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Layne Weiss

Digital Journalist based in Detroit, MI, United States, United States. Joined on Mar 1, 2012
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Crimean attorney general captivates Japan with her beauty

Simferopol - While many people around the world have followed the tragic events of the Crimean crisis with sadness, shock, and despair, Japanese internet users have decided to focus on one positive element. The newly-elected attorney general of Crimea is beautiful!

Lego robot crushes world speed record for solving a Rubik's cube

Birmingham - Two engineers from England have set a new world record for solving a Rubik's cube with their ARM-powered robot, the Cubestormer 3.

Rainbow on Venus: ESA captures 'Glory' on Instagram

Paris - A rainbow-like item called a "glory" was identified in Venus Tuesday (March 11) by the European Space Agency. This is the first time a glory has been "fully imaged"on another planet.

Rapper Lil Boosie released from prison

Baton Rouge - Louisiana rapper Lil Boosie is a free man for the first time since 2009. Boosie, real name Torrence Hatch, was released from the Louisiana State Penitentary in Angola Wednesday evening.

Former Black Panther leader freed after 44 years in prison

Baltimore - Former Black Panther leader Marshall "Eddie" Conway was freed Tuesday after spending 44 years in prison for killing a Baltimore police officer.

US-Russia tensions won't affect outer space operations, NASA says

Tensions between the United States and Russia on Earth will not affect operations on the International Space Station, NASA chief Charlie Bolden said Tuesday.

Rare book in Cambridge opens window to China's musical history

Cambridge - An "odd little book" which has been stored in a Cambridge library for the last two centuries has been identified by Chinese scholar Dr. Jian Yang as Xian Di Pipa Pu, an 18th century volume of Chinese musical scores.

Don't Try This At Home: Meet Queens rapper Heartbreak Julio Special

New York - Born in Flushing, New York in 1987, Queens emcee Heartbreak Julio has been vying for hip-hop's world title since his friend Donnie Dozens schooled him to the game at the young age of 15.

Lighting contractors file $95,000 lien against Akon

Atlanta - A Georgia lighting contractor claims Akon never paid for the work they did at his Atlanta mansion, and is suing the singer for unpaid bills totaling $95,000 plus interest.

Egypt's interim government resigns, Sisi to seek presidency

Cairo - Egypt's military-backed interim government resigned Monday paving the way for armed forces chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his bid for the presidency.

Bonnaroo promoter explains Kanye West booking

Manchester - This week, the lineup for this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival was announced. Legendary artists such as Lionel Richie and Elton John will be performing, but the most surprising name is Kanye West.

Author Harper Lee settles lawsuit with museum

Mobile - Harper Lee, author of "To Kill A Mockingbird," has settled a federal lawsuit she filed last year against a museum in her Alabama hometown for exploiting her name.

Kanye West working with 'American Psycho' author on 'Yeezus' film

"American Psycho" author Bret Easton Ellis recently revealed that he would write the screenplay for a film inspired by Kanye West's album "Yeezus."

Watch: Chris Farley as Matt Foley three years before SNL

Chicago - The Second City has uploaded a video, shot in 1990, of Chris Farley playing the beloved motivational speaker, who lives in a "van down by the river," Matt Foley on a Second City stage.

Jim Jones confident there will be a Dipset reunion album

New York - A reunion between the members of hip-hop group The Diplomats, also known as Dipset, has been talked about for years. Members of the group have promised a reunion album, but it has yet to come into fruition.

Just Blaze discusses executive producing an album Special

New York - Recently, I spoke with Just Blaze, one of the hottest producers in the hip-hop game, about what it takes to make an album.

Dilla Day: Detroit celebrates the legacy of J Dilla Special

Detroit - Friday night (February 7), the hip-hop community celebrated the life and legacy of late Detroit-native producer James "J Dilla" Yancey at the third annual Dilla Day.

Catching up with hip-hop duo The Action Figures at Dilla Day Special

Detroit - It's been an amazing year for Grand Rapids hip-hop duo The Action Figures. They're on tour with legendary Detroit rap group Slum Village, and they just performed at Dilla Day in Detroit Friday night.

Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell to perform at NBA All-Star Game

New Orleans - The NBA announced Thursday that two of hip-hop's hottest artists, Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell, will be among the performers at the All-Star Game.

Adubb Da Gawd and Young Roc discuss 'Rebel Wit Me' Special

Oak Park - Monday, I had the honor of attending a private listening session for Detroit rapper Adubb Da Gawd's debut project "Rebel Wit Me" at Life Line Nation Studio in Oak Park.
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