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Posts from September 2013

Review: 2013 Infiniti FX37 AWD

There’s an interesting niche market for automobiles, made especially for people who can’t seem to decide between a car and an SUV. Thus was born the breed known as crossovers; you can look at them as a squatty SUV or a car that’s been stretched on the rack. Either way, they’ve been a modest hit in America, including Infiniti’s FX line.

This year the FX37 has stepped up to replace the FX35, thanks to a new 3.7-liter V6 engine. It comes with Infiniti’s label, which means you go into any test drive with a preconceived notion that it will be stylish, luxurious and comfortable. But really, if we’re being honest, how stylish can a newfangled station wagon be, right?


Colorado drivers will be happy to know that the FX37 is offered with an all-wheel-drive option (which is the model I tested). The handling is good and certainly sporty, but there’s a trade-off for that: The ride itself was a tad below that of some competitors, a bit bumpy and (at times) jerky. It’s not overly noticeable, however, and you merely have to ask yourself what’s more important.

One other area where the FX37 trails its foes is in storage space. The cargo area in the back comes up a little short versus similar models from Lexus and Acura, and the rear passenger space is slightly cramped. Again, not overly so, and you can blame the sloping roof style of the vehicle.

That slope, by the way, gives the Infiniti crossover a distinctive look that I’ve found is a love/hate scenario. Fans rave about its unique style, while others shrug, saying it looks “like an insect,” as one co-worker said to me.

What you can’t knock, though, is the interior styling and craftsmanship. Quality materials, lush seating, and practical layout make the FX fit right in with its Infiniti playmates. Warm, ambient lighting give it a comfy feel, while the dashboard and console displays are well-designed - and not reliant on a mouse/knob concept, thank goodness. (I’m talking to you, BMW and Mercedes.)

Options packages offer cool extras; the one I especially enjoy is the overhead-view display when the vehicle is placed in reverse. There’s something comforting about being able to see all around your car for hazards - or just to check out your parking job within the lines. (Yes, I did that more than once.)

If you’re buying a crossover you won’t expect killer mileage, and the FX lives up (or down) to that expectation. The combined EPA estimates run about 18 mpg. The price tag of my test vehicle came in just under $54k. Yeah, it’s pricey, but it delivers on its promise of luxury.

This segment has grown a bit more crowded over the years, and you’ll be tempted by the BMW X-series, along with Lexus and its RX team. But the FX37 holds its own, swapping a bit of handling and cargo space for a luscious ride and an elegant experience. It’s definitely worth a look and a test drive.

Reviewed by Dom Testa. Vehicle provided by the manufacturer.

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News For Nerds: The Printed Heart Edition

Heart disease kills a lot of people. What if you could take a few fat cells from your body and PRINT a new heart. Yes, in a printer. Don't laugh - it's coming soon, and I have details in the link at the bottom.

Life on Earth has been around for billions of years, and a researcher in England wanted to know how much longer we might have before the lights go out. If you're curious, click and enjoy.

Plus, a new form of matter has been created. I know, that doesn't excite you, but what if I told you that this new form of matter might lead to the creation of a Star Wars-styled light saber. NOW you're excited.

Oh, and a guy in China is growing a new nose . . . on his forehead. You know you wanna see it.

All you have to do is follow this digital shortcut, and News For Nerds will be yours. Science is cool.


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Jimmy Kimmel got himself into a RAP FEUD this week.  He made fun of Kanye West a few nights ago for going on another rant in one of his interviews.  And last night he said he got a PHONE CALL from Kanye... and the man was not happy.  He said Kanye gave him two choices, apologize publicly, or apologize publicly.  It all went back to a skit where Jimmy had two kids recreate the original interview, reading from a transcript.

