Nicki Minaj wardrobe malfunction staged for VMAs?

Did Nicki Minaj pull a Janet Jackson?

Minaj clutched her dress together with both hands as she rapped her part on Ariana Grande’s song “Bang Bang,” the apparent victim of an onstage wardrobe malfunction during Sunday night’s MTV VMA Awards.

She even told The Hollywood Reporter backstage that she “ran out of time getting zipped up,” and so had to make do as best she could.

But now TMZ is reporting that Minaj faked the whole thing.

An eyewitness to the “Bang Bang” performance dress rehearsal told the site that she wore the same dress onstage, and it was unzipped then as well. The source also said she was grabbing it in a “weird” way to get a better idea of how much would be exposed.

Minaj took to Instagram to explain herself.

“God is good. As long as a nipple didn’t come out to play, I’m fine. Love my team. CASPER, Rushka, Adam, Oscar, Joyce, Gee… Many more to name but they’re all winners! No weak links. There’s no greater feeling than having ppl who inspire u and who work passionately and relentlessly to get the job done.”

The episode bore an eerie resemblance to Janet Jackson’s famous malfunction onstage at the 2004 Super Bowl half-time show with Justin Timberlake. Jackson also claimed when he ripped her top off that it was an accident, but the elaborate decoration of her nipples underneath her top — and the way Timberlake ripped off her shirt — had some crying foul.

On purpose or on accident, it’s not Minaj’s first on-air slip, either. In 2012 her top slid down during a performance on “Good Morning America,” giving Americans more than they bargained for that morning.

Nicki Minaj wardrobe malfunction staged for VMAs?

Adolescents who use e-cigarettes are much more likely to try tobacco, CDC says

The morass of conflicting information about e-cigarettes and tobacco use grew deeper Monday, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new study showing that adolescents who vape say they are much more likely to smoke conventional cigarettes.

The results show that 43.9 percent of sixth- through 12th-graders who had used e-cigarettes said they intended to light up conventional cigarettes over the next year, compared with 21.5 percent of youth who had never used the electronic nicotine delivery systems.

Overall, more than 263,000 adolescents who had never smoked before used e-cigarettes in 2013, up from 79,000 in 2011, the CDC reported in a study in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research. The data come from the agency’s National Youth Tobacco Surveys for 2011-2013.

The study also showed that 21.9 percent of the youth who had never smoked traditional cigarettes intended to give them a try in the next year — almost exactly the same proportion as the 21.5 percent who had never tried an e-cigarette — and that, overall, the percentage of youths who reported an intention to smoke declined “significantly” in the 2013 survey.

While there is no doubt that smoking tobacco is one of the worst things you can do for your health, there is debate about whether e-cigarettes promote cigarette use or can help prevent it by offering people access to nicotine-laced vapor without the harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke. Others claim that e-cigaretttes may help wean smokers off tobacco, for the same reason. In April, the Food and Drug Administration announced plans to regulate e-cigarettes for the first time since they came to the United States in 2006.

This November, 2013 study in the Lancet, concluded that “E-cigarettes, with or without nicotine, were modestly effective at helping smokers to quit, with similar achievement of abstinence as with nicotine patches, and few adverse events.” Sally Satel, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction even argued here that promoting e-cigarettes should be a “public health priority,” free of taxes and with easily accessible starter kits. Perhaps, she says, that will make a dent in the $130 billion we spend every year on medical costs related to smoking.

Adolescents who use e-cigarettes are much more likely to try tobacco, CDC says

Mystery Surrounds 'Suge' Knight Nightclub Shooting

Police still aren’t sure what sparked a Hollywood nightclub shooting that left music producer Marion “Suge” Knight badly injured.

No known suspects or persons of interest have been identified.

The shooting happened at 1:30 a.m. Sunday during a pre-MTV Video Music Awards party thrown by Chris Brown at a trendy Los Angeles nightclub. The rap mogul, 49, walked out of the West Hollywood hotspot 1Oak after reportedly being shot six times. He was loaded onto a stretcher and taken to a hospital along with two others injured by bullets.

Knight’s family was asking for prayers.

“Suge is currently resting and has lost a lot of blood. He’s human,” his family said in a statement.

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Video taken inside the club captured the shots. Amid the chaos and confusion, party goers ducked for cover.

Thomas Clark witnessed the shooting.

“Before I knew it, everyone ran and I got on the floor,” he said.

Video showed Brown on top of a table after the shooting — furious at what had taken place, according to witnesses. Club goers raced out the door, holding their hands up as sheriff’s deputies stood guard with guns drawn.

Authorities were still trying to figure out what caused the shooting, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jeff Gordon said.

“At this time we’re not even sure if Marion Knight was the intended target,” Gordon said. “And the other two appear, from their gunshot wounds, they may have been just trying to get out of harm’s way.”

Brown’s representatives released a statement following the shooting.

“This incident did not involve Chris,” the statement read. “He has and will continue to cooperate with the investigation.”

This isn’t the first time Knight — famous for working with such artists as Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre — has been injured at a pre-VMAs party. He also was shot in the leg at a party in Miami Beach, Florida, in 2005.

Less than 24 hours after the shooting, Brown attended Sunday’s show, falling short in the “best collaboration” category for the song “Loyal” with Lil Wayne and Tyga.

Mystery Surrounds 'Suge' Knight Nightclub Shooting

Michael Brown had promised to 'shake the world'

ST. LOUIS — Justice was a recurring theme as thousands of mourners packed the mammoth Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Monday for the funeral of Michael Brown, a black teen whose fatal shooting following a confrontation with a white police officer set off weeks of sometimes violent protests.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, among the speakers, called for a “fair and impartial investigation” into the shooting.

“We are not anti-police, we respect police,” Sharpton said. “But those police that are wrong need to be dealt with just like those in our community who are wrong need to be dealt with.”

Benjamin Crump, a lawyer representing Brown’s family, alluded to the “three-fifths” clause in the Constitution for counting slaves (which actually was an anti-slavery clause) and demanded that Brown get “full justice, not three-fifths justice.”

Brown’s body was being laid to rest, but the controversy surrounding the Aug. 9 shooting was far from over. Prosecutors have not determined whether the Ferguson police officer, 28-year-old Darren Wilson, will face charges in Brown’s death.

The service began with energy, including songs from a church choir and Scripture readings. The line from Scripture: “If God be for us, who can be against us?” drew loud applause.


Timeline: Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

Several family members shared stories of Brown, telling how the 18-year-old had promised to make something of himself.

Michael “stated to the family that one day the world would know his name. He did not know he was offering up a divine prophecy,” Brown’s cousin, Eric Davis, told the crowd. “But we are here today remembering the name of Michael Brown.”

Davis encouraged people to express their anger at the polls.

