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Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Monday, November 16

TV and Reality Star Donnie Wahlberg has been making a huge impact this year by leaving big tips for restaurant servers.
He recently left another big tip — $2,020 on a $35 food bill — to his server, Denise Andrews.
But instead of just accepting the tip for herself, Denise did something special with it.
First, she tipped out her fellow waitstaff and the workers in the kitchen, making sure that the entire staff was covered. Then, she donated two full turkey meals to other families in need to make sure that they were covered during the holidays.
So while Donnie left a big tip for a single waitress, Denise made sure that his generosity impacted many others — both at the restaurant and in the community. (Page Six)
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The Daily Dish – Monday, November 16

Despite a scandalous year in the tabloids, Ellen DeGeneres won the trophy for best daytime talk show of 2020 at the E! People’s Choice Awards on Sunday. In her acceptance speech, she thanked her “amazing” staff. The honor comes after the comedian was accused of creating a toxic work environment at her show.
She added, “Thank you to all of my fans for supporting me, for sticking by me. I cannot tell you how grateful I am. This means more than I can say.”
The show aired live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, and featured a performance from Justin Bieber.
Demi Lovato hosted the awards ceremony, which has fans vote for their favorites in such categories as film, television, music and pop culture.
In a year light on blockbusters and new releases, Bad Boys for Life was named Movie of 2020. Star Will Smith took home Male Movie Star while Tiffany Haddish was named Female Movie Star for Like a Boss.
Other winners included Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda (Drama Movie Star), Extraction star Chris Hemsworth (Action Movie StarRiverdale star Cole Sprouse (Male TV Star), Grey’s Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo (Female TV Star) and Khloé Kardashian (Reality Star).
Tyler Perry, who received the People’s Champion Award, gave an inspirational speech, telling people to “make sure everybody that you run into meets you at your worth.”

Many fans believe LeVar Burton would make a great replacement for the late Alex Trebek.
A petition was started last week calling for the former Reading Rainbow host and Star Trek actor to take over the game show. As of Sunday night, almost 100,000 people had signed it.
The petition caught the attention of LeVar — who tweeted, “Even if nothing comes from it, I can’t tell how much how I appreciate all y’alls love and support.”
The petition makes its case by arguing that LeVar “has inspired and shaped the minds of several generations of trivia-loving nerds” through his various roles.
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, November 16

National Fast Food Day

Dating is hard these days … especially if your name is Karen. The name Karen has become synonymous on the internet and in memes with entitled women wanting to “speak to the manager,” and it seems that this stereotype has affected people named Karen in the dating world. According to the dating app Wingman, users named Karen reported receiving nearly 33% fewer matches this year than last year. (Daily Mail)

Speaking of dating … Have you been hatfished? Hatfishing is when someone wears a hat or otherwise disguises the fact that they have no hair on a dating app profile pic. A new survey revealed that 21% of respondents said they have tried to hide their lack of hair on dating apps or social media. And 16% have used a hat to do so … therefore, the term “hatfisher.” The survey found that 10% of respondents had been “hatfished” and 40% of women said they probably wouldn’t pursue a potential date if they had been hatfished by them.
More than 25% of respondents said when scrolling through dating apps or meeting for a first date, they made a judgment on the person’s hair first. And 56% of women polled said they would prefer to date someone with a full head of hair.
45% of the women surveyed said they would completely lose interest if their date had a comb-over. (SWNS)

Thinking about changing careers? You’re not alone. 42% of respondents to a recent survey said they have had a “career lightbulb moment” during coronavirus. The survey of 18- to 35-year-olds in California, Arizona, Texas, Illinois, Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey and Pennsylvania found that 54% have strongly considered changing their careers in the past six months. 67% said they are actively pursuing a career that makes them happy. 53% said they are looking for a new job that would allow them to never have to go into an office again. 52% of respondents said they would love to have a job where they could work with their hands. (SWNS)

Are Christmas cards making a comeback? Christmas cards – especially personal ones – have fallen out of fashion in recent years. Most people just send out a photo card with a generic greeting to everyone – even their closest friends and family. And most cards get tossed after the holiday season is over — since there is no reason to save a card that has no sentimental value attached to it. But this year might actually be different. According to an op-ed in the New York Times, people are not only taking the time to send meaningful, personalized cards this year, but they are addressing the pandemic as a way to connect and commemorate a year that has been filled with uncertainty. From family photos that include everyone wearing masks, to sentiments of hope, it seems holiday cards will be more meaningful this year — and might provide a real bright spot for everyone missing their loved ones during the holidays.
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Music News – Monday, November 16

