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Tommy Marth death ruled a suicide

Saxophonist for The Killers found in his Las Vegas home

Tommy Marth, saxophonist for The Killers, was found dead on Monday in the backyard of his Las Vegas home with a gunshot wound to the head. He death has officially been ruled a suicide.

The 33-year-old Tommy Marth had most recently been a nightlife marketing manager at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas. He had never been a permanent member of The Killers, but he started touring with them in 2008 and contributed to their second and third albums, Sam’s Town and Day & Age.

The Killers went to their Twitter writing, “Last night we lost our friend Thomas Marth. Our prayers are with his family. There’s a light missing in Las Vegas tonight. Travel well, Tommy.”

Nutella to pay out $3 million for class action lawsuit

California mom claims Nutella falsely advertised

Nutella just settled a $3 million lawsuit in which a California mom, Athena Hohenberg, claims the company “mislead” consumers into thinking their product was healthy when in fact a jar of Nutella has the same nutrition as a melted candy bar.

The complaint filed against the company Ferrero that makes Nutella said, “Ms.Hohenberg was surprised and upset to learn that Nutella was in fact not a ‘healthy’ ‘nutritious’ food but instead a product with the nutritional properties of a candy bar, with very high levels of refined sugar and saturated fat. Had Ms. Hohenberg known the truth about Nutella’s qualities, she would not have purchased it for her family.” 

The class action lawsuit against Nutella will be spread to anyone who bought Nutella between August, 2009 and Januaray, 2012. At a about $4 a jar, it works out to be a refund for anyone that wants it. Also part of the settlement, Nutella jars will now have to include information on fat content, sugar and calories on the label. The advertisements that “lied” will also stop running.

Although Nutella may have been thought to be healthy, it isn’t that hard to turn the jar around and read the nutritional facts yourself. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the same woman will try and sue Skippy for trying to give her kids heart attacks. Peanut butter that does not separate most likely has an amount of hydrogenated vegetable oils, used to keep peanut oil from separating, which are high in trans fatty acids. These acids have been linked to coronary heart disease and stroke. Peanut oil alone has been known to cause heavy clogging of the arteries which can also lead to heart attacks. It’s been said that one serving of peanut butter (2 tbsp) contain as many calories as a 3 oz. piece of chicken, fish or lean meat.

It’s easy to make healthy food decisions, but sueing a company isn’t one of them.

Jon Hamm goes on live TV in blackface

Some viewers thought it hilarious, some are boycotting the show

Jon Hamm did blackface on 30 Rock live

30 Rock live aired for the second time on Thursday night which received some of the best ratings this season. The live show went off without a hitch, as the first live episode did, except for one scene: Jon Hamm in blackface.

30 Rock live had a scene where Kenneth the page explains the history of live TV at NBC. Kenneth explained, “NBC had the first two black characters on television, sort of. For ‘Alfie and Abner,’ NBC hired one African-American and one Caucasian because they thought two black people on the same show would make the audience nervous; a rule NBC still uses today.” The camera then cuts to a black-and-white shot of Tracy Morgan, dressed in a suit and hat, walking in a door, calling for his brother. Enter Jon Hamm, dressed in dirty overalls, a dirty white shirt, an afro wig, in pseudo-blackface while speaking like a stereotype. Morgans character became increasingly fed up with Hamm’s character, that he would refuse to act. The LA Times Blog wrote, “The bit pointed out the unfortunate TV history of hiring white actors to play black characters, with Morgan’s Alfie expressing increasing disgust at his co-start’s buffoonish performance.”

Some see the 30 Rock live episode as one of it’s best, but others were so offended that they took to their Twitter to exclaim their protest of the show. Truthbesold tweeted, “I believe Tina Fey is a racist morally repugnant socially insensitive culturally incompetent bigot I’m done @30rock jon hamm #blackface.” Nodnerb B. tweeted, “Jon Hamm in blackface?! #DEAD. #30rock. I cannot.”

