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Crystal Cathedral undergoes separation anxiety with total loss of Schuller family

Robert Shuller commends daughter for decision to start her own church

Reverend Robert Schuller, the long standing voice and founder of Crystal Cathedral, commended his daughter, Sheila Schuller Coleman, on her decision to leave his decades old ministry and start her own church. This statement came a day after Schuller and his wife, Arvella, resigned from the church’s board of directors after another daughter and her husband were fired from the popular Crystal Cathedral broadcast Hour of Power.

The two have stated that they will not be moving with their daughter, nor will they be participants at Crystal Cathedral, “How we express ourselves in worship remains up in the air,” Schuller said.

Reverend Bill Bennett has assured church goers that services will still be held despite the Schuller family departure, “The congregation can basically stay where they wish to stay,” Bennett said.

Sheila Schuller Coleman announced at the Sunday service at Crystal Cathedral that she was leaving. This has been the latest news in the ongoing seperation between the Schuller Family and the Crystal Cathedral board of directors.

Shelia Schuller Coleman told members of the Sunday service, “My entire family has been experiencing a hostile work environment.”

This distance by the Schuller family has been a long time coming especially since Crystal Cathedral donations were down 68 percent as of last December. The Schuller family filed a number of claims in Bankruptcy Court alleging that the church owes them money for copyright infringement, intellectual property rights violations and unpaid contracts during that time.

It seems the Schuller family have created as much of divide as possible from Crystal Cathedral.

Law School Rankings are out with a few changes

What new school cracked the top 14?

The United States News law school rankings were supposed to come out March 15 but Bob Morse, the head of the U.S. News and Report decided to release the list early, last night. Even last years list was released a day early.

US news even issued a few changes and has now decided to include 75 percent of schools rather than just the top 100,
“In response to interest from both readers and institutions in knowing where more law schools sit, we have extended the list of numerically ranked institutions from the top 100 to the top three-quarters of the schools. The remaining schools are listed alphabetically as the second tier….”

The top 50 schools were ruled as tier 1, the other 51-100 were tier II and the rest were TTT or “third tier toilet” as UrbanDictionary.com calls it. Schools that used to be given the TTT title will now be given numerical values.

The top 14 of the list has undergone a few changes and even debuts a new school within the illustrious group. The top 6 still have not budged. And abovethelaw.com published the changes in the first 14,  

1. Yale: no change.
2. Harvard: no change.
3. Stanford: no change.
4. Columbia: no change.
5. Chicago: no change.
6. NYU: no change.
7. Michigan: Up 2. Penn: no change.
9. Berkeley: Down 2. UVA: Up 1.
11. Duke: no change.
12. Northwestern: Down 1.
13. Cornell: no change.
14. Georgetown: no change.
14. Texas: Up 1.

Texas is the new university in the Top 14, in case you were wondering.

Hunger Games World Premiere a Doozy

Film debuts this month

The Hunger Games film premiered this past weekend at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The film, based on Suzanne Collins’ best selling novel, will debut March 23 for the public. The book has received a slew of awards, from “Best Book in 2008” according to Publishers Weekly and “Notable Children’s Book of 2008” by The New York Times. With such notoriety and a cult following, fans are anxious for the films release.

The Hunger Games’  three stars, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth hit the red carpet for their movie premiere. Jennifer Lawrence was all business walking in with her dazzling outfit but reverted to the clumsy comedic role once the onstage appearances began. Director Gary Ross introduced her she moved to center stage, and then saw Ross was still talking and scampered back behind the curtain. Ross eventually called her out, and the actress tripped on her way to center stage, “She’s good at comedy, too,” said Ross. As she walked off the stage, Lawrence noticed Hutcherson was poking fun at her walk, so Lawrence gave him The Hunger Games’ three-finger salute and the crowd roared with applause.

The fans of The Hunger Games have been known to be overbearing at times, obsessed with the books, film and actors. Josh Hutcherson rolled around the premiere with a large security guard equipped with an ear piece, “It takes time to get used to it,” he said, “But this is something that has to be part of my life.”

And last but not least, the third star of the film Liam Hemsworth, decided to skip the security guard and bring his girlfriend Miley Cyrus to the event.  Hemsworth said he had “to be picky” in choosing who to bring to the premier and said, “I had to cut out a few people.” Though, he added, “It was tough.” Hemsworth had a private table for the premieres’ after party where some of the friends who got cut out could partake in the party. Cyrus was even left alone at times when rambunctious fans berated Hemsworth for autographs and photographs.

Heather Morris, the cheerleader from "Glee," hits the web with nude photos

Are they real?

Heather Morris is best known for her role as Brittany S. Pierce on Fox’s musical comedy series Glee. She has just joined the popular trend of having nude and racy photos posted to the internet but are they real?

The images hit the web late Saturday night and show the young actress in some innocent photos and some not so innocent photos, some various states of dress and some various states of undress. One of the poses shows Heather Morris in her Britney Spears I’m a Slave 4 U costume that she wore for the show and she is also featured in black dance shorts. 26 pictures hit the air waves, 5 of which showed the Glee actress in the nude.

