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Mike Gregory

Currently eight months away from a degree in communication Journalism. Using the GI Bill from my time in the Marines to pay for school. Would really like to start my own organic food company. Playing guitar, playing with my kids, spending time with my wife.

Big Sean VS Justin Bieber: Rapper Not Happy About Bieber and Grande Performance

Supposed Angry Tweet Circulating

On Wednesday the 8th, Justin Bieber made a guest appearance on stage during an Ariana Grande concert, which took place at the “The Forum” in Inglewood, CA. The pop diva was there promoting her Honeymoon tour, in which for the song “As Long As You Love Me”, Bieber joined her.

As they sand back and forth during the song, Bieber got a little too hands on with Ariana, in which he put his arms around her waist. Grande seemed a bit taken back, and by all appearances seemed to be uncomfortable by the groping of Bieber. This may have been nothing more than stage antics, and perhaps not even that big of a deal, however, Grande is in a relationship with Big Sean, a Detroit rapper and Kanye West disciple.

Big Sean must have seen the slick Bieber move, and was not impressed. Big Sean went to the social media forum to call the Biebs out. His Twitter comment was very straight forward: “The kid is about to learn not to touch my girl like that.” he said, adding “Belieb that.” Although the Tweets have since been removed, they stayed up just long enough to circulate via his Twitter followers.

Reps for Big Sean were quick to fire back that the Tweet was a fake and that the rapper did not post that to his account. But another Tweet that was posted by Big Sean stated, “”so many times in my life I wish I could of been at 2 places at once.” And although people were quick to assume that this post was directed at Bieber, sources responded that it had nothing to do with Bieber, and that the post was just Sean missing his friends and family while touring.

Sabra Recalls Hummus After Listeria Discovery

Sabra Dipping Co. has ran afoul of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. During routine inspections, they found contaminations by Listeria monocytogenes. Samples of the prepackaged product were tested and with the results, Michigan official alerted Virginia officials and the USDA, who are now working with the company. The recall has been limited to five stock units of Sabra’s classic Hummus.

The CDC states that Listeria comes from Listeriosis, a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, is an important public health problem in the United States. The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, rarely, persons without these risk factors can also be affected. The risk may be reduced by recommendations for safe food preparation, consumption, and storage.

U.S. Consumers should discard packages with the following codes, which are located on the top of each package. They can also return the packages for a refund.

Consumers with any questions can call Sabra at 888-957-2272 weekdays.

These are the codes:

040822011143/300067 – Sabra Classic  10 oz. – 3-059/Best before May 11;
040822011143/300067 – Sabra Classic  10 oz. – 3-060/Best before May 15
040822014687/300074 – Sabra Classic  30 oz. – 3-059/Best before May 11
040822342049/301216 – Sabra Classic  32 oz. – 3-059/Best before May 11
040822017497/301290 – Sabra Classic  17 oz. Six Pack – 3-058/Best before May 11
040822017497/301290 – Sabra Classic  17 oz. Six Pack – 3-059/Best before May 11
040822342209/301283 – Hummus Dual Pack Classic/Garlic – 3-058/Best before May 11

Rand Paul To Run For President In 2016

Louisville, KY – “Today I announce with God’s help, with the help of liberty lovers everywhere, that I’m putting myself forward as a candidate for president of the United States of America.” Paul said at a rally in Louisville. Paul, who came about predominately in 2010, with the surge of the “Tea Party”, made the announcement official at a rally in Louisville. “We have come to take our country back,” he told his attending supporters, promising to break up “the Washington machine that gobbles up our freedoms and invades every nook and cranny of our lives.”

Paul, whose new website declares that he’s “running for president,” will immediately start his campaign trail, rolling through New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada; states which have always been considered the states to vote first in the primaries and caucuses. In his Louisville speech, he called for a Washington reform, by pushing for term limits, and a new constitutional amendment to balance the budget. He told the crowd that both parties are to blame for the current rising debt, which he said has doubled under the Republican administration and tripled under Obama administration.

Speakers at the event, who introduced Paul, made sure to point out that he is a nontraditional, presidential candidate, who has a diverse appeal. These guest speakers included Senator Ralph Alvarado, local clergyman Jerry Stephenson, and a University of Kentucky student, Lauren Bosler. Stephenson, who is black, said, “”He goes everywhere. It doesn’t matter what color you are. Rand Paul will be there.”

Senator Ted Cruz is the only other, current, GOP presidential candidate so far, and whom upon hearing of Paul’s presidential bid, said, “His entry into the race will no doubt raise the bar of competition.” There are others rumored to be announcing their presidential campaigning, to include Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Scott Walker and Lindsey Graham.

Paul will now be running for two offices at the same time. He’ll be trying to hold onto his Senate seat while also running for president.

