National Bathtub Day: A good day for a relaxing soak in the tub.... [Read Full Story]If Justin Timberlake had listened to his record label, he never would’ve brought “sexy back.”In a new Apple Music interview, Justin looks back at his career and recalls that the “experts” said “SexyBack” was destined to bomb. He says, “When I brought the album in, I said, ‘This is the first single. Everybody told me I was crazy. They’re like, ‘It’s too fast.’ I’m like, ‘OK.’ Like, ‘It doesn’t sound like you.’ I’m like, ‘OK.’ They’re like, ‘It doesn’t have your falsetto.’ I’m like, ‘OK.’ And I say, ‘Every reason why you think that that’s why it’s wrong, I think it’s right.'”For those keeping score, “SexyBack” spent seven weeks at number-one when it was released in 2006.
Britney Spears skipped the beauty routine Monday and went straight to work — doing chores around the house.She hit Instagram to show off her “real life,” by posing next to a ladder positioned to change a light bulb somewhere in her mansion. She added a caption saying, “I can get insecure when photos are taken of me that I’m not prepared for… So I have always put so much effort into my appearance… But you know sometimes it’s nice to not try so hard and pull down your walls every now and then !!!! It takes a lot of strength to do that !!!”
The Daily Mail says Harry Styles is NOT in the running to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond. London bookmakers had listed his odds of replacing Craig at 25-1.Natalie Neal is a grandmother who wanted to stay in touch with her five-year-old grandson Tyrion Spann, so she programmed the Alexa unit in Tyrion’s house so he could call whenever he wanted.It was a great idea because it allowed Tyrion to call easily — and just say hello.But, it ended up being a life-saving move — because Tyrion’s mom, Jasmine, suffered a serious epileptic seizure — and Tyrion was able to quickly call grandma for help.When Natalie got the call from her grandson, she quickly figured out what had happened and immediately called 911.Tyrion managed to stay calm and open the door for first responders, who were able to care for Jasmine.The whole adventure certainly had a big impact on Tyrion, as he now wants to be a police officer or a firefighter when he grows up.Kim Kardashian cared for Kanye West while he recovered from COVID in February. He became infected weeks before the United States understood the severity of this coronavirus.Kim recalled the difficulty saying, “I had my four babies and no-one else in the house to help. Kanye contracted the virus at the beginning, when nobody really knew what was going on. It was so scary. I had to go and change his sheets and help him get out of bed. Changing his sheets with gloves and a face shield.”The next Keeping Up With the Kardashians episodes document the family’s response to the pandemic. That includes Kim wearing personal protective gear before national scientific leaders called it necessary.Kim explained on Monday why the family voted to quit Keeping Up With the Kardashians. She said, “It’s really simple. We just need a minute to regroup. We haven’t had a break for 14 years. We just live such big lives. We have kids now and they need us.” (Grazia)
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s custody battle has been put on pause. The two were supposed to have a hearing on Monday, but it was delayed.The actor is asking the court to give him equal time with the kids. A source tells ET, “Brad is asking for 50/50 custody to be put in place and stay in place.”The insider says that “Angelina wants to be fair when it comes to custody. She is very structured with the children. Brad has high hopes [they can] try to make it work because of the importance of co-parenting.”The exes had reached a custody agreement in November 2018, but that fell apart when they couldn’t agree on the private judge to adjudicate their divorce case.The source adds that Brad has “done everything he can to avoid a court situation” but feels he has been “left with no other choice,” if he wants to be allowed more time with his children.
Life & Style Weekly Magazine claims Meghan Markle is allegedly open to doing a reality show with her son, Archie. A source tells the magazine, “Meghan thinks her son is adorable. She can just imagine him following in her footsteps and becoming an actor. A reality show could be the first stepping stone.”
