Sole to the highest bidder: Sotheby’s to auction rare Nike sneakers

Nikes famous Moon Shoe and limited-edition trainers produced by Kanye West, Air Jordan and Adidas will be sold Sothebys in New York has announced its first-ever auction dedicated to sneakers. The auction house will sell 100 pairs of the rarest sneakers ever produced, including a sample of one of the first Nike running shoes with a pre-sale high estimate of $160,000. The Nike Moon Shoe is one of only 12 pairs created. It was designed by Nike co-founder and track coach Bill Bowerman for runners at the 1972 Olympics trials and the pair up for auction is handmade, according to streetwear marketplace Stadium Goods, which is teaming up with Sothebys for the event. Other sneakers include 2011 and 2016 versions …

California becomes first US state to ban discrimination over natural hairstyles

The law prohibits employers and schools from enforcing rules against styles that would unfairly target black people California became the first state in the US to ban discrimination over natural hair on Wednesday. Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace (Crown) Act into law, prohibiting employers and schools from enforcing rules against hairstyles including afros, braids, twists, and locks. Workplace policies that prohibit such styles have serious economic and health consequences, especially for black individuals, the bill said. In a society in which hair has historically been one of many determining factors of a persons race, and whether they were a second-class citizen, hair today remains a proxy for race, the bill said. Therefore, hair discrimination …

US briefing: Mueller report evidence, North Korea and Bannon’s return

Tuesdays top story: Watergate witness calls report a road map to investigating Trump. Plus, Warriors keep NBA hopes alive receive underlying evidence from Robert Muellers Russia investigation, a breakthrough in the standoff between Democrats and the justice department. The deal was announced on Monday, shortly before the former White House counsel John Dean a star witness in the Watergate investigation wrong person to defend and disseminate its findings? Kims assassinated half-brother was a CIA informant Kim Jong-nam, left, was the exiled half-brother of North Koreas leader, Kim Jong-un. Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi, Wong Maye-E/AP Kim Jong-nam, un, was a CIA informant who had travelled to Malaysia to meet a contact from the US intelligence agency when he was assassinated at Kuala …

Ashton Kutcher ‘freaked out’ after date found killed, Los Angeles court told

Actor testifies at trial of Hollywood Ripper, who is charged with murder of Ashley Ellerin in 2001 along with two others Ashton Kutcher told a Los Angeles jury on Wednesday that he was freaking out after learning that a young woman was found dead in Hollywood the day after he called at her home for a date. The former Two and a Half Men star was testifying as a witness at the trial of a man dubbed the Hollywood Ripper, who is charged with the murder of the young woman and two others. Kutcher said he arrived at the Hollywood bungalow of fashion design student Ashley Ellerin on 22 February 2001, after speaking to her by phone earlier that evening …

Republican Justin Amash faces party’s wrath after call to impeach Trump

Congressman was dismissed by Republicans and rebuked by Trump after saying he engaged in impeachable conduct As the only Republican in Congress to call for the impeachment of Donald Trump, Justin Amash is impeachable conduct. He also accused the attorney general, William Barr, of misleading the US public. In the 48 hours that followed Amashs intervention, the five-term libertarian was rebuked by the president, dismissed by Republican colleagues and challenged from the right in his district. Jim Lowe, a Michigan state representative, said on Sunday he would run for Amashs seat in the Republican primary next year. I am a pro-Trump, pro-life, pro-jobs, pro-second amendment, pro-family values Republican, Lowe said in a statement. Justin Amashs tweets yesterday calling for President …

Ugg: kick in the guts as Aussie maker loses US trademark case

Sydney-based Eddie Oygur ordered to pay damages after footwear and apparel company Deckers puts its foot down The Australian ugg boot maker Eddie Oygur has suffered a $US450,000 ($A643,000) loss in his David versus Goliath legal fight with a major US footwear and apparel company. A jury in Chicago found Oygurs business, Sydney-based Australian Leather, wilfully infringed a trademark registered to California-based Deckers Outdoor by selling ugg boots online to customers in the US. After a four-day trial Oygur was ordered to pay Deckers statutory damages of $US450,000 and he may face an order to pay millions more in legal costs. Deckers generates more than $US1bn in annual sales from its UGG brands. Oygur argued ugg is a generic term …