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Sara Hall

Likes: Good (read: bad) puns, puppies, embarrassing pop music, burritos, idolizing Beyoncé and Tina Fey Dislikes: Squirrels, typos, socks with sandals (and other unforgivable fashion mistakes) Sara hasn't always been a journalist -- unless you count that time she put out a newspaper in the third grade about her dog. Still, she's been making up for lost time ever since she began attending Eastern Illinois University and started writing for The Daily Eastern News. When people ask her why she wants to be a writer, she tells them it's because she genuinely enjoys journalism and everything that goes with it (which is true, but let's be real, she not-so-secretly wouldn't mind just being Carrie Bradshaw for the rest of her life). In the fall, you'll find her where she really belongs: as online editor, blogging and tweeting like it's her job -- because hey, it actually is (thank God).

Richard Dawson dies from esophageal cancer at 79

Dawson was best known for his role as flirtatious host of Family Feud

Richard Dawson, the British actor and game show host with a knack for pushing the boundaries, all while charming American audiences, has died at the age of 79.
Gary Dawson announced in a Facebook post that his father passed away from complications of esophageal cancer.

“He was surrounded by his family. He was an amazing talent, a loving husband, a great dad and a doting grandfather. He will be missed but always remembered,” Gary Dawson said in the Facebook statement.

Richard Dawson garnered his fame for his acting roles and hosting talents on game shows. His career in the television industry helped him grow to become beloved by audiences.

Richard Dawson played British prisoner of war Corporal Newkirk on the television show “Hogan’s Heroes.” The show ran from 1965 until 1971 and received top ratings even in its first season.

However, Richard Dawson’s most well-known role was undoubtedly that of a game show host. He began as the host of the innuendo-filled show “Match Point.”

He then worked his way over to his most famous role as the outgoing, flirtatious host of “Family Feud,” a game show, in which two families compete against each other in a battle of guessing results from surveyed Americans.

Richard Dawson was known to provide every female contestant who participated on “Family Feud” with a good-luck kiss.

Dawson hosted “Family Feud” from 1976 to 1985 and then from 1988 to 1995. He won an Emmy for his time on the show in 1978.

Executive producer Howard Felsher has been quoted as having said Dawson kissed somewhere around 20,000 women during his time as host.

Richard Dawson ultimately married one of the contestants on “Family Feud,” Gretchen Johnson, in 1991. He also previously married starlet Diana Dors.

Richard Dawson is survived by a daughter, Shannon, from his marriage to Johnson and two sons, Gary and Mark, from his marriage to Dors.

Fake ADHD drugs being sold online

FDA warns against impostor pills

ADHD drugs that are being sold online are most likely fake, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.

One of the main ADHD drugs in question is Adderall, which is used to treat both ADHD and narcolepsy.

ADHD drugs, which are notoriously known to be misused by college students to stay focused on schoolwork or to study, like Adderall have gained popularity in recent years due to increases in prescriptions.

More than 18 million subscriptions to Adderall were written in 2010, according to IMS Health.

However, when those wanting ADHD drugs cannot obtain a prescription, they may turn to the online market as a seemingly easy fix for an immediate need.

What these hopeful consumers may not realize is they are being duped with fake ADHD drugs.

Spotting the differences between imposter drugs and actual ADHD drugs is not as difficult as it may seem. The fake ADHD drugs are white and without any markings, while the real drug is a peach or orange in color and have the markings “dp” and “30” (in reference to the dosage) written on them. The fake ADHD drugs may have misspellings on them as well.

Denise Bradley, a spokeswoman for Adderall maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, told The Philadelphia Inquirer they are working on the issue of the peddling of fake ADHD drugs and warns consumers of even more tip-offs.

“We have reported to the FDA and continue to work with them on the investigation. We were alerted by a consumer who noticed misspellings on the fake product packaging. Our product is packaged in bottles,” she said. “These fake product are packaged in foil wrappers.”

Adderall and other ADHD drugs are classified as an addictive substance, and therefore is subject to federal regulation.

