Is this a ghost floating over the Tower of London?


A man believes he may have spotted a ghost in eerie footage shot at the Tower of London.

Paranormal investigator, Mark Vernon, 52, visited the historic building in June, when he recorded a video showing an unusual grey shape moving around in the sky near the tower.

“I could feel the presence,” Vernon said. “It’s like a little electrical shock when a presence comes close to me.”

Vernon believes the “figure” he captured was the entity of a lost soul from the tower.

“That’s why I started filming,” he said.

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Abraham Lincoln

Perhaps the most famous American ghost of all, legend has it the former U.S. president never left the White House following his assassination. His spirit supposedly remains to complete the business of his abbreviated second term and to be available in times of crisis.

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Dolley Madison 

Dolley proved she’s not one to mess with even after her death. Woodrow Wilson’s wife Edith ordered White House gardeners to dig up Dolley’s garden, but it never happened after her ghost supposedly scared the staff away.

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Andrew Jackson

The ghost of former president Andrew Jackson is believed to still be in his old bedroom — the Rose Room — at the White House. Twenty years after Jackson’s death, Mary Todd Lincoln, a devout believer in the spirit world, told friends that she’d heard him stomping through the corridors of the White House.

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Abigail Adams

Former U.S. president John Adams and his wife Abigail were the first inhabitants of the White House. It turns out Abigail never left! Supposedly the ghost of Abigail has been seen hurrying toward the East Room where she used to hang her laundry. 

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The USS Constellation 

The first sightings of ghosts started as soon as the USS Constellation was decommissioned and permanently docked in Baltimore in 1955.

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Theodosia Burr

The wife of wealthy Governor Joseph Alston of South Carolina, left her husband’s plantation and sailed north on the Patriot to visit her father in New York City. After her ship was raided, Burr was never seen again. Legend says that she survived and was taken care of by a Banker fisherman and his wife. 

Years later, Burr was on her deathbed. A doctor was called but Burr didn’t have any money to pay the doctor — he wanted the painting of Burr hanging on the wall as payment instead. She refused and ran out the door with the painting. The painting was found washed up on the shore and Burr was never seen again.

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Sarah Soule

There’s plenty of ghost ships in sea mythology.

One is the Sarah, named after a woman two sailors had fought over.

The one who won her heart named his ship Sarah, but ill-fortune had it lost at sea of Potts’ Point in Sydney. 

Some believers say they have spotted the ghost of the ship off the coast.

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As Vernon was following the ghostly figure with his camera, however, he said his battery ran out.

Vernon said he often has what he calls paranormal experiences, including separate instances at the Tower of London.

“I have filmed inside there and caught other stuff on camera as well as recording electronic voice phenomena,” Vernon added.

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Kelly Preston lists the ‘best parts’ of being married to John Travolta


Kelly Preston was smitten with John Travolta right away.

The pair met while filming the 1989 movie The Experts and the 55-year-old actress recalled while on Monday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen what it was like first seeing Travolta. 

“Well, I was not that happily married let’s put it that way. I was really with the wrong person,” Preston, who was married to Kevin Gage from 1985 to 1987, said.

“But this is what I see coming across the lobby: I’m sitting there ready to screen test and I see [Travolta],” she told Cohen while acting out someone walking with swagger. “We’ve been married 27 years this year.”

When asked to list the “best and worst” parts about being the 64-year-old actor’s wife, Preston gushed, “There [are] too many best things!”

“His lips, dancing, fun, laughing. [We still dance] all the time,” she added. “Kids dance with us, we dance at the house. We go out dancing. Yeah, I love it.”

Preston also revealed that she nearly landed Brooke Shields’ famous role in Blue Lagoon and went to high school with former President Barack Obama. She later opened up about planning Travolta’s epic 50th birthday party, where she introduced Oprah Winfrey to Barbra Streisand.

“I threw Johnny a surprise 50th birthday and they didn’t know each other. So I had literally gotten 350 people to fly in from all over the world. It was the most intense thing. They flew into Cabo, San Lucas and it was amazing,” Preston recollected. “There were 350 people waiting when he arrived and he thought it was the whole place, housekeepers and guests, [had] come out to meet him for autographs. He was like, ‘Oh hun. Oh my god.’ And I was like, ‘No just keep walking.’ And coming up the stairs were Oprah and Barbra together in harmony. He said, ‘Am I dead? Am I dead? Did I die? What is happening?’ It was amazing.”

