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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

TODAY IS:
  • 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

TODAY IS:
  • 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]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, January 27

TODAY IS:
Chocolate Cake Day

The accolades and opportunities keep pouring in for young poet Amanda Gorman, who wowed audiences worldwide with her moving poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Her poetry books are topping best sellers lists, she has more books soon to be published, including her first children’s book … and it has just been announced that the very talented Harvard grad has been signed by IMG Models, home to Gigi HadidBella HadidGisele BundchenHailey Bieber and more. (People)

Have you gone meat-free? Did you do it for yourself – or did you do it for someone else? If you cut back on meat because of your partner, you are not alone. A survey found that 57% of respondents who cut back on meat said they did it because their partner wanted them to. And 70% of those confessed they would not have done it if their significant other hadn’t encouraged them to. (SWNS)

Would you name your baby after a character in a horror movie? Apologies to anyone named Chucky, Carrie, or Freddy, but being named after a horror movie character — on purpose, anyway — seems a little creepy, no? Fans of 1,000 Pound Sisters are well aware that Amy Slaton is expecting her first baby, and TLC has confirmed that the reality show star, who publicly shares her weight struggles, is expecting a baby boy. It’s great news for the happy couple, but fans are reeling after Amy discussed their top pick for the baby’s name — Gage. Sounds adorable until you hear why they chose it. It’s the little boy’s name in Pet Sematary, the Stephen King novel and horror movie. Amy explains the choice by saying she and her husband, Michael, “both love horror movies.” (Soap Dirt)

Why are so many people eating oranges in the shower? Ask anyone under 22 and they’ve probably done it. The weird internet craze was born on Reddit – where a lot of dumb things come from – as a ‘feel-good’ way to get your daily serving of fruit. Some people think the hot steam intensifies the smell of the orange, but bottom line: you just don’t get as sticky eating it in the shower.

Music News – Wednesday, January 27

You don’t see much press about Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s two sons — and that’s exactly the way the couple wants it.
Justin sat down for Dax Shepard‘s Armchair Expert podcast and ended up talking a lot about parenting. He told Shepard, “I try to be conscious of making sure we can live a life where we’re not weirdly private but we’re conscious of making sure they can be kids for as long as possible and not have the weight of somebody else treating them differently because of something that their parents do. The hope is that we just keep instilling in them that we got really fun jobs, but it’s not who we are.”
Timberlake puts his parenting knowledge to work in his latest acting role — playing a foster father figure to a gender-fluid boy in the family drama Palmer.

Shawn Mendes wants fans to get up on their feet — for a long walk along with him.
The Canadian artist serves as host and narrator for one of the first episodes of Time to Walk, a new interactive program attached to the Apple Watch. The service lets users pair their walking routine with a recorded program featuring music as well as personal stories from celebrities. Shawn says, “Taking a walk is a great way to clear your mind. I hope people get to feel the same sense of calm I do while walking and can bring that to their own experiences.”
Time to Walk episodes are automatically downloaded to Apple Watch with a Fitness+ subscription, and users can start an episode directly from the Workout app. For Apple Watch customers who use a wheelchair, Time to Walk becomes Time to Push, and automatically starts an Outdoor Wheelchair Walk Pace workout.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, January 26

When Hanna and Mark Gleiberman of San Diego, California, realized their city didn’t have a fully inclusive and accessible playground, they wanted to do something about it.
So, they donated $1 million to get one built.
The playground that their donation is making possible offers a bunch of opportunities that support the development of the kids and families who will use it.
Not only will it meet the physical, mental, social and sensory needs of kids — but it will also allow adults with disabilities to play with their kids in a fully accessible way.
Hanna — who is a former teacher — says she and Mark were inspired to make the donation in order to boost the self-esteem and self-image of kids, and enhance friendships between non-disabled and disabled people of all ages.

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, January 26

Demi Lovato has signed on to star in a comedy series called Hungry, which has scored a put pilot order at NBC. The show, according to Variety, “follows friends who belong to a food issues group as they help each other look for love, success and the perfect thing in the fridge that’s going to make it all better.” Demi will also executive-produce.

