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Danielle Olipra

Danielle Olipra is a DePaul University graduate with a degree in Creative Writing. In her free time she enjoys listening to music and comedy. Once she takes the world by storm with her pen, she plans to save the endangered species of the ocelot and record a soul album.

DeMarco Murray makes history

Third-string rookie sets record for Dallas Cowboys

DeMarco Murray ran 253 in the Dallas Cowboys vs. St Louis Rams game on Sunday, which the Cowboys won 34-7.  And if you’re saying, “Who…?”, You’re not alone.

The LA Times reports that Murray was “an afterthought” for the Cowboys going into this season, but now the third-string rookie running back holds a team record.  In the record book, he’s even listed above Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett, Cowboys considered legends.

The record is for the most rushing yards ever in a single game in the history of the team.  Only eight other players in the NFL have rushed more yards in a single game, and that list includes one rookie.

DeMarco Murray was just a third-round pick out of Oklahoma before he rushed his way into the headlines Sunday night.  “I never thought in a million years that I’d ever have a day like this,” said Murray.

At the beginning of the game, Murray had only acquired 71 yards for the entire season, season but with starter Felix Jones injured he had increased playing time.

Murray’s record-breaking took most by surprise, as more than 11,000 fantasy players only added Murray to their rosters Monday morning on Yahoo! Sports.  But the running back broke records as a member of the Sooners, too.

Read more on DeMarco Murray here.

“Real Housewives” reunion mentions Dina Manzo

Former “Real Housewives” star takes sides in argument

Dina Manzo hasn’t been on air with “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” in more than a year, but the remaining cast members were all about her during the reunion show on Sunday, The Star-Ledger reports.

Cast member Caroline Manzo feels fellow housewife Teresa Giudice insulted her and her family in her new book, a cook book called Fabulicious.  Caroline has been vocal about her anger with Teresa’s claim that Caroline copies everything she does.

Former housewife Dina Manzo is taking Giudice’s side in the feud, against her sister-in-law.  In a recent blog post she said, “Was is necessary to write that stuff in her book? Probably not, but I don’t think it was written with malice either.” 

She goes on to say that many jokes have been thrown around on the series and implies the other women are taking themselves too seriously, seemingly not aware of the fact that this is what happens to every reality cast member.  “I don’t like fighting, I don’t like drama, I don’t like confrontation,” she claims.

Dina says that she loves her family and will one day be close with Caroline again, but refrains from any juicy details, reminding readers she is not on the show anymore and “doesn’t need” to continue to share her life with the public.

Manzo left the series during the second season after an ugly confrontation with Danielle Staub.

Read more about the latest drama here.

Sharia Law to govern Libya

Mustafa Abdul Jalil to impose Islamic law

On Sunday, Libya’s “top leader” Mustafa Abdul Jalil made an announcement that laws adhering to Islam will be imposed on his freshly-liberated people, reports The Atlantic Wire.

The de facto prime minister shared his vision of Libya as a “democratic state based on Islamic law.”  He advocated for change in usury laws, declaring, “The interest on loans will be ruled out. You will not pay it anymore.”  This of course incited a positive reaction from the tens of thousands of Libyans gathered at Keish square in Benghazi.

Jalil said, “We as a Muslim nation have taken Islamic sharia as the source of legislation, therefore any law that contradicts the principles of Islam is legally nullified.”  This includes laws concerning marriage.  Currently, a Libyan man needs permission from his wife in front of a judge before being able to have another wife.  The new laws will allow men to “more easily take on a second wife.”

Elections will be held next June, and only then will Jalil have the influence to implement these laws.

Libya has declared its liberation after 42 years of tyrant Muammar Gadafy’s rule came to an end last week with his death.

Read more about Jalil’s sharia law here.

“Once Upon A Time” Premier

New ABC Drama “Once Upon A Time”

“Once Upon A Time” turned clocks and heads with its premier episode Sunday night on ABC.  The Celebrity Café reports the show is created by two writers of “Lost,” Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, who take viewers into two different worlds with their new endeavor.

We see a familiar face in Jennifer Morrison of “House” and “How I Met Your Mother.”  She stars as Emma Swan, a “friendless orphan” who works as a bonds-woman in Storybrook, Maine.  After a day’s work she celebrates her 28th birthday alone, a hefty hint that her social life is less than fulfilling.

