Why is “Trouble Maker,” a K-pop song that's been around for a year, suddenly getting worldwide Twitter love? I blame end-of-year lists and an upcoming awards ceremony.
On a less global scale, residents along the East Coast continue to be curious about this weekend’s weather, and Maryland residents are getting antsy about whether Congress will manage to avoid the fiscal cliff. Additionally, there’s national attention focused on what lawmakers decide to do regarding guns.
Finally, a member of Australia’s Janoskians has given opinions on his favorite foods. Gripping stuff.
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Norman Schwarzkopf (George H W Bush)
Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991 but kept a low public profile in controversies over the second Gulf War against Iraq, died Thursday. He was 78*. [Los Angeles Times]
*The elder Bush, under whom he fought the war, has been hospitalized for a month.
Clouds are expected to move in overnight, bringing snowfall by the wee hours of Saturday morning. The snow is expected to turn to rain and sleet in many areas by the afternoon, with 1-2 inches of snow possible through Saturday evening in Baltimore and points south and 2-4 inches to the north and west. [Baltimore Sun]
Feliz 2013, Happy New Year, NYE, Boxing Day
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We’re between Christmas and the new year right now, and there’s plenty to do. [Top Baltimore-area New Year's Eve events]
Two fumbles inside the Bearcats' 6 spelled doom for the Blue Devils as Cincinnati scored twice during the final minute for a 48-34 victory over Duke in the Belk Bowl. [Wire service via Baltimore Sun]
The heart of Rocknroll officially belongs to Kate Winslet. The Oscar-winning actress wed Ned Rocknroll (born Ned Abel Smith) in a secret ceremony early this month. [Wire service via Baltimore Sun]
If Avery Johnson were coach of a team from New Jersey, where and when expectations were much lower, he wouldn't be out of a job. But Johnson was fired Thursday, a New York minute after being named NBA coach of the month in November. The Nets are just 14-14 after losing 10 of their last 13 games. [Wire service via Baltimore Sun]
The holiday season in the K-pop world signifies the coming of the SBS Gayo Daejun -- the end-of-year broadcast special in South Korea where celebrities come together for special performances and collaborations. [billboard.com]
The Janoskians member answered questions about his food preferences, favorite baby names, etc.,. [Twitter]
A Frederick family, like untold numbers of families across the United States, are waiting to see whether Russian President Vladimir Putin decides to block adoptions between the two countries. Putin signaled Thursday that he would sign a law to create the ban. [Baltimore Sun]
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President Barack Obama and congressional leaders were set to meet on Friday for the first time since November with no sign of progress in resolving their differences over the federal budget and low expectations for a "fiscal cliff" deal before January 1. [Wire service via Baltimore Sun]
Led Zeppelin, Kennedy Center Honors
Taped at the start of the month in Washington, D.C., the ever-classy Kennedy Center Honors ceremony – which honored the band – had its yearly CBS telecast Wednesday night. [zap2it.com]
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