The Good, The Bad, and The Awkward – Your Weekly News 9/07/14
The Good: We’ll go ahead and start with the good news. Here are the weekend highlights.
Week 1 of NFL Regular Season:
As summer winds down and school begins, it can only mean one thing: Football. The pre-season has come to a close, fantasy drafts are over, and the first Sunday Night Football of the year begins today. The season opener between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers ended in an embarrassing start for Green Bay with a 36-16 loss. The Seahawks came out of the gate ready to go, and the drama will continue all season.
New York Fashion Week:
For those in New York City, try not to get overwhelmed by the increasing number of ridiculously dressed beautiful people around, it’s Fashion Week. Aspiring designers, models, celebrities, and the best (and sexiest) of the fashion world have arrived to make everyone feel fabulous and showcase their talents. The newest styles for fall and a sneak peek of seasons to come are showcased in a high energy, fashion packed week of runways, banquets and concerts. For the fashion forward, you can stream the events this week on their website.
While we’re talking about fashion, something really cool popped up at this week’s Fashion Week that may get environmentalists excited. Pharell Williams appeared at Fashion Week with an interesting collaboration in mind. He’s teamed up with Bionic Yarn, a company that takes recycled plastic and turns it into durable, high performance yarns and fabrics “for all walks of life.” Bionic Yarn is an amazing way of helping to give back from what we create, and we hope to see more from this.
The Bad: Sometimes we forget how fragile our every day lives can be. Here’s what’s going on elsewhere.
Joan Rivers dies at 81:
With a heavy heart, we announce that everyone’s favorite TV personality, Joan Rivers, has passed away. Surrounded by family and friends, her daughter Melissa Rivers made the difficult decision to take her mother off of life support on September 4. The Brooklyn born actress, born Joan Alexandra Molinsky, was known for her hilarious and outspoken red carpet coverage, stand up comedy, and love for plastic surgery. The forever gorgeous Rivers will be remembered fondly.
Al-Shabaab Names New Leader:
Following an air strike in Somalia, the Al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed by US troops. Not shortly thereafter, the terrorist group appointed Abu Ubaidah the new leader and made a statement claiming that revenge is high on the agenda for those who caused the death of their leader. Recognized as a terrorist group in 2008, the group has caused many problems in the area and continues to claim an affiliation with al-Qaida.
Lockdown of Sierra Leone:
In response to one of the biggest outbreaks of Ebola to date, the Sierra Leone government has declared a 4-day nationwide lock down to attempt to curb the spread of Ebola. In response to the more than 3,600 people infected and 1,800 deaths, starting September 18 and going through the 21, citizens will not be allowed to leave their homes. Some say that this could cause distrust and ultimately more problems for the people in the area, but it is clear that the problem requires urgent and effective action.
And The Awkward: Take it as good news, take it as bad news, but uh… here ya go.
Bill Murray Day:
The second day of the Toronto Film Festival, September 5 is now a new holiday: Bill Murray Day. In honor of the actor/comedian, festival attendees dressed in various costumes from the actor’s career, and the festival screened a marathon of some of Murray’s biggest films including Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day before screening his newest film St. Vincent. Murray played along with the holiday, wearing bright red pants to the event and boasting “I can park wherever I want!” Next year, be sure to watch your favorite Bill Murray movie on September 5.
Honda Motorcycle Recalls:
After 553 complaints and 8 reported fires, Honda Motor Co. is recalling 126,000 motorycles for a second time due to brake malfunctions. Honda’s GL-1800 years 2001-2010, 2012 have a problem with their secondary brake master cylinder, causing the brake to drag and possibly catch fire. Miraculously no fatal crashes or injuries have been reported due to this problem. The original recall was announced in December of 2011, but complaints continued to roll in. The cause of the problem is still to be determined.
43 1/2 Socks:
Owners of a Great Dane in Oregon became concerned when their 3 year old pooch began having stomach issues. After an X-ray of the dog’s stomach, they found something incredible. The dog had swallowed several socks and needed to undergo emergency surgery. Once inside, vets started removing sock after sock. 43 1/2 socks later, the dog made a full recovery. Vets entered the dog into an annual Vet contest called “They ate WHAT?!” where it won 3rd prize. Hopefully the dog learned its lesson and will stop eating socks. We wish the owners Good Luck next time they do laundry…