“Every time change has come, it’s come through the youth and the young generation,” Davis said. “This generation is saying we have had enough of this senseless killing. We have had enough of this.”

Michael Brown’s step mother, Cal Brown, said Michael shared similar memories. “Mike-Mike,” as he was called, had promised to “shake the world.”

She said he had been dreaming of death and bloody sheets just days before he died.

“He pretty much prophesied his own death and didn’t realize it,” she said. “Mike-Mike is an awesome man. He just wanted to go to college. He wanted to have a family … but God had different plans.”

Michael Brown Sr., listened intently as his 1-year-old daughter, Mi-Kelle Brown — Michael’s sister — slept in his arms. Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, stared straight ahead, sometimes bobbing her head in agreement with the speakers.

Brown Sr. had urged supporters not to protest Monday out of respect for his son. Sharpton also discouraged violent protest, saying anyone involved in such activity must do so in their own name, not Michael Brown’s name.

People attend the funeral of slain teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 25 at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Mo. Brown was shot and killed on Aug. 9 by a police officer Ferguson, Mo.People attend the funeral of slain teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 25 at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Mo. Brown was shot and killed on Aug. 9 by a police officer Ferguson, Mo. (Photo: Pool photo by Robert Cohen)

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The request was a hard sell outside the church, where members of the New Black Panther Party and Panthers for Justice started brief “Black Power” chants, fists punching the air.

Bila Mohammad, of Panthers for Justice, said he wished Michael Brown’s family hadn’t discouraged protests. “This is the day,” he said. “The community needs to come together, in a non-violent way.”

He added: “There will be more protests … In the words of Malcolm X, ‘When you tell your people to put their guns down, we’ll put ours down, too.”

Earlier, mourners began lining up under a blistering sun more than three hours before the funeral.

An hour before the service’s scheduled start, lines snaked around the corner and down a full city block on either side of the red-brick church.

Fifteen minutes later, police informed visitors that the church had reached its 2,500-person capacity. They directed them to an adjacent auditorium that seats 1,000 people, where the service will be shown on giant screens. Soon that room also was overflowing with mourners. A 300-seat annex also filled quickly.

A few hundred visitors unable to get into the service milled around outside cordially, allowing family members to enter and chatting with one another. One woman passed out small green and purple ribbons that people pinned to their shirts. But anger simmered under the surface.

Quincy Harts, 40, of St. Louis, was outside the church wearing a T-shirt with Brown’s picture and the words: “No Justice, No Peace.”

He said he’ll respect the family’s wishes of no protests – for now.

“Ain’t nobody too happy about this,” Harts said. “You’re going to see more protests until (Wilson) goes to jail.”

Still, the atmosphere outside the church was subdued. Johnnie Shegog, 57, of St. Louis, knew Brown since he was 4 years old and the family for two decades.

“I’m hoping this day lifts us up, turns things around,” she said. “Not just for St. Louis, but the entire nation.”

Angela Jones-Peaks, 43, of nearby Jennings, asked her supervisor for a few hours off Monday morning to attend the service. Having two sons of her own motivated her to attend, she said.

“It’s scary every time they leave home,” Jones-Peaks said. “I wanted to support this family, let them know we’re here for them.”

Michael Brown had promised to 'shake the world'

Police Seek Joe Budden For Alleged Assault On Ex; Budden Taunts NYPD

(AllHipHop News) Slaughterhouse member Joe Budden is reportedly wanted for questioning by the police. According to the New York Daily News, the New York Police Department is looking for Budden in connection to an alleged assault on his ex-girlfriend and a robbery.

The NYPD claims Budden forced the woman into his car outside a restaurant in Washington Heights last week. He then allegedly drove her back to his home in New Jersey and continued to beat her. There are also allegations that Budden stole the woman’s cell phone.

After news broke that the police was asking the public for help finding Budden, the No Love Lost rapper began tweeting messages directed at the NYPD. He even threatened to sue the department.

While Budden has tweeted that he is “on the run” from the NYPD, he has reportedly stated New Jersey police searched his home. A representative of the former Love and Hip Hop cast member issued a statement to about the abuse allegations and his cooperation with the authorities.

Mr. Budden looks forward to an opportunity to responsibly deal with and address the allegations against him so he may establish the actual facts of the night in question. Mr. Budden has fully cooperated with the investigation. Mr. Budden asks for patience as the evidence and facts unfold to demonstrate the truth of his involvement and the real events that transpired on the night in question.

– Nima Ameri, Esq.

Police Seek Joe Budden For Alleged Assault On Ex; Budden Taunts NYPD

Spurs hire WNBA star Becky Hammon as assistant

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have hired WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach.

The Spurs made the announcement Tuesday. Hammon plans to retire from the San Antonio Stars after this season. She joins South Carolina assistant Lisa Boyer, who served as a volunteer on John Lucas’s staff in Cleveland in 2001-02, as women to coach in the NBA.

Hammon spent some time around the Spurs during last season’s run to the championship, and coach Gregg Popovich says she made a strong impression. Popovich says he’s “confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”

It’s the latest trailblazing move for the Spurs, who hired European coaching legend Ettore Messina to join Popovich’s staff earlier this summer.

Spurs hire WNBA star Becky Hammon as assistant

Longer Battery Life for Smartphones?

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Research at Stanford University could lead to an answer for the biggest complaint from consumers about their smartphones: short battery life.

In a paper published in the Nature Nanotechnology, researchers said they’ve designed a lithium-metal anode that boosts the energy storage capacity by as much as 400 percent.

“Some call it the Holy Grail. It is very lightweight and it has the highest energy density,” Yi Cui, an associate professor in Stanford’s Department of Chemistry, told Forbes. “You get more power per volume and weight, leading to lighter, smaller batteries with more power.”

The Stanford team includes former U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. More research is needed but the advance could lead to much longer battery life for many products, including electric cars.

Ruling Pleases Labor Rights Crowd

“HUGE victory for labor & fast food workers!” said a tweet from the Service Employees International Union.

Labor rights proponents are delighted with a legal ruling by the National Labor Relations Board. The decision said McDonald’s can be treated as a joint employer with its franchise-owned restaurants, potentially exposing the fast food giant to hundreds lawsuits over how companies deal with their workers.

McDonald’s said it will fight the decision, which could set a precedent for the industry.

The vast majority of McDonald’s more than 14,000 restaurants are owned and operated by franchisees. The same is true for many other fast food companies, including Yum Brands, which owns KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut.

Labor organizers have said McDonald’s should be held accountable as a joint employer at its franchise locations because the company has so much control in setting operational terms. Unions and workers have protested in cities around the country in a push for higher wages and the right to unionize.

Gas Company Accused

Pacific Gas & Electric is accused of lying to regulators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010. The U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced the obstruction of justice charge and 27 related counts. The explosion destroyed 38 homes, killed eight people and injured dozens.

