Iggy Azalea would seem to have it all right now. The Australian rapper has achieved international stardom with her dual music and modeling careers, she’s dating a famous basketball player and is currently on a major U.S. tour, to plug her brand new album The New Classic — all at the tender age of 23. But life can be tough even when you’re at the top. After all, stars who play concerts for their adoring fans shouldn’t need to worry about being sexually assaulted by those very fans — in the middle of a show.
But that is exactly what Iggy Azalea says has been happening at her concerts, which has forced her to stop interacting with her fans by jumping into the audience and crowdsurfing. She has even needed to set up barriers on the stage between herself and the fans with their roaming fingers.
Apparently, Iggy says, just because she raps about raunchy subject matter and often wears stage outfits that reveal far more than they cover, her fans feel that it’s somehow okay to penetrate her private parts with their digits.
She made this unfortunate revelation in an interview on the New York City radio station Hot 97 Tuesday.
“It’s funny ’cause on my tour I’m only doing, like, 2,000-seaters. But we had to put up barriers because people try to finger me,” she told the morning drive-time DJs on Hot 97. “Buying my album for $12 doesn’t mean you get to finger me when I come to your city.”
It seems like something that shouldn’t need to be said. But just in case it isn’t clear — performers, whether Iggy Azalea or anyone else — do not want your grubby fingers in or anywhere near their private parts when they are trying to give a concert. Or anytime, for that matter.
There’s a word for that. Rape.
But Iggy Azalea — who was born Amethyst Amelia Kelly in New South Wales, Australia — says that these assaults she has endured are not mere spontaneous, albeit wildly inappropriate, outbursts of fan passion. Fans actually plan in advance to assault her.
“I will get lurk tweets for like a week before my show, like, ‘I’m about to go to the Iggy Azalea show and I’m going to finger her,’” she said. “And I’ll see it and be like, please don’t! That’s a violation. I don’t actually like that stuff.”
Azalea said that she believes fans get the wrong message from her songs — one of which is titled, “Pussy” — and assume that she would somehow enjoy being manually penetrated by a total stranger.
The offenders, she says, are more likely to be female than male.
“Girls will try to do it more than guys ’cause girls think it’s cool, like, ‘We both got vaginas, it’s fine,’” said Iggy Azalea on the Hot 97 show. “Doesn’t make it okay.”
When your name is Mariah Carey, and you are reputedly worth around $500 million, paying $70,000 for a one way ticket to the Cannes Film Festival is no big deal
Mariah, 44, has apparently reserved the entire first-class cabin of a British Airways flight to the South of France, because she doesn’t want to be disturbed on the eight-hour flight from New York to Europe.
The Sun, a British tabloid reported this news, which they obtained from an unnamed source. Their informant said, “Over the years Mariah has grown accustomed to travelling in ultimate style so she doesn’t think twice about paying such a crazy amount to ensure her privacy.”
Mariah is planning to make good use of her time in the air by relaxing and taking advantage of all the benefits British Airways first class travel can offer.
The source was somewhat scathing about Carey by saying:
“Let’s hope she doesn’t demand that British Airways lays out fluffy carpets for her, kits out the upper deck with puppies and paints the interiors cream. To be honest, it would be cheaper for Mariah to just hire her own private jet.”
Mariah Carey started in the music business in 1988. Her first album in 1990 was a smash hit, going multi-platinum. She built on that success with a number of other albums after changing record companies.
Eventually the stress became to much, and she suffered a physical and mental breakdown. Her first movie, Glitter, was an unmitigated disaster, which led to her recording contract being terminated. The buyout figure was $50 million.
Sceptics might wonder that if that is the price of failure, what’s the prices of success? Her career was revitalized in 2005, and she has sold some 200 million records worldwide.
Mariah doesn’t really accept that she had a breakdown. She says: “I never had a mental breakdown, I had a diva fit and it was [because] no one wanted to let me have a say. When you start so young in the industry people are used to controlling you and then they realise, ‘Oh this person has an opinion… OK it’s different now.’”
“Diva fit” or not, Mariah Carey is now living life on her own terms. Presumably, the next stage will be reserving the entire plane in case the passengers in cattle class might disturb her tranquility.
Who says money isn’t everything………..?
Mexican vigilantes are not an uncommon sight in certain parts of Mexico, but on Tuesday an official told reporters that over the previous two weeks more than 110 drug cartel thugs, posing as vigilantes, have been rounded up and arrested in Michoacan.
Around 50 of those arrested, in the town of Huetamo, were suspected members of well-known criminal groups and acted as self-defense militias in the region over the past year.
A senior federal official, Alfredo Castillo, explained to reporters how the gang members covered up their illegal activities by posing as vigilantes: “The suspected criminals clearly covered their activities by posing as members of the self-defense groups in that town, wearing white shirts with the words ‘Free Huetamo’ and ‘Self-Defense Group,’” he said.
The Mexico vigilantes have been given until May 10 to completely disarm, or join a defense corps administered by the army. Anyone caught with a weapon they are not allowed to have after that date will be promptly arrested.
Back in February 2013 civilians in the region formed small militia groups to combat the Knights Templar drug cartel after they accused the local police of being unable to stem the ongoing rackets and kidnappings carried out by the cartel.
In May 2013 the President of Mexico, Pena Nieto, deployed 10,000 federal troops in response to the security crisis in the region.
The Knights Templar cartel has also been heavily hit by the new initiative against the so-called Mexico vigilantes. In recent months authorities in Mexico have either killed or caught three of the four top cartel members leaving only Servando Gomez running the group.
It remains to be seen what further action will be taken by authorities in Mexico over the coming weeks to put an end to vigilantes patrolling the streets in the Michoacan region. What is clear is that further action against the street thugs needs to be taken in order to put an end to the problem.
The end of the world, or World War 3 in 2014, would be caused by some sort of United States conspiracy theory according to a WIN/Gallup poll that surveyed 66,000 from all over the world. Today, Russia’s government made it clear they feel CIA conspiracy theories are behind the events in Ukraine.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, a week and a half ago Ukraine crisis reached a tipping pointing when the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, said the “militants in eastern Ukraine were equipped with Russian weapons and the same uniforms as those worn by Russian forces that invaded Crimea.” In response, Ukraine’s military mobilized forces to fight the separatists who had seized around 10 cities and NATO deployed troops to the Baltic.
