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Music News – Friday, April 2

Did Britney Spears really write that she was “embarrassed” by the documentary Framing Britney Spears? A one-time colleague doesn’t think so.
Makeup artist Billy Brasfield, who worked with Brit several years ago, tells the New York Post that he reached out to the troubled star, who told him she had “no control over the caption.” He says “I immediately knew it was not her. I texted her about it and she texted me back last night.”
Brasfield went on to insist that Britney is not as bad off as a lot of us think, saying “She is not ‘fragile.’ She does not like being a victim, she never wanted to be a victim and doesn’t see herself as a victim. She sees herself as a survivor and has navigated this with patience and strategy.”

Snoop Dogg is taking a bite out of The Voice.
He’s been tapped as a “Mega Mentor” for the current season. Snoop will join Kelly ClarksonNick JonasJohn Legend and Blake Shelton to mentor the remaining contestants. Snoop will provide individualized coaching and help rehearse with the four artists still in the competition.
When Snoop announced the news, he made sure his followers knew it wasn’t an April Fools’ Day prank, tweeting, “This is not a joke. Excited to join The Voice as this season’s Mega Mentor.”

Jon Bon Jovi tells Rolling Stone magazine that everyone should be optimistic about the future. “Optimism, I’ve always been guilty of that and you know, I’ll take that rap right square on the chin, too. Because at the end of the day, if you can’t see the glass as half full and not half empty, somebody should talk to you about it and if nobody’s going to talk to you about it, then talk to yourself about it and try to see that glass as half full and not half empty.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, April 1

Andrea Lessing was working at a Goodwill store in Norman, Oklahoma, when she felt something unusual hidden in a pair of donated sweaters.
At first, she thought the sweaters were holding books. Then, she realized they weren’t books — but instead were stacks of envelopes filled with $100 bills inside them.
Somebody had accidentally dropped off $42,000 in cash.
Luckily, the envelopes also had paperwork that identified who owned the money — and the store was able to return it.
The owner of the envelopes ended up surprising Andrea with $1,000 from the money she found.
Andrea appreciated the gesture and plans to spend some of her reward on an “amazing birthday party” for her six-year-old daughter. (The Norman Transcript)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, April 1

Ryan Reynolds donned a pink beanie and a muscle shirt to get his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday morning.
The Deadpool star shared a pic of himself getting jabbed on Instagram. He wrote, “Finally got 5G,” joking about a vaccination conspiracy theory.
The quip went over well on Twitter, with one user saying, “If you stand next to any TV you’ll get HBO Max and Hulu!”
Just a few hours later, wife Blake Lively said she also got vaccinated. She wrote, “Find you someone who looks at you like I look at the heroic nurse vaccinating me.”

Kylie Jenner is putting her fortune to good use.
The billionaire has donated $500,000 to create a state-of-the-art hospital lounge for teen cancer patients that was unveiled on Wednesday.
Page Six says Kylie donated the money to support her friend, singer-songwriter Harry Hudson, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2017.
The donation, along with money from rockers Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend’s Teen Cancer America, led to the “Hey, I’m Here for You Teen Lounge” at the Monroe Carell Junior Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville.
The lounge features video games, a big-screen TV and a meditation room.
In a statement, Hudson said, “I am so grateful for Kylie’s friendship and the impact she’s had on my life and my cancer journey… She has always been there for me, and together, we wanted to figure out a way to be there for other young people who are battling this disease.”

Heat Magazine claims Brad Pitt allegedly continues to lean on Jennifer Aniston during his divorce proceedings with Angelina Jolie. A source tells the magazine, “As soon as the accusations about domestic violence went public, Jen was straight on the phone to Brad. She wanted to let him know she would be there for him, no matter what, and she’s told him again that she’ll appear in court if she has to, although she knows it would never come to that.”

