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The Coast Social Network with Cornerstone Alliance – Monday, May 24

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Jessica from Cornerstone Alliance joins Zack to profile the exciting expansion of local concrete supplier Bos Concrete, LLC as they continue building their new plant in Sodus. Apply for open positions at bosconcrete.com, and get more information on how Cornerstone can help your business grow at gomichigan.com!
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, May 24

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TODAY IS:
  • BROTHER’S DAY – Your brother may have tormented you as a child and, on at least one occasion, locked you in a room filled with snakes or farts, but today we celebrate him anyway. DID YOU KNOW?… 80 percent of Americans have at least one brother or sister.
  • SCAVENGER HUNT DAY – Invented in the 1930s by a New York socialite named Elsa Maxwell; she created them as a party gag for the rich and famous. ‘Hunters’ would go out in search of crazy and sometimes illegal experiences like ‘punching a cop in the face’ or ‘terrorizing goats’ at a petting zoo. These days, people search for random stuff like acorns, feathers and other boring crap in the backyard.
  • NATIONAL ESCARGOT DAY – ‘Escargot’ (ESS-car-go) is the French word for “snail.” It’s also what they call it when you cook shelled snails with garlic, butter and wine. They’re a great source of protein, iron and magnesium – but first, you gotta get over the fact you’re eating snails.

Want a date? Get a shot. A survey found that more than 50% of Gen Zers will only go on dates with people who have been vaccinated. And Tinder wants to help with that. They’ve teamed up with the White House to help members find a vaccination site near them. Members can also add stickers to their profile like “I’m Vaccinated” or “Vaccines Save Lives.” And from June 2nd through July 4th, members who add a sticker to their profile will get a free Super Like. Other dating apps, including Bumble, Hinge, Match, OKCupid, BLK, Chispa, Plenty of Fish, and Badoo are also participating in the vaccine promotion. (Tech Crunch)

Lots of people plan to get in touch with nature this summer. According to a new survey, being inside for so long has people yearning to spend some time in the great outdoors. So where is everyone going? 51% said they want to drive to the nearest lake or river, 49% want to go to a national monument, and 47% want to visit a state park. And — no surprise — camping (41%), swimming (40%), and fishing (38%) were the top things people wanted to do.

And, no, you’re not the only one sweating more than usual. In much of the country, May is feeling like July or August. Almost a month before official summer, over a dozen heat records are being set. Record temps are moving south for today and tomorrow. We could be seeing our first 100 degree reading of the year in Georgia. And then by the middle part of the week, the high-temp records move up to the northeast. 70 percent of the west is covered in drought – the driest it’s been in 127 years.
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Music News – Monday, May 24

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Making up, at least partially, for his Grammy Awards snub earlier this year, The Weeknd was the big winner at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards in L.A. with 10 trophies.
The singer should be able to console himself with the fact that the Billboards are based on hard numbers and not voters’ whims, and that he walked away with such honors as Top ArtistTop Male ArtistTop R-&-B Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist and Top Hot 100 Song, Top R-&-B Song and Top Radio Song for “Blinding Lights.”
Other multiple winners included Coast artists Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga.
But the show was really about the performances — over a dozen of them — including hits medleys from Icon Award winner PinkAlicia KeysDuran Duran and Jonas Brothers, featuring Marshmello.
A number of artists brought family members with them, including Pink, who performed “Cover Me in Sunshine” in the air with her nine-year-old daughter, Willow. Former First Lady Michelle Obama introduced Alicia Keys’s special performance. And Jon Bon Jovi presented Pink with her Icon Award. The show aired live on NBC last night, hosted by Nick Jonas.

Ed Sheeran and Harry Styles top the Times of London‘s annual list of “wealthiest young musicians” in the U.K. and Ireland.
Ed, who’ll age out of the 30-and-under list next year, ran away with the title thanks to a fortune of $311 million. It’s a long way back to Harry, who’s “only” worth $106 million. Harry’s former One Direction mates Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne landed at fourth, fifth and sixth, with Little Mix breaking up a clean sweep with their third-place finish.
Though those numbers are pretty good, they don’t compare to the older generation on the overall list — topped by Paul McCartney, who’s worth a cool $1.1 billion dollars. Yes, with a B.
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The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, May 21

