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Annie Oakley’s gun hits the auction block

Shotgun fetches over $143,400

Annie Oakley may be long gone, but one of the shotguns that helped make her famous went for over $143,400 at an auction in Dallas Sunday.

That auction was dubbed Legends of the Wild West, and it had roughly 100 of Annie Oakley items. The items came to market via Annie Oakley’s great-grandnieces, whom inherited the items from her mother who passed in 2009, reports the Associated Press.

 The items of Annie Oakley that were up for auction included numerous guns, a Stetson hat, photographs and letters.

The lot of the auction brought in almost $520,000.

Annie Oakley first came to fame as a sharpshooter in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in the 1880s and 1890s.

Bob Welch of Fleetwood Mac has died at the age of 65

Former guitarists commits suicide

Bob Welch, the former guitarist for Fleetwood Mac, has died at the age of 65 due to a self-inflicted gunshot would, according to police.

Bob Welch was found by his wife in their Nashville home around 12:15 p.m., according to Don Aaron, a police spokesman.

 Between 1971 and 1974 Bob Welch was a guitarist and vocalist for the legendary Fleetwood Mac.  He later went on to for the group Paris in 1976, reports The Christian Science Monitor.

Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, but Welch was not included in the ceremony.

He was later stated:

“It basically comes down to the fact that they don’t like me anymore. I guess they can do what they want. I could understand it if I had been a sideman for a year. But I was an integral part of that band … I put more of myself into that band than anything else I’ve ever done.”

Bob Welch is the second member of Fleetwood Mac to pass this year. In January, Bob Weston, also a guitarist for the band also died.

Welch did indeed leave a suicide not and had been suffering from health issues recently.

Bob Welch left no children behind.

In tribute to the late great guitarist of Fleetwood Mac, have a listen to Moses Lay it all Down.

NASA new discovery of algae blossoming in the Acrtic

NASA scientists have found organisms thriving beneath the ice

The new discovery by the NASA scientists is microscopic plantlike organisms, called Phytoplankton lying beneath the Acrtic ice, reports the Global Post.

The project is entitled ICESCAPE (Impacts of Climate on EcoSystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment) took samples from underneath the ice on the Chukchi Sea continental shelf. The discovery of the organisms happened during an oceanographic expedition during the summers of 2012 and 2011

A press release issued by NASA about the new discovery states, “Scientists have made a biological discovery in Arctic Ocean waters as dramatic and unexpected as finding a rainforest in the middle of a desert.

The original NASA mission was to “validate [its] satellite ocean-observing data in an area of the Earth that is very difficult to get to.” But, the press release claims the new discovery by NASA will help researchers better understand the Arctic.

Originally, it was thought that Phytoplankton could only grown in the Arctic once ice had completely melted. But, the discovery of the Phytoplankton underneath the ice suggests that the thinning ice is letting light pass through, allowing organisms to grow.

The Phytoplankton was found from the sea-ice edge, “running 72 miles into the ice pack.”

Though, it is currently unclear how long the organisms have been under the Arctic ice.

“At this point we don’t know whether these rich phytoplankton blooms have been happening in the Arctic for a long time and we just haven’t observed them before,” Kevin Arrigo, of Stanford University, said. “These blooms could become more widespread in the future, however, if the Arctic sea ice cover continues to thin.”

The NASA new discovery may also have drastic implication for the world’s global carbon cycle.

Facebook mobile opens App Store platform

And adds new mobile security features

Facebook mobile now has it’s very own App Center, reports PCMag.com The store will offer users the chance to download free social media applications via the Facebook mobile app.

The applications are still available on the web.

Talk about offering apps through Facebook mobile surfaced several weeks back, but there was no set date for its opening. 

Currently there are 600 social apps available in the App Center, including Sticher Radio, Draw Something and, every girl’s favorite, Pinterest.

However, not all Facebook users will have access to the App center immediately. The social media giant plans to implement the new marketplace in phases with the U.S. being the first to have access.

