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The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, February 3

In Roeland Park, Kansas, Stephanie Lindquist-Johnson and her six-year-old son Phillip came up with a great idea to help stray cats — and other animals — in the area.
They realized that foam coolers could be turned into little shelters. So, they posted a message on a neighborhood website, asking people in the community to donate those coolers instead of throwing them away.
Dozens of neighbors responded, so Stephanie and Phillip got to work, turning the coolers into shelters.
The timing was perfect, as winter weather has set in. Stephanie and Phillip, with many thanks to the neighbors who are pitching in with their cooler donations, have been able to help outdoor cats, raccoons and possums — along with many other animals — survive the frigid winter weather.
Those coolers are being repurposed — and animals are being helped (The Kansas City Star)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, February 3

Jenna Jameson reveals she dumped Marilyn Manson because he was “a lot.”
The former adult film star, who had a brief romance with the shock rocker in 1997, tells the Daily Mail, “We didn’t go out long because I cut it off after he would nonchalantly say he fantasized about burning me alive.”
Jenna says, “Once he started speaking to me violently, I was like … goodbye, Brian,” using the musician’s real name, Brian Warner.
She added, “Also the bruises from him biting me weren’t fun. Sexually he liked to bite, and it was disconcerting. He is a lot. To say the least.”
Manson was dropped by his record label Monday after several of his exes, including actress Evan Rachel Wood, accused him of abuse.
Manson insists the accusations are “horrible distortions of reality.”

The nominations for the NAACP Image Awards have been announced. The ABC Sitcom Black-ish leads the way in the TV categories with 11 nods. Beyonce is the top music nominee with five. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey leads all films with 10 nominations.
The NAACP Image Awards air on BET on March 27th.

The Sun says Dustin Diamond will be cremated and buried without a gravestone. His friend tells the paper, “He wants to be cremated, he did not want to have a gravestone and he did not want to have a big funeral so it’s just going to be a memorial with a few family and friends. He said he didn’t want to have a gravestone because he was worried people would mess with it just like they messed with him when he was alive. He just wants to be left in peace to leave the world. I think I might do a plaque because he filmed at one of my locations, so maybe I’ll put something there, so that if somebody wanted to go and see something they could. But he was clear he didn’t want a gravestone.
Justin’s manager, Roger Paul, tells People magazine, ”He had been feeling out of sorts and he’d had a lump on his neck that he was ignoring. He was afraid of the public attention if he went into the hospital. But finally, his girlfriend took him and the doctors confirmed it was cancer. Of course he was scared, but he tried to find the humor in it. Dustin tried to be as positive as he could throughout everything — that’s who he was — but he was scared. He did chemo – he tried everything possible. But it didn’t work.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, February 3

Girls and Women in Sports Day: It’s been a good year for women in sports, and the Super Bowl is another example of women making sports history. On Sunday, for Super Bowl 55, Sarah Thomas will be the first woman ever to officiate a Super Bowl game. (NY Post)
Golden Retriever Day: Goldens are consistently named among the most popular dog breeds in America, and 2020 was no exception. According to the American Kennel Club, Golden Retrievers were the number three most popular dog breed in America. (Newsweek)
Here are the Top 5:
  1. Labrador retriever
  2. German shepherd
  3. Golden retriever
  4. French bulldog
  5. Bulldog

Do you ever force yourself to stay up, even if you’re tired, because you feel like you didn’t have enough time to yourself during the day? You know … you’re tired and need to get up early in the morning, but you just keep stubbornly scrolling on your phone. Well, get this – there’s a name for that. Psychologists call it “revenge bedtime procrastination.” Saman Haider, who is a pre-med psychology student at the University of Iowa, stumbled upon the phrase one night while she was doing that very thing and made a TikTok video to share the info and see if other people could relate. The video has been viewed 13.6 million times … and, yes, LOTS of people could relate. (Glamour)

A new YouGov poll found that 48% of women say they’ve been disappointed by a romantic partner who didn’t do enough for Valentine’s Day. Only 23% of men felt the same way. Women between the ages of 35 and 54 were the most likely to say that they’d been let down on Valentine’s Day, with 57% saying they’d been disappointed.

