Augustine Reyes Chan

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Respected Lawyer Gets Blackout Drunk Off Wine and Pills, Goes Crazy on Flight

On a US Airways flight carrying 267 passengers that departed from Charlotte, North Carolina, to London this week, a female lawyer in first class tried to unwind and sleep by taking Zaleplon, a prescribed drug for insomnia, and drinking three glasses of wine on an empty stomach after having refused dinner. That’s when she says she blacked out.

When she regained consciousness, she found herself being restrained and her flight, then in Nova Scotia, being diverted to Philadelphia, where several law enforcement officers were waiting to take her to the Tinicum Township Police Department for investigation.

Only 51 Percent of Americans Believe Businesses Should Have to Serve Same-Sex Couples, Poll Finds

After the Supreme Court ruled last month that all states are required to recognize same-sex marriage, one might believe a majority of Americans would also support the idea that businesses shouldn’t be able to refuse service to customers based on their sexual orientation.

But according to an Associated Press-GfK poll, Americans are still heavily divided on that issue, and gay marriage in general. Current support for gay marriage is lower than it was earlier this year. The percentage of those in support of same-sex marriage is very close to those who denounce it, with 42% in favor of same-sex marriage compared to 40% who oppose it.

Chinese Librarian Steals $17 Million in Artwork, Replaces Them With Fakes

A librarian at a Chinese university stole precious 17th and 20th century pieces of Chinese art and got away with it for years by replacing them with fakes, only to find that his fakes looked so real that they were later stolen and replaced with new fakes.

Xiao Yuan, 57, stole the art, which mostly consisted of landscapes and calligraphies, and replaced them with forgeries he made between 2004 to 2006 while working at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Security was lax enough for Xiao to remove the artwork and then replace them. Students and professors could borrow art just as easily as they could borrow books from the library.

Actress Claims She was Paid 10 Percent of What Male Co-Star Was Being Paid in Big Film

Actress Amanda Seyfried is speaking out about the gender gap in Hollywood, where female actresses are often paid less than their male co-stars even when their roles in a movie carry the same weight.

Amanda Seyfried, 29, famous for her roles in “Mamma Mia!”, “Dear John” and “Les Misérables,” revealed to The Sunday Times that it’s rare for a woman in her industry to land a salary that that’s equal to what her male counterpart gets. Seyfried said:

Author Reveals the Real Difference Between ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ and the Real Wall Street

John LeFevre, the British-born former banker behind Goldman Sachs Elevator, has just substantiated for those outside the insular world of investment banking that the behavior on Wall Street is spot on with how the movie “Wolf of Wall Street” portrayed it.

One discrepancy between real life and the movie, according to LeFevre, however, is the background of the people living fast and hard.

Amazon Fighting Walmart Over Who Has the Best Sale is Great News for Shoppers

Walmart is going head to head with Amazon by offering “Black Friday deals” on July 15, shortly after Amazon declared their own “Prime Day.”

Last week, Amazon, the behemoth online e-tailer, announced that it would slash prices on many items on Wednesday, July 15, just as they do on Black Friday, the shopping day renowned for its steep post-Thanksgiving discounts.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Tweets About Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter this morning to voice his opinion on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states.

Cook is a gay rights activist who has been vocal in his support of marriage equality. After the Supreme Court ruled that gay couples can legally marry in every state in the U.S., Cook tweeted that the ruling “marks a victory for equality, perseverance and love,” while also quoting his predecessor, Apple founder Steve Jobs.