Hotness In The News Friday December 19

Hotness in the News, brought to you by SociaLifeChicago, is your daily intel for quick news stories to keep you up on what’s going on in Chicago and the world.  With sports, celebrity, business, fashion news and our ‘Look of The Day.’ Make small talk, better.

“Seven Deadly Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Science without humanity; Knowledge without character; Politics without principle; Commerce without morality; Worship without sacrifice.” ― Mahatma Gandhi


A new brewery is getting ready to open in the South Loop next month reports DNA info. Motor Row Brewing will open in the historic Motor Row in January. The 8,700-square-foot facility at 2337 S. Michigan Ave. will include brewing operations, distribution space and a full taproom that will open in January. [DNA INFO]


20-year-old hip-hop artist Bobby Shmurda (real name Ackquille Pollard) was arrested in a drug trafficking sting along with more than a dozen others of the GS9 crew, pleaded not guilty on Thursday. They are charged in a 69-count indictment that includes murder, attempted murder, dealing drugs, weapons possession and a list of other crimes in connection with a long-term investigation into shootings and narcotics dealing in Brooklyn. Despite the parallels between Shmurda’s lyrics and the indictment, his songs may not end up being used against him in court. A state Supreme Court in New Jersey recently ruled rap lyrics inadmissible as evidence of guilt unless they include a “strong nexus” to the crime. [WASHINGTON POST]


North Korea’s cyber attack on Sony Pictures systems may have been practice run for their long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations. Although not officially accused by Washington, U.S. government sources said on Wednesday that investigators had determined the attack was “state sponsored” and that North Korea was the government involved. [REUTERS] The Australian town of Cairns is in the news today because 8 children were found stabbed to death and a 34-year-old woman who was the mother of at least seven of the children had been taken to hospital with stab wounds. The children were found by their elder sibling, a 20-year-old man, when he returned to the house. [BBC]


The Chicago Bulls beat NY Knicks 109-97 with Jimmy Butler scoring a career-high 35 points and seven assists. Pau Gasol contributed 20 points with seven rebounds and Aaron Brooks added 18 points. [USATODAY] #2 ranked Duke beat defending national champion UCONN 66-56 with Tyus Jones scoring 21 points, Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor and 12 points. UCONN Coach Kevin Ollie was wearing a sharply tailored blue suit on the sidelines. [ESPN]


 A great example of “Think before you act” Unilever has dropped its lawsuit against startup Hampton Creek over claims its Just Mayo product is not really mayonnaise because it does not contain eggs reports Fortune. It came to light that some of the products that Unilever labeled mayonnaise on its website were not following the same definition of mayonnaise it was holding Hampton Creek to. While the Unilever products at issue did contain eggs, they did not contain the 65% oil required to meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s definition of mayonnaise. [FORTUNE]


• People Magazine’s 1st Awards show,  hosted by Nick Cannon, awarded stars for their work in TV and movies. The show featured performances by Gwen Stefani and Maroon 5. Jon Hamm, Jennifer Aniston, Mindy Kaling & Chris Messina were some of the nights winners. [ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY] Who’s buying instagram followers? The insta-sphere was abuzz when instagram went on a spam purge with some celebrities losing thousands of followers. About 1.3 million of Kim Kardashian’s vanished. Rihanna’s decreased by about 1.2 million. Katy Perry’s went down 300,000. Even Oprah lost 100,000. [PAGE SIX]


IMG will not be allowed to renew its contract to host New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center and NYFW will have a new home come September 2015. [VOGUE] is no more and is now redirecting users and customers to The luxury e-tailer had a troubled few months running discounts of up to 70 percent. [BOF]


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