Northwestern Football Players Can Unionize; Jimmy Carter Sends 1st Text Message

Jimmy Carter Sends 1st Text Message
PHOTO: Jimmy Carter poses for a photo as he promotes his book "A Call To Action Women, Religion, Violence, And Power" at Barnes & Noble, March 25, 2014, in New York City.
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Days after Jimmy Carter said he was worried about sending emails because they might be monitored, the former president sent his first text message -- and it was about Stephen Colbert!

Carter's grandson, Jason, a candidate in Georgia's Democratic gubernatorial primary, tweeted a picture of the first text exchange on Wednesday in which Jimmy Carter asked his grandson if he'd seen him on the "The Colbert Report" on Tuesday night.

Carter then followed up with, "That was my first text msg." Extra points for getting the lingo down already!

Northwestern Football Players Can Unionize
PHOTO: Northwestern Wildcats try to stay warm by heaters during a game against the Michigan State Spartans, Nov. 23, 2013 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill.
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It's a game changer.

The National Labor Relations Board in Chicago has ruled that Northwestern football players can unionize and -- surprise, surprise -- the school is not happy about it.

Players backed by the College Athletes Players Association argued they were like employees for Northwestern and should receive better scholarships and medical coverage, and, on Thursday, a judge agreed.

But the college countered that its scholarships are more like grants and is planning to appeal. The NCAA is none too pleased either, saying it was "disappointed" with the outcome and thought athletes should play "for the love of their sport, not to be paid," according to a The Associated Press.

Twitter Allows Face Tagging on Tweets, Photo Album Uploads
PHOTO: Twitters new photo tagging feature.

Twitter has just made a giant leap ... toward becoming more like Facebook!

The social media site made the announcement Thursday that it will allow users to tag up to 10 people in photos in tweets, which it claims won't affect the 140-character message limit.

In the same tweeted blog, Twitter said it's also allowing album uploads of as many as four photos, making it even easier for your friends to put embarrassing photos of you up for the world to see. Hurray for the Internet!

Prez Meets Pope, Gives Him Box of Seeds
PHOTO: President Barack Obama presents his gift to Pope Francis, March 27, 2014, at the Vatican.
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If it were a popularity contest, the pope would win hands down. His approval ratings have been off the charts since he took the mantle, while the recent crisis in Ukraine seems to have hurt the president's.

At Thursday morning's first meeting between the leader of the free world and the current leader of the Roman Catholic Church, President Obama had nothing but praise.

"Wonderful meeting you, I'm a great admirer," Obama said before handing the pontiff a box of seeds.

No ordinary seeds were these: They were fruit and veggie seeds used in the White House Garden, which were presented in a custom-made chest carved from American leather and wood from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Wu-Tang Clan to Sell Single Copy of Secret Album
PHOTO: Wu-Tang Clan plans to release one copy of its double-album "The Wu – Once Upon a Time In Shaolin." The copy will be presented in a hand carved nickel-silver box designed by the British Moroccan artist Yahya.

Wu-Tang Clan fans were probably over the moon when they heard that the New York hip-hop group spent six years recording a 31-track secret album -- until they found out there was only one copy.

That one, coveted collector's double LP, titled "The Wu -- Once Upon a Time in Shaolin," will be encased in a hand-carved silver and nickel box designed by British-Moroccan artist Yahya, according to Forbes.

"We're about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music" band member Robert "RZA" Diggs told Forbes. "We're making a single-sale collector's item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king."

The group plans to take it on tour in museums, galleries and festivals before selling it for potentially "millions."

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