Are you more forgiving of your pet than your partner? You’re not alone. Seems when it comes to bad behavior, we let our pets get away with things – because they’re so darn cute. A survey found that 70% say they look the other way when their pet does something wrong and 71% admit they are more lenient with their pets than their partners. (SWNS)

Some people reach for coffee in the morning – others prefer their caffeine in soda form. Well, now you can have both. Coca-Cola is launching Coke with Coffee. And there are different flavors to choose from: Dark Blend, Caramel, and Vanilla. (Food Beast)

Music News – Wednesday, February 3

Mariah Carey‘s estranged sister Alison has filed a lawsuit against the star, claiming she suffered “emotional distress” from the way she was portrayed in Mimi’s recent memoir.
Alison, who’s gone through periods of homelessness and drug addiction, and spent time as a sex worker, says her sister fabricated several ugly stories in The Meaning of Mariah Carey. In the book, Mariah says that her older sister tried to sell her to a pimp when she was just 12 years old. She also claims that Alison threw a pot of scalding tea on her, causing third-degree burns.
Alison, who’s representing herself, is seeking $1.25 million in damages. (OK!)

If you want to perk up that fern hanging in your window, put on some Lewis Capaldi!
A British company called Pointless Plants surveyed over 1100 green-thumbed people and found that half regularly played music for their plants. Lewis was the top choice by a wide margin, with 62 percent of those polled using his tunes to soothe their greenery. K-Pop kings BTS were the second choice, followed by Taylor SwiftTame Impala and Elton John.
Studies show that music actually does help plants grow more quickly, but the scientists behind them say the benefit more likely comes from the vibrations than the actual melodies. (Daily Record)

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, February 2

Like many people, Sydney Harmood of Apopka, Florida, has found special ways to spend her time at home during the pandemic.
Sydney grabbed a crochet hook and some yarn and started making knit caps. She was good at crocheting before this all started — and has only gotten better.
In fact, Sydney has gotten so good and so fast at her craft that she’s created dozens of knit hats for the homeless.
Her neighbors learned about what she’s been up to — and donated extra yarn to her cause. It’s all being put to good use.
Sydney says she crochets around four hours each day — and now has a goal of creating 200 hats for the homeless, explaining it’s all worthwhile because “even if you can only help one person — that’s one life you’ve changed.” (Bay News 9)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, February 2

Former Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond has died. He was just 44.
Diamond had stage-four lung cancer, and after the news broke just last month, his condition had rapidly worsened in the past week. According to TMZ, his girlfriend was at his side when he passed. He did not have any children.
In a statement, his team said, “Dustin did not suffer. He did not have to lie submerged in pain. For that, we are grateful.”
Diamond rose to fame on the teen comedy but led a rockier adult life, directing and possibly starring in a sex tape, and spending a few months in prison. His Saved by the Bell co-star Mario Lopez tweeted, “Dustin, you will be missed my man. The fragility of this life is something never to be taken for granted. Prayers for your family will continue on…”

Shock Rocker Marilyn Manson has been accused of abuse by Evan Rachel Wood and three other women.
The women made their claims in Instagram posts on Monday morning, with Wood stating that Manson “started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.”
The other three women, Sarah McNeilyAshley Morgan and a person just going by Gabriella, posted their own experiences with Manson after Wood’s post.
In a post on Instagram yesterday, Manson wrote, “Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-mind partners. Regardless of how – and why – others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”

Prince Harry has scored a victory against the media.
He was awarded an apology and “substantial” damages from the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline for accusing him of ghosting the British armed forces after stepping away from the Royal Family.
Harry sued the publisher, Associated Newspapers, over two recent articles that claimed that he had “not been in touch” with the Royal Marines and that they wanted to strip him of his Captain General title.
At a remote hearing at London’s High Court on Monday, his lawyer, Jenny Afia, called the allegations “false” and said that “the baseless, false and defamatory stories published in the Mail on Sunday and on the website MailOnline constituted not only a personal attack upon the Duke’s character but also wrongly brought into question his service to this country.”
The publisher agreed to pay substantial damages, she said, although the amount was not disclosed. Harry will donate the money to the Invictus Games Foundation.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, February 2