Something to Tweet About

Twitter’s stock soared 30 percent after strong financial results in its second quarter report. The short messaging site said revenues more than doubled in the 2nd quarter.

However, Twitter posted a loss of $144 million, which was much larger than the year before, when it was a private company.

Amgen Retrenchment

Bio-drug maker Amgen plans to lay off as much as 15 percent of its worldwide workforce.

That includes closing plants in Colorado and Washington state.

Amgen said it is streamlining the company’s structure and plans to launch more drugs in the future.

Longer Battery Life for Smartphones?

Busta Rhymes Shamefully Appears In “Swagger Wagon” Ad

Busta Rhymes, say it isn’t so. The accomplished, legendary MC created ripples throughout the Internets for all the wrong reasons after Toyota premiered their new “Swagger Wagon” ad.

Some will recall the viral achromatic treatment that jumpstarted the campaign four years ago. This time, Bussa Buss was enlisted to give the spot some “authenticity.” But after watching, we doubt that the word properly describes the end result.

It all begins when a young girl unexpectedly utters, “Awright, listen up, motherfathers, this one’s about the swagger wagon, I’ll wash yo mouf out wit soap if you call it a minivan…that’s a dirty w0rd.” From there it pretty much goes awkwardly downhill, with the assistance of some senseless twerking.

See the “Swagger Wagon” clip below and let your thoughts be known in the chorus.

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Busta Rhymes Shamefully Appears In “Swagger Wagon” Ad

Busta Rhymes Shamefully Appears In “Swagger Wagon” Ad

Busta Rhymes, say it isn’t so. The accomplished, legendary MC created ripples throughout the Internets for all the wrong reasons after Toyota premiered their new “Swagger Wagon” ad.

Some will recall the viral achromatic treatment that jumpstarted the campaign four years ago. This time, Bussa Buss was enlisted to give the spot some “authenticity.” But after watching, we doubt that the word properly describes the end result.

It all begins when a young girl unexpectedly utters, “Awright, listen up, motherfathers, this one’s about the swagger wagon, I’ll wash yo mouf out wit soap if you call it a minivan…that’s a dirty w0rd.” From there it pretty much goes awkwardly downhill, with the assistance of some senseless twerking.

See the “Swagger Wagon” clip below and let your thoughts be known in the chorus.

- See more at:

Busta Rhymes Shamefully Appears In “Swagger Wagon” Ad

Man Arrested After Gmail Detects Child Porn

A 41-year-old Houston man was arrested last week after a Google email scan uncovered child pornography.

John Henry Skillern (pictured) was sending explicit images of a young girl when the search giant intercepted them and handed them over to local police, according to Houston station KHOU 11 News.

After obtaining a search warrant, police found more child porn stored on Skillern’s mobile phone and tablet, as well as text messages and emails discussing his interest in children, KHOU 11 News said. He has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of child pornography; he is being held on a $200,000 bond.

Skillern is a registered sex offender who worked as a cook at a local Denny’s. According to KHOU 11 News, he would take photos of children at the restaurant using his cell phone.

Google did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment. But the news comes about a year after Google announced that it would spearhead a new, shareable database intended to make it easier for organizations to report and remove images of child sexual abuse from larger portions of the Web.

According to Google, the company’s database identifies images by a process known as hashing – a method that breaks a picture down into specific components that can be identified regardless of the image’s file type or resolution. In other words, the process helps to create a unique fingerprint that allows Google to identify similar images based on what they actually look like.

In November 2013, meanwhile, Google pledged to further crack down on access to child porn via its search engine. “In the last three months [we]put more than 200 people to work developing new, state-of-the-art technology to tackle the problem,” Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt wrote in an op-ed at the time.

Man Arrested After Gmail Detects Child Porn

A Man Bit Off Someone’s Finger At A Beyonce-Jay Z Concert This Weekend

A Beyoncé-Jay Z “On The Run” tour stop at the Rose Bowl Stadium yielded more than 10 arrests Saturday night, including that of a man who bit off the fingertip of another man after allegedly groping his girlfriend.

According to CBS Los Angeles, the Pasadena, California, police department reports that the confrontation between the two men arose when 25-year-old Roberto Alcaraz Garnica groped a woman at the concert venue.

The woman’s boyfriend — whose name has not been released by police — confronted Garnica, who bit off a piece of the man’s finger, sending him to the hospital. Garnica was arrested on a charge of mayhem, with further charges pending.

Garnica was not the only one arrested during that first night at Rose Bowl Stadium. Eight people were arrested for public drunkenness, according to the Pasadena Star-News, and two were nabbed for scalping tickets.

A Man Bit Off Someone’s Finger At A Beyonce-Jay Z Concert This Weekend

Toledo Tap Water Still Off-Limits as Mayor Demands More Tests

Tap water remained off-limits for nearly half a million people in northwestern Ohio early Monday after testing showed continued cause for concern. It was the third day of the crisis, which erupted after the city of Toledo, Ohio, said Saturday a toxin had been detected in the water supply and warned residents not to use the tap for drinking, bathing and even cooking. Police were called in to help order as residents emptied store shelves of water, and water distribution sites were opened throughout the area. Governor John Kasich declared a state of emergency, and the Ohio National Guard began providing tens of thousands of gallons of water.

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins said early Monday that while tests continued to show a positive trend, they “do not convince us of safety,” NBC station WNWO reported. He said the advisory remains in effect and more tests will be carried out, with “satisfactory” results in the majority of areas but two “spots of concern” remain. The advisory was put in place after tests at a treatment plant showed above-standard readings for microsystin, which can cause liver problems, diarrhea and vomiting. Researchers said that sewage from treatment plants and fertilizer from farms streamed into the lake, triggering an algae bloom near an intake valve that sends water to Toledo and more than a dozen surrounding communities.

Toledo Tap Water Still Off-Limits as Mayor Demands More Tests

U.S. Ebola Virus Patient Being Treated in Atlanta Faces Crucial Days

ATLANTA—An American infected with Ebola in Liberia was being treated and monitored in the U.S. on Sunday, as doctors worked to provide care in what will be a crucial few days in his attempt to recover from the deadly disease.

About a week after his first symptoms of Ebola were reported, Kent Brantly, a doctor, was in an Atlanta hospital’s special isolation unit. He had arrived Saturday, flown from Liberia in a chartered air ambulance, and he appeared in fairly good condition as he walked, covered from head to toe in a protective suit, into the unit at Emory University Hospital.

Plans to soon bring a second American Ebola patient from Liberia to the same hospital were on schedule, according to the air-charter company hired to do the job.

