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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,

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    Jewish community 'forced out' of Guatemalan village

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