Woman’s Day magazine claims Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are allegedly blaming each other for the bad press they are receiving from their Oprah interview. A source tells the magazine, ”Harry has been hostile and sulking while Markle has been blaming him for pretty much everything.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, April 1

TODAY IS:
April Fools’ Day
So how do people really feel about April Fools’ Day pranks? Seems there’s a pretty equal divide between people who find them annoying and people who find them amusing.
According to a YouGov poll, 45% of respondents found them amusing and 47% said they were annoying. Those under the age of 30 were more likely to find pranks funny – 50% liked them vs. 40% who found them annoying. And men under 30 were the most likely to appreciate April Fools’ Day jokes — with 60% saying they were amusing vs. 35% who found them irritating.

Do you know how much money you have in the bank? If you don’t, you’re definitely not alone. A survey found that 55% of respondents said they didn’t know how much money was in their bank account … because they were too afraid to find out.

Did you master a hobby in the last year? 60% of people in a recent survey said they had gotten better at one or more of their hobbies since last March and 56% expect to be an “expert” at their hobby when the pandemic is over. Some of the hobbies people surveyed said they’ve gotten better at …
  1. Doing something active (golf, running, yoga) – -35%
  2. Preparing food (baking, cooking) — 34%
  3. Making art (drawing, painting, sketching) — 34%
  4. Fiber arts (knitting, embroidery, sewing) — 28%
  5. Playing an instrument — 28%
  6. Speaking a language — 28%
  7. Scrapbooking or papercraft — 23%
  8. Model or miniature building — 21%
  9. Photography, videography, or editing — 17%
  10. Sculpture or pottery — 17% (SWNS)

Drinking too much wine can cause blurry vision … but the right amount of wine, particularly red wine because of the antioxidants in it, can actually improve your vision. A new UK study found that red wine can prevent you from developing cataracts as you get older. But the key is moderation. According to the research, those who drank wine daily or almost daily actually saw a 6 percent greater risk of needing cataract surgery compared to people who drank in moderation. (PRNewswire)

Music News – Thursday, April 1

NBC’s singing competition The Voice seduced Ariana Grande with a $25 million contract.
She’s easily the highest paid of the four coaches. Kelly Clarkson negotiated for $15 million, which is still more than either John Legend or Blake Shelton.
Gossip guru Rob Shuter said (quote) “Ariana is getting a whopping $20 to $25 million for the show, putting her in the same category as Katy Perry on American Idol. With John and Blake getting $13 million per season, it is the women on the show that will be making the most.”
Ariana starts her new gig this September. She’s at the top of her career, the most-streamed at Spotify among women, and The Voice would like to leverage her 229 million Instagram followers — 10-times the number of the three other Voice coaches combined. (OK!)

Legal battles between Britney Spears and her father just hit a new low. Jamie Spears now wants her to pay his $3 million attorney bills.
A member of Team Britney told the New York Post (quote) “If approved by the judge, this money would come from Britney’s estate. She essentially would be paying her own father’s lawyers to fight her in court.”
Jamie Spears filed documents asking for Britney to pay him a salary of $16,000 per month as co-conservator — and to pay his monthly office rent, which goes for $2000. (New York Post)
Sharon Stone revealed Wednesday on The Kelly Clarkson Show that Britney reached out in 2007 as her life spiraled out of control. Sharon said (quote) “Britney wrote to me a very long and important, poignant letter. I was in a very difficult time of my life and I couldn’t help myself.” (Kelly Clarkson)

Billy Joel tells Billboard magazine that he loves to mentor the new generation of artists. “When I first started I didn’t know a lot about the job, so I kinda had to figure it out by wire, ya know? It was hit and miss, I made mistakes, and fortunately I was able to recover from most of ’em. But I promised myself if I ever get to a point where I can help somebody that’s trying to learn how to do this, that I would try to do that. I always wanted to try to be a teacher even before I was in the music business.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, March 31

Earlier this month, a 6-year-old boy named Aiden from Hilliard, Ohio, completed his final chemotherapy treatment — a big step toward beating leukemia, a disease he’s been fighting since he was just two years old.
To celebrate, local police officers and firefighters showed up in his neighborhood with their squad cars for a loud parade.
The lights were on and sirens squealed as the vehicles rolled past Aiden’s house, while neighbors watched and applauded.
Normally, there’s a bell-ringing ceremony at the hospital after the final treatment. Things have changed, of course, because of coronavirus.
So instead of ringing a bell, Aiden was serenaded with sirens and flashing lights — a well-earned reward for all of his courage and hard work. (WBNS-TV)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, March 31

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s second child will be born at home, according to Fox News.
When the baby girl arrives this summer, she’ll be the first-ever British royal born in America.
Baby Sussex will be delivered in her parents’ new $14.5 million Montecito estate, which they bought last year.
They revealed the baby’s gender during their controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this month.