Kanye West is back…in L.A., that is.
The rapper and former presidential candidate has finally left his Wyoming ranch and returned home. He was spotted for the first time since news of his impending divorce from Kim Kardashian broke. Photographers snapped pics of him arriving Sunday by private jet at Van Nuys Airport.
A source tells Entertainment Tonight, “Kim and Kanye are still heading for divorce,” despite the fact that they “still communicate regularly.” They’re apparently keeping things civil for their four children. Another insider says, “Kim and Kanye will do what is best for their kids and are on great terms as parents.”

Harry Potter could be coming to TV.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a live-action series is in early development at HBO Max.
Sources says executives at the streamer “have engaged in multiple conversations with potential writers exploring various ideas that would bring the beloved property to television.”
So far, they’ve only discussed “broad ideas” as “part of the early-stage exploratory meetings,” and “no writers or talent are currently attached.”
This comes only months after creator J.K. Rowling caused a firestorm in the trans community over her definition of biological sex.
It’s probably worth noting that the eight Harry Potter movies have grossed more than $7 billion worldwide.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, January 26

TODAY IS:
National Spouses Day: A day to show appreciation for your spouse.

Trending on TikTok … People are sharing the foods they prefer to eat at temperatures they’re not typically eaten at. One woman’s video, in particular, showing her cold pizza preference, has people talking. Now, when we say cold, we don’t mean regular out-of-the-fridge cold. This woman eats FROZEN pizza without cooking it. “It’s weird, it’s disgusting […] and I love it,” she said. “Why waste time cooking it? It goes to the same place!” At least she knows it’s a strange habit. “Feel free to roast me in the comments,” she said. “I probably deserve it.”

Putting down the phone … In a recent Instagram post, actress Eva Mendez announced that she was taking a break from social media. Seems she made the decision after her daughter told her she was on her phone too much. Mendez said she wanted to focus on being present for her two daughters, Esmeralda, 6, and Amada, 4. (Best Life)

Are you obsessed with the Netflix show Bridgerton? Do you and your S.O.’s names also happen to be Simon and Daphne? If you’re planning a wedding before the premiere of Season 2 of the popular Netflix series, you’re in luck. Hotels.com just announced on Twitter that they would be having a Bridgerton-themed honeymoon sweepstakes. The first lucky couple named Simon and Daphne to get married before season 2 premieres — and can prove it on Twitter — will win a $15,000 honeymoon. If your wedding is coming up, this might be worth changing your names … and if you are already a couple named Simon and Daphne, wedding bells should seriously be in your near future! (Daily Motion)

Sex and the City made the Cosmopolitan martini famous … but according to Sara Jessica Parker, while she was starring as Carrie Bradshaw in the series, she wasn’t a fan of the cocktail … that is, until AFTER the show. She revealed on Grub Street Diary: “To be honest, I really do love a Cosmopolitan. I don’t know how to make them well, but I genuinely love them. Strangely enough, it didn’t happen until long after I stopped shooting the show and the movies,” she said. “I would be served them at restaurants, or people sent them over, and I was always very grateful. But I didn’t really drink the cocktail until after we finished the show. I went to some place and had an exquisite one and then it started.” (Delish)

Music News – Tuesday, January 25

Adele has marked the 10th anniversary of her biggest album, 21.
It was released 10 years ago yesterday in Europe (but didn’t come out here in the U.S. until February 22nd) and Adele wrote in an Instagram post, “Happy 10 years old friend! It’s crazy how little I remember of what it was like and how I felt a decade ago. But Thank You from the bottom of my heart for letting us into your lives and letting me be a soundtrack to some of it.”
21 has been certified 14-times platinum by the RIAA and is the biggest selling album of the 2010’s. It spun off three number-one singles in the U.S. — “Rolling in the Deep,” “Someone Like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain.”

