Dating website for white people only advertises with huge billboard in suburban Utah

A dating site created specifically for white people is drawing some stares with their weirdly placed billboard in West Valley City, Utah. The billboard, featuring an image of a white couple smiling and hugging, is adverting a new dating site called — which became a viral sensation this week. The word-of-mouth marketing appears to be working: enrollment more than doubled to 77 members by Friday afternoon, up from 35 just 24 hours prior. The site has four levels of membership — ranging from free to $69 for full access to the site for anyone 18 and older — but it apparently is configured only for straight white people. The site’s search allows only women to search for men and allows men to search only for women. Members of the site that are listed as married are in luck — the site seems to welcome polyamorous inquires. One member listed as married — whose profile was later deleted — used a name that referenced a sex act and had a profile image showing him in blackface, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. While the name targets white people, the site’s operator says that anyone can join as long as they abide by all the rules and regulations. The launch date of the site is unknown. Tweets about it date back to September 2015 but the account went silent until Thursday, when an image of the billboard went viral online. Social media circulation may have helped boost membership, but it drew negative reactions from Twitter users. “$4 to meet fellow white supremacists seems a bit steep considering how easy Trump has made it for you to be open about it,” user @alexpow tweeted to the site’s official Twitter handle. NAACP Salt Lake branch President Jeanetta Williams called it “odd” to have such an ad in a state that is 91 percent white, according to 2014 census estimates. "I just thought Continue Reading

Noel Biderman is the founder of Ashley Madison, a dating site for marrieds who want to stray

Noel Biderman doesn’t cheat on his spouse; he just encourages everybody else to. The founder of Ashley Madison, the online dating service for marrieds who want to stray, markets his business with the simple slogan: “Life is short. Have an affair.” The login page shows an anonymous, but beautiful, woman with a wedding ring. She has a finger up to her lips, as if welcoming us to her secret sexual paradise. Ashley Madison is controversial. So is Biderman. Every time he opens his mouth, provocative talk spews forth about adultery, which is almost as old as marriage. “Infidelity is part of the landscape,” he says, cranking up a typical rant against the puritanical media. “If we removed every unfaithful man from public office, from CEO positions, from the basketball courts, we’d have a very dull society. You wouldn’t be able to fill a football team, run a government or have a corporation that can function. ... So let’s stop trying to paint these people as villains.” This laissez-faire attitude toward adultery is not just Biderman’s business plan, but the theme of his new book, “Adultropology,” which provides a statistical understanding of who is “cheating” and why. Ashley Madison has 25 million members in 35 countries, so Biderman, who lives in Toronto, has access to reams of data. In fact, he claims to see more information on adultery in a single day than a professional sociologist would in an entire career. But who is this Noel Biderman, who wants you to betray your spouse (if you’re unhappy, that is)? Turns out he’s a pretty nice guy and an interesting drinking buddy. After 12 years in the infidelity business, Biderman rattles off statistics like a scientist, but one with a bemused attitude about the human heart. But at center he is a driven entrepreneur, aiming to make an international, and illicit, version of “Infidelity Continue Reading

New dating site launched for wine lovers

Wine aficionados seeking a special someone to split a bottle with now have their own online dating website. VineaLove, the brainchild of former wine journalist Françoise Pauly, officially launched on Sunday at Vinexpo in Bordeaux, France. "About two months ago, I just woke up with this thought that there wasn't a dating website for wine lovers," she said in an interview with the Daily News. "I know there are dating websites for everybody else from geeks to heavy metal fans, so obviously there's a need for a one for wine lovers." So Pauly, who founded a wine-related job site in 2003, and her 25-year-old daughter Roxane Brooke started working on VineaLove, which will eventually transition into a paid networking site for wine enthusiasts looking for love or companionship. The first 1,000 users who register on the new site will get a free membership. Pauly said they haven't nailed down a monthly membership fee for those who sign up after that, but it will likely be about $20 in the U.S. and vary by country. Pauly said subscriptions were coming in from all over the world before the site even launched, with men and women of a range of ages registering from places like India, New Zealand and Morocco. "When people like wine, they love wine," she said. "It's a real passion." English, French, Japanese, Italian and Turkish versions of the site are currently online, and editions in other languages are forthcoming. Pauly said she would like the site to also be an international platform for oenophiles. In your profile, you reveal whether you are looking for a relationship, friendship or business connection, and whether you are single or in a relationship. Users can contact each other individually, or discuss their favorite vineyards and kinds of grapes with other wine connoisseurs on the forum. There will also be VineaLove meet ups and events in major U.S. cities. "What wine people love more than drinking wine is talking about it," Continue Reading

