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» posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2012 at 1:06 am by itsakpopthing
By Lynne Chaput
Jeremy Blais, a 25-year-old pharmacist from South Kingstown, won 0,000 Wednesday during an appearance on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”
With fellow Rhode Islander Meredith Vieira asking the questions, Blais answered nine questions in round one (he jumped over one question) and one in round two. He choose to stop at 0,000, rather than risk the 0,000 question which would have left him with just ,000 had he answered incorrectly.
The 0,000 question: “In the famous painting ‘Washington Crossing the Delaware,’ what future U.S. President is depicted holding the flag?” His choices were John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe or James Madison. The audience lifeline chose Jefferson, but Blais decided not to go with it and rest on his winnings. The correct answer was Monroe.
Blais is the son of former State Senator Leo Blais of Coventry and his wife Beverly. They were in the studio audience along with his sister Leanne during the show’s taping. He is a 2005 graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School and a 2011 graduate of the University of Rhode Island.
» posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 at 8:06 pm by itsakpopthing
Ron Paul lifted to third-place finish by youth vote with only eight votes separating first and second place.
By Gil Kaufman, with additional reporting by Andrew Jenks
Mitt Romney addresses his supporters after the Iowa caucus
Photo: Jewel Samad/ Getty Images
DES MOINES, Iowa — It was a dogfight that came down to a razor-slim margin of votes Tuesday night (January 3) between former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Senator Rick Santorum.
Romney came out on top after running in a tie with Santorum at 25 percent of the vote for much of the night, winning the Iowa caucus by only eight votes with north of 122,000 voters turning out. In addition, the third-place finish by libertarian rabble-rouser Representative Ron Paul with 21 percent of the vote proved the power of the youth vote in this year’s election.
The mainstream media had been virtually ignoring Paul for months as they focused on the reality-show-like rise and fall of other Republicans vying for the GOP presidential nomination. But on Tuesday, the congressman from Texas shocked naysayers when he came in third place in the all-important Iowa caucus, the first primary contest of the season. CNN reported that entrance polls showed Paul’s strongest support came from voters ages 17-29, while Romney was the pick for voters 65 and older and Santorum clicked with those 45-64.
In his concession speech, Paul thanked his enthusiastic supporters for believing in him and reintroducing what he described as a core Republican value: “the conviction that freedom is popular.”
“Once again, we have had a fantastic showing for this cause and not the status quo we have been putting up with for decades and decades,” he said to lusty applause. “This movement is going to continue, and we are going to keep scoring just as we are tonight.”
The major story of the night, though, was the battle longtime poll leader Romney was drawn into with classic conservative Santorum, who had been polling in the single digits for much of the year but got a sudden burst of support late in the pre-caucus cycle in Iowa. Romney, who spent more than million in 2009 to win Iowa, only to lose to former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, didn’t spend as much this time around but ended up in the closest Iowa caucus in history.
Romney addressed his supporters before he was named winner of the unbelievably close race. “This is a campaign night where America wins. We’re going to win the White House and get America back on track,” he said as he reiterated many of his stump talking points about what he said were President Obama’s failures on security issues (Iran) and the economy (continuing high unemployment, record deficits).
Promising to dismantle the so-called ObamaCare health plan, Romney said this election is about the soul of America, once again reciting his favorite lines from “American the Beautiful,” as he’s done often on the stage. “I want to restore the principles that made America the hope of the earth,” he said, professing his love for freedom, the constitution and the country.
With 25 delegates at stake and Iowa no longer a winner-takes-all state, Romney earned bragging rights, but not the kind that would come with a convincing, large-margin victory. If anything, pundits said that Santorum came out the champion by simply having such a strong showing.
Just moments after voting wrapped up at Olmstead Hall on the campus of Des Moines’ Drake University, Katherine Rupp — who was undecided going in — was happy that Romney came out on top in her precinct after the night’s vote. “Romney has a business background, and I believe he’ll bring his CEO experience to hopefully being our Republican presidential candidate,” she said.
