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Michele Bachmann makes Time 100

By Mike Munzenrider

Minnesota 6th district Rep. Michele Bachmann joined an exclusive list Thursday when she made it onto Time's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Bachmann made the list because of the level of interest she has raised within Republican circles regarding the 2012 presidential race, Time's Washington bureau chief Michael Duffy told NPR.

While Time cites her popularity among voters for her inclusion, The New York Time's FiveThirtyEight blog reports Bachmann received far less media attention over the past six months than other Republican presidential nomination seekers such as Sarah Palin, New Gingrich, and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Rush Limbaugh wrote about Bachmann for Time, saying the left can "underestimate her at their own risk."

Kobe Bryant fined $100,000

By Mike Munzenrider

Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 on Wednesday after television cameras caught him using an anti-gay slur after receiving a technical foul.

The incident occurred Tuesday night while Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers were playing the San Antonio Spurs reports The Los Angeles Times.

Bryant received both a personal and technical foul proceeded to hit a chair and yell "faggot" at a referee reports The Los Angeles Times.

"What I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period, " Bryant said, as reported by Yahoo Sports. "The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone."

Manny Ramirez retires

By Mike Munzenrider

Manny Ramirez, controversial slugger, announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Friday.

The abrupt announcement came after Ramirez came up positive for performance enhancing drugs and was facing a 100 game suspension reports ESPN.

Ramirez ended his 19 year career after signing a $2 million, one year contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Ray's reports ESPN.

The circumstances surrounding Ramirez' retirement, according to Bleacher Report, will make it difficult for him to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Man calls police when strippers don't show

By Mike Munzenrider

A man called Wisconsin police to report that strippers who promised to show up at his hotel room failed to show.

Police in Franklin Wis. say an Illinois man who attended a local gentleman's club spent $1,000 on two strippers, who promised to meet him at his hotel room later that night reports UPI.

When the strippers failed to arrive for "on the house" lap dances, the man called police because he felt cheated reports UPI.

By Mike Munzenrider

The Anne Frank Museum is very close to moving into a building across the street from Park 51, the center also known as the "Ground Zero Mosque."

The museum is moving in order to have more space, and to recreate the "secret annex" in which Frank and her family hid from the Nazis reports the New York Post.

"It's appropriate to have a mix of diverse organizations as a part of the lower Manhattan community," said Julie Menin, chairwoman of Community Board 1 to the Post. "We want it to reflect the melting pot that is America."

Despite setbacks and months of controversy, the Park 51 center is still under construction reports Gothamist.

First Avenue breaks ties with Ticketmaster

By Mike Munzenrider

Minneapolis' First Avenue will no longer be using Ticketmaster for online ticket sales, beginning April 1.

The club partnered with Ticketmaster for nearly 20 years, though cited skepticism over the Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger, and decided to seek out other ticket distributors, reports Citypages.

Ticket buyers can expect a decrease of 20 to 49 percent per show, now that Ticketmaster is not in the picture, according to the Pioneer Press.

First Avenue chose to partner with eTix moving forward, because of the company's modernity and the savings for its customers, reports Citypages.

The New York Time's "On Language" column ends

By Mike Munzenrider

A New York Times Sunday magazine favorite of many, the "On Language" column, has come to an end.

Created by New York Times executive editor A.M. Rosenthal and written by William Safire, Ben Zimmer took over after Safire's death, explains Zimmer in the column's final installment.

"It has been 32 years since Rosenthal's Eureka moment, and On Language is finally coming to a close, at least in its current incarnation," writes Zimmer.

The Wrap calls this move yet another cut under New York Times editor Hugo Lindgren. Jason Kottke rounds up all the changes at the paper here.

Man stuffs chainsaw down pants

By Mike Munzenrider

A 21 year-old man attempted to steal a chainsaw from a Chickasha, Okla. hardware store by hiding it in his pants.

Anthony Black attempted to steal a chainsaw, but store employees noticed he was walking with a noticeable limp, and became suspicious, according to MSNBC.

Employees chased Black down the street. He ditched the chainsaw, and jumped head first into a creek, reports

Store manager, Paul Horton, said it was "the first time I've ever seen a chainsaw go down anyone's britches," reports MSNBC.

I'll take computerized Jeopardy! champs for $200

By Mike Munzenrider

Are we in Jeopardy! of being one step closer to the singularity, or did IBM simply create the largest interactive computerized trivia buddy ever?

It's hard to tell, but it is clear that IBM's Watson computer proved that it could best Jeopardy's best human champions, reports The New York Times.

In fact, Watson resoundingly bested them, racking up a total of $77.147 in winnings compared to the mere mortals' combined winnings of $45,600, reports The New York Times.

In a piece he wrote for Slate, human competitor, Ken Jennings was aware of his shortcoming as flesh and bone while upbeat about the drubbing.

"My puny human brain, just a few bucks worth of water, salts, and proteins, hung in there just fine against a jillion-dollar supercomputer," he wrote.

He will do anything, for a price

By Mike Munzenrider

A 20-year-old out of work Craigslist user has posted an ad telling the world that he will do anything to earn a couple bucks.

Travis Boyles posted the ad about a week ago, and hundreds of e-mailers have responded, reports NPR.

Boyles ad suggests many activities. For $5, he will draw your face on a balloon, or for $100, he will do two hours of copywriting, according to NPR.

Bowles will not do anything illegal, and will not be paid for sex, reports NPR.

Media Bistro has the ad in full, and a link to the original.

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