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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, September 3

So, just how important is music in a relationship? A new survey found that two-thirds of respondents said that having bad taste in music is a relationship dealbreaker. (Best Life)

What’s in a name? Apparently, more money. A new study found that men and women with the names Andrew and Anna earned more money than people with other names. The second best names for financial success were Sam and Maria, followed by Alex and Laura in third, Christopher and Helen in fourth, and Darren and Sarah in fifth.
The worst names when it came to investment success? For men:  Ali, Rob, Dan, Chris, and Dominic. For women: Karen, Claire, Lisa, Jennifer, and Rachel. (Best Life)

Remember singing songs, toasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories around the campfire? Well, things have changed. Seems those staples of camping have been replaced with streaming movies and scrolling through social media. A new survey found that 83% of campers and RV-ers take their gadgets and devices away with them. 41% said they couldn’t imagine being in the great outdoors without their phones. Even toasting marshmallows is a thing of the past. 60% of adults polled said they had cooked marshmallows over a fire, with just 40% of kids saying they have done so. Two-thirds of parents said they have built a fire compared to one-third of kids. And 37% of the parents surveyed said their kids find camping traditions like putting up a tent and sitting around a campfire to be boring. (SWNS)

A Nebraska man has a bone to pick with his city’s restaurants, and he wants local authorities to help him out — by making it illegal to sell “boneless chicken wings.”
Andrew Christensen showed up at a meeting of Lincoln’s city council, and stood up to speak during the “public comment” portion of the evening, saying he had an important issue to address. His complaint was about eateries that offer “boneless wings” on their menus.
Christensen laid out a number of reasons during his lengthy speech, saying “Number-one, nothing about boneless chicken wings actually come from the wing of a chicken. Number-two, boneless chicken wings are just chicken tenders, which are already boneless. Number-three, we need to raise our children better. We need to teach them that the wing of a chicken is from a chicken, and it’s delicious.” (BroBible)
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Music News – Thursday, September 3

Beyoncé has something brewing. She rented a TV studio in the Hamptons and banished everybody for the week.
A source told the New York Post, (quote) “It’s a big studio with two separate buildings. The whole thing was closed for Beyoncé. So nobody could go in.”
Typically, the studio rents for public access programming. Those hosts were alerted via email to a new schedule because four days were blacked out exclusively for Beyoncé. (New York Post)

Camila Cabello thinks we need to borrow from Frozen to overcome our pandemic worries — and just “Let It Go.”
She posted a video as part of her fan outreach, and she acknowledged that she’s been having issues of her own lately. But she says, “Anxiety is really focusing on things that are out of our control. We can’t control this pandemic. We can’t control the actions of other people. We can’t control what happens outside of us. What we can control is how we respond.”
Camila’s advice is old-fashioned, but worth hearing. In a caption for the video, she writes, “We can BE the change we want to see. We want a world with more love, unity, compassion, kindness, empathy. We can choose to BE love, BE kindness, BE compassion, BE empathy in our homes, BE progress towards a better world.”

Miley Cyrus tells the BBC that she wants to start a supergroup with Lana Del Rey and Billie Eilish.  “Lana Del Ray was the first cover I ever did and now I’m doing Billie Eilish. Somebody said me, Billie and Lana should start a band called Billie Rey Cyrus. That’s a good idea.”

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, September 2

Amber Heard is fighting back.
The actress has countersued ex-husband Johnny Depp for $100 million, claiming he used trolls and fake social media accounts in a “smear campaign” to ruin her life.
Amber is asking a court in Virginia to toss her ex-husband’s “frivolous” defamation suit. She’s also seeking twice the amount of damages he had sought.
Johnny’s suing over a 2019 op-ed piece in which she spoke against sexual violence but didn’t name her ex.
Meanwhile, Johnny has asked the court to delay the defamation trial, so he can film his role in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3 in London.
The couple are still awaiting a judge’s decision on Johnny’s separate legal battle in the U.K.

Chadwick Boseman‘s star turn as Jackie Robinson in the bio-pic 42 is getting re-released days after his surprising death.
AMC Theaters will screen the 2013 film, also starring Harrison Ford, in 300 different locations later this week. Tickets are available now, and some showings will begin as early as Thursday.
Boseman died on Friday at age 43.