Groundhog Day. That’s right, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he doesn’t see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

BFFs over BFs … A new survey by OnePoll has found that 56% of respondents – all women – said they would rather be stuck in quarantine with their best friend than with their romantic partner. And 60% of Millennial women said when it comes to being stuck at home, it’s sisters over misters.

Remember when you first got your driver’s license? You thought you were a pretty awesome driver back then, didn’t you? Well, a new survey found that 53% of respondents said they would be afraid to get in a car with their 16-year-old selves driving. (SWNS)

PR Newswire says the Mighty Swell spiked seltzer brand has started a change.org petition to make the Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday. Their petition reads: ” A Sunday spent prepping, cooking, grilling, yelling, cheering, eating, drinking, texting AND then the boss expects you to show up to work on Monday? Oof, that makes us tired just typing it out. It doesn’t seem right, even if you’re working remotely, and we’ve got a mighty swell idea to give football fans a day to chill after the big game. According to a fan survey, 100 million Americans tuned in to watch the game in 2020 and of those one in five planned to take the following Monday off. It’s high time we acknowledge this unofficial holiday. That’s why we’re starting a ground-SWELL of support to give millions of fans a day to chill after Sunday’s festivities. We at Mighty Swell Spiked Seltzer are throwing a flag on this absurd expectation to work after such a momentous night.
A survey by the Workforce Institute reveals that 40% of people believe ‘Super Bowl Monday’ should be a national holiday. 20% of people plan to take next Monday off.

The NY Post says pranksters recently changed the Hollywood sign to read “Hollyboob”. Park Rangers quickly took down the extra B’s. Six people were arrested and are now facing trespassing charges. The prank was actually for a good cause, though. It was done to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Music News – Tuesday, February 2

Tony Bennett‘s family has revealed that the 94-year-old singer is living with Alzheimer’s disease.
In an article published in AARP The MagazineBennett’s wife Susan says he was diagnosed back in 2016 after he started to show signs of decline. She says although his condition has progressed, he’s “been spared the disorientation that can prompt patients to wander from home, as well as the episodes of terror, rage or depression.”
One of the reasons that Tony Bennett‘s family went public with his Alzheimer’s diagnosis is that he and Lady Gaga have another duets album coming out this year.
Bennett’s family told AARP Magazine that they realized people would ask why Bennett wasn’t doing interviews to promote the project, so they decided to get the word out before the album.
Bennett’s wife Susan Benedetto tells CBS This Morning that the singer still remembers Gaga and says that “she’s hard to forget.”
Gaga and Bennett’s first duets album, 2014’s Cheek to Cheek, won the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and sold over 750,000 copies.

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani might have already snagged a singer for their wedding.
In a series of tweets, Miley Cyrus made the offer to Gwen after she complimented Miley on her Tiny Desk Concert for NPR. Miley tweeted, “I’ll be your wedding singer! I promise to be on my best behavior. Or worst. whatever you want! It’s your special day!”
Gwen hasn’t officially accepted the offer.

The Daily Dish – Monday, February 1

Production on the latest Mission: Impossible movie has become a nightmare, according to insiders.
Star Tom Cruise infamously went off on crew for breaking COVID protocols last year, and the situation has continued to be tense.
A source tells the UK’s Sun that a “lot of us would love to cut our losses and leave things for a while, then pick up when we can.” Another source adds, “But Tom is completely obsessed with finishing and nothing will stop him. He’s the most determined person. It’s impressive, but a nightmare.”
Tom has resorted to unleashing robots to enforce COVID-19 safety on the set, which has moved to the United Arab Emirates. The production team is said to be “up in arms and just want to go home.”

