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Chicago’s tallest building Willis Tower sells for $1.3 billion

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The observation deck at Willis Tower.
The Blackstone Group will buy Chicago’s Willis Tower for $1.3 billion, the highest price ever paid for an American office tower outside of New York City.
The 110-story office tower, formerly called the Sears Tower, is a landmark in Chicago and one of the tallest buildings in the world.

Blackstone (BX) said Monday that it signed a deal to buy the nation’s second-tallest office building from 233 South Wacker LLC., the group that currently owns the tower.
The private equity giant, which specializes in buying up companies and properties on the cheap, sees the tower as both a tourist attraction and a play on Chicago’s growing business district.
“We are bullish on Chicago as companies expand within and move into the city and look for first-class office space,” said Jacob Werner, an executive in Blackstone’s real estate group. “We see great potential in further improving both the building’s retail operations and the tourist experience for one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Chicago.”
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The sellers, including an Illinois real estate firm called American Landmark Properties, stand to make a tidy profit on the transaction. They paid $840 million for the tower in 2004.
The Willis Tower was renamed in 2009 after the insurance broker Willis Group Holdings leased the naming rights. However, many locals still refer to the landmark skyscraper as the Sears Tower.
The Sears Tower was opened in 1973 and is 1,730 feet tall, including its antenna. It was originally named for retailer Sears, Roebuck & Co., which moved its headquarters to Hoffman Estates, Ill. in 1992.
New York City’s Freedom Tower, completed last year, stands at 1,776 feet tall at its highest point.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Calls France a ‘S*** Country’ in angry outburst following defeat to Bordeaux – See more at: http://purelyfootball.com/2015/03/zlatan-ibrahimovic-calls-france-a-s-country-in-angry-outburst-following-defeat-to-bordeaux#sthash.fFxKt3kv.dpuf

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Swedish striker sorry for outburst

His English isn’t the best. But Zlatan Ibrahimovic got his message across yesterday.

The Sweden international went on a foul-mouthed rant following the final whistle after PSG’s surprising 3-2 defeat to Bordeaux.

“In 15 years I’ve never seen a [good] referee in this sh*t country … don’t even deserve PSG.”

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Ibrahimovic later issued an apology, which read

“My remarks were not aimed at France or the French people. I was talking about football and not something else. I was speaking in anger. I wish to apologise if people felt offended.”

The striker scored twice on Sunday, however his push wasn’t enough to keep PSG from falling.

Lyon extended their lead at the top to two points after drawing 0-0 at Marseille.

– See more at: http://purelyfootball.com/2015/03/zlatan-ibrahimovic-calls-france-a-s-country-in-angry-outburst-following-defeat-to-bordeaux#sthash.fFxKt3kv.dpuf

TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith Blames Interscope For Kendrick Lamar’s Album Leak

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                                                                                                                                                   Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated new album To Pimp A Butterfly was leaked early on iTunes over the weekend, and the CEO of K. Dot’s imprint is not pleased about it. TDE’s Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith expressed he feels the early release of the album is the fault of Kendrick’s major label Interscope.