Dorinda Medley got fired from The Real Housewives of New York for a tasteless joke.
A quip about her castmate Tinsley Mortimer using a turkey baster to get pregnant “offended” her Bravo boss Andy Cohen so much he kicked her off the reality show, according to Page Six. A source says, “It was part of sealing her fate.”
Dorinda made the comment at dinner during Episode 11 of the show.
Earlier it was reported that she was let go because of her tendency to become a “mean drunk.”
Page Six adds that rumors of the former housewife returning to the reality series are “apparently just for show.” The insider says, “I think Bravo is trying to just placate her.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle honored Princess Diana by planting her favorite flowers at a Los Angeles preschool on the 23rd anniversary of her death.
On Monday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined students and teachers at the Preschool Learning Center in L.A. to plant baby blue forget-me-nots, according to Page Six. They watered the plans with elephant-shaped cans.
The royals also joined the kids at the learning center, which is close to where Meghan attended middle and high school, in planting petunias, and California wildflowers.
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, September 2

National VJ Day: Recognizes Allied Forces’ victory over Japan during World War II.

Have you been eating more fruits and veggies and less meat these days? You are definitely not alone. A new survey found that 57% of respondents say they have been eating less meat and dairy since COVID began. 60% of those surveyed said they had been adopting a flexitarian diet (mostly vegetarian, but occasionally eating meat and fish). Why the shift? More than 50% of respondents said they were inspired to make healthier food choice, 42% said they wanted to eat fewer animal products and 39% said they wanted to live a more sustainable lifestyle. (SWNS)

Because it’s 2020 and everything is bizarre … You can now get Tiger King leopard print underwear for men and women … with Joe Exotic’s face emblazoned on the crotch. Even though he’s in jail, Joe Exotic teamed up with streetwear designer Odaingerous for the lingerie line named the “Revenge Collection.” A soft launch of the product back in May sold out in hours, earning more than $20,000 in online sales. If you’re interested, you can score yourself a pair of these briefs or bikinis on September 7th, the second anniversary of the Tiger King’s arrest. (NY Post)

In positive medical news: A new study by the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, in Perth, Australia, has found honeybee venom can kill breast cancer cells.
Researchers Ciara Duffy says, “We found that the venom (melittin) from honeybees is remarkably effective in killing some of these really aggressive breast cancer cells at concentrations that aren’t as damaging to normal cells. What melittin does is it actually enters the surface, or the plasma membrane, and forms holes or pores and it just causes the cell to die.”

Music News – Wednesday, September 2

Taylor Swift has been continuous on her streak of doing good deeds every day — by sending a lovely handwritten note congratulating a young fan on his bravery in coming out… And his success on a demanding college track.
Andrew Mooney shared Tay’s message, along with a photo of the Folklore cardigan she included in his care package. She wrote, “Someone told me you’re about to finish your Ph.D.! I wanted to congratulate you on this incredible accomplishment and to applaud you for all the hard work you’ve put into your studies. I saw how supportive you’ve been of my music over the years and was so touched.  I’m also so proud of you for the bravery you’ve shown in your personal life, choosing to live and love honestly even when it isn’t easy.”
Tay has been a longtime advocate for the LGBTQ community, pressing Congress to pass the Equality Act guaranteeing civil rights last year, and drove home the point in the video for her smash “You Need to Calm Down.”

Music – news.com says Ariana Grande has become the first woman to have 200 million Instagram followers.
Lady Gaga posted, “Congratulations to my friend @arianagrande for 200 million followers! You’re a queen! Wear that crown!”
Kylie Jenner has 193 million followers while Selena Gomez has 190 million

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, September 1

Kylie Jenner is the highest-earning celebrity of the year thanks to selling 51 percent of her LipKit company, Kylie Cosmetics, to  Coty. Kylie tops the Forbes 2020 Celebrity 100 list with earnings of $540 million. She happens to be the youngest and only woman in the Top 10.
Five of the men are athletes:  LeBron James, tennis champ Roger Federer and three soccer stars.
Kylie’s brother-in-law Kanye West takes second with $170 million for the past year.

