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VH1 Star Stephanie Moseley and Husband Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

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Stephanie Moseley arrives for the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G launch celebration in a Private Lot on April 20, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Jeffrey Mayer—WireImage/Getty Images

She was a star of VH1's NBA cheerleading drama 'Hit the Floor'

Stephanie Moseley, a star of VH1’s NBA cheerleading drama Hit the Floor, and her husband, the rapper Earl Hayes, died Monday in a suspected murder-suicide, police confirmed to PEOPLE.

Los Angeles police responded early Monday to reports of shots being fired in Park La Brea, and found Moseley, 30, and Hayes, 34, in their apartment, both with gunshot wounds.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The initial investigation suggested Hayes shot Moseley to death and then took his own life, police said.

“We are incredibly saddened to hear the news of the passing of Stephanie Moseley,” VH1 said in a statement. “VH1 and the entire Hit The Floor family send our thoughts and condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time.”

Friends of the couple told L.A. TV station KTLA that they had been having problems.

“No situation’s perfect,” said Eva Marcille Pigford, a friend and fellow model. “Stephanie was an absolute angel. She really was … She’s connected so many people. She’s just loved. She will never, ever, ever, ever be forgotten.”

Moseley was born in Vancouver and drew acclaim as a dancer from a young age, according to the biography on her website. In her early 20s, she joined Britney Spears‘s dance crew and toured with her in the U.S. She also danced on a Janet Jackson tour.

Among her TV roles, she appeared as Jamie Foxx’s wife on his 2006 NBC special Jamie Foxx: Unpredictable.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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This Is How the Internet Talks About Beyoncé and Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift and Beyoncé Bronson Stamp

Facebook data shows which words readers associate with the pop stars

It’s perhaps no surprise that Beyoncé and Taylor Swift dominated social channels in 2014, but the way they were discussed was unusually similar, according to a dataset gathered from millions of posts on Facebook. What word best describes Beyoncé? (Flawless?) Is Taylor Swift really cool?

So TIME asked Facebook to take a look at the most popular words used in posts discussing the various Person of the Year candidates, discarding common words like “the” and “when” that have no meaning out of context. Of the top 10 words that show up most for Taylor and Beyoncé, six overlap: “favorite,” “funny,” “amazing,” “cute,” “pretty,” “happy.”

For the words that don’t overlap, Taylor is “awesome,” “catchy,” “cool,” and “perfect,” while Beyoncé is “beautiful,” “flawless,” “crazy” and “blue” — though that last one suggests more people are talking about her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, than feeling sad.

MORE: The Top 10 Beyoncé Moments of 2014

Too bad for Beyoncé, however: TIME unveiled its Person of the Year shortlist on Monday, and she didn’t make the cut—but Taylor did, alongside Apple’s Tim Cook, Alibaba CEO Jack Ma and Vladimir Putin. Beyoncé is in good company, however: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom TIME readers selected as their favorite candidate in the online poll, also did not make the shortlist.

TIME’s Person of the Year will be revealed on the Today show on Wednesday morning, coinciding with posts on Facebook and Twitter from TIME.

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These Are the Aliases of Daniel Craig, Natalie Portman, Jude Law and Other Stars

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Daniel Craig attends the photocall to announce the start of the production of the 24th Bond film Spectre at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, England, on Dec. 4, 2014 Karwai Tang—WireImage/Getty Images

They would have checked into hotels and made purchases under these names, but they won't be now that hackers have leaked them

Johnny Madrid, Lauren Brown, Olwen Williams and Mr. Perry. Those names probably don’t mean anything to you, which is why celebrities Tom Hanks, Natalie Portman, Daniel Craig and Jude Law reportedly used them as aliases.

A list of innocuous-sounding names reportedly used by Hollywood stars to check into hotels and make purchases was leaked to the website Fusion, allegedly by hackers who gained access to computer systems at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Some of the actors in the leaked list have adopted seemingly random names like Neil Deep (Tobey Maguire) and Ava Harper (Debra Messing), while others draw on real life — like Clive Owen, who apparently uses his wife Sarah-Jane Fenton’s last name to become Robert Fenton.

Craig’s alias is reportedly a tribute to his grandfather Olwyn Williams, and Hanks’ may be a character from 1960s Western Lancer.

Taye Diggs and Ice Cube don’t use aliases, according to the leaked documents, just simply their lesser-known real names, Scott Diggs and O’Shea Jackson respectively, while Jessica Alba (Cash Money) and Rob Schneider (Nazzo, i.e. “not so,” Good) decided to get clever.

