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4th Of July Things You'll Rethink On The 5th Of July

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | July 2, 2015 | Comedy
It's the day after that you might remember the most. We all look forward to having a great time on the 4th of July. But what we don't look forward to is the day after, when perhaps we're feeling an enormous amount of regret for things that transpired on our...

The Upper Peninsula Is Completely Underrated, And We Have The Photos To Prove It

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | July 2, 2015 | Travel
In Marquette, a remote Michigan beach town further north than some parts of Canada, the only thing more enchanting and boundless than the views of Lake Superior is the sky above it. Most of the year, the northern coast of the Upper Peninsula is too cold for the average...

The Story Of The High Schooler Who Got A B- For Designing The Current American Flag

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | July 2, 2015 | Arts
For the 4th of July, here's the little-known story of a kid, his impossible teacher, and our glorious 50-star flag. In 1958, a 17-year-old Bob Heft set out to complete an open-ended assignment for his American History class in Lancaster, Ohio. "Like a science fair" project, he would later explain, students could make whatever they wanted. To hear him speak about it, it's clear Heft has told this tale countless times. Inspired by the Betsy Ross story -- legend has it, the seamstress was called upon by George Washington himself to design the flag during the Revolutionary War -- Heft set about ambitiously making his own. At the time, there were only 48 states in the union. But, working off a hunch that Alaska and Hawaii would soon join, Heft added an extra couple stars. The teacher was unimpressed. "He said, 'Why you got too many stars? You don't even know how many states we have,'" Heft recalled. (Harsh, teach.) He earned a B- for his efforts -- which involved dissecting a 48-star flag his parents had received as a wedding gift and sewing it back together himself with knowledge he'd gleaned by watching his mother. The whole process had taken over 12 hours, he later told The Houston Chronicle. He'd even asked his grandmother to help, but she'd refused, upset that he'd ruined a perfectly good flag. Bob Heft spins a yarn. "Now, a B-minus ain't that bad of a grade," Heft admitted. "However, a friend of mine, Jim, he'd picked up five leaves off the ground -- he's taping these leaves down to the notebook and labeling them elm, hickory, maple -- and the teacher gave him the grade of an A. I was really -- I was upset." An A for leaves taped to paper, and a B- for a hand-sewn emblem of our great nation. The teacher -- who, at this point, may have simply had it out for young Bob Heft -- said he'd bump up the grade if the U.S. government officially adopted his design. The sheer indignity of it all gave Heft the momentum he needed. In August 1959, 21 letters and 18 phone calls later -- not to his parents' great pleasure upon seeing their phone bill -- Heft got a call from then President Dwight D. Eisenhower, inviting Heft to see his creation hoisted up the flagpole. But Heft was working and didn't know if his boss would let him take a quick vacation. So, to his boss' horror, he put the president on hold. (It all worked out, of course.) On July 4, 1960, the 50-star flag was officially raised over Fort McHenry in Maryland, with Heft standing proudly by. True to his word, Heft's teacher gave him that hard-sought A. Bob Heft later become a teacher himself. He kept a brisk schedule of motivational speaking engagements -- over 200 in his last year -- and died in December 2009. At the time of his death, his school project was safely tucked away in storage. Happy 4th! Eisenhower shows off the new 50-star design in August 1959....

Here Is How Phil Jackson And The Knicks Can Win Free Agency

Jordan Schultz | July 2, 2015 | Sports
Cap space can quickly become a tricky issue in the NBA free agency market. In the case of the New York Knicks, perhaps the league's most dysfunctional organization, the open market offers a chance to begin righting a ship that took a series of wrong turns somewhere between Allan Houston,...

Catch These 9 Patriotic Movies On Netflix This 4th Of July

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | July 2, 2015 | Entertainment
What should you watch on Netflix this weekend?

Black Women-Owned Businesses Skyrocket By 322 Percent In Less Than 20 Years

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | July 2, 2015 | Black Voices
African-American women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in America, a new study reveals. The 2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report released this week found that the number of women-owned businesses grew by 74 percent between 1997 and 2015. That’s 1.5 times the national average of business...

Comedian Kurt Braunohler Is Driving A Giant Butt Across The Country, Because America Needs This

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | July 1, 2015 | Comedy
We're not trying to be cheeky here, but grab a seat, and we'll get to the bottom of this. Kurt Braunohler -- comedian, skywriter and jet skier -- is hauling a giant paper-mache butt on the back end of his truck trailer. He's hightailing it across...