An Emory spokeswoman wouldn’t comment Sunday on the condition of Dr. Brantly, a 33-year-old from Texas, who was infected while working at an Ebola treatment center operated by two U.S. faith-based organizations. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is based in Atlanta right near Emory, told Fox News on Sunday that Dr. Brantly “appears to be improving, and that’s encouraging.”

American Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantly arrived from West Africa for treatment at Emory University Hospital on Saturday. His is the first known case of Ebola to be treated in the U.S. Another infected patient, charity worker Nancy Writebol, is expected to arrive in the coming days. Photo: AP

Samaritan’s Purse, one of the charities operating the center and the group that brought Dr. Brantly to Liberia, also said Sunday that the doctor’s condition was improving, and Dr. Brantly’s wife, Amber, said in a statement that she was able to see her husband and that he was in good spirits.

The other infected aid worker, Nancy Writebol, who had been helping decontaminate workers at the clinic for the other charity, SIM USA, was expected to arrive soon for treatment. A SIM USA spokesman couldn’t be reached for comment; a news release from the group Friday said she was in serious condition.

The next several days will be critical for the two patients. Ebola has taken the lives of as many as 90% of those it has infected in past outbreaks.

There is no vaccine or treatment for the viral hemorrhagic fever, which causes symptoms such as fever, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea and can puncture blood vessels to cause internal bleeding. But good supportive care, such as fluids to replace those lost in vomiting and diarrhea, medication to bring down fevers, and antibiotics for complications can improve a patient’s chances by keeping the immune system as strong as possible to fight off the virus.

In fact, early treatment may have helped keep the death rate lower in the current outbreak in West Africa, according to Stephan Monroe, an emerging infectious diseases expert at the CDC. Of 1,323 cases, 729 have died, according to the World Health Organization, putting the death rate at 55%.

An Emory spokeswoman wouldn’t comment on what treatments are being used at the Atlanta hospital.

There are several vaccines and drug treatments in development and testing for Ebola, but none have been approved by regulators. Commercializing them is a challenge given that Ebola is a rare disease, said Thomas Geisbert, who works on potential Ebola vaccine platforms as a researcher at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

“Ebola is very rare—there is not a financial incentive for large pharmaceutical companies to make vaccines for Ebola,” he said. “It’s really going to require government agencies or a foundation.”

Vaccines would be helpful not only as a preventive tool, but to stop transmission during outbreaks, said Thomas Ksiazek, director of high-containment laboratory operations at Galveston National Laboratory. They can be given shortly after infection, and having a vaccine to offer could help draw out contacts of a patient, he said—something that has been hard to do in this outbreak.

“If you identify all of these people at risk, that would reduce the chance of them becoming ill and transmitting it on to others,” he said.

Dr. Ksiazek, a veteran of multiple Ebola outbreaks as a former special pathogens branch chief at the CDC, is heading to Sierra Leone Aug. 11 to help with outbreak-control efforts, part of an all-hands-on-deck call by the WHO. Ebola is such a rare disease that no more than 300 medical and public health professionals have experience with outbreaks, said Dr. Ksiazek’s former colleague at the CDC, Pierre Rollin, who has been in West Africa for most of the past four months.

“People with this experience are getting to be overwhelmed,” Dr. Ksiazek said of the reasons he was asked to come. He said he would help lead a team of epidemiologists tracking the outbreak.

Samaritan’s Purse said it expected to finish evacuating this weekend all but its most essential personnel from its operations in Liberia. SIM USA is evacuating nonessential personnel, too, though sending in another American doctor to help at its Ebola treatment center near Monrovia, Liberia.

U.S. Ebola Virus Patient Being Treated in Atlanta Faces Crucial Days

Charlamagne: Slowbucks Got Caught Up in His Own Hype

Charlamagne Tha God sat down with VladTV where he shared his thoughts on Slowbucks & 50 Cent’s current beef, saying Slowbucks shouldn’t have been on the Summer Jam stage behind 50 in the first place, and that he was caught up in the hype of hitting the stage rather than thinking about whether it made sense for him to be there.

He also feels Slowbucks shouldn’t have done so many interviews after the incident and that sometimes we all just need to learn to take L quietly. As far as being jumped on stage, Charlamagne claims he would have attempted to sue someone over the incident.

Charlamagne: Slowbucks Got Caught Up in His Own Hype

50 Cent's "Power" Influence Detailed By Series Creator Courtney Kemp Agboh

50 Cent’s work on Power has been detailed by the program’s actors, but Courtney Kemp Agboh, the series creator and show runner, recently opened up about how 50 Cent influenced the show’s foundation.

“He really helped me build Ghost,” Agboh says in an interview with the New York Times. “Because I am not actually a superrich, urban human. I’m kind of middle of the road.”

Power isn’t the only thing Agboh and 50 Cent bonded over.

“50 Cent and I really started to bond over our love for music,” Agboh says. “The first conversations we had were about Curtis Mayfield.”

50′s involvement with Power was recently praised by Omari Hardwick, the show’s star.

“It was pretty amazing,” Hardwick said of 50′s dedication to the show. “He’s tried… and proven in other parts of his life, as a mogul, as a Rap artist. It was really interesting for me to see him take on the executive producer hat of a show like this. He had done producing before…but to see him be active and take my phone call on the dime…If I’d call and go, ‘We really need you on the set today.’ We have an incredible cast, so it wasn’t just me, it would be me speaking for the cast and going, ‘Folks need your energy today.’ And he’d be down in like 30 minutes. He was really active…He’s great to work with.”

Recently, Starz announced that Power earned a second season.

For more on 50 Cent, view the DX Daily below.

50 Cent's "Power" Influence Detailed By Series Creator Courtney Kemp Agboh

LeBron deep-sixes number; will be No. 23 with Cavs

LeBron James will go back to wearing jersey No. 23 in his return to Cleveland.

James tweeted “23 it is! It’s only right I go back. 2 3=6 We still family 6.” The tweet included an Instagram post with photos of James holding his No. 23 Cavaliers jersey on draft night, him later in a new version of the Cavs’ jersey and a one of him in his high school jersey.

James wore No. 6 in four seasons with Miami and with the U.S. Olympic team. He used No. 23 in high school and during seven seasons in Cleveland.

About 10 days ago, James turned to social media to help him choose which number he’ll wear next season with the Cavaliers. James wrote “6 or 23….” on his Twitter account.

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LeBron deep-sixes number; will be No. 23 with Cavs

Byron Scott says he will be LA Lakers' new coach

(FoxSports)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they’re apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days.

Scott said this weekend that he has been hired by the Lakers, but the club insisted Sunday that no deal has been reached.

Scott, who won three NBA titles as a shooting guard for the Lakers, told KCBS-TV he will take over the club, which hasn’t had a coach since Mike D’Antoni resigned April 30.

