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Jess Smith

Jess Smith is a journalist who’s passion for writing spans all the way to when she was only 7-years-old and was making up news stories for her neighbors. Fast forward to age 22 and she has written for many publications including the EDM based, Elektro Magazine.

George Zimmerman is in custody for felony aggravated assault

George Zimmerman has allegedly pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend during an altercation

George Zimmerman has been charged with a felony. No, not for the murder of Trayvon Martin, but for allegedly pointing a gun at his girlfriend. Huge surprise there. Zimmerman was taken into custody after a call to 911 was received from a home in Florida. His girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe could be heard telling the emergency dispatcher “He’s in my house, breaking all my shit because I asked him to leave,” she said in a panic. “He’s got a freaking gun, breaking all my stuff right now.”

While on the phone, Scheibe can be heard saying to George Zimmerman “You put your gun in my freaking face,” she said to him. “Get out of my house. Do not push me out of my house. Please get out of my house.”

The cops came to the home where Scheibe had been locked out of the house by George Zimmerman and the police had to push past a barricade of items to get inside of the house. While the police were trying to get into the house Zimmerman was already on the phone trying to paint himself as the victim (again, huge surprise there). “My girlfriend for a lack of better words has gone crazy on me,” he told the dispatcher.

Chief Deputy Dennis of the Seminole County Sheriff Department explained the situation at bay when arrived at the premises. “When we arrived, the victim indicated that she and George Zimmerman were having a verbal dispute and at the time that he had broken a table and pointed a long barrel shotgun at her.”

After officers got into the premises they arrested George Zimmerman is being held in custody without bail under an aggravated assault charge.

This could just be another case of Karma rearing her vengeful head, since George Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin who was unarmed at the time and was returning home from the store with a bag of Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea.

His acquittal sent shock waves throughout the country and ignited many discussions about race and gun laws. However, this isn’t the first trouble Zimmerman has gotten into since his acquittal. Earlier in the month Zimmerman and his estranged wife got into a domestic altercation where he allegedly broke his wife’s iPad and also pointed a gun in her face. Shellie ultimately decided to not press charges against Zimmerman. He also had gotten pulled over back in July in Texas for speeding and told the officer he was carrying a weapon in his glove compartment.

Zimmerman will be appearing in front of a judge this Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. E.T.

Brace Yourself: iPhone 6 rumors are coming

Apple’s iPhone 6 is thought to include a bigger screen and a curved display

The iPhone 6 has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue lately with all kinds of speculations on what the new smartphone will entail. With the iPhone 5S literally just being released a few months ago and the iPad Air about to be released, you would think Apple users would be occupied with their new gadgets, but that isn’t stopping anyone from salivating over the thought of the iPhone 6.

With release of the iPhone 6 being months out of reach, it seems kind of early for the rumor mill to be brewing, but the need for a ground-breaking release from Apple is necessary since most Apple users are jaded by the miniscule updates that Apple has been releasing for the past few years. What Apple really needs is some seriously innovative technology to really keep the spark going that drew Apple enthusiasts to the company in the first place.

An iPhone Air concept design video has been floating around the blogosphere and people are becoming convinced that this is what the iPhone 6 will resemble. The concept design depicts the sixth generation device having a bigger screen, which is probably going to be true, considering the rival Samsung Galaxy has a 5 inch screen.

The concept design says that the iPhone 6 will be coming in at a solid 4.6 inch screen. The brand new display will be achieved by implementing a new curved design that would allow for a bigger screen and also a completely revamped look from the previous models.

Judging by the name iPhone Air, the newest model is also supposedly going to be thinner and lighter. Taking the same design makeovers that they are doing with the iPad Air, which promises a more convenient iPad for the consumer. The iPhone 6 is also thought to have a more updated camera, reaching 12 or 13 megapixels. We can fully expect the iPhone 6 to use the iOS7 operating system, considering this just came out a couple months ago. This may come as a hinderance to Apple users, since the new system has been getting less than stellar reviews lately.

The iPhone 6 will most likely have a lot of the iPhone 5S characteristics, in lieu of the iPhone 5S being released recently. This will most likely include the brand new Touch ID, which allows users more security with fingerprint technology instead of the standard pass code.

If these rumors are true, which they most likely are, then Apple users really don’t have anything too much exciting to look for with the iPhone 6. Hopefully they throw us a curve ball, but judging by previous releases this year, this is probably as good as it’s going to get.

