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Thursday, May 31, 2018

America's 2nd War of Independence

TV

This Is Us has already filmed 'pieces' of the show's final scene. No, This Is Us isn't ending any time soon -- see: the ratings -- but it's never too early to talk about the end of the NBC family drama. At a For Your Emmy consideration panel held at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on Tuesday, creator Dan Fogelman dropped a small but intriguing hint about the show's very last episode. Asked by moderator Debra Birnbaum how far out the writers have mapped the show, Fogelman answered, "We're pretty far along. Our writers and I are kind of to the end. We have a path for each season of the show. We've always had a plan... I don't think this show will ever -- despite any success it may or may not have -- will ever overstay its welcome, and we have a story to tell. And we want to do this the right way. And so we have a plan." He added: "I've actually already shot pieces of the final scene in the series." Fogelman also shared that the show will drill down on Toby (Chris Sullivan), who was seen suffering from depression in a season 2 finale flash-forward and do a "deep dive" on the back story of Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson), Randall's wife who currently has her hands full with foster child Deja (Lyric Ross). Both will get "showcase" episodes, and, as he warned, "You're going to be surprised what Toby and Beth were like before they entered this family." Surprised is also the word that Fogelman used when discussing the "Who is 'Her'?' mystery that was introduced in a different season 2 finale flash-forward with Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and adult Tess (Iantha Richardson). "Our plan right now is that big questions will be answered in the course of the season," he said." I think people are going to be surprised with how we use that timeline." The creator also shared a video he filmed of Ventimiglia rehearsing the fire scene from the Super Bowl episode, which you can see for yourself here. (Entertainment Weekly)

Charlie Sheen calls for 'Two and a Half Men' revival after 'Roseanne' axe. With the controversial cancellation of "Roseanne" at the forefront of everyone's minds, Charlie Sheen is trying to parlay the loss of one TV show with the revival of another. On Tuesday, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told Fox News that the network was pulling the plug on "Roseanne" getting a second season after some incredibly inflammatory remarks Roseanne Barr made on Twitter. Sheen took the opportunity to call for a return of his previously successful sitcom "Two and a Half Men." "Adios Roseanne! Good riddance hashtag NOT Winning. The runway is now clear for OUR reboot. #CharlieHarperReturns," Sheen tweeted along with an image of a script for the series. As fans of the series know, it ran from 2003 to 2012. It ran for 12 seasons, but Sheen was famously fired from the series after Season 7 following a slew of bad publicity similar to that which Barr is getting now. "Men" was an immensely popular show, though, and continued on with Ashton Kutcher replacing Sheen alongside costar John Cryer, who had his own thoughts on Sheen's revival idea. "What could go wrong?" he wrote along with a retweet of Sheen's post. While calling for the revival of a show to replace "Roseanne" may seem opportunistic, Sheen was hardly the only one to take advantage of the ABC revival's bad press. Bryan Fuller called on the Network to bring back his fan-beloved, but short-lived, series "Pushing Daisies." The show focused on a pie-maker with the power to bring people back from the dead upon touching them, to be brought back. "Alex Inc." star Zach Braff, who previously starred on the NBC-turned-ABC sitcom "Scrubs"posted his lamentations that he lost his show despite not having a racism scandal as well. (PageSix)

Andrew Lincoln Is Leaving The Walking Dead After Season 9: Report. Get ready to say goodbye to Rick Grimes. Andrew Lincoln, who has starred as the lead of AMC's The Walking Dead since the pilot, will reportedly be leaving the series after appearing in only a handful of episodes in the upcoming season nine. We obviously don't yet know for sure if he'll be killed off but this is The Walking Dead, and it's pretty easy to kill people off. In fact, Rick's son Carl (Chandler Riggs) just died after being bitten by a walker, leaving Rick as a grieving father. Collider was first to report the news. Reports also say that Norman Reedus' Daryl will be stepping up as the new lead of the show, meaning that at least we can bet he's safe for the time being. (But what will happen to baby Judith???) Lincoln isn't the only star stepping back either, since Lauren Cohan will be starring in the new ABC series Whiskey Cavalier and will reportedly only be starring in six of the first eight episodes of the season. If Whiskey Cavalier survives, we'll probably have to say goodbye to Maggie for good as well. Season eight of The Walking Dead ended back in April with a win in the war against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), though Negan was left alive thanks to Rick's attempts to show him some mercy. While that did end the fight and give everyone a new start, Maggie was not happy with Rick's decision and planned to bide her time before proving how bad of a decision it was, meaning we're in for Maggie vs. Rick in season eight. Now it's looking likely that it won't end well for either of them! AMC has not yet returned request for comment. The Walking Dead airs on AMC. (Eonline)

Netflix Teams With Japanese Mobile Carrier, Cable Operator. The global online video giant is looking to integrations as it has yet to establish the dominant market position that it has in other markets. Netflix is teaming with Japan's third-largest mobile carrier, au, to offer the streaming platform via high-volume data plans, beginning this summer. A $59.50 (?7,500) per month au plan will offer unlimited access Netflix on smartphones, as well as voice calls and data. Meanwhile, a $43.65 (?5,500) plan will give subscribers 25GB of data to use. For an extra $2.40, customers will be able to stream in HD on two devices, and for $6.35 they can stream in 4K on up to four devices. Mobile giant au has more than 52 million subscribers and is owned by KDDI, which also runs J:COM, the country's biggest cable operator. J:COM said earlier this week that it would start offering Netflix through its cable systems, though details are yet to be finalized. Netflix previously teamed with big cable operators in the U.S. and Europe to integrate its service into their offerings in what analysts have called a positive for both sides. These deals give cable subscribers easy access to Netflix on cable set-top boxes, providing exposure for the streaming service while encouraging users to continue their cable subscriptions. Despite investing heavily in local content, including original anime, in addition to offering its global originals, such as Dear White People, Netflix has yet to make major inroads into the crowded Japanese market. Netflix doesn't release subscriber numbers, but local research company Gem Partners estimates it has a 7 percent share of the Japanese VOD market, in which around 30 platforms are now operating. Japanese mobile carriers are gearing up for the introduction of ultra-fast 5G networks, which will increase the amount of data that can be transmitted but are also predicted to increase costs for users. Sports streamer DAZN has already linked with Docomo and SoftBank, the number one and three carriers, while SoftBank also offers Netflix, though with no dedicated plan. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Makes a Strong Return. 'World of Dance' takes a hit in its sophomore bow but more than doubles everything else on Tuesday TV. NBC dominated on its first true Tuesday of summer programming, with America's Got Talent setting strong course to dominate the off months yet again. America's Got Talent averaged a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 12.1 million viewers between 8 and 10 o'clock. In the key demo, that was off only a hair from its equally auspicious 2017 premiere. It was virtually even in its audience pull. The network wrapped the night with the sophomore bow of World of Dance. Down from its 2017 series premiere, the show still pulled a strong 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.2 million viewers. NBC wasn't the only network with reality premieres. Fox offered up episodes of Beat Shazam (0.8 adults) and Love Connection (0.6 adults), both down from their 2017 premieres. (Hollywood Reporter)

Movies

Elle Fanning and ''Mom'' Angelina Jolie Reunite on Set of Maleficent 2. Not so villainous after all? Angelina Jolie makes for one adorably dorky Maleficent while behind-the-scenes with co-star Elle Fanning! Four years after Jolie's chilling portrayal of the iconic Disney villain made Maleficent an instant blockbuster hit, production on the sequel has officially started in London. Fanning, who stars as Princess Aurora in the live-action adaptation, took to Instagram on Tuesday with a photo that proves Jolie really is Hollywood's coolest "mom." "It's bring your mom to work day on the #Maleficent2 set!!!!!" the 20-year-old actress captioned the selfie, which features Angelina in her character's horns and red lipstick. Maleficent 2, which does not yet have a release date, marks the Oscar winner's first role in three years. Jolie last acted alongside her now ex-husband, Brad Pitt, in 2015's By the Sea. She stepped behind the camera to direct First They Killed My Father, and joked in a Sep. 2017 interview with Deadline that divorce forced her back into acting. "I am now the breadwinner for the family, so it's time," she reflected. So what can fans expect from the highly-anticipated sequel? Maleficent 2 picks up as the horned fairy navigates a new alliance with Princess Aurora, who she cursed into a slumber as a baby. Michelle Pfeiffer will also star, as well as Lesley Manville, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein and Harris Dickinson. It's reported that Jolie and Pitt's six children, Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara 13, Shiloh, 12, and 9-year-old twins Knox and Vivenne, have joined their mom overseas while she films. Fingers crossed for more on-set antics from Angelina and Elle! (Eonline)

'Incredibles 2' Lands Lucrative Late June China Release Date. China's box office has grown by a factor of 50 since the original 'The Incredibles' was released in 2004. Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 has locked down its release date in the world's second-biggest box-office territory. The long-awaited Brad Bird-directed sequel is set to debut in China on June 22. Coming 14 years after the original The Incredibles hit the big screen and became an instant classic, the sequel will enter a very different Chinese exhibition landscape. Back in 2004, when the Chinese economic miracle was just beginning to rev up, total box office in the world's most populous nation was $180 million. Last year, ticket sales in the Middle Kingdom totaled $8.6 billion. The difference in earnings between The Incredibles and its sequel will undoubtedly reflect this growth. Animation previously underperformed in China, but in recent years top titles have been widely embraced by audiences of all ages. The Incredibles earned approximately $2.4 million in 2004. In 2016, Disney Animation's Zootopia ($235.6 million) was the highest earning Hollywood film of the year in China, and Pixar's Coco earned a massive $189 million there last year. Much of The Incredibles original voice cast reprise their roles in the sequel, such as Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson and John Ratzenberger. New additions include Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush and Isabella Rossellini. The story follows the Parr brood as they try to balance having a normal life with their superhero powers. Bob Parr (also known as Mr. Incredible and voiced by Nelson) is a house husband who must deal with son Dash's (Huck Milner) sarcastic remarks, daughter Violet's (Vowell) teenage rebellion and baby Jack-Jack's burgeoning superpowers while his wife, Helen/Elastigirl (Hunter), heads off to save the world. Soon, the whole family must suit up to battle a new villain, Screenslaver. The film is set to open on June 15 in North America. It's currently tracking for a huge box-office debut of $140 million-plus stateside. (Hollywood Reporter)

