Another week, another slew of stories we didn't get to write about, but that you might want to comment on. The good news is that with a new staffer starting soon, we'll have more hands on deck and more chances to bring you the news when it happens. The bad news is scattered throughout these twelve stories below.
Microsoft has apologized for, mere hours after hosting a women in gaming luncheon, throwing a party with dancers dressed in provocative school-girl outfits. [Kotaku]
Katherine Heigl is doing cat litter commercials causing further speculation about how her supposedly difficult behavior on set has affected her career trajectory. [Celebitchy]
The distributor of the Nina Simone biopic Nina told THR that the backlash against Zoe Saldana "hearkens back to how we were treated when we were slaves." [The Hollywood Reporter]
Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million in a his privacy violation lawsuit against Gawker. The media company has said it will appeal the verdict. [TIME]
Bernie Sanders walked out of a televised interview with NBC affiliate KNPX. [Salon]
Rihanna's biggest fashion regret is not wearing a bedazzled thong to the CDFA Awards. [Stylewatch]
Rejoice! Prince is writing a memoir. [Essence]
SeaWorld has announced it will no longer house killer whales at its facilities. [CNN]
Kate Nash went on Instagram to describe an assault that happened to her in her own home. [Jezebel]
Waist Gang Society, the Kardashians favorite waist-trainer brand, is being sued for falsely claiming to "radically reduce waist size." [SheKnows]
What do you think about the state of the world? What do you think about the abortion restrictions in the state you live in (if you live in a state. Denial counts.)? Comment on these two questions, on these twelve stories, or anything else that we didn't (or did!) write about that you might want to comment on.
P.S. I have gotten all my best book recommendations over the years from you guys, so here I go again. If you wouldn't mind telling me your favorite recent nonfiction books that you think would be good to bring with me on my little mini-vacation this week, I will give you a book recommendation — or something else even nicer — in exchange. Thanks in advance if you can leave me some good juicy book ideas in the comments. And by the way, my idea of vacation reading is not light fare or whatever, so don't worry about that.