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The Pokémon Happy Meal at McDonald’s is getting ruined by greedy adults – Polygon

The NTSB Says the Pilot Was at Fault in the Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash – GO

Restaurants and bars in St. Louis County move to 50% capacity today – KMOV

‘Cultural Embarrassment:’ Jamaica Running Low on Weed – Newser

The pandemic has been REALLY good for the legal weed industry.  In Colorado, the marijuana industry had its most lucrative year yet, taking in about $2.2 BILLION.

Here’s an incredible perspective on the microscopic enemy we’re fighting.  If you collected ALL of the Covid virus particles in the world, they would fit in a single Coke can.

BRUNO MARS IMPOSTER ACCUSED OF $100K CATFISH!!! TX Woman Cleaned Out – TMZ

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TAYLOR SWIFT is making a “surprise announcement” on “Good Morning America” today. That alone sent twitter into a fit with people trying to figure out what it is… WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER ALBUM TAYLOR OUR HEARTS HAVE BEEN RIPPED OUT ENOUGH! but if you want to, i’m sure we’ll be able to handle it. love you taylor… its probably the rerecordings.

“Hustler” magazine founder and First Amendment crusader Larry Flynt died yesterday after a sudden illness.  He was 78.  Larry had been in a wheelchair since 1978, when he was shot by a white supremacist.

Morgan Wallen was recently busted on video hammered and dropping the N word. MORGAN WALLEN posted a five-minute video yesterday on Instagram where he owned-up to his actions, but did not ask for forgiveness, because he doesn’t believe he deserves it. 

Jeep pulled its Super Bowl ad featuring BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN off YouTube yesterday, after it was revealed that Bruce got arrested for drunk driving in November. It happened at Gateway National Recreation Area in New Jersey on November 14th.  Bruce was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and consuming alcohol in a closed area. Jeep isn’t scrapping the commercial altogether . . . at least not yet.  They said they’re pausing it until the facts are out. They added, quote, “Its message of community and unity is as relevant as ever.  As is the message that drinking and driving can never be condoned.” 

PAULINA PORIZKOVA made a huge mistake when she married RIC OCASEK from THE CARS:  She didn’t sign a prenup.  At the time, he told her it was a “bad omen,” and she didn’t know any better. Ric died in 2019, while they were in the middle of a divorce and he was in the middle of being worth $80 million. That’s when she learned he had cut her out of his will . . . because he felt she had, quote, “abandoned” him.  Even though she was actually taking care of him after an unspecified surgery. All she had to her name were two homes she couldn’t afford to pay for.  She’s getting back on her feet and sorting things out, but only after a year of needing friends to buy groceries for her. 

If you are a big fan of bounty hunter Cara Dune on The Mandalorian this is not good news. She gone. At least actress Gina Carano is gone. This is over social media posts. Lucasfilm says it has no plans to work with her in the future, adding that her posts, were quote, “abhorrent and unacceptable.” Apparently, the post that put things over the edge was a TikTok she shared, comparing the political climate in the U.S. to Nazi Germany.  It said, quote, “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors . . . even by children.  “Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews.  How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?” Gina has a history of questionable posts.  Last November, she made fun of people listing their preferred pronouns on Twitter, by listing hers as “beep/bop/boop.”  She later apologized.  She has also mocked mask-wearing and suggested that the presidential election was stolen.  

Game of Thrones star Esmé Bianco is joining the group of women who have come forward with claims of assault and abuse against musician Marilyn Manson. She calls a “monster who almost destroyed me and almost destroyed so many women” in a story in New York magazine that was published Wednesday. She alleges Manson assaulted her without consent in a music video shoot and during sex, rigidly set rules for her life and once chased her with an ax. He first became violent with her while shooting a music video for the song “I Want to Kill You Like They Do in the Movies.”  She says he controlled her schedule, what she could wear and when she could leave his apartment, bit her during sex without consent, and once cut her with a knife and later sent an image of the injuries to his then-assistant and a bandmate. “I basically felt like a prisoner,” Bianco told New York. “I came and went at his pleasure. Who I spoke to was completely controlled by him. I called my family hiding in the closet,” she says. Bianco says she fled Manson’s apartment in June 2011, not long after Manson had chased her around the place with an ax, and later broke up with him. Bianco’s attorney also has spoken with the FBI regarding potential human trafficking and sex crime claims.   