'DC Lego Super-Villains' Video Game Teams Up Harley Quinn and Lex Luthor. The title puts players in the Legion of Doom this October. It's good to be bad. After three installments of the Lego Batman video game series, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The Lego Group and DC Entertainment have switched allegiances for the newly announced Lego DC Super-Villains. The game, which will be released this fall, allows players to create their own bad guy and play alongside such iconic characters as Lex Luthor and the Joker -- but all isn't as it seems. The game takes place following the mysterious disappearance of the Justice League, and the arrival of a group of seeming replacements -- the Justice Syndicate, heroes from a parallel universe. When the new heroes turn out to have a surprising agenda (as if "syndicate" wasn't enough of a tip-off), it's up to the Justice League's enemies to somehow save the day. "The original story in Lego DC Super-Villains flips the DC universe upside down as players embark on an unforgettable adventure starring memorable villains set across notable DC locations," Ames Kirshen, vp interactive and animation at DC Entertainment, said in a statement. "DC's roster of iconic Super-Villains is unmatched and fans will love teaming up with The Joker, Harley Quinn, Lex Luthor and a host of others to save Earth from a greater evil." A deluxe edition of the game, which includes the main game, season pass content and early access to DC Super-Villains: TV Series Character Pack DLC, is currently available for preorder, with physical editions coming with an exclusive Lex Luthor Lego minifigure. (Preordered digital editions come with the Justice League Dark Character Pack DLC.) (Hollywood Reporter)

Russian Culture Minister Shrugs Off Exhibitors' Push for Hollywood Fare. Vladimir Medinsky says their complaints about rescheduling foreign releases are "improper" and he is "totally indifferent" to the performance of Hollywood films in the country. Russia's culture minister Vladimir Medinsky has shrugged off local cinema chains' concerns about his agency's practice of rescheduling Hollywood releases to avoid release conflicts with homegrown titles, saying their complaints were "improper." Earlier this week, several top Russian cinema chains came up with a list of foreign, mostly Hollywood, titles that they said were vital for the exhibition industry and should not be rescheduled, including Disney's Incredibles 2 (scheduled for release June 14), Paramount's Mission: Impossible 6 (July 26) and Fox's The Predator (Sept. 13). Medinsky didn't specifically comment on any of those titles, but his statements implied that his agency wouldn't take any advice from the exhibitors. "All performance indicators of the last five to six years show sustainable growth in exhibition of not just local movies, but the entire industry," he was quoted as saying by Russian news agency TASS. "And we see it as a direct outcome of our agency's efficient work." He added: "I should point out that one half of the box office gross goes to cinema chains' owners, so their complaints about the culture ministry are just improper." Medinsky, recently reappointed, is known as an ardent proponent of protectionism for the local film industry. He was behind regulation that allows the culture ministry to reschedule foreign releases to avoid collisions with major Russian movies. So far, about a half dozen releases have been rescheduled, most recently the animated film Charming. It was originally scheduled to hit Russian cinemas on May 24 but has now been postponed indefinitely. Still, Medinsky claimed he is taking the interests of the exhibition industry into account. "I'm totally indifferent about the performance of Hollywood movies in Russia," he said. "But our agency cares about the success of the exhibition industry in general." (Hollywood Reporter)

Music

Jeff Goldblum to release debut jazz album. Jeff Goldblum is set to record his first jazz album after having signed up with Decca Records Label Group, Decca announced Wednesday. The actor's jazz piano skills caught the attention of Decca executives after he accompanied soul-jazz singer Gregory Porter on a rendition of Nat King Cole's "Mona Lisa" on BBC talk show "The Graham Norton Show" last October while promoting "Thor: Ragnarok." "I'm so happy to be in cahoots with the wonderful people at Decca, one of the coolest and most prestigious labels of all time," Goldblum said. The actor, known around the world for his iconic roles in films including "The Fly," "Jurassic Park" and "Independence Day," has played piano since childhood. He regularly plays with his jazz band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, around LA and at the Cafe Carlyle in New York. Goldblum also hosts a weekly jazz variety show at LA's Rockwell Table and Stage when not away on location. Tom Lewis, director of A&R for Decca, said he believed bringing Goldblum's music to a wider audience would "be helping, in our own small way, to make the world a happier place." "We are delighted to welcome him to Decca," Lewis said. "He's a fantastic jazz pianist, a great band leader and just about the loveliest man in the world. His love of jazz is infectious and whenever he plays he makes you feel very happy." Further details on the debut album are yet to be announced. Goldblum is currently promoting the upcoming "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" around the world ahead of its international launch next week, including another appearance on "The Graham Norton Show" in Britain last Friday. Goldblum reprises his fan-favorite character Ian Malcolm in the blockbuster franchise, which he last played in 1997's "The Lost World: Jurassic Park." Goldblum recently voiced the character of Duke in regular collaborator Wes Anderson's stop-motion animation "Isle of Dogs," which is continuing its global rollout. Other upcoming films include Drew Pearce's "Hotel Artemis," which opens in the US on June 8, and Rick Alverson's "The Mountain," which is currently in post-production. (PageSix)

U2 Unplug for Intimate Session at Jack White's Third Man Records. Stopping by Jack White's Third Man Records in Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday (May 27), U2 recorded a moving acoustic version of their latest single "Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way." The full session, composed mostly of tracks from their 2017 album Songs of Experience, was live streamed on Facebook, with the whole performance set for a limited vinyl release later this year. The set shows Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. in a tight room surrounded by various vinyl's and a retro jukebox. The vinyl release of the performance will follow the bands recently reissued editions of All That You Can't Leave Behind, Pop and Wide Awake In America. (Billboard)

SZA Says Her Voice is 'Permanently Injured' After Swollen Vocal Cord Diagnosis. Although SZA recently took a leave of absence from the TDE Championship Tour to prevent permanent damage to her swollen vocal cords, she fears the worst may have already taken place. The singer shared a series of tweets Tuesday (May 29) claiming her voice had already taken a blunder, saying it was "permanently injured." "Tonight was the test," read one of the since-deleted tweets, archived by Vulture. "That settles that." The "Love Galore" singer continued: "I jus wanna be left alone my priorities are fucked up. They been fucked up. I need space goodbye." The tweets followed SZA's performance at the TDE Championship Tour date at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday night (May 29), marking her return since the absence. Last week, SZA detailed her vocal issues on Instagram, saying that if she didn't take a break now, she'd "be forced to pause permanently." "I've been touring for 11 months," SZA explained in the caption. "This didn't happen overnight. I've been troubleshooting for a while now and Usually steroids and pushing through help. They don't this time. I'm not sick my voice just won't fu**ing work." (Billboard)

Snow Patrol's 'Wildness' on Target For U.K. Albums Chart Summit, 'Shawn Mendes' Poised For Top 3 Debut. Snow Patrol is marching to the U.K. albums chart summit with Wildness(Polydor), the Northern Irish alternative rock outfit's seventh album. Wildness snatches top spot on the Official Albums Chart Update, ahead of The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic) and Shawn Mendes' self-titled third album (via EMI). If Wildness hangs on when the weekly chart is published late Friday, it'll mark Snow Patrol's first No. 1 in 12 years. The Gary Lightbody-led outfit has five Top 5 albums, including Eyes Open, which hit No. 1 in 2006 and is their biggest-seller to-date. Eyes Open shifted 2.4 million copies in the U.K., where it's certified eight-times platinum, according to the Official Charts Company. Meanwhile, U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky is chasing a third U.K .Top 10 with his new album Testing (ASAP Worldwide/Polo/RCA) at No. 11 on the midweek chart, and hip-hop veteran Pusha T could crack the Top 40 for the first time with Daytona(Def Jam), new at No. 13. And there might be a special birthday present for Australian pop legend Kylie Minogue, whose 2000 set Light Years (Parlophone) could return to the Top 40. Light Years, which features the hits "Spinning Around," "On a Night Like This" and "Kids" (with Robbie Williams), reenters at No. 19 thanks to an exclusive vinyl release to celebrate her 50th birthday. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa's summery dance tune "One Kiss" (Columbia/Warner Bros) leads the Official Singles Chart Update, ahead of Ariana Grande's "No Tears Left To Cry" (Republic) and Anne-Marie's "2002" (EastWest). (Billboard)

Pusha T went straight for Drake's jugular in a newly released diss track ... taking shots at Drizzy's childhood, alleging he's got a secret son and releasing a photo of a young Drake with blackface. In the track, titled, "The Story of Adidon" -- mixed over the beat for Jay-Z's "The Story of O.J." -- Push raps, "You are hiding a child, let that boy come home, deadbeat motherf*****." Pusha T drops Drake's alleged kid's name, saying, "Adonis is your son and he deserves more than an Adidas press run" and targets the baby mama, who he calls "Sophie" ... "Love that baby, respect that girl. Forget she's a porn star, let her be your world." The new track is a response to Drake's "Duppy Freestyle" released earlier this week targeting Pusha T and Kanye. Push touches on Drake's race too, saying, "Confused always felt you weren't black enough, afraid to grow it because your fro wasn't nap enough." "The Story of Adidon" was dropped with artwork of a younger Drake with his face painted black ... a photo which we're told was untouched. (TMZ)

Kesha's Request to Get Out of Dr. Luke Deal Rejected by Appeals Court. Kesha has faced a legal setback in her ongoing battle with Dr. Luke. E! News can confirm the appeals court rejected the "TiK ToK" singer's counterclaims. As a result, the jury won't be deciding whether the pop star can extradite herself from contracts with the music producer. "Kesha's proposed amendments are palpably insufficient and devoid of merit," states a decision. "Her counterclaim seeking declaratory relief terminating the agreements on the ground of impossibility and impracticability of performance was speculative, contradicted by her own allegations that she had continued performing under the agreements and, as to at least one of the agreements, the impossibility was not produced by an unanticipated event that could not have been foreseen or guarded against." Kesha had previously sued Dr. Luke (real name: Lukasz Gottwald) in 2014 claiming sexual assault and battery. She also seeked to invalidate her recording contracts with him. He later filed a countersuit, accusing her of defamation. In 2016, she dropped her sexual abuse claims, while his defamation suit against Kesha continued. The pop star, however, has attempted through various ways to have her agreements with the producer terminated. As the legal battle continues, Kesha has been able to continue her music career through various ways. In addition to performing at the 2018 Grammys and 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Kesha was able to release her third studio album titled Rainbow. And yes, it debuted at the No. 1 spot on the charts. She also is hitting the road this summer as part of The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore tour. "Just get ready for our tour, animals," Kesha shared on Instagram earlier this month. The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news. (Eonline)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

