pretty please
March 14, 2014

The life of an internet meme: First we were supposed to swoon over a video of 20 complete strangers sharing a first kiss, then we were supposed to be outraged that the "beautiful" lip-locking of "strangers" — all paid models and musicians — was really part of a viral clothing ad. Then came the parodies. Now, Jimmy Fallon has squared the circle, bringing the whole short-lived internet sensation to its logical internet conclusion. Is it goofy? Of course. Dumb? Maybe. But, as with most things involving puppies and kittens on the internet, it's also kind of adorable. Please let this be the last word on "First Kiss." --Peter Weber

Late Night Antics
12:59 a.m. ET

"You're looking at me so disappointed, Alex," Jimmy Fallon told Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, after shoving him in a phone booth with NBA giant Shaquille O'Neal on Monday's Late Night. "You're looking at me, like, 'This is a game show?'" It is, called "Phone Booth," and it's probably a lot more fun to watch than play. Now, you'd think having Trebek in your booth would be a big plus — and it was — but it didn't save the Shaq booth from losing a round over the Spice Girls. Fitting O'Neal in the phone booth by himself was enough of a stretch, and by the end things got a little silly. Watch below, and feel a special pang of sympathy for Blacklist star Megan Boone. Peter Weber

hollywood 411
12:26 a.m. ET

Goodbye River Heights, hello New York City: CBS is developing a new series on everyone's favorite titian-haired girl detective, except now Nancy Drew is in her 30s and working for the NYPD.

Grey's Anatomy writers and executive producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, with Dan Jinks, are working on the show, Entertainment Weekly reports, describing it as a "contemporary take on the character from the iconic book series." In her role as an NYPD detective, Nancy "investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world." If the show gets picked up, it won't be Nancy's first time on the small screen — ABC aired The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries in the late 1970s, and a 2002 made-for-TV movie about the girl detective starred Maggie Lawson.

Full disclosure: I am a hardcore fan of the Nancy Drew series, who read every single book as a kid and was brainwashed into thinking all houses have secret passages and spooky secrets. Because of my devotion, there are several things I think this new show needs to have (are you listening, producers?). First, Nancy's family, friends, and blue roadster must make appearances; I especially want to see her lawyer father Carson Drew, housekeeper Hannah Gruen, and "special friend" Ned Nickerson (and while we're at it, make sure he doesn't stray from how he's described in the books — handsome, smart, and willing to do whatever Nancy says without asking any questions). Also, keep the paranormal element, as Nancy thrived when she was investigating a haunting or going to a seance. Finally, don't strip Nancy of the spunk and spirit that makes her so enchanting — she's going to need it in the big city. Catherine Garcia

October 5, 2015
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After finding out some of its gluten-free products may contain wheat, General Mills announced Monday a voluntary recall of about 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios.

The affected boxes were produced in Lodi, California, and shipped across the country. In a statement, Jim Murphy, president of the General Mills cereal division, explained that the "Lodi production facility lost rail service for a time and our gluten-free oat flour was being off-loaded from rail cars to trucks for delivery to our facility on the dates in question. In an isolated incident involving purely human error, wheat flour was inadvertently introduced into our gluten-free oat flour system at Lodi."

The recalled boxes of Cheerios have a "better if used by" date of July 14, 15, 16, or 17, 2016, and an "LD" plant code, and the Honey Nut Cheerios boxes have a "better if used by" date of July 12-25, 2016, and an "LD" plant code. People with wheat allergies, celiac disease, or gluten intolerance should not eat cereal from those boxes, and affected customers can call 1-800-775-8370 for a replacement or full refund. Catherine Garcia

October 5, 2015
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On Friday, President Obama will go to Roseburg, Oregon, to visit with the families of those killed last week at Umpqua Community College.

His schedule has not been finalized yet, White House officials told USA Today, but he will meet with the families privately. On Thursday, police say a 26-year-old man shot and killed eight classmates and an instructor on campus before killing himself during a gunfight with officers. This will be Obama's first trip to Roseburg as president, but in 2008, he made a surprise campaign stop in the southern Oregon town. Catherine Garcia

oregon school shooting aftermath
October 5, 2015
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Saying that Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin holds "extremist" views on gun control, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is calling for his resignation.

