TIME Guns

Target ‘Respectfully’ Requests No Guns in Stores

Shoppers leave a retail Target on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, in Hackensack, N.J.
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Target aims to keep stores family friendly

Target addressed the “open carry” debate on Wednesday by releasing an online statement that requests customers not pack heat in their stores.

The “open carry” movement supports the right to visibly carry a gun in public and it’s up to states on whether they allow or outlaw it. “Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so,” said John Mulligan, interim CEO. “But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.”

Mulligan added that having firearms in Target stores “creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create.”

Target is not the only chain straddling the “open carry” divide. Starbucks’ Howard Schultz asked customers last September to leave their guns out of their shops. Whole Foods, Buffalo Wild Wings and Ikea have gone even further and are known for no-gun policies in their establishments.

TIME Environment

Report Sees a Glimmer of Hope for Coral Reefs

School of smallmouth grunts (Haemulon chrysargyreum) over the coral reef Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
School of smallmouth grunts (Haemulon chrysargyreum) over the coral reef, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. UIG /Getty Images

A staggering decline but also a way to reverse it

The rapid decline in Caribbean coral reefs is a result of fewer grazing species, but the right action can still reverse the decline, according to a new report.

The Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012 report was conducted in a joint effort by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The rate of coral reef decline is staggering—almost 50% of reefs have disappeared since the 1970s, the report says. Researchers attribute the loss to the decline of reef grazers like the parrotfish and sea urchin.

“But this study brings some very encouraging news: the fate of Caribbean corals is not beyond our control and there are some very concrete steps that we can take to help them recover,” Carl Gustaf Lundin, Director of IUCN’s Global Marine and Polar Programme, said in a statement.

Countries with restricted fishing and hunting bans have the healthiest reefs, helping to encourage the rejuvenation of grazing populations. The report encourages others to follow their lead.

“This is the kind of aggressive management that needs to be replicated regionally if we are going to increase the resilience of Caribbean reefs,” said Ayana Johnson of the Waitt Institute’s Blue Halo Initiative.

TIME Crime

‘Cannibal Cop’ Says He’s Ready for Some Home Cooking

GIlberto Valle, center, leaves Manhattan federal court in New York on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
GIlberto Valle, center, leaves Manhattan federal court in New York on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Seth Wenig—AP

Gilberto Valle was released Tuesday after his conviction of plotting to kill and eat several women was overturned

New York’s “Cannibal Cop” was made a free man on Tuesday after almost two years in jail, and is craving his next meal—of the non-human kind.

“I’ve been waiting for 21 months to have a home-cooked meal!” Gilberto Valle told the New York Post.

The former NYPD cop was released from custody Tuesday after his conviction of plotting to kidnap, rape, then cook several women was overturned. Manhattan federal Judge Paul Gardephe dismissed the plot as as gruesome but harmless fantasy, releasing Valle on a $100,000 bond, the Post reports.

Rest assured, Judge Gardephe said, “more likely than not the case that all of Valle’s Internet communications about kidnapping are fantasy role-play.”

The Judge’s ruling requires Valle to live with his mother, wearing an electric monitoring anklet. He is also forbidden from using the Internet, and will undergo psychological treatment.

 

TIME Sports

Pregnant Olympic Runner Finishes 800-Meter Race

A pregnant Alysia Montano runs in the opening round of the women's 800 meter run during day 2 of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California on on June 26, 2014.
A pregnant Alysia Montano runs in the opening round of the women's 800 meter run during day 2 of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California on on June 26, 2014. Ezra Shaw—Getty Images

The crowd cheered as she crossed the finish line

Alysia Montano ran an 800-meter race at the U.S. Track and Field Championships on Thursday while 34 weeks pregnant.

The five-time national champion posted a time of 2 minutes and 32.12 seconds, nearly 35 seconds shy of her personal best of 1:57.34 from 2010, according to the Associated Press.

The 28-year-old Olympian received approval from her doctor to race. By running, Montano says she hopes to clear up any misconceptions people have about running while pregnant.

“What I found out mostly was that exercising during pregnancy is actually much better for the mom and the baby…I did all the things I normally do…I just happened to be pregnant. This is my normal this year,” Montano said.

The American Pregnancy Association encourages women to exercise during pregnancy: “Being active with 30 minutes of exercise on most or all days can benefit your health during pregnancy. The important note is that you want to seek to be active and get your blood flowing.”

The relaxed pace is something Montano will likely blow past when her doctor gives the thumbs up to run again after the baby is born.

 

TIME Culture

This Ad Completely Redefines the Phrase “Like a Girl”

Acting "like a girl" should not be an insult

After today, you’ll probably never use the phrase “like a girl” in a negative way—intentionally or not—again.

A new video seeks to redefine the phrase “like a girl,” as something strong and powerful. It’s part of the larger #LikeAGirl campaign by Always, the feminine hygiene brand owned by Procter & Gamble. Award-winning filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, who directed the 2012 documentary, Queen of Versailles, teamed up with Always to illustrate the brand’s mission to empower females and attack what Always calls a “the self-esteem crisis” among young girls.

In the video, a cast of men and women of all ages are asked to describe what they think the phrase “like a girl” means. The result is troubling. Waving hands and flipping hair, the participants pretend to run “like a girl” and throw “like a girl.” Everyone—except, notably, the young girls—demonstrate that “just like a girl” is often perceived as an insult. Yet the young girls act out athletic and deliberate motions. The others soon realize their mistake.

