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The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, February 12

Residents at 19 nursing homes in West Virginia will receive Valentine’s Day cards and messages — thanks to Girl Scouts in the area.
Different Girl Scout troops got together to coordinate their efforts and the results have been fantastic.
Because of their hard work and organization, more than 3,000 handmade cards have been mailed to the nursing home residents.
Those involved with the project have seen how great it is that people of this older generation now have a connection with a younger generation.
But mostly, it’s about sharing a little love this holiday. (WVNews)

The Daily Dish – Friday, February 12

Thursday in court, Britney Spears won a partial victory. The judge denied her father’s request to regain full control of the conservatorship.
Jamie Spears must share equal power with Bessemer Trust, a company that Britney selected last year. She wanted Bessemer to become the sole conservator and asked the judge to dismiss her father.
Judge Brenda Penny split the difference. Bessemer and Jamie are co-conservators of Britney’s estate. Together, they will map investment plans and budgets for Britney. The court wishes to hear these decisions in two scheduled hearings mid-March and late-April. (Variety)

Shia LaBeouf denies every one of the claims ex-girlfriend FKA Twigs brought against him in her lawsuit.
The singer, born Tahliah Barnett, sued LaBeouf in December, claiming he sexually and physically assaulted and battered her, and knowingly gave her a sexually transmitted disease.
In a response to her suit, his legal team says the actor “denies, generally and specifically, each and every allegation contained in [Barnett]’s Complaint, denies that [Barnett] has sustained any injury or loss by reason of any act or omission on the part of [LaBeouf], and denies that [Barnett] is entitled to any relief or damages whatsoever.”
LaBeouf also wants Twigs to be ordered to pay for his legal costs.
Earlier this week, the star stepped away from his talent agency CAA and is now on an acting hiatus. A source says the break is “so that he can get the help he needs.”

Woman’s Day magazine claims Brad Pitt’s former married girlfriend, Nicole Poturalski, is around five months pregnant. A source says the couple split up five or six months ago. “If Nicole is indeed pregnant, he would be blindsided. But he’d certainly take this matter seriously. He’ll want to be 100 percent sure and will want to check in on Nicole to see that everything is OK. Angelina was appalled by Brad’s decision to take Nicole to the chateau. The baby news would be heartbreaking for her.”

HBO Content Chief Casey Bloys tells Entertainment Weekly that HBO Max will most likely air the ”Friends” reunion special this Spring. ”I don’t know exactly. I would imagine maybe they’re doing some bits here and there. But yes, the idea is that they would be together. The COVID situation has been complicated — not just for this, but for television production across the board. So we’re kind of dealing with that as it comes, but it will be this spring.”

Furry Friends Friday with Kia from Cass County Animal Control – February 12

This beautiful girl is Kia. Back in November of 2020, Kia was found as a stray who was unfortunately hit by a car. After being evaluated by a veterinarian, Kia was monitored and medicated to allow her pelvis to heal back in place. After some time and TLC, Miss Kia is walking on all four paws and is full of high spirits! We believe her to be around 4-6 years old. Kia is unaltered and her adoption fee is $130.00.  Please contact Cass County Animal Control at 269-445-3701 to learn more about our sweet and resilient Kia.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, February 12

TODAY IS:
Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year
  • This year we are saying goodbye to the Year of the Rat (go figure) and welcoming in the Year of the Ox. According to USA Today, feng shui principles dictate that the Ox represents the most hard-working of the zodiac and signifies a year of movement and change. Let’s hope that means life will get moving again too!

We’ve been spending most of our time with just the people we live with – and Valentine’s Day won’t be any different. A new survey by dating app Plenty of Fish found that 65% of respondents said they would be spending Valentine’s Day with their “quaran-team” at home. And 70% said they felt less pressure around Valentine’s Day than they had in years past. Even so, people are optimistic about finding love in the new year, with 57% of the singles surveyed saying they were optimistic about finding “The One” in 2021. And this is interesting: 57% also said they are now more open to dating people they wouldn’t have before. And it looks like the pandemic has brought out the romantic sides of people. 58% of those surveyed said romantic gestures are more important to them now than they were before COVID. And it may gave made them nicer, too. 39% of the people surveyed said they think ghosting will become a thing of the past once the pandemic ends. (SWNS)

Do you buy gifts for your pets for Valentine’s Day? If you do, you’re not alone. Last year, roughly 28 million dog-owning households gave their pup a Valentine’s Day Gift and 17 million got gifts for their cats. Americans spend an estimated $751.3 million on gifts for their pets on Valentine’s Day. (Good Housekeeping)

Speaking of pets … Can you tell what your pet is thinking? Seems a lot of people think so. A recent survey found that 76% of the pet owners polled said they can always tell what their pet is thinking by the look on his or her face. 80% of respondents believe their pet has a “very distinct personality.” And 55% say they share similar personality traits with their pet – which probably explains why 64% described their pet as smart. (SWNS)

Music News – Friday, February 12

Taylor Swift will made a “surprise announcement” Thursday on Good Morning America.
She’ll be releasing her re-recorded version of “Love Story” at midnight today and has re-recorded her entire Fearless album which will be coming out April 9th and will contain 26 songs including “songs from the vault” that didn’t make the original album.

