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Tuesday, July 31, 2018


According to a recent poll, 41 percent of working Americans between the ages of 25 and 40 have been involved with a coworker. Other surveys put that number even higher -- closer to 58 percent says relationship guru Laura Snyder. Office romance can be risky business - both emotionally and professionally. Not that it stops many of us from trying anyway. But what happens when things go wrong?

Be Prepared to Be Professional
Hurt, angry, guilty... All those feelings -- and temptations to have your revenge at, say, a staff meeting or at the water cooler - need to be kept in check. This is easier if you don't work closely together, but be prepared to be polite and professional even when you think it might kill you.

Control the Rumor Mill
If your coworkers were aware of the relationship, give them a vague update on the situation. No details on who-did-what-and-why and no bitter tirades against your ex's character, reputation or lack of bedroom prowess. Save all that for your friends. Your colleagues just need to hear that, yes, you split, but that you can still get along at work. As for your boss? Don't mention it unless your employer specifically asks, when you can assure him or her that you'll continue to get the job done, despite the hurt feelings.

Focus on the Task At Hand
Now that you're no longer making out in the supply closet, you'll have more time at work to actually work! Renew your dedication to the job by taking on additional projects and working the occasional late night (it's not like you have a date anyway, right?). Living well -- with that raise and corner office -- is the best revenge, after all, and it can't hurt to remind your colleagues that you're more than just the arm candy of what's-his-face in accounts payable.

Get Out When You Have To
If your productivity is suffering from the anxiety of those awkward run-ins at the copier or you're spending too much time crying in the bathroom, it's okay to get out of the office. Pursue an outside task, if possible, or take a sick day. Just don't make it a habit; things will get better.


Office happy hours may be happier than you ever thought. Twelve percent of all office romances begin at happy hour, according to a survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of The results are based on the response of more than 3,000 full-time, private sector employees across a variety of industries and company sizes.
Where do office romances begin?
  1. Happy hour: 12 percent
  2. Late nights on the job: 11 percent
  3. Lunches: 11 percent
  4. Chance meetings outside work: 10 percent
  5. Love at first sight: 9 percent

37 percent of workers say they have dated someone with whom they work, and 30 percent of these liaisons have resulted in marriage. In addition, 25 percent of office romances involved a superior, including the immediate boss, something that is generally considered a no-no. As if dating the boss isn't perilous enough, nearly one in five workers who have had an office romance (19 percent) have had an affair with a co-worker where one person involved was married at the time.
When asked to name specific work-related traits that would make someone "undateable," workers said:
  1. Doesn't work on a consistent basis: 39 percent
  2. Has already dated someone else at work: 25 percent
  3. Travels extensively for work: 21 percent
  4. Has to work nights: 8 percent
  5. Earns less money than I do: 6 percent
  6. Has to work weekends: 6 percent

Some office romances end in more than heartbreak. Five percent of workers who have had an office romance say they have left the job because the relationship soured.


30% of U.S. adults have sleepwalked at least once in their life, and 3.6% are actually prone to wandering around the house in their sleep, a far higher proportion than previously thought, HealthDay News reports of a study from Stanford University School of Medicine. Find out the ideal amount of sleep. If you sleep more or less than this, it will actually "age" your brain. Nearly 30% reported having sleepwalked at least once in their lifetime. In addition, nearly one-third of the 3.6% who had done so within the previous year said they sleepwalked twice or more each month. It appears to run in families. Some of the predictors, but not causes, of sleepwalking are:
  • Nearly one-third of those who have sleepwalked at least once in the past year report having family members who do the same thing.
  • Those who have experienced depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder are 3.5 times and 3.9 times more likely to sleepwalk, respectively, than people without these psychiatric conditions.
  • People who take antidepressants known as SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, are three times more likely to sleepwalk twice a month or more.
  • Those who take over-the-counter sleeping pills have a higher chance of sleepwalking at least twice a month.


How much do you enjoy the weekend? You may enjoy it so much that your personality changes. Nearly half of us find that we become more impulsive, imaginative, agreeable and creative on Saturdays and Sundays, according to a national poll conducted by Hampton Hotels. In addition, 33 percent say the transformation is so radical that they are a completely different person on the weekend than they are during the week. "The weekend is a significant cultural norm that actually doesn't change who we are, but allows us the freedom and flexibility to take part in activities that elicit these positive emotional reactions," says University of California, Berkeley sociologist Dr. Christine Carter, who is the author of "Raising Happiness." To make the most of your weekends, make sure you do the following, according to Carter:

1. Give yourself something to look forward to
Planning your weekend ahead can have a big impact on your level of happiness simply because you get to anticipate the fun things you'll be doing. By striking a balance of planning something you love for the weekend and allowing time for spontaneity, you can maximize the positive emotions that come from anticipation.

2. Prepare for Monday on Friday
To reduce the stress you'll feel on Sunday evening as you think ahead to the work week, take time on Friday morning to prepare for Monday. Sometimes all it takes is scheduling important tasks or writing a to-do list.

3. Rest and recharge
Being able to step away from work on the weekend allows us to de-stress, recharge and rejuvenate. Stress levels steadily decline as the work week progresses, with only eight percent of respondents saying they are stressed on Saturday, compared with 32 percent who say they are stressed on Monday.

4. Explore passions and new experiences
Having free time on Saturday and Sunday allows you to pursue your interests and do something about which you are passionate. The weekend allows us to better "live in the moment," which fosters feelings of contentment and happiness.

5. Spend time with friends and family
Being able to choose who you spend your time with has a positive impact on your mood. Specifically, spending time with those we love causes feelings of happiness and life satisfaction to peak on the weekend.

6. Take a break
while many of us have chores and errands to do on the weekend, it's better for your psyche if you can dedicate at least one of the days to rest and relaxation, doing only those things you most enjoy.


We've all heard the statistics about how much of our lives are spent doing mundane things, like watching TV or eating. For example, based on an average life expectancy of 74.3 years, here's how much time you'll waste in your life:
  • Applying deodorant -- 3 days, 8 hours
  • Urinating -- 29 days, 5 hours
  • Pooping -- 3 months, 8 days
  • Blowing your nose -- 6 days, 2 hours
  • On hold -- 2 months, 2 days
  • Waiting for a computer to boot up -- 16 days, 6 hours
  • Grocery shopping -- 10 months, 17 days
  • Eating at McDonald's -- 6 days, 10 hours
  • Driving your car to work -- 8 months, 1 day
  • Breaking wind -- 2 days, 6 hours
  • Opening junk mail -- 8 months
  • Waiting to see doctors -- 64 hours


(Popular Science) With nearly limitless beverage options, you might not realize how much variety exists in the seemingly bland realm of tap water. This colorless refreshment can vary widely from city to city, house to house, or even sink to sink. Here are some surprising items that might show up in your water:

Insecticides and herbicides can wash into rivers and lakes and seep into groundwater. The pesticide atrazine has been linked to hormonal imbalances in lab animals but probably isn't carcinogenic.

As rock erode, they naturally release fluoride into soil, air, and most water sources. Because it can prevent tooth decay by rebuilding enamel, many communities add extra to the drinking supply.

Water-treatment facilities add chlorine as a disinfectant, and it's safe at low levels. But some disinfectant produce byproducts that have been linked to miscarriage.

Arsenic occurs naturally in rocks and soil, and it's linked to increased risk of cancer. A water treatment plant should remove the poison, but private well owners must periodically test for it.

Hydrogen Sulfide
Naturally occurring and harmless, this chemical is still a pain the butt. It smells like rotten eggs, stains clothes, and corrodes pipes.

Old, corroded metal pipelines can deposit this patent neurotoxin into drinking water, as they did in Flint, Michigan. Children who ingest lead can develop permanent learning disabilities.

Agricultural runoff or warm water can stimulate fish-killing "algal blooms." But for us, algae in drinking water is just a nuisance, a musty, fishy taste that persists even after the treatment plant.

Everything from amoxicillin to Zyrtec makes its way, via your pee, into the rivers and lakes that supply our water. However, pharmaceuticals only contaminate surface water at extremely low levels.

You'll notice a medicinal taste or even greenish hair with just 1.3 milligrams of copper per liter of water. But the metal, which leaches from old pipes, is safer for humans at those levels. Just don't put it in your fish's tank.

Salts are a normal part of water, though a strong salty flavor can indicate a waste-water leak. And a high concentration of sodium or magnesium-sulfate salts might have a laxative effect.


  • Use sex as a weapon -- It's a man's universal weak spot, and therefore unfair to use for gain.
  • Talk incessantly -- With guys, you don't need so much detail!
  • Shop till they drop -- If that's unavoidable, leave us home, don't force us along for the hell.
  • Become too emotional -- we suck at dealing with a crying woman on our shoulder, we don't know the first thing about comforting woman. Don't lose it during every minor setback.
  • Invade our personal space -- You know the hell we'd pay for doing this to you, so stay out of our drawers! Well, at the least the ones that hold our clothes.
  • Speak in code -- The old "What are you thinking?" is timeless for testing how we feel about you. Please be specific or else we just don't get it.
  • Become needy -- Don't turn us into emotional crutches and overly use us for moral boosters, it can become too much.
  • Act jealous -- A strip club is just another place to talk football... and watch nude women.
  • Criticize other women -- It's not a crime if shoes don't match the purse. Why must everything be criticized from weight to hairstyle.
  • Pretend to be virtuous -- be honest, you've slept with just as many men as we have women, but you won't admit it. Find a man that appreciates your past.


You Bought Porn? That's Gonna Cost You... Your Life!

In Arkansas, 69-year-old Patricia Hill shot and killed her husband... because he bought porn. No kidding. Mrs. Hill admitted to police she killed 65-year-old Frank Hill following an argument that began after her husband purchased pornography on their television. In a statement, police said Patricia Hill canceled the purchase, but her husband then made a second one. She then approached her husband in a shed outside the home and asked him to leave. When he refused, she went back into the house and armed herself with a .22-caliber pistol. Back at the shed, she shot her husband twice, striking him once in the leg and once in the head. Immediately following the shooting, Patricia Hill told authorities she went back inside the house, put the gun back where it belonged, and called 911 to report what she had done. Her husband was discovered dead in the shed when police arrived. Patricia is now being held without bond on felony probable cause for capital murder. (FOX 16)

Bad News for My Little Bronies

You've probably at least heard of "bronies" - those hilarious if not somewhat creepy adult men who love to watch the children's cartoon: My Little Pony. Well, that whole thing is kind of run its course it looks like and the organizers of the bronie convention dedicated to "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" say next year will be their last, citing declining fandom activity among "bronies." Chairs Sheva Goldberg and Eliana Summers write in a letter: "It's been a wild ride, but all rides end eventually." But they do plan to go out with a bang. BronyCon 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center will be the longest yet, running from Aug. 1 to Aug. 4 next year. The convention was born in New York in 2011 and peaked at 10,000 attendees. (Baltimore Sun)

Love The Drake?

