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Music News – Friday, May 7

Movie star dreams for Camila Cabello just hit a hurdle. Her big-screen debut in the modern re-telling of Cinderella has been scrubbed. It won’t have a nationwide theatrical release in July.
Rumors swirled that Cinderella needed to land at a streaming platform due to lackluster performances. We still have not seen a trailer for Cinderella, which is rarely a positive sign. The celebrity blog Crazy Days and Night reported in January, (quote) “The producers hope it won’t have a full box office release because it will be a huge flop.”
Sony negotiated with Amazon Prime for streaming rights. Cinderella will debut soon at Amazon.
Due to suppressed box office returns, Sony has sent several movies to streaming platforms. The list includes Kristen Stewart in the holiday romantic comedy Happiest Season, HBO Max bought Seth Rogen’s An American Pickle and Kevin Hart’s drama for Sony,  Fatherhood, will stream at Netflix in June. (Deadline)

Coldplay made sure Thursday’s premiere of their new single “Higher Power” was out of this world.
For the very first listen the band linked up on an extraterrestrial video chat with French European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who is currently on board the International Space Station. They played him a specially-recorded performance of the song featuring dancing alien holograms.
The song’s premiere followed a conversation that covered similarities between life on tour and life on the ISS, the fragility of planet earth and whether Pesquet has spotted any aliens. You can find both their conversation and the performance video on YouTube.

Prince’s estate has teamed up with cosmetics company Urban Decay to create a makeup line inspired by the late superstar. It’ll be called ‘Live Loud In Color.’ The limited-edition collection will include makeup in black and gold and, of course, purple. Urban Decay designed the line in close collaboration with people in Prince’s artistic camp. It’ll be available on May 27th.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, May 6

Robin Mach of Pacific, Missouri, has been an early childhood special education teacher for more than 20 years. That means, she has touched the lives of hundreds — if not thousands — of children during her career.
But, the biggest impact she’s ever had on a student might have happened last month, when she donated a kidney to five-year-old Kayleigh Kulage.
For most of her life, Kayleigh has had to deal with 11 hours of dialysis treatment each night.
Finally, last October, Kayleigh became eligible for a kidney transplant. And — wouldn’t you know it — her teacher Robin was a perfect match.
Doctors performed the surgeries and they were successful. Both Robin and Kayleigh are recovering nicely.
More importantly, though, Kayleigh is feeling better with her new kidney, just as the doctors had predicted. And because Kayleigh doesn’t need to sit through those long sessions of dialysis anymore, the family is planning their first vacation, hopefully to the beach. (WZVN-TV)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, May 6

New details reveal that Bill and Melinda Gates negotiated their divorce for months. They planned to announce in March, but the pair still squabbled over details.
Melinda hoped to be unreachable at the time of the March announcement. She rented a private island for $132,000 per night. The entire family would escape the media crush on Calivigny Island in Grenada.
However, Bill Gates was not invited to Caribbean island. The family blames Bill for the divorce. According to TMZ, “There’s a considerable amount of acrimony associated with the split and virtually everyone in the family took Melinda’s side.”
Melinda Gates traveled in March to Calivigny without Bill. Then , this week, on the day she filed for divorce, he transferred $1.8 billion (with a B) worth of stock to her.

Josh Duggar had more than 200 images of child pornography, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
In a court hearing Wednesday in the 19 Kids and Counting star’s child pornography case, an agent said some of the children involved were as young as 5.
Josh appeared over Zoom for the hearing.
Federal authorities said his friends and family told law enforcement that Josh was addicted to porn.
The former reality star was arrested on child pornography charges last month. He’s pled not guilty.
The judge ruled that Josh will be released from jail on Thursday to “close friends” of the Duggar family. According to People magazine, he’ll be confined to their home and monitored with GPS tracking.
The judge said she “cannot in good conscience” release Josh to his pregnant wife Anna and their six children.

Broadway shows will return on September 14th.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the Great White Way will reopen at 100 percent capacity. Tickets go on sale beginning today.
No word on which shows will reopen in September.
However, the timeline, according to Playbill, still depends on the state government’s final approval of each theatre operator’s health and safety protocols.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, May 6

  • National Nurses Day: A day to honor these hardworking heroes …
  • National Beverage Day: A good day to kick back with your favorite beverage. Maybe buy a nurse a drink?

