Mardi Gras, Grammy red carpet and The Walking Dead

Welcome to Mardi Gras week. Even on a Monday, Internet users have plenty to gawk at as New Orleans avoids allowing a celebration to get in the way of a shooting, the Pope resigns for the  first time since the Middle Ages, and Jack White brings down (maybe) the wrath of the FCC.

Don't worry, though: A kind soul has drawn Calvin and Hobbes into real-life scenes, giving us an escape hatch into a fantasy world of talking tigers. A roundup of popular topics:



Pope Benedict XVI, #Pope
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Pope Benedict surprised the world on Monday by saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to cope with the demands of his ministry, becoming the first pontiff to step down since the Middle Ages and leaving his aides "incredulous".
[Baltimore Sun]


Grammys, #music, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift
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The Grammy Awards gave their top honor to British roots music band Mumford & Sons for their album "Babel" on Sunday at the 55th awards ceremony on a night that distributed honors broadly to an array of younger generation acts including New York indie trio Fun., Australian electronic pop artist Gotye, rapper-R&B singer Frank Ocean and Akron, Ohio rock group the Black Keys.
[Baltimore Sun]

James Nichols
A former executive at Deutsche Bank filed suit Wednesday against the Los Angeles Police Department,  alleging that he was severely beaten last year by two officers, including one with a history of "threats, abductions and assaults."
[Los Angeles Times]

Jack White
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CBS have been forced to defend their Grammy footage after a singer apparently uttered the uncensored phrase 'f*** me' during Sunday night's live broadcast. Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes, caused a storm of online commentary when viewers questioned whether he had sung the phrase during his performance of Love Interruption with Ruby Amanfu.
[Daily Mail]

In Cold Blood
New evidence undermines Mr. Capote's claim that his best seller was an "immaculately factual" recounting of the bloody slaughter of the Clutter family in their Kansas farmhouse. It also calls into question the image of Mr. Dewey as the brilliant, haunted hero.

Valentine's Day
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Baltimore will have to content itself with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, because according to Open Table, Baltimore is an also-ran in the romance department. The most romantic cities are, in order: San Antonio, Texas; Austin, Texas; Providence, R.I.; La Jolla, Calif.; and Columbus, Ohio. Baltimore comes in at No. 17.
[Baltimore Sun]

Mardi Gras
New Orleans police on Sunday were investigating a shooting that wounded four people outside a Bourbon Street nightclub in the French Quarter as crowds gathered for the city's annual Mardi Gras celebrations.
[Baltimore Sun]

Calvin and Hobbes
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If you're feeling a little down on this gloomy winter day, you've come to the right place. Redditor Nite4awk has created a smile-worthy set of photoshopped images that plants "too smart for his own good" Calvin and his partner-in-crime tiger, Hobbes, in a wide variety of real-life scenes.
[My Modern Met]

Facebook is set to unveil a new video-ad product in the first half of this year to try and bring in more ad dollars from TV advertisers, according to a recent AdAge report.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) multi-million-dollar deals involving the Indian Premier League (IPL) during Lalit Modi's reign as the leading administrator, and its fierce move to stop the rival Indian Cricket League (ICL) from functioning, has invited the wrath of some government investigative agencies.
[Times of India]

Northeast Blizzard, New York
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Nearly normal service is what mass transit officials are telling commuters to expect following a massive storm that smothered the region with up to 30 inches of snow, stranding people in their cars overnight and knocking out power to thousands.
[Danbury News-Times]

Walking Dead, #sheep
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Sunday night's episode, The Suicide King, wasn't bad. There was plenty of gore, which I've sorely missed. Like when Glenn took out some frustration by performing the theatrical show Stomp on the cranium of that zombie who had been just chilling in that red pick up truck, minding his own business. Or when Merle was on his knees messing up that zombie's head outside of the gates of Woodbury.
[Baltimore Sun]


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