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Magic Johnson, Ron Burkle Acquire BlackBook Media + Everyone Bought a Gun Last Month = Eight Items or Less

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1.  The annual GlobalFEST returns to Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street) on Sunday, January 8, 7 p.m. to midnight.  This "world-music" showcase features artists from eleven countries including Mali's folk-rap act SMOD and the Brazilian singer and songwriter Diogo Nogueira. Go here for the complete schedule and to purchase tickets.

2. Pro-skateboarder Jerome Rogers was arrested and taken to Bellevue yesterday after running naked (etc.) in the halls of NYC's Shelburne Hotel (303 Lexington Avenue).

3. The owners of the Fire Island Pines Pavilion -- destroyed by fire in November -- have hired New York architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design a new building. That's the firm that did the High Line. [New York Times]

4. Supermarket mogul Ron Burkle and Magic Johnson bought BlackBook Media and their Access Network. Ari Horowitz becomes CEO of the combined companies. Will Steve Lewis get a raise? [New York Post]

5. Eater thinks that the Maritime Hotel's Hiro Ballroom and Matsuri restaurant will become a gigantic downtown version of Tao. Nooo!

6. Americans bought the most guns in history during the month of December 2011. [Telegraph]

7. A Welsh corgi named Ole, who somehow survived the avalanche that killed one of his owners, trekked for four miles through snowy Montana terrain and back to the hotel where his family were staying. [Billings Gazette via The Daily What]



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