Minneapolis Park Board: No more citations for women going topless in the parks

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board voted Wednesday to allow anyone to go topless in the city’s parks without being ticketed.

Under city and state law, it’s legal for anyone to be topless in public. But a Minneapolis park ordinance continued to make bared “female breasts” in city parks and parkways grounds for an indecent exposure citation.

That language has come under criticism.

The current ordinance says that no one 10 or older “shall intentionally expose his or her own genitals, pubic area, buttocks or female breast below the top of the areola, with less than a fully opaque covering, in or upon any park or parkway.” Wednesday’s vote repealed the part related to breasts.

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The best board games to gift this holiday season

The game features a step-by-step tutorial so you can get started the moment you open the box, which is perfect for those who hate reading rule books. That, combined with its beautiful design, story book of maps and excellent character backgrounds makes this one of our favorite games of the year. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is sure to delight any fantasy fan, but it is also perfect for those who are new to board games. 

Buy Gloomhaven at Amazon – $48 Buy Gloomhaven at Walmart – $53

Pandemic Legacy: Season 0

Holiday Gift Guide: Z-Man Games Pandemic Legacy Season 0

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It might seem a little on-the-nose to give someone a board game about a global pandemic in 2020, but Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 is not about eradicating diseases. Instead, it’s more about uncovering a network of Soviet spies during the Cold War in 1962. Players take on the role of medical graduates working for the CIA, tasked with preventing the creation of a deadly bioweapon, saving humanity in the process. 

Though it’s designed as a prequel, you do not have to have played the other Pandemic Legacy games to enjoy it (don’t worry, no spoilers here). Much like Pandemic Legacy Seasons 1 and 2, Season 0 is a legacy-style board game, which means you’ll be ripping up cards, slapping on stickers, and permanently altering the state of the board as you play. Each decision you make will have consequences for the next game and so on. If your loved one is sick and tired of “normal” board games, then Pandemic Legacy Season 0 will make for a refreshing change, offering a board game experience that is as cinematic and dramatic as some movies. 

Buy Pandemic Season 0 at Walmart – $72 Buy Pandemic Season 0 at Target – $80

Back to the Future: Back in Time

Holiday Gift Guide: Funko Back to the Future: Back in Time

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Your loved ones don’t need to be a fan of the Back to the Future films to like this board game, but it sure helps. Set in the first movie, players take on the roles of Marty McFly, Doc Brown, Jennifer Parker and Einstein the dog (yes, the girlfriend and the dog don’t play significant roles in the movie, but board games are allowed to get creative). Their goal: help Marty’s parents fall in love and make sure the DeLorean speeds past the clock tower just as the lightning strikes. That, combined with the eye-catching comic book art and the DeLorean toy car makes this a great gift for anyone in your life who’s a fan of the movie, or simply someone who enjoys a solid family-friendly board game. 

Buy Back to the Future board game at Amazon – $25 Buy Back to the Future board game at Walmart – $25

Princess Bride Adventure Book Game

Holiday Gift Guide: Ravensburger The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game

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The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game is aimed at players ages 10 and up, but it’s also a great gift for anyone who’s a fan of the 1987 cult classic.

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Blackline Safety Appoints Women in Technology Hall of Famer, Cheemin Bo-Linn, to its Board of Directors

Former IBM VP and CEO of international consulting firm brings award-winning experience and a proven track record of leadership and innovation to Blackline

Blackline Safety Corp. (TSX.V: BLN), a global leader of gas detection and connected safety solutions, announced the appointment of Cheemin Bo-Linn to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. With this appointment, Blackline Safety’s Board expands to six directors. Notably, Ms. Bo-Linn was recognized as one of the ‘Top 50 Directors’ in the United States in 2019 by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). This recognition highlights the most influential and high performing directors who serve on a public company board and as an independent committee chair.

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Blackline is a global leader in cloud-connected safety that supports leading businesses around the world to transform digitally through increased safety, efficiency and quality using wearable technologies, cloud software and data.

