New Writing 2/25

AMERICAN’S AREN’T GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP.                                                                                               TEENS ARE THE BIGGEST VICTIMS OF WHAT RESEARCHERS ARE CALLING “THE GREAT SLEEP RECESSION.”
THEY SHOULD BE GETTING AN AVERAGE OF 9 HOURS A NIGHT– MOST ARE GETTING AN AVERAGE OF ONLY SEVEN.
NOT ENOUGH SLEEP CAN CAUSE A HEIGHTENED APPETITE AND HIGHER CHANCES OF TYPE 2 DIABETES.
IT ALSO SHRINKS YOUR BRAIN…CAUSES SLOW REACTION TIME…AND MAY LEAD TO FALSE MEMORIES.
DOCTORS RECOMMEND RELAXING BEFORE BED AND GOING TO SLEEP AT THE SAME TIME EVERY NIGHT.

JAMIE DORNAN IS *NOT* QUITTING “50 SHADES OF GREY.”
EARLIER, AN AUSTRALIAN MAGAZINE CLAIMED THAT DoRNAN, WHO PLAYS CHRISTIAN GREY IN THE FIRST MOVIE, WOULD NOT APPEAR IN THE SEQUELS.
it said, DORNAN’S WIFE WAS UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE FILMS SEX SCENES AND HER HUSBAND’S NEW “SEX SYMBOL” STATUS.
DORNAN’S REP THE CALLED THE REPORTS “SPECULATION,” ADDING THAT THE STUDIO HAS NOT COMMITTED TO ANY SEQUELS YET.

THE CLEVELAND BROWNS CHANGED THEIR HELMETS, BUT NOT BY MUCH.
THE NEW LOOK IS ON THE LEFT.
THE ORANGE IS STILL ORANGE, BUT IT’S A *BRIGHTER* ORANGE.
THE FACE MASK IS BROWN, INSTEAD OF WHITE.
THE HELMET STILL HAS BROWN AND WHITE STRIPES GOING ACROSS THE TOP.
TEAM OFFICIALS SAY THE BRIGHTER ORANGE MATCHES THE PASSION OF THEIR FANS AND THEIR CITY.

THE “MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS” ARE BACK, LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THEM BEFORE.  JAMES VAN DER BEEK AND KATEE SACKHOFF STAR IN THIS 14-MINUTE DARK VERSION OF YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD SHOW.
IT SHOWS THE POWER RANGER TEENS ALL GROWN UP… AND LET’S JUST SAY, THEY DIDN’T EXACTLY REACH ADULTHOOD UNSCATHED.
THE OWNER OF THE FRANCHISE HAS ALREADY THREATENED TO SUE OVER COPYRIGHT.

GIULIANA RANCIC IS APOLoGIZING TO ZENDAYA aFTER MAKING AN OFFENSIVE COMMENT ABOUT HER HAIR.
DURING MONDAY’S “FASHION POLICE” rancic SUGGESTED zendaya’s DREADLOCKS looked LIKE THEY SMELLED OF PATCHOULI OIL AND WEED.
ZENDAYA CALLED THE COMMENT RACIST AND DISRESPECTFUL BEFORE LISTING A NUMBER OF SUCCESSFUL AFRICAN AMERICAN WHO WEAR DREADS, INCLUDING HER FATHER.
RANCIC SAID IT INCREASED HER AWARENESS OF USING DAMAGING “CLICHES AND STEREOTYPES.”
“PARKS AND REC” ENDED IT’S 7-SEASON RUN ON N-B-C LAST NIGHT.
THE HOUR LONG FINALE SAW AMY POEHLER’S CHARACTER LESLIE KNOPE POSSIBLY BECOMING PRESIDENT… RON SWANSON TAKING A JOB AT PAWNEE’S NATIONAL PARK…ANN AND CHRIS’S RETURN… AND ANDY AND APRIL BECOMING PARENTS.
AT ONE POINT, THE SHOW, WHICH TAKES PLACE IN 2017, JUMPED TO 2023 AND THEN ONTO 2035… AND BEYOND.
BUTTER-FLAVORED KIT KATS WILL MAKE THEIR DEBUT IN MARCH.                                                        BUT, *ONLY* ONE STORE IN NORTHERN JAPAN WILL SELL THEM.                                                             THE BUTTERY FLAVOR WAS A CONTEST WINNER… WHICH HIGHLIGHTED AN INGREDIENT LOCAL TO THE REGION.
AND IF BUTTER KIT KATS SEEM GROSS… YOU’LL BE HAPPY TO KNOW THEY BEAT OUT SEA URCHIN AND SALMON FLAVORS.
A 4-PACK OF THE CHOCOLATE WILL COST ROUGHLY 3 BUCKS.
JAPAN IS NO STRANGER TO BIZARRE KIT KAT FLAVORS… OTHER specialtIES INCLUDE GREEN TEA, STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE, AND WASABI…
AN AUSTRALIAN BOY CAME HOME FROM SCHOOL TO AN ATTEMPTED CARJACKING.                       THE ROBBER– a KOALA… TRYING TO STEAL THE FAMILY’S RANGE ROVER.
THE 15-YEAR-OLD SAID THE KOALA WAS HOLDING THE DRIVERS WHEEL AND TRYING TO DRIVE AWAY.
WHEN HE OPENED THE DOOR…. THE KOALA SIMPLY GOT OUT AND WALKED AWAY.
NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE.

IF YOU WANT TICKETS MAYWEATHER- MANNY PACQUIAO FIGHT…. YOU NEED TO BE READY TO SPEND SOME BIG BUCKS.
PACQUIAO’S PROMOTER SAYS RINGSIDE TICKETS WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE TO THOSE WITH A 250-THOUSAND DOLLAR CREDIT LINE AT M-G-M LAS VEGAS.
OTHER REPORTS REVEAL TICKET PRICES WILL RANGE BETWEEN 1 AND 5-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT PRICES HaS NOT BEEN MADE.
THE CHAMPAIGN POLICE DEPARTMENT IS CONCERNED OVER A SERIES OF DRUG OVERDOSES.
ALL INCIDENTS HAVE occurred OVER THE PAST WEEK.
MORE THAN 10 INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN HOSPITALIZED SO FAR.. TWO OF THOSE HAVE DIED.
THE OVERDOSES MAY BE A RESULT OF A DEADLY FORM OF HEROIN…
THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS CURRENTLY INVESTIGATING THE INCIDENTS TO DETERMINE THE SOURCE OF THE DRUGS.

 

News Writing 2/24

HAVING A WHOPPER DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR MAY SOON BE AN OPTION..
ON THURSDAY, BURGER KING LAUNCHED A HOME DELIVERY SERVICE.
FOR NOW…. IT’S ONLY AVAILABLE IN PARTS OF THE U-K AND LIMITED AREAS IN THE U-S.
DELIVERY ORDERS CAN BE PLACED ON A NEW WEBSITE, “BURGER KING DELIVERS.”
IF THE “TRIAL” PROVES SUCCESSFUL, THE BURGER CHAIN HOPES TO EXPAND THE SERVICE NATIONALLY.

TARGET has cut ItS “FREE SHIPPING” MINIMUM ORDER IN HALF– FROM 50  TO 25 DOLLARS.
IT’S PART OF A STRATEGY TO LURE CUSTOMERS AWAY FROM COMPETING ONLINE RETAILERS.
AMAZON AND WALMART REQUIRE 35 AND 50 DOLLARS RESPECTIVELY, TO GET FREE SHIPPING.
ANALYSTS SAY THIS COULD START A “FREE SHIPPING” PRICE WAR AMONG MAJOR ONLINE RETAILERS.

PIZZA HUT  IS GETTING A  HIPSTER MAKEOVER.
THE PIZZA CHAIN WANTS TO LURE BACK CUSTOMERS BY INCLUDING A NEW MENU…. A NEW INTERIOR… AND TRENDY COCKTAILS IN MASON JARS.
THE INSIDE WILL HAVE A DINER FEEL, COMPLETE WITH OAK FLOORING AND RED LEATHER BANQUETTES.
THE MENU WILL NOW FEATURE CHIPS…. KENTUCKY STYLE BBQ RIBS… ONION RINGS… AND WARM WAFFLES.
AND THE “COCKTAIL BAR” WILL GIVE DINERS A LESSON IN COCKTAIL MAKING.
ALSO ON THE MENU… HARD-SHAKES INCLUDING STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE MADE WITH DISARONNO.
AND FOR THOSE WEARY OF CHANGE– THE ICE CREAM AND SALAD BAR WILL REMAIN THE SAME.

“AMERICAN HORROR STORY” ACTOR BEN WOOLF HAS DIED.
HE DIED FROM A STROKE ON MONDAY AFTERNOON…JUST FOUR DAYS AFTER BEING CLIPPED IN THE HEAD BY A SIDE VIEW MIRROR OF AN S-U-V.
WOoLF HAd BEEN HEAVILY SEDATED a hospital EVER SINCE.
POLICE SAY, THE CAUSE OF HIS DEATH IS DIRECTLY LINKED TO THE INJURIES SUFFERED IN THAT ACCIDENT.
WOOLF WAS 34.

BOBBI KRISTINA brown’S BOYFRIEND, NICK GORDON, IS SLAMMING HER FATHER, BOBBY BROWN.
GORDON IS REPORTEDLY UPSET THAT HE’S BEEN BANNED FROM visiting HIS GIRLFRIEND IN THE HOSPITAL, WHERE SHE REMAINS IN A MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA.
on twitter, gordon claimed brown just wants whitney houston’s money.
HE ALSO ATTACKED brown and his FAMILY, SAYING THEY WERE NEVER THERE FOR BOBBI KRISTINA, OR HER MOTHER, IN THE PAST.

MICHAEL SAM IS DITCHING THE FOOTBALL FIELD FOR THE DANCE FLOOR.                                         SAM HAS REPORTEDLY JOINED THE CAST OF “DANCING WITH THE STARS.”
SAM was THE FIRST OPENLY GAY MAN EVER DRAFTED BY An N-F-L team.
but WAS CUT SHORTLY AFTER BY THE SAINT LOUIS RAMS AND THEN RELEASED BY THE DALLAS COWBOYS.
FILMING FOR THE SHOW STARTS MARCH 16TH.

