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POSTED: Monday, March 23, 2015, 10:48 AM

Over the weekend, NC State knocked Villanova out of the NCAA College Basketball Tournament, ending March Madness for the school and breaking more than a few hearts. But none seemed more upset than lone piccolo player from ‘Nova’s band: 

That’s Roxanne Chalifoux — a senior (and band member) at Villanova. And the Internet, as it turns out, loves her tears:

POSTED: Monday, March 23, 2015, 9:15 AM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
Singer Taylor Swift, winner of the International Female Solo Artist Award, poses in the winners room during the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Getty Images)

Taylor Swift has reportedly attempted to prevent porn producers from using her fame to draw visitors to their sites by snapping up two domains featuring her name.

The "Shake It Off" hitmaker has purchased the rights to and to stop others from taking advantage of her popularity once the alternative domain names become available to the general public this June, according to CNN.

Public figures and companies have been given advance access to register the new .porn, .adult and .sucks sites, which cost up to $2,500 each.

POSTED: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 4:01 PM
Riley Carty, 10, of Westville, NJ, will have surgery at CHOP to help stop his uncontrollable seizures.

A New Jersey boy got an outpouring of support from his heroes—police officers and firefighters—as he prepares to take the next step in his battle against epilepsy.

Riley Carty, 10, of Westville, NJ, began having seizures when he was seven-years-old. At a certain point, the medication designed to help control his seizures stopped working, and so his family decided to pursue temporal lobe surgery, a procedure in which doctors remove he part of the brain that causes seizures.

His mother, Jenn, told Fox29 Riley asked for “police t-shirts to wear as PJs,” before surgery. A Camden EMT, Jenn reached out and began receiving paraphernalia from police and fire departments from different states.

POSTED: Friday, March 20, 2015, 12:51 PM
Jon Gosselin arrives at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on Aug. 29, 2009, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Wet Republic)

Former reality TV star Jon Gosselin has been keeping busy lately with his new DJ career, and though he’s settling into that gig only recently, it looks like he’s considering yet another career: Pennsylvania state representative. Previously, he held positions as a waiter, solar panel installer, and app developer.

“I’m contemplating running for office,” Gosselin told OK! Magazine this week. “Like political office, so I have a meeting, but I’m still hesitant on that because I’m more intimidated, even though politics is kind of like entertainment.” 

When asked what office he’s eyeing, the Reading resident reveals he’d like a crack at being a state rep.

POSTED: Thursday, March 19, 2015, 12:55 PM
A Monopoly game is seen during the Monopoly U.S. National Championship tournament at Union Station April 15, 2009 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The classic table game Monopoly celebrates its 80th anniversary today, and it is commemorating the event by excluding Atlantic City — the birthplace of the game — from its board altogether. Instead, Pierre, South Dakota will take its place.

Game maker Hasbro held a public vote for its upcoming anniversary edition of Monopoly, offering voters 20 Americans cities to be included on "Monopoly Here & Now." And, unfortunately, it looks like Atlantic City just couldn’t make the cut.

Cities that did, though, include Cleveland, Denver, and New York. Voting wrapped up earlier this month, with the results coming out today in honor of World Monopoly Day. 

POSTED: Thursday, March 19, 2015, 11:12 AM
Comedy Central.

North Philly native Kevin Hart chatted with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show Wednesday, relaying a story in the process about what he says was the most embarrassing moment of his life.

Hart, it turns, is no fan of airport bathrooms — or, at least, not after someone kicked in the door on a stall he was using to snap a picture of him.

“What do you do? I was sitting there, and I’m looking at him. The first thing you want to do is cover up, but then you’re angry, so you gotta talk with your hands. I’m like, ‘I’m in the stall!’ He kicked open the door! I’m standing up like, ‘Get out, get out!’” Hart told Stewart Wednesday.

POSTED: Thursday, March 19, 2015, 10:35 AM

Comedian Hannibal Buress stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night to talk about, among other things, his Bill Cosby bit that “snowballed” and “really put a crimp in [Cosby’s] dating life” recently, as Kimmel put it. 

“It’s definitely a weird situation,” Buress said.

And by “weird situation,” Buress means “one that results in death threats.” But, as he told Kimmel, those threats aren’t always as upsetting as they first seem. Mostly, they turn out to be just awkward.

POSTED: Thursday, March 19, 2015, 10:27 AM
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C-SPAN might want to stop answering viewer calls from a man who goes by “Jack Strickland.”

On Tuesday, during an "Open Phones" segment with host Pedro Echevarria about congressional influence on negotiations with Iran, the aforementioned Jack Strickland called in to offer his point of view. Strickland began the commentary with a little background information on his life — he currently lives  in Bel Air, California, but is originally from West Philadelphia.

You probably know where the rest of this went.

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