CHARISMA CARPENTER says JOSS WHEDON was abusive to her on the set of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”.  Joss created both shows before going on to direct the first two “Avengers” movies. “Buffy” star SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR posted a statement saying, “I don’t want to forever be associated with the name Joss Whedon.”  And that she stands with all survivors of abuse, but she’s not making any further statements at this time. Carpenter said it was mostly while she was pregnant.  She alleged that Whedon had called her “fat” to colleagues when she was 4 months pregnant, asked her if she was “going to keep it,” and then fired her after she gave birth.

The nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 have been announced.  There are 16 of them . . . and they seemed to skew toward female and diverse candidates this time around. They are:  Rage Against the Machine, the Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Tina Turner, Iron Maiden, New York Dolls, Devo, Carole King, LL Cool J, Todd Rundgren, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, the Go-Go’s, Kate Bush, and Fela Kuti. To be eligible, you had to have a single or album released in 1995 or earlier.  The final class will be announced in May.  Usually six or seven acts are inducted, and the ceremony will happen in Cleveland sometime this fall. Eight of the acts . . . the Foo Fighters, the Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Fela Kuti, Dionne Warwick, and Tina Turner as a solo act . . . were nominated for the FIRST time. ALL of them have been eligible before . . . except for the Foo Fighters and Jay-Z, who are in their first year of eligibility. Other acts that became eligible that they COULD’VE nominated include:  The Backstreet Boys, Sugar Ray, Ben Folds Five, Garbage, Incubus, Jewel, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Rammstein, D’Angelo, and the Chemical Brothers. Other ’90s nostalgia that became eligible (but lets call them a long shot) includes . . . Blessid Union of SoulsThe CorrsDog’s Eye ViewFilterJars of ClayMontell JordanThree 6 MafiaJuvenileAir, and Goldfinger. Acts who were snubbed AGAIN include:  Motorhead, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Warren Zevon, Jethro Tull, Megadeth, Scorpions, Twisted Sister, Slayer, Bad Company, Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Procol Harum . . Ozzy Osbourne (although he’s in with Black Sabbath), Peter Frampton, Styx, Chic, Captain Beefheart, the J. Geils Band, Jane’s Addiction, the Pixies, the Smiths, Sonic Youth, Iggy Pop, Blue Oyster Cult, Soundgarden, Oasis . . .And Motley Crue, who have won an unofficial FAN VOTE that’s been held at the actual Rock Hall in Cleveland. Voting for the OFFICIAL fan vote is open on the Rock Hall’s website. Last year’s inductees were Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., and T. Rex. 

MORGAN WALLEN posted a five-minute video yesterday on Instagram where he owned-up to his actions, but did not ask for forgiveness, because he doesn’t believe he deserves it.

The mansion that the Rose family gets kicked out of at the beginning of “Schitt’s Creek” is for sale and it could be yours . . . if you’ve got an extra $15 million kicking around. The place has a name . . . as $15 million mansions often do.  It’s called La Belle Maison, and it’s in Ontario, Canada. It’s 24,000 square feet, with 12 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, a home theater, a wine cellar, a billiard room, a fitness gym, and indoor AND outdoor swimming pools.  To name just a few of its amenities. 

A lot of people consider “The Wizard of Oz” one of those movies that you just shouldn’t touch.  Well, consider it touched.  There’s a remake in the works.  But they’re calling it a “fresh take.” Nicole Kassell of “Watchmen” fame is directing, and she says, quote, “I am exhilarated and humbled by the responsibility of re-imagining such a legendary tale. “These are profoundly iconic shoes to fill, and I am eager to dance alongside these heroes of my childhood as we pave a newly minted yellow brick road!” 

