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The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, July 30

Last month, a heat wave hit Billings, Montana, and temperatures reached over 100 degrees for a number of days.
This ended up being a challenge for the Help for Homeless animal shelter as the staff used fans and sprinklers and anything else they could find to keep the dogs and cats cool in the summer heat.
When Jason Linday — the owner of Patriot Heating and Cooling — learned of the struggle, he stepped up in a big way and donated air conditioning units to the shelter.
Jason says when he first visited the shelter, the temperatures at the shelter were in the 90s. Now that the air conditioning units are installed, everyone — both humans and animals — are comfortable with a cool 77 degrees.
Jason admits that he was inspired to make the donations after seeing the kittens and puppies and explaining, “It’s something I felt inside my heart that I had to take care of.” (KTVQ-TV)

The Daily Dish – Friday, July 30

In a surprising move, Scarlett Johansson has sued Disney, claiming that her contract was breached when the company simultaneously released Black Widow on its streaming service and in theaters.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the star argues that “her agreement with Disney’s Marvel Entertainment guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release, and her salary was based in large part on the box-office performance of the film.”
The suit said, “Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel.”
Sources say the decision to put Black Widow on Disney Plus likely cost ScarJo more than $50 million.
In a statement, Disney fired back, saying there was “no merit” to her suit, and that it “is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The company added that it has fully complied with her contract and that the release of Black Widow on Disney Plus “significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20 million she has received to date.”

Simon Cowell’s other singing competition series, The X-Factor, has been canceled after 17 years, according to Page Six.
The British channel ITV confirmed the news and said “there are no current plans for the next series of The X Factor at this stage.”
The last season aired in 2018.
The series has launched the careers of such acts as One DirectionLeona Lewis and Little Mix.

Jean-Claude Van Damme helped a thief get away with millions of dollars worth of jewelry — because of his fame.
According to TMZ, a man held up a high-end store in Paris earlier this week. He allegedly pulled a knife and made off with a “monumental haul” — estimated between $2.4 and $3.5 million — in jewels and gemstones. Then he fled the scene on an electric scooter without a problem.
His clean getaway, officials say, was possible because everyone on the street was distracted by the Bloodsport star, who was inside a nearby optometrist’s office.
Police did get surveillance footage of the getaway and two suspects were eventually arrested.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, July 30

TODAY IS:
  • National Get Gnarly Day: The last Friday of July is celebrated as a day to embrace new ideas and toss out old ways. Maybe time for a summer resolution?
  • National Cheesecake Day
  • International Friendship Day
  • National Paperback Book Day

The end of July is here … and that means summer is quickly coming to an end. Have you done everything you wanted to do this summer? There’s still time to get you summer bucket list done …
According to voters on Ranker.com, these are their top summer bucket list items:
  1. Go on a road trip
  2. Read a new novel
  3. Sleep under the stars
  4. Get as much sunshine as possible
  5. Go camping
  6. Connect with an old friend
  7. Play in the summer rain
  8. Make lemonade
  9. Build a sandcastle
  10. Collect seashells on the beach

It’s bad enough that most American workers don’t take their vacation days, but a new survey has found that 42% of respondents say they their use vacation days for medical appointments. That’s likely because Americans feel they might need their sick days for actual sickness later…

Get ready for cantaloupe juice … Yep, cantaloupe juice is the newest health trend. Cantaloupe is low in calories, because of its high water content; is packed with Vitamin A and potassium; and can boost your immunity because, as an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution notes, cantaloupe provides 337% of your recommended daily Vitamin C allowance. That’s why scientists are looking for ways to deliver all that cantaloupe goodness in a fresh-pressed juice. (Eat This)

And get ready for potato milk … Because almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, pea milk, and oat milk aren’t enough, potato milk is the next big plant-based milk. It’s currently only available in parts of Sweden and China, and through Amazon in the United Kingdom. But it won’t be long till spud milk hits our shores. (Food & Wine)

Forget waiting for the flight attendant to roll the cart your way … United is now allowing passengers to order their food and drinks before they fly, via the United app. (Food & Wine)

