THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Clint Eastwood is going strong at age 88 and plans to direct another movie, this one about the Atlanta Olympics.
  • Consumer Reports has released the results of an investigation into arsenic levels in popular brands of bottled water. That report found that 11 brands out of 130 had detectable amounts of arsenic in them, making them potentially hazardous to drink over the long run.
  • Dame Judi Dench she can't stand to watch her own movies.
  • Kelly Clarkson has laughed off the idea that she and Carrie Underwood are having a feud.
  • Aquaman star Jason Mamoa has shaved off his beard.
  • For 18 seasons, the New York Yankees played Kate Smith's "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch but no longer. She was dropped after Yankees officials were alerted that Smith previously sang songs with racist lyrics. Smith had a controversial top 20 hit in 1931 titled "That's Why Darkies Were Born" and endorsed the Mammy Doll in 1939. She also sang and appeared in a video for the jingle, "Pickaninny Heaven," which contains racist lyrics and imagery.
  • The 2019 International Auto Show is underway in New York City this week.
  • The Samsung Fold becomes available this Friday. Yours for just $1,980.
  • Pier 1 Imports is looking at closing up to 145 stores.
  • McDonald's is dropping its much-ballyhooed line of premium sandwiches.
  • Costco sells chicken coops for $199.
  • Yes, Khloe Kardashian spent $8500 for a balloon display for her daughter's 1st birthday.
  • Investigators say they think a short circuit caused the Notre Dame Cathedral fire.
  • Disney has pledged $5 million to help rebuild Notre Dame.
  • Arlington, Virginia has been rated the best city for runners.
  • Some school kids in Israel found a 1600-year-old gold coin in the dirt.
  • Adam Levine is selling his Los Angeles mansion one year after buying it for $47.5 million.
  • They say Joe Biden will launch his run for president this week.
  • Those new Star Wars Lands at the Disney Parks, the Anaheim version will open May 31 at Disneyland and on August 29 at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida.
  • Alex Trebek has wrapped up this season of Jeopardy, but told fans, "See you in September!"

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