“It feels fantastic,” he told KCBS. “This is a dream come true. I always wanted to coach the Lakers, especially when I got to coaching. It’s so unreal. I have to thank (general manager) Mitch (Kupchak), (owners) Jeanie and Jim Buss to give me this opportunity.”

Yet Kupchak and the Buss siblings remained mum Sunday, extending their strange coach-less summer to the final days of July. first reported Scott would take over the Lakers with a four-year, $17 million contract.

Scott is undoubtedly qualified for the job after stints as a head coach with New Jersey, New Orleans and Cleveland. He was Kobe Bryant’s teammate during Bryant’s rookie year with the Lakers in 1996-97, and the superstar endorsed Scott for the job earlier this month.

“He was my rookie mentor when I first came in the league, so I had to do things like get him doughnuts and run errands for him, things like that,” said Bryant, who played just six games last season. “We’ve had a tremendously close relationship throughout the years.”

Scott also spent last season as a television commentator on the Lakers’ own network, watching the franchise’s implosion up close.

Los Angeles finished 27-55 last season, compiling the most losses in the 16-time NBA champions’ history. The Lakers had their worst winning percentage since the Minneapolis Lakers’ 1957-58 season, missing the playoffs for just the third time in 38 seasons as the NBA’s most glamorous franchise was reduced to ineptitude.

Scott will be the Lakers’ fifth head coach in just over three years, starting with Phil Jackson’s departure after the 2010-11 season. D’Antoni, who replaced Mike Brown and interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff, resigned after going 67-87 in less than two seasons in charge.

Several candidates for the coaching job interviewed with the Lakers over the past three months, including Lionel Hollins and George Karl. Scott has been widely considered the front-runner for the job for several weeks, but Kupchak and Jim Buss appeared to be more focused on the NBA draft and free agency.

Los Angeles landed Kentucky power forward Julius Randle with the seventh overall pick in the draft, but struck out on every big-name free agent despite aggressively courting Carmelo Anthony and entertaining dreams of landing LeBron James.

The Lakers couldn’t even retain Pau Gasol, who spent the past seven seasons with the club. The 7-foot Spaniard, who was regularly booed by Staples Center fans last season despite his two championship rings, spurned the Lakers’ overtures for a deal with the Chicago Bulls, who are much closer to NBA title contention.

Scott could be inheriting a caretaker job with the Lakers, who are likely to struggle just for playoff contention for the next two seasons while Bryant’s two-year, $48.5 million contract eats up a huge chunk of their salary-cap space.

The Lakers emerged from the last few weeks with a reconfigured roster that now includes point guard Jeremy Lin, power forward Carlos Boozer and center Ed Davis alongside returnees Nick Young, Jordan Hill and Xavier Henry. Los Angeles also still has 40-year-old Steve Nash, who is likely to get the chance to play another season after injuries limited him to 15 games last year.

Byron Scott says he will be LA Lakers' new coach

Google and Motorola Rumored to be working on a 5.9-inch Nexus Device, Named ‘Shamu’

This will make some people happy. According to a leak that Android Police published this afternoon, it appears that Google and Motorola are working on a Nexus device. But not just that it’s a Nexus device, it’s also a 5.9-inch device. So those looking for a larger sized Nexus device will love this rumor, if it indeed becomes true. According to Android Police, this device is going to be aimed at several US carriers and some other unspecified carriers elsewhere in the world. Which kinda leads me to believe that it might be an Android Silver device, but then again Google always names their Nexus devices after sea-animals like tilapia, Hammerhead, etc. The rumor also states that it’s aimed at a November release and set to come with a fingerprint sensor, which is actually kinda surprising, to see that on a Nexus device.

It also appears that both Shamu and Volantis are running a Google-based kernel, which is typically only done on Nexus devices. Even though we can’t say for certain that this will be a Nexus device, it looks pretty likely that it will be one. Android Police also notes that this rumor was sent to them from someone with a Gmail address, and not a email address. So it could be fake, but someone would have to go a long way to get a device name entered into their AOSP issue tracker and have the issue accepted by Google.

While we aren’t sure if this is true or not, we’re definitely hoping that it is. We’ve been waiting on a Motorola Nexus for quite some time now. Heck, I’ve been asking for a Nexus Maxx for a few years. And we might just get it this year. Now it looks like a 5.9-inch device, so it may not be for everyone, and if they do go the 5.9-inch route, I think we’ll see another Nexus smartphone launched this fall.

Google and Motorola Rumored to be working on a 5.9-inch Nexus Device, Named ‘Shamu’

NYPD faces brutality complaint from new incident

The family of a man who died after a violent encounter with the NYPD on Staten Island, joined by another man shown on an amateur cellphone video getting stomped on the head during an arrest in Brooklyn, appeared at a rally Saturday led by the Rev. Al Sharpton demanding action against police brutality.

The images that emerged of Jah-miel Cuffee’s arrest shows him pinned on the pavement by other officers when the accused officer approaches and lowers his foot on Cuffee’s head. He was suspected of smoking a marijuana cigarette, police said.

A week earlier, Sharpton preached from the same pulpit at his Harlem headquarters over the July 17 death of Eric Garner, 43, an accused peddler of untaxed cigarettes in Staten Island on whom police applied a banned chokehold. That incident also was caught on amateur video.

Sharpton said he watched the video of Cuffee’s Wednesday arrest after returning Friday from a meeting with federal prosecutors to ask that they, instead of the local district attorney, consider prosecuting the chokehold officer.

“It was almost like, ‘Here we go again,’” Sharpton said.

Sharpton suggested he wants to see the de Blasio administration roll back the so-called “broken-windows theory” of policing — championed by Police Commissioner William Bratton, in which officers focus on small offenses to deter bigger crimes.

“The challenge for this mayor is that you ran on transforming the Police Department,” Sharpton said. “You have the opportunity now to show you said what you meant and you meant what you said.”

Esaw Garner, the dead man’s widow, said she wanted the officers involved in his arrest to be themselves arrested.

“He was a quiet man, but he’s making a lot of noise now,” she said.

Cuffee, 32, who has been charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and evidence tampering, had a bruise on his forehead that he says was sustained in the stomp.

“I just want it all to stop. I just want justice,” he said.

Cuffee’s sister, Rashida Rahim, said her brother was defenseless. “This has to stop,” said Rahim, 39, of Englewood, New Jersey. “We need to have justice.”

Both officers — Joel Edouard in the Cuffee case and Daniel Pantaleo in the Garner case — have been stripped of their badges and guns and put on desk duty, the NYPD said.

The officers’ union president said videos “present an isolated period of a police interaction but never the entire scenario.”

