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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street marked a second week of losses as U.S. stocks finished lower on Friday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 76.22 (-0.35 percent) to finish at 21,674.51.

The Nasdaq slid 5.39 (-0.09 percent) to close at 6,216.53, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,425.55, down 4.46 (-0.18 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was 3 percent higher with prices under $49 per barrel.

Winners and Losers:  Shares of Foot Locker, Inc. tumbled 27.92 percent after the athletic retailer's quarterly earnings report fell below investors' expectations.

Snap Inc. climbed 4.94 percent after Axios reported Snapchat's joint news show with NBC, "Stay Tuned," has had more than 29 million unique visitors since its launch a month ago.

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Fayette County Public Schools(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- After spending seven years working as a custodian at a Kentucky high school, Lowell Outland walked back into the same school as a full-time teacher on Wednesday.

Outland, 59, is now teaching many of the same students who saw him cleaning the campus and helping them on field trips at Tates Creek High School in Lexington.

“It gives you a whole different feeling,” Outland told ABC News. “The kids would come up and say, ‘Hey, weren’t you a custodian last year?’”

Outland said his career change prompted one of the school’s approximately 1,800 students to tell him, “Man, I think that’s cool.”

Outland wasn't able to finish high school himself in the 1970s, but he earned his GED while in the military. He went on to earn an associate's degree.

Outland said when he started at Tates Creek after being laid off from a local electronics company that was downsizing, he had no interest in working in the classroom.

He dropped out of high school in the 1970s and earned his GED while in the military. He later went on to earn an associate’s degree.

Then, while working at Tate’s Creek at night, he took college classes in the morning and earned his bachelor’s degree from a nearby university.

He said being around the high school students led him to change his career path and go into education.

“I got to know the kids and there are some of them that are absolutely wonderful and I enjoyed being around them,” he said. “I felt like it was time for me to start contributing a little bit.”

Lowell said he studied before the start of his 1 p.m. custodian shift. When Lowell left his custodial job in July, it marked the end of his 12-year educational journey from associate's degree to teaching certificate.

"I think my past experience will give [students] something to think about,” said Lowell, who is teaching digital photography and graphic communications. “I’m showing them what they can do with their lives.”

The school’s principal, Marty Mills, said he had no hesitation in hiring Lowell, whom he said has a natural rapport with students.

“I’m just happy that we’re able to keep him here,” Mills said. “I just believe it’s a great story for our kids and for everybody -- that when it gets hard, you don’t just give up.”

Lowell, 59, said he “can’t comprehend” his age and so is undaunted about starting a new career at a time when many of his peers are considering retirement.

When asked whether being around high school students gives him energy, Lowell replied honestly: “Sometimes it does and sometimes it just wears me out.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Even though parts of the U.S. will be in partial darkness thanks to the total solar eclipse on Monday, consumers across the country will be able to score some shining deals both inside and outside of the eclipse's path of totality.

Check out the list of businesses rolling out specials and savings.

Denny's

The diner chain is offering $4 all-you-can-eat "moon cakes" on Monday, an eclipse-worthy take on their classic pancakes.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

The doughnut shop announced on their site that they will "eclipse" their original glazed doughnuts by covering the traditional treat in "a mouth-watering chocolate glaze." Customers can try the limited-time doughnut from Aug. 19-21.

Dairy Queen

The fast-food chain will feature a buy-one, get-one-free Blizzard deal, so two of the desserts will cost customers a cool 99 cents until Sunday, Sept. 3.

"We love any excuse to celebrate with our fans," Maria Hokanson, American Dairy Queen Corporation's executive vice president of marketing, said in a statement. "What better way to watch the eclipse or enjoy the last lazy days of summer than with a Blizzard BOGO?"

MoonPie

The brand has a celestial body in its name, so the company is giving customers 15 percent off all online orders through Aug. 21.

#SolarEclipse2017 is almost here - don't be hungry in the dark.

Now through August 21st get 15% off ALL ORDERS at https://t.co/A48IF7iCGR! pic.twitter.com/Va6cwk6bdE

— MoonPie (@MoonPie) August 7, 2017


Southwest Airlines

The airline is running five "celestial chaser" flights, which will pass through the path of totality. Passengers will receive commemorative swag, cosmic cocktails and special viewing glasses to safely view the celestial event in-flight.

