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Birthdays: February 4, 2019

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 16:21

Hannibal Burress – actor/comedian/writer – 36

Gavin DeGraw – singer – 42

Natalie Imbruglia – singer – 44

Oscar de la Hoya – 46

Lawrence Taylor – Football pro – 60

Alice Cooper – 71

BORN ON THIS DATE

Rosa Parks – 1913

Charles Lindbergh – 1902

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History: February 4, 2019

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 16:17

1789
The Electoral College convenes for the first time, and unanimously elects George Washington the first president of the United States.
Prior to the Twelfth Amendment, the candidate with the second-most votes became Vice President. In this case, it was John Adams, both times.
Washington won re-election by the same procedure exactly four years later, in 1793.
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1861
The first congress of the Confederacy convenes in Montgomery, Alabama.
They officially called themselves “delegates from the several independent South States of North America.”
On the docket was drafting a new constitution, which they copied almost exactly from the Union. Some exceptions included a single, 6-year term for the president, and of course, included specific language that permitted slavery.
Before the provisional congress disbanded, they elected Jefferson Davis the first president of the Confederate States.
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1922
Ford Motor Company buys Lincoln Motor Company for — $8 million dollars.
That’s about $112 million today.
At the time, Ford was being beaten by General Motors, which was offering a broad range of cars. Ford was still perfecting the Model T, which was only available in black.
After the acquisition of Lincoln, Ford started producing the Model A, which was available in a variety of colors, with several options.
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1938
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is released by Disney.
Walt Disney personally spent $1.5 million of his own wealth to produce the film. Critics were apprehensive about the picture; they didn’t believe adults or children would sit through a feature-length, animated movie.
Even during the Great Depression, Snow White would gross $8 million. It was the most made by any movie up to that time.
After they screened the film, critics were thrilled.
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2004
Mark Zuckerberg launches TheFacebook.com from his Harvard dorm room.
He was partially inspired by an earlier project he started, called Facemash, which had users vote on attractive college co-eds.
After Facemash got publicity in the Harvard Crimson, he began writing code for TheFacebook.
Of course, that website would explode into Facebook, which now boasts more than a billion users worldwide.
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Kylie’s Kaption

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 13:45

Kylie Jenner fans were in a tizzy Saturday night after a photo with a 2-worded caption was posted on Instagram. The beauty mogul shared a pic of her and baby daddy Travis Scott embracing, with the caption “baby #2?” While Kylie denied it when asked if she was expecting again, fans are still hoping it was a pregnancy announcement.

It was last year, during the 2018 Super Bowl, when Kylie announced she had given birth to daughter Stormi Webster, after months of speculation that she was pregnant. Big sis Kim Kardashian-West referred to it as the “best kept secret in the history of secrets.”

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Weekend Box Office: 1/4/19

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 13:36

10. They Shall Not Grow Old: $2.4 Million (up from 15th)

9. Escape Room: $2.9 Million (remained at 9th)

8. A Dog’s Way Home: $3.5 Million (down from 7th)

7. The Kid Who Would be King: $4.2 Million (down from 4th)

6. Green Book: $4.3 Million (remained at 6th)

5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: $4.4 Million (remained at 5th)

4. Aquaman: $4.8 Million (down from 3rd)

3. Miss Bala: $6.7 Million (premiere)

2. The Upside: $8.9 Million (remained at 2nd)

1. Glass: $9.5 Million (remained at 1st)

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Baby #2 for Lily Aldridge

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 09:29

Lily Aldridge has welcomed baby #2 with husband Caleb Followill. The 33-year-old shared the news on Saturday that she and the Kings of Leon frontman are now parents to a son, Winston Roy Followill.

Baby Winston joins 6-year-old sister Dixie Pearl Followill.

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Cardi & Offset’s Date Night

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 09:27

Cardi B and Offset were spotted enjoying a date night over the weekend. The newly reconnected couple enjoyed a kid-free night at an Atlanta strip club.

The rapper has made it clear that while there may have been bumps along the way, she is determined to make her marriage work.

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Tekashi the Rat

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 09:27

Tekashi69 is spending major dough on security for his family. The rapper, who snitched on multiple members of the Nine Trey Bloods for multiple crimes, is worried those seeking revenge may go after his loved ones.

Tekashi is set to be sentenced next January in the 9 counts he pled guilty to—racketeering, conspiracy, firearms offences and narcotics trafficking. In the meantime he is required to continue working with the feds, placing an even bigger target on himself and family members.

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Pete’s New Woman

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 09:22

Pete Davidson and Kate Beckinsale were spotted leaving his stand up show in West Hollywood on Friday night. The 25-year-old comedian held on tight to his 45-year-old lady love’s hand as they bee lined it from the Coronet theater to their vehicle, which then took them to their hotel in Santa Monica.

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Gisele Reminisces

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 09:21

Her husband may have been in the spotlight this weekend, but Gisele Bundchen is dishing on her past. The model, featured on PORTER’s spring cover story, spilled some dets on why her and Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t last. The exes, who dated from 2000-2005, just ended up reaching two different places in their lives with Gisele ready to do “some serious soul-searching” and her leading man wanting to keep his fast-paced lifestyle. Then she met Tom Brady and the rest is history.

