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IndyCar facing biggest change in five years – Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi driver Scott Dixon pinpoints the introduction of unified aerokits to IndyCar in 2018 as the biggest dynamic shift by the series in over five years.

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California assemblyman resigns after a lobbyist accuses him of masturbating in front of her in a bathroom

Matt Dababneh

  • Two women have publicly alleged sexual misconduct by Democratic Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, who represents California’s 45th district. 
  • One of the women, Pamela Lopez, alleged that Dababneh locked her into a bathroom during a wedding celebration in Las Vegas and masturbated in front of her. 
  • Dababneh denied all allegations, but said he is resigning anyway because he no longer believes he can serve his district effectively. 

Earlier this week, California-based lobbyist Pamela Lopez accused Democratic Assemblyman Matt Dababneh of forcing her into a bathroom, exposing his genitals, and urging her to touch him.

Another woman, Jessica Yas Barker, alleged Dababneh repeatedly commented on her appearance and talked about his sexual exploits while they were colleagues in Sherman’s office from June 2009 to December 2010, the LA Times reported

Dababneh, who represented the California State Assembly’s 45th district and previously worked as a senior aide to Congressman Brad Sherman, has flatly denied the allegations. 

He nevertheless announced on Friday that he would resign, effective on January 1.

“To be absolutely clear, the allegations made against me are not true. However, due to the current environment, I, unfortunately, no longer believe I can serve my district effectively, as I have done for the last four years,” Dababneh said. “I remain inspired by the many brave women across the country who have recently come forward with their stories. I will continue to support this fight as a private citizen in any way that I can.”

He said he will continue to fully participate in an ongoing Assembly investigation into the matter. 

“I am confident that the completed investigation will bring to light and into focus the significant and persuasive evidence of my innocence,” Dababneh said. 

The incident described by Lopez allegedly took place in January 2016 at a wedding celebration at a Las Vegas hotel.

“I felt a large body rush up behind me, use the weight of their body to push me into the restroom and I heard the door slam behind us,” Lopez told KTLA News, a Los Angeles-area local news station. “I spun around and realized I was face to face with Matt and that he had very quickly exposed himself and begun masturbating.” 

Lopez said she did not immediately report the encounter, fearing retribution. She said Friday that Dababneh’s resignation meant little without an apology.

“He’s not attempting to atone for his behavior,” she told the Associated Press.

Read Dababneh’s full resignation letter here.  

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Porsche to enter factory car for a first full-season of Blancpain

Porsche will mount its first full-season factory campaign in the history of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup next year

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Formula E rules out any chance of battery competition until 2025

Formula E has not abandoned the prospect of giving manufacturers the opportunity to build their own batteries, but the postponement of competition will run well into the next decade

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The FIA introduces myriad cost-saving measures for World Rallycross

A raft of measures aimed at reducing costs in the World Rallycross Championship have been introduced by the FIA

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Signet Rings Get the Official Street Style Stamp of Approval

Signet rings ruled street style in 2017.

Signet rings ruled street style in 2017; Image: Imaxtree

While we’re not ashamed to admit that we scrutinize every street style outfit from New York to Paris to see what tricks we can pick up, there’s often one aspect we overlook: rings. We always notice those eye-catching, shoulder-grazing tassel earrings and are immediately drawn to flashy necklaces, but a stack of rings usually flies under the radar. So you may not have realized that signet rings have become as popular as statement sleeves and socks with sandals.

Signet Ring Set, $22 at Urban Outfitters

Signet Ring Set, $22 at Urban Outfitters

A signet ring has a flat surface, usually engraved with a signet, seal or monogram. They used to be used as a signature with the wearer pressing the symbol into wax or clay to leave their mark. Nowadays, the rings are less personalized and frequently feature stones, pretty designs or even a designer’s initials.

And it’s not just the street style set signing off on the trend. Fashion’s go-to shopping resource Lyst reports that searches for signet rings increased 38 percent this year. We went ahead and rounded up 17 of our favorite signet rings to make it easier for you to find your signature piece.

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A Couple Are Attacked By Bedbugs In A Five Star Hotel

A Couple Are Attacked By Bedbugs In A Five Star Hotel

A British couple, John Bowe, 54, and his partner Sharon Murray, spent nearly twenty five hundred pounds in order to stay at a fancy five star hotel for the holidays. The hotel is named Hotel Riu Touareg, and it is located on the African island of the same name. The couple was planning a ten day holiday vacation, and they were also going to celebrate Sharon’s fiftieth birthday. However, the vacation began to turn sour when they awoke each morning to find small red welts all over their bodies. They initially assumed that the bites were sustained while sitting outside. However, each morning more bites were recognized. Having no doubt that bedbugs were responsible for their bites, the couple approached management about the problem. Unfortunately, the hotel’s management only offered the couple a bottle of prosecco in order to compensate for their bedbug-related issues.