HBO is developing a “Scooby-Doo” spin-off that’ll be an origin story for Velma.  (Who of course is the nerdy one with glasses.)  The show will be animated, but geared toward adults.  MINDY KALING will be voicing Velma.  No other details or casting information has been announced.  They also didn’t say how they’d handle her sexual orientation

The clothes that ALEX TREBEK wore on “Jeopardy” will be donated to a charity that provides clothes to homeless people for job interviews. The organization is called The Doe Fund, and the wardrobe will go to its “Ready, Willing and Able” re-entry program, which helps get people back on their feet. The final inventory that was donated includes:  58 dress shirts, 14 suits, 300 neckties, 25 polo shirts, 14 sweaters, nine sports coats, nine pairs of dress shoes, 15 belts, two parkas, and three pairs of dress slacks. The Doe Fund sent a thank you, saying, quote, “The men in our career training programs are always in need of professional attire, so they can shine in their job interviews and work with confidence once they’re hired. “This donation alleviates the obstacle of not having appropriate clothing.”  Alex passed away from pancreatic cancer on November 8th

Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia became world famous last year . . . but probably not the way its owners had hoped. It became a punch line after DONALD TRUMP’s lawyer RUDY GIULIANI held a press conference there.  A lot of people think the Trump campaign meant to book the Four Seasons HOTEL, but messed up. Accident or not, there’s now a documentary in the works called “Four Seasons Total Documentary”.  And yes, the owner of the company is participating. A press release says the film will, quote, “give a firsthand account of the roller-coaster journey that one well-meaning small business in Philadelphia went through when they agreed to host a political press conference in the midst of the most hard-fought American election in recent history. 

Offspring have promised us a new album this year! Band members Dexter and Noodles made the announcement on some show here are the boys talking about it (AUDIO) All those promises and still the band didn’t give a release date for this elusive new album.  They have to get the green light from the record label before they talk about a drop date.

CELEBRITIES CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY TODAY 

Twilight’s Taylor Lautner is 29.

Former Destiney’s Child member Kelly Rowland is 40.

Singer Brandy is 42.

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda is 44.

InfoWar’s Alex Jones is 47.

Sexy singer D’Angelo is 47.

Famous surfer Kelly Slater is 49.

He’s Bobby Axelrod in Billions, actor Damian Lewis is 50.

Jennifer Aniston is 52.

Former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin is 57.

Former UFC badass Ken Shamrock is 57.

Kennett, Missouri’s Sheryl Crow is 59.

Former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush is 68.

She was Ginger on Gilligan’s Island, Tina Louise is 87.

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P.J. Sparxx

Today’s birthday girl has shown her wares in  317 fine films…including:

– Ass Of The Past

– Backing In 4

– Bitches in Heat

– Butt Camp

– Cellar Dweller 2: Back in the Basement

– Deep Cheeks 2

– Dr. Finger’s House of Lesbians

– Loose Morals

– New Wave Hookers 3

– Potty Mouth

– And who could forget her role in 1996’s Two’s Company Three’s An Orgy

P.J. Sparxx is 52 years old today.

 

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The Cardinals on Wednesday acquired right-hander Johan Quezada from the Phillies in exchange for cash, adding a hard-throwing 26-year-old to the 40-man roster who will provide depth and could compete for one of the few remaining bullpen spots. Quezada made his Major League debut as a Marlin in 2020, conceding three runs over three relief appearances. More notable, though, was that his fastball averaged 97 mph, paired with a slider that sat at 87.2 mph. In 116 appearances (five starts) across six seasons in his Minor League career, Quezada is 15-8 with 16 saves and a 4.05 ERA, striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings.

The Boston Red Sox are trading outfielder Andrew Benintendi to the Kansas City Royals in a three-team deal. The team would also see outfield prospect Khalil Lee go from Kansas City to the Mets and Royals outfielder Franchy Cordero to Boston. Right-handed pitcher Josh Winckowski—who was recently acquired by the Mets—is headed to the Red Sox.