Facebook offering apps through their mobile applications is in direct competition with Apple’s App Store and Google’s marketplace. But, the unique idea behind Facebook’s new innovation is that when a user installs an application through Facebook.com, they will be asked if the app should also be sent to their mobile device.

“What we’re trying to do is bring people to social apps,” said Doug Purdy, a member of product development. “Our monetization, our revenue strategy for this doesn’t change one bit.”

Facebook reportedly sent people to the Apple’s App Store 83 million times last month.

The company has also added three new security features to their Facebook mobile application. Users will now see login approval codes, increased control over content that appears in their news feeds and the ability to recover their account if something happens.

Previously, users were only able to flag or hide comments in their news feed via Facebook.com. The introduction of these features to Facebook mobile only means a better user experience.

Though, all of this comes on the heels of Facebook’s IPO being grossly over priced and dropping drastically days after it first hit the market. Facebook’s stock value is now sits at $27.21, down from its original $38.00.

Father’s Day: Impress pops with these great gift ideas

Ideas that will make his Father’s memorable

Father’s Day is Sunday June 17, and if you haven’t got your old man anything yet, don’t worry. We have you covered with some great gift ideas for dad.

This Father’s Day why not help your dad see that you really love him with a pair of glasses from TOMS Shoes. Their sleek and stylish frames will make him look as if he were 20-years younger.

We recommend either the Kigali- Classic 101 or the Kathmandu- classic 301. Both are a new fresh take on classic Americana eyewear. And to sweeten the pot for Father’s Day and show dad that he raised you right, every pair of TOMS eyewear that is purchased helps restore the sight of someone in need.

If your dad is more geek-chic than fashion forward, then ThinkGeek’s Father’s Day tins may be right up his hard drive.  Prices for the tins range from $39.99 to $79.99.

The Bad Kid tin contains: astronaut ice cream, grow your own world’s hottest pepper, bacon salt, a butterfly knife-style pen, and a 3-pack of ThinkGeek’s annoy-atrons.

The Father’s Day Good Kid has all the nerd goods of the Bad Kid but also includes: Gamer Grub Energy snacks, a LEGO minifigure, Mug Boss and an ice cube tray that will make him carbonite Han Solo’s for his scotch on the rocks.

If you’ve really messed up bad lately and want to get in dad’s good graces this Father’s Day, then you need to pick up the Dad’s Favorite tin. It has all the goodies of the previous tins but adds on a credit card light bulb, NERF Jolt Mini Blaster and BuckyBalls magnetic building spheres.

So, show the guy who taught you how to shave and throw a right hook that you love him this Father’s Day with any of these great ideas.

Mr. Rogers lights up the web with remix of “Garden of Your Mind”

Classic PBS icon gets a musical facelift with autotune

Mr. Rogers, every child’s favorite after-school TV personality, has gone viral with a remix of Garden of Your Mind. PBS Digital Studios, in hopes of making good-old Mr. Rogers cool for the new generations, enlisted John D. Boswell for the mash-up.

The video features a variety of clips from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood; even Mr. McFeely makes an appearance.

Fred Rogers first took on the role of Mr. Rogers in 1968. The show ran until 2001; Rogers sadly passed away in February 2003.

Mr. Rogers Neighborhood can be accredited to teaching generations the difference between right and wrong and how to be proud of one’s self.

PBS Digital Studios says this is just the first in a series of remixes that they plan to create with former famous figures. We’re hoping for a remix of Jay-Z’s 99 Problems featuring Lamb Chop.

Check out the mash-up below.


Powerball jackpot reaches $177 million

No wining numbers during last drawing

The Powerball has climbed to a staggering $177 million, given that the June 2 drawing didn’t have any players with all six winning Powerball numbers.

The upcoming Powerball drawing will have a cash option of $120.6 million.

The drawing on June 2 did have two high winning tickets, but neither had the Powerball, reports New Jersey Today. The wining numbers were 9, 10, 17, 29 and 45 with the Powerball number 33. The two winning tickets are worth $1 million each Other players won cash prizes, ranging from dollars to thousands of dollars.

