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The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, April 14

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

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, April 14

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

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

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

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

The Coast Social Network with Berrien Community Foundation – Wednesday, April 13

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

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, April 14

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

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

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

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

Music News – Wednesday, April 14

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

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

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

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, April 13

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

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, April 13

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

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

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

The Coast Social Network with United Way of Southwest Michigan – Tuesday, April 13

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

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, April 13

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

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

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

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

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

Music News – Tuesday, April 13

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

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

The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, April 12

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

The Daily Dish – Monday, April 12

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

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

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

The makers of the “Magic Mike” film franchise are launching a new reality dance show on HBO Max that will turn men who have “lost their magic” into strippers. The series is being produced by “Magic Mike” film star Channing Tatum and will feature 10 men who compete for the title of “Real Magic Mike.” Casting is currently underway and they hope to premiere later this year.

The Coast Social Network with the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance – Monday, April 12

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

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

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

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

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

Music News – Monday, April 12

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

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

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, April 9

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

The Daily Dish – Friday, April 9

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

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

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

Furry Friends Friday with Lucky from Paws of Hope – April 9

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

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, April 9

  • Unicorn Day
  • Name Yourself Day

I feel like we all already know this, but a new study found and proved that music is addictive. According to researchers at McGill University in Montreal, music makes us feel good because it triggers the reward center of our brains. Because of that, researchers say music can be as addictive as fast food, money, and alcohol.

Pot is popular … A new Economist/YouGov poll found that 61% of American adults believe marijuana should be legalized nationwide. Despite more and more states legalizing the use of recreational and/or medical marijuana, including here in the state of Michigan, pot is still criminalized on the federal level.

Can you guess the number one thing most people dislike about themselves? A YouGov personality survey found that the overwhelming majority of people share this insecurity about themselves: their weight. 51% said their weight was the number one thing they disliked about themselves. Far behind in second, according to respondents, was the way their sometimes treat their family (14%), followed by the way they sometimes treat their partner (13%). 11% said the way they make a first impression was the thing they disliked most about themselves, followed by the way they dress (10%). (Best Life)

Sora News says a group of high school students from Japan recently built a perfect replica of the DeLorean time machine from the “Back to the Future” movies. They created the car from scratch using sheets of steel and aluminum. The project originally began in 2016 and was passed on to future students to complete. More than 500 students worked on the DeLorean by the time it was finished.
The principal of the school later received permission from Universal Pictures to display the car as a monument in front of the school. The DeLorean lights up, rotates, and plays music from the “Back to the Future” trilogy every three hours.

Music News – Friday, April 9

A previously unreleased PRINCE album is coming out on July 30th.  It’s called “Welcome 2 America”, and it was recorded in 2010.
According to a press release, it documents Prince’s, quote, “concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice.”
In the title track, Prince rants about golden parachutes, social media, reality-TV celebrity culture, and corporate monopolies.

Britney Spears got her COVID vaccine. In a cute video on Instagram, she and boyfriend Sam Asghari talk about the shot. This comes after she posted a video dancing to Aerosmith with a caption saying she was, quote, “embarrassed” about the ‘Framing Britney Spears’ documentary. Her fans are convinced she didn’t write it. The FreeBritney movement is still in full swing.

Jon Bon Jovi tells USA Today that he doesn’t mind getting old. “Let me tell you, I’ve earned this gray hair. I’ve been through enough hurting and healing to be here. Professionally, I’ve survived trends that have come and gone, and I’m still around. I wear each of these gray hairs as a badge of honor.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, April 8

In Springdale, Arkansas, a charity group called Samaritan’s Feet gave away more than 700 pairs of shoes to students at 18 elementary schools in the area.
Samaritan’s Feet worked with the schools to sign up the kids — and then planned the event at a local furniture store.
The hundreds of families that showed up received free shoes and socks — as well as a note of encouragement and a “hope tote,” which included a toiletry items as well as facemasks.
Organizers said they wanted to serve the kids and help them feel loved. They also hope the event inspires others to help because now, more than ever, it’s an important time to be taking care of your community. (KHBS-TV)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, April 8