Drew Barrymore looks to be the next Oprah.
The daytime talk-show host plans to launch her own lifestyle magazine this summer, WWD reports. The mag, titled Drew, will feature an advice column, personal stories, recipes and product roundups.
Drew says, “I’ve lined my walls with magazine tear sheets since I was like 10 years old. I have a picture of myself in my bedroom and it’s like floor to ceiling and wall-to-wall. I’ve always loved magazines because of the paper and the experience. Magazines are such a huge part of my life and they’re such a huge part of my inspiration for everything I do.”
Barrymore, who sells beauty products and home goods in Walmart, will serve as editor-in-chief of Drew.

Michael Strahan has a fresh new smile after getting rid of his iconic tooth gap.
In an Instagram video, the Good Morning America host showed himself at the dentist getting his teeth fixed.
He captioned the clip: “I did it. #GoodbyeGap.”
Strahan knew he’d get flack for his decision, saying he expected his followers, friends, business partners and family to disapprove.
People on Twitter sure did. One person wrote, “This man just lost all his super powers.” Another said, “This is definitely one of the worst things I’ve ever seen. Strahan’s gap is iconic. It’s like Robert De Niro’s mole or Tom Selleck’s mustache. You don’t just get rid of that nonchalantly.”
But Strahan said, “I gotta do what I wanna do for myself.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, March 31

TODAY IS:
  • National Crayon Day
  • Manatee Appreciation Day
  • National Prom Day: Most schools won’t be having prom (again) this year, but this day might help bring a little bit of the prom spirit. This day isn’t about this year’s prom — it’s about proms of the past. The day encourages all generations to share their prom photos on social media. Use the hashtag #nationalpromday and tag @promgirlxo and @promguytux.

Have you lost this skill during the pandemic? 38% of people in a recent survey (by evite) said they are worried about their ability to do this when the pandemic ends. Can you guess what it is? The answer: small talk. In addition, 34% said they’ve become more awkward since being stuck in their homes for so long. The survey also found that it’s been four months since the average American has had a meaningful conversation. Yikes. But people are ready to party again. As soon as the pandemic is officially declared over …
  • 42% said they plan to throw the biggest party of their lives.
  • 36% said they would go out of their way to attend events they previously avoided … like baby showers, weddings, and bachelor/bachelorette parties.
  • 26% said they are re-doing their birthday – since it “didn’t count” in 2020. (SWNS)

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Music News – Wednesday, March 31

Seven weeks after the debut of the documentary Framing Britney Spears, the singer responded. On Tuesday, she posted a twirling video to the Aerosmith song, “Crazy.”
Britney wrote how she’s watched only snippets of the documentary, which streams at FX on Hulu. She added (quote) “I was embarrassed by the light they put me in. I cried for two weeks. I still cry sometimes!!”
It appears that Britney agrees with the documentary’s thesis. She wrote at Instagram (quote) “I have been exposed my whole life. I’ve always been so judged… insulted… and embarrassed by the media… and I still am till this day.”
Britney had a thought for those who have critiqued her dancing. Perhaps a direct response to Dance Mom alum Abby Lee Miller (quote) “Every day dancing brings me joy!!! I’m not here to be perfect … perfect is boring … I’m here to pass on kindness.” (Billboard)

Coldplay are helping to bring cleaner water to the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia by “adopting” a ship.
They’ve teamed with a non-profit called The Ocean Cleanup, which develops advanced technologies to rid the seas of plastic, and will sponsor a newly invented “river interceptor” called Neon Moon 1, which collects plastic before it reaches the oceans.
The organization expects to eventually have river interceptors operating in 1000 rivers globally.

