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We visited the controversial, award-winning Trump Winery in Charlottesville — and it was a shockingly good experience


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  • President Donald Trump's son Eric runs a vineyard and winery in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • The Trumps bought it in 2011, but a legal disclaimer on the winery's website says that they do not currently own it. 
  • The wine is quite good, having been essentially unchanged since before the estate was purchased.

Trump Winery, which is run by the president's son Eric, has received backlash following some of President Donald Trump's controversial political stances and actions. In February last year, there was a movement backed by a local chapter of the National Organization for Women to boycott Wegmans for selling Trump wine at Virginia locations.

President Trump bought the property in 2011, but according to a legal disclaimer on its website, he does not currently own it.

Trump Winery is "a registered trade name of Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing LLC, which is not owned, managed or affiliated with Donald J. Trump, The Trump Organization or any of their affiliates," the disclaimer reads.  

While on a recent trip to Charlottesville, we decided to pay Trump Winery a visit.

Considering our lackluster experience at Trump Grill, our expectations weren't too high when we visited. But, we went in with an open mind. Here's what we found:

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The Trump Winery — originally the Kluge Winery, which was bought by Trump in 2011 — is located in the rolling green hills outside of Charlottesville, Virginia, minutes from another more historical presidential estate, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

The tasting room sits off a winding country road in the midst of the winery's many rolling acres. Like many of the area's plentiful vineyards, it's a popular tourist destination and hosts many weddings.

As we walked in, we noticed a familiar plaque from the American Academy of Hospitality Science. The award plaques also adorn the walls of other Trump properties — the head of the organization, Joseph Cinque, is a longtime Trump acquaintance. Sometimes described as a "small-time mobster," Cinque has previously been convicted of possessing stolen property.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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What your handwriting says about you


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  • Your handwriting says a lot about your personality.
  • For example, if you write large letters, it could mean you are people oriented, whereas small letters could mean you are introverted. 
  • Business Insider spoke to master graphologist, Kathi McKnight, who analyzes handwriting for personality traits, to figure out what these details in your handwriting mean. 

Your handwriting reveals much more than you might imagine.

There's a whole science behind analyzing handwriting for personality traits called graphology, which has been around since the days of Aristotle. Today, it's used for a variety of purposes, from criminal investigations to understanding your health. Someemployers even use handwriting analysis to screen potential employees for compatibility.

Business Insider talked to master graphologistKathi McKnight about what the seemingly insignificant details in your writing say about you. "Just from analyzing your handwriting, experts can find over 5,000 personality traits," she says. 

McKnight readily admits that the information she provides below is a basic overview, so it won't apply to everyone in every situation. Yet these factors can show you aspects about yourself that you may not have considered before. 

Try writing out a sentence. We suggest: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." Then, keep reading to see what your handwriting says about you.

SEE ALSO: Here's what every president's signature looks like

Size of letters and words



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Terry Crews explains how the X-Force joke in 'Deadpool 2' was pulled off, including shooting a scene they knew would never be in the movie



  • Terry Crews plays Bedlam, a member of X-Force, in "Deadpool 2."
  • But this version of a team of more edgy X-Men mutants doesn't last long in the movie.
  • Crews explains how the X-Force sequence in "Deadpool 2" turned out to be a huge practical joke on the audience.

Warning: MAJOR spoilers below if you haven't seen "Deadpool 2."

The birth of the X-Force was in the trailers, posters, and almost all other marketing for "Deadpool 2."

But if you saw the latest Marvel hit over the weekend, you know the formation of a grittier version of the X-Men didn't happen the way the movie's marketing teased it.

Let's set the stage. In "Deadpool 2," the Merc With a Mouth finds himself up against a soldier from the future, Cable, who is driven to kill a young mutant named Russell. Deadpool, by this point in the movie, has alienated himself from the only X-Men members who would talk to him, and he decides to form his own super team to stop Cable. He calls it X-Force.

Enter the mutants Bedlam (Terry Crews), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård), Vanisher, Domino (Zazie Beetz), and Peter (Rob Delaney). Well, Peter isn't a mutant, but he wowed Deadpool at the audition. They team up with Deadpool and head out to take on Cable and spring Russell from prison. They all skydive from a large plane to pull off their plan.

Almost all of this is teased in the trailers. But what happens next is one of the biggest shocks of the movie.

Because of strong winds on the day Deadpool decides to do the jump, his X-Force mates veer off course, and they all suffer horrific deaths — except for Domino because her superpower is being really, really lucky. Bedlam glides facefirst into the windshield of a bus. Shatterstar is chopped up by helicopter blades. Peter dies after being covered in the acid vomit spewed by Zeitgeist just before he's sucked into a wood chipper. And Vanisher flies right into power lines — with the electrical shock revealing he's played by Brad Pitt.

The sequence is one of the most memorable from the movie and is the biggest example of the lengths Ryan Reynolds and the director David Leitch went to give audiences a very different superhero sequel.

Business Insider talked to Terry Crews about what it was like to be a part of the movie's biggest joke, why there was fight footage of Bedlam in the trailers if it wasn't going to be in the movie, and whether anyone on the set knew Brad Pitt was playing Vanisher.

Jason Guerrasio: Going into doing the movie, were they straight up with you about the fate of Bedlam?

Terry Crews: I knew everything. We were trolling the world. That was the whole point. And the big thing was to keep it a secret. That was the hardest part. I didn't even tell my wife what was going to happen. My son was like, "What happens?" and I was like, "I'm not going to tell you."

Terry Crews Deadpool 2 FoxGuerrasio: So what many people, like me, are wondering after seeing the movie is what is that footage of you knocking someone out in the trailer? Did you guys shoot more X-Force footage?

Crews: [Laughs.] Yes. We shot a whole scene that we knew was never going to be in the movie. I'm telling you, it's the biggest troll of all time. I couldn't believe we were going to do this.

Guerrasio: They were just going to use that footage for the marketing knowing it wasn't going to be in the movie.

