A rising basketball prodigy, a pandemic, a fatal shooting. The Semaj Miller story

Laveta Brigham

Taloma Miller looks through a stack of photos of her late son Semaj and lingers on a school portrait of him when he was much younger. Semaj Miller, a 14-year-old basketball player with NBA potential according to some, was shot and killed in Compton on July 29. <span class="copyright">(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Taloma Miller looks through a stack of photos of her late son Semaj and lingers on a school portrait of him when he was much younger. Semaj Miller, a 14-year-old basketball player with NBA potential according to some, was shot and killed in Compton on July 29. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

The two coaches sat in chairs behind the basket along the wall of the brick-lined gym at Lueders Park in Compton and pondered the what-ifs.

Months earlier, before the novel coronavirus outbreak halted his youth basketball season, 14-year-old Semaj Miller perfected his dribbling and made shot after shot on that court.

Miller already stood 6 feet 6. Derrick Cooper and Tony Thomas predicted future stardom. They know NBA talent when they see it.

Cooper mentored James Harden, the 2018 NBA most valuable player with the Houston Rockets, in youth basketball. Thomas coached San Antonio Spurs star DeMar

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Are carebots ’empathetic’ enough to replace human doctors?

Laveta Brigham

Research shows that doctors who offer empathic and positive messages can reduce a patient’s pain, improve their recovery after surgery, and lower the amount of morphine they need. But it doesn’t mean that telling a patient something simple, such as “this drug will make you feel better,” will have an effect. It’s more complicated than that, as our latest research shows.

Positive messages are usually repeated, definite, specific, and personal. They should also be communicated by an authority figure who shows empathy (see graphic below). While our study does not identify what the most effective components of a positive message are (the sample was too small), the results imply that, for example, a positive message that is not specific or personalized and is delivered by a doctor perceived to lack authority and empathy, will not have the desired effect.

What does all this mean for digitally assisted consultations ranging from

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Why Men Are Turning to Cosmetic Procedures for a Competitive Edge in the Boardroom

Laveta Brigham

Not long ago, a successful Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur decided to make a risky new investment he’d been toying with for years. “I’d just hit 50 and sold my second company,” he recalls. “I looked at myself and thought, I have another 20 years of work in front of me, so I’m going to go do this now.”

Marc paid $25,000 for a lower face-lift and a nose job. (His name and those of the other patients who spoke to Robb Report have been changed at their request.) “One of the best investments I’ve made,” he says. Unlike other investments in Marc’s career, this one was a closely guarded secret, known only to his doctor, wife, brother—and now you.

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Nine out of 10 cosmetic procedures in the US are performed on women. Yet to Marc and a growing number of high-flying men, nips, tucks and injections

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Best Tennessee Auto Insurance (2020)

Laveta Brigham

Here are the top providers of Tennessee auto insurance, as well as an overview of the state’s requirements.

 

Searching for Tennessee auto insurance? Our team has done all of the research on the best car insurance companies so you don’t have to. Read our guide in order to choose the right provider for your needs in Tennessee.

If you live in the Volunteer State, it is required for you to have auto insurance coverage to drive safely. Factors such as your vehicle make and model, driving history, and your age can affect your insurance premium, so it’s important to find the best personalized coverage for you. We’ve evaluated the pros and cons of each provider as well as the state’s minimum requirements and what they mean.

We recommend getting multiple car insurance quotes in order to make the best decision. Enter your zip code in the tool below to start

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Trying to Make It Big Online? Getting Signed Isn’t Everything

Laveta Brigham

Tianna Singer, a TIkTok influencer, in Los Angeles, Aug. 12, 2020. (Rozette Rago/The New York Times)
Tianna Singer, a TIkTok influencer, in Los Angeles, Aug. 12, 2020. (Rozette Rago/The New York Times)

This spring, Marcus Olin moved into a sprawling mansion in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles with seven other TikTok creators. His bedroom overlooked downtown Los Angeles, and waking up to the view every morning felt like a dream.

“I was like, ‘Man, that’s my city,’” Olin, 21, said. “I felt like I owned it.”

The Kids Next Door, as Olin and his housemates are known, is one of many influencer collab houses that have formed in Los Angeles over the last year. Several of them have leases that are signed or co-signed by talent management companies.