Drake's "In My Feelings" is catchy enough to make people want to get up out of their seats and dance. But some should be staying in their seats, specifically those who are behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Maybe you've heard of the ridiculously stupid "Kiki Challenge" which involves cranking up the Drake tune, then jumping out of a slowly moving car while it's alongside the dancer, and of course catching the whole thing on video to share on social media. Comedian Shiggy jump-started the craze with his Instagram video, and now others have followed suit-and tripped, crashed, and even gotten hit. Now law enforcement officials around the world-including in the US, India, Spain, and the UAE-are warning folks not to partake in this stunt on their watch. In Florida, violators could be hit with a $1,000 fine and Cairo police have arrested a university student who decided it would be fun to try. Seriously, how stupid are you to try this? (Guardian)

Woman Goes Into Early Labor... After Cop Kicks Her

In North Miami Beach Police Officer Ambar Pacheco has been relieved from duty and charged with aggravated battery after kicking an 8-month pregnant woman in the stomach. The victim was 27-year-old Evoni Murray who reportedly felt "severe pain" after being kicked, and then began to have contractions. She was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she soon gave birth to a healthy baby. According to a police arrest affidavit Pacheco told officers the victim's boyfriend kicked Pacheco's sister in the face, after which she "saw red and beat the s--- out of her." Pacheco later told officers she knew she kicked someone, but didn't know precisely who. She has been a uniformed patrol officer for one year. In a TV interview, Murray denied that her boyfriend kicked Pacheco's sister. "He was just trying to restrain the young ladies from doing anything to me or his child," she said. (ABC News)

The King of Drug-Sniffing Dogs

Sombra is a drug-sniffing dog with the Colombian National Police - and a darn good one at that. So good, in fact, that the drug cartels have put a bounty on her head forcing authorities to move her to a safer airport and have more officers accompanying her on her rounds. The 6-year-old German shepherd has become quite a thorn in drug traffickers' side as her strong sense of smell has helped Colombian police make over 200 arrests and seize around nine tons of illegal drugs. To that end, the UrabeƱos, also known as the Gulf Clan, have reportedly put a prize on Sombra's head, reportedly between $7,000 and $70,000. Sombra first made news headlines in 2016, when she led her human colleagues to a container of bananas that secretly contained 2,958 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride. In May of last year, she discovered another 1.1 tons of cocaine heading for Belgium, and a month later she discovered another 5.3 tons of cocaine ready to be shipped out of the country. (Oddity Central)

The Only Thing to Stop a Bad Guy with a Finger Gun...

Of course we all know, the only that can stop a bad guy with a finger gun is a good guy with a finger gun - or maybe just one with a brain. Over in England, Brian Cawley demanded cash from a Tesco grocery store while pretending he had a gun by holding his finger like a gun in his pocket. But the staff called his bluff and also called police. Cawley tried to flee but was stopped and held for police. Sentencing him, Judge Timothy Rose said: "Fortunately, people stood up to you. Even if they didn't think you had a real gun, they could not be sure and the lady who told you to clear off must have been fearful of what you might have done if you did have a gun." Warren Robinson, defending, said Cawley was a heroin addict desperate for money who did not succeed in stealing anything and left without causing any violence. (BBC)

What the What?

Perhaps you heard about the American man who died last week after slipping off a cliff while taking selfies at a whale-watching site in Sydney. Of course he's far from alone in the book of selfie deaths. According to Turkish researchers who tallied up selfie-related incidents reported in the media from December 2013 to January 2017, most injuries resulted from falling, but the leading cause of selfie deaths was drowning. In more unusual cases, a Russian man died after posing with a grenade, and in 2016 a tourist in China was dragged underwater by a walrus while he was snapping a selfie with the massive marine mammal. Here's the way the top ten ways people died while taking dangerous selfies:

Drowning (57 deaths)
Falling (27 deaths)
Crushed by Train (18 deaths)
Gunshot (8 deaths)
Electrocution (7 deaths)
Truck collision (6 deaths)
Animal attack (4 deaths)
Explosions (3 deaths)
Motor cycle crash (1 death)
Hot water burns (1 death)

No wonder some countries run "safer selfie" campaigns. (ABC)


  • According to statistics, when it comes to online dating profiles, the thing women are most likely to lie about is their weight. Men are most likely to lie about their job.
  • One out of three Americans can't name a single Christmas presents from last year.
  • You would have seen far more of these 50 years ago, but today, 72% of stay-at-home moms say they don't own an apron.
  • According to USA Today, people respond to pulling the blankets off the bed more than anything else when waking up.
  • When it comes to household chores, 80% of the time women make the bed.
  • The most frequently roasted nuts are almonds.


  • Special counsel Robert Mueller's team will take President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to court in Alexandria, Virginia, today.
  • Iran's currency has hit a new record low, as the country's economy worsens.
  • In England, a 26-year-old woman caught her 26-year-old husband cheating on her-after only a year of marriage-with a 72-year-old woman.
  • Tom Cruise's latest Mission: Impossible movie pulled in $61 million over the weekend, a franchise record.
  • Disneyland resort workers have approved a contract calling for a raise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
  • A California teen was arrested after breaking into a house and asking a sleeping couple to use their Wi-Fi.
  • A naked man was found doing jumping jacks in the women's restroom at a Tennessee McDonald's.
  • Because of possible stadium-construction issues, the Seahawks-Raiders game October 14th at England's Tottenham Hotspur Stadium might be moved to Wembley Stadium.
  • New research from Parks Associates finds 46% of U.S. broadband households now own a connected health device, such as a digital pedometer, smart watch or a digital weight scale.
  • The original cast of the 1980 movie "9 to 5" are going to return for a sequel, including Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman.
  • Speaking of reboots, Kelsey Grammar says he's up for a reboot of "Frasier."
  • Lamar Odom will play basketball for a team in China.
  • Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, has a new animated series on Netflix called, "Disenchantment."
  • Angelina Jolie's 2014 film "Unbroken" didn't cover Louis Zamperini's close connection to the late evangelist Billy Graham. A sequel hitting theaters in September will, featuring Graham's grandson as Billy.
  • With America facing a mid-summer blood shortage, Amazon is offering Amazon gift cards to people who donate blood or platelets between now and August 30.
  • Meghan Markle's first birthday as part of the royal family is this Saturday. Her dad chose this week to say that his 36-year-old daughter has removed him from her life entirely as punishment for staging fake paparazzi pictures before the royal wedding and speaking critically of the royal family.
  • Former WWE star Brian Lawler, the son of Jerry "The King" Lawler, died Sunday, in jail. It's said he was found hanging in his cell.
  • Starting at the lunch rush on Thursday, customers will receive a MacCoin with the purchase of a Big Mac at 14,000 participating restaurants across the United States. What's the coin good for? Another Big Mac.
  • Demi Lovato's ex Wilmer Valderrama has been by to visit her a couple of times since her near-fatal overdose.


On this date in 1498, Christopher Columbus discovered the island of Trinidad. Which, of course, was right next door to Trinimom.

In 1790, the first U.S. patent is granted to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process. Back in my college days, pot ash was never a problem.

On this date in 1964, the American space probe Ranger 7 sent back over 4,000 pictures of the moon's surface. It made for a really long "home-movie night" of slides. Or, they should have sent me. When I got on vacation, I easily take 2,000 more than that.

In 1967, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were released from jail after spending a month there on a drug conviction. They were both so skinny, they could walk in and out of the cells at will, but they stayed anyway.

On this date in 1981, baseball's 7-week strike officially ended. They celebrated the end of the strike with four balls, which of course, resulted in a walk. It was the season everyone knew what it was like to be a Cubs fan.

In 1988, the last of the 22 original Playboy Clubs closed in Lansing, Michigan. No more bunny business.


Wow, final day of July! Blasted right through that month.

Rico Rodriguez turns the big 2-0 today. You've watched him grow up as Manny on "Modern Family."

Zac Brown turns the big 4-0 today. Wish I could remember the name of his band.

Dean Cain -- who was Superman for Terry Hatcher's Lois Lane and now plays Supergirl's foster dad -- turns 52 today.

J.K. Rowling, the woman that gave us Hogwarts and the world of Harry Potter, turns 53 today. Not so much a big holiday among Muggles. A few more years and she'll start developing Hogwarts.

Norman Cook, better known as "Fatboy Slim," turns 55 today. He makes most of his music using sampling, which is also what earned him the nickname, "Fatboy."

Wesley Snipes turns 56 today. Just a reminder, whatever you give him for his birthday, the IRS gets half.

Singer/songwriter Lobo (Me and You and a Dog named Boo) turns 75 today. Boo is long gone.

Music Calendar...

   In 1942 Harry James records "I've Heard That Song Before" with Helen Forrest
           as lead vocalist.
   In 1959 Neil Sedaka records "Oh Carol."
   In 1964 Country singer Jim Reeves, 41, is killed when his single-engine
           Beechcraft crashes near Nashville, TN.
   In 1964 "Dancing In The Street" by Martha & the Vandellas is released.
   In 1965 "It's The Same Old Song" by the Four Tops and "The In Crowd" by
           Ramsey Lewis both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1966 The first Cream concert is held in Windsor, England.
   In 1967 Mick Jagger & Keith Richards are released after a month in jail on
           drug convictions.
   In 1970 The Rolling Stones fulfilling their contract with Decca for one more
           album deliver "Cocksucker Blues."
   In 1971 The Rolling Stones' documentary "Gimme Shelter" makes its UK
           premiere at the Rialto Cinema in London.
   In 1971 "Do You Know What I Mean" by Lee Michaels enters the U.S. top 40
   In 1971 "You've Got A Friend" by James Taylor is #1 on the U.S. top 40
   In 1972 Chicago's first #1 album, "Chicago V," is certified gold.
   In 1976 Kris Kristofferson hosts NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live" with musical
           guest Rita Coolidge.
   In 1976 "Don't Fear The Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult and "Still The One" by
           Orleans both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1979 James Taylor plays a free concert in New York's Central Park to help
           the city's campaign to restore the park's Sheep Meadow.
   In 1980 John Phillips (Mamas & Papas) is arrested on drug charges. He spent
           30 days in jail and was fined $15,000.
   In 1981 Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry releases her solo album "Koo Koo."
   In 1982 "You Can Do Magic" by America and "Somebody's Baby" by Jackson
           Browne both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
   In 1985 John Mellencamp's album "Scarecrow" is released.
   In 1986 Stevie Wonder receives an Emmy nomination for a guest appearance on
           NBC-TV's "The Cosby Show."
   In 1987 During an Anita Baker concert in Boston, a 25-foot tree limb falls
           into the crowd, but no serious injuries are reported.
   In 1990 Accused of instigating a suicide attempt, Juda Priest vocalist Rob
           Halford admits in a Reno court to placing backward messages in
           1985's "Love Bites," but not the album in question "Stained Class."
   In 1990 Cheap Trick's video "Every Trick In The Book" is released.
   In 1991 Travis Tritt's single "Country Club" goes platinum.
   In 1995 Courtney Love ends Hole's Pittsburgh Lollapalooza set early when a
           fan tosses a shotgun shell casing on the stage.
   In 1995 Jefferson Starship's album "Red Octopus" is certified platinum,
           while Pink Floyd's "Pulse" CD goes double platinum.
   In 1995 Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson's single "Scream" is certified gold
           and platinum, as is TLC's single "Waterfalls."
   In 1996 Aerosmith fires longtime manager Tim Collins.
   In 1998 The Beastie Boys begin their first headlining tour since 1995 at
           Seattle's Key Arena.
   In 2000 Christina Aguilera's first headlining concert tour begins in Kansas
           City, Missouri.
   In 2000 Britney Spears helps launch a web site for young girls and teenagers
           with a live online chat.

