Here’s The Things You’ll Want To See Hear and Know Today.
The Big Picture
The NBA Finals are over, and the Miami Heat are champions again, for the second year in a row. They beat the Spurs in Miami last night, 95 to 88. LeBron James was the Finals MVP, also for the second year in a row.
George Zimmerman’s jury was finalized yesterday. On Monday they’ll begin opening arguments in his murder trial over the death of Trayvon Martin. (Zimmerman is claiming self-defense. The six trial jurors are all female, and five are white. It matters because the prosecutors are claiming that Zimmerman first confronted Martin because Martin was African-American. Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara actually said the jury selection might be MORE important than the evidence in the case.)
JAMES GANDOLFINI’S 13-year-old son called for help after discovering that his father had collapsed in their hotel bathroom in Rome. Less than an hour later, he was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Doctors believe he died of cardiac arrest . . . and for now, there’s no immediate evidence that drugs or alcohol were involved.
John Travolta was on “Good Morning America” yesterday, talking about the death of James Gandolfini. (They acted together in five films, and John says he was the inspiration for James to get into acting originally. John says he mainly wants to make sure James’s family is okay, and that his two children are taken care of.)
It’s being reported that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West actually did the unthinkable, and named their baby NORTH WEST. Just a few months ago Kim was on “The Tonight Show”, and she LAUGHED when Jay Leno suggested that name. (She said they weren’t considering the name “North,” but she does like the name “Easton,” because then it’d be “Easton West.”)
The daughter of baseball legend JOE TORRE saved a one-year-old boy by CATCHING HIM as he fell from a fire escape in Brooklyn on Wednesday. The kid only suffered minor injuries, and his parents were arrested for reckless endangerment . . . because they were sleeping and left their window open.
AARON HERNANDEZ might end up facing MURDER CHARGES, because things aren’t looking good. His problems include: A car linked to him at the crime scene . . . his security system and cell phone were mysteriously destroyed . . . and he hired house cleaners on the day the body was found near his home.
Q Country Closeup
Abercrombie and Fitch just got in trouble with Taylor Swift’s fans, after they made a t-shirt that made fun of her. The t-shirt said, quote, “#more boyfriends than t.s.” And that got some fans so angry that they started a petition to get Abercrombie to stop selling the shirt. Apparently they were also calling Abercrombie’s customer service line, to the point where the company gave in. Here’s a girl who posted a video of herself calling in to leave a nasty voicemail about it, even AFTER they had already announced that the shirt was discontinued.
Kree Harrison from “American Idol” sang at the Grand Ole Opry for the first time recently, and Keith Urban joined her for one song. They sang Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through the Night”. (She also sang it on “Idol”. She finished in second place behind Candice Glover last month, in case you already forgot.)
Even though the lyric “Teach us how to Diffie” is everywhere, Joe never knew how to do said move, and still doesn’t: Quote, “I have not tried it. Everybody says, ‘Teach me how to Diffie’ and I’m like ‘Well, if I knew how I might try to show you.'”
‘The Diffie’ is real. The song’s co-writer THOMAS RHETT is the one who created it. He’s demonstrated it here and there but this video is the most real version I’ve seen of him in action. He starts it at the 0:25 mark.)
The Backside of the News
This week, in Paris, a 52-year-old woman posed as her 19-year-old daughter to take a college entrance exam. And it ALMOST worked. The woman PASSED as a teenager . . . but was caught when the test proctor recognized her daughter’s name. The mother could face a fine, and the daughter could be banned from retaking the exam for a few years.
Early Wednesday, a 26-year-old burglar broke into a house in New Zealand. And he came face-to-face with the owner . . . who’d just COMMITTED SUICIDE. The guy had HANGED HIMSELF and the burglar found his dead body swinging. So he started screaming and called the police. And it looks like he won’t be charged with a crime, since he’s been through enough.
Here’s a fun video to finish the week:
ROBERT DOWNEY JR. has signed on to do at least TWO more “Avengers” movies.
There’s a new diet trend where people are putting BUTTER in their coffee. It’s supposed to curb your appetite, increase your energy, and help you lose weight. If you want to do it, mix at least TWO-THIRDS of a stick of butter into your coffee. You can also add coconut-palm oil for flavor and an extra energy boost. But apparently the whole thing tastes terrible.
If the minimum wage had gone up at the same rate as U.S. productivity, it would be $21.72-an-hour.
36% of people use their gym membership once a month or less