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3 Things You Need to Know Today: March 13, 2014

Happy Thursday! Here’s a spin through some recent headlines to distract yourself with before happy hour.

World Wide Web Turns 25
Ready to feel old? The World Wide Web is now all grown up. A quarter century has officially passed since the original 130 websites made up the entire Internet back in 1993. Shout out to Geocities!

Lady Gaga’s Charity Donated $5,000 of Its $2.1 Million in 2012
It’s tax season so this revelation is pretty timely. The tax records for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way charity have emerged and the numbers are… interesting? The anti-bullying foundation raised well over $2 million–here’s how that money was spent…

$300,000 in strategic consulting
$62,836 on stage productions
$50,000 on social media
$50,000 on event coordination
$406,552 on legal
$150,000 on philanthropic consulting
$60,000 on research
$58,768 on publicity fees
$78,000 on travel
$72,000 on salaries
$808,661 on “other”
$5,000 on grants to organizations or individuals

It’s all admittedly a bit confusing–especially with vague words like “research,” “consulting,” and “other,” but if you ever want to check on charities that you donate to, run their name though the Charity Navigator.

George Zimmerman’s Parents Are Suing Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Barr’s impulsive tweet a couple of years ago has come back to bite her. Back in 2012, she tweeted the names, phone number, and home address of George Zimmerman’s parents to her 110,000 followers one month after the death of Trayvon Martin. But now, she’s the one who will be facing the jury. The Zimmermans claim they were forced to sell their home and move just to avoid physical harm, and are now seeking retribution.

Jeopardy Champ Arthur Chu Ends Reign After 11 Wins
The #ChuChuTrain has now come to a full stop. Controversial champ Arthur Chu, known for annoying fans with his style of jumping around the board, just ended his streak of 11 wins after a bad bet in Final Jeopardy. On the upside, he says he’s hoping this will help his voice over career. Don’t miss him on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything forum tonight.

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