Mickey magazine, citing The Express Newspaper, says Disney is considering rehiring Johnny Depp to play Captain Jack Sparrow in the next Pirates of the Caribbean film. A source tells the news outlets, “Rumours are rife that the Change.org petitions have forced the makers to reconsider.” Over 600,000 fans have signed a petition calling for Johnny to return.

When Carrie, Charlotte and Miranda return to HBO, they’ll probably be in masks. That’s because the Sex and the City reboot will incorporate the pandemic in its storylines. Star Sara Jessica Parker tells Vanity Fair, “[COVID-19 will] obviously be part of the storyline, because that’s the city [these characters] live in. And how has that changed relationships once friends disappear? I have great faith that the writers are going to examine it all.”

Music News – Monday, February 1

Lady Gaga has always been open about her mental health, and she admits that the COVID pandemic has been hard on it — but she says that exercise has helped in a big way. Gaga tells USA Today that she’s felt “an epic sense of powerlessness over what’s happening in the world.” She went on to say she’s found a way to fight through that, explaining “It’s been really important to me that I continue to move my body. It’s really important for my mental health,  I mostly take walks, and I mostly hike. I wear my mask, and I go on hikes.
Hiking is a big step for the star, who suffers from the painful disease fibromyalgia. She admits she was “really nervous” about exercising, but says “I found during COVID that… you can grab the courage that’s happening in the universe and grab that bravery and put it right inside yourself and be fearless.

The NY Post says The Weeknd’s halftime show is going to be 24 minutes long. A normal Super Bowl halftime show is 13 minutes. The added length is due to advertisers scaling back on commercial purchases this year due to the pandemic. Daft Punk is also rumored to perform during the extended show. And E! News says The Weeknd has spent $7 million of his own money on the production for the show.

Stevie Nicks tells Vulture.com that she has gotten some weird fan mail because of how she dresses. “In 1977 I wore black — and why did I wear black? because it’s the thinnest color — I started getting some really stupid wacky mail from weirdos. I didn’t like it. I’d only been famous for two years, and it scared me. So I had some colored outfits made. I wore red and green and salmon for a year, and then I said, Well, this is not going to work for me, so I’m going back to black, and I did”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, January 29

Henry Darby affects a lot of lives as the principal at North Charleston High School in South Carolina — but he’s also affecting lives away from the school by working a second job to help those in need.
Three times a week, from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m., Henry stocks shelves at a local Walmart store.
And then, he donates the paychecks he’s earning to others who need the money more than he does.
With every shift, Henry is able to touch the lives of others in his community. Often, he gives the money to the families of students at his school.
His special charity efforts have led to even more giving, as people around the country heard his story — and pitched in with an extra $100,000 in donations.
Henry has no plans on quitting his second job anytime soon. He says he’s thankful that Walmart has given him an opportunity to work — and to help others along the way. (WCIV-TV)

The Daily Dish – Friday, January 29

Cicely Tyson, the ground-breaking actress whose work in TV and theater earned her Emmy and Tony Awards, died Thursday afternoon. She was 96.
Her death comes only days after her memoir, Just As I Am, was published on Tuesday.
Her early notable film roles include the 1959 Sidney Poitier film Odds Against Tomorrow, as well as The ComediansA Man Called Adam and others.

Things get emotional in the first trailer for the last season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which is rumored to include a bombshell set of episodes surrounding the divorce between Kim and Kanye.
In the 75-second clip, Kris Jenner asks, “Did we make the right decision by walking away?”
Meanwhile, Kim cries while talking to the crew. “I just want you to know that we really appreciate you guys, each and every one of you,” she says.
The final season premieres March 18th on E!

Armie Hammer has lost another gig amid his cannibal fetish scandal.
The actor has exited the upcoming Paramount Plus series The Offer, about the making of The GodfatherVariety reports.
Armie was set to star as Al Ruddy, who produced the gangster classic in 1972, but he’s bowed out without explanation.
This comes a few weeks after he also dropped out of the Jennifer Lopez romcom Shotgun Wedding.
Adding insult to injury, his co-star Evangeline Lilly snubbed him while promoting their upcoming film Crisis. The actress posted an image of a new poster for the movie featuring herself, Armie, and a third actor. She wrote, “I am proud to be a part of a hard-hitting thriller that tackles the issues that surround an industry that profits from addiction (and proud to be in this poster with #GaryOldman.)”