The list is included in the latest leak from hackers Guardians of Peace, a group that has been linked with North Korea and previously released the social security numbers of stars like Sylvester Stallone and Judd Apatow. The new leaks also include the email addresses and phone numbers of cast, crew and other staff on several film productions.


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What Happened on Twitter When Beyoncé and Jay Z Met Will and Kate

If you didn't hear — we're just kidding, of course you heard — royal forces collided Monday evening. Twitter had a few things to say about it

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were received on a Monday evening by America’s royal couple, Queen B and Jay Z. The brief, but momentous, event — at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where both couples watched the Brooklyn Nets play the Cleveland Cavaliers — was naturally chronicled in detail.

Royalty has arrived! Everyone is really excited.

Oh, the other royals are here too.

Also, Lebron “King” James.

The big moment is imminent, and people are pretty psyched about Beyoncé’s walk:

Viewers muse that this is a big deal for Kate Middleton. It’s not everyday that one meets royalty, after all.

MORE: The Top 10 Beyoncé Moments of 2014

Everyone wants to know what they’re saying.

What could it be, what could it be … could it be?

Now everyone is freaking out.

Including Kate, apparently.

O.K., not everyone.

Whatever. They just don’t understand:

Read next: This Is How the Internet Talks About Beyoncé and Taylor Swift

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The Actor Who Played the Son on The Addams Family TV Series Has Died

This Oct. 31, 2006, photo provided by ABC, shows some of the original cast of the TV show The Addams Family. From left: John Astin (Gomez Addams), Felix Silla (Cousin Itt), Lisa Loring (Wednesday Addams) and Ken Weatherwax (Pugsley Addams) reunited at a special Halloween edition of ABC's Good Morning America outside their Times Square studios in New York City Ida Mae Astute—AP

The actor was best known for his memorable role in the cult TV series, but later said the part stymied his future acting career

Ken Weatherwax, who played the Addams Family’s pudgy, cake-loving son Pugsley on the 1960s television hit, has died. He was 59.

The actor died of a heart attack on Sunday, his niece, Shanyn Vieira, said on Facebook.

Weatherwax’s character was the offbeat child of morbid and wacky parents Gomez and Morticia on the television sitcom The Addams Family. The series had just a brief run on ABC from 1964 to 1966 but endured as a cult favorite, with its memorable theme tune and characters.

After the series ended, Weatherwax had limited success as an actor and told press he feared he had been typecast. He played Pugsley Sr. in a 1997 movie for NBC, and also continued working in the film business with jobs on set crews, the Hollywood Reporter says.


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Watch Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson Turn ‘Shake It Off’ Into a Showtune

Celebrities can't stop, won't stop grooving to Taylor Swift

Everybody from Kendrick Lamar to Steve Carell has shown their love for Taylor Swift by publicly singing “Shake It Off.” (Everyone else is just privately singing it at home.)

The latest celebrity to offer their take on the ultra-catchy tune is Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who performed a very Broadway-esque rendition at the annual Trevor Project benefit concert this past weekend.

“I know what you’re thinking: Why is a 39-year-old gay man singing Taylor Swift?” the actor joked. “This is making me uncomfortable.” But then he did it anyway, and it was great.

Tay herself, a known bestie of Ferguson’s Modern Family co-star Sarah Hyland, has seen the video and seems to be all about it:

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Princess Kate Visits Harlem

She was greeted by Chirlane McCray, first lady of New York City, as she learned about the Northside Center for Child Development

Princess Kate followed in the footsteps of another famous princess when she visited Harlem on Monday.

Wearing a black coat by the luxury line Goat, Kate, 32, echoed Princess Diana in reaching out to meet with children from disadvantaged backgrounds in the New York area. She was greeted by Chirlane McCray, first lady of New York City, as she learned about the Northside Center for Child Development.

For the 200 well-wishers who gathered outside for a glimpse of the royal guest, the visit brought parallels of her husband William’s late mother.

Jessica Keim, 33, was across the street with her two little “princesses,” daughters Monterey, 3, and Carmel, 8 weeks. The mom praised Kate for coming to a less well-off part of the city.

“By going to see children, she helps it open up the community even more,” Keim tells PEOPLE. “Diana was such a lovely woman, and Kate is someone from the next era of hope and someone to admire and look up to for the girls.”