However, when a young boy in the neighborhood named Henry Mills, played by Jared Gilmore, rings her doorbell with a book in hand, he begins to pull her into a fairy tale realm that only the audience and Henry know is all too parallel to Storybrook.

Notable performances included Ginnifer Goodwin, who we know from “Big Love,” playing both Snow White and the teacher Mary Margaret Blanchard.  Lana Parilla also shined in her dual roles of the Evil Queen and Storybrook’s Mayor Regina.

“Once Upon A Time” proves to be something of a time-jumping, realm-switching soap opera.  With the appeal of the fairy tales we all know, and the allure of a modern day small town drama, the new series might just strike a chord with viewers.

Read more about the show’s premier here.

Debate over “lost” Da Vinci portrait

Possible Da Vinci piece sold for $21,000

Art historians and researchers are at odds over whether or not a portrait, which Christie’s auction house recently sold for a little over $21,000, was done by the hands of Da Vinci.

MSNBC reports that the portrait was sent to Christie’s in 1998. At the time, Christie’s historians believed the portrait originated in 19th-century Germany, where artists enjoyed mimicking the Renaissance style. It was not until 2010 when Martin Kemp, an art historian with the University of Oxford, first suggested that the portrait may have been a Da Vinci piece.

It is apparent to researches that the piece came from a book given its stitching, and Kemp’s theory is that it was part of a book that showcased the Duke of Milan’s family history. He claims that it is most likely a portrait of the duke’s daughter painted near the date of her wedding.

Da Vinci was the only left-handed artist in the duke’s residence between 1481 and 1499, which aligns with the estimated date of the portrait and the study of the strokes that created it. There is still much debate over the origins of the piece, but Kemp remains confident.

Kemp is not alone in his thoughts. Pascal Cotte, an engineer and art analyst, has partnered with Kemp and the two have co-authored “La Bella Principessa: The Story of the New Masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci.”

Read more about the controversial piece here.

Lindsay Lohan could face jail time

Troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan up against judge

Looks like LiLo and the law haven’t been getting along again, because the latter apparently gets in the way of Lindsay’s jet-setting to Paris. The San Francisco Examiner reports that the actress has been accused of not fulfilling her probation requirements.

Lohan recently missed two of her mandatory therapy sessions when she traveled to Paris for a modeling gig, although she claims she received permission to attend the sessions via phone calls.

Also part of her probation (this is all from a shoplifting case), a judge ordered that Lohan should spend at least four hours at the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles each visit she made. She’s reportedly missed at least nine sessions, and when she did show, left early several times.

As a result of her behavior at the Women’s Center, Lohan has been reassigned to dedicate her time to the American Red Cross, but it’s said that her total number of completed hours is “unimpressive.”

Lohan is scheduled to appear before the judge next week for a progress hearing and has said she “can’t wait” to defend herself.

Read more about Linday’s current dilemma here.

“Walking Dead” season two premiere

“Walking Dead” zombie drama continues to awe

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On Sunday night, after a wait that kept many nail-biting viewers on the edge of their couches, “Walking Dead” returned for its second season which the LA Times calls, “arguably the best installment of the series so far.” Mixed reactions to the show’s creator Frank Darabont leaving earlier this year are most likely put to rest after the riveting extended episode, run by his replacement Glen Mazarra.

The episode finds the band of survivors shortly after the events of the first season’s finale, leaving Atlanta’s CDC where Dr. Jenner, a man who had lost his wife and his will to live, had tried to trap them all inside to be burned alive, his version of saving them.

The crew attempts to head to Ft. Benning, but a massive road block, and of course a huge wave of walking dead, stall their efforts. Carol’s young daughter Sophia is driven into the woods by two walkers, and although Rick takes out both enemies, she goes missing. Carol remains in a state of distress from then on, causing tension between Rick’s wife Lori and the others, leading to a confrontation during which Lori demands that Carol stops blaming Rick for her daughter’s disappearance.

Other notable arguments occurred between Lori and Shane, Shane revealing that he plans to abandon the group because of his feelings for Lori. Andrea also dishes it out to Dale, who she feels forced her to leave the CDC where she had chosen to stay and take control of her fate.

