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The Daily Dish – Thursday, January 14

Rebel Wilson reveals she was once kidnapped at gunpoint.
The actress told the story while on the series Straight Talking for Britain’s Sky One and was asked about a time when she experienced the most fear.
The Australian star said, “There was one time in Africa where I got kidnapped.” She said she was traveling in a truck through rural Mozambique with a group of women when another vehicle pulled up beside them. Men with “big guns…poured out” and “started making demands.” They then took Rebel and the women to a “house in the middle of nowhere.”
The actress said she surprised herself, because she was “good in a crisis” and ended up being her group’s team leader. “They sat us down. I said, ‘everybody link arms.’ I’m petrified in the night they might want to take one of the girls or something. Luckily, we weren’t harmed.”
The next day, the women were let go. She recalled that “they came and said, ‘oh, your truck is ready now you can go… So we just didn’t ask any questions, we got back on that truck and just got back out of there and then crossed the South African border a few hours later.”
Looking back, Rebel said she now thinks she knows why they were allowed to leave. “I think maybe those guys used us to smuggle illegal things in the bottom of the truck.”
She didn’t say when this happened.

Jason Sudeikis is praying Olivia Wilde is just going through a Harry Styles “phase.”
A source tells Us Magazine, “Jason’s had no option but to step back and let Olivia do her thing, but he [has his fingers crossed] that this is just a phase and that Olivia will snap out of it or that Harry will get bored and move on before too long.”
The insider adds that Jason is “desperate to” win back his ex so they can “repair their family.”
The timeline of Jason’s breakup with Olivia isn’t clear. A source close to Jason says, “Whether Harry knows it or not, he was a reason for the split.” A Styles source, however, inists the former One Direction member “did not break up an engagement.”

Jeopardy! has announced more guest hosts.
Journalist Katie Couric, NFL star Aaron Rodgers, executive producer Bill Whitaker and actress Mayim Bialik will follow current host Ken Jennings — who replaced Alex Trebek following his November death.
Couric will be the first woman to host the game show.
Jennings, who holds the record for the longest Jeopardy! winning streak, started his run on Monday.
According to a press release, “As a part of each guest host’s appearance, a donation will be made to a charity of their choice. The amount donated will equal the cumulative winnings of the contestants that compete during the weeks they serve as guest host.”
More guest hosts will be announced later in the season.
While a permanent replacement has not been announced, word has it that Jennings is the frontrunner.
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, January 14

Dress up Your Pet Day
Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

A TikTok user is getting mixed reactions after sharing a video of how she took revenge on her cheating boyfriend. User @hollynicoleeee posted a video of herself throwing glitter all over her ex’s apartment — with Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” playing in the background. The glitter is everywhere – on his bed, in his bathroom, all over his furniture, on his clothes … “It’s not key his car in 2021 … no, it’s glitter his EVERYTHING 2021,” she captioned the video.
Many commenters sided with her, saying it was a harmless prank – and even suggesting other places she should have put the glitter, like the ceiling fan. But others called her behavior “childish” and “toxic.”

Looks like the home improvement boom of 2020 isn’t going away in 2021. A study conducted by OnePoll, on behalf of Puffy, found that 70% of respondents said they are upping their home décor game in 2021. Seems 55% said they did a home makeover project in 2020, and 71% said that, after spending more time at home than ever last year, they’re planning to take the project to the next level this year. (SWNS)

Want some cereal in your coffee? International Delight has rolled out Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles Coffee Creamer. Yep, this is a real thing. “The creamer on its own is the exact flavor of Fruity Pebbles cereal. It’s phenomenal. Furthermore, the flavor still shines through in coffee! Many coffee creamers have their flavor drowned out by that of coffee, but not this one! Even with a small amount of creamer, the Fruity Pebbles flavor is noticeable,” @CandyHunting wrote in its review. Yum? (Delish)

Now this is automation we can get behind … This week, during the all-virtual Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung introduced a trio of robots that can do everything from pick up dirty laundry and put away groceries to pour you a glass of wine . And no, they’re not yet available just yet… Finally, parts of the Jetsons are coming to fruition! (Food & Wine)
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Music News – Thursday, January 14

Taylor Swift tells Rolling Stone magazine that she’s happy with her life. “I really like my life right now. I have friends around me all the time. I’ve started painting more. I’ve been working out a lot. I’ve started to really take pride in being strong. I love the album I made. I love that I moved to New York. So in terms of being happy, I’ve never been closer to that.”