Because of the plans for renewed attacks by Ukraine’s government, Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, is claiming a CIA conspiracy theory is behind it all:
“There is no reason not to believe that the Americans are running the show.”
The reason Lavrov is making this claim is because Ukraine’s decision to send in their military for the second time came shortly after a visit from Vice President Joe Biden, while the first military strike on the separatists came after a visit from John Brennan, director of the CIA.
Unfortunately for America, the rest of the world may agree with Russia that President Obama and the United States are a greater threat to the world than Vladimir Putin and Russia. Out of the 66,000 people polled in 65 countries, a little under 25 percent claimed the United States is the greatest threat to world peace. Russia did not even make the top five. Eight percent named Pakistan and both Iran and Israel tied for four percent for causing the end of the world. Even China only got six percent, and they’re claimed to be helping Russia if a second Cold War involving economic warfare were to start.
The potential for World War 3 to start also did not change these numbers all that much. Back in 2006 a Pew poll claimed that the United States’ invasion of Iraq was more threatening to world peace than Iran’s nuclear weapons (which is still an ongoing saga). At the time it was claimed President George W Bush had tarnished the image of the United States, but apparently President Obama is also considered a threat to the world.
Who do you think is pushing the world to the brink of World War 3 with Ukraine; Russia or a CIA conspiracy by the United States?
Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish engagement rumors are being scrutinized by Torrei Hart, his ex-wife of five years. The Atlanta Exes star recently unleashed her perspective in an intimate interview with Sister 2 Sister magazine. Apparently Kevin’s plans to wed Eniko Parrish are too soon, according to the ex Mrs. Hart.
Although Torrei and Kevin have been divorced for nearly five years, Torrei thinks that Kevin did not allow himself enough time to ‘heal’ before moving on.
‘When we first split up, I took a lot of time to just heal. I feel like he hasn’t even really healed, because he went from one relationship right into another relationship.’ Torrei told Sister 2 Sister magazine about her ex-husband’s sudden relationship with Eniko Parrish. In fact, some reports state that Kevin and Eniko began their relationship before the divorce between Kevin and Torrei was even finalized.
Torrei was also outspoken about Kevin’s recent statement in which he described Eniko as his ‘rib’. In the same interview mentioned earlier, she was quoted as saying:
‘It’s easy to be somebody’s rib when you’re a millionaire. That’s just me being as honest as I can.
Me, for instance; you’re working at City Sports and I’m taking you to your shows, you’re driving my car, you’re crashing my car several times, and I’m still there for you, supporting you, went out and got a job for the phone company and still making sure I got your back so you can pursue your dreams. That’s what ribs do!’
While some critics see Torrei’s comments as jealousy, others appear to support her and empathize with her. Still, others see her verbal lashing-out as nothing more than a publicity stunt to help promote her new role on the Vh1 show Atlanta Exes. Regardless of the intent behind Torrei’s commentary on Kevin’s recent engagement, it is apparent that he has moved on.
Torrei seemingly addresses this specifically in her interview, as well. ‘We go through our periods, but I would say that we’re getting closer,” she said. “We’re working through stuff.’
The reality show Atlanta Exes is a spin-off of Hollywood Exesand is slated to premiere in the summer of 2014. Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish reportedly talked marriage earlier in the year, with rumors swirling that they he’s already decided to ‘put a ring on it’.
By now you may know Jamie Dornan — he’s the upcoming star of the controversial film Fifty Shades of Grey. The casting of his character Christian Grey, who’s a BDSM enthusiast, has been discussed at length since Dornan replaced Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam in the coveted role.
Although the film has yet to be seen and fans of the book series are still waiting to give Jamie the stamp of approval, it sounds like Dornan is already a bit exhausted from taking on a wildly popular role.
Even though Dornan is grateful for the role in Fifty Shades of Grey, it seems like he could take or leave whatever stardom comes after the film is released on Valentine’s Day of 2015.
During an interview with the Guardian UK he told the publication that the year has been “a mad year, professionally, personally.” The Irish actor said of his unique position in acting now that he finished what’s said to be a blockbuster hit.
“Right now I don’t need to work if there’s nothing that I want to do. I’ve done three jobs back to back. Let’s see how they are received. If there’s nothing I want to do, I’ll just play golf and change [diapers].”
Of his role in Fifty Shades of Grey, Dornan noted that he did learn a thing or two in the bedroom but he’s also looking to get away from similar material.
“There are a couple of classic knots I know now, and I’ve put them to good use far too many times recently. In fact I’d like to do a job where I don’t have to tie women to beds.”
In another interview Dornan seemed to mirror his comments about fame.
“Nobody sane wants just to be famous. I hate it when people say you’re asking for it by doing films.”
At the time he referenced his previous romance with actress Keira Knightley to compare his dealings with fame.
“Being with Keira was an insight into how rotten the whole thing can be. A young girl is being followed around the street, there is nothing positive to say about that.”
As previously reported, Jamie Dornan did take his role seriously, or as seriously as he could, as he prepared for the film. In order to gear himself up for steamy sex scenes, the Fifty Shades of Grey actor, told the UK tabloid The Sun that he watched Sex And The City.
“Joe (Dempsie) and I watched all the Sex and the City box sets. That helped…We had a ball, it was a good fun.”
There’s no doubt that Jamie Dornan will be able to find other work outside of the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise.
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A drug ring operating in Main Line high schools in Philadelphia has been busted, and two graduates from an exclusive Pennsylvania prep school have been charged with operating the ring.
The two graduates, Neil Scott, 25, and Timothy Brooks, 18, spearheaded the ring’s attempts to create a monopoly on drugs sales in the area and utilized high school students to supply the drugs at their schools.
Montgomery County District Attorney, Risa Vetri Ferman, said: “While parents sought to provide education to their kids, these defendants sought to use the schools to create drug addicts.”