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The Utah Jazz basketball team is getting ready for the playoffs.
With a few days off, the team did something special that touched the lives of 30 high school students, awarding them full-ride, four-year college scholarships.
Hundreds of students applied and there was a special focus on kids who needed a financial boost to make college happen. The scholarships could really have a life-changing impact, as 90% of the awards went to first-generation college students.
And everything was made even more special as players on the team — such as Donovan Mitchel and Joe Ingles — were the ones contacting the students to share the good news. (NBA)
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The Daily Dish – Friday, May 21

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Prince William and Prince Harry have both condemned the BBC after the network admitted it engaged in “deceitful behavior” to secure that now infamous 1995 TV interview with Princess Diana.
William said, “The deceitful way the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said,” and he even blamed it for ending his parents’ marriage. William added, “BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.”
Prince Harry blasted the BBC as well as all British media, saying, “The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life.”
An official BBC inquiry recently found that journalist Martin Bashir used “deceitful methods,” including false documents and trickery, to gain access to the Princess for his  interview. During the controversial sit-down, Diana famously said that “there were three of us in this marriage,” referring to Prince Charles’ relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay praised the 11-year-old Florida girl, who thwarted a kidnapping.
Police nabbed the culprit. Jared Paul Stanga was easily identifiable. Sheriff Chip Simmons said (quote) “When we caught him, the suspect had blue slime all over his arms.”
Earlier this week, Alyssa Bonal fought off the knife-wielding attack. Then smeared him with homemade blue slime that she’d been playing with. Her mother explained (quote) “We regularly watch Law & Order: SVU. She knew to leave some sort of evidence behind.”
Mariska Hargitay praised Alyssa’s courage on Instagram (quote) “I am so relieved and grateful to know that you are safe. You are one brave, strong and smart young woman.” (Today Show)

Jennifer Lopez returned this week to Los Angeles after a business trip to Miami.
All the sources agree that it’s only a matter of time before Ben Affleck and J-Lo become “Instagram Official.” They’ve discussed when to make public this rebound romance. One of their friends suggested (quote) “They’ve fallen for each other again in a very intense way. Likely a month or two, they’ll step out hand-in-hand at a restaurant.”
Another source said Bennifer doesn’t want to jinx what they have by labeling it (quote) “They’re going with the flow and making plans to meet up as often as possible. They really like this low-key, romantic and sexy vibe they’ve got going on.” (Us Weekly)

Leah Remini shed tears of joy on Thursday. She received an acceptance letter from NYU. At age 51, Leah Remini will join the incoming class of 2025.
Remini, who was raised in a Scientology family, never received a formal education beyond the 8th grade. She explained on Instagram (quote) “For someone like me — a person who desperately wanted a higher education and options in my life — coming from a cult and a family who didn’t value an education — this is a very big day for me.”
Eight years ago, Remini bolted from Scientology and has ever since tried to expose it as a cult. (E! News)
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Furry Friends Friday with Kitty Purry from Al-Van Humane Society – Friday, May 21

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Kitty Purry, named after the celebrity for her unique and gorgeous looks, is searching for her new paw-some home! Kitty Purry has the cutest meow and purr, plus she’s very laid back and full of cuddles. She would do best as the only pet in her new home. If you’re interested in adopting Kitty Purry, please fill out an application at www.al-van.org/adopt and stop by the Al-Van Humane Society Adoption Center (07591 Blue Star Highway, South Haven, MI 49090, Phone 269-637-5062) to meet her!... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, May 21

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TODAY IS:
  • National Waitstaff Day: A good day to tip your server.
  • World Meditation Day: A good day to take a deep breath and clear your mind.
  • National Endangered Species Day: A day to bring awareness to animals that are nearing extinction.
  • National Pizza Party Day: A good day to order pizza.
  • National Bike to Work Day: A good day to re-think your commute.
  • I Need a Patch for That Day: A day to celebrate quick fixes.

Are you open to an open relationship? … A new YouGov poll found that 25% of respondents said they would be interested in having an open relationship. Men were more likely than women to be interested in the arrangement — 32% vs. 19%. Among married couples, men were also more open to the idea than women — 30% of husbands vs. 21% of wives. Millennials were the generation most receptive to a non-monogamous arrangement. 41% of Millennials said they would be interested, compared to 29% of Gen Zers, 23% of Gen Xers, and 12% of Baby Boomers.

