Louisville Newspaper Causes Controversy

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One day after the video of a United Airlines passenger getting dragged off a plane surfaced, the Courier Journal chose to focus on the past of the victim. The article, written by Morgan Watkins, identified the man as David Dao, a 69 year old physician from Elizabethtown, KY.

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Monday, a video of Dao went viral when he was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight after the flight was overbooked. Now, the airline is facing a huge public relations crisis.

On Tuesday morning, one day after the incident, The Courier Journal reported on Dao’s “troubled past”. The article cited documents filed with the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure from last June which stated that Dao’s medical license was suspended in 2005 after being convicted of “drug-related offenses”. Allegedly, Dao illegally prescribed painkillers and wrote prescriptions to a patient in exchange for sex.

Now, the newspaper is facing harsh criticism online for choosing to point out Dao’s past. Many people think this information is irrelevant to the current situation and are dragging the newspaper online.

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This isn’t the first time media has received backlash after publishing stories that justify the action taken against a victim or insinuating that the victim is to blame. Many people are comparing this incident to when in 2014, the New York times reported that Michael Brown, the 18 year old unarmed black man who was shot and killed by white police in Ferguson, Missouri, was “No angel”.

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Joel Christopher, executive editor of the Courier Journal, defended the article by saying “There can be reasonable disagreements about at what points you hit publish during iterative reporting,” wrote Christopher. “I’m comfortable with when we decided to publish in this case.”

“This is an individual, who because of his past case, is known to people in the area,” he said. “Referring to him without referring to [his past] would be highly unusual.”

The article has since been updated and the new headline reads, “David Dao, Passenger Removed for United Flight, Now in Spotlight”.

DIY Easter Egg Oreo Pops

I wanted to make an easy festive treat for Easter and share it on my blog. Oreo balls are the absolute best and I had the idea to make them into cute Easter eggs shapes. Follow along with this photo tutorial to make these super adorable Easter treats. No baking necessary!

1. Materials

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For Oreo Pops:

  • I package of Oreos
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • Candy Melts in various colors
  • Lollipop Sticks

For Display:

  • Decorative Bucket
  • Colored Shredded Paper
  • Styrofoam

2. Crush Oreos

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You’ll need to crush the Oreos until there are no large chunks. The easiest way to do this is in the blender but you can also put them in a large Ziploc bag and relieve some anger by crushing them by hand. It’s up to you!

3.  Combine

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Combine your Oreos with the cream cheese. Make sure your cream cheese is softened. If not, you can always soften it up in the microwave for a few seconds. For this step you can use a blender, mixer, or my personal favorite, use your hands.

4. Shape

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Now it’s time to make the eggs! Form your dough into the shape of eggs. You can make them as big as you want but remember when you dip them in the candy melts, it will add another layer and make them even bigger.

5. Firm

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If your dough is soft, you can place the eggs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and put them in the fridge to firm up a bit before the sticks go in. This will be better for holding the sticks in place.

6. Add the Sticks

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Melt a small amount of candy melts in the microwave for 30 second intervals making sure to stir after every 30 seconds. This will keep the candy melts from burning. Once that’s melted, dip the end of the stick into the candy melts and push them gently into the Oreo eggs. Line them up on some parchment paper and set in the fridge to firm up for about 20 minutes.

7. Dipping Time

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Melt a larger amount of candy melts this time for dipping your eggs. Once again, you can use the microwave to do this. Once the candy melts are melted, transfer them to a deep, narrow glass. This will make it easier to dip the eggs and will require less twisting and turning. If not, you can use the bowl you melted the candy in. Dip the eggs, twist to make sure it’s completely covered, tap off the excess candy, and let set. You can place the pops into a piece of Styrofoam to set. You can find Styrofoam at the dollar store.

8. Decorate

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Now for the fun part, it’s time to decorate! Once the candy melt coating on the eggs is fully hardened, you can start decorating. You can use any leftover candy melts and either use a piping bag or Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off. Decorate however you’d like and have fun!

9. Diplay

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Cut the Styrofoam down to fit the decorative bucket. Place your pops in and cover the Styrofoam with colored paper. Enjoy your beautiful display!

You’re Finished!

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Signs you are Ethnically Ambiguous

You’re tired of hearing “What are you?”

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It’s a question you get asked by strangers over and over again. They’re not looking for a an answer like “um, human?” They’re wanting to know what ethnicity gives you that skin tone. facial structure, hair color. etc. For those of us who are an absolute mystery, we are just walking question marks and this question is inevitable.

You turn your ethnicity into a guessing game

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No one ever guesses your ethnicity on the first try unless they’re just a good guesser. It’s funny to watch people try to figure it out. You like to have fun with it and let people take a crack at it just to hear all the responses that are usually wayyyy off. It’s a good way to see what the most common responses are and know what ethnicity you could pass for.