Seems there’s now proof that stars go through the same dating struggles as regular people. Sam Smith was looking for love in all the wrong places — so friends decided to help the singer check out Tinder for a match.
A source close to Sam tells Britain’s Sun that the “celebs only” site Raya turned out to be a bust, so they got together to create a profile on Tinder instead. The insider says, “On Tinder, a lot of people haven’t believed it really is Sam because it’s not every day you see a superstar on there. But all of the matches are being vetted by friends, who are sending ­profiles to Sam in the hope that one of them could be The One. They’re hoping they can find a regular person who isn’t bothered about Sam’s star power or anything like that.”

Justin Bieber took a moment to recognize that he’s grown up since being a bratty, out-of-control teenager.
He tweeted on Saturday, “Seven years ago today, I was arrested, not my finest hour. Not proud of where I was at in my life. I was hurting, unhappy, confused, mislead, misunderstood and angry at god.”
Back in 2014, the Miami Police Department charged Bieber with resisting arrest and driving with an expired license while under the influence. He was caught street racing in a rented yellow Lamborghini. A urine test revealed traces of Xanax and marijuana. Bieber avoided jail in a deal with prosecutors by pleading guilty to a reduced charges of careless driving and resisting an officer without violence.
Justin credited religion with turning around his life. “God has brought me a long way.” Hallelujah. (Billboard)

The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, January 25

Robert Peters of Tipton, Indiana, has been delivering pizza for 31 years.
Through rain, wind, and snow, Robert has been making people happy with those deliveries in an old 1993 Oldsmobile … until now.
One of his regular customers — Taylor Langley — realized how hard Robert was working and how good he was at his job, so he started a campaign to help out and get Robert a new car.
The campaign was a huge success.
In just two days, the people of Tipton donated enough for a shiny, red Chevy Malibu, including insurance and gas money — a gift worth $19,000.
Upon receiving the car, Robert said he “couldn’t believe it” and described the feeling as “surreal.”
And, Robert’s work isn’t done. Not even close. He’ll keep rolling and delivering pizzas because his purpose in life is to make people happy, knowing that his face might be the only face they see all day. (CBS News)

The Daily Dish – Monday, January 25

JoJo Siwa has revealed that she’s part of the LGBTQ community.
The 17-year-old singer and former Dance Moms star came out after showing off a new T-shirt, reading “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever” on Twitter. “My cousin got me a new shirt,” she wrote.
On Instagram Live Saturday, the 17-year-old singer and former Dance Moms star said,  “Personally I have never, ever, ever been this happy before and it feels really awesome. I’ve been happy for a little bit now. It’s just so, so, so awesome. You guys probably haven’t seen me this happy since I was on tour.”
Speculation on JoJo’s sexuality began last week when she lip-synched to Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way” on TikTok.

Saturday Night Live has named the guests hosts for the next three shows. John Krasinski will do the honors on January 30th, with musical guest Machine Gun Kelly. On February 6th, Schitt’s Creek co-creator and star Dan Levy hosts with Phoebe Bridgers as the musical guest. And on February 13th Regina King will headline with musical guest Nathaniel Rateliff.

The Food Network has yanked its latest season of Worst Cooks in America after its champion was arrested for the murder of her adopted daughter. Ariel Robinson and her husband, Jerry Robinson, were both charged last week in the death of the 3-year-old in South Carolina. (Deadline)

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are dating, according to E! News.
The two have sparked romance rumors before but a source says that now “they are definitely more than friends.”
The insider tells E! “it’s fairly new” and that the couple have been dating for “about a month or two.”
The reality star and Blink-182 drummer were recently spotted hanging out in Palm Springs and fans have noticed the two being flirty with each other on social media.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, January 25

TODAY IS:
  • Opposite Day: A day to say the opposite of what you really mean. What could possibly go wrong?
  • Irish Coffee Day: A good day to spike your coffee.

