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Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, July 17

Months ago, Laura Fisher of La Quinta, California, learned that her kidneys were failing — so she joined the wait list for a donor. Her daughter, Sarah, stepped forward and was a match.
But even at that point, COVID-19 put surgeries like this on hold.
Recently, they were able to schedule the transplant — and it will happen next week.
Of course, it will be different than normal, because no visitors will be allowed. Laura’s other daughter found a workaround, knitting them plush “cuddle hedgehogs,” so they can take a piece of home with them inside the hospital.
Both mother and daughter are happy that doctors and nurses will be able to take care of this life-saving surgery, even during these complicated times.
And, they feel lucky that they have each other for love and support along the way. (KESQ-TV)

The Daily Dish Podcast – Friday, July 17

Even though the show was based in Florida, The Los Angeles home made famous by The Golden Girls is up for sale. Exterior shots of the home appeared frequently on the sitcom. (Interior scenes were shot on a set.) The 3,000-square-foot property is going for $3 million.

Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis did not appear in Johnny Depp’s libel suit on Thursday as scheduled.
Johnny’s exes were due to appear in a British court via video, but his barrister said they decided there was no need to hear from them.
At a preliminary hearing in the case, Vanessa’s witness statement said, in part: “I have known Johnny for more than 25 years. We’ve been partners for 14 years and we raised our two children together. Through all these years I’ve known Johnny to be a kind, attentive, generous and non-violent person and father.”
Winona’s witness statement read, in part: “I cannot wrap my head around (Ms Heard’s) accusations. He was never, never violent towards me. He was never, never abusive at all towards me.”
Depp is suing The Sun for calling him a “wife beater” and being violent toward ex-wife Amber Heard.

Alex Trebek has given fans a new health update and announced a Jeopardy! first.
In a video recorded at his home, the 79-year-old said that for the first time ever old episodes of the game show will be broadcast this summer. New episodes can’t be taped because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the end of the clip, Alex gave fans an update on his treatment for pancreatic cancer. “I’m doing well. I’ve been continuing my treatment and it is paying off. Though it does fatigue me a great deal, my numbers are good. I’m feeling great. In fact, during the break from the studio, I even wrote a book that will be coming out July 21st.”
Trebek will release his memoir, The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life, on Tuesday, the day before he turns 79.

Furry Friends Friday – July 17 – Featuring Sarabi & Simba!

Sarabi is a super sweet and loving mother kitty. She is unaltered and has a unique dilute calico coloring. She originally was an outside stray that was being cared for. Sarabi’s son Simba is a very playful kitten. He can be timid but feels comfortable with his mom around. We are offering these two as a package deal so that we can keep mom and son together. Please contact Cass County Animal Control at 269-445-3701 to learn more about our sweet Sarabi and Simba.”... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk Podcast – Friday, July 17

A British teen went a little too far to shoot the perfect TikTok video and ended up needing firefighters to rescue her.
For some reason, the 14-year-old’s video required her to squeeze into a baby swing at a park, so that’s what she did. But she got stuck and couldn’t get out. First her friends called her mother for help, but she couldn’t get her out. So her mom called the fire department, which sent a rescue crew over to the park with tools and liquid soap to slide her out of the swing. Although her TikTok video didn’t work out as planned, she still got to experience viral fame as her rescue was captured on video and shared on YouTube. (NY Post)

What’s in a name? Well, just type your first name into Poke My Name.com and it will give you all sorts of cool stats, like how popular it is — and even how popular it is as a middle name.

Need a laugh today? Check out The Craftsman Blog’s Instagram account. It’s an account dedicated almost entirely to shaming homes with really bad shutters. After scrolling through the pics and realizing how many bad shutters there are out there — and how hilarious looking at bad shutters can be — you’ll understand why account owner and historic preservation contractor Scott Sidler has over 30,000 followers. Every #ShudderSunday, Scott posts photos and commentary of truly shameful shutters that will have you laughing out loud … and thinking about shutter placement on your own home and every home in your neighborhood. There’s also awesome renovation photos and design inspo that will have you happy to follow this unique account. Who knew shutters could be so entertaining?!