One month from today, join us for a Total Eclipse from the #SouthwestHeart. BOOK NOW: https://t.co/EvUCQqWqtX pic.twitter.com/PDeGnWyeID

— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) July 21, 2017


Sprinkles cupcakes


Dark skies equal deep, dark chocolate confections for Sprinkles. The company will be selling special "black velvet" cupcakes made with Dutch black cocoa and topped with whipped chocolate ganache from Aug. 19-21 in honor of the solar eclipse. Some locations, including Chicago, will be giving the first 50 cupcakes away for free, but the company told ABC News they will announce information about other specials on their social media channels. The limited-time flavor will be sold while supplies last and are available for order online.

Let the countdown to darkness begin! T-minus 4 days! Total Eclipse #BlackVelvet now available for pre-order at https://t.co/B4HcJv30MI pic.twitter.com/8uDfxdwFBP

— Sprinkles Cupcakes (@sprinkles) August 15, 2017


Nature Sweet Tomatoes

Who says veggies aren't out of this world? Produce purveyor Nature Sweet, which sells dark-colored "eclipses tomatoes," is doing a telescope giveaway in honor of the solar eclipse. Friday is the final day to enter, and a winner will be announced at the end of the day.

Salt and Straw

The West Coast creamery is offering an eclipse ice cream cone that boasts "otherworldly" flavors for foodies. It's a black charcoal waffle cone with edible gold and filled with marshmallow fluff and yellow ginger-spiced tumeric soft-serve ice cream. The entire thing is topped with a Pop Rocks and black sesame magic shell and is available to customers at their flagship shop in Portland, Oregon, until Monday.

Zazzle

The online retailer is offering 20 percent off all eclipse-themed merchandise.

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Inspired By A True Story Photography(NEW YORK) -- One Target-loving mom decided to return to the store to celebrate her third child.

Page Miller, a professional photographer, told ABC News she lives approximately four minutes away from her local target in St. Louis, Missouri.

"Really, to get anywhere in my town, you have to pass it," she added. "It's where we go for everything."

So when her friend and fellow photographer, Heather Pippin of Inspired By A True Story Photography, came up with the idea to turn a routine trip to her favorite box store into her maternity shoot, the mother of three couldn't resist.

It was especially important for Miller, 24, to celebrate the upcoming birth of her third child, who will become a little brother or sister to her 2-year-old daughter, Avery.

Miller's last child with longtime partner Brad Fincher passed away last year from sudden infant death syndrome.

So the two photographers trekked to Target late last month, running through the aisles and posing with not only food, but clothing found in the store.

Pippin, who's been doing professional photography since 2011, said they two got a few "funny looks [from] few people, like, 'OMG, are they really doing that?' But [mostly] everyone thought it was funny and entertaining."

Miller's favorite part of the one-hour photo shoot was sitting on the floor, eating a canister of cheese puffs. "Avery is obsessed with them," the mother added of her eldest child.

The expectant mother also held up two onesies -- one seemingly for a boy and another for a girl -- to signify that the family doesn't plan to find out the sex of their child until their baby is born later this month. They're expecting his or her arrival on Aug. 25.

"We'll be happy either way," Miller said. "Either one is fine."

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Leon Neal/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A 17-year-old high school student from Uruguay who taught himself computer programming was awarded $10,000 from Google for discovering a security bug.

Ezequiel Pereira, of Montevido, Uruguay discovered the bug last month during a break from school.

I was really bored at home, during my winter vacation," Pereira, who blogged about his discovery, told ABC News by email. "And luckily that day I had the idea to do the trial and error that led to the discovery.”

The security bug Pereira discovered was in Google's App Engine server. He was able to find a point of access for internal Google websites -- the dashboard for the company’s technology support team, for example, without being authenticated.

We had seen something similar before and we fixed it but he found a part that hadn’t fixed it correctly,” Eduardo Vela, Google's Vulnerability Rewards Program Technical Lead, told ABC News. “He was looking in the right place at the right time.”

Pereira opened the email notifying him that he won the $10,000 award this month while riding the bus home from school.

Google has distributed monetary prizes to non-employees who self-submit their findings since 2010 through its Vulnerability Rewards Program. The amount of money awarded ranges from $100 to $31,357, according to Nava.

Pereira hopes to attend college in the U.S. and plans to save the $10,000.

He received his first computer at the age of 10 through a government program that gave computers to public school students.

The thing I love of computers is that they are capable of doing everything if you give them enough resources and you know how to tell them to do anything,” he said. “Homework is boring. Looking for bugs is fun.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Monday is predicted to be one of the busiest travel days of 2017 as millions of people flock to the 14 states across the United States in the path of the total solar eclipse.

