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Sarah Jessica Parker Pisses off Old NYC Apartment Owners, Matthew McConaughey’s Daughter Melts Our…

Sarah Jessica Parker Pisses off Old NYC Apartment Owners, Matthew McConaughey’s Daughter Melts Our...

Sarah Jessica Parker revisits Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment (and pisses off the current residents while doing so), Matthew McConaughey‘s little princess stole the show at the American Cinematheque Awards, Cobie Smulders has a bun in the oven and more First Dibs.

  • Sarah Jessica Parker returns to Carrie Bradshaw’s NYC apartment for a photo shoot promoting her new shoe collection, but the owners say they’re tired of the “frenzied fan attention.” [Cosmopolitan]

Look what I found promenading.

A photo posted by SJP Collection (@sjpcollection) on

  • 4-year-old Vida Alves McConaughey proved to be a daddy’s girl when McConaughey was honored with the American Cinematheque Award last night. [Channel 24]
  • Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam are expecting their second baby together. [TV Guide]
  • Robert Downey, Jr. did what on set?! This may or may not change your view on him forever. [Life & Style]
  • Django Unchained star Daniele Watts and her boyfriend were charged for having sex in a car. [Daily Mail]

  • As a Washington Redskins fan, Matthew McConaughey doesn’t back the decision of changing the team’s name. [Sporting News]
  • Kris Jenner will not be extending her momager duties to Selena Gomez. [Naughty but Nice Rob]
  • Kendra Wilkinson throws Hank Baskett out of her house in an exclusive Kendra on Top clip. [People]
  • Teresa Giudice $250,000+ for a pre-prison Christmas special airing on Bravo. [THG]
  • Bill Murray gives his two cents on Tinder on Jimmy Kimmel Live. [Vulture]
  • The beautiful Scott Foley puts his Scandal knowledge to the test.

[Photo Credit: @sjpcollection]

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Graffiti Artist Humanizes the Homeless by Painting Their Dreams

10/20/2014 AT 04:30 PM EDT

Skid Robot is a graffiti artist based in Los Angeles. His latest art project, though, takes on a decidedly different side of the city than the one that most commonly appears in pop culture.

He brings the city’s homeless population into focus by visualizing and depicting their dreams on their surroundings. A wheelchair-bound man sits on a castle wall; another’s makeshift tent structure is transported into the wilderness.

Skid Robot talks to each of his subjects, asking them for their story and background. J.W., below, is an artist originally from Florida. Rather than food or money, he asked for art supplies.

The encounters have been mixed. Skid Robot told VICE that he had a woman pull a shank (or homemade knife) on him once, “so that got kind of real,” he says. But most of his subjects are happy to “participate,” given that Skid Robot usually offers a care package of snacks and toiletries.

Overall, the artist told VICE, his work is “not only changing the context in which people look at the issue of homelessness, but also changing how people feel within themselves … by taking something heartbreaking that is overlooked as nothing of importance and artistically transforming it into something with meaning that people can enjoy and be inspired by.”

Skid Robot also has a Tumblr where you can view his art, and he has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to travel the U.S. with his work and provide care packages for the people he meets along the way.

Graffiti Artist Humanizes the Homeless by Painting Their Dreams

Mark Bustos (right)

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Graffiti Artist Humanizes the Homeless by Painting Their Dreams
Source: Graffiti Artist Humanizes the Homeless by Painting Their Dreams

Pittsburgh ‘Wins’ Gawker’s ‘Ugliest Accent’ Contest

10/20/2014 AT 12:50 PM EDT

Pittsburghers talk funny.

The city has “won” Gawker.com’s ugliest accent tournament, besting the other Pennsylvania finalist – Scranton – in a readers’ poll with more than 54 percent of the vote.

The gossipy news site set up a tournament bracket pitting what it deemed the 16 ugliest city accents in the United States against one another.

Pittsburgh advanced to the finals by winning readers’ votes over Atlanta, Philadelphia and Boston.

The Pittsburgh accent, an odd amalgam of Southern twang and lazy East Coast diction – which turns “downtown” into “dahntahn” and “you all” into “yinz” – “worsted” Scranton by a vote of 10,404 to 8,748.

