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Fashion Industry Reinventing Itself by Embracing the Digital Age

For years denim jeans have been finished in foreign factories where workers use manual and automated techniques such as scraping with sandpaper or other abrasives to make the jeans appear worn and more comfortable to wear. But things are changing in the fashion world. As VOA’s Mariama Diallo reports, fashion companies are going digital to speed up the design and manufacturing process.

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New York City Bathroom Aims to Prevent Drug Overdoses

A specially-outfitted bathroom in New York City has been converted into a safe haven for drug users. The goal: to curb an overdose crisis that’s sweeping the United States. New data shows drug overdoses killed 47,000 people nationwide in the 12 month period that ended in November 2017. Aside from preventing such deaths, studies show facilities like the one in New York can also reduce HIV infections and emergency calls about overdoses. But the program has its critics. VOA’s Julie Taboh has more.

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New York City Bathroom Aims to Prevent Drug Overdoses

A specially-outfitted bathroom in New York City has been converted into a safe haven for drug users. The goal: to curb an overdose crisis that’s sweeping the United States. New data shows drug overdoses killed 47,000 people nationwide in the 12 month period that ended in November 2017. Aside from preventing such deaths, studies show facilities like the one in New York can also reduce HIV infections and emergency calls about overdoses. But the program has its critics. VOA’s Julie Taboh has more.

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NFL, Players Halt Anthem Rules, Work on Resolution

The NFL and National Football League Players Association have agreed to halt enforcement of rules regarding the new national anthem policy while the two sides work on a resolution.

The league and its players union issued a joint statement late Thursday, hours after The Associated Press reported that Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week.

“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy. No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing,” the statement read.

Miami’s nine-page discipline document included a one-sentence section on “Proper Anthem Conduct” and was provided to the AP by a person familiar with the policy who insisted on anonymity because the document is not public. It classifies anthem protests under a large list of “conduct detrimental to the club,” all of which could lead to a paid or unpaid suspension, a fine or both.

Miami’s anthem policy came after the NFL decided in May that teams would be fined if players didn’t stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” while on the field. The league left it up to teams on how to punish players. None of the team policies had been made public.

Jets acting owner Christopher Johnson said shortly after the league announced its policy that he will not punish his players for any peaceful protests, and would pay any potential fines incurred by the team as a result of his players’ actions.

When the league announced the policy, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called it a compromise aimed at putting the focus back on football after a tumultuous year in which television ratings dipped nearly 10 percent.

The NFL started requiring players to be on the field for the anthem in 2009, the year it signed a marketing deal with the military.

In 2016, then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began protesting police brutality, social injustice and racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem and the demonstration spread to other players and teams. It became one of the most controversial and sensitive issues in sports.

Critics led by President Donald Trump called the players unpatriotic and even said NFL owners should fire any player who refused to stand during the anthem. Some players countered that their actions were being misconstrued and that they are seeking social change rather than protesting the anthem itself.

Trump’s criticism led more than 200 players to protest during one weekend, and some kept it up throughout the season.

Kaepernick didn’t play at all last season and hasn’t been picked up by another team. He threw 16 touchdown passes and four interceptions in his final season in 2016. Safety Eric Reid, one of Kaepernick’s former teammates and another protest leader, is also out of work.

Both have filed collusion grievances against the NFL.

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NFL, Players Halt Anthem Rules, Work on Resolution

The NFL and National Football League Players Association have agreed to halt enforcement of rules regarding the new national anthem policy while the two sides work on a resolution.

The league and its players union issued a joint statement late Thursday, hours after The Associated Press reported that Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week.

“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy. No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing,” the statement read.

Miami’s nine-page discipline document included a one-sentence section on “Proper Anthem Conduct” and was provided to the AP by a person familiar with the policy who insisted on anonymity because the document is not public. It classifies anthem protests under a large list of “conduct detrimental to the club,” all of which could lead to a paid or unpaid suspension, a fine or both.

Miami’s anthem policy came after the NFL decided in May that teams would be fined if players didn’t stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” while on the field. The league left it up to teams on how to punish players. None of the team policies had been made public.

Jets acting owner Christopher Johnson said shortly after the league announced its policy that he will not punish his players for any peaceful protests, and would pay any potential fines incurred by the team as a result of his players’ actions.

When the league announced the policy, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called it a compromise aimed at putting the focus back on football after a tumultuous year in which television ratings dipped nearly 10 percent.

The NFL started requiring players to be on the field for the anthem in 2009, the year it signed a marketing deal with the military.

In 2016, then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began protesting police brutality, social injustice and racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem and the demonstration spread to other players and teams. It became one of the most controversial and sensitive issues in sports.

Critics led by President Donald Trump called the players unpatriotic and even said NFL owners should fire any player who refused to stand during the anthem. Some players countered that their actions were being misconstrued and that they are seeking social change rather than protesting the anthem itself.

Trump’s criticism led more than 200 players to protest during one weekend, and some kept it up throughout the season.

Kaepernick didn’t play at all last season and hasn’t been picked up by another team. He threw 16 touchdown passes and four interceptions in his final season in 2016. Safety Eric Reid, one of Kaepernick’s former teammates and another protest leader, is also out of work.

Both have filed collusion grievances against the NFL.

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Weird, Nerdy-Cool Comic Con Draws Fans From Around World

Fans are bringing comic book and onscreen characters to life at Comic-Con, which Guinness World Records bills as the largest convention of its kind in the world.

From superheroes to villains, fans can be whatever they want to be as they celebrate popular culture and the entertainment industry. The annual convention opened this week in San Diego, California.

