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Supremacist Gave Nazi Salute After Being Convicted of Killing 3 at Jewish Sites

Supremacist Gave Nazi Salute After Being Convicted of Killing 3 at Jewish Sites

On Monday, Frazier Glenn Miller was convicted of murder and other charges in last year’s shooting deaths of three people at two Jewish community centers outside Kansas City, the Associated Press reports. As the jurors filed out of the courtroom, Miller, 74, raised his arm in the Nazi salute.

The jury of seven men and five woman took just two hours to find Miller, who founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1980s, guilty on one count of capital murder, three counts of attempted murder and assault and weapons charges. (Miller is also known as Frazier Glenn Cross—the name he was given in 1990 after turning federal informant to get out of prison.)

The Aurora, Missouri, man admitted to killing three people—William Corporon, 69, Corporon’s 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, and Terri LaManno, 53—in the Passover eve shootings at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park and the nearby Village Shalom retirement center. However, he plead not guilty, because he said it was his duty to stop genocide against the white race.

Last fall, Miller told the Kansas City Star that he decided to carry out the attacks after he went to the emergency room in late March, unable to breathe because of his emphysema. “I was convinced I was dying then,” Miller said. “I wanted to make damned sure I killed some Jews or attacked the Jews before I died.”

According to the AP, during his closing arguments, Miller, who has been representing himself since firing his attorneys in May, said, since the killings, he has been “floating on a cloud.” Earlier, when District Attorney Steve Howe said that Miller wanted to kill as many people as possible, Miller interrupted: “I wanted to kill Jews, not people.” None of the victims were Jewish.

Before deliberations, Miller encouraged the jurors to “show great courage” and acquit him. “You have the power in your hands to inspire the world,” he said. “You can become a man or woman your forefathers will be proud of for your bravery.”

After the guilty verdict was announced, Miller, who faces the death penalty, said, “The fat lady just sang.” As the jurors left, he told them, “You probably won’t sleep tonight.” The judge reminded Miller that the jurors he was speaking to were the same who would decide his sentence. Sentence proceedings are expected to begin Thursday.

Photo credit: AP Images. Contact the author of this post: brendan.oconnor@gawker.com.

Over 200 Of Hillary Clinton’s Emails Contain Classified Information

Over 200 Of Hillary Clinton's Emails Contain Classified Information

Hillary Clinton has been dealing with a months-long migraine atop her many other migraines after it was revealed that she used a private email server to conduct official secretary of state business. Nothing classified was sent over the insecure server, she insisted, and the hype was partisan overreaction. It turns out, however, that that’s not really true.

On Monday, 150 new emails were “upgraded” to classified, according to the State Department, pushing the total number of emails containing confidential information to approximately 213. Still, it isn’t immediately clear whether the information was classified when the emails were sent, although the fact that they are classified now indicates that they were of a sensitive nature to begin with.

“It’s not an exact science,” said the department’s spokesperson Mark Toner in a press briefing. “When we’ve upgraded, we’ve always said that that certainly does not speak to whether it was classified at the time it was sent.”

ABC News reports:

It is not possible to send a properly marked and classified email through an unclassified State Department account or a private email account, according to multiple senior government officials familiar with handling sensitive materials in the government email system.

Each of the 150 emails newly deemed classified were considered exempt from public release using a specific guideline of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Specifically, the regulation states that anything deemed to contain “classified information for national defense or foreign policy” is exempt from public release.

The State Department also announced that it would release about 7,000 pages of emails from Clinton’s first two years in the position.

“My use of personal email was allowed by the State Department,” Clinton said last week. “It clearly wasn’t the best choice. I should’ve used two emails: one personal, one for work. And I take responsibility for that decision.”

Contact the author at joanna@jezebel.com.

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How to Ask Your Partner for Sex So They’ll Enthusiastically Say Yes

How to Ask Your Partner for Sex So They'll Enthusiastically Say Yes

Let’s get real: couples can start getting lazy initiating sex. Who here hasn’t tried to initiate sex by clumsily groping at their partner, or blurting out, “I guess it’s been a while. Should we do it?” It might feel easier, but it can also feel wildly impersonal. Let’s talk about how to initiate sex in a way that will make your partner actually want to say yes.

One great way to stop sabotaging yourself is to extend a more personal invitation to your partner. Make your partner feel special and desired when you ask, and incorporate some of the unique elements of your relationship. Here are some ways to bring more excitement to those times you want to pull your partner to the bedroom, along with specific examples!

Think About What has Worked in the Past

One of the best ways to improve your initiation skills is to find inspiration in the past. Jot down a list of four or five of your hottest sexual experiences with your partner, then try to look for similarities in how those experiences were initiated. Were you laughing and teasing each other? Was it slow and sensual? Did any of those experiences end up creating lasting inside jokes between the two of you? This can be a fun conversation to have with your partner too, so don’t feel like you’re the only one who has to make an effort.

