Royal Baby Christened!

Photo By John Stillwell, AP

Photo By John Stillwell, AP

Prince George, the 3-month-old royal baby was christened today, ritually welcomed into the Church of England as Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.  The christening took place in a private ceremony for close family and friends in the historic chapel of a London royal palace.

His parents, Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge, grandparents, great-grandparents and seven godparents looked on as the baby was baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

The guest list for the ceremony was short, just 22 people and only five royals: great-grandparents Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, grandfather Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Harry.  Also there were maternal grandparents Michael and Carole Middleton, Kate’s siblings Pippa and James Middleton, plus the closest relatives and oldest friends of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

A giant christening card, signed by 5,000 Christians, for Prince George outside the Chapel Royal of St James's Palace in London ahead of the royal baby's christening.  (Photo by Sang Tan, AP)

A giant christening card, signed by 5,000 Christians, for Prince George outside the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace in London ahead of the royal baby’s christening. (Photo by Sang Tan, AP)

After the ceremony, Prince Charles hosted a tea party at his London residence, Clarence House, where the guests were served the traditional slices of christening cake, a tier taken from Will and Kate’s wedding cake, an eight-tier fruit-infused confection designed by celebrated pastry maker Fiona Cairns.

 

Baseball Legend Steps Down

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Baseball legend Jim Leyland announced Monday he is stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers after eight seasons that included three division titles and two trips to the World Series.

Leyland announced his departure two days after the Tigers were eliminated from the AL championship series by Boston in six games.  Leyland reportedly made the decision and September and let his players know after their ALCS loss Saturday night.

“I’m going to be 69 years old,” he said at a news conference. “I’m not  ashamed of that. I’m proud of it. The fuel’s getting a little low.”

Leyland was 700-597 with the Tigers. He led them to the World Series immediately after taking over in 2006, losing to St. Louis in five games. The Tigers went to the World Series again in 2012 but were swept by San Francisco.  Leyland led the Florida Marlins to a World Series title in 1997.
Congrats on an amazing career Jim!

$100,000 in Plastic Surgery to Look Like Justin Bieber??????

Unbeliebable!!!!!!!!!

Toby Sheldon, a 33-year-old songwriter from Los Angeles has spent the past five years and $100,000 in an effort to look like teenaged pop idol Justin Bieber.  Sheldon used a picture of Bieber as the inspiration for numerous surgeries, including face fillers, hair transplants, a chin reduction and eyelid surgery.

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Sheldon’s creepy obsession with his appearance began when he started having treatments to prevent hair thinning at the age of 23,  but really took off when Bieber hit super stardom in 2008.

“Once Justin shot to fame his face was everywhere and all I kept thinking when I saw his picture was, I want to look like him,” Sheldon says.

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Even after a total of $100,000 worth of plastic surgery to look like his idol, Toby says he still hasn’t achieved his dream look.  “I know there is more work to be done in order to make a full transformation into Justin Bieber’s doppelganger like a nose job and jaw reduction, which my surgeon has suggested.”

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Although Sheldon’s similarity to his teen idol isn’t immediately obvious even after spending $100,000 worth of surgical  procedures, he says he does get mistaken for Bieber.  “Between our similar hairstyles, baby-faced smile and overall youthful appearance I finally look like Justin Bieber and I couldn’t be happier about it,” he says.

Would you pay any amount to look like your favorite celeb?

Death of a Titan

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Kenneth Stanley “Bud” Adams, the second-generation oil magnate who brought professional football to Houston in 1960 and, three decades later, spirited it away to Tennessee, has died at the age of 90.

The passing was first reported by Brent Zwerneman of Hearst News Services. A source said early indications are Adams’ death was of natural causes, but the source stressed the “early indications” aspect.

Adams founded the Houston Oilers in 1959 as part of the new American Football League. Until his death he remained owner, chairman of the board, and president and CEO of the franchise that became the Tennessee Titans in 1999 after a heated and  controversial departure from Houston.

