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The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, July 12

People in Miami are still dealing with the condo that collapsed last month. And while it was a tragedy, a small miracle emerged over the past few days as a cat named Binx was finally reunited with his family.
Binx was on the ninth floor of the building and — somehow, some way — survived when the condo collapsed.
The black cat was found by a volunteer who had been feeding cats near the site last Thursday. Binx was wandering around — and was eventually brought to the Kitty Campus rescue center.
Thanks to a pet hotline and a Facebook page, the owners of Binx — the Gonzalez family — learned that he was safe and were able to get together with him again.
A friend of the family described the reunion as “a miracle” because “pets are family.” (Miami Herald)

The Daily Dish – Monday, July 12

Bill Cosby plans to go on tour following his release from prison, but there’s one club where he’s not welcome.
The owner of New York City’s Comedy Cellar tells The New York Post that he won’t allow the comedian to perform on his stage.
While Aziz Ansari and Louis C.K. played the club after their sex scandals, Comedy Cellar owner Noam Dworman says that “comparing Bill Cosby to these other guys is absurd.” Dworman points out that the other two comedians were not charged with a crime.
Cosby’s rep, Andrew Wyatt, tells TMZ he’s not worried. “That’s one club owner, and in the words of the King of R&B Bobby Brown, ‘It’s his prerogative to do what he wants to do.’ ”

Hilaria Baldwin has more to say about cultural identity.
Alec Baldwin‘s wife shared a long message to Instagram about how the couple explained to their six kids that people can feel like they’re part of more than one culture.
Hilaria didn’t mention her recent scandal where she was accused of faking a Spanish accent and misleading people about her heritage.
In the post, she writes, “When you are multi, it can feel hard to belong. You are constantly going back and forth, trying to be more this or more that. You feel you have to explain why you are the way you are, trying to fit into a world of labels when there might not be one that perfectly defines you. You will never quite fit in because the other parts of you shape and influence all your parts.”
She added that she wants “to normalize the fact that we are all unique—our culture, languages, sexual orientations, religions, political beliefs are ALLOWED TO BE FLUID. What I had to learn through a very painful experience is that many people relate…so, if you are suffering, please know that a loving group see your validity and belonging. We love & accept you, just as you are.”

RICHARD BRANSON made his space flight yesterday . . . basically becoming the first guy to build his own rocket and blast himself into orbit.
At 71, he’s also the second-oldest guy in space.  JOHN GLENN was 77 when he went up on the shuttle in 1998.
Branson’s Virgin Galactic flight went 53 miles above the New Mexico desert, achieving weightlessness for three to four minutes.  The ship had five other crew members.
Branson was originally supposed to go up later this summer, but he moved his flight up after JEFF BEZOS announced HE was going up there on July 20th.  Branson claims he was NOT trying to outdo Bezos, but . . . yeah.
Bezos sent his congratulations to Branson on Instagram and said, quote, “Can’t wait to join the club.”
Branson live-streamed the event with STEPHEN COLBERT as master of ceremonies.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, July 12

  • National Simplicity Day: The day is in honor of the birthday of author/philosopher/naturalist Henry David Thoreau (July 12th, 1817), who was an advocate for living a life of simplicity.
  • National Pecan Pie Day: Whether you say pee-can or pa-con … Have a slice!

In keeping with the simplicity theme … What’s a great simple pleasure? According to a new survey, getting into a bed with freshly-cleaned sheets, getting a great parking spot, when your favorite song comes on the radio, and a good hair day are just some of the simple things that bring us joy.

If you want to stay motivated and on track with your workout goals, find a workout buddy. According to a Harvard researcher, having someone to work out with makes you accountable and provides the social bonding that will keep you motivated. “Nothing works as effectively as exercising with friends,” said Daniel Lieberman, a Harvard paleoanthropologist.(Insider)

Is online life more important than real life? Seems to be for a lot of people – especially if you’re young. A new study by Squarespace found that 60% of adults under the age of 40 “believe how you present yourself online is more important than how you present yourself in person.” (Best Life)

This gives “flushing money down the toilet” a new meaning:  A university in South Korea is testing a new type of commode that turns your waste into DIGITAL CURRENCY.  Or more simply . . . it pays you for your POOP.
It’s called the BeeVi toilet, and an engineering professor came up with it.  It basically collects everyone’s waste and turns it into methane and manure.  Then the methane powers things in the building, and the manure is used in a nearby garden.
Each time a student uses the toilet, they get paid in a digital currency the professor created called “Ggool,” which means “Honey” in Korean.  Then they can use that Honey to buy stuff on campus, like coffee and snacks.  He says the point is to show how valuable our waste can be if we just think outside the box.