Give a Compliment

The best way to make your initiation feel more personal is to tell your partner exactly why you want them in that moment. Say something like, “Your ass looks so incredible in those pants. I want to get my hands all over it”, “I can’t control myself when I see you stepping out of the shower”, or, “I can’t believe how lucky I am to get to look at you every day.” If your partner is sensitive to feeling like you want sex just to get off, tell your partner why you’re wanting to connect with them in that moment. For example, “I love how close I feel to you when we’re in bed together.”

Help your Partner Relax

Some people need a bit of time to unwind and get excited for sex. If your partner has a hard time relaxing, ask them, “What can I do to take care of you tonight?” or “What can I take off your plate right now?” Better yet, suggest something specific that you know your partner would appreciate, like, “I’m going to take the dog on a walk. You just stay here and kick up your feet.” If your partner has been sorely lacking alone time, try to support them in getting some. Try, “I know how much you love baths. Want me to draw you one?”

Be a Tease

Drawing out your initiation can be really freaking hot. It gives both of you the chance to prepare for sex mentally and build anticipation. Send your partner a text during the day saying, “I’m wearing those underwear you love. See you tonight!” Or parade around in said skivvies but tell your partner you’re “off limits” until later that evening. You can try stringing initiation and foreplay out over the entire day, by exchanging kisses and meaningful touches, then tauntingly walking away.

Go the Sentimental Route

Incorporate some of those aforementioned favorite sexual memories directly into your initiations. Say something like, “Do you remember that time in Hawaii where we didn’t leave the bed all day long? What do you say we try to repeat that this weekend?” Or, “I can’t stop thinking about how incredibly sexy you looked on our last anniversary.”

Turn up the Heat

When we’re dating or early in a relationship, those moments leading up to sex—or asking for sex—are insanely erotic. As time goes by with the same partner, that intensity tends to fade. It’s understandable, but of course unfortunate. We all want to feel wanted by our partners, even if we’ve spend more of our lives with them than without. Try to channel some of that original passion you used to feel for your partner. Bust out that move you used to do all the time but haven’t in a while. Maybe on your first date, you pushed your partner up against their door and kissed her until you were both panting. Or perhaps you’ve forgotten how much your partner loves when you sneak up and kiss the back of his neck. Or channel your intensity through your words. Tell your partner, “I need to have you right now” or “I’ve been driving myself crazy thinking about you all day.” Of course, being this direct can feel super vulnerable, and it can make a lower-desire partner feel taken off-guard, but nurturing passion in a relationship is important enough to run these risks!

Be Playful

Sex doesn’t always have to be so serious. You might feel way more comfortable (and even way more sexy) being silly and playful. A friend of mine once shared a technique she learned from her favorite TV show: Either she or her partner would text a simple question mark to the other during the day when they were both at work, which was a signal that they were interested in having sex later. The other one would respond with an exclamation point if they were in the mood. It made them both laugh, but it still felt enticing. Or try making bets where the winner gets an-extra special prize. For example, “If the Niners beat the Seahawks, I’ll give you a blowjob.”

You don’t need to strategize or overanalyze every single interaction with your partner. Rolling over to their side of the bed for some lazy Sunday morning sex is great. But it is nice to put in a little extra effort every once in a while. It helps your partner realize what makes sex between the two of you so special, and makes them want to hop into bed with you!

Vanessa Marin is a licensed psychotherapist (#78931) specializing in sex therapy. It’s her mission to take the intimidation out of sex therapy and bring the fun back into the bedroom. Have questions about sex? You can reach her at vanessa.marin@lifehacker.com, or at VMTherapy.com.

Title illustration by Tara Jacoby.

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Patch a Torn or Damaged Underwire Bra with Moleskin

When the fabric gives and an underwire pokes out from your bra, it can be painfully distracting, to say the least. For a quick fix, apply moleskin (available in first aid kits or a pharmacy) to put the wire back in place, stop the stabbing, and save your bra.

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No one likes getting turned down.

No one likes getting turned down. Today at Lifehacker: After Hours, it’s time to stop sabotaging yourself and make your partner feel special.

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Texts Show Teen Pushing Her Boyfriend To Suicide: “When Are You Gonna Do It?”

Texts Show Teen Pushing Her Boyfriend To Suicide:

Last July, an 18-year-old Massachusetts man named Conrad Roy III killed himself by placing a gas-powered water pump in his pickup truck and letting the carbon monoxide consume him. Prosecutors say that Roy’s girlfriend, 17-year-old Michelle Carter, spent months convincing Roy to commit suicide, and text messages between the two entered in court make a compelling and sad case that she did.

According to prosecutors, as outlined by writer Abby Pillip in an extensive Washington Post story, Carter and Roy had known each other since 2012. Their romance was mostly an online one—according to Carter’s lawyer, the two had met each other in person just a few times. Per Phillip, Roy had tried killing himself in the past, and though his family thought he might be putting that behind him, by 2014, his conversations with Carter returned frequently to his suicide, often under her direction.

Here are some of Carter’s texts to Roy, and a few of their conversations, as highlighted by Phillip:

“You always say you’re gonna do it, but you never do. I just want to make sure tonight is the real thing.”

