The Social Climber: New Jersey Town Honors James Gandolfini

It's not always enough to know what's "trending." It kind of helps to know why. Welcome to the Social Climber, where we provide a quick primer on the people, places and things that are being feverishly searched and shared online -- and try to make sense of it all.

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New Jersey Mob Honors James Gandolfini
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PHOTO: James Gandolfini is shown in his role as Tony Soprano in this publicity photo released by HBO.
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A mob of James Gandolfini fans gathered in the actor's hometown of Park Ridge, N.J., on Sunday to pay tribute to the late, great actor.

Members of Gandolfini's TV mafia family from "The Sopranos," along with his widow, Deborah Lin, and two children, were also on hand as an intersection in Park Ridge was named "James Gandolfini Way."

Gandolfini died in Italy in June of a heart attack. He was 51.

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It's Cyber Monday!
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PHOTO: "Cyber Monday" is a big shopping day for online retailers.
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Those of us who chose to stay far, far away from the stampede of shoppers on Black Friday still have our special shopping day, Cyber Monday.

No looking for a parking space. No being elbowed by fellow shoppers. No rain checks. There are plenty of reasons to love Cyber Monday.

Check out some of the sweet deals that are just a few clicks away.

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Olympic Diver Tom Daley Comes Out
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PHOTO: Tom Daley attends Nickelodeons Fruit Shoot Skills Awards 2013 at Indigo2 at O2 Arena, Sept. 7, 2013, in London.
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British diver Tom Daley caught plenty of eyes last year at the Olympics, and it wasn't just for the fancy twists and turns he did into the pool.

The bronze medalist, who said he has previously dated girls, revealed in a five-minute YouTube video today that he has been in a relationship with a man since the spring.

"Everything just feels great," Daley said. "It did take me by surprise a little bit."

The Olympian said he wanted to make the video so his words wouldn't be "twisted."

"I wanted to put an end to all the rumours, the speculation and just say it and tell you guys because it's what I want to do," he said.

Watch Daley's video here.

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Maria Bello's Modern Family
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PHOTO: Maria Bello attends the "Make Equality Reality" event at Montage Beverly Hills on Nov. 4, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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"Prisoners" actress Maria Bello revealed in a very personal essay over the weekend how she broke the news to her 12-year-old son that she was dating a woman.

"I had become involved with a woman who was my best friend, and, as it happens, a person who is like a godmother to my son," she wrote in the essay, which was published in the New York Times.

The 46-year-old actress said she considers herself a "whatever" -- a term coined by her son, Jackson.

"Whomever I love, however I love them, whether they sleep in my bed or not, or whether I do homework with them or share a child with them, 'love is love,'" she wrote. "And I love our modern family."

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Arrowhead Stadium Homicide Under Investigation
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PHOTO: Kansas City, Mo. police officers and detectives examined a crime scene where one person died in Lot A of the Truman Sports Complex at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 1, 2013.
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Kansas City police are questioning "multiple parties" after a man died in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday as the Kansas City Chiefs played the Denver Broncos.

"Investigation is on-going. Victim transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead. He died after struggling with two subjects," Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte tweeted.

Forte said it appeared the death wasn't linked to fan rivalry.

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Florida State, Ohio State Top BCS Standings
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Florida State and Ohio State have taken over the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, in the BCS standings.

Alabama, which previously held the top spot in each previous edition of the BCS standings, fell to No. 4 after it lost to Auburn in a spectacular fashion on Saturday.

Check out the full rundown at ESPN.

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