Bruce Springsteen’s Super Bowl Commercial is now ‘Dancing in the Dark.’ Jeep pulled the ad following a report that ‘The Boss’ was charged with a DWI back in November. The 71-year-old singer was in his home state of New Jersey when he was pulled over. And apparently Jeep didn’t love the idea of a drunk driver being featured in their Super Bowl car commercial. They took the two-minute ad down from YouTube. But as of last night, Springsteen still had the ad up on his Twitter page.

Bieber Believers, The NY Post says Justin Bieber is going to perform a Valentine’s Day concert on Tik Tok. He will perform his 2013 album “Journals” at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Stevie Nicks tells WWD.com that she will never use Botox again. “I had Botox and I hated it. For four long months, I looked like a different person. It was so bad, I would look into the mirror and burst into tears. ”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, February 11

Winters are usually quite chilly in Appleton, Wisconsin, but that hasn’t stopped Chick-fil-A employee Hoku Taniguchi from getting back and forth to work on her bike.
That all changed when her friend and co-worker Haley Bridges gave her a car.
You see, Haley won the car during a holiday party raffle back in December. She already had a car, so instead of keeping it herself, Haley offered it up as a gift.
It didn’t take long for Haley’s gesture of kindness to be repaid, as Haley’s aunt held a fundraiser to get her auto loan completely paid off.
Now, both friends have reliable transportation — and no car payments.
Haley calls her co-workers her “second family” — and was thrilled be able to help make her close friend Hoku’s life easier, especially during these winter months. (People)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, February 11

First Armie Hammer was accused of being a cannibal wannabe, then a murder suspect. Now the star is accused of giving an ex-girlfriend a bruised behind.
Jessica Ciencin Henriquez posted a photo from early September on her private Instagram account. Page Six says the image shows Jessica with a large bruise on her backside — which a source claims was caused by Armie.
The photo came with a cryptic caption about not cleaning “up the messes that other people make of their lives” and “to accept the ‘truth.’ ”
This new rumor comes after the actor was accused of emotional and sexual abuse from ex-girlfriends and of sharing his fantasies of cannibalism.
This week police in San Bernardino County denied he was a suspect in a Wonder Valley murder investigation.

Buffy the Vampire star Charisma Carpenter alleges Joss Whedon “abused his power on numerous occasions” on the sets of Buffy and Angel.
In a lengthy statement posted to Twitter on Wednesday, Carpenter said that after learning she was pregnant, Whedon asked if she was “going to keep it.” She said after giving birth she was fired.
Carpenter said she came forward because of actor Ray Fisher, who alleges that Whedon engaged in “gross, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable” behavior on the set of Justice League.
Carpenter’s Buffy co-stars are standing by her. Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played Buffy, posted a statement on Instagram, saying, “While I am proud to have my name associated with Buffy Summers, I don’t want to be forever associated with the name Joss Whedon.”
Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Buffy’s sister, re-posted Gellar’s statement, and said that Whedon’s behavior with her “as a teenager” was “not appropriate.”

Ace Showbiz says Gina Carano has been fired from “The Mandalorian” for posting offensive social media messages.
Lucasfilm released a statement saying,  “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future. Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Gina played Cara Dune on the Disney+ show.

HBO Content Chief Casey Bloys tells TVLine that Kim Cattrall’s absence from the ”Sex and the City” reboot is because her character is no longer friends with Carrie, Charlotte or Miranda. ”Just as in real life, people come into your life, people leave. Friendships fade, and new friendships start.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, February 11

TODAY IS:
  • National Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day: A day to remember that life is short – so we shouldn’t sweat the small stuff.
  • National Make a Friend Day
  • Satisfied Staying Single Day

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, here’s a good question: Do you believe in soulmates? Seems romance is still alive and well, because according to a new YouGov poll, 60% of the more than 15,000 Americans surveyed said they believe in soulmates. Just 23% said they don’t believe in the concept, and 18% were unsure. Women were more likely than men to believe in soulmates – 64% vs. 55%.

Would you refuse to date someone because of their zodiac sign? Seems there is a particular sign that most people stay away from. Can you guess which one? We’re looking at you, Geminis. A survey asked respondents to think about the relationships they’ve had, and to name a sign they would never date again. 46% picked Gemini. Cancer was the second “least date-able” sign with 37% choosing it, followed by Taurus (36%), Aries (34%) and Leo (31%). (SWNS)

What is the length of your relationship in dog years? If you feel like the pandemic has “aged” your relationship, you’re not alone. In fact, Groupon teamed up with a Cambridge mathematician to develop a formula to come up with the “dog years” equivalent of what a year together during the pandemic is in relationship years. Seems a year together in the pandemic is about four relationship years. (SWNS)

There’s an asteroid out there that’s supposedly the size of the Golden Gate Bridge that’s on course to zip past us around March 21st. It’s somewhere between half-a-mile and a full mile in diameter — and it’s traveling at a speed of 21 miles per second. This thing is big enough and will be close enough for NASA to classify it as “potentially hazardous.” But don’t worry. Scientists say that we shouldn’t panic because it will be 1.25 million miles away when it flies by.

