Prada asks Ava DuVernay and Theaster Gates to lead diversity efforts after blackface backlash

Prada has tapped “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and artist Theaster Gates to advise the Italian fashion house on diversity issues after the company released a holiday collection featuring blackface imagery. In December, Prada faced backlash over its Pradamalia line, which included monkey-like figurines with black faces and large red lips. When civil rights attorney Chinyere…

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld looking to challenge Trump in 2020 Republican primary

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld said he’s launching a presidential exploratory committee to run in 2020 as a Republican. “I hope to see the Republican Party assume once again the mantle of being the party of Lincoln. It upsets me that our energies as a society are being sapped by the President’s culture of divisiveness…

El Niño is weak, but it’s here now — and can still cause problems, forecasters say

El Niño can have major implications for weather patterns across the globe. On Thursday morning, NOAA announced that El Niño is here and issued an El Niño Advisory. “El Niño conditions across the equatorial Pacific have come together, and we can now announce its arrival,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, and…

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State Representative meets with Lookout Mountain Suites residents

State Representative meets with Lookout Mountain Suites residents

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – A letter recently went out to guests at Lookout Mountain Suites. It’s to give people a month’s notice that the extended motel would be closing for renovations. “I’m a little worried,” Pamela Riley said Riley has lived at the motel with her husband for around 3 months. She is one of…

Cleveland woman seriously burned in house fire

Cleveland woman seriously burned in house fire

CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF) – A Cleveland woman was flown to a burn center in Atlanta after a fire at her home on Wednesday afternoon. It happened around 3:30 at the house on State Place N.W. The Cleveland Daily Banner reports that firefighters rescued Mamie Perkins from the flames. But the significance of her burns required…

Activists urge Chattanooga City Council to fight for Civilian Oversight Board

Activists urge Chattanooga City Council to fight for Civilian Oversight Board

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Local activists are calling for Chattanooga city council members help in protecting the future of a potential police oversight board. The group says they want a community led board to promote accountability within CPD. In an open letter to council they said they want the board to have subpoena powers and the…

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Dave Says: You need actions, not words

Dave Says: You need actions, not words

Dear Dave, My husband and I have about $20,000 in credit card debt, plus payments on a new truck. We also have a camper he bought before we got married that we’re still making payments on. I recently received a $50,000 inheritance, and I’d like to use that money to help get us out of…

Dave Says: Paid In Full

Dave Says: Paid In Full

Dear Dave, I’ve been late on a credit card bill several times, and it was turned over to a collection agency. They have offered a couple of different payment options. If I agree to one of these, does that mean the original creditor gets paid, too? Carter   Dear Carter, A collection agency either owns…

Dave Says: Don’t Play The Game

Dave Says: Don’t Play The Game

Dear Dave, How do you feel about timeshares, and the free trips and dinners they offer as part of their sales pitches? Is it possible to win with these things? Dan   Dear Dan, In my opinion, timeshares are a complete waste of time and money. Lots of folks go into this kind of thing believing they’ll…

Five Ways to Give Yourself a Raise in 2019

Five Ways to Give Yourself a Raise in 2019

Five Ways to Give Yourself a Raise in 2019 By Rachel Cruze Everyone starts out a new year with the best intentions. We’re going to lose weight, or eat better, or work out more. I don’t know about you, but I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to shelling out a bunch of money…