Closer Weekly Magazine says Gwen Stefani’s children can’t wait for her to marry Blake Shelton. A source tells the magazine, “Blake treats Gwen’s kids like they’re his own. He adores them, and they love spending time with him. Blake’s relationship with the kids won’t change much once he officially becomes a stepdad.”

Don Henley tells CBS that he doesn’t listen to the band’s songs. “After 44 years, you just really don’t want to hear ‘em when you’re off. When I’m off duty, I’d rather listen to somebody else, or just silence. Silence is good. You don’t get much of it these days anywhere. So I’m a big fan of silence.”

Billy Joel tells The New Yorker that he still keeps himself humble. “I don’t let myself get too big of a head onstage. One minute, I’m Mussolini, up onstage in front of twenty thousand screaming people. And then, a few minutes later, I’m just another guy stuck in traffic on the highway.”
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The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, January 13

When 51-year-old Noel Schoessow of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, was just a fourth grader, he had to undergo eye surgery and recover in a hospital.
While he was in the hospital, he was comforted by a puppet named “Fido.”
Noel wanted to give kids who are in the hospital now something special to keep them from being lonely, so he started a non-profit group called the Bear Hug Project, which buys teddy bears from the Build-A-Bear toy store and distributes them to kids in the hospital.
Since he started it in 2011, more than 3,000 bears have been donated. Every stuffed animal comes with a ribbon and birth certificate — and volunteers come up with a name for each bear.
Noel knows from experience that the bears put smiles on the faces of the children, but also admits that being able to deliver the gifts puts a smile his face as well.
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The Daily Dish – Wednesday, January 13

Alec and Hilaria Baldwin are living apart amid her Spanish heritage scandal.
Sources tell Page Six that Alec is staying at a rental house about a mile away from his family’s Hamptons estate. One insider says he’s been quarantining there as he films a project in New York City.
The separation comes as Hilaria has been accused of posing as a Spanish woman for the past decade, although she was born in Boston. Her real name is Hillary Hayward-Thomas.
The couple are said to be “very upset” over the backlash.

Is this the end of Jimmy Fallon?
Ratings for Monday’s Tonight Show were bad. Really bad. The episode averaged the smallest TV audience ever for an original episode of the show. Only 947,000 viewers tuned in to watch Jimmy with guests Bill Burr, Rashida Jones and Old Dominion.
By comparison, Stephen Colbert’s Late Show on CBS scored 2.03 million viewers, followed by ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! with 1.67 million viewers.
This isn’t new territory for Jimmy. He’s hit record lows twice before in only the last five months. He pulled in 992,000 total viewers on September 25th, 2020 and 1 million viewers on August 18th, 2020.
It seems a long time since Jimmy was the king of late night. Colbert passed him up in November 2018.

Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond has been hospitalized in Florida and may have cancer.
TMZ says the 44-year-old actor went to the hospital over the weekend “after feeling pain all over his body and a general sense of unease.”
Sources say doctors are concerned it’s cancer, and they’re conducting a biopsy.
A spokesperson for the actor said, “It’s serious, but we don’t know how serious yet. He’s going for testing. He hasn’t been feeling well. He’s at an undisclosed hospital in Florida. We are hoping for a speedy recovery.”
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The Coast Social Network with Berrien Community Foundation – Wednesday, January 13


Lisa Cripps-Downey from the Berrien Community Foundation joins Zack to discuss the many local scholarships available to Berrien County students, including the David A. Hicks Scholarship for the Arts. Get more details on Scholarships at the BCF by going to berriencommunity.org, and the David A. Hicks Scholarship for the Arts at davidhicksscholarship.com.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, January 13

Make Your Dream Come True Day: We all have dreams that we put on the back burner. Today’s the day to take the first step to making it happen.

