A hippo named Fiona just received the sweetest birthday gift from her boyfriend Timothy

(CNN)Hip hip hooray! Fiona, Cincinnati Zoo’s most famous hippo, just turned 3. “As you turn 3, I want to say that with each passing year you become more and more beautiful, charming and sweet,” Timothy said. “I mean, heck the moment I first laid eyes on you, I already thought you were the most beautiful hippo I had ever seen and yet somehow, some way, you just keep knocking me off my feet…and that ain’t easy…I have four and a low center of gravity!” If that wasn’t thoughtful enough, Timothy arranged for country music star Aaron Watson to serenade his love with a birthday song. In a video posted on Facebook, Watson said: “He loves you so much. He’s sending …

The only thing I want to talk about is ‘Cheer’ on Netflix

(CNN)There’s a moment in the second episode of Netflix’s “Cheer” where viewers learn more about a boy named Jerry Harris, described by his teammates on the Navarro College cheer team as an ever-positive spirit and friend to many.

The high priests of plutocracy all meet at Davos. What good can come from that? | Cas Mudde

No amount of window dressing can change the nature of the World Economic Forum a club for capitalisms elites The World Economic Forum (WEF) is an odd event, but also the perfect insight into the problems of political activism in todays world. Every year a select(ed) group of a few thousand people travel to the remote Swiss town of Davos, many in their own or their corporate private planes, to discuss the global economic, political and social issues of the day, including climate change. Economic leaders rub shoulders with political leaders, and prominent social activists provide a flavor of social responsibility. For years now young change-makers, who entertained the old(er) change-frustraters with passionate speeches about issues like climate change, gun …

Kobe Bryant left his mark on Hollywood, too

(CNN)In 2011, Kobe Bryant became the first professional athlete who was not an actor to have his hand and footprints enshrined at Hollywood’s historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. The court is where he became a legend, but Bryant — who at the age of 41 was one of nine people killed in a helicopter crash Sunday on a hillside in Calabasas, California — also left his mark on Hollywood. In 2018, he notched another first after he became the only athlete to ever win a basketball championship and an Academy Award. Bryant, who retired from playing professional basketball in 2016, won an Oscar for best animated short for “Dear Basketball,” which was based on a poem he wrote. He worked with …

Dream on: Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer loses bid to play at Grammys

Drummer had hoped to rejoin band after six-month hiatus caused by ankle injury A judge has told the Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer to dream on if he hopes to rejoin the band as it prepares to perform and be honoured at Grammy events this week. The Massachusetts superior court judge Mark Gildea denied Kramers request to order the band to let him participate in an award celebration in Los Angeles on Friday as well as awards show. Given that Kramer has not played with the band in six months and the dearth of available rehearsal time before the upcoming performances, Kramer has not shown a realistic alternative course of action sufficient to protect the bands business interests, the judges decision …

Atlanta United’s latest roster addition is an utterly adorable puppy training to be a service dog

(CNN)Atlanta United is making history with its new addition to the team and it’s not a new midfielder. “He’ll be socialized, we call it, and working with the team and the stadium and all the events, being exposed to as many different atmospheres as possible. Because our veterans that we work with lead very active lives, the more experience they [the dogs] have on the front end, the easier it is to train and the more adaptable they are when they actually get placed with a veteran,” Miller said. Spike will be trained in the Atlanta area for the next 14-16 months. The pooch will be on the pitch on match days and at Atlanta United’s community events. His name …

Maria Sharapova unsure if she will return to Australian Open after early exit

Maria Sharapova offered no guarantees that she will be back at the Australian Open after a first-round defeat against Donna Vekic on Tuesday It says much about a players decline when their early departure from a big tournament goes largely unnoticed in the wider context but remains a centrepiece of the media circus. So it was for Maria Sharapova, whose lingering celebrity still commands a place on the main stage but yet again was not matched by her performance here. Invited into the draw with a wildcard, the 32-year-old Russian thanked the tournament director, Craig Tiley, for his generosity, after flitting past us in an hour and 21 minutes on Rod Laver Arena, helpless to stop 19th seed, Donna Vekic, …

Trump vows support for anti-abortion movement at March for Life rally

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Friday reiterated his support for tighter abortion restrictions, pledging at the annual March for Life rally in Washington that “unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House.” “Sadly, the far left is actively working to erase our God-given rights, shut down faith-based charities, ban religious believers from the public square and silence Americans who believe in the sanctity of life,” Trump said Friday. “They are coming after me because I am fighting for you, and we are fighting for those who have no voice, and we will win because we know how to win.” The Trump administration has consistently worked to regulate or restrict abortion access, appointed two Supreme Court justices …

Andrew Yang sang with a black church choir. Not everyone said ‘Amen’

