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POSTED: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 11:00 AM
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Chris Brown (L) and Rihanna attend a basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez (Getty Images)

Rihanna wants everyone to leave her alone so she can go on making her own mistake. The pop star opened up to Rolling Stone about being brainwashed getting back together with Chris Brown. You know, the guy that beat her up, got into a nightclub brawl with Drake, and just fought with Internet champion and Grammy nominee, Frank Ocean in the parking lot of a recording studio. Rihanna explains that they "know what they have now" and that Brown totally won't beat her up again.

And Rihanna says that if Brown were ever to display a hint of his past behavior towards her, she is ready to walk. "He doesn't have the luxury of f****** up again," she says. "That's just not an option. I can't say that nothing else will ever go wrong. But I'm pretty solid in the knowing that he's disgusted by that. And I wouldn't have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility.

Hooray, logic! Now that Brown knows he can't beat her up, he totally won't. It's basically science. Plus, Brown's ability to avoid physical altercations and legal controversy since the assualty is tangible evidence that he's changed his ways.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 9:44 AM
A man yelling at his wife. (Stockphoto)

Sabino Kornrich—of the Center for Advanced Studies at the Juan March Institute in Madrid—is the lead author on a study that examined how the breakdown of household chores among heterosexual American couples translates to sexual activity. Basically, he wanted to see if men who do laundry and mop have sex with their wives as frequently as dudes who are all, "Argh, me no vacuum."

Bad news, you guys.

"Couples in which men participate more in housework typically done by women report having sex less frequently. Similarly, couples in which men participate more in traditionally masculine tasks -- such as yard work, paying bills, and auto maintenance -- report higher sexual frequency."

POSTED: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 8:54 AM
Brian Williams appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to slow jam the news with The Roots. (AP Photo)

Struggling to understand what's going on with the debt ceiling and fiscal cliff? No worries, Allison Williams' dad, Brian (you know, that guy from Rock Center), stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this week to break it down for you. Ohhhhhh, yeahhhhhhh. Luckily, The Legendary Roots Crew lent a hand. Also, brace yourself for a slew of inuendos.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 3:04 PM
Friends Bill Akers, Patrick Schultheis, Sean Raftis and Mike Konesky have been playing a 23-year game of tag across the country. Image via Sean Raftis and the Wall Street Journal. (Image via Sean Raftis, Wall Street Journal)

A group of men who became friends while attending Gonzaga Preparatory School in Washington have been carrying on a game of tag for 23 years. The game is only alive during February and has incorporated a bit of manifest destiny into its rules. One of the guys is a lawyer and drew up a contract stipulating the rules (tag-backs aren't allowed, so don't even think about it). Now, every February, the fellas get super paranoid and enlist the help of wives, friends and co-workers to try to protect themselves or get one of their buddies. Obviously, there are some risks involved, though.

What they didn't know was Sean Raftis, who was "It," had flown in from Seattle and was folded in the trunk of the Honda Accord. When the trunk was opened he leapt out and tagged Mr. Tombari, whose wife was so startled she fell backward off the curb and tore a ligament in her knee.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 12:07 PM
FILE - This March 27, 2006 file photo, shows a Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and ammunition on display at the Seattle Police headquarters in Seattle. The maker of the Bushmaster rapid-fire weapon used to kill schoolchildren in Connecticut on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, was put up for sale on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, as investors soured on the gun business. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

A Chicago-area high school will conduct a school shooting drill on Wednesday. Cary-Grove High School—located northwest of Chicago—has planned a 15-20 minute "code red" drill with blank ammunition to help teach students what gunfire sounds like and how they should react in the event of an attack at the school. Many parents aren't thrilled about the idea.

Parent Sharon Miller says the way Cary-Grove has planned the code red drill is absurd and also thinks it’s not necessary to shoot blanks in the hallway.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 10:44 AM
Alex Rodriguez had surgery on his left hip Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined until after the All-Star break. (Matt Slocum/AP file)

Hey, get ready for another A-Rod steroids story because, duh. The Yankees third baseman's name turned up—along with a slew of his constituents—in the records of a alleged Miami-based PED dealer. Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera, Wayne Odesnik (tennis, read a book), and others have reportedly been linked to the anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis. And by "anti-aging clinic," the Miami New Times means, "front for HGH distribution."

They were given to New Times by an employee who worked at Biogenesis before it closed last month and its owner abruptly disappeared. The records are clear in describing the firm's real business: selling performance-enhancing drugs, from human growth hormone (HGH) to testosterone to anabolic steroids.

The clinic's chief, 49-year-old Anthony Bosch, had his name pop up in connection with steroids back in '09 when Manny Ramirez ('member him?) tested positive for banned substances. Also, he keeps incredibly detailed records that help to offer gems like a line noting A-Rod's name and a payment of $3,500 listed directly above, "1.5/1.5 HGH (sports perf.) creams test., glut., MIC, supplement, sports perf. Diet."

POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 9:39 AM
Ray Lewis wears eye black in memory of Ravens former owner Art Modell back in September. Lewis will be retiring at the end of this season after 17seasons in the NFL. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, FIle)

Sports Illustrated has published an in-depth examination of a company called Sports with Alternatives to Steroids (S.W.A.T.S.) and its relationship with high-profile athletes, including Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.

S.W.A.T.S. is an edgy sports science company run by a gym owner/former stripper. The company specializes in holographic stickers, deer-antler pills, and other, um, progressive means of enhancing a player's performance.

David Epstein and George Dohrmann write that S.W.A.T.S. owner Mitch Ross recorded a phone conversation with Lewis after the linebacker's injury in October.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 8:44 AM
Neil Heslin holds a portrait of himself and his son, Jesse Lewis, who was killed in the Newtown massacre. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

The Connecticut Post has published an article about the Gun Violence Protection Working Group's hearings addressing gun control in wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. Some 1,500 people made their way to the Legislative Office Building at the Capitol complex in Hartford. Neil Heslin—whose son was killed in the rampage—spoke about the need for change.

"The Second Amendment!" was shouted a couple of times by as many as a dozen gun enthusiasts in the meeting room as Neil Heslin, holding a photo of his slain 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, asked why Bushmaster assault-style weapons are allowed to be sold in the state.

Heslin continued to speak, unwavered by the cries from the crowd.

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