The country is finally opening up again . . . and one of the FEW negatives is that “pandemic hair” is going out of style.  Fast. So now that you’re going back to the barber, will you go with the pre-pandemic same-old-same-old . . . or take this opportunity to try something new? A new poll asked men what “classic hairstyle” should be brought back . . . and the #1 answer was:  The ’80s MULLET.  20% want it to be popular again. 15% of men would like to see the “curtain bangs” look from the ’90s make a comeback, and 10% would revisit the “undercut” look from the past decade. Also, Jason Momoa is the #1 “celebrity hair inspiration” for men.  Harry Styles is second, and James Dean is third.

Want your significant other to propose? Make them some roasted chicken. Seems Meghan Markle was making a roasted chicken dinner when Prince Harry popped the question. There’s even a growing myth surrounding the chicken dish, coined engagement chicken, because other women have said that once they made the same meal, their partner proposed. Meghan didn’t reveal the exact recipe she made that night, but people are speculating that it was dish by chef Ina Garten, that Meghan had praised before. “There is nothing as delicious (or as impressive) as a perfectly roasted chicken,” Meghan told Good Housekeeping in 2016. “If you have an Ina Garten-level roasted-chicken recipe, it’s a game changer. I bring that to parties and make a lot of friends.” (Insider)
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Music News – Friday, May 21

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A Cher biopic is in the works. The Oscar winner announced the news herself via tweet. The movie will be written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth, who wrote ‘Forrest Gump’ and the version of ‘A Star Is Born’ starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. No word yet on who’ll play Cher. The legendary star celebrated her 75th (yes, 75th!) birthday yesterday.

Before pop princess Ariana Grande and new husband Dalton Gomez signed their marriage license last weekend, her lawyers forced him to sign an “iron-clad pre-nup.”
Ari’s net worth exceeds $150 million. Her legal team demanded a pre-nuptial agreement to protect her money and properties. Her mother and brother were instrumental in convincing Ari into a pre-nup. A source said (quote) “They both love and trust Dalton, but even so they would be stupid to not want Ari to get a prenup.”
The lawyers spent months crafting the agreement. Dalton proposed in December. (Radar Online)

If you’re one of those people who’ll watch ANY documentary about the music business, you’re about to be tested.  Because someone made a documentary about NORWEGIAN SYNTH-POP SUPERSTARS A-HA. Yes, A-ha, the ’80s band responsible for the one-hit wonder, “Take On Me.”
The A-ha The Movie  will chart their rise to superstardom on the back of that one song. But there might be an interesting story to tell beyond that, because apparently all three original members are still together, despite the fact that they reportedly hate each other. Sources say they all arrive separately to their gigs and they DON’T hang out backstage.  They’re basically only together onstage to perform, and that’s it. Should be an interesting watch…
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The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, May 20

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For months, five-year-old Mia Keller of Merrill, Wisconsin, has been saving money from her birthday, holidays and visits from grandpa. She had been saving that money for ice cream — but had a change of heart when she and her mother, Susan, visited the local K-9 unit.
Susan and Mia stopped by the Marathon County Sherriff’s Department to purchase a raffle ticket for their annual fundraiser.
When told all the tickets were sold out, Susan planned on leaving, but was stopped by Mia, who emptied her entire wallet and handed it over to the officers, explaining that she wanted to donate her money to help the dogs.
To thank her for her donation, Sherriff Scott Parks organized a special training day for Mia to join in on, which allowed her to see these special animals in action.
Mia was also awarded a Marathon County badge, a K-9 unit pin, a framed “thank you” letter from the department and a signed picture of all the officers with their dogs. Certainly, a day to remember. (WSAW-TV)
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The Daily Dish – Thursday, May 20

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HBO Max has released the official trailer for its Friends reunion special.
The two-minute clip sees the cast playing Friends trivia and features the stars revisiting the old sets, getting interviewed by James Corden, and reminiscing about the sitcom.
Friends: The Reunion airs May 27th on the HBO Max streaming service.

Johnny Depp is doing his best to prove his ex-wife, Amber Heard, has lied about donating millions of dollars to charity. So he’s suing the ACLU, the organization Amber claims to have given the money, to obtain their financial documents.
Johnny and his lawyers say Amber perjured when she claimed she donated $7 million total to the ACLU and Children’s Hospital L.A., which was part of their divorce settlement.
Johnny believes it was Amber’s then-boyfriend Elon Musk who made the donations.
Why is this important? Johnny claims that Amber’s charitable ways help sway the judge in his libel case to rule against him and conclude that Britain’s Sun newspaper didn’t defame him with their 2018 “wife-beating” headline.
Plus, Johnny has another defamation case in the United States, and he believes this could help him.

