THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Ariana Grande says the guy who runs the Grammys is a liar for claiming she was just too frazzled to pull it together and perform on Sunday night's show ... she says it all fell apart because he utterly disrespected her and refused to let her perform "7 Rings," reports TMZ.
  • A sequel to World War Zee was in the works, but they hit the brakes on it suddenly this week.
  • The Hubble telescope has discovered a 'dark vortex' raging on Neptune that would swallow 20% of Earth's surface.
  • FOX has renewed the Simpsons for two more seasons.
  • To summarize what's going on in Virginia: the governor is dealing with an old photo that may or may not show him in blackface. The lieutenant governor is being accused of sexual abuse. The state attorney general, the third in command if the other two resign, has admitted he once dressed up in blackface.
  • Gucci is dealing with its own blackface issue, after they started to offer a black turtleneck that, when you rolled it up over your face, had an opening in it for your mouth and red lips around the opening.
  • Meanwhile, a picture has surfaced of a 29-year-old Joy Behar wearing blackface portraying "a beautiful black woman" at a Halloween party years ago. On "The View", they laughed it off.
  • Johnson & Johnson will be the first drugmaker to list pill prices in TV ads starting with its popular blood thinner, Xarelto.
  • John Prine says he's got one more album left in him. Hang in there.
  • Better Homes and Gardens reports research shows a citywide smoking ban can reduce heart attacks by more than 40 percent.
  • Kanye West has backed out of a $14 million New York condo that he had bought for his wife, Kim.
  • Michael Bolton is denying that he fell asleep during an interview with an Australian TV station.
  • Last spring, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched a research program called All of Us; a historic effort to collect data from 1 million people in the U.S. to help scientists speed up medical breakthroughs. Visit https://www.joinallofus.org/en for information and to sign up.
  • In Canada, Ontario police were called in when a Bingo brawl broke out between a 79-year-old and an 86-year-old over a lucky seat.
  • Just 10 minutes of movement is long enough to improve memory and engage more of your brain. Next time you're stumped on a project or working on a deadline, take a short break and move.
  • By the way, in Portland, Oregon, this weekend's "Worst Day of the Year Bicycle Ride" has been canceled... due to the big storm hitting the area.

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