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Sizzler, one of America’s first steakhouse chains, files for bankruptcy – CNN

Bed Bath & Beyond in Plymouth Meeting among 63 stores closing – 6ABC

The Pageant reopening in October for concerts after being closed due to COVID-19 – KSDK

See Highlights From TIME’s ABC Broadcast Revealing the 100 Most Influential People of the Year – Time

Page plans to roll back some St. Louis County sports restrictions on Wednesday, source says – STLToday

Rumors point to a date for Amazon Prime Day — and it’s soon! – Mashable

Gucci Is Selling $1,400 Grass-Stained Overalls – NYPost

Group of dads tackle man accused of peeping on teen in Cracker Barrel restroom – KXAN

Do You Think There’s Life on Other Planets in Our Solar System? – YouGov

Man transforms himself into ‘black alien’ by having nose REMOVED, splitting his tongue & has even tattooed his eyeballs – The-Sun

CDC warns against door-to-door trick-or-treating for Halloween this year – CBSNews

Toilet paper sells out again in Scotland as new COVID-19 lockdown looms – FoxBusiness

We’re looking at a substitute teacher shortage this year with teachers potentially being out for weeks at a time from coronavirus and not enough substitutes out there to fill the jobs.

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In huge gamer news, Microsoft/Xbox bought one of the most successful game making companies, ZeniMax Media for 7.5 billion dollars.  Their division of Bethesda Softworks makes games like Skyrim, Fallout, and Doom.  This means that soon those games, and others, will be exclusive to Xbox.  Here’s Microsoft’s Head of Xbox Phil Spencer on what’s on the way.

Former employees at the Ellen show weren’t digging Ellen’s attempt at an apology and or explaination about all the scandals surrounding her show. Anywhere from being a bully to sexual harassment. She vowed things have changed. She apologized and yes she made a few jokes. A few reactions from former employees... “Not only did Ellen turn my trauma, turn our traumas, into a joke, she somehow managed to make this about her,” and “When you’re talking about people who have accused her leadership of the seriousness of sexual misconduct, I don’t think it’s appropriate to have jokes in the monologue.” Current employees say changes have been made and Ellen is more “engaged” then ever.

First her show goes away, then her husband’s run for the presidency is ummm not going great and then ya know…law school. This whole being married to Kanye thing is getting to be too much. Stay tuned supoosedly if Kanye does not get it together she may be packing that ass up and leaving him. They have 4 kids. Can you imagine the media circus?

Zendaya fans were feeling euphoric about her Best Actress win at Sunday’s Emmys for her work on Euphoria–until they found out that her win was being called an “upset” and that upset them. Why? Apparently because some of them don’t know that the word “upset” can have two meanings: either “being very sad,” or “an unexpected result.” One vocabulary-challenged Zendaya fan tweeted, “No one’s upset,” while another said about the use of the word “upset” to describe her win, “I wasn’t upset. Zendaya’s performance in Euphoria was PHENOMENAL.” In response, at least one dictionary-equipped Twitter user wrote, “There is no hope for humanity if this many people don’t know what ‘an upset’ means.”

Lauren Alaina gave “People” a tour of her house, and the highlight was a rug that used to be a cow.  It was the family’s cow and when it died her stepdad made a rug out of her.  Lauren inherited it after her stepdad passed away.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama, President Bill Clinton and others will be on the West Wing reunion show on HBO Max.  Former cast members will be together for the first time in 17 years. They will restage Season 3 episode “Hartsfield’s Landing” for When We All Vote, a nonprofit co-chaired by Obama.  It will premiere October 15 on HBO Max.

Today “Enola Holmes” is on Netflix.  Millie Bobby Brown is Sherlock Holmes’ sister, who turns to him for help when her mother goes missing.  Henry Cavill is Sherlock, Sam Claflin is their smarter brother Mycroft, and Helena Bonham Carter plays her mom.

Horror fans like to think the movies they watch make them better prepared to handle catastrophic situations.  Are they right?  A new study says . . . maybe. Researchers at a Danish university say, quote, “Fiction allows the audience to explore an imagined version of the world at very little cost.  “Through fiction, people can learn how to escape dangerous predators, navigate novel social situations, and practice their mind-reading and emotion regulation skills.” The research even suggests that horror fans have been feeling less stress during the pandemic . . . quote, “Horror fiction allows its audience to practice grappling with negative emotions in a safe setting. “Experiencing negative emotions in a safe setting, such as during a horror film, might help individuals hone strategies for dealing with fear and more calmly deal with fear-eliciting situations in real life.”

