TIME 2016 Election

Yelp is Giving Away Coupons Whenever Donald Trump Says ‘Mexico’ During the Debate

Everyone can be a winner during tonight's debate

No matter who dominates tonight’s Republican presidential debate, anyone who loves delivery can consider themselves a winner if Donald Trump says “Mexico.”

Eat24, a food delivery service owned by Yelp, is giving away $5-off coupon codes on Twitter every time the Donald utters the country’s name during tonight’s debate.

“We’re not very political, but after reading a few articles on TMZ, we learned that Donald Trump (#HolaDonald) really likes to talk about Mexico. That’s why Eat24 is giving away one free taco every time Trump says the word “Mexico” during the debate,” the company said in a blog post.

The company is billing the giveaway as a free taco offer, but after reading the fine print one will discover the coupon codes can be used to discount any $10 or more delivery no matter what you decide to order. What’s more, the codes are only valid until 11:59pm on Thursday.

The company will be posting the codes on its Twitter account.

TIME movies

The Trailer for the New Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Movie Reveals Nothing

But it looks like it's going to be interesting

Powerhouse couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie star in the upcoming film By the Sea, and the newly released trailer for the movie reveals very little.

The minute-and-a-half long trailer features telling moments like…Pitt in a bathtub and Jolie on a bed, but viewers get a real sense of the turmoil in their on-screen relationship. “Do you want to hurt me?” Pitt asks a blonde-haired Jolie.

Given juxtaposition created by the lyrics of the folksy track to which the trailer is set—Perfect Day by Harry Nilsson—and the pill-popping and abuse among the two characters, it’s safe to say the film isn’t a tale of marital bliss.

The film is set to be released on Nov. 13. Watch the full trailer below.

TIME

Twitter Says Farewell to Jon Stewart Before His Final Show

Jon Stewart signs off for the last time on Thursday Aug. 6

Jon Stewart will sign off as host of the Daily Show for the last time on Thursday night. After 16 years as host, Stewart has made some friends—and, arguably, some frenemies—many of whom didn’t hesitate to wish the departing host well before his final show using the hashtag #JonVoyage.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro

The official Twitter for President Obama’s Organizing for Action tweeted a quote from Obama’s last appearance on the Daily Show

The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore shared his favorite clip

Comedian Patton Oswalt

Even brands got in on the fun

 

 

TIME Companies

Seaworld’s Profits Drop 84% After Blackfish Documentary

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Matt Stroshane—Getty Images The sign at the entrance to SeaWorld on Feb. 24, 2010 in Orlando, Fla.

The company acknowledged ongoing "brand challenges" are at least partially to blame

Consumers are still turning their backs on SeaWorld. The embattled marine life theme park company reported steep drops in profits and attendance and on Thursday, marking more loss in the wake of the damning documentary Blackfish.

SeaWorld Entertainment has faced an 84% drop in net second-quarter income, from $37.4 million in 2014 to $5.8 million in 2015, in the second quarter. Revenue fell from $405.1 million to $391.6 million, a drop of 3%, in the second quarter of 2015 when compared to 2014.

The park saw 100,000 fewer visitors than it did at the same time in 2014, a decrease of 2%.

SeaWorld Entertainment blamed the fall in attendance on spring break tourism due to the timing of Easter, record wet weather in Texas, and what the company referred to as “brand challenges” in California. Visitors are still flocking to the SeaWorld location in Florida, on the other hand, which has been able to offset some of the lessened demand in other locations.

“We realize we have much work ahead of us to recover more of our attendance base, increase revenue and improve our performance as returning to historical performance levels will take time and investment,” SeaWorld President and CEO Joel Manby said in a statement.

The company has been struggling to maintain consumer interest in SeaWorld in the wake of Blackfish, which offered a grim look at life in captivity for Orca whales, and has launched a series of campaigns discounts to keep visitors interested.

 

TIME Colorado

A Massive Waste Spill Turned This River in Colorado Orange

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Jerry McBride—Durango Herald Mine waste from the Gold King Mine north of Silverton fills the Animas River at Bakers Bridge on Aug. 6, 2015 in Durango, Colo.