Also attending Sharpton’s rally Saturday was Nicole Bell, whose fiancé, Sean Bell, was an unarmed man shot 50 times by undercover police officers outside of a Jamaica, Queens, strip club in 2006. Bell said she felt a kinship with the Garners — “like looking in a mirror.”Sharpton said he and the Garner family are scheduled to meet Monday with Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan Jr.

NYPD faces brutality complaint from new incident

GM Adds New models to Recall list making it 30 Million Recalls in 2014

The new set of recalls would bring the company’s total worldwide recalls at a whopping record of almost 30 million this year. While most of these recalls have been conducted for older models, the latest round of recalls would involve newer vehicle models. These would include 57,242 Chevrolet Impala sedan models of 2014 which were noted to have lost their power steering.

According to GM, the move to conduct a recall was decided after vehicle-related accidents have been reported such as three crashes and two injuries. No deaths have been recorded.

The defective vehicles that needed a recall would include 414,333 of the Chevrolet Camaro (2011-2012), Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain (both from 2010-2012), Buick Regal and LaCrosse (both from 2011-2012), and Cadillac SRX models (2010-2012). These models have been found to have a loose bolt in the front seat adjuster. Moreover, the imported car from Korea dubbed as Chevrolet Spark had been recalled because of a loose lower control arm bolt.

The recall also covers 124,007 vehicles with issues on having incomplete weld on their seat hook bracket. These would include Chevrolet Caprice (2014), Chevrolet SS (2014), Chevrolet Silverado LD and HD (2014-2015), Cadillac ATS (2013-2014), Cadillac CTS (2014), Cadillac ELR (2014), Buick Encore (2013-2014), and GMC Sierra LD and HD (2014-2015).

Another 120,426 Buick Regal M.Y 2011 to 2013 and Chevrolet Malibus M.Y. 2013 are recalled due to front turn signal issues. Retaining nuts of roof carriers for 2015 model Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and Yukon Denali by GMC cause the recall of 22 units of said models.

While the carmaker did not confirm the relation between the above-mentioned accidents to the upcoming recall, it had admitted that the defect could possibly lead to a mechanical problem which could cause the steering wheel to be uncontrollable.

The latest round of recalls is part of the company’s commitment to assess their own performance when it comes to the vehicle’s safety issues. Jeff Boyer, VP in charge of global vehicle safety says, “These recalls signify how we’ve enhanced our approach to safety. We are bringing greater rigor and discipline to our analysis and decision making. If we identify an issue – large or small – that might affect the safety of our customers, we will act decisively.”

Despite the number of recalls, company sales remain steady with values for resale and trade-in showing no signs of losses. “It must be a little easier for the company to continue in this direction,” says director of residual values Eric Ibara for Kelley Blue Book’s

GM expressed in a statement that vehicle owners should have their defective vehicle models inspected by bringing them to authorized dealers. The company further assessed that it is highly likely that less than 1 percent of welds should need replacement.

GM Adds New models to Recall list making it 30 Million Recalls in 2014

Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July

Anyone eager to take Apple’s OS X Yosemite for a spin will be able to get their hands on it from 24 July, the firm has promised.

Paid-up developers have been able to test-drive the desktop operating system for the past few weeks.

The iPhone giant confirmed to The Register today that version 10.10 of OS X will, come this Thursday, be available for download by users who have signed up for the public beta program.

Earlier this week we reported that Yosemite was being prepared for an end-of-July beta release. Now it seems Apple has made good on that speculation. And yes, we’re talking July this year.

First announced at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco in June, Yosemite has been available to members of Apple’s developer network as a closed beta program.

The Yosemite release, successor to OS X Mavericks, will – according to Apple – sport improved integration with iOS gadgets as well as new versions of Safari, Mail and Spotlight, and other bits and pieces. ®

Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July

Marshawn Lynch expected to hold out of Seahawks training camp

This time, Marshawn Lynch apparently means it.

Lynch, who threatened to hold out during Seattle’s minicamp last June but then showed up anyway, is expected to be absent when the Seahawks begin training camp Friday at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.

The news was revealed by former Seahawk fullback Michael Robinson, one of Lynch’s closest friends who is now retired and working for the NFL Network.

Robinson said on the air that Lynch had just called him and told him that “he will be holding out from training camp this year with the Seahawks.”

Now, as then, the issue is his contract.

Lynch has two years remaining on a four-year deal worth up to $31 million he signed in 2012. He is due a base of $5 million this year and a $500,000 roster bonus, and a prorated signing bonus of $1.5 million. Next season he is due to earn $5.5 million in base salary with a $2 million roster bonus and a prorated signing bonus of $1.5 million.

There is much speculation, though, that the team will cut Lynch before next season.

He turned 28 in April, an age when many running backs begin to see a decline, and Seattle has prepared for a future without him, grooming 2013 second-round pick Christine Michael to take over at tailback, with third-year player Robert Turbin also in the mix.

One of Lynch’s main goals in holding out is apparently to get more money up front in case he is released after this season.

Robinson, asked what Lynch hopes to get by holding out, said “I really think he just wants his position in the organization and how they view him, he just wants that recalibrated a little bit.”

It’s thought, though, that the team has no desire to give Lynch a new contract, or even a slight alteration, not wanting to set the precedent of rewarding holdouts.

Also, Lynch’s contract remains the fifth-highest for an NFL running back, which the team thinks is fair compensation.

Lynch is at risk of being fined $30,000 per day and after five days he could partially forfeit a $6 million signing bonus.

Lynch has led the Seahawks in rushing the last three years, including 1,257 last season when Seattle won its first Super Bowl, and has been the focus of the offense since being acquired from Buffalo via trade early in the 2010 season.

After he threatened to hold out for minicamp, Robinson — in comments to some Seattle-area reporters — said Lynch wanted to be rewarded for what he has meant to the team.

“You take Marshawn Lynch off the team last year, do we win the Super Bowl? I think all of us know the answer to that,” Robinson said. “He just wants to be paid like it. He knows he has a short window left. Nobody says anything when teams cut a guy at this juncture, though. I’m all in for players getting their dollars, man, because you have a short life.”

Robinson added: “The guy has been the face of this franchise since the day he stepped in that door — it’s been Beast Mode. Just from my knowledge of it, he has been the face of the franchise, (coach) Pete (Carroll) (general manager) John (Schneider) have made no qualms about saying that. And he’s (Lynch) just like ‘I just want to be paid like it.’”

Asked then if Lynch considers his age a factor, Robinson said: “I don’t think it’s a factor for him. I think it’s a factor for them (the Seahawks) because 30 is this magic number.’’

The team had no comment on Lynch Thursday.

In June, Carroll played down a possible Lynch holdout and said he expected him to again be the “bell cow” of the offense.

Carroll also said then he didn’t expect Lynch to get much action in the preseason.

“You won’t see him get the ball a lot in the preseason,” Carroll said. “We will work all the way to the opening day and see if we can get him right there for then and that’s what’s most important.”