Rob Ford's legacy continues on with amusing oral sex comments

Rob Ford denies oral sex rumors with hilariously graphic language

Rob Ford is essentially burrowing himself in a deeper political hole as his role as the mayor of Toronto, while becoming the hero of college age kids everywhere with his latest antics. While addressing reporters’ allegations of drug abuse and sexual misconduct during a live press conference, Ford went on to say the most epic thing I’ve ever heard come out of a politician’s mouth.

“Oh and the last thing was Olivia Gondek They say I wanted to eat her pussy, Olivia Gondek. I never said that in my life to her. I would never do that. I’m happily married, I’ve got more than enough to eat at home,” he told a group of astonished and amused reporters. After his controversial words, one reporter can be heard saying “I love this guy!” Despite all of his shortcomings, why do we love this guy? That is because it’s a breath of fresh air to hear a politician not sound like an emotionless robot for once in their life. He swears and he gets drunk (sometimes a little too much) like the rest of us.

Ford’s wife, Renata ,looked extremely jaded by her husband on Thursday at a news conference where Ford apologized for the language he used. “The revelations yesterday of cocaine, escorts and prostitution has pushed me over the line and I used unforgivable language and I apologize. These allegations are 100% lies.”

Rob Ford has had quite a year, acting more like an ASU student than a politician. With videos of him extremely intoxicated, incriminating taped phone conversations and a lot of sexual allegations coming out. During one of his taped drunken stupors, he threatened to straight up murder someone. “I’m going to kill that fuckin’ guy. I’m telling you it’s first degree murder…He dies, or I die brother,” he said.

Back in 2010, he was heard during a taped phone conversation trying to score some Oxycontin. “I’ll try buddy. I’ll try. I don’t know this shit, but I’ll fucking try to find it.” He added, “Why don’t you try to go to the street and score it? Fuck, you know, I don’t know any drug dealers at all.” Golden.

Ford has also openly admitted to smoking crack-cocaine after a video surfaced of what appears to be the Canadian mayor doing just that. He finally admitted to doing the deed during another of his infamous drunken stupors.

The Toronto City Council has had enough of his behavior, who have asked Ford to take a break from his mayoral responsibilities to attend to his personal issues. After the Toronto City Council talked to him for nearly an hour, Ford said “I am not an addict of any sort, so I am not quite sure why you are saying you need help.”

The fate of Rob Ford is still to be determined with the council pushing for the mayor to lose his job. Regardless of his fate, Rob Ford’s legacy will live on as the most entertaining mayor in political history.

What Would I Say writes Facebook statuses for you

Princeton grads developed an app that uses a bot to generate facebook statuses from past statuses

The What Would I Say Facebook app is literally another step until we become those fat people flying around on wheelchairs with no personalities in the movie Wall-E. Social media sites already prevent us from having organic social interactions, but now Princeton grad students are taking it a step further with the introduction of an app that will generate Facebook statuses for you, because you know-being myself is so hard!

The What Would I Say app works by taking all of your old statuses and runs it through a bot, which then spits out a status that would resemble something you would say. The results often turn out to be closer to what Salvador Dali would say, considering the bot often produces nonsensical surrealist phrases that often make no sense at all unless you had some sort of green-leafy plant to help you get it.

On the What Would You Say website, the creators of the app explain how it works. “Technically speaking, it trains a Markov Bot based on mixture model of bigram and unigram probabilities derived from your past post history.”

They also went on to explain that no privacy will be invaded with the use of What Would You Say. “Don’t worry, we don’t store any of your personal information anywhere. In fact, we don’t even have a database! All computations are done client side, so only your browser sees your post history.”

The app was created by Princeton grads Pawel Przytycki, Ugne Klibaite, Vicky Yao, Daniel Jiang, Edward Young, Harvey Cheng and Alex Furger during Princeton’s Hackathon. Since the reveal of the app, What Would I Say has gone viral, gaining nearly 1 million hits and counting to the app. One of the creators, Ugne Klibaite explained how What Would I Say was never expected to garner all of this attention. “This was just for fun,” Klibaite explained to The New Yorker. “We never thought we would get any further than showing this off to the Hackathon and to our friends on Facebook.”

Fellow creator Edward Young told the Daily Princetonian that also said that despite all of the success, the site is actually losing profit. “I think it’s funny to note that the site is actually losing money right now. So, we have no ads right now, and we are paying for servers out of pocket. And server costs are cheap until you start getting like 600,000 hits.”

I tried to access the What Would I Say App myself to see what kinds of LSD dreams I concoct from my past statuses, but the website is currently down probably due to a crashed server.