Inside, as fans were adjusting to the excitement of catching sight of her, Kate was being shown the work of Northside, which provides programs rich in early childhood behavioral or mental health and education support.

“It’s an inspirational center which provides children from disadvantaged backgrounds the chance to learn, and build their own self esteem from an early age,” an aide says. “This is an issue the duchess is personally very interested in and reflects the work of some of her existing patronages in the U.K., such as Place2Be.”

For social worker Paulina Pinzon from Brick, New Jersey, getting a 13-second iPhone clip of Kate was worth the wait. Pinzon, 29, filmed the princess as she stood across the street from the center.

“You feel you know her,” Pinzon says. “She seems like she could be your friend, she seems so down to earth.”

“We admire her for her presence and how she cares,” says Prinzon’s friend and colleague Amie MacMath, 27. “She’s a role model.”

Adds Pinzon: “We know that both she and Diana are known for their work with hospices and their approach with children.”

And the children in the crowd also love the princess. Lauren and Lindsey Nichols, 16 and 14, respectively, had flown in from Chadon, Ohio, and brought banners reading “Welcome to New York” and “Mini Middletons heart Kate.”

“It’s a dream come true to see her. I know she is tall, but she seemed taller than I thought,” Lauren says. “She brings attention to things like this that maybe lack attention.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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It’ll Be a Boy for Kourtney Kardashian

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TV Personality Kourtney Kardashian attends Women's Health Hosts Hamptons "Party Under The Stars" for RUN10 FEED10 on Aug. 9, 2014 in Bridgehampton, New York. Paul Zimmerman—Getty Images

She revealed the news during an episode of 'Kourtney and Khloé Take the Hamptons'

Kourtney Kardashian will soon be keeping up with another son!

The reality star — who’s currently expecting her third child with longtime love Scott Disick – is pregnant with a baby boy, she revealed during Sunday’s Kourtney and Khloé Take the Hamptons on E.

“I’m so happy we’re having a boy,” Kourtney said upon finding out the sex. “It’s going to be perfect for our family.”

After the announcement, the proud parents let their firstborn, son Mason Dash, 5 this month, break the big news to the rest of the family.

As the Kardashian-Jenner clan anxiously waited, Mason came running in with a stick with a blue star and presented it to the group, a memorable moment videotaped by proud aunt Kim Kardashian.

But did Disick have his hopes set on a second daughter? “You’re not that excited?” Khloé asks the dad-to-be. He quips: “No, I’m fine now. I’m excited.”

Kourtney, 35 — also mom to 2-year-old daughter Penelope Scotland — is due later this month and has been enjoying her final few weeks of pregnancy with baby showers and photo shoots.

“It’s such an amazing feeling, the transformation that your body goes through,” the mom-to-be said while posing nude for DuJour magazine. “There’s something about that that’s so empowering and beautiful and I just really embrace it.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Forgive Mark Wahlberg’s Cinematic Crimes, If You Like—But Not His Real Ones

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Actor Mark Wahlberg arrives at the AFI FEST 2014 Presented By Audi - "The Gambler" Premiere at Dolby Theatre on November 10, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Gregg DeGuire—WireImage

Brian Moylan is a writer and pop culture junkie.

The actor wants to be pardoned from a violent and hateful crime he committed as a teen

That Mark Wahlberg has a long and varied rap sheet may not surprise many. And I’m not talking about his cinematic crimes, like the latest Transformers movie and that M. Night Shyamalan movie he made with Zooey Deschanel. In 1988 Wahlberg served 45 days in jail when he was 16 for beating up two Vietnamese men (one with a five-foot-long wooden pole) who he called “gooks” and other racial slurs. He also had an injunction against him for chasing down fellow residents of Dorchester, Massachusetts, and calling them racial slurs while throwing rocks at them. In 1992, after he had morphed into rapper Marky Mark, he repeatedly kicked another man in the head. And there was also a 1996 arrest for driving a boat under the influence.

Wahlberg is looking for a pardon from his arrest for beating up those two men, for which he was charged with attempted murder and convicted of assault. No one should grant him one.

On November 26, Wahlberg filed a petition to have his conviction expunged from his record. If Governor Deval Patrick issues any pardons, he should not waste one on Mark Wahlberg. Patrick’s record of being stingy with clemency will only make it look like a rich white celebrity can get anything he wants, even if that includes having his past forgiven from any youthful indiscretions. But based on the racially motivated nature of Wahlberg’s crimes, they seem to be a lot worse than shoplifting, small amounts of drug possession, or the odd DUI (though he has one of those too) that can plague many people.

