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When it was announced that singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her apartment today it was sad, but certainly not shocking. Although a drug overdose hasn't been confirmed as her cause of death, we can be pretty certain that it was.amy winehouse

Amy Winehouse has battled drug and alcohol abuse for the past few years. She has been in and out of rehab many times and reportedly was sober early this year.

It was well-documented that she appeared to be heading down that dangerous path once again when she was booed off the stage at a gig in Serbia in June.

With Amy Winehouse's death, she joins "Club 27" - the list of famous musicians who all died at the age of 27. This list includes Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Robert Johnson, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin.

TMZ, posted an excellent photo gallery of Club 27 on their site.

Amy Winehouse will be forever known as an immense talent, but one who could never fully realize her full potential due to her disastrous lifestyle. Her career was short-lived as she broke onto the scene in 2003 with a debut album at age 20, but within 4 years her career began to spiral downwards after the release of "Back to Black."

Like many in Club 27, we can only theorize what might have been.

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Alas, the Amazing Spider Man trailer has finally been released!

The much-hyped movie has been in the making for a few years and gone through a reboot phase after former director Sam Raimi withdrew from the project.

New director Marc Webb is at the helm, Andrew Garfield (Social Network) will play Peter Parker, and Emma Stone will play Gwen Stacy. Ryhs Ifans will play the villain "The Lizard."

The Amazing Spider Man won't hit theaters for another summer, but fan interest is already through the roof!

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The bigger they are, the harder they fall as they say. And, Rupert Murdoch's Kingdom is about to crumble in light of this phone hacking scandal.

You know with any scandal, it just takes one little thing to sneak out and then the floodgates open up. Go down the line. Tiger Woods. Jesse James. Mel Gibson. Charlie Sheen. And, of course Anthony Weiner.

With the phone hacking scandal captivating the attention of Britain, this is surely just the surface of how deep it goes. For years Rupert Murdoch has been using his clout to threaten people's careers and flouting laws to increase his Empire's presence. And, now the chickens are coming home to roost.

It will be nice seeing Murdoch fall down. I just wonder how the schlubs at Fox News and right-wing mongers like Rush Limbaugh will spin this one?

I guess the "liberal media" isn't all that bad is it? At least they aren't hacking into the phones of dead people!

Today Rupert Murdoch told the British Parliamentary Committee that this is "the most humble day of my life."

Just like the Japan Nuclear Disaster, this thing is out of control while noone admits it there is more than meets the eye. Murdoch has reportedly lost $1 billion already.

I wonder what Rupert Murdoch will say when he's forced to resign and loses billions more over his misdeeds?

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It's official - Casey Anthony has been released from prison as of midnight. As she walked out of the prison she quickly hopped into an SUV, where she was driven away. And, she was met by an angry mob of protestors.

She has already received a few death threats as there are plenty of people who want to see to it she receives justice for her crime. Right now, Casey Anthony is the most hated woman in America. She's a villain who rivals Voldemort, the Dark Lord of the Harry Potter films.

And, in Florida where many people frown down on abortions, there are plenty of people willing to take out this alleged baby killer. Heck, co-workers of a juror on the Casey Anthony case have forced "juror No. 12" to quit her job and go into hiding! There are plenty of pissed off people in Florida, where children are as sacred as Hindu cows. dexter casey anthony

It's the $50,000 question which is on many people's minds...will someone knock off  alleged murderer Casey Anthony? Shortly after the not-guilty verdict - Dexter was a trending topic on Twitter as many people took to the internet and fantasized about Dexter killing Casey Anthony. Dexter as you may know, takes place in Miami. And, Casey Anthony would be just the type of target for America's most beloved vigilante.

Face it, if you followed this case closely, you know that the jury and the prosecution dropped the ball. She's guilty as sin and deserving of justice. I think America would cheer if a vigilante gave Casey Anthony her due justice...Dexter style.

It would behoove Casey Anthony to get out of dodge. She's not only the most hated person in Florida, but the most hated person in America. Rumor has it she may even be relocated to Puerto Rico.