In the case of the Kids Next Door house, that leaseholder was Ariadna Jacob, the founder and chief executive of a talent management firm called Influences.

The deal was this: Jacob agreed to pay about half

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How to open schools the right way this fall

Laveta Brigham

Of all the challenges COVID-19 has thrown at us, nothing is more daunting than figuring out how to open and operate schools this fall. The problems are complex, multifaceted and impact almost all of us. As an education official in Richmond, Virginia said:  “…planning for reopening school this fall is like playing a game of 3-D chess while standing on one leg in the middle of a hurricane.” 

That’s a simile as powerful as it is apt. (It also kind of sounds like Mr. Spock-meets-Jumpin’ Jack Flash.)

And this most fraught back-to-school of all time has begun of course. (Depending on where you live, kids return to school as early as the first week of August or as late as the second week of September. Every one of the nation’s 13,000 school districts has its own calendar. Ditto for colleges and universities.) But opening day is just the starting point.

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20 courses for less than $20 that will help you learn something new

Laveta Brigham

20 courses for less than $20 that will help you learn something new
20 courses for less than $20 that will help you learn something new

As disappointing and discouraging as the cancellations and postponement of events and milestones may be, this forced free time has given us all a unique opportunity to better ourselves. You can focus your extra time on amping up your workout routines and eating healthier or you can fuel your mind by learning new skills. Both are great, but if you opt for the latter category, we’ve got the perfect thing to help you get started.

These 20 online courses are all under $20 for a limited time and can help you use your period of social distancing to build skills that make you more well-rounded, more marketable to employers, and just an overall better version of yourself. The year 2020 could be the perfect time for growth, after all. Whether you want to learn to code, launch

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This online course teaches you how to become an Instagram influencer

Laveta Brigham

This online course teaches you how to become an Instagram influencer
This online course teaches you how to become an Instagram influencer

TL;DR: The Complete Instagram Influencer Bundle is on sale for £22.21 as of August 15, saving you 98% on list price.

Even if you aren’t descended from a long line of famous people, there is money to be made on Instagram.

And while effectively growing your IG following is unlikely to have brands, businesses, or corrupt foreign regimes just begging to thrust you into the 1% with lucrative #SponCon, it could go some way to supplementing your revenue stream. Everyone loves a side hustle, especially if you can do it on your phone.

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If you have zero clues as to how to go about this, this bundle of eight online courses on Instagram influencing could be a big help. Along with a course for true IG newbies, there’s

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What Is It and How to Read It

Laveta Brigham

Businessman looks at green grass

In business, maintaining positive cash flow is vitally important. Cash flow refers to the movement of cash in and out of a business as it generates revenue while also covering its operating expenses. A cash flow statement is a way to summarize cash flow activity and analyze trends. Understanding how to read (or write) a cash flow statement is important for measuring the financial health of your business. And if you’re an investor, cash flow statements can offer insight into a company’s financials to help you decide whether it belongs in your portfolio.

Cash Flow Statement, Explained

A cash flow statement is essentially a snapshot of a business’s cash flow during a set time frame. This is also referred to as an accounting period. A cash flow statement lets you see at a glance how cash moves through a business.

When cash flows into

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Sasheer Zamata on social media & her comedic influencer killing “Spree”

Laveta Brigham

Sasheer Zamata in “Spree” Dreamcrew Entertainment

“Originally it was going to be just purely an indictment of this horrible trend in America of white male mass murderers,” says “Spree” director and co-writer (with Gene McHugh) Eugene Kotlyarenko. “Then when we came upon the idea that actually there’s a lot that horrible people like that share in common with influencer culture.”

Shot largely with GoPro and phone cameras and unfolding in a livestream format, “Spree” takes what could be a gimmicky concept and turns it into an unnervingly comic horror tale. “Stranger Things” actor Joe Keery is Kurt Kunkle, a rideshare driver and frustrated aspiring social media star who decides to start poisoning, stabbing and drilling his hapless passengers in pursuit of likes. But when he crosses paths with Jessie Adams (“SNL” veteran Sasheer Zamata) a comedian with a sharp social media game, he begins to think she may hold the

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