POWERBALL: Tickets in at least three states – Tennessee, California, and Florida – hold the winning numbers for Wednesday’s $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot, the largest in history. The winning numbers were 08 27 34 04 19 and Powerball 10.
2016 ELECTION: The Nation endorses Bernie Sanders: “For just the third time its history, liberal magazine The Nation has endorsed a presidential candidate: Bernie Sanders. The endorsement comes on the heels of news the Vermont senator is reporting record fundraising hauls, and of his endorsement by MoveOn, the liberal advocacy organization.” Endorsement here.
DEATHS: British actor Alan Rickman (Harry Potter) has died at 69. “His death was confirmed on Thursday by his family. Rickman had been suffering from cancer.”More: “Alan Rickman, one of the UK’s most treasured showbiz mainstays has passed away at the age of 69. Though he occassionally dabbled in directing (The Winter Guest and A Little Chaos) he was best known as an actor of stage, tv, and big screen. He’s inarguably best known and beloved for the many years as Professor Snapes in the Harry Potter series.”
ALSO: British actor Brian Bedford has died at 80: “Bedford died after a 2½-year battle with cancer in Santa Barbara, Calif., where he had a home, said Ann Swerdfager, the festival’s publicity director…Bedford is survived by his partner of 30 years, actor Tim MacDonald, whom he married in July 2013. The two had a home in Stratford.”
MEDIA: Al Jazeera America is shutting down: “Executives of Al Jazeera America (AJAM) held a meeting at 2 p.m. Eastern Time to tell their employees that the company is terminating all news and digital operations in the U.S. as of April 2016, resulting in the loss of hundreds of jobs. The announcement marks a stunning and rapid collapse of what, from the start, has been a towering failure.”
You get on the plane and sit next to someone with this as their emotional support animal, what do you do? ? pic.twitter.com/rYKgaIqdOY
— Moesha (@moeshamitchel) January 6, 2016
FOOD: New York Times takedown of Thomas Keller’s Per Se is vicious reading: “Servers sometimes give you the feeling that you work for them, and your job is to feel lucky to receive whatever you get. As you leave, you’re handed a gift bag. It’s small, but still too big for its contents, two chocolate sandwich cookies for each person and an illustrated booklet called “Per Se Purveyors.” No doubt this will make useful reading some sleepless night, but it feels like the swag that’s given out after a free press lunch. Except Per Se isn’t free.”
HOT POCKET: Is that something in your pocket or are you just happy to see a policeman?
DAVID BOWIE: Was he gay, bisexual, or Bowie? Yes. “Mr. Bowie, who married two women and had two children, would still face the question in interviews years later: Was he gay or bisexual? (Wherever he fell on the spectrum, Mr. Bowie understood that the entire concept was part spectacle: “Sex has never really been shocking,” he told Playboy in 1976, “it was just the people who performed it who were.”)”
MUSIC: Troye Sivan was hit in the head with a water bottle during a concert in Sydney. “Thanks to the adrenaline pumping through his body, Sivan said he didn’t feel anything as the object struck. Instead, it turns out the gig was the best time of Sivan’s life, according to his Twitter account.”
NATURE THRILL THURSDAY: Adult film entertainer Damien Crosse and a pink dolphin.