Pittsburgh Wins Gawkers Ugliest Accent Contest

Phil Laboon

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Pittsburgh Wins Gawkers Ugliest Accent Contest
Source: Pittsburgh ‘Wins’ Gawker’s ‘Ugliest Accent’ Contest

Ebola Fears Ease as Incubation Period Passes for Those in Close Contact with Thomas Eric Duncan

10/20/2014 AT 08:50 AM EDT

Ebola fears began to ease for some Monday as a monitoring period passed for those who had close contact with a victim of the disease and after a cruise ended with the boat returning to port and a lab worker on board testing negative for the virus.

Federal officials meanwhile ramped up readiness to deal with future cases. A top government official said revised guidance instructs health workers treating Ebola patients to wear protective gear “with no skin showing.” The Pentagon said it is forming a team to support civilian medical staff in the U.S.

In Dallas, Louise Troh and several friends and family members will finally be free Monday to leave a stranger’s home where they have been confined under armed guard for 21 days – the maximum incubation period for Ebola. They had close contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who died of the disease at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Oct. 8.

“I want to breathe, I want to really grieve, I want privacy with my family,” Troh told The Associated Press.

The incubation period also has passed for about a dozen health workers who encountered Duncan when he went to the Dallas hospital for the first time, on Sept. 25.

Duncan was sent home but returned by ambulance on Sept. 28 and was admitted. Two nurses who treated him during that second visit – Nina Pham and Amber Vinson – are now hospitalized with Ebola.

Patient’s Family Issues Statement

Vinson’s family issued a statement Sunday saying they have hired a lawyer and are troubled by comments and media coverage that “mischaracterize” Vinson, who is being treated at Emory University in Atlanta. Vinson “has not and would not knowingly expose herself or anyone else,” the statement says.

Dallas County and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials cleared her to fly last week to Dallas from Ohio, and “suggestions that she ignored any of the physician and government-provided protocols recommended to her are patently untrue and hurtful,” the family says.

On Sunday, a Carnival Cruise Lines ship returned to Galveston, Texas, from a seven-day trip marred by worries over a health worker on board who was being monitored for Ebola. The lab supervisor had handled a specimen from Duncan and isolated herself on the ship as a precaution.

About 4,000 passengers on the cruise had to miss a stop in Cozumel, Mexico, where the boat was not allowed to dock because of the scare. Carnival said it was informed by U.S. health authorities Sunday morning that the worker tested negative for Ebola.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said those caring for Duncan were vulnerable because some of their skin was exposed.

The CDC is working on revisions to safety protocols. Earlier ones, Fauci said, were based on a World Health Organization model for care in remote places, often outdoors, and without intensive training for health workers.

“So there were parts about that protocol that left vulnerability, parts of the skin that were open,” Fauci said.

New Guidelines, Firmer Standards

Health officials had previously allowed hospitals some flexibility to use available covering when dealing with suspected Ebola patients. The new guidelines are expected to set firmer standards: calling for full-body suits and hoods that protect worker’s necks; setting rigorous rules for removal of equipment and disinfection of hands; and requiring a “site manager” to supervise the putting on and taking off of equipment.

The guidelines also are expected to require a “buddy system” in which workers check each other as they come in and go out, according to an official who was familiar with the guidelines but not authorized to discuss them before their release.

Hospital workers also will be expected to exhaustively practice getting in and out of the equipment, the official said.

Nurses have been clamoring for more guidance and better garb, saying they have never cared for Ebola patients before and feel unprepared and underequipped.

“If hospital administrators had to take care of Ebola patients, they would have the gold standard and hazmat suits,” said RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United, a union with 185,000 members.

In some places where they have the suits, nurses have not practiced taking them on and off.

“The hospital is sending them essentially a link to the CDC website. That’s not preparation. That’s like a do-it-yourself manual,” DeMoro said.

On Sunday the Pentagon announced that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had ordered the formation of a 30-person military support team to assist civilian medical professionals in the U.S. to treat Ebola.

The team will be formed by Northern Command’s Commander, Gen. Chuck Jacoby, and will comprise 20 critical care nurses, five doctors trained in infectious disease and five trainers in infectious disease protocols. Once formed, the team will undergo up to a week of specialized training in infection control and personal protective equipment at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, then remain in “prepare to deploy” status for 30 days.

The team won’t be sent overseas, and will “be called upon domestically only if deemed prudent by our public health professionals,” Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.

For more information on Ebola, go to nnwww.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/.

Ebola Fears Ease as Incubation Period Passes for Those in Close Contact with Thomas Eric Duncan
Source: Ebola Fears Ease as Incubation Period Passes for Those in Close Contact with Thomas Eric Duncan


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