Rupp said the unique nature of the Iowa caucuses — where Iowans get up onstage to give their personal pitch for why their friends, neighbors and fellow precinct dwellers should vote for a particular candidate — played a big part in swaying her from the undecided column into the Romney camp.
Ricki Meyer was a Santorum supporter going into the night, and while her candidate came in a tie for second with Paul at the Drake caucus, she was feeling bullish about the former senator’s prospects and vowed to keep supporting him as he marches forward. “The things I believe in line up so well with what he believes in, and if I don’t stand up for that and for him right now, I don’t want to look back on this election and how pivotal it is for our country and think, ‘Why didn’t I support that guy anymore?’ ” she said.
Santorum addressed Meyer and his other followers even before the results were in Tuesday night. “People have asked me how I’ve done this sitting back in the polls … I survived the challenges so far by the daily grace that comes from God,” he said. “You have taken the first step of taking back this country,” he told the people of Iowa, who he met while visiting all 99 counties, and likely winning over the state’s all-important Evangelical voters.
“The essential issue in this race is freedom. Whether we will be a country that believes that government can do things for us better than we can do for ourselves,” he added in an address that sounded more like his standard stump speech than a victory celebration for a candidate who most thought would never make it this far. “We are off to New Hampshire.”
Benjamin Levine, 20, a Drake student and ROTC member, was inspired enough by Paul’s message to get up during the caucus and speak out on behalf of his candidate, with no notes, because the congressman’s message resonates that clearly in his mind. After volunteering for the campaign for several months, and after Paul’s third-place finish in the Drake caucus, Levine said the fight was not over.
Larger precinct 46 went for Romney at the Drake vote, but Levine’s precinct 45 went to Paul in a tight one, and he was pleased with the result. Though Tuesday was his birthday, Levine said the Paul win in his precinct was the bigger deal. “I don’t feel any older, but I can feel maybe a little more freedom coming,” he said as he prepared to go to a Youth for Paul watching party downtown. “Mitt Romney is the establishment guy. He ran four years ago. He has name recognition. It’s huge that Paul can even get second in that precinct because people said he’s unelectable, they made up all those lies … even a second place in this precinct is pretty good.”
Though final results would take several more hours, Levine said even if Paul did not end up snagging second statewide, “It’s certainly not the end of the road.”
As for the rest of the field, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich came in fourth (13 percent), followed by Texas Governor Rick Perry (10 percent), who signaled he might soon drop out, then Representative Michele Bachmann (5 percent) and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman (1 percent), who didn’t really campaign in Iowa at all. The remaining candidates now move on to New Hampshire, which will hold its primary next Tuesday.
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» posted on Monday, November 7th, 2011 at 4:39 pm by itsakpopthing
Justin Bieber, Coldplay, and a team-up between Queen and Adam Lambert were just some of the night’s highlights.
By James Dinh
Lady Gaga performs at the 2011 EMA
Photo: Leon Neal/AFP
It was an evening of surprises at the 2011 MTV Europe Awards that included a takeover by the nominated men, a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse, a streaker, and, of course, an out-of-this-world performance from Lady Gaga.
Broadcast from the halls of Belfast’s Odyssey Arena in Northern Ireland on Sunday, the Selena Gomez-hosted ceremony kicked off with two-time nominee Coldplay, who performed their latest hit “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall.” Frontman Chris Martin danced his way from the arena catwalk to the main stage as a spiral of lights spun around the band, igniting the arena.
Shortly after, cameras panned to the center of the venue where the night’s host, Selena Gomez, stood prominently in the middle of an onstage circle of fire. It was only a taste of what was to come from the former Disney starlet’s hosting spectacle, which included a string of outfit changes, an appearance from her rap alter ego and mingling with pop peer Katy Perry.
“Jersey Shore” stars Snooki and JWoww were on-site to deliver the first award of the night: Best Live. “What’s up Belfast? ‘Jersey Shore’ is in the house!” they screamed simultaneously, before announcing Katy Perry as the award recipient.
