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RIP, Ashley Massaro

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 14:31

Ashley Massaro has died. The WWE Superstar and “Survivor: China” contestant passed away last Thursday. According to People, the cause of death has not been shared. She was 39.

Trey Songz is a Dad

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 14:30

Trey Songz is a dad. The singer, 34, posted a photo of his sleeping newborn on Thursday, with the caption, “My son Noah. We are blessed and overjoyed.” While Trey did not share who the child’s mother is, The Shade Room reported it is porn star Brittney Jones.

Travis Tritt Witnessed Deadly Crash

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 14:29

Travis Tritt was involved in a fatal car accident early Saturday morning. The country star was on his tour bus in South Carolina when a Jeep, going the wrong way, hit a pickup truck in front of the bus, killing two.

To avoid the crash, the tour bus swerved, side-swiping another vehicle. No one in the bus was injured.

Jen Harley Arrested

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 14:28

Jen Harley, 32, was arrested for domestic battery on Thursday. The arrest comes five months after her on-again, off-again boyfriend, “Jersey Shore” star, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro filed a police report against her. According to court records, Jen was taken into custody in Las Vegas and held on a $3,000 bond.

The couple has not been together since January which is when Ronnie filed the police report against Jen after she attacked him and threw and ashtray at him.

The exes share 13-month-old daughter Ariana Sky.

Khloe Details Caitlyn Jenner’s Relationship

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 14:26

Khloe Kardashian all but confirmed that Caitlyn Jenner, 69, —formally Bruce Jenner—is dating Sophia Hutchins, 22. While the two have been linked together for months, they both have remained mum on their official status.

So, when Khloe spoke about her former step-father’s relationship, saying she is dating a transgendered woman, who is really sweet and younger, one can only assume she meant Sophia.

ON ANOTHER NOTE—After a rocky divorce from Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner, Caitlyn has been trying to make amends with some of the “KUWTK” gang. Khloe said that those involved “have come a long way” and while it was a “struggle,” it seems that everyone’s “emotions” have calmed down.

Psalm West

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 14:25

A name for baby West #4 has finally been revealed. Kim and Kanye shared that their newest addition—a son born via surrogate—has been named Psalm West. The little guy, who arrived just in time for Mother’s Day, joins big sisters North, 5, and Chicago, 1, and big brother Saint, 3.

Kardashopus

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 14:23

As if the tangled legs of the Kardashopus could get any messier, TMZ has discovered that Tristan Thompson’s baby mama—before Khloe Kardashian—was once married to Kylie Jenner’s ex, Tyga aka the rapper who shares a child with Rob Kardashian’s ex-fiancé and baby mama Blac Chyna.

SPEAKING OF TYGA: He forgot that he was supposed to perform in San Diego on Friday night. The rapper was set to be at an event at Omnia nightclub and when fans realized that he was a no-show, chaos erupted.

T did issue an apology but it lacked an explanation.

Prince Harry Wins Damages & Apology

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 14:21

Prince Harry has accepted substantial damages and an apology from a news outlet that took aerial photographs of the country home he and Meghan Markle shared before moving to Windsor. Harry’s lawyer said that Splash News and Picture Agency chartered a helicopter to take photos of the couple’s home.

In a statement, his lawyer said that the “photographs very seriously undermined the safety and security of the Duke and the home to the extent that they are no longer able to live at the property.”

Archie’s Birth Certificate Reveals Hospital Birth

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 14:20

The birth certificate for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son Archie confirms that he was born at London’s private Portland Hospital. While the couple’s intentions were to keep the details surrounding the birth private, rumors swirled that Meghan wanted to give birth at their Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor, England. It now appears those plans were abandoned in favor of a hospital birth.

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were also born at the medical facility.

Unpopular Big Apple mayor enters presidential race

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 19:20

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio officially launched his bid for the White House on Thursday. He’s now literally the 24th Democrat in the crowded field of candidates. The ultra-wealthy mayor promises to run on a platform of universal pre-K, a $15/hr minimum wage, and mandatory paid sick leave. The launch came after five months of pondering whether to run.

MEANWHILE—de Blasio isn’t very popular back home. Rotten poll numbers in his home city show that just 18 percent of Big Apple residents reported a positive view of de Blasio, while 76 percent don’t think he should run for president.

Trump business empire had revenues of $434 million

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 19:19

President Trump’s business empire keeps chugging along. According to Trump’s latest financial disclosure, the president’s businesses had combined revenue of at least $434 million in 2018, a slight drop from 2017’s $452 million. That includes nearly $23 million from his famous Mar-a-Lago resort, $76 million from his Doral golf resort in Florida, and other revenue from his many golf clubs and hotels, and book sales.