It's been just over 11 days since Meghan Markle wed Prince Harry in a fairy tale ceremony at Windsor Castle, and her transformation into the Duchess of Sussex already appears to be complete. She debuted her new royal look -- complete with polished side chignon (bye-bye, messy bun!) -- during a Buckingham Palace garden party on May 22. And with the royal wedding behind her, Meghan is now ready for the real work to begin. "She's not going to want to be a quiet princess and simply open hospitals or cut ribbons," a royal insider tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. Meghan will likely focus on issues concerning "young women and teenage girls. She is familiarizing herself with the landscape in this country," says Lorraine Heggessey, chief executive officer of the Royal Foundation, which oversees the charitable efforts of Prince William, Kate Middleton, Harry and now Meghan. "She's meeting groups and wants to do that privately so she can get to know people." Adds Meghan's longtime friend and makeup artist Daniel Martin: "There is a lot of work ahead of her, and it takes a really strong person to fill those shoes. This is now a huge platform for Meghan to really get into the activism that she wants to do. She's really stoked about taking on the role and trying to make change happen." Meghan is set to make her first appearance alongside Harry and the rest of the royal family on the Buckingham Palace balcony during the annual Trooping the Colour celebrations on June 9. But she's already proven she can hold her own with her in-laws, having confidently broken tradition and given a speech in front of the family at her wedding reception. "She's a very warm person. Her speech showed how capable she is," says a guest. (People)

Kendall Jenner is dating Philadelphia 76er Ben Simmons, multiple sources tell Page Six exclusively. An insider familiar with the duo said the romance has been going on "for a few weeks." Another source told us the pair was spotted this week on a lunch date at the Beverly Hills Hotel. And a third source said that Jenner, 22, and Simmons, 21, were seen last week in Manhattan with a group of friends at the clubby Bowery restaurant Vandal. "Security measures seemed to have been taken to ensure Kendall and Ben enjoyed their night hassle free," said a witness. "They were smiling the night away with their friends." Supermodel and reality star Jenner is rebounding from another NBA star -- former LA Clippers player Blake Griffin, who was traded to the Detroit Pistons. The pair was seen avoiding each other last month at music festival Coachella. Jenner spent Memorial Day weekend taking sexy bikini pictures with her sister Kourtney Kardashian, but then met on Tuesday with the 6-foot-10 point guard Simmons. On Monday, Simmons was seen arriving at LAX, and told TMZ he'd be up for playing with LeBron James amid rumors that King James could leave the Cavaliers after this season and move to Philly to join its burgeoning team of talented young stars. When asked if he could play with James, Rookie of the Year candidate Simmons said, "There's only one way to find out." Simmons was previously linked to singer Tinashe after a flirty interaction on social media. Jenner, meanwhile, keeps her romances very private. She allegedly also dated ASAP Rocky, and she addressed speculation in a recent Vogue article by saying, "I don't think I have a bisexual or gay bone in my body, but I don't know! Who knows?! I'm all down for experience -- not against it whatsoever -- but I've never been there before." Reps did not immediately get back to us to comment. (Page Six)

Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber Celebrate 20-Year Wedding Anniversary in Nashville. Twenty years later and the spark remains very much alive. Tuesday marked a very special day for Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber. As it turns out, the Hollywood couple is celebrating two decades of marital bliss. In honor of the special occasion, the lovebirds took to Instagram with more than a few heartfelt words for one another. "20 years ago today walking down the 'aisle.' @RandeGerber, I couldn't have chosen a better man to do this thing called life with. I love you!" Cindy wrote on Instagram with a wedding photo captured by Arthur Elgort. Rande added, "20 years ago today, 2 amazing kids and this beautiful girl with her arms always holding on tight. Thank you for our life." Fans and friends of the couple immediately expressed their love in the comments section for two Hollywood stars who truly appear to have found their happily ever after. "Happy Anniversary you cute kids!!!!" Lisa Rinna shared. Elle Macpherson added, "You haven't changed." But enough about the sweet words! These two know how to celebrate in style. According to Instagram, the couple marked their anniversary in Nashville where they enjoyed a special performance from a few famous friends. In videos posted on Cindy's Instagram and Instagram Stories, followers learned that the couple was able to experience their wedding song all over again. "Thanks @kidrock and @missaudreyberry for making our anniversary so special," the supermodel shared online. "@officialdeanjames, @jonpardipics, and @thefiddleman played the song from our wedding 'Have A Little Faith In Me' -- good words for a long marriage!" And yes, Rande threw in some anniversary flowers for good measure as well. Congratulations you two on a special day and cheers -- with Casamigos perhaps -- to many years to come! (Eonline)

People can't believe how much Demi Lovato's sister has grown up since her Desperate Housewives days. She looks gorgeous! If you were a fan of Desperate Housewives, you probably remember Juanita Solis, the daughter of Gabby and Carlos in the series. Juanita was brought to life by Madison De La Garza, an adorable 7-year-old with pinchable cheeks, who aside from being a great child actress starring next to Eva Longoria, just happened to be Demi Lovato's half-sister. Well, the people of the internet love a then and now and have found out that Madison is looking very different these days. All grown-up, Madison has recently shared photos of her prom on Instagram and she looks so good - and is doing amazingly well for herself. At only 16-years-old, taking advantage of her TV experience, she's a budding screenwriter and has her own YouTube channel - where you get to see Madison talk about her life, her pets, makeup and her family - including how they celebrated Demi's birthday. Madison seems to have a pretty regular life and is definitely really close to her sisters, Demi and Dallas. The trio grew up together, despite the fact that Demi and Dallas are half-sisters to Madison, who's the youngest of the bunch. We can't wait to see what Madison gets up to in the future - we just know it's definitely promising. (British Glamour)

Andy Cohen is in the hot seat for his 50th birthday. The staff at Watch What Happens Live surprised their boss by taping a special episode in which the Bravo personality appeared as a guest -- and BFF John Mayer took over hosting duties. Cohen, who turns 50 on Saturday, gasped as the "New Light" singer strolled into the Bravo Clubhouse. "It is so hard to go dark on Andy because we talk so constantly. I couldn't give away that I was in New York. It was the hardest 12 hours of my life," said Mayer, 40. The celebrations included cake, balloons, an embarrassing dive into Cohen's vault of personal videos, a phone call from Dolly Parton and video messages from celeb pals Sarah Jessica Parker, Anderson Cooper, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. Mayer even serenaded his friend with an acoustic cover of "It's My House" by Diana Ross. "Oh my God this is amazing!" Cohen sighed. Mayer also joked about how being close with Cohen allows him entry into Hollywood's A-list circles despite his dating history. (He's romanced Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Simpson.) "You have a lot of friends who without you would want nothing to do with me, and I find that exciting. You're friends with Jennifer Lawrence, who just doesn't want anything to do with me. And look at me. I don't have the greatest track record when it comes to celebrity relationships, so it's amazing to watch your friends humor me on a friend level but also keep a fair distance from me," he said. "It's really, really fun. Because if you are somebody who cares about their image ... dating John Mayer at this point is conceptually just sort of a no-no. So it's really fun to get to hang out with your friends, your A-list star friends, who otherwise would be highly uncomfortable sitting around me. And I want to thank you for that." "Well I want them to see you in a 'new light' that I see you," Cohen replied, riffing on Mayer's new single. "Thank you. Slowly but surely I'm setting myself up for another disastrous celebrity relationship so that I can wake up a month later and be back 10 years in time," he said. Later, Mayer joked about their bromance, asking Cohen, "Do you think people wonder if we're in a secret relationship?" To find out, tune in to Watch What Happens Live: Andy's 50th Birthday airs Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo. (People)

Good news, Houston Rockets fans -- you may have lost Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, but all early signs point to your star PG Chris Paul returning next season ... including the fact he's selling his L.A.-area home. CP3, who's set to be a free agent next season, put his Calabasas property on the market just months after buying a massive mega-mansion in Texas about 30 miles from where the Rockets play ... and he's asking for a cool $11.5 million. The Calabasas pad -- which Paul bought in 2015 for nearly $9 mil -- is more than 11,000 sq. ft. with 6 beds and 8 baths ... featuring a master bedroom with a private courtyard, a chef's kitchen with a pizza oven, a refrigerated wine closet and a home theater. The ballin' grounds boast a pool & spa, fountain, waterfall, fire pit, BBQ island ... and a full-size outdoor basketball court. Oh, and Khloe Kardashian is the next-door neighbor. Tomer and Isidora Fridman are working with Paul on the sale ... which seems to scream -- I wanna stay in Houston!! (TMZ)

Tommy Lee's Calabasas pad is apparently home sweet home no longer ... so he's trying to unload it once again. The rocker put his 6 bed, 8 bath, nearly 10,000 sq. ft. palace back on the market after briefly taking it down early this year. Tommy's house is 3 levels featuring walnut floors, stone counters, soaring ceilings, a full gym and an incredible music studio transformed from a 13-car garage. If that's not cool enough ... there's also a retractable roof covering a jungle-like indoor atrium with cascading waterfalls. And just for good measure ... the backyard boasts a saltwater pool and built-in BBQ. Lee was asking for nearly $5 mil for the home last year but is now working with new agents -- Jonathan Siegfried and Tomer Fridman -- and dropped the price to $4.65 mil. You'll recall ... this is the house where Tommy Lee's son recently coldcocked his dad, triggering a criminal investigation. He bought the property in 2007 for $5.85 mil ... so it seems like quite a steal. (TMZ)

Kim Kardashian West will meet with Donald Trump to continue her quest ... to free imprisoned great-grandmother Alice Marie Johnson. Our sources tell us Kim and her attorney, Shawn Holley, have scheduled a meeting Wednesday with Trump to lobby for to get Johnson's sentence commuted. She's currently serving a life sentence at the Aliceville Correctional Facility in Alabama. As we reported ... KKW and Shawn have been working with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner for months to free Alice, but now the Prez is getting involved directly. Although Kim was a Hillary Clinton supporter, we're told Trump's on board with helping since Ivanka supports the cause too ... and Kanye's recent public support of him certainly didn't hurt. Our sources say Kim will make the trip without KUWTK cameras or her sisters. The 62-year-old great-grandma's case became national news last year when Kim tweeted about it -- she was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1997 on money laundering and drug conspiracy charges ... her first offense. Alice wrote Kim a heartfelt thank-you note for pushing hard for her pardon, and she could have a great reason to write another one soon. (TMZ)