In “Toy Story 4”, KEANU REEVES’ character Duke Caboom was an obvious homage to EVEL KNIEVEL.  But the people who control Evel’s name and likeness don’t see it as a compliment . . . because they weren’t able to cash in. K&K Promotions is suing Disney and Pixar for damages, saying they RIPPED OFF Evel Knievel’s image without permission, and made money off not only the movie, but Duke Caboom TOYS . . . Including his own stunt cycle, like the CLASSIC Evel Knievel toy from the ’70s that every kid had to have . . . even though it RARELY worked like it was supposed to.

Somehow, CAROLE BASKIN did NOT get eliminated first on “Dancing with the Stars”.  Even before she landed in the basement in Week 1 with an 11 out of 30. Last night was an improvement, though.  She got a 16 out of 30.  Which was actually higher than SKAI JACKSON and CHARLES OAKLEY, who both got 15. Still, it was Carole in the bottom two with Charles, and the judges had to make the call.  It was Carole by a split decision.  Carrie Ann Inaba voted for Carole, Bruno Tonioli wanted Charles, and Derek Hough voted Carole.

The metal band Anthrax have launched “Stop Spreading the Disease” hand sanitizer, in a nod to the 35th anniversary of their second album, 1985’s Spreading the Disease. Drummer Charlie Benante broke the news in an Instagram post in which he was holding a bottle and wrote it was “coming soon,” along with the hashtags #stayhealthy and #clean. Anthrax also recently released bourbon whiskey, so they have no shortage of unique fan offerings.

Elton John has a new boxed set full of rarities and unreleased songs coming called Elton: Jewel Box. Along with the announcement, he also shared an unreleased song, “Sing Me No Sad Songs,” with lyrics that actually foreshadow two of his big future hits: “Sad Songs” and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” Elton: Jewel Box is due November 13.

Prince’s estate released a previously-unheard song called “I Need a Man”.  Back in the day, he offered it to Bonnie Raitt.

Back in 2003, “Rolling Stone” published a list of the top 500 albums of all-time.  They tweaked it in 2012 . . . and now, they’ve re-created it from scratch, with 154 new additions that weren’t on the previous versions.

Here’s the new Top 10:

1.  “What’s Going On”, Marvin Gaye, 1971 . . . It was #6 before.

2.  “Pet Sounds”, The Beach Boys, 1966 . . . It was also #2 in 2003.

3.  “Blue”, Joni Mitchell, 1971 . . . It was #30 before.

4.  “Songs in the Key of Life”, Stevie Wonder, 1976 . . . It was #56.

5.  “Abbey Road”, The Beatles, 1969 . . . It was #14.

6.  “Nevermind”, Nirvana, 1991 . . . It was #17.

7.  “Rumours”, Fleetwood Mac, 1977 . . . It was #25.

8.  “Purple Rain”, Prince and the Revolution, 1984 . . . It was #72.

9.  “Blood on the Tracks”, Bob Dylan, 1975 . . . It was #16.

10.  “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”, Lauryn Hill, 1998 . . . It was #312.

In 2003, they had “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles at #1.  Now, it’s #24.

The Beatles are still doing well though, they have nine albums among the new Top 500, which is more than any other artist.  Bob Dylan has eight . . . and then Kanye West, Neil Young, and the Rolling Stones all have six apiece.

Back in 2003, Dylan had the most, with 11 albums in the Top 500.

On the new list, some albums that weren’t out in 2003 cracked the Top 50:

17.  “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”, Kanye West, 2010

19.  “To Pimp a Butterfly”, Kendrick Lamar, 2015

32.  “Lemonade”, Beyoncé, 2016

33.  “Back to Black”, Amy Winehouse, 2006

Do songs have seasons in your mind? Yesterday was the first day of fall. Are their FALL type songs you can think of? “Ultimate Classic Rock” put out a list of the 20 best fall songs.  Here are 10 highlights:

1.  “Leaves That Are Green”, Simon & Garfunkel, 1966

2.  “Ramble On”, Led Zeppelin, 1969

3.  “Moondance”, Van Morrison, 1970

4.  “Maggie May”, Rod Stewart, 1971

5.  “Rainy Day Man”, Bonnie Raitt, 1974

6.  “Night Moves”, Bob Seger, 1976

7.  “September”, Earth, Wind & Fire, 1978

8.  “October”, U2, 1981

9.  “The Boys of Summer”, Don Henley, 1984

10.  “November Rain”, Guns N’ Roses, 1991

BIRTHDaYS

Skylar Astin is 33.  Anna Kendrick’s boyfriend Jesse in the “Pitch Perfect” movies

Anthony Mackie is 42.  Falcon in the Marvel superhero movies. 