Coast Music News Podcast – Friday, July 17

Lady Gaga tells Apple Music that she hopes people will dance to her new material, even if it means dancing alone at home. “I can’t wait to dance with people to this music. I can’t wait to just go into any space with a whole bunch of people and blast this as loud as possible to show them how much I love them. Until then, I hope that they listen to this record, and go on not only my personal journey with me, and dance through all the pain, but also go through their own journey, and dance through all THEIR pain.”
Camila Cabello tells Elle magazine that she doesn’t care what the media says about her and her love life with Shawn Mendez, because she’s all about becoming a better person. “There are probably a lot of misconceptions of me out there, but I don’t care. I think I have a better, wiser perspective on things because I am older and I understand myself a lot more. I feel far more grown-up. Growing up! It’s an adventure.”

The Daily Dish Podcast – Thursday, July 16

Another sequel to Dirty Dancing could be in the works. Jennifer Grey and Lionsgate Studio have a plan.
There isn’t a lot of details, but according to Deadline the studio and Jen are collaborating on a new film that involves dancing.
Considering it’s been 30 years since the original, and sadly, key cast members Patrick SwayzeJerry Orbach and Jack Weston have died — so a reunion kind of seems impossible. Also, there’s no mention of Eleanor Bergstein coming onboard — she created the now-beloved Baby and Johnny characters. We reached out to her and she replied, “I have no details on this at the present time.  If I know more, I’ll let you know.”
Nick Cannon apologized on Wednesday for his anti-Semitic comments. He removed the podcast episode, Cannon’s Class, where he made “uninformed and naïve” remarks.
In a Twitter thread, Cannon expressed his shame that the podcast “reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and magnificent people.” Nick added, (quote) “My deepest and most sincere apologies to my Jewish sisters and brothers for the hurtful and divisive words.”
Nick Cannon was not so contrite with ViacomCBS, who fired him from the VH1 show Wild ‘n Out. He claimed that they owe him and apology. Also, he demanded ownership of his “billion-dollar” Wild ‘n Out brand.
He will remain as host and executive producer of The Masked Singer. FOX-TV taped the third season before the pandemic hit. Firing Nick Cannon would’ve required scrubbing an entire season and disqualifying the winner. (Variety)
Elon MuskBill Gates and Apple all had their Twitter accounts hacked Wednesday.
The con artists posted messages imploring followers to send Bitcoin to their account. Posing as the public figures, they said they’d double whatever anyone deposited “for the next 30 minutes.” The accounts are secure now, but there’s no word on how the hackers gained entry.(Engadget)

Coffee Talk Podcast – Thursday, July 16

The Most Popular Ice Cream Flavors in America … According to a new survey of 20,000 people by YouGov
Chocolate (17%)
Vanilla (15%)
Tie between strawberry, mint-chocolate chip, butter pecan, and “other” (8%)
America’s Favorite Ice Cream Toppings … According to a new survey of 20,000 people by YouGov
Hot Fudge (31%)
Caramel (17%)
Sprinkles (8%)
Hey, guys, ditch the shirtless profile pics … A new survey found that while guys think a shirtless photo will get them more matches on dating apps, seems the opposite is true. The survey, by Dating.com, found that 90% of guys using dating apps think posing without a shirt will get them more attention. But the research revealed that men posing shirtless in their profile pics get 25% fewer matches. This may be why … 66% of the women surveyed said shirtless pictures are a sign of immaturity. And 79% of women respondents said they wouldn’t even consider dating a guy with a shirtless pic on their profile.
But it seems guys have no problem with women showing skin in their profile pics. In fact, the survey revealed that women wearing bikinis in their pics were 40% more likely to get matches.