When that work begins, though, now is in question.


• The Seahawks Thursday signed undrafted free agent wide receiver Morrell Presley, who began his career at UCLA and finished it at NCAA Division II California University of Pennslyvania. He tried out for the team during the rookie minicamp.

• The Seahawks also waived OL Jared Smith, with an injured designation, as well as undrafted free agent tight end Chase Dixon. Smith was a seventh-round pick out of New Hampshire in 2013 who was initially cut and signed to the practice squad, and then placed on Injured Reserve with a knee injury. The moves leave the Seahawks with 88 players on their current roster, two shy of the limit.

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Marshawn Lynch expected to hold out of Seahawks training camp

"Thursday Night Football" Launches on Network Television Wednesday, Sept. 10 on CBS


Special to Air Tuesday, Sept. 16 on NFL Network

Thursday Night Football launches its first-ever Network television coverage with a primetime special, UNDER THE LIGHTS, on Wednesday, Sept. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET) on the CBS Television Network and also on NFL Network on Tuesday, Sept. 16 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET).

CBS Sports’ lead NFL play-by-play announcer and the voice of Thursday Night Football Jim Nantz will host the one-hour special that will celebrate some of the greatest and most memorable moments in the history of prime time football and preview the Thursday Night Football schedule.

The special will revisit classic primetime moments in NFL history and feature conversations between CBS and NFL stars including Mark Harmon, Tom Selleck, LL Cool J, Billy Gardell, Jerry Rice, Andrew Luck, Jadaveon Clowney, Ben Roethlisberger, Earl Campbell and Julio Jones as they recall their fondest and most memorable primetime moments. Campbell and Clowney talk about what it means to be a rookie in Houston, while Harmon and Luck talk Pac 10 (Pac 12) football and what it means to play in prime time.

CBS and NFL Network will begin its Network debut coverage of Thursday Night Football on September 11 with the Pittsburgh Steelers visiting the Baltimore Ravens. Nantz and Phil Simms, along with Tracy Wolfson reporting, will call the action. The full slate of 16 regular-season Thursday Night Football games will be produced by CBS with its broadcasters and production team.

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"Thursday Night Football" Launches on Network Television Wednesday, Sept. 10 on CBS

Angie Martinez - #THETRUTH With @ElliottWilson #LifeandTimes

On the latest episode of The Truth, Elliott Wilson catches up with Angie Martinez, who discusses her reasons behind leaving Hot 97 after two decades and joining competitor Power 105.1.

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Lux on Murda Mook: "We Won't Be So Kind Next Time"

Following his rematch vs. Murda Mook on the first ever Total Slaughter battle event, Loaded Lux sat down for an exclusive interview with VladTV Battle Rap Journalist to discuss the battle.

Lux explained that he had victory in mind leading up to the battle, but admitted that his approach was a bit too respectful for a battle of this magnitude. Since he and Mook have so much personal history, Lux intended to “keep it on the stove” and simply battle Mook to see who was the better lyricist without dishing out the skeletons in their closets. This obviously wasn’t the case for Mook as he spoke on a number of more personal topics in their battle.

Lux has admitted that he lost, and doesn’t want to take away from Mook’s stellar performance; however, he also feels as though his respectful approach to the battle partially contributed to how lopsided the battle became in front of the live audience. Lux stated repeatedly that “we won’t be so kind next time,” implying that he is willing to battle Mook for a third time and that if they meet again, he won’t pull any punches.

Lux on Murda Mook: "We Won't Be So Kind Next Time"

New York Post Says Jay Z & Beyoncé Heading To Divorce

Nowadays, everyone has an opinion about the relationship of Jay Z and Beyoncé. One New York City tabloid has “sources” that say the Hip-Hop power couple is on the fast track towards divorce.

According to the New York Post, both Hova and Bey are to blame, but they made sure to mention it was more so because of the former:

While Jay Z seemingly is the one most at fault, he’s also the one doing all in his power to keep the couple together, even hiring marriage counselors who are believed to be traveling with the super duo on their tour, the source said.

“They are trying to figure out a way to split without divorcing . . . This is a huge concert tour and they’ve already gotten most of the money from the promoters up front,” the source said.

Despite the tens of millions the couple will pocket from the current tour, this will certainly be their last and the end of the tour could officially spell the end of the marriage, the source said.

“There are no rings, if you haven’t noticed,” the source said, admitting that he thought things would get better after the birth of the couple’s daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.


When have either of them worn a wedding ring, though?

“For just a split moment, things got real for them and she was even talking about adding to the family,” the source said.

“But, after a while, Jay was out doing Jay and Bey was out doing Bey. They made the classic mistake of thinking a child would change everything and help to rekindle the initial fire, and it didn’t.”

Who is this source? A former Roc-a-fella artist that feels slighted? The third cousin of Blue Ivy’s nanny?

Do you believe any of these claims, or does the Post, which has a penchant for slandering rappers, ask Kanye West, need more people? Or at least a fact checker. Chime in below in the comments.

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Dogs Get Jealous, Too

Study leader Christine Harris, a psychologist at the University of California at San Diego, was playing with her parents’ border collies when she got the idea to study jealousy in dogs. (Read “Animal Minds” in National Geographic magazine.)

“I noticed that when I was paying attention to two of them at the same time, petting them and talking to them, they weren’t content to share that attention,” she said.

“One would push the other’s head out from underneath my hand so that both hands were on him. The other did the same. They each wanted exclusive affection.”

Sniffing Out Rivals

Adapting a jealousy study used on 6-month-old human babies, Harris and colleague Caroline Prouvost set up experiments with 36 dogs in their homes. The team videotaped the dogs’ reactions while their owners ignored them and instead paid attention to a stuffed animal (a realistic-looking dog that whined, barked, and wagged its tail), a jack-o-lantern pail, and a pop-up book that they read aloud.

The resulting behaviors suggest the dogs assessed each “rival” and decided whether it warranted action. If it did, they did their best to break the bond that left them out, according to the new study published July 23 in the journal PLOS ONE.

More specifically, of the 36 dogs observed—a varied lot including a Boston terrier, Yorkshire terriers, chihuahuas, a pug, and mutts—78 percent would push or touch the owner when that person was petting and sweet-talking the fake dog; 42 percent were upset over attention toward the pumpkin pail, and just 22 percent were bothered when the book was the focus. (See National Geographic’s dog pictures.)

Also telling, nearly a third of the dogs tried to place their bodies between the owner and the stuffed dog, and 25 percent snapped at the toy. (Only one dog snapped at the pail and book.) And 86 percent of the dogs sniffed the stuffed animal’s rear end as they would a real dog. It appeared, the scientists say, that the dogs saw the doglike interloper as a true threat.

