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  • Mystery Campaign Publishes Names, Addresses Of Opponents Of LGBT-Discrimination Ban

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Since the Houston City Council passed an ordinance banning discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, opponents have been gathering signatures to reverse the measure, according to BuzzFeed. Now, a new, anonymous campaign is publishing the names and addresses of those opponents, posting the petitions online that were submitted to the city earlier this month asking City Council to repeal the ban, which was passed in May and is called the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO).   If the opponents, No Unequal Rights, have gathered enough signatures, the City Council has the option of either repealing the ordinance — which it is not expected to do — or placing it on the ballot for a referendum vote. The Houston city attorney is still reviewing the signatures to see if the petition met the required number of signatures, with a final ruling expected in the coming week.

  • Kevin Durant ESPN poll: 43 percent of US says 'slim chance' KD plays for Wizards

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    In a SportsNation poll, ESPN asked "What are the chances Kevin Durant plays for the Wizards during his prime?" Forty-three percent say "slim chance," 33 percent said there's a "good chance," and 24 percent said "no chance." The Durant's future talk was ignited again on Tuesday when the Oklahoma City Thunder star was asked about his impending free agency in 2016 . Few states thought Durant stood a good chance. Those states included Maryland and Virginia (understandably so), Alaska, Alabama and Vermont. Per Dan Steinberg's DC Sports Bog, "57 percent of Marylanders think there’s a good chance Durant comes home during his prime. The number is 51 percent in Virginia. No other state is above 41 percent." An early  SportsNation TV poll of "Should Thunder fans be worried about Kevin Durant leaving Oklahoma City?" drew a 73 percent "Yes," 27 percent "No."

  • YouTube star pays off his parents' mortgage

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    How does a popular YouTube star who calls his six-figure comedy talents "obscene" spend his money? Timothy DeLaGhetto typically entertains his 2.5 million subscribers with sex jokes and television parodies. By contrast, his latest video is a real tearjerker. The comedian and rapper's real name is Tim Chantarangsu, and he's the son of parents who immigrated from Thailand. Chantarangsu said his income is primarily driven by advertisements from his YouTube channel Timothy DeLaGhetto, according to Good Morning America.

  • Once-prized recruit leaves Walmart for NFL dream

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    During his lunch break at Walmart, he would seldom eat lunch. Jajuan Harley ducked into a bathroom, took off his blue shirt with his name tag, changed into workout clothes, and then headed outside to run a steep cement hill until it was time to return to work, according to Yahoo Sports. Or he would head to the parking lot of Supercenter Store #1077 on Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee, Fla., and run around the parking lot, weaving through the rows of shopping cart holders.

  • UCLA's hallowed basketball arena flooded

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    Not even two years after Pauley Pavilion underwent a $136-million renovation, UCLA is probably going to have to put more money aside to restore the hallowed basketball arena, according to Yahoo Sports. Flood water from a major water main break just north of the UCLA campus Tuesday evening left Pauley better suited to host a water polo match than a basketball game. Ankle-high rivers of water outside the arena were deep enough that some people took off their shoes to wade across and a couple students showed up with skim and boogey boards. Enough water spewed into Pauley Pavilion that both the floor and the locker rooms were under water as of Tuesday evening and staffers were using brooms and squeegees to clear them off.

  • WATCH: Adorable 5-year-old sister's tearful wish for little brother

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    In a video that is sure to go viral, Sadie, 5, is informed that her baby brother won't be a roly-poly bundle of giggles forever. He's going to grow up. This was apparently the first Sadie had heard about it. Through a fountain of tears, Sadie declares that she doesn't want her brother to grow up. No, sir!

  • The Boy Who Lived: Warner Bros Sets Harry Potter Global Development Team

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Harry Potter is also known as “the boy who lived” — and Warner Bros wants to keep it that way, according to Deadline.com. The studio, which has been behind the franchise from the start way back in 2001, has now created a dedicated team to oversee its ongoing relationship with Potter creator JK Rowling. The Harry Potter Global Franchise Development team will be based in London and Burbank, and will help foster the studio’s expanded creative partnership with Rowling. Warner UK, Ireland and Spain President and Managing Director Josh Berger will add the title of President of HPGFD to his current role. The team will develop and execute a “high-level strategic vision” for the Potter brand, and its ancillary businesses, working closely with Rowling’s team at The Blair Partnership and other stakeholders and partners, Deadline.com reports.

