Now You Know

Move over Cricket, Baseball is coming to London

The Boston Red Sox & New York Yankees *reportedly* close to a deal that would bring the teams to London for a two-game series in 2019.

Now You Know

The Yanks are Coming

  • This would be the first MLB game ever played in Europe.
  • Each player would receive a $60K bonus for participating.
  • MLB has previously played in Japan, Australia & Mexico.
  • Commissioner Rob Manfred has expressed a desire to play games in London, this series would lay groundwork for an annual return.
Now You Know

Field Of Dreams

The series is expected to take place at London’s Olympic Park.

The MLB did host a Home Run Derby last year in London’s Hyde Park.

Now You Know

Who Will the Brits Cheer For?

Baseball’s Biggest Rivalry: A Tough Choice

The Yanks whose slang moniker may not sit well with those still sore over the Revolutionary War.
Boston a city that still revels in the Tea Party that got the war started.

Now You Know

Is baseball in London a good business decision? Despite losing money there for the last decade, the NFL says "yes". Here's why:

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to LOWER cancer rates?

“These findings support the hypothesis that vitamin D has protective effects against cancers at many sites.”

Japan Public Health Center Study

Vitamin D & Cancer

  • New research published in British Medical Journal.
  • Studied 1,000s of people across Japan over 16 years.
  • Other studies have shown a link between vitamin D & cancer rates in other ethnicities – Scientists said observing a link in an Asian population would further prove a connection.

What They Found:

  • Inverse Relationship: Higher level of vitamin D = Lower rate of cancer.
  • Reduce risk for both men and women.
  • A noticeable decrease risk of liver cancer.
  • Bottom Line: Vitamin D may help prevent cancer.

What Exactly Is Vitamin D?

“Vitamin D is both a nutrient we eat & a hormone our bodies make.” Harvard School of Public Health

  • Few foods naturally rich in vitamin D, but found in dairy products & fish such as salmon/tuna.
  • Vitamin Supplements: Ongoing debate over how much you need.
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Vitamin “D-ficient”

  • Est. 1 Billion people have inadequate levels of vitamin D in their blood – the #1 Worldwide nutritional deficiency
  • Being “D-ficient” may increase the risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, some cancers, infectious diseases, seasonal flu & more.

What About The Sun?

  • Sunlight is the major source of vitamin D.
  • The ability to absorb vitamin D from the sun decreases with age, regular use of sunscreen, and indoor lifestyle
  • Supplementation with vitamin D3 is needed to raise blood levels for most people.

How Much Vitamin D
Do You Need?

Current recommended minimum intake of vitamin D:

  • Birth to age 1 = 200 I.U./day
  • From age 1 to 70 (including pregnant women) = 600 I.U./day
  • For those older than 70 = 800 I.U./day

Institute of Medicine


We're asking the same question. HOW MUCH VITAMIN D DO WE NEED? SmartHER Tip: Start with a blood test to determine your vitamin D level ...You'll be more effective with your dosage than any recommendation on paper!

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Current Events

Celebrity Politics

“Sex In The City” Star
Running For NY Governor

“We are sick of politicians that care more about headlines and power than they do about us.”

Cynthia Nixon, Campaign Video
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Cynthia Nixon
Background & Platform

  • Born & bred in NYC.
  • “Proud public school graduate & prouder public school parent”
  • Mom of 3; Married to her wife who is an education activist.
  • Public activist on education & LGBT issues.
  • Equality (economic & otherwise) = major theme of campaign.
  • Has never run for elected office.
Current Events

Why You Should Care:

Even If You Aren’t A NY’er

  • Current NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) considered a potential candidate for President 2020.
  • Cuomo considered a “centrist” & Nixon, progressive. Nixon attacks Cuomo’s “Democrat” credentials.
  • Watching who wins $$ & support may provide insight into direction of Democratic Party. 
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Another Reason To Care

Governor of New York State oversees the largest transportation system in America…and in North America overall.

The MTA – Metropolitan Transit Authority – includes all New York City subways and state trains into-and-out of NYC.

Current Events

Actress who played "Charlotte" in "Sex In The City" was the first to support “Miranda” - Kristin Davis showed her support on social media fo Nixon. If Nixon won, she'd be first woman AND first openly gay governor of NY state.

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Current Events


Gains National Attention

“We are clearly dealing with what we expect to be a serial bomber.”