Ms. Bo-Linn currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Peritus Partners, Inc., a valuation accelerator which also provides consulting and operations expertise in software (SaaS), IoT, mobile and digital (analytics, marketing, e-commerce and cybersecurity). She brings more than 25 years as a software executive including her prior role as Vice-President of IBM Corporation where she was responsible for a fast growth multi-billion-dollar global business. In 2015, she was inducted into the Women in Technology International Professional Association Hall of Fame. Ms. Bo-Linn has also served on several boards across the U.S., Canada and Europe. Ms. Bo-Linn earned a doctorate degree in computer-based management information systems and organizational change from the University of Houston.

“It’s an exciting time for Blackline which has impressively established itself at the forefront of cloud-connected safety technology on a global scale,” said Cheemin Bo-Linn. “I am honored to join Blackline’s board and support the company’s rapid growth by sharing my insights and experience in ESG, SaaS, artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital innovation and leadership. There’s a very bright future for technologies that connect workers across multiple industry sectors and empowers improved decision-making that comes from leveraging the power of data.”

“This appointment marks an exciting, transformative day for Blackline Safety, adding a highly experienced and talented executive to our board who has served at the top levels of leadership and innovation,” said Cody Slater, Chair and CEO of Blackline Safety. “The depth of Cheemin’s impressive experience and insights into ESG and SaaS will play an instrumental role in helping us continue to grow our enterprise and remain ahead of the curve in the cloud-connected safety industry.”

Ms. Bo-Linn joins the Blackline Safety board of directors that includes CEO and Chair, Cody Slater and independent Directors Michael Hayduk, Dr. John Finbow, Robert Herdman and Brad Gilewich. Each of Blackline’s board members are seasoned business veterans who offer significant corporate leadership experience in the technology, industrial, software and business operations. For more information on Blackline Safety’s management team, please

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Founders Of The Fourth Floor Provide Women Resources For Securing A Board Seat

In the past decade, women have made significant strides in closing the gender equality gap. Twenty years ago, today’s accomplishments seemed out of reach. Recently, according to the 2020 Women On Boards Gender Diversity Index report, women now hold a historic 22.6% of the board seats among the nation’s largest publicly-traded companies in the Russell 3000 Index. Even though that percentage has increased by 2.2% from 2019, it’s still alarming that women occupy only 6,034 seats out of 26,711. 

Breen Sullivan, founder of The Fourth Floor, and her cofounders, Sarah Feingold and Kat de Haen, recognized the immense lack of resources for women preparing to hold a board position. The Fourth Floor democratizes women’s access to board seats and investments to drive systemic change. Its community, over 2,000 members strong, provides women with the necessary skills and resources to serve on a board and connects startups to general counsel, industry experts and investors. 

“Women have a really hard time getting board seats,” Sullivan explains. “Women also have a really hard time raising money and accessing opportunities to scale their company. When you bring those two groups together, you bring together the women entrepreneurs and those executives and professionals; you bring them together in what is essentially a marketplace. You change the rules so that all of those female founders realize that there is this value that they can claim for themselves in the form of advisory boards, and independent directors, depending on the maturity stage of a company.”

Sullivan built out the legal functions for mid-sized and large companies. While at her last company, the idea, which was the genesis for The Fourth Floor, ignited. She realized that there is an inherent value by connecting general counsel with startups. 

“A couple of years ago,” Sullivan states, “I realized that someone like me, general counsel for a mid-sized, rapidly growing startup in the tech space, I had so much value that I could share with a founder of an early-stage company. I also realized that in return, that founder could provide so much value to me, in the form of an opportunity to serve as an advisory board member and potentially earn equity in an up-and-coming startup.”

Through a women’s general counsel meetup, Sullivan met Feingold, who started her legal career as general counsel for Etsy. “It [the idea of the organization] really spoke to me because I’ve seen the inequalities in the boardroom,” Feingold shares. “I know how difficult it is for women to scale their companies. I thought this was innovative because it was a tangible way to move the needle and make a difference.”

After meeting Feingold, Sullivan was introduced to de Haen through a mutual friend. As a

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LA will be represented by a five-women board for the first time ever

With the election of Holly Mitchell, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be composed entirely of women for the first time in its history. 