Furry Friends Friday with Cass County Animal Control featuring Flame – January 29

Calling all Marvel comic fans! Meet Torch! This active, affectionate flame point Siamese will FLAME ON to keep you warm during these cold winter months! Being a young adult, Torch enjoys practicing his super speed when chasing the evil Dr. Catnip and his evil villain toys and his kitty purr powers when being loved. Found as a stray, it is unknown if Torch gets along with other animals or children. His adoption fee is $55 for a Cass County resident or $60 for an out of county resident. Please contact Cass County Animal Control at 269-445-3701 to learn more about our terrific superhero, Torch!... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, January 29

  • Puzzle Day
  • Curmudgeons Day
  • Corn Chip Day
A good day to do a puzzle, have some chips, maybe yell at someone to get off your lawn …

Does a sink full of dishes make you anxious? A new survey of Millennial moms found that 51% of respondents said they can’t enjoy a meal if dirty dishes are looming over them. 80% said they feel calmer when the dishes are done immediately, and 67% said they can’t go to sleep unless their kitchen is clean. Why all the stress over dirty dishes? Maybe this is why: 72% of the Millennial moms polled said their kitchens have become a lot messier since the pandemic started and 69% said their sink is full of dirty dishes more often than not.

The ketchup on a hot dog debate continues … Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White told Drew Barrymore during a recent interview on her talk show that she’s only had one disagreement with host Pat Sajak over the 38 years they’ve worked together. Believe it or not, it was about putting ketchup on a hot dog. Apparently, Vanna prefers ketchup on her dogs and Pat thinks it’s mustard or the highway!  (People)
FYI … according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, putting ketchup on a hot dog after the age of 18 is a don’t.

Does your pet have a favorite song? They say music soothes the savage beast, but what about your average house cat? A recent viral video featuring a cat named Jesse shows the cat sticking his tongue out, bobbing to U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name.” Owner Gary Adams claims his 9-year-old black Persian only sticks his tongue out when this particular song plays — and he’ll stay in that exact position for hours after hearing it. (Metro)

Think those nasal swab COVID tests are uncomfortable?… In China, the alternative may be way worse. They’ve started using anal swabs, and already they’ve become China’s ‘number 2’ method for COVID testing (PUN INTENDED!). They say the virus lingers longer ‘down there’ and gives more accurate results.

Music News – Friday, January 29

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello seem like the perfect couple — but Shawn had to work overtime to win over his gal pal.
The Canadian cutie opened up about the early days of the relationship in an interview on Sirius XM. Shawn says, “I think I was just bugging her along for a long time about how I felt about her. I was in Calgary or Edmonton, Canada, and I was at dinner with two of my friends and she texted me basically being like, ‘Okay, fine. I like you. Okay, fine. This is a thing.’ And I have the text, I have this, I screenshotted the text messages. ‘I was like, finally, she caved. It was so great.'”
They became Instagram official in July of 2019 and, despite rumors, they’ve been together ever since.

Britney Spears still knows how to get people talking — as she proved Wednesday by posting another of her oddball dance videos.
In this one, a turtleneck-clad Brit spins around to the sounds of “Holy Grail,” a 2013 track from Jay-Z and her long-ago ex Justin Timberlake — who she actually tagged. It’s not clear when the troubled singer filmed the video, but a fully decorated Christmas tree stands lit right behind her.

