Hotness In The News Friday January 16

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 “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
― T.S. Eliot


The Signature Room & Lounge is suing it’s landlord alleging changes to the tower’s lobby has cost the penthouse bar more than $1 million in lost business. The complaint states that a temporary wall erected on the ground-floor lobby has denied Signature Room patrons direct access to the 95th-floor bar’s elevators reports DNA info. [DNA INFO CHICAGO]
A man who crashed his ford mustang into a Lexus SUV, turning it onto its side, fell into the Chicago river after the accident Thursday night. The man leaned on a guard rail on the Congress Parkway Bridge and lost his balance. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he is in serious-to-critical condition. [SUNTIMES]


Duke University has backtracked on its plan to use the tower of its chapel for a weekly, amplified call to prayer for Muslims. They will instead gather on the quadrangle before heading into a room in the chapel for their weekly prayer service. [WSJ]

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, at a recent news conference said, the agency might shut down and send its employees home for a few days this summer if it can’t find a “reasonable way” to close an anticipated budget gap. [WASHINGTON POST]


13 people who are being detained by Belgium police following anti terror sweeps in three European countries, are believed to have targeted to kill police officers. Currently, there’s no apparent link to last week’s Islamist attacks in Paris. The raid turned up four AK-47 assault rifles, and explosives, police uniforms in the apartment at Verviers. [REUTERS]

Activist and blogger Raif Badawi’s public flogging has been postponed by Saudi Arabia on medical grounds. He was sentenced last year to 10 years in jail, a fine of 1 million riyals ($266,666) and 1,000 lashes, following his arrest in June 2012 for offences including cyber crime. His first 50 lashes in public took place last Friday and he was due to be flogged again after Friday’s prayers. [REUTERS]


Boxing  legend Muhammad Ali, who was recently discharged from the hospital January 7 after 18 days of treatment for pneumonia, has been rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment of urinary tract infection. He is in “stable condition” and is expected to be discharged from the hospital on Friday. He will turn 73 tomorrow. [NY DAILY NEWS]


Yihao “Ben” Pu was sentenced to three years in prison by a federal judge for stealing trade secrets (algorithms developed for use in high-frequency trading) from Chicago based Citadel, a hedge fund and financial services company. In addition to the prison time, Pu will pay Citadel $759,000 in restitution for the costs of investigating him. Pu pleaded guilty in August to stealing proprietary information from Citadel in 2011 and to an earlier theft of trade secrets from Red Bank, New Jersey-based Tradeworx Inc. [BLOOMBERG]


The Critics Choice Movie Awards, hosted by Michael Strahan, took place last night with winner including “Birdman”(7) and “Boyhood”(best picture), Patricia Arquette,(supporting actor) J.K. Simmons (supporting actor) and Julianne Moore, Michael Keaton (best actor) to name a few. [CBS NEWS]


Fendi has asked five women to personalize their own 3 Baguette handbag for charity. Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel Feinstein, Jourdan Dunn and Leandra Medine’s designed bags will be unveiled at a cocktail party at the new flagship store on Madison Avenue Feb. 13 hosted by Karl Lagerfeld, Silvia Venturini Fendi and chairman and chief executive officer Pietro Beccari. [WWD]

A three-year scholarship program for students at London’s Central Saint Martins (CSM) MA fashion course, in memory of his late partner L’Wren Scott has been funded by Sir Mick Jagger. One MA student will be awarded a year, the cost of their fees for the two-year course and a contribution to their living expenses starting during the academic year October 2015. [WWD]



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