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Jeff Bezos Slammed For Space Tourism While Amazon Employees ‘Have to Pee in Water Bottles’; Naomi Osaka ‘Bullied’ by Megyn Kelly in Vile Twitter Comments; Britney Spears’ Mom Forced her to End Marriage with Jason Alexander; CDC: Monkeypox Exposure of 200 People in 27 States; The Best Pizza City in the USA

Jeff Bezos Slammed For Space Tourism While Amazon Employees ‘Have to Pee in Water Bottles’

Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos’ space flight may have excited some, but television host, Meghan McCain expressed concern after retweeting a Mashable story outlining the indignities endured by Amazon employees.

“I know this space tourism is really exciting for some,” McCain tweeted. “But I just keep thinking about how Jeff Bezos employees have to pee in water bottles because they don’t get bathroom breaks and where all this money could have gone for 7 minutes of an ego stroke.”

McCain was referring to a report that recently surfaced about Amazon employees being forced to relieve themselves using bottles.

“We’re pressured to get these routes done before night time, and having to find a restroom would mean driving an extra 10 minutes off the path to find one,” an unnamed Amazon employee told Vice. Vice was told by another employee that there is an incentive to cut corners and be speedier, as the most productive drivers earn more hours.

The company initially refuted the allegations until issuing a blog apology to US Representative Mark Pocan, who had previously criticized Amazon for putting on a “progressive front” as its employees worked demanding schedules.

According to the blog article, its driver population may face issues accessing bathrooms due to remote routes or closed public restrooms due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, the firm recognized that insufficient toilet breaks are a problem for their drivers and emphasized that the issue is not unique to Amazon drivers, but is a “longstanding, industry-wide issue.”

Amazon says that fulfilment center employees have ample access to restrooms and can leave their workstations when necessary.

Following his 11-minute voyage to the edge of space, Bezos announced a $100 million donation to the foundations of CNN political contributor Van Jones and chef Jose Andres, respectively.

“They can give all to their own charity, or they can share their wealth. It’s all up to them,” Bezos stated.

“Sometimes dreams come true,” Jones replied. “The headlines around the world should be, anything is possible if you believe.”

Andres remarked, “This award itself cannot feed the world on its own, but this is the start of a new chapter for us.”

Naomi Osaka ‘Bullied’ by Fox Anchor Megyn Kelly in Vile Twitter Comments

When Naomi Osaka’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue cover was revealed on Monday, Megyn Kelly poked fun at the athlete’s frequency of magazine appearances since citing efforts to preserve her mental health as the reason for her choice to forego interviews at the French Open.

M.J. Day, the editor of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue, is stepping out in support of Osaka following Kelly’s criticism of her magazine cover.

Day defended Osaka, 23, on Tuesday’s episode of the PEOPLE Every Day podcast, saying to presenter Janine Rubenstein that what Kelly, 50, did was “bullying” because Osaka “did nothing wrong.”

“Well, first of all, we did that shoot back in December of 2020,” Day explained, noting that Osaka shot her SI Swim cover months before disclosing her social anxiety.

The editor continued by explaining why she addressed Kelly on her own Instagram Story, telling Kelly to “direct your vitriol somewhere else.”

Kelly initially responded to a tweet from conservative sports pundit Clay Travis that read: “Since saying she’s too introverted to talk to the media after tennis matches, Naomi Osaka has launched a reality show, a Barbie, and now is on the cover of the SI swimsuit issue.”

“Let’s not forget the cover of (& interview in) Vogue Japan and Time Mag!” Kelly replied.

In a since-deleted tweet to Kelly, Osaka stated that her covers were shot before she revealed her mental health difficulties publicly.

“Seeing as you’re a journalist, I would’ve assumed you would take the time to research what the lead times are for magazines, if you did that, you would’ve found out I shot all of my covers last year,” Osaka tweeted back, per a screenshot captured by Sporting News. “Instead, your first reaction is to hop on here and spew negativity, do better, Megan.”

Kelly responded with a further tweet in which she claimed Osaka had blocked her.

“Poor @naomiosaka blocked me while taking a shot at me (guess she’s only tough on the courts),” Kelly wrote. “She is apparently arguing that she shot her many covers b/4 publicly claiming she was too socially anxious to deal w/press. The truth is, she just doesn’t like Qs she can’t control. Admit it.”

Britney Spears’ Controlling Mother Forced her to End Marriage with Jason Alexander

Lynne Spears, Britney Spears’ mother, allegedly compelled the star to annul her 55-hour marriage to childhood friend Jason Alexander. According to the now-retired lawyer who counselled Alexander, neither the singer nor Alexander desired the annulment but were coerced into it by Lynne Spears and Britney’s management team.

Goldberg told The Daily Mail, “It was the mother interfering in and inserting herself into her daughter’s life. She came to Las Vegas, threw Jason out, and got him a plane ticket home.”

Spears married Alexander in January 2004 at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. The vows were invalidated 55 hours later based on a petition alleging that the performer “lacked understanding of her actions.” The pair, both now 39, grew up together in the small Louisiana town of Kentwood.

