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The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, March 8

In St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, Emily Ford recently made history by completing a 1,200-mile hike.
Back in December, Emily and her dog, Diggins, started walking the Ice Age Trail, which goes all across and up-and-down the state of Wisconsin — and became just the second person to do it in winter.
Not only that, Emily was the first female ever to pull off the feat.
She braved harsh elements — including some seriously cold temperatures — during the 69 days she was out there walking.
Emily admits there were times she was “kind of wishing the journey was over” but crossing the finish line was a huge victory.
Now that she’s completed the journey, Emily has returned to her home in Duluth, Minnesota, where she has plans to do nothing but rest and eat for a while. (KBJR-TV)

The Daily Dish – Monday, March 8

OPRAH’s interview with PRINCE HARRY and MEGHAN MARKLE aired last night, and some pretty heavy bombs were dropped.
Apparently, when Meghan was pregnant with their son Archie, they were told he wouldn’t receive a royal title, and they wouldn’t provide security for him . . . which would be a break in tradition.
Also, according to Meghan, there were, quote, “concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
This was apparently a conversation between Harry and someone within the royal organization, but Meghan refused to name the person because, quote, “It would be very damaging to them.”
Harry confirmed that it happened, but refused to speak about it.  But at a different point in the conversation, he said he loves his family very much.  His relationship with QUEEN ELIZABETH is still tight.
But he admitted things are strained with PRINCE CHARLES, and there’s, quote, “a lot to work through.”  He also said he felt “really let down” by him.  And Harry’s relationship with his brother PRINCE WILLIAM is, quote, “space, at the moment.”
Meghan’s mental health was a huge reason she and Harry stepped back from their royal duties.  The media was BRUTAL to her, and despite promises that the family and its people would protect her and stick up for her, they never really did.
Meghan even admitted there were times when she, quote, “didn’t want to be alive anymore.”
She asked repeatedly if she could get some sort of professional help.  But The Firm, which is the organization that handles Royal business, refused her because, quote, “it wouldn’t be good for the institution.”
Meghan reaching such a low point was the final straw that led them to step back.  And Harry said it helped him realize that HE was trapped, too.
Quote, “I was trapped, but I didn’t know I was trapped.  Trapped within the system.  My father and my brother, they are trapped.  They don’t get to leave.  And I have huge compassion for that.”
To end things on a lighter note, Meghan and Harry are expecting a GIRL . . . and they say they’re done having kids after this one.

CBS paid at least $7 million to Oprah Winfrey‘s production company for the rights to Sunday’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. A spokesperson for the former Royals said they were not paid for their participation.
Harpo Productions pitched the two-hour special to all three networks. CBS picked it up for a pretty penny. In return, they charged nearly one-third of a million dollars for each 30 second commercial. That amount was twice the normal rate for CBS on Sunday nights.
CBS also purchased the international rights. Today (Monday) in England, ITV will broadcast the shocking interview. The British media has jumped on Harry’s betrayal of his family. Naturally, they blame Meghan, as they have from the beginning, for taking Harry down the wrong track. (Wall Street Journal)

The Coast Social Network with Cornerstone Alliance – Monday, March 8

Zack is joined by Rob Cleveland and Jessica Boyd from Cornerstone Alliance, as well as Arthur Havlicek from the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber, to discuss Wednesday’s Business Recognition Awards & Annual Meeting event, which is virtual this year. You can find details on attending at smrchamber.com.
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, March 8

International Women’s Day: The theme of this year’s IWD campaign is #ChooseToChallenge …
As the official International Women’s Day website says, “We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.”
You can raise your hand to take the challenge and post your pics to social media using the hashtags #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021.