Actor Will Smith and rapper Jay-Z are teaming up to produce a new ABC series focusing on civil rights heroes. The first installment of the series is called “Women of the Movement,” and focuses on Mamie Till-Mobley, whose son, Emmett Till, was brutally murdered in 1955 for whistling at a white woman in the South. The 6-episode series debuts later this year.

Billy Porter has revealed that he is living with HIV, and has been for the past 14 years.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Tony, Grammy and Emmy-winner recalls the tough times he endured in 2007 when he was diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes and HIV, and also filed for bankruptcy.  He says, “The shame of that time compounded with the shame that had already (accumulated) in my life silenced me, and I have lived with that shame in silence for 14 years. HIV-positive, where I come from, growing up in the Pentecostal church with a very religious family, is God’s punishment.”
Porter says medical treatments have kept the virus virtually undetectable and is finally ready to tell the world, “This is what HIV-positive looks like now.”
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, May 20

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TODAY IS:
  • National Rescue Dog Day: Now that more of us are going back to the office, animal shelters say a lot of people are returning their “pandemic pets,” so if you’re looking for a furry friend, maybe consider stopping by a shelter. You can also just volunteer or donate.
  • National Be A Millionaire Day: Do one thing that makes you feel like a million bucks. Buy something extravagant, make a donation, or pay off some bills. Heck, maybe even wear a top hat!
  • World Bee Day: Raising awareness about the importance of bees. They don’t just make honey, you know. Bees help pollinate about 75% of the world’s crops and almost 90% of the planet’s wild plants and flowers. Bees have been around for more than 30-million years but lately, populations have been dropping at a scary pace, and scientists still can’t figure out exactly why.

The next time you fly, you could be asked to step on a scale before boarding the plane. Airlines need to calculate an aircraft’s weight and balance when boarding passengers. Unfortunately, the data that’s been used by airlines to guess the total weight of the passengers is outdated. In other words, Americans have gotten fatter and the FAA doesn’t know exactly how much we’ve plumped up. Therefore, passengers may soon be asked to check their weight before boarding a plane so that the FAA can collect new data. It’s all in the interest of safety. (Fox News)

This is difficult news as we head in to Pride Month. More than 40 percent of LGBT teens in America say they’ve considered suicide in the past year. The new research (by the Trevor Project) surveyed more than 35-thousand gay teens and young adults and found that about 70-percent of them suffered through ‘poor’ mental health during the pandemic, with LGBT kids also reporting feeling a lack of safety.

And, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the return of the Cicadas. This is one way to soften the noise a bit. According to some chefs, why not kill them and eat them? The Chicago Sun-Times says cicadas can be cooked into many unique dishes. The infamous bugs are consumed in many countries because they are full of protein. Experts recommend removing cicada wings and legs to reduce their crunchiness. They are best enjoyed while they are still soft and chewy. Cicadas can be used as pizza toppings or shrimp replacements in any recipe.
“Bug chef” David Gordon says, “We really have to get over our dislike of insects, which is really strong and deep-seated in most people in our culture. You could make stir fry. You can mix them into dough to make  banana bread, let’s say. You can batter them and deep fry them, which I think would be my favorite way.”
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Music News – Thursday, May 20

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Pink loved recording “Lady Marmalade” with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim and Mya, and she admits winning a Grammy for it wasn’t too shabby. But she does have one regret about the whole thing.
She tells Variety “I was not happy about my outfit. I did not want to be in booty shorts, but I got into it. Cameras started rolling and I started feeling myself. Now I look at it and I’m like, ‘Oh my god, that body. Why didn’t I appreciate it?’”
Pink’s new All I Know So Far premieres on Amazon Prime this Friday.

The wait is over for Jonas Brothers fans who’ve been waiting for the boys to get the band back together — because they’re about to hit the road.
Nick, Joe and Kevin will head out this summer for the Remember This tour, which will kick off in Las Vegas on August 20th and wrap up at the Hollywood Bowl on October 27th. Kelsea Ballerini will open all the dates.
And, yes, there’s a bit of new music in the mix, too. The JoBros will premiere the song “Remember This” on the first night of the U.S. Track & Field Trials on June 18th — and will perform the song live for the first time during NBC Universal’s coverage of the Olympic Games this summer.