Music News – Monday, July 12

Jamie-Lynn Spears is following in the footsteps of big sister Britney one more time — by borrowing one of her lyrics for the title of an upcoming memoir.
The younger Spears will tell her story in I Must Confess: Family, Fame, and Figuring It Out,  title that takes its cue from a line in “…Baby, One More Time.” In the book, which is set to hit shelves on January 18th, Jamie-Lynn promises “Never-before-heard stories that are at times funny, inspiring, messy and uncomfortable. Like how it feels to have inspired 16 and Pregnant with her own life story, and why her family is just like any other family,”
The book was initially to be titled Southern Roots, but the publisher re-named it in the wake of the new wave of controversy surrounding Brit’s life.

Spice Girls are giving you whatcha really, really want.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of their hit “Wannabe,” their new Wannabe25 EP is out today. It features the original single, a remix by Junior Vasquez, the original demo recording, and “Feed Your Love,” a demo of a previously unreleased ballad.
“Feed your love to me/’Cause I need to know that you care/Feed your love to me/’Cause I really, really, really wanna share my secrets with you,” the ladies harmonize on the sensual, never-before-heard slow jam.
The Wannabe25 EP will also be released on vinyl and cassette on August 27.
In addition to the EP, the Spice Girls have released a special scrapbook-style video for “Wannabe,” featuring fan photos and footage. You can watch it on the Spice Girls’ YouTube channel.
“Wannabe” was originally released on July 8, 1996 and shot the U.K. girl group to stardom.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, July 9

About a month ago, the Supreme Court ruled that nobody could stop college athletes from earning money with their names, images and likenesses.
Well, the quarterback of the University of Texas Longhorns football team — Casey Thompson — is putting these new rules to good use … by raising money to combat childhood hunger.
Casey joined an Internet video service called Cameo that allows celebrities to charge fans money for personalized video messages. Casey ended up charging fans $50 for each message — and then donated all the money he raised to the No Kid Hungry campaign.
Casey is one of the first college athletes to use his fame to help those in need. But, he’s hoping that others follow in his footsteps and find ways to inspire fans to help others as well. (Sports Illustrated)

The Daily Dish – Friday, July 9

How would you like a little BACON in your ice cream?  The Food Network is about to oblige.
They have a new show coming out next month called “Ben & Jerry’s: Clash of the Cones” . . . where six ice cream makers have to come up with flavors that capture the “essence” of a celebrity.
And one of those celebrities will be KEVIN BACON.  LUDACRIS is another.

‘Shark Week’ is back. And for the first time, cameras were put INSIDE a shark’s mouth to show Jaws from a new perspective. Razor sharp teeth and a pulsing muscle in the sharks throat has people freaked out. The extraordinary footage is a world’s first. Even adventurer Paul de Gelder was blown away by it. He lost an arm and a leg in a shark attack in 2009. This is Discovery channel’s 33rd annual ‘Shark Week.’

And speaking of Shark Week, Robert Irwin is following in his father, Steven Irwin’s, footsteps. He’s swimming with sharks during this year’s ‘Shark Week.’ He says he’s proud to carry on his dad’s legacy. Irwin was just two years old when his father died in a stingray attack while filming at the Great Barrier Reef. On Irwin’s ‘Shark Week’ special, he releases some vintage footage of him as a baby holding an alligator with his proud dad.

Ella Emhoff, the stepdaughter to Vice President Kamala Harris, has made her Paris Fashion Week debut.
The 22-year-old, who walked the runway for Balenciaga, signed a modeling contract after she made headlines for her outfit at the inauguration in January.
Earlier this year, Ella walked the runway at New York Fashion Week.
Designer Lazaro Hernandez has called Ella an “ambassador of the new moment,” and said that she represents “this idea of a new beginning, a whole new chapter in American life, in American culture.”