EMMA WATSON IS NOT DATING PRINCE HARRY.
THE “HARRY POTTER” ACTRESS SQUASHED THE RUMORS ON SUNDAY, TWEETING, “REMEMBER THAT LITTLE TALK WE HAD ABOUT NOT BELIEVING EVERYTHING WRITTEN IN THE MEDIA?”
BEFORE MAKING A FEMINIST STATEMENT THAT MARRYING A PRINCE IS NOT A PREREQUISITE TO BEING A PRINCESS..
PRINCE HARRY HAS NOT COMMENTED ON THE RUMORS.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS…
IT’S SO COLD IN INDIANAPOLIS… ONE T-V STATION DECIDED TO MAKE AN ANCHOR DESK ENTIRELY OF ICE.
THE ANCHORS AND meteorologists HELD THEIR 6-AM BROADCAST OUTSIDE FROM THE “ICE DESK.”
THE ARTIST BEGAN sculpting THE DESK AN HOUR AND A HALF BEFORE THE NEWSCAST, TO MAKE IT CAMERA READY.
IT CURRENTLY SITS OUTSIDE, SO VIEWERS CAN TAKE A LOOK AND SNAP PICTURES AS THEY DRIVE BY THE STATION.

SUNDAY’S OSCARS HIT A 6-YEAR LOW IN RATINGS..
THE CEREMONY, HOSTED BY NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, DREW IN ROUGHLY 36 MILLION VIEWERS..
THAT’S A 16-PERCENT DROP FROM LAST YEARS 44 MILLION…
AND AN 18 PERCENT DROP AMONG ADULTS 18 TO 49.
IT’S THE LEAST WATCHED OSCARS SINCE 2009, WHEN HUGH JACKMAN HOSTED AND “SLUMDOG MILLIONARE” WON BEST PICTURE.
TWITTER ACTIVITY ALSO DOWN FROM 11 MILLION TWEETS TO 6 MILLION.
BOTH “THE GRAMMYS” AND “GOLDEN GLOBES” SAW HUGE RATING DROP THIS YEAR as well.

YOU MAY WANT TO STOP INTO A KRISPY KREME FOR A SWEET “PICK-ME-UP ” TODAY.
IT’S GIVING AWAY ONE FREE “ORIGINAL GLAZED” DONUT TO THE FIRST ONE THOUSAND GUESTS AT EVERY PARTICIPATING STORE…
THE GIVEAWAY…. IN HONOR OF THE COMPANY’S  1-000TH STORE OPENING IN KANSAS CITY.

SOMETIMES EXPERIENCE DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN BETTER QUALITY SURGERY.
RESEARCHERS FOUND NEW SURGEONS HAVE THE SAME MORTALITY RATE FOR PATIENTS AS THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN IN THE FIELD FOR DECADES.
STATISTICAL RESEARCH SHOWS, THE DEATH RATE FOR PATIENTS IN BOTH ELECTIVE AND EMERGENCY SURGERY IS ABOUT 3 PERCENT…. REGARDLESS OF EXPERIENCE.

SAUNA BATHING MAY EXTEND YOUR LIFE.
DOCTORS WRITING IN THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION SAY TIME SPENT IN THE SAUNA CAN ADD TIME TO MEN`S LIVES.
MEN WHO FREQUENTLY SWEATED IT OUT IN THE SAUNA HAD FEWER CARDIOVASCULAR EVENTS AND REDUCED RISK FOR DEATH OVERALL.
SAUNAS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH BETTER BLOOD FLOW.
DOCTORS RECOMMEND AT LEAST 2 SAUNA SESSIONS PER WEEK FOR THE GREATEST HEALTH BENEFIT.

A 40-YEAR-OLD MAN LOSES HIS ARM WHILE MAKING DOUGH AT WORK.
IT HAPPENED YESTERDAY IN BRIDGEPORT AT THE CANTON NOODLE COMPANY.
THE MAN WAS MIXING FLOUR TO MAKE THE DOUGH…WHEN HIS LEFT ARM GOT CAUGHT IN THE INDUSTRIAL MIXER AND *DETACHED* FROM HIS SHOULDER.
HE WAS TAKEN TO STROGER HOSPITAL AND IS LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION.

 

News Writing 2/23

THE 87TH ACADEMY AWARDS TOOK PLACE LAST NIGHT IN RAINY LOS ANGELES.
“BIRDMAN”  TOOK HOME THE TOP AWARD FOR “BEST PICTURE.”
OTHER WINS FOR THE FILM INCLUDED.. CINEMATAGROPHY…BEST DIRECTOR… AND BEST SCREENPLAY.
IT TIED WITH “GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL”- WHICH WAS RECOGNIZED FOR COSTUME.. PRODUCTION DESIGN…. MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING ORIGINAL SCORE.
PATRICIA ARQUETTE WON FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS- THE ONLY AWARD OF THE NIGHT FOR “BOYHOOD.”
J-K SIMMONS WON IN THE BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR CATEGORY FOR “WHIPLASH.”
THE “BEST ACTOR” TROPHY WENT TO EDDIE REDMAYNE FOR “THEORY OF EVERYTHING”… WHILE JULIANNE MOORE SCORED BEST ACTRESS FOR “STILL ALICE.”

AS BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN REMAINS IN A MEDICALLY-INDUCED COMA, THE FEUD BETWEEN HER FATHER AND HER BOYFRIEND CONTINUES.
NICK GORDON IS BEGGING TO BE ALLOWED TO SEE HIS GIRLFRIEND.
HE SAYS HE’S BEEN PREVENTED FROM VISITING.. AND BELIEVES HIS VOICE WILL HELP HER HEAL.
her FATHER, bobby brown, SAys GORDON WAS OFFERED A CHANCE TO VISIT, BUT DID NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS.
HE says GORDON is “NOT AS DESPERATE TO VISIT AS HE WANTS THE WORLD TO BELIEVE.”

before the oscars, the HE WORST MOVIES OF THE YEAR Got THEIR MOMENT at the razzies.
BEN AFFLECK WAS HONORED in a brand new category that RECOGNIZES AN ARTISTS IMPROVEMENT AND PROGRESS– called he “RAZZIE REDEEMER” FOR MOVING ON FROM GIGLI…TO ARGO..TO GONE GIRL.
CAMERON DIAZ TOOK HOME THE WORST ACTRESS AWARD FOR BOTH, “THE OTHER WOMAN” AND “SEX TAPE.”

BILLY BOB THORNTON IS MARRIED AGAIN.
he WED HIS LONGTIME GIRLFRIEND CONNIE ANGLAND BACK IN OCTOBER IN A PRIVATE CEREMONY AT THEIR LOS ANGELES HOME.
THEy BEGAN DATING SHORTLY AFTER THORTON’S 2003 DIVORCE FROM ANGELINA JOLIE.
THEY HAVE A 10-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER TOGETHER..
HE ALSO HAS 3 OTHER CHILDREN FROM PREVIOUS MARRIAGES.
THIS IS HIS 6TH MARRIAGE.

A CANADIAN ICE CLIMBER MADE HISTORY THIS WEEK– WHEN HE BECAME THE FIRST PERSON TO CLIMB *UP* THE FROZEN NIAGRA FALLS.
WILL GADD USED ONLY ICE HOOKS TO SCALE THE FROZEN 150-FOOT SECTION OF THE ICONIC WATERFALL…3 TIMES.
THE NAT GEO ADVENTURER OF THE YEAR SAID QUOTE, “I MAY HAVE REACHED THE TOP, BUT NIAGARA WON THE WAR. AT THE END OF THE DAY. i WAS HYYPOTHERMIC.”
AND RIGHTFULLY SO.. GADD CLIMBED RIGHT NEXT TO A WATERFALL GUSHING 650 GALLONS OF WATER PER SECOND IN FREEZING TEMPERATURES.

News Writing 2/20

WALMART IS GIVING ITS LOWEST PAID WORKERS A RAISE.
HALF A MIILLION PART-TIME AND FULL TIME ASSOCIATES WILL BEGIN MAKING 9 DOLLARS AN HOUR THIS SPRING.
THAT’S A DOLLAR-75 MORE THAN THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE.
AND BY NEXT FEBRUARY, THEIR PAY WILL GO UP TO 10 BUCKS AN HOUR.
MORE THAN ONE-THIRD OF ITS STORE WORK FORCE WILL GET THE RAISE.
WALMART HAS BEEN LARGELY CRITICIZED FOR LOW WAGES.

“TWO AND A HALF MEN” CAME TO AN END LAST NIGHT.
CHARLIE SHEEN DIDN’T RETURN FOR THE SERIES FINALE AS EXPECTED.
INSTEAD, PRODUCERS BROUGHT IN SOMEONE THAT LOOKED JUST LIKE CHARLIE HARPER.
AND IT TURNS OUT, HE DIDN’T GET KILLED BY A SUBWAY TRAIN IN PARIS 4 YEARS AGO.
HE WAS BEING HELD PRISONER BY CRAZY ROSE FOR CHEATING ON THE HONEYMOON.
A BABY GRAND PIANO FELL ON HIS LOOKALIKE AS HE WALKED UP TO ALAN’S DOOR.
THEN, A PIANO FELL ON SHOW CREATOR CHUCK LORRE, CONCLUDING THE SITCOMS 12-YEAR-RUN.

A BREATHING TUBE WAS REMOVED FROM BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN.
DOCTORS AT EMORY university HOSPITAL PERFORMED THE TRACHEOTOMY ON WEDNESDAY.
IT REPLACED THE BREATHING TUBE THAT WAS PLACED IN HER MOUTH SINCE SHE WAS FOUND UNCONSCIOUS IN A BATHTUB.
SOURCES SAY SHE WILL NOW BE VENTILATED THROUGH A HOLE IN THE THROAT.
THE FAMILY ULTIMATELY HOPES TO REMOVE her FROM THE MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA.
*IF* SHE DOES WAKE UP, A VALVE CAN BE PUT ON THE TRACHEOTOMY TO ALLOW HER TO TALK.

FOR OSCAR WEEKEND, THE WORST MOVIE OF THE YEAR, SO FAR, IS OOZING OUT. IT’S THE SEQUEL TO THE SURPRISE HIT “HOT TUB TIME MACHINE” FROM 5 YEARS AGO….MINUS JOHN CUSACK…AND MINUS ALL OF THE FUNNY….REPLACING IT ALL WITH ONE CHEAP, UNFUNNY JOKE AFTER ANOTHER TRAVELING IN TIME AGAIN.
IT’S AN EMBARASSINGLY, AWFUL, DEAN’S LIST “D MINUS.”

THE HOLLYWOOD REBOOT CRAZE CONTINUES… THIS TIME WITH THE “ALIEN” FRANCHISE.
DIRECTOR NEILL BLOMKAMP POSTED CONCEPT ART OF HIS INFAMOUS CREATURE ON INSTAGRAM, REVEALING IT WAS OFFICIALLY HIS NEXT FILM.
INSIDERS SAY, THE NEW FILM TAKES PLACE YEARS AFTER THE “PROMETHEUS” SEQUEL.
IT IS UNCLEAR whether SIGOURNEY WEAEVER WILL REPRISE HIS ROLE AS ELLEN RIPLEY.

