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THE OTHER COSTA CRUISE SHIP FINALLY DOCKED IN THE SEYCHELLES YESTERDAY AFTER MASS CHAOS…
The second Italian Costa Cruise disaster in recent months came to an end yesterday, as the crippled Costa Allegra docked in Seychelles three days after an engine room fire left the ship adrift in the Indian Ocean without power, air conditioning and running water. It was revealed that the ship's lifeboats were lowered on Monday after the fire broke out, but weren't used after it was contained. Instead, the 1,000 passengers and crew members ate cold sandwiches and slept on the deck to escape the heat in their state rooms. 72-year-old American Gordon Bradwell chose to look on the bright side, saying, "It could have been worse than it was. It could have been disastrous...we're here, we're alive." In January, 25 people died and another seven are still missing and presumed dead after the Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized. There are now reports that the ship's staff engaged in drinking, drug abuse and sexual harassment.
$69K WORTH OF FAKE ALL-STAR CRAP GOT SEIZED LAST WEEKEND!
GOOGLE’S PULLING A FACEBOOK NOW WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR PERSONAL INFO…
Google unveiled its new, controversial privacy changes yesterday. Over 60 products across the Google platform will forgo their separate privacy policies and merge into one. Now, Google will have access to your YouTube activity, viewing and search history. The same goes for Gmail, Google Documents and Google Voice, among several other products. Google believes using this new data will provide people with a better service, but privacy advocates believe this gives Google too much access to users’ personal information. The new policy will have options for turning off tracking from each individual product.
EPCOT EPICALLY FAILS BY MOCKING FATTIES WITH THEIR NEW RIDE!
OBAMA SAYS HE KNEW ABOUT LIN-SANITY WAY BEFORE YOU…
Lin-sanity reached a new level yesterday with even the president holding court, talking about Jeremy Lin. Guesting on Bill Simmons' podcast, President Obama revealed that he knew about the New York Knicks new star point guard back when Lin was playing for Harvard, because Secretary of Education Arne Duncan also played basketball for Harvard.
A WASTED JOYRIDE LEAD SOME DUDE RIGHT TO THE PHILLY AIRPORT YESTERDAY!
Philadelphia International Airport had a scare yesterday morning after a jeep driven by a suspected drunk driver crashed through gates and drove up and down two runways, dangerously close to departing planes. The man, identified as 24-year-old Kenneth Richard Mazik faces charges of DUI and reckless endangerment and will undergo psychiatric tests.
MOMS BEHOLD! THE SILENCE GUN
SOME 41 YR. OLD TEACHER JUST LEFT HIS WIFE AND KIDS TO BE WITH HIS 18 YR. OLD “LOVE”!
A 41-year-old teacher has quit his job and left his wife and children to move in with an 18-year-old former student, leaving the central California town of Modesto in a tizzy. As one could guess, Jordan Powers's mother does not approve of the relationship and has taken to Facebook to voice her displeasure with her daughter and James Hooker. Police are investigating to determine if there was any illegal activity before Powers turned 18 in September. Both maintain that they didn't have sex until she was legal. Powers was once a student in Hooker's business class.The former teacher told the Associated Press, "In making our choice, we've hurt a lot of people. We keep asking ourselves. 'Do we make everyone else happy or do we follow our hearts?'"
HOW ‘BOUT THE ARIZONA COUPLE THAT WANTED TO HAVE A 3SOME WITH A DOG AND TOOK IT TO CRAIGSLIST?? WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE??
DID YOU KNOW EVERYTHING AT YOUR OFFICE IS 4X DIRTIER THAN YOUR TOILET SEAT AT HOME? BLECH
According to a new study sponsored by the financial website MoneyWatch, not only is your phone at the office dirtier than the toilet there -- EVERYTHING at the office is dirtier than the toilet. Because nobody ever cleans or disinfects the office phone, more crusty stuff and nasty bugs can be found there than anywhere. But, researchers also found that coffee pots, sink faucets, refrigerator handles and microwave handles in the office break room are also literally crawling with germs. So are meeting rooms, elevator buttons -- and even the office candy bowl. And, on average, these things have at least four times the bacteria levels of the average toilet seat. So, why are toilet seats so relatively clean? Well, it ends up being one of the cleanest spots in the building because people wipe it down all the time.
