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The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, August 6

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A little less than two years ago, Daniel Donaldson — a longtime youth sports coach in Haleyville, Alabama — was introduced to a 14-year-old athlete named Alecia.
When Daniel and his wife, Tiffany, learned that Alecia was in need of a stable family, they invited her to stay with them. After being given a four-month temporary custody period, Alecia eventually moved in permanently.
The arrangement was working great. Alecia fit right in with Daniel and Tiffany’s three kids. And, Daniel and Tiffany left it up to Alecia if she would like to become legally adopted.
Well, Alecia decided to make it official — and broke the news to Daniel during a “birthday surprise.”
The family tricked Daniel into attending a “birthday photoshoot” on a beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
While they were at the beach, they blindfolded Daniel while Alecia held up a bunch of signs on poster board, explaining the back story and why she would like Daniel to adopt her.
When Daniel finally took off his blindfold he learned what the trip to the beach was all about when Alecia, Tiffany and the children held up signs reading: “Let’s make it official. Will you adopt me?”
It was a big step for Alecia. As she explained, Daniel started out as her coach, but also filled the roles of protector and provider — and eventually became the man she calls “daddy.” (Yahoo Sports)
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The Daily Dish – Friday, August 6

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Ryan Reynolds made one of his career fantasies a reality — by getting Mariah Carey to let him use “Fantasy” in his new movie, Free Guy.
Reynolds, who has a history of using some interesting song selections in his movies after he put Celine Dion‘s “Ashes” into Deadpool 2, played it a little more straight this time. He tells Variety, “I am a huge Mariah Carey fan. I got to speak with [her] and talked to her a little bit about how much of an engine and an agent of progress that this song had been in terms of our creative process. She’s just been awesome about it.”
The Mimi hookup almost didn’t happen, though, according to Reynolds, who says “I initially put a song in the script by The Outfield called ‘Your Love.’ It’s an old ’80s tune. It’s great, but it just didn’t have that epic scale I was looking for. And then ‘Fantasy’ just came on my playlist and everything clicked in.”

Britney Spears‘ new lawyer has put the pedal to the metal — and wants her dad out of her life as soon as possible.
Mathew Rosengart filed official paperwork to remove Jamie Spears as Brit’s conservator last week, but he wasn’t happy with the timeline set by the judge. Judge Brenda Penny set the next hearing on Britney’s case for September 29th, but Rosengart wants to speed things along and asked that it be held on August 23rd.
Rosengart wrote, “In short, although a two-month wait for a hearing on the Petition may not seem significant in the context of 13 years, Ms. Spears should not be forced to continue feel traumatized, lose sleep and suffer further.”  (Variety)

A Canadian family became stranded on a lake in Canada and had an unexpected run-in with a shark.
Tom Lawson, a former minor league hockey goalie, was with his wife and kids on Lake Joseph in Ontario when their boat ran out of gas and left them stranded. They were getting very nervous as the sun began to set and were calling out to get someone’s attention. Luckily for them, Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec happened to be nearby on his jet ski and heard their calls for help. He said at first he thought they were calling out to him because they’re fans of Shark Tank, but then realized they needed help.
The Canadian businessman tied a rope to their boat and towed them back to shore. The family then snapped a photo with their hero. (TMZ)
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Furry Friends Friday with Scout from Berrien County Animal Control – Friday, August 6

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Scout is a 1-2 year old male Texas Heeler. Scout enjoys playing with other dogs, doesn’t mind cats, and lived with kids before coming to Berrien County Animal Control. He is a wonderfully well-behaved boy. Scout absolutely loves playing in water and you could win his heart by taking him out for a beach day. He isn’t a huge fan of treats, but loves to try out new tricks. Please contact Berrien County Animal Control at 269-927-5648 to learn more about our smart boy, Scout!... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, August 6

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TODAY IS:
  • International Beer Day
  • Root Beer Float Day
  • Wiggle Your Toes Day

Toymaker Mattel has introduced a new Barbie doll honoring one of the scientists who created the COVID-19 vaccine. Oxford professor Sarah Gilbert was the project leader for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, and now she’s a Barbie doll. Gilbert says, “I am passionate about inspiring the next generation of girls into STEM careers and hope that children who see my Barbie will realize how vital careers in science are, to help the world around us.” (CBS News)

Going on vacation with someone you’re dating is a big relationship milestone. How long should you wait before you take your first vacation together? According to a YouGov poll, 21% think you should wait at least 4-6 months. 14% said 1-3 months is enough. 9% said 7-9 months, and 8% said you should be together 10-12 months. 7% said 1-2 years. And then there were the 3% who said a week of dating was enough time to go on a trip together.

