VIDEO: Deadly building collapse near Mumbai

At least 45 people have died, including 15 children, after a building being constructed illegally collapsed near the Indian city of Mumbai, police say.

More Changes Are Coming To ‘Girls’

“Girls” may have lost one star this week, but it gained a “Doctor Who” alum.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Richard E. Grant has booked a guest role on “Girl” Season 3 Jasper. Little is know as to what the former Doctor’s role will entail, except that he will appear in the Season 3 premiere of he HBO series.

This isn’t the first casting development “Girls” has seen this week. On Thursday, it was announced that series regular Christopher Abbot (Charlie) was exiting the series reportedly due to creative differences.

“They’ve just started work on Season 3, and Chris is at odds with Lena,” the New York Post reported. “He didn’t like the direction things are going in, which seems a bit odd since the show put him on the map.”

“Girls” Season 3 will also see the return of Andrew Rannells, who recurred as Elijah on Seasons 1 and 2. A scheduling conflict with his NBC show “The New Normal” forced Rannells to leave four episodes into Season 2 of “Girls,” but he told, he’ll be back. “It’s very exciting … I don’t know what’s in store … But my fingers are crossed that I’ll come back at least for a little bit more. I’m super excited for that, I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

For more on Grant’s “Girls” stint, click over to THR.

This Week On The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: Facebook Phone AKA The FF


This week on the TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast we talk about bold moves by Verizon and T-Mobile and the Facebook Fone and Facebook Home.

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American Voices: Majority Of Americans Now Support Legalizing Marijuana

According to the Pew Research Center, 52 percent of Americans are now in favor of legalizing marijuana while only 45 percent oppose it, marking the first time in over 40 years of polling by the company that a majority of citizens have backed pot’s l…

Gina Barreca: Will Princeton Replace and eHarmony?

It’s not a dating jungle out there, Mrs. Susan Patton. It’s a university.

Has Princeton lost its New Jersey mind? Is Snooki going to write the next letter addressing the deepest needs and ambitions of the women in Princeton classes 2012 through 2016? Or will it be JWoww? Either would be better — more effective, more realistic and more intelligent — than Susan A. Patton.

Suggesting that Princeton compete with, JDate, and Christian Mingle as a service to provide husbands for girls in a hurry (and every girl should be in a hurry, according to Patton), she illustrates perfectly the maxim that you can be dumb and even if you earn a diploma.

For those of you have been out of town, here’s the story: Princeton alum, Susan A. Patton ’77 offered some remarkably specific advice to the female undergraduate population at her alma mater. Published in The Daily Princetonian and titled “Advice for the Young Women of Princeton: The Daughters I Never Had” Patton, a self-proclaimed “executive coach” felt a deep need to offer the following executive career advice to the young women she met during a “Women and Leadership” conference: “Find a husband on campus before you graduate.”Yes, this is the advice given by a woman who was once the President of the Princeton Class of 1977. And her advice is directed to the female — and only the female — students on today’s campus. This is what Princeton women are hearing in response to an alumnae who, presumably, was invited to attend the leadership conference. I’d like to think she broke through the gates to get in or climbed in through an open window, but I doubt it.

Patton argues that her admonition to marry early is directed towards girls only because “It’s amazing how forgiving men can be about a woman’s lack of erudition, if she is exceptionally pretty.”

The implication, of course, is “Honey, with your IQ we all know you ain’t exceptionally pretty. If you were pretty, you wouldn’t have had to go to college. You would have been married by 16, just like the cute girls on Teen Mom. You only studied for your SATS because you couldn’t get a date in high school. This is your last shot.” You think I’m exaggerating? Patton’s argument says that girls have to start baiting their Tiger traps for husbands the minute their clawed feet hit Ivy League soil: “As freshman women, you have four classes of men to choose from. Every year, you lose the men in the senior class, and you become older than the class of incoming freshman men. So, by the time you are a senior, you basically have only the men in your own class to choose from, and frankly, they now have four classes of women to choose from.” When I was first sent a link to the piece, I thought it was an April Fool’s gag. “What a riot,” I thought “The Onion really got it this time.” I was about to send it around to my pals. But then I realized Patton’s “open letter” was published on the 29th of March and had, in fact, received so many hits when it went live that it crashed the university website site.

Patton wasn’t joking. She was for real and she meant what she said: she repeated in interviews with the New York Times (I’m just being a Jewish mother!”) and clarified her point further in an interview with CNN’s Money when she declared that girls should face the fact that they have a “shelf life.” Why did Patton feel a need to write this letter? During the Women and Leadership conference on campus, apparently “You girls” were not impressed by her credentials as executive coach. When their attention “glazed over at preliminary comments about our professional accomplishments.”

