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- 06/17/15--08:17: Man Hides Marriage Proposal In Newspaper Crossword
- 06/17/15--08:47: Two Boys Rescue Babies From Neighbor’s Burning Home
- 06/17/15--10:47: Newsstand Roundup: Our Favorite July Magazine Covers
- 06/17/15--12:28: Peter Thomas Responds to ‘Cheating’ Video
- 06/18/15--06:15: 4 Destination Wedding Locations That Won’t Break the Bank
- 06/18/15--09:28: Suspect in Black Church Hate Crime Captured
- 06/18/15--09:45: Tameka Raymond Presents STYLE THEORY
- 06/18/15--10:22: Cynthia Bailey Responds to ‘Inappropriate’ Peter Thomas Video
- 06/18/15--12:01: Editor’s Pick: Picnic-Ready Prosecco Flutes
- 06/19/15--06:45: A Father’s Day Letter to My Dad Isiah Thomas
- 06/19/15--08:06: Fantasia Owes The IRS Big-Time, Hit With Tax Lien
- 06/19/15--08:36: Video: Chicago Cop Shoots Up Car Full of Unarmed Black Teens
- 06/22/15--08:19: Obama Drops The N-Bomb To Stress Point On Race In U.S.
- 06/22/15--08:55: Claudia Jordan Is A ‘Housewife’ No More
- 06/22/15--10:19: Father’s Day Celeb IG WKND Recap
- 06/22/15--13:06: Listen: Janet Jackson’s New Single ‘No Sleeep’
- 06/23/15--07:28: Sean Combs Arrested For Fight With Son’s Coach
- 06/23/15--08:06: Twitter Reacts To Don Lemon’s N-Word Sign
- 06/23/15--09:39: Several Brands of Bottled Water Recalled Due to Contamination Fears
Remember the days when at least one daytime TV show featured some sad sap using his one moment on the boob tube to propose to his “unsuspecting” girlfriend? Social media has pretty much killed the TV marriage proposal because folks just don’t need television to get their visage on someone’s small screen. However, unique proposals still get the applause they deserve, and one U.K. man just might have won the award for coolest yet nerdiest marriage proposal ever.
Matthew Dick, a British crossword-loving lawyer, hid his marriage proposal to girlfriend Delyth Hughes in The Times newspaper’s daily crossword puzzle.
Tuesday’s Times crossword opened with one across: “Pretty Welsh girl widely thought not to be all there.” The answer: Delyth. Another clue was: “Will you marry me,” say, that’s forward also rude!’, to which the eight-letter answer was proposal.
Speaking with the Wednesday edition of the paper, Dick, 38, said he showed Hughes the Tuesday puzzle with a few key words highlighted, and then “reached into my pocket to reveal the ring.”
“She looked so surprised and didn’t say anything for about 30 seconds, before then saying ‘No’, which she thought was hilarious,” he said. “But she did then say ‘Yes’ and I had to tell her this was the real Times crossword, not something I had printed out myself.”
“It was also bloody typical, as he’s a smart-arse at the best of times,” said a surprised Hughes. “I’ve heard all the engagement stories but this one trumps them all. It’s so special and such a geeky way of doing it.”
The Times crossword editor said this marriage proposal was a one-off occurrence that wouldn’t happen again.
Two Florida boys didn’t think twice when they saw their neighbor’s house burning Tuesday morning.
Isiah Francis, 10, and Jeremiah Grimes, 11, of Orange County, were playing outside when they saw the fire raging inside a mobile home. They said they knew children lived there.
The homeowner was dousing the fire with water when the boys say they ran inside.
“I was really scared because I thought I was going to get burned,” said Isiah, who dreams of being a firefighter. “I was nervous because there was so much smoke it was hard for me to see.”
The boys rescued a 1-year-old and an 8-month-old by tucking the babies under their arms and running outside.
The homeowner told the boys there were no more children inside — possibly to keep them safe — but firefighters also rescued a 2 year old and a 5 year old from the burning home. They were both in critical yet stable condition.
Orange County investigators suspect a cook stove ignited the blaze, but they haven’t confirmed their suspicion nor determined another cause of the fire.
Isiah said he is still determined to become a firefighter.
“Even though I have to go through all this hard work, I still want to be one,” he said.
Get an eyeful of Taraji P. Henson, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Kerry Washington, Joan Smalls and more Black celebs gracing July 2015 magazine covers.