Couples have definitely spent a lot more time together in the last year – and it seems the majority really liked it. In fact, a recent survey found that 68% said they have “adored” spending more time with their partner over the last year. Even more interesting — 24% said they are worried about getting separation anxiety from their partner when things get back to normal. And it seems that spending all that time together has strengthened relationships – with 60% of couples saying it has confirmed that they are perfect for each other.
Here are some of the things couples really enjoyed getting to do together over the last year:
  1. Going on walks – 46%
  2. Talking – 40%
  3. Eating lunch together – 37%
  4. Streaming shows – 37%
  5. Gardening – 32%
  6. Being able to help each other – 30%
  7. Sleeping in – 24%
  8. Waking up together every morning – 24%
  9. Doing DIY projects — 23%
  10. Sharing problems – 23%

A new survey found that we think really highly of ourselves. 46% of respondents said they are the best person they know. Men were more likely to think highly of themselves than women (86% vs. 67%).

If you’ve wanted to celebrate getting your COVID vaccine jab by going out for a celebratory drink, go ahead – it’s actually good for you. A survey published in the New York Times says that moderate drinking post-jab isn’t likely to hurt. In fact, some studies have even found that over the longer term, small or moderate amounts of alcohol might actually benefit the immune system by reducing inflammation.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released data that showed, of course, that there were big drops in cosmetic procedures in 2020 due to COVID. Their findings found that despite the drop, procedures like Botox and fillers remained popular. But this is surprising … Seems the biggest increase in cosmetic surgery in the last year was for butt implants. Apparently working from home and spending so much time sitting left people with the dreaded “pancake butt” and wanting a little lift in their behinds. (Bloomberg)

Music News – Thursday, May 6

Pink went public with her COVID diagnosis more than a year ago, but she’s just now revealing how sick she really was — sick enough that she wrote out her will.
The singer tells the British arm of IHeartRadio that she and son Remington were badly hit, while hubby Carey Hart and daughter Willow got off easy. She says, “This is going to sound crazy, but we had COVID last year, very early in March, and it was really, really bad and I rewrote my will. You know, at the point where I thought it was over for us, I called my best friend and I said, ‘I just need you to tell Willow how much I loved her.'”
She came out of the battle with one major concern, adding, “What am I teaching them? And are they going to make it in this world, this crazy world that we live in now? And what do I need to tell them if this is the last time I ever get to tell them anything?”

Sorry, #FreeBritney crowd, she doesn’t want to be totally free — she just wants to ditch her dad.
According to TMZBritney Spears will not ask a California judge to remove her from her conservatorship when she finally gets to speak in court, but she will ask to have papa Jamie Spears removed from the picture. A source tells the site, “She has 99 percent of the freedom she’d have if she weren’t in a conservatorship, and the only thing she’s prevented from doing are crazy things, like buying three cars at a time, [which] she tried to do back in the day.”
The insider went on to say that Brit realizes she was out of control, and still needs some guidance in her day-to-day life.

John Mayer recently wrote a song for a fan to apologize for his behavior from an incident that happened 16 years ago.  A guy named Brian Burns had tweeted a photo of his mom from 2005 being turned away from a photo op with John by his manager.
John saw the tweet and felt bad about it, so he went on TikTok to do a special birthday song and apologize for the snub.
Brian responded with his mom’s voicemail reaction. She says John’s gesture, quote, “Just made my year . . . I am walking on air.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, May 5

Back in 2018, when he was only four years old, Nathan Herber of Rochester, Minnesota, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Since then, he’s been dealing with the disease — along with coronavirus, like the rest of us.
His brave battle ended with a victory. After spending months in the hospital, Nathan knocked out the cancer — and was able to finally get back to school.
A couple weeks ago, more than 300 of his fellow students lined up in the school parking lot to surprise Nathan and wave “hello” on his last day of treatment.
Nathan was happy to be done with the hospital — and was especially happy to see his friends again, and for things to be “normal again.” (WABC-TV)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, May 5

Billie Lourd, the daughter of late actress Carrie Fisher had a great way to celebrate Star Wars Day on Tuesday. She introduced her seven-month-old son to Princess Leia.
Billie shared a photo of baby Kingston watching his late grandmother in Star Wars: A New Hope. “May the 4th,” she spelled out in emojis in the caption.
Kingston also wore a special brown knit cap featuring Leia’s iconic bun hairstyle, as well as a onesie with a picture of the character.