Coast Music News Podcast – Thursday, July 16

Another sequel to Dirty Dancing could be in the works. Jennifer Grey and Lionsgate Studio have a plan.
There isn’t a lot of details, but according to Deadline the studio and Jen are collaborating on a new film that involves dancing.
Considering it’s been 30 years since the original, and sadly, key cast members Patrick SwayzeJerry Orbach and Jack Weston have died — so a reunion kind of seems impossible. Also, there’s no mention of Eleanor Bergstein coming onboard — she created the now-beloved Baby and Johnny characters. We reached out to her and she replied, “I have no details on this at the present time.  If I know more, I’ll let you know.”
Kelly Rowland is a coach on the Australian version of The Voice and said recently it was really tough to share the Destiny’s Child spotlight with Beyonce.
Kel, who’s a coach on the show, made the comment to contestant Chris Sebastian, whose brother Guy is a huge star Down Under. She said, “I know this feeling… Can you imagine what it’s like being in a group with Beyoncé? I would just torture myself in my head. Like, ‘I can’t wear this dress because they’re going to say it’s like B.’ Or, ‘I can’t have a song like that because it sounds too much like B.’”:
And she lived with that for a long time. “There was a whole decade, if I am being completely honest, a decade, where it was like the elephant in the room. It was the thing that would constantly be on my shoulder.”

Happy Headline Podcast – Wednesday, July 15

When all this coronavirus stuff started, the catcher for the Colorado Rockies — Tony Wolters — realized that getting haircuts would be a challenge. So, he committed to growing his hair out, so he could donate that hair to charity.
It didn’t take that long. In just a few months, Tony grew his hair out to seven inches — and was able to get it cut and give it to Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan.
So while many people were complaining about not being able to get a haircut, Tony decided to make the most of it, which will result in a big smile on the face of a child in Michigan.

The Daily Dish Podcast – Wednesday, July 15

ABC named Tyra Banks as the new host of Dancing with the Stars.
She replaces Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, who were fired only one day ago. ABC plans a “creative refresh” of Dancing with the Stars for season 29 while “honoring the show America loves.”
Tyra Banks once hosted America’s Got Talent for two summers. She created and judged America’s Next Top Model. She said Tuesday, (quote) “I’ve been a fan of DWTS since its beginning. I’m excited to continue the legacy and put on my executive producer and hosting hats.”
Two weeks ago, victims of Harvey Weinstein settled on a $19 million payment to be shared. But the judge rejected that deal negotiated by New York Attorney General’s Office.
Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said in court on Tuesday, (quote) “I will not give preliminary approval to the settlement.”
Six accusers complained about the $19 million agreement, which they called “one of the most one-sided and unfair class settlements in history.” They claimed the lion’s share would go to attorneys leaving them “only $10,000 to $20,000” each.
Judge Hellerstein told the lawyers to seek a better agreement.
ViacomCBS severed ties with Nick Cannon, who expressed anti-Semitic conspiracies on his podcast.
Nick currently was hosting a rebirth of his MTV show Wild’n Out, which now airs on VH1. No word on whether the show will survive without him in it.
The company on Tuesday released a statement,  (quote) “ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism. We have spoken with Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast Cannon’s Class on YouTube, which promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.”
Two weeks ago, Nick Cannon invited Professor Griff to his podcast. He was once a member of Public Enemy. He departed 30 years ago in the wake of making anti-Semitic remarks.
Naya Rivera’s four-year-old son need not worry about college tuition. The three creators of the TV show Glee promised to establish a scholarship fund for Josey.
Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan released a lengthy statement on Tuesday that said in part, (quote) “We are heartbroken over the loss of our friend Naya Rivera. She was warm and caring and fiercely protective of the rest of the Glee cast. She was tough and demanding. She was fun. She was kind. She was generous. Our hearts go out to her family. The three of us are currently in the process of creating a college fund for the beautiful son Naya loved most of all.”
The results of the autopsy were released on Tuesday. The official cause of Naya’s death is drowning. The coroner did not detect traces of alcohol or drugs.