Taraji P. Henson for Allure.
Tina Knowles-Lawson for Ebony
Zoe Saldana for InStyle
Kerry Washington for Glamour UK
The cast of Orange is the New Black for Essence
FKA Twigs for Complex
Edward Enninful & Naomi Campbell for Industrie
Joan Smalls for Porter
In a day and age where one’s EVERY move is a single click from being a WorldStar or TMZ video clip of the day, you have to wonder why people engage in behavior that they know looks highly questionable. So when video surfaced this week of Cynthia Bailey‘s husband Peter Thomas getting touchy feely with a woman who was definitely not his RHOA wife, there was no lack of chatter about him being a cheater.
Cynthia’s fans certainly let him have it and Peter quickly posted an apology video yesterday via TheShadeRoom, acknowledging the inappropriateness of the incident. He says in part, “There’s stuff all over the Instagram making me look like a big-ass cheater.”
While agreeing that the footage “looks crazy, I know it does” he emphatically denies that it was anything more than two friends chatting – very closely – in a club. He goes on to apologize to his wife and daughters and deny that he is or ever has been a cheater. Watch his apology below – what’s your take?
#PressPlay: Yesterday we posted a video of #PeterThomas in the club on some woman! Well here’s his excuse ! A video posted by The Shade Room (@theshaderoominc) on
– Colby C.
Many deluxe island resorts will host your ceremony gratis—or for a nominal fee. Plan it right and your nuptials can be a budget-friendly alternative to a stateside soirée.
Curaçao: Sunscape Curaçao Resort
The Ceremony: An intimate affair arranged by the on-site wedding coordinator with bouquet, boutonnière, wedding cake and sparkling wine for 10 guests.
The Fine Print: Waiting period is four business days. Book a Junior Suite Ocean View room for seven nights (or reserve any five rooms for three nights) and the “Sun Kissed Wedding Package” is complimentary. Stay less than seven nights and the ceremony costs $899.
Jamaica: Jewel Runaway Bay
The Ceremony: The “Precious Gem” package at the all-inclusive resort comes with an officiant, cake (choice of chocolate bliss, sunshine vanilla or island dream fruit) and a custom-made fresh-cut bouquet and boutonnière.
The Fine Print: You must be on the island 48 hours prior to marry in Jamaica, then stay six nights or more for the ceremony to be free.
Mexico: Grand Velas, Riviera Nayarit
The Ceremony: A minister will officiate your vow exchange in a gazebo in the gardens or beach at this opulent all-inclusive resort near Puerto Vallarta. Bride and groom get a classic bouquet and boutonnière as well as sparkling wine and strawberries in the couple’s suite.
The Fine Print: Make this a family affair: The wedding is free when booking 25 or more suites for a two-night minimum.
The Dominican Republic: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Punta Cana
The Ceremony: Leave your suite’s Jacuzzi tub and choose one of the nine nuptial options created by celebrity event-planner Colin Cowie, including a floating wedding gazebo. They also throw in a one-tier cake, sparkling wine and honeymoon dinner, plus breakfast in bed.
The Fine Print: Stay seven nights and the resort gifts you a $1,800 credit to be used at the spa, for a tour or to upgrade your room.
Dylann Roof, the white man who killed nine members of a historic Black church in Charleston during a Bible study session on Wednesday has been captured. Roof was apprehended Thursday morning in Shelby, NC, which is about a four hour drive from Charleston.
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest AME church in the South, was the site of last night’s massacre, which is being described as a hate crime. Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis told CNN that the victims “were killed because they were black.” Federal authorities have opened a hate crime investigation. Eight of the worshipers were killed on the scene and another person died en route to the hospital.
Roof, a resident of Lexington, SC, sat with the bible study group for about an hour before opening fire. Witnesses told officials that the 21 year old stood up and said he was there “to shoot black people.” According to reports, six women and three men were murdered. Among the deceased is Reverend Clementa Pinckney, a South Carolina senator and Emanuel AME’s current pastor.
Three worshipers managed to escape death. One woman was given an ominous message by the ruthless killer. Charleston NAACP President Dot Scott told CNN, “Her life was spared, and (she was) told, I’m not going to kill you, I’m going to spare you, so you can tell them what happened.”
Roof received a .45 pistol as a birthday present when he turned 21 this past April. It is not known if that is the weapon was used in the church shooting. Roof has been arrested twice before, once for trespassing and once on a drug charge.