Crews: Exactly. Everything that we shot that isn't in the movie was done to fool everybody to think that me and the other members of X-Force were going to be in the movie the whole time.

Guerrasio: That's amazing.

Crews: And I felt horrible. The fans were excited. But, to me, the purpose was to give the audience something they would never expect. And it was crazy to keep all that a secret. When we were shooting in Vancouver I had to walk around with blankets over me because there were spies. I just got a few pages, sometimes even just a few lines of the script. Our goal was not to let anyone find out what we were going to do. Because the fanboy culture wants to find out everything before it happens.

Guerrasio: So you're at the world premiere of the movie, you are one of the few people in that room that knows it's coming. What was the reaction when the X-Force start dropping one by one?

Crews: When I was first on-screen the audience went crazy, and I just felt so bad because it's basically a giant practical joke. [Laughs.] So I'm just bracing for it and then we jump out of the plane and our parachutes start going wild, gradually you notice the audience can tell something is wrong. As we died one by one I could feel in the audience people realizing that this isn't the start of X-Force that they thought they were getting. There was just this audible gasp. When they show Deadpool walking by me and people were trying to revive me by the bus, people around me in the theater were just like, "What the?" It was so good.

deadpool 2 poster foxGuerrasio: Did you guys shoot different deaths, or was that always Bedlam's fate?

Crews: That was it. He was always going to get hit by a bus.

Guerrasio: How about the reveal of who Vanisher was? Did you know it was Brad Pitt before seeing the movie?

Crews: That was a total surprise for me.

Guerrasio: So you guys on set doing the scenes didn't know?

Crews: Nope. I did not know. I had no idea.

Guerrasio: How did they shoot the Vanisher character? Was it just a guy in a head-to-toe green suit wearing a parachute sitting with you guys in the plane scene?

Crews: Not even that. In the scene where we are all sitting around they just had two indented pillows to make it look like Vanisher was sitting there. And then in the plane scene there was a harness rigged to look like a body was wearing the parachute. There wasn't anyone in a green suit. We were just acting like there was a person there the whole time.

This is what everyone has to appreciate, the level of which this whole thing was done is on another level. There were layers upon layers. This is "The Matrix"-meets-"Inception"-type level. And this is why it's so satisfying. At this point in the superhero genre everyone has seen everything. Nothing rivals what we've done here.

Guerrasio: So the future of Bedlam, are you just waiting for a phone call?

Crews: I'm waiting. There's nothing that will prevent me from being in stuff, but there's nothing that says I'm locked up for seven pictures. This is Marvel. I'm open to anything and everything. And it's funny, some folks are like this is my only shot at a franchise. But hey, Josh Brolin is now two different characters in the Marvel universe — Cable and Thanos. Michael B. Jordan did "Fantastic Four" and "Black Panther." There's no limits here, that I can see. To be honest, I love that Bedlam is a character a lot of people don't know about because hopefully we can grow it into something. I'm ready for anything. And with what is shown at the end of the movie, the way they are fooling with time—

Guerrasio: Ah, I was waiting for you to give me this tease.

Crews: [Laughs.] There's always ways to bring me back.

Guerrasio: It's really a testament to you guys keeping this under wraps. As you know, this is an industry of big egos, one of you guys could have been so upset that you all are only in a few minutes of the movie following all that marketing hype they could just leaked everything.

Crews: Oh, easy. It all could have fallen apart at any time. The other day me and Ryan hugged each other and he was just like, "Thank you." It feels good.

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8 key ways running can transform your body and brain


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  • Running can significantly improve physical and mental health.
  • As a form of aerobic exercise, running can reduce stress, improve heart health, and even help alleviate symptoms of depression.
  • Some researchers think running may be so good for us because it's something we evolved to do.

People are built to run.

Many experts think human bodies are shaped the way they are because we evolved to be extremely effective endurance runners. The shapes of our hips and feet, the length of our legs, our shock-absorbing spinal discs, and our ability to sweat make it possible for us to run mile after mile.

So it's perhaps no surprise that running is strongly associated with a number of benefits for our bodies and brains.

Many experts consider exercise to be the closest thing to a miracle drug. As a form of cardio exercise that's easily accessible, running is one of the most straightforward ways to get the important benefits of exercise.

Since it improves aerobic fitness, running is a great way to help improve cardiovascular health. Plus, it burns calories and can build strength, among other things. There's also a long list of psychological benefits runners gain from their sport.

Getting used to running, if you haven't done it in a while or ever, can be brutal.

But once your body and mind start to acclimate, running can be blissful, meditative, and provide a sense of freedom. As someone who recently completed his first half-marathon, I can confirm that's true. One piece of advice from several experienced runners made a big difference during my race: remember that you're running to have fun.

These are some of the physical and mental health benefits of running.

SEE ALSO: Shorter, high-intensity workouts offer the same benefits as longer, moderate ones — here's how to get started and how it could transform your body

Even a 30-minute run can lift symptoms of depression and improve mood.

Spending 30 minutes on a treadmill is enough to lift the mood of someone suffering from major depressive disorder, according to a study published in the journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. Even participants who moved at a walking pace to received the same mood-lifting benefit.

This shows that no matter what pace you're going, moving has positive effects and adds to the already significant body of research showing that running and other forms of exercise can improve mood and help fight depression.

Contrary to what many people think, running actually seems to improve knee health.

Knee pain can quickly sideline a runner. It's often a sign of overtraining or a need to improve one's form or flexibility. But running probably isn't the cause of knee osteoarthritis.

In one eight-year study of 2,637 participants, researchers found that the more people ran, the less likely they were to suffer from knee pain or osteoarthritis. While it's hard to say that running directly caused people to experience less knee pain, researchers think that could be the case since running helps people keep their BMI in check and their leg muscles strong. Running also strengthens bones.

Running helps young people sleep better, improves their mood, and boosts their ability to focus.

In a study of 51 young people with an average age of 18, half were assigned to add running into their routines, while the other half did not (they did get some exercise, but didn't add a regular running regimen). To get the benefits associated with running, the group of runners ran at a moderate pace for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, for three weeks.