While official results are still not in, Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson conceded the election to Mitchell after she secured almost 61 percent of the vote, according to local news outlets. 


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“I can’t think of another example in the entire United States where you will have five women having control of … the largest county in the entire country just in terms of people, but also the largest county budget in the entire country,” Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, a professor and chair of gender studies at USC, told the Los Angeles Times, which endorsed Mitchell

The nonpartisan 168-year-old board was known as the “five little kings” until 1979, when Yvonne Burke became the first woman on the board. Mitchell — the ninth woman ever on the board — will join Sheila Kuel, Hilda Solis, Kathrun Barger and County Supervisor Janice Hahn. 

“I’ve found them to be more interested in solving a problem than in taking credit for who solved the problem,” Hahn told the Los Angeles Daily News ahead of the election. “I’ve found them willing to work out their differences and avoid public displays of divisiveness and that’s been good for L.A. County.”


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Mitchell will represent almost 2 million residents in the 2nd District, which includes Carson, Compton, Inglewood, Gardena and parts of Los Angeles, in addition to representing District 30 in the California State Senate as a Democrat, where she will serve out her term until 2022. Supervisors for the board, which governs Los Angeles County, serve for four years and are limited to three consecutive terms. The board oversees the county’s $35 billion budget, the largest jail system in the country and one of the largest public health infrastructures, according to the L.A. Times, which called it “the most powerful local governmental body in the country.”

“Many people consider local government at the bottom of the hierarchy of power, unless you’re referring to a mayor of a major city,” former U.S. Rep. Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, the first woman appointed to the board in 1979, said in a 1988 opinion piece for the Times. “The truth is that few,

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Annie Elliott shares her favorite items from Room & Board

This is part of a series in which we ask designers and other tastemakers to share their favorite products from one store and how they would use them.



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D.C.-based interior designer Annie Elliott, of Annie Elliott Design, enjoys creating spaces that blend antique and modern pieces. She also loves incorporating bold colors, graphic wallpapers and fun patterns in her designs. The result is a look that is fresh and unexpected, while also classic.

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“We like to say that our work is ‘classic, updated,’ ” Elliott says. “I would love to start with a room full of antiques, but if you leave it there, it feels like a time capsule. It’s not young, not fresh.”

That’s why, when we asked her to choose a retailer for this column, Elliott turned to Room & Board (roomandboard.com).

“In terms of the furniture itself, even though a lot of it skews mid-century modern, there are enough pieces that are simple enough and clean-lined enough that I can mix them into more multilayered rooms,” she says.

And with so much color and pattern in her designs, it’s important to remember that not every piece can be a showstopper, she says. Most of Room & Board’s pieces can blend in nicely to fill in the gaps in a room, particularly for things such as lamps and seating, where antiques aren’t the best option. (Upholstered antiques generally aren’t very comfortable, she says, and older lights can be inadequate for modern needs.)

Here are eight items from Room & Board that stand out for Elliott. Use one or two in a room to add texture, warmth, color or function. Or, she says, all of them could easily work together in one space if you’re starting from scratch.



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Elliott likes the Murphy love seat in view indigo ($1,499) for both its “light” look, courtesy of its long, thin legs, and the stain-repellent velvet upholstery. It’s 59 inches long and comes in a variety of fabrics and colors. Pair it with a large sofa to add seating without overwhelming the space. There’s an 81-inch sofa in the same style.

The framed vintage U.S. flag ($1,299) is a splurge, but it would be a statement piece in any room, particularly on a large wall. It’s “perfect for this moment, and perfect in any style home, from supercontemporary to downright traditional,” Elliott wrote. Each one-of-a-kind flag is from the 1950s or ’60s and is mounted in a solid wood shadowbox frame. And yes, you could replicate the look with a less expensive flag from a flea market or estate sale if this is out of your price range.



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The Tulsara rug ($999-$3,199), with its tribal print and rich red tones, pairs well with solid colors and simple shapes to add warmth and depth to a

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop gift guide includes $1,995 Ouija board, vulva coloring book and lamps made of bread

Election Day may have stolen its thunder, but Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop gift guide is out.

