Got money to blow on a money clip?
1. Luxury brands have a tendency to take ridiculousness to another level. Jill Sanders’ paper bag clutch was one of the biggest trends a few years ago. Nordstrom tried to sell a rock for $85 during December 2016. Well, Prada might have taken the cake. Prada is selling a paper clip for $185 at Barney’s New York. Yes, a paper clip. Technically, it’s an Italian-made money clip with Prada embossed on the side.
2. If you want to save $30, you can purchase a Barney’s New York paperclip Money clip. The oversized paperclip isn’t the most efficient way to carry your money and other loose papers. But luxury brands charge a hefty price for staple objects.
3. So, you want a $185 paper clip?
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The Hollywood Walk of Fame is making room for a new set of stars. Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin, Anthony Anderson, Gillian Anderson, Lynda Carter, Simon Cowell, Taraji P. Henson, Eric McCormack, Ryan Murphy, Niecy Nash, Mandy Patinkin, Shonda Rhimes and RuPaul will be representing the television industry. Film stars included Jack Black, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Goldblum, F. Gary Gray, Mark Hamill, Jennifer Lawrence, Gina Lollobrigida, Minnie Mouse, Nick Nolte and Zoë Saldana. In the musicians and performers category: Mary J. Blige, Richard Branson, Petula Clark, Harry Connick, Jr., Snoop Dogg, Ice T , Carrie Underwood and "Weird" Al Yankovic, Charles Aznavour, Lin-Manuel Miranda, radio host Steve Jones and Bernie Mac.
Amazon has it’s eye on Whole Foods Market, an Austin-based organic grocery store. The e-commerce company made a bid of $13.7 billion, $42 a share, on Friday—which made Whole Foods’ stock rise 28 percent. Whole Foods operates 460 stores which rang up $16 billion in sales in 2016. Sales have dropped at the “whole paycheck” store since organic offerings have increased at other cheaper grocery chains. For Amazon, a purchase of Whole Foods would give it a firm footing in the grocery store sector. Only 7 percent of Americans order groceries online but 52 percent of those who order groceries online use Amazon Prime.
Gene Simmons trying trademark rock hand gesture
1. Gene Simmons, KISS frontman, is trying to copyright the “sign of the horns,” a popular hand gesture. He claims he used this hand gesture first November 14, 1974. Hand gestures have been trademarked before. Dimond Dallas Page has his "Diamond Cutter hand gesture” trademarked and 3OH3 had to settle in after being sued by Page in 2010.
2. Hand gesture is popular with rock fans, but it’s also a common sign used in American Sign Language. Some Mediterranean cultures use it to ward off the “evil eye” or bad luck. It’s also an offensive gesture in Latin and Mediterranean countries, where it implies your wife is cheating on you. But wait, there’s more. UT Austin, Northwestern State University, University of South Florida and at least eight other universities use the same or similar sign in athletic and spirit events.
3. So does Simmons have a case?
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After a 10-hour siege, 31 people died at a popular Somalian restaurant. Five Islamic extremists set off a car bomb before entering as security in a pizza restaurant Wednesday night. They killed point-blank until security forces took out the attackers. Forty additional people were injured. Al-Shabaab, one of the deadliest terror groups in Africa, claimed responsibility for the attack. The attack happened during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Puerto Rico has voted overwhelmingly to apply to Congress to become the 51st state in the union. However, only about 23 percent of eligible voters participated in the vote on Sunday. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said voters in the U.S. island territory sent a strong message to Congress. Puerto Rico has been struggling economically for some time and requested in early May to enter into a bankruptcy-like proceeding to restructure its massive debt load after talks with creditors failed. The restructuring of Puerto Rico's estimated $70 billion in outstanding debt would be the largest in the history of the U.S. municipal bond market. Currently, every Puerto Rican citizen also automatically receives U.S. citizenship at birth.
Five people, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise, were injured after gunfire interrupted a morning GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. Authorities have identified the shooter as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson. The shooter has died from his injuries. Scalise is undergoing surgery after being shot in the hip.The Democrats practice has been canceled.
If you were looking forward to your summer Bachelor fix, you can forget about it. Warner Bros. stopped production of Bachelor in Paradise after allegations of sexual misconduct on the set. During the filming of this season, a female constant who was reportedly too intoxicated for consent was involved in sexual activity with DeMario Jackson. A producer claims the production crew allegedly allowed the activity to continue. Warner Bros. is working to investigate the allegations. Bachelor in Paradise sends rejected contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to a tropical location. Alcohol consumption and hooking up are encouraged on the show.
Maryland and the District of Columbia have filed suit against President Donald Trump alleging that his failure to divest from his private businesses has undermined public trust and violated constitutional bans against self-dealing. This lawsuit makes many of the same points as another filed earlier this year by a Washington watchdog organization. However, some legal experts have said that the new suit is stronger legally because the plaintiffs are governmental entities, which could have stronger standing to successfully sue the president. No state has ever before accused a president of violating the emoluments clauses of the Constitution. One clause bans the president from accepting gifts from foreign governments. The second prohibits the president from accepting economic benefits from the federal or state governments, other than his salary.
Surprisingly, Dead Men Tell No Tales raked in $77 million over Memorial Weekend. Even though it’s the second lowest opening in the Pirates of Caribbean franchise, it didn’t sink like Baywatch. With just a $23 million opening weekend, the Paramount adaptation belly-flopped even with an all-star cast that includes Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Even Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 beat out Baywatch with $25.1 million in its third weekend.
Portland mayor wants to cancel alt-right protests
1. Two men were stabbed to death after defending two young women who were a target of hate speech on the train during a commute. A 35-year-old Jeremy Christian was arrested for the deaths of 23-year-old Taliesin Namkai-Meche and 53-year-old Ricky Best. A third victim, 21-year-old Micah Cole-Fletcher was treated for serious injuries. Christian is a known white supremacist.
2. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is asking for a permit to be revoked for an alt-right protest called March Against Sharia. Another protest is scheduled for June 10th. Wheeler said the city “is in mourning, our community's anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficult situation.” He is also asking for the alt-right protestors to stay away from the city, in order to avoid a tense situation. Since the federal government controls permits for the Terry Shrunk Plaza, the city can’t revoke the permit on its own.
3. So, is the protest going to cause a disturbance or is just first amendment rights?
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