Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti has turned up the heat on another target — his client’s first lawyer

Adult-film star Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, is increasing the heat on Keith Davidson, his client’s first attorney. He and his clients say Davidson was not working in their best interests. Rather, they say, he was working in tandem with Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. Avenatti published a pair of emails from Cohen to Davidson last week. “The relationship between these two ‘opposing’ attorneys has been anything but traditional,” Avenatti told Business Insider in an email. “Significant questions remain.” Before Michael Avenatti, there was Keith Davidson: Davidson served as adult-film actress Stormy Daniels’ previous attorney, negotiating a $130,000 hush money payment with President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen just prior… Read More

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Curtain Calls: ‘Constitution’ intense, if a bit unfocused

Pulsating with a raw power and intensity, Heidi Schreck’s “What the Constitution Means to Me” opened recently at Berkeley Rep. Continuing through June 17, the show receives its inspiration from scholarship-winning speeches that Schreck gave as a high school student at a variety of American Legion halls. While Schreck, who stars in the piece, brings an unbridled enthusiasm to the U.S. Constitution and it’s many amendments, it also tends to wander as the actress goes back and forth from high school contestant to playwright commenting on politics today. Her energy is contagious and her relationship with the Constitution personal as she relates it to her own life, weaving in feminism… Read More

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Here are the winners of the 2018 Nebula Awards

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) is currently holding its annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this weekend, and last night, the organization announced the winners of its prestigious Nebula Awards. N.K. Jemisin’s The Stone Sky won the award for best novel. It’s the final installment of her Broken Earth trilogy, about a far-future Earth that experiences periodic, devastating apocalyptic events, and it’s a work that establishes Jemisin as one of fantasy’s best writers working right now. Other winners included Martha Wells’ first Murderbot book, All Systems Red, which earned Best Novella, Kelly Robson’s “A Human Stain” for Best Novelette, and Rebecca Roanhorse’s “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian… Read More

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This electric bike is disguised as a car

The PodRide was invented in 2016 by Mikael Kjellman. He wanted to be able to cycle to work in the winter. The PodRide was an internet hit and Mikeal was overwhelmed with requests from people who wanted to buy one of their own. So, Mikael redesigned the bike to be more efficient for mass production. Following is a transcript of the video. This bike looks like a car. The PodRide is a four-wheeled, electric-assist bike. It’s covered by a fabric shell. The shell protects the cyclist from various weather conditions. The electric motor can assist up to 15 mph. So you’ll have to use your legs if you want to… Read More

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These affordable skins are the best way to make your smartphone, computer, or game console stand out — here’s how they work

Technology can be incredible, but it doesn’t always feel very personal. Enter Dbrand, a 7-year-old company based in Toronto that makes great-looking customizable skins for your smartphone, computer, or game console, and ships them anywhere in the world. The skins don’t add any bulk to your device, but they do bestow some nice benefits, like making them grippier to hold, and preventing scratches and fingerprints. The company uses a high-quality vinyl from 3M that’s guaranteed to come off your device without leaving any kind of residue behind. Take a look at how Dbrand can cover your technology: SEE ALSO: 15 mind-blowing announcements Google made at its biggest conference of the… Read More

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The Handmaid’s Tale Wields Music Like A Weapon In Season 2

Warning: Spoilers ahead for season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale. It is difficult to think of a music-based moment in recent television that has been more divisive than when Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work” plays at the beginning of season 2, episode 1 of the Handmaid’s Tale. On my Twitter feed, which is largely music writers, lovers, and obsessives, it was dismissed as overwrought and unacceptable. In my Facebook feed, where TV lovers and political junkies seem to have the loudest voices, it was praised as a brilliant choice. There was also the odd bit of dissent from people who only accept the use of this particular song in the… Read More

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The contrast between Tesla and the rest of the auto industry is terrifying (TSLA, GM, F, FCAU, RACE)

Some think that Tesla is a tech company, but its main product is cars, so it effectively exists in the auto industry. For years, auto sales have boomed in the US and automakers have raked in profits while Tesla has lost billions. Unless Tesla reverses this trend, it won’t be able to weather a downturn when sales drop and profits vanish. Optimism and skepticism about Tesla’s future are in an all-out war. Those who are bullish on the 15-year-old maker of sexy all-electric cars are doubling down on their bullishness and support for CEO Elon Musk. Those who are bearish are predicting a bankruptcy in the next year, as Tesla… Read More

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Svitolina defends Italian Open title, Halep injured again

ROME — Elina Svitolina faced little resistance from Simona Halep in a 6-0, 6-4 win Sunday to defend her Italian Open title. Just like in last year’s final, Halep appeared bothered by an injury. The top-ranked Romanian called a trainer onto the court for an apparent back problem while trailing 2-3 in the second set then exited the court for treatment under a medical timeout. Last year, Halep rolled her ankle in the final and lost a set lead to Svitolina. This time, Svitolina didn’t face a single break point in a match that lasted just 67 minutes. The fourth-ranked Svitolina, from Ukraine, became the first woman to defend her… Read More

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Pregnant Pippa Middleton and James Matthews Celebrate Anniversary on the Heels of Royal Wedding

Happy one-year wedding anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Matthews! Just one day after attending Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s emotional wedding ceremony, pregnant Pippa Middleton (now officially Pippa Matthews) has yet another marriage to celebrate: her own! Like her Harry and Meghan, Pippa and financier James Matthews also chose to hold their wedding on the third Saturday in May. The couple said their “I dos” last year in a stunning private ceremony at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield on May 20, 2017. Prince George and Princess Charlotte stole the show when they made their adorable page boy and bridesmaid debuts at Pippa’s ceremony, and they reprised their roles yesterday for Meghan… Read More

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YouTube is making big changes to attract bigger advertisers, but some YouTube stars tell us they’re getting caught in the crossfire (GOOG, GOOGL)

Over the last several months, YouTube had been gradually rolling out new policies and restrictions regarding which videos were, or were not, eligible to generate revenue for their creators. In many cases, this so-called demonetization means that YouTube pulled the rug out from under many content creators who had been relying on their channels as a source of income. The result: Widespread unhappiness in the YouTube content creator community, among its most famous stars and amateur video bloggers alike. It’s led to a major sea change in the online video industry, as some high-profile YouTube stars move to rival platforms like Amazon’s Twitch or Facebook Watch, as this crisis unfolds.… Read More

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