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Social media the new mantra for Indian gurus

Call social media a new avatar for India’s spiritual leaders. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of the Art of Living foundation, Coimbatore-based Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Gujarat’s Asaram Bapu (currently imprisoned), the “hugging saint” Amritanandamayi,...Show More Summary

JetBlue Pilot Allegedly Flew Drunk From Florida To JFK

If we learned anything from the trailer to the movie Flight, it's that only Denzel Washington can be trusted to pilot a plane upside-down while drunk. Everyone else is going to get into a lot of trouble that can't be smoothed over by...Show More Summary

Alleged Gang Members Arrested For Credit Card Fraud After Rapping About Scam

In a Key & Peele sketch come-to-life, 39 members and affiliates of a Brooklyn-based rap group were arrested this week on charges of credit card fraud and running a $414,000 identity-theft ring—accusations they not-so-subtly bragged about in their songs. Show More Summary

How Madonna’s Toronto Hard Candy Gym Failed

Turns out Toronto was more interested in the Material Girl than getting into the groove. “It’s Friday night, are you ready to party after this? I want to hear you SCREAM!” A room full of sweaty bodies throws their hands up in the air and cheers. Show More Summary

Raccoon-Resistant Green Bins, Man Wanted for Mall Headbutt, and Another Alleged Plagiarized Wente Column

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Scarborough trash pandas are mourning their final week of free garbage buffets, as the City rolls out new, larger, and raccoon-resistant green bins. Show More Summary

Public Outcry in Iran Over Plan for Increased Morality Police Prompts Review

Deploying 7,000 undercover morality police in Tehran contradicts the principle of the presumption of innocence, Iranian lawyer Ali Rambod told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “We should move towards interpreting laws on the basis of innocent until proven guilty,” he said. “It appears this principle has been overlooked in regards to the […]

How Forest Hill Sees Itself / How MUNI Sees Itself – Mural Depicts Frisco as a Bucolic Ireland with Detached Single-Family Homes

TweetHey look – it’s the streetcar what’s named Desire: Or at least it’s somebody’s view of what big city living should look like. “Precita Eyes Mural Outside Laguna Honda Hospital Nears Completion“ Yeah, Lover I’m off the streets Gonna go where the bright lights And the big city meet With a red guitar, on fire […]

Analysis: Gennadi Nedvigin could bring core changes in culture, artistic vision at Atlanta Ballet

Atlanta Ballet’s 2016-17 season promises to be one of the company’s most interesting ones, both onstage and off. The season will be transitional as Gennadi Nedvigin grows into his new role as artistic director. In addition to Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, the lineup will feature two bold narrative works of the McFall era; Nedvigin’s two mixed...

'Dreamgirls' at Porchlight Music Theatre

I almost skipped Dreamgirls at Porchlight. I've seen and enjoyed the movie, I saw a very decent (if emotionally neutered) touring production 6 years ago, I've watched Jennifer Holliday's landmark performance of the titular first actShow More Summary

Gov. Rauner's demolition politics are hurting Illinois

Governor Bruce Rauner's refusal to compromise and agree to a state budget is tearing at the fabric of our state's human service and higher education infrastructure. Families, children, students and seniors are suffering. They're collateral...Show More Summary

What Makes This Place Not Another L.A. Tattoo Shop & Other Reasons Women Are Getting Inked At This Venice Spot

A recent study suggested getting lots of tattoos might mean you have a kick-ass immune system. Or, opting for ink might be a way "for people to come together; to learn; to rebel; to respect history and keep tradition alive," says Matt...Show More Summary

DEA Approves Studying Pot for PTSD, Rabbi Approves Pot for Passover, and the UN Still Disapproves of Pot

by Tobias Coughlin-Bogue The War on Drugs rages on. Pot Activists / Shutterstock DEA Approves Studying Pot Use for Vets with PTSD The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) finally gave the nod for a study to measure the effectiveness of pot as a treatment for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, reports Leafly News. Show More Summary

Target Trolls Frisco with “SAN FRAN” T-Shirts – Is This a Joke? – No, Seriously, Is This a Joke?

TweetRead the news and turn the pages: “17 Reasons Why It’s Okay To Call It Frisco – San Fran is still strictly forbidden.” And yet, here comes City Target: I dare you, Gentle Reader, to purchase this SAN FRAN shirt and walk about town. READER NOTES: “Balderdash,” Caen wrote. “The toughest guys on the old S.F. […]

How Each Toronto Paper Covers a Terrorist Execution

And the one paper that chooses not to cover it at all. In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. The execution in the Philippines of Canadian John Ridsdel by ransom-seeking terrorists is the top story on four out of our five daily papers this morning. Show More Summary

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Bryant Is Emcee-ing a Cinco de Mayo Party

by Sydney Brownstone Update below. Here is the very uncomfortable South Sound Republicans' event flier: Perhaps not the greatest year to have a cactus in a sombrero advertising a "Fiesta Mexican Buffet" in celebration of the Republican party. Show More Summary

Why My Favorite Things Tours Are My Favorite Things

by Jen Graves For several years now, Seattle Art Museum has quietly been doing My Favorite Things tours. I'm not sure whose idea they were; maybe Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the former head of education at SAM, now at the Met; they started...Show More Summary

Hi-C’s Ecto Cooler Officially Coming Back Just in Time for Ghostbusters

Who ya gonna call? When Surge returned in 2014 after a 13-year hiatus, serious '90s kids could finally forgive the 2000s for killing one of their childhood's two best green drinks. Now it looks like they can give it a full pardon: Coke...Show More Summary

Game of Thrones: Tear Down That Wall!

by Dan Savage Grr, honor, grr, brother, grr... zzz. I'm a late adopter. Didn't get a cell phone until after everyone else on earth was on their third, resisted taking questions via email for Ye Olde Sex Advyce Column for a long tyme, and didn't start watching Game of Thrones until the fourth season was underway. Show More Summary

News: Usher discusses social injustice and his “Chains” videos at Georgia State University

Lede image by Javier McIntosh of the McIntosh Brothers, courtesy Georgia State University. According to his publicist, Usher isn’t doing interviews right now. Yet the afternoon of April 12, he visited Georgia State University to speak to students for an hour. Save for a gold chain, his all-black outfit of jeans, a t-shirt and bomber...

The Artist at the Frye? Yeah, He's One of the Directors on Beyonce's Lemonade

by Jen Graves That would be Kahlil Joseph. Two earlier works... Shabazz Palaces - "Black Up" from WHAT MATTERS MOST on Vimeo. Shabazz Palaces - Belhaven Meridian from WHAT MATTERS MOST on Vimeo. I haven't seen the Beyoncé film but I hear Joseph's segment takes place underwater, like the start of his Flying Lotus piece Until the Quiet Comes. Show More Summary

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