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Mar 24

Germanwings Flight 9525 Crashes In French Alps


A German commercial jet for Germanwings Airlines, a subsidiary of Lufthansa carrying 150 people aboard into a sudden, steep and horrifying eight-minute descent Tuesday before slamming into the rugged terrain of the French Alps, authorities said.

French President Francois Hollande said there aren’t likely to be any survivors.

“It’s a tragedy on our soil,” he said. “I want to express all my solidarity to the families of the victims of this air accident. This is a bereavement, a tragedy.”

One of the black boxes have been found by the hundreds of search and rescue personnel that were dispatched to the area. The first responders were let down from helicopter cables into the crash zone.

“We saw an aircraft that had literally been ripped apart, the bodies are in a state of destruction, there is not one intact piece of wing or fuselage,” Bruce Robin, prosecutor for the city of Marseille, told Reuters news service after flying over the area.

Germanwings Flight 9525 departed Barcelona, Spain, for a two-hour flight to Duesseldorf​ at 10:01 a.m. local time — more than 20 minutes late. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the Airbus A320 at 10:53 a.m., airline CEO Thomas Winkelmann said.

A distress signal was issued after air traffic control lost contact with the plane and recognized the steep descent.

Winkelmann said 144 passengers — including two babies — and six crewmembers were aboard. Sixteen students and two teachers returning from an exchange program in Spain also were on board, Germany’s DPA news agency reported.

Winkelmann said the sudden descent lasted about eight minutes and that air-traffic controllers lost contact with the jet at about 6,000 feet. He added that the pilot had more than 10 years’ experience, and that the plane was inspected last summer.

“All employees of Germanwings and Lufthansa are deeply saddened,” Winkelmann said. “Their thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the passengers and crew.”

Our prayers go out to all the families as well that are involved in this tragic event.

Feb 25

America’s Next Top Model Contestant Murdered

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Rachel Murray/Getty Images

Mirjana Puhar a 19-year-old former contestant on America’s Next Top Model was one of three people killed in a drug-related killing in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday February 24, 2015. Puhar was a contestant last year in the 21st season of America’s Next Top Model, where she was eliminated in Episode 10.

Puhar was found shot to death with two other victims, Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia, 21, and Jonathan Cosme Alvarado, 23, in a house in the city’s Tryon Hills neighborhood yesterday evening. The alleged killer, Emmanuel Jesus Rangel, 23, was arrested Wednesday on three counts of first-degree murder. Police said he knew the victims and that the killings were drug related.

Ken Mok and Tyra Banks, executive producers of America’s Next Top Model, released a joint statement today saying they were “deeply saddened” by news of Puhar’s death. “She was a vivacious and promising young woman. Our hearts and prayers go out to her loved ones,” they said. It’s always tragic to see life taken away so violently and so early.

Feb 23

Recording Artist Sia Reveals Her Face In A Rare Occurence


Singer/Songwriter Sia has recently started a campaign where she is rejecting fame. The biggest part of this movement is that she keeps herself hidden from the cameras, in particular she always keeps her face covered. By doing so Sia rejects the nature of the entertainment business that singles people out individually and then leads to fame and superstardom. In rare occasion the artist let loose for the 2015 Oscars. She was spotted at the Oscar viewing party hosted by Elton John with a huge smile on her face and looking very stunning.

Feb 08

2015 Grammy Winners – Full List

Complete list of tonight’s winners at the Grammy’s!

Best New Artist
Sam Smith

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera – “Say Something”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Cheek To Cheek

Best Pop Solo Performance
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Best Pop Vocal Album
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

Best Rock Performance
Jack White – “Lazaretto”

Best Rock Album
Beck – Morning Phase

Best Rock Song
Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun”
Hayley Williams & Taylor York, songwriters

Best Alternative Rock Album
St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Best Metal Performance
Tenacious D – “The Last In Line”

Best Rap Performance
Kendrick Lamar – “I”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Eminem Featuring Rihanna – “The Monster”

Best Rap Song
Kendrick Lamar – “I”
K. Duckworth & C. Smith, songwriters

Best Rap Album
Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP2

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Jesus Children”
Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Best R&B Song
Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”
Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko, songwriters

