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Man threatens to explode Las Vegas casino with grenade in his backside – LINK

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Idris Elba’s fly busts open in wardrobe malfunction at Brit Awards – LINK

Mazda head units are getting bricked by a local NPR station in Seattle – LINK

Missouri man drives over 1 million miles in his Volvo sedan – LINK

‘Disturbing’ discovery at Creve Coeur Lake after warnings to stay off the ice – LINK

A Poll Found Valentine’s Day Is the Least Popular Major Holiday – LINK

A Museum Security Guard Got Bored on His First Day and Drew Eyes on a $1 Million Painting – LINK

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Today Is the Day, on Average, That People Abandon Their NYE Resolutions – LINK

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Authorities have determined the official cause of death for BOB SAGET, and it’s . . . HEAD TRAUMA.  Bob was found unresponsive in his Orlando hotel room on January 9th.  He was on tour at the time and had just performed the night before.  He was 65 years old.  No drugs or alcohol. Bob’s family issued a statement saying, quote, “The authorities have concluded that he accidentally hit the back of his head on something, thought nothing of it and went to sleep.  No drugs or alcohol were involved.” They added, quote, “As we continue to mourn together, we ask everyone to remember the love and laughter that Bob brought to this world, and the lessons he taught us all: “To be kind to everyone, to let the people you love know you love them, and to face difficult times with hugs and laughter.” (LINK 

DAVE CHAPPELLE hates affordable housing. There’s a big development plan being proposed in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio.  It includes single-family homes, duplexes, and townhouses some of which was supposed to be affordable housing. But Dave showed up personally at a city council meeting this week and threatened to pull all his business out of Yellow Springs if they go ahead with that part of it. He did the same thing at a virtual council meeting last December. The council decided NOT to go ahead with the affordable housing part of the plan. Dave is planning to build a restaurant and a comedy club in the area (LINK) 

SNOOP DOGG is now the official owner of Death Row Records. He issued a statement saying, quote, “I am thrilled and appreciative of the opportunity to acquire the iconic and culturally significant Death Row Records brand, which has immense untapped future value. “It feels good to have ownership of the label I was part of at the beginning of my career and as one of the founding members . . . I’m looking forward to building the next chapter of Death Row Records.” Death Row was founded in 1991 by Dr. Dre, Suge Knight, The D.O.C., and Dick Griffey.  Snoop joined in 1993, and released his debut album “Doggystyle” in November of that year. He’s releasing his new album “B.O.D.R.” on Death Row tomorrow.  (The title stands for “Back on Death Row”.) Snoop doesn’t own the music rights to Death Row’s catalog . . . but he’s probably working on that (LINK)

A woman claims Snoop Dogg and his associate Bishop Don Juan forced oral sex on her in 2013, but Snoops people say its BS and she is looking for a payday. He says the woman filed suit right before the Super Bowl, Snoop is performing at halftime, hoping she’d get paid. She says back in 2013 after a show in California Bishop Don Juan offered her a ride home.  She says she fell asleep in the car, and woke up not at her house but at Bishop Don Juan’s. She fell asleep at his house. She says she woke up with him pulling out his junk and tried to make her do stuff to it.  She says Bishop gave her a dress and told her to put it on so they could go to Snoop’s studio, saying “I want to see if he will make you the weather girl” — for some TV show. She says she went to Snoop’s but had a stomachache so she went to the bathroom, and while she was on the toilet, Snoop walked in made her do things to him while she was on the toilet.  And then she says Snoop wouldn’t hire her because she “refused to willingly and enthusiastically give oral sex.” Snoop denies the entire story, saying it’s a pack of lies. He posted an image on his Instagram, calling her a “Gold digger.” She demanded just under $10 million. Snoop said kick rocks. Both Snoop and Bishop Don Juan were sued for unspecified damages.

As far as the fan voting for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame I have the current standings and Dolly Parton…yikes. Eminem and Duran Duran are leading the fan tally after one million votes. Eminem is in the lead with more than 142,000 votes, followed by Duran Duran with 119,000, Pat Benatar with more than 112,000, and Dolly Parton with more than 95,000 votes. Four other acts have received more than 50,000 votes: Lionel Richie, Judas Priest, Carly Simon, and Rage Against The Machine. You can vote for your favorite nominee until April 29th at Vote.RockHall.com.  The top five acts will make up a “fans ballot”. Inductees into the Class of ’22 will be announced this May.  

Pretty cool way for WILL SMITH to promote the fresh prince reboot. He got people from around the world to rap the theme with him. It comes out Sunday on Peacock. 