Mariah Carey‘s vault is the gift that keeps on giving — and it’s just given us a video to a song that was released 25 years ago.
Mimi served up the video that was meant to accompany the single “Underneath the Stars,” but was never released. She went on Instagram saying, “It’s one of my favorite songs from the Daydream album and somehow never got released. I’m so happy to have found it for #MC30.”
Back in 2012, she told her fans that they’d probably never see the clip, saying, “Little known fact, I actually shot a video 4 ‘Underneath The Stars’ in France & England that never got released & I don’t know where it is!”

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Furry Friends Friday with Turkey from Al-Van Humane Society – November 13


Hi, friends!  My name is Turkey!  I came to Al-Van as a stray close to Thanksgiving of 2019, hence my name Turkey.  I would really like to find a forever home in time for Thanksgiving of 2020!  I am a smart guy – I know sit, shake, lay down and am working on other commands.  I LOVE treats – I mean who doesn’t?  Treats are the way to my heart!  I like to go outside and be active, play with stuffed squeaky toys, and be spoiled.  I am ready to fall in your lap and brighten your mood.  I am looking for a home that will be patient, work at my pace, and slowly introduce myself to new things.  Do you think I could become part of your flock?  Start by filling out an adoption application online at www.al-van.org/adopt. Once reviewed, the humans at Al-Van Humane will contact you to schedule a meet and greet with me.... [Read Full Story]

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Friday, November 13

Just last month, World War II fighter pilot Harry Moyer turned 100 years old. And, he’s still flying.
Amazingly, Harry still flies every week. He might just be the oldest active pilot in the world. His family even sent in a video to Guinness World Records to see if he’s got the record.
But, Harry points out that he doesn’t care about the record.
He started flying in 1942 with the Army Air Corps and served as a combat pilot throughout the war. It’s something he’s good at and loves to do. So as long as he can get up in the air and put his hours in, it’s just a part of his life that brings him great joy and satisfaction. (CBS News)
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The Daily Dish – Friday, November 13

Grey’s Anatomy fans could not believe who made a surprise return for last night’s season premiere. They were not alone in being shocked.
The show’s director tweeted, (quote) “Most of the actors didn’t know. Some of the writers didn’t know. Most of the good folks at the studio and network didn’t know.”
Spoiler Alert: Patrick Dempsey appeared near the end of the two-hour episode. “McDreamy” came to Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) in a dream sequence on the beach.
This episode focused on the strains that COVID placed on hospitals and the stress for nurses and doctors, who lacked enough personal protection equipment. Near the end, Meredith Grey collapsed in the hospital parking lot from exhaustion. Then her dead lover, Derek Shepherd, returned to her in a dream. (Deadline)

Al Roker promised The Today Show cast and crew that he will “see you all soon.”
He returned home on Thursday from successful prostate cancer surgery. Doctors completely removed the gland. Al Roker tweeted photos of his caregivers: wife Deborah Roberts and son 18-year-old son Nicholas.
The 66-year-old weather announcer expressed gratitude for the expert care he received at Sloan Kettering’s Josie Robertson Surgery Center in New York City. Roker added, (quote) “I appreciate all the thoughts and wishes from our viewers and the wonderful care packages from my co-workers. See you all soon.” (People)

HBO Max scheduled the Friends reunion special for March of next year.
Matthew Perry delivered the update via Twitter. He said, (quote) “Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March. Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that’s the way I like it.”
Twice before the special was postponed due to COVID concerns. Apparently, the cast and crew have faith that by spring they can safely tape a reunion in front of a studio audience.
Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc all agreed to reunite for an unscripted special. They will tape on the original stage of the ’90s sitcom. (E! News)
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, November 13

World Kindness Day: A good day to do something nice for someone.

Forget Friendsgiving … This year, it’s more like Roommates-Giving. With health experts saying the safest way to spend Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with the people you live with, a lot of single people with roommates may be spending the holiday together, rather than traveling to see family and friends. “We all need to let go of our expectations for a great holiday and start thinking about having a good enough holiday,” family counselor Dawn Friedman, told Bustle.