Patton draws the only possible conclusion: “Clearly, you don’t want any more career advice.” How about drawing the conclusion that they were not impressed by her professional accomplishment? That would seem to be conclusion number one. But Patton sees the truth underlying their glazed and obvious lack of interest in her career choices: “At your core, you know that there are other things that you need that nobody is addressing… Finding the right man to marry..” Yeah, right. That was what the Princeton women were hoping to learn about at a leadership conference. If I were a Princeton parent paying full-boat, I’d ask for a reimbursement of my child’s student-activities fees.

I’m one of the keynote speakers at a women’s leadership conference being held at Dartmouth College this weekend where alumnae — I’m a ’79 — will be talking with the young women on campus. On the panels will be several MacArthur Fellows, CEOs, CFOs, artists, comics, doctors, writers, filmmakers, professors, and attorneys. I suspect we won’t be urging The Women of Dartmouth to start laying marriage traps as soon as they get to Hanover. We’ll respect them too much to treat them as voracious man-eaters, and, for that matter, respect the young men too much to treat them as too dumb to realize they are nothing but prey.

It’s not a dating jungle out there. It’s a college.

Spencer Green: A Timeline: The Next Year of Late-Night Television

April 2013: NBC speeds up late-night transition: Jimmy Fallon immediately replaces Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show; Seth Meyers replaces Fallon; Leno replaces Barbara Walters on The View; Walters joins the cast of Duck Dynasty.

May 2013: A traumatized Conan O’Brien, assuming Leno will find a way to take his job, leaves TBS, becomes beloved dean of students at undisclosed liberal arts college; O’Brien is replaced by George Lopez; George Lopez is replaced by Chelsea Handler; Chelsea Handler is replaced by Betty White.

June 2013: Lorne Michaels becomes head of programming at NBC, replaces all shows with Saturday Night Live running characters, makes Stefon co-anchor of The NBC Nightly News with Whitney Cummings; Fox establishes late-night presence with hour of Harris Faulkner and Megyn Kelly breathing heavily

July 2013: To counterprogram Stefon and Whitney Cummings, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart are convinced to host, respectively, the actual CBS Evening News and ABC World News, and are given huge bags with “$” signs on them; Daniel Tosh comes out of “retirement,” replaces Stewart and Colbert, runs hilarious video of guy burning his penis in endless loop

August 2013: Jay Leno is fired from The View, replaces Matt Lauer on The Today Show, does four-hour morning monologue punctuated by “Denim News” updates; Barbara Walters is accidentally shot in foot during hunting excursion with Si Robertson, quips: “It’s still less painful than listening to Joy Behar”

September 2013: David Letterman snaps on-air and strangles Kim Kardashian, scores highest ratings in years; CBS encourages him to kill a guest once a week, twice during sweeps; as a result, Jimmy Fallon’s ratings plummet, The Tonight Show is repeatedly beaten by reruns of Jimmy Kimmel eating breakfast

October 2013: Seth Meyers again replaces Jimmy Fallon; Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin replace Meyers; Arsenio Hall replaces Cooper and Griffin; a can of green snap beans replaces Hall; Jay Leno is fired from The Today Show, joins Soledad O’Brien in co-hosting CNN series Unemployed in America **

November 2013: Matt Lauer joins Keith Olbermann in pirate broadcast from Hugh Downs’ basement in which Olbermann reads random words from a thesaurus; Tavis Smiley and Charlie Rose combine shows, interview each other; Jimmy Kimmel cuts Jimmy Kimmel Live! down from an hour to five minutes, explaining, “We’re saving you time by showing the bits you’ll just watch on YouTube anyway”

December 2013: David Letterman runs out of guests to kill, sets fire to Ed Sullivan Theater, is moved to Late Night Convalescent Home, shares room with Craig Kilborn; Jay Leno is booked on Carnival Cruise Lines to make imminent catastrophes seem not so bad to passengers

January 2014: NBC declares bankruptcy, replaces all original programming and news with reruns of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; Al Gore buys NBC for $150, sells it to the Koch Brothers for almost twice that amount

February 2014: Craig Ferguson hosts the Academy Awards, leaves The Late Late Show, scores huge hit with series of films in which he ad-libs for two hours; robot skeleton Geoff Peterson takes over for Ferguson, eventually leaves to star with Jimmy Fallon in sequel to Taxi

March 2014: Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart quietly leave the CBS Evening News and ABC World News, spend years in seclusion and shame

April: 2014: All networks and cable channels shut down, pour money into Internet webisodes; Jay Leno finds steady work at Pep Boys in Burbank, is quoted as saying, “I’ve never been happier”; Carson Daly is alerted that the cameras in his Last Call studio have not actually been working for the past eight years

** This never airs

Engadget Podcast 338 – 04.05.13

Engadget Podcast 338 - 04.05.13

Once again, HTC has a new phone. This time, however, with a difference — it’s got Facebook all up in your… launcher. Bundle in a new gaming console, a possible tablet revision from Google, Dell news and some carrier tidbits, and we’d say you’ve got a pretty well stocked news spread. Enjoy.

Hosts: Tim Stevens, Peter Rojas, Ben Gilbert

Producers: James Trew, Joe Pollicino

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