Ariana Grande announced that she’s replacing Nick Jonas on the next season of The Voice.
Grande tweeted a picture of her coach’s chair with the caption, “Surprise! I am beyond thrilled, honored [and] excited to be joining Kelly ClarksonJohn Legend and Blake Shelton next season — Season 21 of The Voice. Nick Jonas, we will miss you!”
Jonas, who had previously coached in Season 18, returned in Season 20 to replace Gwen Stefani. Season 21 will air in the fall.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, March 30

In Boca Raton, Florida, 10-year-old Eden Gross has created a song that is raising money — and she’s donating that money to charity.
Eden’s song, which she wrote and performed herself, is called “Shadows on the Wall” and it’s about the stress that young children have been dealing with these days.
Eden explained that she and other children feel “stuck” and “don’t know what to do.” And, her song offers hope to anyone who feels this way.
People have been downloading the song — and Eden has been donating the proceeds to a community wellness charity.
Everyone is hopeful that we can get back to normal soon, and in the meantime, Eden hopes that her song — and her donations — will help things along. (Boca Raton Tribune)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, March 30

Sharon Osbourne is leaving The Talk with millions of dollars in her pocket.
A source tells Page Six that the former co-host “is walking away with a $5 to $10 million minimum payout and was able to spin that it was her decision [to leave the show].”
Another insider says Sharon is also free to “talk when she is ready.” The source adds, “She still wants to give her side of the story. She has been on that show for 11 years and knows all the secrets.”
CBS announced that Sharon quit The Talk Friday.
Her exit came two weeks after her heated debate with co-host Sheryl Underwood over Piers Morgan and his criticism of Meghan Markle.

Lady Gaga‘s dog walker is going home.
Ryan Fischer spent a month in the hospital after being shot in that horrible dognapping earlier this year.
Ryan had part of his lung removed, but he’s on the mend now and has posted an emotional video of himself getting ready to leave the hospital, while Carly Simon‘s “Coming Around Again” plays in the background.
Ryan was shot in the chest in February before two of Lady Gaga’s dogs were stolen. The pooches have been recovered, unharmed, and Gaga calls Ryan a hero.

Kendall Jenner has been granted a restraining order against a man who threatened to kill her and then himself.
According to TMZ, the model claims 24-year-old Malik Bowker traveled across the country to shoot her.
In the legal documents, Kendall says an LAPD detective tipped her off to the alleged plan. Bowker is reportedly being held on a temporary psychiatric hold in a local hospital, but police warned the star that he could be released soon.
Kendall told the judge that the man’s alleged threats are causing her severe emotional distress and anxiety, and that she fears he will try to kill her when he’s released from the hospital.
On Monday, a judge granted her a temporary restraining order and Bowker must stay 100 yards away from her.

The Coast Social Network with United Way of Southwest Michigan – Tuesday, March 30

Kristen Chism from the Great Start Collaborative of Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties joins us to talk about the FREE “Bright By Text” program, which parents of young children can use to get access to in-home learning and community resources. Text SWMICHIGAN to 274448 to sign up!... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, March 30

TODAY IS:
  • National Doctors Day
  • National Take a Walk in the Park Day
  • National Virtual Vacation Day

Is your Easter tree up yet? Yep, Easter trees have been trending for the last couple of years.  You can buy one, or make your own. It just takes some colorful eggs and pastel colors to turn just about any plant or some branches into your very own Easter tree. (House Beautiful)

If you’ve been down the liquor aisle of a store lately, you’ve no doubt noticed that pretty much everyone is making a hard seltzer … or hard tea … or hard coffee. And it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, because Pabst Blue Ribbon, commonly known among hipsters as PBR, just launched a line of hard tea seltzers. Last year, PBR introduced a peach-flavored Hard Tea and now they are rolling out a line of hard tea seltzers. There are four flavors to choose from: Raspberry Black Tea, Peach Black Tea, Pineapple Passionfruit Black Tea, and Lemon Black Tea. (Food Beast)