Highlighting what it thinks will be this year’s must-have holiday gifts, the site is appealing to the pandemic-plagued shopper with ideas that will “meet the needs of today: less travel and more snacks, self-care, and booze.”

Among the intriguing and bizarre offerings from the woman who sells vagina and orgasm candles, the official 2020 gift guide features several gift categories, from “The Ridiculous but Awesome” to “The Forward-to-Your-So” guides.

What’s causing a stir, however, are the items listed under “Ridiculous but Awesome.”

One such item is the Edie Parker Ouija board, with a price-tag of $1,995 (or four interest-free payments of $498.75,) which is described as a “hand-poured, glitter-bombed acrylic” spirit board.

For those not wishing to interact with the paranormal, Goop is also selling the “Studypod,” a $13,600 portable single-person study room that could be set up anywhere — even the great outdoors. The product is equipped with a detachable desk so it can become a yoga studio or even a bedroom.

Another unique item category are lamps made from real bread, fetching for $210, which may be sumptuous for the inner foodies.

There’s also a leather custom-made watermelon bag by designer Tsuchiya Kaban, but prices vary based on the customer’s specific requests.

Not everything Goop highlighted this year will put too much of a strain on shoppers’ wallets, as it also has a “Holiday Gifts under $100” category, which boasts items such as Oregon Wine in a Can ($17 for a four-pack), a $15 vulva coloring book and, of course, the Academy Award winner’s infamous candles that retail for $75.

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop gift guide includes $1,995 Ouija board

Gwyneth Paltrow has published her annual Goop holiday guide.

The actress turned wellness entrepreneur has said this year’s selection of gifts to choose from aims to “meet the needs of today: less travel and more snacks, self-care, and booze. And yes, puzzles galore,” according to a description on the website.

On the list, Paltrow has included toilet paper costing $34 called No.2 toilet paper. “Toilet paper with a conscience (it’s made of 100% sustainable bamboo), an eye for style (note the chic dark floral packaging), and a silky, smooth texture that’s gentle on skin,” the description reads. “Need we say more?”

There is also a $75 candle called “This Smells Like My Vagina Candle” billed as having a “funny, gorgeous, sexy, and beautifully unexpected scent” and a Ouija Board costing $1,995 made from “hand-poured, glitter-bombed acrylic.”

For $210, Goop fans can purchase the Batard Bread lamp, made from actual bread coated in resin “to prevent any pests from getting at it”.

The selection of products also features a tree house dubbed the “tree house of the future” for $110,000, a copy of ‘Lunar Rock Edition of Norman Mailer’s MoonFire’ with a meteorite for $275,000, and a $23,720 billiards table.

Earlier this year, Netflix released The Goop Lab, a six-episode documentary series featuring Paltrow and her team exploring “ideas that may seem out-there” including psychedelic drugs, energy healing and communication with the dead.

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Three women elected to Miami-Dade School Board, defeating former county commissioner

A majority of the Miami-Dade County School Board’s nine seats were up for grabs this year, and enthusiasm — and partisanship — surrounding the presidential election trickled down to the down-ballot races.

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Now, three women will join the School Board.

Two incumbents whose seats were on the ballot, Steve Gallon and Lubby Navarro, stayed on. (Gallon faced no challengers and Navarro won a majority of votes in the primary.) That left three other seats on the ballot, and those incumbents said they would not seek another term.

After a tough and crowded primary, six candidates emerged to vie for the three open seats, making this election one of the most high-stakes School Board races in recent memory.

The most contested race was in District 9, with a David-and-Goliath matchup between Luisa Santos and Dennis Moss. Santos emerged as the most significant victor on Tuesday, overcoming a primary deficit to defeat Moss, a term-limited Miami-Dade county commissioner.

Among those who called it quits: Martin Karp, who represented the Northeast Miami-Dade down to the beaches and a sliver of downtown Miami for 16 years. Larry Feldman served the county’s southeast swath from Pinecrest to Goulds and Princeton west to Florida City for 12 years. And Susie Castillo, who persisted through the heartbreak after her daughter’s death to represent Doral and Miami Springs, said she was done after one four-year term.