Seems young adults are terrified of going bald. According to a new YouGov poll, 59% of 18- to 24-year-old men and 57% of 18- to 24-year-old women agreed with the statement that “going bald terrifies me.” And Millennials are also very concerned about thinning hair. 55% of 25-to 34-year-old women and 50% of 25- to 34-year-old men said a thinning hairline is frightening for them.

As we creep closer to a few Christmas traditions, CBS says the Centers for Disease Control is recommending people socially distance during the holidays and avoid Christmas caroling because of the coronavirus. They say droplets will fly if people sing.

NBC says Walmart’s website temporarily crashed yesterday after the Sony PlayStation 5 was released online for sale. The console quickly sold out. The PlayStation 5 costs $400 and is already being resold online for as much as $800. It is expected to be the holiday season’s highest selling gift idea.

And, speaking of Christmas, Home Depot’s pink Christmas trees have become a hot holiday seller among women. The bubblegum pink trees are seven feet tall and have LED lights. The tree contains 826 branches and a star at the top. It costs $149.
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Music News – Friday, November 13

Super Bowl weekend will take on a whole new meaning this year — thanks to R&B and Pop Superstar The Weeknd, who’s just been tabbed to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl 55.
The “Blinding Lights” singer will take the stage of Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium when the big game goes down on February 7th. He says, “We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position. I’m humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year.”
This marks the second year of a halftime show partnership between the NFL and Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation. Last year’s teaming of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira generated a lot of positive reviews — and a lot of controversy over the content. (Time)

A previously unreleased Britney Spears track has showed up at stylish clothing store Urban Outfitters.
“Swimming in the Stars” is exclusively available as a 12-inch vinyl single at the retailer as part of Wednesday’s 11/11 Singles Day. The single won’t be released to digital and streaming platforms until November 27th.
Other tracks in the series that are available through Urban Outfitters online and retail outlets include Billie Eilish‘s “Everything I Wanted,” Demi Lovato‘s “I Love Me” and “Still Have Me,” Jonas Brothers‘ “X” and Shawn Mendes‘s new song, “Wonder.”
The single’s release comes a day after Britney’s attorney said in court that she “will not perform again” if her father, Jamie Spears, continues to head the conservatorship put in place in 2008.
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Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Thursday, November 12

The Akron Marathon in Akron, Ohio, is an annual race that benefits the Akron Children’s Hospital. Like so many events this year, plans changed and the race became a virtual event — and not many runners signed up.
No runners meant no donations.
Kolt Codner didn’t want this fundraising opportunity to be missed this year — especially since his five-year-old son, Andrew, has been a patient at the hospital, battling leukemia.
So, Kolt made his own race. He ran 26.2 miles, doing laps around the hospital building — with Andrew joining him for some of the running.
Along the way, Kolt raised over $16,000 for the hospital, crushing his goal of $1,000.
So even though the Akron Marathon didn’t go exactly as planned, Kolt was still able to celebrate the hospital and the amazing caregivers who work there. (See more on this story from People)
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The Daily Dish – Thursday, November 12

Denzel Washington is safe this morning. Los Angeles fire crews responded last night to a possible fire at his $35 million home. All the residents escaped safely.
Smoke bellowed from a second floor window of his four-story mansion. Fire inspectors searched inside the walls believing that embers may be smoldering and causing the smoke. LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said, (quote) “The investigation is largely focused on one of several furnaces in the home that may have been recently serviced.”
It’s been “freezing” this week for Los Angeles residents. Temperatures have been stuck in the 60s during the day, but have dropped into the 50s and 40s overnight. That’s bone-chilling for Southern Californians who don’t normally experience temps that low. (Los Angeles Times)

Kate Winslet says she’s “very proud” to beat one of Tom Cruise‘s filming records.
The actress held her breath underwater for seven minutes and 14 seconds while filming Avatar 2. Tom held the previous record. He held his breath for 6 to 6-and-a-half minutes in 2011 while filming Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
Kate tells Entertainment Tonight, “It was brilliant and I was very proud of myself and I’ll probably never be able to do it again. That came at the end of four weeks worth of quite intense training and it was in the dive tank, it was in the training tank. But I loved it.”

