Dozens of transgender people in Florida are crowdfunding to flee the state, and they've raised more than $200,000 by thisisinsider in florida

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  • Dozens of transgender people in Florida have turned to crowdfunding appeals to help them leave the state after the passage of new legislation that targets the LGBTQ+ community, including a law that curtails access to gender-affirming care for adults and bans it for minors.
  • Not all trans people seek medical interventions. But for those who do, losing access to hormone therapy, or interrupting other care, can be devastating for their mental health. Over time, they can lose some of the sex characteristics generated by the hormones.
  • Jalen Drummond, GoFundMe's director of public affairs, said the online fundraising platform saw a 39% increase from April to May in the number of fundraisers created to help trans people leave the state because of the changing laws.

Universe is evaporating by drishah in india

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From the article:

  • Stephen Hawking famously predicted in 1974 that black holes die by evaporation.
  • But experts thought the extreme gravitational environments of black holes were unique to his theory.
  • A new study suggests this Hawking radiation that kills black holes could also kill everything else.

NYC's subway is testing platform gates in a few stations to prevent people from being pushed onto tracks by thisisinsider in nyc

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From the article:

  • The New York City MTA will start installing barriers on three platforms in the months ahead, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority told The New York Post.
  • The new barriers, part of a test, will be at just three stations and cost $100 million.
  • The stations that will be outfitted with the platform screens will be Times Square-42nd Street Station, the Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue Station, and the 3rd Avenue Station.

It's becoming clear that AI is going to whack the mediocre middle of office workers by Gari_305 in Futurology

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"A recent Goldman Sachs study found that generative AI tools could, in fact, impact 300 million full-time jobs worldwide, which could lead to a "significant disruption" in the job market.

Still, Anu Madgavkar, a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute, said that human judgement needs to be applied to these technologies to avoid error and bias."

Insider talked to experts and conducted research to compile a list of jobs that are at highest-risk for replacement by AI, which included customer service agents, market research analysts, media jobs, and some tech jobs.

A woman was killed waiting outside a shuttered shelter in Kyiv during a Russian missile barrage, calling into question the poor state of Ukraine's air-raid shelters by thisisinsider in UkrainianConflict

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TL;DR — from the article:

  • An inspection has found nearly a quarter of Ukraine's air-raid shelters are locked or unusable.
  • Out of the "over 4,800" shelters, the Ukrainian interior ministry said it had inspected, 252 were locked and a 893 were "unfit for use."
  • A Kyiv woman waiting at a locked shelter was hit by falling missile fragments, during a Russian missile barrage on Thursday, according to the Kyiv regional prosecutor's office.
  • Kyiv's mayor said there had been "more than a thousand" complaints about dilapidated air-raid shelters.

Elizabeth Holmes ordered dinners for Theranos staff but made sure they weren't delivered until after 8 p.m. so they worked late: book by thisisinsider in antiwork

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From the article:

  • According to John Carreyrou's book "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup," the Theranos founder was obsessed with monitoring how many hours her employees were putting in, and would find ways to keep them working late.
  • One of these approaches involved getting dinner delivered to the Theranos office every night.
  • However, Holmes timed the delivery between 8 p.m. and 8.30 p.m., meaning staff often weren't leaving work until 10 p.m., according to the book.

The Roman Catholic Church has launched an inquiry after two nuns came back from their missionary trips pregnant by Maximum-Toast in facepalm

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  • The Roman Catholic Church is investigating after two nuns returned from a missionary trip pregnant.
  • The two women were from different orders in Sicily and went on separate charity assignments in Africa.
  • Both women have moved back to their home countries for childbirth. It is unclear what will happen to them, although they will most likely "leave their religious service."
  • "They both breached strict rules of chastity but the welfare of their children is uppermost," a church source told a local news agency.

After a year of fighting in Ukraine, the brutal logic behind Russia's 'human wave' attacks is becoming clear by Flubadubadubadub in UkrainianConflict

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TLDR, from reporter Michael Peck:

  • Earlier failures and high losses in Ukraine have led Russia to revert to four types of infantry.
  • Among them is "disposable" infantry, who are given little training and the most dangerous missions.
  • These tactics are meant to gather information about Ukrainian positions, a recent think-tank report says.