Khloé Kardashian stripped naked for an “unretouched and unfiltered” mirror selfie. She posted the video to Instagram to prove a point — “My body, my image.”
Wednesday night’s post was in direct response to an “unauthorized” photo of Khloé leaked to social media. The picture showed Khloé in a cheetah print bikini by the pool. The New York Post reported that family members made mostly successful attempts to delete the photo from Instagram.
Khloé wrote on Wednesday, (quote) “I present myself to the world the way I want to be seen, I will continue to do unapologetically. My body, my image. How I choose to look and what I want to share is my choice.”
She also detailed the “unbearable scrutiny” and body-shaming she’s endured through the years. She’s heard it all: “Khloé is the fat sister.” “Khloé is the ugly sister.” “Her dad must not be her real dad because she looks so different.” “The only way she could have lost that weight must have been from surgery.” (People)

The British royal family drama just got a little more dramatic — after Prince William bashed his brother Harry for his recent round of press interviews.
A source close to the brothers tells Us Weekly, “The conversation Harry and William had after the big interview didn’t end well. William feels that Harry has gotten too big for his boots since moving to California — that success and Hollywood have gone to his head. He’s already accused [Harry] of putting fame over family after the big interview.”
The snitch says the brothers haven’t seen each other in the flesh for well over a year.

Animal expert Jack Hanna, a staple of TV talk shows for decades, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, his family announced on Wednesday.
Jack’s daughters KathaleenSuzanne and Julie issued a statement saying the 74-year-old is “no longer able to participate in the public life as he used to.” Hanna officially resigned his post as director emeritus of Ohio’s Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in December after 42 years on the job.
In their statement, the Hannas say, “While his health has deteriorated quickly, we can assure you that his great sense of humor continues to shine through. And, yes, he still wears his khakis at home.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, April 8

TODAY IS: National All Is Ours Day: It’s a day to stop and appreciate all you have.

Do you feel closer to your co-workers, even if you’ve been working remotely? A new survey found that 53% of workers say they have grown closer to their colleagues during the pandemic – even though they are all working at home. And 43% said it’s been easier to connect with their colleagues on a personal level than it was when they were in the office together. This has everything to do with people getting a glimpse into their co-workers’ lives during video calls – meeting spouses, kids, and pets and getting to see their real lives.

Do you have a leftover problem? A new survey found that 61% of respondents said they always put their leftovers in the fridge – but never get around to eating them. 66% said even when they’re just cooking for themselves, they end up making enough food to feed a family.

What is the very best surprise you can get in life? How about the worst? Here’s a hint: They both have to do with money. A new survey found that 49% of those polled said randomly finding money (on the street, in a pocket, in a drawer, etc.) was the very best surprise they could get. The worst? Getting an unexpected bill.
Here are the Best Surprises:
  1. Randomly finding money — 49%
  2. Surprise parties — 48%
  3. Getting a tax return — 46%
  4. Surprise visitors like family or friends — 37%
  5. Engagements — 35%
  6. Pregnancies — 33%
  7. A new puppy/pet — 30%
  8. A snow day — 28%
  9. Canceled plans — 20%
  10. A deadline pushed back  — 13%
Here are the Worst Surprises:
  1. Getting a bill that’s higher than you thought it would be — 57%
  2. Having to OWE money after you do your taxes — 46%
  3. Late fee on a credit card — 37%
  4. Child breaks something — 31%
  5. Pet has an accident in the house — 31%
  6. Unexpected visitors (i.e., the in-laws) — 29%
  7. Canceled plans — 27%
  8. Going on a date with someone and they don’t match their profile photo — 20%
  9. Last-minute video meeting — 20%

Music News – Thursday, April 8

Taylor Swift just brought some new life to a blast from the past — by recruiting pal Jack Antonoff to help rework “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” the latest teaser from Fearless (Taylor’s Version).
The song was recorded during the 2008 sessions for Fearless, but never released. It’s one of Tay’s trademark breakup songs, with lines like “Hello, Mr. perfectly fine/ How’s your heart after breaking mine?/ Mr. always at the right place at the right time/ Baby. Hello/ Mr. casually cruel/ Mr. everything revolves around you.”
She hinted on social media that the song was autobiographical, saying, “Me in 2020: Life is chill, writing songs based in fiction to avoid drama, feeling pretty grown up. My 2008 music from the vault, in a goblin voice: REELEEEEEEEASE MR. PERFECTLY FIIIIIIIIINE.”
That’s a not-so-subtle signal that the song might be about Joe Jonas, who dumped Taylor shortly before she recorded Fearless.