The Coast Social Network with Berrien Community Foundation – Wednesday, July 15

Link to Online Arts Auction

Non-profit arts organizations of Berrien County have joined forces for one matching grant that will benefit them all. The Berrien Community Foundation (BCF) has a long history of supporting the arts and wanted to ensure the arts remain a vibrant part of our community as we emerge from this Coronavirus pandemic. Seeing the challenges we face, BCF secured an anonymous donor who shared the love of the arts and brought us together for a challenge to support our local arts organizations. This donor has pledged $75,000 through BCF as a challenge gift to support the arts – when the community raises $75,000, the donor will match that gift!... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk Podcast – Wednesday, July 15

This is the summer of vacationing in an RV. Throughout the United States, sales and rentals of recreational vehicles have spiked. The RV is an ideal travel vehicle during a pandemic. Large enough to sleep the family but still mobile to get you to where you want to go.
Just one problem: First-time Winnebago drivers don’t know how to maneuver the large rigs. Julie Homrich said they had to landscape their entire yard after her husband “ran over the bushes and backed into our trees.”
Fast food drive-thrus are another hazard for RVs that typically stand taller than 12 feet. Too often an RV destroys overhead awnings. One owner said he was smart enough to walk into a Starbucks to make their order. Getting out of the parking lot was a different issue, (quote) “I tried to go wide. Then I heard a sudden crash. The pole next to the building pummeled my RV. It was a $200 coffee.”
A new survey by the research firm Censuswide reveals that 33% of parents spy on their kids’ Internet activity. Other findings:
– 33% of teens and tweens have created a secret social media account.
– 20% of teens have secret online friends
The owner of a pizza shop in Delaware thwarted an armed robbery by using a pizza as a weapon.
Delaware State Police says the owner of Stargate Pizza in Greenwood, Delaware was closing down the restaurant for the night when a man with a machete approached him and demanded money. The owner told him he didn’t have any cash and then picked up a pizza and threw it at him. The cheesy assault worked as it scared the robber and caused him to flee in a car.
Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the assailant. The shop owner was not injured.

Coast Music News – Wednesday, July 15

Maroon 5 bassist Mickey Maddon says he’s taking a “leave of absence” from the band in the wake of his arrest on charges of domestic violence.
The 41-year-old musician was taken into custody late last month after being charged with “intimate partner violence.” He gave People magazine a statement saying, “I have some things that I need to deal with and address right now and so I have decided to take a leave of absence from Maroon 5 for the foreseeable future. I wish them the absolute best.”
Maddon was also busted for cocaine possession back in 2016 and served one day of community service.
The pandemic is not treating all of us very well financially, except for Imagine Dragons star Dan Reynolds. He has purchased a Malibu, California mansion for $11.3 million. The four bedroom home used to be owned by Goldie Hawn and has a stone fireplace, a wet bar, a crystal chandelier, ocean views, stone accents, and a gym

Happy Headline – Tuesday, July 14

Many assisted-living facilities banned visitors rather than take the risk of coronavirus infecting the residents.
Mary Daniel of Jacksonville, Florida could not see her husband suffering with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Before the shutdown, she visited daily and tucked her husband into bed.
For his well-being and her own sanity, Mary Daniel applied at his facility to be a part-time dishwasher.
Twice a week, after cleaning the kitchen and scrubbing dishes, Mary spends quality time with her husband. She said, (quote) “I was willing to do whatever it took to fulfill my promise. I am going to be there for him every step of the way.” (The Washington Post)