Seems with Kamala Harris as vice president, people are more optimistic about gender equality in politics. In fact, according to a new survey, 60% of the women and men polled said having a woman vice president made them more hopeful for the future of women’s equality. 59% said they could easily see a woman president in the next 10 years. 59% said they think more progress will be made toward women’s equality now that more women are in D.C. And 50% of respondents said, regardless of party, it was extremely important to have women in leadership positions in Washington. (SWNS)

Legos is celebrating International Women’s Day … by launching a Future Builders ad campaign to celebrate all the girls who love to build with Legos. The new campaign allows parents to load a digital photo of their child holding their proudest Lego build and transform it into an ad-like poster. Parents can simply visit LEGO.com/futurebuilders, answer a few questions about their child’s creative process, upload an image, and they’ll get a unique poster emailed back to them. Parents can then share that poster with the #LEGOFutureBuilders on social media if they want. (The Brothers Brick)

In honor of International Women’s Day, IKEA wants to not only commend women for all that they do, but bring to light the inequalities that still exist in the home. The furniture giant has teamed up with relationship expert Jennie Miller to launch a free online game called FiftyFifty to draw attention to and spark conversations about how evenly, or in most cases, unevenly the household responsibilities are split. It’s also fun. If you’re interested, the game is available free in IKEA’s Instagram Stories. (Creative Boom)

New research has found that more than a third of Americans currently working from home would quit if they were asked to come into the office. And even those who are OK with going back to the office want some remote work flexibility, with 51% saying companies should have work-from-home options available. (SWNS)

Music News – Monday, March 8

The Recording Academy has announced the full lineup of performers for Sunday’s Grammy Awards. A few Coast artists on the list of those who’ll take part in the annual In Memoriam segment include Chris Martin of Coldplay, John Mayer, Harry Styles, and Taylor Swift.
Also, as a tribute to independent music venues, which have been greatly impacted by the pandemic, workers from the Troubadour and Hotel Café in L.A., the Apollo Theater in New York City and the Station Inn in Nashville will present various categories throughout the telecast. The Grammys air Sunday night on CBS hosted by Trevor Noah of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.

Adele is officially divorced. On Thursday, a judge finally signed off on the agreement that Adele reached with her ex, Simon Konecki.
The settlement will be kept confidential, which Adele demanded in the divorce negotiations. An insider revealed, (quote) “Hollywood divorces can become extremely ugly. Adele and Simon clearly did not want that.”
Adele married Simon without a prenup. Her $170 million estate was at risk when she filed for divorce. We may never learn how much she gave Simon to go away.
They share custody of their 8-year-old son, Angelo. Simon reportedly lives in a Beverly Hills mansion she bought him for nearly $9 million. (Us Weekly)

Adam Levine tells Apple Music that Maroon 5’s next album is done. “I’m going to tell you right now that the album’s done. And I can tell you it’s finished, I can tell you it’s been mastered, and I can tell you it’s been delivered, but I can’t tell you when it comes out. But it’s not far off, I’ll just say that.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, March 5

Back in 2013, 31-year-old Julia Tinetti and 32-year-old Cassandra Madison started working together at the same restaurant in New Haven, Connecticut. The two women quickly became close friends and joked around, telling people they were “sisters” — and would sometimes wear matching clothes to work.
The similarities between Julia and Cassandra were uncanny. They were both adopted from the Dominican Republic as babies — and they both had tattoos of the flag of the Dominican Republic.
They even looked enough alike that customers and co-workers mixed them up all the time.
At one point, Julia and Cassandra looked through their adoption paperwork to see if they might really be sisters. No dice. The forms showed that they had different mothers who lived hours away from each other.
Well, the forms were wrong.
Julia and Cassandra recently did a DNA test and, sure enough, the test confirmed that they are actually biological sisters.
Thanks to the positive test, they now have a closer bond than ever. And, they’ve also reached out and connected with their biological family in the Dominican Republic — and hope to meet them in person someday. (People)

The Daily Dish – Friday, March 5

Prince Philip has undergone “successful” heart surgery, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday.
In a brief statement, a palace spokesperson said, “The Duke of Edinburgh yesterday underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. His Royal Highness will remain in hospital for treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days.”
Queen Elizabeth‘s 99-year-old husband has been hospitalized for more than two weeks after falling ill.
About a week ago, Prince William told a photographer at an event that his grandfather is “okay,” and added that “they’re keeping an eye on him.”

