He wears a sleeveless T-shirt, cargo shorts and flip flops.His wavy black hair pulls away from his face.Paintings fill nearly every space along the walls of his Annapolis studio.A wooden arm extends above the front door.Art surrounds him and Jeff Huntington wouldn't have it any other way.Even if one of his latest creations, a 20- by 50-foot mural painted on the exterior of tsunami restaurant in downtown Annapolis, is the cause of controversy.***Since childhood, Huntington knew art was calling but his parents weren't so sure.When he was a teen struggling to get by in school, his mom and dad suggested vocational or military school.Huntington had other ideas.Instead of school, decided to follow the Grateful Dead around the country, making a living by creating and selling tie-dyed T-shirts.Sales were average until the band succumbed to requests by MTV to make a music video.The premiere and subsequent popularity of the hit single "Touch of Grey" brought back the tie-dye trend.One big sale … [Read more...] about The man behind the mural: ‘I just really want to kick the door down’
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Ted Cruz told a giant lie this week. Actually, it was more like a series of whoppers, designed to roll back his essential role in the 2013 shutdown of the federal government just as Washington emerged from Shutdown 2018. Cruz's lie came the same week as his claim that anyone wishing to give recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program a path to citizenship was "to the left of Obama" on immigration policy, as well as new poll showing he's just eight points ahead of Democrat Beto O'Rourke in his bid for re-election. The statement causes one to think back on all the previous lies, half-truths and changes of direction that Texans have suffered through since electing Cruz in 2012.As Cruz re-enters the public eye after his failure to keep President Donald Trump off the Republican Party ticket in 2016, here's a handy guide to why Trump's nickname for Cruz — "Lyin' Ted" — remains apt. “In 2013,” Cruz told reporters. “I voted repeatedly to … [Read more...] about After a Banner Week for Ted Cruz, Let’s Look Back at His 10 Biggest Lies and Flip-Flops
By James Hohmann (filling in for Mike while he flies to Tanzania for the final leg of President Obama’s Africa swing) JUST NOW—WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange says Edward Snowden’s secrets will get out. “Look, there is no stopping the publishing process at this stage,” he told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week. “Great care has been taken to make sure that Mr. Snowden can’t be pressured by any state to stop the publication process. The United States, by canceling his passport, has left him for the moment marooned in Russia. Is that really a great outcome by the State Department?” Story Continued Below Speaking from his safe room at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Assange wouldn’t say where Snowden is exactly or what’s next for the NSA leaker: “The situation now with Edward Snowden is a very sensitive one. It's a matter of international diplomatic negotiations. So, there's … [Read more...] about ASSANGE SAYS SNOWDEN CANNOT BE SUPPRESSED—Is Hillary too old?—Wendy Davis debuts on three Sunday shows—AshLee Strong married in Montana—Kyle Plotkin promoted
"The Bachelor" final finale ended on Tuesday with Arie Luyendyk Jr. getting engaged at the last minute to Lauren Burnham after originally picking Becca Kufrin as the winner of the reality show. But don’t worry about jilted Kufrin because as quick as you can say “I do” she was named the next “Bachelorette.” The stunner partly played out over a two-night special on ABC's "After the Final Rose" special, in which Kufrin, 27, got her chance to confront Luyendyk after he dumped her before the special, People magazine reported. Afterwards, still in the special, Luyendyk then proposed to Burnham before the end of their interview with host Chris Harrison. Despite being denied the symbolic rose during "The Bachelor's" final episode (not to be confused with Tuesday’s special which turned out to be was the final episode), the 26-year-old Burnham said yes, per People. Luyendyk, 36, had proposed to Kufrin in the not-so-final episode of "The Bachelor," but … [Read more...] about ‘The Bachelor’ (Spoiler Alert): Wait, What Just Happened?