Music News – Friday, July 30

Britney Spears’ dad is making her sick –and she has a doctor’s note to prove it.
Lawyers for the troubled star filed new paperwork on Wednesday, saying Spears’ “medical team agrees that it is not in the best interest of the Conservatee for Mr. Spears to remain Conservator.”
New attorney Mathew Rosengart added that Jamie Spears has “profited handsomely” from the conservatorship, pointing to the $16,000-per-month salary he draws from his daughter’s estate. (Variety)

Britney Spears‘ former manager has re-entered her life out of nowhere — by leaking decade-old e-mails in which she begged to be free from her dad’s grasp.
Sam Lutfi, who was working with Britney when she had the emotional breakdown that led to her conservatorship in the first place, shared the messages, which he dates to 2009, on Instagram earlier this week.
In one message, Britney is heard saying “I’ve been blackmailed by visitation with my babies by the conservatorship. I’m confined, restrained and stripped of my civil rights. And I demand the state of California to review this case because I feel it’s illegal. Bye.” In another, she says “I’m calling again because I just wanted to make sure that during the process of eliminating the conservatorship that my father has threatened me several times, that you know, he’ll take my children away.”
Britney had two separate restraining orders taken out against Lutfi around the time he says the calls were recorded. One of those was renewed in 2019, so he’s still prohibited from seeing her. (New York Post)

Rick Astley is never gonna give up being happy about the success of his video for “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
As previously reported, the video for the 1987 number-one hit has just hit one billion views on YouTube, making it only the fourth clip from the ’80s to reach that milestone.  In a video reacting to the news, Astley says, “I’ve just been told that ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ has been streamed a billion times on YouTube. That is mind-blowing. The world is a wonderful and beautiful place and I am very lucky.”
Then, in another post, the British singer announced, “To celebrate 1 Billion views for Never Gonna Give You Up I’m releasing a limited & numbered 7” blue vinyl of the song, 2500 of them and I’ll be signing them all!”
You can pre-order your copy now at Rick’s official online store.
But wait, Rick’s not gonna let you down: There’s also a mini-documentary coming about the video, which was filmed in London and features the singer dancing in an oversized raincoat.  The doc will feature new interviews with the singer, as well as Pete Waterman and Mike Stock of Stock Aitken Waterman, the songwriting and production team that created the track.
The video’s producer will also be interviewed, as well as Simon West, who directed the video before going on to make feature films like Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and The Expendables 2. More participants will be announced soon.  So far, there’s no release date for the doc.
Meanwhile, Rick has a U.K. arena tour planned for October, which will include free shows for health care and front-line workers.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, July 29

Eight-year-old Jesse Starr and seven-year-old Claire Calvin of Franklin County, Missouri, are best friends. But, things got bumpy last year when Claire was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Jesse, who raises hogs as a hobby and sells them at county fair auctions, wanted to help. So, he announced that he would donate all proceeds from this year’s auction to Claire and her family.
Upon hearing this news, the community responded in a big way. At the auction, people in the stands bid higher and higher, with a woman named Kathy Ruwwe finishing with the ridiculous bid of $16,000.
Kathy knew the money was going to a good cause — and really didn’t care if she actually got the pig or not — so, she asked the auctioneer to “sell it again.”
Another round of bids brought in another $3,000 — bringing the total to $19,000, a lot more than the $1,600 that was expected.
Thanks to a clinical trial, Claire is beating the odds and it looks like her tumor is shrinking.
And, alongside Claire is Jesse, whose appreciation for his friend inspired extreme generosity that will not be forgotten anytime soon by their community. (WISH-TV)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, July 29

Bob Odenkirk is in stable condition, according to his reps.
The Better Call Saul was hospitalized on Tuesday after collapsing on the New Mexico set. On Wednesday, his team issued a statement, reading, “We can confirm Bob is in stable condition after experiencing a heart-related incident.”
According to TMZ, it was “touch-and-go for the last day but it looks like he’s now out of the woods.” Sources say Odenkirk was unconscious “during the early hours in the hospital, although he’s now lucid.”
Odenkirk, 58, had been shooting the sixth and final season of the Breaking Bad spin-off. The 13-episode season is expected to debut next year on AMC. (Variety)