(CNN)As the Rev. Wendy Hamilton was leaving Union Missionary Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa, she turned to see some commotion in the choir. The episode is a reminder that religious communities have lots of rituals and rules, many of them unspoken and inscrutable to outside eyes — including presidential candidates. Whether it’s Yang putting on a choir robe, Donald Trump dropping money in the Communion plate or Bernie Sanders reportedly ignoring volunteers while visiting a black church in South Carolina, candidates are scrutinized for how well they understand and respect those rituals. Non-verbal cues, like how comfortable a candidate seems while visiting a church, can be more important than policy prescriptions. Churches, especially black churches, are places where people can …

From pot to impeachment: The high-wire legal act from Lev Parnas’ attorney

(CNN)On New Year’s Eve, attorney Joseph A. Bondy hopped on a subway train headed toward the US attorney’s office in lower Manhattan to pick up a disk loaded with Lev Parnas’ cell phone contents. It was the first piece of evidence prosecutors had released to him since his client was arrested in October. “I couldn’t get him in the door at the (House Permanent Subcommittee on Intelligence) without these materials, I started to just raise public awareness. I thought the best friend that we have is the public — and in every case I feel that the best friend you have is the public,” Bondy told CNN. The initial strategy paid off. About 48 hours after Bondy delivered the files …

Photoshop Fail Of The Week: What Happened To Scheana’s Nose? | Betches

Scheana Shay gets kind of a bad rap on Vanderpump Rules, even though people like to conveniently forget that she is the reason this show exists in the first place. (They need to put some respect on her name.) I recently rewatched all of VPR in preparation for the new season, and let me say, I really miss when Scheana had a personality and self-confidence that wasn’t based on everyone else’s approval of her. We’re kinda sorta getting some of that Scheana back, like with this week how she came ready with Max’s receipts of him being shady. But one area Scheana could stand to be a bit more unapologetically herself? Her Instagrams. Take a look at what I mean. Scheana …

Meet the team defending Trump in his impeachment trial

The presidents lawyers arguing his case in the Senate include celebrity attorneys and political loyalists With Donald Trumps defense team taking the Senate floor in his impeachment trial, there are some familiar names on the roster, including heavy hitters with their own controversial roles in some of most historic legal battles in America. Who are the people tasked with keeping Trump from becoming the first impeached president to be removed from office? Here is the full team: Alan Dershowitz One of Americas most well-known lawyers, Dershowitz made an international name for himself by defending such high-profile clients as OJ Simpson, disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, film director Roman Polanski, boxer Mike Tyson and former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. The 81-year-old says …

Im happy for Chlo Sevigny, but the lesson is not that anyone can get pregnant at 45 | Hadley Freeman

Late pregnancies shouldnt be framed as freakish feats or guaranteed back-up plans, but as stories of chance Lord knows there are precious few stories these days that make one feel anything other than on the verge of striking Munchs Scream face. But last week, I found one that made me do something I hadnt done at a newspaper in a while: smile. interview with Sevigny in which she talked about her fear that shed left it too late to have children: I feel like its now-or-never time I dreamed my whole life it would be a natural occurrence. Now that it seems like it has to be forced, it takes on a different connotation. A celebrity being this open about …

Former Grammys head Deborah Dugan: ‘I hate that I am in this position’

(CNN)Deborah Dugan, the former head of the Grammys, says she was supposed to be giving a speech Thursday at the Billboard Power 100 about women in music. Dugan says she was put on administrative leave three weeks after she sent an email to the Academy’s managing director of human resources outlining numerous bombshell allegations against the organization and its “historically male dominated leadership,” according to the EEOC complaint. “The decision to put Ms. Dugan on leave was clearly made in retaliation for her complaint, and came with thinly veiled threats of termination in the event that Ms. Dugan persisted in pursuing claims against the Academy,” the lawsuit says. The lawsuit claims Dugan was subjected to sexual harassment. Dugan also alleges …

Coco Gauff routs defending champion Naomi Osaka at Australian Open

The 15-year-old American stunned Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 to reach the fourth round There is precocious composure and there is Coco Gauff. It is difficult to recall a teenager thrown into the Klieg lights of global sporting celebrity so comfortable with praise yet unfailingly polite and brimming with such self-belief. Anyone who moves into her orbit would think the same: is she too good to be true? Certainly, she was too good for Naomi Osaka here last night. In an hour and seven minutes she destroyed the defending champion for the loss of seven games. No mountain is safe. Ask Venus Williams, who won four of her seven slams before Gauff was born, but could not take a set off …

Dolly Parton’s Meme Exposes Social Media’s Masquerade

Hardly anybody is one individual person anymore. In the old days of the internet, people joked that its anonymity meant you could meet anyone online, even a double life—their ordinary existence, and a polished, highly shareable lie manufactured for online adoration. Now that the strangeness has worn off and cultivating multiple appealing personas is mainstream, the effort involved in maintaining the multifaceted social media self is intentionally invisible. Many people seem to live quadruple lives and not think anything of it. Because Internet Tyler Coates ‘Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself’ and the Meme-ing of Conspiracy Digital Culture Emma Grey Ellis Country singer Dolly Parton sees right through you. On January 21, Parton—who is an internet savvy queen at 74— Jennifer Garner, …