Dating site offers Sugar Hill, Ga. $3.75 million to rename itself

With a name like SugarDaddie, life would be pretty sweet ... or at least that’s what one online dating site is telling a small Georgia town. The site,, which helps match older wealthy male suitors with younger women, is attempting to persuade Sugar Hill, Ga., a Atlanta-outskirts town of about 20,000, to adopt its name as part of an epic publicity effort. The dating site has so far offered $3.75 million to the city to change its name to for 10 years. "(The) initial reason is we like the name Sugar Hill, of course. It matches with our name Sugar Daddie and we thought we could have a bit of fun with that," spokesman Darrell Shuster told WSMV-TV. "It seems to me they are looking to spend money to enhance their image and increase their profile throughout the state of Georgia, so I think this money could go a long way in that regard," Shuster added. is a self-described “high quality dating site for successful men who have financial security and confidence and attractive single women.” “Our goal is not only to find you happiness, but finding you happiness within the lifestyle you desire,” its website states. “Sugar Daddy dating delivers to people who are aware of the finer things in life and understand that good living is not a luxury, but a necessity.” But it’s that very blunt premise that has Sugar Hill residents vehemently opposed to the idea of changing their town’s name to that of a matchmaking website. "The name goes against everything we've been trying to build here in Sugar Hill, which is a family city," Sugar Hill City Councilman Steve Edwards said. Making the proposal even more undesirable, other residents added, is that the site’s proposal includes the addition of a statue of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner in town. "The idea of a statue of Hugh Hefner in Continue Reading

Which dating apps make the match?

When it comes to online dating, the options are endless.There’s Tinder, Hinge, Bumble, OkCupid, Grindr, The Grade, you name it.Gary Lewandowski, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, whose research focuses on intimate relationships, said today people are able to expand their dating pool with just the touch of a few buttons.The online dating world is a billion dollar industry, he said. So, are these dating apps beneficial in finding a partner?“It depends,” Lewandowski said.The upside of online dating is that it helps you find matches with suitable interests, Lewandowski said. Whereas when you’re out in the world, the first thing many people notice are looks. RELATED: Dating nights at the Shore“With online dating, there is so much information ahead of time — if you’re looking for a partner who enjoys reading or going to the beach, you can make sure you find a partner who matches on all those traits. You might feel more forgiving on physical looks.”The downside?“When people have a lot of choices, it makes decision-making hard. It can give people a false sense of alternative partners. If there’s fewer options, there’s less flexibility. Might be a little more prone to forgiving (flaws). Now, you have so many options, at the first sign of trouble, you’re more likely to bounce to the next relationship prematurely,” he said.So which one of these dating apps, if any, is the right one for you? The GradeCliff Lerner considers online dating the new norm.Lerner is the founder of The Grade, a dating app that aims to keep its users accountable for their behavior in the online dating sphere. The app uses an algorithm to assign each user a letter grade ranging from A+ to F based on profile, messaging and peer review.“People in today’s society have busy lives and online dating makes it easy to connect with people that they might Continue Reading