Vaccines are sexy … According to a spokesperson for dating app OK Cupid, users who say they’ve gotten the vaccine are getting double the likes of those who say they don’t want to get the vaccine. “Basically, getting the vaccine is the hottest thing you could be doing on a dating app right now,” said OK Cupid’s Michael Kaye. (NY Times)

Why give a regular Valentine’s Day card when you can send a boozy one? Yep, you can now give your Valentine a card with a shot-size bottle of booze inside. The cards are sold by NIPYATA! There are several different Valentine’s Day cards to choose from, as well as five different liquor options: Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, Casamigos Reposado Tequila, Grey Goose Vodka, Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, and Johnnie Walker Black Scotch. The cards are $19.99 each. (Delish)

Are you focused on yourself during work video calls? You’re not alone. A YouGov poll found that 25% of people on Zoom calls are looking at themselves instead of their co-workers. Broken down by gender, 32% of women say they are focused on their faces rather than the faces of their colleagues during work video calls, while 19% of men admit to doing the same.

Speaking of work … Move your office … to the beach. Aruba is one of the Caribbean islands trying to attract remote workers, and the Boardwalk Boutique Hotel in Aruba is making things even more enticing by setting up outdoor workstations so you can have your toes in the sand during your workday. Where do we sign up? (Business Insider)

Speaking of sweet jobs … If you’re looking for a sweet side hustle, Canadian online candy retailer Candy Funhouse is hiring full-time and part-time remote “candyologists” to test and review the thousands of chocolates and candies the company carries. Sounds too good to be true? It’s not. And according to their job application, you’ll get paid $30 an hour to do it. Apply here by February 15th. (ABC-7 NY)

Music News – Monday, January 25

Mariah Carey ramped up her #MC30 anniversary celebration Friday with a bumper crop of remix EPs focusing on her Charmbracelet album.
Mimi rolled out digital collections focused on several tracks from that album, including  “Through the Rain,” “I Only Wanted, “The One,” “Boy (I Need You)” and her cover of Def Leppard‘s “Bringing on the Heartbreak.”
Big Apple rapper Cam’Ron appears on the “Boy (I Need You)” EP, which includes seven different remixes. Mimi gave “Bringing on the Heartbreak” a super-lavish treatment — with more than a dozen takes totaling more than 80 minutes of playing time. There’s even a video tucked into each EP.

It took two whole years, but Adele and former hubby Simon Kornacki have worked out a settlement — and are officially divorced.
The couple, who separated back in April of 2019, presented papers to a Los Angeles court last Friday. Us Weekly reports that neither of them is using a lawyer, and have opted to determine rights to community property and debts through a mediator.
They previously reached an agreement about custody of their eight-year-old son Angelo, but details about that have not been released.

The Daily Mail says Phil Collins is planning to move back into his $40 million Miami Beach mansion. His ex-wife, Orianne Cevey, and her new husband, Thomas, were court ordered to leave the home. Orianne secretly married Thomas while with Collins.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, January 22

Last year, the staff at Kenneth Carberry Elementary School in Emmett, Idaho, welcomed seven-year-old Pete Goers as a student. But because of a condition he was born with, Pete deals with special challenges each day, including the need for a wheeled walker to get around.
The walker seemed to work fine inside the school and in the classroom, but Pete was having a hard time getting to the playground — even with the help of his twin brother, Dane.
So, the school staff started a fundraising campaign, that led to $32,000 being raised to build a special path — which they call “Pete’s Path” — in the school yard that allows Pete to get to and from the playground each day.
Thanks to the attention and hard work of those who work with Pete each day, he’s now able to enjoy daily routines that put a smile on his face — and allow him to spend time with his classmates, both inside the classroom and out. (KTVB-TV)

The Daily Dish – Friday, January 22

Coming February 5th to the FX Network, The New York Times presents Framing Britney Spears.
The documentary examines the dirty details of her conservatorship. The manipulation. The conflicts of interest. Where the money goes and Britney’s court battle to remove her father as conservator.
Framing Britney Spears features interviews of showbiz insiders, attorneys and a #FreeBritney organizer.
FX teased the episode on Thursday with the promo: (quote) “Her rise was a global phenomenon. Her downfall was a cruel national sport. People close to Britney Spears and lawyers tied to her conservatorship now reassess her career as she battles her father in court over who should control her life.” (Billboard)

Dave Chappelle has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing him to cancel his shows this week in Austin, Texas. This comes a few days after the comedian was photographed with Joe Rogan, Elon Musk and Grimes at Stubb’s Ampitheater. None of them wore a mask. (TMZ)