The EPA accidentally caused the spill, reports say

About 1 million gallons of mine waste spilled into a Colorado waterway on Wednesday, turning the water bright orange and prompting officials to warn residents to avoid recreational use of the Animas River.

San Juan County health officials say the Environmental Protection Agency and the state Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety were investigating another contamination when they “unexpectedly triggered a large release of mine waste water into the upper portions of Cement Creek.” Cement Creek is a tributary of the Animas River.

Residents in parts of Colorado have been urged to cut back on water use and avoid the Animas River until officials are sure the river is free from contamination. According to a release by San Juan County Health Department, the waste contains “high levels of sediment and metals.”

Residents in Durango, Colo. were bracing for the contaminated spillage to reach their area on Thursday afternoon. According to the Durango Herald, the city has stopped watering local parks for at least three days and is urging residents to conserve water until they’re sure their supply isn’t contaminated. The city has also ceased pumping water to a local college and golf course.

 

TIME Civil Rights

The Voting Rights Act at 50: How the Law Came to Be

This landmark legislation was signed on Aug. 6, 1965. Here's how we got there

When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law, exactly 50 years ago on Thursday, he noted that the day was “a triumph for freedom as huge as any victory that has ever been won on any battlefield.”

On Aug. 6, 1965, Johnson closed one chapter of America’s history of denying black Americans the right to vote. For nearly a century, the words of the 15th Amendment, which guarantees the right to vote regardless of “race, color, or previous conditional of servitude” had been rendered useless by subversive tactics like secret ballots, poll taxes, literacy tests and other discriminatory practices that essentially made it impossible for most blacks to cast a ballot. “It was like a stirring march that was written but never played,” TIME wrote of the 15th Amendment in 1965. Between 1890 and 1908, seven southern states had constitutional amendments that established poll taxes and grandfather clauses—which gave leeway to poor whites looking to vote, as long as their ancestors had voted before 1867—and stripped African Americans of their voting rights.

In 2013, Slate published what appeared to be an original copy of the type of literacy test that was administered in Louisiana during the long period before the passage of the Voting Rights Act. The test featured confusing prompts like “draw a line around the number or letter of this sentence” and “draw a line around the shortest word in this line.” According to research by the National Park Service, in Mississippi literacy tests asked questions like “how many bubbles are in a bar of soap?”

When these sneaky laws were in place, black voter registration and participation plummeted throughout the south. According to the Constitutional Rights Foundation, in Mississippi alone the percentage of black voting-age men who were registered to vote fell from 90% during the Reconstruction period after the 15th Amendment’s passage to about 6% in 1892. By 1940, only about 3% of eligible blacks in the south were registered to vote. And with the law on their side, segregationists in the South began to use more overt, and at times violent, tactics to keep blacks from voting.

Without the vote, African Americans had very little say in how their communities functioned. Their disenfranchisement sparked a movement across the country that demanded equal protection under the law and the right to vote. “Give us the ballot, and we will no longer have to worry the federal government about our basic rights,” Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said during a speech in 1957, in the early days of the Civil Rights Movement.

In 1964, the Congress on Racial Equality and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee led volunteers across Mississippi to register blacks to vote, during what was known as the Freedom Summer. The deaths of three volunteers—two white and one black—pushed Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The efforts in Alabama came to a head during the Selma marches in early 1965. Activists who had planned a march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama were met with Billy clubs and an angry mob led by state troopers as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965, which would later be known as “Bloody Sunday.

The startling image of the angry mob ravaging peaceful protesters reverberated across the nation, from the citizens who traveled to Alabama to stand in solidarity with protestors to President Johnson, who introduced the Voting Rights Act to Congress shortly after. “It is not just Negroes,” Johnson told Congress, “but it’s really all of us who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice.”

But, though Johnson’s actions may have seemed like a speedy turnaround after Selma, as TIME noted in 1965, the fight for the bill had been a long one already:

The voting rights bill did not spring entirely from spur-of-the-moment shock at the outrages in Selma. Back in November, the President had ordered White House aides and Justice Department attorneys to begin designing a powerful and unprecedented measure to assure Negro voting rights. Well aware that it would be subjected to a quick and savage attack from the South on constitutional grounds, Johnson warned Katzenbach: “I want this bill completely legal.” That was possible. But to make it completely tamperproof was another matter.