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Pharrell Williams – Girl

Best R&B Album
Toni Braxton & Babyface – Love, Marriage & Divorce

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer – Bass & Mandolin

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Aphex Twin – Syro

Best Dance Recording
Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne – “Rather Be”

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat, composer

Best Song Written for Visual Media
“Let It Go” from Frozen
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel)

Best Country Solo Performance
Carrie Underwood – “Something In The Water”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The Band Perry – “Gentle On My Mind”

Best Country Song
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters (Glen Campbell)

Best Bluegrass Album
The Earls Of Leicester – The Earls Of Leicester

Best American Roots Performance
Rosanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not A Bird”

Best American Roots Song
Rosanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not A Bird”

Best Americana Album
Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread

Best Folk Album
Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy

Best Music Video
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Best Music Film
20 Feet From Stardom
Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Morgan Neville, video director; Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers, video producers
We Are From LA, video director; Kathleen Heffernan, Solal Micenmacher, Jett Steiger, video producers

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Max Martin
“Bang Bang” (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj)
“Break Free” (Ariana Grande Featuring Zedd)
“Dark Horse” (Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J)
“Problem” (Ariana Grande Featuring Iggy Azalea)
“Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift)
“Unconditionally” (Katy Perry)

Best Instrumental Composition
John Williams – “The Book Thief”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Pentatonix – “Daft Punk”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals
Billy Childs – “New York Tendaberry”

Best Recording Package
Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix & Jerome Turner, art directors
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors
The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27)

Best Album Notes
Ashley Kahn
John Coltrane – Offering: Live At Temple University

Best Historical Album
Colin Escott & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer
Hank Williams – The Garden Spot Programs, 1950

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Beck – Morning Phase
Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer
John Legend – “All Of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix)”

Best Surround Sound Album
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Beyoncé Knowles, surround producer

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Jo-El Sonnier – The Legacy

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley – Fly Rasta

Best World Music Album
Angelique Kidjo – Eve

Best Children’s Album
Neela Vaswani – I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai)

Best Musical Theatre Album
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers (Carole King, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)

Best Blues Album
Johnny Winter – Step Back

Best Spoken Word Album
Joan Rivers – Diary Of A Mad Diva

Best Comedy Album
“Weird Al” Yankovic – Mandatory Fun

Best New Age Album
Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman – Winds Of Samsara

Best Improved Jazz Solo
Chick Corea – “Fingerprints”

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Chick Corea Trio – Trilogy

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – Life In The Bubble

Best Latin Jazz Album
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – The Offense Of The Drum

Jan 31

Bobbi Kristina Brown Dead?


Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late Whitney Houston was rushed to a Georgia hospital after she found unresponsive Saturday morning in a bathtub at her townhouse in Roswell, Georgia.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21, was discovered by her husband and a friend — nearly three years after her famous mom was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub.

The celebrity daughter was alive when taken to a nearby hospital, and was now reportedly breathing on her own or on a ventilator, it hasn’t been made clear yet.

A friend close to Bobbi Kristina said that when she spoke to Bobbi yesterday, she seemed to be in really good spirits.

We’ll bring you more on this as the story develops…

Jan 29

Woman Records Adult Film In Oregon State University Library


A 19-year-old former Oregon State University student has been charged with public indecency in connection with allegations that she recorded an adult film on the sixth floor of the main campus library today. She is facing up to 1 year in jail and a fine of $6,250.

OSU spokesman Steve Clark, said the university learned about the video on Tuesday but it is believed the film, which was published on the Web, was recorded sometime during the fall semester.

Clark said as soon as the university learned of the video, it took action. Oregon State Police launched an investigation and quickly charged the woman.

“This is not how we want the university to be perceived,” Clark said. “This is not what Oregon State is about.”

University officials did not release the name of the former student but said the woman was enrolled in OSU in the fall.

Although the campus library is patrolled by security personnel and campus police, the building is 340,000 square feet and can’t be monitored all the time, leaving an opportunity for such incidents to happen, Clark said.

Click here to watch the full video.