It's becoming clear that AI is going to whack the mediocre middle of office workers by Gari_305 in Futurology

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TLDR, from reporter Matt Turner:

  • AI is going to have a huge impact on the workforce, making many workers more productive. But just as there will be winners in the workplace, there will be losers.
  • More specifically, AI could disproportionately impact the middle class of white-collar workers — the folks who are mid-career, mid-ability, mid-level, and yes, in some cases, mediocre.
  • Academics Erik Brynjolfsson, Lindsey R. Raymond, and Danielle Li recently studied the impact of access to an AI-based conversational assistant on almost 5,200 customer support agents at a Fortune 500 software company. The trio found that the tool helped increase productivity by 14%. And critically, it was novice workers who benefited most.

'Ted Lasso' star Phil Dunster weighs in on the open-ended series finale, giggling through scenes with Brett Goldstein, and life after playing Jamie Tartt by thisisinsider in TedLasso

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TLDR, from reporter Olivia Singh:

  • Phil Dunster, who plays superstar striker Jamie Tartt, unpacked the show's ending with Insider.
  • Dunster reacted to the love triangle's vague conclusion and reminisced about his favorite scenes.
  • "It was really sad, but also, it's like the end of high school," Dunster told Insider of his emotional last day on set. "It was like we were all excited for the next thing to happen, but we all were loving it whilst we were still in it."

10 images of the devastation following a 3-train crash in India that killed nearly 300 passengers by thisisinsider in worldnews

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TLDR, from reporter Isobel van Hagen:

  • Nearly 300 people were killed in one of the deadliest train crashes in decades in India on Friday.
  • A train in Odisha derailed onto an adjacent track, struck by an oncoming train.
  • The cause of the crash is not immediately clear. Officials said a "high-level inquiry" was needed.

Matt Onofrio made $35 million helping everyday people invest in real estate. Then he was indicted. Was it all a scam? by thisisinsider in REBubble

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From reporter Daniel Grieger, "Matt Onofrio had a remarkable story. Around 2020, fed up with his career as a nurse anesthetist, the now 32-year-old Wisconsin native quit his job to start investing full time in commercial real estate.

He had no experience in the industry, yet in a few short years he'd raked in tens of millions of dollars. He was the everyman who'd made it big — and he made it sound simple.

Handsome, with close-cropped hair and manicured sideburns, Onofrio became a regular in the investing podcast circuit, peppering his speech with self-help tropes and suggestions that "mindset," "massive action," and setting a "vivid vision" were as important as business know-how. His pitch reached everyone from doctors in California to wannabe entrepreneurs in the Midwest.

Even celebrities were dazzled. The mixed-martial-arts star Michael Chandler set up a video call with Onofrio in 2021. The 37-year-old, who has a wife and two kids, knew he couldn't stay in the ring forever and wanted to replicate Onofrio's success for himself.

In the meeting, Onofrio went out of his way to impress Chandler. He mentioned a book deal with the investing media company BiggerPockets and at one point held up his phone to show that his bank account contained about $35 million. By the end of the year, Chandler was sitting at a closing table in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, where Onofrio had persuaded him to buy a $16 million commercial property that housed a rehab facility.

But as Chandler scrutinized the paperwork, he realized the deal was more complicated than Onofrio had let on. Onofrio had arranged to buy the property himself months earlier for $12 million. Now he was transferring the contract to Chandler, charging him a $4 million markup. "Michael didn't expect Matt was setting up this deal out of the goodness of his heart," Chandler's attorney, Brendan Johnson, said. "But he certainly didn't appreciate that there would be a $4 million swing."

The property's rental income was just enough to cover its debt and produce modest proceeds, so Chandler put aside his misgivings and signed. Then, in November 2022, federal prosecutors indicted Onofrio on charges involving three deals he'd arranged in Minnesota the year before. It's common practice in real estate to buy a property and flip it to a buyer for a higher price. But the indictment accuses Onofrio of going further. Onofrio, it states, created fake purchase agreements to make his inflated prices seem legitimate to banks, temporarily wired his clients money to dupe banks into lending to them, and lent his clients part of the properties' purchase prices — that they paid him back with interest — without telling the banks.

All of this, the indictment states, amounted to bank fraud. As part of the case, the government froze Onofrio's bank account. No trial date has been set, and Onofrio has yet to enter a plea. Onofrio's attorneys said they "preferred not to comment at this time."

Chandler was shocked to learn that Onofrio, whom he called one of the most "unassuming" people he'd ever met, was an accused fraudster. Onofrio seemed so benign, so completely ordinary, that Chandler had never thought to question him.

The months of shame, uncertainty, and regret have been "the most horrific thing I've ever had to go through in my entire life," said Chandler, who's worried the property will end up being a financial drain. "And I've gone through a lot of tough stuff."