New faces will make up a third of the School Board, the first time since 2016. The new candidates will be sworn in at the School Board’s organizational meeting at 10 a.m. on Nov. 17.

According to early results, three women will join the dais:

District 3: Lucia Baez-Geller

Money wasn’t enough to give Russ Rywell the edge over Lucia Baez-Geller.

In a showdown between two highly rated Miami Beach Senior High teachers, Baez-Geller, 37, took the lead in the primary and will be on the dais in two weeks. She won 61 percent of the vote.

Rywell, 56, a wealthy former financier who spent at least $300,000 of his own money on his campaign, eclipsed Baez-Geller in fundraising. Rywell ran a $500,000 campaign compared to Baez-Geller’s $90,000 raised.

On Tuesday night, Baez-Geller thanked her supporters.

“This is truly a testament to what a group of committed citizens can do with heart and soul and passion, and I’m so proud of every one of us in every way,” she said, thanking her “greatest supporters, the students who made it happen.”

Baez-Geller looked forward to her work on the dais.

“Right now we just want to make sure that everyone is safe, that everyone has the resources and transparency and clarity that we need to move forward in this pandemic right now and start building up,” she said.

Baez-Geller, whose husband is an aide to state Sen. Annette Taddeo, D-Kendall, enjoyed the backing of the Democratic Party. Rywell was also endorsed by several local leaders.

Rywell said he called and conceded the race.

“I congratulate Lucia Baez-Geller on her victory, and

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Three women elected to Miami Dade County School Board

A majority of the Miami-Dade County School Board’s nine seats were up for grabs this year, and enthusiasm — and partisanship — surrounding the presidential election trickled down to the down-ballot races.

Now, three women will join the School Board.

Two incumbents whose seats were on the ballot, Steve Gallon and Lubby Navarro, stayed on. (Gallon faced no challengers and Navarro won a majority of votes in the primary.) That left three other seats on the ballot, and those incumbents said they would not seek another term.

After a tough and crowded primary, six candidates emerged to vie for the three open seats, making this election one of the most high-stakes School Board races in recent memory.

The most contested race was in District 9, with a David-and-Goliath matchup between Luisa Santos and Dennis Moss. Santos emerged as the most significant victor on Tuesday, overcoming a primary deficit to defeat Moss, a term-limited Miami-Dade county commissioner.

Among those who called it quits: Martin Karp, who represented the Northeast Miami-Dade down to the beaches and a sliver of downtown Miami for 16 years. Larry Feldman served the county’s southeast swath from Pinecrest to Goulds and Princeton west to Florida City for 12 years. And Susie Castillo, who persisted through the heartbreak after her daughter’s death to represent Doral and Miami Springs, said she was done after one four-year term.

New faces will make up a third of the School Board, the first time since 2016. The new candidates will be sworn in at the School Board’s organizational meeting at 10 a.m. on Nov. 17.

According to early results, three women will join the dais:

District 3: Lucia Baez-Geller

Money wasn’t enough to give Russ Rywell the edge over Lucia Baez-Geller.

In a showdown between two highly rated Miami Beach Senior High teachers, Baez-Geller, 37, took the lead in the primary and will be on the dais in two weeks. She won about 60 percent of the vote.

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Rywell, 56, a wealthy former financier who spent at least $300,000 of his own money on his campaign, eclipsed Baez-Geller in fundraising. Rywell ran a $500,000 campaign compared to Baez-Geller’s $90,000 raised.

On Tuesday night, Baez-Geller thanked her supporters.

“This is truly a testament to what a group of committed citizens can do with heart and soul and passion, and I’m so proud of every one of us in every way,” she said, thanking her “greatest supporters, the students who made it happen.”

Baez-Geller looked forward to her work on the dais.

“Right now we just want to make sure that everyone is safe, that everyone has the resources and transparency and clarity that we need to move forward in this pandemic right now and start building up,” she said.

Baez-Geller, whose husband is an aide to state Sen. Annette Taddeo, D-Kendall, enjoyed the backing of the Democratic Party. Rywell was also endorsed by several local leaders.

Rywell said he called and conceded the race.

“I congratulate Lucia Baez-Geller on her

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