Today In History...

   In 1498 Christopher Columbus discovers the island of Trinidad.
   In 1556 St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuit
           order of Catholic priests and brothers) dies in Rome.
   In 1776 Francis Salvador is the first Jew to die in the American Revolution.
   In 1777 Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, is made a
           major-general of the Continental Army.  Lafayette later played a
           role in the British defeat at Yorktown.
   In 1790 The first U.S. patent is granted to Samuel Hopkins for a potash
   In 1875 Andrew Johnson, the 17 U.S. president, dies in Tennessee at age 66.
   In 1919 Germany's Weimar Constitution is adopted.
   In 1945 Pierre Laval, premier of the pro-Nazi Vichy government, surrenders
           to U.S. authorities in Austria; he was turned over to France, which
           later tried and executed him.
   In 1948 President Truman dedicates New York International Airport at
           Idlewild Field, New York. (Later renamed JFK International)
   In 1953 Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio, known as "Mr. Republican," for his
           conservative philosophy, dies in New York at age 63.
   In 1961 President John Kennedy agrees during talks with General Chen Cheng
           to support Nationalist China in its bid for UN membership.
   In 1964 The American space probe Ranger VII sends home 4,316 pictures of the
           moon's surface.
   In 1970 Chet Huntley retires from NBC, ending the "Huntley-Brinkley Report."
   In 1972 Democratic vice-presidential candidate Thomas Engleton withdraws
           from the ticket with George McGovern following disclosures Eagleton
           had once undergone psychiatric treatment.
   In 1980 Soyuz 37 crew returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 36.
   In 1981 The leader of Panama, General Omar Torrijos dies in a plane crash.
   In 1981 A 7-week-old Major League Baseball strike ends.
   In 1984 The U.S. men's gymnastics team wins a team gold medal at the 1984
           Summer Olympics.
   In 1984 Leeza Gibbons makes her first appearance on "Entertainment Tonight."
   In 1985 House and Senate negotiators reached agreement on legislation to
           impose economic sanctions against South Africa, in the wake of that
           country's growing unrest and state of emergency.
   In 1986 President Reagan, citing executive privilege, refuses to allow
           senators to see Justice Department memos written between 1969 to
           1971 by William H. Rehnquist, who was facing confirmation hearings
           to become chief justice of the United States.
   In 1987 Some 400 people die as Iranian pilgrims clash with riot police in
           the Moslem holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
   In 1988 The last of the 22 Playboy clubs closes in Lansing, Michigan.
   In 1989 A pro-Iranian group in Lebanon releases a grisly videotape showing
           the body of American hostage William R. Higgans dangling from a
           rope, a day after kidnappers threatened to kill him.
   In 1990 Pitcher Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers becomes the 20th major
           leaguer to win 300 games.
   In 1990 Shoal Creek, a private club in Birmingham, AL, that drew criticism
           for being all-white, announced it had accepted a black businessman
           as an honorary member.
   In 1991 President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev sign the
           Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow.
   In 1991 Seven people are killed when an Amtrak passenger train derailed near
           Camden, SC.
   In 1991 Seven people are killed when a bus carrying Girl Scouts crashed in
           Palm Springs, CA.
   In 1992 The space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from Cape Canaveral on what
           became a problem-plagued scientific mission.
   In 1992 Summer Sanders becomes the first American athlete to win four medals
           at the Barcelona Olympics as she won the gold in the women's
           200-meter butterfly.
   In 1993 Belgium's King Baudouin I dies at age 62; he is succeeded by his
           brother, Prince Albert.
   In 1994 The U.N. Security Council authorizes member states to use "all
           necessary means" to oust military leadership in Haiti.
   In 1995 In the second-largest takeover in U.S. corporate history, Walt
           Disney Co. acquires Capital Cities-ABC Inc. in a $19 billion deal.
   In 1996 After President Clinton announces that he would sign it, 98
           Democrats join House's Republican majority to pass historic welfare
           overhaul bill.
   In 1997 Brooklyn, NY, police seize five bombs they believed would be used
           for terrorist attacks on the subways in New York City.
   In 1999 Chicago authorities announce that as many as 46 residents had died
           as a result of a relentless heat wave.
   In 2000 Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak survives a no-confidence vote,
           beating back challenge by those opposed to conceding land to the
           Palestinians in exchange for peace.
   In 2001 A landslide buries part of a village on a remote Indonesian island
           amid heavy rains, killing at least 35.

Born On This Day...

   In 1763 Legal scholar, James Kent
   In 1800 German chemist, Friedrich Wohler (co-discovered Vandium)
   In 1803 Engineer, John Ericsson (built USS Monitor)
   In 1822 Industrialist, Abram Hewitt (made first steel in the U.S.)
   In 1867 Merchant, Sebastian S. Kresge (S.S. Kresge Co.)
   In 1882 Physicist/inventor, Herbert E. Ives (transmission of pictures)
   In 1889 Actor, Donald Foster (Herbert Johnson-Hazel)
   In 1894 Pianist/bandleader, Roy Bargy (Jimmy Durante)
   In 1900 Pollster, Elmo Roper (Roper Poll) [d: 4-30-71]
   In 1901 French painter, Jean Debuffet (Landscape with 2 Personages) [d: 5-12-85]
   In 1904 Sportswriter, Arthur Daley (NY Times-Pulitzer 1956) [d: 1-3-74]
   In 1912 Economist, Milton Friedman (Nobel, 1976) [d: 11-16-06]
   In 1912 TV talk show host, Irv Kupcinet (Tonight! America After Dark) [d: 11-10-03]
   In 1913 TV producer, Bill Todman (game shows with Mark Goodman) [d: 7-29-79]
   In 1919 Sportscaster, Curt Gowdy (ABC, NBC) [d: 2-20-06]
   In 1921 Civil rights leader, Whitney Young, Jr. [d: 3-11-71]
   In 1929 Actor, Don Murray (Bus Stop, Endless Love, Knots Landing) (89)
   In 1932 Singer, Morey Carr (Beep Beep-The Playmates) [d: 1987]
   In 1932 Actor, Ted Cassidy (Lurch-TV's The Addams Family) [d: 1-16-79]
   In 1935 Actor, Geoffrey Lewis (Earl-Flo, Gun Shy) [d: 4-7-15]
   In 1937 U.S. relay runner, Isabelle F. Daniels (Olympic-Bronze-1956) [d: 9-7-17]
   In 1939 Actress, Susan Flannery (Laura-Days of Our Lives, Dallas) (79)
   In 1939 Actress, France Nuyen (Dr. Paulette Kiem-St Elsewhere) (79)
   In 1939 Football player, Norm Snead (Eagles, Redskins, Giants) (79)
   In 1942 Singer/songwriter, Daniel Boone (Beautiful Sunday) (76)
   In 1943 U.S. Secretary of Education, William Bennett (1985-88) (75)
   In 1943 Singer/songwriter, Lobo (Me And You And A Dog Named Boo) (75)
   In 1944 Actress, Geraldine Chaplin (Dr. Zhivago, Home For The Holidays) (74)
   In 1944 Actress, Sherry Lansing (The China Syndrome, Black Rain) (74)
   In 1946 Singer/drummer, Gary Lewis (& The Playboys) (72)
   In 1946 Singer/guitarist, Bob Welch (Sentimental Lady, Ebony Eyes) [d: 6-7-12]
   In 1947 Bassist, Karl Greene (Herman's Hermits) (71)
   In 1948 Singer, Leaveil Degree (Rock Steady-The Whispers) (70)
   In 1950 Actor, Lane Davies (Mason-Santa Barbara) (68)
   In 1951 Former tennis player, Evonne Goolagong Cawley (Wimbeldon, 1971) (67)
   In 1951 Actor, Barry Van Dyke (Battlestar Galactica, Diagnosis Murder) (67)
   In 1952 Actor, Alan Autry (Bubba-Heat of the Night, Grace Under Fire) (66)
   In 1953 Cellist, Hugh McDowell (Electric Light Orchestra) (65)
   In 1953 Actor, James Read (Remington Steele, North & South) (65)
   In 1954 U.S. volleyball player, Flo Hyman (Olympic-Silver-1984) [d: 1-24-86]
   In 1955 Bassist, Howard "Howie" Epstein (Tom Petty) [d: 2-24-03]
   In 1956 Actor, Michael Biehn (Kyle-Terminator, Tombstone, The Rock) (62)
   In 1957 Actor, Dirk Blocker (Lt. Bragg-Baa Baa Black Sheep) (61)
   In 1957 Actor, Paul Provenza (Dr. Phillip Capra-Northern Exposure) (61)
   In 1958 Drummer, Bill Berry (R.E.M.) (60)
   In 1958 Entrepreneur, Mark Cuban (Shark Tank) (60)
   In 1958 Actor, Wally Kurth (Days of Our Lives, Ned-General Hospital) (60)
   In 1959 Jazz guitarist, Stanley Jordan (59)
   In 1960 Guitarist, Malcolm Ross (Aztec Camera) (58)
   In 1962 Basketball player, Sandra Hodge (Globetrotters) (56)
   In 1962 Playmate, Kym Malin (May-1982) (56)
   In 1962 Actor, Wesley Snipes (White Men Can't Jump, Blade, Art Of War) (56)
   In 1963 Country singer, Chad Brock (55)
   In 1963 Singer/bassist, Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim (Housemartins) (55)
   In 1964 Actor, Jay Bontatibus (Tony-Young And The Restless) [d: 2-12-17]
   In 1965 Author, J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) (53)
   In 1966 Actor, Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: New Adventures of Superman) (52)
   In 1966 Playmate, Tylin John (March-1992) (52)
   In 1967 Actor, Rodney Harvey (My Private Idaho) [d: 4-11-98]
   In 1967 Actor, Rudolf Martin (Anton Lang-All My Children) (51)
   In 1967 U.S. table tennis player, Sean O'Neill (Olympic-1992) (51)
   In 1967 Actress, Elizabeth Wurtzel (51)
   In 1969 Actor, Loren Dean (Enemy of the State, Mumford, Space Cowboys) (49)
   In 1970 Actor, Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line, Lost Souls) (48)
   In 1975 Actress, Annie Parisse (Julia-As the World Turns) (43)
   In 1977 Actor, Robert Telfer (Scott-Saved By The Bell) (41)
   In 1978 Country singer, Brad Mates (Emerson Drive) (40)
   In 1978 Musician, Zac Brown (Zac Brown Band) (40)
   In 1979 Actor, BJ Novak (The Office, Saving Mr. Banks) (39)
   In 1981 Actress, Karen Hassan (Hollyoaks) (37)
   In 1981 Singer, Matt Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) (37)
   In 1983 Country singer, Blaire Stroud (3 of Hearts) (35)
   In 1985 Singer, Shannon Curfman (33)
   In 1985 Singer, Alissa White-Gluz (The Agonist) (33)
   In 1988 Actor, Charlie Carver (Desperate Housewives (30)
   In 1988 Football player, AJ Green (Bengals) (30)
   In 1989 Actress, Alexis Knapp (Project X, Cavemen, Pitch Perfect 2) (29)
   In 1989 Singer/actor, Marshall Williams (How to Build a Better Boy) (29)
   In 1989 Actress, Zelda Williams (House of D, Dead of Summer) (29)
   In 1996 Actor, Blake Michael (Lemonade Mouth, Dog With a Blog) (22)
   In 1998 Actor, Rico Rodriguez (Manny-Modern Family) (20)


Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams' Biggest Fan May Just Be Chris Harrison. Forget about a rose. Chris Harrison wants one member of Bachelor Nation to get a ring! It's no secret that the host of ABC's popular franchise has seen his share of wonderful couples. But with Becca Kufrin's season coming to an end and Bachelor in Paradise kicking off next month, there's one famous pair that Chris can't get enough of. Any guesses? He's for sure Team Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams. "They are an amazing couple and are crazy in love with each other. They are both quirky, goofy and funny," Chris shared with E! News exclusively at the City of Hope poker tournament inside The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. "I don't know when this [engagement] is going to happen, but it will happen. If there is a couple I root for, it's them." While Wells hasn't revealed any top-secret details to the host about his relationship plans, Chris admitted that he 100 percent would love to officiate their wedding if offered. And if a special ceremony does occur down the line, he knows it's going to be one unforgettable party. "The only think I do know is that if and when they do get married -- and again, I hope they do -- it will be the best party ever because they are both awesome. They both are a good time in a can. They both are so anything goes with them," he shared. "I got to know Wells more this summer than previous summers. We got to hangout and talk and he is a really good guy." Chris added, "I just love that relationship. I just think they are oddly perfect together. With Wells and Sarah, they just seem to fit and seem to mix and they complement each other and are a good couple." Listen, we weren't playing when we said, "biggest fan." Earlier this month, Wells revealed on his podcast that he will be moving to Los Angeles. "I'm not concerned about us living together or us getting along or whatever," he joked on an episode of Your Favorite Thing. "I'm most concerned about my dogs and her dogs." As for Sarah's closest pals, they appear to be big supporters of the former Bachelorette contestant who first competed for JoJo Fletcher's heart several years ago. "Sarah's friends love and accept Wells and say he treats Sarah very well," a source shared with us. "Her friends believe that Wells is very serious already about a long-term commitment and is moving to LA to build a future together." Bachelor in Paradise premieres Tuesday, August 7 at 8 p.m. only on ABC. (Eonline)

Justin Bieber is getting his priorities in order on the heels of a new hit song ... implying that his wedding with Hailey Baldwin will come before any newer music. JB was out with his fiancee Sunday in NYC when he got asked by a bunch of paps what's next after releasing a new track with DJ Khaled called "No Brainer." He didn't hesitate long for an answer ... Justin says getting married was the most immediate item on his agenda. This also appears to be the first time Bieber acknowledges Hailey as his bride-to-be on camera. She was a bit more bashful than he was being put on the spot, but sure seemed to appreciate the sweet shout-out. We broke the story ... Justin proposed to Hailey earlier this month in the Bahamas. She obviously said yes, and was more than happy to flaunt the huge engagement ring he bought for her ... which set him back $500,000 give or take. They've been inseparable since getting engaged, and it seems even the prospect of conquering the charts isn't that a big deal to the Biebs with marriage on his mind. (TMZ)

If Faith Evans knows one thing about Stevie J it's that he's good -- really, really good -- at making babies, and the newlyweds definitely have baby fever. We got Faith and Stevie talking for the first time about their surprise Las Vegas wedding. They insist the hookup is NOT a publicity stunt and explained why they decided to go all the way. The R&B duo's heard some of the negative reaction to their marriage, but say they're ignoring all the haters. As we reported, some family members are pissed they didn't get a heads-up. They got really excited though when we asked if they plan to have babies. You gotta see Faith declare her baby factory is open for biz. As she put it, we all know Stevie can make it happen ... with 6 kids of his own already. Looks like they got in a damn good dress rehearsal while shooting the "A Minute" music video. (TMZ)

Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger are officially a couple -- a churchgoing one at that -- but they won't really show it until they're out of God's purview. The recently-single Hollywood stud was spotted on another date with Arnold and Maria's 28-year-old daughter Sunday -- this time with his and Anna Faris' son, Jack, tagging along ... not to mention JC. The trio hit up a church service in L.A. and ice cream afterward. It wasn't until Chris and Kat were out of the Lord's house that they smooched a bit ... not once, but twice! Seems like things have gone well since their Santa Barbara picnic last month. As for Jack, we're guessing he's getting used to his parents' new boos since they filed for divorce -- Anna certainly hasn't shied away from having her new BF step in as stepdad. (TMZ)

Bode and Morgan Miller Tearfully Recall Their Daughter's Tragic Drowning: "My Heart Sank." In the blink of an eye, life for Bode Miller and Morgan Miller had tragically changed forever. In early July, the couple of six years revealed that their 19-month-old daughter, Emeline, had tragically died following a drowning accident at a neighbor's pool. As the athletic couple recalled in an emotional interview on Today, that fateful day began like any "normal day." "Every morning, the kids would go swimming and Bode would go swimming with them and they'd be in there for hours and they loved it," Morgan, a volleyball pro, recalled to Savannah Guthrie. Following the swim, the family went to a birthday party and then returned home. While Bode, an Olympic skier, took his oldest daughter to her softball game, Morgan brought Emmy and the boys to their neighbor's house. "We go over back and forth multiple times a week. They're family to us and it was just a normal day over there," Morgan recalled. As she described to Guthrie, the boys were playing with toys in a bedroom close by and Emmy was walking the short distance back and forth. "All of a sudden it was just too quiet for me," Morgan noted. She noticed that a sliver of light was shining through the door that led to the backyard, which had been closed. "My heart sank and I opened the door and she was floating in the pool," Morgan tearfully said. While she immediately jumped into the pool and started CPR on her daughter while her neighbor called 911, their daughter did not survive. She passed away the next day in the hospital. "The doctor said that her brain had not had enough oxygen for too long of a time," Bode explained. With the loss of their precious daughter, the expectant parents are thinking of other moms and dads who can prevent such a tragedy in their own lives. "I think [talking about it] does in some way help to heal a little bit," Bode said. "Maybe we're preventing it from happening to somebody else." "There's not a day that goes by that I don't pray for the opportunity to go back to that day and make it different, but now we have this opportunity to make other parents' days different," Morgan said. "This should be the number one thing that we talk about." The two are urging for more conversations to be had about adolescent drowning, which is currently the leading cause of unintentional death for children 1 through 4 years old. "I've been to all of the pediatrician's meetings and checkups on our kids and I can't say it's come up one time -- not a single time," Bode added. The parents had even taken precautions to prevent such an incident at their own house by training their sons and blocking access to their pool with a fence. "I think we did the best with the knowledge that we had," Morgan told Guthrie. While they advocate for more conversation and preventative measures around child drowning, the couple also has to forge ahead for the sake of their children -- and one on the way. "When they talk about her and they share stories, they always have a smile on their face and they constantly remind us we're still here and it allows us to bring our focus back to the things we still have to be incredibly grateful for," Morgan said. "She brought so much to our lives and now she's helping us bring so much to everyone else's lives." (Eonline)

Dakota Johnson and Chris Martin know how to rock a date night. The Fifty Shades Freed actress, 28, and her Coldplay frontman boyfriend, 41, headed to the TD Garden in Boston on Saturday evening to catch a concert performed by Radiohead. The couple were joined by Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, 38, and his wife, Lauren Parsekian, 31. Martin, sporting a beard and dressed casually in a trucker hat and T-shirt, laid low with Johnson, who wore a tan coat with her hair tied up in a loose bun. With her bodyguard by their side, the couple remained seated for most of the show, with Johnson frequently leaning her head onto Martin's shoulder. "They stood up for a couple of the ovations," a fellow concertgoer tells PEOPLE, adding that Radiohead's 1995 song "Fake Plastic Trees" got Johnson on her feet. "I think she's just reserved." Earlier in the evening, the couple was spotted strolling hand in hand. Johnson has spent significant time in Boston in recent years, having starred opposite Johnny Depp in Black Mass, a 2015 film about legendary Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger. In June, a source told PEOPLE that the couple appears to be taking their relationship to the next level as they get to know each other away from the spotlight. "For the past two weeks, they have spent a lot of time together," said the insider. "Chris lives in Malibu and Dakota seems to love hanging out there. They occasionally go for dinner with friends, but mostly have friends over at home. They go to the beach together and walks around the neighborhood. They seem to enjoy sharing a quiet life. It does seem they are getting more serious." The actress and the musician first sparked relationship speculation after being spotted on a mid-October sushi date in L.A., getting "cozy, laughing and affectionate" during their one-on-one dinner, a source said at the time. About a month after they were first spotted together, Johnson was photographed hanging out in the sound booth at Coldplay's concert in Argentina. Fans in the crowd spotted the actress and excitedly posted pictures on social media during the show. Since then, the two have been spotted on dates around Malibu and Los Angeles and even arrived hand-in-hand to Ellen DeGeneres' 60th birthday party in February. The two were seen holding hands as they caught up with Drew Barrymore outside the bash, which Martin's ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow also attended with boyfriend Brad Falchuk shortly after announcing their engagement. Johnson has a history with musicians, having previously dated model/rocker Matthew Hitt. The two had been on and off for years but were last seen together in 2016. Martin was last linked to British actress Annabelle Wallis. The two began dating in August 2015, and were often spotted together as the singer toured with his band. The singer was also married for 10 years to Paltrow before the pair split in March of 2014. The two have remained close, often spending time with their children, Apple, 14, and Moses, 12, together. (People)

