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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

Volcano Watch: Hawaii’s Big Island Residents, Visitors Warned of Potential Kilauea Eruption

A series of low-magnitude earthquakes on Hawaii’s Big Island are prompting concerns that the island’s Kilauea Volcano could erupt. The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that areas affected includes Leilani Estates, Nanawale Estates and the coastal area of Kapoho. Volcanoes National Park, where Kilauea is located, has issued the following warning: “Due to the possibility of a new eruption and unstable geologic activity, park management closed 15,688 acres near Kilauea Volcano’s Pu’u ‘O’o vent to the ocean today, including the gravel emergency-access road from the eastern gate near Kalapana to the western gate at the end of Chain of Craters Road, and all land on the makai (ocean) Read More

Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, Arrested After 40-Year Hunt, Authorities Say

The notorious Golden State Killer, responsible for 12 murders and 45 rapes across California in the 1970s and ’80s, was arrested early Wednesday morning, authorities announced. Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was booked around 2 a.m. Wednesday, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said at a press conference. DeAngelo is charged with the murder of Lyman and Charlene Smith in 1980 and is also suspected of killing Brian and Katie Maggiore in 1978, officials said. “We found the needle in the haystack, and it was right here in Sacramento,” said Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert. Sheriff Jones said evidence began pointing to DeAngelo several days ago, at Read More

Schoolhouse Rock Creator Bob Dorough, Writer of “Conjunction Junction” and More, Has Died

Bob Dorough, the jazz musician who helped create the children’s educational program Schoolhouse Rock, has died at age 94. CNN reports that he had been diagnosed with cancer last year. Schoolhouse Rock, which used music and animation to teach kids grammar, mathematics, history, and more, aired on ABC from 1973 to 1985 and was revived again in the ’90s. Dorough served as the program’s musical director and wrote and performed many of its songs, starting with “Three Is a Magic Number,” which sets the multiplication table to a melody. He was also responsible for some of the series’ most famous tunes, including “Conjunction Junction” …  Besides Read More

Who Is Palmer Luckey, The Infamous Ex-Facebook Employee

Mark Zuckerberg is in Washington D.C. this week testifying before Congress about the data leak to Cambridge Analytica that is thought to have helped Donald Trump secure the U.S. Presidency. Zuckerberg was well prepared for the line of questioning. The lawmakers, less so. They didn’t seem to quite understand the technology behind Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, or apps. Ted Cruz in particular latched onto a subject that seemed to have little to do with the proceedings. He asked Zuckerberg if he had fired Oculus founder Palmer Luckey for his political views. Zuckerberg had to assure lawmakers that he didn’t fire Luckey because of his political leaning. Senator Ted Read More

Waverly Diner in West Village Files for Bankruptcy Protection

The company behind Waverly Restaurant, a legendary diner in New York City’s West Village that serves classic American-style comfort food, has filed for bankruptcy protection. Village Red Restaurant Corp., the diner’s corporate name, filed for chapter 11 protection on Friday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York. The restaurant is facing potential liability in two lawsuits alleging management didn’t pay overtime to a group of former waiters, dishwashers, busboys and delivery men. Filing chapter 11 bankruptcy halts the litigation and allows Waverly Restaurant to keep its doors open as it attempts to address its liabilities. The restaurant’s bankruptcy petition estimates it has up to $50,000 in Read More