Victoria’s Secret Stops Selling Swimwear & Will Replace With New Activewear Line

Fri, April 22, 2016 9:31am EDT by

We cannot believe this terrible news — Victoria’s Secret has officially closed it’s doors to swimwear and is replacing it with a new activewear line. We are such huge fans of all their swimsuits and we can’t believe they will be gone forever! Are you guys as upset as we are?

We are in complete and utter shock over this news — Victoria’s Secret has officially stopped selling swimwear, and is replacing it with a new activewear collection — we are heartbroken. Just in time for Summer, the brand is closing it’s doors to swim and their current catalog will be their very last one. So you know what that means, you better SHOP all of their bathing suits right now because it’s the last chance you’ll ever get.

Leslie H. Wexner, Chairman and CEO, said in a statement earlier this year, “Coming off a record year, now is the best time to make improvements…going to from best to even better. We are making those changes to accelerate our growth and to strengthen the business for the long term by narrowing our focus and simplifying our operating model. I am certain that these changes are necessary for our industry-leading brands to reach their significant potential…nonetheless, decisions about people are the most difficult ones to make, and we are taking care to support associates who are being affected by these changes.”

Wow, we are completely shocked. To us, it seemed like the VS swim business was absolutely booming, especially because everyone we know is obsessed with all of their bathing suits. Plus, every year, the brand puts on VS Swim special which airs on TV, so we are seriously confused.

Instead of swimwear, the brand wants to completely replace it with their activewear line which is cute, but not as cute as our cherished scrunched cheeky bottoms and their fabulous mix and match suits!

EgyptAir Mystery Deepens

Egyptian military says it has found debris, belongings
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2016 5:23 AM CDT

(NEWSER) – If EgyptAir Flight 804 was indeed brought down by a terrorist group, that group is apparently not in a big hurry to claim credit for it. The mystery deepened on Friday, at which point more than 24 hours had elapsed since the flight crashed into the Mediterranean Sea with 66 people on board and no one had claimed responsibility, reports Reuters. The latest developments:

  • After conflicting reports earlier on whether wreckage had been found, the Egyptian military now says it has found “personal belongings of the passengers and parts of the plane debris” in the Mediterranean around 190 miles north of Alexandria, the AP reports.
  • “The searching, sweeping, and the retrieval process is underway,” the Egyptian military said in a statement. There have been unconfirmed reports that searchers have now found bodies.
  • Egypt says a terrorist attack is more likely the cause than a mechanical problem, but French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says there is still “absolutely no indication” why the Paris-to-Cairo flight came down, the BBC reports.
  • French investigators are looking at whether security at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport could have been breached, although security breaches at airports with looser security are also a strong possibility, the New York Times notes. In the 24 hours before going to Paris, the Airbus A320 flew round trips between Cairo and Asmara, Eritrea, and between Cairo and Tunis.
  • Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expressed his “utmost sadness and regret” in an official statement.
  • Greece’s chief air accident investigator tells the Guardian that while the investigation can’t fully begin until the black boxes are found, weather can be ruled out as a cause. The three reasons for plane crashes are “meteorological, technical, and human,” he says. “The first has now been ruled out because the weather was quite good. Whether a technical factor or human factor, either inside or outside the plane, is to blame remains to be seen. All possibilities are open.”

Morley Safer Dead at 84

By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted May 19, 2016 11:19 AM CDT
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(NEWSER) – Just days after retiring from 60 Minutes, Morley Safer is dead at age 84, reportsCBS News. No word yet on a cause of death for Safer, who had worked on the show about half a century. His retirement, however, was attributed to unspecified health issues, notesCNNMoney. Prior to his work on 60 Minutes, the Canadian native made his name as a reporter covering the Vietnam War for the network. As part of its going-away tribute surrounding Safer’s final show Sunday, CBS had posted videos celebrating his work here. “Morley was one of the most important journalists in any medium, ever,” says CBS chief Leslie Moonves.

Weekend fun

The Redbirds play today – Sunday, A Tribute to the Beatles plays tonight at Hard Rock, Will Tucker is at Lafayette’s, Marshall Tucker and Black Oak Arkansas play  The Daisy and Magic Men Live are at Minglewood. Tomorrow, Drake will be at Southland Park for The Preakness at 2, John Nemeth plays Lafayette’s,  Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi tribute) is at The Daisy, at Hooters Wolfchase there’s a bikini contest for a Vegas trip and a spot in the Hooter’s calendar, and Zigadoo Moneyclips are at Hi-Tone.