Niecy Nash called her secret marriage to singer Jessica Betts a “plot twist.” In Monday’s tweet, she declared herself Mrs. Carol Denise Betts. The wedding photo showed her in a white bridal gown and Jessica in a tux.
Only six months ago, Nash finalized her divorce from Jay Tucker. Before that, the 50-year-old actress was married for 13 years to Don Nash. They have three children.

Mariah Carey will own Christmas even harder this season. She’s committed to a holiday special on AppleTV. Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special will naturally feature her chart-topping holiday tune “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” There’s also dancing and animation. (Billboard)

For the Tiger King fan in your life, Joe Exotic is releasing a themed underwear line.

Sylvester Stallone says a 35th-anniversary director’s cut of Rocky 4 is on the way. The film released on Thanksgiving weekend in 1985.

Fresh Prince of Bel Air unscripted reunion show will begin streaming on HBO Max around Thanksgiving.

Congratulations to Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn, who delivered their first child, a daughter.
Early Tuesday morning, Ed posted to Instagram their exciting news. He wrote (quote) “I have some personal news that I wanted to share. Last week, with the help of an amazing delivery team, Cherry gave birth to our beautiful and healthy daughter – Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran. We are completely in love with her.”
Sheeran added how excited they feel about becoming parents. Also, they wish for some privacy … and a few hours of decent sleep each night. (E! News)
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, September 1

  • National Tofu Day
  • National Letter Writing Day
  • Pink Cadillac Day

An unsurprising new survey has found that we’ve drinking a lot of wine lately – with rosé being the favorite over the last few months. 70% of those surveyed believe wine can help bring people together, both virtually and in-person. And according to the survey, 64% of respondents said they used their time during quarantine to learn more about wine.

A new survey found that 75% of respondents said they are their own worst critics – beating themselves up about everything from their appearance to decisions they’ve made. Those surveyed admitted that they are hard on themselves an average of six times a week. 85% said they dwell on their mistakes instead of moving on, and 78% lose sleep over mistakes they’ve made.
Here are the Top 10 Things People Are Hard on Themselves About:
  1. Decisions I’ve made.
  2. Things I’ve said/done before.
  3. How I look in pictures.
  4. How often I exercise.
  5. My weight, in general.
  6. Thinking about things I wish I’d said.
  7. Thinking about things I’ve never managed to do.
  8. Not pushing myself more often/at all.
  9. Comparing myself to others.
  10. Not being very productive. (SWNS)

Dogs rely on their owners much in the same way kids rely on their parents – and not just for food and shelter. Research has shown that both dogs and babies feel more secure about exploring when their parent is present. Experiments have shown that when a baby sees something scary, they rely on their parents’ reaction to see if everything is OK, and dogs do the same with their owners. (The Stacker)

You knew this was coming … You can now get a “Karen” mask for Halloween. Artist Jason Adcock created the scariest Karen mask you could imagine, complete with the bob hairstyle and angry “let me speak to your manager” face. The latex mask is handmade, so it’s likely to cost a bit more than your usual costume, but it might be worth it just to scare the pants off of friends and family. Be sure to wield your smartphone like a saber to complete the look. If you’re interested, check out Jason’s Instagram page and DM him for details. (Boing Boing)

Music News – Tuesday, September 1

Congratulations to Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn, who delivered their first child, a daughter.
Early Tuesday morning, Ed posted to Instagram their exciting news. He wrote (quote) “I have some personal news that I wanted to share. Last week, with the help of an amazing delivery team, Cherry gave birth to our beautiful and healthy daughter – Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran. We are completely in love with her.”
Sheeran added how excited they feel about becoming parents. Also, they wish for some privacy … and a few hours of decent sleep each night. (E! News)