IF YOU’RE USING THIS PASSWORD FOR ANYTHING, CHANGE IT NOW!
A NEW “WINGED” COASTER IN EUROPE IS RIPPING OFF CRASH TEST DUMMIES ARMS AND LEGS, WANNA GO?
ARE THOSE HASH BROWNS IN YOUR PANTS OR…
A University of Georgia soccer player has to hash things out in court after trying to steal some hash browns from a campus cafe ... by sticking them down her pants. 19-year-old Carli Shultis admitted to putting the hash browns (worth about a dollar) in her pants to avoid paying for them. She also told police that she had enough money to pay for the potatoes -- so her motives were unclear. According to reports, when a food service worker spotted her in the act, Shultis removed the spuds from her pants and attempted to put them back on the food counter. She has been banned from 12 University eateries for a year and charged with theft by shoplifting.
IT’S SAFE TO SAY IF YOU GET EVICTED FROM YOUR MOBILE HOME, YOU SHOULD PROBABLY LEAVE BEFORE IT GETS MOBILE, JUST SAYIN’
A Titusville man who locked himself in his home to avoid eviction had one big problem: He lived in a trailer .... which was towed away ... with him inside. Tim Arnold was living in an RV park when the manager told him he had to leave. Arnold refused -- and locked himself and his dog inside the mobile home. That's when the "mobile" part of his home took effect. "Next thing you know, I'm moving," said Arnold. "I called 911 and I tried to tell them I was going down the highway in my RV and I don't know why." Arnold said he and his trailer were eventually left off Highway 50. According to park residents, Arnold was something of a trouble maker -- known for egging people's homes along with other strange behavior.
“DEAD” WOMAN FOUND COOKING IN HER KITCHEN HOURS BEFORE THE BURIAL!
A 95-year-old Chinese woman wasn't taking a dirt nap -- just a long nap -- as she proved by getting up out of her coffin six days after she "died." It all started when a neighbor, who regularly checked in on the elderly grandmother, found her lying motionless and not breathing in her bed. When he couldn't wake her, he assumed she had died in her sleep. According to tradition, the "dead" woman was laid in her coffin a week before the funeral so friends and relatives could come to the home and pay their respects. But the day before the funeral, the neighbor arrived at her home to find the coffin empty. Terrified, he called for others in the village to help him look for the body. They were stunned to find the woman in her kitchen cooking. "I slept for a long time," she said. "After waking up, I felt so hungry, and wanted to cook something to eat. I pushed the lid for a long time to climb out."
DUMB QUESTION: WHAT WOULD YOU RATHER? BIGGER BOOBS/JUNK OR HIGHER IQ?
“GIMME MY HARMONICAS!” STAB STAB STAB
Things were not harmonious for these two men. A 52-year-old man in Sarasota stabbed a passenger in his car last weekend because he thought the man stole his harmonicas. According to police, Bruce Richard Hood agreed to give a ride to someone he met in a Sarasota bar Saturday. The two went to Taco Bell, where the passenger bought a bag of tacos. When the passenger got out of the car, he thought he grabbed the bag of food – but mistakenly took Hood’s bag of harmonicas instead. An enraged Hood got out of the car saying, “Give me my harmonicas,” and then stabbed the man in the wrist and chest. He sure changed his tune quick.
SURVEY SAYS: LOTS OF PEOPLE HAVE TATTOOS THESE DAYS
The number of American adults with tattoos has reached an all-time high, according to a new Harris Poll. One-in-five adults have at least one tattoo and people have many reasons for getting them. Adults between the ages of 30 and 39 are most likely to have one, and women are now more likely to have ink than men. 86 percent of those with tattoos say they have no regrets about getting theirs. 30 percent say their tattoo makes them feel sexy. 25 percent feel rebellious. But those without tattoos have some pretty strong feelings about them: 40 percent believe tattoos make people less attractive or sexy. They also believe tattoos make people seem less intelligent.