People like to assume your ethnicity

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If you’re tan, speak Spanish, and are from Florida, Americans usually think you’re Cuban. If you’re tan, speak Spanish, and are from literally anywhere else, Americans think you’re Mexican. On the other hand, Hispanic people are masters of recognizing Latin features. We can easily tell Mexicans apart from Cubans or Puerto Ricans from Colombians. When you’re a combination of these ethnicities, you start stumping people. Leave it to Americans to just guess what they assume is the obvious answer.

People expect you to know a foreign language

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“You speak (insert foreign language here) right?” It’s amazing how many times we get asked  this. For those of us who don’t speak a second language, this can be quite annoying. People can sometimes make you feel bad for not knowing a second language as if you’re missing an obvious feature.

People compliment you on specific features

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This one is actually kind of nice. You constantly get complimented on the thickness of your hair, the color of your eyes, your beautiful complexion, or specific physical features that aren’t super common. You have a beautiful blend of unique cultural features that make you stand out. Own it and be proud.

People assume you’re cultured

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It’s actually embarrassing when people know more about your culture than you do and they expect you to join them in a conversation about it. Just because it’s a part of our genetic make up, does not mean we’re born with a manual of everything there is to know about that culture. Don’t make us feel bad about it. We’re just born this way.

You’ve gotten nervous in certain situations

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Being such a walking question mark can sometimes make you nervous when going through airport security or being in a place where you are the clear minority. Unfortunately, we live in a time where stereotyping and racial profiling exists and it’s hard to avoid when people don’t know what ethnicity you are. Certain situations, places, groups of people can be very uncomfortable and even scary at times. It’s hard not to feel paranoid and just want to blend in.

 

 

10 Microwaveable Dorm Room Meals

1. 2-Minute Scrambled Eggs

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If only I knew about this years ago. Learn this trick here.

2. French Toast in a Mug

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Dessert for breakfat? Yes please! There’s even a super helpful video here.

3. Coffee Cup Chilaquiles

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Exotic foods don’t have to be complicated to make. See the simple recipe here

4. Risotto Cups

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In 10 minutes or less you can make one of these three risotto recipes. Mushroom + Thyme, Butternut Squash + Sage, and Bacon + Kale + Mushroom. Pick your favorite risotto here.

5. Minestrone Soup

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Martha Stewart is hooking it up with this yummy soup made in 10 minutes. You can thank Martha by making her recipe here.

6. 10-Minute Enchiladas

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Easy, cheesy, beautiful, enchiladas. You know you’re curious so here you go.

7. Spinach Ricotta Lasagna in a Mug

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I mean come on this is just drool-worthy. Must. Make. Now. Here.

8. Pizza in a Mug

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Because it’s always a yes for pizza. Here you go, thank me later.

9. 1-Minute Chocolate Chip Cookie

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For those nights when chocolate is the only thing keeping us going. Stay strong with this recipe here.

10. Nutella Cake

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To be honest, they had me at Nutella. Say no more. Treat yoself here. 

Around The World in Pictures : International Women’s Day

Paris, France

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Melbourne, Australia

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New York City, New York

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Nairobi, Kenya

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Seoul, South Korea

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Dublin, Ireland

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Guadalajara, Mexico

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Washington, DC

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Athens, Greece

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New Delhi, India

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Tokyo, Japan

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The Best Kentucky Derby Festival Events for Millennials

Whether you’re new to Louisville or you just want to try something new with your friends, here are the top 5 best events for millennials to check out this spring!

5. WineFest

As of 2015, all millennials are officially of drinking age and we’re actually drinking more wine that baby boomers. In fact, we drank about 42% of all wine in 2015 and the numbers are growing. We are classy AF! What better way to celebrate our sophisticated selves than by spending the day sipping on Kentucky’s finest wines from over 66 local wineries? We even get to take home a wine glass and an event pin.

When: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 –Wednesday, May 3, 2017 @ 5 p.m.

Where: The Belvedere

Ticker Price: $45

4. Festival Unveiled

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If you’ve lived in Louisville you might have heard of Thunder or BalloonFest but this is the event you’ve never heard of and have been missing out on you your whole life. Mixologists from 8 different local restaurants and bars create their own version of the Mint Julep. Guests can taste all the drinks and pick the winner of the 14th annual Four Roses Bourbon Rose Julep Contest. Of course, with all these tasty drinks there’s tasty food to go along with it like Chef Carved Bourbon Barrel Wood Smoke BBQ Pork Loin, Asian Kentucky Fusion Bourbon Chicken, and so much more including dessert.

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017 @ 5p.m.

Where: Tim Faulkner Gallery

Ticket Price: $40

3. BeerFest

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You can probably tell  from all these events that millennials enjoy a good drink but for those of us who prefer an ice cold beer over a glass of wine, this event will be more your scene. Over 40 breweries will be sampling their beers at the 2017 BeerFest. Some of these breweries include Blue Moon Brewing, Angry Orchard, Samuel Adams, and plenty more different types of beers to satisfy your thirst. Plus, you get to take home a souvenir tasting glass and a BeerFest pin.