Reallllly bad look for Tesla -- one of its top-of-the-line sedans smashed into a police car, while it was in the much-maligned autopilot mode. The wreck happened Tuesday morning in Laguna Beach. The police cruiser was parked, and luckily no officers were inside when the Model S rammed into it. The driver of the Tesla reportedly suffered some minor injuries, but nothing that required immediate treatment. There have been a handful of crashes involving Teslas on autopilot ... including a fatal incident in March of this year, and another in 2016. Tesla says it's warned drivers NOT to rely on the system and to remain alert while it's engaged. (TMZ)

Starbucks held its nationwide anti-racial bias training Tuesday in response to an incident last month in which 2 black men were unjustly arrested in a Philadelphia shop, and we're told some employees felt uncomfortable with the material ... and the presentation. According to the booklet provided to employees for the training -- obtained by TMZ -- some of the questions were only directed toward people of color ... which we're told made the session feel the opposite of all-inclusive. For example, one question referred to a person having an accent ... while another focused on going "to work with your natural hair." Our sources say this limited scope of questions caused many employees to be confused and even upset ... because the questions were not all-inclusive and didn't seem to bridge any gap between races. We're also told many employees felt the training session -- which lasted roughly 3-4 hours at over 8,000 stores -- was more for show than actually helpful. (TMZ)

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Brody Jenner's Kardashian half-sisters were too busy to entertain the idea of attending his wedding. "Kendall and Kylie didn't even bother to RSVP" to Brody and blogger Kaitlynn Carter's Bali-based festivities, an insider told Page Six. Page Six previously reported that Brody's dad, Caitlyn, 68, was skipping the wedding trip due to scheduled work commitments. His mom, Linda Thompson, and brother Brandon Jenner are celebrating with him instead. It is unclear why Kendall, 22, or Kylie, 21, couldn't make it to Brody's special day, but Kylie and baby daddy Travis Scott were spotted courtside at the Houston Rockets game on Monday. Kendall spent a "low key" Memorial Day with Kourtney Kardashian and friends. The couple is set to tie the knot in Sumba Island at Nihi Sumba but "there is an LA reception that's going to be planned, so maybe that'll be different," the insider added. (Page Six)

Caitlyn Jenner will not attend her son Brody's wedding, and TMZ has learned it's the result of a profound family divide that goes back to the time Bruce married Kris ... and Brody is deeply hurt. Jenner family sources tell us Brody is extremely upset his dad has taken a pass for his wedding. We're told Caitlyn has told Brody she can't come because of a lucrative business opportunity ... something that did not sit well with Brody, Brandon, Burt and Cassandra. Our sources say there were heated discussions but, in the end, Caitlyn chose business over the wedding. We're told the relationship between Brody and Caitlyn has been strained for years. He felt abandoned by his dad when he married Kris. Brody and company lay the blame on both Kris for being "selfish" and Caitlyn for being "an enabler" ... they say allowing Kris to put a wall between a dad and his kids from other marriages. Brody has had the hardest time of the 4 kids in forgiving Caitlyn ... partly because the others have connected with their dad with car racing and other sports ... something that doesn't interest Brody. We're told Caitlyn has issues with some of Brody's "life choices" but the other kids say that should be irrelevant on Brody's wedding day. The kids feel like both Kris and Caitlyn have not acted like responsible adults when it came to them, and they have suffered deeply as a result. Brody has had the most difficulty letting go of his grudge. Nonetheless, he wanted his dad front and center at his wedding. As for Brody sending an invite to half-sisters Kylie and Kendall and not even getting an RSVP, we're told the 4 kids don't blame the 2 girls. They say Kylie and Kendall were young when the wall was put up between the families and they never really had a relationship. BTW ... we're told Caitlyn did go to the bridal shower and does not object to the wedding. Nevertheless, her being a no-show has deepened the wound with Brody. (TMZ)

Roseanne Reacts to Show Cancellation in a Tweet. Roseanne Barr has returned to Twitter following the cancellation of her show earlier Tuesday...following her own racist Twitter rant. A few hours after Roseanne sent and then deleted a series of racist tweets about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, ABC canceled the reboot of her show with one blunt statement from president Channing Dungey. "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," it read. After spending the evening retweeting other people upset with ABC's decision (and some who supported her racism) and thanking people wishing her well, Roseanne finally sent out a tweet of her own. "Don't feel sorry for me, guys!!" it said. "I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet. I will be on Joe Rogan's podcast Friday." In the now-deleted rant, Barr wrote on Tuesday, "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj." When many Twitter users pointed out the tweet's racist nature, Barr responded with another now-deleted tweet: "Muslims r NOT a race." She then apologized for what she called a "bad joke about her politics and her looks" and declared she was leaving Twitter, before returning to hand out a few retweets. At the very least, it could be said that many people agree with the sentiment that we should not feel bad for Roseanne, but we should feel bad for the many people who lost their jobs when the show was canceled. Roseanne aired on ABC. (Eonline)

John Goodman's body language says it all -- he's beyond pissed after Roseanne Barr's racist comment led to the cancellation of their hit ABC sitcom. Goodman -- who costarred as Dan Conner on "Roseanne" until Barr's decision to post a racist tweet resulted in the show getting the axe Tuesday -- was spotted out in New Orleans glumly walking his dog shortly after the news broke. As we reported ... ABC made the call to pull the plug on "Roseanne" just hours after she tweeted a "joke" about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, saying, "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby." Clearly, Dan's had better days ... but it could be worse. At least he still has his loving dog by his side. (TMZ)

Mel B claims the house she used to live in has become a modern-day "Animal House" ... so she's snatching back possession of it from Stephen Belafonte. Mel says she'd given her ex-husband access to their former family home in West L.A. so he could prepare it for sale. It's been listed for more than a month, but in docs ... Mel says she caught wind through social media that Stephen was throwing some killer parties there. The most recent one was on May 18, and Mel says she rolled over to the house to break up the rager. According to the docs, things got contentious between the exes, and Mel opted to call cops. She says Stephen refused to leave the home, and officers put him in handcuffs. Mel says Stephen's attorney showed up, and shortly thereafter cops released him. In the aftermath, Mel says she inspected the home and found broken locks, and several pricey items were missing ... including a $10,000 Baccarat chandelier, and a one-of-a-kind Marilyn Monroe painting. The judge has now given Mel sole use and possession of the home until a hearing next week. (TMZ)

Jermaine Jackson's estranged wife says $35k per month is a fair amount for spousal support ... because she claims he's raking in way more than that every month. Halima Rashid filed new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, asking for $35,643 per month in spousal support. She claims it's a decent amount since Jermaine's income fluctuates between $50k and $500k per month, depending on which concerts he books and other business deals. According to the docs, Halima makes just $600 per month, and had to sell her cars to pay her bills. She says her primary job during their marriage was being by Jermaine's side. She also says she's gotta pay for treatment on a neck injury she claims Jermaine caused during a 2015 domestic violence incident. Worth noting, Halima got arrested after that incident, not Jermaine. Halima also says, in the docs, Jermaine's banned her from the house they lived in together. We broke the story ... Halima filed for divorce back in June 2016. (TMZ)

Frances Bean's ex-husband is not done with her family, because he's now suing Courtney Love claiming she entered into a conspiracy with several people to break into his home, beat him up, kidnap him and try to murder him so they could gain possession of Kurt Cobain's legendary guitar. Isaiah Silva claims in a new lawsuit, in the early hours of June 3, 2016, Sam Lutfi -- the one involved in the Britney Spears drama years ago -- along with 2 other guys burglarized, robbed, assaulted, sexually battered, kidnapped and attempted to murder him at his West Hollywood Home. Silva says the goal was to get the guitar that was made famous on "MTV Unplugged" that he claims was gifted to him by Frances Bean. Silva claims the group also injured his mother. And the allegations go on. Silva claims Lutfi provided narcotics and illicit benzodiazepines to Frances and Courtney. Frances settled her divorce with Isaiah and agreed to give him the famous guitar just to get him out of her life, but clearly that didn't work. Silva is also suing John Nazarian, actor Ross Butler and musician Michael Schenk ... claiming they were all involved in the conspiracy. BTW, he alleges they made their way inside his house by pounding on the front door and yelling, 'Police, open up!!!" and "LAPD, open the f******* door!!!" And he claims, Lutfi grabbed Silva's genitals through his pants, moved to within inches of his face and whispered, "Listen fa***t, calm the f*** down or we'll drag you upstairs and take turns f****** you." He says he was hurt during the ordeal. Silva is asking for unspecified damages. We reached out to Courtney's manager ... so far no word back. (TMZ)

Meek Mill seems to have everyone on board for a new trial -- except possibly the judge -- because the prosecutor in the case just filed legal docs saying he deserves another go in court. The D.A. handling the case wrote in a doc obtained by TMZ, "In light of recent disclosures regarding this officer's misconduct, the Commonwealth is not able to stand behind the credibility of his trial testimony at this time. Accordingly, the Commonwealth concedes that a new trial is necessary." The cop in question was seemingly corrupt, according to a "do not call" list created by the D.A.'s office and was central to Meek's conviction for weapons and drugs. The D.A. actually made that point during a previous court hearing, but Judge Genece Brinkley said the issue wasn't before her so she told Meek to sit in jail without bail for 60 days until the scheduled hearing. There's a hearing today during which Meek's lawyer will ask that Judge Brinkley be removed from the case based on bias. (TMZ)

The mother of basketball player Zeke Upshaw is suing the Detroit Pistons and the NBA -- claiming the league and the team could have saved her son's life after he collapsed on the court earlier this year. Upshaw was playing for the Pistons' G-League team -- the Grand Rapids Drive -- when he collapsed on the court during the final minutes of a March 24th, 2018 game. Upshaw never regained consciousness and died 2 days later from Sudden Cardiac Death. But Zeke's mom says he could have been saved if medical staff would have rushed in and treated him immediately. Instead, Jewel Upshaw says ... it took 4 crucial minutes before a doctor tended to Zeke -- no CPR, no chest compressions, no life saving measures of any kind. In fact, she claims the team doctor had "stepped out before the end of the basketball game and was not present nor available when Zeke collapsed." Jewel claims when doctors finally tended to Zeke, the treatment was so poor -- she later learned Zeke's body "went without oxygen for another forty minutes ... leaving his brain completely oxygen deprived." "At this point, there was no healthy brain left to save." Jewel claims the NBA has had so much experience with players suffering Sudden Cardiac Death over the years -- from Reggie Lewis to Conrad McRae -- there should be a proper protocol to handle these types of situations. Jewel says she is suing in the hopes of changing NBA policies, so no other mother will have to experience what she went through. (TMZ)