Not all fan bases are created equal — according to a new study that shows Billie Eilish and Ed Sheeran have the most dedicated of them all.
Retailer OnBuy tallied up numbers in several categories, including number of streams, number of Google searches and so-called “post engagement” — or response rates to an artist’s social media posts. Billie topped several lists, earning a score of 77 out of a possible 100. Sheeran notched a score of 72 on the basis of fewest fake accounts in his follower base and most monthly Spotify streams.
Latin superstar Bad Bunny landed in third place, followed by Super Bowl halftime headliner The Weeknd and Post Malone.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, January 28

When all this coronavirus stuff started last year, 16-year-old Alexa Rhodes of Abington, Pennsylvania, realized that there were more and more young people dealing with homelessness — and she wanted to help.
So, she created her own organization — called H.E.L.P.I.N.G. The Homeless Backpacks — and started raising money to buy sturdy backpacks, filled with stuff the young people could use.
It didn’t take long for her charity effort to be a huge success. Earlier this month, she delivered 75 backpacks, each filled with more than 40 items. It was her second delivery.
Alexa says each donation is meaningful to her — especially because she knows the backpacks are going to people her age.
And since she’s been helping out and doing charity work since she was six years old, it seems there’s no slowing her down.

The Daily Dish – Thursday, January 28

Actress Cloris Leachman has died of natural causes at age 94.
Though best known for her comedic roles, Leachman won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the 1971 drama The Last Picture Show. Her other credits include TV’s The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Facts of Life and Malcom in the Middle, as well as the silver screen’s Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety and The Beverly Hillbillies. In 2008, she became the oldest person to compete on Dancing With the Stars.
Leachman was married to Hollywood impresario George Englund from 1953 to 1979. They had five children together.

Actor Dakota Johnson and Coldplay’s Chris Martin have gone to the next level in their relationship and moved in together.
They’re doing it in style, too. The couple bought a $12.5 million Malibu property, The New York Post reports. The six-bedroom, nine-bathroom estate covers 5,338 square feet and comes with a two-story guest house.
Dakota and Chris, who been dating since October 2017, are rumored to have gotten engaged.

Michael Strahan has been missing from Good Morning America all week because he tested positive for COVID-19, it’s been revealed.
Sources tell TMZ the host is “currently quarantining.” Strahan learned of his diagnosis on Saturday and “immediately” went into lockdown. He’s reportedly planning to appear on GMA Thursday, remotely, to talk about the situation. So far, he hasn’t been experiencing any severe symptoms.
His daughters, who came into contact with him after he’d been exposed, and their mother are awaiting the results of their COVID tests.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, January 28

  • International Lego Day
  • Blueberry Pancake Day
  • Kazoo Day
A good day you have some pancakes, build something with Legos, and play a Kazoo.

Some products just don’t need a version of the brand in honor of a special occasion. Case in point: Kraft is turning your favorite blue box of Macaroni & Cheese pink for Valentine’s Day, with special Candy Kraft Macaroni & Cheese kits. Not the box (though that could be pink, too) … but the actual noodles and sauce. Yep, there’s a “candy” pack in the box that not only turns the noodles bright pink, but also adds a sweet candy flavor to the decadent dish. Yum? Well, at least they’re free … If this sounds tempting to you, click on CandyKraftMacAndCheese.com from now till February 8th and sign up to get your limited-edition box by Valentine’s Day. (Thrillist)

If you could have 2020 erased from your memory, would you do it? How much would you pay to have 2020 completely wiped from your brain? According to a new OnePoll survey, the average American would pay $2,000 to have any memory of last year deleted. (SWNS)

Soldiers, let your hair down … The U.S. Army is approving some new rule changes that will allow female soldiers to let their hair down. Leaders have agreed to loosen hairstyle and grooming restrictions and will allow female soldiers to have ponytails, braids, twists, and other styles. Highlights and dyes will also be allowed, as will earrings and nail polish. The changes, which will go into effect at the end of February, address the complaints of many female soldiers. The Army’s top enlisted leader, Sergeant Major Michael Grinston, says, “This is about an Army standard and how we move forward with the Army, and being a more diverse, inclusive team.” (Fox News)

Do you know what IYKYK means? It’s hard to keep up with the ever-changing texting lingo, but this acronym is a TikTok fav – so much so, that the #iykyk hashtag on TikTok currently has 3.4 billion views. So what does it mean? IYKYK stands for: If you know, you know. It’s used to refer to inside jokes and other inside info that, well, “if you know, you know.” (In the Know)