Those in that running group were found to sleep better, show signs of improved psychological functioning, and focus better during the day.The same benefits are likely to apply to runners of any age.

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I tried a science-backed eating plan tied to a better mood and longer life — and never felt like I was dieting


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  • I tried the Mediterranean diet, a whole-foods meal plan based on vegetables, fish, and healthy fats like those from olive oil and avocados.
  • The plan has been linked to benefits like a lower risk of disease, a healthier mind, and reduced symptoms of depression.
  • I learned a lot while trying the regimen, and I'd like to stick with it for a long time. 

You could say I've been around the diet block. I've been vegan, restricted my eating to an eight-hour window as part of an intermittent fast, and given the ketogenic diet a try — all in an attempt to give myself more energy, feel healthier, and power through the activities I enjoy, like yoga, hiking, and rock climbing.

The one regimen I've never tried, however, is the one I write about most: the Mediterranean diet.

The plan's cornerstones are vegetables, fish, olive oil, beans, nuts, and whole grains. Items like processed foods, red meat, poultry, and dairy get slashed. 

Studies suggest that people who eat this way have a reduced risk of diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer, so it's no surprise that dietitians and clinicians say the approach is a great way to fuel the body.

Leafy greens provide key vitamins and minerals needed for healthy skin, hair, and nails, while whole grains support good digestion, and fish and nuts provide protein to maintain muscle and keep energy levels steady. The Mediterranean diet is also rich in several ingredients that may be critical to a healthy mind, and one recent study found that people with depression who were put on the diet saw a significant reduction in symptoms.

Two types of healthy fat — monounsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids — are staples of the plan, as well as several antioxidants found in berries and dark chocolate. Previous studies have found a link between both of these ingredients and a lower risk of dementia and higher cognitive performance.

Research has also suggested that two other Mediterranean ingredients — leafy greens and berries — could help protect against a phenomenon called neuro degeneration, which often characterizes diseases including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

I'm a sample size of just one person, so it's worth taking my experience of the diet with a grain of salt. That said, I learned a ton on the plan. Here's a glimpse.

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I initially thought that adopting the Mediterranean diet wouldn't involve dramatic changes to my existing habits. I love crunchy veggies like broccoli and put avocados on everything. But I also eat a lot of ready-made items full of ingredients that the plan shuns, like white rice.

One of my favorite go-to meals at the end of a busy day is a Trader Joe's chicken tikka masala frozen dinner. With a big helping of white rice and chicken as the main ingredients, however, it's not very Mediterranean-diet-friendly.

So I hit Trader Joe's for basics: olive oil, frozen and fresh produce (depending on what was on sale), several kinds of frozen fish (half the price of fresh), canned beans, lemons, Greek yogurt, whole-grain bread, brown rice, and roasted nuts.

Research suggests I'm not the only one who's found the Mediterranean diet easy on the wallet. People put on the plan as part of a recent study saved roughly $26 per week — or $1,344 per year — compared to those who stuck to a traditional diet.

Source: There's even more evidence that one type of diet is the best for your body and brain — and it could save you money, too

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4 wild conspiracy theories about Melania Trump


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First lady Melania Trump's reserved public persona has been the target of a slew of conspiracy theories since her husband's 2016 election, all of which her staff have been quick to shut down.

It's hard to track which one came first, but it's sure none of them will be the last.

Here are four outlandish conspiracy theories about Trump, and the reasoning behind their spread.

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Some think she's a Russian spy.

As "evidence," internet commenters point to a chat she had with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a dinner for last year's G-20 Summit.

While Trump doesn't speak Russian, she does know English, French, German, Italian, and Serbian, in addition to her native Slovenian — more languages than any previous American first lady.

Many saw her engaged in conversation at dinner with Putin, and reports described the two as friendly during the meal.

But there is no proof that Trump and Putin have had any other interaction, and no reason to think she has performed any work as a Russian spy beyond the occasional satire piece.

She has worked as a model and is a self-described "full-time mom," but hasn't mentioned Russian intelligence as a specialty.

Some think she doesn't live in the White House.

There's a "persistent" rumor that Trump lives in a separate house in DC with her parents and son, Barron Trump.

In a Washington Post story about the first lady's private life, her office denied the rumor as "1,000% false." Trump's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, added, "We laugh at it all the time."

White House social secretary Rickie Niceta Lloyd called the rumor "an urban legend," and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was "ridiculous."

"Just when you think the Washington Post can't get things any more wrong, they do," Sanders said. "The first lady lives here at the White House. We see her here regularly."

Trump took longer than usual to move to the White House after her husband took office, spending the first five months of his presidency in New York City while Barron finished school in Manhattan.

In June 2017, the mother and son finally moved to the White House, and Barron started attending St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, in the fall.

Some think she has a body double.

The theory first sprang to life when some thought Trump had been replaced by a look-alike for a public appearance, and continued when she was pictured alongside a Secret Service agent with similar hair and complexion.

This rumor has been vehemently denied by her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, but that didn't stop the internet from going ablaze.

Business Insider's Kate Taylor dug into the mystery and noticed the agent was always wearing heels in photos of her with the first lady.

The photos of the agent have Trump in them, which would make it pretty hard for her to be a "body double" for the first lady.

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Londoners are loving this milk and cookie store that sells a 12-inch cookie pizza and cookie dough sandwiches

  • Blondies Kitchen is London’s milk and cookie heaven.
  • It serves seven different types of cookies.
  • You can buy the cookies alone, sandwiched with a cookie dough mousse, or crumbled on a cereal milk soft serve.

  • Cookies are baked fresh every day.


Milk and cookie bar Blondies Kitchen is London is getting a lot of hype.

The tiny bar has seven different types of cookies, a cookie dough sandwich, and even a 12-inch cookie pizza.

Cookies are baked fresh every day using butter, sugar, eggs, and flour.

We got to see the making of Get Stuffed (which has Nutella and Oreos), Klassic with a K (a classic vanilla cookie topped with Kinder bars), and The Nutter (which has a swirl of peanut butter.)