Kaley Cuoco from "The Big Bang Theory" is engaged to pro tennis player Ryan Sweeting... even though they've only been dating for about 3 months!  A source says, quote, "She knows Ryan is the one.  When you know, you know."  Ryan supposedly popped the question on Wednesday.  And while Kaley hasn't officially confirmed it, she did Tweet this . . . quote, "Flying high, I could literally touch the sky with you...."
George Clooney is frequently blamed for killing the Batman franchise in the '90s with "Batman & Robin".  So not surprisingly, he's staying on the outskirts of the debate over Ben Affleck.  He says, quote, "I am the least qualified person to comment on anyone playing the role of Batman since I so terribly destroyed the part."  But he does add, quote, "I tend to look at it like this, let's just see what the movie is before everyone starts beating him up.  He is a smart man, he knows what he is doing." 
Nicki Minaj is on "Ellen" today, and they released a preview where she's talking about why she never wears a bra.  She's wearing a jacket with no shirt underneath, and Ellen offers to lend her a bra.  And Nicki says bras are the devil.

Four months after splitting up with on-again, off-again girlfriend Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, 27, has been linked to model Dylan Penn.  "They've been dating a month or two," a Pattinson source confirms to PEOPLE. "He's crazy about her."  The blonde beauty, 22, has quite the Hollywood pedigree: She's the daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright. According to media reports, Pattinson and Penn were spotted on Sept. 7 catching a show by rapper Mickey Avalon at the famed Viper Room in Los Angeles.  They then reportedly hightailed it to the Chateau Marmont for post-show drinks and bites. 

The day has finally come: John Stamos is looking for a relationship. The Full House star has been single for years, and reportedly told In Touch it's not as easy to find a girlfriend as people might think. "I got no moves! I think I’m being presumptuous if I hit on a girl," Stamos said. "There have been plenty of times when I should have asked for someone’s number but I didn’t.”  But Stamos said reaching 50 has made him realize he would "really like to be in a relationship." His birthday reminded him of a time when his friends would tell him, "If you’re not married by 50, you’ll be alone [forever]."  Stamos is not the only one who wants him to settle down. A survey recently chose his perfect mate, and the answer wasn't all that surprising.  Stamos was married to Rebecca Romijn from 1998 to 2005, but is now looking for someone to settle down and have kids with. “The world is different now," he said of his plans to look for love. "For the last 10 years, I’ve thought ‘I’ve got to get married again and have kids!’ So I’m totally open to it.” 
Oprah did an interview on "Access Hollywood" yesterday.  And she told them she plans to be single forever.  They asked her directly if she intended to die as a never-married woman, and she just said, quote, "Yes." 
O.J. Simpson found out how the cookie crumbles when he was allegedly caught stealing gooey goodies from a Nevada prison cafeteria.  The former gridiron great was recently caught with a stash of not one, but more than a dozen oatmeal cookies, according to Fox News Radio.  Simpson, who is serving a 33-year sentence for armed robbery at Lovelock Correctional Center in Pershing County, reportedly tried to smuggle the cookies into his cell after lunch. He might have gotten away with the cookie caper, if not for an inquisitive guard who noticed Simpson was hiding something under his prison clothes. When corrections officer questioned Simpson, he allegedly confessed to the theft. 
When you're using Windows and the computer is running slow or freezing or just generally screwing up, we ALL know what to do.  You hit CONTROL-ALT-DELETE, which lets you restart and try again.  Well, according to Bill Gates, Control-Alt-Delete was NEVER supposed to be a thing.  He did an interview at Harvard recently, and talked about why it was a mistake.  He said the IBM keyboard designer didn't want to give them a single button to restart the computer, so they picked control-alt-delete, instead.

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Last year, Michael Lohan admitted that he cheated on Dina back in the '90s and fathered a love child.   Now she's an 18-year-old named Ashley Horn . . . and she recently had $25,000 worth of plastic surgery to look like her half-sister Lindsay. She says, quote, "My goal was to look like Lindsay in her good days, when she was around 18, 19 years old.  "I've gotten rhinoplasty, a bit of refinement underneath my cheeks and jawline, some fat injected into my chin, and some fat injected into my upper cheeks.  I'm hotter than Lindsay!  I have no problem saying that."  But she adds, quote, "I don't drink, do drugs or party.  I like being a responsible person.  I'm not Lindsay.  I wasn't raised in that family."