Chris Harrison apologized for offending Rachel Lindsay and the entire Black community, during his appearance on Good Morning America Thursday, and Rachel accepted the apology.
The Bachelor host came under fire after defending a cast member who was accused of racist behavior in the past. Chris, who made the comments during an interview with Rachel, had to step away from the reality show temporarily.
He sat down with Michael Strahan on Thursday to talk about the incident. Chris said he was “saddened and shocked at how insensitive I was in that interview with Rachel Lindsay.” He added, “I didn’t speak from my heart — and that is to say I stand against all forms of racism, and I am deeply sorry.”
Rachel later told TMZ she accepts his apology, because it’s what she needs to do to move forward with her life.
On the other hand, Strahan wasn’t impressed by the mea culpa, saying, “His apology is his apology, but it felt like I got nothing more than a surface response on any of this.”
Sports broadcaster Emmanuel Acho will replace Harrison to host the After the Final Rose finale for this season.

Meghan Markle is ready to tell all during her big interview with Oprah Winfrey Sunday — and one of the “shocking claims” she reportedly makes is about her battle with mental health during her time in the U.K., according to Page Six.
The Duchess will also discuss her experiences with racism in Great Britain.
But, according to Page Six, “the most staggering moments will come when she discusses the breakdown that led to her and [PrinceHarry quitting the royal family and his home country.”
Oprah was “stunned” to hear how bad things were for Meg as a royal, saying in the trailer, “You’ve said some pretty shocking things here … wait, hold up, wait a minute.”
A TV insider tells Page Six, “What Meghan says is very, very serious and upsetting.”
The tell-all interview with Oprah airs Sunday on CBS.

Furry Friends Friday with Al-Van Humane Society – Friday, March 5

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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, March 5

  • Day of Unplugging
  • Middle Name Pride Day
  • Employee Appreciation Day
  • Cheese Doodle Day: A good day to get some orange dust on your face and hands. Did you know there’s an official name for that Cheese Doodle dust? It’s called Cheetle. (Today)

Mattel is celebrating International Women’s Day (Monday. March 8) by introducing a special Eleanor Roosevelt Barbie doll. The toy-maker is celebrating the contributions of the nation’s longest-serving first lady, primarily her humanitarian efforts and work for civil rights. The doll, which has Mrs. Roosevelt in a floral dress and pearls, is the newest addition to Mattel’s “Inspiring Women” series, which also includes Maya AngelouRosa ParksAmelia Earhart, and Sally Ride. (CBS News)

Is there one room in your home that is always a mess? You’re not alone. A new survey found that 80% of respondents said they have at least one “cleaning black hole” in their home — an area or room that’s always unorganized and in need of cleaning.

And, do you ever feel like you have trouble getting anything done in a day? Take a listen to the amazingly productive story of Meredith Bates, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. She recently had a baby, saved a life and passed her nursing exam all on the same day. Meredith went to the hospital because she was experiencing contractions. Doctors told her she wasn’t ready to give birth and to go and take her nursing exam. Meredith went to a local Starbucks to study. She encountered a woman there having a heart attack. Meredith stabilized the woman until help could arrive. She then went and took her exam. Meredith later went back to the hospital and gave birth to a baby boy named Jack.

Music News – Friday, March 5

Perez Hilton, who was one of Britney Spears‘s harshest critics, now says he wants to protect her — from the producers of the documentary Framing Britney Spears.
The gossip guru talked about Brit on an L.A. radio station, saying, “Part of me feels like the documentary is a for-profit venture. It’s about ratings disguised as investigative journalism. It’s just a regurgitation and a re-framing of the past. To me it almost feels like it is exploiting Britney all over again.”
Perez once called Britney “an unfit mother” and sold T-shirts bearing Heath Ledger‘s picture and the caption “Why couldn’t it be Britney? ” He says he mended fences with the singer a few years back after offering her an apology and a promise to be nicer going forward. (Pink News)

Janet Jackson has plenty of stories to tell, and she’ll spin them in a two-part documentary that will hit the tube next year.
The four-hour doc, simply titled Janet, will take in the superstar’s entire life, from childhood to the present. Producers promise plenty of never-before-seen footage, including home movies from the Jackson family archive and film of live concerts.
Miss Jackson, who has authorized the movie, was interviewed at length about topics like the deaths of her brother Michael and her father Joe and that infamous Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction” incident with Justin Timberlake. (Billboard)

Shawn Mendes wished Camila Cabello a happy 24th birthday Wednesday with the following post: “Happy birthday to the kindest, bravest and most beautiful person I’ve ever known. I love you more every day mi vida.”

