Excerpts From Teresa Giudice’s Prison Diary Released! Read Them Here Before They Go Into Her Upcoming Memoir!

Everyone is dying to know what it’s like for Teresa Giudice to be in jail.

Well now, we’re finally getting a glimpse!

Currently, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star is serving a 15-month sentence for fraud at a women’s prison in Danbury, CT.

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During her stay, the reality TV star has been chronicling her jail life in a diary, and this will reportedly be featured in an upcoming memoir!

Her attorney James J. Leonard Jr. said of the future book:

“It’s going to be about growing up from humble beginnings… She will also tell the story everyone is dying to know: what life is like behind bars.”

This is going to be so juicy!

In the mean time, however, we’ve got some excepts from Tre’s journal!

According to the Skinny Italian author, the food in the slammer is terrible, yet plentiful.

In an entry dated January 26, Day 21:

“I went to lunch at 10:20. I had tater tots, a soy burger that was so gross and orange! I also had some potato salad. They feed us so much here. I’m going to have potatoes coming out of my ears pretty soon!”

And yes, the inmates get into fights!

In an undated entry in February:

“There is a lady in here, she hit her roommate. The officers are up here now to evaluate the situation. She is a crazy lady who fights with everyone.”

On February 1, Day 27 — the Jersey native spent her day going to church:

“Great Mass. I enjoy [going to church], it makes me feel good after I go and during. I feel like God is really present there with me.”

And she still keeps in touch with her family!

March 16, Day 70:

“I got an email from Gia. She got an award for perseverance. I started crying at the computer. I was so happy for her, and saying to myself, ‘That is my daughter.'”

We TOTALLY can’t wait to read Teresa’s book!

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Greg Monroe to Bucks: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Greg Monroe is set to join the Milwaukee Bucks after agreeing to a maximum contract with the team Thursday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. 

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He spent the first five years of his career with the Detroit Pistons.

Monroe averaged a double-double for the first time last season. The power forward checked in at 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field. Aside from the slight uptick in boards, the numbers were right in line with his career totals.

It was a solid overall season from the Georgetown product, a campaign good enough to rank him 27th in the league in player efficiency rating, according to ESPN. The question is whether he can take that next step into the NBA‘s upper echelon.

He’ll be just 25 when next season opens. So there’s still time for him to continue developing, perhaps adding a bit more variety to his offensive game and being a little more aggressive defensively.

He’ll join a young group in Milwaukee featuring Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Michael Carter-Williams and Khris Middleton, who just agreed to a megadeal of his own.

After going 41-41 last season, Milwaukee is a rising team in the East on the cusp of turning a corner and ascending to become one of the top teams in the conference.

Monroe told Terry Foster of the Detroit News after last season ended that he was simply going to keep all of his options open until he had a chance to survey the market.

“I don’t know why people have the notion or the thought that I am just out of here already, like it is one foot out the door,” Monroe said. “At the end of the day, I am going to do what any free agent would do. I will listen to everybody and assess it.”

That’s exactly what he did.

Monroe decided it was time for his journey with the Pistons to end. The franchise drafted him with the seventh overall pick in 2010, but now it’s time for a change of scenery.

Staying in Detroit would have been the safe route. He had created a nice tandem with Andre Drummond in the post. But this new opportunity gives him a fresh chance to prove he can in fact make further strides and hasn’t leveled off.

There’s always at least some period of transition when a player joins a new team. That’s something to keep in mind if Monroe gets off to a sluggish start, especially since the pressure will be on as a high-profile free-agent signing.

He was good with the Pistons. Now it’s his job to prove he can be great.

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Striking Matches Talk Duo Power, ‘Nashville’ Connection

Striking Matches have a knack for constructing lovely songs. Just as importantly, they excel at building and maintaining close relationships. Talking before an acoustic but raucous performance at New York City’s FarmBorough Festival last weekend, the duo of Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis returned again and again to their key connections: with each other — the two met in college — with the show Nashville, and with producer T Bone Burnett.

In many ways, Striking Matches seem like an outlier. They’re a duo in an era dominated by solo stars, with a sound that’s a long way from the music that dominates the radio and a commitment to analog recording values in a digital age. Their position in the landscape makes more sense when you consider their trajectory. “We both moved to Nashville to be guitar players,” Zimmermann tells Rolling Stone Country. “We never set out to be artists.” This freed them to follow their own path, without many of the preconceptions that can hamstring aspiring stars. Now, the two singer-guitarists are determined to stick to their guns. “[I]f you removed the duo element from what we do,” Davis declares, “I don’t think that either of us would want to be artists anymore.”

Zimmermann and Davis’s career has been boosted by their music’s regular presence on the ABC series Nashville. But their connection with the show is more than just an exchange of tracks. “At first there was very little interaction [with the show] aside from writing the songs,” Davis remembers. “But as it happens, we’ve developed friendships with the music supervisors and a lot of the cast. Sam Palladio has become one of our best friends. . . And Buddy Miller, who’s producing a lot of the songs on there, he’s become a friend and sort of a mentor. He’s had us come in and actually play guitar and things on some of the tracks that they used. We really did have some creative input on how things were recorded and how they came out.”

In the same way Striking Matches found creative partnerships with each other and with the cast of Nashville, they found an easy camaraderie with producer T Bone Burnett, who produced their debut album Nothing But the Silence. “I’ve never met someone more nurturing, kind and supportive,” Zimmerman notes. “The mark of a great producer is making your forget everything except just go sing, go play,” Davis adds. “Sort of making you feel like you can do anything in the world when you’re in the studio. That’s a very difficult thing to do that he makes look very easy.”

The duo studied Burnett’s approach closely. “His method was a big thing we walked away with,” Davis says. “He really is about capturing a moment in time. He’s really incredible at just not perfecting — he’s good at having a perspective outside of yourself where you would have everything perfect, but that’s not the way he works.” This translated to Striking Matches live set at FarmBorough, which was aggressive and unfettered. It’s fitting that one of the duo’s most famous songs includes the line, “you’ll know it, I can guarantee/when the right one comes along.” They proved that onstage, again and again.

Ctrl One smart glasses auto tint to suit lighting conditions

The Ctrl One smart glasses can toggle between transparent and sunglasses mode, manually or autonomously at an illumination threshold set by the user

A Dutch subsidiary of liquid crystal specialist AlphaMicron is turning to Indiegogo to fund the development of Ctrl One, a pair of glasses mostly targeted to cyclists and runners that can change tint from dark to transparent in a fraction of a second, automatically adapting to surrounding lighting conditions.

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