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Furry Friends Friday with Maverick from Al-Van Humane Society – April 16


Maverick is a 9.5-year-old boy who is super laid back, friendly, and romantic! Maverick gets along with children, men, other dogs and cats! Maverick would love a couch and a friend to watch movies with – he will even let you pick out the movie. This boy just wants to plop into his new fur-ever home and provide love and cuddles for the rest of his life. If you’re interested in meeting Maverick, please fill out an adoption application online at www.al-van.org so his friends at Al-Van Humane Society can schedule a meet-and-greet.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, April 16

Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day: Well, that shouldn’t be hard for a lot of us.

If there’s anything the pandemic has taught us, it’s to appreciate the simple things in life … A new survey asked people to name their favorite simple pleasures. The number one thing? Listening to their favorite songs. Here are some other favorite simple pleasures, according to the survey: a nice dinner, watching a favorite movie, exercising, cooking a great meal, having a great meal cooked for you, going to the beach, finishing a good book, sleeping in, taking a long walk or hike. (SWNS)

Speaking of listening to your favorite songs … An Australian study found that waking up to your favorite music helps you feel less groggy. It also makes you sharper first thing in the morning. Think of it as musical caffeine.

Good news, Pinot lovers … Pinot Noir may be the healthiest wine to drink. That’s because it has higher levels of the antioxidant resveratrol than other types of wine. (Martha Stewart)

Recently, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, figured out that there were about 2.5 billion Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs roaming the planet. Now, they weren’t all running around at the same time. Instead, there were — supposedly — about 20,000 of them at any given time … over the course of a couple million years or so. If these researchers are right, the T-Rex hung around for 127,000 generations. The researchers figured all this out, despite the fact that only about 100 T-Rex fossils have actually been discovered around the world. (Mercury News)

And, a burger chain in California is looking for people who love burgers and tattoos — so they can turn them into human billboards. Farmer Boys, which has 90 locations in California, Arizona, and Nevada, is celebrating its 40th anniversary by offering people free burgers for a year if they get the restaurant chain’s name and a burger tattooed on their body. They’re partnering with a tattoo shop in West Hollywood, which is offering three different two-by-two-inch designs.
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Music News – Friday, April 16

It’s been 25 years since No Doubt released the worldwide smash “Don’t Speak,” but the song’s deep emotion still rings true for Gwen Stefani.
Gwen tells Variety the song was inspired by two big losses — her brother Eric leaving the band and bassist Tony Kanal breaking up with her after years of dating. She says, “Tony was my first real boyfriend and I was tragically obsessed with him. When my brother quit the band and then Tony quit me…it was a really hard time. I lived at home until I was 26, I was quite sheltered and innocent, you know, I just was.”
But as things changed in her professional life, Gwen’s personal life wasn’t as great as it seemed. “Once the song came out, it went from a nine-year hobby that was our passion while we went to college, to all of a sudden it’s like we do the ‘Just a Girl’ video, we go from that video set to the airport and go on tour and don’t come home for two and a half years. It was a huge thing to be there with your ex who you love still who doesn’t want to be with you.”

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine tells Billboard magazine that he doesn’t know what genre the band fits into anymore. “The band’s sound has drifted all over the musical map, weaving through an array of musical genres. I don’t even know what the [heck] Maroon 5 are anymore. We occupy a weird space, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Stevie Nicks tells Rolling Stone magazine that she considers Harry Styles her son. “When Harry came into our lives, I said, ‘This is the son I never had.’ So I adopted him. I love Harry, and I’m so happy Harry made a rock-and-roll record — he could have made a pop record and that would have been the easy way for him.”
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The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, April 15

In Newark, Delaware, Chen Wang donated 10,000 masks, 180 sleeping bags — along with medical gloves and winter coats — to the Christina School District.
Chen’s daughter attends a school in the district and said he “wanted to serve the community.”
The masks will help students continue attending school, even when they leave theirs at home. And, the gloves will go to the school nurses.
The sleeping bags and coats will be distributed to those in need, especially displaced families who are sometimes provided shelter by the district.
Chen hopes that this gesture inspires others to help out as well, suggesting that, “We should all help each other.” (Newark Post)
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The Daily Dish – Thursday, April 15