Morris has previously done naked black and white photos back in 2010, “I kind of thought it might happen,” Morris told Extra at that time. “I understand completely where it came from. For me, I think they are beautiful. It’s not something I’m ashamed of. Everybody should do tasteful beautiful nudes- so when you get older you’re gonna be like, ‘Oh that’s when my body looked so great!'”

Heather Morris becomes the new face for the recent spike in popularity of celebrities releasing nude photos. Christina Hendricks from Mad Men recently blew up the web with racy photos, the nude ones “were not her,” according to her publicist, and Olivia Munn, television personality, also has been seen unrobed. The two were alleged victims of phone hacking that have since started the investigation Operation Hackerazzi. 

The photos of Heather Morris have not been confirmed but either way the young Glee actress has received loads of Google searches today, is any press good press?

Patrick Schwarzenegger not deterred from skiiing after accident this past weekend

“Living the hurt lifestyle”

Patrick Schwarzenegger, the one son Arnold Schwarzenegger had with Maria Shriver, suffered a skiing accident this past weekend but has already returned to the slopes.

The 18-year-old posted an image of himself via Twitter on a gurney with a neck brace and breathing bag. He posted another image of a large gash along his back and posted, “living the hurt lifestyle.”

Patrick Schwarzenegger was quick to let fans know that he was just fine, “Appreciate all the messages,” Schwarzenegger wrote on his Twitter. “I’m actually feeling really good today, and I even went skiing again today.” He later even retweeted a message, “Happy to hear @pschwarzenegger is doing fine and back on the slopes #badass.”

Patrick Schwarzenegger changed his Twitter name to Patrick Shriver last summer causing some to speculate that he did this due to his father, the former California governor’s affair and love child which he hid from his family for so long.

Maria Shriver is best known as a journalist and author of six best-selling books. She has a Peabody Award and an Emmy and is even part of the Kennedy family. Arnold Schwarzenegger is best known as former Mr. Universe, an actor in films like Terminator and sure the governator of CALI-fornya.

Page Six has reported earlier this month that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver have began couple’s counseling in attempts to save their 25-year marriage. But for now, the two are surely grateful their son has fully recovered.

Obama's approval rating slumps as gasoline spikes

“50 percent disapprove”

With the increase in gas prices comes the decrease in President Barack Obama’s approval rating. He can sing all he wants but when people have to dig deeper in their pockets for gas, Obama’s approval rating will disappear along with it.

“In the new poll, 46 percent approve of the way Mr. Obama is handling his job, while 50 percent disapprove. That’s a mirror image of his 50 to 46 positive split in early February,” said the latest opinion poll released by The Washington Post.

The New York Times reported last month that Obama’s approval rating was at 50 percent last last month but now “sinks to a new low.” The paper went on to say that a lot of this has to do with high gas prices.

With the rumors of war in the Middle East and Iran postulating a nuclear program that could potentially halt a significant amount of the oil supply, Barack Obama commented on the current situation, “Understandably people are frustrated when gas prices are going up, and there are things we can do, but they’re not going to result, provide results overnight,” Telling CBS Pittsburgh, “Which is part of the reason I said a couple weeks ago let’s stop with the loose talk about war. Because a lot of what’s driving this is people’s concern and fear that there might be major disruptions in the Middle East oil markets,” Mr. Obama said.

Gasoline consumption is reported to be down 7 percent with consumers adjusting their spending patterns, Obama’s approval rating needs a quick pick-me-up if he wants to win back votes.

Doonesbury creator causes a stir with ultrasound-before-abortion comic strip

Talks about “the shaming room”

The creator of the Doonesbury comic strip decides to get a little edgy with this week’s publication. Gary Trudeau became apart of the recent political debate that emerged in Texas and Virginia about ultrasounds-before-abortion.

Doonesbury is supposed to be directed at a family audience, and due to this week’s graphic nature, many newspapers have decided to pull the strip. The comic book with satire as its weapon is set to fire at politicians on the side for these ultrasounds. Editor JoLene Krawczak tells Comic Riffs that her paper, The Oregonian, “has decided to pull the week’s strips and will direct readers online if they want to read them.”

“Doonesbury’s abortion-law series features a woman receiving a compulsory ultrasound and refers to a “shaming room” and a “’10-inch shaming wand’ -and seems to equate the procedure to rape.” The Oregonian, wrote in a note to its readers stated, “Trudeau went over the line of good taste and humor in penning a series on abortion using graphic language and images inappropriate for a comics page.”

Another publication News-records.com pulled the strip and received some negative feedback on their decision, “As fans of the comic strip Doonesbury know, we elected to withhold publication of this week’s strip from the daily newspaper. We deemed the content — graphic descriptions of proposed pre-abortion screening requirements — as far too graphic for a family newspaper, especially as the story line progresses later in the week.
In response, we’ve heard from a handful of readers who didn’t like our decision. Now, for them and any others who want to see this week’s Doonesbury strips, we’re publishing them at News-records.com. Each day’s new strip will appear in the morning,” wrote Editor Jeff Gauger, Executive Editor.