And by the way, Nick Jonas is feeling fine after a bike accident over the weekend. While on the set of a show, he tells ‘Entertainment Tonight’ that something got caught and he took a tumble. He suffered a fractured rib but he’s continuing along. He was back on ‘The Voice’ on Monday as scheduled. And this weekend, he’s set to host the Billboard Awards on NBC.
The singer also says he’ll perform this weekend at the awards with his brothers.
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The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, May 19

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When first grader Ava Schmidt was at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she invented a game called “Ava’s Animal Adventure” that involved Nerf guns.
The game was such a hit that doctors, nurses, and other staff members were constantly visiting her room to play. Things were fun and frantic — and ended up becoming very competitive.
When Ava was released from the hospital, she wanted to show her appreciation for everyone who cared for her and brighten the days of patients who were still there, so she raised money to purchase a bunch of Nerf guns to donate.
Her goal was to give the hospital 10 Nerf guns to play “Ava’s Animal Adventure.” She ended up raising enough money for 45 of them.
Ava explained that she remembers how fun it was to have everyone coming into her room to play and “wanted to make sure other kids can have that experience, too.” (WZZM-TV)
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The Daily Dish – Wednesday, March 19

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Naomi Campbell is a mother.
The 50-year-old supermodel surprised everyone on Tuesday when she announced on Instagram that she had welcomed her first child, a baby girl.
Naomi shared a photo of herself holding the newborn’s feet and wrote, “A beautiful little blessing has chosen me to be her mother, So honoured to have this gentle soul in my life there are no words to describe the lifelong bond that I now share with you my angel. There is no greater love.”
She didn’t reveal the father or whether she gave birth, hired a surrogate or adopted.
A source tells Page Six, “Naomi has been wanting to be a mother for a long time and it finally happened. She is the godmother to many friends and family’s kids and has always looked forward to the day of starting her own family.”

A man in Texas who bought Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina-scented candle claims it “exploded” and nearly killed him. Now he’s suing.
In the class-action complaint, Colby Watson said he purchased the candle, which is called “This Smells Like My Vagina,” from Paltrow’s Goop website in January. He said when he lit it for the first time it “exploded” and became “engulfed in high flames” after burning for about three hours.
A warning on the candle advises users not to burn it for more than two hours.
A rep for Goop tells NBC News, “We’re confident this claim is frivolous and an attempt to secure an outsized payout from a press-heavy product. We stand behind the brands we carry and the safety of the products we sell. Here, Heretic—the brand that supplies the candle— has substantiated the product’s performance and safety through industry standard testing.”
Watson, who is suing Paltrow’s company for breach of warranty and products liability, is trying to put together a class seeking damages exceeding $5 million.

Actor Charles Grodin died Tuesday from bone marrow cancer at the age of 86.
He appeared in such movies as Rosemary’s Baby, The Heartbreak Kid, The Great Muppet Caper, Beethoven and Midnight Run.
Grodin was nominated for a Golden Globe and won a Primetime Emmy.
Steve Martin tweeted, “So sad to hear. One of the funniest people I ever met.”
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The Coast Social Network with Berrien Community Foundation – Wednesday, May 19

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Lisa Cripps-Downey from the Berrien Community Foundation and Amy Zapal from St. Joseph Today join Zack to talk about Berrien Community Foundation’s “For Good” Grants. Hear how BCF is making a difference for local non-profits in the community, and get more details at berriencommunity.org.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, May 19

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TODAY IS:
May Ray Day: A good day to grab some rays.

Good news for toilet paper hoarders! A company in Japan has developed the world’s most compact roll of toilet paper. They’ve managed to cram nearly a thousand feet of two-ply ’TP’ onto a single, regular-sized roll. You can buy a 24-pack online for about 40 bucks, but that should be enough to last the average family 8 months! (No word on how ‘scratchy’ or flimsy it is)

According to government health officials, when it comes to colon cancer screening, 45 is the new 50. For years, they’ve been telling us to get checked at age 50. Well, it seems that more and more people have been dealing with colon cancer at a younger age. So, if you’re in your mid-40s, experts are now suggesting that that you get that checked out earlier instead of later, so be sure to ask your doctor before they ask you. (ABC News)

Get your noise-cancelling headphones ready and find your happy place…the cicadas are back. The bugs have now been spotted in Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee and Georgia. They’re emerging from below ground for a loud, month-long mating process (that will make you yearn for the soothing sound of a jackhammer). Trillions of the bugs are supposed to burrow to the surface between now and the end of June. The last time they popped up was in 2004.