Blondies Kitchen also has a stall at Selfridges, as well as several pop-ups across London.

Produced and filmed by Claudia Romeo

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The new luxury airport lounge at San Francisco's airport has a full bar, nap pods, and 492 power outlets — take a look inside


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Flying can be a real pain. But for United Airlines' international travelers with money to spare, a high-end experience awaits them at San Francisco International Airport.

The airline raised the curtain on its new Polaris lounge — only the second of its kind — at SFO's international terminal on April 30. The business-class clubhouse features a full restaurant and bar, a library, shower suites, and nap pods for weary travelers.

Business Insider got a peak inside United's Polaris lounge. Here's what you're missing.

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For United Airlines international travelers, the premium experience of flying business-class starts before they leave the ground.

Past the reception desk at the Polaris lounge, travelers enter a library area that was quiet but bustling when we visited.

The lounge seating has comfy chairs and privacy boards that, like cubicles, offer fliers privacy to take a call or do sensitive work.

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13 things you should never wear to work in the summer


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  • You might already know not to wear shorts or sandals to the office, but it's all the more tempting in the summer.
  • But experts say the heat isn't an excuse to dress inappropriately.
  • According to managers and fashion and etiquette experts, these 14 fashion offenders (flip flops!) will make your coworkers and boss cringe. 


It's finally time to break out your summer garb.

But ... probably not in the office.

"People may think anything goes in the warmer months, especially if their company is casual or relaxes their summer dress code," Brandi Britton, district president of staffing firm OfficeTeam, told Business Insider. "But it's still important to follow guidelines and dress professionally."

In a survey from OfficeTeam, 80% of managers said clothing choices could affect an employee's chance of getting promoted. The same survey found managers say tank tops, "cold shoulder tops," and shorts are less acceptable now than even five years ago

Here are 13 things to avoid wearing to the office this summer. 

SEE ALSO: 16 things you should never wear to work — even if you work in a business casual environment

Tank tops or halters

While there are plenty of work-appropriate sleeveless tops for women, tank tops and camisoles should serve as undergarments in the workplace. Layer it under a blazer or camisole. 

As for men, only lifeguards should bare their shoulders at work.

Bare midriffs

Crop tops are fashionable, but most likely not appropriate for your office.

Some environments might allow it. Alexis Bennett of Self Magazine wrote about her experience wearing them for a whole week. Mind her disclaimer, though: "I work at a magazine where women are always expressing their own personal styles."


Managers in the OfficeTeam survey highlighted this as a clothing item that has become less acceptable in the last five years. 

Clinton Kelly, co-host of TLC's "What Not to Wear" reality series, told employment website Monster.com that women could consider shorts that reach the top of your knees — and no shorter. But men should steer clear of them entirely.

"Generally speaking, shorts aren’t appropriate for professional environments because they can show too much skin, and that can be distracting," Britton told Business Insider.

The same goes for short skirts.

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I took portraits of combat-tested soldiers at Fort Bliss — and they told me their incredible stories


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FORT BLISS, Texas — I wanted to ask the soldiers about their stories.

I wanted to ask them why they joined the service, if and where they had been deployed, what their experiences were like overseas, what it was like coming home, and more. 

But it was difficult.

I only had a few chances to speak to individual soldiers in-depth as I toured a number of different weapons systems during my trip to Fort Bliss.

The conversations were sometimes difficult. "I feel like a d--k for asking those questions," I told one of the public affairs officers after interviewing an officer who became emotional while describing an incident in Afghanistan. "But I think it's important for people to know these things."

"Yes, it is," the PAO said.

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The first chance I got to speak to soldiers in-depth was when I met a couple of Abrams tank crews.

Name and rank: Sergeant T. Wilder.

Wilder, 27, of Athens, Tennessee, is an Abrams tank commander who said he's been in the service for eight years. 

"I joined right out of high school, like any typical high school kid does to get out of their hometown, pay for college, make something of themselves," Wilder told me. "I got about 12 more years, and I can retire."

Wilder said he deployed to Iraq in 2011 and 2012. 

"I was part of the initial drawdown," he said. "I was everywhere from Kalsu all the way down to Echo and K-Crossing."

"It was fun," he said. "I deployed in an infantry platoon so I was out doing route clearance patrols, patrols, convoy overwatch, and stuff like that."

Wilder said clearing IEDs was "slow, long, about 16 hours at about 20 mph," and that he saw all different kinds. "We saw several that were made out off 155 rounds, 105 rounds, saw one out of a propane tank, bunch of stuff stuck in water bottles and coke cans and stuff."

He said he took "a little bit [of contact], but nothing major."

When I asked him if he'd share any particular stories, he understandably shook his head no.

Name and rank: Specialist Christian Pena.

Pena, 22, told me he has been in the Army for two years.

"I'm originally from Mexico, but I moved to Arizona when I was 10," he said.

"I joined the Army 'cause this country has given me so many opportunities that I'm so grateful for — and it's my way of repaying it," he said.

He said he hasn't deployed yet, but that "it's definitely something I look forward to."

"Man of few words," the PAO said jokingly.

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An inside look at how MoviePass will make money distributing movies, and what will happen if the company goes bust (HMNY)


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  • MoviePass is getting in the movie distribution business with the Sundance hit, "American Animals," coming to theaters in June.
  • It is teaming with The Orchard to release the movie.
  • MoviePass is an equal partner in the release, paying for half the movie with The Orchard and will be splitting half of the box office, a source told Business Insider.
  • "American Animals" director Bart Layton told Business Insider that the movie would be released even if MoviePass were to go out of business.

At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, MoviePass announced the launch of a distribution arm of the company, called MoviePass Ventures. The plan was for the monthly movie-ticket subscription service to start teaming with film distributors to buy titles for theatrical release.

Days later at the festival, MoviePass announced it was working with The Orchard (“Cartel Land”) to buy North American rights to one of the festival’s acclaimed selections this year, "American Animals," a narrative/documentary hybrid that follows a group of friends who attempt to pull off an elaborate heist.