The notion that the Constitution absolutely assures every citizen the right to vote is quite wrong. “At the time the Constitution was framed,” explains University of Chicago Law Professor Philip Kurland, “it provided for only a limited franchise.” That franchise in 1789 went almost exclusively to white males; most Negroes were slaves, with no rights at all, and it was to be 131 years before women would be permitted to vote.

The hearings leading up to the vote on the bill made clear that the federal government’s prior efforts to block discriminatory laws and protect the right to vote had not been enough. (For example, when Congress granted federal access to voter registration records, Mississippi responded with a law that gave registrars the right to burn those very papers.) Under the new law, the federal government would have power to intervene directly if and when a state passed a law that would block certain citizens from voting. In essence, the bill picked up where the 15th Amendment left off. And weeks later, blacks wasted little time registering and getting out to vote, as TIME observed later that month:

They came last week in battered autos and chartered buses and on foot. They stood in the shimmering heat of midsummer, and they waited. Even when registrars assured them, “We’ll be here past today —we’ll be here a long time,” they still waited. They had, after all, waited a long while for this moment. Their patience was rewarded. In four days, 41 federal registrars added 6,998 Negro voters to the rolls in counties where there had previously been only 3,857.

Read more about the Voting Rights Act, from 1965, here in the TIME Vault: Trigger of Hope

Read more about what happened after the law was passed: The Voting Rights Act at 50: How It Changed the World

TIME Baseball

Father Pays Tribute to Batboy Killed By Practice Swing

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Taylor Eldridge—AP In this Aug. 2, 2015 photo, Liberal Bee-Jays teammates and staff gather after their game to remember Kaiser Carlile, their 9-year-old bat boy who died during a National Baseball Congress World Series baseball game in Wichita, Kan.

"He was competitive, but in the same breath, he cared about everyone"

The father of the 9-year-old batboy who succumbed to injuries he acquired after being hit in the head with a baseball bat spoke for the first time on Monday at a press conference.

“He was competitive, but in the same breath, he cared about everyone,”Kaiser Carlile’s dad Chad Carlile said, according to USA Today. “That’s what it is, it’s the love that he had for the game.”

Carlile was struck in the head by a Liberal Bee Jay’s player practice swing during the National baseball Congress World Series over the weekend. According to reports, Carlile was wearing a helmet when he was struck, but is believed to have been hit where he wasn’t protected.

The National Baseball Congress announced Monday it would not use batboys and bargirls for the remainder of the World Series games, which are being held in Wichita.

[USA Today]

 

TIME

Is This the Woman to Beat Ronda Rousey?

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USA Today Sports/Reuters Ronda Rousey (red gloves) and Miesha Tate (blue gloves) fight during the UFC women's bantamweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Dec. 28, 2013.

Miesha Tate says she has improved since her last to defeat to the world champion

Mixed Martial Arts fighter Miesha Tate says she has what it takes to beat UFC champion Ronda Rousey.

“It’s getting to a point where the [UFC] girls need to step up and prove it’s not a one-woman division, that others are pretty close, or on the same level, or potentially better,” Tate told the Los Angeles Times. “That’s what I see my role in this. I just know I have what it takes and I want to show the world that I can become a world champion.”

Fresh off of her spectacular win over Brazil’s Bethe Correia last weekend, Rousey expressed interest in making 28-year-old Tate her next opponent. Tate, too, welcomed the challenge.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Tate has yet to confirm the fight between her and Rousey is happening but she’s looking forward to it “so I can be the best in the world.”

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

TIME

Watch Amy Schumer Tell Jon Stewart Who’s the Coolest Chick You’ll Ever Meet

They talk about the Lafayette shootings and her friendship with Jennifer Lawrence

Comedian Amy Schumer kicked off the final week of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart where she lamented the tragic shooting at a screening of her latest film, Trainwreck and talked hitting the Hamptons with Jennifer Lawrence.

Standing next the Hunger Games star in pictures, the comedian told Stewart she felt like her “coach.”

“She’s the coolest chick you’ll ever meet,” Schumer said of Lawrence. “In all the pictures we took together I look like her coach. I look like I just got finished telling her to take a knee.”

