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NFL star Chris Long is donating his entire year’s salary to a great cause.

One of the NFL’s top players won’t be taking home a paycheck this season. He’s doing something much better. Now playing in his 10th season in the league, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long decided to up his charity game. At the beginning of the season, just weeks after white supremacists marched through his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, Long committed to donating his first six game checks of the season to funding scholarships for local students. Long during the Eagles’ Sept. 10, 2017, game. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images. “In…

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Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie dead at 53 – Entertainment – CBC News – CBC.ca

CBC.ca Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie dead at 53 – Entertainment – CBC News CBC.ca Gord Downie, the Tragically Hip frontman who unified a diverse array of music fans with his commanding stage presence and Canadiana-laced lyrics, has died … Gord Downie Cause Of Death: Tragically Hip Singer Dies At 53 International Business Times Statement | The Tragically Hip The Tragically Hip all 481 news articles >>

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Microsoft confirms plans for a new flagship store in Regent Street opposite Apple

Shopping may be turning into an increasingly virtual exercise, with people buying goods online and through apps, but there is no denying the power of a physical in-store experience — a lesson that Microsoft is taking to heart. Today the company announced it will be opening a new flagship store in London in Regent Street near Oxford Circus — just a stone’s (or an iPhone’s) throw from the Apple flagship store that saw a huge revamp a year ago. The area around Oxford Circus, which is at the intersection of Oxford…

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Every Year Japanese Art Students Get Together and Make Giant Animals Out of Straw

Since 2008, students from the Musashino Art University in Tokyo have travelled to Niigata City, Japan to create huge sculptures made from straw (featured previously) for the Wara Art Festival. The giant straw sculptures are built atop large wooden frames which serve as the base for the woven straw artworks. The festival also features kite flying, a miniature market and other events. It’s a huge hit with kids and parents as people get to interact with the sculptures, taking photos and playing in the open fields. Below you will find…

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The Second Hottest Jonas Brother Is Offiically Off The Market

Alright ladies, make sure your 12-year-old self is is sitting down, because we have some sad news to report: Joe Jonas is engaged. That’s right, Joe will finally be turning in his purity ring to marry star Sophie Turner. Honestly, I’m not sure which half of this couple is settling for whom. Have we finally found an example of an evenly matched heterosexual couple? Like, for the first time ever in the history of celeb gossip, I can’t think of anything mean to say. They’re just like, two attractive famous…

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Facebooks Order Food feature officially launches across the US

Facebook today formally announced its new feature that allows users to order food from local restaurants using its app. Instead of competing directly with other food ordering services, Facebook is partnering with several industry players on this effort, including EatStreet, Delivery.com, DoorDash, ChowNow, Olo, Zuppler and Slice. It’s also working with restaurant chains directly, like Jack in the Box, Five Guys, Papa John’s, Wingstop, TGI Friday’s, Denny’s, El Pollo Loco, Chipotle, Jimmy John’s and Panera. Users can find the new option “Order Food” in the Explore menu in the Facebook app,…

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8 Stealthy Ways To Take Your Online Creeping To The Next Level

As technology has advanced, so too has dating. Gone are the days of going to the sock hop and waiting for your beau to show up to offer you a dance and buy you a soda or whatever; now we can basically order a boo on demand with the flick of a wrist and the press of a button. I’m not here to go all Baby Boomer on you and lament the downfall of dating and romance as we know it, though. With increased technology comes greater visibility and more…

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Become A Mad (Tech) Scientist With Arduino, Hack The Planet

This piece was written by the people who run the Cracked Store to tell you about products that are being sold there. If you love taking things apart and then reassembling them into a hodgepodge of calamity like Sid from Toy Story, then you might be interested in this Arduino Enthusiast E-Book Bundle. Arduino is an opportunity to take your inner Frankensteinian tendencies into the electrical realm, and this collection will guide you through that process. What Is Arduino? Arduino is a microcontroller, which is just another term for a…

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Ive Read Hundreds Of True Scary Stories On The Web, This One Freaks Me Out The Most

Faris Algosaibi I’ve spent a lot of time lurking in dark corners of the web reading (and collecting) the scariest true stories I can find. I love horror movies, but there’s something so much more terrifying about something that happened to a real person, even if it’s a “friend of a friend” or some stranger on the web. Today on a meta thread of scary reddit threads I came across a story that’s unnerved me like I haven’t been in months. In the group r/letsnotmeet, a subreddit to discuss true…

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AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down after 20 years

The pioneering chat app that taught us to text is pulling the plug. On December 15th, AOL Instant Messenger will shut down after running since 1997. AIM dominated online chat in North America at the turn of the century. But with SMS and social apps like Facebook and WhatsApp having conquered chat, AOL is giving up the fight with no planned replacement. Back in March, a former AOL employee told Ars Technica that he estimated AIM usage had sunk to single-digit millions of users, and the cost of AOL keeping…

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High school assignment had kids simulate Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca

An assignment give to ninth graders at a public school in Newton, Massachusetts asking them to “go on an imaginary hajj.”  (Obtained via MPRL by Judicial Watch, Inc. ) The CAMERA report, “Indoctrinating Our Youth: How a U.S. Public School Curriculum Skews the Arab-Israeli Conflict and Islam,” is a case study on allegedly biased materials used by Newton Public Schools to teach 9th and 10th graders about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Islamic history and culture. Newton is located about seven miles outside Boston, in a Middlesex County suburb. “Citizens of Newton…

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