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510, and the chances of taking home any sort of cash prize is roughly 1 in 31. A total of 42 states participate in the Powerball, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C.

The next Powerball drawing will be held Saturday at 10:59 p.m.

Sheryl Crow opens about brain tumor

Singer says it is benign

Sheryl crow, in a recent interview with The Las Vegas Review-Journal revealed that she was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor last November.

Memory issues were the key reason that drove the 50-year-old Sheryl Crow to seek medical treatment. The singer claims that before finding out the diagnoses she was already suffering memory loss. During a concert in Florida a month ago, she forgot the words to her song Soak up the Sun.

“I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI. And I found out I have a brain tumor,” Sheryl Crow, the Grammy-award winning singer, told the magazine

In 2006, Sheryl Crow was previously diagnosed with breast cancer.

On her Facebook page, Sheryl Crow wrote, “Please don’t worry about my ‘brain tumor,’ it’s a noncancerous growth. I know some folks can have problems with this kind of thing, but I want to assure everyone I’m OK.”

WebMD reports that benign brain tumors, medically referred to as Meningioma, affect 6,500 people each year in the U.S. However, even though the tumors are benign, they do still grow, roughly a few millimeters every year. The website reports that given the age of Sheryl Crow the tumor is likely to continue growing.

Currently, Crow doesn’t plan on having surgery, opting for continual treatment instead.

Have a listen to Sheryl Crow’s Soak up the Sun below.


Amanda Bynes tweets Obama for help

Actress arrested for DUI and hit and run

Amanda Bynes, the 26-year-old actress, was arrested back on April 6 in Los Angeles for suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence after hitting an L.A. police cruiser.

The incident report by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department claims that Bynes struck the rear quarter panel of the officer’s car with her BMW while trying to make a right turn around 3 a.m. Both vehicles received minor damage.

Amanda Bynes later tweeted “I can’t help but laugh at all of you writing fake stories about me. I was not in any hit and runs. I don’t drink so the DUI is false.”

However, official charges were filed Tuesday June 5. Amanda Bynes is set to appear before Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Elden Fox. MTV.com reports that Elden also tried Lindsay Lohan, during one of her many DUI cases.

Upon hearing of the charges Amanda Bynes took to twitter again, writing, “Hey @BarackObama… I don’t drink. Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don’t hit and run. The end.” Surely, the president will answer the B-list actress’s distress call. After all, he doesn’t have his hands busy with prepping for an up-coming election or running a nation.

If Amanda Bynes is convicted, she could be looking at between 48 hours to six months of jail time.

Bynes hasn’t appeared in a film since 2010’s Easy A. Maybe she should be tweeting Lohan for help instead.

UMass 4.9 percent tuition bump

Board of Trustees and Gov. have differnt views

UMass and their Board of Trustees has put forth a motion to increase the schools tuition by 4.9 percent. This means that UMass students would pay roughly an additionally $580 for the 2012-2013 school year, generating about $25 million in revenue.

However, the board has offered to lock rates for the next two years; though, this is contingent on 50 percent of funding being restored to UMass’s education budget by the state.

Deval Patrick, Massachusetts’ governor, sent a letter to UMass President Robert Caret, stating that he has instructed the Secretary of Education Paul Reville, whom sits on the board, to vote against the tuition hike.

“Like the rest of state government, UMass must demonstrate that it is doing more with less before asking more from students. And I am not convinced that UMass has yet done enough to find efficiencies and reduce costs so that any new revenue is dedicated to teaching and learning,” wrote Gov. Patrick in a letter

The Board of Trustees wants the increase because they say the school faces $63 million in rising costs from union contracts and debt services.

The final vote is set to take place at UMass at 9:00 a.m. today.

The UMass school system includes UMass Amherst, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell, and the UMass Medical School. The Amherst branch was the first to be founded in 1863.