Naomi Campbell just announced on Instagram that she just welcomed her first child, a baby girl … at the age of 50. Naomi is now one of the thousands of older women having kids that have been defined as “geriatric mothers” – people who are having babies at 50+. According to the CDC, 1,073 babies were born to women over the age of 50 in 2019. (NY Post)

Time to ditch the “wicked stepmother” label … A new study found that the ‘wicked stepmother” myth is the stuff of fairy tales. The study found that stepchildren did just as well as other kids in the family. “The idea of a stepparent, especially the stepmother, as being an agent of evil seems to be a story as old as time,” says anthropologist Dr. Ryan Schacht of the University of East Carolina.
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Music News – Wednesday, May 19

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Adam Levine is returning to The Voice — for one night only.
Billboard reports that Adam will bring Maroon 5 and Megan Thee Stallion to the show’s stage on May 25th for a performance of “Beautiful Mistakes.” It will be his first appearance on The Voice since he left his coach’s chair in 2019 after a 16-season run.
Adam picked up his joking feud with Voice mainstay Blake Shelton right where they left off, telling Billboard, “It’s good to be back on The Voice and see Carson, Kelly, Nick, and John” — making sure to leave Blake off the list.

Pink turned the celebration for the release of her new documentary into a celebration of frontline healthcare workers — by treating that group to a performance and a first look at the flick.
The singer welcomed 4,000 workers to the 17,000 capacity Hollywood Bowl for a screening of All I Know So Far, topped off with a four-song acoustic performance. Pink, who had a life-threatening case of COVID last year, explained her connection to the healthcare community, saying, “My mom was an ER nurse all of her life, and my stepmom was an Army Vietnam nurse, so I grew up in hospitals. If you put me in a hospital gown, I’ll sleep for four days.”
She went on to say, “I am so glad that we get to celebrate you all finally. We couldn’t get through any of this without you. You are tireless and dedicated and brave and we just love you love you. It means a lot to me to be here and sing for you all.”

Overnight, Demi Lovato tweeted a personal change of their pronouns to they/them. Demi Instagrammed a video announcement, too.
They tweeted in a thread (quote) “Today is a day I’m so happy to share more of my life with you all — I am proud to let you know that I identify as non-binary and will officially be changing my pronouns to they/them moving forward.”
Demi added (quote) “This has come after a lot of healing and self-reflective work. I’m still learning and coming into myself. I don’t claim to be an expert or a spokesperson. Sharing this with you now opens another level of vulnerability for me.”
They concluded (quote) “I’m doing this for those that haven’t been able to share who they truly are with their loved ones. Please keep living in your truths and know I am sending so much love your way xox.”
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The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, May 18

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Researchers at Stanford University in California performed a medical miracle when they implanted microchips into the brain of a paralyzed man that allowed him to write words using only his mind.
The man had been paralyzed below the neck after a spinal cord injury in 2007.
But even without the use of his arms and hands, the man was able to imagine using his hand to write on a notepad — and then a computer converted these thoughts into text on a screen.
One of the researchers, Dr. Jaimie Henderson, reported that the man was able to compose sentences nearly as quickly as someone typing on a smartphone.
While more work needs to be done to perfect this technology, everyone involved is very hopeful that this breakthrough will lead to others having the chance to regain this important skill in the future. (USA Today)
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The Daily Dish – Tuesday, May 18

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Jimmy Fallon has a late-night gig for at least another few years.
NBC has renewed The Tonight Show with Jimmy as host for five more years.
He had kept the Tonight Show number-one in the ratings ever since taking over for Jay Leno in 2014, at least for the first few years. During the Trump years, Stephen Colbert took over as the king of late night, and even Jimmy Kimmel moved past Fallon eventually. But now that’s Biden‘s president, the Tonight Show has been gaining in the ratings.
Plus, Jimmy is involved in six projects at NBC, including That’s My Jam and The Kids Tonight Show, so they couldn’t get rid of him that easily.