Speaking of, Lindsay Lohan will get to keep her huge paycheck from Oprah Winfrey but only after an intense showdown between O and LiLo. Lindsay was a disaster at the beginning of the project -- at times just being a no-show -- which doesn't work in Oprah's world.  We're told Oprah went to Dina's house on Long Island for a showdown with Lindsay.  She told Lindsay either clean up her act or the project is over and Lindsay would not get her $2 million paycheck.  Our sources say Lindsay had a bunch of excuses ... she was spending time trying to find an apartment in NYC, she had other projects she was trying to finish, there were "miscommunications" between her people and the folks at OWN, yada yada.  Oprah made the ultimatum clear and Lindsay got the message.  We're told Lindsay is now cooperating and things have been running okay for nearly a month, but Oprah is still watching Lindsay like a hawk. 
Call him Bill Nye, the healing guy. Following a torn ligament from falling mid-routine on Monday night's Dancing with the Stars, the Science Guy, 57, is "in good spirits and is really hoping he can continue to compete," a source tells PEOPLE. Nye, a fan favorite on the ABC show, "stepped on the cuff of these fancy slacks and I went down," he told PEOPLE after the tumble earlier this week. "We'll do R.I.C.E. – we'll do rest, ice, compression, elevation [and] see where we get."  The injury sent him to the hospital. "Bill Nye was injured during his performance last night and is currently seeking medical attention," the show said in a statement. "We will continue to keep you posted on his progress.”  The former TV host, who claimed the first big injury of the season, did not have to go through the doctor visit alone. He posted an Instagram photo on Tuesday with dance partner Tyne Stecklein by his side, with her hand on his wrapped knee.

Blake Shelton is trying to start a new tradition on "Live With Kelly and Michael".  But he's the only one doing it, so we'll see how long it lasts.  Whenever he comes to the show, he takes gum out of his mouth and sticks it under a chair.  He was a guest on the show back in March, and he stuck his gum under his chair because he forgot he was chewing it when he came out.  Yesterday he came back and it was still there, so he put another piece next to it.
Elton John was on "Ellen" yesterday, and Ellen asked him if he was planning to get married to David Furnish, now that same-sex marriage is legal in Britain.  He's been in a civil partnership with Furnish for eight years, but he says he'll absolutely get married now, because he's fought for that right for a long time and he didn't expect they would get it so soon.

