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Stacey May Fowles: Josh Lueke Is A Rapist, You Say? Keep Saying It (Deadspin)
Late Saturday night, during the Yankees-Rays game, I stumbled onto an online conversation among baseball writers and fans regarding the propriety of tweeting about Rays pitcher Josh Lueke's criminal history every time he's on the mound.

Mark Morford: Stand Up or Die Trying (SF Gate)
You know what's funny? Back spasms. Not twitches. Not tremors. I'm talking ferocious muscle contractions so sudden and violent they hurl you out of your fancystupid office chair and onto the hardwood floor in a fit of OMG WTF, as the world crashes in all around, kicking you like a stupefied dog.

Andrew Tobias: The Score to Date
All of us (except lower-income people living in states controlled by Republicans) now have access to affordable coverage regardless of whatever health problems we may have - or may develop. It doesn't take long to say that, but it took our country nearly a century to get it, after we first started trying.

A.C. Grimes: 6 Shockingly Childish Abuses of Power by Airport Employees (Cracked)
#6. Airport Body Scanners Have Been Used to Rate (and Berate) Your Junk

Jonathan Jones: The artist who lays eggs with her vagina - or why performance art is so silly (Guardian)
Milo Moiré gives birth to her PlopEgg paintings naked. It's a long way from the groundbreaking power of performance art pioneers ... and gives those who satirise the art world yet another target. ?

Jack White - "'High Ball Stepper' (Lazaretto Album Track)?" (YouTube)?
Directed by Ben Swank & James Cathcart.

Charlie Jane Anders: 10 Science Fiction And Fantasy Stories That Editors Are Tired Of Seeing (io9)
To you, your short story is unique and perfect. To editors, it's "the third steampunk time-travel story we've seen this week." But which trends should you try to avoid? To find out, we asked some of the top editors in the field which type of science fiction and fantasy stories they're tired of seeing. Here's what they told us.

Robert T. Gonzalez: The Science Behind Jack White's Amazing New Music Video (io9)
The music video for "High Ball Stepper" - the first cut from Jack White's forthcoming solo album "Lazaretto" - is basically four minutes of blazing guitar riffs set to visuals of two notoriously trippy scientific phenomena.

Romain SEGAUD: TimTom (Vimeo)
My student short… Done a few years ago. It allowed me to go to many festivals (Sundance (official selection), Siggraph (jury award), Imagina (grand price), ARS electronica (grand price), Annecy,…).

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Trivia Question of the Day

On the TV series Bonanza, what was the name of the Cartwright family's cook?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What TV series revolved around an extraterrestrial research expedition attempting to live as a normal human family in the fictional city of Rutherford, Ohio?

      3rd Rock from the Sun                                                      Source

3rd Rock from the Sun (sometimes referred to as simply 3rd Rock) is an American sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2001 on NBC. The show is about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth, which they consider to be a very insignificant planet. The extraterrestrials pose as a human family in order to observe the behavior of human beings.

The premise of the show revolves around an extraterrestrial research expedition attempting to live as a normal human family in the fictional city of Rutherford, Ohio, said to be 52 miles (84 km) outside of Cleveland, where they live in an attic apartment. Humor was principally derived from the aliens' attempts to study human society and, because of their living as humans themselves while on Earth, to understand the human condition. This show reflects human life from the perspective of aliens and many sources of humour are from the learning experiences the alien characters have. Most of the episodes are named after the protagonist "Dick". In later episodes, they became more accustomed to Earth and often became more interested in their human lives than in their mission.

Dick Solomon (John Lithgow), the High Commander and leader of the expedition, is the family provider, and takes a position as a physics professor at Pendelton State University. Information officer Tommy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has been given the body of a teenager and is forced to enroll in high school (later college), leaving security officer Sally (Kristen Johnston) and communications officer Harry (French Stewart) to spend their lives as twenty somethings hanging out at home and bouncing through short-term jobs. The show also revolves around their relationships with humans, mostly their love interests.        Source

Charlie was first, and correct, with:
   3rd Rock from the Sun (1996-2001)

  Third Stone from the Sun   (Jimi Hendrix, 1967)

Lois Under A Rock In Oregon said:
   Oh, I remember the Solomons, Sally, Tom, Dick, and Harry, of "3rd Rock From The Sun". Cute show. It had EVERYTHING:
  Catchy theme song. Lots of dick jokes. And yes...even a little William Shatner!

mj wrote:
   They would fit right in in my neighborhood
  That would be the series that introduced Joseph Gordon-Levitt to America, Third Rock from the Sun. It also gave William Shatner his perfect role.