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CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 15: Kelly Preston, Benjamin Travolta, John Travolta and Ella Bleu Travolta attend the screening of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 15: John Travolta of ‘Gotti’ and Kelly Preston pose with their children Ella Bleu Travolta (L) and Benjamin Travolta at the red carpet screening of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 15: Kelly Preston (L) and John Travolta of ‘Gotti’ pose with their children Ella Bleu Travolta (R) and Benjamin Travolta at the red carpet screening of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 15: Cannes Film Festival Director Thierry Fremaux, Kelly Preston, Benjamin Travolta, John Travolta and Ella Bleu Travolta attend the screening of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)

PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 12: Actor John Travolta, his wife Kelly Preston and their son Benjamin are seen at the ‘Four Seasons George V’ hotel on September 12, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 24: Actors Kelly Preston and John Travolta and daughter Ella Bleu Travolta attend the Oscars Governors Ball at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 12: Actor John Travolta signs autographs as he and his wife Kelly Preston, their son Benjamin and their daughter Ella Bleue are seen leaving the ‘Pizza Pino’ restaurant on September 12, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic)

UNSPECIFIED, UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 01: John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Ella Bleu Travolta attend the Ambi Gala In Honor of the Movie ‘Trading Paint’ on September 1, 2017 at an unspecified location in the United States. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Ambi)




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White House aide apologizes over ‘special place in hell’ comment directed at Justin Trudeau


WASHINGTON, June 12 (Reuters) – White House trade adviser Peter Navarro apologized on Tuesday for his sharp comments directed at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after last week’s Group of Seven summit, according to the Wall Street Journal.

At an event hosted by the Journal, Navarro said he had made a mistake, according to the newspaper.

“My mission was to send a strong signal of strength,” Navarro said at the event, the Journal reported. “The problem is that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate.”

Navarro, in a Fox News interview on Sunday, condemned Trudeau after the Canadian leader’s post-summit news conference following the summit with U.S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders from the Group of Seven.

“There is a special place in hell for any leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door and that’s what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference. That’s what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did,” Navarro said on the “Fox News Sunday” program.

A day before, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow also lashed out at Trudeau.

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QUEBEC, CANADA – JUNE 08: (—-EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT – ‘THIERRY QUENETTE / HANDOUT’ – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS—-) (L-R) The President of the European Council Donald Tusk, British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker pose for a family photo during the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada 08 June 2018. (Photo by Handout / Thierry Quenette/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and G7 leaders Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, and U.S. President Donald Trump discuss the joint statement following a breakfast meeting on the second day of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018. Adam Scotti/Prime Minister’s Office/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and G7 leaders Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, and U.S. President Donald Trump discuss the joint statement following a breakfast meeting on the second day of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018. Adam Scotti/Prime Minister’s Office/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

QUEBEC, CANADA – JUNE 08: (—-EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT – ‘ERIC BOLTE / HANDOUT’ – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS—-) Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau (R) greets Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada 08 June 2018. (Photo by Handout / Eric Bolte/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and G7 leaders France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump take part in a working session on the first day of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. Picture taken June 8, 2018. Adam Scotti/Prime Minister’s Office/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (not shown) during the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Donald Trump and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pose during a family photo at the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Canada?s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a bilateral meeting at the G7 Summit in in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with France’s President Emmanuel Macron during a bilateral meeting at the G7 Summit in in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton watches as President Donald Trump meets with France’s President Emmanuel Macron during a bilateral meeting at the G7 Summit in in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

U.S. President Donald Trump sits side by side with France’s President Emmanuel Macron during a bilateral meeting at the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

QUEBEC, CANADA – JUNE 08: (—-EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT – ‘ERIC BOLTE / HANDOUT’ – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS—-) (L-R) British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walk for the family portrait during the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada 08 June 2018. (Photo by Handout / Eric Bolte/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

QUEBEC, CANADA – JUNE 08: (—-EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT – ‘ERIC BOLTE / HANDOUT’ – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS—-) (L-R) The President of the European Council Donald Tusk, British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker pose for a family photo during the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada 08 June 2018. (Photo by Handout / Eric Bolte/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

