What is Fat Bear Week? You can vote to crown the heftiest in Alaska national park

The bears at an Alaska national park are fattening up, and their fans will honor them for it.

Every fall, Katmai National Park and Preserve hosts its annual Fat Bear Week, an online tournament to honor the fattest of the fat bears.

More than 2,200 brown bears call the national park home, and it is “one of the premier brown bear viewing areas in the world,” the National Park Service said.

“As many bear populations around the world decline, Katmai provides some of the few remaining unaltered habitats for these amazing creatures,” the National Park Service said on its website. “At Katmai, scientists are able to study bears in their natural habitat, visitors are able to enjoy unparalleled viewing opportunities, and the bears are able to continue their life cycle largely undisturbed.”

With that many bears around, it’s easy to see how much bears change from spring to the end

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A Week In Prince George’s County, MD, On A $121,000 Salary

Pandemic micro-weddings are all the rage for couples who were planning to get married in 2020. If you recently had a micro-wedding or are having one in the near future, we want to know how much you spent on it and how it affected your budget for a future big wedding celebration. Tell us all about it here.

Welcome to Money Diaries where we are tackling the ever-present taboo that is money. We’re asking real people how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we’re tracking every last dollar.

This week a project manager who makes $121,000 per year and spends some of her money this week on blue crabs.

Occupation: Project Manager
Industry: US Government
Age: 43
Location: Prince George’s County, MD
Salary: $121,000 (my husband is a full-time parent — so just my income)
Net Worth: $98,800 (Savings + money market account +

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Manhattan’s MoMA, Welcoming Once Again, Seven Days a Week

I visited the Museum of Modern Art on September 9. It was my first stay in the city since March 15. It was already eerie. September 11 was unthinkable and happened fast. The COVID catastrophe keeps unfolding, an oozing amalgam of death, bravery, and science fiction.

I don’t doubt New York’s resilience. We need it back in all its gaudy splendor, though. Seeing the first floor of the Empire State Building empty was a shock. Times Square — on a matinee day, at that — was empty. Rockefeller Plaza was empty. Countless small storefronts are boarded up. The sidewalk restaurants are a nice sign of life but one among few.

Empty first floor at the Empire State Building.
Empty first floor at the Empire State Building.

The vibe is working-class. “No stuck-up people,” I thought, but they’re bound to return, as will the grubby money shufflers and the social climbers. Now, the energy’s coming from the people who

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What Fashion Week Is Like When You Work in ‘Designer Relations’

Ahead of the (mostly virtual) September shows, IMG’s Noah Kozlowski explains.

New York Fashion Week is, indeed, somehow, happening, amid… well, everything.

One of the major players in making it a (social distance-compliant, Governor Andrew Cuomo-approved) reality this September is IMG, which manages the calendar for New York Fashion Week: The Shows and nyfw.com. Whereas in the past, crowds would gather at Spring Studios in downtown Manhattan to sit elbow-to-elbow at runway shows, stand in line to enter presentations (or ride the elevator) and partake in other activities that are hard to fathom in a time of pandemic, most new collections will be unveiled online — with the exception of a handful of live events, which will be limited in attendance and held outdoors (and, in some cases, sponsored by Lowe’s). There will also be panels, videos and other content that can be consumed digitally and that allows designers to

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A Week In Berkeley, CA, On A $169,000 Joint Income

Welcome to Money Diaries where we are tackling the ever-present taboo that is money. We’re asking real people how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we’re tracking every last dollar.

Election Day 2020 is sure to be one of the most momentous ones in history. But as always, it falls on a Tuesday. Has your workplace made Election Day a paid company holiday so all employees have time to vote? Let us know what your employers are doing here.

Today: a communications director with a joint income of $169,000 who spends some of her money this week on pot.

Occupation: Communications Director
Industry: Higher Education
Age: 52
Location: Berkeley, CA
Salary: $105,000 + $9,000 freelance editing + $55,000 consulting income between me and my husband
Net Worth: $1,765,000 — this includes cash savings, my husband’s retirement fund, and equity in our house (minus debt

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What a week at Center Parcs taught me about holidaying in the UK

center parcs treehouse
center parcs treehouse

A holiday park sceptic reveals what happened during a week’s stay in Center Parcs’ new adult-friendly luxury treehouses

As a child, staycations are full of excitement, wonder and adventure. Camping trips with friends, days at the beach with grandparents and hiking in the fells with the family dog, all within driving distance of home – for young minds there’s nothing better than holidaying on your doorstep.

