Nike is selling LeBron James’ new basketball shoes for $315. No, that’s not a typo. Nike blames the absurd price on the “increased costs of materials” such as cotton and shipping costs. The ‘LeBron X Nike Plus’ shoes debuted during the USA vs Spain gold medal game at the 2012 London Olympics.

LeBron’s 1st sneaker release was in 2003. That shoe sold for $110. The price increase comes as Nike continues its free-fall in the stock market. Nike’s margins are now lower than most of its direct competitors, including rival Adidas, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Critics of Nike’s price increases are taking to social networking websites to urge others not to buy the high-priced sneakers.

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Gabrielle Douglas, who won 2 gold medals in the 2012 Summer Olympics, covers today’s Washington Post. The 16-year-old, who is nicknamed “the flying squirrel,” wowed the crowds with her incredible athletic prowess.

In any other culture such amazing achievements would be a source of pride. But in the black community, there is a raging debate on the style and texture of Gabby’s hair — and the media is lapping it up. As a race we are already scraping rock bottom in America, but who ever thought we could go even lower?

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Strippers in New Nork will have to find another butt shot practitioner to administer their butt shots. Whalesca Castillo who prided herself on fleecing hundreds of customers for $1,500 a pop was sentenced to 1 year in prison.

Castillo was arrested for continuing to operate her “underground augmentation factory” after being busted in 2011.

Police serving a search warrant on Castillo’s Bronx home found empty bottles of Columbian silicone, used needles, bloody gauze, and “dozens” of tubes of superglue to seal injection sites to prevent leaking silicone.

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Gay couples impulsively rushed to get hitched when New York passed the Marriage Equality Act on June 24, 2011. It wasn’t the matrimony or the sanctity of marriage that they were after, for some it was the fame or the bragging rights that comes with being the first to do anything, like owning the newest iPhone.

In their haste to marry the woman of their dreams, Katie Marks and Deseā€™Rae Stage danced in the streets, then rushed up the steps of the courthouse to say “I do.”

Katie wearing a magenta dress and Des dressed in skinny jeans and pink Chuck Taylors joined 23 other couples at the Pop Up Chapel, a one-day wedding event in Central Park, according to

By January, the newness of marriage had worn off, and a stark reality had set in: they really weren’t made for each other after all. By March, Katie moved in with her new lover, a woman she met on Instagram. Now Katie and Des are among the first gay couples — if not the first — to get a divorce in NY.

“I’m trying to find the most loving way to get us through this practically,” Des told a reporter, “but I do believe we never should have been anything more than friends.”

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Facebook is in big trouble.

First, the much-hyped initial public offering of Facebook stock barely cracked its launch price of $38 on May 18 before plummeting to $26 today.

And now shareholders are accusing the world’s #1 social network of vastly overestimating the value of its stock by claiming to be worth more than Microsoft, Kraft Foods and Ford Motor company.

Small shareholders, who lost millions on the first day of the IPO launch, are screaming foul amid a flurry of lawsuits and complaints. It seems that Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg knew his company didn’t have the revenue to justify his $1 billion valuation.

The shareholders accuse 28-year-old Zuckerberg of dumping millions of shares of his own stock for a billion dollar profit before the IPO launched.

And now, in what some are seeing as a desperate move, Facebook has announced it is developing technology to allow children under 13 access to the network.

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By now you’ve all heard the horrific story of the naked Miami man who mauled another naked man’s face with his bare teeth.

According to Miami law enforcement officials, the cannibal might have been under the influence of common household “bath salts” when he ate the flesh of an unidentified homeless man on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami on Saturday.

Rudy Eugene, 31, (pictured above) was shot and killed after a Miami police officer was flagged down by a bicyclist who happened upon the gory scene. Eugene continued to eat the man’s face even after being shot once in the chest. He reportedly growled like an animal as he swallowed pieces of flesh.

According to the Miami Herald, Eugene was shot six times by the cop who is being hailed by his superiors as a hero.

The victim was taken to Jackson Memorial Ryder Trauma center where he remains in critical condition. The man’s face is reportedly unrecognizable as human after Eugene ate part of his nose, cheeks, ears, and gouged out his eyes.

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Gabrielle Union was spotted at ABC Studios in New York City for an appearance on ‘Good Morning America’ this morning. Gabby’s longtime boyfriend, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade and his teammates lost a close game to the hapless Indiana Pacers. The Heat who lost starting center Chris Bosh to a groin injury last week seemed to struggle without Bosh during last night’s game. The Heat and the Pacers are tied 1 game apiece in the NBA playoffs. Game 3 is Thursday in Indiana.
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Remember the transgender person who was kicked out of the Miss Universe pageant for not being a biological female? Well, the pageant officials have caved under the intense pressure from the LGBT groups. It doesn’t matter that this person has no chance of winning the coveted crown. The important thing is to be allowed to compete as a girl.

Disqualified Miss Universe Canada contestant Jenna Talackova better start practicing that wave: Officials have reversed their decision to kick her out for being born a boy. The 23-year-old can now compete on the condition she “meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions,” although they still haven’t clarified exactly what those requirements are. Source

My guess is that one of those requirements is to have a gay advocacy group in your corner that has the power and the money to topple pageant sponsorships.

I will also go out on a limb and guess that another requirement is to have powerful lawyers threatening to put the Miss Universe pageant on ice.

Thanks to loyal reader Dawn Sheen for the tip!