Infomercial king Ron Popeil has died. The inventor of the Showtime Rotisserie and Pocket Fisherman was 86.
His family tells TMZ that Popeil died Wednesday morning at L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after suffering a medical emergency.
Ron was just as well known for his catchphrases “Set it and forget it” and the iconic “But wait, there’s more!”
Ron created the concept of the infomercial. In the early 1950s, he and a partner produced a minute-long, black-and-white commercial for $500, according to his official site.
Among Ron’s inventions, some of which can be seen in the Smithsonian Museum, are Mr. Microphone (the first Karaoke machine), the Popeil Pocket Fisherman, the Smokeless Ashtray and GLH-9 (Great Looking Hair Formula #9) Hair in a Can Spray.
His father, Samuel “S.J.” Popeil, invented the Chop-o-Matic and the Veg-o-Matic, which were sold through his son’s Ronco company.

TBS is making a variety show inspired by the “Stupid Pet Tricks” segment from DAVID LETTERMAN’s “Late Show”.  It’ll be a half-hour, ten-episode series hosted by SARAH SILVERMAN.
Each episode will have pets performing impressive tricks in front of a live audience.  There will also be surprise celebrity guests, comedy bits, and games.
Sarah said, quote, “The rule in show business is, ‘never work with animals or children’ but I choose to work with David Letterman anyway.”
Production will start later this year.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, July 29

TODAY IS:
  • National Lasagna Day
  • National Chicken Wing Day
  • National Chili Dog Day

Speaking of hot dogs … If you want to know how competitive eater and 14-time winner of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest Joey Chestnut feels after eating 76 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, Chestnut told Insider, “Most people relate to feeling really bloated and tired after Thanksgiving. It’s kind of like that, except really, really bad.” Chestnut also revealed that after the contest he starts sweating profusely, and apparently his sweat smells like hot dogs. Sparing you all of the gritty details, he also said it takes full two days to start feeling normal again after a competition.

Are you and your partner on the same page when it come money, including investments and financial risk? According to new research from the University of California-San Diego, couples who don’t agree about where their money goes, are twice as likely to get divorced.

Workplaces are starting to reopen, but lots of workers don’t want to return. There have been a few of these surveys over the last year, but a brand-new one revealed that 27% of American workers polled said they would look for a new job if they had to go back to the office. “I truly believe we will not be going back to the 5-days-a week in the office” routine, said Andrei Postoaca, chief executive of Ipsos Digital. “That era has stopped.” (Yahoo) Well, apparently no one told my place of work…

Weddings are back, and money is tight for a lot of people.  So is this something ALL brides should do? A 29-year-old woman named Talia Morales got engaged last month.  And she’s getting a ton of love on TikTok after she polled her bridesmaids and asked how much THEY were willing to spend on her wedding. She did it through an online poll, so no one else would see their answers.  And she asked things like how much they could spend on their dresses . . . where they want to stay . . . and if they want their hair and make-up done by a professional. She even asked what style of bridesmaid dress they like best, and included photos.  So maybe they won’t end up with a dress they’ll never wear again. She says a lot of brides get so caught up in planning, they don’t think about how much everyone else has to shell out.  So she’s trying to be as considerate as possible when it comes to money.