THOSE LOOKING FOR LOVE HAVE LOTS OF OPTIONS ONLINE.. BUT MOST HAVE PROBABLY NEVER SEEN A DATING SITE LIKE THIS..                                                                                                              NEW YORK based COMEDIAN BRANDON SCOTT WOLF Says he started the dating site that features ONLY HIM. AFTER HE DIDN’T GET LUCKY ON *ACTUAL* DATING SITES.
HE HOPES TO FIND THE PERFECT PARTNER FOR EITHER A CASUAL RELATIONSHIP OR SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS.
INTERESTED WOMEN MUST WRITE A THOUSAND WORD ESSAY TO BE CONSIDERED.
SO FAR, HE’S HAD 45 APPLICATIONS… EVEN ONE FROM INDIA.

LOOKING AT THE SIZE OF A MANS FINGERS CAN TELL YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED ABOUT HIM.
RESEARCHERS FOUND FINGER SIZE HAD AN IMPACT ON HOW ADULT MEN BEHAVED TOWARDS WOMEN.
MALES WITH SMALLER INDEX-TO-RING FINGER RATIOS WERE MORE LIKELY TO SMILE… LAUGH… compromise.. AND COMPLIMENT.
MEN WITH LARGER SIZE RATIOS WERE MORE LIKEly TO PROVOKE ARGUMENTS AND CONTENTIOUS.
FOR WOMEN, FINGER SIZE HAD NO CORRELATION TO BEHAVIOR.

THE TOOTH FAIRY’S PRICES ARE GOING UP.
GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN YOU WOULD GET A dollar or two UNDER YOUR PILLOW.
A SURVEY REVEALED, CHILDREN in new york get an average of 13-DOLLARS-25 CENTS PER TOOTH.
IN LOS ANGELES, it’s 9-DOLLARS-69-CENTS…
WHILE IN CHICAGO, KIDS GET 5-DOLLARS-AND-58-CENTS PER TOOTH.
BOSTON COMES IN LAST WITH 5-DOLLARS-AND-2-CENTS.
some PARENTING EXPERTS SAY THE NEW PRICE-PER-TOOTH IS RIDICULOUS AND TEACHES CHILDREN TO EXPECT TOO MUCH FOR SUCH A LITTLE ACCOMPLISHMENT.

fewer AMERICANS ARE FILING FOR FIRST TIME UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.
THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS ABOUT 280-THOUSAND PEOPLE FILED JOBLESS CLAIMS LAST WEEK.
THAT’S DOWN 21 THOUSAND FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEk.
EXPERTS PREDICT UNEMPLOYMENT RATES WILL KEEP FALLING BECAUSE OF AN IMPROVING ECONOMY AND HEALTHIER JOB MARKET.

 

News Writing 2/19

STOCKS WERE MOSTLY DOWN ON WEDNESDAY FOLLOWING THE RELEASE OF FED MINUTES.
THE DOW SLIPPED 17 POINTS.
NASDAQ UP 7.
S-AND-P DOWN SLIGHTLY.

A MEMBER OF NICKI MINAJ’S TOUR WAS FATALLY STABBED.
ANOTHER WAS CRITICALLY INJURED.
IT HAPPENED EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING AT A BAR IN PHILADELPHIA.
POLICE SAY THE FIGHT BEGAN INSIDE THE BAR, THEN ESCALATED INTO THE STREET, WHERE A MAN PULLED OUT A KNIFE.
THEY ARE ASKING FOR HELP LOCATING THE KILLER.
THEY WERE IN TOWN FOR REHEARSALS FOR HER TOUR, WHICH KICKS OFF MARCH 16TH IN EUROPE.

VANILLA ICE IS CALLING HIS ARREST A MISUNDERSTANDING.
THE “ICE ICE BABY” RAPPER– WHOSE REAL NAME IS ROBERT VAN WINKLE– WAS CHARGED WEDNESDAY WITH BURGLARY AND BREAKING AND ENTERING.
THE HOST OF THE HOME IMPROVEMENT SHOW “THE VANILLA ICE PROJECT” ALLEGEDLY STOLE FROM A FORECLOSED PROPERTY- NEXT DOOR TO A HOUSE HE WAS RENOVATING.
FURNITURE.. A POOL HEATER.. BIKES.. AND OTHER ITEMS WERE FOUND AT HIS HOME.
AS HE LEFT JAIL, HE TOLD REPORTERS HE WAS CONFIDENT HE WOULD BE CLEARED..
ZACK MORRIS IS A FATHER AGAIN.
“SAVED BY THE BELL” ACTOR MARK PAUL GOSSELAAR AND HIS WIFE WELCOMED THEIR SECOND CHILD TOGETHER.
HE TWEETED THE NEWS WEDNESDAY WRITING, “SO IN LOVE WITH OUR NEW BABY GIRL, LACHLYN. 2 BOYS, 2 GIRLS, TOO PERFECT.”
HE ALSO SHARED A PICTURE OF THE NEWBORN SLEEPING, WRITING “MY SWEET LITTLE ANGEL.”
GOSSELAAR ALSO HAS TWO CHILDREN FROM A PREVIOUS MARRIAGE.
PEOPLE ARE FREAKING OUT OVER THESE LEAKED, UN-RETOUCHED PHOTOS FROM BEYONCE’S 2013 L’OREAL CAMPAIGN.
MORE THAN 200 PHOTOS HIT THE WEB YESTERDAY, SHOWING THE USUALLY “FLAWLESS” STAR WITH BLEMISHES.
THE SITE THAT RELEASED THEM SAYS IT WANTS TO SHOW SHE’S “HUMAN LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.”
THERE ARE MIXED REVIEWS ON TWITTER WITH SOME SAYING: “SHE LOOKS LIKE A CIGARETTE SMOKER.. GROSS.”
OTHERS THINK: “SHE *STILL* LOOKS BETTER THAN ME ON MOST DAYS!”
THE PHOTOS HAVE ALREADY BEEN REMOVED AND BEYONCE HAS YET TO COMMENT.

AND IN MORE ARREST NEWS..
AFROMAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SIMPLE ASSAULT FOR HITTING A FAN.
THE “BECAUSE i GOT HIGH” RAPPER WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY NIGHT AT A MISSISSIPPI NIGHT CLUB…
A VIDEO OF THE INCIDENT SHOWS A FEMALE FAN JUMPING ON STAGE AND DANCING NEXT TO HIM WHILE HE PLAYS GUITAR.
HE THEN PUNCHES HER… KNOCKING HER OFF HER FEET.
THE CONCERT WAS IMMEDIATELY STOPPED…
THE 40-YEAR-OLD RAPPER TOLD REPORTERS HE THOUGHT THE “GIRL” WAS ACTUALLY A MAN WHO WAS HECKLING HIM THROUGHOUT THE SHOW.
HE WAS RELEASED ON 330-DOLLAR BAIL.
AND IN MORE ARREST NEWS..rapper, afroman, is saying how remorseful he is for striking a woman at HIS concert in Mississippi.                                                                                                                   the “because I got high” singer says that he’s headed for inpatient anger management rehab…but also says the blame for the now-viral, attack of a woman who climbed on the stage during his show is also partly to blame.                                                                                                                THE VIDEO SHOWS A FEMALE FAN JUMPING ON STAGE AND DANCING NEXT TO HIM WHILE HE PLAYS GUITAR….and then, him punching her…knocking her to the ground.

80’S RAPPER VANILLA ICE WAS RELEASED BY THE POLICE IN FLORIDA AFTER BEING ARRESTED YESTERDAY.
THE “ICE ICE BABY” SINGER WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY YESTERDAY AFTER BEING CHARGED WITH burglary of a residence and grand theft AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY STOLE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS FROM WHAT APPEARED TO BE AN ABANDONED HOME NEXT DOOR TO A HOUSE HE WAS REHABBING FOR HIS REALITY SHOW, “THE VANILLA ICE PROJECT.”AS HE LEFT JAIL, HE TOLD REPORTERS HE WAS CONFIDENT HE WOULD BE CLEARED AND CALLED THE ARREST A “MISUNDERSTANDING.”

AFTER TINA FEY AND ALEC BALDWIN’S MESSAGE TO TRACY MORGAN ON LAST WEEKEND’S SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SPECIAL, MORGAN’S ATTORNEY ISSUED AN STATEMENT WITH AN UPDATE ON THE COMEDIAN’S CONDITION AFTER A MULTI- CAR CRASH LAST JUNE SEVERELY INJURED HIM AND SEVERAL OTHERS….KILLING COMEDIAN JIMMY MACK.                                             THE REPORT SAYS THAT MORGAN HAD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY WITH MULTIPLE BROKEN BONES AND FACIAL FRACTURES…AND THAT THE “30 ROCK” STAR IS STILL STRUGGLING TO GET BETTER WITH regular physical, speech and cognitive therapy sessions.                                                 THERE’S NO ESTIMATE ON WHEN MORGAN MIGHT BE ABLE TO RETURN TO THE PUBLIC EYE.

PEOPLE ARE GOING OUT TO PARTY AND DANCE TO BEATS ONLY THEY CAN HEAR.                               ITS PART OF A NEW AGE MOVEMENT CALLED “SILENT DISCO.”                                                              DOZENS OF DANCER MEET UP PAST MIDNIGHT IN A DARKENED SAN Francisco STREET TO DANCE TO MUSIC THAT’S PUMPING THROUGH INDIVIDUAL HEADPHONES.
THE WIRELESS HEADPHONES LET THE DANCER STAY IN HIS OWN WORLD, EVEN THOUGH everyone IS LISTENING TO THE SAME D-J.
THIS ALLOWS LARGE FESTIVALS TO CONTROL NOISE… DUE TO NOISE COMPLAINTS FROM NEIGHBORS.

 

 

 

News Writing 2/18

IT MAY NOT BE IN WORTH IT TO SPEND YOUR MONEY ON FITNESS DEVICES.                                           A NEW STUDY FOUND, THE BEST WEIGHT LOSS TOOL IS FREE AND ALREADY IN YOUR POCKET…. IF YOU HAVE A SMART PHONE.
RESEARCHERS SUGGEST FREE APPS ARE JUST AS ACCURATE AT MEASURING YOUR STEPS AS MANY PRICEY WATCHES AND WEARABLE DEVICES.
WRIST DEVICES WERE ACTUALLY PROVED TO BE THE LEAST PRECISE…
PEDOMETERS ON THE WAIST PRODUCED THE BEST RESULTS… WHILE PHONE APPS CAME IN SECOND FOR ACCURACY.

