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Care To Try A Beer-Flavored Starbucks Latte?

Pumpkin spice lattes not your thing? No worries: Starbucks is currently testing out its new Dark Barrel Latte, which is inspired by “the rise of craft beers” and meant to taste like “roasted malt” (a.k.a Guinness covered in whipped cream). The drink doesn’t have any alcohol in it, but it does include caramel and “stout flavored” sauce mixed in with its milk and espresso base.

The beer latte is being tested in a few stores in Ohio and Florida, and so far, people aren’t really sure what to think. Among those who have tried the beverage, it’s just about agreed across the board that the drink does taste like Irish stout, but nobody really knows how to process that information. Isn’t Starbucks breaking some kind of fourth wall or something by trying to mimic the one beverage Americans might love more than coffee?

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Woman Dies Shielding Baby Daughter From Violent Boyfriend

Jessica Arrendale

This is an utterly tragic story. Jessica Arrendale, an Atlanta area mom, died shielding her six-month-old daughter Cobie’s body from Cobie’s violent father. The 37-year-old was shot in the head and managed to maneuver her body over the baby to prevent her from facing the same fate. Arrendale and Cobie’s father, 30-year-old Antoine Davis, had been out together on the night of September 13, and when they arrived home he became violent. With Cobie in her arms, Arrendale tried to fend him off with a baseball bat. Davis eventually snatched the bat from her, hitting her with it and chasing her until she locked herself and Cobie into an upstairs bathroom. Davis, a former Marine and Iraq War vet, grabbed an assault rifle with a silencer and broke down the door, shooting Arrendale in the head. Arrendale placed little Cobie in the open toilet bowl and then laid over her daughter before dying. Arrendale’s mother, Teresa Inniello, told WSB Radio, “He shot her and [the police] don’t know how she was able to twist her body and fall literally in the opposite direction.” What she did was nothing short of miraculous. It’s believed by authorities that Davis would’ve killed Cobie too had she not been hidden. Instead, he walked into his daughter’s bedroom and fatally shot himself. Arrendale leaves behind both Cobie and a 15-year-old daughter named Naomi who’d been living with Inniello. Keep reading »

Gwen Stefani Sings “Hella Good” On “The Voice” With Awkward Backup From The Other Judges

Gwen Stefani
Good Try, Adam

Gwen Stefani sang “Hella Good” on “The Voice” last night, and while it definitely wasn’t a full-on No Doubt reunion, Gwen totally rocked it. Instead of the rest of the band, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton awkwardly stagebombed the whole thing. They don’t exactly give off the right level of badassery to match Gwen, but she carried the whole thing like the rockstar that she is, and the dudes get points for effort I guess. “Don’t Speak” next, please!

Miss America Kira Kazantsev Was Expelled From Her Sorority For Hazing

  • Newly-crowned Miss America Kira Kazantsev was kicked out of her sorority in April 2013 for hazing pledges, an investigation by Jezebel has revealed. Kazantsev headed recruitment for Alpha Phi’s Hofstra University chapter when she and her best friend both got the boot for making the pledges’ lives “a living hell,” according to sources. The recruits were reportedly called names, made fun of for physical imperfections, and sustained bruises and exhaustion for the physical tasks they were made to do. Hofstra reps say they spent several months investigating the two women’s behavior before banning them from future sorority activities. In a statement, the Miss America organization said Kazantsev was upfront with them about her expulsion and urged the public to focus instead on her achievements. But the truth is out whether she likes it or not. Maybe she can use this as a platform to encourage young adults in Greek life not to engage in hazing.[Jezebel] Keep reading »

Hilary Duff Would Totally Be Into A “Lizzie McGuire” Reunion

“I love it! I would be totally open to it. My schedule is a little busy right now. But um … why not? I mean, so many people loved her. I loved her. Honestly, working on that show, I got so strong with my physical comedy and all the things that they would throw at me. I got covered in goo every week, and I got, like, smashed in the face with a locker every single week. And all this, I mean it was a really, really fun show. And obviously people really loved her. Maybe a “Lizzie: Where Are You Now?” like 10 years later.”

In the midst of promoting her lovely new album, Hilary Duff told the Huffington Post that she would be down for a “Lizzie” reunion, which makes me the happiest camper on the internet because I’m pretty sure the world would greatly benefit from seeing Lizzie, Gordo, Miranda and even Kate on the same screen again. What would Lizzie’s life be like in 2014? Would she be super famous from her accidental moment of Italian pop stardom? Would she be a normal American chick fumbling through her twenties while still clinging to the bubble shirts and bell bottoms of her middle school glory days? Do she and Gordo have a love child? Is Ethan a hair model? So many questions. A reunion full of answers would be what dreams are made of! See what I did there? Clever jokes, you guys. [HuffPost] [Image via AKM-GSI]

It’s Time To Cry: After Bride’s Death, Bridesmaids Wear Their Gowns To A Mud Race In Her Honor

Bridesmaids
Heartbreaking

Shannon Hall, a 24-year-old from central Wisconsin, was set to marry on October 4 when she tragically lost her life two weeks ago in a car accident. She’s survived by five brothers and four sisters, and all of her sisters were to be bridesmaids in her wedding. Before her passing, they’d signed up for the Udder Mudder charity mud race, and Shannon had urged the ladies to do the race in formal dresses. Since they’ll no longer be wearing their bridesmaids dresses next month, the women decided they’d be the perfect attire for the race. On Saturday, 27 people who knew and loved Shannon teamed up to make it through the obstacle course. Shannon’s fiance, Justin Cyzan, was in the accident with Shannon and is still recovering from his injuries, but he was able to photograph the event. For a few hours, the grieving family had a reason to smile and laugh again — and to make Shannon proud. [ABC]

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