Louder Sound magazine says Heart star Nancy Wilson has put a tribute to Eddie Van Halen on her upcoming album “You and Me.” She does an instrumental titled “4 Edward.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, March 4

15 years ago, Victoria Johnson purchased a used book in New York City. Inside that book was a vintage family photo.
While Victoria does not remember the book — she held onto that photo all these years.
And just last week, Victoria was curious enough to post the picture to social media and ask people for clues.
It didn’t take long for the photo to spread across the country — and for the mystery to be solved when a family member responded with a message indicating that it was her great uncle Sheldon.
Sure enough. The man in the picture was Sheldon Sudduth, along with his wife and two daughters.
Thanks to Victoria’s curiosity — and the help of people online — the special photo is now back in the family, as Victoria was able to send it to Sheldon’s daughter Valerie … who currently lives in Texas. (WGCL-TV)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, March 4

Thursday on Good Morning America, Chris Harrison auditions to keep his Bachelor Nation hosting gig in a taped interview.
The controversial host is on an apology tour for defending the racist actions of Bachelor contestant, Rachael Kirkconnell. She’s apparently the person picked this season by Bachelor Matt James. Yet her scandal — attending an Old South-themed party in college — has reportedly torn them apart. James, by the way, is the first black Bachelor on the show.
Good Morning America teased the interview conducted by former NFL player Michael Strahan. He asked why defend Rachael in the first place. Harrison did not offer a direct answer while taking responsibility, (quote) “I made a mistake. I am an imperfect man. I made a mistake and I own that.” (The Wrap)

HBO Max will finally tape the Friends reunion in mid-April. All six cast members will reunite for the streaming special, which had been tapped to help launch HBO Max one year ago.
David Schwimmer confirmed the shooting schedule. He told Andy Cohen on Wednesday, (quote) “In a little over a month I’m heading out to Los Angeles. We figured a way to film it safely. There’s a portion of it outside because of safety protocols.”
The rumored host, Ellen DeGeneres, will not participate. Schwimmer hesitated at identifying her replacement. Then joked, (quote) “It’s not Billy Crystal, either. I can tell you who it’s not, but that’ll take a while.” (People)

Meghan Markle is a bully, according to former royal staffers.
The Duchess of Sussex was accused of creating a toxic atmosphere for royal aides in a story published in the Times of London — and now Buckingham Palace has started an investigation.
In a statement, the Palace says that it is “very concerned” about the allegations and adds that “accordingly our HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the article. Members of staff involved at the time, including those who have left the Household, will be invited to participate to see if lessons can be learned. The Royal Household has had a Dignity at Work policy in place for a number of years and does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace.”
Meghan is accused of reducing staffers to tears when she lived at Kensington Palace after marrying Prince Harry. In one incident, a royal aide allegedly told a colleague “I can’t stop shaking” as they anticipated a confrontation with the Duchess.
On Wednesday, Markle’s rep called the allegations a “calculated smear campaign” orchestrated by the Palace ahead of her interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday night.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, March 4

Grammar Day: Is bad grammar a turn-off for you? A survey of more than 9,000 people by dating app Zoosk found that bad grammar is definitely not sexy. 72% said spelling errors were a turn-off and 48% said bad grammar was a dating deal breaker. (Teen Vogue)

When asked, most women answer that they have a tendency to try and “do it all.” And that has become especially true during the pandemic. A new survey by Conair — in recognition of International Women’s Day — found that 47% of the women surveyed said they feel pressure to “do it all.” And that pressure has only increased, with the average woman taking on nearly double the number of household responsibilities since this time last year.
The survey found that while the typical women had about seven household duties to take care of at the beginning of 2020, she now has close to 14. Not surprisingly, the average woman reported getting only four hours of sleep every night. Of the women surveyed who were in relationships, just 10% felt that their partner took on the same number of responsibilities as they did. Nearly 70% said their partner did fewer things around the house.