Meghan Markle continues to build her media empire.
The former Suits star is adding children’s book author to her resume.
Her book is titled The Bench, and is about “the special bond between father and son — as seen through a mother’s eyes.”
The story is said to be inspired by Prince Harry and their son Archie, who turns two on Thursday.
In a statement, Meghan says, “The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born.”
The book, which publishes on June 8th, comes only a few months after the former royals signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to produce documentaries, feature films, scripted television series and children’s series.

Move over, Will Smith, you’re not the only middle-aged Hollywood star who’s let himself go. Mark Wahlberg has been doing more snacking than weight-lifting lately and he’s showing off his new dad-bod.
The 49-year-old actor, who’s known for being a fitness buff, recently put on 20 pounds for his new movie, Father Stu. He posted a photo on Instagram showing what he looked like three weeks ago compared to what he looks like now and you wouldn’t believe it. And he’s not done putting on the pounds. He says he’s “going up another 20.”
But if you’re picturing Mark sitting on the couch chowing down on Wahlbergers, you’re wrong. He’s still working out hard, only he’s teamed up with a nutritionist who’s helping him gain weight the smart way. (Page Six)

The Coast Social Network with Berrien Community Foundation – Stephen E. Upton Love Your Community Grant – May 5

This week, Susan from BCF joins Zack to talk about the Stephen E. Upton “Love Your Community” Grant. Steve Upton is known for his charitable heart and love for Berrien County. A few years ago, he decided that one way he wanted to leave a legacy for Berrien County was to create a grant program at the Berrien Community Foundation.  So, the Stephen E. Upton Love Your Community Grant was born!... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, May 5

  • National Hoagie Day
It’s also Cinco de Mayo . . . and it’s really the first party holiday since huge numbers of people got the vaccine.  So I’m thinking LOTS of people are going to want to live it up today . . . even if they don’t know WHY they’re living it up.
A survey just asked people what Cinco de Mayo is actually about.  And only 10% of people knew the correct answer:  Celebrating a major Mexican battle win.  The victory was over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862.
39% of people thought Cinco de Mayo was Mexico’s Independence Day . . . 26% thought it was just a general celebration of Mexican-American culture . . . 13% admitted they had no idea . . . and 13% said it’s, quote, “an excuse to drink.”
The survey also found almost three-quarters of Americans said they planned to do something to celebrate.
59% will eat Mexican food . . . 32% will drink margaritas . . . 17% will drink Mexican beer . . . 14% will go to a party . . . and 8% will go to a bar.
And finally, 8% of people say they’re going to use today to read up on Mexican history.

Do you pets have more friends than you do? A new survey of pet owners found that more than 50% say their dog has more friends than they do — and 66% believe their dog has a “better social life” than they do. 57% said that their friends and family are more excited to see their dog than them. And your dog is definitely more popular with your co-workers. 63% of those surveyed said their pup is the “uncontested star” of their Zoom calls.

There’s no question that streaming services like Netflix helped us get through the last year. What would we have done with all those shows to watch and characters to care about? But what happens when you finish binge-ing a series you really loved? Do you get a little sad that it’s over? How about when you loved a season of a show and were anxiously awaiting the next season, only to find out the show has been canceled?
There’s even a name for it: PSD (Post-Series Depression). It’s defined as “the sadness felt after reading or watching a really long series or story. The bitter feeling when you know the journey is over, but you don’t want it to end. (Urban Dictionary)

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, May 4

When the pandemic began, Tabitha McGuire got to work sewing masks — mostly for her daughter, who’s a social worker. Her goal in the beginning was to just create masks that were cute, as well as protective and safe.
She then started creating masks for family and friends … but then noticed something. She realized that many homeless people she saw didn’t have masks, or sometimes didn’t have clean masks.
So, she started creating the masks for them as well.
Tabitha eventually put together so many masks that she was able to load them into the car and deliver them to anyone who looked like they needed one.
She even added a special touch, adding snacks, wipes and a bag.
Tabitha will continue to create the masks for others, setting her sights on shelters and daycare centers. And, all this giving has led to her starting her own business, May Baby Masks, which she hopes to continue to grow until the need for masks disappears. (MSN)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, May 4

Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced after 27 years of marriage.
In a statement that the Microsoft co-founder tweeted out, the two say, “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives. We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”
Melinda was a marketing manager at Microsoft when the two met at a dinner for the company’s employees in 1987. They have three children.
With a net worth of $130 billion, Bill Gates is the world’s fourth richest person.