Trump administration pulls high speed rail money from California

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 19:18

The Trump administration is yanking nearly a billion dollars in high-speed rail grant money from California after the state’s massive project linking San Fran and LA imploded in a mushroom cloud of cost overruns and engineering snafus. The grant is part of a giant giveaway to the Golden State agreed to in 2010 during the reign of failed former President Barack Obama. But California has consistently failed to meet the terms of the agreement and recently drastically scaled back the project. The $929 million is the part of the grant that hasn’t yet been paid out.

US destroyers enter Persian Gulf without incident

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 19:17

Two U.S. warships entered the Persian Gulf on Thursday without any trouble from a saber-rattling Iran. The pair of guided-missile destroyers are joining the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier group in making their way to the region after U.S.-Iran tensions ratcheted up in recent weeks, but the two ships’ uneventful transit might indicate things are cooling down for now.

Connecticut radio station re-brands as “Trump Radio”

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 19:17

A Connecticut radio station is re-branding itself to clearly reflect its political affiliation. WDRC 103.3 FM will now be known as “Trump Radio” and its bigwigs are touting a new “ultra conservative talk” format. The station is kicking off the new format by calling for the firing of the state’s governor, Ned Lamont, and will try to galvanize conservatives in the state.

Democrats heeding Pelosi advice on impeachment?

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 19:17

House Democrats are falling in line behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi when it comes to impeaching—or not impeaching—President Trump. Pelosi told her fellow travelers in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday to stick to a policy agenda ahead of the 2020 election and not talk about impeachment. Not a single one objected. We’ll see if the motormouth caucus can keep their mouths shut.

42 percent surge in border apprehensions…from Canada

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 19:16

Border apprehensions are up a staggering 42 percent…on the Canadian border. Apprehensions in the Detroit area surged 42 percent between 2017 and 2018, according to the Border Patrol. The total numbers still pale in comparison to the U.S.-Mexico border, though. In total, there were 4,316 would-be illegal crossings on the entire massive Canadian border.

Trump approval rating at 45 percent

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 19:16

President Trump’s approval rating is at 45 percent, according to a new Rasmussen daily tracking poll. 53 percent disapprove of Trump’s job performance. Of those, 33 percent strongly approve and 44 percent strongly disapprove.

Game of Thrones Redo

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 18:37

More than 640,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org calling for HBO to remake Season 8 of Game of Thrones. The petition called showrunners and co-creators David Benioff and DB Weiss “woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material” — meaning the books.

No official comment yet from HBO.

IM Pei, RIP

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 18:32

I.M. Pei is dead. He’s the architect who designed the famous glass pyramid for the Louvre museum in Paris.

His projects spanned the globe and many won awards. He was 102.

Hit List: May 17, 2019

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 14:02
  1. Scientists at London’s Institute of Cancer Research have announced new research that better understands cancer treatment — and a cure could come within the next decade. New drugs have shown promise to stop certain cancers from mutating to resist treatments, which typically makes the disease so lethal. The treatment program would also be part of a radiotherapy, chemo, and surgery plan.
  2. California will NOT be getting $928.6 million in federal Transportation Department funds for a high-speed rail project. The withdrawal comes as state managers of the project couldn’t keep timelines or budgets in check.
  3. Bradley Chelsea Manning is headed back to jail. Her case to squash a subpoena has been denied by a judge, and she refused to testify about Wikileaks in the federal case against Julian Assange.
  4. Atlanta-based aerospace startup Hermeus has unveiled plans for a 3,000 mile per hour commercial jet. It was founded by alums of both Elon Musk’s and Jeff Bezos’ respective space projects. The company says it’ll have a functional prototype in the next 5 years. A jet of that speed would make a flight from New York to London in about 90 minutes.
  5. Sculptor Jeff Koons’  piece “Rabbit” has been sold for $91.1 million at Christie’s in New York. That’s a record for a living artist. The artwork is made of stainless steel and is modeled after an inflatable rabbit and stands 41 inches tall. It was originally sold in 1986 to media magnate SI Newhouse.
  6. The Keeling Islands in the Indian Ocean are composed of 27 small, white sand islands. Together, they make up 5.3 square miles. And marine scientists have tallied 414 million pieces of plastic weighing 238 tons on its beaches. This includes 977,000 shoes and 373,000 toothbrushes. The study included trash and garbage that had been buried underneath sand.
  7. College admissions boards will have new information about a student’s SAT score. One interpretation of the test’s outcome will factor in the test-taker’s social and economic background, the Wall Street Journal reports. This “Adversity Score” uses 15 factors, including poverty levels and crime rate around the student’s high school and neighborhood. The students won’t see the score, but colleges will. This program was piloted by 50 colleges last year.
  8. Half the country is living paycheck to paycheck. 51% of respondents in a University of Chicago survey said they would need to tap into savings to cover necessities if they missed a payday.
  9. Koala Bears have been declared “functionally extinct.” While 80,000 of the marsupials remain, there aren’t enough breeding adults remaining to sustain the population. In Australia, activists are pushing for federal legislation similar to the US Bald Eagle Act, which helped restore their population in the U.S.

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