The defendants were both former lacrosse players, and graduated from the esteemed Haverford all-boys prep school near Philadelphia; the fees are a massive $35,000 per year.
What’s even worse, is that the defendants used their privileged connections to transport the drugs along Phili’s Main Line, a stretch of wealthy neighborhoods northwest of the city.
They even had a name for the Main Line drug ring, dubbing it the: “main line take over project,” which “employed students from five local high schools and three colleges as what they call sub-dealers to distribute cocaine, marijuana, hash oil, ecstasy.”
Prosecutors told reporters that the two men encouraged dealers to meet quotas, like selling a pound of marijuana a week, which was then transported to Pennsylvania from a supplier in California.
The bust of the Main Line drug ring has also seen the arrest and charging of seven other adults and two minors who are also accused of having dealt drugs in the area.
It’s no surprise that Brooks’ attorney, Gregory Pagano, told reporters that his client was “depressed and was not well physically or mentally,” following his arrest.
Pagano added: “He is remorseful and truly regrets having been involved in the distribution of marijuana to anyone.” Note the attorney only mentions marijuana and neglects to mention cocaine or the other harder drugs that his client is accused of distributing.
An ICU patient is charged with selling heroin from her hospital bed. Lori Sullenberger, age 38, is accused of selling at least 30 bags of heroin while hospitalized at the Excela Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
Medical staff became suspicious, as Sullenburger had numerous cell phones and an extraordinary number of guests. Hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Miele said a majority of the visitors left within five minutes. The staff was also concerned, as some of the guests did not know Sullenburger’s last name.
The hospital contacted the Greensburg Police Department with their concerns. Captain Chad Zucco said he and his staff arranged a sting operation, using a confidential informant.
As a result of the investigation, authorities determined that the ICU patient was actively selling heroin from her hospital bed. Zucco discusses the evidence:
“The confidential informant was able to purchase approximately 30 bags of heroin from her. In a subsequent search of her person and her room, they were able to confiscate 380 bags of heroin, approximately $3,800 street value.”
Authorities said Sullenburg hid the heroin inside her purse and throughout her hospital room. In addition to the drugs, investigators seized nearly $1,500 cash.
As reported by WTAE, the ICU patient is charged with felony “possession with intent to deliver and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.” She was also charged with several misdemeanor crimes, including possession of drug paraphernalia.
Authorities have also charged the patient’s boyfriend, Jason Bates, and friend Robert Rearick. Both men reportedly purchased heroin from Sullenburger while she was hospitalized.
Zucco said the incident was ” definitely one of the more unique cases” he has ever seen. However, the case underlines the city’s struggle with drug addiction and crime.
Miele said there are three Excela hospitals in Westmoreland County. Unfortunately, drugs are an ongoing issue:
“Not only do we have this incident, but day after day we have patients being treated in all three of our emergency room facilities. People who are overdosing. It’s very disturbing.”
Although she was feeling healthy enough to sell heroin from her hospital bed, Sullenburger remains hospitalized. Authorities confirmed the ICU patient is suffering from an illness, which is unrelated to the incident.
Sullenburger’s case underlines the desperation associated with the sale and use of illegal drugs. The patient is genuinely ill, but it was not enough to stop her from selling drugs.
As reported by The Wire, the ICU patient has prior charges for drug related crimes. In addition to selling heroin from her hospital bed, Sullenburger has an open case for selling “clean” urine to drug addicts.
Justin Bieber surprises children at a Japanese orphanage in impromptu visit while on vacation in Japan.
Justin Bieber gets a lot of attention — sometimes deserved, often not — for his missteps, but when he giving back he’s on sure ground.
The 20-year-old singer paid a surprise visit to a Japanese orphanage on Wednesday, April 23, with his mom Pattie Mallette and his crew, with whom he is vacationing in Japan.
Pattie posted a Keek video of their visit, talking to camera as a busy space behind her filled with kids and staff who appeared delighted by Bieber’s impromptu meet and greet.
The Nowhere But Up author posted a message along with the posting that read,
“In Japan and JB just randomly decided to show up at an orphanage and surprise some kids. #SoProud.”
In the brief clip, Justin can be seen interacting with the children, giving them high-fives and dancing with one little boy.
(Photo: Bieber dancing with a little boy at the orphanage.)
(Photo: Bieber history of outreach work with young children stretches back years.)
(Photo: Bieber, a natural with kids.)
After his visit to the orphanage Bieber posted a video of his time there to his Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Visited a Japanese orphanage.. Love these kids!! http://t.co/rtb0cjtBFF
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 23, 2014
The singer’s visit didn’t only make his mother proud, his manager Scooter Braun later hit his social media accounts to declare his pride in the positive things Bieber does.
It’s likely Braun’s pointed mention of the “bs,” is a reference to just the latest storm Bieber has found himself in.
The Canadian had to issue an apology today after unwittingly sparking Chinese and South Korean fury after his visit to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo this week, and subsequent posting of two Instagram photos of himself at the shrine.
The shrine honors 2.5 million Japanese war-dead, including 14 convicted and executed war criminals guilty of mass atrocities during World War II.
For China and South Korea – whose peoples suffered in past Japanese campaigns – the shine is a symbol of militarism which they believe Japanese officials have yet to apologize for.
One photo Justin posted was a back shot of himself and an unidentified male in the front of the Tokyo shrine, with a message, “Thank you for your blessings.”
It received over 600,000 “Likes” and thousand of angry comments. The second photograph showed Bieber standing at the shrine with a man dressed in traditonal Japanese dress.
Bieber removed both photos from his Instagram once the offence became clear.
Bieber’s later apology read:
“While in Japan I asked my driver to pull over for which I saw a beautiful shrine. I was mislead to think the shrines were only a place of prayer.
To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry. I love you China and I love you Japan.”
Moving on from unintentional cultural gaffes, Justin performed an acoustic set at Tokyo’s V2 Club on Wednesday.
Pictures and videos of his appearance have since been tagged across social media by fans.
