01. Report: Man buys used Chrysler minivan from Thrifty, finds $500K in cocaine

“Mercury News reports that Charles Preston, a doctor in Santa Clara, California, purchased a used 2008 Chrysler Town & Country from a Thrifty rental car office and got much more than his $14,000 paid for. After about 15 months with the minivan, Preston brought the van to a local shop to get the brakes worked on. The mechanic offered to take a look at why the windows wouldn’t roll down, and the solution presented itself in the form of $500,000 in cocaine wrapped in purple cellophane.” (autoblog)

02. Intelligentsia’s Geoff Watts (Coffee)

“As the vice president of coffee for Intelligentsia and a green coffee buyer, Geoff Watts travels the world searching for the best beans, working to build relationships with the farmers that have helped make Intelligentsia a leader in the specialty coffee industry. We recently met with Watts in Los Angeles during their three-day Extraordinary Coffee Workshop (ECW), where we talked to the coffee guru about his tenure with the brand and the journey to select the best beans from around the world.” (coolhunting)

03. More “Design Story” Videos: Nikon Shows Us CoolPix Designer

“Here’s another design video with commercial intentions, this one a bit more interesting in that it appears largely unscripted (save for one part, see below) and focuses more on the designer than the product. It’s a Nikon-produced spot looking at industrial designer Chikara Fujita, the 26-year-old behind the CoolPix P300, which has won both Good Design and iF Design awards.” (core77)

04. A New Look at Marilyn Monroe (above)

“Curated by Etheleen Staley of the Staley-Wise Gallery, many of the 62 photos — by Milton Greene, Bruno Bernard, George Barris, Sam Shaw, Richard Miller and Ben Ross, among others — are iconic, including the career-changer by Philippe Halsman that landed on the cover of Life magazine’s April 7, 1952 issue with the headline “The Talk of Hollywood.” But there are also some rare gems; for example, an unpublished shot of Monroe in a black backless Dior gown from “The Last Sitting,” Bert Stern’s famous shoot for Vogue magazine at the Hotel Bel-Air in 1962, just six weeks before Monroe’s death.”(wwd)

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