California now has “fire tornados” and the damage is massive

Nothing was typical about the way the Carr Fire tore into the city of Redding, California on July 27. Photos released by the city late last week show an aerial perspective of the devastation caused when it launched its deadly assault on the community of about 100,000. The big picture: This wildfire transformed from an intense blaze to something even the most senior firefighters had never seen before: a towering, spinning inferno that sped downhill, tore across small, outlying subdivisions and towns, and torched parts of the city. Photos show entire homes charred down to the foundation, next to homes that survived as if untouched by the Read More

Hefner Family Sells Off Last Stake In Playboy Enterprises For $35M

Hugh Hefner’s name and the magazine he founded will likely be linked in the public’s mind for as long as the latter keeps publishing new content, but in the financial sense the two are no longer connected. That is the case now that the late Hefner’s family has recently made the decision to sell off their last remaining shares in Playboy Enterprises, as reported by The Blast. The Hugh Hefner Trust and Playboy Enterprises struck a deal that had the latter buying back the former’s shares for the grand total of $35 million. More precisely, the deal was struck between the Hefner Trust and Icon Acquisition Holdings LLC, a Read More

Atlanta school eliminates morning Pledge of Allegiance recitation

An Atlanta charter school will not recite the Pledge of Allegiance as part of its morning meeting agenda. Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School on Grant Street made the announcement Tuesday in a news release by its elementary campus president Lara Zelski. Students will be given the opportunity to say the pledge at another point during the school day, and the decision was made “in an effort to begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community,” according to the release. The release went on to say “Over the past couple of years it has become increasingly obvious that more and more of our community were choosing to not Read More

The End of Plastic Straws; Everything You Need To Know

Plastic straws have been a big topic of discussion as of late. It’s no surprise that they’re not great for the environment, but if a switch to plastic lids (à la Starbucks) is making you scratch your head, here’s what you need to know. Because of their size, plastic straws can literally slip through the cracks when going through the recycling process. They often end up in the ocean, where they can do damage to sea creatures who mistake them for food. And when they’re not recycled, they wind up in landfills. Plastic lids, while not ideal, are much easier to recycle. Even if you’re not a Read More

Three Very Popular Travel Adventurer YouTubers Die at Canada Waterfall

The bodies of Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper were pulled from the waters of Shannon Falls, just north of Vancouver, on Tuesday. Ryker Gamble, a popular YouTube travel and adventure video-blogger, and two fellow vloggers with the High on Life extreme travel channel, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper, died on Tuesday after a waterfall swimming accident just north of Vancouver. A spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that three bodies were pulled from Shannon Falls after a swimming mishap. The RCMP and the B.C. Coroner’s Office declined to identify the deceased trio after their families requested privacy. But, on Read More

Anthony Bourdain Worth $1.21M at Time of Death – Or Was He?

The late TV chef Anthony Bourdain was worth just $1.21 million when he hanged himself last month, new legal filings revealed Thursday. Previous estimates had pegged his fortune at $16 million. Bourdain’s will leaves the bulk of his money to his 11-year-old daughter Ariane Busia-Bourdain and the control over his estate to her mother, his estranged wife Ottavia Busia-Bourdain. It was filed in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court. His assets include $425,000 in “cash and savings,” $35,000 in a brokerage account, $250,000 and “personal property,” and $500,000 in “intangible property including royalties and residuals,” according to court papers. The documents do not list the East 94th Street condo Bourdain Read More

Moped-sharing company, Muving, has migrated into Atlanta

Another young emission-free scooter sharing startup has landed in Atlanta, and the vehicles it’s delivered are two-times faster than the ubiquitous Bird scooters. It also allows Atlanta patrons the option of sitting down while borrowing a ride. Called Muving, this Europe-based company has seen some success in Spain—more than 6,000 riders have rented its 75 mopeds in Granada—and it’s now expanded operations to make 2,500 electric scooters accessible to more than 185,000 customers in 12 cities, according to a Muving release published on PR Newswire. This week, Muving deployed its first North American fleet right here in Atlanta. Muving picked the ATL because the “growing city” is Read More

Dangerous Plant That Causes Blindness, Burns Found in Multiple States Say Officials

It is a plant that resembles the harmless Queen Ann’s Lace, but it is anything but harmless. And with more people outside now that summer is upon us, you’re going to want to watch out for Giant Hogweed. The plant is so dangerous that New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation it has issued warnings not to touch the plants. And while the warnings seem to sound like a Snopes’ false investigation, the online fact checking site says the claims of severe irritations are true. Giant Hogweed can be found in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Northwest areas of the country, according to Snopes. It has been found Read More

Anthony Bourdain, NYC Chef Turned Global Star, Suicide at 61

Anthony Bourdain — the globetrotting food TV celebrity that launched into fame following time in NYC kitchens — has died at 61. CNN, the network that produces his show Parts Unkown, announced the news this morning, saying that the cause of death was suicide. His friend and chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin found him in Bourdain in unresponsive in his hotel room in France, where Bourdain was shooting Parts Unknown. CNN released a statement on his death: It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and Read More

The Craft Brewers Conference Gives a Big Southern “Hey Y’all” To Nashville

The Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) is a big-time trade show and industry event for brewpubs and packaging breweries that travels to a different American city each year. In early May, some 14,000 brewers and beer business people descended on Nashville, where the official CBC website greeting — “It’s Time for CBC, Y’all!” — made me want to conjure the gonzo spirit of that son of Louisville, Hunter S. Thompson. The last time I attended a CBC somewhere in the South, it was 2003 in New Orleans, and it ended up kind of crazy, in that “city-that-care-forgot” way things occasionally get there. I seem to remember Dogfish Head Read More