Back in the US, a South Florida judge today granted a motion from Bieber’s defense team asking for a continuance in his DUI trial citing a need for more time to examine evidence and consider how to proceed in the case.
The singer has pleaded not guilty of charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest, and driving with an expired license following his arrest in Miami Beach on January 23.
Bieber’s trial was scheduled for a May 5 start. It has been delayed until July 7.
A family in Cypress, Texas is claiming that during the school’s “read to myself” time, their 2nd grade daughter’s Bible was taken away by a teacher.
The family feared retaliation from filing a complaint, so declined going to the school’s principal. Instead, they reached out to religious action group Liberty Institute to lodge their complaint on their behalf with the Cypress-Fairbanks school district.
Senior counsel for the Liberty Institute Michael Berry says that the alleged incident happened approximately two weeks ago at Fred and Louise Hamilton Elementary School. He also added that the Bible is available in the school’s library. “If it’s appropriate for their own library, why on Earth would it not be appropriate for their own students.”
One parent found the story appalling. “They’re letting them read the Hunger Games, that’s kids killing kids, why can’t they read the Bible?” However, that same parent did wonder why the family wouldn’t go directly to the school. “The staff is very supportive and very much looks to resolve things in the best interest of the child.”
Berry says that the family had concerns their child would be targeted. “They felt that we would be able to better communicate that and give the school the opportunity to do the right thing to correct this.”
“I think that every child should be able to read whatever they choose and I’m pro-Christianity and if my child chooses to bring a Bible to school I would fight for my child,” said school parent Jennifer Muse.
Meanwhile, another parent supported the school’s strict separation of church and state. “There should be a definite separation. I’ve been very angry at other parents here that push the Bible and religion on my children.”
Separation of church and state is the concept that a nation’s government lacks authority in the people’s individual religious beliefs and therefore the two should be kept distinctly separate. Yet while its understandable that teachers shouldn’t use the bible as a source material for public school classes or have students sing religious songs, this incident seems to contradict the point of the concept.
The school’s district is claiming that they heard about the incident initially through the media.
What do you think? Should the little girl have been free to read whatever book she wanted to or did the teacher do the right thing by taking away the Bible? Was the concept of separation of church and state properly upheld in this case or grossly misinterpreted?
Rumer Willis, the eldest daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, was snapped by cameras at the Elle Women in Music party on Tuesday wearing a very revealing black crop top with her panties visible.
The 25-year-old celeb, who DJ’d at the event, complimented her look with an “Isabella Square” skirt by Franziska Fox that had revealing side-panel cutouts. So revealing in fact that her bright pink panties were on clear view for all to see.
As well as the massive cutouts and the pink panties, Rumer Willis also turned some heads as she debuted an all-new ginger hair color to replace her traditional brunette look.
An inside source told Us Weekly that Rumer was very bouncy on stage at the event, and played hits like TLC’s Waterfalls, Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain, and Beyonce.
But Rumer Willis wasn’t the only gal to show up in a sexy getup, Sophia Bush also looked hot sporting a white crop top which was revealing and Stacy Keibler made the most of her pregnant look with a black gown with cutouts at the waist.
Willis has also been making a name for herself recently in the theatrical sphere where she has been working impressively on a production called For the Record: Tarantino.
Recently she performed at DBA, a West Hollywood hotspot, where mum and dad showed up to offer their support. An eyewitness at that event told Us Weekly: “They stayed after to congratulate her and chat for a bit. Bruce and Demi did not interact with each other.”
And this isn’t the first time Demi and Bruce have stepped out to show support for Rumer. In a recent event at the Sayers Club, also in Hollywood, Demi Moore was on hand, an inside source said: “Demi looked so proud watching Rumer’s set. The set was very soulful, and the crowd was really into her performance.”
Looks like Coldplay is getting their very own concert special. The band, fronted by recently single Chris Martin, is set to be part of a concert special which will air on NBC on May 18.
Over the last few months, NBC has tried different experimental programming to up its ratings slump. During the holiday season, NBC saw major success with the Sound of Music live event, and their risk taking in horror bending genres like Hannibal and the upcoming Rosemary’s Baby seem like steps in the right direction. Now it looks like Coldplay is going to get their chance to debut something new on NBC.
In an hour long special called Coldplay: Ghost Stories, the special is set to air one day before the group’s new album hits the shelves and digital platforms. Their newest release called “Ghost Stories” will be Coldplay’s sixth studio album.
In addition to old songs like “Viva La Vida”, “Paradise” and “Clocks”, fans of Coldplay can expect to hear brand new material from their upcoming album, which includes songs like “Magic” and “Oceans.”
Unfortunately for fans, this won’t be a live performance by Coldplay, but nevertheless, it’s at least something different for the band who have been kicking around for over two decades now. The special was taped with an audience of 800 people back in March. The footage was shot “in-the-round” and focuses on the 360-degree filming imagery, which captures the band from below, above, and around.
As it is, Coldplay’s upcoming album is getting a lot of press due to Chris Martin’s split from Gwyneth Paltrow. Both fans and the media are wondering if any of the upcoming songs will touch on the troubles the couple faced before they decided to go their separate ways. Recently, it was hinted that Martin’s pain about the split might be found in Coldplay’s new single “Magic.”
In “Magic,” Chris Martin croons that he’s “broken in two” and “I don’t want anybody else but you.” In the middle of the song, Martin professes that even though the relationship is strained, “Still I call it magic/ It’s such a precious jewel.”
Here’s the official track list for Coldplay’s new album “Ghost Stories”:
01 Always In My Head
04 True Love
06 Another’s Arms
08 A Sky Full Of Stars
NBC’s Coldplay special will air on May 18 and their sixth studio album will be available on May 19.
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Wednesday marks the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, one of baseball’s oldest and most renowned parks in all of the US.
In 1914, the Chicago Federals played the opening game against the Kansas City Packers at Wrigley Field. Today the name is different, but not much else is. Even the scoreboard is done manually.
The Chicago park is where time stood still, which is a stark contrast to the city that is one of the great American metropolises with enormous skyscrapers. And yet, its ballpark couldn’t be more old fashioned.