Andy Kaufman may have faked his own death

During the 9th annual Andy Kaufman Awards his brother reveals he may have faked his own death

Andy Kaufman may be hiding out in the same cave that Tupac is in. The famous comedian most notable for his role on the 70’s sitcom Taxi, died from lung cancer back in 1984, but now reports are surfacing that the comedian faked his own death.

Andy Kaufman’s brother, Michael Kaufman took to the stage during the 9th annual Andy Kaufman awards to reveal that in 1999 he discovered in an essay from his brother that described a perfectly crafted plan to fake his own death.

The essay also gave detailed instructions for his brother to meet him at his favorite restaurant where a table was saved under one of his pseudonyms. Andy Kaufman was suppose to make an appearance at this restaurant, but instead one of the waitresses handed Michael a letter that said Andy had went into hiding and had wanted a normal life. The letter also noted that he had fallen in love and had a daughter.

After disclosing all of this information to a justifiably appalled crowd, Michael Kaufman then brought the alleged daughter on stage, who is now 24 and contacted Michael a few months ago. The woman then addressed the audience and gave a small speech where she explained that her father was a stay-a -home dad and he was going to come out of hiding after 29 years, but then ultimately decided not to.

The comedian is known for being a prankster, inspiring many comedians including Sacha Baren Cohen. What is really chilling is that Andy Kaufman has spoken about faking his own death before it was announced that he had died.

There is a copy of his death certificate that can be viewed online, and it is noted that the star died from renal failure at age 35. However, many people are saying this isn’t a hoax. “I witnessed the entire thing and I can tell you without a doubt this was not a prank,” said the producer of the award show and Andy’s good friend Al Parinello.

Even audience members explained how they couldn’t contain their composure through this bizarre revelation. An audience member posted to Facebook explaining how warped and surreal the moment was for everyone who witnessed it. “As much as this seems like bullshit as I type it, it was as real as anything I’ve ever seen. There is a video. It was chilling, upsetting and absolutely intriguing. I bawled my eyes out. The entire room was freaked out.”

An audience member also told Sean L. McCarthy of The Comic’s Comic that they knew the alleged daughter was a theater major, but had never met her father.

So what do you think? Do you think this is another elaborate, albeit disturbing prank done from the grave of Andy Kaufman? Or do you think he can possibly still be alive? Check out the video of the daughter in question giving the emotional speech at the Andy Kaufman Awards HERE

Courtney Stodden splits from husband Doug Hutchinson, praises plastic surgery

19-year-old Courtney Stodden has split from 53-year-old Doug Hutchinson

Courtney Stodden is one of those gross tumors inside of pop culture, that is only there for reassurance that the world surely will be ending and if it is not, then it should. Kind of like Octomom or John and Kate Plus 8. The 19-year-old is most famous for marrying actor Doug Hutchinson when he was 51 and when she was 16. She has gone on to make appearance on different reality TV shows, including VH1’s Couples Therapy. Well, I guess the therapy didn’t work because the couple who has been together for two years has gone on to sign a separation agreement.

The separation agreement was never constructed in federal courts, but rather written up by their entertainment attorney, Cervantes Entertainment Law. In the agreement Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchinson will live as if they were never married, but in a weird turn of events they will continue to live in the same house.

The reason for this separation is partly due to Courtney Stodden’s obsession with getting plastic surgery and alternating her appearance to look faker than a blow-up doll. In an interview with E!News she went on to explain that her constant need to change her appearance was seen as a negative in her husbands eyes. This makes sense considering not every guy wants to sleep with a walking sex doll. “That’s actually one aspect of our relationship where we fought so much,” she revealed. “He did not want me to, for instance, get hair extensions. He fought me tooth and nail, he’s like, ‘I do not want you to get hair extensions.’”

If this is the case then Hutchinson defintely wasn’t impressed by the recent DD breast implants that Courtney Stodden just had put inside of her. Stodden pranced around while on Couples Therapy in small bra tops and skirts that resembled belts, which left a bad taste of some of the other cast members’ mouths. After being asked to dress a little more modestly, she refused which ultimately resulted in her being kicked off the show.

She notes herself as a Christian and mentioned to E!News that she might be seen as a walking contradiction. “I know some people think that I’m a walking contradiction, because I say I’m a Christian…I’m not doing porn, but I look this way and I know people are like, [gasp!] ‘You’re like a contradiction. What is this girl?’ But you know, I’m doing my own thing. I’m not ashamed of the way I look.” She sounds like a keeper.