The Washington post got a hold of Trudeau and asked him why?

“I chose the topic of compulsory sonograms because it was in the news and because of its relevance to the broader battle over women’s health currently being waged in several states.” Said Trudeau, “For some reason, the GOP has chosen 2012 to re-litigate reproductive freedom, an issue that was resolved decades ago. Why [Rick] Santorum, [Rush] Limbaugh et al. thought this would be a good time to declare war on half the electorate, I cannot say. But to ignore it would have been comedy malpractice.”

Spanx founder Sara Blakely: Self-Made Billionaire on Forbes

Record breaking year for 10-digit income holders

Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, is now Forbes youngest self-made billionaire, amongst the company of Oprah and Meg Whitmen. She told CBS This Morning that she’s grateful. “I’ve always had that gratitude that I had the opportunity to pursue my potential,” she said. “So I think my story says that, when women are given the chance and the opportunity, that we can achieve a lot. We deliver. We can make the world a better place, one butt at a time.”

Blakely said she invented Spanx, the “body shaping” undergarments and shapewear intended to give the wearer a slim and shapely appearance, because she was unhappy with the way her rear end looked in a white pair of pants.

Spanx headquarters are in Atlanta and the mission on their website reads,

”Available in 35 countries and now offers more than 200 products ranging from slimming apparel and swimsuits, to bras, activewear and men’s undershirts. These body-shaping innovations have secured SPANX a place in pop-culture, with daily mentions everywhere from CNN to SNL. In addition to keeping butts covered, SPANX also shapes the world by focusing on their mission: To help women feel great about themselves and their potential.”

Sara Blakely now finds herself in the good company of the record breaking 1,226 ‘Forbes listers’ with a 10-digit net worth. Blakely turned 5,000 dollars into the household name Spanx, with help from celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah Winfrey. Spanx has never formally advertised and this word of mouth technique sure has paid off for the company’s owner.

LRA leader Kony more popular than YouTube star Justin Bieber and sneezing Panda

See how Rush Limbaugh fits in

From Bieber to that one sneezing panda, a new YouTube star is born. Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), gets 30 million hits on YouTube.

The LRA is a Christian extremist group known for atrocities against civilians, including rape, mutilation, killings, in some cases cannibalism and now famously for the kidnapping children and forcing them to fight for their cause. Invisible Children released a 30-minute YouTube documentary Kony 2012 to raise awareness about the deplorable acts of Joseph Kony and the LRA.

Jolly Okot was abducred by the LRA in 1986; she was forced to have sex with other soldiers and was considered an asset because of her skills in the English language. Today she is a director in Ugando for Invisible Children, 

“The most exciting thing about this film is that I’m so grateful that the world has been able to pay attention to an issue that has long been neglected,” Okot continued, “I think it is an eye-opener and I think this will push for Joseph Kony to be apprehended, and I think justice will get to him.”

Kony believes he is “spokesperson” for God and the LRA manifests the Holy Spirit in many forms. The Ugandan government claims the LRA has 1,000 to 1,500 soldiers but others speculate the numbers are higher reaching 3,000, half of which are assumed to be women and children.

Rush Limbaugh, when he’s not calling young girls “sluts” and “prostitutes,” made controversial comments on the United States’ stance against the LRA back in 2011, “Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. They are fighting the Muslims in Sudan. And Obama has sent troops, United States troops to remove them from the battlefield, which means kill them.” He would later title the show “”Obama Invades Uganda, Targets Christians.”

Joe the Plumber ranting and raving after CNN interview

“So this is TMZ”

Samuel Wurzelbacher, or Joe the Plumber, that one guy who got famous in 2008 for criticizing Obama’s small business taxes ranted to POLITICO following an interview on CNN’s Early Start. He accused CNN of being like TMZ and claimed he is “sick of the gossip and drama.” 

Joe the Plumber was criticized in the past for comments along the lines of not allowing gay people near his children.

CNN reporter Zoraida Sambolin questioned on the past comment, “Have you changed your positions on this at all?”

“So this is TMZ, this isn’t CNN, is what you’re saying?” Wurzelbacher asked Sambolin.

“Of course it’s CNN! These are things that you said, that I would like to know if you still stand by them or if you have changed your positions on them,” Sambolin added, “Do you stand by these comments?”

“Listen, in my dictionary, and everyone’s dictionary from the 1970s, the word queer did mean strange and unusual. There was no slur to it. Do you challenge that?!” Wurzelbacher asked. After arguing of the context of the question, Wurzelbacher finally concluded, “Come on, you’re trying to do a ‘gotcha’ moment, it’s quite obvious.”

Joe the Plumber vented to POLITICO after the interview,
“There’s real issues to work on. They want to take anything they disagree with me on to use it to twist it and use it to their gain and paint me in a in a light they want to paint me in,” he said. “Let’s … stop with the seventh grade shenanigans.”