“This is probably my favorite award because my fans mean so much to me,” the pop superstar told the crowd. “I’m so tired, but it’s all worth it. Thank you. I love you.”
LMFAO brought their wild antics to the EMA with a performance of their summer smash “Party Rock Anthem.” The electro/pop duo proved their hard-partying ways with a life-size zebra float and a dance-off with America’s Best Dance Crew winner Quest Crew.
Lady Gaga took home the award for Best Female, which was presented to her by David Hasselhoff. Pitted against Adele, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry, the pop diva beat the competition and walked up to the podium in a WTF-worthy metallic ensemble. Emotions overcame the singer later on when she nabbed the Best Song and Best Video awards for her mega-hit “Born This Way.”
“I knew that this song was very special when I wrote it,” the three-time EMA winner told the screaming crowd during her second award speech. “This is the single most important song that I’ve ever written, the single-most important album and until now, the single most important moment.”
One of the night’s surprises came courtesy of a streaker, who interrupted Hayden Panettiere as she was presenting the Best Song award.
Alongside his quartet of backup singers/band, Bruno Mars kept the momentum going with a performance of “Marry You.” The stage looked as if there was a wedding going on, with its heart-filled backdrop set and confetti that spewing into the air.
Like the 2011 VMAs, MTV dedicated a special presentation and award to industry legend Queen. Presented by Katy Perry, Brian May and Roger Taylor of the group accepted the Global Icon of the Year award, thanked the network and even gave the California Gurl a shout-out.
“How wonderful, because we here at the birth of MTV. How wonderful for us to be here 40 years later and to be honored in this way,” May said.
While Jesse J brought some soaring vocals with a performance of “Price Tag,” it was Gaga who treated her Little Monsters to outstanding theatrics with her performance of “Marry the Night.” Dressed in her orbital getup, the pop titan danced atop a gigantic onstage moon while she belted out the dance track. She later joined a slew of dancers back on Earth for some hair-whipping and a choreographed routine.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Snow Patrol assisted in the EMA takeover with audience-packed performances outside of the show’s venue from the stages of Ulster Hall and Belfast City Council.
Midway through the show, it seemed the 2011 EMA were all about the guys when both Linkin Park and Eminem appeared via pre-recorded telecast to accept their awards for Best Rock and Best Hip Hop.
Despite his current public controversy, Justin Bieber appeared positive when he walked up to the podium to accept the award for Best Male. To his surprise, Biebs was also presented the award for Best Pop by collaborator Ludacris backstage.
In a presentation introduced by Jessie J, the late Amy Winehouse was honored with a short video montage that included commentary from fans.
“It saddens me that I never got to thank Amy for breaking boundaries as I genuinely believe that without her, I wouldn’t be standing here today,” Jessie shared.
After his smooth performance of “Marry You,” it was a good night for Bruno Mars, who took home the award for Best Push Act from MTV News’ own Tim Kash during backstage interviews. He later appeared onstage to accept the award for Best New Act.
Gomez took on double duty at the show when she performed “Hit the Lights” alongside her band the Scene. But it was her boyfriend, Justin Bieber, who really got into the festive spirit when he performed a medley of his tunes “Mistletoe” and “Never Say Never.”
It wouldn’t be a show without some onstage pair-ups. David Guetta brought his string of collaborators together to perform their respective team-ups from his Nothing but the Beat LP, including Taio Cruz, Ludacris and Jessie J.
And that’s not the only surprise collabo the Europe Music Awards had in store. “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert joined Queen for the show’s concluding medley performance of “The Show Must Go On,” “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.” Decked out in an oversize black trench coat and matching black ensemble, Lambert showcased his over-the-top vocals alongside the iconic group.
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» posted on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 at 9:34 am by itsakpopthing
Night’s highlights included performances by Brown, Wayne, Bey and Alicia Keys.