Sharon Osbourne will have her say this Friday night on HBO.
Real Time host Bill Maher booked Sharon for her first interview since leaving the CBS daytime show, The Talk. She will appear one-on-one with Maher directly after his opening monologue.
An inside source previously warned that Sharon could wreak havoc on her former employers, (quote) “She knows where all the bodies are buried.”
On Monday, Sharon’s former co-hosts had lots to say about her and their trauma debating racism with Sharon. That raucous conversation last month was her last on The Talk. (Deadline)

Former Bachelor star Colton Underwood revealed on Good Morning America today that he is gay.
In an emotional interview with Robin Roberts, the 29-year-old former football player and star of ABC’s The Bachelorette and The Bachelor, said “I’ve ran from myself for a long time. I’ve hated myself for a long time … and I’m gay. And I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it. And the next step in all of this was sort of letting people know.”
He revealed that he struggled with coming to terms with his sexuality and considered taking his own life. He said, “There was a moment in L.A. where I woke up and I didn’t think I was going to wake up. I didn’t have the intention of waking up and I did. And I think for me that was my wake-up call … this is your life, take back control.” Colton says that since he came out, “I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life.”
Colton is reportedly working on a documentary with Netflix about his life, his time on the Bachelor and the women he dated, and coming out.

Five police cruisers arrived at the mansion of Tom Cruise because a house guest found his secret “panic button.”
Kyra Sedgwick confessed to snooping around Tom’s place during a house party nearly 30 years ago. She told Drew Barrymore how she hoped the button might trigger a secret passageway. (quote) “I was looking around. There was this little button underneath the fireplace mantle. So, I pressed the little button. Nothing happened.”
Kyra became nervous and alerted Tom that she pushed the button under the fireplace mantle. He threw up his hands and told her the police would soon arrive expecting a dire emergency.
Tom’s house party guests — including Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Rob Reiner — greeted the Beverly Hills police officers at the front door. Kyra said, (quote) “I didn’t get invited back.” (E! News)
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, April 15

  • Tax Day
  • Husband Appreciation Day
  • That Sucks Day

This might make you cringe a bit. A new study finds that the average woman pops 65 pimples a year – that makes about 4,153 zits popped in a lifetime. 81% of women surveyed admit they pop their pimples, with more than 75% saying they know it’s bad for their skin, but the urge to pop those zits is just too strong. 52% said they are impulsive face pickers and they often pick at the skin on their face without realizing it.

Do you have a “cool mom”? Are you a “cool mom”? A survey found that nearly 70% of respondents said they had a “cool mom.” So, what exactly makes a mom cool? According to the people surveyed, talking to your kids about everything and anything, and letting your kids get away with things a “normal” mom wouldn’t make up the “cool mom” designation.

So, Dogcuteries are a thing. Thanks to Instagram we now have Dogcuterie, aka Barkcuterie. It’s exactly what you think it is — charcuterie boards filled with dog-friendly treats. Picture fancy dog biscuits surrounded by carrots, apple slices, and more — all arranged in a way that clearly took a lot of time … for no reason other than to post it on social media. (Pure Wow)

Speaking of dogs … Busch Beer wants to hire a pup to the be the official taster for their non-alcoholic beer for dogs called Dog Beer. Busch released their Dog Beer last August – and it immediately sold out. Now, they are going to be testing out new flavors and are looking for a pup with the right palate. If chosen, your pup will not only get plenty of dog-friendly beer, but a salary of 20 grand and pet insurance. If you want to apply for your dog, just post photos and videos of your dog on social media with the hashtag #BuschCTOcontest with a caption that includes the word “entry.” You have till April 28th. You can go to Busch Beer’s Twitter page for more info. (Delish)
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Music News – Thursday, April 15

Taylor Swift is famous for her gift-giving skills, which she showed off by sending a care package and personalized note to a fan who works as a nurse.
Britta Thomasson got the surprise package a few days after a local Georgia newspaper profiled her and mentioned her love of Taylor’s music. She put up a Facebook post showing photos of the goodies that Tay sent along, as well as of the note that came along with the stuff.
Tay’s note read, “Dear Britta, I wanted to write to you and personally thank you for serving on the front lines of this pandemic and for being brave enough to put yourself in danger to help others… I’ve sent you some cozy clothes for when you’re off duty I’ll be thinking about you, and forever grateful! Love, Taylor.”