Will Smith doesn’t have a positive body image.
The 52-year-old posted a shirtless photo of himself on Instagram, and wrote, “I’m gonna be real wit ya’ll. I’m in the worst shape of my life.”
The star got plenty of support.
British singer-songwriter Sonna Rele commented, “You’re Will Smith!! You can be in whatever shape you want.”
And Tonight Show bandleader Questlove said, “This is the most amazing post in the history of social media.”

Michael Jackson‘s estate has beaten the IRS in a battle over the value of the late entertainer’s name and likeness.
According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. Tax Court Judge Mark Holmes found that the singer’s name and likeness were worth just over $4 million when he died in 2009 — not the $161 million the feds believed. Though the IRS did win on some minor points, the government will get far less in taxes on Jackson’s estate under this decision.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, May 4

  • Star Wars Day: May the 4th be with you.
  • Renewal Day: It’s a day for new beginnings …
  • Teacher Appreciation Day: A good day to show some love for teachers.

Tired of being rushed out of restaurants before you’re ready? That might be a thing of the past, thanks to one New York City place that’s encouraging people to stay all day – and bring their laptops, too! Kindred, in Manhattan’s East Village, cooked up a plan to bring back customers after the pandemic lull. For $25-per day, per person, you get an all-day table reservation and WiFi — plus unlimited coffee, cold brew and tea. Food is extra, and you can even stick around for happy hour – if you buy a beverage. (New York Post)

Not all pets can be taken outside for a walk or a drive in the car, but one Japanese company has created a new carrier that will allow fish-owners to do just that. The Ma Corporation has designed the “katsugyo bag.”  It’s a portable, tube-shaped fish tank with a handle so you can carry your fish on a walk through the park. Or, you can take your fresh catch home alive from the lake. The carrier is more than just a portable fish tank. It also has an oxygen gauge and a device that delivers food to the little swimmer. The katsugyo bag isn’t available for sale yet, but it’s already gaining a lot of interest in Japan. (Oddity Central)

Well, this is … gross. A new survey out of the UK found that 30% of respondents said they only washed their sheets … once or twice a year. No joke. FYI: You’re supposed to wash them at least once a week. (Best Life)

When you see someone yawn, it tends to make YOU want to yawn, right? Well, a new study found the same thing also happens with our PHONES. Researchers in Italy wanted to see how many people would check their phone if they saw someone else check theirs.  So they tried it with 184 people who didn’t know they were being watched. And HALF of them picked up their own phone within 30 seconds. My first question was . . . well, don’t a lot of us check our phone every 30 seconds now anyway?  But when people in the study didn’t see someone check their phone, less than 1% picked their own phone up. It’s a phenomenon called the “chameleon effect.”

Music News – Tuesday, May 4

Coldplay won’t release their new single, “Higher Power,” until Friday, but you can get a sneak preview of it on TikTok, where they’ve posted a video of Chris Martin dancing in a field to a 25-second snippet of its chorus.
The band previously tweeted that song arrived on a little keyboard and a bathroom sink at the start of 2020. It was produced by Max Martin who is a true wonder of the universe.”

Britney Spears is calling all the documentaries being made about her “hypocritical.” This comes after the release of the BBC doc, ‘The Battle for Britney’ and the Hulu doc, ‘Framing Britney Spears.’ The pop icon posted a video over herself dancing. In the caption she wrote that “they criticize the media and then do the same thing.” In the comment section fans are questioning if she really wrote it.