Furry Friends Friday with Cooper from Paws of Hope – July 9

This is Cooper! Cooper is a seven or eight month old Mountain Cur / Plott Hound. He is very friendly, and loves kids and other dogs. He enjoys outdoor activities with his foster family and their pack. Cooper is a great family dog. He loves to snuggle and sneaks under the blankets to sleep. Because Cooper’s breed mix makes him a working dog, he loves to be active and is happy to have a job. Cooper has a beautiful brindle coat that we think makes him even more adorable! He is getting his puppy vaccinations and has already been neutered. Please reach out to Paws of Hope at 269-340-0272 or information@pawsofhope.org to learn more about our incredible Cooper!... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, July 9

Sugar Cookie Day: A good day for a cookie.

Do you carry cash? Do you use cash? Maybe you should. A new survey found that 51% of respondents said using cash helps them budget their money. Surprisingly, Gen Z (52%) were the most likely to use cash over other types of payment.
Also, the average person has $52 in their wallet right now.  And there’s a limit to how much we’ll use in a single transition.  If something costs more than $31, we’ll almost always use a card. The top things we still use cash for . . .
1.  Tips at restaurants and bars, or for delivery drivers.
2.  Fast food.
3.  Candy and snacks.
4.  Coffee.
5.  Gas.
6.  Groceries.
7.  Drinks at a bar.
8.  Personal care products, like makeup or other small items.
9.  Gifts.
10.  Donuts or pastries.

New Yorkers have long claimed that their pizza reigns supreme, but according to a new book, the best slices are found farther west of the city – a lot farther west.  According to the upcoming book Modernist Pizza, whose authors ate hundreds of pizzas all across the country, the best pizza can be found in Portland, Oregon. (NY Post)

If you’re the kind of person that can’t pass on the sheer delight of holding and popping the bubbles on a strip of bubble wrap, then you might want to check out the newest viral craze for fidgety hands – Popits. Made from silicone in a variety of shapes and colors, Popits feature “bubbles” that you can press for that satisfying “pop,” then turn it over to pop it again. According to Today, the toys are a great tool for those coping with stress, anxiety, attention deficit or hyperactivity issues.

Music News – Friday, July 9

Mariah Carey‘s older brother just took his defamation suit against the diva up a notch — with new legal papers calling her “vindictive” and implying that she’s a drunk.
In papers filed Tuesday, Morgan Carey blasted Mimi for saying she presented some negative stories about him to “inspire troubled youth.” He says, “It is particularly ironic to hear Mariah assert that her intention was not to defame me. This is coming from someone whose public behavior includes glamorizing her excessive drinking and as well as other behaviors which would be in poor taste to mention here.”
The 61-year-old also notes that Mariah has gone through more than 20 management teams and dozens of feuds as proof of her “vindictive” nature. Morgan is seeking over a million bucks in compensation, because he says The Meaning of Mariah Carey harmed his reputation and caused a potential deal for a film project to fall through.
Morgan isn’t the only Carey angry with Mariah’s book. Their sister Alison filed suit back in February. (New York Post)

On the latest episode of the YouTube series “Hot Ones”ED SHEERAN named three artists that others try to avoid releasing new music on the same day with:  DRAKETAYLOR SWIFT, and ADELE.
Ed said, quote, “But I think every artist, when they release . . . go, ‘What day are they going? Should we? Can we put it out?’ . . . I think every artist does that.”
He added that he isn’t jealous of any of them, IN FACT, he said they make him strive to work harder.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, July 8

86-year-old Fran Petersen of Getzville, New York, has stayed busy through the years by creating handmade greeting cards. Since retiring from teaching 25 years ago, Fran has devoted countless hours to creating these cards. Even through the pandemic, she kept making the cards and selling them to people who were calling with special requests.
And, every dollar she has earned from the cards has been donated to charity — a staggering $127,000 so far.
She does it all — making birthday cards, thank you cards, get well cards and sympathy cards. You name it, she’ll make it. Each one is handcrafted, unique and made with tedious detail.
Her most popular cards include glued-on flowers that she grows in her garden and dries and presses herself.
Fran says she’s never bored and always has something to do. And thanks to her works of art, thousands of dollars have gone to help those dealing with cystic fibrosis. (WGRZ-TV)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, July 8