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine tells Vulture.com that he wishes there were more bands in music right now. “I feel like there aren’t any bands anymore, you know? There’s no bands anymore, and I feel like they’re a dying breed. I mean, there still are plenty of bands. And maybe they’re not in the limelight quite as much, or in the pop limelight, but I wish there could be more of those around.”

NBC says Heart’s Ann Wilson is going to kick off this year’s NFL Draft on April 29th by performing the National Anthem.
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The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, April 14

When the pandemic began, sixth grader Keena Schroeder of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, rolled up her sleeves and learned how to bake cheesecakes.
With a little practice, Keena became an excellent baker — and started a company called “Bug’s Bakery,” with the name inspired by her nickname, Bug.
As she started selling cheesecakes, money rolled in. Keena and her dad brainstormed ways to use that money — and decided to donate some of it to charity.
So now, $5 from the sale of each cheesecake goes to a program in her school district that helps kids in need afford school lunches. Keena recently presented a check for $1000 to the school board to help out.
And, her work isn’t done. Keena says she’s going to continue to make and sell cheesecakes as long as people want to buy them. (WKOW-TV)
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The Daily Dish – Wednesday, April 14

Angelina Jolie hasn’t said much about her roller-coaster relationship with Brad Pitt, but that may change — if she goes through with plans for a tell-all about her life.
According to OK! magazine, she’s taken inspiration from Meghan Markle and feels compelled to tell her story after years of silence. A source says, “Angie applauds people who stand up for themselves, and she thought it was so brave of Meghan to go on air instead of suffering in silence. She feels like she’s been holding her tongue for years since her legal case is still looming. But it doesn’t make her any less determined to have her say at the right time.”
So what should we expect? “Angie plans on going into detail about their roller-coaster romance and the hell Brad’s snooty Hollywood friends put her through. Angie feels emboldened and wants fans to hear her side of the story.”

Prince Harry bought round-trip tickets for his grandfather’s funeral. Not shockingly, he will return to his pregnant wife, Meghan Markle.
Her doctor declined to allow her to travel with Harry to London. Meghan’s mother is looking after her while Harry attends to unpleasant family matters.
Harry will catch the first flight home as soon as the funeral service concludes, provided he tests negative for COVID. (New York Post)

Jennifer Aniston isn’t ready for motherhood just yet — despite reports that she’s planning to adopt a child.
TMZ got in touch with the actress’s people after hearing British tabloids say she had finalized plans to add a kid to her life. Shockingly, the stories were “false and never happened.”
Several outlets shared the story that Jen had made the adoption announcement to her Friends co-stars while they were shooting the reunion, but her reps say “no way.”

Kenan Thompson revealed that the Home Alone reboot is “very close” to being completed.
Kenan told Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen, (quote) “It was a long shoot. It started in Canada. Then got shut down because of the pandemic. It’s been very splotchy. But, I think they’re getting very close to finishing it.”
The plot revolves around a child, who steals a valuable heirloom in hopes of saving the family from financial ruin.
The director of the 1990 original starring Macaulay Culkin said, (quote) “It’s a waste of time. What’s the point? You’re not going to create lightning in a bottle again. I’m a firm believer that you don’t remake films that have had the longevity of Home Alone.” (People)
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The Coast Social Network with Berrien Community Foundation – Wednesday, April 13


Susan Matheny, Program Manager at Berrien Community Foundation and Linnea Berg, Program Manager, Neighbor By Neighbor in Harbor Country join Zack to discuss the Alamar Nonprofit Sustainability Grant, how it benefits area nonprofits, and how to apply. Details are at berriencommunity.org.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, April 14

  • National Gardening Day
  • National Dolphin Day
  • National Look up at the Sky Day
  • National Pecan Day
  • National Reach as High as You Can Day: A good day to set some goals.

Are you still in touch with friends from grade school? Earlier? How many friends do you still have from your early childhood?
According to an MSN poll, most of us haven’t kept in touch with friends from our earlier childhood. Just 8% said they had kept in touch with many friends from when they were younger. 22% said they kept in touch with a few, 31% said one or two, and 39% said they weren’t in touch with any friends from early childhood.
How about high school? According to those polled, the answers weren’t much different. 8% said they were in touch with many friends from high school, while 26% said they were in touch with a small group, 32% said one or two, and 34% said they didn’t stay in touch with anyone from high school.
College was even worse. Of the more than 200,000 people surveyed, just 2% said they were still friends with many people from college. 10% said they stayed in touch with a few college friends, 18% said one or two, and 42% said they didn’t stay in touch with anyone from college. 28% responded that they didn’t go to college.