In South Carolina, the last state on the eclipse's path, hotel occupancy along the path could be doubled compared to what South Carolina normally sees in the third week in August, according to the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

The University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, pushed its student “move-in day” back one day from Aug. 21 due to traffic and lodging concerns associated with the eclipse.

The Hilton and Marriott hotels along the eclipse’s prime viewing area, known as the path of totality, are nearly full, the companies told ABC News.

The total eclipse, the brief phase of the celestial event when the moon completely blocks out the sun, will be best seen in certain cities, including Salem, Oregon, Jackson, Wyoming, and Charleston, South Carolina.

Hotel rooms still available in the prime viewing areas may be pricey but there are still opportunities to save money, experts say.

“There are still deals to be found, even in the path of totality,” Mark Ellwood, contributing editor for Conde Nast Traveler, told ABC News. “You just have to be a little clever how you look for them.”

Hipcamp, an online travel service for camping experiences, lists more than 1,000 eclipse-friendly campsites.

Bivouac Campground in Oregon’s Smith Rock State Park still has room for eclipse viewers to pitch a tent for as little as $5 per person.

Airbnb, the online lodging marketplace, reports it still has more than 29,000 rentals available across the eclipse’s path.

“It's Airbnb's magic moment,” Conde Nast’s Ellwood said. “There are plenty of families who live within the path of totality who have realized that the spare room can make them a little bit of money, so check Airbnb's site and look for the key word eclipse.”

He added, “You'll be surprised what you might find.”

For flights, Ellwood suggests flying into Denver, a major transportation hub that may be cheaper than flying into cities like Casper, Wyoming, that are directly on the eclipse’s path.

“It’s not in the path of totality but its close enough you can drive from there,” Ellwood said of Denver International Airport, which plans to hand out moon pies and eclipse glasses Monday.

As with any major commercial event, experts also say, watch out for scams.

“Perhaps some unscrupulous hotels will cancel early reservations and turn around and charge more for those rooms,” said Emma Fletcher, director of scam and fraud initiatives for the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust. “And, of course, there are risks no matter what but you want to minimize those risks.”

The trade group that represents hotel owners, the American Hotel and Lodging Association, encourages consumers to book directly with hotels to get the best deal.

“We encourage guests to book directly with the hotel to help ensure they get what they want and need from their reservation while often offering the better value,” the association said in a statement.

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BananaStock/iStock/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) -- A Milwaukee, Wisconsin, man decided to sell his extensive Nintendo video game collection online, and he reportedly made quite a hefty sum.

Charles Amble has loved video-gaming since he was a kid.

"It's kind of a nerdy hobby that a lot of people who are my age, you know, that grew up in the late '80s, early '90s can appreciate," Amble told ABC affiliate WISN.

He told WISN he started amassing the video game-related gear when he was young, but about a decade ago, he really upped his gathering.

"Most of my collection came from, like, garage sales and Goodwill finds, auctions, stuff like that," Amble told WISN.

Amble decided to sell the items now because, he said, the hobby of video-gaming has started booming again in the past few years.

He posted the assortment of video games on eBay, asking $29,900 for the lot.

Amble said he received a few serious bids, but he decided to go with a cash offer of $20,000 by a man in Ohio. The buyer drove up and picked up the impressive collection.

Amble's home is now lined with empty bookshelves instead of droves of video games, figurines and paraphernalia.

"You know, man, it's super sad, like, the past 10 years, this has really been a huge part of my life," Amble told WISN.

According to Amble, he sold 750 games across three Nintendo platforms. He told WISN he plans to use the money to travel with his wife and possibly buy a boat.

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Creatas/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Health insurance premiums could rise by roughly 20 percent next year for some consumers if President Donald Trump decides to end key Obamacare subsidy payments to insurers, according to a new analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Prepared at the request of congressional Democrats, the estimate sought to model the impact of Trump carrying out his threat to pull back the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurers that help lower health care costs for low-income Americans.

If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017

"Implementing the policy would increase the federal deficit, on net, by $194 billion from 2017 through 2026," the report also reads.

According to the analysis released Tuesday, the number of uninsured Americans would increase next year without the subsidy payments, but become slightly lower -- relative to the current figures -- beginning in 2020.

The CSR payments, valued at approximately $7 billion this year, are made monthly, and the next installment is due on Aug. 21. While Republicans and Democrats in Congress want to continue the payments to stabilize insurance markets, it's unclear what the White House will do in the coming weeks, given Trump's threats to let Obamacare fail.

