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Lexi Elias

Likes: country music, big breakfast with my family, Kentucky Wildcat basketball, St. Louis Cardinal baseball, Friends (both my own and the TV show), cowboy boots, the city of Chicago, my nephew Eli (aka my little stud), Gerard Butler (I’m sorry, but he’s perfect), anything my Tennessee Grandmother cooks – southern style Dislikes: trying to find an apartment in the city I can afford (shout-out to my new, awesome roomie), cats, horror movies, sweet potatoes (besides sweet potato fries - those are delicious) With my Kentucky and Missouri roots, I am currently growing in the best city in the world – Chicago (aside from the fact that it is home to the Chicago Cubs). I have met my best friends at DePaul University where we spend the majority of our time country music singing at Houndstooth Saloon or at the one and only Wellington’s Tavern. In high school, I was just about the worst writer in the class; which actually wasn’t that bad, because I went to school with a bunch of 36-ACT-scorers (my ACT score, however, was average for my state – and proud of it!). My writing career took off when I discovered that I basically wanted to be Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and The City. So, I found my voice, got down to business, and am on my way to being the next Andie Anderson from How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days.

Ryan Lochte is the new American stud in the water

It’s Lochte’s year to shine with the gold medals

Am I the only one that has a major crush on Ryan Lochte? Yes, every American loves Michael Phelps, and jumped to their feet when he made history and won his eighth gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. However, this year Ryan Lochte has proven that he will not be hiding in Michael Phelps’ shadow.

Before the 2012 races even began, Ryan Lochte was already plastered all over the media as he owned magazine covers, such as Vogue. However, while everyone was hung-up on naming Ryan Lochte the Sexiest Swimmer Alive, his will to win the gold was being overlooked.

Over the past four years, Ryan Lochte has pushed himself and trained harder than ever in order to shine at the 2012 London Olympics with gold medals around his neck. Finally, after four years of training to beat Phelps and win a gold medal, Ryan Lochte took first place in the men’s 400-meter individual medley, a race that Michael Phelps did not even receive a medal for as he took fourth place.

“I’ll tell you what. It’s weird. It’s weird not having Michael with me on the medal stand,” Ryan Lochte said. “I am really surprised he didn’t medal just because, whenever Michael swims, he is always on the medal stand no matter what.”

After winning the first American gold medal of the 2012 London Olympics, Ryan Lochte flashed a smile for the camera that sparkled with stars and stripes – literally. The 27-year-old gold-medalist wore a patriotic mouthpiece that was inspired by the American flag when he smiled for the cameras after winning his first gold medal.

Ryan Lochte went on to help the United Sates win a silver medal on Sunday in the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay. Surely, winning the men’s 400-meter individual medley will not be the last time we see Ryan Lochte with a gold medal around his neck as the talented and hard working swimmer has shown the world a very promising year for himself. Ryan Lochte will be swimming for the gold today at the men’s 200-meter freestyle race.

“I’ve said this before: This is my year. I know it and I feel it,” Ryan Lochte said, “just because I put in hard work. I trained my butt off for four years. I feel it inside my gut that this is my year.”

High On Summertime at Country Thunder 2012

Get your tickets now for Country Thunder 2013

From saving a horse and riding a cowboy Thursday night with Big & Rich to drinking out of red solo cups Sunday night with Toby Keith, country music fans from all over came to party country style at Country Thunder 2012. In Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Country Thunder 2012 took place July 19-22, and was an unforgettable weekend for everyone involved. 

Whether you are a true southerner, a city slicker with a little twang beating in your heart, or just looking for a good party, Country Thunder 2012 brought out a very diverse crowd dressed in cowboy boots and jean shorts. Although the concerts started at 12:30 in the afternoon and lasted until 10:30 p.m., Country Thunder was an event that began when you slipped into your boots in the morning and ended when your head hit the pillow (whether that was on an actual bed or couch at a lake house, a tent on the Country Thunder camp grounds, or just the bed of your pick up truck). 

Over 33,000 fans packed into the grounds of Great American Country Thunder to see headliners such as Big & Rich, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith and more. When the crowd was not dancing and singing along with some of country music’s best performers, they were either grilling out with friends at the camp grounds, walking around meeting new people, or swing dancing and partying at one of the many party tents. However, one thing that was sure to be found at ever activity throughout the four day event was beer – and lots of it. 