“If you don’t feel like you belong in your hometown, you like this nerdy stuff and no one really gets you, here is where everyone understands you and everyone has the same passion. We’re all united together with the same love of pop culture,” said Austin, Texas, resident Santiago Gonzales, who was attending Comic-Con with his friend.

Gonzales was dressed as a colorful hamburger with lettuce, tomatoes, bacon and an egg made of fabric. He made the costume for his love of the animated comedy and TV show Bob’s Burgers.

David Ancheta is a part of the international Star Wars fan club, 501st Legion, where members dress up as their favorite villain and support charities. Ancheta was in full costume that included a silver helmet and armor he had painted and sewn as Star Wars bounty hunter Jango Fett.

“This experience is amazing. I guess you could say I’m a geek and being surrounded by a ton of geeks is definitely an amazing experience,” said Ancheta, a U.S. Navy retiree.

Attending Comic-Con has become a reality for Iranian-American Soheil Behzad. He had tried for years to get a ticket to the convention. Because of constraints on space, organizers limited the size to just more than 135,000 attendees. He finally secured a ticket to this year’s sold-out event.

“It’s always been my life dream to be here because I’m a huge movie buff, comic book, all of that stuff,” said Behzad, who remembered the first comic he read. It was a translated Spider-Man comic in Farsi in an Iranian newspaper.

“It’s cool to see them on live action on the silver screen or like on TV. It’s the time to be alive,” said Behzad, who considers himself a big movie fan.

Adapting comic book superheroes into movie, TV show and video game characters is one reason Comic-Con has grown into a multimedia experience for fans since it began in 1970 with only 300 people.

“I’m really big on graphic novels and comic books and movies, TV shows in general. I grew up on media,” said Jackie DeLeon, a northern California resident who is attending Comic-Con for the second year.

Comic-Con organizers said people from more than 80 countries and media from more than 30 countries are attending this year’s convention.

“I think the United States has always had the wonderful ability to promote film and various forms of art and that has a global audience,” said David Glanzer, chief communications and strategy officer at Comic-Con.

He said it makes good business sense for publishers, toy manufacturers, television networks and movie studios to have a presence at Comic-Con.

“The people that come to Comic-Con are the people who buy a movie ticket on opening night, who tuned into that television station — buy their comic book or video game or whatever it happens to be,” he said.

The convention is where creators can gauge the interest of fans from around the world and get feedback for future content.

“What’s really cool to me is how it transcends language barriers and culture and everything,” Behzad said.

Comic-Con runs through Sunday.

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Weird, Nerdy-Cool Comic Con Draws Fans From Around World

Fans are bringing comic book and onscreen characters to life at Comic-Con, which Guinness World Records bills as the largest convention of its kind in the world.

From superheroes to villains, fans can be whatever they want to be as they celebrate popular culture and the entertainment industry. The annual convention opened this week in San Diego, California.

“If you don’t feel like you belong in your hometown, you like this nerdy stuff and no one really gets you, here is where everyone understands you and everyone has the same passion. We’re all united together with the same love of pop culture,” said Austin, Texas, resident Santiago Gonzales, who was attending Comic-Con with his friend.

Gonzales was dressed as a colorful hamburger with lettuce, tomatoes, bacon and an egg made of fabric. He made the costume for his love of the animated comedy and TV show Bob’s Burgers.

David Ancheta is a part of the international Star Wars fan club, 501st Legion, where members dress up as their favorite villain and support charities. Ancheta was in full costume that included a silver helmet and armor he had painted and sewn as Star Wars bounty hunter Jango Fett.

“This experience is amazing. I guess you could say I’m a geek and being surrounded by a ton of geeks is definitely an amazing experience,” said Ancheta, a U.S. Navy retiree.

Attending Comic-Con has become a reality for Iranian-American Soheil Behzad. He had tried for years to get a ticket to the convention. Because of constraints on space, organizers limited the size to just more than 135,000 attendees. He finally secured a ticket to this year’s sold-out event.

“It’s always been my life dream to be here because I’m a huge movie buff, comic book, all of that stuff,” said Behzad, who remembered the first comic he read. It was a translated Spider-Man comic in Farsi in an Iranian newspaper.

“It’s cool to see them on live action on the silver screen or like on TV. It’s the time to be alive,” said Behzad, who considers himself a big movie fan.

Adapting comic book superheroes into movie, TV show and video game characters is one reason Comic-Con has grown into a multimedia experience for fans since it began in 1970 with only 300 people.

“I’m really big on graphic novels and comic books and movies, TV shows in general. I grew up on media,” said Jackie DeLeon, a northern California resident who is attending Comic-Con for the second year.

Comic-Con organizers said people from more than 80 countries and media from more than 30 countries are attending this year’s convention.

“I think the United States has always had the wonderful ability to promote film and various forms of art and that has a global audience,” said David Glanzer, chief communications and strategy officer at Comic-Con.

He said it makes good business sense for publishers, toy manufacturers, television networks and movie studios to have a presence at Comic-Con.

“The people that come to Comic-Con are the people who buy a movie ticket on opening night, who tuned into that television station — buy their comic book or video game or whatever it happens to be,” he said.

The convention is where creators can gauge the interest of fans from around the world and get feedback for future content.

“What’s really cool to me is how it transcends language barriers and culture and everything,” Behzad said.

Comic-Con runs through Sunday.

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Comic Con Draws Fans From Around the Globe

Comic-Con, which bills itself as one of the world’s largest comic book conventions of its kind, kicks off this week in San Diego. The four-day event has grown to become an entertainment destination that features not only comics, but also film, television and video games. The sold-out event draws thousands of fans from around the world. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee reports on the sights and sounds of a cultural event that has global influence.

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