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  • The original invite (Flaunt)

    A fashion magazine that had planned to host a Guantanamo-themed party during the upcoming Coachella festival in Indio, Calif., has removed references to the U.S. military prison after losing at least one sponsor.

    Flaunt Magazine's invites to Friday's “New Guantanamo” party, originally posted by Refinery29, had featured scantily clad, seminude blindfolded women wielding assault rifles and promising “pleasurable torture” at the late-night event.

    But after websites including Buzzfeed, Jezebel, Salon and New York magazine's nymag.com published posts on the invites, sponsor Smashbox Studios pulled out of the bash.

    “We were never informed of the theme and most certainly never agreed to provide ‘pleasurable torture’ as the copy stated,” Dee deLara, a vice president at Smashbox, wrote in an email to the Miami Herald. “We feel strongly that even with a new event title, the feel good atmosphere of the party has been tainted."

    “Flaunt Magazine never intended to cause offense or harm,” Flaunt editorial director Matthew Bedard said in a statement. "The imaging, as well as the usage of the word 'New' in front of Guantánamo, and the language in accompaniment, were in fact intended to invoke a contradictory spirit of love and carefree fun.

    "Guantánamo has been controversial from its inception," Bedard continued. "And that an unresolved human rights issue is again fetching headlines is, in our opinion, true to our aims as a publication and not to be interpreted in black and white terms. Still, we value and respect the concerns of the public, and have subsequently revoked the word 'Guantánamo,' and any references to it from our promotional materials."

    The event, he added, will go on "and those in attendance will likely have a spirited and lovely time."

    The magazine subsequently reissued the invites with the references to Guantanamo blacked out.

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  • Metro Meteor and one of his creations (Photo courtesy Ron Krajewski)Metro Meteor and one of his creations (Photo courtesy Ron Krajewski)
    Metro Meteor won $300,000 during his career as a thoroughbred racehorse before injuries forced him to retire. Now the 9-year-old has found a new vocation as an abstract painter.

    The "Today" show did a feature on Metro Meteor. The horse was adopted by artist Ron Krajewski and his wife, Wendy. Ron noticed that Metro liked to bob his head back and forth while chilling out in his stall.

    "You can see he's always moving around," Ron said. "He would sit and his head would be up bobbing up and down all the time, and I was like, 'If we can teach him to hold a paintbrush, maybe we can do something.' I never thought he would have picked up painting.”

    Not only did Metro pick up painting, but his works, which go for around $500 each, are among the most popular at a local gallery owned by Peggy Rock. She said, "I just shipped one of the smaller paintings to Japan. We probably shipped to at least 20 or 30 different states. There is a real contemporary flair to them.’’

    When it comes to the quality

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  • Dumpster diving isn’t usually considered a lucrative pursuit. But a man, known only as Carlos, had a wild find at the Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility in Massachusetts: about $20,000 stuffed into a hollowed-out book.

    The Brazilian immigrant was at the recycling center to pick up back issues of National Geographic and old books. One used book turned out to be very useful: When he opened it, he saw hundred dollar bills.

    Carlos told CBS Boston Local, “I quickly closed the book and I ran to the car. When I opened the book, the money fell all over the place, one-hundred-dollar bills here, one-hundred-dollar bills there.”

    No one would have blamed the man had he invoked the rule of “finders, keepers.” But last fall Carlos put an ad in a local paper with an email address, giving a six-month deadline for the owner of the cash to claim it. He said, “I can be guilt-free that I did search and try my best to find the person.”

    So far, according to CBS Boston, he’s received 180 responses,

    Read More »from Deadline looms to claim cash man found in dumpster

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  • Hamilton dodges downpour to grab Malaysia pole
    Hamilton dodges downpour to grab Malaysia pole

    Peerless Lewis Hamilton waited out a torrential downpour before snatching pole position at the Malaysian Grand Prix in a wet and wild qualifying session on Saturday. The Mercedes driver and reigning world champion set a fastest time of 1min 49.834sec, ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, after rain halted qualifying for 35 minutes. The commanding drive from Hamilton, hit by mechanical problems this week, will fuel his charge towards a second race win after he dominated the season-opener in Australia. Vettel was the day's other big winner and he whooped and hollered to his team as he seized second place from Mercedes' Nico Rosberg in the dying seconds.

  • Bieber set for Mayweather's ring walk
    Bieber set for Mayweather's ring walk

    Pop music star Justin Bieber says he'll be at Floyd Mayweather's side when the unbeaten American walks to the ring on May 2 to take on Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight world title super-fight. Bieber, a friend of Mayweather who has accompanied the fighter to the ring at other fights, told celebrity website TMZ.com that he would be part of the boxer's entourage for the long anticipated bout with Filipino ring icon Pacquiao in Las Vegas. Bieber, a onetime teenage heart-throb, has in recent years found himself in trouble for run-ins with authority ranging in seriousness from egg-throwing vandalism to alleged assault on a photographer in Argentina and a limo driver in Canada. Rapper Ludacris told interviewer DJ Envy on the radio show "The Breakfast Club" that Mayweather, whose unblemished 47-0 record has helped him become the highest-paid sportsman in the world, is training as never before.

  • Casillas selected ahead of in-form De Gea
    Casillas selected ahead of in-form De Gea

    De Gea has been in sensational form for Manchester United this season, while Casillas has come under increasing pressure at Real Madrid due to high-profile errors against Atletico Madrid and Schalke in recent months. There is widespread speculation that De Gea could even replace Casillas at Madrid next season with his contract at United due to expire in 2016 and talks over a new deal having stalled.

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