Robert Downey Junior has paid tribute to his father, Robert Downey Senior, who died Tuesday at age 85.
Along with a photo of the filmmaker, the Iron Man star wrote, “Last night, dad passed peacefully in his sleep after years of enduring the ravages of Parkinson’s [disease].”
Downey called his father, who directed the 1969 countercultural satire Putney Swope, “a true maverick filmmaker.” He added that his dad “remained remarkably optimistic throughout” his battle with the nervous system disorder.
Downey ended his Instagram post with a message to Downey Senior’s third wife, saying, “You are a saint, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

Turns out Drake Bell is married and a father — news he broke a few days after pleading guilty last month to attempted child endangerment.
The former Nickelodeon star made the announcement on June 29th, in Spanish, which is why it wasn’t immediately picked up on. He wrote, “In response to various rumors that are incorrect, I have been married for almost 3 years, and we are blessed to be the parents of a wonderful son. Thank you very much to all my fans around the world for your good wishes.”
Several days earlier, Drake pleaded guilty to crimes “against a minor,” a felony.

Angelina Jolie doesn’t want to be in business with Brad Pitt anymore. The actress is looking to sell her stake in the French winery company she owns with her ex.
But according to TMZ, a judge has to lift a restraining order on the transfer of the couple’s assets, which was put in place automatically when their divorce proceedings began a few years back.
Angie reportedly has an offer for her portion of the business, and she needs the freeze removed immediately before she loses the deal.
Brad and Angelina bought the vineyard in 2011 for a reported $60 million.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, July 8

National Freezer Pop Day: A good day for an ice pop.

Why do dogs circle before they do their business? There are a number of theories. One is that they are giving a 360-degree look at their surroundings before getting in that vulnerable position. Another is that they are spreading their scent to mark their territory – kind of like with pee marking. Then there’s the theory that they are making themselves a nice, clean place to go to the bathroom. And then there’s the magnetic field theory. This one claims that dogs use the force of the Earth’s magnetic fields to choose their pooping place, preferring the north-south axis of the Earth. According to researchers at a university in Prague, dogs prefer to “excrete with the body being aligned along the north-south axis.” Well, there you have it … sort of.

When did you get serious about your finances? A new study has found that, on average, we hit our peak financial recklessness at the age of . . . 22. While they zeroed in on that age, most people said they didn’t think about their finances or budgeting enough when they were younger . . . and that they were 25 before they started “growing up” in terms of handling their money. But by that point, some people suffer dings to their credit score.  The average respondent hit their credit score low point when they were 27. 58% said they don’t think they would’ve EVER gotten their money in order if it weren’t for having a “rude awakening” . . . things like having a child, being cut off from their parents, or applying for a home loan. Or, you know, the pandemic.  45% of people said last year was a financial rude awakening for them.

Speaking of finances, you may be waiting a while for your tax return. There’s word the IRS is a mess! A congressional report says nearly 35 million tax returns still haven’t been processed and only 3 percent of phone calls to the IRS are being answered (sounds like an airline). Millions of Americans are waiting for an average return of about 28-hundred bucks.

Music News – Thursday, July 8

Two weeks ago in court, Britney Spears made 10 demands including her freedom and jailing her corrupt family. But first, she needs a lawyer who will fight –- unlike the court-appointed attorney — for her emancipation.
Her mother, Lynne Spears, supports Britney – up to a point. She asked the court to allow Britney to hire a new lawyer of her choosing. Previously, the judge never allowed her to make those decisions because Jamie Spears convinced the court that Britney has dementia.
Lynne Spears submitted paperwork declaring that Britney has recovered from a meltdown 13 years ago. (quote) “She is able to care for herself and has done so for the past many years.” (TMZ)
Meanwhile, Britney drew a line in the sand. She’s endured her final mental evaluation. She refused to undergo testing by shrinks to gain her freedom. An insider told People magazine that Britney “does not trust the doctors assigned by the conservatorship.”
Typically, a doctor must confirm that a person is mentally capable of providing for themselves without a conservatorship. Britney asked the judge to skip that step. She may learn if the judge agrees at the court hearing on July 14th.

