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USA: Felon's mugshot goes viral

In this edition: a US felon's mugshot goes viral; the Redskins trademark is cancelled by the US patent office; and the somewhat unusual sporting activity known as skijouring.

USA: FELON’S MUGSHOT GOES VIRAL

When the Stockton Police Department in California posted Jeremy Meeks`mugshot to its Facebook page last Thursday, after arresting him on felony weapons charges during a crime sweep earlier on that week, they probably weren`t expecting the picture to go viral … but that`s what`s happened, with thousands of web users admiring his handsome looks.

The unexpected and very sudden rise to Internet stardom has seen the thirty year old`s mugshot draw over 95,000 Facebook likes, and some 12,000 shares in just a few days… the arrest photo is drawing a lot of complimentary comments, from women in particular, praising Jeremy Meeks` high cheek bones, chiselled face and striking blue eyes…

Some say Jeremy Meeks has a future in the fashion world when he gets out of prison. There are a number of photo montages now doing the rounds online depicting the felon in advertising shots for well-known designers. And it seems to suit him, suggesting he could one day make a career for himself in modelling…

And Meeks` mum is making the most of his newfound popularity … she has started an appeal on crowd-funding site “Go Fund Me” to raise money to cover his legal fees. She is hoping to raise 25,000 dollars … 3,500 dollars has been pledged already, in just 3 days …

REDSKINS TRADEMARK CANCELED BY U.S PATENT OFFICE

In a landmark decision announced last week, the US Patent and Trademark Office has cancelled the trademark registration of the Washington Redskins trademarks, finding the football team`s name disparages Native Americans. Although this does not mean the Redskins will have to change their team name, it strips them of trademark protection, so it limits the team`s legal options when third parties use the name and logo on T-shirts, posters and other such items …

The news has drawn widespread reaction on the net, with many web user hailing the US federal agency decision, saying it was high time the Washington based team changed its name and logo, and wondering why it took so long in the first place. 

The move has inspired online comedians, who are sharing all manner of parodies of the Washington Redskins logo. More often than not, they`re posting their somewhat wacky creations under the hashtag #newredskinsname, imagining the team`s new look. 

But it doesn`t look like the Washington Redskins are going to change their name just yet … speaking on behalf of the team, their lawyer has said the ruling will not impact the team's ownership of and right to use the Redskins name and logo. Comments that have prompted certain media outlets including cable and satellite channel MSNBC and daily newspaper the Seattle Times to say they will not provide any Redskins coverage until they change their name. 

STATS OF THE DAY

The great white shark may be closer to extinction that we thought … this infographic was put together by the site sharkwatchsa.com and shows that real population figures could be 50 % lower than estimates published in other scientific studies, and that there are just a few thousand great whites left … alarming figures, which means the great white is now under greater threat than other endangered species like the tiger, the cheetah and the black rhino. 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

#DiagonAlley has been trending on social networks with Harry Potter fans commenting on the new attraction at Universal Orlando in the US. The attraction will officially open to the public on July 8th but a few lucky individuals were given a sneak preview this week. And they`ve shared some photos online, which have of course gone viral, drawing much excitement. 

THE "GAME OF THRONES" GRAVEYARD

The online version of Slate news magazine has produced a “Game of Thrones” virtual graveyard, so fans of the US show can leave flowers for their dearly departed heroes. It’s certainly testimony to the massive popularity of the TV series … Ned Stark`s tomb for example has over 134 000 virtual flowers… 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

This video shows American Jason Russell partaking in a somewhat unusual sporting activity – it`s called “Skijouring” and involves skiing through some snowy streets, pulled along by a horse … you can check the video out in its entirety on the Go pro YouTube channel…

By Electron Libre

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