French President Emmanuel Macron addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada. – The leaders of the G7 failed to heal a tariff dispute that has pushed them to the brink of trade war, as Donald Trump quit their summit early and warned Canada, Japan and Europe that ‘the gig is up.’ (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

LA MALBAIE , QC – JUNE 09: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May holds a press conference at the end of the second day of the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada. Canada hosted the leaders of the UK, Italy, the US, France, Germany and Japan for the two day summit, in the town of La Malbaie. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leaves following the final press conference at the conclusion of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, June 9, 2018. – Trudeau confirmed he had warned Donald Trump his country would impose retaliatory tariffs on US goods from July 1, denouncing Trump’s decision to invoke national security concerns to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel as ‘insulting’ to the Canadian war veterans who had fought alongside US allies. (Photo by Lars Hagberg / AFP) (Photo credit should read LARS HAGBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

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Police gather in the old sector of Quebec City, June 9, 2018 where anti G7 protests are planned later in the day. (Photo by Geoff Robins / AFP) (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

Riot police walk in formation during a protest march at the G7 Summit in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C) participates in a roundtable discussion with Small Island Developing States at the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi




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Both aides accused Trudeau of betraying Trump when he gave a news conference after the U.S. president had departed. At the event, Trudeau said Canada would take retaliatory steps in response to Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs imposed on Canada and other allies. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Doina Chiacu and Jeffrey Benkoe)



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5 best and worst jobs at Costco


With one of the lowest employee turnover rates in the retail industry, popular warehouse chain Costco consistently wins high marks in worker satisfaction. And the retail powerhouse, along with Boeing and Apple, was rated one of the best places to work in 2018 according to a new report from job website Indeed. Furthermore, Costco employees make an average salary of $69,000 according to Payscale and new entry-level positions start as high as $14.50 an hour.

Many employees have given favorable reviews about employment at Costco on Glassdoor, which might be because the retailer isn’t a stranger to promoting from within and rewarding loyal employees. In fact, Costco tends to avoid hiring business school grads, preferring to nurture employees who start on the floor in its warehouses. Working at Costco overall might come with great benefits, but some Costco jobs rate better than others, depending on the responsibilities and pay.

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1. CEO

Serving as CEO might just be the best job at Costco. Current Costco CEO Craig Jelinek makes about $6.5 million a year, counting bonuses and stock options. Jelinek is also widely admired by those who work with him, receiving a 95 percent approval rating according to Forbes. His duties as CEO include growing Costco’s online business, building and maintaining supplier relationships and increasing Costco’s international presence.

Jelinek is the poster child for Costco’s promoting-from-within practice. A San Diego State University graduate, Jelinek first joined the company in 1984, and after advancing through various positions, took on his current role in 2012. 

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2. Lead Wine Buyer

Widely known as one of the most influential people in the wine industry, Annette Alvarez-Peters travels around the world sourcing wines for Costco. She oversees a team of 12 wine buyers according to Forbes.

Alvarez-Peters worked various jobs at the company, from an entry-level accounting job to merchandising receptionist, before she became an alcohol buyer for the company’s Los Angeles division from 1995 to 2005. From there, she was promoted to her current position as assistant general merchandising manager of beverage alcohol, according to the Press Democrat.

Costco pays its assistant general managers an average of $99,000, which includes cash and stock bonuses, according to Glassdoor. Although Alvarez-Peters’ salary at Costco is not disclosed, it’s likely that with her tenure, she makes well over that amount. The perks alone are worth their weight in wine bottles. 

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3.  Senior Vice President of Merchandising, Non-Foods & Ecommerce

As the Senior Vice President of Merchandising at Costco, Claudine Adamo has come a long way. When Adamo first started working at Costco, it was not at the executive level. In fact, she started at the company’s warehouse. But after a year, she began making her way up the chain of command until she landed as the Senior Vice President of Merchandising. And no doubt, her job is an important one.

According to Payscale, the job of the vice president of merchandising for most companies is to promote services and products on behalf of their company at various events and use market data and research to help create efficient marketing strategies among other responsibilities, according to Payscale.  The average pay of a vice president of merchandising is $172,000 but can be as high as $270,000 annually. 