A few of the guys from *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys formed a supergroup last month for a Los Angeles Pride party. That set into motion a four-night residency in Las Vegas.
The Venetian Resort plays host to Back-Sync-Boyz from August 19th to 22nd. Wanya Morris from Boyz II Men has joined *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone plus AJ McLean and Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys.
Joey Fatone said, (quote) “Working together has brought up so many memories. I’m excited to see how the fans react. We’re getting our setlist together and coming up with crazy, interesting ideas.”
Tickets go on sale this Saturday via Ticketmaster and The Venetian. (Variety)

More details about Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani‘s wedding are trickling out, like the meaning behind their elaborate wedding cake. 
The cake, which was a replica of the one served at her parents’ wedding, was five tiers of intricate piping, which is rarely seen today.
Gwen’s parents were at the festivities to witness the sweet tribute to them.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, July 7

While scuba diving in the Cheboygan River in Michigan last month, Jennifer Dowker found a treasure. A small, green glass bottle with a piece of paper rolled up inside was sitting at the bottom of the river, just underneath Jennifer’s glass-bottom boat.
Sure enough. It was a message in a bottle.
She worked together with her employee, Rob Hemmer, to open the bottle. While the paper inside was wet, it was still readable. The message requested that the bottle be returned to a man named George Morrow.
Using social media, Jennifer was able to track down George’s daughter, Michele Primeau.
Michele was excited to see the bottle and the note — and explained to Jennifer that her dad, George — a World War II veteran who passed away in 1995 — probably dropped the bottle into the river right around his 18th birthday.
Although Jennifer wanted to return the note to George’s family, Michele decided that the note should stay with the person who discovered it.
So, Jennifer will keep the note and share it with others who go on scuba tours with her, which makes Michele feel good because it’s a way for her dad to live on and touch the lives of others seeking adventure. (Washington Post)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, July 7

Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost are expecting their first child together.
One source tells Page Six, “Scarlett is actually due soon, I know she and Colin are thrilled.”
Another insider added, “Scarlett is pregnant but has been keeping it very quiet. She has been keeping a very low profile.”
The Black Widow star, who wed the Saturday Night Live star in October, sparked pregnancy rumors in June after missing several promotional events for the Marvel movie. Instead, she’s been appearing via Zoom, so she can hide her baby bump.
This will be ScarJo’s second child. She has a 6-year-old daughter with ex-husband Romain Dauriac.

A man who believes Sofia Vergara is his mother vandalized the star’s  L.A.-area property.
According to TMZ, the man “used orange paint to write AND etch his social media handles all over and into the walls of the place, which has been undergoing major renovations, including a new paint job that had just been completed.”
The police were called early Monday morning to the site, which is owned by Sofia and husband Joe Manganiello, and the culprit was still there.
The suspect confessed to the vandalism, which included messages for Sofia, who the man believes is his mom.
The damages are estimated to be worth more than $100,000. The couple was not home at the time.

Pete Davidson will be tattoo free by the time he’s 30.
The 27-year-old SNL star tells People magazine that he’s removing all his ink over the next three years. “I get my next treatment [in] like a month or so. They said by the time I’m 30, they should all be gone. So they got, like, two more years left of this.”
The comedian, who co-stars in The Suicide Squad, decided to remove his tats because of all the trouble of covering it up when he makes movies.
Pete, who reportedly has more than 100 tattoos, once told Seth Meyers that the removal process is brutal. “Burning them off is worse than getting them, because not only are they burning off your skin, but you’re wearing these big goggles, right? So you can’t see anything, and the doctor’s in there with you.”

The Coast Social Network with Berrien Community Foundation – Wednesday, July 7

Lisa from Berrien Community Foundation is joined by Tami from the Krasl Art Center as well as Mack & Sharon Brown of the African American History & Literature Gallery to discuss the United Civic Monuments Fund, how the project was started and supported by the Krasl, and how you can provide your support as well at berriencommunity.org.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, July 7

  • Macaroni Day: A good day for some pasta.
  • Dive Bar Day: A good day to visit your local dive bar.
  • Strawberry Sundae Day: Ice cream!
  • World Chocolate Day: Chocolate!
  • Global Forgiveness Day: A day to forgive and be forgiven.
  • Tell the Truth Day: A good day to be honest.

