfucking Sith on this motherfucking train!" --GPS1138, Video Game Enthusiast Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order is the best Star Wars game I've played since Knights of the Old Republic, which is one of the best video games of all time. I did not want to buy Fallen Order. I figured that much like all the other bullshit EA opportunities to rake in cash from Star Wars fans, this game would probably suck. The trailers tempted me but the game's protagonist was yet another whiny appearing young white male with resting Sith face. Day one and two reviews were so strong, I found myself watching others play on Twitch and quickly realized I wanted to play through this adventure myself. I bought the game. Meet Cal Kestis, a young man who was formerly a Jedi Padawan. Having survived Order 66, Cal starts the game with all the cringe-inducing drama and angst of a Star Wars Jedi trainee. Cal is trying to keep his force powers hidden but must use them to save a pal, thus ensuring the Inquisitors immediately arrive and he must run. BD-1 rapidly becomes Cal's droid pal and is the most useful and fun droid in a Star Wars game yet. I feel obligated to say BD BD BD often. Cere, Greez and number of other characters aid you on your mission to do what most every single non-Skywalker Star Wars story has seemed to invovle for ages: Jedi babies. THERE WAS A LASAT JEDI MASTER! Read the rest
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Taco Bell wants you to make their bisque for Thanksgiving
Taco Bell wants you to serve Rolled Chicken Tacos Bisque at your traditional holiday dinner. The food chain has released the recipe on its blog for all to use.
How long a cold should last — and when you should see a doctor
Getty/ BSIP / Contributor The common cold lasts from 7 to 10 days for a healthy adult. The common cold usually isn't serious enough to warrant a doctor's visit. You should see a doctor if your symptoms get worse or change to something more severe after 10 days.  This article was reviewed by Rod Oskouian, MD, at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. There are more than 200 viruses that can cause the cold. That might help explain why many adults contract two to three colds each year, mostly by coming into contact with someone who's already infected. Whether you inhaled infectious particles from someone's sneeze or you didn't wash your hands after touching an infected surface, when you catch a cold you're facing at least a week of misery. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Behind the scenes with Shepard Smith — the Fox News star who just announced his resignation from the networkSee Also:You're most contagious with the cold virus in the first three days of infectionVitamin C for the common cold is a myth, sort ofYes, you can still get the flu after a flu shot
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Twins Prospect Ryan Costello Dies at 23 in New Zealand
Minnesota Twins prospect Ryan Costello died overnight at the age of 23 in New Zealand. "Preliminary indications suggest he died of natural causes," according to Australian Baseball League club Auckland Tuatara ...
F.B.I. Arrests Dennis Tyler, Mayor of Muncie, Indiana
Mr. Tyler, whose administration has been under investigation for corruption allegations for years, was taken into custody at his home on Monday.
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Soko Glam is having a big sale on K-Beauty skin care — here are the top-selling products you may want to start with
Soko Glam Instagram Soko Glam is running a 30% off sitewide sale with promo code "SGBF19" now through December 1. The K-Beauty giant houses a curation of skin-care and hair-care essentials, from a portable cleansing stick to silky hair butter.  Whether you're holiday shopping for a loved one or yourself, we recommend starting with the bestsellers below.  To kick off Cyber Week, Soko Glam is running a 30%-off sitewide sale now through December 1, 2019 — just apply the code "SGBF19" at checkout. Plus, if you spend more than $135, you'll receive a free branded jade roller. The sale excludes sets, gift cards, "The Little Book of Skincare," and the Then I Met You line, though these items still make great stocking stuffers.  Soko Glam generally specializes in skin care, but also has some hair-care and makeup brands on its roster. Regarded as the the Sephora of K-Beauty, the retailer is known for its curated 10-step K-Beauty routines, which help shoppers find a regimen for their skin type. Naturally, we love this site because it's a convenient hub offering the latest and coolest finds in K-beauty. Check out the 11 bestselling K-Beauty products at Soko Glam below, or shop the entire sale here:Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch Cosrx Instagram $3.50 on sale (originally $5) [you save $1.50] These compact patches soak up pesky zits and blemishes overnight. They work best when a pimple has already come to a head, but can also be used to prevent you from picking at your skin.  Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Toner Acwell Instagram $12.60 on sale (originally $18) [you save $5.40] Acwell's toner balances all skin types. It's formulated with licorice water, green tea extract, and peony extract for a deep clean. and is a great alternative to toners with alcohol, which experts say can strip skin of moisture.  The Plant Base Time Stop Collagen Ampoule The Plant Base $20.30 on sale (originally $29) [you save $8.70] Beauty media laud this ampoule as a coveted anti-aging solution. Thanks to collagen, a powerhouse protein, it minimizes fine lines and wrinkles to create the appearance of tighter, smoother skin.  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:25 beauty gifts under $25 — including Le Labo lip balms, Givenchy makeup sponges, and Guerlain lipstick cases25 skin-care gifts they'll use every day — from hydrating sheet masks to cult-favorite serumsOnePlus is discounting its best phones by $150 — the deals run from November 18 through December 2
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Devon Windsor wears Zuhair Murad wedding dress to marry Johnny Dex Barbara
The model turned the aisle into a runway.
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Bill Belichick shows he never forgets with trolling of Lane Johnson
Who says Bill Belichick doesn’t read the newspapers, watch TV or have a sense of humor? After his team beat the Eagles Sunday in Philadelphia, the Patriots coach delivered a deadpan special as he trolled Eagles tackle Lane Johnson with a read-between-the-lines zinger. To review: After the Eagles beat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII...
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Austen Kroll says ‘Southern Charm’ isn’t filming yet
Fans will have to wait to see another season of "Southern Charm."