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4. Product Testing Technician

Costco employs technicians at a lab near Seattle who check for quality on all Costco products, according to the CNBC documentary, “Inside the Costco Craze.” Product testers verify measurements, weight and much more. During a toilet paper inspection, for instance, technicians measured whiteness, softness and texture. Other products tested include shirt collars and candy, CNBC reported.

Although job requirements and salaries vary by industry, the median hourly pay for quality control inspectors is $15.77, according to Payscale. The pay might not be that high, but Costco routinely pays over the national wage average and tends to promote from within. Not to mention that tasting chocolate and yes, even judging toilet paper, sounds like a cushy job. 

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5. Pharmacist

Costco provides some excellent employment options for in-store licensed pharmacists.  It operates more than 480 pharmacies and employs 1,800 pharmacists, according to the company’s website. And just like pay of other Costco careers, the salary of an in-house pharmacist is above decent. On average the salary of a Costco pharmacist is $133,000 a year according to Glassdoor.

Related: Pharmacist and Other Notoriously Overpaid Jobs

Whatever the job, any position at Costco can become a career, thanks to the retailer’s practice of promoting from within. “[Costco] has a number of vice presidents in their forties that started as cart pushers and front-end assistants, and have been with the company for 20 years,” Jelinek said in a Motley Fool interview. Consider that, and there’s no real worst job at Costco if it helps you climb your way to the top. 

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6. Cashier

Costco cashiers make an average salary of $27,669 annually, according to Glassdoor, which is not the highest of all Costco wages. Cashier responsibilities include member order processing, working the cash register and performing department set-up and closing tasks.

Cashier hours might not be inconsistent but the company offers great medical benefits, according to employee feedback on Glassdoor.

Don’t Miss: Companies That Offer Amazing Employee Benefits — and Don’t Require a Degree 

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7. Stocker

Stockers stock and straighten merchandise in the warehouse, and clean and clear aisles. Stock work can be seasonal, which means you’re not guaranteed a full-time job. And if you work part time, benefits don’t kick in for 180 days.

The average base pay for a Costco stock associate is $13 an hour, amounting to an average annual salary of $27,000, according to Glassdoor. 

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8. Customer Service Representatives

Not all jobs are glamorous, and customer service representative happens to fall in that category. In general, customer service representatives need to be tech-savvy, have proficient knowledge of Microsoft Word and know how to type efficiently. It is also common for customer service representatives to work at a call center and not on site. But the good news is that to work at Costco in this position, typically, only a high school diploma is needed for this position, according to Payscale.

This job pays an average of $13.13 an hour, according to Indeed.

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9. Sample Demonstrators

Those food and drink samples Costco shoppers love to try are usually handed out by contractors, most of them employed by a company called Club Demonstration Services.

Costco said it works to ensure sample demonstrators get above-industry-average wages. They work part-time or full-time and make an average of $12 an hour, according to Glassdoor.

Check Out: You’ll Hate These Jobs but Love the Money 

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10. Food Service Assistant

The food service assistant might have the worst job at Costco. Otherwise known as “food court worker,” this position typically serves the affordable hot dogs, pizza and other food that Costco customers purchase ready to eat on site. Food service assistants are expected to prepare and sell food and drinks, stock supplies and ingredients, and clean the kitchen areas.

Costco food court personnel make an average pay of $13 per hour, according to Glassdoor, and are awarded medical benefits after 180 days as a Costco employee, according to the store’s benefits policy for part-time workers.

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Superstore’s Nico Santos dating Survivor’s Zeke Smith


Nico Santos and Zeke Smith are in a relationship.

Santos, who stars as Mateo Liwanag in NBC’s America Ferrera-led comedy Superstore, revealed the new romance on Instagram. On Monday, June 11, 2018, he posted a photo of himself and Smith, writing, “We’re here! We’re queer! We’re brunching!” He continued, “Getting some after parade nomnoms with my love. Happy Pride Los Angeles!!!”

As E! News reported, the two celebs were first romantically linked in May, but the two hadn’t yet shared their relationship status with the public. They have both been seen on one another’s social media accounts, though they’d never formally announced that they were dating. On April 13, Smith shared a black-and-white photo of himself with Santos and actor Stephen Daniel Guarino at the 2018 GLAAD awards. On May 27, Smith posted a cute picture of himself with Santos, writing, “Palm Springin’.”

