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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 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....

How The Oil Industry Got Two Regulators Fired For Doing Their Jobs

Capital & Main | Mollie Reilly | July 2, 2015 | Politics
“They are a huge, huge spending force."

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?

What Is Sex Like In Outer Space?

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | July 2, 2015 | Science
Have you ever imagined what sex would be like in outer space? The folks at PornHub have. They recently launched an indiegogo campaign in hopes of funding the first-ever porn film shot 68 miles above our fair planet. Sadly, the fundraiser has raised less than 10 percent...

Black Woman's 'Lynching' Arrest Sparks Debate Over Controversial California Law

Reuters | Lilly Workneh | July 2, 2015 | Black Voices
California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday was considering whether to sign a bill that would remove the word "lynching" from a 1933 law that used the term to describe the crime of trying to wrest a person from police custody. The bill, which unanimously passed in the California Legislature last...

Inside California's Jail-Building Boom

The Marshall Project | Mollie Reilly | July 2, 2015 | Politics
Indio, California – In this desert city halfway between Los Angeles and the Arizona border, a small monument to the state’s prison downsizing experiment is materializing in a shopping center storefront, where former felons will soon have access to health screenings, substance-abuse treatment, job training, therapy, and probation officers who...

California Just Cut Its Water Use In A Major Way

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | July 2, 2015 | Politics
In the households of drought-stricken California, something finally clicked. This May, the last month in which water conservation was voluntary, urban water users consumed 28.9 percent less water than in May 2013, the State Water Resources Control Board announced Wednesday. This surpasses the 25 percent mandatory cutbacks...

Scientist Debunks Jim Carrey's Anti-Vaccination Tweets

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | July 1, 2015 | Healthy Living
In a series of recent tweets, actor Jim Carrey raged against a new California law banning the personal belief exemption for childhood vaccines. The bill, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Tuesday, makes the shots mandatory for every child before attending public or private school. The only...

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...

Another Tech Company Just Converted Its Contractors Into Employees

Alexander C. Kaufman | July 1, 2015 | Business
Go, Shyp!

Meet The Secretive Lobbying Group Fighting Health Care Reform In California

Capital & Main | Mollie Reilly | July 1, 2015 | Politics
The hospital association’s single-minded pursuit of its self-interest, critics say, comes directly at the expense of patients.

These 6 Possible Picks Could Replace Twitter's Former CEO Dick Costolo

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | July 1, 2015 | Business
As Dick Costolo's reign at the helm of Twitter ended Wednesday and former chief Jack Dorsey stepped back in as interim CEO, the company is searching for someone to fill Costolo's shoes long-term. Who could that new face be? HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski drew a few predictions...

The Supreme Court To Hear Case About Whether Teachers Have To Pay Unions

Rebecca Klein | July 1, 2015 | Politics
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a lawsuit against the California Teachers Association that will determine whether teachers and other public employees must pay fees to unions that represent them. A victory for the plaintiffs in Friedrichs v. CTA would threaten the financial strength and bargaining clout...

Former California State Senator Leland Yee Pleads Guilty To Racketeering Charge

Mollie Reilly | July 1, 2015 | Politics
SAN FRANCISCO, July 1 (Reuters) - Former California state Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of racketeering in a case that ended a storied political career and swept up Yee's political adviser as well as numerous others. Yee, 66, was arrested by the...

Artist Faye Moorhouse Reimagines Movie Posters As Striking Paintings

Claire Fallon | July 1, 2015 | Arts
When creating book and album covers, designers have free reign to work in photography, collage, or illustration. When it comes to movie posters, however, there’s a fairly standard template: glossy photos, usually featuring the lead or leads. Faye Moorhouse, a British illustrator, didn’t appreciate...

A Scramble Is On To Save One Of California's Iconic Medical Pot Collectives

Mollie Reilly | July 1, 2015 | Politics
SAN FRANCISCO -- In 1974, Valerie Corral began treating her seizures with homegrown cannabis. Forty-one years later, the iconic organization she co-founded to help others heal with marijuana is in danger of closing permanently. The Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Santa Cruz, California, provides medical cannabis...

Should Vaccines Be Mandatory? New California Law Sparks Debate

Jade Walker | July 1, 2015 | Healthy Living
In the wake of the measles outbreak that started in Disneyland, more than 70 vaccine-related laws are being debated in state legislatures around the country.
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