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TMZ Releases Video Of Ray Rice Punching Then-Fiancée Janay Palmer Out Cold [UPDATE]

UPDATE, 2:45p.m.: The Baltimore Ravens terminated their contract with Ray Rice today following the release of the video by TMZ.  According to ESPN, the Ravens had no other comment. [ESPN]  

  • TMZ released a video of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée Janay Palmer out cold during an argument in an elevator. The video appears to have been shot by asecurity system in the Revel Hotel and Casino in New Jersey, where Rice attacked Palmer on February 15th. In the video, Rice is seen shoving or slapping Palmer against the wall of the elevator. She responds by lunging towards him, but Rice punches Palmer so hard she knocks her head on the side of the elevator and hits the ground. (What is perhaps most gut-wrenching is that Rice doesn’t look particularly shocked at what he just did.) When the elevator doors open, Rice drags her lifeless body from the elevator and she lies facedown on the floor. Within a few seconds, someone appears outside the elevator doors talking to Rice. Palmer eventually sits up, but appears to be in pain. The whole video — which resulted in a paltry two-game suspension for Rice back in July  — is extremely disturbing. But you know what? This is what domestic violence looks like, people. [TMZ] Keep reading »

Home Improvement: 9 Ways To De-Grossify Your Bathroom For Under $50

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Whether “home” to you means a room, an apartment, or an entire house, you deserve to love the place you live. But it can be overwhelming to find cute updates to your place, especially when window-shopping at Sephora is much more fun. Well, you’re in luck. Hunting for cute, affordable home decor just happens to be my #1 favorite pastime. In this new column, I’ll find cute ways to decorate your home, all for under $50. (I’m also happy to address specific problems or search for specific items if you shoot me an email at Jessica@TheFrisky.com!)

There’s nothing quite as depressing as a bathroom with mold coating the tub, hair carpeting the floor, and toothpaste caked onto the sink. Why do people let their bathrooms — arguably the room of your house you want most clean — turn into a big dump? (Pun totally intended.) You should take pride in a room you spend time in every day! I can’t make you sweep the hair linoleum, but I can encourage you to get organized and spruce up your loo with some color. Here are cute ways to cute-ify your bathroom, none of which will break the bank: Keep reading »

We Live In A World Of Leopard Print Nail Polish

The state of New Jersey might have you believe that everything leopard print has already been invented, but you would be wrong. Uslu Airlines is not an airlines, but a cosmetics company and they have invented what appears, according to Refinery29, to be the first leopard print nail polish. The Internet has many a leopard print nail art tutorial, but this polish actually features leopard print-shaped pieces of glitter inside. The limited edition polish is only available at select retailers around the world, which is all the more reason for these spots to be covetable. [Refinery29]

Margaret Atwood Is Coming Out With A New Book — But There’s A Catch

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A new book from the genius Margaret Atwood is always news. The author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassin has legions of readers around the world. But when her next book is published, most of them will be dead. That’s because Atwood has written a novel but won’t be publishing it until 2114 — 100 years from now.

It’s not some bizarre posthumous publishing wish, a la J.D. Salinger. Atwood is the first author to contribute a novel to “Future Library,” an art project that collects the texts of 100 books which will not be published until 100 years in the future. Keep reading »

Marriage Equality Emerges Victorious In Wisconsin & Indiana

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  • A three-judge appeals court in Chicago, Illinois unanimously ruled yesterday that the same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional. [AP]
  • Following the Supreme Court’s ruling that said buffer zones outside abortion clinics violated the free speech rights of anti-abortion protesters, San Francisco is considering new ways to protect staff and patients at its facilities. The Planned Parenthood clinic in the Mission in particular has a man who stands outside and takes photographs of patients going inside.  [SFist]
  • Princeton University is considering hiring a team of trained investigators to handle sexual assault allegations on campus. Why do colleges insist on doing this in-house, though? [TIME] Keep reading »

Abortion Clinic Opening In New Mexico To Serve Embattled West Texas

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Texas was hit hard by the state legislature’s abortion bills in 2013 which sought to shut down nearly all the clinics in the state by enacting a series of unnecessary laws aimed at “improving women’s health” (those are scare quotes). About half of TX’s clinics have already closed since Republican Governor Rick Perry signed them into effect. Fortunately, last week a District Court judge ruled that a portion of a law — forcing clinics to adhere to the same rules as ambulatory surgery centers, which affects things like the width of hallways — was unconstitutional and that meant over a dozen remaining clinics in the state did not have to close their doors Keep reading »

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