Do you have an outfit picked out for your post-pandemic debut? Seems lots of people do. According to a new survey, 45% of respondents said they’re planning to get decked out for their first big post-pandemic event – with more men than women saying they’re planning to go all out — 55% vs. 36% respectively. And 15% of those surveyed said they even have an outfit picked out for that day. And, again, men were more likely to say they had a particular outfit in mind. 21% of men said they an outfit picked out compared to 9% of women.
Some other findings:
  • 41% have started shopping for clothing other than loungewear
  • 20% have made sure their nice clothes still fit
  • 20% have gotten dressed up at home “for no reason” (SWNS)

Music News – Thursday, March 4

Grammy-winning electronic act Justice is looking for some justice — because they say Justin Bieber “borrowed” their logo for the cover of his new album.
The group’s management tells Spin, “Bieber’s team emailed us in May of 2020, asking to be looped in with Justice’s graphic designer to discuss a logo. We tried to set up a call between Bieber’s team and our designer, but the call was never completed. No one ever mentioned an album called Justice or a logo that says Justice.”
Justin’s reps have not commented, but the French band tossed off a snarky Instagram post offering Bieber a design job.

Everybody has a favorite Taylor Swift lyric, including Taylor Swift.
She tells People magazine that she’s especially proud of a line she wrote for Folklore‘s “The Last Great American Dynasty.” She says, “I’m really proud of ‘She had a marvelous time ruining everything’ because it’s about what happens when women step out of their cages and run. It can be a real pearl-clutching moment for society when a woman owns her desires and wildness.”
Taylor says the song was inspired by the extremely colorful life of Rebekah Harkness, the onetime owner of the lavish Rhode Island mansion that the singer bought a few years back.

Jon Bon Jovi tells The Irish Times newspaper that he didn’t think ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ was going to be a hit. “I remember walking out of the room with Richie and I said, ‘Eh, it’s okay. Maybe we should just put it on a movie soundtrack.’ Richie looked at me and said, ‘You’re an idiot. It’s really good.’ I said, ‘I just don’t know where it’s going.’ But, my God, who knew? Not us, I can assure you. It was created on a day when none of us had any ideas. We just had a conversation, and it came out of that. I’m sure happy my name’s on it!”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, March 3

Back in 1961, Calvin Tyler of Baltimore, Maryland, enrolled at Morgan State College to study business administration. But unfortunately, in 1963, Calvin had to drop out because couldn’t afford tuition.
Don’t worry. Things turned out pretty well for Calvin — as he and his wife, Tina, just donated $20 million to the university.
After leaving school 60 years ago, he took a job as a UPS driver and worked his way up the corporate ladder. WAY up. Before Calvin retired, he was the senior vice president of U.S. operations and was on the board of directors.
Through the years, he never forgot about his experiences at Morgan State — and was inspired to offer the donation earlier this year.
Calvin and Tina have a goal of offering more full tuition scholarships so young people can graduate from college and enter the next stage of their life debt-free. (WABC-TV)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, March 3

Dr. Oz is a tv hero to millions, but Monday night, he was truly a hero after saving a man at Newark Liberty International Airport.
The TV doc sprang into action when he saw a man in distress and showing signs of heart failure. He cleared the man’s airway, administered CPR and eventually shocked him with a defibrillator. There were no other doctors nearby, but a police officer assisted by keeping the area clear.
The man is said to be doing “OK” at a New Jersey hospital. (TMZ)

Snooki has apparently come out of retirement for another season of Jersey Shore.
The reality star had said she was done with the show back in 2019, but Snooks was spotted being filmed during a lunch with co-star Angelina Pivarnick last week in Florham Park, New Jersey.
TMZ says that “it’s unclear how involved Snooki’s gonna be in the MTV reality series — guest appearance or full cast member.”
Snooki could be on the show to promote her gig hosting Beach Cabana Royale on Discovery Plus.

