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High-Fashion Fidget Spinners Are Now a Thing, Thanks to Zana Bayne

Spinning is a lifestyle, so do it in #ZanaBayne Leather #fidgetspinner

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Welcome to the summer of the fidget spinner. With our cumulative anxiety at an all-time high, the highly ‘grammable, supposedly calming toys have quickly become the new It accessory for children of all ages.

A quick history lesson: A Florida woman named Catherine Hettinger first invented fidget spinners back in 1993. She approached Hasbro with the idea, Hasbro passed. Then, in 2005, Hettinger’s patent expired and companies — Hasbro included — began designing their own fidget spinners. However, up until recently, the whirling toys were mostly used in a therapeutic context.

Now, not only has the craze gone global, it’s infiltrated the fashion world. To wit: Zana Bayne, the brand behind Beyoncé’s favorite haute harnesses, is now selling its own studded leather version of the popular toy.

“Our atelier team loves playing with spinners, and so at first it was a thought that we should create leather spinners for them. The spinners are already an aesthetic toy with an attractive shape, so it just made sense to make it happen. After the first ones were finished, we posted an image and video on Instagram; the reaction was immediate,” designer Zana Bayne and her partner, Todd Pendu, told Vogue. “We like to think everything looks better in leather.” An elementary school fad with a BDSM aesthetic? It doesn’t get any better than that.

Zana Bayne’s “Studded Leather Fidget Spinner” is now available to shop on the brand’s e-commerce site. Customers have a choice of black or vegetable-tanned beige leather. At $75 a pop, these chic low-tech toys ring in well above your typical street-side buys, but that’s the price you pay for looking chic whilst achieving zen.

Studs and leather not your thing? Don’t worry. Something tells us Zana Bayne won’t be the only high-end brand to jump in on the fad. (Jeremy Scott, for one, has never met a pop culture craze he didn’t like.) Or, per model Alanna Arrington, match your outfit to your spinner to instantly elevate its plasticized appearance.

yellow model chick, yellow fidget spinnin’

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Four Years Later, Remembering Jason Leffler

Today is the fourth anniversary of the day former NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series driver Jason Leffler lost his life in a savage Sprint Car crash at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway. Our eulogy for “LefTurn” remains one of the most-read articles in the history of GodfatherMotorsports.com, and we re-post it today in memory of our friend Jason. 

He is gone, but not forgotten.

Dave Moody

Charlie Dean Leffler’s daddy died last night, torn from the world in a crash so stunning, so horrific that it once again causes us to question our devotion to a sport that all too often breaks our hearts.

NASCAR driver Jason Leffler was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday, after a grinding crash at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway. Witnesses said his 410 Sprint Car impacted the Turn Four wall during a qualifying heat race and flipped wildly down the front stretch of the 0.625-mile dirt oval.  Safety teams extricated the unconscious driver from his vehicle, with plans to transport him to Cooper University Hospital in Camden. His condition deteriorated rapidly while awaiting arrival of a medivac helicopter, however, and responders elected to transport him by ground ambulance to nearby Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
As word of the crash began to circulate, I did what I always do in situations like this. I told myself that the reports were untrue or exaggerated; the sad result of internet hysteria and a public raised on reality TV. When it became clear that a serious crash had indeed occurred, I prayed that Leffler’s injuries were not severe, assuring myself that he would back in the cockpit in a few weeks, or months.
Just before 10 p.m., however, a phone call from a colleague brought the horrible reality home. Jason Leffler was dead, leaving us to mourn – and remember –once again.
I have so many memories of the man we called “LefTurn.” He was a weekly guest on our Sirius XM Speedway radio program for years, sharing his life – both on and off the track – with a degree of candor that was both refreshing and rare. There were plenty of good days; wins in both the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, championship-contending rides with elite owners like Joe Gibbs and Chip Ganassi, and a trio of runs in the legendary Indianapolis 500.
There were also a few bad days; crushing race-day defeats, championship shortcomings and the loss of his Nationwide and Truck Series rides. When he and Alison decided to end their marriage a few years ago, Leffler made his weekly appearance as scheduled, despite a heavy heart.
“Leff, we don’t have to do this today,” I told him. “If you want to take a pass, we can catch up next week.”
“Nah, dude,” he replied. “It’s OK. I got no secrets.”
In the months that followed, Leffler spoke constantly of his desire to be a loving and involved father to Charlie, despite the demands of his racing career. Our weekly, 4 p.m. conversations often coincided with the end of Charlie’s afternoon nap, and the unpredictability of a newly-awakened two-year old made our visits an absolute joy.
A year ago, I crossed paths with Jason and Charlie, sharing a “Boys Day Out” lunch at a local restaurant. While Jason and I talked racing, Charlie demolished a massive salad, shoveling huge forkfuls of lettuce into his mouth while simultaneously carrying on a silent flirtation with my wife.
“Charlie, you ate the whole thing,” laughed Leffler at the end of our chat. “What am I supposed to eat?”
“Sorry Daddy,” replied Charlie, “I was very hungry!”
How do you tell a five-year old boy that daddy is not coming home tonight? How do you explain that his father, his best friend and his hero – all rolled into one – has been cut down by a sport that exacts such a horrible toll from its brightest lights?
The loss is unfathomable, unacceptable and unbelievable.
Today, I mourn the loss of a phenomenal talent; a man who could run an entire, 10-lap heat race at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals on three wheels, his left-front tire twitching in mid-air in an awe-inspiring display of chassis-bending bravado.
I mourn the loss of a friend whose zest for life, winning smile and goofy, faux-hawk hairdo never failed to make me smile.
I mourn the loss of a father who adored his son and deserved to see him grow up.
A quote attributed to the author Ernest Hemingway said, “There are but three true sports — bullfighting, mountain climbing, and motor-racing. The rest are merely games.”
All sports include a varying degree of risk, but auto racing is especially adept at destroying its own. Racers have a special relationship with death. They brush shoulders with it daily, acknowledging its presence with a passing nod while clinging stubbornly to the belief that it’ll never happen to them.
“Last year, I did a part-time truck deal,” said Leffler to Motor Racing Network’s Winged Nation recently. “It was the least I had raced since I was 18 (and) mentally, it wasn’t good. I don’t like being home. I just like being in the race car at the race track.
“The (NASCAR) start-and-park deal is not for me,” he said. “I had a good run for over a decade, so it’s time to get back racing.”
Big-league NASCAR racing had not suffered a fatality since the great Dale Earnhardt crashed to his death on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. In that time, SAFER barriers, HANS devices, improved helmet and seat technology and car construction have made the sport safer than at any point before. But make no mistake about it, auto racing is not safe, and it never will be.