Jan 07

Phylicia Rashad Speaks Out On Bill Cosby Allegations


Claire Huxtable aka Phylicia Rashad is standing firmly in Bill Cosby’s corner as three more women come forward making allegations against Cosby.

Showbiz 411 reported that Phylicia Rashad, who played Clair Huxtable on NBC’s “The Cosby Show,” told the outlet that she never saw any indication of the behavior that many women have attributed to the legendary comedian/actor.

Cosby has been repeatedly accused of harassing, drugging and sexually assaulting women. No formal charges have been filed against Cosby, and his attorneys have vehemently denied the allegations.

“Forget these women,” Rashad said. “What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture.”

More than 20 women have come forward with claims, and a defamation lawsuit has been filed against Cosby.

Cosby’s reputation has suffered greatly in the wake of all these allegations, including the cancellation of a planned television show and the suspension of the Cosby Chair for the Humanities at Spelman College in Atlanta, where he and his wife, Camille, have been longtime benefactors.

Three more accusers

Attorney Gloria Allred challenged Cosby last month to meet his accusers in court or set aside $100 million to settle their claims. She had this to say in regards to Rashad’s statements…

“Phylicia, you should be supporting these women rather than joining Cosby’s paid ‘attack dogs’ who are trying to undermine them in any way that they can,” Allred said.

Rashad also said, “Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV,” she said. “And it’s worked. All his contracts have been canceled.”

The actress said she loves Cosby and defended his wife, saying there was no way Camille Cosby would stand for such behavior from her husband of 50 years.

“This is a tough woman, a smart woman,” Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman writes that Rashad told him. “She’s no pushover.”

She also spoke on the legacy of the beloved show that cemented her and Cosby as one of TV’s favorite couples.

“This show represented America to the outside world,” she said. “This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?”

When asked why she believed Cosby hasn’t spoken up to defend himself, Rashad said she believes he has too much pride to do it.

“If he spoke now, what do you think the media would do with it?” she said.

Jan 02

United Airlines & Orbitz Sue 22 yr Old Computer Whiz


22-year-old Aktarer Zaman has officially become public enemy #1 for the airline industry. He is the owner and creator of the popular website Skiplagged. The website was created a little over a year ago and grew in popularity very quickly. The site helps travelers find cheap flights by using a strategy called “hidden city” ticketing. The concept behind hidden ticketing involves a traveler buying a one way ticket to a destination with a layover. The catch is that the layover destination is the travelers actual destination. So in essence the traveler has now gotten over on the airline.

In the travel industry, one way tickets with layovers typically tend to be the cheapest way to travel on an airline. In the lawsuit, United and Orbitz call Skiplagged “unfair competition” and allege that it is promoting “strictly prohibited” travel. They want to recoup $75,000 in lost revenue from Zaman.

Although Zaman felt that an impending lawsuit would be coming his way, he says that there is nothing illegal about what his website does. He also said he has made no profit via the website and that all he’s done is help travelers get the best prices by exposing an “inefficiency” in airline prices that insiders have known about for decades.

If United & Orbitz are successuful in this lawsuit against Zaman and Skiplagged is shut down, we can be sure that there will be several other websites similar to Skiplagged that will pop up on the internet. That’s a scary thought for any airline.

Dec 30

Food Network Star Giada De Laurentiis Is Getting Divorced


Celebrity Chef and Food Network Star Giada De Laurentiis took to her Facebook page today to announce that her marriage of 11 years to her fashion designer husband Todd Thompson is over.

“After an amicable separation since July, Todd and I have decided to end our marriage,” she writes.

“Although our decision to separate comes with a great deal of sadness, our focus on the future and overwhelming desire for our family’s happiness has given us the strength to move forward on separate, yet always connected paths.”

It was rumored that the couple had a few issues when it came to Giada’s career and fame. She was even quoted in an interview with Redbook back in 2011 that is can be hard for any man to be upstaged by his wife. She also stated that she always made a concerted effort to be a wife to her husband and a mother to her child, leaving her “celebrity” status at the door.

Unfortunate it doesn’t seem like that effort given by De Laurentiis was enough to save her marriage. De Laurentiis, 44, and Thompson have one daughter from their marriage who is 6.