Guys, you might have a new engagement standard to live up to thanks to this guy. William Hunn went viral last week for proposing to his girlfriend, Brittney Miller, with not one, but five engagement rings — giving her the option to select her fave. His post shows a range of ring styles featuring different cut stones and varying band designs. The video has been viewed close to 40,000 times, shared all over social media, and even got the attention of celebs like Gayle King.

Work from home … in West Virginia. If working from home with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River outside your window sounds almost like heaven, you can make it happen — and get $12,000 at the same time. The state of West Virginia is offering remote workers $12,000 to relocate to the Mountain State and reside there for at least two years. Transplants will also receive free annual passes to outdoor recreational activities and access to continuing education programs at West Virginia University. The program is being funded by financial software company Intuit. (Fox Business)
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Music News – Wednesday, April 14

Tuesday night, Taylor Swift appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. By the end of their eight-minute chat, fans were convinced she dropped several Easter egg hints that 1989 will be the next re-recorded album.
First off, Taylor chose to be in her recording studio for the video conference interview. Just to make it clear where she spends her days. A few hardcore Swifties played with clues they detected to predict Taylor will release the 1989 album on Friday June 4 and a single on May 14. Though, more likely the date could be Thursday evening, May 13 – Stephen Colbert’s birthday.
The most obvious hint had to be when Taylor told Stephen to “Shake It Off.” She also mentioned “New York,” which had people thinking it referred to the first track on the 1989 album, “Welcome to New York.” (Entertainment Weekly)

Demi Lovato will return to TV starring in an NBC sitcom.
“Hungry” is about of group of friends with food issues. The press release says, (quote) “They help each other look for love, success and the perfect thing in the fridge that’s going to make it all better.”
Scooter Braun and his SB Projects colleagues will produce the single-camera sitcom. Demi earned an Executive Producer title. (Variety)

Christina Aguilera did not feel “Beautiful” in her early days in the spotlight — because she thought she was too darn skinny.
She tells Health magazine, “I think we all have our good days and our bad days in how we feel about ourselves. Entering this business, I hated being super skinny. Once I turned 21, I started filling out a little bit, and I was loving my new curves. I appreciated having a booty.”
Now that she’s hit 40, X-Tina believes she’s really hit her stride. “As you age, you stop comparing yourself to other people and start appreciating your body and owning it. With age, you figure out that life is too short to waste time thinking about what other people think about you.”
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The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, April 13

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty purchased thousands of books from a local bookstore — and donated those books to The Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis.
This was just the latest generous act to help out The Boys and Girls Club. He previously donated masks to keep kids and staff there safe from coronavirus and he also donated $5,000 to support health and fitness programs there.
This time around, Jack chose to give the kids books because he was an avid reader growing up and wanted them to follow in his footsteps. He made sure to include some of his personal favorites and said he hopes the stories will inspire the next generation, regardless of the career paths they choose. (KTVI-TV)
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The Daily Dish – Tuesday, April 13

CBS daytime show, The Talk, returned on Monday. This was the first show in one month. Production went on hiatus while CBS investigated Sharon Osbourne. They parted ways with Sharon getting a $10 million golden parachute.
Sheryl Underwood addressed the elephant in the room, (quote) “We need to process the events, so we can get to the healing. By the end of the hour, we want everyone to feel ready to move forward.”
Underwood confirmed Sharon’s account that her apologetic texts went unanswered. She told The Talk audience that she declined to respond because of the ongoing CBS investigation. Sheryl added, (quote) “If Sharon greeted me warmly, I would give her that in the same. I want people to understand when you’re friends, you stay friends.”
Co-host Elaine Welteroth said, (quote) “There have been a lot of false narratives spun in the media that frame both Sheryl and myself as co-conspirators in attacking Sharon. That is absolutely categorically false and unfair.”
During the discussion with a trauma specialist, Underwood confessed, (quote) “I feel like I’ve been in PTSD. I really wanted to get back to work with my friends and my colleagues and the crew.” (Entertainment Tonight)