  • Police charge man with raping woman at country music concert

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Prosecutors have charged a Massachusetts man with raping a woman at a raucous country music concert south of Boston on Saturday where dozens of people received treatment for alcohol-related medical problems, according to Reuters. Police in Mansfield, Massachusetts, the site of the concert by Australian singer Keith Urban, charged Sean Murphy, 18, with raping a woman on the outdoor venue's lawn during the performance while dozens of concert-goers looked on, some taking photos of the incident. Murphy on Tuesday pleaded not guilty and his attorney said on Wednesday that the incident was ill-advised but consensual, Reuters reports.

  • Louisiana Republican Flees Interview When Asked About Obama's Birthplace

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    A Republican congressional candidate fled her interview with a major election-forecasting group after being asked why she believed global warming was a hoax and whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States, according to Business Insider. In the Post, David Wasserman, the House editor at the Cook Political Report, detailed his strange encounter with the "frightening" and "fact-averse" Louisiana State Rep. Lenar Whitney. Whitney, who is running for Louisiana's open sixth district, gained some prominence in June when she released a campaign video blasting global warming as a "hoax" and the press as "lamestream media." Wasserman said he pressed Whitney on the issue of climate change only to find her unable to answer his questions.

  • Top 10 war poems

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    This week marks a century since the outbreak of the first world war. Chosen from 1,000 years of English writing about war, poet and Oxford professor Jon Stallworthy selects some of the best attempts to think through this most extreme of human experiences

  • Marcus Smart drawing rave reviews at Team USA camp

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Marcus Smart is going up against some of the best guards in the NBA at Team USA training camp this week and he's drawing plenty of praise over his first couple days of action. The former Oklahoma State guard is one of only two NBA rookies on the USA Select team which was picked to scrimmage and work out against Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and the rest of Team USA's established NBA talent. Now expected to contribute immediately as a rookie for the Boston Celtics, Smart is impressing in Las Vegas. On Sheridanhoops.com, former college coach Bobby Gonzalez, said "the future of the point position in the NBA is in good hands with Marcus Smart and Trey Burke."

  • Nebraska's Bo Pelini on losing commit to SEC: 'Read between the lines'

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Nebraska coach Bo Pelini invites you to draw your own conclusions when it comes to losing commitments to the SEC. In the beginning of the summer, the Cornhuskers landed a big transfer in receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow, who commited to Nebraska after an official visit. But after visiting Alabama and Ole Miss, Stringfellow changed his commitment to the Rebels. Pelini on the change by Stringfellow: "Read between the lines. I think we all know what happened in that situation." Add a Big Ten coach to the SEC vs. the World fight. Pelini also referred to a "clueless parent."

  • OU, OSU players on the Big 12's 2014 All-Name Team

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    FOX Sports writer David Ubben put together his annual list of the best names in the Big 12 -- The Big 12 All-Name Team. His results? Three OU and two OSU players make the list, including Team MVP Eric Striker. From Ubben on Striker: "He's truly the perfect All-Name team candidate. First off, he's good enough to win the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, so there's no doubting his on-field resume. His name is unique, fun to say and hear and it fits perfectly with what he does on the field ." Other All-Name stars include OU's Chuka Ndulue and Michiah Quick, and OSU's Marcel Ateman and Daxx Garman. And there's always classics such as Dreamius Smith (West Virginia) and Fish Smitherson (Kansas).

  • Trent Williams ran hills with Adrian Peterson in 102 degree heat this offseason

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Washington Redskins left tackle and former OU All-American Trent Williams said Adrian Peterson was a driving force in his offseason workouts. Williams worked out with Peterson for the last month before training camp, "running hills in 102-degree weather with weight vests on," he said. "I started doing it with Adrian [Peterson] four years ago, and I love the results," Williams told The Washington Post. "In college, with us coming from the same area (both Williams and Peterson are from Texas, about an hour and 35 minutes apart), he took me under his wing, always held me to a higher standard than everybody else." Williams said working out with Peterson makes training camp feel easy.