Keith Urban Reveals the Advice He'd Give Demi Lovato Following Her Overdose. Keith Urban has some words of advice for a fellow musician in need. In a new interview with the Australian morning show Today Extra, the country music singer offered his support to Demi Lovato who is recovering from an apparent overdose in Los Angeles. "I don't know anything about her personally," Keith said via Entertainment Tonight before sharing his advice. "Just [to have] good people around her and a willingness to want to live a different way if that's what she wants to do. It's all up to her." As fans know, Keith previously opened up about his own battle with substance abuse. In October 2006, which was just a few months after marrying Nicole Kidman, Keith checked into the Betty Ford Center to treat alcohol addiction. "I was going to lose it all," he recalled to People a year after making the brave decision. "It was like, 'If I don't choose this moment to do the right thing and do something that's going to give me life, all of the things I'm scared of losing. I'm going to lose anyway.'" Keith isn't the first country music star to offer support for Demi. Brad Paisley, who collaborated on the hit song "Without a Fight" alongside Demi, offered his support on social media. "My friend @ddlovato is one of the kindest, most talented people I've ever met," he wrote on Twitter. "Praying for her right now, addiction is a terrifying disease. There is no one more honest or brave than this woman." Over the weekend, E! News learned that Demi is resting and getting better as she receives support from her whole family and ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama. And most recently, some of Demi's close friends broke their silence on social media and addressed the situation. "I am with her now and will continue to be because she means to the world to me just as she does to all of you. Like all of you, I have nothing but love in my heart for her," backup dancer Dani Vitale shared on Instagram. "There is no need for any negativity towards the ones who care about Demi at this time. There is too much of it in this world as it is." (Eonline)

Amber Rose Regrets Accusing Gwyneth Paltrow of Having an Affair with JAY-Z. Rose now says she was just "joking" when she accused Paltrow of getting between Beyonce and JAY-Z. Amber Rose regrets accusing Gwyneth Paltrow of being the woman JAY-Z cheated on Beyonce with, better known to the Beyhive as "Becky with the good hair." The SlutWalk founder made the sweeping statement on Thursday morning while appearing on Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt's podcast -- an allegation she's now chalking up to a simple joke gone wrong. "I feel bad because that's someone's personal life, and it was just me joking about something that I don't know anything about at all," Amber told The Daily Mail, insisting that she had no "inside information" on the matter. "I never want to hurt anyone's feelings," she continued. "Even though I don't know them personally, it's just not the kind of personality that I have. And for Gwyneth to be like, 'Why did she say that? That's not true,' it's like, 'Why did I say that?' I don't know anything. I was just speaking as a consumer." A rep for Gwyneth told People that Amber's allegation was "completely absurd and 100 percent false." The comment in question came after Heidi asked Amber whether she had ever been invited to any type of "sexual dinner." Amber said, "No, but I'm down, though!" Heidi told Amber that she and Spencer had been invited to one "just last week" before Spencer blurted out, "I do know Gwyneth Paltrow has gone." That's when Amber replied, "I definitely think Gwyneth Paltrow is like 'Becky with the good hair.' I really feel like she's the one that was f--king JAY-Z, right?" "They were like friends, and now you don't see Gwyneth Paltrow with Beyonce anymore, and it just seems like she was the one that was f--king JAY-Z." she continued. "And now Gwyneth lost her husband, but like, Beyonce's still with Jay." (Too Fab)

Robin Williams' first wife Valerie Velardi has admitted she allowed the late comedian's infidelity during their marriage. Velardi, who was married to Williams from 1978 to 1988, opened up about the "Good Will Hunting" star in the new HBO documentary "Come Inside My Mind," the Daily Mail reported. "He loved women," she said. "Absolutely loved women. And I got it." "I understood and I wanted him to have that, but I also wanted him to come home," she continued. Velardi said she met Williams at a bar in San Francisco in 1976 when he was relatively unknown. She said he asked her for a ride home. "He was speaking French and I was teasing him and we had a kiss and I just knew I was going to see him again," she said. Velardi said she was finishing up her degree as their relationship grew. "He was always looking for a connection or another character or an accent," she said of Williams. "He was shameless. He would just do it." The couple had one son together, Zachary "Zack" Pym but their marriage ended in 1988. She said they drifted apart after a while and she became less involved in his career that was growing. "So we gave each other up," Velardi said. Williams suffered from dementia and killed himself in August 2014 at age 63. He received four Academy Award nominations and won for 1997's "Good Will Hunting." A number of other celebrities are featured in the documentary including Billy Crystal and David Letterman. (Page Six)

Floyd Mayweather Sr. is now a married man -- TMZ Sports has learned the 65-year-old tied the knot in a low-key ceremony back in February ... and we've got the pics to prove it! Sources connected to the situation tell us ... Floyd and Lois Ann Roberts hit up the Stained Glass Wedding Chapel in Vegas on February 4 and swapped "I Dos" in a very quick and quiet ceremony. The place offers special Elvis-themed weddings -- but Floyd opted for the more traditional option. Too bad! We're told Floyd's famous boxing superstar son was NOT at the wedding. However, our Mayweather sources say Floyd Jr. is really fond of Sr.'s new wife -- they've known each other for decades and he considered her family even before things became official. Sooooo ... congrats!!! (TMZ)

Melyssa Ford Shares Update on Her Injuries 4 Weeks After Near Fatal Car Crash. UPDATE: Melyssa Ford is expressing gratitude for family, friends and strangers who have helped in her recovery during the past four weeks. "I'll never be able to convey how much it has meant to me to know, without a doubt, that you had my back in my greatest hour of need," she shared on Instagram Sunday evening. Read her full statement and health update here.

Melyssa Ford is in the hospital after suffering a serious car crash. The music video model and former reality star was driving to a bridal shower on Thursday in Los Angeles when an 18-wheeler allegedly "merged into her lane, clipping her back right tire" while she was traveling on Ventura Freeway and exiting an avenue, her rep told Us Weekly. As her rep explained to the magazine, her Jeep Wrangler was sent into a "tailspin" and flipped over several times before landing upside down. Her rep told the magazine Ford suffered a skull fracture, concussion and bleeding in her brain among other injuries. Ford's friend and fellow reality star Claudia Jordan took to social media with Ford's permission to notify the public of the accident. She also shared a photo of the star laying on the side of the road beside a car on its head as people tried to help her. "She doesn't even remember this as she has a huge gash in her head and blood on the brain," Jordan described. "She was involved in a horrific accident that could have easily taken her life. It's actually a miracle she survived. She's injured FOR REAL." Jordan asked that any witnesses to the crash contact her with information. "As you can imagine Melyssa doesn't remember much so I'm hoping witnesses will come forward and assist in putting the pieces back together," she noted. Ford is recovering in a Los Angeles hospital, the magazine reported. (Eonline)

Demi Lovato's Friends Break Their Silence on Her Overdose. Five days after Demi Lovato's overdose and subsequent hospitalization, one of her backup dancers has broken her silence to ask fans to be considerate of the people in the pop star's life. Taking to Instagram Sunday, Dani Vitale reminded her followers, "I care about Demi just like all of you do. I have not said anything about this situation now because her recovery has been of the most importance. I was not with Demi when the incident happened, but I am with her now, and will continue to be because she means to the world to me just as she does to all of you. Like all of you, I have nothing but love in my heart for her. There is no need for any negativity towards the ones who care about Demi at this time. There is too much of it in this world as it is." Vitale, who is part of Lovato's Tell Me You Love Me World Tour, said she understands fans are concerned about the singer. "I know you're all feeling lost without her at this moment in time," she added. "Remember that you have always been a community of Lovatics who LOVE. Please remember that when you take out your phones and start typing. Remember that we all love her more than we can ever put into words. Please continue to send her love during her recovery." One of Lovato's best friends, Dead Boys actor Matthew Scott Montgomery, also broke his silence on Lovato's relapse via Instagram Stories Sunday. "It's been an incredibly difficult few days, and this year has easily been the hardest I've ever experienced," he wrote. "I couldn't figure out what felt weirder -- posting or not posting about this." With Lovato in the hospital, he added, "I will miss hearing my best friend's laugh, maybe my favorite sound in the world, in the audience for these final shows as she continues to recover." Montgomery dedicated his final shows to Lovato, thanking his followers for their "love and support during this very hard time." Yesterday, a source told E! News Lovato is "getting better" after her overdose, thanks in larger part to the support she's been receiving from her family and ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama. Before her apparent overdose, Lovato and her friends had been partying hard, sources told E! News last week. "This is obviously a huge wake-up call," a source said after her hospitalization, adding, "Her family has been by her side supporting her and is getting her the help she needs." (Eonline)

The guy who used to play lead guitar for Guns N' Roses -- post-Slash -- got busted for DUI and took one of the most rock 'n' roll mug shots we've seen in a long time ... guy-liner included. DJ Ashba was arrested Friday in Fairbury, IL on suspicion of DUI and for blowing a stop sign. Law enforcement sources tell us Ashba first got pulled over for failing to stop but, because he showed signs of impairment, officers gave him field sobriety tests. Fair to say, it didn't go well for Ashba ... he was taken to jail, where he modeled a tight mohawk and colorful neck ink. Ashba played with GNR from 2009 to 2015. He' currently lead guitarist in Sixx:A.M. with Motely Crue vet Nikki Sixx. (TMZ)

Michael Rosenbaum, who played Lex Luthor on the CW series, breaks his silence on the allegations against his former colleague. For the first time, one of Allison Mack's "Smallville" co-stars has opened up about her involvement in the NXIVM organization which allegedly evolved into a brutal sex cult. Michael Rosenbaum, who portrayed Lex Luthor on the long-running WB/CW series admitted he's remained silent thus far about this development in his one-time friend's life because he was so shocked. Finally, in response to a caller's question during an appearance on "Theo Von's This Past Weekend" podcast last week, he talked about what he knew about NXIVM during their time on the show and how sad he was to see what happened to the "sweet" girl he knew. "It's like someone telling you that your brother murdered someone. You're like, 'No he didn't. I know my brother. He wouldn't kill anybody.' It's just so bizarre," Rosenbaum said, as detailed by Uproxx. "It's so shocking and surprising." Mack is currently facing multiple charges, including sex trafficking, for her work with the organization, for which she was believed to be second-in-command behind Keith Raniere. It is believed Mack recruited, trained and even branded young women with a symbol representing her and Raniere's initials, all in preparation for them having sex with Raniere. This was all under the guise of a self-help organization. It was fellow co-star Kristen Kreuk who allegedly first recruited Mack into the organization, though she is reported to have left before it evolved into an alleged sex cult. Kreuk has denied any knowledge or involvement with the organization's alleged illegal activities and has not been charged with anything. Aside from an initial statement upon the story first breaking, Kreuk has refused to talk about NXIVM or Mack. The Daily Beast reported that when they reached out to talk with Kreuk about her new CW series "Burden of Truth," a publicist for the network replied, "We are not answering any questions about Allison Mack or NXIVM so I would need to make sure this is only about the series." "She was like a lot of actors and actresses. She wanted attention," Rosenbaum told Von. "She wanted approval, and she found something that she probably thought would give her that. Ultimately, inadvertently, she got into something that was bigger than her." Rosenbaum recalled hearing about Mack's involvement with "self-help stuff," but says he was a little turned off by it. "I remember her mentioning something. An organization," he said. "I didn't really listen. I just remember thinking, 'Oh, that's a little culty. That's not for me.'" He admitted to being surprised and saddened by what's happened to Mack. "I thought she would be married with kids. She was smart, and her family was into music and opera and stuff, upper class. She had her stuff together," he said, suggesting that maybe Raniere had blackmailed or manipulated her. "You just don't really know someone." (Too Fab)

The End of Tipping?