Likewise, Santos had previously hinted at his relationship with Smith on Instagram, posting a photo of the two of them at Spongebob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical in early May and a picture of what looks like the two of them holding hands in the theater. In the caption, he wrote, “Got to NYC yesterday after many, many years apart and spent my first night here with this handsome fella and SpongeBob! This show was amazing and so was the company.” Santos also called Smith his “bae” and seemingly referred to him as his boyfriend in other posts.

Fans of Survivor may best remember Smith for a shocking moment in the series’ 34th season, Survivor: Game Changers, in which his fellow contestant Jeff Varner outed him as transgender. As noted by CNN, Varner had asked Smith during the show, “Why haven’t you told anyone you’re transgender?” Varner, who claimed that he was trying to prove Smith was deceptive, was quickly criticized for his actions. Varner later apologized but was soon voted off of the show. He was also fired from his job as a North Carolina real estate agent, according to Entertainment Tonight.

“I didn’t want to be the ‘trans’ Survivor player. I wanted to be Zeke the Survivor player,” Smith shared at the time.





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Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump made $82 million while working in the White House last year


Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump earned at least $82 million last year from outside businesses while they worked as senior White House advisers, The Washington Post reported.

Unlike previous presidents and aides, neither Donald Trump nor his daughter and his son-in-law have divested themselves of business interests even while holding meetings and negotiating with figures around the world who could impact their private incomes.

According to their latest financial disclosure filings, Ivanka Trump earned $3.9 million from her stake in the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Yet the RNC and other Republican committees and candidates have spent nearly $2 million of their donors’ money at hotels and resorts that enrich the Trumps personally. 

Kushner also reported over $5 million in income from Quail Ridge, a New Jersey apartment complex that was purchased by his family’s business, Kushner Companies, last year.

A spokesman for Abbe Lowell, the couple’s ethics counsel, sent a statement to the Post saying that they had confirmed with all ethics regulations and that their “net worth remains largely the same” as the previous year.

Critics, however, raised concerns that the couple’s — and Donald Trump’s — businesses have appeared to benefit directly from their activity as public officials.

China approved several of Ivanka Trump’s trademarks last month at the same time her father was agreeing to drop sanctions against Chinese telecom company ZTE. Days before Trump’s decision, the Chinese government agreed to invest half a billion dollars in an Indonesia theme park resort linked to the Trump Organization through a licensing deal.

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Senior White House Adviser Ivanka Trump and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stand next to the dedication plaque at the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, during the dedication ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – MAY 14: (ISRAEL OUT) (EDITOR’S NOTE: Alternate crop.) White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrive to the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018 in Jerusalem, Israel. US President Donald J. Trump’s administration officially transfered the ambassador’s offices to the consulate building and temporarily use it as the new US Embassy in Jerusalem. Trump in December last year recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced an embassy move from Tel Aviv, prompting protests in the occupied Palestinian territories and several Muslim-majority countries. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images,)

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (L) and US President’s daughter Ivanka Trump walk after unveiling an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. – The United States moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump’s decision tossing aside decades of precedent. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP) (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

US President’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner are seen during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. – The United States moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump’s decision tossing aside decades of precedent. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP) (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President’s daughter Ivanka Trump (R) and her husband Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner (L) arrive for the controversial inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. – The United States moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump’s decision tossing aside decades of precedent. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP) (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

US President’s daughter Ivanka Trump (C) and her husband Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner (L) arrive for the controversial inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. – The United States moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump’s decision tossing aside decades of precedent. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP) (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)




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A major Israeli insurer loaned Kushner Cos. $30 million just days before Jared Kushner visited Israel to work on a peace plan.

Early last year, his father, Charles Kushner, pressed a Qatari official for a $500 million loan from a government-controlled investment fund. Weeks after Charles Kusher’s request was denied, Jared Kushner backed a blockade of the nation enacted by Saudi Arabia.

While Jared Kushner has stepped down from managing the family business, he retains about 90 percent of his investments in the real estate operations, according to a Washington Post analysis.

Earlier this month, Charles Kushner blasted ethic officials, calling them “jerks” who can’t get a “real job.” He also talked about the “sacrifices” his son and daughter-in-law had made.