  • 'Die Hard' actor James Shigeta dies

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    James Shigeta, a prolific and pioneering Asian-American actor whose 50-year career includes the movies "Die Hard" and "Flower Drum Song," died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Monday, his agent said and CNN reports. He was 81. "It is with great sadness that I report the loss of my longtime friend and client," Shigeta's agent said. "James was the biggest East Asian U.S. star the country had known. ... The world has lost another wonderful actor, sadly I lost a dear friend." While he's well-known for co-starring with Bruce Willis in 1988's "Die Hard," in which Shigeta played the executive Joseph Takagi, his work stretches across TV and film, and he is considered one of the first Asian-American actors to rise to prominence.

  • Perspective: What's wrong with 'Black Jesus'?

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    I've just been watching the trailer for "Black Jesus," a show that will premiere on August 7 on the Cartoon Network during its child-unfriendly late-night spot, which they call Adult Swim. Already at least one Christian group has begin to lobby the network to cancel the show, regarding its contents as blasphemous. (Cartoon Network is owned by Turner Broadcasting, which owns CNN.) From what I can tell, the series is a bit of a spoof, with some foul language. The general notion seems clever: A guy who thinks he is Jesus, who might even be Jesus, lives in a poor neighborhood of Compton, California. He's got a ragged band of followers -- they look like winos and potheads -- who follow him around with lots of bantering. The scenes shown in the trailer seem relatively funny, and it appears that nobody is quite sure whether this is a madman who thinks he is Jesus or maybe the Lord himself come back in a strange outfit and, indeed, black skin. Is this offensive? The jury will have to be out until we see whole episodes, but in concept—particularly if the rest of the show is like the trailer—it does not seem so. Let me explain.

  • OU football: Eric Striker No. 52 on ESPN's top 100 college football players

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Editors and writers from ESPN ranked the top 100 college football players, and OU linebacker Eric Striker came in at No. 52. From ESPN: "Striker is already one of the most ferocious pass-rushers in the Big 12 and perhaps the country. To cap his sophomore season, he sacked Alabama QB AJ McCarron three times, and forced the game-clinching fumble. The scary part? Striker is still raw in other areas, and he figures to keep rapidly improving." ESPN has been counting down the top 100 all week, with the list concluding with Nos. 10-1 on Friday. Quarterback Trevor Knight  was listed at No. 81 on Monday.

  • VIDEO: Adorable 5-Year-Old Really Doesn't Want Her Baby Brother to Grow Up

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Video of a five-year-old girl from Phoenix, Arizona, sobbing at the thought of her three-month-old brother growing up is going viral, TIME reports. Decked out in a Princess Sofia dress, Sadie wraps her arm around her little brother Carson, kisses his head, and says at one point, “He’s so cute, and I don’t wanna die when I’m a hundred!” Her brother just smiles, clearly amused by it all and loving the attention.

  • 'The Bachelorette' Star Josh Murray Is More Than 'Former Pro Baseball Player'

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    On Monday night, the 10th season of "The Bachelorette" concluded with 27-year-old Andi Dorfman choosing 29-year-old Josh Murray as her fiancé. The duo, both from Atlanta, showed off their relationship in public for the first time to a studio audience in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, emotional runner-up Nick Viall stumbled over his words as he confronted Dorfman for the first time since his ousting. For Dorfman and Murray, life goes on to the altar, where they said they hope to wed next spring. In advance of the televised finale, they had been "sneaking around" to see each other the past few months without the paparazzi catching them. From watching the program, once, a few times or all season, viewers can learn the "careers" of all the characters. Dorfman, a former assistant district attorney in Atlanta, went to LSU for her undergraduate degree and Wake Forest for law school.

  • Martha Stewart: Why I Love My Drone

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Last year, while celebrating my birthday in Maine, I was given a drone fitted with a high-definition camera. After a quick introduction to the mechanics of operating the contraption and a few words about its idiosyncrasies, I loaded the appropriate app on my iPad and went down to the beach. In just a few minutes I was hooked.