What’s been your biggest headache about working from home? If it was something tech-related, you’re not alone. When it comes to complaints about remote work, tech issues were the biggest work-from-home gripes, according to a new survey. Here are the Top 5 WFH headaches:
  1. Having to use my personal computer for work – 38%
  2. Having a software crash in the middle of a task – 27%
  3. Not having the equipment/software to do my job – 24%
  4. Being stuck on hold with tech support during the day – 24%
  5. Having to start something over because of a software crash – 22%

Music News – Tuesday, March 30

If you’ve ever dreamed of duplicating the looks sported by divas like Beyonce, Cher, Madonna or Whitney Houston, you’ve got a chance — thanks to an auction of outfits those ladies showed off onstage and in videos.
Items up for grabs include:
  • Custom-made costumes from Destiny’s Child‘s “Independent Women, Part 2” video. Those are expected to fetch $5,000-$8,000 per piece.
  • Cher’s Bob Mackie-designed “If I Could Turn Back Time” bodysuit.
  • Whitney Houston’s Flesh Tone Chiffon Atelier Versace Gown, worn in concert in Paris in 1998, expected to draw a bid of $30,000.
  • Madonna’s costumes from the film Evita.
The auction will take place from June 11th through June 13th at Julien’s Beverly Hills showroom and at the auction house’s website.

The Easter Bunny will bring a sweet surprise to American Idol fans on Sunday — when this year’s All-Star Duet show hits the airwaves.
This year’s lineup of stars include Josh Groban, Ryan Tedder, Tori Kelly, Jewel and Katharine McPhee — who finished second in the show’s fifth season.
Each celeb will be paired with two contestants, and will sing with each person separately once the top-24 takes shape this week. (Billboard)

Bryan Adams tells GuitarWorld.com that he knew he had made it as an artist when he could pay his rent by performing. “I knew I had made it the day I could pay my rent for more than a month without having to rely on anyone for support. It may not seem like much, but that was huge to me.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, March 29

When Dustin Vitale of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, learned that his mom, Gloria, had bladder cancer, he set out on a mission to take her on a big trip — the trip she always dreamed of — to see the pyramids in Egypt.
Dustin also wanted to bring along 14 family members.
This was going to be a bit of a challenge because he’s a middle school teacher — and couldn’t just write a check for such a big trip.
So, he started raising money by selling big cheesesteak sandwiches.
Word got around that these sandwiches were good — and they were for a good cause.
Friends, family members and neighbors started showing up outside his house, ordering food. Then, the news spread on social media and people were lined up down the block.
In just six weeks, Dustin raised all the money he needed to fund the trip.
Dustin is thankful to everyone who supported his goal of getting Gloria to Egypt, as the trip is now planned for later this year.
And, as he describes it, he’s also excited to see his mom “mentally as healthy as she has ever been in her whole life.” (Yahoo)

The Daily Dish – Monday, March 29

Sharon Osbourne has officially been fired by the CBS daytime show, The Talk.
In a statement CBS says, “The events of the March 10th broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home. As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon’s behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10th episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace. We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts.
“At the same time, we acknowledge the Network and Studio teams, as well as the showrunners, are accountable for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race. During this week’s hiatus, we are coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew. Going forward, we are identifying plans to enhance the producing staff and producing procedures to better serve the hosts, the production and, ultimately, our viewers.
“The Talk will return with original episodes on Monday, April 12th, 2021, following the pre-scheduled hiatus the week of April 5th.”
This all stems from Sharon defending her friend, British journalist Piers Morgan, when he blasted Meghan Markle following her CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey on March 7th.
“I feel like I’m about to be put in an electric chair because I have a friend who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist,” said Sharon who then challenged the other hosts to tell her “what he’s uttered that’s racist.”
Co-host Sheryl Underwood responded that “the implication” of Morgan dismissing Markle was racist, rather than the words themselves.
Sharon then asked, “Why can’t it be he just doesn’t like her? Why does it have to be racist?”
Following the show, Sharon tweeted a lengthy apology in which she said she does not “condone racism, misogyny or bullying.”
“I should have been more specific about that in my tweet,” she continued, referencing her original defense of Morgan online. “I will always support freedom of speech, but now I see how I unintentionally didn’t make that clear distinction.”
Everything then spiraled downward for Sharon as current and former staff members said Sharon and others on the show were racially insensitive.
Sharon has yet to comment on yesterday’s developments.