The couple tried to forget about the bedbug problem, but their bites did not improve. In fact, after nine days, their bites became much worse. Sharon’s bites covered her entire body by the time their twelfth and final day of vacationing arrived. After John inspected their hotel bed, he discovered that the mattress was not outfitted with a protective coat. John could also clearly see “black dots” on the mattress. The couple complained to management, at which point they were issued and apology and a free bottle of prosecco. The couple visited a doctor as well. The doctor confirmed that their bites had been caused by bedbugs. The doctor issued the couple some medicated cream. Once the couple returned to the hotel, they noticed that their neighboring hotel room had been undergoing a fumigation. Needless to say, this made Sharon very angry, as it appeared that the hotel’s staff were well aware of a bedbug presence near her room. They later discovered that the “black dots” were spots of bedbug fecal matter. As a result of the trip, the couple had to throw away most of their clothes and Sharon’s bites are still present on her body.

Do you think that this couple should have sued the hotel over this bedbug infestation?

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Video: Start Your Impossible – The Inspiring Story of a Man Who Climbed Everest Without Arms

This video comes our way as part of a new campaign from Toyota that invites us to #startyourimpossible. It is the inspiring story of Sudarshan Gautam, who lost both of his arms in an electrical accident in Nepal, but then went on to become the first person to climb Everest without arms. Just a little something to think about as we headed into the weekend.

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Former clerks accuse Reagan-appointed appeals court judge of sexual misconduct

Alex Kozinski

  • Several former clerks and externs for a federal court alleged that Judge Alex Kozinski made sexually suggestive comments to them.
  • At least two former clerks alleged that he asked them to watch pornography in his chambers.
  • “I would never intentionally do anything to offend anyone and it is regrettable that a handful have been offended by something I may have said or done,” Kozinski said in a statement.

Six former clerks and externs in the US’s largest federal appeals court alleged that Judge Alex Kozinski, a prominent jurist on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, acted inappropriately towards them, including asking at least two women to watch pornography inside his chambers.

Heidi Bond, a former clerk for Kozinski from 2006 to 2007, said that she was asked to go into Kozinski’s office on multiple occasions, where she was asked if she was aroused by pornographic images that played on his computer, or if she believed the images were photoshopped, according to a Washington Post report Friday.

“I was in a state of emotional shock, and what I really wanted to do was be as small as possible and make as few movements as possible and to say as little as possible to get out,” Bond told the Post.

Bond, who was in her early 30s at the time, said none of the images were related to a case. Her account was confirmed by emails describing the incident that were sent to a friend in 2008.

Konzinski, who was appointed in 1985 by President Ronald Reagan, said in a statement: “I have been a judge for 35 years and during that time have had over 500 employees in my chambers,” Kozinski said in a statement to The Post. “I treat all of my employees as family and work very closely with most of them.”

“I would never intentionally do anything to offend anyone and it is regrettable that a handful have been offended by something I may have said or done,” Kozinski continued.

Alex Kozinski

Emily Murphy, another former clerk on the 9th Circuit in 2012, alleged in the report that as she was talking with other clerks about a particular gym that wasn’t busy, Kozinski approached her and said that she ought to work out naked if the gym wasn’t as occupied.

When people in the group attempted to change the topic, Murphy and others who spoke to The Post, said that Kozinski kept trying to suggest she exercise in the nude.

“It wasn’t just clear that he was imagining me naked, he was trying to invite other people — my professional colleagues — to do so as well,” Murphy said in The Post. “That was what was humiliating about it.”

Another former 9th Circuit Court clerk alleged that she was sitting next to Kozinski during dinner around 5 years ago, when he picked up the tablecloth to see her legs. Kozinski reportedly said to her at the time that he wanted to see if she was “wearing pants because it’s cold out.”

“It made me uncomfortable, and it didn’t seem appropriate,” told The Post.

None of the women interviewed by The Post filed formal complaints at the time, the newspaper said. Kozinski reportedly emphasized the jurisprudence of the confidentiality of chamber discussions to at least one of the clerks, and another former clerk appeared to suggest there was no recourse after discovering her complaint would first go to Kozinski himself, before proceeding.

Kozinski has previously been accused of inappropriate conduct, according to The Los Angeles Times. In 2008, it was reported that he kept an email list to send offensive, “off-color material” jokes to colleagues, clerks, and journalists; and he also reportedly maintained a publicly accessible website containing sexually explicit material.

Kozinski, who was presiding over an obscenity trial at the time, acknowledged that he posted the material and said he did not know the website was accessible to the public, the LA Times reported.

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Rowland claims talks over Williams F1 seat, team denies it

Oliver Rowland’s management says it is in talks with Williams regarding a race seat for 2018, but the Formula 1 outfit denies that is the case

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