The FAA is now asking airport Duty Free shops to keep an eye on how much booze they’re selling after a huge spike in unruly behavior on planes. Most airlines have seen a major jump in crazy drunks causing trouble with the crew and other passengers. Last week, an airline had to duct tape a dude to his chair after he wouldn’t stop getting ‘handsy’ with the flight attendants.

Last year’s lockdowns didn’t stop us from finding others to talk to on the internet. Tinder says 2020 was its busiest year ever. The dating app reports a record amount of activity on the platform last year, with 42 percent more matches per member. Tinder isn’t alone…Match, OkCupid and Plenty of Fish all saw way more digital discussions last year.

Pumpkin spice season is fast approaching … And, apparently, pumpkin spice ramen noodles are a thing. Cup Noodles, a staple of college dorm rooms, has a Pumpkin Spice Nissin Cup Noodles. (The Takeout)
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Music News – Friday, August 6

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Britney Spears shared exciting developments in her life. On Thursday she posted four times to Instagram, including a tech upgrade. (quote) “This is a groundbreaking day. I got my first iPad. I am so excited. I’ve always had a little phone, but now this iPad is in my hands. My life is changing as we speak.”
A source close to Britney told Entertainment Tonight how the singer “feels more and more liberated. Britney is fearless.”
Britney’s Instagram feed demonstrated this new attitude. She prefaced an “ask me anything” video, (quote) “Things are way better than I ever anticipated. So, here are a couple of questions from you — apart from the drama and the conservatorship.”
Britney said how she loves “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus. She uses vanilla-scented lotion because it smells “fresh and girly.” Britney loves to shop at J.Crew and even posed in a sundress from the store. Britney prefers traditional snacks if offered Baked Lays potato chips or regular ones, (quote) “I would have to say that I would choose a real deal Lay, definitely.” (Daily Mail)

Britney Spears‘ new lawyer has put the pedal to the metal — and wants her dad out of her life as soon as possible.
Mathew Rosengart filed official paperwork to remove Jamie Spears as Brit’s conservator last week, but he wasn’t happy with the timeline set by the judge. Judge Brenda Penny set the next hearing on Britney’s case for September 29th, but Rosengart wants to speed things along and asked that it be held on August 23rd.
Rosengart wrote “In short, although a two-month wait for a hearing on the Petition may not seem significant in the context of 13 years, Ms. Spears should not be forced to continue feel traumatized, lose sleep and suffer further.”  (Variety)

Since we’re still waiting for new music from AdeleCourteney Cox and daughter Coco Arquette decided to fill the gap with their version of “Chasing Pavements.”
The Friends star has been busy with her music sideline lately. She and Coco recently teamed up for a version of Taylor Swift‘s “Cardigan,” and she also recruited Brandi Carlile, Ed Sheeran and Elton John for a parody of John’s “Tiny Dancer.”
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The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, August 5

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In Rochester, Minnesota, 16-year-old Riley Landon is hard at work on his Eagle Scout project — and that project involves bikes and bike parts all over his family’s backyard.
Riley has been working all summer, fixing old bikes and making sure they’re in perfect working order — all with the goal of donating them to those in need.
He has a goal of fixing 60 bikes in total, with about 30 going to the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester and another 30 going to homeless people or other people who might need them.
Riley’s passion for biking inspired the project — which has led to him connecting with the community in a big way, even at this young age. (KTTC-TV)
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The Daily Dish – Thursday, August 5

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Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards is expeced to become the permanent host of the game show, according to Variety.
Richards, whose hosting experience includes The WB’s High School Reunion and The CW’s Beauty and the Geek, is reportedly  in “advanced negotiations” with Sony Pictures Television to replace the late Alex Trebek.
Beginning in January, Jeopardy!  had been guest-hosted by a slew of celebrities — including Mayim Bialik, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Dr. Oz, Ken Jennings, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, Aaron Rodgers and LeVar Burton.

Kendall Jenner is being sued for $1.5 million for allegedly skipping out on a modeling gig.
Italian fashion house Liu Jo accuses the model of breaching the terms of a contract by failing to appear at the second of two planned photo shoots. She was reportedly paid a total of $1.5 million, plus a 20 percent service fee.
The shoot was set to take place in London in March 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic. Liu Jo says they tried to reschedule but Kendall allegedly “ceased responding” to them. Meanwhile, Kendall’s management claims they’ve tried repeatedly to reschedule.
Kendall was the highest-paid model in the world in 2018 with $22.5 million in earnings.