At the festival, Ted Farnsworth, CEO of MovePass’ parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics, told a room full of distributors and industry players, “We aren’t here at Sundance to compete with distributors, but rather to put skin in the game alongside them and to bring great films to the big screen across the country for our subscribers.”

But a lot has happened since Farnsworth made those remarks.

In April, his company filed its 10-K to the SEC and reported a loss of $150.8 million in 2017. That was followed by a new filing revealing that the company has been losing $20 million a month on average since September. Due to all of this, the company’s stock is down more than 98% since its high in October, but Farnsworth and MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe are adamant that everything is fine, stating that MoviePass can tap $300 million that will keep it going for over a year (though the company's access to that money is far from certain). 

Now “American Animals,” which will be the first release by MoviePass Ventures, is coming to theaters on June 1. And despite all these new developments, the movie’s director, Bart Layton, told Business Insider he had no regrets about taking the deal with MoviePass back at Sundance.

“I don’t have insight or understanding of their financial strategy, that’s for people more clever than I am, but they came in, they seemed very dynamic, they seemed to have a lot of enthusiasm,” Layton said on Wednesday. “As a filmmaker, your whole intention is for people to experience your movie in the theater, that was the thing that was very appealing to me. They are all about the theatrical experience.”

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Layton also said that if MoviePass were to shut down before or during the release of “American Animals,” it would not affect the movie’s theatrical release.

“The cinemas are booked, the movie will go out,” he said. “How it will affect us? I guess if it happened we would have a few less of their subscribers going to the movie. But hopefully at this stage those people are still engaged enough in the film that they want to see it badly enough that they would pay full price to see it.”

And it makes sense for distributors, especially the ones in the indie market, to be interested in teaming with MoviePass. With over 3 million subscribers, it’s not just a good tool for the movie’s promotion — it plans to plaster "American Animals" all over its app, and where it has partnerships — but the distributor its working with will have direct data from MoviePass on how the movie performed with its subscribers through the movie’s theatrical run (what day and time they went to see the movie, where they saw it, the ratio of males to females who saw the movie, and so on).

But how much skin does MoviePass really have in the game?

It turns out the answer is "a lot." For “American Animals,” specifically, according to a source familiar with the deal, the company is an equal partner with The Orchard in all costs related to the release, including prints and advertising (the physical delivery of the movie to the theaters and the advertising to promote it). In turn, it will split box office revenue with The Orchard down the middle.

If the company were to fold before or during the movie’s release, The Orchard would then have to cover the costs MoviePass was responsible for.

MoviePass has confirmed to Business Insider that it's jointly invested in the release of "American Animals" and the monetization of the movie with The Orchard.

MoviePass Ventures has also signed on to release “Gotti,” starring John Travolta, which is coming out June 15. It will team with distributor Vertical Entertainment on the release.

Have a tip about MoviePass or anything else? Email jguerrasio@businessinsider.com.

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We asked a travel expert whether booking cheap flights or collecting air miles will save you the most money — and the answer was clear


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  • The 30-year-old founder of cheap flight newsletter Jack's Flight Club alerts subscribers to the lowest flight prices on the internet.
  • A self-confessed "geek" and "numbers guy," he tracks and monitors prices multiple times a day to look for fluctuations.
  • His advice for spending less money in the long run is to opt for the cheapest flight instead of remain loyal to one airline.

30-year-old Texas-born Jack Sheldon, the founder of subscription newsletter Jack's Flight Club, knows a thing or two about finding cheap flight deals.

A self-professed "geek" and "numbers guy" based in London, he sends email alerts on the cheapest deals on the web to his 500,000 UK and Ireland subscribers.

Having flown a lot himself, he believes that finding the cheapest deal always wins out over racking up air miles when it comes to longer term savings.

The advice is the opposite of what you hear from other travel experts and frequent fliers, who often say travellers should stay loyal to an airline.

"I know in the US they have very generous points systems and credit cards that give out huge bonuses," Sheldon told Business Insider.

However, he added: "In the UK, Amex does small bonuses, but [otherwise] it's virtually nonexistent."

He said booking the cheapest flight available instead of the one with the airline you usually fly with will save you both money and time.

It also means you'll end up collecting points with a number of airlines instead of just one.

"Collect points because they’ll build up over the long term, but the price difference between one airline and another is so large [that] if you purposely only fly with BA just to build up points, you’ll probably spend more over time," he said.

"Buy the cheapest flight, but collect points, and you'll have points with various airlines."

Sheldon finds cheap flights departing from the UK and Ireland, then monitors and tracks prices multiple times a day to look at price fluctuations. 

"When we see a route has fallen to a lowest price or there's a mistake fare and the price is as low as it should be, we make sure our audience knows about it," he told Business Insider.

While it's free to register, premium members paying £35 a year for four times as many alerts, and the ability to select their ideal departure airport.

There's also the option of downloading the newly launched Jack's Flight Club app on iOS and Android which will let all members know about a deal right away.

Previously working in business development for a big data company, Sheldon launched Jack's Flight Club in 2016 at the age of 28.

"I naturally started following airfare prices, and [was always] trying to find the best ways to get a cheap flight somewhere," Sheldon told Business Insider.

He had the idea of starting a cheap flights club after realising the hunt for a deal was just as popular to the rest of the world as it was to him and his friends.

Though London is now his base, he said he has been "primarily living in Kiev" over the past few months and plans to head to Barcelona next — and he's sure to find a cheap flight to get him there.

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The 5 most anticipated TV shows returning in June, from "Glow" to "Shooter"


glow_season glow season 2As the summer TV season gets underway, several fan-favorite shows are returning with new seasons next month.

To find out which returning shows audiences are anticipating the most, the TV-tracking app TV Time analyzed data from its 2.1 million global users to see which upcoming TV shows viewers had followed the most frequently on its platform.

The list includes the upcoming seasons of the popular Netflix original shows "GLOW" and "Marvel's Luke Cage," along with the USA drama series "Shooter."