Comedian Chris D’Elia is in more trouble.
This time, the comedian is being sued by a woman who claims he took her virginity when she was only 17 — and when she told him her age, he allegedly said it was “hot.”
According to TMZ, the unnamed woman is suing D’Elia for violating federal child sexual exploitation and child pornography laws. She’s not suing over the fact they had sex, because in Connecticut the age of consent is 16.
The woman is suing Chris for damages and asking a judge to stop him from possessing or taking any action regarding the alleged pornographic images of her.
His spokesperson says, “Chris denies these allegations and will vigorously defend himself against them in court.”
Chris has recently been accused of grooming underage girls online and allegedly exposing himself to several women.

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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, March 3

  • National Anthem Day: Commemorates the day (March 3rd, 1931) the United States adopted “The Star Spangled Banner” as its National Anthem.
  • World Wildlife Day: A day to celebrate the world’s wildlife and raise awareness of endangered species.
  • International Irish Whiskey Day: A good day for a shot of Irish whiskey.
  • Canadian Bacon Day: A good day for bacon and eggs.
  • Cold Cuts Day: A good day for a sandwich.

Even though 42% of high school and college athletes are women – and women make up 40% of professional athletes, they only get 4% of sport media coverage. That’s about to change. Star female athletes Alex Morgan (soccer), Simone Manuel (swimming) Sue Bird (basketball), and Chloe Kim (snowboarding) have started their own media company. It’s called Togethxr – pronounced together. (Pop Sugar)

Have you ever played the numbers in your fortune cookie in the lottery? That strategy worked out for Ernesto Sorzano of North Carolina who won $500,000 in the Powerball lottery. (Food & Wine)

The robots are coming … Some fast food places are testing out automated ordering. Basically, when you go through the drive-thru, you will interact with a computer, who will greet you and take your order, rather than a human. (Food & Wine)

How old were you when you finally felt like a grown-up?  1,700 adults were asked that question in a new survey.  And the #1 answer was . . . “I DON’T feel like a grown-up yet.”
13% of people said they still don’t feel like a true grown-up.  The most common answers after that were at age 18, 20, 21, 25, and 30.  Here are the OTHER top ten things that make us feel grown up . . .
1.  Owning a home.
2.  Getting your first a full-time job.
3.  Moving out of your parents’ house.
4.  Worrying about bills and finding ways to save.
5.  Graduating from school.
6.  Getting married.
7.  Knowing your credit score.
8.  Planning out your meals in advance.
9.  Having kids.
10.  Getting your driver’s license.

Music News – Wednesday, March 3

Mick Fleetwood tells Rolling Stone magazine that he is open to reuniting with Lindsey Buckingham. “Would I love to think that [reunion] could happen? Yeah. I’d love to think that all of us could be healed, and also respect the people who are in the band, Neil Finn and Michael Campbell. I can’t speak for the dynamic with Stevie and him. I don’t even need to protect it. It’s so known that they’re chalk and cheese in so many ways, and yet not. I know for a fact that I intend to make music and play again with Lindsey. I would love that. It doesn’t have to be in Fleetwood Mac. And Fleetwood Mac is such a strange story. All the players in the play are able to talk and speak for themselves. Somehow, I would love the elements that are not healed to be healed. I love the fantasy that we could cross that bridge and everyone could leave with creative, holistic energy, and everyone could be healed with grace and dignity.”

Super Bowl Halftime Artist The Weeknd tells Billboard magazine that Michael Jackson helped him find his voice. “I take a lot of influence from the late Michael Jackson.My favorite song is ‘Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough’. That’s actually the song that helped me find my voice.”