Marian replied:
   3rd Rock from the Sun

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   3rd Rock from the Sun

Adam answered:
   OK I got this just before my browser loaded my Google Search- 3rd Rock From The Sun

Sally said:
   My absolute, all time favorite TV show, "Third Rock From the Sun" revolved around an extraterrestrial research expedition attempting to live as a normal human family in the fictional city of Rutherford, Ohio.

  This was the BEST cast and show!
  Oh, and also, William Shatner was cast as the "Big Head" on the show - hilarious!
  PS: Shout out for baby Bilby and her medical improvement! Stand strong B2BB while keeping you with young Miss Muffin!!
  PPS: Loved the article: StopRush Forces Desperate Clear Channel Measures in Los Angeles
  Thanks Michelle!

Deborah wrote:
   Taking a WAG here: Third Rock from the Sun.
  If I'm wrong, I don't want to be right.

Roy of Tyler, TX (Home of US Rep. Loopy Louie "Asparagus Boy" Gohmert (R-Dumbfuckistan) responded:
   My first guess was gonna be the Coneheads, but then I realized they just crash landed on Earth and tried to fit in. Then I remembered that odd crew of aliens in human form on 3rd Rock From the Sun, and everything came together for me. Who knew Joseph Gordon-Levitt would grow up to be such a big movie star? Well, John Lithgow didn't do to badly for himself, either.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcaliful, replied:
   Back from inner nets hell thanks to the "conduit" malware fuckheads! 3rd Rock from the Sun was an amusing watch for a whilst. Newman was on it. Kristen Johnson scared me! I always thought she was a Bull fruit. JG turned out ok.

Alan J answered:
   3rd Rock from the Sun

DJ Useo said:
   It's the classic sitcom "Third Rock From The Sun" ! I love that show! Big Bang Theory is good fun, but 3rd Rock is the last GREAT sitcom. Nothing since rises to its level of comedy, imho.
  I actually own them all on disc.
  Y'know, I expected the entire cast to move on to other successful comedies.
  They probably weren't republicans, so they never got that chance.
  After 2000 I noticed many liberal actors got less work.
  "Harry" was in a prime time cartoon about God & the Devil, but it was uninspired.
  I remember seeing "Sally" in the Bullwinkle & Rocky film. We all know how that worked out.
  "Dick" has been here in Austin a few times doing monologues, and performing kids' songs.
  When all four were in the show, they were as funny as any classic comedy team.
  Many full episodes on yoo toob

MAM   wrote:
   3rd Rock from the Sun

BttbBob   , replied:
   From my trivia answer, dtd 4/10/14, "Ya, know, the 3rd Rock from the Sun (TV Series 1996-2001) (I loved that program)."


  Yes, I am prescient... Clairvoyant, as it were... I answered the question 13 days ago... Now you know... and know more will be revealed later.
Stay tuned... (cue "Twilight Zone" theme)


  However, lottery numbers elude me, in case ya was, like, wonderin'... Sorry


  Happy Birthday this day to:

  (71)   Barbra Streisand - People - YouTube   |   The Way We Were - YouTube

  (79) Warren's 'Big Sister'... and quite a character. We communicate telepathically, from time to time... No, that's a lie... But, it would be fun, eh?
  I certainly think so... I'd love to sit and have a big, gabby dinner with her.

  April 24 Birthdays - Celebrities Born April 24 | Famous Birthdays

And, Joe S     responded:
   My first thought was "The Coneheads" but I'm don't know. Were the Coneheads ever a TV series? I don't think so. This calls for extensive research, dammit, and I've got a headache.
  OMG! I feel! "3rd Rock From The Sun" was one of my favorite TV shows ever. How could I not know that! I love those quirky shows, and 3rd Rock was one of the best. Not as good as "Northern Exposure," but pretty darn good. One of my favorite scenes was when Harry learned it's not good to cook (especially fry things) naked. Good scene, although I'd rather have seen Sally in it.

  See what I mean?