Nine Flags was one of the hit spots that had a big screen that played some of country music lovers’ favorite hits with a hay dance floor for some swing dancing. Another popular spot was a huge party tent with a stage that held a DJ that supplied the crowd with every genre and generation of music one could hope for. Friday night, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean came to party in the tent as they crowd surfed and danced with their fans until 2:00 in the morning.

If you missed the fun this year, or are in depression that one of the best weekends of the year has come and gone, dust off your cowboy boots, jean shorts and plaid shirts, and buy your tickets for Country Thunder 2013 at https://elevate.com/boxoffice/?cref=be9608a6-a9ff-40a2-b5f1-a3a424fa726b. I hope to see you there! 

Penn State Insurance Company refuses to pay Sandusky's lawsuit claims

The insurance company wants to remove themselves from the scandal

 

After recent findings and the removal of Joe Paterno’s statue, Penn State Insurance Company has decided that they will not pay out any claims made from Sandusky’s criminal child abuse.

A memo filed earlier in the week by Penn State Insurance Company declared that reports and investigations of convicted serial child molester Jerry Sandusky were dated back to 1998. According to Penn State Insurance Company, when the university was asked to provide them with information for risk assessment and subsequent analysis of risk, Penn State failed to report Sandusky’s material. Not only was Sandusky employed by Penn State at the time of the abuse, but many of the sexual abuse instances took place on the university’s grounds. Penn State Insurance Company declared that the actions were not covered under policies acquired by the institution.

Victim 2, who has still remained nameless, plans to sue Penn State because of the abuse he was subject to. Victim 2’s attorney released a statement earlier this week stating:

“Our client has to live the rest of his life not only dealing with the effects of Sandusky’s childhood sexual abuse, but also with the knowledge that many powerful adults, including those at the highest levels of Penn State, put their own interests and the interests of a child predator above their legal obligations to protect him.”
Penn State Insurance Company is not the only company removing themselves from the scandal as State Farm recently announced it was pulling ads from the university’s games and will be “reviewing its connection” to the school.  

Eric Dane says goodbye to Grey's Anatomy

McSteamy will be greatly missed

 

Sorry to disappoint you Grey’s Anatomy fans, but Eric Dane, otherwise known as “McSteamy,” has decided to leave the show. Fans are shocked and disappointed by McSteamy’s decision of quitting after six seasons.

Eric Dane tells TVLive.com, “I am extremely grateful to everyone at Grey’s, ABC and Shondaland for the experience and memories I have had over the course of this run. It has been wonderful to work alongside and learn from a creative force such as Shonda Rhimes.’

Unlike how Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh) left the show as she unexpectedly died in a plane crash, Eric Dane will be wrapping up his story line over the next several episodes of season 9 that will debut in September. Rhimes explained how Eric Dane is one of the most adored characters on “Grey’s Anatomy,” but agrees that it is time to end his character’s storyline. Eric Dane truly loved his time as McSteamy and he certainly did not come to his decision of leaving the show easily.

“We’re a big family here at Grey’s with a long history together and Eric will always remain an important part of our family. I wish him the best and I look forward to watching him as he continues to steam up the big and small screen.”

Matt Harvey shines during his major league debut

The 23-year-old pitcher brought the Mets out of their six-game losing streak

 

Matt Harvey stepped on the pitcher’s mound in a Mets jersey for the first time last night, and blew the crowd away with his propitious debut that resulted in a 3-1 victory for the Mets.

Not only was Thursday night’s game Matt Harvey’s first game as a New York Met, but it was also the debut of his career in the major league.

Harvey explained how he felt he belonged in the major league before he even threw his first pitch last night at Chase Field against the Diamondbacks. “When I was warming up, actually, I looked around and kind of took everything in, and at that moment, I really did believe I was meant to pitch in the big leagues,” Matt Harvey said.

His results were strong as he set a franchise record for the Mets by striking out eleven Diamondbacks in his debut game. Matt Harvey awed the crowd and brought back hope to all Mets fans as he did not allow a run with his fast ball that touched 98-miles-per-hour.

“He’s lived up to exactly what everybody’s talked about,” Manager Terry Collins said. “It’s great to know you have a young man like that because it just tells us the future’s bright.”

