Steve Marsi

Steve Marsi

I post on sports, politics and offbeat news for THG.

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An 82-year-old enrolled in college classes after her husband died, and inspired her fellow students so much that they voted her Homecoming Queen.

Frances Wood enrolled at Mid-America Nazarene University in Kansas, to take classes in finance, history and literature after her husband of 59 years passed.

"I was beginning to get just a little lonely and depressed," the grandmother told KCTV. "I needed something different to do and, believe me, this is different."

She's quickly won hearts all over the campus, handing out homemade business cards with her number and email address so students can reach out to her.

"We feel loved by her," said student Konner McIntire, who was inspired to write a story about her new friend, whom she calls the most popular girl on campus.

"She's like a grandma away from home."

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Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy are rumored to be on the rocks, and although she denies this, the report stemmed from a hilarious incident.

The Danish tennis star tweeted an embarrassing photo of her open-mouthed sleeping sweetheart, the Northern Irish golf champion, last month.

It led to reports that the famous pair have split. That doesn't appear to be the case, but you can see why Rory might not have been too thrilled:

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Wozniacki addressed the "controversy" this week, saying, “I’m so tired of the rumors. They occur every time Rory and I are apart a few days or do not write on Twitter."

"There is nothing in it, and from now on I think I will keep my private life private. It is so annoying that the media and the so-called sources constantly spread rumors."

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Cory Booker, the charismatic mayor of Newark, is now a member of the U.S. Senate from New Jersey after winning a special election on Wednesday.

The Democrat, heavily favored in polls, defeated conservative Republican Steve Lonegan. Booker had an 11-point lead with the vote 90 percent counted.

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Booker, 44, spoke to supporters in Newark and thanked them for turning out to vote against the backdrop of the 16-day government shutdown.

"You didn't just vote, you believed that your vote and choice mattered," he said. "It would have been easy to listen to this frustrating negativity and stay home."

"But here in New Jersey, more than a million people rejected cynicism and came out on a Wednesday, in the middle of October, to fight the cynicism."

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U.S. Senate leaders said Wednesday that they reached a bipartisan agreement to end a 16-day government shutdown and avert default on the national debt.

Congress will now attempt to quickly advance the legislation in hopes of avoiding default on the national debt and reopening the government tomorrow.

Crucially, conservatives in the Senate, particularly Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, said they would not use procedural tactics to slow a vote on the legislation.

That brightens the odds of a quick solution on the bipartisan deal to reopen the government through mid-January and raise the debt ceiling until February.

Its exact path through both chambers and prospects for passage are still uncertain, however, and nothing has been officially signed as of now.

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What began as a simple snorkel off the coast of Southern California last weekend ended with the discovery of an 18-foot oarfish by a marine science instructor.

If you haven't heard of the oarfish, you're not alone. The giant deep-sea creature remains little known to the science world as well as people outside it.

So imagine the shock of Jasmine Santana, who found the 18-foot-long, silvery fish with reddish fins and eyes the size of a half-dollar staring at her ...

Realizing it was dead, she snatched the fish's tail from the ocean floor (in 15 feet of water), and using low tide and buoyancy to her advantage, powered up to shore.

After a 15-minute swim hauling its 400-pound carcass, she needed help from 14 people to get the fish out of the water at Toyon Bay, California.

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Harry Belafonte wants to sell the original, penned speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr., and the late civil rights icon's estate is none too thrilled about it.

Belafonte has the notes that were in Dr. King's suit pocket when he was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968, among other items he says MLK gave him.

The 86-year-old Belafonte also has a condolence letter written to King's widow, Coretta Scott King (1927-2006), by then-President Lyndon Johnson.

He also has various MLK speeches, including an outline of the famous "The Casualties of the War in Vietnam" speech delivered by the acclaimed orator.

Belafonte tried to sell the documents at a Sotheby's auction in 2008, but the Estate objected and the auction was nixed. How he is suing to try again.

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A list of the highest paid TV actors has been released by Forbes magazine, and you might be surprised at some of the names who come out on top.

Number-one on the list? Ashton Kutcher of Two and a Half Men. The actor earned an estimated $24 million from June 2012 to June 2013 alone.

It's a staggering amount considering that 11 million viewers watch the sitcom, down from 28 million when he first stepped in to replace Charlie Sheen.

The ratings are still favorable compared to most, though, and for a show that is in syndication, which generates a lot of income, he's worth it to CBS.

Ashton Kutcher is also still involved in making films (though Jobs didn't exactly set the box office on fire) and is an investor in several tech companies.

Number-two on the list?

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There may be some bad blood between Kendrick Lamar and Drake, but both topped the winners list at the 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards last night.

After scoring 14 nominations, Lamar - who threw shade at Drake once again Tuesday at the Atlanta Civic Center - walked away with five awards.

Kendrick claimed Lyricist of the Year, Album of the Year and MVP of the Year. Drake, who didn't attend Tuesday's show, also earned five awards.

Drizzy claimed Best Hip-Hop Video and Track of the Year, both for his smash hit single "Started From the Bottom," among other trophies.

Call it a tie for King of the Genre among the artists, regardless of how they view each other. Here's the full list of winners from the 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards:

Best Hip-Hop Video: Drake, "Started From the Bottom"

Best Live Performer: Jay Z

Lyricist of the Year: Kendrick Lamar

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Nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 2014 class have been revealed, and one group stands head and shoulders above all.

Nirvana, the influential grunge rock trio whose first album release came a quarter century ago, is eligible for consideration for the first time in 2014.

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The band joins the ranks of other first-time nominees such as Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates and Yes in vying for music immortality.

Also on the ballot are favorites from last year such as Kiss, Chic, Deep Purple and The Meters, along with hip-hop luminaries N.W.A. and LL Cool J.

It's a diverse field, one that will likely see fan support behind beloved acts and spark plenty of debate over what even constitutes a rock and roll artist.

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Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez and his fiancee Shayanna Jenkins had what you might call a "don't ask, don't tell" policy when it came to his shady dealings.

So when he called her to tell her it was "important" for her to get rid of a box "right away" in the days after his friend found executed, she did so with no hesitation.

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Shayanna Jenkins took the box, covered it with baby clothes, stuffed into black trash bag, put it in her sister's car and drove to a dumpster and tossed it away.

Bristol County (Mass.) D.A. Patrick Bomberg revealed this in court Tuesday, where Jenkins was indicted on perjury charges. She is free on recognizance.

During the hearing, the court was told that Jenkins was given immunity to testify about the murder of Odin Lloyd, for which Hernandez is charged.

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