Following his #MeToo Scandals of the past, Louis CK has announced a 24-city comeback comedy tour that starts next weekend with two nights at New York City’s Madison Square Garden and ends with two nights in Boston in mid-December. TheWrap

Mel Brooks has written his memoir at age 95. All About Me! My Remarkable Life in Show Business will be published on November 30th. The legend has also recorded an audiobook version that will be released at the same time. (Deadline)
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, August 5

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TODAY IS:
  • National Blogger Day
  • National Oyster Day
  • National India Pale Ale (IPA) Day
  • National Underwear Day
A recent survey looked into how often we CHANGE our underwear.  Spoiler alert:  Not everyone changes them every day. Only 68% of Americans say they usually wear a pair once and then wash them.  For everyone else, it varies. 13% said twice . . . 6% said three to five times . . . 3% said SIX times or more without washing . . . and another 10% weren’t sure, or said they’d rather not answer. 48% of Americans said they’ve NEVER worn the same underwear more than once.

The twins are taking over … According to new research, the number of twins being born in the U.S. has increased by more than 70% over the last 30 years. Some of the reasons include IVF treatments and moms having kids at an older age.

Has working from home been painful? As much as many people love the flexibility and work-life balance of remote working, some have found the experience painful – literally. A new survey has found that 2 in 3 remote workers have suffered physical pain from working from home – including back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, and eye strain. Because our living spaces don’t always have designated offices, employees are working in places that aren’t the best for their muscles and joints. And many people working from home are putting in longer hours – which is causing eye pain and headaches from long hours staring at screens.

Speaking of work … Do you find meaning in what you do for a living? While 55% of respondents in a new YouGov poll said their job made a meaningful contribution to the world, 22% said their job was meaningless.

Did you reconnect with an ex during the pandemic? A new study of married couples and those in long-term relationships found that 62% said they kept someone on the “back burner” during the pandemic, in case their current relationship didn’t work out. Ouch. And more than 50% of respondents said the person on the “back burner” was an ex. (Independent)
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Music News – Thursday, August 5

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Mariah Carey took the lyrics to her smash “Heartbreaker” seriously during the video shoot — where she shot down the advances of Jerry O’Connell.
The actor recalled the 1999 incident in his new role as co-host of The Talk, putting a personal twist on a 40th anniversary celebration of MTV. O’Connell said “They called me the day before it shot, someone must have dropped out. Full disclosure, I did shoot my shot with Mariah. I tried to get digits. It did not work out. She’s a very nice girl. She let me down easily and softly, but that was not going to happen.”

Fans can finally get a good look at Camila Cabello‘s movie debut — in the full-length trailer for Amazon Prime’s re-imagining of the classic Cinderella.
This version of the story is set in the modern day, with Camila playing an orphan in the care of evil stepmother Idina Menzel — who’s come a long way from her Frozen days. But instead of dreaming of meeting a handsome prince, this Cinderella hopes to escape and become a famous fashion designer.
The soundtrack will feature plenty of cool music, including remakes of several classic tunes. Billy Porter takes on Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Shining Star,” Idina Menzel revamps Madonna’s “Material Girl” and Camila leads the cast through a version of Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation.”
Both the movie and soundtrack are due for release on September 3rd.

Carole King is an admitted recluse who rarely leaves her home in Idaho, but she says she’s making an exception this October.
Asked by Variety how she feels about getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a second time this year — having previously been inducted as a songwriter — King tells the publication, “It’s a great honor. In fact, I’ll tell you what a great honor it is: I’m actually going!…I’m leaving Idaho.”
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled for October 30 in Cleveland at Rocket Mortgage Field House. Tickets are on sale now.  King will be inducted along with Foo FightersTodd RundgrenThe Go-Go’sTina Turner and JAY-Z.
Because she doesn’t leave her house, King recently teamed up with Jennifer Hudson via Zoom to write “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),” the end title theme for the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect, in which Hudson stars. It’s out August 13.
The two chatted with Variety together via Zoom, during which King, who’ll be 80 next year, told Hudson, “I feel…so blessed…to have somebody like you that is carrying this light and this love and this positive energy forward.”
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The Coast Social Network with Berrien Community Foundation – Wednesday, August 4

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Lisa Cripps-Downey from the Berrien Community Foundation and Lynne Clayton of Water Street Glassworks join Zack to talk about the return of the BCF Arts Challenge and how you can help support 9 awesome local arts organizations stay on their feet and keep their doors open. Head to berriencommunity.org for details and to donate.... [Read Full Story]