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Thanks, Dave!


Reader Request

Reanimator Renovations

Hi Marty,

My son and his friend stared up a business in Winston Salem, NC about a year and a half ago.

They have started up a renovation campaign - if you scroll down, you can read about the store, I think it is pretty interesting as well.

Reanimator Renovations


Sally P

Thanks, Sally - and good luck to the lads!


From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)



from Marc Perkel


Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to

So - to let you know what's going on, the guestbook on is still open for those who want to write something in memory of Bart.

I did an interview on Netroots Radio about Bart's passing
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The most active open discussion is on Bart's Facebook page.
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You can listen to Bart's theme song here
or here.
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We have opened up the radio show archives which are now free. Listen to all you want.
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Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on

But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
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Marc Perkel

Thanks, Marc!



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Last Night

Still sunny, still seasonal.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with FRESH 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'The Millers', then a FRESH '2½ Men', followed by a FRESH 'Bad Teacher', then a FRESH 'Elementary'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Hyland, and Ray LaMontagne.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Emily Deschanel and Zoe Lister-Jones.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Parks & Recreation', followed by a FRESH 'SNL: Digital Shorts'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Dr. Phil McGraw, James Van Der Beek, Courtney Barnett, and Steven Tyler & Joe Perry.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Ronan Farrow, and Gary Gulman.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Matt Taibbi, Tinariwen, and Steven Knight.

ABC starts the night with a RERUN 'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH 'Grey's Anatomy', then a FRESH 'Black Box'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Julie Bowen, Dave Attell, and Cut Copy.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a FRESH 'Reign'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Arsenio Hall are Taraji P. Henson and Earth Wind & Fire.

Faux has a FRESH 'Hell's Kitchen', followed by a FRESH 'American Idol', then a FRESH 'Surviving Jack'.

MY recycles an old 'House', followed by another old 'House'.

A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48', then a FRESH 'Beyond Scared Straight'.

AMC offers the movie 'US Marshals', followed by the movie 'Pearl Harbor'.

BBC  -   
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - Season 1 - Ep 5 - World War Three
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - Season 1 - Ep 6 - Dalek
 [10:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 5 - Ep 7 - Unification (Part 1)
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 5 - Ep 8 - Unification (Part 2)
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 5 - Ep 9 - A Matter of Time
 [1:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES UK - Season 4 - Ep 5 - The Curry Lounge
 [2:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 3 - Ep 11 - Fleming
 [3:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 2 - Ep 5 - J Willy's
 [4:00PM]    TOP GEAR - Season 5 - Episode 3
 [5:00PM]    TOP GEAR - Season 5 - Episode 4
 [6:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 5 - Ep 1 - Blackberry's
 [7:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 5 - Ep 2 - Leone's
 [8:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 6 - Ep 11 - Mill Street Bistro, Part 2
 [9:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 6 - Ep 12 - Yanni's
 [10:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 3 - Ep 6 - Mama Rita's
 [11:00PM]    WILD THINGS WITH DOMINIC MONAGHAN - Season 2 - Ep 5 - Titan Beetle
 [12:00AM]    WILD THINGS WITH DOMINIC MONAGHAN - Season 1 - Ep 4 - Giant Centipede
 [1:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 6 - Ep 11 - Mill Street Bistro, Part 2
 [2:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 6 - Ep 12 - Yanni's
 [3:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 3 - Ep 6 - Mama Rita's
 [4:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 5 - Ep 1 - Blackberry's
 [5:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Aeason 5 - Ep 2 - Leone's     (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a movie, TBA.

Comedy Central has last night's 'Colbert Report', last night's 'Jon Stewart', 'Chappelle's Show', another 'Chappelle's Show', 'It's Always Sunny In Philly', 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Review', and 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Ramachandra Guha.
Scheduled on a FRESH Colbert Report is George Saunders.

FX has the movie 'Contraband', followed by a FRESH 'Saint George', then a FRESH 'Anger Management', followed by the movie 'Contraband'.