The 30 Rock live episode had two live performances, for the East and West coasts and had two surprise guests per coast. The East coast got to see Paul McCartney, and the West coast got to see Kim Kardashian.

Gabourey Sidibe told to leave Hollywood by Joan Cusack

Cusack said Hollywood was too image conscious for Gabby

Gabourey Sidibe, most famous as her star role in the movie Precious, recently appeared on Andy Cohen’s show on Bravo and played a game he likes to call “Plead the Fifth.”

While playing “Plead the Fifth,” a game where the guests answer questions posed by Cohen but can plead the fifth on any of them; Gabourey Sidibe did not plead the fifth. Cohen asked her, “Gabby, you skyrocketed to fame with your Academy Award nominated performance in ‘Precious.’ You met every celebrity known to man during this very quick period of time; what celebrity were you most disappointed by when you finally met them?”

Gabourey Sidibe said, “This is not in a mean way, because I know she meant well. I met Joan Cusack who’s my favorite, favorite,” she said.  “It was before I became what I am, whatever, and I was at some industry party and she says, ‘Are you an actress?’ and I said, ‘Yea.’ And she said, ‘Oh honey, you should really quit the business. It’s so image conscious.’” Although Gabourey Sidibe believes that Cusack meant it in a good way, as a way to save her from disappointment, but still. As Madame Noire said, “Does anyone else find it odd that this warning about image consciousness came from Joan Cusack? She doesn’t necessarily have a traditional Hollywood look either.”

Gabourey Sidibe obviously didn’t take the advice to heart, and for good reason, as she is showing other girls out there, who don’t have a perfect figure, that they don’t have to give up their goals or lose a bunch of weight in order to achieve their goals.

Gregg Allman postpones book tour

Set to undergo tests for heart issues

Gregg Allman, co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band, has postponed his summer book tour due to heart issues.

Gregg Allman had a liver transplant because of Hepatitis C at the Mayo Clinic in 2010 and has recovered steadily since, but he has had to cancel performances since the surgery because of unforeseen complications. Gregg Allman is set to undergo tests at the same clinic today for his heart.

“It’s just one of those make-sure tests, you know,” he said. “My heart goes into A Fib (atrial fibrillation) and does those beats- you know, instead of going du-dun, du-dun, du-dun, it goes ta-da-dat-ta-da-doot-doot. There’s a little reggae in there somewhere.”

Gregg Allman did join in last weekend at the Wanee Festival in Florida. “That’s our festival down there,” he said. “The Allman Brothers started it. I didn’t play the whole set, but I played both nights. In all, I might’ve done 10 songs maybe. It was a lot of fun.”

If he gets a clear from the doctors, Gregg Allman plans to start his book tour on May 8 and wants to hit the road with the Allman Brothers.

“I know there’s been a lot of people that have had their hearts set – God bless `em – on seeing me and my boys perform and seeing me and the Brothers perform,” Gregg Allman said. “And because of this virus and all these damned surgeries, I had to cancel. I’ve always really held that sacred, and a no-show I am not. I’d like extend my apology to them. It’s just kind of a bigger bump than I expected in the road, and as of this summer, I’ll be there with bells on in the future.”

Aubrey Huff on leave of absence due to anxiety

Rough season and sudden divorce are said to be cause for recent anxiety

Aubrey Huff, first baseman for the Giants, disappeared suddenly on Monday because he “had to attend to an urgent family matter,” but now it has been confirmed that the leave was due to anxiety. The team placed Aubrey Huff on a 15-day disabled list.

Aubrey Huff isn’t the only Major League player to take a break from the game due to anxiety. National League Most Valuable Player of 2010 Joey Votto, American League Cy Young 2009 Award winner Zack Greinke and pitcher Justin Duchscherer are just a couple. Experts say that anxiety disorder has been common among MLB players, but that it’s just reported more. The Giants manager, Bruce Bochy, was a big-league catcher from 78’-87’, spoke about Aubrey Huff and anxiety in baseball, “These players, they deal with pressures of life, whether it’s home, personal or on the ball field. I’m sure it was there when we played. Guys probably weren’t as comfortable about it and weren’t as likely to talk about it openly.”