This comes at an especially bad time with the protests in Ferguson and New York City, where black Americans are expressing their anger at being treated unfairly by the cops. Then in walks Mark Wahlberg, with his huge wallet, showing everyone that if you are white and privileged in this country, you should get special treatment. Wahlberg may have the necessary funds to pay for all the lawyers to shepherd through his pardon (again, something many people can’t afford), but he needs to pay for a better publicist. Not only is this appeal bringing more attention to his past arrests, but also making him look more like a jerk than he really is.

Having a conviction on your record can keep many people from voting or securing a job, so why is the artist formerly known as Marky Mark so concerned? It’s not like he has any shortage of money. So why the need for a pardon? He lists a few reasons.

“My prior record can potentially be the basis to deny me a concessionaire’s license in California and elsewhere,” he writes. Well, that hasn’t stopped him from opening several restaurants, including Wahlbergers, which has it’s own A&E show. And should the court really be concerned that a very rich man is not able to get even richer in a certain field? No, it should not. Doesn’t Wahlberg and his considerable capital have every available outlet to expand his fortune? Yes, he does.

He has other reasons. “I have become close with many members of the local law enforcement community in Boston and Los Angeles, including as a member of the board of directors of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Youth Foundation, which is dedicated to helping at risk youth,” he writes. But his record keeps him from working with at-risk youth.

This seems like a legitimate concern, but that doesn’t mean it’s insurmountable. As Gwynn Gilford points out on Quartz, the issues that effect Wahlberg because of his conviction affect many recovered felons. Rather than making things easier for a mediocre film actor, there should instead be new policies that make it easier for all recovered felons.

Why isn’t Wahlberg out there speaking out for reform in those areas and trying to repeal the silly laws that keep convicts from working in food service, for instance? That’s the sort of policy work he could do quite easily with his public profile. Look at what Jenny McCarthy has done for vaccine nuts, and she’s not nearly as famous or as likeable. Just like Wahlberg can have any job he wants, he can also do any sort of outreach he wants for any number of other issues, conviction be damned.

But that isn’t the real reason that he wants a pardon. “The more complex answer is that receiving a pardon would be a formal recognition that I am not the same person that I was on the night of April 8, 1998,” he writes. “It would be formal recognition that someone like me can receive official public redemption if he devotes himself to personal improvement and a life of good works.”

Wahlberg seems to be on a bit of a redemption tour. In 2013, Wahlberg finally got his GED. He’s gotten some tattoos removed. But not everything is erased as easily, and not everything should be. I don’t doubt that Wahlberg is a much different person and regrets what he did, but the state isn’t the one that needs to tell him that. If he decides that he is a different person and has cleaned up his life, he should work that out in therapy and keep the prison board out of it. Seeking recognition from others isn’t a reason to do good things. Wanting the approval from the world at large is the kind of vanity you would only see from a celebrity. I’m sure the men he beat up, one who was left partially blind, wish that they could file some paperwork and never have been senselessly beaten on the street, but they can’t. Why should their attacker be able to do it? Because he executive produced Entourage?

Finally, and incorrectly, Wahlberg makes his plea for forgiveness seem altruistic. “My hope is that, if I receive a pardon, troubled youths will see this as an inspiration and motivation that they too can turn their lives around and be formally accepted back into society,” he writes. No, Mark, they won’t. They will see that if they get rich enough or famous enough, it won’t matter what they did as kids, they’ll be able to make it go away like a bad Etch-a-Sketch doodle. They will see his fame as the mitigating factor, not his redemption or considerable charity work. It will just give everyone another reason to want to be famous.

Also, shouldn’t he want to go in there and change these kids’ lives before they commit a felony? Shouldn’t he be speaking at schools saying, “Kids, before you commit a crime, remember that if you are convicted you won’t be able to work in a restaurant or help a charity. If you commit a crime, even if you become as rich and famous as I am, your life will still be incredibly messed up. So, kids, don’t commit crime, because that can never be erased”?

That is the message that Wahlberg should be putting out in the universe if he really wants to help kids. Now all he’s saying is that he’s above the law and, contrary to what he would like everyone to believe, that helps no one but himself.

Brian Moylan is a writer and pop culture junkie who lives in New York. His work has appeared in Gawker, VICE, New York magazine, and a few other safe-for-work publications.

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