History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', yet another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Pawn Stars', then another FRESH 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Vikings'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Whitest Kids U'Know
 [6:15AM]    Portlandia-Trailblazers
 [6:45AM]    Portlandia-Late in Life Drug Use
 [7:15AM]    The Matador
 [9:15AM]    The Cable Guy
 [11:15AM]    Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
 [1:45PM]    The Matador
 [3:45PM]    The Cable Guy
 [5:45PM]    Beerfest
 [8:15PM]    Lake Placid
 [10:00PM]    Portlandia-3D Printer
 [10:30PM]    Portlandia-Blackout
 [11:00PM]    Beverly Hills Ninja
 [1:00AM]    Portlandia-3D Printer
 [1:30AM]    Portlandia-Blackout
 [2:00AM]    Beerfest
 [4:30AM]    Portlandia-3D Printer
 [5:00AM]    Portlandia-Blackout
 [5:30AM]    Portlandia-No-Fo-O-Fo-Bridge    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & the Little Black Dress
 [6:15AM]    The City of Your Final Destination
 [8:45AM]    Happy-Go-Lucky
 [11:15AM]    Kicking and Screaming
 [1:15PM]    Dead Man Walking
 [3:45PM]    The Order
 [6:00PM]    Escape From Alcatraz
 [8:30PM]    Bullitt
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Survivor
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Corruption
 [1:00AM]    Escape From Alcatraz
 [3:30AM]    The Order
 [5:30AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & the Bikini    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Hostel', followed by the movie 'Jeepers Creepers'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 2/18/14) are Mel Brooks, and Langhorne Slim.

TCM spends still another 24 hours with John Wayne
 [7:15 AM]      Reunion in France (1942)
 [9:15 AM]      Flying Tigers (1942)
 [11:15 AM]      Flying Leathernecks (1951)
 [1:15 PM]      The Sea Chase (1955)
 [3:15 PM]      Cast A Giant Shadow (1966)
 [6:00 PM]      Blood Alley (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      Red River (1948)
 [10:45 PM]      The Shepherd of the Hills (1941)
 [12:45 AM]      Reap the Wild Wind (1942)
 [3:15 AM]      The Spoilers (1942)
 [4:45 AM]      I Married a Woman (1958)

Friday   -  04/25/14

TCM spends yet another 24 hours with John Wayne
 [6:15 AM]      Tall In The Saddle (1944)
 [7:45 AM]      Without Reservations (1946)
 [9:45 AM]      Tycoon (1947)
 [12:00 PM]      Angel And The Badman (1947)
 [1:45 PM]      Trouble Along the Way (1953)
 [3:45 PM]      Big Jim McLain (1952)
 [5:15 PM]      Rio Bravo (1959)
 [8:00 PM]      North to Alaska (1960)
 [10:15 PM]      McLintock! (1963)
 [12:45 AM]      The Shootist (1976)
 [2:30 AM]      The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
 [4:45 AM]      The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

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Actor Robert De Niro and wife Grace Hightower attend the CHANEL Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner at Balthazar on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in New York.
Photo by Greg Allen


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


For The Corporate Interest, Convenience & Necessity

'Net Neutrality'

The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company is willing to pay for it, according to people briefed on the proposals.

The proposed rules are a complete turnaround for the FCC on the subject of so-called net neutrality, the principle that Internet users should have equal ability to see any content they choose, and that no content providers should be discriminated against in providing their offerings to consumers.

The FCC's previous rules governing net neutrality were thrown out by a federal appeals court this year. The court said those rules had essentially treated Internet service providers as public utilities, which violated a previous FCC ruling that Internet links were not to be governed by the same strict regulation as telephone or electric service.

The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company - like Netflix, Amazon, Disney, or Google - and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.

That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.

'Net Neutrality'


Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska delivers a speech during a traditional ceremony where she received the "Premio Cervantes" literary award at the University of Alcala de Henares, near Madrid, April 23, 2014. King Juan Carlos awarded Poniatowska with Spain's top literary prize, an annual award named after the 16th century Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes.
Photo by J.J.Guillen


'Whole Lotta' Unreleased Tunes

Led Zeppelin

Legendary rockers Led Zeppelin said on Wednesday they will include previously unreleased songs in the first batch of reissues of their nine studio albums, including a version of their pulsating "Whole Lotta Love"

The reissues, remastered by guitarist Jimmy Page, will be launched on June 3 with deluxe editions of "Led Zeppelin", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III". Each album will include a second disc of unreleased music related to that album.

"The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin," Page is quoted as saying in a statement from the band.