OK! magazine says Bill Gates’ close relationship with his former girlfriend, Ann Winblad, allegedly destroyed his marriage to his wife, Melinda. A source tells the magazine “He is close to her. Romance or not, when one spouse loves the company of another person outside of the marriage and perpetuates that friendship over many years, it can help destroy trust. He could have treated Melinda better. He’s not a saint, but there isn’t one thing that created the final split. It goes deeper than that.”

The Daily Record claims Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are allegedly planning a new tell-all Royal documentary. Writer Angela Levin is quoted by the newspaper as saying,  “There is a lot more. I think there is another documentary in the making where they will have taken films of various rooms and maybe even of various conversations. They can then go detail by detail about how terrible certain things were. I’m waiting for that one. I think it will be yet another nail in the coffin of his relationship to his father and his brother. They can’t trust him anymore.”
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, May 18

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TODAY IS:
  • National Visit Your Relatives Day
  • National No Dirty Dishes Day

A new study by the World Health Organization found that working more than 55 hours a week increases the risk of death from heart disease and stroke. According to the study, working 55 hours or more per week was associated with a 35% increase in the risk of stroke, and a 17% increase in the risk of dying from heart disease, compared to working 35 to 40 hours. (HuffPost)

OK, so you’ve revived the “Rachel” haircut and re-watched every episode of Friends, so what’s the next step? Sleeping in the Friends apartment, of course. “The Friends Experience” – an immersive celebration of the show that launched in New York earlier this spring — has teamed up with travel company Booking.com to provide what it calls “The Ultimate Sleepover.” Diehard Friends fans will be able to spend the night in “Monica’s apartment” and even hang out at Joey and Chandler’s place. Guests will also be treated to a special tour, along with a late-night game of Phoebe’s Cab Escape Room, a Friends-themed scavenger hunt, and breakfast at Central Perk. The stays are available May 23 and May 24. Bookings start May 21 at 10 a.m. ET, and as you might imagine, they are quite pricey. (GMA)

Road trippin’ … Are you ready to hit the road? 70% of people in a recent survey said they can’t wait to take a road trip this summer – especially to get away from their “quaranteam” – aka the people they have been quarantining with for the past year or more. And it seems Northeasterners want to hit the road the most – with 80% saying they are itchin’ to take a road trip. 30% of those planning to take a road trip said they are planning to go visit family and friends they haven’t seen in over a year. (SWNS)
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Music News – Tuesday, May 18

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Lady Gaga‘s dog walker is back at work.
Ryan Fischer, who was shot and nearly killed in that scary dognapping incident earlier this year, stopped by her home Friday afternoon in L.A., according to TMZ. The gossip blog says he was “bearing gifts and looking pretty healthy in the wake of his lengthy hospital stay.”
Ryan is reportedly back to walking Gaga’s French bulldogs, but now he’s doing it in the daytime.
The last time he went for a nighttime stroll with the pooches he was shot and two of the dogs were taken.
Three of the alleged dognapper have been charged with attempted murder and robbery.
Ryan was hospitalized for several weeks and had part of a lung removed.

Pop Princess Ariana Grande is now a married woman.
She and real estate agent Dalton Gomez got hitched over the weekend in a surprise intimate ceremony at her home in Montecito, California. TMZ first broke the news, and People magazine has confirmed it with Ari’s rep. Just 20 people attended the nuptials.
The two have been together for a bit more than a year. They got engaged in December.

Coldplay are showing their support for May 27th’s Red Nose Day USA by livestreaming a concert on TikTok.
The May 24th show will come just two days after the band’s scheduled to headline the global Glastonbury Festival stream. Red Nose Day is a global effort to help end child poverty.
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The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, May 17

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Throughout the winter months, diamondback terrapin turtles near Ocean City, New Jersey, were hanging out in storm drains, trying to avoid the cold temperatures.
Now that things have warmed up, it’s time for the turtles — and their babies — to get back into the wild. But the journey from the storm drains to the wild is a dangerous one. There are streets and cars. There are predators.
And, thankfully, there were volunteers in the area to rescue the turtles and deliver them to safety.
These volunteers, working with Stockton University, used a custom-made net and pulled the turtles from the drains. From there, the turtles were delivered to Stockton University, where they received professional care.
After all of their hard work was completed, 826 turtles were rescued. Over the next year, these animals will be cared for and prepared to be released back into the wild, stronger and healthier than ever. (Nerdist)
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