Barry Gibb tells the Daily Star that the new Bee Gees biopic won’t be released for at least another two years.  “The biopic could be about two years away. You shall see how I saw the world through my eyes, and there are a lot of things that nobody ever knew about. It is a million moments, you know – a million moments that change your life in one day. There are things in the book that could never be in the film.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, March 2

On Saturday, the Hope College women’s basketball team played a game against Kalamazoo College in Holland, Michigan.
But it wasn’t just a normal day for the team. Instead, it was Senior Day, which was intended to honor the teammates who are in their senior year of school.
Coach Brian Morehouse wanted to do something special for his seniors — so he had them on the floor to start the game … all nine of them.
Of course, basketball is a five-on-five sport. Having nine players on the court is against the rules. That didn’t matter. Brian had all of his seniors out there to make sure they were recognized at tip-off.
The team ended up being penalized with a technical foul for the stunt, which meant they started the game down by a score of 2-0.
It ended up not mattering, as Hope College won the game in the end.
But, odds are, the players won’t remember the victory as much as they’ll remember the cool move made by Coach Morehouse, who explained that their focus “is always team first.” (MLive)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, March 2

Ryan Fischer, who was shot while walking Lady Gaga‘s dogs in Los Angeles last week, felt well enough to write an emotional Instagram message on Monday morning.
The 39-year old Fischer expressed thanks for his recovery, and singled out Gaga’s canine pal Miss Asia for some extra love. He wrote, “While a car sped away and blood poured from my gunshot wound, an angel trotted over and laid next to me. My panicked screams calmed as I looked at her, even though it registered that the blood pooling around her tiny body was my own.”
He also says he’s “humbled and grateful” for the treatment he’d received during recovery. “First responders and health care workers: You literally saved my life and helped me take newborn walks, I can’t thank you enough.”

Prince Philip has been moved to another London hospital to continue treatment for an infection, Buckingham Palace said Monday. Queen Elizabeth‘s husband was transferred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Europe’s biggest specialized cardiovascular center. The 99-year-old was hospitalized last month after feeling ill. (Fox News)

Angelina Jolie is $11.6 million richer after selling her Winston Churchill painting at auction.
The Moroccan landscape painting went for that amount Monday at Christie’s in London. Churchill painted the “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque” in 1943, and it’s believed to be the British Prime Minister’s only wartime painting.
The $11.6 million sale price is a record for a Churchill original, according to TMZ, surpassing the previous record of $2.5 million.

Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin have welcomed their sixth child together — only five months after she gave birth to their son Eduardo.
Hilaria broke the news Monday with a Instagram photo of the baby alongside Eduardo, 2-year-old Romeo Alejandro David, 4-year-old Leonardo Ángel Charles, 5-year-old Rafael Thomas and 7-year-old Carmen Gabriela.
Hilaria captioned the pic with a number “7” and a red heart emoji. That stands for Alec’s seven children, including Ireland.
Hilaria and Alec never announced her pregnancy, though the baby could have come via surrogate. Comments on the post have been turned off.

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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, March 2

National Read Across America Day: Also known as Dr. Seuss Day, to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, today is a day to celebrate reading. So, read a book today. Even better, read with a child.
Old Stuff Day: A day to appreciate the old stuff gathering dust in your house … or, a good day to finally get rid of it. If you do plan to use today – or this week – to do a little spring cleaning, here’s what experts say you should toss:
  • Old bed pillows and linens you never use because they’re old and ratty.
  • Beat-up old suitcases and duffel bags.
  • That collection of cheap vases from flower deliveries.
  • Books: Don’t throw them out but donate them. There are even libraries that will take your old books if they are in good condition.
  • The toys your kids never play with: If they are in good condition, donate them. If not, toss them.
  • Exercise equipment you never use: That treadmill that you have been draping clothes over for years needs a new home. (MSN)

We’ve heard of some crazy things on a pizza, but this might take the cake, or, cereal … A pizza place in Des Moines, Iowa, called Fong’s is putting Froot Loops … on a pizza. “Making pizzas that are outside the box has always been a staple of Fong’s,” said owner Gwen Page said. “Now we’re trying things out for breakfast pizzas.” (Des Moines Register)

With spring right around the corner, and after a year without normal styling, everyone is itching for a real haircut. Unfortunately, the trendiest hairstyle for spring 2021 might have you holding on to your grown-out pandemic ’do a little longer. According to InStyle, the mullet is going to be all the rage in the next couple months — thanks Miley Cyrus. Here are the other trends they’re predicting:
  • Bangs — especially ’70s curtain bangs
  • Blunt Bobs
  • Center Parts
  • Natural Hair
  • Blunt, short, and brightly colored
  • ‘90s flip of the ends — ‘The Rachel’ is coming back!