Here are the 5 returning TV shows that viewers are anticipating the most in June, according to TV Time:

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5. "The Bold Type" (Season 2) — Premieres June 12 on Freeform

Summary: "Ladies working at a global women's magazine navigate life, love and friendship together. Inspired by the life of Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles."

4. "12 Monkeys" (Season 4) — Premieres June 15 on SyFy

Summary: "Two time travelers, Cole and Cassie, must journey throughout time to prevent the Army of the 12 Monkeys from destroying all reality."

3. "Shooter" (Season 3) — Premieres June 21 on USA Network

Summary: "A drama based on the best-selling Bob Lee Swagger novel by Stephen Hunter, Point of Impact, and the 2007 Paramount film starring Mark Wahlberg."

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How much should toddlers use smartphones, tablets, and other screens? This pocket guide could help.


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  • Smartphones and tablets are irresistible to infants and toddlers, but many parents aren't sure how to manage young kids' screen time.
  • Business Insider published a larger feature based on the latest scientific research, evidence-based guidelines, and interviews with childhood development experts.
  • We've created a pocket guide of the story's big takeaways for parents in a hurry.
  • This is an installment of Business Insider's "Your Brain on Apps" series that investigates how addictive apps can influence behavior.

Months before my wife and I learned she was pregnant, I found myself sweating over screen time.

I knew kids could abuse interactive electronics, because I had as a kid — and prolifically so. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, I'd sneak downstairs at night, immerse myself in a popular mass-multiplayer online game, and lose countless hours of sleep.

But my habit back then was tethered to a clunky PC at home. Now kids can fit their digital obsessions in a pocket. Indeed, over the past decade in New York City, I've spotted growing numbers of toddlers and even infants vegging out on smartphones and tablets in strollers, on subways, during bus rides, and even over dinners at restaurants.

While I don't think I turned out so bad, I was a tween and teenager at the time of my obsession. Prolific access to interactive technologies at the young ages seen today is unprecedented in history.

What are 21st-century parents to do — and not do — when it comes to screens?

To find out, I called up childhood development experts, read the latest scientific studies, and pored over evidence-based guidelines published by pediatric and other groups. My research resulted in a story about what we know (and don't yet know) about parenting, toddlers, and technology.

We summed up the big takeaways for those in a hurry in this handy graphic:

pocket guide to screens and kids 5 years and younger

If you find our pocket guide useful, be sure to dig into our larger feature. There are a number of helpful resources linked within that story, too.

And don't miss the rest of our "Your Brain on Apps" series, which explores how apps can influence behavior, plus what we can do to take back control.

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6 things successful people do when they return from a long weekend


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• Many people across the US are about to receive some extra time off thanks to Memorial Day.

• Business Insider spoke with several productivity and work experts to get tips on how to bounce back from a long weekend.

• They recommended hitting the ground running on your first day back.

An extra day off makes snapping out of weekend mode that much harder.

Some people around the US receive an extra day off for Memorial Day to commemorate the Americans who have died in active military service.

There's a lot to be said about how you shouldor shouldn't— spend long weekends. But it's equally important to plan out the days that follow a long weekend.

When you're coming back from some time off and you have a shorter week to get everything done, it usually helps to hit the ground running.

With that in mind, here are six things that successful people do first when they return from long weekend:

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They get to work early

When it comes to some holidays, almost everyone has time off. So you won't be falling behind by showing up to work at your usual time.

But coming in early is a good idea if you want to be as productive as possible after a holiday weekend.

"That will mitigate the workload avalanche and give you a head start, sans distraction," Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job," told Business Insider.

They scrutinize their to-do lists

Productive people know that long, unwieldy to-do lists are essentially useless. There's no better time to start cutting items from your list than the day you get back from long weekend.

"Now that you've spent a good bit away from your desk, you have tangible proof that those tasks you're always putting off aren't holding up your ceiling," freelance reporter Kevin Purdy writes in Fast Company.

They double check their schedules

Don't forget to double check your schedule. Remember, you'll likely be dealing with a shortened work week. Don't try to cram too many items onto your weekly schedule, or you might wind up burning yourself out.

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7 signs someone is in love with you — even if it doesn't seem like it


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  • Sometimes, it’s tough to tell if someone is in love with you.
  • However, some relationship experts believe that there are ways to tell if someone has stronger feelings than you may realize.
  • With a bit of detective work, you can look for behaviors that indicate that a person secretly loves you.


Sometimes, a person right in front of you may be in love with you, but you don’t realize it. Perhaps you’re friends who hang out a lot and you even tell others that nothing’s going on — you’re “just friends.” However, little do you know that the person isharboring secret feelings for you.

Or maybe you are dating, but get mixed signals from them — though they’re not saying “I love you,” they are showing you through their subtle actions. Yes, they rescued you when you got stranded in the middle of the freeway when you ran out of gas, but isn’t that what friends do?

To get the scoop, Business Insider spoke to two relationship experts, includingDr. Suzana E. Flores, clinical psychologist and author of “Facehooked: How Facebook Affects Our Emotions, Relationships, and Lives.” “While there is no guaranteed way to knowif a person is truly in love with you, there are a few signs someone can show to reveal how they really feel,” Dr. Flores told Business Insider.

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1. They have fun with you even if the task at hand is not fun, per se

The saying, "It’s not what you do, but who you're with" is popular for a reason — because it's true. Pay attention to the person who's always there for you, even when the task at hand is not outwardly a fun one, like helping you move. "A sign someone may be in love with you includes their ability to have fun with you even during mundane tasks," Dr. Flores said. "If they are happy to see you, no matter what the two of you are doing, it may be love."

Kailen Rosenberg, elite matchmaker and founder of The Lodge Social Club, a dating application with a three-step vetting process that launched earlier this month, agrees. "The person will often go the 'extra mile' to help you with something — a project, a need, an errand, etc.," she told Business Insider. "Bottom line, they want to be near you, thought of by you, and assist you."