Music News – Thursday, July 29

The newest casino on the Las Vegas strip may play host to a residency for the one and only Adele.
Insiders say she’s about to earn $140,000 per night starting in January. Resorts World already secured big name residencies from Carrie UnderwoodCeline Dion and Katy Perry. This November, Celine opens The Theatre at Resorts World, which has a capacity of 5000. Katy Perry performs there on New Year’s Eve.
Believe it or not, the most recent Adele concert happened in the summer of 2017 — more than 1500 days ago. (The Sun, UK)

Sure, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is nice, but now New Jersey’s own Jon Bon Jovi and Whitney Houston are getting a real honor: rest stops named after them on the Garden State Parkway.
The neighboring New Jersey Turnpike has rest stops named after historical New Jerseyites, like Thomas Edison, but the Parkway is going for star power, reports NorthJersey.com.  The rest stop formerly known as — no joke — Cheesequake will now be known as the Jon Bon Jovi Service Area.  The one formerly known as Vauxhall will be renamed the Whitney Houston Service Area.
Other famed New Jerseyites who are getting the rest stop treatment include Frank SinatraToni MorrisonJames Gandolfini, salsa legend Celia Cruz and author Judy Blume.  It’s all part of a campaign by the New Jersey Hall of Fame, which is installing displays about each rest stop’s famous namesake.
But wait, you ask — where’s the Bruce Springsteen Service Area?
“Bruce Springsteen respectfully declined to have a service area named after him,” a New Jersey Hall of Fame spokeswoman told NorthJersey.com. “It should be noted, though, that Bruce has been very supportive of the New Jersey Hall of Fame over the years, and is very much a part of the fabric of the Hall.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, July 28

90-year-old Dean Troutman of Illinois is passionate about helping children, as he continues to take big actions to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Back in 2015, he walked over 500 miles for St. Jude, raising $10,000 along the way.
Now, he’s back on the road, walking a staggering 3,600 miles from Illinois through 15 states and back to Illinois — and his wish is that people who hear his story are inspired to donate $36, one penny for every mile he walks.
While on this mission, Dean is pushing a converted pet carrier, which he calls his “buggy.” It carries everything he needs for the journey — food, clothing, maps, as well as a photo of his late wife, Peggy, looking back at him.
He’s using a Facebook page to allow people to keep up with where he’s at and what he’s up to.
And with the children of St. Jude in mind, Dean believes the journey is worth it, explaining that he’s “hoping each day that we can raise enough funds that we can help some of these kids.” (WLFI-TV)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, July 28

The star of Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk, was rushed to a New Mexico hospital after collapsing on set. The cause was not disclosed.
A source told TMZ that crew members immediately surrounded Odenkirk when he went down and dialed 911. The 58-year-old actor received medical treatment overnight.
Bob Odenkirk had been shooting the sixth and final season of the Breaking Bad spin-off. The 13-episode season is expected to debut next year on AMC. (Variety)

The ex-husband of Kelly Clarkson never needs to work another day in his life. A court ordered the singer to pay Brandon Blackstock monthly in spousal and child support.
Each and every month, Kelly Clarkson must Venmo $195,601. Incredibly, Brandon Blackstock wanted twice that amount!
Kelly must pay another $1.25 million to cover her ex-husband’s legal costs. She can afford it, too. According to court documents, Kelly takes home each month more than $1.5 million.
Post-divorce, Brandon Blackstock will back-burner being Blake Shelton’s manager and pivot to “full-time rancher and sponsoring rodeos.” Kelly wanted to sell their Montana ranch, but the divorce judge denied it. (People)

Matt Damon has given his seal of approval to Bennifer 2.0.
Ben Affleck‘s bestie tells Extra that he’s “so happy” for his pal and Jennifer Lopez, who’ve been dating again since the spring.
Damon, who stars in The Last Duel opposite Ben, adds, “He deserves every happiness in the world. I’m glad for both of them.”
When Matt was last asked about the couple’s reunion, he pretended that he wasn’t aware of it. In May, Damon said, “I love them both. I hope it’s true. That would be awesome.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, July 28

TODAY IS:
  • National Milk Chocolate Day

Has your circle of friends gotten smaller? A study published by the Survey Center on American Life found that Americans have fewer friends than they used to. The study revealed that 49% of Americans over the age of 18 said they had fewer than three close friends. In 1990, just 27% of Americans said they had fewer than three close friends. In 1990, 33% reported having 10 or more close friends, while today, only 13% said they had 10 or more good friends.
The pandemic definitely had an effect on friendships. The study found that 47% of Americans said they’d lost touch with at least a few friends over the last year. Women, in particular, said they’d lost touch with friends during the pandemic, with 59% saying they had lost contact with friends in the last year.
But it’s not just the pandemic that has led to fewer close friendships. Things like marrying later, spending more time with their kids than past generations, and working longer hours has also affected friendships. (NY Post)