President Obama spoke out on the tragedy, lamenting that during his term, he’s had to make too many comments on events of this nature. He also noted that such shootings do not happen with the same level of frequency in other developed nations and that it’s “within our power to do something about it.”
– Colby C.
If you’re a lover of hip-hop and R&B music and fashion, then it’s pretty safe to say you’ve admired the work of trendsetting stylist Tameka Raymond. She’s been instrumental in crafting eye-catching looks for Mary J. Blige, Janelle Monae, Jay Z, Nas, Chris Brown, and even soul legends Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, and Aretha Franklin, just to name a few. And now Raymond is revealing her secrets to looking and feeling fabulous through a nationwide series of workshops, titled STYLE THEORY.
Wanna follow in Raymond’s fashion styling footsteps? Then, STYLE THEORY is for you. Wanna beat faces like a pro? Then, STYLE THEORY is for you. Wanna ensure that you’re the complete fabulous package every time you step out the door? Then, STYLE THEORY is for you.
This intimate learning experience will feature professionals from the fashion, beauty, and hair worlds, and is appropriate for both women and men. Raymond’s STYLE THEORY will also focus on the inner-beauty of attendees, as a motivational speaker will host the workshops. Raymond says, “There is no other energy in the world like that of New York and when it comes to style New York is its pulse or epicenter if you will… This workshop is for the aspiring industry artist, the soccer mom, or the stylish but stifled. We are 360° beauty and style crash course.”
Raymond will teach the Fashion Stylist class and will discuss budgets, high/low fashion, color theory, knowing your clientele, and the importance of professionalism. A professional makeup artist will demonstrate the proper application of foundation and blending, eye shadow application, and lash application. She will also teach specific techniques important for aspiring makeup artists. A professional hair stylist will teach the importance of choosing products that promote healthy hair, will give tips for natural hair care, and will demonstrate a hair technique of his/her choosing. She will also discuss the importance of a proper install, as well as protective styles.
For the New York installation, Tai Beauchamp, Ashunta Sheriff and Carla Bone will be featured.
Get more info on specific dates for STYLE THEORY here. Tickets for this potentially life-changing workshop start at $75 per person.
Cynthia Bailey has seen the now infamous video of her husband Peter Thomas getting up close and personal with another woman in a club. And she certainly has something to say about it.
“I wasn’t there,” the Real Housewives of Atlanta star explained to Ryan Cameron of V103 Atlanta during yesterday’s morning show. “When I saw the video I thought it was inappropriate…but I’m not going to set his clothes on fire, but we’re going to talk about some things…I’m going to need him to be a little more careful with who he’s kissing on or looking like he’s kissing on or putting his hands on the neck or grazing their breast.”
In a statement to US Weekly on Wednesday, Bailey admits their marriage, which is approaching the five year mark, has its issues but divorce is not in the cards.
“My marriage is not perfect,” Bailey tells Us. “We’re going to deal with this issue as husband and wife.”
“Most marriages go through their share of challenges, and ups and downs. Peter and I are no exception. I felt the video was inappropriate, and embarrassing,” she admitted.
“I expect him to accept full accountability for his actions. We are coming up on our five-year wedding anniversary and we will deal with this situation as husband and wife. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes, and concerns.”
– Colby C.
Classic Italian winery Ruffino and “go anywhere” wine glass maker Govino partnered with Milan art design school POLI.design to create a line of Prosecco flutes that capture the essence of summer. The limited-edition flutes are screen-printed with an explosion of colorful honeysuckle flowers and citrus slices, making al fresco dining during the summer a chic affair. Plus, the flutes are shatterproof, which means they can go from a picnic to a backyard BBQ to the beach — because one should never drink champagne or sparkling wine in the wrong cup or glass. The stemless flutes are made of flexible, BPA-free polymer. They are reusable and recyclable and are sold in a set of four for just $20, which is a tiny investment to sip away the heat all summer long.
You have always taught us to be thankful for what we have and where we come from. It is essential for me to start by thanking you.
Thank you for teaching me tolerance.
Thank you for introducing me to different races.
Thank you for showing me different cultures.
Thank you for informing me about different genders.
Thank you for always saying you can be anything, but you must be you.
Thank you for teaching me how to dribble and shoot a basketball.
Thank you for teaching me about Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Morris Day and my first love, MUSIC.
