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Smart Food, Indeed! This Delicious Popcorn Helps Autistic People Land Jobs

Sam Bier (Photo via Popcorn for the People’s Instagram

If Popcorn for the People had a kernel, it was 24-year-old Samuel Bier.

Bier, who is autistic, wanted to work, travel, and live like everyone else. Three years ago, he applied for jobs, but was constantly rejected. The unemployment rate for people with autism is 80 to 90%, and it was clear that the system was working against him. That was until his parents, two doctors, saw him joyfully eating popcorn while watching Monty Python.

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Can These Celebrity-Designed Pistols Make a Dent in America’s Gun Problem?

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist designed his half of the gun with the Rangers’ jersey colors, his number 30 in red and white on the blue handle. On the barrel of the gun: The New York City skyline at sunset. Lundqvist’s twin brother, Joel, designed the other side of the Colt Python 357 Magnum revolver. He’s a hockey player too, in his native Sweden, so he also had his team colors painted on the gun’s handle.

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Can These Celebrity-Designed Pistols Make a Dent in America's Gun Problem?

(Photo: Erica Commisso)

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist designed his half of the gun with the Rangers’ jersey colors, his number 30 in red and white on the blue handle. On the barrel of the gun: The New York City skyline at sunset. Lundqvist’s twin brother, Joel, designed the other side of the Colt Python 357 Magnum revolver. He’s a hockey player too, in his native Sweden, so he also had his team colors painted on the gun’s handle.
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Six Years After Sandy, Electeds Say Current Flood Protection Plan Doesn’t Hold Water

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Six years ago today, Superstorm Sandy hit New York City. Streets were flooded, buildings were destroyed, some $19 billion in damage occurred, and 43 people lost their lives. In the Seaport District, water levels reached four feet high. Six years after the city announced that it would build a U-shaped wall designed to protect it from future natural disasters, the plan still has not been carried out.

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This 23-Year-Old Had Trouble Finding Suits, So She Launched a Bespoke Tailoring Startup For Modern Women

Kevwe Mowarin (Photo: Erik Solorzano)

At 19, Kevwe Mowarin started working at Credit Suisse, expecting to build a career in investment banking. Instead, she noticed that all of the women around her were confined to ill-fitting suits in plain colors, devoid of personality or creativity. Most of the women around her, she said, dressed bland.

“It was amazing to me that my peers, the men, had custom fitting options galore. But for the women, it was very hard for us to find suits that fit properly, and suits that weren’t so old-fashioned and conformed to our modern standards,” Mowarin said.

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Not All Customers Are Giving Amazon’s Brick-and-Mortar Store a 4-Star Review

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The only way to describe Amazon’s 4-Star brick-and-mortar store is to say that it’s like stepping into the website, sort of empty and utilitarian, packed with things you didn’t know you wanted and probably don’t need. Except that bright yellow signs remind you that you do, in fact, need that mint green KitchenAid mixer or that Harry Potter Clue game.

Just like on the website, because you bought that Harry Potter game there’s an entirely irrelevant celebrity item beside it (like Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook), and beside that, a TV where you can watch Chrissy do whatever she does and binge-watch the entire Harry Potter series in 24 hours. Amazon really has captured the niche atmosphere of Walmart meets Paper Source meets Giant Tiger meets Barnes & Noble’s sale section right before closing.

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Hot Yoga Studio Expands, Sticking With Bikram Name Despite Heated Controversy

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“Alright everyone, happy Tuesday. Thank you for joining me in class today,” Frank King says, standing on a wooden box that doubles as a podium. He stands before a group of scantily clad, sweaty men and women, crammed together in a room about the size of a New York City studio apartment. He’s heated the space to over 100 degrees, and King himself is shirtless, wearing skin-tight cycling shorts and guiding his class through the two breathing exercises and 26 yoga poses that make up the “sacred geometry” of Bikram Yoga.

He’s one of the eight instructors at YO BK, a studio on Williamsburg’s Broadway that offers three types of hot exercise classes, including power yoga and hot pilates. Bikram yoga, though, is the most controversial.

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The New, More ‘Inclusive’ American Apparel: Different DNA, But Same Jeans?

When American Apparel relaunched earlier this year, it seemed like the embattled brand was taking a step in the right direction after its sale to Canadian retailer Gildan in 2016. Last month, its “NUDES” line was pitched as “a celebration of diversity and inclusivity”; ads featured women of various shapes, sizes, skin colors and backgrounds. Models for the Spring “Back to Basics” line, which showcased simple silhouettes and gender neutral designs, were selected via American Apparel’s social media channels to symbolize diversity. But the relaunched brand’s Fall line shows it might be back to business as usual.

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