Chief Chief Brian Manley, Austin Police Department, Press Conference, March 19, 2018
Current Events

Backstory: Bombs

  • Austin = Capital city of Texas.
  • 4 separate incidents, killing 2 people in less than a month.
  • Bombs in form of delivered pkg or suspected tripwire.
  • First 3 victims: African-American, Next 3 victims: Different races
  • Police haven’t ruled out hate crime or terrorism.
Current Events
  • March 2: pkg bomb killed 39-year-old man in Northeast Austin.
  • March 12: pkg bomb killed 17-year-old man & injured his mother in East Austin;  Separate pkg bomb injured 75-year-old woman in Southeast Austin.
  • March 18: 2 yet-to-be identified 20-year-old “anglo” males injured while walking down the street in a residential area of Southwest Austin.
Current Events

Latest Incident:

March 20: Pkg bomb explodes at a FedEx facility near San Antonio; one employee injured by “concussive force”.

“According to San Antonio media reports, the package detonated around 12:25 a.m. as it traveled on a conveyor belt …the package blasted out metal shrapnel and nails when it exploded.” Austin Statesman

Current Events

What You Should Know:

  • FBI & ATF devoting resources to investigation. (Important: No matter where you live, federal tax dollars flowing to solve this crime).
  • Cops consider the tripwire bomb a “significant change” – because of technology & target (seemingly random people).
  • Tripwire use also indicates a level of sophistication, according to law enforcement.
Current Events

What Now?

Police telling locals to watch for any out-of-place bags, boxes, and backpacks.

Why This Is Hard:

Average American homeowner receives 27 pkgs a year (younger generation receives even more). Nearly 45 million pkgs delivered everyday in U.S. (Package Guard)

Current Events

Law enforcement offering $100,000 reward for information leading to arrest of suspect or suspects.

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From The President’s Desk

Gov’t Shutdown Looms

Lingering Battle Over Immigration

“The Democrats do not want to help DACA. Would be so easy to make a deal!”

President Trump, Twitter, March 19, 2018 8:38 pm est.
From The President’s Desk

Refresher: DACA

  • Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals.
  • DACA status can be granted to those who came into America illegally as children – essentially “defers” illegal status & allows eligibility for work permits.
  • Pres. Trump: Offered citizenship for DACA recipients in State of the Union speech as part of broader immigration reform.
From The President’s Desk

What’s The Drama?

  • White House: Wants $$ for border wall (a campaign promise) A.S.A.P – $$ must come from Congress. Hence, back-and-forth now ahead of spending bill.
  • Report: Dems want more illegal immigrants eligible for a pathway to citizenship – a non-starter for GOP who didn’t like Trump’s offer of citizenship for DACA recipients to begin with.
From The President’s Desk

Big Picture

  • Immigration Reform *could* be part of broader $pending bill to fund govt through September but it can also be separate. It’s NOT a need – but a want – for some.
  • Congress has until Friday night to pass a spending bill or the gov’t shuts down – for the 3rd time this year.
  • Potentially last big legislative fight before mid-term elections in Nov.
From The President's Desk

A whole bunch of other issues can cause a shutdown besides immigration reform. This spending bill is all determining where our money goes. P.S. In 1977, the government shut down 3x under President Carter. in 2018, the government has shut down 2x. Let's see if we make the history books:

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Beauty Break Through!

Hair-Dye Innovation?

Scientists say they’ve found a safer, more effective way to color your hair… that may leave your strands with less static, more UV protection, cleaner and even better smelling.

How? Graphene.


What Is Graphene?

“The Wonder Material”

  • A sheet of carbon atoms.
  • Hardest material in the world, but also the thinnest and most flexible.
  • Conducts electricity & heat.

How Did They Do It?

  • Created a water-based dye with graphene.
  • Sprayed or combed into hair.
  • Graphene wrapped hair like a sheet, rather than causing a chemical reaction to change color.
  • Dye process 10 minutes or less.
  • Lasted more than 30 washes = current industry dye standards.

Why Dye Is Healthier:
Superficial & Strong

“Because we now have a coating-based dye, we don’t have to get into the hair or change the chemical structure.”

Dr. Jiaxing Huang, Northwestern University, Interview w/New York Times, March 16, 2018

A Note From The Study:

Graphene conducts electricity. So your dyed-hair could someday “talk” to your watch.

Graphene-based hair dyes could also potentially benefit the development of electronics interfacing with the body.


Graphene is naturally black in color so for now, the dye is only black as well. TBD until it could reach market.

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Are You Saving Enough?

65% of Americans save little or no money.

Only 1 out of every 6 people save more than the recommended 15% of what they make, according to a new survey from Bankrate.


Encouraging Economy = NOT Encouraging Savings

  • Unemployment Rate is at a post-Recession low = more employed
  • Best wage growth since 2009 = making more money
  • Consumer sentiment at 14-year high = growing confidence in the economy
  • S&P 500 (a gauge of stock market performance) is up 3% in 2018, after 21% rise last year.


