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Hotness In the News Wednesday February 4

Hotness In the News Wednesday February 4

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.

  “I believe that living on the edge, living in and through your fear, is the summit of life, and that people who refuse to take that dare condemn themselves to a life of living death.”
― John H. Johnson

CHICAGO NEWS

Chicago based BucketFeet which sells canvas shoes featuring designs by artists from all over the world, has raised a $7.5 million Series A round. The venture capital firm Jumpstart Ventures and the founder and former CEO of Crate & Barrel Gordon Segal participated in this round of funding. The nearly four-year-old was co-founded by Raaja Nemani and Aaron Firestein. [BUSINESS INSIDER]

NATIONAL NEWS

Newly elected Republican Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina suggested that restaurants should not have to make their employees wash their hands after toilet visits arguing that restaurants which did not require workers to wash their hands would quickly go out of business. “But I think it’s good to illustrate the point, that that’s the sort of mentality we need to have to reduce the regulatory burden on this country.” Gross! [BBC]

WORLD NEWS

At least 19 people are dead after a passenger plane in Taiwan clipped the Nanhu Bridge and landed into the Keelung River. Fifty eight people were aboard TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 when it veered out of control as it flew to Kinmen, off the coast of the Chinese province of Xiamen. [CNN]

SPORTS

College Football’s National Signing Day begins today, where the top recruits commit to some of the top programs in the nation. Some of the top recruits making announcements include: Byron Cowart, DE, Seffner, Fla., Terry Beckner Jr., DT, East St. Louis, Ill., John Houston Jr., ILB, Gardena, Calif., Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Anaheim, Calif. [WASHINGTON POST]

BUSINESS

This year’s M&A is off to a big start as it’s announced Staples with buy rival Office Depot in an all cash and stock deal worth $6.3 billion. Starboard Value, a hedge fund pressured to press a management change at Staples if it did not pursue an acquisition of Office Depot. Eighteen years ago, regulators shot down a combination of Staples and Office Depot so this recent M&A may face close antitrust scrutiny. [NY TIMES]

CELEBRITIES

Magic Mike XXL will dance it way July 1. Actor Channing Tatum released a teaser for upcoming movie poster and a first look will be aired on the Ellen Degeneres show Wednesday. [PEOPLE]
Vanity Fair’s March edition, their Hollywood issue, features the stars who have dominated awards season and a British invasion with actors Eddie Redmayne, Sienna Miller, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo Felicity Jones joining Channing Tatum, Reese Witherspoon, Amy Adams, Miles Teller and Oscar Issac, all featured on the cover. [VANITY FAIR]

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FASHION

Jacqui Markham has been named new global design director for TOPSHOP. Before her departure to become womenswear design director at Asos, she worked at TOPSHOP for 14 years. She will work alongside its creative director Kate Phelan in heading up the in-house design team. [VOGUE UK]

The 2015 British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund finalists are: Shaun James Cox, Mary Katrantzou, Michael van der Ham, Osman Yousefzada, Holly Fulton, Emilia Wickstead, Amy Powney and Sophia Webster. The chosen designers by the judges show “a strong position to develop into a global designer brand, and represent the best of London’s thriving fashion talent.” The BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund provides one designer mentoring support over a 12-month period, as well as a $301,036 grant to provide the infrastructure to take them to the next stage in business. [WWD]

LOOK OF THE DAY

Kerry Washington
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