NBA ROUNDUP: THE HEAT GET HOTTER AS THE THUNDER ROLLS…
The Miami Heat continue to be the hottest team in the NBA after notching their ninth straight win with a 107-93 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Miami’s double-dose of fire – LeBron James and Dwyane Wade – each had double-doubles on Thursday with James scoring 38 points and snatching 11 rebounds and Wade pouring in 33 and piling up 10 assists. Elsewhere, the Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Kevin Durant’s 38-point outburst, escaped Orlando with a narrow 105-102 win over Dwight Howard (33 points) and the Magic; the Los Angeles Clippers, paced by Chris Paul’s 22 points and 9 assists, held off the scrappy Sacramento Kings 108-100; and the Phoenix Suns got by the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-95. Monday is the deadline for all NFL teams to place the franchise tag on players. On Thursday, the Philadelphia Eagles slapped the tag on wide receiver DeSean Jackson, guaranteeing the two-time Pro Bowler a minimum of $9.4 million next season if he signs. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Steelers decided not to tag restricted free agent wideout Mike Wallace, which means another team could make the 25-year old Pro Bowler an offer that Pittsburgh could decide to match – or get a first-round draft pick if they don’t.
CH-CH-CHANGES IN THE MLB: MOLINA SIGNS, VARITEK RETIRES
Two big-name big league catchers made big news on Thursday. Four-time Gold Glove winner Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a new five-year, $75 million contract extension that will keep the 29-year old in Cardinal red through 2017. While Molina is staying, Boston Red Sox 15-year stalwart Jason Varitek bid Beantown a tearful goodbye, officially announcing his retirement at a press conference in Fort Myers, FL. The team Captain, Varitek caught four no-hitters and helped Boston win two World Series titles in his career.
IT’S FANTASY BASEBALL TIME!
Major League Baseball's spring training is in full swing as players have flown south to shake off their off-season rust and get back into playing shape. And, at homes and offices around the country, fantasy baseball players have begun leafing through magazines and compiling their own scouting reports for the 2012 season. Fantasy leagues will soon begin drafting teams and then it's time to get another long season of box score watching underway. And with that, of course, comes a lot of trash talking, arguments, disputed trades and money changing hands. Fantasy baseball could and should be a lot of fun, but with different types of fantasy team owners and personalities out there, things could get a little hairy. Here are the five types of fantasy baseball owners:
1. Crazy Rule Change Guy -- He's got complicate things by suggesting changes to roster size, or stats or waiver time.
2. Conspiracy Theorist -- He thinks the rest of the league is scheming up an alliance to make sure he loses.
3. Bitter Guy -- This guy hates his team and constantly complains about the lousy players on his roster.
4. Awful Trade Proposer -- Every league has one of these. He's the guy who thinks you might bite on the Lyle Overbay for Albert Pujols trade offer.
5. Mr. Unprepared -- He comes to the draft thinking he knows everything, but hasn't a clue.
TIGER’S NOT DOING SO HOT IN THE HONDA CLASSIC…
Love was in the air and on the golf course at the first round of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, FL on Thursday with Davis Love III loving the fact that he tied the course record with a 6-under 64, thanks in part to a hole-in-one on the fifth. Eight players finished with a 4-under 66 and are tied for second, while the once invincible Tiger Woods is sitting way back in the pack after shooting a 1-over 71 first round.
NEW REPORTS SAY SANDUSKY ABUSED BOYS AS YOUNG AS 8 YEARS OLD…
New legal documents filed Thursday containing graphic details on the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case allege the former Penn State assistant football coach molested boys ranging in the age of eight to 17 years old. The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office claim Sandusky abused eight of his 10 victims on the Penn State campus, one in Florida and Texas and another in his own school. Jury selection in the trail is tentatively scheduled to begin on May 14.
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THE BIEBS HAD QUITE THE EVENTFUL 18TH BIRTHDAY YESTERDAY!
