Friday News Bites: Animal Selfies + Doctor Who

We’re a bit more entertainment-skewed this week, partially because my hackles are still raised from last week’s WTF-ery. First, the non-entertainment stuff:

Senator John Walsh (D-MT) has dropped out of his current campaign because of the “distraction”  of his plagiarism scandal. No word yet on who will run in his place, but as a Montana resident, I’m concerned that we’re just handing over the seat to the Republican candidate. Sigh.

In Connecticut, tribal police can now arrest non-Native offenders themselves, instead of merely being able to hold them until state law enforcement arrive. That this isn’t standard practice in all states is puzzling on many fronts.

On Thursday, a Michigan jury found Theodore Wafer guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Renisha McBride. You may remember that McBride had knocked on Wafer’s door after she was in a nearby car accident, and he claimed that he was “scared” that someone was breaking in. Yeah, you don’t shoot people for that, dude, you call 911.

Prince William is currently in training to become an air ambulance pilot based out of the Cambridge airport, and he will be donating his salary to charity. Previously, he worked as a pilot in the RAF before ending his active duty in September 2013.

So now we know: If an animal takes a photo with your camera, you don’t own the copyright. Cue all the apes who know sign language asking for licensing fees…

And in Entertainment…

The Civil Wars have officially parted ways, after being on hiatus for the past two years. They, um, don’t seem to like each other much.

The new Penguin Classics cover for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is really weird.  Shouldn’t it have something to do with either Charlie, Willy Wonka, or candy? I like the title’s font though.

The Late Late Show‘s new host will be James Corden, known to some of you as father of Stormageddon on Doctor Who, or perhaps as needy friend Smithy on Gavin and Stacey (a show he co-wrote with Ruth Jones). Now, while I think someone like Aisha Tyler would have been a great choice, I still think James Corden is funny, and he’ll be way better than, say, Chelsea Handler.

Craig Ferguson will leave The Late Late Show in December, which gives him plenty of time to interview his old friend and new Doctor, Peter Capaldi. Because we all know that I need to work any in any Doctor Who news whenever possible. Ahem. OH HEY SPEAKING OF WHICH… The show’s got a bit of a World Tour thing happening right now, starting with a premiere yesterday in Cardiff.

And in London, he wore the following hilariously Perfect Shirt:

Doctor Who World Tour: London (Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman)
Just think of your most nerdy childhood dream, and then imagine it coming true. That’s Peter Capaldi’s life right now. (via)

Until next time, friends…


By Sara Habein

Sara Habein is the author of Infinite Disposable, a collection of microfiction, and her work has appeared on The Rumpus, Pajiba and Word Riot, among others. Her book reviews and other commentary appear at Glorified Love Letters, and she is the co-manager of Electric City Creative.

7 replies on “Friday News Bites: Animal Selfies + Doctor Who”

Indeed. Like his father actually seems to do some legitimate environmental work. I don’t know enough about the extended family to know what they do, but yeah, for a family that could just do fuck-all for the rest of their lives, it’s nice to see some of them not doing that.

Exactly, it’s the character choice that throws it, but I don’t think the tone would be as creepy with a boy/man combo. But maybe it’s just me who thinks girls can be way creepier than boys (way more adorable too). Really a glass -eyed girl just sends shivers down my spine. Like, what horrors has she seen already?

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