Former Gavin Newsom aide pleads not guilty to domestic abuse

A high-profile Democratic strategist and former spokesman for Gavin Newsom pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he assaulted his wife and smothered his four-year-old daughter with a pillow.

Nathan Ballard, 51, appeared virtually in a Napa County court before a judge to face charges of one count of domestic abuse, and one count of child abuse, FOX 2 reported

Nathan Ballard runs a public relations firm in San Francisco.

Nathan Ballard runs a public relations firm in San Francisco.
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Ballard’s estranged wife alleges that he pushed her into a glass door, at the Carneros Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif., on Oct. 17.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle, Ballard’s wife “sustained a bump on the back of her head and later experienced dizziness.” He then allegedly followed her into the bedroom where their daughter was sleeping, placed a pillow over her head and upper body, and laid on her

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24 Products To Treat Yourself To Instead Of Making Resolutions

Getting through 2020 was harder than any resolution — get yourself something nice instead.

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Laurie Santos, Yale Happiness Professor, on 5 Things That Will Make You Happier

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As a professor of psychology at Yale and host of The Happiness Lab podcast, I’ve spent the last few years teaching simple science-backed tips to improve our well-being. I know the research inside out—but the giant dumpster fire of a year that was 2020 has had me struggling, too.

The COVID-19 pandemic has cheated us out of all the good times we live for—the weddings, the vacations, the graduations and celebrations. Our work lives have been upended and our livelihoods threatened. There are people we love who we haven’t seen in months and some we’ll never see again; millions of us are mourning someone close who’s been taken by this awful disease. These overwhelming losses have had a devastating effect on our mental health, with rates of depression, anxiety and even suicidality surging around the world.

The good news is that there’s a lot to be hopeful for

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Best Gift Cards

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Everybody loves the right gift card. (Photo: Amazon/Chewy/Sephora/Brooklinen/Baublebar)
Everybody loves the right gift card. (Photo: Amazon/Chewy/Sephora/Brooklinen/Baublebar)

Forgot to get you-know-who a gift?

Hey, we’re not pointing fingers. We feel the same way. There’s a level of universal fatigue from the year we’ve had, and we’re not as go-go-go as usual on the gift-shopping front. If playing Santa feels more bah humbug than ho ho ho this year, why not go the foolproof route of giving gift cards. The right pick for the right person can be even better than something in a big box, meticulously wrapped.

Gift cards are having a moment right now: You can score one for practically any brand out there—from fashion to food delivery—tailoring your choice to your recipient. And

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