Monday, July 30, 2018


On this date in 1729, the city of Baltimore was founded.
It was either Baltimore or Balti-less and people tend to always go for more.
Heck, I didn't even know it was losted. Up until that time, the local baseball team was called the "Somewhere in Maryland Orioles."
That makes it 289 years old, although it doesn't look a day over 280.

In 1956, "In God We Trust" became the official U.S. motto, replacing the previous one, "Who do we trust?" I'm surprised no one has tried to repeal that yet.

On this date in 1965, President Johnson signed the Medicare bill into law. At the time I said, "So what?" But with each day, I care more and more.

In 1975, Jimmy Hoffa mysteriously disappeared. Much like the $1 gallon of gas... we never saw it coming. (Have listeners call with things that they owned that mysteriously disappeared. Maybe working together, we can find 'em.)

On this date in 1985, officials from 35 countries began meeting in Finland to mark the 10th anniversary of the Helsinki accords. Such a big deal over Finnish Honda's. I guess I should have studied Civics more.


Hillary Swank turns 44 today. One thing about living with her, you'd always live in a Swank house, drive around in a Swank car. Based on her movie career, I wouldn't pick a fight with her or ask her to cry. We're pretty sure she'll go out for dinner someplace Swanky.

Vivica A. Fox turns 54 today. She's the accomplished actress who I'll always remember as the stripper Will Smith was in love with in "Independence Day."

Lisa Kudrow -- Phorever Phoebe -- turns 55 today. I wonder if Smelly Cat is still alive? You know, friends don't let friends turn 55.

Laurence Fishburne turns 57. He went from "The Matrix" to a couple of years on "CSI" and now "Blackish." Yes, he went from knowing the future, to figuring out the past.

Law professor Anita Hill, the one who testified against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, turns 62 today. Whatever you do, don't offer her a Coke.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is 71 today. At the end of every birthday party, he always said, "I'll be back." But nowadays his favorite catch phrase is "Oh, my back!"

National Cheesecake Day -- *Can't resist a slice of cheesecake? That's no surprise to scientists, who say high fat treats have the same mind bending impact as cocaine and heroin. Certain foods including chocolate and burgers because addiction like changes to the brain and drive the development of compulsive eating, found the Scripps Research Institute in Florida. And the more junk food folks eat, the more they want to get their fix.

Music Calendar...

   In 1949 "Some Enchanted Evening" by Perry Como is #1 on the U.S. top 40
   In 1954 Elvis Presley debuts professionally at Overton Park in Memphis, TN,
           opening for Slim Whitman.
   In 1956 Brenda Lee records "Jambalaya" and "Bigelow 6-500."
   In 1956 "My Prayer" by the Platters hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and
           stayed there for 2 weeks.
   In 1966 Bob Dylan appears on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
   In 1966 "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by the Beach Boys enters the U.S. top 40
   In 1966 "Wild Thing" by The Troggs hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and
           stayed there for 2 weeks.
   In 1966 "Yesterday And Today" by The Beatles hits #1 on the U.S. albums
           chart and stayed there for 5 weeks.
   In 1968 The Beatles close their London-based Apple boutique on Baker Street,
           giving away its entire contents.
   In 1969 Barbra Streisand opens for Liberace at the International Hotel in
           Las Vegas.
   In 1970 The Rolling Stones inform Allen Klein that he no longer had any
           authority to negotiate contracts on their behalf.
   In 1971 George Harrison's single "Bangladesh" is released in Britain.
   In 1973 A Led Zeppelin concert is filmed for the movie "The Song Remains The
           Same," which was released in 1976.
   In 1977 "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" by Andy Gibb hits #1 on the U.S.
           top 40 chart and stayed there for 4 weeks.
   In 1978 Glen Goins, the original singer/guitarist with Parliament and
           Funkadelic, dies of complications from Hodgkin's Disease at age 24.
   In 1980 The album "Unmasked" by Kiss is certified gold.
   In 1983 "Burning Down The House" by the Talking Heads enters the U.S. top 40
   In 1986 RCA drops John Denver after he releases "What Are We Making Weapons
           For?" General Electric, owner of RCA, was a top military contractor.
   In 1986 Boy George is fined 250 pounds for possession of heroin.
   In 1987 David Bowie opens his critically panned "Glass Spider" tour in
   In 1988 Michael Jackson assembles highlights of his world tour for a
           90-minute late-night NBC-TV special.
   In 1988 "Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin enters the U.S. top 40
   In 1988 "Roll With It" by Steve Winwood hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and
           stayed there for 4 weeks.
   In 1990 Paul McCartney ends his world tour at Chicago's Soldier Field.
   In 1992 Many Motown stars gather for a memorial service for Mary Wells, who
           died of cancer at the age of 49. Smokey Robinson sang a medley of
           Wells' hits.
   In 1996 Smashing Pumpkins receive 8 nominations for the 1996 MTV Video Music
           Awards, while Alanis Morissette, Foo Fighters and Bjork each
           received five nominations.
   In 1996 Garbage's self-titled album "Garbage" is certified platinum.
   In 1997 Boys Don't Cry sues Paula Cole for $7 million claiming her song
           "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone" sounded too much like their 1986
           hit "I Wanna Be A Cowboy."
   In 1997 The albums "Yourself Or Someone Like You" by Matchbox Twenty's and
           "Tidal" by Fiona Apple are both certified platinum.
   In 1998 The Smashing Pumpkins make their first appearance on the "Late Show
           with David Letterman" on CBS-TV.
   In 1998 While in South Africa, Stevie Wonder visits the jail cell where
           Nelson Mandela spent much of his 27 years in custody.
   In 2000 A fur protester, who allegedly threatened Ted Nugent, is arrested
           during an anti-fur protest at a Neiman Marcus in San Francisco.
   In 2003 Sun Records founder Sam Phillips -- who discovered Elvis Presley --
           dies in Memphis, TN, at age 80.
   In 2015 Lynn Anderson, best known for "Rose Garden, dies of a heart attack
           after being hospitalized for pneumonia. She was 67 years old.

Today In History...

   In 1619 The first representative assembly in America convenes in Jamestown.
   In 1729 The city of Baltimore is founded.
   In 1792 The French national anthem "La Marseillaise," by Claude Joseph
           Rouget de Lisle, is first sung in Paris.
   In 1864 During the Civil War, Union forces fail in an attack to take
           Petersburg, VA, by exploding a mine under Confederate defense lines.
   In 1916 German sabotuers blow up a munitions plant on Black Tom Island near
           Jersey City, NJ.
   In 1932 The Summer Olympic Games open in Los Angeles, CA.
   In 1942 President Franklin Roosevelt signs a bill creating a women's
           auxiliary agency in the Navy known as Women Accepted for Voluntary
           Emergency Services, or WAVES.
   In 1945 The USS Indianapolis, which had just delivered key components of the
           Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian, is torpedoed
           by a Japanese submarine. Only 316 out of 1,196 men survive.
   In 1946 The first rocket to attain a 100-mile altitude, is launched from
           White Sands, NM.
   In 1956 "In God We Trust" is authorized as the official U.S. slogan.
   In 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law the Medicare Bill which
           went into effect the following year.
   In 1971 Apollo XV lands on Mare Imbrium.
   In 1975 Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa mysteriously disappears in Detroit, MI.
   In 1975 Representatives of 35 countries convene in Helsinki, Findland, for a
           conference aimed at ensuring peace in Europe.
   In 1979 One infant is killed and 24 injured when softball-size hail drops on
           Ft. Collins, CO, damaging 2000 homes and 2500 cars.
   In 1980 The Israeli Knesset passes a law reaffirming all of Jerusalem as the
           capital of the Jewish state.
   In 1981 Thousands of women and children march through the Polish city of
           Lodz, protesting food shortages.
   In 1983 Weightlifter Sergei Didyk of the USSR lifts a record 261 kg.
   In 1983 STS-8, the third flight of Challenger is the first night launch and
           night landing.
   In 1984 STS-14, the first flight of Discovery.
   In 1985 Officials of 35 countries begin meeting in Finland to mark the 10th
           anniversary of the Helsinki accords.
   In 1986 At his confirmation hearing to become U.S. chief justice, Supreme
           Court Justice William H. Rehnquist denies allegations he had
           challenged the qualifications of minority voters at polling places
           in Phoenix, AZ, in the 1960's.
   In 1987 Former White House Chief Of Staff Donald Reagan testifies that he
           and President Reagan were often "mislead" by security officials
           during the Iran/Contra affair.
   In 1990 British Conservative Party lawmaker Ian Gow is killed in a bombing
           claimed by the Irish Republican Army.
   In 1991 President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev begin their
           face-to-face meetings in Moscow.
   In 1992 A TWA Lockheed L-1011 catches fire during takeoff from New York's
           Kennedy International Airport; all 292 people aboard survived.
   In 1992 At the Barcelona Summer Olympics, Shannon Miller wins the silver
           medal in the women's all-around gymnastics event.
   In 1994 The first U.S. troops land in the Rwandan capital of Kigali to
   In 1994 ecure the airport for an expanded international aid effort.
   In 1994 The world community shuts down air service to Haiti, leaving the
           army-ruled nation more isolated than ever.
   In 1995 Russia and Chechan rebels sign an agreement that calls for a gradual
           withdrawal of Russian troops and the disarmament of rebel fighters.
   In 1996 A federal law enforcement source said security guard Richard Jewell
           had become a focus of the investigation into the bombing at
           Centennial Olympic Park. Jewell was later cleared as a suspect.
   In 1996 The U.S. Olympic softball team defeats China, 3-1, to win the gold
   In 1997 Mideast peace talks are set back when two men bomb Jerusalem's most
           crowded outdoor market, killing themselves and 15 others.
   In 1997 18 people, including two Americans, are killed in a landslide that
           destroyed two ski lodges in southeast Australia.
   In 1998 Japan's parliament declares Keizo Obuchi as its next prime minister.
   In 1999 Linda Tripp, who secretly recorded phone conversations of Monica
           Lewinsky, is charged in Maryland with illegal wiretapping.
           (Prosecutors later dropped the charges.)
   In 2000 President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela wins a another 6-year term in a
           landslide re-election.
   In 2001 Typhoon Toraji blows through Taiwan, killing 61 people.
   In 2002 Pope John Paul II canonizes Pedro de San Jose Betancur, Central
           America's first saint.
   In 2002 WNBA player Lisa Leslie becomes the first woman to dunk in a
           professional game, during the first half of the Los Angeles Sparks'
           82-73 loss to the Miami Sol.
   In 2003 The last old style Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line in

Born On This Day...

