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March Madness

“Shock and awe in college basketball. UMBC makes history.”

Jim Nantz, CBS Sports call at the end of the game: #16 UMBC upsets #1 Virginia (74-54).
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The Greatest Upset in College Basketball?

#16 seeds were 0-135 all-time against #1 seeds until Friday.

Translation: In the history of the NCAA Men’s college basketball tournament (79 yrs), no team has ever beat a #1 team in the first round.

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Cinderella’s Stats

  • UMBC = University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Enrollment: 13,662
  • Mascot: The Retrievers
  • Colors: Black & Gold
  • Only previous appearances in the NCAA tournament were 1979, 1980 & 2008
  • CBS Sports jokes UMBC stands for “U Must Be Cinderella”
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Impressive Performance

UMBC jumped out early & never trailed Virginia in the 2nd half.

Stunning not only that they won, but how certain the outcome was for the last 15 mins of the game.

At 11:06ET UMBC’s website crashed.

@UMBCAthletics gained 13K Twitter followers in last 2 mins of game.

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This may be the first for the men, but a women's college team did this 20 years ago. Find out who here.

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Dementia Antidote?

“Memory Stimulating Suitcases”

A resource offered through the “House of Memories” – a program to try to help those with dementia sponsored by the National Museums of Liverpool.


Dementia: No Cure

  • Dementia: memory loss that interferes with daily life that often progressively gets worse.
  • Alzheimers: Most common form of dementia.
  • Study in 2016 showed dementia rates in U.S. dropping – and dementia diagnosis happening later-and-later in life.
  • Dementia can also be easily undiagnosed.

“Memory Suitcases”

  • Serve as time capsules packed with products associated with a specific era.
  • Span the 1930-1980s.
  • Approx. 40 built; available for borrow.
  • Contain a little bit of everything from particular soap, to flyers, a pair of shoes to war-time nylons.
Check Them Out:

Not Just Suitcases:
There’s An App For That

  • “House of Memories” created an award-winning app.
  • App allows users to browse virtual “archives” of different eras.
  • Also allows users to put together their own “memory boxes”.
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How It Works:

“Photographs, memorabilia and objects — be they the actual items or images of them on apps — help rekindle memories in people with dementia and lead them to start conversations.”

"Museums Fight the Isolation and Pain of Dementia", NYT, Mar. 11, 2018

It's coming to America: The Minnesota Historical Society plans to offer an app this fall (NYT)

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From The President’s Desk

U.S. Sanctions Russia
For “Nefarious Attacks”

White House announces new sanctions against Russia – the FIRST for meddling in the 2016 elections.

But *also* a long list of other Russian “mischief” every American should know about.

From The President’s Desk

“The Administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyber activity, including their attempted interference in U.S. elections, destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Press Release Mar. 15, 2018
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What You Need To Know:
New Sanctions

Who: Targets 5 Russian “entities” & 19 Russian individuals.

Why: Not only meddling in our elections but major cyber attacks targeting everything from American ground, water & sky — our power grid, manufacturing facilities, aviation systems & even our nuclear power plants.

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Timing Matters

  • Wednesday: Prime Minister of UK, Theresa May, blames Russia for using a nerve agent to poison 2 UK citizens – a former Russian spy & his daughter – who survived but remain in critical condition. This nerve agent is an illegal chemical weapon.
  • This Weekend: Russian Presidential Election; Vladimir Putin expected to win.
From The President’s Desk

“This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War.”

Joint Statement: France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom
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From The President’s Desk

Sanctions Also Address:
“NotPeya Attack”

  • WH: “most destructive & costly cyberattack in history” (happened in 2017)
  • $$: Billions in damage worldwide.
  • Disrupted shipping, trade & production of medicines.
  • Several hospitals in U.S. unable to create electronic records.
  • Attributed to Russia military.
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What Do Sanctions Really Do?

 “All property and interests in property of the designated persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.”
U.S. Treasury Department

From The President’s Desk

“The Americans have no grounds for introducing new sanctions. We have moved to prepare our own measures in response.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, interview with Interfax News Agency quoted in Wall Street Journal, Mar 15, 2018
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Are sanctions effective? It's debatable. Some say this move by WH is "symbolic" but important. Others say it's not enough. We thought an article by "Wired" provides interesting perspective. Read on:

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On This Day


#OTD in 1802:
America’s First Military School Founded

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is America’s oldest continually occupied military post.