But with age the allure of exotic shores, faraway lands and thrilling adventure beckons and just the thought of planning a trip on home soil can begin to leave a sour ‘but it won’t feel like a holiday’ taste in your mouth.

I’ll admit to being guilty of thinking staycations, in particular those at holiday parks, are the bounty of pre-teens, after which a selfie on a beach has more bragging rights than a postcard from Penzance. Adults are merely just

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Calabasan Of The Week: Tatyana Yukhtman

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Name: Tatyana Yukhtman

Job: CEO, Groza Learning Center

Favorite music/musicians: Depends on the moment. It goes from Sinatra to Bob Marley.

Favorite movies/actors: I am a very big fan of very cliché romance movies with a happy ending. I feel that we have enough drama in the world and in our lives, and my movies have to be happy and exciting. From “What A Girl Wants” to “You’ve Got Mail” – all the fun, goofy, very romantic stuff.

Favorite books/authors: From a business standpoint, I love Howard Schultz’s books, I love Tony Shea books. There’s so many I absolutely love and enjoy. Danielle Steele.

Favorite TV shows: “Lucifer”

Favorite travel destinations: Loved Bora Bora and Tahiti. Loved Italy, loved Hong Kong, I traveled throughout China and fell in love with Hong Kong. Architecturally, I’m blown

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Stockholm Fashion Week Returns With a Message for Fashion: Sustainability Can’t Wait

LONDON — It was only last year that Stockholm Fashion Week announced plans to cancel its biannual showcase and become integrated into Copenhagen Fashion Week — the more internationally recognized Scandi fashion event.

But now the showcase is back and show organizers had a lot to contribute to the conversation around the changed fashion landscape.

“We canceled for financial reasons, but decided to come back this year because a digital fashion week would be so suitable for Sweden, which is at the forefront of digital innovation,” said Catarina Midby, secretary general of the Swedish Fashion Association and organizer of Stockholm Fashion Week.

As fashion’s priorities shift toward sustainability, digital innovation and timeless design over seasonal trends, Midby thinks Swedish fashion is well positioned to cater to all these new demands and used the three-day, digital Stockholm Fashion Week to help drive that point home.

“We want to support Swedish fashion

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A Week As A Student In Texas On A $7,000 Income

Welcome to Money Diaries — College Edition where we are tackling the ever-present taboo that is money. We’re asking real people how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we’re tracking every last dollar.

Are you a student paying your own way through college? We want to read your Money Diary! Send us an email here by the end of the week for a chance to see your Money Diary on Refinery29.

How have you been affected by the end of the $600 unemployment boost? Are there things you can no longer afford at the moment due to the sudden drop in income? Tell us here.

Today: a student making $7,000 a year who spends some of her money this week on a throw pillow for her dorm room.

Major: International Business
Age: 18
University Location: Texas
University Size: 30,000
Tuition Cost: $16,000 (paid by scholarship)

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could we live on nothing else for a week?

Stephen Armstrong - Christopher Pledger/Christopher Pledger
Stephen Armstrong – Christopher Pledger/Christopher Pledger

It’s been a big week for Jeff Bezos – on Tuesday, the world’s richest man saw his net worth top $197.8bn (£150.9bn), the highest fortune Forbes has recorded in nearly four decades of tracking billionaires; on Wednesday, Amazon UK rolled out a same-day delivery tie in with Morrisons, offering the supermarket’s entire range anywhere in the country; and on Monday, I started an experiment to see if my family and I could get through the week on Amazon products alone. It’s hard to know which event thrilled Jeff the most. 

Of course, they are all linked. At the end of July, Amazon announced that Prime members like me (who already pay £79 a year for premium delivery and streaming services) could enjoy same-day delivery from Amazon Fresh, its grocery platform, at no extra cost in the South East: the next stage of Bezos’s dream

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