“You can’t keep pushing it off, though. That’s all you keep doing.”

“There isn’t anything anyone can do to save you, not even yourself.”

ROY: How was your day?

CARTER: When are you doing it?

After Roy had told Carter that he had a good day:

CARTER: Really?

ROY: Yes.

CARTER: That’s great. What did you do?

ROY: Ended up going to work for a little bit and then just looked stuff up.

CARTER: When are you gonna do it? Stop ignoring the question???

Eventually, the talk about Carter’s suicide progressed so far that the two began discussing methods in which he could end his life. According to Phillip, Roy proposed suffocation via carbon monoxide, but then thought it might not work, at which point Carter revealed how much research she had devoted to her boyfriend’s potential suicide:

Roy thought about using a tube to channel the exhaust from his truck’s tailpipe into the vehicle but realized that the diesel engine emitted lower levels of carbon monoxide that might make failure more likely.

Carter was confident that it would work and told him why.

“If you emit 3200 ppm of it for five or ten minutes, you will die within a half hour,” she told him. “You lose consciousness with no pain. You just fall asleep and die.”

But, Phillip writes, Carter was suspicious of the plan to run a tube from the exhaust into Roy’s truck because she thought it would be too easy for him to chicken out:

But Carter didn’t love that idea, either, because she feared that Roy would make up an “excuse” to explain why it didn’t work.

“I bet you’re gonna be like ‘oh, it didn’t work because I didn’t tape the tube right or something like that,’” she texted him. “You always seem to have an excuse.”

Eventually the two thought he could use a generator to produce the carbon monoxide, and when Roy told Carter that he hadn’t procured one yet, she texted him, “WELL WHEN ARE YOU GETTING IT?” Phillip writes that when Roy found his father’s broken generator, she encouraged him to get it repaired. If that failed, Carter thought Roy could just do it some other way: “I’d try the bag or hanging. Hanging is painless and take like a second if you do it right.”

Early on July 12, 2014, Carter and Roy were once again discussing the deed. “You can’t think about it. You just have to do it,” she wrote. “I’m gonna eventually,” he said back. “I really don’t know what I’m waiting for but I have everything lined up.”

According to Phillip, Carter suggested that Roy take Benadryl to make the process easier, and that he think about going to an empty parking lot before the sun came up. At some point later that night, he did just that. He parked at a Kmart, flipped on the water pump sitting in his truck, and died.

In texts from that night with a friend, Carter says that she was talking to Roy as he sat in his truck, and could have told him to stop if she had wanted to. Carter says that at one point Roy got out of the truck as the fumes billowed out of the pump but she told him to get back in.

“Like, honestly I could have stopped it,” Carter texted Samantha months later. “I was on the phone with him and he got out of the car” because the carbon monoxide was working, she said. She added that she “told him to get back in.”

Carter’s attorney, for his part, is arguing that this narrative is backwards. He says that Carter was “persuaded” by the older boy, and that eventually he got her to “endorse his plan.” Publicly, Carter tried to put a good face on the story, too. Phillip reports that on Facebook, Carter wrote, “Even though I could not save my boyfriend’s life, I want to put myself out here to try to save as many other lives as possible.”

But text messages from Carter appear to belie that version of the events. There are the texts in which Carter says she “could have stopped it.” Phillip also writes that Carter asked Roy to delete their text conversation before he died. In a text to another friend, Carter seemed to understand that trouble awaited her: “[If the police] read my messages with him I’m done.”

[image via AP]

Contact the author at jordan@gawker.com.

Cut Back on Your Before-Bed Smartphone Addiction With This Exercise

If you want to wean yourself off of the need to look at your phone before bed, some deliberate practice ignoring notifications during the day might help.

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500 Days of Kristin, Day 218: Kristin Designs Another Staple

500 Days of Kristin, Day 218: Kristin Designs Another Staple

While promoting her line of shoes for Chinese Laundry last fall, Kristin Cavallari assured potential buyers of the timelessness of her designs. “Everything in my line, for the most part, is a staple,” she said. “They’re all classic shoes that you’ll wear forever.” Guess what Kristin’s got for you this season?

Another staple.

In ad copy posted last week on Zappos.com, Kristin introduced six of her new designs that will be available for purchase this fall. She explicitly stated that one of these designs is a “staple that will be with you forever.” Below are the classic names Kristin bestowed upon her heels. Can you guess which one is the staple?

“Chance”“Candyce”“Liam”“Chandy”“Calissa”“Charm”

It’s Liam. It looks like this:

500 Days of Kristin, Day 218: Kristin Designs Another Staple

This slouchy, stacked-heel boot with the toes cut out is a staple, says Kristin. It will be with you forever.

This has been 500 Days of Kristin.

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Make It Easier to Get Rid of Your Clutter by Saying “Thank You”

It can be difficult to part ways with your items, even if you don’t need them, but sometimes you need to find a way to let them go. It might sound a little strange, but thanking your items before you say goodbye might help you move on.

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