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The Daily Dish – Wednesday, June 30

Gal Gadot has given birth to her third child and third daughter with husband Jaron Varsano.
They named the little girl Daniella. The Wonder Woman star broke the news on Instagram with a family photo. She wrote, “My sweet family I couldn’t be more grateful and happy (and tired) we are all so excited to welcome Daniella into our family.”
Gal and Jaron also have daughters Alma Versano, 9, and Maya Versano, 4.

Former Disney star Kyle Massey has been charged with a felony for allegedly sending pornographic material to a 13-year-old girl.
According to TMZ, the star of That’s So Raven and Cory in the House has been accused of sending sexually explicit content to the girl between December 2018 and January 2019.
The 29-year-old actor was previously sued for $1.5 million by the girl and her mother, who accused him of sending the teen inappropriate texts, videos and photos over Snapchat. The lawsuit said Massey first met the girl when she was only 4 years old.
According to TMZ, the girl dropped a civil suit against Massey after her lawyers told her “they didn’t think Massey had enough money to make the case worth it.” That’s when, she says, she filed a police report.
Massey was scheduled to appear for his arraignment Monday in Washington, but he didn’t show up.

The torch has been passed in the land of the Sopranos. Fourteen years after the final episode of ‘The Sopranos’ wrapped, actor James Gandolfini’s son is stepping into the role of Tony Soprano. The new movie, ‘The Many Saints of Newark,’ is about the mob boss’ backstory. It’s out October 1st.

‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ is getting the movie treatment. Yes, America’s favorite dog from those sweet children’s books is hitting the big screen. Actors Jack Whitehall and Darby Camp say playing opposite the 10-foot tall Big Red Dog required a lot of imagination. In the film, Clifford is on the run from a genetics company that’s looking to supersize animals. The family movie hits theaters in September.

The Coast Social Network with Berrien Community Foundation – Wednesday, June 29

Susan from Berrien Community Foundation gives us a peek at the huge amount of scholarship winners for 2021 in Berrien County, including Watervliet graduate Grace Weckwerth, winner of the Upton Opportunity Scholarship and the Heart of Cook Scholarship. To get more on scholarships and start one of your own, visit berriencommunity.org.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, June 30

  • Social Media Day: Otherwise known as Wednesday
  • Meteor Watch Day: A good day to look up

A 70-year-old New York Yankees fan got to live out her life-long dream Monday night — by serving as the team’s bat girl. Gwen Goldman initially sent a letter to the team in 1961, asking if she could be a bat girl for one game. The general manager of the Yankees at the time sent her a response that said, “In a game dominated by men a young lady such as yourself would feel out of place in a dugout.”
Goldman held on to the letter for all these years and earlier this year her daughter, Abby, sent a copy to the Yankees current general manager, Brian Cashman. He invited Goldman to be a bat girl and throw out the first pitch and said it wasn’t “too late to reward and recognize the ambition you showed in writing that letter to us as a 10-year-old girl.”

Speaking of women being recognized in sports … Former soccer star Mia Hamm broke her share of records during her playing career, and although she retired in 2004, the Hall of Famer still managed to set a new record last weekend. Her 1992 rookie card, which was made available in an issue of Sports Illustrated For Kids after her first World Cup appearance, sold at auction for $34,440 — making it the most expensive female sports card ever. Goldin Auctions founder Ken Goldin says, “It validates that there’s a legitimate market for women’s sports.” (ESPN)

Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s some doctors would wire patients’ jaws shut to help them lose weight. Sounds barbaric, right? Well, there’s a new version of that weight-loss method. New Zealand and U.K. researchers have developed a device called DentalSlim Diet Control that uses magnets affixed to the back teeth to restrict the person’s jaw from opening more than 2 millimeters, allowing for only a liquid diet. Volunteers who’ve tried the new gadget say they’ve lost 14 pounds in two weeks.

Music News – Wednesday, June 30

Britney Spears is likely on the verge of submitting paperwork to terminate the conservatorship that has extended more than 13 years.
An editor at Us Weekly tweeted Tuesday afternoon a clarification to premature reports that Britney and her lawyer submitted paperwork, (quote) “At the end of business day, the petition had not been filed, but sources said the termination paperwork has been prepared.”
With her legal team moving slower than molasses, Britney Instagrammed a subtle message: A video of a snoring cat.

Kevin Federline and Britney Spears may have had a nasty divorce, but he’s got her back in her conservatorship fight.
K-Fed’s lawyer tells People magazine that Brit’s baby daddy “certainly respects Britney and only hopes the best for her because when the best for her is achieved, it’s the best for their kids. The best thing would be for their mom to be healthy and happy.”
The mouthpiece went on to say, “Britney has not been served well by the conservatorship and it’s not consistent with what she wants. She should be able to challenge that. And if it’s what’s best for her, Kevin supports it.”

Ain’t It Cool News says Ed Sheeran recently underwent laser eye surgery to correct his vision. He now has 20/20 vision. Ed says, “I’ve seen through [glasses] for the past 28 years and then opening my eyes after laser surgery everything was like full color, I could read everything, it was amazing. I’m so annoyed I didn’t get it done before, I’ve missed out on 10 years of awesomeness.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, June 29

A customer at the Stumble Inn Bar and Grill in Londonberry, New Hampshire, ordered fried pickles, chili dogs and drinks — with a total bill of $37.93 — and left a $16,000 tip for the staff … joking that they shouldn’t spend it all in one place.
Before the customer left the restaurant, one of the servers asked if it was real. Sure enough. It was real. And all the customer asked was to remain anonymous.
The servers — who normally share all the tips — decided to share it with the workers in the kitchen.
The customer explained that he wanted the staff to have the extra money because they work so hard.
And, he has returned to the restaurant since the generous gift, just blending in with the other customers — but with all of the staff knowing just how big of a boost he gave them on that  day. (BoingBoing)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, June 29

LeVar Burton says it will hurt if he isn’t named the permanent host of Jeopardy!
After a social media campaign, the actor landed a guest spot on the game show in July. But he’s letting producers know he wants to stay.
In a new interview with The New York Times Magazine, he was asked how tough it would be for him if he doesn’t get the job.
Burton said, “It will hurt. I’m not going to lie. But if that happens, I will get over it. I will be fine. Remember: Everything happens perfectly and for a reason. That is my default. It’s all going to be OK. Because it always is.”
The Star Trek: The Next Generation actor and Reading Rainbow host is set to guest-host Jeopardy! between July 26th and 30th.”

Jason Sudeikis and his Ted Lasso co-star Keeley Hazel are officially dating.
An insider confirms to People that the two, who also co-starred in Horrible Bosses 2, costars have “been seeing each other.”
The source adds, “They’ve been dating for a little while now. They’re just having fun. It’s nothing serious at this point.”
Jason and Keeley were also photographed together in New York City for the first time.
This is Jason’s first public relationship since splitting from longtime partner Olivia Wilde last year.

And, there’s a new set of voices coming forth to support Britney Spears. Brit’s infamous ex KEVIN FEDERLINE has finally spoken up.  And he wants whatever’s best for Britney. His lawyer issued a statement saying, quote, “It doesn’t matter how positive of an effect a conservatorship has had if it’s having a deleterious effect and detrimental effect on her state of mind . . . “Kevin feels that the best thing for his children is for their mother to be happy and healthy.”
Britney and Kevin have two sons, 15-year-old Sean and 14-year-old Jayden.
Britney’s sister JAMIE LYNN also spoke out.  She said she supports Britney in WHATEVER she wants to do . . . and she made it clear she’s not living off her conservatorship. She said, quote, “I have nothing to gain or lose either way.  This situation does not affect me either way, because I’m only her sister who’s only concerned about her happiness.”

The Coast Social Network with the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber – Tuesday, June 29

Sarah with the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber joins us to chat about this Friday’s great Independence Kick-off Celebration at Watermark Solarium in Stevensville, plus a ribbon-cutting at Shamrock Station in Berrien Springs on Saturday. Find details on these events and others at smrchamber.com!... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, June 29

Waffle Iron Day: A good day for some waffles.

As we all continue to dive deeply back into our pre-pandemic routines, a new survey found that nearly 70% of respondents said they are excited to:
  1. Return to my pre-pandemic morning routine — 42%
  2. Wear makeup again — 34%
  3. Chat with co-workers and friends in-person — 34%
  4. Return to daily commute — 33%
  5. Wear nice clothes again — 31%
It may sound strange that people wanted to get back to their daily commute, but the survey found that people wanted to be able to listen to their favorite radio and podcast shows in the car again and to just have that alone time.
What have people NOT missed?
  1. Small talk — 33%
  2. Looking presentable — 31%
  3. Movie theaters — 30%
  4. Crowded stores — 28%
  5. Traffic — 27%

Last year, it was hard to resist the urge to adopt a puppy during the pandemic — when people wanted the companionship and knew they’d be home for housebreaking. However, the training seemed to stop there — and that’s led to a population of pups with bad manners. According to Today, approximately 23 million households in America adopted dogs in 2020, but now that we’re returning to work, the dogs are in desperate need of behavior modification. Pet owners are being encouraged to enroll their dogs in obedience training, but they are also suggesting “enrichment” toys and activities that keep their brains and bodies engaged. And don’t forget dog-walking services to get your pet out and about while you slave away to provide kibble.

A vacation weekend is coming, and according to a new survey, it’s not just being on vacation that makes you happy – that joyful feeling starts about a week before you leave. 70% of people in the new survey said they get into vacation mode several days before they leave. And 10% said their vacation glow lasts up to a month after getting back from their trip. 54% said they felt lost if they didn’t have a vacation to look forward to and 70% said they need to book a vacation “now more than ever.”

Music News – Tuesday, June 29

Britney Spears’ little sister has broken her silence about the issues surrounding her conservatorship, and she’s firmly on Team Brit.
Jamie-Lynn Spears made her feelings clear in a series of Instagram stories, saying, “The only reason I haven’t [spoken] before is because I felt like until my sister was able to speak for herself and say what she felt she needed to say publicly, that it wasn’t my place and it wasn’t the right thing to do.”
She went on to offer support, adding, “I think it’s extremely clear since the day I was born that I’ve only loved, adored and supported my sister. I mean, this is my freaking big sister, before any of this [B.S.]. I  don’t care if she wants to run away to a rainforest and have a zillion babies in the middle of nowhere, or if she wants to come back and dominate the world the way she has so many times before, because I have nothing to gain or lose either way.” (New York Post)

Christina Aguilera supports Britney Spears’s efforts for freedom.
On Monday, Christina gave her perspective in a series of tweets. She’s known Britney since their days in the early ’90s on the Mickey Mouse Club. Both endured intense pressures of being a pop star.
Christina tweeted, (quote) “It is unacceptable that any woman, or human, wanting to be in control of their own destiny might not be allowed to live life as they wish. To be silenced, ignored, bullied or denied support by those ‘close’ to you is the most depleting, devastating and demeaning thing imaginable.”
She believes that Britney deserves her freedom and “all the TRUE love and support in the world.”
Christina added her thoughts on the conservators forcing IUD birth control on Britney. (quote) “Every woman must have the right to her own body, her own reproductive system, her own privacy, her own space, her own healing and her own happiness.” (Entertainment Weekly)

Simon Cowell created One Direction 10 years ago on X Factor — and he thinks he might be able to reassemble the group again, given the chance.
In an appearance on Australia’s Today show, the reality TV mastermind said, “I think it will happen. If I could get into a room with them all and just say to them, ‘You know what, whether it’s six months or something, I think you would have such a great time and enjoy each others’ company again.’
“Maybe I could persuade them. But I think they should do it, definitely. The fans, of course, would love it.” (Capital FM)

The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, June 28

In Norfolk, Virginia, Katie Dininny is running a special coffee shop.
Like other coffee shops, Coaster Coffee makes great cappuccinos and cold brews. But unlike other coffee shops, Coaster Coffee pours the profits back into the community.
The shop has supported a special store that allowed families to buy Christmas gifts for up to 90% off the regular price. The shop also helped assemble and deliver 750 Easter baskets full of books, candy and stuffed animals to kids in need.
And each day, customers are welcome to grab fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables — all available for free — from the community garden area.
Katie explains the simple mission of Coaster Coffee in this way: “We are trying to give the money away.”
And in the meantime, her shop puts smiles on the faces of customers by providing both coffee — and a place for friends to gather each morning. (WTKR-TV)

The Daily Dish – Monday, June 28

Prince William and Prince Harry were “at each other’s throats” during their grandfather’s funeral in April, according to the Daily Mail.
Biographer Robert Lacey says all the tension between the royal brothers boiled over and they argued “as fiercely as ever” inside St. George’s Chapel right after cameras caught the two speaking outside.
Lacey writes, “The rage and anger between those two has grown so incredibly deep. Too many harsh and wounding things have been said.”
He adds that “there was no reconciliation, and no brotherly sit-down or ‘mini summit’ following Prince Philip‘s funeral. The conflict between Diana‘s two bitterly divided sons does not seem likely to end any time soon.”
The funeral took place on April 17th.

Michael Strahan’s ex-wife has been arrested for allegedly harassing her former girlfriend in New York City.
According to TMZJean Strahan is accused of showing up at the home of Marianne Ayer on Friday — despite Ayer having an order of protection against Jean.
Ayer has accused Strahan of grand larceny, disorderly conduct, harassment and forcible touching, according to the gossip blog. Ayer has also claimed that Strahan threatened her with a plastic gun and kicked her dog.
Jean divorced the GMA co-host in 2006. Michael recently accused her of abusing their 16-year-old twin daughters.

Ace Showbiz says filming on Mission Impossible 7 has been halted again because of a positive coronavirus test. A source tells the website that Tom Cruise may be positive.  “And this time, those working on the production have said they think Tom could be the possible cause of the postponement. Everyone on the set was told that filming was being stopped again because of a positive test. And since then, Tom hasn’t been on set once. Now people are speculating that he could have come into contact with the person who tested positive. And in some cases, people are even gossiping and saying it could be him. Obviously there is no proof of that but it’s not stopped people ­gossiping about it. It’s now become a joke on set, with people saying how ironic it would be if Tom was the reason they had to press pause again.”

The Coast Social Network with the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance – Monday, June 28

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

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, June 28

  • National Paul Bunyan Day
  • International Body Piercing Day

If you saw the movie Nomad last year, you might understand the appeal of this particular story a bit more. Because of climbing housing costs and the ease and increasing acceptance of remote work, more people are getting out of their houses and apartments — and living in vans. To be clear here … they’re customizing cargo vans into homes and living a simpler, more adventurous life — on wheels, stopping wherever they can and setting up shop wherever the wind takes them. With a good wifi or cell phone signal, of course. (The Colorado Sun)

Speaking of living in a van … A new survey found that 70% of Millennials are living paycheck to paycheck. And we’re not talking people struggling by on minimum wage jobs. The survey found that 60% of Millennials making more than $100,000 a year said they’re still living paycheck to paycheck. (Business Insider)

When it comes to women’s sports, what’s stopping people from watching isn’t lack of interest — it’s lack of coverage. A new YouGov poll found that it’s not the caliber of play that keeps people from following women’s sports less than men’s sports. it’s the fact that there is little media coverage of women’s sports — and games/events aren’t readily found/available on television.

When you think of bucket lists, you think of exciting things you want to do or exotic places you want to see. Those are definitely still up there on people’s bucket lists, but post-pandemic, there is a different thing topping the list of things people want to do before they, well, kick the bucket. According to a new YouGov poll, the top 10 things on people’s bucket lists include:
  1. Get healthier/lose weight – 41%
  2. Travel to an exotic location – 35%
  3. Achieve a wealth goal (e.g. pay off a student loan) – 29%
  4. See a natural wonder – 28%
  5. Own my own home – 27%
  6. Change someone’s life for the better – 27%
  7. Get married – 22%
  8. Learn a new language (including computer languages) – 19%
  9. Have children – 17%
  10. Start a business – 15%

Music News – Monday, June 28

Madonna got back to her roots on Thursday night by kicking off Pride Weekend with a short surprise show at a hipster Big Apple party.
A blue-wigged Madge treated partiers at Boom X Pride to versions of “Hung Up” and “I Don’t Search I Find” — which she sang from the top of the lounge’s bar, rather than a stage. She told the packed room, “To not celebrate Pride without people would have been a tragedy for me. Take nothing for granted because you never know what’s waiting for all of us around the corner.”

Ed Sheeran reached out to Bono of U2 for some career and life advice when he found out he was going to be a father.
Sheeran tells Zane Lowe that he’d just watched their documentary Rattle and Hum and realized he was around the same age as Bono when that film was made. “U2 played stadiums on their third record or whatever. And Bono was 28 and he finished his live tour at 29 and then had his first child…and then they went on to have like a 30-year career of still playing stadiums. And I was like, ‘This is the one guy I feel like…I could relate to.'”
Ed says he had a three-hour chat with Bono, who explained “about how he navigated being a father, like where his kids went to school and how they did tours and stuff like that.”
Sheeran and Bono were sort of connected before that call — Ed’s Divide tour grossed $736.7 million, surpassing the previous $735.4 million record set by U2 in 2011.

Kelly Clarkson keeps adding to her trophy shelf, but her latest awards aren’t for her singing prowess — they’re for her television success.
Kelly nabbed two trophies at the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which aired Friday night on CBS. The Kelly Clarkson Show was named outstanding talk show, beating The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which had won in that category for the last two years.
Kelly was also named outstanding entertainment talk show host; her second win in a row in that category.
As Billboard notes, Kelly now has as many Emmy as she has Grammys: Three.  That’s impressive, considering she’s only been doing the TV hosting thing for a couple of years, while she’s been a recording artist since 2002.

Speaking with Valerie from Waterfront Framing & Design about the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff

The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff Presented by1st Source Bank Wealth Advisory Services is returning to downtown St. Joe July 10-11 with tickets available at krasl.org. Valerie from Waterfront Framing & Design is a valued Premier sponsor of the event, and talks to Zack East about the great relationship art + design have to make your purchases really pop!... [Read Full Story]

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, June 25

Back in November of 2020, Chris Nikic became the first person with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman triathlon. To complete the race, Chris had to swim 2.4 miles, ride a bike for 112 miles and run a 26.2 marathon in under 17 hours. He crossed the finish line with just 14 minutes to spare.
Because of this accomplishment — and the inspiration he has provided others — Chris will be honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at The 2021 ESPYS, which is a big sports award show that airs on July 10th on ABC.
Since finishing his Ironman race, Chris has been spreading his message to be “1% better” every single day, in every aspect of life.
An executive at ESPN, Rob King, said that the network was “honored to present Chris with this award and look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next.” (ESPN)

The Daily Dish – Friday, June 25

Prince George got a seventh birthday gift like no other. He was told he’d one day be king.
Royal author Robert Lacey writes in his new, updated version of Battle of Brothers: “William has not revealed to the world how and when he broke the big news to his son. Maybe one day George will tell us the story himself. But sometime around the boy’s seventh birthday in the summer of 2020 it is thought that his parents went into more detail about what the little prince’s life of future royal ‘service and duty’ would particularly involve.”
Lacey adds that Prince William and Kate Middleton wanted to sit George down at the age of 7, in part, because of “William’s unhappiness at the haphazard fashion in which the whole business of his royal destiny had buzzed around his head from the start.”
Lacey also writes that they wanted him to have “‘a normal upbringing.”
George, who is third in line for the throne, turns 8 on July 22nd.

Saturday Night Live alum Laraine Newman testified this week in Robert Durst‘s murder trial.
Newman, who was an original cast member, told the jury that a friend provided a false alibi for Durst in the death of his first wife, Kathie Durst.
Her friend was writer Susan Berman, who was also a close friend of Durst’s. The real estate mogul is charged with killing Berman in December 2000.
According to Deadline, Newman said she was “ashamed” for not recognizing the importance of Berman telling her that she had helped Durst. Berman allegedly told Newman she made a phone call posing as Kathie Durst after she disappeared. Kathie was never seen again.
Deputy District Attorney John Lewin alleges that Durst killed Berman so the truth wouldn’t be known.
The Durst trial began in May after a yearlong delay because of the pandemic. The 78-year-old has pleaded not guilty.

Reality star Ant Anstead has rebounded quickly. Just days after finalizing his divorce from Flip or Flop star Christina Haack, comes news that Ant is dating Oscar winner Renée Zellweger.
According to TMZ, the two met on the set of his upcoming Discovery Plus series Celebrity IOU Joyride. A source says Zellweger appears on an episode, but the romance didn’t blossom until she returned to the set to drop off work boots for Ant.
Ant and Christina’s divorce was finalized earlier this week. They had been married for only about year, and have a 1-year-old son.

Furry Friends Friday with Oliver from Animal Aid of Southwestern Michigan – June 25

Oliver is a snuggly fellow who craves attention. This one year old neutered male is a classic Tabby Cat with stripes and a distinctive “M” on his forehead. He loves people, kittens, and other cats. Will you welcome him into your home forever? Please contact Animal Aid at 269-934-7729 to schedule a meet and greet with the awesome Oliver.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, June 25

  • National Leon Day: Nope, this isn’t a day to recognize people named Leon – although I’m sure they would appreciate some love today. Leon Day actually recognizes June 25th as being six months away from Christmas Day. Leon is Noel spelled backward. So … get out there and do some Christmas shopping?!
  • Global Beatles Day: A good day to listen to the Beatles.
  • Take Your Dog to Work Day: It’s hard enough that many of us have to go back to the office. But it’s even harder leaving our furry friends behind. So today’s the day to convince your boss that your mental health depends on fido or fluffy being along side you today!... [Read Full Story]

Music News – Friday, June 25

One day after bombshell court testimony, Britney Spears apologized to her 30 million Instagram followers. She wrote, (quote) “I don’t want people to think my life is perfect because IT’S DEFINITELY NOT AT ALL.”
Britney’s timeline always showed her happy and enthusiastic. When asked directly, Britney made believe that she was living the dream in her huge California mansion. In all honesty, she was lying and hiding what she suffered under her dad’s iron fist.
Britney admitted on Thursday, (quote) “I apologize for pretending like I’ve been ok the past two years. I did it because of my pride. Instagram actually helped me feel like I matter despite what I was going through and hey it worked.” (Billboard)

Stars are showing support for Britney Spears as the pop star battles to get out of her conservatorship.
Britney revealed during a court hearing this week that her legal arrangement forces her to do things she doesn’t want to, including extensive performances and multiple weekly meetings and therapy appointments. It also apparently blocks her from doing things she does want to do, like having another child, by forcing her to get an IUD.
Her ex-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake, tweeted out a trio of messages supporting Brit. “After what we saw today, we should all be supporting Britney at this time. Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was…what’s happening to her is just not right. No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body… No one should EVER be held against their will…or ever have to ask permission to access everything they’ve worked so hard for… Jess and I send our love, and our absolute support to Britney during this time. We hope the courts and her family make this right and let her live however she wants to live.”

Ed Sheeran‘s website says he currently has no shows scheduled, but that didn’t stop him from grabbing his guitar and playing for England’s national soccer team at their training facility today (Thursday).
The acoustic set took place outdoors at St. George’s Park, the English Football Association’s National Training Center in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. According to World Soccer Talk, Sheeran received special permission to enter the COVID-secure bubble to entertain the players.
Midfielder Jordan Henderson called Sheeran “very warm,” and said “as a performer everyone knows how good he is.” He added, “It was a bit surreal at times. He was just sitting playing the guitar while we were eating. I can’t speak highly enough of him as a person. The lads really enjoyed it.” England plays Germany on Tuesday in the round of 16 of the UEFA Euro 2020 championship.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, June 24

A couple named Marc and Kristin have been dealing with problems their pug — Puggaroo Shorty — when Marc leaves the house and travels on business.
It seems that Puggaroo Shorty deals with some pretty severe separation anxiety. He barks and cries and nothing seems to calm him down.
Well, Marc and Kristin came up with a solution — and it seems to be working. They brought a mannequin into the house and dressed the mannequin just like Marc.
Sure enough. Puggaroo Shorty — along with other dogs that Marc and Kristin are caring for — have been finding comfort by cuddling up with the mannequin version of Marc, which everyone calls “Farc,” short for Fake Marc.
Marc admits that he’s a little hurt that Puggaroo Shorty could be fooled by “a brainless dummy,” but is also relieved that Shorty has found something that makes him happy while Marc is away. (Sunny Skyz)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, June 24

Britney Spears demanded the immediate termination of the conservatorship that has stretched more than 13 years.
Wednesday’s virtual appearance before the judge was the first time Britney personally addressed the court. She had remained silent out of fear that she would not be believed. Though she desired her freedom a long time ago, Britney told Judge Brenda Penny, (quote) “I did not know I could petition to terminate the conservatorship.”
Speaking in a crisp clip for 23-minutes, Britney said the conservators separated her 12-step friends from her and lied to her for years. (quote) “I don’t even drink alcohol. I should drink alcohol for what they’ve done to my heart. My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship — including my management – should be in jail.”
She added, (quote) “My own management could sue me if I didn’t follow through with the [2018 Piece of Me] tour. It’s not OK to force me to do anything I don’t want to. The conservatorship should end.”
Earlier in the day, her boyfriend of four years, Sam Asghari, displayed his support by flaunting a #FreeBritney T-shirt. Britney wished out loud to “get married. I wanted to take the IUD out and have a baby, but conservator won’t let me because they don’t want me to have a baby.”
Changes Britney demanded include a new lawyer, an end to regular drug testing, mental evaluations and twice-weekly therapy sessions. If she must visit a shrink, Britney wants a private entrance away from paparazzi. She admitted, (quote) “I do know I need a little therapy. I’ve been so angry. I cry every day. I just want my life back. I want to own my money. For my boyfriend to be able to drive me in his car. I want to sue my family.” (People)

Former Nickelodeon star Drake Bell pleaded guilty on Wednesday to attempting to endanger children and disseminating material harmful to juveniles.
According to Deadline, the charges against the Drake & Josh star “stem from a December 2017 meeting between the then-31-year-old actor and a 15-year-old girl, when Bell was in Cleveland to perform a concert. Police have not specified what occurred at the club, but say the meeting followed months of inappropriate social media messages, and that the two had known one another for several years.”
His sentencing is set for July 12th. Bell faces 18 months for the felony charge of attempting to endanger children and six months for the misdemeanor charge of disseminating material harmful to juveniles.

Harrison Ford suffered a shoulder injury on the set of the latest Indiana Jones movie.
According to Disney, the 78-year-old actor was rehearsing a fight scene when he got hurt. There’s been no word yet on the severity of his injury. Production on the UK set will continue on an adjusted schedule while he is on the mend. Ford is reprising his role as Indiana Jones for the fifth and final time. The film is scheduled to be released next year. (BBC)

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, June 24

  • Bomb Pop Day: A good day for an ice pop.
  • Swim a Lap Day: A good day to get in the pool.
  • Fairy Day: A good day to believe in magic.

