It’s Friday! Time for News & Booze…

1. JAMES FOLEY   

A French reporter who was held captive with James Foley says he recognized the man who beheaded the American journalist. The executioner was reportedly named John and he and two other British-born jihadis were dubbed the Killer Beatles by the captives. NY DAILY NEWS

 

2. GAZA   

EXECUTIONS: Hamas said it shot dead 11 suspected informants for Israel on Friday, a day after an Israeli airstrike killed three top Hamas military commanders. BLOOMBERG

HAMAS ADMITS KIDNAPPING: A senior Hamas leader said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June. It’s the first time the Islamic militant group has said it was behind the attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip. NBC

 

3. FERGUSON  

Missouri’s governor announced that the state National Guard will begin a “systematic” withdrawal from the St. Louis suburb that has been rocked by unrest over the fatal police shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown. USA TODAY

 

4. BUSINESS

U.S. stocks advanced yesterday after existing-home sales and manufacturing topped forecasts. The S&P 500 logged its fourth straight daily gain to close at a record high, while the Dow Jones topped 17000. MARKETWATCH

 

5. TECH

T-Mobile will reward its own customers– and their friends recruited from other carriers– with one year of unlimited data. Sprint responded with an offer of unlimited data, calling and messaging for $60 a month, $20 less than T-Mobile’s similar package. BUSINESSWEEK

“I’ll be there for you/These five words I swear to you/When you breathe I want to be the air for you/I’ll be there for you.” 

 

6. SPORTS 

Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount have been charged with possession of marijuana following a traffic stop Wednesday. Both will play in Thursday night’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. ESPN

Shouldn’t LeGarette have to change his name to “Blunt”?

 

7. ENTERTAINMENT 

50 Cent, instead of taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, called out boxing champ Floyd Mayweather to take the “ELS challenge” instead: ”If you can read one full page of a Harry Potter book…I’ll give $750,000 to whatever charitable organization you want to.” WATCH

Damn 50 you hot.

 

8. WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ - Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller’s ”Sin City” graphic novels back to the screen. VARIETY

‘If I Stay’ - Caught between life and death for one day, Mia Hall has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. LA TIMES

We cried during the preview. We don’t actually think we can make it through this flick.

 

9. TV TIME  

Who is the greatest ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member ever?

Grantland has created an NCAA-style bracket voting system to determine the most essential ‘SNL’ player in the show’s 40-year history. VOTE HERE

“Living in a van down by the river!!” 

 

10. SPOTTED…

…Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama celebrating Demi’s 22nd birthday at Disneyland. SEE PIC

Talk about a Mickey Mouse operation.

 

11. OTHER SHTUFF   

Watch this hilarious compilation of people screwing up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: THE CONCOURSE

We keep hearing our mothers’ voices in our heads saying, “If all your friends dumped buckets of ice water over their heads, would you do it too?”

 

RETWEET

@patrickmarkryan: Facebook officially changing name to Ice Bucket Challenge Book

 

And that’s what you ‘Need 2 Know’ on Friday, August 22, 2014…

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