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• Free tickets for the Blackhawks championship rally which will take place at Soldier Field rather than Grant Park, will become available available starting at noon and expected to sell out fast. Word of caution, create a ticketmaster account. The e-etickets are limited to four tickets each. The parade route will run on Monroe Street, starting at Jefferson Street and ending on Michigan Avenue. [CHICAGO TRIBUNE]
• Six young people lost their lives in Berkeley, Calif after a fourth-floor balcony collapsed Tuesday morning during a 21st birthday party. Five of the victims, Olivia Burke, 21; Eimear Walsh, 21; Eoghan Culligan, 21; Niccolai Schuster, 21; and Lorcan Miller, 21, were from Dublin working in the US for the summer on the J1 working visa program. [NY TIMES]
• If Disneyworld is the happiest place on earth, Russia’s newly opened “Patriot Park” may be the military equivalent of that, minus its a small world. Some of the parks attractions include military rations for lunch, tanks and missiles to play with and “instead of riding rollercoasters children can play with grenade launchers and clamber over heavy weaponry.” During the parks dedication, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the Russian military was developing several new pieces of hardware that had “no equivalents in the world”, including the next-generation Armata tank. [GUARDIAN]
• The Golden State Warriors won the 2015 NBA Championship for the first time in 40 years under first time coach Steve Kerr who played with the Chicago bulls ’93-’98, besting the Cleveland Cavaliers led by “best player in the world” Lebron James in game 6 105-97 . Though he was not a starter during the regular season, Andre Iguodala’s leadership and play during the finals earned him the MVP award, becoming the first player to garner the honor without starting every game. [USA TODAY]
• Will they or won’t they? Following a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting, there will be a statement at 2p.m. that may hint at or clearly state when the Fed will likely begin raising interest rates.
• Starbucks is known for serving La Boulange baked goods at all its locations after acquiring the Bay area bakery cafe for $100 million but now they just announced they will close all 23 La Boulange stores in the Bay Area by the end of September but continue to serve La Boulange products in Starbucks stores. Starbucks citing “are not sustainable for the company’s long-term growth.” [SF GATE]
• The amFar Inspiration Gala, held at Spring Studios last night in NYC honored Andy Cohen and Miley Cyrus who attended with Tyler Ford a “Tyler is a queer, biracial, agender person, whose pronouns are they/them/theirs.” Cyrus launched a new campaign on Instagram where she posts photos of people across the gender spectrum. The gala capped with performance by Mary J. Blige. [PAGE SIX]
• Madonna enlisted the help of Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus & Rita for the upcoming video for her song with Nicki Minaj, called “Bitch, I’m Madonna” scheduled to debut today at 10am on Tidal.
• The Fragrance Foundation Awards, celebrating the global fragrance industry and its outstanding creative achievements in the world of perfumery, will take place tonight at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. Estée Lauder’s John Demsey will be inducted into The Fragrance Foundation Hall of Fame. [WWD]
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