The device that can do just about anything seems to have a dark side — it’s encouraging the world’s bullies. Parents say their daughters are constantly teased about their name, “Alexa,” with schoolyard bullies taunting them and demanding they play music. One mom, Lauren Johnson, even started an awareness campaign called “Alexa is a human.” Amazon issued a statement saying, “We’re saddened by the experiences you’ve shared, and want to be very clear: bullying of any kind is unacceptable, and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms.” But the company said they won’t be changing Alexa’s name — noting that any user can make their device answer to another name if they wish. (Gizmodo)

More proof that it’s better to give than to receive … A new study found that a really easy way to make yourself happier is to buy a toy for your pet. Researchers from Elmhurst University in Illinois found that buying your pet a gift triggers greater feelings of happiness than buying something for yourself. (Mental Floss)

Finally! It’s an age-old BBQ dilemma … hot dogs typically come in a pack of 10 – but hot dog buns come in a pack of 8, often causing an over-buying of buns. Well, Heinz has had enough. The condiment company has introduced their Heinz Hot Dog Pact – which is  a petition “calling on big bun and big wiener companies to finally sell buns and wieners in even packs.” “We’ve seen our fans through social media express their outrage about the bun-to-hot-dog ratio issue for years, and we know there must be a better way. We believe that the time for change is now and we are hopeful,” said Daniel Gotlib, associate director of brand building and innovation for the Kraft Heinz Company. Now the question becomes — Do hot dog makers drop their package to eight – or do bun makers increase their packages to 10? Time will tell. (Food & Wine)

Music News – Wednesday, July 7

Britney Spears must have mixed reactions to her court-appointed attorney stepping down. Samuel D. Ingham III filed paperwork on Tuesday to resign after 13-years with the conservatorship.
Two weeks ago, Britney told Judge Brenda Penny that she wanted a new lawyer. She complained that Ingham had not served her well. Britney claimed that she never knew she had the ability to petition an end to the conservatorship.
Ingham’s departure is not entirely welcomed. He left before filing termination paperwork. Britney begged for her freedom and Ingham dragged his feet. Now, she must wait for a new lawyer to join the case. Her freedom is further delayed.
There are suspicions that Samuel D. Ingham ensured that Jamie Spears got his way in court rather than independently represent Britney. She declared in court two weeks ago, (quote) “My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship and my management, who played a huge role in punishing me, should be in jail.” (Variety)

Larry Rudolph, who’d served as Britney Spears‘s manager since she was a total unknown, has reportedly quit — because he thinks she’s set to retire permanently.
According to the BBC, Rudolph sent a letter to Britney’s conservators, saying, “It has been over two-and-a-half years since Britney and I last communicated, at which time she informed me she wanted to take an indefinite work hiatus. Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire.”
Britney briefly left Rudolph’s Reign Deer Entertainment in 2004 but returned a short time later after pressure from her dad, Jamie.

98 Degrees hope to make this a hot guy summer — by releasing their first new original music since 2013.
The guys teased the release of “Where Do You Wanna Go” on their official Instagram account on Monday and revealed it will drop this Friday.
Their last studio album was the holiday collection Let It Snow, which hit in 2017.

Kelly Clarkson really wants to be a single lady again — and she’s asked a judge to declare that she is one.
Kel filed papers on Friday asking a California court to declare her “legally single” before all the details of her divorce from Brandon Blackstock are hammered out by lawyers. She filed for divorce in June 2020.
Though the request is unusual, it’s not unprecedented — both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt did the same during the dissolution of their marriage. (Entertainment Tonight)

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, July 6

Jeff Reaves has been the principal of Matanzas High School in Palm Coast, Florida, for four years. That means, this year’s 459 graduating seniors were freshman when he started.
Over the past four years, Jeff has made it a point to try get to know all of his students — especially this graduating class.
Because he took a special interest in these students, he was able to write a personal, handwritten letter to each and every one of them — and present them with this letter before they walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.
It took him a while to finish the project, as he wrote letters from March right on through graduation day.
But, he pulled it off and was pleased with the results, explaining that he, “wanted to shine some light on the students and encourage them as they begin their next journey in life.” (WESH-TV)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, July 6

Richard Donner, best known for directing Superman: The Movie, The Goonies and the Lethal Weapon films, died on Monday. He was 91.
A cause was not immediately revealed.
Donner got his start directing for such TV series as Perry Mason, The Fugitive, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Twilight Zone, including the iconic episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” starring William Shatner.
Donner also directed the movies LadyhawkeThe Toy and The Omen.
Director Steven Spielberg, who wrote the story for The Goonies, said, “He was all kid. All heart. All the time. I can’t believe he’s gone, but his husky, hearty laugh will stay with me always.”

