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Thursday, April 28, 2016
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Uber is thinking about hitting users with a fee if the driver has to wait more than two minutes (compared with the current five minute wait time). For more news—free of charge!—keep reading.
Meet today's Clover, @kittywidodo. When she's not zipping around Manhattan on her skateboard, Kaira's showing off her amazing collection of streetwear finds, like vintage Fila and Champion sweatshirts.
High Schoolers Are Woefully Unprepared for College, Life
Even though we all joke about how we’re not ready for real life, our struggles with adulting are actually far more real than we thought. According to the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (aka NAEP, aka the U.S. education system's report card), only 37% of high schoolers are proficient enough in reading and math to be deemed “college or career ready.” Hispanic and African-American students are the ones hit the hardest, with only 12% of Hispanic students and 7% of black students possessing skills necessary to succeed in college academics or on-the-job training. So while the high school graduation rate is an impressive 82%, this news means that the system itself still gets a big fat F.
Facebook Says Teens Love Posting Negative Stuff on Facebook
Facebook just conducted a study about itself (#bizgoals?) and found that people are obsessed with writing, sharing, and commenting on all sorts of sad stuff. After surveying some 31 million users, the company learned that more than ⅓ of statuses involve negative feels—and these bummer posts got twice as many comments than average. What’s more, researchers said that teenagers are the most negative of them all. “Teens tended to be more negative,” says Moira Burke, a computational social psychologist at Facebook. “And that’s consistent with what we know about teens and cognitive development.” However, they're unsure how many of these comments were made out of sarcasm. So while they debate whether a status warrants a sad emoji or a snarky one, at least this explains why your feed is so down in the dumps. 
The Largest NYC Gang Takedown in History Happened Yesterday
In a scene that feels straight out of The Wire, more than 120 gang members were arrested in New York yesterday. The massive takedown was no easy task: It involved more than 1,000 FBI agents who raided 100-plus locations, all within the span of a few hours. Those arrested included members of two rival gangs from the Bronx, 2Fly YGz and the Big Money Bosses; they were charged with things like drug trafficking, weapon offenses, and murder. When you consider that this is the largest takedown—ever, in the history of New York—and that the Leo DiCapro classic Gangs of New York was based in the mid-19th century, it becomes all the more dramatic.
Ex-House Speaker Gets Prison Sentence Over Sex Abuse
Former House Speaker and accused child molester Dennis Hastert, who at one time was second in line for the presidency, was sentenced to 15 months in prison today. The sentence came not for abusing four boys under the age of 17, but rather for making illegal cash withdrawals to pay off accusers. Because of the statute of limitations—aka the crime was committed a long time ago—the 74-year-old wrestling coach-turned-Republican politician could not be found guilty of the sex crimes. "Nothing is worse than using serial child molester and Speaker of the House in the same sentence," said the judge, before giving him a sentence far more severe than the six-month prison term prosecutors recommended. Justice = served.
Working Out For a Single Minute Is Surprisingly Effective
Think you don’t have time to work out? Think again. New research found that a single minute (!) of strenuous exercise has the same benefits as nearly an hour of moderate exercise. There were three control groups for the study: One did absolutely nothing; one pedaled on a bike at a reasonable pace for 45 minutes; and one did 30 seconds of strenuous spinning spliced with several minutes of leisurely pedaling, totaling 10 minutes. At the end of the 12-week study, the endurance group spent 27 hours working out, while the high-intensity group spent just 6 hours breaking a sweat. Surprisingly, the results were basically identical. While the group that did nothing showed no gains (obviously), endurance among the other two groups increased by 20%. Have a minute to spare? Lace up your sneakers.
Spring cleaning isn't just an opportunity to go through your closet—it's also an excuse to shop for warm-weather clothes. Luckily, our favorite design house and boutique is here to help. The top five girls who get the most friends subscribed to Clover using this little link right here will each win a $100 gift card to Aritzia. Whether you go for dresses, skirts, or some of their literally perfect tanks, it's up to you. Happy sharing (and shopping!). 
The 17-year-old Novogratz twins talk rebounding from a cross-county relocation.
By Casey Lewis
Unlike another certain set of teen sisters whose faces you frequently see splashed across People, Bellamy and Tallulah Novogratz live exceptionally normal lives. Well, except for that whole reality TV thing. The twins' parents are Cortney and Robert Novogratz, the husband and wife design team behind hit HGTV series Home by Novogratz and Bravo fave 9 By Design, on which the sisters often appeared.

They're obviously pros under pressure, but the last year presented a different kind of challenge away from the glare of reality TV cameras. After spending almost 16 years in New York, the girls' parents moved them, along with their five other siblings, clear across the country to LA. There were upsides (moving into a legitimate castle, for starters), but relocating 2,000 miles and two time zones away is never an easy thing. We talked to Bellamy and Tallulah about what they learned from their big move, and—calling all soon-to-be college freshman—what you can learn, too.

Bellamy: My sister and I have lived amazing lives and we’ve never had to deal with any drastic changes. We were born and raised on the lower west side of Manhattan. Our freshman year in high school, our parents started to visit Los Angeles quite a bit. They’d lived in New York for over 25 years and were wanting a change. Out of all my siblings, I took it the hardest. I had a serious boyfriend—my first boyfriend—and a lot of the things other teen girls would probably be terrified of ran through my mind. I was really scared, and I was really devastated. It was really, really hard.

My parents decided that Tallulah and I would go on a road trip with two of their interns who worked for them over the summer. That made the move so much easier, because it was such a fun experience. But once we got to Los Angeles, it took a good six months to get adjusted—and to get used to being in a car all the time.

The best advice my parents gave me was to stop comparing the two, because I'd been comparing everything, from the food to the high school parties. But their advice was: Stop comparing the two places, and find out why you love LA. You can love both places.

We realized it's a new experience that we can learn from. Nothing is permanent. If we want to go back to New York for college, we can. They really do support us and encourage us to follow our dreams. Once I realized that soon enough I'm going to be older and living on my own and independent, I relaxed a little.

We didn't know a soul. We were going into a situation not knowing anyone, so we kind of got the opportunity to reinvent ourselves. We also just learned how to be ourselves and learned how to roll with the punches.

Tallulah: When I found out we were moving, I was pretty positive about the whole thing. But then on the day we left, it really hit me and I got really sad. When we got there, it was extremely difficult for me. But I decided to give it a chance and started to like it a lot.

Bellamy: Social media has really helped a lot, just by staying connected and being able to constantly talk through technology. That's definitely a game changer. One of the hardest parts about moving was that we saw who our true friends were.

Tallulah: We both definitely realized there are people who try to keep in touch with you. I had lots of close friends who told me how upset they were that I was leaving, and then I never heard from them. But I had friends who called me every single night and really tried to keep in touch. But I've also made lots of nice, new friends too, which helps.

Bellamy: I think [in this situation] you just need to remember that time heals everything and that nothing's permanent. You can, for the most part, take your future in your hands.
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