Senate Republicans failed to advance their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare last month, coming up one vote short.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- After four members of his American Manufacturing Council resigned earlier this week, President Donald Trump explained away the actions as ones made out of "embarrassment" over the issue of outsourcing.

"Some of the folks that will leave, they're leaving out of embarrassment because they make their products outside [of the United States,]" Trump said Tuesday as he fielded questions following scheduled remarks on his infrastructure plans.

This week, the CEOs of Merck, Intel, Under Armour and the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing all announced their departures from the advisory panel in the wake of Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday.

Two more leaders, Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO labor union, and Thea Lee, the AFL-CIO's former deputy chief of staff, announced their resignations following Trump's comments, which assigned "blame" to protesters on "both sides" last weekend.

Trump said that he had been "lecturing" business leaders about returning manufacturing to the U.S.

"You have to bring this work back to this country," said Trump Tuesday. "That's what I want. I want manufacturing to be back into the United States so that American workers can benefit."

The president has himself admitted to producing Trump-branded products internationally on various occasions after it became a critique of his rivals during last year's presidential election. As recently as mid-July, during the White House's self-proclaimed "Made in America" week, then-press secretary Sean Spicer explained Trump's rationale for allowing such items to be manufactured overseas.

"I can tell you that in some cases, there are certain supply chains or scalability that may not be available in this country," said Spicer on July 17.

Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier announced Monday that he was resigning from the president's council, saying in statement that as a "matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism."

"America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal," he said.

The president responded first on Twitter, slamming Frazier's decision.

 

Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council,he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017

 

Since then, Frazier has been joined by Intel's Brian Krzanich, Under Armour's Kevin Planck and the Alliance for American Manufacturing's Scott Paul in leaving the group.

On Saturday, Trump said the hatred, bigotry and violence in Charlottesville need to end on "many sides."

He was summarily criticized for not directly condemning white supremacist and extremist groups.

A White House official said Trump was "condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides" when asked what he meant when he condemned the "many sides" involved in violence in Charlottesville.

On Monday, Trump issued a second statement, taking a stronger stance on hate groups, including white supremacists, in remarks from the White House.

"Racism is evil," said Trump, two days after a driver rammed a car into a crowd of people in the midst of violent clashes over a white nationalist rally in the city. "And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the [Ku Klux Klan], neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans."

Just after taking office, Trump announced the establishment of a manufacturing council, with Frazier as the only black male executive included.

Trump called Frazier one of the "great, great leaders of business in the country" at a July 30 event at the White House.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street was little changed on Tuesday despite strong U.S. retail sales data.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 5.28 ( 0.02 percent) to finish at 21,998.99.

The Nasdaq slid 7.22 (-0.11 percent) to close at 6,333.01, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,464.61, down 1.23 (-0.05 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was up 0.55 percent higher with prices under $48 per barrel.

Retail Sales: Retail sales in July were above analysts' expectations, rising 0.6 percent, with a boost in automobile purchases and raised discretionary spending.

Winners and Losers:  Deutsche Bank upgraded Wynn Resorts Ltd.'s stock to "Buy" and shares of the hotel operated soared 6.41 percent.

Shares of Home Depot Inc. sunk 2.65 percent, despite higher-than-expected quarterly sales in its earnings report.

An earnings miss by Dick's Sportings Goods had shares tumble 23.03 percent.

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Brant Pinvidic(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- Albert the turkey could have been someone's Thanksgiving dinner, but instead he's an internet sensation.

"We had no idea Albert would be how he is," Brant Pinvidic, Albert's owner, told ABC News.

The turkey, he said, was rescued as a "symbolic gesture" from a slaughterhouse on Thanksgiving 2016.

"My contractor knew a farm where they raise turkeys for slaughter and he asked if I wanted one for Thanksgiving," Pinvidic said.

Now, less than a year later, Albert is a full member of Pinvidic's household in Santa Clara, California.

He's even been a "best man" at a wedding.

He hangs by the family pool.

"Albert is part of our everyday life," Pinvidic said. "I see him every morning and evening. He will follow us everywhere almost all day. He simply wants attention and to cuddle. He’s very much like our dogs."

And, somewhat ironically, Albert seems perfectly comfortable at the kitchen counter.

But he's most famous for giving hugs.

"He’s a complete showoff," Pinvidic said. "He only wants attention. He doesn’t want food, he doesn’t want to play, he just wants you to notice him. He’s very pompous. He really believes he is the most interesting thing going on wherever he is."