That was a bit of a surprise. “We weren’t sure we would get such behaviors over a stuffed animal,” since since it lacked the animation and smells of a real dog, Harris said. (Watch video: “Reading a Dog’s Signals.”)

“I think their reactions would have been even stronger had the rival been real.” (Including real rival dogs in the experiment would have muddied the findings, as it would be difficult to control the situation and collect data evenly.)

“Our research suggests that when confronted with a rival for a loved one’s attention, dogs engage in behaviors aimed at regaining the rival’s affection and getting rid of the rival.

“These behaviors would seem to be motivated from a jealous emotional state”—though of course, she pointed out, the findings don’t speak to the subjective state of the dog’s mind.

Dogs: Just Like Us?

So do dogs go green with envy in the same way we do? Probably not.

“Humans and dogs are different in a number of ways,” Harris said. “For example, I would doubt that the dog ruminates on the transgression after the fact, whereas humans do. Humans also ask themselves all kinds of questions about the meaning of an infidelity (am I boring? unlovable?) and about the relationship (will this be the end of my relationship?). These types of thoughts are obviously going to impact the experience and feelings of jealousy.”

Instead, what she imagines is shared across both species “is the urge to stop the interaction, to engage in behaviors that reestablish the loved one’s attention. The appraisal that a loved one is interacting with a rival seems sufficient to motivate this state.” (Take National Geographic’s dog quiz.)

The findings “are another step in dispelling myths about what dogs supposedly cannot do,” said Marc Bekoff, a fellow at the Animal Behavior Society and an expert in dog behavior.

There are compelling reasons based on solid evolutionary theory that even complex emotions like envy and guilt aren’t exclusive to human beings, said Bekoff, who wasn’t involved in the study.

“And there is no reason to assume that what animals experience is any less real or deep for them than our emotions are for us.”

It’s perhaps not surprising that in the study of human infants this dog study emulated, the babies, like the dogs, were much more likely to exhibit jealous behaviors when their mothers were attending to a realistic doll than when reading a book—a nonsocial activity.

More Green-Eyed Monsters?

Not only does the study show more broadly that jealousy is not a human construct, it also suggests the emotion does not have to be based on sexual rivalry—which is the way people often think about it.

Instead, it may have its roots in the need to secure resources in all kinds of valued social relationships, be they sexual, parental, sibling, or just friendly. (See “Q&A: What Can Dog Brains Tell Us About Humans?“)

Dogs seem like the perfect species in which to look for something like envy: They are cognitively sophisticated, form bonds with humans and with each other, and will try to manipulate the way we give them attention (as the collies did). But what about other animals?

The official studies still need to be done, but Bekoff said to expect a lot more evidence showing how sophisticated the emotional lives of nonhuman creatures can be.

“We need to keep the door open on the cognitive and moral capacities of other animals.”

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Dogs Get Jealous, Too

Doc Rivers Will Quit If Donald Sterling Remains Owner

LOS ANGELES — The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team. CEO Richard Parsons testified at a trial to determine whether Sterling’s wife, Shelly, can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as the NBA looks to force Donald Sterling from the league over racist statements. “Doc is troubled by this maybe more so than anybody else,” Parsons said about Rivers, who is black. “If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach.” Parsons said he fears there would also be an exodus of key players, including team captain Chris Paul, who heads the NBA players union. The judge stopped Parsons from giving an account of his conversations with Paul when an NBA lawyer objected over privacy issues. Parsons is a former chief executive at Time Warner and Citigroup who took over leadership of the Clippers in May during the media blitz surrounding the banishment of Sterling. Under questioning by Ballmer’s lawyer, Parsons said the departure of Rivers would “accelerate the death spiral” of the Clippers. “If Doc were to leave, that would be a disaster,” Parsons said. “Doc is the father figure, the one who leads.” Parsons, who is considered an expert in the management of major corporations, said he was certain that big corporate sponsors would pull out and season ticket holders would demand their money back if Donald Sterling remains the owner. “If your coach leaves, if your players don’t want to play with you, what do you have?” Parsons asked. “If your sponsors leave and the fans leave, it’s going to spiral down and down.”

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Zoë Saldana Is Pregnant With Her First Child

Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego have a baby on the way!

The Guardians of the Galaxy actress’ publicist confirmed the pregnancy Wednesday. Saldana had been on bump watch for weeks, and she made no attempt to hide her tiny baby bump at the film’s premiere. For Monday’s L.A. event, the 36-year-old actress wore a Louis Vuitton that emphasized her new curves.

Saldana and Perego, who got married in England last summer, have yet to comment on the baby news.

The Star Trek Into Darkness star gushed about her Italian artist husband over the weekend, telling People, “We found each other, and it was that desire and not that necessity that put us together.”

Zoë Saldana Is Pregnant With Her First Child

Brooklyn Bridge White Flag Mystery Deepens: Cops Don't Know Who Did It

The mystery surrounding two white flags that appeared on top of the Brooklyn Bridge today deepened as the New York City Police Department admitted they don’t know who committed the security breach or how they accomplished it.

White flags, which are symbols of surrender, flew from poles on the stone supports atop the famed bridge that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan over the East River.

“I’m not particularly happy about the event,” said NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.

Police officials said this afternoon that they have surveillance video of a group of four or five individuals walking onto the bridge shortly after 3 a.m.

“Those people will be of particular interest in this investigation,” said NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller, who also oversees intelligence and counter terrorism.

Authorities said that at around 3:30 a.m., the lights that illuminate the U.S. flags on either side of the bridge could be seen flickering and then going out completely. At 5:30 a.m., construction workers noticed that two seemingly-white flags had replaced the American flags, police said.

Bratton said there was a 13-minute gap between the tower lights going out and the white flags going up.

When police investigated the scene, they found that the two American flags had been apparently bleached and large aluminum tins had been tied to cover the lights that illuminate the flags.

“At this time there is no sign of any particular nexus to terrorism or even politics,” Miller said. “It could be someone’s art project or a statement, but it’s not clear what that statement is.”

Miller said they are conducting tests on the flag, joking that he was “not sure if this is Betsy Ross’ long lost nephew doing extensive work” to make two large flags.

Miller said authorities think the perpetrators may have had some experience “climbing in construction or bridgework” or have previously been up to the flag platforms on the Brooklyn Bridge.

“When [the NYPD's]Emergency Services went up this morning, the gates were still up and locked,” he said. “For someone to go around it and go up to the tower and have right size cover to put over the light, there’s some indication of pre-operational planning.”

The Brooklyn Bridge — operated by the city’s Department of Transportation — is one of the country’s oldest suspension bridges. The span, which was completed in 1883, is also a National Historic Landmark.

Brooklyn Bridge White Flag Mystery Deepens: Cops Don't Know Who Did It

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