On This Day

Why “West Point”?

  • Dates back to Revolutionary War.
  • “West Point” is what George Washington, considered “the most important post in America“: a plateau on the west bank of the Hudson River.
  • Despite fierce fighting – Never captured by the British.
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On This Day

A Brief History:

1779: George Washington moved his headquarters to West Point

1802: The U.S. Military Academy was created

1877: First African American cadet graduated

1976: Enrollment opened to women

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West Point Admissions

In order to be considered, applicants must be:

  • Aged 17 – 22
  • Unmarried
  • Under no legal obligation to support a child
  • “Qualified academically, medically, and physically”
  • Nominated by an approved source (ex: member of Congress)
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Life After West Point

  • Upon graduation, cadets receive a Bachelor of Science degree, commissions in the U.S. Army, and must serve on active duty for at least five years.
  • West Point has forged countless leaders, including 2 U.S. Presidents (Grant & Eisenhower), governors, lawmakers, ambassadors, & 18 astronauts.
On This Day

In 1826, when the West Point superintendent instituted a no-booze policy, about 70 cadets decided to bring their own eggnog to the annual X-mas party. After a few too many, an alcohol-fueled riot ensued. As a result of the "Eggnog Riot", 19 cadets were expelled.

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Current Events

The NOT so
Dog-Friendly skies

United Airlines had TWO major dog-related disasters this week.

One dog died & one dog got “lost”.

The incidents turned into a public relations nightmare for the airline & produced policy changes.

Current Events

Monday: KOKITO

During a flight from Houston to New York, a flight attendant ordered the owner of a french bulldog named Kokito to put the puppy in its carrier in the overhead compartment.

The family said they heard Kokito barking for two hours, but when the plane landed, Kokito was dead.

Current Events

United’s Response:

“We have learned that the customer did tell the flight attendant that there was a dog in the carrier. However, our flight attendant did not hear or understand her, and did not knowingly place the dog in the overhead bin. As we stated, we take full responsibility and are deeply sorry for this tragic accident.”

Current Events

This was NOT the first time a pet died on a United Airlines flight

According to the Department of Transportation, 24 animals died on U.S. carriers in 2017 – 75% of those deaths took place on a United Airlines flight.

Current Events

Tuesday: IRGO

  • When a Missouri woman went to retrieve her 10-year old German Shepard named Irgo she was told her “beautiful Great Dane” was waiting; Irgo was sent to Japan.
  • United apologized and explained that an error occurred during connections sending two pets to the wrong destinations.  United is flying Irgo home first class with a human escort in the main cabin.
Current Events

United announced it will implement a new policy: "To prevent this from happening again, by April we will issue bright colored bag tags to customers traveling with in-cabin pets. This visual tag will further help our flight attendants identify pets in-cabin."

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The End of An Era

Toys ‘R’ Us Is Closing

“We’re putting a for sale sign on everything.”

David Brandon, CEO, quoted by Wall Street Journal, Mar 14, 2018

What It Means:

  • 33,000 U.S. workers to lose jobs.
  • Potentially 700 stores closing in America; including Babies ‘R’ Us.
  • CNBC reports 200 U.S. stores may be spared in a deal that would also sell off its Canadian locations.
  • During the holidays, Toys R Us employs over 100,000 workers.
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“The last six months have been pure hell.”

  • CEO as quoted by WSJ in a conf. call to employees Wednesday.
  • Toys ‘R’ Us filed for bankruptcy protection in Sept. 2017. The goal was to emerge with fewer stores & less debt so it could better fight rivals.
  • Instead, THIS is how the CEO describes the company’s fight for survival.

Why This Matters

U.S. Toy Industry = $27B

  • Toys ‘R’ Us = 2nd largest U.S. toy retailer, represents 15% of sales.
  • But, you guessed it, Amazon is #1 as more shop online.
  • Lesson in debt: Toys ‘R’ Us had billions in debt – couldn’t invest in changes to help it modernize.
  • Major fallout for Mattel, Hasbro & smaller toy makers.

The American Dream:

  • Toys ‘R’ Us founder Charles Lazarus dreamed of having a store of his own when he went to visit his dad’s bike shop.
  • 1948: When Lazarus returned from fighting in WWII, he opened a children’s furniture store in D.C., just as the Baby Boom began.
  • 1950s: Expanded to toys, built store to look like the cutting-edge “self-service” supermarkets.