The companion audio for the band's 1969 debut album "Led Zeppelin" features a previously unreleased performance recorded in October of that year at the Olympia Theatre in Paris. The nine-song set features seven tracks from the album, including a 15-minute version of "Dazed And Confused".

Led Zeppelin


Newhead News


1-Man Show

Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks has seemingly done it all in his illustrious show biz career. But there's one thing he's tackled only recently - a one-man show.

Brooks will star in his first solo show Monday at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. It's being billed as an "an introspective retrospective."

The sold-out show will have only one performance.

The 87-year-old writer and director of comedy classics including "The Producers," ''Blazing Saddles," ''Young Frankenstein" and "History of the World: Part I" has won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

Mel Brooks


Cast members, from left, Bobby Cannavale, Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Oliver Platt and John Leguizamo attend the premiere for "Chef" during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Wedding News

Foster - Hedison

Jodie Foster is a married woman.

The 51-year-old Oscar winner wed girlfriend Alexandra Hedison over the weekend, Foster's publicist confirmed Wednesday. Jennifer Allen offered no other details.

E! was the first to report that Foster tied the knot with Hedison, a 44-year-old photographer based in Los Angeles.

It's the first marriage for Foster, who came out publicly in a rambling, heartfelt speech at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, where she accepted lifetime achievement honours.

Hedison, who was previously linked to Ellen DeGeneres, is also an actress with TV credits including "Nash Bridges" and "The L Word."

Foster - Hedison


Wake-up Call


Judge Refuses To Grant Bail

Chris Brown

A judge in Los Angeles has denied a request to release R&B singer Chris Brown from custody while he awaits trial on an assault charge in Washington, D.C.

Superior Court Judge Victor Greenberg denied a request Wednesday by Brown's lawyer to release the Grammy-winner from custody either on bail or his own recognizance. The singer has been jailed since mid-March on a no-bail warrant after he was expelled from a court-ordered rehab program.

Brown's bodyguard has been convicted of assaulting a man in Washington, and Brown's trial has been delayed until at least June. He remains under court supervision in Los Angeles for his 2009 attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna.

The singer's attorney, Bob Kalunian, requested Brown's release, but Greenberg said there was no change in circumstances that warrants his release.

Chris Brown


Director Ron Howard attends the CHANEL Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner at Balthazar on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in New York.
Photo by Greg Allen


Twitter Campaign Backfires


A request by the New York City Police Department has backfired - in a very public way.

Its request that Twitter users share pictures of them posing with police officers has caused people to start sending in photos of police brutality.

The NYPD sent a tweet on Tuesday, saying it might feature the photographs on its Facebook page.

The responses soon turned ugly when Occupy Wall Street tweeted a photograph of cops battling protesters with the caption "changing hearts and minds one baton at a time."

Other photos included an elderly man bloodied after being arrested for jaywalking.



Singer Sarah McLachlan attends the 5th Annual ELLE Women in Music Celebration at theAvalon on April 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
Photo by Paul A. Hebert


Gawker Lawsuit Dismissed

Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino has suffered a setback in his effort to punish Gawker for linking to a copy of his unproduced screenplay The Hateful Eight.

A federal judge in California has granted the gossip website's motion to dismiss the copyright infringment complaint. But the court is allowing Tarantino to refile the case if he makes key changes.

Read the full decision here.

Quentin Tarantino


Actress Sophia Loren attends the CHANEL Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner at Balthazar on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in New York.
Photo by Greg Allen


Social Media CEO Flees Country


The founder of Russia's leading social media network - a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg - has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership.

The slow-motion ouster of Pavel Durov from the network known as VKontakte, or "In Contact," is the latest sign that independent media outlets in Russia have become increasingly imperiled.

Although months in the making, the loss of Durov's leadership in VKontakte means that the space for free speech on the Russian web could shrink even further.

As one of his final acts of defiance, Durov posted online last week what he said were documents from the security services, demanding personal details from 39 Ukraine-linked groups on VKontakte, also known as VK.

On Tuesday, the Russian parliament passed a law requiring social media websites to keep their servers in Russia and save all information about their users for at least half a year. The same law, which will go into effect in August if signed by Putin, gave bloggers the same legal status - and responsibilities - as media outlets, making them more vulnerable to accusations of libel or extremism.



