Miss Utah Steals Miss USA’s Thunder – Miss Utah’s ridiculous answer to her Q&A portion of the Miss USA competition has taken the shine away from Miss Connecticut- the winner of the pageant. Celebrity judge Nene Leakes asked 21 year old Merissa Powell to respond to the fact that women are becoming the main bread winners in their families but still earn considerably less than their male counterparts. Powell was clearly confused and flustered and responded: “I think we can relate this back to education and how we are continuing to try to strive to figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem, and I think especially the men are seen as the leaders of this, and so we need to try to figure out how to create education better so that we can solve this problem. Thank you.” The answer was riddled with awkward pauses and smiles. It goes without saying that of the 5 contestants who were left, she came in 5th place.
Instagram Coming For Vine – On June 20, a source says Facebook will unveil that Instagram, its popular photo-sharing app, will begin to let people also take and share short videos.
Wedding Guest Steals And Hides Loot In Her Bra – A woman from PA has been charged with stealing from, of all places, a wedding reception! The 40 year old is accused of taking money out of cards brought to the reception and stuffing the cash into her bra. 11 cards were missing from the table and the suspect was found ripping them up and trying to flush them down the toilet. Had she not been caught she would have made off with 475 in cash and 80 in checks. The groom’s brother says that the guest’s sticky fingers “ruined the whole time for everybody.”
Kobe Bryant Auction Is In Full Swing – The items that caused strife between Kobe Bryant and his parents are officially up for auction. The items include some of the NBA star’s jewelry, shoes and jerseys. One of the items is an NBA championship ring with the words ‘bling bling’ engraved on the side. As a part of the family feud settlement half of the proceeds from the items will go to the social action campaign dealing with the anti-bullying documentary called Bully.
George Zimmerman’s Dad Says Black People Are Racists – George Zimmerman’s dad, Robert, has put out an e-book claiming that the “true racists” are black people. The book is called “Florida v. Zimmerman: Uncovering The Malicious Prosecution of my Son, George” and costs $3.99. Zimmerman Sr. said that racism is “at the insistence of some in the African American community.” He claims that the NAACP, NBA, the Congressional Black Caucus, Trayvon Martin’s funeral director and Benjamin Jealous (the current president of the NAACP) are all racist.
Lil Wayne Tramples American Flag – While shooting his music video for his track “God Bless Amerika” Lil Wayne was video taped stepping all over and jumping on the American Flag. Wayne is receiving a lot of backlash for his actions. Fans and critics have been calling him “unpatriotic” and “disrespectful”. The words of the song are just as controversial, “My country ’tis of thee / Sweet land of kill ’em all and let ’em die / God bless Amerika / This so godless Amerika”. Lil Wayne responded saying, “I didn’t step on the flag on purpose! It’s a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it drop it’s just there as I perform.”
Pregnant Stripper Has Miscarriage While Twerking – Johnni Blaze, a Houston striper, is reported to have had a miscarriage on stage while twerking! Last Wednesday she was p-popping on the stage when she began to bleed uncontrollably. When she got off the stage she started convulsing and was rushed to the emergency room where she had to receive a blood transfusion. She has not confirmed the miscarriage but the “pole assassin” did tweet about how much pain she was in.
4 On Hunger Strike Over Philly School Cuts – The recent school closings and budget cuts in Philadelphia are really taking a toll on residents. Two parents and two school employees have decided to go on a hunger strike until the school system is provided with additional funding. The movement is called “Fast for Safe Schools” and began yesterday. They will consume only water until enough money is raised to re-hire 1200 lunch time aides. The strikers will camp outside of Gov. Tom Corbett’s office and sleep at a nearby church at night. A group that represents aids and food service workers called Unite Here is organizing the strike.
Council woman wants plan for vacant philly schools – With 23 schools around Philadelphia to close down City Councilwoman Blondell Brown wants a plan that will repurpose the soon-to-be vacant buildings. Brown said, ““Abandoned buildings can quickly become the scourge of a neighborhood if there is no plan in place to secure new tenants or re-imagine the building.” A recent study done by the UPenn School of Design found that 75% of the schools that are scheduled to close are in “weak or transitional real estate markets”. The council committee will start brainstorming solutions and will be taking feedback from city planners, developers, residents, leaders, the school district and the Nutter Administration. They will also look to other cities in similar situations for inspiration.