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Colin Kaepernick's original NFL workout fell apart because the league wanted him to sign a waiver to protect itself from future employment lawsuits
Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Colin Kaepernick was scheduled to take part in a private workout in front of NFL teams on Saturday, but the event fell through. According to a document obtained by NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk, the league tried to force Kaepernick to sign a waiver to protect itself from future lawsuits and prevent the blackballed quarterback from pursuing legal action against the NFL for collusion or retaliation. Kaepernick refused to sign the document and instead hosted his own private workout open to all teams an hour after the scheduled NFL workout, but fewer franchises attended than were expected to participate in the NFL-run version. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more. Heading into the weekend, it looked as though Colin Kaepernick was well on his way to getting another shot in the NFL. But as with most things surrounding the controversial quarterback, his scheduled NFL workout became a topic of debate.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not knowSee Also:11 teams have committed to attending Colin Kaepernick's NFL workout this weekend. Here are his top landing spots, ranked.Big names from across the NFL are reacting to Myles Garrett's nasty helmet hit on Mason Rudolph's headOdell Beckham Jr and Jarvis Landry trolled Mike Tomlin by celebrating big plays with yawns
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Why We Need to Consider the Human Toll of Conserving Half the Earth
Humanity has pushed Earth to the brink with more than a million species threatened with extinction. There are a number of ideas for how to stop the collapse of nature, but among the most radical is the idea of conserving half the planet. Read more...
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China sailed its first domestically built aircraft carrier through the tense Taiwan Strait on the way to the South China Sea
Getty Images China sailed its first domestically built carrier through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, which Taiwan denounced as a provocation as election campaigning gets underway on the island country. China's navy said the carrier, which is not expected to enter service until 2020, was on its way to the South China Sea. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. TAIPEI (Reuters) - China has sailed a carrier group into the sensitive Taiwan Strait led by its first domestically built aircraft carrier as election campaigning kicked into high gear on the self-ruled island on Sunday. Taiwan's foreign minister, Joseph Wu, said they would not be intimidated.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: China just unveiled its first homemade aircraft carrierSee Also:Sri Lanka's Premadasa accepts defeat at presidential poll; steps down from party positionAt least seven killed in gas explosion in BangladeshKhamenei blames counter-revolution, enemies for 'sabotage' in Iran gasoline price protestsSEE ALSO: Satellite images reveal what appears to be China's aircraft carrier 'factory'
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Video: Bill Belichick Appears to Troll Lane Johnson for 2018 'No Fun' Comment
It doesn't appear as though New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has forgotten what Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson said in the aftermath of a Super Bowl LII victory...
Supreme Court denies Martin Shkreli’s appeal of fraud conviction
The US Supreme Court told “Pharma Bro” to take a hike Monday. Manhattan fraudster and disgraced former drug-company honcho Martin Shkreli had appealed his conviction to the country’s highest court, arguing that the instructions to the jury at his trial were confusing, according to The Hill. Shkreli is currently doing seven years behind bars for securities...
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Factbox: Witnesses scheduled to testify this week in the U.S. impeachment inquiry
The U.S. House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump shifts into higher gear this week when a parade of officials will face questioning by lawmakers over Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
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Elizabeth Warren says Andrew Yang-backed universal basic income among 'options to consider' to ensure American financial wellbeing
Jonathan Drake/Reuters Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she was open to push for universal basic income in a Washington Post survey published on Saturday, calling it among the "options to consider" to ensure the financial wellbeing of Americans. "We absolutely must raise wages and strengthen the social safety net so that every American has basic financial security. Universal basic income and universal living wages are options to consider," the Democratic presidential candidate told the Post. The Massachussetts senator previously said in an interview with Vox's Ezra Klein that many other things to bolster the working class had to be accomplished before the federal government would be in a position to send every American a check they can live on. Other candidates like former housing secretary Julian Castro and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard also supported exploring the idea, but tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang has placed it at the center of his underdog bid for the White House. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she was open to push for universal basic income in a Washington Post survey published on Saturday. "We absolutely must raise wages and strengthen the social safety net so that every American has basic financial security," the Democratic presidential candidate told the Post. "Universal basic income and universal living wages are options to consider."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:Here's why Europe has mostly ditched wealth taxes over the last 25 years — even as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders seek them for the USPete Buttigieg soars to first place in a new Iowa poll, leaving Biden, Warren, and Sanders in dead heatElizabeth Warren releases plan pledging to begin Medicare for All transition within first 100 days in officeSEE ALSO: Democratic candidate Andrew Yang promised to give 10 American families $12,000 over a year of 'universal basic income.' Here's how the radical policy plan would actually work.
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Global headlines from Iraq, Argentina and Italy
Protests continue in Iraq; Argentina's president-elect promises to legalize abortion; and Venice declares a state of emergency after third flood in less than a week. Rylee Carlson rounds up world headlines for CBSN.
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THEN AND NOW: This Dutch artist photoshops celebrities meeting their younger selves
Ard Gelinck/Instagram A Dutch artist has photoshopped and shared a series of nostalgic images of celebrities meeting their younger selves. Ard Gelinck has been posting his celebrity "Then & Now" series on Instagram since early 2017 which feature Leonardo DiCaprio, Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jimmy Fallon, and Bruno Mars to name a few. He told Insider he spends between one and four hours on each image depending on lighting, colors, tones, and scale.  His work has been re-shared by some of the famous faces he's edited, including Madonna, Tina Turner, Ricky Gervais, Sylvester Stallone, and Michael Douglas. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Dutch artist Ard Gelinck has been posting photo edits online for about 10 years but told Insider he wanted to "challenge" himself by creating a series of celebrity "Then and Now" comparisons. "The ideas suddenly came up and the celebrities that I choose are often random. Sometimes an extra when I know when it is someone's birthday, for example," he told Insider. Showing some spellbinding Photoshopping skills, Gelinck said he spends between one and four hours editing each side-by-side, which varies depending on the color, lighting, tones, and scale of each individual image.  But the artist masterfully merges the two before-and-after comparisons to look as if each celebrity is meeting their younger self for the first time. And he's even got the tick of approval from the sources of inspiration themselves.  Gelinck said he's been flattered to see Madonna, Ricky Gervais, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas, and Lionel Richie, to name a few, reshare his work via their own Instagrams. While the Dutch artist isn't interested in exhibiting or profiting from his images, he said he is "enjoying that I can create something that other people like. "It's nice to see that you can entertain people and show something that makes them laugh and make them think." From Keanu Reeves to the cast of "Friends," check out 26 highlights from Gelinck's "Then & Now" series below.Leonardo DiCaprio Ard Gelinck/Instagram Lady Gaga Ard Gelinck/Instagram Amy Winehouse Ard Gelinck/Instagram See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:I took trains all the way from Istanbul to London, and eastern and western Europe felt like different worldsInterior designers reveal the 10 decorating rules you should never break13 decorations an interior designer would buy at Walmart right now
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North Korea hits back at Trump implying another summit
North Korea's Foreign Ministry Adviser clapped back at President Donald Trump's tweet that seemed to urge another meeting with Kim Jong Un.
