Natalie Portman--Just Because(Awards Daily)

• Emerging details about the bombing that took the life of a Lebanese intelligence official in Beirut signal a possible expansion of Syria’s year-and-a-half-long civil war into Lebanon. Riots immediately broke out across the country in the wake of the bombing. [NYT]

• The implementation of an informed consent regulation, which requires New York parents to sign a waiver before allowing their sons to be circumcised by the controversial metzitzah b’peh ritual, has been postponed until November when the next court hearing. [JTA]

• After some serious backlash, Twitter has pulled the anti-Semitic trending topic ‘Good Jew’ from its French-language site as well as denied access for a neo-Nazi group in Germany. [Forward]

• Larry Sloan, the co-founder of a publishing company that released the social scourge known as ‘Mad Libs,’ has died at age 89 in Los Angeles. [LAT]

• Jewcy reports on the designs of Lisa Frank whose stickers and now unicorns have found favor in the mass chain Urban Outfitters, purveyor of prepackaged subculture wear in numerous countries around the world. [Jewcy]