1. CA WILDFIRES
California’s wildfires continue to grow, with some mandatory evacuations. The Rocky Fire west of Sacramento spanned 47,000 acres Sunday, up from 27,000 acres the previous evening. NBC NEWS
2. ZIMBABWE LIONS
ANOTHER AMERICAN doctor is accused of illegally killing a lion– in the same national park in Zimbabwe, in April. The country is trying to extradite dentist Walter Palmer for killing Cecil the lion in early July. WASHINGTON POST
SHOW OFF: According to the NYPOST ‘reviled dentist Walter Palmer tried but failed to impress a waitress with his hunting prowess by showing her a gruesome photo of Cecil’s carcass.’ NYPOST
When he asked her if she wanted to see his ‘trophy pic’ she was probably expecting something else.
3. EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
The Empire State Building was lit with images honoring Cecil the lion and other endangered species on Saturday evening, It’s part of a promotion for the documentary Racing Extinction, which is set to air on Discovery Channel in December. SEE PICS
These streets will make you feel brand new; The lights will inspire you.
The Athens Stock Market is open today for the first time in five weeks — and stocks plunged about 23% when trading began. Greece is still negotiating a bailout agreement with European creditors. CNBC
Have they tried spraying down the stock exchange with Windex?
Vice President Joe Biden “is 90 percent” running for president in 2016. That would put Biden head to head against Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the democratic nomination. HUFFINGTON POST
Consumers are complaining about Jessica Alba’s Honest Company, saying the SPF 30 sunscreen barely provides any sun protection. Customers posted photos showing themselves with major burns while using it. SEE PICS
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced– on Facebook– that his wife Priscilla Chan is pregnant with a baby girl – and has previously suffered three miscarriages. Thousands were moved to respond: DAILY MAIL
Ronda Rousey retained her UFC bantamweight title with a 34-second knockout victory over Bethe Correia in Rio de Janeiro. Correia had taunted Rousey over the champ’s father’s suicide. WASHINGTON POST
Channing Tatum will star in Gambit, an X-Men spin-off movie. The mutant who harnesses kinetic energy is seen as an X-universe superhero like Wolverine who would anchor his own movies and appear in others. HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
According to research we have done on Gambit he is “incredibly knowledgeable and skilled in card-throwing, hand-to-hand combat, and the use of a staff.” Card throwing? Marvel comic’s writers were reaching when they came up with that one – eh?
…Ben Stiller and many other stars in a leaked trailer for Zoolander 2, due in theaters next year. WATCH
Will it be called 2oolander?
BILLBOARD’s Hot 100 Festival lineup featuring The Weekend, Skrillex, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne takes place August 22nd and 23rd at Jones Beach Theater. There’s also a special guest performance by Justin Bieber. GET TICKETS HERE
11. OTHER SHTUFF
Actor Chris Pratt asked fans to Photoshop him into a new Facebook header. But the image had to feature his most famous characters — Peter Quill, Owen, Andy and Emmet — plus “eagles, american flags, guns, cool ford raptors, cigars, explosions” and “some cool guns or rollerblades.” SEE THEM
@bazecraze: This restaurant is farm to table to mouth to stomach to toilet to sewer to ocean to clouds to rain to farm.
And that’s what you ‘Need 2 Know’ on Monday, August 3, 2015…