Illusionist David Copperfield was found negligent but not financially responsible for a British tourist's injuries during a signature vanishing act that used participants from the audience of a Las Vegas Strip show in 2013, a jury said Tuesday. Gavin Cox and his wife, Minh-Hahn Cox, alleged negligence by the multimillionaire magician, the MGM Grand hotel, two Copperfield business entities and a construction firm that was renovating the hotel. In a complex verdict reached after several weeks of testimony but only about two hours of deliberation, the state civil court jury found negligence by Copperfield, the hotel and Copperfield's company, Backstage Disappearing Inc. But jurors found no liability for each of those named in the lawsuit, and instead found Cox 100 percent responsible for his own injuries. The verdict means the Coxes cannot seek monetary damages, court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price said. Gavin Cox testified that he suffered brain and other injuries in a fall while stagehands urged him and others to run during an illusion that appeared to make as many as 13 audience volunteers disappear onstage and reappear moments later, waving flashlights in the back of the theater. His lawyer, Benedict Morelli, told jurors during closing arguments that the trick was inherently dangerous, and that Copperfield should be held partially liable for Cox's injuries. Four years ago, attorneys estimated that Cox had that racked up more than $400,000 in medical costs. Copperfield's lawyers lost a bid to close the courtroom to the public to prevent disclosure of secrets about the illusion. At least 55,000 audience volunteers had taken part in the trick over 17 years, according to Copperfield and show executive producer Chris Kenner. Jurors learned that in about 60 to 90 seconds, stagehands with flashlights ushered the randomly chosen participants past dark curtains, down passageways, around corners, outdoors, indoors and through an MGM Grand resort kitchen to re-enter the theater for the show's finale, according to testimony. "I was having a good time up until the time I was injured," Cox testified. He recalled stagehands shouting "Run! Run! Run!" through an outdoor alleyway that his lawyers say was coated with construction dust. Cox, 57, a former chef from Kent, England, said he fell hard on his right side and didn't remember getting up to finish the illusion in November 2013. Afterward, Cox said he received medical treatment from paramedics and at a hospital for shoulder and other injuries. Two day later, he and his wife and a lawyer returned to the theater at the MGM Grand and filed an accident report. Copperfield testified that until Cox sued in August 2014, he never knew of anyone getting hurt during nearly 20 years performing the illusion on tour and in Las Vegas. He said he stopped performing it in 2015. The magician said he didn't see construction dust on the ground when he passed through the same outdoor alley alone as part of another illusion about 10 minutes earlier. Cox's lawyers brought in three women who testified that they also were injured during the illusion over the years, including a Michigan schoolteacher who said she fell but finished with a bloody knee during a Copperfield performance about five months before Cox's fall. (Page Six)

The woman alleging Harvey Weinstein repeatedly raped her in 2013 had a consensual sexual relationship with him for 10 years ... according to Weinstein's attorney. Ben Brafman met with prosecutors and the judge Tuesday, and afterward said he was baffled by the charges because the unnamed accuser carried on her relationship with Weinstein before and after the alleged rape in a hotel room. He also expressed concern about the indictment against Weinstein ... claiming prosecutors had bowed to immense public pressure. Brafman added that all the publicity about the case could sway potential jurors. Weinstein surrendered to NYPD last week and was booked for rape, criminal sex acts, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct. As we reported, the charges stem not only from the alleged 2013 rapes, but also Lucia Evans' claim Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex in 2004. (TMZ)

Harvey Weinstein Arrested, Charged With Rape and Sex Abuse. UPDATE: After a closed-door hearing, a lawyer for Harvey Weinstein spoke out in regards to the unnamed woman accusing the Hollywood producer of rape. "This is an extraordinary case in my judgment, where the only rape victim that Mr. Weinstein is accused of raping is someone who he has had a 10-year consensual sexual relationship with," attorney Benjamin Brafman shared with reporters via the New York Times. "There is a confluence of concerns that make me concerned that it's going to be difficult for people who are judging this case to keep an open mind and be fair...I think at the end of the day Mr. Weinstein will be exonerated of these charges." Prosecutors have not identified either victim in court papers. The first alleged victim Lucia Evans, however, has spoken to The New Yorker. The second woman has yet to be publicly identified.

An employee on Steve Harvey's radio morning show died this weekend after being found unresponsive in his hotel room by one of Steve's famous co-hosts ... TMZ has learned. According to an incident report, obtained by TMZ, cops were called to the W Hotel in Atlanta early Sunday afternoon, where the body of Kier "Junior" Spates' assistant, Bryan Cooke, had been discovered in his room ... with blood and vomit coming from his nose and mouth. Spates asked hotel staff to check on Cooke after he didn't respond to him -- the two 'Steve Harvey' employees were supposed to catch a flight to L.A. later that day. When no one answered, staff went in to find Cooke lying face down on his bed, and cold to the touch. Cops say Spates told them he and Cooke had hit the town the night before, but that Cooke appeared fine upon returning to the hotel. They even smoked cigars together before going to their separate rooms, and Spates said they did not partake in any drugs. Police note prescription pills were found in Cooke's room -- but do not disclose the medication. It's unclear if any pills had been taken or played any role in his death. They also say housekeeping came by to clean Cooke's room, but thought he was sleeping. He was 39. Spates is a well-known radio personality on Harvey's show. He referred to Cooke as his "best friend" to authorities. (TMZ)

WEIRD NEWS

Suddenly a Diamond Isn't Forever. 

De Beers' diamonds said they'd never ever do what they're now going to do. In a significant about-face, the company has announced plans to start selling synthetic diamonds under the name Lightbox, its new man-made diamond brand that will offer full carat stones from roughly $800 beginning in September. That price point is essentially the point: While one of De Beers' genuine one carat diamonds costs about $8,000, similar lab-made ones currently run about $4,000. That means synthetics made by De Beers' rivals (among them Warren Buffett's Helzberg's Diamond Shops and Leonardo DiCaprio-funded Diamond Foundry) will be extremely expensive in comparison and the gulf between synthetic and real prices will widen, making the two categories more distinct. It's a big change for a company whose execs had pledged to never sell lab-grown stones; it even created a machine whose purpose is rooting out such fakes. It justified the change by citing consumer demand, with CEO Bruce Cleaver calling Lightbox "affordable fashion jewelry that may not be forever, but is perfect for right now." (Bloomberg)

Melania Trump Now Has Her Own Conspiracy Theory

Melania Trump hasn't been seen in public since May 10, when she joined her husband to welcome back detainees from North Korea-and while the first lady's office says she's recovering from kidney surgery, the conspiracy theorists are coming out of the woodwork. Some have suggested that she's divorcing President Trump and moving back to New York, others suspect she's now cooperating with the Robert Mueller investigation, and some even claim she has deserted Trump to live with the Obamas! It doesn't help that the White House failed to provide updates after her surgery earlier this month, but insiders say it's Melania herself who has sought to keep the information released to a minimum. Meanwhile spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said, "Sadly, we deal with conspiracy theories all the time-so this is nothing new, just more silly nonsense." She also said Melania is doing "really well" and has been involved in several White House staff meetings this week to plan the Congressional Picnic and Fourth of July events. (Politico)

Let's Build a Fire Pit!

Tragedy for 71-year-old Jacqueline Cardinal of Worcester, Massachusetts who died from severe burns after falling into a fire pit outside her home. Michelle Gay, one of her two daughters, says her mother was outside the family home alone when she fell into the fire pit at around 8:40pm. Gay says her husband arrived and found Cardinal, who had been fine just 10 minutes earlier, badly injured. "She is the most wonderful woman there is," Gay says. "There isn't anybody who would say anything different." Investigators say Ms. Cardinal was unable to climb out of the pit after falling in. The fire was already out when firefighters arrived. (MassLive.com)

Wow - Hope You're Not Being Too Harsh on the Officer

Brian Valenti is the Florida police officer who attacked Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg on Facebook, saying he hoped the young activist would be hit by a car during a "die-in" protest at Publix! Well, we now know what his punishment will be - a whopping 5-day suspension! Coconut Creek Police Chief Butch Arenal said, "After careful consideration of the adverse impact Officer Valenti's Facebook post may have had on any of the individuals involved, his deep regret for making the comment, and the damage inflicted upon the Coconut Creek Police Department's reputation, I have decided to suspend Officer Valenti for a period of five days without pay." Valenti reportedly told Arenal that he regrets making the comment, which was intended as a joke. He also promised to apologize to Hogg and other participants. (Sun Sentinel)

Bad Guy in the Restaurant; Good Guy in the Drive Thru

A very strange gun story out of Santa Ana, California. Police say a suspected robber is recovering from two gunshot wounds as he tried to rob a restaurant in Santa Ana. The Cozy Corner's security cameras were rolling at 12:43 Saturday morning when police say a masked man entered the restaurant with a black revolver and demanded money. He threw a bag at one of the workers and demanded she fill it with cash. Her hands shaking, she filled the bag. As he grabbed the bag, shots rang out. Turns out those shots came from another customer with a gun in the drive thru who shot through the drive thru window. After putting the would-be-robber down, the driver of the drive thru car took off. Police responded to the scene and found the suspected robber across the street shot twice in the upper body and bleeding. Meanwhile, they believe the shooter was just trying to help. (CBS-LA)

Roseanne Gets the Cosby Treatment

It looks like Roseanne Barr has reached Cosby status - and not in a good way. In more backlash from her recent racist tweet and public outcry, no less than three major TV networks are cancelling running the syndicated reruns of the Roseanne revival scheduled to air on Viacom networks: Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT. A Hulu spokesperson also confirmed that the streaming platform would be dropping the show, writing, "We support ABC's decision and are removing the show from Hulu." The Laff broadcast network also announced that it would be dropping reruns of the original series, which ran from 1988-97 on ABC. "While we believe viewers have always distinguished the personal behavior of the actress Roseanne Barr from the television character Roseanne Connor, we are disgusted by Barr's comments this week. Therefore, we are removing the original Roseanne series from the Laff schedule for the time being, effective immediately," Laff said in a statement. On Tuesday of this week, Barr ignited outrage online when she tweeted, "Muslim brotherhood

DID YOU KNOW?