Zack speaks with Sarah Spoonholtz from the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber about upcoming events including the Young Professionals Virtual Trivia Night, a Ribbon Cutting for Lakeside Fit, and details on a new Bridgman-focused holiday gift card program. Get more details at smrchamber.com!... [Read Full Story]TODAY IS:
National Coaches Day
National Noodle Day
National Plus-Size Appreciation Day
For those of you looking for a thrill, a resident of Hell, Michigan, who calls himself the unofficial “Mayor of Hell,” is offering a unique opportunity for Halloween. His spooky tiny house, known as the “Mayor’s Lair,” is available on Airbnb for three, one-night stays. Each booking includes a queen-sized bed, pumpkins for carving, an outdoor movie screen, and a fire pit. But the coolest thing you’ll get is the unofficial title of “Mayor of Hell.”
Speaking of scary houses … The house from the movie Silence of the Lambs is for sale. Yep, Buffalo Bill’s home from the movie can now be yours – and just in time for Halloween. The four-bedroom farmhouse is located in Perryopolis, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh and has an asking price of $298,500. (Travel & Leisure)
According to a new study, THC from marijuana might be an effective way to treat the coronavirus — and could even save some lives. Researchers found that THC could work in the body to keep oxygen filling your lungs. (Daily Mail)
10 Worst Halloween Candies of All Time! … according to a new survey by Thrillist1 Necco Wafers2 pennies, fruit, pretzels3 Smarties4 Double Bubble5 Bit-O-Honey6 Mary Janes7 Non- Laffy Taffy8 Hot Tamales9 Good & Plenty10 SixletsCan you imagine Ed Sheeran without red hair? Well, his old manager told him he’d never be successful with it.Stuart Camp, who’s been Sheeran’s manager for more than nine years, said on the Straight Up podcast that changing the hair wasn’t the only thing the previous management group tried to do. “The other management actually resigned from him because they said he wasn’t going anywhere. He had to drop the looping pedal, dye his hair black and give up the rapping.”
Lewis Capaldi‘s coming to the aid of small venues in the U.K.He’ll do a livestream show from Scotland on Friday starting at 2 pm ET that will be shown on Twitch and the Amazon Music app. Fans will be asked to donate money to the Music Venue Trust, which was formed this year, in an attempt to keep small venues going during the pandemic.
Dubelsa and Kristen from the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance encourage us all to celebrate women business owners and managers during the month of October. Marydawn Taggart owner of Maddog 5/1: Revolutionary Fitness, and Lanie Schrubba from the Renaissance Athletic Club, are facilitators of upcoming classes for the Women’s Business Center and speak with Zack about their involvement.... [Read Full Story]
On a normal day, Ryan Nataluk works as an engineer who spends some of his days inspecting bridges.... [Read Full Story]Millie Bobby Brown almost quit acting before making it big.On Friday night’s episode of The Tonight Show, the Stranger Things star said she became “very disheartened” by the acting industry after she lost a role on Game of Thrones. Millie said she “really wanted” the part on the HBO series when she auditioned.“I got a no for that and then that’s when I was like, ‘Oh, this is really difficult,'” she told Jimmy Fallon.She nearly quit her acting career but decided to have her “last kind of go” at a “Netflix show called Montauk,” which later became Stranger Things.Millie said, “I auditioned and two months later they got back to us and said, ‘Hey we’d love to Skype with you’ and I Skyped with them, and the rest is history.”She’s currently starring in the Netflix film Enola Holmes.
The James Bond film No Time to Die has been delayed again.Producers said on Friday that the 25th installment in the franchise will now open on April 2nd, 2021.No Time to Die was originally set to debut in April 2020 but was postponed to November. It was one of the first movies to be delayed because of the pandemic.A day after the announcement, Regal Cinemas said they are “considering” temporarily closing all of its theaters in the U.S. and the U.K. With No Time to Die moving to next year, that leaves very few big releases set to open in the remaining months of 2020.