The two chatted it up about Schumer’s acting chops given that the comedian turned down an opportunity to host the Daily Show after Stewart leaves. “You’re like an actress-star,” Stewart told Schumer. Earlier on Monday, Schumer spoke at a press conference with Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat who is also her cousin, where the two called for stricter gun control laws.

” I was like legit heartbroken just to get that news,” the actress told Stewart about the shooting. “I got a call and I had a lot of missed calls so assumed there was a sex tape of me out, or something…To hear that news, it broke my heart. It was so horrible.”

Watch the full clip below.

 

TIME justice

Former Prisoners Applaud Program to Help Inmates Go to College

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Patrick Semansky—AP Inmate Alphonso Coats, a participant in the Goucher College Prison Education Partnership, sits in a discussion with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other officials inside the Maryland Correctional Institution-Jessup on July 31, 2015, in Jessup, Md.

Glenn Martin knows exactly the kind of difference getting an education can make for a person behind bars. When Martin was 23, he was sentenced to six years in prison for robbery. That time, he told TIME on Friday, was arguably the lowest point in his life.

But a meeting he had with a correction’s officer during his early days behind bars in state prison in New York changed his life. After reviewing his file, the officer suggested that he consider advancing his education and enrolling in college courses.

“That was the first time anyone had ever said to me ‘you should go to college,’” Martin says. “I grew up in [the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn]. I distinctly remember people saying the opposite to me.”

While in prison, Martin was able to earn his associate’s degree through a prison education program called the Consortium of the Niagara Frontier, one of New York’s oldest post-secondary correctional education programs. It was in that program that Martin says he was able to consider all of the possibilities that lie ahead of him in life.

“I started to think of myself differently,” Martin says. “I saw hope beyond being in that prison for six years.”

Now, at 43, Martin serves as the president of Just Leadership USA, an organization aimed at significantly reducing the incarceration rate nationwide by 2030. And it was in that role that Martin was invited to attend an event at a prison in Maryland on Friday, where he participated in a roundtable discussion with the U.S. Attorney General and the Secretary of Education.

As TIME reported earlier this week, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan traveled to the Maryland Correctional Institution at Jessup to announce that the administration would temporarily grant incarcerated individuals access to federal aid that can help them pay for college. The experimental initiative reverses a 1994 law that blocked state and federal prisoners’ access to Pell Grants which critics say hurt their chances to start over.

The research on the topic of institutional education is clear: according to a 2013 study by the RAND Corporation funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, prisoners who took educational courses behind bars were 43% less likely to return to prison in three years than those who did not. With about 1.5 million Americans behind bars, changing the Pell Grant system could have a major effect.

“America is a nation of second chances. Giving people who have made mistakes in their lives a chance to get back on track and become contributing members of society is fundamental to who we are,” Duncan said in a statement.

Through the pilot program, prisoners who are eligible for release within the next five years and otherwise meet the requirements for federal aid could have access to grants to pay for tuition, fees, books, and supplies. Though the program is limited to Pell Grants and does not apply to any other type of aid, those who work in education are hopeful.

Vivian Nixon, the executive director of the College and Community Fellowship an organization that helps formerly incarcerated women get an education, didn’t have a chance to get an education while she was behind bars. When she was in her mid-thirties, Nixon was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for a series of white-collar crimes.

The possibility of being able to further her education while incarcerated gave Nixon hope, but those dreams were dashed when she was transferred to a prison that didn’t offer any post-secondary education courses. After suffering bouts of hopelessness and depression, Nixon started tutoring other women working toward their GED behind bars. Over the past decade and a half, she’s made it her mission to get the federal government to make it easier for prisoners to get an education.

“Education is transformative,” Nixon says. “When people are educated it opens up a whole set of different choices and without the kind of knowledge or confidence that education brings you can easily slip back into the old habits that landed you in prison.”

For Nixon and Martin, who collaborated to form the Education from the Inside Out Coaltion, an organization that aims to increase educational opportunities for prisoners, Friday was a special day. Both of them saw their handwork come to fruition firsthand.

“For [decades] we’ve dealt with this issue in ways that make for good politics, but bad policy,” Martin said. “This is an opportunity to undo some of that.”

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