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    Do we really need a reason to adore country superstar Miranda Lambert any more than we already do? Well get ready (and grab some Kleenex while you're at it), because this dynamo gave one very emotional performance on September 13. She sang her hit song "Over You" but spent the last few verses holding hands with 7-year-old cancer patient Brooke Hester.

    This sweet girl has been battling stage IV neuroblastoma cancer since 2010. She got to sit in the front row at Lambert's concert in Corpus Christi, Texas, and donned a pink cowgirl hat along with a face mask to prevent germs.

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    The shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked protests that continue to tear the city apart. It's unclear exactly what happened that fateful day. Police say Brown resisted arrest and tried to take Darren Wilson's weapon -- witnesses say Brown was surrendering. Now video has emerged that may bolster the witnesses' version of events. Two construction workers who saw the scene unfold were being videotaped and their reaction has now been leaked to the press.

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    Rosie Perez was just announced as one of the new co-hosts of The View, and how you feel about this might depend entirely on which Rosie Perez you know. Are you thinking of the tough-talking, Fly Girl-choreographing '90s actress with the thick Puerto Rican Brooklyn accent and dimples to die for? Or are you thinking of the smart-talking, memoir-writing, political activist with the thick Puerto Rican Brooklyn accent and dimples to die for?

    We combed through clips of the White Men Can't Jump star, from her early club-kid days through her recent book tour to promote Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (With Great Hair), to paint a picture of the well-rounded woman about to take a seat next to Rosie O'Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, and fellow newcomer Nicolle Wallace.

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    YouTube star Magic of Rahat has made a name for himself by hilariously pranking people and then posting videos of their reactions on the Internet. He’s the one that does those drive-thru videos we all love to laugh at.

    So I admit I was nervous when I heard that his latest video involves punking a homeless man into believing he had a winning lottery ticket. I thought I was going to have to start boycotting funny YouTube videos in protest, because that just sounds downright mean.

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    It's finally here! The Season 4 Game of Thrones trailer has arrived and holy hell, it is looks AWESOME! Even though we still have to wait a long, long, long three months, the trailer promises some big things coming on April 6 when the new season premieres. It's going to be huge, you guys.

    "There's good and evil on both sides in every war every fought," Jorah Mormont assures us and we are thrown back into the BEST SHOW ON TV. The ways I can't wait can't really be expressed enough here. Some highlights of the preview:

    Tyrion Lannister gets in trouble and may not be able to "talk his way out"? Really? What did he do?? Joffrey continues his insane sense of over-weaning confidence despite all evidence to the contrary. The very hot Jaime Lannister looks at his nephew with such contempt, it makes you wonder just how much things will change this season. See below:


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    Remember last summer when Robert Pattinson was reportedly annoyed with Kristen Stewart for duplicating his film choices? I wonder what he has to say about her steamy new topless perfume ads?

    On the heels of RPatz’s much anticipated (and celebrated!) uber hawt Dior ads, KStew is now the face of Balenciaga’s fragrance line Rosabotanica. And by face, I mean her naked torso, adorned with beautiful vines and flowers that appear almost like a three-dimensional tattoo.

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    Anyone who has had a baby knows you are like a walking wreck for at least 6 months after you give birth -- more like a year unless you have a child who likes you enough to sleep and nap on cue (and if you do, please don't share the details). There are few things more  annoying than sitting on the couch in your milk-stained robe, hair unwashed, and turning on the TV to waste the only 10 minutes you have to yourself that day -- and then getting trapped into watching some sappy, completely unrealistic commercial for toothpaste or an insurance company that features fashionable moms, happy, quiet babies bouncing off laps, and spotless living rooms. Liars!

    In real life, parenting is pretty much exactly like this sweet and funny Coca Cola commercial, which has its roots in Argentina, but has become a viral hit everywhere. 

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    Actor Paul Walker's tragic death continues to dominate headlines this week, from the coroner's report listing his cause of death (unsurprising yet sadly gruesome) to the mystifying ongoing questions of whether the Porsche he was riding in was going too fast (I'm not saying it's not worth investigating what happened on Saturday, but did you see what the godawful wreckage looked like? I'm going to go way out on a limb and say the speed issue is probably not up for debate at this point). The latest wave of news comes in the form of a viral video, thanks to the Fast & Furious YouTube page.

    Universal Studios has released a tribute to Paul Walker, and it's being described as "heartbreaking" and "beautiful." It's racked up over 1.6 million views as of this writing, and it's ... well, it's a really nice video. The soundtrack is fantastic (Skylar Grey's "I'm Coming Home"). There are lots of great shots of Walker.

    It's also, undeniably, a two-minute ad for the Fast & Furious franchise.

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    It seems like everyone at some point in their young lives had an uncle -- or dad, if you were really lucky -- who wouldn't think twice about picking you up, tossing you into the air, and throwing you down on the couch just for sport. And you laughed and laughed until your side split and begged him to do it again while your mom either screamed at him to stop or winced in disapproval but let it carry on. 

    Yeah, nowadays, not so much. A video from 2008 showing an uncle and possibly a dad tossing their toddler and young children back and forth like footballs has resurfaced and is -- yet again -- causing controversy because some say this type of behavior is flat-out reckless and borderline abusive. 

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    During this week's Moms Matter Google Hangout, we tackle a question countless women have asked: What is the best age to start a family?

    According to a recent Gallup Poll, most women have their first child at 25. That's a reality I can't imagine since I was occasionally eating cereal for dinner at that point in my life. It's hard to know exactly when you're ready to take that plunge into parenthood, but your age should definitely factor into the decision. Some of your favorite writers from The Stir debate whether it's better to be a young mom or an older one. Check out their take on the controversial issue:

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