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David Beckham bows out a champion

Soccer star receives standing ovation

David Beckham, the world-famous soccer star, played his final home game with Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday. It was an emotional event for David Beckham, who announced he is retiring after this season. Friends, family and fans were there to watch as he led his team to a 3-1 victory over Brest.

Close to 45,000 fans filled the stadium to watch David Beckham wrap-up a career that spanned  the globe, two decades and countless accolades. David Beckham received a standing ovation, amid chanting and hugs. David Beckham became emotional and even his notoriously austere wife, Victoria Beckham, shed a tear as she watched from the stands with the couple’s children and various other family members.

David Beckham began his career with Manchester United in 1992 at the age of 17. He rose to worldwide prominence with the team and led them to numerous victories before stints with Real Madrid and L.A. Galaxy. At one time he was the highest-paid soccer player in the world and built an empire around his skills.

During the standing ovation from the crowd, which included former President Nicolas Sarkozy, David Beckham addressed the spectators, saying, “I want to say thank you to everybody in Paris, to my team-mates, to the staff, to the fans. To finish my career here could not be any more special… I want to enjoy my family now; I have all the souvenirs I want now so I’m very, very happy. Merci Paris. I’m very sad to be leaving but thank you.”

David Beckham later told the press that although retirement would take an adjustment, he was looking forward to spending time with his family and relaxing. Regardless of what David Beckham does in the future, he’s left behind a legacy that will never be forgotten and will be very hard to beat.

Justin Bieber booed by crowd

Pop-sensation accepts award amid unaccepting audience

Justin Bieber, tween-idol and pop sensation, is becoming more well-known for his offstage antics than for what little talent he actually possesses. This was never more apparent than last night at the “Billboard Music Awards,” when Justin Bieber decided to up the douche-factor by proclaiming that his less-than-stellar people skills shouldn’t matter, amid boos from the crowd.

For those not in the know, Justin Bieber had a meteoric rise to fame after being discovered on Youtube, with multiple platinum-selling albums and a legion of die-hard fans known as “Beliebers.” At only 19, Justin Bieber is one of the most successful pop music acts ever. However, as is often the case with a meteoric climb, it was quickly followed by an epic fall. As of late, Justin Bieber routinely gets into scuffles with the paparazzi, including an incident where Justin Bieber had to be restrained by his own bodyguard while threatening to “beat the f**k” out of a photographer in London. Not only that but he has faced a very public breakup with fellow teen-sensation, Selena Gomez, as well as photographic proof of  Justin Bieber smoking pot and possibly abusing “purple drank” with friends.

He also managed to offend history buffs and Holocaust survivors during a recent trip to the Anne Frank House, commenting in the guest book, “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.” Because as everyone knows, had she survived the concentration camp, pop music would have been a top priority.

Despite Justin Bieber actively having a hand in all of these very-public pitfalls, during his acceptance speech for the Milestone Award (yes, fans voted him the winner; never underestimate the Beliebers), he chose to address the fans with this ever-so-gracious acceptance speech, “I’m 19 years old, I think I’m doing a pretty good job and basically, from my heart, I really wanna say it should really be about the music,” he said. “It should be about the craft, the craft that I’m making.”

“This is not a gimmick,” Justin Bieber continued. “I’m an artist and I should be taken seriously.” He was clearly startled when his words were met with boos, as well as cheers. Maybe Justin Bieber should realize that fans are fickle, fame is fleeting and it’s hard to take a spoiled, whiny child seriously.

Miguel botches performance at Billboard Music Awards

Singer’s stunt goes wrong and injures fans

Miguel, the R&B crooner, left quite the mark on his fans last night. During his performance of “Adorn” at the “Billboard Music Awards,” Miguel attempted a theatric jump across the stage’s catwalks, only to fall short and injure two fans.

People watching the telecast immediately became concerned after seeing Miguel accidentally kick one girl in the head, while pinning another down to the stage by her neck. Miguel, seemingly unfazed by the mishap, continued with his performance, never missing a beat. Spectators took to Twitter, wondering if the girls were seriously injured or even killed by the un-choreographed move by Miguel.

Such an outcry occurred that representatives for “Billboard” took to social media outlets to quell the fears of Miguel fans. Sarah Maloy, social media editor, stated, “Yes they are absolutely OK! He was dancing and hugging them post jump.”

Both women were filmed backstage at the awards show holding ice packs and hanging out with Miguel. As for Miguel, he is more than a little embarrassed that his stunt went awry. “The crazy thing is, when you’re performing and you’re just kind of into it, you never know where it’s gonna go and where you’re gonna go with it, and how that might turn out,” he said. “So this is one of the less favorable moments.”

When interviewed by “Billboard” editorial director, Bill Werde, Miguel noted that he was glad the women were ok and that he was happy to make their acquaintance. “I’m very happy to bring my new friend, Khyati, we just met. Unfortunately we did not meet under the best circumstances, but I think we’re okay.”

Perhaps next time Miguel should stick to singing and leave the stunt-double antics to the professionals.