Lucasfilm has defended Baby Yoda following a scandal that erupted on the latest season of The Mandalorian.
Spoiler alert: In the latest episode, the character known as The Child, eats the eggs of an alien character as a running gag. But many fans weren’t laughing. One Twitter user said, “For the record, the frog lady was very adamant about the fact that her eggs were important to her, and that it was her last and only chance to have kids, so it’s actually closer to [messing] up someone’s [in vitro fertilization] which would be incredibly upsetting for a wannabe mom. It’s not funny.”
The controversy became such a big deal that Lucasfilm’s creative art manager Phil Szostak responded. He tweeted, “For the record, Chapter 10 of #TheMandalorian makes it clear that the Frog Lady’s eggs are unfertilized, like the chicken eggs many of us enjoy.”
Phil added, “But obviously, chickens aren’t sentient beings and the Child eating the eggs is intentionally disturbing, for comedic effect.”
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, November 12

Happy Hour Day: Otherwise known as Thursday.

Are you planning to travel for Thanksgiving to visit family or friends? Other than spending Thanksgiving with just your immediate household, there’s no way to completely eliminate the risk of getting coronavirus, but, according to health experts, if you do plan to gather with others outside your home, one way to reduce the risk is to spend two weeks in quarantine first. Not just you – but every single person you will be spending Thanksgiving with. Thanksgiving is on November 26th, so that means your quarantine would need to start today. (NBC News)

It’s just about time for ugly Christmas sweaters, and now you can not only wear one – you can eat one, too. Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookie Kits are a thing. And they’re pretty amazing. The kits give you everything you need to make delicious sugar cookies shaped like a sweater – after that it’s up to you how you want to decorate them. (Pop Sugar)

The Daily Mail says this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is going to take place along just one block in New York City. The parade will feature pre-taped Broadway performances, the Rockettes and Santa Claus. The streets around the parade are going to be closed off because of the coronavirus. Performers will socially distance.

Is exercise an anti-depressant? A new study from University College London found that people who never or rarely exercise are twice as likely to be depressed than people who regularly exercise.

And, in a sure sign of the holidays, The Daily Mail says the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is going up on Saturday. The 11-ton Norway spruce is 75 feet tall.
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Music News – Thursday, November 12

Britney Spears gave the court an ultimatum: Either remove her father as conservator or she will never again perform.
Their relationship has grown toxic. The court heard how Jamie Spears once compared Britney to an animal that needed pampering – but while caged.
Britney’s attorney told the judge that the family is at a crossroads. (quote) “She is afraid of her father. She will not perform as long as her father is in charge of her career.”
The day did not end with a judge’s decision concerning Jamie Spears. Instead, she it kicked further down the road. In a matter of weeks, Britney will enter year 13 of this restrictive conservatorship. (Us Weekly)

Shawn Mendes tells Seventeen Magazine that he lives a clean lifestyle. “Drugs and stuff scare me. I’m not just saying that. I have a thing where if I’m not in control, I feel the whole world is about to collapse. So it’s just not worth it.”
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The Daily Dish – Wednesday, November 11

Adam Sandler continues to deliver for Netflix.
His horror-comedy Hubie Halloween, which was released only last month, is Netflix’s most popular movie of 2020.
This comes only a few months after Sandler’s contract with the streaming service was extended to include four new films.
According to Netflix, subscribers have streamed more than two billion hours of his movies since 2015.

Jason Momoa is one of the biggest stars in the world, but that hasn’t always been the case.
The 41-year-old, who has two children with wife Lisa Bonet, says he hit some hard times after he was killed off Game of Thrones in 2011. He tells InStyle magazine, “I mean, we were starving after Game of Thrones. I couldn’t get work. It’s very challenging when you have babies and you’re completely in debt.”
But things started looking up when he was cast as Aquaman in Justice League in 2016, which was followed by the 2018 standalone flick Aquaman.
Now he’s booked through 2024 with roles in Apple TV+’s SeeDune and an Aquaman sequel.
Jason says he couldn’t believe how far his career had come when he first watched the Dune trailer. “It was ‘Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem,’ and I’m just like, ‘Oh my god. I can’t believe my name was with those names.’ I feel like I’m still a kid, freaking out.”

We Got This Covered says Disney my write out Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow character from the next ”Pirates of the Caribbean” film. A source tells the website, ”Pirates franchise will write off Depp by saying Sparrow died off screen, but as long as you don’t see a body he could maybe come back in the future.”
Small Screen says over 250,000 people have signed a change.org petition calling for Disney to bring Johnny back as Jack Sparrow.
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, November 11

Veterans Day: This federal holiday honors all those who have served our country in the military. A good day to thank a veteran for his or her service.
Many restaurants and businesses are offering free or discounted menu items for veterans and active duty military personnel. All you have to do is show a valid military ID.