The federal complaint doesn't involve the property Onofrio sold to Chandler. Yet there are striking similarities between Chandler's deal and those described in the indictment, as well as other transactions Onofrio arranged, more than 60 of which are detailed in a spreadsheet given to Insider by a former employee at Onofrio's company, Wild Moose Ventures. That employee, who worked with Onofrio in 2021 and 2022, said he was speaking with law enforcement about Onofrio's conduct and didn't want to be identified. He estimated that Onofrio had set up about $400 million in deals in the two years preceding the charges against him. Finance & Commerce reported that one property was sold three times in four months by Onofrio or entities he controlled, netting Onofrio nearly $4 million in the process.

The unfolding situation has the potential to cast Onofrio as a real-estate confidence man for the influencer age. People have always sought out sources of passive income — ways to make money with minimal work. But the COVID-19 pandemic made the concept irresistible to anyone unemployed or worried about losing their job. Many of these people turned to DIY investing forums, podcasts, and YouTubers for advice. And there was Onofrio, confident and savvy, promising to help average people buy commercial buildings with no money down and no experience — an unheard-of proposition.

Matthew Hermann, a 36-year-old radiologist who bought a warehouse from Onofrio for $6.3 million in 2020, said Onofrio positioned himself as a mentor and safety net, telling him, "I always would look out for you, and if ever push came to shove, I would help you get out of this deal." Hermann said Onofrio wound up overcharging him by $1.5 million and downplaying tens of thousands of dollars in property expenses that Hermann later had to pay. The radiologist estimated he's lost $200,000 so far.

'Matt checked all the right boxes,' said a real-estate investor who hosted Onofrio on his podcast in April 2021. 'It's easy to be a wolf in sheep's clothing. If you present yourself the right way, how are most people supposed to know?' "

Meet the 'new predators in higher education' who are driving students deeper into debt: Online college classes are making the student debt crisis worse by thisisinsider in economy

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From reporter Ayelet Sheffey, "Iola Favell wanted to go back to school to get her master's degree in teaching.

Favell is a first-generation college student from California, and according to documents filed in a recent lawsuit, she felt it was important to earn her degree from a prestigious school. When she reviewed US News & World Report's "2021 Best Education Schools" list, one program caught her eye — the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education. It seemed like the perfect fit: USC was in her home state, its online option offered the flexibility of remote learning, and it was ranked No. 12 on the list.

She applied and was accepted to the online program in 2020. But when she graduated in May 2021, Favell took home more than just a degree — she was also stuck with a $100,000 student-debt load. Just over a year after she got her degree, Favell and two other students who attended Rossier filed a lawsuit against USC with the help of the borrower-protection group Student Defense and Tycko and Zavareei LLP, a public interest private law firm. They accused the program of providing misleading information that pushed them into paying for a program that wasn't what it had been made out to be.

"Ms. Favell incurred significant debt and out-of-pocket expense in reliance on USC Rossier's position in the US News ranking," the lawsuit said. "She regrets her decision to attend USC Rossier because of the false rankings information. She would not have attended had USC Rossier been ranked in a lower position given the high price tag of the school and/or would not have paid nearly as much." USC denied the claims in the lawsuit.

The crux of the issue was USC Rossier's partnership with an online-program-management company. OPMs partner with schools to build out online classes, providing everything from technical support and software to, in some instances, a curriculum that would typically be taught by university faculty. In exchange for expanding course offerings and recruiting students, OPMs receive a big chunk of the tuition revenue from the online programs, which usually cost the same as in-person schooling. The OPM model was a great deal for schools as online learning surged earlier in the pandemic: Fewer students wanted to take classes in person, and OPMs were there to do all the legwork to boost enrollment in virtual course offerings, which helped generate much-needed tuition revenue.

The OPM model may seem like an easy win for colleges, but for many students, the courses are more of a raw deal. The companies' aggressive recruitment tactics suck in as many students as possible by promising convenience and a well-paying job after graduation. Instead, many students find themselves shouldering a huge debt load from a program that was a pale imitation of the in-person learning experience. While it's not always the case, many experts and grads told me that OPMs were offering online students a worse education for a sky-high price.

'These programs can increase access to higher ed," Eric Rothschild, Student Defense's litigation director, said in a statement. "But too many students have been defrauded by the misleading marketing of companies whose profits depend on enrolling as many students as possible at all costs.'"

The spam and the scam: What's driving those incessant political fundraising email and text campaigns blowing up your inbox by thisisinsider in politics

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  • Each and every day, political campaigns send out fundraising requests via email and text messages.
  • Even the progressive and conservative groups helping with the messages admit the constant barrage can be burdensome.
  • "It's an accepted part of fundraising that you're going to ruffle feathers," said one political consultant.