Did you start going gray … last year? Seems for many women, the color of 2020 was gray. A new OnePoll survey found that the average American woman says she feels four years older after the stress of last year. 65% of the women surveyed said they believe 2020 aged them more than ever – and that includes going gray. 52% said they’ve gone gray faster in the last year than they would have, and 42% said they discovered news strands of gray in their hair in the last year. 46% of those said it was the first gray hairs they’d ever had. The survey, which was commissioned by Garnier, found that 33% of respondents said they dyed their hair at home during the pandemic – with 88% saying they did it to cover up their grays. 44% said they colored their hair just to make a change and another 32% said they tried a new color because they were bored.

Here’s another pandemic effect … Seems many people are in such a funk these days that they are “too tired” to clean, cook, exercise, shower, or even have sex. A new British survey of adults found that they feel tired at least four times a day and spend a total of three hours per day feeling low in energy. 41% said their fatigue is a result of not being able to sleep at night, while 31% blame it on stress. 27% said it’s the cold dark winter days that make them tired, 15% said their bad diets drain their energy, and 9% said it’s their kids that exhaust them.

Lose weight … wirelessly. If you’ve ever watched My 600-Lb Life you know that for people who suffer from morbid obesity, gastric-bypass surgery is sometimes the only tool to aid in long-term weight loss. Researchers from Texas A&M University have just discovered, however, that they can mimic the surgery – using light. Yep, via a tiny, wireless implant, light can be used to trigger the nerve in the stomach that tells the brain that you’re full. That means with just a small implant, doctors could one day replace invasive surgery with a simple procedure and produce similar results.
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Music News – Wednesday, January 13

Nick Jonas will set the musical wayback machine to the 1960s for his next gig — playing Frankie Valli in a streaming version of Jersey Boys.
Deadline reports that Nick is set to take the lead in the show, which will be produced by Valli and fellow Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio, who put together the original production. They’ll be joined by the team that created the smash Freddie Mercury bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody.
The show won’t be too much of a stretch for Nick, who actually hit the Broadway stage long before The Jonas Brothers made it big — playing Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol way back in 2000.

Salt-N-Pepa’s here, and spilling all the tea on how their new Lifetime biopic came to fruition. It’s called “Salt-N-Pepa,” and follows the story of how Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton transitioned from community college students to the first female rap act to go platinum. Fun fact: the two actually hated their 1987 hit “Push It,” when they first heard it. “Salt-N-Pepa” premieres January 23rd on Lifetime.

Justin Bieber endorsed a desk chair on ‘Shark Tank.’ The singer made a surprise appearance on the hit ABC show via a pre-recorded tape. The 26-year-old raves about the ALL33, which is going for $799. In the end, not even the Biebs could close the deal. All the Sharks passed on the pitch.
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The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, January 12

It wasn’t a very good football season for Michael Carsley of Atlanta, Georgia, who finished last in his fantasy football league. Because he finished last, he had to suffer the punishment of spending 24 hours in a Waffle House restaurant. But, there was a catch …For every waffle that he ate, one hour would be removed from his total time.
So earlier this month, he sat down and ate 18 waffles — which meant he was in the restaurant for six hours. But while he was there, he was also collecting donations online.
The final bill came to about $49 — but Michael was able to raise $1,040 from people who were cheering him on remotely.
He ended up donating all of that money to his server, Mosammat Shumi, who has worked at Waffle House for 11 years, but had never seen anything quite like this.
Mosammat admitted that she “felt bad” for Michael and wished she “could have made him some thin waffles” earlier in the day.
But it all worked out. Michael fulfilled his obligation to his fantasy football league and Mosammat got the tip of a lifetime and had a day at work that she will never forget.
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The Daily Dish – Tuesday, January 12

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are in talks to play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in the Amazon movie Being the RicardosAaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay and will direct.

If you ever wanted energy like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, here’s your best chance.
The star is launching his own energy drink. It’s called ZOA Energy and will be available in March.
In a promo video, the Rock says, “Ladies & gents, it’s our honor to introduce you to @zoaenergy. The first of its kind CLEAN & HEALTHY energy drink that champions the everyday warrior in all of us who lives LIFE POSITIVE.”
The drink will come in five flavors and be made with natural caffeine derived from green coffee and green tea, according to a press release.
In March, the Rock launched Teremana Tequila.

