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  2. According to a recent study, college students who binge drink report being significantly happier than non-binge-drinking students. Of course, their judgment may be impaired.

    GOOD DAY FOR:

    Overdue progress
    The controversially exclusive Augusta National Golf Club welcomes female members for the first time in its 80-year history. [BuzzFeed]

    Aquatic charity
    A 14-year-old girl becomes the youngest person ever to swim across Lake Ontario — and raises $90,000 in the process. [GlobalPost]

    Party animals
    A new study finds that college students who binge drink are generally happier with their social lives than those who drink less. No word on whether they’re happier with their grades. [LiveScience]

    BAD DAY FOR:

    Twi-hards
    In the wake of her cheating scandal, Twilight star Kristen Stewart drops out of the remaining press events slated to promote the franchise’s final film,Breaking Dawn Part II. Her ex-beau/co-star Robert Pattinson follows suit. [The Frisky]

    Flying “economy”
    Air France crew members ask passengers to pony up some extra cash for fuel during an emergency stop in Syria. [Consumerist]

    Reckless auteurs
    A Vancouver man is arrested after he allegedly steals a gun and films himself driving around a neighborhood shooting it. [Death & Taxes]

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

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  4. The 22-year-old Twilight star, Kristen Stewart has made the total estimated earnings of $34.5 million dollars in just one year, placing her at the top of Forbeslist of highest paid actresses in Hollywood.

    GOOD DAY FOR:

    The Palin media empire
    Todd Palin will take part in NBC’s military-themed reality competition Stars Earn Stripes, making him the third member of the Palin family with a TV gig. (Bristol has a reality show on Lifetime, and Sarah is a Fox News contributor.) [Newser]

    Renewed hope
    A new study from the Department of Energy finds that renewable power could take care of up to 80 percent of the U.S.’ electricity needs by 2050… if we play our cards right. [Geekosystem]

    Bella’s bank account
    Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame tops Forbes' annual list of the highest-paid actresses for the first time. [Forbes]

    BAD DAY FOR:

    Politically incorrect plumbers
    The National Jewish Democratic Council demands an apology from Sam “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher after he implies that gun control laws caused the Holocaust. [Politicker]

    Smoothly fitting pants
    A man who suffers from a rare condition that caused his scrotum to swell to 100 pounds refuses a $1 million corrective surgery from Dr. Oz because he wants to remain a “celebrity.” [Death & Taxes

    Mutual affection
    A Florida woman is charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly groping a TSA supervisor as retaliation for the intrusive pat-down she says she received. [Gothamist]

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  5. Life after Twilight: Can Kristen Stewart be taken seriously as an actress? 

    Bella who? Twilight star Kristen Stewart is in Cannes promoting her new film, director Walter Salles’ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s Beat classic On the Road, and she seems downright eager to escape “the silly straitjacket of servile moping she has to perform” asTwilight's Bella Swan, says James Rocchi at IndieWire.

    In On the Road, Stewart trades Bella’s “chaste charmlessness” for the “bed-hopping, nudity, and overall sexual licentiousness” of Marylou, the 16-year-old bride of Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund). And this isn’t Stewart’s only departure from the Twilight mold. In June, she stars as a ”badass”action-hero version of Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman.

    Can Stewart pull off being more than a tween idol?

     

  6. At the intersection of pop culture and the foodie fad sits a cornucopia of new recipe collections. 8 ridiculous pop culture-inspired cookbooks

     

  7. The On the Road trailer — Twilight's Kristen Stewart is generating buzz for her role in the adaptation of Jack Kerouac's iconic 1957 beatnik novel. On the Road has suffered decades of starts and stops on the way to the big screen. Kerouac himself once wrote a letter to Marlon Brando asking him to star in the film, and actors ranging from Brad Pitt to Billy Crudup have been attached at different points. Does the “feverish and sweaty” trailer, which is already garnering buzz for a strategically-placed topless scene from Stewart, look to be worth the wait

     

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  9. Meet Lyle Bensley. This 19-year-old was arrested in his boxer shorts after he allegedly broke into the Galveston, Texas, home of a randomly chosen single woman, growled and hissed at her, dragged her down the hall, and tried to bite her on her neck. He told police he was a 500-year-old vampire.

    This is what Twilight is doing to our youth, people!