by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
James Gandolfini, who rose to icon status with his leading role in The
Sopranos, died Wednesday in Italy from a heart attack. He was 51 years old.
Holsten’s, the New Jersey ice cream shop featured in the final scene of the legendary
television series’ finale, paid tribute to Gandolfini by reserving the booth where
he and his on-screen family filmed their last shot. Let’s remember Tony Soprano
by watching this 2002 clip of Jim on Sesame
Street, where he talks to Zoe about how it’s OK to feel scared sometimes.
are no strangers to harsh public scrutiny – just ask Miss Utah USA, Marissa
Powell. But most contestants don’t have to worry
about being criticized for being too cute. At the 25th annual
World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, Calif., freaky is fabulous. You’ll
find everything from hairless, cross-eyed mutts with missing body parts to
patchy, freckled pooches with potbellies and snaggleteeth. The Chinese crested,
seen here, is an iconic “Ugly” dog with features often exhibited by this
contest’s winner — but not this year. Pictured: a NOT UGLY ENOUGH DOGThis weekend, Walle, a “late entry” 4-year-old beagle-boxer-basset mix, won the
crowd over with his gigantic head (ugly?), the hump on his back (ugly?) and the ability to sit upright on
his butt (ugly?!). Like Potter Stewart, when it comes to ugly, I know it when I
see it and I ain’t seein’ it. Sashay away, Walle. You’re too pretty for this
What do you get
when you cross the egotistical prince of Hip Hop with a beloved stylistic
filmmaker? Kanye Wes.
Molly Miley Cyrus’
evolution into full-on festival groupie/Tumblr chick is complete. Check out her
new vid for “We Can’t Stop,” featuring cameos by taxidermy, a My Size Barbie, Pepto-Bismol blood, smoke bomb crotches and a hot dog piñata:
#WHATISHAPPENING Noisey raises some
“important questions” about the video
since it is both impossible and futile to even form an opinion about it. All I
know is Miley’s fervent ass shaking/slapping and non-drug references are making
me totally uncomfortable. Just a few years ago I relied on older friends to
explain drug stuff to me and now I’m feeling totally weirded out by Miley and
her rolling (or whatever the term is now), twerking, thumb-sucking friends.
Yet, I can’t stop…watching this freaky
mess over and over!
Is your stockpile of
Twinkies starting to dwindle? Fear not, Tallahassee,
because select Hostess snacks are set to be back on store shelves July 15.
& Co. and Apollo Global Management teamed up to buy Twinkies, CupCakes,
Donettes and other Hostess cakes so we can continue to fill our bodies with
preservative-rich baked goods for years to come.
The Steve Jobs
biopic starring Ashton Kutcher is in theaters Aug. 16. Check out the new
Ashton’s Steve Jobs
is legit but, so help me God, if I have to hear that Macklemore & Ryan
Lewis song one more time…
Nik Wallenda crossed a gorge near the Grand Canyon on live television Sunday,
walking 1,500 feet above the ground on a two-inch cable, and didn’t fall to his
death. Good job, Nik! Wallenda comes from a family of tightrope walkers — his great-grandfather
Karl Wallenda, born in Germany in 1905, began performing at age 6. Nik became
the first person to cross Niagra Falls on a high wire last June and Sunday’s
stunt gave him the title as the first aerialist to walk directly over the Little
Colorado River Gorge. There weren’t any harnesses, cables or safety nets — just
a pole to hold for balance. Wallenda prayed loudly to Jesus throughout the
23-minute spectacle. At the peak of the gorge crossing, 13 million viewers tuned in either on TV or online, a staggering number compared to the 2.7
million who tuned into the game-changing Mad
Men finale also on Sunday night (the series’ biggest audience ever). Why do people watch this stuff? It's kind of sick, even if there's a 10-second body splatter insurance delay. :'( :'( :'(
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a measure into law that will
crack down on puppy mills — inhumane, large-scale dog breeding
operations run for profit, often resulting in severe neglect and abuse. CINCINNATI +1
by German Lopez
Governor reveals turnpike plan, city to approve budget, Kroger could buy Hostess brands
It’s official: Gov. John Kasich won’t privatize
the Ohio Turnpike. Instead, the Republican governor wants to increase
tolls at the rate of inflation and issue bonds backed by the turnpike’s
profits to raise an estimated $3 billion for infrastructure projects — more than 90 percent of which will be in northern Ohio, where the turnpike is located. To
ease the short-term burden of the plan, tolls for local passenger trips
using E-ZPasses will be frozen at current levels for 10 years. In a video
unveiling the announcement, Kasich says the projects could generate an
estimated 75,000 jobs. To most, the plan, which will require approval
from the legislature, probably seems like a fairly liberal proposal: use
a public asset to leverage revenue, then use the revenue on a large,
statewide stimulus program. But Democrats are criticizing the plan
because they say the toll hike will hurt individuals, families and businesses
that use the Ohio Turnpike. Let the eye-rolling at blatant politicking begin!
City Council is getting ready to approve the budget today. The final plan has made a few tweaks to City Manager Milton Dohoney’s proposal. Parking privatization will remain, but the budget will provide a
one-year stopgap in funding for Media Bridges. Previously,
all of Media Bridges’ funding was being cut, which CityBeat wrote about here.
The plan will also keep the mounted patrol unit, maintain income tax
reciprocity and restore funding for human services and arts grants.
Will Cincinnati-based Kroger soon own Twinkies? It’s possible. The grocery store giant is considering buying Hostess brands in the aftermath of Hostess’ bankruptcy. CityBeat previously wrote about the Hostess bankruptcy here.
A study found a gap
in Hamilton County’s housing stock. The report suggests the county
doesn’t need any more housing than it already has; instead, it should
build on current properties. The report also found vacant housing that
isn’t for sale and serves no purpose has increased by 107 percent.
The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport has unveiled a new master plan. It’s proposing $450 million in projects.
The Hamilton County recorder’s office will remain open
on Fridays. The office was previously planning to close every Friday
due to funding cuts, but restored funds have made staying open possible.
In its last session of the year, the Ohio Senate approved redistricting reform
32-1. The House could not take up the measure before the end of the
lame-duck session, but the vast bipartisan support could be a good sign
for next year’s legislative session. Redistricting is widely used by
politicians to redraw district boundaries in politically beneficial
ways. The First Congressional District, which includes Cincinnati, was
redrawn during the Republican-controlled process to include
Republican-leaning Warren County, effectively diluting Cincinnati’s
Democratic-leaning urban vote in the district.
Ohio lost more residents than it gained last year, but the trend might be reversed by a growing economy. Economic improvements have already slowed down what Dayton Daily News calls an “exodus.”
A new Ohio law would increase the amount of auto insurance motorists are required to carry.
A drop in gas prices lowered U.S. consumer prices by 0.3 percent.
NASA discovered the largest river
ever seen on another world. The river is on Titan, Saturn’s largest
moon, and it is made up of hydrocarbons. The river is still unnamed, so I
encourage everyone to email NASA to name the river the German Lopez
Climate change isn’t just bad for humans. It will also hurt cuddly land mammals.