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We drove a $250,000 Lamborghini Urus SUV to see if the 2019 Car of the Year runner-up was equal to the hype — here's the verdict
Hollis Johnson/Business Insider The Lamborghini Urus is, according to the Italian automaker, the world's first "super-sport utility vehicle." Our tester cost $250,000, it was well-optioned, and was outfitted in a bonkers yellow paint job. In other words, it was very much a Lamborghini. The Urus is, however, surprisingly versatile. In the end, I decided that Lamborghini did a fantastic job with a design that would have been easy to screw up. Sign up for Business Insider's transportation newsletter, Shifting Gears, to get more stories like this in your inbox. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Editor's note: Business Insider will name its 2019 Car of the Year on November 23. Each day this week, we're taking another look at the five vehicles that were runners-up selected from a pool of 16 finalists. The first vehicle is the 2019 Lamborghini Urus. For decades, the names Ferrari and Lamborghini meant sexy, sleek, powerful Italian sports cars — supercars, and later, hypercars. Expensive dream machines. Of course, the business model for cars that start at $200,000 and keep going until you hit a million or more is ... limited. Until recently, Ferrari built only about 7,000 road cars per year. Lamborghini built fewer than that. In this day and age, it made no sense for Lambo to do a grand tourer or a sedan, so instead, we got a "super sport utility vehicle" — a Lambofied SUV that was announced a few years back. But would it be a real Lamborghini? On that score I assumed physics would mitigate that Lambo fizz. I might have been wrong. Read on to find out why — as well as why the Lamborghini Urus is a 2019 Car of the Year runner-up: Photos by Hollis Johnson.The 2019 Lamborghini Urus, the most flamboyant SUV on the market, arrived at our New York headquarters on a snowy day. The very Lambo color was "Giallo Auge" — that's Italian and Spanish for "Yellow Boom." Subtle! Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Read the original review. And booming the Urus is. It's named for an extinct wild ox (Lambos have traditionally been named for legendary fighting bulls). Price as tested was $250,000. Let's just says the yellow POPS! Hollis Johnson/Business Insider The designers have literally done as much as possible to scale up a supercar to SUV proportions. The Urus is all angles and slashes, with a steeply sloping roofline and shark-attack vibe that isn't generally seen with utes. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:One of these 16 finalists will become Business Insider's 2019 Car of the YearThese are the 10 sports cars that have the best resale value 5 years after purchaseThe world's 20 best airlines for 2019FOLLOW US: On Facebook for more car and transportation content!
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This Perfectly Timed Mini Dog Photo Produced the Most Successful Fail
This photo was perfectly timed to hilariously fail
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UK PM Johnson's Conservatives extend lead over Labour: ICM poll
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has extended its lead over the opposition Labour Party during the past week, an opinion poll by ICM for Reuters showed on Monday, ahead of a Dec. 12 election.
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What Does Rudy Giuliani’s Son Do?
It’s hard to turn on cable news or scroll through Twitter these days without catching the name “Giuliani.” Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, is a central character in the House’s impeachment inquiry. Meanwhile, Rudy’s third wife, Judith Giuliani, has commanded her own headlines as she’s aired details of the couple’s contentious, ongoing divorce proceedings. Scarcely mentioned, however, is Andrew Giuliani—the former New York mayor’s 31-year-old son—who works in the White House.Rudy Giuliani told me his son’s hire “wasn’t the usual ‘hire-my-kid’ situation.” “He’s known the president since he was a baby,” Rudy said. “Now, did he know him in the first place because he was the mayor’s son? Sure, but they also had a relationship independent of me.”The younger Giuliani has served in the Office of Public Liaison, beginning as an associate director, since March 2017, making him one of the longest-serving members of the Trump administration. According to White House personnel records from 2018, he earns a salary of $90,700. The public-liaison office deals with outreach to outside coalitions, and several of the current and former administration officials I spoke to for this story said Giuliani helps arrange sports teams’ visits to the White House. (Sergio Gor, who is deputy chief of staff for Senator Rand Paul and close to Giuliani, called him a “liaison to the sports community.”) But sports-team visits are more special-occasion than scheduling staple in the business of government, especially in this White House, where many title-winning teams decline invitations to visit or are simply not invited at all. (Trump has, however, given a large number of awards, such as the Medal of Freedom, to sports figures.) Steve Munisteri, who was principal director of the public-liaison office and Giuliani’s supervisor from February 2017 to February 2019, told me that Giuliani fills out his time by serving as the office’s representative at White House meetings about the opioid crisis. Others who have worked with Giuliani offered a different take on his White House tenure. “He doesn’t really try to be involved in anything,” one former senior White House official told me, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to be candid. “He’s just having a nice time.”Yet for the differing opinions on the nature of Giuliani’s role, the officials I spoke to were certain that Giuliani had nabbed a White House post in the first place because of his father. A second former senior White House official plainly called it “a nepotism job.” But Munisteri said that anyone who frames it this way “has an ax to grind.” He added that Giuliani, a former professional golfer, was qualified on his own for this particular role, because “it’s the type of position where you need someone with an outgoing personality.” (Andrew Giuliani didn’t return a request for comment.)Calling Giuliani’s hire a pure nepotism play may be too strong a declaration, but one need look no further than Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and self-appointed Middle East expert, to see how, in even the most senior ranks of this administration, the chasm between experience and responsibility can matter little with the right surname. And one can also look to Giuliani, perhaps, to see the benefits of that dynamic: a well-paying job with unparalleled access to the leader of the free world. But his father’s centrality to the Ukraine scandal could put it all in jeopardy.