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Are NSYNC and Nicki Minaj Joining Ariana Grande at Coachella? — Variety

At this point it’s probably the worst-kept secret at the Empire Polo Grounds, but multiple sources (and multiple media outlets, including TMZ) are abuzz with rumors that both NSYNC (well, 4/5 of them) and Nicki Minaj will be joining Ariana Grande onstage during her festival closing set at Coachella tomorrow night.

via Are NSYNC and Nicki Minaj Joining Ariana Grande at Coachella? — Variety

Bees Send Rangers Pitcher Running, Empties Out Seats At #AngelStadium — CBS Los Angeles

ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — The Angels might consider adopting the bee as a second mascot after a swarm caused a delay at Sunday’s game against the Texas Rangers. The fifth inning was delayed while officials dealt with the swarm of bees, which sent a pitcher warming up in the Rangers bullpen running for cover and emptied…

via Bees Send Rangers Pitcher Running, Empties Out Seats At Angel Stadium — CBS Los Angeles

Co-founder of #Quiksilver explains how Echo Beach era changed the #surf industry — #OrangeCounty Register

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The film Echo Beach was showcased at Hobie Surf Shop in Dana Point, where Quiksilver co-founder Bob McKnight talked about how the 80s were a pivotal time in surf culture. The film Echo Beach was showcased at Hobie Surf Shop in Dana Point, where Quiksilver co-founder Bob McKnight talked…

via Co-founder of Quiksilver explains how Echo Beach era changed the surf industry — Orange County Register

Cats Respond to the Sound of Their Names, Study Says. Whether They Care Is Another Question — TIME

(NEW YORK) — Hey Kitty! Yes, you. A new study suggests household cats can respond to the sound of their own names. No surprise to you or most cat owners, right? But Japanese scientists said Thursday that they’ve provided the first experimental evidence that cats can distinguish between words that we people say…

via Cats Respond to the Sound of Their Names, Study Says. Whether They Care Is Another Question — TIME

Matthew McConaughey regresses with The Beach Bum — National Post #thebeachbum

Writer-director-provocateur Harmony Korine has a history of making movies about men and women (Spring Breakers), children (Gummo) and even seniors (Trash Humpers) behaving badly. His latest, spelled out in puffy letters that suggest a movie with too much hot air in it, is The Beach Bum, about a stoner named Moondog…

via Matthew McConaughey regresses with The Beach Bum — National Post

#Disneyland to Eliminate Smoking Areas, Limit Stroller Sizes as Part of Rule Changes — KTLA

Disney is eliminating smoking areas at its theme and water parks in California and Florida. The company said in a statement on Thursday that smoking also won’t be allowed at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex or Downtown Disney in California starting May 1. Smoking areas will be available outside the parks…

via Disneyland to Eliminate Smoking Areas, Limit Stroller Sizes as Part of Rule Changes — KTLA

Progress Seen in Effort to Eradicate Giant Rodent From California as 400 Are Captured — KTLA

More than 400 nutria have been captured in the first year of an effort to eradicate the invasive South American rodent from California. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said Monday the semi-aquatic rodents were trapped in five counties in the San Joaquin Valley.

via Progress Seen in Effort to Eradicate Giant Rodent From California as 400 Are Captured — KTLA