Jill Abramson is out as New York Times executive editor, and Lady Gaga is the Wizards’ new secret weapon

Jill Abramson, the first woman to lead the New York Times' newsroom, is being abruptly replaced by current-managing editor Dean Baquet, who is the first African-American to take the post.

Jill Abramson, the first woman to lead the New York Times’ newsroom, is being abruptly replaced by current-managing editor Dean Baquet, who is the first African-American to take the post. (Brad Barket/Getty Images)

We spend our days browsing the Web for the most interesting, often weirdest links out there so you don’t have to. Now read this:

— In a media shakeup, The New York Times announced the sudden departure of executive editor Jill Abramson, who is being replaced by current-managing editor Dean Baquet. Abramson was the first woman to lead the Times’ newsroom, and Baquet is the first African-American to take over.

— The elevator in the Washington Monument broke for a couple of hours Wednesday morning, forcing visitors to walk down almost 900 steps to exit.

— A guy in Oregon called the 911 dispatcher with an interesting request: Where he could buy some marijuana.

— The Washington Wizards beat the Indiana Pacers 102-79 on Tuesday night, and it looks like they have Lady Gaga to thank for that.

— Someone in Michigan just made 72 enemies when he alerted the city of Grand Rapids that a computer glitch had given some residents double the money in their tax returns. — CBS — gasp! – isn’t picking up “How I Met Your Dad,” the “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff show we all already resigned to watching. — A teenager in Arizona was arrested at prom for stealing a $600 tuxedo. But, actually, maybe he didn’t steal it? — Someone on Twitter held out five years to complete the punchline of a daring “Rocky Horror Picture Show” tweet. You win again, Internet.

 

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