Mariah Carey will own Christmas even harder this season. She’s committed to a holiday special on AppleTV. Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special will naturally feature her chart-topping holiday tune “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” There’s also dancing and animation. (Billboard)
IN OTHER NEWS: Mariah jumped into the Ellen DeGeneres controversy. She recalled an “uncomfortable” interview dating back to 2008. At the time, rumors swirled that Mariah was pregnant. Ellen poured champagne to challenge Mariah (quote) “Toast to not being pregnant.”
Mariah acted as if she sipped the bubbly rather than reveal the pregnancy before she was prepared. Shortly afterward, she miscarried. Mariah recalled, (quote) “I was extremely uncomfortable. There is an empathy that can be applied to those moments that I would have liked to have been implemented.” (Vulture)

Selena Gomez is launching her own line of beauty products this week.
The pop star took to Instagram Monday to announce that Rare Beauty will be coming to Sephora stores on Thursday at noon ET. Lip color, eyeliner and foundation in diverse shades are some of the products she’ll be unveiling.
She joins a long list of celebrities who have already made a splash in cosmetics, including RihannaKylie JennerGwyneth PaltrowJessica Alba and Lady Gaga.
Gomez writes that she’s “been working on Rare Beauty for two years now.” She says she’s really proud of the line and that she can’t believe she’s finally getting to share it with the public.

The Daily Dish – Monday, August 31

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman died on Friday following a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43. Chadwick is survived by his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, and his mother, Carolyn Boseman. Chadwick married his wife, Taylor, prior to his passing. She is a singer and once auditioned to be on “The X Factor.” Chadwick learned he had colon cancer one year into their relationship.
TMZ says children are honoring Chadwick with action figure memorials.

Brad Pitt’s new girlfriend has another man in her life — her husband.
The Daily Mail says 27-year-old German model Nicole Poturalski has been married to restaurateur Roland Mary, 68, for eight years, and they have a 7-year-old son. But it’s all good, because Nicole and Roland have an open relationship.
An insider says Mary has been married three other times and he doesn’t mind his younger wife dating the Hollywood hunk.
It’s believed Brad met Nicole at her husband’s restaurant last summer. A few weeks later, then model flew to Los Angeles, and they began hooking up.

OK! magazine claims Cher is allegedly planning to marry a 27 year-old man. She is 74. A source tells the magazine they met through a mutual friend before he proposed with a 16 karat ring. “Cher’s dated a lot of men in her life but it’s different from her beau. They just get along so well. Cher’s planning to wear an outrageous dress. It’s a partially sheer, sequined gown with a glittery headpiece designed by her good friend, Bob Mackie. The groom’s attire will be Elvis-inspired. Cher swears this time is forever. Cher’s got a great guy, plus she’s talking about getting into politics and maybe even doing a final tour with her man beside her. One thing about Cher is, she never stops.”
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, August 31

Do you suffer from nomophobia? Nomophobia is the fear of being without your smartphone — and a new study found that 90% of college students have this fear. Researchers found that nomophobia is also linked to unhealthy sleep habits. “We found that college students who experience more ‘nomophobia’ were also more likely to experience sleepiness and poorer sleep hygiene such as long naps and inconsistent bed and wake times,” said lead author Dr. Jennifer Peszka of Hendrix College in Arkansas.

A sanitation crew cleaning out a public vault toilet in Montana’s Flathead National Forest were surprised to find a “poop-soaked phone in the toilet tank, and even more surprised that it still worked.
The guys used a grabber to pull the phone out and cleaned it off. After letting it dry out for a couple of days they plugged it in and were shocked that it powered up. The screen was locked, but they were eventually able to bypass the passcode and left a voicemail for the phone’s owner with a callback number.
A woman called them back and said she knew she had dropped the phone down the toilet, but was shocked that they were actually able to get it out. The phone is now on its way back to its grateful owner. (KRTV-TV)

Sorry, New Jersey – your accent isn’t sexy. A new survey has found that the Jersey accent is the “least sexy” in the U.S. The sexiest accent? We’re looking at you Texas. The Texas accent was voted sexiest in the Big 7 Travel Survey.
Here are the Top 5 Sexiest Accents:
  1. Texas
  2. New York
  3. Boston
  4. Alabama
  5. Chicago
Here are the 5 Least Sexy Accents:
  1. New Jersey
  2. Long Island, New York
  3. Florida
  4. Minnesota
  5. Pittsburgh
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Music News – Monday, August 31