By Rob Markman
Chris Brown at the BET Awards on Sunday
Photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images
Music and Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars all came out to the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles for the 2011 BET Awards Sunday (June 26) night. Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Trey Songz, host Kevin Hart, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith were all in attendance as BET celebrated the year in music.
The ceremony kicked off in royal fashion as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige, took the stage wearing an all-white jumpsuit performing “Mary Jane (All Night Long)” and “You Bring Me Joy” from her 1994 My Life album. MJB didn’t stop there, bringing out Anita Baker so the two could sing Baker’s 1986 classic “Caught Up in the Rapture.”
Chris Brown came up big, winning the first award of the night, for Best Male R&B Artist, beating out the likes of Bruno Mars, Usher, Trey Songz and Cee Lo Green. The ever-controversial CB also took home an award for Best Collaboration for his Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes-assisted track “Look at Me Now.” It didn’t end there for Brown. After a snafu that had Rihanna and Drake being announced as the winners of BET’s Viewers’ Choice Award, it was later learned that Breezy was the intended recipient, making that his third win of the night. Brown also lit up the stage performing a string of his own hits and then again alongside Big Sean, who rapped his #1 rap single “My Last.”
Nicki Minaj was a shoo-in for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, and as expected she beat out Diamond, Lola Monroe and Master P’s daughter Cymphonique. Still, Minaj, who took the stage with her Young Money family, started her speech with, “Wow, I can’t believe I won.” The crowd laughed before she clarified her point and thanked Lil Wayne.
Alicia Keys shined as well, treating fans to a piano-laced set as she sang new single “Typewriter,” “A Woman’s Worth” with Bruno Mars and “Fallin’.”
Throughout the night, a number of BET-related trending topics popped up on Twitter. #betawards, Wiz & Amber and Mary Mary made the rounds on the social networking site during the night as well as #kelly after Kelly Rowland performed her single “Motivation” with Trey Songz. The ex-Destiny’s Child member received one of the loudest ovations of the night.
Duo Mary Mary won for Best Gospel Album, and Patti LaBelle received the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by Gladys Knight. A potty-mouthed Cee Lo Green, Marsha Ambrosius and gospel’s Shirley Caesar all honored the soul singer by performing a medley of her hits before LaBelle took the stage herself.
Cali Swag District came out with Doug E. Fresh and memorialized slain CSD member M-Bone, while fallen artists like Clarence Clemons, Nate Dogg, Gil Scott-Heron and Teena Marie were honored with tribute performances by Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Queen Latifah and others.
As the show drew near a close, DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne took the stage to perform Khaled’s “I’m on One.” Rozay and Weezy had appeared earlier in the show alongside Ace Hood to rock Hood’s “Hustle Hard (Remix)” and returned, this time with Drizzy in tow.
Beyoncé closed things out with a performance from the Glastonbury festival in the U.K. Wearing a gold glittered top, with her legs on full display, B started things off with “Best Thing I Never Had” and then turned it up for a lively version of “End of Time,” both from her upcoming album, 4.
In the end, the 2011 BET Awards celebrated this year’s best in hip-hop, R&B and gospel as well as honoring living legends. It was definitely a night to remember.
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» posted on Thursday, June 9th, 2011 at 5:28 pm by itsakpopthing
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» posted on Friday, May 20th, 2011 at 10:54 am by itsakpopthing
PROVIDENCE — E.C. Osondu, an internationally recognized Nigerian author who has been teaching at Providence College since 2008, has won a 2011 Pushcart Prize for his short story “Janjaweed Wife,” the college announced Wednesday. The prestigious Pushcart Prizes recognize…
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» posted on Monday, May 17th, 2010 at 11:46 pm by itsakpopthing
Author Bruce DeSilvaThe Providence Journal Glenn Osmundson “Rogue Island,” a mystery set in Rhode island written by a former Providence Journal reporter, has won this year’s Edgar Allan Poe Award for best first novel, the judges announced Friday. The…
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