Visiting Wrigley Field is a tradition that spans generations in some families. Chicago may be a big city, but it has that small, Midwest feel in part thanks to the Cubs and their old-fashioned park.
For Mike Conoboy, the groundskeeper of 25-years, walking into the park for the first time as a youngster left its mark:
“The first game I came to as a kid in 1965, I remember walking up them stairs and seeing the field, getting that feeling. It was breathtaking. And you know what? Even to this day, every once in a while, I still feel that.
“My dad took me here. I took my kids here. His dad took him here. I mean, when so you think about Wrigley Field – it’s not just the baseball.”
The ivy-covered outfield walls look the same as they did 100 years ago, as does the scoreboard and most other things at Wrigley Field. One can look at it as a time capsule of sorts, in the midst of all the development that surrounds it.
It took 74 years to install lights at Wrigley. Before that occurred, games could only be played during daylight hours, much like Wimbledon is in England. As a matter of fact, both are very similar in many ways.
There are countless old stories about the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field, perhaps the most enduring one has to do with the “curse” that never seems to leave the team. They haven’t won a National League pennant since Billy Sianis was kicked out of the World Series in 1945, and have not won a World Series since 1908.
However, some believe that the Wrigley Field is actually the reason for club’s curse, but no matter. When Chicago celebrates on Wednesday, the Cubs will wear the old Federals uniforms, and the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks will wear the uniforms of the Kansas City team.
Some classic moments have taken place at Wrigley Field during the years, such as Babe Ruth pointing to what seemed to be the outfield before one of his many home runs in 1932, Jackie Robinson becoming the first African American player to compete in the majors in 1947, and the most runs scored in a game in 1922 (Cubs 26 and Phillies 23).
A true American classic. Happy 100th birthday, Wrigley Field!
Monday evening, Ann Arbor City Council passed a controversial ordinance which would limit outdoor smoking. The new ordinance, passed by a nine to two vote, will ban smoking within ten feet of a bus stop and within 20 feet of city buildings. Violators of the outdoor smoking ban ordinance will be issued a civil infraction similar to what the city police issue for possession of marijuana. Ann Arbor is not the first to implement outdoor smoking bans, but this is the same city that is the home of the famous “Hash Bash” that takes place every April on the University of Michigan campus.
Ann Arbor no smoking policy just ruins hash bash — Deme†rius (@Demetriusbrunsn) April 22, 2014
Ann Arbor’s new smoking ban will also make it illegal to smoke in areas of Ann Arbor parks at the discretion of the city administrator. Some find this a waste of the Ann Arbor police officer’s time, which was a major consideration in the votes that were made against the smoking ban. Some citizens also feel that it demonstrates the government overstepping its bounds.
Nanny State, busybody politics. RT @Tara48823 Hats off to Ann Arbor for their no smoking ordinance.
— James David Dickson (@JamesDDetroit) April 22, 2014
The new Ann Arbor smoking ban is meant to protect non-smokers from the dangers of secondhand smoke, but it is actually, at least in part, is designed to convince Ann Arbor smokers to quit their smoking habit. MLIVE reported that Julie Grand, a former chairperson for Ann Arbor’s Park Advisory Commission, said, “The policy also makes it more difficult for people to smoke, which is a good thing,” she said. “Anti-smoking policies and smoking bans contribute to social norms that make smoking less desirable and less acceptable, and that’s what we want to do.”
Dr. Jyoti Patel of Northwestern University School of Medicine was quoted by Forbes as saying, “The strongest reason to avoid passive cigarette smoke is to change societal behavior: to not live in a society where smoking is a norm.” Patel said that even though cancer studies have shown mixed conclusions pertaining to second hand smoke, the CDC still asserts that SHS causes 46,000 heart disease deaths and 3,400 cancer deaths every year. Forbes reported that the studies that show the strongest links are case-control studies where the diseased people have a tendency to recall exposure to something that can be blamed for their disease.
According to Forbes, one of the largest studies of SHS published by the Journal Of The National Cancer Institute was unable to find a strong link between non-smokers exposed to smoking and cancer. The study concluded, “among women who had never smoked, exposure to passive smoking overall, and to most categories of passive smoking, did not statistically significantly increase lung cancer risk. The only category of exposure that showed a trend toward increased risk was living in the same house with a smoker for 30 years or more.”
Cancer is not the only concern with second hand smoke though. Being around contaminated air from smoking strangers can cause asthmatic and allergic reactions in people who are vulnerable to the chemicals in the air from cigarette smoking. Slate featured the work of James Repace, a former EPA staff scientist. Repace pointed out, “There are millions of asthmatics in this country” and he said that second hand outdoor smoke levels can sometimes be “high enough to trigger an asthmatic attack in susceptible persons.”
Ann Arbor’s limited ban on smoking has most asthmatics on social media expressing their gratitude towards the Ann Arbor City Council. The consensus is “your rights end when they start harming me.” Some parents hope that in light of the city’s favorable decision to protect the health of the public, Ann Arbor will become a trailblazer for their allergic children as well. A press release in Ann Arbor disclosed the survey results of a health related poll organized by NPR and Thomson Reuters. The survey said that among all respondents, 59 percent would support a ban of common food allergens, like peanuts, in public places. Some children can die from minute exposure to peanuts and parents hope the ban in favor of public health will soon extend to protect their children’s allergies as well.
Great news! The Ann Arbor City Council voted last night 9-2 to eliminate smoking in designated areas around the… http://t.co/TcauJzZJ7Y
— UM Sch Public Health (@UM_SPH) April 22, 2014
What is your perspective on Ann Arbor’s new ordinance that will ban smoking in many outdoor public areas?
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Oprah Winfrey’s stepmother claims that the famous talk show host recently kicked her out of the home she shared with her soon to be ex-husband, Oprah’s father, Vernon Winfrey, and now, Barbara Winfrey is shedding even more light onto what she says is the truth about the world’s most powerful woman.
The Daily Mail published the first part of the exclusive interview on Tuesday, and in it, Barbara Winfrey talks openly about her tumultuous relationship with Oprah.