The "New York Post" says that Richard Gere and actress Carey Lowell are getting divorced after 11 years of marriage.  They haven't been photographed together since last year, and a so-called "source" says they've been, quote, "spending time apart for quite some time."  He's 64, she's 52, and they have a 13-year-old son with the unfortunate name Homer James Jigme Gere.
This sounds like a record that'll be broken by tomorrow afternoon . . . but yesterday in Times Square, 358 people set a world record for "Most People Twerking Simultaneously."  And the highlight was a twerker named Joan Wind, who's 73 years old.  When you can, check out the video.  Joan wasn't actually planning to twerk yesterday.  She was doing some shopping at Macy's when she saw the crowd.  But that doesn't mean she's an amateur by any means.  She says she saw someone twerking two or three years ago . . . and was pretty happy with the results when she tried doing it in front of a mirror.  
Jimmy Fallon did another one of his covers with The Roots on classroom instruments last night.  This time it was the "Sesame Street" theme, and the puppets from the show were there to sing along.  Even Elmo, who has apparently rehabbed his image since last year.
Sorry, ladies—Joseph Gordon-Levitt is off the market. During his first-ever interview with SiriusXM's Howard Stern Show, the Don Jon star revealed he's been seeing someone special.  "I have a girlfriend but I tend not to really like to talk about it in public," the 32-year-old actor said. "She is not in show business." He declined to say how long they've been together. Gordon-Levitt repeatedly refused to identify his girlfriend, though he did reveal that they met through "mutual friends." Asked if he's in love, he replied, "Oh, jeez, man! Come on! This is getting private."  Clearly uncomfortable discussing his love life, Gordon-Levitt explained why he's been keeping his romance on the DL. "I get up in movies and I play other people, so when the audience is watching me in movies, I don't want them thinking about me and who I'm dating, and blah blah blah," he said. "I want them to see the character, the story that I'm telling."  In fact, Gordon-Levitt said he appreciates that his ladylove doesn't want to be in the spotlight. "The girl that I'm with, she really doesn't want to be a part of it," the actor said. "You can imagine not wanting to have that kind of scrutiny."
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Paul McCartney was on Jimmy Kimmel last night, and Jimmy asked him to talk about the first song he ever wrote with John Lennon.  That got Paul into a great story about how he and the other Beatles used to be completely CLUELESS about women.  He said the first song they wrote together was "I Saw Her Standing There".  Jimmy asked if it came from a true story, and Paul said the guys never used to get girls when they were young.  They'd go to dances and sit around all night daring each other to ask girls to dance, and no one ever got up the nerve until it was too late. 
Paul told Jimmy about one of his recurring dreams, which involves him playing with The Beatles and having the whole audience start leaving.  Jimmy asks if that has EVER happened to Paul, and Paul says it hasn't. 
Then to wrap it up, Paul played on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night.  But not in the studio.  They closed off Hollywood Boulevard and put up a stage in the middle of the street.  
Bill Clinton was on Letterman and said he honestly doesn't know what Hillary's plans are.  He said she's working on finishing her book and setting up a new project, and they're also 'having a lot of fun' and trying to be normal.  He also said we shouldn't focus on her plans, and we should pay attention instead to trying to get the country back on track.  
Then, Justin Timberlake was on Leno. JT did the interview with a sinus infection.  Jay mentioned it, and Justin started talking about all the other times he's performed when he was sick.  First he says he's on performance-enhancing drugs, but he's talking about antibiotics.  Then he talks about shows he's done where he ran off stage to vomit every time the lights went down.
Kanye West just gave another crazy interview.  He can't really say anything crazier than what he's already said, so he's basically just repeating all the old crazy stuff in new ways.  Here's what he thinks about rap music and pop culture nowadays: he says rap is the new rock music, and rappers are the new rock stars.  And he's the biggest rock star of all. 
Neil Patrick Harris is good for business!  The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards' three-hour telecast, hosted by the How I Met Your Mother star, attracted 17.3 million viewers and a 4.3 demo rating, the show's largest audience since 2005, and its best demo rating since Conan O'Brien hosted in 2006. Harris even bested himself as the 2009 telecast, which he hosted, only brought in 13.3 million viewers.  Compared to the Jimmy Kimmel-hosted 2012 Emmys, this year's show was up 33 percent in viewers and 26 percent in the all-important demo. Of course, Harris did receive some help in his quest for ratings domination.
Robert Pattinson reportedly has a new girlfriend.  He was spotted at a friend's birthday party Saturday night with a "mystery brunette."  A witness says, quote, "Their hands were all over each other."  The source adds, quote, "She's really sweet and [has a] girl next door vibe.  Rob is actually really nice and humble.  They're a perfect match."
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Review: 2013 Nissan Altima

The sales battle in the mid-size sedan segment has become a four-horse race. We’re used to seeing the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord alone at the top, but over the last couple of years the competition has really heated up. The Ford Focus made waves, as has this week’s dazzling test car: The Nissan Altima.

Sure, it’s not the sexiest beast on the road, but the Altima is turning heads for other reasons, which is why it has vaulted into the top four in sales (top three in some charts).

For 2013 Nissan hasn’t changed much in terms of power. Instead, they focused on spritzing up the interior, and to that end they succeeded. What was once a rather ordinary car is now a real player.


I’m a big fan of Infiniti, which is Nissan’s luxury vehicle division, and it’s apparent that a lot of the attention to detail has filtered down to the Altima. It begins with extremely comfortable seating, thanks to NASA. Yes, seriously. Nissan used research data from the space folks to design seats that provide varying levels of support to the back and pelvis. What they’ve essentially done is create a “zero-gravity” form of seating, one that mimics the body’s natural position in a weightless environment.

That means it’s really comfortable.

But the rest of the interior is equally well-designed. The cockpit is laid out in a convenient manner, with upgraded materials to rival a more upscale label. The only knock might apply to the rear headroom, but that’s a minor black mark. Overall you’ll find the Altima’s standards quite high.

Then there’s the ride. Depending on your choice of trim style, you’ll get up to 270 horsepower (in the SL’s V6 engine), and that power is delivered in a quiet, comfortable ride.

Another eye-opener is the mileage. Choose the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and you’ll enjoy about 38 mpg on the highway, and a very respectable 27 in the city. Even my test vehicle - the V6 SL - pulled an average of about 25 mpg.

