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Former ‘Glee’ Star Mark Salling Dead at 35

Former ‘Glee’ star dies a month before his sentencing.

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Mark Salling, best known for playing Noah “Puck” Puckerman, was once one of Glee’s favorite stars.

This quickly changed after the Los Angeles police department received a tip, served a search warrant and discovered Salling was in possession of child pornography. Police found more than 50,000 images on his computer and thumb drive. He was arrested in his home in December of 2015 and was later indicted by a federal grand jury for receiving and possessing child porn images.

According to the Washington Post, a month before his sentencing, Salling signed a plea deal agreeing to plead guilty, pay restitution and register as a sex offender. Prosecutors agreed to ask the judge if Salling could serve four to seven years. Each one of his charges carries up to 20 years in prison.

On Tuesday morning, Salling’s attorney, Michael J. Proctor, confirmed the actor’s death. The cause of death is unknown at this time, though speculation is running high that he committed suicide.

His situation has made another Glee death surface. In July of 2013, the TV show lost their popular jock Corey Monteith, known as Finn Hudson. Monteith died from a heroin and alcohol overdose at age 31 after battling substance abuse off camera for many years. But unlike Monteith, Salling’s death sparked mixed reactions from Glee’s cast, crew and fans on social media:

Most mourned and asked to avoid adding further heart break to Salling’s family.

 

Others weren’t sure how to feel.

And some called for action.

 

Dani Matias is a student at the University of Texas. She is working toward a Bachelor's degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish. She is an active member of Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc., NABJ and NAHJ.

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Solange Chosen as Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year

Solange will be honored at a Harvard Foundation award ceremony in March.

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The Harvard Foundation has selected Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Solange Knowles as its Artist of the Year.

Every year, the Harvard Foundation’s student and faculty choose an artist to be honored. Past recipients of the title have included artists such as Shakira, Will Smith, Salma Hayek, Matt Damon, Jackie Chan and John Legend. The Foundation’s mission is to promote diversity, inclusion and equity throughout Harvard University’s community.

Solange is a distinguished artist who landed her first No. 1 album on the Billboard Top 200 chart with her 2016 release “A Seat on the Table.” In 2017, she also received a Billboard Impact Award and was named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year. In December, she announced in an Instagram post that her New Year’s Eve show in South Africa would be canceled due to her struggles with an autonomic disorder.

Wrote, deleted and re wrote this like 5 times… Still not sure what exactly or how much I want to share… However it’s so important to me for the people in South Africa, a place that has tremendous meaning to me and that has given me SO SO MUCH, to know why I won’t be performing at Afro Punk this NYE. The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder. It been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me… Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all. It’s a complicated diagnoses , and I’m still learning so much myself, but right now, my doctors are not clearing me for such an extended lengthy flight, and doing a rigorous show right after. I can’t put into words how saddened and sorry I am that I am unable to perform for you guys this NYE, there is simply no other place I wanted to be than there with my family to bring in 2018 with you…….but I give you my ABSOLUTE WORD I will come back with AfroPunk and deliver this performance…..as it is so extremely important to me to connect with the people who have so closely inspired me in so many ways. I can’t thank Afro Punk enough for their support, and to all of the other festivals this past summer/fall who have known about my health, kept it confidential, and gone out of their way to make me feel supported while doing these shows. As a part of the self care that I’ve tried to encourage this past year, it needs to start with myself, and I’m looking forward to doing a better job of this 2018. This past year has been one of the most fulfilling of my life… Performing this record and experiencing the energy exchange with you guys has been astounding, and I’m so excited about continuing to do the work I feel so absolutely humbled and appreciative to be doing next year. It gives me life.

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However, Solange is not going to let that stop her. “Performing this record and experiencing the energy exchange with you guys has been astounding, and I’m so excited about continuing to do the work I feel so absolutely humbled and appreciative to be doing next year. It gives me life,” she explained in her post.

Solange will be recognized at the Foundation’s Cultural Rhythms Festival annual award ceremony on Saturday, March 3. The festival celebrates cultural and ethnic diversity at Harvard and is attended by over 2,000 people each year.

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Here are all the Winners From the 2018 Westminster Dog Show

Because dogs are very important.

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Sporting Group:  Bean (Full Of Beans), Sussex Spaniel.

Hound Group: Lucy, a Borzoi.

Working Group:  Ty (Tynan Dances With Wildflowers), Giant Schnauzer.

Terrier Group:  Winston (Winning Ticket), Norfolk Terrier.

Toy Group: Biggie the Pug.

Herding Group: Slick, a Border Collie.

Non-Sporting Group: Flynn (All I Care About Is Love), Bichon Frise.

annnndddd…..

Best in Show:  Flynn (All I Care About Is Love), Bichon Frise.

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Snapchat Update Generates Lots of Hate

This is a story that might not disappear after 24 hours.

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Yesterday, Snapchat automatically updated millions of accounts across the globe. Without warning, users woke up to a different-looking version of the app, that is apparently messier and more confusing. This update has caused many longtime Snapchat fans to not only publicly complain, but also abandon the app for good.

According to The Guardian, the update has made over 700,000 people angry enough to sign a change.org petition requesting that Snapchat change their format back. The petition is aiming to reach one million signatures, and can be signed here.

Within hours, several videos have surfaced which explain both how to remove the update and how to cope with it. Watch them here:

Will Snap Inc listen to their dissatisfied users?

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