  • It's estimated that one in every fifty doctors is a phony. 
  • A recent survey of workers found that people who telecommute/work from home work 4-7 more hours every week. 
  • Recent research shows that your Facebook status is more memorable than lines from a book. 
  • Before they were sold nationally, the classic breakfast treat Pop-Tarts were tested in Cleveland in 1963. 
  • If people got more sleep, they would be able to lose weight faster. 
  • According to a recent study, 2 out of 5 people have stopped talking to a friend because of an argument on Facebook or some other online entity.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • So what did President Trump say about Roseanne? He tweeted this on Wednesday: "Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that 'ABC does not tolerate comments like those' made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn't get the call?" 
  • Months of talks between Jared Kushner and Kim Kardashian resulted in an Oval Office meeting with President Trump to talk prison reform yesterday. 
  • Former Deadliest Catch captain Blake Painter was found dead in his home in Oregon on Friday. He was 38. 
  • Brody Jenner will be walking down the aisle soon but a few family members will not be attending his Bali wedding to fiancee Kaitlynn Carter. He invited Kendall and Kylie Jenner, but never heard back from either of them. His dad, Caitlyn, said she won't be able to attend because of a lucrative business opportunity. 
  • Then there's Louisiana televangelist Jesse Duplantis who told his followers that Jesus told him he need a new $54 million jet. 
  • Some die-hard Houston Rocket fans are blaming Ted Cruz for their Monday night loss to Golden State. He was at the game. 
  • Hillary Clinton says she would like to be the CEO of Facebook. 
  • Tennis great Ilie Nastase was arrested in Romania twice in one day, for a DUI and riding a scooter through a red light. 
  • New Zealand is planning to kill 150,000 cows to eradicate a bacterial disease. 
  • The burger making robot Flippy is back on the job at CaliBurger. 
  • Atari co-founder Ted Dabney has died at age 81. 
  • Hulu, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT have all yanked "Roseanne" reruns from their networks. It's as if the show never existed. 
  • By the way, Roseanne is now blaming Ambien for her Twitter comments. 
  • FC Cincinnati will join the MLS next season as an expansion team. 
  • Lindsay Gottlieb, the head coach for the University of California women's basketball team, slammed Southwest Airlines on Twitter after she said they questioned whether her bi-racial son was actually her child. The company has since apologized. 
  • Pokemon Quest is the new game heading to phones and Nintendo Switch. 
  • Because they have to, the United States Geological Survey is warning Hawaii residents not to heat marshmallows over the hot lava flows. 
  • Sweden's newest beer is made using recycled sewage water. Ew. 

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1787 the Constitutional Convention decided on a bi-cameral Congress. The consensus was that all of them would "walk a mile for a cameral."

In 1790, Congress passed the very first copyright law. It actually wasn't their idea: they stole it from a book, word for word. On this date in 1868, the first recorded bicycle race took place in France.
  • It was slower than you'd expect, as the bicycle had been invented... but not the pedal. 
  • This in spite of the No Peddlers signs. 
  • It was very exciting... mostly because bicycle brakes hadn't been invented yet. 
  • At first, everyone thought it was a joke since the only three contestants were a Frenchman, a German and a Brit. 
  • Needless to say, the guy with the training wheels came in second. 
In 1894, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to declare a policy of non-interference in the Hawaiian Islands. Hard to believe we ever kept our nose out of anybody's business.

It was on this date in 1919 that the very first wedding in an airplane took place over Houston, Texas.
  • If only the groom hadn't insisted on carrying her over the threshold of the plane. 
  • Sadly, when the bride threw the bouquet, it went out the door, along with two desperate bridesmaids. 
  • If that one bridesmaid that tried to catch the bouquet had just worn a parachute. 
  • Nothing like taking the big leap in a place where you could take another big leap. 
  • The bride said, "I do"... and... after a brief pause... the groom responded with... "Geronimo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!" 
  • Unfortunately, when the bride threw the bouquet out the window, one of the bridesmaids went after it. 

On this date in 1956, Buddy Holly saw the John Wayne movie "The Searchers" and heard the line, "That'll be the day", which inspired him to write the song. Because of that success, he decided to try that approach every day... and, well, another song!

On this date in 1995, Senator Bob Dole accused Hollywood of promoting violence and casual sex in music and movies. The comments were made in what has become known as his "Duh!" speech.



TODAY IS

Colin Farrell turns 42 today. Among the women he dated over the years: Demi Moore, Angelina Jolie and Britney Spears. His upcoming movie is "Dumbo." That's where to find him.

Johnny Diesel turns 52 and is still the most expensive grade of singer out there.

Brooke Shields is 53. Her Blue Lagoon now has a few grey streaks in it. There was a time that she was the girl with the big eyebrows that you wanted to get stranded on an island with... then those eyebrows spun a cocoon and flew away.

McDarryl McDaniels, the D of Run DMC, turns 54. That explains why the group is changing their name to Slow Jog MC.

Singer Corey Hart turns 56 today. He's dropped the sunglasses and now wears reading glasses at night.

Clint Eastwood turns 88 years old today. He's feeling lucky, but you've got to be asking yourself, how many years does he have left?
  • I heard the chair is planning a surprise party for him. 
  • He's more of a "Dirty Harold" now. 
  • Sure, you could sneak up behind him and yell, "Happy birthday!" but you gotta be askin' yourself... "Do you feel lucky, punk? Well? Do ya?" 

World No-Tobacco Day -- A day to celebrate life by throwing away those smokes away. Guys, here's the best reason to stop smoking: Lighting up restricts blood circulation, which may make it more difficult for your body to become aroused.

Music Calendar...

In 1809 Composer Franz Joseph Haydn dies in Vienna, Austria.

In 1956 Buddy Holly sees the John Wayne movie "The Searchers" and the line "That'll be the day" inspires him to write the song.

In 1961 Chuck Berry cuts the ribbon on Berryland Amusement Park outside of St. Louis, Missouri.

In 1964 The Dave Clark Five makes their first appearance on "Ed Sullivan."

In 1969 John Lennon & Yoko Ono record "Give Peace A Chance," with Tom & Dick Smothers singing in the background, during their "bed-in" at Hotel La Reine in Montreal.

In 1969 Jimi Hendrix appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

In 1969 The Rolling Stones record "Honky Tonk Women."

In 1969 "My Cherie Amour" by Stevie Wonder and "Spinning Wheel" by Blood, Sweat & Tears both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1969 "Love (Can Make You Happy)" by Mercy peaks at #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1973 The albums "Can't Buy A Thrill" by Steely Dan and "Made In Japan" by Deep Purple are both certified gold.

In 1975 To announce their "Tour of the Americas" the Rolling Stones show up at a hotel full of journalists singing "Brown Sugar" on the back of a flat bed truck on 5th Avenue in New York City.

In 1975 "Jive Talkin'" by the Bee Gees, "Listen To What The Man Said" by Paul McCartney, "One Of These Nights" by the Eagles and "Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1975 "Before The Next Teardrop Falls" by Freddy Fender is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1976 A Who concert in England measures 120 decibels, setting a Guinness World Record for loudness.

In 1976 Time magazine features the article "McCartney Comes Back" with Paul McCartney on the cover.

In 1976 Frank Sinatra appears on the cover of People magazine.

In 1976 "Got To Get You Into My Life" b/w "Helter Skelter" by the Beatles is released.

In 1977 "Beatlemania" opens at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City for the first of 920 performances.

In 1978 Joe Walsh's album "But Seriously, Folks" is certified gold.

In 1982 Survivor's single "Eye Of The Tiger" is released.

In 1983 Bryan Adams' album "Cuts Like A Knife" is certified gold.

In 1986 "Invisible Touch" by Genesis, "Love Touch" by Rod Stewart and "Opportunities" by the Pet Shop Boys all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1988 REO Speedwagan's album "The Hits" is released.

In 1989 The first International Rock Awards are held in New York. Keith Richards receives the "Living Legend Award."

In 1989 After a dispute over who was entitled to use the name Yes, a lineup consisting of Anderson, Squire, White, Howe, Kaye and Wakeman began a world tour using the name Yesshows.

In 1989 Paul McCartney's album "Flowers In The Dirt" is released.

In 1991 Randy Travis marries his manager Lib Hatcher in Maui, Hawaii.

In 1993 Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorthea become parents to daughter Stephanie Rose.

In 1995 Shania Twain receives her first gold album for "The Woman In Me."

In 1995 Sting's album "Fields Of Gold" is certified gold and platinum.

In 1997 Bob Dylan is released from the hospital after a week of treatment for a fungal infection near his heart.

In 1997 Lee Ann Womack makes her Grand Ole Opry debut.

In 1998 Geri Halliwell, aka "Ginger Spice," confirms she was leaving the Spice Girls.

In 1999 VH1's "Behind the Music" begins airing at 9 pm nightly. The first broadcast featured Red Hot Chili Peppers.

In 2000 Steely Dan begins a 38-date North American tour in support of their critically acclaimed album "Two Against Nature." The CD was Donald Fagen and Walter Becker's first studio release in 20 years.

In 2000 Bandleader Tito Puente dies in New York at age 77.

In 2000 Johnnie Taylor ("Who's Making Love," "Disco Lady") dies of a heart attack at age 62.

Today In History...

In 1787 The Constitutional Convention decides on a bi-cameral Congress.

In 1868 The first recorded bicycle race, 2 kilometers in Paris, France.

In 1879 The first electric railway opens at the Berlin Trades Exposition.

In 1889 More than 2,000 people perish when a dam breaks sending water through Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

In 1894 The U.S. Senate votes unanimously to declare a policy of non-interference in the Hawaiian Islands.

In 1910 The Union of South Africa is founded.

In 1913 The 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for the popular election of U.S. senators, is declared in effect.

In 1916 During World War I, British and German fleets fight the Battle of Justland off Denmark.

In 1919 The first wedding in an airplane takes place over Houston, Texas.

In 1945 World War II production of the B-24 Liberator bombers ended with 18,188 delivered. The largest quantity of one airplane ever made.

In 1961 South Africa becomes an independent republic.

In 1962 World War II Gestapo official Adolf Eichmann is hanged in Israel for his role in in the Nazi Holocaust.

In 1970 Tens of thousands of people in Peru die in an earthquake.

In 1974 Israel and Syria sign an agreement concerning the Golan Heights.

In 1976 Martha Mitchell, the estranged wife of former Attorney General John Mitchell, dies in New York.

In 1977 The trans-Alaska oil pipeline, three years in the making, is completed with the final weld made by construction workers near Pump Station Three.

In 1983 Jack Dempsey, heavyweight boxing champion from 1919 to 1926, dies in New York at age 87.

In 1983 The Philadelphia 76ers win the NBA championship, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers.

In 1985 88 are killed and more than 1,000 are injured when 41 tornados sweep through parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Ontario, Canada.

In 1987 Addressing an audience of AIDS research supporters in Washington, President Reagan said the epidemic called "for urgency, not panic."

