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  It is with sadness and disbelief that I write this blog to report the sudden death of our beloved and honorary office dog, Wally, who passed away of a heart attack earlier today.  Wally was a three-legged foster dog that was adopted by our Sales Director, Emily last year. Within the past year he has spent many days in the BUST office hopping around after his mother, staring up with his big sad puppy dog eyes at anyone with food, in the hopes that he might get some scraps. And of course, there was the way he managed to get several of us here to offer up our laps as his bed.

This past month my parents put my childhood house up for sale.  So, I had to tidy up my room and clear the clutter for the streams of suburbanites that would be perusing my bedroom, envisioning the many ways in which to redecorate – no doubt my hot pink shag rug would be the first thing tossed, that and my Dave Matthews Band poster.

K. Flay (aka Kristine Flaherty) has built a reputation not only as an up-and-coming independent hip-hop artist, but also as an unflappable interviewee. Before her show at Boston venue T.T. the Bear’s Place on July 11th, we had a chance to sit down with K. Flay to discuss Bay Area hip-hop, Gavin Rossdale, and to play an unusual game of “Would You Rather.” By Jen Grygiel and Andrea O’Meara Andrea: So you’ve played here before? Who are the people who come to your shows? K. Flay: I mean, generally speaking, my crowd is like 18 to 34.

This week the New Yorker features a piece written by Lena Dunham, the writer, actor, and director of HBO series Girls. It’s entitled First Love: Memories of an Elusive Boyfriend and is an account of her Oberlin college boyfriend who she met during her junior year. The first time they meet in the story, he walks into the cafeteria holding his male friend’s hand. He pursues Dunham and then she falls hard for him. They move in together and hardly ever have sex.

Although our summer may be coming to an end, there are still some horses out there whose vacations are just about to start. Yes, even our equine friends need a vacation sometime! Especially the hard working horses at Wadworth Brewery in Wiltshire, Great Britain.  The horses spend most of the year carrying around beer in Wiltshire, with the exception of two glorious horse-play filled weeks. Wadworth Brewery visitors are encouraged to come see the horses, “provided they are not on their annual August holiday.

Apparently the NYPD have been all sorts of busy lately. Pals over at SUPERCHIEF have posted a video of a teenager being assaulted by an officer on a train platform after he allegedly evaded fare. In the video, the victim is being body slammed and pushed up against a wall by a cop taking his job a little too seriously.  In addition, The New York Times have posted a piece exposing tactics regarding search policies that pay no attention to gender.

Our cover girls are having a busy year. Tavi Gevinson may be starting her acting career, but the face of April/May, Don’t Trust The B*tch in Apartment 23 star, Krysten Ritter, might be in for a Dawson’s Creek reunion. Now that’s exciting. Actress Busy Philipps (Cali-girl Audrey Liddell) has just agreed to make a cameo as herself in the ABC comedy. Michelle Williams (Jen Lindley) has also said she would be open to a Dawson’s reunion. James Van Der Beek plays a heavy-handed version of himself on the show.

Does the August heat have your sex life and your hair feeling limp and lifeless? Our friends at Babeland NYC can help! On Thursday, August 16, the helpful staff at Babeland SoHo will team up with the talented stylists of Fringe Salon to bring you tips for summer lovin' and complimentary bang trims. A face-framing new 'do might just put you in the mood for more adventure (and free cocktails sponsored by Tito's Handmade Vodka will help, too).

With 3 members of Pussy Riot on trial in Russia, Madonna is the latest celebrity to speak out in support of them, urging the Russian court not to condemn the trio to prison.  The women, all in their 20s, are on trial for performing a song in a Russian Orthodox church protesting Putin and his support by the church’s leaders-- particularly Patriarch Kirill. The rockers’ prosecutor asked for a three-year prison sentence, although they could face up to seven years. Since two of the women are mothers, the three-year sentence is seen as the lenient option.

Picked as the opening night film for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Hello I Must Be Going stars Melanie Lynskey as Amy, a 35-year-old who moves back into her parents’ suburban home seeking refuge following her divorce and begins an affair with 19-year-old actor, Jeremy (Christopher Abbott). Writer Sarah Koskoff says the film is a story she’s wanted to tell for a long time, a story “about somebody who’s always in the background of her own life. The one who gives the narcissists the attention they need—and really pays for it.
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