Category Archives: Newsbreakers

T-Rex ‘n Effect

What’s in the name that makes one stand out above the rest? We now know Shawn Carter as Jay-Z. It’s how Daniel Lawrence Whitney became Larry the Cable Guy (Dan Dan the Chevrolet Man was already taken). And before Perez Hilton, there was Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr. And let’s not forget AOL aka Quantum Computer Services.

Now there’s one more added to the list.

A Nebraska man by the name of Tyler Gold had legally rebranded himself as Tyrannosaurus Rex, Greek for “Tyrant Lizard King.” I kid you not. Why the sudden change to T-Rex? “Because T-Rex is cooler,” Gold responded. The other guys who used to pick on him when he was a kid will surely think twice before messing with him now.

But rebranded names don’t always work out well. Take Prince for example. In 1993, Prince changed his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol, referring to himself as “The Artist”.  In 2000, the symbol was no longer used and Prince went back to using his name again.

Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)

Amy Winehouse has been found dead Saturday afternoon at 3:54 p.m. London time at just 27 years old. Though her cause of death is yet to be determined, she struggled part of her to stay sober, including saying “no, no, no” to rehab.

With her untimely death at age 27, she joins the “27 Club” with the likes of Jim Morrison (1970), Janis Joplin (1970) , Jimi Hendrix (1971), and Kurt Cobain (1994) who also died at age 27.

Welcome to Taxanecticut

Starting this Friday, July 1, the Connecticut state sales tax will increase from 6 percent to 6.35 percent. In addition, clothing and shoes costing under $50, yoga classes, grooming for your pet, and spa visits will no longer be exempted from tax.

Plus the prices are going up for liquor and tobacco. You could end up shelling out an extra 40 cents for a pack of smokes.  And the alcohol prices will be increased by 20 percent.

But Gov. Dannel P. Malloy‘s tax package reaches further. Cosmetic medical procedures are also subject to tax. If there is any good news about this taxing deal, it’s this — the state decided not to mess with the Tax-free week which will be held from August 21 to August 27.

If you think us Connecticuters are taxed enough, you may be right.  Click here to take survey

Springfield Tornado

Courtesy: WTNH.

This only happens once every 16 years in Massachusetts, but a tornado touched down in Western Massachusetts, slicing through Springfield and its suburbs late yesterday afternoon. At least three people were killed and dozens more were injured.

If you traveled northward on I-84 to Massachusetts yesterday, you had to deal with stop and go traffic as a result of the tornado. Its effects were felt as far south as Union, Thompson, and Stafford Springs.

Osama Captured & Killed

Osama bin Laden, the evil mastermind responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that killed some  3,000 Americans, was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan early Monday morning. He was believed to be hiding in a cave.

Bin Laden Also had ties to the U.S.S. Cole Bombing in 2000 and the first World Trade Center Bombing in 1993 along with the building’s 2001 attack.

Though it was an arduous task that took nearly a decade, the U.S. military were able to capture bin Laden before shooting him in the head. One of bin Laden’s sons, whom officials did not identify, was among those also killed in the raid.

There is a Connecticut connection to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  If you regularly commute to New York, or know a loved one whom you lost in the second World Trade Center incident, you can definitely relate to thiS breaking news story.  The score was tied 1-1 during the ninth inning of lqast night’s Major League Baaseball game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies when the news of bin Laden’s death broke. Fans started chnting “U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” as the numbers 9-1-1 appered on the scoreboard.

Despite the news that bin Laden is killed, that does not mean the war on terror is over. “We must, and we will, remain vigilant at home and abroad,” Pres. Barack Obama said in his press conference last night. Retaliations on bin Laden’s slaying could still occur.

‘Last Supper’ Mystery

Was the Last Supper held on Maundy Thursday? That’s the $64,000 question of the day. Unfortunately, a new reasearch released earlier today claimed that it took place one day earlier — on a Wednesday. Are you kidding me?!

Professor Colin Humphreys, a scientist at the University of Cambridge, suggeasts introducing a fixed date for Easter.  If that’s the case, it’s time to say good-bye to Good Friday.

Humphreys’ findings help explain how the interpretations of the Last Supper by Mark, Matthew, and Luke differ from that by John, both using opposing calendars.  But nonetheless, both findings help explain how it coincide with the Jewish celebration of the Seder, or Passover. I, for one, am puzzled. I thought we had settled on the date for Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter several centuries ago.

The modified calendar sees Easter on the first Sunday in April.

AT&T Buys T-Mobile

It’s like a match made from heaven. Phone heaven, that is.



AT&T recently bought T-Mobile for $39 billion to become the largest wireless communications company in the U.S. But for every winner, there is a loser.

Among the winners is, of course, AT&T. It could mean better coverage and give soon-to-be former T-Mobile customers the option to upgrade to the Apple-manufactured iPhone and iPad without having to sign a new carrier deal. This is good news.

On the down side, though, there is the possibility of layoffs for T-Mobile employees. In a dog-eat-dog world, or in this case, bigger-dog-eat-very-little-dog, the bigger dog triumphs and the little dog gets slaughtered, to put it kindly.

Good-bye, Aflac Duck?

Yes, it’s true… voice-wise, anyway.

The Aflac Duck was voiced by Gilbert Gottfried who’s been recently fired from Aflac due to his insensitive remarks about the tsunami and earthquake victims of Japan he made via Twitter. What you need to understand about Aflac is it has operations in Japan along with the United States.

Aflac’s The Aflac Duck was voiced by Gilbert Gottfried who’s been recently fired from Aflac due to his insensitive remarks about the tsunami and earthquake victims of Japan he made via Twitter. What you need to understand about Aflac is it has operations in Japan along with the United States. As for who will replace Gilbert Gottfried as the voice of the Aflac duck, we’ll just have to stay tuned.

Free Speech or Hate Speech?

The Supreme Court voted 8 to 1 in affirming the Westboro Baptist Church’s right to protest against homosexuality in military funerals last Thursday. But where do we draw the line when it comes to free speech? What have we learned from Don’t Ask Don’t Tell — a policy that prohibits homosexual or bisexual soldiers from serving openly in the military?

Westboro, a Topeka, Kans. based “church”, is known for spewing

Westboro Baptist Church protesters.

controversial signs held by their protesters. Signs such as “God Hates Fags,” “You’re Going to Hell,” and the like are just a few that raise more questions than they answer when discussing the freedom of speech. They’re supposed to be a “church”, yet they spread hate rhetoric like peanut butter on toast.

Does God hate anyone? No! While I cannot argue with the Supreme Court’s decision to green light Westboro on protesting against homosexuality, I think the free speech should stop when it hurts someone.

Dwayne McDuffie

Dwayne McDuffie, a former writer of Marvel Comics and later founder of Milestone Media, died Monday night, the day after his 49th birthday. Not only did he break barriers to become the first black comic writer of all time, but he introduced us to the DC Universe characters such as Static, Icon, and Xombi. May he rest in peace.