Woody Allen has again denied sexually ab usig his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.
This time, the director addressed the allegations in an interview on CBS Sunday Morning.
In the sit-down, which was taped in July, the director says, “I believe she thinks it. She was a good kid. I do not believe that she’s making it up. I don’t believe she’s lying. I believe she believes that.”
The interview was conducted several months before the recent HBO docuseries Allen vs. Farrow, which explores the allegations and has renewed interest in the case.
CBS says this was Allen’s first in-depth, on-camera American interview in nearly 30 years.
Allen, who has never been charged with any crimes, says, “It’s so preposterous, and yet the smear has remained. And they still prefer to cling to if not the notion that I molested Dylan, the possibility that I molested her. Nothing that I ever did with Dylan in my life could be misconstrued as that.”
He added, “There was no logic to it, on the face of it. Why would a guy who’s 57 years old and never accused of anything in my life, I’m suddenly going to drive up in the middle of a contentious custody fight at Mia’s country home (with) a 7-year-old girl. It just – on the surface, I didn’t think it required any investigation, even.”

The Coast Social Network with Cornerstone Alliance – Benton Charter Township – Monday, March 29

Zack speaks with Jessica from Cornerstone Alliance and Cathy from Benton Charter Township, Michigan about the growing businesses in the area at Special-Lite, Cornerstone Industrial Park, and more! Visit gomichigan.com to find out how your business can work with Cornerstone Alliance on your growth initiatives.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, March 29

TODAY IS:
  • National Vietnam War Veterans Day
  • National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

Does what you drink on a first date matter? Apparently so, according to a new survey by Jack Daniel’s. In fact, 30% of those surveyed said they’ve ended a date early because of what their date ordered to drink. And it seems this is a bigger deal for men than women. 60% of the guys surveyed said a date’s bad drink order would be a “deal breaker,” compared to 32% of women.
So what drinks are people impressed by?
1. Martini – 60%
2. Gin and Tonic – 46%
3. Manhattan – 45%
4. Old Fashioned – 43%
5. (tie) Cosmo – 42%; Whiskey Sour – 42%
So what drink makes a bad impression? A Long Island Iced Tea.
The survey also found that 37% feel so much pressure for that first-date drink order that they order something “fancy” that they usually don’t drink. (SWNS)

Seems the “never go to bed angry” advice is true … and it extends to all types of relationships. A new study from Oregon State University found that it’s NOT good to sleep on things – whether it’s an argument with your significant other or an argument with a co-worker. According to researchers, it’s best to resolve issues right away, rather than allowing them to fester – which can affect both your mental and physical health. In fact, according to the study, resolving issues right away can lead to a longer, healthier, and happier life.

What’s your go-to midnight snack? If your late-night hunger pangs come in a pint, you’re not alone. According to a recent Health Digest survey, 30% of people choose ice cream as their fav late-night snack. Potato chips are a close second choice of late-night snackers.

Music News – Monday, March 29

At least one member of Britney Spears‘s inner circle is all in on the idea of letting her choose her own conservator — and hints she might get back to work if that happens.
The anonymous source tells the New York Post that Brit’s life would be “drastically better” if Jodi Montgomery permanently replaced dad Jamie Spears in the role. According to the insider, “Britney trusts Jodi Montgomery  — she’s really great. If Jodi becomes her conservator, things would drastically change for Britney — she’s not working because of her dad. She has said that as long as a dad is in control of her life, she’s not working.”
Montgomery has been handling some of Britney’s affairs since Jamie suffered a near-fatal medical setback in the fall of 2019.