Study may show if Ford’s Superfund site is poisoning Ramapoughs

Researchers will take blood and hair samples this summer from members of the Ramapough-Lenape tribe who live near Ford Motor Co.'s former dumping grounds in Ringwood to determine if there is a link between the Superfund site and health problems in the community.A team from New York University's School of Medicine announced their plan Tuesday evening to a small group of Ramapoughs and other locals at a meeting in Upper Ringwood, where the researchers have spent more than a year collecting medical information on dozens of tribal members.The proposed tests will show whether 40 Ramapoughs living near the contaminated site have elevated levels of lead and other heavy metals in their systems. The results will be compared with blood and hair samples that will also be taken from 40 Ramapoughs who live in Mahwah, where there is no toxic waste, said Judith Zelikoff, an NYU researcher who is leading the study. In addition, tap water at 15 homes near the Upper Ringwood site will be tested for contaminants. The Ramapoughs have long blamed the Superfund site for illnesses and premature deaths among their members. Determining whether pollution is responsible for long-term, chronic illnesses in a community is difficult. If metal levels are significantly elevated, Zelikoff said, the $15,000 pilot study could show there is a connection between living near the site and health problems."We won't be able to establish a cause and effect," she said before the meeting. "The data could show that there is some relationship there, especially if the Ramapoughs living in Mahwah have significantly less metal content in their blood and hair."Vincent Mann, chief of the Ringwood-based Turtle Clan of the Ramapough-Lenape tribe, said the hope is to "shed more light on the health issues of not just the Ramapough people, but the other people who live here as well."The pollution dates back almost half a century to when Ford contractors dumped paint Continue Reading

Celiac disease causes gastrointestinal problems for up to 3 million in the U.S.

The specialist: As the chief of pediatric gastroenterology at Mount Sinai, Dr. Keith Benkov treats digestive problems ranging from celiac disease and Crohn’s disease to liver disorders. May is celiac awareness month. Who’s at risk: As many as 3 million Americans may be living with celiac disease. Doctors don’t have a firm number because as many as 90% remain undiagnosed. FRITO-LAY LAUNCHING GLUTEN-FREE SNACK LINE “Celiac disease is an inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract triggered by the consumption of gluten,” says Benkov. “If left untreated, celiac disease blocks the absorption of food, vitamins and minerals.” About 1% of the American population is affected by celiac disease. Like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease is an autoimmune disease. “The immune system is meant to defend against infections, but in some people the immune system becomes overreactive and attacks the body’s own tissues and cells,” says Benkov. “Celiac patients have a cluster of genes that makes them susceptible to the disease, and then they have an exposure to gluten that triggers the autoimmune response,” he said. Children with a family history of celiac disease have a 5% to 10% chance of developing the disease themselves. While both men and women are at risk, celiac disease is more prevalent in women than men. “Women have a higher incidence of autoimmune diseases across the board,” says Benkov. “And having one autoimmune disorder can put you at a higher risk of having others — like thyroid disorder, diabetes and autoimmune liver disease.” RESTAURANTS ADD MORE GLUTEN-FREE ITEMS TO MENUS There is some evidence that early exposure to cereals can increase the risk of celiac disease, while breast-feeding may prevent or delay it. Signs and symptoms: Patients with celiac disease fall into two types: classical and atypical. Continue Reading

Online dating at the Jersey Shore: Match or hookup?

Lions are bountiful in the realm of online dating.The photo of the first potential suitor posed with the King of the Jungle evokes the image of an adventurous traveler, clearly on some sort of safari. Swipe right on your cell phone or table for yes. After three dozen or so similar pictures one gets the impression there must be some big cat petting zoo nearby. Or simply too many single men with too much time on their hands and mad Photoshop skills. Swipe left for no. Same too for the Ferraris. Because seriously? How many eligible 20, 30-something men actually own Italian sports cars? Swipe left. While the kookiness of the photos some people put on their online dating apps is almost a given, one thing is still left open to debate. Are all of these people turning to their smartphones and tablets here for a long term relationship or casual sex?In short: Do we swipe, ergo hook up? Her story: I'm having an affair with a married man How dating has changedThe realm of dating has been changing almost since it began. Gone are the days when you were betrothed to the man who gave your father a goat and three chickens. Meeting Mr. Right in church? Sure, for some, but increasingly that's the exception, not the rule — although sites like Christian Mingle do promise to help Christian singles "find God's match for you."So instead, some 38 percent of Americans who are single and actively looking are turning to the world of online dating, according to a 2013 study by the Pew Research Center.It's a $4 billion industry worldwide, $2 billion alone coming from the United State and North America, said Marc Lesnick, founder of iDate, the annual conference for the online dating industry. There's anywhere from 35 million to 40 million unique users depending on the season, according to a July report by comScore, an Internet analytics company. His story: Cheating goes far past sexIn the past year, mobile dating users became the largest subset of online dating. As of February, online Continue Reading