The MTV VMAs made the most of their New York City backdrop Sunday night, with performances from iconic locations all over the Big Apple. Other remote performances made the most of green screen and graphics to make it look as if they were in N.Y.C., with many pre-taped.
Other than that, Lady Gaga’s dominance was the story of the night, as she came out five different times to receive award after award, rocking a unique outfit complete with mask each time, and she also performed with Ariana Grande.
The evening kicked off with host Keke Palmer denouncing police brutality and dedicating the show to Chadwick Boseman.
Other highlights included:
  • The Weeknd performed “Blinding Lights” 1,000 feet above Manhattan complete with a light show and fireworks display, as well as makeup that made it look like he’d been beat up.
  • Miley Cyrus served up throwback vibes with “Midnight Sky.”
  • BTS performed “Dynamite.”
  • Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande performed “Rain on Me” and later, Gaga sat down at a piano that looked like a giant brain to perform “Stupid Love.”

The Daily Dish – Friday, August 28

R. Kelly was thrown into solitary Thursday after a fellow inmate attacked the singer at a Chicago federal lockup.
According to Page Six, the man was frustrated over recent lockdowns caused by pro-R. Kelly protests outside the jail. The star’s lawyer, Steven Greenberg, says, “My understanding is, every time there is a pro-R. Kelly protest outside of the jail, they lock down the entire facility.”
The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer, who’s awaiting trial on child sex abuse charges, was in his cell when another inmate walked in and attacked him.
Greenberg adds that he’s not hurt too bad.” Kelly reportedly received only “minor injuries, nothing broken or anything like that.”
He was placed in solitary confinement because it’s the only place jail staff “can protect him.”

It’s been rumored for days and now it’s finally official. Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean will compete on Season 29 of Dancing With the Stars.
On Thursday, the 42-year-old singer-dancer confirmed that he’ll be on the show. Also joining the cast will be Kaitlyn Bristowe of The Bachelorette, but who their professional partners will be has yet to be revealed.
AJ made the reveal on Good Morning America and said his two daughters, ages three and seven, are particularly excited to see him put on his dancing shoes on TV. (quote) “They are stoked – especially my oldest.” (Fox News)

Apparently, Miranda Kerr has a fine relationship with ex-husband Orlando Bloom. The model was among the many on Thursday who offered Orlando and Katy Perry congratulations on the birth of their daughter, Daisy Dove.
Before divorcing in 2013, Miranda and Orlando were married for three years, and they co-parent their nine-and-half-year-old son, Flynn. Miranda wrote, (quote) “I’m so happy for you guys. Can’t wait to meet her.”
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, August 28

National Red Wine Day … It’s Friday – and in case you need another excuse to have some wine, today is a great day to have a glass or three of your favorite red.

Make your bed … How much of a turn-off is an unmade bed? According to a new survey, 40% of respondents said it would be a total turn-off to date someone who doesn’t make their bed. And if you don’t make your bed every day, here’s more incentive: The survey found that people who make their beds every day are having more sex during quarantine than those who don’t make their bed. And another reason to make your bed … 48% of the bed-makers surveyed said the quality of their sleep had increased – even during these uncertain times. 30% of non-bed-makers reported a decrease in the quality of their sleep. (SWNS)

2020 has been a very rough year for everybody … especially if your name happens to be Karen. The Karen meme really took off this year and is used to describe any middle-aged entitled woman or someone who complains and asks to speak to the manager. A recent poll in the UK found that 69% of people say they would never name their child Karen and would also be concerned about talking to someone named Karen. 6% say they wouldn’t even want to be matched up with a Karen on a dating site. And 18% of respondents said they would feel uneasy if their mother-in-law had the name. (Sky News)

So-long She Sheds … and goodbye Man Caves. Seems with lots of people working from home and lots of kids learning from home, the new trend in sheds is home office sheds. And people are willing to spend a boatload of cash on these backyard office/home school spaces. Studio Shed, a company based out of Boulder, Colorado, builds some impressive outdoor work spaces, which range in price from 10 grand to 30 grand. As of March, the company has seen 100% growth — thanks to the high demand for extra space that many people just don’t have in their home’s square footage. (Distractify)

Music News – Friday, August 28

The MTV Video Music Awards air on Sunday at 8:00 pm ET, and they’re shaping up to be one of the most memorable TV events of the pandemic.
The show was originally going to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but the performances have all been moved outside due to COVID-19 concerns. The acts set to perform include The WeekndLady Gaga with Ariana Grande, and Miley Cyrus, among others.
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande are the leading nominees with nine nods apiece. The Weeknd and Billie Eilish snagged six nominations each, followed by Taylor Swift with five.