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North Charleston & South Carolina

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner arrive on Air Force One to accompany U.S. President Donald Trump for his tour of the Boeing South Carolina facility in North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Florida

U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump (C) and her family, husband Jared Kushner (L) and children Joseph and Arabella Kushner, arrive aboard the Marine One helicopter with the president to board Air Force One for travel to Florida from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. March 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Michigan

White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (C) attends a roundtable discussion held by U.S. President Donald Trump with auto industry leaders at the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, U.S. March 15, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Germany

U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner (L) speaks with Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, before departing for Iraq from Ramstein Air Base, Germany April 3, 2017. DoD/Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Iraq

Jared Kushner, senior advisor and son-in-law to U.S. President Donald Trump, meets with service members at a forward operating base near Qayyarah West in Iraq, April 4, 2017. DoD/Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Handout via REUTERS 

Florida

China’s first lady Peng Liyuan talks with Trump Senior Advisor Jared Kushner as they attend a dinner at the start of a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Saudi Arabia

White House senior advisor Jared Kushner (C) arrives to join U.S. President Donald Trump and the rest of the U.S. delegation to meet with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Israel 

White House senior advisor Jared Kushner leaves a note at the Western Wall in Jerusalem May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Italy

White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump arrive to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

New Jersey

White House senior advisor Jared Kushner holds his son Theo as U.S. President Donald Trump with the first family arrives at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, U.S., after a weekend at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

West Bank

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with White House senior advisor Jared Kushner in the West Bank City of Ramallah June 21, 2017. Thaer Ghanaim/PPO/Handout via REUTERS 

Poland 

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, senior advisor of President Donald Trump, arrive aboard Air Force One at Warsaw military airport in Warsaw, Poland July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh




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In 2013, the Trump Organization signed a 60-year-lease with the federal government for the building that now houses the Trump International Hotel. The president’s interest in the hotel — which his daughter also profits from — is currently being challenged in court as unconstitutional

The District of Columbia and Maryland are arguing that anti-corruption clauses of the Constitution bar hotel payments from foreign officials and governments to a federal officeholder. Questions by judge Peter Messitte of the United States District Court in Maryland indicate that he may rule in favor of the plaintiffs, The New York Times reported.

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15 foods nutritionists always buy at Costco


Looking for healthy food shopping inspiration at Costco? Get the inside scoop on what nutritionists put in their grocery carts at the food warehouse.

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Organic nut packets

For Sharon Zarabi, RD, program director of bariatric surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, one of the best Costco finds is organic mixed nuts. “Nuts are packed with nutrients ranging from heart-healthy fats to fiber, which aids in digestion, and even more so proteins, which help you keep your hunger at bay,” she says. She also loves portion controlled nuts from Costco because with nuts, “once you pop, you can’t stop.”

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Kirkland Signature shelled pistachios

Another nutty favorite with dietitians is pistachios. Lauren Manaker, RD, and her family go through Costco’s Kirkland brand like they’re going out of style. Manaker says pistachios are an excellent source of protein, healthy fats, and nutrients like manganese and vitamin B6—but they are typically tedious to de-shell. That’s what makes this Costco option so great. “These pistachios come pre-shelled, so adding it to anything is as simple as opening the bag,” she says.

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Wild Alaskan canned salmon

This canned fish is a favorite of Zarabi because it contains omega-3 fatty acids. But what’s really special about this Costco option is that it’s wild. “Most fish canned in the U.S. is farm raised,” Zarabi says. “Wild salmon is higher in omega-3s than their counterparts and [they] also eat a more natural diet as they are free to roam the sea.” Plus, fish is an excellent source of protein, which helps keep you full.

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Single hummus packs

Costco sells single pack servings of non-GMO, organic hummus. Zarabi says that means they are made with the highest quality chickpeas. Really fresh hummus can go bad quickly once opened due to oxidation, so these single-servings are a money saver, too. Zarabi suggests swapping mayo for hummus or using it as a dip for fresh raw veggies. Here are 10 more things you never knew you could buy at Costco.