“I have lost everything,” said Mrs. Winfrey to The Daily Mail. “It’s not just a house, this is my home. All my memories are here. I’m trying to keep it together, but there are some days I just don’t understand how I could have made her so angry that she would kick me out on the street and think nothing about it. But that’s Oprah — she’s judge and jury.”
Barbara goes on to tell story after story about Oprah, painting the picture of a power-hungry billionaire who treated her stepmother like a second class citizen.
“Look at how she has treated me,” said Winfrey. “I laid my head next to her father for 14 years and she never thought me worthy of talking to. Look at how she’s behaved. Can you imagine Bill Gates or Warren Buffet behaving like this? So petty and mean spirited?”
Barbara says that her divorce from Vernon came after she discovered he was having an affair with a prostitute, but even when she knew the truth, Oprah allegedly turned her anger towards her stepmother.
“Oprah is a woman who empowers women to be all they can be, to stand up against men who mistreat them,” said Winfrey. “If she was a more decent person she would realize that what her dad did was very wrong instead of plotting against me and pushing me out of the scene.”
Now, in second part of the exclusive interview, published on Wednesday, Winfrey goes on to reveal startling details regarding the strange love triangle between Oprah, her longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham, and her best-friend Gayle King.
“I think in the beginning it was different,” explained Winfrey. “Vernon told me how one time he was driving and Oprah was taking Stedman to meet family in Mississippi. He said she was running her hands through his hair the whole trip, till he was so fed up he was ready to put her out of the car. She wanted to get married at first but he wasn’t so keen.”
Winfrey goes on to say that over the years, however, the relationship between Stedman and Oprah drastically changed, and Gayle King, who many have suspected to be Oprah’s secret lesbian lover, took the primary role in her life.
“She didn’t spend any time with us,” said Winfrey. “It was always her, Stedman and Gayle. The three of them. Anytime you looked up they were together. To me it was just bizarre.”
And what does Barbara Winfrey say about the longtime suspicions that Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey are lesbian lovers?
“I can only say what I saw and observed over the years, revealed Winfrey to The Daily Mail. “Gayle was more present than Stedman.”
While Barbara Winfrey didn’t exactly confirm that Oprah and Gayle are in fact lovers, she did paint a vivid picture into the strange relationship between the two.
It should be noted that Barbara Winfrey is currently in a heated battle with her stepdaughter, so her angered-fueled accusations may not be entirely factual. Still, the shocking statements made by Winfrey do shed some light onto the private life that Oprah herself has kept hidden so well for so long.
Was that Justin Bieber apologizing on Monday? The star says he has “learned a lot” from his apocalyptic romp through 2013-2014 and described the process as “trial and error.” Despite ongoing legal challenges, Bieber says he is “excited for what’s next.”
Justin Bieber took to Twitter over the holiday, seemingly sorry and packing explanations for his unprecedented year and a bit. You may already know the highlights: allegations galore, probable reckless driving, alleged paparazzi pugilism, persistent shirtlessness and a proven liking for marijuana — which may be behind all of these.
But while over 273,000 time-wasters who signed a petition to boot the superstar from the US, and majority of media seem determined to damn the 20-year-old’s youthful missteps as his final “downfall,” Bieber says he has “learned a lot this past year through trial and error.”
“this is my time off but my mind is alway[s] running. Learned a lot this past year thru trial & error but that is life. Excited for what’s next,” Justin tweeted early Monday morning.
This is my time off but my mind is alway running. Learned a lot this past year thru trial & error but that is life. Excited for what’s next
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 21, 2014
Bieber’s next statement suggested he isn”t just reflecting on his escapades on and off his Believe tour – and the rest – but plans to do better from now on.
Always push yourself to be better than the day before
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 21, 2014
So, do we believe him? Or has the drop-crotch wearing wild star exhausted our collective patience with monkeys, mayhem, and mumbling in Miami depositions?
And is that even the conversation we should be having, given that we seem more than willing to allow Rihanna limitless do-overs for late shows, open drug taking, and the same if not far more instances of shirtlessness and now bottomless displays — not to mention a line-up of other stars with DUI’s, pot habits, and Christian Bale-like relationships with paparazzi?
If you’re a journalist you already know that, if you’re reader you know it now.
Rolling Stone’s February 2014 issue splashed Bieber as a “bad boy” on its cover with an unflattering profile by Clare Hoffman.
Hoffman revealed a source close to the singer said he felt “persecuted” and misperceived” by the tide of unfounded stories reported about him and the insane level of scrutiny he exists in, notably exampled by media requests for Bieber’s jailhouse urine test footage.
While TMZ and Radar Online have led the way in negative media messaging about Bieber, other outlets aren’t strong-armed into following that narrative, those outlets do it willingly for reasons which are mostly about traffic and advertizers.
Bieber’s value as a profit-draw quantums when photographs and visual media are added to stories. Note TMZs traffic-baiting headline for the video report below compared to Bieber’s actual calm reaction seen in the footage.
Bieber’s detractors may point to the singer’s DUI case after his arrest in Miami Beach on January 23, an assault charge arising in Toronto, and alleged house-egging as reasons why he should be seen as an enemy of the state, which is essentially how he is billed by tabloids and many Internet commenters.
But the truth is, Justin allegedly committed all of the above transgressions when he was 19, a teenager. Has he acted stupidly at times? You betcha.
And just like any other 20-year-old kid he will likely continue to at times, especially given the pressure Bieber deals with — a point noted recently by Spiderman star Andrew Garfield.
Has Bieber also made a sizable, legitimate #giveback contribution over the years and helped the sick, the needy and undervalued? Yes.
Now, Bieber seems to be taking positive steps in the right direction. From his recent prank on actor-musician Drake Bell when he crashed Bell’s album release party this past weekend after years of goading, it’s unlikely Justin is about to come over all Amish and not have fun.
But no-one could go through the kind of year Bieber has experienced and not be changed in some way.
Bieber is saying he has learned lessons and it’s possible his reportedly resumed relationship with on-off girlfriend Selena Gomez is part of the motivation for his breakthrough. The couple have been spotted together over the past few months, the most recent sighting at Coachella during the first weekend.