It’s been rumored for days and now it’s finally official. Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean will compete on Season 29 of Dancing With the Stars.
On Thursday, the 42-year-old singer-dancer confirmed that he’ll be on the show. Also joining the cast will be Kaitlyn Bristowe of The Bachelorette, but who their professional partners will be has yet to be revealed.
AJ made the reveal on Good Morning America and said his two daughters, ages three and seven, are particularly excited to see him put on his dancing shoes on TV. (quote) “They are stoked – especially my oldest.” (Fox News)

New mother Katy Perry not only has a new album out today, she’s got a video game, too.
Perry plays “Katy’s Quest,” a circus-themed video game, in the video for Smile‘s title track. The game is now live at Alienware.com/Smile. It has you helping circus characters Strong Man, Frog Prince and Wolf Boy’s find their smiles again.

The Daily Dish – Thursday, August 27

Brad Pitt definitely has a type. The star’s new girlfriend is a dead ringer for Angelina Jolie.
Brad, 56, was recently spotted boarding a private jet in Paris with 27-year-old German model Nicole Poturalski. The blue-eyed brunette goes by Nico Mary when modeling. OK! Magazine reports that they were acting like “loved-up teenagers.”
According to The Daily Mail, the model speaks five languages, has one child and founded an organization that provides aid for sharks

Lori Loughlin is said to be “terrified about going to prison.”
The Full House star was sentenced to two months in jail for her part in the college admissions scandal. Her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, got five months.
A source tells People magazine, “It’s all been like a black cloud hanging over them.”
Lori and Mossimo have been ordered to report to jail on November 19th. They’ve requested that their sentences not overlap, but one of them will definitely miss the holidays.
In the meantime, the insider says, Lori fears contracting COVID-19 behind bars and “has been trying to stay as healthy as possible, and also takes supplements to boost her immune system. It’s definitely something that she has been losing sleep about.”

Macaulay Culkin recently turned 40 and said he’s having a midlife crisis. He posted, ”Hey guys, wanna feel old? … I’m 40 … You’re welcome … Since I’m 40 I think it’s about time to start my midlife crisis. I’m thinking of picking up surfing. Do you all have any suggestions? … Do any of you have photoshop skill? Can you put my head on a surfer so I can get an idea of how cool I’d look?”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, August 27

National Just Because Day … It’s a day to do something … just because. So do something today that you want to do … just because.

How hard would it be for you to give up all electronic devices for 48 hours? Do you think you could do it? How about for $1000? Satellite Internet, a Salt Lake City-based Internet provider, is offering people to take the “Digital Detox Challenge.” One randomly-selected applicant will be offered a cool grand to spend 48 hours living an RV parked at a U.S. national park without any Internet or phone service.
When the 48 hours are up, the newly digitally-detoxed winner will be provided an Internet hotspot so that they could post about their experience online. Applicants must be at least 25 years old and have a valid driver’s license. A winner will be selected on September 23rd.

Have a brew … with your favorite furry friend. This week, Busch announced that they have launched a line of non-alcoholic beers for dogs called Dog Brews. The 1- ounce cans, which are sold in 4 packs, have a bone broth base and are flavored with healthy pup ingredients like celery, basil, mint, turmeric, and ginger. And as an added incentive, for every case of Dog Brew sold, Busch will donate $1 to Best Friends Animal Society, up to $50,000. It’s only available online — and for a limited time — so get your pup his very own brew before they’re sold out! (People)