Although Aubrey Huff declined to comment, there have been reports that his wife, Barbara, filed for divorce of their six-year marriage. He also dealt with the murder of his father when he was six, and more recently, Aubrey Huff has had to handle criticism from Giants fans for his past two seasons.

“He’s gotten some treatment and will continue to get treatment,” said coach Bochy. “He’s going to meet us in San Francisco when we get back, but we can’t keep going short,” he continued, adding that there will be a promotion of infielder Joaquin Arias to replace Aubrey Huff.

Monkeypox scare at Midway Airport in Chicago

False alarm, but scare should serve as a reminder

Monkeypox. Sound scary? It is.

Monkeypox is an infectious disease, closely related to small pox that occurs primarily in villages of Central and West Africa that are in close proximity to tropical rainforests. Humans who contract the virus will experience fever, chills and drenching sweats. After about a week, the person will develop a popular rash and some will see lesions that can become ulcerated. Most recently, there was an outbreak of monkeypox that originated in Villa Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2003 when an exotic animal dealer kept young prairie dogs in close proximity to an infected rat. Seventy-three people became infected.

Monkeypox was a scare for a Delta Air Lines flight that landed in Chicago’s Midway Airport on Thursday when a passenger with a rash was checked for possible infectious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was contacted after a family member of the woman reported concern that her rash could be monkeypox because the women had been in Africa. Yahoo News reported, “The department was notified about 3:45 p.m. local time that the flight was landing, and the passengers and crew were allowed to leave the airplane by about 6:15 p.m. with no one taken to a hospital.”

Thankfully, the CDC said, “Based on the patient’s symptoms and photographs of the rash, it does not appear that the signs and symptoms are consistent with a monkeypox infection.” They said there was no reason to believe there was any risk to other passengers. They considered it a false alarm over bug bites.

This monkeypox scare should remind you of the movie Contagion, where Gwyneth Paltrow brings over some weird pig-bat disease from Japan that kills people within days. The premise of the movie isn’t so far-fetched. Dr. Danny Alvarez from Fox News wrote, “We need to realize that in today’s world, any contagious disease can be brought to American soil—at any minute—via international travel. Not all countries have the same vaccinations and guidelines as we do, so diseases that are eradicated here, may still be very present in other parts of the world.”

The PSA “If you see something, say something” is important during air travel, too. Alvarez wrote, “it’s quiet important for airline personnel, as well as passengers, to always be aware of their surroundings and be sure to speak up about any health concerns you may observe, because prevention is the key to protecting the lives of the population.”

Octomom goes on Good Morning America to claim she was "set up"

Suleman justifies what hairdresser showed the media

Octomom is stirring up controversy, again.

Octomom, lesser known as Nadya Suleman, has been under fire since a hairdresser, who had an in-home appointment with Octomom, saw that her 14 kids were living in squalor. She contacted the authorities, and the Orange County Social Services Agency launched an investigation on Tuesday.

The hairdresser took pictures of what she saw as disgusting conditions and released them to TMZ. The celebrity gossip site also has a picture of the check she received for a cut and a Brazilian blowout from Octomom …a $520 check.

Now the Octomom went on Good Morning America yesterday to claim that she and her kids were “set up.”

The hairdresser claimed Octomom locked her children in a room, using a chair to keep it locked while she was getting her hair done. The hairdresser also told authorities that the children were half-naked and that she was forcing them to use portable toilets outside.