Gerardo Parra was the first batter Harvey faced and struck out with an 89-miles-per-hour slider. The rookie pitcher struck out the Diamondbacks third, fourth and fifth hitters a combined six times.

To top it all off, the mound was not the only place Matt Harvey excelled in. In the second inning, the 23-year-old hit a rocket into center field, getting a double as his first hit in the major leagues. His next at-bat was another success as he sent the ball just beyond second base for a base hit.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Matt Harvey became the first player since 1900 to have at least ten strikeouts and at least two hits during his debut game.

After the game that brought the Mets out of their six-game losing streak, Harvey’s teammates drenched him in beer, and when he returned to his locker room, he had 76 text messages on his phone. 

Scott Disick sex scam allegations

Hopefully the accusations about Kourtney Kardashian’s husband are not true

If you didn’t already get the “creeper vibe” from Scott Disick on “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” you for sure will now. According to Radar Online, Scott Disick is known as a ‘professional creeper’ within his group of friends.

Recently, many unsettling allegations have risen up about Disick’s past. Scott Disick is now going through investigation as a former friend of his, Brittany Reichek, has recently come out and accused Disick of a number of sex scam allegations from his past.

“It’s true that Scott began videotaping himself having sex with girls when he was in his late teens, and then he’d steal from them,” Reichek stated. “Scott and one of his buddies had a system. They would pass themselves off as wealthy stockbrokers, pick up girls in the clubs in the Hamptons, get drunk with them, then take them back to their parents’ homes and claim the houses were their own.”

It has been reported that Scott Disick and his friend would steal just about everything these innocent girls had. However, they were known for taking cell phones, cameras, cash, and credit cards. Reichek said that she knows of at least fifty instances that Scott Disick participated in this appalling behavior. None of the accusations have been proved true, and Scott Disick is denying that he ever acted in this disgusting manor. 

Trouble in paradise for Rob Pattinson and Kristin Stewart

The Bella Swan actress cheated on her beloved Rob Pattinson

 

On screen, Rob Pattinson and Kristin Stewart may have us all wishing we were living their lives in vampire paradise, but, when the cameras are off, their three-year love affair is falling apart. Kristin Stewart broke Rob Pattinson’s heart and cheated on the beloved Twilight star with “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders. Not only did the affair cause storms in Rob Pattinson and Kristin Stewart’s paradise, but director Rupert Sanders is also having to deal with rough waters as he is married with two children.

“I am utterly distraught about the pain I have caused my family,” he said Wednesday. “My beautiful wife and heavenly children are all I have in this world. I love them with all my heart. I am praying that we can get through this together.”

Remorseful Kristin Stewart made a public apology to Rob Pattinson expressing her deepest regret and love for him. “I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I’ve caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected,” Stewart stated. “This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.”

It has been reported that Rob Pattinson packed his bags and fled from the Los Angeles home the couple of three years shared. He has yet to speak publicly about the incident and, as far as we know, the hurt and angry Edward Cullen actor has not spoken to his on and off screen lover, Kristin Stewart. A close friend of Rob Pattinson and Kristin Stewart stated that Pattinson has lost a lot more than just a girlfriend. He has lost the love of his life and the woman he was planning on proposing to. 

Chick-fil-A vs. Chicago

Is buying a Chick-fil-A sandwich now a statement against gay marriage?

 

Apparently, walking into Chick-fil-A to buy a chicken sandwich is now a political statement as the fast-food restaurant and the city of Chicago go head to head about gay marriage.

Enjoying Chick-fil-A’s fried chicken sandwich became a lot more complicated when the president of the family owned company, Dan Cathy, stated his opinion on gay marriage.

Cathy told the Baptist Press that Chick-fil-A is “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family.” Further, Mr. Chick-fil-A later went on to say in a radio interview, “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’”

As Cathy’s comments about marriage, and discrimination against gay marriage, clearly caused an uproar from gay rights advocates across the country, many cities, including Chicago, are taking a stand. Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel, vowed to block the building of a new Chick-fil-A in Chicago. The mayor stated, “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values.”

Although people may not agree with Cathy’s statement on gay marriage, many people believe that walking into Chick-fil-A to indulge in a chicken sandwich, waffle fries, and a chocolate shake should not be, and still is not, political. Lauren Silich, owner of the only Chick-fil-A in Chicago, located off the Magnificent Mile, is passionate about the fast-food restaurant, and believes, whole-heartedly, in the progression of bringing more Chick-fil-As to the city.