As long as men and women strap themselves into objects capable of eclipsing 200 miles per hour, as long as they test the boundaries of human endurance at places like Daytona, Lemans, Winchester and Bridgeport, horrible things can – and will — happen. Until the laws of physics are repealed, the immovable force will always trump the unstoppable object. And when it does, racers will die.

Jason Leffler knew that. We all knew that. But it doesn’t make what happened Wednesday evening any easier to accept.

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Puerto Rico Claims That The Zika Epidemic Has Passed Them By

Puerto Rico Claims That The Zika Epidemic Has Passed Them By

There have been many dubious claims made about the toll that the Zika virus is taking is some countries. A while back, Puerto Rican medical officials came under fire for not reporting the full extent of Zika’s devastation in the territory of Puerto Rico. And recently, government officials from India admitted that they withheld their Zika victims from the media, and instead claimed that no Indian citizen had contracted the virus. Most recently, Puerto Rican health officials have claimed that the Zika virus is no longer a

matter of concern on the island, and many find this claim doubtful.

Since April, only ten cases of the Zika virus have been reported in Puerto Rico, which is a great improvement from last year’s number of eight thousand. However, health experts are insisting that a decline in Zika cases is not necessarily evidence that the Zika virus is no longer a threat to the public. The CDC travel advisory for Puerto Rico remains unchanged.

According to Dr. Anna Durbin, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, having less cases of Zika being reported is not sufficient to declare the battle against Zika over. As long as transmission is still occurring, then a risk to the greater population still remains.

Zika still remains a constant concern for pregnant women since contracting the disease can cause severe birth defects known as microcephaly. According to officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the year of 2017 will see the births of many babies that have been afflicted with microcephaly, and these children must receive the best medical care possible.

There also still exists controversy about Puerto Rico’s past problem with underreporting Zika cases. Puerto Rican government officials are now working closely with the CDC to update their reporting system.

Do you think that the Zika virus is largely a disease of the past at this point?





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Video: Outside Explains What the Term "Public Lands" Means and Why it is Important

Federally owned (aka “public”) lands have been in the news a lot recently thanks to President Trump’s decision to review many of the protected areas that have been designated at national monuments from the three presidents that held office prior to him. Some of those areas could see their protected status go away, potentially opening them up to commercial development. So what exactly does this…

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The Supreme Court just struck down a law favoring mothers over fathers in children’s citizenship cases

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Supreme Court struck down on Monday a provision of a law that made it more difficult for unmarried fathers to pass their American citizenship onto kids born overseas.

In an unanimous 8-0 ruling, the Court decided that a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 — which required unwed American fathers to live in the US for at least five years after the age of 14 in order to grant citizenship to their kids, compared to only one for mothers — was unconstitutional.


“Those disparate criteria, we hold, cannot withstand inspection under a Constitution that requires the Government to respect the equal dignity and stature of its male and female citizens,” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in the court’s opinion.

In the case, New York resident Luis Ramon Morales-Santana, who was born to a now-deceased American father and a Dominican mother, risked being deported to the Dominican Republic after committing a series of crimes in 1995.

Morales-Santana, who came to the US in 1975 as a lawful permanent resident, claimed that he was a US citizen because of his father. Though his father was an American citizen, he lived in the US for 20 days less than the five-year residency requirement.

Speaking for the rest of the court, Ginsburg wrote that such discrepancies came from a time when the husband was considered to be “dominant” while the mother was “the natural and sole guardian of a non-marital child.

The one-year residency requirement will now apply to both mothers and fathers looking to grant citizenship to their kids.

Despite striking down the section of the law, the Court said that it could not grant Morales-Santana citizenship and that would have to be decided by Congress.

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