Thank you for buying all the video games I could ask for and for being so surprised when you were in them.
Thank you for not getting mad when I crashed your car.
Thank you for allowing me to fall, but always being there to pick me up and nudging me in the right direction.
Thank you for knowing that Indiana University would be a safer LGBT environment for me, even though I wasn’t “out” yet.
Thank you for pointing me in the right direction to speak to my “uncles” frequently whenever I had a question you didn’t have the answer to.
Most of all Dad, thank you for loving your Gay son from the beginning with no prejudice. I know you will say, “well that’s what I am supposed to do.” Although that’s true, I know that many children are not given that same level of love and guidance. Thank you for continuing to champion equality for all. “You should not find confidence outside of your mirror,” said Pharrell Williams, so thank you Dad for teaching me how to find my true authentic and confident self. I love you.
Joshua “Zeke” Thomas
Fantasia just can’t seem to get her finances in order. She has faced numerous lawsuits lately and saved her North Carolina home from foreclosure only to default on her home loan, forcing the bank to seize it. And now, the IRS has hit her with a federal tax lien for failure to pay nearly $100,000 in back taxes.
According to court documents, Uncle Sam placed the lien on the American Idol alum on May 1st in a California court. Fantasia allegedly owes $92,837 in federal income taxes, according to the lien. The IRS will begin seizing Fantasia’s assets and property if she doesn’t pay up.
Fantasia isn’t the only celebrity to mismanage her money or hire unscrupulous accountants. See who else owes Uncle Sam here.
“Maybe if I wasn’t nearing the end of the run or this wasn’t such a common occurrence, maybe I could have pulled out of the spiral, but I didn’t. So I honestly have nothing other than just sadness once again that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other and the nexus of a just gaping racial wound that will not heal, yet we pretend it doesn’t exist … I’m confident, though, that by acknowledging it, by staring into that and seeing it for what it is, we still won’t do jack shit. Yeah. That’s us.
“I heard someone on the news say ‘Tragedy has visited this church.’ This wasn’t a tornado; this was a racist. This was a guy with a Rhodesia badge on his sweater. I hate to even use this pun but this one is black and white, there’s no nuance here.
“The roads that Black people drive on are named for Confederate generals that fought to keep Black people from being able to drive freely on that road.
“I don’t want to get into the political argument about guns… what blows my mind is the disparity of response between when we think people that are foreign are going to kill us and us killing ourselves. If this had been what we thought was Islamic terrorism, it would fit into our … we invaded two countries and spent trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives and now fly unmanned death machines over five or six different countries, all to keep Americans safe … Nine people shot in a church. What about that?
“We’re bringing it on ourselves. And that’s the thing: Al Qaeda, all those guys, ISIS, they’re not shit compared to the damage that we can apparently do to ourselves on a regular basis. Sorry about no jokes.”
— Jon Stewart opened yesterday’s The Daily Show with an honest, powerful, and scathing monologue, absent of comedy, regarding the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. He warned the audience he had nothing “in terms of jokes and sounds” for them, and launched into a speech about how the shooting happened and why racist incidents like that one will continue to happen.
Watch Jon Stewart’s entire monologue below.
Shocking video showing a Chicago police officer firing a dozen rounds into a vehicle full of unarmed black teens was released this week. Three of the teens were wounded during the attack, which happened back in 2013. The video is at the center of a lawsuit filed by the teenagers against the city of Chicago and three of the officers involved.
On the night of December 22, 2013, the teens were pulled over for speeding. Dashcam video shows Office Marco Proano, who’s been cited for exhibiting excessive force multiple times, shooting up the car full of unarmed black teens. One of the boys was shot in the shoulder, another was hit in the hip and a third suffered eye injuries.
Proano has been reassigned to desk duty but was never disciplined in this case. At least six complaints of excessive force have been filed against Proano over the last four years but he was cleared each time.
The video comes courtesy of Judge Andrew Berman, who presided over a criminal case involving one of the teens who’d been charged with possession of a stolen car. He ultimately found the young man not guilty and felt compelled to release the disturbing video so that Proano can be held accountable.
“He shouldn’t be allowed to be out there with a gun,” Berman told the Chicago Reporter. “He has shown callous disregard for human life.”
“You don’t start firing into a car full of unarmed people,” Berman stated. “You just don’t do that.”
A tentative settlement to award the injured teens $360,000 was reached in March of 2015. However, the City Council has yet to approve or disperse the payment.