Music News – Thursday, January 28

Billie Eilish says at times her lifestyle, especially during the pandemic, can get a little divorced from reality.
In the cover story of the March issue of Vanity Fair, she cites the time she recently tried to order a box of Froot Loops online. She says she felt “kind of stupid” because she didn’t know how much Froot Loops are supposed to cost. So she tried to order one box and was like, ‘Oh yeah, sure. It’s $35.’”
She didn’t realize how expensive that would’ve been, or that she was actually ordering 70 mini-Froot Loops boxes, at 50 cents apiece.
She says she “grew up with no money” and so is a little confused as to the proper prices for things.

Ed Sheeran has been brewing his own beer during the pandemic. A source tells the website The Solar dot com, “Ed loves his beer – particularly his actual ales and craft beers. He is had just a few kits delivered and has been having enjoyable making his personal drinks.”

Billy Joel tells Rolling Stone magazine that he frequently writes new music that he won’t record. “I still write music. I just don’t record it, and they’re not in song form. It’s another kind of music altogether. It’s purely for my own edification. I don’t feel compelled to record it. I don’t feel compelled to make myself be relevant. Like I said, I lived the rock and roll life, and I’m not writing that anymore.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, January 27

Herbruck’s poultry farm between Grand Rapids and Lansing makes it a point to donate to those in need each year. Normally, company president Greg Herbruck says they’ve been donating about a million eggs each year.
This year was — of course — unusual. Greg could see that food banks and other charity groups were going to need extra help this year, so he did his best to maximize the giving.
It worked.
The final tally is in and the company was able to donate 1.6 million eggs in 2020.
Like everyone, Greg is hopeful that the need for help decreases as all this blows over. But in the meantime, he said the company is committed to supporting local families and neighbors get nutritious food during these challenging times.
See more on this story from WZZM-TV

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, January 27

On Thursday, BET has a docu-special starring Tyler Perry to dispel the myths around the COVID vaccine.
Tyler Perry created the program called COVID-19 Vaccine and The Black Community to combat skeptics and conspiracies. He recruited Georgia doctors to help explain how the vaccines provide immunity against the coronavirus. On Monday, he got the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine with the cameras rolling.
Tyler Perry admitted that he woke on Tuesday with “some aches and pains” that Advil relieved. He told CBS anchor Gayle King, (quote) “If you look at our history in this country, the Tuskegee experiment, Henrietta Lacks, it raises flags for African American people. So I understand why there’s a healthy skepticism about the vaccine.” (Entertainment Tonight)

Lori Loughlin’s husband will have to stay behind bars for a little while longer.
Mossimo Giannulli‘s request for an early release from federal prison has been denied with the judge saying there was no “extraordinary or compelling reason” to do so.
The fashion guru, who was convicted for his role in the college admissions scandal, argued that he should do the remainder of his five-month sentence at home because all his time in solitary confinement had been punishment enough.
Giannulli has served about two months of his sentence.
His wife did two months before being released in December.

Actor Armie Hammer’s ex is speaking out. The actor is making headlines because in some leaked DMs he says he’s a cannibal. Now ex Paige Lorenze says Armie talked seriously about surgically removing her bottom rib so he could eat it. The 22-year-old tells ‘Inside Edition’ he never beat her, but he left her bruised and even branded a letter ‘A’ into her skin.         Armie’s lawyer says his client isn’t a cannibal and “these assertions are patently untrue.” Armie has dropped out of an upcoming J.Lo movie thanks to the scandal.

The Coast Social Network with the Berrien Community Foundation – Wednesday, January 27

Susan Matheny from the Berrien Community Foundation, and Bill Downey, Communications Manager of the Cook Plant/Heart of Cook Foundation, join Zack to talk about the Heart of Cook Competitive Grant Program, which is now taking applications through February 10th at berriencommunity.org/HOC.... [Read Full Story]