How did HBO Max get Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis to reunite for a Sex and the City revival? They threw a boatload of cash at them. The stars will each earn more than $1 million per episode for the 10-episode series.
Kim Cattrall, who had said she’d never return to the franchise, won’t be part of the revival or the windfall. But Parker denied a feud on Instagram Sunday, saying, “No. I don’t dislike her. I’ve never said that. Never would.” She added that Kim’s character “Samantha isn’t part of this story. But she will always be part of us. No matter where we are or what we do.”
The revival, titled “And Just Like That…,” will follow Carrie Bradshaw (Parker), Charlotte York (Davis) and Miranda Hobbes (Nixon) as “they navigate love and friendship in their 50s,” according to Variety. Production begins in New York City in late spring.
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, January 12

Kiss a Ginger Day: A good day to give your favorite redhead a smooch … but only if you live with them, of course. Or you can always send them a virtual kiss …
National Hot Tea Day: A good day for a cuppa, as the English say.

Thanks to Ben & Jerry’s , now you don’t have to feel guilty when your dog stares at you as you eat a pint of ice cream. Ben & Jerry’s is introducing a line of treats for dogs called “Doggie Desserts.” The desserts come in little mini-cups and are made with a sunflower butter base. There are currently two flavors: Pontch’s Mix, made with peanut butter and pretzel swirls, and Rosie’s Batch, made with pumpkin and mini cookies. (Delish)

Is Dry January already over? We’re not even midway through the month, but folks are already giving up on their resolutions – including ditching alcohol for the month. But at least they haven’t totally abandoned their goal to drink less. Many are opting for a “Damp” month instead — which simply means cutting back on drinking instead of giving it up altogether for the month. (Insider)

Got brain fog? Go for a jog. A French study found that just a quick, 15-minute run will not only give you a boost in energy and happiness … but it will help you think more clearly and be more productive. (Quartz)

Do you love your slippers? Do you spend most of your day in your slippers? Then you’ll want to hear this … UK apparel company Bedroom Athletics is looking for a slipper tester to try out their new slippers. You’ll need to wear the slippers 12 hours a day, two days a month … for an entire year. And, of course you’ll have to provide feedback on the slippers. And for your hard “work” you’ll get $450 a month or $5,400 a year. The company is located in the UK, but it appears that anyone in the world can apply. You’ll just need to do it before January 31st. (Travel & Leisure)

For those of you who have a lot of success on dating apps, or know somebody who does, it seems you’re more likely to cheat. A new study found that people who do well on dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge are more likely to cheat on their partner because of “self-perceived desirability.” Yep, shockingly, people who think they are “all that” are more likely to cheat … (Science Direct)
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Music News – Tuesday, January 12

Dr. Anthony Fauci thinks that if everyone would smarten up and practice COVID-19 protocols, we could see theaters and other live entertainment venues reopening “sometime in the fall of 2021.”
He says, “If everything goes right…by the time we get to the early to mid-fall, you can have people feeling safe performing onstage as well as people in the audience.”
But for this to happen, vaccine distribution needs to succeed, theaters have to have good ventilation and proper air filters, and audience members will have to wear masks. Under those circumstances, Fauci says, “I think you can then start getting back to almost full capacity of seating.”
While the concert industry is hopeful for touring to resume this year, many artists have already been moving 2021 shows to 2022.

A man who’s accused of stalking Katy Perry is in even bigger trouble right now — after he skipped a court date on Friday.
William Terry allegedly hopped a fence in an effort to get into Katy’s Beverly Hills home last September, and was formally charged with one count of trespassing last Wednesday. TMZ reports that the 38-year-old was supposed to show up for an arraignment on Friday, but failed to appear — so a judge issued a warrant for his arrest.
Terry had spent months sending lewd and threatening messages to Katy and Orlando Bloom, so a court issued a restraining order keeping him from contacting either of them in any way.