[Read: Rudy Giuliani: ‘You should be happy for your country that I uncovered this’]Before joining the White House, apart from his golf career, Giuliani volunteered on Trump’s 2016 campaign and worked as a sales intern at a boutique investment bank. What Giuliani may have lacked in government experience, however, he made up for in having Trump’s trust. According to two former White House officials who were close with Giuliani during their tenures, Trump has long been a father figure to his personal lawyer’s son. Giuliani, those officials said, credits Trump with helping him navigate the period after his father’s divorce from his mother, Donna, when he was a teenager, and particularly with helping him repair his relationship with Rudy. “He loves POTUS, big time” for that, one of the officials said, and Rudy told me his own affection for the president stems in large part from helping bring him and his son back together.[Read: Where did Rudy go?]From the beginning of Trump’s presidency, Andrew Giuliani, whom most officials I spoke with described as gregarious and kind, has been loyal to the president. It’s a quality that was especially rare in those early days of the Trump administration, when leaks flowed from the West Wing as if on tap. Having Trump’s trust meant that Giuliani, despite his low-level role, was given a West Wing pass, free to move in and out as he pleased. (Munisteri admitted it was “rare” that associate directors were given so-called blue badges.) And as the person with one of the better golf handicaps in Trump’s inner circle, Giuliani sometimes traveled with the president for the sole purpose of joining him for a round or two. Ultimately, Giuliani’s face time with Trump in that first year rivaled that of far more senior officials.All of which made then–Chief of Staff John Kelly “grumpy,” as a fourth former White House official described it. When Kelly took over for Reince Priebus as Trump’s chief of staff in July 2017, the source said, “he couldn’t wrap his head around” Andrew Giuliani and the president’s relationship, in large part because of Giuliani’s father. Kelly took issue with Rudy’s frequent television appearances, many of the officials told me, griping that the president’s lawyer would go on shows to talk about one problem, but leave the set having created several more. Andrew, in Kelly’s eyes, appeared little more than an unhelpful extension of his father. “Kelly hated him because he didn’t like that there was this random guy … who played golf with Trump and whose dad was a problem,” the second former official explained.Kelly revoked Andrew’s West Wing access, disrupting the staffer’s otherwise freewheeling setup. Giuliani “flipped out” about the downgrade, the third former official said. Four of the former officials said Giuliani’s father immediately spoke about it with Trump, who then ordered Kelly to restore Giuliani’s pass and promote him to special assistant to the president. “Kelly just wouldn’t,” the third former official said. “Trump would think it was done. Then it wasn’t … It was classic Kelly. Just ignore and assume Trump will forget.” Kelly, the source added, “said the staff reported to him, not Trump, so it was for him to decide.”As is well known, Kelly was intent on closing off the circle of those in direct contact with Trump, demanding that even Kushner and Trump’s daughter Ivanka alert him to their every interaction with the president in their capacities as advisers. Kelly, as I’ve reported, resented the couple’s meddling in high-profile issues, like immigration, in which they had no experience. But Giuliani posed a different sort of problem for the chief of staff, in that he wasn’t meddling, or improperly inserting himself in major decisions, or going rogue on his own projects—in Kelly’s view, he just seemed, well, there. To Munisteri, however, any White House official’s problem with Giuliani’s access is simply a product of envy. “It’s a jealousy thing,” he said. “He’s known the president since he was a kid. That’s just gonna bother some people.”With Kelly long gone, the professional life of Andrew Giuliani has been, in some ways, on the mend: Three of the former officials, as well as another person close to Andrew, told me that even in this radioactive moment for Rudy, Kelly’s successor, Mick Mulvaney, has restored his son’s West Wing access (it’s unclear whether he did so at Trump’s behest), has promoted him to special assistant to the president, and takes no issues with his golf outings with Trump. And yet one of the officials said that Giuliani, talkative like his dad, has seemed much quieter of late. It’s a change that anyone who spends time around Giuliani is bound to notice. (In 2009, when Giuliani was a contestant on the Golf Channel’s Big Break: Disney Golf, his fellow contestants often griped on camera about his chattiness. “Talking. That’s all he does,” said one. “I mean, he would talk to this door.”) “I think for the most part he’s trying to keep his head down and not make any waves,” the second former official said. “His dad is making that difficult right now.”The challenge now for Giuliani, as more and more administration officials come to think of Rudy as the source of their current woes, is whether keeping his head down will be enough to safeguard his position. “You’ve got to wonder what happens if Trump decides he needs to distance himself from Rudy,” said the first official. “What happens to Andrew after that?”Giuliani’s is a setup that one would think he has no interest in complicating—not when he’s finally gotten his blue badge back and he is, as the first official put it, having such a nice time. His father, for his part, doesn’t seem to be worried. “I can’t imagine anything happening,” he told me. “That would be ridiculous.”
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Walter McCarty has put Evansville back on the map
Evansville Aces basketball was once a small college powerhouse. Walter McCarty is working on bringing that energy back. With a little over four minutes left to play, the only fans making noise in Rupp Arena are wearing purple and orange. They have plenty to celebrate: Noah Frederking had just drained a three-point shot to extend the Evansville Aces’ lead against the No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats to 61-55. Evansville has been the better team for the entire game. A small contingent of Evansville faithful made the trip to Lexington, strategically seated in sections 36 and 236, off in the corner of the arena. As the game reaches its climax, those sections are loud enough to overpower the home crowd: “Aces! Aces!” After Kentucky’s Immanuel Quickley’s missed three-pointer, Keion Brooks Jr. grabs an offensive rebound and lays it in to make it 61-57. But Kentucky isn’t supposed to be satisfied with trimming Evansville’s lead to four. Kids around the arena look worried, and their parents do too, even while trying to act like everything is fine. With the score at 63-60 and Evansville in possession, the crowd wakes up, desperate for a stop. They’ve been working hard all game to try to get their team back into the contest, a testament to how good Kentucky fans are and how much trouble they’re in. The Aces’ K.J. Riley goes in for a contested layup, misses, grabs the offensive rebound with two Wildcats over his back, and tips it in to give his team a five-point lead with 1:41 to go. The hopeful Kentucky cheers die down, replaced by a booming roar from the corner of the arena. The noise is both shocking and impressive, coming from such a tiny group of fans. Walter McCarty, Evansville’s coach, claps twice and doesn’t lose composure, immediately looking to the other end of the floor to watch his team play defense. He knows he has the Wildcats right where