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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Billboard Magazine reports: Ariana Grande’s new album Sweetener is due out Friday, but Arianators got a sweet, early taste when she appeared overnight on The Late Late Show. Grande took another ride with its host James Corden, as the pair belted out some classics and some new goodies for a “carpool karaoke” segment. The pair hit “God is a Woman,” ...

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USA Today reports: The man accused of smashing President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a pickax called it a “rightful and just act” after a court hearing Wednesday. Austin Clay, 24, pleaded not guilty to a felony vandalism charge in Los Angeles on Wednesday. He is the second man charged recently with taking a pickaxe ...

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The New York Times reports: An ailing Aretha Franklin was visited on Tuesday at her home in Detroit by Stevie Wonder, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and her ex-husband Glynn Turman, as tributes to the Queen of Soul poured in from around the world. A spokeswoman for the Franklin family confirmed the visits and said in a statement that Ms. Franklin, ...

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Michigan gas stations are selling boner pills: The maker of a competing male enhancement drug sued Detroit-area Sunoco gas stations on Monday, claiming the franchisees have unlawfully sold supplements that contain the same ingredient used in Viagra. Outlaw Laboratory of Houston, Texas, which markets and sells supplements called TriSteel and TriSteel 8 Hour, says that the gas stations have sold ...

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Tonight’s Florida Man episode via the Tampa Bay Times: A husband and wife were having dinner in a Japanese steakhouse when, according to court records, a Florida man offered them something they hadn’t ordered: an erotic dance. Police said James Dylan Jordan, 24, drunkenly approached the couple in the Kobe Japanese Steakhouse on U.S. 19. Then he started taking off ...

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From our pal Barry Walters at Rolling Stone: The disco-friendliness of New York’s gloriously over-the-top Scissor Sisters and the increasingly electronic nature of their output obscured a simple fact: Beneath their righteous camp, lead singer Jake Shears has always been a traditional and sometimes even serious pop-rock craftsman, as Elton-y sing-alongs like “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’” — a 2006 ...

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The Washington Blade reports: Organizers of a contingent of LGBT activists planning to hold a “queer and trans” dance party counter protest near the White House on Sunday to confront participants in a Unite the Right Rally organized by white supremacist leaders said they won’t disclose the starting point and the route of their action until Sunday morning. A group ...

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For once, a Florida Woman story: The herded became the herders Monday when a Florida woman fleeing police through a pasture was chased down by more than a dozen cows, leading her straight to officers and arrest, according to the Sanford Police Department. The video shows Jennifer Anne Kaufman running through the field being chased by the cows, who worked ...

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Billboard Magazine reports: The wait may finally be over! While music legend Cher has certainly been busy lately promoting “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” it has been a minute since we have heard new music from the “Believe” singer. After teasing fans with a track list of her upcoming ABBA covers album, on Wednesday (August 8), she released a ...

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Tonight’s Florida Man story has a lesbian angle: A Florida man was jailed after police said he sent a life-threatening text to a woman who refused his sexual advances. “I will blow your f—ing house up,” read the text, according to the police report. A transcript of the text conversation was included in the arrest report. It starts at 11:58 ...

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Some silliness to start you off tonight: We all know that Henry Cavill is daddy AF, and many of his fans are crazy about him. But, how does the DC star handle all that love (and obsession)? This latest video lets us find out. Cavill dropped by Buzzfeed studio and they gathered for him a bunch of screenshots of Tweets ...

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The New York Daily News reports: The Cuomo administration unveiled a digital ad Sunday mocking the National Rifle Association’s claim in court that it’s facing financial ruin due to state regulations. “I’m tired of hearing the politicians say we’ll remember them in our thoughts and prayers,” Cuomo says in the YouTube clip. “If the NRA goes away, I’ll remember the ...

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Billboard Magazine reports: On Aug. 4, 1958, Billboard launched the Hot 100, forever changing pop music — or at least how it’s measured. Sixty years later, the chart remains the gold-standard ranking of America’s top songs each week. And while what goes into a hit has changed (bye bye, jukebox play; hello, streaming!), attaining a spot on the list — ...

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The Guardian reports: You do wonder if even he might raise a perfectly penciled eyebrow at how he is being discussed 30 years after his death. Certainly, posterity and academic analysis were not on anyone’s mind during the writing of the song that made Sylvester famous. “We were just trying to get on to the radio,” says James Wirrick, the ...

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Tonight’s Florida Man story comes from Key West: Politicians have been invoking God since George Washington, but none have ever done it quite like Sloan Bashinsky. At a Key West mayoral debate this week, Bashinsky pulled out his cell phone. “I’m getting a phone call,” he said. The caller was a surprise, even by Key West’s wacky political standards. “Hello,” ...

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Via press release: The web’s most successful gay comedy mystery web series, “Where the Bears Are” will debut its FINAL SEASON September 10th, 2018. The series has won numerous awards and has over 35 million views, 71,208 YouTube Subscribers, 107,000 Facebook Followers and has raised a whopping $829,100 on Kickstarter! Translated into 12 different languages, the series is one of ...

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Tonight’s Florida Man story involves, as it often does, beer. The Orlando Sentinel reports: Robby Stratton’s beer run may turn out to be more costly than an 18-pack of Busch. He brought an alligator into a Jacksonville convenience store to help him with his purchase. Now the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the incident. “They told me ...

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A new video from our pal Matt Baume! The year was 1973. Homosexuality was considered a mental illness, you could be arrested for being gay in most of the country, no openly gay or lesbian person had ever been elected to public office. And Mary Tyler Moore, America’s sweetheart, put a gay man in front of viewers for an entire ...

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Yahoo News reports: Michelle Obama seemed to love the “On the Run II” show so much that she went back again — and brought her husband this time. On Saturday, the former first lady was spotted with former President Barack Obama at Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s concert at FedExField in Landover, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. The Obamas were in ...

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The Associated Press reports: Apple CEO Tim Cook is among those in Salt Lake City for a Saturday music festival organized by Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds to support LGBT youth in the Mormon church. The appearance of the proudly gay CEO will show young people their “unlimited potential,” Reynolds said in a statement. Other headliners include dancer and singer ...

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