Alexander called Goldberg for legal advice following the annulment.

“Jason was looking for advice,” Goldberg remembered. “He was very emotional and upset. Britney had called him to come to Las Vegas. She was there with friends, as I recall, and she paid for his airfare to come.”

“As I remember it, it was Britney’s idea to get married. He said they hadn’t been drinking or doing drugs – or at least they weren’t drunk.” Goldberg says that he repeatedly asked Alexander if either of them were incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs, but “he was clear, they weren’t… they just really loved each other.”

“Jason was confused because he loved Britney, and he didn’t want to hurt her, but he was very afraid of her mother and management,” he continued. “This wasn’t a stranger she’d just picked up. They had known each other for years.”

Alexander’s version of events is strikingly similar to Goldberg’s.

“They told me if I would sign the contracts, the annulment, they would let me and Britney continue our relationship, and if we felt the same way in six months, they would give us a proper marriage,” Alexander recalled. “So I had no reason to believe otherwise. They were allowing Britney and I to still have phone communication.”

However, Alexander claims that Spears’ phone mysteriously died one month after signing the annulment.

CDC: Monkeypox is Real and Contagious Following Virus Exposure of 200 People in 27 States

The CDC is monitoring over 200 people in 27 states for potential monkeypox exposure following interaction with a Texan who caught the rare disease earlier this month in Nigeria. According to the website, state and municipal health officials are collaborating with federal officials to monitor and follow up on anyone who came into touch with the monkeypox patient daily until July 30.

The patient went from Lagos to Dallas on July 8 and 9 with a layover in Atlanta, about a week before being diagnosed with the uncommon virus spread via respiratory droplets and bodily fluids, the CDC said.

According to the post, those being monitored include passengers who sat within six feet of the patient or used the mid-cabin bathroom during the international journey.

Additionally, airline employees and family members were being assessed for probable exposure to the virus, which has a three to seventeen-day incubation period, the source stated.

“It is a lot of people,” said Andrea McCollum, epidemiologist for the National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases. “We’re in the timeframe where we certainly want to closely monitor people.”

Officials said that passengers who sat near the diseased person on the domestic leg of his trip were not at risk.

“We define indirect contact as being within six feet of the patient in the absence of an N-95 or any filtering respirator for greater than or equal to three hours,” McCollum reportedly said.

“Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness that typically begins with flu-like illness and swelling of the lymph nodes and progresses to a widespread rash on the face and body,” the CDC said in its statement.

Outside of West Africa, incidences remain uncommon, and the US has not had an outbreak since 2003. The 47 confirmed and probable cases were linked to a shipment of infected exotic animals, the reports stated. According to the CDC, the disease was discovered in 1958 when epidemics occurred in monkey colonies.

According to CDC data, the Texas case came after three confirmed cases of the disease in the United Kingdom related to a Nigerian worker.

The Best Pizza City in the USA: The “Modernist Pizza” Reveals

What about New York? No. Chicago? Also, no. The title of best pizza city in the United States goes not to those long-established standard-bearers of pizza but to Portland, Oregon, an innovative West Coast upstart.

That is the conclusion reached by Nathan Myhrvold and Francisco Migoya, the authors of the forthcoming compilation “Modernist Pizza,” due out in October. With three volumes and nearly 1,700 pages, it covers the history of pizza, over 1,000 recipes, pizza-making techniques and tools, and where to find the best pie – all in exquisite detail and with breathtaking photography.

“Modernist Pizza” is geared toward individuals who are “passionate and curious about food.”

Myhrvold, who served as Microsoft’s chief technology officer from 1996 to 2000 before departing to pursue other interests, told CNN Travel in a video interview that this labor of love took nearly four years.

He stated that they completed their pizza tours, which included visits to 250 pizzerias, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak shutting down operations. Myhrvold admitted that he had no clue Portland would win the gold when the pizza investigating and sampling began.

“We knew Portland had undergone a foodie Renaissance of sorts in the last 20 years. But I didn’t particularly think that pizza was going to be as good there as many [other] places.”

To conduct comparisons, the Modernist team traveled to major cities and smaller communities throughout the United States, some of which have a long history as primo pizza havens. They were as follows:

Los Angeles, California
Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey The tri-state region
Pennsylvania’s Old Forge
Iowa and Illinois’ Quad Cities
San Francisco Bay Area
St. Louis Seattle

What makes Portland unique? According to Myhrvold, everything boiled down to innovation and a desire to be the greatest. According to him, there is no single style that defines Portland pizza save for the characteristics of inventiveness, an emphasis on high-quality ingredients, and “people wanting to do a great job.”

Myhrvold attributes the emergence of the excellent pizza area to two artisan establishments — Apizza Scholls and Ken’s Artisan Pizza. “If you’ve got a really good role model, that helps, versus other places where the pizza is terrible.”

“In general, where you find good food, you find some obsessed person who is trying their damnedest to make their food the best they can.”