he wants them. And now things are starting to feel very real: Evansville might beat No. 1 Kentucky at Rupp Arena. McCarty, his assistants Bennie Seltzer and Terrence Commodore (better known as T.C.), and his best friend Troy White are eating Mister B’s pizza and wings in the players’ lounge on the University of Evansville campus. Their final practice at home had just wrapped up, and the team takes off for Lexington on Monday. On the TV, the 1-7 Falcons are playing the Saints. “God dang, he’s slow,” Seltzer says of quarterback Matt Ryan after a scramble. Everybody in the room is laughing. “I might be able to beat him in a race right now,” McCarty replies. “Look at Matt Ryan’s face, look at the determination!” Seltzer says after a replay is shown. Even the ability to gather in the players’ lounge, watch some football and eat in peace is a testament to the work that McCarty has done at Evansville. His players and staff enjoy being at the facility. They can relax there. It’s not rare for players to funnel in and out of his office. Their practice facility is a home for everybody involved with Evansville basketball, and McCarty wouldn’t have it any other way. The 6’10, salt-and-pepper bearded McCarty was raised on the south side of Evansville, just on the western side of Highway 41, which runs north-south and splits the city in two. He grew up with one brother, two sisters, his mother and a stepdad who came around when he was in early elementary school. Walter’s mother Joy worked at Eaton Axle in the assembly line across the river in Henderson, Kentucky, and would pick up waitressing at the American Legion or at a bar to make extra money for the family. His stepdad, Steven Lindsey, worked at Alcoa, an aluminum producer, and went to sleep early, having to start work at 4 a.m. When Joy was going into work, Steven was coming home, and vice versa. “[My siblings and I] weren’t alone,” McCarty says. “We were stable. But you know, they weren’t really strict.” In sixth grade, he met Troy White while at Plaza Park in middle school, an East Side kid. The two bonded over basketball. As they got older, their relationship developed, and now they’re damn near inseparable. McCarty and White aren’t like peanut butter and jelly. Peanut butter and jelly are like McCarty and White. ”We kind of know how to play off each other,” McCarty says. “You know how they say like twins have a certain connection? It’s not like that, but we’ve been around each other so long, we’re almost the same.” Basketball started clicking for McCarty at Harrison High School basketball camps. “I went from 6’3 in eighth grade, to the start of my freshman year at 6’7. It was crazy, but at the same time, it started clicking, and that’s when I knew right there, I wanted to play. Then like, when you grow to be 6’10, to me, I was like, ‘Man, this is my way out. I gotta do it. This is my way out.’” It was. Basketball took McCarty to Lexington and the University of Kentucky, where he won a national championship in 1996 under Rick Pitino. While at Kentucky, McCarty forged a bond with Tony Delk so strong that he describes him as another brother. “When I think about Kentucky, and I think about Lexington, I think about that brotherhood and the connection we had with each other,” he says. “I don’t think about Kentucky as the basketball mecca; it’s about the brotherhood that we had when we were there. Kentucky’s always had great teams and will continue to have great teams. But it’s about the relationships that I built there.” ”One of his nicknames in college was ‘Mr. Personality,’” White says. McCarty cracks up, adding that the nickname was “given to me by Jamal Mashburn.” It’s an accurate nickname. When McCarty is in a room, he radiates an energy everybody feeds off. He has a deep voice, booming when it has to be, soft when he sings. He’s good about being kind to everybody, introducing himself to people when he gets a vibe they might be too shy to talk to him. If he senses somebody is having a bad time, he takes it upon himself to fix it. ”He knows how to work with people, he knows how to develop relationships,” White says. “He knows when he develops a relationship, how to maintain it. Never has his success gotten to him in such a way that he has forgotten who he is at his core.” McCarty was taken by the New York Knicks in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft, selected 19th overall. White followed McCarty to New York and spent his rookie season with him there. Just two kids from Evansville, taking on New York City. ”To grow up in Evansville, and to be able to have a friend that thinks enough of you to put you in a situation that could ultimately change your life, like,” he pauses, collecting himself, “Those experiences that he’s given me have changed my life. It’s not something I take for granted.” After enjoying their pizza and wings, plus a surprising Atlanta Falcons’ victory, McCarty, White and Seltzer make their way to Mo’s House, a bar in Evansville’s Haynie’s Corner Arts District owned by Moriah Hobgood, one of the city’s most influential entrepreneurs. The men enter, and head for the outdoor area that opened in April. It’s a beautiful day, 66 degrees with just a few clouds. McCarty and Seltzer have their cigar boxes, spark a couple, and ask for coffees with bourbon cream. White gets a hot chocolate, because he’s not a drinker. McCarty pulls out his portable speaker and lets some Babyface play. There are hardly any people at Mo’s right now, but it won’t stay that way for long. For now, McCarty is letting the music ride, and is singing along. Conversation among the three floats all over the place, from college hoops to Lamar Jackson’s latest eye-popping touchdown to Dion Waiters having a panic attack over an edible. At times they let things pass in silence because they have the type of relationship where nothing needs to be said. Everybody is perfectly fine enjoying each other’s physical presence. This bar is where McCarty wants to be if they beat Kentucky. “We going to come back here and tell Mo, ‘Mo, you’re opening, Mo. We’re going to Mo’s right now, off the bus!’” As the bar gets busier, a fan comes up to McCarty, shakes his hand, and wishes him luck against Kentucky, but in a way that implied he had no confidence in McCarty’s team. McCarty ignores the slight and replies, “Yeah, we’ll get ‘em.” The University of Evansville has a rich basketball history. A small college powerhouse under Arad McCutchan, they routinely beat Division I schools, and even had an undefeated national championship season in 1965. Coached by the man they called “Mac” and powered by legends like Larry Humes and Jerry Sloan, the Aces won five national titles. When the program moved up to Division I in 1977, a smooth transition seemed likely. There were talented players on the squad, and in Bobby Watson they had a fresh face who looked like a worthy successor to Mac after his retirement. But on December 13 of that same year, as the team was traveling to play Middle Tennessee State, their plane clipped trees in the Melody Hills neighborhood on Evansville’s north side, and fell into a ravine. All 29 people on board Indiana Air Flight 216 died. More than 40 years later, the accident is still known as “The Night It Rained Tears.” There’s no telling where Aces basketball would be today had it not been for that tragic night. The