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Kirkland Signature Three Berry Blend

This frozen bag is a blend of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Zarabi loves this Costco item because it’s convenient and full of vitamins, fibers, and antioxidants. “They are the perfect addition to smoothies, yogurts, or even my personal favorite, as a frozen treat for the summer,” she says.

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Smart for Life Cookies

For those who need something more starchy to satisfy their sweet-tooth, Zarabi recommends Smart for Life cookies from Costco. These are gluten-free, low in sugar, made with non-GMO ingredients, and clock in at only 100 calories. “The low sugar and high protein content will prevent spikes and crashes in your blood sugar levels, so you won’t be craving a second cookie,” Zarabi says. “You will satisfy that craving and be good to go.”

Protein shakes

The specific brand at your Costco location may vary, but any of the low-carb shakes could be a good addition to your haul. And no, they aren’t just for people who want to build muscle. It’s actually a perfect on-the-go snack or breakfast for anyone who has a busy schedule. “This is an easy way to add to your regimen, as protein keeps you full and the low sugar content prevents that sugar addiction first thing in the morning,” Zarabi says. “[The] best part is they don’t need to be refrigerated until they are opened.” Plus, they have a relatively long shelf life.

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Organic Wholly Guacamole minis

Portion-controlled guacamole packs are a popular pick for Costco grocery hauls, too. Chelsey Amer, MS, RDN, CDN, a virtual dietitian based in NYC, says that Organic Wholly Guacamole minis are a good choice. “These individual packs of guacamole are a great on-the-go snack with whole grain crackers or sliced veggies,” Amer says. “The slowly digested healthy fat from avocado will keep you full for hours.” Check out all the things you can do (and buy) at Costco without a membership.

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Comvita Manuka Honey 5+

Manuka honey is different from your average sweetener. Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, and author of Eating in Color says this Costco pick has the three key markers that signify manuka honey: leptosperin, DHA, and methylglyoxal. Not to mention, this honey is also proven to help improve sleep, fight acne, and aid digestion, among other cures. “I take a spoonful of manuka daily and add an extra dose when I’m sick or dealing with allergies,” Largeman-Roth says.

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KIND protein bars

These protein bars are a staple snack for Amy Gorin, MS, RDN. “I love that Costco sells them in a 16-pack of the Crunchy Peanut Butter bars and White Chocolate Cinnamon Almond bars,” she says. As a vegetarian, Gorin is always looking for great sources of plant-based protein, and up to two thirds of each bar’s 12 grams of protein come from nuts. These bars also get bonus points for coming in a variety of flavorsand not using artificial ingredients, sweeteners, or sugar alcohols.

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Kirkland Organic extra virgin olive oil

Finding a high-quality olive oil for a decent price isn’t as tough as you might think. Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN, of Lively Table says the Kirkland brand tastes wonderful and, at $16.99 for a two-liter bottle, it’s a really good deal. “It’s my favorite cooking oil because it provides healthy monounsaturated fat,” McMordie says. “I go through tons in my house!” Here are more shopping perks only Costco members know about.

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Garlic

McMordie also goes through garlic quickly. That’s why she likes buying whole heads in bulk at Costco. “Fresh garlic is the ultimate flavor booster for cooking and contains the antioxidant allicin, which could help prevent damage from free radicals,” McMordie says.

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Grape tomatoes

Shelley A. Rale, MS, RDN, and her family never tire of these tiny tomatoes. They are the one thing that is always on her Costco list. “They are part of my husband’s lunch, a quick snack for any time of day, easily added to a salad when we have one, or added to a cooked dish for dinner,” she says. Not only are they filling, but Rale says they are a good source of vitamin C, antioxidants, and lycopene. Now that you’ve seen some of the best Costco purchases, make sure you know these things you should never buy from Costco.




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Facebook is cracking down on businesses that lie to customers in their ads


  • Facebook is making it easier for customers to leave feedback on merchants whose ads they saw on the platform.
  • The company says it will use the information to help merchants create more accurate ads and weed out scammers.
  • The goal is to make Facebook a place where people can trust the businesses that are advertising.

Facebook is endeavoring to make its ads less frustrating for users.

Specially, it’s trying to weed out unhelpful and misleading ads for the physical products that consumers are buying. Users who click through and place orders on online-shopping websites that are advertising on Facebook will now be able to easily leave feedback on the merchant.