Lady Gaga is inviting everyone over to her place for a big creative jam session.
The superstar pulled back the curtain on Thursday to reveal The Studio by Klarna x Haus Labs, a new Los Angeles-based creative space that will be open to everyone. Gaga promises visitors will be able to use a sound stage and rehearsal rooms and is even offering to share a room full of instruments and gear that she’s used on stage.
Since it is L.A., the space also includes an “aura generator” to help the flow of those creative juices. Gaga and her partners will be offering grants to encourage the work of the artists using the space. (Billboard)

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello got an extremely unwelcome visit.
According to TMZ, the couple was chilling at home when they heard a commotion and spotted the intruders breaking in through a window. When the crooks saw the coast wasn’t clear, they bolted after grabbing one important item — the keys to Shawn’s Mercedes SUV. which they used as a getaway vehicle.
Los Angeles cops are investigating the crime, but have made no arrests.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, March 26

Samuel James has been a custodian at Citronelle High School in Alabama for 13 years. And, he was walking back and forth to work after his car broke down.
Two teachers at the school — Jeff Pippin and Deborah Pippin — learned that Samuel was walking … and were in a perfect position to help.
They had an extra vehicle — a Toyota Highlander SUV — that they were interested in giving away to someone in need. It was a perfect match.
Samuel was recently surprised with the gift of the Toyota Highlander outside of the school, and the kind gesture moved him to tears.
Samuel said he was blessed to have the car — and also blessed to have Jeff and Deborah as “real good friends.” (WALA-TV)

The Daily Dish – Friday, March 26

Actress Jessica Walter, best known for her roles on TV’s Arrested Development and Archer, has died. She was 80.
In a statement to People magazine, her daughter, Brooke Bowman, says her mother died in her sleep on Wednesday while staying at her home in New York City. “It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica. A working actor for over six decades, her greatest pleasure was bringing joy to others through her storytelling both on screen and off. While her legacy will live on through her body of work, she will also be remembered by many for her wit, class and overall  .”
Walter’s other credits include the movies Play Misty for Me and The Flamingo Kid as well as the TV shows Trapper John M.D. and Streets of San Francisco.

Johnny Depp won’t get a chance to overturn the ruling in his U.K. libel lawsuit. The star has lost his bid for an appeal.
Johnny sued The Sun for calling him a “wife beater” a few years back. In November a judge ruled the allegations he abused ex-wife Amber Heard were “substantially true.” Now the judge has upheld that ruling.
According to TMZ, Johnny’s lawyers recently “tried to argue that Amber had an unfair advantage and boosted credibility because she vowed to donate her entire $7 million divorce settlement … something she still hasn’t done.”
His lawyers now tell TMZ that the evidence it presented in his bid to appeal “further demonstrates that there are clear and objective reasons to seriously question the decision reached.”

People magazine says Alex Rodriguez is doing everything he can to save his relationship with Jennifer Lopez. A source tells the magazine, “Alex remains committed to working on things with Jennifer. It was important to Jennifer that Alex stepped up in a public way and showed his level of commitment to her with a trip to see her while working. Jennifer appreciates big gestures like these. … Things between the two of them are heading in the right direction. Jennifer will be in the Dominican shooting the film for several more weeks, so Alex will be trying to make it over there from Miami as often as his schedule allows. Jennifer is struggling with trust issues. They are far from planning a wedding again, but they are still engaged.”

Furry Friends Friday with Toonies from Animal Aid of Southwestern Michigan – March 26

It’s FURRY FRIENDS FRIDAY from The Mason Jar Cafe featuring TOONIES!
 
Guaranteed to liven up your life, this two year old female cat’s name is Toonies. She’s athletic, adventurous, but loves to sit next to you and be petted. Toonies is a stunning silver tabby with immense green eyes. She is good with other cats and dogs. Toonies is not too interested in being carried around because it is so much faster if she just blazes the path herself! Up-to-date on shots and uses the litter box well. Please call Animal Aid of Southwestern Michigan at 269-926-4279 to make an appointment to meet our beautiful and lively Toonies.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, March 26

TODAY IS:
National Spinach Day: A good day to take Popeye’s advice and eat your spinach.
And Popeye was right … A new study out of Australia found that just one serving of leafy greens – like spinach — every day increases muscle function. Spinach can even keep you strong as you get older. And it’s not just spinach – broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, and kale – which all included nitrate – will give you muscles like Popeye.