Why do these things not happen to us when we’re bored? A man in South Carolina who won $375,000 on a lottery scratch-off ticket said he only bought the ticket because he was bored and looking for something to do. (UPI)

Walmart wine … Walmart is launching their own wine collection. The Walmart Winemakers Selection is an international affair, including Malbec from Argentina, Italian Pinot Grigio, French rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon from California, and a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Each bottle is just $10. (The Drinks Business)

And speaking of Walmart, lots of college freshman will be heading off to school in the next couple of weeks, packed with stuff to fill their dorm rooms. Good Morning America has a list of some of the dorm essentials every college freshman needs, including shower shoes and a shower caddy, a small fridge and a single-serve coffee maker, comfy bedding, a mattress cover, noise canceling headphones, and an LED light.

Music News – Wednesday, July 28

A legislator who introduced a “Free Britney” bill in Congress this month pulled out a big weapon to support Britney Spears — comparing her dad’s oversight to “Communist China.”
South Carolina representative Nancy Mace told Fox News “As a mom, one of the things I was really disturbed by is they’re forcing her on birth control, an IUD, to not allow her to have kids. It’s just really crazy what’s going on. These are things that happen in Communist China, not the United States of America.”
Mace says that that if her bill passes, it would allow someone who is under a conservatorship to petition a judge or court, for an independent or public guardian to make sure the conservator doesn’t have a conflict of interest.
There are about 1.3 million people in the country who are under a conservatorship right now.

The ex-husband of Kelly Clarkson never needs to work another day in his life. A court ordered the singer to pay Brandon Blackstock monthly in spousal and child support.
Each and every month, Kelly Clarkson must Venmo $195,601. Incredibly, Brandon Blackstock wanted twice that amount!
Kelly must pay another $1.25 million to cover her ex-husband’s legal costs. She can afford it, too. According to court documents, Kelly takes home each month more than $1.5 million.
Post-divorce, Brandon Blackstock will back-burner being Blake Shelton’s manager and pivot to “full-time rancher and sponsoring rodeos.” Kelly wanted to sell their Montana ranch, but the divorce judge denied it. (People)

Carlos SantanaRob ThomasThe KillersElvis CostelloEarth, Wind and FireLL Cool JJon Batiste, and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, among others, have joined the lineup for New York City’s Homecoming Concert, set for August 21st at Central Park.
They join the previously announced Paul SimonJennifer HudsonJourney and Patti Smith with special guest Bruce Springsteen at the show. Organizers say that 80-percent of the tickets will be free and distributed starting August 2nd through Homecoming2021.com. VIP tickets will go on sale for Citi cardholders on August 1st.
All attendees are required to be vaccinated. Close to 60,000 people are expected at the show. It will also be shown on CNN at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 21.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, July 27

Earlier this month, severe storms and flooding affected thousands of people in western Germany and Belgium.
A charity based in Louisville, Kentucky — called WaterStep — saw the news and were able to help the people there who are still struggling.
WaterStep helps communities around the world maintain safe water supplies.
In this case, the group was able to send eight water disinfecting devices to the area, which will end up providing clean drinking water that will also allow those overrun by the floods to cook, clean and bathe.
Certainly, the people of western Germany and Belgium have a lot of work to do to get back to normal, but thanks to WaterStep, many of them will have a safe supply of water until that work is done. (WDRB-TV)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, July 27