River Oaks, Texas — Television wasn’t part of the life plan for Andy and Ashley Williams.The stars of “Flip or Flop Fort Worth,” HGTV’s new reality series, which premiered this month, merely happened to be in the right place at the right time.It all started when Andy treated his wife to an island vacation in 2015 for her 30th birthday.“We were there, just relaxing,” Ashley recalls, “and Andy found someone who was interested in talking business. They hit it off and we literally went through the whole vacation talking to him.”Andy has a passion for buying neglected houses, renovating them and then selling them for sweet profits. He can talk for hours about his successful flips. He’ll whip out his cellphone and swipe through hundreds of before-and-after photos. That’s what he was doing with the stranger he befriended while on vacation.Little did they know that this new acquaintance was in the television business.“He … [Read more...] about HGTV flipped for this Texas military couple
HGTV star Christina El Moussa says continuing to work with her ex has been business as usual — but Tarek El Moussa admits the process remains under construction. Christina and Tarek appeared on competing morning shows Tuesday to open up about their highly publicized divorce, but they provided noticeably different answers when asked about what it's been like filming episodes for the hit home improvement show "Flip or Flop" amid the off-screen drama. "We met at work," Christina told host Michael Strahan on ABC's "Good Morning America," adding they film together three or four times a week. "We worked together before we ever started dating. It's our normal." She repeated multiple times that everything in her life is positive right now, and that their two young children are doing well despite the split. Tarek, however, admitted returning to set with his ex in the immediate aftermath of their breakup was not an ideal scenario. "I'm not gonna say it was … [Read more...] about ‘Flip or Flop’ stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa dish on what it’s like working together after explosive split
Breaking up is hard to do, but milking a relationship for reality TV isn't. "Flip or Flop" stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa are the latest small screen couple to move to Splitzville - but the two have put up a united front and continued their reality show as a "happily" divorced couple. They're not alone. Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian were all smiles for the cameras on their E! reality show before calling it quits. It's only a matter of time before they do a co-parenting spinoff. And everyone was front and center as Jon and Kate Gosselin's explosive divorce played out on their hit TLC show - only to watch the two expand their empire elsewhere. See how six other reality show couples have managed to spin their own love connections into an exhaustive tabloid circus (and dependable cash cow). Heidi and Spencer Pratt A plastic surgery-enhanced photo of these two fame grubbers is likely in the dictionary under 'Most Annoying … [Read more...] about Is reality TV a relationship killer – or just a cash cow?
PHILADELPHIA — All the makings of a hangover are here in Lot D6 outside Wells Fargo Center on the last Sunday of January. It is 11 a.m.; the temperature is 35 degrees. Four gates to the parking area have already been open three hours by now, and Villanova flags fly as handles of Vladimir vodka are hoisted up. “Thunderstruck” blasts out of speakers in the back of a pickup truck rented for $19.95 at U-Haul. Natural Light flows through a funnel; co-eds mix mimosas. Tipoff for the top-ranked Wildcats’ game against No. 12 Virginia nears while frat brothers and sorority sisters, brought to the site via 24 yellow buses and a caravan of Ubers, tap Busch Light kegs and tipple. Sophomore William Bantner and senior Thomas Brew toss a football across 12 spaces. Brew, in a vest and Aviators, lifts a bottle of André champagne. “Drinking it pretty much every game,” he says. “Great year to be a Wildcat!” Brew is not alone in his … [Read more...] about Jay Wright developed own winning formula that has Villanova threatening to repeat
Life appears to be a beach for Billy Bush — despite being mired in a national controversy for his crude comments in a vile, recently surfaced 2005 video with Donald Trump. The 44-year-old TV host sported flip-flops, a "Beach" T-shirt and sweatpants during a daytime stroll in Encino, Calif., on Monday — his first public sighting since NBC executives suspended him indefinitely from the "Today" show. “The Bushy” has received a wave of backlash since last Friday, when The Washington Post published unaired raw footage of he and Donald Trump engaging in a vulgar conversation about women while taping for "Access Hollywood." In the 11-year-old clip, Bush repeatedly gawks over soap star Arianne Zucker after spotting her on the set of "Days of Our Lives." Billy Bush re-emerged in the public eye Monday wearing sweats, flip-flops and a "Beach" t-shirt. "Uh, yeah, those legs, all I can see is the legs," Bush, who was … [Read more...] about Billy Bush spotted out in sweatpants, flip-flops amid lewd Donald Trump video controversy
AN EVANGELIST who advises President Bush and is an outspoken opponent of gay marriage dropped a bombshell yesterday when he admitted buying methamphetamines from a gay escort he was visiting, supposedly for a massage. But the Rev. Ted Haggard, leader of a Colorado megachurch, insisted that he tossed the drugs and that he never had sex with escort Mike Jones. Haggard, 50, resigned Thursday as president of the 30 million-member National Association of Evangelicals amid allegations that he had paid a male prostitute for sex. Haggard at first denied he knew Jones, 49, but changed his story yesterday. "I called him to buy some meth but I threw it away," Haggard, who is married with five children, told a Denver television station. "I was buying it for me, but I never used it. I was tempted, I bought it, but I never used it." Haggard's about-face came after his 14,000-member New Life Church released a statement that said he had "confessed to the overseers that some of the accusations … [Read more...] about Rev does sex flap flip-flop. Got meth, didn’t use, he sez