Despite even our best intentions, a new study finds…we really suck at keeping our New Year’s resolutions.  Researchers in Australia tracked a bunch of people who set new personal goals for the New Year and found most of them gave up within the first month. No surprise, most resolutions had something to do with losing weight or getting fit. And nearly half of ‘em had the same resolution as they year before.

Do you like your coffee to taste like… coffee? Coffee mate, which offers more than a dozen different flavors like hazelnut, caramel, and even Cinnamon Toast Crunch, has added coffee-flavored coffee creamer — seriously. Now, you can make your cup of coffee taste like … coffee. In fact, you can even choose from two flavors of coffee-flavored creamers — Classic Colombian and Italian Espresso Roast.

Do you feel tired all the time? New research (by California Almonds) found that lots of us are experiencing “pandemic fatigue” – with 45% saying they feel more tired since all of this started a year ago. And it seems that it’s hitting younger people even harder, with 68% of 18- to 24-year-olds saying they feel more tired than usual. In fact, according to the research, the average adult experiences fatigue about 3 and a half hours a day. And to get through the day, a lot of people are relying on the usual suspects – caffeine and candy. 40% of those surveyed down four or more cups of coffee a day and more than 30% rely on sugary snacks to keep them moving throughout the day. These, of course, cause short spikes in energy … but then lead to more crashes and more tiredness. (SWNS)

And, it appears the pandemic has made ‘Dad bods’ the biggest turn on for singles. Dating.com did a survey and found 75 percent of single people found ‘pudgy’ dad bods turned them on more than any other body type. Good news, considering another study this week found the average American gained 29 pounds during the pandemic.

Music News – Friday, March 26

Britney Spears‘s troubled personal life took another turn on Wednesday — with her lawyer filing a petition to put her “temporary” conservator in permanent control of her affairs.
Brit’s attorney formally requested that Jodi Montgomery, who’s been making decisions for the singer since September of 2019, be made her permanent conservator — icing dad Jamie Spears out of the picture. Montgomery initially took over after Jamie fell ill and was hospitalized for several months.
The petition asks that Jamie Spears resign from controlling Britney’s day-to-day decisions. He may continue to look after her estate, but Jodi Montgomery would make calls about Britney’s ability to work, her rights to visit her teenage sons and possible control of a tell-all interview. (Variety)

Bono is one of the voices in a new animated Web series that spotlights the limited access to the COVID-19 vaccines in the world’s poorest countries.
Seven episodes of Pandemica are on the YouTube page of the One Campaign, the health and anti-poverty organization co-founded by the U2 singer. The voice cast for the series includes Penelope CruzConnie BrittonNick KrollKumail NanjianiPhoebe RobinsonMichael Sheen and Wanda Sykes.
Bono tells Rolling Stone, “Beyond the animation and subversive humor, you’ll see that Pandemica is the worst place to be in the COVID-19 pandemic. While Pandemica may not be a real place, for billions of people around the world it’s all too real. Vaccines now bring the hope of a way through, but it won’t be a way out unless every country on the planet has access to enough vaccines. If this vaccine isn’t everywhere, then this pandemic isn’t going anywhere.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, March 25

15-year-old Damien Lanning has been through some tough challenges in his life. He has dealt with kidney disease and was in foster care because social services couldn’t find a family willing and able to meet his medical needs.
A few years ago, things got so bad that Damien was forced to leave school and move into a hospital.
Along the way, though, he also had some good fortune. He met a middle school math teacher named Finn Lanning, and things started turning around for Damien.
Finn learned about Damien’s kidney disease when Damien explained that he had to leave school and move into that hospital.
Finn — a longtime bachelor — stepped up. He stood by Damien’s side as a foster parent as Damien got a much-needed kidney transplant.
And then, a few months ago, Finn went even further and adopted Damien.
The surgery was a success and Damien is now a healthy, thriving teenager, who calls the arrangement he has with his new dad, Finn, “a dream come true.” (CBS News)