Elton John tells Distractify.com that he knew his husband, David, was the one for him. “I was attracted to David immediately. He had a real job, his own apartment, a car. He was independent. I didn’t need to take care of him. I thought, ‘God, this is new territory for me — someone wants to be with me just because he likes me.’ I knew he was the one because he is not afraid of me. He always tells me exactly what he thinks.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, April 7

81-year-old Linda Summers of Dallas, Texas, was in need of some cheering up, so she looked out the window of her apartment building and saw a woman walking a little dog. She then had the urge to run out of her apartment and pet that dog.
She ended up not giving in to that urge — but later decided to put a message up on a neighborhood social media app in hopes of discovering who that woman was so she could ask for a quick visit.
People in her community responded to that message in a big way.
One after another, Linda’s neighbors stepped up and offered to bring their dogs over for a visit. It was overwhelming to the point that Linda couldn’t even keep up with all the offers for visits.
Before long, Linda received more than 300 responses.
Instead of being sad — as she was before — the parade of neighbors and dogs caused Linda to tear up … in a good way.
As she explained, “All these nice people being so sweet to me. It makes me tear up. They just melt my heart.” (WFAA-TV)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, April 7

Jennifer Lopez‘s romance with Alex Rodriguez has barely cooled off, but she may soon be heating things up with ex-beau Ben Affleck.
Ben recently had plenty of nice things to say about J-Lo in a story for In Style magazine, and a member of her inner circle says that’s no surprise. The insider tells OK! magazine they’ve “been talking in private a lot over the past few months, and now the world knows just how close the two of them are again. When things started to get bad with Alex, Jen turned to Ben for advice.”
But does that necessarily mean they’re going to hook up? The source tells OK! “She is the rebound girl when it comes to love. After she broke up with Ben, Jen went running back to the arms of Marc Anthony. If she breaks up with Alex, it makes sense she will go running back to Ben.”

Is the world ready for another reality star in political office? Caitlyn Jenner thinks so.
According to Axios, the Olympic gold medalist-turned-Keeping Up With the Kardashians fixture is pondering a run for governor of California. Caitlyn is reportedly working with a powerful Republican strategist to put together a run for the Cali state house if Gavin Newsom is recalled.

The on-air squabble between Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood continues even though one of them left The Talk with a $10 million golden parachute.
Over the weekend on her podcast, Sheryl said she had not spoken with Sharon since their CBS show went on hiatus. She claimed that Sharon never apologized.
Sharon replied with receipts. She has screenshots of four, apologetic text messages to Sheryl over a span of eight days. All of them went unanswered. Sharon told the Daily Mail, (quote) “I not only sent these messages to Sheryl, but I apologized to her in person in her dressing room.”
Addressing Sheryl directly, Sharon rhetorically asked, (quote) “Why are you trying to destroy my reputation?” (Daily Mail)

More details have emerged behind the withdrawal of Regé-Jean [pr: ray-GAY szhon] Page from Bridgerton.
He initially agreed to a one-year deal for the Netflix series. Once Rege-Jean became a breakout star in the first season, producers needed The Duke of Hastings for the second season.
Regé-Jean turned down their offer of $50,000 per episode. The script called for The Duke to appear in just three episodes. He saw no need to return after “sticking the landing” in the first season.
Bridgerton is based on the book series by author Julia Quinn. Each book focused on one sibling of the Bridgerton family. Season one of the Netflix series started with Daphne, who (spoiler alert) married The Duke and had a baby. This coming season will be about her oldest brother, Anthony. (The Hollywood Reporter)