He appeared on Ellen, where he received a $100,000 car as a gift from his manager, Scooter Braun, and announced that his new single, "Boyfriend," will drop March 26th. The car is a 2012 Fisker Karma, the first all-electric luxury car, and a genuinely surprised Bieber reacted by saying, "That's for me? That's for me? That's crazy." He also tweeted that he wanted to use his birthday "to help others," and suggested that fans who want to commemorate the occasion "donate $18 to @CharityWater on my 18th B-day!" Various media reports also had Bieber shopping for three homes that could set him back somewhere between $14- and $24-million. Speculation is that one's a house for him, one's for his mom and one's a Hollywood bachelor pad, also for him. And if all that wasn't enough, an astronomer suggested the Bieb take a private rocket flight into space to help bring attention to the emerging suborbital spaceflight industry.
LINDSAY LOHAN IS HITTING THE COMEBACK TRAIL…HARD
The recovering train-wreck sat down with Matt Lauer in an interview that aired on yesterday's Today show. Linds talked about wanting to make amends for her wild ways, but admitted she feels fortunate for hitting rock bottom at a young age. "I'd rather it be now and not have to deal with it -- go through it later. It's not that I don't -- I regret the choices that I've made, but I'm grateful for where I am today, because of them." She also gushed about her court-ordered stint at the L.A. County morgue, calling the experience "amazing." Linds added, "The two women that I work with there have been so wonderful to me. I've learned so much from them... It's helped me... It was humbling." Lindsay hosts Saturday Night Live tomorrow.
DEMI MOORE CHECKED OUT OF REHAB!
Demi Moore is out of rehab and on vacation. E! Online reports that the actress has checked out of Cirque Lodge in Sundance, Utah after being treated for addiction issues and an eating disorder. According to a source, Demi is now "on vacation" in an undisclosed location. "She's in no rush to get back to L.A. She's on total lockdown and only talking to a small group of people." Demi sought treatment after being hospitalized on January 23rd.
AND MEL GIBSON COMPLETED HIS ANGER MANAGEMENT…
If Mel Gibson seems calmer these days, it's no coincidence. The actor has completed his court-ordered anger-management therapy, and then some, according to his lawyer Blair Berk. Mel was forced into treatment after pleading no contest to battery against his ex Oksana Grigorieva. If he stays out of trouble for another two years, his probation will be terminated.
BETTY WHITE’S ABOUT TO GET ROASTED!
Betty White will be the subject of the next Friars’ Club celebrity roast taking place May 16th. "Those Friars may think I'm an easy mark but I have 90 years of comebacks waiting for them,” said Betty. “This is such an honor to be roasted by the Friars Club. It will be an afternoon filled with dirty words, risqué jokes & sex talk.....and that's just what I plan on saying. I have no clue what the comedians will talk about." Previous Friars Club honorees include Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson, Richard Pryor, Jerry Stiller and Quentin Tarantino.
ARNIE AND MARIA ARE ALLEGEDLY IN COUNSELING BUT ARE THEY RECONCILING?
Rumors have started circulating that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver may be headed for a reconciliation. According to the New York Post, the couple, who announced in July that they were divorcing after news broke that Arnold fathered a child with a maid, is going to counseling to try and save their 29-year-marriage. “Maria is a devout Catholic and doesn’t believe in divorce, but is still struggling with the humiliation she endured by him,” claims a source. “He is promising the moon and telling Maria he has completely changed his ways.” Adds the insider, “Arnold is desperate to win her back, mostly because he realizes he can’t live without her, and partly because he doesn’t have the political clout without her. Winning her back would be the best way to show the world he has been forgiven for his transgressions.”
AMERICAN IDOL MADE SOME SERIOUS CUTS LAST NIGHT!