Music News – Tuesday, March 2

Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs were found safe and sound on Friday night, two days after they were stolen by dognappers who shot the star’s dogwalker.
According to Los Angeles police, a woman who was not connected to the thieves brought the dogs to the LAPD’s Olympic Community Police Station after seeing them tied to a pole in an alley.
Gaga had offered a $500,000 reward for their return, but it wasn’t immediately known if the woman will receive the money.
According to TMZ, there’s evidence to suggest the dognappers may not have known they were Gaga’s pooches.
The star, who’s in Rome filming a movie, said Friday that she was “heartbroken” over the loss of her beloved dogs.
The dogwalker, Ryan Fischer, is expected to make a full recovery.

Taylor Swift is ticked off at the makers of a Netflix sitcom, and she’s not ready to shake it off.
The star was turned into a punchline on the season finale of Ginny and Georgia, when one character asks another if she has broken up her with her boyfriend, to which she replies: “What do you care? You go through men faster than Taylor Swift.”
Tay wasn’t laughing. In fact, she hit Twitter to write, “Hey Ginny and Georgia, 2010 called and it wants its lazy, deeply sexist joke back.”
She also slammed the streaming service, which she worked with on her 2020 documentary Miss Americana, saying, “After Miss Americana this outfit doesn’t look cute on you.”

Bruno Mars is putting his fashion sense to the test by introducing his first clothing line.
He will team with classic sportswear brand Lacoste on a line called Ricky Regal — which happens to be one of Bruno’s alter-ego names. The 25-piece line looks back to the late 1970s for inspiration, with plenty of bold colors and wild graphics.
Mars says, “I’ve been very fortunate to have been asked to do collaborations in the past, but it always came with guidelines. Lacoste was the first and only brand that said, ‘Bruno, we want you to make this truly yours.'”
Right now, Ricky Regal is available in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, with a national roll-out expected in the spring. (WWD)

The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, March 1

In Austin, Texas, 68-year-old Emily Johnson had a problem. She was scheduled for open heart surgery in Cleveland, Ohio — and needed to get a coronavirus vaccine before traveling. But, her doctors in Austin had no access to the vaccine.
Emily posted a message online, asking people for advice and suggestions.
Instead of just getting advice, Emily ended up getting the actual vaccine, thanks to a stranger who gave up her place in line.
It was 50-year-old Christy Lewis who came to the rescue.
Christy was able to reach Emily that very morning — and direct Emily to the appointment.
It all worked out.
Emily got the vaccine — and was even able to schedule her second dose.
Christy’s generous offer was a simple decision for her, explaining, “You just know when it feels right, and this felt right to me.” (New York Daily News)

The Daily Dish – Golden Globes Edition – Monday, March 1

Nomadland and The Crown were among the big winners at Sunday’s 78th annual Golden Globe Awards .
Nomadland, a low-budget drama starring Frances McDormand, was named best motion picture drama, and its director, Chloé Zhao, became only the second woman to win a best director prize, following Barbra Streisand in 1983 for Yentl.
The Crown took home best TV drama, while Schitt’s Creek walked away with best TV comedy.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes on the awards, has come under fire after for having no Black members. The organization addressed the issue during the broadcast. Former President Meher Tatna said, “We must also ensure everyone from all underrepresented communities gets a seat at our table, and we are going to make that happen.”
Despite that, several Black actors were honored during the night.
Chadwick Boseman became only the second posthumous best actor in a drama winner for his work  in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” The star died in August of colon cancer at the age of 43. His widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, gave an emotional speech on his behalf, saying, “Honey, you keep ’em coming.”
Andra Day was named best actress in a drama for The United States vs. Billie Holiday.
Daniel Kaluuya won best supporting actor in a motion picture for Judas and the Black Messiah, and John Boyega‘s role in Small Axe got him a win in the category for best supporting actor in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the event on opposite ends of the country, with Tina at the Rainbow Room in New York City while Amy was in L.A. at the Beverly Hilton.
The Netflix movie Mank, which came into the night with the most nominations (six), went home empty-handed.