While appearing on comedian Marc Maron‘s podcast, WTF, President Barack Obama dropped the N-word to stress his points on race and racism in United States.
“Racism, we are not cured of it,” Obama said during the interview released this morning. “And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say n****r in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.”
Although attitudes about race have changed since Obama was born to a white mother and a Black father 53 years ago, he made the point that the nation’s history of slavery “casts a long shadow and that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on.”
Obama made these comments in light of a white supremacist fatally shooting nine people in Charleston’s historically Black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last week.
Of course the conversation turned to gun control and Obama said there has to be a way to protect firearm owners’ rights while keeping guns away from the mentally unstable.
“The question is just is there a way of accommodating that legitimate set of traditions with some common-sense stuff that prevents a 21 year old who is angry about something or confused about something, or is racist, or is deranged, from going into a gun store and suddenly is packing, and can do enormous harm,” the president said, referring to Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white supremacist accused of killing nine people in the South Carolina church. “And that is not something that we have ever fully come to terms with.”
Obama made the claim that common sense gun control laws have been stymied in Congress by “the grip of the NRA on Congress is extremely strong.”
“I will tell you, right after Sandy Hook, Newtown, when 20 6-year-olds are gunned down, and Congress literally does nothing — yes, that’s the closest I came to feeling disgusted,” Obama said. “I was pretty disgusted.”
The President remains pessimistic about true gun reform coming about during his presidency.
“And I don’t foresee any real action being taken until the American public feels a sufficient sense of urgency and they say to themselves, ‘This is not normal, this is something that we can change, and we’re going to change it,'” Obama said.
“Each time that these events occur, ironically, gun manufacturers make out like bandits, partly because this fear that’s turned up that he federal government and the black helicopters are all coming to get your guns,” he added.
Claudia Jordan was quite the polarizing force during her first and apparently only season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Fans of the show either hated her for her racist and colorist remarks on social media. Or they loved her for standing up to O.G. housewife NeNe Leakes. There’s one thing clear though … Claudia gained no fans over at Bravo and producers booted her from the hit reality show.
The folks over at Bossip suspect that NeNe is behind Claudia’s termination. Since the reunion of RHOA, NeNe has been on a campaign to get the single women eliminated from the show very loosely based on the lives of wealthy housewives.
As the only original cast member of RHOA and the only one to fully achieve mainstream celebrity, NeNe has a lot of clout over at Bravo. It seems who she says go — Claudia — goes and who she says stay — Kenya Moore — stays because she’s good for ratings.
There’s no word yet whether Claudia will be a friend to the show and make guest appearances or if she’ll be completely erased from the RHOA annals. The reality show will resume filming next month.
This Father’s Day weekend, there was no shortage of tributes to Dads and tributes from Dads. Here’s how your favorite celebrity dads were honored on Instagram.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. No better blessing than the responsibility of fatherhood. Woke up this am at 6:15am with 2 year old feet kicking me in my back and wouldn’t have it any other way. My little girl has such a contagious spirit about her that makes me appreciate EVERYTHING. Thank you to all the father’s I know, including mine, that set a great example for me and I can only ask God that I do the same for them. Proverbs 22:6
Steph Curry pretty much wins Father’s Day with this post.
Precious moments like this when we were traveling on tour with you are what I live for. You’re such a good daddy to North & you will be the best daddy to our new son too! A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on
Kim Kardashian thanks Kanye West for being a great dad to North West, and drops the news that their eldest will soon have a baby brother.
Happy Father’s Day to my awesome dad! @popz_topz A photo posted by John Legend (@johnlegend) on
John Legend shouts out his dad with a family photo from back in the day.
Family man Steve Harvey rolls deep.
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It’s just like a dad to find a way to do the impossible, like finding a unicorn the way Chris Brown did for his daughter Royalty.
NFLer Devon Still got a super cute message from his daughter Leah Still.
My Father’s Day surprise this morning. I had no idea the joy this little boy would bring and restore to my heart. Being a father is not just a gift, it’s a beautiful responsibility and blessing. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads that are doing it right, and to all the ones that aren’t, it’s never too late to try! God bless.
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Tyler Perry celebrated his first Father’s Day witha sweet surprise.
Jussie Smollett is back on the Empire set and made the weekend a 2-for-1 – celebrating his own birthday plus honoring his dad.