   In 1511 Painter/architect, Giorgio Vasari
   In 1818 English novelist, Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights)
   In 1855 American sculptor, James Edward Kelly
   In 1857 American economist, Thorstein Veblen
   In 1863 Auto maker, Henry Ford (founded Ford Motor Company)
   In 1880 Publisher/editor, Robert Rutherford McCormick (Chicago Tribune)
   In 1889 Inventor, Vladimir Zworykin (TV camera tube, Electron microscope)
   In 1890 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Casey Stengel (Yankees) [d: 9-29-75]
   In 1898 English scultor, Henry Moore (Lincoln Center)
   In 1909 Historian, C. Northcote Parkinson (Parkinson's Law) [d: 3-10-93]
   In 1916 Actor, Dick Wilson (Dino-McHale's Navy, Mr. Whipple) [d: 11-19-07]
   In 1926 Singer, Christine McGuire (McGuire Sisters) (92)
   In 1928 Baseball player, Joe Nuxhall (youngest MLBer to play) [d: 11-15-07]
   In 1931 Actress, Joan Vohs (Elaine-Bachelor Father) [d: 6-4-01]
   In 1933 Actor, Edd Byrnes (Gerald Lloyd-77 Sunset Strip) (85)
   In 1934 Actor, Ben Piazza (Ben Casey, Dallas, Winds of War) [d: 9-7-91]
   In 1936 Actor, Ralph Taeger (Klondike, Acapulco, Hondo) [d: 3-11-15]
   In 1939 Director/producer, Peter Bogdanovich (Last Picture Show) (79)
   In 1939 Feminist, Eleanor Smeal (National Organization of Women) (79)
   In 1941 Singer, Paul Anka (Diana, Puppy Love, You're Having My Baby) (77)
   In 1945 Jazz performer/saxophonist, David Sanborn (73)
   In 1946 Bassist, Jeffrey Hammond (Jethro Tull) (72)
   In 1946 Football player, Dwight Lynn White (Steelers) [d: 6-6-08]
   In 1947 Actor, William Atherton (Real Genius, Ghostbusters) (71)
   In 1947 Actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator, True Lies, Eraser) (71)
   In 1948 Actor, Jean Reno (The Professional, French Kiss, Godzilla) (70)
   In 1950 Singer, Frank Stallone (Far From Over) (68)
   In 1952 Actress, Ilene Kristen (Bold & the Beautiful, Another World) (66)
   In 1954 Actor, Ken Olin (Hill Street Blues, Michael-thirtysomething) (64)
   In 1956 Actress, Delta Burke (Suzanne-Designing Women, Delta) (62)
   In 1956 Law professor, Anita Hill (testified against Clarence Thomas) (62)
   In 1957 Baseball Player, Bill Cartwright (Knicks, Bulls) (61)
   In 1958 Actor, Richard Burgi (Days of our Lives, One Life to Live) (60)
   In 1958 Country singer, Neal McCoy (60)
   In 1958 Singer/songwriter, Kate Bush (Running Up That Hill) (60)
   In 1961 Actor, Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix, Blackish) (57)
   In 1962 TV host, Alton Brown (The Food Network) (56)
   In 1963 Actress, Monique Gabrielle (Flashdance, Night Shift) (55)
   In 1963 Actress, Lisa Kudrow (Mad About You, Phoebe Buffay-Friends) (55)
   In 1963 Basketball player, Christopher Mullin (Dream Team, 1992) (55)
   In 1964 Actress, Vivica A. Fox (Young & the Restless, Independence Day) (54)
   In 1964 Singer/guitarist, Dwayne O'Brien (Little Texas) (54)
   In 1968 Actor, Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris) (50)
   In 1969 Actor, Simon Baker (The Guardian, The Mentalist) (49)
   In 1969 Actor, Ben Jorgensen (All My Children, As the World Turns) (49)
   In 1969 Actress, Lilly Melgar (General Hospital, Bold & the Beautiful) (49)
   In 1971 Actor, Victor Alfieri (Franco-Days of Our Lives) (47)
   In 1971 Actor/comedian, Tom Green (Road Trip, Freddy Got Fingered) (47)
   In 1971 Drummer, Brad Hargreaves (Third Eye Blind) (47)
   In 1971 Actress, Christine Taylor (Marcia-The Brady Bunch Movie) (47)
   In 1973 Actor/comedian, Dean Edwards (Saturday Night Live) (45)
   In 1974 Actress, Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry, Insomnia) (44)
   In 1975 Singer, Tiffini Hale (The Party) (43)
   In 1977 Actress, Jaime Pressly (Joe Dirt, Unleashed, Mom) (41)
   In 1979 Actor, Isaac Lidsky (Weasel-Saved By The Bell) (39)
   In 1980 Actress, April Bowlby (Two and a Half Men) (38)
   In 1981 Soccer player, Hope Solo (37)
   In 1982 Actor, Martin Starr (Bill-Freaks & Geeks) (36)
   In 1984 Actress, Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin) (34)
   In 1996 Actor, Austin North (Kickin' It, A.N.T. Farm) (22)
   In 1999 Actress, Joey King (The Kissing Booth, The Conjuring) (19)
   In 2000 Rapper, Young Lyric (18)


There's More Than One Way to Skin an Insurance Company

In Alberta, Canada, a man found a quick way to save over $1,000 on his car insurance - by simply stating on his insurance documents that he is female. In truth he identifies 100% as male and identified himself only as David to protect himself against possible legal consequences. He is in his early 20s and had already had a couple of speeding tickets and one collision, so he knew the insurance would be high - but the $4,500 he was quoted was even worse than he thought. At one point, he asked the insurer what the cost would be for a woman in his exact situation and learned that his annual bill would be about $1,100 lower. David said, "I was pretty angry about that. And I didn't feel like getting screwed over any more. So I asked them to change my gender on my auto policy, and she's like, we can't do that." Then he learned that it could actually be done, but he had to have his gender changed on his birth certificate and driver's license before it could be reflected on his insurance policy. So he proceeded to do just that. After doing some research, the young man found that all he needed to do was tell his doctor that he identified as a woman, or that he'd like to identify as one, and ask him for an official letter which he would later send to the Government along with a request for the gender change. (Oddity Central)

Serial Killer Kills Again... But It's a Good Thing

Egifius Schiffer is a convicted serial killer serving a life sentence in a German prison. Well, he was. It seems he has killed once more - only this time it was an accident - and it was himself. Schiffer died in what appears to be an autoerotic sex act in his cell. The 62-year-old was found hooked up to a lamp cable at Bochum prison. You don't want to know the details but a post-mortem listed the cause of death is accidental electrocution. Known as the "Aachen Strangler," Schiffer initially got away with murdering five female hitchhikers in the 1980s. But the former insurance salesman was picked up in 2007 for stealing scrap metal, and agreed to give up a DNA sample that linked him to the murders. A self-proclaimed sadomasochist, Schiffer then admitted his guilt because he was apparently excited about going to prison-but later changed his mind and claimed innocence. Police say they doubt anyone killed Schiffer and his lawyer says he wasn't at all suicidal. (Oxygen)

Revenge Porn Guy Meets Karma

California's Andre Pompey is known as the revenge porn guy and he just met karma. Pompey was ordered to pay his revenge-porn victim $5.15 million and fork out an additional $150,000 as punishment. Pompey, who worked in surveillance, pleaded no contest in criminal court to distributing sexually explicit materials without consent. As for Pompey's victim, the effect is still there: "She still has crying spells, she still has nightmares about it," says her attorney. "She's still embarrassed to see people she knows have seen the post." (KWBW)

Well, They Say Honesty is the Best Policy

It's illegal to grow marijuana in Georgia, so things didn't look good for Javonnie McCoy when police busted him with nearly a pound of home-grown pot in his residence. But then McCoy did something unheard of. He got in front of a jury in Dublin, Georgia, and flat-out admitted that the pot was his and, yes, he did grow it. This was no plea bargain - he just admitted it. The jury's decision was seemingly a no-brainer because the law is crystal clear-and yet jurors found him not guilty! It may have been due to an unusual legal strategy used by McCoy's attorney called jury nullification. Essentially, attorney Catherine Bernard told the panel that a jury has the power to "nullify a law it disagrees with-at least as it pertains to the specific case under consideration." In this case, she argued that it made no sense to send an otherwise law-abiding citizen to prison over some pot plants and the judge would have had no choice but to impose a mandatory one-year sentence if a guilty verdict had come back. McCoy had told the court that he was beaten into a coma in 2003 and that marijuana is about the only thing that helps with the lingering pain and trauma. "The jury appreciated his honesty throughout the case ... and recognized that a good, hard working man living a quiet life and not bothering anyone didn't deserve a felony conviction for his actions," writes Bernard in a Facebook post. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

When She Makes More Than He - They Both Lie

It's 2018 and these days it's no big deal if the woman makes more than the man in a relationship right? Well, not exactly. New research suggests that even the couples themselves haven't totally come around to the idea psychologically. When these couples report their income to the U.S. Census Bureau they tend to minimize the gap between their earnings by providing inaccurate information about their salaries, according to a study published by the Census Bureau. When a wife makes more than her husband, the income the couple reports for the wife is 1.5 percentage points lower on average than her actual income. The income the household reports for her husband is 2.9 percentage points higher. The study, which compared Census survey responses to tax data, found that couples will minimize the earnings gap between husband and wife regardless of whether the person answering the survey's questions is the husband or the wife. The pattern doesn't hold in couples where the husband earns more than his wife, the study found. (Market Watch)

Wait - People Still Say "Doggy Bag?"

Want to cut down on how much you eat when dining out? Researchers at Pennsylvania State University say ask for a doggy bag before your meal arrives. It seems if we know our food will go to waste, we'll eat more. But if we know up front we can take leftovers home, we eat less. In the report published in the journal Appetite, researchers said, "Packaging uneaten food after a meal could be an effective strategy to reduce over-consumption from large portions." (Daily Mail)

What the What?

