In mid-September, Page Six reported that the couple was seen at a courthouse in New York City, joined by “two security guards, a photographer, and another friend.” The outlet reported that an eyewitness said they spotted Lawrence at the courthouse in a now-deleted tweet.
According to Page Six, the couple was introduced through mutual a friend named Laura Simpson. Lawrence’s relationship with Maroney, who’s the director of New York City’s Gladstone Gallery on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, was reported in June 2018.
“He’s the greatest human being I’ve ever met,” the actress said. “He really is and he gets better. I started with the basics: How do I feel? Is he nice? Is he kind? He’s just the one. I know it sounds really stupid, but he’s the greatest person I’ve ever met, so I feel very honored to become a Maroney.”
The Oscar winner went on to say that she’ll probably legally change her last name, but will still go by Lawrence. The actress added that when she met Maroney, she “wasn’t at a place where I was like, ‘I’m ready to get married.'”
“I just met Cooke and I wanted to marry him,” she said. “We wanted to marry each other. We wanted to commit fully. He’s my best friend, so I wanted to legally bind him to me forever.”
QUEENS, NY — Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez held their first 2020 campaign rally on Saturday, drawing a diverse crowd of over 25,000 to Long Island City, Queens.
Ocasio-Cortez used to occasion to officially endorse Sanders for president.
“It wasn’t until I heard of a man by the name of Bernie Sanders that I began to question, and assert, and recognize my inherent value as a human being that deserves healthcare, housing, education, and a living wage,” the 30-year-old lawmaker said during her speech.
It was a warm and sunny in Queensbridge Park, where the two native New Yorkers were joined by a host of local progressive politicians in a stage in the middle of Queensbridge Park, just outside Ocasio-Cortez’s district.
Archaeologists in Egypt just unearthed 30 ancient wooden coffins and opened them to reveal perfectly preserved mummies inside.
A dig team stumbled upon the sarcophagi in the Asasif necropolis of the ancient town of Thebes, the Egyptian government announced on Tuesday. Thebes was once the bustling royal capital of ancient Egypt. Digging in the area — around the modern-day city of Luxor — has led to a series of findings since efforts began in December 2017.
The coffins are estimated to be 3,000 years old, far older than most other ancient relics in the area. Still, they were found sealed and intact, featuring vibrant color inscriptions and well-preserved engravings.
Archaeologists opened the coffins at a ceremony on Saturday to reveal perfectly preserved mummies inside. The intricate engravings indicate that the mummies were once highly respected people, likely priests and children.
Here’s a look inside what Egyptian officials are calling the greatest coffin finding in a century.
Australian airline Qantas successfully completed the first-ever nonstop flight between New York City and Australia, landing in Sydney just before 7:45 a.m. Sunday, Sydney time, after 19 hours and 16 minutes in the air.
The flight, designated QF7879, became the longest commercial flight in the world, surpassing Singapore Airlines’ regular commercial service between Singapore and New York.
Qantas also plans to test a nonstop flight from London to Sydney in the coming months. That route would be about 500 miles longer, adding up to an hour of flight time.
Airplanes and airlines are more technically advanced than ever before, with better fuel efficiency, longer ranges, and computer-aided logistical planning. But as some flights get longer, the question is whether passengers and flight crews can tolerate more hours in the air without a layover to break things up.
Qantas used the flight — and plans to do the same for the London flight — to conduct research into how pilots, cabin crews, and passengers coped with the long flight time, as well as to test efforts to minimize the impact of jetlag as passengers cross 15 time zones.
The flight — a repurposed delivery flight of a new Boeing 787-9, from Boeing’s Seattle plant — only had 40 passengers and 10 crew, including four on-duty pilots. Passengers included several Qantas frequent flyers participating in the research study, off-duty Qantas employees, researchers, and media, including this reporter.
The flight with a full load of passengers and cargo is not currently possible — the heavier load would reduce the plane’s range.