(Photo: Gomez Instagram).
As to whether Bieber has changed and/or is changing; if we’re honest we will either welcome his declarations and let him prove what he has learned, or openly lament that we may not be able to mock him for much longer.
As of press time, Justin later tweeted a trio of tweets that suggest positive influences in the singer’s life are taking effect.
I live for this music. Blessed to see the world and do what i love. Thank you
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 21, 2014
Thankful for God’s everlasting love. http://t.co/mdDp5mUqu2
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 22, 2014
A Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande duet? What, where, how,who?
We hear you.
Listen, we’ve only just got our breathing normalized after finding out Justin and his back-on girlfriend Selena Gomez recorded a duet called “Unfamiliar,“ which currently has no release date or plans to release that we know of.
So what’s the basis for the Bieber-Grande duet rumor?
Last September, both stars made headlines when a “kiss-selfie” of the twosome surfaced last August just as Ariana’s support on Bieber’s Believe tour wrapped its North American leg.
A month later, Grande told Philly’s Wired 96.5 radio show that Justin was on her wish list of artists to work with. “I want to do a song with Justin Bieber. I do,” the pretty brunette said at the time, adding that the only reason for the hold up was Bieber’s insistence on writing the song.
“We going to, but he wants to write it,” Grande explained. She added,”We had a cool song. It was going to be a duet, but then he didn’t write it so he was like — no!”
(Photo: Instagram, now deleted).
Fast forward to April 20 and Popdust’s report that ahead of her upcoming single “Problem” releasing — featuring Iggy Azalea — Grande recently tweeted then deleted a message that read:
“there’s a mystery whisperer on the record as well…..it’s up to him wether or not he’d like to reveal himself #10DaysUntiIProblem.”
So, whoever it is, it sounds like more of a cameo than a duet.
While Grande has been putting in the hours in a Los Angeles recording studio, Bieber also recently returned to the City of Angels.
Other possible hints of an Ariana-Justin duet are two tweets from mutual manager Scooter Braun and the Biebs himself.
the musical collaborations taking place in la tonight….wow. beyond excited.
— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) April 16, 2014
Bieber later followed up, writing:
Got some big news coming……..
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 17, 2014
It’s probably best not to jump to conclusions as both Braun and Bieber may well have been talking about something completely different. But, never say never.
For the moment, Grande — who will be presented with the “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” gong by the Music Business Association next month — is busy hyping her fans (Arianators) for “Problem” which drops Sunday, April 27.
The day before, Grande will perform “Problem“ at the Radio Disney Music Awards at the Nokia Theater L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, Saturday, April 26 and the show will air on the Disney Channel Sunday.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 17, 2014
From a gander at online conversations, we get the impression Beliebers and Arianators are entertaining the possibility of a Bieber-Grande collaboration, but want more details.
Meanwhile, after surprising crowds and media when he jumped on stage as a hype man and guest of Chance The Rapper at Coachella, then hanging out with Gomez at the Indio festival, before shading Drake Bell later in the week — Bieber left Los Angeles for Tokyo, Japan on Saturday.
(Bieber arriving in Tokyo, April 20, sourced via Yuripinksmile Instagram. )
The singer star arrived in the capital on April 20 after flying out from LAX where he was seen talking to an animal rights protestor.
(Photo: via Just Jared)
Justin is in Tokyo with his crew and also his mother, Pattie Mallette.
As yet, there’s no word on what Bieber is doing in Tokyo but he has been spotted enjoying walks in the city undisturbed, which must make a change from the paparazzi-dense L.A.
(Photo: Bieber walking in Tokyo, Japan with an unidentified companion.)
The singer later tweeted his over 51 million Twitter followers from his new locale, writing:
“In a happy place. Much love to everyone this Easter,” later adding,
“This is my time off but my mind is always running. Learned a lot this past year thru trial & error but that is life. Excited for what’s next.”
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Selena Gomez has reportedly ‘unfollowed’ Kylie and Kendall Jenner on Instagram. There is no need to decode. In that place where the world of girls intersects with the world of social media, an ‘unfollow’ means only one thing — “You are dead to me.”
Who knew Coachella would be the site of a later virtual Game of Thrones face-off between Selena Gomez and Kylie and Kendall Jenner?
During weekend one of hipster festival Coachella in Indio, California, Selena and the Jenner gals rocked BFF-forever boho ensembles while posing for stylized Instagrams, munching on festival food and generally doing a great impression of being – like – actual friends.
Segue to one week later, Selena has reportedly ‘unfollowed’ Kendall and Kylie on Instagram, although no-one seems to know if Gomez was following them in the first place.
But she is certainly not following the sisters now.
The “Come & Get It” singer is now following 15 people on her Instagram, including Spring Breakers co-stars Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson, Reece Witherspoon, Lily Collins and Zooey Deschanel.
Needless to say, Gomez is not following Taylor Swift and the Red singer also seems to have dropped her “little sister” from her follow feed.
Selena has also deleted all photographic trace of the Jenners from her account, and those were some nice snaps.
Mail Online is reporting a source claims Gomez yanked the Jenners from her social media account after they “spent time” with the Latina’s back-on beau Justin Bieber at Coachella on the first Sunday.
The claim may or may not be true.
The Canadian heartthrob performed as a surprise guest for Chance The Rapper and was also spotted looking very involved with Selena at the festival by numerous eyewitnesses.
— alexandra (@alexxxday) April 16, 2014
MTV News and Huffington Post admit they don’t have a clue why the girls are no longer social media buddies. And it’s not as if Gomez has only just met the Jenners.
Selena was seen lunching with model Kendall some weeks back, and previously hung out with the Keeping Up With The Kardashians stars at Sean “Diddy” Combs’ son — Christian “King ” Combs” — Sweet 16 at 1OAK in West Hollywood on April 4.
Pictures that Selena took of herself and the Jenners from Combs’ birthday bash have been wiped from her account, just like the Coachella photos.
Like we said, it’s the social equivalent of, “You’re dead to me.”