Geoffrey The Giraffe first appeared in 1965 - See more history here:

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Now You Know


  • Tuesday: Avaaz, an advocacy group, placed 7,000 pairs of shoes on U.S. Capitol lawn to symbolize the 7,000 children killed by gun violence since the 2012 Newtown school shooting.
  • Wednesday: Students nationwide staged a protest to mark 1 month since FL high school shooting.
  • Flip card for a closer look at “gun violence” & the 7,000 stat
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“Gun Violence”

This term is used often, but has NO legal definition

  • Not a legal term.
  • Not a recognized term in the dictionary or used in the judicial system.
  • Defined by advocacy groups as: “a crime committed with a firearm” not limited to murder or suicide.
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Deaths By Firearms
A Look At 7,000 Deaths

  • The 7,000 estimate is based on a study that examined Centers for Disease Control figures showing that 1,300 children (ages 0 – 17 years) die from gun violence every year.
  • 53% homicides, 38% suicide, 6% unintentional & 3% undetermined
Click for the study:
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Doing the Math:
7,000 Deaths

  • Newtown school shooting took place 5+ years ago in Dec 2012.
  • 1,300 deaths x 5.3 = roughly 6,800 children deaths.
  • By the end of 2018, the number will rise to approx. 7,800.
  • REMINDER: This includes ALL deaths related to firearms – NOT just school shootings.
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Children & Firearm Deaths
Age Matters

  • 18% younger children (0 – 12): Deaths often due to domestic violence or accidental
  • 82% older children (13 – 17): Deaths likely to be “precipitated by another crime” (gang related, drugs) and/or also involve weapon use by victim


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Bottom Line
What You Should Know

  • The 7,000 figure is a real number based on a statistical average compiled by reliable sources.
  • The 7,000 figure is not limited to school shootings or even murders. It includes a variety of other crimes, including accidents & suicides.
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On March 24, protestors will march on Washington for the March For Our Lives rally, organized by survivors of the Florida high school shooting.

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Makeup May Enhance Your Lashes…

But Not Your Leadership

When it comes to makeup & leadership, LESS may be MORE

Study out of Scotland: women who wear MORE makeup are LESS likely to be viewed as leaders.


About the Study:

  • Researchers from Scotland’s Abertay University showed 168 adults computer-altered images of two women wearing varying degrees of makeup from fresh faced to “a social night out.”
  • Participants asked to rate the women on their perceived leadership abilities.

The Result

Women wearing A LOT of makeup are MORE likely to be viewed as poor leaders

Makeup does not enhance a woman’s dominance by benefiting how we evaluate her in a leadership role.

Dr Christopher Watkins
Lead Researcher


How Much Makeup Do We Actually Wear?

The ave. American woman wears $8.00 worth of makeup & skincare products every day, with women on the east coast averaging the most expensive face ($11.00).
(2017 survey by retailer 

How Much Is Your State's Face?

SmartHER Reminder: Check out the images study participants saw and you'll see what is considered "a lot" of makeup. BTW: study not specific to leadership in an office environment but IN GENERAL.

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Current Events

Nation’s New Top Spy?

*Gina Haspel*

First woman nominated to be CIA Director; not “official” until confirmed by Congress.

Served as a “spy” & held various leadership roles during her 30+ years working for the CIA.

Current Events

Why Now?
Changes In Pres. Cabinet

  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will leave job at end of the month.
  • Pres. Trump named CIA Dir. Mike Pompeo to be the *new* Sec. of State; Pompeo still will need Senate confirmation.
  • Haspel nominated to replace Pompeo.
  • Fun Fact: Pompeo *also* served in the CIA.
Current Events

Gina Haspel:
What You Should Know

  • Joined CIA in 1985
  • Personal info = very scant
  • Unlike others in leadership roles, Haspel served as a spy herself.
  • Since Feb 2017, Haspel served as CIA Deputy Director under Dir. Pompeo — the first female career CIA officer to do so.
  • Oversaw National Clandestine Services aka “covert” operations.
Current Events

Is She A Good Choice?

Bipartisan yays & Bipartisan nays

Some Dems/GOP applaud her experience and service.

Some Dems/GOP concerned about her role in our interrogation programs.