PEYTON and ELI MANNING struck gold with their “Manningcast” on ESPN2 during “Monday Night Football” games.  They just signed a deal to continue it through the 2024 season.  And that’s not all. They’ll also produce similar broadcasts for other sports on ESPN, like golf, college football, and the UFC.  But they won’t host them.  They’ll stick to football, while the other ‘casts will have hosts who are more familiar with the sports they’re covering (LINK) 

After 9 years “Futurama” is coming back and it’ll be on Hulu. Yes the last episode aired September of 2013. Past episodes are also on Hulu currently.  20 episodes have been ordered from the original creators, Matt Groening and David X. Cohen. Most of the original voice cast will be returning, like Billy West as Fry, Katey Sagal as Leela, and Lauren Tom as Amy.  The only main absence is John DiMaggio as the foul-mouthed robot Bender. There are reports that he’s finalizing a deal, but also that his parts are being recast.  If you look at John’s Twitter page, he’s been retweeting fans that said he’s irreplaceable and urging for a deal to be made.  So we’ll just have to wait and see. The new season is expected to come out in 2023.  All past seasons are currently available to stream on Hulu (LINK)

On Tuesday, Disney debuted the new trailer for the Pixar animated film Lightyear, a space adventure about the character Buzz Lightyear, who inspired the toy in the Toy Story series. The film introduces the “real-life” (or human) space ranger that inspired the toy line seen in the Pixar franchise. The animated sci-fi feature stars Chris Evans as the voice of Buzz. In the trailer, Buzz heads out on an intergalactic space adventure, accompanied by a talking robot cat named Sox, and takes on the evil Emperor Zurg. Lightyear opens in theatres on June 17, 2022. 

A U.K. zoo has hired a MARVIN GAYE impersonator to perform hits like “Let’s Get It On” to get their MONKEYS in the mood.  He’s even performing INSIDE the enclosure.

The park director said, quote, “We thought it could be a creative way to encourage our females to show a little affection to males that might not have been so lucky in love.” Well, I guess the zoo will find out in the summertime if Marvin’s music helped the cause.  A monkey’s pregnancy length varies by species, but is typically four-and-a-half to six months long. 

Ever stayed at a job because you loved what you did, regardless of the pay?  The same can be said for these 10 actors, who accepted significant pay cuts: (LINK)

Jonah Hill agreed to the lowest possible salary of $60,000 to be in “The Wolf of Wall Street” because he just wanted to work with Martin Scorsese. 

Will Smith personally paid the cast of “King Richard” for any lost box office returns after the studio decided on a simultaneous streaming and theatrical release. 

Keanu Reeves reportedly volunteered to take a cut of several million for “The Devil’s Advocate” so the studio could afford to bring on Al Pacino. 

Chadwick Boseman donated some of his salary to Sienna Miller when they did “21 Bridges”.  The studio was refusing her asking price, so Chadwick stepped in. 

Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, and Steve Carell took pay cuts for “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” so it could be made. 

When no studio wanted to make “Good Night, and Good Luck”, George Clooney mortgaged his house and paid himself A DOLLAR to write, direct, and star. 

Ryan Reynolds personally paid for two “Deadpool” screenwriters to be on set every day during production, after Fox refused to. 

Kristen Stewart agreed to a reduced salary of $200,000 for “On the Road” because she was so invested in her character

Celebrating a Birthday today: 

Chloe Grace Moretz is 25.

Actress Emma Roberts is 31. She’s the niece of Julia Roberts and the daughter of Eric Roberts.

Elizabeth Banks is 48. Effie Trinket in the “Hunger Games” movies, and  Wyldstyle in “The Lego Movie”.  She directed the “Charlie’s Angels” remake and the second “Pitch Perfect” movie, where she plays Gail.

Jurassic Park’s Laura Dern is 55.

The guy who wrote Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan is 55.

Lenny Dykstra is 59.

News guy George Stephanopoulos is 61.

Golfer Greg Norman is 67.

Olympic gold medalist Mark Spitz is 72.

Robert Wagner is 92. DiNozzo’s dad on “NCIS”, and Dr. Evil’s henchman, Number Two, in “Austin Powers”

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Austin Taylor

Today’s birthday girl has been in 200 fine films, including:

  • Almost Step Sisters
  • Anacondas Hunting White Booties
  • Barrack’s Big Stimulus Package
  • Double Bubble White Booty 3
  • Mama’s A Freak 2
  • Three Way Thrills 4
  • Touch My Tushy 2
  • And who can forget her role in 2009’s Work It Work It Get It Get It 4

Austin Taylor is 39 years old

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It’s been since the end of January since the Blues have been in action and tonight they are back on the ice at Enterprise Center. The Devils are in town and faceoff is scheduled for 7PM.  Some off the ice news yesterday – Craig Berube has signed a 3-year extension with the Blues.  Since taking over the team – he is 133-71-30.