As sheriff, Hanlin is leading the investigation into last week's deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, which left nine people and the gunman dead. In 2013, he wrote a letter to Vice President Joe Biden saying: "Gun control is NOT the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings.... I will refuse to participate in, nor tolerate enforcement actions against citizens that are deemed unconstitutional." Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign, said in a statement that "in pledging not to enforce the new law, John Hanlin has clearly demonstrated that his political ideology trumps his responsibility to protect his community."

Hanlin also posted on his personal Facebook page a link to a video called "Sandy Hook Shooting — Fully Exposed," which suggested that the Sept. 11 attacks and the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 26 people in Newtown, Connecticut, were staged by the government in order to take guns away from people. The now-deleted post was captioned: "This makes me wonder who we can trust anymore." On Friday, Hanlin said that he now thinks Sandy Hook was not a conspiracy, the BBC reports, and he told The Oregonian that his "focus right now is on getting this investigation completed and taking care of the victims and the victims' families. Now is not an appropriate time to have those conversations."

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) noted Monday that Hanlin "is an elected official accountable to the voters of Douglas County," adding through a spokeswoman: "The evaluation of his performance, past and present, is up to them." Catherine Garcia

October 5, 2015

Grace Lee Boggs, a longtime civil rights activist, died Monday at her home in Detroit. She was 100. Her trustees said she died "as she lived, surrounded by books, politics, people, and ideas."

Born in Rhode Island in 1915 to Chinese immigrants, Boggs graduated from Barnard College in 1935 and received her PhD from Bryn Mawr in 1940. Because she was a woman and a minority, she was unable to land a position in academia, so she turned to social justice activism. Along with her husband, James Boggs, she was active in several movements, supporting labor, civil, tenants, and women's rights, NBC News reports. Boggs was one of the organizers of the 1963 march down Detroit's Woodward Avenue with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Grass Roots Leadership Conference with Malcolm X.

Boggs and her husband founded Detroit Summer, which gives kids the opportunity to participate in projects that revitalize Detroit neighborhoods, and the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership. "As the child of Chinese immigrants and as a woman, Grace learned early on that the world needed changing, and she overcame barriers to do just that," President Obama said Monday. "She understood the power of community organizing at its core — the importance of bringing about change and getting people involved to shape their own destiny."

The author of several books, including The Next American Revolution — Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, she was the subject of a 2014 documentary by filmmaker Grace Lee, which aired on PBS stations across the United States. "I love that she was a woman of action and reflection, someone who learned from the past but would not get stuck in it," Lee told NBC News. Catherine Garcia

a preventable tragedy
October 5, 2015

Authorities in Tennessee say an 11-year-old boy shot and killed his 8-year-old neighbor Saturday after she wouldn't let him see her puppy.

Jefferson County Sheriff Bud McCoig told The Washington Post the boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the girl's death, and the case could eventually be transferred to adult court. McCoig said each child had a puppy, but when the boy asked to see the girl's puppy and she refused, he went into his house and retrieved a 12-gauge shotgun that belonged to his father and was in an unlocked closet. He fired from inside the house, hitting the girl as she stood outside in her yard. First responders found her with a gunshot wound to the chest, McCoig said, and she later died at a local hospital.

McCoig did not name the children, who both attended White Pine School in White Pine, Tennessee, but Latasha Dyer told WATE that her daughter McKayla was the victim. "She was a precious girl," she said. "She was a mommy's girl. No matter how bad of a mood you were in, she could always make you smile." Dyer said she went to White Pine School's principal because the boy was "making fun" of her daughter, "calling her names, just being mean to her." After talking with the principal, she said, "he quit for awhile, and then all of a sudden... he shot her." Counselors are on hand to offer support to students and staff at White Pine School, and McCoig said his department is getting through the investigation "by the grace of God." Catherine Garcia

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