Nissan has quietly rolled up its sleeves and taken on the big boys at Toyota and Honda, and it’s paying off. Car magazines are gushing over the Altima, and I’m right there with them. If you’re hungry for a classy mid-size sedan that delivers a good balance of power, comfort, handling, and gas mileage, this could be the one you’re looking for.

Reviewed by Dom Testa. Car supplied by the manufacturer.



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News For Nerds: The Flood Science Edition

It takes a complex mix of ingredients to create a flood that might occur only once every one thousand years, and that's exactly what happened in Colorado last week. I have details for you.

Also, finding brain tumors has always been a challenge . . . until a new discovery that essentially "paints" the cancer cells, helping doctors see them clearly. This story is fascinating, especially when you find out where they found it.

And how'd you like to make $10,000 by lying in bed, reading or playing video games?

Those stories, along with the "world's ugliest animal," are all waiting for you when you follow this electronic pathway right here. It's time to get your nerd on!


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Conan O'Brien talked about Apple's new operating system, iOS 7, which allows users to give Siri a male voice.  He said when you ask the male Siri for directions, he responds angrily that he knows where he's going.
Jimmy Kimmel also joked about Apple's new launch of iOS 7.  He says Siri's new male voice is like having a little Chaz Bono in your pocket. 
And newlywed Kimmel may be worth a cool $35 million, but that doesn't mean he's too good for Costco.  The "Jimmy Kimmel Live" host told guest Andy Samberg that he purchased his wedding band -- which he has since lost -- from  When asked what his wife, writer Molly McNearney, thought about his choice, Kimmel replied, "She was like, 'Really? I'll buy you a nice ring.' And I was like, 'Look at this ring, it's nice, it's fine, it's a ring -- what do I care?' Good thing because I lost it."  And clearly, the funnyman is a big fan of Costco. "I would have gotten married at Costco if that was an option," he added. The talk show host tied the knot with McNearney in Ojai, Calif. in July. Samberg popped the question to his girlfriend, singer/songwriter Joanna Newsom, in February 2013.
You might have heard that Jon Gosselin from "Jon and Kate Plus Eight" is now waiting tables for a living.  But he says he's not desperate . . . he actually likes doing it.  In an interview with "ET", he said he enjoys talking to people, and they already know him from the show.
Here's some not-entirely-unexpected news:  Kate Winslet will NOT be changing her name to Kate Rocknroll.  Why is that even an issue, you ask?  Because in December, Kate married a guy named Ned Rocknroll.  His GIVEN name was Abel Smith, but he legally changed it in 2008.  He's Richard Branson's nephew.  Kate says, quote, "I was never going to change my name to Rocknroll.  I've never changed my name to anything so I didn't see a reason to start now." 
While everyone is waiting for Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber to have a mental breakdown, Jim Carrey might just sneak up and beat them both to it.  The not-always-reliable "National Enquirer" says that Jim's failed relationship with Jenny Mccarthy and diminishing box office appeal are starting to wear him down.  A source says, quote, "Jim has suffered from severe depression in the past, and you have to worry those fearful days are coming back again.  When you talk to him, he's not as animated as he used to be.  He seems at a low point." The source adds, quote, "Jim thought he and Jenny were going to be together for a lifetime . . . He's been searching for real love, and there's no one to replace Jenny."  To make things even worse for Jim, Jenny is currently co-hosting "The View" and smoking her Blu E-Cigs after sex with Donnie Wahlberg. Meanwhile, the closest thing he's had to a hit in years was "Mr. Popper's Penguins" in 2011.
It's time for our weekly "Gwyneth Paltrow is a Diva" story.  "Life & Style" magazine says Gwyneth even plays the princess when she goes to the gym.  A source says, quote, "Before she showers she makes someone go into the stall and wipe the entire shower dry.  She refuses to touch what she calls 'somebody else's shower water.'"  That's not all . . . quote, "She also refuses to use toilet paper that anyone has touched and demands an unopened package."  Gwyneth's rep says none of this is true.