2. They look at you ... a lot

The next time you’re with the person in question, note how often they look at you. Harvard psychologist Zick Rubin found a correlation between eye contact and love. In his study, couples deeply in love look at one another 75% of the time while talking, while people engaged in conversation only look at each other about 30-60% of the time.

"When someone is in love with you, they will stare at your eyes more directly and for a longer period of time; they want to be completely present with you," Dr. Flores said. "This is why it's so important to interact with a love interest in person versus just through digital connection — we need to connect emotionally through eye contact."

3. They pay more attention to you

Everyone is busy, right? But people also make time for things — and others — that are important to them. “Someone may be in love when they begin to focus a lot of their attention on you, especially in one-on-one settings,” Dr. Flores said. Rosenberg agrees. “They’re just like the boy on the playground who used to pull your hair or tease you when you were a kid,” she said.

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8 things successful people do after getting back from vacation


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  • Vacations are awesome.
  • But returning from a break can be a real bummer.
  • Here are some tips on how to ease back into work.

Coming back from a magical vacation isn't much fun.

One minute, you're lounging by the sparkling, blue sea without a care in the world. The next, you're back in your gray cubicle, feeling jet-lagged and sunburned.

But your transition back to the office doesn't have to be a total nightmare. In fact, there are certain steps you can take on your first day back that'll make the whole process much easier.

With some simple strategizing, you'll get back into your usual work groove in no time:

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Get an early start

If you want to ease back into work, you've got to prepare.

"Get to bed early the night before, and get in a little early," Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job," told Business Insider. "That will mitigate the workload avalanche and give you a head start, sans distraction."

Don't stretch yourself thin

Don't schedule a ton of meetings and deadlines during your first day back. That'll just leave you feeling overwhelmed and behind on your work.

"Ideally, try and keep your first day back schedule-free from any meetings or appointments — keep it as open as possible so that you have the entire day free to catch up and not feel overwhelmed," Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of "The Humor Advantage," told Business Insider.

Kerr recommended strategizing before you begin your day: "Take several minutes to plan your day before diving in, focus on priorities, and don't be afraid to ask for support."

If you're facing an avalanche of work, try prioritizing your tasks, Taylor said:

"Handle emergencies first. Decide what's most important to your job, your boss, and your project list. Look at the big picture, not what comes to you sequentially. Learn to say 'no' to low priority items hurled your way."

Get caught up

Before diving back in to individual emails and projects, Ryan Kahn, a career coach, founder of The Hired Group, and author of "Hired! The Guide for the Recent Grad," told Business Insider that it's important to get a broad idea of how things were while you were gone.

"Figure out if there were any major events or changes that occurred," he said. "This way, you'll be generally up to speed before diving in deep into the day-to day details of your work."

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'Solo' is the latest 'Star Wars' movie to bomb in China, and Disney has a big problem on its hands (DIS)


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  • "Solo: A Star Wars Story" had a bad Memorial Day weekend domestically but an even worse one in China.
  • The latest "Star Wars" movie earned only $10.1 million in the world's second-largest movie market.
  • This continues the consistent lackluster performance the franchise has had in the Middle Kingdom.

There aren't many instances in which Disney is on the wrong end of a box-office story, but this Memorial Day weekend, that's exactly what happened.

"Solo," the origin story of the legendary "Star Wars" character Han Solo, bombed not just domestically but also in the all-important international market.

"Solo" earned just $65 million internationally, according to weekend estimates. That's nowhere close to the Disney's Skywalker saga releases — "The Force Awakens" and "The Last Jedi," each of which did well over $200 million — or even its standalone release "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," which took in $135 million internationally its opening weekend.

"Solo" performed particularly poorly in China, the world's second-largest movie market.

The release made only $10.1 million in the Middle Kingdom, according to early estimates. That put it in third place for the weekend behind two holdovers, "Avengers: Infinity War" ($18 million) and the top earner for the weekend, the Chinese romantic comedy "How Long Will I Love U" ($25 million).

Historically, "Star Wars" has never grabbed the attention in China, but this is a new low for the franchise.

"The Force Awakens" is the only movie in the franchise's Disney era to make any noise there. It was able to muster a respectable $52.3 million opening weekend, which might have made Disney think China was ready for "Star Wars." It went on to earn $124.1 million its full run there. But it turns out you can chalk that up to the movie just being a global sensation. More recently, "The Last Jedi" had a $28.1 million opening and went on to earn only $42.5 million there. And "Rogue One," even with the casting of the Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen, pulled off just a $30 million opening ($69.4 million for its entire run).

RampageCompare that with how Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's movies perform in China, and it's a sobering reality for Disney.

Whether it's the "Fast and Furious" movies ("The Fate of the Furious" had a $184.9 million opening and went on to make $392.8 million) or titles in which he's the driving force like "San Andreas" ($52.2 million opening, $103.1 million total) or "Rampage" ($55 million open, $154.2 million total), audiences in China can't get enough of him.

It's not all bad for Disney in China, though. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has consistently been strong there. A big reason for that is that unlike "Star Wars," the MCU films have been released in China since the franchise's inception. The original "Star Wars" trilogy wasn't released in China until "A New Hope" opened in 2015.

But "Solo" may prompt Disney to change up its "Star Wars" strategy in China. This could mean less spending on marketing or a softer release strategy. The problem with that would be that Disney never does anything small with "Star Wars," and, more important, China is only growing in the movie business.

In the coming years, China is likely to surpass the US as the world's top movie market thanks to the country's massive building of movie theaters and its own successful homegrown movie productions. Disney certainly doesn't want to be on the outside looking in, especially with one of its major pieces of intellectual property.

Most in the industry whom Business Insider has spoken with are taking a wait-and-see approach in how Disney will go forward with "Star Wars" in China.

"The Middle Kingdom treats 'Star Wars' like a second-class cinematic citizen," Jeff Bock, a senior analyst for Exhibitor Relations, told Business Insider over the weekend. "They just aren't taken with the space saga, and unless Dwayne Johnson jumps on board, these lackluster grosses will continue."

As far as we know, The Rock isn't joining the franchise anytime soon.