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The Hist List: February 1, 2019

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 18:54
  1. The economy is back — stocks in January hit a 30 year high.
  2. A federal appeals court has upheld a district court ruling that San Fransisco’s health warning label for sugary beverages violates the First Amendment. The sticker that would declare sugary drinks contribute to obesity simply cannot be proven, the court unanimously ruled.
  3. Amazon.com finished Q4 with profits exceeding $3 billion. That’s a 63% jump year over year, and the third straight record-breaking quarter for the company. 2018 was also the first year Amazon exceeded $200 billion in sales.
  4. The oil industry is back in the USA — so much so that so much is being produced it can’t be shipped across the country quickly enough. Companies are turning to trains to haul crude — 88% more so than the same time last year.
  5. Kraft Heinz is betting big on their porn-themed Super Bowl ad to sell its “Devour” line of frozen desserts. Ads for the meals appeared extensively on the Pornhub.com website this week.

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Batman Rebooted. Again.

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 18:53

Batman is getting another reboot. AGAIN.

Now Ben Affleck is out as the Dark Knight, but he was heavily involved in the script for “The Batman,” which is slated for release summer 2021. Word is this flick will focus on a younger Bruce Wayne.

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Naked Virginia Man Bites Dog, Cop Before Arrest

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 18:46

Man bites dog: A Virginia man attacked and bit his dog multiple times Tuesday morning, then proceeded to bite the neck of an off-duty FBI agent who tried to restrain him. Throughout it all, 31-year-old Corey Phillips was naked. He also knocked down a 60 year old woman who tried to calm the dog biter down, Manassas, Va. police said. Cops say they think he was smoking marijuana before the biting spree began. Must’ve been some weird dope.

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Pelosi Digs In Again On Border Wall Funding

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 18:46

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is digging in again—there will be no money for President Trump’s border wall in any deal to keep the government open past the Feb. 15th deadline. At the same time, four freshman House Dems are urging Pelosi to go further and not accept any spending increase for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. That’s despite pressure from less fringey House Dems, who are increasingly open to some kind of border barrier.

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Illegal Fired By Trump to Attend State of the Union

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 18:46

An illegal immigrant who was fired from one of President Trump’s businesses will attend the State of the Union speech at the invitation of a Democrat House member. Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey invited Victorina Morales, who was born in Guatemala but was fired in 1999 when her status as an illegal was discovered. Trump, on the other hand, will be inviting people whose families have been victimized by violence committed by illegal immigrants.

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Sanders Proposes Confiscatory Death Tax Hike

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 18:45

Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled a plan on Thursday to dramatically expand the Death Tax, formally known as the Estate Tax. The Vermont socialist wants to raise the tax to 77 percent on billionaires’ estates as part of what he calls the “For the 99.8% Act” and tracks with proposals from other far-left 2020 contenders. Meanwhile, three top Republican senators this week unveiled a plan to completely abolish the Estate Tax.

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Schultz Responds to Warren’s Anti-American Dream Attacks

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 18:45

Howard Schultz took down Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s attack on his billion-dollar wealth in a video response Wednesday. Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO and prospective independent candidate for the White House, said he grew up poor in Brooklyn, but worked his way up the ladder to become a successful CEO. That’s the American Dream, he said. Both parties have failed to provide the leadership America needs, he said.

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Feds Seize Treasure Trove of Evidence in Stone Arrest

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 18:44

Federal investigators seized “voluminous and complex” evidence when they arrested former adviser to President Trump, Roger Stone. That includes multiple hard drives containing years of cellphone and email communication records, the office of Robert Mueller’s investigation said Thursday. At the same time, investigators asked a judge to delay Stone’s trial so investigators have time to review the treasure trove of data. 

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Bey Goes Green

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 18:38

Beyonce wants you to go vegan. Fans can enter a contest to eat vegan every day for a month — and one lucky fan will get free tickets to one of every tour featuring Bey or Jay-Z for the next 30 years.

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Days of the Year: February 1, 2019

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 18:35

Today is:

  • Baked Alaska Day
  • Bubblegum Day
  • Car Insurance Day
  • Decorating with Candy Day
  • Working Naked Day
  • Serpent Day

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Power Failure Left Thousands of Minnesotans Powerless in Polar Vortex

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 21:55

An overnight power failure left thousands in Minnesota without electricity during the coldest night in a generation. Xcel Energy said equipment failures led to power outages in the Twin Cities that affected a peak of 8,000 people. Starting at 5:40 Tuesday night and lasting until past 11, between 600 and 8,000 residents went without power as temperatures plunged to, in some places, lower than Antarctica.

MEANWHILE, temperatures across the Midwest dropped to dozens of degrees below zero. Six states recorded temperatures colder than the South Pole for the first time in a generation. And among the deaths attributed to the cold is a Milwaukee man who froze to death in his garage after shoveling snow. But a 70 degree-plus swing is expected as temps are forecast to hit the high 40s by late weekend.

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