Harvey Weinstein doesn’t want to go to L.A.
The disgraced movie producer wants to remain in a New York prison and is fighting extradition on “humanitarian grounds.” His lawyer Norman Effman says that he’s basically blind and has lost four teeth behind bars. He has medical procedures scheduled to address both issues. Effman says this is on top of previously documented cardiac issues, diabetes and back pain.
A new hearing is set for later in the month. (TMZ)

Last year’s edition of American Idol was really weird, thanks to the COVID pandemic — in fact, it was so weird that producers are bringing back the finalists for another shot this year.
The 2020 edition was just about to kick off when California went into lockdown, and the top ten contestants were forced to compete remotely from their homes. A year later, the Idol folks have decided that wasn’t fair, so they’re bringing back ten of the top-20 for a do-over on a show that will air April 19th. Voting will go on for two weeks, since the Academy Awards will pre-empt the show on the 26th.
Last year’s champion, Just Sam, was not asked back because she has already won the show. Two other finalists, Dillon James and Francisco Martin, snagged record deals, so they weren’t eligible to compete again. (Billboard)
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The Coast Social Network with United Way of Southwest Michigan – Tuesday, April 13


Amanda and Heather from United Way of Southwest Michigan join Zack to chat about ALICE, why this important group of local residents needs assistance in our community, and how United Way is helping funded partners meet those needs. Find more details and read the 2021 ALICE report at uwsm.org.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, April 13

  • Make Lunch Count Day: A good day to step away from your desk – or wherever your laptop is these days – and take an actual lunch.
  • Scrabble Day: A good day to play with words.
  • Thomas Jefferson Day: Celebrates the birthday of the third President of The United States, Thomas Jefferson, who was born on April 13th, 1743.

Can you guess what the most popular drink in America is? Here’s a hint: You probably don’t start your day without it. Yep, according to a new survey, 60% of people say coffee is their most necessary daily drink … even more than water. And the majority of people have at least two cups a day. (Eat This, Not That)

A pitcher for the University of North Texas softball team tossed the most perfect game imaginable on Sunday, striking out every single batter she faced. Hope Trautwein faced 21 batters in the seven-inning game and mowed them all down on the way to a 3-0 win over University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff. It is believed to be the first perfect game in NCAA Division 1 history in which every out recorded was a strikeout. (Yahoo Sports)

If you own a dog and have come home to your pup smelling like another dog, chances are your furry friend will give you the cold shoulder out of jealousy. Think dogs can’t get jealous? Think again. A new study found that dogs don’t just get jealous when they are around a rival for their favorite person’s attention, they can actually dream up scenarios that make them feel jealousy even if it’s not happening in front of them. The research is significant because jealousy as an emotion is linked to being “self-aware,” something most people think distinguishes humans from animals. It might be time to stop joking around about your dog “thinking” he’s human because, as most owners already know, dogs might actually be smarter than we are — and science is finally catching on.

Michio Kaku is a famous physicist with degrees from Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. During a recent interview, Kaku said he believes that humans will make contact with aliens within the next century because we’ll soon have a telescope with the power to see thousands of new planets.
But, he thinks contacting aliens would be a “terrible idea.” While Kaku thinks that aliens out there would be friendly, he doesn’t advise that we gamble on it. (The Guardian)
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Music News – Tuesday, April 13

Pop star The Weeknd sold his 7-bedroom mansion to Madonna for $19 million.
The estate sits on three acres of land. There’s a guest house with two bedrooms. The main mansion features his and hers master suites. Also, a wine cellar, fitness studio, media theater, basketball court and five-car garage.
Surprisingly, The Weeknd paid $18 million right after the release of his Starboy album. In this sellers’ real estate market, right now where buyers are overbidding on homes, it appears that Madonna got a steal of a deal. (People)

John Mellencamp tells AmericanSongwriter.com that a chance encounter while driving inspired his song, ‘Pink Houses’. ”I was driving through Indianapolis, when I saw a black man holding a black cat while lounging on his front lawn. The man was sitting on his front lawn in front of a pink house in one of those cheap lawn chairs. I thought, ‘Wow, is this what life can lead to? Watching the cars go by on the interstate?,’ Then I imagined he wasn’t isolated, but he was happy. So, I went with that positive route when I wrote this song.”
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The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, April 12

