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The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, February 4

The New England Patriots will not be in the Super Bowl this Sunday, but the owner of the team — Robert Kraft — is making sure some local fans are a part of the festivities — by using his private plane to fly them to Tampa Bay, Florida, for the game.
The Patriots received 76 tickets to the game between the Buccaneers and the Chiefs. Kraft decided to hand those rare and special tickets out to healthcare workers in the area to thank them for putting their “lives on the line.”
Not only are the healthcare workers getting tickets, they’re also getting a first class trip down to Florida on the team jet.
Kraft invited the lucky fans over a bunch of video conference calls.
All 76 of the frontline fans have been vaccinated — and the team hopes this will inspire others to get vaccinated as well.
These fans won’t be alone, of course, as 7,500 other vaccinated health care workers will be there as guests invited by the NFL.
It’s just that some of them — probably most of them — will not have arrived on a VIP team plane. (CBS Sports)

The Daily Dish – Golden Globes Edition – Thursday, February 4

Nominations for the Golden Globes were announced Wednesday, and as with all award shows there were a number of snubs and surprises.
SNUBS
Despite being the most buzzed-about show this year, Bridgerton scored exactly zero nominations.
The critically acclaimed HBO series I May Destroy You also came up empty-handed.
After a long stint away from the silver screen, 86-year-old Sophia Loren returned in the drama The Life Ahead to wonderful reviews, but it wasn’t enough for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to recognize her.
HBO’s Lovecraft Country is up for Best Television Drama Series — but none of the cast (Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, Courtney B. Vance) got nominated.
SURPRISES
James Corden caught quite a backlash for his turn as a flamboyantly gay Broadway actor in The Prom, but the Late Late Show host still managed to score a nod for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.
A record three women are up for best movie director — Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman), Regina King (One Night in Miami) and Chloe Zhao (Nomadland). Only five other women total have been nominated in the category in the show’s entire history.
Kaley Cuoco scored her first Golden Globe nomination, for her HBO Max series The Flight Attendant.
Despite Emily in Paris being mercilessly mocked, Lily Collins‘ performance as an American working at a French marketing firm earned her a place in the category for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen scored two nominations — one for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Best Actor – Musical or Comedy) and the other for The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Best Supporting Actor).
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the 78th Golden Globes live on NBC February 28th.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, February 4

TODAY IS:
Thank a Letter Carrier Day
Sweater Day
Homemade Soup Day
According to voters on ranker.com, these are the Top10 kinds of soup:
  1. Chicken noodle soup
  2. Chicken dumpling soup
  3. Beef stew
  4. French onion soup
  5. Tomato soup
  6. Cream of potato
  7. Chili con carne
  8. Clam chowder
  9. Ramen
  10. Wonton soup

Speaking of food … Seems because we’ve all been cooking at home more – and have more leftovers – we also have more food in the fridge that has gone bad … food that we’ve basically forgotten about. A new OnePoll survey found that the average American has at least five things in the fridge that have gone bad. And according to the poll, the average person thinks it will take about five weeks before their find the foulest food in their fridge.

Take your job on the road … Perhaps with the new digital nomad worker in mind, Airstream has introduced the Flying Cloud trailer. The new RV features a built-in office so you can work while exploring the country or simply park and have a different office view every day. The new model starts at around $107,000, but when you consider it’s basically a house on wheels, it’s really not such a bad deal. Too bad WiFi isn’t included, although apparently they do offer plans through AT&T starting at $25 per month. (Car & Driver)

How do you feel about couples posting Public Displays of Affection on social media? You may hate it, but a new survey found that 46% of people in relationships said they want their significant other to post more “online PDA.” But get this … 51% of the same survey respondents also said that they judged people negatively if they posted too much couple content. So … kinda like with selfies, people like their own PDA on social media, but not so much when it comes to other people. (SWNS)

And, it looks like the Groundhog was right. It appears that every single state in the US is gonna see below freezing temperatures over the next week. Even Hawaii – which doesn’t happen a lot. Next Monday’s gonna be especially cold. Locally, because of the frigid temps that swoop in to the area starting today, we’ll be susceptible to lake effect snow potential of several inches per day starting today over the next week. Forecasters are blaming something called a polar vortex, which is just a fancy way of saying…winter.

Music News – Thursday, February 4

Taylor Swift just got slapped with yet another lawsuit — by an amusement park that’s not amused by the title of her latest album.
Ken Bretschneider, the CEO  of Evermore Park in Pleasant Grove, Utah, filed the suit on Tuesday, claiming the park has “invested $37 million in promoting the Evermore brand. The Utah Evermore sells a line of clothing bearing the word, and even sells theme music under the Evermore name via Apple Music and other services.
Tay’s reps dismissed the cease-and-desist request, saying that the park actually tried to capitalize on the name similarity in some social media circles. They also say that Swift’s album cover showed the title in all lowercase letters, making it different than the title-case Evermore Park.
Taylor ran into similar problems with Folklore, when a Black-owned clothing company charged her with infringement. They reached an out-of-court settlement. (KDVR)

Lady Gaga has opened up about how the pandemic hit home for her — after a relative spent two months in the hospital due to COVID.
Gaga has been vocal in urging fans to heed warnings about the spread of the virus, and tells People that things were touch and go in her family. She says, “A very important member of my family was very, very ill recently and in the hospital for almost two months. I was in the ICU by myself many times because you can’t go in with more than one person, if you can go in at all. I have never seen the heroic acts of bravery that I witnessed, watching these doctors and nurses and people that were cleaning at the hospitals.”
Gaga’s one of the spokespeople for the WELL Health-Safety Seal, which verifies that buildings have taken the necessary steps to protect against the spread of the virus.

Dolly Parton is celebrating those working outside business hours. In a new Super Bowl ad for Squarespace, the Queen of Nashville re-works her famous hit ‘9 to 5’ and sings about ‘5 to 9.’ It’s an ode to those working second jobs or “side hustles” from 5pm to 9am. She says she thought doing things this way was a fun way to call attention to people trying to start their own business while giving those same people a chance to actually be in the commercial.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, February 3

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

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, February 3

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

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

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

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, February 3

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

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

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

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

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

Music News – Wednesday, February 3

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

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

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, February 2

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

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, February 2

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

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

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

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, February 2

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

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

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

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

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

Music News – Tuesday, February 2

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

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

The Daily Dish – Monday, February 1

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

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

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

Music News – Monday, February 1

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

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

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

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, January 29

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

The Daily Dish – Friday, January 29

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

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

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