Kelly Osbourne is suing her former landlord, and it's not just for a lot of money.  She's also defending her honor that she's not a filthy slob.  In the lawsuit, Kelly says she rented a fancy apartment in West Hollywood, which has been home to many a celeb, including Lindsay Lohan, Adam Lambert and Brody Jenner.  Kelly plunked down $18,700 as a security deposit before moving in.  When she moved out, she claims the landlord never bothered to stop by to check out the unit, but shortly thereafter Kelly got bad news -- the landlord sent her an email notifying her of an estimate of damages.  According to the landlord, the damage and cleaning expenses ate up her entire deposit so Kelly was informed she'd be getting zilch.  Kelly is suing for her deposit back, and under California law if the landlord wrongly retained the deposit she gets up to twice the amount.  She also apparently thinks the landlord is an a-hole, because she wants punitive damages to teach her a lesson.
Some "Wheel of Fortune" fans are outraged, because a contestant on Tuesday night's episode named Paul had a chance to win a MILLION DOLLARS if he could solve the puzzle . . . and only one letter was still hidden.  And he DID come up with the correct answer, which was "Corner Curio Cabinet."  (Pronounced "cure-ee-oh")  But he pronounced the word "curio" as "KER-oh."  Even Pat Sajak seemed surprised, and said the producers would listen to the replay to make sure they didn't cheat him.  But they decided NOT to overturn their decision.
Here's Ellen's "Classic Joke Wednesday" joke from yesterday:  
What do you call a cow that can play a musical instrument?  
A moo-sician.
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Britney Spears will be raking in HUGE STACKS in Vegas this winter -- a ridiculous $310,000 per show ... nearly $15 million per year -- but she still doesn't hold a candle to Celine Dion.  Britney's 2-year contract calls for 48 shows a year at Planet Hollywood.   According to the contract, Britney will earn $310,000 per show.  By contrast, Celine does 70 shows a year.  Sources say she pulls in $476,000 a show ... so she's way ahead of Britney in the money department, but Brit gets more time off.  Britney's cut of the gate is huge -- projected sales per show are $508,514, meaning Brit will be snagging more than 60%.  As we reported, producers are shooting for a "cool, hip club-like show" ... unlike the run-of-the-mill Vegas shows that preceded it (Celine's included). It starts in December.
The Miss America pagent was last night. After the swimsuit competition, Miss Missouri Shelby Ringdahl was asked if she had time backstage to get her abs ready with a few crunches before she came out.  She says she only had time for hairspray and butt glue. 
Paula Deen made her first public appearance since her N-word scandal earlier this year, at a cooking convention in Houston.  And she got a ten-minute standing ovation.  Then she cried.  She said it was her first time out in three months, and she felt so alone.
Poor flip flops and sweatpants–they just can’t seem to catch a break.  The former’s getting blamed left and right for exposing your bod to deadly bacteria with the power to KILL, while the other was once dubbed a “sign of defeat” by tastemaker Karl Lagerfeld. And now, Lady Gaga is twisting the knife deeper still into the hearts of cozy clothes lovers everywhere. When the popstar appeared on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live earlier this week, she told host Andy Cohen that flip flops are “a gateway drug” to sweatpants and–gasp!–celibacy, and deserve blame for the “downfall of many relationships.”  We can only infer then, that 10-inch spike-heel platforms and seashell thongs are the clothing equivalent to the Kama Sutra.
It's one thing not to be seen together, but when you unfollow someone on Twitter it's pretty clear ... Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are dunzo.  Miley 86d Liam from the social media site yesterday.  He's still following her, but it takes 2 to follow in a fiance sort of way.  Miley and Liam have barely been seen together in the last few months, and when they were they looked like they were in pain.  Was Liam pissed at Miley's twerking video?  Was he upset with what she was wearing at the VMAs?  Was he infuriated at what she did to Robin Thicke?   So much to be pissed over.
There's some talk on the World Wide Web of Misinformation that Katie Couric may replace Barbara Walters on "The View" after Barbara retires next year. The "New York Daily News" says it's "likely" that Katie's talk show will be CANCELED sometime this winter, because it's struggling in the ratings.  On top of that, Katie isn't happy with the show's, quote, "gossipy" direction.  So-called "sources" say Katie might work out better on "The View", because viewers like her more with co-hosts than they do when she's on her own.  And, quote, "Even [viewers] not liking her can work in the show's favor and her favor."  However, Katie shot the rumor down on Twitter . . . saying, quote, "Wow!  Appreciate the interest but completely not true.  Crazy how these things get repeated.  Guess it's just the world we live in!"