She might not even be safe there.

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Many of you have noticed how Ukee Washington from CBS 3 and host of Talk Philly has dropped a few pounds and is looking quite slim and PhillyHealthWatch's Tiffany Bucciarelli with CBS 3's Ukee Washington.energetic these days.  With a childhood history of  athletics, Ukee is very competitive in nature and has a natural drive to keep in shape.

However, life in the fast lane can get the best of most of us and we find ourselves getting a bit sluggish and packing on some unwanted pounds.  When CBS 3 announced a company wide weight loss competition, Ukee’s competitive edge kicked in.  Waking up at 2:30am is not an easy life – especially when working out right when you wake up is the best time to burn the calories.  

Unfortunately, Ukee did not have that advantage… but neither did most of his co-workers at the station.  He also found it challenging to get to the gym on his down time because by the time he got to the gym.. parked.. got dressed… worked out.. showered.. and dressed again, he had to rush back to the station (this fiasco took two hours).  It was just not practical with his busy schedule!  Ukee tells me how his gym membership is a complete waste, “I haven’t been there in years!”

So what exactly is Ukee’s weight loss secret to success?

"Going from 232 pounds to 215 pounds is no easy task" Ukee stated, “I completely changed my diet, no more junk..all the right things..workout 3-4 days a week…Tony Horton elastic bands..walk..and weights. And of course, plenty of water and 6-8 hours of sleep!!!”  Ukee also mentioned to me that recently he has found the importance of stretching and staying limber.  He currently gets stretched by a professional once a week where they full body stretch him and give him a deep muscle massage.

I was very interested in knowing what exactly motivated Ukee to take on such a task and what keeps him motivated to keep the weight off.  Ukee stated, “I was motivated to do this challenge because the station was holding a competition and I thought it was a great way to get me back in shape.  I care about being a leader and I want to set a good example to my peers at the station.”
Just wanted to say thank you to Ukee for being such a great inspiration to all of us and thank you for taking the time for our interview!  We look forward to watching your continued success and supporting your health and wellness goals!  Go to our facebook page to help cheer Ukee on!
PhillyHealthWatch just wants to say… Keep up the good work!

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The 2011 MLB All-Star game was tonight. And, once again we were treated to Joe Buck's tired commentary. It seems as though every year the bosses at Fox and MLB tell him to shove it down our throats just how much this game means.

In the 5th inning tonight Buck says, "you really have to manage this game differently" due to its importance. Really? The new rules to the All-Star game were implemented in 2003. Should Joe Buck really be shoving this crap down our throats eight years later?

All throughout the game we were reminded about the importance of this so-called meaningful game by Buck and Tim McCarver.

I think we're well aware that the geniuses in MLB and Fox want us to believe this meaningless All-Star game has meaning by giving home field advantage in the World Series to whichever League wins. This by the way, is one of the stupidest ideas ever conceived by a professional sports league.

It really makes me wonder if Joe Buck is forced to feed us this propaganda. I could see if this change was implemented a few years ago, but do we need to reminded eight years later?

On another note, did anyone catch the shameless Taco Bell plug after lineups were announced early on. Nearly two minutes after that yo-yo Brian Wilson announced the lineup, Joe Buck just had to say "what you witnessed there of course was the Taco Bell lineup." I realize Taco Bell has pimped their product all over the All-Star game, but if you can't whore out Taco Bell right off the bat - don't do it two minutes later. Talk about a violation.

There's your 2011 All-Star Game recap. If MLB is a pimp, then the All-Star game is the call girl.

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Philadelphia Flyers Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov spoke to the media today and appeared extremely confident in his role as one of the leaders of this team. Not only has he embraced his role, but he wants to get the job done for the Philadelphia fans.

It's become a running joke in Philadelphia to criticize the Flyers for lacking a top-flight goaltender, which has been absent from this team since the days of Ron Hextall. With the acquisition of Ilya Brzygalov - it provides the Flyers with a goalie who had 15 shutouts over the past two seasons and a GAA in the low 2.00's.