Red Sox Sign Porcello to $82.5 Million Contract

The Red Sox announced after a grand-slam of an opening Day on the field today, that they have signed Rick Porcello to a four-year contract extension. The 26-year-old, right-hander, accepted the $82.5 million deal, which will take effect in 2016, according to a major league source.

The basics of the deal would allow the Red Sox to have Porcello under contract from age 26 through 30 while he is currently under a $12.5 million dollar contract. Porcello has before him, a fantastic opportunity to be a free agent, which is not common for pitchers. With nearly six years already in the major league books, Porcello has been able to make 180 starts before reaching the age of 26.

Porcello said in an interview, “I knew the opportunity in entering free agency, but when I had first got to camp and saw the way [things were done] from ownership to the coaching staff and the players that were there, and how everything was run from top to bottom, and the devotion to win a World Series, I knew that was something I wanted particularly to be a part of,” Adding, “It wasn’t a very difficult decision for me at that point to stay here.”

His reputation within the Sox circle did not go unnoticed, GM Ben Cherington stated that, “Aside from the pitcher that he is, which obviously we really like, getting to know Rick more over the course of the winter and spring, he has a lot of qualities we really admire,” And, “We felt like he was the type of person we want here, one of the type of guys we want here, and we see him as a really important part of our team the next several years.”

The Red Sox have already been making quite an impression, most recently with their 8-0 victory over the Phillies.

Snapchat Update Shows Who Your Friends Really Are

Attack of the Emojis!

Get over the old, and into the new. Snapchat users have been given new Snapping powers recently, by the site, which will replace the meaning of “best friends.” Be prepared to see hearts, flames, and lots of little yellow faces, on Snapchat.

Snapchat has just launched an update that, as the company says, will “change your life.” Previously on Snapchat, you’d see your “best friends” ranked, but with the new stealthily installed update, you can now follow an emoji coda to see exactly who your most snapped, best friends, really are.

As of April 6th, you can follow the emojis that pop up on your Snapchat friends list, and once you click on the emoji by a friend’s name, you’ll be able to indicate the status of your friend’s photo sharing status, with you. There are   six levels of connection, ranging from best friends, to as the site says ‘You’re their BF, but they’re not yours,” which is shown to you as a smirking face. Snapchat users may have seen the use of pictures of Beyoncé, with members of her entourage, to mark what each of the six levels mean.

Also offered by Snapchat, a feature to lighten photos that are naturally dark, and another (similar to “poking”) which allows you to “nudge” old Snapchat friends that you may not have Snapped with, in a while. The photo-lightening option is represented by a half-moon symbol, whereupon clicking it, the picture will brighten.

Another option being offered is the “Needs Love” section; user will see a list of people who appear in your recent snaps. Also, Snapchat users new emoji friendship brackets aren’t public, which may upset previous users who kept a watchful eye on Ex’s, friends, and significant others by seeing who they were snapping with.

Murder By Death Announces New Tour Dates

Including 2016 Stanley Hotel Dates, New Years Eve Shows, and Chicago’s Do Division Street Fest

Murder By Death recently released their fantastic new album Big Dark Love on February 3rd, via Bloodshot Records. After a lengthy U.S. tour, the band will be hitting Europe in May, and is now announcing several new dates, including a headlining slot at Chicago’s Do Division Street Fest, New Year’s Eve shows at a venue repurposed from a Western-style 1940s movie set, and a run of consecutive performances at the Stanley Hotel – the inspiration for the novel and film The Shining – in 2016.

All tour dates can be found below or at the band’s tour page: https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/tours-events/189

Death Penalty Sought for Murderer of N.C. College Students

Durham, N.C. – Craig Stephen Hicks, the 46-year-old man charged with killing three Muslim college students is facing the death penalty after prosecutors in the case told a judge that they had incriminating evidence, which includes a pair of bloody pants, worn by the accused killer. Also included in the evidence, a .357 caliber handgun belonging to Hicks, matching shell casings to the handgun from the victims’ apartment, and a gunshot residue test performed on the accused, which came back positive.

Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, Orlando Hudson Jr., ruled that Hicks is “death penalty qualified,” after a brief hearing on Monday. Hicks showed no signs of emotion during the court proceedings, sitting handcuffed, as the judge announced his decision.

Craig Hicks is charged with first degree murder in the murders of 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife, 21-year-old Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her sister, 19-year-old Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha on February 10th, 2015. The murders have been purported to be over a long-time dispute over parking spaces at the condominium the victims and the accused lived in. The condominium is located near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where Barakat attended as a dental student.

Durham County Assistant District Attorney Jim Dornfried said that there were “Certain issues he described involving parking,” and when he went to the apartment of the victims and knocked on the door, “the door was answered by Deah Barakat, there was a brief interaction, at which time the defendant pulled out his concealed firearm.” Hicks then shot Barakat multiple times, entered the apartment, shot the women each in the head, and left, but not before shooting Barakat once more.