Bruno Mars says his father and Elvis inspired him to become a performer. “My dad was a huge Elvis fan, and he’d always play the videos, of when he was young, especially. He exuded such confidence, such showmanship. I loved that, and I wanted girls to scream for me, of course.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, May 3

When Joanne Marziani retired after 40 years of teaching, she still wanted to do something special for her students that would endure — even though she wasn’t in the building anymore.
Because she spent much of her career as a reading specialist, she decided to write a children’s book.
But instead of just sitting down and writing the first thing she thought of, Joanne took the extra step of asking her students what they wanted to read about. The overwhelming answer was … football.
Joanne learned that this was a great suggestion. While there were plenty of books about the sport written for kids who were in 3rd grade and higher, there weren’t many written for 1st and 2nd graders.
So, Joanne wrote a book called Josh Loves Football, that was not only fun to read, but also taught students more about the game.
After allowing the students to proofread the book and offer suggestions, Joanne finished it — and then sent two copies to each elementary in her school district.
She hopes that students who are struggling with reading will enjoy Josh Loves Football — and that the book will inspire them to read even more books in the future. (The St. Augustine Record)

The Daily Dish – Monday, May 3

Olympia Dukakis, who won an Academy Award for her role in Moonstruck, has died. She was 89.
A cause of death was not immediately released.
Olympia won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1988, the same year her cousin, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, ran for the White House against George H.W. Bush.
The actress, who had a long career in the theater, also appeared in the movies Look Who’s Talking and Steel Magnolias.
Cher, who posted several photos of her Moonstruck co-star with her late husband, Louis Zorich, tweeted, “Olympia Dukakis Was an Amazing Academy Award Winning Actress. Olympia Played My Mom In Moonstruck & Even Though Her Part was That Of a Suffering Wife, We [laughed] ALL The Time. She Would Tell Me How MUCH She Loved Louis, Her Handsome Talented, Husband. I Talked To Her 3Wks Ago. Rip Dear One.”
Sally Field, who co-starred with Olympia in Steel Magnolias, tweeted, “What can I say but I loved her? Everyone loved her. She was a gift…unique and talented and one of a kind. Rest in peace, my friend Olympia.”

Is Bennifer back?
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are hanging out 17 years after their breakup.
The Justice League star was photographed at J. Lo’s Los Angeles home on Friday. He was seen holding a green backpack as he exited his Escalade, and she was spotted sitting in the car.
A source tells People magazine, “They have spent time together in L.A. over the past week. They have a lot of love for each other. They have always admired each other.”
This comes just a few weeks after J Lo. split from her fiancé Alex Rodriguez.
But another source says they aren’t getting back together. “They are friends. They have always been friends and they have seen each other through the years.”
Affleck and Lopez were engaged in 2002, starred in the films Jersey Girl and Gigli, and then broke up in 2004.

The father of Britney Spears convinced the court in 2008 to establish a conservatorship by claiming, (quote) “Dementia patients do not go on world tours.”
Britney supposedly having “dementia” at age 26 is just one of several bombshell revelations in the BBC documentary The Battle for Britney.
Journalist Mobeen Azhar described why Jamie Spears may have said that Britney had a broken brain, (quote) “Britney might have dementia but the world was never aware of that. The other option is sinister. That’s the idea that she doesn’t have dementia but they suggested it because they want to push the conservatorship through.”
Her post-conservatorship lends credence to Britney being dementia-free. Since 2008, she went on four worldwide tours, released four albums and performed in Las Vegas a total of 248 times. (The Sun, UK)

The Coast Social Network with the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance – Monday, May 3

May is a big month for events that you can be part of, courtesy of the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance! Jessica, Brandon, Kristen, and Giovanna join Zack to chat about these great ways to start or improve your business and how you can get details at cornerstonewbc.com!... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, May 3

Today is National Paranormal Day, so if your walls start bleeding or your kid starts saying things in a flat, creepy voice, don’t say I didn’t warn you. In a new survey in honor of the holiday . . .
1.  80% of Americans say they believe in ghosts.  That includes 45% who believe but have never seen one . . . and 35% who believe BECAUSE they’ve seen one.
2.  90% of people say they’re scared of paranormal activities.
3.  12% think the U.S. government knows more about aliens than it’s revealing.
4.  And 4% think they live in a haunted house.  (National Today

A lot of people got green thumbs during the pandemic … A new survey found that 52% of respondents invested in new plants and garden upgrades over the last year. I was definitely one of those people. I think I’ve purchased at least one new plant a week in April…