In the conference call today, Bryzgalov was adamant about shouldering the load and taking on the pressure of being the go-to guy who will take this team to it's first Stanley Cup in over 35 years.

"I want to be the guy who can carry this team," Bryzgalov said in a conference call Monday. "I want to help this team win the Stanley Cup because people in Philadelphia and the organization have waited long enough. I want to win the Stanley Cup also and I think we have similar ideas, similar goals. That's why we have to work hard and reach this goal. Pressure … we have to deal with the pressure every way and every day in our lives, hockey, everywhere."

It's great to see the Flyers' prized acquisition embracing his role alread - even though we're nearly 3 months away from the regular season.

While there is certainly a good reason to temper expectations for Philadelphia this season (losing Richards and Carter), the Flyers do have that stud goaltender they have lacked for a long time. And, we have seen time and time again how far they have gone without that key piece.

Brzygalov appears ready to answer the call.

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Join the Melanie Finley Ovarian Cancer Foundation on Thursday, July 7th from 6-9pm at Table 31 in the Comcast Center in Center City toJoin the Melanie Finley Ovarian Cancer Foundation on Thursday, July 7th from 6-9pm at Table 31 in the Comcast Center in Center City to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. raise awareness about ovarian cancer.

Guests will receive a wristband with a suggested donation of $20 and enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres, handpicked by locally renowned Chef Chris Scarduzio, and happy hour specials ($3 draft beers and $5 house red and white wines). There will be a Whistlepig Rye Whiskey cocktail and a portion of the proceeds of this drink will be donated to The Melanie Finley Ovarian Cancer Foundation.

Attendees will also be able to pre-register for the Second Annual High Heel Race in Avalon, NJ on July 31st.

The event, powered by Jenna Communications, will feature a "Show off Your Heels Contest" and the winners will receive a gift card from Steve Madden or South Moon Under.

For more information, please visit the Melanie Finley Ovarian Cancer Foundation's Web site at http://www.mfocf.org/ or the Jenna Communications Web site at http://www.jennacommunications.com/.



Want to change up a few rooms of the house and stick to a small budget? Get help for free with your house style this weekend with Barbara Cooper in Wilmington!Check out this free event down in Wilmington, Delaware, this weekend for some easy help and advice.

It might be your home's 15 minutes of fame, so to speak.

Area home stager and home help advice guru Barbara Cooper will talk you through design ideas that work for your rooms at the Kirkland's store in Wilmington at Brandywine Town Center, 1052 Brandywine Parkway, 1-4 p.m. in Wilmington this Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10.

It's all one-on-one with her for 15 minutes. Get the most out of this free time by bringing digital pictures of your rooms as they look now. She'll talk about possible major or minor changes to consider (and who doesn't need a fresh set of eyes before buying that pricey sofa or repainting the rooms?)

It's a service that normally costs in the $200 and up range from a designer or home stager.

To get the most out of this experience, also think about bringing:
- Photos of the room or rooms from several angles
- Paint samples if available
- Fabric swatches if available
- Specific photos of items you want to keep (photos, art, collections, etc.)

Barbara is an Accredited Staging Professional with her own home staging business, Staged Impressions LLC. She was a designer at the 2009-11 Middletown Designer Show House.

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Hometown hero Mark Herzlich  is one of several rookies being featured in the weekly Web series from NFL Films and Gatorade, Hometown hero Mark Herzlich  is one of several rookies being featured in the weekly Web series from NFL Films and Gatorade, “Everything to Prove.” Photo; Joe Vallee Sr.“Everything to Prove.” The show follows the rookies throughout the offseason and captures their lives on the field and off. It’s a great way for fans to get to know these incoming players all offseason long.
 
Herzlich is featured heavily in this week’s episode: We go behind the scenes as he prepares for the upcoming NFL season.   We follow Herzlich as he hits the links and discusses the role golf played in his battle against cancer.

You can catch the video at this link HERE!

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