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Spice Girls rumored in Olympic closing ceremony

The Spice Girls are rumoured to be among a diverse wealth of acts lined up for Sunday’s Olympic Games closing ceremony, entitled “A Symphony of British Music”. George Michael, Muse and Ed Sheeran have broken the ring of silence surrounding the event and confirmed they are among the acts taking…

BBC sued over ‘cash for medals’ allegations by Olympic boxing body

With the men’s Olympic boxing medals to be decided this weekend, the sports’ governing body announced Saturday it is suing the BBC over repeated allegations of cash for medals. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has begun legal action after the broadcaster repeated on Friday night that boxing medals could be…

CNN host Fareed Zakaria accused of plagiarism

UPDATE: Politico reports that both CNN and Time suspended Zakaria this afternoon despite his apology. CNN host and Time columnist Fareed Zakaria appears to have plagiarized several passages of a recent column on gun control — an ethical lapse caught by an editor working for the National Rifle Association (NRA).…

Argentinian asylum’s art program turns out work to rival professional competitors

Hundreds of patients at Argentina’s biggest mental hospital are turning fine arts training into real ability as painters, actors and musicians, and getting a fuller sense of self along the way. “Art really can be a tool for change in society. And you can see its effects, because art can…

Vogue breaks own record with 916-page September issue

NEW YORK — The US edition of fashion magazine Vogue said Thursday its upcoming September issue will be its biggest ever, surpassing the previous record-setter made famous in a documentary film. With pop diva Lady Gaga on the cover, the 916-page door stopper, scheduled to hit newsstands in the United…

Russian deputy prime minister calls Madonna a moralizing ‘former slut’ for Pussy Riot support

A senior Russian official has implied that Madonna is a moralising “slut” after the singer used a Moscow concert to state her support for the jailed feminist punk band Pussy Riot. “With age, every former s. tries to lecture everyone on morality,” Dmitry Rogozin, a deputy prime minister, wrote on…

Olympics closing ceremony ‘camp and cheesy,’ says music director

The London Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday will be a “beautiful, cheeky, cheesy, camp, silly and thrilling” journey through British pop history, its musical director promised. David Arnold, composer of five James Bond scores, told the Daily Telegraph that predictions Paul McCartney and Adele would perform were “scarily accurate”, but…

New York Times says in talks to sell About.com

The New York Times Company has confirmed it is in talks to sell off its how-to website About.com, but insisted that no definitive deal had been reached. “The negotiations are ongoing and there can be no assurances that an agreement will be reached or that a transaction will be completed,”…

Scandal-hit News Corp posts big loss

Rupert Murdoch’s embattled media giant News Corp posted a net loss of $1.51 billion in its fiscal fourth quarter Wednesday, as the firm prepared for a major restructuring. The company’s bottom line was hit by a $2.85 billion charge apparently related to a plan to split its entertainment division from…

San Diego investigating right-wing newspaper owner’s in-house car museum

The city of San Diego is investigating an auto museum the city’s largest newspaper is installing inside its offices, following a local reporter’s inquiry. Earlier this week, reporter Randy Dotinga asked U-T San Diego CEO and part-owner John Lynch via email about the city’s look into whether the museum, and…

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