A hard seltzer brand wants to make lemonade – out of your lemon of a car. Vizzy Lemonade Hard Seltzer wants you to send them pics of your lemon of a car. The person with the worst lemon could win $25,000 to put toward a new car – as well as a year’s worth of Vizzy Lemonade Hard Seltzer. Check out the Vizzy website for more details. (Delish)

Red Lobster wants to make students’ prom extra cheesy this year … by turning their Cheddar Bay biscuits into a matching Cheddar Bay biscuit corsage and boutonniere. No joke. They even have instructions on Twitter for how to do it, in case you’re realllly interested. (Food & Wine)

Have you been thinking about a social media detox? How about if you got paid to do it? According to research by HowNow, a learning platform, the average person spends 58 minutes a day on Instagram. Well, they want people to use that time to learn something new instead. The company is recruiting three people to replace their social media time with learning a new skill of their choosing. And they’ll pay the people selected $692 a month for three months to do it. “Instead of scrolling, the successful candidates will dedicate that time to their new chosen skill, in an attempt to find out what can be learned when social media use is reduced or replaced,” HowNow said a statement. Find out more here. (Travel & Leisure)

Music News – Monday, May 3

Justin Timberlake earned good-vibes publicity for reaching out the creator of the “It’s Gonna Be May” meme.
Back in 2012, Kianna Davis wrote on her college calendar “It’s Gonna Be May” next to a photo of Justin. She documented the moment on Twitter and remains her “pinned” tweet. On Saturday, the first day of May, Justin credited David with what she started.
She sorta apologized to Justin (quote) “Can’t believe this. I’ll never forget it (but dude I’m so sorry that you have to see this every year.) Love you always.”
Davis said (quote) “It’s nice to have so many friends around the world who love NSYNC. We pretty much have a holiday where we can celebrate the group.” (Billboard)

The father of Britney Spears convinced the court in 2008 to establish a conservatorship by claiming, (quote) “Dementia patients do not go on world tours.”
Britney supposedly having “dementia” at age 26 is just one of several bombshell revelations in the BBC documentary The Battle for Britney.
Journalist Mobeen Azhar described why Jamie Spears may have said that Britney had a broken brain, (quote) “Britney might have dementia but the world was never aware of that. The other option is sinister. That’s the idea that she doesn’t have dementia but they suggested it because they want to push the conservatorship through.”
Her post-conservatorship lends credence to Britney being dementia-free. Since 2008, she went on four worldwide tours, released four albums and performed in Las Vegas a total of 248 times. (The Sun, UK)

And, yet another one of Britney Spears‘ pals is implying that she’s basically a prisoner in her own home because of her strict conservatorship.
Brian Friedman, a choreographer who’s worked with Britney since the beginning of her career, appeared on British chat show Lorraine earlier today (Friday), and said he’s been unable to have a one-on-one with her for years. The dancer said, “I want to see the sparkle she had when we were first working together… There was definitely a wall that was put up and I don’t believe it’s a wall she put up. It was just this barrier that was created because of the conservatorship. It’s virtually impossible [to get in contact with her].”
He went on to say, “In my opinion, if she’s able to perform on stage and do a show and make all this money, she should be rewarded the basic luxuries of life like driving a car, having a phone to call your friends, being able to be in a room alone with someone like me.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, April 30

17-year-old Zade Stone-Hinds was surfing off the coast of Santa Cruz, California, enjoying some big waves.
He had just finished his morning surfing session and stepped out of the water when he saw a man still in the water, struggling to keep his head above water.
Zade rushed back in, worked his way through the powerful surf, and was able to drag the man to safety. The daring rescue was successful as the man only sustained a few injuries.
Local officials and witnesses are calling Zade a hero whose rescue “really was amazing.”
While the life-or-death moments could have been overwhelming for others, Zade was ready for the challenge, explaining that he wasn’t “going to hesitate on something like that.” (KRON-TV)

The Daily Dish – Friday, April 30

The people who allegedly dognapped Lady Gaga‘s two French Bulldogs and shot her dog walker were arrested today (Thursday), according to TMZ.
The woman who “found” the dogs was among those arrested.
TMZ says the key evidence in the case was a “video of where the dogs were dropped off in an alley days after the February 24th dognapping.”
While investigators initially believed the incident was part of a gang initiation, they now say the suspects were part of a dog-stealing ring.
According to sources, the suspects bailed on the dogs after getting nervous by all the publicity surrounding the incident. They were also hoping to cash in on the $500,000 reward. The woman who “found” the dogs, however, never got the money.
The poches were returned to Gaga unharmed, and the dogwalker, Ryan Fischer, is recovering after several weeks in the hospital.