Actor Rick Moranis was the victim of a vicious and random attack on a New York City street on Thursday and police are searching for a suspect.The 67-year-old actor, who starred in movies like Ghostbusters, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and Spaceballs, was walking in Manhattan’s Upper West Side when a man approached him and punched him in the head, knocking him to the ground. The attack was caught on surveillance video and it shows the assailant calmly walking away after throwing the punch.Moranis went to the hospital complaining of injuries to his head, back and hip. Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the attacker. (WABC-TV)TODAY IS: World Teacher Day
Are you close friends with any of your exes? Actress/model Elizabeth Hurley revealed in a recent interview with People that while their 13-year relationship ended in 2000, she’s still close friends with Hugh Grant. She even talks to him regularly and explained in the interview, “I still go to him for advice on scripts, even though he’s very happily married with five children and I’m very happy in my own life. There’s still certain bits we crossover with very well.” And when it comes to advice about her professional work she said “he’s still my go-to person.” Hugh describes their relationship now as “like brother and sister.”
Women are calling for the word miscarriage to be banned … Last week, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend shared the tragic news about Baby Jack. Teigen, in her deepest agony, chose to share with the world her pain and grief after losing their son, and it started a dialogue not only normalizing the silent grief many women are mistakenly ashamed to share, but it called into question the word miscarriage and the stigma it creates — somehow blaming the mother for the loss. Women took to Twitter to share their stories and call for an end of the use of the word miscarriage — preferring pregnancy loss, instead. (Glamour)
What would you do for one day of no stress? A new survey found that one-third of respondents would spend over $500 if it meant they could have a day of zero stress. 3 in 5 of those surveyed said they feel “constantly on edge,” 20% said they feel “drained” most days, and 13% say they are in a constant state of exhaustion. (SWNS)
A new survey by Joybird Home Furnishings reveals that 60% of people would dump their partner if they did not like their pet. Other findings:– 73% of people allow their pet to sleep with them– 80% of people share food with their pets– 80% of people have thrown at least one birthday party for their pet– 62% of people have created a social media account for their pet
Yahoo News says coronavirus-inspired Christmas tree ornaments have gone on sale. Popular ornaments include Santa wearing a mask, bottles of hand sanitizer, a dumpster on fire with ‘2020’ written across it and three masked elves with a roll of toilet paper that reads: “The year we stayed home”Shawn Mendes hasn’t seen Camila Cabello in weeks, but she sure is on his mind — and in the grooves of his new Wonder album.The Canadian cutie tells Sirius XM that he’s still very much into Camila, who served as a huge inspiration for his new music. Shawn says, “She’s doing amazing. I haven’t seen her actually in like a month and two weeks, not that I’m counting… She’s back really soon and I think it’s interesting ’cause when your girlfriend is an insanely talented, real musician who writes her own music, it’s scary to write an album around her.”He adds that Camila was as encouraging as she was scary. “[She’d say] ‘Go, keep going, keep going.’ And she would do this thing like once a month, ‘Hey, just a reminder, this concept you’re on is incredible. It’s going to make people feel something really special. Don’t stop. Don’t stop. Don’t stop.’ And it was this force of energy that I think was really helpful.”Wonder is set for release on December 4th.
British television executives performed a tricky operation this past week — by removing a carrot from the top off Ed Sheeran‘s head.The veggie surgery was actually performed on a puppet version of Ed, which was to appear on a new season of Spitting Image. After seeing the lookalike Sheeran, execs thought the carrot would be offensive to Ed’s fellow gingers, so they took it out and replaced it with turnip leaves.A source at ITV tells the Sun, “The puppeteers didn’t seem too happy about the changes. But it’s a fine line when you’re making comedy. It’s one thing poking fun at the rich and powerful but it’s another insulting some viewers.”.Spitting Image is available stateside on the BritBox streaming service.
