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Why It Pays For Pilots To Get Divorced

As if there weren’t enough reasons to get divorced already, several crafty Continental Airline pilots have found yet another golden one – big money! Evidently, a loophole in a law that says divorced pilots can receive their retirement funds before they retire. So, nine genius pilots—seven men and two women—got their sidekick spouses to sign divorce papers. They concealed these so-called divorces from friends, and then got remarried after they were each paid lump sums to the tune of up to $900,000. Insert evil laugh here.

Continental is taking these suckers straight to court, calling these divorces “subterfuges or sham transactions.” Eight of the pilots have been fired or quit, and one was re-hired after promising to pay back the money. Too bad he never got around to it—he’s in for a crash-landing right back in federal court. [yahoonews.com] Keep reading »

Will Sonia Sotomayor Be Pro-Choice? Looks Like Maybe Not.

We think it’s pretty dope that Sonia Sotomayor, Obama’s pick for Supreme Court justice, is (a) a lady and (b) could the first person of Hispanic descent to don Supreme Court robes. But many pro-choice advocates are sounding alarm bells today because they have a sneaking suspicion that, once on the bench, Sotomayor may not uphold Roe v. Wade, something they think should be a “no duh” for a judge appointed by a pro-choice president. What’s got them worried, after the jump… [NY Times]

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Are You Ready For “The Tiny And Toya Show”?

Do the names of Tameka Cottle and Antonia Carter sound familiar? Maybe not, but you definitely know the men in their lives: rappers T.I and Lil’ Wayne respectively. Cottle, known as Tiny, has been dating T.I. for years—even before he became famous—and has several kids with him. Carter, known as Toya, was married to Lil’ Wayne, and has a daughter with him. Now, their glamorous lives, complete with shopping sprees, exotic vacations and going-away parties for jailed lovers will be captured in a new “docu-drama” series debuting on 10:00p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, on BET. If you can’t bear to wait until then to see what promises to be eventful TV, tune in at 10:00p.m. on Monday, June 15 for a sneak peak. [BET] Keep reading »

Virginia Is For Frowners

People with ugly driver’s license photos, the state of Virginia feels your pain. The Department of Motor Vehicles in Virginia banned smiles—yes, smiles—and ordered all new photo-takers to make a “neutral expression” in their portraits. The DMV would like to develop a facial recognition system to standardize documentation and thwart fraudsters and identity thieves. OK, Big Brother, whatever you say.

Just a cranky DMV clerk barking “No smiling!” isn’t enough, though! The DMV’s software can detect and reject “attempts at exuberance or human warmth,” meaning if you flash some dimples or let your pearly whites crack through your lips, a computer will make you take your picture again.

Even though Virginia is just one of 37 DMV agencies nationwide to use the facial recognition software, Virginian drivers aren’t pleased. Groused one driver, “It makes everyone look like criminals.” [Washington Post]
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Rihanna Is Kanye’s New Candy Girl

Rihanna stars in Kanye West’s video for “Paranoid.” Why is she appearing in a music video for a song she doesn’t even sing on? We have a few ideas:

  1. Kanye is ditching Amber Rose for Rihanna.
  2. Kanye thought it would help Rihanna’s image by giving her some exposure unrelated to Chris Brown.
  3. Rihanna wanted to procrastinate on putting out a new album even longer and is doing whatever she can to fill her day.
  4. Rihanna had a lot of ’80s-style clothes in her closet and thought it was high time they got put to use.
  5. Rihanna wanted to showcase the moves she’s learned in dance class. If this is the case, keep working on them, girl.

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20-Year-Old Lila Rose Emerges As Anti-Abortion Crusader

After using clandestine tactics to investigate Planned Parenthood, Lila Rose, 20, has become known as an anti-abortion crusader. She staged her own sting at the clinics to prove her claim that the organization routinely covers up sexual abuse. She says Planned Parenthood counselors don’t report statutory rapes, as the law requires, and often encourage the girls to lie about their age or the identity of their partner. “Planned Parenthood is looking at these young girls as a plumbing problem: ‘We’ll get you that abortion and send you on your way,’” Rose told Reuters in an interview. “And that’s disrespecting two human lives. It’s destroying her pre-born child and sending her back to an abuser.” She has posted her secretly recorded videos on the website for her non-profit group, LiveAction.org, which she started at age 15. Keep reading »

Is Your Scale Lying To You?

Ever step on the scale and have a hard time believing its accuracy? Now, I’m not talking about delusion or denial, but more about the fact that you honestly can’t pinpoint why the scale is reading a three pound increase in your weight. It happens—it happens to all of us, and it can be very confusing, let alone frustrating. Keep reading »

Hugging “Epidemic” So Out Of Control, Some Schools Are Banning It

The country is up in arms over teenagers shamelessly groping each other, or, as some like to call it, “hugging.” The New York Times reported today that hugging is the new teenage greeting of choice. “The high-five is, like, boring,” says Katie Dea, an eighth grader in San Francisco. Hence, the hug.

“There is the basic friend hug, the bear hug, the bear claw, when a boy embraces a girl awkwardly with his elbows poking out. There is the hug that starts with a high-five, then moves into a fist bump, followed by a slap on the back and an embrace. There’s the shake and lean; the hug from behind; and, the newest addition, the triple — any combination of three girls and boys hugging at once. ‘We’re not afraid, we just get in and hug,’” said Danny Schneider, a junior, in The New York Times

Straight males embracing? Triple hugging? Good lord, SOMEONE HELP THESE POOR CHILDREN!!! Keep reading »

The “Real Housewives” Empire: D. C. And Beverly Hills Added To The Roster

If you’ve been keeping up with the Manzos, you know that the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” are intensely amazing with their Botox parties and Mafioso undertones. Well, Bravo isn’t slowing down anytime soon (thank God). They’ve just announced the upcoming “Real Housewives of D.C.” which will feature political wives, philanthropic leaders, fashion sophisticates, and other power players. And last week Bravo started casting for “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” That’s right, it’ll be like Orange County, only with bigger mansions and more celebrity run-ins. I bet Heidi Montag would be down!

Because we hope to see this brilliant show continue to flourish, here are ten other cities Bravo should consider for the Real Housewives franchises. Keep reading »

The Truth About Danielle From “The Real Housewives Of New Jersey”

According to the preview for next week’s episode of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Danielle, the single mother who was engaged 19 times and has ever-surprised eyebrows, gets upset when a deep, dark secret is revealed. Apparently the secret has to do with Danielle’s role in a book called Cop Without A Badge — and we’ve got the dirty details! The book is about Kevin Maher, a criminal turned informant for the New York Police Department and the FBI. Danielle was affiliated with Maher, but back then she went by the name Beverly, a prostitute with a hankering for doing lots of cocaine. Maher apparently left his wife and child for Beverly/Danielle, but she was bad news and was eventually arrested for extortion, possession, and kidnapping. Kidnapping! Check out her mug shot (above) — gorgeous. According to the book, Beverly/Danielle was still stripping in Jersey as late as 1992. This must have been just before she met her 19th fiance, got married, and had two kids.

Bravo is really pullin’ out all the stops to try and make this season of “Real Housewives” more dramatic than all the rest. A former coke whoring kidnapper really makes DeYawn, The C(o)untess, and Crazy-Eyed Vicky look boring. [NJ.com via DListed] Keep reading »

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