Josh Duggar was arrested by Homeland Security on Thursday, People magazine reports.
The former 19 Kids and Counting star was being held without bond in an Arkansas jail.
As of Thursday night, his charges were not disclosed.
Josh, 33, has had a number of run-ins with the law over the years. In 2015, it was revealed that he had been investigated as a teen for inappropriately touching five underage girls, including two of his sisters.
In 2019, Josh was accused of real estate fraud and was “being sued for ‘quiet title’ and breaching a contract, according to court records.”
Josh’s place of employment, an Arkansas car dealership, was also previously raided by Homeland Security as part of an “ongoing federal investigation” in November 2019.
His arrest comes days after his wife Anna announced that she and Josh are expecting their seventh child together.

The first photos of Nicole Kidman in that upcoming Lucille Ball bio-pic have hit the internet, and fans aren’t sold.
Nicole was recently photographed on the Los Angeles set of Being the Ricardos along with co-star Javier Bardem, who plays Desi Arnaz. Though she wore a curly red wig, fans were fuming because they don’t think she resembles the I Love Lucy star.
One person wrote, “I love her but she looks nothing like Lucy.”
Another said, “She’s a good actress but this is not the role for her.”
Many others suggested another famous redhead play the part. “Debra Messing should be Lucille Ball,” one person added. “Brutal casting. Nicole has zero sense of humour.”
Writer and director Aaron Sorkin defended the casting in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. He said, “They’re going to be fantastic…These are two of the greatest actors ever.”

Furry Friends Friday with Animal Aid of Southwestern Michigan – Friday, April 30

It’s kitten season and Animal Aid has plenty of sweet little fluffy faces to steal your heart! Please consider giving one of our kittens a new loving home. Momma cats are all being spayed once these healthy babies are ready to be off on their own. Momma cats will be available for adoption, too! You can reach Animal Aid on Facebook at Animal Aid of Southwestern MI, send an email to infoanimalaidswmi@gmail.com, or call 269-926-4279 to learn more about our cats and kittens.... [Read Full Story]

MoodyontheMarket.com Announces the Best Places to Work Class of 2021

Pat announces the MoodyontheMarket.com Best Places to Work Class of 2021 awardees! Read the profiles of these phenomenal local businesses at moodyonthemarket.com/bestplacestowork right now! Brought to you by McGhee’s Heating & Air Conditioning, the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber, The St. Joseph Banking Center of Sturgis Bank & Trust Company, and Kinexus Group, with support from United Way of Southwest Michigan and The Mason Jar Cafe.
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, April 30


Today is National Honesty Day.  And we’re gonna celebrate it the right way:  With a survey where clearly a ton of people lied.  The survey asked people how often they tell lies. And the top answer is . . . NEVER.  27% of people say they never lie.  That is a lie. 18% of people say they lie once a year or less.  That’s also a lie.  And another 18% say they lie a couple of times a month. On the other end of things, 6% of people say they tell around one lie a day, and 6% say they tell a bunch of lies every day. The survey also found 3% of people say they’re compulsive liars.

Listen up smokers, you’re about to have one less option. The feds made it official…moving to ban menthol cigarettes today. They’re also planning to scrap flavored cigars. They’re trying to make smoking less appealing to kids – besides, the stuff in menthols is basically poison. Shelves won’t be empty for a while; the rule change could take years to kick in.

It’s amazing most of us go half our life stressing about this stuff:  Someone asked 2,000 people aged 55 and up when they finally stopped worrying about what other people think of them.  And the average is 46 years old.
They also asked about work, relationships, and looks.  Here’s what people said . . .
1.  We finally feel okay about our appearance in our mid-30’s.  For men, it’s 34.  For women, 36.
2.  The average person feels settled in and okay about their relationship at 37.
3.  We don’t truly feel good about our career until we hit 40.
4.  In general, we feel comfortable in our own skin at age 42.
5.  We don’t feel like we can really speak our mind until our early-to-mid 40’s.  For men, it’s 40.  For women, 45.
6.  We finally start to relax about finances at age 50.
They also asked about life events that make your more confident.  The top five are becoming a parent . . . getting married . . . retiring . . . traveling . . . and getting your driver’s license.