And, for those of you that are fans of the Netflix show “Ozark,” Julia Garner, aka Ruth Langmore, may play Madonna in a new movie about the pop star’s life.
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The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, January 11

When coronavirus hit in March of last year, University of Pennsylvania student Ben Berman was planning a dinner party with a handful of friends, but had to cancel the party because everything was getting shut down.
So instead of feeding his friends at his place, Ben made pizza — and then dropped the pizza in paper bags down from his second-story window, using a string and pully system.
Well, that stunt has grown since then, and Ben is now selling the pizza from his window to anyone who makes a donation. But instead of pocketing the money, he’s donating all the proceeds to charity.
Amazingly, he’s already raised more than $30,000 — and says he wants to “keep adding on zeros to that number.”
If all goes according to plan, he’ll receive his Master of Business Administration degree in the spring and work in the health care industry. And even though he expects to be busy with his career, he hopes to keep this charity effort as a big part of his life moving forward. (New York Post)
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The Daily Dish – Monday, January 11

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have “no plans” to return to social media any time soon.
A source tells The Times of London that the couple are “very unlikely” to have an online presence because of the “hate” they’ve received.
Their last post was on Instagram in March 2020. They wrote a goodbye message saying “while you may not see us here, the work continues.”
While they’re done with social media, they’re not done with the royal family. Harry and Meghan will reportedly reunite publicly with the Queen at her annual birthday parade in the spring.

Jason Sudeikis isn’t taking Olivia Wilde‘s romance with Harry Styles well.
A source tells ET that the couple wanted to remain close after their split for the “sake of their kids,” but Jason “has been really hurt and somewhat jealous that Olivia has moved on with Harry.”
Jason had hope he and Olivia “would eventually reconcile and get back together,” according to the insider.
There’s been some question about the timing of their breakup, but the source tells ET it was “almost a year ago,” not in November.
The source says Olivia, who directed Harry in upcoming psychological thriller Don’t Worry Darling, “is really happy with Harry and they have fun together and have gotten to be really close through spending so much time together both on set and in their personal lives.”

Mashable says HBO is bringing back Sex and the City. Ten half-hour episodes will air on HBO Max and will star Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis as Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes and Charlotte York. The show will follow the trio as they try to navigate life, friendships and relationships in their 50s  Kim Cattrall will not be returning to the series.
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, January 11

Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day: A good day to act like a kid.
National Clean off Your Desk Day: Observed annually on the second Monday in January, this is a day to start the new year fresh … with a clean and organized desk.

So just how stressful was 2020 for people? According to a new survey, nearly 17% went to therapy for the first time last year, and 15% began taking meds for anxiety and depression for the first time in 2020.

We all wish we could just lose weight on our sleep, right? Well, now you can – and, apparently, all it takes is drinking some tea. A study from the University of Tsukuba in Japan found that drinking oolong tea jump starts the body’s fat burning process … even when you’re asleep. According to researchers, just two cups of oolong tea a day increases the breakdown of fat.

And speaking of losing weight, A new study by Anglia Ruskin University reveals that increasing your coffee intake could lead to weight loss. Researchers had women, between the ages of 20 and 43, drink two to three cups of coffee a day. The women lost an average of 3.4% body fat during the study. Women, between the ages of 45 and 69, drank four or more cups per day and lost 4.1% body fat.

If you were able to peek into your own future, would you do it? Seems most people wouldn’t. A study found that 90% said they would not want to find out about any negative things happening to them in the future. But it seems that it’s not just bad news that people don’t want to hear about. 40% -70% said they didn’t want to learn about any future positive things either. Just 1% of those who participated in the research said they would want to know what the future holds for them.
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Music News – Monday, January 11

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton just had their path to the altar cleared — by a Catholic Church decision to annul her marriage to Gavin Rossdale.
Us magazine reports, “Gwen was told the decision was made by the Vatican tribunal. She will be receiving the notification in writing in the next few weeks, but it’s official. It was a huge relief for Gwen because she wanted to get married by her priest and have the marriage recognized by the Catholic church.
The Catholic Church doesn’t allow divorced people to have church weddings, but it does grant annulments — which state that the previous marriage was “not valid” for one of many reasons.