A BUS SURVEILLANCE CAMERA CAPTURED THE DEADLY PILEUP INVOLVING BRUCE JENNER.
the video has not been released, but IT reportedly SHOWS JENNER’S ESCALADE REAR-ENDING a LEXUS… SENDING IT INTO THE PATH OF AN ONCOMING HUMMER..
THE DRIVER OF THE LEXUS- KIM HOWE WAS KILLED.
AUTHORITIES ORIGINALLY BELIEVED A PRIUS TRIED TO MAKE A SWIFT U-TURN CAUSING THE ACCIDENT.
INVESTIGATORS SAY JENNER WAS NOT DRUNK OR TEXTING WHEN IT HAPPENED.
THAT’S JUSTIN BIEBER GETTING EGGED FOR THE FIRST PROMO FOR HIS COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST.
THE NETWORK WROTE, “WATCH JUSTIN BIEBER LEARN HOW POOR, DEFENSELESS HOUSES FEEL,” REFERRING TO HIS EGGING SCANDAL, WHICH LANDED HIM A MISDEMEANOR CHARGE AND AN 80-THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE.
THE ROAST AIRS MARCH 30-TH AND WILL BE HOSTED BY KEVIN HART.
TOY BLOCK COMPANY *LEGO* HAS REPLACED *FERRARI* AS THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL BRAND.
“BRAND FINANCE,” A BRAND VALUATION CONSULTANT GROUP RANKED THE WORLD’S COMPANIES.
“THE LEGO MOVIE” IS BEING CREDITED WITH MUCH OF LEGO’S RECENT SUCCESS.
PRICE-WATERS-HOUSE-COOPER WAS LISTED AS THE SECOND MOST POWERFUL BRAND, FOLLOWED BY RED BULL.
FERRARI DROPPED TO NINTH PLACE.
CRITERIA INCLUDE FAMILIARITY, LOYALTY, AND CORPORATE REPUTATION.

FORMER BLINK 182 MEMBER TOM DELONGE BELIEVES ALIENS EXIST AND THAT HE’S IN SERIOUS DANGER BECAUSE HE KNOWS TOO MUCH.
DURING AN INTERVIEW WITH PAPER MAGAZINE, DELONGE SAID HE ONCE HAD CONTACT WITH EXTRATERRESTRIAL CREATURES OUTSIDE OF A CAMPSITE.
HE SAID HIS WHOLE BODY FELT LIKE IT WAS SHOCKED WITH STATIC electricity.
HE ALSO BELIEVED HE WAS SPIED ON BY THE GOVERNMENT, MENTIONING HAVING HIS PHONE TAPPED AND WITNESSING THE GOVERNMENT PERFORMING MIND CONTROL ON HIS COLLEAGUE.

PHARELL IS TURNING HIS HIT SONG “happy” INTO A BOOK.
he INKED A CONTACT FOR A SERIES Of FOUR PICTURE BOOKS….
THE FIRST will BE TITLED, “HAPPY” AND is NSPIRED BY HIS GRAMMY-WINNING SONG.
THE BOOK WILL FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHS OF CHILDREN CELEBRATING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HAPPY.
IT’S SCHEDULED TO HIT SHELVES in SEPTEMBER.

PINTEREST HAS REMOVED republican senator RAND PAUL’S PARODY HILARY CLINTON PAGE.
THE PAGE FEATURED MEME’S MOCKING clinton.
it WAS APPARENTLY MADE BY paul’s DIGITAL TEAM.
BOARDS INCLUDED A “POWER COUPLE” CATEGORY WITH PICTURES OF THE CLINTONS AND A “WHITE HOUSE REMODEL,” WHICH SHOWED HOW clinton WOULD MAKE THE OVAL OFFICE MORE “CHIC.”
PINTEREST SAID THE PAGE WAS SEXIST AND VIOLATED THEIR TERMS OF SERVICE.
IT WAS REMOVED BY SUNDAY NIGHT.

AMERICAN’S ARE HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING UP WITH THEIR STUDENT LOAN PAYMENTS.
THE NEW YORK FEDERAL RESERVE SAID THE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENT LOANS THAT ARE OVERDUE 90 DAYS OR MORE HAS GONE UP MORE THAN 11 PERCENT IN THE PAST THREE MONTHS…
ONE IN 9 LOANS IS NOW OVERDUE.
TOTAL BORROWING INCREASED 77 BILLION DOLLARS IN 2014 ALONE… IT CURRENTLY STANDS AT MORE THAN ONE TRILLION DOLLARS.

DOCTORS SAY QUITTING SMOKING COLD-TURKEY IS THE WAY TO GO.
BUT 44 PERCENT OF DAILY SMOKERS SAY THEY WOULD RATHER QUIT BY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF DAILY SMOKES.
68 PERCENT WOULD CONSIDER USING A MEDICATION TO FACILITATE CUTTING BACK.
A NEW STUDY FOUND MEDICATIONS LIKE CHANTIX WERE MORE LIKELY TO HELP PEOPLE SMOKE FEWER CIGARETTES OVER TIME THAN THOSE WHO USED A PLACEBO WHILE TRYING TO QUIT.
MOST PEOPLE BELIEVE MARRIAGE IS THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR A COUPLE SEX LIFE…BUT RESEARCHERS FOUND IT ACTUALLY GETS BETTER THE LONGER YOUR MARRIED.
A NEW STUDY SUGGESTS AFTER 50-YEARS OF MARRIAGE, COUPLES EXPERIENCE AN INCREASE IN SEX.
THE REASON? PEOPLE TEND TO BE MORE EVEN-KEELED, WHICH CUTS DOWN ON MARITAL CONFLICT AND FACILITATES REGULAR SEXUAL ACTIVITY…
AND IN TIME, COUPLES DEVELOP A NEW LEVEL OF TRUST THEIR SPOUSE ISN’T LEAVING, SO THEY INVEST MORE IN INTIMACY.

AN INCREDIBLE RESCUE BY TWO POLICE OFFICERS SAVED A WOMAN WHO WAS TRAPPED INSIDE OF HER SINKING CAR.                                                                                                                                    THE DRAMATIC PHOTOS SHOW THE CAR SUBMERGED IN A HARBOR IN NEW ZEALAND AFTER IT DROVE OFF A ROCK WALL.
THE WOMAN WAS PUSHED AGAINST THE REAR WINDOW, GRASPING FOR AIR, AS THE FRONT OF THE CAR FILLED UP WITH WATER.
UNABLE TO OPEN THE DOOR, THE OFFICERS SMASHED THE BACK windshield WITH A ROCK AND PULLED HER TO SAFETY.
THEY SAY SHE WAS LESS THAN A MINUTE AWAY FROM DROWNING.

 

News Writing- Feb 12 and 13

HERE’S ONE WAY YOU DON’T WANT TO WAKE UP.
A 20-YEAR-OLD GUY WAS FOUND FAST ASLEEP IN HIS TRUCK OUTSIDE A WALMART IN TEXAS.
HIS TRUCK HAD BACKED INTO ANOTHER TRUCK, AND WHEN POLICE WOKE HIM UP… HE FAILED HIS SOBRIETY TEST AND WAS BOOKED FOR INTOXICATION.
BUT, HIS MUGHSOT IS WHAT PEOPLE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT…
AS DEPUTIES TRIED TO TAKE HIS PICTURE, HE FELL ASLEEP!

FORMER ARIZONA CONGRESSWOMAN GABBY GIFFORDS REUNITED WITH HER MUSIC THERAPIST TO HAPPILY SING A SONG FROM “ANNIE”. CHECK IT OUT.
MUSIC THERAPY AND SINGING HAS BEEN HELPED GIFFORDS REGAIN MUCH OF HER SPEECH.
SHE WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD FOUR YEARS AGO DURING A MEET AND GREET IN ARIZONA.
HER ARM AND LEG WERE ALSO PARALYZED AFTER THE SHOOTING AND SHE HAS DIFFICULTY WALKING.

CHANGING YOUR EYE COLOR WITH CONTACT LENSES IS ALL THE TREND… BUT WHAT ABOUT DECKING THEM OUT IN SPARKLY GOLD.
A DOCTOR IN INDIA INFUSED CONTACT LENSES WITH 24-CARAT GOLD TO GIVE WEARERS A “GLITTER” EFFECT.
BUT… IF YOU WANT “IN” ON THIS BLING FOR YOUR EYES…. YOU HAVE TO DISH OUT BETWEEN 15-TO-18 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
AND IF YOUR MORE OF A DIAMOND GAL, THE DOCTOR ALSO CREATED CONTACTS INFUSED WITH DIAMONDS.
EXPERTS IN THE U-S ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OF THE LENSES, SAYING THE ADDITIONAL LAYER OF protection IS NOT HEALTHY FOR THE EYE.

BOBBY BROWN HAS SLAMMED BOBBI KRISTINA brown’S COUSIN.
brown SAYING THE MEDIA SHOULD DISREGARD UNAUTHORIZED MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY WHO HAVE BEEN SPEAKING OUT ABOUT BOBBI KRISTINA WITHOUT ANY ACTUAL KNOWLEDGE OF HER CONDITION.
and BOBBI KRISTINA’S BOYFRIEND NICK GORDON GOT A TATTOO OF HER NAME ACROSS HIS FOREARM.
HE’S CURRENTLY BEING INVESTIGATED for events leading up to the discovery of bobbi kristina in a bathtub.

SINGER-SONGWRITER LESLEY GORE HAS LOST THE BATTLE WITH CANCER.
GORE TOPPED THE CHARTS IN THE 60’S WITH HER HIT “IT’S MY PARTY.”
SHE ALSO PLAYED CATWOMAN’S SIDEKICK in the “BATMAN” t-v- series.
SHE WAS 68.

“FIFTY SHADES OF GREY” DOMINATED THE BOX OFFICE DURING THE FOUR-DAY WEEKEND, PULLING IN 94 MILLION DOLLARS.
THAT THE BEST PRESIDENT’S DAY weekend OPENING OF ALL TIME.
it’s ALSO THE FOURTH LARGEST “R-RATED” OPENING IN HISTORY, AND THE SECOND-BIGGEST FOR A FEMALE DIRECTOR BEHIND “THE MATRIX RELOADED.”

THERE’S ANOTHER LANNISTER ON THE WAY.
ACTRESS LENA HEADEY IS PREGNANT WITH HER SECOND CHILD.
HEADEY IS ALREADY MOM TO A 5-MONTH OLD WITH HER EX-HUSBAND.
SHE’S BEST KNOW FOR PLAYING CERSEI ON THE H-B-O DRAMA “GAME OF THRONES,”…..WHICH PROMOTED IT’S SEASON 4
DVD RELEASE MONDAY WITH A LIFE-SIZE ICE SCULPTURE OF THE ICONIC IRON THRONE.
FANS OF THE SHOW WERE encouraged TO TAKE THE THRONE, PRETEND TO BE THE KING OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS, AND SNAP PHOTOS.
SEASON FIVE PREMIERES APRIL 12TH.