A man in Jacksonville, Fla., chased people in a convenience store while brandishing a live alligator! The man, whose identity has not yet been confirmed, walked into the store holding the gator with his right hand. The animal's mouth appeared to be taped shut. Video footage shows he then yelled, "Ya'll ain't out of beer, are you?" Moments later, the man with the gator jokingly ran at another man as people in the store laugh. He then grabbed a 12-pack of beer. The video was also shared by a Jacksonville man named Robby Stratton, who would not confirm if he was the same person who carried the gator in the video. He said via Facebook Messenger, "All I have to say is it was all fun and games. Everybody in the store was friends and everyone was laughing and having a good time. No one in the situation was scared or mad." (FOX News)


  • It costs about $170.00 a year in electricity to power your flat screen TV, but only about $3.00 a year to power your radio.
  • 40% of women admit having thrown a shoe at someone when they were really angry.
  • The average person touches their nose five times an hour without realizing it.
  • A recent study finds that books are the most borrowed items in America, followed by jumper cables and then scissors.
  • One in five married women say their engagement or wedding ring is the number one thing they would change in their lives.
  • In a recent survey, people said that cracking knuckles is the most annoying personal bad habit.


  • Actress Priyanka Chopra and musician Nick Jonas are engaged after two months of dating.
  • Scientists spotted a cross between a whale and a porpoise off the coast of Hawaii last year.
  • "Mission: Impossible - Fallouit" actor Ving Rhames says California police officers pulled their guns on him inside his own home after a neighbor reported a "large black man" breaking in.
  • America's Got Talent judge Mel B has been banned from talking about her marriage to Eddie Murphy in her upcoming tell-all book. But she will dish on ex-husband, Stephen Belafonte.
  • Those two Georgia police officers who were caught on video flipping a virtual coin to determine if a speeding motorist would go to jail were fired late last week.
  • For the record, The Cheesecake Factory is celebrating National Cheesecake Day with 50% off a slice of Cheesecake all day long. Limit one per guest.
  • North Korea returned the remains of 55 American soldiers on Friday, from the days of the Korean War 66 years ago.
  • Actress Brigitte Nielsen says she's worried that she'll be mistaken for a grandmother when her daughter begins going to school. Brigitte had the baby five months ago when she was 55.
  • Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, who preached at Harry and Meghan's wedding, is facing prostate cancer.
  • A U.S. Army veteran is dead after he was allegedly brutally stabbed by his fiance at his home in Colorado Springs. It happened while they were arguing over the guest list for the wedding.
  • Lindsay Lohan's stepmother was arrested in Florida early Friday on a battery charge.
  • Cardi B has dropped out of the Bruno Mars tour to focus on being a mom.
  • A Facebook investor has drawn up a new proposal to oust Mark Zuckerburg as chairman, 10 months before the social networking giant's next shareholder meeting.
  • Miyako Chiyo, the oldest person in the world, died a week ago yesterday in Japan. She was 117.
  • Yelp is going to start showing what restaurants scored on their health inspections.
  • Michelle Williams is a married woman! The actress wed partner Phil Elverum in a secret ceremony and revealed it in a new Vanity Fair interview.
  • How the mighty have fallen. Former TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, who had a job in the NFL less than five months ago, is now selling jewelry on Twitter.
  • AMC is standing behind TV host Chris Hardwick, who weeks ago was accused by an ex-girlfriend of sexual and emotional abuse. He will return as host of "The Talking Dead" this fall.


Julia Roberts on the 'mental challenge' of shooting 'Homecoming'. Julia Roberts is returning to the small screen for the first time since the 2014 tv movie "The Normal Heart" in "Homecoming," Amazon's new thriller based on Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz's podcast of the same name. And what brought her back to the medium were the men behind the project. "I just think that what Eli and Micah have written is such a great old-fashioned yarn set in this really modern conundrum of a morality play. And you put that in Sam [Esmail's] incredibly stylish, capable, huge hands, it seemed a very safe place to be," she said at the Television Critics Assn. panel for the series Saturday. The recent star of "Money Monster" and "Wonder" noted that the process of filming "Homecoming" wasn't "that different" from the way she has been asked to work on films, based on the way they shot it and the fact that Esmail directed all of the episodes. "We were all together in the way you would be on a movie," she said. However, the show still posed new challenges for the veteran actress -- specifically an 11-page scene that was filmed as one continuously, traveling shot. "It was a great mental challenge every day," she said, noting that is what she loved about the project. "It became really the fuel a lot of times -- how many pages are we going to do tomorrow and is it one shot for all of them or are we going to do a couple of shots?" The "oner" took seven or eight takes, and Roberts said "likely me tripping" caused the need for multiple takes. But she also had a lot of props with which to contend. "It's not just about, can you be prepared?" she pointed out. "It's about being prepared while walking up and down flights of stairs... on the phone." But, she continued, "It was weird -- it was like the harder the task, the faster we accomplished it. It was very strange." Roberts admitted she wasn't specifically looking for a return to television when "Homecoming" came up for her. "I guess I didn't really think of it as small screen, big screen. I don't know -- my television is pretty big," she said. But more seriously, she noted that while having "more time to shoot and more time to unravel people" seemed like a great opportunity, she also doesn't see a big distinction between the mediums today. "Everything is just so good, the bar is just so high, and for me it's just nice to bring something into people's homes. We're like a delivery service -- we're delivering entertainment into your homes," she said. (PageSix)

Bob Odenkirk Flashes Better Call Saul Butt Tattoo Amid Season 5 Announcement. Better Call Saul has been renewed for season five. AMC announced the news on Saturday at the Television Critics' Association (TCA) Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. The announcement comes about a week before the premiere of season four -- and nobody seems more excited about the debut than the show's star Bob Odenkirk. During the presentation, the actor flashed the audience his backside to reveal a new Better Call Saul tattoo. Placed prominently on his buttocks, the new ink showcased the show's title with a heart drawn around it. It also included the season four premiere date: Aug. 6. "I'm a real company man," Odenkirk quipped, per Deadline. "I thought, 'Where can I put this where everyone can see it?'" Of course, Odenkirk didn't say the tattoo was real. Better Call Saul returns on Monday, Aug. 6 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC. (Eonline)

Demi Lovato documentary on hold after star's overdose. The show is expected to go on for the upcoming Demi Lovato documentary, but it's unclear when it will be. The singer's follow-up YouTube documentary is still moving forward despite her recent overdose, but it is on hold until she is ready to come back to the project, according to YouTube global head of originals Susanne Daniels. "It's in production," Daniels told IndieWire. "It's on hold right now. That's up to Demi what she wants to say and what she wants to do." According to USA Today, the film was due to come out this fall but will now be bumped back until at least 2019. It has been filming for the past year. Daniels praised Lovato, saying the pop star is her hero. "She's someone who has been honest, so candid about her struggles, from day one when she was a teenager. And they're real struggles, and they're multiple struggles," Daniels said. "And she's trying so hard and I think the outpouring of sympathy for her is a reflection of how she has shared her battles so publicly and so honestly ... So I think we're on pause, we want her to get well, and she'll decide what she wants to say or not say about this." The new documentary was set to focus on 25-year-old Lovato's desire to raise awareness on different issues that interest and affect her. Lovato's first documentary, "Demi Lovato: Stay Strong," aired on MTV in 2012 and centered around her sobriety (although she later admitted she was still using cocaine and alcohol). She then released "Simply Complicated" with YouTube in October 2017 and touched on her struggles with bulimia and alcohol addition throughout the 80-minute film. The "Confident" singer was found unconscious in her bed Tuesday following a long night of partying to celebrate a backup dancer's birthday. Her friends reportedly treated her with Narcan before emergency responders arrived at her Hollywood Hills home, and they asked the responders to turn off their sirens when approaching the house. Earlier this week, she was said to be in stable condition. (PageSix)

How Connie Britton Returned to Nashville for the Series Finale. Rayna Jaymes lives again! Sort of. Connie Britton returned for the series finale of Nashville, and yes, her character is still dead. Britton left the series during season five, its first on CMT after ABC canceled the musical drama and was hesitant to return for one last ride. "I'll admit: When they first called me to do it, I was a little against it," Britton told TVLine. "Because I thought, 'Rayna's gone.' And I don't like the idea of having her come back as a ghost." However, she came around to it and appeared in not one, but two scenes. Britton appeared as Rayna in a flashback to her wedding night to Deacon (Charles Esten), and in the final scene, a massive musical number featuring the cast and crew. "Then [series creator Callie Khouri] told me about the last moment on the Ryman stage, and I loved the idea of that. So we made it happen," Britton said. According to Variety, Britton cut a vacation with her son short to return to her Nashville home. "Rayna got to do the impossible," Britton said. "She got to come back from the dead. I got to do the most wonderful, which was to go back to my 'Nashville' family and celebrate all the hard work and love and care that went into that show." For the final number in the Ryman Auditorium, Britton was joined by her former costars, Khouri and several other behind-the-scenes players. "Being on the Ryman stage, reunited with six years of cast and crew, is a moment I'll cherish and never forget," Britton said. "I am grateful." Are you happy Nashville brought Rayna back for one last song? (Eonline)

Behind the Scenes of Avengers: Infinity War's Crushing Finale. Still reeling from the final moments in Avengers: Infinity War? E! News has an exclusive look at Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, Josh Brolin, Chris Evans, Danai Gurira, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen and Sebastian Stan filming the devastating finale, culminating in -- spoiler alert! -- Thanos activating the Infinity Gauntlet and snapping his fingers, wiping out half the galaxy's population. Black Panther? Bye. Groot? Gone. Spider-Man? See ya. The final battle occurs after Thanos goes on a smash and grab across the universe to collect all six Infinity Stones, giving him unparalleled power. The Mind Stone is embedded in Vision's forehead, bringing Thanos to Wakanda -- where the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and a host of other superheroes are preparing to fight him to the death. "When Thanos shows up, we really wanted to make this the most powerful moment ever," executive producer Trinh Tran says in a bonus featurette (included on the digital and Blu-ray editions of the blockbuster). Of course, deciding which heroes would vanish was a challenge. "In terms of our choices about who Thanos would end up eradicating with his snap, it was very story-focused. How do we pay off each individual character's storyline most profoundly?" co-director Anthony Russo asks. "The first person to go is Bucky Barnes, and it's shot from Captain America's perspective." Similarly, Russo notes that Okoye's "No. 1 mission in life" is to protect King T'Challa -- making it more heartbreaking to watch as she "watches the king go in front of her." No matter which characters turned to dust, Russo says, seeing how the surviving heroes react "is very powerful." Where will Captain America (Evans), Okoye (Gurira), Thor (Hemsworth), Black Widow (Johansson), Falcon (Mackie), Scarlet Witch (Olsen) and the other heroes go from here? That question won't be answered until the fourth and final Avengers film hits theaters in April 2019. Other bonus features available on Blu-ray and digital include 10 minutes of deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel and audio commentary with the directors and the screenwriters. It also contains more than two hours of never-before-revealed details of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's unprecedented, 10-year cinematic journey -- including a filmmakers round table. (Eonline)


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