Ed Sheeran is set to drop another new song — but you won’t see his name on it.
He’ll make his debut as a producer and re-mixer with a revamp of “Sword From the Stone,” a track by his longtime friend Passenger. Ed isn’t actually putting his name on the track, but is calling it the “Gingerbread Remix” — a reference to his hair color. Of course, Passenger is also an alias — the stage name of Michael Rosenberg.
A source close to the project tells Britain’s Sun, “They have been friends for years after meeting when they were teenagers and have covered songs together before but never done anything like this. Getting together in the studio wasn’t really an option in 2020, but Ed has produced this new remix of ‘Sword From the Stone’ and they both love it.”
The song is due for release next Friday.
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Furry Friends Friday with Tigger from Berrien Co Animal Control – January 8


Meet our very own Tigger! Named for his bouncy and happy-go-lucky personality, Tigger is our newest dog to the adoption floor. Tigger is a neutered male, estimated to be 1-2 years old. Tigger may have a lot of energy, but he also has manners to go along with it! Tigger seems to prefer the lady dogs (please see his sunglasses… who could deny that hunk of burning love?) and would likely do best with older kiddos who can handle all that love he needs to give! Come get your very own house Tigger– He’s bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun! “But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers, is I’m the only one. Oh, IIIII’m the only one!”  Please contact Berrien County Animal Control at 269-927-5658 to learn more about our terrific Tigger!... [Read Full Story]

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, January 8

Two months ago, the Steubenville Police Department in Ohio mourned the loss of their beloved police dog – Bono.
Just last year, Bono and his handler, Sgt. Rob Cook, were responsible for 220 drug seizures and 20 firearm seizures. Bono also appeared at dozens of public relations events at local schools and various organizations in the first 11 months of 2020.
So when Bono passed away, it was a big loss for the police department, as well as the entire community.
Well, a family in that community stepped up to fill the void by donating the money for another K-9 police dog.
The Teramana family – who helped bring Bono onto the police department – is making sure his legacy lives on with Bono’s replacement.
City officials praised the generosity of the family, pointing out that they’ve gone out of their way to do things for the city without being asked.
And because of the gift, the Steubenville Police Department will continue to be able to do an excellent job of searching for drugs and weapons – as well as lost children.
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The Daily Dish – Friday, January 8

Shia LaBeouf and Margaret Qualley have broken up as the actor faces allegations of abuse from his ex-girlfriend, singer FKA Twigs.
A source tells People magazine, “They broke up on Saturday. They’re just in different places in their lives.”
Another insider says Qualley was aware of the “backlash” she received for dating LaBeouf, who’s been accused of sexual and physical assault.
Shia and Margaret, who starred in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and is the daughter of actress Andie MacDowell, became an item after starring together in the steamy video for “Love Me Like You Hate Me” in the early fall.

A woman was arrested at Johnny Depp‘s Hollywood Hills home after she allegedy broke into the mansion while the actor was away.
TMZ reports the woman, who was possibly homeless, entered the house over the weekend, tripping the security system and alerting police.
The suspect was reportedly found nearby and was connected to another recent burglary.
It’s unclear if anything was taken from Johnny’s home.

The Daily Mail says the London Zoo has rejected comedian Ricky Gervais’ request to be thrown to the lions after he dies. They released a statement saying, ”We suspect Ricky may be a bit gristly for our lions. But we are struggling financially because of lockdown so if anyone wants to ‘give something back’ we welcome donations that will help us keep our lions fed on a more suitable diet.”
Ricky told Conan O’Brien: ”It would be good to be fed to lions at London Zoo. It would be good to give something back. We eat animals and destroy habits and at least then I could give something back.”
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, January 8

National Bubble Bath Day: A good day to soak in a tub.

Can a puppy save you from political differences? We’re more politically divided than ever, but … dogs to the rescue. A new survey found that dogs can bring people of different parties together. 87% of the dog owners surveyed said they’ve been able to bond and find common ground with a fellow dog owner … even if they have political differences. (Best Life)

Are you dealing with a financial hangover this year? You’re not alone. According to a new survey, more than 50% of those surveyed admitted they’re experiencing a financial hangover because of their holiday spending. And it will take them about seven weeks to get their finances back on track after their holiday spending. 64% of respondents said they regret not handling their finances better in 2020.

