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PHOTO: Revelllers celebrate the pagan festival of 'Summer Solstice' at Stonehenge in Wiltshire in southern England, June 21, 2013.
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Consult Your Ancient Stone Calendar, It's the First Day of Summer

Here's a tip: Stop searching "summer solstice" on the Internet and go outside.

Because today, June 21, is the first day of the summer. (OK, I admit I learned that from Google).

Praise, Camulus! Only 22 of the 20,000 people who gathered to celebrate at Stonehenge, the ancient monument in the U.K., were arrested. That's far fewer than usual, cops told The Associated Press.

PHOTO: Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots smiles from the sidelines in the fourth quarter during a game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium, Dec. 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
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Arrest Warrant Issued for Aaron Hernandez

An arrest warrant has been issued for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, accusing him of obstructing justice and possibly destroying evidence in connection with the shooting death of his friend Odin Lloyd.

As a result, CytoSport, maker of the Muscle Milk line of supplements, fired Hernandez as spokesman.

More here.

PHOTO:Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Greene attend the Oakley Bali Pro/Learn to surf, June 19, 2013 in Benoa, Bali, Indonesia.
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Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Greene in Bali

Occasionally, the Social Climber will come across a trend and wonder why millions of people around the world are simultaneously searching for a single story or photograph.

In this instance, it's pretty evident what you're looking for: information about Bali!

Bikini-clad actresses Vanessa Hudgens, 26, and Ashley Greene, 24, visited Bali, an Indonesian island-province lying between Java to the east and Lombok to the west. Bali has a population of more than 3 million people, most of whom are Hindu.

The island experiences two distinctive seasons, a dry season, from May to a September, and a wet season from October to April.

Now you know.

PHOTO: Paula Deen visits FOX Studios, Dec. 6, 2012, in New York City.
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Paula Deen Uses the N-Word

Food Network star Paula Deen issued a statement explaining why she has used racial epithets in the past.

Basically, she's old.

"During a deposition where she swore to tell the truth, Ms. Deen recounted having used a racial epithet in the past, speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today," read a statement from Paula Deen Enterprises. "She was born 60 years ago when America's South had schools that were segregated, different bathrooms, different restaurants and Americans rode in different parts of the bus. This is not today."

PHOTO: Miami Heat LeBron James, left and Dwyane Wade celebrate after defeating the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 to win their second straight NBA championship.
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The Heat Is On ... Again

If you're just learning who won Game 7 of Thursday night's NBA championship, then you were not among the thousands of Miami Heat fans who swarmed into the still-sweltering streets after midnight to celebrate their team's nail-biting victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

In a game that went to the wire, the Heat beat the Spurs 95-88.

LeBron James killed it, scoring 37 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to earn his second MVP trophy in a row.

And the fans went wild, literally swinging from lamp posts and hanging from a train crossing to celebrate the win.

PHOTO: A customer enters at a Dunkin' Donuts store in New York, July 25, 2012.
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It's Time to Make the Gluten-Free Donuts

Who doesn't love doughnuts?

Celiac sufferers! (And maybe very skinny policemen!)

Because, let's be honest, unless you have a severe allergy to gluten, you like doughnuts.

Gather round ye gluten intolerant, the Social Climber brings glad tidings. The early risers at Dunkin' Donuts have come to the rescue, introducing gluten-free cinnamon-and-sugar doughnuts and blueberry muffins. Even better? They've got more calories than the real thing.

PHOTO: Singer Kanye West and girlfriend Kim Kardashian attend Gabrielle's Angel Foundation 2012 Angel Ball cancer research benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, Oct. 22, 2012.
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Kim and Kanye's Baby Name Revealed

OK, maybe it's not the most creative name in the world, but at least it's not something spelled weirdly with a K.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have named their new baby girl North West, according to TMZ.

This kid already has enough to worry about. Here's praying she has a reasonably good sense of direction

PHOTO: Candy Crush has become one of the most popular games in the world to play on a smartphone or tablet.
Candy Crush Saga Goes to Wall Street

About 15.5 million users apparently isn't public enough for the people behind the most annoyingly addictive game on the Internet., the company that created the incredibly popular online game Candy Crush Saga, has hired three major investment banks to prepare for an initial public offering, according to Bloomberg News.

PHOTO: Edie Falco, left, and James Gandolfini attend the after party for the Broadway opening of "God of Carnage" at espace, March 22, 2009 in New York City.
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Carmella Remembers Tony

The Social Climber is still reeling from the death of James Gandolfini.

Here's what Edie Falco, who for a decade played Carmella to his Tony on the hit HBO show "The Sopranos," had to say:

"I am shocked and devastated by Jim's passing. He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague.

"My heart goes out to his family. As those of us in his pretend one hold on to the memories of our intense and beautiful time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I've ever known."

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