Two planes in development from Airbus and Boeing would have that capability. Qantas has said that it will decide by the end of 2019 which one it will use and that it expects to start commercial service as early as 2023, Alan Joyce, Quantas’ CEO, said. The airline had previously hoped to launch service by 2022 or 2023.
Due to the low passenger load, each passenger was allocated a business class seat that could convert into a bed, although passengers were encouraged to spend time in the coach cabin in order to balance the plane.
“I feel better than I usually do,” Nick Mole, one of the passengers in the research study, told Business Insider about 17 hours into the flight. Mr. Mole often flies in business class, but said that he feels better rested after an ultra-long-haul direct flight, rather than one with a connection, including Qantas’ service to New York via Los Angeles.
“I’m not sure I’d want to do 20 hours in the back of the plane, though,” he added.
As part of the flight, Qantas altered the normal service routine, adjusting to Sydney time as soon as the plane was in the air. Cabin lighting, meal services, and food options were tailored to help passengers and crew either feel more awake, or be more attuned to nighttime. The “lunch” meal — served at around 11:15 p.m. New York time — included options like spicy tomato soup, a spicy Mexican-style chicken breast, and braised beef short ribs, while the “dinner” meal — at around 4:15 a.m. New York time — included carbohydrate-heavy options and comfort food.
“The timing and service helped,” Mole said. “I got some good uninterrupted sleep.”
The primary flight crew, which also took part in extensive testing, including brain-wave measurements and melatonin analyses, also ate the adapted meals and worked on a custom tailored shift schedule.
The pilot-in-charge, Captain Sean Golding, described the shift period for the four pilots, who worked in two shifts:
“The whole crew will be on for the first hour-and-a-half. Then, I’ll take a two-and-a-half hour break. I’ll work for the next five-and-a-half hours, sleep for the next five-and-a-half, work the next two-and-a-half, and we’ll all be on for the final approach and landing.”
“Sometimes, I sleep better on the long-haul flights than I do at home,” he added.
Business Insider will be publishing a full behind-the-scenes report from Qantas’ first Project Sunrise test flight.
Storming past questions about his health, Bernie Sanders vowed that he’s “more ready than ever” to fight for a political revolution — with a little help from new friends — at a rally Saturday that drew thousands to a New York City park. The rally offered a pointed reminder to skeptics in both political parties that the 78-year-old democratic socialist is still very much a force in the 2020 presidential race.
Sanders opened his remarks by apologizing that he secured a permit for only 20,000 people. His campaign, he said, was forced to close the gates on many more people who were trying to enter the Queens park just across the river from Manhattan.
“To put it bluntly, I am back,” Sanders declared, sparking chants of, “Bernie is back” from the massive crowd.
“I am happy to report to you that I am more than ready — more ready than ever — to carry on with you on the epic struggle that we face today,” he added. “I am more than ready to assume the office of president of the United States.”
The event marked Sanders’ formal return to the campaign trail less than three weeks after he suffered a heart attack that threatened both his life and political future. Even before that, he was in danger of falling out of the top-tier in the 2020 Democratic primary field. Polls suggest he’s lagging behind liberal rival Elizabeth Warren and establishment favorite Joe Biden.
But the fiery Brooklyn native, backed by a slate of new endorsements and two new stents in an artery connected to his heart, appeared to be expanding his coalition on Saturday.
A security company hired by the campaign reported a crowd estimate of 25,000. Among those speaking, filmmaker and activist Michael Moore told the cheering crowd that he was endorsing Sanders, shortly before Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., praised the Vermont senator on stage.
“Bernie Sanders fought for me,” Ocasio-Cortez said as she introduced Sanders.
She heaped praise on the Vermont senator but did not explicitly say that she was endorsing him. The Sanders campaign announced earlier in the week that she had.
Before the rally, Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir said endorsements this past week from Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., in particular were proof that the Sanders campaign is growing. He predicted that they would especially help Sanders strengthen his support among young, minority voters.