Mary-Kate Olsen gets French influence in love life

Olsen twin reportedly dating Nicolas Sarkozy

Mary-Kate Olsen’s fashion line may be getting a French influence, stemming straight from her recent rumored love life.

A report from New York Posts’ Page Six say Mary-Kate Olsen is dating businessman Olivier (known as Oliver) Sarkozy, French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s half-brother.

Mary-Kate Olsen, 25, and Sarkozy, 42, have reportedly been dating for more than a month and are already “head over heels” for one another.

The fashion designer for self-launched line The Row has formerly been linked to everyone from Kanye West to the late Heath Ledger in the past.

Oliver Sarkozy is divorced with two children and is the current managing director of the Carlyle Group.

Zombie apocalypse: could it actually be a reality?

Street drug “bath salts” causes users to ruthlessly eat human flesh, just like in so-called zombie apocalypses

Zombie apocalypse: could it really upon us? Many doctors are saying it could be if the rise in street drug “bath salts” continues.
The root cause of the so-called zombie apocalypse stems from the symptoms that users of “bath salts,” a variant of the drug LSD, experience.

With the recent breaking of the story on Rudy Eugene, 31, who gnawed on a homeless man’s face until almost nothing was left, even when confronted by police officers, the seemingly ever-present fear of a zombie apocalypse is higher than ever.

According to WebMD, the effects of bath salts include agitation, paranoia and hallucinations.

Eugene’s ex-wife was noted as describing Eugene to have violent tendencies, but was surprised to hear of such a gruesome attack; her surprised reaction only further attests that the use of bath salts could in turn lead users eating human flesh, ala a zombie apocalypse of sorts.

According to CNN, the officers observed Eugene acting in an almost inhuman fashion, growling at policemen and gnawing his victim with flesh still in his mouth until the very end, when he was shot and killed by police officer Javier Ortiz then shot and killed Eugene.

Eugene’s victim, still unidentified, currently remains in critical condition.

As this unusual and concerning story spread like wildfire across the Internet, the buzz term zombie apocalypse was attached, mainly because of the matter in which Eugene preyed upon his victim.

Since the breaking of the story, the cannibal-esque zombie apocalypse phenomenon has caught on even more online, perhaps in an almost crude and insensitive way, with the Twitter parody account, @TheMiamiZombie.

iPhone 5 parts leak

New features include metal case, larger screen, headphone jack at bottom, new dock connector

The iPhone is at it again: making itself bigger and better for its upcoming release of the iPhone 5.

As usual, Apple stays relatively secretive about how their new products will look and what features will be offered until the release date, leaving the online community to swirl with rumors about what will actually be offered on the latest model. But with the iPhone 5’s new features being leaked on May 29, consumers are buzzing more than ever that this iPhone will be the best yet.

According to the photos provided by smartphone repair company uBreakiFix, one of the main new features is a majority of the back being comprised of metal.

Other key changes include a smaller camera module, a new dock connector, redone speaker and microphone configuration and a redesigned rear case.

Also, the headphone jack to be placed at the bottom of the phone, like the iPad.

While rumored release dates are still up in the air, ranging anytime between September to November, given the leaked photos of the iPhone 5 case, these new features are almost sure to happen.

The iPhone 5 is also set to come with the 4G/LTE technology with a redesign over the 4S model that will produce a better battery life.

Since the original iPhone, Apple has launched a new version around every two years. The iPhone is reported to make up 40 percent of Apple’s profits.

Terrell Owens cut from Indoor Football League

Performance cited as official reason, but bad behavior also played role in release from team

Terrell Owens has found himself in yet another controversy —  once again for his less-than-perfect professional behavior.

Former NFL wide receiver Owens was released by the Allen Wrangers of the Indoor Football League on Tuesday, May 29.

While team president and co-owner Tommy Benizio said the decision to cut Terrell Owens was performance-based, Benizio also said in a statement on the team’s website that Owens failed to appear at a charity event, which was not the first time he acted less-than-professionally.