Zack and Trainer Beau discuss sleep quality as it relates to your exercise routine.... [Read Full Story]
Maia White was working her usual job as a cashier at a Food Lion grocery store in Greenville, North Carolina, when an announcement came over the speakers in the store, asking if anyone knew CPR.... [Read Full Story]Birds of Prey and Schitt’s Creek are among the top nominees at the 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards.The full list came out today (Thursday) with a total of 44 categories — including movies, TV, music and podcasts.Among the nominees are Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jamie Foxx, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Will Ferrell.With most blockbusters getting canceled this year, the nominees for best movie are a mix of theatrical releases from earlier in 2020, direct-to-video flicks and streaming movies — including Bad Boys for Life, Birds of Prey, Hamilton and Trolls World Tour.TV shows up for awards include Grey’s Anatomy, The Masked Singer, Tiger King, Riverdale and Dead to Me.Jennifer Lopez will receive the Icon of 2020 award.The 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards will air live November 15th.
The first trailer for the Borat movie sequel dropped Thursday night.This time, Sacha Baron Cohen takes on the President and the coronavirus.The movie, whose full title is Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, debuts October 23rd on Amazon Prime Video.
Two new animated Dr. Seuss movies are heading to theaters. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! will open in 2027 and The Cat in the Hat spinoff Thing One and Thing Two debuts in 2026. (Variety)
Naughty Gossip says the ratings for Ellen’s talk show continue to dip. She scored a 0.8 during her premiere week. That’s 56% below her 2019 premiere week.
Squeaks is a young female Tabby Cat. If you’re looking for an affectionate kitty to join your home, Squeaks may be the girl for you! She will melt your heart. She is an active and playful kitty. Squeaks really revs up her purr motor when it’s cuddle time! Playful and cuddly… Squeaks is the perfect kitty for almost anyone! Squeaks has been spayed, vaccinated, and micro-chipped. Please contact Cass County Animal Control at 269-445-3701 to learn more about sweet Squeaks.... [Read Full Story]TODAY IS:
World Smile Day
Name Your Car Day
Kids Music Day
This morning, the internet is abuzz with the major news that President Trump and first lady Melania have tested positive for COVID-19 after the President’s close advisor Hope Hicks tested positive earlier Thursday. She recently traveled with him to Ohio and Minnesota. Trump Tweeted; “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
As if October hasn’t been scary enough already, seems mother nature is bringing us her own Halloween gift…ABC says a Blue Moon is going to occur on Halloween. The last time a full moon was seen on Halloween was in 2001.
Before you take the next online delivery package you get inside your house, you might want to sanitize it first. TMZ says over 19,000 Amazon workers have contracted the coronavirus since the pandemic started. Amazon and Whole Foods employ 1.37 million people.
Christmas Creep … Have you noticed that “Christmas Creep” – when stores start introducing Christmas items – has started much earlier this year? We usually manage to get through Halloween before we are bombarded with all the sights and sounds of the season, but like everything else, that has all changed because of COVID. With the world of retail looking different than it has in prior years, both brick-and-mortar and online outlets are feeling the need to reach consumers sooner in case of supply chain issues or shipping delays. (WJAR-TV)
Speaking of the holidays … it appears we have officially jumped the pumpkin spice shark … or, turkey. The Honey Baked Ham company announced that for a limited time, certain store locations will be selling Pumpkin Spice Glazed Turkey Breasts. They will only be available from October 2nd through the 31st … if you actually want to try them. (Today)Crocs, those hideous rubber clogs I you used to wear with cargo shorts, have become hip again. And now it appears Justin Beiber is jumping into the game to create his own model of the shoes after several other rappers recently released their own.On Thursday he hopped on Instagram to promote his Drew House fashion line and posted a photo with the teasing caption, “soon.” The photo shows a pair of yellow Crocs floating in a swimming pool.Crocs would seem to go well with the other gear sold by Justin’s Drew House, which includes slippers, baggy T-shrts and sweats, socks, stickers and plush toys. (Billboard)
Harry Styles tells the BBC that he’s enjoying quarantining with his friends. “I’m lucky I’m with friends in our little safe self-isolation pod. It’s a very strange time but we’re just being careful, listening to music, playing games, doing some face masks — you know, the classic quarantine stuff.”