The #LayOnYourToddlerChallenge is the latest TikTok trend, and while it sounds weird, just watching a few of the short videos will have you tearing up with major feels. Here’s how it works: Parents simply lay their head on their toddler’s lap while they are watching their favorite TV show and wait to see what happens. Sure, some toddlers are not happy about getting disrupted during Paw Patrol, but more often than not, your heart will absolutely melt when you see how much they love showing mom or dad affection. It’s a great reminder to simply stop and have a cuddle every once in a while. If you need a smile, it’s certainly the sweetest thing you’ll see all day. (GMA)

Music News – Thursday, August 27

Britney Spears would like control of her life again at some point — and her dad Jamie to get out of her life.
People reports a source close to Britney saying the star “still wants the conservatorship to end at some point. But more urgently right now she doesn’t want her dad to regain the sole conservator role.”
The conservatorship was recently extended through February of next year. Jamie asked the court to become the sole person in charge again after he took on help in September 2019 because of health issues. Britney “strongly prefers” that Jodi Montgomery, the licensed conservator who came on board, to “continue in that role as [she] has done for nearly a year.”
The source says, “Britney wants someone who is respectful and considerate to be in charge of her conservatorship. Someone from the outside who is not her family. Someone who will treat her like an adult and listen to her. She will never have this relationship with Jamie… She dreams about the conservatorship ending, but this doesn’t seem realistic. She needs to be surrounded by people who look out for her.”

Aaliyah’s music could be coming soon to a streaming service near you.
Fans of the late R&B star have lamented for years that the only way you can access her music in the modern era is on Youtube. That means most music fans who’ve moved on from physical media to streaming are missing out — as-is an entire generation of music fans who’ve never been able to play her music on their favorite apps.
Yesterday (Tuesday), on the 19th anniversary of her tragic death, Aaliyah’s estate updated fans on the status of her catalog on streaming services. The official Twitter for Aaliyah posted, “To our loyal fans, We are excited to announce that communication has commenced between the estate and various record labels about the status of Aaliyah’s music catalog, as well as its availability on streaming platforms in the near future. Thank you for your continued love and support. More updates to come!”

Hollywoodlife.com says Lady Gaga is preparing for Sunday’s MTV VMAs by soaking in an ice tub.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Wednesday, August 26

About four years ago, Paxton Burns had an idea to set up a food box on the front yard of his home, allowing people to donate and pick up non-perishable food to help others in his community.
Thanks to Paxton’s hard work and generous spirit, there are now 75 Paxton’s Blessing Boxes found outside homes and schools in Sedgwick County, Kansas — as well as other parts of Kansas and even in five other states.
And, his efforts to help those in need get food with no questions asked has resulted in Paxton winning a special humanitarian award during a virtual ceremony.
Paxton is clearly wise beyond his years, explaining that he thinks it’s “pretty cool” that he can “help people who sometimes don’t have the stuff that he has.” (The Wichita Eagle)
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The Daily Dish – Wednesday, August 26

Decider magazine says Kate McKinnon’s new Tiger King series is going to air on NBC, Peacock and the USA Network. The Saturday Night Live star is going to play Carole Baskin.
The show’s description reads, “She sets out to shut down his venture, inciting a quickly escalating rivalry. But Carole has a checkered past of her own and when the claws come out, Joe will stop at nothing to expose what he sees as her hypocrisy. The results prove dangerous.”
 Nicolas Cage is going to play Joe Exotic in a Tiger King series for CBS

The cast of The West Wing — including Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford and Martin Sheen — will reunite for an HBO Max special to encourage voting in the 2020 Election. (People)

Home Improvement stars Tim Allen and Richard Karn will re-team for a new competition series called Assembly Required on the History channel. According to People magazine, the show, which will debut next year, will have contestants “rebuilding everyday household items in desperate need of fixing.”

Comedian Kevin Hart reveals he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year — but jokes that he kept it quiet because he was outranked by a much bigger star.
At Dave Chappelle’s stand-up show in Yellow Springs, Ohio on Saturday, Kev joked that the “problem is…I had it around the same time as Tom Hanks, and I couldn’t say anything because he’s more famous than I am.”
Hanks and wife Rita Wilson announced on March 11th they tested positive for COVID-19 while in Australia. They were the first well-known celebs to be diagnosed.
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