He was one of only four NFL owners to reach the 350-win plateau, a milestone only shared with Ralph Wilson (Buffalo Bills), Dan Rooney (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Al Davis (Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders).

R.I.P Bud Adams.  We’ll look for that double bird in the sky.

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This Year’s $10 Million Bra

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Victoria Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel will wear the $10 million Royal Fantasy Bra at this year’s Victoria’s Secret show. This year the bra is designed by world-renowned jeweller, Mouawad.

The centerpiece and headliner of the show is always worn by one of the brand’s most famous Angels.  Congrats to Swanepoel.  Previously, the Fantasy Bra has been worn by Tyra Banks, Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Miranda Kerr, Adriana Lima and most recently last year by Alessandra Ambrosio.

The Royal Fantasy bra and matching belt contain over 4,200 precious jewels from around the world including rubies, diamonds, and sapphires which explains the $10 million dollar price tag.

Victoria’s Secret is the largest American retailer of lingerie and was founded by Roy Raymond  in 1977. 2012 sales were $6.12 billionwith an operating income of $1 billion.The company sells lingerie, womens wear and beauty products through its catalogs (sending out 375 million a year), website, and thousand U.S. stores. Victoria’s Secret is wholly owned by publicly traded L Brands company.

Shark Tank Star Found NOT GUILTY

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Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team and star of ABC’s Shark Tank, was found NOT GUILTY of insider trading when he sold his stock in an Internet company in 2004, a Texas jury ruled on Wednesday.

Cuban, 55, estimated by Forbes magazine to have a net worth of $2.5 billion, was accused by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of trading based on non-public information when he sold 600,000 shares in Internet search company Mamma.com for worth $7.9 million thus avoiding a $750,000 loss.

Prosecutors argued during a two-week trial that Cuban sold his stake after learning from Mamma.com Chief Executive Guy Faure that the company was planning a private placement that would dilute his holdings.

Mamma.com shares dropped 9.3 percent on the morning after the offering was announced. By that time, Cuban had already sold his shares.  The nine-member jury issued the verdict after deliberating 3 hours and 35 minutes.  Cuban simply nodded and smiled as the verdict was read.

UNC Tutor Quits in Protest of Star Player Staying on Team!!!

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Jack Halperin has tutored student athletes at the University of North Carolina for over twenty years, and recently made news when he resigned in protest of Roy William’s decision to keep star guard PJ Hairston on the team.

PJ saying let's keep this on the down low.

Hairston has had three incidents with the law during the offseason, including drug possession charges, possession of a firearm, and driving without a license.  Roy Williams says Hairston will miss “some games” (meaning the easy win games before the real competition starts) for his off court actions.  Sadly he is currently practicing with this teammates preparing for the upcoming season.

For whatever reason UNC continues to fly under the national radar with off the court issues.  Perhaps it is the Michael Jordan effect.  If the NCAA really wants to identify “lack of institutional control” they can look no further than UNC men’s basketball.

Halperin made his resignation public via an open letter to Roy Williams in UNC’s student newspaper, “The Daily Tar Heel.”

Roy, after 23 years as an academic tutor, and after going through the devastating football scandal, I am resigning in protest of your disgraceful decision to allow P.J. Hairston to remain on the team.

If I were arrested driving with no license, illegal drugs and a gun in a felon’s car, my employment at this University would end immediately. Hairston’s DTH headline quote was, ‘I will play this season.’ Since when does the criminal decide his fate?

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Largest NCAA Football Game in the World Set!

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The University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech have agreed to play a football game at Bristol Motor Speedway and expect to shatter the single-game football attendance record in what is being billed as the “Battle at Bristol.”

Track and officials from both universities formally announced the plans Monday.  The game is officially scheduled for Sept. 10, 2016.

“I full well believe we’ll play in front of the largest crowd to ever watch or have watched a football game — that’s college and pro,” Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver said.