When: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 @ 6p.m.

Where: The Overlook at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville

Ticket Price: $45

2. Thunder Over Louisville

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If you’ve grown up in Louisville, chances are you’ve been to Thunder Over Louisville or at least watched it on TV. Thunder is the biggest fireworks show in North America and people come from all over the country to see this spectacular show. It’s the perfect excuse to grab some friends, set up some blankets picnic style, eat some good food, grab some drinks, and hang out all night. When the sky turns dark, get ready to see an amazing fireworks display sure to impress you.

When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 | Airshow @ 3 p.m.| Fireworks @ 9:30 p.m.

Where: Waterfront Park

Ticket Price: Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin

1. Fest-a-Ville/Waterfront Jam

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This is the event that keeps on going. It lasts nine days and there’s always something new to see, taste, and experience. With food, music, drinks, and funnel cakes what more could you need? This event includes the Waterfront Jam Concert Series which has 7 different concerts featuring 7 different genres including Top 100, Country, EDM, Gospel, Rock, and Urban. This year’s lineup features Daya, Hunter Hayes, Jimmy Eat World and more. To see the full lineup and schedule click here.

When: Thursday, April 27, 2017 – Friday, May 5, 2017 | Opens @ 11 a.m.

Where: Waterfront Park

Ticket Price: Free admission with Pegasus Pin

 

10 Affordable Online Clothing Stores

Get a killer wardrobe without killing your bank account.

1. Boohoo

“Boohoo is the main site that i shop on. I have not once had a problem with my items and the prices are extremely good! I buy from them every chance i get!” -Samantha T.

Size Range: Women Sizes range from 0-24 in petite, regular, and tall. Men Sizes range from 32-46. Kid’s Sizes range from 4yr-13yr.

Price Range: Tops start at $3

Sales: 40-70% off everyday. Free Shipping on orders over $60. 25% student discount through UNiDAYS.

2. YesStyle

“I’ve been a long time customer and every time I come I buy all that I might/not need
it’s a beautiful classy website . I recommended it to everyone I know that loves to shop online.” – Maram H.

Size Range: Women sizes range from 0-18. Men sizes range from 36-42. Kids sizes range from 0 months-13yr.

Price Range: Tops start at $4

Sales: Free Shipping with $35 purchase.

3. Dog Dog

“Their prices are really good, and so far I haven’t been disappointed with any of their products. I would really recommend this online shop if you’re on a budget, or if you’re looking for some really different tumblr/indie clothes.” – xleanor

Size Range: Women Sizes range from S-L.

Price Range: Tops start at $8

4. Tobi

“I’m a college student and Tobi is where I go to get all my cute clothes! It may seem like their clothes are a little pricey but all you have to do is wait until there is a 50% off sale (there’s basically some kind of promotion every week) and then order all your clothes.” – Rachel M.

Size Range: Women sizes range from 0-10.

Price Range: Tops start at $4

Sales: 50% off first order with email sign-up. Free shipping over $50.

5. Cotton On

“Great company, great prices, fast shipping” – Tiffany S.

Size Range: Women Sizes range from 3XS-3XL. Men Sizes range from XS-3XL.

Price Range: Tops start at $10

Sale: 30% off first order with email sign-up. Free shipping over $55.

6. ROMWE

?This is now one of my favourite shop online! It has great clothes and I definitely recommend it :)” – Montseratt M.

Size Range: Women sizes range from S-XL.

Price Range: Tops starting at $4

Sales: 60% off first order. Free shipping on orders over $50.

7. Shop Priceless

“I have ordered here many times and have not been disappointed. All my orders have shipped on time and have been exactly what I wanted. Such cute clothes and good prices. I will definitely continue buying from here!” – Sonja Hoyland

Size Range: Women sizes range from XXS-2XL.

Price Range: Tops start at $2

Sale: 10% off first order. Free shipping on orders over $50.

8. Dress Up

“Dress Up has super cute, well made clothing at great prices! Everything stays cheap because they have new arrivals every couple weeks. The customer service is amazing, shipping is fast, and there’s almost always a sale.” – Molly G.

Size Range: Women sizes range from 2-10

Price Range: Tops start at $8.

9. Missguided

“Amazing website. Great discounts. Material is perfect and as long as you look over the size guide you will get the right size.” – Quetta M.

Size Range: Women sizes range from 0-20

Price Range: Tops start at $6

Sale: 40% off student discount. $5 standard shipping. Take $50 off $150.

10. ASOS

“This site is solid. They have great stuff and the customer service is excellent. Very happy about this website!” – Charlotte Vanderheyden

Size Range: Women sizes range from 00-24. Men sizes range from XXS-4XL.

Price Range: Tops start at $8

Sale: 10% off student discount. Free shipping on orders over $40.