Rihanna tells Entertainment Tonight that she is keeping herself occupied during the pandemic. ”It could be cooking, it could be walking, it could be biking. It’s all of these little tiny things that you just do for fun that in the moment they just make you feel great. I don’t have a license, so I can’t really drive, but driving is also one of those things that is therapeutic.”
On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted to pass a $2.2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill, despite both parties in Congress and the Trump administration remaining divided on what the package should include. The House voted 214-207 mostly along party lines to pass the measure Thursday night. ... [Read Full Story]
Daniele from St. Joe Today speaks with Zack about some of the great events coming up this week in the area, including:... [Read Full Story]
When 8-year-old Sam Halpern was 6, a bacterial infection changed his life forever. He was on life support — and ended up having his arm and his legs amputated, just to save his life.... [Read Full Story]On Wednesday night in an Instagram post, Chrissy Teigen announced she had suffered a miscarriage.After experiencing bleeding during the final month of her pregnancy, the 34-year-old checked into a Los Angeles hospital for blood transfusions. She and husband John Legend have two other children and had already picked the name Jack for the boy she was expecting.Along with a heart-breaking black-and-white photo of herself crying sitting on a hospital bed, Chrissy wrote on Instagram, (quote) “We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough.”She continued, “We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack,”“So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever,” she added. “To our Jack – I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you.”
Paris Hilton recently revealed that she was abused at a boarding school. Now the heiress is trying to shut it down.Paris appears in a video on her YouTube channel calling for the Provo Canyon School — which she attended in 1999 — to be closed. She says, “I was abused at Provo Canyon School,” and adds that she plans to “put all my effort into reforming the industry.”The school is described as an “intensive, psychiatric youth residential treatment center.”In her documentary This Is Paris, the heiress says her time at the school was “a living hell,” where she was forced to take prescription pills, placed in solitary confinement and beaten.On their website, the Provo Canyon School points out it was sold after Paris attended and that they “therefore cannot comment on the operations or patient experience prior to that time.”
It’s a familiar story, but one that won’t seem to go away. Another royal has criticized Meghan Markle. This time it’s coming from 99-year-old Prince Philip, who is getting up in years, but isn’t old enough to keep his bad feelings to himself.According to a royal expert, Philip is “very, very disappointed” by Meghan’s failure to “support the monarchy” and her husband.Way back in 1952, Philip gave up his career in the navy when the Queen took the throne. According to royal expert Ingrid Seward, he’s “irritated” that Meghan hasn’t done the same. (Daily Mail)TODAY IS:
October 1st … Can you believe it?
World Vegetarian Day
National Homemade Cookies Day
National Hair Day
Nicknames are great when they organically happen among people you know, but when you are introduced by your full name, for example, Jessica or James, and someone decides to start calling you Jess or Jim, it can get irritating. That’s exactly what happened to star quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes — only it was his mom who took offense for him!Randi Mahomes was watching the game Monday night and announcer Louis Riddick kept calling him Pat. Mamma Randi got fed up with the shortening of her son’s name, she took to Twitter to announce, “If this announcer doesn’t stop calling my son Pat … ugh I may scream.” She wasn’t really serious because she added an LOL to the post, but it still got the attention of ESPN, and by the 4th quarter of the game, Louis Riddick had apologized to both Randi and Patrick stating, “Guilty, guilty, guilty. I apologize, Patrick.” (Newser)
Feeling down? Just dance. A new survey found that dancing makes you happy. 80% of respondents said dancing boosts their mood, and 70% said just a few minutes of dancing relieves their stress. So turn up the music and dance around your house. It’s good for you. (SWNS)
Another great stress reliever? Watching cute animals. A study out of the University of Leeds found that just a half an hour of watching animal videos led to reduced levels of stress, high blood pressure and heart rates. Time to stop doom scrolling and start animal scrolling. (BBC)
Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s virtual house we go … The CDC is recommending that instead of traveling over Thanksgiving to visit family and friends, that we have a virtual Thanksgiving this year – to prevent the spread of coronavirus. (CBS News)
Speaking of the holidays … Why should humans have all the fun when it comes to Advent calendars? Costco is selling an Advent calendar for dogs – with 24 special treats and toys for your furry friend leading up to Christmas. (She Knows)Shawn Mendes is ready to deck your halls with something very special — a new album set to drop just before Christmas.The Canadian superstar has set a December 4th release for Wonder, which he wrote and recorded during the pandemic lockdown. He wrote a note to fans saying, “It really feels like a piece of me has been written down on paper and recorded into song. I tried to be as real and as honest as I’ve ever been. It’s a world and a journey and a dream and an album I’ve been wanting to make for a really long time. Thank you for being by my side for so many years. I love you all so much.”Shawn shared a trailer teasing the album along with that note, and will drop the title track as a single on Friday.
