AP – In a sudden political shoving match, President Barack Obama asked Congress to convene an extraordinary joint session next Wednesday to hear his much-anticipated proposals to put jobless Americans back to work, but House Speaker John Boehner balked and told the president he ought to wait and speak a day later.
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When you drop $6.9 million on a Beverly Hills mansion … you expect a quality place — but Rihanna claims all she got was a leaky piece of crap … and she’s blaming the woman she bought the home from for allegedly lying to her.
Rihanna just filed a lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court, claiming she bought a 2-story home in Bev Hills in 2009 for $6.9 mil … after the seller claimed she was not aware of any major defects with the property.
But Rihanna claims the woman was lying — and knew about all sorts of problems with the home … including numerous waterproofing defects, evidence of water intrusion and other construction defects.
According to the docs, Rihanna’s home was hit by a “moderate rainstorm” in January 2010 … but because of the defects, water leaked into multiple rooms … causing some serious damage.
Rihanna claims she got screwed — because “the actual value of the property at the time of purchase, taking into consideration the extensive construction defects … was millions of dollars less” than the price she paid for it.
Rihanna is now suing the former owner … along with the inspector, the real estate agents involved with the sale, and engineers who worked on the house.
From The Rock to Vin Diesel, none of our modern-day musclemen have quite pulled off the Schwarzenegger binary. As big as Arnold was, he was practically asexual, a cop wholesome enough to teach kindergartners if he had to (Dwayne Johnson as a hockey-playing tooth-fairy is a distant second). Which is why we so love the nostalgic glory of The Schwarzenegger Trilogy, a 1,600-frame animated film made on commission by L.A.-based animators Harry McGowan and Jimmy Thompson for the Standard Hotel’s short film festival, (and which Arnold is watching right now).
Drawn entirely in highlighter and black pen, the Trilogy’s part one (aptly titled “5 4 3 2″) tackles Arnold’s explosions, part two, “Galleria,” recreates the “Terminator” scene when John Connor meets the Terminator and part three, “come on…get down,” re-cuts famous Arnold lines into a pseudo-rap. There’s none of the philanderer here, or the lousy governor. This is Arnold in his prime — half-robot, half-man, all movie star.
We recently spoke with animator Jimmy Thompson about how the Trilogy came to be. (As a note: At the time of the interview, Arnold hadn’t actually seen the Trilogy, as reflected in one of McGowan’s answers…but then came Arnold’s tweet! Success.) Read on to find out why Arnold is both an illustrator’s dream and a modern-day Shakespeare.
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Gasoline made from the tar sands gives a Toyota Prius the same impact on climate as a Hummer using gasoline made from oil. The pipeline President Obama is considering would be an enormous mistake.
Your ability to ascertain what is important to your teachers and how to conduct yourself in their classroom will translate directly to your transcript. But how to unravel the academic mysteries that are your professors?
We want this to be real – and then again, we don’t.
The part that does is more interested in the music that would be on this album. A whole record just of Britney Spears remixes?! C’mon! It doesn’t get any better than that! All the new jams off Femme Fatale are just aching to be reworked!
The part that doesn’t is looking at this AWFUL photoshopped cover!
Seriously, what is this? Brit Brit deserves so much better than this! Get back to the drawing board and come up with something better, Jive!
NOTE: Jive has yet to confirm that a remix album is even in the works, but so much stuff as “leaked” at this point that it seems pretty obvious.
Overwhelmed by high rents and the stressful pace, I sometimes wonder why I stay here. Then I unexpectedly uncover a San Francisco treasure.
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History.com – Early humans were creating and using advanced stone tools 1.8 million years ago, much earlier than previously thought, according to archaeologists who unearthed an illuminating new cache of artifacts in northwest Kenya. But Homo erectus didn’t export the technology behind these sophisticated hand axes, picks and flakes when the species migrated out of Africaâ??if the traditional narrative is correct, that is, the researchers wrote in Nature this week.
Taller and more robust than modern humans but with a smaller cranial capacity, Homo erectus appeared roughly 2 million years ago and spread across Africa, Asia and parts of southern Europe before vanishing from the fossil record some 70,000 years ago. Thought to be our direct ancestors, these hominins probably mastered fire and were the first to develop cutting and butchering instruments known as Acheulian tools, named after an archaeological site in Saint-Acheul, France.
Made from chiseled stone, Acheulian tools improved upon the pebble-like chopping implements wielded by Homo erectusâ?? more primitive cousins such as Homo habilis. According to some scientists, the symmetry of Acheulian tools-epitomized by teardrop- and oval-shaped axes-suggests that Homo erectus might have used language to communicate, since the same regions of the brain control aesthetic awareness and speech. Others have pointed to the artifactsâ?? sophistication as evidence that their manufacturers could innovate, think ahead and understand spatial relations better than their ancestors.
WASHINGTON — Hours after President Barack Obama pressed Congress to extend surface transportation funding before it runs out next month, a key House Republican announced Wednesday that he’s on board for a short-term fix one more time.
“As Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, I will agree to one additional highway program extension, this being the eighth of the overdue transportation reauthorization,” said Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) in a statement.
The current authorization, which provides funding for highway construction, bridge repair and mass transit systems, expires on Sept. 30. During a Rose Garden event, Obama said failure to pass “a clean extension” of the measure before then would mean more than 4,000 workers would immediately stop receiving paychecks. And if an extension were delayed even by 10 days, the government would lose nearly $1 billion in highway funding from uncollected tax revenue.
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