Gina Gershon attends the premiere of "Locke" hosted by A24 and The Cinema Society on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in New York.
Photo by Charles Sykes


Connecticut Factory Closing

Ovation Guitar

An Ovation guitar factory in the western Connecticut hills that produced instruments for music legends from Paul Simon to Cat Stevens to Glen Campbell will be closing in June after 47 years and production of the Ovation line in the United States will stop, the manufacturer's parent company told the shop's 46 workers this week.

Fender Musical Instruments Corp., based in Scottsdale, Ariz., and maker of the iconic Stratocaster electric guitar, said in an announcement Tuesday that it was ceasing domestic production of Ovation guitars and closing the New Hartford factory, citing "current market conditions and insufficient volume levels." The company also said it is consolidating production of U.S.-made acoustic instruments.

Ovations will continue to be manufactured outside the U.S., Fender spokesman Jason Farrell said Wednesday. He said Fender also builds Ovations in China, South Korea and Indonesia.

The factory also has been making Fender and Guild guitars since Fender bought Ovation's owner, Bloomfield, Conn.-based Kaman Music Corp., in 2007. The shop opened in 1967 after Charles Kaman, an engineer who founded Bloomfield-based aerospace company Kaman Corp., developed the first Ovation guitar. Kaman died in 2011.

Ovation Guitar


Actors perform a scene from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, for members of the media and other audience during a photo call to present Hamlet World Tour at Shakespeare's Globe theatre, in London, Wednesday, April 24, 2014. Four centuries after his death, Shakespeare is arguably Britain's best-known export, his words and characters famous around the world. On the 450th anniversary of his birth, the theatre launched a two-year world tour of Hamlet that will visit every single country on earth. Sixteen men and women will travel by boat, train, jeep, tall ship, bus and aeroplane across the seven continents, performing in a huge range of venues - from village squares to national theatres, from palaces to beaches, according to the theatre.
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4th-Warmest On Record


Just in time for Earth Day 2014, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their monthly summary for March of this year, and the news isn't good for the planet.

It may not have seemed like it to most of us living in Canada and the United States, but according to temperature data collected by NOAA from all around the world, over land and ocean, March 2014 is the fourth warmest March seen since record keeping began in 1880. NASA data agrees. It was also the warmest since March 2010, which is considered to be the warmest month of March on record so far, and 2010 was overall the warmest year on record.

The warmest regions of the planet in March 2014 - when compared to the 30 years prior to 2010 - were across Asia and eastern Europe, through the western United States and in Australia. There was also a somewhat worrisome rise in temperatures though the Arctic over Alaska and the Yukon, and particularly in northern Siberia, courtesy of the polar vortex.

It was this same polar vortex that was making it so frigid across central and eastern parts of North America last month. However, this is far from being some kind of 'recovery' from the heat or evidence that we're going into some kind of ice age. Climate Central plotted this map of Earth Day temperatures throughout the United States, between 1970 and 2013, to show how the different states of the country have been heating up over that time.



A women stands next to Soviet space capsule Vozvrashchayemi, on April 23, 2014, in Brussels, ahead of its auction on May 7, 2014
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And The Winner Is...

In January of this year, an expectant father named Stephen started the website, where anyone on the Internet could suggest and vote on potential names for Stephen's forthcoming baby girl.

Well, as noted by the folks at Betabeat, Stephen's wife Alysha gave birth on April 7. And the winning name is - drumroll, please! - Amelia Savannah Joy McLaughlin .

Kind of sweet, right? Or, sweeter than you might have expected from the feces-hurling cesspool that is the Internet?

Unfortunately for those looking to have their faith in humanity restored, "Amelia Savannah Joy" did not technically win the vote. The real first-place name was "Cthulhu All-Spark." ("Cthulhu" won the vote for first name, and "All-Spark" won the vote for middle name.)

The parents, who live in British Columbia, Canada, rejected that one in favor of the second-place name, Amelia. Though they did have a good sense of humor about the results.



A Boeoegg, a snowman made of wadding and filled with firecrackers, stands atop a stack of wood at Sechselaeuten square in Zurich April 23, 2014. On April 28 the Boeoeeg, the symbol of winter, will be set alight in a bonfire during Zurich's traditional Sechselaeuten celebrations.
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