Hotness In The News Tuesday February 3

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.

  “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”
― Barack Obama


Vicente Mundo was remembered by family and friends Monday night during a vigil at Chicago’s St. Gall Church, following reports earlier that day a body found outside the city of Tolono over the weekend had been identified as the 20-year-old from the Back of the Yards neighborhood. The University of Illinois Statistics major junior, who is one of two Hispanic men to go missing in Champaign in the last month, death has been ruled a homicide by the Champaign County coroner’s office. [SUNTIMES]


Detroit man James Robertson, who couldn’t afford a car to drive to work more than 20 miles away from his home met the young computer student from Wayne State University who launched an Internet crowd-funding site to gather more than $130,000 in donations for him. Evan Leedy’s GoFundMe initial goal was $5,000 after the Dteroit Free Press wrote a front page story on Robertson and his work ethic. Another crowd-funding effort, launched by 31-year-old Chrysler-Fiat communications manager Jiyan Cadiz, raised nearly $6,000. [DETROIT FREE PRESS]


Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro may not be dead after all, or at least according to recent photographs released by Cuban state media. He is pictured with student leader Randy Perdomo at his home in Havana. His brother Raul assumed the presidency in 2008, due to Fidel’s failing health. Rumors about his imminent death have surfaced on a number of occasions over the past decade. [BBC]

Britain could become the first country to allow a “three-parent” IVF technique called mitochondrial donation, which doctors say will prevent some inherited incurable diseases, The treatment is known as “three-parent” in vitro fertilisation (IVF) because the babies — born from genetically modified embryos — would have genes from a mother, a father and from a female donor. [REUTERS]


Following the Super Bowl, it was revealed that Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will undergo Tommy Jon surgery due to an injury to his left elbow in the NFC Championship Game. Tommy Jon surgery,a tendon transplant from elsewhere in the body to replace the elbow’s ulnar collateral ligament is most common in baseball pitchers and they typically need a year to recover.
Former NLF player and hall of famer Warren Sapp was busted and arrested in Arizona on Monday on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute and accused of assaulting two women. His contract with the NFL network has been terminated. [USA TODAY SPORTS]



Radioshack’s 9th life may be thanks to Sprint and Amazon. In an effort to boost its brick-and-mortar operations, Amazon has discussed acquiring some RadioShack Corp. locations after the electronics chain files for bankruptcy. Bloomberg reports, the possible move, part of RadioShack’s looming trip to bankruptcy court, would represent Amazon’s biggest push into traditional retail. RadioShack has more than 4,000 U.S. locations and is moving toward a deal to sell a portion and close the rest, according to some of the people. Sprint has discussed buying 1,300 to 2,000. [BLOOMBERG]
One of Chicago’s fastest growing tech companies, kCura founded by Andrew Sieja, has received outside investment of $125 million from Iconiq Capital, a wealth-management firm for family offices of high net-worth individuals that also makes venture investments reports Crain’s. According to the company, they are the largest maker of electronic-discovery software for lawyers, is profitable and counts 195 of the top 200 U.S. law firms as customers. [CHICAGO BUSINESS]



As Bruce Jenner begins “his journey” which some speculate involves his transition to a woman, Diane Sawyer has scored an exclusive interview with him and is slated for May reports page six. Jenner will also star in a docuseries for E!. [PAGE SIX]


viktor and rolf renzo

Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, the Dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf (flower bomb perfume) will suspend ready-to-wear following the fall-winter 2015 season and concentrate on couture, fragrances and licensed businesses reports Women’s wear daily. The designers will present and sell a final fall-winter 2015 women’s wear collection, but will not show during Paris Fashion Week. Viktor & Rolf launched in 1993, started showing couture in Paris in 1998, and began focusing on rtw in 2000. The decision was made in concert with majority shareholder OTB Group and Renzo Rosso to ut the brand “in the highest luxury segment of fashion.” [WWD]


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