Happy birthday to Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor), member of A Tribe Called Quest, who is 43 today and Future, Atlanta-based auto tune rapper, who is 28 today.
Zimmerman’s Back In Court – In case you missed it. Zimmerman is facing charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief for a confrontation he had with his girlfriend Sam at her home Monday in which she alleges he pointed a shotgun at her, smashed her table, and pushed her outside of the home. Yesterday, a prosecutor told the judge during George Zimmerman’s first court appearance on this domestic violence-related charge that his girlfriend said he tried to choke her about a week ago during an altercation that wasn’t initially reported to police. The prosecutor cited Samantha Scheibe as saying she feared for her life because Zimmerman mentioned suicide and said he, quote, “had nothing to lose.” Zimmerman was released from jail several hours later after posting $9,000 bond yesterday and is being ordered to stay away from Samantha. He’s not completely free to wander these streets. He must wear an ankle monitoring device, stay in Florida and isn’t allowed to possess guns. Zimmerman was represented by a public defender yesterday, after declaring that he has liabilities and debts of at least $2 million and no income.
In related news, Juror B29 is back in the news. She told TMZ she always had a bad feeling about Zimmerman, despite finding him not guilty of murdering Trayvon. Now, she says Zimmerman’s domestic violence arrest is proof he’s not freedom-worthy. Umm really? Now you wanna speak on this. Not when it mattered. She said, “God is showing George’s true side … [George] is continuing to dig himself a bigger grave.” She believes he has to do jail time.
Krokodil Could Be Spreading Across U.S. – The flesh eating drug ‘Krokodil’ may be making its way across the United States according to reports. The first case was diagnosed almost a year ago with a reemergence in September when two cases were reported in Phoenix. Other infected individuals have been in Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma and Canada.Doctors studying the drug believe that the flesh-eating symptoms are a result of dirty needles being used by Heroin users already infected with HIV, Hepatitis and Staph infections. Krokodil causes “gangrenous skin, deep abscesses, and loss of limbs.” Patients have lost fingers and have severe ulcers and sores.
Survey Finds Exposing Women’s Grooming Habits – The survey polled 1,870 women across the UK ages 18-30, asking them, “Do you style or groom the hair in your bikini region?” The answer: 49 percent said yes, while 51 percent said no.
Pay To Cuddle A Stranger – There is a growing industry full of people who believe that touch is the key to a happy life, which is why there I are growing professionals who offer professional cuddling. One of these professionals, Sam Hess, said during an interview she said that she got the idea after watching a Youtube video where people paid for hugs, “People paid for hugs more than they took the free ones, and I realized that there’s real value in affection. My friends and boyfriend were a little wary at first, but once they realized I was serious about it, they were supportive.” Her business ‘Cuddle Up To Me’ is based out of Portland, Oregon and her fees include a 30 minute cuddle for $35 and a 60 minute cuddle for $60. Each minute over time is an extra $1 per minute. (She also has prepaid weekly sessions and overnight rates.) During the session the woman and her cuddler will hold hands, cuddle and spoon each other. She meets all of her clients during a 45 minute meet and greet in a public place prior to any session. No she doesn’t have sex with her clients. She’s very specific about what can be touched and where hands need to be. Should a client disobey her rules the session ends but she says that no one has ever crossed the line. Her client base includes men and one woman ranging in age from 24 to 60. Would you pay for this?
Postal Service Debuts Harry Potter Stamps – The US Postal Service debuted its new Harry Potter stamps yesterday, a limited edition series of 20 stamps featuring Potter and other characters from J.K. Rowling’s books (that I love). The stamps were unveiled at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida and went on sale online and at selected post offices. Yes!