National Milk Chocolate Day 2014 arrived on Monday and people across the U.S. are celebrating the sweet treat.
The holiday arrives each year on July 28 – just weeks after National Chocolate Lovers Day takes place on July 7. However, National Milk Chocolate Day honors the specific flavor of chocolate that is made from solid chocolate blended with milk on the form of milk powder, liquid milk or condensed milk. The special chocolate is different from other common chocolates such as dark and white chocolate since it contains 25 percent or less cocoa.
When milk is added to chocolate, the sweet treat takes on a smoother and sweeter taste that many chocolate lovers prefer. Milk chocolate can be found in candy, baking recipes, and hot chocolate, to name just a few items. It is important to note that milk chocolate is different from chocolate milk, which is a drink where chocolate is stirred into milk. The drink may also be served hot in a treat that is known as hot chocolate. more >>
An associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara has pleaded no contest to criminal charges related to her assault on a group of pro-life students in March, which was partially captured on video.
The Santa Barbara Independent reported on Thursday that Dr. Mireille Miller-Young, who had been accused of stealing and destroying an anti-abortion posted during an event, as well as pushing and scratching the activist, is pleading no contest to the charges of grand theft, vandalism, and battery.
"Today's plea brings us one step closer to seeing justice done in this case," said Katie Short, mother of the 16-year-old activist that Miller-Young is accused of assaulting. "Pro-life advocates should not be subjected to intimidation and violence for lawfully exercising their right to free speech, and we are happy to see that Ms. Miller-Young is being held accountable for her actions." more >>
New-age author and physician Deepak Chopra has offered prominent atheists such as Richard Dawkins a $1 million prize challenge to offer a scientific explanation for the biological basis of thoughts and ideas.
Addressing what he called a "tribe of militant new atheists," naming Dawkins, James Randi, and Daniel Dennett, Chopra announced the challenge in a video uploaded on Youtube earlier this week.
"Can you please offer a scientific understanding for the biological basis of a first-person experience? Any experience – mental experience, or perceptual experience. So for cognition, or for perception. And I'll even make it more simple. Can you offer a scientific understanding for the biological basis of an idea, a thought?" Chopra asks in the video. more >>
Photos of Mariah Carey taken by Terry Richardson leaked online this week, revealing extensive airbrushing and Photoshop.
Carey is well known for her carefully groomed image, but the unretouched photos by Richardson reveal the multi-Grammy Award-winner's true appearance. In the first photo for Wonderland magazine, the singer poses wearing black with one hand behind her and the other holding a glass of champagne. However, after comparing the leaked photo to that which was published in Wonderland magazine, it is immediately clear that alterations were made to the image. Changes include adding volume to Carey's hair, jawline thinning, creases removed on her neck, waist pulled in, and drastic color correction. See the photos obtained by Jezebel here.
In a second photo by Richardson, Carey kneels on the floor beside her two children wearing a bandeau. When compared with the same image in Wonderland magazine, the unretouched photo reveals added eye shadow, neck and jawline alterations, her waist pulled in, breast enlargement, and bronze coloration added. more >>
A California trial court has backed a private Southern Baptist school over its right to expel a transgender student, who is accused of committing fraud by applying for admission as a female. The court has also, however, awarded $4,000 in damages to the plaintiff for being excluded from the school's ancillary programs that are open to the public, such as the library and restaurants.
MSNBC reported on Monday that the student in question is 27-year-old Domaine Javier, who was born as a biological male but has identified as female since childhood. California Baptist University expelled Javier for fraud violations in 2011, after Javier appeared in an episode of MTV's "A True Life" and admitted to being born a male.
Javier's attorneys argued that CBU had violated California's Unruh Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on various categories, including sex and sexual orientation. more >>
Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham expressed "shock" that an Assembly of God member volunteered as a teacher for a Unitarian Church's "Evolution Camp" for children in Missouri.
"I must admit I was shocked to read (if it is true) that an 'Angela McCoy, who homeschools her son, Finn, 6, and is a member of a local Assembly of God church, volunteered as a teacher for Evolution Camp,'" he wrote. more >>