More here and here… have fun!

Cards Against Humanity has a new game

Cards Against Humanity’s Trump ‘Survival Kit’ Sells Out
Includes not just cards, but a compass and gas mask
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2016 6:58 AM CDT
 (NEWSER) – The makers of the popular card game for “horrible people” have put together doomsday survival kits should Donald Trump be elected president, and the $25 pre-packed duffle bags sold out in less than a day, reports Time. In creating the “Donald Trump Bug-Out Bag,” the folks behind Cards Against Humanity elected to include not just the typical post-apocalyptic necessities such as a compass, food rations, a space blanket, a hand-crank radio, and a gas mask, but also a copy of Plato’s Republic (“so that you can contemplate the ultimate folly of democracy”) and an application to become a permanent resident of Mexico (a laminated card offers up handy Spanish phrases including but not limited to: “I am a refugee.”) The game creators announced all 10,000 bags have sold out.

“We were inspired to make this survival kit so that our families wouldn’t immediately perish after Trump seizes control and the Republic crumbles,” CAH co-creator Max Temkin tells theDaily Dot via email. CAH includes a deck of 25 cards for the presumptive survivors to pass the time, with one reading, “Donald Trump’s first act as president was to outlaw ___.” Potential answer cards include “trying to wake up from this nightmare.” A few Trump and CAH supporters say they’re leaving the CAH bandwagon, to which CAH has responded onTwitter: “Surprised to hear that some of our fans are Trump supporters, as Cards Against Humanity requires literacy.” (CAH has also made serious cash selling nothing.)

117M LinkedIn Users Just Had Passwords Leaked

They were stolen way back in 2012
By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2016 1:22 PM CDT

(NEWSER) – In 2012, hackers posted 6.5 million stolen LinkedIn passwords to a Russian forum, TechCrunch reports. It turns out, that security breach was much bigger and much worse than possibly anyone realized. According to Motherboard, 117 million LinkedIn emails and passwords taken as part of the same breach were just put up for sale by a hacker named “Peace,” who is seeking $2,200 for them on the dark web. LinkedIn has confirmed the emails and passwords are legit and is working on contacting affected users. Back in 2012, LinkedIn never specified how many accounts had been compromised by hackers. Ars Technica reports it’s possible even the company didn’t know how many passwords had been stolen initially.

Hackers have apparently had no trouble with the lightly encrypted passwords. One source claims hackers cracked 90% of the stolen passwords within 72 hours. Ars Technica argues many of the passwords should never have been allowed by LinkedIn in the first place. More than 750,000 users had the password “123456.” More than 170,000 used “linkedin.” Other popular passwords were “password” and “111111.” People who were using LinkedIn in 2012, still have the same password, and use that password for other websites should be concerned, according to TechCrunch, which says it’s best to change your password on LinkedIn (and anywhere else you used it) just in case.

Tubby Smith settling into new job at Memphis

By Jason Smith of The Commercial Appeal 5/17/16

One month into his new gig, University of Memphis coach Tubby Smith appears to have settled in comfortably.

He’s close to buying a home near the university. He’s landed his first recruit as Tigers coach. And next month he’ll begin hosting his youth basketball camps at the Finch Center.

“It’s the best thing that happens for me during the year, just being around those young kids,” Smith said Tuesday of the camps. “Seeing them, it reminds me of my youth, my players, my staff and my sons — how they would be running around and how they developed that love and affection for the game.”

Smith, whose son, Saul, will join him on the Memphis bench as an assistant coach, is close to finalizing his staff, which he’ll complete once he names a strength coach and video coordinator.

He’s also been busy getting to know Memphis’ current players and trying to fill out a 2016-17 roster that right now consists of nine scholarship players — Coppin State graduate transfer guard Christian Kessee (who committed to the Tigers last week), junior forward Jimario Rivers (2016 signee from Southwest Tennessee Community College), junior guard Markel Crawford, sophomore forward Dedric Lawson, sophomore guard Jeremiah Martin, sophomore guard Craig Randall, sophomore forward/center Nick Marshall, redshirt freshman forward K.J. Lawson and redshirt freshman guard Randall Broddie.

Broddie, a three-star 2015 prospect, announced in March when Josh Pastner was still coach that he planned to transfer. But Smith said Tuesday that Broddie remains part of the team.