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NBC’s Tamron Hall remembers her father with a touching post.
Justin Timberlake flexes on Father’s Day with his son Silas.
The Janet Jackson machine is in full beast mode. Earlier this month, she announced her Unbreakable tour, a new fall album and the launch of her own record label.
Today, she released the first single off the as yet untitled album, a very retro-Janet Jackson feeling number called “No Sleeep.” It’s downbeat and chill, the kind of song you’ll hear during lazy summer BBQs and play when you’ve finished the last of the rose but you’re not quite ready to turn down.
Take a listen below – what do you think about Janet’s new release?
– Colby C.
Sean Combs walked out of a Los Angeles jail late Monday, hours after he was arrested following a fight with his son Justin Combs‘ coach at UCLA, where Justin plays as a defensive back.
LAPD charged Combs with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terroristic threats, and one count of battery.
The deadly weapon was a kettlebell, but no one was hurt or injured.
According to TMZ, Combs was upset when he witnessed UCLA strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi screaming at Justin. The 45-year-old father allegedly confronted Alosi in his office and was then arrested for assault.
Nathalie Moar, a spokeswoman for Combs Enterprises, said: “I’m not commenting until all of the facts are sorted out.”
UCLA Football coach Jim Mora later issued a statement saying: “I’m thankful that our staff showed the level of professionalism that they did in handling this situation. This is an unfortunate incident for all parties involved. While UCPD continues to review this matter, we will let the legal process run its course and refrain from further comment at this time.”
Combs posted $50,000 bail, according to sheriff’s officials.
Don Lemon‘s N-word sign probably didn’t have the reaction he and CNN Tonight producers thought it would, but anyone who has witnessed the fallout from Lemon’s numerous other gaffes could’ve guessed the antic wouldn’t be met with positivity.
It seems Lemon was trying to open a thought-provoking conversation about saying the N-word and displaying the Confederate Flag, following Pres. Obama’s use of the N-word on Marc Maron‘s WTF podcast. On last night’s episode of CNN Tonight, Lemon held up a sign with the racial epithet written in large capital letters and asked the audience if the word offended them.
However, Lemon’s attempt to spark debate resulted in Twitter raking him over the coals once again. Reactions ranged from ridicule to genuine confusion over how Lemon repeatedly makes gaffes like this.
Marc Maron provides the thoughtful interview, Don Lemon provides the absurdist comedy. This is the world we live in.
— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) June 23, 2015
what in blue buttery hell is don lemon doing pic.twitter.com/Y3LD36INjS
— Tracy LaFway Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) June 23, 2015
— CNN Commentary (@CommentaryCNN) June 23, 2015
Vaguely aware that Don Lemon did something unwise tonight…
— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) June 23, 2015
It’s clear that CNN has become more interested in the controversy Don Lemon garners than in his integrity as a news man.
— Amanda Seales (@amandaseales) June 23, 2015
C’mon, Don Lemon, you have to at least give a spoiler alert. pic.twitter.com/mzmkC41nPW
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) June 23, 2015
– Colby C.
A major bottling firm based in California is recalling 13 brands of bottled water after E. coli was found at one of its manufacturing facilities. The water being recalled was sold under the brand names of Acadia, Acme, Big Y, Best Yet, 7-11, Niagara, Nature’s Place, Pricerite, Superchill, Morning Fresh, Shaws, Shoprite, Western Beef Blue and Wegmans. Niagara Bottling, the bottling company issuing the recall did not specify how many bottles were possibly affected.
Niagara bottling spokesman Stan Bratskeir revealed most of the water never made it to shelves. Still as a precaution, the company is issuing the voluntary recall, which affects about 3% of Niagara’s output produced between June 10 and June 18. The recall covers spring water produced in their Pennsylvania manufacturing facilities.
Niagara suggests consumers boiling the affected water before drinking or use other bottled water. To determine if you’ve purchased water that falls under the recall, check the Best By dates and Date Code/Manufacturing information.
The Best By codes on outer-wrap shrink-film or on the bottle for the affected cases would be in the range of:
F# BEST BY 08DEC2016 to
F# BEST BY 16DEC2016
A# BEST BY 08DEC2016 to
A# BEST BY 16DEC2016
F# indicates the Hamburg plant and line number
A# indicates the Allentown plant and line number
For more information, please contact:
Niagara Bottling, LLC Consumer Service
Image: Shutterstock, Niagara