What will dating be like in 2021? A new “Future of Dating” survey by dating app OKCupid tried to answer that question. One big finding: People aren’t really open to dating outside party lines. 64% of OKCupid users said they preferred a date that shares their political views. And when asked the question: “Could you date someone who has strong political opinions that are the exact opposite of yours?” 60% of respondents worldwide said no. That’s a 7% increase from 2019.
Another big trend: Slow Dating. Coronavirus has forced singles to spend a lot more time getting to know each other through digital and virtual dating … and it’s a trend that will most likely continue into next year. 84% of people on OKCupid said it’s important to have an emotional connection before a physical one.
Another trend? Dating in the great outdoors. 59% of respondents worldwide said the pandemic made them want to have more outdoor adventures, and outdoor dates have become a popular option for in-person, socially-distanced meet-ups.

The fast food, plant-based meat options continue to grow … Pizza Hut announced this week that it has teamed up with Beyond Meat for a meat-free Italian sausage topping. According to the company, Pizza Hut’s Beyond Italian Sausage will be available “for a limited time while supplies last.” (Food & Wine)

Is your home cooking missing the essential ingredient of Mountain Dew? Well, you’re in luck, then … and just in time for all that holiday cooking. Mountain Dew has announced that they will be releasing their first ever cookbook. The Big Bold Book of MTN DEW Recipes goes on sale next week exclusively at the online DEW Store. For $30, you can learn how to make MTN DEW brined turkey — just in time for Thanksgiving — or MTN DEW Pancakes with MTN Dew Syrup. And, oh yes, there’s MTN Dew Green Eggs and Ham. (The Takeout)
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Music News – Wednesday, November 11

Lewis Capaldi just knocked Ed Sheeran for a loop — by knocking him from a prized position in British chart history.
The Scottish star’s debut, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, just marked its 77th consecutive week in the Top 10 of Britain’s Official Album Chart. That outdoes Ed’s Divide, which notched 76 straight weeks at those lofty heights.
That puts Lewis at the top of the pop heap, but if he wants the overall win, he’ll have to work a little harder. Nine soundtracks and musicals loom large ahead of him, topped by the classic South Pacific, which stuck around the Top 10 for 180 straight weeks. (Official Charts)

Some of the music world’s biggest stars will show their appreciation for America’s nurses by performing on the Thanksgiving day concert, Nurse Heroes Live!
The show will feature performances by Gloria EstefanCeline DionStevie WonderJosh GrobanCarole King and the Black Eyed Peas. You can also expect appearances by stars including Oprah WinfreyBilly Crystal and Taylor Swift, who donated an autographed guitar to be auctioned off at the event.
Funds raised by the Nurse Heroes concert will provide much needed funds for grass-roots programs including scholarships for nurses and their children.
Nurse Heroes Live! will air on YouTube, Facebook and the Live X Live platform.
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The Daily Dish – Tuesday, November 10

Alex Trebek got a touching tribute before Monday night’s episode of Jeopardy! 
Executive producer Mike Richards remembered the late host and thanked him for everything he did for the show. Mike said Alex “will forever be an inspiration for his constant desire to learn, his kindness and for his love of his family.”
Alex, who had stage 4 pancreatic cancer, died at his home Sunday morning.
Mike said Alex taped new episodes of Jeopardy! two weeks ago, and those episodes will air through Christmas day.

George Stephanopoulos is reportedly not wasting time campaigning for Alex Trebek’s job.
Only a day after the longtime Jeopardy! host died, comes word that reps for the ABC News chief anchor are lobbying for him to take over the game show, according to The Wrap.
But an ABC source denies the report to The New York Post, saying, “Of course he’s not lobbying… How disrespectful would that be to Alex’s family.”
In May, George told Howard Stern that he was interested in the gig, saying, “I think it would be a lot of fun. But I like what I’m doing, too.”
Alex died Sunday at age 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Johnny Depp was forced to resign from Fantastic Beasts 3 — but he’ll get to keep his full $10 million salary.
The actor had filmed only one scene before he was forced to leave the production by Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter. The publication says the decision “was prompted by a U.K. judge dismissing Depp’s defamation claims in a closely watched trial that pitted the actor against the publisher of The Sun after the British tabloid referred to Depp as a ‘wife-beater.'”
As The Hollywood Reporter points out, “The judge’s ruling makes it a lot easier for news outlets to use similar depictions when referring to Depp’s stormy two-year marriage to actress Amber Heard, creating a PR headache for the studio.”
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, November 10

