WATCH: Chase Utley Surprises Fan With Cancer On Ellen

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley stopped by the Ellen show recently to surprise a 23-year-old superfan with cancer.

Julie Kramer had no idea what was coming to her, she thought she was there to talk about staying positive as she struggles with a rare form of cancer, and to receive a few gifts. Ellen presented her with a check for $10,000, which brought tears to her eyes, but then her dream of dreams came true: Her favorite Phillies player Chase Utley came strutting out with a box full of Phillies gifts. Her reaction is priceless.

Utley gave her an open invitation to the Phillies any time she wants to come.

WATCH: Bill Nye Explain the Theory of Evolution Using Emojis

Bill Nye the Science Guy is just as cool and relevant as when you watched him on TV as a kid. Who else could explain the basics of evolution in less than two minutes—using emojis!?

That’s just what he’s done in a new Mashable-collaboration video that’s gone viral since it posted to YouTube on December 12th.

Check it out above, and perhaps he’ll show it tonight when he appears at the Kimmel Center in “An Evening With Bill Nye.” There are still tickets available. They can be purchased here.

Bill Cosby’s Wife Releases Statement

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Bill Cosby hasn’t said much about the numerous sexual assault allegations that have been cropping up about him lately, but today his wife, Camille O. Cosby, has released a statement saying that Cosby “is the man you all knew through his work,” and she blames the media for irresponsible coverage. Her words, tweeted by CBS Evening News:

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Man Crush Monday: Brandon Robert

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. Today, Bradon Robert who works retail by day and produces events at night. He is also the former editor of phillydragopolis.com and co-creator of Drag Wars with Mimi Imfurst.



Swimming Champion Tom Luchsinger Comes Out as Gay

National swimming champion—and Olympic hopeful—Tom Luchsinger came out of the closet in a touching piece he wrote for Outsports. Titled “King of the Double Life,” the piece explores the time he spent in the closet, and the sense of overwhelming freedom he got from escaping. Here’s some of what he wrote:

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FDA Endorses Lifetime Gay Blood Ban

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Blood Products Advisory Panel met last week to discuss lifting the government’s 31-year-old ban on blood donations from men who have had sexual contact with other men. The current rule, initiated in 1983 in the height of the AIDS epidemic, says that men who have had sex with another man since 1977—even if they were wearing a condom—are restricted from donating blood in the United States.

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Taylor Swift’s Amazing Birthday Weekend, in Videos and Pictures

Wyomissing’s  Taylor Swift turned 25 to great, star-studded fanfare this weekend. On the West Coast, the Grammy Museum celebrated with a special “The Taylor Swift Experience” exhibit that featured artifacts like books and photos from her childhood, handwritten lyrics to her hit song “22,” and props used in her latest video, “Shake It Off.”

The real party was on the East Coast, however, where Swift spent the entire weekend with a couple of the world’s biggest stars, folks like Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Sam Smith.

It all started Saturday, after Swift performed at Jingle Ball in New York City. Afterward, she threw a party for herself at her downtown apartment, a party that one attendee, Kelly Osbourne called “one of the best I have ever been to.”

According to E!, attendees there included Jay and Bey, John Legend’s main squeeze Chrissy Teigen, Sam Smith, Nick Jonas, Olivia Culpo and Ansel Elgort. “It raged until 5 a.m. and, understandably, cake wasn’t enough to feed the whole crew, and three pizza delivery men reportedly arrived with about 40 pies in tow.”

This Instagram photo from Swift’s account—showing Timberlake wearing a poop mask—pretty much sums up the night:

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REMINDER: Gay-Bashing Suspects Due In Court Tuesday for Preliminary Hearing

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Suspects Kevin J. Harrigan, Kathryn G. Knott, and Philip R. Williams

UPDATE: A judge held the defendants for trial on all charges, with victim Zachary Hesse testifying in open court. Read the full story here.

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Attorneys for Kevin Harrigan, Kathryn Knott, and Phillip Williams, the three suspects in the attack on two gay men in Center City on September 11th, will attend a preliminary hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, December 16th, at 9 a.m. with Judge Charles Hayden.

Here’s what we can expect to happen: The case will be brought before a municipal court judge to determine if there was probable cause to arrest the suspects in September. Attorney for Kevin Harrigan, Josh Scarpello, tells me, “we won’t decide the truth of the matter in that first hearing. It is a probable-cause hearing to establish if the case should go to trial.”

Scarpello confirms that all three defendants have pleaded not guilty.

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WATCH: Man Treated to Private Concert By Bob Dylan at Academy of Music

Bob Dylan performed at the Academy of Music last month, but before the audience piled in one lucky fan had the opportunity to get a private show from the legendary singer-songwriter.

Experiment Ensam convinced Dylan to play a show for Fredrik Wikingsson, who sat alone in the immense Academy of Music and listened to Dylan perform a set that, according to SPIN, included Buddy Holly’s “Heartbeat” and Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill.”

Wilkingsson said the experience left him feeling a “flood of emotions,” and that he “wasn’t far from crying.”

How he wasn’t bawling his eyes you I’ll never know. Check out Wikingsson’s experience in the video above.

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