Have you been doing better during COVID than most? This probably seems like a no-brainer, but a new survey found that people who are more laid back – basically those who take things more slowly than most — are doing better with all of this. And it seems these “chill” people are also more optimistic. One big common denominator with these chill people? Cooking. 71% of those surveyed said they use food and cooking as a way to connect with people.(SWNS)

Bad news if you’re always short on time. Global time officials now want to shorten a minute to 59 seconds. They say the Earth’s rotation is speeding up, making the day slightly less than 24 hours. It’s a tiny change (For example, Sunday lasted only 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59.9998927 seconds) but it’s something we could really start noticing after a few decades. 2021 is expected to be about 19-milliseconds short of a typical year.
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Music News – Friday, January 7

Miley Cyrus tells Capital FM that she and Elton John have recorded a cover of Metallica’s ”Nothing Else Matters.” “I did a Metallica cover of ‘Nothing Else Matters’ featuring Elton John on piano, I’ve got Yo-Yo Ma, Chad Smith; so many all-stars in this band. I’m so excited about this collaboration. I mean, having Elton John and Metallica and me … I love when ingredients don’t quite fit,” she said. “Or it seems like a concoction that no one would ever put together, and you gotta have someone like [the song’s producer Andrew] Watt that will take that risk.”

Lindsey Buckingham tells Rolling Stone magazine that he is disappointed about the way things ended between him and Fleetwood Mac. “Am I heartbroken about not doing another tour with Fleetwood Mac? No, because I can see that there are many other areas to look into. But the one thing that does bother me and breaks my heart is we spent 43 years always finding a way to rise above our personal differences and our difficulties to pursue and articulate a higher truth. That is our legacy. That is what the songs are about. This is not the way you end something like this.”

Huey Lewis tells Classic Pop magazine that he never thought his band’s iconic “Sports” album would spawn a whopping six hit songs. “If you didn’t have a hit single, you didn’t exist, so we decided to produce ourselves in our own hometown, not in L.A. like everybody else, because we wanted to make those commercial decisions ourselves. We didn’t know we were going to have six [hits]! We just wanted one, but we also didn’t know if it was going to be a rocker or a ballad. If you listen to “Sports” now, it sounds like a record of its time – a collection of singles. That’s what the market demanded and that’s what we did. That’s probably the last ‘commercial’ decision we made, because after that record went ‘kaboom,’ we made a deal with ourselves that we’d only do things for creative reasons rather than financial ones, and haven’t done since. I’m proud of that.”
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The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, January 7

It was quite a year for a dog named Athena from Bourbon, Missouri. To start 2020 off, she had a life-saving surgery that involved having one of her legs amputated. Then, soon after that, Athena made a run for it, escaping from the yard of her owner, Dylan Summers.
Luckily, in early December, a pet rescue in East St. Louis, Illinois, took in Athena. The staff at the rescue didn’t know her real name, so they named her “Miss-A-Toe.”
That pet rescue then posted an online picture of Athena – or “Miss-A-Toe” – which led to a miracle.
A friend of Dylan’s saw the picture online and was able to let him know that Athena was safe.
Athena and Dylan were reunited. And, Dylan says Athena has settled in back in at home quickly, “like she never left.”
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The Daily Dish – Thursday, January 7

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have indeed grown apart.
A source tells Us Magazine, “Kanye is jealous of the amount of time Kim has dedicated to prison reform and the kids.”
The insider adds that Kanye “wanted the family to move to Wyoming full-time,” but Kim didn’t want to give up her life in Calabasas.
It seems they’re also not on the same page when it comes to couples’ therapy. The insider says the two “haven’t had a joint session together in a while,” and that “Kim has continued to meet with their marriage counselor in solo sessions.”
Now Kim’s waiting to finalize a settlement before filing for divorce.