While the Jenners were spotted having fun at the second and final weekend of Coachella, an evidently reflective Selena took herself off to a church service to watch Pastor Judah Smith on Easter Sunday. The preacher is known to both Bieber and Gomez.
Gomez ended her professional relationship with her former manager parents last month, and has signed to new representation — WME and Brillstein.
The 21-year-old’s caption to a photo that appears to have been sent during Pastor’s Judah’s service, read:
“He is risen, @judahsmith just thank you (sic).”
For clarity, Bieber re-followed Gomez on Instagram on April 10, 2014. Selena does not follow Justin on the photo-sharing platform, and it’s unclear whether she ever did.
(Photo: Screenshot April 10, 2014, Bieber followed Gomez on Instagram. The date isn’t shown but we verified with the major fan sites.)
Not only is Justin still following Selena on Instagram, most of his crew also followed her on Shots of Me and Instagram on April 11.
(Photo: Members of Bieber’s “crew” followed Gomez on Shots and Instagram on April 11.)
(Photo: Screenshot April 11 follow of Gomez by some of Bieber’s friends.)
That’s how important Instagram is. It’s a clear of indicator of alliances — and enmities — between people and shifts that take place.
Bottom line? Selena Gomez is not following Kylie and Kendall Jenner after big, neon-flashing shows of friendship at public events.
So, something clearly went down. Whether the Gomez-Jenner frost has anything to do with Bieber isn’t known.
But what isn’t known by gossip sites will be shortly be made up and by the time they’re done, the “Baby” singer will have “orchestrated” the showdown from his present location — Tokyo, Japan.
On Monday, Selena posted a selfie with the caption, “I go back to, black,” seemingly a nod to the late Amy Winehouse song refrain and a change of her hair color in the shot.
However, we prefer the picture below.
(Photo: Gomez Instagram.)
A month and a half ago Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared over the southern Indian Ocean and has yet to be discovered. The milestone, although dismal for the families of those still missing, marks the day that lawyers are allowed to move in.
There is a 45-day rule that says American lawyers have to wait that long to reach out to a family that has lost a loved one in a plane crash. The milestone also means that families are allowed to file suit in American courts against Boeing, the U.S. aircraft manufacturer of the missing aircraft.
The one problem that families are likely to face when filing suit at this juncture is that presently the wreckage has not been discovered. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished, virtually into thin air, and if there is no wreckage, and no bodies, then there is no case.
According to Malay Mail Online, the absence of the plane and those on board has not stopped an American law firm, Chicago-based firm Ribbeck Law, from announcing the representation of “more than half” the families of those on board the flight in a lawsuit against the carrier and Boeing Co, the maker of the plane used.
Last month, just over two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared Ribbeck Law took the first step toward a potential multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the carrier and the jet’s manufacturer, and drew harsh criticism from veteran aviation attorneys and stern condemnation from a Cook County judge, according to CNBC.
The judge tossed out the court action and admonished the law firm for filing what she called a “baseless petition” demanding that Malaysia Airlines and Chicago-based Boeing turn over evidence of possible design and manufacturing defects that may have caused the disaster.
However, despite the possibility of compensation for the still-grieving Malaysian families, some were less than receptive to the lawsuit.
Kong Chin Wah, whose wife’s niece Ch’ng Mei Ling was a passenger on MH370, told The Malay Mail Online that he and Ch’ng’s brothers refused to entertain the thought that the 33-year-old may be dead without physical evidence of a crash.
“We just hope that a miracle will happen,” Kong said. “There must be at least some solid proof to show that the plane crashed in the sea. Then we’ll accept it. If they just say ‘ended’, we don’t accept it,” added the 49-year-old grieving uncle.
Ronnie Liu, whose close friend Stanley Wong was on the plane, said that the 52-year-old’s family members have yet to be approached by Ribbeck Law, but stressed that they were still uncertain about the lawsuit against Boeing.
“They’re not saying yes, not saying no,” Liu said.
In the last month-and-a-half there have been several theories surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 such as mechanical and engine failures, and a fire in the cockpit, but as of today the actual reason for the flight’s possible crash remains a mystery.
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Another rock climber fell this week while climbing in Yosemite Valley. The 26-year-old man from Palo Alto, who has not been named, fell a distance of 30 feet from a granite rock face last Sunday. Although the climber suffered from major injuries, his condition was reported as stable by a spokesperson from the California Highway Patrol.
The man, who came from the Bay Area, was attempting to scale an area in Yosemite known as Higher Cathedral Spire, which is situated at the southern end of the valley. He was not climbing alone and had three companions with him. When he fell, he landed on a rock bench around 1000 feet above the valley floor. Due to the nature of his injuries, and the pain he was in, the man was not able to move.
A team of officers from the California Highway Patrol, together with responders from the National Park Service, flew a helicopter to the injured climber and hoisted him aboard.
Paramedic Andrea Brown, who helped pull the climber into the helicopter, said, “He had a pretty decent ledge that he landed on, but there was a lot of vertical rock around him, which made it incredibly difficulty to fly in. He had a significant back trauma and was unable to walk.”
A second helicopter linked up with the rescue team at El Capitan Meadow and then flew the climber to a hospital in Modesto.
This fall in Yosemite Park is the second incident involving a climber in less than a week. Last Tuesday there was an incident in which a woman experienced back pain while hiking along Tenaya Creek on the front side of Half Dome. Because the woman was not able to walk, a rescue crew had to fly the woman to a hospital.
Opinion is divided about the degree of danger involved in rock climbing or mountaineering, but to an outside observer the activity is inherently dangerous.
Less than a year ago a British doctor died in an accident at Yosemite after being struck by a falling rock. The statistics concerning climbers in Yosemite are disturbing.
According to The National Park Service, there are over 100 climbing accidents in Yosemite each year. Of these, between 15 – 25 require the help of emergency services.
The Park Service has pointed out in the past that rock climbing is inherently risky, and that climbers must assume total responsibility for their actions.
Somehow, that seems to be an oxymoron – putting “rock climbing” and “sense of responsibility” together!