The turkey, who has 9,000 Instagram followers, has inspired his own animal rescue foundation, Albert and Friends. The organization was formed after Albert's rescue and primarily works with St. Bonnie's shelter, which takes in cats, dogs and horses, among other animals.

"His fans get a lot of joy from his posts and his interaction and that makes us very happy. We hope to expose more people to the joy of rescue animals," Pinvidic said.

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Positive Proof Productions(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- A 7-year-old has led an effort that gave a group of girls, many in foster care, the ultimate princess experience at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Jordan West hosted the special event known as "Princess for a Day," in which 14 girls joined her at the Magic Kingdom for a fun day filled with rides and meeting their favorite Disney princesses.

Jordan raised nearly $10,000 through fundraising efforts, with the help of her mom, Olivia West.

"She's really excited to interact with the girls," West of Rochester, New York, told ABC News about her daughter. "She writes affirmations for these girls [that say], 'You are beautiful, you are loved.' That really touches me as a mom and I really hope that she continues thinking about others."

West, a mom of three, said Jordan is familiar with giving back to others thanks to her two 12-year-old brothers, Jeremiah and Joshua. The two run their own organization, "Champions of Change," which gives back to those who are less fortunate through charitable outreaches.

In July 2016, Jordan held her very first princess party at the now-closed Sweet and Sassy children's spa in Pittsford, New York. About 24 girls who were in foster care at the time attended the event. They were transported to the salon in a limo and received gifts from Jordan, including pink travel bags.

West said that the White House caught wind of Jordan's princess party and invited her to Washington, D.C., to host another one months later. About 115 girls who lived in the area participated in the event.

This year, Jordan and her mom received a suggestion to host a more over-the-top "Princess for a Day" experience at Walt Disney World.

In addition to private donations, Jordan held garage sales, lemonade sales and a "Pennies for Princesses" event where she asked her friends and family to come to the local bank and donate their pennies for her cause. Jordan also sells a children's book she wrote titled, "Princess for a Day," on Amazon and on the Champions of Change website. All of the profits went towards funding for her Disney princess party, West said.

On Aug. 4, 15 girls including Jordan arrived in Orlando for the princess party. Many of the children were in foster care.

The girls were treated to a party and princess spa experience at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Cinderella's Castle. They received park passes, gift bags, princess gowns and had meet-and-greets with Disney princesses.

“They had a lot of activities for them, a lot of surprises for them along the way so I think it went very well,” said Tan Mitchell, a Florida resident who brought her foster daughter to the event and chaperoned three girls. “For this organization to step in and do this was really amazing. It really did a lot to make these girls smile and make them feel like princesses for a day.”

Taren Sykes Harris, spokeswoman for the Pinellas Council On Adoptable Children in partnership with Pinellas County Foster Care Association, said four children affiliated with her organization attended Jordan's princess party.

"I know all the children had a wonderful time at the event and it was overwhelming," Harris said. "It was an experience that they will remember for a lifetime. We were so grateful and honored to participate."

West said that she and Jordan have received many thank you notes from the girls and their foster moms since the trip to Disney World.

"We wanted it to be the best day ever," West said. "Learning about foster care and [how] some of these kids have traumatic experiences and unpleasant memories, it's nice to be able to place some great memories in their memory box."

Jordan hopes to host more princess parties for young girls in the future.

The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of ABC News.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- James Rhee is not the person you’d expect to be the driving force behind the revival of America’s largest plus-size, retail chain for African-American women.

The company was Ashley Stewart. It was founded in 1991 as one of the first and only fashion brands for plus-sized, African-American women. It was built around the idea of serving a community. Store managers were referred to as “Miss Ashley” by shoppers. Grandmothers, mothers and daughters would shop together for special occasion clothing. And in 2013, it was on the brink of declaring bankruptcy for the second time. That’s when Rhee -- an Asian-American man, the son of Korean immigrants, with no retail experience at all -- stepped up to take over as CEO. He left behind his career as a financial investor to run Ashley Stewart and give the brand one last shot to stay alive.

“It was one of those things where ... I just felt what was going to happen to the business was wrong,” said Rhee. “The company hadn’t had a really fair shot in a long time.”

He went on, “I think as an investor, you’re trained not to be emotional,” said Rhee. “But I think some of your best investments of money and your time are things driven by emotion. But you have to have the rational sense to make sense of that emotion.”