Of course, an opportunist like Courtney Stodden will be using this opportunity to gain more reality fame, with reports that she will be starring in a reality show where she attempts to find love is in the works.

Miley Cyrus needs attention to survive: Smokes a joint on stage at EMAs

Miley Cyrus won Best Video and accepted the award by lighting a J

Miley Cyrus, we get it. You love attention. Actually, I’m starting to think she needs it. I think she is a robot and her ratchet programming is triggered by vast amounts of negative attention. Well, unfortunately I am now contributing to her ratchetness by giving her some more attention. MTV isn’t helping either. The promo for the European version of the VMAs, held in Amsterdam this year, featured the phrase “How Wild Will Miley Get at the EMAs?”

Those expecting her standard disturbing attempt at twerking got just that with her performance of “We Can’t Stop.” Sans foam-fingers and a Beetle-juice impersonating Robin Thicke, this time Miley Cyrus enlisted the help of people dressed as UFOS and midgets in skin-tight bodysuits to participate in her latest stunt.

Alas, that was not enough attention for the Miley-bot. After accepting the Best Video Award at for her single “Wrecking Ball” (where is Kanye when you need him?), Cyrus proceeded to rummage around in her bag and pick up a joint, light it, then take a puff to a response of audience cheers. “I couldn’t fit this award in my bag, but I did find this,” she said.

The toke-up obviously aired during the live show in Europe, but when it was broadcasted in the USA a few hours later, the incident was censored by MTV. MTV was probably avoiding the backlash of sponsors from Miley’s weed smoking, since the FCC doesn’t note smoking as cause for a fine. Marijuana isn’t legal in Amsterdam, but the city is notorious for it’s cafes where weed is freely smoked and sold. Miley Cyrus was seen frequenting said shops while in town for the EMAs, particularly the Greenhouse Coffee Shop in downtown Amsterdam.

We all know Miley Cyrus loves weed, since she felt the need to share the information during her Rolling Stone interview back in September. “I think weed is the best drug on Earth. One time I smoked a joint with peyote in it, and I saw a wolf howling at the moon. Hollywood is a coke town, but weed is so much better. And, molly too. Those are happy drugs-social drugs.” Enlightening.

Although Miley Cyrus gained most of the spotlight for the EMAs just like the VMAs, there were some other notable winners for the night. I’m not sure why they call it the European Video Music Awards when 95% of the winners are the same American corporate marionettes that are nominated at every award show, but that is another rant for another day. The winners for the night included Bruno Mars for Best Song with “Locked Out of Heaven”, Katy Perry for Best Female, Justin Bieber for Best Male, Beyonce for Best Live and Green Day for Best Rock.

Justin Bieber continues to annoy everyone over the age of 12

Justin Bieber gets filmed sleeping by possible hooker, defaces building in Brazil

Justin Bieber is really validating himself as an annoying mosquito that just won’t go away during his time in Brazil. His first offense was taking it upon himself to spray paint a wall of a multi-million dollar hotel in Rio de Janiero.

He drew a series of faces that resemble the likes of Picasso and Rembrandt. He even went on to draw a tasteful monkey that mirrors the racist cartoons of the 1940’s. Bieber scrawled such profound writings such as “Beliebers for life” and ironically “respect privacy.” Uh oh, Banksy look out! You may have some competition. This excursion will cost Bieber a fine, but the latest controversy revolves around the classy singer and an alleged lady of the night.

On Wednesday, a video that might or might not have been filmed with a potato surfaced of a woman filming the tween idol catching some z’s before turning the camera on herself and blowing kisses, obviously proud of her latest triumph.

The mystery woman has been identified as Tati Neves, a 26-year-old body builder, who has won such titles as Miss Bikini Wellness 2012. Reports claim that Neves is really upset about the viral video and it was just meant to be sent to a friend (yeah, right). It is also reported that she Tati Neves has hired a lawyer to protect her from the craved attention backlash that the video has caused her.The popular viral video has caused quite a stir, gaining more than 15 million views and has rustled the jimmies of beliebers everywhere.

Reports from TMZ state that Justin Bieber is miffed about the situation and is “creeped out”, considering the fact that he had just hosted a small party and that Neves had apparently snuck into his room and recorded the incriminating video.

This video footage comes after the New York Post posted a series of photos that allegedly show Justin Bieber leaving a brothel in Brazil, implying that the singer was in fact enjoying the company of call girls during his stay. Although the photos don’t show a face, they note his wrist tattoo and sneakers as identifying markers.