Is Miss Travel website a front for prostitution? Founder says it’s ‘just a dating site’

A new dating site promises to link high-rolling globetrotters with pretty women who want to travel the world for free. Miss Travel pairs attractive women with generous jetsetters who hate to go on trips alone and are willing to foot the bill for a companion. Critics say the site is no more than a front for prostitution — a charge the sites founder vehemently denies. Gawker calls it the #1 prosti-travel website, and while reactions on Twitter were mixed, user @Kgigr asked, I really want to know how miss travel isnt selling yourself for an all-paid trip? But founder Brandon Wade says, “escorts are not allowed to use the website. There's no money exchanged. And there's no sex discussed on the website at all. So for people to sort of link it or compare it with prostitution is really quite a stretch." A disclaimer on Miss Travels website reinforces Wade's claim that escorts aren't allowed. Gawkers sister site Jezebel questioned how safe it is for women to travel with someone they met online. "There's just such a giant window for dishonestly and coercion here," Jezebel's Lindy West writes." You're not just on a date with someone — you're on a boat, you're in a hotel room, you're in f---ing Thailand.” West wonders about the girl who winds up 5,000 miles away from home ... and realizes she doesn't want to put out. On Miss Travels “How it Works” page, members are reminded that “online dating is risky” and urged to “practice a common sense approach when meeting a stranger online.” Wade runs two other dating websites, and He describes as a website to match sugar babies with sugar daddies, while lets men bid on dates for women. So far, the highest bid has been $3,000, he says. But, at least according to the fine print, none of the websites are about sex. “We're just a dating Continue Reading

Floyd Mayweather isn’t paying $10M bail to free Suge Knight ahead of July 7 murder trial: report

LOS ANGELES — Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather delivered a quick knockout to imprisoned rap mogul Suge Knight’s hopes of freedom. Shortly after a defense lawyer said the boxer known as “Money” planned to post Knight’s $10 million bail, a source in the fighter’s camp told on Thursday that no cash was coming Suge’s way. The Mayweather insider said that while Knight and the champion were once tight, they fell out of contact several years ago. Knight appeared in good spirits hours earlier as he pleaded not guilty to murder at a follow-up arraignment, and received a July 7 trial date. Knight's lawyer said the Death Row Records co-founder was ready to face a jury — and was optimistic that Mayweather would cover his $10 million bail after Saturday’s blockbuster bout with Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas. "My understanding is that Suge is going to be bailed out this coming week," lawyer Matthew Fletcher told the Daily News outside court. "We think Mr. Mayweather is going to win the championship and then come champion the day again," he said. "They're good friends, and there's no reason he shouldn't. And we believe that will happen." Knight, 50, was taken into court in a wheelchair. He smiled and blew a kiss at his fiancée, Toi Kelly, before leaving. The former rap impresario is in his third month behind bars on charges of mowing down two men in the parking lot of Tam's Burgers in Compton, Calif., on Jan. 29, killing local businessman Terry Carter. Prosecutors claim Knight intentionally targeted at least one of the men — former gang member Cle (Bone) Sloan — after they fought at a nearby production site for upcoming N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton." Knight has claimed he was the victim of a coordinated attack at Tam's and believed the men were armed when he accidentally ran Carter down while trying to escape. "That's absolutely ludicrous," Carter's Continue Reading