Parents are celebrating the death of an animated child. The PBS series, “Caillou” has been canceled. Parents took to social media to say how thankful they were with one tweeting, “Caillou was a brat and horrible example for kids.” Apparently a lot of people felt that way. In one clip from the show, Caillou is at the grocery store and asks his mom for cookies. She says no, but he eventually runs off to try and get them anyway. Then he gets lost and blames his mom for it.

Katie Couric has been tapped to take over as guest host of “Jeopardy!” for a week. This week the last episodes Alex Trebek taped before his death are airing. Next week, GOAT “Jeopardy” contestant Ken Jennings is guest hosting. He says before Alex Trebek died, he gave him his blessing to take on the gig. Alex Trebek died in November after battling pancreatic cancer.

How shallow can you get? Dr. Dre’s home was targeted amid his ongoing hospitalization. The LAPD says four suspects are currently in custody after a car chase with police. The group could not get into the house, so nothing was stolen. The 55-year-old music mogul is currently in the hospital recovering from a brain aneurysm.
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, November 7

  • National Tempura Day: a Japanese dish of fish, shellfish, or vegetables, fried in batter.
  • National Bobblehead Day

Thinking of getting married? Consult with a divorce attorney first. Sounds a little backwards, right. But, according to experts, meeting with a divorce lawyer before getting hitched can help couples understand their relationship better when it comes to make-or-break stressors including money, privacy, pre-nuptial agreements and children, as well as things like property laws. (Insider)

More proof that plant-based may be the biggest food trend of 2021 … Jimmy Dean, yep, the sausage king, is introducing two new breakfast sandwiches featuring plant-based patties: Jimmy Dean’s Plant-Based Patty, Egg & Cheese Croissant Sandwich and Plant-Based Patty & Frittata Sandwich. The egg and cheese kinda defeats the whole plant-based thing – but, hey, at least the patty is plant-based. (The Takeout)

Is 30 the new 60? A new survey found that 64% of Americans between the ages of 25 and 45 feel physically older than their real age. But this is interesting … While they feel physically older, 73% say they feel mentally younger than their actual age.
What makes people feel so old? Aches and pains, apparently. And it seems these aches and pains have a lot to do with how much sitting and looking at devices that we are doing.
According to the survey, these are the top locations of aches and pains:
  1. Neck — 54%
  2. Joints — 51%
  3. Back — 50%
  4. Head — 40%
  5. Legs — 38%
What makes people feel more immature than their age? Not wanting to deal with the “challenges” of being an adult.
According to the survey, these are the biggest challenges of being an adult:
  1. Being responsible for my physical health — 40%
  2. Cooking balanced meals on a regular basis — 36%
  3. Budgeting — 36%
  4. Keeping my home clean — 34%
  5. Buying nutritious food while grocery shopping — 34% (SWNS)
Adulting is hard.
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Music News – Thursday, January 7

Now that we’ve closed the book on 2020, we can confirm something most folks knew already — Taylor Swift rules the musical world.
Rolling Stone‘s year-end count says Tay’s Folklore was 2020’s best-selling album, and it was a long, long way back to the closest competition. Swifties snapped up 1.2 million copies of Folklore, with second place going to The Weeknd, who sold 476,000 copies of After Hours. Taylor actually made the Top 10 a second time with Evermore, which sold 270,000 copies in the three weeks it was available.

Dr. Dre is thanking friends and fans for their well wishes as he remains hospitalized in Los Angeles following a brain aneurysm.
He wrote on Instagram, “Thanks to my family, friends and fans for their interest and well wishes. I’m doing great and getting excellent care from my medical team.” He went on to thanks his doctors and said he will be “out of the hospital and back home soon.”
The 55-year-old rapper, producer and music exec was rushed to Cedar-Sinai Medical Center Monday after suffering an aneurysm. He is in stable condition and undergoing tests to determine the cause of the bleeding in his brain.

Mick Fleetwood tells Rolling Stone magazine that he would love to see a musical about the band. “There’s always been talk about doing something like that. I hope it can happen at some point. A lot of people, understandably, would say, “Wow, that would make a really good musical.” It is an incredibly interesting story, especially the period around Rumours.”
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