“I think, maybe, me and my kids were set up,” Octomom said on Good Morning America. “We were set up.” She explained that her toilet was broken inside and that now it was fixed, but she doesn’t understand why the hairdresser was so upset by it. “She thought it was unacceptable that they’re half-naked going potty. I mean, mom is out there, come on.” She also explained that one of her older children had propped the chair under the door to keep the younger siblings from opening and closing it. As for the $520 haircut for a woman who collects about $2,000 in welfare each month, Octomom said it included cuts for all 14 of her children. “I am making money, though. I have jobs and I can afford it,” Octomom said.

On the other side, the hairdresser told TMZ that a plumber had been to the house and estimated it would cost $150 to fix the pipes, but that Octomom had declined, saying it was too expensive. And, as a columnist on WebProNews.com said, sure, she may be making extra money, but there are things like beauty school students who will cut hair for next to nothing. If she’s collecting $2,000 in welfare each month, is a Brazilian blowout really necessary? It’s called cutting corners, Octomom, use a straightener.

Giuliana and Bill reveal exciting news

Couple has been waiting a long time to start a family

Giuliana and Bill are expecting!

The couple, who have gone through some hard times in the past year, are finally getting back on track on their way to become a family. Giuliana and Bill are having a baby via a gestational surrogate; the baby will genetically be theirs but carried by another woman.
Giuliana and Bill had been trying to have a baby when Giuliana found out last fall that she had breast cancer. She later underwent a double mastectomy, but did not need chemotherapy. Giuliana and Bill appeared on The Today Show earlier this month to discuss their plans to have a family. Giuliana said, “We are definitely having to explore other options. We absolutely want a child. As far as getting pregnant myself, with the medication I’m starting…it’s probably not going to happen any time soon.”

As it turns out, Giuliana and Bill already knew about the good news. “We are so thrilled that our prayers have been answered,” Giuliana said in a statement. Bill added, “We are absolutely ecstatic to be sharing this with everyone who has been following our journey.”

The baby is due later in the summer and Giuliana and Bill know the sex, but are not revealing it at the moment. Giuliana and Bill went on The View today to talk about how it felt to find out the news, “Oh my god, it’s just shocking,” said Giuliana. “It was very emotional.” The cameras captured the whole thing on film for the reality show, Giuliana and Bill. When the couple got the news from their doctor and surrogate that the pregnancy test was positive, Giuliana immediately broke down in tears.

Now we just have to wait for them to reveal if the baby is a little Giuliana or a little Bill!

Ted Nugent sees repercussions for his anti-Obama comments

Nugent meets with Secret Service, sees concert cancellations

Ted Nugent was scheduled to headline a June 23 Fort Knox concert, but plans have changed. Less than 48 hours after Ted Nugent said he would be “dead or in jail by this time next year” if President Obama is re-elected, Fort Knox officials decided a performance by Ted Nugent wouldn’t be necessary.

Ted Nugent was scheduled to play with REO Speedwagon and Styx at the U.S. Army post, but “After learning of opening act Ted Nugent’s recent public comments about the president of the United States, Fort Knox leadership decided to cancel his performance on the installation,” said a post on the Fort Knox Facebook page. Two city councilmen in Maine have now called for the cancellation of a Ted Nugent show that is scheduled for July 8.

His comments led him to be questioned by Secret Service officers on Thursday, as any threat to the President is illegal. According to reports, the agents that spoke with Ted Nugent were satisfied that he had no intent to harm the President. Ted Nugent said the meeting was a “good, solid, professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone. The meeting could not have gone better.”

Ted Nugent is also in trouble with the Alaskan government and “has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine, serve probation and record a public service announcement as part of a deal to plead guilty to transporting an illegally killed black bear in Alaska, according to court document obtained by CNN,” wrote the Detroit Free Press. According to report, Ted Nugent was filming for his Outdoor Channel TV show Spirit of the Wild when he killed the black bear with a bow and arrow. The problems lies with the fact that he had wounded another bear just days before; Alaska only allows licensed hunters to “bag” one bear per hunting season and wounding a bear counts towards the bagging limit.