Demi Lovato has turned the negative of her broken engagement into a positive for fans — by quickly writing and releasing a raw new song about the split.Demi dropped the emotional ballad “Still Have Me” via social media on Wednesday, and the lyrics make it clear that she’s ready to move on. She sings, “It hurts to breathe / I don’t have much but at least I still have me / And that’s all I need.”Estranged fiance Max Ehrlich has been using his social media to beg Demi to take him back, but hasn’t had much luck so far.
Christina Aguilera knows she’s beautiful… No matter what “they” say — and she’s opening up to her fans about her journey to self-love.In a new interview, she says that she’s learned to overcome the anxiety she used to feel when people criticized her looks. X-Tina told Italy magazine L’Officiel [pr: Loh Fish-EE-ell], “I have often clashed with my anxieties and with being hyper-critical towards myself. [I’m] not always pretty, far from perfect, but pure. I’m not going on a diet, so get over it.”And she offers some advice for those who might be having trouble accepting themselves in that same way, saying, “Swim in your lane. If you waste time looking over your shoulder to see what others are doing, you lose sight of it, is the best advice I’ve ever been given.”
Thanks to the thoughtfulness and generosity of five-year-old named Carver, firefighters in the western states are being cheered up by a Baby Yoda doll while on the front lines.... [Read Full Story]The death of Kobe Bryant compelled California to create a law against first responders photographing the deceased at a crime scene.This month, Kobe’s widow Vanessa Bryant sued the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The lawsuit alleges “no fewer than eight sheriff’s deputies were at the scene snapping cell-phone photos of the dead children, parents, and coaches.” Two Los Angeles firefighters were also accused of showing dead Kobe pictures to drinking buddies.Governor Gavin Newsom signed “The Kobe Bryant Act of 2020,” which makes such actions punishable by a $1,000 fine. Only authorized people for “official law enforcement purpose” may snap pictures at the scene of a crime. (People)
Hugh Jackman has been hounded by rumors about his sexuality for years. Now, his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, has addressed the speculation.Deborra-Lee, who’s been married to Hugh for 24 years, adds, “It’s just wrong. It’s like someone saying to Elton John, ‘He’s straight.’ I’m sure he’d be [mad].”She also talks about people saying she’s “lucky” to be married to the star. Deborra-Lee says, “People don’t realize, it’s actually rude to say that. ‘Lucky’ because he’s a stud-muffin, you know, but that’s showbiz and Hollywood and the brand of Hugh Jackman.”
Marie Osmond was fired from The Talk after co-hosts Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood threatened to quit unless she was gone, Page Six reports.When Marie exited the show earlier this month, she claimed it was because she wanted to spend more time with family and to “pursue other projects.”But an insider tells Page Six, “Marie did not leave of her own accord, although she was encouraged to spin her departure that way.” The source alleges that Sharon and Sheryl tried to force Marie to quit, but when she refused, they went to CBS execs with an ultimatum. Meanwhile, co-host Carrie Ann Inaba “pleaded with execs for Marie to stay but she wasn’t successful changing their minds.”A different CBS insider insisted there was no meeting with execs and that Sharon and Sheryl never issued an ultimatum.