We found out who got in the Top 13 on last night's American Idol...America's vote determined the Top 10: Hollie Cavanagh, Colton Dixon, Heejun Han, Jermaine Jones, Skyler Laine, Joshua Ledet, Shannon Magrane, Phil Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Elise Testone. The sing-for-your-lifers were Jen Hirsh, Jeremy Rosado, Brielle Von Hugel, DeAndre Brackensick, Erika Van Pelt and Reed Grimm. Randy Jackson picked Erika Van Pelt as his wild card. Jennifer Lopez picked Jeremy Rosado. Steven Tyler chose DeAndre Brackensick to round out the Top 13. Ryan Seacrest told us that next week's songs are Stevie Wonder for the boys, and Whitney Houston for the girls.
OH GOOD, LIMP BIZKIT HAS ALREADY DONE A DUO WITH CASH MONEY LABEL MATE LIL’ WAYNE…
Limp Bizkit aren't wasting any time on their new deal with rap label Cash Money Records. Frontman Fred Durst has teamed up with his new labelmate (and wannabe rocker) Lil' Wayne for a new single called "Ready to Go." The track is due out digitally next week. Limp Bizkit will start work on their debut album for the label later this month when they return from an Australian tour.
HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY TO JON BON JOVI! WE’RE GETTING OLD HUH?
Jon Bon Jovi turns 50 today! He was born John Francis Bongiovi Junior in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and maintains a home not far from where he grew up. In addition to a successful career as the frontman for Bon Jovi, Jon also takes the occasional acting job, and he's active in politics, charitable work and his community. Most recently, he opened the JBJ Soul Kitchen last October in Red Bank, New Jersey, where customers pay what they can afford for their meal, either with money or by volunteering work.
CREED’S BACK IN THE STUDIO AND ABOUT TO HIT THE ROAD!
The members of Creed are gearing up to hit the road starting April 13 in Chicago, and they’ve spent time in the studio working on their first album since 2003’s Weathered. Onstage, the band will perform their first two albums, My Own Prison and Human Clay, in their entirety on select dates, and in the studio singer Scott Stapp says they’ve “spent about three to four weeks together jamming and writing new material,” adding that the band is “halfway there.”
THE ROCK N’ ROLL ALL STARS HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE YESTERDAY!
About half the musicians participating in the upcoming Rock 'N' Roll Allstars tour of South and Central America took part in a press conference yesterday at the Roxy Theater in West Hollywood. Gene Simmons, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan, Gilby Clarke, Sebastian Bach and Glen Hughes discussed about how it came about, where it will go, what's in store for fans who attend and possible plans for the future. Although McKagan recalls Sorum first floating the idea for a tour that would combine members of many bands into a supergroup playing songs by all the bands almost 15 years ago, the current tour originated with Sorum earlier this winter. He brought it to promoter Gabe Reed, and the two of them began to make it happen. Sorum envisions a two hour show with between 22 and 24 hit songs, including KISS's "Rock and Roll All Night," Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me," Guns N' Roses' "Paradise City" and "Sweet Child O' Mine," Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" and Deep Purple's "Burn." Reed says the show could eventually go to Europe and then North America, but Sorum cautions that they want to wait to see how South America goes before proceeding in other places. Simmons says he will have his wife, Shannon Tweed, and son, Nick, with him, along with the Simmons Family Jewels camera crew. Reed says they have not yet addressed other filming or recording of the tour. Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Mike Inez of Alice in Chains, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, The Cult's Billy Duffy and Collective Soul's Ed Roland were unable to attend the event, but will also be on hand for the tour.
CAGE THE ELEPHANT REALLY GET NO REST FOR THE WICKED…
Cage the Elephant will be back on the road next month. The jaunt starts April 13th in Charlotte and includes appearances at the Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 20th, the Orion Music and More Festival in Atlantic City, New Jersey June 23rd and the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York June 24th.
AC/DC RANDOMLY ROCKS OUT AT A RESTAURANT IN SARASOTA!
AC/DC's website has just posted a video of the band's Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams sitting in last month with The Greg Billings Band at Marina Jacks in Sarasota, Florida. Among the songs they played were "You Shook Me All Night Long" and The Beatles' "Hey Jude." Both Johnson and Williams live in the area -- they're the only two members of AC/DC who live in the U.S.