Kim Kardashian knows how to create drama, especially when it comes to her reality show.
According to reports, Kim is keeping quiet about her divorce, so she can use her breakup with Kanye West for Keeping Up With the Kardashians storyline.
BuzzFeed News theorizes that a few weeks back Kim deleted a photo of herself not wearing her wedding ring to keep “quiet” on the divorce rumors “because she was planning to address the subject on the upcoming 20th and final season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
As the site puts it, “After all, for 14 years the family have followed the same tradition of stoking media gossip in the run up to each season premiere before leaving the big reveal to the show. And Season 20 will be their last chance to maximize the drama before KUWTK ends.
The theory seems valid as Page Six reports that Kim and Kanye’s marital issues will be a key storyline in the show’s final season. A source said, “The Kardashians intend to go out with a bang.”
Filming on Season 20 ended two weeks ago, so we should find out soon.

Furry Friends Friday with “Turkey” from Al-Van Humane Society – January 22

Hi friends! My name is Turkey!  I came to Al-Van Humane Society as a stray close to Thanksgiving of 2019, hence my name Turkey. I am a smart guy – I know sit, shake, lay down and am working on other commands. I LOVE treats – I mean who doesn’t? Treats are the way to my heart!  I like to go outside and be active, play with stuffed toys, and be spoiled. I am ready to fall in your lap and brighten your mood.  I am looking for a home that will be patient, work at my pace, and slowly introduce myself to new things.  Do you think I could become part of your flock? Start by filling out an adoption application online at www.al-van.org/adopt. Once reviewed, the humans at Al-Van Humane Society will contact you to schedule a meet and greet with me.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, January 22

TODAY IS:
  • National Hot Sauce Day: A good day to spice things up.
     

Can you guess the booziest city in the country? If you said Reno, you would be right. The Biggest Little City was number one on Men’s Health’s list of 100 Booziest Cities in the U.S. The editors analyzed a number of factors, from percentage of excessive drinking reports, to DUI-related fatalities, to percentage of underage drinking.
Here are the Top 10:
  1. Reno, Nevada
  2. Denver, Colorado
  3. Billings, Montana
  4. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  5. Fargo, North Dakota
  6. Madison, Wisconsin
  7. Portland, Maine
  8. Toledo, Ohio
  9. Washington, D.C.
  10. Charleston, South Carolina

Speaking of booze … You might not be traveling right now … but you can get onboard with the American Airlines Wine Club. Yep, the airline is offering its in-flight wines to consumers, via a wine club. “Each year, a dedicated team of wine experts carefully reviews nearly 2,000 bottles to select those that will join the award-winning American Airlines wine program,” an AA statement says. “For the first time ever, travel and wine enthusiasts can enjoy these premium wines by having them delivered straight to their door with American’s new Flagship Cellars at-home wine experience.” You’ll get three bottles a month – that you can choose or have a sommelier choose for you – for $100. (Food & Wine)

This is a question for all of you working from home. Are you happy being at home – or are you missing the office? According to a new YouGov poll, home is where the heart – and home office – is. A whopping 80% of respondents said they enjoyed working from home, and 86% who are working from home who weren’t before the pandemic said they would like to keep working from home … at least some, or most, of the time. Only 5% of those surveyed said they want to be back in a physical workplace full-time after the pandemic.

Speaking of working from home … Apparently there is now a wristband that lets your boss know how you’re feeling. No joke. The bracelet, called a Moodbeam, is designed to allow remote workers to let their bosses know their emotional state. The wristband, which links to an app on your phone, has two buttons, one yellow and one blue. Apparently, you press the yellow one if you’re happy, and the blue one if you’re sad. Yeah, no … (BBC)

With online dating pretty much the norm these, there isn’t much talk of people being “set up” on blind dates anymore. But it still happens … and even at our highest levels of government. According to a 2020 survey by DatingAdvice.com, 43% of Americans said they’ve been on at least one blind date — and that includes President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris. (Insider)