The Daily Dish Podcast – Tuesday, July 14

Naya Rivera‘s body has been recovered. The 33-year-old former Glee star went missing five days ago while boating with her four-year-old son on California’s Lake Piru. The boy was found unharmed in their rented boat, but Maya had disappeared. Authorities believe Naya was swimming with her son when they both struggled to get back to the drifting boat. Naya was presumably able to save her son but not herself.
When Dancing With the Stars returns this fall, it will have a new host. ABC informed Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews that their talents are no longer needed. The show is headed in a “new creative direction.”
Kelly Preston‘s shocking death is not the first time that John Travolta has lost a loved one to breast cancer. His first girlfriend, Diana Hyland, died of the disease. Travolta told People magazine in 1977 how rushed from filming Saturday Night Fever to visit her death bed. John announced Kelly’s unfortunate passing recently on his Instagram.
Grant Imahara, the host of TV’s MythBusters and Netflix’s White Rabbit Project, has died following a brain aneurysm. He was 49.
Johnny Depp admitted in a London court room that he squandered $650 million in movie earnings. When his wife at the time, Amber Heard, learned of his financial mismanagement, Depp alleged that she threw a “haymaker” punch at him. Depp shared this financial crisis with Amber on the night of her 30th birthday party. He claimed she became violent with (quote) “Wild swinging. A roundhouse punch. It’s a bit of a wild swing, but effective if it reaches the target.”

Coffee Talk Podcast – Tuesday, July 14

The Caribbean island of Barbados has a proposition: Live for the next year in their COVID-free environment.
A golden opportunity for people pushed out of the office and now working remotely. Travel to paradise and work at the beach.
The Barbados Prime Minister wants to allow tourists to stay for 12-months. She said, (quote) “Barbados is a perfect place for you to come. Take advantage of being in a different part of the world — the sun, sea and sand –- and a stable society.”
Barbados is open to Untied States citizens. Very few countries currently allow American visitors due to the surge of COVID cases.
Most Regrettable Names Parents Have Given Their Children … according to a new survey of 6,000 people by Gigacalculator.
The most regretted boys names
  1. Hunter – 32%
  2. Jaxon – 29%
  3. Carter – 28%
  4. Tobias – 25%
  5. Oliver – 24%
  6. Grayson – 22%
  7. Felix – 21%
  8. Jasper – 20%
  9. Sonny – 17%
  10. Dexter – 12%
The most regretted girls names
  1. Aurora – 35%
  2. Arabella – 32%
  3. Lyla – 28%
  4. Amber – 27%
  5. Edith – 24%
  6. Maryam – 21%
  7. Harriet – 19%
  8. Summer – 15%
  9. Delilah – 13%
  10. Gracie – 12%

Music News Podcast – Tuesday, July 14

Naya Rivera’s body has been recovered.
The 33-year-old former Glee star went missing five days ago while boating with her four-year-old son on California’s Lake Piru. The boy was found unharmed in their rented boat, but Maya had disappeared.
The Ventura County Sheriff summarized Naya’s final moments that featured saving the life of her 4-year-old son, Josey. The Sheriff said (quote) “We know from speaking with her son, that he and Naya swam in the lake together. Her son described being helped into the boat by Naya. The idea perhaps being that the boat started drifting. It was unanchored. She mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself.”
Divers had been searching since the disappearance. The lake is known to have numerous tree limbs and other obstacles underwater, and Rivera’s is just one in a series of deaths there.
On Friday, Coldplay celebrated the 20th anniversary of the British release of their debut album, Parachutes, and released as a present to their fans a previously unseen alternate video of their first hit single, “Yellow.” They’ve also announced that Parachutes will be reissued in a transparent yellow vinyl edition on November 20th. You can see it now on our Facebook page

Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, July 13, 2020

Jack Srebnik and Ellen Spencer have owned a pizzeria called The Slice in Rancho Mirage, California, since 2008. Of course, this year has been unusual — but they’re doing their best to serve others with a new program they’re calling Pay It Forward pizza days. Every Monday, Jack and Ellen donate 20 pizzas to nurses at a nearby hospital — and each Thursday, they deliver 80 free burritos. And, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, they distribute 50 to 70 pizzas to local senior citizens. They’ve been able to keep their business rolling, even with all the social distancing rules and special cleaning rules. But instead of just worrying about themselves and their business, Jack and Ellen are doing their best to share their success with others by giving away free food whenever they can. (Desert Sun)