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The psychological reasons why you fall in love with your colleagues


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  • People spend a lot of time with their colleagues.
  • This can lead to strong friendships, and sometimes romantic relationships. 
  • There is still a stigma about dating someone in your office, so people tend to be secretive about it.
  • But there are other issues to consider too, such as whether you truly are into each other, or whether it's simply escalated by your proximity.
  • Ultimately, it's important to recognise the difference. 

Work relationships are a funny thing. If you have a regular 9-5 job, you likely spend more hours of the day with your colleagues than you do your other friends, flatmates, or even your spouse.

When you tally up all that time, and the fact it takes about 200 hours to become best friends with someone, it's no surprise many people form close bonds with their workmates. About 17% of people also have a "work spouse," who they constantly message, talk to about the stresses of work, and hang out with.

Recent research from totaljobs found that 22% of people meet their actual romantic partner at work, too. That's compared to 13% meeting online, 18% meeting through friends, and 10% finding each other on a night out.

"Most adults spend a minimum of 1,680 hours per year in the office, so you are likely to spend more time with your coworkers than almost anyone else," David Brudö, CEO and cofounder of the mental well-being app Remente told Business Insider. "While you do not have a say in who your coworkers are, chances are that you will have common interests."

He added that working in an office gives you the opportunity to get to know someone in a way that you don't manage to as easily on "swipe right" dating apps.

"Working with someone daily, you will see how they respond to a problem, act under pressure, and interact with other coworkers," he said. "It is also easy to start sharing personal information and commiserating about difficulties faced in the office — perhaps over a lunch or after-work drinks."

The totaljobs survey of 5,795 UK workers revealed that two out of three people would be up for dating a colleague, while the remaining third would never dream of it. The main reason they gave for being wary was that they just didn't think romance and work should mix.

Among many people there's a fair amount of stigma attached to dating someone in your office, which is probably a factor in why 76% of those surveyed said they would keep their office romance a secret.

"There is a long-standing rule that you should not date your coworker," Brudö said. "The reasons are many: you risk losing your job, becoming uncomfortable at work, or creating office drama that could hurt your professional reputation.

"Knowing that, if the relationship does not work out, it could lead to rather tarnishing consequences and can take an emotional toll on both you and the coworker you were dating."

There are other things to consider, too. About 60% of those surveyed said they felt the pressure to act more professionally when they were in a work relationship, and 51% said they were concerned about gossip. One in three people said they felt judged by their coworkers for their relationship, one in six got made fun of, and one in 10 were even discriminated against as a result.

The survey also found that woman dating their manager is more likely to take a career hit than a man dating their manager in terms of promotions, salaries, and bonuses, and even relationships with other colleagues.

Close proximity can push your boundaries

Despite these pressures, a workplace relationship is relatively straight-forward. But they don't always work out the way you planned, which can muddy the waters.

For instance, one individual might be more invested in the relationship than the other — that's if it turns into anything at all.

As councilor Gregory L. Jantz points out in a blog post for Psychology Today, the intensity created in a work situation can mirror the intensity we experience in sexual relationships — leading to mixed messages and perplexing behaviour.

"Such feelings of attachment and unity can be similar enough to cause confusion," Jantz writes. "Even if the conscious mind does not acknowledge the connection, often the subconscious will. One or both partners may find themselves suddenly considering the other from a sexual point of view."

Spending more time together tends to break down defences between people faster, and that doesn't necessary result in romantic intimacy. But, as Jantz says, sometimes one party may loosen up too much, allowing a boundary to slip.

"If both partners are not careful to continually reestablish boundaries to keep their relationship within a certain framework, these 'slips' can lead one party to begin to view the partnership as more than just a work connection," he writes.

In other words, it is important to be clear about your boundaries, and work out what you really want from a work relationship — are you just friends, or is there something more? Sometimes the lines can blur, and it's tricky to work it out. But it's better to think it over before something happens that you might regret.

"A coworker can easily start to feel like the most important person in your life, romantically or otherwise," said Brudö. "It is important to recognise, however, the difference between feeling a certain closeness to someone because of the situation you are in (working together), and actually falling in love."

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Starbucks is closing more than 8,000 locations for racial bias training today — here's which shops will remain open


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  • Starbucks is closing more than 8,000 company-owned stores for racial bias training on Tuesday, May 29.
  • More than 175,000 employees are required to attend the training. 
  • Starbucks' 7,000 licensed stores in hotels, airports, and universities are not expected to close.

Starbucks is closing more than 8,000 company-owned stores for racial bias training on Tuesday afternoon. 

The training comes after a video went viral that showed two black men being arrested at a Starbucks location in Philadelphia. Employees at the store called the police when the men refused to leave after asking to use the restroom without having purchased any drinks.

"The incident has prompted us to reflect more deeply on all forms of bias, the role of our stores in communities and our responsibility to ensure that nothing like this happens again at Starbucks. The reflection has led to a long-term commitment to reform systemwide policies, while elevating inclusion and equity in all we do," executive chairman Howard Schultz said in an open letter on Tuesday.

More than 175,000 employees are required to attend the training. Stores will close around 1:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon. 

The remaining 7,000 licensed Starbucks stores, which are located in airports, hotels, grocery stores, and universities are not expected to close, however, Starbucks stated on its website

Target is one of them. The store confirmed that the Starbucks coffee shops in its stores will remain open on Tuesday and the staff here will be required to attend its own company biased training – rolled out in 2017 – in the future. 

Kroger is another: "Our Starbucks shops will remain open today as the locations are operated and staffed by Kroger associates. We are providing our associates with training this year that focuses on our values and how we care for our customers, communities, and each other," a spokesperson for the company told Business Insider.

Southeast chain Publix is also keeping its Starbucks location open as these are staffed by Publix associates, who are trained by the company, a spokesperson for the store told Business Insider. 

Albertsons, and its sister stores Subways and Vons, did not immediately confirm to Business Insider whether these locations will be temporarily closing. 

Before heading off – call your location to find out more information. 

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