Beyonce cancels Mrs. Carter tour date

Illness, pregnancy and double-booking all possible reasons for cancellation

Beyonce cancelled tonight’s show on her Mrs. Carter world tour. The songstress was supposed to perform at Antwerp’s Sportpaleis but Beyonce cancelled the show citing medical reasons, leaving many fans disappointed. Beyonce’s cancellation comes amid pregnancy rumors, after her extravagant ensemble at the Met Gala left many wondering whether or not Blue Ivy might soon have a sibling.

Beyonce’s sparked the pregnancy rumors herself during an interview in which she said that she was definitely open to having more children when the time is right. “I would like more children. I think my daughter needs some company. I definitely loved being a big sister.”

In an effort to control the media frenzy, Beyonce’s publicist claimed Beyonce cancelled on doctor’s orders due to “dehydration and exhaustion.” Pregnancy rumors and possible illness aside, it seems there might be an even more dishonest reason Beyonce cancelled the tour stop. A Cannes Film Festival insider tweeted that Beyonce would be attending “The Great Gatsby” premiere with her husband, Jay-Z. When fans noted that Beyonce had a concert date scheduled in Belgium, the festival insider noted that Beyonce was verified on the guest list and expected to be at the premiere.

Whatever the cause, Beyonce has yet to make a decision about tomorrow night’s show and is waiting to get her doctor’s approval. Ticket holders might be upset, but they need not worry, as tonight’s show will be rescheduled and their current tickets will be honored.

Atari's Breakout brought to you by Google

Search-engine giant commemorates anniversary of classic game

Atari’s “Breakout,” the classic arcade game released 37 years ago, is being commemorated by Google today. To access the Easter egg, just type “Atari Breakout” into Google image search and prepare to procrastinate, as Google is treating visitors to their version of Atari’s “Breakout” right inside their browsers.

Atari’s “Breakout” is as simple as it is groundbreaking. “Breakout” is essentially a one-player version of “Pong” and the goal is to break bricks using a paddle that travels across the bottom of the screen. It has spawned several different versions and even influenced Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who worked on an early prototype of the game, although his design was deemed too complex to manufacture.

Despite its simplicity, Atari’s “Breakout” is addicting and now, thanks to Google, fans of the game can pretend to be productive while enjoying a fully-interactive version of “Breakout.”

Dr. Joyce Brothers passes away

Media maven dead at 85

 Dr. Joyce Brothers, the pioneer of mass-media psychology, passed away at her home in New Jersey on Monday. She was 85. Dr. Joyce Brothers’ death was confirmed by her daughter, though the cause of death has not been released. She is survived by her sister, her daughter, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Dr. Joyce Brothers had an unparalleled career and she paved the way for many of today’s television advice shows. Dr. Joyce Brothers’ career began after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Cornell, as well as her Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia. She began teaching at Hunter College and never had any intention of becoming a media sensation. However, Dr. Joyce Brothers and her husband, Milton Brothers, struggled to make ends meet for their small family. It was during this time that Dr. Joyce Brothers decided to compete as a game show contestant, hoping to ease her family’s financial strain.

Dr. Joyce Brothers competed on “The $64,000 Question,” a popular television program that quizzed contestants in a category of their choosing. Dr. Joyce Brothers is the only woman to have won the top prize and in doing so, inadvertently kick-started her media career. She quickly became a talk show fixture and the co-host of “Sports Showcast.”

In 1958, NBC offered Dr. Joyce Brothers a trial-run on an afternoon television show where she advised viewers on marriage, love, raising children and of course, sex. The show was a ratings success and led to a nationally-syndicated program as well as her notorious late-night show that addressed taboo topics.

Dr. Joyce Brothers also had her own radio call-in show, an advice column in “Good Housekeeping” and appeared as herself in several movies over the last few decades. Despite criticism that she treated patients without knowing their histories, Dr. Joyce Brothers often helped people, even keeping suicidal callers on-line with her until their phone numbers could be traced and local authorities dispatched.

Dr. Joyce Brothers turned what should have been a one-time stint on a game show into one of the most prolific careers of the last century. All 15 of her published books are still in print and her impact on psychology and modern media won’t soon be forgotten.

Dead for 40 minutes: Miracle technology revives patient

Machines revolutionize heart attack treatment

Dead for 40 minutes—usually there’s no coming back from that. However, new state-of-the-art technology being implemented at a hospital in Australia has made it possible for patients who’ve been clinically dead for 40 minutes to be brought back to life.

Colin Fiedler, 39, had a heart attack last June and was pronounced clinically dead for 40 minutes. Luckily for Fiedler, he was still conscious when the ambulance arrived. The paramedics gave him the choice of being treated between two different hospitals, and he chose the Alfred Hospital, a choice that eventually saved his life.

Fiedler told reporters, “For some reason, I said The Alfred, which is pretty lucky, because they are the only one that has it.”

Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital is the only hospital in the world currently testing two machines that can revive patients who’ve been dead for 40 minutes. The AutoPulse is a mechanical CPR machine that performs continuous chest compressions, and the hospital combines this technology with a heart-lung machine that transmits blood and oxygen through the body. As the machines are performing these groundbreaking tasks, it limits the risk of permanent disability that occurs when the brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen and gives doctors time to pinpoint the origin of the heart attack

So far, three patients were revived without injury after having been dead for 40 minutes. Doctors at Alfred Hospital hope to implement the technology throughout the city as soon as the clinical trials are finished.

As for Fiedler, he returned home without disability, stating, “I’m so grateful, more than I could ever say.”

4-year-old mayor runs small Minnesota community

Pint-sized politician charms the nation

4-year-old mayor making headlines- That’s right. A pint-sized public servant is now the mayor of Dorset, Minn. The 4-year-old mayor, Robert Tufts, hasn’t even passed kindergarten, but he has his constituents’ unwavering support.

4-year-old Mayor Tufts spends his days helping citizens cross the street, singing and dancing to entertain passersby, signing autographs and doling out fishing advice, as the 4-year-old mayor is also an expert fisherman.

“He’s amazing. He’s just completely amazing,” said Kathy Schmidt, whose family has lived in the area for four generations. “He’s right in your face and well-spoken. You can’t imagine what a ball of fire he is.”

Dorset, a community so small that the state removed its zip code, thereby revoking its status as a town, chooses its mayor annually during the “Taste of Dorset” festival. Entry into the good-natured political race costs $1 and the winner’s name is pulled from a hat. 4-year-old Mayor Tuft won the prestigious honor at the 2012 festival. There are no residency, age or species requirements to enter the mayoral race. Despite the limited duties, the 4-year-old mayor couldn’t be happier with the results.

The 4-year-old mayor’s mother, Emma Tufts, 34, told reporters, “He was so excited and told everyone at daycare that he was going to be mayor forever.”

Aside from having the most impressive resume of anyone in his age bracket, the 4-year-old mayor is also a little lothario. When asked to comment on his love life, Mayor Tufts admitted that he had a crush on a girl named Sophia. There’s been no word as to whether or not Sophia is aware she’s Dorset’s new first lady.

40 patients escape from mental health facility

Kenya police searching for Mathari Mental Hospital inmates

40 patients escaped from a Kenya mental health institution early Monday. According to Kenya police, 70 male patients protested that the medicine they were given was ineffective and staged an uprising; 40 patients escaped the Mathari Mental Hospital after overpowering guards and hospital staff.

Samuel Anampiu, the chief of police, confirms that 40 patients escaped, but didn’t seem particularly worried about the outbreak, telling reporters, “We have all their particulars and including their pictures and that will make it easy for us to identify them.”

Accounts vary on whether or not the public should be concerned that 40 patients escaped. The hospital superintendent, Dr. Kisivuli Azenga, said that the patients were not a “danger to society” yet police officers released a conflicting statement to the BBC, telling the news agency that many of the 40 patients who escaped are known to be violent.

This is not the first prisoner uprising at Mathari Mental Hospital, but it is the first time such a large number of prisoners escaped. It is also not the first time the hospital has come under scrutiny. After rights groups rallied for an investigation into the hospital’s practices, CNN filmed a documentary and what they uncovered was startling. One of the many violations found by the film crew included keeping a dead body in a seclusion cell with another patient.

Mental health care is a trying issue in Kenya, as the institution suffers from a lack of funding. Rampant poverty, lack of access to health care and fear of being ostracized due to public perceptions of mental disorders prohibits many patients from getting the assistance they need. It seems even those who do seek treatment find the results to be sub par, as 40 patients escaped due to their disappointment in Mathari Mental Hospital’s current operations.

So far, only nine of the escaped prisoners have been caught.

Titus Young continues crime spree

Athlete arrested for third time in a week

Titus Young, former wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, was arrested for the third time in a week early Saturday morning. Officers responded to a call from a San Clemente, Calif. homeowner shortly before midnight on claims that someone had broken into the home. When officers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrived, Titus Young fled on foot and resisted arrest, throwing several punches in the scuffle.

 Speaking of Titus Young’s most recent altercation, Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman, Lt. Joe Balicki, told reporters, “There was a brief struggle. He wanted to fight with the deputies. They ended up subduing him.”

Trouble began for Titus Young on Sunday, May 5, when he was arrested twice in a 15-hour span. Shortly after midnight, Titus Young was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. After being booked and cited, he was released. However, the bad decisions didn’t end there, as Titus Young climbed a fence and broke into the impound lot where his Mustang had been towed after his initial arrest. He was taken into custody again and booked with attempting to steal his own car.

Titus Young is more famous for his wild antics on –field and off-field, than for his actual skill as an athlete. He was released from the Detroit Lions in February for behavioral issues that included punching a teammate, refusing to run drills properly on the field, and in an attempt to claim his title as a celebrity, unleashing vitriol on every social media outlet available.

Titus Young is currently being held on $75,000 bail.