8-year-old Lilly Bumpus of San Bernardino, California, has had a busy year as a Girl Scout. She broke the national record for most boxes sold in one season with 32,484 boxes.
The achievement was even more incredible because, last summer, Lilly celebrated seven years of being cancer free after being born with the disease.
Lilly’s mother Trish offered insight into Lilly’s motivation by saying that Lilly “does not like somebody telling her something is not possible.”
Lilly and her parents made it all possible by making cookie deliveries before and after school — and even setting up a booth outside their home.
The cookie sales record even included 5,000 donation boxes that will go to kids battling cancer in hospitals, to help feed the homeless, and to deployed troops.
For Lilly, it was a successful cookie-selling season indeed. (People)
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The Daily Dish – Monday, April 12

Prince Harry is in England for Prince Philip‘s funeral, but he’s without his wife.
Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying that Meghan Markle remained in California because she’s “been advised by her physician not to travel.” Meghan is in the final few months of her pregnancy after suffering a miscarriage last year.
Philip’s funeral will take place Saturday at Windsor Castle outside London. (People)

Nick Cannon is expecting another set of twins.
Nick and Mariah Carey famously had Moroccan and Monroe in April 2011. Now he and DJ Abby De La Rosa are expecting twins. She says, “I know the Lord has destined me and prepared me for the gift of not one but two little angels… I pray that God gives you both the strength to walk brave and boldly in your individual truth just like your Daddy.
Nick is going to have some pretty hefty diaper bills. His ex-girlfriend Brittany Bell gave birth to their daughter Powerful Queen Cannon this past December. (People)

Some people in the Dominican Republic aren’t too happy to have Vin Diesel as a neighbor.
They accuse Vin’s security detail of being overly aggressive. One fed-up neighbor wrote him a letter that reads, “For a few weeks I have personally witnessed and heard from fellow homeowners the unprecedented and abusive display of your security people around our homes and beach. Interrogating us, blocking our street with five or six SUVs. Stopping residents while walking when you ride your bicycle.”
But a source close to Vin says he’s been vacationing there for 20 years and gotten along with everyone. The source says he even handed out Easter baskets to people in the area, and that the only reason for the heavy security during the bike-riding incident was that his whole family was there. (TMZ)

The makers of the “Magic Mike” film franchise are launching a new reality dance show on HBO Max that will turn men who have “lost their magic” into strippers. The series is being produced by “Magic Mike” film star Channing Tatum and will feature 10 men who compete for the title of “Real Magic Mike.” Casting is currently underway and they hope to premiere later this year.
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The Coast Social Network with the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance – Monday, April 12


Jessica and Brandon from the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance, along with Julie from JLN Studio, visit the Coast Social Network to talk about the return of ‘Marketing Mondays!’ You can get more details on these great programs at the Facebook Page for the Women’s Business Center, or at cornerstonewbc.com.
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, April 12

Today is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. According to a survey in honor of the holiday, 87% of Americans say they like grilled cheese. The top five cheeses we want in our sandwiches are:  Cheddar . . . American . . . Swiss . . . provolone . . . and pepper jack. And finally, grilled cheeses are our SECOND favorite melted cheese food.  Pizza came in first . . . grilled cheese and mac and cheese tied for second . . . and cheeseburgers came in fourth.  That’s some incredibly stiff competition.

Did you let yourself go during the pandemic? A new survey found that 46% said they were definitely not the best version of themselves over the last year. Of those, 60% said they gained weight, 53% said they ate unhealthy foods, 49% said they drank too much, 49% said they lost touch with family and friends, 46% said they stopped wearing makeup or shaving, 43% said they stopped grooming themselves on a daily basis, and 38% started smoking again.
Maybe that’s why the same survey found that 68% said they plan to improve themselves (both mentally and physically) when the pandemic finally ends.

Do you and your partner sleep in separate beds? YouGov poll found that while 66% said sleeping in the same bed with their significant other was the ideal situation, 7% said that if it didn’t affect their relationship, they would rather sleep in their own bed in the same room, while 9% said their ideal sleeping situation would be sleeping in their own bed in a separate room. Women were more likely than men to say they wanted to sleep in their own beds, but this may be why: a previous YouGov poll found that 56% of women said they did not get enough sleep at night compared to 48% of men.