While tracking Sophia, the group hears church bells and they hurry towards the noise, only to find the sounds are automated. Their stop at the small chapel leads to a plea to God from Carol, begging to be reunited with her daughter. Once they move on, Rick lingers and, in a rare vulnerable moment, he asks for a sign that he is doing the right thing.

Rick then joins Shane to comb the woods for Sophia once again, Rick’s son Carl tagging along. They spot a deer, and Carl attempts to get close to the creature which seems welcoming and gentle. But the moment quickly turns sour when a shot comes through the bushes. The bullet knocks out the deer and then hits Carl in the chest, who immediately collapses. Rick rushes to aid his only child as the episode comes to a close.

Read more about the season premiere here.

Rachel Uchitel marries

Famous mistress married in Vegas

While Rachel Uchitel is a successful nightclub manager in New York, she’s really gained recognition for her personal relationships. She achieved fame by twice being the mistress of a celebrity, first to Tiger Woods during his marriage to Elin Nordegren, and second to David Boreanaz, who is still married to actress Jaime Bergman.

But those days are over, or at least we can hope. Uchitel tied the knot over the weekend at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, according to dailygossip. Her new husband is Matt Hahn, a former Penn State football player who is 10 years her junior. The two have been involved since March.

The wedding was reportedly unplanned and it showed. Uchitel wore a long orange dress, and entered the chapel to the tune of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” The 36-year-old bride and her new husband, along with 12 close friends, exited to the Katy Perry tune “That’s What You Get for Waking Up In Vegas.” Other celebrities, including Michael Jordan, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and Britney Spears have also been married at the same chapel, assumedly with better accompaniment.

Uchitel was briefly married to childhood friend Steven Ehrenkranz in 2004, and lost her first fiance, investment banker James Andrew O’Grady in the events of 9/11.

Read more about Rachel Uchitel here

“Joe the Plumber” running for Congress

Ohio man Joe the Plumber aims to be a working-class hero

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, more commonly known as “Joe the Plumber,” will be running for Congress 2012, the Huffington Post reports. Along with his statement of candidacy, the Joe For Congress 2012 committee filed a statement of organization, using Wurzelbacher’s home address for their paperwork.

In 2008, Wurzelbacher famously questioned and objected to then-candidate Barack Obama’s small business tax policy while Obama made a campaign stop in Wurzelbacher’s Ohio town. The McCain/Palin campaign quickly conceptualized “Joe the Plumber,” referring to him as a symbol of middle-class Americans and using him as an example of the working-class that would be hurt by Obama’s policies. He has since published a book and toured as a motivational speaker, but is still aiming to extend his time in the public eye.

In August, a local paper questioned if Wurzelbacher had any interest in Congress, to which he replied, “I think it’s a very interesting idea…that’s as much as I can say.” Wurzelbacher’s opponents will include incumbent Democratic Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich, along with Republicans Rob Frost and technology executive Tom Guarente. But the mainly Democratic district is likely to favor whoever wins the Democratic primary in the general election.

Read more about “Joe the Plumber” here.

Slavoj Žižek speaks to Occupy Wall Street

Slavoj Žižek shows and receives support from protesters

Since Occupy Wall Street began on September 17, it has taken pride in being a “people-powered” movement. But that also means “leaderless,” observes the Washington Post. As the rally has caught more attention, more respected names have been stopping by Zuccotti Park to either show their support or participate and fill the void left for a leader.

The Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek was there on Sunday to address the crowd. He had the attention of the protesters for nearly an hour as he spoke of the “lies that hold up American capitalist society.”

Žižek incited a positive reaction from the crowd. He admired their leaderless project and advised them to “embrace” the Tea Party, as they also consider themselves a leaderless group. He also sent a warning that they should “not fall in love with themselves,” and remember the true purpose of their coming together.

While the leaderless movement has spread, the Washington Post wonders how long a group like this can last. A negative to this system showed itself when civil rights era icon Rep. John Lewis left Occupy Atlanta without speaking over the weekend when no one could make the decision to interrupt those scheduled to speak.

Read more about Occupy Wall Street here.