The Daily Dish Podcast – Monday, July 13, 2020

Naughty Gossip claims Meghan Markle is writing a children’s book titled ”The Glorious Adventures of Freckle-Faced Meg.’  A source says, “Expect to read about a spunky, bi-racial girl from Los Angeles who marries a prince and changes the world. Meghan has always believed she was the heroine of her own story, which would be a very inspiring tale for young girls.”
KOCO-TV claims filming at the former Joe Exotic Tiger King zoo in Oklahoma was shut down last week after a film crew found what they believed to be human remains. Garvin County Sheriff deputies investigated and said the remains were from a small animal not a human. Filming is going to continue, though. The zoo, ironically enough, is currently controlled by Carole Baskin and her Big Cat Rescue organization, which happened as part of a $1 million judgement that Joe Exotic owes as part of a copyright infringement case.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and former star of Hamilton, was asked recently if he thought Broadway was in trouble. He says, “One of the things I’ve been reading during this quarantine is a biography on Shakespeare, and it reminded me that when he was first coming to prominence, it was mostly traveling groups of players wandering the countryside, performing for small towns. Theater survived the bubonic plague — theater is going to be fine!” A 2016 fully-produced performance of Hamilton featuring Lin in the title role is now streaming on Disney Plus.

Coffee Talk Podcast – Monday, July 13, 2020

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A new survey by Deloitte reveals that 66% of parents are worried about sending their children back to school because of the coronavirus. Other findings:
– parents will spend a combined $28.1 billion on back to school supplies. That’s the same as last year.
– 40% of parents plan to buy fewer traditional supplies this year because of the coronavirus.
For those of you like me, who can’t even muster a few push ups or a run around the block, A 17-year-old from Wisconsin just set a new record for the most “Murphs” completed in 24 hours. In case you were wondering, a “Murph” involves a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats, and a final 1-mile run. The previous record was 16 Murphs in 24 hours. Tyler Friese just knocked out 16.75 of ‘em …
This year, due to the coronavirus, every American is simultaneously experiencing a LifeQuake. It offers an opportunity for positive change. We find ways to commemorate these personal rebirths. One common way is to mark the moment with a meaningful tattoo.
Bruce Feiler describes the LifeQuake in his new book, Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age. Feiler writes that adults experience a major disruption to their routines almost yearly. These are life-changing moments involving relationships, family, personal health, jobs, and occasionally “birthdays that end in zero.”
Most times, we roll with these setbacks. Get knocked down but right back up. But once a decade or so the disruption becomes “truly disorienting and destabilizing.” That’s what Bruce Feiler calls a LifeQuake.
Feiler identifies three, distinct emotional phases of the LifeQuake. We must say goodbye to the old normal, then a lengthy re-adjustment period that feels messy followed by a “new beginning.” The book identifies ways to get through these adjustments faster and with better adjustment with less emotional hiccups.

Music News Podcast – Monday, July 13, 2020

The Sunday Mirror newspaper says Katy Perry has chosen Jennifer Aniston to be her daughter’s godmother. A source tells the newspaper,  ”Katy and Jen are very close. During lockdown, they went for socially distanced walks, and spent lots of time catching up. She is pretty chuffed about it as well and cried when they asked her.”
Taylor Swift and Katy Perry no longer have “Bad Blood” between them, but they might be blood relatives!
Katy called into Britain’s Capital FM for an interview and was blindsided when host Sian Welby told her, “I read somewhere that your baby might have a very famous aunt. Apparently, you and Taylor Swift are ninth cousins.”
Katy looked shocked, but recovered to respond “Well, we fight like cousins. I’m gonna have to ask her if this true, or if we should, like, get blood tests together… It’s cool because you can just, like, spit in a tube.”
Dua Lipa can kick your butt. She tells viva.com that her favorite workout is boxing. “I like that it’s definitely a full body workout. Since starting boxing I’ve probably been in the best shape ever. It’s also a great stress reliever.”
Harry Styles tells Rolling Stone magazine that one of his proudest moments was making Van Morrison crack a rare smile when they took a photo together. “I was tickling him behind his back! Somebody sent me that photo — I think his tour manager took it. When I saw it, I felt like John Travolta in ‘Pulp Fiction’ opening the case with the gold light shining. I was like, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t show this to anyone!'”