Music News – Friday, April 30

Pink‘s pulling out all the stops for her upcoming live documentary by recording a brand new song that will also be the title — All I Know So Far.
The single will drop on May 7th, with the movie hitting Amazon Prime Video on May 21st. An album version of the doc, All I Know So Far: Setlist, is set for release alongside the documentary. It will come in a standard package, and a deluxe edition that includes an 80-page magazine.
Pink tweeted out the track list, which includes plenty of hits, as well as her cover of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and that adorable duet with daughter Willow she recorded earlier this year, “Cover Me in Sunshine.”

Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry have all been mainstays on MTV for years — and now the network plans to compile their biggest moments into a new series.
My Life on MTV, which premieres on May 22nd, will bring viewers 10 one-hour shows, each featuring two artists. The guest list is pretty varied, taking in The Jonas Brothers, U2, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and Green Day. Episodes will draw on clips from TRL, the VMAsPunk’dCribs and Yo! MTV Raps, among others. (Hollywood Reporter)

Maroon 5 hope to heat up the summer with the release of a new album, Jordi, which is set to drop on June 11th.
The set, which is currently available for pre-order, will include their Meghan Thee Stallion collaboration “Beautiful Mistakes.” The album title honors longtime manager Jordan Feldstein, who died in 2017 and was also the subject of the band’s hit, “Memories.”
They’ll hype the release by returning for an encore appearance on the American Express-sponsored Unstaged series, which streams June 4th.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, April 29

In December, Leticia Gonzalez of Liberal, Kansas, had her four-year-old twin daughters, Luna and Gianella, write holiday gift lists to Santa — and then put that list on a helium balloon. Luna and Gianella let the balloon rise into the sky.
It was a windy day and Leticia thought the balloon might just get stuck in a tree. It didn’t. Instead, it was found months later by a man named Alvin Bamburg in Grand Cane, Louisiana.
Alvin was able to read the notes written by Luna and Gianella, which asked Santa for candy and toys — and a puppy.
Alvin was inspired to do something for the girls, so he found the Gonzalez family, thanks to Facebook, and bought them a puppy named Max.
He and his wife then drove all the way up from Louisiana to Kansas to give Max to Luna and Gianella in person.
Alvin was thrilled to give the gift, explaining, “If you can make just one person smile … not only will it help them, it will make you feel so much better.” (KHBQ-TV)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, April 29

Caitlyn Jenner may not be the only celebrity running for governor of California.
Actor Randy Quaid said he’s “seriously considering” making a bid for the office. In a tweet, Randy wrote, “The prosecutorial corruption in California…is rampant; and I promise that if elected I will clean up the District Attorney Offices throughout the state.”
On Monday, the California secretary of state’s office announced that the recall effort to oust Governor Newsom has gotten the required number of signatures.
Randy, who starred in the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies and is the brother of Dennis Quaid, has had a number of legal problems over the past few years, including burglary and fraud.
Last week, Caitlyn announced that she will run in the recall election against Newsom.

Martin Scorsese made his TikTok debut on Tuesday, appearing in a video with his daughter Francesca Scorsese. The legendary director takes a stab at identifying various feminine items, from scrunchies to pasties. You can find him on Francesca’s TikTok. Just don’t think he’ll be starting his own anytime soon.

John Mayer is “nearing a deal” with Paramount Plus to host a talk and performance series based on the BBC’s Later With Jools HollandVariety reports. Sources say the series will feature “performance segments as well as interviews with musicians, artists and other cultural figures in a setting designed to look like an after-hours club for musicians.”

Matt James isn’t done with Rachael Kirkconnell.
Though he split with the reality star on The Bachelor‘s “After the Final Rose” special last month over racially insensitive photos, the couple has been seen together on several occasions since.
Now Matt tells People magazine, “I’ve seen Rachael a handful of times. I’m not pursuing any relationships right now outside of that. I said I was going to focus on my relationship with her and that means focusing on it.”
Asked if Rachael has been doing the work she promised in regard to educating herself about racism, Matt said, “That’s something you could talk to her about.”
He quashed the idea that he’ll appear on the upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise.