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Furry Friends Friday with McLovin, Adoptable from Cass County Animal Control

McLovin is a male white and black kitten, only about six months old. This fun-filled and action-packed young guy is looking for a home where he can enjoy life and party like a rock star! McLovin loves getting as much attention as possible and he plays well with others. McLovin is neutered and micro-chipped. Please contact Cass County Animal Control at 269-445-3701 to learn more about our magnificent McLovin!... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – September 11

TODAY IS:
  • Patriot Day and National Day of Remembrance: In memory of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
  • National Make Your Bed Day: Make your bed – it sets the tone for your whole day.

We’ve all racked up a lot of streaming hours over the last several months, but the generation that streamed the most over the summer were Millennials. According to new research, the average person has watched 20 movies in the past two months — and 52% of respondents said they streamed more than they would in a normal summer. But the research found that 25- to 34-year-olds increased their streaming the most this summer — with the average respondent watching an additional four hours a day on top of what they were watching at the start of the pandemic in March. (SWNS)

If you’re feeling extra irritable today, it may be because you didn’t get enough sleep. A new study found that getting a lousy night of sleep can make you more prone to anger the next day. We could call it “SLANGRY!”
Speaking of sleep …
According to data from the CDC, more than a third of adults in the United States regularly get less than the recommended minimum seven hours of sleep a night — despite the fact that lack of sleep has been linked to health issues like diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and depression. Research from the United Health Foundation (UHF) has found that Michigan clocks in at number six on the list with only 39% of adults sleeping less than seven hours a night. The top sleep-deprived state? Hawaii, with nearly 43% of the population getting less than 7 hours of sleep.

We all knew this was coming. Face Shields and masks have now become luxury fashion. On October 30th, Louis Vuitton will launch the LV Shield, a face shield featuring a Louis Vuitton monogrammed strap and golden studs engraved with the LV logo. A price hasn’t been set yet, but if it’s like other Louis Vuitton accessories, it won’t be cheap. (Vogue)

Music News – Friday, September 11

Lady Gaga has talked a lot about how important family is in her life,  and she’s opened up about just how pivotal her grandmother was — especially in the wake of her sexual assault when she was younger.
Gaga tells Oprah Winfrey‘s O Magazine that her maternal grandmother really helped her through the trauma she suffered as a 19-year-old aspiring singer. She says, “After I was raped, I cried on her couch for days. Eventually she turned on MTV and told me to look up. A female artist was performing. My grandmother said, ‘I’ll let you cry the rest of the day, but then tomorrow you’re going to go back out and make a real change in this world. No more tears tomorrow.'”

Harry Styles tells the Daily Times that some good will come out of the pandemic. “I think a lot of powerful music is going to come from it. Ultimately you have people who have a need to express themselves through music and writing and film and so many different ways, who are now having a lot of extra time with no distractions. … It gives you an ability to have almost like a bird’s-eye view of the world and your life.”

The Daily Dish – Thursday, September 10

Rick Moranis has returned to acting in a strange place. The Ghostbusters star left Hollywood in the early ’90s, but he’s back in a commercial with Ryan Reynolds for the Deadpool star’s Mint Mobile company. (Yahoo!)

The Walking Dead will end after the upcoming 11th season. Variety says it “will air over two years and consist of 24 episodes in total beginning in late 2021.” AMC has also ordered a spinoff series that will follow Daryl and Carol, played by Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride.

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin have welcomed their fifth child together, a baby boy. On Wednesday, she announced the birth on social media, writing, “We had a baby last night. He is perfect and we couldn’t be happier. Stay tuned for a name.”

Borat 2, starring Sacha Baron Cohen, has been shot and already screened for a “select few industry types,” Collider reports.

Kevin Hart has signed on to host the return of the Jerry Lewis Telethon next month.
The long-running Labor Day Weekend telethon to fight muscular dystrophy, which was hosted by the late comedy legend until 2010, is coming back as a two-hour event on October 24th. The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced that the event, which will now be called the MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon, will include celebrity appearances by Eva LongoriaMichael B. JordanJack BlackUsain Bolt, and Josh Gad.
Money raised by the event will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Kevin Hart’s charity Help From the Hart. Streaming information for the program will be announced at a later date. (NY Times)

Actor Anthony Rapp has sued Kevin Spacey for allegedly assaulting him when he was 14 years old in the 1980s.
Rapp was the first person to come forward with allegations against Spacey in 2017.
Another man also sued Spacey on Wednesday. The plaintiff, identified only as C.D., claims he had sex with Spacey when he too was only 14.
The suit claims that both men have suffered psychological damage.

Denise Richards is exiting The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after two seasons.
Richards joined the reality show’s ninth season in 2019 and quickly became a fan favorite. Last season, however, the actress battled with many of the other cast members — including guest star Brandi Glanville, who claimed she had a one night stand with the married actress. Richards denied the accusation and a season-long feud was born.
The news comes as fan petition to have that Kris Jenner join The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Music News – Thursday, September 10

Demi Lovato‘s speaking up for those like her who may need help dealing with mental health issues — she’s now a spokesperson for a new online therapy service, Talkspace.
As an outspoken celebrity who’s struggled with drug addiction and depression, she shared the news on Good Morning America today (Wednesday). Talkspace is a platform that connects users with licensed therapists from the comfort of their homes. Demi tells fans, “You are absolutely not alone right now.” (People)

Fans who’ve been bummed out on a lack of live Shawn Mendes performances will get a little treat next week when he takes the stage at the 2020 Toronto Film Festival Tribute Awards.
He’ll perform at the gala event, and will officially endow the new Shawn Mendes Foundation Changemaker Award, a $10,000 prize given to a film that tackles issues of social change.
The show will air September 15th at 8 pm ET on Canada’s CTV — it’ll also stream internationally on Variety‘s website.

Justin Timberlake‘s suiting up for a crack at Major League Baseball — by investing big bucks in an effort to bring a team to his hometown of Nashville.
He’s joined a group with country stars Luke Combs and Eric Church that’s pushing to launch an expansion team that would be called the Nashville Stars. He says “I believe in Music City Baseball’s vision of linking baseball and music in a unique way to unite and entertain people and I am excited to help generate awareness throughout the community as we share our vision for bringing MLB to Music City.”
The plan faces a number of hurdles, including Major League Baseball’s dwindling attendance, and financial issues in the city of Nashville, which would have to partly finance a new stadium. However, there’s much hope in the future for the Stars seeing as J.T. has experience in sports management — he already owns part of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. (Tennessean)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, September 9

E! News says ”Keeping Up with the Kardashians” is going to end in 2021. The family posted: “It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians. After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and several spin-off shows, we’ve decided as a family to end this very special journey. We are beyond grateful to all of you who’ve watched us for all of these years—through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears, and the many relationships and children. We’ll forever cherish the wonderful memories and countless people we’ve met along the way.”
The Peacock streaming service has picked up two seasons of the dramatic series reboot of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show, titled Bel-Air, is based on Morgan Cooper’s viral video that reimagined the NBC comedy series as a drama. (Variety)

Ellen DeGeneres will return to the airwaves on September 21st when she’ll address all the controversy swirling around her talk show.
In a statement, the comedian says, “I can’t wait to get back to work and back to our studio. And, yes, we’re gonna talk about it.”
The announcement came on the same day another accusation was leveled against Ellen. According to a new report the star has been “tormenting” her household staffers. Before that, she’s been accused of being mean to guests and creating a toxic work environment.
According to the press release upcoming episodes will include such A-list guests as Kerry Washington, Alec Baldwin, Chrissy Teigen, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer and Adam Sandler.

Lupita Nyong’o has broken her silence on the death of her Black Panther co-star Chadwick Boseman.
The actress wrote a touching tribute after attending his memorial over the weekend.
Lupita shared a photo of herself with Chadwick and wrote, “I write these words from a place of hopelessness, to honor a man who had great hope. I am struggling to think and speak about my friend, Chadwick Boseman, in the past tense. It doesn’t make sense. The news of his passing is a punch to my gut every morning. I am aware that we are all mortal, but you come across some people in life that possess an immortal energy, that seem like they have existed before, that are exactly where they are supposed to always be – here! … that seem ageless…. Chadwick was one of those people.”
The Black Panther star died on August 28th at age 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, September 9

TODAY IS:
National Teddy Bear Day

Was this the worst summer ever? Apparently not. A new Economist/YouGov poll found that despite COVID, pretty much no sports, and every typical summer activity either canceled or vastly different, only 16% of respondents said it was their “worst summer ever.” 30% described it as a “bad summer,” 38% said it was an “average summer,” and 14% said it was a “good summer.” Just 2% of respondents said it was the “best summer ever.”

Do you own a home? How far away is it from being finished? A new survey found that the average home is five years and five months away from being “finished.”
Here are the top projects people want to get done to consider their homes to be “done”:
  • Painting walls/ceilings
  • Fixing up the yard
  • Redecorating the den/living room
  • Redecorating bedroom(s)
  • Repainting the shed/fencing
  • Flooring
  • Getting new furniture and other home goods
  • Redoing the bathroom
  • Redoing the kitchen
  • Getting new windows/doors... [Read Full Story]

Music News – Wednesday, September 9

The Daily Star says Adele may post a bikini picture to show off her weight loss. A source tells the newspaper, “Adele’s proud of her new physique, she obviously doesn’t want to become known as someone who is just posting sexy selfies all the time. However, she’s been desperate to show herself off to give her a confidence boost. She wants to wait for the dust to settle before she posts any more pics. But she’s keen to go somewhere she can wear a bikini. She’s worked so hard to look this good and isn’t afraid to show it off.”

Ace Showbiz says Ed Sheeran’s first demo album has been auctioned off for $65,000. He recorded “Spinning Man” when he was 13. Ed owns 19 of the 20 copies that were made.

The Sun claims One Direction’s wax figures have been removed from Madame Tussauds Museum in London. The figures were retired after being on display for seven years. There are currently no plans to honor Harry Styles or Niall Horan’s solo careers with updated figures.

The Coast Social Network with the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber – Tuesday, September 8

Sarah Spoonholtz from the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber talks to Zack about the upcoming Thursday Young Professionals Mixer at North Pier Brewing. Get more details and register here: http://business.smrchamber.com/events/details/young-professionals-september-mixer-9345... [Read Full Story]

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, September 8

David and Victoria Beckham “secretly” suffered through the coronavirus after catching it while partying in L.A earlier this year.
Page Six says their relatives and staff members also got sick following the launch of David’s new football club.
Victoria reportedly feared they may be “super-spreaders” after catching the bug in L.A. then flying back to the U.K. for son Brooklyn’s 21st birthday bash in March and returning to the U.S., this time to Miami.
While in the U.K., the source says, “David started to feel ill and then Victoria developed a sore throat and high temperature.”
Regardless, the couple headed to Miami to attend “swanky networking events as David had promotional duties [for his club Inter Miami], and were shaking hands and kissing fans and various club dignitaries. They then flew back to London, and were whisked straight to their Cotswolds mansion.”
At this time “their team, including drivers, bodyguards and assistants fell ill — a couple of them very badly so.”
Victoria “really panicked and made the whole family quarantine rigidly for more than two weeks.”
The couple recovered, and the source says they sent “care packages” to at least two staff members who were “particularly badly affected.”

Chadwick Boseman’s family and friends said goodbye to the Black Panther star over the weekend.
Co-stars Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan and Winston Duke joined the star’s wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, at an outdoor memorial in Malibu, California, according to Page Six.
Boseman died in late August following a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43.

Cuba Gooding Junior come to the rescue of a man who caught on fire at a Hamptons party over Labor Day weekend.
According to Page Six, the actor was with “girlfriend Claudine De Niro at a ‘socially distanced Shabbat dinner’ at the Bridgehampton home of a tech CEO…when the host of the bash, ‘inadvertently set himself on fire.’” Cuba then “jumped into action hero mode and doused him with water in front of frightened guests, who applauded once it was clear the guy was OK.”
A rep for Gooding confirmed the incident, saying, “The back of the gentleman’s shirt ignited into flames from a candle that he unknowingly leaned back into while the rabbi was giving the Shabbat prayer. The man started panicking and flailing his arms, and guests backed away from the victim — except for Cuba, who ran to the gentleman and doused the flames completely.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, September 8

National Another Look Unlimited Day: This day is observed every year on the day after Labor Day. It’s a day dedicated to looking around your house and getting rid of stuff you don’t need … kind of like a post-summer Spring Cleaning.

Quarantine 15 is affecting dogs too … It may seem like people are walking their dogs way more than usual, but according to a new survey by Banfield Pet Hospital, many pet owners say the pandemic has made their pets pudgier. “It’s too soon to tell if the COVID crisis has resulted in weight gain for the average pet,” said veterinarian Andrea Sanchez.  But of the pet owners surveyed, “33% said they thought their pet had gained weight — and it was especially dog owners.”
Boston-based dog walker Danielle deWildt, said she’s seen noticeable weight gain in the dogs she walks – especially those in the city. “They’ve put on so much weight that their bodies move like Jell-O,” Danielle said. “I can see the fat rolling on their bodies.” (Greenwich Time)

Are gender Reveal parties fun, tacky, or dangerous? A gender reveal party in Yucaipa, California, resulted in a massive fire that has burned more than 8,000 acres so far and has endangered more than 20,000 homes. The cause of the fire? A pyrotechnic device that emits colored smoke to show the baby’s gender. The device accidentally lit some nearby grass on fire. The family tried to put it out with water bottles but it quickly got out of control. (KTLA)

Does every day feel the same? It’s not just you. A new survey found that 62% of respondents said all their days feel the same – which is causing them to have difficulty focusing. 60% said they feel a general lack of energy during the day and more than half of those surveyed said the days are going by so fast that the always feel tired. But there’s a bright side. The survey found that people are making a point to do things to keep their minds active.

Anheuser-Busch developed a non-alcoholic “Dog Brew” — that quickly sold out. The brew is made of vegetables, herbs, spices, water and pork broth, designed to provide dogs with a nutritious snack that also helps their digestive system.
The stuff was such a hit that there’s currently a waiting list while more of the product is being produced. (WSPA-TV)

Music News – Tuesday, September 8

Billie Eilish was the big winner at the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards, which were announced on Monday.
The 18-year-old singer took home four awards, Female Artist of the YearAlternative Rock Artist of the YearAlternative Rock Song of the Year for “Bad Guy” and Alternative Rock Album of the Year for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? In addition, her brother, keyboardist and producer Finneas was named Producer of the Year.
Taylor SwiftEllie Goulding, and Katy Perry were among the artists who took home one award.
Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour was named Tour of the Year.
The 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards was initially scheduled for March 12th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, but was canceled due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The performances became part of iHeart’s March 29th Living Room Concert for America hosted by Elton John, which also included charitable appeals.

People magazine says Rihanna is recovering from a scooter accident. Her representative tells the magazine, “Rihanna is completely fine now but flipped over on an electric scooter last week and bruised her forehead and face. Luckily there were no major injuries and she is healing quickly.”

The Daily Dish – Friday, September 4

Yet another Hollywood star has apparently contracted COVID-19 — Robert Pattinson.
Vanity Fair reports that has tested positive, though there’s been no public confirmation. What we do know for sure is that production in London on The Batman has been halted because someone on set has the virus.
Pattinson will play the title character, with Zoe Kravitz co-starring.

Marie Osmond is exiting The Talk after one season as a co-host.
In a statement to Deadline, CBS says, “Marie is a consummate professional, and we thank her for sharing her personal experiences, insight, as well as incredible talents, with our audience. We will miss her humor, kindness and good nature, and wish her much success in her future endeavors.”
Marie left to work on her new show with ViacomCBS and to spend more time with her husband. She says, “My husband and I just dropped our last two kids off at college, we looked at each other, laughed and remembered we hadn’t been this alone together since 1982!! So, at this stage of my life, I’m looking forward to spending more time with him and visiting all the kids/grandkids.”
This comes a week before production is set to begin for Season 11.

Mulan will be free for Disney Plus subscribers.
The highly anticipated live-action reboot will hit the streaming service on December 4th — and fans won’t be charged any extra fees.
For those who can’t wait, it is available to rent today for $30.

Beyonce donated for a second time $1 million to “ensure economic empowerment for Black businesses.”
Her non-profit foundation, BeyGOOD, started in July the Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund. At that time, she seeded the initiative with $1 million. On Wednesday she doubled that amount.
The Impact Fund awarded grants to 20 applications. Another round of applications will happen this month. (Billboard)

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, September 4

TODAY IS:
National Lazy Moms Days: Moms are anything but lazy, but today is a good day for moms to relax and take some time to themselves.
National Chianti Day: A good day for mom to have some Chianti while being lazy.
National Wildlife Day: Maybe celebrate by watching Tiger King all over again.
National Macadamia Nut Day: A good day to make some macadamia nut cookies.

Wakanda Forever … Fans all over the world are still mourning the loss of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman and are looking for ways to honor him and the Marvel character he embodied. One idea is to bring a Wakanda-inspired attraction to Disney theme parks. Whoopi Goldberg even put out a call to action and said, “Dear people in charge of building NEW experiences at Disneyland and World, we don’t really need another Frozen land BUT what we could use is Wakanda. Please Disney World, Disneyland, PLEASE build in Chadwick Boseman’s name WAKANDA.” Sounds like a great idea. (Indie Wire)

You can’t escape pumpkin spice season … Krispy Kreme announced this week that they will have four new pumpkin spice flavored doughnuts to celebrate the season: Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed, Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnut, Pumpkin Spice Original Filled Cheesecake Doughnut and Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Roll Doughnut. Wash it all down with a pumpkin spice coffee. (Woman’s Day)

Why should humans have all the pumpkin spice fun this season? Wüfers, an online dog treat company, just introduced their “Pup-kin Spice Box,” which is packed with pumpkin spice dog treats. According to the website, the treats are “locally baked” and the box includes “9 hand-decorated and wholesome dog cookies, based on the seasonal flavor we all know and love — pumpkin spice.” (People)

Many of us are craving the opportunity to hop on a plane and fly away to a relaxing destination. But is anyone actually craving airline food? Apparently so — and some airlines are accommodating them. Thai Airways, for example, has been selling their in-flight meals to those on the ground for a few months now. Airport workers can buy onboard meals from Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific airlines and for those yearning to get back to air travel, Australia’s Quantas is selling an $18 care package that includes business class PJs, packets of cookies, sleep masks, hand cream and more. (The Guardian)

Music News – Friday, September 4

Taylor Swift may need to defend herself in court, again.
A federal judge dismissed her attempt to dismiss a copyright lawsuit. A pair of songwriters claim that Taylor swiped their lyrics for her number-one song, “Shake It Off.” Her chorus has similar lyrics to their song released in 2001.
Sean Hall and Nathan Butler wrote the 3LW song “Playas Gon’ Play” that hit the charts when Taylor was in middle school. She could have been influenced by the opening verse, which includes the lyrics “The playas gon’ play. Them haters gonna hate.”
The federal judge determined the lyrics are close enough for the copyright case to continue. The songwriters have asked for a share of the profits. Taylor’s lawyers rejected their demands as a “money grab.” (Deadline)

The #FreeBritney movement just took a big hit — after Britney Spears told a court that her conservatorship was all her idea.
Brit’s lawyers filed a request for a new guardian to control her finances as well as her medical health decisions and musical career. Attorney Samuel Ingham the Third wrote, “This is a voluntary conservatorship. Conservatee wishes to exercise her right to nominate a conservator of the estate.”
The papers also shoot down a couple of long-running rumors, stating that the star does not have a developmental disability, and is not a patient in or on leave of absence from a state institution. Britney has pledged to make an in-person appearance at the next hearing, scheduled for November 10th. (New York Post)

Summer is over for Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. The couple relocated from Oklahoma before the school year started and settled into their Los Angeles mansion.
They bought the place last year but chose to quarantine on Blake’s remote ranch. A source told Us Weekly about Blake and Gwen’s return to her hometown (quote) “They are very happy to be settled at last in their family home. It’s the new beginning Gwen needed.”
Gwen has three children. Her oldest will start high school and the youngest will be in elementary school. Los Angeles delayed the school year. Lessons will be blended between in-class and at home. (Us Weekly)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, September 3

Hollywoodlife.com says the new cast of ”Dancing With the Stars” has been announced.
Some of the Dancers include…
Carole Baskin from the Netflix Tiger King documentary series
Kaitlyn Bristowe of The Bachelorette
Actress Anne Heche
Backstreet Boys star AJ McLean
Desperate Housewives star Jesse Metcalfe
Rapper Nelly
and former Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has revealed that he and his family tested positive for the coronavirus.
The star broke the news in a 11-minute video on Instagram, saying the diagnosis came as a shock and has been the most challenging thing he’s ever had to endure.
The Rock, his wife, Lauren Hashian, and their two young daughters contracted the virus, but have recovered. He said his daughters “bounced back” after suffering mild symptoms. But he and his wife, he said, both had a “rough go.”
Johnson said they caught the virus from close family friends and he encouraged fans to wear a mask, boost your immune system and commit to wellness.

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint isn’t acting as much lately. He’s apparently taken that time off to become a wizard of real estate.
The actor, who plays Ron Weasley in the film series, has been building an impressive portfolio as a property investor.
The 31-year-old property tycoon has a company called Clay 10 Ltd and it’s worth $26 million, according to The Daily Mail.
A source tells The Sun, “Rupert’s become a real property magnate and has been working his magic on building his empire.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markel have gone from British royals to Hollywood producers.
According to The New York Times, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have signed a multiyear deal with Netflix to make documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming.
The couple may appear on camera in documentary programming, but Meghan, who once starred on the USA Network drama Suits, has no plans to return to acting. In a statement, the couple said, “Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.”
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