Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots star imprisoned for homicide, died in an apparent suicide, the Massachusetts Department of Corrections said.
Hernandez, 27, was serving a life sentence for murder when corrections officers discovered his body early Wednesday.
Born in Bristol, Connecticut, Hernandez left college at the University of Florida to join the 2010 NFL Draft, where he was picked up by the New England Patriots. He spent three seasons with them, where he broke several NFL records. During that time, he became engaged to Shayanna Jenkins, who gave birth to their daughter, Avielle, in November 2012. Though the couple never married, Jenkins later took Hernandez’ last name.
In June 2013, Hernandez was arrested and charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd, a semi-professional football player, was dating Jenkins’ sister when he was shot and killed in a Massachusetts industrial park. Days after his arrest, the Patriots released Hernandez.
In 2014, Hernandez was also charged in connection with a 2012 Boston double murder. He was was found guilty of Lloyd’s murder in 2015 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Last week, he was acquitted of the 2012 murders, but was convicted on an illegal weapons charge and given more prison time.
The Patriots were scheduled to make an appearance at the White House on Wednesday, two months after winning the Super Bowl in a historic comeback. The team did not immediately comment on Hernandez’s death.
In a statement released by his attorney, Hernandez’s family members said they were “shocked” and “heartbroken.”
A new Korn god has risen, and he’s a-maize-ing.
Earlier this month, nu metal band Korn announced that they had recruited an unlikely new bassist: Tye Trujillo, the 12-year-old son of Metallica’s bassist, Robert Trujillo.
The young Trujillo wouldn’t be replacing Korn’s typical bassist, Fieldy — the new kid on the nu metal block would simply be filling in for a few South American tour dates.
For those still skeptical that this was some sort of belated April Fools’ joke, Tye made his debut with the band Monday night in Bogota, Colombia.
And it seems to have gone pretty well!
Below, Tye has a bass solo that causes someone in the crowd to seemingly uncontrollably scream, “WHOA!”
Baby Korn is a hit.
If your social media feed was miraculously free of music festival snaps this weekend, we feel it is our duty to inform you that Coachella kicked off in Indio, California on Friday.
Fashion at the annual crop top-tastic gathering has become more of a parody of itself with every passing year. The desert festival featured a slew of major performances, but our feeds are populated mostly by a sea of bikini tops and fishtail braids.
This year, we learned that flower crowns still have a place in the hearts of street style hopefuls, along with coordinating sets, teeny-tiny shorts and SO. MUCH. GLITTER.
Check out our picks for the most Coachella outfits at Coachella below.
Emotional intelligence can mean the difference between behaving in a socially acceptable way and being considered to be way out of line.
While most people will have heard of emotional intelligence, not many people really know how to spot it – in themselves or in others.
Emotional intelligence is essentially the way you perceive, understand, express, and manage emotions.
And it’s important because the more you understand these aspects of yourself, the better your mental health and social behavior will be.
It might be these are things you do without even really thinking – which can be the case for a lot of people. Or it might be that these are skills you know you need to work on.
Either way, improved emotional intelligence can be very useful in all sorts of circumstances – be it in work, at home, in school, or even when you’re just socializing with your friends.
So if you want to know if you’re emotionally intelligent, simply check the list below.
1. You think about your reactions
Emotional intelligence can mean the difference between a good reaction and a bad reaction to circumstances. Emotions can contain important information that can be useful to personal and social functioning – but sometimes these emotions can also overwhelm us, and make us act in ways we would rather not.
People who lack emotional intelligence are more likely to just react, without giving themselves the time to weigh up the pros and cons of a situation and really thinking things through.
People who are less able to regulate their negative feelings are also more likely to have difficulty functioning socially – which can exacerbate depressive feelings.
People with major depression have been shown to have difficultiesunderstanding and managing their emotions. And research has also shown that more depressive symptoms are present in people with lower emotional intelligence – even if they are not clinically depressed.
2. You see situations as a challenge
If you are able to recognize negative emotions in yourself and see difficult situations as a challenge – focusing on the positives and persevering – chances are that you’ve got high emotional intelligence.
Imagine for a moment you lost your job. An emotionally intelligent person might perceive their emotions as cues to take action, both to deal with the challenges and to control their thoughts and feelings.
But someone with poor emotional skills might ruminate on their job loss, come to think of themselves as hopelessly unemployable, and spiral into depression.
3. You can modify your emotions
Of course, there are times when your feelings can get the better of you, but if you are an emotionally intelligent person, it is likely that when this happens you have the skills needed to modify your emotions.
For example, while average levels of anxiety can improve cognitive performance – probably by increasing focus and motivation – too much anxiety can block cognitive achievement.
So knowing how to find the sweet spot, between too much and too little anxiety, can be a useful tool.
It is clear that moderation is the key when it comes to managing our emotions. Emotionally intelligent people know this and have the skills to modify their emotions appropriately.
And this is probably why emotional intelligence has been shown to be related to lower levels of anxiety.
4. You can put yourself in other people’s shoes
If you are able to extend these skills beyond your own personal functioning, then that’s another sign that you have high levels of emotional intelligence.
Emotional intelligence can be particularly important in workplaces that require heavy “emotional labor” – where workers must manage their emotions according to organizational rules.
This can include customer service jobs, where workers may need to sympathize with customers – despite the fact that customers may be yelling at them.
This is why workplace emotional intelligence training is now common – with the most effective training focusing on management and expression of emotions, which are directly linked to communication and job performance.
It’s also worth pointing out that emotional intelligence is a cognitive ability that can improve across your lifespan. So if you haven’t recognized much of yourself in the traits listed above, fear not, there’s still time for you to work on your emotional intelligence.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT, -0.39% is in advanced acquisition talks with men’s apparel retailer Bonobos, according to a Recode report published Friday. Sources tell Recode that both sides have agreed to a price and due diligence on the deal is underway. MarketWatch has reached out to Wal-Mart for comment. Bonobos launched a decade ago as a place for men to find pants with a personalized fit. Today it has nearly three dozen “guideshops” that customers can visit, though purchases are shipped. Bonobos was valued at $300 million in 2014, according to Recode. Wal-Mart has made a number of fashion acquisitions in recent months, including women’s retailer ModCloth and online outdoor retailer, Moosejaw. Wal-Mart shares are up 6.3% for the past year while the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.68% is up 11.8% for the same period.