Sue Stenhouse was, until recently, a public servant in charge of Senior Enrichment in Cranston, Rhode Island. When a program began for teens to shovel snow for elderly folks she decided to celebrate the arrangement in a press conference. Apparently, she thought it needed more diversity. Rather than ask an actual elderly woman to stop by and be part of the assembly, she asked a middle-aged, male bus driver to do some character acting.
No one can seem to pry out a reason from her for the deception but she has since resigned. Disappointingly, it seems like no one has tried to interview the bus driver either.
Laxmi (only goes by her first name) survived an acid attack over a decade ago. The depraved soulless perpetrators, an older man and his friend, poured acid on her face and arms after she turned down the older man's marriage proposal.
She was 15 years old dude.
After trucking through a series of hefty priced medical treatments and a few surgeries, Laxmi has come out as an impressive activist; and acts as the literal 'face of courage' for a new fashion campaign in India.
Her public interest litigation catalyzed the landmark judgment in 2013, when the Supreme Court called for restrictions on the sale of acids and also greater compensation for any victims. Just a heads up—there are around 1,000 acid attacks in India every year, and these victims face massive, almost crippling social taboo as result.
To this day, Laxmi continues onwards with her campaign through the Chhanv Foundation and Stop Acid Attacks. She was awarded the International Women of Courage Award by Michelle Obama in 2014.
Step aside Hugh Glass cause there's a new fearless bear-crazed dude in town. Granted this guy lacks the epic new-years-resolution-never-shave-again-sugar-frosted-beard, and that rustic Abercrombie & Fitch-esque coat throw thing.
But hot dang, Jim Kowalzcik has a set of stones and/or all the screws loose. Kowalczik is picture below straight up cuddling a 1,500-pound Kodiak bear. I mean, Kowalzcik must've been really cold.
By Grabthar's Hammer what a devastating loss. Esteemed British Actor Alan Rickman has passed away at 69 after a battle with cancer.
Rickman was known by many for his exceptional portrayal of the complex and conflicted villain Severus Snape in the films adapted from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books.
But real-talk the strapping lad could make most anything epic.
From his acclaimed role as criminal mastermind Hans Gruber in Die Hard:
To that time when director, Kevin Smith, recognized he'd happened upon a British stud who had a voice deeper and richer than a Ghirardelli 98% Dark Chocolate bar. Yeah the voice of a god. Literally:
To what was one of his arguably best roles as Colonel Brandon in Ang Lee's 'Sense and Sensibility':
Throughout his career Rickman continually demonstrated an awe-inspiring range, while at the same time establishing himself as something of a legendary 'bad guy.' Let's get real though, his bit in Galaxy Quest — the epic sci-fi romp — kind of takes the cake.
This news came straight outta' nowhere. In his first claim to literary fame, 'The Song Machine: Inside The Hit Factory,' journalist John Seabrook lays down the emboldened claim that Mr. Champagne Papi lent some of his words to Dr. Dre when he was just getting started out.
In fact the book contains a quote from Drake that claims Dre put him in something remotely similar to a sweatshop. "It was some of the most strenuous militant sh*t I've ever done," says Drake. "But no useable songs came out of it. When I think of how he worked us, it's no wonder he didn't get anything out of it. It was just writers in a room churning out product all day long."
To be fair though, don't we think such tough and trying conditions might've played a hand in molding the Drake we love and enjoy today though?