I think it’s kind of exciting to talk about upcoming professional soccer matches being scheduled here in St. Louis.  St. Louis’ MLS NEXT Pro team released the 2022 preseason schedule. The first match was yesterday. STL CITY 2 was in Tampa and they lost 2-0 to Philadelphia Unions 2.  They take on FC Cincinnati on Friday. The team will play their first home preseason match against Memphis 901 at Creve Coeur Soccer Complex on Saturday, Feb. 19. All preseason local games will be free to the public.

Its Super Bowl week so you get a bunch of those questions to upcoming free-agents or guys on the verge of retiring like, “If you could pick your dream spot, where would it be?”  Well – Rob Gronkowski has been in the NFL for 11 seasons and in each of those 11 seasons, Tom Brady was his quarterback. With Brady now retired, there’s been a lot of speculation about whether Gronk will join him.  During a question-and-answer session on Tuesday, Gronk was asked what quarterback he would like to play with next season and he didn’t hesitate at all when he gave his answer.  Gronk’s answer? It’s Joe Burrow, man. I watched him in college. I just love the way he presents himself out on the football field. In the pocket he’s just so calm and he just slings it out on the field.” The Bengals have a good tight end right now, but he’s going to be a free agent, which means the team might be in the market for someone to replace him.

Speaking of NFLers on new teams, before he signed with the Rams in November, Odell Beckham Jr had almost signed with two other teams.  And now we are hear which teams those were. He said he was VERY close to signing with the Saints.   He said if Jameis Winston was healthy, he might have done it.  The other team was the New England Patriots.  He said that Bill Belichick called him personally.  He said if it was 3 years ago and Tom Brady was on the team, he would have done it instantly.

Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer will not be criminally charged by Los Angeles prosecutors. The ruling concludes a five-month review of the case, which stems from sexual assault allegations made against Bauer by a San Diego woman who sought a restraining order against him in June. The District Attorney’s Office considered and rejected charges of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and sodomy of an unconscious person during the first sexual encounter between Bauer and the woman on April 22, and domestic violence during the second sexual encounter on May 16.  Bauer, who spent the final three months of the 2021 regular season on administrative leave, still faces a chance for discipline from Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, who has the ability to hand out suspensions under the domestic violence policy that was previously agreed to jointly with the MLB Players Association.

Next weekend it’s the NBA All-Star weekend and on Saturday it’s the NBA Skills challenge. We now know who will be in the 3 Point contest.  I want to see how many of these players you know/have heard of.  Desmond Bane, Luke Kennard, Zach Lavine, CJ McCollum, Patty Mills, Karl-Anthony Towns, Fred VanVleet, and Trae Young.   As far as the dunk competition is concerned.  The participants there are Obi Toppin, Jalen Green, Cole Anthony, and Juan Toscano-Anderson.

Former major league outfielder Jeremy Giambi who played in the MLB from 1998 to 2003 has passed away. TMZ is reporting that police received a call at 11:40 AM requesting medical assistance at the Giambi household. When they arrived first responders found Jeremy deceased. The cause of death is unknown. Giambi played for the Royals, Athletics, Phillies, and Red Sox over the course of his career earning a .263 batting average and hitting 52 home runs and 209 runs batted in. He is the brother of MLB player Jason Giambi. He was only 47 years old.

Villanova beat the UConn women’s basketball team 72-69 on Wednesday, ending the No. 8 Huskies’ 145-game regular-season conference winning streak that dated back to March 2013 and was the longest in NCAA women’s basketball history. Counting conference tournament games, the streak was 169 games. UConn’s last loss to a conference foe in the regular season came at Notre Dame, which was followed by a loss to the Fighting Irish in the championship game of the 2013 Big East tournament.

Olympic history is filled with examples of athletes trying to get an edge, but few could have predicted so much controversy at the 2022 Winter Olympics because of baggy clothing. Five athletes were disqualified for the ski jumping mixed team competition in Beijing because of loose-fitting clothing. Not using the correct apparel could give competitors a significant advantage in ski jumping, especially if it catches the wind. Someone using a wingsuit would probably set world records if allowed. The latest disqualifications were still unprecedented at this level, especially after the same outfits were already cleared a day earlier.

The U.S. Olympic team had a chance to add to their medal count last night.  So how’d we do? Nathan Chen took home the gold in men’s figure skating.  He set a world record earlier this week with his short program and just needed to do well in last night’s free skate to take home a medal.  But he was essentially flawless and easily secured the gold. And he wasn’t the only star for Team USA. Chloe Kim also defended her gold in women’s halfpipe. That helped the U.S. in the overall medal count . . . we’re currently in fifth place in the standings with 9 medals, including three golds.  Here’s the latest leaderboard we saw.

  1. Norway:  12. . . 5 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze.
  2. Austria:  12. . . 4 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze.
  3. Russia:  11 . . . 2 gold, 3 silver, 6 bronze.
  4. Canada:  10. . . 1 gold, 3 silver, 6 bronze.

5.  USA:  9 . . . 3 gold, 5 silver, 1 bronze