For Rhee, that emotion was tethered to his own experience, growing up a first-generation American in New York. His father, a pediatrician, became involved in their community through his work. But Rhee’s mother remained home to take care of him and his two siblings. English remained a barrier.

“I remember her asking for some anti-rust spray at a local hardware store,” Rhee shared. “And she was treated really poorly. And I remember going in there and saying – you know, I must’ve been 14 years old – and saying, 'Why would you speak to my mother like that? It’s not nice.’”

He continued, “There were times growing up when I saw my mom enter into a place where she could speak Korean, and she was a different person. Like, she was just so comfortable. I could see it in her neckline, her shoulders – the stress was out.”

Today, Ashley Stewart is thriving. Its digital business is booming, the customer base has grown, and the brand is leveraging its name to help promote new entrepreneurs from the same community it serves. But for Rhee, the last four years were not about serving one particular brand, nor one particular community.

“I really believe people are the same,” he said. “At the end of the day – particularly after being a father – what [people] want is just to have something decent for their kids. And to be able to feed them, and send them to a good school, if they want to go to school, and to have grandkids. I really believe it’s that simple.”

To hear about Rhee’s own story, check out the full conversation on this week’s episode of "Uncomfortable."

Download and subscribe to the "Uncomfortable" podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Stitcher, and ABC News podcasts.

Rhee was interviewed as part of a series called "Uncomfortable," hosted by Amna Nawaz, that offers in-depth honest conversations with influential figures about issues dividing America.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- With students across the country heading back to school, the often dreaded list of back-to-school supplies can certainly weigh heavy on parents’ wallets.

But Lisa Lee Freeman, the editor-in-chief of ShopSmart magazine, has great secrets to scoring the best deals on school supplies, clothes and tech gadgets.

Where are the best deals?

“Try dollar stores,” she told ABC News. “In addition to walk-in dollar stores, check online dollar stores like Hollar.com.”

Freeman also suggested cherry-picking the best deals in fliers.

“Use apps to scan the weekly ads and snap up the 50-cent deals on pens, pencils and crayons at stores like Walmart and Staples,” she said.

How can parents buy now for the entire school year?


“Shop the warehouse stores,” said Freeman. “Costco and Sam’s Club are your best bet for heavily discounted bulk purchases of things you need to replenish often, such as computer paper (less than a penny a sheet) and plastic sandwich bags (2 cents a bag). Shop with another parent to split the cost of membership and bulk purchases.”

Clothes are always a big expense this time of year. How can parents save on them?

“Load up on T-shirts starting at just $5,” she said. “Stores like Five Below and Target have tons of super-cheap and super-cute graphic T-shirts, which are hot this year. [There are also] tanks for girls at only $3 and sneakers from Five Below are just $5.”

Freeman also said to “stock up on end-of-season bargains and hold off on fall wardrobes.”

“Wait for Columbus Day sales to load up on fall shoes and apparel as well as sporting goods,” she explained. “The next few weeks are best for closeouts on summer clothing, which your kids will be wearing for at least the first couple of months of school.”

What can parents hold off on buying now but save on later?

“Check for student discounts,” said Freeman. “Bring along those student IDs and take advantage of 10 to 15 percent student discounts at PacSun, Levi’s, H&M, Forever 21, J. Crew and many other stores.”

Tech is a big expense. What can parents do to bring those prices down?

“The No. 1 way to maximize your savings [is to] buy a refurb,” said Freeman. “A refurb can save you up to 60 percent or more. Just be sure to buy from reputable sellers, check return policies and read product descriptions. One of the biggest sellers of refurbs is Ebay.”

She also suggested checking for student discount programs.

“Go online to find out about the programs before you head into the stores,” she said. “Best Buy, Dell and Apple offer student deals that can save you hundreds of dollars. Also, you can get Microsoft Office Suite software for free with a student email address.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Investors were less fearful of threats from North Korea on Monday and U.S. stocks closed mostly in the green.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 135.39 ( 0.62 percent) to finish at 21,993.71.

The Nasdaq climbed 83.68 ( 1.34 percent) to close at 6,340.23, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,465.84, up 24.52 ( 1.00 percent) from its open.

Crude oil sunk more than 2.5 percent with prices at $47.50 per barrel.

Winners and Losers:  Shares of Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. both finished 1.5 percent higher at the close.

JC Penney Company Inc continued its downward spiral, tumbling 4 percent.

Despite volatile trading earlier, Snap Inc.'s stock finished Monday 6.5 percent higher.

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