“He’s on the team. For now,” said Smith. “I like the guys we have. I think a guy like Markel Crawford is a leader. He’s a tough kid. He’s local. Jeremiah Martin is another kid that played a lot (last year) — started games. And then Dedric, a guy that logged probably the most minutes on the team. So those are three solid players returning. If you can get K.J. healthy. Craig Randall, Randall Broddie and guys like (walk-on) Jake McDowell returning, and then the young man we were able to get in Christian Kessee — we should be fine.

“We still have to recruit. We still have quite a few scholarships to give. So we expect to land some players in the future.”

Dedric Lawson, the Tigers’ leading scorer and rebounder last season, is testing the NBA waters, though all signs point to his returning to Memphis for his sophomore season.

Smith was in Chicago last week and watched Lawson, the 2016 American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, participate in the NBA combine. Lawson plans to work out for Milwaukee, Toronto, Atlanta, Boston and the Grizzlies before next Wednesday’s deadline for college underclassmen to announce whether they’re staying in the draft or returning to school.

“He knows how to play. He’s gotta get stronger,” Smith said. “With strength and his skill set and understanding the game, it makes a difference. He’s got good touch.”

Smith said he fully supports Lawson finding out about his NBA chances.

“There’s nothing to do right now. I mean, he could be in the gym, working out. But this is better,” he said. “You want them to know and I’m glad we have a player that has his type of potential.”

Camping with Tubby

Smith and the Tigers will host two weeklong camps for boys ages 7-18 next month at the Finch Center.

The first day camp runs June 6-9. The second is June 13-16. The camp costs $250. For more information or to register go to

Trump’s tax trouble: More than 100 lawsuits, disputes, tied to companies

Nick Penzenstadler and David McKay Wilson, USA TODAY NETWORK 7:31 a.m. EDT May 19, 2016

While Donald J. Trump refuses to release his federal tax returns, saying his tax rate is “none of your business,” a USA TODAY analysis found Trump’s businesses have been involved in at least 100 lawsuits and other disputes related to unpaid taxes or how much tax his businesses owe.

Trump’s companies have been engaged in battles over taxes almost every year from the late 1980s until as recently as March, the analysis of court cases, property records, and other documents across the country shows. At least five Trump companies were issued warrants totaling more than $13,000 for late or unpaid taxes in New York state just since Trump declared his candidacy in June 2015, according to state records. This spring, as Trump flew to campaign rallies around the country aboard his trademark private jet, the state of New York filed a tax warrant to try to collect $8,578 in unpaid taxes from the Trump-owned company that owns the Boeing 757. The company has since paid that tax bill.

As recently as last week, Trump said he was “willing to pay more” taxes personally and that “taxes for the rich will go up somewhat” if he becomes president. But the lawsuits and other tax-related disputes show a different reality for his businesses. They illustrate a pattern of systematically disputing tax bills, arguing for lower property assessments, and in some cases not paying taxes until the government takes additional action. At least three dozen times, Trump companies’ unpaid tax bills have forced the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to go to local courts to get liens against his properties to try to collect overdue bills. New Jersey also had to go to court for a lien to collect a Trump company’s unpaid tax bill. Eventually, those disputes were resolved, and his companies paid some amount of taxes.

The disputes surrounding Trump’s business taxes are uncharted territory for the presidential nominee of a major party. The GOP’s 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney, also had extensive business interests as the leader of a private-equity fund. But Trump has a network of complicated real estate and other investments, and some of the tax disputes are ongoing.

Trump has acknowledged that he tries to pay as little taxes as possible, and the public records across the country shed light on how he does it. In documents rarely seen by the public, Trump’s businesses regularly minimize the value of his properties for tax purposes. Publicly, including in his presidential financial disclosure report, Trump’s team declares many of those same properties are worth tens of millions of dollars more.

He’s fought tax collectors to lower the assessed values of his luxury golf courses in Briarcliff, N.Y., and Jupiter, Fla. Yet on his presidential financial disclosure report, he valued each at more than $50 million.

USA TODAY’s examination of Trump’s track record as a business taxpayer found not just court actions, but dozens of additional tax disputes with local authorities that didn’t reach the courthouse in states including New York, Nevada, Florida and New Jersey. In some cases, Trump’s businesses have disputed tax assessments; in others, they have simply not paid the tax bill until after the government took additional action.

Ignored New York bills

In New York, for example, there are dozens of tax warrants against Trump businesses. Tax warrants are filed only after the state has exhausted all other options to collect what’s owed.

“You have to ignore us to end up with a tax warrant,” said Geoff Gloak, spokesman for the state Department of Taxation and Finance. “We try to work with taxpayers to resolve the debt, long before it becomes a warrant.”