  • U.S. Marine Corps Birthday
  • National Vanilla Cupcake Day

Has COVID led to the return of handmade holiday gifts? A new survey found that a third of respondents said they had started a new hobby in 2020 — and 85% of those plan to use that hobby to make homemade gifts for people this holiday season. 68% believe their homemade gifts will be more meaningful than anything they could buy in a store … particularly this year. (SWNS)

Speaking of gifts … We may not all be together around the Thanksgiving table this year, but you can still send your nearest and dearest the gift of … Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits. The seafood chain announced on Monday that, starting November 16th, they will be offering limited-edition Biscuit Gift Boxes for purchase online. They can be picked up from the restaurant or delivered to your door where available. (Taste of Home)

And speaking of Thanksgiving … One of the best parts of the day is the after-meal nap … and Arby’s has you covered with a new Deep Fried Turkey Pillow. You wear the turkey pillow like a hat on your head – and it covers your eyes. It apparently lets you lay your head down comfortably anywhere. They’re $59.95, and you can get one at arbysdeepfriedturkeypillow.com while supplies last. You can also enter for a chance to win one for free. (Food Beast)

Maybe it’s time to add a little spice to your life … New research from the Cleveland Clinic has found that people who regularly eat chili peppers live longer – and  have a “significantly reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer,” according to the study authors. (Independent)
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Music News – Tuesday, November 10

Ed Sheeran‘s trash turned out to be treasure for some of his hometown charities — which raised more than a half-million dollars by auctioning off personal items he donated.
The Ed Sheeran: Made In Suffolk auction was made up of items from a long-running exhibit that a hometown museum set up to honor the star a couple of years back. Items that went on the block included handwritten lyrics, clothing items and the actual “Lego House” immortalized in that song. The big ticket item was an original painting that went for $50,000.
Half of the money will be spent creating a new playground  for youngsters with additional needs, while the rest will go to the St Elizabeth’s Hospice, which supports young people who have life limiting conditions. (East Anglia Daily Times)

Beyoncé had big plans for next year: A new album and a world tour to promote it.
She’s nixed the touring due to concern the pandemic will still be raging through much of 2021. Beyoncé will pivot to virtual, pay-per-view streaming concerts.
An inside source confirmed, (quote) “Now that she can’t tour because of COVID, Beyoncé is currently mapping out a plan to create a virtual live show. She’s prepared to pull out all the stops to make it a real spectacle.” (The Sun, UK)

Liam Payne is roaring mad about an “out of context” tabloid story about the amount of time he’s been spending with his young son, Bear.
Liam admits to giving an interview to Britain’s Daily Mail in which he said he and baby mama Cheryl Cole agreed he’d keep his distance. But he insists the paper skipped printing the important part — that he was steering clear over concerns over COVID-19.
Liam took to Instagram to say, “Usually I let these things slide, but this is completely out of context. I couldn’t see my son because of the worldwide pandemic that is happening, not because I had anything wrong with me like this headline hints at. I wish sometimes these people would do the research and give context instead of painting people a certain way for click bait.”
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The Daily Dish – Monday, November 9

Johnny Depp has resigned from the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
On Instagram, he wrote, “I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request.”
The move came a few days after Johnny lost his libel case against The Sun, which published an article in 2018 calling him a “wife beater.”
A Warner Bros. spokesperson said, “Johnny Depp will depart the Fantastic Beasts franchise. We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date. Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production, and the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast. The film will debut in theaters worldwide in the summer of 2022.”
In his statement, Johnny added, “The surreal judgement of the court in the U.K. will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal. My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time.”

All Lori Loughlin wants for Christmas is her freedom and she just found out that she’ll be home just in time for the holiday.
The Full House star, who began serving a two month prison sentence last week for her role in the college admissions scandal, was given a release date of December 27th. But since the 27th is a Sunday, the Bureau of Prisons will allow her to leave two days earlier on Christmas Day. It’s also possible that she will be released sooner, as was the case with Felicity Huffman who served only 11 days. (TMZ)
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