Bill Maher talked about what he thinks will happen to the chemical weapons from Syria.  He said they'll sell them to Russia, who will sell them to China, who will then repackage them so we can get them at the 99 cent store.
Lebron James married his high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson at the Grand Del Mar resort in San Diego on Saturday night.  He's 28, she's 27.  Guests included LeBron's Miami Heat teammates Chris Bosch, Dwyane Wade, Shane Battier and Norris Cole, along with Heat owner Micky Arison and coach Erik Spoelstra. Chris Paul of the L.A. Clippers and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks were there, too.  There are also reports that Beyoncé and Jay Z performed "Crazy In Love". LeBron and Savannah have two kids together:  8-year-old LeBron Jr. and 5-year-old Bryce.
On the TV show "The Test", Michael Lohan challenged his ex-wife Dina to take a drug test.  She refused.  The show aired on Thursday.  And that night, Dina got a DUI on Long Island.  Dina was pulled over at about 11:00 P.M. for going 77 mph in a 55 mile-per-hour zone.  She had a blood-alcohol level of .2% . . . which is more than TWICE the legal limit of .08%.   Dina's attorney says Dina realizes, quote, "the grave seriousness of the matter", but also tried to make EXCUSES for her.  He said, quote, "Dina Lohan is a good person.  Her life has been dedicated to her four children.  She has worked hard her entire life and she has been  'Parent Trapped' with the entire world watching her in a fishbowl with murky water due to no fault of her own."  Here's another interesting detail:  Dina claimed she was INJURED during her arrest.  She was evaluated by emergency personnel who said nothing was wrong with her . . . and at that point, police say she, quote, "recanted her claim."
About 30 different people are running for mayor of Minneapolis, some more seriously than others.  And the WEIRDEST campaign so far is by some guy named Jeff Wagner, who posted a crazy ad on YouTube last week.  It starts with him walking out of a lake SHIRTLESS.  Then he complains about corrupt politicians, tells people to, quote, "wake the [eff] up" . . . and vows that if he's elected, he'll stop going to strip clubs.
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Review: 2013 Dodge Charger SXT Plus

Too bad I’m not a smoker; I really could’ve used some cigarettes rolled up in my sleeve while I revved around in these wheels.

Okay, so that’s a little silly, and maybe a tad unfair to those who love their muscle car. But I can’t deny that driving the Charger gives you a different feeling, and - honestly - it’s a feeling of fun.

And why not? Three hundred horsepower in a beast that wants to run, all while looking like it could steal your girlfriend.


But there are surprises, too. For starters, this is - yes, I’ll say it - a family sedan. Five people will fit rather comfortably inside, with doors that swing wide for easy access, and plenty of storage room. The trunk is already a good size, and the 60/40 folding rear seat makes it even more generous.

Another surprise: mileage. The Charger was made to gallop, and yet you’re able to pull more than 30 mpg on the highway. That’s impressive.

I found the controls and dash display simple and intuitive - praise to the folks at Dodge for NOT placing one of those damnable multi-function knobs in the Charger. Some of us are much happier with easy touchscreen options or basic knobs. And I loved the large RPM gauge. C’mon, it’s a tough-guy car, you gotta have that. My only complaint in the cockpit involves the gear shift, which is a bit sensitive and annoying; many times I found myself having to really concentrate to simply shift into Drive. I know, seems trivial, but try it and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

The drive itself is powerful without being rough. For all of the energy under the hood, the ride is smooth and relatively quiet. The car jumps off the starting line with an aggressive growl, but quickly becomes civilized.

Obviously the outer style of the car will be somewhat polarizing, but I love that the Charger doesn’t apologize for its in-your-face approach. Personally I could do without the gloss-black wheels on the test car that I drove, but, hey, that’s an option you can decline.

Seating is comfortable, sight lines are good. With an upgrade you can place your rump in Nappa leather seats. For that matter, there are multiple options to add a little pizazz to the already-impressive package. The Charger is a great choice for someone who wants to spice up the family sedan.

You’ll have to supply your own smokes.

Reviewed by Dom Testa. Car provided by the manufacturer.

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