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June 15, 2015
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Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has already tried dusting himself off and running again. So when he lost in a tight race in 2014 to Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Brown decided to retreat from politics in favor of doing some good old manual labor, working a few days a week as a bike mechanic at Gus' Bike Shop in North Hampton, New Hampshire:

"Back in December, I came in and said, 'Listen, I don't need a job, I don’t need any money, but I've always wanted to learn how to put together and take apart bikes,'" Brown told Seacoast Online.

A cyclist and triathlete, Brown said learning to repair bikes has always been "a bucket list thing." Samantha Rollins

October 6, 2014

After his infamous anti-Semitic rant in 2011 went public, celebrated fashion designer John Galliano left Christian Dior in disgrace. Now, three years later, he's returning to the fashion industry, joining Paris house Maison Martin Margiela as its creative director.

Galliano was booted from Dior after he was caught drunkenly hurling anti-Semitic remarks at a couple at a Paris bar. A court fined him $8,400 for "anti-Semitic behavior." Galliano later apologized for the incident and said he was an alcoholic.

Galliano is currently embroiled in a labor case against his former employers for wrongful termination, WWD reports. Galliano is seeking $7.6 million, and a works tribunal will begin hearings in Galliano's case on Nov. 4.

Maison Martin Margiela's parent company, OTB, released a statement Monday announcing Galliano's hire and praising his "non-conformist creative talent." He will oversee the design of all Margiela lines, including couture as well as women's and men's ready-to-wear collections, according to WWD. Galliano's first designs for Margiela are expected at Paris Couture Week in January.

"Margiela is ready for a new charismatic creative soul," Renzo Rosso, president of OTB, said in a statement. "John Galliano is one of the greatest, undisputed talents of all time — a unique, exceptional couturier for a maison that always challenged and innovated the world of fashion. I look forward to his return to create that fashion dream that only he can create, and wish him to here find his new home." Meghan DeMaria

July 8, 2014
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When Taylor Swift isn't shaming her ex-boyfriends and offering life advice to high schoolers through her songs, she's writing for The Wall Street Journal about the current state of the music industry.

Swift has some ideas about how artists can sell more albums: They just need to bare their souls, the way that she does in her music:

I'd like to point out that people are still buying albums, but now they're buying just a few of them. They are buying only the ones that hit them like an arrow through the heart or have made them feel strong or allowed them to feel like they really aren't alone in feeling so alone. [The Wall Street Journal]

If artists just made music that shot audiences "like an arrow through the heart," everything would be solved! Swift realizes that "it isn't as easy today as it was 20 years ago to have a multiplatinum-selling album," but "that should challenge and motivate" artists, not discourage them.

Among Swift's other statements is the odd opinion that "pop sounds like hip-hop," and she closes the article by stating what she'd really love in life: "a nice garden." Meghan DeMaria

June 7, 2014
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Nearly two decades since he penned his last "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip, reclusive cartoonist Bill Watterson emerged this week, on a syndicated-strip collaboration, Time reports.

Stephen Pastis, a syndicated cartoonist ("Pearls Before Swine") sent Watterson a strip dedicated to "Calvin and Hobbes," thanking the iconic cartoonist for his unknowing influence. To Pastis' surprise, Watterson wrote back, asking if Pastis would be interested in a collaboration.

The resulting comic strips appeared this week, and Pastis shares the full story — along with links to the cartoons — in a blog post. Sarah Eberspacher

June 3, 2014
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David Beckham's second act as an H&M model just might not be doing it for him. In an upcoming BBC documentary about his life, the soccer star revealed that he's considering coming out of retirement to play soccer again because he had "a tough time" adjusting to life outside athletics.

Since the 39-year-old officially ended his career, he's been working on launching a Major League Soccer team in Miami. Perhaps that's where he would start his comeback tour. "There's never been a player-owner," Beckham hinted, "but maybe?"

He added: "Now I go to watch a basketball game and, when you are watching athletes play at the top of their game, for me it gives me that itch again and I want to be back in the game then and I start thinking to myself 'Could I play again? Could I go back? Could I come out of retirement and start playing again?'" Here's to hoping he scratches that itch. Jordan Valinsky

May 5, 2014
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This morning, the World Health Organization declared polio an international health emergency, saying the recent spread of the virus is cause for global concern.

The WHO specified Syria, Cameroon, and Pakistan as areas that are particularly vulnerable to polio's spread. These three countries showed higher rates of polio transmission to other countries, even when the virus wasn't as widespread. A total of 10 countries are currently reporting evidence of polio outbreaks.

"If the situation as of today and April 2014 is unchecked, it could result in the failure to eradicate globally one of the world's most serious vaccine preventable diseases," Dr. Bruce Ayleward, the WHO assistant director general for polio, emergencies, and country collaboration, told Time.

Emergency measures include required polio vaccines for residents of Syria, Cameroon, and Pakistan who plan to travel outside their countries. The committee will reconvene in three months to re-evaluate their recommendations to control the disease. Meghan DeMaria

April 28, 2014
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It's almost been a year since Paula Deen admitted to using racial slurs and was booted from the Food Network. Since then, the celebrity chef and butter aficionado has mostly stayed away from the spotlight. So, the time is ripe to plot a comeback tour — at least, that's what Deen hopes.

The 67-year-old celebrity chef known for her heart-clogging Southern-inspired recipes is embarking on "Paula Deen Live!," a live show featuring cooking demonstrations, games, and personal stories. The tour will stop in 20 cities across America. "I cannot wait to get on the road and meet so many of my amazing fans during these shows," said Deen in a statement.

The tour marks Deen's return to the spotlight since last year's media firestorm around her use of the N-word caused her to lose her Food Network show and several of her corporate sponsorships. The Associated Press notes that all of the cities announced so far on the tour (five) are located in her "Southern comfort zone," so it won't be too scary for her.

The first city on the tour is Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where a $20 million restaurant featuring her name is under construction. Ah, synergy. Jordan Valinsky

March 31, 2014

Remember O-Town? The generic boy band spawned from ABC's Making the Band is coming back after a decade absence. O-Town members Erik, Dan, Trevor, and Jacob teased on their website that a new single is coming soon (sans key original member Ashley Parker Angel, unfortunately). What a time to be alive!

O-Town member Jacob Underwood said the band started the reunion talks for the "fun of it" until they snowballed into something bigger. "We are blessed to be able to apply what we've learned to create something stimulating and beautiful, that we can call ours," he said. "This isn't just a reunion for us. It's a new beginning."

Read more at Billboard. --Jordan Valinsky

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