• 7 University at Albany students charged with hazing sorority pledges

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    7 University at Albany students charged with hazing sorority pledges

    ALBANY, N.Y. (PIX11) – Seven University at Albany students are accused of blindfolding sorority recruits, making them eat mud and dousing them in rotten eggs and milk, sending one pledge to the hospital.

    The Times-Union of Albany reports that one sickened victim was treated and released from a hospital after she experienced an allergic reaction.

    Albany police made the arrests early Thursday and seven women were arraigned on misdemeanor hazing charges.

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    Katrina Bergvoy, Heaven Guanco, Monica Vitagliano, Tereyza Martin, Chinazao Ezekwem, Nicole Johnson and Jessica Raynor were arrested at the scene Thursday morning and each charged with one count of first degree hazing and one count second degree hazing.

    The victim told police the students told her to get on the ground and forced her to eat what appeared to be mud while pouring rotten milk and eggs, mold-covered food and the liquid that smelled like urine onto her face.

    Police said they responded to a home on the 400 block of Hamilton Street for a loud noise complaint. …read more  

  • Will Taylor Swift return to her country roots? Little Big Town has the answer

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    Will Taylor Swift return to her country roots? Little Big Town has the answer


    Is Taylor Swift circling back to country music? Little Big Town has some thoughts on the subject.

    “Taylor can do whatever she wants,” Little Big Town vocalist Kimberly Schlapman tells Billboard.

    Fresh off debuting Swift’s song “Better Man” at the Country Music Awards, the group — which includes Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook and Philip Sweet — was on hand to honor Attorney Joel A. Katz, chair, Global Entertainment and Media Practice of Greenberg Traurig, at the City of Hope Spirit of Life Gala.

    “Taylor is just musical. I don’t think she’s defined by anything other than she is a songwriter and an unbelievable performer and entertainer and incredible businesswoman,” says Little Big Town guitarist and singer Philip Sweet. “She is all things music, and we have known her for a long time and when she sent us this song we loved it instantly and just the fact that she wrote it is special too. It’s …read more  

  • Trump reportedly considering Kelly Ayotte for secretary of defense

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    Trump reportedly considering Kelly Ayotte for secretary of defense

    Many of the names that have been floated for Trump’s cabinet, like Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani, have been vocal Trump supporters for a long time.

    But Trump’s team is reportedly vetting Kelly Ayotte for secretary of defense, someone who just lost her Senate seat, according to The Washington Post.

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    If true, it’s surprising Ayotte’s name is even on the list, given her on again, off again relationship to the Trump candidacy.

    One of Trump’s most prominent defense and military surrogates, Gen. Mike Flynn, isn’t eligible for the position because of a law that requires the secretary of defense to be out of active military service for seven years before taking the job.

    But Ayotte alternated between tolerating Trump’s campaign and distancing herself from it — sometimes within the same 24 hours.

    “Would you point to him as a role model?” a debate moderator in the …read more