WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2012

For the first time, Starbucks fans will be able to create Vanilla Crème, Chocolate Crème and Green Tea Frappuccinos in the privacy of their own home via a new single-cup coffee-maker called the “Verismo.”  To simulate the complete Starbuck’s experience as closely as possible, the machine won’t work until you insert $6.75 in the slot provided -- and the deluxe model comes with free wi-fi.

As if an NBA team franchise isn’t already lucrative enough, league officials are seriously considering allowing owners to display product logos on team uniforms.  Even though official permission has yet to be granted, LA Lakers forward Kobe Bryant is already sporting the name of his favorite corporate sponsor on his headband  – Van Cleef & Arpells.

Six paintings by Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Karel Appel, Jean Dubuffet and Fernand Leger stolen in 1988 were found by chance in the estate of a deceased German art dealer.   While art forgery experts are performing chemical tests to confirm their authenticity, one of them seems to be raising some suspicion even among laymen unfamiliar with art – it’s the one entitled “Nude Descending Staircase in Tiger Woods’ Miami Beach Condo.”    

Signed less than a year ago for $10 million to help launch “Current TV,” the cable network founded by Al Gore, Keith Olberman, host of “Countdown,” has been handed his walking papers.  Well, not walking papers exactly.  Remember how Keith used to toss his script at the camera lens to end his show?  This time, the producer tossed back a pink slip.  

A man hunting quail outside Denver became confused when a flock suddenly took wing right in front of him, mistook a woman hunter wearing her hair in a Mohawk for one of the birds, and shot her with his 12-gauge.  Now the guy will stand trial for three felonies – hunting without a license, attempting to commit a hate crime against a native American, and impersonating Dick Cheney. 

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