In 1989 Veteran Texas U.S. Representative Jim Wright resigns as Speaker of the House, after being accused of ethics violations.

In 1989 In one of his last appearances as Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop suggested that the beer industry stop using celebrities as spokespeople.

In 1990 President Bush and his wife, Barbara, welcome Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev in a ceremony at the White House.

In 1991 Leaders of Angola's two warring factions sign a peace treaty, ending a 16-year-old civil war.

In 1992 An estimated 50,000 people demonstrated in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, against Communist-organized elections.

In 1994 Rep. Dan Rostenkowski is indicted on 17 felony counts alleging he plundered nearly $700,000 from the U.S. government.

In 1994 The U.S. announces it is no longer aiming long-range nuclear missiles at targets in former Soviet Union.

In 1995 Senator Bob Dole accused Hollywood of promoting violence, rape and casual sex in music and movies.

In 1996 Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu defeats Shimon Peres to become Israel's prime minister.

In 1997 Pope John Paul II begins an 11-day tour of his native Poland, his seventh visit since assuming the papacy.

In 1998 Storms from Pennsylvania to New England, kill several people and knock out power for nearly 1 million customers.

In 1999 The treason trial of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan opens in Turkey. (He was convicted and sentenced to death.)

In 2000 President Clinton, visiting Portugal, promises to share any new missile defense technology with U.S. allies.

In 2002 A three-judge federal panel in Philadelphia ruled that public libraries cannot be forced to install software that blocks sexually explicit web sites.

In 2003 President Bush visits the site of the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.

In 2003 Olympic Park bombing suspect Eric Robert Rudolph is arrested outside a grocery store in Murphy, N.C.

In 2003 Air France's Concorde returns to Paris in a final commercial flight.

In 2004 Alberta Martin, one of the last widows of a Civil War veteran, dies in Enterprise, Alabama, at age 97.

Born On This Day...

In 1819 American poet, Walt Whitman (Father of Free Verse in America)

In 1841 Industrialist, William Rockefeller (Standard Oil)

In 1857 Religious leader, Pope Pius XI (1922-39)

In 1872 Scientist/astrophysicist, Charles Greeley Abbot (Sun Constant)

In 1889 Actress, Madge Blake (The Real McCoys, Aunt Harriet-TV's Batman)

In 1894 Comedian, Fred Allen (Allen's Alley, What's My Line)

In 1898 Clergyman/author, Norman Vincent Peale (Positive Thinking)

In 1904 Saxophonist, Otto "Toby" Hardwicke (Duke Ellington) [d: 8-5-70]

In 1908 Actor, Don Ameche (Cocoon, Trading Places) [d: 12-6-93]

In 1912 Actor, Dave O'Brien (Kiss Me Kate) [d: 11-8-69]

In 1912 Actress, Barbara Pepper (Doris Ziffel-Green Acres) [d: 7-18-69]

In 1916 Actor, John Vivyan (Mr. Lucky) [d: 12-20-83]

In 1922 Actor, Denholm Elliott (Marcus-Raiders of the Last Ark) [d: 10-6-92]

In 1923 Prince Ranier III of Monaco (Grace Kelly's widow) [d: 4-6-05]

In 1929 Actress, Elaine Stewart (Brigadoon, Take the High Ground) [d: 5-31-11]

In 1930 Actor/director, Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry, Unforgiven) (88)

In 1931 Opera singer, Shirley Verrett [d: 11-5-10]

In 1934 Actor, Jim Hutton (Ellery Queen) [d: 6-2-79]

In 1938 Singer/composer, Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) (80)

In 1940 Keyboardist, Augie Meyer (Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornados) (78)

In 1941 Singer, Johnny Paycheck (Take This Job & Shove It) [d: 2-19-03]

In 1942 Basketball player, Harold "Happy" Hairston (Lakers) [d: 5-1-01]

In 1943 Actress, Sharon Gless (Chris Cagney-Cagney & Lacey) (75)

In 1943 Football Hall-of-Famer/actor, Joe Namath (Jets) (75)

In 1947 Actor, Steven Kampmann (Kirk Devane-Newhart) (71)

In 1948 Drummer, John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) [d: 9-25-80]

In 1949 Actor, Tom Berenger (The Big Chill, Platoon, Chasers) (69)

In 1950 Actor, Gregory Harrison (Trapper John MD, Falcon Crest) (68)

In 1954 Singer/guitarist, David Sterry (Real Life) (64)

In 1957 Actor, Kyle Secor (Party of Five, City Of Angels, Philly) (61)

In 1960 Actor, Chris Elliott (There's Something About Mary, Groundhog Day) (58)

In 1960 Football player, Norm Johnson (Seahawks) (58)

In 1961 Comedian, Harry Enfield (57)

In 1961 Actress, Lea Thompson (Back to Future, Caroline in the City) (57)

In 1962 Singer, Corey Hart (Sunglasses At Night, Never Surrender) (56)

In 1964 Rap singer, Kid Frost (La Raza) (54)

In 1964 Guitarist, Scotti Hill (Skid Row) (54)

In 1964 Rap singer, Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC) (54)

In 1965 Actress/model, Brooke Shields (Endless Love, Suddenly Susan) (53)

In 1966 Guitarist/songwriter, Johnny Diesel (52)

In 1966 Actor, Nick Scotti (Tony Viscardi-Young and the Restless) (52)

In 1967 Bassist, Ed Adkins (The Derailers) (51)

In 1972 British actress/model, Sarah Murdoch (46)

In 1976 Actor, Colin Farrell (Minority Report, SWAT) (42)

In 1977 Actor, Anthony Harrell (Eric-Saved By The Bell) (41)

In 1977 Drummer, Scott Klopfenstein (Reel Big Fish) (41)

In 1977 Actor, Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS: Los Angeles) (41)

In 1978 Actor, Matt Cavenaugh (Mark Solomon-One Life to Live) (40)

In 1980 Drummer, Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy) (38)

In 1985 Football player, Jordy Nelson (Packers) (33)

In 1986 Rap simger, Waka Flocka Flame (32)

In 1987 Drummer, Robert Ortiz (Escape the Fate) (31)

In 1990 Stage actress, Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) (28)

In 1991 Reality star, Farrah Abraham (16 & Pregnant, Teen Mom) (27)

In 1991 Rap singer, Azealia Banks ("212") (27)

In 1996 Singer, Normani Kordei Hamilton (Fifth Harmony) (22)

In 1997 Rap singer, CupcakKe ("Audacious") (21)

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Hot weather can mean more tire “gators” on highways

Drivers should pay attention, be alert to possible tread debris

The word likely makes you think of a state like Florida, but Arizona highway drivers should stay alert for “gators” on the highway, especially with summer upon us.

Gator is the nickname given to tire treads that wind up on highways after blowouts, creating a risk for other drivers and their vehicles.

The Arizona Department of Transportation and state Department of Public Safety are reminding motorists to stay alert to tire treads or other debris that can wind up on highways. Drivers also should regularly check their vehicles’ tire pressure to reduce the risk of blowouts.

Whether DPS troopers toss tire gators to the shoulder or ADOT maintenance crews respond after getting a call, it’s impossible to catch everything immediately along more than 6,300 miles of state highways.

“We all need to pay attention and be prepared for debris at any time, but tire gators increase in number when the weather turns hot,” said Raul Amavisca, ADOT Central District engineering administrator for maintenance. “Our maintenance yard bins fill up with more rubber during the summer.”

DPS is often are the first line of defense against gators, conducting traffic breaks to temporarily stop traffic so troopers can toss tire debris to the shoulder of a freeway.

“We also get to see the damage a large piece of tire tread can inflict on another vehicle,” said DPS Captain Tony Mapp. “These can be dangerous situations, which makes it so important to avoid distractions and keep an eye on the roadway out in front of you.”

ADOT crews do spot pickups of roadside shoulder debris along busy Phoenix-area freeways throughout the year. The agency’s freeway shoulder sweeping contractors also maintain weekly schedules for collecting larger debris items in advance of street sweepers finishing the cleaning job at night.

Maintaining proper tire pressure to limit the chances of creating a highway gator.

“You’re improving your odds, since over- or under-inflated tires are more likely to suffer blowouts,” said Captain Mapp. “It’s worth it to take the time to check your tire pressure.”

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TEN THINGS YOUR BABY SITTER WON'T TELL

1. Your House Is Gross
Nobody expects a house with kids running around in it to be pristine, but it shouldn't be downright grody. "I once had to give a four-year-old a bath, and the entire area was orange with soap scum and mildew," says a sitter in Chicago.

2. She Bribes Your Kids
Savvy bargaining is one way sitters keep things running smoothly when you're away. One promised the children they could watch a movie of their choosing if they were good all day long. That same sitter has openly threatened to never come back again when the kids are behaving especially badly.

3. You Undermine Her
If your regular sitter establishes a rule for a child (say, he can only bring his Zhu Zhu Pet to taekwondo class), don't reverse it on a whim when she's not around. That just undermines your kids' respect for their part-time caregiver. In the same way a good sitter makes every effort to respect your rules, she wishes you'd trust her judgment and let her establish some of her own.

4. She's Scared To Ask About Money
Many sitters say they have never been offered a raise, even after years of working for the same family, and they usually stop accepting work from a family rather than ask for more money. If you're wondering what's appropriate, rates average $10 to $18 an hour.

5. Don't Cancel At The Last Minute
"If I have a week or even a few days' notice, I can usually come up with alternative income for that time," says a sitter in Alexandria, Virginia. "But there have been a few times when I've had a parent cancel on short notice after I've had to turn down other babysitting opportunities ... a lot of us are college students who rely on this income for more than just 'going out' money."

6. She Disapproves Of Your Parenting
One babysitter refuses to give her two-year-old a bottle -- even though the parents still regularly offer one. "She's perfectly capable of using a cup," says the sitter. Another waters down the sugary juices that the mother encourages her to serve throughout the day.

7. Come Home On Time
Do you think your sitter's time is less important than yours? That's the message you send her when you waltz in late without much of an apology. "I often wonder how they'd feel if I randomly were to show up 10 or 20 minutes late while they were waiting to leave for work," says a sitter in Boston.

8. Forget The To-Do List
It usually means less attention for your kid. Having a sitter do your huge load of laundry after a vacation, for example, is probably not the best use of her time. "I've been asked to take dogs for walks and go through toys and clean and organize them. These aren't appropriate tasks for your babysitter, and if you do go out on a limb and ask these favors, pay accordingly," says a sitter in Charlotte, North Carolina.