Music News – Thursday, February 11

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation has announced its nominees for induction this year and they are, in alphabetical order:
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Kate Bush
  • Devo
  • Foo Fighters
  • The Go-Go’s
  • Iron Maiden
  • JAY-Z
  • Chaka Khan
  • Carole King
  • Fela Kuti
  • LL Cool J
  • New York Dolls
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Tina Turner
  • Dionne Warwick

Britney Spears watched the documentary Framing Britney Spears, which streams now at FX on Hulu. She’s inspired to tell her perspective in a second documentary – once she’s “freed from the vice-like grip of her father” Jamie Spears.
A court hearing in Los Angeles about the conservatorship is scheduled for tomorrow.
Britney acknowledged the support from followers and celebrities. The hashtag #FreeBritney has trended since Friday night’s debut of Framing Britney Spears. A source said, “Britney finally feels like there is light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel. She feels, for the first time in many years, that people are on her side and things will get better for her.”
Tuesday night, Britney tweeted a cryptic message to her 56 million followers, “Each person has their story and their take on other people’s stories! We all have so many different bright beautiful lives! Remember, no matter what we think we know about a person’s life it is nothing compared to the actual person living behind the lens.”
Britney tapped a woman to direct her documentary, which won’t see the light of day until after she convinces to court to fire her tyrannical father. An insider recalled, “Jamie is drunk with power over Britney’s life. This summer, he grounded her for three weeks because she dared to meet a friend for a socially-distanced walk on the beach.” (New York Post)

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, February 10

January was a good month for Orlene Peterson and her immense luck. She bought a scratch-off lottery ticket at a grocery store in Hayden, Idaho. That was a good choice, because it was a $200,000 winner.
She couldn’t believe it. But, her luck wasn’t done yet.
The next day she went to a different grocery store and bought another scratch-off ticket “for fun.”
Wouldn’t you know it? That ticket was a $300,000 winner.
Idaho lottery officials said the odds of winning on both tickets was about 1-in-282.5-million.
Orlene says she plans to pay off bills with her winnings, buy a new truck — and might take a trip to Las Vegas.
That sounds like a great idea, especially with the run of good luck she seems to be enjoying. (KTVB-TV)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, February 10

Edward Scissorhands Director and Creator Tim Burton approves of Timothée Chalamet‘s turn as the son of  Edward Scissorhands in that Cadillac Super Bowl ad, which also featured star Winona Ryder. In a statement, the director says, “It’s rare when a work you’re proud of continues to live on and evolve with the times, even after 30 years. I’m glad to see Edgar coping with the new world! I hope both fans and those being introduced to Edward Scissorhands for the first time enjoy it.” (AV Club)

A remake of The Wizard of Oz is in the works at New Line Cinema, according to VarietyNicole Kassell (Watchmen) will direct what the producers call a “fresh take” on the classic story.

Alex Trebek‘s wardrobe from Jeopardy! has been donated to the homeless for use during job interviews.
According to Deadline, “14 suits, 58 dress shirts, 300 neckties and various other items of clothing that once belonged” to the host has been gifted by the game show and the Trebek family to The Doe Fund, an organization that provides paid work, housing and vocational training to the homelessness.
It was Trebek’s son Matthew Trebek who suggested the clothing be given to those participating in the organization’s reentry program to be worn on job interviews.
Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards says, “During his last day on set, Alex extolled the virtues of everyone opening up their hands and their hearts to those who are suffering. Donating his wardrobe to those who are working to rebuild their lives is the perfect way to begin to honor that last request.”
Alex died from pancreatic cancer on November 8th.

Things are getting worse for actor Armie Hammer. Now, the internet thinks he is a murderer.
The actor has been accused of having cannibalism sex fantasies, which were first brought to light by Instagram account House of Effie.
Then on January 31st, hikers discovered human remains in San Bernardino County’s Wonder Valley. Last year, Armie worked at a construction site nearby.
Then another Instagram account, DeuxMoi, claimed that a shocking story about the actor would be published soon. Responding to that report, House of Effie said, “What he and his friends have done is worse than anything I have posted. Justice will be served.”
Internet sleuths put it all together and began spreading rumors that the star was behind the possible murder.
The rumors got so rampant that police had to shoot them down. A spokesperson for the San Bernardino County Sheriff tells The U.S. Sun, “Armie Hammer’s name hasn’t come up as a suspect at all. We have no plans to investigate him. We have not identified the remains.”
The actor was recently dropped by his agency amid his “cannibal” scandal.