If the tax warrant is ignored, the state can choose to take the matter to court – and in some cases has.

In addition to the five tax warrants since his announcement, there are additional New York state tax warrants dating to the years before Trump became a candidate, including $1,580 in unpaid taxes in 2010 for Trump Mortgage, his failed mortgage venture, and $1,747 in unpaid taxes in early 2015 against Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, once known as the troubled Trump University, which was later paid.

Among other tax disputes involving Trump entities:
  • Trump Mortgage owes federal taxes from 2006 and 2007 totaling more than $4,800, according to two federal tax liens filed in New York.
  • Trump’s businesses have sued the New York City Tax Commission 55 times from the mid-1990s through 2011, disputing the city’s property assessment values on everything from apartment complexes once owned by his father to his core buildings and companies.
  • Trump-related companies have become embroiled in disputes over sales taxes owed to New York state and New York City. Tax warrants on file in New York County court found that over the past 27 years, Trump entities owed about $300,000 in back taxes, which were eventually paid.
  • The battles can save Trump millions of dollars. In 2006, Trump won a ruling on his 58-story headquarters at Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan. It was the sixth time since 1999 that his appeals against the Tax Commission reached the courtroom, records show. The net result was about a 10% reduction over 10 years on the building — worth about $3 million to Trump.

Alan Garten, general counsel to the Trump Organization, said he was unaware of the particulars of the tax warrant cases. He said disputes can arise over how one calculates sales-tax liabilities.

“It happens all the time,” he said. “And some of the charges could have been mistaken.”

Real estate developers often appeal assessments, and Morris Ellison, a commercial real estate tax attorney based in Charleston, S.C., said it’s difficult to compare one organization’s volume of property tax appeals vs. another’s.

Garten said the companies do what any property owners have the right to do: challenge their property’s assessment to make sure they are fairly taxed.

“We are a business, and we are in the business of making money,” he said. “Why should it be any different if we think the assessment is incorrect? It would be irresponsible if we didn’t. It’s got to be fair.”

Trump has been particularly aggressive by any measure, acknowledging it’s part of his business strategy.

“I fight like hell to pay as little as possible,” he said at a New York news conference announcing his own tax plan in September. “I fight like hell always, because it’s an expense. And you know, I feel … and I fight. I have the best lawyers and the best accountants, and I fight, and I pay. But it’s an expense.”

Conflicting accounts of worth

Trump’s boasts about his wealth have sometimes undercut his attempts to slash his taxes. In 1985, Trump scooped up Mar-a-Lago, the opulent estate built by Marjorie Merriweather Post in Palm Beach, Fla., for $10 million, bragging in his 1989 book, The Art of the Deal, that it was a sweet deal, worth far more than he paid. When the property was assessed at $11.5 million and later $17 million, Trump objected. Litigation dragged on until 1993 over the tax bills.

A settlement hinged on Trump agreeing not to develop the Mar-a-Lago land into individual lots, said Jay Jacknin, outside counsel for Palm Beach County’s appraisal’s office. Last year, the county assessed the property at about $20 million — though Trump’s federal financial disclosure form values it at “more than $50 million.”

Similarly, just up the road in Jupiter, Fla., Trump bought the Ritz-Carlton Golf Cluband Spa in 2012 for a reported $5 million, then renovated it. For the past three years, his team has appealed the assessed value, of $13.7million as of 2015. In his financial disclosure forms, Trump claims that the course on 285 acres is worth “more than $50 million” and that it throws off more than $12 million in revenue.

In Westchester County, N.Y., Trump has taken an aggressive approach toward the town of Ossining regarding the taxable value of Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor.

Town Assessor Fernando Gonzalez valued the 140-acre complex at $14.3 million (a valuation since increased to $15.1 million) — but Trump’s team countered that it was worth $1.4 million. For perspective, a three-bedroom villa built at Trump National’s 16th hole on a separate tax parcel sold in 2005 for $2.4 million and was recently on the market for almost $2 million.

Residents are outraged. “What he’s claiming is way off,” said Briarcliff Manor homeowner Steve Cohen. “I see people playing there. The club looks fabulous. It certainly isn’t falling into disrepair.”

The Trump team’s lowball valuation follows a pattern similar to other assessment battles. His camp’s estimate appears to be a mere opening bid in a negotiation.

Trump’s attorney, Jeff Rodner, acknowledges that he is sure the property is worth more than the $1.4 million.