ONE TOY-COMPANY HAS FOUND A WAY TO CASH IN ON THE POPE’S UPCOMING FIRST VISIT TO THE UNITED STATEs.
“BLEACHER CREATURE” IS RELEASING *THIS* PLUS DOLL OF POPE FRANCIS.
THE COMPANY IS BEST KNOWN FOR IT’S 10-INCH STUFFED FIGURES OF FAMOUS ATHLETES.
THE PLUSH DOLL COSTS 20 BUCKS AND WILL BE AVAILABLE IN JULY.
THE COMPANY’S C-E-O SAYS HE HOPES TO OFFICIALLY PARTNER WITH THE CHURCH.

AN UN-RETOUCHED PHOTO OF CINDY CRAWFORD IN LINGERIE HAS SPARKED DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT “REAL” WOMEN LOOK LIKE.
CRAWFORD TURNS 49 ON FRIDAY.
MANY PEOPLE HAVE APPLAUDED HER FOR HER IMPERFECTIONS AND SAY CHANGES TO AMERICA’S BEAUTY STANDARDS NEED TO BE MADE.
THE PHOTO WAS LEAKED FROM A 2013 “MARIE CLARIE” SHOOT.
THE MAGAZINE CALLED IT REAL, HONEST AND GORGEOUS.

BETTY WHITE AND BRADLEY COOPER STOLE THE SHOW — ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL.
THEY LOCKED LIPS DURING THE “CALIFORNIANS” SKETCH ALONGSIDE TAYLOR SWIFT AND KERRY WASHINGTON.
MANY FORMER CAST MEMBERS ALSO APPEARED…
STEVE MARTIN REPRISED HIS FAMOUS POP HIT “KING TUT,”
WILL FERELL HOSTED A ROUND OF JEOPARDY.. and AMY POEHLER REUNITED WITH TINA FEY AT THE”WEEKEND UPDATES” ANCHOR DESK.

ALEC BALDWIN AND TINA FEY PAID TRIBUTE TO TRACY MORGAN WHO WAS CRITICALLY INJURED IN A CAR ACCIDENT LAST YEAR AND IS STILL RECOVERING.
FANS ALSO QUESTIONED ACTOR CHEVY CHASE’S HEALTH…
CHASE, WHO WAS PART OF THE ORIGINAL S-N-L CAST, LOOKED AND SOUNDED MUCH DIFFERENT… RAMBLING AND MAKING NO SENSE DURING HIS INTERVIEW ON THE RED CARPET.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATH MARRIED FIANCEE SOPHIE HUNTER VALENTINES DAY.
THEY TIED THE KNOT IN A PRIVATE CEREMONY IN THE U-K.
THEY’RE ALSO EXPECTING THEIR FIRST CHILD TOGETHER LATER THIS YEAR.
AND NEXT WEEKEND *MAY* TOP OFF A GREAT MONTH FOR CUMBERBATCH, WHO IS NOMINATED FOR BEST ACTOR AT THE OSCARS FOR HIS ROLE IN “IMITATION GAME.”

CONAN O’BRIEN’S TALK SHOW IS TAPING IN CUBA.
HE HAS BEEN FILMING IN HAVANA SINCE THURSDAY.
HE PROMISES VIEWERS A RARE INSIGHT INTO CUBAN DAILY LIFE SINCE THE U-S EMBARGO BEGAN IN 19-62.
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME AN AMERICAN SHOW HAS VISITED CUBA SINCE “TONIGHT SHOW” HOST JACK PAAR INTERVIEWED FIDEL CASTRIO IN 19-59.
CONAN’S VISIT COMES AFTER PRESIDENT OBAMA RECENTLY ANNOUNCED HE WOULD NORMALIZE RELATIONS WITH CUBA.
THE EPISODE WILL AIR ON MARCH 4-TH.

THE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL ONLINE DATING MAY BE IN YOUR SCREEN NAME.
RESEARCHERS WANTED TO KNOW WHICH NAMES GOT THE MOST RESPONSES.
FINDINGS SHOW, MEN ARE DRAWN TO SCREEN NAMES THAT INDICATE PHYSICAL ATTRACTIVENESS.. LIKE “BLONDIE” OR “CUTIE.”
HOWEVER… WOMEN GO FOR NAMES THAT SHOWCASE INTELLIGENCE, LIKE “CULTURED.”
SCREEN NAMES WITH LETTERS FROM THE BEGINNING HALF OF THE ALPHABET ARE ALSO MORE EFFECTIVE.
RESEARCHERS RECOMMEND CREATING NAMES SIMILIAR TO PROFILES OF PEOPLE YOU FIND ATTRACTIVE.

A WOMAN WAS STUNG BY A SCORPION ON AN AIRPLANE.
IT HAPPENED SATURDAY ON AN ALASKA AIRLINES PLANE.
THE FLIGHT WAS GOING FROM LOS ANGELES TO PORTLAND.
THE WOMAN WAS SEATED WHEN A SCORPION CRAWLED ALONG THE WINDOW AND STUNG HER ON THE HAND.
A FLIGHT ATTENDANT KILLED THE SCORPION.
THE PLANE RETURNED TO THE GATE, WHERE THE WOMAN WAS TREATED.
SHE WAS FINE AND ENDED UP TAKING A LATER FLIGHT.
NO ONE KNOWS HOW THE SCORPION GOT ON THE PLANE.
THE PLANE ORIGINATED FROM LOS CABOS, MEXICO.

AN AUDIT IN SIERRA LEONE REVEALS GOVERNMENT MINISTERS LOST TRACK OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE USED TO FIGHT THE EBOLA VIRUS.
THE REPORT SAYS THE HEALTH MINISTRY FAILED TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTATION FOR ABOUT SIX MILLION DOLLARS.
THAT’S ABOUT 30 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL 19 MILLION FUNDS USED TO FIGHT THE VIRUS.
THE GOVERNMENT SAYS THE “LAPSES” IN FUNDS CAUSED A LOSS IN QUALITY OF TREATMENT … AND THE THOSE FOUND GUILTY WILL BE PUNISHED.
MORE THAN 33-HUNDRED PEOPLE HAVE DIE FROM EBOLA OVER THE  PAST YEAR IN SIERRA LEONE.

AN UN-RETOUCHED PHOTO OF CINDY CRAWFORD IN LINGERIE HAS SPARKED DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT “REAL” WOMEN LOOK LIKE.
CRAWFORD TURNS 49 ON FRIDAY.
MANY PEOPLE HAVE APPLAUDED HER FOR HER IMPERFECTIONS AND SAY CHANGES TO AMERICA’S BEAUTY STANDARDS NEED TO BE MADE.
THE PHOTO WAS LEAKED FROM A “MARIE CLARIE” SHOOT FROM 2013.
THE MAGAZINE CALLED IT REAL, HONEST AND GORGEOUS.

KATE MIDDLETON IS TRENDING BECAUSE SHE’S SPEAKING.
SHE DOESN’T SPEAK PUBLICLY MUCH….BUT WHEN SHE DOES, IT’S LOVELY AND FOR A GOOD CAUSE.
THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE,  RECORDED A VIDEO MESSAGE TO SUPPORT U-K’S FIRST CHILDRENS MENTAL HEALTH WEEK….
SHE ENCOURAGES EVERYONE TO USE THIS WEEK TO TALK OPENLY ABOUT DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY AND DEMOLISH THE STIGMA AROUND IT.

AN AMERICAN MAN IS IN THE INTESIVE CARE UNIT AFTER BEING GORED BY A BULL IN SPAIN.
IT HAPPENED SATURDAY DURING A BULLFIGHTING FESTIVAL.
THE 20-YEAR-OLD FROM GEORGIA UNDERWENT A 3-HOUR OPERATION, PERFORMED BY ONE OF SPAIN’S MOST RENOWNED SURGEONS.
THE DOCTOR HAS WORKED ON PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN GORED BEFORE AND HE SAID THESE WERE SOME OF THE WORST WOUNDS HE’S SEEN.
INJURIES INCLUDED DAMAGED THIGHS, SPHINCTER AND BACK MUSCLES.
BULLFIGHTING FESTIVALS ARE COMMON IN SPAIN, DESPITE INJURIES EVERY YEAR … BECAUSE THEY’RE HUGE TOURIST ATTRACTIONS.

NOTHING SAYS “I LOVE YOU” LIKE THE MOST EXPENSIVE CHOCOLATE BAR IN THE WORLD.
THE TO’AK CHOCOLATE BAR FOUNDER SAYS 50 GRAMS COSTS COSTS 260 DOLLARS.
IT’S MADE FROM A RARE AND UNIQUE CACAO FOUND IN ECUADOR-AND EACH BATCH TAKES BETWEEN 4 AND 5 MONTHS TO MAKE.
THE COMPANY’S CO-FOUNDER SAYS IT PAIRS WELL WITH WHISKEY, COGNAC OR RUM.
FOR NOW, THE BAR IS ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE AND IN A FEW WINE STORES.

UBER IS ADDING NEW SECURITY MEASURES TO ITS RIDE-SHARING SERVICE IN CHICAGO.
THE “PANIC BUTTON” WILL ALLOW YOU TO ALERT POLICE FROM UBER’s MOBILE APP IF YOU FEEL THREATENED.
THE MOVE COMES AFTER 2 CHICAGO DRIVERS WERE CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT.
INDIA WAS THE FIRST COUNTRY TO GET THE BUTTON FOLLOWING RAPE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST DRIVERS.
THE S-O-S CALL WILL ROLL OUT WITHIN THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS.

DRAKE TOOK A PAGE FROM BEYONCE’S BOOK AND RELEASED A SURPRISE ALBUM ON I-TUNES THIS MORNING..
THE ALBUM CALLED “IF YOU’RE READING THIS IT’S TOO LATE,”  INCLUDES 17 TRACKS AND FEATURES RAPPERS LIL WAYNE… TRAVIS SCOTT… AND PARTY NEXT DOOR.
IN 2013, DRAKE’S 3-RD STUDIO ALBUM “NOTHING WAS THE SAME” SOLD MORE THAN 600 THOUSAND COPIES IN ITS FIRST WEEK.

ACTOR EMILE HIRSCH HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FELONY ASSAULT.
he’s accused of CHOKing A FEMALE STUDIO EXECUTIVE AT A PARTY IN UTAH DURING THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL.
SOURCES SAY THE WOMAN BLACKED OUT AND HE PULLED HER ACROSS A TABLE ONTO THE FLOOR, BEFORE TWO BYSTANDERS PULLED HIM OFF.
HIS SPOKESPERSON SAID HIRSCH HAS “NO MEMORY OF WHAT HAPPENED” AND HAS CHECKED INTO REHAB.