Bill Cosby has defended Phylicia Rashad after his Cosby Show co-star was criticized for celebrating his release from prison.
After Cosby’s rape conviction was overturned, Rashad tweeted: “Finally. A terrible wrong is being righted – a miscarriage of justice is corrected.”
That caused a backlash and many people calling for her to be removed from her position at Howard University. Rashad then walked back her tweet, saying she “fully supported sexual abuse survivors coming forward.” She also reportedly sent a letter to students and parents, offering a “most sincere apology.”
Howard then issued a statement, saying ,”Survivors of sexual assault will always be our first priority. While Dean Rashad has acknowledged in her follow-up tweet that victims must be heard and believed, her initial tweet lacked sensitivity towards survivors of sexual assault. Personal positions of university leadership do not reflect Howard University’s policies.”
Now Cosby has defended his former TV wife in his own statement. He writes, “Howard University you must support one’s Freedom of Speech (Ms Rashad), which is taught or suppose to be taught everyday at that renowned law school, which resides on your campus.”
Cosby also denied that his conviction was overturned on a “technicality.”

Congratulations go out to Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton. The couple exchanged vows on Saturday, July 3rd.
The Voice host Carson Daly officiated the ceremony.
Page Six shared images and video of people gathering at a chapel Blake built on his Oklahoma property, allegedly for the purpose of their nuptials. Stefani posted a photo and a short video on Instagram Monday afternoon.
Earlier in the week, several news sites reported that the couple had applied for their marriage license.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, July 6

  • Fried Chicken Day
  • International Kissing Day

Adventurous … but clueless? A new survey found that Millennials consider themselves to be the most adventurous cooks compared to other generations. That said, Millennials were also found to cook the fewest meals at home – and know the least about cooking and kitchen safety. And as a “geriatric Millennial” myself, I will confirm all of this.

Stressed out lately? You might want to watch the top of your head. It turns out that stress really does make you go gray … but there’s good news: Reducing stress can reverse the process. Researchers at Columbia University found that eliminating stress can return gray hair, long thought to be permanent, to its “younger, pigmented state.” So try not to get stressed about eliminating the stress in your life…best of luck!

The U.K. celebrates “Thank You Day” on July 4th . . . just as America is celebrating its Independence Day. Which seems a bit…passive aggressive. Anyway…so British researchers conducted a study on how and when we show our appreciation . . . and there are some interesting findings. For starters, the average adult will say “thank you” 207 times a month, which is roughly 6.8 times per day.  That’s a lot of gratitude . . . but some of it is FAKE. On average, 54 of those thank yous are insincere.  That’s 26%. About a quarter of people surveyed think that’s a problem . . . because genuine appreciation is “dying out.”  33% said they’d still prefer to hear the words, even if the person is just saying “thank you” for the sake of it. And 55% of people claim they have become “more grateful” during the pandemic.  (But 26% probably didn’t mean it.)

And now for some useless but interesting information today…If you’ve ever wondered why Ritz crackers have those ridges around them — wonder no more. A video posted on Ritz’s official TikTok revealed that the reason the crackers have those scalloped edges is to … slice through cheese.

Music News – Tuesday, July 6

Fourth of July weekend coincided with the second anniversary for Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. Back in 2019, they spent a steamy weekend together in Los Angeles. They confirmed what followers saw in the “Señorita” music video – Shawn and Camila are deeply in love.
He shared a beach selfie, (quote) “Happy 2 years my baby.”
She posted a tropical vacation slideshow celebrating their two years of dating. Camila captioned the photos with Shawn’s nickname, (quote) “Happy anniversary Kuko. Here’s to more joy, more friendship, and more love.” (Billboard)

Taylor Swift’s collaboration with Big Red Machine, the project led by her Folklore and Evermore collaborators Aaron Dessner of The National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, is out.
“Renegade” comes with a video that mixes footage of Taylor alongside her handwritten lyrics. Watch it now on YouTube.
The song was recorded in Los Angeles in March of this year during the same week that Swift and Dessner took home the Grammy for Album of the Year for Folklore. It appears on Big Red Machine’s How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last, which comes out August 27th.

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have officially tied the knot, People confirms.
The two reportedly got hitched at Blake’s ranch in Oklahoma on Saturday, after they were spotted applying for a marriage license earlier in the week.
Page Six posted photos of what appears to be the wedding festivities taking place at a chapel built on the sprawling estate.
And just yesterday, Gwen confirmed the marriage with several photos of the happy couple on her Instagram.