Silich has asked for the mayor to come into Chick-fil-A to talk to her and her team about bringing more Chick-fil-A to the city. She wants Mayor Emanuel to see how good the restaurant is on a local level and what it does for the community. She was adamant about clarifying that this Chicago Chick-fil-A does discriminate or turn anyone away. She explains that she treats all employees and costumers, regardless of sexual orientation, with “honor, dignity and respect.”

Bachelorette Emily Maynard chose her edgy Prince Charming

Ricki finally gets her new step-dad

Well, looks like Arie couldn’t win Emily’s race after all on this season’s ‘Bachelorette.’ It was shocking to watch bachelorette, Emily Maynard, choose Jef (with-one-F) over NASCAR driver, Arie Luyendyk.

Just in case you have been hiding under a rock for the past couple of months, here is a little recap of this season’s ‘Bachelorette.’ Emily Maynard, the beautiful, blonde southern belle, is a single mom from North Carolina. Eight years ago, Emily was engaged to Ricky Hendrick, NASCAR driver, when he died in a plane crash in 2004 with ten other people. The morning of the crash, Emily Maynard decided not to go with her fiancé because she was feeling sick and thought she might be coming down with the flu. Little did she know, she was pregnant with Ricky’s child. This season, the bachelorette is not only trying to find her knight in shining armor, but she is also trying to find her 7-year-old daughter, Ricki, the perfect dad.

Last night, most of the world curled up on the couch with their bag of popcorn believing, with no doubt in their minds, that Emily Maynard would be choosing Arie Luyendyk to be her husband. However, the bachelorette shocked everyone when she met with Arie, and, with tears in her eyes, broke his heart. Emily Maynard went on to explain how she didn’t know if she would say yes to Jef is he were to propose. However, as soon as the edgy 27-year-old was down on one knee holding a Neil Lane engagement ring that has been reported as being worth more than $150,000, Emily Maynard could not say no.

The last hour of last night’s show consisted of Arie coming back and seeing Emily for the first time, and Jef and Emily making their first appearance in public together since the filming of the last episode. The audience found out that Arie flew out to see Emily in North Carolina, but ended up just leaving her his journal from the show as he didn’t want to complicate things with Ricki – a studly move, if I do say so myself. However, Emily Maynard told Arie last night that she did not read his journal as she did not think it would have been fair to Jef, and knew it would only complicate things for her again.

Jef and Emily announced that Jef is moving to North Carolina to be with Emily and Ricki while they plan their wedding. The happy couple does not have a set date yet; however, Emily Maynard stated that she would love a spring wedding.

Chicago hopes to welcome OJ Mayo to the Bulls

The free agent will make his decision in the next 10 days

The Chicago Bulls are still trying to make up for the dreaded months that Derrick Rose will be on the bench during the 2012-2013 NBA season. Although Bulls fans are excited to welcome former Kentucky Wildcat, Marquis Teague, to Chicago, they are still trying to replace the points that will be lost while Rose is recovering from his knee injury.
 

Signing OJ Mayo, shooting guard and free agent who played with the Memphis Grizzlies, would definitely help the Bulls put points up on the scoreboard. As Rose averaged 21.8 points last season, his unbelievable ability to drive to the lane and blow past defensive players is vital to the Bulls.
  

 OJ Mayo has the potential to really help the Bulls by either starting over Rip Hamilton as shooting guard or serving at their sixth man. Either way, OJ Mayo would definitely help fill the void of Derrick Rose and help the Bulls win by putting points up on the scoreboard.
  

 Playing for the Memphis Grizzlies, OJ Mayo had two outstanding years to start off is career in the NBA. However, he started to go downhill a little as his shooting percentages declined. However, many people believe that with a fresh start, OJ Mayo can raise his shooting percentage to where it used to be, and truly help any team, especially the Bulls. To start in a new city on a different team will let OJ Mayo regain the confidence that he needs to match his shot.
  

 Unfortunately for Chicago, the Bulls are not the only ones interested in signing OJ Mayo. The free agent is also getting interest from the Lakers, Phoenix and Dallas. OJ Mayo hopes to make his decision withing the next ten days.