AMANDA KNOX IS ENGAGED.
knox became infamous in 2007 when she AND HER EX-BOYFRIEND WERE CONVICTED OF KILLING THEIR ROOMATE IN ITALY.
since then, that CONVICTION WAS OVERTURNED, then RE-INSTATED.
her fiance is MUSICIAN AND FORMER SCHOOL MATE COLIN SUTHERLAND.
SOURCES SAY, THE TWO BONDED WHEN SUTHERLAND WROTE LETTERS TO HER WHILE SHE WAS IN JAIL.
AN ITALIAN COURT WILL RULE IN MARCH WHETHER SHE SHE HAS TO RETURN TO ITALY TO FACE A RE-TRIAL.

ONE THING PEOPLE WON’T SEE AT THIS WEEKENDS AUTOSHOW– NISSAN’S NEW GLOW-IN-THE-DARK CAR.
THE ONE-OF-A-KIND VERSION WAS *ONLY* CREATED TO PROMOTE THE BENEFITS OF CHARGING AN ELECTRIC CAR FROM SOLAR PANELS.
THE ORGANIC PAINT ABSORBS ENERGY FROM THE SUN DURING THE DAY…
AT NIGHT, IT EMITS A BLUE GLOW FOR UP TO 10 HOURS.
FOR NOW…THE GLOWING LEAF ISN’T FOR SALE AT THE DEALER…
BUT, NISSAN PROMISES A 25-YEAR LIFESPAN ON THE PAINT IF IT EVER REACHES PRODUCTION.

TWO MAJOR TRAVEL COMPANIES ARE MERGING INTO ONE.
EXPEDIA ANNOUNCED IT’S BUYING RIVAL ORBITZ WORLDWIDE FOR MORE THAN HALF BILLION DOLLARS.
THE COMPANY PURCHASED TRAVELOCITY FOR 280 MILLION DOLLARS JUST LAST MONTH.
IT ALSO OVERSEES HOTWIRE-DOT-COM, HOTELS-DOT-COM AND TRIVAGO, MAKING IT THE LARGEST ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCY IN THE U-S.
PRICELINE IS THE SECOND AND ONLY COMPETITOR LEFT.

THIS BLIND DATE REALLY PUT THE “SPEED” IN SPEED DATING.
FORD WANTED TO ADVERTISE THEIR NEW 2015 MUSTANG… SO THEY SET UP SEVERAL MEN ON A BLIND DATE WITH A “DITZY” BLONDE WHO PRETENDED SHE DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO DRIVE STICK.
ONE GUY EVEN OFFERED TO SHOW HER HOW TO DRIVE.
BUT THE MEN WERE IN FOR THE RIDE OF THEIR LIVES WHEN SHE REVEALED SHE WAS ACTUALLY A PROFFESIONAL STUNT DRIVER AND HIT SPEEDS OF 90 MILES PER HOUR BEFORE SLAMMING ON THE BRAKES.
DESPITE BEING DUPED, ONE GUY SAID  IT WAS THE BEST DATE HE’S EVER BEEN ON.

NUMBER 6…
HERE’S SOMETHING I’VE ALWAYS KNOWN.
DOGS CAN READ OUR MINDS.
A NEW STUDY FINDS THAT DOGS ARE ABLE TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUR HAPPY FACE AND OUR ANGRY FACE.
AND THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO ASSOCIATE EACH ONE WITH POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE THINGS!
RESEARCHERS TRIED TO TRICK THE DOGS BY USING TREATS TO PERSUADE THEM TO CHOOSE ANGRY FACES OVER HAPPY FACES.
THEY WEREN’T CONVINCED!
DOGS ALSO HEAR LANGUAGE THE SAME WAY WE DO.
THEY PICK OUT CONSONANTS AND VOWELS, ALONG WITH EMOTIONAL TONE, INTONATION AND VOLUME CHANGES.
THIS MEANS DOGS HAVE EVOLVED OVER THE YEARS TO UNDERSTAND HUMANS.
THAT CAN ONLY MEAN ONE THING:
WE’RE LIKE 10, 20 YEARS AWAY FROM TALKING DOGS.

NUMBER FIVE.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY ACTRESS JAMIE BREWER MADE FASHION WEEK HISTORY.
SHE WAS THE FIRST *EVER* MODEL WITH DOWN SYNDROME TO WALK THE RUNWAY IN NEW YORK FASHION WEEK.
THE SHOW WAS CALLED:
“ROLE MODELS NOT RUNWAY MODELS.”
IT FEATURED INSPIRING WOMEN IN CLOTHING DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR THEM.
BREWER ROCKED A BLACK A-LINE DRESS BY DESIGNER CARRIE HAMMER, WHICH WAS INSPIRED BY HER WITCHY CHARACTER FROM THE T-V DRAMA.
SHE HOPES TO INSPIRE YOUNG WOMEN TO NEVER LET THEIR DISABILITES DEFINE THEM.

News Writing 2/8

SAM SMITH WAS THE KING AT LAST NIGHT’S GRAMMY’S–TAKING HOME A TOTAL OF 4 AWARDS.. INCLUDING SONG AND RECORD OF THE YEAR FOR “STAY WITH ME” AND BEST NEW ARTIST,.
HE ALSO WON FOR “BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM.”
SMITH LOST “ALBUM OF THE YEAR” TO BECK, WHO ALSO SCORED THE WIN FOR “BEST ROCK ALBUM.”
OTHER BIG WINNERS, PHARELL, BEYONCE AND ROSANNE CASH WITH 3 AWARDS EACH.

KANYE ALMOST PULLED A KANYE LAST NIGHT…
HE JOKINGLY POPPED ON STAGE TO “BRIEFLY INTERRUPT” BECK, WHO BEAT OUT BEYONCE FOR “ALBUM OF THE YEAR.”
IN 2009, WEST INTERRUPTED TAYLOR SWIFT’S SPEECH TO LET EVERYONE KNOW “BEYONCE HAD THE BEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME.
THE STUNT SCORED PLENTY OF LAUGHS… BUT NOT BEFORE HORRIFYING BEYONCE AND JAY-Z.
but  kanye wasn’t really joking.
after the show, he ranted that beck should have given the grammy to beyonce.

THE AWARDS TOOK A SERIOUS TURN WHEN president OBAMA ADDRESSED THE ISSUE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
IN A VIDEO MESSAGE, THE PRESIDENT ASKED ARTISTS TO REMIND THEIR FANS THAT SEXUAL ASSUALT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IS NEVER OK.
FOLLOWING HIS SPEECH, AN ABUSE SURVIVOR SHARED HER PERSONAL STORY….
AND KATY PERRY SANG HER BALLAD, “BY THE GRACE OF GOD.”

THE NIGHT WAS ALSO FILLED WITH INCREDIBLE DUETS…
SIA’S PERFORMANCE OF “CHANDALIER” INCLUDED SATURDAY NIgHT LIVE VET KRISTEN WIIG AND DANCER MADDIE ZIEGLER.
ED SHEERAN ROCKED OUT WITH JOHN MAYER AND E-L-O.. WHILE PAUL MCCARTNEY JOINED RIHANNA AND KANYE WEST.
dean has much more coming up right after five o’clock.

BRUCE JENNER’S PUBLICIST SAYS jenner *WAS NOT* TEXTING  WHEN HE GOT INTO A 4-CAR COLLISION IN CALIFORNIA THAT LEFT ONE WOMAN DEAD AND SEVERAL INJURED.
JENNER HAS VOWED TO COOPERATE WITH AUTHORITIES– ALLOWING THEM TO LOOK INTO HIS PHONE RECORDS.
WITNESSES SAY JENNER REAR-ENDED A CAR, PUSHING IT INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC.
HE CALLED THE CRASH A “DEVASTATING TRAGEDY” AND EXTENDED HIS CONDOLENCES TO THE VICTIM’S FAMILIES.

BILL COSBY CANCELLED MULTIPLE SHOWS IN BOSTON AS A NEW ACCUSER CAME FORWARD.
FORMER MODEL AND ACTRESS HELEN GUMPEL ACCUSED cosby OF MAKING SEXUAL ADVANCES TOWARDS HER ON THE SET OF “THE COSBY SHOW.”
SHE SAID COSBY MADE HER SIT ON A COUCH IN HIS DRESSING ROOM… HANDED HER A DRINK AND STOOD IN FRONT OF HER WITH HIS CROTCH IN HER FACE…
COSBY HAS DENIED ALLEGATIONS FROM MORE THAN 20 WOMEN AND HAS NEVER BEEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS CONTINUE TO SURROUND BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN, WHO WAS BEEN ON A VENTILATOR SINCE LAST WEEK.
HER GRANDMOTHER, CISSY HOUSTON, AND ENTERTAINER TYLER PERRY WERE SEEN AT THE HOSPITAL ON SUNDAY.
HER AUNT ALSO TOOK OUT A RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST BOYFREIND NICK GORDON.
police are reportedly looking into his actions.
SOURCES SAY HE FOUGHT WITH brown JUST BEFORE SHE WAS FOUND UNCONSCIOUS IN A BATH TUB.

LEMONT HIGH SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED TODAY AFTER BUILDING OFFICIALS DISCOVERED A PIPE BURST AND FLOODED THE BUILDING.
NO ACADEMIC OR EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES WILL TAKE PLACE ON CAMPUS…
SPORTS COACHES MAY BE CALLING STUDENTS TO HOLD PRACTICE AT OFF-CAMPUS LOCATIONS.
TRANSPORTATION FOR STUDENTS WHO ATTEND OUT-OF-DISTRICT SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS WILL GO ON AS SCHEDULED.
CLASSES ARE EXPECTED TO RESUME tomorrow.
TAYLOR SWIFT IS KNOWN FOR DANCING AT AWARD SHOWS… BUT PHARREL…UPPER RIGHT…WASN’T TOO “HAPPY” ABOUT IT.
THE VINE VIDEO OF HIM JUDGING THE “SHAKE IT OFF” SINGER HAS ALREADY GONE VIRAL.
TAYLOR DANCEs…PHARELL SIDE-EYES HERE.

SHIA LaBEOUF BAFFLED THE AUDIENCE BY INTRODUCING PERFORMER SIA WITH THIS POEM-LOVE-LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN MAN NAMED ERIK….SOME THINK IT’S SIA’S HUSBAND….WHO ALSO TURNED IN ONE OF THE MOST UNUSAL MOMENTS OF THE NIGHT.