Fido or Facebook? A bunch of heartless pet owners picked social media over their pets. Yep, a survey found that 40% of respondents would give up their pets rather than social media. It’s not just pets. That same 40% said they would give up their TV and even their car before deleting their social media accounts. Even cash didn’t sway them. More than 70% said they would not give up their social media accounts for less than $10,000. (Reboot)

There’s great news regarding a cure for hiccups. A new product is scientifically proven to do what holding your breath, swallowing three times, or standing on your head can’t do. It’s called HiccAway. It’s an L-shaped plastic straw with small holes on each end that makes it harder to suck water through. The designers say that the effort it takes to sip the water causes a contraction of the diaphragm and activates a nerve that shows a 92% effectiveness in stopping hiccups. (The Guardian)

Is it possible the pandemic took years off your life, even if you never got covid?  According to a new poll, most Americans say YES. 55% think that dealing with all the stress from the pandemic . . . and sitting on their couch so much . . . made them age faster than they would have.  And 46% say they’ve had more aches and pains because of it. 76% of people admit they need to be more physically active going forward, so they can start “aging better.”  Our top reasons are to avoid chronic issues like back pain . . . to live independently for as long as possible . . . and to make sure we can still be physically active well after the age of 50.

Christina Clemons clinched her spot on the U.S. Olympic team with her performance in the 100-Meter Hurdle trials. But it was something on her ears that got people’s attention: a pair of dangly mini Cool Ranch Doritos chips earrings. In an interview posted to her Instagram story, Christina explained why she wore the earrings, which are something of a good luck charm: “I love Doritos, so why not? And they match my uniform, and my husband calls me Dorito because I have broad shoulders and small hips so it was just fitting.” No doubt Doritos will be following Christina’s performance at the Olympics. In the meantime, if you want a pair of the earrings, there are a number of options available on Etsy. (Delish)

Music News – Thursday, June 24

Britney Spears demanded the immediate termination of the conservatorship that has stretched more than 13 years.
Wednesday’s virtual appearance before the judge was the first time Britney personally addressed the court. She had remained silent out of fear that she would not be believed. Though she desired her freedom a long time ago, Britney told Judge Brenda Penny, (quote) “I did not know I could petition to terminate the conservatorship.”
Speaking in a crisp clip for 23-minutes, Britney said the conservators separated her 12-step friends from her and lied to her for years. (quote) “I don’t even drink alcohol. I should drink alcohol for what they’ve done to my heart. My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship — including my management – should be in jail.”
She added, (quote) “My own management could sue me if I didn’t follow through with the [2018 Piece of Me] tour. It’s not OK to force me to do anything I don’t want to. The conservatorship should end.”
Earlier in the day, her boyfriend of four years, Sam Asghari, displayed his support by flaunting a #FreeBritney T-shirt. Britney wished out loud to “get married. I wanted to take the IUD out and have a baby, but conservator won’t let me because they don’t want me to have a baby.”
Changes Britney demanded include a new lawyer, an end to regular drug testing, mental evaluations and twice-weekly therapy sessions. If she must visit a shrink, Britney wants a private entrance away from paparazzi. She admitted, (quote) “I do know I need a little therapy. I’ve been so angry. I cry every day. I just want my life back. I want to own my money. For my boyfriend to be able to drive me in his car. I want to sue my family.” (People)

Scooter Braun and Taylor Swift are never going to agree.
The mega-manager contradicted Taylor’s account of trying to acquire her back catalog. He purchased Swift’s master recordings then leveraged their value in a billion-dollar deal with the South Korean company that owns K-Pop stars, BTS.
Taylor has said that she tried to buy her music, but Scooter would not make a deal. Speaking with Variety, Scooter shared his side, (quote) “I don’t know what story she was told. I asked for her to sit down with me several times. I offered to sell her the catalog back and went under [non-disclosure agreement], but her team refused.”
Here’s what Taylor wrote late last year. (quote) “Scooter Braun wanted me to sign an ironclad NDA stating I would never say another word about Scooter Braun unless it was positive. I would have to sign a document that would silence me forever before I could even have a chance to bid on my own work.”  (Billboard)