“Those are two people who I think have immense power to mobilize young people, and I promise you you’ll be seeing them in Iowa, but not only in Iowa, but around the country, trying to get people engaged around the issues,” Shakir said. For now, at least, Sanders can use the help.
While he insists he’s ready to move forward, he’s doing so cautiously. Saturday’s rally was his only scheduled appearance before he returns to Iowa late in the coming week.
The week after, he’ll join Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., for a tour of her congressional district. Tlaib hasn’t announced whether she’ll endorse Sanders, but she is part of the same small “squad” of minority women on Capitol Hill who gave been a target of President Donald Trump.
Despite the aggressive rhetoric from Sanders himself, senior adviser Jeff Weaver said Sanders would ease himself back onto the campaign trail. But by December, he predicted, Sanders health scare will be forgotten.
Almost all the speakers during Saturday’s event, which spanned several hours on a sunny, crisp fall afternoon, played down the health concerns.
“The only heart attack we should be talking about is the one Wall Street is going to have when Bernie Sanders is president,” said Moore, the filmmaker.
Nina Turner, one of Sanders’ national co-chairs, said it “boggles my mind” that Sanders’ critics have embraced “ageism.”
“Life happens to us all,” she said.
“Memo to the haters: hashtag Bernie Is Back,” she added. “We never went anywhere, we just pushed pause for a minute.”
Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong are donning masks of celebrities and cartoon characters like LeBron James and Winnie the Pooh as a way to spread their message.
Hong Kong protesters began demonstrating to criticize a proposed law that would have tried Hong Kong citizens on mainland China, but has since grown into a general pro-democracy movement.
The protests have also become increasingly violent. After Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam banned face masks for inciting violence, protesters took to the streets. Police said a 14-year-old had been shot during a demonstration in early October.
Earlier this month at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, we sat down with Box’s Aaron Levie and PagerDuty’s Jennifer Tejada to discuss their respective companies’ paths to an IPO, the general IPO landscape and the pros and cons of going public. With a lot of recent IPOs faltering and increased pressure on startup valuations, now is as good a time as ever to think about the role IPOs play in a company’s lifespan.
“I think it’s really important to think of the IPOs, the beginning, not the end,” said Tejada. “We all live in Silicon Valley and that can be a little bit of an echo chamber and you talk about exits all the time. The IPO is an entrance, right? It is part of the beginning of a long journey for a durable company that you want to build a legacy around. And so, it is a moment — it’s the start of you really sharing a narrative backed by financial data to help people understand your current business, the potential for your business, the market that you’re in, etc. And I think we tend to talk about it like it’s the be-all end-all.”
That’s something Levie definitely agrees with. “I think we have too much of a fixation on the IPO moment versus just building durable business models and how do they end up translating into valuations. The valuation that you get at an IPO is due to variety factors.”
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 02: (L-R) PagerDuty CEO & Chairperson Jennifer Tejada, Box Co-Founder/Chairman & CEO Aaron Levie, and TechCrunch Writer Frederic Lardinois speak onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2019 at Moscone Convention Center on October 02, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)
It’s no secret that Box and PagerDuty had very different experiences as they got ready to go public. Box announced its S-1 only a few days before a major market crash back in 2014. PagerDuty, on the other hand, went public earlier this year, with solid financials and very little drama.
Tejada, in many ways, attributed that to the work she and her team did to get the company ready for this moment. “I get asked a lot by CEOs that are thinking about getting ready to go public, ‘you know, what was your playbook? How do you do this?’ And I think instead of thinking about what’s the playbook, you need to be intellectually honest about what your business looks like,” she said. In her view, CEOs need to focus on the leading indicators for their business — the ones they want the market to understand. But she also noted that the market needs to understand a company’s potential in the long run.
“You want to make sure that the market understands where you think the business can go and gets excited about it, but that they don’t over-rotate in their expectations, because dealing with really high expectations creates a lot of downstream difficulty.”