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Currently the NCAA-recognized attendance record for college football of 115,109 was set last month at Michigan Stadium for Michigan-Notre Dame.  The “Battle of Bristol” is expected to seat numbers that will approach 200,000.

“It’s a chance and opportunity to be part of something extremely special that will live with you for a lifetime,” said Tennessee coach Butch Jones, who was grand marshal of the Food City 500 at the Bristol speedway in March.

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer has also driven on the Bristol speedway as part of a charity celebrity race in 2009 and recalls sitting in the Bristol bleachers watching races as a high school student.  “Next to Lane Stadium, this is my favorite sports venue, I promise you,” Beamer said.

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“We want to make this a huge, huge deal,” track owner and president Bruton Smith had told The Associated Press. “Our goal is to set a world record for the largest attended football game in the world.”

Bristol Motor Speedway, formerly known as Bristol International Raceway and Bristol Raceway is a NASCAR short track venue located in Bristol, Tennessee. Constructed in 1960, it held its first NASCAR race on July 30, 1961. Despite its short length, Bristol is among the most popular tracks on the NASCAR schedule because of its distinct features, which include extraordinarily steep banking, an all concrete surface, two pit roads, and stadium-like seating. It has also been named one of the loudest NASCAR tracks.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s High Dollar Spending Spree!

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What do you do when you don’t like the direction of your current neighborhood?  Well, if you’re worth $19 billion like Mark Zuckerberg you start buying all the houses around you.  It’s not unusual for celebrities to buy the properties next to their homes to ensure privacy, but usually when they do this, the neighboring homes are already on the market.

Like the old saying goes, everyone has a price.  According to property records, the Facebook CEO recently spent $30 million to buy four of his neighbors’ homes.

Zuckerberg isn’t taking over the properties;  he only wants to be able to control how the properties surrounding his home are marketed and who they are sold to.  This process first started in December 2012 after Zuckerberg learned of a developer’s plans to capitalize on his residence in the area.  “The developer was going to build a huge house and market the property as being next door to Mark Zuckerberg,” a source told the Mercury News.

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Rather than air out his personal business and thoughts publicly, Zuckerberg spent the better part of the year buying three homes behind him and one next door.  He is now leasing the homes back to the former homeowners. The latest sale closed just this week, the Silicon Valley Business Journal reported.

According to Santa Clara County property records, one homeowner sold their 2600 square foot home to Zuckerberg for $14 million although it was valued at  $3.171 million. By comparison, Zuckerberg paid $7 million for his 5,000-square-foot home in May 2011.

Needless to say, that real estate agent earned every penny of their commission.  And talk about the kind of neighbor you want.

 

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (born May 14, 1984) is an American computer programmer and internet entrepreneur. He is best known as one of five co-founders of the social networking website Facebook. As of April 2013, Zuckerberg is the chairman and chief executive of Facebook, Inc. and in 2013 his personal wealth was estimated to be US$19 billion.

Adrian Peterson’s Son Killed by Mother’s New Boyfriend

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Awful news coming out of South Dakota today..

Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson 2-year-old son died on Friday in a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital due to the alleged abuse by a man (Joseph Robert Patterson, 27) dating the boy’s mother, police confirmed.

Peterson met with the media Friday, hours before the boy passed away, and said at the time he still planned to play in Sunday’s game against Carolina, but declined to get into details about the case.

Peterson posted a statement on his Twitter account after news of the child’s death came out.  “Thank you to my family, my fans and fans of other teams for their support. The NFL is a fraternity of brothers and I am thankful for the tweets, phone calls and text messages from my fellow players. God Bless everyone and thank u so much,” Peterson wrote.

And this isn’t the first incident for Patterson.  He has a prior domestic abuse record with a different woman and child, having pleaded guilty to simple assault in an incident last year involving an adult female and juvenile male.

Our prayers go out to AP!  And we can only hope Joseph Robert Patterson is locked away and left to rot.

~ES