Layzie Bone from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is 46.

Jermaine Dupri is 48

Jason Alexander is 61.  George Costanza on “Seinfeld”.

 Bruce Springsteen is 71.

Today’s BURTON BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY….Lets just list some of his titles….Thunder Road, Hungry Heart, Birlliant Disguise, Streets of Philadelphia, Born to Run, Dancing in the Dark and of course…Born in the USA….The Boss…Bruce Springsteen is 71 years young today. 

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PORNO BIRTHDAY

SAMANTHA ST JAMES

Today’s birthday girl has been punished more than a teen breaking curfew in 144 fine films including:

  • ANAL TOY STORY
  • Toe Tales
  • Burnt Buns
  • Her First Old Chick
  • Really Good Daughters
  • The Bush League
  • Sleep With My Daughter, But Me First
  • And who could forget…her unforgettable role in…Will You Just Shut Up And Do It Already!?

SAMANTHA ST. JAMES is 53 YEARS OLD

The Cardinals shut out the Royals last night with a 5-0 win last night.  Austin Gomber got the win.  Dylan Carlson had himself a night with a single, a double, a triple, and 2 RBI.   Carlos Martinez will get the start tonight to wrap up the series.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM.

If the post season were to start today…the Cardinals WOULD be in as a wild card team.  They actually would fall in at the #5 spot which would put them against the San Diego Padres. 

The Chicago Cubs are going to the playoffs for the fifth time in six years. The Cubs clinched their spot in the expanded postseason when the  Phillies lost to the  Nationals and the  Reds lost to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cleveland Indians are back in the MLB playoffs after missing out in 2019. Third baseman Jose Ramirez hit a walk-off three-run homer for a 5-3 win over the White Sox in 10 innings, clinching the franchise’s fourth postseason berth in the last five seasons. The Braves are heading to the playoffs for the third consecutive year. Atlanta clinched a spot in the expanded 2020 postseason with a win over the Marlins on Tuesday…and finally…The  Dodgers are the National League West champions for the eighth straight season. The team was the first in the majors to clinch a playoff spot earlier this month and clinched the division title Tuesday with a 7-2 win over the Oakland Athletics.

The Stars and Lightning continue their Stanley Cup Final series tonight.  Dallas won game 1, Tampa won game 2, and now things are all tied up for Game 3 tonight.  Puck drops at 7PM.

The comeback Nuggets are at it again.  Avoiding falling 3-0 in the series – the Nuggets clawed back in Game 3 and got the 114-106 win against the Lakers last night.  Kyler Murray had himself a night with 28 points, 8 rebounds, and 12 assists.  Game 4 is tomorrow night at 8PM.  Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals is tonight.  The Celtics won game 3 and look to even things up tonight.  The Heat won both game 1 and 2 to open up the series.  Tip off is at 7:30PM.

The Chicago Bulls hired Billy Donovan as their next head coach on Tuesday. Donovan is coming off a successful five-year stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder, making the playoffs in each season. He and the Thunder mutually parted ways after failing to agree to a contract extension after Oklahoma City was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

The New York Giants and free-agent running back Devonta Freeman have agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal. The Giants lost Saquon Barkley for the season to a torn right ACL suffered against the Chicago Bears.  Replacing Barkley’s production is a near-impossible task, but the Giants were forced to scour the free-agent wire to fill a spot on the depth chart with his season over. 

Free-agent quarterback Blake Bortles is reportedly signing a one-year contract with the  Broncos after starter Drew Lock suffered a shoulder injury that’ll keep him sidelined at least three weeks. Bortles will make the league minimum. Bortles is expected to join the team after he clears COVID protocols.  He could serve as the backup to Jeff Driskel on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Saturday’s game between Notre Dame and the Wake Forest has been postponed after seven Notre Dame student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. Thirteen players are currently in isolation, with 10 quarantining. The university previously announced Monday that four student-athletes had tested positive for COVID-19. Notre Dame opened its 2020 season with consecutive wins over Duke and South Florida. The Irish are playing an ACC schedule after joining the conference on a temporary basis amid the pandemic. Notre Dame is a member school in every sport except football.

Vanessa Bryant is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department due to the deputies that took and in at least one case shared “unauthorized” photos of the aftermath of the helicopter crash that killed her husband and daughter. The lawsuit claims one of the incidents includes a deputy who was allegedly seen in a bar sharing photos of the site to a woman. The suit seeks damages for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of her right to privacy.