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Even Saturday Night Live Is Sick Of This Election
November 6, 2016 – 10:55 pm | No Comment
Even <i>Saturday Night Live</i> Is Sick Of This Election

Elections are ratings gold for Saturday Night Live, as candidates give them more material than they can use. But even the folks at SNL wonder if it was worth it.
In the last episode before the …

Dylann Roof and Michael Slager Both to Face Trial In Charleston In Coming Week
October 30, 2016 – 11:12 pm | No Comment
Dylann Roof and Michael Slager Both to Face Trial In Charleston In Coming Week

Within next seven days, Charleston, SC will simultaneously host two high-profile trials of white men who killed black people. The trials, especially that concerning a police shooting, could strain the historically sleepy sea-side city, which …

Bob Dylan Finally Acknowledges Nobel Prize
October 29, 2016 – 10:52 am | No Comment
Bob Dylan Finally Acknowledges Nobel Prize

After weeks of silence, Bob Dylan has publicly acknowledged his Nobel Prize for Literature, and expressed gratitude for the award. However, it is still unclear if he will attend the Nobel ceremony to receive it …

Deadpool Director Leaves Sequel Over Differences With Ryan Reynolds
October 23, 2016 – 12:24 pm | No Comment
<i>Deadpool</i> Director Leaves Sequel Over Differences With Ryan Reynolds

Director Tim Miller has left the sequel to Deadpool, reportedly over creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds. The move could be a blow to the franchise, as Miller was a major force behind the original …

Say Goodbye With The Last SNL Debate Sketch of 2016
October 23, 2016 – 11:28 am | No Comment
Say Goodbye With The Last <i>SNL</i> Debate Sketch of 2016

The end of this insufferable election season does have at least one negative consequence: no more campaign sketches from Saturday Night Live. So let’s savor the last time we’ll see Hillary Clinton (Kate MacKinnon) and …

SNL Shows Trump Stalking Hillay at Debate 2
October 16, 2016 – 10:07 am | No Comment
<i>SNL</i> Shows Trump Stalking Hillay at Debate 2

They barely have to change anything from reality these days, but the Saturday Night Live writers still did a killer job with the second presidential debate. Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon returned in the cold …

Three Kansas Militia Members Arrested for Bomb Plot
October 15, 2016 – 5:16 pm | No Comment
Three Kansas Militia Members Arrested for Bomb Plot

The FBI announced today it had thwarted a plot to bomb a housing complex in western Kansas that is home to many Somali Muslims.
Curtis Allen and Gavin Wright, both 49, and of Liberal, Kansas, and …

SNL Skewers Trump As Lin Manuel Miranda Hosts
October 9, 2016 – 10:53 am | No Comment
<i>SNL</i> Skewers Trump As Lin Manuel Miranda Hosts

Saturday Night Live began this week discussing… exactly the issue you’d think. The cold open sketch began as a replay of this week’s Vice Presidential debate, before cutting to “breaking news” of Donald Trump‘s comments …

Hurricane Matthew Kills Hundreds in Haiti; US Spared Worst of Damage
October 8, 2016 – 9:29 pm | No Comment
Hurricane Matthew Kills Hundreds in Haiti; US Spared Worst of Damage

Haiti is grappling with a growing humanitarian crisis as it recovers from Hurricane Matthew this week, with hundreds dead, thousands displaced, and a public health crisis. The situation is a stark contrast to the US, …

Person in Gorilla Suit, “All Lives Matter” Shirt, Disrupts Bears Game
October 2, 2016 – 9:24 pm | No Comment
Person in Gorilla Suit, “All Lives Matter” Shirt, Disrupts Bears Game

A person was apprehended after running on the field during an NFL game between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. It’s unclear if the person, who was wearing a gorilla costume and a shirt that …

Alec Baldwin Makes a Great Donald Trump on SNL
October 2, 2016 – 5:42 pm | No Comment
Alec Baldwin Makes a Great Donald Trump on SNL

With the surprise firing of Taran Killam ahead of the season premiere, Saturday Night Live went into an election year without a regular to play Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Despite being a highly coveted …

Artists Upset Over Wells Fargo Ads
September 4, 2016 – 10:48 pm | No Comment
Artists Upset Over Wells Fargo Ads

Wells Fargo has apologized after publishing promotion materials that seemed to discourage students from pursuing careers in the arts. The images caused a backlash, as artists responded on Twitter.
In a brochure for the bank’s “Teen …

Hermine Shifts East, Coast Expects Less Disruption
September 4, 2016 – 5:01 pm | No Comment
Hermine Shifts East, Coast Expects Less Disruption

Tropical Storm Hermine is now expected to have less of an effect on much of the east coast after weakening and moving further out to sea. The storm is still a risk for parts of …

Two Charged in Shooting Death of Nykea Aldridge, Cousin of Dwyane Wade
August 29, 2016 – 3:41 pm | No Comment
Two Charged in Shooting Death of Nykea Aldridge, Cousin of Dwyane Wade

Two brothers have been charged with the shooting death of Nykea Aldridge, 32, on Chicago’s South Side on Friday. The tragedy has gained additional attention due to the fact that Aldridge is the cousin of …

WWE Superstar Mr. Fuji Dies at 81
August 28, 2016 – 8:44 pm | No Comment
WWE Superstar Mr. Fuji Dies at 81

Harry Fujiwara, better known as WWE Hall of Famer Mr. Fuji, died on Sunday at age 81. The news was announced by the WWE.
A native of Hawaii, Fujiwara had a career spanning over three decades …

Colin Kaepernick Won’t “Show Pride… For A Country That Oppresses Black People”
August 27, 2016 – 12:18 pm | No Comment
Colin Kaepernick Won’t “Show Pride… For A Country That Oppresses Black People”

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will not stand during the national anthem, to protest the United States’ treatment of minorities. He explained his beliefs in an exclusive interview with NFL Media.
“I am not going …

Steve Rogers Is No Longer Captain America
August 27, 2016 – 11:31 am | No Comment
Steve Rogers Is No Longer Captain America

It turns out that the big fight at the end of Captain America: Civil War was more than just Cap being dramatic: Directors Joe and Anthony Russo confirmed this week the scene literally represented Steve …

Trump Campaign Manager: “He Doesn’t Hurl Personal Insults”
August 21, 2016 – 7:16 pm | No Comment
Trump Campaign Manager: “He Doesn’t Hurl Personal Insults”

Donald Trump‘s new campaign manager is pursuing new heights of denial in service to her boss. Appearing on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Kellyanne Conway said Trump does not traffic in negative speech.
Conway spent several …

Hostess Introduces Deep Fried Twinkies
August 13, 2016 – 11:22 am | No Comment
Hostess Introduces Deep Fried Twinkies

Long a favorite at county fairs, Deep Fried Twinkies are now an at-home treat. Maker Hostess, in conjunction with Walmart, has introduced a pre-fried version available in the frozen section.
The confection comes in both chocolate …

Shooter Virginia Thrasher, 19, Wins First Gold Medal For US In Rio
August 6, 2016 – 2:13 pm | No Comment
Shooter Virginia Thrasher, 19, Wins First Gold Medal For US In Rio

The US has taken home gold in the very first medal event of the Rio 2016 Olympics, thanks to 19-year-old Virginia “Ginny” Thrasher. The West Virginia University freshman placed first in the the women’s 10m air …

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