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Microsoft

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Huawei  — Chinese company is the world’s third-largest smartphone maker

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Lenovo

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OPPO — Chinese smartphone maker

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TCL Corp. — China’s largest television and cellphone producer

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Examples of feedback that users can provide include that the product was not as advertised, or that its advertised shipping speed was misleading or inaccurate.

Facebook will anonymize and aggregate the data, which will show up in the business’ ads dashboard on Facebook. If the business corrects the issues, it can stay in good standing. If not, the ads will suffer until, at a certain point, Facebook will refuse to show them to users at all.

“Most businesses who receive this feedback do want to improve and do take steps to improve the customer experience and setting better customer expectations up front,”  Sarah Epps, product marketing director at Facebook, told Business Insider.

Some, however, are just looking to intentionally mislead potential customers.

“We have no tolerance,” Epps said. “We put people first, and we do what need to do to enforce against bad actors.”

Eventually, Epps says, she hopes to see zero negative experiences on Facebook related to online-shopping ads.

“When people have these bad experiences, it is bad for trust with all businesses on the platform, and it’s bad for Facebook,” Epps said. “The goal is to provide more relevant and trustworthy experiences interacting with businesses on Facebook.”

An explosion of e-commerce businesses have flooded Facebook’s advertising network, marketing nearly every physical good under the sun. Like any marketplace, however, scam artists have found ways to take advantage of its popularity.

The new tool was announced in a Facebook blog post and is available globally as of Tuesday. The tool is designed to let users who have clicked on an ad to quickly leave feedback.

Some users will see prompts in the form of Facebook notifications requesting feedback. Other users can also leave feedback by going into the settings tab on the website and on mobile.

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Jim Parsons credits Britney Spears for his success on ‘Tonight Show’


Jim Parsons thanked Britney Spears for his successful acting career Monday on “The Tonight Show.”

“The Big Bang Theory” star told host Jimmy Fallon that while he was auditioning for graduate drama schools in the late ’90s, he used the pop star’s “Baby One More Time” video as inspiration when he was “trying to get focused.”

The image of Spears dancing in the hallway in “that Catholic school girl uniform” did the trick, he said.

“Something about that song, and especially that video, really worked for me,” Parsons said. “Obviously not in a sexual way ― I’m a good gay! But there was something inspirational.”

Parsons noted that he got into school “and I eventually got a career. So I give a lot of credit for my acting career to Britney.”

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WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN — Pictured: Jim Parsons — (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN — Pictured (l-r): Diane Lane and Jim Parsons — (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 03: Actor Jim Parsons is seen on May 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: Jim Parsons arrives at the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 24: Actor Jim Parsons attends Vanity Fair and Genesis Celebrate ‘Hidden Figures’ on February 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 24: Actors Jim Parsons (L) and Taraji P. Henson attend Vanity Fair and Genesis Celebrate ‘Hidden Figures’ on February 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 29: Actor Jim Parsons attends People And EIF’s Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Gala at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for People Magazine)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 20: Actor Jim Parsons visits New York for the premiere of his weekly talk show ‘Jim Parsons is Too Stupid for Politics’ exclusively on SiriusXM Radio Andy channel 102 at SiriusXM Studios on January 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 29: Jim Parsons poses at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS — Episode 475 — Pictured: (l-r) Actor Jim Parsons during an interview with host Seth Meyers on January 19, 2017 — (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

PALM SPRINGS, CA – JANUARY 03: Actor Jim Parsons arrives for Variety’s celebration of ’10 Directors To Watch’ and Creative Impact Awards at Parker Palm Springs on January 3, 2017 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)

PALM SPRINGS, CA – JANUARY 02: Jim Parsons arrives at the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2017 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)




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Russell Wilson interviews Jim Brown for ‘LEGENDS’ series


NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown sat down for a conversation with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson that touched on everything from his childhood to his favorite play with the Cleveland Browns. The interview was part of Wilson’s “LEGENDS” series.

To see the complete interview and other full episodes of “LEGENDS” with Wilson, download the TraceMe app.

Brown said he grew up poor, “but there was always a determination I had naturally.”

Brown discussed his off-field life, which included costarring with actress Raquel Welch and trying to bring peace to gangs. “You can’t outwork me and you can’t outthink me,” Brown said. “That’s my attitude.”



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