“The proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back for Mr. Owens was his no-show to a scheduled appearance at a local children’s hospital with other Wrangler players and coaches,” Benizio said in the statement.

Benzio said the Allen Wranglers’ organization does not want a player as notable as Terrell Owens missing scheduled appearances.

Team Owner Jon Frankel said Owens’ refusal to play in upcoming away games also contributed to the decision to cut him from the IFL.

In the release on the team’s website, Frankel said Terrell Owens made it clear he “had  no intentions of playing in the team’s upcoming crucial away games in Nebraska and Everett.”

When Terrell Owens joined the Wranglers in February, he entered into a deal that included a piece of ownership of the franchise. However, given the recent events, the statement claimed Owens will “no longer participate as team owner.”

Terrell Owens move from the NFL to the IFL was viewed as a fall from his former prestigious reputation – one that had him positioned for a potential NFL Hall of Fame spot.
Terrell Owens called his release “unfortunate” and said he will now work on returning to the NFL.

Medal of Freedom awarded to Bob Dylan, other political and cultural figures

President Obama cites recipients as his personal heroes

The Medal of Freedom award was awarded to more than a dozen significant political and cultural figures on May 29.

President Barack Obama called each of the 13 Medal of Freedom recipients his personal heroes, saying they have significantly impacted his life. 

Among the Medal of Freedom recipients, music star Bob Dylan was greeted with exceptional praise.

Wearing his signature sunglasses and a suit adorned with buttons and buckles, Dylan, 71, accepted the Medal of Freedom award from an lively audience. Still, his biggest admiration came from Medal of Freedom awarder President Obama.

Obama said he recalled listening to him during his time in college, saying Dylan’s music opened his eyes to the world because he “captured something about this country that was so vital.”

Dylan, who is best known for his folk songs Like a Rolling Stone, Mr. Tambourine Man and Blowin’ in the Wind, is famous for embodying the American life in his songs, especially during the ‘60s and ‘70s.

President Obama especially cited Dylan for his music’s immeasurable impact on the American music culture as a whole.

“There is not a bigger giant in the history of American music,” Obama said at the Medal of Freedom ceremony.

The White House awards the Medal of Freedom award to those who have made “meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States or to world peace or to cultural or other significant endeavors.”

Other recipients of the Medal of Freedom at the May 29 ceremony included author Toni Morrison, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, astronaut John Glenn, and former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Israeli president Shimon Peres and artist Jasper Johns.

Dennis Rodman sentenced to 104 hours of community service for failing to pay child support

Past child support charges unrelated to Rodman’s current sentence to be addressed on June 22

A recent court ruling has had Dennis Rodman sentenced to 104 hours of community service and three years of probation after he was found guilty for failing to pay child support.

Rodman, the 51-year-old former NBA star, known for both his on- and off-court behavior, was found guilty on four counts of contempt involving child support owed spanning from 2009 to 2010.
Linnea Willis, Rodman’s attorney, reported the four charges resulting from having Dennis Rodman sentenced came from a time, in which he had an expected $50,000 a month obligation in child support.

Rodman has be quoted as having said he is not earning the same amount of money as he did during his time in the NBA, but he still plays in countries in Asia and Europe enough to “keep everyone satisfied.”

The judge’s recent ruling of having Dennis Rodman sentenced does not include back child support that attorneys of his ex-wife, Michelle Rodman, claim exceeds $800,000.

These charges are not related to the current ruling of having Rodman sentenced and will be addressed at a hearing on June 22.

Having Dennis Rodman sentenced could provide him with time to work near his Florida home doing something he enjoys. Orange County Superior Court Commissioner Barry Michaelson suggested the final result of having Rodman sentenced could turn out well for those he is helping through his community service. He recommended Rodman use his skills as motivation and assistance to others.

According to an AP article, Rodman was quoted as saying he is eager to do whatever community service is required and that he hopes to serve his time working with children.
“It’s all about the kids,” he said. “It does suck the fact that it had to come to this.”

Rodman formerly played for NBA teams the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons as well as San Antonio, Dallas and the Los Angeles Lakers.