program’s most successful coach since the crash has been Jim Crews, who made four NCAA tournaments in 16 years and has a banner hanging in the rafters at the Ford Center, where the Aces play today. That’s fine for a mid-major, but because of the success the school had as a small college program, there’s always been a nagging feeling that Evansville could do better. The legacy of the plane crash is a generational gap among Aces fans. Most that show up to games nowadays are older than the average college hoops crowd. They’re the ones who remember when the Aces were a must-see. For the past four decades, that hasn’t been the case. Evansville has long had the type of crowds that mostly cheer when a player is subbed out and had a good performance, or when the fight song is playing. But that’s changing. When McCarty was hired in March 2018, Evansville immediately felt his presence. He is the most important hire that the university has made since Mac called it quits. The university needed a young, energetic, intelligent basketball mind, and now they have one. McCarty, then an assistant with the Boston Celtics, had interviews with other schools, but Evansville ended up working out perfectly, even when it may not have seemed like it to him. The recruiting process went fast. After a phone interview, Evansville’s athletic director Mark Spencer had a chat with Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. Stevens later told McCarty, “Man, I don’t know what you did, but this guy, he loves you.” After a second interview, boosters were lined up to call McCarty. McCarty was in New Orleans, with the Celtics set to play the Pelicans. ”I’m waiting on these boosters to call, I’m trying to find the Kentucky game, and go somewhere and smoke a cigar,” McCarty says. “I found a place, turned this game on, and a booster calls me and it goes great. The next booster calls me, and it goes great. The next booster calls, goes great. All I’m thinking is, ‘They hear all this shit in the background, this ain’t the guy.’ Because I’m watching Kentucky basketball, it was just like, ‘I blew that shit, I blew it.’ Not knowing that I did a great job.” A day later, Spencer hinted to McCarty, “When you come home on your trip, I might not let you leave.” But despite the reassurance, McCarty didn’t have high hopes. The Celtics were about to go to Portland to start a two-week road trip, so McCarty sent his bags on ahead with the team. He was planning on going to Evansville, doing his interview, and joining the Celtics in Portland afterward. As Spencer drove McCarty back to his hotel in downtown Evansville with then-senior associate athletic director Lance Wilkerson in the back seat, Spencer showed McCarty just how badly the university wanted him there. “Mark hands me the contract, and he’s like, ‘I told you I wasn’t going to let you leave. I don’t want you to leave,’” McCarty says. “He was really emotional about it.” The trio went up to McCarty’s room where he signed the contract and became the eighth head coach in Evansville’s history. McCarty was an easy choice, not only for the school, but for the assistants who have joined him along the way. ”Everything that our guys are trying to accomplish, our coach has already been through it,” Seltzer says. “So why wouldn’t you listen to him? Why wouldn’t that be a focal point of, ‘Hey man, this guy really knows what he’s talking about’? And I think that really translates to our guys. He’s done it in a way where – you know I’ve coached with guys that curse the kids out, talk shit to them and talk crazy to them. I’ve also coached with guys where once you leave the gym, you’ll never see them. You gotta talk to the secretary to schedule an appointment, that’s crazy. That’s crazy to me. And here, Coach is — he’s accessible as any coach I’ve ever been with and I think our guys appreciate that. That’s different; that hardly happens anywhere.” The comfort the players have with coming in and out of the coaches’ offices is great, but can be a little much sometimes, as T.C. jokes, “They here so much we gotta run them off sometimes, like, don’t you got something to do?” McCarty’s personality and energy are consistent, expressed in the culture he’s instilled at Evansville, his style as a basketball player, and his attitude as a head coach. “I am a true kid that grew up across 41 and didn’t have a whole lot. And, shoot, I never thought in a million years I’d be the head coach at the University of Evansville. I used to pass this university every day, you know? I love sometimes on game days, I’m driving down to the arena, and I’m thinking, ‘Man, I used to go to church there,’ you know what I’m saying? It’s one of those like, ‘Damn. Good shit happens when you work.” “I wanna be here for a long time,” he says very seriously. “That means we’re kicking ass and doing a good job. I’m here to create a program that’s going to be sustainable for a long time. That’s my goal.” McCarty’s status as Evansville’s head coach is also significant because he is a black man. Evansville’s history as a city is complicated. Situated in a midwestern state, it also has many southern qualities. The city’s location in southwestern Indiana meant a quick trip across the Ohio River for Kentucky residents, who may not have always been as hospitable towards blacks as northerners. When McCarty was hired, Evansville lost some big boosters. Was it because he was the university’s first black coach? “From hearing from other people in this program,” he says, “I felt that way.” But he hasn’t let the defections faze him. ”I thought about this, coming here and being the first African-American head coach at this university. Our people here in Evansville, especially people of color — what leaders do they see, other than a parent, a pastor, or an insurance guy or something? There’s not a lot of people they can look up around and be like, ‘He’s really doing his job to bring his community together and people can look up to him.’ I gotta own that, and I got to make sure I do good by that.” He’s not worried about the lost boosters. “Just like music, sports — those are things that bring people together, right? We’ll get ‘em back. We’ll get ‘em back. We win, we do the right thing, they’ll come back. They’ll come back. That’s what we’re betting on – building the right program, building this culture. “If you’re an Aces fan, you love basketball, we’re going to win you back.” White comes in through the side door around 11 a.m., just in time for practice. His arrival is timed perfectly: McCarty is making his way down the hallway right where he’s entering. “You guys got film?” White asks. “Yeahhh, man,” McCarty drags out in response. White knows the drill, and goes to the practice court while the team looks over film of the Wildcats in the players lounge. Nobody is intimidated by the thought of playing against the country’s top team. “After I got the job, I saw [John Calipari] somewhere. He comes up to me and just says, ‘Man, tell me what I can do. I’ll do anything for you, but I’m not coming to Evansville,’” McCarty says. “So I said, ‘Let’s get a game.’ He didn’t even hesitate, he’s like, ‘Let’s do it.’ And it got done.” Film ends at 11:50 and the Aces are coming out onto the floor. Sam Cunliffe is the first one out and comes to White’s end of the court. He says something to White, who laughs and responds, “Get focused, get focused.” A couple of other players join in as the team is warming up with stretches from the baseline to half-court. White also encourages them to focus, and they do, because they respect him as much as anybody else in the building. The pace picks up when McCarty comes out a couple minutes later decked in a gray Nike sweatsuit, a teal Jordan Brand T-shirt and some Air Jordan 3s in the Knicks’ colorway. He turns on “6 Man” by Drake, the music soon accompanied by the frenzied squeaking of sneakers on the basketball floor. The practice court has changed since McCarty was hired. There are now banners on both ends of the gym, one with pictures of current players and the other bearing the names of Evansville Aces legends. The championship banners that once hung on the far side of the gym have been replaced by “EVERY POSSESSION MATTERS.” On the other end: “PLAY WITH A PURPOSE.” Seltzer and T.C. walk over and start making conversation with White about the Aces win against Ball State the night before. White wasn’t able to make it because he was in Louisville at an Anthony Hamilton concert. “I saw the score at half and I said, ‘Oh shit, they must be playing today!’” Troy tells them with a laugh. And they were playing. Evansville jumped out to a 40-18 halftime lead, but nearly surrendered it, ultimately winning 79-75. Today, the coaches are going to try to iron things out, because a second half like that won’t fly against Kentucky. Seltzer and T.C. work their way over towards the team, which is done stretching and ready to get to work. They’re also joined by assistant coach Logan Baumann, who has been at half-court with Isaac McGlone, the director of basketball operations for the team. Baumann takes the Aces through a play, giving very specific instructions not just on where to be, but the angle they should take, hand placement, everything. Baumann was a part of Louisville’s 2013 national championship winning team, and by the way he handles the Aces players you can tell he’s going to be a Power 5 head coach one day. On the floor, he’s a spitting image of a top-level coach, serious and meticulous. Baumann seems pleased with how the guys are responding to what he’s telling them, and says, “If we can get this right, we’re going to be in good shape,” which was the overarching message of the practice. They know they can win the game. McCarty adds encouragement. “After that, it’s just about effort plays. Who wants it?” “If you do what we tell you to do, you will make baskets.” McCarty’s coaching style is all about trusting his players. He puts them in the right spot and gives them the tools to succeed, and then it’s up to them. He’s taken bits and pieces from the men he’s worked under, but he’s his own guy. He learned Xs and Os from playing all five positions throughout his career. Having learned the basics as a player, once he became a coach it was mostly about fine-tuning. “For me, I’ve always made it a point to figure out and ask, ‘Well why are you successful?’ Whether it was with Coach P (Rick Pitino), Mike D’Antoni, Jeff Van Gundy, Mike Dunleavy, Jim O’Brien, Brad Stevens, I’ve always done that.” McCarty is confident in his players, and confident in himself too. He has to be. “In practice sometimes, I may go off script,” he says. “I’ll be like, ‘OK, board,’ and just start working. So I have that command and attention, but that confidence in the game for whatever I’m doing. Because if there’s any hesitation, if there’s any sign that you don’t believe it or whatever, shit, they see it. And then it really ain’t gonna work. ”I tell my guys, ‘Go make the right play. Just go have fun, go make the right play.’ We’re starting to build that confidence. What you’re doing is you’re letting them know that you trust them, but what you get out of it is, they’re going to run through a wall for you.” That confidence and calm was still present as the team prepared to go to Lexington. On a cold and drizzly day in Evansville, it was business as usual for the Aces. Popeyes three-pieces awaited the team on the bus, though some players opted to go to the student center across the street and grab some Chick-fil-A. McCarty was the last one on the bus, and looked like he had just walked out of his barber’s chair. McCarty knows when you look good, typically you do good: there’s an invincible feeling that comes with a fresh cut. He put off his haircut just so he would look his best for his return to Lexington. The next morning, the team is at shootaround at Rupp Arena around 11 a.m. The guys are warming up, and McCarty is looking up into the rafters, where Kentucky’s old-timey banners hang displaying Final Four appearances, runners-up and national championships. He says, “It’s a great day to be a Purple Ace.” The warmup line gets down to the baseline where he’s standing, and he says, “You see that?” to a couple of Aces, pointing to the 1996 championship banner. “I did that.” The players get a kick out of it, and keep on going about their business. The team is doing one last walkthrough of what to expect later on in the evening, and players and coaches remain focused and detailed. When going through a play, McCarty tells his team, “You gotta ask yourself, ‘What can I do for my teammates?’” he says. “You guys are going to have open shots all night.” After they break the final huddle concluding practice, the team sits on the bench they will occupy later that night. They are still very loose for a mid-major walking into an environment like this. Kentucky has a 39-game win streak as an AP No. 1 team at home against non-conference opponents, and the empty arena has an ominous feeling to it. Then, redshirt sophomore DeAndre Williams gets loud. “Great day to be a Purple Ace!” he yells. He begins to clap, and clap hard. “Give me that shit, coach! Great day to be a Purple Ace!” Evansville’s Shamar Givance brings the ball down the floor with less than a minute to go. Kentucky’s Tyrese Maxey is sliding down the court with him step by step. With a late, tight lead, McCarty makes his guys slow things down. Clock is burning. His guys are calm, and they can focus on executing, which is exactly what he stresses in practice. They’re prepared for this moment, and they know it. After a handful of dribbles at the logo, Givance gets the ball to K.J. Riley, who drives and kicks the ball out to a wide open Noah Frederking. Evansville’s bench rises at the same time Frederking’s shot does, and you could feel the soul draining out of Big Blue Nation as the ball hung in the air. If the shot goes in, the game is done. It doesn’t, and the Wildcats get a quick two on the other end thanks to Immanuel Quickley. There are 44.5 seconds left, and going from the near-dagger to a quick Kentucky basket could have spelled doom for the Aces. Had Frederking hit that shot, Kentucky fans would be walking back to their cars. Instead, the Wildcats have life. Evansville drains some clock on the next possession, but aren’t able to get a shot off, and a shot clock violation is called. With 13.7 seconds left, Kentucky opts a quick two-pointer rather than a three, sending Maxey on a drive to the basket, to make it a 65-64 game with eight seconds remaining. Everybody at Rupp Arena is on their feet. Evansville has been the better-coached team up to this point, and their players have played harder. The 25-point underdogs just need to be better than No. 