A WOMAN WHO LEARNED OF HER PREGNANCY IN THE THIRD TRIMESTER, GOT A HUGE SURPRISE IN THE DELIVERY ROOM.
NO IT WASN’T TWINS..
IT WAS A BABY BOY WEIGHING MORE THAN 14 POUNDS..
EVEN CRAZIER, SHE GAVE BIRTH NATURALLY!
THE BABY, NAMED AVERY, IS THE HEAVIEST BORN IN THE TAMPA HOSPITAL AND ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA.
SHE SAYS SHE KNEW THE BABY WOULD BE BIGGER THAN USUAL-BUT DIDN’T EXPECT THIS.
THE FATHER ALREADY HAS BIG GOALS FOR BABY AVERY.. HE WANTS HIM TO PLAY BASKETBALL!

News Writing 2/6

OFFICIALS HAVE RELEASED THE 9-1-1 CALL FROM A WITNESS who SAW SUGE KNIGHT RUN OVER TWO MEN, KILLING ONE.
ON THE RECORDING, THE WOMEN REPORTS SEEING THE PICKUP TRUCK DRIVE BACKWARDS… THEN FORWARDS OVER THE TWO MEN.
KNIGHT’S ATTORNEY SAID HE WAS BEING ATTACKED AND WAS TRYING TO ESCAPE.
knight PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO THE MURDER CHARGES this week…BEFORE COMPLAINING OF CHEST PAINS AND BEING RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL.

THE FAMILY OF WHITNEY HOUSTON’S ONLY CHILD IS LASHING OUT AT THE MEDIA, OVER INNACURATE REPORTS OF HER CONDITION.
SOME REPORTS SAY BOBBI KRISTINA WAS TAKEN OFF LIFE SUPPORT.
BUT IN A STATEMENT TO THE ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION– HER FATHER BOBBY BROWN SAYS, THOSE REPORTS ARE FALSE AND THAT HIS DAUGHTER IS “NOT BRAIN DEAD.”
HE ALSO DENIED REPORTS THAT THE FAMILY IS SAYING THEIR LAST GOODBYES…AND ASSURED THERE WAS NO BAD BLOOD BETWEEN THE HOUSTONS AND THE BROWNS.
THE FAMILY HAS BEEN BY HER BEDSIDE SINCE LAST WEEK, AFTER SHE WAS FOUND UNRESPONSIVE IN A BATHUB.

JOHNNY DEPP AND AMBER HEARD are now husband and wife.
PEOPLE REPORTS, they QUIETLY TIED THE KNOT AT THEIR LOS ANGELES HOME ON TUESDAY.
THEy MET IN 2011, ON THE SET OF “THE RUM DIARY.”
SOURCES SAY, THE NEWLYWEDS PLAN TO HOLD A LARGER CEREMONY THIS WEEKEND ON DEPP’S PRIVATE ISLAND IN THE BAHAMAS.

GAS PRICES ARE GOING BACK UP AFTER DROPPING TO THE LOWEST LEVELS SINCE 2009.
CURRENTLY, THE AVERAGE PRICE IN ILLINOIS IS 2-DOLLARS-AND-30-CENTS PER GALLON.
THATS UP 18 CENTS FROM A MONTH AGO… BUT STILL MUCH LESS THAN LAST YEAR’S 3.37 AVERAGE.
THIS MARKS THE FIRST INCREASE IN GAS PRICES SINCE SEPTEMBER 25.

A NEW WAY TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR LATTE AT STARBUCKS.
IT WILL START OFFERING COCONUT MILK STARTING FEBRUARY 17TH.
JUST LIKE SOY MILK, THE NON-DAIRY VEGAN OPTION WILL COST YOU AN ADDITIONAL 60 CENTS.
FACEBOOK HAS CHANGED IT’S PRIVACY POLICY TO START FOLLOWING YOUR EVERY MOVE.
THE NEW RULES ALLOW THE NETWORK TO TRACK ALL OF YOUR ONLINE ACTIVITY…
INCLUDING KEEPING TABS ON EVERY WEBPAGE YOU VISIT IN ORDER TO MAKE MONEY THROUGH MORE PERSONALIZED ADS.
THE NEW PRIVACY CHANGES APPLY EVERYTIME A USER SIGNS ON…UNLESS THEY OPT-OUT BY CHANGING THEIR SETTINGS.

A NORTH CAROLINA TEEN RECEIVED SOME EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE AT TARGET WHEN HE WENT TO PURCHASE A TIE FOR HIS FIRST JOB INTERVIEW.
THE WHOLE TARGET TEAM HELPED HIM WITH HIS TIE AND EVEN OFFERED ADVICE ON HOW TO LAND THE JOB.
AS HE LEFT THE STORE, THE EMPLOYEES ALL WISHED HIM GOOD LUCK.
A CURIOUS SHOPPER SNAPPED A PICTURE OF THE HEARTWARMING MOMENT..WHICH HAS SINCE GONE VIRAL.
A DAY LATER, THE EMPLOYEES WENT OVER TO THE CHICK-FIL-A WHERE THE TEEN INTERVIEWED, TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH THE MANAGER.
THEY FIND OUT LATER THIS WEEK IF HE GOT THE JOB.

News Writing 2/4 and 2/5

CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS WANT TO PASS A LAW REQUIRING PARENTS TO VACCINATE ALL CHILDREN…UNLESS IT POSES A HEALTH RISK.
right now…some parents are exempt from vaccinating their kids because of personal beliefs.
THE NUMBER OF MEASLES CASES FROM DISNEYLAND’S OUTBREAK HAS GROWN TO MORE THAN 100.
THE LARGEST MEASLES OUTBREAK OCCURED MONTHS BEFORE IN OHIO’S AMISH COUNTRY, WHEN NEARLY 400 PEOPLE FELL ILL AFTER UNVACCINATED MISSIONARIES BROUGHT THE VIRUS OVER FROM THE PHILLIPINES.

FANS MAY SOON BE ABLE TO DINE LIKE THE CHARACTERS ON “GAME OF THRONES.”
JUST IN TIME FOR VALENTINES DAY WEEKEND, H-B-O IS CREATING A POP UP BANQUET IN LONDON.
“ALL MEN MUST DINE” IS A WESTEROS-THEMED FEAST, BASED ON THE HIT T-V SHOW..
DINERS WILL HAVE THREE NIGHTS TO FEAST ON WESTEROS FINEST DELICACIES AND COCKTAILS FIT FOR A KING.
ALL CONTESTANTS MUST BE PERMANENT RESIDENTS OF THE U-K.

THIS MONTH’S ISSUE OF “SPORTS ILLUSTRATED” WILL FEATURE ITs FIRST EVER “PLUS SIZE MODEL.”
ASHLEY GRAHAM WILL BE FEATURED AS PART OF THE AD FOR THE ‘CURVES IN BIKINIS’ CAMPAIGN.
A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE MAGAZINE SAys THEY WANT TO GET A CONVERSATION STARTED ABOUT THE RISE OF THE CURVY GIRL ERA.
GRAHAM SAYS HER CURVES ARE SEXY AND WANTS TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO FLAUNT THEIRS.
THE ISSUE HITS NEWSSTANDS ON MONDAY.

there are conflicting accounts about who found whitney houston’s daughter UNCONSCIOUS IN a BATHTUB.
initial reports said bobbi kristina brown’s partner, nick gordon, found her.
now an attorney for maxwell lomas says his client found her.
LOMAS is described as A “DEAR FRIEND” OF BOBBI’S.
he  WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED EARLIER THIS MONTH WITH WEAPONS OFFENSES AND POSSESION OF DRUGS.
MEANWHILE, A FAMILY INSIDER SAYS DOCTORS DON’T THINK HER CONDITION WILL IMPROVE AND HAVE LET THE FAMILY DECIDE HOW LONG TO KEEP HER ALIVE.

BRUCE JENNER’S FAMILY SEEMS TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF HIS DECISION TO TRANSITION FROM MALE TO FEMALE.
BUT PEOPLE MAGAZINE REPORTS KRIS JENNER SEEMED TO STRUGGLE THE MOST WITH THE NEWS AND CRIED A LOT WHEN SHE FOUND OUT.
KRIS AND BRUCE ANNOUNCED THEIR DIVORCE IN OCTOBER OF 2013, AFTER 22 YEARS OF MARRIAGE.
AN INSIDER SAYS SHE’S SINCE REEVALUATED HER MARRIAGE AND ACCEPTED JENNERS DECISION.
SHE WILL ALSO BE CHANGING HER LAST NAME BACK TO KARDASHIAN FOR “BUSINESS PURPOSES.”

THAT’S THE NEW TRAILER FOR THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SEQUEL, “MAGIC MIKE X-X-L.”
IT PREMIERED ON THE ELLEN SHOW AFTER CHANNING TATUM TEASED THE FIRST POSTER FOR THE MOVIE…
HE’LL BE REPRISING HIS ROLE AS STRIPPER MIKE…
THE FILM HITS THEATERS JULY 1-ST.

WITH THE MEASLES VIRUS SPREADING… PARENTS SHOULD CONSIDER ASKING A FEW QUESTIONS BEFORE LETTING THEIR KIDS GO ON A PLAY DATE.
PLAYDATES ARE A LEADING SOURCE OF CHILDHOOD ILLNESS, SO THE BIGGEST QUESTION- IS YOUR CHILD VACCINATED?
OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW… ARE THERE GUNS IN THE HOUSE AND HOW ARE THEY SECURD… DOES THE CHILD HAVE ANY ALLERGIES OR DIETARY RESTRICTIONS… DOES ANYONE IN THE HOUSE SMOKE… WILL SOMEONE BE PRESENT AT ALL TIMES… AND WILL DRINKING OCCUR IN FRONT OF THE KIDS.

YOUR SMARTPHONE MAY BE ABLE TO TEST YOU FOR H-I-V IN JUST 15 MINUTES.
A TEAM OF RESEARCHERS AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY DEVELOPED A SMARTPHONE ATTACHMENT THAT TESTS FOR H-I-V AND SYPHALIS USING A FINGER PRICK OF BLOOD.
UNLIKE THE TOP-OF-THE LINE LAB TESTING EQUIPMENT THAT COSTS ABOUT 18-THOUSAND, THIS LITTLE DEVICE IS AN ESTIMATED 34 DOLLARS…. GIVING IT THE POTENTIAL TO SAVE MILLIONS OF LIVES, ESPECIALLY IN POOR COUNTRIES.

THREE SISTER SPRINGS IN FLORIDA HAD TO CLOSE DOWN ON MONDAY, WHEN HUNDRED OF MANATEES INVADED THE WILDLIFE PARK.
THE ONE ACRE AREA  WAS CLOSED TO SWIMMERS AND KAYAKERS, AFTER 300 MANATEES MOVED INTO THE SPRINGS AT RAPID RATES.
THIS WAS A RECORD FOR THE SPRINGS– WHOSE CENTRAL POOL USUALLY ACCOMMODATES 64 MANATEES.

