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  • Anyone familiar with Auto-Tune knows that the robotic-sounding voice modulation is a big controversy in music. Singers like T-Pain and Kanye West have been criticized for using it, even while Web shows like "Auto-Tune the News" have become massive hits because of the process. So we have heard a ton of Auto-Tune singing recently, but never anything quite like that of Emmalene (Emma) Robinson, a St. Petersburg, Florida, high school junior who seems to be able to sing in Auto-Tune with no computer software helping her out.

    Robinson told that her boyfriend, unbeknownst to her, posted a video of her singing Rihanna's "Stay" to Reddit's Music section, where he was careful to note that it had not been put through the Auto-Tune process. Her YouTube page jumped quickly from around 600 subscribers to more than 7,000. She says that half of the comments are very kind, while the other half either express doubt that her ability is legitimate or are outright rude. But she swears that

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  • Owning a car can be nerve-racking. Keeping the thing clean is a pursuit that takes a lot of energy, especially in a big city. One artist, though, is inviting people to make their mark on his automobile, and inspiring some creativity along the way. Philip Romano slapped a coat of special paint on his 2004 Hyundai to turn it into a moving chalkboard recently. Since then, he has been driving around New York City inviting people to take turns writing whatever they wish on the exterior.

    Last Thursday, Romano parked it outside of the Museum of Modern Art, where it attracted a horde of people waiting to create some chalk art. Passersby swarmed the automobile, adding drawings and phrases. Romano even got attention from Fox 5 News, who interviewed him about the endeavor. Asked about the reason for the project, he said, "I just had the idea a few years ago, that when I got my first car, I wanted it to be an old used car, and I wanted to cover it in chalkboard paint and let people draw all over

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  • Beauty Pageant Queen Shaves Head for Charity

    Beauty pageant queens have been the butt of a lot of jokes lately — for example, Marissa Powell, Miss Utah, who recently flubbed an answer about the gender gap in wages during the Miss USA pageant. But one crowned beauty has people talking because of a noble act: chopping off all her hair for charity. Patricia Celan was named Miss Charity British Columbia on July 1. Contestants were raising money for the organization Cops for Cancer, which funds research for children's cancers and sends kids stricken with the disease to summer camp. Celan promised that if she raised the most money, she would shave her head. Well, she raised $8,000, topping what the other contestants raked in. So, she made good on her promise right there on the pageant stage.

    First her ponytail was cut off, and then the electric buzzer came out. Celan donated her hair, and she had it shaved to stand in solidarity with cancer patients who have lost their hair. Celan said of her new look, "I've been told that I'm pulling

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  • By now you may have heard of the latest food fad that is sweeping the nation. It is the unholy amalgam of a croissant and a doughnut called, simply, the cronut. The term has been trademarked by Dominique Ansel's eponymous bakery, which now boasts over-two-hour-long lines of people waiting to get a taste of cronut glory. This picture of the line, in fact, was taken just today. Waiting that long is at least a little understandable when one considers that these things take three days to make and that only 200 to 250 of them get sold per day. The sensation has also spun off two interesting results: a cronut black market and knockoff versions.

    The secondhand market for cronuts is going strong. Tales of the pastries going for up to $50 on Craigslist are not unheard of. The phenomenon has created a cottage industry of poorly paid cronut fencers, who make money waiting in the long line to resell them. It has even inspired the sale of drawings of cronuts. In short, New York City's cronut mania

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  • The summer is one of the busiest times of the year to fly, and while most people know what they can and cannot bring onboard, others are still learning. To highlight that point, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) launched an Instagram account filled with pictures of confiscated contraband. Some of the TSA's posts will amaze and possibly scare you. The account, which was launched last Friday, already has about 12,000 followers.

    Here is a post of a loaded pistol found in a carry-on bag at the Indianapolis airport. This might look like a pack of cigarettes, but as the description notes, it's actually a disguised stun gun, discovered at the Cleveland airport. This credit-card-shaped item is really a knife. And just in time for the Fourth of July, check out this haul of fireworks that passengers tried to take aboard. As the description states, "Fireworks don't fly."

    This is not the TSA's first foray into social media. It started its blog in 2008 to "facilitate an ongoing

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