THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Grammy-winning jazz singer Nancy Wilson (not the Heart singer) has died at the age of 81.
  • The annual Rolling Thunder ride - which has brought thousands of bikers to the DC area for decades - is doing one last run next May.
  • Cybill Shepherd says that CBS head Les Moonves once propositioned her and she feels because she turned him, her show in the 90s was canceled by the network.
  • In case you're wondering, Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger seem to be still going strong.
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is considering a controversial plan to reinstall a Confederate soldier monument -- the statue of "Silent Sam" -- which was toppled by protesters in August.
  • President Trump has canceled the traditional "White House Christmas Party for the Media." Surprised?
  • One of 2019's big possible weddings in the works -- Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson. No engagement yet, but said to be close.
  • Jennifer Grey is going to join the cast of "Grey's Anatomy" for a few episodes.
  • The pastor of a South Carolina mega-church gave a tearful explanation to his congregation last week, of how there was nothing wrong with his Christmas gift to his wife: a $200,000 Lamborghini.
  • Just so you know, Kanye West and Drake have a small feud going on, mostly on Twitter.
  • 67-year-old Lou Ferrigno, once greened-up as TV's "The Incredible Hulk," had to be hospitalized after a pneumonia vaccination went wrong.
  • Richard Branson is predicting that the 9-to-5 workday and the 5-day work week will both "die off" due to technology making all of our jobs easier.
  • Chris Christie has supposedly met with President Trump about that Chief of Staff gig, while insiders says he's considering his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
  • Volkswagen says it's on track to break last year's sales records.
  • Christmas trees ARE most expensive this year. Why's that? Because of the recession, 10 years ago. The Christmas trees planted back in 2008 are what we're enjoying now, and back then, with the economy going south, growers were cutting back.
  • A five-year legal battle over the copyright of the hit song "Blurred Lines" has ended with Marvin Gaye's family being awarded a final judgment of nearly $5 million against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams.
  • With all the turmoil at the top, they say there's an overhaul coming soon to CBS This Morning.
  • The Boy Scouts of America may file for bankruptcy over lawsuits alleging sexual abuse.
  • An Israeli startup has created the world's first lab-grown steak.
  • Tickets for Bruce Springsteen's final night on Broadway could sell for as much as $42,000 apiece.
  • The city of Cork, Ireland has spent $7,000 polishing door handles ahead of a visit by Prince Charles.
  • Kellogg's is teaming up with a UK brewer to turn rejected corn flakes into beer.
  • Keith Richards says he has almost given up alcohol. I guess "almost" counts.
  • Jose Canseco has volunteered to be Donald Trump's next Chief of Staff.

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