A serial rapist in Chattanooga, TN, has claimed his fifth victim while out on probation. Willie James Bradley, a registered sex offender, had been charged with rape five times prior, but in each case, pled guilty to assault charges in exchange for lighter sentences. Bradley was first charged with aggravated rape in 1999, but he pled guilty to a battery charge and served six years in jail. This would be the longest sentence he would receive over the course of the next 17 years. In Tennessee, aggravated rape carries a minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum of 60 years.
As an INFJ, there is nothing more precious to me than alone time. Ask me to describe my perfect weekend and I’ll tell you it’s just me, myself, a book or two, and a candlelit bath, devoid of the pressure to hold a conversation with anyone that I know will eventually result in an awkward silence, during which I stare at the floor and shuffle my feet and maybe burp.
I left the teenage psych ward with a folder full of handouts about substance abuse, pamphlets on suicide prevention, and a prescription for a new antidepressant called Effexor. It was a double-barreled shotgun of a drug, working on both serotonin and norepinephrine, one of the first of its kind. Like all antidepressants, it came with a warning: DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WHILE ON THIS MEDICATION. Problem is, I was drinking alcoholic beverages. Often. And the doctor knew it, or at least knew I drank.
Traveling was always something I fantasized about, but like many people, I was unsure of how to afford it and hesitant to go alone. I went to Morocco during an exchange program, but it wasn't enough to satisfy my thirst, especially as a solo female traveler. There was so much of the world I wanted to see. But after I left school, as I was anxious about the future and feeling the weight of my student debt, I took a job in a field I was not remotely interested in. Yet, after a year of crunching numbers, I took a risk and left for a monthlong vacation that turned into a two-year journey.
If you’re a woman who exists in the world, you're probably aware of society’s obsession with the “thigh gap.” In case you aren’t, we’re sorry to fill you in: the “thigh gap” is the space that some thin women have between their thighs when they’re standing with their knees together. It’s presented as a highly covetable beauty ideal, especially over the past several years, and it’s heavily featured on pro-eating disorder “thinspiration” blogs.
On Last Week Tonight, Oliver dropped a simple solution for Mr. Donald Trump: Drop out. Beyond the obvious fact that this means we would definitely not have “a racist voodoo doll made of discarded cat hair” (thank you, John Oliver, for that little gem) as our president, Oliver says this is the best way for Trump to make himself an actual legend instead of America's punchline.  “It seems that you have two really bad options here," says Oliver.
Picture This HOW TO START YOUR OWN LADIES DRAWING NIGHT When N.Y.C.-based Illustrators Julia Rothman, Leah Goren, and Rachael Cole met to brainstorm about a project they were collaborating on, they never dreamed their drawing session would turn into a regular ritual, much less one that inspired an online following. But four years later, they still love to gather and doodle. Their new book, Ladies Drawing Night, documents 10 of these gatherings, each with a different theme and different guests joining the trio (including BUST contribs Kaye Blegvad and Samantha Hahn).
Times Square is one of the most consistently, hectically busy parts of any city in the country. Most New Yorkers avoid this part of the Manhattan like a taxi driver that doesn’t know the difference between a green and red light. This will all change on August 21 and 22, from 11 p.m. - midnight. At this time, an orchestra will be playing in the center of the square. But the naked ear won’t be able to hear the poetic music: the silent orchestra will only be heard by the first 400 people who show up and receive wireless headphones. To everyone else, they are, well, silent.
Legendary graffiti artist/fashion designer CLAW Money is using her talents in a new collaboration with the skate brand SHUT to maintain both brands' constant commitment to keeping NYC underground culture authentic. Check out this awesome video of skater Gnarianna of the all female skate crew Brujas. Their limited edition bold graphic deck and "dad hat" combo are the perfect addition to summer digs! Shop Here. Or check out their IRL stores: SHUT: 158 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 Claw & Co  101 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002 Video by Eli Gesner.
Having a rough day? Because honestly, same. It’s one of those days that I spend publicly venting to no one in particular on Twitter, begging people to send me photos of their dogs or cats or literally anything that is cute, cuddly, and might make me smile for a second. You feel? If so, allow me to present to you this cartoonish, googly-eyed lil’ fella who miraculously managed to up my mood a notch.  The scientists in this video were baffled when they saw the creature, making some very serious, diagnostic scientific comments like: “What is it?” one asks.


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