Joe Cheshire, the attorney who is representing the family of the victims said that the family is “sad and confused,” because you cannot find once person who “would say something bad about those three young people.”

Are Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs Engaged?

What Started as an April Fool’s Joke is Now a Sensation

Is 28-year-old actor, Robert Pattinson off of the market? Sources of PEOPLE report that Patterson has proposed to his girlfriend of just six months FKA Twigs. T-Pain reportedly made the comment that Twigs might not be recording on his new album because she was just engaged. He also took to Twitter, but recanted, saying that it was just an April fool’s joke.

Last September, Pattinson and Twigs were first spotted together, followed by a sighting in Miami the following December, while in Miami during the Art Basel. The source to PEOPLE said that the two had exchanged promise rings. “He wants to marry her,” the source said. They are inseparable when they are together. They live at his house.”

Pattinson’s former romance to actress, and Twilight Co-star, Kristen Stewart ended after a cheating scandal, in which Stewart was exposed running around with director, Rupert Sanders. When asked about the cheating and the scandal surrounding it, Pattinson responded, “Sh*t happens, you know? It’s just young people, its normal! And honestly, who gives a sh*t?” Pattinson has made no effort to break the news to Stewart, as far as anyone knows.

FKA Twigs is the stage name for Tahliah Debrett Barnett. She is a British singer-songwriter, producer and dancer. Her risqué image in music and videos have been described as slightly different. Her song ‘Glass and Patron’ in which she wrote and directed the video for, are a little ‘different’. In the video she appears to wear a pregnancy prop, and gives birth to a scarf.

In recent interviews, she describes the relationship as great, but the fact that the paparazzi is always after them, is something that she could do without. When asked if Pattinson was worth all of the hounding, she said “Yes.”

Banditos Share New Song: "Still Sober (After All These Beers)"

Bloodshot Records Band to Release Debut Full-Length Album May 12th

Nashville via Birmingham group Banditos will release their debut full-length, self-titled album on May 12th, via Bloodshot Records. Consequence of Sound is currently premiering a new track, “Still Sober (After All These Beers)”, from the forthcoming release.

NPR Music also just launched the song “Cry Baby Cry” saying, “Three vocalists, a wicked guitarist who also plays pedal steel, a banjo, an upright bass and a hot-footed drummer guarantee that every song they play is stuffed with crazy rhythms and melodic energy… The group came up in rowdy bars, and it shows. It plays to fill the room and turn it on.”

Pre-order link for Banditos: https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/album/banditos

Banditos will soon be going on the road in support of their new release. All tour dates can be found below or at the band’s tour page: https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/tours-events/8827

If the Shoe Fits: Damning Evidence in Aaron Hernandez Case

Former Patriots Tight End Faces Life in Prison if Convicted

Fall River, Mass. – Prosecutors in the Aaron Hernandez case are expected to rest after spending more than two months presenting their case against him. The New England Patriots tight end has pleaded not guilty to murdering Odin Lloyd, on June 17, 2013. The final witness is expected, today, to be the medical examiner, who will testify as to the condition of Lloyd’s body after he was shot five times with a .45 caliber weapon.

Lloyd had been dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée when the murder occurred. Lloyd’s body was found less than a mile from Fernandez’s home, in an industrial park, officials say. At the time, Hernandez was under contract with the Patriots for $40 million dollars.

The prosecutors have had over 100 witnesses since the testimony began in late January. New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, told the courtroom that Hernandez had looked him in the eyes, shortly after the murder, and he’d told Kraft that he was innocent. Other evidence brought forth included home security videos, showing Hernandez, inside the home, with an object that appears to be a firearm, less than 10 minutes after the murder of Lloyd. Also presented was a marijuana cigarette that had been found near the body, which contained DNA matches for both of the men.

Another witness in the case, Kwami Nicholas, testified that Hernandez had stared angrily at Lloyd, a few nights prior to the killing, at a Boston nightclub. During his testimony, Nicholas stated, “He seemed like he was angry,” and added, “He looked like he was upset.” Prosecutors claim that Hernandez became angry at Lloyd after he was seen in the club associating with people that Hernandez did not like at the Rumor nightclub that night. The former Patriots tight end and two friends, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, picked up Odin Lloyd at his home in the early morning hours of June 17, 2013, and drove to an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. This was where Lloyd’s body was found later that day, prosecutors said.

Two of the most damning pieces of evidence presented in the courtroom were a .45 caliber shell casing, found in the rental car that Hernandez returned, that matched those found at the scene, and a shoe print that comes back belonging to a pair of hard to obtain shoes that Hernandez owns. The shoes in question, Nike Air Jordan XI Retro’s, are “very unique,” according to Herbert Hedges, a consultant for Nike Inc., said in his testimony.