Do you sit down and eat dinner at night as a family? Do you do it without phones? A new study out of Spain has found that sitting around the dinner table without phones could prevent childhood obesity. Why? Conversation and slower eating help you realize when you’re full. Basically, eating in front of a screen leads to mindless eating and over-eating.
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Music News – Monday, April 12

We’re finally getting the inside story behind Janet Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction.”
The stylist who put together the outfits for Miss Jackson and Justin Timberlake is telling all as he prepares to put out a new book full of show biz stories. Scot Lukas said that JT “insisted on doing something bigger than their performance. He wanted a reveal.”
He says the original plan was for Jackson to rock a pearl G-string which would be exposed after Timberlake stepped on her dress. Lukas says of the famous moment seen around the world, “I wouldn’t call it a wardrobe ‘malfunction’ in a million years. It was the most functioning wardrobe in history. As a stylist, it did what it was intended to do.”
He also revealed that there is apparently no bad blood between the two performers over what happened. He told Page Six, “Janet has already forgiven Justin in private. They made their peace a long time ago.”

Black Eyed Peas found Will.I.Am is doing more than making music – he’s making smart masks. The rapper teamed up with Honeywell and a Hollywood design studio to create high-tech face masks that have built-in, noise-cancelling headphones, HEPA filters, a charging port, and L-E-D lights. The futuristic face masks come in two color combos and are now selling for $299 dollars.
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The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, April 9

Carl Wallace owns Diablo’s Southwest Grill in Augusta, Georgia — and recently had to deal with a burglary. Video of the thief carrying something out of the restaurant was captured on a security camera.
Carl posted the video on Facebook. But instead of asking people to track down the burglar in order to punish him, Carl did something very unexpected. He invited the guy to apply for a job.
On Facebook, Carl wrote, “To the would-be robber who is clearly struggling with life decisions or having money issues … please swing by for a job application,” going so far as to share his personal phone number for the man to get in touch with him. “No police. No questions. Let’s sit down and talk about how we could help you and fix the road you’re on.”
Many people applauded Carl for his compassion.
Carl responded by downplaying the decision, explaining, “I can’t fix the world, I can’t save the world, but I can make a difference in one person’s life.” (WIFR-TV)
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The Daily Dish – Friday, April 9

Almost half of Americans want to see Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson run for president.
According to a new poll, 46 percent of respondents would be okay with the star campaigning for the White House, while fewer people want to see Matthew McConaughey run for Texas governor, about 41 percent.
Twenty-nine percent said they want to see both stars run for office, while 17 percent said they’d like to see only the Rock in the White House and 12 percent supported McConaughey for governor of Texas.
The online survey by Piplsay was conducted earlier this month and got responses from 30,138 people aged 18 and older.

Jeopardy! has announced the dates for the next round of guest hosts.
Since the death of Alex Trebek, the game show has been using various fill-ins.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will replace quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and host from April 19th to the 30th. 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker follows from May 3rd to the 14th. And Call Me Kat star Mayim Bialik guest-hosts May 31st to June 11th.
Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta will also guest host, but their dates haven’t been announced.
Reading Rainbow and Star Trek star LeVar Burton is pushing to join the lineup. Earlier this week, he tweeted a petition calling for him to get the job.

Police in Southern California have been getting well acquainted with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
According to The Telegraph, cops have been called to their Montecito estate nine times in nine months. That’s how long they’ve lived in the home, which they bought last July.
The calls ranged from phone requests, alarm activations and property crimes. For instance on Christmas Eve, police were called after a man allegedly trespassed on the property.
During their sit-down with Oprah, Harry and Meghan talked about their security concerns and Markle revealed that she had pleaded with the royal family not to take away their personal protection.
Their protection was withdrawn after they stepped down from their royal duties last year.
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Furry Friends Friday with Lucky from Paws of Hope – April 9


Lucky is the biggest snuggler ever and is always happiest when snuggled up with his favorite person! He gets cold easily, so he loves to burrow under blankets. Lucky is a three to four year old Hound mix and only weighs about 30 pounds. Lucky had a tough life prior to coming to Paws of Hope. He may have been bullied and picked on by the fur kids in his previous home. Because of this, he does resource guarding of his toys and food. We are working on this and making progress a little at a time. We recommend no small children in the home due to his resource guarding. Lucky is currently living with six other dogs and is doing quite well. He isn’t a big fan of aggressive players who get in his face, though. We are unsure of how he is with small kids and cats. Lucky is neutered, heartworm negative, and current on vaccinations. Please contact Paws of Hope at 269-340-0272 or  information@pawsofhope.org to learn more about our special guy, Lucky.... [Read Full Story]