Hopefully, Bieber doesn’t screw up anymore during the remainder of his tour, but judging by his track record, that is highly unlikely.

#Balling: Twitter rakes in big for public debut

Twitter’s IPO went up 73 percent in the stock market on Thursday morning

Twitter is now shooting into the billionaire stratosphere where social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn are currently. With Twitter’s popularity currently multiplying exponentially day by day, it really comes as now surprise that investors tried to hoard up all the shares that Twitter was selling Thursday morning. Twitter was the most popularly traded stock on Thursday morning with 117.3 million shares being traded by the end of the day.

Twitter originally priced it’s IPO at 26$ on Wednesday, but the share opened at $45.10 at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday and after climbing all the way to $50.90, the shares ultimately closed out at $44.90. This was 73% above it’s IPO price, which means Twitter is really showing their potential as the ultimate powerhouse of social media, if it continues to show this much success. The ending price of the shares would give Twitter a value of about $24.4 billion.

In wake of this success, a couple billionaires were born after the shares had such a good selling. Evan Williams, one of the founders of Twitter has stakes worth $2.6 billion, while Peter Fenton a board director of Twitter, has stakes worth $1.4 billion.

Another co-founder, Jack Dorsey, has stakes worth $1.1 billion and the CEO of Twitter has stakes worth $346 million. Probably the biggest winner was an investor named Suhail R. Rizvi, who has a 15.6 percent stake worth $3.8 billion.

Jack Dorsey made sure that Twitter would make a smooth debut on Thursday morning. “We tried to have a very clean process [for the IPO]…the team that worked on it inside of the company was very methodical,” he explained to CNBC early Thursday morning.

Facebook didn’t have such a smooth market debut back in 2012 when the stock went flat and had to have some additional help from bankers for it to gain a little momentum. Fellow social-media site, LinkedIn had a way better debut in 2011, when the stock price doubled. However, on Thursday the stock prices for Facebook fell 3.2 percent, while LinkedIn fell 4.2 percent.

The money gained from the successful public debut will go towards internal improvements for Twitter, including growing their infrastructure and creating products that will bring in more users and advertisers-which are responsible for most of Twitter’s revenue.

Love is equal: Gay marriage is legalized in Illinois

Illinois lawmakers passed the bill to legalize same sex marriage on Tuesday

Gay marriage is now legal in Illinois! “Today the Illinois House put our state on the right side of history,” said Governor Pat Quinn, an avid supporter of the bill that was passed through the Illinois General Assembly yesterday.

This new law comes as an emotional triumph, as many couples all over the state who have been fighting for the right to love equally celebrated their long awaited victory. “At the end of the day, this bill is about the vision that the founders of our country has and wrote into our Constitution, where they said America is a journey…And we’ll continue to walk down that road to make America a better place, to make ourselves a ‘more perfect union,’ to ensure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity,” Representative and supporter Greg Harris explained.

Mayor Rahm Emmanuel made calls all day on Tuesday, trying to gain support for the bill. The bill passed after 4 p.m. Tuesday, with a close vote of 61-54. The bill is set to go in effect June 1, 2014.

President Obama, who has been very vocal about his approval of the bill, released a statement expressing his joy for the bill being passed. “As President, I have always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally under the law,” he said. “Over time, I also came to believe that same-sex couples should be able to get married like anyone else. So tonight, Michelle and I are overjoyed for all the committed couples in Illinois, whose love will now be as legal as ours- and for their friends and family who have long wanted nothing more than to see their loved ones treated fairly and equally under the law.”

To no one’s surprise, religious leaders have spoke up against this momentous decision and have expressed their disappointment in Illinois lawmakers’ decisions. In a statement the Catholic Conference of Illinois said that they were “deeply disappointed that members of the General Assembly chose to redefine what is outside of its authority: a natural institution like marriage. We remain concerned about the very real threats to religious liberty that are at stake with the passage of this bill.”

Representative Tom Morrison, a Republican from Palatine feels that this bill will have negative effects on society. “This issue is not about two adults and their emotional and financial commitment to another. Redefining marriage will have far reaching implications in our society.”

What these religious leaders don’t realize is that as the country evolves, we must become progressive, something even the current Pope, Pope Francis, encourages. “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him,” the Pope previously said.

Amazing vibes and happiness filled the air in Chicago, with parties and celebrations happening in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel visited bars Sidetrack and Roscoe’s to express his support and join in the triumph.

“This is a time when our laws are in line with our values,” Emmanuel said.