Pope Benedict XVI announced this morning that he would resign Feb. 28 - the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March. The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday morning. He emphasized that carrying out the duties of being pope - the leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide - requires "both strength of mind and body." The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII, who stepped down in 1415 in a deal to end the Great Western Schism among competing papal claimants. Benedict called his choice "a decision of great importance for the life of the church." The move sets the stage for the Vatican to hold a conclave to elect a new pope by mid-March, since the traditional mourning time that would follow the death of a pope doesn't have to be observed. There are several papal contenders in the wings, but no obvious front-runner - the same situation when Benedict was elected pontiff in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II. The thing that has me worried...this is the same week that Lent starts. Also, Valentine's Day is Thursday, a close approaching asteroid is supposed to whiz by the earth on Friday, AND the new Die Hard movie with Bruce Willis premiers this weekend, AND the swim suit edition of Sports Illustrated hits news stands! Isn't there some sort of unknown Third Prophecy of Fatima that predicts the end of the world??? I hope it doesn't involve John McClane and Kate Upton...
JOIN TEAM BELIEVE TODAY
Team Believe, comprised of running and walking enthusiasts with charitable hearts, is dedicated to raising funds to help support children and families in the Central New York community. We started in 2009 as a grassroots effort among local runners with a desire to utilize our enthusiasm for the sport for the greater good of the Central New York (CNY) community. At the core of the program is the belief that there is strength in numbers, both as a training philosophy and a fundraising program. Last season we had well over 100 runners, including members of our kids4kids team, and raised/donated over $15,000 to local pediatric charities. Becoming a Team Believe member is easy and open to all runners who desire to make a difference, no matter what your running ability may be. Team Believe members fundraise or donate $125.00 (though larger donations are encouraged as all proceeds support the Team Believe mission). In return, members receive a comprehensive team program designed to help achieve running goals. Included in the program are: training schedules for beginner, intermediate and advanced runners; weekly group runs; training clinics to learn how to improve your technique and prepare your body for race day; and group social activities. Also included are the race entry fee, a team racing shirt, and a team tent and baggage check-in on race day. Team Believe’s 2013 goal race will be the Dunn Tire Mountain Goat Run in Syracuse, New York on Sunday, May 5, 2012. The Team Believe program is designed to prepare team members both mentally and physically for both the 10-mile Mountain Goat Run, and the 3K (approx. 1.8 mile) Run/Walk. Their agenda is simple: by providing an enjoyable group training experience, we hope our team members recruit other like-minded athletes to support the Team Believe program and mission. Together, we can help you achieve your running goals while giving back to the Central New York community. They will be having 2 information meetings in February (Monday the 11th & Tuesday the 26th) at 6:30 at Fleet Feet for anyone interested in learning more about Team Believe. For more information www.teambelievecny.org
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BREW AT THE ZOO???
Yes, it’s six months away but for a limited time (through Tuesday, Feb. 12th) you can pre order tickets! Imagine: it's a blistering Friday afternoon in August and you can't wait to leave work. When you finally escape, what better way is there to celebrate the start of the weekand than with food, friends and a few icy cold ones? Join us at the Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo's 17th annual happy hour fundraiser - Brew at the Zoo...and wine, too! to benefit the zoo, the care and feeding of its animals and its education programs. Guests will taste over a dozen regional wines and more than 50 different beers, eat delicious food and enjoy live music. Who knew philanthropic endeavors could taste so good? This event WILL SELL OUT. Limited time promotional offer (2/4/13 thru 2/12/13) -- with each ticket purchased, receive a certificate for a free Rosamond Gifford Zoo shot glass. Certificate must be redeemed by April 30, 2013. Click below for info!
Here are the winners of the 55th Grammy Awards, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night:
Album of the Year
Mumford & Sons, Babel
Record of the Year
Gotye featuring Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know"
Song Of The Year [awarded to songwriter]
"We Are Young," Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (fun. featuring Janelle Monae)
Best New Artist
Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, Stronger
Best Pop Solo Performance
"Set Fire To The Rain (Live)," Adele
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
"Somebody That I Used To Know," Gotye featuring Kimbra
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Kisses On The Bottom, Paul McCartney
Best Rock Performance
"Lonely Boy," The Black Keys
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
"Love Bites (So Do I)," Halestorm
Best Rock Song
"Lonely Boy," The Black Keys
Best Rock Album
El Camino, The Black Keys
Best Alternative Music Album
Making Mirrors, Gotye
Best R&B Performance
Best Traditional R&B Performance
"Love On Top," Beyoncé
Best R&B Song
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Channel Orange, Frank Ocean
Best R&B Album
Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment
Best Rap Performance
"N****s In Paris," Jay-Z & Kanye West
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
"No Church In The Wild," Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream
Best Rap Song
"N****s In Paris," Jay-Z & Kanye West
Best Rap Album
Take Care, Drake
Best Country Solo Performance
Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away"
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
"Pontoon," Little Big Town
Best Country Song
"Blown Away," Carrie Underwood
Best Country Album
Uncaged, Zac Brown Band
Song Written For Visual Media
"Safe & Sound" (From The Hunger Games), Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams
Short-Form Music Video
"We Found Love," Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris
Long-Form Music Video
"Big Easy Express," Mumford & Sons
Best Spoken Word
Society's Child: My Autobiography, Janis Ian
BOX OFFICE NUMBERS
Identity Thief stole a victory at the box office over the weekend.
The Jason Bateman-Melissa McCarthy comedy opened in first place with an estimated 36.6 million dollars.
The previous box office champ, Warm Bodies, slipped to the second spot, with 11.5 million.
The weekend's other wide release, the Steven Soderbergh thriller Side Effects, rounded out the top three, collecting 10 million dollars.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:
1. Identity Thief, $36.6 million.
2. Warm Bodies, $11.5 million.
3. Side Effects, $10 million.
4. Silver Linings Playbook, $6.9 million.
5. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, $5.8 million.
6. Mama, $4.3 million.
7. Zero Dark Thirty, $4 million.
8. Argo, $2.5 million.
9. Django Unchained, $2.3 million.
10. Bullet to the Head, $2 million.
MALARKEY FOR TODAY:
McDonalds is test marketing this in Australia and if it goes over well, it may come here. What is it?
1) Ordering your food by phone with no one behind the counter
2) *** a wait staff that brings your food to the table
3) Alligator Mcnuggets