It’s a sad, sad day for Madame Tussauds in Time Square. Justin Bieber’s wax figure has had to go into early retirement due to damage from excessive groping, the New York Post reports.
— BieberMania.com.br (@BiebersManiaBR) February 11, 2014
How could you, Beliebers? How could you.
Madame Tussauds general manager Bret Pidgeon told the Post, “This is disappointing, but hopefully we can welcome a new ‘grown-up’ Justin back to the attraction in the near future.”
But I mean, who isn’t hoping a “grown up” Justin appears in the near future?
When J.K. Rowling revealed earlier this month that she thinks Hermione actually should have ended up with Harry rather than Ron, our hearts broke a little bit. But fear not—the author thinks her Ron-Hermione marriage will probably turn out okay.
In the full transcript of her original interview with Emma Watson that revealed her revisionary take, Rowling admits that “in some ways Hermione and Harry are a better fit”, and that “Hermione’s always there for Harry.” But Ron and Hermione just need some help, she says:
Maybe she and Ron will be alright with a bit of counseling, you know. I wonder what happens at wizard marriage counseling? They’ll probably be fine. He needs to work on his self-esteem issues and she needs to work on being a little less critical.
Rowling also thinks that maybe Hermione could use someone a little less serious than Harry:
Just like her creator…
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An additional 60 pieces of art, including works by Picasso, Renoir and Monet, have reportedly been found in the Austrian home of the reclusive German son of Hitler’s art dealer.
A news magazine revealed late last year that investigators found 1,400 lost works of art in 2012, including pieces by renowned masters Matisse and Chagall, in the home of Cornelius Gurlitt, 81, whose father Hildebrand Gurlitt was employed by the Nazis selling works stolen from Jewish families. The updated haul, reported by AFP, comes after more works were found at a property in Salzburg, Austria, that belonged to the man.
Of the original roughly 1,400 works found in Gurlitt’s home, investigators say they’ve found about 590 which are suspected of having be stolen or extorted from Jewish art collectors by the Nazi regime. An initial inspection of the found art suggests there is no evidence any of the 60…
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Less than two weeks after recreational pot stores opened their doors in Colorado, proponents of legalization appeared to have their first black eye. A 23-year-old named Keith Kilbey, seemingly under the influence of drugs, crashed his car into a state patrol car—which then crashed into another state patrol car. A day after the incident, an official spokesperson said they suspected that the driver had been using marijuana.
A month later, it’s unclear whether Kilbey was actually stoned, and even less clear whether he purchased marijuana at a new pot shop. And a young man poised to be harbinger of all the stoned drivers to come is now a reminder of how long it’s going to be before Colorado and Washington can really tell what impact legal weed is making on their states.
The potential for legal marijuana to yield more impaired drivers on the road has been a talking…
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The Obama administration’s drug czar acknowledged Tuesday a growing problem with opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers and the need for a coordinated public health response, just over a week after Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an apparent heroin overdose.
Cautioning against a solution too heavily weighted toward law enforcement, R. Gil Kerlikowske, who heads the Office of National Drug Control Policy, called for a more public-health centered approach. The administration’s plan includes reducing the availability of prescription drugs through take back programs to get drugs out of homes, and reducing deaths by treating addiction and overdose more effectively.
“We cannot arrest our way out of the drug problem,” Kerlikowske told reporters on a conference call. “Drug addiction is a disease of the brain—a disease that can be prevented, treated, and from which one can recover.”
While the use of prescription painkillers has remained relatively stable over the past few years…
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Kansas lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that would permit businesses and government employees to deny service to same-sex couples on the basis of their religious principles. The measure passed the house by a significant margin, 72 votes to 42 votes, and will now be considered by the state senate.
State lawmakers engaged in heated debate over House Bill 2453, which would allow hotels, restaurants and stores in the state to refuse to serve gay couples if “it would be contrary to their sincerely held religious beliefs.” The bill would also allow government clerks to refuse to sign same-sex marriage licenses without threat of a lawsuit, and is now set to be ratified by the Republican-led senate.
If a government employee chooses to refuse service, the bill states that the government must attempt to provide another employee to “promptly” provide that service “if it can be done without undue hardship to the…
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