Dallas Mavericks’ owner, Mark Cuban, announced that his team would no longer play the national anthem this season … saying Tuesday night, “It was my decision.” On Wednesday, the NBA overruled that request saying the Mavericks now MUST play the song in accordance with the league’s “longstanding” rules. An NBA exec  said in a statement, “With NBA teams now in the process of welcoming fans back into their arenas, all teams will play the national anthem in keeping with longstanding league policy.” Awhile back League Commish Adam Silver gave teams the choice this season over how to handle the pregame song … and, Cuban appeared to be the only owner who’s nixed it from the in-game experiences. New Orleans Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy wouldn’t mind if his team took the same approach … the 61-year-old said Wednesday morning, “This should happen everywhere. If you think the anthem needs to be played before sporting events, then play it before every movie, concert, church service and the start of every work day at every business,” Van Gundy added. “What good reason is there to play the anthem before a game?”

 

The NBA is moving forward with plans to hold its annual Slam Dunk Contest during halftime of this year’s All-Star Game, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 7 in Atlanta. The three-point and skills competitions are expected to occur on the same evening as well. All-Star plans have been adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s All-Star Weekend was scheduled to take place in Indianapolis, but the weekend was postponed in November in favor of a break between the first and second halves of this year’s regular season. Plans changed, however, and now the league plans to hold a one-day All-Star event in Atlanta. Are the players excited?  Well. LeBron James said: “I’ll be there physically but not mentally.”

Kansas City Chiefs linebackers coach Britt Reid, who was involved in a three-vehicle crash that led to a five-year-old girl being placed in critical condition, is no longer a member of the team’s staff. Reid was placed on administrative leave following the crash, which happened Thursday. His contract expired after the season, and he is no longer employed by the team. Police say Reid’s Dodge Ram truck struck a Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Traverse on the exit ramp onto on a highway. The Impala was disabled on the side of the road, and family members arrived in a Traverse to assist family in the disabled vehicle. The girl, who is not awake, remained in critical condition as of a Tuesday update provided on a GoFundMe page raising money for her medical expenses. A four-year-old was also injured in the crash after suffering a broken nose and concussion. Reid was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The 35-year-old Reid has encountered legal trouble in the past, pleading guilty to DUI and drug charges as well as a road rage charge for flashing his gun at a motorist in 2007.

The long saga of Yoshiro Mori appears to be near the end. Mori will step down Friday as the president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee. The move follows his sexist comments about women more than a week ago, and an ensuing and rare public debate in Japan about gender equality. A decision is expected to be announced on Friday when the organizing committee’s executive board meets. The executive board of Tokyo 2020 is overwhelmingly male, as is the day-to-day leadership. In a meeting of the Japanese Olympic Committee more than a week ago, Mori essentially said that women “talk too much” and are driven by a “strong sense of rivalry.” Mori, a former prime minister, gave a grudging apology a few days later after his opinions were reported, but declined to resign.

Speaking of the Olympics….NBC will air its first-ever live morning broadcast of an Olympic Opening Ceremony from Tokyo as part of unprecedented daylong network coverage of the first Friday of an Olympics on July 23. The Tokyo Opening Ceremony starts at 8 p.m. Japan time… which will be 6 a.m. STL time. The four-hour Opening Ceremony broadcast will be followed by five more consecutive hours of Olympic programming on NBC.

While Kurt Angle seamlessly transitioned from Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler to professional wrestling, there is an alternate universe in which Angle became a UFC star. The WWE Hall of Famer revealed UFC spoke to him twice about joining the promotion—including offering him a 10-fight deal in 1997. Angle said: “The money wasn’t that great back then. I was gonna get the highest deal, and it was $15,000 a fight … $150,000 for 10 fights. That’s still good money, but it’s not great money.” Dana White did not purchase the UFC until 2001, so the company’s original overture came before the current UFC president was in charge. White approached Angle again in 2006 about a potential one-fight contract, but the two were not able to reach terms because Angle wanted to continue wrestling for Impact and fight for the UFC. White wanted Angle to fight exclusively for the UFC.