An independent artist known for her vibrant home decor has accused a hotel pop-up of copying her designs without crediting or compensating her.
Amina Mucciolo lives in a pastel paradise of her own design in downtown LA. Her personal home decor, which she calls her “Cloudland” installation, went viral in 2017.
Mucciolo’s personal style and artwork were noticed by the Lisa Frank Instagram account, which followed her, commented on her posts, reposted her posts, and sent her DMs several times in 2017 and 2018. Mucciolo shared screenshots of the interactions with Insider.
In early October, hotels.com announced that it was partnering with Lisa Frank for a hotel pop-up in a penthouse suite designed with the iconic cutesy, rainbow brand. Reservations sold out in under an hour.
Immediately, Mucciolo’s fans began to notice striking similarities between the pop-up’s design and Mucciolo’s home. Not only were the two spaces decorated with vibrant, colorful prints, but the penthouse itself had the same layout and design elements as “Cloudland,” down to stuffed animals on the kitchen shelves and a nearly identical kitchen table and chairs.
Shortly after, Mucciolo told Insider she received an invitation to take a “first look” at the “Lisa Frank Flat.” That’s when she realized it was housed in her apartment building’s sister facility across the street.
Mucciolo, who is facing eviction after her apartment’s management company refused to accept her rent payment in August, began speaking out about what she believes are large corporations stealing and profiting off her work.
Hotels.com told Insider that “suggestions that our design was based on anything other than Lisa Frank and her artwork are simply not true.”
The “Lisa Frank Flat” is a 90s-kid dream for any influencer or traveler looking to stay in a hotel that offers nostalgic decor, vibrant photo ops, and kitschy amenities. For its neighbor across the street, it has become a nightmare.
Amina Mucciolo, known online by her social media handles @studiomucci, is an independent artist best-known for her rainbow aesthetic and Insta-famous apartment, which she has nicknamed “Cloudland.” In 2017, Mucciolo went viral with her “Rainbow Unicorn House,” located in downtown LA.
Mucciolo has over 258,000 Instagram followers, and up until recently, one of them was the iconic brand Lisa Frank. The company’s designs and Mucciolo’s personal style share a colorful similarity, and Lisa Frank’s account interacted with Mucciolo several times in 2017 and 2018, according to screenshots of comments, reposts, and DMs viewed by Insider.
Lisa Frank’s account commented rainbow, heart, and smiley face emojis on Mucciolo’s Instagram pictures, reposted them with credit on its own Instagram stories and on its Facebook page, and sent her DMs with positive comments and more emojis, including one that said “You truly inspire people.”
But when the Lisa Frank Flat collaboration between the brand and hotels.com was announced – and went on to sell out of reservations in less than an hour – Mucciolo realized the $199-a-night pop-up looked eerily similar to “Cloudland.”
“I opened my phone and I saw all of these notifications on my phone from people tagging me and telling me,” Mucciolo told Insider. “When I first saw all of the photos, not only did I notice they had stolen my actual design ideas, but I also noticed that everything else about the apartment was like my apartment. The floors were the same, everything was so similar.”
As Mucciolo read through comments she was tagged in asking if she designed the Lisa Frank Flat or if she would be making an appearance there as an influencer (screenshots of which were reviewed by Insider), she noticed that some of the comments about her were being deleted. The next day, she received an email from a PR company associated with Lisa Frank inviting her to take a “first look” at the flat. Insider reviewed a PDF of the email.
The address of the flat was included. That’s when Mucciolo realized it was being housed across the street, in another building owned by her management company. The two buildings are “sisters,” according to informational blurbs found online, and the layout of Mucciolo’s apartment is nearly identical to the Lisa Frank Flat.
Mucciolo panicked, and began posting online about what was happening, with photo comparisons of the two apartments. Her posts have received traction on Twitter and Instagram, and Lisa Frank’s account unfollowed her.