Veronica Jackson of LECO Corporation gives us details on the virtual 2020 edition of the Fit 4 Fall 5K run, benefiting Caring Circle, LOGAN Autism Learning Center of Southwest Michigan, and The Alzheimer’s Association. Sign up at fit4fall5k.com.... [Read Full Story]
Honor Credit Union is excited to announce the 11th Annual Teacher Awards. Each year, Honor likes to reward our local teachers for the time and effort put forth throughout the school year educating our communities’ youth.... [Read Full Story]TODAY IS:
National Women’s Health and Fitness Day
National Chewing Gum Day
National Love People Day
In Covid-19 news, according to a recent Stanford University study, the chances of achieving herd immunity to stabilize the spread of coronavirus is slim — considering less than 10 percent of Americans were found, in July, to have antibodies that fight against it. So, at this point, a vaccine is likely going to be the only solution.
An unsurprising new study has found that people have been drinking a lot more – and a lot more frequently — since the start of COVID-19. According to a survey by the RAND Corp., heavy drinking among women — four or more drinks within a couple of hours — has increased by a whopping 41%. And, overall, adults over the age of 30 have increased the frequency of their drinking by 14% compared to the same time last year. (CBS Local Los Angeles)
Move over, Pumpkin Spice Latte, because Candy Corn Latte is here. Monica Preston of The Espresso Explorer blog has a simple recipe for a Candy Corn Latte that you might want to add to your home brewing menu. And, yes, it involves using real candy corns. (Pop Sugar)
An American man working in Thailand could face prison time … for a bad Trip Advisor review. In July, Wesley Barnes stayed at the Sea View Resort on Koh Chang Island and left a one-star review on Trip Advisor, noting, among other things, an “unfriendly staff” and “extremely rude and impolite” restaurant manager. He’s now facing two years in prison because the resort owner filed a defamation complaint against him — accusing him of causing “damage to the reputation of the hotel” and claiming Barnes had left similar reviews on a number of platforms. Wesley has been released on bail. (Insider)Did you give your dog a really bad coronavirus haircut earlier this year? A new book called Scruffy, by author Shelley Ross, is full of before and after pics of dogs who got some interesting cuts by their owners during quarantine. Not only are the pics adorable – but all proceeds from the book will go to nonprofit The Cure Alliance, for COVID-19 research. (People)Kelly Clarkson‘s impending divorce just took another ugly turn — because her father-in-law says she owes him over a million bucks in unpaid management fees.Narvel Blackstock, whose son Brandon married Kel back in 2013, has managed her career for over a decade. In the suit, filed this week, his firm says she’s fallen behind on payments for her work on her talk show and The Voice. The suit states that Clarkson has paid the firm $1.9 million this year, but owes another $1.4 million.According to Variety, the two sides never had a written deal in place, just a verbal agreement for Kelly to pay 15 percent of her earnings, which she’d done since 2003.
Mariah Carey remains bitter about how she was treated by her producer and first husband Tommy Mottola.While calling the music mogul “controlling and jealous” in the just-published The Meaning of Mariah Carey, Mimi dubs the suburban New York home they shared as “Sing Sing” (after the nearby penitentiary). She says the place was “fully staffed with armed guards,” whose job wasn’t to protect but monitor her.In particular, she recalls a 1996 incident where, after a recording session in her home studio with producer rapper DaBrat, they drove off to a nearby Burger King. Mimi claims that Mottola went “berserk” and called out an armed search party.Carey and Mottola separated a year later. In his 2013 memoir, he admitted being “obsessive” but alleges she described their marriage in “harsh” and “untrue” terms. She does acknowledge that he made her a star. (BBC)
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