Current Events

Backstory: Haspel

  • Haspel oversaw a so-called CIA “black site” where “enhanced interrogation” or “torture” (depending on your p.o.v.) took place.
  • She sent orders to destroy video tapes of evidence.
  • Her boss says HE made the orders, yet her name was on the cable as his deputy at the time.
Current Events

Backstory: Cat’s Eye

  • CIA “Black Site” held two terrorist currently held at Gitmo.
  • Abu Zubaydah: allegedly involved in terror plots dating back to 1988 in Africa, USS Cole, and 9/11.
  • Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri: alleged mastermind of USS Cole terror attack that killed 17 American sailors.
Current Events

“The torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history. Ms. Haspel needs to explain the nature and extent of her involvement in the CIA’s interrogation program during the confirmation process.”

Sen. John McCain, (R-Az) victim of torture as U.S. soldier, Press Release, March 13, 2018

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Random Fact

As part of joining the CIA you have to pass a polygraph test ~ aka a “lie detector” test.

“The hiring process also entails a thorough medical examination of one’s mental and physical fitness to perform essential job functions.”

Click HERE to apply:
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Current Events

Why is Pennsylvania’s “Special Election”
so “special”?

Voters in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District will head to the polls Tuesday to vote for a new member of Congress…
EVEN THOUGH the district will disappear after November’s election.


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The Disappearing District

In January, Pennsylvania’s highest court ruled the state’s congressional map was an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander favoring Republicans, and ordered lawmakers to draw a new map for all of the state’s 18 congressional districts.


Click for Video: Gerry-What?
Current Events

All Eyes on PA-18
Why It Matters:

  • Pennsylvania is a swing state.
  • In 2016, Trump won PA-18 by about 20 percentage points.
  • Even though PA-18’s registered Democrats outnumber Republicans, only two Dems have held the seat in 100+ years.
  • $15.6+ million: Amount spent by both sides in the surprisingly close race.
Current Events

Would you donate money to a political cause in a district that's disappearing?

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From The President’s Desk

President Blocks Biggest Tech Deal

Executive order prohibits Singapore-based Broadcom’s $117B takeover of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm.

President Trump: “credible evidence” deal is a “national security threat.”

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How Rare Is This?

Only the 5th time in 25 years Prez stopped a foreign takeover of a U.S. firm on national security grounds.

In Sept., Pres. Trump blocked a Chinese co. taking over U.S. based chipmaker Lattice Semiconductor.

In 2016, Pres. Obama blocked another Chinese co. takeover of chipmaker with ties to U.S.

From The President’s Desk

Why They Want Our Tech

  • Global race for any competitive advantage over the next generation of ultrafast wireless networks known as “5G.”
  • Underscores growing fears of cyberwar & espionage from foreign powers.



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From The President’s Desk

Acronym to Know: CFIUS
(Pronounced: SIF-ee-us)

  • Stands for: Committee on Foreign Investment in the US
  • What it really means: Sheriff of Dealtown
  • What it does: Decides whether takeovers of U.S. businesses by foreign companies pose a national security threat
  • CFIUS warned on Broadcom’s takeover last week
From The President's Desk


The Man Who Changed
Fashion Forever

He designed unforgettable looks for Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O, and more than one princess.

Hubert de Givenchy passes away at age 91.


Givenchy & Hepburn

  • Audrey Hepburn took notice of the young Parisian designer when they were both still in their 20s.
  • He confused her with “Katharine Hepburn” & almost refused to meet with her when she arrived.
  • Givenchy designed the iconic gown in “Sabrina” & the little black dress in “Breakfast At Tiffany’s.”
Click Here: More Looks

Advice From Givenchy

“The little black dress is the hardest thing to realize because you must keep it simple.”

Hubert de Givenchy



What the “Holly Golightly” black dress sold for in auction in 2006.

Auction Item: 2006

Givenchy: Backstory

  • Father died when he was 3.
  • Grandmother was the widow of a director of a chain of French tapestry workshops.
  • Rewarded for good behavior as a young boy with fabric scraps.
  • Opened his first shop at 24, using plastic mannequins because he couldn’t afford “live” models.

Givenchy Today

  • Givenchy sold his design house to LVMH (luxury brand company – includes Louis Vuitton) in 1988; his last collection was in 1995.
  • John Galiano, Roberto Tisci, & Alexander McQueen steered brand.
  • In 2017, Clare Waight Keller named first female artistic director.
Click: Fashion Show

"The perfect dress can make many things happen in a woman’s life. It can bring happiness. It is so nice to give happiness to your friends.” Givenchy

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