Britney Spears formally petitioned the court to oust her father. Her new lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, filed on Friday a 127-page document detailing why Jamie Spears is the wrong person to oversee Britney’s finances and showbiz contracts.
According to the filing, Britney’s estate is worth $69 million. However, the lawyer suggests that dad syphoned much of her fortune into his bank account.
Rosengart also identified the accountant they wish to replace her father. Jason Rubin has expertise in probing financial records for misconduct, which might raise eyebrows among Britney’s relatives.
The court will consider Rubin at a hearing in December—after Britney’s 40th birthday. She plans to attend. Once a conservator has replaced Jamie Spears, then the lawyer will work toward gaining Britney’s freedom. At the current pace, it may happen in 2022 at the earliest. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Universal has paid a whopping $400 million to buy a new Exorcist trilogy, Variety reports.
Ellen Burstyn, who starred in the 1973 original, will reprise her role as Chris MacNeil.
The first of three horror movies is expected to open on October 13th, 2023. Other installments could land directly on the Peacock streaming service.
Also cast is Hamilton star Leslie Odom Junior, whose character tracks down Burstyn’s after his child becomes possessed.

A new live-action Pokemon series is in development at Netflix, Variety reports. Lucifer‘s Joe Henderson is attached to write and executive produce. Though there’s no word on the plot, sources say the project would be akin to the Detective Pikachu film starring Ryan Reynolds.

MTV is rebooting Behind the Music as a podcast. Dr. Dre and Ice Cube will be the first two artists featured. Both episodes will be available on Thursday. Other episodes will feature 50 Cent, AC/DC, Adam Lambert, Bret Michaels, Courtney Love, Duran Duran, Fat Joe, Guns n’ Roses and Madonna.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, July 27

TODAY IS:
National Scotch Day

Have you been dining out and noticed a few too many people being a bit rude? … According to a recent article, restaurant owners say some customers have “forgotten to be human” during the pandemic. Seems there’s been quite the uptick in rude, demanding, and angry customers as restaurants have re-opened.

Would you give this a try, or would it be a hard pass?  There’s a small-but-passionate group of people online who claim the best snack in the world is OREOS WITH SALSA. People have been hyping it on social media for a while, so it’s not a new idea.  But a writer for the site Delish.com just tried it.  And their verdict is . . . NOT good.  They described the taste as “musty,” and said dunking them in milk is a much better option. Some people claim it’s great though.  If you really want to go all-in, they say to buy a pack of Oreos . . . remove the middle row . . . and fill it to the top with salsa for easy dipping.

Jerry Seinfeld had a classic bit about the Olympics, and said he’d rather win bronze than silver . . . because silver would be a bummer, but bronze would feel like you won SOMETHING at least.  So do you agree with that? Someone polled 2,500 people, and it turns out most of us DON’T agree.  Of the people who answered, 93% would rather win silver.  Only 7% said bronze. If you grew up in the “participation trophy” era though, you might be the outlier.  People aged 18 to 25 were more than twice as likely than older people to say they’d rather win bronze.

If you feel passionately about finding out what Dorito or Cheeto dust would taste like on a potato chip, listen up.  Frito-Lay just debuted a new line of potato chips that taste like OTHER chips and snacks. The three flavors are Cool Ranch Doritos potato chips . . . Cheetos potato chips . . . and chips that taste like Funyuns.  So if you think those snacks would be better in potato chip form, get excited. It’s not clear how many stores have them, but right now Target.com appears to have all three.  And they’re a limited time only thing, so they might only be around for summer.

Music News – Tuesday, July 27

Britney Spears formally petitioned the court to oust her father. Her new lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, filed on Friday a 127-page document detailing why Jamie Spears is the wrong person to oversee Britney’s finances and showbiz contracts.
According to the filing, Britney’s estate is worth $69 million. However, the lawyer suggests that dad syphoned much of her fortune into his bank account.
Rosengart also identified the accountant they wish to replace her father. Jason Rubin has expertise in probing financial records for misconduct, which might raise eyebrows among Britney’s relatives.
The court will consider Rubin at a hearing in December—after Britney’s 40th birthday. She plans to attend. Once a conservator has replaced Jamie Spears, then the lawyer will work toward gaining Britney’s freedom. At the current pace, it may happen in 2022 at the earliest. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Ed Sheeran thought about a career change after his daughter Lyra Antarctica was born — with his eye on being a stay-at-home dad.
Ed, who’s back on the charts with “Bad Habits,” tells Sirius XM that he almost extended his 18-month hiatus into a permanent vacation. He says his first thought was “Right, that’s it … this is me I’m just gonna be a dad. I’m not gonna play music anymore.”
But after further consideration, he realized little Lyra might not like that idea. As he puts it, ” I was suddenly like, it is more important for my daughter to grow up knowing that her parents love working hard and and love creating and enjoy their jobs — and seeing that rather than like looking at your dad as technically unemployed.”