  • 39% cited “expenses” as the biggest obstacle
  • 16% blamed their crummy job (which presumably means they aren’t earning enough)
  • 16% said they aren’t saving more because they “haven’t gotten around to it.”


“With a steady, significant share of the working population saving nothing or relatively little, it’s virtually guaranteed that they’ll be unable to afford a modest emergency expense or finance retirement.”

Mark Hamrick, Bankrate Analyst

So How Much Do I Need To Retire?

Experts recommend saving at least 10% of your income each year.

Aim to save at least:
1x your income at age 30
3x at age 40
7x at age 55
10x at age 67


Ready to Retire? See how your savings stack up here:

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Current Events

Putin Wins Landslide Victory

Will lead Russia for another 6 years

Claims broad mandate after winning more than 70% of the vote.

Current Events

Putin in Power

Under current term limits, this would be his LAST TERM.

Putin has spent 14 years as President, spent 4 years & 2 stints as Prime Minister.

Another 6 year term extends his lock on power to 24 years, longer than any Russian leader since Soviet Joseph Stalin (12 years).


Current Events

Election Notes

Few doubted Putin would win. He faced 7 minor candidates & his main competitor was blocked from the ballot.

Vote tainted by widespread reports & video of ballot-box stuffing.

Election Day was moved to March 18, the 4th anniversary of Russia’s seizure of Crimea.

Current Events

Putin Fast Facts

  • 65 years old
  • Twice married, 2 daughters
  • Former KGB spy
  • Ph.D. in economics
  • Extremely wealthy: $40B – $200B estimated net worth
  • Judo blackbelt
  • Tough-guy image: rode horseback shirtless, treated a tranquilized tiger & a polar bear
Current Events

Putin: Alleged Poisoning

  • Russia accused last week of using a nerve agent to attack 2 UK citizens (one a former Russian spy). World leaders, including U.S., condemned attack.
  • First public comments: Putin says it’s “nonsense” to think Russia would be involved before major election or before hosting World Cup this summer, but he’s ready to cooperate with investigation.


Current Events

See what President Putin said when asked if he was planning any changes in the Constitution, particularly any that would allow him to remain in power beyond 2024...

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Current Events

Facts On A Firing

What You Need To Know

“I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Press Release, March 16, 2018
Current Events

Why This Matters

Andrew McCabe’s firing is part of a larger investigation with high stakes. The DOJ Inspector General is looking into whether or not members of the FBI tried to unfairly influence investigations based on political beliefs. If the conclusion is yes, that means corruption at the highest law enforcement agency in America. Answer: TBD

Current Events

Andrew McCabe

  • Served more than 20 years in FBI, rose from street agent in NYC to Deputy Director in DC.
  • Stepped-down from Deputy Director position in January – allowed to stay part of FBI on terminal leave.
  • Fired Friday, March 16, 2018, 2 days ahead of his expected retirement on March 18th.
Current Events

Why McCabe Was Fired:

“Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Press Release, March 16, 2018
Click: Full Statement
Current Events

How It Happened: DOJ

  • Termination recommended by Inspector General (IG appointed by President Obama).
  • Agreed by an additional DOJ members (Office of Professional Responsibility – Counsel appointed by Obama).
  • Ultimately decision up to Attorney General (President Trump appointee).
Current Events

Michael Horowitz

  • Inspector General of DOJ aka “IG”
  • IG: “mission is to detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in DOJ programs and personnel”
  • Major Tasks: Reviewing FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server & Trump/Russia meddling.
Current Events

What We Don’t Know:

  • When did IG & others make recommendation to fire McCabe?
  • Timing matters: Did recommendation come recently, as catalyst behind Friday night firing? Or weeks ago and timing chosen by Attorney General Sessions right before McCabe’s retirement?
Current Events

What McCabe Says:

“I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey.”

Andrew McCabe, Written Statement, Former Deputy Director of FBI
Read Full Statement:
Current Events

McCabe’s Claim:

  • Says his firing is part of Trump Administration’s “ongoing war with FBI and special counsel investigation”.
  • Insinuates he supports former FBI Dir James Comey claim that Pres. Trump told him to drop the investigation into Russia collusion – amongst other potentially unethical or illegal actions.
Current Events

Keep In Mind:

  • No one knows the results of the special counsel investigation into alleged Russia/Trump admin collusion.
  • No one knows what the IG review will show about whether or not members of the FBI misused their positions.
  • Both reports expected soon and WILL BE PUBLIC.
Current Events

Some suggest McCabe's statement on his firing contradicts James Comey's testimony under oath, including a very reputable lawyer. Read his op-ed:

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Now You Know


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).
Now You Know

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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Now You Know

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
From The President’s Desk

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.

From The President’s Desk

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.
From The President’s Desk

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
From The President's Desk

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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