1 Kentucky for eight more seconds and they will have pulled off the biggest win in program history. Sam Cunliffe is fouled after an inbounds pass, and calmly walks to the free-throw line. He gives all his teammates five on his way to the stripe. At the line, Cunliffe gets the ball from the referee, takes a quick dribble, and wastes no time putting the basketball through the net. It silences the Rupp Arena crowd quickly, before it can even reach peak volume. He does the same on the second free throw. The Aces lead, 67-64. Kentucky’s Nate Sestina inbounds the ball to Maxey, who dribbles quickly down the Rupp Arena logo painted on the side of the court. He pulls up just to the side of the bottom of the K on the UK logo at mid-court while Evansville’s Artur Labinowitz carefully contests the shot, avoiding giving Kentucky three foul shots. The high arching shot falls short, and Riley dribbles the ball to safety. McCarty, cool as ever, walks down the court to shake hands with John Calipari and the Wildcats. The Evansville Aces, under former Kentucky national champion Walter McCarty, have gone into Lexington and beat the Wildcats on their home court. The elevator going down to the floor level is mostly Kentucky fans with mostly unhappy faces. But one older lady clutches her purse and says, “So Walter came into Rupp Arena and beat ‘em!? Look at that!” Just inside the tunnel is White, who is jumping up and down, beside himself with excitement. “You come in this motherfucker and win!?” he yells. “That is fucking amazing!” “I got to call my mom,” he says, pacing and jumping. “I got to call my mom.” He calls her. “Mama! I don’t know if you were watching the game, but Walter just beat Kentucky. Just beat them at Kentucky, Mom! They just beat Kentucky at home, Ma! Oh, my gosh!” He’s still jumping while on the phone. Tony Delk makes his way into the tunnel and jokes with White, “Get off the phone, man! Get off the phone!” They exchange dap, and share an almost violent hug. After doing his interviews on the court, McCarty is escorted to the locker room by Isaac McGlone and sports information director Bob Pristash. He daps up and hugs Delk, and starts to walk into the locker room, before seeing White. The two share a big hug, and as McCarty starts to walk away he turns around, leans forward a bit, and says, “What I tell you? I told you we was gon’ get ‘em.” As soon as McCarty walks into the locker room, he’s showered with water from re-filled Gatorade bottles. He collects as many of his players as he can in his long arms, and hugs them with all his might. The white-and-blue checkered tile in the locker room is soaked, and it’s dangerous, but it doesn’t matter right now. Nothing matters. Evansville beat Kentucky. The calm and discipline that led them into the game is long gone. ”We fuckin’ beat Kentucky! We fuckin’ beat Kentucky!” ”I’mma call you back!” ”A bunch, a bunch of notifications.” ”The best thing that happened to me since I come here.” ”I can’t even deal with it right now!” ”Is there a towel back there? Or all they all wet?” ”We’re probably trending No. 1.” ”We’re the No. 1 topic in the country on Twitter.” ”Who puts fuckin’ tile on the goddamn floor?” McCarty’s first order of business is the press conference. He changes into an all-black team-issued sweatsuit. While he’s addressing the media, he lifts his hand to scratch his face, and the blue gems from his 1996 national championship ring seem to shine in the light with little more color than usual. McCarty then goes out to greet the Evansville fans who stuck around. One of them waiting for him is Mo. They share a hug, and she agrees to open up the House when everyone gets back to Evansville late that same night. He greets the others who have waited for him, a mix of Evansville fans and Kentucky fans who wanted to congratulate one of their own. He takes pictures, gives dap, squeezes out hugs, and signs autographs. One fan is standing in the bleachers just yelling, “I LOVE WALTAH!” over and over. But McCarty’s just getting started with what’s about to be an overwhelming amount of media requests. He heads to the coaches’ locker room with Evansville’s sports information director Bob Pristash and director of media relations Michael Robertson. McCarty is seated in the corner locker, and finally has a chance to look at his phone. The first person he calls is his wife Erin. Before he gets off the phone with her, he’s led to believe that he’s about to do the first of many national media appearances. Technical difficulties buy him some time, so he makes another quick call, then says to me, “Watch this.” McCarty dials back a number, the tone rings a few times, and all of a sudden, somebody is yelling, “You bad motherfucker!” It’s Patrick Ewing. “Beast! What’s up, baby!?” McCarty replies with joy and laughter. “I’m so fucking proud of you, boy!” Ewing yells back. After hanging up with Ewing, McCarty turns his phone to me, showing off his 284 unread text messages. By the time his SportsCenter interview with Stan Verrett is over and he gets on the bus to go back to Evansville, there are 304. ”How stupid is that?” he says with a laugh that’s heavily coated with disbelief, “I really gotta go through that? I don’t even wanna do that!” When McCarty finally steps onto the bus, and starts an impromptu speech with, “I thought we could do it. I knew we could do it. But when you do it.” ”Guys, we are the No. 1 trend in the world right now,” he continues. “Evansville’s the No. 1 trend right now in the world! Shit’s going crazy right now! Hey, we gotta keep building on this, man. Keep building! I know I say it all the time, we got enough guys. If we just play connected, man, we can do anything.” Anything seems possible in the unreal moments after the game. On the bus, everybody buries themselves in their phones, absorbed by all the attention being thrown their way. At one point, Charles Barkley calls to congratulate the team, so McCarty put him on speakerphone and walks towards the middle and back of the bus. Barkley tells them to enjoy the win but to get back to work. Once he gets off the phone, DeAndre Williams cracks, “Can we talk to LeBron now?!” The coaches spend the rest of the bus ride reflecting, a perhaps-futile attempt to absorb the magnitude of what just happened. “Only time I’ve ever felt like that was when we won it all,” Baumann says, seated behind McCarty at the front of the bus. “That was crazy.” Seltzer, who is across the aisle from McCarty, pulls up an old photo of himself while he was an assistant at Indiana. His hands are raised, and he’s running towards the court, and you can see a leg with blue and white shorts, socks, and shoes on. The picture was taken when Christian Watford and the Hoosiers sank No. 1 Kentucky in Bloomington in 2011. Baumann tells McCarty that he just got word of a group of about 200 or 300 students waiting for the team outside the Carson Center, and that a pep rally is going to be held the next day to celebrate. McCarty is incredulous, but Seltzer replies, “When you do something that’s never been done, you gotta do something that’s never done.” The team is almost back to Evansville, and by now the bus is mostly quiet. McCarty looks up from his phone and shakes his head, smiling and laughing. “Did we just do that?” he says. “That’s fucking crazy.”
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