THE AREA REOPENED TUESDAY, BUT MAY CLOSE AGAIN WHEN TIDES RISE AND MANATEES RETURN.
THE MAMMALS ARE KNOWN FOR SEEKING SHALLOW WATER TO STAY WARM WHEN TEMPERATURES DROP.

LOSING WEIGHT IS HARD… AND THERE are MANY REASONS WHY IT MAY NOT BE WORKING FOR YOU.
EVEN WHEN YOUR ON A DIET, YOU MAY BE EATING TO MANY CALORIES.
TRY EATING FEWER CARBS AND SUGARS, AND MORE FRUITS AND VEGGIES…. IN SMALL QUANTITIES.
WHEN WORKING OUT, MIX UP YOUR ROUTINE TO INCLUDE NOT ONLY RUNNING, BUT ALSO WEIGHT LIFTING.
WORKING HARDER FOR SHORTER PERIODS OF TIME IS ALSO MORE EFFECTIVE.
FINALLY, TAKE TIME TO RECOVER AND TRY TO CHOSE WORKOUTS THAT AREN’T TOO STRESSFUL ON THE BODY.

the cost of GIRL SCOUT COOKIES may be going up.
SOME GIRL SCOUT TROOPS ARE RAISING THEIR COOKIE PRICES… BY AS MUCH AS A DOLLAR.
BUT HOW MUCH YOU PAY DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU LIVE…
IN CALIFORNIA, A BOX WILL COST 5-DOLLARS, WHILE PRICES IN NEW YORK WILL REMAIN FIRM AT 4-DOLLARS.
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THE TROOPS HAVE RAISED PRICES IN A DECADE.
THEY SAY IT’S NECESSARY TO DEAL WITH RISING COSTS…. BUT EXPECT ABOUT A 10 TO 15 PERCENT DECREASE IN SALES.

TONIGHT’S POWERBALL JACKPOT PRIZE IS SET AT 3-HUNDRED-17 MILLION DOLLAR.
IT’S THE BIGGEST POWERBALL JACKPOT SINCE IT HIT 425 MILLION DOLLARS LAST FEBRUARY.
IT PUTS AN END TO THE “JACKPOT DROUGHT,” WHICH HASN’T SEEN A POWERBALL CLIMB OVER 300 MILLION
TONIGHT’S PRIZE WOULD BE 22-ND LARGEST IN U-S HISTORY.
THE POT HAS BEEN ROLLING OVER SINCE DECEMBER.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN HAS BEEN MOVED TO A NEW HOSPITAL IN ATLANTA.
SOURCES SAY SHE WAS MOVED IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE BEST NEUROLOGICAL TREATMENT IN THE AREA.
SHE WAS FOUND FACE DOWN IN A WATER-FILLED BATHTUB OVER THE WEEKEND AND PUT IN A MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA.
THE FAMILY HAS KEPT QUIET– BUT SOURCES SAYS SHE’S FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE.
HER MOTHER, WHITNEY HOUSTON, DIED IN A HOTEL BATHTUB NEARLY 3-YEARS AGO.

AND IT TURNS OUT SHE AND NICK GORDON ARE NOT ACTUALLY MARRIED.
THEY ANNOUNCED THEIR MARRIAGE LAST JANUARY AND SHE HAS SINCE REFERRED TO HIM AS HER “INCREDIBLE HUSBAND.”
BUT…HER FATHER’S LAWYER, SAYS SHE IS NOT AND HAS NEVER BEEN MARRIED TO GORDON.
GORDON WAS ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO FOUND BROWN UNCONSCIOUS IN HER BATHTUB.
AN INVESTIGATION OF THE EVENTS THAT LED TO THE HOSPITALIZATION HAS BEEN LAUNCHED.

AFTER (SHOOG) [SUGE] KNIGHT PLED “NOT GUILTY” TO MURDER CHARGES IN COURT YESTERDAY, HE WAS RUSHED TO A HOSPITAL.
HE COMPLAINED OF CHEST PAIN.
ONE OF KNIGHT’S BUSINESS PARTNERS BELIEVES HE DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO MEDICINE FOR AN UNDISCLOSED MEDICAL CONDITION.
KNIGHT IS CHARGED IN A HIT AND RUN THAT LEFT ONE MAN DEAD AND ANOTHER SEVERELY INJURED.
HE COULD FACE LIFE IN PRISON.

THE NEW POSTER FOR THE EAGERLY ANTICIPATED “MAGIC MIKE” SEQUEL HAS BEEN REVEALED… AND IT’S EXACTLY WHAT YOU IMAGINED.
CHANNING TATUM–WHO WILL REPRISE HIS ROLE AS A MALE STRIPPER–TEASED THIS SHOT ON TWITTER, WITH THE CAPTION, “LOOK, BUT YOU CAN’T TOUCH…. UNTIL TOMORROW.”
THE SEQUEL HITS THEATERS JULY 1-ST.

THE FIRST EVER AERIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE COMING TO NEW YORK CITY THIS WEEKEND.
HOSTED BY U-S AERIAL, THE COMPETITION WAS STARTED AS A PLATFORM FOR PROFESSIONAL AERialISTS TO JUMPSTART THEIR CAREERS.
ATHLETES TRAIN YEAR ROUND AND WILL COMPETE IN THREE CATEGORIES–POLE… LYRA… AND SILK.
MANY WILL PERFORM TRICKS THEY’VE BEEN WORKING ON THEIR WHOLE LIVES…. WHILE OTHERS HOPE TO CAPTIVATE AUDIENCES BY GIVING THEM A SHOW.
A TOTAL OF 45 CONTESTANTS WILL PARTICIPATE OVER THE 3 DAYS.

HE’S MEAN… HE’S TOUGH.. HE’S SPOT… UTAH’S 3-POUND POLICE DOG.
THE 15-MONTH OLD RAT TERRiER NAMED “SPOTICUS” IS AN INVALUABLE PART OF WOODS CROSS POLICE DEPARTMENT.
SPOT IS NOT THE TYPICAL “POLICE DOG.”
HE CAN’T SNIFF OUT NARCOTICS OR TAKE DOWN CRIMINALS… AND THE ONLY THING HE REALLY ATTACKS IS A HAND DUSTER.
BUT… HE’S THE DEPARTMENTS MORALE BOOSTER… A THERAPY DOG THAT PUTS A SMILE ON THE OFFICERS FACES.
AND WHEN HE’S NOT PROTECTING AND SERVING.. HIS FAVORITE THING TO DO IS TAKE A NAP.

FORD MOTOR COMPANY IS ADDING MORE THAN 15 HUNDRED JOBS.
WORKERS WILL BE NEEDED AT FOUR PLANTS TO BUILD THE NEW ALUMINUM BODY F-150 PICKUP TRUCK.
AND FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THE COMPANY WILL BEGIN PAYING UNION WORKERS FROM LOWER ENTRY-LEVEL POSITIONS THE SAME WAGES VETERAN PLANT WORKERS MAKE.
BETWEEN 300 TO 500 WORKERS WILL BE PROMOTED.

FOUR NATIONAL RETAILERS ARE BEING ACCUSED OF SELLING FAKE HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS.
THE NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL FILED A LAWSUIT YESTERDAY… DEMANDING WALGREENS, TARGET, WALMART AND G-N-C REMOVE THE PRODUCTS FROM STORE SHELVES.
TESTS FOUND THE PRODUCTS DID NOT CONTAIN ANY OF THE HERBS LISTED ON THEIR LABELS… BUT DID CONTAIN CHEAP FILLERS WHICH COULD BE DANGEROUS TO PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES.
WALGREEN SAYS IT’S IN THE PROCESS OF REMOVING THE PRODUCTS FROM SHELVES.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP CELLPHONES FUNCTION IN THE FREEZING TEMPERATURES.
DON’T LEAVE PHONES IN THE COLD FOR EXTENDED AMOUNTS OF TIME… LIKE YOUR PARKED CAR.
DON’T RESTART IT RIGHT AWAY IF IT SHUTS DOWN DUE TO COLD.
ALLOW IT TIME TO WARM UP TO AVOID BATTERY DAMAGE.
INVEST IN TOUCH SCREEN GLOVES IF YOU NEED TO USE YOUR PHONE OUTSIDE.
AND REMEMBER… SCREENS ARE MORE LIKELY TO SCRATCH IN THE COLD, ESPECIALLY IF THEY’RE ALREADY CRACKED.

TAKE A LOOK AT THE FIRST LUXURY MEGA YACHT WITH A “GIRLS ONLY” POLICY.
THE SLEEK WHITE AND GOLD YACHT IS NAMED “LA BELLE” WHICH TRANSLATE TO “THE BEAUTY”.
IT MEASURES AN IMPRESSIVE 262 FEET AND IS DESIGNED USING SWAROWSKI CRYSTALS, PEARLS, GOLD, FUR AND FLOWERS.
THE MASTER CABIN HAS A ROUND KING SIZE DOUBLE BED, PRIVATE TERRACE AND PANORAMIC VIEWS.
THERE’S ALSO 5 GUEST ROOMS THAT SLEEP UP TO 12 PEOPLE.
ALSO ON BOARD.. A SUN DECK, SPA, SAUNA, SNOW ROOM, ICE FOUNTAIN, SMALL FITNESS CLUB, LIBRARY WITH FIREPLACE, AND THEATRE.
THERE IS NO FINAL PRICE YET…. BUT WE’RE GUESSING, IT’S PROBABLY NOT CHEAP.

SOME PEPOLE WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO TALK TO POPE FRANCIS THIS WEEK.
THE POPE IS HOSTING HIS SECOND GOOGLE HANGOUT ON THURSDAY.
HE WILL CHAT WITH CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD … INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES.
THE HANGOUT WILL BE CONDUCTED *LIVE* FROM THE VATICAN AT 9-AM CHICAGO TIME AND CAN BE WATCHED ON YOU TUBE.
POPE FRANCIS HOSTED HIS FIRST HANGOUT BACK IN SEPTEMBER.

SECONDHAND SMOKE EXPOSURE IS NOT AS BAD AS IT WAS A DECADE AGO.
ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY, SMOKE EXPOSURE FELL BY HALF BETWEEN 1999 AND 2012.
BUT, 1 IN 4 NON-SMOKERS… OR 58 MILLION AMERICAN ARE STILL EXPOSED.
SECONDHAND SMOKE STILL AFFECTS 2 IN 5 CHILDREN, WITH AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN BEING EXPOSED TWICE AS MUCH AS WHITE OR MEXICAN-AMERICAN CHILDREN.
THE C-D-C CREDITS SMOKE FREE LAWS IN 25 STATES WITH REDUCING SECONDHAND SMOKE EXPOSURE.