“Maybe it’s worth $12 million, maybe $13 million,” Rodner told The Journal News. “Now, my value is my opinion until it’s proven otherwise.”

The Briarcliff property is among 20 developments on Trump’s financial disclosure report that he values at “more than $50 million” — accounting for $1 billion of his net worth that Trump claims totals $10 billion.

Shelby Co. agrees to $80K for disparity survey firm

“I think it would be money well spent to the expert who did the study to come in and help with their implementation,” Carolyn Watkins said.

The expert Watkins is referring to is a firm called Mason-Tillman. Shelby County paid them roughly $300,000 to study government contracts.

The study found that Shelby County is awarding a highly disproportionate number of government contract dollars to businesses owned by white men.

The biggest recommendation from the study was to put measures in place to make sure more minority and women-owned businesses are awarded contracts and more contract dollars.

“It’s not that we’re denying them something they were contracted to do,” Heidi Shafer said. “We are under no contractual obligation with them to do this.”

The question was whether to pay the same firm $90,000 to help the county in implementing the recommendations.

“I think it is just the most reasonable thing to do, to look and see at least figure out, whether there is some one local to do, since this is about getting business locally,” Shafer said.

“No local talent stepped up to bid,” Watkins said. “Every company that bid on this RFP came from out of state, no one stepped up.”

After a long, sometimes contentious discussion, the commission decided the contract should be for $80,000 instead of $90,000.

“I think that’s really what we’re fighting for. We’re fighting for our dollars to stay here,” Shafer said.

Some commissioners wanted to put off making a final decision.

“I’ll take all the blame for everything, but I’ll tell you this thing is going to be done right,” Terry Roland said.

Ultimately, the commission voted to award the $80,000 contract to the same firm that conducted the survey.

Memphis on cusp of losing distinction as state’s largest city, census estimates show

After nearly 120 years as Tennessee’s largest city, Memphis is on the verge of surrendering that title to fast-growing Nashville, census estimates released Thursday show.

As of July 1 of last year, Memphis clung to a 1,160-person edge in population — 655,770 to 654,610, according to the estimates. The gap, which had totaled almost 12,000 just a year earlier, closed as Memphis lost 712 residents and Nashville gained 9,881. As recently as the 2010 Census, Memphis had about 45,000 more residents than Nashville.

The latest census numbers, which cover municipalities and other “sub-county” areas, reaffirm a continuing lack of growth not only in Memphis but in many of its wealthy suburbs. Four of the six suburban municipalities in Shelby County sustained slight drops in population, with only Bartlett and Collierville registering modest increases.

But if the figures show Memphis is not growing, they also confirm that it’s not in rapid decline, said John Gnuschke, director of the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Memphis.

“We can take pride in that we’ve at least been stable, which is more than a lot of cities can say,” Gnuschke said.

Memphis became the state’s largest city with the 1900 Census, when its population surged to 102,320 compared to 80,865 for Nashville. That achievement, which marked a dramatic rebound from the yellow fever epidemics that devastated the city during the 1870s, touched off wild celebrations that included parades and dancing in the streets.

“My sense is, it has always been a point of pride for Memphis that we were larger than Nashville,” said Wayne Dowdy, senior manager of the history department for the Memphis Public Library and Information Center. “It was a tangible way that we could argue that we were more significant than our sister city.”

Today, comparisons between the two cities are complicated by their differing forms of government.

In 1962, voters in Nashville and Davidson County approved the nation’s first fully unified metro government, meaning the city’s and county’s boundaries — except for a few satellite communities — became the same for population purposes. Memphis is one of seven municipalities within Shelby County, which remains by far the state’s most populous county with more than 938,000 residents.

Nashville’s metro area, with a population of 1.83 million, is much larger than the nine-county Memphis area, which has an estimated 1.34 million people. A 10-county region encompassing Nashville is expected to grow to a population of 2.6 million by 2035, according to projections by the local planning organization.

Gnuscke said Memphis remains hobbled by a shortage of high-quality jobs. Although the city in recent years secured some major economic development project — most notably the Electrolux and Mitsubishi Electric plants — it needs those kind of investments almost annually if it is to begin growing again, he said.

The Memphis-area municipalities that did show growth between 2014 and last year include Bartlett, which gained an estimated 314 residents for a total of 58,579, and Collierville, which added 214 for a population of 48,863. Four suburbs in Mississippi also grew: Hernando added 212 residents, while Horn Lake increased by 150 people, Olive Branch added 550 and Southaven increased by 774, according to the estimates.