Fox’s new reality singing competition, featuring an all-star judging panel of musicians, just got a primo debut spot this fall.
Alter Ego will debut over two nights, September 22 and September 23, at 9 p.m. ET, right after the sixth season premiere of the network’s smash hit The Masked Singer.  Alter Ego features celebrity judges Nick LacheyAlanis Morissettewill.i.am of Black Eyed Peas and Canadian artist Grimes, also known as Elon Musk‘s romantic partner.
Alter Ego’s contestants will be “aspiring singers from all walks of life,” but they won’t be performing as themselves. Instead, they’ll be portrayed by digital avatars, which show them how they’ve always wanted to be seen.  The avatars will mirror each singer’s individual performance style via motion capture technology.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, July 26

In central Texas, a German Shepherd K-9 police dog named Bear was sent off into retirement in style with a retirement party.
Bear served six years as a police dog in the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office. He originally joined the force in 2015, thanks to a donation from a local business.
During his years on the force, Bear helped fellow officers track down and locate missing children and elderly people, sniffed out illegal drugs and assisted others in need.
And at his retirement party, Bear took photographs with his co-workers as they wished him a happy farewell. An officer also read a proclamation, describing the dog’s accomplishments during his career.
His handler — Deputy Brandon Abbott — is sad to see Bear leave the police force, but isn’t too heartbroken as Brandon is adopting Bear, allowing the partners to stay together and allowing Bear to enjoy his retirement in comfort. (Yahoo)

The Daily Dish – Monday, July 26

Legendary standup comedian Jackie Mason died Saturday in New York City. He was 93.
Mason, who gave up being a rabbi for a career in comedy, had a series of successful one-man shows on Broadway. He also voiced the father of Krusty the Clown on The Simpsons, a role that won him an Emmy in 1992.
In the 2004 TV special Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, he was ranked number-63.

Angelina Jolie has scored a major legal victory in her custody battle with Brad Pitt.
Angie had demanded that the judge in the case be removed because of a conflict of interest, and now she’s gotten her wish. The California Court of Appeal has ruled that Judge John Ouderkirk is out, according to Us Magazine.
The removal means that the current custody agreement could be tossed out and the proceedings could start over.
Brad has been granted joint custody of their six children, despite Angie’s objection. A source had once said, “She will never forgive him. She maintains it’s far from over and still believes that justice will prevail.”

LeVar Burton‘s weeklong stint as a Jeopardy! guest host begins this Monday. LeVar has been very vocal about wanting to be the permanent host. David Faber (August 2nd-6th) and Joe Buck (August 9th-13th) will follow as hosts. (Variety)

On Thursday night, rapper Kanye West held a listening party for his new album “Donda” at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and Twitter went crazy. Not about the music or lack of it. About the ridiculous prices for food. A photo of the menu went viral – 40 dollars for a kosher hot dog, $50 for chicken fingers, 35 bucks for popcorn and other overpriced fare. Then some attendees took it further, offering bags of “Donda” air on eBay for over 3-thousand dollars.

The Coast Social Network with the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance – Monday, July 26

Jessica from Cornerstone Alliance introduces us to Brandon at the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance and Katie from Holt Bosse, who are working together to launch the “Little Fish, Big Pitch” program where local businesses could win a marketing plan from with expertise from Holt Bosse & Cornerstone Alliance and the Women’s Business Center! Get details at cornerstonewbc.com and be sure to get your application in before August 1st.
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