She says Lisa Frank has ignored her, but hotels.com replied on Twitter to say, “We love that you appreciate colorful design too, but this flat was curated with Lisa Frank’s signature prints. It was custom built for the two-week pop up at a short-term rental unit.”
Mucciolo told Insider she’s heartbroken to see people “eating up” the design of the Lisa Frank Flat, when she would have gladly taken a job to design it herself, based off her own interior decor.
“I don’t even think the [Lisa Frank Flat] design is good. And I don’t want any association with some corporate, soulless copy of my work,” Mucciolo said. “They used my ideas and covered it with their characters and hoped that would be enough to mask it. Had they done this in a different building it would have been smarter, because it would be harder to identify.”
Mucciolo believes she should receive royalties from the Lisa Frank Flat, and she wants Lisa Frank and hotels.com to admit it was directly inspired by her work.
“I am tired of these huge corporations stealing from independent artists, throwing the rock, and then hiding their hand and pretending it never happened,” she said. “I’m queer, I’m autistic, I’m black, and I’m at the height of someone they think is disposable. I just feel like if we’re quiet about this it becomes the status quo.”
Hotels.com provided Insider with the following statement:
“This room was inspired solely by Lisa Frank and designed in partnership with Lisa Frank using iconic elements of her work from the ’80s and ’90s. The flat is being hosted in an existing short-term rental property and is not located in the same building. Suggestions that our design was based on anything other than Lisa Frank and her artwork are simply not true. The two-week pop-up experience is temporary and for promotional use only and will end on October 28. No tenant was asked to move or leave their home for this project.”
Representatives for Lisa Frank did not respond to Insider’s request for comment. This is not the first time the brand has come under scrutiny for its business practices – in 2013, Jezebel reported that the company was struggling financially and had become toxic work environment for its employees.
Initially, when Mucciolo learned about the Lisa Frank Flat, she connected the dots between it and her ongoing threat of eviction. In her first social media posts about the flat, she wrote, “I believe I’m being evicted because of the Lisa Frank hotel. Our landlord refused payment & wanted us out before the launch.”
After reflecting on the situation, Mucciolo said she’s unsure whether the two incidents are linked, though she believes that there could be a motivating factor for her to be evicted if her management company is working with the Lisa Frank Flat, because her apartment serves as “direct competition” for the media attention received by the Lisa Frank Flat.
Mucciolo and her partner, Salvatore, have lived in the apartment since 2016. In August, the two attempted to make a late rent payment, and were told it would not be accepted. In September, they tried to negotiate with the management company in housing court. But they didn’t reach an agreement, so a trial is set to begin at the end of October. The two are seeking donations for legal and relocation fees through a GoFundMe campaign.
Currently, the couple is represented by a nonprofit community lawyer in their tenant dispute, but are seeking an intellectual property lawyer to pursue a case against Lisa Frank and hotels.com, as well as a more dedicated legal team in their tenant dispute.
The two are still living in “Cloudland,” but have no intention of staying once the tenant dispute is resolved. Security deposit aside, Mucciolo plans to repaint all of the walls and remove all of her custom decor.
“This all came from my brain, I can do it again,” she said. “It’s just the circumstances and the bullying and the lying and everything that is making this a terrifying, traumatic, frustrating experience.”
The Lisa Frank Flat was leased through Barsala, a company that rents apartments and leases them for short-term stays. It partners with corporate institutions including Salesforce, Lyft, Google, and Microsoft, according to its website. Hotels.com told Insider that Barsala is the tenant of the Lisa Frank Flat, and that bookings for Barsala’s rooms are available at hotels.com.
Barsala didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Cannon Management, which owns both Mucciolo’s apartment building and the sister building that houses the Lisa Frank Flat, didn’t respond to Insider’s request for comment. Hotels.com told Insider it did not work with Cannon Management directly and had no knowledge or involvement in Mucciolo’s housing situation.