Branded female empowerment campaigns are nothing new: Consider Dove’s “Real Beauty” ads, which use simple props to show how “real” women feel about themselves. And Pantene has done similar work, with a focus on dismantling gender stereotypes in the workplace. All of these ads have gone viral—an advertiser’s dream.

The #LikeAGirl video could follow a similar path. Either way, it’s worth taking a minute to watch the video to see what these young girls have to say. After all, as one woman points out in the video, “I am a girl and that is not something that I should be ashamed of.”

TIME Dating

Geniuses in Love: Mensa and Match.com Partner For a New Dating Site

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Mensa, the society for people with high IQ, and Match.com are teaming up to create a new dating site for highly intelligent people, reports Match.com.

According to Match, smart is attractive: More than 80% of singles claim a partner’s equal or higher intelligence is a “must have” or “very important.”

“Why do we want a smart partner? Because intelligence is correlated with many benefits, including: higher income; sense of humor; creativity; social skills; coordination; and problem solving. These are sexy,” said Match’s Chief Scientific Advisor Dr. Helen Fisher in an online statement.

The new site only allows users that match Mensa’s requirement of an IQ in above the 98% of the general population. According to Mensa, there are plenty of brainy fish in the sea: an estimated 6 million Americans are eligible to become a part of the organization which now has 57,000 members.

Super smart singles are encouraged to put their best mind forward; through July 6th, Match is inviting them to take the Mensa Home Test for $1 to see if they qualify for this genius opportunity.

TIME Autos

Toyota Charges After Tesla With New Fuel-Celled Car

A challenge to Tesla

Toyota unveiled its 2015 hydrogen fuel-cell sedan on Wednesday, its closest competitor yet to Tesla’s fully-electric Model S.

The car will launch in Japan and cost seven million Yen (almost $70,000), but will not reach U.S. and European markets until the summer of 2015. The company known for the fuel-efficient Prius is one of the first to challenge Tesla after Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk announced that he would not initiate any patent lawsuits against competitors using his revolutionary technology.

But Toyota will not be going fully electric.

“Hydrogen is a particularly promising alternative fuel since it can be produced using a wide variety of primary energy sources, including solar and wind power,” the company said. “When compressed, it has a higher energy density than batteries and is easier to store and transport. In addition to its potential as a fuel for home and automotive use, hydrogen could be used in a wide range of applications, including large-scale power generation.”

The new sedan boasts a cruising range of approximately 435 miles and a refueling time of less than 3 minutes—leaving only water vapor in its wake.

TIME Television

Sarah Jessica Parker to Play a Reporter in New Show

Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Cosmopolitan Seminar at the 2014 Cannes Lions on June 16, 2014 in Cannes, France.
Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Cosmopolitan Seminar at the 2014 Cannes Lions on June 16, 2014 in Cannes, France. Didier Baverel—WireImage

From Sex and the City to playing a reporter

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is set to return to television, playing a reporter in a new show Busted.

The Sex and the City star will be a part of Sydney Kimmel Entertainment’s first television series, Variety reports. The show will be based on the nonfiction book Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love. Parker will help tell the story of reporters Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker, who try to break open a police scandal in Philadelphia.

The show will be aired in hour-long episodes.

[Variety]

TIME Media

This Ad About a Doorbell Will Totally Make You Cry

Grab a tissue now

There is nothing like a commercial for home improvement to get the tears flowing. “The Perfect Daughter,” a new commercial for ProMart Homecenter, shows the touching story of a father who takes it upon himself to make his daughter happy.

The commercial has no words, nor does it need any. Director Ricardo Chadwick meshes the two seemingly-unrelated themes, home improvement and family love, into a short sequence of what looks like a feature film. Fahrenheit DDB from Lima, Peru produced the advertisement. The commercial recently won a silver Lion in Film in Cannes last week, according to Adweek.

Take a look.

TIME 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton: I Don’t Need Bill to Defend Me

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Former President Bill Clinton (L) and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton look on after Hillary spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) on September 25, 2009 in New York City. Mario Tama—Getty Images

"I don't need anybody to defend my record"

Hillary Clinton doesn’t need Bill to defend her.

That’s what the former Secretary of State said in a new interview with PBS NewsHour airing Wednesday. Her comments came after former President Bill Clinton defended remarks by the 2016 presidential contender about the family’s financial situation that critics have said show she’s out of touch with average Americans. “She’s not out of touch,” Bill Clinton said.

“My husband was very sweet today, but I don’t need anybody to defend my record, I think my record speaks for itself,” Hillary Clinton told PBS.

Still, she acknowledged some missteps in how she’s discussed her considerable wealth while on tour for her new book Hard Choices. She recently said she and Bill were “dead broke” upon leaving the White House in 2001.

“I shouldn’t have said the five or so words that I said, but my unartful use of those few words doesn’t change who I am, what I’ve stood for my entire life, what I stand for today,” Clinton said.

Clinton, who has said she won’t decide whether to run for president again until later this year, said “you have to be a little bit crazy to run.”

“I’ve had people come through the line who tell me their stories about losing their job, about what’s happened since they got health care that has helped them, and I hear this, so I know that my life of service is the biggest reason why I would consider doing this, because I would want to continue serving,” Clinton said. “But I also know that it’s a very hard job, and it’s a job that, you know, you have to be totally consumed by, and that’s kind of the definition of being a little bit crazy, I think.”

See more of Clinton’s remarks below:

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