9. She's Hungry
Make sure to tell a new sitter that she's welcome to help herself to your snack cabinet once the kids are in bed or to include enough dinner for herself if she'll be preparing one for the kids. Most say they wait for a clear invitation before they crack open your fridge. Until then, they either remember to pack their own food or just let their stomachs growl.

10. Warn Her if Your Kids Are Sick
"I showed up for an evening sitting job and the parents informed me that their daughter had a fever and had thrown up earlier in the day," recalls a sitter from Chicago. "I don't mind taking care of kids if they have a cold or runny nose, but anything more than that warrants a courtesy call to me so I can make a decision."

WHAT ICE CREAM FLAVOR ARE YOU?

Icecream.com assembled a list of eight popular flavors of ice cream and then correlated each to personality characteristics, including a romantic compatibility forecast. Choose your favorite ice cream flavor and see how it matches up!

Butter Pecan
You are the perfect employee -- devoted, conscientious, respectful and fiscally conservative. Not only do you hold high standards for right and wrong and show integrity in all of your actions, but also you are very sensitive to others' feelings. You don't share your own feelings easily, but when you do, you only discuss these deepest thoughts with close family and friends. Romantic Compatibility: You are most compatible with those who prefer Mint Chocolate Chip.

Chocolate Chip
Competitive and accomplished in both love and work, you know the value of working hard. You are ambitious, as well as generous with your time and money. You never take your blessings for granted. Because of your captivating personality, you shine in social situations. Romantic Compatibility: You are most compatible with those who prefer Butter Pecan or Double Chocolate Chunk.

Coffee
Lively, dramatic and flirtatious, you thrive on the passion of the moment. Your downfall is that you tend to over-commit, starting new projects before finishing old ones. Dull relationships bore you. You thrive on new and exciting ventures. Romantic Compatibility: You are most compatible with those who prefer Strawberry.

Double Chocolate Chunk
Lively, creative and dramatic, you are the life of the party and charm everyone you meet with your enthusiasm and sense of style. You love being in the spotlight and much prefer the scintillating company of others instead of being left alone to dwell on the meaning of life. When it comes to romance, you look for passion and excitement. You are high-maintenance, too, requiring a lot of attention from your mate. Romantic Compatibility: You are most compatible with those who prefer Butter Pecan or Chocolate Chip.

Mint Chocolate Chip
Even though you are ambitious and confident, you are a bit skeptical about life. As a realist who prepares for the future, you need a solid plan in order to feel secure. You're also stubborn--something that is an asset on the job but challenging for your personal relationships. Still, your loyalty, honesty and dependability go far in creating lasting friendships and close family ties. Romantic Compatibility: You are most compatible with other Mint Chocolate Chip lovers.

Rocky Road
A balanced mixture of charm and practicality, you are outgoing and engaging in social situations, but when it comes to business, you are aggressive and goal-oriented. You love the finer things in life and enjoy being catered to. Minor slights upset you, and you respond best to encouragement instead of criticism. Romantic Compatibility: You are most compatible with other Rocky Road fans.

Strawberry
You are a thoughtful, logical individual who carefully weighs the options before making a decision. You prefer to be a follower instead of a leader and are quite content and effective working behind the scenes. When it comes to relationships, you are often thought of as shy and reserved. You aren't likely to fall in love at first sight, but when you do commit to a relationship, you are loyal and supportive. Romantic Compatibility: You are most compatible with those who prefer Strawberry, Rocky Road, Mint Chocolate Chip and Vanilla.

Vanilla
Forget the myth about plain vanilla. You are not only emotionally expressive and idealistic, but also a colorful, dramatic risk taker who relies more on intuition than logic. You set high goals for yourself and then strive to meet them. You prefer secure romantic relationships that fulfill your emotional needs while working toward future objectives. Romantic Compatibility: You are most compatible with those who prefer Rocky Road.

WELL, EXCUSE US

For 70 years, U.S. presidents have been pardoning turkeys, sparking one bird per year. That tradition had the writers at Women's Health thinking about healthy food that have gotten a bad rap and deserve a second chance:

Beans - Please excuse, the tooting
"Soaking beans helps them cook faster, and it also removes indigestible substance that make you gassy," says Karen Ansel, R.D. "Rinse under the tap, bring them to a boil in a big pot of water for three minutes and let them soak for an hour. Then drain, rinse again, and cook according to your recipe."

Onions - Please excuse, the tears
"You can blame substances known as sulfuric compounds for making you cry," says Ansel. "To prevent watery, stinging eyes, pop the onions in the freezer for 20 minutes before you chop them, which halts the action of the enzymes that cause the reaction."

Beets - Please excuse, the fuchsia stain
"Leave the stems on while you cook them, which prevents the pigments from seeping out," says Ansel. And bake before peeling to loosen the skins and make them easier to remove, which minimizes the time your fingers are exposed to the natural dye. Then peel under running water.

WHAT DOES BODY ART SAY ABOUT A WOMAN?

A small tattoo on a woman's shoulder
She's funny and overtly sexy, and loves to tease.

A tattoo on the small of the back
A woman who is secretly sexual. The sacrum is an overlooked but highly sensual spot, where most women love to be touched. She's telling you to "press here."

Body Glitter
She's girlish and fun, curious and playful and still believes in magic. She's looking for a prince charming to put some real twinkle on her finger. Check her ID, though, teens love this stuff.

Nails
Long, elaborately painted fingernails means she's trying to create the illusion of class. She may be a supermarket cashier, a bank teller, or an assembly-line riveter who's trying to disguise the fact that she's a menial laborer. Think high-maintenance.

Tongue stud
This is the most in-your-face body art a woman can have. She's self-confident and values her tongue almost as much for sex as for talking. She is saying she has so much energy and is in such good health that she can cart around this cumbersome thing.

Belly Art
When a woman calls attention to her stomach with a navel ring, a belly chain or a small tattoo, she's sending the signal that she's sexual, fertile and possibly ready to reproduce. She's flaunting her ideal waist-to-hip ratio, an hour glass shape of a 27 inch waist and 38-inch hips. She wants to have kids.

Nose Piercing
A stud on the side of the nose means this woman is worldly and a little exotic. Take her to dinner at an ethnic restaurant, then see a foreign film.

Ear Piercings
A woman with multiple ear piercing can't get enough of a good thing. She is a tough-to-satisfy gal and may have lots of credit-card debt, a closet full of shoes, and more exes than a moonshine jug.

WORDS WOMEN USE

Fine
This is the word women use to end an argument when they feel they are right and you need to shut up. Never use "fine" to describe how a woman looks - this will cause you to have one of those arguments.

Five Minutes
This is half an hour. It is equivalent to the five minutes that your football game is going to last before you take out the trash, so it's an even trade.

Nothing
This means "something," and you should be on your toes. "Nothing" is usually used to describe the feeling a woman has of wanting to turn you inside out, upside down, and backwards. "Nothing" usually signifies an argument that will last "Five Minutes" and end with "Fine."

Go Ahead
(With Raised Eyebrows!) -- This is a dare. One that will result in a woman getting upset over "Nothing" and will end with the word "Fine"

Go Ahead
(Normal Eyebrows) -- This means "I give up" or "do what you want because I don't care" You will get a "Raised Eyebrow Go Ahead" in just a few minutes, followed by "Nothing" and "Fine" and she will talk to you in about "Five Minutes" when she cools off.

Loud Sigh
This is not actually a word, it is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A "Loud Sigh" means she thinks you are an idiot at that moment, and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you over "Nothing."

Soft Sigh
Again, not a word, but a non-verbal statement. "Soft Sighs" mean that she is content. Your best bet is to not move or breathe, and she will stay content.

That's Okay
This is one of the most dangerous statements that a woman can make to a man. "That's Okay," means that she wants to think long and hard before paying you back for whatever it is that you have done. "That's Okay" is often used with the word "Fine" and in conjunction with a "Raised Eyebrow."

Go Ahead!
At some point in the near future, you are going to be in some mighty big trouble.

Please Do
This is not a statement, it is an offer. A woman is giving you the chance to come up with whatever excuse or reason you have for doing whatever it is that you have done. You have a fair chance with the truth, so be careful and you shouldn't get a "That's Okay."

Thanks
A woman is thanking you. Do not faint!! Just say you're welcome.

Thanks A Lot
This is much different from "Thanks." A woman will say, "Thanks A Lot" when she is really ticked off at you. It signifies that you have offended her in some callous way, and will be followed by the "Loud Sigh." Be careful not to ask what is wrong after the "Loud Sigh," as she will only tell you "Nothing."

CAN'T GET IN THE MOOD?

If your libido isn't want it used to be -- and you've ruled out medical issues, including depression -- it could be your diet. While hamburgers, fried chicken and cupcakes may feel like old-fashioned comfort food, they could also be tampering with your basic bedroom desires. Taking the advice of Brian Clement and Anna Maria Clement, co-authors of "7 Keys to Lifelong Sexual Vitality," Cosmopolitan magazine warns women to avoid or limit these six foods, all of which can lower their sex drive.

1. Soy Lattes
Soy in food or beverages is packed with health benefits; studies have shown that soy can help lower cholesterol, protect the heart and possibly reduce the intensity of hot flashes. But soybeans contain plant estrogen, which can interfere with a woman's sex drive. If you must have your latte, switch to reduced-fat milk.

2. Fried Foods
Who doesn't love fried food? But all those fries, chips and chicken fingers affect your blood sugar, making you feel lethargic. If you don't have the energy to even get off the couch, it's hard to muster up the energy for a romp in bed.

3. Ice Cream and Cheese
Like fried foods, consuming too many dairy products can make you feel sluggish, as well as increase cramps and bloating when you get your period. But you don't have to give up ice cream and cheese entirely. Instead, limit dairy to three times a week.

4. Alcohol
Wine, beer and liquor may make you feel happy and flirtatious--at first. But alcohol is a depressant. If your libido needs a boost, cut back on the drinking. And when you do imbibe, be sure to alternate alcoholic beverages with glasses of water so you stay hydrated.

5. Hamburgers and Hotdogs
You loved them as a kid and still love them as an adult. But lower-grade meats tend to be packed with chemicals that can create a hormonal imbalance. Either skip the burgers and dogs entirely or choose organic, free-range, lean meats instead. Like dairy, limit your servings of meat to three times a week.

6. Cupcakes and Donuts
The key here is moderation. Enjoying a sweet treat every once in a while is just fine, but if you eat too much, too often, it can depress your sexual desires. Too much sugar in your diet will boost your glucose levels and that drags down your libido.