21 First-Date Horror Stories To Remind You That Romance Is Dead

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | July 1, 2015 | Women
Looking for love often puts people in weird, awkward and sometimes downright scary situations. While online dating, apps and nosy matchmaking mothers make it easier than ever to match up with hot singles in your area™, they also up the chances for first date disasters. We...

25 July 4th Ideas For The Best Independence Day Party Ever

The Huffington Post | Katelyn Mullen | July 1, 2015 | HuffPost Home
Fire up the grill, hide the fireworks and get ready to party.

Donald Trump Backlash Reveals The Cost Of Populism When Running For Office

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | July 1, 2015 | UK Politics
NEW YORK -- Donald Trump has spent a week mired in a crisis of his own making. The billionaire property tycoon has been besieged by criticism over comments he made on June 16 during his 2016 campaign announcement in New York in which he referred to Mexicans as...

Group Fighting To Save 'Hamtramck Disneyland,' Beloved Detroit Folk Art House

Kate Abbey-Lambertz | July 1, 2015 | Arts
Welcome to Disney’s very unofficial Northern outpost: It is almost hidden, appearing suddenly in the middle of an otherwise nondescript alley, and it's a necessary stop for any visitor searching for markers of the Motor City’s eclectic and original soul. It’s a frenetic, exuberant love letter to color, movement and play, never quite the same from one visit to the next. This is “Hamtramck Disneyland,” and, following the death of creator Dmytro Szylak, its future is at risk.

Kendrick Lamar's 7- Minute Video For 'Alright' Is A Must-Watch

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | July 2, 2015 | Black Voices
Two days after his opening performance at this year’s annual BET Awards, Kendrick Lamar unleashed the video for his song “Alright." Produced by Pharrell Williams, "Alright" is the third single off Lamar's latest album "To Pimp A Butterfly." The provocative seven-minute clip, directed by...

New York Pride Revelers Reveal How Long It Will Take For America To Elect An Openly Gay President

Paul Vale | July 1, 2015 | UK
NEW YORK -- Despite opposition from religious groups and presidential candidates to Friday’s judgement on same-sex marriage by the Supreme Court, states across the US have quickly fallen into line with the ruling. Even the conservative bastions of Louisiana and Mississippi, which had initially baulked...

R&B Singer Kem Discusses His Battle Overcoming Addiction, Commemorates 25 Years Of Sobriety

Brennan Williams | July 2, 2015 | Black Voices
Singer Kem (nee Kim Owens) has landed on the top of music charts and earned three Grammy Award-nominations since the release of his debut album “Kemistry” in 2003. However, prior to amassing music success, the Motown recording artist found himself battling drug addiction -- which...

Comedians Join Waterkeeper Alliance To Help Keep Earth's Many Waterways Clean

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | June 30, 2015 | Comedy
Safe water is no joke.

Here Are The 5 Things You Need To Know Entering NBA Free Agency

Jordan Schultz | June 30, 2015 | Sports
If the NBA Draft is a full-on crapshoot (read my winners and losers here and my interview with Karl-Anthony Towns here) then we might as well call free agency a poker game. Why? Because teams have a better idea of who's who at this...

21 Things That Are Complete Smartasses

Andy McDonald | June 30, 2015 | Comedy
Smartasses. They're everywhere. Usually where you'd rather they weren't. Because they know you don't want them there. Which is why they're smartasses. Still, you can't deny the fun that general smartassery brings into our daily lives. If you can allow yourself to laugh a bit, you'll usually see that the...

Mitchelle Blair, Detroit Mother, Pleads Guilty To Murdering Son And Daughter

Michael McLaughlin | June 29, 2015 | Crime
A Detroit mother ridiculed her two dead children Monday as she pleaded guilty to murdering them and keeping their bodies in her freezer. "I don't regret none of this," Mitchelle Blair, 36, said in court, according to The Associated Press. "I don't feel no remorse for the...

Nina Simone's Daughter Says New Documentary About Her Mother Gets It Right

Brennan Williams | June 29, 2015 | Black Voices
After a decade in development, Nina Simone’s authorized documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” was released in select theaters and on Netflix Friday. The Netflix original documentary, directed by Academy Award-nominee Liz Garbus, follows the famed singer as she narrates her life story through archival audio...

Meet The Man Who Helps Hollywood Stay Sober

Sasha Bronner | June 30, 2015 | Healthy Living
Until two years ago, Jon Paul Crimi kept his career, and his client base, mostly a secret. He has a 20-year background as a fitness trainer and used to be an actor -- but now when he gets a phone call...
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